DARPA's Blue Angel - Pentagon prepares millions of vaccines against future global flu 30 Jul 2012
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government30 Jul 2012All links are here:DARPA's Blue Angel - Pentagon prepares millions of vaccines against future global flu 28 Jul 2012 The Pentagon's DARPA lab has announced a milestone, but it doesn't involve drones or death missiles. Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency say they've produced 10 million doses of an influenza vaccine in only one month's time. In a press release issued by the agency's office this week, scientists with DARPA say they've reach an important step in being able to combat spread a flu pandemic that might someday decimate the Earth's population. By working with the Medicago Inc. vaccine company, the Pentagon's cutting edge research lab says that they've used a massive harvest of tobacco plants to help produce a plethora of flu-fighting vaccines. [Am I the *only one* wondering: WHY is *DARPA* manufacturing vaccines? You would have to be *out of your mind* to allow an injection of *anything* concocted by the Pentagon!]Officials: Ebola breaks out in Uganda 28 Jul 2012 The deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month, Ugandan health officials said on Saturday, ending weeks of speculation about the cause of a strange disease that had many people fleeing their homes. Kibaale is a district in midwestern Uganda, where people in recent weeks have been troubled by a mysterious illness that seemed to have come from nowhere [aka Fort Detrick]. On Friday, Joaquim Saweka, the WHO representative in Uganda, told The Associated Press that investigators were "not so sure" it was Ebola, and a Ugandan health official dismissed the possibility of Ebola as merely a rumor.Colo. shooting suspect's psychiatrist in threat-assessment team 28 Jul 2012 A former University of Colorado graduate student accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a shooting rampage at a Denver-area movie theater last week had been under the care of a psychiatrist who was part of a campus threat-assessment team. The disclosure came in court documents filed overnight, NZT, by lawyers for James Holmes, 24, who is accused of opening fire last weekend on a packed showing of the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, in the Denver suburb of Aurora. The defence attorneys, in their request to an Arapahoe County district judge, are seeking a court order requiring prosecutors to turn over the contents of a package that Holmes sent to Dr Lynne Fenton and was later seized by investigators. [See also: CLG's Aurora, Colorado Shooting 'Oddities'.]Colorado shooting suspect charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder 30 Jul 2012 The former graduate student accused of opening fire at a midnight screening of the new "Batman" film in Colorado, killing 12 people, was charged on Monday with 24 counts of first-degree murder, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. James Holmes, who was arrested behind a suburban Denver multiplex minutes after the July 20 shooting at a packed showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," also faces 116 counts of attempted murder in one of the worst outbursts of U.S. gun violence in recent years.US audit: $200M wasted on Iraqi police training 30 Jul 2012 U.S. auditors have concluded that more than $200 million was wasted on a program to train Iraqi police that Baghdad says is neither needed nor wanted. The Police Development Program -- which was drawn up to be the single largest State Department program in the world -- was envisioned as a five-year, multibillion-dollar push to train security forces after the U.S. military left last December. But Iraqi political leaders, anxious to keep their distance from the Americans, were unenthusiastic. The findings call into question funding needs at the largest U.S. embassy in the world, as the Obama administration prepares its new spending plan for the 2013 fiscal year that begins Oct 1.USociopaths caught photoshopping events in Syria Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 30 Jul 2012 (Photo) Translation of headline: "Assads (sic) Tanks roll through the streets to the 'Mother of all Battles.'"DHS gears up for civil unrest prior to presidential election 28 Jul 2012 The Department of Homeland Security has ordered masses of riot gear equipment to prepare for potential significant domestic riots at the Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention and next year's presidential inauguration. The DHS submitted a rushed solicitation to the Federal Business Opportunities site on Wednesday, which is a portal for Federal government procurement requisitions over $25,000. The request gave the potential suppliers only one day to submit their proposals and a 15-day delivery requirement to Alexandria, Virginia.NSA wants to hire hackers 28 Jul 2012 Wearing a t-shirt and jeans, America's top spymaster -- National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, also the head of the U.S. Cyber Command -- took the stage Friday at the nation's largest hacker convention to deliver a recruiting pitch. Alexander's appearance is a milestone for DefCon, a hacker mecca with an often-uneasy relationship with the feds. To hammer the point home, the NSA set up a special recruiting site for the show: http://www.nsa.gov/careers/dc20/. It's not your standard government careers page. This one includes the line: "If you have a few, shall we say, indiscretions in your past, don't be alarmed."Bradley Manning's lawyers seek to show torturous holding conditions --Manning's lawyers move to have the 22 charges against him dismissed due to treatment during his detention likened to torture 29 Jul 2012 Bradley Manning, the suspected WikiLeaks source, is seeking to call several military psychiatrists to testify that he was held in custodial conditions likened to torture against their professional advice. Manning's defence lawyers have lodged a motion with the military court in Fort Meade, Maryland, requesting the appearance of seven medical and other experts at the next pretrial hearing scheduled for 1 October. The defence team, led by civilian lawyer David Coombs, is trying to have all 22 charges against Manning thrown out of court on grounds that he was subjected to illegal pretrial treatment in violation of the constitutional prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.Obama releases Israeli military funding 28 Jul 2012 US President Barack Obama said he is releasing an additional $US70 million ($67 million) in military aid for Israel. The stepped-up US aid, first announced in May, will go to help Israel expand production of a short-range rocket defense system known as Iron Dome. Obama announced the new military assistance as he signed a bill in the Oval Office expanding military and civilian cooperation with Israel. Obama said the bill underscores the United States' "unshakable commitment to Israel."Palestinians disgruntled by Romney 31 Jul 2012 US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday tapped Jewish-American donors for more than US$1 million, ending a trip to Israel that aimed to show he would be a better ally than President Barack Obama. Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson, an ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well, sat to Romney's left at the breakfast event in Jerusalem. While Romney carried a clear pro-Israel message, he also noted a "stark difference" in the average incomes of Israelis and Palestinians - US$25,000 and US$10,000, respectively. On Monday, Palestinians accused Romney of undermining peace prospects by calling Jerusalem "the capital of Israel," ignoring their own claims to the city and most world opinion.Romney in favor of 'any measures' against Iran 29 Jul 2012 In a 6,000-mile reach for evangelical and Jewish voters in the presidential election, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney said Sunday that the U.S. should "employ any and all measures" to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, arguing that it is the nation's most pressing national security issue. With the Tower of David in the Old City of Jerusalem as a backdrop, Mr. Romney said that "we recognize Israel's right to defend itself," but stopped short of reiterating the words of a foreign policy aide who told reporters that the Republican would "respect" a unilateral Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.Mitt Romney backs Israeli military action against Iran 29 Jul 2012 Mitt Romney gave his backing to a unilateral Israeli military strike against Iran, insisting he would not stand-by while the "ayatollahs in Tehran" threatened to wipe the Jewish state "off the map". Seeking to salvage his pre-election world tour after a series of gaffes during his visit to London, the Republican presidential challenger indicated that he would not stand in Israel's way were it to launch an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. He courted further controversy by proclaiming Jerusalem to be "the capital of Israel", a status not recognised by the United States or any foreign power because the eastern part of the city is also claimed by the Palestinians.US sees Israel, tight Mideast ally, as spy threat 28 Jul 2012 The CIA station chief opened the locked box containing the sensitive equipment he used from his home in Tel Aviv, Israel, to communicate with CIA headquarters in Virginia, only to find that someone had tampered with it. He sent word to his superiors about the break-in. The incident, described by three former senior U.S. intelligence officials, might have been dismissed as just another cloak-and-dagger incident in the world of international espionage, except that the same thing had happened to the previous station chief in Israel.Iran sentences four people to death for bank fraud [<g>] 30 Jul 2012 An Iranian court has sentenced four people to death for a billion-dollar bank fraud that tainted the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, state media reported on Monday. Iranians, hit by sanctions and soaring inflation, were shocked by the scale of the $2.6-billion bank loan embezzlement that was exposed last year and by allegations it was carried out by people close to the political elite or with their assent. Of the thirty-nine people tried for the fraud - the biggest in the Islamic Republic's history - four were sentenced to hang, the IRNA state news agency reported.Barclays told to stop fundraising for Mitt Romney 29 Jul 2012 Barclays has been accused of fundraising for political candidates instead of working to rebuild the public's trust in banks following the Libor-setting scandal. Executives at Barclays have reportedly donated more than $1m (£645,000) to US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's election campaign. They are set to hand over more this evening at fundraising dinner in a secret Mayfair location, where tickets cost between $50,000 and $75,000, according to the Guardian.Libor scandal: Barclays executive Jerry del Missier given £8.75m pay-off 25 Jul 2012 Jerry del Missier, the former Barclays Bank executive at the centre of the interest-rate rigging scandal that cost the lender £290m, has walked away with a pay-off of almost £9m. Mr del Missier, the bank's former chief operating officer who resigned three weeks ago, is understood to have negotiated the deal with Barclays' outgoing chairman Marcus Agius in the days before he quit. The pay-out looks certain to trigger another political storm over bankers' pay. Mr del Missier was one of Barclays' highest-paid executives, receiving a salary and bonus package for 2011 worth £6.7m plus a further £10.8m from share awards from previous years.Scranton, Penn. to pay back workers' wages, plus interest 30 Jul 2012 After slashing public employees' pay to minimum wage on July 6, the mayor of cash-poor Scranton, Pennsylvania, has struck a deal to pay them back what they are owed with interest. Mayor Christopher Doherty agreed that the city would pay approximately $750,000 in compensation owed to firefighters, police officers and public works employees, plus at least $5,100 in interest, said Tom Jennings, a lawyer for the employees' unions. In exchange, the unions said they would drop their bid to have the mayor held in contempt of court, according to the agreement, reached Saturday and presented to a judge on Monday.U.S. agency launches probe after Enbridge oil spill 28 Jul 2012 The U.S. pipeline safety agency launched an investigation on Saturday into an oil spill in Wisconsin on Enbridge Inc’s network that forced the partial shutdown of a main artery carrying light sweet Canadian crude to Chicago-area refineries. Enbridge’s 318,000 barrel per day Line 14 pipeline, part of the Lakehead system, was shut after an estimated 1,200 barrels of oil were leaked. This happened almost two years to the day after another major spill in a different section of the line, in Michigan.Scientists warn it's the 'new norm' after worst drought in 800 years 30 Jul 2012 The signs of drought were everywhere, from shrivelled rivers and lakes in the American West to brittle brown lawns and parched farm crops in the Canadian Prairies. Even the hardy, drought-tolerant pinyon pine forests of New Mexico turned grey as they withered and died, starved of water for far too long. The stubborn dry spell that enveloped western North America from 2000 to 2004 was harsh, but now a group of researchers has concluded it was the most severe drought in 800 years - bone-dry conditions that the scientists believe could become the "new norm" in this vital agricultural region.CLG needs your support.
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