Montag, 15. März 2010

Torture and the Imperial Presidency

Cary Fraser, Truthout: "In an ABC television interview on February 14, 2010, former Vice President Dick Cheney mounted a vigorous attack on the Obama administration's departure from its predecessor's embrace of torture as an instrument in the arsenal of the 'war on terror.'"

Wars Sending U.S. Into Ruin

Obama the peace president is fighting battles his country cannot afford.

I'd Kill For a Peace Prize

By Timo Cerantola

What would it take to get most Americans to give away their freedoms? A full-scale military attack from the combined forces of China and Russia (?) An interplanetary invasion by aliens with advanced weaponry (?) No. It takes only one nut-job (with a bomb in his underwear) to send the people of the most powerful nation on the planet into a paranoid fit of fear.

From Information Clearing House

China calls U.S. a hypocrite over human rights

China accused Washington of hypocrisy on Friday for its criticism of Beijing's restrictions on the Internet and dissent, blaming the United States for the financial crisis and saying its own rights record was terrible.

Full Text of Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009

China's Information Office of the State Council published a report titled "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009" here Friday. Following is the full text.

China defends currency policy

China's prime minister has rejected foreign calls for allowing the yuan to appreciate and blamed the US for strained ties between Washington and Beijing.

From Information Clearing House

NATO admits Afghan civilian deaths in night raids

Afghan family killed as special forces defy night raid ban

The body of his cousin, a 32-year-old construction engineer who had taken a break from his job in a far-off province to visit his family, lay sprawled next to those of his wife and their seven-year-old son. Blood ran in dark pools on the mud floor of the terrace outside their door.

Survivors of family killed in Afghanistan raid threaten suicide attacks

A family whose members were killed in a botched night raid in eastern Afghanistan have rejected "blood money" from the Government and vowed to carry out suicide attacks unless the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Anti-US rally held in Afghanistan

Protesters took to the streets in the eastern province of Kunar on Monday to condemn the killing of ten Afghan civilians by American troops.

From Information Clearing House


Afghan civilians killed in NATO-Taliban crossfire

Earth Times


Two civilians were killed and four were injured during an exchange of fire between NATO-led and Afghan troops and the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan as the United Nations said Thursday that 385 civilians were killed in the first two months of this year...

NATO admits Afghan civilian deaths in night raid



The NATO-led force in Afghanistan acknowledged on Sunday it had killed five Afghan civilians, including three women, during a botched night raid on a home in the southeast of the country in February. Civilian casualties during operations by foreign forces cause deep anger among Afghans and President Hamid Karzai has called for night raids to be banned...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Geithner and Bernanke's Possibly Criminal Roles

The Video That Will Put Geithner Behind Bars

By Mike Whitney

You gotta see this! If this doesn't convince you that the Timothy Geithner knew about the securities shenanigans that were going on at Lehman, than I don't know what will.

Geithner and Bernanke's Possibly Criminal Roles

Lehman Brothers Scandal Rocks the Fed

By Mike Whitney

After a year-long investigation, court-appointed bank examiner Anton Valukas has produced a deadly 2,200 page report which details the activities that led to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. The report is a keg of dynamite.

Timothy Geithner is a Sniveling Scamster

By Mike Whitney

Whew. That was fast. It didn't take long for Wall Street to figure out how to game Obama's new mortgage modification program, did it? The plan was hyped as help for "struggling homeowners", but it turns out, it's just another stealth bailout for pudgy bank-execs.

High Frequency Trading

High-tech Highway Robbery

By Mike Whitney

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) knows that High-Frequency Trading (HFT) manipulates the market and bilks investors out of tens of billions of dollars every year. But SEC chairman Mary Schapiro refuses to step in and take action.


Lehman Brothers Used Accounting Trick Amid Financial Crisis - and Earlier

Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor: "Failed investment bank Lehman Brothers used an accounting trick at the end of each quarter to make its finances appear less shaky than they really were, says a report from an examiner."

SEC Admits Flawed Oversight of Lehman Brothers

Grace Huang, Truthout: "In the wake of a 2,200-page report on how 'misleading' accounting techniques led to Lehman Brothers' collapse, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Mary Schapiro would not comment on whether an investigation would commence, but acknowledged that the agency's oversight of Lehman was 'terribly flawed in design and execution.'"


Why aren't these guys in handcuffs yet?

Fraud is the business model


US Senator Bernie Sanders: Four Reasons Why Democrats Should Oppose the Bernanke Reappointment

On Obama's Foreign Policy

By Democracy Now!

Chomsky talks about President Obama's foreign and national security policies, the lessons of Vietnam, and his own activism. "You just can't become involved part-time in these things".

Final Destination Iran?

Exclusive: Rob Edwards

Hundreds of powerful US "bunker-buster" bombs are being shipped from California to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for a possible attack on Iran.

The Petraeus Briefing: Biden's Embarrassment Is Not The Whole Story

By Mark Perry

The Mullen briefing and Petraeus's request hit the White House like a bombshell.

Turkish PM: why pressure Iran, not nuclear Israel?

Turkey's prime minister said Tuesday it was "only rumours" that Iran was making nuclear weapons, stressing Tehran's right to develop civilian atomic power.

Report: Saudis may allow Israel's use of air space

Western security sources believe Saudi Arabia will readily let Israel use the country's airspace to strike neighboring Iran if a war breaks out between the archenemies.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Saudi Arabia Seeks Strike on Iran

The German news magazine Der Spiegel has reported that Saudi Arabia is hoping Israel will strike Iran's nuclear facilities, and is even prepared to open its skies to Israeli warplanes to allow such an operation to take place.

Hillary Clinton Threatens Iran With "Painful Consequences"

By Hillary Clinton


U.S. Secretary of State Speaking At AIPAC Conference.

Former Obama Aide New Head of AIPAC

Lee "Rosy" Rosenberg, a jazz recording industry veteran capitalist who accompanied U.S. President Barack Obama on his campaign trip to Israel two years ago, takes over on Sunday as the new president of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Rosenberg also served on the president's national campaign finance committee.

Israel to ask US for bombs in the fight against Iran's Nuclear sites

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will use a visit to Washington this week to press the US to release sophisticated bunker-busting bombs needed for a possible strike on Iran's nuclear sites.

AIPAC rallying pressure on Obama over Israel

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has circulated a letter on Capitol Hill, urging members of Congress to pressure the administration of President Barack Obama to end its public criticism of Israeli policies.

From Information Clearing House

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Swine Flu Pandemic Hysteria Hoax Heads For Court

Bipartisanship, the burden of proof, and dissenters

The New London Day
by Marc Guttman


People are again complaining about partisanship in Washington D.C., believing it to be self-serving and to cause undesirable legislative gridlock. Recently, President Barack Obama was praised for “courageously” speaking ‘across the aisle’ to a meeting of Republicans. Well, to many of us, this is all mostly theater and it is rather the overwhelming bipartisanship that is our problem. It’s the policies these players agree on and implement that are harming individuals and communities here and abroad...

The ObamaCare quagmire

by Shikha Dalmia


Even if Democrats extract the votes to put ObamaCare over the top, it will at best be a Pyrrhic victory for them. Regardless of the outcome, this monstrosity might cost the Democrats the Congress this November, ruin the party for a long time, and prematurely render Barack Obama a lame duck president for the rest of his term. So why didn’t the Democrats pull back when they still had the chance? The reason is that both the Democratic Party and President Obama have mutually reinforcing blind spots that have rendered them incapable of seeing what’s crystal clear to every other sentient being in the country: This was the wrong bill at the wrong time...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Al-Qaeda in America

by Justin Raimondo


We’re fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here. That, you’ll recall, was the message pounded home in the early days of the Long War — essentially the same tired old cold war line trotted out by the neocons and revamped for the age of terrorism. If we don’t stop them in Central America, the (Sandinistas, Cubans, Salvadoran rebels) will be in Texas soon enough. As it turned out, the Sandinistas never made it to Baja California, but an alarming development — or perhaps I should say alarmist — seemingly indicates al-Qaeda may have made inroads in the US...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Contractors tied to effort to track, kill militants



Under the cover of a benign government information-gathering program, a Defense Department official set up a network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan to help track and kill suspected militants, according to military officials and businessmen in Afghanistan and the United States. The official, Michael D. Furlong, hired contractors from private security companies that employed former C.I.A. and Special Forces operatives...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


US Special Forces 'Tried to Cover-up' Botched Khataba Raid in Afghanistan

By Jerome Starkey, Kabul

US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims' bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have told The Times.

Probe highlights widespread US fraud in Iraq



Investigators looking into corruption involving reconstruction in Iraq say they have opened more than 50 new cases in six months by scrutinizing large cash transactions — involving banks, land deals, loan payments, casinos and even plastic surgery — made by some of the Americans involved in the nearly $150 billion program. Some of the cases involve people who are suspected of having mailed tens of thousands of dollars to themselves from Iraq, or of having stuffed the money into duffel bags and suitcases when leaving the country, the federal investigators said...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Was führte zur Lehman-Pleite?

Bilanzbetrug mit "Repo 105": Wie man Milliardenbeträge an Schulden aufnehmen kann, ohne dies den Ratingagenturen, Regulatoren oder Kreditgebern bekannt zu machen.

Why the World as We Know It Is Dying

Nullification Efforts Erupting Nationwide

Conservatives Love the Warfare State

Jealousy and Envy: The Christian and the State

Systemic Wall Street fraud


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