June 30, 2015 by legitgov
Israeli military escorts Gaza-bound aid flotilla flagship to port of Ashdod | 29 June 2015 | The ship that was trying to lead a flotilla of aid boats to the blockaded Gaza has arrived to the Israeli port of Ashdod after being apprehended by the Israeli military. It was detained earlier on Monday and there has been no contact with it for hours. It is unclear what is going to happen to the people aboard the vessel, RT reports from the port of Ashdod. They could be detained on the spot or escorted to the Ben Gurion airport to be sent out of Israel first thing Tuesday morning.
Pentagon paying monthly stipends to Syrian rebels (aka ISIS) to eventually fight Assad and invoke regime change
The U.S. is quietly–and under a virtual media blackout–conducting a coup d’etat in Syria at enormous taxpayer expense: Pentagon paying monthly stipends to Syrian rebels (aka ISIS) to eventually fight Assad and invoke regime change | 24 June 2015 | The U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday it is making monthly payments to ‘moderate Syrian rebels’ being trained to fight foment the Islamic State. The United States, Turkey, Jordan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia agreed in February to participate in the training and fielding of a moderate Syrian opposition force…”The trainees are currently receiving a stipend of between $250 and $400 per month, per soldier, depending on skill set, performance and leadership position,” Navy Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told reporters. The Pentagon hopes to have 3,000 fighters trained by the end of the year and 5,400 trained after 12 months. The fighters are primarily to be used ‘against’ IS forces and are envisioned to eventually stand as viable opposition to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, USA Today reports. [Yeah, let’s pay I-CIA-SIS to fight while we slash Medicare to fund the TPP – great idea!]
SCOTUS Koch-suckers strike again: U.S. top court rules against Obama administration over air pollution rule | 29 June 2015 | The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled the Obama administration should have considered compliance cost when it decided to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, a setback for the government that leaves the legal status of the regulation in limbo. The court ruled in a 5-4 decision, with its five conservative justices [Koch-suckers] in the majority, against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The rule stays in effect for the time being, with the case returning to an appeals court, which will decide whether or not it should be thrown out.
Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma lethal injection process | 29 June 2015 | The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a drug used by Oklahoma as part of its lethal injection procedure does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, dealing a setback to opponents of the death penalty. The court, in a 5-4 decision with its conservative justices [sic] in the majority, handed a loss to three inmates who objected to the use of a sedative called midazolam, saying it cannot achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery, making it unsuitable for executions.
Greek debt crisis: Banks to remain shut all week | 19 June 2015 | The Greek government has confirmed that banks will be closed all week, after a decision by the European Central Bank not to extend emergency funding. In a decree, it cited the “extremely urgent” need to protect the financial system due to the lack of liquidity. Cash withdrawals will be limited to €60 (£42; $66) a day for this period, the decree says.
New York State Trooper Is Said to Have Shot David Sweat, the Surviving Prison Escapee | 28 June 2015 | David Sweat, the surviving prison escapee on the run in northern New York, was shot by a state trooper on Sunday, according to three people briefed on the matter. His condition was unknown. Mr. Sweat, 35, was alive and in custody, according to two of the people. The shooting occurred after a State Police sergeant saw Mr. Sweat walking down a road toward him, according to one of the people. The sergeant ordered Mr. Sweat to stop, but he broke into a run and the sergeant, a firearms instructor, opened fire, the person said.
Terrorism Scare Shuts Down Highway 163 in Mission Valley –‘Hazardous objects’ were later identified as mortars | 27 June 2015 | (CA) Discovery of several hazardous objects, on a weekend when the federal government is warning police about terrorism, forced the closure of Route 163 between Balboa Park and Mission Valley on Saturday. San Diego Fire-Rescue dispatchers said their bomb squad was rolling to an undisclosed location on the freeway, north of University Avenue and south of Friars Road. That stretch of Highway 163 includes its interchange with Interstate 8. At around 3:15 p.m., the freeway was once again opened to all traffic.
Woman removes Confederate flag in front of SC statehouse | 28 June 2015 | The two people arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse have been released from jail in the state capital. Officer L. Tucker of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center said 30-year-old Bree Newsome and 30-year-old James Ian Tyson were released from jail Saturday after posting bond. Both Newsome and Tyson are from Charlotte.
CIA photos of black sites, naked prisoners during transfer could complicate Guantanamo ‘trials’ –Classified pictures include images of naked detainees during transport and psychologists [war criminals] Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, architects of the CIA’s torture program | 27 June 2015 | Military prosecutors earlier this year learned about a massive cache of CIA photographs of its former overseas “black sites” while reviewing material collected for the Senate investigation of the agency’s interrogation torture program, according to U.S. officials. The existence of the approximately 14,000 photographs will probably cause yet another delay in the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as attorneys for the defendants demand that all of the images be turned over and the government wades through the material to decide what it ‘thinks is relevant’ to the proceedings. Defense attorneys said they have not yet been informed about the photographs and said it is unacceptable that they should come to light only now, more than three years after the arraignment of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other defendants accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks [when the Bush regime actually did it].