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Friday February 06, 2015
News Articles

Here's The Biggest Problem With Obama's New Trade Push TPP
HP | Zach Carter | 02/05/15

In trying to win support for a controversial new trade pact in Asia, President Barack Obama has been offering one major reason why the deal is so important: to curb the economic power of China. "As we speak, China wants to write the rules for the world's fastest-growing region," Obama said during his State of the Union address last month. "That would put our workers and our businesses at a disadvantage. Why would we let that happen? We should write those rules. We should level the playing field."

This article surprised me because I thought I knew most of the reasons why the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) was bad for the US (directly). But, now I find out it is bad for even more reasons (and more people).
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All But Two TV News Shows Are Ignoring Historic Trade Negotiations
BillMoyers | Brian Powell | 02/05/15

TPP a Top Priority for Obama, Business Groups, and GOP Leadership

The Trade Agreement you have never heard about. ... Read more
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RadioShack files for bankruptcy; Sprint to take over some stores
Reuters | Nick Brown | 02/05/15

Electronics retailer RadioShack Corp (RSHC.PK) filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Thursday and said it had a deal in place to sell as many as 2,400 stores to an affiliate of hedge fund Standard General, its lender and largest shareholder. Wireless company Sprint Corp (S.N) would operate as many as 1,750 of those stores under an agreement with Standard General, Sprint said separately. ... Read more

Stocks, Bond Yields, & The Dollar Surge On "Good News Is Good News" Jobs Report
ZeroHedge | author | 02/06/15

It would appear "good news is good news" this morning as better-than-expected payrolls data (but the unemployment rate rose so they'll need to spin that) has sent stocks higher, bond yields higher-er, and the US Dollar higher-est. PMs are weaker, crude is sideways. EURUSD is back under 1.14 as the week's volatility continues. ... Read more

Who Owns Fox News?
Prince Alwaleed, who is reported to enjoy a close personal relationship with Murdoch, has become so enamored of Murdoch's media success that he is starting his own 24 hour news station, a venture dubbed the "Arabic FOX News".
A major stakeholder in News Corp (Fox News) has been Al-Waleed bin Talal, of the Saudi Royal Family. In 1997, Time reported that Al-Waleed owned about five percent of News Corporation. In 2010, Alwaleed's stake in News Corp. was about 7 percent, amounting to $3 billion. In 2013, News Corp. had a $175 million (19 percent) investment in Al-Waleed's Rotana Group, the Arab world's largest entertainment company.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I would overturn supreme court's Citizens United ruling
TheGuardian | Amanda Holpuch | 02/04/15

If Ruth Bader Ginsburg could overturn any of the decisions made by America's highest court in the past 10 years, it would be the sweeping 2010 decision that expanded corporate personhood.

While answering questions at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, the supreme court justice said that if she had to pick one case to undo, it would be the Citizens United decision. "I think our system is being polluted by money," Ginsburg said. ... Read more

Difference Between US Manufacturing Workers And Waiters Drops To A Record Low
ZeroHedge | author | 02/06/15

While one of the much trumpeted highlights of today's jobs report was the 0.5% jump in average hourly earnings, the reality as even Goldman's Jan Hatzius is quick to note, is that on an annual basis, wage growth is still stuck near the lowest levels recorded since the Great Financial Crisis. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 06 [13:24]
*DN | FCC's Net Neutrality Shift a Victory for Open Internet & Grassroots Activism Against Cable Giants (02/06/15) [11:09]
*DN | Exclusive: Deported Palestinian Scholar Sami Al-Arian on His Chilling Post-9/11 Prosecution (02/06/15) [10:07]
*DN | Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong, Part 2 (02/06/15) [11:13]
Wealth Inequality in America
*Wealth Inequality in America [6:25] *TRNN | Flassbeck: A Very Dark Chapter of Globalization, Part 3/3 (02/06/15) [13:07]
*TRNN | Costas Lapavitsas: The Financialization of Big Business, Part 4 (Replay) [13:23]
Click to zoom - Derivatives and Bank Exposures
TRNN | Becquer Seguin discusses: [Spain] The Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias learned much of what he knows from the leftward shift in Latin American (02/06/15) [8:08]
TYT | Obama National Prayer Breakfast Speech Warns Of Religion Twisted To Justify War (02/05/15) [6:47]
TYT | Boko Haram Militants Attacking Cameroon Border Town (02/05/15) [9:31]
TYT | Pentagon Says Putin Is Autistic (Asperger's syndrome) (02/05/15) [5:46]
TYT | You Won't Believe Where Anti-Vaxxers Get Their Information (02/05/15) [5:45]
*RT | CrossTalk: Saving Ukraine (02/06/15) [24:42]
*RT | Keiser Report: Zombie Banks eating Human Souls (02/06/15) [25:45]
In the second half (move Progressbar to 12 minutes), Max interviews filmmaker, blogger and author, Kerry-anne Mendoza, about her new top selling book, "Austerity: The demolition of the welfare state and the rise of the zombie economy."
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | Democalypse 2016 - The Trail to the Path to the Route to the Road to the White House (02/05/15) [8:26]
Jon Stewart | Speaker of the House John Boehner invites Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make a speech to Congress just as President Obama is pursuing nuclear talks with Iran. (02/05/15) [5:30]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

02.06.2015. 13:59

Thursday February 05, 2015
News Articles

The Kissinger primary
Politico | Michael Crowley | 02/04/15

GOP hopefuls still line up to kiss the ring of the 91-year-old statesman.

You're a Republican thinking of running for president. It's a dangerous world, and your foreign policy credentials are a little thin. Time to see Henry Kissinger. Scott Walker did it. So did Marco Rubio and Chris Christie. Rick Perry paid a visit in September -- he even tweeted a photo to prove it.

At 91 years old, the former secretary of state, national security adviser and intellectual-cum-celebrity has come to occupy a unique place in the foreign policy firmament. Though some historians blame him for countless deaths in places like Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh, Kissinger is more revered than ever in Washington. He has become a Yoda-like figure, bestowing credibility and a statesman's aura to politicians of both parties, including ones who may not actually share his worldview. ... Read more

Pre-9/11 Ties Haunt Saudis as New Accusations Surface
NYTimes | Ben Hubbard | 02/04/15

During the 1980s and '90s, the historic alliance between the wealthy monarchy of Saudi Arabia and the country's powerful clerics emerged as the major financier of international jihad, channeling tens of millions of dollars to Muslim fighters in Afghanistan, Bosnia and elsewhere. Among the project's major patrons was Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, who last month became Saudi Arabia's king.

Some of those fighters later formed Al Qaeda, which declared war on the United States and later mounted major attacks inside Saudi Arabia as well. In the past decade, according to officials of both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, the Saudi government has become a valuable partner against terrorism, battling Al Qaeda at home and last year joining the American-led coalition against the extremists of the Islamic State. ... Read more

The Kochs put a price on 2016: $889 million.

Paul Ryan's First Tax Legislation Adds Nearly $100 Billion To Deficit
HP| Michael McAuliff | 02/04/15

Ryan, a deficit hawk during his time as the chairman of the Budget Committee for the previous six years, made his fame proposing budgets that aimed to dramatically cut domestic spending and balance the budget within a decade.

But in his first legislative act as head of the committee that will be central to expected tax reform efforts over the next two years, Ryan pushed through a package of seven tax cut bills that would add $93.5 billion to the deficit in the next decade. The largest, a measure that lets small business write off expenses more quickly, would add $77 billion to the deficit. ... Read more

An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind --> Jordan is executing a number of Islamic extremists in retaliation for the Islamic State's slaying of a captured Jordanian pilot this week. According to AFP, Mohammed Momani, the government's information minister, promised the public that "Jordan's response will be earth-shattering."

Global Trade Deal Is a 'Corporate Coup d'Etat'
AlterNet | Jim Hightower | 02/04/15

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would allow an unprecedented level of global corporate rule over Americans.

This can't be, you say? But it is. Unbeknownst to most Americans, when the U.S. joined the World Trade Organization in 1999, we surrendered a big chunk of our sovereignty to this corporate court.

... Here's what's happening: (1) American consumers have a basic right to know where their meat comes from, but (2) that right has been pitted against American corn flakes and ketchup in a "trade war" that (3) is being forced upon us by a handful of corporations that produce, slaughter, butcher and package meat outside of our country but (4) are allowed under trade agreements to challenge a U.S. law that had been duly enacted for the people inside our country, so (5) America was sued in an obscure, autocratic, private organization created by and for corporate interests and headquartered in Switzerland. Then (6) that corporate "court" did indeed rule that the "profit right" of foreign meat packers is superior to our people's basic right of self-determination. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 05 [11:47]
DN | Inside the Vaccine War: Measles Outbreak Rekindles Public Health Debate (02/05/15) [14:20], Part 2 [14:16], Part 3 [14:50]
*PBS NOVA | Vaccines -- Calling the Shots. Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out. (09/10/14) [53:10]
*HBO VICE | Greenland Is Melting (01/09/15) [28:11]
*TRNN | Prabir Purkayastha tells: fulcrum of U.S. military policies in the region is at one end Saudi Arabia and Israel, and the other is Pakistan - ISIS is a product of the failed policies of this alliance, Part 1 (02/04/15) [20:05]
*TRNN | Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha tells: Medieval Monarchies and Islamo-Fascism, Part 2 (02/05/15) [19:05]
TYT | ISIS Owes Fox News A BIG Thank You (02/04/15) [13:16]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Thom Hartmann | It's Time to Talk About GW Bush's Role in Creating ISIS... (02/04/15) [7:25]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
Jon Stewart | Jon is forced to improvise when the Obama administration unexpectedly reverses a dubious policy decision, but luckily Mike Huckabee's book tour provides ample inspiration. (02/02/15) [8:33]

02.05.2015. 11:21

Wednesday February 04, 2015
News Articles

Another Conspiracy Theory Becomes Fact: The Entire Oil Collapse Is All About Crushing Russian Control Over Syria
ZeroHedge | author | 02/04/15

While the markets are still debating whether the price of oil is more impacted by the excess pumping of crude here, or the lack of demand there, or if it is all just a mechanical squeeze by momentum-chasing HFT algos who also know to buy in the milliseconds before 2:30pm, we bring readers' attention back to what several months ago was debunked as a deep conspiracy theory.

Back then we wrote about a certain visit by John Kerry to Saudi Arabia, on September 11 of all days, to negotiate a secret deal with the now late King Abdullah so as to get a "green light" in order "to launch its airstrikes against ISIS, or rather, parts of Iraq and Syria. And, not surprising, it is once again Assad whose fate was the bargaining chip to get the Saudis on the US' side, because in order to launch the incursion into Syrian sovereign territory, it "took months of behind-the-scenes work by the U.S. and Arab leaders, who agreed on the need to cooperate against Islamic State, but not how or when. The process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority." ... Read more

9/11 Conspirator Moussaoui Says Saudi Royals Backed al Qaeda
Reuters | Nate Raymond | 02/04/15

A former al Qaeda operative imprisoned for life for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has told lawyers for victims of the attacks that members of the Saudi royal family supported the Islamic militant group.

Zacarias Moussaoui made the statements in testimony filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday by lawyers for attack victims who accuse Saudi Arabia in a suit of providing material support to al Qaeda. ... Read more

Oil companies in drought-ravaged California have, for years, pumped wastewater from their operations into aquifers that had been clean enough for people to drink.
SFGate.com | David Baker | 02/01/15

Oil companies in drought-ravaged California have, for years, pumped wastewater from their operations into aquifers that had been clean enough for people to drink. They did it with explicit permission from state regulators, who were supposed to protect the increasingly strained groundwater supplies from contamination." ... Read more

NYTimes | California's Extreme Drought, Explained (07/07/14) [3:36]
PBS | Jobs, land languish in California drought in race for water (12/12/14) [9:13]
Vice | Crippling Drought in the Golden State: California Soul (01/26/15) [17:19]
State of Thirst: CALIFORNIA drought = food decline (03/01/14) [14:57]

Democrats might skip Benjamin Netanyahu speech
Politico | Edward-Isaac Dovere | 02/03/15

Vice President Joe Biden won't commit to attending Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint meeting of Congress next month. He's not the only one. Dozens of House Democrats are privately threatening to skip the March 3 address, according to lawmakers and aides, in what's become the lowest point of a relationship between the Israeli prime minister and President Barack Obama that's never been good. ... Read more

Chris Christie Shows Fondness for Luxury Benefits When Others Pay the Bill
NYTimes | Kate Zernike | 02/02/15

In 2012, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his family enjoyed traveling in a luxurious private jet furnished by Sheldon Adelson, who was opposing on-line gambling legislation that was before the governor at the time, and partied with Bono during a lavish, long weekend in Jordan. They stayed in hotel rooms that cost $30,000. Jordan's King Abdullah picked up the tab. These are just a couple of examples from a NYT report by Kate Zernike and Michael Barbaro, who write that these weren't "the first or last time that Mr. Christie's desire for celebrity access and expensive trips has raised eyebrows." ... Read more

Staples Buys Office Depot For $6 Billion
AP & HP | author | 02/04/15

The rapidly changing tools of the work place and the way we shop has led to another major consolidation in the retail office supply business as Staples announced the $6 billion acquisition of rival Office Depot. The cash-and-stock deal deal comes a little more than a year after Office Depot combined with OfficeMax, with too many stores fighting for too few sales. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 04 [5:38]
*DN | An End to "Mindless Austerity": Obama Pushes for Taxing the Rich to Fund New Spending Programs (02/04/15) [19:03]
DN | Dean Baker: New Leftist Greek Leaders Being "Very Smart" to Challenge German-Imposed Austerity (02/04/15) [5:06]
*DN | Johann Hari: Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong (02/04/15) [11:04]
*TRNN | Leah Donahey and Subhankar Banerjee explain: Arctic Ice Caps Melting More Rapidly than Previously Estimated (02/04/15) [15:07]
*TRNN | Journalist and author Todd Miller talks about the global push to commercialize national boundaries and test new technologies, often on the very people who are manufacturing them. (02/04/15) [6:45]
TRNN | Economist Heiner Flassbeck tells Paul Jay that Germany has violated EU agreements and Greece's Syriza should focus on creating an alliance with Italy, Spain and France to oppose policies that are driving Europe into a deeper recession (02/04/15) [14:53]
Bill Maher
*TRNN | Bill Maher interviews Edward Snowden Documentary Filmmaker Laura Poitras (02/03/15) [7:42]
TYT | Measles Vaccine Now A Debate Thanks To Ugly Stupid Politics (02/03/15) [11:53]
TYT | Measles Killing Kids Is The New Freedom (02/03/15) [10:22]
TYT | Horrific ISIS Execution Involves A Cage And Fire (02/03/15) [10:50]
RT | CrossTalk: Euro-revolt? (02/04/15) [23:52]
Ring of Fire | Ring of Fire full (02/01/15) [56:00]
  1. 00:42 - "Democrats Take Bold Action On Economy." Michael Burg will tell us about the latest Democratic initiatives to not only help out the working class, but also to make sure that greedy bankers pay their fair share in taxes. #AnEconomyThatWorks
  2. 11:07 - "The Religious Right's Home School Fraud." Author Frank Schaeffer will tell us why the Religious Right is so keen on home-schooling their children, just so they can indoctrinate them to turn them into right wing foot soldiers. #ReligiousRight
  3. 30:01 - "The Backstory." Radio news with Pap and Sam Seder.
  4. 45:30 - "Dershowitz Accusations."
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

02.04.2015. 11:01

Tuesday February 03, 2015
News Articles

Group Think Is Putting the US on the Precipice of Dangerous Conflict with Russia
AlterNet | Robert Parry / Consortium News | 02/02/15

If you wonder how the lethal "group think" on Iraq took shape in 2002, you might want to study what's happening today with Ukraine. A misguided consensus has grabbed hold of Official Washington and has pulled in everyone who "matters" and tossed out almost anyone who disagrees.

Part of the problem, in both cases, has been that neocon propagandists understand that in the modern American media the personal is the political, that is, you don't deal with the larger context of a dispute, you make it about some easily demonized figure. So, instead of understanding the complexities of Iraq, you focus on the unsavory Saddam Hussein. ...

... So, American skeptics were silenced and the U.S. government got to do what it wanted without serious debate. In Iraq, for instance, the American people would have benefited from a thorough airing of the complexities of Iraqi society -- such as the sectarian divide between Sunni and Shiite -- and the potential risks of invading under the dubious rationale of WMD ... Read more

The Golden Age Of Black Ops: US Special Forces Have Already Deployed To 105 Nations This Year
ZeroHedge | author | 02/03/15

During the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2014, U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) deployed to 133 countries - roughly 70% of the nations on the planet - according to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bockholt, a public affairs officer with U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). And this year could be a record-breaker, just 66 days into fiscal 2015 - America's most elite troops had already set foot in 105 nations, approximately 80% of 2014's total. Despite its massive scale and scope, this secret global war across much of the planet is unknown to most Americans..."We want to be everywhere," said Votel at Geolnt. ...

... As a result of McRaven's push to create "a Global SOF network of like-minded interagency allies and partners," Special Operations liaison officers, or SOLOs, are now embedded in 14 key U.S. embassies to assist in advising the special forces of various allied nations. Already operating in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, France, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Poland, Peru, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, the SOLO program is poised,according to Votel, to expand to 40 countries by 2019. The command, and especially JSOC, has also forged close ties with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Security Agency, among others. ... Read more

Are Elites Finally Paying Attention to How Bad Inequality Is?
AlterNet.org | Robert Kuttner / The American Prospect | 01/30/15

Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can't ignore. You see it in Obama's better-late-than-never embrace of "middle-class economics" as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. ... Read more
Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity (pdf)
Center for American Progress website

America Quietly Robs Its Elderly
RollingStones | Matt Taibbi | 01/29/14

That's the scene where Leo's whacked-out boss talks about the three keys to success on Wall Street: jerking off, cocaine and "revolutions," i.e. keeping the client on the investment Ferris wheel indefinitely, while you burn him for fees. On and on it goes, the park is open, 24/7, 365 days a year... "He thinks he's getting rich, which he is, on paper," McConaughy says. "But you and I are making cold hard cash -- on commission, motherfucker!"

... A graphic demonstration of that scene, and the financial-services industry ethos it describes, just hit the news in the form of a wild new report on the wide-scale scamming of ordinary investors. The "Ferris wheel" of conflicted payments, unnecessary fees and other shady practices apparently beats retirees for up to $17 billion a year, according to an internal White House memorandum. ... Read more
Wolf of Wall St: | Coked-out Wild Man broker Matthew McConaughey plying DiCaprio w/ advice [4:58]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 03 [12:35]
*DN | Is Ukraine a Proxy Western-Russia War? U.S. Weighs Arming Kiev as Violence Soars (02/03/15) [10:01]
*DN | The New Arab Cold War: U.S. Policy Sows Conflict, Unrest Across the Middle East and North Africa (02/03/15) [16:25]
TRNN | Economist James Henry: Top Three Things to Know About Obama's Proposed Corporate Off-Shore Profits Tax (02/03/15) [5:06]
TRNN | Yanis Varoufakis, Finance Minister of Greece Offers Debt Swap Options to the Europeans (02/03/15) [11:53]
TYT | Jeb Bush Named 2016 Frontrunner By Media (02/02/15) [5:59]
TYT | The 2016 Republican Presidential Nominee Will Be... (02/02/15) [9:39]
*TYT | How Would You Break Down A Million Dollars A Month In Child Support? (02/02/15) [7:14]
TYT | 4th Grader Suspended For Threatening To Magically Make Classmate Disappear With His "One Ring" (02/02/15) [4:23]
Ring of Fire | The Billionaire Economic Method To Madness (02/02/15) [8:39]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Sometimes Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert are a little hard to watch because of all the good natured banter. But try to listen carefully, because there are a lot of truth being exposed in-and-among the bantering. This Episode 714 also referes to Matt Taibbi's newest article in RollingStone - "America Quietly Robs Its Elderly" (see article in left column).
*RT | Keiser Report: Hidden Truth About Greece (E714) (02/03/15) [25:40]
PBS | Downton Abbey Season 5
Downton Abbey S05:E01 | A working-class prime minister is elected and old attitudes start to change. Robert is snubbed by the village. Baxter tells all, and Edith plays with fire (expires 03/15/15) [1:07:30]
Downton Abbey S05:E02 | Rose hits on a strategy to get a radio in the house. Sarah tutors Daisy. An art historian arrives. Anna makes a difficult purchase. (expires 03/15/15) [51:20]
Downton Abbey S05:E03 | Mary and Lord Gillingham put their love to the test. Bates also faces a trial. Cora makes a new friend, and Violet is reunited with an old one. (expires 03/15/15) [52:30]
Downton Abbey S05:E04 | Lord Merton delivers a bombshell to Isobel, and Mary does likewise to Tony. Police suspicions deepen in an unexplained death (expires 03/15/15) [51:10]
Downton Abbey S05:E05 | Rose makes a handsome new acquaintance. Something is wrong with Thomas. Edith's link to Marigold draws attention. Bricker and Robert lose control. (expires 03/15/15) [52:10]

02.03.2015. 11:43

Monday February 02, 2015
News Articles

Ukraine rebel leader Zakharchenko 'wants 100,000 men'
BBC News | author | 02/02/15

Pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko says rebels aim to boost their forces to 100,000, as fighting with Ukraine's military intensifies.

Meanwhile: Michael Gordon and Eric Schmitt report for the NYT that senior officials in the Obama administration are leaning toward sending arms to bolster Ukrainian government forces. ... Read more
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Intelligence Test
NYtimes | James Bamford | older, 08/20/2006

The 9/11 Commission, chaired by Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton. Now Kean, a former governor of New Jersey, and Hamilton, a former congressman from Indiana, have written "Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission."

The C.I.A.'s unit set up to find him, code-named "Alec Station," was recently, and quietly, disbanded after 10 years of failure. Alec Station chief Michael Scheuer warned that American foreign policy in the region was playing directly into his hands. "It validated so much of what he has said and told Muslims: that the Americans want Arab oil; that the Americans will destroy any Muslim regime that appears to be powerful; the Americans will destroy any country that appears to be a threat to the Israelis; and they're willing to invade any Muslim country if it suits their interests." ...

... In public, George W. Bush was a president deeply concerned about getting to the bottom of the most deadly attack on American soil in the country's history. But in private, he ordered his lawyer to throw up every roadblock possible. In shirtsleeves behind the coffee table of his second-floor West Wing office, Gonzales spoke to the members of the commission as if they were bringing an insurance claim. "He never referred to the president by name or title," Kean and Hamilton report, "but rather always said 'client' -- 'Let me take this back to my client,' or 'I've got to protect my client.'" ... Read more

The Association for Responsible Dissent estimates that by 1987, 6 million people had died as a result of CIA covert operations. Former State Department official William Blum correctly calls this an "American Holocaust."

Behind Every Rock, a Bush
WashingtonPost | author | older, 01/11/09

The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America

Halfway through the concluding chapter of Family of Secrets, Russ Baker mentions, not entirely modestly, that when a colleague heard some of the things he would be disclosing in his almost 600-page book about the Bush family and its connections to John F. Kennedy's assassination, Watergate and many other pivotal events, the colleague "suggested, only half in jest, that the book be called 'Everything You Thought You Knew Is Wrong.' " ... Read more
RT | Family of secrets revealed Little known facts about the Bush dynasty (11/06/14) [9:12]

The Worst Trade Deal You've Never Heard Of
HP | Robert Reich | 01/31/15

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, now headed to Congress, is a product of big corporations and Wall Street, seeking to circumvent regulations protecting workers, consumers, and the environment. Watch this video, and say "no" to fast-tracking this bad deal for the vast majority of Americans. ... Read more

TPP: The Worst Trade Deal You've Never Heard Of (current) [2:26]
"The CIA is a state-sponsored terrorists association. You don't look at people as human beings. They are nothing but pieces on the chessboard." - Verne Lyon, former CIA agent

Managing a Nightmare: How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb
The Intercept | Ryan Devereaux | 09/25/14

Eighteen years after it was published, "Dark Alliance," the San Jose Mercury News's bombshell investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua's Contra rebels, and African American neighborhoods in California, remains one of the most explosive and controversial exposés in American journalism. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 02 [12:00]
DN | After Historic Victory, Greece's Leftist Syriza Party Begins Mandate Against "Vicious" Austerity (02/02/15) [17:44]
DN | Amid Violence Against Journalists Worldwide, Egypt Releases 1 of 3 Jailed Al Jazeera Reporters (02/02/15) [9:23]
TRNN | New Iran Sanctions Could Kill Negotiations, Lead to War (02/01/15) [6:50]
TRNN | Professor Vijay Prashad says: Netanyahu and Boehner Tag-Teaming on Iran Could Backfire On Both of Them (02/01/15) [6:35]
TRNN | CODEPINK Co-Founder Medea Benjamin says Senator John McCain helped draw attention to Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's record of war crimes in Chile, Vietnam, and East Timor (01/30/15) [3:45]
TRNN | Economist Jeanette Wicks-Lim says a $15 minimum wage would affect 3.8 million workers and cost $30.7 billion, but would reduce turnover and spur economic growth (02/02/15) [10:19]
TRNN | Food & Water Watch's Sam Schabacker and journalist Steve Horn discuss: The Story Behind Keystone XL Pipeline Amendments (01/30/15) [15:14]
TYT | GOP Hot Shots Warn Iranian Nukes May Hit US Cities (02/01/15) [5:12]
TYT | "It's a Stupid, Silly Game": Former GOP Rep Joe Walsh On Life In Congress (02/01/15) [5:31]
TYT | New York Times Executive Editor Apologizes For Decade Of Poor Journalism (02/01/15) [16:46]
TYT | Greedy American Billionaires Believe They're Helping America (02/01/15) [4:54]
RT | CrossTalk: Bibi's Gamble (02/02/15) [24:03]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Thom Hartmann | No More Reports from the Scenes of Bush's War Crimes (01/30/15) [3:41]
Rep Alan Grayson: America...Undermined by the TPP (01/22/15) [14:17]
Alan Grayson Interviews
Alan Grayson - The Problem With The U.S. Economy (01/15/15) [6:52]
Grayson Talks Obamacare, Tax Extensions, Presidential Politics, Marriage Equality, Part 1 (01/15/15) [6:14], Part 2 [4:52], Part 3 [2:52]
CIA, Drugs & Money Laundering | How Our Financial System is Propped Up
Gary Webb - Investigative Reporter, Dark Alliance - Kill The Messenger
The True story of "Kill the Messenger" (10/10/14) [13:28]
Robert Parry (ConsortiumNews.com) - CIA Contra Cocaine Cover up.
About 30 years ago, an Associated Press journalist broke a shocking story about the CIA. Ten years later, Gary Webb was working at the San Jose Mercury News when he uncovered the story, tucked away inside of a Senate subcommittee report from a few years before. The report showed that the CIA was very closely tied to illegal cocaine smuggling in 1985. Webb started out skeptical, but eventually published a series called "Dark Alliance." Then, Webb's life fell apart. One by one, news agencies started to pick him apart, trying their best to discredit his story. Eventually, his own employer piled on, and pushed him out. Webb went on to kill himself in 2004. Now, the Contra-Cocaine scandal is being retold in a new movie, called, "Kill The Messenger," starring Jeremy Renner.
Dateline | CIA The Drug Affair () [10:33]
C-Span | Gary Webb author Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack (1998) [1:18:58]
C-Span | How Crack Funded a CIA War: Gary Webb Interview on the Contras and Ronald Reagan (1996) [25:56]
DN | Investigative Reporter Gary Webb Who Linked CIA to Crack Sales Found Dead of Apparent Suicide () [37:30-58:56]
Dark Alliance: The Story Behind the Crack Explosion website
| More on Dark Alliance - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Alliance
Facing increasing public scrutiny from the fallout after Webb's "Dark Alliance" series, the CIA conducted its own internal investigations. Investigative journalist Robert Parry credits Webb for being responsible for the following government investigations into the Reagan-Bush administration's conduct of the Contra war:

On December 10, 1996, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block announced the conclusion of his investigation into the issue, publishing a summary of the investigation at a press conference. He announced at the press conference that "We have found no evidence that the government was involved in drug trafficking in South-Central." Nevertheless, the report included information that supported some of the charges. Charles Rappleye reported in the L.A. Weekly that Block's "unequivocal statement is not backed up by the report itself, which raises many questions."[20] Much of the LAPD investigation centered on allegations made in a postscript article to the newspaper's "Dark Alliance" series.

On January 29, 1998, Hitz published Volume One of his internal investigation. This was the first of two CIA reports that eventually substantiated many of Webb's claims about cocaine smugglers, the Nicaraguan contra movement, and their ability to freely operate without the threat of law enforcement.[21]

On March 16, 1998, Hitz admitted that the CIA had maintained relationships with companies and individuals the CIA knew were involved in the drug business. Hitz told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that "there are instances where CIA did not, in an expeditious or consistent fashion, cut off relationships with individuals supporting the Contra program who were alleged to have engaged in drug-trafficking activity or take action to resolve the allegations."[22] Senator John Kerry reached similar conclusions a decade earlier in 1987. (See:[5])

On May 7, 1998, Rep. Maxine Waters, revealed a memorandum of understanding - item 24 between the CIA and the Justice Department from 1982, which was entered into the Congressional Record. This letter had freed the CIA from legally reporting drug smuggling by CIA assets, a provision that covered the Nicaraguan Contras and the Afghan rebels.[4]

On July 23, 1998, the Justice Department released a report by its Inspector General, Michael R. Bromwich. The Bromwich report claimed that the Reagan-Bush administration was aware of cocaine traffickers in the Contra movement and did nothing to stop the criminal activity. The report also alleged a pattern of discarded leads and witnesses, sabotaged investigations, instances of the CIA working with drug traffickers, and the discouragement of DEA investigations into Contra-cocaine shipments. The CIA's refusal to share information about Contra drug trafficking with law-enforcement agencies was also documented. The Bromwich report corroborated Webb's investigation into Norwin Meneses, a Nicaraguan drug smuggler.[23]

On October 8, 1998, CIA I.G. Hitz published Volume Two of his internal investigation. The report described how the Reagan-Bush administration had protected more than 50 Contras and other drug traffickers, and by so doing thwarted federal investigations into drug crimes. Hitz published evidence that drug trafficking and money laundering had made its way into Reagan's National Security Council where Oliver North oversaw the operations of the Contras.[5] According to the report, the Contra war took precedence over law enforcement. To that end, the internal investigation revealed that the CIA routinely withheld evidence of Contra crimes from the Justice Department, Congress and even the analytical division of the CIA itself. Further, the report confirmed Webb's claims regarding the origins and the relationship of Contra fundraising and drug trafficking. The report also included information about CIA ties to other drug traffickers not discussed in the Webb series, including Moises Nunez and Ivan Gomez. More importantly, the internal CIA report documented a cover-up of evidence which had led to false intelligence assessments.
Freeway Rick Ross - Drug Dealer
Connections between Freeway Ricky Ross, the Bush Administration, and the crack cocaine epidemic () [26:31]
Freeway Rick Ross - Odyssey Lecture - Drug Kingpin Turned Reformer - Brown University, Rhode Island () [1:21:12]
Terry Reed's - CIA Operative (and others)
Terry Reed's author "Compromised - Drugs,Clinton, Bush & the CIA" - 1990's () [57:29]
CIA Drug Trafficking Exposed by Political Prisoner () [1:13:01]
'Presidential Secrets'-- Gene "Chip" Tatum, Former CIA Black Op, Speaks Out with exFBI Ted Gunderson () [1:22:41]
Sibel Edmonds Story - Whistle Blowers
Kill The Messenger - FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds (2006) [52:04]
Bin Laden - Fact or Fiction?
Bin Laden hoax () [2:34:34]
BBC Conspiracy Files: Osama Bin Laden Dead or Alive [49:20]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

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