Archive for November 1st, 2007

TOP 25 Censored Stories 2008 Edition!

by GEF @ 4:38 PM MST

TOP 25 Censored Stories 2008 Edition!

First 10 Titles

#1 No Habeas Corpus for “Any Person”

#2 Bush Moves Toward Martial Law

# 3 AFRICOM: US Military Control of Africa’s Resources

# 4 Frenzy of Increasingly Destructive Trade Agreements

#5 Human Traffic Builds US Embassy in Iraq

#6 Operation FALCON Raids

#7 Behind Blackwater Inc.

#8 KIA: The US Neoliberal Invasion of India

#9 Privatization of America’s Infrastructure

# 10 Vulture Funds Threaten Poor Nations’ Debt Relief

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By- Suzie-Q @ 12:30 PM MST

As the feds are bearing down hard on Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), raiding his Alaska home and convening a grand jury in Washington, D.C., another investigation into a sitting senator has been proceeding quietly up in New Jersey.

Over the past several months, the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey has issued two grand jury subpoenas to former clients of Kay LiCausi, a lobbyist and former aide to Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). The investigation, of course, is no secret, but after a controversy raged over subpoenas issued shortly before the 2006 election, the investigation has shifted direction entirely.

Now the focus seems to be whether Menendez steered lobbying contracts to his former girlfriend and then delivered government funds to those client once they’d hired her.

It’s never been confirmed that LiCausi and Menendez, who’s divorced, were in a romantic relationship. But the rumors were such that The New York Times didn’t hesitate to report in 2005 on “the widespread belief” in New Jersey and among Menendez’s former staffers that they were. And Menendez himself has never denied it, always answering queries with “that’s strictly personal.” Reports of the relationship have always been phrased in the past tense since 2005.


Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

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BAM! Feds Investigate Blackwater Silencer Smuggling

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:10 PM MST

Time to update the ol’ Blackwater investigation tally. NBC reports that federal investigators are probing the company’s exportation of “dozens” of silencers to Iraq and elsewhere. It’s illegal to do so without permission from the State Department.

NBC reports that a whole bevy of agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the State Department are in on the investigation, which appears to be related to the broader federal criminal investigation for arms smuggling by Blackwater guards led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh, N.C.

Intriguingly, NBC reports that “experts say it is not clear why Blackwater guards would need them for missions such as personal protection of diplomats.”



Heat Builds On Blackwater: Congresswoman Moves To Ban Private Security Contractors

The congressional vice-grip is tightening on Blackwater and other contracted defense firms.

Next Wednesday, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) will introduce legislation to phase out the use of tens of thousands of private security contractors deployed on battlefields where American troops are present. The Stop Outsourcing Security Act intends to effectively put Blackwater and their ilk out of business.

“After 9/11 we thought airport security was so important that it shouldn’t be contracted out and we created the Transportation Security Administration,” said Peter Karafotas, a spokesman for the Congresswoman. “The writing’s on the wall that Blackwater needs to go, and contracting is on its way out.”

Private contractors should not be used “for functions that should be reserved for U.S. military forces,” Schakowsky argued in a “dear colleague” letter to fellow House members earlier this month. Half a dozen fellow members of Congress, including Reps. Bob Fillner (D-CA), Jim McGovern (D-WA), and Nick Rahall (D-WV), have since signed on as co-sponsors, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) may introduce a companion measure in the Senate.


Glenn Frey – The Heat Is On

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Attacking Iran for Israel?

Sudhan@11:05 CET

By Ray McGovern, Consortium News. Posted November 1, 2007.

With 200-300 nuclear weapons in their arsenal, Israelis enjoy a nuclear monopoly in the Middle East. They mean to keep it that way, and they want the U.S. to help.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is at her mushroom-cloud hyperbolic best, and this time Iran is the target. Her claim last week that “the policies of Iran constitute perhaps the single greatest challenge to American security interests in the Middle East and around the world” is simply too much of a stretch.

To gauge someone’s reliability, one depends largely on prior experience. Sadly, Rice’s credibility suffers in comparison with Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Basing his judgment on the findings of IAEA inspectors in Iran, ElBaradei reports that there is no evidence of an active nuclear weapons program there.

If this sounds familiar, it is in fact déjà vu. ElBaradei said the same thing about Iraq before it was attacked. But three days before the invasion, American nuclear expert Dick Cheney told NBC’s Tim Russert, “I think Mr. ElBaradei is, frankly, wrong.”

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