Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
23 Dec 2010
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UN torture rep to investigate treatment of jailed leaks suspect Bradley Manning
--Office of rapporteur on torture confirms it is looking into complaint made by Manning supporter 23 Dec 2010 The United Nations is investigating a complaint on behalf of Bradley Manning that he is being mistreated
while held since May in US Marine Corps custody pending trial. The army private is charged with the unauthorised use and
disclosure of classified information, material related to the WikiLeaks, and faces a court martial sometime in 2011. The
office of Manfred Nowak, special rapporteur on torture based in Geneva, received the complaint from a Manning supporter;
his office confirmed that it was being looked into. Manning's supporters say that he is in solitary confinement for 23
hours a day; this could be construed as a form of torture.
CIA launches task force to assess impact of U.S. cables' exposure by WikiLeaks
22 Dec 2010 The CIA has launched a task force to assess the impact of the exposure of thousands of U.S. diplomatic
cables and military files by WikiLeaks. Officially, the panel is called the WikiLeaks Task Force. But at CIA
headquarters, it's mainly known by its all-too-apt acronym: W.T.F. The irreverence is perhaps understandable for an agency that has been relatively unscathed by WikiLeaks. Only a handful of CIA files have surfaced on the WikiLeaks Web site, and records from other agencies posted online reveal remarkably little
about CIA employees or operations.
WTF? OMG, LOL! CIA gives WikiLeaks taskforce naughty name
--US spy agency forms taskforce to assess fallout from 250,000 leaked US cables 22 Dec 2010 The CIA has launched a taskforce to assess the impact of 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables. Its name?
WikiLeaks Task Force, or WTF for short. The group will scour the released documents to survey damage caused by the
disclosures. One of the most embarrassing revelations was that the US state department had drawn up a list of
information it would like on key UN figures - it later emerged the CIA had asked for the information.
Angry Assange insists: I am not a sexual predator, I just really like women
22 Dec 2010 Julian Assange has claimed the two women he is accused of sexually assaulting merely 'got into a tizzy'
after sleeping with him. The WikiLeaks founder angrily denied being a sexual predator, adding: 'I’m not promiscuous. I
just really like women.' The whistleblower - who is fighting extradition to Sweden – went on the attack after graphic
details emerged of allegations made by Miss A and Miss W, both of whom he is accused of molesting. Assange said the
decision by The Guardian - ironically, his partner in releasing hundreds of confidential US cables – to publish leaked
Swedish police files about him was 'disgusting'.
Norwegian Newspaper gets its hands on WikiLeaks cables
23 Dec 2010 A Norwegian newspaper confirmed today that it had gotten hold of the entire file of more than 250,000
secret US embassy cables first leaked to WikiLeaks. Norway's main business newspaper Dagens Naerings reported that Oslo-based Aftenposten became the only media organization in the world to gain direct access to all the documents. It allows them to dodge
WikiLeaks' current strategy of drip-feeding the cables to preferred partners The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and El Pais.
WikiLeaks: Halliburton complained of prices in Iraq
23 Dec 2010 Oil companies working in Iraq complained of a "mafia" type atmosphere [LOL! They should know] that drove the price of security up considerably, leaked U.S. diplomatic cables reveal. Officials at oil services
company Halliburton complained the price of security in Iraq was "unwarranted" during a modestly secure environment in
2008, confidential U.S. diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks and published by London's Guardian newspaper reveal.
Rome Bombs: Embassies Face 'Serious Threat'
23 Dec 2010 Police are searching all foreign embassies in Rome following two bomb blasts in the Chilean and Swiss
buildings that injured two employees. The Italian foreign minister said there was a "serious threat" against embassies
in city. The mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno claimed the explosions were part of a "wave of terrorism".
Bombs explode at Switzerland and Chile embassies in Italy
--Rome police say city on high alert after Swiss national suffers serious hand injury 23 Dec 2010 Bombs exploded at the Chilean and Swiss embassies in Rome today, injuring two employees, at least one of
whom risked losing a hand. The first blast came late morning at the Swiss embassy. A member of the staff was opening
mail when a package exploded in his hands... Just over two hours later, a second device went off at the Chilean embassy.
Two Parcel Bombs Hit Embassies in Rome
23 Dec 2010 Parcel bombs exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies to Italy in the capital on Thursday, injuring two
people and raising concerns of possible terrorist attacks in the country's shopper-packed streets ahead of the Christmas
holidays. The first package was opened at the Swiss embassy around 12 p.m. local time by a staff worker, Bernardino
Regazzoni, the Swiss ambassador said in a television interview. The second parcel bomb exploded at the Chilean embassy
around 3 p.m.
Al Qaeda threat involving hotels buffets 'credible,' report says
--CEO: Hospitality employers to include 'See something, say something' cards - developed in conjunction with Homeland
Security - in employees' payroll stubs 21 Dec 2010 According to a Monday CBS report receiving much attention today, al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorists have
talked about poisoning salad bars and hotel buffets at various U.S. hotels and restaurants over a single weekend.
Department of Homeland Security officials have deemed the threat as a "credible" one.
North Korea threatens 'sacred' nuclear war
23 Dec 2010 North Korea today threatened to launch a "sacred" nuclear war against South Korea if it is attacked. The
warning came as Seoul staged military exercises that have raised already high tensions on the peninsula. Defence chief
Kim Yong Chun said North Korea is "fully prepared to launch a sacred war" - and would use its nuclear capabilities - if
attacked and warned the South against intruding onto even the smallest amount on its territory, according to the
official Korean Central News Agency.
S Korea stages huge show of military force near border
24 Dec 2010 South Korea has staged its largest military exercise of the year in a huge show of force against North
Korea... The drills, conducted just south of the heavily armed border, came a month after a North Korean artillery
bombardment against a South Korean island killed four, dramatically raising tensions on the peninsula. About 800
soldiers took part in the exercise - the largest so far this year - which included 30 tanks, armoured personnel
carriers, F-15 fighter-jets, artillery pieces, multiple long-range rockets and Cobra helicopter gunships.
South Korea to Stage Military Exercise With Jets, Artillery North of Seoul
--Defense Minister Kim Kwan: Military will remain on alert 22 Dec 2010 South Korea said its military will hold a one-day exercise tomorrow involving jet fighters and mobile
artillery in an area between Seoul and the Demilitarized Zone that separates the nation from its neighbor. About 800
military personnel will take part in the drill near Pocheon, approximately 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the border with
North Korea, said a spokesman at the Joint Chiefs of Staff who declined to be named, citing military policy.
Pakistan opposes US military raids
22 Dec 2010 Pakistan has opposed any ground military operations in its territory by US troops amid reports of the US
expansion of ground war into the Asian country. Following a New York Times report
on Monday about the US expanding of ground operations across the border into Pakistan's tribal areas, a spokesman for
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday Pakistan is capable of confronting militants in its tribal regions.
'US-led forces cause terrorism in region'
23 Dec 2010 Iran's Deputy Ambassador to the UN Eshaq Al-e-Habib has said that the spread of terrorism in the region is
the result of the presence of US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan. The foreign forces in Afghanistan have failed to
uproot terrorism in the country and terrorism has spread to other countries such as Iran, Al-e-Habib said in a UN
Security Council meeting on Afghanistan on Thursday. "We believe the recent terrorist attack in Chabahar, which led to
the death and injury of scores of people, was due to the wrong policy of foreign forces present in our region," Mehr
News Agency quoted him as saying. [Every region.]
25K soldiers headed to Afghanistan in 2011
22 Dec 2010 Nearly 25,000 troops will board planes for a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan starting soon after New
Year's, the Defense Department has announced. About 18,000 soldiers in five infantry brigade combat teams as well as two
combat aviation brigades and a headquarters element will deploy to Afghanistan as part of the regular troop rotations.
US-led strike kills two in Afghanistan
23 Dec 2010 A police officer and a civilian have been killed when a helicopter under the command of US-led forces
opened fire on a car in northern Afghanistan. Faryab province police chief Khalil Andarabi and the governor's spokesman,
Ahmad Jawed Bedar, said the vehicle was heading to the provincial capital of Maimana when it was struck. The civilian
killed in the incident has been identified as Mohammad Aminuddin, the brother of former Afghan parliament member
Afghan bomb blast kills 2, injures 4
23 Dec 2010 A massive explosion has rocked the northern province of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, killing two people
and injuring four others. The huge blast rocked the capital city of Kunduz province at 8 a.m. local time, eyewitnesses
told a Press TV correspondent on Thursday. Four other people were also injured after a bomber blew himself up near a
police checkpoint in Konduz province.
US-led forces kill 5 Afghan civilians
22 Dec 2010 At least five civilians have been killed by US-led foreign troops in southern Afghanistan, amid growing
discontent over the rising number of civilian fatalities in the war-wracked country. The civilians lost their lives on
Tuesday in the province of Helmand's Sangin district, which is a flashpoint for foreign forces in their nine-year war
against Taliban militants.
British soldier killed in Afghanistan
22 Dec 2010 A British soldier has been killed by an explosive device in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan,
bringing the number of deaths among the UK troops to 347. The soldier was killed while patrolling the Nahr-e Saraj
district of the troubled province on Tuesday. He was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED).
New U.S. Sanctions Hit Iran Guard, Shipper
22 Dec 2010 The Obama administration enacted new financial sanctions on Iran's elite military unit and its largest
shipping company, as the U.S. intensifies efforts to choke Tehran off from the global financial system. The Treasury
Department's announcement Tuesday comes just weeks ahead of a scheduled second round of negotiations in Turkey between
Iran and the international community focused on containing Tehran's nuclear program, which Iran says is peaceful in
Ratification of START nuclear treaty hailed
23 Dec 2010 Nations on Thursday hailed the US ratification of a key treaty slashing US and Russian nuclear arsenals as
a boost to international security in a new age of cooperation between the Cold War foes. The START treaty restricts the
two nations to a maximum of 1,550 deployed warheads each, a cut of about 30 percent from a limit set in 2002, and 800
launchers and bombers. The Russian parliament could ratify it this week.
Senate ratifies new U.S.-Russia nuclear weapons treaty
22 Dec 2010 The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a new nuclear arms-reduction treaty with Russia, the broadest such
pact between the former Cold War foes in nearly two decades. The Senate ratified the New Strategic Arms Reduction
Treaty, known as New START, by a vote of 71 to 26, easily clearing the threshold of two-thirds of senators present as
required by the Constitution for treaty ratification. The final vote came after Senate Democrats accepted two amendments
designed to placate Republicans who had qualms about the treaty work 24/7 to ensure Obusha doesn't win re-election].
Senate Passes Health-Care Bill for Sept. 11 First Responders
22 Dec 2010 The U.S. Senate approved legislation to help those who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks
in New York City. The path for approval on a voice vote was secured earlier today when Senate Republicans agreed to drop
their opposition to the legislation. The bill provides for $4.3 billion in additional aid over five years, with $1.5
billion for health benefits and $2.7 billion for compensation, said Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who had
been opposing the bill because of cost concerns [but "forgot" about such concerns when pushing for tax cuts for the rich and his corpora-terrorist overlords].
Obama signs historic bill ending 'don't ask, don't tell'
22 Dec 2010 President Obama signed historic legislation repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that compelled gay
and lesbian servicemembers to hide their sexual orientation. At a ceremony at the Interior Department, Obama thanked
"all the patriots... who were forced to hang up their uniforms" because of the policy, which dates to early in the
Polar bear status pits environmentalists vs. administration
[Um, I'll take the polar bear.] --Advocates for the animals want the status listed as 'endangered,' but such a move is
opposed by powerful industry groups. 23 Dec 2010 A dispute about how much the government should protect polar bears has turned into a battleground for
environmentalists and some of the country's most powerful business organizations over the larger question of global
warming. On Wednesday, the Interior Department filed arguments in federal court defending its decision to classify polar
bears as "threatened" rather than "endangered" despite widespread shrinkage of the sea ice that forms the bears' natural
W.H.: Polar bears not 'endangered'
22 Dec 2010 The Obama regime is sticking with a George W. Bush-era decision to deny polar bears endangered species status. In a court filing Wednesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service defended the previous administration’s decision to give the
polar bear the less-protective "threatened" species designation, a move that will frustrate environmentalists who hoped
for stronger protections under the Endangered Species Act. [No Merry Christmas for polar bears: Under cover of his 'Holiday Bad News Dump,' sycophantic sell-out, Barack Obama, has
decided that the polar bear doesn't need protection from his oil overlords.]
Scrubbed up for Christmas: Spike, the orphaned hedgehog gets a festive make-over
23 Dec 2010 This is a baby hedgehog receiving a good old fashioned rub-a-dub after he was found wandering in a garden,
unable to roll into a ball. Named Spike, the tiny creature has to be scrubbed clean with a toothbrush because of his
delicate skin... Secret World Wildlife Rescue
is the only 24/7 wildlife rescue centre in the South West, annually caring for over 4000 sick, injured and orphaned