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The get out of jail free card for torture

Slate
by John Sifton

03/29/10

The facts of [Gul] Rahman’s death suggest at least a negligent homicide, but as AP reports, it appears no one was ever punished for Rahman’s death. Why not? The answer may lie with an obscure word in a little-noticed footnote in a recently declassified memo sent to a Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility. Page 29, Footnote 28 of the memo, submitted in 2009 by lawyers for former administration lawyer Jay Bybee, refers to a ‘declination memorandum prepared by the CIA’s Counterterrorism Section regarding the death of Gul Rahman’...

//www.slate.com/id/2249126/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Why Torture Is Necessary

Davidson Loehr, Truthout: "Secrecy, torture and the murder of those who resist are necessary parts of this perfect storm of unimaginable violence in the service of unimaginable theft."

//www.truthout.org/why-torture-necessary58259



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Land of the Free?

Campaign For Liberty
by Michael Beitler

03/29/10

During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key wrote a song about a star-spangled banner waving over the land of the free. Is this land still free? Are you free to earn a living as you see fit? More and more jobs now require a license to practice. The licensing board, made up of your would-be competitors, can block your entry because they better connected politically than you are...

//www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=729


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Obama “delivering” for financial institutions

Raw Story

03/29/10

Obama is delivering, but only for financial institutions. The nature of the current recession has made it clear to most Americans that a new wave of financial reforms is necessary to prevent another crash. MIT professor Noam Chomsky alleged that the Democratic establishment’s reluctance to reestablish post-Depression type regulations is reflective of the systemic constraints on policy in America’s ‘dysfunctional democracy.’ Chomsky, who has written many books detailing the perils of corporate influence in politics, said in an interview that the president and his party are hamstrung by fears that banks will punish them if they implement policies that do not satisfy the industry’s desires...

//rawstory.com/rs/2010/0329/chomsky-banks/



Break up the banks

Cato Institute
by Arnold Kling

03/29/10

Big banks are bad for free markets. Far from being engines of free enterprise, they are conducive to what might be called ‘crony capitalism,’ ‘corporatism,’ or, in Jonah Goldberg’s provocative phrase, ‘liberal fascism.’ There is a free-market case for breaking up large financial institutions: that our big banks are the product, not of economics, but of politics...

//www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=11621


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Obama 'is deceiving the American public'
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"Our President Is Deceiving the American Public"

By Democracy Now!

Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower on President Obama and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25117.htm



How Bush Tried to Stop Predatory Lending

By Mike Whitney

Bush acted as a pitchman for the financial industry to attract a larger pool of applicants to keep the securitization flywheel running at full-throttle. It didn't matter to him that the wave of foreclosures would end up devastating black and Latino communities across the country.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25212.htm



'The System Is Built To Be Gamed'

By Ryan McCarthy

These are the words of an anonymous executive at one of America's 10 largest banks, who after many years of watching the worst of Wall Street's ethics transform his company, has decided to speak out.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25213.htm



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Sarah Palin, Neocon Messiah

The Real Sarah Palin's Alaska
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Sarah Palin, Neocon Messiah
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Tea on the Common

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "I know, I know, it was just last week that I vowed never to write about these Tea Party people again. I would be more than happy to do just that, but you see, they're coming to my town, h..., to my neighborhood, and tagging along with them is none other than the Queen Of Duh, Sarah Palin."

//www.truthout.org/tea-common58545



Palin Bags Boston: A Live Blog

Read William Rivers Pitt's blog posts from the Tea Party extravaganza held at Boston Common this Wednesday morning.

//www.truthout.org/palin-bags-boston-a-live-blog58556

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Memo reveals successful GOP plot to co-opt, corrupt tea party movement

Politico

04/14/10

Just days after the first widespread tea party demonstrators hit the streets a year ago Thursday, Joe Wierzbicki, a Republican political consultant with the Sacramento firm Russo Marsh + Rogers, made a proposal to his colleagues that he said could ‘give a boost to our PAC and position us as a growing force/leading force as the 2010 elections come into focus.’ The proposal, obtained by POLITICO, was for a nationwide tea party bus tour, to be called the Tea Party Express, which over the past seven months has become among the most identifiable brands of the tea party movement...

//www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/35785.html



The Great Tea Party Cash-In

The American Conservative
by Sean Scallon

04/15/10

It’s not surprising that the Powers that Be would prey upon the Tea Partiers. For one thing, the establishment party found itself without much of an activist base after eight years of Bush II. What is referred to as the ‘religious right’ is a spent force, other groups are more into their own single issues and still others are made up more of email lists and fundraisers rather than flesh and blood door-to-door persons. The Tea Parties were Godsend to them, not because of bodies in the street but names and credit cards numbers they could exploit. Indeed, there was a reason why so many rightists were looking forward to the Obama Presidency, they were back in business again. As they will tell you (and as the netroots are currently finding out) it’s a lot harder to fire people up when your gang runs the show...

//www.amconmag.com/blog/2010/04/14/the-great-tea-party-cash-in/



The return of Christian terrorism

AlterNet
by Mark Jurgensmeyer

04/15/10

Threats of right-wing violence have doubled in the past year. What is behind the latest upsurge in the movement to create a Christian theocratic state?

//tinyurl.com/y6wbcls


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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All You Need to Know about Tea Baggers

57% Still Support George Bush - And, Yes, Their Rage Is Fueled by Racism, Fox News.
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Torture Diaries, Drawings and the Special Prosecutor

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "Attorneys defending Abu Zubaydah, a Guantanamo prisoner designated as the first 'high-value' detainee by the Bush administration, have finally gained access to three volumes of diaries he wrote while he was in the custody of the CIA and brutally tortured by agency interrogators and contractors at a secret 'black site' prison."

//www.truthout.org/torture-diaries-drawings-and-special-prosecutor58108



US Recants Claims on "High-Value" Detainee Abu Zubaydah

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "The Justice Department has quietly recanted nearly every major claim the Bush administration had made about 'high-value' detainee Abu Zubaydah, a Guantanamo prisoner who at one time was said to have planned the 9/11 attacks and was the No. 2 and 3 person in al-Qaeda. Additionally, Justice has backed away from claims intelligence officials working in the Clinton administration had also leveled against Zubaydah, specifically, that he was directly involved in the planning of the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa as well as the 'Millennium' bomb plot in Los Angeles."

//www.truthout.org/government-quietly-recants-bush-era-claims-about-%22high-value%22-detainee-zubdaydah58151



Psychologists Notes May Indicate Zubaydah Torture Experimentation

Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout: "One interesting nugget found in newly released CIA documents related to the destruction of 92 torture tapes concerns the unreported existence of psychologist's notes as a standard part of the interrogation protocol," which may indicate that high-value detainee Abu Zubadyah was the subject of human experimentation.

//www.truthout.org/psychologists-notes-indicate-zubaydah-torture-experimentation58855

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Not Just Guantanamo

U.S. Torturing Muslim Pre-trial Detainee in New York City

By Bill Quigley

Today in New York City, the U.S. is torturing a Muslim detainee with no prior criminal record who has not even gone to trial.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25130.htm

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Abu Zubaydah: Tortured for nothing

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington

04/05/10

The story of Abu Zubaydah — a Saudi-born Palestinian whose real name is Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn — has always been absolutely central to the ‘war on terror.’ Seized in a house raid in Faisalabad, Pakistan, on March 28, 2002, he was immediately touted as ‘al-Qaeda’s chief of operations and top recruiter,’ who would be able to ‘provide the names of terrorists around the world and which targets they planned to hit.’ He then pretty much vanished off the face of the earth for four and a half years...

//www.fff.org/comment/com1004b.asp


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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In America: Getting Beyond the Hate

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Attention Deficit Democracy
//www.commondreams.org/view/2010/03/29-11

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Our Turn?

James Howard Kunstler, kunstler.com: "Nations go crazy. It's terrifying when it happens, especially to a major nation with the ability to project its craziness outward. We look back on the psychotic break of Germany in 1933 and still wonder how the then-best-educated population in Europe could fall under the sway of a sociopathic political program."

//www.truthout.org/james-howard-kunstler-our-turn58099



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60 Minutes Exposes United States Financial Collapse

Video

This popular US investigative team blows the lid on one of the most massive scams in US history that could very likely herald the beginning of the end for the US as a leader in the world.

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Proteste gegen Kopfpauschale

Aus den angekündigten Preissenkungen für Medikamente dürften tatsächlich Preissteigerungen werden

Röslers Handyschwindel
//www.heise.de/tp/blogs/8/147339

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Proteste gegen Kopfpauschale. Soziale Initiativen stellten Kampagnen gegen die Gesundheitspläne vor

„Während die Bundesregierung an den Plänen zur Umgestaltung des Gesundheitssystems festhält, bereiten sich Gewerkschaften und soziale Initiativen auf Proteste vor…“ Artikel von Peter Nowak im ND vom 15.04.2010 //www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/169109.proteste-gegen-kopfpauschale.html

Siehe dazu auch: Protest gegen die Kopfpauschale

Nadja Rakowitz vom Verein demokratischer Ärztinnen und Ärzte über die geplante Gesundheitsreform und die Ökonomisierung des Gesundheitswesens. Interview von Peter Nowak im ND vom 20.04.2010 //www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/32/32469/1.html


Die Trickkiste der Pharmalobby: Wie die Industrie Röslers Einsparpläne stoppen will

„Versuche gab es schon viele, doch gelungen ist es nie, die ständig steigenden Kosten der Krankenkassen für Arzneimittel wirksam zu begrenzen. Ob Positivliste oder Kosten-Nutzen-Analyse: Immer gelang es den Lobbyverbänden der Pharmaindustrie, gut gemeinte Initiativen zur Kostendämpfung ins Leere laufen zu lassen. Jetzt läuft die Maschinerie der Lobbyisten wieder an. Diesmal gegen die Pharmapläne des neuen Gesundheitsministers Philipp Rösler. MONITOR blickt in die Trickkiste der Pharmalobby…“ Text der Monitor-Sendung von Monika Wagener und Ursel Sieber vom 22.04.2010 (pdf) //www.wdr.de/tv/monitor//sendungen/2010/0422/pdf/pharmalobby.pdf

und das Video der Sendung //www.wdr.de/tv/monitor/sendungen/2010/0422/pharma.php5


Die Arzneikosten in Deutschland - Der Handlungszwang liegt bei der parlamentarischen Gesetzgebung

Artikel von und bei Günter Steffen (pdf) //www.guenter-steffen.de/Die%20Arzneikosten%20in%20Deutschland.pdf


Aus: LabourNet, 27. April 2010

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2. Juni 2010

Widerstandsbündnis gegen Röslers Kopfpauschale

Der Vorsitzende der Linken, Klaus Ernst kündigt Proteste gegen das Kopfpauschalen-Konzept von Gesundheitsminister Rösler an. Die Pläne aus dem Gesundheitsministerium seien ungerecht und belasteten die Mitte der Gesellschaft. Ernst erklärt:

Röslers Kopfpauschale ist nicht weniger als der Einstieg in den Ausstieg aus der solidarischen Gesundheitsfinanzierung. Die vorliegenden Pläne bedeuten gerade für die Mitte der Gesellschaft gewaltige Belastungen. Das Konzept ist so angelegt, dass die Kopfpauschale von 30 Euro mittelfristig zwangsläufig immer mehr ansteigt und so das solidarische Krankenkassen-System aushebelt. In Zukunft hätten die Menschen dann nur noch die Wahl, ob die Pauschale steigt oder die Gesundheitsversorgung immer schlechter wird. Rentner, Niedriglohn-Beschäftigte und Durchschnittsverdiener sind die Verlierer des Rösler-Konzepts. Wir brauchen jetzt ein Widerstandsbündnis gegen die Kopfpauschale. Die Linke wird eine Kampagne gegen die Rösler-Pläne starten. Alle Oppositionsparteien müssen gemeinsam mit Parteien und Sozialverbänden gegen die Kopfpauschale mobilisieren. Röslers Pläne bedrohen Millionen. Wenn die Regierung das umsetzen will, muss sie mit gewaltigen Protesten rechnen.

//www.die-linke.de/nc/presse/presseerklaerungen/detail/artikel/widerstandsbuendnis-gegen-roeslers-kopfpauschale/



11. Juni 2010

Rösler als Gesundheitsminister gescheitert

Als "Kürzungsorgie bezeichnet die Vorsitzende der LINKEN, Gesine Lötzsch, die Pläne von Gesundheitsminister Rösler für neue Kostensenkungen im Gesundheitswesen. Rösler bitte die Krankenversicherten für sein Scheitern als Gesundheitsminister zur Kasse. Lötzsch erklärt:

Das ist kein Sparpaket sondern eine Kürzungsorgie, die vor allem darauf hinausläuft, dass Gesundheitsleistungen und Medikamente noch schärfer rationiert werden. Die Verlierer sind die Patientinnen und Patienten. Sie werden der Zwei-Klassen-Medizin ausgeliefert. Rösler ist mit der Kopfpauschale gescheitert. Er hat kein Konzept für eine nachhaltige Finanzierung des Gesundheitssystems. Jetzt will er die Krankenversicherten für sein Scheitern zur Kasse bitten. Das ist unsozial und unseriös. Merkel muss beweisen, ob sie noch die Richtlinienkompetenz hat, und Rösler zurückpfeifen. Die richtige Konsequenz aus Röslers Scheitern wäre sein Rücktritt.

//www.die-linke.de/nc/presse/presseerklaerungen/detail/artikel/roesler-als-gesundheitsminister-gescheitert/



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Westerwelle wegen falscher Zahlen in der Hartz-IV-Debatte erneut in der Kritik

Wer arbeitet, kriegt doch mehr als ein Hartz-IV-Bezieher.
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Falsche Zahlen bei Diskussion um Hartz IV. Hat Guido Westerwelle in der sog. "Hartz IV Debatte" bewußt gelogen?

Wie die „Leipziger Volkszeitung“ berichtet, läge die Vermutung nahe, dass FDP-Chef Guido Westerwelle die derzeitige Diskussion um Hartz IV im vergangenen Februar auf der Basis falscher Zahlen angestoßen hat - genauer gesagt wären wohl die damaligen Berechnungen des Vizekanzlers in Hinblick auf das Einkommen von zwei beispielhaft aufgeführten Familien nicht richtig gewesen, denn dieser hatte damals in einem Beitrag für "Welt Online" die folgende These aufgestellt: "Wer kellnert, verheiratet ist und zwei Kinder hat, bekommt im Schnitt 109 Euro weniger im Monat, als wenn er oder sie Hartz IV bezöge." Lesen Sie weiter:

//www.gegen-hartz.de/nachrichtenueberhartziv/hartz-iv-falsche-zahlen-von-westerwelle-1239.php



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