- - Thursday, September 15, 2011

CONNECTICUT

Aides say they saw blog posts as threats

HARTFORD — Aides to Connecticut’s governor say they perceived the words of a New Jersey blogger as a real threat.

Gov. Dan Malloy’s general counsel, Andrew McDonald, was a state senator at the time Harold Turner posted an entry that authorities say incited violence against legislators. Testifying at Mr. Turner’s trial, Mr. McDonald said Thursday that he considered it “an extraordinary document” and a “very real threat.”

Mr. Turner, representing himself, asked Mr. McDonald on cross-examination whether the language wasn’t just “political hardball.”

Mr. Turner says his comments were free speech. He’s charged with felony inciting injury to persons and misdemeanor threatening.

Mr. Turner was arrested two years ago after urging readers to “take up arms” against state lawmakers following the withdrawal of legislation to give Catholic lay members more control over parish finances.

Mr. Malloy’s deputy press secretary also testified Thursday.

WHITE HOUSE

Belize, El Salvador placed on drug list

The Obama administration has added Belize and El Salvador to the U.S. list of “major” drug producing and transit countries.

The annual list identifies countries playing a role in the drug trade that “significantly affect the United States.”

Twenty-two nations were included, including mainstays such as Colombia and Mexico.

But only three countries were found to have “failed demonstrably” on their counterdrug obligations last year: Bolivia, Burma and Venezuela.

These countries can face U.S. sanctions as a result. President Obama has waived possible sanctions for Bolivia and Venezuela so the U.S. can support programs helping their people.

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