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Date Sent: 2008-08-13
Freedom's Phoenix Headline News for Wednesday, August 13, 2008
 
Russia halts 5-day invasion of Georgia -- NYC police propose massive public snooping system

Banks aren't failing fast enough -- Videotape shows man beaten by Denver Police -- BRAD BLOG's Breslauer is Escorted Out of Event by Secret Service After Questioning Pelosi -- AG Mukasey: No prosecutions in Justice hiring scandal -- Appeals court denies ex-CIA Plame's attempt to sue US officials -- FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content -- Banks' Subprime Losses Top $500 Billion on Writedowns -- McCain: "We are all Georgians now" -- US, allies weigh punishment for Russia -- Hackers hacked at infamous DefCon gathering -- Real IDs role in Continuity of Government & Presidential succession -- My Heroes Of History - by Chuck Baldwin -- MISH: Fannie, Freddie Common Stock Is Now A Call Option -- Most companies in US avoid federal income taxes -- Were US Troops killed in Russian Invasion of Georgia while Bush watched the games? -- Nearly One-Third of all homeowners who purchased in past 5 years underwater
 

Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands News Link  •  Immigration
Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands
8-13-2008  •  NY Times 
Mr. Ng, who had overstayed a visa years earlier, went to immigration headquarters in Manhattan last summer for his final interview for a green card, he was swept into immigration detention and shuttled through jails and detention centers in three New  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Before the Gunfire, Cyberattacks News Link  •  Internet
Before the Gunfire, Cyberattacks
8-13-2008  •  NY Times 
Weeks before bombs started falling on Georgia, a security researcher in suburban Massachusetts was watching an attack against the country in cyberspace.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Banks aren't failing fast enough News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Banks aren't failing fast enough
8-13-2008  •  Washington Post 
Some critics say the failures aren't happening fast enough. They say regulators are keeping some troubled banks on life support by allowing them to spend money to stay in business that should be reserved to cover loan losses after the bank fails  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Al-Qa'eda in Iraq alienated by cucumber laws and brutality News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Al-Qa'eda in Iraq alienated by cucumber laws and brutality
8-12-2008  •  Daily Telegraph 
Al-Qa'eda is losing support in Iraq because of a brutal crackdown on activities it regards as un-Islamic - including women buying cucumbers.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
U.S. Army Private LaVena Lynn Johnson, RIP News Link  •  Military
U.S. Army Private LaVena Lynn Johnson, RIP
8-12-2008  •  LewRockwell 
How did she end her life? She punched herself in the face hard enough to blacken her eyes, break her nose, and knock her front teeth loose. She douched with an acid solution after mutilating her genital area. She poured a combustible liquid on hersel  Read Full Story
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Ending torture ... well, er, uh .... News Link  •  Torture
Ending torture ... well, er, uh ....
8-12-2008  •  Boston Globe 
The APA has since passed several antitorture resolutions - all of them full of loopholes - but has failed to take ethics enforcement action against a single psychologist for participating in abuses, despite publication two years ago of a detailed int  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Georgia's folly News Link  •  World News
Georgia's folly
8-12-2008  •  Otago Daily Times 
Last Thursday the hyperactive and frequently volatile Georgian leader began an adventure that those more experienced in the arts of military provocation could have advised him was likely to have just one outcome. Four days later, with his forces pumm  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Videotape shows man beaten by Denver Police News Link  •  Law Enforcers or Peace Officers
Videotape shows man beaten by Denver Police
8-12-2008  •  9 News 
The Denver District Attorney's office has dropped its case against a man who was facing three years in prison for assault, after 9Wants to Know obtained and showed prosecutors a videotape of the man's arrest.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
BRAD BLOG's Breslauer is Escorted Out of Event by Secret Service After Questioning Pelosi News Link  •  Police State
BRAD BLOG's Breslauer is Escorted Out of Event by Secret Service After Questioning Pelosi
8-12-2008  •  Brad blog 
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's appearance at a West Los Angeles college to discuss her recently published book was marred by dozens of protesters and several angry outbursts by audience members who demanded Pelosi immediately authorize a Hou  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
AG Mukasey: No prosecutions in Justice hiring scandal News Link  •  Bush Administration
AG Mukasey: No prosecutions in Justice hiring scandal
8-12-2008  •  AP 
Former Justice Department officials will not face prosecution for letting improper political considerations drive hirings of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Appeals court denies ex-CIA Plame's attempt to sue US officials News Link  •  Central Intelligence Agency
Appeals court denies ex-CIA Plame's attempt to sue US officials
8-12-2008  •  AP 
A federal appeals court said Tuesday it would not resurrect a lawsuit that former CIA operative Valerie Plame brought against members of the Bush administration.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content News Link  •  Internet
FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content
8-12-2008  •  Business & Media 
There is a huge concern among talk radio that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy the industry due to equal time constraints. Speech limits might not stop at radio. They could be extended to the Internet and “government dicta  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Banks' Subprime Losses Top $500 Billion on Writedowns News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Banks' Subprime Losses Top $500 Billion on Writedowns
8-12-2008  •  Bloomberg 
Banks' losses from the U.S. subprime crisis and the ensuing credit crunch crossed the $500 billion mark as writedowns spread to more asset types. The writedowns and credit losses at more than 100 of the world's biggest banks and securities fi  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
 Russia calls halt to 5-day invasion of Georgia News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Russia calls halt to 5-day invasion of Georgia
8-12-2008  •  AP 
Declaring "the aggressor has been punished," the Kremlin ordered a halt Tuesday to Russia's devastating assault on Georgia _ five days of air and ground attacks that left homes in smoldering ruins and uprooted 100,000 people.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
 US, allies weigh punishment for Russia News Link  •  World News
US, allies weigh punishment for Russia
8-12-2008  •  AP 
Scrambling to find ways to punish Russia for its invasion of pro-Western Georgia, the United States and its allies are considering expelling Moscow from an exclusive club of wealthy nations and canceling an upcoming joint NATO-Russia military exercis  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
McCain: News Link  •  WAR: About that War
McCain: "We are all Georgians now"
8-12-08  •  Rawstory.com 
Republican White House hopeful John McCain Tuesday stepped up a fusillade against Russian "aggression" and declared that today, "we are all Georgians."  Read Full Story
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 Hackers hacked at infamous DefCon gathering News Link  •  Internet
Hackers hacked at infamous DefCon gathering
8-12-2008  •  AFP 
In the end, it was hackers at DefCon that got hacked. After 3 days of software cracking duels and hacking seminars, self-described computer ninjas at the infamous gathering in Las Vegas found out their online activities were hijacked without them cat  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Real IDs role in Continuity of Government & Presidential succession News Link  •  Eugenics
Real IDs role in Continuity of Government & Presidential succession
08-12-2008  •  www.beatthechip.org 
An explanation of the role of Real ID in Continuity of Government - a government program appointing unelected officials in a time of U.S. disaster. This report illuminates why Real ID and other civil liberties issues have been held back in the 2008  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Sheila Dean
My Heroes Of History Opinion  •  Philosophy: Political
Food For Thought
My Heroes Of History
08-12-08
Chuck Baldwin
   I am often asked about the people in history that I revere or otherwise hold in high esteem. Today's column is an attempt to answer that question.
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Fannie, Freddie Common Stock Is Now A Call Option News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Fannie, Freddie Common Stock Is Now A Call Option
8-12-08  •  Michael Shedlock / Mish 
Fannie Mae is operating at a gross leverage multiple of 72.7 (total assets comprised primarily of mortgage loans, divided by shareholder equity). In other words, a slight 1.4% deterioration in the value of Fannie's book of assets will wipe out al  Read Full Story
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NYC police propose massive public snooping system News Link  •  Police State
NYC police propose massive public snooping system
8-12-08  •  Rawstory.com 
The public snooping technology is inspired by a system installed by the British government in London, which has blanketed the city in the view of cameras, range of microphones, and earshot of government minders...  Read Full Story
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Were US soldiers killed by Russians in Georgia Invasion while Bush watched the Olympics? News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Were US soldiers killed by Russians in Georgia Invasion while Bush watched the Olympics?
08-12-2008  •  By John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes 
U.S. personnel responsible for training members of the Georgian military remain stationed inside the volatile country, where fighting erupted Friday between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway province of South Ossetia, the U.S. European Command sa  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Bruce Barton
Most companies in US avoid federal income taxes News Link  •  TAXES: Federal
Most companies in US avoid federal income taxes
8-12-2008  •  Associated Press 
Two-thirds of U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005, according to a new report from Congress.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Chip Saunders
Were US Troops killed in Russian Invasion of Georgia while Bush watched the games? News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Were US Troops killed in Russian Invasion of Georgia while Bush watched the games?
08-08-2008  •  By Musa Sadulayev - The Associated Press 
Russia sent columns of tanks and reportedly bombed Georgian air bases Friday, one Russian plane had dropped a bomb on the Vaziani military base near the Georgian capital. More than 1,000 U.S. Marines, soldiers and airmen were at the base last month  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Bruce Barton
RON PAUL 4409 -- We don't dream it, WE DO IT!
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RON PAUL 4409 -- We don't dream it, WE DO IT!
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Bush 'Feeling No Pain' At Beijing Olympics News Link  •  Bush Administration
Bush 'Feeling No Pain' At Beijing Olympics
8-12-08  •  Rense.com 
A picture is worth a thousand words.  Read Full Story
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Nearly One-Third of all homeowners who purchased in past 5 years underwater News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Nearly One-Third of all homeowners who purchased in past 5 years underwater
8-12-08  •  MrMortgage.ml-implode.com 
However, this is a best-case scenario, as it is widely thought the Zillow valuation estimates are high because they do not take in account many of the actual foreclosure related sales that made up some 42% of all sales in the state of CA  Read Full Story
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