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Date Sent: 2007-08-06
Freedom's Phoenix Headline News for Monday, August 6, 2007
 
The Abu Ghraib whistleblower's ordeal -- Payback Time: FBI Raids Home of Suspected NSA Leaker

MISH: Hell Fights Back -- Torture Used On 9/11 Suspect -- House approves $460B Pentagon budget -- GOP Presidential Debate in Iowa -- More California E-Voting Reports -- Olbermann: FISA and Fear Mongering -- Israel's Jewish Problem -- Congress scrambles to show voters results -- Signs of faltering US economy surface -- Katrina evacuees trapped in trailers -- Senate report faults SEC on hedge fund probe -- Bridge collapse spotlights America's deferred maintenance -- US unemployment hits 6-month high -- Iraqi power grid nearing collapse -- Gonzales corrects his perjury -- Good Cop, MADD Cop -- Stock Market Meltdown -- U.S. reveals wider spying program -- Court: Just Says No to Seizures of Drug Buyers' Cars -- Earmarks Listed in Defense Appropriation -- 'Black' spending doubled since 1995 -- US arms sales preserve Israel's edge -- Signing up former enemies
 

Elegant Anal-ysis by the Times Online News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Elegant Anal-ysis by the Times Online
8-5-2007  •  Global Economic Analysis 
Elegant Anal-ysis by the Times Online Irwin Stelzer at the Times Online totally blows it by calling Greenspan a "scapegoat" in the housing crisis. Using Stelzer's own words he is guilty of "elegant anal-ysis" in defending Gre  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Mike Shedlock
Hell Fights Back News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Hell Fights Back
8-5-2007  •  Global Economic Analysis 
Homebuilders built houses from hell. Now it's payback time. Numerous websites have sprung up talking about significant quality issues. The cover of Newsweek is talking about "the bonfire of builders". Beazer declares a dividend in despe  Read Full Story
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Payback Time: FBI Raids Home of Suspected NSA Leaker News Link  •  Whistleblowers
Payback Time: FBI Raids Home of Suspected NSA Leaker
8-5-2007  •  Daily Kos 
During the very time Congress was debating codifying President Bush's lawbreaking by revising the FISA law many of his allies have been afraid to publicly challenge as unconstitutional, Alberto Gonzales' DOJ was raiding the home of a former J  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
The three stooges News Link  •  Bush Administration
The three stooges
8-5-2007  •  Salon 
The president won't fire Alberto Gonzales. He needs him to protect White House secrets, including the scheming roles of Cheney and Rove.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Torture Used On 9/11 Suspect News Link  •  Torture
Torture Used On 9/11 Suspect
8-5-2007  •  Washington Post 
Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was subjected to the CIA's harshest interrogation methods while he was held in secret prisons around the world for more than 3 years, part of an interrogati  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
The Abu Ghraib whistleblower's ordeal News Link  •  Whistleblowers
The Abu Ghraib whistleblower's ordeal
8-5-2007  •  BBC News 
The US soldier who exposed the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison found himself a marked man after his anonymity was blown in the most astonishing way by Donald Rumsfeld.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
House approves $460B Pentagon budget News Link  •  Legislative Mischief
House approves $460B Pentagon budget
8-5-2007  •  AP 
The House approved modest changes to President Bush's record Pentagon budget proposal early Sunday. The House's $459.6 billion version of the defense budget, approved on a 395-13 vote, would add money for equipment for the National Guard and  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Thousands of News Link  •  Eugenics
Thousands of "Phantoms" Appear at Ron Paul Mars Rally
8-5-2007  •  Ron Paul Online 
Gambling911.com's Kira Wissman was expecting a room with maybe 100 people at a Mars, Pennsylvania rally for Dr. Paul. She ended up fighting her way through some 2000 plus people. That number, Wissman admits, may have been a conservative figure.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Jon Stewart on Presidential Campaign Dining News Link  •  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart on Presidential Campaign Dining
8-5-2007  •  Comedy Central 
Quick, you're running for President and need to show that you're still in touch with the real America. Where do you go for the photo-op? Well, it turns out that Clinton goes to Dairy Queen and Edwards goes to Wendy's. Is it just a sad sta  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
More California E-Voting Reports Released; More Bad News News Link  •  Voting - Election Integrity
More California E-Voting Reports Released; More Bad News
8-5-2007  •  Freedom to Tinker 
Yesterday the California Secretary of State released the reports of three source code study teams that analyzed the source code of e-voting systems from Diebold, Hart InterCivic, and Sequoia.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Olbermann: FISA and Fear Mongering News Link  •  Police State
Olbermann: FISA and Fear Mongering
8--2007  •  Crooks & Liars 
Keith Olbermann covers the breaking showdown between President Bush and Congress. Can you believe that Mr. One-Full-Year -Of-My-Eight-Years -In-Office- Was-Spent-On-Vacation is complaining about Congress taking their August break instead of giving hi  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Oklahoma Police Kill 5-Year Old Boy While Shooting at Snake News Link  •  Law Enforcers or Peace Officers
Oklahoma Police Kill 5-Year Old Boy While Shooting at Snake
08-05-2007  •  Fox News 
A stray bullet fired by a police officer trying to shoot a snake hit and killed a 5-year-old boy fishing at a nearby pond, officials said.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Terry Bressi
Israel's Jewish Problem in Tehran News Link  •  Iran
Israel's Jewish Problem in Tehran
8-5-2007  •  AntiWar 
So why hasn't Iran started by wiping its own Jews off the map?  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Congress scrambles to show voters results News Link  •  Legislative Mischief
Congress scrambles to show voters results
8-5-2007  •  Christian Science Monitor 
Passes numerous pieces of legislation in day long marathon without debate or forethought. Then went on vacation. Get slight taste of how they are screwing you now.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Signs of faltering US economy surface News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Signs of faltering US economy surface
8-5-2007  •  Christian Science Monitor 
The economy is losing its umph as summer winds to a close. The downturn in housing is spreading to other parts of the economy. Investors, watching this happen, are becoming increasingly nervous and more selective with their loans. The tightening of c  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
 Katrina evacuees trapped in trailers News Link  •  Welfare: Social
Katrina evacuees trapped in trailers
8-5-2007  •  AP 
It was bad enough when Hurricane Katrina chased Carrie Lewis out of her assisted-living home in New Orleans. Now she fears the rest of her life may be spent in the isolation of a federally sponsored trailer park.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
 Senate report faults SEC on hedge fund probe News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Senate report faults SEC on hedge fund probe
8-5-2007  •  Reuters 
Aguirre was forced out of the agency after a probe he was leading got too close to prominent Wall Street banker John Mack. His claims prompted Senate hearings and drew heavy press coverage. The final Senate report criticized SEC management of the inv  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Bridge collapse spotlights America's deferred maintenance News Link  •  Domestic Policy
Bridge collapse spotlights America's deferred maintenance
8-5-2007  •  Christian Science Monitor 
The tragic rush-hour collapse of the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River is again forcing a reexamination of the nation's approach to maintaining and inspecting critical infrastructure. The nation is spending only about two-thirds as much as  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
On-demand airline to use very light jets News Link  •  Transportation: Air Travel
On-demand airline to use very light jets
8-5-2007  •  AP 
Business consultant Rich Paul-Hus travels throughout Florida, sometimes needing to reach mid-sized cities such as Tallahassee to see an important client. But as in many states, it's often a hassle getting to Florida's small or mid-sized citie  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
US unemployment hits 6-month high News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
US unemployment hits 6-month high
08-05-2007  •  Sydeny Morning Herald 
Hiring cooled off in July, pushing unemployment in the US up to 4.6 percent - a six-month high. The fresh snapshot of employment conditions around the country, released by the Labour Dept, also showed that new job creation slowed.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Iraqi power grid nearing collapse News Link  •  World News
Iraqi power grid nearing collapse
08-05-2007  •  ABC News 
Iraq's power grid is on the brink of collapse because of insurgent sabotage, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the nation grid, officials said Saturday. Electricity Ministry spokesman  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Gonzales now corrects himself News Link  •  Bush Administration
Gonzales now corrects himself
08-05-2007  •  Washington Post 
Justice Dept officials attended at least a dozen political briefings at the White House since 2001, including some meetings led by Karl Rove, President's Bush's chief political adviser, and other that were focused on election trends prior to  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Another record poppy crop in Afghanistan News Link  •  Drug War
Another record poppy crop in Afghanistan
08-05-2007  •  AP 
Afghnistan will produce another record poppy harvest this year that cements its status as the world's near-sole supplier of the herion source, yet a furious debate over how to reverse the trend is stalling proposals to cut the crop  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Good Cop, MADD Cop News Link  •  Law Enforcers or Peace Officers
Good Cop, MADD Cop
08-05-2007  •  Modern Drunkard Magazine 
A former Tennessee police officer speaks out about the current state of DUI laws in the country and provides tips on how to survive a law enforcement stop. (an older article but still relevant)  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Terry Bressi
Barry Bonds hits 755th home run, tying Hank Aaron's 1st place record News Link  •  Entertainment: Sports
Barry Bonds hits 755th home run, tying Hank Aaron's 1st place record
8-5-2007  •  Reuters 
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit the 755th home run of his career on Saturday, tying the Major League Baseball all-time record held by Hank Aaron since 1974. A 382-foot blast off San Diego Padres pitcher Clay Hensley in his first at-bat o  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Stock Market Meltdown News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Stock Market Meltdown
08/04/07  •  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/ 
It’s a Bloodbath. That’s the only way to describe it. On Friday the Dow Jones took a 280 point nosedive on fears that that losses in the subprime market will spill over into the broader economy and cut into GDP. Ever since the two Bears Sterns hedge  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Morpheus Titania
(Video) Laser Graffiti News Link  •  Inventions
(Video) Laser Graffiti
08-04-2007  •  Youtube Video 
I'm not saying... I'm just saying ;) - Tell Ernie these lasers are illegal in the US (but we could arrange bail)  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Dave Gallagher
New Hampshire resident harassed by police for open carry News Link  •  Police State
New Hampshire resident harassed by police for open carry
08-04-2007  •  NH Underground 
Freedom activist Dave Ridley was stopped and harassed by several police officers this morning for engaging in the perfectly legal activity of open carrying in New Hampshire. The encounter was video and audio recorded and posted online. Click on the l  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Terry Bressi
U.S. reveals wider spying program Official cites activities beyond warrantless eavesdropping News Link  •  Homeland Security
U.S. reveals wider spying program Official cites activities beyond warrantless eavesdropping
8/04/2007  •  http://www.dallasnews.com 
The director of national intelligence said Tuesday that President Bush authorized a series of secret intelligence activities under an executive order in late 2001, making clear that a National Security Agency surveillance effort was part of a much br  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Morpheus Titania
Want to see what some Ron Paul volunteers had placed in the Iowa newspapers? News Link  •  Eugenics
Want to see what some Ron Paul volunteers had placed in the Iowa newspapers?
84-2007  • 
What some Iowan volunteers created and paid to have printed in some Iowa papers....  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Report: GOP Presidential Debate in Iowa News Link  •  Eugenics
Report: GOP Presidential Debate in Iowa
8-5-2007  •  Reuters 
Republican presidential contenders waded into a Democratic foreign policy row on Sunday, and argued over how far the United States should go in striking terrorist targets abroad.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Search and Seizure: California Supreme Court Just Says No to Seizures of Drug Buyers' Cars News Link  •  Drug War
Search and Seizure: California Supreme Court Just Says No to Seizures of Drug Buyers' Cars
8/04/2007  •  Drug War Chronicle 
In a closely divided 4-3 opinion, the California Supreme Court has ruled that local governments cannot seize the vehicles of people arrested on suspicion of buying drugs or using prostitutes, the two most common offenses targeted by local crime-fight  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Morpheus Titania
$8,000 Silver In 15 Years News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
$8,000 Silver In 15 Years
8/04/2007  •  www.gold-eagle.com 
"I think silver will head beyond $8000 an oz. in less than 15 years!" LAST YEAR I INTERVIEWED JAMES TURK who talked about $8,000 gold. Now, I present you with a bizarre forecast of $8,000 silver. What's going on here? We'll have to  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Morpheus Titania
US Real ID card plan starved of funds News Link  •  Homeland Security
US Real ID card plan starved of funds
8/04/2007  •  CNET News.com 
The fate of a Bush-backed national identification card is up in the air after the US senate rejected providing US$300 million in funding for the plan. By a 50-44 vote mostly along party lines, the chamber set aside a Republican-backed amendment to a  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Morpheus Titania
Ron Paul LOVEolution Opinion  •  Eugenics
Fascist Nation
Ron Paul LOVEolution
August 4, 2007
Powell Gammill
   From a California Ron Paul meetup, comes a call for the summer of LOVE.
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Earmarks in House FY08 Defense Appropriation Reference Link  •  Military
Earmarks in House FY08 Defense Appropriation
Taxpayers for Common Sense 
   (Hmmm, I thought they got rid of these) Read them and weep. 1,339 earmarks with over $3 billion in spending.
Entered by: Jean Carbonneau
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'Black' spending doubled since 1995 News Link  •  Military
'Black' spending doubled since 1995
08-04-2007  •  Defense News 
The Pentagon's 2008 spending blueprint seeks $31.9 billion for classified programs, substantially higher than the $19.1 billion the US military was devoting to "black" initiatives in 2001, according to a new analysis. That's 18 per  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
US arms sales preserve Israel's edge News Link  •  Israel
US arms sales preserve Israel's edge
08-04-2007  •  Antiwar(Thalif Deen) 
When the US sells state-of-the-art weapons systems to Arab nations, it invariably provides even more lethal and sophisticated arms to its invariably ally, Israel, in order to help counter the firepower of its neighbors. (This is crazy)  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Contractors bring American tradition to Iraq News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Contractors bring American tradition to Iraq
08-04-2007  •  McClatchy Newspapers 
The sign taped to the men's latrine is just five lines. "US MILITARY CONTRACTORS CIVILIANS ONLY!!!!" It needed only one: "NO IRAQIS." Here at this searing, dusty US military base about four miles west of Baqouba, Iraqis  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Signing up former enemies News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Signing up former enemies
08-04-2007  •  Washington Post 
Inside a brightly lit room, the walls adorned with memorials to 23 dead American soldiers, Lt. Col. Robert Balcavage stared at the three Sunni tribal leaders he wanted to recruit. Their fighters had battled US troops. Balcavage suspected they might  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Opinion  •  Immigration
"Have It Your Way....Have It Your Way”
08-04-2007
Dave Hodges
   Much has been made of the pro-illegal alien stance of Mac Magruder, McDonald’s mogul, and spokesperson for the open borders group, Wake Up Arizona.
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Debunking the News Link  •  Eugenics
Debunking the "Ron Paul can't win" Myths
2/4/07  •  http://doesitmatteryet.blogspot.com/ 
It's become a standard component of all discussion surrounding Ron Paul's presidential candidacy: "..but he won't win the nomination." Stop saying it, because it's not true. I'll tell you why, without even mentioning his  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Morpheus Titania
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