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"The Pentagon has a fantastic budget that enables it to dream of putting down the much-needed revolutions which will arise in Peru, in the Philippines, and in other benighted countries." William O. Douglas, Points of Rebellion, 1969, p41 "The interests of the corporation state are to convert all the riches of the earth into dollars." -- William O. Douglas, Points of Rebellion, 1969, p10

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May 21, 2015

May 21 08:46

U.S. and Israel have worst inequality in the developed world

The U.S. and Israel have the worst inequality in the developed world, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The OECD found that the gap between rich and poor is at record levels in most of its 34 member countries. But the U.S. and Israel stood out from the pack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This nation is the United States of America. I would prefer it remain the United States of America and not be transformed into Eastisrael!

May 21 08:41

NYPD ADMITS THEY HAVE BEEN ARRESTING TOO MANY PEOPLE, CONSIDERING AMNESTY FOR 1.2 MILLION

The New York Police Department is being forced to acknowledge they have arrested far too many people for victimless crimes. Now, the department admits they will have to do something about it. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has publicly accepted the fact that “millions” have been convicted of crimes that they should never have been jailed for. The new controversial proposal suggests the City of New York grant amnesty to over 1 million citizens who have open warrants for low-level, clearly victimless offenses.

May 21 08:41

Law or no law, Canadians better not criticise Israel

Is Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper inching towards criminalising criticism of Israel?

Since first elected in 2006, his Conservative government has been pointing in that direction. Tiny gestures to be sure. But, taken together, they trouble many Canadians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." -- Voltaire

"The fastest way to bring down a dictatorship is to force it to act like one where everyone can see it!" -- Michael Rivero

May 21 08:34

JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon Deals With His Bank’s Felony Charge – Badly

Against this backdrop of a serial crime spree on the part of employees on multiple continents and coast to coast in the United States, JPMorgan released a statement yesterday regarding the bank pleading guilty to a felony charge for engaging in the rigging of foreign currency trading, calling it “principally attributable to a single trader.” In the statement, Dimon says the bank has a “historically strong culture.”

Dimon is, if nothing else, a master of the grand illusion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, he is not a master, because we all see that it is an illusion!


May 21 08:29

FACEBOOK-OWNED OCULUS VR SET TO LAUNCH INTO THE VIRTUAL PORN INDUSTRY

Hopefully, Oculus VR, like Google Glass before it, will be a spectacular failure that people reject. Pray that it is. FACEBOOK-OWNED OCULUS VR HAS NO PLANS TO PREVENT THE ADULT ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FROM USING ITS RIFT VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET, WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH AS A CONSUMER PRODUCT WITHIN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2016, ACCORDING TO OCULUS FOUNDER PALMER LUCKEY.

May 21 08:26

GM SAYS YOU DON'T OWN YOUR CAR, YOU JUST LICENSE IT

GM has joined with John Deere in asking the government to confirm that you literally cannot own your car because of the software in its engine. Like Deere, GM wants to stop the Copyright Office from granting an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would allow you to jailbreak the code in your car's engine so that you can take it to a non-GM mechanic for service, or fix it yourself. By controlling who can service your car, GM can force you to buy only official, expensive parts, protecting its bottom line.

May 21 08:24

When “good morning” is an order to kill: Israel’s attack on my neighborhood

From Breaking the Silence’s research, I know that an Israeli commander ordered his troops to blanket-bomb the area. When asked what the troops should target, he told them to pick whatever they wished. “Good morning al-Bureij,” he said to a two-way radio.

That “greeting” amounted to a green light for indiscriminate destruction.


May 21 08:23

France launches new UN effort to undermine Palestinian rights

The government of French President François Hollande is renewing its efforts to fatally undermine fundamental Palestinian rights, particularly those of refugees.

France’s Le Figaro has obtained the text of a draft UN Security Council resolution that the Hollande administration plans to introduce sometime before September.

The resolution should be seen as the international counterpart to France’s increasingly fierce crackdown on Palestine solidarity at home under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism.

May 21 08:23

Norwegian FM warns Israel: Pressure over Palestinians to resume after Iran deal

International pressure on Israel over the Palestinian issue will resume once Iran and the six powers sign their expected nuclear deal at the end of June, Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday.

May 21 08:22

'Weaponizing Vulnerabilities': New Snowden Doc Reveals Spy Agencies Targeted Smartphones

The intelligence alliance known as Five Eyes—comprising the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia—exploited security weaknesses in one of the world's most popular browsers to obtain data about users and planned to use links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top secret National Security Agency (NSA) document published Wednesday has revealed.


May 21 08:18

Behind the Media’s Assault on Seymour Hersh

He’s the most respected journalist in U.S. history, and for decades Seymour
Hersh has consistently broken major international stories, winning him the Pulitzer Prize among other prestigious awards of journalism.

May 21 08:18

Nuclear War Is Not Likely Over Ukraine: US Tries to Reassure World

“We don’t think the Ukrainian conflict is a nuclear crisis.”

That comment is a recent example of a US State Department diplomat deploying standard diplo-speak in order to engage in nuclear saber rattling by denying there’s any need to rattle any of the roughly 10,000 nuclear sabers that already worry the entire sentient world.


May 21 08:14

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION OVERRULES U.S. COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN RULES FOR MEAT PRODUCTS

U.S. government attempts to inform consumers about the origins of the beef and pork they purchase in stores have been undermined by the World Trade Organization (WTO). Siding with officials from Canada and Mexico, the WTO ruled that American regulations that require the meat industry to use country of origin labels (COOL) represent a violation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). COOLs are intended to tell shoppers in which country the meat they buy was born, raised and slaughtered. In addition to letting consumers know if the meat was produced locally, they gave regulators a way to begin tracing the meat in case of a problem with it.

May 21 08:12

US sees war as only option to keep global domination

With the rise of the Global South and BRICS countries, it seems the United States sees war as the only option in order to keep its global domination, an American journalist and political commentator says.

May 21 08:12

Latest Guilty Pleas Prove Big Bank Criminality 'Rampant,' But Jail Time Non-Existent

In the wake of Wednesday’s announcement that five global financial institutions have agreed to plead guilty to multiple crimes and pay about $5.6 billion in penalties for manipulating foreign currencies and interest rates, corporate watchdogs are reiterating the call to ‘break up the banks’ in light of their ongoing malfeasance.

May 21 08:12

5,000 Cooks and Cashiers Wage Largest-Ever Protest at McDonald’s Shareholder Meeting

Marching behind a giant banner that read, “McDonald’s: $15 and Union Rights, Not Food Stamps,” 5,000 cooks and cashiers massed at the company’s corporate headquarters Wednesday to kick off the largest-ever protest to hit the burger giant’s annual shareholder meeting.


May 21 08:08

US threatens not to sign nuclear deal with Iran due to inspection of military sites

Washington has threatened not to sign a final nuclear agreement with Tehran unless the Iranian government gives full access to its military sites and nuclear scientists.

May 21 08:08

Illinois House Passes Bill to Stop BDS Campaign Against Israel

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!

The Citizens United decision granted corporations legal personhood in regard to the right of Free Speech under the First Amendment. The application of financial pressure by the pensions abridges that right. Hence the Illinois Bill is unconstitutional and under the Supreme Court Ruling Marbury vs Madison, automatically null and void.

The use of any coercive tactic to alter the political views of another party is defined as an act of terror under the USA PATRIOT act.

So, the legislature, along with demonstrating that they actually serve a foreign government ahead of the people of Illinois, are not only unconstitutional, but terrorists!

May 21 08:08

The Next Step in the Global Meltdown

Europe will lead the world into Economic Totalitarianism because government is now desperate to retain the euro. If the euro collapses, so will Brussels. The government exists solely because of the euro.


May 21 08:07

When Hollywood Sold America on Evil: Stunning PBS Frontline Doc Reveals the Depths of CIA Propaganda

In recent days, there’s been quite a bit of discussion about the 2011 raid in Abottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin laden, based upon reporting by Seymour Hersh in the London Review of Books. His story has been greeted with tremendous skepticism by the political establishment and the mainstream press, as were all of his stories going back the My Lai massacre and his early exposés of the CIA’s spying for years on American citizens back in the 1970s.

May 21 08:07

Pension funds ordered to divest companies that support boycott of Israel

Five US public sector pension funds are to divest from companies that boycott investment in Israel after a state government passed new legislation forcing the move.

The US state of Illinois saw its House of Representatives and Senate both unanimously pass legislation requiring five state-funded pension schemes to identify all companies that boycott Israel and divest their direct and indirect holdings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You all tell me when you are finally fed up with your government putting the interests of a foreign power as their top priority.

May 21 08:06

'We Are Many': Documentary Depicts Legacy of Global Anti-War Movement

The extraordinary February 15, 2003 march against the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which brought an estimated 30 million people to the streets in 800 cities on every continent, is immortalized on screen in Amir Amirani’s acclaimed documentary, We Are Many, premiering in the UK this week.


May 21 07:59

Bernie Sanders vs Rand Paul voting record highlights

One is a huge fan of unaccountable authoritarianism. One is not.

May 21 07:57

Bush’s brother blames crisis in Iraq on Obama

Presumed US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, brother of former US President George W. Bush, has criticized President Barack Obama’s Iraq policy.

May 21 07:56

Dear God, Please Just Say No To Gov. Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal yesterday announced he is praying over his decision whether to run for president. Yesterday he also issued an executive order yesterday supporting discrimination against marriages by Louisiana gay and lesbian citizens, minutes after a similar bill was overwhelmingly rejected by the Louisiana legislature.

May 21 07:56

Crisis envelops UK Labour leadership contest

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband resigned last week following the party’s rout in the May 7 general election, but a crisis is already enveloping the contest to find his replacement.


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May 21 07:56

Arab-American Journalist Detained by Israeli Security for ‘Flying While Muslim’

It is well known in the Arab community in Israel that “Flying While Muslim” will earn you extra security checks and delayed travel. Palestinian-American journalist Noor Wazwaz shared her experience of flying into Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion International Airport across her social media channels, where she has more than 28,000 followers.

Wazwaz, who says her goal is become “the first Muslim hijab [head scarf]-wearing news anchor on American television,” decided to become a journalist to better represent “[the] Arab and Muslim voice in Western media.”

May 21 07:55

IRGC Quds Force Official: US, Zionists' Attack against Iran Equal to Razing Israel

The remarks by the Iranian Supreme Leader's representative at the IRGC Quds Force, Ali Shirazi, came after Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon threatened to nuke Iran.

"In case of the smallest wrong action by the US and the Zionists against Iran, we will raze Israel to the ground easily," Shirazi warned, addressing a ceremony in the Southeastern city of Kerman on Wednesday evening.

May 21 07:54

Secretary of State John Kerry v. His Subordinate Victoria Nuland, Regarding Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on May 12th, responding to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s assertions that Ukraine will retake Crimea and will conquer Donbass:

“I have not had a chance – I have not read the speech. I haven’t seen any context. I have simply heard about it in the course of today. But if indeed President Poroshenko is advocating an engagement in a forceful effort at this time, we would strongly urge him to think twice not to engage in that kind of activity, that that would put Minsk in serious jeopardy. And we would be very, very concerned about what the consequences of that kind of action at this time may be.”


May 21 07:53

Indonesia Just Sank "A Large Chinese Vessel" And 40 Other Fishing Boats In The South China Sea

The boats, seized from Chinese, Malaysian, Philippine, Thai and Vietnamese fishermen, were blown up on National Awakening Day, which commemorates the first political movement toward Indonesia's independence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a clarification of the story. The boats were already in the possession of Indonesia, having been confiscated for sighing in Indonesian waters over the last few months, and were blown up as a public display.

May 21 07:48

Western backed ISIS now controls half of Syria

May 21 07:47

Clinton presidency would be "great for Israel" according to Jewish billionaire Haim Saban

In yet another display of the total Jewish domination of American politics, particularly at the highest levels, the Jewish billionaire and media mogul Haim Saban openly stated in an interview with The Jerusalem Post that Hillary Clinton would be an ideal president for Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let Hillary move to Israel and be their President!

May 21 07:45

Israel Fears Obama Will Stop Hiding Its Nuclear 'Secret'

The Israeli government is worried the Obama administration will allow a U.N. conference this week to adopt a resolution that could compel Israel to acknowledge its nuclear arsenal.

At issue is a proposal at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference that would empower the U.N. secretary general to organize a conference to pursue a Middle East free of nukes and other weapons of mass destruction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The longer the US government goes on pretending that they do not know Israel has nuclear weapons, the more the American people understand that the US Government is a puppet regime serving Tel Aviv.

May 21 07:37

NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones

The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals.

The surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from each of the countries in the “Five Eyes” alliance — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

The top-secret document, obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was published Wednesday by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept. The document outlines a series of tactics that the NSA and its counterparts in the Five Eyes were working on during workshops held in Australia and Canada between November 2011 and February 2012.

May 21 07:36

Parents' Kids Kidnapped By Cops For Not Putting Them in School

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We expect to accomplish by education what dictators in Europe are seeking to do by compulsion and force." -- Louis Alber, chief of the National Recovery Administration, 1933

May 21 05:28

Banks Are Now Pleading Guilty to Crimes. So Why Aren't They Being Punished Like Criminals?

Not so long ago, federal prosecutors were simply terrified by the idea of what might happen if they ever brought criminal charges against a major bank. They worried that the consequences of a felony conviction might cause a large financial institution to collapse and wreak havoc on Wall Street, much as the accounting firm Arthur Andersen went bust after it was convicted for its role in the Enron scandal.

May 21 05:27

Hundreds of tech companies line up to oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership due to Internet freedom concerns

More than 250 tech companies have signed a letter demanding greater transparency from Congress and decrying the broad regulatory language in leaked parts of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill.

May 21 05:15

Iconic Toy Store to Close July 15

FAO Schwarz (a Toys’R’Us owned store) is set to close it’s doors in NYC on July 15 due to rising rental costs for the store front.

May 20 22:03

Ruptured Pipeline Along California Coast Dumps Crude Oil into Pacific Ocean

An oil pipeline that runs along the coast of central California broke on Tuesday, according to officials, dumping tens of thousands of gallons of crude onto local beaches and creating a 4-mile slick in the Pacific Ocean.

May 20 21:53

"Venezuela is Palestine's Most Important Ally," Says Palestinian FM

Speaking at a press conference marking the diplomat's first official visit to the country on Tuesday morning, al-Maliki noted that Venezuela "is Palestine's most important ally".

May 20 21:48

Why the US is Finally Talking to Russia

So a woman walks into a room... That's how quite a few jokes usually start. In our case, self-appointed Queen of Nulandistan Victoria "F**k the EU" walks into a room in Moscow to talk to Russian deputy foreign ministers Sergei Ryabkov and Grigory Karasin.

May 20 21:27

CYF in child abuse predictor trials

Model pools data from across departments to forecast most at-risk children — but some experts are cautious.

A mathematical model designed to predict children at risk of abuse will be trialled with data about children reported to Child, Youth and Family.

The model predicts which children will suffer substantiated child abuse or neglect based on 132 factors drawn from cross-departmental records, including the parents' ages, their criminal records, their own history of being abused as children, and recorded family violence.

Initial testing by the Social Development Ministry, looking at the 5 per cent of children born in 2007 who would have been rated at highest risk in the model, found that 31 per cent suffered substantiated maltreatment by age 5. That figure was projected to rise to 40 per cent by age 10, but still meant 60 per cent would have been targeted unnecessarily ("false positives").

May 20 20:31

The Battle of Palmyra - by Dr. Franklin Lamb


A late report from Washington has it that U.S. President Barack Obama is considering an NSA recommendation that Special Forces “boots on the ground” at least be discussed and that the US may direct its war against ISIS to save Palmyra.

May 20 19:04

George Soros, NATO, US Color Revolution Machine Behind Unrest in Macedonia

By Brandon Turbeville

With tensions heating up between the United States and Russia over a number of issues - Ukraine, BRICS, sanctions, and NATO encirclement to name a few - the West continues its move in toward Russia's borders. The latest target in the Anglo-American destabilization campaign has now come forward - Macedonia.

In the attempt to destroy the elected government of Macedonia, George Soros, NATO, and the Western Color Revolution apparatus have all come together to ensure that the will of the Macedonian people is denied as is the will of populations in all Western-style democracies.

As informed observers might well suspect, any color revolution taking place in Eastern Europe will involve the heavy hand of George Soros...

May 20 15:37

China Issues WARNING Over U.S. Surveillance Plane

May 20 15:29

The filibuster that wasn't: Rand Paul takes on Patriot Act

When is a filibuster not a filibuster? When Republican Sen. Rand Paul takes to the floor to defend American liberties from the Patriot Act – and the bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency, or NSA.

The libertarian Kentucky senator, who is running for president, began talking Wednesday at about 1:15 p.m. He worked his way through one three-ring binder, with two more in reserve at the table next to him. His water glass was full. His reading glasses were getting a workout.

But technically, it’s not really the “filibuster” he promised the Union Leader in New Hampshire, because he wasn’t actually blocking any Senate business. The chamber is in a sort of dead period, waiting for the clock to run out on a procedural vote on trade.

May 20 15:00

It Begins: Ukraine Takes First Real Steps To Default

The Ukrainian government is on the brink of declaring default. It has proposed a bill allowing the government to impose a “moratorium” on payment of the country’s external debts.

May 20 14:55

Leaked memo shows Soros NGOs payed Macedonian students $1,500 to come up with regime change ideas

While shocking to have these types of memos out in the open, it also should come as no surprise to anyone to see George Soros NGOs up to no good, and doing the bidding of their CIA backers.

May 20 14:49

Iranian General Insists U.S. Did 9-11

Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan is the commander of ground forces in the Iranian army. In a television interview on Iran’s Arabic-language news network, Al-Alam, on April 19, 2015, the military leader asserted that the United States government was behind the terror attacks against American targets on September 11, 2001. The Persian general’s view is that the U.S. leaders attacked their own people as a means to begin a war of conquest in Western Asia, in order to divide Islam and control the region’s rich natural resources.

May 20 14:41

As Spying Foes Look to 'Sunset' Patriot Act, White House Turns up the Pressure

With key provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire at the end of the month and congressional in-fighting over the legality of government surveillance continuing to rage, the National Security Agency (NSA) will reportedly begin "winding down" bulk surveillance operations this weekend.

May 20 14:32

Pentagon sending 1,000 anti-tank missiles to Iraq: Official

The Pentagon is sending 1,000 ant-tank missiles to Iraq to strengthen its forces against terrorist attacks, a top US official says.

May 20 14:31

FLASHBACK - The Lie Factory

Kwiatkowski, 43, a now-retired Air Force officer who served in the Pentagon's Near East and South Asia (NESA) unit in the year before the invasion of Iraq, observed how the Pentagon's Iraq war-planning unit manufactured scare stories about Iraq's weapons and ties to terrorists. "It wasn't intelligence‚ -- it was propaganda," she says. "They'd take a little bit of intelligence, cherry-pick it, make it sound much more exciting, usually by taking it out of context, often by juxtaposition of two pieces of information that don't belong together." It was by turning such bogus intelligence into talking points for U.S. officials‚ -- including ominous lines in speeches by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell's testimony at the U.N. Security Council last February‚ -- that the administration pushed American public opinion into supporting an unnecessary war.

May 20 14:17

TPP Could 'Undermine Health of Web' Say 250+ Tech Companies and Digital Rights Groups

More than 250 tech companies and digital rights organizations on Wednesday sent a joint letter to Congress, blasting the corporate-backed trade deal they say "actively silences the voices of Internet users, start-ups, and small tech companies...while undermining the health of the entire Web."

May 20 14:04

New evidence confirms Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton deceived Americans

Newly obtained documents released on Monday by a watchdog group that investigates and exposes corruption and criminal activity by government officials and agencies provides evidence that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior officials, as well as President Barack Obama, deceived the American people regarding the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi U.S. consulate massacre. The pages released show that top administration officials were handed intelligence reports within hours of the attack that stated the Islamic terrorists' actions had been planned up to 10 days before the attack and the goal was simply to to assassinate as many Americans as possible.

May 20 14:03

Russia fears Macedonian crisis may grow into serious conflict

The internal political crisis in Macedonia may grow into a serious conflict, said Andrei Kelin, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

May 20 13:58

Western wars have killed four million Muslims since 1990

Landmark research proves that the US-led ‘war on terror’ has killed as many as 2 million people, but this is a fraction of Western responsibility for deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades

May 20 13:56

Report calls for elimination of ATF

May 20 13:54

Sowing The GM Seeds Of Depopulation?

If physical violence is to be used only as a final resort, a dominant class must seek to gain people’s consent if it is to govern and control a population. It must attempt to legitimize its position in the eyes of the ruled over by achieving a kind of ‘consented coercion’ that disguises the true fist of power. This can be achieved by many means and over the years commentators from Gramsci to Althusser and Chomsky have described how it may be done.

May 20 13:35

"There Are Just Certain Kids We Should Have 24/7": Obama's Education Secretary Wants Government Boarding Schools

If you thought the loss of parent's rights over what level of government brainwashing their child is subjected to within the regular public school system was bad enough in this country, check out the new idea radical Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan was throwing around last week while speaking at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention: public boarding schools.

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May 20 13:34

US Funded ISIS Seizes Control Of Syria's Palmyra

May 20 13:32

FLASHBACK - "I don't know where Bin Laden is. I truly am not that concerned about him" (George W. Bush, 3/13/02)

The official U.S. government White House website includes the President George W. Bush historical archives. On top of the page is a message that notes "This is historical material, "frozen in time." The web site is no longer updated and links to external web sites and some internal pages will not work."

This particular press conference was held on March 13, 2002, a mere six months after the purported "terrorist" attacks of 9/11/01.

In it, Bush was asked about the whereabouts of Osama bib Laden. Why wasn't George Bush concerned about the man he claims was responsible for the slaughter of 3000 innocent lives?

May 20 13:19

New torture allegations from Chicago “black site”

New allegations of sexual assault, torture, and the planting of evidence by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have come to light as part of ongoing revelations about the department’s “black site” at Homan Square. At least 17 victims have given first-hand accounts since the existence of Chicago’s interrogation site at Homan Square was exposed by the Guardian in February.

May 20 12:50

Israel agenda wider war in Mideast: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with James Morris, editor of america-hijacked.com in Los Angeles, to discuss a recent remarks by the Israeli minister of military affairs, Moshe Ya’alon.

May 20 12:25

Watch Live: Sen. Rand Paul Launches ‘Filibuster’ in Protest of Patriot Act Renewal

Rand Paul's filibuster to block vote on legislation to extend spy agencies' collection of phone data:

May 20 12:19

Is Israel America’s Friend? Or America’s Enemy?

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has selected as his Minister of Justice a woman who has expressed hatred against all Palestinians, and he has appointed as his negotiator with the Palestians a man who said, and who has always followed though with, “We are all against a Palestinian state, there is no question about it.”

May 20 12:12

NATO's Stoltenberg tells Russia's Lavrov to pull out of Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday he had told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Russia must withdraw all troops and heavy weapons from Ukraine and end its support for separatists.

The western military alliance's chief added that he had informed Lavrov, after a meeting in Brussels, that he was concerned about the large number of military exercises carried out by Russia at short notice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prove that Russia has troops or heavy weapons inside Ukraine!

May 20 11:59

I-Team: Drivers Say Insurance Device Put Them In Danger On The Road

May 20 11:44

Ukraine's Lithuanian Economy Minister Selling Off State Assets to the West - Surprise!

Amongst the first things the Lithuanian-born fund manager and investment banker Aivaras Abromavicius did following his appointment at the end of 2014 as Ukraine’s new economy minister was to order a stock take of all the state-owned enterprises under his control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is how the money-junkies take over countries.

1. Start a war.

2. Loan stacks of ink and paper to both sides to fight the war.

3. After the war, demand the sale of assets to pay the unpayable debts.

In the end, the people who risked life and limb to save their nation from conquest surrender their nation to the money-junkies. And believe such an outcome is somehow just and fair.

May 20 11:31

Mazal Tov To Ludwig Watzal and The ‘Call For BDS’

It is encouraging to read that Ludwig Watzal, my prime detractor in Germany, has now fully embraced my criticism of Jewish liberals and the Jewish Left. Watzal now admits that the BDS Movement has been hijacked by Liberal Zionists.

Just a few years ago, Watzal labelled me a racist and an ‘anti-Semite’ for suggesting in “The Wandering Who” that the Jewish Left operates as a controlled opposition apparatus. Watzal’s review of The Wandering Who complained that: “The book is very well written, which make its harmful and racist theses more dangerous.” His review also said, Atzmon’s “hatred is directed not only against the Zionists, but above all against Jewish Left, left anti-Zionists and those who oppose the Israeli government policy as Jews.”

But Watzal’s views appear to have evolved.

May 20 11:20

The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism

Nearly a year after the debacle suffered by US imperialism and the regime it imposed during more than eight bloody years of war and occupation of Iraq—the fall of the country’s largest city, Mosul to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—a similar collapse has unfolded in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province.

May 20 11:20

Jeb Bush Bobs & Weaves the Iraq War

A little over a week ago, Fox News aired an exclusive interview with Jeb Bush. It has caused a stir. Jeb has yet to announce officially that he is running for President, even though it is perfectly obvious that he is running whole hog for President. Didn’t he take part in the Sheldon Adelson Primary, after all? What could be more grotesquely Presidential than that? Welcome to the horror show known as the 2016 U.S. election cycle.

May 20 11:09

Was the Iraq War a Crime or a Mistake? Yes.

Pretty much everybody in American politics now agrees that the Iraq War was not a great idea. The source of disagreement has moved, instead, to a different question: Was it a failure, or a crime? Republicans insist the Bush administration was merely the victim of bad intelligence. “I still say it was not a mistake,” says Marco Rubio, “because the president was presented with intelligence that said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.”

Liberal critics reject the honest-mistake explanation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So do conservative critics!

May 20 10:47

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With all of America now aware that the US Government lied to them about the use of torture it is time to remind Americans of the other lies told by the US Government, including the lies used to trick us into war with Iraq. Today the politicians and media are trying to re-wriote the history of the 2003 Iraq invasion, claiming it was all "bad intelligence" and an innocent mistake. BULL BISCUITS!

Every crippled veteran, every family member of a serviceman who died, should finally accept that those who were killed and crippled suffered only to make rich men richer. Where is the rage?

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May 20 10:45

Who funded Harper's rise to power? And other questions about election financing.

With a federal election looming, two pressing questions involving the role of money in Canadian politics are attracting surprisingly little media attention.

The first: who owns Stephen Harper?

This isn't a philosophical enquiry. It's a straightforward question about the identity of the secret donors who paid the bill for Harper's rise to power, first as leader of the Canadian Alliance and then the Conservative party.

May 20 10:43

Obama’s Ugly Show of Presidential Petulance

The President has "worked himself into such a tizzy over the TPP." While his progressive friends in Congress are questioning the secret trade agreement, Obama is lashing out at them in a pathetic show of presidential petulance.

May 20 10:40

US Reaffirms Support for Iraqi Offensive to Retake Ramadi

U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed his government's support for Iraq's prime minister and the decision to plan an operation to retake control of Ramadi, as Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias gathered outside the western city.

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With the majority of US politicians now admitting that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a mistake and that Saddam did not have nuclear weapons, why are we compounding the mistake even further by continuing to pour more weapons into that beleaguered nation, leading to more bloodshed? Two wrongs do not make a right. The current US puppet regime should not be there in Baghdad at all. It is time to let the people of Iraq have their nation back and stop wasting any more time and money on this debacle!

May 20 10:27

Big fines may not be enough to deter bad behaviour in banks

Referring to themselves as "The Cartel" or "The 3 Musketeers," traders from rival banks shared information about their clients' plans to buy or sell currencies and colluded to move the market price higher or lower to suit their own profits - at the expense of those clients.

"If you aint cheating you aint trying," wrote one in a private chatroom, while another message concluded "we delivered [in rigging the market] but I don’t wanna kiss from you...i just take a beer."

According to papers filed in New York this went on for five years, "at least" until 2013 - and investigations are continuing.

May 20 10:26

"The Iraq war wasn’t an innocent mistake.... America invaded Iraq because the Bush administration wanted a war.The public justifications for the invasion were nothing but pretexts,and falsified pretexts at that.We were,in a fundamental sense,lied into war

Surprise! It turns out that there’s something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make his own run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago.

May 20 10:24

Jeb Bush Says His Brother Was Misled Into War By Faulty Intelligence. That's Not What Happened. He and other Republican presidential contenders have a new and bogus spin on how the Iraq war began.

Last week, Jeb Bush stepped in it. It took the all-but-announced Republican presidential candidate several attempts to answer the most obvious question: Knowing what we know now, would you have launched the Iraq War? Yes, I would have, he initially declared, noting he would not dump on his brother for initiating the unpopular war. "So would almost everyone that was confronted with the intelligence they got," Bush said.

May 20 10:11

Watch out! More collectivism and “sustainability” to come at the 2015 UN Summit

The United Nations, founded by the Rockefellers and the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), has always been, right from its inception, about creating a One World Government.

May 20 10:10

FLASHBACK - Buy-Bull Bangers:Regular, or Extra-Crispy?

It is a compelling set of facts, isn't it? If I were a believer I would have no choice but to conclude that the big guy in the sky is really, REALLY, pissed off at the US and its allies for all this smiting going on.

So to all those who went along with these wars because you believed it when Bush and Obama, et. al. said this was God's will, you are all damned. Damned, damned, damned! Damned to hell. And there can be no redemption while the warmongers are still in power. There is no absolution if you know a war of conquest against an innocent people is going on and you do nothing at all to stop it. There is no absolution if you know torture of innocent people is going on and you do nothing at all to stop it. The priests cannot forgive your sins if they share those sins, no matter how expensive those beads are. Having worked so hard to trick you into sin, would they really be eager to get you out? Just whose side are they on? Which God is it they really serve?

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Since I wrote this article, the winters have gotten harder, there are earthquakes in America where they never had them before, the Gulf of Mexico is a toxic sludge, Hanford and WIPP are leaking radiation, along with the remains of Fukushimna washing up on our western beaches! Once again tornadoes are ripping across the heartland.

And, the US Government is finally admitting what we knew all along; the 2003 invasion of Iraq was unjust, or as politicians trying to fake a look of embarrassment put it, a "mistake."

May 20 10:07

Decrying Corporate Greed, McDonald's Cooks and Cashiers Confront Shareholders

Calling for higher wages and fairer treatment, McDonald's cooks and cashiers will gather with progressive leaders on Wednesday and Thursday for large protests outside the company's shareholder meeting in Oak Brook, Illinois.

May 20 10:01

The War of Fools

Last week, Israeli TV Channel 10 broadcast an investigative story about the
2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon, known as "Lebanon War II".

Though not very profound, it provided a good picture of what actually happened.
The three main Israeli protagonists talked freely.

May 20 09:59

Why the CIA destroyed it's interrogation tapes: “I was told, if those videotapes had ever been seen, the reaction around the world would not have been survivable”

When graphic photographs of American soldiers abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq surfaced in 2004, they sparked international outrage — and prompted new scrutiny of how the U.S. treats its prisoners.

May 20 09:57

Ukraine: A Cancer in Europe's Heartland

Ukraine is an example of what happens when lunatics run the asylum. It's a US-installed Nazi-infested fascist police state headed by an illegitimate anointed oligarch mega-crook.

It tolerates no opposition. Free expression is banned. Independent journalists risk harassment, assault, arrest, imprisonment, even death.

May 20 09:56

Steve Campana, Canadian biologist, 'disgusted' with government muzzling

A recently retired Fisheries and Oceans Canada biologist says the muzzling of federal government scientists is worse than anyone can imagine.

Steve Campana, known for his expertise on everything from great white sharks to porbeagles and Arctic trout, says the atmosphere working for the federal government is toxic.

May 20 09:54

27 Tornadoes reported in last 24 hours

Multiple tornadoes reported as severe weather hits Texas, Oklahoma

May 20 09:37

A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries.

A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

May 20 09:34

Multicultural Sweden: Rape Capital of the West.

Since adopting multicultural policies in the 70s' Sweden has seen a 300% rise in violent crimes and a 1,472% increase in rape.

May 20 09:34

Iraqi Troops Abandon US-Made Tanks, Artillery to ISIS in Ramadi Loss

When ISIS took the Iraqi city of Mosul last year, they seized an army’s worth of US-made weaponry and vehicles. The US air war against ISIS over the last nine months has centered in great measure on destroying that gear, while ferrying new gear to the Iraqi military.

Then Ramadi fell over the weekend, and it’s Mosul all over again. Despite the US downplaying the significance of the loss, the Pentagon is confirming that half a dozen tanks and significant artillery and armored vehicles, along with other gear, were abandoned by Iraqi troops fleeing the Anbar capital.

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So, basically, you get to pay for the weapons and ammunition on BOTH sides of this third invasion of Iraq!

May 20 09:33

THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT MADONNA’S PHOTO OP

Yesterday, a photo posted by Madonna on Instagram went viral on the Net

Well, it was a phony, just as she herself is!

The photo is actually of two Israeli Jews: Imri Kalmann, 28, and Dekel Aiden, 24, two Tel Aviv party promoters who host a periodic gay club party called Dreck.

May 20 09:32

APARTHEID UPDATED ~~ AND REVISED

Defense Ministry decides on separate transport for Arab workers and Jewish residents, to combat overload and friction.

See reversal of decision below

May 20 09:32

THE ‘OTHER’ DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The United States expressed “deep concern” Sunday after an Egyptian court sentenced deposed president Muhammad Morsi and more than 100 others to death for their role in a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising.

“We have consistently spoken out against the practice of mass trials and sentences, which are conducted in a manner that is inconsistent with Egypt’s international obligations and the rule of law,” a State Department official said.

Noting that they were preliminary sentences, the official added: “We continue to stress the need for due process and individualized judicial processes for all Egyptians in the interests of justice.

May 20 09:31

The Red Line of Torture

After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest.

What happened to the torture program? Nothing.

May 20 09:28

Governments Giving Fossil Fuel Companies $10 Million a Minute: IMF

The fossil fuel industry receives $5.3 trillion a year in government subsidies, despite its disastrous toll on the environment, human health, and other global inequality issues, a new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published Monday has found.

That means that governments worldwide are spending $10 million every minute to fund energy companies—more than the estimated public health spending for the entire globe, IMF economists Benedict Clements and Vitor Gaspar wrote in a blog post accompanying the report (pdf).

May 20 09:27

Amsterdam district court gives Ukraine time till July to reply on Scythian gold case

Ukraine is supposed to give a written reply to the claimant on the Scythian gold case by July 1 instead of May 20 as initially planned following a decision by the Amsterdam district court, the Dutch court ‘s spokeswoman told TASS on Wednesday.
She said the parties were still involved in correspondence via the court and there was no talk about any court hearings at this stage.
The Scythian gold exhibits were put on view at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam as part of the "Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea" exhibition in February 2014. About 2,000 exhibits were loaned by a museum in Kiev and four museums in Crimea, which was part of Ukraine at the time when the items were consigned to the Netherlands. They included pieces of goldsmithery, weapons and household appliances revealing the rich history of the Crimean peninsula.
The collection of unique exhibits was supposed to have returned home after the exhibition’s closure on August 31.

May 20 09:26

CLIMATEGATE: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY (UPDATED FOR WINTER 2015)

THE LATEST 5-20-2015: NASA admits satellite data shows no loss of arctic ice since 1979. In fact, it's a bit bigger!


Here is a comparison of Earth's temperature between April 2015 and April 1998, showing the scale of the lie by NASA and NOAA that 2015 is the hottest year on record.

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I must not gloat! I must not gloat! I must not gloat! (But I probably will!)

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May 20 09:25

Foreign minister says Russia will not let US intervene in its internal affairs

"This is not the sole example of intervention in the internal affairs by supporting those who come out against the existing authorities. The US president signed the Ukrainian Freedom Support Act, where there is a special section concerning Russia. Its wording is approximately the same. Specific allocations - about $60 million - are mentioned there. We have warned our counterparts that we shall not permit such activity and that we regard such actions as destructive for bilateral relations," Lavrov said.

May 20 09:23

Lithuanian secret service agent detained in Moscow — Russian security service

"On May 19 a Lithuanian citizen identified as a foreign intelligence agent was detained in Moscow. He was seized the moment he was receiving secret documents from a Russian citizen," the FSB said.
The detained Lithuanian was taken to the FSB office.
"When confronted with evidence, he testified that he was an officer of the 2nd department of operative services (military intelligence) of the Lithuanian Defense Ministry," the FSB said.
A Moscow court on Wednesday sanctioned the arrest for two months of the Lithuanian secret service agent detained in Moscow on suspicion of spying.
Arstidas Tamosaitis will remain in custody at least until July 20, spokesperson for the Lefortovo court Yulia Skotnikova told TASS, noting that the session had been held behind closed doors. http://tass.ru/en/russia/795786

May 20 09:20

US foreign policy is a sick illusion by oligarchs to “dominate other nations”

A former US intelligence linguist says the US foreign policy is a “sick illusion” that was made by European oligarchs in their efforts to “dominate other nations”.

May 20 09:20

Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.

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May 20 09:09

Congress has given Obama ‘blank check’ to wage wars

The US Congress has given President Barack Obama a “blank check” to wage wars in the Middle East and other parts of the world, says a veterans advocate and social justice organizer in Denver.

May 20 09:09

Canadian Navy turns to eBay to fix troubled supply ships

Canadian Navy technicians had to look for repair parts on eBay to fix one of its outdated supply ships, enabling it to hold out till it’s replaced with a modern one, briefing documents obtained by local media reveal.

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NASA was actually doing the same thing in the final days of the Space Shuttle program!

May 20 09:06

Is Martial Law Justified If ISIS Attacks The United States?

By Brandon Smith

A group of foreign militants infiltrates the U.S. using student visas, weak borders, bribery and cooperation with drug cartels. Secret cells integrate within metropolitan areas and blend with the populace. At the precise moment, they activate, unleashing small attacks across the country in coordinated blitzkrieg-style terror campaigns against everything from suburban neighborhoods to public schools to shopping malls, striking fear into the citizenry, which now believes no one is safe, even in the heartland. With normal law enforcement overwhelmed, the economy on the brink and the populace ready to riot, the military is deployed domestically; curfews, price controls and rationing are initiated; and special operations agents act as infiltrators in order to subdue the terrorist factions. The loss of common liberties is welcomed by most as safety and security become the paramount motivator.

May 20 09:04

Let The Public Read The Completed Parts Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are under public dispute. Fast track must not be approved until this is cleared up. We the People deserve to know what is being voted on with fast track.

May 20 09:03

One Of The Most Important Scientists In The World: “Most Cancer Research Is Largely A Fraud”

“Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organisations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.” (source)

The above quote comes from Linus Pauling, Ph.D, and two time Nobel Prize winner in chemistry (1901-1994). He is considered one of the most important scientists in history. He is one of the founders of quantum chemistry and molecular biology, who was also a well known peace activist.

May 20 09:03

HTTPS-crippling attack threatens tens of thousands of Web and mail servers

Tens of thousands of HTTPS-protected websites, mail servers, and other widely used Internet services are vulnerable to a new attack that lets eavesdroppers read and modify data passing through encrypted connections, a team of computer scientists has found.

May 20 09:02

Fake Evidence Blaming Russia for MH-17?

Pointing the finger of blame at Russian President Putin for the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down last July, an Australian news show claims to have found the spot where the Russian BUK missile battery made its getaway, but the images don’t match, raising questions of journalistic fakery, writes Robert Parry.

May 20 09:02

ABOUT THOSE U.S. TROOPS WHO DIED IN RAMADI

I can’t help but wonder how the family of Michael A. Monsoor is reacting to ISIS’s recent conquest of Ramadi in Iraq. Monsoor was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions taken during the 2006 Battle of Ramadi, when U.S. forces fought insurgents for control of the city. The medal was awarded posthumously.

Monsoor wasn’t the only U.S. soldier who died in Ramadi. According to the Wikipedia page “Battle of Ramadi (2006),” more than 80 U.S. soldiers were killed and more than 200 were injured.

My hunch is that at least some of the family members of all those dead Americans are thinking to themselves, “Okay, ISIS now controls Ramadi. But at least my loved one died so that Americans can be free.”

Of course, that’s easier than thinking that they died for nothing. But the fact is that they did die for nothing. Just look at Ramadi today for proof. Indeed, just look at Iraq.

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Wars fought overseas are NOT fought "to keep Americans free"; they are fought for control of resources major American corporations wish to claim, and to which they have no moral right whatsoever.
As the lyrics from a new song I have just shipped off to my soloist, state:

"War's never fought for the reasons you're given,
Those in power keep feeding you lies
And the reasons you're made to keep fighting and killing
should come as no big surprise
War's not about freedom, or courage or honor,
or preserving the American way;
It's all about money, control greed and power,
And making those who resist go away....
And making those who resist go away..."

The US government, with its preemptive war against Iraq, caused the situation which gave rise to Isis (IF, in fact, Isis is not a US tool, just as was Al Quaeda, to scare the stuffing out of Americans, and scare them out of thinking.) The corporate presstitutes are bemoaning Iraq's coming complete demise, if the US doesn't go in a 3rd time, militarily.

Folks, just say no, peacefully, to this government on a third invasion of Iraq; they cannot get anything straight, and will most likely botch things up more than they already are botched in this country. It is your children who will fight, get maimed for life, or die, in the name of corporate profits.

And no kid should get maimed or die for that; EVER!!

May 20 09:02

Judas of Baltic States betray their own peoples and national interests

The leaders of the Baltic states literally writhe in hysterics when they talk about the "Russian threat." They intimidate the population of their countries, special forces of the Baltic States hold drills to learn to neutralize "little green men", while NATO troops march across the territories of the Baltic States. Obviously, the leaders of the Baltic countries are Judas of their own people; they work to execute a political order from overseas. There are a lot of such traitors in Europe.
Estonian President Toomas Ilves wants war with Russia NOW

May 20 08:56

Prison guards raped, sexually abused female inmates at Rikers Island: Lawsuit

The Rikers Island prison in New York City is home to a “pervasive culture of rape" where correction officers retaliate against inmates who report sexual abuse, a federal lawsuit alleges.

May 20 08:56

Politics Is a Hoax

Though it’s difficult for those gullible souls who are excited yet again about one presidential candidate or another to comprehend, politicians (with VERY few exceptions) — in both parties — are not interested in helping the “underprivileged.”

May 20 08:53

Paranoid defence controls could criminalise teaching encryption

You might not think that an academic computer science course could be classified as an export of military technology. But under the Defence Trade Controls Act – which passed into law in April, and will come into force next year – there is a real possibility that even seemingly innocuous educational and research activities could fall foul of Australian defence export control laws.

Under these laws, such “supplies of technology” come under a censorship regime involving criminal penalties of up to ten years imprisonment. How could this be?

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May 20 08:52

'Logjam' crypto bug could be how the NSA cracked VPNs

Logjam is another exploit of the 1990s-era crypto-wars: “To comply with 1990s-era U.S. export restrictions on cryptography, SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0 supported reduced-strength DHE_EXPORT ciphersuites that were restricted to primes no longer than 512 bits”, the paper notes.

Because “export grade” hangs around in ciphersuites, “a man-in-the-middle can force TLS clients to use export strength DH with any server that allows DHE_EXPORT.”

“The attack affects any server that supports DHE_EXPORT ciphers, and affects all modern web browsers. 8.4% of the Top 1 Million domains were initially vulnerable,” Green writes at the Logjam site.

May 20 08:47

US Threatens ‘Military Option’ as Iran Aid Ship Nears Yemen

Though Iran’s Shahed cargo ship was much to slow to actually get its cargo of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni port of Hodeida during the five-day ceasefire, the ship is still heading in that general direction, riling the Pentagon.

US officials are now openly talking about the possibility of “military options” against the ship, and expressing surprise and alarm that the cargo ship has a naval escort.

This is in spite of Iran being very open, when the ship departed last week, about the fact that it was going to have a naval escort. Since the ship left in the wake of Saudi Arabia destroying the Sanaa airport to prevent aid delivery by cargo plane, it’s unsurprising they didn’t want to leave the aid ship vulnerable. Two Iranian warships are escorting it.

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A short memo to President Obama: please do NOT go "Netanyahu" on this aid convoy. And do NOT for one second, allow the Saudis to think we support a military intervention on their part.

It is a short step from seizing this ship to a full-on, military confrontation with Russia. Interdiction here is neither warranted nor strategically useful.

Double plus ungood, Mr. President: double plus ungood.

May 20 08:45

Secrecy and Democracy Are Incompatible

It is obvious, almost by definition, that excessive governmental secrecy and true democracy are incompatible. If the people of a country have no idea what their government is doing, they cannot possibly have the influence on decisions that the word “democracy” implies.

May 20 08:45

The Amtrak disaster and America’s crumbling infrastructure

Tuesday’s derailment of an Amtrak train on America’s busiest rail route has exposed before the whole world the crumbling state of infrastructure in the United States.

Eight people were killed, over two hundred injured and rail traffic snarled for a week for the simple reason that the publicly funded Amtrak commuter railway had not implemented a basic automated train control system.

May 20 08:37

Detroit residents speak on the resumption of water shutoffs

On Monday, the city of Detroit began a new round of mass water shutoffs, threatening to stop water service for as many as ten percent of the city’s households. In this video, residents speak out against the shutoffs and discuss the connection between the attack on working-class living standards and the militarization of society.

May 20 08:37

Israel’s New Justice Minister Expressed Hatred Against All Palestinians

A few days ago, on May 14th, Ms. Ayelet Shaked, who has no training in the law, took office as the new Minister of Justice in Israel, after having been appointed to this high post by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 6th.

May 20 08:35

Swiss bank UBS settles US legal cases for $545 million

Swiss bank UBS says it is pleading guilty to wire fraud and is paying $545 million to settle U.S. cases of market manipulation.

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And nobody goes to jail!

May 20 08:34

Job Losses & Stores Closing Keeps Increasing

Incomplete list of publicly announced layoffs & shutdowns:

May 20 08:33

Barclays slammed with £1.53BN fine for rigging foreign exchange rates as global banks face £3.6BN bill

Five of the world's largest banks have been hit with fines worth £3.6billion for rigging foreign currency rates.

Barclays alone will have to fork out £1.53billion for colluding to manipulate rates at its business in London.

JP Morgan, Citigroup, Barclays and RBS have also agreed to plead guilty to US criminal charges over their involvement in the latest scandal to engulf the industry.

The fifth, UBS, will plead guilty to rigging benchmark interest rates.

May 20 08:32

CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels.

Sinaloa, led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, supplies 80% of the drugs entering the Chicago area and has a presence in cities across the U.S.

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Remember Gary Webb? He wrote a book exposing the CIA link to the crack epidemic in Los Angeles, then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head ... twice!

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