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Thursday 10 November 2011

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
09 Nov 2011 - Early Edition
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Seventeen workers exposed to plutonium radiation at Idaho lab --There were no details from the lab on the precise cause or nature of the radiation release. 08 Nov 2011 Seventeen workers were exposed to low-level [sic] radiation from plutonium on Tuesday at a U.S. Energy Department nuclear research lab in Idaho, but there was no risk to the public, the government said. The accident at the Idaho National Laboratory occurred inside a facility used for remotely handling, processing and examining spent nuclear fuel, radioactive waste and other irradiated materials, the lab said in a series of statements. [Let me get this straight. There were 'no details released on the nature of the radiation release' -- and yet, the US government has already asserted that 'there was no risk to the public?' LOL!]
Waterboarding yes, power drills no: defining torture now the issue at spruced-up Guantanamo Bay --Mr Nashiri's counsel will argue that threatening a detainee with a power drill was not on the Justice Department's approved list of [torture] techniques. 10 Nov 2011 Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of a suicide attack on the USS Cole [another US inside job] in Aden on October 12, 2000, was expected to appear overnight in Guantanamo's fortified military courtroom. If convicted, he could face the death penalty... Nashiri speaks no English, but understands the proceedings he now faces and responds to questions, according to his legal team, but they describe him as "a victim of trauma". According to an official CIA report, their client was not only waterboarded, he also had a gun put to his head and was threatened with a power drill during interrogation.
Suicide bomber kills 7 in Afghanistan 07 Nov 2011 Two suicide bombers targeted worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in northern Afghanistan Sunday, with one blowing himself up and killing seven people, including a police officer. At least 18 people were wounded in the blast. Authorities said the second would-be bomber was captured before he could set off his explosives. The attack took place on the outskirts of Baghlan city, the capital of Baghlan province.
Israel denies Anonymous cyber-attack to blame for websites failure --Israeli secret service and army websites disrupted for several hours after video threat from Anonymous hacker group 07 Nov 2011 Israeli officials and security experts have rejected claims that a cyber-attack by the hacker group Anonymous was behind the failure of several government websites on Sunday, including those of the Mossad, the Shin Bet secret service, the Israeli army and some government ministries. The websites were inaccessible for several hours but all were back online again by Monday. In a YouTube video posted last Friday, Anonymous threatened to "strike back" at Israel if it continued to block vessels attempting to reach Gaza by sea.
Oppose the extradition of Julian Assange By Robert Stevens 07 Nov 2011 The decision last week by the High Court in London to dismiss the appeal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of his extradition to Sweden is an attack on democratic rights. The judgement by Sir John Thomas and Mr. Justice Ouseley upheld the February 2011 decision by District Judge Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates Court for extradition, rejecting every issue of substance in Assange's appeal. Relying on antidemocratic and arbitrary European Arrest Warrant (EAW) legislation, the judges pronounced, "The Prosecutor must be entitled to seek to apply the provisions of Swedish law to the procedure once it has been determined that Mr. Assange is an accused and is required for the purposes of prosecution."
Ahmadinejad: IAEA chief is a tool for the US 08 Nov 2011 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday criticized the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, calling him a pawn for US interests. Ahmadinejad said that IAEA was a tool for a few countries bent on world domination, and stated that Iran would continue to pursue nuclear development despite international pressure.
Israel's general strike ends after four hours of disruptions --The strike took place from 6:00 A.M. to 10 A.M., and affected trains, buses, universities, government ministries and municipalities, and Ben Gurion International Airport. 07 Nov 2011 A general strike by Israel's public sector ended on Monday after four hours of near paralysis across in the economy. The strike took place from 6:00 A.M. to 10 A.M., after Labor Court President Nili Arad decided after a night of deliberations to limit it to only four hours. The strike included trains, buses, universities, government ministries and municipalities. Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv was also closed. [See also: General Strike: November 28, 2011! --The only thing we have left is our labor. This is what we must withhold. Posted by Extend your Thanksgiving weekend by refusing the austerity measures to be imposed on the vast majority by the corporate, military and financial oligarchy! General Strike, Monday, November 28, 2011!]
Heads up! FEMA plans to test Emergency Alert System in D.C. area, across the country Wednesday 07 Nov 2011 Television viewers and radio listeners across the Washington area will join viewers and listeners across the United States on Wednesday for a message marking the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, authorities said. States and local governments have used the EAS to send weather alerts and report other emergencies, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency said that "there has never been a national activation of the system."
Live 'incendiary device' found in package at O'Hare could have been 'catastrophic' 07 Nov 2011 A live military trip flare capable of reaching a temperature of about 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit was intercepted by federal agents checking outgoing mail at O'Hare last week, avoiding a potential "catastrophic event." Chicago Customs and Border Protection agents found the Vietnam-era military incendiary device while examining outbound mail packages from the airport's international mail facility Thursday, according to a release from CBP. "...A military incendiary device was intercepted by CBP officers thus avoiding a potential catastrophic event," David Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago said in a statement.
HAARP... still busy: Strong quake hits southern Japan 08 Nov 2011 A fairly strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has hit off the shores of Japan's southern Okinawa Island. Officials said the quake Tuesday about 220 km away from the island was not expected to cause a tsunami.
Greece Prepares to Name New Interim Prime Minister 08 Nov 2011 Power-sharing talks between Greece's prime minister and the opposition leader dragged on into Tuesday evening, with senior government officials saying a deal was close but European leaders ratcheting up the pressure for a resolution. Talks between Prime Minister George Papandreou and opposition leader Antonis Samaras began Monday. The two agreed over the weekend to forge an interim government that will shepherd the country's new $179 billion European rescue package through Parliament.
Wall St. Made More Money In 2.5 Years of Obama Than 8 Years of Bush 07 Nov 2011 (Video) Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC's "Morning Joe": "New government data shows profits for America's largest financial firms are once again reaching record highs not seen sense before the financial crisis of 2008. In fact, Wall Street firms have earned more in the first two and a half years of the Obama presidency than all 8 years of the Bush presidency [sic]. Over 85 billion dollars in profits compared to 77 billion." [Remember this when the Obama campaign dares to position Obama as the ally of the 99% and the enemy of Wall Street!]
Police will have the right to fire rubber bullets on student protesters as they prepare for huge London demonstration --4,000 officers will be on the street on Wednesday 07 Nov 2011 Police are prepared to use plastic bullets for the first time on the British mainland if student protests planned for tomorrow erupt into violence. Scotland Yard revealed yesterday that the baton rounds have been authorised for a student fees march in London amid fears it could be hijacked [sic] by anarchists and troublemakers. Baton gun rounds have never been used on the British mainland, but they have been linked to deaths in Northern Ireland.
Plastic bullets available to police for Wednesday's student protests --Scotland Yard says officers are free to use baton rounds in extreme cases but critics say tactic is 'appalling and un-British' 07 Nov 2011 Baton rounds of plastic bullets will be available to police chiefs in an attempt to prevent disorder from breaking out in the capital during the latest round of student fees protests. Trained officers will be free to use baton rounds for "extreme" measures as 10,000 protesters march through London on Wednesday to voice their anger over tuition fees and cuts. Scotland Yard commander Simon Pountain said about 4,000 officers will be on duty to police the event amid fears the march could be hijacked by anarchists.
Occupy London given 6 p.m. deadline 08 Nov 2011 Members of the Occupy London movement have officially worn out their welcome with city officials. Bylaw enforcement officers moved into the group’s Victoria Park camp shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday, nailing pink eviction notices to trees and taping them to tents. The occupiers have until 6 p.m. to remove "tents, shelters, pallets, portable toilets, straw" and other materials from the park, the notice says.
Vancouver takes legal action to shut down Occupy tent city 08 Nov 2011 Vancouver officials launched legal action to shut down the Occupy Vancouver tent city Monday, in the latest effort to dislodge the protesters’ camp from the city land it has occupied for more than three weeks. Vancouver city manager Penny Ballem said Monday local government will seek an injunction in B.C. Supreme Court to remove the Occupy Vancouver protesters' tents, structures and belongings. The move comes after the city on Monday told occupiers to dismantle the camp on the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Occupy Group Eyes Indefinite Occupation 08 Nov 2011 Occupy Youngstown, a loose confederation of individuals who have set up a 24/7 base of operations in Central Square, is strongly considering remaining in the square "indefinitely."
Raleigh urges Occupy to find private property for camp 08 Nov 2011 A City Council panel this morning recommended against allowing Occupy Raleigh demonstrators to camp outside City Hall, saying the request poses too many health and legal risks. But the city is willing to work with the group to find private property in downtown suitable for an encampment, Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin told demonstrators after an hourlong discussion.
Occupy S.A. group makes room for event 08 Nov 2011 After a month of complying with law enforcement requests in the name of keeping their protest peaceful, Occupy San Antonio members came close to joining other movements nationwide that have a record of arrests.
Occupy Fort Collins protesters peacefully follow rules 08 Nov 2011 Occupy Fort Collins protesters have struck their tents from private property, as requested, spending their time on the public sidewalk without shelters. Members of the group who have been occupying the corner at College Avenue and Jefferson Street in Old Town since Oct. 10 were told on Friday that they had to stop camping on bank-owned property by Monday.
Occupy SLC campers remain at federal building site Tuesday 08 Nov 2011 A small group of Occupy SLC protesters remained camped on a privately owned vacant lot in downtown Salt Lake City Tuesday morning after being told by police to vacate. As of 10:20 a.m. there were about 25 people still on the lot with tents pitched. Many were holding signs, one of which said: "Sorry if we are inconvenient we are trying to change the world."
Occupy Delaware protesters agree to vacate Wilmington plaza 08 Nov 2011 After more than 24 hours of protesting in Spencer Plaza, Occupy Delaware activists were told by city police on Monday that they had until 6 in the evening to vacate the area -- or else. The protesters complied by moving off the plaza on French Street above Eighth and onto the sidewalk in front of it, where about 20 of them spent Sunday night protesting what they perceive as economic inequality and corporate greed and voicing their dissatisfaction with government.
Occupy Atlanta comes to Snellville to stop foreclosure 07 Nov 2011 Occupy Atlanta has spent a month in downtown Atlanta, decrying corporate influence in U.S. politics and clashing with local authorities over their right to protest at a local park. Now the protesters are turning their attention to the suburbs, hoping to use a family of five in south Gwinnett to highlight the nation's foreclosure crisis.
Occupy protesters, City Hall remain at odds 08 Nov 2011 St. Louis protesters are vowing to stay in Kiener Plaza downtown until they "win." City leaders insist that the group must leave. But officials took no action Monday and expressed fear that forcibly moving protesters could lead to violence. In an official statement and in interviews, group members said they would hold their ground.
Wall Street bonuses set to plunge 20% 09 Nov 20211 Occupy this, Wall Street: Corporate bonuses are expected to plunge as much as 30% this year compared to 2010, according to a closely watched report released by Johnson Associates on Tuesday. Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates, told CNNMoney said that bonuses can range from $10,000 on up to the millions.
Ohio voters reject Republican-backed union limits 08 Nov 2011 The state's new collective bargaining law was defeated Tuesday after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the Republican establishment [and an expensive Koch brothers'/Faux News-backed campaign]. In a political blow to GOP Gov. John Kasich, voters handily rejected the law, which would have limited the bargaining abilities of 350,000 unionized public workers.
Anti-worker legislation faces referendum vote in Ohio By Jerry White 08 Nov 2011 A ballot initiative today in the US state of Ohio will determine the fate of the anti-worker legislation passed by the Republican state legislature earlier this year. Ballot "Issue 2" calls for an up or down vote on Senate Bill 5, which strips the state’s 400,000 public employees of workplace rights, forces them to pay sharp increases in health care and pension contributions and bans strikes and other forms of collective resistance.
Mississippi's 'Personhood Amendment' fails at polls 08 Nov 2011 Mississippi voters Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative that would've declared life begins at fertilization, a proposal that supporters sought in the Bible Belt state as a way to prompt a legal challenge to abortion rights nationwide. The so-called "personhood" initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of voters, falling far short of the threshold needed for it to be enacted.
Herman Cain seeks to salvage reputation as scandal continues 08 Nov 2011 Republican presidential contender Herman Cain on Tuesday aggressively attacked the character of the latest woman to accuse him of sexual misconduct, emphatically maintaining his innocence even as the building charges take a toll on his reputation. The Cain campaign sent an email to it supporters on Tuesday with the subject line, "Who is Sharon Bialek?"
Chicago Woman Claims Herman Cain Wanted Her to Trade Sex for Job 07 Nov 2011 Sharon Bialek of Chicago became the first woman accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment to go public Monday, describing an alleged incident in Washington in 1997 in which the presidential contender, then the president of the National Restaurant Association stuck his hand up her skirt and tried to pull her head toward his crotch. "I said, 'What are you doing?'" alleged Bialek, who said she had contacted Cain for help getting a job. "You know I have a boyfriend. This isn't what I came here for." According to Bialek, Cain answered, "You want a job, right?"
Cain vows to "set the record straight" 08 Nov 2011 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is vowing to "set the record straight" at a news conference one day after a fourth woman -- and the first to reveal her identity -- accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior a decade ago, the latest in a string of claims that have rocked his presidential campaign.
Herman Cain still wins Republican hearts -- And that despite a fourth sexual harassment claim, from Sharon Bialek. But GOP voters know Mitt Romney remains their best bet. By Ana Marie Cox 08 Nov 2011 An online poll has found a dip in favorability ratings for the former Godfather's Pizza CEO, but the strength of his lead in the GOP race seems unstrained by the allegations of sexual harassment – consider that the drop was a mere nine points among Republicans, despite over a third of GOP voters believing the allegations.
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