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Pentagon to deploy 20,000 troops on domestic “anti-terror” mission

By Patrick Martin | The Pentagon has begun to implement plans for the mobilization of 20,000 regular Army troops in anti-terror operations alongside state and local forces, a dramatic change in US military operations within the borders of the United ...

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Censorship in America?

By Timothy V. Gatto | The people of the United States might not know what it is that they want the new administration to do, they may not know what it is they want Congress to do, but one thing ...

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How to Find out the Hidden Secrets of the Bush Administration

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

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Kristol Calls On Bush To Pardon Torturers And Wiretappers, Reward Them With Medal Of Freedom

Think Progress | In his new Weekly Standard column, right-wing pundit Bill Kristol lays out a to-do list for President Bush before he leaves office. He urges Bush to deliver speeches “reminding Americans of our successes fighting the war on ...

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Former interrogator slams torture: Torture has cost nearly as many lives as 9/11

By Ali Frick | In a Washington Post op-ed today, a former Special Operations interrogator who worked in Iraq in 2006 sharply criticizes American torture techniques as ineffective and dangerous. “Torture and abuse cost American lives,” he writes: I learned ...

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Open government means access to e-mails

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

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Civil rights complaint targets Wall Street rating firms

Moody’s and Fitch’s high ratings of subprime mortgage bonds disproportionately harmed black and Latino home buyers, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition alleges. By Kenneth R. Harney | In what is apparently the first legal action of its kind, an association ...

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You Cannot Pardon a Crime You Authorized

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

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ALEXANDER COCKBURN: The Honeymoon is Looking a Bit Wan

By ALEXANDER COCKBURN | Two years without a single leak and suddenly, last week, Obama’s operation was like a sieve. That’s what happens when you pick up the phone and call one of the Clintons. Or, to put it another way, ...

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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 careers were, records were reviewed in the business press, and Bloomberg News had an article reviewing ...

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Why Obama should end the criminal “war on terror”

By Gary Kamiya | Barack Obama will confront a daunting list of priorities when he takes office on Jan. 20. Rescuing the nation’s economy — if there’s anything left to rescue by then — will obviously be at the top ...

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No Amnesty for Bush Administration, Say Torture Opponents

By Ali Gharib | Judging by the rare leaks from President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team, investigations and prosecutions of high-level George W. Bush administration officials for torture and war crimes are a distant prospect. But likely or not, that won’t ...

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A Cover for Illegal Domestic Operations?

By Tom Burghardt | On November 17, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) concluded Vigilant Shield 09 (VS09), described in a press release as a training exercise focused on “homeland defense and civil support.” ...

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Court Backs Warrantless Searches Abroad

By BENJAMIN WEISER | The authorities may lawfully conduct searches and electronic surveillance against United States citizens in foreign countries without a warrant, a federal appeals court panel said on Monday, bolstering the government’s power to investigate terrorism by ruling that ...

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US bails out Citigroup and prepares to give trillions more to banks

By Barry Grey | The government bailout of Citigroup marks a new stage in the utilization of the public treasury to rescue Wall Street banks and finance houses. The deal reached shortly before midnight Sunday places an estimated $249 billion ...

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Obama Preserves Our Way of Life

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

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

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

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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 a Illinois state and U.S. Senator, together with the many progressive and long overdue courses ...

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Congress Must Debate The Implications Of A Bush Self-Pardon

Many people have been asking us, “Could Bush actually pardon himself?”. Would it be despicable? Sure it would. Would it be shameless and cowardly? Yes, that and that too. But all those adjectives fit Bush like O.J.’s glove before it ...

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

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

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

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

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Obama advisers: Bush era war criminals will walk

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

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Hillary Clinton, secretary of state?

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

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Constitutional Dead Letters

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

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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 Dallas. I drove south, following the line of telegraph poles to the small town of ...

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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 will hand the country’s biggest banks another $140 billion windfall, the Washington Post reported ...

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Bush lists some of his regrets from presidency

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

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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 Office (NAO) had gone live October 1. Federal Computer Week reports that Charles Allen, DHS’ ...

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The Promise of Change… and the Change We Need

Revolution Newspaper | You couldn’t miss it on Election Night. People actually pouring into the streets to celebrate the election of a president. Emotions ran high, and tears flowed. Hope-hope that is founded on the real possibilities for fundamental change ...

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Bush Spy Revelations Anticipated When Obama Is Sworn In

By Ryan Singel | When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20, Americans won’t just get a new president; they might finally learn the full extent of George W. Bush’s warrantless domestic wiretapping. Since the New York ...

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US ‘in secret overseas strikes’

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

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Undercover cops were among the unruly at DNC

By Felisa Cardona |The Denver Post When a Jefferson County deputy deployed pepper spray into a crowd during the first night of the Democratic National Convention, he did not know that his targets were undercover Denver police officers. During a ...

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American History X

Commondreams | I teach American history to students in eastern Tennessee. In the narrative that makes up our nine-month journey, we encounter the broken and bleeding body of the American black dozens of times: crossing the Atlantic, sweating in the southern ...

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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 congratulating me. And I must say, it was a thrilling moment. As a teenager, in 1984, ...

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

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

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Obama advisers discuss preparations for war on Iran

By Peter Symonds | On the eve of the US elections, the New York Times cautiously pointed on Monday to the emergence of a bipartisan consensus in Washington for an aggressive new strategy towards Iran. While virtually nothing was said ...

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NewScientist: Packs of robots will hunt down uncooperative humans

NewScientist | The latest request from the Pentagon jars the senses. At least, it did mine. They are looking for contractors to provide a “Multi-Robot Pursuit System” that will let packs of robots “search for and detect a non-cooperative human”. ...

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17 US Attacks On Pakistan Since September – Media Applauds

By Bzangy Groink | One of the issues most vexing to Pakistan is the ongoing missile strikes by US unmanned Predator drones, or UAVs, into Pakistan’s tribal areas. Since 1 September, there have been at least 17 of these strikes and, ...

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The Pentagon Is the President’s Private Army

By Fred Reed | The Pentagon, methinks, is out of control. We no longer have a military in service to the state, but a state in service to the military. Few notice (I suspect) because of two ingrained habits of mind. ...

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The Dark Side of Global Credit System Redesign

By Geraldine Perry | With the credit bubble still deflating, “bad assets” still “unwinding” and taxpayers put on the hook for virtually every rescue scheme, the blame game has begun. Scapegoats abound, diverting public attention away from the anti-democratic fact that ...

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Troops Have to Fight for Their Right to Vote

Active-duty military members arguably have more to lose than anyone else in Tuesday’s election, but voting can be an obstacle course for servicemen and -women overseas. The Dallas Morning News reports that in 2006 only one-third of the absentee ballots ...

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Is Paulson’s Plan Mysterious or Non-Existent?

By Philip Mattera | Those who regard Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s bailout program as a step toward socialism should remember that such a system involves not just government ownership but also some degree of centralized economic planning. With all the twists ...

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US Above The Law

FFF | President Bush has been making a big hullabaloo over the fact that the Iraqi regime has not signed on to an agreement that would authorize U.S. forces to remain in Iraq after December 31. Bush says that if an ...

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The Election-Industrial Complex

By Walter Smolarek | As the seemingly endless period of political campaigning in the United States will soon draw to a close, we on the left must access the damage; but more importantly, we must understand the means by which ...

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McCain Racism, Hypocrisy on Khalidi Issue

This Is The Lowest McCain Has Sunk Yet By Juan Cole The increasingly sleazy John McCain, who once promised to run a clean campaign, has now attacked my friend Rashid Khalidi and attempted to use him against Barack Obama. Khalidi ...

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

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

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How the Government Spies on and Prosecutes Peace Activists

A First-Hand Account of the Ghosts of Iraq War Trial in Washington, D.C., October 20-24, 2008 By Joy First Madison, WI — I was involved in a jury trial in Washington, DC October 20-24 for an action in the Senate ...

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The “Dirty Little Secret” Of the US Bank Bailout

WSWS | In an unusually frank article published in Saturday’s New York Times, the newspaper’s economic columnist, Joe Nocera, reveals what he calls “the dirty little secret of the banking industry”–namely, that “it has no intention of using the [government bailout] ...

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Obama’s Infomercial Hits Home

By Ruth Conniff | Barack Obama’s 30-minute, prime-time infomercial played on the heartstrings of stressed-out Americans. It all worked together. The violin music, the soft focus stories, the greatest hits from some of his speeches: “We measure the strength of ...

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Anthrax scare empties Calif. congressman’s office

California congressman’s office evacuated after it receives package labeled ‘anthrax’ A state office of a California congressman has been evacuated after receiving an envelope labeled “anthrax.” No one was hurt after the package was received Wednesday at the Modesto office ...

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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 that wants to run candidates. So why aren’t we being allowed to vote for someone ...

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Powell Lies About Iraq War after Endorsing Obama

By Matthew Rothschild | Save your praise of Colin Powell. Because while he was endorsing Barack Obama, he was busy rewriting the history of the Iraq War and perpetuating blatant lies about his role and George Bush’s role in the ...

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Bush Decides to Keep Guantánamo Open

By STEVEN LEE MYERS WASHINGTON — Despite his stated desire to close the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, President Bush has decided not to do so, and never considered proposals drafted in the State Department and the Pentagon that ...

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VIDEO: “Bush Guilty Of First Deg Murder”

Vincent Bugliosi is heard by Congressman John Conyers, Chairman House Judiciary Committee Vincent Bugliosi is heard by Congressman John Conyers, Chairman House Judiciary Committee Inquiry Hearing on Articles of Impeachment Former L.A. County Prosecutor, Vincent Bugliosi and author of “The ...

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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 direction this society has taken over the past eight years. To those who put ...

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America’s Coup D’État in the Making

Lew Rockwell | Following Plato, many moralists have associated political virtue with a reluctance to pursue and exercise power. To want to rule others is to be morally disqualified from doing so. The strong tendency in traditional Western political thought to ...

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The October Surprise: Global Panic

By Stephen Lendman – RINF | Since 9/11, the notion of an October surprise has been around. The idea going something like this. Another real or manufactured terror attack. The dominant media stokes fear. The public is again traumatized. The ...

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Democracy Now Follows Up on NSA’s Illegal Spying and War Crimes

By David Swanson | Democracy Now! today not only admitted that I had broken the story but followed up on the story of illegal NSA spying, including the evidence of war crimes. Link to original. James Bamford: “The Shadow Factory: The ...

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Banks dictate conditions of US financial bailout

By Alex Lantier | The 936 point rise on the US stock market yesterday was the American ruling elite’s initial verdict on the extraordinarily favorable terms the government is granting to financial firms in the $700 billion bailout passed by ...

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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 and economic systems starkly reveal their nature. Passion about the campaign may not be universally ...

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Md. Police Put Activists’ Names On Terror Lists – Surveillance’s Reach Revealed

By Lisa Rein | The Maryland State Police classified 53 nonviolent activists as terrorists and entered their names and personal information into state and federal databases that track terrorism suspects, the state police chief acknowledged yesterday. Police Superintendent Terrence B. ...

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Privacy groups praise bill curbing warrantless laptop searches

By Jaikumar Vijayan | Privacy and civil rights groups are welcoming legislation that proposes tough new standards for conducting searches of laptops and other electronic devices at U.S. borders. The legislation, called the Travelers’ Privacy Protection Act of 2008 , ...

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Seven Years After 9/11, Spies Finally Forced to Share

By Noah Shachtman – WIred |The country’s spy agencies famously failed to share information before 9/11. It only took seven years. But now, the nation’s spooks and security bureaucrats will have to start swapping data with their peers, if they ...

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Former officials say Iran helped on al-Qaida

By BARRY SCHWEID | In an effort to help the United States counter al-Qaida after the 9/11 attack, Iran rounded up hundreds of Arabs who had crossed the border from Afghanistan, expelled many of them and made copies of nearly ...

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Spying on the Future: The U.S. Intelligence Community as Seers Without Sizzle

By Tom Engelhardt The year is 2010 and, yes, Saddam Hussein is gone and there are no American troops in Iraq, but, as the report suggests, “the challenge will be to see whether a modern, secular successor government emerges that ...

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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 what they do that they have diverted attention from the fact that America’s collapse began well ...

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A Serious Blow to the Rights of U.S. Workers

By ROBERT SCHWARTZ | An overlooked order by the Labor Board’s lead lawyer this summer dealt a serious blow to the rights of U.S. workers to protest government policies. On May Day 2006, hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers walked ...

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Report: Police Erred In Activist Surveillance

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A report has concluded the Maryland State Police intruded on the ability of law-abiding residents to express themselves freely by conducting surveillance of anti-war and death-penalty opposition groups. The review of the 14-month surveillance in 2005 and ...

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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 and continued congressional concerns. The Wall Street Journal reports The Department of Homeland Security will proceed ...

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Ex-CIA Official Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case

By Derek Kravitz | The story of the CIA officer, his mistress and his wealthy businessman friend appears to have come to an end, with the intelligence agency’s former executive director likely facing about two years behind bars. Kyle “Dusty” ...

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FBI won’t release documents on anthrax suspect

By MARISA TAYLOR | WASHINGTON – The FBI is declining to release at least 15,000 pages of documents related to the now deceased prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks despite lingering suspicions that the bureau has accused the wrong ...

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Expanded DNA testing threatens innocent

By LONNIE RANDOLPH | In early July, Gov. Mark Sanford vetoed a bill that would have required the state to collect DNA samples from people simply arrested for — but not convicted of — felonies and certain other crimes, and ...

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Election Officials Telling College Students They Can’t Vote

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

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McCain-Palin Campaign Increasingly Staffed by Bush Administration Officials

ShortNews | Even as the McCain-Palin campaign seeks to distance itself from the Bush administration, at least half a dozen former Bush operatives are now advising McCain-Palin. A Republican with ties to Bush questioned the wisdom of the move. McCain-Palin ...

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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 a five-year high. Wages are shrinking. The stock market is in the doldrums. The home ...

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DNA contract reveals plan to probe offenders’ families

Now you see it, now you don’t: A proposed $300,000 contract between Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and a British DNA lab provided for software that would help track down criminals by identifying their relatives. The method, called “familial ...

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Banks race to profit from US bailout

By Barry Grey | The announcement of a virtually open-ended government bailout of Wall Street has set off a frenzied competition among the biggest banks and financial firms to grab the lion’s share of the super profits to be reaped ...

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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 U.S. financial companies in what would be an unprecedented government intrusion into the markets. The plan, ...

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Ron Paul on the Financial Crisis

“Our problems start with the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve is a monopoly and it controls interest rates artificially low, causing people to make mistakes. That’s the basic source. But then on top of that in the housing market we ...

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The NSA Teams Up with the Chinese Government to Limit Internet Anonymity

Via Bruce Schneier | Definitely strange bedfellows: A United Nations agency is quietly drafting technical standards, proposed by the Chinese government, to define methods of tracing the original source of Internet communications and potentially curbing the ability of users to remain ...

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Sources: Charges against Blackwater guards debated

Defense attorneys for Blackwater Worldwide employees are trying to head off Justice Department charges against the company’s bodyguards who were involved in the deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians exactly one year ago. In a meeting with prosecutors Tuesday, the ...

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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 Vice Presidency, and it provides still more details on the intense confrontation in March, 2004 between ...

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The Gang’s All Here – Bush, McCain and the Old Iran-Contra Team

By PAM MARTENS | The vetting of Sarah Palin for the McCain campaign by an Iran-Contra alumnus brought an epiphany. (See “The Man Who Vetted Palin,” CounterPunch, September 8, 2008.)  The American people’s inability to control this crime spree we ...

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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 government takeover of the mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, marks a new stage ...

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Wiretap Cases a Go Despite FISA Change

By Evan Hill | Though Congress put a damper this summer on legal efforts to prove the Bush administration unlawfully spied on Americans’ phone calls and e-mails, flagship litigation in the Northern District of California will still proceed. Chief Judge ...

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Bush Admin – The Most Secretive Govt Ever?

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

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Quebec man changes name to dodge relentless airport screening

A Quebec businessman whose name is one of the many that have erroneously landed on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s flight passenger watch list has decided to change his name to avoid lengthy security hassles at the airport. Mario ...

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McCain Now Claims to be Reformer of Wall Street

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

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Army scientists want to create ‘brain-wave helmet’

By Mark Thompson / Washington | Soldiers barking orders at each other is so 20th Century. That’s why the U.S. Army has just awarded a $4 million contract to begin developing “thought helmets” that would harness silent brain waves for secure ...

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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 Criminals, Andover, Massachusetts. I want to thank Dean Lawrence Velvel and also Sherwood Ross and Jeff ...

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Playing with the Constitution

In a landmark election season hailed as historic for the inclusion of an African American and a woman as official party candidates, scarce discussion has arisen over the future of the Supreme Court. Undoubtedly, a crucial consequence of this election ...

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Record Corporate Bailout Reveals the Bankruptcy of American Capitalism

WSWS | The US government takeover of the mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has dealt a shattering blow to the ideology of market capitalism, which has been used for decades to justify a relentless assault on the working ...

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Blizzard of Lies

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

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NOAM CHOMSKY: Towards a Second Cold War?

NOAM CHOMSKY | Aghast at the atrocities committed by US forces invading the Philippines, and the rhetorical flights about liberation and noble intent that routinely accompany crimes of state, Mark Twain threw up his hands at his inability to wield ...

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Secret killing program is key in Iraq, Woodward says

The dramatic drop in violence in Iraq is due in large part to a secret program the U.S. military has used to kill terrorists, according to a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward. The program — which Woodward ...

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16 US troops commit suicide in Iraq

Sixteen US troops from the 57th Unit of the Airborne Division have committed suicide inside a military base in Iraq, security sources say. Iraqi security sources have revealed that 21 US troops had committed suicide inside a former Iraqi air ...

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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 political events (the upcoming presidential debates and election) vividly illustrates several long-obvious facts. First, nothing changes ...

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US government takes over mortgage giants to stave off financial meltdown

By Bill Van Auken | In the biggest government intervention in the American economy since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the US Treasury Department announced Sunday that it is effectively nationalizing the two mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie ...

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US Hypocrisy Reaches Critical Mass

By Jyoti Mishra | US Vice-President Dick Cheney has condemned what he called Russia’s “illegitimate” attempt to change Georgia’s borders last month.Mr Cheney added that Russia’s actions during the recent conflict with Georgia had cast doubt on its reliability as ...

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UNCONVENTIONAL

SchNews | As we predicted (in SchNEWS 644), last weeks protests in Denver outside the Democrat convention were nothing compared to the scenes out on the streets of St Pauls, Minnesota, during this week’s Republican National Convention (RNC). It seems ...

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