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In an apparent effort to obfuscate history, federal agencies in the US have secretly reclassified over 55,000 pages of previously declassified or unclassified records.
Source: George Washington University National Security Archive
A YouTube video shows footage of Florida riot police opening fire, with rubber bullets, on protesters. One protester is shot in the face (had she been hit in the eye, she would have likely been blinded). Afterwards, while debriefing, riot police laugh openly about shooting her.
Well, FrogStyle has been going on for a year. We'll have a recap of our first year in a couple of weeks, but now it's vacation time.
John Gilmore, one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation has refused to fly since 2002, when Oakland International Airport told him he must show ID in order to fly, but claimed the law requiring this is secret.
The Bush administration is seeking to alter existing US war crimes law to permit degrading and humiliating treatment.
The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to U.S. officials and a copy of the amendments.
Republican strategist and presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich today framed Connecticut anti-war protesters as an "insurgency":
Third, you have what I think is a legitimate insurgency in Connecticut, which needs to be met head on and debated head on, which is people who say this is so hard, it is so frightening, it’s so painful, can’t we come home and hide?
As the congressional elections later in the year could result in the loss of Republican control of Senate and Congress, Bush is making efforts now to push through some very controversial legislation.
Federal Control of the National Guard
Slate has an interesting article about the use of air conditioning in the US:
The Washington Post has a significant piece today on how the 9/11 commission felt the Pentagon was lying to them about the events of 9/11.
"We to this day don't know why NORAD [the North American Aerospace Command] told us what they told us," said Thomas H. Kean, the former New Jersey Republican governor who led the commission. "It was just so far from the truth. . . . It's one of those loose ends that never got tied."
I just saw the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? last night. I'll spare you a full review, but I would strongly recommend seeing this movie as it illustrates that alternatives to conventional gas guzzlers, in the form of electric cars and hybrids, exist right now.
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