Sunday, May 24, 2009 11:59
judge threatens to sanction Obama administration over secrecy
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco warned the Obama
administration on Friday of severe sanctions if it does not comply with
the court’s order to turn over a secret document an Islamic group
says proves they were illegally spied upon.
club in bid to curb overpopulation
SOME of America’s leading billionaires have met secretly to consider
how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world’s
population and speed up improvements in health and education.
commissioner slams Bush
A former member of the 9/11 Commission criticizes former President George
W. Bush in a new book for not responding to pre-attack intelligence
on Osama bin Laden’s intentions.
head melts down on CNBC
“I was at first, but I caught on quick, the bottom line is everything
you see happening around you is an illusion, kind of like everything
you learned in school…no value except in this crooked system which
is now breaking down. “
Judges Cross Borders In Rights Cases
Spanish judges are boldly declaring their authority to prosecute high-ranking
government officials in the United States, China and Israel, among other
places, delighting human rights activists but enraging officials in
the countries they target and triggering a political backlash in a nation
uncomfortable acting as the world’s conscience.
to Audit Fed Gains Serious Momentum
It looks like the Federal Reserve may finally have something to worry
about now that HR 1207 is finally gaining serious steam. If enacted,
HR 1207 will amend title 31 of the United States Code and reform the
manner in which the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
is audited by the Comptroller General of the United States.
mounts over US Predator covert killings
The CIA is said to have carried out at least 16 Predator strikes in
Pakistan during the first four months of this year Tom Baldwin Washington
America has stepped up the covert targeted killing policy in Pakistan
and Afghanistan despite the concern of security experts about its effectiveness
and complaints by human rights groups about civilian casualties.
Diego Minutemen founder fined $135,000 for name calling
A North County jury on Thursday said the North County-based leader of
the San Diego Minutemen should pay $135,000 in compensatory damages
to a woman who sued him for defamation for his alleged role in posting
obscene references to her online and in e-mails.
MI5 blackmails British Muslims
Five Muslim community workers have accused MI5 of waging a campaign
of blackmail and harassment in an attempt to recruit them as informants.
Default Swaps: The Poison in the System
In a little more than a decade, Credit Default Swaps (CDS) trading
ballooned into a lucrative multi-billion dollar industry which has
changed the fundamental character of the financial system and increased
systemic risk by many orders of magnitude.