Dienstag, 17. Februar 2009

Republicans Try to Block Guantanamo Detainees From State Prisons

Daniel Nasaw, The Guardian UK: "Republicans in at least six states are seeking to block the White House from transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to their districts, in what critics call an effort to stymie Barack Obama's efforts to close the prison. Congressional Republicans have introduced bills that would bar the government from moving any of the 250 inmates to some of the most prominent military and civilian detention centres in the US, including a 'supermax' high-security federal prison in Florence, Colorado, which holds at least 16 convicted international terrorists, and a South Carolina naval brig that holds the only enemy combatant jailed in America."

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US Stocks Tumble on Recession Concern; Citigroup, GM Fall

Elizabeth Stanton, Bloomberg: "U.S. stocks tumbled to a three-month low, extending a global slump, as a record contraction in New York manufacturing spurred concern the government's stimulus package won't be enough to curb the deepening recession. Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. lost at least 8 percent. General Motors Corp., the biggest U.S. carmaker, retreated 15 percent before taking its case for more government support to the Treasury today. Financial shares led declines in Europe and Asia on concern banks may face ratings downgrades and further losses."

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Coming to NBC: "To Catch a Cheney"

Jeff Cohen, Truthout: "I have a plan to get NBC out of last place in the ratings. I'm promising blockbuster audience and international buzz. As a once disgruntled ex-employee, I now just want to be positive and help NBC, which needs all the free advice it can get. Here's my idea: A series of NBC News prime-time specials featuring spectacular ambushes of big-time criminals lured into what they expect to be pleasurable surroundings. But, with hidden cameras whirring, the startled villain is dramatically confronted with the evidence of his massive crimes as millions of viewers look on in scorn and righteous amusement. Coming to NBC next week: 'To Catch a Cheney.' Next month: 'To Catch a Kissinger.'"

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Ron Paul: Government Spending Driving Us Into Depression

Warns unread stimulus bill will prolong the agony.
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U.S. "War On Terror" Eroded Rights Worldwide

Whitehall Devised Torture Policy for Terror Detainees

Ian Cobain and Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian UK: "A policy governing the interrogation of terrorism suspects in Pakistan that led to British citizens and residents being tortured was devised by MI5 lawyers and figures in government, according to evidence heard in court. A number of British terrorism suspects who have been detained without trial in Pakistan say they were tortured by Pakistani intelligence agents before being questioned by MI5. In some cases their accusations are supported by medical evidence."

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Lawyers Condemn UK Over Torture In 'War On Terror'

By Afua Hirsch

"The framework of international law is being actively undermined ... creating a dangerous situation wherein terrorism, and the fear of terrorism, are undermining basic principles of international human rights law."

//informationclearinghouse.info/article22014.htm



Spy Chief: We Risk A Police State

By Tom Whitehead

Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, has warned that the fear of terrorism is being exploited by the Government to erode civil liberties and risks creating a police state.

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U.S. "War On Terror" Eroded Rights Worldwide: Experts

By Laura MacInnis

Washington's "war on terror" after the September 11 attacks has eroded human rights worldwide, creating lingering cynicism that the United Nations must now combat, international law experts said on Monday.

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Citigroup, Morgan Stanley May Pay $3 Billion "Retention Awards"

Reuters: "Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc are preparing to pay $3 billion of retention awards to brokers to keep them from fleeing a brokerage joint venture, the Wall Street Journal said on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. Terms are not expected until later this month, but the issue could grow politically sensitive because the government has injected money into both companies, the newspaper said."

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Locked Out and Locked Up: Youth Missing in Action From Obama's Stimulus Plan

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: "Already imperiled before the recent economic meltdown, the quality of life for many young people appears even more fragile in the United States in this time of political, economic and social crisis. A great deal has been written critically about both the conditions that enabled the free market to operate without accountability in the interests of the rich and how it has produced a theater of cruelty that has created enormous suffering for millions of hard-working, decent human beings."

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The more you screw up the more you get paid

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America’s shame: Can Jim Webb fix the prison gulag?

AlterNet
by Katrina vanden Heuvel

02/16/09

Our criminal justice system is broken. The U.S. represents 5 percent of the world’s population but accounts for nearly 25 percent of its prison population. We are incarcerating at a record rate with one in 100 American adults now locked up — 2.3 million people overall. As a New York Times editorial stated simply, ‘This country puts too many people behind bars for too long.’ But people who have been fighting for reform for decades are seeing new openings for change. The fiscal crisis has state governors and legislators looking for more efficient and effective alternatives to spending $50 billion a year on incarceration. At the federal level, there is reason to believe that the Obama administration and a reinvigorated Department of Justice will take a hard look at the inequities of the criminal justice system and work for a smarter and more effective approach to public safety. Finally, there are Congressional leaders — none more prominent than Senator Jim Webb — who understand that the system isn’t functioning as it should and there is an urgent need for reform...

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A reality check for Obama in Afghanistan

Christian Science Monitor
by Walter Rodgers

02/17/09

History may not repeat itself, but all too often it recycles mistakes. In 1961, before the Vietnam War became full-fledged, former Gen. Douglas MacArthur warned President Kennedy not to fight a land war in Asia. Over the next 14 years, more than 58,000 Americans died as Washington ignored his advice and ramped up operations. Today, the US is stuck in another land war in Asia: Afghanistan. … It’s unfathomable that Washington learned so little from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which ended in an ignominious retreat followed by the collapse of the Soviet Union three years later...

//www.csmonitor.com/2009/0217/p09s01-coop.html



Where will Obama take us in Afghanistan?

Orange County Register
by Alan Bock, Sr.

02/14/09

Although he has focused most closely so far on a stimulus package likely to stimulate government spending more than the U.S. economy in general, President Barack Obama still seems committed to escalating the war in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Robert Gates purposely tried in recent testimony to tamp down expectations and delineate more modest objectives, noting that it was likely only 10,000 to 12,000 additional U.S. troops (on top of 36,000 already there) could be in Afghanistan by midsummer. But he stressed that the commitment still stands to bring in 30,000 additional troops as soon as feasible...

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Government spending: Is it worth $62,000 to you?

Fox News Forum
by John R. Lott, Jr.

02/16/09

The stimulus bill had to be passed quickly. President Obama warned that not passing it would result in disaster. He warned that any delay was ‘inexcusable.’ The 1,071 page stimulus bill had to be voted on quickly — so quickly this last week that the House and the Senate couldn’t even provide politicians the 48 hours they were supposed to have to read it. The legislation was not put up on the Web until 11 PM on February 12 and the House passed it just 12 hours later. The Senate started voting on it only hours after that. Politician after politician admitted or complained that it was physically impossible to read the bill. As it was, the copies available on the Web for voters had all sorts of hand markings on it that sometimes made it difficult to figure out exactly what the bill proposed...

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WANSTEAD: Protests ring out over phone mast

8:20am Tuesday 17th February 2009

By Charlie Campbell

ANGRY parents have accused a telecoms giant of putting profits over their children's health by installing a new phone mast just yards from a school.

Critics fear the lives of youngsters at Aldersbrook Primary School, in Harpenden Road, could be put at risk when Orange builds the powerful electronic equipment at the junction of Aldersbrook Road and Dover Road.

Mum-of-four Elizabeth Canavan, of nearby Merlin Road, has three children attending the school and told the Guardian she fears for the safety of young children as the transmitter would be the fourth within 200m of classrooms.

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US Soldiers Investigated Over 'Fraud' Bigger Than Madoff

By Patrick Cockburn in northern Iraq

The exact sum missing may never be clear, but a report by the US Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) suggests it may exceed $50bn, making it an even bigger theft than Bernard Madoff's notorious Ponzi scheme.

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Banks are Insolvent and Companies Bankrupt

Obama: Learn From Lincoln And Do The Right Thing

As The Economic Situation Declines, He Has To Stop Centrist Diddling

By Danny Schechter

Today, we seem to be at the beginning of a new civil war, a great economic war with fresh details trickling out every day about how bad it is, and how bad it may get. Many banks are insolvent and companies bankrupt. Millions are out of work. No one knows what will happen. Even as the Stimulus bill was passed, no one is confident it will stem the tide of economic decline.

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Ending the Hidden Agenda Behind Tax Cuts

By Joe Brewer

It's time to tell the truth about tax cuts. This phrase dominates political discourse and is coughed out every time a conservative public figure opens his mouth. It is treated like the basis of sound reasoning, yet no one points out what should be obvious - that "tax relief" and "tax cuts" are just code words for destroying the capacity of government to serve the public.

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Eastern Europe Is About to Blow

By Mike Whitney

The global economy is decelerating at the fastest pace on record. 40 percent of global wealth has been wiped out. The banking system is insolvent, unemployment is soaring, tax revenues are falling, the markets are in shock, housing is crashing, deficits are soaring, and consumer confidence is at its lowest point in history.

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Davos Debt and Denial

In an age of illusion, the guise of truth is often heresy

By Darryl Schoon

The fact that in 2008 bankers became victims in the game they created has profound implications for capitalism itself. Capitalism, which began in 1694 with the issuance of debt-based money from The Bank of England, has now over three hundred years later reached its last and final stage.

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Ireland 'could default on debt'

The cost of buying insurance against Irish government bonds rose to record highs on Friday, having almost tripled in a week. Debt-market investors now rank Ireland as the most troubled economy in Europe.

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Failure to save East Europe will lead to worldwide meltdown

The unfolding debt drama in Russia, Ukraine, and the EU states of Eastern Europe has reached acute danger point.

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Anger as phone giant wins Chandler's Ford mast tussle

7:30am Tuesday 17th February 2009

A Hampshire MP has accused a mobile phone giant of being like a high tech Count Dracula.

The attack from Eastleigh’s Chris Huhne came after a Whitehall planning inspector’s decision to back a controversial new phone mast at Chandler’s Ford.

A year ago residents were celebrating after scoring a major victory to pull the plug on a plan by Vodafone to put the mast on a green near the busy Bournemouth Road and Leigh Road junction.

Eastleigh Council backed their campaign by kicking out the mast proposal.

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A Doozy of a Depression

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On Reinstating the Draft

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Liberty in the Choice of Governance

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Iran and the West: A History of Violence

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The Looting Bush Family

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New Boss, Worse Than the Old Boss?

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