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Scores arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities

November 26, 2014 by legitgov

Scores arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities 26 Nov 2014 Police arrested scores of people in cities around the United States who were protesting a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager, authorities said on Wednesday, but the town where the shooting took place was a little calmer. Protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and elsewhere came on a second night of street violence in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, where policeman Darren Wilson shot to death 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9...Police made 45 arrests in Ferguson from Tuesday night into early Wednesday for offenses ranging from a couple of dozen misdemeanors for unlawful assembly to five for assaulting law enforcement officers.

'Prosecutor' Bob McCulloch's bizarre press conference clearing Darren Wilson and instead blaming news outlets and social media

November 26, 2014 by legitgov

Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's bizarre press conference clearing Darren Wilson and instead blaming the 'insatiable appetite' of news outlets and social media 'for anything to talk about' --He turned on the media and internet users by hinting they were responsible for the tension after the shooting - rather than the shooting itself 25 Nov 2014 St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney [sic] Robert McCulloch announced on Monday night that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in a bizarre press conference that instead found others to blame. In the 25-minute announcement, he slammed news outlets and social media - suggesting they were responsible for the tension after the August 9 shooting, rather than the shooting itself. 'The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything to talk about, following closely behind with the non-stop rumors on social media,' he said. McCulloch also turned on the witnesses, saying their statements were largely inconsistent and 'some were completely refuted by the physical evidence'.

NYU Exploits Interns as Cheap Labor for Startups

November 26, 2014 by legitgov

NYU Exploits Interns as Cheap Labor for Startups 25 Nov 2014 The three engineers are paid $11 an hour or less by New York University's Polytechnic School of Engineering, which has placed them in internships at small companies. Their work is at the center of a battle between NYU's administration and the graduate student union, which is demanding higher wages for interns at the university's startup incubators. Engineers who do jobs comparable to those of Polytechnic's interns make roughly $43 per hour, according to Glassdoor, a website that tracks salaries.

U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned - sources

November 25, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned - sources --Washington may provide up to 1,000 extra soldiers 25 Nov 2014 The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO 'mission' by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. The additional U.S. troops will be assigned to a 12,000-strong NATO force staying in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist Afghan forces through a new mission called Resolute Support [to protect the CIA's opium production], said the sources, who declined to be identified.

More Troops Sent to Ferguson After Night of Chaos

November 25, 2014 by legitgov

More Troops Sent to Ferguson After Night of Chaos 25 Nov 2014 After a chaotic night of demonstrations that erupted in many fires, frequent bursts of gunshots, looting and waves of tear gas, Gov. Jay Nixon said early Tuesday that he would send additional National Guard troops to help quell foment the worst violence this battered St. Louis suburb has seen since a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August. The hours of unrest followed the announcement on Monday evening that a grand jury had chosen not to indict the officer, Darren Wilson, for the death of Michael Brown. St. Louis County reported that 61 people had been arrested.

Regin Spyware Likely Made by NSA, UK

November 25, 2014 by legitgov

Regin Spyware Likely Made by NSA, UK 24 Nov 2014 Britain's GCHQ and the United States' National Security Agency are probably behind the newly discovered Regin super-spyware, evidence gathered by four different security firms indicates. The clues include the countries and industries targeted (and those not targeted), internal file names and the working hours kept by Regin's developers. Regin is linked to a GCHQ operation described in NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, and it bears similarities to both the Stuxnet worm, used against Iran in 2010, and the Flame spyware, which mapped out the Iranian networks Stuxnet attacked.

Leaked: The Oil Lobby's Conspiracy to Kill California's Climate Law

November 25, 2014 by legitgov

Leaked: The Oil Lobby's Conspiracy to Kill California's Climate Law 25 Nov 2014 ...Created by the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), one of the most powerful oil and gas lobbies in the U.S., the slides and talking points comes from a Nov. 11 presentation to the Washington Research Council. The Powerpoint deck details a plan to throttle AB 32 (also known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) and steps to thwart low carbon fuel standards (known as LCFS) in California, Oregon, and Washington State....Specifically, the deck from a presentation by WSPA President Catherine Reheis-Boyd lays out the construction of what environmentalists contend is an elaborate "astroturf campaign." Groups with names such as Oregon Climate Change Campaign, Washington Consumers for Sound Fuel Policy, and AB 32 Implementation Group are made to look and sound like grassroots citizen-activists while promoting oil industry priorities and actually working against the implementation of AB 32.

UK counter-terrorism bill to include campus ban on 'extremists'

November 25, 2014 by legitgov

UK counter-terrorism bill to include campus ban on 'extremists' 24 Nov 2014 New powers for the home secretary to order universities to ban 'extremist' speakers from their campuses are to be included in the counter-terrorism bill to be published on Wednesday, Theresa May has announced. The bill will also place a statutory duty on schools, colleges, prisons and local councils to help prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, the home secretary said. She said universities would have to show that they have put in place policies to deal with extremist speakers.

Violence in Ferguson After Decision Announced

November 25, 2014 by legitgov

Violence in Ferguson After Decision Announced 24 Nov 2014 Officers in armored vehicles lobbed canisters of irritants that made people's eyes and lungs burn, dispersing crowds in Ferguson after a police car was vandalized, business windows shattered and gunshots rang in the streets. Some protesters erupted in anger after the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson won't be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protesters overran a barricade and taunted police. Some chanted "murderer" and others threw rocks and other items. The windows of a police car were smashed and protesters tried to topple it before it was set on fire.

Gunshots heard in Ferguson; order to disperse given, crowd not moving

November 25, 2014 by legitgov

Gunshots heard in Ferguson; order to disperse given, crowd not moving --Gunfire has been heard in Ferguson - witnesses (Wires) Darren Wilson not indicted: Missouri police report gunshots, smashed stores as thousands rally across U.S. --From New York City to San Francisco, a wave of unrest has spread from the heart of St. Louis where police are battling reports of gunshot, damage to local businesses and at least one cop car. 24 Nov 2014 A wave of shock and anger rippled across the U.S. Monday night -- from New York City to San Francisco -- following word of a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer in Michael Brown's death. Moments after the announcement was made, St. Louis County police responded to shots fired across from the Ferguson Police Department following a cop car having its back window shattered, police said. Officers, while not ducking rocks and bottles, were also busy responding to reports of looting, just south of the police department, while local media showed a store with its front windows entirely smashed.

Grand jury decides not to indict white police officer in Ferguson shooting

November 25, 2014 by legitgov

Grand jury decides not to indict white police officer in Ferguson shooting 24 Nov 2014 After months of deliberation over one of the nation’s most widely watched and racially charged criminal investigations, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The decision was announced Monday evening, hours after the streets had been cleared of rush-hour traffic and most residents were home, away from expected demonstrations. After detailing the grand jury's work, prosecutor [sic] Robert P. McCulloch announced that "no probable cause exists" to charge Wilson on any of the five charges he could have faced.

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted - St. Louis County grand jury

November 25, 2014 by legitgov

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted - St. Louis County grand jury 24 Nov 2014 A white police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation, an attorney close to the case said Monday night. A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson, 28, for firing six shots in an August confrontation that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family. The decision had been long awaited and followed rioting that resembled war-zone news footage in this predominantly black suburb of St. Louis. Prosecutors scheduled an news conference to announce the decision.

Ferguson grand jury makes decision; Governor urges calm

November 25, 2014 by legitgov

Ferguson grand jury makes decision; Governor urges calm 24 Nov 2014 Missouri officials called for calm Monday as prosecutors planned to announce a St. Louis County grand jury's decision on whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen in August touched off weeks of sometimes violent protests. Plans were in place for an evening announcement of the long-awaited decision on whether Wilson will face charges in the death of Michael Brown. Officials said the decision would be announced at 8 p.m. CT at the courthouse in the St. Louis County seat of Clayton, Mo. [Too bad corporate trolls in the media and government never urge non-violence and restraint when police departments across the U.S. shoot and maim innocent people, *daily.* It's time for people to stop being 'calm.']

UK faces biggest terrorism threat in its history: minister

November 25, 2014 by legitgov

Heads up! A big fat false flag is likely on the way for Britain, so the Home Office can ram through repressive new 'anti-terror' legislation: UK faces biggest terrorism threat in its history: minister 24 Nov 2014 Britain is facing the biggest terrorism threat in its history and has foiled around 40 major plots since suicide bombers attacked London in 2005, Home Secretary Theresa May said on Monday. The government would on Wednesday set out new laws to take on the militants, May added, including legislation making it easier for security services to track attackers online, and check if radicalized fighters were flying into Britain...Planned new measures include giving police the power to seize for up to 30 days the passports of British and foreign nationals suspected of traveling to take part in terrorist-related activities, said May. The new laws will also make it easier for police to identify who is using an Internet service at any given time.

Ferguson Grand Jury to Announce Decision on Michael Brown Shooting 9p.m. ET

November 24, 2014 by legitgov

Ferguson Grand Jury to Announce Decision on Michael Brown Shooting 9p.m. ET 24 Nov 2014 A grand jury in Missouri reached a decision Monday afternoon on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson in August. Authorities planned to reveal it within hours. A spokesman for Bob McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor, confirmed that a decision had been reached. It was set to be announced at 9 p.m. ET.

'Unified Command,' Umbrella Law Enforcement Has Been Activated in Ferguson

November 24, 2014 by legitgov

Police state in place: 'Unified Command,' Umbrella Law Enforcement Has Been Activated in Ferguson --National Guard troops present, as well --Grand Jury has reached decision on whether or not to indict Darren Wilson in shooting of unarmed Michael Brown 24 Nov 2014

Defense Secretary Hagel, under pressure, submits resignation

November 24, 2014 by legitgov

Defense Secretary Hagel, under pressure, submits resignation 24 Nov 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel bowed to pressure from the White House and submitted his resignation Monday after less than two years in the job, a casualty of the Obama administration's infighting over national-security policy, especially regarding the Middle East. Hagel said he will remain at the Pentagon until Obama can pick a replacement, who must then be confirmed by the Senate. Contenders include Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter, former high-ranking defense officials during Obama's first term who were passed over for the top job in favor of Hagel.

Oath Keepers to Organize Security Team to 'Protect Businesses' in Ferguson

November 24, 2014 by legitgov

Oath Keepers to Organize Security Team to 'Protect Businesses' in Ferguson 24 Nov 2014 By Oath Keepers: We are looking for volunteers who are able to travel to Ferguson, Missouri (preferably those within reasonable driving range). We have some Oath Keepers near Ferguson who are attempting to organize a security team to defend minority owned businesses there...See below for a list of specific skill-sets and experience we are looking for, and who you need to contact if you want to volunteer. Here are the skills/experience we are looking for:
1. Police Officers (preferably with 5 years or more experience) street cops or corrections.
2. Forward deployed assets, such as scouts, with binocular range finder and requisite equipment, and the right field experience.
3. Communications experts, HAM and/or FRS radios.
4. Direct action infantry (11B or 0311), need to have own gear, such as body armor, tactical lights and cold weather gear. etc. Personal Security Detail training and experience a plus.
5. Photographers with video and still-camera, preferably with combat experience, or similar high stress field experience. Also, we prefer that they have their own body armor and cold weather gear.
6. Private drone operators, with drone mounted cameras.
7. Truck drivers (4WD) (military experience preferred).

Police call for public's help to stop terrorism threats

November 24, 2014 by legitgov

Police call for public's help to stop terrorism threats --Officers are holding [propaganda] talks at venues including schools and shops to raise awareness of the threat of terrorism. 24 Nov 2014 Countering terrorism should not be the sole responsibility of the police and security agencies, says the head of counter terrorism in Wales. Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland said the public and businesses also had a part to play. Police have launched a week-long, anti-terrorism campaign in Wales.

Lockdown lifted at Fort Sam Houston after 1 man detained

November 24, 2014 by legitgov

Lockdown lifted at Fort Sam Houston after 1 man detained --'Suspicious' driver detained on post 23 Nov 2014 (TX) A lockdown at Fort Sam Houston was lifted Sunday shortly after 9 p.m. after one man was detained. The lockdown was called for around 5:30 p.m. in response to activity involving a suspicious vehicle, according to a spokesperson with the post. The driver of the vehicle was detained on the post after officials deemed him to be suspicious. The spokesperson did not say why the man was deemed suspicious.

Pregnant Egyptian woman dies of H1N1 swine flu - health ministry

November 24, 2014 by legitgov

Pregnant Egyptian woman dies of H1N1 swine flu - health ministry 23 Nov 2014 An Egyptian woman who was six months pregnant has died of H1N1 swine flu, five days after being admitted to hospital, a health ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The 31-year-old woman, who was not named, was admitted on Nov. 18 with flu-like symptoms and was placed in intensive care when she did not respond to treatment, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said. "We thought it was bird flu, but she tested positive for the H1N1 flu instead," Ghaffar said.

Marion Barry, Former Mayor of Washington, Dies at 78

November 24, 2014 by legitgov

Marion Barry, Former Mayor of Washington, Dies at 78 23 Nov 2014 Marion S. Barry Jr., a sharecropper's son and civil rights pioneer who became a flamboyant and polarizing mayor of Washington, went to prison on cocaine charges and then recaptured City Hall in one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of American politics, died early Sunday in Washington. He was 78. Mr. Barry died at United Medical Center in Southeast Washington just hours after he was released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday.

NORAD jets conducting exercise this week in the Washington area

November 24, 2014 by legitgov

Heads up! NORAD jets conducting exercise this week in the Washington area 23 Nov 2014 If you’re in the Washington area Monday night into Tuesday morning and hear low-flying helicopters or planes overhead -- it's an exercise. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, will conduct a test between midnight and 2 a.m. Tuesday to practice interception and identification procedures.

Cornered but unbound by nuclear pact, Israel reconsiders military action against Iran

November 24, 2014 by legitgov

Cornered but unbound by nuclear pact, Israel reconsiders military action against Iran --Israeli official cites 'sunset clause' in proposed comprehensive deal, which guarantees Iran a path into the nuclear club and may corner Israel into war 22 Nov 2014 Historic negotiations with Iran will reach an inflection point on Monday, as world powers seek to clinch a comprehensive deal that will, to their satisfaction, end concerns over the nature of its vast, decade-old nuclear program. But reflecting on the deal under discussion with The Jerusalem Post on the eve of the deadline, Israel has issued a stark, public warning to its allies with a clear argument: Current proposals guarantee the perpetuation of a crisis, backing Israel into a corner from which military force against Iran provides the only logical exit.

School expels 8-year-old whose mother refused to give her vaccine family doctor deemed unsafe

November 23, 2014 by legitgov

School expels 8-year-old daughter whose mother refused to give her vaccine booster shot that family doctor deemed unsafe 23 Nov 2014 A showdown over [deadly] vaccinations has erupted in a Long Island town after the mother of an 8-year-old was told by her doctor that a new school district rule requires children to get a booster shot at too young an age. Ceili McNicholas was expelled from Long Island's Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School last week after her mother Jamie refused to let her receive the Tdap booster, which 'protects against' tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. McNicholas said her daughter's doctor wouldn't administer the shot, which is a new requirement of the Miller Place Union Free School District, because it's recommended only for children over 10 years old...The rule states that, until she gets the shot, Ceili simply may not attend her school.

Fukushima village holds nuclear crisis drill

November 23, 2014 by legitgov

Fukushima village holds nuclear crisis drill [Gee, looks like the horse is out of the barn on that one.] 22 Nov 2014 An evacuation drill took place in the Fukushima Prefecture village of Kawauchi on Saturday, based on the scenario of a[nother] serious accident occurring at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. It was the first such exercise in the prefecture since the plant's triple meltdown in March 2011. About 260 residents and roughly 1,000 officials from local governments and the Nuclear Regulation Authority took part in the drill, which was organized by the prefectural and Kawauchi municipal governments.

Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill: Internet data plan back on political agenda

November 23, 2014 by legitgov

Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill: Internet data plan back on political agenda 23 Nov 2014 A law forcing communications firms to keep details that could help identify criminals using the internet is being planned by the home secretary. The measure is to be introduced in the Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill. It means data on Internet Protocol addresses linked to individual mobile phones and computers could be passed on to police and the security services. The Lib Dems, who called an earlier bill a snooper's charter, welcomed the move but are opposed to extra powers.

Germany reports second case of bird flu: H5N8 found in wild bird

November 23, 2014 by legitgov

Germany reports second case of bird flu: H5N8 found in wild bird 22 Nov 2014 German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird. The strain is highly contagious among birds but has never been detected in humans. "For the first time, the H5N8 virus has been confirmed in a wild bird in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern," Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt said in a statement.

FBI Sends 100 Agents to Ferguson Ahead of Grand Jury Decision

November 23, 2014 by legitgov

COINTELPRO is a busy little bee: FBI Sends 100 Agents to Ferguson Ahead of Grand Jury Decision 21 Nov 2014 The FBI has sent about 100 agents [agents provocateurs] to the St. Louis area to help deal with any create problems that could arise from the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown. In addition to the FBI, other federal agencies have also mobilized staffers to get to St. Louis today, sources told ABC News...The FBI has ordered its Ferguson contingent to mobilize and arrive in the St. Louis area today.

Notorious hacktivist Jeremy Hammond shares methods, motives

November 22, 2014 by legitgov

Notorious hacktivist Jeremy Hammond shares methods, motives 10 Nov 2014 [Criminals] converge at Manchester Federal Prison in rural Kentucky -- and then there is Jeremy Hammond, a tousle-haired and talented hacker whose nimble fingers have clicked and tapped their way into the nation's computing systems. Among those whose data he helped expose: the husband of the federal judge who sentenced him [and should have recused herself from the case]. Once the FBI's most-wanted cybercriminal, Hammond is serving one of the longest sentences a U.S. hacker has received -- 10 years, the maximum allowed under his plea agreement last year...The FBI caught Hammond with the assistance of Hector Xavier Monsegur, a famous hacker [and traitor] known as Sabu who helped law enforcement infiltrate Anonymous and convict eight hackers in all. [Join us, at Free Jeremy Hammond.]

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