Posted by: quiscus | June 20, 2010

June 20, 2010

1.  “Pentagon revives Rumsfeld-era domestic spying unit”

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0619/pentagon-revives-domestic-spying-unit/

2.  “War For Resources

Now, under President Barack Obama, we get leaked Pentagon memos cheerily promising that Afghanistan will become “the Saudi Arabia of lithium” and generals touting the minerals’ “stunning potential” — the implication being that America is morally obligated to exploit such potential through armed occupation.

The theater of battle is different, but the paradigm is the same: Whereas it was previously considered uncouth for anyone to even suggest that economic hegemony might motivate U.S. military action, our leaders are now boldly selling wars as commendable instruments of such profit-focused imperialism.

Importantly, this revised message relies on the new assumption that the public now sees resource conflicts not as detestable, but as worthy and even admirable. And should that assumption prove true, it would mean that this latest exercise in martial propaganda represents more than mere marketing innovation. It would signal a disturbing change in what the population thinks is — and is not — a just reason for war.”
http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/feature/2010/06/18/war_for_resources_afghanistan/index.html

3.  They need to be suspended permanently:

“Border Drone Flights Suspended After Comms Breakdown”

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/border-drone-breaks-comms-with-pilot-flights-suspended/

4.  “Nearly One Million US Workers Cut Off Unemployment Benefits

With 12 Democrats joining a unanimous Republican bloc, the US Senate voted Wednesday to defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for workers who have been jobless for nearly two years. The bill would have extended unemployment benefits for those out of work more than six months, until November 30.

In the two and a half weeks since June 1, when the last extension expired, some 903,000 workers have seen their benefits cut off. By June 26, that number will top 1.2 million.”
http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19810

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