Friday, July 05, 2013

CLG Updates, 05 July 2013

News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government
05 Jul 2013
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Man arrested in stolen truck carrying weapons, explosives, body armor in Seattle 04 Jul 2013 The FBI and Seattle authorities were investigating a Nevada man who was arrested after he was spotted on the University of Washington campus in a stolen truck carrying multiple explosive devices, stolen firearms and body armor, police said Thursday. The man was arrested a few blocks away after a police pursuit near Seattle Children's Hospital late Wednesday, said John Vinson, chief of the University of Washington police. Justin Miles Jasper was arrested early Thursday and was being held without bail in the King County jail on suspicion of possessing an incendiary device.

Man with guns, explosive devices arrested in Seattle 05 Jul 2013 Law enforcement is investigating a Nevada man who was driving a stolen pickup truck that contained a cache of dangerous weapons. The man, who was arrested Wednesday night near the University of Washington in Seattle, had a stolen scoped rifle, a stolen shotgun, explosive devices and body armor in his possession. "The suspect is in custody," University of Washington Deputy Police Chief Randy West said Thursday evening. "An investigation is underway." [Yeah, good luck with that. Check the DHS drill schedule -- I'm sure you'll find your man.]

Homeland Security Drill Prepares Police for July 4th Holiday --Details of 'Operation Independence' are top secret. [Well, until the drill goes live.] 03 Jul 2013 The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, working with the Department of Homeland Security, has planned one of its biggest drills and deployments of the year to coincide with the Fourth of July. Starting today, throughout the county, those who use public transportation will see more deputies than usual. At Union Station this morning, there are hundreds of them already.

U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement 04 Jul 2013 As the world focuses on the high-tech spying of the National Security Agency, the misplaced card offers a rare glimpse inside the seemingly low-tech but prevalent snooping of the United States Postal Service. A longtime surveillance system is called mail covers, a forerunner of a vastly more expansive effort, the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, in which Postal Service computers photograph the exterior of every piece of paper mail that is processed in the United States -- about 160 billion pieces last year. It is not known how long the government saves the images. Together, the two programs show that postal mail is subject to the same kind of scrutiny that the National Security Agency has given to telephone calls and e-mail.

Iceland proposes citizenship for Snowden 04 Jul 2013 Lawmakers introduced a proposal Thursday to grant immediate citizenship to Edward Snowden, who admits to leaking key details of U.S. surveillance activities. Ogmundur Jonasson of the liberal Left-Green Party put the issue before the Judicial Affairs Committee, but the idea received minimal support. Snowden, believed stuck in a Moscow airport transit area, has told the newspaper the Guardian that he was inclined to seek asylum in a country that shared his values -- and that "the nation that most encompasses this is Iceland."

Rerouted Morales plane has South American leaders irate 05 Jul 2013 President Evo Morales warned on Thursday that he could close the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia, as South America's leftist leaders rallied to support him after his presidential plane was rerouted amid suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Morales again blamed Washington for pressuring European countries to refuse to allow his plane to fly through their airspace on Tuesday, forcing it to land in Vienna, Austria, in what he called a violation of international law. He had been returning from a summit in Russia during which he had suggested he would be willing to consider a request from Snowden for asylum.

Ecuador: Spy microphone recorded secret conversations inside London embassy --The embassy has also been home for more than a year to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who received asylum from Ecuador in August and risks arrest if he leaves the property. 04 Jul 2013 Ecuador is calling for British authorities to help investigate after officials found a secret recording device planted inside the South American country's embassy in London. A "spy microphone" was found inside the Ecuadorian ambassador's office on June 14, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters Wednesday. It was hidden inside a small white box inside an electrical outlet, partially covered by a bookshelf, he said.

European firms 'could quit US internet providers over NSA scandal' 04 Jul 2013 European businesses are likely to abandon the services of American internet providers because of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal, the European commission has warned. Neelie Kroes, the commission vice-president who speaks on digital affairs, predicted that providers of cloud services, which allow users to store and access data on remote servers, could suffer significant loss of business if clients fear the security of their material is under threat. The warning came as it appeared that the Americans and the Europeans were to start investigating alleged breaches of data privacy in the EU as well as US intelligence and espionage practices.

US and Germany to hold talks over European NSA surveillance concerns 04 Jul 2013 Germany and the US will begin talks as soon as Monday, to address mounting European concerns over internet surveillance that are threatening to overshadow trade negotiations and damage Silicon Valley exports. A German government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said a working group of high-level US and German intelligence experts will begin "an immediate and intense discussion" over the issues of data protection and intelligence collection revealed by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden... France's top security official publicly admonished the United States at the American ambassador's 4 July garden party, denouncing alleged US "espionage" of France and other countries.

France 'runs vast electronic spying operation using NSA-style methods' 04 Jul 2013 France runs a vast electronic surveillance operation, intercepting and stocking data from citizens' phone and internet activity, using similar methods to the US National Security Agency's Prism programme exposed by Edward Snowden, has reported. Aninvestigation by the French daily found that the DGSE, France's external intelligence agency, had spied on the French public's phone calls, emails and internet activity.

Feds planned to arm drones; weapons would be used against 'targets of interest' 04 Jul 2013 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security developed plans at least three years ago to mount weapons on drones operated by Customs and Border Protection -- though the agency denied Wednesday that it has any current plans to use armed drones. The plans, outlining the idea of mounting "expendables or non-lethal weapons" on CBP drones, are disclosed in a 2010 document signed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The document was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and first posted Tuesday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. According to the document, titled "Concept of Operations for CBP's Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System," the weapons would be used against "targets of interest," described as people or vehicles carrying smugglers or undocumented migrants [or 'others']. [The petitions are not working. Start reading.]

Guantánamo hunger strike: US to force-feed detainees during Ramadan 03 Jul 2013 The US government has refused to stop force-feeding detainees prisoners on hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay during the holy month of Ramadan. In court papers rejecting a petition by four of more than 100 detainees said to be refusing food, the US said the feedings provided "essential nutritional and medical care" and would not interfere with religious observance of Ramadan, which begins on Monday. Observant Muslims fast daily from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan.

State media: Egypt orders arrest of 300 Islamists 04 Jul 2013 The Egyptian police has orders to arrest 300 leaders and members of Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood after the army deposed the Islamist president on Wednesday, the website of the official Al-Ahram newspaper reported early Thursday. A senior interior ministry official confirmed to AFP that arrest warrants had been issued for "Muslim Brotherhood members", but provided no further details.

H1N1 flu outbreak in northern Chile kills 11 05 Jul 2013 At least 11 people have been killed in an outbreak of H1N1 flu virus in northern Chile, where the rate of infection is more than six times higher than the rest of the country, according to authorities. "The average across the country is 24 patients per 100,000 residents, but in Tarapaca, in the past week, the rate was 148 patients per 100,000 residents," Medical Association president Enrique Paris said on Thursday.

Bees dying by the millions 19 Jun 2013 Local beekeepers are finding millions of their bees dead just after corn was planted here in the last few weeks. Dave Schuit, who has a honey operation in Elmwood, Canada, lost 600 hives, a total of 37 million bees. "Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions," Schuit said. He and many others, including the European Union, are pointing the finger at a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. used in planting corn and some other crops.

2 feet of hail blankets eastern N.M. town Santa Rosa 03 Jul 2013 The eastern New Mexico town of Santa Rosa will begin the holiday weekend with a white Independence Day. According to this report from, nearly two feet of hail fell in parts of the city about 60 miles west of Tucumcari on Interstate 40. Some of the hail -- the size of golf balls -- did some damage to roofs, skylights and the like.

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