Saturday, July 14, 2012

News snippets from Citizens for a Legitmate Government

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Romney flew in people to provide applause at NAACP speech Posted by Lori Price, 11 Jul 2012 Governor Mitt Romney 'flew in' non-NAACP people to provide a cheering section for him when he spoke before the NAACP in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday. Romney brought about twenty black 'applauders' into the room. (MSNBC)

Romney at Bain 3 years longer than he stated 12 Jul 2012 Government documents filed by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital say Romney remained chief executive and chairman of the firm three years beyond the date he said he ceded control, even creating five new investment partnerships during that time. Romney has said he left Bain in 1999 to lead the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, ending his role in the company. But public Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed later by Bain Capital state he remained the firm's "sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president." Also, a Massachusetts financial disclosure form Romney filed in 2003 states that he still owned 100 percent of Bain Capital in 2002. And Romney's state financial disclosure forms indicate he earned at least $100,000 as a Bain "executive" in 2001 and 2002, separate from investment earnings.

H1N1 vaccine linked to potentially fatal nervous system condition: study 11 Jul 2012 The swine flu vaccine used during the [lab-generated] pandemic may increase the risk nervous system disorder that causes temporary paralysis almost three fold, a study has found. Researchers in Canada have found that for every million doses of the H1N1 pandemic vaccine that were administered in 2009/10 there were two extra cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome which can be fatal in extreme cases. It was found the increased risk was between 12 per cent and three fold, due to small numbers involved.

Investigator: Arafat died of unknown poison 12 Jul 2012 The death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was the result of an unknown poison, a Jordanian doctor who started an inquiry in the incident said Thursday. Arafat's medical reports were unable to diagnose the disease, but indications suggest that he was poisoned by a toxic substance that was not examined at the time, said the doctor, Abdullah al- Basheer, in a news conference upon his arrival to the West Bank. Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat's successor, ordered the investigation after Arab satellite channel al-Jazeera aired an investigative report concluding that Arafat was poisoned with radioactive polonium.

WikiWin: Icelandic court orders Visa to process WikiLeaks money --Financial ban lifted in Assange victory 13 Jul 2012 WikiLeaks could be seeing an influx of funds after an Icelandic court ruled that Valitor, the local agent for Visa, broke the law when it stopped taking donations for the website. The court found that Valitor had broken contract laws when it stopped accepting payments sent to WikiLeaks by Visa customers in July 2011. WikiLeaks estimates that move cut its funding by 95 per cent and cost it around $20m in lost donations, leaving it chronically short of cash.

Armed forces told to find extra 3,500 personnel to protect London Olympics --The extra personnel, the equivalent of an infantry brigade, means that 20,000 servicemen and women will be on duty - that is a fifth of the Army. 12 Jul 2012 Pressure is growing on the Home Secretary to explain how a blunder over security at the Olympic Games has caused thousands of military personnel to be drafted in at the last minute. The armed forces have been told to find an extra 3,500 personnel to protect the London Olympics to cover a shortfall in recruitment by a private security firm just a fortnight before the opening ceremony.

MoD fury as soldiers forced to carry out menial security tasks for Olympic Games 11 Jul 2012 Thousands more Armed Forces personnel will be forced to carry out "menial" security work for the Olympic Games, leaving defence chiefs furious. The British Army has been ordered to provide more troops for the Games to make up for a shortfall in staff provided by private security contractors. The Ministry of Defence last year said that 13,500 military personnel would be assigned to Olympic duties, with 7,500 of them in security roles at Olympic venues. It is understood that another 3,500 troops have now been told to prepare for duties at Games sites. More troops have now been given 'notice to move' orders, an Army source revealed.

Firm at centre of Olympic security shambles 'has seen fee rise by £53m' 12 Jul 2012 The company responsible for the Olympic security debacle is being paid £53 million extra for its work, after London 2012 organisers increased its "management fee" almost tenfold. Confidential Home Office documents seen by The Daily Telegraph show that G4S has had its fee for managing civilian security staff for the Games rise from £7.3 million to £60 million. The fee the company takes for running its Olympic office has risen more than 10 times faster than its spending on recruitment, the documents show.

Homeland Security gains more power through new Obama executive order --Secretaries of DHS, DOD to 'serve as federal lead' in crisis 11 Jul 2012 Should disaster strike the U.S., the secretary of Homeland Security will be in charge of re-establishing and prioritizing communications to ensure the continuation of the federal government, according to a new executive order from President Barack Obama. The executive order, signed on Friday [of course], once again expands the powers of the Department of Homeland Security - this time to include the handling of communications during a national security event or natural disaster. The order also allows for DHS to re-establish communications "through the use of commercial, government, and privately owned communications resources, when appropriate."

Navy Beginning to Implement Underwater Drones In Persian Gulf 12 Jul 2012 Amid concerns of Iran closing the Strait of Hormuz during a potential [US-generated] crisis, the U.S. Navy is beginning to develop and release a set of underwater drones to find and destroy sea mines present in the Persian Gulf, according to U.S. officials. Multiple news outlets reported Thursday that tensions concerning Iran's nuclear program set in motion the reinforcement of U.S. military personnel and weaponry in the region, specifically in the form of the "SeaFox," a four-foot, 88-pound unmanned, underwater surveillance vehicle that's guided by a remote control.

U.S. moving submersibles to Persian Gulf to oppose Iran 11 Jun 2012 The Navy is rushing dozens of unmanned underwater craft to the Persian Gulf to help detect and destroy mines in a major military buildup aimed at preventing Iran from closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the event of a crisis, U.S. officials said. The tiny SeaFox submersibles each carry an underwater television camera, homing sonar and an explosive charge. The first of the SeaFox submersibles arrived in the Gulf in recent weeks, officials said, along with four MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopters and four minesweeping ships, part of a larger buildup of U.S. naval, air and ground forces in the region aimed at Iran.

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