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December 2, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

December 2, 2011

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Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

By arrangement with LegitGov.org.

December-2-575.jpPhotograph via Wikimedia Commons by Elvert Barnes.

Obama lawyers: Citizens targeted if at war with U.S.

December 1, 2011—U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with “al Qaeda,” top national security lawyers in the Obama regime said Thursday. The lawyers were asked at a national security conference about the CIA killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and [alleged] leading al Qaeda figure. He died in a September 30th U.S. drone strike in the mountains of Yemen. The government lawyers, CIA counsel Stephen Preston and Pentagon counsel Jeh Johnson, said U.S. citizens do not have immunity when they are at war with the United States.

Unions claim win in mass U.K. strike

December 1, 2011—British unions claimed that up to two million public sector workers went on strike over changes to their pensions after the government responded to slashed growth forecasts with fresh spending cuts. In what unions called the biggest walkout in decades, thousands of schools were shut, hospitals operated with minimum staffing levels and local authorities were paralysed, although the government contested the unions’ figures. Thousands of workers marched through central London and Manchester, northwest England, during the 24-hour strike.

Over two million U.K. public sector workers strike

December 1, 2011—Over two million public sector workers took part yesterday in a 24-hour strike against the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government’s attack on their pensions. The largest national walk-out for more than 30 years involved members of 37 unions in an action backed by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). They included teachers, health workers, civil servants and workers in local authorities and other areas of social provision, angered at the coalition’s plans to make public service employees pay more, and work longer for lower pensions on retirement.

Occupy UC Davis protesters adopt resolution calling for break with Democratic Party

December 1, 2011—On Tuesday evening, the general assembly of Occupy UC Davis passed a resolution denouncing the attack on Davis students, calling for a break with the Democratic Party and the construction of an independent social and political movement of the entire working class… The attack on UC Davis students is part of a nationwide crackdown on Occupy demonstrators, organized by both Democrats and Republicans and overseen by the Obama administration. On Wednesday morning, police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, both controlled by Democratic Party mayors, cleared out encampments.

Hundreds remain jailed after Occupy LA raid

December 1, 2011—About 240 people remained in jail Thursday night after an LAPD operation to clear the Occupy L.A. encampment around City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, police said. On Thursday, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against 19 people arrested. Their bail was set between $5,000 and $20,000 depending on the charges, according to the City Attorney’s Office. LAPD’s raid the Occupy L.A. encampment early Wednesday resulted in the arrest of 292 people, primarily for failing to disperse from the area around 1st and Broadway once police declared the gathering an “unlawful assembly.”

Senate Declines to Clarify Rights of American Terror Suspects Arrested in U.S.

December 2, 2011—The Senate on Thursday decided to leave unanswered a momentous question about constitutional rights in the war against al Qaeda: whether government officials have the power to arrest people inside the United States and hold them in military custody indefinitely and without a trial. Lawmakers voted 99 to 1 to say the bill does not affect “existing law” about people arrested inside the United States. The disputed provision would bolster the authorization enacted by Congress a decade ago to use military force against the perpetrators of the attacks on September 11, 2001. It says the government may imprison suspected members of al Qaeda or its allies in indefinite military custody. Before voting to leave current law unchanged, the Senate rejected, 55 to 45, a proposal by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, to instead say that Americans are exempt from detention under the 2001 authorization to use military force.

Senate votes to allow indefinite detention of Americans

December 1, 2011—The Senate on Thursday evening essentially blessed the indefinite detention of American citizens who join al Qaeda. By a 45-55 vote, senators rejected an amendment from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that would have excluded U.S. citizens from the detention authority created by the Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed in 2001 after the Sept. 11 attacks [inside job]. Feinstein’s amendment would have inserted language excluding Americans into the detainee provisions of the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act. An earlier Feinstein amendment seeking to limit new detention-related rules to prisoners captured outside the U.S. also failed, on a 45-55 vote.

JJapan may announce Fukushima cold shutdown on Dec. 16: Yomiuri

December 1, 2011—Japan may announce on December 16 that tsunami-damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima are in a cold shutdown, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Friday. The Fukushima Daiichi plant, 240 km (150 miles) northeast of Tokyo, was wrecked by the events of March 11, which knocked out reactor cooling systems, causing meltdowns of nuclear fuel rods. A cold shutdown occurs when water used to cool nuclear fuel rods remains below its boiling point, preventing the fuel from reheating.

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This link roundup originally appeared at LegitGov.org.

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One comment for December 2, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

  1. Comment by Joanna Whitney on December 4, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Just in case you are not aware – I am just spreading this around because media is not

    CALL TO ACTION! NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT (S.1867) MAKES AMERICA A POLICE STATE!

    Last night (12/1) the United States Senate voted 93-7 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (S.1867), which must now be reconciled with a House-passed version (H.R.1540). Here is the bill:

    http://tinyurl.com/c4w2wdh

    This web page identifies the 93 Traitors who voted YEA for the bill and the 7 Patriots who voted NEA against it, those being Senators Coburn (R-OK), Harkin (D-IA), Lee (R-UT), Merkley (D-OR), Paul (R-KY), Sanders (I-VT) and Wyden (D-OR) – 3 Democrats, 3 Republicans, 1 Independent:

    http://tinyurl.com/7v6zlq3

    Once signed into law by President Barack Obama, this bill will officially make America a police state, wherein United States citizens can be arrested solely on suspicion of wrongdoing and held indefinitely without trial. Or as the Associated Press put it, the legislation would “deny suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation’s borders, the right to trial and subject them to indefinite detention.”

    http://tinyurl.com/bobtnc2

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued this warning:

    “‘The bill is an historic threat to American citizens and others because it expands and makes permanent the authority of the president to order the military to imprison without charge or trial American citizens,’ said Christopher Anders, ACLU senior legislative counsel. ‘The final amendment to preserve current detention restrictions could turn out to be meaningless and Senators Levin and Graham made clear that they believe this power to use the military against American citizens will not be affected by the new language. This bill puts military detention authority on steroids and makes it permanent. If it becomes law, American citizens and others are at real risk of being locked away by the military without charge or trial.'”

    http://tinyurl.com/d8vyg38

    Keith Olberman recorded this deeply disturbing interview before the NDAA was passed:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiTPSKM0lek

    And Ron Paul warns that its passage is the last nail in the coffin of the American Republic:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG8rhNEuVJw

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