31 Mar 2012

Coming Attractions

Just a note that I will be hosting an FDL Book Salon with Tracie McMillan on Sunday, May 6, where we will be discussing her book The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table What if you can’t afford nine-dollar tomatoes? That was

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31 Mar 2012

Dissenters’ Digest for March 25-31

Dissenters’ Digest takes a look back at the week’s stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability. Look for it every Saturday evening at www.mspbwatch.net/digest. Department of Justice’s Recent Actions Worry Accountability and Transparency Advocates: A number of actions taken by the Department of Justice have caught the attention of government accountability groups

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31 Mar 2012

In praise of the universal surveillance state. No shame in our game.

The left has fought tooth and nail as the proliferation of surveillance devices, both privately and publicly installed, continues apace. I believe that this is an error. One, we’ll never roll back the surveillance devices because they give to their controllers the irresistible superpowers of being in more than one

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31 Mar 2012

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Tim Weiner, Enemies: A History of the FBI

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner has a talent for getting clandestine government agencies to spill their secrets. After dissecting the Central Intelligence Agency in Legacy of Ashes, for which he won a National Book Award, Weiner now turns his sights on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s intelligence activities in Enemies: A History of the FBI. Those who watched the 9-11 Commission hearings during which the FBI was criticized for being no more than gumshoe detectives might be shocked to find that the FBI engaged in clandestine anti-terrorism and counter-espionage right from its very beginning in 1908.

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31 Mar 2012

Goldman Sachs Tries To Get Into Islamic Banking or “Why They Hate Us”

I am not in any way, shape, or form a Muslim. But you know what? I stand with many Muslims today as being offended and disgusted by Goldman Sachs’ presumption (and in fairness, their existence given that as a U.S taxpayer I bailed them out). From Reuters: Goldman’s plan to

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31 Mar 2012

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Tim Weiner, Enemies: A History of the FBI

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner has a talent for getting clandestine government agencies to spill their secrets. After dissecting the Central Intelligence Agency in Legacy of Ashes, for which he won a National Book Award, Weiner now turns his sights on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s intelligence activities in Enemies: A History of the FBI. Those who watched the 9-11 Commission hearings during which the FBI was criticized for being no more than gumshoe detectives might be shocked to find that the FBI engaged in clandestine anti-terrorism and counter-espionage right from its very beginning in 1908. Weiner shows that while the FBI’s criminal investigative abilities might have made it famous, it was its secret intelligence activities against a host of foreign and domestic enemies that absorbed the attention of FBI directors and the presidents they served. Enemies makes clear that the FBI is an agency that from its birth considered itself above the laws it was charged with enforcing.

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31 Mar 2012

BofA Also Selling Credit Card Debt to Collectors With No Quality Control

We learned a few weeks ago about the JPMorgan Chase debt collection scandal, which featured robo-signing, shredded documents, and loads of criminal activity. Now there’s evidence that this was more of an industry standard, as Bank of America suffers from similar problems in their debt collection business.

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31 Mar 2012

Kochs, Lies, and Videotape

This week as I premiered my new film, Koch Brothers Exposed — the result of a year-long investigation on how two billionaires are using their wealth to corrupt democracy — Koch Industries has launched an attack on the film and me. The Kochs intimidate, they menace; they have a letter

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31 Mar 2012

More Myths That Are Killing Us

A month ago, I wrote a note called “The Myths That Are Killing Us” – the hard myths that no Republicans, and very few Democrats, ever challenge. Here was my list: 1. The Government can’t create jobs. (Tell that to FDR, who created four million jobs in three months.) 2.

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31 Mar 2012

Esquire Magazine: Writer Wanted to Help Convert Class War into Generational War. No Skills Required; Pays Top Dollar.

This could well have been the want ad Esquire used to attract a writer for its story titled, “War Against Youth.” This lengthy piece is the best compendium of warped logic and misplaced facts on this topic since the Peter Peterson financed film, IOUSA.

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