Archive for December 10th, 2007

GEF @ 4:48 PM MST

Victim: Gang-Rape Cover-Up by U.S., Halliburton/KBR

KBR Told Victim She Could Lose Her Job If She Sought Help After Being Raped, She Says


Dec. 10, 2007—

A Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the incident.

Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, says that after she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.

“Don’t plan on working back in Iraq. There won’t be a position here, and there won’t be a position in Houston,” Jones says she was told.


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Holy Criminality Batman! They’re worse than I thought!!

GEF @ 10:08 AM MST

“The sole goal of the freeze is to prevent owners of mortgage-backed securities, many of them foreigners, from suing U.S. banks and forcing them to buy back worthless mortgage securities at face value – right now almost 10 times their market worth.”


Interest rate ‘freeze’ – the real story is fraud

Bankers pay lip service to families while scurrying to avert suits, prison

Sean Olender
Sunday, December 9, 2007

New proposals to ease our great mortgage meltdown keep rolling in. First the Treasury Department urged the creation of a new fund that would buy risky mortgage bonds as a tactic to hide what those bonds were really worth. (Not much.) Then the idea was to use Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy the risky loans, even if it was clear that U.S. taxpayers would eventually be stuck with the bill. But that plan went south after Fannie suffered a new accounting scandal, and Freddie’s existing loan losses shot up more than expected.

Now, just unveiled Thursday, comes the “freeze,” the brainchild of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. It sounds good: For five years, mortgage lenders will freeze interest rates on a limited number of “teaser” subprime loans. Other homeowners facing foreclosure will be offered assistance from the Federal Housing Administration.

But unfortunately, the “freeze” is just another fraud – and like the other bailout proposals, it has nothing to do with U.S. house prices, with “working families,” keeping people in their homes or any of that nonsense.


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by GEF @ 6:18 AM MST

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Everywhere you go…. LOL

Convicted newspaper baron Conrad Black headed for prison

December 9, 2007

Conrad Black, the brash media mogul who vacationed in Bora Bora, rode around London in a Rolls Royce and ended up convicted of swindling shareholders out of millions of dollars, is headed for prison, where inmates are paid 12 cents an hour for such jobs as washing windows and mopping floors.

Strong willed, possessed of a powerful ego and given to dizzying flights of rhetoric, the 63-year-old British baron known as Lord Black of Crossharbour is expected to be sentenced Monday. Federal prosecutors say the sentence could be as much as 24 to 30 years, though a recent court filing suggested he could get a more lenient term.

UPDATE: Conrad Blacks gets 78 months and 125k Fine


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Sudhan @11:50 CET

By John Byrne | The Raw Story, December 9, 2007

Pelosi would later boot sole objector to program from chance to chair Intelligence Committee

Two senior Republicans and Democrats in Congress — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — were briefing on the CIA’s program to use waterboarding on terror suspects in September 2002 and did not object, according to Sunday’s Washington Post.

In the long-ranging article, which seemingly takes the lawmakers and the Bush Administration to task by discussing the practice’s emergence in Nazi Germany and other totalitarian states, a Pelosi aide said the Speaker remembered discussion of “enhanced” interrogation techniques and “acknowledged that Pelosi did not raise objections at the time.”

Keep reading . . .

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Seymour Hersch: WH Already Knew About NIE

by Geezer Power …1:29 am


06 December 2007

By: Raleigh-Elizabeth Smith

Sy Hersch told Wolf Blitzer Tuesday that the Bush Administration has long known what the outcome of the NIE would be -but proceeded with serious sanctions and military threats anyway. And that’s a course that the WH clearly intends to still see through; while it might seem a novel concept – responsibility and accountability – it seems like this would be a good opportunity for Bush to actually apologize. “Sorry, Dinny, I was a little off…”

So we’re left to conclude that W knows something we don’t – I am guessing that if he ever were to say sorry, Hell might freeze over (then where would all those liberals go?). So instead, we get the “I am always right!” mandate: he wants to know about the old nuclear program. And he wants to know about it now. Ah, the White House: making kindergarten school yard politics look mature, four years at a time.

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