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It’s Maine vs. the feds over national ID cards

Unless someone blinks, after May 11 air travel for Mainers will get a lot more complicated. So will entering a federal office building or...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The workings of the CIA

By Joseph Benham When George H.W. Bush first sought the Republican nomination for president, a friend announced that he was leaving a high-ranking Central Intelligence...

The North American Union – Voting Your Rights Away?

Barbara L. Minton One issue that is conspicuously absent from the rhetoric of the presidential candidates is the North American Union (NAU). The questions of...

Ron Paul back on election trail

The 72-year-old congressman Ron Paul has solemnly vowed to continue his current campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. There has been confusion in recent...

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...

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...

Gitmo Trials Rigged from the Start?

By Ross Tuttle A damning new interview reveals that the Gitmo trials are only for show. Secret evidence. Denial of habeas corpus. Evidence obtained by waterboarding....

Clintons to face fraud trial

Judge setting date, testimony to include ex-president, senator While Hillary Clinton battles Barack Obama on the campaign trail, a judge in Los Angeles is quietly...

Oil, Gas and the New World Order

Large Potential Albanian Oil and Gas Discovery Underscores Kosovo's Importance By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News On January 10, Swiss-based Manas Petroleum Corporation broke the news. Gustavson...

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...

President Bush is guilty of terrorism

  Keith Olbermann MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann a MSNBC commentator has declared that President Bush is guilty of terrorism because of his warrentless eavesdropping program. The...

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...

President Bush to veto torture Bill

By Kerry Sheridan in Washington US President George W. Bush plans to veto legislation passed by the Senate to bar the CIA from using harsh...

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...

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...

Bush Admin Fails To Turn Over FDA Documents

By Justin Blum The Bush administration failed to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking documents related to Sanofi-Aventis SA's antibiotic Ketek. An investigative subcommittee of the...

US lawless trials menace UK ties

The US decision to bring death penalty charges against six men suspected of orchestrating 9/11 attacks could strain relations with UK. UK authorities have...

Your doctor, your dealer

Once it was cocaine, speed or heroin, but now the fashion is for legal pills, washed down by spirits. Last week's news that actor...

‘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...

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...

Hillary’s $5 Million Dump Truck

Marc Cooper Now that's what one might call a heckuva coincidence. A handful of weeks ago, Bill Clinton disentangles his investment partnership with billionaire Ron...

Former IRA driver spy ‘worked for MI5’

AP A man who served as a driver for Sinn Fein leader and former IRA commander Gerry Adams secretly worked as a British spy, a...

VIDEO: Mr. Doubletalk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioy90nF2anI  http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/272.html President McCain? Giuliani - the 9/11 ghoul - has been eliminated.So has Mitt Romney, a high ranking member of a church that until relatively...

Ron Paul Will Fight On

Message from Ron Whoa! What a year this has been. And what achievements we have had. If I may quote Trotsky of all people, this...

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...

New Charges of Guantanamo Torture

By Adam Zagorin | Time Magazine Majid Khan is seen in 1999 during his senior year in high school in...

How will Real ID affect you?

By Declan McCullagh   A May deadline looms as just one flash point in a political showdown between Homeland Security and states that oppose Real ID...

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...

The United Nations Coming For Our Children?

Dana Gabriel A global transformation is being manifested through corporations, the media, entertainment, and the educational system. The social engineers and the agents of change...

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...

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...

Was 9/11 Truth Giuliani’s Demise?

Was 9/11 Truth Giuliani's Demise? You'll be AMAZED What Corporate Media Hid from YOU! by Bill Douglas   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxycV4fNPnQ  Peggy Noonan, a Republican speechwriter (Reagan’s among others), was...

Ron Paul: Bush to blame for US recession

Republican Presidential hopeful Ron Paul says some of the policies of the Bush administration set the stage for a deep looming recession. In a...

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...

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...

Memo Details Objections to WTC Command Center

By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM The New York Police Department produced a detailed analysis in 1998 opposing plans by the city to locate its emergency command...

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...

Firefighter: Giuliani ‘ran like a coward on 9/11’

David Edwards and Adam Doster Raw Story Families of firefighters killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center rallied in Orlando Tuesday...

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...

Neocons Lied 935 Times to Sell Iraq Invasion

Bush and his top officials waged a campaign of misinformation about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. By Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith President George...

Louisiana GOP: Ron Paul stands 2nd

The Louisiana Republican Party says the state's preliminary results indicate that presidential hopeful Ron Paul has come in second. Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger...

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....

Israeli satellite to spy on Iran

Israel has successfully launched a spy satellite which will be used to gather intelligence on Iran's activities, a new report says. The TECSAR satellite...

‘Pray next US president bombs Iran’

A senior advisor to Rudy Giuliani says the next US president must discharge President Bush's 'responsibility' of waging war on Iran. Writing for the...

‘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...

Former US congressman indicted

An ex-congressman is indicted for his part in an alleged terrorist fundraising and accused of sending $130,000 to a Taliban supporter. A US grand...

Lawmaker: CIA tape destruction unauthorized

After hearing, Hoekstra says official acted against direction of superiors The CIA official who gave the command to destroy interrogation videotapes apparently acted against the...

Station Chief Made Appeal To Destroy CIA Tapes

 By Joby Warrick and Walter Pincus In late 2005, the retiring CIA station chief in Bangkok sent a classified cable to his superiors in Langley...

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...

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...

Civil liberties groups criticize Bush

Dispute centers on upgrading of driver's licenses Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff unveiled details of the Real ID program yestereday in Washington. (Kevin Wolf/Associated Press) WASHINGTON...

History of Rudy Giuliani’s Temper

Before he decided that September 11 was his own personal self-aggrandizement machine, Rudy Giuliani pissed off a whole slew of people in a remarkable...

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...

Double Agent Gadahn Threatens Bush In Neo-Con Stunt

Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet Zionist who once called Muslims "bloodthirsty terrorists" helps Giuliani's flagging numbers before New Hampshire primary Adam Pearlman, the Jewish Mossad agent who...

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...

US and UK rank poorly as global privacy is being eroded

A London-based human rights watchdog group on surveillance and privacy has released its National Privacy Ranking for 2007, ranking the U.S, Russia, China and...

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...

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...

New High-Tech Cameras Are Watching You

In the era of computer-controlled surveillance, your every move could be captured by cameras, whether you're shopping in the grocery store or driving on...

History of Presidential Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Sobercircle.com George W. Bush There has been no shortage of controversy when it comes to the younger years of our current president. Described as irresponsible and...

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 administration faces court hearing Friday

Bush administration faces court hearing Friday in CIA tape-destruction dispute The Bush administration has made its position clear in legal filings and now gets a...

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...

Ex-CIA: War with Iran in the offing

A former senior CIA analyst says the United States and Israel are planning war against Iran before the next presidential election. Ray McGovern said...

Congress vows to probe CIA tapes

US Congress has vowed to investigate the CIA's destruction of videotapes despite Justice Department advice that the agency not cooperate. Republican US Rep. Pete...

Ohio voting machines have critical flaws

Report: Ohio voting machines have critical flaws, could undermine '08 election  CINCINNATI-- All five voting systems used in Ohio, a state whose electoral votes narrowly...

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...

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. ...

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...

VIDEO: Ron Paul Being Censored In Telephone Polls

How Phone Polls REALLY Work I received a fascinating call from a member of the local grassroots community. Just today, he received an automated telephone...

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...

Gitmo detainee asks court to declare he was tortured

Carol Rosenberg (HAS TRIM) McClatchy Newspapers (MCT) In a filing made public Friday, lawyers for a Guantanamo detainees have asked a federal court to examine the way he...

AG Denies Details in CIA Tapes Inquiry

By LARA JAKES JORDAN Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to give Congress details of the government's investigation into interrogations of terror suspects that were...

Afghanistan: The Dollar Line

Chimes of Freedom The Battle of Musa Kala is supposedly over and the city is once more in the hands of NATO forces. There...

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...

Homeland Security Wants All Ten Fingers

Robert Longley The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has started collecting the prints from all 10 fingers, rather than just two, of international visitors to...

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...

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...

US, Israel collude against Iran

The top US army commander holds high-level talks with Israeli military echelons after the Zionists rejected the NIE report on Iran. Chairman of the...

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...

Ron Paul is needed to end the war

Many have speculated what will happen if Rep. Ron Paul is not elected president. The obvious answer is that nothing will change; that is,...

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...

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 -...

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...

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...

When truth is under attack

By JA Blacker MSc IMI, Science correspondent RINF Alternative News Bullying journalists endangers us all RINF has acquired first hand experience - the UK is now...

ENDGAME: Ron Paul

Check out this link from the November 28th Republican YouTube debate, it's straight out of Endgame: http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/politics/2007/11/28/sot.paul.na.conspiracy.cnn Cooper: We've got another question from a YouTube watcher. Let's  watch,...

How America Lost the War on Drugs

After Thirty-Five Years and $500 Billion, Drugs Are as Cheap and Plentiful as Ever: An Anatomy of a Failure  Ben Wallace-Wells 1. AFTER PABLO On the...

CNN Attempts to Fix Its Own Poll Against Ron Paul

Kurt Nimmo TruthNews Desperation. It stinks of desperation. During the Republican debate, CNN once again attempted to derail the Ron Paul campaign. This time they ran...

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...

Torture Leads to Lies

By Susan C. Strong The administration's torture policy is driven by fear and false assumptions. It's time the public learned the truth about pain-tainted information. Despite...

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

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...

Flight logs reveal secret rendition

Stephen Grey THE secret flight plans of American military planes have revealed for the first time how European countries helped send prisoners, including British...

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....

Coup D’Etat Rumblings in Venezuela

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News The Bush administration tried and failed three prior times to oust Hugo Chavez since its first aborted two-day coup attempt...

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...

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...

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...

Google Refuses to Run Impeachment Ad

By Ralph Lopez Google has refused to run the following sponsored ad and link paid for by the Northeast Impeachment Coalition and YaliesForImpeachment.org: Help Impeach Cheney...

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,...

9/11 Group Plot Anti-Giuliani Ad Campaign

9/11 Firefighters and Family Members Plot Anti-Giuliani Ad Campaign By TAHMAN BRADLEY A group of 9/11 firefighters and victims' family members with eyes on derailing Republican...

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...

America’s Most Mobbed Up Election

SAM SMITH IF THE POLLS don't shift, we are facing an extraordinary election between two presidential candidates who have unprecedented past connections with a seamy...

Media is ignoring Ron Paul

By JANE OLSON It is of great concern to me that our media have the power to manipulate how we perceive current events. If only...

Will 9/11 and BAE Derail Cheney’s Plan To Bomb Iran?

by Jeffrey Steinberg Two recent events, both occurring in the context of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah's visit to London at the end of October, have...

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...

Sir Ian Blair’s behaviour is simply criminal

By Simon Heffer Can you imagine the shamelessness and moral depravity of someone who is paid a huge sum of money to do a job,...

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...

Journalists must challenge government

By Keith Robinson Journalists must continue to aggressively challenge authority in government even though the public does not hold the news media in such high...

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...

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...

A Toxic Mix of Neoliberal & Neocon

Sarko comes across as a neoconand, like Bush, driven by the concept of a New World Order Both Left and Right dislike the direction HyperSarko is taking...

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...

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...

Thought Crime Prevention Bill

Big Brother: House passes the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR 1955 titled the Violent Radicalization...

What the media isn’t telling you about the Democrats

IN A MATCH UP with Giuliani there is no more than a 3 point difference between Clinton, Obama or Gore in our three poll...

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...

All in the (Crime) Family: Bush & Blackwater

Like a cancer, private mercenary firm spreads influence in local communities. When the private military company Blackwater USA, a firm tied to the Bush...

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...

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...

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...

Conversations with Castro

Aged 81, the world's longest-serving leader is turning his thoughts to his legacy and the succession. In an exclusive extract from his autobiography, Fidel...

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...

Tony Blair: Iran extremism like rise of 1930s fascism

So who is BUSH - Mother Teresa??   By Helen Nugent Islamist extremism is similar to “rising fascism in the 1920s and 1930s”, Tony Blair said last...

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...

Finally, Action! Ron Paul Introduces Bill to Defend Constitution!

It's not every day that there is something concrete you can do to save democracy in one powerful stroke and make sure your kids...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Uproar: Bush official’s quip on black voters

John Byrne Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) rebuked a Justice Department voting official Friday night who said Ohio's African American voters faced long lines in...

Congress pledges to support CIA probe

By PAMELA HESS Key members of Congress vowed Friday to defend the independence of the CIA's inspector general and to put an end to the...

Media Covering Up For Clinton

Prorev AS it did for her husband in his first run for the presidency, the mainstream media is busy covering up for Hillary Clinton. We're...

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...

New Evidence that the Official Story about 9/11 is Indefensible

David Ray Griffin Early in 2007, Interlink Books published my Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy...

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...

Ahmadinejad says Iran won’t negotiate over its “nuclear rights”

TEHRAN, Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed that Iran will not negotiate over its "nuclear rights" but said the government was prepared to answer questions...

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...

PETER HITCHENS: North Korea, the last great Marxist bastion, is a real-life Truman show

A rare and remarkable dispatch from inside the secret world of Kim Il Sung Last week's summit between the leaders of North and South Korea...

“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...

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Target: Google


by William Anderson

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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.


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