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Rights group: Pentagon to release new prisoner abuse photos

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Xinhua) — The Pentagon will release “a substantial number” of new photos that show abuse of prisoners at U.S.-run prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, a civil rights group said Friday.     The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said ...

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Torture orders ‘came from the top’

TOP US officials, not a “few bad apples” of low rank, were behind harsh military interrogation tactics that spread from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan to Iraq, a new Senate report says. The Senate Armed Services Committee’s 261-page report, the fruit ...

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US-Trained Human Rights Abusers

President Barack Obama has reversed a few of the Bush administration’s most egregious policies violating human rights and international law, such as the announced closure of the detention center in Guantánamo. But it remains to be seen to what extent ...

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Torture case lawyers may face jail for letter

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who accused a Bay Area company of flying him to foreign torture chambers for the CIA is at the center of a bizarre new case, in which his lawyers face possible jail sentences for writing ...

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FBI database use to remain secret

Despite a pledge to open government, the Obama administration has endorsed a Bush-era decision to keep secret key details of an FBI computer database that allows agents and analysts to search a billion documents with a wealth of personal information ...

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Judge rejects bid to derail wiretap challenge

A San Francisco federal judge rejected on Friday the Obama administration’s attempt to derail a challenge to former President George W. Bush’s electronic surveillance program by withholding a critical wiretap document. President Obama’s Justice Department had appeared to defy a ...

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Obama presidency keeps some Bush secrets

WASHINGTON – Despite a pledge to open government, the Obama administration has endorsed a Bush-era decision to keep secret key details of an FBI computer database that allows agents and analysts to search a billion documents with a wealth of ...

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Release The Torture Memos

Newsweek: “As reported by NEWSWEEK, the White House last month had accepted a recommendation from Attorney General Eric Holder to declassify and publicly release three 2005 memos that graphically describe harsh interrogation techniques approved for the CIA to use against ...

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The Global Impact of U.S. “War on Terror” Abuses

By JOANNE MARINER | My last column began to sketch out the global human rights impact of the U.S. “war on terror.” It described how U.S. abuses such as torture, enforced disappearance, and arbitrary detention, were, in many instances, carried ...

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Prosecuting American War Crimes

Did Americans commit war crimes by torturing detainees at Guantanamo Bay or at secret prisons scattered around Europe? Barack Obama doesn’t want to know. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was one of many who felt confident he would never face ...

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Police Invade High School in Mass Drug Raid- Find One piece of “Paraphernalia”

By Phil Leggiere | Police from various jurisdictions swarm on a Connecticut High School with police dogs, ransack over a hundred cars in the parking lot, rifle through lockers and find- rolling papers. An embarrassing misapplication of force? Nah. Not ...

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A golden opportunity to test Obama pledge on open government

IT is said to be the most impregnable vault on Earth: built out of granite, sealed behind a 22-tonne door, located on a US military base and watched over day and night by army units with tanks, heavy artillery and ...

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CIA Has 3,000 Docs on Torture Tapes

The CIA has about 3,000 documents related to the 92 destroyed videotapes that showed “war on terror” detainees being subjected to harsh interrogations, the Justice Department has disclosed, suggesting an extensive back-and-forth between CIA field operatives and officials of the ...

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Obama’s Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth

By DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN and SCOTT RASMUSSEN | It is simply wrong for commentators to continue to focus on President Barack Obama’s high levels of popularity, and to conclude that these are indicative of high levels of public confidence in the ...

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Obama Administration Declares Proposed IP Treaty a ‘National Security’ Secret

By David Kravets | President Barack Obama came into office in January promising a new era of openness. But now, like Bush before him, Obama is playing the national security card to hide details of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ...

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US: Cluster Bomb Exports Banned

Legislation signed into law on March 11, 2009 by President Obama will make permanent a ban on nearly all cluster bomb exports by the United States, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States should review its stance on joining ...

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UN experts to investigate secret U.S. jails

Two UN human rights experts said on Tuesday that they would conduct a global investigation of secret detention centers used by the United States and other countries in their counter-terrorism efforts.     The yearlong investigation is aimed not only to clarify ...

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FBI terrorist watch list hits 1 million entries

By Patrick Martin | The FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center acknowledged this week that there are more than 1 million names on its official terrorist watch list, a number that suggests the vast scale of the police-state measures undertaken by the ...

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1 in 50 Children in US is Homeless

By Cynthia Hubert | In and out of classrooms, sleeping in shelters, shielded by parents, homeless children can seem invisible to society at large. A national study released Monday finds that one in 50 children in America is homeless. They’re ...

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Detailed Report On Patriot Act Abuses

The American Civil Liberties Union released a comprehensive report today examining widespread abuses that have occurred under the USA Patriot Act, a law that was rushed through Congress just 45 days after September 11. In the almost eight years since ...

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Obama lays out Afghanistan war strategy

By James Cogan | The desperation at the heart of the Obama administration’s plans for escalating the war in Afghanistan was laid bare in the president’s interview with the New York Times last Friday.   Asked if the US-led forces ...

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ACLU: Md. police kept files on 20 activist groups

FREDERICK, Md. – The American Civil Liberties Union said yesterday that it had obtained records showing the Maryland State Police kept files on at least 20 groups the police considered potential security threats. The list is longer than the approximately one ...

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The Bottomless Bailout

By Ralph Nader | Does anybody in the federal government know or could know “who, what, where and when” of the massive, complex, vertical, horizontal, global collapse of Wall Street and its planetary tentacles in over 100 countries abroad? Step ...

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Obama’s backsliding on torture

guardian.co.uk | Not long ago, I marched across the gravel of Guantánamo Bay‘s Camp Echo with two overstuffed grocery sacks and tramped up the stairs of the hut where a prisoner sat, shackled and waiting. A guard swung open the grate. ...

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Store banned from displaying First Amendment

By Phil Leggiere | In hearing on sign ordinance forbidding murals and other signage on storefronts, a topic covered here recently, city of Clearwater defends its decision to forbid businesses from posting the words of the First Amendment on their ...

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Who Said Slavery Has Ended?

Called human trafficking or forced labor, modern slavery thrives in America, largely below the radar. A 2004 UC Berkeley study cites it mainly in five sectors: — prostitution and sex services – 46%; — domestic service – 27%; — agriculture ...

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Why Did So Few Americans Give a Damn?

By William Pfaff | The documents currently being released by the Justice Department that demonstrate the Bush administration’s view of the president’s constitutional power in a “state of war” tell us things we suspected but didn’t want to know. The first ...

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The Case for Prosecuting Bush Officials

By Daphne Eviatar | The Senate Judiciary Committee’s “Getting to the Truth Through a Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry” convened this morning to consider Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) proposal for a sort of “truth and reconciliation” commission. The hearing was full of ...

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Obama ‘siding with Bush over Israel’

IRAN’S supreme leader accused US President Barack Obama on Wednesday of following the same path as the Bush administration with his “unconditional” support for Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Mr Obama had spoken of change during his campaign but ...

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BUSH’S LAWYERS GAVE GREEN LIGHT TO ILLEGAL SPYNG

By Michael Isikoff | In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Justice Department secretly gave the green light for the U.S. military to attack apartment buildings and office complexes inside the United States, deploy high-tech surveillance against U.S. citizens ...

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The Big Lie of Recession Politics: ‘Shared Sacrifice’

By Shamus Cooke | It’s everywhere you look and in every speech you listen to. Every time a politician or businessmen talks about the recession, an almost in-synch, repetitive mantra can be heard: “Shared sacrifice, equality of sacrifice, hard choices.” ...

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OLC Authorized Pentagon to Ignore Bill of Rights On U.S. Soil

By Daphne Eviatar | In an October 2001 memo released on Monday, then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel John Yoo advised the Pentagon’s top lawyer that the president may not only deploy the military within the ...

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We Came an Inch from Martial Law, Bush Justice Department Memos Reveal

By Matthew Rothschild | It turns out that some of our most paranoid fears about the Bush Administration had a basis in reality. The Bush Justice Department, if you can call it that, issued legal opinions in late 2001 asserting ...

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Pentagon moves to impose secrecy on budget talks

AFP — Senior Pentagon officials have had to promise they will keep the details of the US military budget secret as the Defense Department prepares to make tough cuts on weapons programs, a spokesman said on Wednesday. In an unprecedented ...

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Prisoners tortured to death

By Stephen C. Webster The American Civil Liberties Union has released previously classified excerpts of a government report on harsh interrogation techniques used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. These previously unreported pages detail repeated use of “abusive” behavior, even ...

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How Credit Unions Survived the Crash – Casino Capitalism

CounterPunch  While the reckless giant banks are shattering like an over-heated glacier day by day, the nation’s credit unions are a relative island of calm largely apart from the vortex of casino capitalism. Eighty five million Americans belong to credit ...

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Experts: U.S. ‘war on terror’ globally eroded human rights

GENEVA, Feb 16 – Washington’s “war on terror” after the Sept. 11 attacks has eroded human rights worldwide, creating lingering cynicism that the United Nations must now combat, international law experts said on Monday.   Mary Robinson, who was the ...

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US Soldiers Investigated Over ‘Fraud’ Bigger Than Madoff

The Independent  In what could turn out to be the greatest fraud in US history, American authorities have started to investigate the alleged role of senior military officers in the misuse of $125bn (£88bn) in a US -directed effort to ...

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Rep: Punish Those Who Lie Us Into War

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., has introduced legislation that would impose fines or prison time on presidents or executive-branch officials who “knowingly and willfully” mislead Congress to gain authorization to use U.S. military forces. Jones, who has repeatedly and publicly regretted ...

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US intelligence chief: World capitalist crisis poses greatest threat

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Intelligence Thursday, Washington’s new director of national intelligence, Dennis Blair, warned that the deepening world capitalist crisis posed the paramount threat to US national security and warned that its continuation could trigger a ...

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Blackwater tries to rebrand itself

Blackwater Sheds Name, Shifts Focus By Dana Hedgpeth Blackwater Worldwide, a private security company whose work in Iraq was plagued by trouble, said yesterday that it is changing its name to Xe as it shifts its business focus. The company, ...

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Poll: Most want inquiry into anti-terror tactics

By Jill Lawrence  WASHINGTON – Even as Americans struggle with two wars and an economy in tatters, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds majorities in favor of investigating some of the thorniest unfinished business from the Bush administration: Whether its tactics ...

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Congress on bended knee before Wall Street executives

By Jerry White  Chief executive officers from the eight largest banks in the US, which have collectively received $125 billion in bailout money, appeared before the House Financial Services Committee Tuesday. The hearing was a demonstration of the utter prostration ...

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Amy Goodman: Obama’s Afghan Trap

President Barack Obama on Monday night held his first prime-time news conference. When questioned on Afghanistan, he replied, “This is going to be a big challenge.” He also was asked whether he would change the Pentagon policy banning the filming ...

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NSA’s meta-data email surveillance program exposed

WMR has learned details of one of the most important components of the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program code named “STELLAR WIND.” The highly-classified STELLAR WIND program was initiated by the George W. Bush administration with the cooperation of ...

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Lives Have Been Destroyed by the Federal Government

Lew Rockwell — – One of the hardest things to deal with in the current economic depression is the disgusting hypocrisy of the U.S. congress, the new president, and the members of the Federal Reserve System. It is one thing ...

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Pentagon warns of US military intervention in Mexico’s “war on drugs”

By Kevin Kearney The United States Joint Forces Command (USJFC), charged with anticipating global threats to US imperialism, issued a report last November entitled “Joint Operating Environment 2008 naming Pakistan and Mexico as the nations whose governments are most likely ...

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THE STORY THE MEDIA WON’T TOUCH

By Sam Smith Based on media coverage at least, name the largest industry in America that never contributes to political campaigns, never tries to influence politicians, never is involved in political corruption and has no lobbyists in Washington? In other ...

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Evidence of Torture ‘Buried by Ministers’

Judges condemn secrecy over files detailing treatment of suspect by CIA Richard Norton-Taylor | The Guardian Clive Stafford Smith, director of Reprieve, the legal charity and human rights group which acted for Mohamed, said last night: “The US is under ...

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Dozens of secret Bush surveillance, executive power memos found; Could be made public

By John Byrne Details about more than three dozen secret memoranda written by Bush Administration officials now sit atop a chart created by a public interest reporting group. The memos track new details about dozens of secret Bush Administration legal ...

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WERE SPECIFIC REPORTERS TARGETED BY NSA WIRETAPS?

Center for American Progress – Fewer than 24 hours after the end of the Bush presidency, a former analyst at the National Security Agency revealed on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” that Bush’s National Security Agency “monitored all communications” of ...

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European Activists Call For Bush To Be Tried For Torture

By Julio Godoy, IPS Now that former U.S. president George W. Bush is an ordinary citizen again, many legal and human rights activists in Europe are demanding that he and high-ranking members of his government be brought before justice for ...

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Gaza Invasion: Powered By The U.S.

Taxpayers are spending over $1 billion to send refined fuel to the Israeli military — at a time when Israel doesn’t need it and America does. By Robert Bryce Editor’s note: Generous support for this article was provided by the ...

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President Obama — It’s time to stop illegal spying on all Americans

Dear President Obama; I know you have a full plate right now but there’s something I need to talk to you about. Does anyone on your staff remember former National Security Agency (NSA) analyst, Russell Tice, who offered to provide ...

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Obama’s green plan must include Native Americans

To accomplish the green energy goals he talked about in his inaugural address, President Obama must work with Native Americans. “Each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet,” the president ...

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Meet the New Criminals: Obama Keeps Rendition

Obama lets CIA keep controversial renditions tool By Greg Miller, Chicago Tribune  WASHINGTON – The CIA’s secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a wind-swept naval base on ...

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No Random Drug Tests, No Foodstamps

Via Don’t Tase Me, Bro!  Call it the Great Recession meets the War on Drugs. West Virginia ponders law mandating compulsory random drug tests for anyone applying for food stamps or unemployment benefits. The Register-Herald (WV) reports: An Eastern Panhandle ...

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Saddam-Qaeda Conspiracy Theorist Surfaces Writing Iraq Reports For The Pentagon

By Justin Elliott It’s a truism that neoconservatives have a talent for failing upward: for repeatedly getting important things wrong and not seeing their careers suffer – for, in fact, being handed new opportunities to pursue their work (see, e.g., ...

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Bush officials authorized torture of US citizen, lawyers say

By John Byrne, RawStory Attorneys for US citizen Jose Padilla — who was convicted of material support for terrorist activities in 2007 — say that high-level Bush Administration officials knew their client was being tortured during the time he was ...

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Bush okayed torture to outwit defense lawyers

By Stephen C. Webster It comes as no surprise that the Bush administration had little love for lawyers. Long before the “Attorneygate” scandal developed around the firing of nine US Attorneys in his second term, former President George W. Bush ...

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Iraq to Deny New License To Blackwater Mercenary Firm

U.S. Embassy’s Preferred Contractor Accused of Killings By Ernesto Londoño and Qais Mizher, Washington Post  The Iraqi government has informed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that it will not issue a new operating license to Blackwater Worldwide, the embassy’s primary ...

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Loophole allows terrorist detentions

By Eli Lake  President Obama’s executive order closing CIA “black sites” contains a little-noticed exception that allows the spy agency to continue to operate temporary detention facilities abroad. The provision illustrates that the president’s order to shutter foreign-based prisons, known ...

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Marijuana Reform Is Part of the Progressive Agenda

So Why Are Obama’s Drug Cops Already Making Pot Raids? By Paul Armentano  Pot-reform activists have swarmed Obama’s Change.gov, and huge majorities voted for pot reform in election ’08, but no change yet from Obama. This past August, House Speaker ...

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Economic Policy Could Scuttle Obama’s Good Start

By Robert Scheer  Only a week into the new administration, and yet there is this nagging thought that Barack Obama’s legacy already hangs in the balance. Sounds absurd, I know, given the brief time, but his early response to the ...

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ACLU Demands Eavesdropping, Torture Memos From White House

By David KravetsThe American Civil Liberties Union is hoping a kinder, gentler Obama administration will disclose secret documents detailing the legal basis for the previous administration’s rationale for supporting torture and warrantless surveillance. The memos are being sought from the ...

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Investigate US torture and prosecute those responsible

Considerable efforts are being made in various quarters to cover up the record of US torture and prevent the prosecution of military and Central Intelligence Agency torturers and those higher up who ordered them to carry out their crimes. Republicans ...

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Amy Goodman: Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail

Karl Rove recently described George W. Bush as a book lover, writing, “There is a myth perpetuated by Bush critics that he would rather burn a book than read one.” There will be many histories written about the Bush administration. ...

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UN official: Enough evidence to prosecute Rumsfeld for war crimes

By David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster Monday, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak told CNN’s Rick Sanchez that the US has an “obligation” to investigate whether Bush administration officials ordered torture, adding that he believes that ...

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Are We Civilized Enough to Hold Our Leaders Accountable for War Crimes?

The World Is Watching By John W. Dean  Remarkably, the confirmation of President Obama’s Attorney General nominee, Eric Holder, is being held up by Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, who apparently is unhappy that Holder might actually investigate and prosecute ...

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Obama approves missile strikes in Pakistan

On the fourth day of Barack Obama’s presidency, he approved missiles strikes in Pakistan. Déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra would say, begging the question why more strikes if America voted for change? But this was the news ...

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Obama to order review of state’s emissions bid

By Zachary Coile, Robert Selna President Obama, in his first major environmental act since taking office, will order the Environmental Protection Agency today to move swiftly on a request by California and other states to set the nation’s toughest vehicle ...

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Score Another for Obama: He Lifts Global Gag Order

By Matthew Rothschild Barack Obama on Friday made good on his promise to lift the heinous global gag rule that George Bush had imposed on his own first day in office. The global gag rule deprived many overseas health clinics ...

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President Obama should call off the medical marijuana raids

By J.D. Tuccille Asked about medical marijuana on the campaign trail in New Hampshire just a year and a half ago, then-Senator Barack Obama said, “I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It’s not ...

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Noam Chomsky Speaks About President Obama

The following is a Press TV interview with respected American author, political analyst and world-renowned linguist, Professor Noam Chomsky. By Press TV January 24, 2009 — -Press TV: Professor Chomsky, we better start with Pakistan. The White House not commenting ...

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Banning Torture is Not Enough

By Jordan Paust | JURIST  JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that President Barack Obama should follow up his executive order banning torture and inhumane interrogation by fulfilling treaty-based and customary international legal obligations ...

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Holder OK with FBI Searches of Bookstore, Library Records

By Phil Leggiere  At confirmation hearing attorney general nominee voices support for Patriot Act provision authorizing secret FBI searches of reading records. President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general has endorsed an extension of the law that allows federal agents to ...

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Time to Get to Work

By Robert Scheer  So, let’s now heed the words of our new president and set aside childish things. Presumably that includes the $450 worth of designer Obama T-shirts that I got in return for a campaign contribution made two days ...

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Alleged 9/11 planners declare their guilt

  Two alleged orchestrators of the 2001 attacks on America casually declared their guilt yesterday in a messy and perhaps final session of the Guantanamo war crimes court.     This week’s military hearings could be the last at Guantanamo ...

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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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