Category: 7. Obsession with National Security

  • Faking It

    “When you talk about federal spending, you’re overwhelmingly talking about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and defense. And the bulk of the insurance — all of Social Security and Medicare, about 2/3 of Medicaid — is for the elderly and disabled. … Whenever someone talks about making government smaller, he should be asked which of these […]

  • The Empty Pulpit

    “This has been the signature failure of the Obama administration. Instead of standing on principle, Obama’s modus operandi has been to accede before the battle has really been joined. We have seen this repeatedly in the major issues of his presidency: the emasculation of the so-called “stimulus package”; the abandonment of the health care public […]

  • Former CIA Clandestine Program Supervisor Duane Clarridge Defends the Empire

    Via Glenn Greenwald on Salon: ‘We’ll intervene whenever it is in our national security interests to intervene. And if you don’t like it, you can lump it. Get used to it world. We’re not going to put up with this nonsense.’ YouTube – Duane Clarridge Defends the Empire.

  • CIA Relied on Con Man's Shitty Software

    Remember all that bullshit about how there were hidden messages in Al Jazeera broadcasts? Yeah. It was bullshit. But they won’t release details due to national security concerns – not because they might have made huge mistakes: The software he patented — which he claimed, among other things, could find terrorist plots hidden in broadcasts […]

  • Michael Ratner on Prosecuting Bush for Torture

    Michael Ratner from the Center for Constitutional Rights on the legal basis for investigating Bush for torture: Let’s correct one major misconception some have about the basis for this action and how it relates to the U.S. legal system at the outset. The Convention Against Torture, which mandates that Switzerland and 146 other countries including […]

  • Obama Administration Refuses to Cooperate with Poland CIA Secret Prison Inquiry

    DoJ won’t help: U.S. government has refused assistance to Polish prosecutors investigating whether the CIA maintained a secret prison in Poland. The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights posted a letter from prosecutors on its website saying the U.S. Justice Department in October refused to provide legal assistance requested by Polish investigators by citing a bilateral agreement […]

  • Julian Assange Interviewed by David Frost

  • How Karl Rove Will Win Again

    He’s ready for another close-up. The Rove brand was tarnished in 2006, when Republicans lost control of both the House and Senate. His exit from the White House the following year was dogged by scandals, from the political firing of U.S. attorneys to the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. And with his longtime enemy […]

  • Cynthia Dunbar Wants Your Kids to Be Stupid

    More textbook revision from the assholes in Texas: Cynthia Dunbar does not have a high regard for her local schools. She has called them unconstitutional, tyrannical and tools of perversion. The board is to vote on a sweeping purge of alleged liberal bias in Texas school textbooks in favour of what Dunbar says really matters: a […]

  • London Olympics Will Amplify Police State

    London shows us how it’s done: Despite London’s legacy promises, some lawmakers fear a lack of stadium tenants after the Games will result in venues lying empty at a cost of 276 million pounds, and fears are mounting that regeneration will just result in gentrification, with affluent residents moving in and pushing locals out. Moves to […]