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US Chamber hired firm to investigate families and children of critics

WASHINGTON – Leaked documents indicate that the US Chamber of Commerce hired a private firm to gather information about the families and children of its progressive political opponents. E-mails circulated by Aaron Barr, the CEO of HBGary Federal, illuminate highly personal data about critics of the Chamber, including detailed information…

Attorney at firm representing Assange accusers helped facilitate CIA renditions in 2001

An attorney representing two Swedish women who brought sexual assault charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was investigated following revelations that during his time in the Swedish government, his administration helped facilitate extraordinary renditions that allegedly resulted in two terrorism suspects being tortured in Egypt. The US policy of extraordinary…

Few Americans support FCC’s so-called ‘Net Neutrality’ regulations, poll finds

Most Americans have no appetite for new government regulation of the Internet, according to year-end data released by the conservative-leaning polling firm Rasmussen. Their survey of “likely voters” found that just one in five were in approval when asked if the government should regulate the Internet as it does television…

NOLA lawyer prepares challenge to declaration of Gulf seafood’s safety

An environmental law firm in New Orleans said it was preparing to challenge the government’s public declaration that following the nation’s worst-ever oil disaster, seafood from the Gulf of Mexico remained safe to eat. Stuart H. Smith, Esq., of the law firm Smith Stag, LLC., was leading the charge, rallying…

Alaska candidate’s ‘security’ firm allegedly tied to extremist militia

Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller’s use of private security guards who “arrested” and handcuffed a blogger-journalist following a Miller campaign event on Sunday is continuing to raise questions about the candidate’s affiliations. The latest allegation, which comes from a team of Alaskan bloggers, is that Dropzone Security Services and its…

Major Democratic donors shift donations to the right

If the temperature in Washington is determined by the smell of money, then this summer is very hot indeed. The rich are not happy. Major political action committees and employees of the nation’s largest business empires have dramatically shifted their money to the right. A detailed analysis of 2010 campaign…

BP spill payouts likely to prohibit lawsuits: report

Recipients of money from BP’s 20-billion-dollar oil spill compensation fund will likely be required to waive their right to sue any firm involved in the disaster along the US Gulf Coast, the New York Times reported Friday. Citing internal documents from lawyers handling the fund, the daily said businesses and…

Spill payouts likely to prohibit lawsuits against BP and all implicated firms

Recipients of money from BP’s 20-billion-dollar oil spill compensation fund will likely be required to waive their right to sue any firm involved in the disaster along the US Gulf Coast, The New York Times reported Friday (link). Citing internal documents from lawyers handling the fund, the daily said businesses…

BP’s Hayward hands over Gulf spill management

LONDON — BP chief executive Tony Hayward has handed over management of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to another senior executive, Bob Dudley, “effective immediately,” the firm said Wednesday. “Effective immediately, Bob Dudley has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization,” it said…

Blackwater-connected firm gets $100m+ Afghan security contract

U.S. Training Center, an affiliate of the controversial mercenary group formerly known as Blackwater, has been given a major new contract to provide security for U.S. diplomats in two Afghan cities. The contract, confirmed by the U.S. State Department on Saturday, would be worth over $120 million if extended for…

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