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Date Sent: 2010-01-01
Freedom's Phoenix Global Edition for Friday, January 1, 2010
 
Dutch, Nigerians to use full-body scans -- Taliban infiltrator who killed 7 CIA wore Afghan uniform

S. intelligence: 'Time is running out' in Afghanistan -- Details of one Goldman deal reveal lopsided conflicts -- How billions in complex Goldman deals escaped scrutiny -- N.Y. congressman sought Chavez's help for disgraced banker Stanford -- AIG executive resigns over pay limits -- Gold ends at $1,096.20, up 24.8 percent in 2009 -- Judge dismisses charges in Blackwater shooting of 17 Iraqis -- Federal Judge Rules Kids-For-Cash Scandal Judges Immune For Bad-Faith Legal Decisions -- U.S. Constitution Must Be Set Aside on Health Care -- Vote Buying: Federal appliance rebates launch -- Investors could only lose in Goldman's Caymans deals -- Bankers Get $4 Trillion Gift From Barney Frank -- Texting while driving, smoking target of '10 laws -- China ruling portends more trade action in 2010 -- Hundreds of thousands at pro-government rallies in Iran -- Tehran, Police/Baseej run over protester -- GOCE Gravity Mapping Begins

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Dutch, Nigerians to use full-body scans for flights News Link  •  Transportation: Air Travel
Dutch, Nigerians to use full-body scans for flights
12-31-2009  •  Reuters 
The Netherlands and Nigeria will use full-body scanners at airports after a failed Christmas Day attack on a US-bound plane by a 23-year-old Nigerian suspect who passed through both countries. The scanners--which "see" through clothing  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Taliban infiltrator who killed 7 from CIA wore Afghan uniform News Link  •  Central Intelligence Agency
Taliban infiltrator who killed 7 from CIA wore Afghan uniform
12-31-2009  •  McClatchy News 
A suicide bomber who killed 7 CIA officers and contractors and wounded 6 others at an isolated CIA base in eastern Afghanistan was a Taliban infiltrator dressed in an Afghan Army uniform, according to US officials and a Taliban claim of responsibilit  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
U.S. intelligence: 'Time is running out' in Afghanistan News Link  •  WAR: About that War
U.S. intelligence: 'Time is running out' in Afghanistan
12-31-2009  •  McClatchy News 
As the U.S. and its allies try to overcome logistical hurdles and rush some 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2010, intelligence officials are warning that the Taliban-led insurgency is expanding and that "time is running out" for the U.S.-led co  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Details of one Goldman deal reveal lopsided conflicts News Link  •  Corruption
Details of one Goldman deal reveal lopsided conflicts
12-31-2009  •  McClatchy News 
Some banks were only too happy to take big bets from Goldman against the housing market. Merrill Lynch, the biggest player in the offshore market, remained bullish on the subprime mortgage market until late 2007 and plunged $369 million into a de  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
How billions in complex Goldman deals escaped scrutiny News Link  •  Corruption
How billions in complex Goldman deals escaped scrutiny
12-31-2009  •  McClatchy News 
The use of credit-default swaps, or private, insurance-like contracts, exploded in recent years into a murky, $60 trillion worldwide market with little government scrutiny. Under such contracts, the buyers agree to pay premiums, as often as month  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Goldman Sachs' response to latest McClatchy article News Link  •  Corruption
Goldman Sachs' response to latest McClatchy article
12-31-2009  •  McClatchy News 
Goldman Sachs' chief spokesman, Lucas van Praag, issued the following statement in response to the latest installment in Greg Gordon's investigative series on the Wall Street firm, "Investors only could lose in Goldman's Caymans deals," published on  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
N.Y. congressman sought Chavez's help for disgraced banker Stanford News Link  •  Legislative Mischief
N.Y. congressman sought Chavez's help for disgraced banker Stanford
12-31-2009  •  McClatchy News 
Three years before Allen Stanford's worldwide banking network collapsed, he called on a key member of the Caribbean Caucus to help him settle a crisis. The president of his bank in Venezuela had turned on Stanford after being accused of stealing   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
AIG executive resigns over pay limits News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
AIG executive resigns over pay limits
12-31-2009  •  Reuters 
A top executive at American International Group Inc has resigned because of pay curbs imposed by the Obama Administration's pay czar, the insurer said. Anastasia Kelly, AIG's vice chairman for legal, human resources, corporate affairs and corporate c  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Gold ends at $1,096.20, up 24.8 percent in 2009 News Link  •  Precious Metals
Gold ends at $1,096.20, up 24.8 percent in 2009
12-31-2009  •  Reuters 
Gold prices sealed their biggest yearly gain in three decades with a small advance on Thursday, rising for an unprecedented ninth consecutive year as dollar-hedging traders and central banks joined the rally even as safe-haven buying subsided.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Judge dismisses charges in Blackwater shooting of 17 Iraqis News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Judge dismisses charges in Blackwater shooting of 17 Iraqis
12-31-2009  •  McClatchy News 
A U.S. district judge dismissed all charges Thursday against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards who were accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians in a crowded Baghdad intersection in 2007. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina said government pro  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Flight 253 passenger Kurt Haskell: 'I was visited by the FBI' News Link  •  Conspiracies
Flight 253 passenger Kurt Haskell: 'I was visited by the FBI'
12-31-2009  Haskell and his wife, Lori, were aboard Flight 253 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to destroy the plane. They say another man tried to help Abdulmutallab board the plane in Amsterdam.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
News Link  •  Men trying to be our God
Why Wait? Put Me in Jail Now by Szandor Blestman
12-31-2009  •  American Chronicle 
The more people who are dependent on the federal government, the more power the federal government can laud over the public, the better off the corporate political elite are.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ed Vallejo
Look at all the chatter concerning the Republican Victory Plan News Link  •  Politics: Republican Campaigns
Look at all the chatter concerning the Republican Victory Plan
12-31-2009  •  Sonoran Alliance 
A LOT of people are P!$$ed at the attempted end run around the grass roots. They even wonder how such a libertarian-leaning website got hold of the plan. This is going to get exciting!  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Trouser Chili
Dot Connecting (Part One): The 911 Cover-up Feature Article  •  Conspiracies
Dot Connecting (Part One): The 911 Cover-up
Dave Hodges
   I have been doing talk radio for almost two years. During that time the three events which most dominate the minds of people who call into my show are: (1) the true events of 911; (2) the emerging police state, and (3) the planned population reductio
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Federal Judge Rules Kids-For-Cash Scandal Judges Immune For Bad-Faith Legal Decisions News Link  •  Corruption
Federal Judge Rules Kids-For-Cash Scandal Judges Immune For Bad-Faith Legal Decisions
12-31-2009  •  Poten & Partners 
Last month, a federal judge ruled Ciavarella and Conahan can only be held liable for actions they took outside the courtroom to further their alleged kids-for-cash conspiracy. Ciavarella is immune, the federal judge said, from liability for any decis  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Terry Bressi
Feature Article  •  Police State
Who specifically is infraguard in YOUR community?
John Green
   It's important that all citizens in this post 911 world take stock of how to secure their comminities. Find out the who, what, where, why and when about Infraguard in YOUR community here......
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U.S. Constitution Must Be Set Aside on Health Care News Link  •  Constitution
U.S. Constitution Must Be Set Aside on Health Care
12/31/2009  •  godlikeproductions.com 
A London School of Economics paper by Prof. Adam Oliver, specifically observed the US Constitution is a good example of a structure that is undesirable, because over time, people get "entrenched" ideas under its influence, and don't want to change th  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Phennommennonn GLP
Vote Buying: Federal appliance rebates launch News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Vote Buying: Federal appliance rebates launch
12-31-2009  •  AP 
2010 may be to appliance buyers what 2009 was to car buyers: time for government rebates. Modeled after the Cash for Clunkers program, a federal appliance rebate program offers cash to people buying clothes washers, refrigerators and other appliances  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Investors could only lose in Goldman's Caymans deals News Link  •  Corruption
Investors could only lose in Goldman's Caymans deals
12-31-2009  •  McClatchy News 
When financial titan Goldman Sachs joined some of its Wall Street rivals in late 2005 in secretly packaging a new breed of offshore securities, it gave prospective investors little hint that many of the deals were so risky that they could end up losi  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Bankers Get $4 Trillion Gift From Barney Frank: David Reilly News Link  •  Corruption
Bankers Get $4 Trillion Gift From Barney Frank: David Reilly
12-31-2009  •  Bloomberg 
To close out 2009, I decided to do something I bet no member of Congress has done -- actually read from cover to cover one of the pieces of sweeping legislation bouncing around Capitol Hill. Hunkering down by the fire, I snuggled up with H.R. 4173, t  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Restore the American Dream News Link  •  Philosophy of Liberty
Restore the American Dream
12/31/2009  •  Uncommon Sense 
The American Dream was once a dream of an America in which life should be better, richer and fuller for all, because with hard work, ability, moral behavior and dedication you could assure yourself an opportunity for achievement or success. The se  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Dave Johannes
Feature Article  •  Events: Arizona
ARIZONA BREAKFAST CLUB this Saturday
Powell Gammill
   Michael Schoen on 9/11; 4409, Tesla and Morpheus on making giant politically incorrect billboards along freeways; and Ed Vallejo on being our representative to the 2009 Continental Congress.
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Texting while driving, smoking target of '10 laws News Link  •  Legislative Mischief
Texting while driving, smoking target of '10 laws
12-31-2009  •  AP 
Faced with huge budget shortfalls and little extra money to throw around, state lawmakers exercised their (inexpensive) power to clamp down [tax and prohibit] on impolite, unhealthy and sometimes dangerous behaviors in 2009.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Whitehouse in bed with the media News Link  •  Obama Administration
Whitehouse in bed with the media
12-31-2009  •  AP 
ABC News reporter Bianna Golodryga is engaged to White House budget director Peter Orszag. She made the announcement on ABC's "Good Morning America." Golodryga described her fiance as "tall, dark and he could say Golodryga and spell it after the firs  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Rattling the Cage: A taboo question for Israelis News Link  •  Palestine -- Israel
Rattling the Cage: A taboo question for Israelis
12-31-2009  •  Jerusalem Post 
The question we have to ask is this: If anybody treated us like we're treating the people in Gaza, what would we do? We don't want to go there, do we? And because we don't, we make it our business not to see, hear or think about how we are treating t  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Never a Year Like '09 News Link  •  Humor
Never a Year Like '09
12-31-2009  •  Jib Jab 
JibJab Year in Review -- kind of depressing for humor. I guess 2009 will do that to you.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
China ruling portends more trade action in 2010 News Link  •  Free Trade
China ruling portends more trade action in 2010
12-31-2009  •  McClatchy News 
A ruling Wednesday by the U.S. International Trade Commission in favor of domestic steelmakers and against Chinese exporters of tubular steel points to a likely trend in 2010 " more trade action against the export powerhouse.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Hundreds of thousands at pro-government rallies in Iran News Link  •  Iran
Hundreds of thousands at pro-government rallies in Iran
12-31-2009  •  Reuters 
Hundreds of thousands of government supporters rallied across Iran on Wednesday, swearing allegiance to the clerical establishment and accusing opposition leaders of causing unrest in the Islamic state.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
British DJ fired for pulling plug on 'boring' Queen News Link  •  World News
British DJ fired for pulling plug on 'boring' Queen
12-31-2009  •  AFP 
A BRITISH radio presenter has been sacked after he pulled the plug on the Queen's traditional Christmas Day speech, telling listeners "Two words: Bor-ring," quipping "from one Queen to another..." as he put on a song featuring openly gay singer Georg  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Tehran, Police/Baseej run over protester...Discretion advised!! News Link  •  Iran
Tehran, Police/Baseej run over protester...Discretion advised!!
12-31-2009  •  iReport (video) 
The Iranian government is covering up a lot of news in and outside Iran, that they don't kill, they don't torture...how do you answer to this...  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Google, China: One China, Two Googles, How Many Deals? News Link  •  Internet
Google, China: One China, Two Googles, How Many Deals?
12-31-2009  •  Mondo Frazier 
When Google.cn was launched, the search engine giant was criticized for censoring results. Now, China and Taiwan show up as one country on the Google Analytics map. Is this another deal that was cut as the price of doing business with Chinese Commun  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Randy Ricochet
Israel's East Jerusalem Linked Settlement Expansion Feature Article  •  Israel - Palestine
Israel's East Jerusalem Linked Settlement Expansion
Stephen Lendman
   Part of Israel's plan to have Jerusalem exclusively for Jews
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GOCE Gravity Mapping Begins News Link  •  Science, Medicine and Technology
GOCE Gravity Mapping Begins
12-31-2009  •  arclein 
Europe's Goce satellite is returning remarkable new data on the way the pull of gravity varies across the Earth. Scientists say its first maps clearly show details not seen in previous space and ground measurements.   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Robert Klein
News Link  •  Climate Change
Warming Lakes
12-31-2009  •  arclein 
The newspaper said the researchers tapped satellite sensor temperature data compiled over 18 years in what is believed to be the first time that long-range lake surface temperatures have been dissected. What the data reportedly showed is that the lak  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Robert Klein
Blue Moon on New Years Eve Tonight News Link  •  Science
Blue Moon on New Years Eve Tonight
12-31-2009  •  arclein 
Dec. 29, 2009: Party planners take note. For the first time in almost twenty years, there's going to be a Blue Moon on New Year's Eve.   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Robert Klein
Yes Virginia, There is an Afterlife News Link  •  Spirituality
Yes Virginia, There is an Afterlife
12-31-2009  •  arclein 
What I found there, especially on reflection, was evidence enough for me to come to a rather stupendous conclusion: yes, Virginia, there is indeed life after death.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Robert Klein
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