Archive for ‘July, 2008’

Suspect in ’01 Anthrax Attacks Commits Suicide as Prosecutors Close In

Suspect in ’01 Anthrax Attacks Commits Suicide as Prosecutors Close In

Bruce Ivins, a biodefense scientist who spent more than two decades working on anthrax vaccines, apparently committed suicide just as federal prosecutors were set to bring criminal charges against him in the 2001 anthrax attacks, according to a report in Friday’s Los Angeles Times. Ivins, 62, overdosed on massive quantities of Tylenol mixed with codeine […]

Judge Rules White House Aides Must Comply With Congressional Subpoenas

Judge Rules White House Aides Must Comply With Congressional Subpoenas

A federal judge has ruled that top White House officials are not immune from congressional subpoenas and can be compelled to testify before Congress. The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten last year to testify about the role the White House played in […]

Energy Secretary Formerly Headed Company Named Worst Polluter of Emissions

Energy Secretary Formerly Headed Company Named Worst Polluter of Emissions

Last year, a devastating report by the world’s leading climate scientists warned that global warming is no longer a threat, but is a man-made disaster that has already impacted the environment. The report confirmed that man-made emissions of greenhouse gases were to blame for severe heat waves, floods and an increase in more-intense hurricanes and […]

Iglesias: Next DOJ Report Will Likely Recommend Special Counsel Probe

Iglesias: Next DOJ Report Will Likely Recommend Special Counsel Probe

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will face new legal jeopardy when the Justice Department’s Inspector General issues his next report on how the Bush administration let politics influence prosecutorial judgments, says ex-U.S. Attorney David Iglesias. That installment is expected to address the firings of nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006 and could set the stage for […]

Report: White House Adviser, NSA Employees Bought Phony College Degrees

Report: White House Adviser, NSA Employees Bought Phony College Degrees

A senior military adviser working at the White House and two National Security Agency employees with top-secret security clearances were discovered among a list of nearly 10,000 people who purchased phony college degrees from a Washington state diploma mill, according to documents obtained by the Spokesman Review newspaper. “William R. Church, a senior military adviser […]

McCain’s Spin on the ‘Surge’

McCain’s Spin on the ‘Surge’

Over the past several weeks, John McCain and his backers have touted his early endorsement of the Iraq War “surge” as evidence of his political courage, but it could be equally viewed as an act of political desperation, to forestall total calamity in Iraq and to avert disaster for broader neoconservative objectives in the Middle […]

Neoconservatives Who Designed Disastrous Iraq War Plan Advising McCain on Iraq

Neoconservatives Who Designed Disastrous Iraq War Plan Advising McCain on Iraq

Sen. John McCain has spent the past several weeks on the presidential campaign trail touting his support for last year’s troop “surge,” which he said led to a sharp decrease in violence, as evidence that his policies on Iraq are far superior than his Democratic challenger, Sen. Barack Obama who had opposed the war and […]

New Details Emerge in Missing White House Emails Case

New Details Emerge in Missing White House Emails Case

The Bush administration may have already hired an outside contractor to search individual computers for tens of thousands of missing e-mails that disappeared between 2003 and 2005. But information technology experts conducting the search apparently have been told not to try to locate hundreds of thousands of missing e-mails from March 2003 to September 2003, […]

Fired U.S. Attorney Builds Criminal Case Against Alberto Gonzales

Fired U.S. Attorney Builds Criminal Case Against Alberto Gonzales

John McKay, the former US attorney for the Western District of Washington, pieced together thousands of pages of internal Justice Department (DOJ) emails, reviewed public documents and pored through hundreds of pages of sworn testimony his former boss, Alberto Gonzales, gave to Congress about the firings of at least nine US attorneys nearly two years […]

Blackwater May Have Broken Federal Laws to Obtain Lucrative Contracts

Blackwater May Have Broken Federal Laws to Obtain Lucrative Contracts

Blackwater misrepresented the size of its firm so it could receive more than $100 million in small business contracts from the federal government, according to a report released Monday. The Inspector General of the Small Business Administration (SBA) said the mercenary outfit obtained a total of 39 contracts intended for small businesses with annual revenues […]

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