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The Dissenter

06 Aug 2011

WikiLeaks Cables Show US Strategy for Regime Change in Syria as Protesters are Massacred

n the aftermath of a massacre in Hama, Syria state media broadcasted images of “burnt, buildings, makeshift barricades and deserted streets strewn with rubble,” according to the New York Times and claimed the revolt in Syria has ended. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports tens of thousands have taken to the streets all over the country and are continuing a five-months old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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06 Aug 2011

The Week at The Dissenter — CIA Escapes Contempt Charges PLUS Water Torture Revelations

This week The Dissenter has reason to celebrate as Jeff Kaye, who regularly writes and publishes to this blog, had his Truthout story on the various types of water torture the US military has employed featured on “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann. The Nation‘s Jeremy Scahill came on to provide analysis

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06 Aug 2011

Navy Veteran Who Became an FBI Informant Discusses Why He’s Suing Rumsfeld for Torture (VIDEO)

Keith Olbermann continued his coverage of US citizens, who are suing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture. On “Countdown” on Friday night, Donald Vance,  a US navy veteran and former defense contractor, appeared on the show to describe how he came to be held and tortured in an American-run prison

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05 Aug 2011

WikiLeaks Cables Show US Strategy for Regime Change in Syria as Protesters are Massacred

No to Bashar Assad! (photo: zoonabar ) In the aftermath of a massacre in Hama, Syria state media broadcasted images of “burnt, buildings, makeshift barricades and deserted streets strewn with rubble,” according to the New York Times and claimed the revolt in Syria has ended. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports tens

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The Bullpen

28 Jul 2011

The Roundup for July 28, 2011

While we wait for John Boehner to emerge triumphant from the House cloak room carrying a baseball bat or to slink out of the chamber like Willy Loman, let’s go over the rest of the day: • Boehner considers how the rating agencies judge his bill to be “beyond my

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28 Jul 2011

Boehner Has a Sad

It wouldn’t be John Boehner without some tears being shed, and that’s what happened yesterday. At a meeting of the House Republican freshmen and their leaders on Wednesday, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room — including the speaker’s. Representative Martha Roby of Alabama had just finished reading an

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28 Jul 2011

Ari Berman on the Rise of the Austerity Hawk Democrats

Let me call your attention to Ari Berman’s piece in The Nation, which kind of puts to rest all this drama about whether the Boehner plan or the Reid plan will succeed. “Our plan includes more cuts,” Chuck Schumer bragged at a news conference on Capitol Hill yesterday when comparing

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28 Jul 2011

Update on the Investigators Fired By Florida’s AG for Pursuing Foreclosure Fraud

Here’s an update on those politically motivated firings by the Florida Attorney General, to protect the perpetrators of foreclosure fraud. First, a Democratic state lawmaker wants records about the firing of June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, says he wants two ousted state foreclosure fraud investigators back

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28 Jul 2011

Gang of Six Poised to Screw Up Negotiations Again

I think people are getting a little theatrical about this Boehner showdown, with their focused whip counts and the like. The Washington Post says Boehner is still looking for votes, but I’m really not sweating this. It turns out that Boehner actually needs 216 votes, not 217, because Maurice Hinchey

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28 Jul 2011

Spectrum Sale in Debt Limit Bill Raises Questions

One of the more confusing pieces of Harry Reid’s debt limit deal is the plan to sell publicly held spectrum for wireless broadband use. First of all, this plan is not all that new. The White House announced it last June, planning to make 500 MHz of spectrum available over

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