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Date Sent: 2007-09-20
Freedom's Phoenix Headline News for Thursday, September 20, 2007
 
Fears of dollar collapse as Saudis take fright -- US halts civilian travel outside Green Zone

Bush Calls for Expansion of Spy Law -- 180,000 private contractors flood Iraq -- Senate bars bill to restore detainee rights and bill limiting Iraq combat tours -- Public's Congressional approval at 11% -- Report on Corrupt Congressmen, includes Duncan Hunter -- Dan Rather sues CBS for $70 million -- Current Foreclosure Crisis Deemed the Worst in U.S. History -- MISH: Dollar Holders Punished -- US Air Force sets up Cyber Command -- Thanks Paul Pots -- State Dept. IG accused of averting probes
 

Update 2: Don't taze me, Bro! (student tortured) Feature Article  •  Bill of Rights
Update 2: Don't taze me, Bro! (student tortured)
Powell Gammill
   The cameras are rolling. Student rushes up to microphone asking why Sen. John Kerry won't answer questions from everyone. Kerry says go ahead. Student asks 3 questions, and gets pummeled and tasered by the cops for his trouble. Amerika.
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Feature Article  •  History
"A Time for Choosing" - Ronald Reagan October 27, 1964 (TV)
Ernest Hancock
   This speech established Reagan as an important figure in the conservative wing of the Republican party. Ronald Reagan speaks to us today from the past (Audio)
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Bush Calls for Expansion of Spy Law News Link  •  Legislative Mischief
Bush Calls for Expansion of Spy Law
9=19-2007  •  AP 
President Bush said he wants Congress to expand and make permanent a law that temporarily gives the government more power to eavesdrop without warrants on suspected foreign terrorists.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Senate blocks bill limiting Iraq combat tours News Link  •  Legislative Mischief
Senate blocks bill limiting Iraq combat tours
9-20-2007  •  AP 
Democrats' efforts to challenge President Bush's Iraq policies were dealt a demoralizing blow Wednesday in the Senate after they failed to scrape together enough support to guarantee troops more time at home.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
180,000 private contractors flood Iraq News Link  •  Welfare: Corporate
180,000 private contractors flood Iraq
9-19-2007  •  AP 
The United States has assembled an imposing industrial army in Iraq larger than its uniformed fighting force and responsible for such a broad swath of responsibilities the military might not be able to operate without its private-sector partners.  Read Full Story
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 Senate bars bill to restore detainee rights News Link  •  Legislative Mischief
Senate bars bill to restore detainee rights
9-19-2007  •  Reuters 
The Senate voted against considering a measure to give Guantanamo detainees and other foreigners the right to challenge their detention in the U.S. courts. The legislation needed 60 votes to be considered by lawmakers in the Senate, narrowly contr  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Jon Stewart says goodbye to Alberto Gonzales News Link  •  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart says goodbye to Alberto Gonzales
9-19-2007  •  Raw Story 
"When I think of the Attorney General, three words come to mind" -- immediately followed by one of Gonzales telling Congress, "I don't recall."  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
 Bioethics Group Raises DNA Database Concerns News Link  •  Criminal Justice System
Bioethics Group Raises DNA Database Concerns
09-19-2007  •  Slashdot 
When the police first began using DNA, consent was required before samples could be taken. A succession of Acts of Parliament has increased police powers of sampling; the police can now take DNA samples from all persons arrested  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Terry Bressi
Public's Congressional approval at 11% News Link  •  Politics: Republican Campaigns
Public's Congressional approval at 11%
9-19-2007  •  Reuters 
The Congress registered record-low approval ratings in a Reuters/Zogby poll measuring the mood of Americans dipped on deepening worries about the economy."The public mood is not just dark. What's darker than dark? The mood is getting ugly,**  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Run away the Ray-Gun is coming: We test U.S. army's new secret weapon News Link  •  Military
Run away the Ray-Gun is coming: We test U.S. army's new secret weapon
9-19-2007  •  Daily Mail 
Silent Guardian is making waves in defense circles. Built by the U.S. firm Raytheon, it is part of its "Directed Energy Solutions" program.  Read Full Story
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Iraq, the media, and Shannon's Dad - by The Andrew Meyer (Taser Man) News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Iraq, the media, and Shannon's Dad - by The Andrew Meyer (Taser Man)
09-19-2007  •  The Andrew Meyer 
Sunday, July 15, 2007 Andrew wrote this article. It might help explain some of his motivations for challenging John Kerry.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
How Bush is trying to save face in Iraq News Link  •  Bush Administration
How Bush is trying to save face in Iraq
09-19-2007  •  Salon(Sid Blumenthal) 
Two years ago the Sunni sheiks leading the insurgency in Iraq's Anbar province approached the US, offering to end the violence in exchange for a timetable establishing that US forces would withdraw from the country, a senior official  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
CREW release 3rd annual report on corrupt congresscritters News Link  •  Corruption
CREW release 3rd annual report on corrupt congresscritters
09-19-2007  •  Beyond Delay 
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethnics in Washington(CREW) released its third annual report on the most corrupt members of Congress entitled Beyond Delay: The 22 most corrupt members of Congress (and two to watch).  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Fears of dollar collapse as Saudis take fright News Link  •  Economy - International
Fears of dollar collapse as Saudis take fright
09-19-2007  •  Telegraph 
Saudi Arabia has refused to cut interest rates in lockstep with the US Federal Reserve for the first time, signalling that the oil-rich Gulf kingdom is preparing to break the dollar currency peg in a move that risks setting off a stampede out of the  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Dan Rather sues CBS for $70 million News Link  •  Media: Television
Dan Rather sues CBS for $70 million
09-19-2007  •  AP 
Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit Wednesday against CBS, alleging that the network made him a "scapegoat" for a discredited story about President Bush's National Guard service. The 75-year-old Rather, whose final months were cloud  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Current Foreclosure Crisis Deemed the Worst in U.S. History News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Current Foreclosure Crisis Deemed the Worst in U.S. History
9-19-2007  •  Homeguide 123 
According to the most recent foreclosure numbers released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the U.S. is embroiled in the worst foreclosure crisis in recorded history.  Read Full Story
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Dollar Holders Punished News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Dollar Holders Punished
9-19-2007  •  MISH: Global Economic Analysis 
The Fed is openly and aggressively pursuing a policy of punishing dollar holders. The Fed is not cutting rates to bail out consumers but to bail out banks.Robert Toll proclaimed "Our boy has righted the ship". But what's really amazing  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Mike Shedlock
US halts civilian travel outside Green Zone News Link  •  WAR: About that War
US halts civilian travel outside Green Zone
09-19-2007  •  AP 
The US on Tuesday suspended all land travel by US diplomats and other civilian officials in Iraq outside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, amid mounting public outrage over the alleged kiling of civilians by the US Embassy's security pr  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
US Air Force sets up Cyber Command News Link  •  Military
US Air Force sets up Cyber Command
09-19-2007  •  AFP 
The US Air Force established a provisional Cyber Command Tuesday as part of an expanding mission to prepare for wars in cyberspace, officials said. The move comes amid concerns over a wave of hacker attacks originating in China  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Researchers say many languages are dying News Link  •  Anthropology
Researchers say many languages are dying
09-19-2007  •  AP 
When every known speaker of the language Amurdag gets together, there's still no one to talk to. Native Australian Charlie Mungulda is the only person alive known to speak that language, one of thousands around the world on the brink of extincti  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Alexis Debat's Pentagon Links:Did he receive money from DOD? News Link  •  Media: Television
Alexis Debat's Pentagon Links:Did he receive money from DOD?
09-19-2007  •  Mother Jones 
As Mother Jones first reported last week, Alexis Debat, ther terrorism expert and former ABC News consultant who published alleged interviews with the likes of Barack Obama that he had not in fact conducted, has claimed to associates  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Greenspan lets Loose News Link  •  Precious Metals
Greenspan lets Loose
09-19-2007  •  Titaniumdreads 
"You're raising a very fundamental question,... You didn't need a central bank when we were on the gold standard, which was back in the nineteenth century. And all of the automatic things occurred because people would buy and sell gold  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Who watches US security firms in Iraq? News Link  •  Military
Who watches US security firms in Iraq?
09-19-2007  •  AP 
The fog of war keeps getting thicker. The Iraqi government's decision to temporarily ban the security company Blackwater USA after a fatal shooting of civilians in Baghdad reveals a growing web of rules governing weapons-bearing private  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Thanks Paul Pots News Link  •  Entertainment: Music
Thanks Paul Pots
09-19-2007  •  YouTube 
Thanks to Charles Goyette for having him on the show. This is truly remarkable! You may not like opera, but this is wonderful.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Don't ask him about lobbying News Link  •  Eugenics
Don't ask him about lobbying
09-19-2007  •  Miami Herald 
Fred Thompson tells his life story on the campaign trail in about a half-hour and a dozen or so roles: farmworkers' son, graveyard-shift factory worker, teenage dad, prosecutor, Watergate Republican counsel, accidental actor, US senator. Missing  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Charges dropped against officer in civillian slayings News Link  •  Military
Charges dropped against officer in civillian slayings
09-19-2007  •  North Carolina Times 
Charges have been dropped against a Marine captain accused of criminal dereliction of duty for failing to investigate the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in the city of Haditha in Nov 2005, military officials announced Tuesday.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
State IG accused of averting probes News Link  •  Corruption
State IG accused of averting probes
09-19-2007  •  Washington Post 
Howard J. Krongrad, the State Dept's inspector general, has repeatedly thwarted investigations into contracting fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan, including construction of the US Embassy in Baghdad, and censored reports that might prove  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Reviewing Naomi Klein's Feature Article  •  Books
Reviewing Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine"
Stephen Lendman
   In-depth review of an extraordinary new book that's must reading.
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Fed cut said to have little impact on foreclosures News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Fed cut said to have little impact on foreclosures
09-18-2007  •  Orange County Register 
An aggressive interest rate cut by the U.S. central bank on Tuesday will provide some relief to struggling homeowners but will not dramatically stem the tide of foreclosures, experts say.  Read Full Story
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CNN - Charles Goyette on Kerry, Tasering, Hillary... News Link  •  Police State
CNN - Charles Goyette on Kerry, Tasering, Hillary...
09-18-2007  •  YouTube 
Police Tasered and arrested a University of Florida student - Hillary & Romney & Edwards - Run away Gov't spending etc. - Taxes and Lobbyist  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
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