Hope2012


Things to be pissed off about for $1000, Alex

Military Analyst: West needs more terror to save doomed foreign policy (PrisonPlanet)

After $592 Million taxpayer money spent; “Fortress America in Iraq” embassy unsafe to occupy; not surprisingly, even the ground it’s built on has been contaminated. (Think Progress & Washington Post)

Don’t forget the $1.2 Billion annual operating costs!

Over 4.2 Million Iraqis displaced by War Of Terrorism (Reuters)

Bush developing illegal bio-terror weapons for offensive use; $14.5 Billion for 2001-2004 (TruthOut) 

Elementary school in New Jersey shot by U.S. F-16 to get $500,000 in damages (NYPost)

Weapons of the Future (New Scientist)

DREAD: Silent Weapon Systems (TecheBlog)

Global Peace Index and Failed States Index (DemocracyArsenal.org)

From My Lai to Mesopotamia: when atrocities became ‘accepted technique’ (Uruknet)

Access Denied (Oregon Live)

EXCERPT: “Oregonians called Peter DeFazio’s office, worried there was a conspiracy buried in the classified portion of a White House plan for operating the government after a terrorist attack. As a member of the U.S. House on the Homeland Security Committee, DeFazio, D-Ore., is permitted to enter a secure “bubbleroom” in the Capitol and examine classified material. So he asked the White House to see the secret documents. On Wednesday, DeFazio got his answer: DENIED.”

US may bypass UN on Kosovo independence (NYTimes)

Overlooking the Air War (Antiwar.com) 

EXCERPT: “Four years after the Bush administration’s “shock and awe” campaign that was supposed to kill Saddam Hussein and bring peace to Iraq failed to accomplish what was intended, U.S. warplanes have increased attacks again, dropping bombs at more than twice the rate as the previous year, according to a recent report by the Associated Press.

So far this year, U.S. warplanes have dropped 237 bombs and missiles in support of Coalition ground troops in Iraq, exceeding the 229 dropped in all of 2006, according to U.S. Air Force figures obtained by the AP in the same report.

This was witnessed during the 2006 war between Israel and the Islamist resistance group Hezbollah…”Military historians have a name for the logic behind Israel’s military campaign in Lebanon. It’s called ‘strategic bombing fallacy,'” wrote Brookings Institution fellow Philip H. Gordon in an op-ed in the Washington Post during the 2006 war.

Far from bringing about the intended softening of the opposition, bombing tends to rally people behind their own leaders and cause them to dig in against outsiders who, whatever the justification, are destroying their homeland,” he wrote.”

Ex-Surgeon General says Bush administration interfered in policy decisions (National Public Radio)

EXCERPT: “The reality is that the nation’s doctor has been marginalized and relegated to a position with no independent budget and with supervisors who are political appointees with partisan agendas,” Carmona said. “Anything that doesn’t fit into the political appointees’ ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried.”

Video shows Hot Springs, Arkansas police officer choking a child for skateboarding on city sidewalks. After an outcry, an investigation was held which declared the officer’s actions reasonable. Now, skateboarders are marching on Little Rock. (KATV, Fox16 and Arkansas Indymedia)

Lieberman calls for wider use of surveillance cameras (The Hill via Raw Story)

Carlyle: How the Bush family profits from endless war (SourceWatch &Ahmed Ismail blog)

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