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Saturday, September 23, 2006
September 23, 2006: Recent links of interest
Saturday, 23 September 2006 4:06 P GMT-05
U.S. government representatives may have been behind the attacks, or may have simply lied about their lack of knowledge, or a bit of both. Either way, Locke's social contract (ie. to provide protection to the citizenry) was violated, and the damage of that is incalculable. You could say that the contract is null and void. The citizens are now entitled to rebellion. The alternative would be to lie down and suffer the consequences, which in this case, I suggest, will be to intellectually/emotionally cripple a whole generation.
Saturday, 23 September 2006 4:02 P GMT-05
The ruling Hamas party said yesterday that the radical Islamist group would not take part in a Palestinian unity government whose platform recognized Israel. The comments, by Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and other officials, came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared in a United Nations speech that the proposed coalition with his Fatah movement would recognize Israel.
Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:45 P GMT-05
The irony of it all is that despite the smear talk of Hitlers in the Middle East, the leader whose thinking process most resembles Hitler's is our own president. Like Hitler, Bush's ideological beliefs have blinded him to reality, and like Hitler, he seems impervious to advice that conflicts with his beliefs. There the resemblance ends, of course, but it is bad enough. Hitler learned that he couldn't win a two-front war, and Bush will learn that he can't democratize the Middle East with bombs and bullets.
Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:36 P GMT-05
In 2003, Whitman's then-spokeswoman, Tina Kreisher, was asked by an Environmental Protection Agency internal investigator "whether there was a conscious effort to reassure the public [in the fall of 2001]. "Ms. Kreisher said there was such an effort. This emphasis 'came from the administrator [Whitman] and the White House,' " according to newly released quotes from EPA papers. Hugh Kaufman, an EPA senior policy analyst, told The Post yesterday, that Kreisher "blew the whistle not just on the White House, but on Whitman as well," Kreisher's comment was included in the investigator's notes made during the interview with her. But her quote was not released in the EPA inspector general's final report in 2003, which blamed the White House - not Whitman - for telling the EPA to publicly play up reassuring information and downplay concerns about air around Ground Zero.
Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:49 P GMT-05
Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:49 P GMT-05
Looks like Counterpunch is taking the easy way. It's not difficult to churn out uncritical hit-pieces like JoAnn Wypijewski's "Conversations at Ground Zero". Anyone can do it. These love letters to the oligarchy, couched in the familiar terms of "Government Incompetence" hit with all the power of a wet noodle. How does Counterpunch manage to repeat the mantra of "Government Incompetence" over and over, while at the same time embracing the "Government Approved" conspiracy theory of the intrepid 19, and keep a straight face?
Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:45 P GMT-05
Nearly 64,000 of the more than 184,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who have sought VA health care were diagnosed with potential symptoms of post-traumatic stress, drug abuse or other mental disorders as of the end of June, according to the latest report by the Veterans Health Administration. Of those, close to 30,000 had possible post-traumatic stress disorder, said the report.
Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:42 P GMT-05
"Every board of election has staff members with the technological ability to fix an election," Ion Sancho, an election supervisor in Leon County, Florida, told me. "Even one corrupt staffer can throw an election. Without paper records, it could happen under my nose and there is no way I'd ever find out about it. With a few key people in the right places, it would be possible to throw a presidential election."
Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:36 P GMT-05
U.S. Justice Department lawyers filed an appeal Friday aimed at blocking a lawsuit by a former Islamic charity that has challenged a Bush administration secret surveillance program. U.S. District Judge Garr M. King ruled earlier this month that a lawsuit by the defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation chapter in Ashland could go forward without damaging national security.
Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:31 P GMT-05
After an all-day confab yesterday at the White House, a compromise was worked out that whitewashes what has been done to other human beings in our name and protects government-paid torturers from prosecution. Torquemada - the Spanish "hammer" against heresy - is cackling in the bowels of hell!
Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:59 A GMT-05
The US' prisons are becoming major breeding grounds for Islamic terrorists, but states and local authorities are too cash-strapped to prevent or monitor recruiting, a new report says today.
Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:51 A GMT-05
The wounded die alone on Baghdad's streets. An offer of aid could be your own death sentence, an Iraqi reporter writes.
Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:39 A GMT-05
An undercover police operation took an odd turn Thursday when a Syracuse police officer pretending to be a john met a suspected prostitute who pretended to be a police officer.
Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:34 A GMT-05
A jury in North Dakota's first death penalty case in nearly a century decided Friday a convicted sex offender should be executed for kidnapping and killing a college student after she left a shopping mall.
Saturday, 23 September 2006 1:51 A GMT-05
NORAD had scheduled an aircraft hijacking drill for the morning of 9/11. But don’t worry, it was just a “coincidence” according to the 9/11 Commission. Whew! I thought it might of been evidence of a conspiracy for a moment!
Saturday, 23 September 2006 1:39 A GMT-05
This kind of witness elimination mirrors what happened after the JFK assassination.
Friday, 22 September 2006 7:17 P GMT-05
As a senior adviser to the 9/11 Commission Harvard Professor of History Ernest May has associated my alma mater with a report that is acknowledged by a growing number of people around the world to be, without exaggerating, a criminally deceptive document, as it intentionally deflects blame from the actual planners and executors of the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center complex.
Friday, 22 September 2006 7:04 P GMT-05
The fact that anyone thought for two seconds that we were watching honorable men confront the evil wrought by a president from their own party is a pathetic statement on just how debased politics has become in this country. If there can be actual celebratory jubilation over the brief stand taken by the Gutless Trio, then no one's been paying attention. For if John McCain actually gave a rat's ass about torture, then he would not have voted to confirm Alberto Gonzales or Samuel Alito. If Lindsey Graham gave a happy monkey fuck about the rights of detainees, then he wouldn't have authored an amendment limiting their rights of appeal.
Friday, 22 September 2006 7:03 P GMT-05
Although Iran and Israel are bitter enemies, few know that Iran is home to the largest number of Jews anywhere in the Middle East outside Israel. About 25,000 Jews live in Iran and most are determined to remain no matter what the pressures - as proud of their Iranian culture as of their Jewish roots.
Friday, 22 September 2006 4:36 P GMT-05
The argument carried some water in the aftermath of 9/11, but the president's continued insistence, in the face of contrary evidence, that Iraq was connected to the 9/11 attacks is difficult to swallow. The president's constant revisionism five years after the fact -- and after the facts are even clearer -- is an insult to Americans.
Friday, 22 September 2006 4:25 P GMT-05
In recent interviews with NEWSWEEK reporters, U.S. intelligence officers say they have little—if any—evidence that useful intelligence has been obtained using techniques generally understood to be torture.
Friday, 22 September 2006 4:21 P GMT-05
The extent of the torture and abuse that British residents held at Guantanamo Bay claim to have suffered is revealed for the first time in a series of recently declassified interviews between the detainees and their human rights lawyers.
Friday, 22 September 2006 4:07 P GMT-05
A judge ruled Thursday police Commissioner Ray Kelly cannot be called as a witness to defend the city against lawsuits accusing it of unjustly arresting hundreds of protesters during the Republican National Convention.
Friday, 22 September 2006 4:04 P GMT-05
A picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of the current economic environment, a picture is worth a thousand words. Below are some charts and graphs of the current housing market and the households who purchase housing. These graphs indicate there are problems ahead.
Friday, 22 September 2006 4:01 P GMT-05
A website which purports to disprove claims that there was government complicity in 9/11 and that the twin towers and Building 7 were demolished with explosives is riddled with errors, middle school grammar and arguments that both defy common sense and contradict one another.