Friday, July 20, 2012

Breaking News from Citizens for Legit Gov.

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
20 Jul 2012
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Breaking: Shooter in 'full SWAT uniform' opens fire in CO theater, killing at least 12 --Suspect is neuroscience Ph.D. candidate --Suspect, dressed in black wearing gas mask, 'calm during shooting' --At least 12 dead, 50 hurt in Colorado movie theater shooting --Military confirms military members were in theater --Shooter's apartment building rigged with explosives --Three service members wounded --Shooter had 4 weapons, 3 in theater - 1 in car, gas canisters --'How would a civilian get his hands on these weapons?' asks Fox News analyst. 20 Jul 2012 [This story will be updated.]
Pentagon: Military casualties in Colorado shooting 20 Jul 2012 The Pentagon says that some members of the military were either killed or wounded in the Colorado shooting at the Batman movie. Pentagon press secretary George Little says it's not yet clear how many military casualties there were, or whether they were deaths or injuries. Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, says initial indications are that the suspect, James Holmes, was not a member of the military.
Authorities: Aurora theater shooting suspect's apartment 'booby trapped' --Five buildings have been evacuated. 20 Jul 2012 Police say that the apartment of the suspect in an early morning movie theater shooting appears to be booby trapped. Police Chief Dan Oates said the explosive devices were "pretty sophisticated." "We could be here for days," he said. Jim Yacone, special agent in charge of the Denver FBI, said they were working on "how to disarm the flammable or explosive material." The 24-year-old suspect in the shooting, which left 12 people dead, was arrested at the scene but is not expected to appear in court until Monday, a court official said. He has been identified as James Holmes, 24, of the 1600 block of Paris Street in Aurora.
House votes to appropriate $606 billion for defense 19 Jul 2012 The House of Representatives on Thursday approved $606 billion in 'defense' spending for next year after two days of debate that saw lawmakers from both parties line up to condemn the ongoing war in Afghanistan as a waste of lives and money. Lawmakers in the Republican-dominated House voted 326-90 to approve the annual defense appropriations bill, which includes a Pentagon base budget of $518 billion plus $87.7 billion in spending for the Afghanistan war and other overseas operations, according to the House Appropriations Committee.
Syrian troops take control over Damascus neighborhood 20 Jul 2012 Syrian troops and tanks on Friday drove rebels from a Damascus neighborhood where some of the heaviest of this week's fighting in the capital left cars gutted and fighters' bodies in the streets. More than 300 people were killed in a single day, activists said, as the military struggles to regain momentum after a stunning bombing against the regime's leadership. A fourth member of President Bashar Assad's inner circle, national security chief Gen. Hisham Ikhtiyar, died of wounds he suffered in Wednesday's bomb blast, which went off during a high level security meeting in Damascus, the government announced.
US, Israel plotting to overthrow Assad: Report 19 Jul 2012 American defense officials are reportedly in talks with their Israeli counterparts plotting to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that US officials worked on contingency plans for a collapse of the Syrian government, focusing particularly on the chemical weapons that "Syria is thought to possess." The talks focused on whether Israel might move to "destroy Syrian weapons facilities," two US administration officials said.
US unable to demine Strait of Hormuz: IRGC cmdr. 19 Jul 2012 An Iranian commander has downplayed the US move to dispatch modern mine sweepers to the Persian Gulf in a bid to prevent the possible closure of the Strait of Hormuz. "Americans talk a lot about different things but in practice they are faced with problems. We have no doubt that the United States can't do anything in the minesweeping sphere," said Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) naval forces Mahmoud Fahimi on Wednesday.
7 Israelis killed, dozens injured in Bulgaria bus explosion 18 Jul 2012 At least seven people have been killed and more than 30 others injured in an explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in the eastern Bulgarian city of Burgas. The explosion occurred on Wednesday at Burgas International Airport on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported. "There are six bodies on the scene -- one critically wounded died at the hospital and two seriously injured are in intensive care. Thirty more people are being treated," the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced in a statement.
Taliban bomb destroys 22 NATO supply trucks in Afghan north 18 Jul 2012 A bomb planted by the Taliban destroyed 22 NATO trucks carrying supplies to their forces in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban and police said on Wednesday. Eighteen fuel trucks and four supply vehicles were parked in Aibak, the capital of Samangan province, when a bomb ripped through them, wounding one person, local police said. "At 2 a.m. the mujahideen attacked the invader NATO trucks," the Taliban said in a statement, referring to the wagons which had been driven from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan's north.
Ex-CIA man's vindictive prosecution claim rejected 20 Jul 2012 A judge has rejected claims by a former CIA officer accused of leaking names of covert operatives to journalists that he is a victim of vindictive prosecution. Lawyers for John Kiriakou sought Friday to have most of the charges against him dismissed. They argued in court papers that the case is retribution for public statements by Kiriakou that portrayed the CIA in an unflattering light and that similar leaks have not been the subject of a criminal prosecution. At Friday's hearing, though, the judge cut off the argument before it began and ruled that the prosecution would go forward.
GI largely barred from discussing WikiLeaks harm 20 Jul 2012 A military judge on Thursday largely barred an Army private from presenting evidence at his trial that the mountain of classified information he's accused of leaking did little harm to U.S. national security and foreign relations. Army Col. Denise Lind, presiding over a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade, agreed with prosecutors that the extent of any damage is irrelevant to the 22 charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning. He's accused of aiding the enemy by sending hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and war logs to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks. That charge carries a possible life sentence.
Judge in military WikiLeaks case again refuses to throw out 2 charges against Bradley Manning 18 Jul 2012 A military judge has again refused to throw out two of the 22 charges against an Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history. Attorneys for Pfc. Bradley Manning argued earlier this week during a hearing at Maryland’s Fort Meade that two charges should be dropped. The judge overseeing the case, Col. Denise Lind, denied the request Wednesday. She agreed with military prosecutors it would be improper to drop the charges at this point.
US government claims it has proof of Bradley Manning aiding the enemy 16 Jul 2012 The US government claims to have proof that Bradley Manning, the WikiLeaks suspect, knowingly passed state secrets to a location where it was bound to be obtained by enemy groups, a military court in Maryland has heard. Captain Joe Morrow, a member of the five-strong prosecution team assigned to the case, said that the government would show at court martial that Manning had knowingly "aided the enemy" - the most serious of the 22 charges facing the soldier that carries the death penalty.
Five Charged With Terror Offences --One charged with possession of a digital memory card 'containing a document likely to be of use to a terrorist' 19 Jul 2012 Five people have been charged with terrorism offences following investigations by the Metropolitan Police counter terrorism command, the force has said. Three men from London - including Richard Dart, who appeared in a BBC Three documentary after converting to Islam - were charged with offences that involved travelling to Pakistan for training in terrorism between July 2010 and July 2012. A woman was also charged with possessing terrorist material. All four were arrested between July 5 and 7.
Airline catering firm that employs thousands in UK at centre of investigation into how NEEDLES were found in sandwiches on four flights --FBI launches criminal investigation into the needle discoveries 17 Jul 2012 The world's largest airline food caterer, which employs thousands of people in Britain, is today at the centre of an FBI investigation into how needles found their way into turkey sandwiches on four international flights. Gate Gourmet, which provides meals for more than 20 airlines including all long-haul British Airways flights from Heathrow, distributed the sandwiches that contained what appeared to be small sewing needles. The needles were discovered in six sandwiches on four U.S.-bound Delta Air Lines planes that departed Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on Sunday.
Limerick nuclear power plant shut down after electrical problem 18 Jul 2012 (Pottstown, PA) Government officials say one of two reactors at a nuclear power plant in suburban Philadelphia has been shut down after an electrical malfunction. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a transformer problem in a turbine building led to the manual shutdown of Limerick's Unit 1 reactor at 8:15 a.m. today. The agency says Exelon soon announced an "unusual event," the lowest of four emergency classifications. The plant is about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
Japan to probe 'active faults' under nuclear plants 18 Jul 2012 Japan's nuclear safety watchdog has ordered an investigation into claims that the country's only working nuclear power station sits on an active tectonic fault. The decision comes after geological experts argued that the Shika plant in Ishikawa is likely sitting on active faults and could be vulnerable to earthquakes if tectonic plates shift. This while, Japanese company, Kansai Electric Power (KEPCO), is getting ready to restart a second reactor at the Oi plant in western Japan.
HSBC 'sorry' for aiding Mexican drug lords, rogue states and terrorists 17 Jul 2012 Executives with Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, were subjected to a humiliating onslaught from US senators on Tuesday over revelations that staff at its global subsidiaries laundered billions of dollars for drug cartels, terrorists and pariah states. Lawmakers hammered the British-based bank over the scandal, demanding to know how and why its affiliates had exposed it to the proceeds of drug trafficking and terrorist financing in a "pervasively polluted" culture that persisted for years. A report compiled for the committee detailed how HSBC's subsidiaries transported billions of dollars of cash in armoured vehicles, cleared suspicious travellers' cheques worth billions, and allowed Mexican drug lords buy to planes with money laundered through Cayman Islands accounts.
Bain Capital started with help of offshore investors 19 Jul 2012 When Mitt Romney launched Bain Capital in 1984, he struggled at first to raise enough money for the untested venture. So he and his partners tapped an eclectic roster of investors, raising more than a third of their first $37-million investment fund from wealthy foreigners. Most of the foreign investors' money came through corporations registered in Panama, then known for tax advantages and unusual banking secrecy. The first outside investor in Bain was a leading London financier, Sir Jack Lyons, who made a $2.5-million investment through a Panama shell company set up by a Swiss money manager, further shielding his identity. Years later, Lyons was convicted in an unrelated stock fraud scandal. About $9 million came from rich Latin Americans, including powerful Salvadoran families living in Miami during their country's brutal [US-engendered] civil war.
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