The White House finally agreed to allow lawmakers (not the public) to see the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel memo authorizing the use of drone strikes on civilians, the New York Times reports, but as a Sunlight analysis has shown, the administration is still withholding 37% of these crucially important legal opinions from public view (that were issued from inauguration in 2009 until March 2012).
The administration is even holding on to much older opinions. 39% of OLC opinions issued…
2012: When the Government Comes Knocking, Who Has Your Back? The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Second Annual Report on Online Service Providers’ Privacy and Transparency Practices Regarding Government Access to User Data
This is I think the last report, not sure if a new report is out yet.. But thought some might find it interesting..
This extract: “50,000 people trying to flee Manchester for Wales, with 20,000 heading out of Liverpool”, is from a highly secret government document that has remained classified for over 30 years. Dominic Sandbrook of the Daily Mail has written in today’s newspaper 25th February 2012; The…
ROME — An Italian prosecutor has asked for a stiffer sentence for a CIA station chief convicted in the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Milan.
Twenty-three Americans, including Robert Seldon Lady, then a CIA station chief in Milan, and two Italians were convicted in November for the kidnapping. It was the first conviction anywhere in the world involving the CIA's extraordinary renditions program. All Americans were tried… Continue
In the summer of 2009 I got a call from an acquaintance who worked in the Middle East. He was a young American who worked for something called a sovereign wealth fund, a giant state-owned pile of money that swims around the world in search of things to buy.
Sovereign wealth funds, or SWFs, are huge in the Middle East. Most of the bigger oil-producing states have massive SWFs that act as cash repositories (with holdings often kept in dollars) for the revenues… Continue
DARK ALLIANCE is Gary Webb’s investigation of the evolution of an international drug ring with ties to the CIA and the Nicaraguan Contras. A saga that has lasted more than twenty years, the story features convoluted and secretive trails of money and drugs as well as equally twisted relationships between the CIA operatives, the Contras, and crack cocaine distributors. It is all chronicled by Gary Webb in the following timeline.
Mexican drug cartels declaring U.S. 'no longer controls border'
The decapitation of the lead Mexican investigator in the alleged murder of a jet-skier on a border lake is a sharp retort to President Obama's administration, a Texas congressman said. "The Mexican drug cartels just sent a message to the White House that… Continue
Added by Anti Oligarch on October 14, 2010 at 9:04am —
Nato supply convoys travelling through Pakistan to Afghanistan have regularly come under attack in the past, but following Pakistan's decision to block their route through the Khyber Pass, they now face an even bigger security threat.Hundreds of tankers and trucks have been left stranded on highways and depots across Pakistan,… Continue
Cynical stunt to frighten angry Americans into placing their trust back in government
The establishment media is giving full court press to announcements from US and European authorities that airport lobbies are being targeted for terror attacks in a recycled version of the laughable 2007 incident in which two mental deficients set fire to a jeep outside Glasgow airport, a non-event that authorities hyped beyond all recognition amidst a similar wave of hysteria to… Continue
Added by Anti Oligarch on October 5, 2010 at 12:15pm —
The new Ottomans and the new Byzantines are poised for an intercept as the US stumbles in the current Great Game.
The neocon plan to transform the Middle East and Central Asia into a pliant client of the US empire and its only-democracy-in-the-Middle-East is now facing a very different playing field. Not only are the wars against the Palestinians, Afghans and Iraqis floundering, but they have set in motion unforeseen moves by all the regional… Continue
Added by Anti Oligarch on October 3, 2010 at 6:06pm —
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D. TARPLEY.net
September 30, 2010Observers of the current US election season have noted the prominent role of Rupert Murdoch’s reactionary Fox News Channel, which currently employs GOP and “Tea Party” partisans Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Sean Hannity, and others. Some have alleged that a television… Continue