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Global economic crisis shifting into ‘new phase,’ IMF ominously warns

The economic crisis could be entering a “new phase” with rising public debt threatening to undermine the stability of the global financial system, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday. In a biannual report on economic stability, the IMF said the latest challenge to the world’s rocky financial system came as…

US military pushed for closure of CIA-Saudi website: report

The US military in 2008 shut down a website set up by the CIA and Saudi Arabia to expose terror plots, angering both parties, who saw the site as a vital intelligence tool, the Washington Post reported Friday. Despite objections from the Central Intelligence Agency, US military computer experts dismantled…

Washington awards firms that broke Iran sanctions over $100 billion

Washington has awarded more than 107 billion dollars in payments to foreign and US companies doing business in Iran despite US sanctions, The New York Times has reported. That sum included nearly 15 billion dollars paid to companies that defied US sanctions law by making large investments that helped Iran…

Fox 5 anchor delivered false report to help Jack Bauer

24 gives insight into how media can ‘coordinate’ with government to produce propaganda A popular television action drama may have given viewers some insight into how the government can coordinate with news media to shape public opinion. In Monday night’s episode, the good guys of Fox’s 24 tricked the bad…

Bush’s torture psychologists wanted to use ‘mock burials’: report

Two psychologists working on the Bush administration’s enhanced interrogation techniques pushed for the use of “mock burials” on terror suspects, according to documents released by the Department of Justice. Blogger Marcy Wheeler reports that the Department of Justice rejected a request from psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell to give…

Bill would ban security contractors from war zones

Two congressional lawmakers have announced legislation that would effectively remove military contractors from war zones. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the “Stop Outsourcing Security Act” on Tuesday. If passed, the act would force the United States to phase out its controversial use of private security…

Rep. Conyers plans hearings on Bush torture lawyers

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has announced that he plans to hold House Judiciary Committee hearings on the Bush administration lawyers whose legal memos justified the use of torture on terrorism detainees. Conyers’ announcement Friday follows the release of a report by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility which criticizes…

Obama to propose $3.8 trillion 2011 budget – report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will unveil a $3.8 trillion (2.4 trillion pound) budget proposal on Monday for fiscal 2011, the New York Times reported on Saturday.…

Authors: McCain aides worried that Palin was ‘mentally unstable’

It’s a perfect storm for former lawmaker Sarah Palin. A book due out this week by political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin has all the right politicos sweating and backpedaling, from John McCain to the Senate majority leader, and even Bill and Hillary Clinton. But in “Game Change“, it’s…

Obama National Security Advisor says report on foiled Christmas bombing will shock

Obama National Security Advisor James Jones said late Wednesday Americans will likely feel a “certain shock” after reading a report on the missed clues leading up to the failed Christmas day bombing. The report is set to be released Thursday by the White House. Jones made the comments to USA…

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