Archive for ‘June, 2008’

Senate Likely to Pass Bill Granting White House New Spy Powers

Senate Likely to Pass Bill Granting White House New Spy Powers

The Senate blocked an attempt by 15 Democrats Wednesday to kill legislation that would overhaul domestic surveillance laws and supported a highly controversial measure to immunize telecommunications companies from civil suits for working in tandem with the White House by tapping into telephone and computer lines without first receiving a court order. The bill is […]

Military Watchdog Group Urges DoD Pull the Plug on TBN Special, Calls for Probe

Military Watchdog Group Urges DoD Pull the Plug on TBN Special, Calls for Probe

Editor’s Note: Chris Rodda, the author of this report, is employed as a researcher for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the watchdog organization cited in this article. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has sent the following letter to Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, urging that appropriate action be taken to halt the re-airing […]

Nuts & Bolts: How U.S. Organized Torture Program

Nuts & Bolts: How U.S. Organized Torture Program

The Armed Services Committee’s hearings last week on interrogation and torture gave us a startling look into how torture was taught at the Naval Prison at Guantanamo Bay. Most articles have not bothered to look deeply into what was discussed in meetings between officials of the Navy’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape, or SERE, program and […]

White House Sidestepped FISA Court Rules Long Ago

White House Sidestepped FISA Court Rules Long Ago

Three years ago, US District Court Judge James Robertson sent a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., notifying him of his resignation from a secret intelligence court set up to monitor the federal government’s domestic surveillance activities. Robertson’s abrupt departure came on the heels of a December 2005 report in The New York […]

Questions Raised About Veracity of Iraq, Afghanistan War Funding

Questions Raised About Veracity of Iraq, Afghanistan War Funding

Since 2006, Democrats in both Houses have continuously approved hundreds of billions of dollars in Iraq war funding despite being advised repeatedly by congressional investigators that the Pentagon has been unable to justify some of the increased spending, according to the most recent report issued by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Last week, a $162 […]

Yoo, Addington to Testify Before Congress About Torture

Yoo, Addington to Testify Before Congress About Torture

Two of the architects of the Bush administration’s so-called “enhanced interrogation” policies will testify Thursday before a House subcommittee investigating the legal framework behind the brutal interrogation methods used against detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. David Addington, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, and John Yoo, a former deputy attorney general […]

U.S. Planning Air Strikes Against Iran, Says Former Weapons Inspector

U.S. Planning Air Strikes Against Iran, Says Former Weapons Inspector

In 2002, Scott Ritter, the former Chief United Nations Weapons Inspector In Iraq, publicly accused the Bush administration of lying to Congress and the public about assertions that Iraq was hiding a chemical and biological weapons arsenal. By speaking out publicly, Ritter emerged as one of the most prominent whistleblowers since Daniel Ellsberg leaked the […]

Before Warrantless Wiretaps There Was Suspicionless Surveillance

Before Warrantless Wiretaps There Was Suspicionless Surveillance

Back in 2002, the White House developed a sophisticated system aimed at identifying alleged terrorists who lived in the United States. The new intelligence program granted traditional law enforcement agencies as well as the FBI and the CIA the authority to conduct what was then called “suspicionless surveillance” of American citizens. “Suspicionless Surveillance” was developed […]

Media & Gov’t Torture Cover-up: Sen. Levin, Release the 12/01 SERE Docs

Media & Gov’t Torture Cover-up: Sen. Levin, Release the 12/01 SERE Docs

Something very odd occurred during the hearings last week of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on the use of torture against detainees. Something crucial was missed. But before we examine that, let’s first examine how the so-called responsible U.S. press covered the revelations oozing out of Washington. When the New York Times’s Mark Mazzetti […]

Report: Rising Health Care Costs Causing Serious Economic Woes

Report: Rising Health Care Costs Causing Serious Economic Woes

If the United States does not act soon to address health-care costs, federal and state governments as well as American businesses could face a cascading fiscal crisis with devastating long-term consequences, says a new report by the Government Accountability Office. In the report entitled, “Long Term Federal Fiscal Challenge Driven Primarily by Health Care,” the […]

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