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The RAND corporation, a company that does studies on and for government and society was commissioned by the Army to do a study about the Iraq war. When the study found failure in every organization at every level, the Army buried it- including the declassified version. The reason? According to Lt. Gen. James Lovelace it,

“lacked perspective needed for future planning by the U.S. Army.”

Sounds typical of this particular slate of leadership, no one fails, if you can just twist the logic enough eventually it’ll look like success. It’s all about perspective. Right. (more…)

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For the genius of the president’s budget proposal, look no further than the Department of Homeland Security’s line-item breakdown. The DHS is the biggest budgetary beneficiary, in terms of percentage increase, at 11% and it represents how the president plans on ignoring the overall budget number while planning to focus on the overall budget numbers. Let me explain.

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A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena for James Risen, New York Times reporter and author of State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and The Bush Administration. The order is calling for Mr. Risen to reveal his sources in the White House, the subpoena comes from where else? The White House. (more…)

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Flying in the face of historical value, lack of destruction and showing support for blatant racism demolition is beginning on public housing units throughout New Orleans. Local business interests, using hurricane Katrina as a transparent cover have seized the opportunity to remove the last remnants of any type of affordable housing in New Orleans to force the creation of a “mixed use” (gentrified) area. Protests have been on going since this announcement and they came to a head today:

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In what started as a trickle, has rapidly advanced to a rising tide, stories of torture and mass disappearances are flooding the news. The stories read like political fictions but are all too real. Countries involvement in torture is nothing new, in fact America’s involvement in torture is nothing new. But, what is new is the extent to which we show up in the regular cast of characters since start of the Bush administration. In stories from Pakistan to Thailand to Morocco, our agents are there, and the jig is up. The CIA tapes are just another tip in a very big, deep iceburg, where it seems everyone is guilty and our so-called enemies are coming out more and more innocent all the time. Full round up on the flipside. (more…)

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There is a lot going on in Putin’s Kingdom, from elections, to Iran sanctions in light of the new NIE and we’ve got a round up of all the events inside the Federation. (more…)

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The Washington Post is running a story this morning that the CIA has destroyed video tapes of its agents using waterboarding against two Al-Qaeda suspects. All the tapes were destroyed in November of 2005 on the order of the CIA’s head of Clandestine Operations. According to the article:

The destruction came after the Justice Department had told a federal judge in the case of al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui that the CIA did not possess videotapes of a specific set of interrogations sought by his attorneys. A CIA spokesman said yesterday that the request would not have covered the destroyed tapes.

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