News from around the U.S
July 8, 2007, 6:52 pm
Filed under: colonialism, economy, environment, fascism, good news, hypocrisy, IMPEACHMENT, infowar, PMC

A Global Democratic Movement is About to Pop (Alternet)

State Farm accused of Katrina racketeering (MSNBC)

EXCERPT: “State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. engaged in a “pattern of racketeering” by manipulating engineering reports on Hurricane Katrina damage so the company could deny policyholder claims, lawyers for a group of Mississippi homeowners allege in a lawsuit filed Wednesday…Scruggs’ 103-page lawsuit claims State Farm engaged in racketeering by procuring “scientifically dishonest” inspection reports and conducting “sham re-inspections” of homes so that damage could be falsely attributed to Katrina’s flood water… Scruggs accuses State Farm of pressuring its engineers to alter reports on storm-damaged homes so that water, not wind, could be blamed for damage.”

Whistleblower alleges Halliburton is cooking their books (Mparent blog)

Are you surprised? Those in power are so blatant in their corruption, do you think they’ll stop voluntarily? I’d love to discuss this with someone who think they will, but I think it’s much more important to discuss this with people who know they won’t.

Cities set limits on serving food to homeless (USA Today)

The Wrath of 2007: America ‘s Great Drought (Independent, UK)

The use of armed forces in America under a national emergency: unrestricted and arbitrary powers conferred to president and vice president (Centre for Research on Globalization, Canada)

New documents link Kissinger to coups in Cyprus and Chile (Centre for Research on Globalization, Canada)

Impeach Cheney (Slate)

Bush refuses to turn over subpoenaed documents; asserts executive privilege (AP via MParent blog)

EXCERPT: The White House, moving toward a constitutional showdown with Congress, asserted executive privilege Thursday and rejected lawmakers’ demands for documents that could shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors. President Bush’s attorney told Congress the White House would not turn over subpoenaed documents for former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor…Thursday was the deadline for surrendering the documents. The White House also made clear that Miers and Taylor would not testify next month, as directed by the subpoenas, which were issued June 13. The stalemate could end up with House and Senate contempt citations and a battle in federal court over separation of powers.”

Largest prison inmate increase since 2000 (CBS)

EXCERPT: “The total number of people incarcerated by federal or state authorities in the year ending June 30, 2006, was roughly 1.6 million, the government said Wednesday. That translated to a 2.8 percent increase from the previous year, due to people being put in prison at a faster rate than those released. Overall, the total number of people behind bars, including those held in local jails, was more than 2.2 million, according to the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics…The number of federal prisoners increased by 3.6 percent to reach 191,080. Nearly 6 out 10 people behind bars nationwide were black or Hispanic.”


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