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Hillary Clinton: 'CFR Tells Government What It Should Be Doing'

Secretary of State happy she doesn't have to travel as far to get her orders

Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s opening remarks during her speech to the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday will have done little to dampen accusations that the elitist CFR pulls the strings of the U.S. government.

Parents mobilise against the mast

Camden News - by TOM FOOT

Published: 16 July 2009

HUNDREDS of objections have met plans to erect a huge mobile phone mast in historic Hampstead.

The telecommunications giant Orange has applied to erect a 22-foot reception-boosting pole outside a historic wall, which once protected an ancient orchard, in Fitzjohn’s Avenue near the junction of Lyndhurst Road.

A campaign has been launched with residents, councillors, parents and schools, arguing that the mast – taller than a fully grown giraffe – will destroy the charm of the conservation area and damage children’s health.


Nine Reasons the US Economy is Not Getting Better

Jobs data paint a discouraging picture of more pain to come.

Restarting Flawed Military Commissions Will Endanger National Security

Constitution Project

Will Holder Uphold the Law on Torture?

Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

Attorney General Holder Should Order Comprehensive Torture Investigation, Says ACLU

Consumption: The Root Cause of Climate Change

Time to Pay Our Climate Debt

Everything That Happens in Afghanistan Is Based on Lies or Illusions

Bagram Detainees Stage Protest Against US Treatment


Detainees Protest in Bagram Prison

Greg Jaffe and Julie Tate, The Washington Post: "The prisoners at the largest US detention facility in Afghanistan have refused to leave their cells for at least the past two weeks to protest their indefinite imprisonment, according to lawyers and the families of detainees."

Paulson Says He Threatened Bank Chief Executive


Holding Paulson accountable for this mess

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau


As much as conservatives criticize President Obama, legitimately in my view, for federal meddling in business and dictating who should serve on the auto industry boards, we must never forget that it was Bush administration Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson who made the federal government go where it had never gone before in its dealings with private corporations. That is why the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee performed a valuable service in its hearing Thursday that got to the truth about Paulson’s threats to remove the CEO and board members of a private corporation if it didn’t do what Paulson arbitrarily deemed best for the ‘financial system’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama Goes to Bat for Bush Wiretap Program

Senior Obama Official Backs Cheney and CIA, Says Concealment of Assassin Program Legal

School wins mast reprieve

Whitehaven News - Whitehaven, England, UK

By Andrew Clarke

MOBILE phone company O2 has announced it will delay the building of a controversial mast close to Hensingham School. ...

Major Expose on Swine Flu

PTSD Ignored on Active Duty

Maya Schenwar, Truthout: "The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have thrown post-traumatic stress disorder into stark public light. As of the end of March, 346,393 US veterans were being treated for PTSD, and that number continues to grow rapidly. However, PTSD symptoms don't always wait to emerge until soldiers return home. For active-duty soldiers like Airman Steven Flowers, stationed in Aviano, Italy, it can take years to receive even minimal care. And once treatment begins, the soldiers are often punished for revealing their problems."

Obama’s new euphemism

by Joanne Mariner


In a high-profile national security speech he gave in May, President Obama asserted that the military prison at Guantanamo held some number of terrorism suspects who could not be convicted of a crime, but who were nonetheless too dangerous to release. According to a report in the Washington Post on Saturday, the Obama administration has now drafted an executive order that would allow such prisoners to be held indefinitely without charge. To disguise its plans for relying on a practice that is more characteristic of repressive governments than of constitutional democracies, the Obama administration has even invented its own euphemism. In his May speech, President Obama spoke only of ‘prolonged’ detention, not of indefinite detention, or preventive detention, or detention without charge...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Military developing half-robot, half-insect “cybug” spies

Fox News

Researchers are now experimenting with developing insect cyborgs or ‘cybugs’ that could work as spies. Miniature robots could be good spies, but researchers now are experimenting with insect cyborgs or ‘cybugs’ that could work even better. Scientists can already control the flight of real moths using implanted devices. … Developing such robots has proven a challenge so far, with one major hurdle being inventing an energy source for the droids that is both low weight and high power. Still, evidence that such machines are possible is ample in nature in the form of insects, which convert biological energy into flight...,2933,532511,00.html

The surveillance state threatens all of us

Campaign For Liberty
by Philip Giraldi


When you hear the word ’security’ or ’safety’ watch out. They are the two buzz words that are most often used by the government, whether federal or local, to fearmonger. Fear can be used to drive bad policies that otherwise would be rejected. It has consequences, internationally, nationally, and locally. Around the world Americans fight wars because they are afraid that if they do not do so they will be attacked by terrorists. Nationally, the Department of Homeland Security grows and grows, compiling extensive data bases on citizens who have done no wrong...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US foreclosures hit record 1.5 million in first half of 2009



U.S. foreclosure filings hit a record in the first half, a sign that job losses and falling property prices deepened the housing recession, according to RealtyTrac Inc. More than 1.5 million properties received a default or auction notice or were seized by banks in the six months through June, the Irvine, California-based seller of default data said today in a statement. That’s a 15 percent increase from the year earlier. One in 84 U.S. households received a filing...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Demanding an End to Fed Secrecy

US Senator Bernie Sanders: Demanding an End to Fed Secrecy, Sanders Questions Bonuses at Goldman Sachs and Other Big Banks.

ACLU Requests Justice Department Memo Regarding Constitutional Rights In Guantánamo Military Commissions

Army: Violence by GIs at Home Tied to Combat

July Equals Deadliest Month of Afghan War

Los Angeles Accused of Criminalizing Homelessness

Don't let the Defense Department Authorization bill become a vehicle for undermining civil liberties

The Fallacies of Another New Deal

Preparing for the New Economy

The American Empire of Blood

Government Creates Human Suffering

Should We Absolve the Fed?

Amid the current financial crisis: Bilderberg 2009

Unglaubliche Zustände in Atomendlagern

Asse säuft ab und neue strahlende Laugensümpfe wurden gefunden, Notabschaltung von Krümmel führte zum Blackout in Gorleben.

Mehrheit für Ausstieg

Bei den Bundesbürgerinnen ist mit der Atomkraft kein Blumentopf zu gewinnen.ümmel

American influence?

The coup's leaders complained that the country's president, Jose Manuel Zelaya, was attempting to extend his presidency with a referendum on the constitution which if passed, would have facilitated his potential re-election. Much of the mainstream media have repeated this view but it is simply false.

Obama Handshake Snubbed


From Information Clearing House

Private contractors replacing troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

If you thought the end of American intervention in foreign wars was nearing, think again. President Obama has been replacing soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan with private contractors-some 250,000 are currently deployed overseas-including Black Water (operating under another alias.)

From Information Clearing House

Injured soldier tells of horrors in Afghan battle

BLOOD and dirt spattered across his comrades' faces, Trooper Anthony Matthews tried to ignore their screams.

From Information Clearing House

How Bad Will the Economy Get?

Can The Economy Recover?

By Paul Craig Roberts

There is no economy left to recover. The US manufacturing economy was lost to offshoring and free trade ideology. It was replaced by a mythical "New Economy."

How Bad Will the Economy Get?

Really, Really Bad

By Thomas Greco, Jr.

Historically, every financial and economic crisis has been used to further centralize power and concentrate wealth. This one is no different, and in fact the moves being promoted by the Obama administration and the central banks of the Western powers will take the whole world to the pinnacle of financial despotism -- unless enough people wake up and claim their own "money power."

Death Squads and US Democracy

By Bill Van Auken

The revelation that the CIA initiated a covert program, apparently involving assassinations, and kept it secret from the US Congress on the orders of Vice President Dick Cheney marks a deepening of the crisis in the American state apparatus and an indication of the degeneration of democratic processes within the US.

Revealed: How CIA set up secret hit squad

The CIA spent at least $1 million on a secret intelligence programme that aimed to develop hit squads to kill Al Qaeda leaders, it has emerged.

Cheney Sweats Out the Summer

By Ray McGovern

So far the summer has been mild in the Washington, D.C., area. But for former Vice President Dick Cheney the temperature is well over 100 degrees. He is sweating profusely, and it is becoming increasingly clear why.

The US Assassinates People All The Time

Rachel Maddow interviews Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

"We're killing the wrong people and we're killing the wrong people in the wrong countries".

Bush's Hit Teams

By Robert Parry

The facts are already clear that his "global war on terror" had morphed into an international "dirty war" with Bush now having passed off command to President Obama.

Video Shows British Army Officer Screaming at Hooded Iraqi Civilians

By Daily Mail Reporter

The men were scalded with boiling water, urinated on, kicked, punched and hooded while in British military custody, the hearing chaired by retired Court of Appeal judge Sir William Gage was told.

Our Wartime Propaganda

By Seumas Milne

From the way official Britain pontificates about the war in Afghanistan, you'd never know that most British people want troops withdrawn by the end of the year and only a minority have supported the US-led campaign for years.

From Information Clearing House


The most important questions to ask about the CIA’s targeted killing program

by Shane Harris


What have we learned this week about the once-secret CIA plan to target and kill members of al-Qaida? It stemmed from George Bush’s secret order in 2001 that allowed the CIA to capture and, if necessary, take out members of the terrorist network. The plan reportedly focused on killing terrorists at close range rather than blowing them up with remote-guided bombs. And former Vice President Dick Cheney told the CIA not to inform Congress about the program. What don’t we know? Much more. As the probing continues into what, precisely, this program was all about, here’s a list of the most important outstanding questions. The answers will determine whether this episode fades or turns into the first full-blown intelligence fiasco of the young Obama administration...

The back door way to ignore the Bill of Rights

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


Among the most shocking aspects of Barack Obama’s presidency so far has been his embrace of the power that George W. Bush assumed to incarcerate people suspected of terrorism for the rest of their lives, without a jury trial to determine whether they are in fact guilty of the offense. There is absolutely no reason why Obama and any future president cannot expand that power to other federal criminal offenses, including drug crimes and gun crimes...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

RFID passports: a tragedy waiting to happen

The stock market is up...

The stock market is up...investment bank Goldman Sachs reports record profits...things are looking up, right?

Serious traders - not infomercial day traders or financial news hucksters - are worried.

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