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McItaly

Nationally Themed McDonald’s Burger Causes Kerfuffle in Italy

No, it’s not shaped like a boot, but a new Italian-themed McDonald’s sandwich with the straightforward moniker “McItaly” is causing a stir in Italy, where even the nation’s agriculture minister has weighed in on the controversy. For the record, he endorses the burger and thinks those who oppose it are “ignorant Stalinists.”

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


NIE

NIE Report Paints Bleak Picture of Iraq

A declassified version of the long-awaited new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq has just gone public. Its findings are grim: It says the term ” ‘civil war’ accurately describes key elements of the Iraqi conflict.” Check out the document (.pdf file).

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


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NPR on the NIE

National Public Radio interviews Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and former White House advisor Ron Christie on the significance of the declassified National Intelligence Estimate. (Listen)

Posted on Oct 1, 2006 READ MORE


Former CIA Bin Laden Hunter Parses the N.I.E.

Michael Scheuer, former head of the Bin Laden desk at the CIA, interprets the National Intelligence Estimate, doing a good job of separating policy from politics.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


Stewart

Stewart Goes After Bush’s Naivete

“The Daily Show” host has the perfect rejoinder to Bush’s assertion, regarding the National Intelligence Estimate, that war critics are “naive.” Watch it.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


Quote of the Day

Reuters reports: Donald Rumsfeld, “asked about the N.I.E. report that concluded the Iraq war had spread Islamic radicalism, said intelligence could be faulty and sometimes ‘flat wrong.’ ”

  • Really!?!? How enlightening to hear that—three years after we went to war based on faulty and manipulated intelligence.

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


  • Princeton Report
    From princeton.edu

    Elite Bipartisan Group Pushes for Foreign Policy Overhaul

    Nearly 400 of the world’s leading foreign policy intellectuals contributed to a Princeton University-organized initiative that calls for a new grand strategy to address America’s national security concerns. (More after the jump…)

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq Is ‘Cause Celebre’ for Terrorists

    The just-declassified National Intelligence Estimate concludes that the war in Iraq has fueled Islamic extremism and “is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives.”

  • Read the excerpted report (.pdf file)
  • Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: New News Is Bad News

    The Texas columnist sounds off on the National Intelligence Estimate, corruption in the Education Dept. and Bush’s view of the “comma” in Iraq.

    Posted on Sep 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq War Responsible for Increased Terror Threat

    The latest National Intelligence Estimate blames the Iraq War for the expansion of terrorist threats.  According to the consensus gathered from 16 intelligence agencies, “jihadism” has increased since Sept. 11, 2001, due especially to the war in Iraq.

    Posted on Sep 24, 2006 READ MORE


    tests suck
    chembio.niu.edu

    Generation F

    The national SAT score average has suffered its most severe drop in 30 years.  Educators insist that kids are just as intelligent, but that a recent redesign of the test, which placed increased emphasis on math and critical reading skills, is to blame for the poor showing.

    Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Another Conservative Revises Iraq Thinking

    Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, indicated in a column on Tuesday that Iraq could turn into another Vietnam. This, after arguing in 2003 that the comparison was ?wishful thinking? on the part of war critics.

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Majority of National Guard Not Combat-Ready

    The Army National Guard?s top general said Tuesday that more than two-thirds of his brigades are not combat-ready.  Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum went on to say the problem would cost as much as $21 billion to fix.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi P.M. to Offer Olive Branch to Insurgents

    The Iraqi prime minister is set to unveil a national reconciliation plan that includes amnesty for insurgents, a timetable for withdrawal of allied forces, release of security detainees from U.S. and Iraqi prisons and compensation for some victims of coalition military operations.

    Posted on Jun 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Schwarzenegger and Bush
    From membres.lycos.fr

    Schwarzenegger Denies Bush Troop Request

    The governor rejected a request from the president to send 1,500 more National Guard troops to the Mexican border, saying the transfer would stretch the California Guard too thin.

    Posted on Jun 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney whitewashes history

    Cheney Tries to Whitewash Warnings About Iraqi Insurgency

    Speaking at a press conference today about the Iraqi uprising, the vice president said, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the level of violence that we’ve encountered….”

    Problem is, Cheney’s statement seems patently false…

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Ken Mehlman and Jon Stewart

    Ken Mehlman Holds His Own Against Jon Stewart

    The chairman of the Republican National Committee did a surprisingly good job ducking and parrying the jabs that the “Daily Show” host launched at him over the Bush administration’s record of lies and deceit. (Stewart got in a few zingers, but Mehlman is as good as they come.)

    Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


    National Review Writer: Mea Culpa on Iraq

    We normally vehemently disagree with just about everything that John Derbyshire says. And we find much of this column truly despicable. But still, he’s calling the Iraq war for what it is: a debacle. And that’s worth noting.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


    NSA mining social networking sites
    Faces: from smartmobs.com / NSA seal: from isoc.org

    NSA Wants to Mine Data From Social Networking Sites

    The National Security Agency is funding research into ways to collect personal information from social networking websites like MySpace and Friendster, according to New Scientist magazine. The agency reportedly aims to combine the information with details from banking, retail and property records, allowing the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.

    Posted on Jun 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Anatomy of the Iran/Jewish Arm Badge Story

    Want to know the genesis of that bogus story about Iran requiring Jews to wear arm badges? Apparently a public relations firm specializing in promoting neocons was instrumental in placing the story in the National Post. Check out the full account here.
    And then some credulous blog editors—like yours truly—linked to the story before realizing how shoddily sourced it was. Mea Culpa big-time

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Rove Novak
    alt-f4.org

    Report: Feds Suspect Novak Promised to Cover Up for Rove

    Muckraking journalist extraordinaire Murray Waas reports that investigators suspect that columnist Robert Novak called Karl Rove to concoct a cover story that would protect Rove in the Valerie Plame leak investigation.

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Increases Use of ‘State Secrets’ Privilege to Quash Lawsuits

    The administration is using this tactic at a rate of three lawsuits per year—purportedly to keep national security information safe. But one expert says that in cases like these, “the principal concern of the classifiers is not with national security, but with governmental embarrassment of one sort or another.”

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Newspaper Retracts Iranian Jewish Arm Badges Story

    The National Post has retracted an article that said Iran planned to force Jews and other non-Muslims to wear distinctive insignia.
    Also, it turns out the author of the article is aligned with many of the same neocons who beat the drums for war with Iraq.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times: Hold the Applause in Iraq

    The national unity cabinet that Iraq presented this weekend will remain impotent unless Iraq can reform its “corrupt, brutal and highly partisan security forces”—the death squads that now range the country with impunity—argues the Times’ editorial board.

    Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Gonzales: We May Prosecute Journalists

    Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales says that the Bush White House may go after journalists who report on national security-related matters. “There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility.”
    Funny: There are lots of FISA statutes that you don’t have to read particularly carefully to learn that spying on Americans without warrants is illegal.

    Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Immigration Troops

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    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Bush More Right Than Wrong on Immigration

    “It is good news that the public is finally hip to Bush’s con, yet it is worrisome when surprisingly sensible proposals by the president on immigration are automatically rejected because of the source.”

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Chertoff Disparaged Idea of Sending Troops to Border

    Six months ago, Bush’s Homeland Security chief said this about stationing National Guard troops on the Mexico border: “I think it would be a horribly over-expensive and very difficult way to manage this problem.”

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    BellSouth: We Didn’t Give Data to NSA

    The phone company says that, despite the claims made in the USA Today story, it never provided phone records to the NSA.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush immigration speech
    AP Television News

    Bush’s Immigration Plan Pleases No One

    That’s the N.Y. Times’ take. If you want to read expert analysis on the politics and policies behind Bush’s speech, check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper’s article.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush to Call for Guard Troops on Border

    The president will call for thousands of National Guard troops to augment Border Patrol agents. Democrats point out that National Guard troops are already overextended in Iraq. 

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Leslie Cauley
    Images: From "The Charlie Rose Show"

    Truthdigger of the Week: Leslie Cauley

    Truthdig salutes Leslie Cauley, the USA Today reporter who broke the blockbuster story about the NSA’s program to amass the records of every phone call made in America. Her scoop laid waste to President Bush’s assertion that his domestic spying targets only a handful of suspected terrorists living in the U.S. In the wake of her story, GOP Sen. Arlen Specter is calling for congressional hearings.

    Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Presidential Ears

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    Senate Resolution: Sing Anthem in English

    In lieu of having anything really important to do, the Senate just approved a resolution stating that the national anthem, the Pledge and citizenship oaths should be sung or spoken in English.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Cryptokids
    From NSA.gov

    The NSA: Fostering a New Generation of Code Breakers

    The presumed next head of the CIA, Gen. Michael Hayden, once ran the National Security Agency. Fine. It’s got a cartoon picture that leads to a kid-friendly site called Cryptokids: America’s Future Codemakers and Codebreakers. It’s filled with decryption games and NSA employment resources.
    Huh? Cartoons appeal to 7-year-olds. How many of them are going to be surfing the NSA’s website? And if the agency is trying to recruit high school students, why use a cartoon turtle as a roper?

    Posted on May 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush: Anthem Should Be Sung in English

    The president flatly rejected any formal recognition of a new Spanish-language version of the National Anthem.

  • Read more about and listen to the anthem.
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    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Debt_clock
    From bdeshini.com

    Debt Clock Running Out of Space

    When the U.S. national debt crests the $10-trillion mark within the next two years, the famous Manhattan signboard will no longer be able to display the entire amount.
    But don’t worry: Congress, which recently raised our debt limit, won’t suffer from any such limitations.

    Posted on Mar 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Top Counter-Terrorism Official Removed Amid Turmoil at the CIA

    The departure “comes at a time when the agency is bleeding top talent, robbing the CIA of institutional memory and damaging morale among case officers and analysts.” | story

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


    The Banality of Intelligence

    Walter Pincus, one of the best-informed national security reporters in the country, offers a video critique of the Senate appearance of the nation’s new spy chief.  | video

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Dems Block Arctic Refuge Drilling

    The threat of a filibuster holds up as Republicans fail to get enough votes to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) tried to force the measure through Congress as part of a must-have defense spending bill. See our coverage to find out what was at stake: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) filed a report after the House passed the measure earlier this week. See the related story by Robert Collier and the photo essay by Deddeda Stemler to learn more.

    Posted on Dec 21, 2005 READ MORE


    Thumbnail Image of Yukon Territory

    Lives in the Balance

    The Gwich’in people’s way of life is at stake whenever oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is proposed. Award-winning photographer Deddeda Stemler chronicles their existence on the banks of the Porcupine River in the Yukon Territory.

    View: Photo Gallery

    Posted on Dec 18, 2005 READ MORE



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    Threat to Tribe, Caribou Is Averted — for Now

    GOP-led proposal to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge fails.

    Posted on Dec 18, 2005 READ MORE


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