Freitag, 5. Februar 2010

Who's Killing Financial Reform?

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "Senator Chris Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, scolded Wall Street representatives at a hearing Thursday for sending 'an army of lobbyists whose only mission is to kill the common-sense financial reforms' needed by the public. 'The fact is,' Dodd said, 'I am frustrated, and so are the American people.' He charged that Wall Street's intransigence was the reason for Congress's failure to pass any bill to regulate the Street. 'The refusal of large financial firms to work constructively with Congress on this effort borders on insulting to the American people who have lost so much in this crisis.'"

Lobbyists Retreat but Never Surrender

Michael Winship, Truthout: "George Washington's birthday is approaching and with it will come the attendant mythology: hatchet and cherry tree, wooden teeth, throwing a silver dollar across the Potomac River - or the Rappahannock. Of course, as the old joke goes, a dollar went a lot farther then. Today, if you tried to hurl a silver dollar across the Potomac, chances are some member of Congress would snatch it in flight like one of those nature film grizzly bears grabbing a salmon in mid-leap."


Fighting Off Looters in the Ruins

Bush, Cheney and the Great Escape

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "With each passing day, it becomes more and more astonishing to encompass the fact that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their henchmen from the prior administration have managed thus far to escape any accounting whatsoever for the massive battery of criminal activity committed during their time in office."

John Yoo Renews Claim That President's Authority to Torture Depends on What Is "Necessary"

Stephen Rohde, Truthout: "Challenged for his 2005 statement that whether the president could lawfully torture a person's child depends on 'why the President thinks he needs to do that,' undaunted, John Yoo repeated his claim that it would depend on whether the president finds it 'necessary.'"


Top DOJer Overruled Finding Of Misconduct For Torture Memo Authors


Conyers Slams Authors Of Torture Memos, Announces Hearings

"For years, those who approved torture and abuse of detainees have hidden behind legal memos issued by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel," Conyers said. "

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U.S. headed for another bubble: TARP watchdog

In a sobering 224-page report this week, the federal watchdog responsible for overseeing the $700-billion (U.S.) Troubled Asset Relief Program argued that failed reform could put the United States on course for another bubble - and crash.

From Information Clearing House

Government Propagandists in Corporate Media

By Carl Herman

When independent journalists challenge US wars, government propagandists attack in the comments.


Emerging from The Media Fog

Stephen Crockett, Truthout: "When we make an investment by buying shares in a corporation, are we endorsing the political goals of corporate CEOs or other corporate executives? For most American citizens, the answer is clearly 'NO!' The recent Supreme Court ruling stating that corporations have the right to spend the shareholders' money to influence federal elections seems designed to trample on the property rights of individual shareholders, empower the international corporate executive class and distort the electoral process in favor of the pro-corporate Republican Party."

Congressman: Naked Body Scanners Are Just About Harassing Passengers

Dangerous and invasive radiation x-ray devices labeled stupid and pointless by experts

Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, February 5, 2010

More prominent public figures have slammed the slap-dash introduction of invasive naked body scanners at airports, with Congressmen and security experts labeling them a stupid and pointless measure that does nothing but harass innocent travelers.

Radiation Safety Group Says Naked Body Scanners Increase Risk Of Cancer

Children and pregnant women should not be subject to scan says influential body, urging governments to ditch backscatter x-ray devices

Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, February 5, 2010

An influential international radiation safety organization has warned that the naked body scanners currently being rolled out in airports across the world increase the risk of cancer and birth defects and should not be used on pregnant women or children.


Airport Body Scanning Raises Radiation Exposure, Committee Says

Informant: Mark G.


US Airports Expand Passenger Full-Body Screening


Pakistanis who refused airport screening in D.C. are hailed at home

A tour of the United States arranged by the State Department to improve ties to Pakistani legislators ended in a public relations fiasco when the members of the group refused to submit to extra airport screening in Washington, and they are now being hailed as heroes on their return home.

From Information Clearing House

Kissinger on Iraq

by Barry Lando


It is amazing how Henry Kissinger has been able to retain his aura of invincible genius in international relations, continuing to counsel presidents, foreign governments and major global businesses, while occasionally writing lofty Op Ed pieces advising the U.S. on what it should or should not be doing next. This mind you, despite Kissinger’s own history of monumental cynicism and duplicity when he was guiding foreign policy for President’s Nixon and Ford. Indeed, it’s a tribute to the ability of mainstream American media to forgive and forget. The latest example is an Op Ed piece Kissinger just wrote for the New York Times warning American leaders that they are no longer giving Iraq the attention it deserves...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Kissinger's 1974 Plan for Food Control Genocide

The study falsely claimed that population growth in the so-called Lesser Developed Countries (LDCs) was a grave threat to U.S. national security. Adopted as official policy in November 1975 by President Gerald Ford, NSSM 200 outlined a covert plan to reduce population growth in those countries through birth control, and also, implicitly, war and famine.

From Information Clearing House

Job losses from Great Recession about to get worse

Portales News-Tribune


Job losses during the Great Recession have been huge and they’re about to get bigger. When the Labor Department releases the January unemployment report Friday, it will also update its estimate of jobs lost in the year that ended in March 2009. The number is expected to rise by roughly 800,000, raising the number of jobs shed during the recession to around 8 million...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


More Government Equals Fewer Jobs


A Nation in Decline

by Tom DeWeese

Many politicians are asking the question today: “Why are the American People so angry?” The following may lend a clue to the clueless. According to the annual “Index on Economic Freedom,” produced by the Heritage Foundation, the United States now ranks 8th, just behind Canada. That’s a drop of two full points since last year, and the largest drop of all nations in overall economic freedom.........

Obama setzt auf Atomenergie und Offshore-Ölexploration

USA: Immer mehr Menschen, die nicht genug zu essen haben

Nach dem Bericht von "Feeding in America" haben letztes Jahr 37 Millionen Menschen Hilfe von der Organisation angenommen, 46 Prozent mehr als 2005.

CDU-Mitglied stellt Strafanzeige gegen Merkel und Schäuble

Beschuldigt werden sie wegen der Absicht, die CD mit den Daten von mutmaßlichen Steuerbetrügern zu kaufen, der Hehlerei und der Aufforderung zu Straftaten.

Korrupte Politiker unterminieren soziales Vertrauen

Nach einer US-Studie sinkt das allgemeine Vertrauen der Menschen in ihre Mitmenschen, wenn die Zahl der wegen Korruption verurteilten Regierungsangehörigen steigt.äuble

USA: Einreiseerlaubnis für Terrorverdächtige

US-Behörde gewährt bestimmten Verdächtigen auf den "Terrorlisten" absichtlich Zugang ins Land.

Tote US-Soldaten in Pakistan

Ein Anschlag, den sich die Taliban zuschreiben, macht die pakistanische Bevölkerung auf die Präsenz amerikanischer Militärs in ihrem Land aufmerksam.

Not Your Father's Army

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Most of us Americans have a deep and abiding respect and admiration for our country's fighting men who have served--and are serving--within the US Armed Forces. We appreciate their willingness to put themselves in harm's way for the preservation of our nation's liberty and independence. We honor their sacrifice. Indeed, many of us share that sacrifice with the deaths, dismemberments, and paralysis of our most cherished loved ones who were killed or injured in the line of duty. It is time, however, that we awaken to the reality of what our military is becoming and where it is heading. Suffice it to say, this is not your father's army.........


When the military serves as police

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


What happens when the military is used in a police capacity? You get a ‘war on terrorism,’ one in which people think that the laws of war now apply to the situation. But in actuality, nothing could be further from the truth. What you actually get is a criminal-justice problem that inevitably goes horribly awry, causing the problem to escalate into a deadly and destructive horror story...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US Sponsored Regime Change in Iran


Bombing Iran would avert Obama's looming 2010 electoral disaster


The lessons of Iraq have been ignored. The target is now Iran

Informant: Kev Hall


U.S. Senator Lieberman: Impose sanctions on Iran or attack it

Lieberman is the influential chairman of the Senate committee on homeland security. He was speaking a day after Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that his country was ready to accept an international swap of uranium, but only under certain conditions.

Senate Passes AIPAC's Iran Sanctions Bill in Five Minutes

MJ Rosenberg

Just last week the Senate passed comprehensive sanctions on Iran -- a bill being pushed by AIPAC neocons and the other "usual suspects" -- in record time. It was brought up with only three senators on the floor; there was a five minute debate and it passed by voice vote. Just like that.

Israel and the US preparing for attack on Iran

As part of this build up the US Military has more than doubled its stockpile of weapons in Israel which it states "Israel can use." One would assume that just like the preparation in the build up to the Lebanon Crisis in 2006 and pre Cast Lead in 2008 that this is a very clear indication that both the US and Israel are preparing for a strike on the nuclear facilities in Iran.

Four things Netanyahu needs for an Israeli attack on Iran

Tehran is in the crosshairs, but not before 2011.

Bolton: Either Iran Gets Nukes Or 'Israel Or Somebody Else Uses Military Force To Stop It'

On Fox News, John Bolton declared that "Iran simply has no intention of being talked out of its nuclear weapons program" and that "very severe sanctions" will not work. Later, when host Gregg Jarrett asked if military action is "the only answer," Bolton agreed.

From Information Clearing House


How to beat the War Party

by Justin Raimondo


In framing the Iranians for supposedly harboring ‘weapons of mass destruction,’ the War Party’s job is to keep up a relentless assault in the hope something will stick. Get ready for a barrage of ‘leaks’ by pro-war factions inside the administration, and yet more ‘intelligence’ reports planted by one or another foreign country with an interest in fomenting war, all of it backed up and ‘verified’ by reliably biased experts. What makes the War Party’s job easier, in this case, is that it’s not hard to confuse the public with a lot of ’scientific’ terminology and wrangling over technical details: people eventually throw up their hands, and reason that where there’s so much smoke there’s bound to be fire...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Lieberman, McCain Want Iran Sanctioned for Human Rights Abuses, But Ignore Evidence US Committed Similar Violations

The Christian Science Monitor reports that staunch conservatives Joe Lieberman and John McCain introduced legislation to force the Obama administration to impose tougher sanctions on Iran over the country's human rights abuses, even though both senators have publicly defended the treatment of "war on terror" detainees in US custody that numerous human rights groups have said met the definition of torture.


AP Article Fuels Iran War Hysteria

Informant: Alice Slater


Obama Is Being Blackmailed Into Attacking Iran
Neo-cons hype assassination attempt on President to be blamed on political "extremists"

Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Establishment media talking points from every direction strongly indicate that a false flag attempt on President Obama’s life is being considered, to be blamed on patsies from either the “extreme” right or left, in order to silence dissent in America and blackmail Obama into launching a military assault on Iran.

Will Obama Play the War Card?


How to get our democracy back

The Nation
by Lawrence Lessig


We should remember what it felt like one year ago, as the ability to recall it emotionally will pass and it is an emotional memory as much as anything else. It was a moment rare in a democracy’s history. The feeling was palpable — to supporters and opponents alike — that something important had happened. America had elected, the young candidate promised, a transformational president. And wrapped in a campaign that had produced the biggest influx of new voters and small-dollar contributions in a generation, the claim seemed credible, almost intoxicating, and just in time. Yet a year into the presidency of Barack Obama, it is already clear that this administration is an opportunity missed. Not because it is too conservative. Not because it is too liberal. But because it is too conventional...

He’s a yuppie

The New Republic
by John B. Judis


Here is a fact: Barack Obama has trouble generating enthusiasm among white working class voters. That’s not because they are white. He would have had trouble winning support among black working class voters if they had been unable to identify with him because he was black. He has trouble with working class voters because he appears to them as coming from a different world, a different realm of experience, a different class, if you like. And that’s because he does...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


How to Get Our Democracy Back: Lawrence Lessig Says "If We Want to Change, We Have to Change Congress"

Message to President Obama: Why Trade Will Not Save Rural America


Walk a Mile...

By Sheila Sample

It's time for Obama to put aside empty, soaring speeches and come to grips with who his enemies really are. It's time for him to step onto dry land and walk a mile in his own shoes -- while he still has a pair.

Liberals Get a War President of Their Very Own

By Murray Polner

Barack Obama was going to be different, or so my fellow antiwar liberals- and a few antiwar conservatives- hoped. He was to herald the end of that uncompromising and unilateral era of preventive war.

US Out of Yemen

Keep 9/11 trials out of military courts


Explosive News

By Jennifer Harper

A lingering technical question about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still haunts some, and it has political implications: How did 200,000 tons of steel disintegrate and drop in 11 seconds? A thousand architects and engineers want to know.

Liz Cheney Says Terrorists Have No Rights

Also, you're a terrorist

By Dahlia Lithwick

Ten years ago, an accused terrorist still had the right to a trial, for instance. But thanks to people like Liz Cheney and her dad, the Sixth Amendment right to a "speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury" is gone, once you've been branded a terrorist.

Proof that 9/11 Truthers Are Dangerous

By Washington's Blog

This is a list of people who question what our Government has said about 9/11. The list proves - once and for all - that people who question 9/11 are dangerous.


Flip Flop: White House Considering Military Trials for 9/11 Suspects

9/11 Families Urge Obama to Keep Promise To Prosecute Khalid Sheik Mohammed in Civilian Court

9/11 Suspects Should Face Civilian Court, UN Envoys Say


Tell President Obama: Don't Betray Your Promise

Don't Let President Obama Flip Flop on Federal Trials

On the Claimed 'War Exception' to the Constitution

Britain, You Better Wake Up

By Gilad Atzmon

British politicians are concerned with legalism. In other words, if someone would manage to prove that the war was 'legal' then the murdering of a million and a half Iraqis would be well justified. Let's all face it, our politicians are corrupted to the bone.

Memo 'shows Blair Iraq war deal with Bush'

The leader of Plaid Cymru's MPs has said he has a memo showing Tony Blair and George Bush struck a secret deal to invade Iraq a year before the 2003 war.

I Don't Mean To Say I Told You So, But...

By Stephen M. Walt

In his testimony to the Iraq war commission in the U.K., former Prime Minister Tony Blair offered the following account of his discussions with Bush in Crawford, Texas in April 2002.

From Information Clearing House


Constitutionally Illiterate

Outrage Over Latest Round of Bonuses

Outrage Over Latest Round of Bonuses for AIG Employees

Grace Huang, Truthout: "AIG planned to pay out about $100 million in bonuses Wednesday to many of its employees who worked in a division of the firm that was largely responsible for the insurance giant's spectacular meltdown."


Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein gets stock-based $9 million bonus:

The amount, although eye-popping by Main Street standards, is smaller than the stock-based bonuses his rivals received for 2009. On Friday, J.P. Morgan Chase said it would award $17 million to chief executive Jamie Dimon.

Secret AIG Document Shows Goldman Sachs Minted Most Toxic CDOs

By Richard Teitelbaum

The New York Fed, which secretly engineered the bailout, prevented the full publication of the document for more than a year.

From Information Clearing House


Wall Street wants a refund

The Nation
by Robert Scheer


‘Buyer’s remorse’ is the way Senator John Cornyn, the Senate Republicans’ fundraiser, gleefully refers to Wall Street moguls’ current disenchantment with the US president they thought they had bought. They didn’t like it when Barack Obama, after a year of throwing trillions of American taxpayer dollars into the bailout sinkhole, dared remark that he had hoped there might be some return for ordinary folks trying to save their jobs and homes. Not just huge bonuses for the folks the president dared refer to as ‘fat cats.’ ‘That’s it!’ the moguls declared, and promptly shifted their political donations from Democrats to Republicans...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bill Calls For Constitutional Amendment to Tackle Campaign Finance Ruling

Kyle Berlin, Truthout: "Two lawmakers introduced a bill this week aimed at adding an amendment to the US Constitution, which would allow Congress and the states to regulate political expenditures by corporations."


Donna Edwards' No Corporate Monopoly of Elections Amendment

How Corporations Secretly Move Millions to Fund Political Ads

GOP Chases Wall Street Donors

GOP to Filibuster Jobs Bill, Double-Down on Wall Street Banks

In a Message to Democrats, Wall St. Sends Cash to GOP

Rep. Dennis Kucinich v. Glenn Greenwald on the Supreme Court's Landmark Campaign Finance Ruling on Corporate Money

Bagram: Graveyard of the Geneva Conventions

Andy Worthington, Truthout: "On January 15, 2010, the Pentagon released the first-ever list of prisoners held in the Bagram Theater Internment Facility, the main US prison in Afghanistan for the last eight years. An annotated version of the list is available here."

Two phone masts planned for Chafford Hundred

Thurrock Gazette

Mrs Law, 46, is particularly concerned the masts are 3G, not just the standard mobile phone masts, as she has heard they emit higher radiation. ...


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