Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Secret bill to be voted on today would allow the military to sweep up us citizens at home or abroad

Business Insider

Termed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and drafted behind closed doors by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) the NDAA would:

1) Explicitly authorize the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others picked up inside and outside the United States;

(2) Mandate military detention of some civilians who would otherwise be outside of military control, including civilians picked up within the United States itself; and

(3) Transfer to the Department of Defense core prosecutorial, investigative, law enforcement, penal, and custodial authority and responsibility now held by the Department of Justice.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Obama in Australia to boost military links

Source: Al Jazeera English

Thursday, Barack Obama is flying to the city of Darwin where he is expected to announce plans for thousands of US maritime forces to train and do more joint exercises with the Australian military on the country's northern coast. That agreement will not include any permanent US basing, but an Obama administration official told the Reuters news agency it was a stepping stone to a more stable presence in Australia, which offers closer access to the South China Sea than US bases in Japan and South Korea.

The visit is being seen as a push by Washington to stand up for its interests and allies in the Asia-Pacific region as a counterbalance to China. Al Jazeera's Andrerw Thomas reporting from Canberra said: "Washington increasingly sees Australia as a strategic ally, economically and militarily."

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read more at Al Jazeera English.
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Socializing losses: Trilateral takeover of Europe?

Source: Russia Today

The sovereign debt crisis tightening its grip on Europe has claimed the scalps of two prime ministers –those of Greece and Italy. Looking at the men poised to replace them, one cannot but ask –is this another turn of the screw for ordinary people?

Greece and Italy hold huge swathes of public debt they are unable to service unless they get massive European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund support, as a prelude to refinancing by international banks.

Greece has already replaced its prime minister after he dared to say he would put a further round of harsh austerity measures to a referendum vote. The country’s new PM is Lucas Papademos, former vice president of the ECB and of Greece’s own Central Bank, and a member of David Rockefeller’s (JPMorgan Chase/Exxon) powerful Trilateral Commission.

As for Italy, a likely replacement for Silvio Berlusconi is the former European Commissioner Mario Monti, who happens to be European chairman of the Trilateral Commission.

Whenever we hear of “sovereign debt crises” –whether in Mexico 1997, Brazil 1999, in my native Argentina in 2001/2, or today in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and (soon to come) the UK, France, or the US –what it really means is that governments cannot collect enough tax revenues from their people to pay interest and capital on debt that is mostly in the hands of private banking institutions.

Cutting through the Orwellian Newspeak* of the media, this means that the people of Greece, Italy, and Argentina must pay for the mistakes of bankers and corrupt governments, suffering higher taxes, unemployment, lower wages and pensions, and a deterioration in public healthcare, education, and infrastructure.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Ron Paul was winning CNBC's GOP debate poll, so they took it down

The mainstream media seems unwilling to accept that Ron Paul could win a poll, so they conclude that somebody is "gaming" the poll. This exact same scenario happened on a Fox News web poll after one of their debates, and Fox News didn't even explain why their poll was removed.

Source: CNBC

We had a poll up from our Republican Presidential Debate asking readers who they thought won. One candidate was leading by such a margin that it became obvious the polling wasn't so much a reading of our audience, but of the Internet prowess of this particular candidate's political organization.

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EU is showing its true nature as a dictatorship

Source: Russia Today

This is a time of upheaval for the EU, with both the Greek and Italian PMs giving up their posts. The Paris Institute's John Laughland says that this undemocratic transfer of power is not going to save he euro. Laughland told RT that the people who have assumed power in Greece and are shortly to take the helm in Italy have never been elected.

“These are men who have made their entire careers through garnering important appointments in places like the European Commission or European Central Bank. They have no democratic mandate at all,” he argues. “What is so frightening about what is happening now, as the European Union and the euro enter their death agonies, is the way in which the European Union is showing its true nature as a dictatorship.”

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Al Qaeda plants its flag in Libya

Source: Vice

It was here at the courthouse in Benghazi where the first spark of the Libyan revolution ignited. It’s the symbolic seat of the revolution; post-Gaddafi Libya’s equivalent of Egypt’s Tahrir Square. And it was here, in the tumultuous months of civil war, that the ragtag rebel forces established their provisional government and primitive, yet effective, media center from which to tell foreign journalists about their “fight for freedom.”

But according to multiple eyewitnesses—myself included—one can now see both the Libyan rebel flag and the flag of al Qaeda fluttering atop Benghazi’s courthouse.

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read more at Vice