Created on Tuesday, 25 September 2007 21:46
Written by Mickey Z
"Pick up the gun"
(Fishing for evildoers)
by Mickey Z.
Every day, we learn more about how "the good guys" wage war against evil. The latest tactic-disclosed during a military trial-is a little something called the "baiting program" and it was cooked by a group of humans collectively known the "the Asymmetrical Warfare Group."
As reported in the New York Times, US snipers in Iraq are "using fake weapons and bomb-making material as bait and then killing anyone who picks them up."
Read more: Baited Blind: Sniper's Iraq Turkey Shoot
Created on Tuesday, 25 September 2007 21:12
Written by Kurt Nimmo
Podhoretz: The Little Demon on Bushâ€™s Shoulder
by Kurt Nimmo
n the Think Progress website, in the â€œRadical Right-Wing Agendaâ€ column, a post by Satyam informs
us that Norman Podhoretz has Bushâ€™s ear.
First and foremost, it is no secret Podhoretz, one of the most dangerous neocons on the planet, has Bushâ€™s attention, and second the neocon agenda is not â€œradical right-wing,â€ as the old broken down left-right political paradigm no longer works.
Read more: Iran Rapproachment: Giving Futility a Chance
Podhoretzâ€™s sermon on the White House mount is simply another chapter in the neocon-neolib plan to domesticate the Middle East by way of cruise missile and bunker busters.
Created on Tuesday, 25 September 2007 20:56
Written by Kim Petersen
Read more: Tales from Canadaâ€™s Hidden Holocaust
Behind Closed Doors: Tales from Canadaâ€™s Hidden Holocaust
by Kim Petersen
n 13 September 2007, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
(DRIP). It was carried by the UN General Assembly despite the shameful nay-vote cast by Canada (along with nay-votes from other colonized and occupied states such as Australia, New Zealand, and the United States).
The Declaration sets standards for the treatment of Indigenous Peoples that should provide a framework for the protection of their human rights. The DRIP is non-binding, as is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, so adherence to the Declaration is compelled only by a stateâ€™s sense of morality and concern for its reputation in the eyes of the world.
Canadaâ€™s minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, Chuck Strahl, complained about the DRIP: â€œItâ€™s not balanced, in our view, and inconsistent with the Charter [of Rights and Freedoms].â€
Created on Tuesday, 25 September 2007 18:34
Written by Scott Horton
More from the World of the â€˜Bama Press:
Leura Canaryâ€™s Remarkable â€˜Recusalâ€™
by Scott Horton
ack on September 14, I ran â€œThe Remarkable â€˜Recusalâ€™ of Leura Canary
,â€ an examination of the very strange tap dance that the Montgomery U.S. Attorneyâ€™s office has made around the question of Leura Canaryâ€™s recusal from oversight of the Siegelman matter.
It included discussions with several Department of Justice sources who all concurred that nothing about Mrs. William Canaryâ€™s â€œrecusalâ€ was normal, that is, it didnâ€™t stack up with the standard procedures followed by U.S. Attorneys when they recuse themselves.
In the course of the week that followed some more rather odd things happened. One is that the Department of Justice, which had denied a FOIA request brought by an Alabaster, Alabama attorney named John Aaron, decided to turn over a key document to the Mobile Press-Register. As we have noted before, the Press-Register seems to have an extraordinarily cozy relationship with the Montgomery U.S. Attorneyâ€™s office. In particular, it seemed to find out just about everything that transpired in the grand jury investigations surrounding the Siegelman case. That reflected either quite extraordinary journalistic work on the part of Press-Register reporters or a breach of Rule 6(e) by staffers at the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s office (or possibly both). Still, letâ€™s put aside for the moment why the attorney raising a FOIA request doesnâ€™t get the letter, but the Press-Register does.
Read more: The Press and 'Bama Justice
Letâ€™s just take a look at the letter.
Created on Tuesday, 25 September 2007 12:53
Written by Agence Global
Happy Birthday, Saudi Arabia
by Mona Eltahawy
Saudi woman friend who needed corrective eye surgery visited a doctor in her country a few years ago to see if she qualified for the procedure. As he performed routine tests my friend reminded him that he hadnâ€™t measured the diameter of her pupils. Sheâ€™d done her homework and knew what to expect.
Read more: Driving Miss Araby
The doctor told her it was an unnecessary test for women because it measured the clarity of night vision which was crucial for driving in the dark and since women canâ€™t drive in the kingdom, he performed the test on men only.
Created on Tuesday, 25 September 2007 08:46
Written by Tom Engelhardt
by Tom Engelhardt
n December 14, 2004, George W. Bush bestowed the highest civilian honor the nation can offer, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, upon L. Paul Bremer III, his former proconsul in Baghdad. He offered this encomium:
"For fourteen months Jerry Bremer worked day and night in difficult and dangerous conditions to stabilize the country, to help its people rebuild and to establish a political process that would lead to justice and liberty."
And the President added, "Every benchmark... was achieved on time or ahead of schedule, including the transfer of sovereignty that ended his tenure." ("He did not add," the Washington Post pointed out at the time, "that the transfer was hurriedly arranged two days early because of fears insurgents would attack the ceremonies.")
Read more: L. Paul Bremmer: Iraq's Yuppie Moses
Created on Monday, 24 September 2007 22:47
Written by Agence Global
Blackwater: Hired Guns, Above the Law
by Jeremy Scahill
My name is Jeremy Scahill. I am an investigative reporter for The Nation magazine and the author of the book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.
I have spent the better part of the past several years researching the phenomenon of privatized warfare and the increasing involvement of the private sector in the support and waging of US wars. During the course of my investigations, I have interviewed scores of sources, filed many Freedom of Information Act requests, obtained government contracts and private company documents of firms operating in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Read more: Blackwater: Murder with Impunity
Created on Monday, 24 September 2007 03:17
Written by Robert Jensen
Responsibilities and Risks in the Prophetic Voice
by Robert Jensen
It may be the fate of humans always to believe that we live at the most important time in history, that our moment is the decisive moment. But even factoring in this tendency toward collective self-centredness, it is difficult to ignore that today we face multiple crises -- economic, political, cultural, and, most crucially, ecological -- which have the potential to make ongoing life on the scale we know it impossible. Predictions about the specifics of the trajectory are beyond our capabilities, but we can know -- if we choose to know -- that we must solve problems for which there are no apparent solutions and face â€œquestions that go beyond the available answers,â€ to borrow Wes Jacksonâ€™s phrase.
These threats have been building for the past 10,000 years, intensifying in the past two centuries to levels that only the foolhardy would ignore. The bills for the two most destructive revolutions in human history -- the agricultural and industrial revolutions -- are coming due, sooner than we think.
Read more: We're All Prophets Now
Created on Wednesday, 19 September 2007 13:17
Written by Robert Parry
Read more: Making a Case for Mukasey
Why Cheney Likes Mukasey for A.G.
by Robert Parry
n praising George W. Bushâ€™s new choice for Attorney General, Vice President Dick Cheney identified one freedom in particular that retired Judge Michael Mukasey would protect: â€œthe freedom from fear of terrorist attacks.â€
The comment spoke volumes about the Bush administrationâ€™s priorities, fitting with the Presidentâ€™s oft-repeated claim that the government has no more important duty than to protect the American people.
That this claim goes unchallenged â€“ despite the fact that the oath administered to federal officials demands that they defend the Constitution and says nothing about public safety â€“ has been a leading indicator of how Bush and Cheney have exploited the self-centeredness of many Americans to amass unprecedented executive power.
Created on Wednesday, 19 September 2007 08:24
Written by Kurt Nimmo
Blackwaterâ€™s License to Kill Revoked
by Kurt Nimmo
s suspected, Blackwater thugs in Iraq were not responding to â€œmilitantsâ€ when they killed Iraqi motorists a few days ago.
â€œA preliminary Iraqi report on a shooting involving an American diplomatic motorcade said Tuesday that Blackwater security guards were not ambushed, as the company reported, but instead fired at a car when it did not heed a policemanâ€™s call to stop, killing a couple and their infant,â€ reports the New York Times.
image: Blackwater Owner Erik Prince
â€œThe report, by the Ministry of Interior, was presented to the Iraqi cabinet and, though unverified, seemed to contradict an account offered by Blackwater USA that the guards were responding to gunfire by militants.
The report said Blackwater helicopters had also fired. The Ministry of Defense said 20 Iraqis had been killed, a far higher number than had been reported before.â€
Read more: Blackwater Down: The Uncoming of the Iraq Project