August 25th, 2008

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Outlaw Administration

posted August 24, 2008 8:24 pm

Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, Outlaw Administration

The Past Destroyed: Five Years Later

On April 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2003, the United States Army and United States Marine Corps disgraced themselves and the country they represent in Baghdad, Iraq's capital city. Having invaded Iraq and accepted the status of a military occupying power, they sat in their tanks and Humvees, watching as unarmed civilians looted the Iraqi National Museum and burned down the Iraqi National Library and Archives as well as the Library of Korans of the Ministry of Religious Endowments. Their behavior was in violation of their orders, international law, and the civilized values of the United States. Far from apologizing for these atrocities or attempting to make amends, the United States government has in the past five years added insult to injury.

Donald Rumsfeld, then secretary of defense and the official responsible for the actions of the troops, repeatedly attempted to trivialize what had occurred with inane public statements like "democracy is messy" and "stuff happens."

On December 2, 2004, President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, to General Tommy Franks, the overall military commander in Iraq at that time, for his meritorious service to the country. (He gave the same award to L. Paul Bremer III, the highest ranking civilian official in Iraq, and to George Tenet, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, which had provided false information about Saddam Hussein and Iraq to Congress and the people.)

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Three Years After Hurricane: National Guard doing police duty in New Orleans

The New York Times

August 25, 2008

This Land

Three Years After Hurricane, the Backup Is a Fixture

By DAN BARRY

New Orleans

On the seventh-floor parking garage of a Holiday Inn that calls itself the “jazziest hotel in New Orleans,” soldiers dressed for combat wait for the evening’s call to fall in. They chat, smoke and gaze out upon an American city still in need of their armed presence.

At a sergeant’s bark, these two dozen men and women, all members of the Louisiana National Guard, stand at attention for their nightly pep talk. The sergeant instructs them to drive carefully, to be alert, to keep an eye out for a hyperactive band of armed robbers and to remember: “We’re not here to make friends.”

They slap clips into their 9-millimeter pistols and climb into decade-old white sedans no longer of use to the state police. Then out they go, on patrol, their flashlight beams skimming like the nation’s eye across shotgun houses achingly abandoned and beautifully restored, down streets named St. Maurice, and Piety, and Elysian Fields.

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McCain Betrayed 'Leave No Comrade Behind'

August 7, 2008 — crescentandcross

Leaving no one behind is a time-honored tradition, from the battle fields of Gettysburg, Hamburger Hill, Pearl Harbor, Battle of the Bulge, Wake Island, etc, etc, etc. This is not a tradition of the United States but of all countries that find themselves in wars and conflicts, whether on the ground, in the skies or on the seven seas.

On the battle fields of this once-great nation called the United States they would bury the dead with honor so as not to forget their service in fighting for their country. Whether it was the North or South, in Europe, Asia or wherever Americans have fought and died they have been honored for the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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Now the most shameful part of American history is not that our ship was attacked by an enemy of the United States but rather by our so called ‘ally’– Israel. They used unmarked jet aircraft to attack our virtually unarmed ship to mask the true identity of our attackers. We got a message out to the sixth fleet that we were under attack to the USS Saratoga battle group and the USS America battle group within fifteen minutes of the start of the attack. Rescue aircraft were sent to our aid only to be recalled by John McCain JR.

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Sharif Party Quits Pakistan Coalition

By Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad

Published: August 25 2008 14:27 | Last updated: August 25 2008 14:48

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif Nawaz Sharif pulled his party out of the ruling coalition on Monday, citing differences with the bigger Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) over restoring judges who were dismissed by former president Pervez Musharraf.

“We have been forced to leave the coalition. We joined the coalition to promote democracy and independence of the judiciary. Unfortunately the commitments made by the PPP were not honored,” Mr Sharif announced after a meeting of his party.

The departure of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) – is not expected to force a general election as the party of assassinated former prime minster Benazir Bhutto, which leads the coalition, should be able to gather enough support to govern, analysts say.

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Conservatives Start Anti-McCain Petition

Published: Aug 23, 2008

by Staff

The Conservative Exodus Project has released another petition, which can be signed at:

conservative exodus project


The Conservative Exodus Project is a group of traditionalist conservatives who, realizing that the GOP is moving too leftward, started a petition on March 3, 2007 to encourage conservatives to leave the GOP if a suitable presidential candidate is not chosen in 2008.

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Iran: There are better options

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Last update - 09:21 22/08/2008

By Daniel Levy

Israel's response to the Iranian challenge has been out of synch with developing realities for some time. Recently though, it has become dangerously counter-productive, anchored as it is in denial. As Israel intensifies its role as threatener-in-chief, and clings to a "more sticks, bigger sticks" line, events all around are moving on.

The supposed logic behind Israel's escalating threats, suggesting it is ready to go it alone militarily, is threefold. It pressures Iran, thereby increasing international leverage in negotiations; a nervous world feels compelled to up sanctions and deliver results; and the path is smoothed to international acceptance of possible future Israeli action. Except that the logic (always a tenuous one) is now being repudiated on all three fronts.

Iran apparently views the threats as a reason to pursue more vigorously, not desist from, its enrichment program. In general, Iran's perception that it is the threatened party (surrounded by U.S. forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf) adds impetus to its weapons-acquisition program. Israeli threats only add to that momentum. Sanctions tend to be a plodding, blunt and ineffective policy instrument. Iranian technological advances have outpaced sanctions every time. Anyway, the prospects of intensifying collective UN sanctions has likely been buried in the rubble of America's spat with Russia over Georgia and its breakaway provinces.

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Denver DNC: Heavily armed police are on foot, on bikes, in armored trucks, in unmarked cruisers

In Denver? Make no sudden movements

Posted by Scott Helman, Political Reporter August 24, 2008 07:44 PM

DENVER -- As Denver braces for tomorrow's start of the Democratic National Convention, a multi-block perimeter around the convention site is under a heavy blanket of security. Heavily armed police are on foot, on bikes, in armored trucks, in unmarked cruisers, and even driving a pimped-out golf cart borrowed from the Los Angeles police.

Jersey barriers and metal gates are everywhere. Major streets are closed. Helicopters buzz constantly overhead. Major stations in the city's light-rail system are scheduled to be closed from tonight through the end of the convention.

As of mid-afternoon, police had reported few problems and no major arrests. One Denver police officer said there were reports that self-described anarchists are intent on causing trouble, perhaps even planning to physically prevent delegates from entering the hall. Anti-convention activists have loosely organized events planned all week.

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Hitler and McCain: Madonna's photo montage angers GOP presidential nominee

w w w . h a a r e t z . c o m
Last update - 13:15 25/08/2008

By Haaretz Service and The Associated Press

Pop diva and Kabbalah devotee Madonna drew fire on Sunday from John McCain's campaign after the queen of pop began a world tour with a concert that bracketed an image of the Republican presidential hopeful with one of Adolf Hitler.

Images of destruction and global warming flashed on to a screen during a video interlude at Madonna's concert in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday night. Those were followed by pictures of Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe's authoritarian ruler Robert Mugabe - and McCain.

"The comparisons are outrageous, unacceptable and crudely divisive all at the same time," McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement reported by Fox News.

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DeLay might be cleared of charges

DeLay Indictment

Appeals court says money-laundering law didn't apply to checks.

By Laylan Copelin

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Monday, August 25, 2008

Money-laundering charges against former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay and two indicted co-conspirators may be dismissed because the 2002 campaign finance case involved checks and not cash, a lawyer for DeLay said Sunday night.

"We win," said Dick DeGuerin, DeLay's lawyer, "because there's nothing but checks in the case."

The state's 3rd Court of Appeals on Friday actually upheld the money-laundering indictments against DeLay's two campaign associates, John Colyandro of Austin and Jim Ellis of Washington.

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Reinventing the Evil Empire

Monday, August 25, 2008

by Stephen Lendman

For the West, everything changed but stayed the same, hard-wired and in place. Things just lay dormant in the shadows during the Yeltsin years, certain to reemerge once a more resolute Russian leader took over. If not Vladimir Putin, someone else little different.

Russia is back, proud and reassertive, and not about to roll over for America. Especially in Eurasia. For Washington, it's back to the future, the new Cold War, and reinventing the Evil Empire, but this time for greater stakes and with much larger threats to world peace. Conservatives lost their influence. Neocons are weakened but still dominant. The Israeli Lobby and Christian Right drive them. Conflict is preferred over diplomacy, and most Democrats go along to look tough on "terrorism." Notably their standard-bearer, vying with McCain to be toughest.

Ten former Warsaw Pact and Soviet Republics are part of NATO: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. In addition, Georgia and Ukraine seek membership. Russia is strongly opposed. And now for greater reason after Poland (on August 20) formally agreed to allow offensive US "interceptor missiles" on its soil. A reported 96 short-range Patriot ones also plus a permanent garrison of US troops - 110 transfered from Germany, according to some accounts. Likely more to follow. In addition, Washington agreed to defend Poland whether or not it joins NATO, so that heightens tensions further.

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Pouring Gas on the Afghanistan Bonfire

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The Afghan Fire Looks Set to Spread, But There Is a Way Out

 Truthdig

Posted on Aug 25, 2008

By Chris Hedges

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan grind forward with their terrible human toll, even as the press and many Americans play who gets thrown off the island with Barack Obama. Coalition forces carried out an airstrike that killed up to 95 Afghan civilians in western Afghanistan on Friday, 50 of them children, President Hamid Karzai said. And the mounting bombing raids and widespread detentions of Afghans are rapidly turning Afghanistan into the mirror image of Iraq. But these very real events, which will have devastating consequences over the next few months and years, are largely ignored by us. We prefer to waste our time on the trivia and gossip that swallow up air time and do nothing to advance our understanding of either the campaign or the wars fought in our name.

As the conflict in Afghanistan has intensified, so has the indiscriminate use of airstrikes, including Friday’s, which took place in the Azizabad area of Shindand district in Herat province. The airstrike was carried out after Afghan and coalition soldiers were ambushed by insurgents while on a patrol targeting a known Taliban commander in Herat, the U.S. military said. Hundreds of Afghans, shouting anti-U.S. slogans, staged angry street protests on Saturday in Azizabad to protest the killings, and President Hamid Karzai condemned the airstrike. 

The United Nations estimates that 255 of the almost 700 civilian deaths in fighting in Afghanistan this year have been caused by Afghan and international troops. The number of civilians killed in fighting between insurgents and security forces in Afghanistan has soared by two-thirds in the first half of this year.

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Biden Means Business As Usual

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Joe Biden: Nightmare

August 25, 2008

What 'new politics'?

by Justin Raimondo

To anyone who really believed Barack Obama's candidacy represented "hope" and "change," the selection of Joe Biden as his running mate should put that illusion to rest. Antiwar activists point to Biden's vote in favor of authorizing Bush to go to war with Iraq, but even worse was his behavior in the run-up to the invasion.

Today he wails that he didn't know, that nobody knew the truth about Iraq's alleged "weapons of mass destruction," but it cannot be said that Biden was all that eager to discover the truth, either. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee in 2002, Biden was in a position to ensure that a real debate took place on the issue. Yet, in the hearings held by his committee, not a single antiwar "expert" was called: all were spear-carriers for the War Party.

Biden was chosen for the number-two spot because he is thought to strengthen the Obama campaign in the area of foreign policy, where the candidate is considered weakest. Biden is presented as a man of experience, and a foreign policy maven to boot. However, it is precisely in the realm of foreign policy that Biden falls far short. Biden supported the president's war policies, at least in terms of ends if not means, and he made that clear enough in a speech in the summer of 2005:

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Israel Was to Attack Iran from Georgia: Report

25/08/2008

Under the title "Israel and the Tehran Attack", the American Domestic Intelligence Reporter Brian Harring uncovers an Israeli plan to attack Iran from Georgian territory.

In his paper published at TBR news website, Harring recalls Russian Deputy Chief of General Staff Colonel General Anatoly Nogovitsyn who accused Israel of supplying arms to Georgia and delivering weapons systems to insist that the Israeli presence consisted of "IDF special forces, Israeli Air Force personnel, detachments of the Mossad and other Israeli groups."

Harring mentions that while Georgia was turned into a “fruitful land to Israeli groups and mercenaries who were all working, in complete cooperation with American forces to train and equip the new Georgian armed forces, Israel was preparing to attack Tehran.”

"At the same time, Israel was preparing to move some of its attack aircraft into Georgia; base them on Israeli-controlled airfields in southern Georgia and arm and equip them for a strike on Tehran."

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We tilt at windmills as world war looms

August 24, 2008

Simon Jenkins

Is the world drifting towards a new global war? From this week the dominant super-power, America, will for three months pass through the valley of the shadow of democracy, a presidential election. This is always a moment of self-absorption and paranoia. Barack Obama and John McCain will not act as statesmen but as politicians. They will grandstand and look over their shoulders. Their eye will stray from the ball.

Meanwhile, along history’s fault line of conflict from Russia’s European border to the Caucasus and on to Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, diplomats are shifting uneasily in their seats, drums are sounding and harsh words are spoken. The world is now run by a generation of leaders who have never known global war. Has this dulled their senses?

Dan McNeill, an American general, was recently interviewed in Kabul on how to beat the Taliban. He was not the first to conclude that this could not be done militarily but only by “winning hearts and minds”. The problem, he said, lay in the answer to the question, “Whose hearts and minds?” Was it those of the Afghan people or was it rather those of the American Congress and voters?

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On Iraq, Biden Is Worse than McCain

posted by Robert Dreyfuss on 08/23/2008

Barack Obama may be doing the one thing that might have seemed impossible: he's picking a running mate whose ideas about Iraq are even worse than, and stupider than, John McCain's.

Obama, whose mushy Iraq plan excites no one, is marrying his own's flawed ideas -- which mostly revolve around beefing up US forces in Afghanistan and unilaterally attacking Pakistan -- with Biden's discredited notion of partitioning Iraq into three squabbling mini-states.

Indeed, last year it was the passage by the US Senate of a resolution in favor of Biden's dangerously misguided ideas that sparked an outburst of Iraqi nationalism. More than the Blackwater killings, more than US efforts to forcibly privatize Iraq's oil, it was the Biden idea of splitting Iraq into three pieces that galvanized Iraqi Arab nationalists. (It does, of course, excite the Kurds no end.)

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McCain Goes To Church: His Failed Marriage Part Of Sermon

August 24, 2008, 9:51 PM

In Church, McCain Unwittingly Becomes Part of Sermon

Posted by John Bentley


(CBS)
From CBS News' John Bentley:

(PHOENIX) – Seeing yourself talk about the break-up of your marriage on the big screen is probably not what John McCain expected when he went to church this morning.

But that’s exactly what happened at the North Phoenix Baptist Church today, when Pastor Dan Yeary played a clip from Rick Warren’s interview with McCain last weekend where he asked him what his “greatest moral failing” was.

"The failure of my first marriage," McCain told Warren. “It's my greatest moral failure."

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Washington Is Quietly Repudiating Its Debts

By GERALD P. O'DRISCOLL JR.

August 22, 2008; Page A15

Will the U.S. Treasury repudiate its obligations to its creditors, be they citizens or investors around the world? Most observers would answer "no" without hesitation. But Congress, with the complicity of the White House and the Fed, has arguably embarked on a stealth repudiation.

In his famous treatise, "The Wealth of Nations," Adam Smith noted there had never been a "single instance" of sovereign debts having been repaid once "accumulated to a certain degree." We may have reached Smith's threshold.

The bond markets are certainly not protecting creditors from the risk of what Smith called "pretended payment" through inflation. Nor did they do so until far into the great inflation of the 1970s. Not until late 1977 and into 1978 did the bond market fully incorporate the reality of the debased dollar, by demanding higher long-term interest rates.

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The Conquest of Presidentialism

David Sirota

You have to hand it to John McCain — his campaign ads are (inadvertently) the most incisive commentary on the death of Jeffersonian democracy ever broadcast.

Superficially, they lambaste Barack Obama's worshipful crowds and messianic promises that a heavenly "light will shine down" on his candidacy. But what the ads really lampoon is what Vanderbilt Professor Dana Nelson calls presidentialism: our paternalistic view that presidents are godlike saviors — and therefore democracy's only important figures.

"The once-every-four-years hope for the lever pull sensation of democratic power blinds people to the opportunities for democratic representation, deliberation, activism and change that surrounds us in local elections," she writes in her new book, "Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People."

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Obama selects Biden to reassure the US ruling elite

By Patrick Martin

25 August 2008

The selection of Senator Joseph Biden as the vice-presidential candidate of the Democratic Party underscores the fraudulent character of the Democratic primary campaign and the undemocratic character of the entire two-party electoral system. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the supposed protagonist of “change,” has picked as his running-mate a fixture of the Washington establishment, a six-term US senator who is a proven defender of American imperialism and the interests of big business.

The rollout of the Biden selection over three days of escalating media attention, culminating in the text-message announcement early Saturday and a kickoff rally in Springfield, Illinois, is a metaphor for the entire Obama campaign. His presidential candidacy represents not an insurgency from below, but an effort to manipulate mass sentiments, using Internet technology and slick marketing techniques, aided by a compliant media, to produce a political result that is utterly conventional and in keeping with the requirements of the US ruling elite.

Long gone are the days when the selection of a vice-presidential candidate by one of the two major big business parties involved a complex balancing act between various institutional forces. In the Democratic Party, this would have involved consultations with trade union officials, civil rights organizations, congressional leaders and the heads of particularly powerful state and urban political machines.

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Fox News 'out to cause trouble' at Denver DNC

Added: August 25, 2008

On Fox and Friends today, Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins discussed how antagonized a group of protesters at the DNC, saying that he hopes he can continue to go "out to cause trouble." Jenkins also compared Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.



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McCain Won't Say Whether He's Willing to Allow Some Terrorists to Buy Guns

Silence On A ‘Terror Gap’

Mark Hosenball

NEWSWEEK
Updated: 1:29 PM ET Aug 23, 2008

Sen. John McCain portrays himself as a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. But does that extend to gun rights for suspected terrorists? His campaign won't say where he stands on a bill to eliminate a gun-control loophole that even the Bush administration wants closed: a gap in federal law that inhibits the government from stopping people on terrorist watch lists from buying guns. The bill was inspired by an official audit covering a five-month period in 2004 which found that, because of the loophole, the Feds had to greenlight 35 out of 44 cases where a gun buyer was on a terrorist watch list. One group opposed to closing the loophole is the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun manufacturers' trade association. Until this spring, one of its congressional lobbyists was Randy Scheunemann, now a top McCain campaign adviser on foreign policy.

Last year the Justice Department, with White House approval, sent a bill to Congress that would close the loophole by giving the attorney general power to block gun sales to those who are identified via instant background checks as people on such watch lists. As a safeguard, the Bush bill would allow an alleged terrorist to go to court to challenge a gun ban. But the proposal has made little progress in the face of opposition from gun enthusiasts. Ted Novin, spokesman for the NSSF, says it opposes plugging what supporters of the bill call a "terror gap" because it denies "due process" to gun buyers. "Anyone can be put on this list," he says.

Registration documents filed by Scheunemann's company, Orion Strategies, list the terror-gap bill as one of its specific lobbying objectives, and the registrations listed Scheunemann as a lobbyist until he took a leave. McCain's campaign refused to answer questions about whether the senator supports or opposes the White House plan to close the loophole, and it also declined to say if Scheunemann had ever lobbied McCain on gun-control bills. "Randy Scheunemann is a foreign-policy adviser to Senator McCain, and he is on leave from Orion Strategies. We have no further comment," says Jill Hazelbaker, a campaign spokeswoman.

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Hegemon Hold 'Em

Monday, August 25, 2008
It is a senseless policy, apparently meant to intimidate Russia, but why? For the sake of perpetuating international tension so as to strengthen the forces that with Cheney and Bush have been promoting constitutionally unaccountable executive rule in the United States?"

William Pfaff, August 19, 2008.
The art of analyzing international affairs is somewhat like discovering new planets. The astronomer notes the behaviors of observable objects; when those objects behave in a manner that other observable phenomena can't explain, the astronomer begins hypothesizing what unseen phenomena may be present whose gravity could have produced an otherwise irrational event.

So it is with the ongoing monkeyshines between Russia and the Borscht Republic of Georgia. Assuming that Georgia is a "rational actor," it doesn’t make sense for it to have invited invasion from Russia by launching an offensive into South Ossetia.

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Texas GOP uses Obama's half brother for attack ad

Added: August 22, 2008

Barack Obama: Opportunity?

Barack Obama has viciously attacked John McCain and his family for being successful and living the American Dream after giving so much for his country. Obama claims to be looking out for the people who have had the misfortune of losing their homes in an economic downturn? But ask yourself : if Obama cares so much for people who are having bad luck, how come he didn't take of his own family first?

http://inyurl.com/obamabrother


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Surprise GOP Speaker at Dem Convention

The Sleuth

Surprise GOP Speaker at Dem Convention: Jim Leach


On the last day of campaigning before the 2002 midterm elections, President Bush visited Cedar Rapids, Iowa to show his support for Republican candidates and was joined by Iowa Rep. Jim Leach. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Mary Ann Akers


DENVER -- Just as the Republican Convention will showcase Sen. Joe Lieberman, Democrats have found their own former party rival to deliver a prime-time speech here at the Democratic National Convention: Jim Leach, the former GOP congressman from Iowa who has endorsed Barack Obama for president.

Leach is scheduled to speak at 10 p.m. ET Monday, the opening night of the convention, according to a copy of the official lineup of convention speakers obtained by The Sleuth. He's sandwiched somewhere between Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson, and Caroline Kennedy, who will be delivering a tribute to her ailing uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who has brain cancer.

Leach, 65, made a surprise announcement on Aug. 12 that he was crossing party lines to endorse Obama, saying, "This is simply not a time for politics as usual." On that day, he and former GOP senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, among others, announced the formation of Republicans for Obama.

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Cindy Sheehan surprises wiretapper

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"Peace Mom" v. "Guardian of Power"
Targeting Pelosi (and the War Machine)


Phones in the Fridge


by Cindy Sheehan ( contact [at] cindyforcongress.org )

Monday Aug 25th, 2008 12:25 AM

This is Cindy Sheehan's account on what happened to her when she came back to her hotel room early following a day of activism in Denver to the lead up to this week's DNC..

Phones in the Fridge CFC in Denver, Co Cindy for Congress adamantly believes that the problems in this country (and world) go way deeper than the Republican Party. We believed this before our campaign, and unfortunately, we have been proven correct repeatedly with Dem leadership sanctioning the occupations, torture, destroying our 4th amendment and not upholding the rule of law and Constitution especially since regaining majorities of both Houses of Congress---off the backs of the grass roots movement, that the Party has virtually ignored for the last year and a half, plus. With the Democratic Party moving farther to the right each day, we believe it is even more imperative to have our voices heard for peace, accountability, fossil fuel independence, environmental stability and economic equality.

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AIPAC: We like Biden

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Obama selects Biden to reassure the US ruling elite
On Iraq, Biden Is Worse than McCain
Biden Means Business As Usual


Joe Biden: Nightmare

By Ami Eden on Aug 25, 2008 in Democratic convention, Joe Biden, Presidential Race |

Thumbs up for Biden from an AIPAC spokesman:
Sen Biden is a strong supporter of the US-Israel relationship and he has longstanding ties to AIPAC and the pro-Israel community.
Throughout his career in the Senate, Joe Biden has been to Israel numerous times and has gotten to know many of Israel’s most important leaders.

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After August, Reality

Beyond The Dog Days Of Summer

By Danny Schechter.

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Behind the scenes, out of media glare, is the real battleground we rarely see, much less understand. It involves the agendas of elite power centers and key decision-makers, as Jessie Richard makes clear:

“The battle over who becomes president does not take place (only) among the citizens of this nation, it takes place among groups such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group. Let me tell you something…the Cheney/PNAC cabal stole the elections from George H.W. Bush, James Baker, George Schultz and associates, not from the Democrats. They are the ones who assembled the Bush administration and rigged the 2000 election to place them in power as a proxy presidential administration. The problem was that the Neocons, once in office, took control and did what they wanted to do, not what their sponsors wanted them to do.

Here is how it used to work. The media, which is controlled by the real power brokers in this nation, have controlled elections in the past by presenting and withholding selected information from the public in order to influence their voting. By doing so, they pretty much guarantee the outcome of an election. Do you think that if the media did their job and actually informed the public accurately about who George W. Bush was and what his qualifications were he would have stood a chance of becoming a US President? This guy was less qualified to be president than Britney Spears is qualified to be a parent!”

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Convention Protesters To Be Treated As Terrorists

Chip Berlet

Posted August 22, 2008

Why Protesters in Denver and Minneapolis will be Treated Like Terrorists

Demonstrators are descending on the national political conventions in Denver and Minneapolis to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech; meanwhile government law enforcement, intelligence, and security agencies are planning to treat dissidents like potential terrorists because of a reliance on flawed research, hyperbolic assessments, and political bias.

Social science research into the handling of demonstrations at major events across the United States since the Seattle protests in 1999 reveals a pattern of distorted threat analysis and repeated police abuses. Just published is the book Policing Dissent by Luis A. Fernandez, with the subtitle Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement. It is the social control of radical political dissent that is at the heart of government political repression, and Fernandez joins a long line of analysts who explain how the erosion of civil liberties is always justified by fanning fears of violence, civil unrest, and terrorism.

Fernandez observes that:

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McCains Live In Subsidized Housing

Peter Dreier

Posted August 24, 2008

It's bad enough that John McCain doesn't know how many homes he and wife Cindy own. But does he realize that he lives in subsidized housing?

The McCains, like other wealthy homeowners, can take advantage of American tax laws that provide substantial tax breaks for the rich . The McCains can take deductions on the interest from outstanding mortgages up to a total of $1 million on two homes. Because they are in the top (35%) tax bracket, they can get a tax break of as much as $25,000 a year. (This assumes a fixed-rate 30-year mortgage at a 7% interest rate). In addition, they can get deductions on their property taxes and on capital gains (up to $500,000) when they sell a home. (Since they file separate tax returns, and Cindy's the wealthy member of the couple, it's most likely that she gets the tax breaks).

According to recent reports, John and Cindy McCain own at least 10 houses in Arizona, California, and Virgina worth an estimated total $13.8 million. These include two beachfront condos in Coronado, California, a condo in La Jolla, California, a two-unit condominium complex in Phoenix, Arizona, three ranch houses outside of Sedona, Arizona, a high-rise condo in Arlington, Virginia, a rental loft, and a loft they bought for their daughter.

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FBI Ignored Mortgage Crisis Fraud Warning

From the Los Angeles Times

FBI saw threat of mortgage crisis

A top official warned of widening loan fraud in 2004, but the agency focused its resources elsewhere.

By Richard B. Schmitt

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

August 25, 2008

WASHINGTON — Long before the mortgage crisis began rocking Main Street and Wall Street, a top FBI official made a chilling, if little-noticed, prediction: The booming mortgage business, fueled by low interest rates and soaring home values, was starting to attract shady operators and billions in losses were possible.

"It has the potential to be an epidemic," Chris Swecker, the FBI official in charge of criminal investigations, told reporters in September 2004. But, he added reassuringly, the FBI was on the case. "We think we can prevent a problem that could have as much impact as the S&L crisis," he said.

Today, the damage from the global mortgage meltdown has more than matched that of the savings-and-loan bailouts of the 1980s and early 1990s. By some estimates, it has made that costly debacle look like chump change. But it's also clear that the FBI failed to avert a problem it had accurately forecast.

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Cozy Ties: Biden And The Bank Industry

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Obama Camp Defends Bank's Pay to Biden Son


Sen. Joe Biden, the U.S. Democratic vice-presidential candidate. (Credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
Sen. Joe Biden, the U.S. Democratic vice-presidential candidate. (Credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
With Sen. Joe Biden joining the Democratic ticket, there's renewed scrutiny of Biden's connections to the credit card industry. Biden has been particularly cozy with MBNA, a financial services company from Delaware, and now a subsidiary of Bank of America.

Over the past 20 years, MBNA has been Biden's single largest contributor. And as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal note, Biden's son Hunter was hired out of law school by MBNA and later worked as a lobbyist for the company.

The Times also details just how helpful Biden has been to MBNA and the credit card industry. The senator was a key supporter of an industry-favorite bill -- the "Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005" -- that actually made it harder for consumers to get protection under bankruptcy.

As the Times notes, Biden was one of the first Democratic supporters of the bill and voted for it four times until it finally passed in March 2005. A spokesman for Sen. Obama told the Times, "Senator Biden took on entrenched interests and succeeded in improving the bill for low-income workers, women and children."

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U.S. Admits Detaining 7 Year Old Child

US Confirms Aafia’s Son in FBI Custody

24/08/2008

The Post Report

WASHINGTON: The United States has confirmed that Dr Aafia Siddiqui's 12-year-old son has been in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 2003, reported Channel Five.

Michael G Garcia, the US attorney general of southern region, in his letter addressed to Dr Aafia's sister Dr Fozia Siddiqui, has revealed that Dr Aafia's son was in the FBI's custody. Dr Fozia had demanded of the US authorities to release her nephew and sent him to his uncle Muhammad Ali Siddiqui who is residing in the US. On the other hand, a website has also released a video of the boy on internet in which he is being interrogated by the FBI.

Earlier, US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson had refused reports regarding the presence of the boy in the US, alleging the Pakistani media of distorting the reality.

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Warning on voting machines reveals oversight failure

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008

By Greg Gordon | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Disclosure of an election computer glitch that could drop ballot totals for entire precincts is stirring new worries that an unofficial laboratory testing system failed for years to detect an array of flaws in $1.5 billion worth of voting equipment sold nationwide since 2003.

Texas-based Premier Elections Solutions last week alerted at least 1,750 jurisdictions across the country that special precautions are needed to address the problem in tabulation software affecting all 19 of its models dating back a decade.

Voting experts reacted skeptically to the company's assertion that election workers' routine crosschecks of ballot totals would have spotted any instances where its servers failed to register some precinct vote totals when receiving data from multiple memory cards

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More Merlin? : Khan and the nuclear black market

Aug 25, 2008

More Merlin?

A huge expose in NYT about AQ Khan and the nuclear black market:
The president of Switzerland stepped to a podium in Bern last May and read a statement confirming rumors that had swirled through the capital for months. The government, he acknowledged, had indeed destroyed a huge trove of computer files and other material documenting the business dealings of a family of Swiss engineers suspected of helping smuggle nuclear technology to Libya and Iran.

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Behind that official explanation, though, is a far more intriguing tale of spies, moles and the compromises that governments make in the name of national security.

The United States had urged that the files be destroyed, according to interviews with five current and former Bush administration officials. The purpose, the officials said, was less to thwart terrorists than to hide evidence of a clandestine relationship between the Tinners and the C.I.A.
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Mississippistan

What gives?

Some crazy stuff went down in Mississippi today that has lawyers in Mississippi up in arms. My friend Lotus over at Folo blog does a  good job summarizing the situation:

"There was a strange event at the Mississippi Supreme Court today. I’m not entirely sure what to make of the story, which we have courtesy of Patsy Brumfeld of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal this evening. Here’s how her story began:

Something unusual happened Thursday at the Mississippi Supreme Court.

It may be the first time a majority of the justices voted to prohibit a colleague from publishing a dissent in a case.

In other words, Presiding Justice Oliver Diaz of Ocean Springs disagreed with a court decision and wanted to write about it. His fellow judges said, no, he couldn’t and they apparently stopped the court clerk from filing Diaz’s statement into the record.

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Judge who denied jailed Dem's motion for release was Rove protege

Lindsay Beyerstein and Larisa Alexandrovna

Published: Monday August 25, 2008

Rove raised campaign money for judge in Minor case
The federal judge who denied a prominent Democratic fundraiser's motion for release pending appeal last week is a former client and protégé of former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove.

On Aug. 15, US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Priscilla Owen (above right) upheld a lower court’s decision to keep Mississippi attorney Paul Minor in jail pending his appeal, adding more controversy to a case already steeped by allegations of both a politically motivated prosecution and conflicts of interest on the part of the US Attorney.

Minor, a once-prominent trial lawyer, was formerly Mississippi’s largest Democratic donor and made millions from a 1998 settlement with tobacco companies of a lawsuit for costs incurred by Medicare from smoking-related illnesses. The suit kindled resentment among Republicans who had been beneficiaries of the tobacco companies' largesse.

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Part of DNC Center flooded by sprinkler system; Suspicious package blown up

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Part of Pepsi Center flooded by sprinkler system


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DENVER - A sprinkler system partially flooded part of the Pepsi Center Monday morning.
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The Denver Fire Department, which has a crew stationed at the center all week, was able to respond quickly before 5 a.m. when the sprinkler went off.

The sprinkler was located on the club level in a skybox which had recently been renovated to host a news crew. It appears the skybox belongs to Fox.

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Airline removes life vests to save fuel

N.L. mayor says airline decision to replace life vests unconscionable

Mon Aug 25, 6:04 AM

By The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN. N.L. - A Newfoundland politician who is pushing for an airline passenger bill of rights says airlines are taking a backwards step when it comes to passenger safety.

Woody French, the mayor of Conception Bay South, says he finds it unconscionable that Jazz, an affiliate of Air Canada, is pulling life vests out of some of its planes to save on fuel.

Transport Canada regulations allow airlines to use lighter floatation devices instead of life vests provided the planes remain within 90 kilometres of shore.

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Joe Biden and the political establishment's overriding goal

Glenn Greenwald
Sunday Aug. 24, 2008 11:34 EDT
(updated below - Update II)

Writing in a New York Times blog yesterday, Clinton pollster Mark Penn hails the selection of Joe Biden as "a smart and successful choice" and says this:
From Al Gore on, the role of the vice president seems to have fundamentally changed. It used to be where the winner parked the loser or some other figure that he wanted to neutralize. Now, with the centralization of government power in the White House, the vice president has become essentially a Cabinet head. Indeed, the last two vice presidents have had real portfolios and responsibilities, second only to the president.
That we live in a country characterized by "the centralization of government power in the White House" -- exactly what the Constitution was designed to prevent -- is now so self-evident that it's not even debated or contested any longer. A virtually omnipotent President is just an assumed fact of American political life, and the reason that there is such a fixation on the personality and "character" traits of the presidential candidates is because Our President is now, in essence, our Emperor, empowered unilaterally to do everything from attacking other countries to acting outside of and above the law. As Penn's analysis illustrates, our political establishment isn't bothered by that at all, but instead, just tacitly accepts it as the natural and desired state of things.

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Making Money on a New Cold War

consortiumnews.com

By Morgan Strong

August 23, 2008

The Russia-Georgia clash has generated heated anti-Moscow rhetoric from John McCain and U.S. neoconservatives about a new Cold War, a prospect that most people might see in a negative light but which many military contractors surely view as a financial plus.

One unstated reality about revived tensions between Washington and Moscow is that it will mean a bonanza in military spending – billions of additional dollars for anti-missile weapons systems, larger armies, construction of new bases in Eastern Europe, etc.

Indeed, the spending on Cold War II could dwarf what military contractors are now making on the “war on terror” – and the prospect of spending on both conflicts simultaneously should make arms industry executives drool.

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VP Choice Biden Unpopular in Iraq: He's creator of the idea of dividing Iraq

VP choice Biden unpopular in Iraq for autonomy plan

Sat 23 Aug 2008, 14:19 GMT

By Peter Graff and Khalid al-Ansary

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Senator Joe Biden may be one of the only U.S. politicians that can get Iraq's feuding Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurdish politicians to agree. But not in a good way.

Across racial and religious boundaries, Iraqi politicians on Saturday bemoaned Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama's choice of running mate, known in Iraq as the author of a 2006 plan to divide the country into ethnic and sectarian enclaves.

"This choice of Biden is disappointing, because he is the creator of the idea of dividing Iraq," Salih al-Mutlaq, head of National Dialogue, one of the main Sunni Arab blocs in parliament, told Reuters.

"We rejected his proposal when he announced it, and we still reject it. Dividing the communities and land in such a way would only lead to new fighting between people over resources and borders. Iraq cannot survive unless it is unified, and dividing it would keep the problems alive for a long time."

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Biden, Iraq, and Obama's Betrayal

Stephen Zunes | August 24, 2008

Editor: John Feffer

Foreign Policy In Focus
www.fpif.org

Incipient Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s selection of Joseph Biden as his running mate constitutes a stunning betrayal of the anti-war constituency who made possible his hard-fought victory in the Democratic primaries and caucuses.

The veteran Delaware senator has been one the leading congressional supporters of U.S. militarization of the Middle East and Eastern Europe, of strict economic sanctions against Cuba, and of Israeli occupation policies.

Most significantly, however, Biden, who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the lead-up to the Iraq War during the latter half of 2002, was perhaps the single most important congressional backer of the Bush administration’s decision to invade that oil-rich country.

Shrinking Gap Between Candidates

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Is Obama Clinton 2.0?

August 22, 2008


 

KEVIN GRAY
Gray is author of Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics and the forthcoming The Decline of Black Politics: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama.

Gray said today: "Obama is slipping in the polls and I think it's because he's seen as going with the flow. He's not taking on the crucial issues -- instead he frequently sounds like he's reading the lines from [the book] 'Primary Colors.' ... Many people seem to think that just getting Obama into the White House would be a great victory because of the symbolism, but do we really know that policies that affect people's lives will really change? That will only happen if movements propel that change."
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GWENDOLYN MINK
Co-editor of the two-volume Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics and Policy and author of Welfare's End, Mink is scrutinizing various portions of the Democratic Party platform on her blog.

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Obama, Biden and Larry Sinclair

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Larry Sinclair is also "Mohammed Gahanan"


Obama & Congress


Zach Jones

Obama & Congress Compromise & Consensus

Through the years, I have always been a supporter of reasonable compromise in order to see tasks accomplished. However, I have also realized that it is very important to be mindful that compromising has its limits; and to go further insures a very bad taste and may even insure disaster. If people compromise their principles, you wind up with the most fragile of agreements. You do so because if a person is willing to give up their principles for the sake of agreement, how can they be trusted to carry through with the bargain. The goal of compromise should be a win, win outcome with both sides compromising, and not simply an agreement.

Consensus, on the other hand, is nearly impossible to reach when involving more than just a few, reasonably like minded individuals. As Margaret Thatcher has said, "…consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects." If the outcome of a consensus negotiation concerning a particular project is something that no one feels particularly good or strongly about, then it is most certain to die on the vine because enough people will fail to put forth the effort to see it through. (Unless, the reality is that it is a one person show to begin with.)

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They have failed to investigate Larry Sinclair's allegations that he and Sen. Obama used cocaine and engaged in consensual gay sex in 1999. They only started reporting on John Edwards because they could not hide it any longer. The media have allowed him to get away with not producing the documentation that we need for a complete examination of his past and character. The media has allowed him to not produce a legitimate birth certificate, his writings in law school, his thesis, his Illinois bar application, his Illinois Senate records, his medical records, etc. etc. etc…. The media has also helped to downplay any and all past close associations that we have managed to discover.

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Rockets blast Pakistan MP's home

Page last updated at 06:17 GMT, Monday, 25 August 2008 07:17 UK

Eight people have been killed in a rocket attack by suspected militants on a politician's home in the Swat valley in north-west Pakistan, police said.

Provincial lawmaker Waqar Ahmed Khan, a member of the Awami National Party, confirmed his brother, two nephews and several guards had died in the attack.

The attack took place in the restive Kabal district. Mr Khan was not at home at the time of the attack.

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IRS Loses Lawsuit: Refunds for 30 Million Policyholders Possible

Don’t agree with the IRS? Sue them. That’s just what an accountant and one of clients did. For years, the accountant has been protesting a tax law, and they have finally had a court rule in their favor.

The exciting part, is that the ruling also affects 30 million other people! You could be one of them if you were the policyholder of an insurance company that demutualized.

What is Demutualization?

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The Puppet Masters Behind Georgia President Saakashvili

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08/21/08

F. William Engdahl


Illustration: Spica Stolfus

The controversy over the Georgian surprise military attacks on South Ossetia and Abkhazia on 8.8.08 makes a closer look at the controversial Georgian President and his puppet masters important. An examination shows 41 year old Mikhail Saakashvili to be a ruthless and corrupt totalitarian who is tied to not only the US NATO establishment, but also to the Israeli military and intelligence establishment. The famous ‘Rose Revolution of November 2003 that forced the ageing Edouard Shevardnadze from power and swept the then 36 year old US university graduate into power was run and financed by the US State Department, the Soros Foundations, and agencies tied to the Pentagon and US intelligence community.

Mihkail Saakashvili was deliberately placed in power in one of the most sophisticated US regime change operations, using ostensibly private NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) to create an atmosphere of popular protest against the existing regime of former Soviet Foreign Minister Edouard Shevardnadze, who was no longer useful to Washington when he began to make a deal with Moscow over energy pipelines and privatizations.

Saakashvili was brought to power in a US-engineered coup run on the ground by US-funded NGO’s, in an application of a new method of US destabilization of regimes it considered hostile to its foreign policy agenda. The November 24 2003 Wall Street Journal explicitly credited the toppling of Shevardnadze's regime to the operations of "a raft of non-governmental organizations . . . supported by American and other Western foundations." These NGOs, said the Journal, had "spawned a class of young, English-speaking intellectuals hungry for pro-Western reforms" who were instrumental laying the groundwork for a bloodless coup.

Coup by NGO

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Israeli Settlements Seal Death of Palestinian State

‘Illegal’ settlements squeeze borders

Jonathan Cook, Foreign Correspondent

  • Last Updated: August 24. 2008 11:40PM UAE / August 24. 2008 7:40PM GMT

Yehudit Genud, left, believes Israel's refusal to turn Migron into an authorised settlement reflects pressure from the United States. Jonathan Cook / The National

Migron, West Bank // Yehudit Genud hardly feels she is on the frontier of Israel’s settlement project, although the huddle of mobile homes on a wind-swept West Bank hilltop she calls home is controversial even by Israeli standards.

Despite the size and isolation of Migron, a settlement of about 45 religious families on a ridge next to the Palestinian city of Ramallah, Mrs Genud’s job as a social worker is 25-minute drive away on a well-paved, West Jerusalem road.

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Obama: The senator from ethanol-land

Barack Obama has been talking tough about taxing Big Oil, but as Nicole Colson notes, there's a reason he won't criticize companies that are reaping record profits off of the current ethanol boondoggle.

August 21, 2008

Barack Obama addresses supporters at a campaign stop


Barack Obama addresses supporters at a campaign stop

THE RECENT news that ExxonMobil's second-quarter profits rang up at $11.7 billion--the largest quarterly profit of any company in history--rightly enraged millions of working people in the U.S. and abroad who are feeling the sting of high gas prices.

Democratic contender Barack Obama, among others, has been critical of such mega-profits. As a recent Obama campaign ad warns, "Every time you fill your tank, the oil companies fill their pockets." In response, Obama promises to stand up for workers' rights by instituting a windfall profits tax on oil companies if he becomes president.

But there's another industry that is currently reaping record profits that Obama most likely won't criticize: agribusiness companies that are currently raking in millions on the push towards ethanol and other biofuels.

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Biden: The antidote to hope

Joe Biden is supposed to bring "foreign policy experience" to the Democratic ticket, but what he really brings is support for the Democrats' most conservative policies.

August 25, 2008

Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)

Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)

AFTER DRAGGING it out for weeks to build up "excitement," the Obama camp announced its choice for vice president in a 3 a.m. text message last weekend, and the winner is...the most conventional possible choice and the one most acceptable to the Washington political establishment.

Picking Delaware Sen. Joe Biden was widely seen as the safe road for Barack Obama--a white man who would allegedly help Democrats appeal to white working class voters, a 30-plus year veteran of the Senate with close ties to political and business powerbrokers, a center-right Democrat with lots of "foreign policy experience."

Obama built up Biden at their first joint appearance, but the manufactured image of the Delaware senator is far from reality.

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Defense Intelligence Agency Seeking "Mind Control" Weapons

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council (NRC) argues that the Pentagon should harvest the fruits of neuroscientific research in order to enhance the "warfighting" capabilities of U.S. soldiers while diminishing those of enemy personnel.

The 151-page report issued by a 16-member blue ribbon commission, "Cognitive Neuroscience Research and National Security," was quietly announced in an August 13 National Academy of Sciences Press Release.

Commissioned by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon spy shop, the study asserts that the U.S. intelligence "community" must do a better job following cutting-edge research in neuroscience or as is more likely, steering it along paths useful to the Defense Department. According to the NRC,

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COINTELPRO 2.0

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Mukasey Loosens Guidelines on Domestic Spying

The waning months of the Bush administration can be characterized by an avalanche of changes to long-standing rules governing domestic intelligence operations.

The revisions proposed by U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and other top administration officials, represent the greatest expansion of executive power since the Watergate era and should been viewed as an imminent threat to already-diminished civil liberties protections in the United States.

The slippery slope towards open police state methods of governance may have begun with the 2001 passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, but recent events signal that a qualitative acceleration of repressive measures are currently underway. These changes are slated to go into effect with the new fiscal year beginning October 1, and are subject neither to congressional oversight nor judicial review.

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Das Korporation

The Spiral - Part I - Those Vultures

looks a little like carl icahn

It is beyond amusing the lengths to which CDO managers have gone (had gone) to avoid price discovery.  But the day of reckoning approaches them all, if it has not yet arrived.  Amusingly, two CDO managers I knew tangentially simply refused to accept reality.  Their superior management ability made it impossible for their CDO structures to fail.  The (Markowitz) efficient frontier was calculated to blend the tranches to perfect proportions, down to two decimal precision.  Superior in every way these structures.  Until they weren't.  I can't help but poke fun.

cdo.mov [1 minute 18 second, 10mb quicktime H.264 movie]

Parts 2 to 5

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Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Lynn Forester De Rothschild

The "Audacity of you Dopes" and other Obama fairy tales.

Yep, with names like Abraham, Rubin, Goldman, Sumner Redstone--born Sumner Murray Rothstein--and the Rothschilds calling the shots behind the 2008 election scene, you can't say that the Khazars are in control of America, right?

AMY GOODMAN: The names of the largest contributors to the Obama campaign, the corporations that are most funding him?

RICK MacARTHUR: Well, you’re looking at Lehman Brothers and Citigroup, which is Bob Rubin’s—where Bob Rubin works. Goldman Sachs is his number one banking contributor, if you put all the bundlers together. National Amusements, I think it’s called, which is the holding company for Viacom, is in his top ten.

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Why you can’t be president

August 25, 2008

Macarthurweb

Rick MacArthur: “You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America”

As the Democratic National Convention begins in Denver, we speak to Harper’s publisher Rick MacArthur on his new book You Can’t Be President. MacArthur says that the popular notion that any American can become president only reinforces the “destructive national delusion that widespread, up-from-the-ground, truly popular democracy, both political and economic, really exists in America.” To assume that, he says, is equal to believing that Santa Claus exists. [includes rush transcript]

Guest:

John "Rick" MacArthur, Publisher and president of Harper’s magazine. He is an award-winning journalist and author of The Selling of Free Trade: NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy and Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War. His latest book is out next month. It’s called You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America.

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DNC protesters: We're being treated like prisoners

3 hours ago

DENVER (AP) — A small group of protesters has marched to the demonstration zone outside the Democratic National Convention, complaining they are being treated like political prisoners.

A contingent from the protest group Recreate 68 Alliance went to the fenced-off zone on Monday, even though they had vowed earlier they would never return.

Protesters derisively call the 47,000-square foot zone the "Freedom Cage." It's separated from the parking lot around the convention hall by metal fences atop concrete barriers.

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Biden Tied to Rezko Fraud Figure

Vice-Presidential Candidate's Former Campaign Advisor and Fundraiser Aided Kickback Scheme

By JUSTIN ROOD

August 25, 2008—

Barack Obama's vice-presidential pick complicates the Democratic hopeful's efforts to distance himself from a far-reaching Chicago patronage scandal.

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., brings to Obama's presidential campaign assets like foreign policy experience and a knowledge of Washington. But he also brings another tie to the Antoin "Tony" Rezko scandal, a mess that has already caused sizeable headaches for the Obama campaign.

Chicago lawyer and onetime mega-fundraiser Joseph Cari has advised Biden and his campaigns on and off since 1984, serving in posts as varied as a Senate adviser on crime to the Midwest Political Director for Biden's aborted 1987 presidential bid. In 2005 Cari helped arrange private meetings for Biden with potential supporters, as the senator explored another run for the White House. He has also worked to raise money for Biden .

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Iraq will not sign security agreement without full sovereignty - PM

Baghdad - Voices of Iraq

Monday , 25 /08 /2008 Time 10:03:14

BAGHDAD, Aug. 25 (VOI) - Iraqi Premier Nouri al-Maliki on Monday said that Iraq will not hold any agreement with the U.S. without full sovereignty and a timetable for the withdrawal of the foreign troops, referring to a big progress in the Iraqi-U.S. negotiations in this regard.

"Iraq will not hold any agreement or treaty on the basis of one foreign soldier's presence on the Iraqi lands, but through putting a specified timetable for the withdrawal of the foreign troops," al-Maliki said during a tribal conference in Baghdad, which was attended by Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).

"Big progress is currently taking place in the Iraqi-U.S. negotiations to put the final touches on the mutual agreement," he added.

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Protesters interrupt Pelosi speech

By Colleen O Connor

The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 08/25/2008 12:23:14 PM MDT

A major CodePINK for Peace action disrupted the Unconventional Women symposium Monday morning, delaying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's talk with former U.S. Ambassador Swanee Hunt at the Buell Theater.

When Pelosi sat down on stage, CodePINK protestors who had infiltrated the sold-out auditorium unfurled anti-war banners reading "IMPEACH!" and "STOP THE WAR" and shouted at Pelosi.

"Nancy, you lied to my face," one yelled. "Do your job!" said another.

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Katrina Pain Index: New Orleans Three Years Later

Katrina Pain Index – New Orleans Three Years Later

August 25, 2008 By Bill Quigley

0. Number of renters in Louisiana who have received financial assistance from the $10 billion federal post-Katrina rebuilding program Road Home Community Development Block Grant - compared to 116,708 homeowners.

0. Number of apartments currently being built to replace the 963 public housing apartments formerly occupied and now demolished at the St. Bernard Housing Development.

0. Amount of data available to evaluate performance of publicly financed privately run charter schools in New Orleans in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years.

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Obama: World must not allow Iran to corner Israel

Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:12pm EDT 

By Caren Bohan

DAVENPORT, Iowa (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Monday the world must increase pressure on Iran to rein in its nuclear program and avoid a situation where Israel feels cornered.

"My job as president would be to try to make sure that we are tightening the screws diplomatically on Iran, that we've mobilized the world community to go after Iran's program in a serious way, to get sanctions in place so that Iran starts making a difficult calculation," Obama said in response to a voter question at a campaign event in Iowa.

"We've got to do that before Israel feels like its back is to the wall," he said. 

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NEWSWIRE: AUGUST 25, 2008 - CRIMES AND CORRUPTION OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS

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08:12 am: Outlaw Administration
08:17 am: Three Years After Hurricane: National Guard doing police duty in New Orleans
08:21 am: McCain Betrayed 'Leave No Comrade Behind'
08:24 am: Sharif Party Quits Pakistan Coalition
08:26 am: Conservatives Start Anti-McCain Petition
08:32 am: Iran: There are better options
08:37 am: Denver DNC: Heavily armed police are on foot, on bikes, in armored trucks, in unmarked cruisers
08:42 am: Hitler and McCain: Madonna's photo montage angers GOP presidential nominee
08:46 am: DeLay might be cleared of charges
08:51 am: Crowd Chants "F*ck FOX News!" live on FOX
08:55 am: War defined
08:59 am: Reinventing the Evil Empire
09:05 am: Pouring Gas on the Afghanistan Bonfire
09:07 am: Biden Means Business As Usual
09:11 am: Israel Was to Attack Iran from Georgia: Report
09:13 am: We tilt at windmills as world war looms
09:17 am: On Iraq, Biden Is Worse than McCain
09:21 am: McCain Goes To Church: His Failed Marriage Part Of Sermon
09:33 am: Washington Is Quietly Repudiating Its Debts
09:35 am: The Conquest of Presidentialism
09:41 am: Obama selects Biden to reassure the US ruling elite
09:44 am: McCain "Don't Know Much": New Obama Ad
09:58 am: Fox News 'out to cause trouble' at Denver DNC
10:01 am: McCain Won't Say Whether He's Willing to Allow Some Terrorists to Buy Guns
10:04 am: Hegemon Hold 'Em
10:07 am: McCain's best friend a Nazi
10:14 am: Texas GOP uses Obama's half brother for attack ad
10:16 am: Riot Police deny Wolf Blitzer access, "Who is Wolf Blitzer?" - 2 comments
10:25 am:
Surprise GOP Speaker at Dem Convention
10:29 am: Cindy Sheehan surprises wiretapper
10:35 am: AIPAC: We like Biden
10:52 am: After August, Reality
11:00 am: Convention Protesters To Be Treated As Terrorists
11:03 am: McCains Live In Subsidized Housing
11:04 am: FBI Ignored Mortgage Crisis Fraud Warning
11:08 am: Cozy Ties: Biden And The Bank Industry
11:21 am: U.S. Admits Detaining 7 Year Old Child
11:23 am: Warning on voting machines reveals oversight failure
11:25 am: More Merlin? : Khan and the nuclear black market
11:29 am: Mississippistan
11:34 am: Judge who denied jailed Dem's motion for release was Rove protege
11:39 am: Part of DNC Center flooded by sprinkler system; Suspicious package blown up
11:45 am: Airline removes life vests to save fuel
11:55 am: Joe Biden and the political establishment's overriding goal
11:58 am: Making Money on a New Cold War
12:00 pm: VP Choice Biden Unpopular in Iraq: He's creator of the idea of dividing Iraq
12:09 pm: Biden, Iraq, and Obama's Betrayal
12:23 pm: Is Obama Clinton 2.0?
12:24 pm: Biden: The Senator from MasterCard/MBNA?; What Kind of Foreign Policy "Experience"?
12:32 pm: Obama, Biden and Larry Sinclair
12:35 pm: Interview: Daniel Levy on better Iran options
12:42 pm: Rockets blast Pakistan MP's home
12:47 pm: IRS Loses Lawsuit: Refunds for 30 Million Policyholders Possible
12:51 pm: The Puppet Masters Behind Georgia President Saakashvili
01:06 pm: Israeli Settlements Seal Death of Palestinian State
01:08 pm: Obama: The senator from ethanol-land
01:12 pm: Biden: The antidote to hope
01:24 pm: Defense Intelligence Agency Seeking "Mind Control" Weapons
01:30 pm: COINTELPRO 2.0
01:46 pm: Das Korporation
01:54 pm: Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Lynn Forester De Rothschild
02:01 pm: Why you can’t be president
02:14 pm: Inside story- Gaza blockade- 24 Aug 08
02:17 pm: DNC protesters: We're being treated like prisoners
02:27 pm: Biden Tied to Rezko Fraud Figure
02:31 pm: Iraq will not sign security agreement without full sovereignty - PM
02:44 pm: Protesters interrupt Pelosi speech
02:47 pm: Katrina Pain Index: New Orleans Three Years Later
03:18 pm: Obama: World must not allow Iran to corner Israel