Archive for ‘December, 2008’

ExxonMobil Charged With Clean Air Act Violations Over Oil Spill

ExxonMobil Charged With Clean Air Act Violations Over Oil Spill

A criminal information was filed Tuesday in federal court charging a wholly owned subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation with violating the criminal provisions of the Clean Water Act in connection with a spill of approximately 15,000 gallons of diesel oil into the Mystic River from ExxonMobil’s oil terminal in Everett, Mass. United States Attorney Michael J. […]

Army Major Pleads Guilty to Bribery Scheme Involving Iraq Contracts

Army Major Pleads Guilty to Bribery Scheme Involving Iraq Contracts

A major in the U.S. Army Reserve pleaded guilty Tuesday for her role in two bribery schemes involving U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) contracts at Camp Victory, Iraq, the Department of Justice announced in a news release. Theresa Jeanne Baker pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City to conspiracy and bribery charges. The […]

Nixon-Kissinger Celebrated ’72 Bombing of N. Vietnam, New Transcripts Show

Nixon-Kissinger Celebrated ’72 Bombing of N. Vietnam, New Transcripts Show

Former National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger and President Richard Nixon discussed their satisfaction over the U.S. bombing campaign of North Vietnam, according to previously unpublished transcripts of their telephone conversations obtained by George Washington University’s National Security Archive and released Tuesday. “They dropped a million pounds of bombs,” Kissinger briefed Nixon in an April 15, […]

Media Ignores Cheney’s Admission He ‘Signed Off’ on Waterboarding

Media Ignores Cheney’s Admission He ‘Signed Off’ on Waterboarding

Author’s note: Cheney’s admission during an interview with the Washington Times this week about his role in approving the waterboarding of three Guantanamo detainees and the so-called “enhanced interrogation” of 33 prisoners was, disturbingly, not covered at all by the mainstream media.  Vice President Dick Cheney, in another stunning admission during his campaign to burnish […]

FLASHBACK: Iraqis Violated Geneva Conventions, Rumsfeld Said

FLASHBACK: Iraqis Violated Geneva Conventions, Rumsfeld Said

U.S. government documents, detailing how Bush administration officials punched legalistic holes in the Geneva Convention’s protections of war captives, stand in stark contrast to the outrage some of the same officials expressed in the first week of the Iraq War when Iraqi TV interviewed several captured American soldiers. Then, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, President George […]

One Leg Raised on the Bush-Cheney Legacy: Deconstructing the Spin and Propaganda

One Leg Raised on the Bush-Cheney Legacy: Deconstructing the Spin and Propaganda

The chairman of the Republican National Committee may have begun an irreversible descent into a future as a fear-bound paranoid victim of functional amnesia, possibly caused by a hysterical post-traumatic event such as the overwhelming victory of Democrats in the 2008 election and the nation’s repudiation of Republican policies. In a two-page vitriol-loaded letter dated […]

Rick Warren: What Was Obama Thinking?

Rick Warren: What Was Obama Thinking?

Barack Obama’s choice of Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the inauguration invocation was either the most cynical or the most naïve move the president-elect has yet made. To begin with, this strikes me as a strange move for a careful guy like Obama to make. He didn’t have to make it. If he felt his […]

Ex-State Dept. Employee Sentenced For Illegally Accessing Passport FIles

Ex-State Dept. Employee Sentenced For Illegally Accessing Passport FIles

A former State Department employee was sentenced Friday to 12 months of probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service for illegally accessing hundreds of confidential passport application files, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division announced in a news release. Lawrence C. Yontz, 48, of Arlington, Va., was sentenced by […]

Gonzales, Rice Lied to Congress About Niger Intelligence

Gonzales, Rice Lied to Congress About Niger Intelligence

A high-ranking CIA official warned Condoleezza Rice in September 2002 that allegations about Iraq seeking yellowcake uranium from Niger were untrue and that she, as national security adviser, should stop President George W. Bush from citing the claim in making his case against Saddam Hussein’s regime, according to new evidence released by a House committee. […]

ExxonMobil Fined $6.1 Million For Violating Clean Air Act

ExxonMobil Fined $6.1 Million For Violating Clean Air Act

ExxonMobil has agreed to pay nearly $6.1 million in civil penalties for violating the terms of a 2005 court-approved Clean Air Act agreement, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.  The 2005 settlement already required ExxonMobil to pay a $7.7 million civil penalty, perform an additional $6.7 million in […]

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