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Military.com Covers Edmonds Disclosures, Reports 'Denials' From Several Fingered Bush Officials
Feature article offers comment from Perle, Feith, spokesman for Grossman, as well as information and comment in support of the FBI translator/whistleblower's charges of nuclear treason
Bradblog.com, b
y Brad Friedman on 10/21/2009

Reporter Bryant Jordan's 1,500 word feature includes a background summary of Edmonds' story, which The BRAD BLOG has been detailing for years, and a summary of the allegations she offered under oath last August in her sworn deposition following seven years of "forced silence" under a court-ordered gag due to the so-called "State Secrets Privilege" twice-invoked by George W. Bush's Department of Justice. A good round-up of the startling information Edmonds says she gleaned while listening to and translating wiretaps in the counterintelligence division at the FBI after 9/11 is offered throughout his coverage.

Jordan's piece is well reported and includes, for the first time to our knowledge, several forms of denials of Edmonds allegations by some of Bush's key State and Defense Department officials --- such as Richard Perle and Douglas Feith --- who, she says, were participants in espionage plots against the United States in order to share military and even nuclear secrets with Turkish and Israeli government operatives. ...

"No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." --Thomas Jefferson
9/11, Deep Events, and the Curtailment of U.S. Freedoms
y Prof Peter Dale Scott
The war on terror and the war on drugs have this in common: both are ideological attempts to justify the needless killings of thousands – including both American troops and foreign civilians --  in another needless war.
Intelligence Improperly Collected on U.S. Citizens
NYTimes.com 121709
In February, a Department of Homeland Security intelligence official wrote a “threat assessment” for the police in Wisconsin about a demonstration involving local pro- and anti-abortion rights groups. ...
Huge Blow To Fair Elections; Supreme Court Favors Corporations Over "We The People" In Campaign Finance Reform Ruling!
Democracy As We Knew It Will Be Seriously Challenged
 (See US News Page)
You Won't Believe In Conspiracy, Until You Know The Media
Americans Easily Dismiss Conspiracy Claims Because of Naive Media Trust

Get the real story on who runs the media that we trust to protect our democracy. Learn how just half a dozen men hold control of our media programming and why that's a bad thing for democracy. A mere six individuals (CEOs) decide which stories you get to see and which stories you don't get to see. Once you realize the truth about our misguided notion of integrity in broadcasting and the news, you will see how easy it is to deceive a populace. You could convince them of literally anything. Even into giving up their rights. View the NewsFocus page on The Media for all you need to know.
Most Americans Do Not Realize That We Do Not Own The Fed
The uber-rich bankers from the Central Banks rule over all politicians. Don't believe it?
Learn what you don't know about the corrupt Federal Reserve.

Alan Greenspan Admits There Is No Authority Above The Federal Reserve

75% of Americans Favor Auditing The Federal Reserve
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
So much for the ongoing secrecy of the nation’s independent central banking system. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of Americans favor auditing the Federal Reserve and making the results available to the public. ...

US House OKs Fed Audit Provision; Eyes Now On Senate
Congressman Ron Paul (R) Wins Key Battle to Open Federal Reserve's Books
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D) Introduces Legislation to Audit Federal

(See more farther below and also on the Economy page)


Banks Own The US Government
There are smart ways to raise money and regulate the market, but Wall Street is working to kill any meaningful financial reform
The Guardian - by Dean Baker - 2009-06-30
Last month, when the US Congress failed to pass a bankruptcy reform measure that would have allowed home mortgages to be modified in bankruptcy, senator Dick Durbin succinctly commented: "The banks own the place." That seems pretty clear. After all, it was the banks' greed that fed the housing bubble with loony loans that were guaranteed to go bad. Of course the finance guys also made a fortune guaranteeing the loans that were guaranteed to go bad (ie AIG), and when everything went bust, the taxpayers got handed the bill. The cost of the bailout will certainly be in the hundreds of billions, if not more than $1tn when it is all over. ...

Spitzer: Federal Reserve is 'a Ponzi scheme, an inside job'
The Raw Story.com, by Daniel Tencer - July 25, 2009
The Federal Reserve — the quasi-autonomous body that controls the US’s money supply — is a “Ponzi scheme” that created “bubble after bubble” in the US economy and needs to be held accountable for its actions, says Eliot Spitzer, the former governor and attorney-general of New York. ...

Learn More About The Federal Reserve Here:
Return The Control Of Our Money To The US Government
The Federal Reserve Sets The Rules When It Comes To Our Monetary System
NewsFocus, By Tim Watts 031209
What Most Don’t Know About Our System of Currency
The Takeover of the United States of America
For over two hundred years, the United States of America has been the beacon of democracy and freedom for the world, or so we have been led to believe. While sadly unbeknownst to many, our democracy was infiltrated long, long ago. If that is a statement that you personally take issue with, you are encouraged to please take the time to read this paper and see if there isn’t something hidden that you just might not know about regarding our beloved country. Please consider the following. (Read more)

Whose Country is it anyway? A political-economic oligarchy has taken over the United States of America
Global Research, by Prof. John Kozy - July 4, 2009
A political-economic oligarchy has taken over the United States of America. This oligarchy has institutionalized a body of law that protects businesses at the expense of not only the common people but the nation itself. ....

The Privately Owned Federal Reserve Runs Our Country
Unemployment On The Rise
The International Forecaster, by Bob Chapman, July 16, 2009
We hope people are starting to realize that the privately owned Federal Reserve runs our country, not our branches of government. The new proposal to give the Fed new powers is the worst possible thing that could be happening to our country. It is a total centralization of banking and financial power. ...

Read more on the Federal Reserve on the Economy page

Banks Only Care Is Profit. Return The Power To Print Money To 'We The People'
By Nathan Diebenow, Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Let Private Predator Banks Die: Lawyer
DALLAS, Texas — Still pissed off at the Wall Street bailout? President Barack Obama’s stimulus package? Private bank nationalization? The new homeowner mortgage bailout? Also afraid that the federal government won’t have enough money to fund Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security in the future? Well, Ellen Hodgson Brown has a solution for you. Nationalize the Federal Reserve. ...

"Outlaw the Shadow Banking System!"
Guess Who Said It?
Global Research, by Matthias Chang, March 10, 2009
When I read the remarks of President Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown after their meeting at the Oval Office on March 3, 2009 and the speech of the latter to the Joint Session of Congress on March 4, 2009, I realized that a growing antagonism has emerged between certain factions of the ruling elites in the City of London and in Washington DC. ...

The Federal Reserve is Bankrupt
How Did It Happen and What are the Ugly Consequences
Global Research - by Matthias Chang - 2009-03-10

The Federal Reserve is bankrupt for all intents and purposes. The same goes for the Bank of England! This article will focus largely on the Fed, because the Fed is the "financial land-mine"

How long can someone who has stepped on a landmine, remain standing – hours, days? Eventually, when he is exhausted and his legs give way, the mine will just explode! The shadow banking system has not only stepped on the land-mine, it is carrying such a heavy load (trillions of toxic wastes) that sooner or later it will tilt, give way and trigger off the land-mine! ... 

Learn More About The Federal Reserve Here

Google Video: An Explanation Of The Federal Reserve

Top Three Powerful Documentaries That Everyone Needs To See
The Methods Used To Control Us Are Laid Out Very Well For All To See

The Trap  |  The Century Of The Self  |  The Corporation

Once you know how you are being manipulated and controlled, you are much better off in understanding the events happening around you and the forces that work around us.

More Documentaries

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There is no greater form of patriotism than questioning your government.


One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists
InformationClearinghouse.info, By Chris Hedges  - 122809
This corruption of our legal system, if history is any guide, will not be reserved by the state for suspected terrorists, or even Muslim Americans. In the coming turmoil and economic collapse, it will be used to silence all who are branded as disruptive or subversive.

Welcome to Orwell’s World 2010
InformationClearinghouse.info, By John Pilger - 123009
In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell described a superstate called Oceania, whose language of war inverted lies that “passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’, ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past’.


Perfectly Safe Airlines

Feds: Terror Foiled On Flight To Detroit
Detroit Free Press - Joe Swickard, Naomi R. Patton - ‎122609
A terror suspect who claimed to have al-Qaida connections could face charges as soon as today for attempting to blow up a Delta-Northwest flight as it was landing at Detroit Metro Airport on Friday, law enforcement ...
Nigerian held in act of terror on airliner Baltimore Sun

CIA rejects charge it failed to share bomb suspect intelligence
AFP - 123009
The CIA on Wednesday rejected accusations that it failed to share vital information with other US intelligence agencies that might have helped prevent last week's attempted plane bomb attack.

The intelligence agency rejected charges that it possessed, but failed to disseminate, information about Nigerian suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab that might have led to his being placed on a no-fly list. ...

Airline bomber was barred from Britain

Amid Media Blackout
Congressional hearing reveals US intelligence agencies shielded Flight 253 bomber
by Alex Lantier - 010310
The revelation that US intelligence agencies made a deliberate decision to allow Abdulmutallab to board the commercial flight, without any special airport screening, has been buried in the media. As of this writing, nearly a week after the hearing, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times have published no articles on the subject. Nor have the broadcast or cable media reported on it.

Flight 253: Intelligence Agencies Nixed State Department Move to Revoke Bomber’s Visa
DissidentVoice.org, by Tom Burghardt - February 8th, 2010

Rightist demagogues, as they are wont to do, prattle-on how they, and they alone, can “keep America safe”–by shredding the Constitution.

Waging a decades-long psychological war against the American people, corporatist thugs embedded within the National Security State assure us that secrecy, deceit and imperial adventures that steal other peoples’ resources are the one true path to national prosperity and universal happiness.

But what happens when those charged with protecting us from attack, actually aid and abet those who would kill us, and then handsomely profit from our slaughter in the process?

During a January 27 hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Under Secretary of State for Management, Patrick F. Kennedy, testified that the visa of accused bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, wasn’t revoked at the specific request of secret state agencies. ... (Read More)

Northwest Airlines Christmas Day Flight: "Al Qaeda Made Me Do It!”
The rise of patsies and heroes
Global Research, by Rev. Richard Skaff - 010410
Is Nigerian oil the hidden story behind this alleged terror plot? ...

Flight 253: Anatomy of a Cover-Up
DissidentVoice.com, by Tom Burghardt - January 11th, 2010
New revelations about the failed Christmas Day attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 continue to emerge as does evidence of a systematic cover-up. With the White House in crisis mode since the attempted bombing, President Obama met for two hours January 5 with top security and intelligence officials. Obama said that secret state agencies “had sufficient information to uncover the terror plot … but that intelligence officials had ‘failed to connect those dots’,” The New York Times reports. ...

Witness Tells All About Bomb Incident; Claims Real Story Is Being Withheld

Taylor Lawyer Suspects A Cover-Up
Detroit Free Press - Naomi R. Patton - 010110
A Taylor lawyer says he thinks authorities are seeking to discredit his account that an older, well-dressed Indian man helped terror defendant Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab board Flight 253 from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit without ...
Taylor Couple Talks With FBI WXYZ

Northwest Bomber: A Possible Manchurian Candidate?
Jasper Schuringa a passenger of Northwest flight 253, who helped apprehend the Nigerian Islamist Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, gives an eyewitness account that is chillingly reminiscent of a brainwashed 'Manchurian Candidate'. No struggle, no anger, just fear and a blank look. Not exactly an enraged terrorist.

Schuringa said he noticed a man on the left side of the aisle, sitting still while on fire.

"A normal person would stand up, and he wasn't standing up," he said.

Schuringa said the man just stared at him, but did not let go of whatever he was holding onto. Through it all, the man appeared dazed.

"He was staring into nothing," Schuringa said

Flight 253 hero recounts Christmas bombing attempt CNN - ‎Dec 30, 2009‎

Flight 253 Passenger Jasper Schuringa Speaks to CNN

NewsFocus: With little or no media coverage regarding rumors that the attempted bomber had no passport and was helped to board the plane by a well dressed man, a Bing search was conducted with the key words, northwest bomber passport. The search brought up all of the articles below within just a few pages, yet Google News gave only eight pages to the entire search and did not yield one single story on the no passport rumor. Not even one story on the lack of a passport from Google News.
Ask yourself how Google News would miss this story, or why it would suppress it.

Bomber Had No Passport, Helped To Board Plane By Sharp-Dressed Man
A passenger who boarded
Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in Amsterdam with attempted plane bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab says the would-be terrorist had no passport and was aided ...
Detroit, MI - Claim: Would Be Bomber Had No Passport
Bomber Had No Passport, Helped To Board Plane By Sharp-Dressed Man

Did Northwest Attempted Bomber Mutallab Get On Plane Without Passport
This could turn into a shocking security lapse if true. A Michigan man Kurt Haskell, who flew on
Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam ...

Ron Paul suggests 'agenda' to expand terror war, attack American liberty
Raw Story - Stephen C. Webster - ‎123009‎
The underwear bomber was escorted to the ticket counter by a well dressed man who helped him secure a seat on the plane without a passport. ...

A Convenience Theory
Detroit Airliner Terror Incident

InformationClearinghouse.info, By Grant Lawrence - 123009
I am not one that sees conspiracies everywhere, but I do like a good Convenience Theory. Like the one that is coming together out of the botched terror attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up an airliner in Detroit just as it was arriving.

Northwest Bomb Plot 'Oddities'  JustGetThere.us
Bomber Had No Passport, Helped To Board Plane By Sharp-Dressed Man

Change Flight 253's number? They already did!
Until Oct. 24, the flight was known as Northwest Flight 67

Detroit Free Press (blog) - Ellen Creager - ‎Dec 30, 2009‎
One question to come out of the terrorist incident on Christmas Day is whether Delta should change the flight number of the Amsterdam to Detroit route. The thing is, they already did. Flight 253 is the new number. ...

Not every passenger represents an equal risk
Canada.com - Lorne Gunter - ‎Dec 31, 2009
Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, we were all made to give up our manicure scissors and nail clippers, knitting needles and sewing kits before boarding a flight. Since Richard Reid, the "Shoe ...
Full-Body scanners raise both hands for privacy concerns Examiner.com

Tracing Bomb Suspect's Journey to Detroit
CBS News - Dec 28, 2009
This is a partial timeline of events showing Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's whereabouts since 2005. Abdulmutallab was charged with trying to detonate an explosive device on board Northwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas Day. The events were compiled by CBS News correspondent Sheila MacVicar and CBSNews.com. ....

NewsFocus: Read the comments below the CBS story regarding the alleged bomber trying to board without a passport and having someone vouch for him at the check-in.

Cheney: Obama pretends nation is not at war (See NewsFocus Op/Ed)

Republicans hammer Obama after airline attack AFP

Why No GOP Outrage Over Failed Plane Bomber’s Detention in Michigan
Bomber” Boarded Without Passport. The "Christmas Bomber" apparently Boarded flight 253 without a passport. A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 ...
Detroit incident similar to 2001 'shoe bomber' attempt


US House OKs Fed Audit Provision; Eyes Now On Senate
But The Senate Voted No In July, So Where Is Our Hope?
Reuters - Mark Felsenthal - ‎Dec 11, 2009‎
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and other top officials for weeks had argued the audit provision would result in a costly impression that the central bank's rate ...

Bill To Audit Fed Sponsored By More Than Half Of House Huffington Post
A lonely voice against the Fed now leads a chorus
Washington Post
House panel votes to audit Federal Reserve The Associated Press
Bill to audit Federal Reserve passed in Committee Examiner.com
Operation Audit: Fed up with a rogue central bank Globe and Mail
Audit the Fed provision passes the House Firedoglake (blog)

It's Time To Audit The Fed! (Ask yourself, why are they above being audited?)
Examiner.com - ‎Dec 8, 2009‎
In this time of extreme political polarization, an issue has emerged that is bringing the Right and the Left together: Auditing the Federal Reserve System. ...

Alan Greenspan Admits There Is No Authority Above The Federal Reserve

If they truly have nothing to hide, audit the Federal Reserve, now!

Ron Paul Wins Key Battle to Open Federal Reserve's Books
American Banking News - ‎Dec 7, 2009‎
Paul contends that the Federal Reserve is over-reacting. His amendment would remove blanket restrictions on GAO audits of the Fed and allow for the audit of ...

NewsFocus: Hmmmmm... this is good if it's real. We've had a Warren Commission and we've had a 9/11 Commission. Where did that ever get us with the truth? Who will be the Kean and Hamilton of the Audit the Fed Commission? Can we truly expect the Fed ruse to finally be uncovered? Will America wake up and realize that we do NOT own the Federal Reserve? It is privately owned by the large central banks and controls the money policy of the U.S., holding our country in debt and usurping our national sovereignty since 1913. If the bankers don't want it, maybe that should tell us something. If they have nothing to hide, then why not do a full audit of the Fed?
Learn more about the Federal Reserve.

The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. --President John F. Kennedy 4/27/61

John F. Kennedy On Secret Societies
See the full speech here


SCOTUS to Determine Scope of Second Amendment
Gather.com - ‎Dec 19, 2009‎
 The wrong decision by the SCOTUS could put gun rights back a long time. The right decision would stop a lot of anti gun legislation. On Nov. ...


Health care reform impossible before campaign finance and lobbyist reform
Flesh and Stone - ‎Dec 17, 2009‎
Wellstone said single-payer legislation could not happen before campaign finance reform. “While Paul Wellstone submitted single-payer, Medicare for all ...

Why campaign finance reform must happen now
Examiner.com - ‎Dec 5, 2009‎
An overview of some of the ideas and a history of campaign finance reform can be viewed on Wikipedia. At a recent town hall held by Sen. ...

Report: Billions In Campaign Contributions!

Better get behind public financing of campaigns quick
Firedoglake (blog) - ‎Dec 17, 2009‎
If you think that financial reform and healthcare reform show the heavy fingerprints of corporations now, just wait til the SCOTUS comes forth with this ...

Report: Campaign finance laws full of loopholes
The Associated Press - Juliet Williams - ‎Dec 23, 2009‎
Politicians across the country keep finding ways to skirt campaign-finance laws, using ballot-measure committees and other avenues to raise millions of ...

Why you can't run for office in America
Examiner.com - ‎Dec 21, 2009‎
It is a dreaded word not to be uttered among conservative circles: Campaign Finance Reform. While it is very hard to tell which word exactly sends chills ...

Video: Carl Bernstein: US Congress Is Corrupt, Systemically Broken (VIDEO)
Huffington Post (blog) - ‎Dec 23, 2009‎
Our best hope is a change in the supreme court, where campaign finance reform and corporate personhood can be overturned. And by the end of Obamas second ...

An Age Ripe for Political Reform (Maybe)
New York Times - Nicholas Confessore - ‎Dec 12, 2009‎
In the 1970s, the Watergate scandal produced much of the current federal regime of campaign finance law and personal financial disclosure. ...

Read more on the Politics page...


Saving America: The Necessary Steps To Reclaim Our Democracy
"We the people" Need To Insist Upon Restoring The Vision Of Our Forefathers
NewsFocus - 122609

  • Election Reform - Get rid of Political Action Committees (PACs) and corporate donations.
  • Media Reform Break up media monopolies and encourage diversity of news and opinion.
  • Take over the Federal Reserve Return power to print money to U.S. Government.
  • Balance the Courts We should not lean left or right, but strike a fair balance in our courts.
  • Tax Reform Make the rich pay their share accordingly, as we do, with no more loopholes.
  • PATRIOT Act Reform Re-establish the Constitution & Bill of Rights for "We the People."

If we don't act soon, it may be too late to reclaim the country we once knew. Those that have all the power are counting on you to be complacent, unmotivated and ignorant.


Former CIA Official: Iran Nuke Document Was Forged
CrooksandLiars.com, bYou would think that a country that's so very dependent on the U.S. for economic subsidies would be hesitant to pull stunts like this, wouldn't you? And yet, that doesn't seem to be the case:

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (IPS) - U.S. intelligence has concluded that the document published recently by the Times of London, which purportedly describes an Iranian plan to do experiments on what the newspaper described as a "neutron initiator" for an atomic weapon, is a fabrication, according to a former Central Intelligence Agency official.
Philip Giraldi, who was a CIA counterterrorism official from 1976 to 1992, told IPS that
intelligence sources say that the United States had nothing to do with forging the document, and that Israel is the primary suspect. The sources do not rule out a British role in the fabrication, however.

The Times of London story published Dec. 14 did not identify the source of the document. But it quoted "an Asian intelligence source" - a term some news media have used for Israeli intelligence officials - as confirming that his government believes Iran was working on a neutron initiator as recently as 2007.

The story of the purported Iranian document prompted a new round of expressions of U.S. and European support for tougher sanctions against Iran and reminders of Israel's threats to attack Iranian nuclear program targets if diplomacy fails. ...

DoJ Now Investigating Diebold/ES&S Merger
Anti-trust probes also said underway in 14 states
BradBlog.com, By Brad Friedman on 12/19/2009 6:41PM 
On Thursday we reported that Florida's AG office was investigating the recent acquisition of Diebold's voting machine unit by its larger/largest "competitor," ES&S, for possible violations of anti-trust statutes in the state. Today, the New York Post reports that the U.S. Dept. of Justice is also actively investigating the same thing --- along with 14 states in total --- and may "file a suit to unwind the deal" next month...
A Secret Government!
Secret Reports, Secret Budgets, Secret Operations, Secret Courts ...
InformationClearinghouse.info, by Sibel Edmonds
If these points don’t sound outrageous and if they don’t make the state of our liberties look dire and pathetic, then we are all in deep trouble.

NewsFocus: See more on Sibel Edmonds story farther down this page

America's 3rd World War
Ex-CIA Chief John Stockwell on the American creation of the 3rd World War.
"We are not attacking our enemy, we are attacking the third world."


Basic Stuff That Most Americans Are Embarrassingly Clueless About
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts 122309

Let's face it, Americans, for the most part the middle and upper classes, enjoy a pretty comfortable life. We own lots of cool things to make us feel good about our lives and we have oodles of fancy technology to provide us with modern conveniences never before ever imagined by our grandparents. Most of all, we are the most overly entertained society in the world. If you think that's a good thing, you would be remiss in understanding how the desire for comfort and pleasure has dumbed-down most of the lemming herd to the point that our only intellectual challenge these days comes from mindless trivia games that test our knowledge of pop culture.

There once was a time when the education of science, mathematics and history were the keys to knowledge, real knowledge that you could grow a society upon. Sadly enough though, that concept has now given way to what I like to refer to as mental minutia. What was Jimmy Walker's favorite catch phrase on Good Times? Who were the main pilots in Top Gun? How many kids did the Brady's have and what were their names? Americans appear to know more about inconsequential bullshit than we do about the inner workings of our political system, or the convoluted mechanisms that drive our economy and financial institutions. We have become disinterested in matters of the real world, accepting instead a narrow view provided by the talking heads of our overly glorified media. We have become complacent in our intellectual curiosity. We have become dangerously gullible and overly trusting of our politicians, but most threatening of all, we trust our media talking heads implicitly, with little question for the real news that affects us all. America has lost its way and we ourselves must shoulder a great deal of that blame.  ... (Read More)


The Patriot Act

Americans need to wake up to the horrible ramifications of this act.
This act is one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation ever for America.

For more, see: American Assault


Former Reagan Staffer: Break The CIA In Half
ConsortiumNews.com, by Ray McGovern122209
Editor’s Note: Exactly 46 years ago, President Harry Truman looked back on the still-young CIA, which he had helped create, and was alarmed at how its original purpose – to provide unvarnished information to top policymakers – was being perverted by the agency’s growing role in covert operations.

Nearly a half century since Truman’s warning, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern marvels at Truman’s prescience and suggests that the only answer today is to separate out – and protect – the agency’s core analytical function:

After the CIA-led fiasco at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, President John Kennedy was quoted as saying he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.” I can understand his anger, but a thousand is probably too many.

Better is a Solomon solution; divide the CIA in two. That way we can throw out the bath water and keep the baby.

Covert action and analysis do not belong together in the same agency — never have, never will. That these two very different tasks were thrown together is an accident of history, one that it is high time to acknowledge and to fix. ...

Another DHS security failure
TSA employees suspended after passenger screening guide posted online
CBS News, 120909
WASHINGTON (AP) - Five Transportation Security Administration employees have been placed on administrative leave since it was discovered that sensitive guidelines about airport passenger screening were posted on the Internet.
Global Strike Force: The Real Story Behind, Blackwater, JSOC and the CIA's Private Army of Elite Assassins
TruthAlliance.net | By Hawk | Dec. 12, 2009
This month Eric Prince has resigned from the scandal ridden Xe inc. formerly know as Blackwater, revealing a decade long relationship as a deep cover CIA operative specifically tasked with building and mobilizing an elite army of private assassins for the CIA. ...

Report: Blackwater was extension of CIA RawStory.com

Sound Familiar?
US Refuses to Allow UN Inspectors to Investigate its WMDs
InformationClearinghouse.info, By Agence France-Presse

The United States said Wednesday that it remained opposed to international inspections of biological weapon sites.
Global Strike Force: The Real Story Behind, Blackwater, JSOC and the CIA's Private Army of Elite Assassins
TruthAlliance.net | By Hawk | Dec. 12, 2009
This month Eric Prince has resigned from the scandal ridden Xe inc. formerly know as Blackwater, revealing a decade long relationship as a deep cover CIA operative specifically tasked with building and mobilizing an elite army of private assassins for the CIA. ...

Report: Blackwater was extension of CIA RawStory.com


Anthrax War
In tracing the 2001 bio-terror attacks in the U.S. to the heart of the U.S. bio-defense program, this film raises an alarm. These attacks that helped prepare a country for war have also spawned a multi-billion dollar bio-defense boom. The line between bio-offense and bio-defense is becoming extremely thin.


See the full program here: Anthrax War

See also: Anthrax Conspiracy


EFF sues to discover how US collects intel over Facebook, MySpace
RawStory.com, by Stephen C. Webster - Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 -- 11:01 pm
The Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against several government agencies hoping to force the revelation of how the U.S. utilizes social networks like Facebook and MySpace to collect intelligence.

"Millions of people use social networking sites like Facebook every day, disclosing lots of information about their private lives," said James Tucker, a student working with EFF, in a media advisory. "As Congress debates new privacy laws covering sites like Facebook, lawmakers and voters alike need to know how the government is already using this data and what is at stake."


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Iraq War
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Congressman: Bush Let Osama bin Laden Get Away!
Rep. Hinchey: Bush Administration 'Intentionally Let bin Laden Get Away' In Order To Justify Iraq War
InformationClearinghouse.info,  120109
On Monday afternoon, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-New York) told MSNBC host David Shuster that the Bush administration "intentionally let bin Laden get away" in order to justify the Iraq war.  -  "Look what happened. Look what happened with regard to our invasion into Afghanistan. How we apparently intentionally let bin Laden get away. How we intentionally did not follow the Taliban and al Qaeda."

Hinchey alleged that bin Laden was let go because "the previous administration... knew very well that if they would capture al Qaeda there would be no justification for an invasion in Iraq." ...


Raw Story Investigation: Pentagon Domestic Propaganda In U.S.
911Blogger.com, 110609
April 20, 2008 The New York Times broke the news that the Pentagon (and members of the Bush Administration) had been coordinating with retired military analysts on talking points to cover in their media appearances, as part of a 'psyop' on the American public to sell the 'post-9/11 world', the 'War on Terror', Guantanamo, torture, and the continued occupation of Iraq. These 'analysts', many of whom had undisclosed conflicts of interest such as financial ties to defense contractors, appeared over 4500 times in the media, as part of this campaign. The media outlets responsible for participating in the program- which includes the NY Times- have generally not acknowledged any fault on their own part, and some commentators attempted to spin the psyop as simply the Pentagon telling their side of things. A DOD Inspector General investigation found no wrong doing on the part of the Pentagon, but that report was later found to be so flawed, it was retracted and removed from the DOD's website. ...

DoD won't confirm propaganda ended
RawStory.com, by Brad Jacobson - Thursday, October 29th, 2009 -- 9:36 am
The covert Bush administration program that used retired military analysts to generate favorable wartime news coverage may not have been terminated, Raw Story has found.

In interviews, Pentagon officials in charge of the press and community relations offices — which worked in partnership on the military analyst program — equivocated on the subject of whether the program has ended.

Bush May Have Continued to Secretly Operate John Poindexter’s TIA (Total Information Awareness)
Intel Daily News 071709
Back in 2001, the Defense Department was briefed about a massive data mining system that officials said was aimed at identifying alleged terrorists who lived and...



'Bush and Blair Misled the Public... Yes, It's Conceivable Both Could End Up on Trial'
So why hasn't UN weapons expert Hans Blix been called to give evidence at the Chilcot Inquiry?

CommonDreams.org, by Tim Shipman and David Jones
Tony Blair and George Bush were orchestrating a witch-hunt against Saddam Hussein that ended with the Iraq War, according to a former UN weapons inspector.

Hans Blix said the two leaders behaved like 17th century witchfinders in their willingness to oust the dictator.

In an interview with the Mail, he revealed that Mr Blair tried to force him to change his mind about the absence of WMDs in Iraq to placate the Americans.

The former Swedish diplomat, who headed the UN weapons inspection team in the run-up to war, concluded that Mr Blair and Mr Bush 'misled themselves and then they misled the public'. ...


 How Goldman Sachs Made $3 Billion 12 Months After We Bailed Their Lucky Asses Out
The Business Insider - ‎101809
How did Goldman, Sachs & Co. -- saved a year ago by the US taxpayer -- magically make $3 billion in 3 months a year later? This as the US dollar collapses, ...
Goldman Sachs posts massive profits

NewsFocus: "We the People" need to demand our money back! Call your elected representatives and tell them we want action against the Goldman Sachs bailout coup.

Goldman Sachs: Your tax dollars, their big bonuses
CNNMoney.com - Colin Barr - ‎Oct 16, 2009‎
Goldman Sachs is having a banner year, and is getting a big boost from government programs. By Colin Barr, senior writer Goldman shares have soared during ...

Goldman Sachs average pay and bonus to hit £500,000 ($817,700)

Dodd says Wall Street compensation is outrageous The Associated Press 

See more news on the Economy page

Dylan Ratigan Exposes The Greed And Immoral Practices of Goldman Sachs

This is absolutely disgusting. The American people need to rise up against this.

Public Health Before Wall Street Wealth
InformationClearinghouse.info, by Robert Scheer
If you want to know who actually runs this country, just look at the phone logs, released by court order last week, revealing Geithner’s nearly constant calls to solicit the advice of the fat cats who caused the banking implosion. It’s the same as when he was chair of the Federal Reserve in New York, before Obama appointed him to his current job.

More news on the Economy page


Silenced Heroes: What happened to Pat Tillman?
IntelDaily.com, Fri, 04 Dec 2009 14:30:00 +0000
Most importantly, the book handily exposes the Bush administration's exploitation of soldiers to justify the pursuit of war. Krakauer explains that Tillman was among the more than 1,000 troops sent in to "rescue" Pfc. Jessica Lynch from Iraqi "captivity" just days into the invasion of Iraq.

The Pentagon's story conveniently left out the fact that Iraqis took good care of Lynch and even tried to deliver her to American forces in an ambulance--only to be fired upon. At the time, Tillman wrote in his diary that, given the scale of the operation and the military's desperation for good news, the mission smelled like a publicity stunt. He was right. And one year later, his own death would become one too. ...

Agency vet says investigation was 'buried and covered up
18-year counter-intelligence agent says Bush's Under Sec. of State Grossman was a target in 'decades-long' spy probe; Investigation 'buried and covered up'
BradBlog.com, by Brad Friedman - 092809

George W. Bush's third-highest ranking State Department official, Marc Grossman, who became the Under Secretary of State after previously serving as Ambassador to Turkey, was targeted as part of a "decade-long investigation" by the FBI, according to an 18-year veteran manager of the agency's Counterintelligence and Counterespionage departments.

For still-unknown reasons, the investigation, which also involved a multitude of cases involving Israeli espionage, was ultimately "buried and covered up," according to the official. ... (Read More)

FBI Veteran Executive Calls For Special Counsel Investigation, Prosecutions in Sibel Edmonds Case BradBlog

Sibel Edmonds Bombshell Testimony
Why Is The Mainstream Corporate Media Missing This?

Sibel Edmonds Finally Allowed To Testify Since Gagging By Bush
Former FBI Translator Talks About Bin Laden, Compromised Congress Members
Congress members in criminal conspiracy, espionage, bribery and sexual blackmail
NewsFocus 080909

Video Testimony of Deposition Now Available
  PDF file (best to download, then open)

Called the most gagged person in American history, former FBI wiretap translator Sibel Edmonds finally received the opportunity to speak under oath and she spoke volumes, implicating Congress members in criminal conspiracy, espionage, bribery and sexual blackmail. Edmonds also has stated that Osama bin Laden was a US asset right up to 9/11. This statement alone casts a damning spotlight on the official explanation that Osama bin Laden was responsible for the 9/11 attacks and arguably lends credence to cries from numerous investigators that U.S. insider involvement was responsible for the disaster.

Edmonds worked as a foreign language translator for the FBI shortly after 9/11. She was hired to listen to wiretaps in the counter-intel department and to translate those tapes. She gave her sworn deposition inside the National Whistle-blowers Center in Washington DC. The Obama DOJ was not present at the deposition.

During her deposition, Edmonds has said that she also answered questions on Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Dan Burton (R-IN), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), and Dick Gephardt (D-MO), as well as questions on other high-ranking officials and lobbyists. She apparently did not have good things to say about Hastert, now a lobbyist for Turkey. She implicated Burton in espionage for the Turkish government and also for accepting bribes. She was not able to talk about the illegal activities that Mr. Burton committed against U.S. interests.

According to Edmonds' attorney David Krikorian, "From my opinion, if I'm some of the current members of Congress, I'd be very very worried about the information that's going to come out of this. There are current members of Congress that she has implicated in bribery, espionage. It's not good. It's crazy, it's absolutely crazy. For people in power situations in the United States, who know about this information, if they don't take action against it, in my opinion, it's negligence."

Edmonds also spoke of a female Democratic Congresswoman caught in a 'hooking' exercise. Nefarious figures placed electronic surveillance bugs in the Congresswoman's apartment and then set up a relationship with another female who had sexual relations with her. They then blackmailed the Congresswoman whose name has not yet been released. She is married with children.

Brent Scowcroft, and other names in the U.S. government were also mentioned in the sworn deposition.

Edmonds is hopeful that transcripts of her depositions will be released soon.

More on the breakthrough story as it unfolds.


Watch video on Edmonds' deposition as well as interviews of Sibel

Edmonds' Deposition Transcript And Video Released  BradBlog.com

Sibel Edmonds Rogue Gallery of Implicated Officials
Individuals implicated by Edmonds on her website: (Some are still left as anonymous)
Pentagon/Sate Department: Richard Pearl, Douglas Feith, Eric Edelman, Marc Grossman, Brent Scowcroft, and Larry Franklin. Congress (past/present): Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Dan Burton (R-IN), Tom Lantos (D-CA), Bob Livingston (R-LA), and Stephen Solarz (D-NY). (Not all of the implicated are pictured.)

Sibel Edmonds Deposition: Deep Corruption Beneath the Surface

Sibel Edmonds Speaks, But No One Is Listening

Read more on BradBlog.com

Bin Laden And USA`s Intimate Collaboration
Former FBI translator reminds of the fact that Bin Laden was a U.S. player

Exclusive: Upcoming Cover Story on Edmonds 'Outs' Video-taped, 'Blackmailed' Dem Congresswoman; Alleges State Dept. Mole at NYTimes; MUCH MORE...

Who's Afraid of Sibel Edmonds?
American Conservative
Explosive interview details
how Turkish intelligence infiltrated national secrets, compromised U.S. government officials, and blackmailed Congress. ...

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

-- George Orwell     

The Health (S)Care Crisis Is Being Driven As A Distraction
The Big Story Before This Was About The American People Rising Up To Abolish The Crooked Cartel Known As The Federal Reserve
Yes, we need health care, but not as bad as we need to abolish a criminal cabal that has stolen hundreds of trillions as well as the sovereignty of our country. The existing government evil in this country ends when we finally abolish the Federal Reserve.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich:
"The Federal reserve is no more Federal than Federal Express!"

Congressman Ron Paul:
"We need to put an end to the Federal Reserve."

Read more on the Federal Reserve racket  here

Congressman Ron Paul and HR 1207
Ron Paul wants a thorough and complete audit of the Federal Reserve.

Senator Bernie Sanders: Congress Is Bought And Paid For

Change Happens When We Make It Happen. We Can't Rely On Congress

Watch More Video Clips From Senator Bernie Sanders

For God's Sake, Make It Stop, Please!
Obama Extends Bush Decree; We Are Our Own Worst Terrorist
Do A Real Investigation And End The Bullshit Of Scaring Americans (see 9/11 page)

Flashback: The Day The Earth Stood Still
9/11 images were war pornography, something watched over and over as we stroked ourselves into wargasm

My grown son was staying with me while he looked for a job and was sleeping on the couch when I came home. I flipped on the TV and it woke him up. We watched as they showed the planes crashing into the building, again and again and again.

"Turn it off," he said after an hour or so. "This is pornography, war pornography. Turn it off."

So I did.

When we have our limbic brain punched over and over again by horrific images, and those images are then used to justify more horror, there is only one solution: Turn off your TV.

My son was right: The 9/11 images were war pornography, something watched over and over as we stroked ourselves into wargasm. ...

Project Censored Releases Its Top Stories Missed By The Media
The Top 25 Censored Stories By The US Corporate Media From 2010

These are the stories our failed corporate media should be covering. (Read More)

Economic Facts
NewsFocus - 080909

Our vaunted and oft heralded system of capitalism has collapsed into ruin twice now in less than 80 years, 1929 and 2008.

The President that led us into the great depression was a Republican, Herbert Hoover. The President who led us out of it was a Democrat, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The President who led us into the latest economic collapse was a Republican, George W. Bush. The President now trying to lead us out is a Democrat, Barack H. Obama.

The Great American Bubble Machine
From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression - and they're about to do it again
Rolling Stone, by
MATT TAIBBI - Posted Jul 13, 2009 1:49 PM
The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled dry American empire, reads like a Who's Who of Goldman Sachs graduates. ...
Big Bucks for Bailout Barons
The Nation, by Katrina vanden Heuvel - 09/02/2009

One year after the global banking system collapsed the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) 16th Annual Executive Excess report -- "America's Bailout Barons" -- shows that the perverse system of executive compensation which contributed to the financial meltdown is still thriving for top bailout recipients.

As a result historic inequality in pay is still prevalent and the neo-Gilded Age tycoons are raking it in. According to the report, a generation ago top execs rarely earned more than thirty to forty times the pay of the average American worker. But now top execs make an average of 319 times more than the typical worker. For the top twenty financial industry execs the divide is even greater -- 436 times more than the average worker in 2008. In the past three years, the top five execs at the twenty US financial firms receiving the most Bailout Bucks took home pay packages worth a staggering $3.2 billion -- an average of $32 million each. In 2008 those cats averaged nearly $14 million each--even though their twenty firms laid off more than 160,000 people since January of that year. ... (Read More)

NewsFocus: It's Beyond Greed. Corporate Avarice Prevails In The U.S.


Has The Far Right Gone Completely Insane?

The hate rhetoric and political vitriol keep escalating
with no admonishment from GOP leaders.

Ed note: Due to health reasons, the NewsFocus website updates have slowed down a bit, however important stories will continue to be added, but to a lesser extent until the editor is back to 100% health. Thanks for your patience and for continuing to visit.
Bailout Tally: $23.7 Trillion
CBS News - ‎072009
Strong Cool aid by ScaredVet July 20, 2009 6:47 PM EDT This bailout cost more then all the wars in the history of the United States to include the non-war ...

The Bill for Republican Rule Comes in the Mail
Daily Kos - ‎072009
However, these bailouts started under a REPUBLICAN President as a result of the policies he had enacted. Just look at the bailout Bush instituted, ...

The cost of the financial bailout: A cool $23.7 trillion Kansas City Star
The cost of the bailouts The Week Magazine
Bailouts could cost US $23 trillion Politico
Bailouts could top $23 trillion — yes, trillion Atlanta Journal Constitution


Cheney linked to secrecy of CIA program
At the direction of the then-vice president, Congress was not notified of a highly classified counter-terrorism program for eight years, sources say.
LA Times, By Greg Miller - July 12, 2009
The CIA kept a highly classified counter-terrorism program secret from Congress for eight years at the direction of then-Vice President Dick Cheney, according to sources familiar with an account that agency Director Leon E. Panetta provided recently to House and Senate committees. The sources declined to provide any details on the nature of the program, but said that the agency had opened an internal inquiry in recent days into the history of the program and the decisions made by a series of senior officials to withhold information about it from Congress. ...

The Origins of the CIA’s Assassination Program:
Who Proposed It And What Its Code Name Was

911Blogger, By Kevin Fenton - Wed, 07/15/2009 - 1:19am

The CIA assassination program that was recently in the media was actually first partially revealed by the Washington Post in 2005, when details enabling his originator to be identified were published. The program made news in the last few days as CIA Director Leon Panetta admitted that the agency withheld information about it from Congress, although the CIA never actually used it to assassinate anybody. Nevertheless, the program’s “duties” seem to have been taken over by something journalist Seymour Hersh called an “executive assassination wing” that was run out of the Office of Vice President Dick Cheney, and this grouping did go on missions and kill people. ... (Read more here...)

Cheney Is Linked to Concealment of CIA Project
New York Times, by Scott Shane 071109
The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency's director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday. The report that Mr. Cheney was behind the decision to conceal the still-unidentified program from Congress deepened the mystery surrounding it, suggesting that the Bush administration had put a high priority on the program and its secrecy.

'Something Always Goes Haywire'
New York Times - ‎071409
So now it turns out that Dick Cheney, while he was Vice President, had a private deal going with the CIA And he goes to the CIA — and those guys are pretty ...

Rachel Maddow On Cheney CIA Scandal

Accusations Hit Squad Tied To Bhutto Murder

Cheney's CIA Secrets Unfold YouTube

Official: CIA hit squads’ goal was to put ‘bullets in heads’
RawStory, by Ron Brynaert - Published: July 14, 2009
Officials tell Newsweek the model was Israeli hit squads, Cheney’s involvement may be most ‘politically explosive aspect’; GOP senator wants program resurrected
The goal of the CIA hit squads created by a now canceled secret program was to put ‘bullets in heads,’ an unnamed former intel official tells the Wall Street Journal...

Seymour Hersh: 'Executive Assassination Ring' Reported Directly to Cheney AlterNet 
Hersh: 'Executive assassination ring' reported directly to Cheney Raw Story

A Little Late Show Levity: Letterman's Top 10 List On Cheney Excuses

Dave always seems to hit the highpoint in political humor.

Dick Cheney Only Had to Delay Things a Couple of Minutes 0n 9/11 to Reach his Long-Sought Goals
George Washington's Blog, Tuesday, June 16, 2009

CIA director Leon Panetta told the New Yorker: "When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point." ... (read more)

When Is The Major Media Going To Cover This Story?
Scientific Proof: How The Towers Came Down At Free Fall Speed In A Pile Of Dust

Scientists find active 'super-thermite' in WTC dust
If We Did It, Here's How It Happened
Current - Apr 5, 2009
A team of nine scientists have unearthed startling data from dust gathered in the days and weeks after the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11.
The Smoking Gun Scientific Report
'We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center. Examination of four of these samples, collected from separate sites, is reported in this paper. These red/gray chips show marked similarities in all four samples. One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later.'

Active Thermitic Material Discovered in 9/11 Dust
Scoop.co.nz (press release) - ‎Apr 8, 2009
We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in significant numbers in dust associated with the World Trade Center destruction. We have applied SEM/XEDS ...
Scientists find active 'super-thermite' in WTC dust Raw Story
Study: Scientists Discover Active Thermitic Material in WTC Dust Bay Area Indymedia
Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 WTC Center for Research on Globalization

[ See more news and videos on the 9/11 page ]  

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. - Edmund Burke
Ex-FBI Agent: Why I Support a New 9/11 Investigation
By Coleen Rowley
In the absence of my being there in New York City to stand with the 9/11 families, first responders and survivors, I offer the following statement in support of your goal of a new investigation into the attacks of September 11th and the NYC CAN campaign to place it on the ballot for November. ...

Let me therefore simply repeat the request I made to the Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2002: “Foremost, we owe it to the public, especially the victims of terrorism, to be completely honest. I can only imagine what these crime and terrorism victims continue to go through. They deserve nothing but the complete, unfettered truth.”

Therefore, I fully support the 9/11 families, first responders, survivors and over 60,000 other New Yorkers who have endorsed a new 9/11 investigation in New York City as advanced by ballot referendum this coming November election. ...

Bush-Cheney Linked to CIA Leak Case Consortium News
Court Won't Hear Outed CIA Spy's Case Against Bushies New York Daily News
Supreme Court ends Plame's suit against Cheney The Hill

High court rejects CIA leak case United Press International

Good Advice From The Movie 'Network'

You've Got To Get Active When You're Let Down By The System.

Networks Used Retired Generals With Ties To Iraq War Beneficiaries; Story Kept Secret From Public
The Pulitzer-winning investigation that dare not be uttered on TV

Salon.com, Glenn Greenwald - Tuesday April 21, 2009
The New York Times
' David Barstow won a richly deserved Pulitzer Prize yesterday for two articles that, despite being featured as major news stories on the front page of The Paper of Record, were completely suppressed by virtually every network and cable news show, which to this day have never informed their viewers about what Barstow uncovered.  Here is how the Pulitzer Committee described Barstow's exposés:

Awarded to David Barstow of The New York Times for his tenacious reporting that revealed how some retired generals, working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the Pentagon to make its case for the war in Iraq, and how many of them also had undisclosed ties to companies that benefited from policies they defended.

(Read full article at Salon.com)

Bush NSA’s American Intercepts Exceed Limits Set By Congress
Officials: Agency involved in ‘overcollection’ of communication by Americans
The New York Times, by Eric Lichtblau and James Risen - April 16, 2009
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews. ...

Turley: 'God help us' if torture only gets a '9/11 commission'
RawStory.com, by David Edwards and Muriel Kane - Published: Wednesday April 22, 2009

The recent release of Bush administration torture memos has given rise to calls for prosecution of the Justice Department lawyers who wrote those memos. However, law professor Jonathan Turley believes that this may represent a deliberate attempt to draw attention away from George Bush, Dick Cheney, and the other high Bush administration officials who ordered the torture.

"God help us if the only thing we get out of this is a commission modeled on 9/11," Turley commented. "That was a commission that was really made for Washington -- a commission composed of political appointees of both parties that ran interference for those parties -- a commission that insisted at the beginning it would not impose blame on individuals. So it's the ideal Washington commission -- a commission that would investigate without any repercussions."

David Shuster Interviews Constitutional Law Professor Jonathan Turley
God help us if all we get is another 9/11 Commission cover-up.

Another Very Puzzling Bush Intelligence Failure
Homeland Security Was Supposed To Fix This Intel Divide- So Why Didn't It?
Consortium News, By Robert Parry - ‎Apr 6, 2009‎
Add to the list of President George W. Bush’s failures his inability to straighten out what he regarded as one of the top national security needs, a more effective U.S. intelligence community. ... (Ed note: so much for the false charges that Bush made us safer.)
'Too Big To Fail' Is Too Big -- Period
Jim Hightower, Creators Syndicate
The "too big" claim forms the rationale for the diversion of regular people's money into rich people's pockets. Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace

Proof that Geithner's Bank Plan Is a Massive Giveaway to the Bastards Who Started This Mess
Joshua Holland, AlterNet
Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace: Banks ”colluding to swap assets at inflated prices using taxpayers’ dollars.”

Economist: US collapse driven by 'fraud,' Geithner covering up bank insolvency
RawStory, by Stephen C. Webster
- Saturday April 4, 2009
In an explosive interview on PBS' Bill Moyers Journal, William K. Black, a professor of economics and law with the University of Missouri, alleged that American banks and credit agencies conspired to create a system in which so-called "liars loans" could receive AAA ratings and zero oversight, amounting to a massive "fraud" at the epicenter of US finance.

We're Still Getting Screwed: Geithner Plan Will Make the Rich Richer! Alternet
Pissed Off at the Corporate Banking Industry? Here's an Easy Way You Can Hurt Them


13 Bailed-Out Banks Failed to Pay Taxes
New Revelation Stokes Lawmakers' Anger
Washington Post - By Amit R. Paley - March 20, 2009
Thirteen of the largest recipients of the government's massive bailout failed to pay more than $220 million in federal taxes, congressional investigators said yesterday, prompting a new round of accusations that banks were abusing the financial rescue program. ...

Bankers Angered By Congressional Limits On Compensation
Their Twisted Reasoning: It Will Hurt The Economy
Washington Post - By Binyamin Appelbaum - March 21, 2009
An alarmed banking industry looked for friends in Washington yesterday as it tried to head off severe congressional restrictions on compensation, fearful that a wave of popular anger about vast paydays will result in permanent damage to the industry. ...


Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
-Haile Selassie
AIG chump change -- let's find corporate America's hidden billions
It's time to reform offshore banking, and see what untaxed wealth big business is hiding in overseas tax shelters
Salon, By Joe Conason - March 23, 2009
The popular urge to claw back the bogus bonuses paid by American International Group is irresistible and fully justified, but should the Treasury someday retrieve every single bonus dollar, that total of $165 million will make no difference to anyone except a few disgruntled traders. From the jaded perspective of the financiers, the uproar over the AIG bonuses may provide a welcome distraction from far more important (and lucrative) abuses in the world's offshore tax havens. ...
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There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all! -Mario Savio Dec 2, 1964
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes 'executive assassination ring' that reported directly to Dick Cheney
By Eric Black | Published Wed, Mar 11 2009 11:17 am
At a “Great Conversations” event at the University of Minnesota last night, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh may have made a little more news than he intended by talking about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an “executive assassination ring.” ...

Seymour Hersh: 'Executive Assassination Ring' Reported Directly to Cheney AlterNet 
Hersh: 'Executive assassination ring' reported directly to Cheney Raw Story

Howard Fineman comments to Keith Olbermann

John Dean weighs in with Keith Olbermann

Kucinich wants House to investigate assasination claims
Cleveland Congressman Wants Cheney And Bush Investigated
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com - ‎031609‎
Dennis Kucinich wants the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to investigate allegations by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh that the White House operated an 'executive assassination ring' during the presidency of George W. Bush. ...
Cheney assassination unit claim boosts Truth Commission prospects Examiner.com

Kucinich Calls For Investigation Into Claims Of Government Sanctioned Assassinations
90.3 WCPN ideastream® - ‎031609
Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich is calling for an investigation into alleged assassinations sanctioned by the Bush administration. ...

Who Did Cheney Have Murdered? OpEdNews

Cheney to US: 'Stuff Happens'
Washington Post - ‎34 minutes ago‎ 031609
In case you thought former vice president Dick Cheney's unhinged interview with Politico six weeks ago was an aberration, along comes more of the same. ...
Cheney: Don't blame us for economic woes, 'stuff happens' Raw Story 
The person who knows better, yet keeps it to their self, is no better than the ignorant or deceptive among us. -NewsFocus
Crawford: The Story Of A Town, And A Nation Ruined By Bush
Pensito Review, Trish 030909
Do yourself a huge favor if you have a little over an hour to spend, and watch Crawford. The documentary tells the story of the town, and the people, that were used, chewed up, and spit out by George W. Bush. ...


A town used and left to die by Bush.

Terrorist Watch List Hits One-Million
USA Today, By Peter Eisler - Mar 10, 2009‎
Federal data show the rise comes despite the removal of 33000 entries last year by the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center in an ...
Many People On Terror "Watch List" ShortNews.com

FBI Has A Million People On Terror "Watch List"
Mirror.co.uk - ‎Mar 12, 2009‎
The FBI has a million people on it terror "watch list", officials revealed last night. Agents add up to 40000 people a year to the roll call of suspects ...

Big Money Quietly Fighting US Healthcare, HR 676
Labor Leaders: US Needs 'Single Payer' HR 676 Health Plan
Common Dreams (press release) - ‎Mar 4, 2009‎
"At the same time," he continued, "we are deeply concerned by the apparent failure of the administration to include a single supporter of HR 676 among the ...
More HR 676 news on the Health page... (video)

FAIR Study: Media Blackout On Single-Payer Healthcare
Big Money Is Fighting Very Hard To Keep HR 676 From The Public
FAIR - ‎Mar 6, 2009‎
Though more than 60 lawmakers have co-sponsored HR 676, the single-payer bill in Congress, Obama has not expressed support for single-payer; both the idea ...

Union Leaders to Campaign for HR 676
Common Dreams (press release) - ‎Feb 18, 2009‎
19 where HR 676 is on the agenda. In New Jersey, activists from the New Jersey State Industrial Union Council and the Bergen, Passaic, Monmouth and ...
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The Bush Administration: Gone But Not Forgotten?
U.S. News & World Report - ‎Mar 6, 2009‎
It amazes me that we can spend months, and endless tax dollars on an investigation of a sex act, but don't want to give crimes of the government any time or ...
The Case for Establishing a Truth Commission for Bush's Torture ... AlterNet
Senator Pushes Idea of ‘Truth Commission’ New York Times
The Case for Establishing a Truth Commission for Bush's Torture ... AlterNet
There Must be Investigations & Hearings of the Bush Administration

Senator: It Will Not Be Comfortable; Investigate The Bush Administration

Senator argues, if we let it go now, they will do it again in the future.

Bush Investigation
Scoop.co.nz (press release) - ‎Mar 5, 2009‎
A USA Today/Gallup poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans want an investigation of potential wrongdoing by the Bush administration. ...

A 'Fraud' Bigger Than The Madoff Scandal
Senior US soldiers investigated over missing Iraq reconstruction billions
Independent, UK, By Patrick Cockburn in Sulaimaniyah, Northern Iraq - Feb 15, 2009
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 reconstruct Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The exact sum missing may never be clear, but a report by the US Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) suggests it may exceed $50bn, making it an even bigger theft than Bernard Madoff's notorious Ponzi scheme.
Senior officers drawn into Iraq contracting probe Atlanta Journal Constitution
Senior US officers investigated in Iraq graft case International Herald Tribune

US Military Officers Targeted In Iraq Corruption Probe
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom - Feb 15, 2009
Senior US military officers are being investigated in a federal corruption probe into a $125 billion reconstruction programme for Iraq. ...

Poll: 66% Want Investigation Into Torture, Anti-Terror Tactics
Majority of Americans Want Investigations Into Bush Torture & Wiretapping
By Jill Lawrence, USA TODAY
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 in the "war on terror" broke the law.
The Real Story On The War On Terror
Eric Brewer Saturday January 10, 2009
One of the many sad ironies of the Bush era that is rapidly and mercifully drawing to a close is that after the president created a “central front in the war on terror” by invading Iraq, the amount of “terrorism” in the world skyrocketed. I call it the Bush Bubble. ...

You Be The Judge On Bush Effect On The World

The rise in terrorism under Bush has been dramatic and profound.


The Difficulty of Being an Informed American
By Paul Craig Roberts January 08, 2009
The American print and TV media has never been very good. These days it is horrible. If a person intends to be informed, he must turn to foreign news broadcasts, to Internet sites, to foreign newspapers available on the Internet, or to alternative newspapers that are springing up in various cities. A person who sits in front of Murdoch's Fox "News" or CNN or who reads the New York Times is simply being brainwashed with propaganda.

Before conservatives nod their heads in agreement, I'm not referring to "the liberal media." I mean the propaganda that issues from the US government and the Israel Lobby.

It was neoconservative Bush regime propaganda fed to America through Judith Miller and the New York Times and through Murdoch's Fox "News" that convinced Americans that they were in danger from a small secular Arab country half way around the globe called Iraq. It was the American media that convinced Americans that getting rid of dangerous "weapons of mass destruction," weapons that did not exist in Iraq, would be a cakewalk paid for by Iraqi oil revenues. ... ( Read more... )

Key Witness In Rove Probes Killed
by Michael Carmichael, Center for Research on Globalization, Canada - 16 hours ago
Mike Connell's untimely death will haunt Karl Rove and the Republican Party. As the key witness in investigations into election fraud ...
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