Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Bush Rules of Evidence

By Robert Parry
November 24, 2007

In the history of the American Republic, perhaps no political family has been more protected from scandal than the Bushes.

When the Bushes are involved in dirty deals or even criminal activity, standards of evidence change. Instead of proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” that would lock up an average citizen, the evidence must be perfect.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

The Triumph of Crackpot Realism

By Robert Higgs
November 23, 2007

He applied the notion specifically to the intellectual outlook of top government officials, especially the ones known as the “serious people,” who have proven their capacity for dealing with important practical affairs by, say, managing a giant corporation, such as Halliburton or G. D. Searle, or a huge educational institution, such as Texas A&M University or the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving in the Two Americas

By Brent Budowsky
November 22, 2007

Last year at this time there was news of soaring bonuses on Wall Street, including some very lavish rewards for those most responsible for the mortgage financing crisis.

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The Poodles of the U.S. News Media

By Norman Solomon
November 21, 2007

When the president and his team set out to prepare the media ground for war, they can rely on a repetition compulsion that's widespread in the American press.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Bush's Plame-gate Cover-up

By Robert Parry
November 21, 2007

In early fall 2003, George W. Bush joined in what appears to have been a criminal cover-up to conceal the role of his White House in exposing the classified identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson.

That is the logical conclusion one would draw from a new statement by then-White House press secretary Scott McClellan when it is put into a mosaic with previously known evidence.

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Iraq's Laboratory of Repression

By Robert Parry
November 20, 2007

The Bush administration is turning Iraq into a test tube for modern techniques of repression, from sophisticated biometrics that track populations to devastating weapons systems that combine night-vision optics from drone aircraft, heat resonance imaging and deadly firepower from the sky to kill suspected insurgents.

These high-tech capabilities, when mixed with loose rules of engagement that allow U.S. troops to kill Iraqis at the slightest sign of hostility, have contributed to what U.S. generals and a growing number of American journalists are hailing as an improving security situation.

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