2/1/8 "America' s Riveting Democracy"

Note: Fear & Terror Factory, part 2 Information Warfare, coming soon...

“Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them. There is almost no kind of outrage-----torture, imprisonment without trial, assassination, the bombing of civilians .. . which does not change its moral color when it is committed by ‘our’ side. The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”-
George Orwell

"1,168,058" Iraqis Slaughtered in U.S. Invasion & occupation of Iraq
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

US Invasion And Occupation Killed Over One Million Iraqi's
By AFP
More than one million Iraqis have been killed because of the war in Iraq since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to a study published Wednesday.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19245.htm

killer democracy from sea to polluted sea...
America's Riveting Democracy
By ROGER COHEN
As this election campaign is demonstrating, the United States remains the most vital, open, self-renewing and democratic society on earth.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/opinion/31Cohen.html?th&emc=th

this is what american imperialist democracy means: your silence is complicity
We are all torturers now
4 Minute Video
This is the America to be proud of? This is who we are?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19259.htm

In his State of the Union, the President asked Congress for $300 million for poor kids in the inner city. As there are, officially, 15 million children in America living in poverty, how much is that per child? $20.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19244.htm

Federal judge absolves the Army Corps of Engineers of liability in the flooding of the city after Hurricane Katrina.
The plaintiffs in the 350,000 people class-action suit dismissed by the judge were many of the hundreds of thousands of people who filed claims here against the corps last year because of the levee breaches that flooded the city. They lined up in cars and on foot and jammed the streets around the agency’s district headquarters, acting out what has been a loudly spoken article of faith since the days in 2005 when water covered 80 percent of New Orleans and ruined the homes of thousands: the corps — not nature, not a record-breaking storm surge and not local politics or local negligence — was to blame.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/01/us/01corps.html?th&emc=th

Hillary Clinton is among the strongest supporters of Israel. As US presidential candidates battle it out to become the leader of the world's only superpower there is one subject on which they all... agree - the US relationship with Israel.
"Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people."
Barack Obama, Speech in Iowa, March 2007

[U.S. proxy] Israeli occupation killed 108 Palestinians, three Israelis, in the past month [U.S. dominated] UN says
http://snipurl.com/1ymjr

The United Nations Security Council will not discuss the proposal to condemn Israel over the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip by the Jewish state, following a battle by the Israeli delegation to the UN and backed by the United States.
http://snipurl.com/1ymjx

Increased Iraqi oil revenues stemming from high prices and improved security are piling up in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, not spent on needed reconstruction projects, a Washington Times study of Iraq's spending and revenue figures has shown.
http://snipurl.com/1ymj0

Iraq 'set for oil price windfall' :
Iraq could get an extra $15bn (£7.5bn) from its oil in 2008
"The possible rise in Iraq's revenue emphasises the need for the government of Iraq to pursue its fight against corruption with renewed vigour," the report added.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7217559.stm

" the power of the purse is the only power that the Democrats have.... the Democratic Congress appropriated more money for the Iraq war in 2007 than Republican Congresses did in years past.
Bush Won't Ban Permanent Bases Pushes For Iraqi Oil Law
By Aaron Glantz
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=40987
Bush added a so-called "signing statement" saying he would ignore provisions that ban permanent military bases in Iraq and forbid the use of U.S. troops to exercise United States control of Iraq's oil resources. Antonia Juhasz of the group Oil Change International told IPS the issues of oil and permanent military bases are related. "We've got the Bush administration pushing aggressively for an (Iraqi) law that would give oil companies 20- to 25-year contracts for oil in Iraq and if they were to be at work for an extended length of time, they would need security," she said. "If the U.S. military is going to stay in Iraq for 20 or 35 years, they're going to need bases," she added.
Juhasz said President Bush's signing statements show the futility of the Democrat's main approach to the war issue -- which is to continue approving funds for the war while simultaneously trying to extract concessions from the administration. A Congressional Budget Office report released last week showed the Democratic Congress appropriated more money for the Iraq war in 2007 than Republican Congresses did in years past.
"The bottom line has to be in the willingness to give the money," she said. "The budget for the war this year has reached 170 billion dollars for just the next year. That is an astounding amount of money. The increase in spending on the war is largely caused by the surge and of course the power of the purse is the only power that the Democrats have." ... http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19247.htm

US Oil Companies Offered Five Million Dollar Bribes To Iraqi MP's
Akhbar Alkhaleej newspaper reported today an Iraqi MP said highly confidential negotiations by representatives from American oil companies offered $5 million to each MP who votes in favor of the Oil and Gas law. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19246.htm

US President George W. Bush on Thursday warned that a hasty pull-out from Iraq would ruin fragile progress there and convince extremists and Iran that the United States is a "paper tiger."
http://snipurl.com/1ys5t

another american-democracy proxy fascist killer...
Suharto, the Model Killer, and His Friends in U.S. High Places
By John Pilger
Here lies a clue as to why Suharto, unlike Saddam Hussein, died not on the gallows but surrounded by the finest medical team his secret billions could buy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19224.htm

How Democrat Imperialist George Soros' "Human Rights Watch" Whitewashes U.S. Sponsored State Terrorists
West lets dictators slide on abuses, group says
Authoritarian rulers are violating human rights around the world and getting away with it largely because the U.S., European and other established democracies accept their claims that merely holding elections makes them democratic, Human Rights Watch said.

ISRAEL & IRAQ NOT AFFECTED
Extensive Internet and phone service disrupted in most of Asia, the Middle East, north Africa
Severed underwater cables in the Mediterranean Sea disrupted Internet service in large parts of the Middle East and India for a second day on Thursday, according to a Wall Street Journal report ... the damaged cables collectively account for the majority of international communications between Europe and the Middle East... Du, a state-owned Dubai telecom provider, attributed the outage to an undersea cable cut between Alexandria, Egypt and Palermo, Italy, according to an internal memo obtained by CNN. The outage heavily crippled Dubai's business section, which is heavily reliant on electronic means for billions of dollars' worth of transactions daily... Kuwait's Ministry of Communications said the problem could take two weeks to solve, according to a statement carried by the state news agency, KUNA. There were concerns in India that an Internet slowdown could affect trading patterns at the country's two major exchanges, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in Delhi and the SENSEX exchange in Bombay...Rajesh Chharia, president of India's Internet Service Providers' Association, explained that some firms were trying to reroute via Pacific cables and that companies serving the eastern US and the UK were worst affected, AP added.
Besides the Internet, the outage caused major disruption to television and phone services, creating chaos for the UAE's public and private sectors.
The Du internal memo called the situation in Dubai "critical" and stated that the cable's operators did not know when services would be restored.
"This will have a major impact on our voice and Internet service for all the customers...The network operation team are working with our suppliers overseas to resolve this as soon as possible. The outage led to a rapid collapse of a wide range of public services in a country which proudly promotes itself as a technological pioneer. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/01/31/dubai.outage/index.html http://snipurl.com/1ypia

WHY THE INCREASINGLY RABID, RACIST CHINA-DARFUR PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN?
Digest note: To U.S. imperialist strategists/architects and apologists, including the NYT, China is U.S. strategic threat #1, thus major target of relentless bashing and propaganda that 'compliments' U.S political-economic measures to undermine the state, including by 'strategic non-violence'.
The hypocrisy coming from modern history's worst sponsor of state terrorism is beyond 'big lies': north american capitalism was -- and is now globally -- based on genocide, slavery, super-exploitation and wars for white supremacist 'manifest destiny'. But the deeper in doo-doo its global supremacy gets, the more desperate it becomes to eliminate all resistance ("terrorism") and capitalist rivals.

How ironic, and instructive, that this former socialist/'communist' 'main threat' is in all its inglorious capitalist restoration, again the major threat to u.s. global supremacy for becoming too successfully capitalist. China's anti- U.S. superpower bloc-building is menacing to the increasingly weak, isolated, defeated and despised superpower hegemonist. China's trade relations with Africa, where the U.S. has planted its military AFRICOM "peacekeeping" flag, is tantamount to 'terrorism' from the perspective of u.s imperial rulers, illegitimate 'interference' in its "interests".... which ever expanding to include the entire globe and planet... consistent with North America's history of genocide, slavery and war for "manifest destiny" -- now conducted under the bogus banner of a global 'war on terror':

The following reveal U.S. geostrategic agenda, political-economic and military and aggression: Africa/AFRICOM, China (including the 'great spiritual leader' Dalai Lama, Tibet and Falun Gong, the favorites of leftist liberals 'comfortable' with actual u.s. genocide elsewhere} which can only be understood in the context of U.S. bipartisan geostrategic agenda as embodied in the NSS of USA:

1992 'Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival'
U.S. policy is to 'Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival' , excerpted from Pentagon's Defense Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994-1999: NYT March 8, 1992
http://www.princeton.edu/~ppn/docfiles/pentagon_1992.html

''China's Distant Threat to U.S. Dominance in Asia''
http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=87

Containing China
Michael Klare
Bush administration's containment strategy for China may herald the next cold war.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article12794.htm

The Militarization of Space and U.S. Global Dominance: the China Connection
By Tom Barry
http://japanfocus.org/products/topdf/2287

Keeping an Eye on China's Security
Concern over China's use of surveillance technology prompts new rules for U.S. exports. People involved with the process said the Commerce Department was singling out biometric technology — face-recognition software, in particular — which Chinese security agencies could use to identify political and religious dissidents.Congress has become concerned about the export controls on such activity. “It remains extremely important to have such controls in place so that our country’s exports do not enable governments abroad to repress the fundamental freedoms that we cherish here at home,” said Representative Edward J. Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat who presides over the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/business/worldbusiness/31security.html...

Navy's fast-attack submarine signals new mission in Pacific
Basing all three of the nation's Seawolf subs here is part of the Defense Department's "60/40" realignment of fast-attack submarines, with 60 percent of the fleet slated to operate in the Pacific Ocean and 40 percent in the Atlantic by 2010. The shift underscores the importance to national security of the Pacific Rim and growing worries about advancing Chinese military strength and threats [sic] from North Korea.... Cmdr. Daniel Christofferson...said of his change in duty from the Atlantic to the Pacific, "we know where the threats are in the world today, and the priorities are in the Pacific."... Christofferson said commanding a Seawolf "is like driving a sports car. It is the most powerful submarine in the world. I can bring 50 weapons to a fight and get anywhere fast."
The 353-foot-long Connecticut joins its sister Seawolf-class submarines, the USS Seawolf and the larger, 453-foot-long USS Jimmy Carter, as part of Submarine Development Squadron Five at Bangor. The Carter was specially designed to carry out secret missions that Navy officials won't discuss. The Connecticut and the other fast-attack submarines are new to Bremerton. They are meant to protect fleets as well as to conduct reconnaissance, carry out covert missions and land Navy SEALs. The Seawolves are the most heavily armed, stealthiest and fastest submarines ever. Although China is a major U.S. trading partner, defense observers note its increased military expenditures. A defense think tank, the U.S. Naval Institute, in the March 2007 edition of its publication Proceedings, said China's navy and power projection had grown "in capability and confidence at rates unparalleled in the rest of the world," including a new class of ballistic-missile submarine possibly ready for service this year.... There are now 22 Navy ships based in the Puget Sound area, including 10 nuclear-powered Ohio-class submarines, eight of which carry Trident nuclear ballistic missiles (with two converted to carry conventional ballistic missiles and 66 Navy SEALs), two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, two guided-missile destroyers and three guided-missile frigates. By contrast, the southernmost West Coast Navy city, San Diego, is home to 45 Navy ships.
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/printer2/index.asp?ploc=t&refer=http://sea...

China's Inflation Hits American Price Tags
China’s latest export is inflation. After falling for years, prices of Chinese goods sold in the United States have risen for the last eight months.
Soaring energy and raw material costs, a falling dollar and new business rules here are forcing Chinese factories to increase the prices of their exports, according to analysts and Western companies doing business here. Higher costs in China could spell the end of an era of ultra-cheap goods as well as the beginning of China’s rise from the lowest rungs of global manufacturing... companies that operate in China or buy from here are already reeling from mounting cost pressures that they say will weaken their profits and could disrupt their supply chains... “This is what I call the perfect storm,” said Alan G. Hassenfeld, the chairman of Hasbro, one of the world’s largest toy makers, during a recent visit to China. “We’ve got higher labor costs and labor shortages, plastic prices have gone way up and we’re doing more safety testing.”... Chinese factory wages experts say... have risen 80 percent or more in many coastal areas in recent years, with the lowest wage about $125 a month... To reduce costs, some factory owners are considering moving to inland China, where wages are lower, or to other parts of Asia, like Vietnam and Indonesia.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/01/business/worldbusiness/01inflate.html?...

PSYWARFARE FEATURE NOW IN MEDIA NEAR YOU: VILE, LYING "SAVE DARFUR"/ "GENOCIDE OLYMPICS" CAMPAIGN SPEARHEADED BY NYT / KRISTOF
Dissident's Arrest Hints at Olympic Crackdown
Human rights advocates say the arrest of activist Hu Jia is an example of a broadening crackdown.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/30/world/asia/30dissident.html?th&emc=th

AfriCom will preside over all countries on the continent except Egypt and is expected to be operational by the fall, according to Pentagon officials. They say it is needed to secure vast, lawless areas where terrorists have sought safe haven to regroup and threaten U.S. interests http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20070430-124131-8532r.htm

AfriCom and the new scramble for Africa.
“imperialist assimilation” and the hundred year war for Africa’s energy reserves. http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=159812

"Save Darfur" to Justify the Next US Oil and Resource Wars in Africa
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&...

AfriICom: "The United States Africa Command is to ‘be responsible for U.S. military operations in and military relations with 53 African nations - an area covering all of Africa except Egypt.'" The U.S. African offensive is not some future threat - it is already in motion.
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&...

Sudan South oil fields for grabs in corporate/ manufactured boarder war
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article25223

"Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War"
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=38776

Washington's New World Order "Democratization" Template
by Jonathan Mowat
9 February 2005
http://globalresearch.ca/articles/MOW502A.html
...Speaking at the "Secretary's Open Forum" at the State Department on June 29, 2004, in a speech entitled, "Between Hard and Soft Power: The Rise of Civilian-Based Struggle and Democratic Change, "...he reported that he has been working with the top US weapons designer, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, on developing new communications technologies that could be used in other youth movement insurgencies. "There is no question that these technologies are democratizing," he stressed, in reference to their potential use in bringing down China, "they enable decentralized activity. They create, if you will, a digital concept of the right of assembly."

Dr. Ackerman is the founding chairman of International Center on Nonviolent Conflicts in Washington D.C, of which former US Air Force officer Jack DuVall is President. Together with former CIA director James Woolsey, DuVall also directs the Arlington Institute of Washington D.C., which was created by former Chief of Naval Operations advisor John L. Peterson in 1989 " to help redefine the concept of national security in much larger, comprehensive terms" it reports, through introducing "social value shifts into the traditional national defense equation."...

The creation and deployment of coups of any kind requires agents on the ground. The main handler of these coups on the "street side" has been the Albert Einstein Institution, which was formed in 1983 as an offshoot of Harvard University under the impetus of Dr. Gene Sharp, and which specializes in "non violence as a form of warfare."... The group is funded by [George] Soros and the NED. Albert Einstein's president is Col. Robert Helvey, a former US Army officer with 30 years of experience in South East Asia. He has served as the case officer for youth groups active in the Balkans and Eastern Europe since at least 1999.... According to B. Raman, the former director of India's foreign intelligence agency, RAW, in a December 2001 paper published by his institute entitled, "The USA's National Endowment For Democracy (NED): An Update," Helvey "was an officer of the Defence Intelligence Agency of the Pentagon, who had served in Vietnam and, subsequently, as the US Defence Attaché in Yangon, Myanmar (1983 to 85), during which he clandestinely organized the Myanmarese students to work behind Aung San Suu Kyi and in collaboration with Bo Mya's Karen insurgent group....He also trained in Hong Kong the student leaders from Beijing in mass demonstration techniques which they were to subsequently use in the Tiananmen Square incident of June, 1989" and "is now believed to be acting as an adviser to the Falun Gong, the religious sect of China, in similar civil disobedience techniques." Col. Helvey nominally retired from the army in 1991, but had been working with Albert Einstein and Soros long before then...
The Democratic party's National Democratic Institute, the Republican party's International Republican Institute, the US State Department and USAID are the main agencies involved in these grassroots campaigns as well as the Freedom House NGO and billionaire George Soros's Open Society Institute .

Declassified documents shed light on American support to Dalai Lama
Arthur J Pais in New York
http://www.rediff.com/news/1998/sep/16us.htm
Just as the United States Congress, following intense pro-Tibet lobbying by the likes of movie star Richard Gere, has urged the administration to spend annually $ 2 million in support of the Tibetan exiles, in addition to the $ 2 million annually in funding for Tibetan exiles in India, comes a revelation that could embarrass the Tibetan cause.
The Central Intelligence Agency has stoutly refused to discuss its involvement in the Tibetan struggle but the story in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times blows the lid off the Tibetan operation...for much of the 1960s, the CIA provided the Tibetan exile movement with $ 1.7 million a year for operations against China, including an annual subsidy of $ 180,000 for the Dalai Lama....
The documents, published last month by the State Department, illustrate the historical background of the situation in Tibet today, in which China continues to accuse the Dalai Lama of being an agent of foreign forces seeking to separate Tibet from China, the Times said.
The programme encompassed support of Tibetan guerrillas in Nepal, a covert military training site in Colorado, 'Tibet Houses' established to promote Tibetan causes in New York and Geneva, education for Tibetan operatives at Cornell University and supplies for reconnaissance teams.
"The purpose of the programme ... is to keep the political concept of an autonomous Tibet alive within Tibet and among foreign nations, principally India, and to build a capability for resistance against possible political developments inside Communist China," explains one memo written by top US intelligence officials. [......]

"Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World."
Henry Kissinger, National Security Memo 200, dated April 24, 1974

The Ravaging of Africa, Part 4 -- African Resistance
An audio documentary written by Asad Ismi and produced Kristin Schwartz
Incessant wars in which the US has supplied one or more sides with military training or arms have killed five and half million Africans in the Congo alone, and many more throughout the continent. World Bank and International Monetary Fund demands dictating the virtual dismantlement of African infrastructures for mass education and public health care infrastructures have killed a further 20 million Africans since 1980, but failed to curtail popular resistance. This final 30 minute installment of the Ravaging of Africa celebrates the continuing resistance to US empire in Benin, South Africa, Mozambique, the Congo, Somalia, and Kenya.
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THE USA OF INSTITUTIONALIZED 'JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE'
how liberal imperialism treats national oppression and racism, its ideological engine: as if such genocide is the exception, not the foundation of u.s. capitalism and the general rule in amerikkka
Police Shooting of Mother and Infant Exposes a City's Racial Tension
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/30/us/30lima.html?th&emc=th
... A SWAT team arrived at Ms. Wilson’s rented house in the Southside neighborhood early in the evening of Jan. 4 to arrest her companion, Anthony Terry, on suspicion of drug dealing, said Greg Garlock, Lima’s police chief. Officers bashed in the front door and entered with guns drawn, said neighbors who saw the raid. Moments later, the police opened fire, killing Ms. Wilson, 26, and wounding her 14-month-old son, Sincere, Chief Garlock said. One officer involved in the raid, Sgt. Joseph Chavalia, a 31-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave. Beyond these scant certainties, there is mostly rumor and rage. The police refuse to give any account of the raid, pending an investigation by the Ohio attorney general.
Black people in Lima, from the poorest citizens to religious and business leaders, complain that rogue police officers regularly stop them without cause, point guns in their faces, curse them and physically abuse them. They say the shooting of Ms. Wilson is only the latest example of a long-running pattern of a few white police officers treating African-Americans as people to be feared.“There is an evil in this town,” said C. M. Manley, 68, pastor of New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. “The police harass me. They harass my family. But they know that if something happens to me, people will burn down this town.”

Internal investigations have uncovered no evidence of police misconduct, Chief Garlock said. Still, local officials recognize that the perception of systemic racism has opened a wide chasm.... (emphasis added)

"It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true."
Henry Kissinger

Within minutes of the shooting, at around 8 p.m., 50 people gathered outside Ms. Wilson’s home and shouted obscenities at the police, neighbors said. The next day, 300 people gathered at the house and marched two miles to City Hall...Smaller marches have continued every week since the shooting. The N.A.A.C.P. will hold a public meeting on Saturday to air complaints about police brutality...
Junior Cook was a neighbor of Tarika Wilson. He says that he watched from his front porch as the SWAT team raced across his front yard, and that seconds later he watched a police officer run from Ms. Wilson’s house carrying a bleeding baby in a blanket. “The cops in Lima, they is racist like no tomorrow,” said Mr. Cook, 56. “Why else would you shoot a mother with a baby in her arms?”From Slavery to Mass Incarceration: The Role of Prison in American Society by Loïc Wacquant

2008's Ten Worst Places to be Black
by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon
Corporate media, which conceal much about the state of things beyond our borders, work hard to obscure the facts of life for Americans too, including the state of Black America. In this year of symbolic firsts and "never befores" Black Agenda Report offers a useful index of how life is lived for hundreds of thousands of families in our communities.
America's prison system, the world's largest houses some 2.2 million people. Almost half its prisoners come from the one eighth of this country which is black. African American communities have been hard hit by the social, political and economic repercussions of the growth of America's prison state. Its presence and its reach into Black life is a useful index of the quality of life in Black America itself.

African Americans, who make up one eighth the nation's population, account for about half of all US prisoners. But contrary to popular belief, it hasn't been this way for long. Blacks have only made a majority of new admissions to the nation's prisons and jails since 1988. Berkeley historian Loci Wacquant argues that America's reliance upon prison as the principal way of dealing with the black poor marks a qualitatively new stage in the Black experience. First there was slavery, then Southern rural segregation, followed by the enclosure of the northern ghetto, which has now been succeeded by the world's first carceral state. Like slavery, Jim Crow and the ghetto, prison has come to define for many of us what it is to be Black in America.
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From Slavery to Mass Incarceration: The Role of Prison in American Society
by by Loïc Wacquant
African Americans, who make up one eighth the nation's population, account for about half of all US prisoners. But contrary to popular belief, it hasn't been this way for long. Blacks have only made a majority of new admissions to the nation's prisons and jails since 1988. Berkeley historian Loci Wacquant argues that America's reliance upon prison as the principal way of dealing with the black poor marks a qualitatively new stage in the Black experience. First there was slavery, then Southern rural segregation, followed by the enclosure of the northern ghetto, which has now been succeeded by the world's first carceral state. Like slavery, Jim Crow and the ghetto, prison has come to define for many of us what it is to be Black in America.
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increasing concentration of capital, 'restructuring' & 'outsourcing' produce
Net Loss of 17,000 Jobs in January
http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na

Mukasey Offers View on Waterboarding
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said Tuesday that the harsh C.I.A. interrogation technique known as waterboarding was not clearly illegal, and suggested that it could be used against terrorism suspects once again if requested by the White House.Mr. Mukasey’s statement came in a letter delivered Tuesday night to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has scheduled for Wednesday its first oversight hearing for the new attorney general. The conclusions of the letter are likely to be a focus of severe questioning by Senate Democrats who have described waterboarding, which creates the sensation of [BECAUSE YOU ARE ACTUALLY] drowning, as torture...“I understand that you and some other members of the committee may feel that I should go further in my review and answer questions concerning the legality of waterboarding under current law,” he said. “But I do not think it would be responsible for me, as attorney general, to provide an answer.” He added, “I do not believe that it is advisable to address difficult legal questions, about which reasonable minds can and do differ, in the absence of concrete facts and circumstances.”

He suggested that waterboarding might be reintroduced under the “defined process by which any new method is proposed for authorization” in the C.I.A.’s interrogation program.... Mr. Mukasey’s letter appeared to be an effort to deflect some of the harsher questions he may be asked on Wednesday, in his first public testimony on Capitol Hill since his confirmation battle last fall.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/30/washington/30justice.html?th=&emc=th&p...

Are You The Terrorist Next Door?
By Charlotte Laws
I was an ordinary American until November 27, 2006 when I became a terrorist or more accurately what I call a 'stand-by terrorist' just as are most--if not all--Americans, whether they realize it or not
http://www.countercurrents.org/laws010207.htm