Fitzgerald failed to do his job on time, failed to charge the right crime, and let the big boys take a hike. These were the very same people who risked the lives of those they had sworn to protect by not doing their job!
This analysis looks behind the scenes at how the ban on offshore drilling was lifted and what that had to do with the ultimate prize for big oil, the American Power Act. Series: Obama Administration (25 Articles, 62520 views)
Are big oil companies too big to exist? Do they pose too great a threat to people to be tolerated in their current form? Are we the endangered species? Series: Survival - End Times (13 Articles, 25747 views)
After cleverly branding the Liberal Democrats as something different, an alternative to the old parties, Clegg surged in popularity after the first debate. Brought down to earth after the second appearance and greater scrutiny, Clegg then revealed his true colors. Proposing an alignment with the party of Margaret Thatcher and her latest political heir is a betrayal of the image that Clegg advanced from the start of his campa
Stock deals are rigged for insiders. Big money runs Congress. And we've gone to war based on a series of calculated lies. Are you willing to accept the fact that our elections are subject to the same type of corruption? Series: Election fraud (17 Articles, 37302 views)
This is war, a war that was not planned or initiated by the crew of the Apache helicopter. The truly responsible parties for starting the war did so with premeditated intent. They deliberately lied to and deceived the public. They are the very first cause of the war and all of the deaths and suffering. Series: Whistleblowers and Wikileaks (8 Articles, 13655 views)
A leaked Army Counterintelligence report says WikiLeaks is a threat to U.S. security and should be destroyed. Could the mere leveling of the charges of subversioj be the goal of this leak. Series: Survival - End Times (13 Articles, 25747 views)
It's all in the family! Senator Chris Dodd writes a financial reform bill but forgets to regulate derivatives, "financial weapons of mass destruction." Then we find out that his wife works for the owners of two exchanges that will very likely benefit from Dodd's "reform" legislation. Series: The Money Party (34 Articles, 73631 views)
As for the current controversy, it should just be ignored or condemned. Petraeus isn't the first military leader to advance a purely political position. The White House wasn't hit "like a bombshell" with the Petraeus comments about Israel. And why was Vice President Biden surprised by new Israeli settlements. That's been going on for decades.
As citizens voted, Iceland's Prime Minister was dismissing the importance of the vote and promising to negotiate a payment scheme obligating citizen subsidies for bad debt created by Iceland's beyond-bad bankers. Series: The Money Party (34 Articles, 73631 views)
Federal district court Judge Jed S. Rakoff called off a J.P. Morgan deal in an order that revealed the inside track on how the financial giant does business. It's not a pretty picture. Series: The Money Party (34 Articles, 73631 views)
That lesson may have inspired the current politics of don't ask, don't tell. Don't ask too often about the distorted national priorities and don't tell the people what they already know; that the distribution of wealth has captured the vast majority in a never ending game of catch up that cannot be won under the current political and economic system. Series: The Money Party (34 Articles, 73631 views)
By charging Bank of America with fraud, hopefully Andrew Cuomo started what will become an era of accountability for those at the very top. This should be about more than just one case. It's an example of top down accountability. Series: The Money Party (34 Articles, 73631 views)
We are nothing to them. It doesn't take much to figure that out. We lose our jobs. The insiders have theirs forever. Our wages are flat while Wall Street fat cats get ever increasing bonuses. We lose our health coverage while Congress, the Judiciary, and the Executive branches enjoy the best insurance around. Commercial credit for most is tight but the big banks have trillions in credit. Series: The Money Party (34 Articles, 73631 views)
Haiti is not New Orleans but give the financial elite some time. They're just warming up. This is, after all, their first captive nation due to natural calamity. They didn't have to fire a shot. The people are starving, unarmed, traumatized, and incapable of resistance. All this can be theirs!
"Massachusetts voters have given up on President Obama as an agent for anything but the status quo, and this is most evident in his willingness to dole out trillions of dollars in direct and indirect support to the banks. The Massachusetts polls show this issue to be foremost on the minds of the voters."
The underpants bomber: What kind of terrorist is this? He doesn't know when, how or where to conduct his criminal enterprise. Is this the best al Qaeda can do? Is this the justification to for a media manufactured scare-a-thon about the danger Farouk poses to our "freedoms?" Series: Digital Liberation (6 Articles, 20705 views)
Klein's article isn't an essay about health care reform. It's an attack on those in the Democratic Party and others who dare to speak out against what they perceive as the poor performance and neglect of the majority by the president and Congress.
The election fraud protests of the 2009 Iranian presidential election quickly became an anti government movement directed at Grand Ayatollah Khamenei's leadership. The movement has endured and gained strength. Recent demonstrations during one of the holiest Shia Muslim holidays stressed the need to throw the current rulers out. Is this the next Iranian Revolution?
I was once solidly middle-class and paid taxes for 37 years before being destroyed in the Great Recession. I was surprised at how confusing, uncaring, and inadequate our social safety net is. Pray that you don't have to find out also.
In asking, who do they think they are, I'm referring to those leaders who retain the notion that the following actions are somehow in the realm of rational and actionable behavior by the United States:
"I'm sending troops."
It's only class war when we fight back and they're ready with their distracting dramas and debates on issues where the two sides are separated by just a few degrees of difference. Then demand bipartisan solutions where compromise is routinely used to break major campaign promises. Series: The Money Party (34 Articles, 73631 views)
The Senate Democrat sell out shave a liberal chorus supporting their every destructive mood. Eric Alterman and Paul Krugman thinks "it's all good" that we're getting a bill. "We coulda been a contender!" But not now.
Uruguay's leftist "Broad Front" won it's second presidential election in a row. This time it was former Tupamaro rebel leader Pepe Mujica who beat the conservatives by 8 points. He was expansive and open in his speech and tens of thousands celebrated the long journey from "Operation Condor" to social democracy. Lessons her for U.S.
"President Obama is a gifted orator. However, in this case, he was long on style but lacking in substance. He started out with a history lesson concerning U.S. involvement with Afghanistan but he left out the most interesting parts."
Now it's time to find out how this HHS research organization could impanel a group of experts to recommend cancer treatment protocols when none of the physicians on the panel were oncologists and none had any identified clinical experience treating cancer.
How did we get from McChrystal's request for 50,000 troop requests in early October to Eikenberry's "written reservations about deploying additional troops" just days before President Obama's planned decision?
Will the Supreme's open the door to foreign contributions to U.S. elections in their upcoming decision on campaign financing? Did Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put a poinson pill in the mix that prevents that outrage?
The failure of the public option is no accident. It's all part of the long con that limits critical debate to unacceptable options advanced by allegedly differing parties. These debates always end the same way -- the perpetuation of the major corporate interests, the retention of those in power, and oligarchy; the triumph of The Money Party.
How does it feel to have your government place your health behind the needs of Wall Street crooks and advocates of endless war? Get used to it. We're number three and dropping all the time. Denying our medical needs is now a form of involuntary national service.
President Obama closed his address to the joint session of Congress by scolding those who have raised the absurd charges regarding his health care initiative. It was well timed and diverted attention from fundamental flaws in his proposal.
Hear anything about the self employed in the health care debate. They struggle to get affordable, decent health insurance in nearly every state. Why aren't they a prime target to support real health care reform?
In view of the shouting, screaming and violent images presented at recent town hall meetings - sponsored by some major health insurers - who would trust these health insurance companies with their medical care and that of their families?
Which major figures on either side of the debate address universal health care as a life or death issue? Who among the advocates of rationing are without health insurance? Who among them are unable to afford or obtain their own critical care or the same for their loved ones?
Mexico's election for Congress is absolutely critical but getting no traction as an item here. After 2006's controversial (e.g. stolen) election, trust is a big issue. But will there be any. Original translations from the Mexican press show an extraordinary contest where the "leftists" are left and so are the right wing rulers.
There most certainly was election fraud in Iran in this election and every previous election under the current electoral system. The question is not, did fraud take place in this most recent election? Of course it did. You just need to study the Iranian Constitution and recent Iranian elections understand that, a step skipped by the major media and some nay-saying bloggers in the United States.
The two parties and the elitists who look down their noses on the overwhelming majority of citizens assume that the people will simply tolerate the creation of a catastrophe by one party and the perpetuation of that grave injustice to citizens by the other.
We're asked to believe that a fighting force of 5,000 Taliban is about to take over Pakistan, grab the nukes, and do another 9/11. Special advicor to the president Holbrooke says: "the people who are in this area who we are fighting either pose a direct threat, having committed 9/11 ..." Buy that an you'll buy anything the administration does in the name of the "Perpetual 9/11" excuse.
The Senate millionaires are too stingy to provide even limited mortgage assistance for those in trouble. The depression and housing crash is largely their fault. But they don't care. They don't have to. Thanks for nothing. We're used to it.
Surely habeas corpus will be restored in an unashamed expression of support for that centuries old protection of civil liberties.
No doubt, we'll see a repeal of the Patriot Act. That step back to some degree of civilization is sure to come.
"If we prosecute those in America who only commit one murder, under what theory don't we prosecute a president who is criminally responsible for over four thousand murders?" Vincent Bugliosi Series: Vincent Bugliosi Interviews (6 Articles, 17206 views)
"Democracy is mocked by the Senate candidacy of the chief elections official, Jennifer Brunner, who did absolutely nothing about the massive defiance by the 58 county election boards that lost or destroyed the legally mandated records of the 2004 presidential election. Some champion of democracy, some Democrat." -- Michael Collins
The Department of Justice did everything that it could to "disappear" formerly accused unregistered Iraqi agent Susan Lindauer. One of the first U.S. citizens indicted using The Patriot Act, she spent five years asking for a trial to prove her innocence. There was little "justice" in that Department. So now Lindauer's charges are dismissed and she's talking - about the U.S. Patriot Act and its peril for all of us.
The federal government dropped all charges against Susan Lindauer. Accused of being an "Iraqi agent," Lindauer maintained and provided proof that she was a U.S. intel asset for years. Now she's talking. This installment of the exclusive interview covers pre 911 intelligence efforts.
We don't have enough dollars. It was the banks versus the people and we just lost. The theory is that without these payments, the banks will fail and we'll all be in a world of trouble without them. All of this depends on the questionable assumption that by saving the banks, we're saving our economy.
Who asked the Iraqi people about the withdrawal schedule? As the self-proclaimed proponents for democracy and human rights, shouldn't the United States inquire as to the will of the people before initiating any policy changes? Failing to do so means we've skipped a critical step. How democratic is that? It's their country after all.
Will the Obama foreclosure package be enough to stem the tide for those losing their homes? Will those "who have played by the rules," as Obama calls them, be salvaged the indignities and financial oblivion that begin in earnest if they're thrown onto the street? Or will those who broke all the rules profit immeasurably? Series: The Money Party (34 Articles, 73631 views)
But why did Obama get right up in the face of the military. He "demanded" a "strategy" is pretty tough language. That means that the military lacks a strategy. He won't send "troops without a coherent plan ..." Again, emphasizing that the military wants a commitment but has no plan to get out, just like they didn't in Iraq.