Created on Saturday, 19 April 2008 18:29
Written by Jason Leopold
Read more: Chertoff: Last Torturer Standing
Torture Question Hovers Over Chertoff
by Jason Leopold
ohn Yoo and some other Bush administration lawyers who built the legal framework for torture are now out of the U.S. government, but one still holds a Cabinet-level rank â€“ Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
In the summer of 2002, Chertoff, then head of the Justice Departmentâ€™s Criminal Division, offered assurances to the CIA that its interrogators would not face prosecution under anti-torture laws if they followed guidelines on aggressive techniques approved by the Departmentâ€™s Office of Legal Counsel, where Yoo worked.
Created on Saturday, 19 April 2008 17:26
Written by Press Release
Canada Concerned About the Situation in Haiti
by Foreign Affairs (Canada)
The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today expressed serious concern over the recent protests in Haiti against the rising cost of living.
Read more: Canada: Foreign Affairs Expresses Concern over Haiti Food Riots
Peaceful protests against the rising cost of fuel and staples began on April 3. Protests turned violent in the capital and other cities, but have diminished in intensity since April 9.
Created on Saturday, 19 April 2008 13:56
Written by Chris Cook
Riad Hamad: A Death in Austin
by C. L. Cook
his week, Lebanese immigrant to the United States, and founder of the Palestinian Children's Welfare Fund was found dead in Austin's Lady Bird Lake.
Read more: Riad Hamad: A Death in Austin
Wednesday, April 16, 2008, the Austin Police Department announced Riad Hamad's death as a 'suicide,' despite his body being discovered gagged and bound with duct tape. Hamad had claimed he was being targeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
and local law enforcement.
Created on Saturday, 19 April 2008 12:56
George Stephanopoulos This Week with John McCain
by Brave New Films
ast week's Democratic debate in Philadelphia was an abysmal display of journalism. By sticking to trivial topics for half of the debate, ABC sought to provoke controversy without asking the candidates serious questions. The Huffington Post's Jason Linkins wrote
that the debate "ventured into territory so utterly asinine that I could scarcely believe what I was witnessing."
Ironically, the mainstream media have been giving John McCain a free ride
while trying to pin Clinton and Obama with manufactured "gotcha" questions. In fact, they don't seem to be challenging McCain at all. So there's no reason to think ABC's brand of pseudo-journalism won't continue tomorrow morning, when George Stephanopoulos will interview McCain on his show.
Read more: George Stephanopoulos This Week with John McCain
Created on Saturday, 19 April 2008 12:40
Written by Robert Parry
Read more: Clinton Goes Deep: Digging up the Weather Underground
The Weather Underground 'Theme'
by Robert Parry
hile nearly all politicians shade the truth now and then, some utterly disdain the truth, a category that includes George W. Bush and increasingly Hillary Clinton, as she made clear again in Wednesday nightâ€™s debate on the strange topic of Vietnam-era Weather Underground leader William Ayers.
Since last year, the Clinton campaign has been pushing the supposed Ayers connection to Barack Obama as an attack "theme" to take down his candidacy. But Clinton went even further in the debate suggesting that Ayers had reveled in the 9/11 attacks â€“ a false claim clearly meant to inflame Americans against Obama.
Created on Friday, 18 April 2008 20:07
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Leaving Cheyenne Mountain: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Loathe the Bomb
by William Astore
t took more than four years just to excavate and construct that mountain redoubt outside of Colorado Springs, that Cold War citadel whose two huge blast doors weighed 25 tons each.
Within its confines, under 2,000 feet of Rocky Mountain granite, fifteen buildings were constructed, each mounted on steel springs, each spring weighing nearly half a ton, so that, when the Soviet nukes exploded, each building would sway but not collapse.
When it became operational in 1966, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex was the ultimate bomb shelter. Its 200 or so crewmembers were believed to have a 70% likelihood of surviving a five-megaton blast with a three-mile circular error of probability, even if the surrounding countryside became an irradiated wasteland.
Read more: DefCon On: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Loathe the Bomb
Created on Friday, 18 April 2008 18:38
Written by Ramzy Baroud
The US Palestine-Israel Fairytale
by Ramzy Baroud
A memorable quote in Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894) still carries a wealth of relevance. He writes,
- "They own the [holy] land, just the mere land, and that's all they do own; but it was our folks, our Jews and Christians, that made it holy, and so they haven't any business to be there defiling it. It's a shame and we ought not to stand it a minute. We ought to march against them and take it away from them."
Recently an influential pastor, John Hagee of the Dallas's Cornerstone mega-church, followed his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate John McCain with some telling remarks.
Read more: The US Palestine-Israel Fairytale
- "What Senator McCain, I feel, needs to do to bring evangelicals into his camp is to make it very clear that he is a strong defender of Israel and that he has a strong 24 years of being pro-life. And I think on those two issues they will get on common ground and have a common understanding."
Such are the views of a man who has ever- growing influence among an ever-swelling culture in the US -- the evangelical Christian bloc. No mention was made of the well being of Palestinians, even Christian Palestinians, many of who are descendants of the early church.
Created on Friday, 18 April 2008 08:37
Written by William Bowles
Food - the ultimate weapon of the ruling elite
by William Bowles
Read more: Global Siege: The First Weapon of Mass Destruction
sing food as a weapon is as old as the siege but todayâ€™s barbarians have upped the antÃ© by several orders of magnitude.
- â€œâ€¦There are only two possible ways in which a world of 10 billion people can be averted. Either the current birth rates must come down more quickly. Or the current death rates must go up. There is no other way. There are, of course, many ways in which the death rates can go up. In a thermonuclear age, war can accomplish it very quickly and decisively. Famine and disease are natureâ€™s ancient checks on population growth, and neither one has disappeared from the scene â€¦ To put it simply: Excessive population growth is the greatest single obstacle to the economic and social advancement of most of the societies in the developing world.â€ â€” Speech to the Club of Rome by Robert McNamara, Oct. 2, 1979
- â€œOverpopulation and rapid demographic growth of Mexico is already today one of the major threats to the national security of the United States. Unless the U.S.-Mexico border is sealed, we will be up to our necks in Mexicans for whom we cannot find jobs.â€ â€”Robert McNamara, then World Bank president, March 19, 1982
Created on Thursday, 17 April 2008 23:23
Written by Chris Cook
A Killing Week
by C. L . Cook
he week's end of Israel's week-long military assault against Gaza is credited with at least twenty killed Palestinians, women and children mostly.
Read more: Gaza: A Killing Week
The IDF mayhem includes: strikes on a hospital; targeted attacks against journalists; the use of weapons that incur indiscriminate casualties; and, the destruction of at least one Mosque
Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2008 21:44
Written by Press Release
Dr. Al-Arian Faces Shocking Abuse in New Facility
by free sami al-arian
Yesterday morning, [April 15, 2008] Dr. Sami Al-Arian was transported by immigration agents to the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Since arriving at the facility, he has been subjected to numerous, shocking abuses, even worse than those he experienced at a detention center in Maryland.
Read more: American Justice at Work in Al-Arian Case