Montag, 11. Mai 2009

CIA Headquarters Micromanaged Torture

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "CIA interrogators provided top agency officials in Langley with daily 'torture' updates of Abu Zubaydah, the alleged 'high-level' terrorist detainee, who was held at a secret 'black site' prison and waterboarded 83 times in August 2002, according to newly released court documents obtained by this reporter. The extensive back-and-forth between CIA field operatives and agency officials in Langley likely included updates provided to senior Bush administration officials."

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Estimate of Budget Deficit Now Tops $1.84 Trillion

The economic crisis is already taking a toll on the Obama administration's new budget projections, adding $90 billion to its already historically high estimates of deficits for both this fiscal year and next.

//www.nytimes.com/2009/05/12/business/economy/12budget.html?ref=business


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Actual U.S. Unemployment: 15.8%

By Frank Ahrens

That U.S. unemployment has hit 13.7 million, pushing the rate to 8.9 percent, tells only half the story of this recession.

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Report Warned Bush Team About Intelligence Suspicions

By DOUGLAS JEHL

A high Qaeda official in American custody was identified as a likely fabricator months before the Bush administration began to use his statements as the foundation for its claims that Iraq trained Al Qaeda members to use biological and chemical weapons, according to newly declassified portions of a Defense Intelligence Agency document.

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Becoming What We Seek to Destroy

//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/05/11

60 Minutes Bombs on Drone Story
//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/05/11-8

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Ugly Truth about Foreign Aid in Afghanistan

By Press TV

Exorbitant sums of international aid to Afghanistan are being lavished by Western aid agencies on their own officials in the conflict-stricken country.

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The Connection Between Swine Flu Outbreaks And Wall Street's Meltdown

DAVID SIROTA

Piggish Capitalism — The Connection Between Swine Flu Outbreaks & Wall Street's Meltdown

Let's say you have a diversified industry of small, medium and large sized firms. Let's say you then gut anti-trust enforcement, eviscerate regulation, and massively increase subsidization to create textbook oligopoly. And then, finally, let's say the few mega-conglomerates that dominate the oligopoly make big mistakes and dangerous decisions. What are you going to get?

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A Reality-Based Narrative About The Economic Meltdown

ROBERT KUTTNER

Collateral Damage and Double Standards

huffingtonpost.com — The big Wall Street banks are getting propped up with literally trillions of dollars in aid from the Treasury and the Federal Reserve, while community bankers that stuck to their knitting and did not go in for the sub-prime swindle are suffering collateral damage.

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PAUL ROSENBERG

A Reality-Based Narrative About The Economic Meltdown

openleft.com — The subprime crisis was created by the very banking institutions that are now being bailed out. They quite literally did it to themselves.

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Who is Bernie Madoff protecting?

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Militarisierung: Schäuble forciert Grundgesetzänderung

„Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) hat seine berüchtigte Serie der Sonntagsinterviews fortgesetzt. Nicht genug, daß er anhaltenden Widerstand gegen die Aufnahme von Guantánamo-Gefangenen leistet und den Amerikanern hierfür wegen angeblich unzureichender Informationen die Schuld in die Schuhe schiebt. In der Bild am Sonntag holte er seinen alten Plan einer Grundgesetzänderung zugunsten erweiterter Befugnisse der Bundeswehr aus der Schublade. Als Vorwand hierfür nutzte er die Ende April abgebrochene Aktion der GSG9, die vor der Küste Somalias mit Waffengewalt ein gekapertes Schiff stürmen und Matrosen befreien sollte. (…) Diese Situation als Einstieg für eine Grundgesetzänderung zu verwenden, läßt auf ein ziemlich offenkundiges Motiv des Innenministers schließen: Wenn es hier gelänge, der Bundeswehr polizeiliche Aufgaben zu übertragen, wäre der nächste Schritt nur konsequent. Mit derselben Argumentation würden die Befürworter einer Grundgesetzänderung alsbald den Einsatz der Bundeswehr im Innern propagieren. Deshalb muß der von Schäuble gewünschten Übertragung polizeilicher Befugnisse auf die Bundeswehr sofort ein Riegel vorgeschoben werden. Andernfalls droht eine weitere Militarisierung auch der Innenpolitik. Wer keine Einsätze des Militärs gegen Demonstranten im Inland will, muß Schäubles Grundgesetzänderung strikt zurückweisen…“ Artikel von und bei Ulla Jelpke, zuerst erschienen in junge Welt vom 11.05.2009 //www.ulla-jelpke.de/news_detail.php?newsid=1283


Aus: LabourNet, 11. Mai 2009

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Bundeswehr wird immer mehr Politikersatz

Die Bundeswehr wird nach Einschätzung der fünf deutschen Friedensforschungsinstitute zunehmend zu einem Ersatz für fehlende politische Strategien. Das zeige sich sowohl in Afghanistan als auch beim Anti-Piraten-Einsatz am Horn von Afrika, sagte Jochen Hippler vom Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF) am Dienstag in Berlin bei der Vorstellung des Friedensgutachtens 2009.

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Cheney again confesses to crime of torture on nationwide TV

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Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

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Should America Investigate the Bush/Cheney Torture Program?
//www.commondreams.org/video/2009/05/11-0

How Americans Think About Torture and Why
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West Moors villagers' fury over mast plan on green belt

Bournemouth Daily Echo - England, UK

By Timothy John

A PACKED parish meeting has heard West Moors residents vent anger over an application to put up a mobile phone mast nearly 80ft high in ...

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In the end we will get the journalism we pay for

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Informant: jensenmk

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Robert McChesney and John Nichols on "The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again"

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The bankers’ bank

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sheldon Richman

05/08/09

The Federal Reserve System does more than conjure up money from thin air. (That would be enough!) The Fed is also regulator/protector of the American banking industry. Indeed, as recent events amply demonstrate, we may think of the industry as a government-organized protectionist cartel, with the Fed as the hub. One need look no further for evidence than the relationship between the New York Federal Reserve Bank under now-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, whom the New York Times calls ‘the leading architect of [bank] bailouts’...

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Why are we ruled by the illogical?

Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

05/10/09

[A] reasonable thumbnail sketch of what happened is that the banks went overboard in a wave of euphoria about the joys of securitisation. In fact, they thought that these whizzy CDOs were such fun that they weren’t going to flog them on to the pension funds and the insurance companies as originally planned. Nope, these things were so super that they were going to keep them. And so they did keep them until everyone woke up with a hangover one day and realised that they weren’t so whizzy or super duper and immediately started calling them ‘toxic assets.’ And then the banks went bust. So the legislators suggestion to stop this happening again is that the banks should be forced to do what made them bust rather than just left to make a stupid decision like that on their own?

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The real problems are finally beginning to show in the financial sector

Sunni and the Conspirators
by Sunni Maravillosa

05/08/09

To be blunt about it, the real problems aren’t the burst bubbles in the home mortgage market, in credit default swaps (CDS), in commercial real estate, nor in credit. It’s the systemic fraud masquerading as government policy that encouraged too much of the risky behavior that allowed bubbles to begin in the first place...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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US foreign policy caused the Taliban problem

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

05/08/09

U.S. officials are now concerned not only with a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan but also a Taliban takeover in Pakistan. These problems, however, were caused by the U.S. Empire itself. While most Americans now view President Bush’s Iraq War as a ‘bad war,’ the common perception is that Bush’s invasion of Afghanistan was a ‘good war’ (despite the fact that he went to war without the constitutionally required congressional declaration of war)...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Breaking down the auto bailout

The Nation
by William Greider

05/08/09

So this is how the auto bailout will work. American taxpayers pump tens of billions into rescuing General Motors from bankruptcy. Then GM pays us back by shipping more jobs overseas — the equivalent of four assembly plants. The federal money will directly subsidize more imports from abroad, enabling GM to double its car production in Mexico, South Korea and China and selling the cars into the US market. Can someone explain how this is in our national interest? If that is the best deal Obama’s auto czars can come up with, then this angry taxpayer says: laissez-faire — let GM go down. Better to settle for bankruptcy court than provide public financing to further the destruction of US manufacturing. The Obama administration has stumbled into the middle of the political train wreck known as globalization...

//www.thenation.com/doc/20090525/greider3


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The rule of the “experts”

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

05/11/09

[N]ow that the neocons have been driven out of town on a rail — supposedly — we have a new bunch of Official Experts in town. And if you hated the Project for a New American Century you’re going to despise the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), the freshly minted Washington think-tank that seems to have been granted the foreign policy franchise by the Obama administration. … These left-neocons have their own cadre of experts, who are trotted out to imbue our current wrong-headed policy of escalating the Afghan war and dragging in Pakistan with an aura of faux credibility. Prominent among these is Tom Ricks, the Washington Post’s Pentagon correspondent and a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Like most of our vaunted experts, Ricks hates having his credibility challenged, and he especially hates it when … well, let him tell it …

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Italy: Coughing judge sparks swine flu panic

Ananova [UK]

05/07/09

A coughing Italian judge cleared a panicking courtroom when he told lawyers: ‘I’ve just got back from Mexico.’ More than 30 attorneys in Rome told Judge Giovanni Barese they were boycotting the court and adjourning their cases because of fear of swine flu. One lawyer said: ‘The judge coughed a few times, I don’t know if it was from the flu or he was just clearing his throat, and then said he had just come back from Mexico. I’ve never seen so many lawyers agree on anything in court so quickly but we all decided we had to get as far away from him as possible’...

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MBTA to ban phone use on the job

Boston Globe

05/10/09

The general manager of the MBTA yesterday said he would ban on-the-job possession of cellphones by T operators and would fire anyone caught carrying a phone, pager, or similar device. Officials believe the ban would be the first of its kind in the country. ‘Leave it at home. Leave it in your car. Leave it with a friend. Leave it in a locker. But you are not to get on board that bus or [train or trolley] and have a cellphone on your person or in the cab. Period,’ said Daniel A. Grabauskas. ‘This is going to be a zero-tolerance policy.’ The proposed rule came less than a day after a Green Line operator told investigators from his hospital bed that he was tapping out a text message to his girlfriend just before his trolley slammed into the back of another on Friday night. The crash injured dozens of passengers, derailed both trains, and caused the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to suspend service at Government Center...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Afghanistan’s young victims of chemical strikes

ABC News

05/08/09

Life as 8-year-old Razia knew it ended one March morning when a shell her father says was fired by Western troops exploded into their house, enveloping her head and neck in a blazing chemical. Now she spends her days in a U.S. hospital bed at the Bagram airbase, her small fingernails still covered with flaking red polish but her face an almost unrecognisable mess of burned tissue and half her scalp a bald scar...

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The Fed's Economic Rollercoaster

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The Meaning of Quantitative Easing
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Time limits will never run out on prosecuting Bush administration officials for torture

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Armee umwirbt Kinder

Die Bundeswehr wirbt massiv unter Minderjährigen für den Dienst an der Waffe.
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