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Thursday, September 27, 2007

POLICE BRUTALITY IN AMERICA IS RAMPANT & GOES UNPUNISHED IN MOST CASES: PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS DISSECTS POLICE BRUTALITY. UNBELIEVABLE...? NOT REALLY...

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America’s Police Brutality Pandemic

By Paul Craig Roberts

Americans are in far greater danger from their own
police forces than they are from foreign terrorists.
Ironically, Bush’s “war on terror” has made Americans
less safe at home by diminishing US civil liberty and
turning an epidemic of US police brutality into a
pandemic. Continue

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Bush Makes Mockery of UN Declaration of Human Rights
in NY Speech

By Matthew Rothschild

At his speech to the UN, Bush had the audacity to invoke
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights several
times, despite the fact that he’s been violating it over
and over again. Continue

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Playing the Fear Card

Keith Olbermann

The changes that were made last month to the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillence Act were apparently made
under false pretenses -- Congresswoman Jane Harman
on that, in a moment. First. The Bush administration is
tonight fighting to make those changes permanent...
seemingly by scaring the Democratic majority into
compliance. Hey, it has worked before. Continue

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'A Coup Has Occurred'

By Daniel Ellsberg

If there’s another 9/11 under this regime … it means
that they switch on full extent all the apparatus of
a police state that has been patiently constructed,
largely secretly at first but eventually leaked out and
known and accepted by the Democratic people in
Congress, by the Republicans and so forth.Continue

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Chalmers Johnson : Evil Empire: Is Imperial Liquidation
Possible for America?:

In politics, as in medicine, a cure based on a false
diagnosis is almost always worthless, often worsening
the condition that is supposed to be healed. The United
States, today, suffers from a plethora of public ills.
Most of them can be traced to the militarism and
imperialism that have led to the near-collapse of our
Constitutional system of checks and balances.

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William Rivers Pitt: Dan Rather's Magnum Opus

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Bob Herbert: The Ugly Side of the GOP

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

SHOULD THE PRESIDENT OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY HAVE BEEN TASERED LIKE THE U. OF FLORIDA STUDENT FOR "DISRUPTING A PUBLIC EVENT"? EQUAL JUSTICE, HUH? NOPE

Comment: America is the "Land of the Free"
for some. Make up your own mind by reading
the following two articles, and you'll get the
message: loud and clear, I should think. But
regardless of your beliefs conjured up by
these two articles; always remember, it's
the eye's-of-the-beholder. Nobody sees the
world in the same way. And that's good. It
would be a boring world if everyone thought
exactly the same. Nuff said. Take care, and
best wishes to all.


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Tough US welcome for Iran's Ahmadinejad

By NAHAL TOOSI--Associated Press Writer

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the stage
at Columbia University on Monday to a blistering reception
from the president of the school, who said the hard-line
leader behaved like "a petty and cruel dictator." Continue

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America Is No More

By Paul Craig Roberts

Naïve Americans who think they live in a free society
should watch this video filmed by students at a John Kerry
speech September 17, Constitution Day, at the University
of Florida in Gainesville. Continue

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Comment: Draw your own conclusion. A very enlightening
article, but whether that's a positive development and
consequence is again: in the eye's-of-the-beholder, as
mentioned above.


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Alan Greenspan vs. Naomi Klein:

Democracy Now! exclusive debate, former federal reserve
chairman Alan Greenspan and journalist Naomi Klein
square off on the Iraq war, oil, President Bush tax cuts,
social security, economic populism in Latin America,
corruption and crony capitalism

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The President Of Hypocrisy

Must Watch Video - Keith Olbermann's, Countown
Special Comment

Mr. Bush, you have hidden behind the General’s skirts,
and today you have hidden behind the skirts of ‘the
planted last question’ at a news conference, to indicate
once again that your presidency has been about the tilted
playing field, about no rules for your party in terms of
character assassination and changing the fabric of our
nation, and no right for your opponents or critics to
as much as respond. Video and transcript

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Correction and Rewrite
The Era of Global Financial Instability

By Mike Whitney

Correction and Rewrite: Information clearinghouse
regular, Cruxpuppy, pointed out the glaring weaknesses
in yesterday's article. I thought this criticism was fair,
well-argued, principled and accurate. He was right and
I was wrong. I have rewritten the article. Continue

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The Police State Is Right Here, Right Now

By Carolyn Baker

The two major parties are like two crime families-the
Genoveses and the Gambinos. They function like players
in a crap game that feign opposition to each other, but
when the chips are down, they will always unite to serve
their common interests. Continue

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Comment: Sleep deprivation is used routinely
in torturing prisoners nowadays, but it's not
considered torture by our government. Well, the
following article begs to differ with those who
consider sleep deprivation as safe and effective.
Sleep deprivation can lead to organ failure,
especially in older detainees and those with
diagnosed, or undiagnosed, cases of heart disease.
I suspect if your heart stops, that'll meet the
definition of torture. How many detainees have
met their maker in this manner? Nobody will
ever know, that's for sure.


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Lack of sleep may be deadly, research shows

By Ben Hirschler

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Fears of Dollar Collapse as Saudis Take Fright

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International
Business Editor

Saudi Arabia has refused to cut interest rates in
time, signalling that the oil-rich Gulf kingdom is
preparing to break the dollar currency peg in a
move that risks setting off a stampede out of the
dollar across the Middle East. Continue

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Comment: What country was he talking about
in the U.N. speech, anyway? Sure sounds like
the home front, or is that the Homeland? A
little humor: sorry...

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Bush urges U.N. to spread freedom

UNITED NATIONS - President Bush announced
new sanctions Tuesday against the military dictatorship
in Myanmar, accusing it of imposing "a 19-year reign
of fear" that denies basic freedoms of speech, assembly
and worship.

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George Lakoff: Oil and Betrayal in Iraq

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Stephen Lendman: Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine"

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The New York Times: In Search of a Congress

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Paul Krugman: Politics in Black and White

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Frank Rich: Pardon Poor Larry Craig

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE OIL & THAT DAMN PIECE OF PAPER: DUMMY! SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY... WE WISH, HUH...? BETTER SET YOUR GOALS & BELIEFS A BIT LOWER NOW

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America Is No More

By Paul Craig Roberts

Naïve Americans who think they live in a free society should
watch this video filmed by students at a John Kerry speech
September 17, Constitution Day, at the University of Florida
in Gainesville. Continue

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None Dare Call It Genocide

By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

How comfy we are all in the United States, as we engage in
living-room debates about the US occupation of Iraq, whether
"we" are bringing them freedom and whether their freedom
is really worth the sacrifice of so many of our men and
women. We talk about whether war aims have really been
achieved, how to exit gracefully, or whether we need a
hyper-surge to finish this whole business once and for all.
Continue

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The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis

By Bill Moyers

This is the full length 90 min. version of Bill Moyer's 1987
scathing critique of the criminal subterfuge carried out by
the Executive Branch of the United States Government.
Host Bill Moyers exposes the inner workings of the secret
government. Though originally broadcast in 1987, it is even
more relevant today. Interviews with respected, top military,
intelligence, and government insiders reveal both the history
and secret objectives. Continue

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Greenspan's shock revelation:

The central banker was right: the attack on Iraq was about
oil. But we don't need him to tell us an attack on Iran will
be for the same reason.

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Paul Krugman: Sad Alan's Lament

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The New York Times: Considering Mr. Mukasey

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America’s Hegemonic Status Slipping Away

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US is on a path to economic Armageddon. Shorn of
industry, dependent on offshored manufactured goods and
services, and deprived of the dollar as reserve currency,
the US will become a third world country. Gomery notes
that it would be very difficult—perhaps impossible—for
the US to re-acquire the manufacturing capability that
it gave away to other countries. Continues

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Checkbook ImperialismThe Blackwater Fiasco

By Robert Scheer

Please, please, I tell myself, leave Orwell out of it. Find some
other, fresher way to explain why "Operation Iraqi Freedom"
is dependent upon killer mercenaries. Or why the
"democratically elected government" of "liberated" Iraq
does not explicitly have the legal power to expel Blackwater
USA from its land or hold any of the 50,000 private
contractor troops that the U.S. government has brought
to Iraq accountable for their deadly actions. Continue

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Police Taser Student During Kerry Forum

Raw Video3 Minute Video : Click to view

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At What Price, Safety?

By Cindy Sheehan

I am consistently amazed at things that right-wing nut
jobs throw at me to justify their support of an unjustifiable
war. Seriously, when you watch Generals, Ambassadors,
Senators and Congress Reps and pundits who still
cheerlead for a miserable, failed and murderous policy
you can almost see the skepticism in their eyes, too. They
know they are lying for their masters now, if they, like
George and Dick didn’t always know they were lying.
Continue

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Monday, September 17, 2007

AFTER ALAN GREENSPAN CONFIRMED THAT WE INVADED IRAQ FOR OIL (FOR THE MOST PART) MEANS ONLY ONE THING & YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS: DEEP INSIDE, DON'T YOU?

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Alan Greenspan Claims Iraq War Was Really for Oil

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Alan Greenspan Claims Iraq War Was Really For 0il
Lambasts Bush on economy

By Graham Paterson

AMERICA’s elder statesman of finance, Alan Greenspan,
has shaken the White House by declaring that the prime
motive for the war in Iraq was oil. Continue

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Greenspan Misses Cheney’s Memo: Spills the Beans on Oil

By Ray McGovern

For those still wondering why President George W. Bush
and Vice President Dick Cheney sent our young men and
women into Iraq, the secret is now “largely” out. Continue

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Keith Olbermann: The Promotion of Failure in the Bush Administration

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The Nightmare Is Here

By Bob Herbert

These are just a few of the things you won't hear much about
from the American officials in Washington who profess to care
so deeply about the people of Iraq. Continue

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Will the Democrats Betray Us?

By FRANK RICH

General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker could grab an
hour of prime television time only by slinking into the safe
foxhole of Fox News, where Brit Hume chaperoned them
on a gloomy, bunkerlike set before an audience of merely
1.5 million true believers. Their "Briefing for America," as
Fox titled it, was all too fittingly interrupted early on for a
commercial promising pharmaceutical relief from erectile
dysfunction. Continue

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Credit crisis: Meltdown! :

In the past 100 years, the rollercoaster ride that is the
world of high finance has seen some spectacular lows.
Sean O'Grady looks back at four episodes that not only
came to define their times but also served as lessons
for the future

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Fears grow for British economy as panic over Northern Rock
spreads: Experts warn that a decade-long borrowing binge
has left Britain dangerously exposed to the fallout from the
global liquidity crisis

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World’s banks hit for $30billion in credit crunch :

THE world’s investment banks are to reveal a $30 billion
(£14.9 billion) hit from bad debts as they unveil results
that give the first real insight into the impact of the
debt crisis.

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9/11 Explains the Impotence of the Anti-war Movement

By Paul Craig Roberts

The 9/11 attacks gave neoconservatives their
“new Pearl Harbor” that enabled them to implement
their hegemonic agenda in the Middle East. The 9/11
attacks gave Americans boiling with accumulated
frustrations a foe upon whom to vent their rage.
Politicians, even Democrats, could show that they
stood tall for America. George W. Bush has invested
two presidential terms in “fighting terror” by invading
countries in the Middle East. Continue

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The Coming U.S. Hard Landing

By Nouriel Roubin

The utterly ugly employment figures for August (a fall
in jobs for the first time in four years, downward revisions
to previous months’ data, a fall in the labor participation
rate, and an even weaker employment picture based
on the household survey compared to the establishments
survey) confirm what few of us have been predicting
since the beginning of 2007: the U.S. is headed towards
a hard landing. Continue

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9/11 - The Big Cover-up?

By Peter Tatchell

Even the chair of the 9/11 Commission now admits
that the official evidence they were given was 'far
from the truth'. Continue

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THE WAR PARTY

BY TED RALL

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Greenspan On 60 Minutes: It Was All Bush's Fault

By Mike Whitney

Alan Greenspan’s appearance on 60 Minutes was preceded
with all the pomp and ceremony of a royal wedding. The
public relations blitz dragged out for a whole week. Continue

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The Triumph of Structured Finance
Failing Banks, Toxic Bonds and Mortgage Laundering

By Mike Whitney

By now, you’ve probably seen the photos of the angry customers
queued up outside of Northern Rock Bank waiting to withdraw
their money. The pictures are headline news in the UK but have
been stuck on the back pages of US newspapers. The reason for
this is obvious---the same Force 5 economic-hurricane that just
touched ground in Great Britain is headed for America and gaining
strength on the way. Continue

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Bob Woodward: Greenspan Says Hussein's Removal Was 'Essential':

Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, said in
an interview that the removal of Saddam Hussein had been "essential"
to secure world oil supplies, a point he emphasized to the White
House in private conversations before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Conservatism Isn’t What It Used To Be

By Paul Craig Roberts

Today the US media serves as propaganda ministry for the
government’s wars and police state. Yet, some conservatives
continue to rant on about “the liberal media.” Continue

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Marjorie Cohn: The Post-9/11 Attackon Academic Freedom

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The New York Times: Restoring American Justice

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Monday, September 03, 2007

A PROFILE IN COURAGE...AND TRUTH: MR. CHRIS FLOYD, FILLETS OUR DEMOCRACY. AND THERE DON'T SEEM TO BE ANY BONES LEFT, I'M SAD TO SAY...

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Post-Mortem America: Bush's Year of Triumph and the Hard Way Ahead

BY CHRIS FLOYD

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Snow Job in the Desert

By Paul Krugman

Until recently I assumed that the failure to find W.M.D., followed
by years of false claims of progress in Iraq, would make a repeat
of the snow job that sold the war impossible. But I was wrong.
The administration, this time relying on Gen. David Petraeus to
play the Colin Powell role, has had remarkable success creating
the perception that the “surge” is succeeding, even though there’s
not a shred of verifiable evidence to suggest that it is. Continue

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Do We Have the Courage to Stop War With Iran?

By Ray McGovern


It is going to happen, folks, unless we put our lawn chairs away on
Tuesday, take part in some serious grass-roots organizing, and
take action to prevent a wider war - while we still can. Continue

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The Predicted Financial Storm Has Arrived

By Gabriel Kolko

We are at an end of an era, living through the worst financial
panic in many decades. Now begins global financial instability.
It is impossible to speculate how long today's turmoil will
last-but there now exists an uncertainty and lack of confidence
that has been unparalleled since the 1930s-and this ignorance
and fear is itself a crucial factor. The moment of reckoning for
bankers and bosses has arrived. Continue

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Chris Hedges: The Next Quagmire

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Stephen Lendman: Labor Day Hypocrisy

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Labor Day, Work, and Progress

RealClearPolitics.com

Labor Day is one of my favorite holidays because it honors
work. The history of work is the history of civilization itself.
Aside from those relatively few of us who are engaged in
the full time mothering or fathering of the next generation,
it is work which principally defines us and our role in this
world. At least until we are too old or too rich or too
dysfunctional to work any more.

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Copyright (C) 2007 by F. Scott Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.

Comment: The Iranian Affair is like a game of cards: 21.
You're losing your hands and bets, and the only way to
win and get your money back is: double your bet to cover
your loses...! And that's exactly what the Crown Prince
of Crawford is doing. The Crown Prince has everything
to win, and we have everything to lose. He's using
our fiat monopoly money (OP money: other peoples' money)
to try to restore his good name to the history books. Will
he win the bet (the hand)? Good question. But like everything
else this administration touches, it turns to do-do in a hurry.
And like a house made of glass, we're likely to be picking up
the pieces for a long time to come. I believe that's saying:
we're going to be the losers. If GWB had attacked Iran first,
he'd be applauded for his good judgment in stopping a
maniac nuclear power from destroying the planet. But
since we're bogged down in Iraq, Iran has the upper hand.
And Iran is fully prepared for any eventuality and outcome;
we're not prepared for the outcome which will be a
devastating one if the military fails in their mission.
A cakewalk...? A bloodbath is more like it. Nuff said. Stay
tuned for the pounding of the drums and bombs. And I'd
keep an eye on the stockmarket because things might
get ugly. Later and best wishes on the outcome.

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Phase III of Bush's War

Pat Buchanan

Creators Syndicate - Those who hoped that — with the
victory of the antiwar party in 2006, the departure of
Rumsfeld and the neocons from the Pentagon, the rise
of Condi and the eclipse of Cheney — America was headed
out of Iraq got a rude awakening. They are about to get
another.

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America's Craig-like credibility gap

The Christian Science Monitor

The lack of political credibility that delineates the rapid
fall from grace of Idaho's senior senator is analogous to that
facing America's diminished role as global leader in 2007.
At first glance, the gay-sex scandal involving Republican
Larry Craig may seem to have little to do with the ability
to explain America's weak standing in the global community.
But hard lessons often emerge from the strangest of places.

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RENO 911 Ann Coulter

This week, congressional Democrats vowed to investigate
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' firing of himself.
Gonzales has said he was not involved in the discussions
about his firing and that it was "performance-based," but
he couldn't recall the specifics.

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Opposing view: Keep options open

Our nation's economic and democratic future depends
on preparing more students to succeed in college, work
and life. We must engage all students in meaningful and
rigorous academic work in high school and prepare more
of them to succeed in college.

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Bin Laden As A Fantasy Figure

Riches beyond belief By Ibrahim Warde Most of the factoids
that have become canon about Osama bin Laden and the financing
of terror were estimates, guesstimates or simply made up, as
in the case of his presumed $300m personal fortune. But
these fantasies have driven real and dangerous actions. Continue

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American Indigestion: Why Bush Governs From The Gut

By David Michael Green

Is Bush really so dim, or does he just play at it for political
marketing purposes? I’ve read a number of accounts from
those who have met with him personally and argue that he
is smarter than he comes off in public, though of course,
that’s a bit like saying that Hitler was not such a bad fellow
because he didn’t murder as many people as Stalin. Continue

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

THE GREAT IRAQ SWINDLE: A SIZZLING AND POWERFUL ARTICLE, LET ME TELL YAH... UNBELIEVABLE...!

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The Great Iraq Swindle

By Rolling Stone Magazine

How Bush Allowed an Army of For-Profit Contractors to Invade
the U.S. Treasury. Continue

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Has Bush Boxed Himself In?

By Pat Buchanan

As Americans anguish over how to extricate this country
from Iraq without a disaster greater than what we now have,
and without our friends suffering the fate of our friends in
Cambodia and Vietnam, they had best brace themselves.
This escalator is going up. Continue

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Empire or Freedom?

By Jacob G. Hornberger

The 9/11 attacks brought to the surface a dilemma that
everyone, especially libertarians, must now confront: whether
to choose a pro-empire, pro-intervention foreign policy or
a free society. Continue

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The War Criminal in the Living Room

By Paul Craig Roberts

The media is silent, Congress is absent, and Americans are
distracted as George W. Bush openly prepares aggression
against Iran. - US war doctrine has been altered to permit
first strike nuclear attack on Iran and other non-nuclear
countries. Continue

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Bob Herbert: Anxious About Tomorrow

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Paul Krugman: Katrina All the Time

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Nat Hentoff: History Will Not Absolve Us

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James Carroll: Outsourcing Intelligence

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Paul Krugman: A Socialist Plot

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