Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

Congressional Democrats exploit public outrage to enact a proposal ‘with which people are more comfortable’.

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News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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The economic war being waged against Greece, the E.U.—and North America! (40:07):

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Robert Bridge at Russia Today refutes Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke calling Rep. Ron Paul’s allegations the organization financed Iraq’s arms acquisitions to commit atrocities ‘bizarre’ (5:31):

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Jeremy Scahill, leading journalist on Blackwater/Xe, broke the story at The Nation. He discussed it at Democracy Now! and on “Morning Joe” at msnbc this morning (8:05):

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The “Affordable Health Care for America Act”: some facts and falsehoods about the latest push towards socialized medicine from Freedomain Radio. (18:11):

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Kevin Carson: “From the Golden Triangle of Indochina, to crack cocaine funding for the Contras, to the latest revelations about the CIA’s ties to Ahmed Wali Karzai’s opium operation, the story repeats itself like the leitmotif in a Wagnerian opera.”

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The treasury secretary and chairman of the House Finance Services Committee have unveiled a bill being referred to as the bailout of 2008 “on steroids”, Adrianne Appel at Inter Press Services (IPS).


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During a House Foreign Affairs Committee panel, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) breaks down the “pretense of having a debate” in the U.S. as to whether or not the Obama Administration should escalate the occupation of Afghanistan. The congressman addresses: the U.S. financial backing of the Taliban until May 2001; phony fearmongering; U.S. financial incapabilities and lack of responsible prioritizing; the disconnect between the White House, Congress, and the People; war profiteering; the false assumption that ‘9/11 couldn’t have occurred without the Taliban’; ‘what is the motivation for someone to attack’ the U.S.?; occupation; pre-emptive war; and the groupthink mentality pushing the lie that ‘perpetual war creates perpetual peace’ (6:42):

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The Washington Post reports the Justice Department “recommended that Congress move swiftly with legislation that would protect the government’s ability to collect a variety of business and credit card records and to monitor terrorism suspects with roving wiretaps” set to expire 31 December 09.

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Former Goldman Sachs CEO and Bush Administration Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson issued himself an “ethics waiver” to handle the details of the U.S. bailing out Goldman Sachs, along with White House counsel.

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Gareth Porter reports the Obama Administration pushed the Congress to extend assistance to the Pakistan military without assurances its intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), will prevent smuggling aid to the ‘militant Taliban’ it’s being paid to combat. ISI is also connected to the suspected perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks.

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David Brooks continues to type a lot of words in the ‘paper of record’ without saying anything; bin Laden had ‘intimate relations’ with the U.S. until 9/11; Justin Raimondo comments on ‘progressives’ turning a blind eye to Obama trampling on civil liberties; Obama wants a military-‘civilian’ court hybrid prison in the U.S.; More MI5 connections to participation in the C.I.A. torture of Binyam Mohamed; Chalmers Johnson lays out three reasons to shut down the U.S. Empire and ten steps to do it; Over 1,000 Afghan civilians killed in the first half of ’09 during Obama’s ‘Af-Pak surge’; Jury rules man should pay $675k to Copyright Nazis for downloading 30 songs; and more… (more…)

Iran protests described as a “massacre” today; Gareth Porter on the Saudis protecting bin Laden; BBC interview with former detainees at Bagram describe being tortured; $48.8 bn more money that doesn’t exist for international state cronyism; U.N. report on drugs; and more… (more…)

Freedomain Radio host Stefan Molyneux on privatizing restaurants on Capitol Hill, Guantánamo, and Obama rubbing it in our face that which makes the State what it is: its ‘monopoly on violence’. (more…)