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Greens sue to block Shell drilling in Arctic Alaska

July 14, 2012 by legitgov

Greens sue to block Shell drilling in Arctic Alaska 12 Jul 2012 Leading national conservation groups are going to federal court in a last-ditch effort to block Shell from drilling exploratory wells in the Arctic waters of Alaska's Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. The U.S. Department of Interior has approved Shell's drilling plans [Thanks, Obusha!], which include response to a drill-caused oil spill. One drilling rig, the Noble Discoverer, has reached Unalaska in the Aleutians and the oil giant expects to start drilling in early August. "We have been forced to court to make sure the Arctic Ocean is protected and Shell is prepared, as mandated by law:  The (Interior Dept.) rubber-stamped plans that rely on unbelievable assumptions, include equipment that has never been tested in Arctic conditions...," said a statement from 10 green groups, including the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council.

Obama campaign worker, 29, dies at Chicago headquarters

July 14, 2012 by legitgov

Obama campaign worker, 29, dies at Chicago headquarters 13 Jul 2012 A 29-year-old campaign operative working on President Obama's re-election effort died today after falling ill at campaign headquarters in Chicago, according to the Obama campaign. Obama was campaigning in southern Virginia this afternoon, when he learned about Okrent's death.

Tiny 2-Foot Missile Could Be 'Months' Away From Drone War

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

Tiny 2-Foot Missile Could Be 'Months' Away From Drone War 13 Jul 2012 The drone war could be shrinking faster than anyone expected. Raytheon's teeny, tiny drone missile might be ready to arm a small drone within months, the defense giant says. Since 2009, Raytheon has been experimenting with what it understatedly calls a Small Tactical Munition. It's a laser-guided missile less than two feet long and barely a 10th the weight of the Hellfire missiles that the iconic Predators and Reapers pack. And the wait for it may be almost over: "We're just tweaking the software and running some environmental tests," a business manager for Raytheon's missile division told AIN Online. That would open new worlds of possibility for the U.S. drone arsenal.

Olympics security: MoD to set up forward operating base for troops

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

Olympics security: MoD to set up forward operating base for troops --MoD intends to equip base in the same way it would a FOB in Afghanistan --Troops will start arriving next week 13 Jul 2012 The Ministry of Defence is to establish a forward operating base close to the Olympic Park in east London to house up to 3,500 soldiers who have been drafted in as emergency cover for the crisis-hit security contractor G4S. Defence officials have identified a preferred venue, believed to be a warehouse near Stratford, to accommodate the soldiers coming from Germany, as well as Royal Marines and members of the Parachute Regiment. The MoD is negotiating a short-term lease and change of licence over the weekend, and if approval is granted it will equip the base in the same way it would an FOB in Afghanistan, with temporary beds, kitchens, showers, and toilets. [The government is using G4S failures as a 'cover' to bring in the military for a big false flag.]

NAACP Official: Romney 'Flew In' His Own Blacks to Cheer NAACP Speech

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

NAACP Official: Romney 'Flew In' His Own Blacks to Cheer NAACP Speech 12 Jul 2012 An official with the NAACP suggested that Republican challenger Mitt Romney brought his own black supporters to the NAACP speech yesterday to give the appearance that NAACP members were applauding him. And when Romney later told Fox News that black people at the event gave him a standing ovation and said in a private meeting they would vote for him because of dissatisfaction with Obama, they were actually his own people, the official suggested. The revelation was made on MSNBC's "Ed Show" by Hilary Shelton, Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy and the Director of the Washington Bureau of the NAACP, who said Romney flew in black conservatives to stand up at the end of his speech, allowing Romney to claim he got a standing ovation.

Suspicious wires discovered, but no bomb on Delta plane

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

Suspicious wires discovered, but no bomb on Delta plane 13 Jul 2012 The discovery of suspicious wires in plastic straws aboard a Madrid-bound Delta Air Lines jetliner on Thursday night forced the plane to return to New York, but authorities said they searched the aircraft and found no bomb. Delta Flight 126, a Boeing 767-300 with 206 passengers aboard, landed safely at John F. Kennedy airport shortly after 9:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, about 90 minutes after takeoff, according to the airline. Delta described the situation as a "security concern" without elaborating.

BP pays $13m over safety violations at Texas plant

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

BP pays $13m over safety violations at Texas plant --Explosion at Texas City refinery killed 15 workers in 2005 12 Jul 2012 BP agreed to pay $13m (£8.4m) to settle 409 safety violations found by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the 2005 explosion at its Texas City refinery that killed 15 workers, US labour secretary Hilda Solis said on Thursday. The settlement clears a major hurdle in the path of BP's plan to sell the 400,000-barrel-a-day refinery, the sixth largest in the US, by the end of the year.

WikiWin: Icelandic court orders Visa to process WikiLeaks money

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

WikiWin: Icelandic court orders Visa to process WikiLeaks money --Financial ban lifted in Assange victory 13 Jul 2012 WikiLeaks could be seeing an influx of funds after an Icelandic court ruled that Valitor, the local agent for Visa, broke the law when it stopped taking donations for the website. The court found that Valitor had broken contract laws when it stopped accepting payments sent to WikiLeaks by Visa customers in July 2011. WikiLeaks estimates that move cut its funding by 95 per cent and cost it around $20m in lost donations, leaving it chronically short of cash.

Palestinians pressured not to seek international probe into Arafat's death

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

Palestinians pressured not to seek international probe into Arafat's death 10 Jul 2012 The Palestinians' efforts to launch an international probe into the 2004 death of ex-leader Yasser Arafat face serious obstacles, a Palestinian official said Tuesday. The obstacles stem from the opposition by some countries including the United States and France, the official said on condition of anonymity. The United States has put pressure on the Palestinian leadership not to seek such an investigation because it can lead to some negative consequences on the Middle East peace process, which has been stalled since 2010, according to the official.

Investigator: Arafat died of unknown poison

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

Investigator: Arafat died of unknown poison 12 Jul 2012 The death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was the result of an unknown poison, a Jordanian doctor who started an inquiry in the incident said Thursday. Arafat's medical reports were unable to diagnose the disease, but indications suggest that he was poisoned by a toxic substance that was not examined at the time, said the doctor, Abdullah al- Basheer, in a news conference upon his arrival to the West Bank. Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat's successor, ordered the investigation after Arab satellite channel al-Jazeera aired an investigative report concluding that Arafat was poisoned with radioactive polonium.

Cheney: Romney 'only' man for foreign policy

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

Cheney: Romney 'only' man for foreign policy [LOL! That's like Jeffrey Dahmer endorsing a cooking show.] 12 Jul 2012 Former Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney told Republican fundraisers Thursday night that Mitt Romney is the "only" man who can make the right decisions in unexpected foreign policy crises. The presumptive 2012 Republican presidential nominee called Cheney a "great American leader" - and never mentioned former President [sic] George W. Bush. Cheney said serving under four presidents taught him that a surprising international crisis is inevitable.

Navy Beginning to Implement Underwater Drones In Persian Gulf

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

Navy Beginning to Implement Underwater Drones In Persian Gulf 12 Jul 2012 Amid concerns of Iran closing the Strait of Hormuz during a potential [US-generated] crisis, the U.S. Navy is beginning to develop and release a set of underwater drones to find and destroy sea mines present in the Persian Gulf, according to U.S. officials. Multiple news outlets reported Thursday that tensions concerning Iran's nuclear program set in motion the reinforcement of U.S. military personnel and weaponry in the region, specifically in the form of the "SeaFox," a four-foot, 88-pound unmanned, underwater surveillance vehicle that's guided by a remote control.

Dick Cheney opens Wyoming home for major Mitt Romney fundraiser

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

Dick Cheney opens Wyoming home for major Mitt Romney fundraiser 11 Jul 2012 When Mitt Romney arrives Thursday at the gates of Teton Pines, a majestic Wyoming country club where captains of industry flock each summer to golf on an Arnold Palmer-designed course, his purpose will be greater than spending another evening separating rich people from their money. The presidential candidate will be taking a big step toward becoming the official head of the Republican Party, as he is feted at the club and then at a $30,000-a-couple dinner at the nearby home of Richard B. Cheney, the living thread connecting the past five GOP presidencies.

MoD fury as soldiers forced to carry out menial security tasks for Olympic Games

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

MoD fury as soldiers forced to carry out menial security tasks for Olympic Games 11 Jul 2012 Thousands more Armed Forces personnel will be forced to carry out "menial" security work for the Olympic Games, leaving defence chiefs furious. The British Army has been ordered to provide more troops for the Games to make up for a shortfall in staff provided by private security contractors. The Ministry of Defence last year said that 13,500 military personnel would be assigned to Olympic duties, with 7,500 of them in security roles at Olympic venues. It is understood that another 3,500 troops have now been told to prepare for duties at Games sites. More troops have now been given 'notice to move' orders, an Army source revealed.

Firm at centre of Olympic security shambles 'has seen fee rise by 53m pounds'

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

Firm at centre of Olympic security shambles 'has seen fee rise by £53m' 12 Jul 2012 The company responsible for the Olympic security debacle is being paid £53 million extra for its work, after London 2012 organisers increased its "management fee" almost tenfold. Confidential Home Office documents seen by The Daily Telegraph show that G4S has had its fee for managing civilian security staff for the Games rise from £7.3 million to £60 million. The fee the company takes for running its Olympic office has risen more than 10 times faster than its spending on recruitment, the documents show.

H1N1 vaccine linked to potentially fatal nervous system condition: study

July 13, 2012 by legitgov

H1N1 vaccine linked to potentially fatal nervous system condition: study 11 Jul 2012 The swine flu vaccine used during the [lab-generated] pandemic may increase the risk nervous system disorder that causes temporary paralysis almost three fold, a study has found. Researchers in Canada have found that for every million doses of the H1N1 pandemic vaccine that were administered in 2009/10 there were two extra cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome which can be fatal in extreme cases. It was found the increased risk was between 12 per cent and three fold, due to small numbers involved.

D.C. police officer who worked as White House escort allegedly said would shoot Michelle Obama

July 12, 2012 by legitgov

D.C. police officer who worked as White House escort allegedly said would shoot Michelle Obama --Officer allegedly said he would shoot the First Lady then use his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he said he would use 12 Jul 2012 A D.C. police officer who worked as a motorcycle escort for White House officials and other dignitaries was moved to administrative duty Wednesday after he allegedly was overheard making threatening comments toward Michelle Obama, according to several police officials. The police department's Internal Affairs Division is investigating the alleged comments and notified the U.S. Secret Service Wednesday, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to give details of the investigation. The motorman allegedly made the comments Wednesday morning as several officers from the Special Operations Division discussed threats against the Obamas.

Romney at Bain 3 years longer than he stated

July 12, 2012 by legitgov

Romney at Bain 3 years longer than he stated 12 Jul 2012 Government documents filed by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital say Romney remained chief executive and chairman of the firm three years beyond the date he said he ceded control, even creating five new investment partnerships during that time. Romney has said he left Bain in 1999 to lead the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, ending his role in the company. But public Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed later by Bain Capital state he remained the firm's "sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president." Also, a Massachusetts financial disclosure form Romney filed in 2003 states that he still owned 100 percent of Bain Capital in 2002. And Romney's state financial disclosure forms indicate he earned at least $100,000 as a Bain "executive" in 2001 and 2002, separate from investment earnings.

Bomb threat forces closure of Detroit-Canada tunnel

July 12, 2012 by legitgov

Heads up! False flags are coming fast and furious: Bomb threat forces closure of Detroit-Canada tunnel 12 Jul 2012 Officials shut down the international commuter tunnel connecting Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, on Thursday as authorities investigated a bomb threat. A Department of Homeland Security official tells CBS News on background the threat was received on "the Canadian side." As a result, Canadian authorities shut down the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. The call was made some time after 12:30 p.m. to the duty free shop on a plaza on the tunnel's Windsor side, tunnel executive vice president Carolyn Brown said.

Penn State report finds Paterno and others concealed Sandusky's actions

July 12, 2012 by legitgov

Penn State report finds Paterno and others concealed Sandusky's actions --Louis Freeh investigation says school's top officials showed a 'total disregard' for child victims amid allegations of sexual abuse 12 Jul 2012 Penn State's venerated football coach Joe Paterno and three other senior university figures repeatedly "concealed critical facts" that enabled Jerry Sandusky to continue abusing children for 14 years, according to a damning investigation into the scandal. The report, ordered by Penn State trustees, concludes they engaged in the cover-up to protect the college and its multimillion dollar football program from the consequences of bad publicity. The keenly awaited investigation, by former FBI director Louis Freeh, concludes that university president Graham Spanier, vice-president Gary Schultz, athletic director Timothy Curley and Paterno "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade". [Literally, *predatory capitalism.*]

Oversight board questions Los Alamos nuclear lab radiation risk

July 12, 2012 by legitgov

Oversight board questions Los Alamos nuclear lab radiation risk 12 Jul 2012 Los Alamos National Laboratory significantly underestimated how much radiation could leak from the nation's premier plutonium lab after a major earthquake and fire, a federal oversight panel concluded. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board recently sent lab officials a report and letter saying board staff had identified a number of deficiencies in calculations that concluded any release would be below the threshold deemed safe to the public. Board staff said its calculations indicate the potential for a radiation release from an earthquake-induced fire could instead be more than four times higher than levels considered safe for public exposure.

Armed forces told to find extra 3,500 personnel to protect London Olympics

July 12, 2012 by legitgov

Armed forces told to find extra 3,500 personnel to protect London Olympics --The extra personnel, the equivalent of an infantry brigade, means that 20,000 servicemen and women will be on duty - that is a fifth of the Army. 12 Jul 2012 Pressure is growing on the Home Secretary to explain how a blunder over security at the Olympic Games has caused thousands of military personnel to be drafted in at the last minute. The armed forces have been told to find an extra 3,500 personnel to protect the London Olympics to cover a shortfall in recruitment by a private security firm just a fortnight before the opening ceremony.

U.S. moving submersibles to Persian Gulf to oppose Iran

July 12, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. moving submersibles to Persian Gulf to oppose Iran 11 Jun 2012 The Navy is rushing dozens of unmanned underwater craft to the Persian Gulf to help detect and destroy mines in a major military buildup aimed at preventing Iran from closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the event of a [US-provoked] crisis, U.S. officials said. The tiny SeaFox submersibles each carry an underwater television camera, homing sonar and an explosive charge. The first of the SeaFox submersibles arrived in the Gulf in recent weeks, officials said, along with four MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopters and four minesweeping ships, part of a larger buildup of U.S. naval, air and ground forces in the region aimed at Iran.

Ricin scare led to evacuations at Fort Bragg

July 12, 2012 by legitgov

Ricin scare led to evacuations at Fort Bragg --HazMat teams went in about 7PM, searching for 'suspicious chemical' 11 Jul 2012 Fort Bragg officials have given the 'all clear' on post after looking for ricin. Post spokesman Tom McCollum told ABC11 that an area of the Randolph Pointe apartment complex was cordoned off for a time Wednesday evening. People in three apartments had to be evacuated due to a ricin scare. Officials said they received word around 5 p.m. that a non-commissioned officer had ricin.

Romney flew in people to provide applause at NAACP speech

July 12, 2012 by legitgov

Romney flew in people to provide applause at NAACP speech Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 11 Jul 2012 Governor Mitt Romney 'flew in' non-NAACP people to provide a cheering section for him when he spoke before the NAACP in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday. Romney brought about twenty black 'applauders' into the room. (MSNBC)

House votes to repeal 'health care' law

July 11, 2012 by legitgov

House votes to repeal 'health care' law 11 Jul 2012 Republicans pushed yet another bill through the House Wednesday to repeal the nation's 2-year-old health care law, a maneuver that forced Democrats to choose between President Obama's signature domestic achievement and a public that is persistently skeptical of its value. The vote was 244-185, with five Democratic defectors siding with Republicans. By Republicans' count, the vote marked the 33rd time in 18 months that the Tea Party-infused GOP majority has tried to eliminate, defund or otherwise scale back the program - opponents scornfully call it Obamacare - since the GOP took control of the House. [If USociopaths weren't funding illegal wars all over the world, US citizens could have single-payer health care.]

Russia sends Black Sea warship to Syria - source

July 11, 2012 by legitgov

Russia sends Black Sea warship to Syria - source 10 Jul 2012 Russia dispatched a destroyer-class warship to Syria on Tuesday, a source in the Russian Navy told Reuters, and another military source was quoted as saying four more Russian ships were en route to the violence-torn country. Moscow has been the major ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he battles an armed uprising invasion by foreign terrorists, but the source quoted by Interfax news agency said the ships' mission had nothing to do with the conflict. Interfax quoted the military source as saying the ships were carrying marines on a training mission as well as food, water and fuel for Russia's naval maintenance and repair base in Syria's Mediterranean port of Tartous.

Homeland Security gains more power through new Obama executive order

July 11, 2012 by legitgov

Homeland Security gains more power through new Obama executive order --Secretaries of DHS, DOD to 'serve as federal lead' in crisis 11 Jul 2012 Should disaster strike the U.S., the secretary of Homeland Security will be in charge of re-establishing and prioritizing communications to ensure the continuation of the federal government, according to a new executive order from President Barack Obama. The executive order, signed on Friday [of course], once again expands the powers of the Department of Homeland Security - this time to include the handling of communications during a national security event or natural disaster. The order also allows for DHS to re-establish communications "through the use of commercial, government, and privately owned communications resources, when appropriate."

Flight Diverted to Philly After 12 People Become Sick: Officials

July 11, 2012 by legitgov

Flight Diverted to Philly After 12 People Become Sick: Officials 10 Jul 2012 Five people are in the hospital after a flight headed to Rome landed at Philly International due to passengers and crew members feeling sick. Officials say the U.S. Airways airbus landed at the airport around 10:22 p.m. Investigators say the flight was traveling from Charlotte to Rome but was diverted to Philadelphia after 12 people on the plane, including four crew members, complained of feeling sick. The passengers also claimed fumes were detected on the plane. Five people have been taken to the hospital, according to investigators.

5 Taken to Hospital After Plane Diverted to Philly

July 11, 2012 by legitgov

5 Taken to Hospital After Plane Diverted to Philly 11 Jul 2012 Fire department officials say five people were taken to a hospital from a plane diverted to Philadelphia International Airport after several people reported feeling ill. Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said US Airways flight 720 had taken off from Charlotte, N.C. bound for Rome, but local officials were informed just before 10 p.m. Tuesday that the plane was diverting to Philadelphia after some people reported symptoms of nausea. The fire department said five people were taken from the airport's Terminal A to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where their condition was not immediately available.

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