Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government 26 Dec 2011

Yakuza's Debtors Forced to Work at Fukushima Daiichi? 26 Dec 2011 According to a book recently published by Tomohiko Suzuki, a freelance journalist who went undercover as a laborer at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant for two months this year, people who were unable to repay loans from Yakuza gangs were forced to work at the site as a means of repaying their debts. Tokyo Electric issued a refutal, calling the claim that organized crime would be allowed to influence the recruitment process "groundless". With the assistance of a particular organization, Suzuki was able to get employment at Fukushima Daiichi during July and August of this year, until his identity was discovered.
WikiLeaks' Assange may face espionage charges in US 25 Dec 2011 Julian Assange may face espionage charges in the US after prosecutors in the case of Private Bradley Manning revealed evidence of the WikiLeaks boss' alleged role in stealing secret military documents. During this week's hearing into the Manning case at Fort Meade, WikiLeaks' lawyers produced online chat logs which purport to show that the 40-year-old Australian coached Manning on how to break passwords and gain anonymous access to military computer networks, The (London) Times reported. The chat logs - revealed in the US military court on Thursday - represent the first evidence the US government has produced alleging that Assange helped Manning, 24, remove and transmit files from a top-secret facility in Iraq, the report said.
Assange may be investigated over theft of US military secrets 26 Dec 2011 New claims have emerged that Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange played a role in stealing US military secrets which he published online. The former hacker was accused by lawyers in the US of coaching Private Bradley Manning on how to crack passwords and hack into military computer networks. During Manning's pre-trial hearing in Fort Meade, last week lawyers produced logs of online chats that show Assange played a role in Manning uploading 700,000 stolen military documents which were passed on to WikiLeaks. US government digital forensic experts who examined Manning's computer found communications between him and an online chat user identified as Julian Assange, who guided Manning to break "hash codes".
'Anonymous' hackers hit US security firm Stratfor 25 Dec 2011 The activist hacker group Anonymous says it has stolen thousands of emails, passwords and credit card details from a US-based security think-tank. The hackers claim they were able to obtain the information because the company, Stratfor, did not encrypt it. They say Stratfor's clients include the US defence department, law enforcement agencies and media organisations. The Austin-based company says it has suspended the operation on its servers and email.
'Anonymous' claims to have hacked U.S.-based security think tank --Hackers promised a week full of Christmas-inspired assaults 25 Dec 2011 Hackers on Sunday claimed to have stolen a raft of e-mails and credit card data from U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor, promising it was just the start of a weeklong Christmas-inspired assault on a long list of targets. Members of the loose-knit hacking movement known as "Anonymous" posted a link on Twitter to what they said was Stratfor's tightly-guarded, confidential client list. Among those on the list: The U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force and the Miami Police Department. [Awesome!]
'Afghan civilians killed for no reason' 24 Dec 2011 US-led foreign forces have killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan without any reasons, a fact-finding team appointed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai has revealed. Tahir Safi, an advisor to Karzai, told reporters on Saturday that one child, who had climbed a tree on December 13, was among the 21 civilians killed by US-led forces. "Our delegation found that a child who went up a tree to collect leaves for sheep was killed in the bombing by the NATO chopper without any pre-coordination with the Kandahar administration," Safi said. "The child's father rushed to the bombing site with other family members as another chopper of the international forces dropped other bombs," he added.
20 killed in suicide bombing in Afghanistan 26 Dec 2011 At least 20 people, including a member of parliament, were killed in a suicide bombing on a funeral ceremony in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province on Sunday afternoon. More than 50 people who were injured in the blast have been shifted to a hospital in the provincial capital and are receiving treatment. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. [Blackwater's typically a safe bet.]
MP among scores killed in Afghanistan bombing 26 Dec 2011 A suicide bomber has attacked a funeral in north-eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 19 people, including an MP and wounding dozens of others. The attacker detonated his vest after mourners gathered for the funeral of a government official in Taluqan city, the capital of Takhar province. "We have 19 dead including an MP, Abdulmutalib Baig, and about 40 wounded, mostly civilians," said Takhar provincial governor Abdul Jabar Taqwa. "I was also invited to this ceremony but I didn't go. The target was either me or the MP."
7 killed, dozens hurt in Iraq bombing 26 Dec 2011 At least seven people have been killed and 32 others injured in a car bombing near the Iraqi interior ministry in the capital, Baghdad. The bombing was carried out at about 7:30 a.m. local time (0430 GMT) in the Bab al-Sharji area in central Baghdad. Last Thursday, dozens of people were also killed and scores of others wounded in ten bombing attacks that rocked nine neighborhoods in Baghdad.
Iran defeats mock enemy in E-war 25 Dec 2011 The Iranian military has tested its most modern home-manufactured electronic warfare gear and defeated mock enemy on the second day of massive Velayat 90 naval exercise. During the second day of the maneuvers, different classes of frigates and submarines, sophisticated and technologically advanced ground-to-sea missile systems, advanced equipment used for communication and the exchange of intelligence were successfully tested and utilized along with modern electro-optical systems. Meanwhile, counterattacks against possible dive bombers, exchange of logistics and deep sea patrol were carried out on Sunday.
Troops attack protesters in Yemen capital 24 Dec 2011 More than 100,000 protesters who entered Yemen's capital Saturday after a 4-day march from another city were attacked by elite troops loyal to outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who opened fire with guns, water cannons and tear gas. Medical officials said at least three protesters were killed. The crowd of protesters had marched from Taiz, a city that has been a major opposition center 170 miles to the south. The protest, called the March of Life, aimed to put pressure on the country's new government not to grant Saleh immunity from prosecution. The violence underlined the continuing turmoil in Yemen even after Saleh signed a U.S.- and Saudi-backed deal last month by which he handed his powers to his vice president and committed to step down completely in return for immunity.
Russia test-fires two nuclear missiles 14 Dec 2011 The Russian military has successfully test-launched two intercontinental nuclear-capable missiles, the defence ministry said. The Bulava missiles were fired from a submarine in the White Sea on Russia's northwest coast and the test "went as planned," Lieutenant Colonel Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agency Ria Novosti.
Nuclear sub narrowly avoided collision in Strait of Juan de Fuca - newspaper report 24 Dec 2011 Port Angeles, WA - A nuclear-powered submarine narrowly avoided colliding with a cargo ship in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in October, according to the Navy Times. The newspaper reported Wednesday that the USS Kentucky, a ballistic-missile sub based at Bangor, was traveling at periscope depth when it came within 900 yards of a 839-foot-long cargo ship on Oct. 12. The officer of the deck had failed to check for other vessels while making a course change, the Navy Times said. Both ships turned to avoid colliding.
Pentagon Finds No Fault in Ties to TV Analysts 25 Dec 2011 A Pentagon public relations propaganda program that sought to transform high-profile military analysts into "surrogates" and "message force multipliers" for the Bush regime complied with Defense Department regulations and directives, the Pentagon's inspector general has concluded after a two-year investigation. The inquiry was prompted by articles published in The New York Times in 2008 that described how the Pentagon, in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks, cultivated close ties with retired officers who worked as military analysts for television and radio networks. The articles also showed how military analysts affiliated with defense contractors sometimes used their special access to seek advantage in the competition for contracts.
Congress calls on Twitter to block Taliban 25 Dec 2011 US congressmen are calling on Twitter to block Taliban propagandists from the micro-blogging site. Senators want to stop feeds which boast of insurgent attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan and the casualties they inflict. Aides for Joe Lieberman, chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the move was part of a wider attempt to eliminate violent Islamist extremist propaganda from the internet and social media. [Lieberman's just jealous because the Taliban has more Twitter followers than he does.]
CIA watchdog OKs New York police partnership 23 Dec 2011 The CIA says its inspector general has found nothing wrong with the spy agency's close partnership with the New York City Police Department. The inspector general concluded that no laws were broken and no evidence exists that the CIA was conducting forbidden domestic spying. [LOL.] The inspector general decided to do a preliminary investigation after a series of stories by The Associated Press revealed how, after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks the CIA helped the NYPD build domestic intelligence programs that were used to spy on Muslims.
CDC: We are tracking swine flu virus in five states and we expect more [LOL! Of course you do, since you created it.] 24 Dec 2011 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that it has identified the second case of human infection of swine flu. Since August, 12 people have been infected with the virus, called H3N2, in Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. CDC officials announced that they found another case of human infection with a swine-origin H3N2 virus, this time in a child from West Virginia.
Justice Dept. rejects South Carolina voter ID law 23 Dec 2011 The Justice Department has rejected South Carolina's voter-identification law, saying it discriminates against minorities. Gov. Nikki Haley [R-Sociopath], who signed the bill into law, called the decision "outrageous," The State reports. State Attorney General Alan Wilson (R) said he'll appeal, saying the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a similar voter ID law in Indiana. The Justice Department said that during an appeal the South Carolina law would be "legally unenforceable."
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