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Fukushima apocalypse: Years of 'duct tape fixes' could result in 'millions of deaths'

August 17, 2013 by legitgov

Fukushima apocalypse: Years of 'duct tape fixes' could result in 'millions of deaths' 17 Aug 2013 Even the tiniest mistake during an operation to extract over 1,300 fuel rods at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan could lead to a series of cascading failures with an apocalyptic outcome, fallout researcher Christina Consolo told RT. Fukushima operator TEPCO wants to extract 400 tons worth of spent fuel rods stored in a pool at the plant's damaged Reactor No. 4. The removal would have to be done manually from the top store of the damaged building in the radiation-contaminated environment. In the worst-case scenario, a mishandled rod may go critical, resulting in an above-ground meltdown releasing radioactive fallout with no way to stop it, said Consolo, who is the founder and host of Nuked Radio.

Police passed new information: Princess Diana killed by member of British military

August 17, 2013 by legitgov

Police passed new information: Princess Diana killed by member of British military 17 Aug 2013 New information that alleges Princess Diana was murdered has been passed to Scotland Yard through military sources, according to the Metropolitan Police. The information, thought to include the allegation that the Princess of Wales, Dodi al Fayed and their driver were killed by a member of the British military, will be assessed by officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Command. It was passed to the police by the former parents-in-law of a former soldier, according to Sky sources.

Seeing threats, feds target instructors of polygraph-beating methods

August 17, 2013 by legitgov

Seeing threats, feds target instructors of polygraph-beating methods 16 Aug 2013 Federal agents have launched a criminal investigation of instructors who claim they can teach job applicants how to pass lie detector tests as part of the Obama administration's unprecedented crackdown on security violators and leakers. The criminal inquiry, which hasn't been acknowledged publicly, is aimed at discouraging criminals and spies from infiltrating the U.S. government by using the polygraph-beating techniques, which are said to include controlled breathing, muscle tensing, tongue biting and mental arithmetic. So far, authorities have targeted at least two instructors, one of whom has pleaded guilty to federal charges, several people familiar with the investigation told McClatchy. Investigators confiscated business records from the two men, which included the names of as many as 5,000 people who'd sought polygraph-beating advice.

Bloomberg's idea to fingerprint 620,000 people in public housing stuns, infuriates residents

August 17, 2013 by legitgov

Bloomberg's idea to fingerprint 620,000 people in public housing stuns, infuriates residents --Spokesman: Mayor to propose biometric security - an electronic sensor 16 Aug 2013 Mayor Michael Bloomberg's latest 'crime-fighting' idea had a lot of people riled up on Friday. The mayor wants to fingerprint more than 600,000 people who live in public housing. Needless to say, there was a lot of finger-pointing at Mayor Bloomberg on Friday. The notion of fingerprinting 620,000 people in public housing -- even with the best of intentions of making buildings safer -- caught a lot of New York City residents off guard.

US forces used 8-yr-old boy to plant chip on his surrogate father so they could kill him in drone strike

August 17, 2013 by legitgov

American forces used eight-year-old boy to plant a chip on his stepfather so they could kill him in a drone strike 16 Aug 2013 A shocking new story reveals that the U.S. army inadvertently had an 8-year-old boy turn into a spy and place electronic tracking devices on his surrogate father so that they could spot him and kill him in a scheduled drone attack. The 8-year-old boy and his biological father have confessed to helping spy on the al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] officer, and now the biological father is believed to have been executed while the fate of the young boy remains unknown. The thorough story was reported by The Atlantic, who claim that the boy, named Barq al-Kulyabi, helped lead American drones to an al Qaeda operative named Adnan al-Qadhi who had been placed on the U.S. 'kill list' due to his [alleged] role in the Yemeni branch of the terrorist organization. [This 'government,' day by day, is starting to resemble the 'Visitors' in the 1980s and 2009 miniseries, 'V.' We need to start thinking in terms of how those resistance fighters handled the problem. --LRP]

Military judge finds Manning's WikiLeaks acts 'wanton and reckless'

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

Military judge finds Manning's WikiLeaks acts 'wanton and reckless' 16 Aug 2013 The military judge who will determine how long U.S. soldier Bradley Manning will spend in prison for the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history on Friday said she found that his acts were "wanton and reckless." Judge Colonel Denise Lind last month found Manning, 25, guilty of 20 criminal counts, including espionage and theft, for handing over some 700,000 secret U.S. documents to the WikiLeaks pro-transparency website. On Monday, she will begin deliberations on Manning's sentence. He could face up to 90 years in prison for his role in a case that catapulted WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, into the world spotlight.

Area 51 'declassified' in U-2 spy plane history

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

Area 51 'declassified' in U-2 spy plane history 16 Aug 2013 The CIA has officially acknowledged the secret US test site known as Area 51, in a newly unclassified internal history of the U-2 spy plane programme. The document obtained by a US university describes the 1955 acquisition of the Nevada site for testing of the secret spy plane. The remote patch of desert surrounding Groom Lake was chosen because it was adjacent to a nuclear testing facility. "The U-2 was absolutely top secret," Chris Pocock, a British defence journalist and author of histories of the programme, told the BBC.

Iraq-Turkey oil pipeline bombed: officials

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

Iraq-Turkey oil pipeline bombed: officials 16 Aug 2013 A bomb attack halted the flow of crude oil through a pipeline running from Iraq's Kirkuk oil fields to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan in Turkey, two Iraqi oil officials said on Friday. The attack took place at around 0100 GMT on Friday near the al-Shura area 60 km (40 miles) to the south of the city of Mosul. "Attackers planted a roadside bomb near a section of the pipeline," one official said.

OT For Sandy Hook Investigators Nears $140,000 Since Jan. 1

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

The Sandy Hook cash cow: OT For Sandy Hook Investigators Nears $140,000 Since Jan. 1 --Overtime numbers do not include last few weeks of 2012, following Dec. 14 shooting at Newtown school 16 Aug 2013 (CT) Eight state police 'investigators' on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have been paid about $139,000 in overtime since Jan. 1, state records show. Nearly half has gone to two investigators out of the Southbury barracks, who have both put in for more than 500 hours of overtime since the beginning of the year. Officials have said the final report on the Sandy Hook shooting may not be ready until at least the fall. State police officials have taken the unusual step of removing the Western District Crime Squad from active calls so they can concentrate on finishing the report.

Egypt's 'Day of Rage' turns violent, dozens of protesters killed

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

Egypt's 'Day of Rage' turns violent, dozens of protesters killed 16 Aug 2013 Muslim Brotherhood protests plunged into violence across Egypt on Friday, with around 50 killed in Cairo alone on a "Day of Rage" called by Islamist followers of ousted President Mohamed Mursi to denounce a police crackdown. Automatic gunfire echoed across Cairo and black smoke billowed from the capital's huge Ramses Square, a military helicopter hovering low overhead looking down on the chaos. A Reuters witness saw the bodies of 27 people, apparently hit by gunfire and birdshot, wrapped in white sheets in a mosque. A Reuters photographer said security forces opened fire from numerous directions when a police station was attacked. At least 20 people died in clashes elsewhere in Egypt.

3 aircraft hit with lasers near Newark airport

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

3 aircraft hit with lasers near Newark airport 16 Aug 2013 The FAA says two commercial airliners on approach to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport were illuminated by lasers. A privately operated helicopter was also targeted during the same period, between 9:20 and 10 p.m. Thursday. It's a federal crime to aim a laser at an aircraft.

Ecuador restates support for Julian Assange on asylum anniversary

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

Ecuador restates support for Julian Assange on asylum anniversary 16 Aug 2013 The Ecuadorean government has stressed its commitment to finding a solution to the standoff over Julian Assange, on the anniversary of the WikiLeaks founder being granted political asylum. The Australian has been living inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London for more than a year as part of his campaign to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes against two women - claims he denies. Assange fears that if he travels to Sweden he will be forcibly taken to the US to face questioning over documents published by WikiLeaks.

Lavabit founder, under gag order, speaks out about shutdown decision

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

Lavabit founder, under gag order, speaks out about shutdown decision 13 Aug 2013 Ladar Levison took 10 years to build his company—and he's 32, making that most of his adult life. So when he shut down his encrypted e-mail service, Lavabit, without warning last week, it was like "putting a beloved pet to sleep." "I was faced with the choice of watching it suffer or putting it to sleep quietly... it was very difficult," he told Democracy Now. "I had to pick between the lesser of two evils." What was that other choice? "Unfortunately, I can't talk about that," Levison said during today's interview.

Audit: NSA broke law, repeatedly

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

Audit: NSA broke law, repeatedly 15 Aug 2013 The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. emails and telephone calls. The documents, provided earlier this summer to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, include a level of detail and analysis that is not routinely shared with Congress or the special court that oversees surveillance.

US government targeting Egypt for destabilization, eventual destruction?

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

US government targeting Egypt for destabilization, eventual destruction? By Dr. Kevin Barrett 12 Aug 2013 Is the US government targeting Egypt for destabilization - and eventual destruction? The recent appointment of death squad organizer Robert Ford as US Ambassador to Egypt suggests as much. Ford's appointment sends a clear message: US policymakers want to destroy Egypt in the same way they have destroyed Iraq and Syria - by using death squads and false-flag terror to incite civil war. According to Global Studies professor Michel Chossudovsky, Robert Ford teamed up with notorious war criminal John Negroponte to apply the "Salvador Option" in Iraq in 2004. Chossudovsky writes: "The 'Salvador Option' is a 'terrorist model' of mass killings by US sponsored death squads. It was first applied in El Salvador (by Negroponte) in the heyday of resistance against the military dictatorship, resulting in an estimated 75,000 deaths."

Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say --Dell declined to comment on any aspect of Snowden's employment with the company, saying Dell's 'customer' - presumably the NSA - had asked Dell not to talk publicly about him. 15 Aug 2013 Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden began downloading documents describing the U.S. government's electronic spying programs while he was working for Dell Inc in April 2012, almost a year earlier than previously reported, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the matter. Snowden, who was granted a year's asylum by Russia on Aug. 1, worked for Dell from 2009 until earlier this year, assigned as a contractor to U.S. National Security Agency facilities in the United States and Japan. Snowden downloaded information while employed by Dell about eavesdropping programs run by the NSA and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, and left an electronic footprint indicating when he accessed the documents, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Judge: Special prosecutor will review Perry veto

August 16, 2013 by legitgov

Judge: Special prosecutor will review Perry veto --Watchdog group alleges governor violated state law with threat to veto Public Integrity Unit funding. 15 Aug 2013 A Texas judge says he plans to have a special prosecutor review allegations that Gov. Rick Perry [R-Sociopath] possibly violated the law over a veto that cut funding for public corruption investigators. Judge Robert Richardson told the Austin-American Statesman that he expects to appoint a special prosecutor early as next week.

'Press' in distress

August 15, 2013 by legitgov

Wall Street whore, David Gregory, rumored to be axed: 'Press' in distress 15 Aug 2013 NBC News is scrambling to defend "Meet the Press" anchor David Gregory amid dismal ratings and swirling rumors that he could be axed as host. The Sunday morning flagship and the longest-running show on network television has recently fallen to a 21-year ratings low, according to Mediaite. Nielsen data show it is averaging its smallest total viewer audience, 2.9 million, in 21 years and smallest 25-to-54 demo performance (854,000) in more than 21 years. [LOL!]

All 107 US nuclear reactors vulnerable to terrorists - Study

August 15, 2013 by legitgov

False flag city: All 107 US nuclear reactors vulnerable to terrorists - Study 15 Aug 2013 Every commercial nuclear reactor in the United States is insufficiently protected against "credible" terrorist threats, according to a new report from the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at the University of Texas at Austin. The report found that facilities were vulnerable to the theft of bomb-grade nuclear materials and sabotage attacks designed to cause a meltdown. While all 107 commercial nuclear power reactors were thought to be vulnerable, the report spotlighted 11 that were most at risk. That included eight reactors that were deemed unprotected from attacks from the sea: Diablo Canyon in California, St. Lucie in Florida, Brunswick in North Carolina; Surry in Virginia; Indian Point in New York; Millstone in Connecticut; Pilgrim in Massachusetts; and the South Texas Project.

Rand Paul, Dems call for halt aid to Egypt

August 15, 2013 by legitgov

Rand Paul, Dems call for halt aid to Egypt 15 Aug 2013 President Barack Obama's decision to scrap a joint training exercise with the Egyptian military didn't go far enough for Rand Paul. Because Obama has yet to suspend the [insane] $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt, the Kentucky senator said the administration is continuing to support violent Egyptian armed forces despite Obama's denunciation Thursday of the hundreds killed in Egypt amid ongoing unrest. "While President Obama 'condemns the violence in Egypt,' his administration continues to send billions of taxpayer dollars to help pay for it. The law is very clear when a coup d’état takes place, foreign aid must stop, regardless of the circumstances," Paul said Thursday. "Mr. President, stop skirting the issue, follow the law, and cancel all foreign aid to Egypt."

Egypt crisis: Cairo quiet after deadly crackdown

August 15, 2013 by legitgov

Egypt crisis: Cairo quiet after deadly crackdown --A curfew was imposed in Cairo and other cities overnight. 15 Aug 2013 The Egyptian capital Cairo is reported quiet after a crackdown on Islamists which left hundreds dead and drew international condemnation. At least 278 people died when security forces stormed two camps which supporters of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi set up in the city last month. A state of emergency was declared and curfews imposed in Egyptian cities.

Baghdad bomb attacks kill at least 14: police

August 15, 2013 by legitgov

Baghdad bomb attacks kill at least 14: police 15 Aug 2013  Five car bombs in Baghdad killed at least 14 people on Thursday and wounded more than 80, Iraqi police sources said, with one attack close to the capital's "Green Zone" diplomatic complex. One bomb exploded just 200-300 meters (yards) outside Baghdad's international zone, close to Iraq's Foreign Ministry, killing four and wounding 12 people, the sources said. The central zone is a highly-fortified area housing Western embassies including the U.S. mission and the nearby Iraqi ministry has been a frequent target of attacks.

US contractor accused of Abu Ghraib human rights violations suing former prisoners

August 15, 2013 by legitgov

US contractor accused of Abu Ghraib human rights violations suing former prisoners 14 Aug 2013 After a US federal judge ruled that CACI International, a US corporation, was not culpable for torture allegations at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, lawyers for the defense contractor have filed a suit against the former detainees seeking legal expenses. A group of 256 Iraqis originally sued CACI International in 2004 accusing the company terrorist group of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, sexual assault, participating in torture and a variety of other allegations at Abu Ghraib prison. CACI has now filed suit against prisoners who accused the company of wrongdoing in 2004, asking the accusers to pay a $15,580 bill for legal expenses.

Bradley Manning apologizes for hurting U.S. on witness stand

August 15, 2013 by legitgov

Bradley Manning apologizes for hurting U.S. on witness stand 14 Aug 2013 Bradley Manning has taken the stand during his sentencing hearing for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks and has apologized for hurting the United States and others. Manning gave an unsworn statement Wednesday, which means he cannot be cross-examined by prosecutors. He began with an apology. He says "I'm sorry that my actions hurt people. I'm sorry that it hurt the United States." Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for the leaks.

Journalist Michael Hastings reportedly working on story about CIA chief before death

August 15, 2013 by legitgov

Journalist Michael Hastings reportedly working on story about CIA chief before death 14 Aug 2013 Journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a fiery car crash in June, reportedly had been working on several big stories including one on CIA Director John Brennan before his death. San Diego 6 News reports that Hastings had focused his latest project on Brennan, the former White House counterterrorism adviser and current CIA director. San Diego 6 News also reported on a purported email from a CIA contractor which said Brennan was behind "witch hunts of investigative journalists" and someone from the White House was targeting anyone printing material "negative to the Obama agenda."

The man who misled Congress on spying will pick Obama's intelligence review panel

August 15, 2013 by legitgov

The man who misled Congress on spying will pick Obama's intelligence review panel 12 Aug 2013 On Friday, President Obama promised to appoint an "independent group" of "outside experts" to review the government's surveillance programs. Today, the president formally ordered the formation of this group, giving us a sense for just how independent the group would be. The announcement doesn’t inspire confidence that the president is interested in truly independent scrutiny of the nation's surveillance programs. The panel will be chosen by, and report to, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Clapper [in]famously answered "no sir" when Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked whether the NSA collects information about millions of Americans. Clapper has since conceded that this answer was "clearly erroneous." [Update: In a Tuesday email, the White House says that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will not, in fact, choose the members of the Review Group.]

I'm sorry that I hurt the United States': Bradley Manning apologizes in court

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

'I'm sorry that I hurt the United States': Bradley Manning apologizes in court 14 Aug 2013 Private Bradley Manning, convicted of handing state secrets to WikiLeaks, on Wednesday told the sentencing part of his court martial that he was sorry for his actions and for hurting the United States. "I'm sorry I hurt people. I'm sorry that I hurt the United States," he said. "I'm apologizing for the unexpected results of my actions. The last three years have been a learning experience for me." Manning says he understood what he was doing and the decisions he made. However, he says he did not believe at the time that leaking the information would cause harm.

Kan says he shouldn't be held criminally liable for Fukushima disaster

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Kan says he shouldn't be held criminally liable for Fukushima disaster 14 Aug 2013 Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who led the government's 'response' to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, said Wednesday he shouldn't be held criminally liable for the crisis, sources said. Resident groups across Japan, mainly in Fukushima Prefecture, have filed complaints pressing for criminal charges to be levied against 40 people, including Kan and members of his Cabinet at the time, for alleged professional negligence resulting in injuries. The complainants have accused Kan and two of his ministers of failing to promptly order Tokyo Electric Power Co. to vent the reactors it was unable to safely shut down at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to lessen their internal pressure before hydrogen explosions injured workers.

Egyptian security forces storm protesters' camps

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Egyptian security forces storm protesters' camps 14 Aug 2013 Egyptian security forces stormed two sprawling sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi shortly after dawn Wednesday, killing or injuring hundreds of people and igniting a wave of violent clashes across the country. Hours after the raids, Egypt's military-backed interim president declared a state of emergency, imposing a nighttime curfew on Cairo and 10 provinces and allowing security forces to arrest and detain civilians indefinitely without charge. The state of emergency took effect at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. EDT). Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was appointed vice president in the interim government last month, resigned to protest the violent crackdown.

Democrat Cory Booker wins New Jersey Senate primary

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Democrat Cory Booker wins New Jersey Senate primary 13 Aug 2013 New Jersey Democrats chose Newark Mayor [and Wall Street troll] Cory Booker, a [media-created] rising party star, in Tuesday's special primary to seek a U.S. Senate seat this fall, while Republicans selected Steven M. Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, N.J. Booker has drawn national attention for his efforts to improve "Brick City" and his embrace of Twitter as a form of civic engagement. He is favored to replace Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who died in June at 89. The winner will serve the remaining 15 months of Lautenberg's term.

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