Archive for ‘March, 2012’

Ten Years Of Torture: On Anniversary Of Abu Zubaydah’s Capture, Poland Charges Former Spy Chief Over “Black Site”

Ten Years Of Torture: On Anniversary Of Abu Zubaydah’s Capture, Poland Charges Former Spy Chief Over “Black Site”

Ten years ago, on the evening of March 28, 2002, the Bush administration officially embarked on its “high-value detainee” program in the “war on terror” that had been declared in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, when Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn (more commonly identified as Abu Zubaydah), was captured in a […]

Why the Huffington Post Needs to Immediately Retract Mark Benjamin’s Afghanistan Massacre Report

Why the Huffington Post Needs to Immediately Retract Mark Benjamin’s Afghanistan Massacre Report

At Truthout, Jeff Kaye has a must-read takedown of a recent report published by Mark Benjamin at The Huffington Post. Kaye reports: A March 25 article by Mark Benjamin at The Huffington Post seriously misled readers about a link between the controversial antimalarial drug mefloquine and the mass murder in Afghanistan attributed to Staff Sgt. […]

Kony’s Invisible Christian Fanatacism

Kony’s Invisible Christian Fanatacism

There is no doubt that the 30-minute video “Kony 2012” by the advocacy group Invisible Children has raised much awareness regarding the relatively under-reported atrocities committed by the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). It is also true that the video, which boasts over 80 million views on YouTube so far, has been […]

Civil Liberties, Human Rights Organizations Press Forward With Lawsuit Despite Setbacks

Civil Liberties, Human Rights Organizations Press Forward With Lawsuit Despite Setbacks

It would be a slam dunk. If there were a Nobel Prize for Tenacity, I would nominate half a dozen organizations that, in the face of years of lost court cases and rapidly graying hair, continue to seek justice for some of the most egregious victims of the Bush/Obama “war on terror.” These legal bulldogs […]

News Junkie Post Editor In Chief Gilbert Mercier Suffers Massive Heart Attack

News Junkie Post Editor In Chief Gilbert Mercier Suffers Massive Heart Attack

On February 21, 2012, Gilbert Mercier, News Junkie Post Editor in Chief, suffered an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.. a myocardial infarction… a massive heart attack.  Gilbert was given only a 10% chance of surviving the surgery that required he be put in a comatose state in order to both repair the damage and perform a bypass.  […]

Fracking: Corruption a Part of Pennsylvania’s Heritage

Fracking: Corruption a Part of Pennsylvania’s Heritage

Final installment in Walter Brasch’s three-part series on fracking. Read part one here and part two here. The history of energy exploration, mining, and delivery is best understood in a range from benevolent exploitation to worker and public oppression. A company comes into an area, leases land in rural and agricultural areas for mineral rights, […]

Jason Leopold: DHS Monitoring OWS: The FOIA Docs

Jason Leopold: DHS Monitoring OWS: The FOIA Docs

Newly released documents show that the Department of Homeland Security closely monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement, but also shows that they were concerned about crossing the line and unconstitutional surveillance. Truthout was the first organization to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with DHS on the matter, and so they’re the first […]

Fracking’s Health And Environmental Impacts Greater Than Claimed

Fracking’s Health And Environmental Impacts Greater Than Claimed

Part 2 of a three-part series. Part 1 looked at a state gag order on physicians; Part 3 examines why Pennsylvania is giving special consideration to the natural gas companies. The natural gas industry defends hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, as safe and efficient. Thomas J. Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, […]

Fracking: Pennsylvania Gags Physicians

Fracking: Pennsylvania Gags Physicians

Part One of a Three-Part Series. A new Pennsylvania law endangers public health by forbidding health care professionals from sharing information they learn about certain chemicals and procedures used in high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The procedure is commonly known as fracking. Fracking is the controversial method of forcing water, gases, and chemicals at tremendous […]

The GOP’s Death Wish

The GOP’s Death Wish

The Republican Party must have a death wish. It cannot win a national election without the support of (a) Latinos (b) Women (c) African-Americans, and (d) Independents. Yet The Grand Old Party appears to be doing everything in its power to alienate these voters forever. A couple of weeks ago, when California Representative Darrell Issa […]

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