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Government’s MIA Pursuits ‘Acutely Dysfunctional,’ Suppressed Study Says

The government’s efforts to account for the tens of thousands of Americans who went missing in action during the U.S.’ foreign wars are in such bad shape that they risk becoming a “total failure,” according to an internal report that was buried by military officials but obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Redacted FBI Documents Show Plot to Kill Occupy Leaders If ‘Deemed Necessary’

“Did the FBI ignore, or even abet, a plot to assassinate Occupy Houston leaders?” asks journalist Dave Lindorff at WhoWhatWhy. “What did the Feds know? Whom did they warn? And what did the Houston Police know?”

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Has Obama Kept His Open-Government Pledge?

After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open-government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency. Four years later, did the president keep his promise?

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Do As We Say, Congress Says, Before Doing What It Wants

Did you know Congress is exempt from portions of a number of federal laws, including provisions that protect workers in the private sector but don’t apply to the legislative branch’s approximately 30,000 employees? Here’s a look at some of the measures Congress exempts itself from.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Newspaper Draws Criticism for Posting Gun Owners’ Addresses

The Journal News, a newspaper that serves New York’s lower Hudson Valley, is taking heat for its decision to post a map with the names and addresses of local gun permit holders on its website over the weekend.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE


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A Closer Look at the Guantánamo ‘Suicides’

On June 9, 2006, three inmates at the U.S. military’s prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba—37-year-old Yemeni Salah Ahmed Al-Salami and two Saudis, 30-year-old Mani Shaman Al-Utaybi and 22-year-old Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani—died, supposedly by hanging themselves in their cells. However, the official account has now been challenged. ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


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AP file photo / Brian Branch-Price

Scientist Targeted in Anthrax Probe Dies in Apparent Suicide

The apparent suicide of 62-year-old scientist Bruce E. Ivins on Tuesday shook up his co-workers at the military biodefense labs in Maryland where he’d worked for nearly two decades. But the significance of his death extended beyond personal tragedy when it emerged that Ivins was about to be prosecuted by the Justice Department for alleged involvement in the anthrax attacks of 2001.

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE


See Actual Notes From Rumsfeld-9/11 Meeting

CBS reported in Sept. 2002 that the secretary of defense was pushing to invade Iraq barely five hours after 9/11. A blogger uses the Freedom of Information Act to publish the handwritten notes by a Defense Dept. staffer that gave rise to that story.

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


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Pentagon Propaganda Finding Its Way Back to U.S.

A Georgetown think tank secures the release of a secret 2003 Rumsfeld-approved “road map” for psychological warfare abroad. | post
According to the document, our government takes no responsibility for propaganda that boomerangs and returns home—as long as the U.S. public isn’t “targeted.”

Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


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