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The Day China Diverted the Internet

For 18 minutes last April 8, as much as 15 percent of the world’s Internet traffic was rerouted through Chinese servers, according to a U.S. commission, which said the diverted data included communications from Congress and the U.S. military. ...

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Deficit Commission Under Scrutiny for Outside Ties

On Wednesday, a special task force assembled by the Obama administration to deal with the ever-burgeoning U.S. deficit, aka the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, made some controversial recommendations ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



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They Don’t Build Democracies Like They Used To

Iraq’s recent election was supposed to remove Nouri al-Maliki from power, but the prime minister, sounding rather like a Bond villain, declared “the game is still very much on.” Now a governmental commission created to keep Baathists out of public life says that on the night before the election it banned six candidates who went on to win.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Tracking the Status of the World’s Women

To mark International Women’s Day, Ms. magazine has helpfully broken down some femme-focused reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, detailing how the global group’s Platform for Action empowerment program is faring after 15 years and describing the challenges and gains that women around the world are facing in 2010.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


Early Review of the Angelides Commission: All Puff, No Punch

Martin Berg from Where’s Our Money writes: “The bankers, beleaguered as they may like to appear, have little to fear if the questioning continues as it began. So far, this is no Pecora Commission, the Depression-era investigation into the cause of the financial crash that led to landmark reforms. ...”

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Contractor Waste of Tax Dollars Continues

DynCorp International got caught charging the government $50 million over contract for providing living facilities in Kuwait. The company’s CEO told a congressional commission, “If we’re not competitive [in costs], it’s possible for the government to replace us.” But the opposite seems to be true when it comes to contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, where fraud, waste and abuse have been all too common for years.

Posted on Aug 12, 2009 READ MORE



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Pelosi’s Toothless ‘Commission’

Congressional leaders are expected to announce a new commission to investigate the causes of America’s financial disaster. But unless the speaker and her colleagues summon much greater courage than they have displayed to date, it will only highlight the failure of the Democrats to live up to their heritage.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 READ MORE


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U.N. Investigating Bhutto Murder

It’s been a year and a half since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and although her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, is now Pakistan’s president, local investigations haven’t produced many answers about her murder. Now a United Nations commission, led by Chilean Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, is conducting its own inquiry.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Sex and the SEC

Turns out that certain employees at the Securities and Exchange Commission weren’t just asleep at the wheel, as it were, when they should have been paying more attention to Bernard Madoff’s worrisome investment activities.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Report: WMD Terror Attack Likely

A month too late for Halloween, a congressionally mandated independent panel has come to this terrifying conclusion: “Unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013.” Boo!

Posted on Nov 30, 2008 READ MORE


Rwanda Says France Participated in Genocide

After two years of investigation, a Rwandan commission has accused France of facilitating the 1994 genocide by training Hutu militias and providing support to the Hutu government. The commission also says French forces murdered and raped Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The French government has consistently denied involvement in the genocide, in which 800,000 people were killed, but said it would look at the new report.

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 READ MORE


Pacifying Dr. King

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts has rejected a statue intended to stand at the memorial of Martin Luther King. The members expected a more passive depiction. Clearly the commission has some brushing up to do on American history.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


Lack of Progress Report: Iraq’s ‘Dysfunctional’ Security

A new independent report from a congressionally appointed panel of retired senior military officers criticizes Iraq’s “dysfunctional” Interior Ministry, noting rife sectarianism and corruption. The report also blames Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for problems with Iraq’s army, which it says will not be self-sufficient for at least two years.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


90 Percent of Guard Units ‘Not Ready’

An independent commission established by Congress has found that the Defense Department is not adequately equipping and funding the National Guard. Roughly 90 percent of U.S. National Guard units are designated “not ready.” The commission determined that the Guard is ill-prepared to meet its obligation to defend the homeland and respond rapidly and effectively in a crisis.

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Democrats to Boost Intelligence Oversight

Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that the Democrats plan to form a new House intelligence committee based on recommendations of the 9/11 commission. The panel would combine elements of the current intelligence and appropriations committees with the aim of achieving better oversight.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Baker’s Panel Rules Out Iraq Victory

The commission headed by Bush family svengali James Baker to assess the Iraq war has ruled out any prospect of making Iraq a stable democracy in the near term, according to a draft report surfaced by the N.Y. Sun.

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


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Video Podcast: Scheer on 9/11

Join Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer for a conversation related to his Dig “Gaping Holes in the 9/11 Narrative,” in which he addresses conspiracy theories, Iraq, and the folly of the Bush administration. Watch it.

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


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9/11 Panelist Slams ABC?s Fib-U-Drama

On Wednesday?s ?Countdown,? 9/11 commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste, above,  added his voice to those criticizing ABC?s credibility-challenged 9/11 ?docudrama,? saying: ?It was quite clear, as the 9/11 commission report states, that Clinton authorized the CIA and the American forces to get Bin Laden?capture or kill?and this miniseries does not depict it accurately.?

Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Why We Don’t Know Our Enemy

A new book by the former co-chairs of the 9/11 commission tells the inside story of how the White House has systematically endeavored to squelch any real examination of the enemy whose actions kicked off the so-called war on terror.

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


9/11 Commissioners Troubled by Pentagon, FAA and Giuliani

In their new book “Without Precedent,” 9/11 Commission Chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton discuss their frustration with the Pentagon and FAA, whose misstatements almost led to an investigation into possible deception.

Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


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