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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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Report: US using ‘money as a weapon’ in Iraq

US program has spent $2.8 billion using ‘money as a weapon’ in Iraq AP  A U.S. Army program in which soldiers pay cash to Iraqis to help with expenses, large and small, has spent $2.8 billion in five years, The ...

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US planes make secret landings in Kenya

Press TV | US military planes have been making secretive landings in Kenya in what is feared to be an effort to move terror suspects. The night landings by US military planes at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, carrying Central Intelligence Agency ...

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Coincidence? Guantanamo term ends as Bush’s does

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – It was no coincidence the U.S. military jurors at Guantanamo timed the prison sentence they gave Osama bin Laden’s driver to end just before President Bush’s term does, legal analysts say. The ...

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Petraeus: US is flying Georgian troops into battle zone

The Times | ‘US aircraft have started to fly some of Georgia’s 2,000 troops in Iraq back home to join the fight in the breakaway province of South Ossetia, General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq said toda “The ...

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DMCA Does Not Apply to U.S. Government

Via Bruce Schneier |  According to a recent court ruling, we are all subject to the provisions of the DMCA, but the government is not: he Court of Federal Claims that first heard the case threw it out, and the new Appellate ...

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Candidates for Sale

What do Obama and McCain have in common? The same big donors, who will expect to have their way no matter who wins Remember the total, hideous, inexcusable absence of oversight that has been the great hallmark of George Bush’s ...

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Pakistani president to be impeached

guardian.co.uk | Pakistan’s fragile coalition government today announced plans to impeach President Pervez Musharraf, throwing the country into new political turmoil. Musharraf was today plotting his response with advisers and finally cancelled an on-off trip to the opening ceremony of the ...

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Bush scolds China over human rights… then flies in for Games

Just hours before flying to Beijing for the Olympics on Thursday, US president George Bush used some of his bluntest language yet in publicly pressing China to improve its human rights record. In a speech in Bangkok, when the eyes ...

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Feds say Irvins alone caused 2001 anthrax attacks

Army scientist Bruce Ivins “was the only person responsible” for anthrax attacks in 2001 that killed five and rattled the nation, the Justice Department said Wednesday, buttressing its claim with the release of dozens of documents all pointing to his ...

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White House ‘buried British intelligence on Iraq WMDs’

Tim Reid in Washington and Sam Coates in London | MI6 told Tony Blair before the invasion of Iraq that a high-placed Iraqi source said that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction. The intelligence was passed to the ...

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George Tenet And White House Admit Iraq Intelligence Chief Told Them Iraq Had No WMD

Ron Suskind was on NPR this morning to discuss his new book The Way of the World, which alleges Iraq’s intelligence chief Tahir Jalil Habbush told the US before the war that Iraq had no WMD. NPR asked George Tenet ...

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Would Obama prosecute the Bush administration for torture?

By Mark Benjamin | On the campaign trail in April, Barack Obama was asked whether, if elected, he would prosecute Bush administration officials for establishing torture as American policy. The candidate demurred. “If crimes have been committed, they should be ...

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Suskind: Bush ordered fake letter linking Iraq to 9/11

By David Edwards and Nick Juliano | A blockbuster new book from investigative journalist Ron Suskind adds another revelation to the growing canon demonstrating the lengths to which President Bush and members of his administration lied, misled and deceived the ...

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UK government spends 2 million on TV documentaries promoting their policies

The government’s Orwellian-named “Central Office of Information” has been funding a series of ITV documentaries which paint their policies in a positive light. The programmes were made to look like regular documentaries, and most viewers would not have known that ...

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The Politics of Rice

Inside USA travels to Haiti to look at how the stories of politics, rice, and the United States are deeply interwoven. Twenty years ago, Haiti produced enough rice to feed its population. Importing rice from other countries like the US ...

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Did McCain’s foreign-policy advisor profit from the Iraq war?

By Mark Benjamin | As recently as last year, John McCain’s senior foreign-policy and national security advisor, a neoconservative who played a leading role in pushing for a U.S. invasion of Iraq, was trying to use his role in promoting ...

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Bush must be stopped before starting war with Iran

By JOE PARKO | The Bush administration, in rhetoric that is eerily similar to that used to build the case for a war against Iraq, asserts that the Iranian Quds Force is arming anti-U.S. groups in Iraq and providing them ...

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Crisis Looms as Corporations Seize Control of Commodities

By Barbara L. Minton | The global food crisis won’t go away any time soon. Capitalism has the average consumer by the belly. Amid growing signs of famine and outrage, the entire chain of commodities and resources of the world ...

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U.S. Government Policy for Seizing Laptops at Borders

Via Bruce Schneier | Amazing. The U.S. government has published its policy: they can take your laptop anywhere they want, for as long as they want, and share the information with anyone they want: Federal agents may take a traveler’s ...

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Bush Orders Revamping Of Intelligence Gathering

By Joby Warrick  Washington Post Staff Writer   Thursday, July 31, 2008; Page A02    President Bush ordered a major restructuring of the nation’s intelligence-gathering community yesterday, approving new guidelines aimed at bolstering the authority of the Office of the Director ...

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‘All Citizens Must Be Equal’

Guardian | “When we’re inside Sadaka Reut, I believe that everyone is good to each other,” said Lena, describing her Arab-Israeli summer camp. “But then we go out on to the street, and it’s [a different story] …” Seconds later, her ...

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Rights Groups: Peacekeepers Not Doing Enough for Darfur Civilians

By Tendai Maphosa | A report by a group of African human rights agencies says the joint African Union – United Nations peacekeeping force in Sudan’s Darfur region is not providing sufficient protection to civilians there. Tendai Maphosa has more ...

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Justice report faults illegal use of politics in hiring federal prosecutors, judges

RAW STORY | A new Justice Department report concludes that politics illegally influenced the hiring of career prosecutors and immigration judges, and largely lays the blame on top aides to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Monday’s report singles out the department’s ...

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The Systematic Destruction of Voting Rights

By Heidi Stevenson | You might think you have the right to vote. You might think your vote counts. You might think that there’s a problem here or there, but that they’re the exceptions. You might think that the 2000 ...

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British MPs ‘Misled’ Over Iraq Interrogation

MPs and peers have said they may have been misled over UK troops’ use of banned interrogation methods in Iraq. Not all troops had known “conditioning” techniques such as hooding and sleep deprivation were banned, the Joint Committee on Human ...

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ACLU Obtains Key Memos Authorizing CIA Torture Methods

Memo Instructed CIA To Document Both Torture Techniques And Agents Participating In Interrogations NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union today obtained three redacted documents related to the Bush administration’s brutal interrogation policies, including a previously withheld Justice Department ...

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G8 to Poor Women: Let Them Eat Dirt

Real Women, Real Voices | Last week, leaders of the world’s richest countries, the Group of Eight (G8), met to chart the course of the global economy at the luxurious Windsor Hotel Toya Resort and Spa in Toyako, Japan. While ...

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Exposing Bush’s historic abuse of power

The last several years have brought a parade of dark revelations about the George W. Bush administration, from the manipulation of intelligence to torture to extrajudicial spying inside the United States. But there are growing indications that these known abuses ...

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Rice says Iran not serious at weekend nuke talks

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Iran on Monday of not being serious at weekend talks about its disputed nuclear program despite the presence of a senior U.S. diplomat, and warned it may soon face new sanctions. In her first ...

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US torture claims are unreliable: British lawmakers

The British government should no longer accept US assurances that it does not use torture, a parliamentary oversight committee said on Sunday in a wide-ranging report looking at London’s human rights policy.   Ministers have previously taken at face value ...

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The US will not prosecute Bush

Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld will never be tried for war crimes in the US because the country lacks a consensus on torture The US will not prosecute Bush By John McQuaid, guardian.co.uk  The evidence is mounting that top US officials ...

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Ashcroft defends waterboarding before House panel

The controversial interrogation technique of waterboarding has served a “valuable” purpose and does not constitute torture, former Attorney General John Ashcroft told a House committee Thursday. Testifying on the Bush administration’s interrogation rules before the House Judiciary Committee, Ashcroft defended ...

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Court Backs Bush on Military Detentions

By ADAM LIPTAK | President Bush has the legal power to order the indefinite military detentions of civilians captured in the United States, the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled on Tuesday in a fractured 5-to-4 decision. But a second, ...

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Barack Obama doesn’t rule out Hillary Clinton for vice president

By Peter Nicholas | Barack Obama told a potential donor to his campaign that Hillary Rodham Clinton is on his list of possible vice presidential running mates, but that her husband’s status as a former president makes matters “complicated.” Jill ...

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PROTEST OVER CHAVEZ ‘BLACKLIST’

Thousands of Venezuelans protested in the capital Caracas to demand the Supreme Court overturn a “blacklist” blocking key opponents of President Hugo Chavez from running in elections. Chanting: “Freedom!” and waving Venezuelan flags, the demonstrators marched to the court, where ...

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Red Cross finds Bush administration guilty of war crimes

By Andrew McLemore | In a secret report last year, the Red Cross found evidence of the CIA using torture on prisoners that would make the Bush administration guilty of war crimes, The New York Times reported Friday. The Red ...

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G8 leaders condemn us to poverty

By Sadie Robinson | An enormous economic crisis is gripping the world. In the Global South millions of people are being reduced to levels barely above starvation, as rising food and fuel prices help drive back years of slow improvements ...

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Planet Burns While G8 Fiddles

By Ramesh Jaura | While the world’s major industrialised nations expressed satisfaction over their three-day summit meetings that concluded Wednesday, non-governmental organisations, after some early and limited approval, were deeply disappointed with the outcome on the whole. “The summit (in ...

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Blair Advisers Oppose Brown’s Terrorism Plan in House of Lords

By Kitty Donaldson | Two of Tony Blair’s former ministers and his top domestic security official said they will vote against anti-terrorism laws proposed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the upper chamber of Parliament. Former Justice Secretary Charles Falconer ...

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Iran blames West for ‘artificially’ raising oil prices, says war threat is a ‘joke’

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Iran’s president again took aim at the West, blaming the U.S. and Europe for “artificially” raising oil prices and dismissing as “a funny joke” fears that his country could come under attack. Hours later, on Wednesday, Iranian state ...

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Ex-MI5 chief attacks 42-day plan

Baroness Manningham-Buller tells the Lords why she is against the plans (video) The former head of MI5 has dismissed government plans to extend the time terror suspects can be held to 42 days as not “workable”. Baroness Manningham-Buller, who stepped ...

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Call for Brain Scans of Presidential Candidates to Detect Mental Health Problems

By David Gutierrez | A neuropsychiatrist who runs a chain of private brain-scanning clinics has issued a call to scan the brains of presidential candidates in an opinion piece published in the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Daniel G. Amen is ...

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There’s even more evidence that Bush was wrong on torture approach

Who would have thought that Chinese communists would become a model for U.S. interrogators? What a disgrace. The New York Times reported last week that U.S. military trainers at the Guant�namo Bay prison in 2002 taught a set of interrogation ...

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Bush-Led ‘Disaster Capitalism’ Exploits Worldwide Misery to Make a Buck

By Naomi Klein The Nation | Once oil passed $140 a barrel, even the most rabidly right-wing media hosts had to prove their populist cred by devoting a portion of every show to bashing Big Oil. Some have gone so far ...

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Protesters train at camps before Japan G8 summit

By Danielle Demetriou | Dreadlocks flailing in the wind, the man emitted a fierce cry as he ran down the quiet country lane towards me, brandishing a bamboo stick in each hand. Normally, I would turn and flee. But we were ...

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Pretending That Bush is Not a Tyrant

Consortium News | All over the world down through history, political leaders who have engaged in torture and other grotesque crimes of state have justified their actions as necessary to protect their governments or their people or themselves.   It was ...

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How the “Dear Leader” Blackmailed Bush

By Mike Whitney | After seven years of nonstop belligerence and saber rattling, the Bush administration has given North Korea everything it has demanded. In return, the US gets nothing. The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, will not get access ...

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