Tragedy Turns Into Farce: News From Around the US

Confidential document warns of conflict or revolution in US – Wayne Madsen Report via Rense 4/3/08

EXCERPT: “WMR has learned from knowledgeable sources within the US financial community that an alarming confidential and limited distribution document is circulating among senior members of Congress and their senior staff members that is warning of a bleak future for the United States if it does not quickly get its financial house in order. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is among those who have reportedly read the document. The document is being called the “C & R” document because it reportedly states that if the United States defaults on loans and debt underwriting from China, Japan, and Russia, all of which are propping up the United States government financially, and the United States unilaterally cancels the debts, America can expect a war that will have disastrous results for the United States and the world. “Conflict” is the “C word” in the document. The other scenario is that the federal government will be forced to drastically raise taxes in order to pay off debts to foreign countries to the point that the American people will react with a popular revolution against the government. “Revolution” is the document’s “R word.”


California Bay Area to be sprayed with new unregistered pesticide – Global Research 4/3/08

EXCERPT: “The people of the Bay area of California are about to be sprayed with a new pesticide not registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a pre-emptive strive against a perceived threat from the Light Brown Apple Moth. “In August, the California Department of Food and Agriculture plans to spray pesticides in five Bay Area counties for the invasive species” (CBS 5, 2008). One of the chemicals being used is Checkmate, manufactured by Suterra, LLC, which is owned by Stewart Resnick, one of the richest men in California, and owner of the largest farming operation of tree crops in the world. Mr. Resnick is also included in California Governor Schwarzenegger’s top 100 donors.”


Plan to spray toxic biological chemicals over San Francisco announced – Natural News 3/11/08

EXCERPT: “People of the world, the US Government is planning to poison more than two million people, in California, using an untested biological “pesticide” this summer. The chemical to be sprayed is classified by the EPA as a “pesticide” and the plan is to douse cities with this chemical designed to stick on everything for 90 days or longer. This application is not a one time event, but will continue every 1-3 months for as long as five years. The pesticide to be sprayed is not designed to harm the light brown apple moth’s who it is designed for, but merely to confuse its mating habits. While harmless to moths, the pesticide has been documented to harm humans.”


“Side effects range from vomiting and flu like systems, to male and female reproductive cycle disruption. One child nearly died from the exposure, and some people have developed asthma from being exposed to this chemical concoction. It is cause for alarm that a chemical being labeled as harmless and “safe” even in minute doses, causes severe health effects in some people. The government is racing to cover up and hide the dangerous health effects so that they can continue their aerial spray plans this summer. Your attention and action on this subject is needed in the most important way.”


Pentagon to test spread of invisible gases in Arlington County, VA – Oklahoma City Examiner 3/1/08


Bomb Making at Oak Ridge TN: Inside the Secret City – CounterPunch 3/1/08


False Flag Prospects 2008 – Top Three Target Cities – GlobalResearch 2/23/08


Mondale blasts Cheney’s assault on Constitution – MinnPost 3/24/08

EXCERPT: “Former Vice President Walter Mondale today accused the current vice president, Dick Cheney, of a wholesale assault on the Constitution, the balance of powers, and the system that evolved since World War II to coordinate intelligence and defense policy. “They wrecked that system,” Mondale said this morning at a University of Minnesota scholarly conference on the vice presidency. This isn’t some academic difference of opinion over the proper balance between branches of the federal government, Mondale said, during a question and answer session after his prepared remarks: “I think this was a brutal, deliberate policy to ignore a wide range of written laws and constitutional principles and the legitimate powers of Congress…It’s different than anything we’ve seen in American history and I think it ought to be seen not as two responsible positions, but ought to be seen as a dramatic challenge to American’s system of government.”


Pentagon paid $1.7Million to firms of polygamy bosses – CNN 4/18/08


Feds to ‘bypass’ 30 laws to build border fence – AP/Houston Chronicle 4/1/08


Government authority is crossing a line – USA Today editorial 4/18/08

Of all the current events, the border fence controversy pushes buttons.


Homeland Security won’t explain why the Mexican Border Wall bypasses the rich and well-connected – Alternet 2/19/08

Secret Service member admits destroying documents sought in discrimination lawsuit – Austin American Statesman 2/20/08

60% of government employees report seeing ethics violations – Washington Post 1/30/08


Feeding off the Pentagon – Salon 12/4/07

“How did a former Bush official win an $800 million Department of Defense contract for his healthcare firm? That’s what government watchdogs want to know.”


Top US Accountability Officer quits because he can’t do his job – AFP 2/14/08


Journalist who exposes UN corruption ‘disappeared’ from Google – Fox ‘News’ 2/18/08


Bush administration shuts down economic indicators website ‘due to budget constraints’ – Think Progress 2/13/08


Is a new dangerous biohazard site coming to your state soon? – Alternet 3/29/08


Lost military rocket crashes into Tulsa apartment building – Tulsa World 3/14/08


Boston police to go door-to-door asking if they can search your home for weaponsBoston Globe 2/9/08


IRS flaunts orders, refuses to release data on its’ tax enforcement activities – Public Citizen 2/11/08


US to turn up heat on tax protestors in wake of Wesley Snipes verdict – Houston Chronicle 2/20/08

I think the ambush, torture, political imprisonment and seizure/auction of the personal property of Ed and Elaine Brown shows that they haven’t exactly been taking ‘tax protestors’ lightly. Their appeal was recently dismissed, and they are both expected to serve five year sentences.


Pentagon Fraud Investigator Pleads Guilty to Currency Violation – Bloomberg 3/19/08


US Weapons Systems: Bush policies undermine science – Global Research 2/17/08

EXCERPT: “The Bush administration’s persistent interference in the work of federal scientists has cut experts out of top-level discussions of bioterrorism and served to punish researchers who questioned one White House nuclear weapon initiative, a science watchdog organization said yesterday (see GSN, May 10, 2007).During the first day of a major science conference here, the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a report accusing the executive branch of committing a host of abuses over the last seven years. Included among 17 distinct charges are allegations that federal officials misrepresented or simply fabricated scientific data, suppressed certain findings, and pressured scientists to change reports in favor of administration positions.”


Over 40 lawsuits pending as Bush continues to shield telecom firms – Washington Post 3/2/08 


US researchers trying to create contagious avian flu pandemic – Cryptogon 3/1/08

I’ve seen this story dozens of times over the past couple years; this article brings together alot of them.


Billboard Liberation Front vs. ATT & NSA – via BoingBoing 2/28/08


Outspoken scientist dismissed from panel on chemical safety – Google cache of removed LA Times article, and Seattle Post Intelligencer 2/29/08

This is the ninth ‘leading authority’ forced off EPA panels in the past 18 months


Whistleblower: Major mobile carrier giving FBI unrestricted access – ArsTechnica 3/6/08

EXCERPT: “Computer security analyst Babak Pasdar says that a major mobile telecommunications carrier has a built-in backdoor that provides an undisclosed third-party with unfettered access to its internal technical infrastructure, including the ability to eavesdrop on all calls through its network. In an affidavit that describes the circumstances and basis for the allegations, Pasdar provides evidence which could indicate that the FBI is on the other side of the secret line, engaging in warrantless surveillance of mobile communications.”


White House official tells judge looking for missing emails ‘too much work’ – Dissident Voice 3/24/08

EXCERPT: “The White House’s chief information officer said the Bush administration should not be compelled to search for millions of emails on individual computers and hard drives that may have been lost between 2003 and 2005 because it would be too expensive and require hundreds of hours of work, according to a filing the White House made with a federal court late Friday.  Friday’s court filing by the White House came in response to an order issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola last week demanding that the White House show cause why it should not be ordered to create and preserve a “forensic copy” of emails from individual hard drives. Facciola entered the order in part because the White House admitted that it did not preserve back-up tapes prior to October 2003.”
“Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and George Washington University’s National Security Archive sued the Bush administration last year alleging the White House violated the Presidential Records Act by not archiving emails sent and received between 2003 and 2005.  In documents filed with Faciolla Friday, Theresa Payton, the chief information officer at the White House Office of Administration, said the White House routinely destroyed its hard drives every three years “in order to run updated software, reduce ongoing maintenance, and enhance security assurance. So its unlikely that any lost emails would be retrieved anyway.”


The Day newspaper in Connecticut wants to take its’ Lieberman endorsement back – 3/23/08


RFK Jr interviews Don Siegelman – GoLeft TV


Karl Rove’s first public comments on the Siegelman case – Fox/YouTube via TPMuckraker 2/25/08


Siegelmans attorneys calling for special counsel in wake of 60 Minutes expose – TPMuckraker 2/25/08


It Happens in America: The Political Trial and Imprisonment of Don Siegelman – via MParent 2/28/08

EXCERPT:”Don Siegelman, a popular Democratic governor of Alabama, a Republican state, was framed in a crooked trial, convicted on June 29, 2006, and sent to Federal prison by the corrupt and immoral Bush administration. The frame-up of Siegelman and businessman Richard Scrushy is so crystal clear and blatant that 52 former state attorneys general from across America, both Republicans and Democrats, have urged the US Congress to investigate”

What we still don’t know about the Minot Nuke Incident – CounterPunch 2/25/08


Republican former South Dakota lieutenant governor and potential Senate candidate Steve Kirby made his fortune running a scandal-wracked business that harvested collagen from corpses donated for medical research and using it for cosmetic products and penis-enlargements – The Hill via BoingBoing 2/27/08


At the High Court, Damage Control – Washington Post 2/27/08

Supreme Court struggles to find Exxon not liable for Valdez spill


Chief Justice Roberts defends Exxon – ThinkProgress 2/28/08


Halliburton/State Dept rape reports get worse and worse – via MParent 2/28/08


As nuclear waste languishes, expense to US rises – NYTimes 2/17/08

EXCERPT: “Forgotten but not gone, the waste from more than 100 nuclear reactors that the federal government was supposed to start accepting for burial 10 years ago is still at the reactor sites, at least 20 years behind schedule. But it is making itself felt in the federal budget. With court orders and settlements, the federal government has already paid the utilities $342 million, but is virtually certain to pay a total of at least $7 billion in the next few years and probably over $11 billion, government officials said. The industry said the total could reach $35 billion. The payments come from an obscure and poorly understood government account that requires no new Congressional appropriations, and will balloon in size, experts said.”


Bush’s pal from the Moonies said God endorsed Hitler’s Holocaust – with pictures and video Talk2Action 4/15/08


Nashua NH State Rep is making impeachment her mission – Nashua Telegraph 4/15/08


Taser bracelets for every airline passenger – Wired 4/18/08

EXCERPT: “Beyond preying on people’s fears and insulting our intelligence, Lamperd is selling a product that’s a horrible idea in the first place. Do you really want those bracelets on your flight? If hijackers get their hands the transmitter, they’ll zap anyone standing in their way. Who’s to say that in the chaos of an emergency a crew member will have time to identify the threat, activate the correct bracelet and fire the EMD pulse before the terrorist has control of the plane? And then there’s the possibility of random craziness. What if a flight attendant loses her cookies and zaps a passenger who wants to keep the whole can of CranApple juice? What about drunk passengers? Do you want the lush in 36D getting his hands on what is essentially a bracelet-mounted stun gun?… Lamperd Less Lethal’s tagline is “Keeping the Situation Under Control.” I think “Exploiting People’s Fear and Making a Bad Situation Worse” might be more appropriate.”


Consumers’ Right to Sue Weakening – Washington Independent 4/4/08

EXCERPT: “For more than a century, the regulation of U.S. food and drugs has seen its share of challenges — from the filthy slaughterhouses of Upton Sinclair’s Chicago to the tainted Chinese-made blood thinner that recently killed at least 19 people. The regulatory shortcomings on display in 1937, when ethylene glycol killed 105 antibiotic consumers, were still glaring six decades later, when Vioxx users started having heart attacks.”
“But throughout the history of the Food and Drug Administration, and its precursor agencies, U.S. consumers could always bring the manufacturer of a faulty product to court. Now, with the FDA woefully underfunded in its key role of assuring the safety and effectiveness of foods and drugs, and with political ideologues in the agency pushing industry prerogatives, the White House and the courts may be on the verge of stripping Americans of the right to sue. This would take away the last option for those seeking protection from –or recourse for — faulty products.”


Chinese spy ‘slept’ in US for 20 years – Washington Post 4/3/08

EXCERPT: “Chi Mak acknowledged that he had been placed in the United States more than 20 years earlier, in order to burrow into the defense-industrial establishment to steal secrets,” Joel Brenner, the head of counterintelligence for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said in an interview. “It speaks of deep patience,” he said, and is part of a pattern.”


“Other recent prosecutions illustrate the scale of the problem. Mak, whose sentence capped an 18-month criminal probe, was the second U.S. citizen in the past two weeks to stand before a federal judge after being found guilty on espionage-related charges. On Monday, former Defense Department analyst Gregg W. Bergersen pleaded guilty in Alexandria to charges that he gave classified information on U.S. weapons sales to a businessman who shared the data with a Chinese official. In March, the Reston company WaveLab pleaded guilty to violating export laws when it shipped militarily sensitive power amplifiers to China, according to court papers. A lawyer for the company said it neglected to get proper licenses and did not engage in “underhanded” behavior.”
“Dongfan Chung, a Boeing engineer arrested in February for allegedly passing classified space shuttle and rocket documents to Chinese officials, was accused in court documents of responding to orders from Beijing as long ago as 1979 — making him a second alleged longtime agent. Yesterday, federal prosecutors in Chicago indicted a software engineer for allegedly stealing business trade secrets and trying to take more than 1,000 paper and electronic documents from a telecommunications company on a one-way trip to China last year.  The cases are among at least a dozen investigations of Chinese espionage that have yielded criminal charges or guilty pleas in the past year. Since 2000, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have launched more than 540 investigations of illegal technology exports to China.”


US firms lays claim to entire Arctic sea floor – Ottowa Citizen 3/21/08

EXCERPT: “A U.S.-based company that has controversially laid claim to nearly all of the Arctic Ocean’s undersea oil said yesterday that new geological data suggest a “potentially vast” petroleum resource of 400 billion barrels. That figure is backed by a respected Canadian researcher who recently signed on as the firm’s chief scientific adviser. Las Vegas-based Arctic Oil & Gas has raised eyebrows around the world with its roll-of-the-dice bid to lock up exclusive rights to extract oil and gas from rapidly melting areas of the central Arctic Ocean, currently beyond the territorial control of Canada, Russia and other polar nations.”

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great headlines!

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