The furor over when and whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed about the use of waterboarding has distracted attention from what is, perhaps, a far more problematic revelation regarding the Bush administration's interrogation of suspected terrorists.
President Barack Obama’s new choice to lead US operations in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, suspected that former football star Pat Tillman had been killed by friendly fire but approved a Silver Star regardless.
McChrystal’s activities as head of Special Operations are shrouded in secrecy. The unit as a whole is so clandestine that the Pentagon won’t disclose the number of troops involved, the names of commanders, its bases or specific missions.
Despite the might of your own country, despite the power of your own military, for extended periods of time you and other soldiers simply can’t get enough drinking water. And even worse, some of you are paying for it with your health.
That’s the story some U.S. soldiers are telling the 11 News Defenders about their time in Iraq. While we’ve spent billions on bullets and bombs, soldiers in different parts of that arid country, during different phases of this desert war, claim they couldn’t get enough drinkable water.
TVNL Comment: The reason for this is that people like Donald Rumsfeld and most Republicans have privatized our military. Now our military can not support their own basic needs like providing themselves with food and water. They must rely on war profiteers to provide these services for them. Those war profiteers want to spend as little as they can and keep as much of the no0bid contract money as they can. So the provide unacceptable service to our troops, make a fortune in profit, and they continue to hire politicians and ex-military brass to work for them so that they can use their connections to get more contracts, no matter how bad their service is. It is called "corruption", although most people call it supporting the troops. They sell you war so that they can get rich...that is how it works.
The unprecedented deficit figures flow from the deep recession, the Wall Street bailout and the cost of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill — as well as a seemingly embedded structural imbalance between what the government spends and what it takes in.
TVNL Comment: And who lends the US money? The Federal Reserve; A private bank that is in essence nothing more than a money printing loan shark.
Speaking on a Sunday talk show, former Vice President Dick Cheney continued to attack President Barack Obama for releasing Bush memos that authorized waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics that may have amounted to torture. Cheney wants Obama to release more memos that he says will prove valuable intelligence was gleaned from the questionable interrogation tactics.
Former CIA special agent Jack Rice called Cheney “hypocritical” for calling for the release of memos after leaving office. “If he wanted to release these before [leaving office] he could have,” said Rice.
If the Finance Minister really wants to know the depth of this "global economic firestorm", all he has to do is to ask the people who created it.
About 150 of the world's most influential powerbrokers in government, industry, banking, media and academia are meeting from May 14 to 17 at the Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel in Vouliagmeni, Greece.
This group is called the Bilderberg Group and operates under the Chatham House rules -- meaning that no details of whatever has been discussed can ever be leaked to the media.
It is behavior well known to every police investigator: First the suspect denies everything, then attacks his interrogators, then admits to a small portion of the accusations (saying he merely did what everyone does), and finally breaks down and confesses.
The Israel Defense Forces returned from Operation Cast Lead and, of course, denied everything. The people applauded it for its bogus victory and no one paid much attention to the awful price paid by the Palestinians.
The Arabic media is ablaze with the news that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, the emir of an Afghan training camp — whose claim that Saddam Hussein had been involved in training al-Qaeda operatives in the use of chemical and biological weapons was used to justify the invasion of Iraq — has died in a Libyan jail. So far, however, the only English language report is on the Algerian website Ennahar Online, which reported that the Libyan newspaper Oea stated that al-Libi (aka Ali Abdul Hamid al-Fakheri) “was found dead of suicide in his cell,” and noted that the newspaper had reported the story “without specifying the date or method of suicide.”
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