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Fallout from New York Times “Pentagon Pundits” Story

IPA | The recent New York Times front-page article "Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand" discloses Pentagon records which "reveal a symbiotic relationship where the...

Is Rice the New Global Currency?

By Otto Spengler | China is exchanging its depreciating reserves of the greenback for things of value, notably rice, with deadly consequences for U.S. foreign...

Promotion an ominous sign of possible war with Iran

By Farrah Hassen | The promotion of Gen. David Petraeus is another ominous sign that the Bush administration may attack Iran. President Bush is nominating Petraeus,...

DOD data: More forced to stay in Army

By Tom Vanden Brook | The Army has accelerated its policy of involuntary extensions of duty to bolster its troop levels, despite Defense Secretary Robert Gates'...

VA confirms 18 vets attempt suicide every day

By Jason Leopold | VA Tried to Conceal Extent of Attempted Veteran Suicides, Email Shows. Top officials at the Veterans Administration tried to conceal information...

British government lied about Persian Gulf incident

By Paul Mitchell | Secret Ministry of Defence documents released to the Times newspaper reveal that the British government lied about the circumstances surrounding the...

‘US cannot win in Afghanistan’

Press TV | The US-led coalition is not winning the war in Afghanistan and now is the time to make a fundamental correction, says a...

The most potent weapon wielded by Murdoch and China

By George Monbiot | If you want to know how powerful Rupert Murdoch is, read the reviews of Bruce Dover's book, Rupert's Adventures in China. Well,...

Bush Using NAFTA to Eliminate Laws

By Greg Palast |Psst! George Bush has a secret. While you Democrats are pounding each other to a pulp in Pennsylvania, the President has...

The US Economy and the Costs of War

By Dave Lindorff | Is the Iraq War to blame for America’s long-term economic decline and for the current economic crisis? Martin Neil Baily, a...

Prince William allegedly misused copter

UPI -- The propriety of Britain's Prince William using a military helicopter to visit his girlfriend is being questioned, a political party spokesman said. Liberal...

Top Bush aides pushed for Guantánamo torture

By Brad DeLong | OGMB sends us to: Top Bush aides pushed for Guantánamo torture: Senior officials bypassed army chief to introduce interrogation methods by...

Peace Activist Faces up to 6 Months in Prison

By PeteinDC | David Barrows challenged Gen. Petraeus During September 2007 Hearing. Sentencing this Wednesday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 220 of D.C....

Behind Analysts, the Pentagon’s Hidden Hand

By DAVID BARSTOW In the summer of 2005, the Bush administration confronted a fresh wave of criticism over Guantánamo Bay. The detention center had just...

Guantanamo Bay eight sue British secret service

Fiona Hamilton The three men from Tipton launched a lawsuit against the American authorities two years ago, alleging they were mistreated during their time...

Vets of recent wars have stress disorder

By Sara A. Carter About 300,000 service members who returned home from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq now suffer from post traumatic stress disorder or...

Pentagon records prisoner abuse by US military

By LARA JAKES JORDAN, AP WASHINGTON (AP) – Military interrogators assaulted Afghan detainees in 2003, using investigation methods they learned during self-defense training, Pentagon documents...

Judge denies request to subpoena Cheney

Judge denies attorney's request to subpoena Vice President Cheney in lawsuit over man's arrest. AP News A judge denied a request to subpoena Dick Cheney in...

‘Truthers’ blame US and Britain for the Holocaust

Andrew Anthony In Salman Rushdie's soon-to-be-published novel, The Enchantress of Florence, one of the characters is Niccolò Machiavelli, the original dark prince of power politics....

Washington ‘speechless’ after 9/11 comments

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said Wednesday it was "speechless" after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad voiced doubts about the accepted version of the...

Iranian President: 9/11 ‘suspect event’

BBC Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York as a "suspect event" and queried the death...

Bush’s Torture Quote Undercuts Denial

By Jason Leopold President George W. Bush’s comment to ABC News — that he approved discussions that his top aides held about harsh interrogation techniques...

Benedict to Confront Skeptics, Scandal in U.S. Trip

By Nadine Elsibai Pope Benedict XVI has a lot of catching up to do with the U.S. and its 69 million Roman Catholics as he...

AP poll: Bush public approval at new low

WASHINGTON - Public approval of President Bush has dipped to a new low in the Associated Press-Ipsos poll, driven by dissatisfaction with his handling...

Bush Hypes Threat from Iran

Matthew Rothschild The Progressive In his speech on Thursday, Bush wasted little time before getting to the ominous subject of Iran. Time and time again, he lumped...

The BBC as an Imperial Tool?

Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News At a time of growing public disenchantment with the major media, millions now rely on alternate sources. Many online and print...

Top Bush Advisors Approved Torture

In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House, the most senior Bush administration officials discussed and approved specific details of how...

Revolution is the Solution

By Cindy Sheehan One of the founders of the USA, Thomas Jefferson, said that the US should have a revolution every 20 years or so...

US renews contract with Blackwater

By Kate Randall The US State Department has renewed its contract with Blackwater Worldwide to provide security for American diplomats in Baghdad. The move comes...

$3 Trillion May Be Too Low

Our original estimate of the cost of the Iraq war was too conservative: in reality the cost for the US will be much higher. By...

Fisk: Hizbollah turns to Iran in war on Israel

By Robert Fisk in Teir Dibba, south Lebanon Tuesday, 8 April 2008 The Shia "martyrs" of this hill village are normally killed in the dangerous, stony...

Breaking Through the News Filter

Peter Chamberlin  If it is true that the power belongs to the people in America, and Congress still answers to the people, then what force...

British army faces new torture claims

The testament of a respected Shia elder, aged 70, suggests brutal treatment of civilians is still continuing, writes Robert Verkaik. The British Army faces new...

Bush promises more troops for Afghanistan

Suzanne Goldenberg | guardian.co.uk, George Bush today promised to send more troops to Afghanistan after his departure from the White House next year, whatever the...

US Lawmakers Have $196 Million In “Defense”

WASHINGTON: Members of the U.S.Congress have as much as $196 million (126.2 million) collectively invested in companies doing business with the Defense Department, earning...

The Forbidden Financial Topic: U.S. National Debt

Mike Adams As we wind our way towards an election between the numerous professional liars who have been put forward as candidates for U.S. President,...

Military Report: Secretly ‘Recruit or Hire Bloggers’

A study, written for U.S. Special Operations Command, suggested "clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers." Since the start of the Iraq war, there's been a...

Election Madness

Howard Zinn There’s a man in Florida who has been writing to me for years (ten pages, handwritten) though I’ve never met him. He tells...

’03 U.S. Memo Approved Torture

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department in 2003 gave military interrogators broad authority to use extreme methods in questioning detainees and argued that wartime powers...

9/11 Truth Movement vs. 9/11 Truth

I found myself once again singing at an antiwar rally two weeks ago, and once again being confronted by a red-faced white man with...

Disgusting Profits by Armament Companies

I’ve been joking the last few years that if you invested in military stocks on January 20, 2001, you’d be sitting pretty right now. Well,...

Where Was Media When Sub-Prime Disaster Unfolded?

"It is somewhat surprising," Larry Elliott, economics editor of London's The Guardian observed recently, "that there is not already rioting in the streets, given...

Those who control oil and water will control the world

New superpowers are competing for diminishing resources as Britain becomes a bit-player. The outcome could be deadly. John Gray | The Observer History may not repeat...

VIDEO: President Bush Booed at Baseball Game

There's a reason President Bush almost never appears before members of the general public: They really don't like him. Despite the delirious mood of...

A third American war crime in the making

The US Congress, the US media, the American people, and the United Nations, are looking the other way as Cheney prepares his attack on...

Police arrest 80 year old anti-war protester

An 80-year-old church deacon was removed from the Smith Haven Mall yesterday in a wheelchair and arrested by police for refusing to remove a...

The Ron Paul Revolution Enters A New Phase

We seem to be entering a distinct second phase of the Ron Paul Revolution. It is arguably the most important phase. At least that...

Put Impeachment Back on the Table

Chairman John Conyers House Judiciary Committee U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Congress Washington, DC 20510Dear Chairman Conyers: Prominent Constitutional law experts believe President Bush has engaged in at least,...

VIDEO: Religio-Fascist thought police at work

The Bible actually as something to say about these people: "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he...

Government admits Human Rights breaches

MoD admits human rights breaches over death of tortured Iraqi civilian. The Government admits "substantial breaches" of the European Convention of Human Rights over the...

Why the Government doesn’t care what you think

"All the more reason for us to elect the right person come November -- so that in four years, we don't run the risk...

Blackwater’s Employment Investigated

House oversight committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman expanded his effort yesterday to investigate private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide, calling for a wide-ranging federal inquiry...

‘Saddam paid for Congressmen trip’

Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency had secretly financed a trip to Iraq by US lawmakers before the US invasion, federal prosecutors say. An indictment unsealed...

High-tech interrogations may promote abuse

Among certain circles, including the American Psychological Association, we need more research on effective interrogation strategies. Many of us have been suspicious that these...

Media should press candidates on open government

WASHINGTON – At a time of continued government secrecy, the news media should press the presidential candidates on whether their administration would enforce "the...

Police Censorship of Smash Edo film

Police have intervened across the country to censor 'On the Verge' an independent documentary about a campaign to shut down a Brighton weapons manufacturer....

War Protesters Halt Traffic, Recall Dead

Protesters blocked traffic and government buildings in Washington, acted out a Baghdad street scene in Syracuse, N.Y., and banged drums in a parade through...

Blackwater sells itself as a peacekeeper

Blackwater Worldwide, the private security company whose guards are accused of shooting dead 17 Iraqi civilians last year, is attempting to reposition itself as...

The only lesson we ever learn is that we never learn

Five years on, and still we have not learnt. With each anniversary, the steps crumble beneath our feet, the stones ever more cracked, the...

Bush Still Spinning Nukes in Iran

The unanimous conclusion of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, that Iran ceased pursuing a program of nuclear weapons in 2003, has dealt a severe...

Reviving Vietnam War Tactics

The top counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq advocates practicing a "global Phoenix Program," alluding to the notorious Vietnam-era CIA operation that...

VIDEO: Clinton vs Obama on Blackwater

Winter Soldier: Jeremy Scahill discusses why no presidential candidate plans on fully leaving Iraq Jeremy Scahill is the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise...

McCain the Warmonger?

If you've followed Senator John McCain at all, you've heard about his tendency to, well, explode. He's erupted at numerous Senate colleagues, including many...

‘Signs of torture’ you can’t imagine

Editor's note: In our Behind the Scenes series, CNN correspondents share their experiences in covering news and analyze the stories behind the events. Here,...

Clinton Would Ban Private Military Contractors

Hillary Clinton, in a speech marking the five-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, said that if elected, she would pull armed...

Guantanamo: The Bigger Picture?

 The U.S. base at Guantanamo has been called many things. The "gulag of our time" (Amnesty International General Secretary Irene Khan, May 2005). "The...

Calls for Admiral to “blow whistle” on Iran strike

Calls are growing on Admiral William Fallon and other senior military officers to make a public stand against the Bush administration’s alleged plans to...

Anti-war demo draws thousands

Thousands of anti-war protesters rallied to demand Britain withdraw its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Activists urging an end to Britain's role in overseas' wars...

Yemeni man accuses CIA of torture

A Yemeni national accused American secret agents of subjecting him to various forms of torture during nearly three years of CIA detention, in a...

British ‘link’ in torture case

British special forces troops were involved in the investigation of a man who alleges he was tortured by US agents while held in secret...

War vets to talk about US atrocities

In an event in Washington, veterans and soldiers have urged other members of the military to join them in speaking out against war in...

MoD accused of schools propaganda

The Ministry of Defence has been accused of supplying "misleading propaganda" to schools and attempting to recruit pupils into the army.The children's secretary, Ed...

Spitzer’s Shame Is Wall Street’s Gain

Tell me again: Why should we get all worked up over the revelation that the New York governor paid for sex? Will it bring...

CIA rendition flight spotted in Hungary

A Hungarian newspaper Wednesday ran a picture of a Boeing 737 allegedly used for CIA rendition flights in central and Eastern Europe. The daily Nepszabadsag...

Democrat calls for inquiry into Blackwater

House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman expanded his effort yesterday to investigate private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide, calling for a wide-ranging federal inquiry into...

Top Commander Resigns

Admiral William Fallon, the head of U.S. Central Command, resigned on Tuesday, explaining that his reputation as an obstacle of President Bush’s military designs...

CIA Holocaust Claims Twenty Million Victims

The world's number one terrorist organization, the CIA has committed heinous acts of terrorism abroad, murdering critics of US foreign and domestic policies and...

John Pilger: Australia’s hidden Empire

When the outside world thinks about Australia, it generally turns to venerable clichés of innocence — cricket, leaping marsupials, endless sunshine, no worries. Australian...

Gov gags “extraordinary renditions” whistleblower

Marcus Morgan Last Friday, the Labour government took out a high court injunction to prevent a former member of the British Special Air Services, Ben...

Horrifying and unnecessary mistreatment of prisoners

Herald Tribune  In the next few days, President George W. Bush is expected to again claim the right to order mistreatment of prisoners that any...

A McCain Presidency Guarantees a Military Draft?

Paul Abrams John McCain tells us that he is not a very good economist. It brings to mind the old joke that the definition of...

Obama’s Blackwater Problem

Jeremy Scahill A senior foreign policy adviser to leading Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told me that if elected Obama will not "rule out"...

Vets Break Silence on War Crimes

U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are planning to descend on Washington from Mar. 13-16 to testify about war crimes they...

Bush Calls Surveillance Bill an ‘Urgent Priority’

By DAVID STOUT and BRIAN KNOWLTON Using some of his toughest language in weeks, President Bush prodded Congress on Thursday to pass his preferred version...

Anti SOCPA Campaigners To Assert Right To Protest

In response to the recent Home Office consultation titled ‘Managing Protest around Parliament’, which threatened further restrictions on demonstrations throughout the UK, a second...

Serious Concerns Over Non Staged SOCPA Arrest

blood on their hands There are serious concerns for the welfare of the three protestors who were arrested by inspector fox outside the gates of...

Questions Remain About Rove’s CIA Leak Email

by Jason Leopold  It's been nearly five years since former White House political adviser Karl Rove sent an incriminating email to then Deputy National Security...

Inside the world of war profiteers

From prostitutes to Super bowl tickets, a federal probe reveals how contractors in Iraq cheated the U.S. By David Jackson and Jason Grotto | Tribune...

It’s official: Blair’s government set out to deceive us

The New Statesman  In July 2003, in the week following the death of David Kelly, a reader contacted the New Statesman and suggested that the...

Stop The War – Mass Demo 15 March

Stop the War: a mass movement to celebrate and defend Socialist Worker The 15 February 2003 demonstration reminds us of the strength of the anti-war movement...

US judge blocks CIA flight case

BBC A US judge has dismissed a case alleging that a subsidiary of Boeing illegally helped the CIA fly terror suspects abroad on rendition flights....

UK in Israel WMD cover up

Independent Online An early draft of a pre-war British weapons dossier on Iraq included concerns over Israel's nuclear capability, but the government fought to suppress...

US judge blocks CIA flight case

BBC A US judge has dismissed a case alleging that a subsidiary of Boeing illegally helped the CIA fly terror suspects abroad on rendition flights....

Intelligence Says Bin Laden Might Be Dead

Geostrategy-Direct U.S. intelligence agencies are beginning to suspect that Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden is dead after all, despite a recent audio tape exhorting...

Blair went to war on a lie, law lords told

By Nigel Morris The mothers of two teenage soldiers killed in Iraq accused Tony Blair's government of going to war "on a lie" as they...

The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA

WRH  "You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month." - CIA operative discussing with Philip...

More NWO Inside Trading Pre-9/11

Jim Hogue | Baltimore Chronicle Had an investigation been done into the crime of failing to file the “currency transaction reports” in August 2001, then...

Continued prosperity for war contractors

Muscular Defense Plan Buoys Contractors Proposed Budget Would Benefit Area Companies By Dana Hedgpeth A run of healthy profits for defense contractors that has lasted nearly a...

‘A Century of War’ Part I

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News F. William Engdahl is a leading researcher, economist and analyst of the New World Order who's written on issues of...

Lies, Damn Lies and the Murdock Empire

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News For Big Media, truth is a scare commodity and in times of war it's the first casualty, or as esteemed...

Some Of The Outrageous Lies About 9/11

By Joseph A. Lopisi It is hard to pick a place to start in terms of talking about the most outrageous lies that the Bush...

Yes, we do torture: White House finally comes clean

PETER URBAN Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham can clear at least one task off his full plate. His criminal investigation into the destruction of CIA...

CIA Veteran Calls for Bush’s Impeachment

Ray McGovern says there is enough evidence to impeach Bush, Cheney over torture, Iraq and Iran Chris Gelken After 27 years as an analyst with the...

How the Media Messes with Your Mind

Statements made in the media can surreptitiously plant distortions in the minds of millions. Learning to recognize two commonly used fallacies can help you...

Ron Paul: Purpose of Constitution forgotten

Republican hopeful Ron Paul says although America is falling from the purpose of the Constitution, it is not too late to change pace. "What...

Chomsky: US acts like Nazi Germany

Prominent linguist Noam Chomsky bashes the 'imperialistic' foreign policies of the US, likening Washington to the Nazis in Germany. Chomsky compared US foreign policies...

9/11 – Was the Bush administration complicit?

by Citizen Sage The unanswered questions about 9-11 can no longer be ignored. A new, more comprehensive investigation by the US Congress is required, given...

“Surge” in War Crimes?

U.S. Army unit Probed for killing Iraqi prisoners The US Army has opened a criminal investigation into an allegation of "battlefield deaths" of detainees captured...

How Bush Destroyed the Dollar

The Profile of a Third World Country By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS It is difficult to know where Bush has accomplished the most destruction, the Iraqi economy...

BUSH BREAKS LAW FOUR TIMES IN SIGNING NEW BILL

PROGRESS REPORT - Earlier this week, President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, which included a statute forbidding the Bush administration...

Why Are Ron Paul Supporters So Angry?

By Chuck Baldwin When Glenn Beck interviewed Congressman Ron Paul a few weeks ago, he said that he had received death threats from people purporting...

Insights of a Lawyer: Was 9/11 an Inside Job?

by Hal. C. Sisson, QC In mid January 2008 united 9/11 Truth Movements across Canada, spearheaded by Victoria and Vancouver branches, sent a petition letter...

Brown’s secret talks on ‘new world order’

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has begun secret talks with other world leaders on far-reaching reform of the United Nations Security Council as part...

Rummy Resurfaces, Calls for U.S. Propaganda Agency

By Sharon Weinberger One of the many things I love about Donald Rumsfeld is that he's totally unrepentant. Back in 2001, the Pentagon under his...

Is the 2008 Election Rigged?

Rami Nagel Charismatic democratic leader, Barack Obama had a stunning lead going into the New Hampshire primary, with a huge media blitz, and a lot...

Guantanamo as a symbol

By Ramzy Baroud Guantanamo is a dark spot in U.S. history and shall go down in world history as a symbol of injustice and oppression 11...

The Emails that Dick Cheney Deleted

Harper's Magazine Late last week, right after official White House spokesmen made a series of either evasive or completely false statements about the mysterious case...

US recruiting under diploma soldiers

Afghan military operations and the Iraqi war have forced the US army to recruit soldiers without high school diplomas to fill its ranks. National...

Bush and Bin Laden continue to benefit each other

By Robert Parry Just as Sylvester and Tweety Bird achieved lasting Hollywood fame from their comical cartoon chases, the less amusing duo of George W....

UN transformation proposed to create ‘new world order’

Statements coming from Gordon Brown seem to openly admit what has long been denied. The super imperial world is being constructed behind the curtain...

British Media Confirms Fbi Nuke Cover-up

RAW STORY  The Sunday Times has obtained a document that confirms that a file, which the FBI denied existed, could contain information about American officials...

‘Bush message one of confrontation’

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blasts US President George W. Bush's recent remarks on Iran in a live interview with Qatar's Al-Jazeera TV. "President Bush's message...

The year of living dangerously: Bush in crisis

This year probably won’t be any worse for George W. Bush than last year or the year before, but it’s likely to be a...

Iran says Bush’s accusations “words without value”

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran denounced on Monday as "words without value" President George W. Bush's remarks that the Islamic state was threatening security around...

Bush takes arms deal to Saudis for support against Iran

US president seeks to persuade oil-rich ally into backing Washington against Iran. The US administration is expected to formally tell Congress of a planned $20bn...

Cossiga: US, Mossad behind 9/11

Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga says global intelligence agencies assert the 9/11 attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad. Although Osama bin Laden...

CIA Hid Other Tapes From 9/11 Commission

 jimd3100We know now that the CIA kept from the 9/11 Commission tapes of al Qaeda suspects in violation of law. But why isn't mainstream...

Nandigram… CPM’s hubris

Stephen Lendman and Arun Shrivastava RINF Alternative News Abstract: This review paper documents the events of Nandigram and role of the Communist Party of India Marxists...

France planned to give Saddam nukes

An Iranian commander has revealed that France had plans to equip Saddam Hussein with nuclear weapons during the Iraq-imposed war on Iran. According to...

The Pentagon Plan to Drug Troops

Chris Floyd   Penny Coleman at Alternet.com gives us a look at a new program designed to dull the moral sensibilities of American soldiers in combat...

‘War criminal Bush persona non grata’

A senior Lebanese cleric has called on Arab and Muslim countries to declare George W. Bush persona non grata and sue him for 'war...

New probe aims to cover up CIA tortures

By John Catalinotto In an attempt to limit political damage and protect the highest officials, the new U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey has...

Republicans Vote to Impeach Dick Cheney

By Kamal El-Din  In what may be the biggest political news of the century a sitting vice-president may be impeached at the hands of his...

President Bush Torturer-in-Chief

US constitutional expert Jonathan Turley says only the United States president could have ordered the torture of al-Qaeda suspects. Following a report that the...

List of Bush Administration Scandals

List of Scandalized Administration Officials By Paul Kiel Boy, was it time for an update. Late last year we decided to take stock of all the Bush...

Report on Faulty Voting Machines for 2008 Election

By Greg Mitchell NEW YORK Coming between the Iowa and New Hampshire tallies, this Sunday's cover of The New York Times Magazine ought to...

The Neo-Con Runaround

In March 2003, Dick Cheney said, "My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." In May 2003, George W. Bush said,...

Criminals In The Bush Administration

Criminals In The Bush Administration By- Suzie-Q TPM´s Great List of Scandalized Administration Officials Boy, was it time for an update. Late last year we decided to take...

Bogus Neocon Terror War Costs $6,000 Per Second

Phil Plait Whenever the Bush administration balks at spending money on some needed issue, I always mention on my blog that the...

GOP deals Dems some bitter pills

By Deirdre Shesgreen The first session of the 110th Congress started off with a snap and had plenty of crackle. But the end was more...

Syrian MP threatens Dimona

As Bush and Sarkozy lose patience with Assad, Syrian MP threatens Dimona A Syrian member of parliament thought to be familiar with the thinking of...

Congressman reaching out to Iran

By Matthew Hay Brown While Washington debates whether it should talk to Iran, one Maryland congressman has already struck up a conversation. For the past...

FBI aims to amass huge database

FBI aims to amass huge database of people's physical characteristics By Ellen Nakashima The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world's...

Privacy Fast Becoming Obsolete

Almost every move you make is being watched - and privacy is fast becoming obsolete, writes Gerard Wright. If Hollywood and its movies are America...

Torture, interrogation and intelligence

Lecture on torture techniques by Dr. Larry Forness of the American Military University (Dec 2005). The document explains the rationale behind torturing prisoners, torture...

The Impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney?

By J A Blacker MSc IMI RINF Alternative News The truth shall set you free, but not for Crook, Liar & War Criminal Dick Cheney. At last...

Bush to make first trip to Israel, West Bank

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President George W. Bush will make his first trip to Israel and the West Bank in January, hoping to help...

9/11 Truth Manifesto

Joel S. Hirschhorn For evidence that America�s political system is a criminal conspiracy, open your mind to piles of new analyses that prove beyond doubt...

Trust in the Mainstream Media at an all time low

Trust in the Media at an all time low.... 6 Bogus stories in 6 weeks On Monday October 29, 2007... The Multi-National Force Iraq turned over...

UN expresses “grave concern” over CIA torture

UN representative expresses “grave concern” over CIA torture, Guantánamo hearings By Naomi Spencer Following a visit earlier this month to the US military prison at Guantánamo...

Motion Picture Association censors out US torture

Motion Picture Association censors out US torture Denial of US torture is everywhere, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) had decided that the US...

Britain bows out of a war it could never have won

By Patrick Cockburn Britain handed over security in Basra province yesterday, bringing a formal end to its ill-starred attempt over almost five years to control...

Bush ‘twisting NIE to support Iran war’

US intelligence agencies would not have published the NIE with 'high confidence' unless they were quite sure, a US analyst has said. Bush is...

Remains of toxic DU bullets

By Scott Peterson BAGHDAD — At a roadside produce stand on the outskirts of Baghdad, business is brisk for Latifa Khalaf Hamid. Iraqi drivers pull...

Congressmen urge impeachment

US Vice President Dick Cheney (L) Three senior US Democrats in Congress urge the immediate commencement of hearings on the impeachment of Vice President...

Ron Paul: Bush no authority to rule world

Presidential hopeful Ron Paul says President Bush has started empire-building by invading Iraq and Afghanistan and beating the drums of war with Iran. ...

Troops investigated over smuggling stolen guns

By Jonathan Owen and Andrew Johnson British soldiers are under investigation over the theft of a weapons cache in Iraq. The Ministry of Defence launched...

Worker says Boeing knew about CIA renditions

The Monterey County Herald A Boeing subsidiary accused of helping the CIA secretly fly terrorism suspects to be tortured in overseas prisons openly acknowledged its...

MI6 asks for gagging order in murder trial

David Leigh and Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian The Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, is behind a virtually unprecedented attempt to hold a British murder trial in secret,...

Korean troops out of Afghanistan

South Korean troops have returned home from Afghanistan, ending the country's five-year contribution to US-led forces there.   The pullout of 195 troops — mostly...

In London, the world gathers against war

In the end, New Labour ended up returning to the old discredited territory of the British Empire by occupying Iraq and Afghanistan. Derrick O'Keefe Earlier this...

US ‘tapping cell phones in Indonesia’

US agents in Jakarta have been eavesdropping on Indonesian citizens' phone conversations and reading their text messages, a report says. According to the report...

WAC Ireland Confronts Gerry Adams

Martin Ingram, a British agent admitted infiltration of the IRA and said that over 70% of their bombings were commanded by British Intelligence. We...

Blackwater Mercenaries on the USA-Mexico Border

By Nancy Conroy   In San Diego County, California, a firestorm has erupted over plans to build a Blackwater mercenary training camp in the hills behind...

House Democrats Pull War Funding From Budget Offer

The GOP is negotiating in bad faith, Obey says. By Jonathan Weisman     A Democratic deal to give President Bush some war funding in exchange for additional...

US soldier charged with murder heads to court

US soldier charged with murdering Iraqi civilians heads to court The Associated Press A U.S. soldier accused of murdering and assaulting Iraqi civilians was scheduled to...

U.S. Government Checking Amazon Customer Records

Big Brother U.S. Government Subpoenaed Amazon.com to Obtain Book Purchasing Records of Customers Mike Adams Newly unsealed court records have revealed that the U.S. government issued...

Bush under fire over Iran claims

AFP The White House Thursday struggled to defend the dire warnings about Iran made by US President George W. Bush even after he had learned...

Pat Tillman Soldier Death In Afganistan War By M16

Patrick Daniel Tillman was born on 6th November, 1976 in San Jose, California and was into football. He was an American, who quitted sports...

NIE report final nail in Bush coffin

Former US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, attacks a recent intelligence report that discredited Washington for its policies on Iran. US intelligence services...

8 Senior Republican Appointees Challenge 9/11 Story

Eight Senior Republican Appointees Challenge Official Account of 9/11 - "Not Possible", "a Whitewash", "False" Eight former senior Republican administration appointees have severely criticized the...

Confessions of a Covert Agent

Psychological Operations are my specialty Global Research artofmentalwarfare.com The author of the text below claims to be highly experienced in covert intelligence programmes and psychological operations -...

Petroleum and terrorism

Beppe Grillo 11 September 2001. Since then we have been one of the nations at risk of Islamic attacks. More than six years have passed...

Bush adamant that Iran remains dangerous

U.S. president refuses to budge on policy despite new intelligence on Tehran's nuclear ambitions Tim Harper WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON—George...

Greens, Democrats And Impeachment

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/12/369504.shtml "Now the gloves are off." Let me explain that statement. First, on the issue of Impeachment, either you get it or you don't. Sadly, the Democratic Parties...

America is Going Fascist

Michael Nenonen Republic of East Vancouver The signs are all there for anyone to see, and time is getting short for action Reading Naomi Wolf’s The End...

Ex-Italian President: 9/11 An Inside Job

Ex-Italian President: Intel Agencies Know 9/11 An Inside Job Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet Former Italian President and the man who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio...

Canada’s role in depleted uranium weapons

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Who are the doctors of torture? Why the torture?

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Depleted Uranium — Far Worse Than 9/11

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Warning to Bush: Bomb Iran and face impeachment

Biden's warning to Bush: Bomb Iran and face impeachment David Edwards and Nick Juliano Sen. Joe Biden, the loquacious long-shot Democratic presidential candidate, warned President Bush...

US Roman Catholic Bishop: 9/11 was inside job

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VIDEO: 9/11 – The Secret Rulers of the World

The source of most if not all our woes, revealed (from the present to the past): Connecting the dots through ~3000 years of revisionist...

The Neoconservative Agenda to Sacrifice the Fifth Fleet

The Neoconservative Agenda to Sacrifice the Fifth Fleet — The New Pearl Harbor  By Michael Salla The U.S. plans for an attack on Iran envision to...

The Bush Family Gets Away with Crimes

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Bringing the War on Terrorism Home

Congress Considers Methods to Disrupt Movements in the United States Bringing the War on Terrorism Home: Congress Considers How to ‘Disrupt’ Radical Movements in the...

Keating: US able to wage Iran war

Admiral Timothy J. Keating claims the US is more than prepared to wage war on Iran if Washington chooses to launch a military strike....

Thanksgiving Reflections of an Anti-Capitalist

Institutionalized Glorification of our Greed and Gluttony: Thanksgiving Reflections of an Anti-Capitalist Gluttony and greed kill more than the sword. –Italian proverb Gluttony and surfeiting are no...

Rumsfeld Torture Case Dropped in France

PARIS (AP) - A Paris prosecutor has thrown out a complaint against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture in Iraq and at the...

VIDEO: Paul Bremer and 9/11

Mission Accomplished In the early hours right after the 9/11 attacks, Paul Bremer appeared on NBC suggesting that Osama bin Laden was responsible. He...

HILLARY QUOTES: How Common?

Hat Tip to Earl1911 for finding these! Where is the G-damn f**king flag? I want the G-damn f**king flag up every f**king morning at f**king...

Poll: Americans losing trust in Bush

A poll conducted by C-SPAN's Capital News online about the Iraq war shows that most Americans trust Congress far more than US president. The...

Bush ‘approved lies’ in CIA leak case

Bush 'approved lies' in CIA leak case that exposed spy whose husband opposed Iraq war, says former aide A former White House press secretary has...

Ron Paul – Challenging the American Empire

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“Safe” Uranium That Left a Town Contaminated

By David Rose They were told depleted uranium was not hazardous. Now, 23 years after a US arms plant closed, workers and residents have cancer...

Neocon fabricated quote to stir war with Iran

Neocon accused of misquoting Iran's leader to push case for invasion   Nick Juliano One of the country’s most prominent neoconservative pundits has been accused of...

Pentagon Cover Up

15,000 or More US Deaths in Iraq War?  By MIKE WHITNEY The Pentagon has been concealing the true number of American casualties in the Iraq War....

106 Journalists killed this year

Français More than 100 journalists have been killed in 2007, the World Association of Newspapers said in its half-year report on press freedom worldwide, published...

Bush Cheney really is planning to attack Iran!

With the encouragement of Democrats-from-Mars LOOK OUT--HERE THEY COME AGAIN! Bush & Buckshot are riding their little stick horses, waving the bloody flag of 9/11,...

Dems Stay Silent on Bush White House Crimes

It’s Treason: Dems Stay Silent on Bush White House Crimes By Richard W. Behan Lying to the people and the Congress was the most despicable violation...

Warrant issued for Eubank arrest, for peaceful protest

A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of ex-boxer Chris Eubank after he failed to turn up to court over an unlawful...

House deals blow to CIA rendition

House votes to end CIA rendition program, ACLU says RAW STORY A little noticed prohibition in the Democrats' $50 billion Iraq funding bill that passed the...

Chavez: ‘Madman’ Bush planning Iran invasion

He frequently refers to President Bush as "Mr. Danger," but Thursday, Venezuela's grande enchilada, Hugo Chavez, escalated the name-calling. Accusing the United States and...

Confession of an American Thought Criminal

By Jason Miller RINF Alternative News “Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death.” —Winston Smith from George Orwell’s 1984 If you needed more evidence that most of...

Bush Stands by His Dictator

By Robert Scheer "The war on terror” made me do it. That’s the excuse that works for George W. Bush to rationalize his assaults on...

Bush doesn’t care about your health or education

Bush vetoes domestic spending bill on health, education and jobs By Brian Knowlton President George W. Bush vetoed a major spending measure on Tuesday that would...

Repugnant Republicans: Pro-God, Anti-Humanity

Repugnant Republicans: Anti-Abortion, Pro-Torture; Pro-God, Anti-Humanity  When it comes to the rabid right and torture, anything goes The WSJ argued that waterboarding doesn’t necessarily constitute “cruel, inhuman or degrading”...

CIA agent alleged to have met Bin Laden in July

French report claims terrorist leader stayed in Dubai hospital Anthony Sampson The Guardian Two months before September 11 Osama bin Laden flew to Dubai for 10 days...

The History of the Loose Change Phenomenon

Tim Sparke Introduction 9/11 has clearly been the most important event of the 21st century, providing the basis for the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq...

‘I feared I’d end up dead in the woods like Dr Kelly’

'I feared I'd end up dead in the woods like Dr Kelly,' says biological warfare expert who criticised Britain and U.S. By GLEN OWEN and...

My enemy’s enemy shouldn’t always be my friend

By Brian Vogt The outlook is looking increasingly gloomy for democracy in Pakistan. Our erstwhile ally in the war on terror, General Musharraf is looking...

How to Destroy an African American City in 33 Steps

By BILL QUIGLEY Step One. Delay. If there is one word that sums up the way to destroy an African-American city after a disaster,...

Is Waterboarding Torture?

I’d like to digress from my usual analysis of insurgent strategy and tactics to speak out on an issue of grave importance to Small...

Negativity on Islam ‘fuels tension’

The UK must be careful how it tackles terrorism and treats Islamic culture if it is to avoid recreating a society reminiscent of Nazi...

Bill to Oulaw ‘Voter Caging’ Introduced in U.S. Senate

Greg Palast  In 2004 for BBC TV the Palast team broke the story of voter caging by the Republican Party now in 2007 a Democratic...

MoD accused over spy plane deaths

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Gangster Giuliani: The GOP’s Worst

By Margaret Kimberley If a potential Giuliani presidency in any way resembles a Giuliani mayoralty, then the country would be in for a truly awful...

Congress approves military, domestic funds

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led Congress, trying to make up for its tardiness in passing essential bills to fund the government, approved...

Our Man in Islamabad

Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News The Islamic Republic of Pakistan was established in August,1947 when its majority Muslim population separated from British-controlled India and became a...

$4.3 million reasons to believe in Ron Paul

An Orange County Register editorial If this doesn't get the attention of the mainstream media and the Republican establishment, it's difficult to figure out just...

The Secret History of the Impending War with Iran

The Secret History of the Impending War with Iran That the White House Doesn't Want You to Know Two former high-ranking policy experts from the...

House Panel Gets Earful On Waterboarding

In Spite Of Bickering In D.C., Experts Say Interrogation Method Is Torture, Must Never Be Used (CBS/AP) A hearing on torture opened today on Capitol...

Canada Asks: Why are we fighting in Afghanistan?

by Edward C. Corrigan     U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his government's recent Throne Speech announced that he wants to extend Canada's...

David Ray Griffin Interview

David Ray Griffin Interview - DRG Answers Your Questions RINF members had the opportunity to put questions to one of the worlds most credible and...

VIDEO: Brian Haw – In his own words

By Mick Meaney RINF Alternative News Brian Haw is an international symbol of peace. Since 2nd June 2001 Brian has been protesting in Parliament Square, London. We...

Gordon Brown ‘will back air strikes on Iran’

In nuclear strategy, a first strike is an unprovoked surprise attack employing overwhelming force. First strike capability is a country's ability to defeat another...

Momentum built for Cheney impeachment

Congressman Dennis Kucinich says he will offer a resolution to the House of Representatives to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. The Democratic lawmaker who...

Guantanamo Torture Sanctioned by Bush & Rumsfeld

LISA THOMPSON When military investigators questioned Erie County Judge Michael E. Dunlavey about reported prisoner abuse during his tenure at the Guantanamo Bay camp for...

Bush defense spending highest since WWII

 Hey, $1 billion here, $1 billion there, who's counting? Not the State Department, which admitted this week that it can't say "specifically what it...

De Menezes killing: what the witnesses saw

As the Met chief fights to keep his job, the hidden story of the Stockwell shooting is about to be told. Andrew Johnson reports Graphic...

Congressional Shame and Duplicity

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News The latest October Reuters/Zogby Index shows record low approval ratings for George Bush and Congress - 24% for the president...

The Big Lie: ‘Iran Is a Threat’

Scott Ritter Iran has never manifested itself as a serious threat to the national security of the United States, or by extension as a security...

Did the BBC Broadcast Fake News Reports?

David Miller A Spinwatch investigation has revealed that journalists working for the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) have been commissioned to provide news reports...

Expert blows the cover on 9/11 inside job

Iraq war veteran and experienced demolitions expert blows the cover on 9/11 inside job Meet Torin Wolf. He has a broad and varied background as...

BBC: Big Brother Cooperation

It's a matter of alarm and concern that there are so many people out there who still believe that the BBC is a balanced...

Blackwater guards ‘given immunity’

Private US security guards being investigated over a shooting in Iraq that left 17 civilians dead, have reportedly been offered immunity by the US...

Shouting at the Devil

By Jason Miller RINF Alternative News “America touts itself as the land of the free, but the number one freedom that you and I have is...

UK firm sued over US soldier’s death

· Erinys guards accused of causing death in Iraq · Authorities close down UK contractors in Afghanistan Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington The Guardian A British private security firm...

Why America Sent Someone to Be Tortured in Syria

Condoleeza Rice loses her memory at the most convenient times—call it diplomatic Alzheimers. Asked why America sent an innocent Canadian, Maher Arar, to be...

20% of US Troops Suffer Brain Injury

MoD begins study amid fears that up to 20,000 soldiers may be affected Matthew Taylor and Esther Addley The Guardian The Ministry of Defence is conducting a...

Schwarzenegger: ‘Marijuana is not a drug, it’s a leaf’

By Ciar Byrne Already facing enough problems with the wild fires that have swept California, the state's governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may have stepped into a...

Rumsfeld flees France fearing arrest

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fled France today fearing arrest over charges of "ordering and authorizing" torture of detainees at both the American-run...

White House Leak: Cheney’s Plan for Iran Attack

High-ranking military experts say an attack would lead to world economic chaos, or even what Bush calls 'World War III.' By Gregor Peter Schmitz and...

CIA resumes use of secret prisons

The CIA has resumed its use of overseas secret prisons, The Washington Post reported Saturday. In the last six months, five new terrorism suspects have...

‘Ghost prisoners’ not accounted for after held by CIA

Rights groups wonder where the roughly 30 are being kept By CRAIG WHITLOCK On Sept. 6, 2006, President Bush announced that the CIA's overseas secret prisons...

Neocon Tells Audience To ‘Shut Up’

Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet Arch-Neo Con Norman Podhoretz’s book reading at a recent Barnes and Noble appearance in New York turned into a hostile affair...

Torture, Paramilitarism, Occupation and Genocide

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News On October 5, George Bush confronted a public uproar and defended his administration claiming "This government does not torture people."...

Nobel Hypocrisy

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News Alfred Nobel was a wealthy nineteenth century Swedish-born chemist, engineer, inventor of dynamite, armaments manufacturer and war profiteer who remade...

Will George W. Bush Stay in Power after 2008?

With so many political pundits in a nervous tizzy about the future political plans of Russian President Vladimir Putin, too few are scratching their...

9/11 And Other Optical Illusions

Peter Zaza There's a wonderful optical illusion which involves a graphic of a ballerina spinning around on one leg. It's called "The Spinning Silhouette Optical...

Straitjacket Bush

The president's warmongering remarks on the Iranian threat suggest he is psychotic. Really. Rosa Brooks Forget impeachment. Liberals, put it behind you. George W. Bush and Dick...

The Politics Of Absolute Power

The following commentary was written by Philip S. Golub and appears in the Le Monde diplomatique English-language edition for October 2007. Mr. Golub is...

VIDEO: Martin Bell – Media Censorship & War Criminals

Books by Martin Bell: A Very British Revolution: The Expenses Scandal and How to Save Our Democracy Through Gates of Fire: A Journey into World Disorder The...

Blair emerges as candidate for ‘President of Europe’

By Andrew Grice Tony Blair has emerged as a possible candidate for "President of Europe", a new post created by the treaty approved by EU...

CIA VETERAN: ‘YOU CAN’T MAKE UP SOME OF THE STUFF I’VE SEEN’

CIA veteran Valerie Plame Wilson was never supposed to be famous. For 20 years it came naturally to her to lie to her friends...

How deceitful is the BROWN Government? How about 350 tonnes worth?

By J A Blacker, Science Correspondent RINF Alternative News Remember the 350 tonnes of Ultra High Explosive which Mysteriously “Disappeared” at the start of the Iraq...

Amid Pakistan carnage, a ‘nightmare scenario’ for U.S. policy

By David E. Sanger and David Rohde The recent scenes of carnage in Pakistan conjured what one senior administration official called "the nightmare scenario" for...

Slavery in my backyard and a thousand points of light

Local slaves from Mexico, Russia, and... (At the lecture) Coonan also said that it's happening within the Chinese community as well, with traffickers promising young...

US needs more jaw and less war with Iran: analysts

AFP The United States must stop "posturing" and start negotiating if it wants to avert President George W. Bush's "World War III" scenario of a...

HOW AMERICA’S democracy is being stolen

With record low approval ratings for the Bush/Cheney regime and the albatross of an unpopular war hanging from the GOP's neck, do you think...

The War on Afghanistan Was Wrong, Too

By Jacob G. Hornberger While most Americans have turned against the Iraq War, many of them still think that the war on Afghanistan was morally...

Open Letter to the Government from an AWOL Soldier

By James Circello, Iraq Veterans Against The War To those Businessmen and women holding seats in Congress, To the Highest Court of America, To every Department within...

Claims of secret CIA jail for terror suspects on British island to be investigated

· Legal charity urges action on Diego Garcia claims · Prisoners may have been held in ships off coast Ian Cobain and Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian Diego...

Bush World War III rant shows he’s really lost it now

George W. Bush put his foot in his mouth again when he warned of the possibility of World War III breaking out. The irresponsible...

WAPO fear peddler sez itzashame to peddle fear while peddling it

Glenn Greenwald has written that pundit David Ignatius "vividly demonstrates the dishonesty and shallowness of our opinion-making elite." (Read it here.) At Salon, Greenwald has...

History will see us all as Bush’s “Good Germans”

Six years ago France's Le Monde titled "Nous sommes tous Américains ! - We are all Americans ! " Six days ago the German...

Russian Press Blasts Anglo-Saxon Terrorist Controllers

Webster Griffin Tarpley www.tarpley.net In the wake of the terrorist atrocity at a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, in the Russian Federation, Russian President Vladimir Putin...

VIDEO: The war on Iran is on

"This path was selected a long time ago" Today, George Bush invoked the ideaof World War III in connection with Iran... after the Russian leader...

Dad: Blackwater blew up son’s and wife’s ‘skulls’

Jomana Karadsheh Haythem could only recognize his oldest boy from his tall and slim physique as well as what was left of his shoes. His...

Cynthia McKinney’s Big Issue – 9/11 Truth

The following is a story which appeared in Big Issue No. 765, 8-15 October, 2007, pp. 6-9. John Bird, the publisher, was intent upon...

CCTV proves police lied: de Menezes behaved normally before being murdered

Aftermath News The murder scene. Jean Charles de Menezes ‘ body in a puddle of blood after police pumped seven slugs into him. The cops claimed...

Retired Lieutenant lambasted US political leaders as “incompetent” and “corrupt‏”

Former US commander labels Iraq 'nightmare with no end' A former top US military commander in Iraq says that the current White House strategy in...

Fingerprint doubt over Kelly ‘suicide’

Secret knife evidence points to murder, says MP By Stewart Whittingham And Graham Brough Newly released evidence adds to the theory that MoD scientist Dr David...

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008

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Jimmy Carter: U.S. Tortures Prisoners

AP The U.S. tortures prisoners in violation of international law, former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday, adding that President Bush makes up his own definition...

Reviewing James Petras’ “Rulers and Ruled in the US Empire”

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News James Petras is Binghamton University, New York Professor Emeritus of Sociology whose credentials and achievements are long and impressive. He's...

Stop the Depleted Uranium Poisoning of America

By Cathy Garger DU is being blasted, burned, fired, and spewed all over our indigenous peoples, suburbanites, and city dwellers alike. It is being dispersed...

Countdown: Wounded vet calls Limbaugh’s comparison of him to suicide bomber ‘repugnant’

Keith Olbermann reported on Wednesday's Countdown that Rush Limbaugh has responded to criticism of his remark describing anti-war veterans as "phony soldiers" by comparing...

Thanks to his dad, George W. Bush was saved from the horrors of Vietnam

 It is documented that the current U.S. president was partying in Alabama while 58,000 of his contemporaries were dying in that country - This...

Ultimate Video WMD Lies From Bush

Ultimate Video WMD Lies From Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and Powell to Sell Attacking Iraq …is Iran Next? Thanks to Jim Gregorich for submitting this...

An Open Letter to the US Marine Corps about 9/11

Major General Smedley Butler, among the most celebrated of all Marines, wrote WAR IS A RACKET, complaining about the abuse of the military for...

“Capitalism and Freedom” Unmasked

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News An era ended November 16, 2006 when economist Milton Friedman died. A torrent of eulogies followed. The Wall Street Journal...

WANTED – Who killed the anti-war movement?

By Gabriele Zamparini After the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington — and in spite of nationalist propaganda of unprecedented levels coming from the...

Britain ‘no longer closest Bush ally’

By Toby Harnden The White House no longer views Britain as its most loyal ally in Europe since Gordon Brown took office and is instead...

So, JUST HOW many security systems failed on 911? All of them!!‏

The following list is from Jim Marrs book Inside Job. - A wide variety of standard defense mechanisms designed to prevent such an attack systematically...

The Bush administration’s ties to Blackwater

Blamed in the deaths of Iraqi civilians, the private security firm has long ties to the White House and prominent Republicans, including Ken Starr. By...

Greenspan’s Dark Legacy Unmasked

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News After retiring as the Federal Reserve's second longest ever serving chairman, Alan Greenspan is now cashing in big late in...

RACE HATE: I hate all Iranians, US aide tells MPs

By SIMON WALTERS Britsh MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America's stance on Iran and Iraq were shocked to be told by one of President...

USA terror bombs civilian neighbourhood for several hours

The Americans bombarded a civilian apartment block at No: 139 60th street, Al Saha in Dora (South Baghdad) on Friday morning. They started at...

Bush steps up anti-Iran rhetoric

By Barney Porter It is being reported the US may have moved a step closer to military action against Iran, but there has also been...

Seven CIA Veterans Challenge 9/11 Commission Report

Official Account of 9/11 a “Joke” and a “Cover-up” September 23, 2007 — Seven CIA veterans have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and...

Iranian university dean invites Bush to address professors, students

TEHRAN, Iran: The dean of a northeastern Iranian university has invited U.S. President George W. Bush to address professors and students and answer their...

How to Foil a Terrorist Plot in Seven Simple Steps

Nora Ephron 1. In order to foil a terrorist plot, you must first find a terrorist plot. This is not easy. 2. Not just anyone can...

Leave my dad alone, says Jenna Bush

By Sarah Baxter ONE of the twin daughters of President George W Bush has spoken of the heartbreak she feels about the Iraq war and...

Get active or become radioactive‏

Here is a printable flyer for a DU conference to be held Tuesday and Wednesday of this week in New York. Link to full size...

On return, veterans face financial ruin

Physical, mental injuries prove costly for families and loved ones By Jeff Donn and Kimberly Hefling TEMECULA - He was one of America's first defenders on...

Iran’s parliament votes to call CIA, U.S. Army ‘terrorist’ groups

Report from Xinhua: Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Sunday that he supported the recent Majlis (parliament) statement to brand the U.S. army and the...

A Culture of Violence

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News What do you call a country that glorifies wars and violence in the name of peace. One that's been at...

Child health program blasted by Bush

By Catherine Dodge Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush...

The Bush-Aznar tapes: glimpse of a gangster preparing for war

By Bill Van Auken The transcript of February 2003 discussions between US President George W. Bush and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar published Wednesday...

Revealed: Saddam ‘ready to walk away for $1bn’

By Leonard Doylein A transcript of an eve-of-war conversation between President George Bush and former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has revealed a previously...

Do you know the truth about the EU?

http://drjn.co.uk/  1. The Queen has signed 6 of the 7 EU Treaties. 2. The 6 treaties define and build the EU as an unelected dictatorship. 3. The...

Charlie Rose Interview with the President of Iran

You can see the media conditioning at work. To Rose's credit, he doesn't froth at the mouth like a rapid dog (or Columbia University's president.)...

Revealed: script for Bush’s mangled words

By David Usborne There is nothing mysterious about George Bush when he comes to the annual General Assembly of the United Nations. He comes, he...

Hypocrite Bush hits out at tyrants and human rights abuse

Editors note: One word - Guantanamo George Bush yesterday launched a fierce attack on countries which he accused of human rights abuse. The president used a UN...

How easy is it to create false flag terrorism?

How much nuclear material would terrorists such as renegades within CIA or MI6 need to make a Nuclear Bomb to blame on Muslims to...

War Costing $720 Million Each Day, Group Says

 By Kari Lydersen CHICAGO, Sept. 21 -- The money spent on one day of the Iraq war could buy homes for almost 6,500 families or...

Blackwater denies making illegal weapons exports

By James Vicini and Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Private U.S. security contractor Blackwater USA denied on Saturday it was involved in illegally shipping automatic...

US captivated in the theater of war

By Ira Chernus A week has passed since President George W Bush announced that US troops will stay in Iraq in "a security engagement that...

Mr Bush, Mandela is still alive

Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an embarrassing gaffe by U.S. President George W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African...

Sanity in Tiny Nibbles

The abyss between "crime against humanity" and "we'll have to look into this" may be all but unfathomable -- deep as a mass grave...

Iran has plan to take out Israel should they attack Iran‏

Nazila Fathi A SENIOR Iranian military official has warned that Tehran has prepared a plan to attack Israel if Israel bombs Iran. "We have drawn up...

Syrian official: Damascus eager to respond to Israel flyover

Senior Ba'ath official tells Arab-Israeli reporter there is growing consensus among Syrian leadership for need to retaliate to reported Israeli violation of Syrian airspace...

Reviewing Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine”

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News Naomi Klein is an award-winning Canadian journalist, author, documentary filmmaker and activist. She writes a regular column for The Nation...

YET another Senior aide quits Bush team‏

By Andrew Ward and Eoin Callan in Washington President George W. Bush lost another senior member of his administration on Thursday when Mike Johanns resig­ned...

U.S. Spy Chief: 9/11 ‘Could Have Been Prevented’

Director of National Intelligence Says U.S. Didn't Connect Available Information By JASON RYAN and THERESA COOK (AP Photo) Six years after the deadliest attack on U.S. soil,...

America’s PSI Spies Penetrate the Kremlin: The Secret History of Remote Viewing

By Jim Marrs RINF Alternative News Behind the doors of the CIA and U.S. Army Intelligence, science and ESP come together like a movie in the...

Calls grow for Bush war crimes trial

U.S. President George W. Bush will definitely be tried at an international tribunal, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in...

Human rights groups accuse MoD of hypocrisy over cluster bombs

· Weapon reclassified to escape ban, say critics · Unexploded munitions are threat to civilians Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian Humanitarian organisations accuse the Ministry of Defence today of...

Bush’s ‘proxy war’ claim over Iran exposed

By Gareth Porter In his prepared statement to the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs and Armed Services committees last week, General David Petraeus claimed...

Pentagon has plans to bomb 2,000 targets in Iran

By Philip Sherwell in New York and Tim Shipman in Washington Senior American intelligence and defence officials believe that President George W Bush and his...

Bush Administration War Plans directed against Iran

Michel Chossudovsky  Quoting official sources, the Western media is now confirming, rather belatedly, that the Bush Administration's war plans directed against Iran are "for real"...

Hundreds held in US anti-war march

Nearly 200 protesters have been arrested during a march in Washington DC held to demand the return of troops from Iraq and the impeachment...

National Academy of Sciences Member Calls for New 9/11 Investigation

By Alan Miller     Official Explanation a “Fraud” World renowned scientist, Lynn Margulis, Ph.D., has severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and called for a new...

PUT BUSH ON TRIAL

By Jon Leyne The supreme leader of Iran has launched a scathing attack on United States President George W Bush. Speaking at Friday prayers, Ayatollah...

The Coincidence Theorist’s Guide to 9/11

There are no coincidences The Coincidence Theorist’s Guide to 9/11 -That governments have permitted terrorist acts against their own people, and have even themselves been perpetrators...

Guantanamo: “Ghost” Prisoners Speak At Last

The Guantánamo Transcripts: “Ghost” Prisoners Speak After Five And A Half Years, And “9/11 hijacker” Recants His Tortured Confession By ANDY WORTHINGTON In another resounding...

9/11 Truth Demo in Washington DC on 9/11

Press Release dc911truth.org Hello to all the leaders of the 9/11 Truth movement: This September, Come Together in Washington DC - Come for the Truth, Stay for...

US ‘delayed UK pull-out from Basra’

By Thomas Harding in Basra The split between the UK and the US over Iraq was further inflamed last night after a senior British officer...

Surveillance state? No, it’ll be worse than that

To deal with gross factual inaccuracies first: the government's plans for ID cards do not include any provision for medical records and will not...

Bin Laden’s FBI Poster Omits Any 9/11 Connection

Typically, when someone commits a crime and the government wants to prove the fact, an indictment is written up, evidence is presented and the...

Over 10,000 Protesters welcome Bush

By Arijit Ghosh and Gemma Daley  Australian police clad in riot gear faced 10,000 demonstrators in downtown Sydney protesting against a visit by U.S. President...

Is Bush High?

Even for someone as gaffe-prone as US President George W Bush, he was in rare form on Friday, confusing Apec with Opec and transforming...

Age of the cyber spy

By Adam Lusher and Tim Shipman At first the air force administrator just thought it was strange. ”Checking the computer systems, he found a file listing...

9/11 blame game goes on

By Charles V Pena CIA Director Michael Hayden’s release of an internal report on the agency’s performance prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks has...

Osama tape is fake – dead man walking

By Tom Heneghan It can now be reported that the latest alleged bin Laden tape is a fake. As we have reported many times, Osama...

“Bums for Bush” protesters won’t turn the other cheek

A game group of Australian anti-war protesters are planning a cheeky protest against a visit by US President George W. Bush -- baring their...

9/11 DVD Delayed to Protect the Clintons?

The writer of last year's TV miniseries "The Path to 9/11" says the release of the show's DVD is being delayed in order to...

Protests mark Bush arrival in Australia

AFP After a surprise visit to Iraq, US President George W. Bush arrived in Sydney late Tuesday for a regional summit with the city locked...

Middle East Madness

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News Administration rhetoric is heated and the dominant media keep trumpeting it. It signals war with Iran of the "shock and...

Why We Must Not Go to War with Iran

By Steve Beckow    Webster Tarpley, Paul Craig Roberts and others have warned that an attack on Iran by the American military is “imminent.” (1)  Ray McGovern...

Iranian leader accuses Bush of hate campaign

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The War Against Strawmen

by Harry Browne
by Harry Browne

The Bush Administration continues to maintain that its war in Iraq, and its adventures anywhere else, are aimed at ending worldwide terrorism.

But such a feat is not only impossible, it is absurd.

Terrorism is a crime, not a war. Terrorism is committed by gangs of criminals — not soldiers representing a sovereign government. And no one in his right mind can believe that our government can eliminate every criminal gang in the world.

If our government could do that, why wouldn’t it start with the drug gangs that terrorize areas of Washington, D.C.? What a perfect opportunity for the politicians to demonstrate their crime-fighting abilities.

On October 4, 2001, I wrote:

Because the September attacks were a crime, the government's job is to locate and bring to trial any perpetrators who didn't die in the attacks. If some of them are located in foreign countries, our government should request extradition — not threaten to bomb the foreign country if we don't get our way.

I was criticized by some people, who asked, "But what if all the ‘criminals’ aren’t caught"

And yet, here we are four years later, tens of thousands of people have died, and still not all the criminals have been caught regardless. Osama Bin Laden not only hasn’t been apprehended, he isn’t even talked about anymore. As I said in 2001:

If not all the criminals are found and brought to trial, it doesn't mean that bombing innocent people would have brought the criminals to justice.

So why do the politicians talk about a War on Terrorism that makes no sense?

Because it opens the door to all sorts of aggressions against foreigners and Americans.

And it allows the politicians — most notably the leading members of the Bush administration — to pose as noble warriors against enemies that are really only Strawmen.

Charley Reese, in a recent LewRockwell.com article, quoted Dick Cheney as claiming a U.S. pullout from Iraq would leave it in the hands of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Osama Bin Laden, and/or Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Charley points out that "Zarqawi is a Jordanian, not an Iraqi; he has been denounced by his tribe and his family; and he has killed more Iraqis than Americans. It is just a matter of time before some Iraqi drops a dime on him and he’s packed off to Islamic hell."

But he’s a worthy Strawman, a bogey man, whose name is worth a hundred million dollars or more in Congressional appropriations.

Charley goes on, "As for bin Laden and his Egyptian adviser, they are — assuming they’re still alive — hiding out in some cave or rat-infested village in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They could not control a small town, much less a country of 25 million people of which neither of them is a native."

As we all know, the U.S. government has since World War II been financing and arming various foreign dictators — such as Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega, the Shah of Iran, and others — only to denounce and attack them once they become wealthy and aggressive enough to be worthy Strawmen.

It’s also true that the U.S. government has financed and armed various opposition groups that supposedly represent the opportunity to topple the mean old dictators. Often these groups oppose each other, and engage in violence against one another. But no matter, the object of our government is to be doing something to fight a Strawman.

Robert Dreyfuss, in another excellent LewRockwell.com article, catalogs a number of the groups that opposed Saddam Hussein and are now battling for control of Iraq. There is far more than the Iraqi National Congress. The strongest groups are SCIRI (the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution), Al Dawa (The Islamic Call), SCIRI’s paramilitary arm, the Badr Brigade, the Muslim Brotherhood , represented by IIP (the Iraqi Islamic Party) — not to mention Al-Qaeda. The first three originated and are based in — guess where — Iran. In fact, SCIRI was founded in 1982 by Ayatollah Khomeini.

Today these groups are fighting each other as much as they’re fighting Iraqi insurgents, Americans, or Iraqi civilians. They regularly practice torture, assassinations, and other dastardly deeds upon one another. They are fighting to become the rulers of the new Iraq — the "democracy" that George Bush claims to be creating.

Is this what 2,000 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis have died for? Is this what $200 billion dollars has financed? Is this why we have given up so much of our freedom?

And whoever wins the battle to rule Iraq will eventually become Strawmen against whom the Bush administration can get on its horses and ride off to protect us.

There is no War on Terrorism. There is only a War on Strawmen, a War on Shadows, a War on Fantasies — allowing George Bush to do whatever he, or his advisors, choose to do.

It is time to quit pretending that the War in Iraq serves any purpose relating to world peace, democracy in the Middle East, the first line against terrorism, or any other salutary goal.

It is simply part of the War on Strawmen.

December 14 , 2005

Harry Browne [send him mail], the author of Why Government Doesn't Work and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

Copyright © 2005 Harry Browne

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The Deaths of Children

The recent death of my grandson, just days before he was to be born into this world, has reinforced a long-held personal sentiment on behalf of the inviolate nature of life itself. The death of our fourth daughter, some three decades ago, was an earlier, painful reminder that life – particularly of young children – is both resilient and fragile. The grief that all of us feel in the death of a loved one – even of one we had not yet come to know – is an expression of the very best of what it means to be a human being: it is not irrelevant to us that others have died; it is not a matter of indifference to be hidden in statistics. We cry because we love; because we can love.

For all the many reasons I hold political systems in utter contempt, this is by far the most dominant: the state is in a constant war with all of life. It always has been and it always will be, and no mouthing by politicians of empty bromides about "caring" will ever change this fundamental fact. Political systems war against the spontaneous and self-directed nature of all living systems, using violence as a weapon to force life to go in directions it does not choose. The state is the most fundamentally indecent of all human inventions, a fact that most of us prefer to keep from our conscious mind, which we obfuscate with lies and rationalizations; anesthetize with drugs or alcohol; or trivialize with entertainment-as-news.

The most contemptible expression of the state's war against life is found in its abuse, maiming, and slaughter of children. I have long opposed abortions, knowing that a "person" – with a unique DNA – comes into being at the moment of conception. (Although I once had a feminist try to convince me that one did not acquire DNA until after he or she was born, a mysterious process she was never able to explain to me!) As one who rejects the state in any form, I am likewise opposed to governments intervening to prevent a woman from having an abortion. "Does this mean," I am sometimes asked, "that in a free society people are at liberty to kill others?" Of course, I reply, but this is equally true in the most tyrannical of societies. To one who regards liberty and responsibility as inseparable, the question always comes down to this: how will you exercise your liberty so as not to inflict harm on others? Whether a society is to be peaceful or destructive will – as Carl Jung and others have expressed it – always be determined by the nature of the inner lives of those who comprise it.

While the war system has long plagued mankind with its organized insanities, it has been in recent centuries that destructive technologies have made all of humanity a target for attack. This is a fact that has still not sunk into the consciousness of most Americans, who do not understand the atrocities of 9/11 as the playing out of war games on a world – rather than regional – stage. Wars are supposed to be conducted "over there:" we even have popular war songs to remind us of this. But to those long victimized by American or British militarism in their lands, New York City and London have become the "over there" battlefields.

All of humanity has become the target of state warfare, and children are now part of a homogenized "enemy" force to be destroyed along with all other members of "them." Frankly, I have no problem with a bunch of lunatics choosing, voluntarily, to engage in mutual head-bashing rituals. If gladiators or knights-in-armor wish to contend with one another out of some twisted sense of "honor," let them do so, as long as there are no spillover effects – what economists refer to as "socializing costs" – and non-combatants are not bound by the outcomes. I would regard such foolishness with the same indifference I have to professional wrestling, pursuits that seem to attract the same nitwitted following of fans.

But I draw the line at dragging non-belligerents into this insane game, particularly when children are affected. If there is any activity that is more of an abomination to even the most meager sense of decency among humans, it is to be found in the systematic and unapologetic slaughter of children. If one chose to personify such a depraved disposition, one could find no more fitting paragon than former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who, when asked in 1996, if American economic sanctions against Iraq were worth the deaths of half a million Iraqi children, replied "we think the price is worth it." Her arrogance and contempt for the lives of the most innocent of human beings is reflected in the sneering lips through which she speaks.

This is what not only America, but other statist regimes, have come to represent. That there were no adverse political or criminal consequences to such actions – just as there are none attaching to President Bush's slaughter of Iraqi innocents – is an indictment of a society that has lost its very soul. The conservatives who answer that "other societies are just as bad" reveal their own moral bankruptcy, as do those who charge critics of governmental policy as "America-haters." I have a great love for this country, but not for the political system – or those in control of it – who seem intent on flushing the country into the same moral swamp that destroyed earlier civilizations.

When societies organize themselves into war systems – which is the nature of all political entities – and purposefully destroy each other's children – be they soldiers or non-combatants contemptuously dismissed as "collateral damage" – they are placing themselves in a state of war with the very future of mankind. The casualties of such a war are not to be measured just in the calculus of young persons destroyed in the process, but in the general diminution of respect for life itself; for the sense of truth and reality upon which life depends; and for the value that is fundamental to any vibrant and decent social system, namely, that neither the dignity nor the will of harmless people shall be violated.

We may not always be able to protect our children and grandchildren from biological forces we do not understand, but we can – and ought to – protect them from the dangers of our thinking, and from the destructive systems that our thinking creates. Right now, there is a tug-of-war taking place for the soul of Americans. We can personify this struggle as one between two mothers, although all of us are contestants. One mother is Cindy Sheehan, who continues to ask President Bush the question he regards it as irrelevant for any American to even ask: "what was the noble cause for which my son died?" The other is Bush's own mother, Barbara, who declared: "Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"

It is easy to understand the different perspectives of these two women. Cindy's son died because of the cascade of lies, forged documents, and other deceptions employed by Mrs. Bush's son to send Casey Sheehan to Iraq. Unlike Cindy, Mrs. Bush never had to "waste" her "beautiful mind" waiting for the knock on the door that informed her of her son's death. During the Vietnam War, Mrs. Bush's son enjoyed the immunity from personal harm that attaches to members of the politically privileged classes: he safely manned a bullet-proof desk at air national guard facilities in Texas and Alabama. This is what is at the heart of our difficulties. As long as it is other people's children who are dying, many of us have a calloused indifference to the suffering.

Which mother's question is central to the future, not just of this country, but to mankind itself? If Barbara Bush – like Madeleine Albright – regards the systematic, politically-driven slaying of children as "not relevant" to her "beautiful mind," what prognosis are we to make for humanity? And does the answer to that question matter to you?

All Hail Google

Target: Google


by William Anderson

[Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2005] [To receive the Daily Article in your inbox, go to email services, and tell others too!]
It was only a decade ago that the Clinton Administration had decided that Microsoft was an Enemy of the People and tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to litigate the company into oblivion. While the principals in that set of lawsuits have gone on to other things, the "anti-monopoly" propaganda machines are turning their sights elsewhere. It seems that Google, the powerful and innovative Internet search engine, now enjoys the title of "Most Hated Company."

Now, if this were an article criticizing the 6.7 million "Hate Google" links that have sprung up (yes, you can use Google to find anti-Google sites ), it would be quite short. Those people who don't like Google can use Alta Vista, Yahoo, or some other search engine, and that should be the end of it. And if they wish to spend a good part of their day blasting Google on blogs or in emails, that is their business.

Google is no longer just a search engine of course. It offers premium email, instant messageing with voice, online books and media, maps and directions, web-use analytics, advertising programs, among a hundred other fast-changing, super-innovative ideas. For years now, it has been on the cutting edge, and the company shows no sign of slowing down. The competition seems constantly on the defensive. Many people believe that if the Windows OS is ever taken down a peg or two, it will be because of some Google innovation.

Its success is driven entirely by the consumer's evaluation of its quality. Google innovates but it is the market that renders the verdict.

When it comes to the law, however, I fear that we are not at the end, but rather the beginning, and the people at Google should be worried. If Microsoft's error was not being politically astute when the Clinton Administration took aim at the software company, then perhaps Google's big "mistake" is being aligned closely with the political party that happens to be out of power.

According to CNN, 98 percent of political contributions from Google employees went to candidates who were Democrats, and Google's search policies are decidedly left-wing. (For example, Google refused to run an advertisement for Candice E. Jackson's book Their Lives, which is critical of Bill Clinton's behavior toward women.)

In the libertarian view of things, Google has (and should have) the right to run those things they wish to run and extend its right of refusal to whatever it chooses. The politics of Google, its CEO, and its employees are irrelevant in the larger scheme of things and are private matters. However, politicians are not the sort of people to permit individuals to live and work as their conscience dictates, and I would not be surprised if the Bush Administration decides to use antitrust law (a term that in my view is an oxymoron) to punish the company.

Granted, the suit would have no legal or economic merit (although one can say that about any antitrust case), but searching 90-year-old grandmothers in wheelchairs who are trying to board planes has no merit, either, yet the government does it.

The vindictiveness against Google stems from the fact that people choose to use that particular search engine more than they do other searchers. Other people don't like the way that Google ranks websites, which means that a site that someone may think is the Most Important Website in the World is buried deep among the many other sites on the same subject.

But the biggest current complaint against Google is that it is just "too big." We hear things like "Google controls 80 percent of the market" for search engines, yet that statement is nonsense. Google does not "control" anything on the Internet. People have to choose to avail themselves of Google's services. No one is forced to use the Internet at all and, thus, can avoid Google altogether if that is their choice.

These things should be obvious to anyone, yet antitrust law is not based upon what is obvious. In fact, antitrust law does not even constitute good law, since the violations of the law, such as "restraint of trade" or "monopolizing a market" are not readily defined. "Recognizing" a "monopoly" depends upon how one chooses to delineate the term.[1] That fact alone should make one recognize the political nature of antitrust "enforcement."

The vagueness of antitrust law makes it easy for government to heap abuse upon those firms that are out of favor at any given time, as no real legal proof is needed for the courts to act against the alleged "monopolist." All that is needed is an allegation and a friendly judge, and prosecutors and the news media will perform the rest of the job.

As Dominick Armentano, one of the world's best experts on the subject of antitrust, writes:

There is much historical evidence (especially at the state level) to suggest that the laws were intended by business and agricultural interests to restrict and restrain efficient competition, much like tariffs and quotas still do in international trade.

But regardless of original intent, any objective study of antitrust cases would reveal that the laws have never been used to protect consumers from monopoly power. On the contrary, they have been used by government and private plaintiffs (90% of all antitrust cases are private) to attack and destroy successful companies while protecting their inefficient competitors.

He continues:

It's no accident that in all of the classic antitrust cases in business history, the indicted firms were expanding output, innovating rapidly, and lowering their prices. Antitrust has never been consumer friendly and the antitrust establishment's protestations to the contrary simply won't wash with the facts.

Thus, if antitrust cases brought on by the government are overtly political, then it would seem that Google could have problems. First, as I already have pointed out, Republicans — who hold both the White House and a majority of both houses in Congress — are not particularly fond of Google.

Second, despite the millions of dollars that the company's leaders and employees have raised for the Democrats, it is doubtful that many Democrats would be willing to stand up for a firm that is accused of being a "monopolist." After all, Bill Gates is rumored to be a Democrat and Microsoft is located in the Seattle area, which is a Democratic stronghold. Even though that was the case, no Democrat having real political influence was willing to speak out against the Clinton Administration's jihad against Microsoft and Gates.

Further evidence of Democratic cowardice in protecting business figures accused of wrongdoing was the lack of support by politicians for Martha Stewart. While Stewart has been a stalwart contributor to the Democrats, no one from that party stood up for her when the Bush Department of Justice tried and convicted her in federal court on very flimsy charges. (Hillary Clinton even sent back a $1,000 contribution that Stewart had sent her during her 2000 U.S. Senate campaign.)

On the Republican side, no one with influence has stood up for Kenneth Lay, who was indicted last year on charges of "securities fraud," despite the lack of real criminal evidence. Republicans might have sought Enron money when it was a hot company, but it seems that everyone headed for the exits when the firm financially unraveled.

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Yet, while Lay and Enron might be considered politically radioactive, one must remember that it was politics, not law that drove the indictments and prosecution of Lay and others with Enron. That is why I am concerned about Google. Should the government decide to go after Google for antitrust "violations," it will do so for purely political reasons.

At the same time, however, Google will find that any political capital it has tried to establish with the Democrats will come to naught, as no self-respecting Democrat is going to stand up for a "monopoly." (Remember that Enron also made large contributions to the Democratic Party during the years of the Clinton Administration, but when the company fell from grace, it suddenly was described as a "Republican" firm.)

Such is the world of antitrust law. Because the law can be applied only on a political basis, all government prosecutions of firms accused of violating antitrust statutes are political by definition. While I hope this is not the case, I do know that there exists almost no political downside for an administration that pursues civil and criminal cases against firms and business owners. Although the Bush Administration is unpopular with large segments of the population (mostly for the failure of war in Iraq), any action it takes against Google will win praise from all sides — and the Bushies could use some political popularity at the current time.


William Anderson, an adjunct scholar of the Mises Institute, teaches economics at Frostburg State University. Send him MAIL. See his Mises.org Articles Archive. Comment on the blog.

[1] Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, in writing an opinion about an obscenity case, said that while he could not define obscenity, he would know it when he saw it. Things like "restraint of trade" and "monopolizing markets" are even more vague than obscenity in Potterland.


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