Surveillance Rankles the British Public
It has become commonplace to call Britain a “surveillance society,”
a place where security cameras lurk at every corner, giant databases
keep track of intimate personal details and the government has extraordinary
powers to intrude into citizens’ lives.
agent confirms US ties with Jundullah
A former Central Intelligence Agency officer has confirmed US’
relations with the terrorist group Jundullah, despite the CIA knowing
that the group has close links with the al-Qaeda.
2011 Coup Game Lists Malkin, Beck, Limbaugh as Patriots
“A new online computer game attempts to capitalize on the current
strain of right-wing paranoia and activism, embodied by Glenn Beck’s
televised blustering and the Tea Party protests, by allowing players
to inhabit a world of the near-future that represents a conservative
nightmare,” writes Eric Sorensen for The Huffington Post.
Profiling: You May Be Next
Since its discovery a quarter century ago, the DNA fingerprint has been
hailed as a pivotal tool in solving crimes and exonerating those wrongly
Ministries Targeted in Car Bombings; Over 130 Dead
A pair of suicide car bombs exploded almost simultaneously in downtown
Baghdad on Sunday, targeting two government buildings and killing
at least 132 people and wounding 520, according to the Ministry
of the Interior. The official said the toll may rise even more.
Every Bit as Bad as Bush/Cheney on Patriot Act
While battling the FBI’s expanded surveillance guidelines,
Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., also revealed (Daily Kos, Oct. 8) that
in the Senate Judiciary Committee review of the Patriot Act (also
Oct. 8), Republicans protecting the Act were joined, in a closed-door
classified session, by Obama officials with amendments further preserving
to sell 20-50 T gold in 2009 – source
Russia plans to sell as much as 50 tonnes of gold this year to help
plug a budget deficit in the first major bullion sale by its precious
metals repository since the fall of the Soviet Union, a high level
source told Reuters.
climate bill a bit more ambitious
Climate legislation took a small step forward late Friday night
as Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara
Boxer (D-Calif.) issued a version that includes big benefits for
farmers, provisions for deficit reduction and a ceiling on carbon
Really Prompted Iran to Build the Qom Enrichment Facility?
The Obama administration claims that construction of a second Iranian
uranium enrichment facility at Qom began before Tehran’s decision
to withdraw from a previous agreement to inform the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in advance of such construction.