Archive for ‘May, 2009’

The Real Prisoner Abuse/Torture Photographs Obama is Withholding

The Real Prisoner Abuse/Torture Photographs Obama is Withholding

Editor’s note: This story contains detailed descriptions of the 44 torture and abuse photographs President Obama had decided against releasing to the ACLU. This story was originally published May 15, after Obama reversed course and said he would not turn over the pictures to the civil rights organization. The Daily Telegraph claimed in a story […]

Taguba Said He Saw Video of Male Soldier Sodomizing Female Detainee

Taguba Said He Saw Video of Male Soldier Sodomizing Female Detainee

By Jason Leopold In 2007, shortly after he was forced into retirement, Army Major General Antonio M. Taguba, made a startling admission. During the course of his investigation into the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib Taguba said he saw “a video of a male American soldier in uniform sodomizing a female detainee.” Taguba told […]

Mr. Common Law’s Next Adventure

Mr. Common Law’s Next Adventure

By William Fisher I know, I know. Now that President Obama has chosen a nominee for the Supreme Court, I’m supposed to be writing about Sonia Sotomayor. I will, I will. But before he disappears into the flinty wilderness of the rural New Hampshire he loves so dearly, let me first say a few words […]

The Equality Economy

The Equality Economy

By Andrew Lehman My fourth profession was as a sales rep selling mostly greeting cards and gifts to shops and chains in the Chicago area. I’d tried to make it as a girdle and bra factory executive (family business), free lance illustrator and graphic designer and as a publisher of greeting cards (mostly my own […]

Netanyahu Throws Down the Gauntlet

Netanyahu Throws Down the Gauntlet

By Marji Mendelsohn Israel, the only ‘true’ democracy in the Middle East and a country more understandably ruled by fear than our own, voted its way towards a potential crash course with the U.S., that is if President Obama has the will to stand up to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its […]

Google’s Oligarchic Algorithm

Google’s Oligarchic Algorithm

By Andrew Lehman I’ve been running a web development firm since January 1999.  Google and my firm were born a few months from each other.  By chance, I began tracking Google’s rise shortly after its appearance, noting the efficacy of its search perimeters along with that of its competition. Though Google was a very powerful […]

Shhhhhh…It’s Still a (State) Secret

Shhhhhh…It’s Still a (State) Secret

By William Fisher “My Administration is also confronting challenges to what is known as the ‘State Secrets’ privilege. This is a doctrine that allows the government to challenge legal cases involving secret programs. It has been used by many past Presidents – Republican and Democrat – for many decades. And while this principle is absolutely […]

The Filter Up Effect

The Filter Up Effect

By John O’Kane The “debate” about how we’re now on the slippery slope of socialism is truly a farce this time around! Virtually everything the Obama administration is doing, as Harold Meyerson said recently in the Washington Post, is about salvaging capitalism, and with mostly the same filter-down policies that got us where we are. It’s […]

Palin’s Rejection of Federal Funds a Setback For Alaska’s Energy Future

Palin’s Rejection of Federal Funds a Setback For Alaska’s Energy Future

By Rep. Les Gara Alaska has the highest energy prices in the nation. The solution to the problem isn’t rejecting funds that could (if we choose) be dedicated to build wind, hydro and other renewable energy production. Urban Alaska is facing a dangerous short-term shortage of natural gas.  Rural Alaska is facing a shortage of […]

The CIA’s History of Bamboozling The Congress

The CIA’s History of Bamboozling The Congress

By Melvin A. Goodman “Let me be clear about this,” CIA director Leon Panetta told his troops last week, “it was not CIA policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values.”   Of course, Panetta is entitled to his opinions, but he cannot create his own facts. And, as […]

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