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Iraq’s pain has only intensified since 2003

Iraq’s pain has only intensified since 2003

“Ten years on from the shock and awe of the 2003 Bush and Blair war – which followed 13 years of murderous sanctions, and 35 years of Saddamist dictatorship – my tormented land, once a cradle of civilisation, is staring into the abyss. Wanton imperialist intervention and dictatorial rule have together been responsible for the deaths of more than a million people since 1991. And yet, according to both Tony Blair and the former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, the ‘price is worth it’. The Iraqi people are fully aware that Saddam committed all his major crimes while an ally of western powers.” Continue reading

Former CEO reveals Blackwater worked as ‘virtual extension of the CIA’

Former CEO reveals Blackwater worked as ‘virtual extension of the CIA’

“The mercenary group formerly known as Blackwater worked as a ‘virtual extension of the CIA,’ the company’s former CEO revealed to Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake. It has long been known that Blackwater, now called Academi, worked with the CIA, and there were even some pretty straightforward clues that former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince was an agency asset. That relationship is strongly clarified by the company’s own legal defense in a three-year prosecution that collapsed in February, wrapping up with a guilty plea from two men punishable by probation, house arrest and a $5,000 fine.” Continue reading

Here’s where we are on Obama’s gun control proposals

Here’s where we are on Obama’s gun control proposals

Where we stand and where we are going!

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Private surveillance companies flock to Arizona’s annual Border Security Expo

Private surveillance companies flock to Arizona’s annual Border Security Expo

“The Expo began on Tuesday and concludes today. About 185 companies are showcasing everything from gates to guns, drones to portable toilets. A stall offering self-heating meals was next to a table of firearms. Two themes emerged from a day at the Expo: equipment and technology used by the US military is increasingly becoming available to domestic entities. And software is now easy to use and more powerful. Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software potentially gives officials huge surveillance powers whether in a desert or a metropolis.” Continue reading

88-year-old peaceful activist wins surveillance database fight

88-year-old peaceful activist wins surveillance database fight

“Three appeal court judges have ruled that police violated the human rights of an 88-year-old peaceful campaigner when they secretly labelled him a ‘domestic extremist’ and recorded his political activities. John Catt, who has no criminal record, was shocked when he discovered police had clandestinely kept a detailed note of his presence on more than 55 demonstrations over a four-year period. On Thursday, he won his legal action to have the records deleted from a secret database of so-called domestic extremists. Details of the surveillance were revealed by the Guardian in 2010.” Continue reading

Mexican town finds more security by throwing out the police

Mexican town finds more security by throwing out the police

“The indigenous town of Cherán used to be like many places in Mexico, caving under the weight of drug-related crime and a police force that did little to stop it. But about two years ago, citizens here threw out the police, and took over their local government, running the town according to indigenous tradition. So far, they’ve had remarkable success. About six months after villagers threw out the police, the Mexican state granted the town a degree of legal autonomy to govern itself on the local level, according to indigenous tradition.” Continue reading

U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans’ finances

U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans’ finances

“The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters. The proposed plan represents a major step by U.S. intelligence agencies to spot and track down terrorist networks and crime syndicates by bringing together financial databanks, criminal records and military intelligence.” Continue reading

Police gun down 83-year-old woman in her backyard responding to 911 call she dialed

Police gun down 83-year-old woman in her backyard responding to 911 call she dialed

“A police officer shot and killed an 83-year-old woman in her own backyard. Delma Towler dialed 911 to report a burglary but when police arrived, one officer killed her outside her home in Altavista, Va. Towler had never fired her gun before that night. She fired a warning shot out the window to scare the burglar off. Then she started walking through her backyard toward her sister’s house. She grasped the gun for protection from the reported intruder — not the police, her family maintains. The two responding officers claim that they shot Towler after she refused to put her weapon down. The woman reportedly did not have her glasses on or hearing aid in at the time.” Continue reading