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Friday, February 12, 2016

‘Political & Politicians’ Archives

Stasi In the White House

Stasi In the White House

By: Paul Craig Roberts   On June 19, 2013, US President Obama, hoping to raise himself above the developing National Security Agency (NSA) spy scandals, sought to associate himself with two iconic speeches made at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy pledged: "Ich bin ein Berliner." In 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenged: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Obama's speech was delivered to a relatively small, specially selected audience of ... Full Story

Fascism on the Rise

  There's a New Fascism on the Rise, and the NSA Leaks Show Us What It Looks Like By John Pilger The power of truth-tellers like Edward Snowden is that they dispel a whole mythology carefully constructed by the corporate cinema, the corporate academy and the corporate media.  In his book, Propaganda, published in 1928, Edward Bernays wrote: "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic ... Full Story

GAP: Snowden’s accusers are the guilty

GAP: Snowden’s accusers are the guilty

  GAP Statement on Edward Snowden & NSA Domestic Surveillance by Government Accountability Project on June 14, 2013 ( The Whistleblogger / 2013 ) Recently, the American public learned that the National Security Agency (NSA) has conducted, and continues to conduct, wholesale surveillance of U.S. citizens through a secretive data-mining program. The program collects the phone records, email exchanges, and internet histories of tens of millions of Americans who would otherwise have ... Full Story

Darrell Issa Lied about IRS “scandal”

Darrell Issa Lied about IRS “scandal”

Full Transcript Reveals That Darrell Issa Lied About Obama Involvement In IRS Scandal By: Jason Easley By releasing the full transcript of interview with the IRS Screening Group manager, Rep. Elijah Cummings has proven that Rep. Darrell Issa lied about Obama’s involvement in the IRS scandal. Rep. Cummings absolutely destroyed Issa’s conspiratorial claims that Obama was masterminding the IRS scandal: This interview transcript provides a detailed first-hand account of how these practices ... Full Story

America the police state

America the police state

  On whistleblowers and government threats of investigation No healthy democracy can endure when the most consequential acts of those in power remain secret and unaccountable By Glenn Greenwald We followed Wednesday's story about the NSA's bulk telephone record-gathering with one yesterday about the agency's direct access to the servers of the world's largest internet companies. I don't have time at the moment to address all of the fallout because - to borrow someone else's phrase - I'm ... Full Story

Taxpayers subsidize Wal-Mart

Taxpayers subsidize Wal-Mart

You are Paying Wal-Mart’s Workers as the Company Keeps Its Money By Piper Hoffman You are paying Wal-Mart employees’ wages. Yep, you. The notoriously stingy company cuts every corner to keep prices low, and one of those corners is the payroll. It pays employees peanuts (and then cheats them of their overtime peanuts, but that is another story). By “peanuts” I mean an average of $8.81 per hour. Many of these workers need welfare to survive. Thus you, the taxpayer, are paying part of ... Full Story

Death of the Middle Class

Death of the Middle Class

    The Middle Class Faces Extinction—So Does the American Dream Income inequality is now as high as it's been since the Great Depression, and the middle class is nearly extinct. By Steward Lansley This article first appeared in the  Los Angeles Review of Books. Inequality is now one of the biggest political and economic challenges facing the United States. Not that long ago, the gap between rich and poor barely registered on the political Richter scale. Now the growing income ... Full Story

Whistleblower’s letter from prison

Whistleblower’s letter from prison

  Imprisoned CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou Pens “Letter from Loretto” By Brian Sonestein Former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on the US government’s use of torture under the Bush administration, is currently serving a 30 month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Below is a letter he recently sent his attorney Jesselyn Radack, who shared it (with John’s permission) with Firedoglake based on a pre-existing arrangement. ... Full Story

Bradley Manning Trial

Bradley Manning Trial

WikiLeaks Lawyer Sees Spurious "Enemy" Claims & Bid to Scare Whistleblowers The military trial of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, Maryland, began Monday with the defense and prosecution presenting starkly contrasting accounts. Manning is accused of giving a cache of diplomatic cables and government documents to WikiLeaks in the largest leak of state secrets in U.S. history. The military prosecutor, Captain Joe Morrow, accused Manning of "dumping" hundreds of thousands of ... Full Story

Satire: GOP Furious

Satire: GOP Furious

GOP Furious State Department Cut Embassy Security After GOP Cut Embassy Security Funding Written by David Neilsen May 13th 2013 WASHINGTON — After a day of emotional hearings on the Benghazi Embassy attacks of 2012, Republican legislators yesterday decried the Obama State Department for following through with the budget cuts to embassy security mandated by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. “This is negligence of the highest order,” said House Oversight and Government ... Full Story

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