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Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government 30 Jul 2011 All links are here: Invoke the 14th Amendment and be done with it …Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
30 Jul 2011
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Invoke the 14th Amendment and be done with it
Breaking: ABC News: GOP, White House have deal framework 30 Jul 2011 ABC News has learned Republicans negotiating with [the surrender of] the White House have drafted a tentative framework that would prevent the government from defaulting on its loans. According to an ABC News source, the framework would call for a $2.8 trillion raise in the debt ceiling and more than $1 trillion in spending cuts. News of the tentative framework came after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor that negotiations were ongoing between Republicans and the White House on Saturday evening.
Mission accomplished! BP ‘has gained stranglehold over Iraq’ after oilfield deal is rewritten –New terms mean company will be paid even when production is disrupted, critics claim 31 Jul 2011 BP has been accused of taking a “stranglehold” on the Iraqi economy after the Baghdad government agreed to pay the British firm even when oil is not being produced by the Rumaila field, confidential documents reveal. The original deal for operating Iraq’s largest field – half as big as the entire North Sea – has been rewritten so that BP will be immediately compensated for civil disruption or government decisions to cut production.
Iraq to buy 36 U.S. fighter jets 31 Jul 2011 Prime Minister Nouri Maliki announced Saturday that Iraq plans to buy 36 U.S. fighter jets, signaling his [forced] intent to seek a long-term American military training presence in the country. But in an indication of the dangers for the American military here, a U.S. watchdog group warned that Iraq is more dangerous than it was a year ago. The report notes that 44 Iraqi government and security officials has been assassinated since April. [Right, Blackwater is killing any and all government officials that want USociopaths *gone* in December.]
The damning of Tony Blair: Former PM to be held to account on Iraq in Chilcot report on war –Iraq war deal ‘signed in blood’ by former Prime Minister –Cabinet members kept in the dark in build-up to the war 31 Jul 2011 Tony Blair is to face scathing criticism from the official inquiry into the Iraq War for the role he played in leading Britain into one of its biggest foreign policy fiascos in modern history. The Mail on Sunday has been told that the former Prime Minister will be held to account on four main failings: Bogus claims that were made about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. Not telling the British public about his secret pledge with George Bush to go to war. Keeping the Cabinet in the dark by his ‘sofa government’ style. Failing to plan to avoid the post-war chaos in Iraq.
Blair to face withering fire in Iraq report –Chilcot criticisms said to zero-in on WMD, ‘sofa-style’, secret pledge to Bush, and post-invasion plans 31 Jul 2011 Tony Blair is facing damning criticism of his role in the Iraq war from the official inquiry into the 2003 invasion, it was claimed last night. The Chilcot inquiry is expected to round on the former prime minister when it produces its final report after more than a year of exhaustive hearings and deliberations, according to a report in The Mail on Sunday. The newspaper claimed that Mr Blair, who was instrumental in the drive to war alongside the then-US President [sic] George Bush, will reportedly be held to account in four key areas, including ‘the failure to tell the British public about his “secret pledge” with President Bush to go to war.’
Guantanamo Bay prisoners to be interviewed by Scotland Yard in explosive new twist to MI6 torture enquiry 29 Jul 2011 Scotland Yard detectives plan to interview prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in an explosive twist in the MI6 torture inquiry. Police are investigating whether an unnamed Secret Intelligence Service officer witnessed the inhumane treatment of detainees by the U.S. military. Officers have asked the U.S. government for permission to travel to the Cuban detention camp and interview terror suspects who may have seen the incident, according to ITV News.
‘US dragged Italy into Libya war’ 31 Jul 2011 Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said the United States pressured Italy to enter the war against Libya. “What choice did I have considering America’s pressure… President Georgio Napolitano’s stance, and the Parliament’s decision?” the July 30 edition of the Italian daily Corriere Della Sera quoted Berlusconi as saying. NATO launched a major air campaign against the forces of the Libyan government in mid-March under a UN mandate to “protect the Libyan population.” The United States, France, and Britain say they will not stop their military operation until Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi is removed from power.
US-led operation kills Afghan civilians 30 Jul 2011 Latest reports say a US-led military operation has killed a large number of civilians and wounded several others in the troubled eastern Afghanistan. The causalities come after foreign forces pounded a residential area in Paktia Province. The US army has confirmed the operation but claimed the casualties were militants. Villagers and eyewitnesses say the victims had no links to militant groups.
Attack on a Patrol in Afghanistan Kills Seven 31 Jul 2011 A bomb attack on a patrol killed two NATO soldiers and five Afghan soldiers on Friday evening, in an impoverished area of eastern Afghanistan where the Afghan government has little presence… The explosion, at dusk in a mountainous area of Paktia Province’s eastern Zurmat district, also wounded two Afghan soldiers and a NATO interpreter, according to a NATO spokesman. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, said Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman for the east and north of the country.
Another CIA chief in Pakistan exits 31 Jul 2011 The CIA station chief who oversaw the intelligence team that found ‘Osama bin Laden’ has left Pakistan for medical reasons and is not returning, the second time the agency’s most senior officer in Pakistan has left in the last seven months, according to US and Pakistani officials, reported ABC News on Saturday. The Islamabad station chief arrived only late last year after his predecessor was essentially run out of town when a Pakistani official admitted his name had been leaked. The departure of two station chiefs in such a short amount of time threatens to upset a vital intelligence office.
Federal judge rules NY Times reporter must testify in CIA leak case, but limits scope 29 Jul 2011 A federal judge has ruled that a New York Times reporter must testify at the trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information, but limited the scope of that testimony. Prosecutors have subpoenaed reporter James Risen to testify at the September trial of Jeffrey Sterling. Risen’s lawyers had argued that the First Amendment should shield him from having to testify about his sources. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said Risen must testify at the trial. But she ruled that his testimony be limited to four topics, including that he wrote an article or book chapter and that they are accurate.
Bill Would Force Intel Chief to Renounce ‘Secret Patriot Act’ 28 Jul 2011 For months, two Senators have screamed bloody murder that the government holds a secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act so broad that it amounts to a whole different law giving the feds massive domestic surveillance powers. Now, a measure by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) would force the U.S. intelligence chief, and by extension the entire intelligence community, to admit that they went too far in their Patriot Act interpretations… The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence meets Thursday to prepare the annual bill authorizing the U.S. intelligence agency’s operations. During that “mark-up” process, Wyden and Udall will ask their colleagues to include a measure compelling the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General to produce a “detailed assessment of the problems posed by the reliance of government agencies” on “interpretations of domestic surveillance authorities that are inconsistent with the understanding of such authorities by the public.”
Feds Defend Seizure of WikiLeaks Supporter’s Laptop 28 Jul 2011 The Justice Department on Thursday fired back against a lawsuit filed by a WikiLeaks supporter and friend of accused leaker Bradley Manning over the warrantless seizure of his laptop, arguing that they held onto the machine for a lengthy 49 days only because he refused to provide the password, and because his dual-boot Linux/Windows configuration taxed federal agents’ forensics capabilities. [LOL!] David Maurice House is one of several Boston-area friends of Manning who were interviewed by federal agents following Manning’s May 2010 arrest. House is also a founding member of the Bradley Manning Support Network, where he sits on the steering committee and does fundraising.
The unsub returns to the scene of his crime: Bush to be in NYC to mark 10th anniversary of 9/11 30 Jul 2011 The ceremony at the World Trade Center site marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks will be a solemn but stately event that will include two presidents and a chance for victims’ families to view the names of loved ones etched into the memorial, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. President Obama and Bloomberg will be joined by the leaders in charge during the 2001 attacks, including former president [sic] George W. Bush, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former New York Gov. George Pataki. Current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie [?!?] will also be there, he said.
Bush explains slow reaction to September 11 attacks 28 Jul 2011 Former President [sic] George W. Bush says his apparent lack of reaction to the first news of the September 11 2001 attacks was a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis. In a rare interview with the National Geographic Channel, Bush reflects on what was going through his ‘mind’ when he was informed that a second passenger jet had hit New York’s World Trade Center. Bush was visiting a Florida classroom and the incident, which was caught on TV film, and has often been used by critics to ridicule his apparently blank face.
6.4 magnitude quake hits NE Japan 30 Jul 2011 A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has shaken Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said the quake took place at 3:54 a.m. on Sunday (1854 GMT on Saturday), Reuters reported. The quake was centered around 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Fukushima city at a depth of about 40 kilometers (25 miles). The earthquake was also felt in Tokyo. [HAARP is a busy little bee!]
Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite lower radiation exposure than legal limit 27 Jul 2011 Of 10 nuclear power plant workers who have developed cancer and received workers’ compensation in the past, nine had been exposed to less than 100 millisieverts of radiation, it has been learned. The revelation comes amid reports that a number of workers battling the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant were found to have been exposed to more than the emergency limit of 250 millisieverts, which was raised from the previous limit of 100 millisieverts in March.
Decontamination spray gel tested at Japan school 30 Jul 2011 A Hawaii company is spraying its light-blue decontamination gel onto surfaces of a small kindergarten in Fukushima, Japan, where children currently stay inside all day to avoid dangerous nuclear pollution. If this weekend’s decontamination of Asahimachi Baptist Church and School is successful and more effective than the traditional soap and water scrub downs, Honolulu-based CBI Polymers hopes to expand use of their product, called DeconGel, to many other hot spots affected by radiation leaked from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.
Senate delays key debt vote until later on Sunday 30 Jul 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Saturday delayed a test vote on the ‘Democratic’ debt limit increase plan until 1 p.m. EDT Sunday to give negotiators more time to work out a deal. In brief remarks on the Senate floor, Reid, a Democrat, said that negotiations between congressional leaders and the Obama administration were ongoing, but that there was “still a distance to go” before a deal might be reached. The Senate had been scheduled to take a 1 a.m. EDT test vote on Sunday on the Democratic debt limit plan that Republicans said they opposed and could have blocked. [Cowardly, DemocRATic sycophants — and closeted GOP troll Barack Obama — are trying to figure out how much more they can give to Wall Street/the GOP.]
US House rejects Democrats’ debt plan 30 Jul 2011 The US House of Representatives has rejected ‘Democratic’ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan to avert a US default on its debt by a vote of 246-173. The vote was held on Saturday, one day after the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected House Speaker John Boehner’s plan, AFP reported. Boehner’s plan would impose $1.2 trillion in spending cuts, and establish a select congressional commission to propose an additional $1.8 trillion in savings by Thanksgiving, November 24, 2011. The plan aims for about $3 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years. Reid’s proposal, on the other hand, would cut $2.7 trillion in spending… It would not increase taxes and the debt ceiling hike would be extended.
Arctic scientist who exposed climate threat to polar bear is suspended –US government conducts ‘integrity inquiry’ on federal biologist amid lobbying by oil firms for Arctic permits 28 Jul 2011 It was seen as one of the most distressing effects of climate change ever recorded: polar bears dying of exhaustion after being stranded between melting patches of Arctic sea ice. But now the government scientist who first warned of the threat to polar bears in a warming Arctic has been suspended and his work put under official investigation for possible scientific misconduct. Charles Monnett, a wildlife biologist, oversaw much of the scientific work for the government agency that has been examining drilling in the Arctic. Some question why Monnett, employed by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, has been suspended at this moment. The Obama administration has been accused of hounding the scientist so it can open up the fragile region to drilling by Shell and other big oil companies.

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