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Date Sent: 2011-12-22
Freedom's Phoenix Global Edition for Thursday, December 22, 2011 AM edition
 
8 U.S. soldiers charged in death of comrade in Afghanistan

Defense quickly rests case in hearing for Army private accused of leaking nation’s secrets -- NTSB Lied To Public On Cellphone Deaths -- Vice President of Iraq Voices Sunnis’ Anger as He Denies Ordering Killings -- Strange nuclear waste lint might be "biological in nature" -- Chelsea’s housing boss was rarely on the job -- Pvt. Manning and Imperative of Truth - by Ray McGovern -- Holder: Obama Will Issue Signing Statement With NDAA Detention Rules -- Prediction: Your Standard of Living is Going Down in 2012 -- Lesbian couple's first kiss at homecoming a first for Navy, too -- "Not Yours To Give" Davy Crockett on The Role Of Government -- How a Decade of IEDs Has Reshaped Bomb Disposal Tech -- The NAR Just Made The Mother Of All Data Revisions -- That Whole 'Who Owns The Falkland Islands' Thing Is Heating Up Again -- Short Term Yields On Spanish And Italian Bonds Are Shooting Back Up -- The Euro Is Continuing To Get Demolished -- WHOOPS: Market Rally Totally Fizzles Out After ECB Action, Yields Higher Across Europe -- SPOILER ALERT: Gary Johnson Drops Out Of GOP, Will Run As Libertarian Party Candidate -- New Iowa Poll Shows Paul Accelerating Away From Romney -- Govt. Says It Can Assassinate/Indefinitely Detain Americans on American Soil Without Due Process -- Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons -- FBI Says Activists Who Investigate Factory Farms Can Be Prosecuted as Terrorists -- We Killed Your Daughter; You're Under Arrest

 

8 U.S. soldiers charged in death of comrade in Afghanistan News Link  •  Military
8 U.S. soldiers charged in death of comrade in Afghanistan
12-21-2011  •  Washington Post 
The U.S. Army, which has struggled in recent years to combat a mounting suicide toll, took an unusual step when it announced it had charged 8 American soldiers serving in Afghanistan in connection with the apparent suicide of one of their lower-ranki  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Defense quickly rests case in hearing for Army private accused of leaking nation’s secrets News Link  •  Whistleblowers
Defense quickly rests case in hearing for Army private accused of leaking nation’s secrets
12-21-2011  •  Washington Post 
Lawyers for the Army intelligence analyst blamed for the biggest national security leak in American history briskly presented the entirety of his defense Wednesday, a year-and-half after the young private allegedly handed a trove of classified data t  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
NTSB Lied To Public On Cellphone Deaths News Link  •  Transportation
NTSB Lied To Public On Cellphone Deaths
12-21-2011  •  CATO Institute 
Last week, in calling for a ban on even handsfree cellphone use behind the wheel, National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah A.P. Hersman denounced “talking, texting and driving” and said:   Read Full Story
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Vice President of Iraq Voices Sunnis’ Anger as He Denies Ordering Killings News Link  •  Iraq
Vice President of Iraq Voices Sunnis’ Anger as He Denies Ordering Killings
12-21-2011  •  New York Times 
As Iraq’s Sunni vice president on Tuesday angrily rebutted the government’s accusations that he had been running death squads, many people in Iraq’s Sunni minority dismissed the charges as politically motivated, underscoring how deeply alienated they  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Strange nuclear waste lint might be News Link  •  Science, Medicine and Technology
Strange nuclear waste lint might be "biological in nature"
12-21-2011  • 
Savannah River Site scientists are working to identify a strange growth found on racks of spent nuclear fuel collected from foreign governments. The “white, stringlike” material was found among thousands of spent fuel assemblies submerged in deep   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Chelsea’s housing boss was rarely on the job News Link  •  Government
Chelsea’s housing boss was rarely on the job
12-21-2011  •  Boston Globe 
Michael E. McLaughlin, who abruptly resigned as Chelsea housing director last month after his $360,000 salary was revealed, put in only 15 full workdays in Chelsea all year to earn his extraordinary paycheck, according to a Globe review of his work c  Read Full Story
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Pvt. Manning and Imperative of Truth Opinion  •  Whistleblowers
Ray McGovern: My Take
Pvt. Manning and Imperative of Truth
12-21-2011
Ray McGovern
   On Bradley Manning's birthday... nearly 300 Occupy people from around the country came to Jessup, MD Fort Meade for a rally in support of Manning.
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Holder: Obama Will Issue Signing Statement With NDAA Detention Rules News Link  •  Obama Administration
Holder: Obama Will Issue Signing Statement With NDAA Detention Rules
12-21-2011  •  tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com 
Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed speculation Wednesday that President Barack Obama would issue a signing statement when he makes the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and its controversial detention provisions law.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Prediction: Your Standard of Living is Going Down in 2012 News Link  •  Off Grid Living - Survival Prepping
Prediction: Your Standard of Living is Going Down in 2012
12-21-2011  •  www.strategic-living.net 
+ Food + Shelter + Communications + Transportation + Energy + Financial + Environment (which takes in everything from clothing to me  Read Full Story
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NFL playoffs, Super Bowl to be streamed online News Link  •  Internet
NFL playoffs, Super Bowl to be streamed online
12-21-2011  •  www.cnn.com 
(CNN) -- Football's big game is coming to the small screen. For the first time ever the Super Bowl, along with some postseason NFL games, will be streamed online and through the league's mobile apps, the NFL and partner Verizon Wireless announced Tue  Read Full Story
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Lesbian couple's first kiss at homecoming a first for Navy, too News Link  •  Military
Lesbian couple's first kiss at homecoming a first for Navy, too
12-21-2011  •  hamptonroads.com.nyud.net 
Snell cracks a wide smile. “That’s her,” she says. When Gaeta spots her, she smiles, too. They embrace. With all eyes watching, they keep the kiss short, and the crowd cheers.   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Feature Article  •  Philosophy: Libertarianism
"Not Yours To Give" Davy Crockett on The Role Of Government
Andrew Strmic
   "I was one day in the lobby of the House of Representatives when a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. It seemed to be that everybody favored it. The Speaker was just about to put the que
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How a Decade of IEDs Has Reshaped Bomb Disposal Tech News Link  •  Military
How a Decade of IEDs Has Reshaped Bomb Disposal Tech
12-21-2011  •  Clay Dillow via PopSci.com 
When American and coalition troops rolled into Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, they quickly began doing exactly what any military playbook said they should do  Read Full Story
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IBM Just Made 5 Wild Predictions About The Future News Link  •  Future Predictions
IBM Just Made 5 Wild Predictions About The Future
12-21-2011  •  www.businessinsider.com 
From computers reading our minds to us never needing to type another password again, IBM has a pretty radical vision for the future.   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Donna Hancock
WATCH: Mitt Romney Was Almost Normal On Letterman's Top 10 Last Night News Link  •  Politics: Republican Campaigns
WATCH: Mitt Romney Was Almost Normal On Letterman's Top 10 Last Night
12-21-2011  •  www.businessinsider.com 
The Top 10 is almost always awkward no matter who does it, and yet (or perhaps because of this) Mitt Romney managed to almost seem human. Highlight: "Isn’t it time for a president who looks like a 1970s game show host?”  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Donna Hancock
Adultery Dating Website Ashley Madison Endorses Newt Gingrich
News Link  •  Politics: Republican Campaigns
Adultery Dating Website Ashley Madison Endorses Newt Gingrich
12-21-2011  •  www.businessinsider.com 
Extra-marital dating website AshleyMadison.com has erected a billboard of serial adulterer and presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich in Bucks County, Pennsylvania that reads: “Faithful Republican, Unfaithful Husband. Welcome to the AshleyMadison.com Era  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Donna Hancock
The NAR Just Made The Mother Of All Data Revisions News Link  •  Housing
The NAR Just Made The Mother Of All Data Revisions
12-21-2011  •  www.businessinsider.com 
The National Association of Realtors has revised existing home sales 14% lower for the past four years.   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Donna Hancock
That Whole 'Who Owns The Falkland Islands' Thing Is Heating Up Again News Link  •  World News
That Whole 'Who Owns The Falkland Islands' Thing Is Heating Up Again
12-21-2011  •  www.businessinsider.com 
The Telegraph reports that the Mercosur bloc, which includes Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, has banned ports in the region from allowing ships with Falkland Island flags to dock.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Donna Hancock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Announcement Trailer News Link  •  Entertainment: Movies
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Announcement Trailer
12-21-2011  •  www.youtube.com 
Fantasy Adventure. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.  Read Full Story
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Sheila Nirenberg: A prosthetic eye to treat blindness News Link  •  Health and Physical Fitness
Sheila Nirenberg: A prosthetic eye to treat blindness
12-21-2011  •  www.ted.com 
At TEDMED, Sheila Nirenberg shows a bold way to create sight in people with certain kinds of blindness: by hooking into the optic nerve and sending signals from a camera direct to the brain.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Short Term Yields On Spanish And Italian Bonds Are Shooting Back Up News Link  •  Economy - International
Short Term Yields On Spanish And Italian Bonds Are Shooting Back Up
12-21-2011  •  www.businessinsider.com 
Those yields have been falling sharply recently, amid excitement that a three-year European Central Bank funding operation could depress the price of short-term sovereign borrowing in the two fragile countries.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Donna Hancock
The Euro Is Continuing To Get Demolished News Link  •  Economy - International
The Euro Is Continuing To Get Demolished
12-21-2011  •  www.businessinsider.com 
It's the worst of all combinations for the Euro right now: Risk off coupled with a massive ECB liquidity exercised.   Read Full Story
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WHOOPS: Market Rally Totally Fizzles Out After ECB Action, Yields Higher Across Europe News Link  •  Economy - International
WHOOPS: Market Rally Totally Fizzles Out After ECB Action, Yields Higher Across Europe
12-21-2011  •  www.businessinsider.com 
World markets started the day in positive territory in anticipation of the ECB's big 3-year liquidity operation, designed to let banks borrow money cheaply while using a wide range of collateral.  Read Full Story
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SPOILER ALERT: Gary Johnson Drops Out Of GOP, Will Run As Libertarian Party Candidate News Link  •  Politics: Republican Campaigns
SPOILER ALERT: Gary Johnson Drops Out Of GOP, Will Run As Libertarian Party Candidate
12-21-2011  •  www.businessinsider.com 
There has been a lot of talk about whether Ron Paul will drop out of the race and spoil 2012 for Republicans.   Read Full Story
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New Iowa Poll Shows Paul Accelerating Away From Romney News Link  •  Politics: Republican Campaigns
New Iowa Poll Shows Paul Accelerating Away From Romney
12-21-2011  •  www.prisonplanet.com 
Congressman has captured more Herman Cain voters than former Governor of Massachusetts.  Read Full Story
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Govt. Says It Can Assassinate/Indefinitely Detain Americans on American Soil Without Due Process News Link  •  Police State
Govt. Says It Can Assassinate/Indefinitely Detain Americans on American Soil Without Due Process
12-21-2011  •  www.prisonplanet.com 
You’ve now got a president who says that he can kill you on his own discretion. He can jail you indefinitely on his own discretion  Read Full Story
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Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons News Link  •  Police State
Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons
12-21-2011  •  thedailybeast.com 
A decade of billions in spending in the name of homeland security has armed local police departments with military-style equipment and a new commando mentality. But has it gone too far?  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Donna Hancock
FBI Says Activists Who Investigate Factory Farms Can Be Prosecuted as Terrorists News Link  •  Police State
FBI Says Activists Who Investigate Factory Farms Can Be Prosecuted as Terrorists
12-21-2011  •  www.prisonplanet.com 
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has kept files on activists who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms and recommended prosecuting them as terrorists, according to a new document uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act  Read Full Story
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We Killed Your Daughter; You're Under Arrest News Link  •  Police State
We Killed Your Daughter; You're Under Arrest
12-21-2011  •  LRC Blog 
Killer's buddies assault the relative of a victim  Read Full Story
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