News for 2009-08-28

Friday, August 28, 2009
Obama Keeps Bush's Search Policy For Travelers
The Obama administration will largely preserve Bush-era procedures allowing the government to search -- without suspicion of wrongdoing -- the contents of a traveler's laptop computer, cellphone or other electronic device, although officials said new policies would expand oversight of such...
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'Katrina's Hidden Race War' Four Years Later
A segment on Anderson Cooper 360 investigates the white vigilante justice that tore through New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "Katrina's Hidden Race War", a cover story featured in The Nation and reported by ProPublica's A.C. Thompson, was one of the first to reveal how white residents...
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Blackwater in Court Today in War Crimes Hearing
Lawyers for Blackwater and its owner Erik Prince are in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia today where they are arguing that the five lawsuits against them should be thrown out. The judge in the case, TS Ellis III, is a Reagan appointee with an interesting recent history.
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Same Road, Same Grim Story, Same Sense of Optimism
Seven decades later, the machine grinds on. It remains as faceless as back in the 1930s when John Steinbeck described the banks which forced Oklahoma's destitute subsistence farmers from their land as institutions made by men but beyond their control. "The banks were machines and masters all at the...
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Texas Medical Examiner Rules Young Man's Taser Death by Police a Homicide
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Tarrant County medical examiner ruled Thursday that the death of a mentally ill man in April who was shocked twice by a Taser stun gun wielded by a Fort Worth police officer was a homicide. It was the fourth time that a person shocked by a Taser has died in Fort Worth police...
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Activists Seek Tough UN Climate Pact in 100 Days
OSLO, Aug 28 - Activists launched what they called the world's biggest campaign to combat global warming on Friday, urging governments to agree a tough U.N. climate pact at talks in Copenhagen starting in 100 days' time. Environmental organisations, trade unions, religious groups, scientists, anti-...
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Sibel Edmonds Deposition
National security whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was deposed August 8, 2009, in the Schmidt v. Krikorian case. Read the Transcript(pdf)
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Pentagon: Reporter Profiling Under Review
ARLINGTON, Va. - Under fire following revelations that a military command in Afghanistan is compiling profiles of reporters covering U.S. military operations, Pentagon officials acknowledged Thursday that they were reviewing the practice even as they maintained that they were not making use of "...
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Honduran Resistance Goes It Alone
As protests against the coup government in Honduras enter their 60th day, the international community has largely turned their attention away from the streets of Tegucigalpa. This lack of awareness, combined with heightened state repression, has done little to deter the ongoing disobedience...
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Naomi Klein Disowns Winterbottom Adaptation of Shock Doctrine
Naomi Klein has disowned Michael Winterbottom's forthcoming screen adaptation of her bestselling book, The Shock Doctrine, by asking to be removed from the credits of the documentary after serious differences arose between her and the British director. The Canadian journalist, activist and author...
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Laughing Gas is Biggest Threat to Ozone
Nitrous oxide, better known as the dental anaesthetic "laughing gas", has replaced CFCs as the most potent destroyer of ozone in the upper atmosphere, a study has shown.
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Message to Muslim World Gets a Critique
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written a searing critique of government efforts at "strategic communication" with the Muslim world, saying that no amount of public relations will establish credibility if American behavior overseas is perceived as arrogant, uncaring or...
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Growth of Ocean ‘Garbage Patch’ Alarms Experts
LOS ANGELES - A tawny stuffed puppy bobs in cold sea water, his four stiff legs tangled in the green net of some nameless fisherman. It's one of the bigger pieces of trash in a sprawling mass of garbage-littered water, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where most of the plastic looks like...
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Annual Cost of Climate Change 'Will Be £190bn'
The true global cost of adapting to climate change is likely to be many times greater than official United Nations' estimates: in 2030 alone, the world could be spending more than three times the annual budget of the NHS, a study has found. A team of British experts has discovered that the UN...
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Banks ‘Too Big to Fail’ Have Grown Even Bigger
When the credit crisis struck last year, federal regulators pumped tens of billions of dollars into the nation's leading financial institutions because the banks were so big that officials feared their failure would ruin the entire financial system. Today, the biggest of those banks are even bigger.
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