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Date Sent: 2008-03-30
Freedom's Phoenix Headline News for Monday, March 31, 2008
 
Russian intel: US military buildup on Iran border -- COUP ALERT: FED taking over Wall Street

Engineers society accused of disaster probe cover-ups -- Dozens still jailed in China over 1989 Tienanmen Square protests -- Congress readies activist housing agenda -- Torture in Our Own Backyards -- Obama's National Public Education Plans -- U.S. business interests at risk from domestic spying -- Police call for help from volunteer spies -- Going fishing? Pack your passport -- Why the US is collapsing -- JP MORgan Chase mortgage memo pushes 'Cheats & Tricks' -- Attorney General Gets Emotional In Calling for Surveillance Power -- U.K. seeks to extend detention to six weeks -- ABC News: Are We Heading Into a Depression? -- Tom Westbrook: If I were to run for state office, this would be my speech to the GOP -- MISH: The $1.1 Trillion HELOC Problem -- Florida Auction: No bids on most properties -- John Cusack: Neo-Cons - "complete spiritual bankruptcy" -- Blackwater's World of Warcraft -- Fed Prints Another $100 Billion for Commercial Banks -- Bush Says He Will Expand Socialism in Mortgages -- Computer Hacker Contest -- MISH: SEC Openly Invites Corporations To Lie -- Stealthy surveillance robots designed for police, military -- Cops bust high school root beer kegger "Killing Fields" survivor Dith Pran dies at 65; Protest the Federal Reserve branches Tuesday
 

CIA chief says Iran has nuclear weapons drive News Link  •  Iran
CIA chief says Iran has nuclear weapons drive
3-30-08  •  News.Yahoo.com 
"Personal belief, yes. It's hard for me to explain. This is not court of law stuff," the Central Intelligence Agency director said on NBC television.   Read Full Story
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Tenet's War<br>by Gordon Prather News Link  •  Central Intelligence Agency
Tenet's War
by Gordon Prather

3-30-2008  •  Antiwar 
Well, now that you’ve seen the Frontline expose, entitled "Bush’s War," based upon documentary videos and more than 400 extended interviews with major participants and media sycophants, you may yet have a few unanswered questions.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Engineers society accused of disaster probe cover-ups News Link  •  Conspiracies
Engineers society accused of disaster probe cover-ups
3-30-2008  •  AP 
Critics now accuse the group of covering up engineering mistakes, downplaying the need to alter building standards, and using the investigations to protect engineers and government agencies from lawsuits.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
ANALYSIS: Iraq fighting a reality check News Link  •  WAR: About that War
ANALYSIS: Iraq fighting a reality check
3-30-2008  •  AP 
The Iraqi capital locked down by curfew. U.S. diplomats holed up their workplaces, fearing rocket attacks. Nearly every major southern city racked by turmoil. Hundreds killed in less than a week.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Dozens still jailed in China over 1989 protests News Link  •  World News
Dozens still jailed in China over 1989 protests
3-30-2008  •  AP 
A human rights activist says at least 60 people are still jailed in China for protests by pro-democracy demonstrators in 1989 at Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Between 60 and 100 such protesters remain jailed and he urged China to release them befor  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Sometime this morning fascism will be officially proposed for Amerika News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Sometime this morning fascism will be officially proposed for Amerika
3-30-2008  •  AP 
In proposing the broadest overhaul of financial oversight since the Great Depression, the Bush administration has kicked off a fierce debate. It pits those eager to revamp an antiquated system against an industry opposed to excessive regulation.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Congress readies activist housing agenda to get re-elected News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Congress readies activist housing agenda to get re-elected
3-30-2008  •  AP 
Congressional leaders are racing to push through an array of election-year housing measures that already have stirred up much political wrangling and the White House is examining its own plan to further help homeowners caught in the mortgage meltdown  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Presidential candidates plan to pour more gas on the fire News Link  •  Eugenics
Presidential candidates plan to pour more gas on the fire
3-30-2008  •  AP 
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain have diagnosed the swooning economy and come up with rival plans to revive it. One will get a chance to try to sell their proposal to Congress as president. [3 plans, no difference, print money]  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Cheney road trip: Pack the green duffel bag News Link  •  Bush Administration
Cheney road trip: Pack the green duffel bag
3-30-2008  •  AP 
Vice President Dick Cheney is not your regular road warrior. [puke!] He doesn't wait in airport security lines or take off his shoes to walk through metal detectors. But then, most people do not go to war zones, hobnob with Saudi royalty or dine  Read Full Story
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"Ron Paul Billionaire" Update
3-30-2008  •  by Stephen Gordon 
Back in January, Third Party Watch covered the "Ron Paul Billionaire" thread. The story: A billionaire wished to mount a parallel campaign to augment Ron Paul’s official campaign for president. I now confirm the story is correct.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Accident Nightmare News Link  •  Entertainment: Movies
Accident Nightmare
03-30-2008  •  Mondoreb 
You think you're having a bad day? Two minutes and 48 second video of possibly the worst accident in cinematic history. [WARNING: Very violent graphic in nature.]  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Randy Ricochet
Torture in Our Own Backyards: The Fight Against Supermax Prisons News Link  •  Torture
Torture in Our Own Backyards: The Fight Against Supermax Prisons
3-30-2008  •  Alternet 
In Supermax prisons, 23 hours a day of solitary confinement is the norm. How did our prison system become so cruel? You go eight years without shaking a hand or experiencing any physical human contact. The prison guards bark orders and touch you only  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Obama's National Public Education Plans News Link  •  Eugenics
Obama's National Public Education Plans
3-30-2008  •  American Thinker 
While Clinton's and Obama's health care plans attract attention, Obama's plan for public education largely goes unnoticed. National Health Care is on his first term agenda. Is National Public Education on his second?  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
U.S. business interests at risk from domestic spying News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
U.S. business interests at risk from domestic spying
3-30-2008  •  MarketWatch 
At what point does government snooping become a hindrance to commerce? That must be the question a lot of companies are asking themselves after a recent episode in Canada where a controversy over the use of online tools has emerged.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Police call for help from volunteer spies News Link  •  Police State
Police call for help from volunteer spies
3-30-2008  POLICE are seeking hundreds of volunteers to spy on crime hot spots and trawl through surveillance tapes to help catch criminals. Volunteers would be given binoculars, CCTV access.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Protester 'will go to prison again' News Link  •  Activism
Protester 'will go to prison again'
3-30-2008  A COUNCIL tax protester faces prison for the second time this year for refusing to pay £65 of last year's bill.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Germans Fear Meltdown of Financial System News Link  •  Economy - International
Germans Fear Meltdown of Financial System
3-30-2008  •  der Spiegel 
Germany and other industrialized nations are desperately trying to brace themselves against the collapse of the global financial system. The crisis has taken its toll on the German economy, where the weak dollar is putting jobs in jeopardy  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Going fishing? Pack your passport News Link  •  Police State
Going fishing? Pack your passport
3-30-2008  •  USA Today 
Rick Ungar's charter fishing service promises a great time on Lake Erie. But there's a catch " and it's not freshwater fish. It's the Homeland Security Department's new anti-terrorism rules.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Why the US is collapsing News Link  •  Federal Reserve
Why the US is collapsing
3-30-2008  •  by Rick Falkvinge 
This is how the US went bankrupt in 1971, and has been covering it up through an accelerating whack-a-mole borrowing frenzy that is bursting right now. It has been paying rapidly growing VISA bills using MasterCard and vice versa for 37 years.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
JP MORgan Chase mortgage memo pushes 'Cheats & Tricks' News Link  •  Corruption
JP MORgan Chase mortgage memo pushes 'Cheats & Tricks'
3-30-2008  •  Oregonian 
A newly surfaced memo from banking giant JPMorgan Chase provides a rare glimpse into what fueled the mortgage crisis. It is a primer on how to get risky mortgage loans approved by Chase's in-house automated loan underwriting system.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Attorney General Gets Emotional In Calling for Surveillance Power News Link  •  Police State
Attorney General Gets Emotional In Calling for Surveillance Power
3-30-2008  •  NY Sun 
Mr. Mukasey grimaced, swallowed hard, and seemed to tear up as he reflected on the weaknesses in America's anti-terrorism strategy prior to the 2001 attacks. "We've got 3000 people who went to work that day and didn't come home  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Time To Wake The Hell Up!<br>by Judith Moriarty News Link  •  Police State
Time To Wake The Hell Up!
by Judith Moriarty

3-30-2008  •  Rense 
GWB's surge consisted of handing out DUFFLE BAGS of loot to various tribes to bribe them into NOT fighting or attacking American forces. We've been handing out dollars to the same people who planted bombs that left over 4,000 US dead and  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Mike Maloney interviews Ron Paul News Link  •  Eugenics
Mike Maloney interviews Ron Paul
3-30-2008  •  Google Video 
Where does this country's financial future lie? Presidential Candidate Congressman Dr. Ron Paul warns what lies ahead for our country if we maintain the status quo. Congressman Paul portends economic collapse soon.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
U.K. seeks to extend detention to six weeks News Link  •  Police State
U.K. seeks to extend detention to six weeks
3-30-08  •  Guardian.co.uk 
Htein Lin, the Burmese artist and former political prisoner, said: 'In Burma many people are detained for months, or even years, without a chance to appear in court. I do not want to see that happen in Britain.'  Read Full Story
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Are We Heading Into a Depression? News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Are We Heading Into a Depression?
3-29-08  •  ABCnews.go.com 
Mr. Parks, he sees a further steep fall in housing prices, a tumbling dollar, and a weak stock market leading to a genuine depression with 30 to 35 percent unemployment, greater poverty, plunging bond and stock prices, even some starvation.  Read Full Story
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If I were to run for state office, this would be my speech to the Republican party Feature Article  •  Politics: Republican Campaigns
If I were to run for state office, this would be my speech to the Republican party
Tom Westbrook
   Our federal government has trampled nearly every facet of our constitution. It provides illegal appropriations designed to undermine the sovereignty of our state. We have wide-open borders with border patrol agents designed for show. We infringe on t
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Russian intelligence sees U.S. military buildup on Iran border News Link  •  Iran
Russian intelligence sees U.S. military buildup on Iran border
3-27-08  •  RIA Novosti 
He also said the U.S. Naval presence in the Persian Gulf has for the first time in the past four years reached the level that existed shortly before the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.  Read Full Story
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The $1.1 Trillion HELOC Problem News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
The $1.1 Trillion HELOC Problem
3-30-08  •  Michael Shedlock / Mish 
Americans owe a staggering $1.1 trillion on home equity loans " and banks are increasingly worried they may not get some of that money back.   Read Full Story
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Florida Auction: No bids on most properties News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Florida Auction: No bids on most properties
3-29-08  •  HeraldTribune.com 
"This was a disaster," said Fort Lauderdale broker Paul Merlesena as he stood near the door following the auction. "They're basically going to have to give them away now."  Read Full Story
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John Cusack: Neo-Cons - News Link  •  Philosophy: Fascism
John Cusack: Neo-Cons - "complete spiritual bankruptcy"
3-30-08  •  Rawstory.com 
Adding later, "Some of these truths are so horrible you don't want to think about that, but it's just -- I mean the gig's up.  Read Full Story
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Blackwater's World of Warcraft News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Blackwater's World of Warcraft
03-30-2008  •  Mother Jones 
Yet the most important vehicle for Prince's global aspirations isn't Blackwater proper, but Greystone Limited, a company he quietly founded in 2004 as his firm's "international affiliate."  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Fed Offers $100 Billion More to Commercial Banks to Fight Credit Crisis News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Fed Offers $100 Billion More to Commercial Banks to Fight Credit Crisis
03-29-2008  •  RawStory.com 
The Federal Reserve announced Friday it will auction another $100 billion in April to cash-strapped banks as it continues to combat the effects of a credit crisis.  Read Full Story
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Films: News Link  •  Entertainment: Movies
Films: "Rendition" & "The Fountainhead" (Christine Smith)
03-29-2008  •  The Nolan Chart 
Torture is never justified...& libertarianism and individualism at its heart in Ayn Rand's work  Read Full Story
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Bush Says Administration Will Expand Socialism in Mortgages News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Bush Says Administration Will Expand Socialism in Mortgages
3-29-2008  •  Bloomberg 
President George W. Bush said the government will expand efforts to help [irresponsible] homeowners avoid foreclosure as Democrats increase pressure on his administration to reduce unaffordable home-loan payments. [suckers]  Read Full Story
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Job Market 2009 News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Job Market 2009
3-28-08  •  twango.com 
Now that hurts!  Read Full Story
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 Glenn Beck: The $53 trillion asteroid News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Glenn Beck: The $53 trillion asteroid
03-29-2008  •  Glenn Beck - CNN 
# $200 billion amount of write-downs announced so far as a result of the current credit crisis. # $14.1 trillion is the size of the entire U.S. economy # And $53 trillion size of this country's bill for the Social Security and Medicare promises  Read Full Story
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COUP ALERT: The FED is taking over Wall Street News Link  •  Federal Reserve
COUP ALERT: The FED is taking over Wall Street
3-29-08  •  HousingPanic.blogspot.com 
Ron Paul is going to go nuts when he hears about this.  Read Full Story
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Computer Hacker Contest makes short work of Vista and Mac's Air News Link  •  Technology: Software
Computer Hacker Contest makes short work of Vista and Mac's Air
03-29-2008  •  Cnet News.com 
A Sony Vaio laptop running Ubuntu remained unscathed at the end of the conference.  Read Full Story
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SEC Openly Invites Corporations To Lie News Link  •  Federal Reserve
SEC Openly Invites Corporations To Lie
3-29-08  •  Michael Shedlock / Mish 
In the end all this does is create more mistrust and suspicion about what is real and what is imaginary. That suspicion may be more damaging than actual disclosure....  Read Full Story
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Stealthy surveillance robots designed for police, military News Link  •  Police State
Stealthy surveillance robots designed for police, military
3-28-08  •  Rawstory.com 
Other flying spy machines made news, when it was reported that tiny, dragonfly-like machines were seen flying among anti-war protesters in Washington, DC.  Read Full Story
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Cops bust high school root beer kegger News Link  •  Law Enforcers or Peace Officers
Cops bust high school root beer kegger
3-28-2008  •  Raw Story 
Cars lining the street. A house full of young people. A keg and drinking games inside. Police thought they had an underage boozing party on their hands. But though they made many dozens of teens take breath tests, none tested positive for alcohol.  Read Full Story
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