Archive for the ‘USA’ Category

Cops Taser Old Man For Sitting In Wrong Seat At Baseball Game

August 7, 2009

Yet another video has emerged of cops tasering someone for sitting in the wrong seat at a sports event. The victim this time was an old man attending an Oakland Athletics baseball game in Oakland California.

The man tased by cops was 62-year-old Thomas Bruso, who apparently was sitting in the wrong seat and was drinking alcohol. Police claimed that the man was not “complying” with attempts to arrest him so the crowd was cleared and he was tasered from behind.

Another man is seen being pushed down the stairs as the situation escalates.

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Stewart: CIA hopes Wall St. geniuses will help other ‘calm, stable countries to collapse’

July 1, 2009

Jon Stewart wants to know why the CIA is recruiting former Wall Street bankers.

According to Reuters, the CIA recently “held interviews on June 22 at a secret location in New York” after posting ads targeting laid off Wall Street workers.

CIA Topples Honduran President To Protect Drugs Trade?

June 29, 2009

In 2008, Manuel Zelaya, the president of Honduras, openly called for the legalization of drugs as a way to tackle drug-trafficking violence.

Reportedly, the CIA and elements of the CIA-backed military in Honduras have been involved in the drugs trade.

On 29 June 2009, the CIA reportedly used the Honduran military to oust Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected president of Honduras.

Obama Administration Shuts Down 9/11 Families Lawsuit

June 29, 2009

The Obama administration has effectively ended the efforts of families of victims of the September 11th attacks to bring lawsuits against members of the Saudi Royal family for financial links to the conspiracy.

The Supreme Court today ruled that it will not allow any lawsuits to go ahead, just a few weeks after the government filed a court brief asking that the case be quashed.

The court, in an order Monday, is leaving in place the ruling of a federal appeals court that the country and the princes are protected by sovereign immunity, which generally means that foreign countries can’t be sued in American courts, reports the Associated Press.

Kissinger & The CIA’s Color Revolution in Iran

June 22, 2009

We all know that the CIA has been involved in several coup d’états ever since President Harry S. Truman spawned this creature. Hell, they’ve even done it once before in Iran, in 1953. And I think we also know that Iran has been in the crosshairs of the neocons, neoliberals and other policy makers for quite a while. Even the RAND Corporation has been lobbying for another world war to save the U.S. economy.

And that, I think is reason enough to consider the possibility that the spooks might have their dirty little hands in this one as well. It is of course their modus operandi.

Cheney: Execute Terrorists If Cuba Prison Must Close

June 3, 2009

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that the only alternative to holding some suspected terrorists indefinitely would be to execute them, arguing against the Obama administration’s plans to close the Guantanamo detainee prison.

U.S. Releases Secret List of Nuclear Sites Accidentally

June 3, 2009

The federal government mistakenly made public a 266-page report, its pages marked “highly confidential,” that gives detailed information about hundreds of the nation’s civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing the precise locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons.

Cybersecurity Is Framework For Total Government Regulation & Control Of Our Lives

June 1, 2009

The Obama administration’s new Cybersecurity system will only make the Internet more vulnerable to attack, while creating the framework for a massively upgraded government surveillance grid that will control and regulate every aspect of our daily lives through the implementation of “smart” technology.

Obama’s announcement of the new cybersecurity grid dovetails with a recently introduced Senate bill, the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, that would hand the president the power to shut down the entire Internet in the event of a “cybersecurity” crisis.

“The bill’s draft states that “the president may order a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic” and would give the government ongoing access to “all relevant data concerning (critical infrastructure) networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access,” reports Raw Story.

Obama administration sides with Saudis on 9/11 suit

June 1, 2009

Members of 9/11 victims’ families, who filed a lawsuit seeking to pin blame on the Saudi royal family for financing attacks against the United States, just acquired a significant new opponent: the Obama administration.

A Department of Justice brief (PDF link) filed with the Supreme Court on Friday argues that the Saudi royal family is party to a sovereign state and cannot be sued in American courts.

Fifteen of the 19 alleged 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, according to the FBI. Former President George W. Bush waited six years to acknowledge this in public.

Homeland Security to scan fingerprints of travellers exiting the US

June 1, 2009

The US Department of Homeland Security is set to kickstart a controversial new pilot to scan the fingerprints of travellers departing the United States.

From June, US Customs and Border Patrol will take a fingerprint scan of international travellers exiting the United States from Detroit, while the US Transport Security Administration will take fingerprint scans of international travellers exiting the United States from Atlanta.

Biometric technology such as fingerprint scans has been used by US Customs and Border Patrol for several years to gain a biometric record of non-US citizens entering the United States.

The Telegraph kerfuffle

June 1, 2009

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, speaking to reporters on Saturday, took time to distribute a Salon article in which Ret. Gen. Antonio Taguba “corrects” a report last week by U.K. newspaper Daily Telegraph.

Problem is, the report was only inaccurate on a technicality.

Google’s Global Policy Head Said to Join Obama Administration

June 1, 2009

Google Inc.’s head of global public policy, Andrew McLaughlin, is leaving the company to become deputy chief technology officer for the Obama administration, a person familiar with the matter said.

McLaughlin, who was Google’s first public policy executive, built Google’s presence in Washington, helping promote the Mountain View, California-based company’s position on topics such as online privacy, so-called net neutrality and copyrights.

McLaughlin’s departure highlights the connections between Google, the most popular Internet search engine, and the Obama administration. Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt is part of the president’s council of advisers on science and technology. Schmidt also campaigned for the government’s economic stimulus package, which was passed earlier this year.

Guantanamo Bay: Coming to an Xbox near you

June 1, 2009

The Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison is coming to an Xbox 360 and Windows PC near you in just a few short months. But, it’s not what you think.

The ‘new’ Neapolitan?

June 1, 2009

On a hot summer day, nothing goes down quite like a frosty cold serving of racist ice cream.

Wait, what did I just write?!?

Okay, so being in media, we tend to develop a sort-of gallows humor about all the craziness we read and pass along to you guys every single day. But, here’s a new level of nucking futs: An ice cream maker in Russia (with the very Soviet-sounding name “Ice Cream Plant No 3”)  has launched an Obama-themed treat called “Duet,” a mixture of vanilla and chocolate.

Children Raped at Abu Ghraib, General Taguba Calls it a War Crime

May 31, 2009

‘Reports of children being raped to force their parent to give information have long been alleged by award winning journalist Sy Hersch but now a report via the Telegraph reveals that this allegation is true, and that their were even pictures.’

John Yoo Says President Bush Can Legally Torture Children

May 31, 2009

Doublespeak on North Korea

May 31, 2009

Obama Calls on World to ‘Stand Up To’ North Korea” read the headline. The United States, Obama said, was determined to protect “the peace and security of the world.”

Shades of doublespeak, doublethink, 1984.

North Korea is a small place. China alone could snuff it out in a few minutes. Yet, the president of the US thinks that nothing less than the entire world is a match for North Korea.

We are witnessing the Washington gangsters construct yet another threat like Slobodan Milosevic, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, John Walker Lindh, Hamdi, Padilla, Sami Al-Arian, Hamas, Mahkmoud Ahmadinejad, and the hapless detainees demonized by the US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld as “the 700 most dangerous terrorists on the face of the earth,” who were tortured for six years at Gitmo only to be quietly released. Just another mistake, sorry.

The military/security complex that rules America, together with the Israel Lobby and the financial banksters, needs a long list of dangerous enemies to keep the taxpayers’ money flowing into its coffers.

What are we going to do for an enemy now?

May 31, 2009

George Bush Calls Clinton ‘Brother,’ Babs Bush Calls Him ‘Son’

May 31, 2009

‘Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton traded jokes about life after the Oval Office and took turns defending each other as they shared a stage in Toronto on Friday to discuss global affairs.’

Obama Out-Bushes Bush on Preventive Detention

May 31, 2009

If George Bush had had the gall to propose changing the laws of the United States to allow people to be detained for long periods without even the intention of putting them on trial, progressives across the nation would be howling that the fascist hordes were at the gates. And they would be right. Even the do-nothing, scared-of-nearly-everything Congressional Black Caucus would be up in arms. George Bush and Dick Cheney empowered to imprison people without trial? Progressives everywhere would be justified in crying out against the threat to civilization as we know it. But when Barack Obama last week proposed the very same thing, preventive detention without trial, there was relative silence…

Gen. Taguba Says Telegraph Quoted Him Correctly on Prisoner ‘Rape’ Photos

May 31, 2009

Just a day after White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs smeared the entire British media over a damning report in one British paper, Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba says that Britain’s Daily Telegraph quoted him correctly when he told the paper last week he had seen pictures depicting heinous acts commited against prisoners by US personnel that “show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency.” On Friday, Gibbs said “you’re not gonna find many of these [British] newspapers and ‘truth’ within say 25 words of each other.” While standing by his on-the-record remarks to the Telegraph, Taguba, however, now says that the photos to which he was referring were not among 44 pictures the ACLU is fighting to have released but which the Obama administration has blocked. He told Salon’s Mark Benjamin Friday night, “The photographs in that lawsuit, I have not seen. According to Benjamin, “The actual quote in the Telegraph was accurate, Taguba said — but he was referring to the hundreds of images he reviewed as an investigator of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq — not the photos of abuse that Obama is seeking to suppress.” At present, the Obama administration is blocking the release of some 2,000 photos allegedly depicting prisoner abuse and torture…

Fake Rape Photos Re-Emerge Again To Discredit Real Torture Scandal

May 29, 2009

Staged photos lifted from porn websites purporting to be images of U.S. troops raping female detainees at Abu Ghraib are again circulating at the height of the torture scandal, discrediting the very real and admitted accounts of rape described in Major General Antonio Taguba’s military report into the Abu Ghraib prison.

Coming Soon To a City Near You

May 27, 2009

In November of 2008, millions of American voters went to the polls and voted for “change.” Many are beginning to realize that very little has actually changed. When those who run the state apparatus begin to realize a lack of confidence in their abilities to control, drastic measures are often employed.

For two consecutive election cycles, 2006 and 2008, the American electorate voted against the illegal, immoral wars of the Bush administration. Now that we have a Bush clone in a darker skin tone, no one seems to care about the killing, maiming and torturing. To the hypocritical voters in America, the crime is irrelevant, it only matters whose criminal is pulling the trigger.

The “change” since the election, as I see it, is: a much larger national debt, ever expanding wars in the Middle East, a greater threat to personal liberty, a huge increase in gun sales, a national shortage of ammo, and rapidly increasing fuel prices. Is that the “change” Americans voted for?

Obama Set to Create A Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate

May 27, 2009

President Obama is expected to announce late this week that he will create a “cyber czar,” a senior White House official who will have broad authority to develop strategy to protect the nation’s government-run and private computer networks, according to people who have been briefed on the plan.

The adviser will have the most comprehensive mandate granted to such an official to date and will probably be a member of the National Security Council but will report to the national security adviser as well as the senior White House economic adviser, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations are not final.

MI5 faces fresh torture claims

May 27, 2009

According to The Guardian newspaper, Mr Rahman says he was tortured over a two-year period in Bangladesh and two MI5 officers turned a blind eye to his treatment, leaving the room while he was severely beaten and return to resume their interrogation.

At one point he says his wife was held in the next room and Bangladeshi officers threatened to rape her.