Tag Archives: U.S. Government

The Pentagon and All Its Suckers (That Would Be Us)

Gargantua’s mouth:The Pentagon and the suckers By Saul Landau and Nelson P. Valdes / February 27, 2010 The perpetual menacings of danger oblige the government to be always prepared to repel it; its armies must be numerous enough for instant … finish reading The Pentagon and All Its Suckers (That Would Be Us)

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Health Care Reform : A Bad Proposal or a Worse One?

Senator Alexander, sitting next to Senator McCain, provided the Republicans’ opening statement at the Health Care Forum at Blair House, and he challenged President Obama and the Democrats “to renounce jamming it through in a partisan way.” Photo: Stephen Crowley/The … finish reading Health Care Reform : A Bad Proposal or a Worse One?

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Juan Cole on the U.S. Defense Budget

Gates Wants Europe to Beggar Itself on War Expenditures the Way the U.S. Has By Juan Cole / February 25, 2010 U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates decries Europe for general anti-war sentiment, unwillingness to beggar itself with expenditures on … finish reading Juan Cole on the U.S. Defense Budget

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Spying on Americans : Reagan and the PROMIS Conspiracy

It’s a national tradition:Spying on Americans Part II: Reagan administration acquires PROMIS software By James Retherford and Sherman DeBrosse / The Rag Blog / February 2, 2010 [This is the second installment in a series about the U.S. government’s extensive … finish reading Spying on Americans : Reagan and the PROMIS Conspiracy

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Who Owns Congress? (Hint : Wall Street)

And where’s the outrage?Wall Street owns Congress By Sid Eschenbach / The Rag Blog / October 11, 2009 See ‘On the government’s owners’ by Glenn Greenwald, Below. A few years ago, Bill Bennett wrote a book entitled The Death of … finish reading Who Owns Congress? (Hint : Wall Street)

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US Military: A Little Too Big for Its Britches

National Guard (murderers) at Kent State in May 1970.The Military Is Not the PoliceJuly 29, 2009 It was disturbing to learn the other day just how close the last administration came to violating laws barring the military from engaging in … finish reading US Military: A Little Too Big for Its Britches

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Another Terrorist Attack May Put the Military in Charge

The Joint Chiefs of Staff photographed in the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gold Room, more commonly known as The Tank, in the Pentagon on December 14, 2001. DoD photo by Mamie Burke.Power Shifts in Plan for Capital CalamityBy Eric Lichtblau … finish reading Another Terrorist Attack May Put the Military in Charge

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The Navajo Nation and Uranium Mining: Not a Happy Combination

Fred and Clara Slowman near their newly rebuilt home near Teec Nos Pos, Ariz. Many homes were contaminated with uranium. Photo: Kevin Moloney for The New York Times.Uranium Contamination Haunts Navajo CountryBy Dan Frosch / July 26, 2009 TEEC NOS … finish reading The Navajo Nation and Uranium Mining: Not a Happy Combination

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The Iqbal Decision and the Common Man

In Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s view, the court “messed up the federal rules.”9/11 Case Could Bring Broad Shift on Civil SuitsBy Adam Liptak / July 20, 2009 The most consequential decision of the Supreme Court’s last term got only a … finish reading The Iqbal Decision and the Common Man

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Another Good Reason to Ban War: Troops’ Children Suffer

Mental Health Problems Growing for Troops’ KidsJuly 7, 2009 Children of U.S. military troops sought outpatient mental health care 2 million times last year, double the number at the start of the Iraq war, and there was also an alarming … finish reading Another Good Reason to Ban War: Troops’ Children Suffer

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Ansel Herz: A Report of a March on T. Don Hutto

Click the arrow button in the bottom right-hand corner for a better view. (Sorry about the wind noise, folks!)Podcast with pictures: Texans march against Hutto detention center on World Refugee DayBy Ansel Herz / June 22, 2009 This was my … finish reading Ansel Herz: A Report of a March on T. Don Hutto

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A Summary of Internet Surveillance Legislation

Internet surveillance laws in Canada and around the worldJune 19, 2009 The Canadian government has been trying to modernize its surveillance and wiretapping laws for years now, to take into account the growth of cellphone and internet communications. Canada’s current … finish reading A Summary of Internet Surveillance Legislation

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