Also see, The partisan bickering and divided report makes it less likely that the group’s work will have an impact on regulatory policy…
As a commenter elsewhere says,
“See! Greenspan, Bernanke, Geithner, Paulson, Summers, the SEC, the Rating Agencies and the Big Banks weren’t the problem. It’s that damn socialist commission you need to worry about!”
The spark flared first in the small town of Sidi Bouzid, in central Tunisia, where Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old graduate student, was accosted by the authorities for selling produce in the souk – the equivalent of a farmer’s market – without a license. Bouazizi, like many in emerging economies, could not find a job in his field – or any other field – and so was forced to resort to hawking olives and oranges to support his family of eight. The officials reportedly humiliated him, and when he went to city hall to try to go “legal,” they wouldn’t even let him in the door. These are the circumstances that led to his now famous act of self immolation: in protest, and in full view of passersby, he stood in front of city hall, poured lighter fluid on himself – and struck a match.
Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen – is the West next?
a) Egypt’s military – conscription
b) local police – professional
A major distinction which supports the revolutionaries. It would be a different trajectory if both units were professional.
Egypt Rising: Washington Dithers as its Factotum Faces Downfall
The Doomsday Project, Deep Events, and the Shrinking of American Democracy
I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency [the National Security Agency] and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”– Senator Frank Church (1975)
Mean while, as everyone is all Wikileaks …
completely out of the view is Paul Thompson’s History Commons.org
Fuck Obomba and his hypocrisy in EVER using ANYTHING of Kings sentiment… Bastard.
Obama Pentagon Official: MLK Would Have Approved Iraq War
just came upon this interview with Martin Luther King Jnr. on The Mike Douglas TV show in 1967..his words still resonate to this day…
WHEELER, NOW TAGGED AS “NUTTY LOSER VIETNAM VET…”
We are never going to be told the truth. We gave that privilege up, the right to the truth, when we decided to hand our fate over to those who promised to “keep us safe.” They put us in endless wars, took our jobs, our retirement, millions of our homes and, as some of us learned awhile ago, have kept us safe from the worst enemy we have ever faced.
They have kept us safe from “them.”
Bush Officials: Obomba terror policies echo Bush’s
While Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent conservatives have faulted President Barack Obama for going slack in the war on terror, two top Bush administration intelligence officials are arguing that the Obama team has been just as tough–if not tougher.
“The new administration has been as aggressive, if not more aggressive, in pursing these issues, because they’re real,” former Director of National Intelligence and retired Navy Admiral Michael McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“You commend them for that?” host Candy Crowley asked.
“I do commend them for that,” McConnell said.
Former Central Intelligence Agency Director Michael Hayden also argued that the Obama approach has been by and large the same–regardless of campaign rhetoric.
“When one is in office, it’s — as the admiral has suggested, when one is in office, that responsibility weighs pretty heavily. And so we’ve seen a powerful consistency between two administrations trying to deal with this problem,” Hayden said. “Actually, I’ve seen it over two administrations and I thank god every day for the continuity.”