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Liberty Newspost May-27-2011

Liberty Newspost May-27-2011

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Curated News Editionhttp://www.LibertyNewspost.com- 27/05/11
Submitted at 5/27/2011 10:36:58 AM
Just as media reports came outthat the Justice Department waspreparing to charge formerDemocraticSenator JohnEdwards over allegations heillegally spent campaigncontributions to hide his affairwith Rielle Hunter, ourspecialreport on John Ensignby MurrayWaas reveals that the Republicansenator is also facing renewedscrutiny by federal prosecutors.The report raises seriousquestions as to why the JusticeDepartment closed its fileonEnsign last Decemberwithoutfirst obtaining crucial emails laterseen by the Senate. Attorneysclose to the case say they couldbepresented as evidence of campaign finance law violationsand obstruction of justice.As with Edwards, it appears tohave been the effort to cover upan extramarital affair rather thanthe affair itself that got Ensign inhot water.Read more here in aPDF of thereport.This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersfeatured article:If At FirstYou Don't Succeed - FourDecades Of US-UK Attempts ToTopple Gadafi.
Submitted at 5/27/2011 11:51:15 AM
NEW YORK – A representativefor Amy Winehouse says thesinger has checked into atreatment program in London.Spokesman Chris Goodman saidFriday that the 27-year-oldsongstress wants to be sure she'sready to perform in Europe thissummer.The rep says she'll stay at theclinic on "doctors' advice." It wasnot clear what treatment she'll getat the Priory Clinic. It offerstreatment for a range of psychiatric problems, as well asdrug and alcohol addiction.Winehouse's breakthrough disc,2006's "Back to Black," won herfive Grammy Awards and helpedher achieve worldwide stardom,but her music has beenovershadowed by drug use andlegal run-ins.Winehouse has not releasedmuch music since, but sheperformed a short tour in Brazil inJanuary.This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersfeatured article:If At FirstYou Don't Succeed - FourDecades Of US-UK Attempts ToTopple Gadafi.
Submitted at 5/27/2011 12:29:49 PM
Yahoo! News - According toCalifornia prison inspectors, an ill-equipped computer system hasallowed the release of 450inmates who are considered tohave a "high risk of violence."The mistake originated in acomputer program designed toorganize the release of low-risk [unable to retrieve full-textcontent]
 
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Submitted at 5/27/2011 10:46:35 AM
What’s a president to do whenCongress passes a bill just hoursbefore key anti-terrorismsurveillance measures are about toexpire and he’s 4,000 milesaway? Auto-pen of course.For the uninitiated, lawmakersand yes, even the president of theUnited States, have a machinethat has a real pen which goesover a copy of the person’s actualsignature. It is typically used forsigning proforma letters orsouvenir pictures to sendconstituents or fans.Well, President Barack Obamahas been in Europe for the annualG-8 summit and Congresswasracing to pass legislationextending the authorization of keysurveillance methods used to tryto thwart attacks on the UnitedStates, which were due to expireThursday night at midnight.Congress came through just hoursbefore midnight but Obama wasin France.The White Housereleased astatementjust before midnightsaying that the legislation hadbeen signed and a White Houseaide told Reuters that the auto-penwas used to do so at Obama’sdirection.That prompted at least onelawmaker, Georgia RepublicanRepresentativeTom Graves, toquestion whether that was legal ornot, writing Obama a letterseeking clarification.“I thought it was a joke at first,but the President did, in fact,authorize an autopen to sign thePatriot Act extension into law.Consider the dangerous precedentthis sets. Any number of circumstances could arise in thefuture where the public couldquestion whether or not thepresident authorized the use of anautopen,” Graves said in astatement.Well, for those who may questionthe use of the auto-pen, there is alegal opinion issuedduring theBush administration that gave thegreen-light to using it.“We conclude that the Presidentneed not personally perform thephysical act of affixing hissignature to a bill to sign it withinthe meaning of Article I, Section7 of the U.S. Constitution, the 29-page opinion said.“We emphasize that we are notsuggesting that the President maydelegate the decision to approveand sign a bill, only that, havingmade this decision, he may directa subordinate to affix thePresident’s signature to the bill,”it said.The law signed late Thursday isnot without controversy. Passedright after the Sept. 11, 2001attacks, it authorizes lawenforcement authorities to getcourt approval to obtain “rovingwiretaps” on suspected foreignagents with multiple modes of communications, track non-American “lone wolves”suspected of terrorism, and obtaincertain business records and evenlibrary records.Many Democrats and someRepublicans have expressedconcerns about the surveillance,worried that they are prone toabuse and may infringe on civilliberties. The new law extends theauthority for the surveillancemethods for four years, to June2015.We’ll see if anyone decides tofile a lawsuit challenging the legalopinion and, or, Obama’ssignature. (A quick query to theAmerican Civil Liberties Unioncame back saying that they had noplans to go to court.)Photo credit: Molly Riley(Obama’s first official signatureas president in 2009); KevinLamarque (Obama and FrenchPresident Nicholas Sarkozy at theG-8 meeting);This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersfeatured article:If At FirstYou Don't Succeed - FourDecades Of US-UK Attempts ToTopple Gadafi.
Submitted at 5/27/2011 12:47:34 PM
Reuters - A French airlinerplunged out of control for morethan four minutes before crashinginto the Atlantic in 2009,investigators said, in a reportraising questions about how crewhandled a "stall alarm" soundingin the cabin.
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Submitted at 5/27/2011 10:42:16 AM
By Tim Hepher and Gerard BonPARIS (Reuters) – Pilotswrestled with the controls of anAir France airliner for more thanfour minutes before it plungedinto the Atlantic with its nose up,killing all 228 people on board,French investigators said onFriday.Aviation industry sources toldReuters pilots appeared to haveacted contrary to normalprocedures in raising, rather thanlowering, its nose in response toan alert that the plane was aboutto lose lift or, in technicalparlance, 'stall'.But they said information fromblack boxes hauled up from theAtlantic floor earlier this monthwas still incomplete.The 2009 emergency began witha stall warning two and a half hours into the Rio-Paris flight andnine minutes after the captain hadleft the cockpit for a rest period.Shortly before, a junior pilot hadtold flight attendants to preparefor a "little bit of turbulence"The Airbus A330 jet climbed to38,000 feet and then began adramatic three and a half minutedescent, rolling from left to right,with the youngest of three pilotshanding control to the secondmost senior pilot one minutebefore the crash.The timeline was described in anote by France's BEA crashinvestigation authority, which saidit was too early to give the causesof the crash ahead of a fullerreport in the summer."These are so far justobservations, not anunderstanding of the events,"BEA director Jean-Paul Troadectold reporters.The captain returned after"several attempts" to call himback to the cockpit but was not atthe controls in the final moments,according to information gleanedfrom black boxes.By the time the 58-year-oldreturned, just over a minute intothe emergency, the aircraft wasplunging at 10,000 feet a minutewith its nose pointing up 15degrees and at too high an anglecompared to the onrushing air toprovide lift.The BEA said the reading of theblack boxes suggested the crewwere not able to determine howfast the plane was flying.That echoes earlier findingswhich suggest the pitot tubes orspeed sensors on the plane mayhave become iced up.The airline said in a statementthat the crew had demonstrated a"totally professional attitude."France's pilots union declined tocomment."It's very emotional to see theunrolling minute by minute orsecond by second at some pointsof what happened," said JohnClemes, vice president of thefamilies' support group."You automatically think of yourfamily member and how theywere living through this. It's theevents that caused the deaths of 228 people so it's traumatic andmoving.France's BEA crash investigationagency said pilots pulled the noseup at crucial moments as theaircraft became unstable and theaircraft generated an audible stallwarning."The inputs made by the pilotflying were mainly nose-up," theBEA said in a timeline based oninitial examination of the cockpitvoice and data recorders.A top aircraft industry safetyconsultant said the standardguidance in the Airbus pilotmanual called for the pilot to pushthe control stick forward to forcethe plane's nose down in the eventof a stall, which can lead to a lossof control."The BEA is now going to have toanalyze and get to bottom of howcrew handled this event," saidPaul Hayes, safety director atAscend Aviation, a UK-basedaviation consultancy."The big question in my mind iswhy did the pilot flying (theaircraft) appear to continue to pullthe nose up," he said."I must stress we are commentingand speculating on preliminaryfactual information, which willneed analyzing."ADVICE TO PILOTSThe BEA report was strictlyfactual and did not allocate anyblame or cause of the crash onJune 1, 2009."These are so far justobservations, not anunderstanding of the events,"BEA director Jean-Paul Troadectold reporters.In a passage likely to attractscrutiny, the BEA said the pilot"maintained nose-up inputs" whena fresh stall warning went off 46seconds after the autopilotdisengaged itself.The BEA declined to say whetherthis was the correct action to takeand the information given so fardoes not give a complete pictureof the information displayed tothe crew.But the response contrasts withthe latest advice to pilotscontained in an Airbus trainingseminar in October last year,according to a document obtainedby Reuters.In large red capital letters, thedocument says that in the event of a stall warning, pilots should"APPLY NOSE DOWN PITCHCONTROL TO REDUCE AOA(ANGLE OF ATTACK)."Two aviation industry sourcessaid the drill in force at the timeof the accident was to apply fullthrust and reduce the pitchattitude of the aircraft, whichmeans lowering the nose.Later guidance calls for pilots topush the nose down and adjustthrust as necessary, they said,asking not to be named.The crew's response will beadded to what is already knownabout probable icing of theaircraft's speed sensors, which AirFrance identified as the mostlikely cause of the crash.Airbus said the report upheldearlier evidence which was basedon automated maintenancemessages relayed from the plane.An aerodynamic stall is a loss of lift due to a high angle of attack,or angle between the plane andairflow. Pushing the control stick forward and lowering the noseadjusts for this.It does not refer to a stall of theengines, which the BEA said hadoperated and respondedthroughout to crew actions.The BEA dampened speculationthat the jet may have beenengulfed by a freak equatorialstorm.Pilots had decided withoutapparent stress to alter course
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