Archive for ‘May, 2008’

Collateral Damage?

Collateral Damage?

Foreign lobbyists are exploiting America’s post-9/11 fear to obtain billions of dollars in U.S. military aid – and a substantial part of it is being sent to countries that routinely violate human rights, participate in ‘extraordinary renditions,’ and recruit and deploy child soldiers. These are among the conclusions of a year-long study by a team […]

Cheney’s Handwritten Notes Implicate Bush in Plame Affair

Cheney’s Handwritten Notes Implicate Bush in Plame Affair

Editor’s Note: Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has made some explosive revelations in a new book scheduled to go on sale next week. In several interviews Thursday, McClellan said President Bush authorized I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, to leak of a highly classified portion of the […]

Bush at Center of Intelligence Leak?

Bush at Center of Intelligence Leak?

Editor’s Note: In light of explosive revelations made Thursday morning by former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan claiming that President Bush ordered the leak of classified information in the CIA leak case, The Public Record is republishing an April 2006 story by Jason Leopold who first broke the story about Bush’s role in the […]

War Illnesses Fester

War Illnesses Fester

“The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own.” – Aldous Huxley, English Writer Ever since the Persian Gulf War 15 years ago, countless […]

Dick Cheney’s Psychology | Part 2: The “Attendant Lord”

Dick Cheney’s Psychology | Part 2: The “Attendant Lord”

For a couple of years in the early 1960s, Dick Cheney keeps returning to Yale, floundering again, before totally flunking out and losing his scholarship. In between he’s on crews building power lines. His first-year roommate, Jacob Plotkin, doesn’t quite understand why he keeps coming back to New Haven, since he still apparently doesn’t study. […]

US Officials Defend Drug Spraying in Colombia

US Officials Defend Drug Spraying in Colombia

“The consequences of the fumigation are catastrophic. They do it (spraying from planes) in a hurry. They don’t care that they also fumigate corn plantations, prairies, lakes, fish, animals,” said a middle-aged, lightly bearded Colombian man wearing a blue baseball hat, designed with a green marijuana leaf. He spoke to an interviewer for the filmmaker […]

Dick Cheney’s Psychology | Part 1: Almost Pleasantly Adrift

Dick Cheney’s Psychology | Part 1: Almost Pleasantly Adrift

The name Dick Cheney conjures images of Svengali or Rasputin. Even former Republican White House staffers have called him “Edgar,” referring to the vaudeville ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy, whom they see as Bush. But has the man who’s considered a master at manufacturing false realities successfully manufactured one about himself? Adversaries […]

US Herbicides Have Left Thousands of Indigenous People Seriously Ill

US Herbicides Have Left Thousands of Indigenous People Seriously Ill

Despite years of ongoing, critical public health controversies in Colombia and Ecuador over the US-assisted aerial herbicide spraying of coca and poppy crops while trying to reduce illegal cocaine and heroin production, US State Department officials are pursuing that very same spraying strategy today. In fact, a couple of months ago, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s […]

Son of Obama-Bashing Minister Lies about Bibles for Our Troops

Son of Obama-Bashing Minister Lies about Bibles for Our Troops

In a Memorial Day message on the Revival Fires International website, evangelist Tim Todd urges his followers to “make an eternal investment into the lives of our U.S. Armed Forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan” by donating money to send Bibles to the troops. Tim Todd is the son of Revival Fires founder Cecil Todd, […]

Veteran Wages War Against Pentagon Over Mandatory Anthrax Vaccine

Veteran Wages War Against Pentagon Over Mandatory Anthrax Vaccine

US Air Force Reserve Maj. Thomas “Buzz” Rempfer, a 43-year-old Connecticut native, is hoping he is nearing the end of nearly a decade’s perpetual and unprecedented battle with the Pentagon over the legality, safety and effectiveness of mandatory anthrax vaccinations. His and others’ efforts have already netted favorable federal court rulings. They invalidated the original […]

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