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March 2, 2012—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

March 2, 2012

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Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

By arrangement with LegitGov.org.

January-8-2012-575.jpgPhotograph via Flickr by Pat Pilon.

Internet Outrage at Pentagon

March 1, 2012—The U.S. military’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) on Thursday shut down access to the internet and blackberry service while work was being done to fix an unspecified problem. The shutdown, which came around 10 a.m. local time, means that no one in the Pentagon has internet access. Many military downrange, including combatant commands, do not have internet either. DISA, according to its website, is a Defense Department agency that provides command and control support to national-level leaders and joint-war fighters “across the full spectrum of operations.”

5 deaths on one street: “There are no words to describe this”

March 1, 2012—Brady Street stood directly in the path of the deadly tornado that tore through Harrisburg before dawn. The roaring twister destroyed seven of the 10 duplexes on the small street, leaving behind piles of splintered lumber, torn insulation and totaled cars. Five of the six people killed in the storm lived on Brady Street. Their four duplexes simply disappeared, blown off their foundations and disintegrating into the path of debris that stretched across the neighborhood.

U.S. has military plan should Iran conflict erupt, says air force chief

March 1, 2012—U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz said Wednesday that Washington has prepared military options to strike Iran’s nuclear sites should conflict erupt, Bloomberg reported. Just four days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, Schwartz told reporters that military options are being prepared in the event of a conflict. According to Bloomberg, which quoted Pentagon officials, some of the preparations include providing aerial refueling for Israel Air Force planes and attacking the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iranian military bases, and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

Michigan GOP changes delegate award after vote

March 1, 2012—Michigan GOP officials have raised a ruckus in the presidential race by awarding native son Mitt Romney 16 of the state’s delegates rather than the 15 it appeared he won in Tuesday’s primary election. State GOP rules said two of the state’s 30 delegates would be awarded proportionally based on the statewide vote, while the other 28 would be awarded based on the results in each of the state’s 14 congressional districts. That would have given Romney and GOP rival Rick Santorum’s one delegate each, on top of the 14 each candidate won by splitting the congressional contests, resulting in a 15-15 tie. The Michigan Republican Party Credentials Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday night, however, to reaffirm a rule it passed Feb. 4 giving both delegates to the winner of the statewide vote—in this case, Romney. The committee gave 16 delegates to Romney and 14 to Santorum.

Maryland legalizes same-sex marriage; challenge looms

March 1, 2012—Maryland became the eighth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday, just as opponents were ramping up efforts to repeal the new law at the ballot box. At a ceremony in the state capitol building, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law the measure he has vigorously advocated, surrounded by a cheering crowd of legislators and gay-marriage supporters. Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and the District of Columbia currently allow gay and lesbian nuptials.

Bomb squad responds to Rush Limbaugh’s home on Palm Beach

March 1, 2012—The bomb squad has been called to the Palm Beach home of Rush Limbaugh. The conservative talk-show host lives on the northern end of the island. According to Palm Beach police, Rush Limbaugh’s security found a package containing an electronic plaque. Because it was electronic and had wires, they believed the package was suspicious and contacted authorities.

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This link roundup originally appeared at LegitGov.org.

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