News Updates from CLG
22 July 2015

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$500M US Program Has Only Trained 60 Syrians to Fight ISIS| 07 July 2015 | Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that only 60 so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels were currently being trained by the U.S. in the 500 million program that had been slated to put 3,000 fighters into the field against [sic] ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] by the end of this year. Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he regretted disclosing that the number was so low but "I wanted to tell the truth. The number 60, as you all recognize, is not an impressive number." The 500 million Syrian training program authorized by Congress was intended to train and equip up to 5,400 fighters annually, with about 3,000 projected to be ready by the end of this year.

UK parents to get power to cancel children’s passports over Isis fears | 20 July 2015 | Parents worried that their children may be about to travel to Syria or Iraq to join Islamic State (Isis) will be able to apply for their child’s passport to be cancelled, David Cameron has announced in a speech setting out his five-year counter-extremism strategy. Cameron said that parents would in effect have the right to cancel the passports of their children under 16 to prevent them from travelling to war zones. He said one of his aims in the counter-extremism strategy due to be published in the autumn would be to "put out of action the key extremist influencers who are careful to operate inside the law but who clearly detest British society and seek to groom young people".

Military Site Shootings Crystallize FBI Terrorism Concerns | 18 July 2015 | The deadly shootings at military sites in Tennessee illustrate the threat that FBI officials have warned about: violence directed against a vulnerable government target by a lone gunman with apparent terrorist aspirations. The FBI has not detailed a motive, but Thursday’s attacks that killed four Marines and one sailor are under investigation as a potential act of terrorism, with authorities combing through the gunman’s past to look for travel, contacts and online writings. The rampage unfolded as the federal government has raised alarms about the online spread of terrorist propaganda, including repeated exhortations by groups such as the Islamic State for sympathizers to target police officers and military installations.

FBI checking gunman’s phone, computer, trips for ISIL connection | 20 July 2015 | The FBI is examining Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez’s cellphone and computer to determine whether the 24-year-old who killed four Marines and a Navy petty officer in Tennessee on Thursday was involved with the Islamic State terrorist group, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday.

Mutant daisies photographed near Fukushima site go viral | 21 July 2015 | A photo of ‘mutant daisies’ spotted near Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant four years after its meltdown[s] has gone viral online. The image was snapped by Twitter user san_kaido in Nasushiobara City, which lies about 100 kilometres from Fukushima. When translated, san_kaido’s tweet says the daisies have been exposed to radiation from Fukushima since March 2011, according to The Weather Channel. "The atmospheric dose is 0.5 μSv/h at 1m above the ground," the tweet says, referencing the radiation dose per hour present at the site where the photo was taken.

Barack Obama becomes first president to visit US prison –Barack Obama says that the US criminal justice system needs to distinguish between young people who make mistakes and those who are truly dangerous [Right, so spring Chelsea Manning, Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, etc. – and ensure that Julian Assange and Edward Snowden are free!] | 16 July 2015 | Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit a federal prison on Thursday, amid a push to reform America’s overcrowded and expensive correctional system. Obama toured the "B" block of El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, where he met six inmates convicted of drug offenses. Nearly a quarter of the world’s prison population is concentrated in American jails. However, the United States accounts for less than five percent of the world’s population. Obama wants to cut the number of people incarcerated, curb use of solitary confinement and end mandatory minimum sentences.

Doctors suddenly going the way of J.P. Morgan’s bankers: 5th holistic doctor (age 33) dies in Florida making 5 dead and 5 more missing | 14 July 2015 | [Timeline of all 10 deaths and disappearances at bottom of article] …Dr. Baron Holt DC was coincidentally found the very same day that Dr. Bruce Hedendal DC (doctor of chiropractic) was found slumped over in his car. Dr. Hedendal was also on the East Coast of Florida and also a DC. Like Holt, Dr. Hedendal was also extremely fit. Dr. Hedendal had been doing an athletic event earlier in the day, before he was found in his car. [Holistic medicine: What a dangerous profession!]

White House distances itself from Glass-Steagall push [Of course it does.] | 17 July 2015 | The [TPP-pimping] White House wants to keep its distance from a liberal push to re-implement legislation that would break up big banks. Progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are calling for a reimplementation of Glass-Steagall, which would require big banks to divide commercial and investment banking. Earlier this month, Warren brought back legislation that would re-implement the law.

Christie 10th as Trump leads Republican 2016 field in 3rd straight poll | 21 July 2015 | Donald Trump received the most support among Republican presidential candidate in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday, the third consecutive survey showing the controversial and outspoken businessman in the lead. The ABC-Post poll put Trump at 24 percent among registered voters who lean Republican — six times his support in a May survey