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reporting on year after year, as they reflect a bigger picture which
remains fairly constant, or the root causes of our problems which have
still not been addressed, or potentially powerful solutions which have
still never been tried.
SHARE Saturday, May 21, 2016 NSA Participated In the Worst Abuses of the Iraq War
NSA analysts were intimately involved in interrogations in Iraq; a December 2003 call for volunteers to deploy to Baghdad as counterterrorism analysts with the Iraq Survey Group, which was leading the search for Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, said that 'the selectee will, in all likelihood, be involved in the interrogation/questioning of potential leads.'
(21 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 10, 2015 The REAL Reason Saudi Arabia Hates Iran
The CIA admits that the U.S. overthrew the moderate, suit-and-tie-wearing, Democratically-elected prime minister of Iran in 1953. He was overthrown because he had nationalized Iran's oil, which had previously been controlled by BP and other Western oil companies.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 18, 2014 American Public Supports Torture ... Because They Don't Know THIS
This is not the first time America tortured. Americans tortured Filipinos over 100 years ago as a way to terrorize the population into submission. CIA torture in Vietnam was so severe that most prisoners died during torture; and the torture was so horrific that those who didn't die during torture usually killed themselves soon after.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 28, 2014 Admitted Liar Claims Russia Is Shooting Artillery Into Ukraine
The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence released satellite images Sunday of Russia firing satellites into Ukraine taken by the private civilian company Digital Globe (and thus not government sourced). Why would the ODNI have to resort to private-sector satellite imagery as proof? Where is the NSA on this?
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 27, 2014 Piketty Is Rickety On Government Complicity
Government policy has accelerated the growing inequality. It has encouraged American companies to move their facilities, resources and paychecks abroad. The bottom line is that Piketty has done a great job of documenting the extent of inequality, and some of its causes. But he misses the degree to which bad government and central bank policy is responsible.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, February 28, 2014 Roundup In 75% of Air and Water Sampled -- Causes Kidney Failure
Government agencies like the FDA go to great lengths to cover up the potential health damage from genetically modified foods, and to keep the consumer in the dark about what they're really eating. The largest German newspaper -- Süddeutsche Zeitung -- alleges that the U.S. government helped Monsanto attack the computers of activists opposed to genetically modified food.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Bill to Curb NSA Spying Introduced Today
The USA Freedom Act creates an Office of the Special Advocate tasked with promoting privacy interests in the FISA Court's closed proceedings. The Office will be staffed by attorneys who are properly cleared to view the classified information considered by the FISA Court.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 27, 2013 The REAL Reason U.S. Targets Whistleblowers
Whistleblowers interfere with the government's ability to get away with hypocrisy. As two political science professors from George Washington University (Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore) show, the government is so hell-bent to punish Manning and Snowden because their leaks are putting an end to the ability of the US to use hypocrisy as a weapon.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 23, 2013 Spy Agencies Are Doing WHAT?
You're much more likely to be killed by brain-eating amoeba, lightning or a toddler than by terrorism. Even President Obama admits that you're much less likely to be killed by terrorists than a car accident. So the government has resorted to lamer and lamer excuses to try to justify mass surveillance.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 24, 2013 Experts Doubt Syrian Chemical Weapons Claims
Why would Syria's Assad invite United Nations chemical weapons inspectors to Syria, then launch a chemical weapons attack against women and children on the very day they arrive, just miles from where they are staying?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 17, 2013 You Won't BELIEVE What's Going On with Government Spying on Americans
Revelations about the breathtaking scope of government spying are coming so fast that it's time for an updated roundup. The only way to fix things is to fire all of the corrupt government officials who let it happen. As the polls above show, the American public is starting to wake up to that fact.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 24, 2012 Top Economists Told Obama that Economic Recovery Required a Reduction In Private Debt
The government chose the big banks over the little guy, dooming both. The administration -- under the false banner of "homeowner relief" -- simply threw money at the big banks to "foam the runway" so they wouldn't suffer a crash landing. Forcing big banks, bondholders and other creditors to write down some of their bad debts is the only way out of our economic malaise.
SHARE Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Hamas Shouldn't Fire Rockets ... But Israel Has Violated HUNDREDS of UN Resolutions
Chris Hedges: "The continued presence of Israeli occupation forces defies nearly a hundred U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for them to withdraw. The Israeli blockade of Gaza, established in June 2007, is a brutal form of collective punishment that violates Article 33 of the Fourth 1949 Geneva Convention, which set up rules for the 'Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.'"
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, November 16, 2012 War In Gaza: Why Now?
This could be a prelude to an Israeli attack on Iran. By provoking Hamas into attacking, Israel might point to Hamas-backer Iran. Specifically, Israel may claim that pre-emptive strikes on Iran are "necessary" to undermine Hamas and make sure it doesn't obtain "weapons of mass destruction."