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Friday 16 December 2011

Census data: Half of U.S. poor or low income

News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government
15 Dec 2011
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Indefinite detention bill passes in Senate 16 Dec 2011 ( Exactly 220 years to the date after the Bill of Rights was ratified, the US Senate today voted 86 to 13 in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, allowing the indefinite detention and torture of Americans. After a back-and-forth in recent days between both the Senate and House yielded intense criticism from Americans attempting to hold onto their Constitutional rights, NDAA FY2012 is now on its way to the White House, where yesterday the Obama administration revealed that the president would not veto the legislation, cancelling a warning he offered less than a month earlier.
Indefinite Military Detention Measure Passes On Bill of Rights Day 15 Dec 2011 The Senate passed a defense bill Thursday that authorizes indefinite detentions of American terrorism suspects, coincidentally acting on the controversial measure on the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. The bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, passed 86 to 13 and is expected to be signed quickly by President Obama, who withdrew a veto threat against the bill Wednesday. Six Democrats, six Republicans and one independent opposed the bill. Though the legislation passed overwhelmingly, several senators argued that it was threatening fundamental provisions of the Bill of Rights, which is celebrated every Dec. 15.
White House OKs indefinite military detention of terrorism suspects 14 Dec 2011 The White House is signing off on a controversial new law that would authorize the U.S. military to arrest and indefinitely detain alleged al Qaeda members or other terrorist operatives captured on American soil. As the bill neared final passage in the House of Representatives and the Senate on Wednesday, the Obama regime announced it would support passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains slightly watered-down provisions giving the military a front line role in domestic terrorism cases. "By signing this defense spending bill, President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in U.S. law," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.
Anonymous targets indefinite detention bill 15 Dec 2011 Cyber activists linked to the Anonymous collective are mobilizing to oppose legislation that would allow the military to indefinitely detain US citizens suspected of terrorist activity on American soil. Known as NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) FY 2012, the legislation also permits the Pentagon to transfer suspected terrorists - even though they are US citizens - to Guantánamo Bay. In response to the pending legislation, Anonymous has doxed Robert J. Portman, a Republican senator from the state of Ohio who supports the controversial Act. "He made himself a target as an advocate of the NDAA," the group wrote in an online communiqué."We are truly disturbed by the ludicrous $272,853 he received from special interest groups supporting the NDAA bill that authorizes the indefinite detention of [American] citizens on US soil. Robert J. Portman, we plan to make an example of you." [Anonymous, we are with you.]
Manning to make first WikiLeaks court appearance Friday 15 Dec 2011 More than a year and a half after his arrest, the Army private accused of being the source of the massive WikiLeaks disclosure of classified military and diplomatic material is to make his first court appearance Friday. Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been held at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, will face an Article 32 hearing at Fort Meade in Maryland, outside Washington. It's also the home of the National Security Agency. The hearing, which is expected to last up to a week, is to determine whether there's enough evidence for a court-martial.
Pakistan says U.S. drones in its air space will be shot down [Some are thinking, *it's about time.*] 10 Dec 2011 Pakistan will shoot down any U.S. drone that intrudes its air space per new directives, a senior Pakistani official told NBC News on Saturday. According to the new Pakistani defense policy, "Any object entering into our air space, including U.S. drones, will be treated as hostile and be shot down," a senior Pakistani military official told NBC News. The policy change comes just weeks after a deadly NATO attack on Pakistani military checkpoints 'accidentally' killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, prompting Pakistani officials to order all U.S. personnel out of a remote airfield in Pakistan.
Suicide prevention app built for soldiers 14 Dec 2011 The National Guard announced a new suicide prevention smartphone app for Tennessee soldiers on Tuesday. The "Guard Your Buddy" app is the first of its kind in the country, Guard officials said. At least six Tennessee guardsmen or women have taken their lives since 2004.
AP: Regulators up scrutiny of Fort Calhoun nuclear plant after finding more problems 14 Dec 2011 Several new problems have been found at a Nebraska power plant that suffered flood damage earlier this year, federal regulators said Tuesday, so inspectors will be watching the plant north of Omaha even more closely as repairs from flooding are made. The tougher oversight for the Omaha Public Power District plant in Fort Calhoun will likely further delay its restart from early next year until sometime in the spring as it makes repairs from the summer flooding. Fort Calhoun has been shut down since April, when it was being refueled.
Census data: Half of U.S. poor or low income 15 Dec 2011 Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans - nearly 1 in 2 - have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays [thanks to the GOP, Obusha, and sycophantic DemocRATs]. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.

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