Top Stories: 2007 and This Week

Hope for the New Year: The Past Does Not Predict the Future (Dissident Voice)

2007: Look Back in Anger (TVNewsLies)This guy cannot honestly wish anyone a Happy New Year, and here’s why.

Top 10 New Organisms of 2007 (Wired via Science Blogs)Genetically modified cats, trees, mice, yeast, bacteria, mushrooms, lettuce, tadpoles and e. coli! This is not the best science has to offer…2007: The Year in Evidence (AfterDwoningStreet)

A great compilation of the biggest stories of the year, as covered by After Downing Street.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Democratic Congress (Alternet)2007: Top Ten Tales of War and Empire (Alternet)

Dec 27: Navy JAG resigns over torture issue (Military.com)Dec 26: All F-15’s grounded because of dangerous structural defects, straining air defense network (AP/Houston Chronicle)

Dec 27: Did Bush see the torture tapes? (Harpers)Sibel Edmonds’ case far more explosive than Pentagon Papers: Daniel Ellsberg (BradBlog)

Ellsberg’s right; the information Edmonds has is vital evidence of war crimes and treason by those high up in our government. Edmonds’ site is JustACitizen.org. Here’s a blog that covers the case. A great summary of the Sibel Edmonds case can be found here (liberated from American Conservative magazine).A New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that police can require you to give a blood sample. If you refuse, ‘extreme force’ can be used to take it. In this case, the officers inflicted permanent physical damage on the suspect. There’s also a case pending in Arizona where a forced blood draw done by a cop resulted in a persistent infection in the suspect’s arm. (TheAgitator)

Waiting for the Guards (UnSubscribe-Me.org)“The first of 3 films commissioned by Amnesty International to highlight the enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the “War on Terror”. The Directors approached the making of the film in a way that has never been done before, choosing to show the reality of Stress Positions in as authentic a way as possible.  They filmed a person being put into Stress Positions over a 6 hour period. There is no acting on the part of the “prisoner” – his pain and anguish is for real.
This powerful film shows without doubt that what the US administrations say is interrogation is in reality, torture and must be stopped.”

Citizen’s tribunal in Tokyo Finds Bush Guilty of War Crimes (Japan Times) Withhold From War, Pay For Peace: National War Tax Resisters (Desert Peace)UN: Tasers a form of torture (Daily Telegraph, Australia)


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