Lost in the Shuffle: under-reported US News round-up

Massachussetts Law School to plan Bush war crimes prosecution – Information Clearinghouse 6/17/08


General accuses White House of war crimes – Washington Post 6/18/08

EXCERPT: “The two-star general who led an Army investigation into the horrific detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib has accused the Bush administration of war crimes and is calling for accountability. In his 2004 report on Abu Ghraib, then-Major General Anthony Taguba concluded that “numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees.” He called the abuse “systemic and illegal.” And, as Seymour M. Hersh reported in the New Yorker, he was rewarded for his honesty by being forced into retirement.”
“Now, in a preface to a Physicians for Human Rights report based on medical examinations of former detainees, Taguba adds an epilogue to his own investigation. The new report, he writes, “tells the largely untold human story of what happened to detainees in our custody when the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individual’s lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors.”


The Last Round-Up: Is the government compiling a secret list of citizens to detain under martial law? – Global Research 6/6/08


Continuity of Government planning has already superseded the Constitution as a higher authority – GeorgeWashington blog 5/8/08


Republic of Montana: Second Amendment Secession – Reason 6/08

EXCERPT: “In a joint resolution, the Montana politicians argue that when Washington approved the state constitution, including a clause granting “any person” the right to bear arms, upon the Treasure State’s entry into the Union in 1889, the federal government recognized that clause as consistent with the Second Amendment. If the Court comes down on the side of a collective right, they argue, it would breach the compact for statehood between Montana and the federal government.


Oklahoma claims sovereignty under 10th Amendment – SpkTruth2Power blog 6/14/08


America’s Democratic Collapse – Alternet 6/3/08

A stirring read…
Note: Chris Hedges gave this keynote address on Wednesday, May 28, in Furman University’s Younts Conference Center. The address was part of protests by faculty and students over the South Carolina college’s decision to invite George W. Bush to give the May 31 commencement address.
When it was announced in May that Bush would deliver the commencement address, 222 students and faculty signed and posted on the school’s Web site a statement titled “We Object.” The statement cites the war in Iraq and the administration’s “obstructing progress on reducing greenhouse gases while favoring billions in tax breaks and subsidies to oil companies that are earning record profits.”
“We are ashamed of the actions of this administration. The war in Iraq has cost the lives of over 4,000 brave and honorable U.S. military personnel,” the statement read. “Because we love this country and the ideals it stands for, we accept our civic responsibility to speak out against these actions that violate American values.”


6 Extreme Weather Projections for the U.S. – Treehugger 6/29/08


Will Midwest Floods Be as Toxic as New Orleans? – Alternet 7/3/08


Midwest Flooding Brings to Light the Vulnerability of Corn Ethanol – Treehugger 7/1/08 


Government “Strike Teams” Invade Homes, Harass Flood Victims – with video, PrisonPlanet 6/18/08

EXCERPT: “Shocking footage out of Cedar Rapids Iowa shows cops and government employee “strike teams” breaking into houses of flood victims and threatening anyone who questions their actions in complete violation of the 4th amendment right that protects against unlawful search and seizure. No warrant, no knock home invasions are being carried out on the flimsy pretext of “checking for structural damage” as cops harass and threaten with arrest people who refuse to have their homes ransacked by thugs in uniforms. Cedar Rapids police chief Greg Graham promised residents over the weekend that “Law enforcement officers are not entering homes,” and that firefighters would only enter homes through unlocked doors and windows yet the video clearly shows locked houses being broken in to.”


US not as ‘free’ as touted – Washington Times 5/4/08

EXCERPTS: “The U.S. political system is, at best, “a work in progress” according to an evaluation from the pro-democracy group Freedom House, which finds significant flaws in the U.S. criminal justice system, counterterrorism strategies and the treatment of minorities and immigrants…. “Generally speaking, the controversies over counterterrorism policies can be traced to the Bush administration’s assertion of a degree of executive authority that is extraordinary even in wartime,” says the report, which finds that broad electronic surveillance affects millions, and law enforcement has “overreached” in terrorism cases.”


Has the Battle for America Begun? – Global Research 5/14/08

“This article contains several forecasts, including the possible start of a major war with unforeseeable consequences, if the U.S. should happen to attack Iran.”


Senate Moves Forward on Orwellian “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act” – Dissident Voice 5/15/08


Unmarked chopper patrols New York City from above – AP/Yahoo 5/24/08


Washington DC cops will begin patrolling with ASSAULT RIFLES later this month – Washington Times 5/9/08

Police in Miami and Los Angeles already use the weapons, and Chicago police have plans to use them in the near future.


Government in Secret – Sen. Russ Feingold in LA Times 5/8/08

EXCERPT: “Congress should pass legislation to require the administration to alert Congress when the law created by Justice Department opinions ignores or even violates the laws passed by Congress, and to require public notice when it is waiving or modifying a published executive order. Congress and the public shouldn’t have to wonder whether the executive branch is following the laws that are on the books or some other, secret law.”


US-led capitalist system heading for collapse? – Arab News 5/19/08

EXCERPT: “Oil prices continue to rise and rise, with no end in sight. Virtually all other commodities seem to be following to be the same suit. Some now say a new economic system is emerging from the ashes of the old and now crumbling financial structure. Failing to meet even the basic needs of the common man, the current economic system is facing its worst crisis and appears in doldrums. It has miserably failed the underprivileged of this world.”


Martial Law on the Installment Plan – Freedom in Our Time blog 5/29/08

Constitutional history and its’ relevance today


Pentagon: Over 1.000 US nuclear weapons components missing – Financial Times 6/19/08


Marines to begin martial law training in Indianapolis – Daily Newscaster 6/3/08


Secret Pentagon Funding Near All-Time High – Wired 6/20/08



How to train death squads and quash revolutions from San Salvador to you – Trews.org 6/17/08

EXCERPT: “Wikileaks has obtained a sensitive US military counter-insurgency manual. The manual, Foreign Internal Defense Tactics Techniques and Procedures for Special Forces (1994, 2004), may be critically described as “What we learned about running death squads and propping up corrupt government in Latin America and how to apply it to other places”. Its contents are both history defining for Latin America and, given the continued role of US Special Forces in the suppression of insurgencies and guerilla movements world wide, history making.”
“The document, which has been verified, is official US Special Forces doctrine. It directly advocates training paramilitaries, pervasive surveillance, censorship, press control and restrictions on labor unions & political parties. It directly advocates warrantless searches, detainment without charge and the suspension of habeas corpus. It directly advocates bribery, employing terrorists, false flag operations, concealing human rights abuses from journalists, and extensive use of “psychological operations” (propaganda) to make these and other “population & resource control” measures palatable.”


Americans are living (and dying) in a militarized police state – American Chronicle 5/5/08


Propaganda photos of the WWII Japanese internment camps in the US (War Relocation Authority / The Online Archive of California / Bancroft Library)


Sean Gonsalves: How the Government Is Passing Secret Laws – Alternet 5/19/08


60 Minutes lies and the Ray Gun kills: the truth about the Active Denial System – via MParent 6/3/08 

Photographer Documents Secret Satellites — All 189 of Them – Wired 6/21/08


Fears grow that MRSA variant has entered food chain – Independent, UK 6/10/08


Concerns as Object Floats From Shuttle – NYTimes 6/14/08

“On Friday, a day before the space shuttle Discovery is supposed to return from orbit to its landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center, members of the crew noticed an object floating away from the shuttle into space. Such objects can be worrisome, since they could indicate a broken part of the shuttle. But in the past, they have simply turned out to be bits of ice or errant plastic bags floating out of the payload bay.”


Los Angeles approves plan to seed clouds with silver iodide – Treehugger 6/12/08

EXCERPT: “How bad has the drought gotten in Los Angeles? Bad enough that the L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $800,000 cloud seeding proposal last week to elicit more rainfall for the drought-stricken Southland, reports the Pasadena Star-News‘ Jennifer McLain. This unorthodox practice has already been used several times over the last 5 decades to varying degrees of success (emphasis on “varying” here).”


More than half of the top Bush administration positions are vacant or filled temporarily – Washington Post 5/28/08


Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to Homeland Security’s actions to break 37 federal laws by building border fence – Texas Observer 6/23/08


George Carlin on The American Dream (YouTube)


What the Supreme Court’s Habeas Decision Means – Alternet 6/13/08


Secret Spy Court Repeatedly Questions FBI Wiretap Network – Wired 6/11/08

EXCERPT: “Does the FBI track cellphone users’ physical movements without a warrant? Does the Bureau store recordings of innocent Americans caught up in wiretaps in a searchable database? Does the FBI’s wiretap equipment store information like voicemail passwords and bank account numbers without legal authorization to do so? That’s what the nation’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court wanted to know, in a series of secret inquiries in 2005 and 2006 into the bureau’s counterterrorism electronic surveillance efforts, revealed for the first time in newly declassified documents.”


Flashback: US warrantless wiretapping pre-dates 9/11/01 – Register, UK 12/18/07


Is the Government Tracking Us Through Our Cellphones? ACLU Lawsuit Seeks Answers. – NYTimes 7/1/08


Supreme Court to Bush: You’re not above the law – Salon 6/13/08


Four-star Admiral Fallon breaks his silence on dissent – Military.com 6/4/08


US citizens in military brigs – AP/Raw Story 5/24/08


Yoo: Impeach Bush? Why Not? – TPMuckraker 5/13/08


The plutonium spill at NIST: What’s said and what’s not – Daily Camera 7/7/08


Radioactive Uranium and other toxic contaminants found in Pinon Canyon, Colorado – Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center 7/1/08


Chemical weapons transport plan draws fire – USA Today 7/2/08

“The Pentagon is weighing a plan to ship deadly chemical weapons to military sites to accelerate their destruction.”


Uranium Poison Gas Dispersal Plants Slated for Widespread Expansion – AxisOfLogic 5/7/08


Uranium Bonfire: Air Force incinerates radioactive waste – Salt Lake Tribune 4/21/08


Paxil Babies: The Dangers of Antidepressants – Alternet 6/6/08


State of Emergency: The US in the Final Six Months of the George W. Bush Administration – Global Research 6/15/08


Children in Katrina trailers may face lifelong ailments – AP 5/28/08


Photos: Post-Katrina New Orleans aches for recovery – CNet 7/2/08


The ignored non-recovery of New Orleans – CNet 7/2/08


Ultimate compendium of Republican catastrophe – via MParent 6/30/08


Sludge fertilizer program spurs concerns – AP/Yahoo 4/13/08

EXCERPT: “Scientists using federal grants spread fertilizer made from human and industrial wastes on yards in poor, black neighborhoods to test whether it might protect children from lead poisoning in the soil. Families were assured the sludge was safe and were never told about any harmful ingredients. Nine low-income families in Baltimore row houses agreed to let researchers till the sewage sludge into their yards and plant new grass. In exchange, they were given food coupons as well as the free lawns as part of a study published in 2005 and funded by the Housing and Urban Development Department.  The Associated Press reviewed grant documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and interviewed researchers. No one involved with the $446,231 grant for the two-year study would identify the participants, citing privacy concerns. There is no evidence there was ever any medical follow-up.”


Northeastern US forests inadvertently made fire-resistant – Treehugger 11/28/07

EXCERPTS: “A study by Indiana University researchers found the chlorinated flame retardant Dechlorane Plus in the bark of trees across the northeastern United States, with by far the highest concentrations measured near the Niagara Falls, N.Y., factory where this chemical is produced…Hites said the study demonstrates that tree bark can be used as nature’s own passive sampling device for detecting the presence and relative concentrations of chemicals in the air. Rough, porous and high in lipids, tree bark soaks up airborne gases and particles, then keeps them protected from the elements.”
“The study, “Dechlorane Plus and Other Flame Retardants in Tree Bark from the Northeastern United States,” provides the first data on
the prevalence of the chemical in the atmosphere outside of the Great Lakes area. It identifies the epicenter of DP concentrations as being near the factory where the chemical is produced by OxyChem – Occidental Petroleum Corp.. Concentrations in tree bark within a few miles of the factory were several thousand times higher than those found in bark at more distant sampling sites, including Indiana, Virginia and Maryland. We humans have lipids in and under our skin, just like tree bark? See the point?”


A direct hurricane hit could push oil to $150 / barrel – AP/Tulsa World 5/30/08

Sounds like they’re planning another direct hit this season….


Federal government, private lab, assert that they have no duty under Florida law to protect the public from an anthrax attack – local ABC station 5/6/08


Ex-cop: Officers routinely lied to obtain search warrants – Atlanta Journal-Constitution 5/8/08


Massachusetts police to get black uniforms to instill ‘sense of fear’ – FoxNews 4/24/08


Bush secrecy policies transforming US government – Intelligence Daily 4/26/08


DPS swamped as concealed gun permits rise 39% – Houston Chronicle 5/8/08


Missouri governor, aides, accused of ordering e-mail purge – AP/Raw Story 5/5/08

Just following the White House lead…


Chertoff says more anti-terrorism laws needed, and people need to stop questioning all these laws – BlackListed News 5/5/08


State Real ID Rebellion: Here to stay? – CNet 5/7/08


Watchdogs prompt FBI to withdraw unconstitutional National Security Letter – Raw Story 5/7/08

EXCERPT: “The FBI has withdrawn an illegal National Security Letter seeking information from an online library and has lifted a gag order that until Wednesday prevented any discussion of the information request… The few cases that have gone before a judge all have prompted the FBI to back down, ACLU lawyer Melissa Goodman said. “It’s quite notable that every single time someone has challenged an NSL in court .. the FBI has ultimately withdrawn its record demand,” she said during a conference call Wednesday afternoon. “I think that really calls into question how much the FBI really needed that information in the first place.”


FBI raids Special Counsel Office – WhistleBlowers.org pdf


Eliot’s Mess: Why Eliot Spitzer is more than just another political sex scandal – GregPalast 3/14/08

EXCERPT: “While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an ‘escort’ $4,300 in a hotel room in Washington, just down the road, George Bush’s new Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Ben Bernanke, was secretly handing over $200 billion in a tryst with mortgage bank industry speculators.  Both acts were wanton, wicked and lewd. But there’s a BIG difference. The Governor was using his own checkbook. Bush’s man Bernanke was using ours.
This week, Bernanke’s Fed, for the first time in its history, loaned a selected coterie of banks one-fifth of a trillion dollars to guarantee these banks’ mortgage-backed junk bonds. The deluge of public loot was an eye-popping windfall to the very banking predators who have brought two million families to the brink of foreclosure.  Up until Wednesday, there was one single, lonely politician who stood in the way of this creepy little assignation at the bankers’ bordello: Eliot Spitzer.”

Israel may have many more spies here, officials say – CQPolitics 4/25/08



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homeland security is Plum foolish

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