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A Call to End All Renditions

By Marjorie Cohn, Jurist  Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian residing in Britain, said he was tortured after being sent to Morocco and Afghanistan in 2002 by the U.S. government. Mohamed was transferred to Guantánamo in 2004 and all terrorism charges against ...

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Lives Have Been Destroyed by the Federal Government

Lew Rockwell — – One of the hardest things to deal with in the current economic depression is the disgusting hypocrisy of the U.S. congress, the new president, and the members of the Federal Reserve System. It is one thing ...

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Pentagon warns of US military intervention in Mexico’s “war on drugs”

By Kevin Kearney The United States Joint Forces Command (USJFC), charged with anticipating global threats to US imperialism, issued a report last November entitled “Joint Operating Environment 2008 naming Pakistan and Mexico as the nations whose governments are most likely ...

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Most Citizens Kept in Dark on Govt Spending

The vast majority of the world’s governments effectively deny citizens basic information they need to understand how public monies are being spent, according to a new report [.pdf] released Sunday by the International Budget Partnership (IBP), a Washington-based project that ...

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Bush okayed torture to outwit defense lawyers

By Stephen C. Webster It comes as no surprise that the Bush administration had little love for lawyers. Long before the “Attorneygate” scandal developed around the firing of nine US Attorneys in his second term, former President George W. Bush ...

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Economic Policy Could Scuttle Obama’s Good Start

By Robert Scheer  Only a week into the new administration, and yet there is this nagging thought that Barack Obama’s legacy already hangs in the balance. Sounds absurd, I know, given the brief time, but his early response to the ...

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Amy Goodman: Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail

Karl Rove recently described George W. Bush as a book lover, writing, “There is a myth perpetuated by Bush critics that he would rather burn a book than read one.” There will be many histories written about the Bush administration. ...

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UN official: Enough evidence to prosecute Rumsfeld for war crimes

By David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster Monday, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak told CNN’s Rick Sanchez that the US has an “obligation” to investigate whether Bush administration officials ordered torture, adding that he believes that ...

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Noam Chomsky Speaks About President Obama

The following is a Press TV interview with respected American author, political analyst and world-renowned linguist, Professor Noam Chomsky. By Press TV January 24, 2009  — -Press TV: Professor Chomsky, we better start with Pakistan. The White House not commenting ...

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Banning Torture is Not Enough

By Jordan Paust | JURIST  JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that President Barack Obama should follow up his executive order banning torture and inhumane interrogation by fulfilling treaty-based and customary international legal obligations ...

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The war profiteers

SOLOMON HUGHES on the MP making money from the ‘war on terror.’ DAVID Miliband said that the war on terror was an error, but some people don’t regret it. Private security companies like Group 4 made a mint. Now, it ...

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Time to Get to Work

By Robert Scheer  So, let’s now heed the words of our new president and set aside childish things. Presumably that includes the $450 worth of designer Obama T-shirts that I got in return for a campaign contribution made two days ...

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Take the banks from the bosses

No more public money without public control As economic recession tears into Britain, millions of us spend our nights fearing for the future. More than half of all workers are worried that they might be on the dole by the ...

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After the Party, Obama Has One Long To-Do List

NEW YORK – As an estimated two million celebrants converge on the U.S. capital for the inauguration festivities of President-elect Barack Obama Tuesday, the mood among human rights groups and some religious leaders is somewhat more sombre. They are calling ...

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Impeachment investigation ahead for Bush and Cheney?

by Martha R Gore | Examiner.com It came as no surprise that House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers began talking about impeachement hearing against President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney on January 14, 2009. If such hearings ...

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In farewell speech, Bush insists “war on terror” must continue

By Bill Van Auken  In his final speech from the White House Thursday night, President George W. Bush defended his legacy of war, torture and domestic repression while vowing that the “war on terror,” the ideological mainspring of his administration, ...

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Cheney hints at pardon for President Bush

BNN | With the Bush administration in its final days questions are being asked whether the president will be investigated over a number of concerns. Thoseconcerns include the legitimacy, legality, and constitutionality of the 2003 invasion of Iraq; the controversial ...

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War crimes in Gaza? Let’s look closer to home

By Phil Shiner | As reported this week, there are repeated calls for the UK and the international community to condemn Israel’s disproportionate and, therefore, illegal attacks on the civilian population of Gaza. At the same time, David Miliband urges ...

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Cheney Admits He ‘Signed Off’ on Waterboarding of Three Guantanamo Prisoners

Author’s note: Cheney’s admission during an interview with the Washington Times this week about his role in approving the waterboarding of three Guantanamo detainees and the so-called “enhanced interrogation” of 33 prisoners was, disturbingly, not covered at all by the ...

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Iraqi Journalist Who Threw Shoes at Bush Was Tortured in Jail, His Brother Says

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS BAGHDAD — The television reporter who threw his shoes at President Bush was burned by a cigarette in the hours after his arrest on Dec. 14 and was beaten so badly by Iraqi security personnel that one ...

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Cheney Throws Down Gauntlet, Defies Prosecution for War Crimes

Commondreams  Dick Cheney has publicly confessed to ordering war crimes. Asked about waterboarding in an ABC News interview, Cheney replied, “I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the process cleared.” He also said he still ...

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Deterring Torture Through the Law

By Coleen Rowley and Ray McGovern “First, let’s kill all the lawyers” may have made sense in that Shakespearian scene, but there is a far simpler solution to the legal ambiguities regarding what to do now about the torture approved ...

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Why We Must Prosecute Bush and His Administration for War Crimes

By Mike Ferner During the rush to get the Nuremberg Tribunals underway, the Soviet delegation wanted the tribunal’s historic decisions to have legitimacy only for the Nazis. U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Robert Jackson, serving as the chief prosecutor for the ...

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Cheney Admits Authorizing Detainee’s Torture

Outgoing VP says Guantanamo prison should stay open until end of terror war, but has no idea when that might be By David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster Raw Story — Monday, outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney made a startling statement ...

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Gov’t pulls witness in Gitmo case against Canadian

Military prosecutors have withdrawn a government witness in an upcoming Guantanamo war-crimes trial to conceal evidence of “abuse and mistreatment” of the defendant, his Pentagon-appointed lawyer alleged Sunday. The witness, a U.S. agent whose identity is protected, was scheduled to ...

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Pentagon approves Iraq sales worth up to $6 billion

The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday said it had approved the sale to Iraq of weapons valued at up to $6 billion, including 400 Stryker wheeled vehicles, military radios, training aircraft, 20 coastal patrol boats and 140 M1A1 Abrams tanks. ...

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Bush returns to West Point to defend doctrine of aggressive war

By Bill Van Auken President George W. Bush made a farewell appearance Tuesday at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, delivering an unrepentant defense of the doctrine of preventive war that he unveiled there six-and-a-half years ago. ...

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Legal Scholars Outraged by Talk of Blanket Pardons

By Daphne Eviatar In his Nov. 16 interview on CBS’s “60 minutes,” President-elect Barack Obama reiterated his pledge to shut down Guantanamo Bay and end U.S.-sponsored torture. Both actions would be “part and parcel of an effort to regain America’s ...

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Bush Regime Declares Itself Above the Law

By Paul Craig Roberts The US government does not have a monopoly on hypocrisy, but no other government can match the hypocrisy of the US government. It is now well documented and known all over the world that the US ...

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Noam Chomsky and the Innate Humanity in the Human Brain

Discover | In his penetrating study of language, MIT linguist Noam Chomsky has given us a framework that is to culture what the genetic code is to life. “Noam Chomsky’s position in the history of ideas is comparable to that ...

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Thai court dismisses the government

By Peter Symonds | In a highly political decision, Thailand’s Constitutional Court effectively sacked the government yesterday by dissolving the ruling People Power Party (PPP) and two of its coalition partners. Anti-government protests that paralysed Bangkok’s two main airports for ...

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How to Find out the Hidden Secrets of the Bush Administration

In March 2001, U.S. Archivist John W. Carlin received a letter from Alberto Gonzales, then counsel to the newly inaugurated president George W. Bush. It concerned an important deadline that was looming — one that Bush owed to Richard Nixon. ...

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Open government means access to e-mails

  Business and budgeting as usual have gone by the boards for most cities and towns. The revenue picture is grim, and communities are hurting. With but one major revenue source, a property tax paid by people who are also ...

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Bush Speaks of Legacy

Truthdig | Still-President Bush has discussed his legacy with his sister Dorothy Bush Koch as part of a national oral-history project, suggesting the future should remember him for his “liberation” of 50 million people and reluctance to “sell his soul ...

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Report suggests CIA covered up role in missionary’s death

By Steve Gunn MUSKEGON, Mich. — A top-ranking Republican said he will call for a new federal inquiry into an alleged CIA cover-up in the 2001 military attack on a small plane in Peru that killed an American missionary and ...

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You Cannot Pardon a Crime You Authorized

Statement from the Steering Committee for the Prosecution for War Crimes of President Bush and His Subordinates Never before has a president pardoned himself or his subordinates for crimes he authorized. The closest thing to this in U.S. history thus ...

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Rumsfeld’s Attempts to Rewrite Himself on the Right Side of History Are Laughable

By Gary Brecher | The failed defense secretary pens a historical cover-up on Iraq and reveals more wild stupidity with his advice on Afghanistan. I’ve been following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from Go to Oh-No, and by far the ...

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Block Bush’s Pardons

The Nation — Our friends at Democrats.com have launched a campaign in support of Rep. Jerry Nadler’s H.Res. 1531. The New York City Congressman and Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties’ bill demands ...

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Obama Preserves Our Way of Life

By Mickey Z | Awakened by the muffled, distant howls of slaughtered Indians, Uncle Sam rises from his bed and hits the light switch…blissfully, purposefully unaware of how valley fills enable him to gain access to that electricity day after ...

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Debate on War Crimes and Torture: Should High Government Officials Be Investigated and Prosecuted

Michael Ratner, President, Center for Constitutional Rights and Author, “The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book” Stuart Taylor, Columnist, National Journal and Contributing Editor, Newsweek MODERATOR: David Vladeck, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center Ratner’s new book, “The Trial ...

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Obama’s Cellphone Account Breached by Verizon Employees

By AMOL SHARMA, Wall Street Journal | Verizon Wireless disclosed late Thursday that several of its employees accessed and viewed President-elect Barack Obama’s personal cellphone account, and said it planned to discipline workers for the privacy breach. “We apologize to ...

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Judge removes Guerra as prosecutor for 5 of 9 criminal cases involving Vice President Cheney

Texas Rangers to escort Guerra to court Friday morning after having been found in Mexico By ROBERT WILCOX | After being AWOL from the job and violating sections of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct – Willacy County District ...

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US lawmaker accuses Bush of secrecy over Iraq deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is refusing to make public the security pact it has signed with Iraq, even though it has already been published in full in an Iraqi newspaper, a congressional hearing was told Wednesday. Defense Secretary ...

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Hillary Clinton wavers over Barack Obama job as Bill’s finances are investigated

By Tom Baldwin and Tim Reid | Hillary Clinton is hesitating over the chance to become Secretary of State while Barack Obama prises open some of the closely guarded secrets surrounding her husband’s foreign financial dealings. Mr Obama’s offer to ...

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Did U.S. push detention of American without charges?

By Jonathan S. Landay | WASHINGTON — An American Muslim subjected to several years of intense FBI scrutiny and questioning about links to terrorism has been held without charges, access to a lawyer or contact with his family for nearly ...

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Obama advisers: Bush era war criminals will walk

By Stephen C. Webster | Even as President-elect Obama vowed “to regain America’s moral stature in the world” during Sunday’s 60 Minutes appearance, two of his senior advisers confessed there is no intent to pursue those in the Bush administration ...

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Cops guilty of torturing Muslim youths go scot-free

By Vicky Nanjappa | Human Rights Watch has slammed the Andhra Pradesh government for the detention and torture of over 100 youths from the Muslim community, who were arrested after a spate of terror attacks in Hyderabad last year. The ...

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Targeting Hugo Chavez

By Stephen Lendman | Since taking office in February 1999, America’s dominant media have relentlessly attacked Chavez because of the good example he represents and threat it might spread in spite of scant chance it will in today’s climate. Yet ...

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Hillary Clinton, secretary of state?

Barack Obama transition team declines to confirm reports she is under consideration for post By John McCormick and Rick Pearson Senior officials with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team said late Thursday that Sen. Hillary Clinton would be an asset to ...

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Constitutional Dead Letters

by Roger Roots | Historians of Soviet Russia occasionally note that the communist workers’ paradise was originally intended to adhere to a written constitution that expressly guaranteed freedoms such as speech, press and assembly. In practice, however, none of the freedoms ...

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Bush lists some of his regrets from presidency

NEW YORK — President Bush listed some of the regrets from his presidency Tuesday, particularly the display of the “Mission Accomplished” sign as backdrop for a speech he gave about a month after the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. ...

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European Union summit in Brussels: The EU prepares for Obama

By Peter Schwarz | On Friday, the 27 government leaders of the European Union (EU) met for a special summit in Brussels. The invitation had been extended by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently holds the presidency of the European ...

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US ‘in secret overseas strikes’

The US has carried out nearly a dozen anti-terror attacks in Pakistan, Syria and elsewhere in the past four years, the New York Times has reported. The previously unreported attacks were authorised in 2004 by Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the ...

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George Bush Plans to Push Through Agenda in Last Days in Office

President George W Bush is planning to push through a series of potentially unpopular regulation changes in his final weeks in office | By Alex Spillius | IHT.com Democrats fear the president will try to ram through new rules on ...

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With Bush on way out, Guantanamo quieting down

By David McFadden | Camp Justice, erected six months ago for the first U.S. war-crimes trials in a half-century, already feels like a ghost town. A hundred canvas tents pitched on a weed-choked airfield to house an army of lawyers ...

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The Triumph of Ignorance: How Morons Succeed in U.S. Politics

Obama has a lot to offer, but until our education system is fixed or religious fundamentalism withers, anti-intellectuals will flaunt their ignorance. How was it allowed to happen? How did politics in the United States come to be dominated by ...

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Porn protest at Westminster against new ‘thought crime’

Models wearing chains, stockings and gags have been led around Westminster in protest at laws to make owning “extreme pornography” illegal. From next year, possession of images such as those showing a threat to life or serious injury to a ...

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Investigating ‘Africa’s Guantanamo’

Salim Awadh is talking to me from inside a cell somewhere in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. By Robert Walker | There are seven other prisoners kept in the same small, dark room, he starts to tell me. Then he ...

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Election Officials Telling College Students They Can’t Vote

By Greg Gordon | McClatchy.com | WASHINGTON – Colorado Democrats accused a Republican county clerk Wednesday of falsely informing Colorado College that students from outside the state could not register to vote if their parents claimed them as a dependent on ...

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Will International Law Reach Bush?

By Peter Dyer | Q: What do Radovan Karadzic, former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, and George W. Bush have in common? A: Each lives under the slowly growing shadow of a body of international criminal law. This law ...

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AG candidate backs prosecution of President Bush for murder

Rutland Herald | Charlotte Dennett, the Progressive Party candidate for Vermont attorney general, said Thursday that if elected she would prosecute President Bush for murder. Dennett, an attorney from Cambridge challenging incumbent Democrat William Sorrell, was joined by Vincent Bugliosi, ...

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The price of free speech

By George Monbiot | So we saw him off. Last week, in a victory for both medicine and free speech, Matthias Rath dropped his libel suit against the Guardian. But it seems amazing that the courts of this country allowed ...

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Bush Admin – The Most Secretive Govt Ever?

(IPS) | The administration of President George W. Bush continues to expand government secrecy across a broad array of agencies and actions — and at greatly increased cost to taxpayers, according to a coalition of groups that promote greater transparency. Dr. ...

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McCain Now Claims to be Reformer of Wall Street

By Matthew Rothschild | Today is not a good day if you’re a free marketeer. Lehman Brothers has collapsed. Merrill Lynch sold itself off to Bank of America. The stock market tumbled badly out of the gate. And the specter ...

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Union leaders stifle growing militancy of London Underground workers

By Daniel O’Flynn and Paul Mitchell | Leaders of the Rail, Maritime and Transport trade union (RMT) are seeking to stifle the growing militancy on the London Underground rail system and prevent the development of a political opposition to the ...

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Writers, Film-makers Defy Censors

IPS | “I don’t sell cocaine,” says the video vendor in Kano’s Rimi market when I ask for Adam Zango’s music video CD Bahaushiya. He is not referring to the white powder, but instead a new illegal substance — Hausa ...

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US a Step Closer to Iran Blockade

Asia Times | The United States government has imposed new sanctions on Iran, this time targeting its shipping industry, by blacklisting the main shipping line and 18 subsidiaries, accusing the maritime carrier of being engaged in contraband nuclear material, a charge ...

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Blizzard of Lies

By PAUL KRUGMAN | Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants to have sex education in kindergarten, and called Sarah Palin a pig? Did you hear about how Ms. Palin told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks” when it wanted to ...

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Bush Secretly Approved Orders Allowing Raids in Pakistan

By ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI | President Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the prior approval of the Pakistani government, according to ...

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Historians: Stop Bush/Cheney From Destroying Presidential Records

Thirty-two of the nation’s leading historians have sent letters to congressional leaders calling on them to stregthen the Presidential Records Act (PRA). The effort, led by the Center for American Progress Action Fund and joined by the American Historical Association, ...

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The Objective Situation, The Bush Regime And The Bourgeois Elections

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Biden denies report: ‘No one’s talking about pursuing Bush criminally’

By David Edwards and Muriel Kane | The possibility that Barack Obama might seek to bring criminal charges against President Bush or members of his administration has been a recurring theme during the presidential campaign, especially since the Obama campaign ...

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Obama: Nuclear Iran ‘unacceptable’

YNet News | WASHINGTON – Iran is a “major threat” and it would be “unacceptable” for the rogue nation to develop a nuclear weapon, Barack Obama said Thursday. Obama: Nuclear Iran ‘unacceptable’ ‘Iran a major threat; I would never hesitate to use ...

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FBI’s civil rights initiative: no trials yet

WASHINGTON – Flanked by officials from the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center, FBI Director Robert Mueller last year announced with considerable fanfare a new partnership between his agency and civil rights organizations. The goal: To bring justice in ...

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White House spied on Iraq leaders, says Bob Woodward book

By Haroon Siddique  | The Bush administration has spied on the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and other senior figures in his government, the Washington Post reported today. The claim is one of many in a new book by the ...

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White House strategy is to help McCain win in November

The Fake U.S. Victory in Iraq The Independent | Political events in Iraq are seldom what they seem. The hand- over by the US military of control of Anbar province, once the heartland of the Sunni rebellion, to Iraqi forces is ...

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Obama might pursue criminal charges against Bush administration

By Elana Schor in Washington | Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden said earlier this week that he and running mate Barack Obama could pursue criminal charges against the Bush administration if they are elected in November. Biden’s comments, first reported ...

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New revelations on VP choice heighten crisis of McCain campaign

By Patrick Martin | After a series of politically damaging reports about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her family, there is mounting speculation that Republican presidential candidate John McCain may be forced to replace her as his vice presidential running ...

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‘Stealing America': Voting-Fraud Documentary

The numbers don’t add up. By Michael Ordoña | $3.8 billion: The initial Help America Vote Act allocation that California Secretary of State Deborah Bowen said “pushed many counties into buying electronic systems that … were not properly reviewed or ...

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McCain Suggests Bush Has Endorsed Torture

By Zachary A. Goldfarb | Sen. John McCain today issued some of his strongest criticism of President Bush over an aggressive interrogation technique, clearly suggesting that the president has endorsed torture. During an assessment of the Bush presidency on “Fox ...

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Ron Paul Kicks Off Campaign for Liberty

By Barbara L. Minton | Remember Ron Paul, the candidate who annoyed reporters, the left and the right by trying to talk about the real issues facing Americans during the presidential contender’s debate? Although he gets very little media coverage ...

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Bush Seeks to Affirm a Continuing War on Terror

By ERIC LICHTBLAU | WASHINGTON — Tucked deep into a recent proposal from the Bush administration is a provision that has received almost no public attention, yet in many ways captures one of President Bush’s defining legacies: an affirmation that the ...

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POLITICS DRIVEN BY FICTION: MADE FOR TV

By Sam Smith | The confluence of Barack Obama’s stadium acceptance extravaganza and John McCain’s pick for vice president offers superfluous but final proof that Americans have been consigned to spend their lives as part of a crowd scene in ...

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Blair has no right to lecture on the rule of law

By Inayat Bunglawala | Britain’s foreign secretary, David Miliband, has been lecturing Russia on the need to respect Ukrainian and Georgian sovereignty. He doesn’t seem to realise how incongruous this sounds to much of the world, given Britain’s own disregard ...

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Running for War President at Any Cost

By Robert Scheer | Just great! Nuclear-armed Pakistan is falling apart, Iran’s nuclear program is unchecked and congressional legislation on cooperation with the Russians on controlling nuclear proliferation is now dead in the water. Horrid news except for Sen. John McCain, ...

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Joe Biden and the political establishment’s overriding goal

By Glenn Greenwald | Writing in a New York Times blog yesterday, Clinton pollster Mark Penn hails the selection of Joe Biden as “a smart and successful choice” and says this: From Al Gore on, the role of the vice president ...

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Documents reveal PR push for Iraq war preceded intel findings

By Nick Juliano | New documents from within the Bush administration and US intelligence community during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq reveal that the White House began assembling a case for war before it had compiled the intel ...

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Obama – Biden ’08

Barack Obama has chosen Joe Biden as his running mate. It’s an interesting choice, given that Obama is running a change campaign and Biden has been a Washington fixture for decades. Also because the two ran against each other in ...

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McCain’s Plan to Privatise Veterans’ Health Care

(IPS) | If John McCain is elected the next U.S. president, wounded veterans could be in for a world of hurt. On the campaign trail, the Republican’s presumptive nominee has talked of a new mission for the Department of Veterans ...

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Identity Politics in Climate Change Hell

By George Monbiot | If you want a glimpse of how the movement against climate change could crumble faster than a summer snowflake, read Ewa Jasiewicz’s article, published yesterday on the Guardian’s Comment is Free site(1). It is a fine ...

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New Guidelines Would Give F.B.I. Broader Powers

By ERIC LICHTBLAU | A Justice Department plan would loosen restrictions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to allow agents to open a national security or criminal investigation against someone without any clear basis for suspicion, Democratic lawmakers briefed on the ...

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McCain’s Mostly Ignored Gambling Problem

By Stephen C. Rose | Today the Internet is rife with speculation about whether John McCain heard the questions Rick Warren asked Barack Obama. McCain seems to have done predictably well answering the questions, whether he knew them or not. In ...

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Bush Covered up Musharraf Ties with Qaeda, Khan

(IPS) – Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s resignation Monday brings to an end an extraordinarily close relationship between Musharraf and the George W. Bush administration, in which Musharraf was lavished with political and economic benefits from the United States despite policies ...

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Bush Hustling the Bureaucracy to Advance Rightwing Agenda

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US pledges to support new government

By Erika Niedowski | WASHINGTON // Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, effectively bade farewell yesterday to a critical ally in the US war on terrorism, Pervez Musharraf, and pledged US support to the new government in Pakistan and ...

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PAKISTAN: Musharraf Quits, Avoids Impeachment

ISLAMABAD (IPS) | Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf resigned from office on Monday ending weeks of speculation over whether he would quit or face impeachment on charges of illegally seizing power by a parliament elected in February and dominated by political parties ...

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McCain Betrays Himself By Defining Rich at $5 million

By Matthew Rothschild | I don’t know why a pastor was allowed to hold the first forum with the Presidential candidates—in a church, no less—but there was a revealing exchange between Rick Warren and John McCain Saturday night. Warren said, ...

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Is Perpetual War Our Future? Learning the Wrong Lessons from the Bush Era

TomDispatch | To the problem of an overstretched, over-toured military, there is but one answer in Washington. Both presidential candidates (along with just about every other politician in our nation’s capital) are on record wanting to significantly expand the Army ...

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South Africa Hearing Claims Elite Unit Controlled by CIA, MI5

iol | British intelligence organisation MI5 and the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are the masters of South Africa’s elite crime fighting unit, the Scorpions, a public hearing into their dissolution heard in Durban on Tuesday. Sam Kikine, the ...

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Bush administration proposes major cut to endangered species protections

By Naomi Spencer | With an eye to the approaching elections, the Bush administration has drafted proposed changes to the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would take effect within 30 days and would not require the approval ...

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