Reopening fallout shelters, scandal at Oral Roberts, experiments on children, guards sleeping at nuclear plants and more news around the U.S.
October 12, 2007, 6:31 am
Filed under: news, politics

A scandal is brewing at Oral Roberts University (Houston Chronicle) Among dozens of allegations:

– A longtime maintenance employee was fired so that an underage male friend of Mrs. Roberts could have his position.

– Mrs. Roberts – who is a member of the board of regents and is referred to as ORU’s “first lady” on the university’s Web site – frequently had cell-phone bills of more than $800 per month, with hundreds of text messages sent between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. to “underage males who had been provided phones at university expense.”

– The university jet was used to take one daughter and several friends on a senior trip to Orlando, Fla., and the Bahamas. The $29,411 trip was billed to the ministry as an “evangelistic function of the president.”

– Mrs. Roberts spent more than $39,000 at one Chico’s clothing store alone in less than a year, and had other accounts in Texas and California. She also repeatedly said, “As long as I wear it once on TV, we can charge it off.” The document cites inconsistencies in clothing purchases and actual usage on TV.

– Mrs. Roberts was given a white Lexus SUV and a red Mercedes convertible by ministry donors.

– University and ministry employees are regularly summoned to the Roberts’ home to do the daughters’ homework.

– The university and ministry maintain a stable of horses for exclusive use by the Roberts’ children.

– The Roberts’ home has been remodeled 11 times in the past 14 years.

WWII interrogators and their opinion of torture today (Washington Post)

Several commandeered the microphone at an awards ceremony to denounce torture, Guantanamo Bay.

Nazi-style experiments on U.S. children with video of Senator Barbara Boxer’s speech (MParent)

EXCERPT “Bush adminstration supports program to deliberately subject infants and small children to known toxins.Of course they manipulate poor people into subjecting themselves to poison for money.The Bush administration sinks to even greater lows.”

Cheney spoke to conservative policy group Council for National Policy, founded by co-author of the Left Behind post-apocalyptic book series [9/28/07] (Raw Story) 

A watchdog group [Project on Government Oversight, or POGO] accused the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday of ignoring for nearly six months allegations that security guards at a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant routinely slept while on duty. (USA Today) 

George Bush was castigated by European diplomats and found himself isolated yesterday after a special conference on climate change ended without any progress…”It was a total charade and has been exposed as a charade,” a senior European diplomat attending the conference, speaking on condition of anonymity said. “I have never heard a more humiliating speech by a major leader. He [Mr Bush] was trying to present himself as a leader while showing no sign of leadership. It was a total failure.” [9/29/07]

Huntsville, Alabama is reopening its’ fallout shelters (AP/AOL)

CIA detention program remains active (Reuters/Yahoo)

FBI lax on detecting double agents (Corruption Chronicles) 

US labs mishandling deadly diseases (AP/Yahoo)

EXCERPT: “In some cases, labs have failed to report accidents as required by law.The mishaps include workers bitten or scratched by infected animals, skin cuts, needle sticks and more, according to a review by The Associated Press of confidential reports submitted to federal regulators. They describe accidents involving anthrax, bird flu virus, monkeypox and plague-causing bacteria at 44 labs in 24 states. More than two-dozen incidents were still under investigation.” “The number of accidents has risen steadily. Through August, the most recent period covered in the reports obtained by the AP, labs reported 36 accidents and lost shipments during 2007 – nearly double the number reported during all of 2004.  Likewise, the number of labs approved by the government to handle the deadliest substances has nearly doubled to 409 since 2004, and there are now 15 of the highest-security labs. Labs are routinely inspected by federal regulators just once every three years, but accidents trigger interim inspections.” 

“In a new report by congressional investigators, the Government Accountability Office said little is known about labs that aren’t federally funded or don’t work with any of 72 dangerous substances the government monitors most closely.  No single federal agency … has the mission to track the overall number of these labs in the United States,” said the GAO’s report, expected to be released later this week. “Consequently, no agency is responsible for determining the risks associated with the proliferation of these labs.”

Bush Housing Secretary under investigation for no bid contracts, screwing New Orleans again (Corruption Chronicles)

EXCERPT: “A Bush cabinet member recently investigated by the agency he heads for illegally granting contracts based on political affiliation is now under FBI investigation for getting a friend a lucrative no-bid government deal. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Alphonso Jackson evidently helped a friend get $392,000 over a period of a year and a half as a construction manager in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.” 

U.S. considered use of radiological weapons as assassination tool (AP/Yahoo) 

Hawaii is contaminated with depleted uranium (Rense) 

New Orleans Times-Picayune outs another toe-tapping politician (Editor & Publisher) 

A National Archives and Records Administration report shows that much of the United States’ $30 million expenditure on declassifying records of its involvement with Nazi and Japanese war criminals could have been averted had the government complied with its own declassification rule. (Haaretz, Israel)


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