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February 24, 2012—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

February 24, 2012

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Jan-27-575.jpgPhotograph via Flickr by the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Nations to call on Syria to agree to cease-fire or face yet-to-be named response

February 24, 2012—World powers convening Friday in Tunisia are mapping out a plan to deliver humanitarian aid and overthrow the Syrian government for Exxon Mobil, while details emerged that Arab nations have begun supplying arms to Syrian rebels, sources told CNN. Diplomatic sources told CNN late Thursday that a number of Arab nations are supplying arms to the rebel Syrian army and militias. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, would not identify the countries.

“Friends of Syria” ready ultimatum for Assad

February 24, 2012—The United States, European and Arab nations are set deliver a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad that he must agree to an immediate cease-fire and allow humanitarian aid into areas hardest hit by his regime’s brutal crackdown on opponents or face as-yet unspecified punishments and an increasingly emboldened and powerful armed resistance. On the eve of a major international conference on Syria in Tunisia, U.S., European and Arab officials worked out details of the demands in London on Thursday as the former United Nations chief, Kofi Annan, was named to be a joint U.N.-Arab League envoy to deal with the crisis. Russia and China, foes of any foreign intervention in Syria, reiterated their opposition to an international resolution.

NYPD intelligence chief wanted sources in every mosque within 250 miles

February 23, 2012—The most senior intelligence chief in the New York police department wanted a source in every mosque “within a 250-mile radius” of the city, according to the latest in a series of revelations about NYPD-led surveillance of Muslims across north-eastern America. The latest disclosures, by the Associated Press, reveal the ambitions of an effort led by David Cohen, a former CIA officer who went on to become the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for intelligence.

Afghanistan demands NATO put Koran-burners on trial

February 23, 2012—Afghanistan wants NATO to put on public trial those who burned copies of the Koran at a NATO base, President Hamid Karzai’s office said on Thursday, after a third day of bloody protests over the incident. It said NATO had agreed to a trial, but that could not be immediately confirmed. Demonstrations have drawn thousands of angry Afghans to the streets, chanting “Death to America!” amid violence that has killed 11 people including two U.S. service personnel.

Accused NYC Subway Terrorist to Face Anonymous Jury

February 23, 2012—In an unusual legal move, when a New York City man goes on trial this spring for allegedly plotting to blow up the subway, it will be an anonymous jury that determines his fate. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Dearie sided with prosecutors who argued for an anonymous jury because the charges against Adis Medunjanin “are of the highest possible seriousness.” In the case of an anonymous jury, any identifying information for the jurors is withheld from the public and they are only referred to by an assigned number.

Judge: BP liable for civil penalties for oil spill

February 22, 2012&#8212A federal judge has ruled that BP PLC and one of its minority partners in the blown-out Macondo well are liable for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act for their roles in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier also ruled Wednesday that Deepwater Horizon rig owner Transocean Ltd. may be liable under the same law as an “operator” of the well. The judge, however, said he couldn’t decide before a trial scheduled to start Feb. 27 whether Transocean meets the definition of that term.

U.S. Now in 4 African Countries to Fight LRA

February 23, 2012—U.S. troops helping in the fight against a rebel group called the Lord’s Resistance Army are now deployed in four Central African countries, the top U.S. special operations commander for Africa said Wednesday. The U.S. announced in October it was sending about 100 U.S. troops—mostly special operations forces𔃏to Central Africa to advise in the fight against the LRA and its leader Joseph Kony.

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This link roundup originally appeared at LegitGov.org.

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