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CFR Sweep at Fed: Obama Names Fischer, Brainard, Powell to Join Yellen

Posted by on January 12, 2014 in Agencies & Systems with 0 Comments
CFR Sweep at Fed: Obama Names Fischer, Brainard, Powell to Join Yellen

The rumors have been confirmed; President Obama’s named CFR member Stanley Fischer as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve was made official on January 10. At the same time he announced Fischer’s appointment, the president also named CRF members Lael Brainard and Jerome Powell to positions as governors on the seven-member Federal Reserve Board. Fed Chairman Janet Yellen (CFR) and Vice Chairman Fischer also serve as governors.

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The Monster That Eats the World’s Environment, Screws Up Its Economies, and Spews Violence On Every Continent

Posted by on January 10, 2014 in Politics with 1 Comment
The Monster That Eats the World’s Environment, Screws Up Its Economies, and Spews Violence On Every Continent

Only the American people have the power to stop The Imperial Machine – the monster that eats the world’s environment, screws up its economies, and spews violence on every continent. And for that to happen the American people have to lose their deep-seated, quasi-religious belief in “American Exceptionalism”.

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After 20 Years of NAFTA Poverty, Lawmakers Move to Fast-Track TPP

Posted by on January 10, 2014 in Politics with 1 Comment
After 20 Years of NAFTA Poverty, Lawmakers Move to Fast-Track TPP

Lawmakers Move to Fast-Track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would be an unmitigated disaster for everything from the environment to internet freedom and working families. The legislation is being advanced despite broad opposition from within Capitol Hill as well as social justice, labor, and environmental organizations.

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500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

No matter which government conducts mass surveillance, they do it to crush dissent and then give a false rationale for why they’re doing it.

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Chomsky Describes US Domestic Policy in Two Words: ‘Pure Savagery’

Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Chomsky Describes US Domestic Policy in Two Words: ‘Pure Savagery’

As Congress decides this week whether to re-institute emergency jobless benefits for millions of Americans and closes in on negotiations for a Farm Bill that could see billions of dollars cut out of food stamp programs, renowned activist and intellectual Noam Chomsky summed up the state of American politics in an interview Thursday in two words: “pure savagery.”

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No-Brainer Course In Derailing The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
No-Brainer Course In Derailing The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Like Spider Man trying to stop a train from going over with nothing but his strength and shooting threads; we are going to need all the Web we can get to stop the fast-tracking Trans-Pacific Partnership from running over us. Perhaps more aptly, it is a tangled web we’ll be left trapped in as prey if we do nothing.

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U.S. Foreign Policy Is a Shambles

Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
U.S. Foreign Policy Is a Shambles

If you haven’t noticed, American foreign policy is a shambles. Iraq and Afghanistan are engulfed in violence, and their corrupt, authoritarian governments are objects of suspicion and hatred. The suggestion that U.S. forces could make things better only shows how out of touch people in Washington can be.

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National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 Authorizes Cyber Warfare Against American Citizens

National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 Authorizes Cyber Warfare Against American Citizens

The NDAA contains a number of highly questionable sections that run contrary to the principles articulated in the United States Constitution. Specifically, language contained in the bill appears to authorize cyber warfare operations against the American people.

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Glenn Greenwald: There Are More Snowden Documents On Israel

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Glenn Greenwald: There Are More Snowden Documents On Israel

Glenn Greenwald said the Snowden documents contain “a huge number of very significant stories” that have not yet been published, and these include stories related to the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. He and the other journalists working on the material will continue releasing stories at about the same pace as hitherto, he added, explaining that they have only had the Snowden documents for seven months, and “given their volume and complexity,” that isn’t a long time.

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Three Hearings, Nine Hours, and One Accurate Statement: Why Congress Must Begin a Full Investigation into NSA Spying

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Three Hearings, Nine Hours, and One Accurate Statement: Why Congress Must Begin a Full Investigation into NSA Spying

Something is very wrong when Congress and the public learn more about the NSA’s activities from newspaper leaks than from the Senate and House intelligence committees. The committees are supposed to oversee the intelligence community activities on behalf of the public. It’s time for Congress to reassert its oversight role and begin a full-scale investigation into the NSA’s surveillance and analytic activities.

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Rand Paul Brings Class-Action Lawsuit Against the NSA

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Rand Paul Brings Class-Action Lawsuit Against the NSA

The National Security Agency is under fire in a new way, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spearheads a class-action lawsuit that claims the secretive spy agency violated Americans’ constitutional rights with its bulk metadata collection programs. “We think everybody in America who has a cell phone would be eligible for this class-action suit,” Paul said. In the meantime, the NSA is also facing questions from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as to whether they are spying on members of Congress the way they are spying on world leaders. RT’s Meghan Lopez discusses the latest NSA developments with Rachel Levinson-Waldman, counsel to the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program.

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‘The Country You Destroyed’: A Letter to George W. Bush

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Corruption with 1 Comment
‘The Country You Destroyed’: A Letter to George W. Bush

Ralph Nader to George W Bush: Today, Iraq remains a country (roughly the size and population of Texas) you destroyed, a country where over a million Iraqis, including many children and infants (remember Fallujah?) lost their lives, millions more were sickened or injured, and millions more were forced to become refugees, including most of the Iraqi Christians. Iraq is a country rife with sectarian strife that your prolonged invasion provoked into what is now open warfare.

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FBI Admits It’s Not Really About Law Enforcement Any More; Ignores Lots Of Crimes To Focus On Creating Fake Terror Plots

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
FBI Admits It’s Not Really About Law Enforcement Any More; Ignores Lots Of Crimes To Focus On Creating Fake Terror Plots

A couple years ago, it was revealed that the FBI noted in one of its “counterterrorism training manuals” that FBI agents could “bend or suspend the law and impinge upon the freedoms of others,” which seemed kind of odd for a government agency who claimed its “primary function” was “law enforcement.” You’d think that playing by the rules would be kind of important. However, as John Hudson at Foreign Policy has noted, at some point last summer, the FBI quietly changed its fact sheet, so that it no longer says that “law enforcement” is its primary function, replacing it with “national security.”

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Chris Hedges: The Last Gasp of American Democracy

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Government with 0 Comments
Chris Hedges: The Last Gasp of American Democracy

This is our last gasp as a democracy. The state’s wholesale intrusion into our lives and obliteration of privacy are now facts. And the challenge to us—one of the final ones, I suspect—is to rise up in outrage and halt this seizure of our rights to liberty and free expression. If we do not do so we will see ourselves become a nation of captives.

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Ronald Reagan and the Occultist: The Amazing Story Of The Thinker Behind His Sunny Optimism

Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Ronald Reagan and the Occultist: The Amazing Story Of The Thinker Behind His Sunny Optimism

A 1944 book by Manley P. Hall, “The Secret Destiny of America,” influenced the politics of Ronald Reagan, who was then a middling movie actor gravitating toward politics. Hall’s concise volume described how America was the product of a “Great Plan” for religious liberty and self-governance, launched by a hidden order of ancient philosophers and secret societies.

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