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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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