Archive for ‘June, 2009’

The Health Care Chamber of Horrors: Choose Your Bureaucrat!

The Health Care Chamber of Horrors: Choose Your Bureaucrat!

With their principles firmly focused on the 2010 elections, and  juicy campaign contributions from the so-called health care industry, Republicans and some potentially endangered Democrats are furiously fulminating about “socialized medicine” and government bureaucrats who will “ration your health care” and “get between you and your doctor.” Can Harry and Louise be far behind? Well, […]

Jane Mayer and the New Yorker Give CIA Director Panetta A Pass

Jane Mayer and the New Yorker Give CIA Director Panetta A Pass

For the past several years, we have been indebted to tough-minded reporters such as Jane Mayer, whose articles in the New Yorker and her excellent book The Dark Side have provided us with the necessary details of the transgressions of the Bush administration and the Central Intelligence Agency. Her article in the current issue of […]

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Plame’s Lawsuit Against Cheney, Rove

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Plame’s Lawsuit Against Cheney, Rove

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a civil lawsuit filed by Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, against Bush administration officials who were responsible for leaking her covert CIA status to the media and attacking her husband for accusing the White House of twisting prewar Iraq intelligence. The […]

Military Officials Plead Guilty to Felony Charges Over Afghanistan Defense Contracts

Military Officials Plead Guilty to Felony Charges Over Afghanistan Defense Contracts

Two U.S. military officials pleaded guilty to various bribery, fraud and conspiracy charges relating to Department of Defense (DOD) contracts in Afghanistan. A third military official pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, which was obtained through the bribery conspiracy. In addition, four DOD contractors and four affiliated contracting companies were indicted for their roles in […]

Obama’s Pledge of Transparency Remains Largely Unfulfilled

Obama’s Pledge of Transparency Remains Largely Unfulfilled

Human rights and open-government advocates were heartened by President Barack Obama’s pledge during his first week in office to create “an unprecedented level of openness in Government” and “establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” But now, well into Obama’s second 100 days in office, many are expressing outrage and disappointment that many […]

Freedempire

Freedempire

President Barack Obama’s recent words to the Muslim world may have hit their target. Many from across the political spectrum and around the globe are praising his powers of persuasion. They got the message. We need to break through our protective skins of prejudice and sectarian belief and see others differently. Words welcome indeed after […]

CIA Delays Release of Inspector General’s Report on Torture

CIA Delays Release of Inspector General’s Report on Torture

The CIA has delayed by one week the release of an inspector general’s report on the Bush administration’s torture program, the Justice Department said in a letter sent to the American Civil Liberties Union Friday. In the letter, Lev Dassin, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said the CIA’s “reprocessing […]

Twelve Angry White People: Jury Nullification in a Pennsylvania Coal Town

Twelve Angry White People: Jury Nullification in a Pennsylvania Coal Town

The Schuylkill County, Pa., justice system managed to do something that insurance actuaries do with mixed results—it has determined not only the penalty for threats to a human life, but also the value of a human life. Norman E. Nickle, 54, who lived in Pottsville, the county seat, was convicted of killing two teenagers, and […]

Stanford CEO Indicted For Fraud, Obstruction in $7 Billion Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Stanford CEO Indicted For Fraud, Obstruction in $7 Billion Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Robert Allen Stanford, 59, chairman of the Houston-based Stanford Financial Group (SFG), three SFG executives and the former chief executive officer of the Antiguan bank regulatory agency have been indicted on fraud and obstruction charges related to a $7 billion scheme to defraud investors. Also charged in an indictment returned in Houston yesterday and unsealed […]

New Revelations About The Torture and Alleged Suicide Of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi

New Revelations About The Torture and Alleged Suicide Of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi

Editor’s note: In a world exclusive, Andy Worthington, author of the groundbreaking book The Guantánamo Files, reveals new information, from a source in Libya, about Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, the former US “ghost prisoner” who died in a Libyan jail last month, focusing, in particular, on the prisons in which he was held, and the ways […]

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