U.S. News Round-up: Best of the Worst Under-Reported News
December 4, 2007, 6:28 pm
Filed under: fascism, hypocrisy, illegal, interesting, news, politics, random, Uncategorized

 Charges dropped against last of the “Los Angeles Eight(San Francisco Chronicle)

EXCERPT: “For the last 20 years, the U.S. government has accused me of being a terrorist. Along with six other Palestinians and a Kenyan, we were dubbed the “Los Angeles Eight” by the media. Our case even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Oct. 30 – 20 grueling years after the early morning raid in which armed federal agents barged into my apartment, brutally arrested me before my 3-year-old son’s eyes, incarcerated me in maximum security cells in San Pedro State Prison for 23 days without bond, and attempted to deport me – the government dropped all charges fabricated against me. The charges involved accusations of aiding a member group of the Palestine Liberation Organization that the government alleged aided terrorism. But Los Angeles immigration Judge Bruce J. Einhorn had ordered an end to the deportation proceedings against us last January because the government failed to comply with his order to disclose evidence that supported our innocence. He called their behavior “an embarrassment to the rule of law.”

Alaskan Corruption Scandal Widens (Washington Post)

EXCERPT: “On another tape, Pete Kott, the former Republican speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, crowed as he described beating back a tax bill opposed by oil companies. “I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie,” Kott said. “Exxon’s happy. BP’s happy. I’ll sell my soul to the devil.””

They should all go to prison.

USDA loophole means your meat could have E. coli (Treehugger)

How dry is it where you live? Use Drought.gov to find out. (NYTimes)

Bill Moyers looks at the undoing of Congress’ checks and balances put in place following the Church Committee hearings and the unprecedented expansion of Executive authority in the wake of 9/11. You can watch the entire episode online here. (Alternet)

Sen. Hagel says draft may be unavoidable (Omaha World Herald)

Your worst nightmare: RFID powder (TechDo)

White House withholding hundreds of Abramoff documents (House Committee on Oversight)

Energy Department plans to divert oil into reserve (AP/Yahoo)

EXCERPT: “Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman on Thursday defended plans to divert oil into the federal emergency reserve, although he acknowledged that tight supplies likely are one reason for surging crude oil prices.  The Energy Department announced it has awarded contracts to three companies – Shell Trading Co., Sunoco Logistics and BP North America – for 12.3 million barrels of oil to go into the government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, beginning in January.”

AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein: “They’re doing a massive huge dragnet on everybody in the U.S. (CorrenteWire)

In New Orleans, homeless shelters and overflowing, FEMA trailer parks are poisoned and closing down, and over 250 American citizens have begun living in City Hall Plaza across from the Mayor’s office.  Just before Thanksgiving, dozens were sent to a crack motel by a non-profit group.  Of course, this means a decrease in any future housing assistance.  (AP)

In Case You Missed It: FBI raids Liberty Dollar offices; loots 2 TONS of gold, silver and platinum.  “There was a separate raid, NotHaus said, of Sunshine Mint in Coer D’Alene, Idaho, a company that prints the organization’s coins, where von NotHaus said agents seized the huge pallets of silver and gold worth more than $1 million that the organization says back the paper certificates issued to its customers.” (Liberty Dollar, WUFYS, Washington Post)

Something important to note here: If this was a case about ‘counterfeit money’, the U.S. Treasury or Secret Service would be involved.  Instead, it’s the FBI thugs imposing the fascist dicta of the government.  Gold and other precious metals are the only tangible forms of money that retain value over the years; that green funny money the Federal Reserve prints is only as valuable as you believe it is.  Research more, and spread the word!

You don’t see the FBI knocking down the door of this company, which prints anything you want on real metal coins.

Here is a list of currencies here in the USA. Some are called “hours’ some are called “Blue Money”, “Cape Anne Dollars”.  Out of this list below they went after the “Liberty Dollar”. It might be just me but it is probably to shed a negative light on Congressman Paul’s campaign.

Recreating the 1918 Flu Pandemic: Institute for Influenza Viral Research Lab almost complete (Wisconsin State Journal)

North Tulsa is a food desert, an urban area like many around the world where there are no grocery stores for 5-10 miles. (BatesLine and Food Desert)

Activist stops deletion of Texas Governor Perry’s emails (Houston Chronicle)

Get this: Continuing a policy used by former Texas Governor George W. Bush, Rick Perry has been deleting all official email after 7 days (unless deliberately preserved by staff).  A clever activist has found a loophole: they are not supposed to destroy any records that have been requested.  So the activist sets up an automatic request twice a week for all email sent by Perry and staffers.  Let the next political email scandal begin!

Are Americans completely incapable of getting mad as hell?! (via MParent)

Private donations sought for National Mall; “America’s Front Yard” needs $350 Million in repairs (USA Today)

What teen girls are made of (Salon)

Red Cross to Georgia: Be Ready for Drought Emergency with 5 Cases of Bottled Water Per Person (Treehugger)

San Francisco oil spill threatens wildlife (National Geographic)

Evidence mounts that genetically modified foods are unsafe (Global Research)

CNN Oversimplifies the Danger of Yellowstone (JustAnotherCoverup)

California sues federal government over car fumes (BBC)

EXCERPT “California is suing the US federal government over its failure to back the state’s tough new anti-pollution laws regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

Two years ago, California passed legislation requiring car-makers to cut vehicle emissions by 30% by 2016.  But for the measure to take effect, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must give its approval… California needs the EPA to grant a waiver because the state’s legislation seeks to implement stricter standards than those imposed under national law.”

Exposed: Angry Memorium for the Downwinders (Salt Lake Tribune)

“Mary Dickson’s new play, ”Exposed,” is a sacrament of grief and anger… the subject matter: the 928 above- and below-ground nuclear blasts set off at the Nevada Test Site, near Las Vegas, between 1951 and 1992; the devastating effect these tests, many of them very dirty, had on the downwind population; and the government secrecy and lies, as it pursued the Cold War, that kept the public falsely reassured that the fallout that dusted the landscape afterward was perfectly harmless.”


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