Montag, 1. März 2010

Law, Morality and Conscience in War

The Need to Demilitarize US National Security

Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout: "Secretary of Defense Robert Gates gave a provocative and even dangerous speech at the National Defense University (NDU) last week that revealed the cold-war thinking of a key holdover from the Bush administration. With language reminiscent of the worst days of the cold war in the 1950s, Gates argued that the 'demilitarization of Europe - where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks that go with it - has gone from a blessing in the 20th century to an impediment to achieving real security and lasting peace in the 21st century.'"

Law, Morality and Conscience in War

Camillo "Mac" Bica, Truthout: "War has been a part of my life virtually for as long as I can remember. First, as a child and adolescent playing and then preparing for war, as a young adult participating in war and then attempting to recover from its effects, and as an old man striving to understand war and to use what I have learned as a means to educate others about differentiating war's realities from the mythology that dominates, not unintentionally, our media and public perspective on war.""Mac"+Bica

Ralph Nader Was Right About Obama

By Chris Hedges

We owe Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney an apology. They were right about Barack Obama. They were right about the corporate state. They had the courage of their convictions and they stood fast despite wholesale defections and ridicule by liberals and progressives.

Supreme Court reinterpreting Clean Water Act to allow corporations to pollute

Friedmanism at the Fed

The Nation
by Greg Kaufmann


Ongoing Congressional investigations into the AIG bailout have put the incestuous and murky relationship between the Federal Reserve and Wall Street in the spotlight — and put Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Fed chair Ben Bernanke in the hot seat. Calls for Geithner’s resignation regularly reverberate inside the Capitol, and Bernanke’s recent reappointment was opposed by thirty senators, including Republican John McCain and independent Bernie Sanders. Critics from both sides of the aisle fault Geithner and Bernanke for mismanagement, unnecessary secrecy and undermining Congressional oversight. But neither of them has been the target of questions about gaming the system for personal financial gain...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama signs one-year extension of USA PATRIOT Act


President Barack Obama has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the main U.S. counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act. Provisions in the measure would have expired on Sunday without Obama’s signature Saturday. The act, which was adopted in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, expands the government’s ability to monitor Americans in the name of national security...

Why the treasonous Patriot Act was renewed

Fr33 Agents
by Szandor Blestman


On the 28th of February, on the very last day possible, Mr. Obama signed a bill that renewed the Patriot Act in full for another year. Had he waited a few more hours, many of the more intrusive and objectionable aspects of the law would have expired. Not only was this done at the eleventh hour without fanfare, but it was hidden in a bill which had nothing else to do with the Patriot Act. This suggests to me that the Democrat controlled congress and the Obama administration knew exactly what they were doing and consciously made an effort to ignore one of the mandates their constituents put on them when they were elected into office. They must have known they were doing something wrong to go to such lengths to be so sneaky and secretive. They must be worried about what their constituents would think should this action be subjected to the light of day. I think, more than this, they have even more nefarious reasons for extending this bill than they care to admit. The Patriot Act wasn’t renewed to protect you from terrorists. The Patriot Act was renewed to protect the power elite from you...

Obama, Congress wink at massive surveillance abuses

Cato Institute
by Julian Sanchez


Here’s how it was supposed to be. Under his administration, candidate Barack Obama explained in 2007, America would abandon the ‘false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide.’ There would be ‘no more National Security Letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime’ because ‘that is not who we are, and it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists.’ Even after his disappointing vote for the execrable FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which expanded government surveillance power while retroactively immunizing telecoms for their role in George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping, civil libertarians held out hope that the erstwhile professor of constitutional law would begin to restore some of the checks on government surveillance power that had been demolished in the panicked aftermath of the September 11 attacks. The serial betrayal of that hope reached its culmination last week, when a Democratic-controlled Congress quietly voted to reauthorize three controversial provisions of the USA Patriot Act without implementing a single one of the additional safeguards that had been under consideration …

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Deadly Stimulus

Will the new "healthcare" bill "create 4 million jobs"?


Health Care Reform

After months of lobbying, grandstanding and political theater, Americans are wondering if there's any real reform left in the health reform bill. Bill Moyers sits down with former insurance executive turned public health advocate Wendell Potter, who argues that all is not lost in the health care bill and details what he likes about the legislation.


The stimulus scam

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Antony P. Mueller


The recent improvement of the global economy, with particularly high economic-growth numbers for the United States, is just one more deception in a long series of deceptions that have plagued policy makers and investors. While official statistics register a rising gross domestic product, the long-term production potential of many economies around the world is actually contracting. The present economic expansion is brought about by massive stimulus policies. This kind of economic expansion does not constitute genuine economic growth...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US Army vs. Afghan Guerillas

Hyperinflation and the Possible Consequences for America

The Bright Side of Hyperinflation


Hey, America: It's Time to Redefine the "Good Life"

By Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson

Although economic growth has been the most important driver of human progress in the past and still has a crucial role to play in improving lives in developing countries, we in the developed world must now look elsewhere for further improvements in the real quality of life.

What Kind Of World Do We Want?


Capitalism and Other Kids' Stuff tries to find answers to why we live the way we do and suggests possible alternatives.


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