Special Report about investigative journalist Wayne Madsen's arrest while covering a story last night. -Last night, while meeting the source in O’Connell’s Irish pub in Alexandria, Alexandria police, who apparently had plainclothes police inside the St. Patrick’s Day-jam packed establishment, arrested my source for no apparent reason while I and the source’s wife looked on in shock. When I asked one of the men who forced the source to the ground outside why they were placing him under arrest, he shouted to me to “back off.” I asked the man if he was a police officer. His response was, “No, I’m a fireman.”
This five-minute video by IndyMedia of Minnesota shows Ray Sandford, his mom, and a mental health advocate speak out against Ray's ongoing, involuntary, outpatient electroshock (also known as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT). He is involuntarily escorted 15 miles north to Mercy Hospital, where he receives another round of forced, court-ordered electroshocks to the brain. Though Sandford, 54, is not charged with any crime, he has received over 40 such rounds of shocks on an outpatient basis so far--even after his original mental problems have long since subsided and he has repeatedly asked for the shocks to stop.
BRITAIN: Mr Hodgson has served 27 years of a life term after being wrongly jailed for strangling Teresa De Simone in Southampton. Now aged 57, he has spent more than half of his life in custody. His conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal after DNA tests on evidence from the 1979 murder scene showed Mr Hodgson did not carry out the crime. Throughout his jail term Mr Hodgson always protested his innocence, meaning he was never considered for parole.
"The commander of a secretive branch of America’s Special Operations forces last month ordered a halt to most commando missions in Afghanistan, reflecting a growing concern that civilian deaths caused by American firepower are jeopardizing broader goals there. The halt, which lasted about two weeks, came after a series of nighttime raids by Special Operations troops in recent months killed women and children, and after months of mounting outrage in Afghanistan about civilians killed in air and ground strikes. Military officials said the halt was ordered in part to allow American commanders time to impose new safeguards intended to reduce the risk of civilian deaths." -If so, the new safeguards do not work. These troops are again out to kill:
The CIA is not an intelligence agency. It's a covert action outfit, a terror organization. The worst the world has ever seen. Empire Burlesque: Rotted From the Head: High Crimes and Continuity in the American Imperium.
The U.S. State Department re-signed the security firm formerly known as Blackwater despite Iraq saying it didn't want the company there, records show. The State Department said $22.2 million deal signed with Blackwater, since renamed Xe, in February was a contract modification concerning aviation work, The Washington Times first reported. The contract expires in September, months after its contract for work in Baghdad was to have run out. One observer said the deal raises questions about why the United States would want to pay a contractor for work in Iraq if the government won't approve its operating license. The private security firm has been heavily criticized, particularly for a 2007 incident that left 14 Iraqi civilians dead and six former guards facing manslaughter charges.
U.S. President Barack Obama will not cut the billions of dollars in military aid promised to Israel, a senior U.S. administration official said Wednesday. The $30 billion in aid promised to Israel over the next decade will not be harmed by the world financial crisis, the official told Israel Radio. He spoke on condition of anonymity.
A guy gives me a "lesson" about September 11, the Jewish Conspiracy, USS Liberty, the assasination of Yitzhak Rabin, etc. Bui's website: http://www.buinhuhung.com/
Current methods of raising livestock are encouraging the development of new antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, including salmonella. You may be familiar with many of the problems associated with concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. These “factory farm” operations are often criticized for the smell and water pollution caused by all that concentrated manure; the unnatural, grain-heavy diets the animals consume; and the stressful, unhealthy conditions in which the animals live. You may not be aware, however, of the threat such facilities hold for you and your family’s health — even if you never buy any of the meat produced in this manner.
The project will involve an initial investment of $70 million and the center will be opened in 2010, said the company, part of Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's biggest publicly traded oil company. Exxon Mobil has pledged to step up spending on capital and exploration projects by 11 percent in 2009, even as many smaller rivals scale back operations.
As new details emerged about $165 million in bonuses paid by insurance giant AIG, lawmakers and administration officials sought ways to recoup the money either by imposing stiff new taxes on the extra pay or requiring the company to return it in exchange for future taxpayer aid. The Independent: The $165m bonus question threatening Obama's rescue deal.
A New York newspaper veteran claims that censorship at one of the world's biggest journals forced her to quit her dream job after 30 years. Now, Jerelle Kraus hopes to turn the cartoons rejected by the New York Times into a money-spinner.
Israeli prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has tapped a former spy feared by the United States as his national security advisor. Sources close to Netanyahu have confirmed that Uzi Arad will be Israel's next national security adviser, The Washington Times reported Tuesday. The former Mossad chief has been denied entry into the United States during the past two years based on the grounds that he is a security risk.
A prominent US think tank has advised Israel to use ballistic missiles against Iran's nuclear sites after deciding on a pre-emptive strike. As Israelis continue to express willingness to militarily take out Iran's nuclear infrastructure, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has conducted a study on Israeli options for such military plans. PressTV: Israeli army ordered to devise Iran war.
The derailment of Charles W. Freeman's appointment to chair of the National Intelligence Council must have set off a round of partying among the AIPAC crowd and other Jewish American dual citizens who demand adherence of the administration and Congress to their policies. Chief among those pushing for Freeman's head was none other than indicted spy for Israel, Steve Rosen.
It's one thing for a church in a big city like Dallas or Atlanta to tackle the ticklish topic of sex. It blends in with the urban scene. It's another thing when a small-town congregation in Alabama puts up billboards with the phrase: "Great sex: God's way" on rural highways to promote a sermon series.
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