Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Home Search

Democrats - search results

If you're not happy with the results, please do another search

Council uses anti-terror powers to spy on residents

By Thais Portilho-Shrimpton | Anti-terror powers are being invoked by Epsom council to spy on its residents over minor breaches of the law, it...

FDA Scientists Accuse Agency of Corruption, Intimidation

A group of nine FDA scientists has sent letters to top politicians, accusing agency managers of intimidating and coercing scientists into changing or suppressing...

More than 1,000 UK police have criminal records

More than 1,000 serving police officers in Britain have criminal records, figures obtained under freedom of information laws showed on Wednesday. Convictions of the 1,063...

George Bush could be next on the war crimes list

THE HAGUE — George W. Bush could one day be the International Criminal Court's next target. David Crane, an international law professor at Syracuse University,...

A Short History of US Government Handouts

By Stephen Lendman Global economies are withering while Washington conceives "Financial Recovery Plan(s) from Hell," according to economist Michael Hudson in his latest February 11...

Congress on bended knee before Wall Street executives

By Jerry White  Chief executive officers from the eight largest banks in the US, which have collectively received $125 billion in bailout money, appeared before...

Reading councillors do not support ID cards

Reading borough councillors could not be less enthusiastic about the Government’s proposed ID card scheme if they tried. They agreed on Tuesday last week that...

CND conference attacks missile defence

By ADRIAN ROBERTS ANTI-WAR activists gathered in London on Saturday to condemn US plans for a missile defence system in Europe. At a CND conference named...

Criminalizing Policy Differences

By David Swanson President Obama wants to avoid criminalizing policy differences and avoid partisan witch hunts. This is taken to mean that Holder will not...

Investigate US torture and prosecute those responsible

Considerable efforts are being made in various quarters to cover up the record of US torture and prevent the prosecution of military and Central...

Britain ordered to release Iraq war cabinet minutes

LONDON - Records of British cabinet discussions over the legality of invading Iraq, held in the buildup to war in 2003, must be released...

Impeachment investigation ahead for Bush and Cheney?

by Martha R Gore | Examiner.com It came as no surprise that House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers began talking about impeachement hearing against President...

Federal Court Upholds Wiretap Law

By CBS, HT truthout Warrantless eavesdropping on international communication within bounds of the law, appeals court rules. Washington - A U.S. Foreign Intelligence court released a...

Both Parties Cheerlead Still More Loudly for Israel’s “War”

By Glenn Greenwald | World concern over, and opposition to, the Israeli war in Gaza is rapidly mounting: International pressure intensified sharply on Israel on Thursday, the...

Should the Torturers Go on Trial?

By William Pfaff | The impending end of the Bush administration and the inauguration of Barack Obama, expected to repudiate the illegalities and human-rights abuses...

Hunger mounts in the US

By Tom Eley     As the economic crisis deepens, its human toll is becoming more evident. A new survey of food charities in the United...

Rumsfeld blamed in detainee abuse scandals

A bipartisan Senate report calls decisions made by the former Defense secretary a 'direct cause' of inhumane treatment of prisoners of war. Other Bush...

Britons think UK is turning into police state

By Ian Dunt | Britain is turning into a police state, according to politics.co.uk users in a new poll. The results come as concerns raised...

Congress Busts the UAW

By Phil Mattera The United Automobile Workers has been effectively decertified as the collective bargaining representative of workers at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. And...

Exposing Corporate-financed Holocaust in Africa

By Keith Harmon Snow War in Congo has again been splashed across world headlines and the same old clichés about violence and suffering are repackaged...

Legal Scholars Outraged by Talk of Blanket Pardons

By Daphne Eviatar In his Nov. 16 interview on CBS’s “60 minutes,” President-elect Barack Obama reiterated his pledge to shut down Guantanamo Bay and end...

Nearly half of all criminals escape the DNA database say Lib Dems

Ahead of today's European Court of Human Rights ruling on whether two innocent men should be removed from the DNA database, the Liberal Democrats...

Police turn on anti-government Facebookers

By Zoran Radosavljevic | Croatian police have detained and questioned web activists who are criticizing or ridiculing the government, media and the opposition say,...

Thai court dismisses the government

By Peter Symonds | In a highly political decision, Thailand's Constitutional Court effectively sacked the government yesterday by dissolving the ruling People Power Party...

The Legal Advice to Wage War on Iraq was not just “sexed-up”, it was...

By C Stephen Frost | Mary Bedworth, Christopher Burns-Cox, Lou Coatney and David Halpin co-signed this article, which appeared as a commentary in The Guardian following...

Noam Chomsky on the election

There was meeting on November 7, I think of a group of couple, of a dozen advisers to deal with the financial crisis. Their...

A catalogue of NHS data breaches

By Leo King | The NHS has lost confidential medical records and personal details of thousands of patients it has emerged in an investigation...

Obama, Bush & The War Crimes

By Ari Melber | Many Washington Republicans and Democrats agree on one maxim for President-elect Barack Obama: This is no time to look back at...

Block Bush’s Pardons

The Nation -- Our friends at Democrats.com have launched a campaign in support of Rep. Jerry Nadler's H.Res. 1531. The New York City Congressman...

The GOP Judge Who Bolted on Gitmo

By Robert Parry | consortiumnews.com To understand how thin the evidence must have been against five Algerians held at Guantanamo Bay for nearly seven years...

The Third Clinton Administration

By RALPH NADER | While the liberal intelligentsia was swooning over Barack Obama during his presidential campaign, I counseled “prepare to be disappointed.” His record as...

Fury at Labour MPs ‘Orwellian’ tactics over DNA database vote

Liverpool Daily Post | LABOUR MPs were accused of “Orwellian” tactics last night after voting to make it all-but impossible for innocent people to...

Public rejects high-street enrolment for ID cards

Less than 30 percent of the UK public wants to enrol for ID cards at private-sector retailers, despite the home secretary's promotion of such...

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...

‘War in Iraq is over’ — US ‘media’

The wars in Iraq and Afganistan are now over and President George W. Bush has been indicted on treason charges, according to the New...

John Pilger: What “Change” In America Really Means

By John Pilger | My first visit to Texas was in 1968, on the fifth anniversary of the assassination of president John F Kennedy in...

Illegal tax scheme gives $140 billion to biggest US banks

By Bill Van Auken |   An extra-legal measure quietly enacted by the Treasury Department in the shadow of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout package...

Space-Based Domestic Spying: Kicking Civil Liberties to the Curb

By Tom Burghardt | Last month, I reported that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) space-based domestic spy program run by that agency’s National Applications...

The age of George Bush is over

By Stephen Lendman | On November 4, the world exhaled. The age of George Bush ended, and a new one under Barak Obama began....

Obama planning US trials for Guantanamo detainees

President-elect Barack Obama's advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to...

Lendman: The Wages of Sin

By Stephen Lendman - RINF | “Reaping the whirlwind” for money manager and market strategist Jeremy Grantham in his latest no-nonsense commentary. Worlds different...

David Rovics: Some Thoughts On Obama

By David Rovics | Friends around the world keep asking me questions. Are you excited? What do you think of Obama? Others are simply...

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...

The End is at Hand (to Leftist Conspiracy Theories)

By Dave Lindorff With the polls continuing to show Barack Obama holding a steady or even growing lead heading into Election Day, especially in the...

Elephants, Donkeys And Party X

By ZingPao | If we truly live in a land of Freedom & Opportunity, then we should be able to vote for any political party...

VIDEO: Centuries of British freedoms being ‘broken’ by security state

Centuries of British civil liberties risk being broken by the relentless pressure from the ‘security state’, the country’s top prosecutor has warned. By Christopher Hope Outgoing...

The Morning After the Elections

WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO NOW? This is a message to those who got behind Barack Obama because they have been horrified and furious with...

THE REPUBLICAN FRAUD OVER VOTER FRAUD

Progressive Review - Although the poddle press continuous to play into the hands of the GOP on the issue, it is clear that fraud...

System Failure and the Need for Revolution

by Raymond Lotta | The most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression shows no sign of letting up. The financial edifice of U.S. imperialism...

Chomsky: Anti-Democratic Nature of US Capitalism is Being Exposed

By Noam Chomsky THE SIMULTANEOUS unfolding of the US presidential campaign and unraveling of the financial markets presents one of those occasions where the political...

The establishment that destroyed America’s first republic

By Sam Smith | Of George Bush's many sins, one has remained unnoted. He and his aides are so absurdly inept at most of...

Domestic Satellite Surveillance Program Moves Ahead Despite Lack of privacy Safeguards

By Phil Leggiereon | Department of Homeland Security's National Applications Office domestic satellite imagery surveillance program moves ahead despite documented lack of privacy safeguards...

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...

Racism and the Race

By Matthew Rothschild | The race boils down to racism. All things being equal, Barack Obama would win the presidency hands down. Unemployment is at...

Winter Soldier: Eye Witness Accounts of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

By John Stauber | Two years ago public revulsion against the Bush Administration's unnecessary and disastrous attack and occupation of Iraq resulted in the...

Remembering Edward Said Five Years On

By Stephen Lendman - RINF | Born in West Jerusalem in 1935. Exiled in December 1947. Said was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in...

Treasury Seeks Authority to Buy $700 Billion Assets

By Alison Fitzgerald and John Brinsley | The Bush administration asked Congress for unchecked power to buy $700 billion in bad mortgage investments from...

DNA database details of children ‘should be deleted’

By Mark Hookham | Lancashire Police should delete the DNA records of around 4,000 youngsters held on a computer database, the Liberal Democrats have...

What illegal “things” was the government doing in 2001-2004?

Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com | For the second consecutive day, The Washington Post has published an excerpt from reporter Barton Gellman's new book on the Cheney...

The Wall Street crisis and the failure of American capitalism

By Barry Grey | The end of Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, two of the largest Wall Street investment banks, one week after the...

What You Can Do to Put Bush and Cheney Behind Bars

By David Swanson | Remarks on September 14, 2008, at Justice Robert Jackson Conference on Planning for the Prosecution of High Level American War...

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...

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...

The Right Dictates MSNBC’s Programming Decisions

By Glenn Greenwald - Salon | MSNBC's announcement that it is replacing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews with David Gregory as anchors for its main...

The deconstruction of a Bush speech-writer

By Dr. Steve Best, Ph.D. | In 2002, arch-conservative Matthew Scully wrote a book called, Dominion: The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals, and...

Lib Dems would scrap ID Cards to fund radical police reforms

The Liberal Democrats yesterday accused both Labour and the Conservatives of ducking the hard decisions on police reform in favour of a sentencing arms...

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...

‘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...

Holding murderers accountable

By William John Cox | Although Americans have access to the greatest selection of information sources in the world, including books, newspapers, magazines, radio,...

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...

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...

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...

US out of Iraq by … “2011”

By PATRICK COCKBURN | The United States is moving towards ending its military control of Iraq by agreeing to withdraw combat troops from Iraqi...

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...

Reinventing the Evil Empire

By Stephen Lendman - RINF | For the West, everything changed but stayed the same, hard-wired and in place. Things just lay dormant in...

Dem Convention Begins: Time To Suspend Disbelief

By Ruth Conniff | If the all-too-familiar sight of a slightly paunchy Joe Biden jogging to the podium, his white comb-over waving gently in...

Pentagon can’t find $2.3 trillion, wasting trillions on ‘national defense’

Yes, America's economy is a war economy. Not a "manufacturing" economy. Not an "agricultural" economy. Nor a "service" economy. Not even a "consumer" economy....

Anti-Union Groups Run Orwellian Ads

PR Watch | The Center for Union Facts, one of lobbyist Rick Berman's front groups, is railing against the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation...

The US Missile Defence System

The Guardian | It's a novel way to take your own life. Just as Russia demonstrates what happens to former minions that annoy it, Poland...

Victims of the Drug War Are Forced to Resort to Bizarre Legal Defenses

By Kevin Carey | On November 16, 2005, Willie "Bo" Mitchell and three co-defendants -- Shelton "Little Rock" Harris, Shelly "Wayne" Martin, and Shawn Earl...

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...

The Cover-up of the Impeachment Coverage

By Chris Stevenson | A 7/31/08 report by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) shows even the most token coverage of the impeachment hearings...

Next president should order investigation of Bush-Cheney use of torture

By Rosa Brooks, Los Angeles Times | Even war criminals have fan clubs. On Tuesday, 15,000 people in Belgrade, Serbia, protested the transfer of indicted...

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...

GUIDE TO SOME OF BUSH REGIME CRIMES

Coercive interrogation Can any Bush officials be prosecuted for the policies that paved the way for secret imprisonment, rendition to other countries that torture, or...

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...

Eulogy For The “Ownership Society”

By Mike Whitney | The Fed's emergency rescue plan for the financial markets is hopelessly flawed. It's a scattershot approach that doesn't address the...

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...

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...

Revealed: how the restaurant chains pocket your tips

Investigation by Martin Hickman, Simon Usborne and Andrew Grice | Britain's restaurants are creaming off millions of pounds of customers' tips to boost their profits,...

Cotati CA Council Votes to Impeach Bush, Cheney

Press Democrat | The Cotati City Council is the third in Sonoma County to weigh in on impeachment for President George W. Bush and Vice...

Chomsky: Bush & Cheney Always Saw Iraq as a Sweetheart Oil Deal

By Noam Chomsky | U.S. war planners want an obedient client state that will house major U.S. military bases, right at the heart of...

They’re not going to lock up Rove, Former Bush aide insists

By David Edwards and Muriel Kane | Rep. Sanchez: Rove should be "held accountable for his complete disregard of the law". Karl Rove refused this...

Whistleblower Says Pentagon Putting KBR Above Soldiers

By DAVID IVANOVICH | The Pentagon's oversight of Houston-based KBR's work in Iraq and Afghanistan has been "irregular and highly out of the ordinary,"...

Spin Doctor Behind Davis’ Campaign Promotes ID Cards

By Andy Rowell and Michael Gillard | A spin doctor behind David Davis and his much-vaunted “freedom” campaign against creeping state surveillance is an...

The coverup of surveillance crimes and Barack Obama

What we learned in December, 2005 that George Bush and the telecoms were doing -- listening in on the private conversations of American citizens...

It’s the Oil, stupid!

By Noam Chomsky | The deal just taking shape between Iraq's Oil Ministry and four Western oil companies raises critical questions about the nature...

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...

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...

Files show US military planned nerve gas testing in Australia

There are revelations the United States military was planning to test deadly nerve gas in north eastern Australia in far north Queensland rainforest in...

US advisers steered Iraqi oil contracts to Western firms

By Bill Van Auken | As the Iraqi regime formally opened the bidding for foreign oil companies to resume exploitation of the country’s oil...

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...

Is Britain moving to the right?

Socialist Review | It’s hard to remember that only nine months ago 1 May was projected as a likely general election day. Then, the theory...

The ‘W.’ Stands for ‘War Criminal’

By Nat Hentoff | In a June 6 letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey–largely ignored by a press immersed in the future of Hillary...

Senate Passes Broad War Funding Measure

By Paul Kane | In a 92 to 6 vote, the Senate yesterday approved unrestricted funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that...

Exposed: the arms lobbyist in Parliament

By James Macintyre | A senior arms lobbyist is gaining access to ministers, MPs and peers inside Parliament using a research assistant pass allotted...

Five Myths About the New Wiretapping Law

By Patrick Radden Keefe | Sometime today, the Senate is likely to approve the most comprehensive overhaul of American surveillance law since the Watergate...

Are the telecoms paying to get amnesty for illegal acts?

the folks at maplight.org look at what lobbyists get for what contributions in Congress: On March 14 of this year the House passed an amendment...

Congress wrestles over spying bill

By Gail Russell Chaddock | Washington - Congress is on the verge of ending a year-long struggle with the White House over a contentious intelligence...

Lib Dems criticise gov’t over latest data losses

By Tom Espiner | The Liberal Democrats have taken the government to task following this week's round of high-profile official data losses, suggesting the breaches show...

Dems to OK Bush War Funds Without Conditions

By ANDREW TAYLOR | Democratic and GOP leaders in the House announced agreement Wednesday on a long-overdue war funding bill they said President Bush...

General Accuses White House of War Crimes

By Dan Froomkin | The two-star general who led an Army investigation into the horrific detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib has accused the Bush administration...

It’s Conyers’s Time to Act on Impeachment

Dennis Kucinich is saying exactly what you were saying before you became chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Now you have the power. Use...

Democracy in the EU Institutions

Blair Watch | There is much debate over the Irish rejection of the Lisbon treaty, but what I'm finding interesting is how a democratic...

Renditions Victim to Sue German Government

Spiegel | A German-Lebanese victim of the CIA's extraordinary renditions program plans to sue the government in Berlin to force it to issue extradition...

US Congressman Moves to Impeach Bush

Belfast Telegraph | Former Democratic presidential contender, Dennis Kucinich, has called for the impeachment of George W Bush claiming that the president set out to...

Potential Future Hyperinflation

By Stephen Lendman - RINF | Walter "John" Williams thinks out of the box. He makes disquieting reading, but you won't find him in...

Clinton Suspends Her Presidential Campaign

By Paul Harris | Hillary Clinton yesterday suspended her bid to become America's first woman president and vowed to help Barack Obama in his...

Senate report on Bush war lies: Another cover-up of war crimes

By Barry Grey | The Senate Intelligence Committee report issued Thursday on the Bush administration’s use of phony intelligence in the run-up to the...

Adviser Says McCain Backs Bush Wiretaps

By CHARLIE SAVAGE | A top adviser to Senator John McCain says Mr. McCain believes that President Bush’s program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful,...

Indicators Point to a Softening of America’s Marijuana Laws

By Alexander Zaitchik | With key medical marijuana ballot initiatives likely to pass, and a more pot-friendly majority in Congress, there is room for...

The desperation of Hillary Clinton’s campaign

By Clarence Lusane | Sen. Hillary Clinton has disgracefully pursued a disturbing strategy of racial opportunism. Since early March, when Sen. Barack Obama racked...

Howard accused of war crimes

ABC News | A legal brief has been sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) alleging former prime minister John Howard committed a war...

White House fed war propaganda to a “complicit” media

By Bill Van Auken | In a stunning blow to what very little remains of the Bush administration’s political credibility, the president’s former press...

TV News Stresses Strategy, Downplays Issues

TV news coverage of the presidential primaries has focused on campaign strategy rather than candidates' stands on issues, and gave some candidates 100 times...

FBI files indict Bush, Cheney and Co. as war criminals

By Bill Van Auken | The most stunning revelation in a 370-page Justice US Department Inspector General’s report released this week was that agents...

‘Challenging Authority’

By Stephen Lendman - RINF | Frances Fox Piven is a Canadian-born Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center, City University...

McCain: Most Troops Will Be Home by 2013

Senator John McCain declared on Thursday that most American troops will be home from Iraq by 2013 and that Iraq will be a functioning...

Ex-officials: Bush admin ignored Iraq corruption

AP | The Bush administration repeatedly ignored corruption at the highest levels within the Iraqi government and kept secret potentially embarrassing information so as...

Blackwater back to Iraq

Outrage over the killings prompted the Iraqi government to demand Blackwater's ouster from the country. But after an intense public and private lobbying campaign,...

Ex-MI5 chief warns over detention

BBC News | MPs should work together to agree a detention limit for terror suspects and ensure the matter is not a political football,...

Nuns are turned away from Indiana polls

By Scott Martelle - Los Angeles Times | A dozen nuns and an unknown number of students were turned away from polls Tuesday in the...

Labour facing its worst losses in a generation

By Andrew Porter and James Kirkup | Gordon Brown is set for punishing losses in his first electoral test as Prime Minister after the...

Five Years Since Mission Accomplished

It has been five years since the President declared victory in the battle for Iraq. Since that day, more than 3,900 American troops have...

151 Congressmen Profit From War

Who profits from the Iraq war? More than a quarter of senators and congressmen have invested at least $196 million of their own money...

Labour revolt over ID cards

By Tom Shepherd | Campaigners fighting the Government's plans for ID cards are claiming a victory after four Labour candidates seeking election to Oxford City...

Obama’s Break With Ex-Pastor Sets Sharp Shift in Tone

NY Times | Senator Barack Obama broke forcefully on Tuesday with his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., in an effort to...

Corporate America

By Chris Hedges | The corporate state is our shadow government. Candidates who aspire to higher office get corporate money if they promote corporate interests....

Brown wants tougher policy on cannabis

By Alan Travis | Gordon Brown's decision to overturn the advice of his own group of drug experts by pressing ahead with a tougher policy...

Emails suggest cover-up of Vets suicide rate

By Naomi Spencer | Internal emails from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) turned over to a federal district court in San Francisco this week...

Bush’s disapproval worst of any president in 70 years

By Susan Page | President Bush has set a record he'd presumably prefer to avoid: the highest disapproval rating of any president in the 70-year history...

Watchdog ruling – Iraq dossier was sexed up

By Chris Ames | The government is attacked as "dodgy" after a ruling that criticises the way in which author of the September 2002 Iraq...

More than 100 MPs employ family members on expenses

By Ben Russell and Nigel Morris | More than a hundred MPs — including two cabinet ministers — employ family members as taxpayer-funded assistants, the...

Coming Soon – The Summer of Strikes

By Christine Buckley and Francis Elliott | Britain faces a wave of industrial unrest this summer as unions, emboldened by Gordon Brown’s climbdown after...

FBI: We Warned About Torture of Detainees

AP | FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday recalled warning the Justice Department and the Pentagon that some U.S. interrogation methods used against terrorists might...

White House Influence Is Cited in Corruption Trial

By Eric Lipton | A prominent Illinois Republican Party leader may have tried to use his friendship with the former White House political aide Karl...

The Reality of the War on Drugs

Drug War Chronicle | With the Democratic Party presidential contenders offering little more than tepid reforms on the margin of drug policy and the...

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...

Clinton on Iran Attack: ‘Obliterate Them’

By Jake Tapper | One day before Pennsylvania primary voters go to the polls, Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., spent the day trying to...

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...

What if 5.3 Million More Americans Could Vote?

By Erika Wood | Millions of people in the U.S. can't vote because of felony convictions. Restoring their right to vote means restoring democracy. This is...

Home Secretary accused of breaching election rules

By David Barrett, PA The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was accused of breaching election rules today by making a major anti-terrorism announcement during the run-up...

Torturers in the White House

By Ruth Conniff The biggest news of the last week went virtually uncovered by the mainstream, print media. ABC News first reported last Wednesday that...

ID card consultants cost us £150m

JAMES SLACK Spending on consultants by the Home Office has rocketed by 2,000 per cent under Labour to almost £150m a year. The total amount lavished...

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...

‘Iraq quagmire real threat to US’

The US is not capable of protecting itself from the threats to its security as far as it is entangled in Iraq, Democratic lawmakers...

Clinton pledges: I’ll end war in Iraq

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama yesterday, left Washington for the key state of Pennsylvania and promised to fix America's stumbling economy, which both Democrats...

New Domestic Satellite Surveillance System

Plans for the Department of Homeland Security to launch a new satellite surveillance system is coming under new criticism on Capitol Hill. Last week,...

5,000 children a month added to DNA database

Christopher Hope One in four people being added to the DNA database is a child, it emerged yesterday. The figure provides further evidence that the Government's...

Brown hits new low as voters desert Labour

Peter Riddell Gordon Brown’s leadership rating has fallen to its lowest ever level as a third of voters regard him as worse than Tony...

More Sharp Words Traded Over Lapsed Wiretap Law

By ERIC LICHTBLAU WASHINGTON – A new round of political sparring erupted Friday over the government’s wiretapping powers, as the Bush administration asserted that the...

Obama and Hillary Spin a ‘Big Lie’ About Iraq

The two Dems lie every time they discuss Iraq on the campaign trail, but the media refuse to call them on it. By Joshua Holland The...

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

I'll admit it: I used to admire John McCain. To paraphrase the UFO poster from "The X Files," I wanted to believe. Specifically, I wanted to...

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...

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...

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...

Watchdog’s threat to 42-day terror law

Alan Travis | The Guardian The government's own human rights watchdog threatened last night to launch a legal challenge to Labour's plan to introduce a law...

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,...

Claim soldiers do not want Iraq inquiry rejected

Gordon Brown's claim that an inquiry into the war in Iraq would be a "distraction" for Britain's troops on the ground has been repudiated...

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...

‘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...

How Corporations Took Over The Supreme Court

The headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, located across from Lafayette Park in Washington, is a limestone structure that looks almost as majestic...

Bush Defends Iraq War in Speech

President Bush used the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq on Wednesday to make the case for persevering in a...

The Iraq War as a War Crime

The Iraq War — now ending its fifth bloody year — represents not only a human tragedy of enormous consequence and possibly the greatest...

America: Big Brother’s big week

Americans learned last week that, whatever the law says, they shouldn't assume that their private communications are private. It was a big week for...

Ex-Drug Sales Rep Exposes All

Former Eli Lilly Rep Says He Wined and Dined Doctors to Make a Sale To sell their drugs, pharmaceutical companies hire former cheerleaders and ex-models...

NSA’s Domestic Spying Grows

Five years ago, Congress killed an experimental Pentagon antiterrorism program meant to vacuum up electronic data about people in the U.S. to search for...

Zogby: Alternative Media Replacing Mainstream News

Zogby Poll - 67% View Traditional Journalism as "Out of Touch" Internet is the top source of news for nearly half of Americans; Survey finds two-thirds...

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...

MPs must thwart the dark plans of the state

Parliament has never been less vigilant about the many measures to increase Home Office power. In the name of the great democrats of the...

White House says phone wiretaps back on “for now”

The Bush administration said on Saturday U.S. telecommunications companies have agreed to cooperate "for the time being" with spy agencies' wiretaps, despite an ongoing...

Telecoms Backing Off Illegal Wiretaps for Bush

Without protection against lawsuits, are the telecoms less willing to cooperate with government spying efforts? By Mark Hosenball | Newsweek It's been barely a week since...

Who Should be on The DNA Register?

Iain Dale Balancing the responsibilities of the State against the rights of the individual is one ofthe most difficult things for politicians to get right....

Senate Gives Telecoms Immunity For Illegal Spying

Senate Passes Bill to Expand U.S. Spying Powers By ERIC LICHTBLAU After more than a year of heated political wrangling, the Senate handed the White...

Uncovering the truth about CIA torture tapes

Congress must remedy its abysmal record of investigating the Bush administration on prisoner abuse and torture. By Anthony D. Romero It's now a matter of public...

Bush Spy Bill Stance Called Fear-Mongering

President: U.S. Could Face Attacks That Would Make 9/11 "Pale By Comparison" CBS President Bush, in remarks meant to spur House Democrats into accepting a controversial...

More delegates for Obama, Huckabee

The Democrat sweeps Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington by wide margins. Huckabee takes Kansas and Louisiana. By Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Sen. Barack Obama...

Calls for probe into prison bugging

An inquiry has been demanded into claims lawyers' legally-protected conversations with clients in jail are routinely bugged. Opposition parties said such a practice would strike...

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...

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...

Schwarzenegger Backed Immoral Spraying

Governor Schwarzenegger Backed Immoral Sex Pheromone Spraying Continues Rami Nagel | Newstarget Sometimes bad dreams do come true. My bad dream was that the government issued...

Bush threatens to veto surveillance bill

Bush threatens to veto surveillance bill lacking telecom protections By LARA JAKES JORDAN WASHINGTON – President Bush threatened a veto Tuesday in the debate to update...

Growing opposition to ID cards

Poll shows growing opposition to ID cards over data fears · 25% now strongly against their use, says ICM survey · Majority concerned about sharing of...

Bush Allowed To Continue Violating Laws

Conyers Staffer Says They Are Choosing to Let Bush Continue Violating Laws By Donna Norton, Sonoma County PDA On January 25th, I had a telephone conversation...

FBI whistleblower spills secrets

Philip Giraldi Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator...

How The Clintons Played The Race Card

The Clinton Game: America shouldn't fall for it this time I'm disgusted with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Not merely because they played the race card...

Errors prompt call for end to ID card plans

By ROBERT BROOKS A CATALOGUE of errors involving sensitive personal data has led MP Alan Beith to back calls for the Government to scrap its...

US Senate to grant immunity in illegal wiretapping

By Andre Damon The Democratic-controlled Senate moved Thursday to shield telecommunications companies that aided the Bush administration’s illegal domestic spying program from lawsuits. By a...

Lib Dems call to abandon ID cards

LIBERAL Democrats in Trafford are backing calls for the Government to abandon plans to make people carry identity cards. Jane Brophy, Altrincham and Sale West...

Bush Justice Nominee Authorized C.I.A. Torture

By PHILIP SHENON and ERIC LICHTBLAU The Justice Department lawyer who wrote a series of classified legal opinions in 2005 authorizing harsh C.I.A. interrogation techniques...

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...

Current financial crisis was topic of Bilderberg 2006

The current financial crisis that has happened due to the Sub prime mortgage crisis was a main topic at Bilderberg 2006 in Ottowa. The green...

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...

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....

Iraq War: 1,760 Days and Counting

Sen. John McCain may have stunned some Americans with his projection that the U.S. occupation of Iraq could last 100 years or more. But...

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...

Intelligence chief condemns ‘waterboarding’ as torture

By Stephen Foley   The head of the US intelligence community has come closer than any other official in the Bush administration to comdemning the interrogation...

No trust in keeping our data

A Record 37-million items of personal data went missing last year, new research by the Liberal Democrats reveals. Most of the data was lost by...

Democratic Party complicit in CIA torture

Declassified letter exposes Democratic Party complicity in CIA torture By Joe Kay Last week, the CIA declassified a February 2003 letter from Democratic Representative Jane Harman...

2007 ‘worst ever year’ for privacy

Research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that 37 million items of personal data went missing during last year. The party has claimed the...

Thousands Exposed to Poison by Government Spraying

Rami Nagel Sometimes bad dreams do come true. My bad dream was that the government issued quarantine, and forced everybody to be vaccinated for some...

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...

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...

Congress begins reversing secrecy

Although the current Democratic-led session of Congress began its end-of-year recess with only a mediocre list of accomplishments, it did start to reverse the...

Bush stonewalls on CIA interrogation tapes

U.S. President George W. Bush insisted on Thursday he did not learn until recently that the CIA destroyed videotapes of harsh interrogations, and said...

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...

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...

Hearing into destroyed CIA tapes

A US judge last night ordered the Bush administration to explain whether the CIA violated a court order by destroying videotapes of the harsh...

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...

Congress, Bush in clash over CIA interrogation tapes

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Congress and President George W. Bush were headed for confrontation Saturday as US lawmakers accused the Justice Department of blocking their...

US increases Iraq war funds

The US Senate has approved $696 billion (£345 billion) in increased military spending, including boosted funds for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill has...

Say ‘”no” to ID cards…

LOCAL Lib Dems are calling on Wirral Council to oppose the Government's plan for ID Cards. In the wake of the Government's record of losing...

Pelosi and Harman Aided and Abetted 9/11 Cover Up

George Washington's Blog House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi is blocking efforts to impeach Bush and Cheney, or to take any other real steps to...

Bush Vetoes Kids’ Health Bill Again

Rejection Of New SCHIP Bill Marks The President's Sixth Veto This Year President Bush vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for...

Pelosi did not object to waterboarding

Secretly briefed, Pelosi did not object to waterboarding in 2002 Pelosi would later boot sole objector to program from chance to chair Intelligence Committee John ByrneTwo...

Did White House Censor Science?

CLAYTON SANDELL House Democrats and Republicans traded rhetoric Monday over a new report claiming White House officials sought to suppress scientific views of global warming...

Did Bush really know less than Dems about CIA tapes?

Bush doesn't recollect being told of CIA tapes Nick Juliano Despite the fact that at least two Democratic lawmakers knew about CIA tapes being destroyed, President...

Hillary Clinton is booed at campaign event

By Alex Spillius Hillary Clinton has been booed by fellow Democrats as a new poll shows she had slipped behind Barack Obama, her main opponent...

Will The 2008 Vote Be Fair?

'NOW' VIDEOS: Will The 2008 Vote Be Fair? PBS Explores Many Of The Ways Republicans And The DoJ Are Working To Disenfranchise Democratic Leaning Voters [youtube...

Karl Rove spending more time with his family?

And you thought Karl Rove was spending more time with his family Ok, by now, they probably don't really need Karl Rove. I mean, what...

Who is this technology intended for?

Remember the 6 million dollar man 1970s sci-fi? A man barely alive, we can rebuild him, make him better, stronger, faster than...

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...

US signs deal for long-term occupation of Iraq

By Jerry White President Bush and the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki signed an agreement Monday paving the way for the long-term occupation of the...

The Bush Family Gets Away with Crimes

The Bush Family Gets Away with Crimes That Would Land Anyone Else in Jail The Bush Rules of Evidence

Ron Paul – Challenging the American Empire

Ron Paul: The Only Presidential Candidate to Challenge the American Empire By David T. Beito and Scott HortonFlying under the radar of mainstream media...

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...

From Clinton to Bush

Greg Palast Just months before he left office President Clinton paid a sudden visit to Musharraf. Congressional Democrats were stunned. Musharraf had quickly shown himself...

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...

Travel terror security stepped up

Mr Brown said security would have to be tight at airports Security will be stepped up at railway stations,...

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”...

Domestic spying inquiry restarted at DoJ

By DEVLIN BARRETT The Justice Department has reopened a long-dormant inquiry into the government's warrantless wiretapping program, a major policy shift only days into the...

ID Cards: Why I am prepared to break the law

By Philip Johnston Like most readers of this newspaper, I consider myself to be a law-abiding citizen who invariably accepts a decision of Parliament as...

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...

Mukasey Confirmed as Bush’s Third Attorney General

By James Rowley Michael Mukasey, whose statements on torture and interrogation of suspected terrorists touched off a partisan Senate fight, has won confirmation to be...

I Witnessed ‘Waterboarding’ — And, Yes, It is Torture

Memo to Media: I Witnessed 'Waterboarding' -- And, Yes, It is Torture Four decades ago, as a reporter in Vietnam, I saw what it...

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...

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...

Identity cards technology under review

Gordon Brown is said to have demanded a review of the technology behind identity cards. The Guardian newspaper has reported that the Prime Minister has...

Met chief resists new pressure to quit

James Sturcke and Vikram Dodd Guardian Unlimited Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Ian Blair undergoes questioning by the London Assembly. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images   The Metropolitan police commissioner,...

Lib Dems warn on DNA records

 The Liberal Democrats have described as "disturbing and illiberal" the policy of keeping the DNA profiles of children who have not been convicted of...

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...

GUILTY, but Blair refuses to go

· Met convicted for failings that led to De Menezes death · Tories and Lib Dems demand resignation · Commissioner says shooting was an isolated tragedy Vikram...

Calls mount for Ian Blair to quit

By Jonathan Brown Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, defiantly rejected opposition calls for his resignation yesterday, insisting that the shooting of Jean Charles...

Arnie Backs Biochemical Spaying That Harms Kids

Governor Schwarzenegger Backs Aerial Biochemical Spraying That Harms Children Rami Nagel On September 9th, 2007 several planes hired by the State of California Food and Agricultural...

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...

US advisor: Waterboarding is torture

By Leonard Doyle When the US military trains soldiers to resist interrogation, it uses a torture technique from the Middle Ages, known as "waterboarding". Its...

CIA director defends torture

PAMELA HESS CIA Director Michael Hayden defended his agency's interrogation practices Tuesday as political pressure mounted on President Bush's attorney general nominee to reject a...

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...

Doctor: G Bush has symptoms of presenile dementia

It is an article of faith with millions of Americans, most of them on the left, that George W. Bush is stupid. Many reasonable...

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...

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...

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...

Senate and Neocons Agree to Carve Up Bill of Rights

ADE It’s now official, the entire Senate is criminally complicit in undermining the Fourth Amendment. “Senate Democrats and Republicans reached agreement with the Bush administration yesterday...

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...

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...

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...

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008

#1 No Habeas Corpus for “Any Person” Sources: Consortium, October 19, 2006 Title: “Who Is ‘Any Person’ in Tribunal Law?” Author: Robert Parry http://consortiumnews.com/2006/101906.html Consortium, February 3, 2007 Title: “Still No...

Fight Over Court Role In U.S. Wiretapping

By Peter Grier While Bush Seeks To Limit Court OKs For Spying, Democrats Fight For More Judicial Oversight To what extent should courts become involved in the...

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...

Lib Dems demand end to ‘surveillance society’

The "surveillance society" must be rolled back, Liberal Democrats said today. The party called for the immediate abandonment of the government's ID card scheme, better...

The Iraq Occupation and the Coming War Against Iran

The Iraq Occupation and the Coming War Against Iran: Political Wickedness and Moral Bankruptcy "Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations as between neighbor...

US denies breaking torture laws after memos exposed

Kim Landers In the United States, the Bush Administration is again under fire for secretly authorising torture tactics during the interrogation of terrorism suspects. Although the...

Measuring BBC bias reporting‏

Not a sheep I blogged yesterday about the blatant bias in the BBC's coverage of the Labour and Conservative party conferences. In amongst that article...

Why is Rudy Giuliani basing his campaign on 911?

By Geezer Power Mayor Giuliani was warned that the WTC tower was going to collapse. Rudy Giuliani is interviewed by ABC News 12:01 pm 9/11/01 where...

Report claims proof of secret CIA jails in Europe

A Council of Europe report made public June 9 said that investigators have found proof that the CIA ran clandestine prisons for terrorist suspects...

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...

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...

London’s CCTV network is a waste of cash

£200 million and can't solve crime By Nick Farrell  LONDON'S 10,000 crime-fighting CCTV network, which costs £200 million, might as well be cardboard boxes on the...

WE ARE RULED BY POLITICS OF FEAR

Britain is becoming a surveillance society ruled by the technology and the politics of fear, the Liberal Democrats have warned.Home Affairs spokesman Nick Clegg...

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...

Bush calls for expansion of spy law

President Bush, right, accompanied by Raul Yanes, Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary, waves as they leave the Oval Office of the White...

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"...

Labour accused of building a “surveillance society

By Nigel Morris and Ben Russell Labour has been accused of building a "surveillance society behind the backs of the British people" as it has...

Intel chief pushes new spy law

By Richard Willing Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell heads to Capitol Hill this week seeking to extend the government's power to read e-mails, listen...

Bush calls for permanent US military occupation of Iraq

By Barry Grey President Bush’s nationally televised speech, delivered Thursday evening from the Oval Office, was the low point of a week of lies and...

Dems Reject Bush Iraq Plan

Senate Democrats Lack the 60 Votes Necessary to Force Bush to Withdraw Troops Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry...

Senate Intelligence Panel Seeks CIA Nominee’s Withdrawal

By Joby Warrick Members of the Senate intelligence committee have requested the withdrawal of the Bush administration's choice for CIA general counsel, acknowledging that John...

Spy Satellites Turned on the U.S.

Dems Call for Moratorium on Program, Expressing Privacy and Legal Concerns Government satellites have been used in the past to show areas affected by disasters,...

Rudy took good photo op on 911, but that was all he did

Dear activists, colleagues, and friends, "It's just not possible." That was the sentence we heard over and over from families who had firefighter sons, brothers, husbands...

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...

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...

U.S. opposes release of court rulings on wiretaps

The Bush administration opposed in U.S. court on Friday an effort to peel back a secrecy lid over its domestic counterterrorism wiretapping program, which...

Bush seeks immunity for telecom firms

The Bush administration wants the power to grant legal immunity to telecommunications companies that are slapped with privacy suits for cooperating with the White...

Pot Growers Are New Target in “War on Terror”

Under Bush, terror has become a justification for any and every abuse of power. By Scott Thill Last time we checked in on the bizarro nexus...

Bush’s brand-new poodle

By Pepe Escobar He was impregnably armored by his good intentions and his ignorance. - Graham Greene, The Quiet American PARIS - With former British prime...

US attorney general Gonzales resigns

Mark Tran Monday August 27, 2007 Guardian Unlimited Alberto Gonzales had worked with George Bush since the 1990s. Photograph: Ron Edmonds/AP   The embattled US attorney general, Alberto Gonzales,...

The War On Working Americans – Part I

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News As Labor Day approaches, what better time to assess the state of working America. It's under assault and weakened by...

Bush: is the president imploding?

By Andrew Stephen His aides are jumping ship, his inner circle is torn apart by feuds and his orders are being ignored. Bush has 17...

Market Efficiency Hokum

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News You know the story triumphantly heard in the West. Markets work best when governments let them operate freely - unconstrained...

Bush Administration Ignores Mossad-Al Qaeda Terrorist Link

By Tom Heneghan It can now be reported that the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has identified an Israeli Mossad cell operating in...

Why Rove and Cheney Really Are That Bad

By Don Williams Remember Scott Ritter, the US arms inspector and military man accused of being a traitor and much worse for reporting there were...

Top US lawmaker threatens contempt proceedings against Bush administration officials

AP A top Senate Democrat on Monday threatened to hold members of the Bush administration in contempt for not producing subpoenaed information about the legal...

Bush rocked as another key aide resigns

By Sarah Baxter THE White House press secretary Tony Snow has announced that he will be leaving his job before the end of President...

Rudy plays the security card: ID for all tourists

By Sarah Baxter EVERY foreigner in America, including British visitors, would be required to carry an ID card bearing photograph and fingerprints under plans drawn...

Terror law puts Britons at risk of surveillance by US agents

Jamie Doward, home affairs editor Sunday August 19, 2007 The Observer A new law swept through Congress by the US government before the summer recess is to...

Concern Over Wider Spying Under New Law

By James Risen and Eric Lichtblau Broad new surveillance powers approved by Congress this month could allow the Bush administration to conduct spy operations that...

Bush Administration Spends $1.6 Billion On Propaganda

By Christopher Lee How much is good press worth? To the Bush administration, about $1.6 billion. That's how much seven federal departments spent from 2003 through...

Wikipedia ‘shows CIA page edits’

By Jonathan Fildes An online tool that claims to reveal the identity of organisations that edit Wikipedia pages has revealed that the CIA was involved...

A scary assault on civil liberties

By Lance Dickie As historians tally the incompetence, profligacy and lawless opacity of the Bush administration, a shorthand is already emerging: Katrina, Iraq, Guantanamo, Abu...

Karl Rove, top Bush aide, to step down

By Jim Rutenberg Karl Rove, the political adviser who masterminded George W. Bush's two winning presidential campaigns and secured his own place in history as...

Firms bid for ID cards contracts

The bidding process for contracts worth up to £500m each to run the UK's identity card scheme has been launched. Five firms will be chosen...

Rudy Giuliani’s Five Big Lies About 9/11

On the stump, Rudy can't help spreading smoke and ashes about his lousy record By Wayne Barrett Nearly six years after 9/11, Rudy Giuliani is still...

Red Cross confirms Bush administration, CIA used torture in interrogations

By Patrick Martin A confidential report by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) suggests that Bush administration officials may have committed war crimes...

Reviewing Ferdinand Lundberg’s “Cracks in the Constitution”

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News Ferdinand Lundberg (1905 - 1995) was a 20th century economist, journalist, historian and author of such books as The Rich...

The Dumbest Thing the Washington Post Could Print

By David Swanson The Washington Post today published an article by Michael Tomasky called "The Dumbest Move the Dems Could Make." With a lot of...

House approves changes in terror spy program

Democrats under pressure from Bush vote for measure By Carl Hulse and Edmund L. Andrews Under pressure from President Bush, the House on Saturday gave final...

U.S. Senate passes Bush-backed spy bill

By Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan The Democratic-led U.S. Senate, amid warnings of further attacks on the United States, approved a bill on Friday that...

Court Ruling that NSA Wiretapping is Illegal Drives Emergency Push for New Spy Powers,...

By Ryan Singel The Bush Administration's hard press for emergency wiretapping powers from Congress before the August break now has an explanation: a secret court...

Police DNA database ‘risks criminalising non-offenders’

By Ben Russell People are being added to the Government's national DNA database at the rate of more than one a minute, figures from the...

Listen Up, Mr. President

Fred Kaplan Two myths have sprung up around the House and Senate bills that require President Bush to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq. One is...

Obama: Bush not respecting Constitution

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday accused President Bush of failing to respect the Constitution amid the uproar over the firing of eight...

Giuliani Faces Questions About 9/11

Larry McShane  Rudy Giuliani's White House aspirations are inescapably tied to Sept. 11, 2001 -- for better and for worse. While the former mayor of the...

New documents expose White House lies

New documents expose White House, Justice Department lies in firing of US attorneys Barry Grey A new batch of email messages and other documents released Friday...

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.

  Big is not bad: $10
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.


You can receive the Mises Daily Article in your inbox. Go here to subscribe or unsubscribe.

Danger! Google Warns Drudge Report and Infowars.com are Malware

Kurt NimmoInfowars.comMay 7, 2013 How best to scare people away from alternative media? Make them think Drudge Report and Infowars.com web pages contain malicious software. In...

Sen. Manchin: Background Checks “Expand Second Amendment”

Kurt NimmoInfowars.comMay 8, 2013 Democrat Senator Joe Manchin is trying to get another background check bill through the Senate following last month’s defeat of a...

It’s Dishonest to Talk about Benghazi Without Talking About the Syrian War

Washington’s BlogMay 9, 2013 According to Democrats, today’s Congressional hearings on Benghazi are nothing but a partisan witch hunt. According to Republicans, the Obama administration committed...

Boston officials say FBI failed to warn them about bombers

Susan FerrechioWashington ExaminerMay 10, 2013 Boston authorities could have prevented last month’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings if federal law enforcement agencies had adequately shared information...

The Damning Dozen: Twelve Revelations from the Benghazi Hearings

Guy Bensontownhall.comMay 10, 2013 Much of the media and liberal establishment simply ignored yesterday’s Benghazi hearings....