Ted Rall

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Thursday, August 09, 2007
Perverted Justice: Don't Just Watch What You Say, Watch What You Think
NEW YORK -- "This is not a crime about thought," says the assistant U.S. attorney. Then what is it? Mahmud Faruq Brent, a 30-year-old D.C. taxi driver, is about to spend the next 15 years behind bars for "conspiring to support a terrorist organization." No one, not even prosecutors, believes that the Ohio-born Brent planned to attack the United States. Brent was convicted of supporting Lakshar-e-Taiba, an Islamist group in Pakistan, and of attending one of its training camps.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Poor and Uneducated Like We Thought: Debunking The Military Debunkers
"The typical recruit in the all-volunteer force is wealthier, more educated and more rural than the average 18- to 24-year-old citizen is," claimed the authors of an oft-cited 2005 "comprehensive study" of the U.S. military commissioned by the Heritage Foundation.
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Friday, July 20, 2007
Wrong and White and Red All Over
On Iraq, the right was wrong. It's a slam dunk. So why do the wrong righties keep raking in big media cash? And why aren't lefties taking a victory lap?
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Left Turn: The Political Pendulum Swings Back
America's experiment with neofascism is coming to an end. He came to office in a coup d'etat and consolidated power after 9/11. George W. Bush may be our worst president in history--certainly in recent times--but he is also one of the most important. Imposing his sweeping vision on everything from the tax system to why we wage war to eliminating your right to an attorney, his legislative and stylistic legacy will long outlive his administration.
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Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Choose One: Loyalty or Glory: Bring Back the Principled Resignation
Four years late and half a trillion dollars short. Why didn't George Tenet tell us this stuff when it mattered--before we invaded Iraq?Tenet could have been a hero. He could have changed history. Imagine the scenario: It's January 18, 2003. Congress has signed off on military action. Tens of thousands of troops are in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, waiting for marching orders. War fever is at a pitch, yet millions of Americans remain unconvinced. At an antiwar rally on the Washington Mall, the Rev. Jesse Jackson steps to the podium to address 200,000 marchers.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Ban The Banks: Corrupt Student Loan Biz Can't Be Reformed
NEW YORK--I was 17, and it was the summer between my high school graduation and freshman orientation week in college. My mom drove me downtown to the Gem City Savings building, where I signed a pile of loan applications I wasn't given time to read. Which was just as well, since I was 17 and not a lawyer and wouldn't have understood them. If the banker had told me that I'd end up paying $820 a month until I was 32 years old--which was more than my salary--I might have reconsidered going to college.
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