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June 17, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

June 17, 2011

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Lulzsec takes down the U.S. CIA

June 16, 2011—Lulzsec took down the CIA web site yesterday, “for the lulz.” The group, which hacks or takes down up to three or more online presences a day, announced the hack last night on its twitter feed, saying “Tango down – cia.gov – for the lulz.” The apparent denial of service attack came on the same day that the hackers opened up a phone request line for targets… This attack seems to have been a brief one and apparently took the U.S. spooks’ web site down for only about an hour.

CIA website hacked by Lulz Security

June 16, 2011—The public website of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has gone down after the hacker group Lulz Security said it had launched an attack. Lulz Security has claimed responsibility for recent attacks on the Senate, Sony Corp, News Corp and the U.S. Public Broadcasting System television network. The CIA site initially could not be accessed from New York to San Francisco, and Bangalore to London. Later in the evening service was sporadic.

Hackers again break into Senate website

June 15, 2011—Hackers broke into the Senate’s public website for the second time in a week but were prevented from getting any sensitive data, a security spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The Senate’s website had also been hacked over the weekend, leading to a review of all its websites, in the latest embarrassing breach of security to hit a major U.S.-based institution. This attack was similar in that hackers broke into the public site and downloaded information, said Martina Bradford, the deputy Senate sergeant at arms.

U.S. Congress threatens to block Libya campaign over lack of consultation

June 17, 2011—The American military’s continuing participation in Nato operations in Libya appeared to be in jeopardy last night as Congressional leaders, angered by what they say has been the White House’s refusal to properly consult them, threatened to block funding. A row has been brewing for weeks over the perceived failure of the White House to give Congress a say in whether the Libyan action is justified.

White House defends legality of Libya mission

June 16, 2011—Defying congressional criticism, the White House insisted Wednesday that President Barack Obama has the authority to continue U.S. military action in Libya even without authorization from Congress. In a detailed, 32-page report to Congress, the White House also put the cost of U.S. military operations and humanitarian assistance in Libya at about $715 million, as of June 3, with the total to increase to $1.1 billion by early September. The report marks the first time the administration has detailed publicly its legal rationale for continuing the Libya campaign without receiving congressional authorization within the 60-day window set in the War Powers Resolution.

“It doesn’t pass the straight face test”: Republican Speaker pours scorn on Obama claim of authority for Libya mission

June 16, 2011—The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has slammed President Barack Obama’s claim he can carry on military action in Libya without a vote from Congress. The administration had claimed American forces were not facing the “hostilities” that would force the President to seek Congressional approval for the campaign. “Yet we’ve got drone attacks under way. We’re spending $10 million a day, part of an effort to drop bombs on [Colonel] Gaddafi’s compound,” said John Boehner (R-OH), Speaker of the House of Representatives. “It doesn’t pass the straight face test in my view that we’re not in the midst of hostilities.”

WikiLeaks: statement in full

June 16, 2011—WikiLeaks has released a statement marking six months since Julian Assange was put under house arrest, setting out his defence against sexual assault claims. Today, 16th June 2011, Julian Assange will have spent six months under house arrest. He has not been charged with a crime in any country. The conditions of his detention are excessive and dehumanising.

Assange marks six months on “dehumanizing” bail

June 16, 2011— WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange clocked up six months on bail Thursday, with the whistleblowing website slamming his “unfair” restrictions as he fights extradition from Britain. The 39-year-old is living at a friend’s mansion in eastern England, must wear an electronic ankle tag and observe a curfew as he appeals against his extradition to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations. In a statement released to some media including the Daily Telegraph newspaper, WikiLeaks bemoaned Assange’s position. “He has not been charged with a crime in any country. The conditions of his detention are excessive and dehumanizing,” the organization said.

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