July 2008

By William Fisher InterPressService 7/22/08

Civil liberties advocates have lost no time in asking a federal court to stop the government from conducting surveillance under the new wiretapping law passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush last week. (more…)

Katherine was interviewed by Steve Lendman, go to Republic Broadcasting and click on July 21, 2008, Playlist File M3U.

My First-Hand Experience With Government Spies

by Dave Zirin Huffintonpost.com 7/21/08

Finally, at long last, I have something in common with Muhammad Ali. (more…)

Reclaiming Our Citizen-Soldier Heritage

By William J. Astore TomDispatch 7/21/08

When did American troops become “warfighters” — members of “Generation Kill” — instead of citizen-soldiers? And when did we become so proud of declaring our military to be “the world’s best”? These are neither frivolous nor rhetorical questions. Open up any national defense publication today and you can’t miss the ads from defense contractors, all eagerly touting the ways they “serve” America’s “warfighters.” (more…)

By Chris Hedges Truthdig 7/21/08

The decline of newspapers is not about the replacement of the antiquated technology of news print with the lightning speed of the Internet. It does not signal an inevitable and salutary change. It is not a form of progress. The decline of newspapers is about the rise of the corporate state, the loss of civic and public responsibility on the part of much of our entrepreneurial class and the intellectual poverty of our post-literate world, a world where information is conveyed primarily through rapidly moving images rather than print. (more…)

By: Tracy McVeigh The Observer UK 7/21/08

In a damning criticism of US integrity, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said ministers should no longer take at face value statements from senior politicians, including George Bush, that America does not resort to torture in the light of the CIA admitting it used ‘waterboarding’. The interrogation technique was unreservedly condemned by Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who said it amounted to torture. (more…)

By Leonard Doyle Independent U.K. 7/17/08

The United States of America is becoming less united by the day. A 30-year gap now exists in the average life expectancy between Mississippi, in the Deep South, and Connecticut, in prosperous New England. Huge disparities have also opened up in income, health and education depending on where people live in the US, according to a report published yesterday. (more…)

Glenn Greenwald Salon 7/16/08

Of all the constitutionally threatening and extremist powers the Bush administration has asserted over the last seven years, the most radical — and the most dangerous — has been its claim that the President has the power to arrest U.S. citizens and legal residents inside the U.S., and imprison them indefinitely in a military prison, without charging them with any crime (more…)

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