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Snowden applies for Russia asylum

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden applies for Russia asylum 16 Jul 2013 Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden applied Tuesday for temporary asylum in Russia, ending three weeks of uncertainty after he arrived from Hong Kong to escape the clutches of US justice [sic]. The United States, which wants to put Snowden on trial for revealing sensational details of its spying operations, rubbished any notion that fugitive was a "dissident" and said he should be sent back home to face his charges. Snowden made the application from the transit zone of state-controlled Sheremetyevo airport where he has been stuck for the last three weeks.

Texas: Radiation Leak Detected

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

Texas: Radiation Leak Detected 17 Jul 2013 Investigators have detected radiation in a former nuclear weapons bunker at Fort Bliss and are trying to determine if anyone may have been contaminated, officials said Tuesday. Post leaders said an investigation that began about two months ago revealed low levels of radiation in the igloo-like bunker that was used by the Air Force for assembly and storage of nuclear weapons in the 1950s and '60s. The area was transferred to the Army in 1966.

Report: George Zimmerman May Have to Face Molestation Charges

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

Report: George Zimmerman May Have to Face Molestation Charges 15 Jul 2013 A woman allegedly related to George Zimmerman and his family told investigators that members of Zimmerman's family were boastfully proud racists and that Zimmerman sexually molested her for several years. "It started when I was six," the woman told investigators in 2012. A number of news sources have reported that the woman is a relative of the Zimmerman family, though her exact relationship to Zimmerman was redacted from the interview recording. [Hey, Juror Jerkoff B37 - your pal 'George' is an (alleged) child molester. Racist, murderer, sociopath, and (alleged) child molester. You'd think someone would just drone this dirt-bag and call it a day. --LRP]

Snowden's Contingency: 'Dead Man's Switch' Borrows From Cold War, WikiLeaks

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden's Contingency: 'Dead Man's Switch' Borrows From Cold War, WikiLeaks 16 Jul 2013 The strategy employed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to discourage a CIA hit job has been likened to a tactic employed by the U.S. and Russian governments during the Cold War. Snowden, a former systems administrator for the National Security Agency in Hawaii, took thousands of documents from the agency's networks before fleeing to Hong Kong in late May, where he passed them to Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras... But Snowden also reportedly passed encrypted copies of his cache to a number of third parties who have a non-journalistic mission: If Snowden should suffer a mysterious, fatal accident, these parties will find themselves in possession of the decryption key, and they can publish the documents to the world.

FBI bars Florida from releasing autopsy report in shooting of Todashev, friend of Marathon bombing suspect

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

FBI bars Florida from releasing autopsy report in shooting of Todashev, friend of Marathon bombing suspect --FBI and Massachusetts State Police sought Todashev after Marathon bombings, but have refused to release details of shooting 16 Jul 2013 A Florida medical examiner's office said Tuesday that the FBI has ordered the office not to release its autopsy report of a Chechen man fatally shot by a Boston FBI agent in May because of the federal agency's active internal investigation into cover-up of his death. The medical examiner's office said it completed the autopsy report on Ibragim Todashev, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber, on July 8 and that the report was "ready for release." The agent shot and killed Todashev on May 22 in his Orlando apartment during an interrogation related to the Boston Marathon bombings. The FBI and the Justice Department are conducting an internal inquiry into the shooting, but critics have called for an independent inquiry, questioning the blanket of secrecy surrounding the case.

Zimmerman trial juror scraps book plan

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Zimmerman trial juror scraps book plan 17 Jul 2013 One of the six women jurors who cleared George Zimmerman of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida has scrapped plans to write a book about the trial. The woman, identified only as juror B-37, said she had been shielded from the depth of public "pain" about the racially charged case during her isolation on the jury. After seeing the public mood since Zimmerman's acquittal - which has triggered angry protests across the United States - she had decided not to go ahead with the memoir, the juror said in a statement on Tuesday.

Army probes radiation exposure at Fort Bliss

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Army probes radiation exposure at Fort Bliss 16 Jul 2013 Army investigators have detected radiation at a former nuclear weapons bunker at Fort Bliss and they're determining whether people on the West Texas post have been exposed, officials said Tuesday. Post leaders said contaminated residue was buried in the 1950s and 1960s, when the base was operated by the Air Force. ...Officials launched an investigation. They found levels of radiation in a bunker at Biggs Army Airfield that, along with other bunkers nearby, is used to store rifles and other weaponry.

Liz Cheney to challenge Enzi for GOP Senate nomination

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Mega barf alert! Liz Cheney to challenge Enzi for GOP Senate nomination 16 Jul 2013 Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, will challenge veteran Sen. Mike Enzi in a blockbuster battle for the Republican Senate nomination in Wyoming next year. Cheney will wage a primary bid against Enzi, who was first elected in 1996 and is the 11th-most senior Republican in the Senate. She announced her intention to run in a web video released Tuesday afternoon by her campaign. Cheney has been active in Republican politics as a supporter of her father's, and as an official in the State Department under President [sic] George W. Bush.

Police vow crackdown after Zimmerman protests flare in L.A., Oakland

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Police vow crackdown after Zimmerman protests flare in L.A., Oakland 16 Jul 2013 As two major California cities spent Tuesday morning assessing damage and tallying arrests from violent protests the night before, officials asked for peaceful behavior -- but promised a crackdown should the demonstrations escalate again. ...The demonstrations in Oakland and Los Angeles morphed into more aggressive outbursts, with marauders [aka LAPD agents provocateur] running through city streets -- smashing windows, lighting garbage fires, assaulting news crews and, in one case, attacking a waiter trying to protect a restaurant damaged two nights prior.

Republicans win demand for different Dem nominees for National Labor Relations Board

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Republicans win demand for different Dem nominees for National Labor Relations Board --DemocRATs surrender to their GOP/Wall Street overlords, as *always* 16 Jul 2013 The Senate dodged a constitutional showdown Tuesday with a bipartisan pact to confirm several nominees to run agencies overseeing Wall Street and labor relations, stopping the Democratic effort to change filibuster rules on a party-line vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the key GOP negotiator, announced the deal minutes before a scheduled vote on President Obama's choice to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, paving the way for acting director Richard Cordray's full confirmation to lead the new agency. Republicans won their demand for different Democratic nominees for the National Labor Relations Board but gave assurances of a speedy confirmation that would make the board fully operational by next month.

14 arrested after Zimmerman verdict protest in L.A. turns violent

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

14 arrested after Zimmerman verdict protest in L.A. turns violent 16 Jul 2013 Los Angeles police arrested 14 people overnight for failing to disperse after hundreds of protesters splintered off a peaceful demonstration in the Crenshaw district and began stomping cars and breaking windows. About 350 Los Angeles Police Department officers swarmed the Crenshaw district after groups of youths broke away from the demonstration protesting the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck put the public on notice that officers would be taking a more aggressive posture toward protesters beginning Tuesday. "This will not be allowed to continue," he said. [Then the LAPD should stop being violent. The corrupt, violent state that allows Trayvon Martin-style shootings brainwashes the corrupt, violent media which in turn brainwashes the people to *never* resort to violence as a tactic --and, therefore, perpetuates what the state does. See how it works? That way, nothing ever changes. --LRP]

Senate reaches tentative deal to end filibuster standoff

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Senate reaches tentative deal to end filibuster standoff 16 Jul 2013 Senators have reached a tentative agreement that will avoid a Democratic move to change Senate rules and eliminate the power of a minority to block action on executive branch nominations, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday. "It is a compromise. I think we get what we want and they get what they want. Not a bad deal," Reid said in a brief speech on the Senate floor, shortly before the first of seven votes he had scheduled on long-delayed presidential nominations that were designed to force the issue.

Edward Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Edward Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia --Lawyer for NSA whistleblower submits asylum request to Russia's federal migration service 16 Jul 2013 National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer has said. Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer who is a member of the Public Chamber, a Kremlin advisory body, said that Snowden submitted the asylum request to Russia's federal migration service. Kucherena told the Associated Press that he met Snowden in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and Snowden made the request after the meeting.

U.S. senators fail to cut deal, head for showdown on filibuster

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

U.S. senators fail to cut deal, head for showdown on filibuster 15 Jul 2013 U.S. senators failed to reach a deal on Monday to avert a showdown over President Barack Obama's executive-branch nominees and threats by Democrats to strip Republicans of their power to block such nominations with procedural hurdles known as filibusters. Emerging from a meeting of all 100 senators that lasted more than three hours, Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said talks would go on. But it was unclear if the two sides would find common ground before Tuesday's scheduled votes on seven nominees.

Judge to rule on dismissing most serious charge in U.S. WikiLeaks trial

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Judge to rule on dismissing most serious charge in U.S. WikiLeaks trial 15 Jul 2013 A military judge trying the soldier accused of the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history heard arguments on Monday over two defense motions that could result in the most serious charge against him - aiding the enemy - being dropped. U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is charged with disclosing more than 700,000 classified files, combat videos and State Department cables to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2009 and 2010, could face life in prison without parole if convicted of aiding the enemy, the most serious of 21 charges he faces.

Zimmerman trial juror drops plan to write a book

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Zimmerman trial juror drops plan to write a book 16 Jul 2013 One of the six jurors in the George Zimmerman trial has abandoned her plans to write a book explaining why she found him not guilty of murder in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, her literary agent said on Monday. The jury's decision triggered protests across the United States by activists who said Martin was targeted because he was black. Unidentified juror B37 had signed with Martin Literary Management, an agency based in Mercer Island, Washington, the firm's president, Sharlene Martin, said in a statement on Monday.

Dozens killed in coordinated bomb attacks in Iraq

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Dozens killed in coordinated bomb attacks in Iraq 14 Jul 2013 Violence including an apparently coordinated series of bombings that struck central and southern Iraq on Sunday killed 33 people, bringing the July death toll to more than 370. More than 2,600 people have died in a surge in unrest so far this year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources. Iraq has faced years of attacks by militants, but analysts say widespread discontent among members of its Sunni Arab minority, which the Shiite-led government has failed to address, has driven the spike in unrest this year.

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans 14 Jul 2013 For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government's mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform [sic] passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts. So what just happened? Until this month, a vast ocean of U.S. programming produced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks could only be viewed or listened to at broadcast quality in foreign countries. ...And so with that we have the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, which passed as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, and went into effect this month.

Obama calls for calm in wake of George Zimmerman verdict

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Obama calls for calm in wake of George Zimmerman verdict [Right, you drone eight-year-olds into the Stone Age -- just don't riot. --LRP] 14 Jul 2013 After a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin on Saturday evening, reaction from political figures and interest groups poured in on Sunday, with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) pushing for the Department of Justice to open a federal civil rights probe to examine the racial undertones of the incident, and political figures on both sides of the aisle offering their two cents on a case that has captured the nation's attention. President Obama issued a statement on Sunday calling the case a "tragedy." "I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher," he said. "But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son."

'No Justice': Thousands March for Trayvon Martin

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

'No Justice': Thousands March for Trayvon Martin --Protesters speak out against Zimmerman 'not guilty' verdict, from Sanford, Florida to Times Square 15 Jul 2013 In cities around the country, people took their outrage to the streets. In Los Angeles, protesters temporarily blocked a highway, carrying posters bearing a now-familiar image of Martin's face with a hoodie pulled over his head. The LAPD issued a city-wide tactical alert and deployed cops in riot gear; the police claimed batteries and bottles were thrown at officers [Yeah, right!] and responded by firing non-lethal rounds. Six people were arrested at an "unlawful assembly" in Hollywood's CNN building. In Oakland, fires were set in garbage bins. Following the peaceful gathering in Times Square, the NYPD arrested 12 people on a splinter march bound for Harlem. But despite the raw emotions involved, the vast majority of the demonstrators – in San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami and even Sanford, Florida, where Martin was killed - were overwhelmingly peaceful.

Attorney General Holder calls shooting of Trayvon Martin 'unnecessary'

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Attorney General Holder calls shooting of Trayvon Martin 'unnecessary' 15 Jul 2013 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin "unnecessary," raising questions about whether he believed the shooter, George Zimmerman, acted in self-defense. A jury in Sanford, Florida, found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter after a three-week trial in which defense lawyers argued that Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot Martin in self-defense.

RT source: Israeli strike on Syria was carried out from Turkish base

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

RT source: Israeli strike on Syria was carried out from Turkish base 15 Jul 2013 Israel used a Turkish military base to launch one of its recent airstrikes against Syria from the sea, a reliable source told RT. Israel has been under scrutiny since last week, when it was reported to be responsible for a July 5 depot attack in Latakia. News that Turkey assisted Israel in attacking another Muslim state could result in serious turmoil for Ankara, once the information is confirmed. "Our source is telling us that Israeli planes left a military base inside Turkey and approached Latakia from the sea to make sure that they stayed out of Syrian airspace so that they cannot become a legitimate target for the Syrian air force," RT reports.

Security probe launched after activists break into French nuclear power plant

July 16, 2013 by legitgov

Security probe launched after activists break into French nuclear power plant 15 Jul 2013 Around 30 Greenpeace activists climbed fences to break into a nuclear power plant in southern France at dawn on Monday, saying they wanted to expose security flaws and demand its closure. The activists, dressed in red, said they reached the walls of two reactors at the Tricastin plant, one of France's oldest. Interior Minister Manuel Valls called for an investigation into the intrusion which raised questions about the security of France's 19 nuclear plants and 58 reactors.

Chicago police start using facial-recognition software to arrest suspects

July 15, 2013 by legitgov

Chicago police start using facial-recognition software to arrest suspects 15 Jul 2013 Police officers in Chicago, Illinois can remotely access video shot from any of the city’s 24,000 closed-circuit television cameras, and they are already using that ability to nab suspects who thought they could outsmart surveillance. According to a recent Chicago Sun-Time article, police officers in the Windy City recently issued their first arrest stemming from the use of space-age facial-recognition technology coupled with thousands of cameras that collect live video in real-time at all hours of the day. The Transportation Security Administration has given the Chicago Transit Authority a $5.4 million grant to aid with the program, and that money has been used to update an already impressive arsenal of city-licensed surveillance cameras to run in tandem with [NEC Corporation of America's] NeoFace [NeoFascism], a high-tech analysis program used by various governments and law enforcement agencies around the globe to grab biometric data off of an image and match it to another.

9/11 could be insurance fraud as trial of conspiring duo begins in New York

July 15, 2013 by legitgov

9/11 could be insurance fraud as trial of conspiring duo begins in New York --Silverstein's bizarre double-indemnity claim was approved in 2004. 15 Jul 2013 Is this the world's worst case of insurance fraud...ever? At issue: billions of dollars in loot from the demolition of the World Trade Center complex on September 11th, 2001. World Trade Center owner Larry Silverstein - who confessed on national television to "pulling" World Trade Center Building 7 - will appear in the courtroom of Judge Alvin Hellerstein at 500 Pearl St. in New York City. The non-jury trial, which is expected to last three days, will decide whether Silverstein is entitled to recover $3.5 billion from airlines and airport-related companies, in addition to the $4.9 billion he has already received for his "losses" on September 11th. [See also: 'Lucky Larry' still makes a killing on the 9/11 terror attacks: Dream job: $21.5M - to do nothing at all --Port Authority paying Larry Silverstein $21.5 million but has yet to seek 'development' tips 14 Apr 2009 The Port Authority is paying Larry Silverstein $21.5 million to develop the Freedom Tower - even though he has absolutely no role in building the 1,776-foot icon, the Daily News has learned. See also: 'Lucky' Larry: 'the smartest thing to do is pull it'.]

UK fraud prosecutor charges 2 brokers in Libor probe

July 15, 2013 by legitgov

UK fraud prosecutor charges 2 brokers in Libor probe 15 Jul 2013 Britain's fraud prosecutor charged two former brokers at interdealer broker RP Martin with conspiracy to defraud, related to its investigation into the rigging of Libor global interest rates. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said it charged Terry Farr, 41, and James Gilmour, 48, on Monday. They will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court at a later date, it said. The pair were arrested on Dec. 11, 2012, along with former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes.

Snowden docs contain NSA 'blueprint' - Greenwald

July 15, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden docs contain NSA 'blueprint' - Greenwald 14 Jul 2013 Edward Snowden has very sensitive "blueprints" detailing how the National Security Agency operates that would allow someone who read them to evade or even duplicate NSA surveillance, a journalist close to the intelligence leaker said Sunday. Glenn Greenwald, a columnist with The Guardian newspaper who closely communicates with Snowden and first reported on his intelligence leaks, told The Associated Press that the former NSA systems analyst has "literally thousands of documents" that constitute "basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built." "In order to take documents with him that proved that what he was saying was true he had to take ones that included very sensitive, detailed blueprints of how the NSA does what they do," Greenwald said in Brazil, adding that the interview was taking place about four hours after his last interaction with Snowden.

Suicide kills more British soldiers and veterans than Afghan war

July 15, 2013 by legitgov

Suicide kills more British soldiers and veterans than Afghan war 15 Jul 2013 The UK's Ministry of Defence has confirmed more British soldiers and veterans committed suicide last year than died while fighting in Afghanistan. Last year seven serving British soldiers killed themselves, while a further 14 died in suspected suicides, not yet confirmed by inquest. The British government does not keep a record of suicides by former military personnel, but an investigation by the BBC's Panorama program found at least 29 veterans also committed suicide in 2012.

Trial to measure lawfulness of Pa. voter ID law

July 15, 2013 by legitgov

Trial to measure lawfulness of Pa. voter ID law 14 Jul 2013 A trial set to begin Monday on the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's voter identification law represents a major step toward a judicial ruling on whether the photo requirement should be enforced at polling places statewide or thrown out as unconstitutional. Nine days are set aside for the trial in Harrisburg in Commonwealth Court. Civil libertarians challenging the law and state officials defending it say they expect the state Supreme Court will ultimately decide the case. At issue is a voter ID law that would be one of the strictest in the nation if it is upheld but has never been enforced.

Snowden has information that could be the US's 'worst nightmare,' journalist says

July 15, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden has information that could be the US's 'worst nightmare,' journalist says 13 Jul 2013 Former CIA contractor and self-declared leaker Edward Snowden possesses information that could badly damage the United States if revealed, the journalist who first published the leaked documents said in a newspaper interview. "Snowden has enough information to cause more harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had in the history of the United States," Guardian blogger and columnist Glenn Greenwald told the Argentinean daily La Nacion in an interview published Saturday. "But that is not his objective." He told the newspaper that Snowden has already distributed thousands of documents and has made sure several people around the world have all the files he possesses. "If anything were to happen to him, those documents would be made public," Greenwald said. "That's his insurance policy."

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