Freitag, 5. Juni 2009

Big Brother HAS gone too far and that's an ex-spy chief talking

The former head of MI6 has hit out at 'striking and disturbing' invasions of privacy by the Big Brother state...

Rather: Former detainee says torture still going on at Gitmo

Dan Rather, the former CBS anchor who now hosts a news magazine on cable channel HDNet, has done a documentary on a former Guantanamo prisoner who says he was tortured for years before being released two weeks ago.

From Information Clearing House

Obama nominee tied to CIA interrogation

A congressional aide says the Obama administration's pick for a top intelligence post at the Homeland Security Department has ties to the CIA's harsh interrogation program.

From Information Clearing House

The causes and effects of the economic crisis

Time to Break Up the Banks

By Peter Rothberg

This new video, which neatly breaks down the causes and effects of the economic crisis.

Securitization: The Biggest Rip-off Ever

By Mike Whitney

Is it possible to make hundreds of billions of dollars in profits on securities that are backed by nothing more than cyber-entries into a loan book? It's not only possible; it's been done.

Crisis: Let's Get Down to the Essentials

Jacques Attali, in L'Express, advocates a truly radical restructuring of the economy to prevent the deepening recession from lingering another ten years.

Opposition erhebt Vorwürfe gegen Steinmeier wegen Irak-Krieges

FDP, Grüne und Linke erheben in ihrer Bilanz des BND-Untersuchungsausschusses Vorwürfe gegen die frühere rot-grüne Bundesregierung und den heutigen Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD). Die "Frankfurter Rundschau" berichtete vorab unter Berufung auf den Abschlussbericht der FDP und die beiden Sondervoten von Grünen und Linken, nach Ansicht der Opposition sei es nach dem 11. September 2001 zu einem "verhängnisvollen Paradigmenwechsel" in der Innen- und Sicherheitspolitik von Sozialdemokraten und Grünen gekommen. Deutschland habe entgegen der Darstellung der damaligen rot-grünen Bundesregierung den Krieg der USA gegen den Irak 2003 unterstützt. Der Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) habe militärisch kriegsrelevante Informationen aus Bagdad an das US-Hauptquartier in Katar übermittelt.

US Mortgage Rates Surge to Highest Level Since December

Julie Haviv, Reuters: "US mortgage rates surged to their highest in almost six months in the latest week, despite government efforts to keep rates at low levels that will help the hard-hit housing market begin to recover. Interest rates on US 30-year fixed-rate mortgages soared to 5.29 percent for the week ending June 4, up from 4.91 percent in the previous week, according to a survey released on Thursday by home funding company Freddie Mac."

Baucus Tells Single-Payer Advocates No

David Swanson, "Sen. Max Baucus met on Wednesday with advocates for single-payer health care, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, and told them that he might drop criminal charges against 13 people arrested for speaking up in his hearings, but that he would not include any supporters of single-payer health coverage in any future hearings. According to one report, Baucus suggested that he'd been mistaken to exclude single payer, but asserted that the process of creating health care reform legislation was too far along now to correct that omission."

Obama Speaks: Will Palestine or Pakistan Decide?

Steve Weissman, Truthout: "'Violence is a dead end,' he told them. 'It is a sign of neither courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus. That is not how moral authority is claimed; that is how it is surrendered.' One need not be a nonviolent activist to hear the wisdom of Barack Hussein Obama's words, especially as American drones continue to kill innocent Afghans or Pakistanis."


America's Violent Extremism

By Paul Craig Roberts

Against al-Qaeda, whose "actions are irreconcilable with the rights of human beings," Obama invokes the Koran's prohibition against killing an innocent. Does Obama not realize that the stricture applies to the US and its "coalition of forty-six countries" in spades?

Obama in Cairo: A New Face for Imperialism

By Patrick Martin

The vague and flowery rhetoric, the verbal tributes to Islamic culture and the equal rights of nations, constitute an adjustment of the language being used to cloak the policy of US imperialism, not a change in substance.


What President Obama Promised in Cairo

Robert Naiman, Truthout: "US policy in the broader Middle East over the next four years will be judged in the region according to whether the pledges that President Obama made in Cairo Thursday are kept."

Stimulate economy through deregulation

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews and Ryan Young


The economy is contracting at a rate of more than 6 percent this year to date. This is hurting the country and especially Michigan, whose 12.9 percent unemployment rate is the nation’s highest. America’s troubled economy needs a boost, but politicians are taking the wrong approach. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act works — or rather, doesn’t work — by taking money out of the economy, wasting some of it on bureaucracy and then putting it back in. The $787 billion in new debt it is creating will have to be paid back with higher future taxes, which will hurt growth down the road...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp$787

Obama, like Bush, just doesn’t get it

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

President Obama is in Cairo to deliver a major address to the Muslim world, which no doubt will explain that the U.S. government loves the people of the Middle East and is doing all sorts of good things to them. Alas, President Obama, like his predecessor, just doesn’t get it. The reason that people in the Middle East are angry at the United States is because the U.S. government is over there. If the U.S. government wasn’t involved in the Middle East, that would bring an end to the U.S. foreign-policy woes in that part of the world...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Forgetting what we have learned

Information Clearinghouse
by Paul Craig Roberts


The hubris is extraordinary. A bankrupt government that has to send its Treasury Secretary begging to China thinks it can spend limitless amounts in a futile effort to control the culture, mores, and political system of distant Afghanistan...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Travel and labor should be peaceful

Center for a Stateless Society
by Alex R. Knight III


We must understand first of all that political borders are nothing but arbitrary lines drawn out on a map, within which political figures — often groups of them — arrogate jurisdiction over the lives and property of the people residing within those artificial boundaries. Currently in America, millions of people who were born outside those borders the government tells us they possess jurisdiction within, come here every year in search of greater economic opportunities and government-granted welfare (public schooling, Medicare, Social Security, food stamps, etc.). Many of these people do not follow the government’s myriad of bureaucratic guidelines for coming to America — they simply cross the arbitrary borders of their own volition unannounced. If they are caught by armed government agents, they are often arrested, handcuffed, jailed, and deported back to the foreign government jurisdiction from whence they came. Many Americans applaud this as a defense of hegemony and a presently floundering economy wherein unemployment is steadily rising...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Support of Reform to the State Secrets Privilege

Constitution Project Committee Members Testify Before House Subcommittee in Support of Reform to the State Secrets Privilege.

The Grim Picture of Obama's Middle East

Obama in Cairo: A Bush in Sheep's Clothing?

The Times They Aren't A-Changin' ... Yet


Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA): Responses to Obama's Cairo Speech


Obama in Cairo: Words, words, words

by Justin Raimondo


The Obama fan club — and by this I mean the media, of course — is already hailing our President’s Cairo speech as the latter-day equivalent of the Sermon on the Mount, and there is no doubt that it was a splendid performance. All the usual superlatives are being unleashed by our love-struck commentariat — soaring, inspiring, intelligent, a triumph — and yet the reality, as the cheers die down, is that his Cairo peroration was just what we have come to expect from this President: pretty words, and even prettier promises. But where’s the action?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A Report on Afghanistan

UN Human Rights Council Blasts US for Killing Civilians, Drone Attacks and Using Mercenaries

Military-Backed Public Schools On the Rise in US

The Associated Press: "The US Marine Corps is wooing public school districts across the country, expanding a network of military academies that has grown steadily despite criticism that it's a recruiting ploy."


Stop Recruiting Kids: Update on DOJ Efforts to Invalidate the Arcate and Eureka Youth Protection Acts

Introducing the Coercion is Not Health Care Act

The Eye of the Economic Hurricane

The Health Plan's Principles

Black Tide

Sean Flynn, GQ: "Just days before Christmas last year, an environmental disaster one hundred times the size of the Exxon Valdez (yes, you read that right) unfolded on a riverbank in eastern Tennessee. A wave of poisonous sludge buried a town - along with the myth of clean coal."

Tennessee Coal Ash Disaster Raises Concerns About Similar Sites Nationwide

Econocide: Body Count

Nick Turse, "After David B. Kellermann, the chief financial officer of beleaguered mortgage giant Freddie Mac, tied a noose and hanged himself in the basement of his Vienna, Virginia, home, The New York Times made it a front-page story. The stresses of the job in economic tough times, its reporters implied, had driven him to this extreme act. 'Binghamton Shooter' Jiverly Wong also garnered front-page headlines nationwide and set off a cable news frenzy when, 'bitter over job loss,' he massacred 13 people at an immigration center in upstate New York. Similarly, coverage was brisk after Pittsburgh resident Richard Poplawski, 'upset about recently losing a job,' shot four local police officers, killing three of them. But where was the front-page treatment when, in January, Betty Lipply, a 72-year-old resident of East Palestine, Ohio, 'who feared she'd lose her home to foreclosure, hanged herself to death' shortly after 'receiving her second summons and foreclosure complaint from her mortgage lender'?"


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