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Friday, September 7

7.Sept.2012: Backing Al Qaeda, U.S. Torture Cover Up, CIA Abuses, DNC Speeches, Corporate Power, Monsanto GM Corn, Hacking Romney's Taxes, Arctic Ice Melt, Whistleblower Retaliation, Middle Class at Risk, Struggle for Socialism, Creepy Christian Baby Cult, Chris Hedges, American Dream For Sale, Crony Capitalists, Alex Jones Calls NSA

Sleeping With the Devil:
How U.S. and Saudi Backing of Al Qaeda Led to 9/11

Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted on CNN that the U.S. organized and supported Bin Laden and the other originators of “Al Qaeda” in the 1970s to fight the Soviets.

Iraq: How the CIA Says It Blew It On Saddam’s WMD
Now that we’re out of Iraq, the CIA has come clean on how come it was bamboozled about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. The FOIA ferrets over at the National Security Archive petitioned for, and got, the Central Intelligence Agency’s equivalent of the dog-ate-my-homework (technically, the NSA obtained this document under a Mandatory Declassification Review request it made in 2006, which can be faster [it still took six years!] than an FOIA request, if the requester has sufficient details on a specific document).

U.S. Covering Up Torture
The United States government during the Bush administration tortured opponents of Muammar Gaddafi, then transferred them to mistreatment in Libya, according to accounts by former detainees and recently uncovered CIA and UK Secret Service documents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. One former detainee alleged he was waterboarded and another described a similar form of water torture, contradicting claims by Bush administration officials that only three men in US custody had been water-boarded.

Top Ten Ways We Are Better Off Than in January 2009

t is breathtaking impudence that Republicans should try to campaign on whether we are better off than were were in the last six months of the Bush administration. I can't believe we are even arguing about this. Seriously? The country had fallen off a cliff in the last years of Bush, or rather had been pushed off one by GOP policies.

Report: Libyans claim waterboarding, other CIA abuses

Mohammed al-Shoroeiya "provided detailed and credible testimony that he was waterboarded on repeated occasions during U.S. interrogations in Afghanistan," Human Rights Watch said in a 200-plus page report.

Rights Group's Report Reopens CIA Torture Allegations

Libyan fighters opposed to Moammar Gadhafi's regime were subjected to harsh interrogation techniques while in U.S. custody overseas during the administration of George W. Bush, including one prisoner waterboarded by the Central Intelligence Agency, a human-rights advocacy group alleges in a new report.

Media Not Concerned About the Very Poor
Study finds poverty not an issue in most election coverage

Obama’s Five Rules for Covert Drone Strikes

In his most comprehensive public comments yet on the US covert drone war, President Barack Obama has laid out the five rules he says the United States uses to target and kill alleged terrorists – including US citizens.

Corporate Power on Full Display at Dem and GOP Conventions

In the past week, we have been witness to the spectacle of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, events where both parties leave no stone unturned in their attempts to gain the confidence of voting Americans. Perhaps the biggest and best opportunity during presidential campaigns for the parties to differentiate themselves from each other, but the similarities between the two conventions cannot be overlooked. 

Comparing DNC Speeches: Michelle Obama's Written 7 Grade Levels Above Ann Romney's

There have been a lot of comparisons made between Michelle Obama's and Ann Romney's convention speeches, but this is a new one to me (via the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Smart Politics blog)

Black church leaders try to inspire congregants to vote for Obama

Two dozen of this region’s most influential black pastors sat in the cramped conference room of a suburban Baptist church last week, brainstorming how to inspire congregants still dismayed by President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage.

Third-party candidates may hurt Romney in key states

Dark-horse presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode may not be household names, but with a little help from super PACs, they could peel away precious support from Republican Mitt Romney and possibly even President Barack Obama in some key state races.

Monsanto GM Corn Is Creating Super Worms

gricultural giant Monsanto Company has risen to the top of the corporate food chain largely thanks to its seeds. These are no ordinary seeds - they have been genetically modified (GM) to withstand and even produce herbicides and pesticides. Monsanto's GM corn and soybean seeds have become so widespread over the past two decades that now, a new crop of "superweeds" have evolved to resist these potent chemicals. Farmers then have little choice but to buy Monsanto's beefed up seeds in an arms race with nature.

Hacker Group Claims to Have Romney's Tax Returns

he secret service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Tennessee. Someone claiming responsibility demanded $1m not to make them public.

Arctic Ice Melt 'Like Adding 20 Years Of CO2 Emissions'
The loss of Arctic ice is massively compounding the effects of greenhouse gas emissions, ice scientist Professor Peter Wadhams has told BBC Newsnight.

Obama campaign brags about its whistleblower persecutions

Excuse me if I don't join in Democrats' sycophantic cheerleading for an Obama presidency that has shredded laws and liberties

Whistleblower Retaliation on the Rise, Study Finds

More than one in five employees who reported misconduct they observed to their employers perceived retaliation for doing so, according to a new study.

Middle-Class America at Risk

End of US middle class as we know it

Presidential candidate Roseanne Barr warns of ‘Jewish mind control’

Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidate Roseanne Barr issued a tweet on Wednesday saying that “jewish mind control is the hardest to break out of,” Twitchy reported Thursday.

In Leak Cases, New Pressure on Journalists

Earlier administrations have fired and prosecuted government officials who provided classified information to the press. They have also tried to force reporters to identify their sources.

Rogue Mormons Turn Chauvinistic Exceptionalists

Though born-again evangelicals glory in personal life-changing experiences, such openness to change withers when latter-day newcomers defy Protestant sects with truly "born-again," collective do-overs.   What's wonderful for individual sinners pales when core Reformation advances are confronted with what the right in other arenas happily elevate as "big ideas."

Flawed organic foods study really just a media psyop to confuse the public about organics while pushing GMOs

If you read the mainstream news headlines today, you might be shocked to see headlines that say things like, "Organic foods no healthier than conventional foods" or "Organic foods may not be healthier for you." You'll see these headlines all across the usual disinfo outlets: NPR, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, WebMD and elsewhere. 

A lost generation and the struggle for socialism

As schools and universities start the new school year across North America and Europe, young people face rising mass unemployment, renewed attacks on public education, and growing poverty

2012 Democrats: Remember That Civil Liberties Thing From 2008? Um, Nevermind

For years, we've pointed out that neither major political party in the US seems to be very good on the issues that concern us most around here -- which is truly disappointing. With the Democratic National Convention going on this week, some are pointing out what a difference four years make.

The sixth extinction menaces the very foundations of culture

Human culture is profoundly rooted in nature, yet human activity endangers the survival of entire species of plants and animals

Former GOPer: How Republicans Went Crazy, Dems Lost Their Mojo, and the Middle Class Got Shafted

Bill Moyers talks with Mike Lofgren, a long-time Republican who describes the modern dysfunction of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

8 Reasons the Duggars -- TV's Christian Baby Factory -- Are A Creepy Cult

Instead of recruiting members, Michelle and Bob just created them with their own bodies. Why do mainstream media outlets like Today and People treat the Duggars as though they're just an ordinary family?

Execution without trial

What Happens When You Pit A Tea Partier With Stale Talking Points Against Actual Journalists?

Chris Hedges: Hear the 99% Roar

For Sale: The American Dream

Democratic Donors Withhold Contributions over Absence of Climate Change from Obama Campaign Message

As DNC Pushes Through Jerusalem Vote, Critics Ask Why GOP is Dictating the Democrats’ Platform

Occupy vs DNC: Are Dems Crony Capitalists?

How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted.

The growing power of the religious right is one reason my guest left the Republican Party and became an Independent. "The mixture of politics and religion," he says, "debases both, and has turned the GOP into an apocalyptic sect." He has his problems with Democrats, too. For one thing, he says, both parties “are captives to corporate loot.”

Alex Jones Calls The NSA

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