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Saturday, September 29

29.Sept.2012: Surveillance Stats, America's Police Force, Drones Killing 49 Civilians for each Terrorist, Israel is a Crazy State, Corporation Run the Economy, Big Pharma Fraud Penalties High, Muslim Rage and U.S. Policy, ALEC's Love Affair with Fracking, Record Student Debt 1 in 5 Households, Military Brands WikiLeaks 'The Enemy,' Learning from Chicago Teachers, The Young are Indoctrinated to Obey, World War III, NDAA Military Detention Legislation

ACLU forces government to reveal skyrocketing surveillance stats

Feds got more peoples' phone call records in last 2 years than previous 10.

Nine terrifying facts about America's biggest police force

Nine terrifying facts about America’s biggest police force

The NYPD has expanded into a massive global anti-terror operation with military capabilities

America's Drone Attacks Are 'Killing 49 People for Every Known Terrorist in Pakistan'
Study found war against violent Islamists has become increasingly deadly
 Researchers blame common tactic now being used – the 'double-tap' strike
 Drone strikes condemned for their ineffectiveness in targeting militants

Israel Is A Pretty Crazy State
An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Barack to Mitt: Corporations Run the Economy

Here is an open letter that Barack Obama should write to Mitt Romney – pronto!

Pakistan Foreign Minister: Drones Are Top Cause Of Anti-Americanism

Pakistan's foreign minister said last night that the top cause of anti-Americanism in her country is the U.S. use of drone attacks.

Big Pharma Medicaid Fraud Penalties at Record High

Settlements between pharmaceutical companies and state and federal governments over cases of Medicaid fraud are at an all time high, with financial penalties for major drug companies on the rise, according to a new report by Public Citizen. However, as Public Citizen urged Thursday, much still needs to be done in order to curb big pharma malpractice, as major profits sti

"Let's go make sure nothing illegal's going on at the nudist colony."A Third of Americans Worry About Police Getting Drones

According to an Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll, 36 percent of Americans are “opposed” or “strongly opposed” to police use of unmanned drones in their law enforcement kit.

Inspector General's New Asset Forfeiture Report Reveals DOJ Is Now Just Robbing Americans

The Office of Inspector General for the Justice Department released an audit yesterday reviewing the DEA's use of asset forfeiture, which is the policy that allows federal law enforcement agencies to confiscate the savings and property of Americans suspected of a crime. The report highlights no illegal or improper behavior on the DEA's part, but it does reveal a massive shift away from due process toward blatant thuggery.

'Muslim Rage' and US Policy

While it is true that freedom of expression has not been as firmly established, either culturally or constitutionally, in the Muslim world as it has in the West, this is far from a clash of civilizations, and there’s much more behind the demonstrations than rage at one bigoted YouTube clip. 

Service Members Sue Defense Secretary Over Alleged Military Rapes

Daniele Hoffman was 17 years old when she met the recruiter for the National Guard who she says eventually attempted to rape her. The child of a single mother, Hoffman says the man “became the fatherly figure in my life.” She signed up for service both to “give back to my country and to make him proud. I wouldn’t have joined if it weren’t for his influence.”

ALEC's (Corporate) Love Affair With Fracking

Wake up and smell the frack fluid! But don't ask what's in it, cause it's still not your right to know. (photo: you can judge a book by its cover. Just one look at the cover of the brochure for this year's annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) reveals where some of the corporate bill mill's loyalties lie: with the "natural" gas industry. 

Student Debt Stretches to Record 1 in 5 Households

ith college enrollment growing, student debt has stretched to a record number of U.S. households - nearly 1 in 5 - with the biggest burdens falling on the young and poor.

US Military Brands Assange, WikiLeaks As “The Enemy”
Secret US Air Force documents reveal that the American military has branded WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange as “the enemy”, placing them on a legal par with Al Qaeda and threatening them with the same treatment: indefinite detention without trial, and death.

Since When Has America Respected The Universal Right To Self-Determination?
Mr. President, I must say, that I think you are somewhat confused about the history of US foreign policy. In your speech on September 25th at the UN; in fact, you even suggest that self-determination is not only a Western one, but a universal human value. 

CTU members and supporters join in a mass march to Marshall High School on the West Side (Chicago Teacher Solidarity Campaign)Learning from the Chicago teachers

Social struggles around the country will be stronger because of the teachers' victory.

Easy Money May Boost Economy But At What Cost?

The world's central banks are pumping cash into their economies, pushing down interest rates in hopes the ready cash and lower rates will boost borrowing and economic activity. Everyone agrees the action is dramatic and unprecedented, but there's disagreement over whether they will do more harm than good.

Why Is an Atheist High School Student Getting Vicious Death Threats?

Her state representative has called the student "evil" and she has been threatened with violence, rape and death. What gives?

Chomsky: How the Young Are Indoctrinated to Obey

Forty years ago there was deep concern that the population was breaking free of apathy and obedience. Since then, many measures have been taken to restore discipline.

MARK DANKOFMark Dankof Warns: MEK Alliance With Israel Could Lead to World War III
Iran’s Habilian Association has documented the blood-stained history of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK/MKO/PMOI) since its inception as a Marxist-oriented student-group-turned-terrorist-organization during the Pahlavi Dynasty era of the 1960s and 1970s.

Trying - and failing - to regulate the Internet
The logic of insane regulations

Judges to Review Constitutionality of NDAA Military Detention Legislation

Palestine Conditions "More Brutal" Than in U.S. South of 50 Years Ago, Says Author Alice Walker

"Democratic Womanism": Poet and Activist Alice Walker on Women Rising, Obama and the 2012 Election

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