Archive for ‘April, 2010’

How Congress and the SEC Can Bring Down Goldman Sachs and Expose the Financial Coup

How Congress and the SEC Can Bring Down Goldman Sachs and Expose the Financial Coup

Have you heard the news? It’s everywhere! The SEC and Congress have all of a sudden sprung to life and are now “getting tough” on Goldman Sachs. Is this all the first phase of a long-awaited investigation that will reveal the causes of our current economic crisis, or is this just more show trials and psychological operations designed to manipulate public opinion and make the American people feel that our elected officials are finally standing up to their campaign funders on Wall Street?

Thwarting Congressional Oversight Via Presidential Signing Statements

Thwarting Congressional Oversight Via Presidential Signing Statements

There was the time in July 2009 when House Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes complained that his committee “has been misled, has not been provided full and complete notifications, and (in at least one occasion) was affirmatively lied to.” Only months before, in a well-publicized press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA of lying to Congress. “They didn’t tell us everything,” Pelosi complained. The Speaker’s complaints followed CIA’s release of a list (PDF) that purported to show how it had briefed Congress over the years on the interrogations program. The list, in Marcy Wheeler’s words, was illustrative of CIA “playing around with its obligation to inform the intelligence committees.” Her deconstruction of the list is juicy reading.

Why Judges Can’t Free Torture Victims from Guantanamo

Why Judges Can’t Free Torture Victims from Guantanamo

Last December, I wrote about the case of Saeed Hatim, a Yemeni in Guantánamo whose habeas corpus petition had been granted by Judge Ricardo Urbina. At the time, Judge Urbina’s unclassified opinion had not been made publicly available, so all I had to go on were Hatim’s own statements at Guantánamo. In publicly available documents, he told his interrogators that he wanted to find a way to fight in Chechnya but concluded that he needed to train in Afghanistan.

The Stupidity of Obama’s Drill-Drill-Drill Offshore Oil Policy

The Stupidity of Obama’s Drill-Drill-Drill Offshore Oil Policy

President Obama claimed last month that off-shore drilling technology had become so advanced that oil spills and blowouts were a thing of the past. Of course, as he said this, Australia and Indonesia were still assessing the damage from a similar offshore oil platform, the Montana, in the Timor Sea, which blew out and poured millions of gallons of oil into the ocean off Western Australia for over three months before it could be sealed off.

Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers in the US

Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers in the US

The United States has become the psychiatric drugging capital of the world for kids with children being medicated at a younger and younger age. Medicaid records in some states show infants less than a year old on drugs for mental disorders. The use of powerful antipsychotics with privately insured children, aged 2 through 5 in the US, doubled between 1999 and 2007, according to a study of data on more than one million children with private health insurance in the January, 2010, “Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.”

CIA Also Used Digital Taping System At Black Site Prison, Intel Sources Claim

CIA Also Used Digital Taping System At Black Site Prison, Intel Sources Claim

The CIA operated a second taping system at a black site prison in Thailand where “high-value” detainee Abu Zubaydah was brutally tortured in 2002, five intelligence sources said in separate interviews conducted over the past month. These sources, who requested anonymity in order to discuss classified information, noted that a similar taping system was also set up at other black site prison facilities and at a secret site at Guantanamo about a year later where interrogations of other high-value prisoners were also recorded. The sources said the digital recording system was installed by an outside contractor and captured Zubaydah’s torture sessions which were stored on computers and separate hard drives

Judge Rules Government’s Case Against Guantanamo Detainee Based Solely on Torture

Judge Rules Government’s Case Against Guantanamo Detainee Based Solely on Torture

“They beat me up in a way that does not know mercy,” Sharqawi wrote, referring to his Jordanian captors, “and they’re still beating me. They threatened me with electricity, with snakes and dogs … [They said] we’ll make you see death.” Sharqawi described his interrogations, explaining that the Jordanians were feeding his responses back to the CIA. “Every time that the interrogator asks me about a certain piece of information, and I talk,” Sharqawi said, “he asks me if I told this to the Americans. And if I say no he jumps for joy, and he leaves me and goes to report it to his superiors, and they rejoice.”

Demonizing Iran: US Media Continues Beating War Drums

Demonizing Iran: US Media Continues Beating War Drums

Aside from the fact that there is no hard evidence that Iran is trying to make a nuclear bomb or even to refine uranium to obtain nuclear-grade material, the paper ignored one crucial point: Israel cannot “go it alone” in any strike on Iran, since its key weapons–American fighter-bombers–are supplied to it, and kept flying, thanks to the equipment and spare parts provided by the United States. Indeed the entire Israeli military machine is largely financed and armed by the US.

Mohamedou Ould Salahi: How a Judge Demolished the US Government’s Al-Qaeda Claims

Mohamedou Ould Salahi: How a Judge Demolished the US Government’s Al-Qaeda Claims

Despite the Bush administration’s fearsome rhetoric regarding Guantánamo — that it contained “the worst of the worst” terrorists, who, as a result, should be held indefinitely without charge or trial — attempts to back up these allegations with evidence have, for the most part, failed dismally. This is partly because the majority of the men held were not seized by US forces on the battlefield, as alleged, but were rounded up by the US military’s allies, in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan, at a time when bounty payments averaging $5,000 a head were being paid for al-Qaeda or Taliban suspects. However, the failures can also be ascribed to overreaction on the part of the Bush administration, and to a system of torture and coercion — and, in some cases, bribery — designed to produce confessions that, as a result, are overwhelmingly unreliable.

A Mad Tea Party

A Mad Tea Party

There are good reasons why the tea partiers are mad. However, their solutions are equally mad. The movement is being joined by Independents, Republicans, and Democrats who have come to believe their government has failed them and that neither political party is doing anything to fix it. This is true; however, all of us are being manipulated by the big corporations and the wealthy elite, who use their corporate-owned, mainstream media to mislead the people into acting against their own interests.

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