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The Dissenter

28 Jul 2011

The ‘WikiLeaks Phenomenon’ & the Disease of Secrecy Within US Government

(photo: SetYouFreeNews.com ) More than a thousand government organizations and nearly two thousand private companies currently work counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence programs. Well over two million Defense Department civilian, military and contractor personnel hold confidential, secret and top secret level security clearances. At the same time, the US government

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28 Jul 2011

The ‘WikiLeaks Phenomenon’ & the Disease of Secrecy Within the US Govt

More than a thousand government organizations and nearly two thousand private companies currently work counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence programs. Well over two million Defense Department civilian, military and contractor personnel hold confidential, secret and top secret level security clearances. At the same time, the US government engages in a gross amount of classification of information, significantly limiting what citizens are allowed to know about the operations of government and effectively shielding routine abuses of power from scrutiny and outrage.

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28 Jul 2011

Air Force Teaching Guide Minimizes History of Recruiting Nazis, Part Two

The historical revisionism around the history of U.S. military and intelligence activities continues apace. It flourishes in part because of the secrecy that has long surrounded these activities, and the difficulty of obtaining even open source material. One important secret project involved the importation of Nazi scientists to the United States, Operation Paperclip. Scientists not only participated in Air Force rocket programs, but in military-CIA mind control programs at Edgewood Arsenal, Ft. Detrick, Maryland.

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28 Jul 2011

WikiLeaks Cables: The US Government’s Continued Campaign Against Aristide

(photo: Frontpage of the current edition of Haïti Liberté featuring coverage of what WikiLeaks cables reveal on Aristide ) In Haïti Liberté’s latest coverage of US State Embassy cables released by WikiLeaks, the Haitian newspaper examines the “obsessive” and “far-reaching” campaign to keep former Haiti president Jean Bertrand-Aristide out of

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The Bullpen

04 Aug 2011

RNC Using the Mediscare, Attacking From the Left

Here’s another example of Barack Obama’s attempt at dealmaking during the debt limit debate coming back to haunt the Democratic Party. This is posted at the RNC’s website: For The Record…It Was Obama Who Offered To Cut Hundreds Of Billions In Medicare During The Debt Debate OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS PUT

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04 Aug 2011

Hundreds Killed in Hama in Syrian Crackdown

Hama, Syria and Benghazi, Libya have virtually the same population, hovering around 700,000. When Barack Obama made the statement that he would join an international effort to intervene in Libya, he specifically made mention of protecting civilians from a massacre in Benghazi, “a city nearly the size of Charlotte.” Well,

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04 Aug 2011

White House to Boehner: Get the FAA Extended By the End of the Week UPDATED: Deal Reached

The President called John Boehner and asked him to end the standoff over the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by passing an extension by the end of the week. “Obama called Boehner yesterday, and said this is one thing we can do for job creation pretty instantly,” Carney

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04 Aug 2011

Baselines Could Tell the Tale on Catfood Commission II

Russ Feingold writes that the Catfood Commission is the biggest threat to Social Security. Prior to this week’s debt agreement, it’s been extremely difficult to cut Social Security benefits, because doing so required 60 votes to overcome an almost certain filibuster in the Senate. And rightly so – Social Security

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04 Aug 2011

We Will Have Tim Geithner To Kick Around Anymore

The White House urged Tim Geithner to stay in his post, and apparently they got their wish. But it seems calculated based as much on fitness for the job as on the inability to get a replacement nominee through Congress: Speculation from Washington to Wall Street has intensified because Mr.

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04 Aug 2011

Pelosi: We Won’t Get Rolled Again (But They’re Rolling Themselves on the Bush Tax Cuts)

Being outside of Washington I don’t get invited to all the cool confabs, but apparently I missed Nancy Pelosi saying that Democrats won’t lose hostage situations again. The theme of the meeting was reluctance to re-hash or second guess debt ceiling strategy and attempt to get people to focus attention

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