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After the Party, Obama Has One Long To-Do List

NEW YORK – As an estimated two million celebrants converge on the U.S. capital for the inauguration festivities of President-elect Barack Obama Tuesday, the mood among human rights groups and some religious leaders is somewhat more sombre. They are calling ...

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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 George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney on January 14, 2009. If such hearings ...

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Pentagon cleared of propaganda violations

An internal investigation has cleared the Pentagon of violating a ban on domestic propaganda by using retired military officers to comment positively about the war in Iraq in the US media. In a report posted on its website, the Pentagon’s ...

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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 ruling Thursday upholding the right of the president and Congress to wiretap private international ...

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Is the Army lying about friendly fire deaths?

The military claims fratricides in Iraq and Afghanistan are down 90 percent from previous wars — but experts call the figures suspect. By Mark Benjamin New statistics obtained by Salon depict a spectacularly low number of U.S. Army deaths from ...

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In farewell speech, Bush insists “war on terror” must continue

By Bill Van Auken  In his final speech from the White House Thursday night, President George W. Bush defended his legacy of war, torture and domestic repression while vowing that the “war on terror,” the ideological mainspring of his administration, ...

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Judge: Rumsfeld sanctioned torture in Gitmo

A top US official has for the first time publicly admitted that a suspect, incarcerated at the Guantanamo Bay prison was tortured. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Susan J Crawford, a judge tasked with deciding on whether Guantanamo detainees ...

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Cheney hints at pardon for President Bush

BNN | With the Bush administration in its final days questions are being asked whether the president will be investigated over a number of concerns. Thoseconcerns include the legitimacy, legality, and constitutionality of the 2003 invasion of Iraq; the controversial ...

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Secrecy and the Bush administration

Even in its last months, the insulated Bush administration made it harder for the public to access records. In the litany of violations of public trust and accountability by the Bush administration, a last round of restrictions on access to ...

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Asked about WMDs, Bush grins: ‘Things didn’t go according to plan’

By John Byrne | Abu Ghraib a ‘disappointment’ A confident George W. Bush took the podium Monday for what is likely the last press conference of his presidency, fielding a panoply of questions on the economy, President-elect Barack Obama, and ...

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Secret Documents Show US Aware of Army Killings in 1990s

By Constanza Vieira | Declassified U.S. documents show that the CIA and former U.S. ambassadors were fully aware, as far back as 1990, that the military in Colombia — the third largest recipient of U.S. aid after Israel and Egypt ...

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The Promise Of Change, The Rules of The System… And The Real Revolution We Need

Revolution | The hopes for Barack Obama’s presidency are sky-high. That’s hardly surprising. In a country where not so long ago mobs of angry whites gathered in the North to burn out any Black family that tried to move into ...

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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 of his predecessor, pose the enormous and explosive question of what to do about those ...

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What Will Obama Do About Cannabis?

By NORM KENT He picked for Vice President one of the major architects of the Drug War. He picked for Chief of Staff one of the chief opponents of medical marijuana. He is talking about picking for the Drug Czar ...

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Once High-Flying Developers Now Looking for Federal Aid

By Phil Mattera Opponents of the auto industry bailout, who warned that it would prompt other business sectors to ask for similar consideration, are probably feeling vindicated. Only days after the Bush Administration did an end run around Senate Republicans ...

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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 States has revealed a dramatic increase in hunger. Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization ...

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Cheney Throws Down Gauntlet, Defies Prosecution for War Crimes

Commondreams  Dick Cheney has publicly confessed to ordering war crimes. Asked about waterboarding in an ABC News interview, Cheney replied, “I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the process cleared.” He also said he still ...

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Deterring Torture Through the Law

By Coleen Rowley and Ray McGovern “First, let’s kill all the lawyers” may have made sense in that Shakespearian scene, but there is a far simpler solution to the legal ambiguities regarding what to do now about the torture approved ...

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Iraqi shoe thrower prompts racist rant from Bill O’Reilly

First he says that the shoe thrower is evidence of the ingratitude, “violence” and “irrational thinking” in the “Arab world”, before going to on discuss the “danger from the Muslim world” and whether torture is the right way to go ...

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US Troops Open Fire On Fallujah Students at Shoe Rally

By Jason Ditz Besides making an international celebrity out of Iraqi reporter Muntadar al-Zeidi, the now infamous shoe-throwing incident is cropping up in surprising ways across Iraq, where a population beaten and exhausted from years of war is once again ...

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Cheney Admits Authorizing Detainee’s Torture

Outgoing VP says Guantanamo prison should stay open until end of terror war, but has no idea when that might be By David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster Raw Story — Monday, outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney made a startling statement ...

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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 officials also are faulted. By Greg Miller and Julian E. Barnes Reporting from Washington — A ...

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U.S. Keeps Silent as Afghan Ally Removes War Crime Evidence

McClatchy Newspapers | DASHT-E LEILI, Afghanistan – Seven years ago, a convoy of container trucks rumbled across northern Afghanistan loaded with a human cargo of suspected Taliban and al Qaida members who’d surrendered to Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, an Afghan ...

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Pentagon approves Iraq sales worth up to $6 billion

The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday said it had approved the sale to Iraq of weapons valued at up to $6 billion, including 400 Stryker wheeled vehicles, military radios, training aircraft, 20 coastal patrol boats and 140 M1A1 Abrams tanks. ...

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HOW 2 FEDERAL JUDGES INVOKED “SECRECY” TO BLOCK ACCESS TO BUSH TORTURE DATA

By Sherwood Ross Two Federal judges have deliberately invoked secrecy statutes to conceal the Federal government’s illegal use of torture, a prominent legal authority says. Named are judges Terence Boyle of the U.S. District Court of Eastern North Carolina, and ...

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Starbucks Employee Sacked For Raising Health and Safety Issue

Grand Rapids, MI  — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found after trial that Starbucks unlawfully terminated a barista here in retaliation for filing a safety complaint. The barista, a member of the IWW Starbucks Workers Union, was ...

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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 the main union buster was not management, but rather the Congress of the United States. ...

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Blackwater shootings case moved to Washington DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five Blackwater Worldwide guards charged with the unprovoked shooting that killed 14 innocent Iraqis and wounded dozens of others in 2007 will get their day in a Washington court after unsuccessfully trying to move the trial to ...

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Mickey Z – Obama and the 2076 Election

By Mickey Z Before we get to 2076, first things first: Hail Obama, our brilliant, articulate, eloquent, half-black savior and prince. Okay, so maybe St. Barack is a tad less progressive than we imagined but you have to admit he’s ...

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Bush Regime Declares Itself Above the Law

By Paul Craig Roberts The US government does not have a monopoly on hypocrisy, but no other government can match the hypocrisy of the US government. It is now well documented and known all over the world that the US ...

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Portland Police Boast of Torture

Citizen X “The Rap Sheet is the official monthly publication of the Portland Police Association. The Rap Sheet is the only publication of its kind that represents the interests of the men and women working in law enforcement in Portland.” ...

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Five Blackwater Guards To Face Massacre Charges Next Week

By JASON RYAN and BRIAN ROSS Five Blackwater guards have been told to surrender to the FBI by Monday to face federal manslaughter and assault charges connected to the shooting deaths of 17 civilians at an traffic circle in Iraq ...

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Special Prosecutor for the Crimes of the Bush Administration

From Bob Fertik: President-elect Obama wants Americans to tell him our priorities at Change.gov, so we submitted this. Please vote for this by clicking the vote tally. (It will prompt you to login). Appoint a Special Prosecutor for the Crimes ...

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No Secret Pardons for Bush

From American Freedom Campaign We may soon be seeing one of history’s greatest examples of adding insult to injury. For eight years, we have been forced to sit by helplessly as President George W. Bush and top members of his ...

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Noam Chomsky and the Innate Humanity in the Human Brain

Discover | In his penetrating study of language, MIT linguist Noam Chomsky has given us a framework that is to culture what the genetic code is to life. “Noam Chomsky’s position in the history of ideas is comparable to that ...

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Feds to Judge: Don’t ‘Second Guess’ Bush Domestic Spy Program

By David Kravets The Bush administration on Tuesday urged a federal judge to dismiss lawsuits against the nation’s telecommunications companies accused of complying with the government’s once-secret spy program adopted in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks on the ...

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How Many Americans Died Because of Bush’s Torture Program?

Harpers — According to a special operations intelligence officer, the answer is a number north of three thousand–not counting the tens of thousands maimed or seriously wounded, the destruction of the nation’s reputation as a moral leader, or the damage ...

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In Courtroom Showdown, Bush Demands Amnesty for Spying Telecoms

By David Kravets | SAN FRANCISCO — The Bush administration on Tuesday will try to convince a federal judge to let stand a law granting retroactive legal immunity to the nation’s telecoms, which are accused of transmitting Americans’ private communications ...

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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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