CIA nominee had detailed knowledge of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' 01 Feb 2013
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01 Feb 2013
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http://www.legitgov.org/#breaking_newsCIA nominee had detailed knowledge of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' 30 Jan 2013 John Brennan, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the CIA, had detailed, contemporaneous knowledge of the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" torture on captured terrorism suspects during an earlier stint as a top spy agency official, according to multiple sources familiar with official records. Those records, the sources said, show that Brennan was a regular recipient of CIA message traffic about controversial aspects of the agency's counter-terrorism program after September 2001, including the use of "waterboarding."... The official records, which include raw CIA operational message traffic that remains classified, are silent on whether he opposed the techniques while at the spy agency, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Brennan served as deputy executive director of the agency beginning in 2001. Some former officials familiar with deliberations about the program said they don't recall Brennan voicing objections to the use of harsh interrogation techniques.$7.3 million camp for Afghan police found nearly empty: inspectors 29 Jan 2013 A *7.3 million base camp built to house 175 Afghan Border Police was sitting virtually empty two months after it was handed over to Afghan authorities, and some equipment like wood-burning stoves had been dismantled, U.S. inspectors reported on Tuesday. The facility, located in Kunduz Province, consisted of 12 buildings, including a dining hall, that were contracted by the Army Corps of Engineers and completed September 3, 2012, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Inspectors who visited the site to ensure construction by Omran Construction, Consulting and Engineering Co was carried out according to contract found only a dozen Afghan personnel at the camp and nearly all of the buildings locked, SIGAR reported. "These findings are similar to a July 2012 inspection of Afghan Border Police facilities in Nangarhar province, where we noted that *19 million was spent to construct four Border Police sites, yet the facilities were unoccupied or not being used as intended," SIGAR reported.'Two killed, five injured in Israeli airstrike on Syrian research center' 30 Jan 2013 The Syrian Army says two people have been killed and five others injured in an Israeli airstrike on a scientific research center in Jamraya, near the capital Damascus. "Israeli fighter jets violated our airspace at dawn today and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research center in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defence," the Syrian Army said in a statement on Wednesday, AFP reported. The attack was carried out against the center, which was tasked with boosting Syria's resistance and self-defense, "after terrorist groups made several failed attempts in the past months to take control of the site."Israeli warplane 'struck target on Syria-Lebanon border' amid weapons fears 30 Jan 2013 Israeli warplanes have attacked a target close to the Syrian-Lebanese border following several days of heightened warnings from government officials over Syria's [alleged] stockpiles of weapons. Syrian state television said that military command had confirmed a "scientific research centre" northwest of Damascus was struck at dawn on Wednesday, causing damage. Two people were killed and five wounded in the attack on the site, which was engaged in "raising the level of resistance and self-defence". Earlier, diplomatic and security sources were cited in media reports as saying a convoy of trucks had been struck close to the Syrian-Lebanese border.U.N. rights inquiry says Israel must remove settlers 31 Jan 2013 U.N. human rights investigators called on Israel on Thursday to halt settlement expansion and withdraw all half a million Jewish settlers from the occupied West Bank, saying that its practices could be subject to prosecution as possible war crimes. A three-member U.N. panel said private companies should stop working in the settlements if their work adversely affected the human rights of Palestinians, and urged member states to ensure companies respected human rights. "Israel must cease settlement activities and provide adequate, prompt and effective remedy to the victims of violations of human rights," Christine Chanet, a French judge who led the U.N. inquiry, told a news conference.Bomb Kills 2 Vaccine Workers in Pakistan 31 Jan 2013 A roadside bomb killed two Pakistani polio workers on their way to vaccinate children in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border Thursday, an official said. The two men were on their way to Malikhel village as part of the U.N.-backed antipolio campaign when the bomb hit their motorcycle, said government administrator Yousuf Rahim. The attack--the third this week against polio workers in Pakistan--took place in the Kurram region, a known militant stronghold. [Obviously, Pakistanis don't want their children murdered by drones OR vaccines.]U.S. Army's special forces set to train in Galveston 30 Jan 2013 The parking garage at the Galveston County courthouse is already blocked off, in preparation for military training exercises Wednesday, which could include helicopters landing on the roof. The training will involve about 80 soldiers from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command in coordination with local law enforcement, said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Noggle, an Army spokesman based at Fort Bragg, N.C. "The purpose of the realistic urban training is to give our Special Operators an opportunity to hone their skills in a controlled, but unfamiliar, realistic urban environment that cannot be replicated with the bare-boned facades found on military installation ranges," Noggle said by email.US Military Wants 'Mission Impossible' Self-Destructing Devices 28 Jan 2013 Self-destructing tapes from the "Mission Impossible" TV series and films served fictional spies well during the Cold War. Today, the U.S. military wants a modern version of vanishing electronics that are able to disappear upon command in the environment or a human body. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for such spy craft technology at a time when swarms of electronic sensors and communication devices already help U.S. troops hunt enemies, keep track of friendly forces and monitor threats from nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. "The [Vanishing, Programmable Resources] program seeks to address this pervasive challenge by developing electronic systems capable of physically disappearing in a controlled, triggerable manner," DARPA said in a special notice on Jan. 25.FBI Banned from Iceland--Attempted to infiltrate country in hunt for WikiLeaks 31 Jan 2013 FBI agents landed in Reykjavík without prior notification in an attempt to investigate WikiLeaks operations in the country, but Home Secretary Ögmundur Jónasson found out about the visit and forced them to leave the country, with the Icelandic government then issuing a formal protest to US authorities, according to Islandsbloggen. The hunt for WikiLeaks by the US has, on several occasions, involved private individuals and companies on Iceland.Jury: Oregon car-bomb suspect guilty of terrorism--Bomb was a fake, supplied by undercover FBI agents posing as members of al-Qaida 31 Jan 2013 A federal jury found an Oregon man guilty of federal terrorism charges on Thursday, rejecting the defense team's argument that Mohamed Mohamud was entrapped or induced by a yearlong FBI sting that began to target him when he was a teenager. Mohamud was accused of leading a plot to detonate a bomb at Portland's 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The device he thought was a bomb was a fake, supplied by undercover FBI agents posing as members of al-Qaida [al-CIAduh].Assange confirms he'll run for Senate 30 Jan 2013 Julian Assange will run for a senate seat in the 2013 federal election. A tweet from WikiLeaks says Julian Assange has confirmed he will run for the Australian Senate. Queensland-born Assange, who founded WikiLeaks, announced his senate ambitions last December from Ecuador's London embassy, where he sought refuge last June in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape claims.Dallas hacker 'spokesman' ruled competent to stand trial in federal court 30 Jan 2013 A Dallas man who has described himself as a spokesman for the hacker-activist group Anonymous has been ruled competent to stand trial in connection with three federal criminal cases. Barrett Brown, 31, appeared in federal court Wednesday morning and told U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsey that he understood the charges against him as well as the repercussions. Brown is facing two counts of obstruction of justice by concealing evidence. The charges, filed against him last week, date back to an FBI raid on Brown's Dallas apartment in March.Facebook, AT&T censor 'LegitGov.org' online journal by Northbay Uprising media collective 30 Jan 2013 The Northbay Uprising collective wrote to CLG Wednesday, sharing a link to their compilation (09 Dec 2012) regarding CLG's problems with various blocks on delivery of the CLG Newsletter. "Over the past year, I have collected the articles about CLG's trouble with the social networks like Facebook and EarthLink."Chuck Hagel, Senate Republicans clash at confirmation hearing 31 Jan 2013 The left came Thursday to praise former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican whom President Barack Obama nominated to be his next secretary of defense. The right came to, if not bury him, keep him on the hot seat all day as it explored his views and past, sometimes controversial, statements on Israel, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and nuclear weapons. Hagel's confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee started out collegial enough. The committee’s chairman, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., noted that the twice-wounded and decorated former Army sergeant in Vietnam could be the first former enlisted man to rise to the top spot at the Pentagon.Radioactive Cattle Found Near Fukushima 30 Jan 2013 Thousands of cows were abandoned in the evacuated zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after March 2011 events that devastated the Tōhoku region of Japan and released radioactive materials from the plant. Now, nearly two years after the disaster, those abandoned cattle were found to be contaminated with radioactive elements. Traces of radioactive cesium, silver and tellurium were found in the 79 cattle analyzed by a scientific team led by Tohoku University engineer Tomokazu Fukuda and published in the journal PLOS ONE.U.S. to Bury Almost All Existing Used Nuclear Fuel; Recycling Deferred at Least 20 Years 28 Jan 2013 There's little hope that the 70,000 metric tons of used nuclear fuel dispersed across the United States will ever be recycled, according to a recent study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory--so nearly all existing waste will go into the earth. In a study completed late last year, Oak Ridge officials determined that the U.S. is at least 20 years away from large-scale reprocessing of used nuclear fuel, if it decides to pursue such technologies. By then, they estimate, nuclear plants will have generated another 40,000 metric tons of spent fuel.Suspicious item found at Nevada nuclear test site 30 Jan 2013 Authorities say a suspicious item discovered at a nuclear test site about 60 miles outside of Las Vegas turned out to be harmless. The item was discovered shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday outside a perimeter fence near the center of the National Nuclear Security Site. Spokeswoman Kelly Snyder says the site's own fire and rescue team responded first, and then federal and state law enforcement officers were called in. Stacey Alderson, a spokesman for the Department of Energy, says the item turned out to be nonthreatening.Mexico City blast at state oil firm Pemex kills 25 01 Feb 2013 The number of people killed by a blast in Mexico City at the headquarters of the state oil company, Pemex, has risen to 25, the interior minister has said. At least 100 people were injured and an unknown number are trapped in rubble at the base of the 54-storey tower. The search for survivors continues. Last September, 30 people died in an explosion at a Pemex gas plant in northern Mexico.Authorities: Teen wounded in Ga. school shooting--Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis says the school has metal detectors and officials are looking into how the gun got on campus. 31 Jan 2013 Atlanta's police chief says an armed officer working at a city middle school where a teen was shot was able to disarm the suspect moments after the shooting. Authorities say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the back of the neck Thursday at Price Middle School and his injury does not appear be life-threatening. The suspect is also a student at the school and has been taken into custody. Chief George Turner says multiple shots were fired, and only the 14-year-old was wounded.At least three shot at Arizona business complex 30 Jan 2013 At least three people were shot on Wednesday at a business complex in Phoenix, and one was in an extremely critical condition, police said. Phoenix Police Department Sergeant Tommy Thompson said, "initial indications are that this is not a random act." The building is in a mixed-used office block at a busy intersection. He said a suspect had gone to the building at about 10:30 am, argued with someone inside, and opened fire.Giffords testifies at heated Senate hearing on gun control 30 Jan 2013 "Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important," former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords told her onetime colleagues. "Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It would be hard, but the time is now. You must act." Her words, read from a single, handwritten page, were among the camera-ready scenes as the Senate began hearings on gun control Wednesday, in a charged atmosphere with each side reaching for emotional force. The former congresswoman, still severely disabled after being shot in the head two years ago at an outdoor appearance in her Tucson district, spoke for barely a minute, breaking the traditional protocol that calls for senators to make opening statements before witnesses give testimony.Immigration Reform Could Lead to Biometric ID Cards[Yes, 'immigration reform' aka oh-but-another gift to Wall Street and the taxpayer funded US police state.] 31 Jan 2013 If one part of some lawmakers' plan for comprehensive immigration reform goes through, Social Security cards could soon come with a fingerprint. Senators John McCain (R-Sociopath-Ariz.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday that their Senate framework for immigration reform, recently endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), could require biometric information to check employment status. Asked whether he favored "a super Social Security card that would have some sort of biometric thing like a fingerprint" by Politico's Mike Allen at a Politico Playbook breakfast on Wednesday, McCain said, "I'm for it."Obamacare 'Glitch' Allows Some Families to be Priced Out of Health Insurance--Employers are relieved that the Obama administration didn't try to put the cost of providing family coverage on them. [LOL! Wake up and smell the Italian Roast. It's not a 'glitch.' Obusha did it on purpose, to please his Wall Street/GOP overlords.] 30 Jan 2013 Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped. As a result, some families that can't afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own.Mass. Gov. Patrick names ex-aide William 'Mo' Cowan to fill John Kerry's seat on interim basis 30 Jan 2013 William "Mo" Cowan, a former top aide to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, was tapped by Patrick on Wednesday to serve as interim U.S. senator for Massachusetts until a special election is held to fill the seat left vacant by John Kerry's confirmation as the nation's new secretary of state. Cowan, 43, became chief-of-staff to Patrick in 2010 after serving as chief legal counsel during the governor’s first term. He stepped down as Patrick's top aide in December, though he remained on as a senior adviser through the filing last week of the governor's state budget request.NYPD cops handcuff and interrogate boy, 7, over missing $5, family claims 30 Jan 2013 This kid was no killer -- but some callous Bronx cops sure treated him like one. Instead of earning himself a simple trip to the principal's office, a terrified 7-year-old boy was hauled out of class, handcuffed like a hardened criminal and "interrogated" by police for a grueling 10 hours -- all over a playground dispute involving *5, his family is charging. "My son was crying, 'Mommy, it wasn't me! Mommy, it wasn't me!’ I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We’re traumatized," Wilson Reyes' distraught mom, Frances Mendez told The Post last night. The bizarre overreaction by cops came after the child had been accused of swiping *5 from another student after school.Small surgeries, huge markups 31 Jan 2013 A Southern California surgery center charged teacher Lynne Nielsen *87,500 for a routine, 20-minute knee operation that normally costs about *3,000. Despite the huge markup, the Long Beach Unified School District and its insurer, Blue Shield of California, paid virtually all of the bill from Advanced Surgical Partners in Costa Mesa. Blue Shield mailed the *84,800 check to the high school Spanish teacher last month and told her to sign it over to the surgery center. Nielsen said she was outraged and refused to send the check. Instead, she asked the California attorney general's office to investigate the matter... "This bill is so outrageous it almost takes my breath away," said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.Winds ruin tent set up for Staten Island Sandy victims--'Nobody's come to help us.' 31 Jan 2013 Storm winds have ripped apart the main tent set up to offer food and lodging to Staten Island, N.Y. residents hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. The woman who runs the Cedar Grove Community Hub said she is desperate because the blue and white tarp structure in the hard-hit New Dorp Beach neighborhood is where she and other volunteers serve meals to Sandy victims. It is also where residents have had to sleep on cots because the hurricane left their homes without heat, water, or electricity.Tortoise 'survives in locked store room for 30 years' 25 Jan 2013 A family found their missing pet tortoise in a store room -- more than thirty years after they lost her, it was reported on Friday. Manuela disappeared from her home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1982 and despite a lengthy search was never seen again... It was only after their father Leonel died earlier this month that the Almeida children began clearing out a second-floor room in the house that he had filled with broken electrical items and always kept locked. Leonel's son Leandro said he was astonished to find Manuela alive inside a box containing an old record player.CLG needs your support.Or, please mail a check or money order to CLG:
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