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"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have
any."-- Alice Walker
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
12 Oct 2007
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*F.B.I. to Participate in TOPOFF 4 Dirty Bomb Drill* -- More than 15,000
participants to take part in largest terror drill to date
12 Oct 2007
>From October 15~19, 2007, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will take part
multi-agency national preparedness exercise known as Top Officials, or TOPOFF.
This full-scale exercise [We hope!] will simulate the response to a radiological
dispersal device attack. The venues for this cycle, TOPOFF 4, are Arizona,
and Oregon. In addition, activities will take place on a federal level in
Washington, D.C. In coordination with the Department of State, the United
Kingdom, Canada, and Australia are full international partners in the exercise.
*Texas firm accused of overbilling U.S. government in Afghanistan*
11 Oct 2007
A Texas company that provides security in Afghanistan is accused of overbilling
the U.S. government by charging for nonexistent employees and vehicles, an
American security official with close ties to the company told The Associated
Press. The overbilling by USPI could add up to millions of dollars, the American
security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in Kabul. In a 2005
report on disarmament in Afghanistan, the International Crisis Group said a
majority of the men on USPI's payroll are associated with private militias...
"Many have used their authority to engage in criminal activity, including drug
trafficking," the report said.
*Six-Figure Bonuses Retain U.S. Commandos* -- *$150,000 Bonuses for 'Top'
Mercenaries and War Criminals to Stay in Uniform*
11 Oct 2007
The Pentagon has paid more than $100 million in bonuses to veteran Green Berets
and Navy SEALs, reversing the flow of top mercenaries to the corporate world
where security companies such as Blackwater USA are offering big salaries.
Overall, more than 1,200 of the military's most specialized personnel near or
already eligible for retirement have opted for payments of up to $150,000 in
return for staying in uniform several more years.
*Blackwater Guards Fired at Fleeing Cars, Soldiers Say* -- First U.S. Troops on
Scene Found No Evidence of Shooting by Iraqis; Incident Called 'Criminal'
12 Oct 2007
Blackwater USA mercenaries shot at Iraqi civilians as they tried to drive away
from a Baghdad square on Sept. 16, according to a report compiled by the first
U.S. soldiers to arrive at the scene, where they found no evidence that Iraqis
had fired weapons. The soldiers' report of Lt. Col. Mike Tarsa... concluded that
there was "no enemy activity involved" and described the shootings as a
event." Their conclusions mirrored those reached by the Iraqi government, which
has said the Blackwater mercenaries killed 17 people. The soldiers' accounts
contradict Blackwater's assertion [lies] that its guards were defending
themselves after being fired upon by Iraqi police and gunmen.
*Blackwater faces war crimes inquiry after killings in Iraq*
12 Oct 2007
The American firm Blackwater USA has been served notice that it faces
investigations for war crimes after 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians were killed in a
hail of bullets by its mercenaries in Baghdad.
*Blackwater USA Is Sued by Iraqis*
12 Oct 2007
A wounded survivor and relatives of three people killed on Sept. 16 when
employees of the private security company [Waffen-SS] Blackwater USA opened fire
on Iraqis in Baghdad sued the firm in an American court on Thursday. The Center
for Constitutional Rights, a legal advocacy group, said it filed the suit, which
charges that Blackwater and its affiliates violated United States law in
committing "extrajudicial killings and war crimes." [Haul Bush's ass into court
*15 Iraqi civilians killed in U.S. air strike*
12 Oct 2007
At least 15 Iraqi civilians, including nine children, were killed last night in
American air strikes against suspected al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] militants north of
Baghdad, the US military said yesterday.
*Iraq's debt risk rises despite U.S. troop surge*
12 Oct 2007
An analysis of trading in billions of dollars worth of Iraqi bonds shows
investors have raised their assessment of the risk that Baghdad will default on
its debts by a striking 40 per cent since the surge began in February. The
analysis by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Michael
Greenstone suggests financial markets believe the surge has actually lessened
probability a stable Iraqi state will emerge from the 'sectarian' violence.
*Bayh asks for inquiry into guardsman's death*
11 Oct 2007
The death of a Westfield soldier has led U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh to ask for an Army
investigation into the Indiana National Guardsman's medical care. The Associated
Press reported that an autopsy concluded Sgt. Gerald J. Cassidy had been dead
hours before being found at an Army medical facility in Fort Knox, Ky., and may
have been unconscious for two days.
*U.S. Files Charges Against GuantÃ¡namo Prisoner*
11 Oct 2007
Military prosecutors filed attempted murder charges against a GuantÃ¡namo
this week, saying he threw a hand grenade at a jeep carrying two American
servicemen and an Afghan translator, documents released today show. At the
hearings, held to determine if Mohammed Jawad was properly held as an enemy
combatant, he said he had made a false confession to the attack after being
tortured by the Afghan police.
*C.I.A. Internal Inquiry Troubling, Lawmaker Says*
13 Oct 2007
Members of the House and Senate intelligence committees expressed concern today
about an unusual inquiry into the work of the Central Intelligence Agencyâs
inspector general, John L. Helgerson, saying that it could undermine his role as
independent watchdog. The inquiry was ordered by General Michael V. Hayden, the
C.I.A. director. Representative Silvestre Reyes, the Texas Democrat who is
chairman of the House committee, called news of the inquiry "troubling," noting
that the inspector generalâs independence is written into law.
*Watchdog of C.I.A. Is Subject Of C.I.A. Inquiry*
11 Oct 2007
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Michael V. Hayden, has
ordered a highly unusual internal inquiry into the work of the agencyâs
general, whose aggressive investigations of the C.I.A.'s detention and
interrogation [torture] programs and other matters have created resentment [?]
among agency operatives. A small team working for General Hayden is looking into
the conduct of the agency's watchdog office, which is led by Inspector General
John L. Helgerson.
*Cut Iran 'Democracy' Funding, Groups Tell U.S.* -- Iranian Americans, Others
Program Has Backfired
11 Oct 2007
More than two dozen Iranian American and human rights groups have launched an
appeal to Congress to reduce or eliminate new financial support of up to $75
million aimed at promoting 'democracy' inside Iran. The U.S. program, launched
2006, backfired in its first year, undermining democracy efforts in Iran and
leading to wider repression of activists as foreign agents or traitors, the
groups said. [How about promoting democracy in the U.S.? We can start by
eliminating the Bush dictatorship.]
*Putin to E.J.C.: Israel, Russia are 'partners' in facing Iran*
11 Oct 2007
In a meeting with European Jewish Congress leaders on Wednesday, Russian
President Vladimir Putin said that the two countries most threatened by Iran are
Israel and Russia, and the two are "complete partners in this matter," according
to EJC sources familiar with the meeting.
*Rice Says Iran 'Lying' About Nukes*
11 Oct 2007
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday accused Iran of "lying" about
aim of its nuclear program, saying there's no doubt Tehran wants the capability
to produce nuclear weapons and has deceived the U.N.'s atomic watchdog about its
Putin threatens withdrawal from cold war nuclear treaty 12 Oct 2007 President
Vladimir Putin warned today that Russia was considering withdrawal from a major
cold war arms treaty restricting intermediate range nuclear missiles unless it
expanded to include other states.
Putin Criticizes Top U.S. Officials on Missile Defense 12 Oct 2007 President
Vladimir V. Putin of Russia sharply upbraided the visiting American secretaries
of state and defense on Friday as little specific progress was made during
negotiations intended to resolve growing disagreements over missile defense and
other security issues.
Rice: Missile Defense Plans to Proceed 12 Oct 2007 Secretary of State
Rice says plans to expand the U.S. missile 'defense' system in Poland and the
Czech Republic will proceed, but she wants to seek Russian suggestions for
cooperation to address Moscow's opposition to the program.
Turkey threatens repercussions for U.S. 12 Oct 2007 Turkey, which is a key
route to U.S. troops in Iraq, recalled its ambassador to Washington on Thursday
and warned of serious repercussions if Congress labels the killing of Armenians
by Turks a century ago as genocide.
U.S. Issues $55M in Biodefense Contracts 11 Oct 2007 Four U.S. firms have
received a total of $55.3 million from the Health and Human Services Department
to prepare countermeasures against [with] anthrax, plague and tularemia, the
agency announced last week. The funding is coming through the National Institute
for Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Biomedical Advanced Research and
Development Authority, a new office intended to coordinate research and
development of emergency medical countermeasures.
US Says Illegal Weapons Exports Growing 12 Oct 2007 Missile technology, fighter
jet parts, night vision goggles and other U.S. wartime equipment increasingly
being illegally smuggled to potential adversaries, such as China and Iran, the
federal government said Thursday. Last week, two Utah men were arrested for
allegedly trying to sell parts over the Internet for F-4 and F-14 fighter jets -
which are only flown by Iran. [Lest we forget: Weapons Sent to Iraq Poorly
Tracked 28 Sep 2007 In the rush to arm Iraqi forces against [with] a violent
insurgency, U.S. military officials did not keep good records. About 190,000
weapons weren't fully accounted for, according to one audit.]
U.S. military in Europe argues for more forces 11 Oct 2007 U.S. military
commanders have asked the Pentagon to keep more combat forces stationed in
to respond to a rising Russia and other potential threats, according to senior
Comics jailed for daring to parody governing junta 12 Oct 2007 In Burma where
dissent is banned, comedians famously use humour to deliver their political
messages in satire, song and dance despite the threat of jail. When the junta
reacted to the recent demonstrations, one of the three Mandalay-based comedy
troupe The Moustache Brothers was among those arrested.
Nobel is sweet revenge for Gore, blow to Bush 12 Oct 2007 Call it Al Gore's
revenge. The Nobel Peace Prize he won on Friday was a blow to U.S. President
[sic] George W. Bush and his widely criticized environmental policy and will
be savored by the man who lost the bitter 2000 presidential election by a
[won the 2000 presidential contest, but was denied the victory in the first GOP
coup d'etat]. [Right, we could have had an Emmy, Academy Award and Nobel Peace
Prize winner as president -not to mention, the person who was actually
Instead, we are stuck with a pea-brained dictator, war criminal, terrorist,
torturer, Blackwater USA butthead, Halliburton whore and sociopath. --Lori
Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize for climate campaign 12 Oct 2007 Al Gore won the
Nobel Peace Prize today for warning the world about the dangers of global
warming, and leading the campaign to persuade governments and individuals to
reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. The former US president will share the
Â£750,000 prize with the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the
Nations panel which has worked for two decades to establish consensus on the
science of man-made warming.
Gore and UN panel are awarded Nobel Peace Prize 12 Oct 2007 The Nobel Peace
was awarded Friday to Al Gore, a former U.S. president, and to the United
committee on climate change for their work in alerting the world to the threat
Prosecutors expected to file charges against Bernard Kerik 12 Oct 2007 Bernard
Kerik's legal nightmare is about to get worse, with federal prosecutors expected
to file charges against the former police commissioner that will likely include
allegations of bribery, tax fraud and obstruction of justice, the Daily News has
learned. The indictment, expected next month, could prove to be an embarrassing
obstacle for Kerik's former mentor [and 9/11 co-CONspirator] Rudy Giuliani, who
is cruising at the top of the polls heading into the GOP presidential primary
Study: 2,002 died in custody in 3 years 11 Oct 2007 More than 2,000 criminal
suspects died in police custody over a three-year period, half of them killed by
officers as they 'scuffled or attempted to flee,' [?] the government said
8 acquitted of manslaughter in bootcamp case 12 Oct 2007 An all-white jury found
seven drill instructors and a nurse not guilty Friday in the death of
Martin Lee Anderson, whose death at a boot camp for young 'offenders' was
captured on videotape. Former drill instructors Henry Dickens, Charles Enfinger,
Patrick Garrett, Joseph Walsh II, Henry McFadden Jr., Raymond Hauck, Charles
Helms Jr. and camp nurse Kristin Schmidt were charged with felony aggravated
manslaughter of a child, and could have faced up to 30 years in prison if they
had been convicted. [I call bullsh*t.]
'Jena 6' Teen Mychal Bell Back in Jail 12 Oct 2007 A teenager at the center of a
civil rights controversy was back in jail Thursday after a judge decided the
fight that put him in the national spotlight 'violated terms of his probation
a previous conviction,' his attorney said. [I call bullsh*t.]
New York police probe second university hate crime 11 Oct 2007 Police are
investigating a second hate crime at New York's Columbia University after a
caricature of a man wearing a yarmulke above a swastika was found on a bathroom
door on Thursday.
New York police probe noose incident as hate crime 10 Oct 2007 A noose found on
the office door of a black professor at New York's Columbia University is being
investigated as a hate crime, police said on Wednesday.
Foreclosure filings nearly double 11 Oct 2007 Foreclosure filings across the
nearly doubled last month compared with September 2006, as financially strapped
homeowners already behind on mortgage payments defaulted on their loans or came
closer to losing their homes to foreclosure, a real estate information company
Worst road in U.S. in new toll hell: I-80 toll conversion speeds on --PennDOT,
turnpike commission to sign 50-year lease by Monday 12 Oct 2007 Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials are
to formally sign a landmark lease no later than Monday to convert Interstate 80
into a toll road. The 50-year agreement is designed to create what they call a
unique "public-public partnership" [*puke*] to generate a total of $116 billion.
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