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Iraq Weapons Are a Focus of Criminal Investigations


NY Times, August 28, 2007



BAGHDAD, Aug. 27 — Several federal agencies are investigating a widening network of criminal cases involving the purchase and delivery of billions of dollars of weapons, supplies and other matériel to Iraqi and American forces, according to American officials. The officials said it amounted to the largest ring of fraud and kickbacks uncovered in the conflict here.

The inquiry has already led to several indictments of Americans, with more expected, the officials said. One of the investigations involves a senior American officer who worked closely with Gen. David H. Petraeus...

There is no indication that investigators have uncovered any wrongdoing by General Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, who through a spokesman declined comment on any legal proceedings.

The inquiries are being pursued by the Army Criminal Investigation Command, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among other agencies.

Over the past year, inquiries by federal oversight agencies have found serious discrepancies in military records of where thousands of weapons intended for Iraqi security forces actually ended up.

...General Petraeus has said that the imperative to provide weapons to Iraqi security forces was more important than maintaining impeccable records.

In an interview on Aug. 18, General Petraeus said that with ill-equipped Iraqi security forces confronting soaring violence across the country in 2004 and 2005, he made a decision not to wait for formal tracking systems to be put in place before distributing the weapons.

But now, American officials said, part of the criminal investigation is focused on Lt. Col. Levonda Joey Selph, who reported directly to General Petraeus and worked closely with him in setting up the logistics operation for what were then the fledgling Iraqi security forces.

That operation moved everything from AK-47s, armored vehicles and plastic explosives to boots and Army uniforms, according to officials who were involved in it.

The enormous expenditures of American and Iraqi money on the Iraq reconstruction program, at least $40 billion over all, have been criticized for reasons that go well beyond the corruption cases that have been uncovered so far. Weak oversight, poor planning and seemingly endless security problems have contributed to many of the program’s failures.

The investigation into contracts for matériel to Iraqi soldiers and police officers is part of an even larger series of criminal cases. As of Aug. 23, there were a total of 73 criminal investigations related to contract fraud in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan...

Questions about whether the American military could account for the weaponry and other equipment purchased to outfit the Iraqi security forces were raised as early as May of last year, when Senator John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia and then the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a request to an independent federal oversight agency to investigate the matter.

But federal officials say the inquiry has moved far beyond the initial investigation of hundreds of thousands of improperly tracked assault rifles and semiautomatic pistols that grew out of Senator Warner’s query. In fact, Senator Warner said in a statement to The New York Times that he was outraged when he was briefed recently on the initial findings of the investigations.

In a sign of the seriousness of the scandal, the Defense Department Inspector General, Claude M. Kicklighter, will lead an 18-person team to Iraq early next month to investigate contracting practices, said Geoff Morrell, a Pentagon spokesman.

The military did not take the routine step of recording serial numbers for the weapons, the inspector general found, making it difficult to determine whether any of the weapons had ended up in the wrong hands.

In July 2007, the Government Accountability Office found even larger discrepancies, reporting that the American military “cannot fully account for about 110,000 AK-47 rifles, 90,000 pistols, 80 items of body armor, and 115,000 helmets reported as issued to Iraqi security forces as of Sept. 22, 2005.”


Everything but the Oil...

Alex Wierbinski, Berkeley, Ca., August , 2007

The invasion of Iraq has profited industry in every way, despite Bush's failure to capture the oil. But even the failure to control the oil has profited Big Oil. If things go according to plan, Big Oil will profit in both the short and long term. But things do not go according to plan in Iraq.

The original plan was deceptively simple: invade and cut off Iraq's oil flow, driving up global oil prices. Install dictator. Have dictator denationalize Iraqi oil, and place it under American Corporate control. So far, one out of three parts of the plan have worked out. But in the meantime, there must be over 100,000 private supply, support, and combat personnel in Iraq making big bucks for the various military industries.

Although it appears on paper that we only have 150,000 troops in Iraq, we actually are fielding 250,000 paid personnel in direct support of the troops. As these private troops are paid 10 to 15 times as much as regular military, our privatized Iraqi adventure is pumping out massive war profits. Profitable as this is in the short-term, the failure of our plan is a serious threat to long term profits.

Iraq's natural ally in the region is Iran. The Iraqi Government looks very unlikely to sign their oil over, nor establish a government controllable by the United States.. The disposition of the Iraqi oil depends on the final disposition of the Iraqi government. Bush's Iraqi adventure is threatening to enhance the rise of Iran's regional status with the addition of an Iraqi partner, rich in oil and resentment for the West.

Also See:

So, Mr Bremer, where did all the money go?, The Guardian, July 7, 2005

Iraq's missing millions, The Gaurdian, Feb. 8, 2007

U.S. firm botching jobs, WP, Sept 29, 2006


Corruption Updates 94, 6th article on the page, Bribery Network to Bloat War Costs Is Alleged: Bush and Friends Robbing the US Blind

Pentagon Splits War-Support Contract 3 Ways, NY Times, 6-8-07

Pentagon 190,000 Weapons Missing in Iraq, Iraqis Oppose Oil Bill, Iran Daily, 8-7-07

Corruption Updates 108, 6th article on the page, Iraq Weapons Are a Focus of Criminal Investigations

$6 Billion in Contracts Reviewed, Pentagon Says, NYT, September 21, 2007

NYT, October 16, 2007; Top Air Force Contracting Official Dies in Apparent Suicide

43.5 Billion to Spy on us, NYT, October 31, 2007

AP, September 18, 2007; State Department Under Hill Scrutiny: Honest Oversights forced out, allowing the Administration and its Minions to Steal Billions

Pentagon Cites Poor Controls for Iraq Fund, Billions in weapons missing, NYT, December 7, 2007


Army Overseer Tells of Ouster Over KBR Stir, nyt, 6-17-08

American Envoy Is Linked to Arms Deal Cover-Up, nyt 6-24-08

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Report Finds Iraqi Government Precarious

Thursday, August 23, 2007

(08-23) 10:19 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) –


The Iraqi government will become more precarious over the next six to 12 months and its security forces have not improved enough to operate without outside help, U.S. spy agencies conclude in a new assessment of the country's political and military fortunes.

Despite some uneven improvements, the analysts concluded that the level of overall violence is high, Iraq's sectarian groups remain unreconciled, and al-Qaida in Iraq is still able to conduct highly visible attacks.

"Iraqi political leaders remain unable to govern effectively," the 10-page document, a declassified summary of a more detailed National Intelligence Estimate, concludes.

The report represents the collaborative judgments of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency and the intelligence organization of each military service.

The report predicts that the Iraqi government "will become more precarious over the next six to 12 months" because of criticism from members of Iraqi Shiite parties, Iraq's top Shiite religious figure Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and Sunni and Kurdish factions.

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, are due to report next month on how much progress is being made with the buildup, which now has some 162,000 troops, the highest of the four-year-old war.

The report also finds:

_ Sunni Arab resistance to al-Qaida in Iraq, a Sunni group blamed for significant civilian bloodshed, has expanded in the last six to nine months. However, it hasn't created broad Sunni Arab support for the Iraqi government.

_ Iraq's neighbors will continue to focus on improving their leverage in Iraq, expecting the U.S. and its allies to leave. "Assistance to armed groups, especially from Iran, exacerbates the violence inside Iraq."

_ Security improvements have been brought by Sunni groups fighting al-Qaida in Iraq, but the same groups may eventually pose a threat to the Shiite-dominated central government in Baghdad.


Alex Wierbinski, Berkeley, Ca., August , 2007


Iraq War

list continues on War Page

war on terrorism is bogus, guardian, 9-6-03


Rice: Don't take Iraq errors 'literally,' cnn, 4-1-06


Zinni on Meet the Press, MSNBC, 4-2-06

Don't Let Iraq's Sunni-Shia Conflict Spread Through the Mideast, Cato Institute from the Globe, April 14, 2006


Corruption Updates 33, 3rd article on the page, "Sen. Warner Gets Cold Feet Over War"

Corruption Updates 43, 6th article on the page, "Bush impeachment on the table, Hagel says: Hegel accuses Bush of Everything but High Crimes and Treason


Pelosi: Impeachment 'off the table, Oct 23, 2006, RAW story

Pelosi: Pelosi Kills Impeachment Resolution, Nov 6, 2007, AP


Corruption Updates 45, 1st article on the page, "McCaffrey Paints Gloomy Picture of Iraq"

Corruption Updates 56, 5th article on the page, "Batiste: Army Career Behind Him, General Speaks Out on Iraq"


Corruption Updates 58, 6th article on the page, War-torn Iraq 'facing collapse'

Corruption Updates 67, 1st article on the page, "'03 Iraq reports warned Bush: Bush is an Irresponsible Idiot"

Corruption Updates 79, 1st article on the page, "Iraq Ranks No. 2 of Failed States"

Corruption Updates 86, 2nd article on the page, Lugar shakes Capitol, calls Bush Iraq strategy a failure


Corruption Updates 94, 5th article on the page, Oil Law Stalls in Iraq


Bush Wars Push Saudi Arabia out of American Axis, essay, July 07

Bush Arms Everybody, essay, August 4, 2007


Failed war, failed state, failed empire, essay, August 3, 2007


NY Times, August 12, 2007; Democrats Say Leaving Iraq May Take Years: Dems Still Voting for Iraq War


Corruption Updates 108, 2nd article on the page, Report Finds Iraqi Government Precarious


Corruption Updates 113, 1st article on the page, Poll: Americans see War as Failure

Corruption Updates 113, 2nd article on the page, Poll: Iraqis see War as Failure


Compromise on Oil Law in Iraq Seems to Be Collapsing, NY Times, September 13, 2007


In divided Baghdad, fear rules, McClatchy Baghdad Bureau, September 15, 2007

Cases of Cholera Reach Baghdad, NYT, September 21, 2007


Ex-general calls Iraq a 'nightmare,' Aljazeera, OCTOBER 13, 2007


Uneasy allies in historic summit: Iran Secures Northern Border with Russia Anticipating hostilites from all other Quarters, BBC News, Oct 15, 2007


US had No Post-War Plan for Iraq, BBC, Oct 27, 2007

For his failures, Rumsfeld must go, General Paul Eaton, International Herald Tribune

A failure in generalship, Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, Armed Forces Journal, May 2007


Gulf Arms Race: bush arms everyone, isn, 12-15-07

Arab bitch states expect israel to destroy iran nuke tech, dawn, 2-12-08


Minister Sees Need for U.S. Help in Iraq Until 2018, nyt, 1-15-08

We're never leaving iraq, mcclatchy, 1-17-08

Iran dismisses israeli threats, meo, 1-18-08

the situation in iraq: continued deception by administration, committee, 1-30-08


what the generals, (ret.) have said, committee, links


More than one million Iraqis dead since US-led invasion, meo, 1-31-08

Kurds’ Power Wanes as Arab Anger Rises, nyt, 2-1-08


Law lords to rule whether decision to invade Iraq warrants inquiry, guardian, 2-4-08

prince Andrew: US ignored Uk interantional colonial experience, new.au, 2-5-08

Injecting war in the middle east: croker on us support of saddam, iranmania, 2-8-08

Sadr warns Mahdi militia not to break ceasefire, meo, 2-8-08


British Iraq Dossier Surfaces, Without Crucial Weapons Claim, nyt, 2-19-08

Revealed: the first draft of dossier that took Britain to war, independent, 2-19-08


The true cost of war, guardian, 2-28-08 a news story covering: The Three Trillion Dollar War  by Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes


Revealed: the first draft of dossier that took Britain to war, independent, 2-19-08

war on terrorism is bogus, guardian, 9-6-03


Arab Summit

days of fury, Al Ahram, 3-5-08

saudi-iranian links


us troops an insult to middle east, bbc, 3-4-08

yet another military chief pushed out, esquire, 3-11-08

US commander quits 'over Iran', aljazeera, 3-11-08

Five years on, Bush again talks of Iraq victory, reuters, 3-19-08


Iraqi Unit Flees Post, Despite American’s Plea, nyt, 4-16-08

failed war, failed state

US imperialism fuels rise of iran



bribed politicians are killing you, your country, and your planet

dems want iraq to pay costs of american destruction, occupation of iraq, nyt, 4-17-08

dem's audacity: they want iraq to finance their war crimes, committee, 4-19-08


Pentagon institute: Iraq war 'a major debacle' with outcome 'in doubt:' iraq war defines military, political, and moral failures of US government, mcclatchy, 4-17-08

The middle east yesterday, today, and tomorrow, committee, 4-17-08



Iraq falling further apart

Australia pulls troops out of Iraq cnn, 5-31-08

The insider report: Sistani Forbids Feeding Americans, Warns against Security Agreement, informed consent, 5-25-08


Iraq resisting long-term American Domination, occupation, nyt, 5-31-08. (note: "nyt" and "jyt" both refer to the New York Times' proper label, the Jew York Times)

Thousands of Iraqis rally against U.S. troop accord, reuters, 5-30-08

background: Bush, American government lying: long term bases planned and built in iraq: Links


Pentagon propaganda-hypocrisy machine: a mouthpiece of the military industrial complex

Military Chief Warns Troops About Politics, nyt, 5-25-08, Unless it is pentagon propaganda:

background:. article: Pentagon propaganda machine leads corporate media, american opinion, by the nose, nyt, 4-20-08


How the Pentagon shapes the world, asia times, 5-31-08


Liars and Criminals in High Office

Ex-White House spokesman Scott McClellan attacks Bush, lat, 5-28-08

US Senate: Bush lied us to War, nyt, 6-6-08

status of iraq: continued deception by administration, congress, military, committee.


Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control, the independent, 6-6-08

US holding $50 billion in iraqi funds hostage in exchange for permeant US bases, the independent, 6-6-08

Al Jeezera analysis of the two stories above, aljazeera, 6-6-08

background: endless war links



Afghan War

China arms Taliban, bbc, 9-7-03

british army broken by iraq and afghan wars, bbc, 1-28-08

close to a failed state, lat, 1-31-08

risk of state failure,  bbc, 1-31-08

canada to pull out, javno, 1-30-08


grim news out of Afghanistan, committee, 1-24-08

this will not end well, committee, 6-07


insurgencies spread in afghanistan and pakistan, reuters, 2-3-08


BBC hides Nato Conflict over Afghanistan, bbc, 2-7-08


US warns NATO on Afghanistan, bbc, 2-11-08

NATO adviser for talks with Taliban, daily times, 3-9-08


ashdown warns of afghan failure, ft, 3-12-08

taliban woos karzai's warlords, reuters, 3-11-08


another torture victim emerges from CIA secret prison-torture system, reuters, 3-14-08


Taliban leader offers truce, dawn, 3-15-08


New Paki govt partner ANP opens talks with taliban, dawn, 3-30-08

Terms of the Paki taliban: peace with Paki govt, but continued war against Americans Invasion of Afghanistan, mcclatchy, 4-1-08


Afghanistan has no problem convicting bush victims, nyt, 4-10-08


AFGHANISTAN: Over 400,000 people receive food aid amid soaring prices, irin, 4-13-08

An Impending Global Famine, committee, 4-6-08



Afghan fighting poised to escalate, lat, 4-13-08

US predicts increase in Afghan violence, ap, April 24, 2008

afghanistan: welcome to hell

Pakistan Defies U.S. on Halting Afghanistan Raids, nyt, 5-16-08


Telegraph, (UK) What the Army faces in Afghanistan, 6-10-08

Financial Times, (UK) The dream of Afghan democracy is dead, 6-11-08

this will not end well, committee, 6-07


NATO, Afghan forces preparing to storm Taliban-held villages, Afghanistan Sun, Tuesday 17th June, 2008

Taliban fighters infiltrate area near Kandahar, iht, 6-18-08


American Envoy Is Linked to Arms Deal Cover-Up, nyt 6-24-08


Militants breached US Afghan base, bbc, 7-14-08


list continues on War Page


Pakistan ending US Terror War

Peace deal with militants must be enforced: US, daily times, 4-24-08

Pakistan taliban orders cease-fire in tribal areas, dawn, 4-24-08

Terms of the Paki taliban: peace with Paki govt, but continued war against Americans Invasion of Afghanistan, mcclatchy, 4-1-08

US predicts increase in Afghan violence, ap, April 24, 2008


Pakistan Defies U.S. on Halting Afghanistan Raids, nyt, 5-16-08


Telegraph, (UK) What the Army faces in Afghanistan, 6-10-08

The Nation, (PK) Army protests deadly US-led coalition air strike, 6-11-08

Pakistan army: U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed 11 troops, usa today, 6-11-08

Daily Times, (PK) Is there a deal with the taliban? 6-11-08

background: links: Pakistan

list continues on War Page


Other Information you need to know

Winter Solider

review four days of testimony from iraq-afghan vets, winter solider or foreign policy in focus, or testimonials: realnews network


solider blogs


Casey J Porter Speaks Out Against Stop-Loss, youtube (many iraq videos)

Casey J Porter tells it like it really is in Iraq: the movie

My name is Casey J Porter. I'm right and we all know it.


Iraq War Topics

Pre-emptive war, first strike nukes

oil, guns, and money: links

endless war links

War Fraud links

War Status links&Generals

Lugar, other conservatives, condemn war


essay: The bubbling regional war to pick up speed? 1-14-08

essay updated: report on bush incompentence: chances for regional war up? 4-17-08



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No-bid contract from drug office

Feds find ways to avoid competitive bidding

Thursday, August 23, 2007

(08-23) 04:00 PDT Washington - --


Under pressure from the White House and Congress to deliver a long-delayed plan last year, officials at the Department of Homeland Security's counter-narcotics office took a shortcut that has become common at federal agencies: They hired help through a no-bid contract.

Scott Chronister, a senior official in the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, reached out to a former colleague at a private consulting firm for advice. The consultant suggested that Chronister's office could avoid competition and get the work done quickly under an arrangement in which the firm "approached the government with a 'unique and innovative concept,' " documents and interviews show.

A contract worth up to $579,000 was awarded to the consultant's firm in September.

A recent congressional report estimated that federal spending on contracts awarded without open competition has tripled, to $207 billion, since 2000, with a $60 billion increase last year alone.

Government auditors say the result often is higher prices for taxpayers and an undue reliance on a limited number of contractors.

"The rapid growth in no-bid and limited-competition contracts has made full and open competition the exception, not the rule," according to the report, by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles.

Keith Ashdown, chief investigator at Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog group, said that in many cases, officials are simply choosing favored contractors as part of a club mentality.

"Contracting officials are throwing out decades of work to develop fair and sensible rules to promote competition," Ashdown said. "Government officials are skirting the rules in favor of expediency or their favored contractors."

Also See:

Corruption Updates 20, 9th article on the page,

Corruption Updates 43, 9th article on the page, Doan. GSA Chief Is Accused of Playing Politics

Corruption Updates 93, 6th article on the page, Waxman studies possible political use of drug office

Corruption Updates 108,  3rd article on the page, No-bid contract from drug office

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New law may go far beyond wiretapping

It could even allow physical searches of citizens, experts say

SF Chron, August 19, 2007


(08-19) 04:00 PDT Washington - --

Broad new surveillance powers approved by Congress this month could allow the Bush administration to conduct spy operations that go well beyond wiretapping to include - without court approval - certain types of physical searches of U.S. citizens and the collection of their business records, Democratic congressional officials and other experts said.

Administration officials acknowledged they had heard such concerns from Democrats in Congress recently and that there is a continuing debate over the meaning of the legislative language.

The dispute illustrates how lawmakers, in a frenetic, end-of-session scramble, passed legislation they may not have fully understood and may have given the administration more surveillance powers than it sought.

Two weeks after the legislation was signed into law, there is still heated debate over how much power Congress gave to the president.

Beyond wiretapping

Some civil rights advocates said they suspect the administration made the language of the bill intentionally vague to allow it even broader discretion over wiretapping decisions. Whether intentional or not, the end result - according to top Democratic aides and experts on national security law - is that the legislation may grant the government the right to collect a vast array of information on U.S. citizens inside the United States without warrants, as long as the administration asserts that the spying concerns the monitoring of a person believed to be overseas.

Several legal experts said that by redefining the meaning of "electronic surveillance," the new law undercuts the legal underpinnings of several provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA, indirectly giving the government the power to use intelligence collection methods far beyond wiretapping that previously required court approval if conducted inside the United States. These new powers include the collection of business records, physical searches and so-called "trap and trace" operations, analyzing specific calling patterns.

Bush administration officials have already signaled that, in their view, the president retains his constitutional authority to do whatever it takes to protect the country, regardless of any action Congress takes. At a tense meeting last week with lawyers from a range of private groups active in the wiretapping issue, senior Justice Department officials refused to commit the administration to adhering to the limits laid out in the new legislation and left open the possibility that the president could once again use what they have said in other instances is his constitutional authority to act outside the regulations set by Congress.

At the meeting, Bruce Fein, a Justice Department lawyer in the Reagan administration, along with other critics of the legislation, pressed Justice Department officials repeatedly for an assurance that the administration considers itself bound by the restrictions imposed by Congress. The Justice Department, led by Ken Wainstein, assistant attorney general for national security, refused to do so, according to three participants in the meeting.

That stance angered Fein and others. It sent the message, Fein said in an interview, that the new legislation, though it is already broadly worded, "is just advisory. The president can still do whatever he wants to do. They have not changed their position that the president's Article II powers trump any ability by Congress to regulate the collection of foreign intelligence."



Dem Traitors Fully Join Bush's Attack on Civil and Constitutional Rights

Alex Wierbinski, Berkeley, Ca., August 29, 2007

Congress has, incompentently or not, given Bush a law that confirms his claims to unlimited searching powers within the United States. The Dems are trying to portray this as some kind of oversight. This was no oversight.

Although Congress may not have intended to give away all of our Constitutional Liberties, the clearly intended to give up the core principal of the 4th Amendment, that there be no searches without an independent warrant showing proof and naming a specific location for the search.

Giving up the right itself was no oversight, but was an act of official treachery and malfeasance in office. This law is in clear violation of the Constitution, it has no legal or moral legitimacy, and is therefore void.

Lets's check this with the Constitution:

The specific words of the Fourth Amendment of The Constitution are:

...and No warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Neither the President nor Congress has any legitimate authority to interfere with, or alter the Constitution's specific standard defining legal searches. Nor can the Courts strike down our Constitution.

Each branch of our government is required to remain within its Constitutional bounds, while ensuring that the other branches also keep within their limits.

All of the branches of our government are failing both these tasks.

As things stand now, Congress thinks its duty is to divide the wealth of our nation among themselves and their corporate sponsors. The President is openly consolidating and exercising the powers of a dictator. The courts have been working on a decades-long devolution of our Constitutional and civil rights.

It is way past the time when honest citizens, let alone our dishonest politicians, should have stood up against these crimes and corruptions which threaten our Constitution, the rights of our citizens, and the safety of our country.

Our corrupt Congress and our criminal President are a clear and present danger to the shredded remnants of our democracy and our few remaining civil liberties.

We voted out the last Congress, and like magic, nothing has changed. This Congress continues to feed at the trough of corruption, and the President continues to assault our Constitution. Nothing has changed.

Congress and President must be removed from office and prosecuted for openly violating our laws and betraying our Constitution.

The only solution to controlling political corruption requires that we change who funds the candidates. Any meaningful reform to our elections must make all the candidates, and the results of all of our elections, reflect power of the local voters, rather than the power and interests of the corporations who sponsor our politicians.

Local voters must be put back in charge of their representatives. This can only be done if we make the local voters the primary source of funding for local candidates.

The funding and contributions that support every candidate in every election must come only from the voters in that election.

Today, the outcome of local elections-all elections-are decided by which candidate can raise the most outside money. The dependency of candidates on vast sums of outside money assures voters that the final winner of the election will be more dependent on the corporations and special interests who bribed them, than the support of their own voters.

The reason we are suffering under a criminal Congress and President is that elections today are a function of wealth and power, not of democracy.

As deeply as our elections are corrupted by wealth and power, so too is the depth of corruption of our representatives. These corrupted politicians are only capable of emitting legislation and policy that serves the interests of their corporate sponsors.

Restoring control of our elections to the local voters is only the first step in restoring our democracy. We still face the tasks of restoring the individual rights that have been eroded in recent decades. We are faced with the task of restoring the free press from its corporate captivity. And finally, we will have to drive Congress and the President back within the bounds of our Constitution.

Pelosi's Congress just "gave" Bush a "law" that suspends the Constitution just to his tastes, while at the same time dividing up earmarks between themselves, and our national wealth between their corporate sponsors.

Rather than making Bush's warrantless wiretapping programs legal, Congress' passage of this vile law joins them to the President as enemies of our rights, and the Constitution of the United States.

Draft Articles of Impeachment

(revised 2-11-09, to: Draft Charges)

Bush has led us to war on false pretexts.

Bush has made rules for captures, which the Constitution grants exclusively to Congress.

Bush has claimed the power to practice the use of torture, a clear violation of repeatedly affirmed domestic and international laws.

Bush has created secret prisons beyond law or oversight.

Bush and Congress have, in concert, attacked habius corpus, and pretended the right to diminish the fundamental rights of all persons held under legitimate American authority.

Bush has kidnapped and unlawfully detained numerous individuals in sovereign countries far from any war, exceeding the lawful exercise of war powers by any legitimate President of the United States, violating the sovereignty of these nations, as well as the laws of war, and the rule of law itself.

Bush has claimed and exercised unlimited power to search all Americans without warrant, a clear violation of the Constitution and law of this country.

Bush and Congress have, indiviually and in concert, repeatedly attacked the right of every American to be secure in their possessions and their effects. The President has broken the law and his oath of office by ordering illegal searches, illegal detentions, torture, and executive branch trials.

Congrss has assisted these crimes by repeatedly passing laws in violation of the Constitution, allowing secret warrantless searches of American's homes, their possessions, and records, or as the Constitution defines it, their effects.

Bush has claimed the power to set aside law and the Constitution using signing statements, an innovation not named in the Constitution, in clear violation of the process for creating laws required by the Constitution.

Bush has refused the lawful oversight of Congress, claiming that national security concerns put him above and outside of the Constitutionally checked and balanced duties of the office of the President.

And Congress sits idly by, collecting their wages of bribery as its powers, and our protections are stripped away, Constitutional right by Constitutional right.


Also See:

Corruption Updates 23, 9th article on the page, "TIMES SOFTPEDALS PRESIDENTIAL WAR CRIMES AND DOMESTIC CRIMES"



Corruption Updates 36, 5th article on the page, "White House Confirms Americans Have No Constitutional Protections"

Corruption Updates 41, 5th article on the page, "FBI Violations May Number 3,000, Official Says: HOW DO YOU SAY ILLEGAL SEARCH? “National Security Letter"

Corruption Updates 51, 9th article on the page, "Administration Seeks to Expand Surveillance Law

Corruption Updates 70, 5th article on the page, Democrats May Subpoena N.S.A. Documents (Comey testified to Congress about the hospital assault, Congress wanted legal justifications for program, and his side of the episode from Gonzales)

Corruption Updates 88, 6th article on the page, Bush Authorized Domestic Spying: Bush is a Criminal, and an Enemy of our Constitution

Corruption Updates 88, 7th article on the page, Spying on the Home Front

Washington Post, August 5, 2007; House Approves Wiretap Measure: Pelosi, Dems, Betray Constitution Again

Washington Post, August 7, 2007; Same Agencies to Run, Oversee Surveillance Program: Liar Gonzales Runs Unconstitutional Searching Program

Corruption Updates 104, 1st article on the page, Notes Detail Pressure on Ashcroft Over Spying: Gonzales Caught Lying, yet Again

Corruption Updates 104, 1st article on the page, Notes Detail Pressure on Ashcroft Over Spying

Corruption Updates 108, 4th article on the page, New law may go far beyond wiretapping

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Scholar says Bush has used obscure doctrine to extend power 95 times

09/23/2005 @ 6:54 pm

Raw Story, Filed by Jennifer Van Bergen



The Bush administration has been using an extreme version of an obscure doctrine called the Unitary Executive Theory to justify executive actions that far exceed past presidents' power, RAW STORY has learned.

The doctrine assumes, in its extreme form, nearly absolute deference to the Executive branch from Congress and the Judiciary.

According to Dr. Christopher Kelley, a professor in the Department of Political Sciences at Miami University, as of April 2005, President Bush had used the doctrine 95 times when signing legislation into law, issuing an executive order, or responding to a congressional resolution.

The President announced in these signings that he would construe provisions in a manner consistent with his “constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch.” While the President clearly has the authority to supervise the executive branch, it is unclear how far he might construe this authority under the unitary executive theory.

In fact, according to professors Steven J. Calabresi and Christopher S. Yoo, “a veritable all-star list of constitutional scholars” has rejected judicial supremacy, considering it inconsistent with the idea of checks and balances among the three branches of the federal government.

The President announced in these signings that he would construe provisions in a manner consistent with his "constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch." While the President clearly has the authority to supervise the executive branch, it is unclear how far he might construe this authority under the unitary executive theory.

The Administration’s actions under this doctrine have become so prevalent that even conservatives on the Supreme Court who are sympathetic to the unitary executive theory have felt compelled to reject them. Last year, for example, the Court ruled that the President does not have absolute authority to detain enemy combatants without due process.

Under the Constitution, the president’s role is to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Congress has the power to make the laws and the judiciary interprets the law.

For over 200 years, the United States Supreme Court has been viewed as the final arbiter of what is and what is not the law. “It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is,” declared Chief Justice John Marshall in 1803. “This is the very essence of judicial duty.”

...Congress did not react to the legality of the Guantanamo detentions. Nor did they respond when the CIA used an unmanned plane fitted with a five-foot-long Hellfire missile to kill a senior al Qaeda leader as he was riding in a car in the Yemeni desert, also killing a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Congress has never questioned the order to assassinate these individuals, even though the CIA has been banned from conducting or participating in assassinations since 1976.

The Geneva Convention

The Administration’s claim that it has the authority to decide what is or is not the law is most manifest in its decision not to apply the Geneva Conventions to certain persons. A 2003 memo on torture written by Department of Defense lawyers stated that “criminal statutes are not read as infringing on the president’s ultimate authority” as commander-in-chief, and prohibitions on torture “must be construed as inapplicable to interrogations.”

“Congress may no more regulate the president’s ability to detain and interrogate enemy combatants than it may regulate his ability to direct troop movements on the battlefield,” said the memo.

White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales wrote in 2002 that the Geneva Conventions were “obsolete” and “quaint” and argued that Bush had the constitutional authority to determine that Geneva did not apply to al Qaeda or the Taliban.

Several mainstream legal scholars have declared that the President’s claim of unlimited executive power turns the Constitution on its head. University of Texas law professor Douglas Laycock told the L.A. Times that “It is just wrong to say the president can do whatever he wants, even if it is against the law.”

Charles Gittings, founder of the Project to Enforce the Geneva Conventions, asserts that the President’s decision not to apply Geneva, or to apply it selectively, is a grave breach of the Convention and thus a violation of the War Crimes Act of 1996.

“The President has no Constitutional authority to commit crimes,” he said.


The President is an Enemy of the American People and Our Constitution

Alex Wierbinski, Berkeley, Ca., August , 2007



This article was written on October 5th, 2006 for CU 16_1

The article above describes how the President has put himself above the law, claiming powers that were never granted by the Constitution. The Constitution, section 7, number 1, clearly states that, when Congress crafts

...a law, (it) be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his objections to that house in which it shall have originated,...and (the house shall) proceed to reconsider it...”

The constitutionally mandated process leads to a law, or no law.

The Constitution does not authorize “signing statements,” or any Presidential power to accept, or reject, part of a law.

“Signing statements” are clearly Unconstitutional, and undermine the balance of Powers between the branches of Government, to the detriment of the rights of the people.

Bush is using the illegal signing statements to claim he can ignore The Constitution and Law, and the Congress and Judiciary are so corrupted that they cannot do their duty to protect our country, or the honor of their offices, by objecting to these repugnant acts of the President.

Bush attached a signing statement to a law prohibiting the Pentagon from collecting information in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Bush also attached a signing statement to a law prohibiting torture of prisoners in U.S. Custody. The Administration has claimed exemption to the Constitutional prohibitions on searches and torture, as well as the laws crafted to protect these unalienable rights. Let's be clear on the issues:

The specific words of the Fourth Amendment of The Constitution are:

...and No warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The president has no authority to interfere with this Constitutionally mandated standard. Nor does Congress, nor the Courts. It is time for officeholders to protect and enforce the Constitution. Those that do have rendered themselves Constitutionally illegitimate, and must be removed from office and prosecuted for betraying our Constitution.

The Congressional, and Court, deference to clearly illegal actions by the President, against the Constitution and laws of this country, are a galling testament to the extent corruption has eroded our political institutions.

The Democrats and Republicans have both rejected the reforms required to restore honest democratic elections by and for the people. Both have failed to protect either the Constitutional rights of the people, or protected the general welfare of its citizens.

The Democratic and Republican parties, and their politicians, have proved themselves to be nothing more than the illegitimate tools of wealth and power. Both parties are the enemies of the American Constitution, enemies of the rights of the American people, and promote interests that are antithetic to the general welfare of our country.

Political corruption has produced a series of administrations, and Congresses, that have intentionally, and constantly, broken not just the law, but have consistently attacked the specific words, as well as the spirit, of the Constitution. Both parties feed from the same source of special interest wealth and power, allowing them create, and fight over, superficial distinctions in policy that conveniently mask the fact that both parties are controlled by the same special interests.

The corporations do not care if you have any “rights” to abortion, guns, gay marriages, privacy, freedom of speech, or anything else: they fund both sides of the argument, and they win in every election, and they win every time American politics are used to take away our citizen's rights. Each extension of governmental power allows the special interests to expand their power. This generational expansion of political control by the special interest now has a stranglehold on our politicians, parties, and our government.

Neither Democrats nor Republicans have the ethics, or the basic values, to reject, or even fight, the bribery and deception that is stealing the wealth and honor of our country. Both parties have rejected, sold short, and violently sacrificed, our basic values, for the rewards of illegitimate wealth and power. Both parties are equally complicit in these domestic and foreign crimes, and have backed each other up. The Democrats only difference with the Republicans, is that they claim they would have done a better job of committing these crimes.

Americans have profited handsomely from this corruption, but we are going to pay a high price for the profits and luxury our corruptions have brought us. The most costly price we are paying, both domestically and internationally, is spiritual. We have lost the spirit of freedom. This is reflected in the character of the governments and leadership we support around the world. Our allies are dictatorial, and murderous.

For our tardiness to attend to these ethical problems, we now have a spiritual disease that has corrupted the character of our people, and caused greed, corruption, and murder, to rise around the world. The vital interests of our country, and the world, demand that we curb the political criminals that have hijacked our democracy, and are using it to torture the world. We are duty-bound to restore democratic legitimacy to our government, control our greedy excesses, and craft foreign and domestic policy that truly reflects our democratic roots and values.

Only after fixing our own house may we be able to fix the world, and end these conflicts our greed and political immorality have caused. But we must start at the beginning, by restoring our own democracy.


We give it a 70% probability that Bush will extend war after the November elections, to Iran. Possibly through Syria. It will be the only way to rescue his Middle East policy. Otherwise, we lose Iraq and provide the means for ending our hegemony over Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt.

If Bush expands the Middle Eastern war, I give it a 50-50 chance that a “national emergency” will be found, or created, to “temporarily” put off the 2008 Presidential Election.

The Corporations and political parties will go for it, and that should bring the Congress along, Especially if they get to keep their seats. The people have already accepted a government that breaks the law, and suspending elections is only a small jump from the elections we have now. This is the only way that Bush and the Democrats will be able to prevent their failed Iraq war and Israeli policies from leading to the rise of an independent Middle East which hates the United States. Otherwise, all is lost.

Join us to fight these illegal acts by our corporate politicians: help us spread the word about the voter-only reform initiative. After we fix the foundation, we will be able to fix the house.


Read more about the exercise of Unconstitutional Presidential Power

See the all new (1-09) link list: The Unlimited President

Also See:

NSA Spying on Americans Is Illegal, ACLU, (12/29/2005)




Corruption Updates 21, 7th article on page, “Ex-judges: Detainee law unconstitutional


Corruption Updates 22, 7th article on page, Reid Threatens Bush with Oversight (laughable)

Corruption Updates 23, 4th article on page,Bush Claims to Unlimited Power Contested

Corruption Updates 23, 8th article on page, Harmon Calls Wiretapping Illegal



Corruption Updates 23, 9th article on page, "TIMES SOFTPEDALS PRESIDENTIAL WAR AND DOMESTIC CRIMES"




Corruption Updates 25, 7th article on page, 12-6-06, “Italy Seeks Indictments of C.I.A. Operatives in Egyptian’s Abduction




Corruption Updates 29, 2nd article on page,White House Claims Secret Policy Power


Corruption Updates 31, 1st article on page, 1-17-07, “AG criticizes judges for terror rulings

Corruption Updates 31, 2nd and 3rd articles on page,Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Indefensible,” and “A Bush appointee's crude gambit on detainees' legal rights”


Corruption Updates 31, 6th article on page, 1-17-07, Secret Court to Govern Warrantless Taps”



Corruption Updates 31, 8th article on page, 1-19-07, “Pentagon sets rules for detainee trials”








Corruption Updates 36, 5th article on the page, "White House Confirms Americans Have No Constitutional Protections"


FBI USING UNLIMITED SEARCH POWERS:Bush Pledges Swift Action on FBI Reform(LIAR), wp, 3-10-07


Hegel accuses Bush of Everything but High Crimes and Treason, 43_6, ap, 3-26-07


Corruption Updates 38, 2nd article on page,Legal experts rap media ban at Gitmo"


Corruption Updates 41, 5th article on the page, "FBI Violations May Number 3,000, Official Says: HOW DO YOU SAY ILLEGAL SEARCH? “National Security Letter"


F.B.I. Files on Lawyers Guild Proof of Criminal Government Spans Seven Presidents, nyt, 6-25-07

Hoover's 1950 police state plan: it still lives in us govt, nyt, 12-13-07

Ex-F.B.I. Chief’s Book Revisits Watergate, nyt, 3-9-08



Corruption Updates 51, 9th article on the page, "Administration Seeks to Expand Surveillance Law

Corruption Updates 52, 10th article on the page,
U.S. Wants to Limit Guantanamo Detainees' Access to Lawyers

Corruption Updates 53, 6th article on the page, Ex-prosecutors urge access for detainees

Corruption Updates 57, 9th article on the page, GOP candidates divided on detainees' treatment

Corruption Updates 67, 2nd article on the page, Illegal Trials:Tribunals are dealt another legal setback

Corruption Updates 71, 3rd article on the page, Detentions:U.S. Review of Decision on Detainees: Bush Pushes Criminal Tribunals

Corruption Updates 94, 2nd article on the page, Bush signs new CIA interrogation: Rules He Can Torture Anyone

Corruption Updates 94, 3rd article on the page, Gitmo: Court Tells U.S. to Reveal Data on Detainees

Corruption Updates 94, 4th article on the page, Illegal Trials: Unlikely Adversary

Corruption Updates 96, 8th article on the page, Trial of David Hicks 'a charade:' Bush Nazi Powers reviled by Australian Bar Association

Corruption Updates 99, 5th article on the page, Bush could bypass new torture ban

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4 Major Banks Tap Fed for Financing


August 23, 2007



The country’s four biggest banks announced yesterday that they had each borrowed $500 million from the Federal Reserve, taking an unusual step to ease the credit squeeze that has been rattling the financial system for weeks.

The banks — Citigroup, Bank of America, JPMorgan and Wachovia — said that they had tapped the so-called discount window of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, five days after the central bank lowered the rate and loosened its collateral standards in an effort to inject more money into the credit markets.

...the move puzzled longtime market watchers, some of whom are expecting bigger troubles.

“Going to the discount window is like someone on the Upper East Side being seen in a Wal-Mart,” said Charles R. Geisst, a financial historian at Manhattan College. “The T-shirts may be cheap, but why would you?”

He added: “The banks are circling the wagons. Somebody’s got a problem.”

Other big banks have also tapped central banks for financing. On Tuesday, Barclays, a British bank, borrowed £314 million ($622 million) from the Bank of England’s standing facility, which is used to square accounts between banks. Deutsche Bank confirmed that it had borrowed from the Federal Reserve’s discount window on Friday, though it did not formally publicize the action until yesterday.

Banks have long been reluctant to borrow from the discount window, because the disclosure that capital was being sought there was akin to announcing a financial crisis, which could alarm investors and make the situation worse.


How much Mortgage Liability do the Banks Have?

Alex Wierbinski, Berkeley, Ca., September 5, 2007

Judging by this announcement, the banks are holding significant liabilities. It's serious enough that the housing bubble burst, but this expected implosion has been magnified because securities from the bundled mortgages, who's value is now unknown, are collateral for loans taken out by hedge funds, small banks, and untold other large borrowers.

The vital question is, how much money have large banks loaned out based on mortgage backed securities as collateral? The difference between this amount, and the current value of the mortgage securities, is what the big banks are demanding from their large institutional borrowers.

This in turn causes the borrowers to call in any available assets to cover the difference. And so the demands for payment reverberate through the markets. This puts both the banks and borrowers in a weak position, and drains capital from the markets, drying up funds for mergers and acquisitions first, then affecting funding for routine business activities and needs.

This credit crisis is already affecting the market for home loans, and if it continues a liquidity crisis may occur. This is when viable businesses with good incomes are unable to get loans to bridge temporary cash shortages.

This is a serious situation that threatens to significantly diminish global economic activity. After determining the actual amount of mortgage securities in play, the depth of the threat, and the duration of the crisis will be determined by the price level where the housing market finds stability, and how long it takes the housing market to find that price.

Until then it will be impossible to determine the actual loss of value the mortgage securities have suffered, and who owes what to who.

Economic News links

Corruption Updates 36, 7th article on the page,  "More in U.S. plunge deeper into poverty"

Corruption Updates 45, 8th article on the page,  "Income Gap Is Widening, Data Shows"


The End of the Party is Almost here:

Huffington Press, "Auto Sales Plummet"

Corruption Updates 61, 8th article on the page, "Home Sales Climb, but Prices Plummet"


Corruption Updates 81, 8th article on the page, "Bear Stearns Staves Off Collapse of 2 Hedge Funds: Billions in Worthless Loans Ready to Hit Market"

Corruption Updates 83, 8th article on the page, "Report on Amaranth Collapse Is to Be Made Public"

Corruption Updates 93, 1st article on the page, "Bear Stearns Says Battered Hedge Funds Are Worth Little"


Corruption Updates 98, 1st article on the page, Expect more woes with prime home-equity loans

NY Times, August 10, 2007; Mortgage Losses Echo in Europe and on Wall Street: Irresponsible Politicians and Corporations have stolen all the money: Global Pyramid Crashing Down


NYT, Friday, August 10, 2007; Fed Injects Reserves Into System: Fed Subsidizes Irresponsible Growth

NY Times, August 11, 2007; Central Banks Intervene to Calm Volatile Markets: Irresponsible Politicians allowed Markets to Eat the Middle Class


BBC, August 14, 2007; US stocks fall on renewed jitters: Markets Crashing on Tuesday


AP, August 14, 2007; Europe’s Bank Lends Another $10.5 Billion: Central Banks Unable to Dictate Loan Rates in Face of Credit Crisis


Financial Times, August 17 2007; Asian markets trim losses in late trading: Asian Markets Plunged, Worse Week in Years

NY Times, August 14, 2007; Goldman and Investors to Put $3 Billion Into Fund: Another Major Hedge Fund Folding Up

AP, August 17, 2007; Fed cuts discount rate by 1/2 point: Feds Bailing Out Greedy Speculators


AP, August 17, 2007; Asian Stocks Slide Again Despite Late Wall Street Rally: Asian Markets Plunge on Friday


LA Times, August 17, 2007; A rush to pull out cash: Credit Crisis Expands to Panic Run on Bank

NY Times, Aug 17, 2007; Australia central bank confirms forex intervention: Credit Crisis Roils Foreign Exchange Markets

REUTERS, August 14, 2007; Fund’s Request for Redemption Halt Denied: Credit Crisis Spreads to Commodities Trading Firm


NY Times, August 14, 2007; Surge in Consumer Prices Stirs China’s Concern About Overheated Economy: China Faces Famine in Fall

BBC, August 8, 2007; Wealth gap 'spreads across Asia': Globalism Impoverishes Asia


Corruption Updates 108, 6th article on the page, 4 Major Banks Tap Fed for Financing

Corruption Updates 108, 7th article on the page, Lehman Closes Subprime Unit and Lays Off 1,200


Corruption Updates 108, 8th article on the page, Debt and Spending May Slow as Housing Falters, Fed Suggests


Washington Post,  August 29, 2007; U.S. Poverty Rate Drops; Ranks of Uninsured Grow

The Michigan Citizen, Detroit - MI, 9-9-07; STUDY: Black workers earn low wages, lack advancement: here's proof: Which Threatens Blacks More, Mexican Cheap Labor, or Chinese Racism?


NY Times, September 12, 2007; Prices Surge in China; Trade Surplus Grows Wider


NY Times, September 13, 2007; No Charges for Chiquita Executives: Fund Fascist Drug Gangs and Death Squads allied with Global Corporate Interests and Walk


SF Chron, September 13, 2007; Bay Area home sales plunge 25%

Los Angeles Times, September 13, 2007; Home sales plunge in August


AP in SF Chron, September 15, 2007; Greenspan Faults Bush Over Spending


Bay area foreclosures skyrocket: Local version of impending Global fiscal meltdown, SF Chron, Sept 19, 2007


NY Times, October 16, 2007; Citigroup Acknowledges Poor Risk Management


Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2007; Poverty line out of touch with costs, advocates say: Two-working-parent family in L.A. needs $74,044 to make ends meet

SF Chron, October 17, 2007; A Bay Area couple with two kids can't make it on $50,000 a year


MarketWatch, Sep 21, 2007; Gulf states seen as very unlikely to drop dollar peg

China is going to cut their reserve level of dollars, AFP, November 10, 2007


Warren Buffet says rich should pay estate tax, NYT, November 15, 2007


State Tax Revenues Plunging, Bee, Nov 23, 2007

Summary; Deterioration of the 2007–08 Budget, Elizabeth Hill, Legislative Analyst, Nov 14, 2007


7 MONEY articles: Credit Shrinks, Citi bailout, Global writedown, China Pressured, Housing Plunging, (London Too), Fed Cutting, Various Sources, Nov 27-29, 2007


Boxer Backs Corporate Welfare for Industrial Agriculture, SF Chron, Dec 4, 2007


Big Oil: China & India demand massive increase in global oil production, consumption, NYT, Nov 7, 2007


Arnie predicts 14 bil shortfall, bee, 12-12-07

Mortgage crisis de funding cities and states for years to come, lat, 12-31-07


Citi and other banks underestimate sub-prime exposure by billions, ap, December 27, 2007

Home sales Plunged in November, ap, December 28, 2007

Housing defaults moving into prime loans, lat, December 28, 2007


Oil will stay high during downturn, ap, December 28, 2007


Bankers Face Grim Truth: Worst Is Yet to Come, nyt, 12-12-07 essay: Housing-credit crisis exposing the rotten core of American Markets and Economy


Mortgage crisis defunding cities and states for years to come, lat, December 31, 2007

Subprime woes just getting started, NYT, 1-2-08


era of easy money over, financial times, 1-2-08

Recession? ft (uk) 1-2-08

US Jobs grind to halt, ft, (uk) 1-4-08


buyout credit failing, banks left reeling, ft, 1-3-08

Credit Crisis: Brit Buyouts decline 80%, Times (uk) 1-7-08


Fed Confused at brink of crisis, Times, (uk) 1-7-08

Fed Going wrong way, FT, (uk) 1-6-08


Gold Soars, iht, 1-8-08

econ slowing, market tanking, nyt, 1-9-08


fed minutes: fed confused, nyt, 1-9-08


China's farms struggle to meet growing demand, BBC News, 1-5-08, Henan

China institutes price controls on energy, food, nyt, January 10, 2008


Three recession predictions: Goldman, VOA, and UN, jan 9-10-08

Countrywide going down, reuters, 1-9-08


Dec retail tanks, nyt, January 11, 2008

Merrill takes another huge write down, nyt, January 11, 2008

Trade deficit widens despite weak dollar, nyt, 1-12-08


ECB takes rational econ stand: US shocked, nyt, 1-11-08


Consumer Spending Drops like a rock, nyt, 1-14-08

florida sinking, upi, 1-14-08

era of easy money over, financial times, 1-2-08


Public health ripped off for corporate profits, nyt, January 8, 2008

CA Elite union health costs: 118 bil., bee, January 8, 2008


Dec retail tanks, nyt, 1-11-08


Merril takes largest loss in its history, reuters, 1-17-08

Housing starts at 16 year low, nyt, 1-17-08


Employers put cheap labor before country, ft, 1-17-08


American banking giants losing control, times, 1-17-08


Dow to 7200 by june, committee, 8-17-07


Bond insurance crisis deepens, economist, 1-18-08


11,700 was peak of dot com. bubble, (2001) Now we sit at 11,900 (1-22-08)

bay area foreclosures up 421%, sf chron, 1-22-08

BofA and Wachovia: 90% profit reduction, ft, 1-22-08


beating the dead horse: stimulus giveaway deal to congress, ap, 1-24-08

Fed going the wrong way? iht, 1-24-08

"Panic" rate cuts? economist, 1-24-08


UAE to unhooks dirham from dollar, meo, 2-4-08

Arab inflation Soars with Dollar Drop, Kuwait Times, 12-31-07

inflation tearing up gulf states, marketwatch, 9-21-07


record fall for consumer spending: Americans give up lattes, vacations as economy sours, mcclatchy, 2-7-08


Market rotten at the core: Credit and Bond insurers under severe pressure, new homes sales drop 26% in 2007, nyt 2-17-08


China’s Inflation Rose to 7.1% in January, nyt, 2-19-08

Wall St. Banks Confront a String of Write-Downs, nyt, 2-19-08

unemployment figures indicate recession, bloomberg, 3-8-08

banks, economy in trouble, csm, 3-5-08

the rotten core of the american economy, exposed, committee, 8-18-07


Exports not picking up slack as dollar plunges, marketwatch, 3-26-08


Impending Famine, committee, April 6, 2008

background: links: the impending famine.


Last week's historic market run-up, Alex Wierbinski, Berkeley, Ca., April 7, 2008


US food and energy costs soar, ft, 4-15-08

Retailing Chains Caught in a Wave of Bankruptcies, nyt, 4-15-08

JPMorgan Income Falls 50%, nyt, 4-16-08


Wall Street Winners Get Billion-Dollar Paydays, nyt, 4-16-08

Housing foreclosure crisis gives politicians/lobbyists excuse to steal, nyt, 4-16-08


Banks begging for cash, nyt, 4-21-08


£50bn UK offer for mortgage securities: “liquidity crisis,” ft, 4-21-08


Brits bail out insolvent banks with 100 million, a pittance, nyt, 4-22-08


Ca: 47,000 foreclosures: up 400%. Default notices up 143%, lat, 4-23-08


Japan: Trade surplus falls 30.2 percent in March from year ago, manichi daily news, 4-23-08


US new home sales at 16-year-low, bbc, 4-24-08


Party's Over: The end of irresponsible growth in US, sf chron, 4-27-08



Gasoline could hit $7 a gallon in four years: CIBC, MarketWatch, Apr 24, 2008



Egypt PM pleas for solutions to 15% inflation in March, meo, 4-28-08


Saudi Inflation hits record 9.6 percent in March, meo, 4-28-08



The glass half empty: Economic turmoil not over, Economist, May 1st 2008


China's inflation carries long-term risks: intro to China’s economic mechinism, Asia Times, May 1, 08




Agency Mortgage-Bond Yield Spreads Rise on Potential Bank Sales, bloomberg, 7-7-08

The Grim Numbers: Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae Plunge on Capital Concerns, bloomberg, 7-7-08

The Fox was already Guarding the Henhouse, but Now it's official: Fed to Get Role in Setting Investment Banks' Capital, bloomberg, 7-7-08.

background note: This means that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are no longer holding the money to back up their loan obligations. They are at least 75 billion dollars short, and the hole is getting deeper and deeper.




California's fiscal woes largely of its own making, lat, 7-7-08


Bernanke Says Fed May Continue Lending Into Next Year, bloomberg, 7-8-08

Oil price drop: Day of the locusts, marketwatch, 7-8-08

Housing continues to decline: Pending home sales index down 4.7% in May: NAR, marketwatch, 7-8-08




American Economic Scam almost Over

Fed Sees Turmoil Persisting Deep Into Next Year, nyt, 7-9-08

Fannie and Freddie Stocks Continue Their Slide, wp, 7-10-08

Freddie and Fannie in turmoil, ft, 7-10-08


late breaking financial news:

The Fed rides to the rescue: The "Save all the Speculators" bailout Program

Fed can lend to just about anyone, marketwatch, 7-11, 3:44 edt

U.S. stocks briefly visit positive turf on Bernanke talk, marketwatch, 7-11, 3:11 edt


headline, 7-11-08:

American Political Corruption: Stealing Our Rights and Money

The biggest story of our Generation:

MORON ALERT>> Americans, you've been ROBBED!

Your rights are gone, and your stolen wealth is going too!

Markets Plunge: No imminent government bailout for Fannie, Freddie, reuters, 7-11-08

Markets Plunge: Bush quashes Fannie and Freddie bailout talk, ft, 7-11-08

background: recent news: Fannie Loses $2.2 Billion As Home Prices Fall, wp, 5-7-08, Regulatory boost for Fannie Mae, ft, 5-7-08, Doubts Raised on Big Backers of Mortgages, nyt,5-6-08

note: If the govt. bails freddie and fannie out, their stocks will zero out. Thus bush quashed bailout rumors to stem the stock run. But without significant govt help, the inversion of prime mortgages will crush freddie and fannie. Thus we are stuck between a rock and a hard one.

First, the LIE, then the Bum Rush to bail out the thieves:

Rescue plan for US mortgage giants, ft, 7-13-08

Paulson Puts Treasury's Weight Behind Fannie, Freddie, bloomberg, 7-14-06

U.S. stock futures stronger after government plan, marketwatch, 7-14-08

Asian markets unconvinced by rescue plan, ft, 7-14-08

Dollar Gains as Paulson Seeks Equity Stakes in Freddie, Fannie, bloomberg, 7-14-08

(note: the dollar is actually slightly lower, @ 1.59 a euro after the american markets closed)


Freddie's dark History: They have bribed politicians and stolen before, us news, june 15, 03.

Ex-Freddie Mac CEO Leland Brendsel Will Pay $16.4 Million Fine to Settle OFHEO Action, bloomberg, 11-7-07

Ex-Freddie Mac Chief Brendsel bought political protection from dems, campaignmoney.com

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: The End of illusions, economist, July 17th 2008

The muddle-through approach, the economist, 7-14-08

The $5 trillion mess, fortune, 7-14-08

Government as the Big Lender, nyt, 7-14-08

Analysts Say More Banks Will Fail, nyt, 7-14-08


bank failure

Nervous depositors line up outside IndyMac, lat, 7-14-08


Naomi Klein Reexamines “The Shock Doctrine,” democracynow, 7-15-08

Southern California home sales and prices keep falling, hit 2004 levels, lat, 7-17-08


Economic indicators point to more distress, lat, 7-16-08

Bernanke highlights risks facing US economy, ft, 7-15-08


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MARKET VOLATILITY: The Shark Tank is getting violent. Goldfish should refrain from entering the water.


The US is the Best Third World Country, or the Worst Rich Nation on Earth, UN, Human Development Report, US

First "American Human Development Report" Introduces New Measurement of Americans' Well-being, yubanet, 7-12-08


Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac May Record More Losses, Ofheo Says, bloomberg, 7-22-08

Dollar Trades Near Record Low; American Express Profit Falls, bloomberg, 7-22-08


The slump persists: Home sales tumble across US, ap, 7-24-08


Housing continues to decline: Pending home sales index down 4.7% in May: NAR, marketwatch, 7-8-08

US home foreclosures on the rise, bbc, 7-25-08


F.D.I.C. Takes Over 2 Banks, nyt, 7-27-08


Iran says oil could reach $500 on dollar, politics, reuters, 7-26-08


California: This is a Corruption Crisis, not a Budget Crisis, August 9, 2008


U.S. may not be in recession, but 170 metro areas could be, reuters, 8-10-08


Use of Iraq Contractors Costs Billions, Report Says, nyt, 8-11-08


US inflation at highest since 1991, ft, 8-14-08

Eurozone economy shrinks for first time, ft, 8-14-08


Britain’s Economy Came to a Halt in 2nd Quarter, nyt, 8-22-08

UK recession this year, OECD says, bbc, 8-2-08

OECD Predicts Economic Slowdown for Europe, dw, 9-2-08


Hedge fund Ore Hill limits redemptions, reuters, 8-22-08


Jap, major global Econs Sinking

Japan unveils economic boost plan, bbc, 8-29-08

India's economic growth slowing, bbc, 8-29-08

Australia lowers interest rates, bbc, 9-2-08


ca Budget standoff delays billions in state payments, bee, 9-3-08


’08 Rivals Have Ties to Loan Giants, nyt, 9-9-08

Too Few Regulations? No, Just Ineffective Ones, nyt, 9-13-08



October 6

Yet another Massive Market Crash

Global Stock Freefall: Stocks sharply lower as global crisis persists, marketwatch, 10-6-08

Stocks Fall Sharply on Credit Concerns, jew york times, 10-6-06

U.S. Stocks Decline, Dow Industrial Average Falls Below 10,000, bloomberg, 10-6-08



England: Brown Blames US....Iceland: Bankrupt....Asia: Record market plunge...Russia: RTS Market closed until "further Notice,"...russian markets market plunge 11 to 14%...Canada: markets crash...US: US markets still crashing, global rate cut...Europe: Emergency Rate Cut...IMF: WE'RE SCREWED...




October 12

Feature Story

The worse week in US econ history

U.S. Stocks Tumble, Sending S&P 500 to Worst Drop Since 1933, bloomberg, 10-11-08



California counties brace for the worst, sfc, December 22, 2008

Reeling South Carolina City Is a Snapshot of Economic Woes nyt


What the "Commies" are doing:

The People’s Republic of China Gov.ch (china official site)

Details of real-estate stimulus package published gov.ch

China cuts rates 0.27 points, fifth reduction in three months gov.ch


People’s Daily, (china.gov)

Chinese leader: Use crisis as driving force for economic restructure ch-people’s daily (internal econ development-the race!)


Stimulus plan could be mother of all 'Christmas tree' bills Mc

shazam! yet another excuse for parties to feed their bribers/special interests, alex, 4-16-08


Japan, 12-22-08

Dollar must be more than convenient to run global economy JT

Slump to send Toyota to first loss in 59 years jt

More bad news for economy, AS

Japan recession deepens, China cuts rates cp

Japan exports plunge record amount on weak demand cp


Putin says 'cheap gas era' ending, BBC



As Economy Dips, Arrests for Shoplifting Soar, nyt

New home sales hit an 18-year low lat

(also See Financial Times)

Economy declined 0.5 percent in third quarter, lat


October Home Prices in 20 U.S. Metro Areas Fall 18%, bloom, 12-30-08

December consumer confidence drops to all-time low, ap, 12-30-08


Happy New Year: 2009

New year nightmare brings spectre of 1930s-style depression to eurozone, guardian, 1-1-09

Stockmarkets around world suffer worst year on record, guardian, 12-31-08

US stocks suffer worst year since Great Depression, Financial sector down 57 per cent, ft, 12-31-08


Talks with Ukraine end in deadlock, Gazprom to cut gas supplies, ria, 12-31-08



ECONOMY: 'Financial Meltdown Decolonising Asian Minds,' ips, 12-31-08



U.S. auto sales ended year on low note, iht, 1-5-09

BMW Group U.S. Division Reports December Sales, earthtimes, 1-5-09


The Bank of England cuts interest rates to 1.5%, an all-time low, economist, 1-8-09

South Korea cuts interest rate to record low, marketwatch, 1-9-09


U.S. Job-Market Collapse in 2008 Was Probably Biggest Since ’45, bloomberg, 1-9-09

Obama Must Tackle Fannie, Freddie’s Federal Ties, bloomberg, 1-8-09


China becomes third largest economy, ft, 1-14-09

China's exports in record decline, bbc, 1-13-09

Fear of backlash on Chinese redundancies, ft, 1-13-09


The Afghan reconstruction boondoggle, at, 1-13-09


Controller freezes payments on transportation projects, capitol weekly, 1-8-09

Go East, young man? Californians look for the exit, the desert sun, 1-12-09

CalPERS warns of rate hike, calpensions, 1-12-09


Wage stagnation is the real problem, marketplace radio, 1-21-08


run on hedge funds

$150bn taken out of hedge funds, ft, 1-14-09


Retail Sales in U.S. Fall for a Record Sixth Month as Unemployment Worsens, bloomberg, 1-14-09

JPMorgan chief says 2009 will be bleak, ft, 1-14-09


JPMorgan Analysts Double Jumbo-Mortgage Loss Forecast, bloomberg, 2-9-09
One in eight lenders may fail, RBC says, reuters, 2-9-09
US home prices to hit bottom at year-end: study, raw story, 2-9-09


Gloomy figures show scale of meltdown, manilia times, 2-10-09



Nissan to ax 20,000, log ¥180 billion loss, jt, 2-10-09


Toyota warns of Y450bn deficit, ft, 2-6-09


Ed Balls: minister fears rise of fascism amid economic gloom, telegraph, 2-10-09



This Bailout: A givaway to the richest, 2nd most corrupted people in our country by the most corrupted people in our country

Deal reached on $789 billion stimulus bill, marketwatch, 2-11-09

U.S. Lawmakers Agree on $789 Billion Stimulus Plan, bloomberg, 2-11-09


featured article: the next bailout will fail too

Bank of America’s Bernstein Says Bank Plan Won’t Work, bloomberg, 2-11-09



DiFi Tries To Hand Corporations A Giveaway In The Stimulus, calitics, 2-12-09

Retail sales rebound, jobless claims stay high, reuters, Feb 12, 2009

Fed lends less to banks, financials in latest week, reuters, 2-12-09



Financial reports show 5 biggest banks face huge loss risk, mcclatchy, 3-9-09




list of all the things about our political economy you should have long known

Essays: What a long, strange trip it's been...

june, '07: Unregulated Markets Threatens Every American's Security, committee, june 25, 2007


American Economic Security depends on China, Al, August 13, 2007


The "Beginning," june 23, '07: Krauts taking a Beating in Morgage Securities Market: Where will it end?


august '07: Markets ready to Kill Economy


Dems Still Voting for Iraq War: The True Reasons our Corporate Empire is Waging War in the Middle-East, Alex Wierbinski, Berkeley, Ca., August 12, 2007


august 17, '07: Feds Bailing Out Greedy Speculators


september 5, '07: How much Mortgage Liability do the Banks Have?


november 24, '07: Housing-credit crisis exposing the rotten core of American Markets and Economy


US National welfare Secondary to Corporate Profits in China Trade, alex, 12-07


january 14, '08: The impending meltdown


march 14, '08: Death of the new economy, get ready for the big selloff


shazam! "stimlus" yet another excuse for parties to feed their bribers/special interests, alex, 4-16-08


march 29, '08: economic or ethical crisis? we suffer a Failure of perception


april 29, '08: Market Perception and Reality are nearing parity


april 6, '08: how we got here, how we crawl out of here




draft document, 7-13-08: Status of the Crisis, Where it is Going, and what you should expect to happen


7-17-08, MARKET VOLATILITY: The Shark Tank is getting violent. Goldfish should refrain from entering the water.


California: This is a Corruption Crisis, not a Budget Crisis, August 9, 2008


Market heading to 7000 level: Why? Because the Housing-credit crisis has exposed the rotten core of the American Markets and Economy, alex, august 17, 2008


Economic Crisis Update: AIG/Freddie/Fannie/et el... Feeding the Pig: Will it help or hurt? alex, 9-18-08


The Complete and Utter Failure of Capitalism as a political System, alex, 9-17-08



This is not a "confidence crisis," it is a crisis of ethical, political, and market fundamentals: or why you deserve what you are getting, alex, 3:51 am, 10-12-08


Are you ready for Part II of the Crash? alex, 12-21-08


The Care and Feeding of our Corporate Beast: Another Trillion Dollar Bailout to the Top, alex, 1-29-09


Al's Corner of Clarity: How to Fix the Economy, alex wierbinski, 2-7-09


Feb 18, '09: Domestic and Global Status of the American Corporate Empire


Feb 18, '09: Domestic and Global Status of the American Corporate Empire, alex, 3-18-09


Analysis, 3-6-09: Markets/Economy Plunging through their Natural Bottoms, alex, 3-6-09


US Austerity Program On the Way, alex, 3-13-09




AIG BRU-HA-HA of Fake Outrage by Obama and Congress, 3-17-09


The Next Great Crash is Upon US, 3-19-09


The latest from the frontiers of the Corporate Empire: Econ, Enviro, Foreign and Domestic Policy, April 1, '09


Nationwide Violence on the Rise; Let's get some Focus, People! 4-5-'09


Is the Worse of the Economic/Financial Crisis Over? April 10, '09



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links: Big Oil runs the government.

links: Corruption in every executive branch agency.

links: Manipulating the rule of law: US Attorneys.

A Balanced View: the dems are corporate whores too.


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The US is the Best Third World Country, or the Worst Rich Nation on Earth, UN, Human Development Report, US

Corruption Updates 36, 7th article on the page,  "More in U.S. plunge deeper into poverty"

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Lehman Closes Subprime Unit and Lays Off 1,200


NY Times, August 23, 2007





Lehman Brothers, a leader in packaging subprime mortgages into securities, said yesterday that it would shut one of its home lending units and lay off 1,200 employees. The bank said it would take a $52 million charge to third-quarter earnings.

Lehman’s decision yesterday to close the lending unit, BNC Mortgage, made it the latest casualty in the subprime mortgage meltdown that started earlier this year and rippled into the broader credit markets starting in late July.

In recent weeks, several mortgage companies that specialized in risky home loans have stopped making loans, shut down or encountered other distress. Accredited Home Lenders, a subprime lender based in San Diego, stopped making loans through brokers and laid off 1,600 people, more than half of its staff.

The mortgage unit of HSBC Holdings announced yesterday that it would close an office in Carmel, Ind., and lay off about 600 workers; Delta Financial in Woodbury, N.Y., and Impac Mortgage Holdings, based in Irvine, Calif., both announced layoffs.

Amstar Financial Holdings said yesterday that its lending unit, Amstar Mortgage, had agreed to give up control of its branches to the Money Store.

In a deal reached earlier this year, Cerberus, which controls GMAC Financing, agreed to buy Option One, the mortgage subsidiary of H&R Block, the tax preparer. The widening problems in the mortgage market could jeopardize that acquisition.

H&R Block said yesterday that it had tapped its bank credit lines twice for about $1 billion in the last week after its normal sources of cash began drying up.

In the last nine months, about 120 mortgage lenders have shut or declared bankruptcy, according to Lehman.

Yesterday, Quality Home Loans, a subprime lender in Agoura Hills, Calif., joined the list of those seeking bankruptcy protection.

Lehman Brothers is a major player in the mortgage market and a top player in

...underwriting securities backed by mortgages made to home buyers with weak, or subprime, credit histories. In 2006, the investment bank was the top underwriter for subprime mortgage-backed securities, with a roughly 11 percent market share, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, a trade publication.


Mortgage Lenders Folding

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Debt and Spending May Slow as Housing Falters, Fed Suggests


NYT, August 20, 2007



A new research paper co-written by the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve says that consumer debt soared over the last six years mainly because of the rapid increase in housing prices.

The research suggests that consumer spending may slow down over the next few years.

But the increase in debt “is not likely to be repeated,” according to an advance copy of the paper, unless home prices rise as rapidly as they have in the recent past and mortgages become even easier for borrowers to obtain.

Home prices are already falling in much of the country, and mortgages have become far harder to get in recent months.

The authors note that the average household now owes more money than it makes in annual income. In the early 1980s, the debt-to-income ratio was below 60 percent.

The Fed’s analysis is noteworthy because consumer spending has been arguably the economy’s biggest strength since 2000.

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Foreign Aid Groups Face Terror Screens

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 23, 2007; A01


The Bush administration plans to screen thousands of people who work with charities and nonprofit organizations that receive U.S. Agency for International Development funds to ensure they are not connected with individuals or groups associated with terrorism, according to a recent Federal Register notice.

The plan would require the organizations to give the government detailed information about key personnel, including phone numbers, birth dates and e-mail addresses. But the government plans to shroud its use of that information in secrecy and does not intend to tell groups deemed unacceptable why they are rejected.

The information is to include name, address, date and place of birth, citizenship, Social Security and passport numbers, sex, and profession or other employment data. The data collected "will be used to conduct national security screening" to ensure these persons have no connection to entities or individuals "associated with terrorism" or "deemed to be a risk to national security," according to the notice.

Such screening normally involves sending the data to the FBI and other police and intelligence agencies to see if negative information surfaces.

The new system would also require that the groups turn over the individuals' telephone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses, another indication that those numbers would be checked against data collected as part of a terrorist screening program run by the U.S. intelligence community.

...AID is also seeking to withhold any of its findings from disclosure because the decision would be based on "classified and sensitive law enforcement and intelligence information," according to a second Federal Register notice seeking exemption for the program from the Privacy Act.

"USAID cannot confirm or deny whether an individual 'passed' or 'failed' screening," the notice says, to protect "counterterrorism and counterintelligence missions as well as the personal safety of those involved in counterterrorism investigations."


Bush Seizes Power to Kill Charities without Reason or Cause

Alex Wierbinski, Berkeley, Ca., August , 2007

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Philippine Toll in Islamist Attacks Is the Region’s Highest


NYT, July 31, 2007



MANILA, July 30 — More than 1,700 civilians have been killed or wounded in bombings and other attacks by Islamic extremists in the Philippines since 2000, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Monday. The toll, including more than 400 dead, is the highest recorded in any Southeast Asian nation, the group estimated.

The attacks, which include the bombing of a passenger ship off Manila Bay in February 2004 that left 116 people dead, underscored the need for Manila to do more against terrorism, said the group, which is based in New York. The bombing of the vessel was the second worst attack in Southeast Asia after the Bali bombings in October 2002, which killed 202 people.

Human Rights Watch singled out Abu Sayyaf and the Rajah Solaiman Movement, two groups that had claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.

The number of dead and wounded exceeded the number of casualties in terrorist attacks in Indonesia, Morocco, Spain, Turkey or Britain in the same period.

“The scale of the violence, however, has not received widespread attention outside the region,” the report said.



Flip Rebels Reject American-Backed Corporate Fascist Government

Alex Wierbinski, Berkeley, Ca., August , 2007

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Corruption Updates 41, 8th article on the page, Philippines:Estrada associate guilty of graft

Corruption Updates 82, 1th article on the page, National Archives are Target in Cheney Fight on Secrecy Data

Corruption Updates 92, 10th article on the page, Manila terror law draws criticism: Another Corporate Fascist Bitch State Adopting Bush Police State Rule

Corruption Updates 93, 2nd article on the page, Newark: Sentence for Man in Espionage Plot

Corruption Updates 108, 10th article on the page, Philippine Toll in Islamist Attacks Is the Region’s Highest

U.S. role in Philippine raid questioned, lat, 3-9-08


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