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Bush acknowledges administration official leaked Plame’s name

July 14, 2007
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At a White House press conference Thursday, President Bush acknowledged that someone in his administration leaked the name of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame, but he avoided addressing the question of whether he saw it as a moral issue or was at all disappointed in his senior advisers.


Ron Paul On Tucker Carlson 7/11/07

July 13, 2007
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Ron Paul talks about how he raised more money than McCain and how the momentum of his campaign is growing at a breakneck speed.


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Ron Paul On Morning Joe, MSNBC

July 13, 2007
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Ron Paul appears on MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough. The Texas Congressman discusses why he is so popular on the Internet and why he has raised more money than former frontrunner John McCain.


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Brown wants international terror register

July 11, 2007
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Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Sunday he wanted a central register of known or suspected terrorists so that information could be shared internationally.

He spoke as his new Security Minister Admiral Alan West warned the defeat of militant radicalism could take up to 15 years, and urged people to become informers.


Chapter on Watergate from George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography by Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin

July 11, 2007
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In November, 1972, Bush’s “most influential patron,” Richard Nixon [fn 1], won re-election to the White House for a second term in a landslide victory over the McGovern-Shriver Democratic ticket. Nixon’s election victory had proceeded in spite of the arrest of five White House-linked burglars in the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate building in Washington early on June 17 of the same year. This was the beginning of the infamous Watergate scandal, which would overshadow and ultimately terminate Nixon’s second term in 1974.


Judges OK warrantless monitoring of Web use

July 11, 2007
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Federal agents do not need a search warrant to monitor a suspect’s computer use and determine the e-mail addresses and Web pages the suspect is contacting, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.


When the Crimes of the White House are Unpunishable

July 11, 2007
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On the day that Scooter Libby’s prison sentence was lifted by President Bush, Mordechai Vanunu was sentenced to prison, again, in Israel. In both cases, the underlying offense was the same: speaking to journalists. In each case, the nominal charges were otherwise. For Libby, lying under oath about the circumstances, thereby obstructing justice. For Vanunu, it was breaking a restriction laid upon him when he emerged from prison three years ago, after serving an earlier full sentence of eighteen years, also for speaking to journalists: he was ordered not to speak, at all, to journalists or foreigners. Like a free man, he did both, openly and repeatedly.

But whereas Libby had passed classified information, and Vanunu had served his earlier sentence for doing the same, in this instance Vanunu was not charged with revealing any secrets. The transcripts or published accounts of his conversations being available, it was open knowledge that what he had mainly talked about was the truth of his personal convictions about nuclear weapons: that they should universally be abolished, Israel’s among them.


Santorum Suggests New Terror Attacks Will Change View Of War

July 10, 2007
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In an alarming display of fearmongering, former Republican Senator Rick Santorum has suggested that a series of “unfortunate events,” namely terrorist attacks, will occur within the next year and change American citizen’s perception of the war.

Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, Santorum also hyped the necessity of “confronting Iran in the Middle East,” and predicted that Giuliani, Romney and Tommy Thompson would be the three surviving Republican candidates who would go head to head in the race for the nomination.

Santorum went on to clearly imply that terror attacks will occur inside America which will alter the body politic and lead to a reversal of the anti-war sentiment now dominating the country.


Posted in 9/11, USA, War On Terror

Police are gangs too

July 10, 2007
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Watch this shocking behaviour by officers of the law.


‘Super’ Zoom Surveillance Cams Used At Orlando Fireworks Show For First Time

July 10, 2007
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For the first time, Orlando police used high-tech surveillance cameras with the ability to zoom in on individual faces from great distances to monitor this year’s Fourth of July festivities, Local 6 News has learned.Seven cameras were strategically set up around Lake Eola to continually monitor every angle of the event.


Keith Olbermann Scathing Special Comment

July 10, 2007
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Keith Olbermann’s closing Special Comment on his show Countdown from July 3rd, 2007. This is after Bush commutes “Scooter” Libby’s jail term in spite of public opinion and outrage and possibly in an attempt to keep certain unknown things secret in a cover up. His final remarks call for the President and the Vice President to resign.


“Behavior-Detection” Graduates from Airports to Bus and Train Stations

July 10, 2007
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In celebration of Independence Day commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the feds have increased the visibility of armed goons at train stations and bus terminals across the country. “Officials from the Transportation Security Administration, formed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said the additional security is not a response to any specific threat to any of the regions,” reports the Examiner. In other words, there are no terrorists and you are not in danger. Since the Constitution is nothing more than a “goddamned piece of paper,” according to the decider-commander guy, it makes sense the government has decided to roll out this in-your-face escalation—from airports to bus stations—on the same day baby-kissing politicians blabber on about liberty, freedom, equality under the law, inalienable rights, and representative government, blah, blah, blah. “The federal security officers are part of the TSA’s Visual Intermodal Protection and Response teams, which consist of behavior-detection officers, federal air marshals not scheduled for flights, and rail, security and aviation inspectors,” the Examiner continues. “The VIPR (pronounced ‘viper’) program has conducted 84 targeted security assignments in the last 18 months.”

Behavior-detection officers. How perfectly Orwell. These guys are trained to detect “micro-expressions,” that is to say “a sign of an emotion being concealed,” as Paul Ekman, writing for the CIA’s favorite newspaper describes it. Had a fight with your wife, or experienced the death of a relative? Don’t show your emotions in public, bub, not unless you want three or four goons to “pull you aside,” that is to say interrogate you for the crime of inappropriate behavior in a public place. Not long ago, especially on the day we supposedly celebrate our freedom, this would have outraged most Americans. Now we thank the automatic weapon-toting goons and behavior-detection officers for treating us like criminals and slaves.


Voters Believe Iraq Is Creating More Terrorists, Distracting From Domestic Priorities

July 10, 2007
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ThinkProgress has obtained results of a new poll released yesterday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, a conference hosted by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute. The poll finds that voters of all parties are overwhelmingly pessimistic about the war in Iraq, believing the United States will fail. The war has distracted from the fight against terrorism and other domestic priorities


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UK Attacks a Model for U.S. Assault

July 6, 2007
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U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials believe the attempted terrorist attacks last weekend in England are a preview of the next terrorist assault on the United States.According to the Washington Post, the unsophisticated, near-simultaneous attacks are designed more to provoke widespread fear and panic than to cause major losses of life, require little training, and are difficult to prevent.

CIA Director Michael Hayden told agency employees on Tuesday via an internal memo that “events in Great Britain since last Friday serve as a reminder — if we ever needed one — that this remains a dangerous world and that our work in defending America is as important as ever.”


Senator accuses Bush of being ‘brain dead’

July 6, 2007
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At a campaign stop in Des Moines, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had some tough words for the President, along with two GOP presidential candidates. “This guy is brain dead,” Biden said of Bush, eliciting a chorus of laughter from his audience. Known for his slips of the tongue, Biden added, “I know I’ll be quoted, I’ll be killed for that.”

Speaking of Bush’s decision to commute the sentence of Scooter Libby, Biden stated, “This is a guy who is on the balls of his heels, here’s a guy who is lower off in the polls than any president in modern history and he goes ahead and he does something that just flies in the face of the sensibilities of the American people.”


Cheney and Bush Declare Autonomous Dictatorial Powers

July 6, 2007
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The Vice President and the President have casually declared their offices to be independent of the executive branch and completely autonomous, with Dick Cheney also attempting to abolish agencies his office is supposed to be accountable to.


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Bush BREAKS hundreds of laws

July 6, 2007
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President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ”whistle-blower” protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.

Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush’s assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty ”to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to ”execute” a law he believes is unconstitutional.


Bush And Cheney Declare Themselves Above The Law Again

July 6, 2007
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George W Bush has decided that if you happen to work in the White House a two-and-a-half year jail sentence for intentional obstruction of a federal investigation and four counts of perjury is “too harsh”. As a result the President has commuted the sentence of convicted felon Scooter Libby and sent him home with a pat on the back and orders to put his feet up.

Amid all the frothing media terror hype, the fact that the Bush administration has once again declared itself above the law has been relegated to the “and also in the news” sections.


Saved from prison by Bush’s favour: the White House aide who lied to a grand jury

July 6, 2007
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George Bush created a political storm yesterday by intervening to stop the disgraced White House aide, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, from going to jail. The president, in a statement, said the prison sentence imposed on Mr Libby, who was found guilty of perjury in a complex spy case linked to the Iraq war, was too harsh.Mr Bush, who made the statement after leaving a summit with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, at Kennebunkport, Maine, said: “I respect the jury’s verdict. But I have concluded that the prison sentence is excessive.”


Chertoff: ‘Lieberman Is Dead Right’ In Calling For Increased Wiretapping

July 6, 2007
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Yesterday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) used the foiled terror attempts in London to call for greater domestic spying in the United States. “I hope these terrorist attacks in London wake us up here in America to stop the petty partisan fighting going on about…electronic surveillance,” Lieberman said, referencing the Senate Judiciary Committee’s recent subpoenas of documents related to Bush’s wiretapping program that the White House has refused to release.

Today, on Fox and Friends, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff echoed Lieberman’s call, arguing that Lieberman was “dead right” in calling for increased domestic surveillance:


Lieberman calls for wider use of surveillance cameras

July 6, 2007
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Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said Sunday he wants to “more widely” use surveillance cameras across the country.

“The Brits have got something smart going in England, and it was part of why I believe they were able to so quickly apprehend suspects in the terrorist acts over the weekend, and that is they have cameras all over London and other of their major cities,” Lieberman said.


When Presidents Pardon Their Own Crimes

July 6, 2007
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George Mason (1725-1792), the father of the Bill of Rights (1791-2002), argued at the Constitutional Convention in favor of providing the House of Representatives the power of impeachment by pointing out that the President might use his pardoning power to “pardon crimes which were advised by himself” or, before indictment or conviction, “to stop inquiry and prevent detection.”

James Madison (1751-1836), the father of the U.S. Constitution (1788-2007), added that “if the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty.”

Of course, Bush has long been connected in a suspicious manner to Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, and others. Madison would probably have called for Bush’s impeachment when Bush first refused to investigate or hold anyone accountable for leaking Valerie Plame’s identity, or rather when Bush lied us into the war in the first place, or when he confessed to illegal spying, or when he detained people without charge and tortured them, or when he overturned laws with signing statements or refused to comply with subpoenas, and so on and so forth. Madison wouldn’t have wanted to see his Constitution tossed aside until the moment Bush commuted Libby’s sentence. But he certainly would have acted now if not before.


Happy Fourth Of July: Are We Fit To Be Free?

July 6, 2007
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Today we tend to think of the Fourth of July as a day off from work, an occasion for shooting off fireworks, having a backyard barbecue, or climbing in our cars and visiting distant friends and relatives. Hardly anybody harks back to that momentous day, what it meant, or how it affects us down to this very day.

What we mark on July Fourth is the signing of the Declaration of Independence, an astonishing event when a handful of men of different backgrounds and different colonies with no organized armed force at their disposal, came together and wrote a document that in effect, told the mighty British empire to bug off and leave them and their colonies alone.

It was what must be seen as a foolhardy act. They defied a monarch and his government with the finest and most powerful army on the face of the earth, knowing full well what the consequences would be if they failed in achieving independence from Britain. With Adams they understood the “Toil and Blood and Treasure,” it would cost them “to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. “


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As Recruitment Numbers Fall, U.S. Army Looking Toward Illegals

June 23, 2007
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Fresh off the American Forces Press Service comes an item detailing the U.S. Defense Department’s attempt to pressure Congress into fast-tracking a section of the stalled immigration bill for the purpose of military recruiting.

Follow this link to the original source:Officials Hope to Rekindle Interest in Immigration Bill Provision


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Ron Paul Excluded in Iowa

June 22, 2007
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Iowans for Tax Relief and Iowa Christian Alliance will host a presidential candidates forum on Saturday, June 30th in Des Moines. Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, Tommy Thompson, and Tom Tancredo will participate. Ron Paul, however, will not participate. Why? Because he wasn’t invited.

We heard about this forum from numerous supporters in Iowa who asked why Dr. Paul was not going to participate. Those supporters assumed that Dr. Paul was invited.


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Schwarzenegger, Blair to Meet in London

June 22, 2007
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to travel to London on Sunday, two days before British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves office, to reciprocate a visit Blair made to California.


Where were you online? Advertisers know

June 22, 2007
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Personal identity has taken on a new meaning in the digital age, where basic facts like your name, address or age are far less important to some people than the collected records of what you were looking at online.

Technologies for monitoring and interpreting Internet habits as a predictor of future behavior cropped up at the start of this century, but only now are gaining momentum as the newest gold mine for Web sites and their advertisers.

Known as behavioral targeting, the premise is to follow the sites you visit and build a picture of what products may interest you, then deliver related advertising in time for you to choose your purchase.

U.S. marketers will nearly double their spending on such advertising to $1 billion next year from $575 million in 2007, according to research firm eMarketer. By 2011, behavioral targeting will surge to nearly $3.8 billion of online ads.


Cameras May Watch You Take Tests Online

June 22, 2007
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New technology will place cameras inside students’ homes to ensure that those taking exams online don’t cheat.
This fall, Troy University in Alabama will begin rolling out the cameras for many of its approximately 11,000 online students, about a third of whom are at U.S. military installations around the world.

The device, made by Cambridge, Mass.-based Software Secure, is similar in many respects to other test-taking software. It locks down a computer while the test is being taken, preventing students from searching files or the Internet. The latest version also includes fingerprint authentication, to help ensure the person taking the test isn’t a ringer.

But the new development is a small Web cam and microphone that is set up where a student takes the exam. The camera points into a reflective ball, which allows it to capture a full 360-degree image. (The first prototype was made with a Christmas ornament.)


Romney just “smells great!”

June 20, 2007
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So says Alina Cho of CNN from Monday’s “American Morning” show. John Roberts was wrapping up an interview segment with Mitt Romney when Alina chimed in with this astute observation…

“He looks great, sounds great, smells great.”


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96 members of Congress paying family members

June 20, 2007
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More than one in four members of Congress who hold top positions on committees and subcommittees or are in the House Leadership have used their position to enrich family members, according to a watchdog’s investigation.

Lawmakers employed family members on campaign committees and used campaign funds to pay family businesses or contribute to relatives among other methods that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington says warrants an investigation.


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Feds told they need warrants for webmail

June 20, 2007
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A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling against warrantless seizures of email. Law enforcement agents need to obtain a warrant before looking at a user’s email even if it is stored online, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday.

For 20 years, long before the introduction of knee-jerk law enforcement powers ushered in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the Stored Communications Act (SCA) has been used by government agents to carry out secret searches and seizures of stored email, without requiring a warrant. A case brought by Steven Warshak challenged this practice.


Ron Paul Introduces Legislation To Abolish The Federal Reserve

June 19, 2007
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On Friday, Rep. Paul introduced H.R. 2755 To abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes. The text of this bill is not yet available on-line but Rep. Paul introduced a similiar bill back in July of 2003 which never even made it into committee.


House set to pass post-Virginia Tech gun bill

June 13, 2007
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Spurred by the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, the Democratic-led House of Representatives is expected to approve a bill to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, lawmakers said on Tuesday


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ABC News: VT Killer ‘Purchased Ammo’ on Ebay… But Ebay Doesn’t SELL Ammunition!

April 25, 2007
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ABC News tries its hand at sensationalism with a story on the VT killer buying “ammo” on the auction site Ebay, but muffs it badly getting all the relevant facts wrong. But it sure is a good headline.

Problem is, Ebay doesn’t sell ammunition… it doesn’t even sell guns. What the VT killer bought were clips (magazines), not “ammo”– if it was even him .

Will ABC News correct itself? Will ABC News admit it was not only misinformed on an easily checked issue, but acted with tabloid journalism to boot?


Posted in USA, VT Shooting

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

April 25, 2007
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From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all.


Posted in Fascism, USA

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