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July 8, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

July 8, 2011

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Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

By arrangement with LegitGov.org.

City Council Votes for Armed Guards to Patrol Newark Fast-Food Joints at Night

July 8, 2011—Newark’s city council voted Thursday to require all late-night restaurants that serve less than 20 people at a time to have an armed security guard posted from 9 p.m. to closing. The vote comes less than two months after veteran Newark police officer William Johnson was gunned down standing at the counter of a fast-food restaurant in New Jersey’s largest city waiting for a slice of pizza. He was off-duty at the time and not the intended target of the drive-by shooting.

Tepco Says 3 More Workers Exposed to Radiation Exceeding Limit

July 7, 2011—Tokyo Electric Power Co. said three more workers at its crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant were exposed to radiation exceeding the government’s annual limit. The male workers, in their 20s, were exposed to levels beyond the limit of 250 millisieverts, Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at the utility known as Tepco, told reporters in Tokyo today. Under Tepco rules, a worker exposed to more than 200 millisieverts will be sent to other Tepco plants or offices, Hajime Motojuku, a spokesman for the utility, said by phone.

Reporter Seeks to Avoid Testifying

July 8, 2011—Lawyers for a New York Times reporter argued Thursday that the First Amendment should shield him from having to testify at the trial of a former C.I.A. officer accused of leaking classified information. “A reporter should be the last resort, if even at all, not the first resort” when the government puts on a criminal case, Joel Kurtzberg, a lawyer for the reporter, James Risen, told Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of Federal District Court here. Prosecutors subpoenaed Mr. Risen to testify at the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, who they say was a source for a chapter in Mr. Risen’s 2006 book, State of War.

Murdoch axes paper, British PM’s aide faces arrest

July 7, 2011—A former senior aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron faced arrest on Friday over his alleged role in a phone-hacking scandal that prompted Rupert Murdoch to close Britain’s biggest selling Sunday newspaper. In a startling response to the scandal engulfing Murdoch’s media empire, the British newspaper arm of News Corp announced it would publish the 168-year-old News of the World for the last time this weekend.

New agreement allows unsafe Mexican trucks to barrel along U.S. highways

—U.S. and Mexican officials signed an agreement Wednesday that allows trucks from each nation to travel on the other country’s highways—a key provision of NAFTA.

July 6, 2011—The United States and Mexico on Wednesday signed an agreement aimed at resolving a cross-border trucking dispute. The accord, signed in Mexico City by U.S. and Mexican transportation officials, would end a 15-year-old controversy that on the U.S. side featured fears of unsafe Mexican trucks barreling along U.S. highways, driven by unprofessional Mexican truckers. Under the agreement, the U.S. will reinstate a pilot program for Mexican truck certification that was introduced under the Bush regime—and defunded by an angry Congress in 2009.

Partying Security Contracting Group Pays $7.5 M Fine

July 7, 2011—The mercenary company whose employees were accused of sexual hazing and throwing wild, drunken parties in Afghanistan settled a lawsuit with the U.S. government by agreeing to pay a $7.5 million fine, the Department of Justice said today. Along with its affiliates, ArmorGroup North America, which was contracted in part to guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, agreed to pay the fine to “resolve allegations” that the company lied in State Department contracts and allowed its employees, with their managers’ knowledge, to frequent brothels in Kabul. The suit against ArmorGroup was originally brought by former ArmorGroup Director of Operations James Gordon, who will reap $1.35 million of the settlement under the government’s False Claims Act.

House Spending Bill Halts Protections for Species, Rewards Polluters

—Kills Ban on Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

July 6, 2011—An appropriations bill proposed today in the U.S. House of Representatives gave fresh evidence of the House majority’s open hostility to environmental protection. The bill, released by subcommittee chairman Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), would halt any new listing protections for any endangered species or their critical habitat, allow Endangered Species Act protections to be stripped for gray wolves in several states without scientific review, exempt big polluters from greenhouse gas pollution limits, speed up dangerous offshore drilling in the Arctic and kill a proposed ban on new uranium mining on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon.

Copyright 2011 Citizens For Legitimate Government

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This link roundup originally appeared at LegitGov.org.

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