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Petition Calls on Congress to Reveal the Secret 28 Pages for 9/11 Transparency

July 11, 2015 by legitgov

Petition Calls on Congress to Reveal the Secret 28 Pages for 9/11 Transparency | 10 July 2015 | On Jan. 6, 2015, Walter Jones (R-NC) and Steven Lynch (D-MA) introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives calling on President Obama to release the 28 pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11. The resolution is called H.RES. 14. Visibility of the 28 pages issue has risen yet again with the introduction of Senate Bill 1471 introduced by Rand Paul on June 2, 2015, as a parallel action to H.RES. 14...Furthermore, release of the pages will reveal that certain Saudi royals and charities known for funding extremist groups are being protected, regardless that they continue to jeopardize U.S. national security. In other words, funding of extremist groups is being protected while the American people are being told to fear another "9/11 type attack" -- a blatant contradiction. Sign petition here.

Up to 170,000 chickens set to be slaughtered after suspected bird flu outbreak

July 11, 2015 by legitgov

Up to 170,000 chickens set to be slaughtered after suspected bird flu outbreak | 10 July 2015 | (UK) Tens of thousands of chickens are being slaughtered on a poultry farm after a suspected bird flu outbreak. A control zone has also been set up 10km around a Lancashire farm to prevent any risk of the disease spreading but up to 170,000 laying hens are expected to be humanely culled [?] as a precautionary measure. Scientists have yet to discover what strain of flu is involved. Some strains of avian influenza, particularly the H5N1 form, are known to have jumped the species barrier and resulted in more than 300 human deaths worldwide.

US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 'collusion'

July 10, 2015 by legitgov

US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 'collusion' | 10 July 2015 | The largest association of psychologists in the United States is on the brink of a crisis, the Guardian has learned, as an independent review prepares to reveal that medical professionals lied and covered up their extensive involvement in post-9/11 torture. The revelation, puncturing years of denials, creates the potential for leadership firings, loss of licenses and even prosecutions. For more than a decade, the American Psychological Association (APA) has maintained that a strict code of ethics prohibits its more than 130,000 members to aid in the torture of detainees prisoners while simultaneously permitting involvement in military and intelligence interrogations. The group has rejected media reporting on psychologists' complicity in torture; suppressed internal dissent from anti-torture doctors; cleared members of wrongdoing; and portrayed itself as a consistent ally against abuse. Now, a voluminous independent review conducted by a former assistant US attorney, David Hoffman, is said to undermine the APA's denials in full -- and vindicate the dissenters.

Confederate flag comes down on South Carolina's statehouse grounds

July 10, 2015 by legitgov

Confederate flag comes down on South Carolina's statehouse grounds [Great! Now if we could only get rid of -- or even get the media to mention -- the slavery codified in Obama's secret TPP...] | 10 July 2015 | The Confederate flag on South Carolina's statehouse grounds came down during a Friday morning ceremony, ending its 54-year presence at the Capitol. Members from a South Carolina Highway Patrol honor guard approached the Confederate memorial, and as one turned a lever to lower the flag, the assembled large crowd burst into sustained applause and chanted "U.S.A.!" The flag will be placed in a museum. Cheers and hugs punctuated the morning.

NYSE glitch caused by software update, exchange says

July 10, 2015 by legitgov

NYSE glitch caused by software update, exchange says | 09 July 2015 | A computer malfunction that forced the New York Stock Exchange to suspend trading for more than three hours on Wednesday was caused by an update to part of the exchange's trading software before markets opened. The update threw off the entire system. The NYSE reopened at 3:10 p.m. ET the same day, after being halted shortly after 11:30 a.m. On Thursday, the exchange elaborated on that explanation, saying an update to the software the exchange uses to properly determine timestamps on trades was improperly rolled out.

Who really runs N.J. when Christie is away?

July 10, 2015 by legitgov

Who really runs N.J. when Christie is away? | 09 July 2015 | Gov. Chris Christie, who has been out of state nearly half of his second term in office, is expected to be away from New Jersey more than ever now that he's launched his presidential campaign. By early July, Christie had spent more time out of state this year than he's spent in it. When his latest trip to Allen & Company's annual financial conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, this week ends, the governor will have spent 100 of the last 192 days traveling out of state campaigning or laying the groundwork for his White House bid. [The defective 'Shift' button on my keyboard would do a better job running the state, so I think it's a 'plus' that Christie isn't there most of the time.]

To facilitate passage of TPP, U.S. upgrades Malaysia in annual human trafficking report - sources

July 10, 2015 by legitgov

To facilitate passage of TPP, U.S. upgrades Malaysia in annual human trafficking report - sources | 08 July 2015 | The United States is upgrading Malaysia from the lowest tier on its list of worst human trafficking centers, U.S. sources said on Wednesday, a move that could smooth the way for an ambitious U.S.-led free-trade deal with the Southeast Asian nation and 11 other countries. The upgrade to so-called "Tier 2 Watch List" status removes a potential barrier to President Barack Obama's signature global trade corporate takeover deal. A provision in a related trade bill passed by Congress last month barred from fast-tracked trade deals Malaysia and other countries that earn the worst U.S. human trafficking ranking in the eyes of the U.S. State Department.

President Obama Accepts Slavery in Order to Win TPP Trade Deal

July 10, 2015 by legitgov

President Obama Accepts Slavery in Order to Win TPP Trade Deal | 09 July 2015 | So that U.S. President Barack Obama can end a roadblock and win the agreement of other nations for his proposed Trans Pacific Partnership, he has decided to remove one of the nations, Malaysia, from the U.S. State Department's official list of countries that allow slavery. Malaysia, which recently found over a hundred graves of discarded slaves, has been on the U.S. State Department's "Tier 3" list of slave nations...but, unlike those other countries, Obama wants Malaysia to be included in his Trans Pacific Partnership; so, he has decided to remove Malaysia from that official list. This was first reported by Reuters on July 8th, under the headline "Exclusive: U.S. Upgrades Malaysia in Annual Human Trafficking Report."

US: More Than 21 Million Affected by Government Data Breach

July 10, 2015 by legitgov

US: More Than 21 Million Affected by Government Data Breach | 09 July 2015 | Hackers stole Social Security numbers, health histories and other highly sensitive data from more than 21 million people, the Obama administration said Thursday, acknowledging that the breach of U.S. government computer systems was far more severe than previously disclosed. The scope of the data breach -- believed to be the biggest in U.S. history -- has grown dramatically since the government first disclosed earlier this year that hackers had gotten into the Office of Personnel Management's personnel database and stolen records for about 4.2 million people. Since then, the Obama administration has acknowledged a second, related breach of the systems housing private data that individuals submit during background investigations to obtain security clearances.

Brits Told to Leave Tunisia Amid Terror Warning

July 9, 2015 by legitgov

Brits Told to Leave Tunisia Amid Terror Warning | 09 July 2015 | Britons in Tunisia have been told to leave the country as the Foreign Office warns more terror attacks are "highly likely" after last month's beach shootings. Extra flights are being put on to bring tourists home and two holiday companies, Thomson and First Choice, are returning their staff to the UK. The Foreign Office said Britons should leave unless they definitely have to stay, adding that people planning to travel there should not unless it was "essential". An estimated 3,000 Britons are currently on holiday in Tunisia and about 300 others are travelling independently.

Foreign Office Tunisia terror warning: UK tourists 'to be given military escort to airports for flights home'

July 9, 2015 by legitgov

Foreign Office Tunisia terror warning: UK tourists 'to be given military escort to airports for flights home' | 09 July 2015 | British tourists will reportedly be given a military escort to the airport to catch their flights home from Tunisia. The vehicles will be driven to Enfidha airport, which is heavily fortified with security personnel following the two terrorist attacks on tourists on Tunisia this year. Around 20 planes are due to fly Brit tourists and staff home to Manchester, Gatwick and other UK airports. It comes after the Foreign Office advised British holidaymakers to leave Tunisia as a further terror attack is deemed to be 'highly likely.'

South Carolina governor signs bill to remove Confederate flag

July 9, 2015 by legitgov

South Carolina governor signs bill to remove Confederate flag | 09 July 2015 | South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation on Thursday to permanently remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds, following an emotional debate spurred by the massacre of nine black churchgoers last month. Haley signed the bill into law in the State House Rotunda before an audience of legislators and dignitaries shortly after 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT), and her office said the flag would be taken down at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Friday. The rebel banner will go to the "relic room" of South Carolina's military museum in Columbia, the state capital.

FBI says law enforcement stopped several plots to 'kill people in the United States' over Fourth of July holiday

July 9, 2015 by legitgov

FBI Director James Comey said that law enforcement stopped several plots to 'kill people in the United States' over the Fourth of July holiday | 09 July 2015 | FBI Director James Comey said that law enforcement officials stopped an undisclosed number [?!?] of plots to 'kill people in the United States' over the Fourth of July holiday. The plots were linked to the Islamic State terror group who wanted to carry out attacks which would have caused mayhem across the country. But they were thwarted by federal agents who have ramped up security efforts in recent months to arrest Islamic State sympathizers across the country.

'Serious' flaw found in French nuclear reactor

July 9, 2015 by legitgov

'Serious' flaw found in French nuclear reactor | 09 July 2015 | A weakness has been discovered in a French nuclear reactor of the type set to be built at Hinkley in the UK. France's nuclear safety regulator told the BBC the flaw in the steel housing the reactor core at the nuclear plant being built in Normandy is "serious". He added that unless he was satisfied with the plans to put it right, he could stop the project. The troubled European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) under construction in France is one of the standard bearers for the next generation of nuclear power plants.

Petition Seeks to Revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom

July 9, 2015 by legitgov

Sign petition to revoke 'personal responsibilty for blacks' Reagan pimp/predator/rapist Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom: Petition Seeks to Revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom | 09 July 2015 | Bill Cosby may lose one of his biggest honors after new details surfaced about his history of sexual misconduct raping women. A petition that asks for the star's Presidential Medal of Freedom to be removed is gaining steam. Filed on the White House's website, the "Revoke the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Cosby" petition made its way online in the aftermath of the Associated Press's scathing report on the comedian. As previously detailed, the AP article unearthed documents from 2005, in which Cosby admits to obtaining Quaaludes for the purpose of giving them to the women to whom he was attracted.

South Carolina House approves bill removing Confederate flag

July 9, 2015 by legitgov

South Carolina House approves bill removing Confederate flag | 09 July 2015 | The South Carolina House has approved taking down the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, a stunning reversal in a state that was the first to leave the Union in 1860 and raised the flag again at its Statehouse more than 50 years ago to protest the civil rights movement. The House approved the Senate bill 93-27, and still has one more vote that appeared to be perfunctory since they had met two-thirds approval. The bill would then go to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who supports it.

Jeb Bush: People Need to Work Longer Hours

July 9, 2015 by legitgov

Jeb Bush: People Need to Work Longer Hours | 08 July 2015 | Today, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush...uttered a phrase that may not go over too well with the constituency he seeks to reach. During an interview that was live-streamed on the app Periscope, Bush told New Hampshire's The Union Leader that to grow the economy, "people should work longer hours." Already the Democratic National Committee has pounced, releasing a statement that calls his remarks "easily one of the most out-of-touch comments we've heard so far this cycle," adding that Bush would not fight for the middle class as president.

Trump vows to press Ford to cancel $2.5 billion Mexican plant that will 'take away thousands' of U.S. jobs

July 9, 2015 by legitgov

The actual reason why the corporate-owned media bashes Donald Trump 24/7: Trump vows to press Ford to cancel $2.5 billion Mexican plant that will 'take away thousands' of U.S. jobs | 16 June 2015 | Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump threatened [corpora-terrorists] Ford Motor Co. with punitive taxes if the Dearborn automaker proceeds with a new $2.5 billion Mexican plant that will "take away thousands" of U.S. jobs. In April, Ford said it would add 3,800 jobs in Mexico as part of a $2.5 billion investment -- on top of the 11,300 Ford already employs in Mexico. The investment will include a new engine plant and new transmission plant allowing for exports of engines to the United States and elsewhere. [This predatory capitalism -- exporting jobs for cheap labor in other countries, skipping taxes, and selling the products back in the US -- needs to STOP. Like or dislike Donald Trump (and his offensive comments), this topic is important; Trump and Bernie Sanders are the only candidates discussing the issue.]

Baltimore police commissioner fired after riot, killings

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

Baltimore police commissioner fired after riot, killings | 08 July 2015 | Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired on Wednesday following criticism of his handling of rioting over the death of a black man from an injury in police custody and a skyrocketing homicide rate. Mayor [corporate-owned] Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the focus on Batts and the leadership of the 2,500-officer force had become a distraction in fighting resurgent crime and was hurting her goal of attracting families privatization to the city. Batts and other police commanders told officers to "hold the line" with rioters rather than confront people causing damage or threatening police.

Exxon knew of global warming in 1981, email says -- but it funded deniers for 27 more years

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

Exxon knew of global warming in 1981, email says -- but it funded deniers for 27 more years | 08 July 2015 | ExxonMobil, the world's biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change global warming -- seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm's own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial. Exxon's public position was marked by continued refusal to acknowledge the dangers of climate change global warming, even in response to appeals from the Rockefellers, its founding family, and its continued financial support for climate denial. Over the years, Exxon spent more than $30m on think tanks and researchers that promoted climate denial, according to Greenpeace.

Tom Selleck Accused of Stealing Public Water for his Hidden Hills Ranch

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

Tom Selleck Accused of Stealing Public Water for his Hidden Hills Ranch | 08 July 2015 | Actor [sic] Tom Selleck has been accused of stealing public water for use on his spacious ranch in Hidden Hills, California. A truck registered to the "Magnum, P.I." actor was allegedly caught pumping water from a public hydrant in Thousand Oaks then transporting it back to his home, according to a lawsuit filed by the Calleguas Municipal Water District. The agency hired a private detective, who claims to have observed the actor's vehicle being filled with water.

To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000 | 08 July 2015 | Former President [sic] George W. Bush charged $100,000 to speak at a charity fundraiser for U.S. military veterans severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, and former First Lady Laura Bush collected $50,000 to appear a year earlier, officials of the Texas-based Helping a Hero charity confirmed to ABC News. The former President was also provided with a private jet to travel to Houston at a cost of $20,000, the officials said.

NYSE re-opens but cause of glitch not yet revealed

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

NYSE re-opens but cause of glitch not yet revealed --Wall Street trading unexpectedly ceases | 08 July 2015 | Updated 15:11: The New York Stock Exchange has returned to business after more than three and a half hours of an unexpected closure, which officials blamed on technical problems. The exchange closed at 11.32am ET and re-opened just under an hour before the close of markets at 4pm ET. NYSE president Thomas Farley said that the technical problem was "identified" and "addressed" but did not describe what happened.

Anonymous 'predicted' NYSE trading incident in 7 July tweet

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

Anonymous 'predicted' NYSE trading incident in 7 July tweet --Did Anonymous predict NYSE trading incident? | 08 July 2015 | The international hacktivist group Anonymous sent a curious tweet yesterday at 11:45 p.m. ET in which it wondered aloud if there'd be a disruption today on Wall Street. "Wonder if tomorrow is going to be bad for Wall Street.... we can only hope." Twelve hours later, trading on the New York Stock Exchange was abruptly halted.

No 'nefarious actor' in NYSE, United outages, Homeland Security chief says

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

No 'nefarious actor' in NYSE, United outages, Homeland Security chief says | 08 July 2015 | First, United Airlines had a "network connectivity" issue that grounded all its planes for over an hour. Then, the New York Stock Exchange halted trading. And around the same time, the website of the Wall Street Journal went down. Wednesday's outages immediately ignited speculation about a coordinated cyberattack. No evidence so far points to any kind of hacking, but the series of major outages nonetheless underscored the vulnerability of large and vital institutions in the digital age.

Texas judge orders DHS to court

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

Texas judge orders DHS to court | 08 July 2015 | A federal judge in Texas is threatening to hold top immigration enforcement officials in contempt of court. This is for not fixing problems with work permits mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after the judge had put it on hold. The Justice Department had said about 2,000 individuals were sent three-year work authorizations after a judge in Brownsville temporarily blocked the immigration action on February 16.

NYSE, United Airlines, WSJ website hit with computer problems

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

NYSE, United Airlines, WSJ website hit with computer problems | 08 July 2015 | Trading on the New York Stock Exchange was halted around noon Wednesday after officials reported a major technical issue. The computer problem comes a few hours after a major computer issue forced United Airlines to temporarily stop all takeoffs, and the Wall Street Journal confirmed that its website -- WSJ dot com -- was experiencing technical difficulties. While an official at the NYSE told Fox News that no malicious activity was suspected in the computer glitch, nonetheless it was continuing to investigate the cause. The White House confirmed to Fox News that President Obama had been briefed on the NYSE situation.

Russia's upper house approves first list of 12 'undesirable' foreign groups

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

Russia's upper house approves first list of 12 'undesirable' foreign groups | 08 July 2015 | Russia's Federation Council has released a list of foreign organizations it plans to declare 'undesirable'. The 12 entries in the document include the Soros Foundation and the US National Endowment for Democracy [sic]. The upper house approved the list on its Wednesday session and forwarded the document to the Prosecutor General's Office, the Foreign Ministry and the Interior Ministry...Speaker Valentina Matviyenko emphasized that the inclusion of the anti-Russian groups on the blacklist would make their work transparent and clear for local authorities, political and non-government organizations. [It's about time.]

United flying again after glitch, but passengers hit with delays

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

United flying again after glitch, but passengers hit with delays | 08 July 2015 | United Airlines flights are back in the air after a computer glitch grounded U.S. departures for more than an hour. The original ground stop at 5:26 a.m., requested by the airline, was due to a "network connectivity issue," United said in a statement. The order was lifted at 6:47 a.m. The grounding caused delays for passengers across the country.

NYSE trading has been halted

July 8, 2015 by legitgov

NYSE trading has been halted | 08 July 2015 | The New York Stock Exchange unexpectedly halted trading on all stocks Wednesday morning after experiencing a major technical glitch. "NYSE/NYSE MKT has temporarily suspended trading in all symbols," the NYSE said on its market status page. "All open orders will be cancelled..." The halting of all trading on one of the world's largest exchanges is highly unusual. Stocks stopped trading just around 11:32 a.m.

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