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IRAQ 10 Years later We ran out of time last week to report on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Hearing focusing on JP morgan's now infamous "London Whale" scheme that blew up real good. Go to Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi for his Live-Blogging the Senate Hearing on J.P. Morgan Chase and the Infamous 'London Whale' Episode for comments like
  • In other words, never mind that I lied -- the OCC should have been able to figure this out on their own, because we were sending them reports with all the raw data. Of course, they didn't send data all the way throughout, as McCain quickly pointed out...
  • This is a blatant lie, a market-altering lie -- how many people didn't sell Chase stock because they believed federal regulators were on top of any potential problems at the bank, when in fact not only did the OCC not know anything about these positions, there were people in the bank's senior management who didn't understand them? How is this not actionable? It's crazy.....
  • What we find out from this hearing and from the research that spurred it into existence is that the accounting procedures at a bank like Chase, particularly with regard to derivatives, are closer to being an exercise in creative writing than real accounting. This giant mountain of a company is made up of a core of optimistic assumptions, almost kid-like fantasies, and in some cases, outright lies. It's really incredible....
  • If the numbers look bad, change them, throw off the regulators, but just try not to put it in writing. The failure of superiors to step in and actually change the bad behavior is the constant. At every juncture in this story, from the changing of the methodology of calculating the value of the SCP to the decision to not tell regulators about the losses, there is a moment where a higher-up has a chance to step in and stop the problem. And instead of doing so, he or she always just finds a way to institutionalize the whitewashing procedure....
Also live-blogging this hearing was Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith Live Blogging JP Morgan Senate Hearing – a Rogue Institution on the Hot Seat I wasn’t planning on liveblogging this hearing, but listing to the introductory remarks, the knives are really out for JPM. In all the post-crisis hearings I’ve watched, I’ve never seen such unanimity between the Democrats and the Republicans on the severity of the problem and the need for more regulation.... And read FDL's masaccio's take Lessons From the Senate Hearing on the London Whale Trades. NEXT Bill Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, exposes The NY Times Calls Third Way “Center-Left” and Turns a Study on its Head at Some lies will not die. As I have demonstrated repeatedly, Third Way is Wall Street on the Potomac. It is funded secretly by Wall Street (it refuses to reveal its donors), it is openly run by Wall Street, and it lobbies endlessly for Wall Street. Third Way, like every Pete Peterson front group, is dedicated to shredding the safety net as its highest priority and throwing the Nation back into a gratuitous recession through self-destructive austerity. ...... I had not counted on the New York Times failing to clear such a tiny research hurdle. Sadly, on March 20, 2013 the New York Times gave prominent coverage to a study sponsored by Third Way, which the reporter called “a center-left policy research organization” in an article entitled “As Men Lose Economic Ground, Clues in the Family.” Once again, Wall Street’s cynical effort to mislead by labeling its far-right economic policies and its lobbying group as “a center-left policy research organization” has triumphed. It triumphed because the curve of Wall Street’s cynicism intersected with the curve of lazy journalism at their respective maxima. The reporter emphasized Third Way’s faux “center-left” politics and its faux “research” function to make his story and the report seem more credible to the reader. The “central-left” aspect was supposed to lend credibility because the study was portrayed as supporting some extremely conservative memes. If even lefties admit that conservatives are right about the family and marriage, then surely the study is correct. It also suggests that Third Way must be a remarkable research organization because it is a “center-left” group, that sponsors research, that discredits “center-left” family policies. None of this faux legitimacy is warranted. Third Way is a lobbyist for Wall Street. It conducts minimal research. Its publications overwhelmingly read like crude propaganda attacking the safety net, trying to create a “moral panic” about the deficit, and praising big finance. Third Way religiously avoids discussing the massive growth of inequality (driven largely by finance). ...... The NYT fell for the scam hook, line, and sinker because its reporter did not bother to do even the most basic research on Third Way’s real nature. The reporter had plenty of clues – Third Way provided an introduction to Autor’s work that states that Third Way is commissioning papers for the express purpose of “challeng[ing]” Democratic Party policies in a “provocative” manner. I want to be clear as to my comments about Autor’s policy views. I do not argue that his views or research should be disregarded because he is opposed to so many “center-left” policies. The point I am making is that Wall Street designed Third Way, and Third Way designed how it packaged and promoted the Autor piece, to mislead journalist, readers, and policy makers into believing that the study was entitled to a presumption of unusually great credibility because it was a “center-left” sponsored study that purportedly reported results hostile to “center left” policies. The reader will see that the thrust of this article is demonstrating that Autor’s findings refute the spin that Third Way put on his work and the New York Times accepted as revealed truth. ...... Much much more details from Black as always so go read all of this! CYPRUS HAIRCUT: For some background Charles Hugh Smith at explains The Deeper Meanings of Cyprus The deposit-confiscation "bailout" of Cyprus reveals much about the Eurozone's fundamental neocolonial, neofeudal structure. At long last, Europe's flimsy facades of State sovereignty, democracy and free-market capitalism have collapsed, and we see the real machinery laid bare: the Eurozone's political-financial Aristocracy will stripmine every nation's citizenry to preserve their power and protect the banks and bondholders from absorbing losses. The deposit-confiscation "bailout" of Cyprus confirms the Eurozone's fundamental neocolonial, neofeudal structure and the region's political surrender to financialization. The E.U., Neofeudalism and the Neocolonial-Financialization Model (May 24, 2012) Let's list what Cyprus reveals about the true state of financial-political power in Europe: 1. The Core-Periphery terminology masks the real structure: the E.U. operates on a neocolonial model. In the old Colonialism 1.0 model, the colonizing power conquered or co-opted the Power Elites of the periphery regions, and proceeded to exploit the new colonies' resources and labor to enrich the Imperial core. In Neocolonialism, the forces of financialization (debt and leverage controlled by State-enforced banking cartels) are used to indenture the local Elites and populace to the financial core: the peripheral "colonials" borrow money to buy the finished goods manufactured in the core economies, enriching the Imperial Elites with A) the profits made selling goods to the debtors B) interest on credit extended to the peripheral colonies to buy the core economies' goods and "live large", and C) the transactional skim of financializing peripheral assets such as real estate and State debt. In essence, the core banks of the E.U. colonized the peripheral nations via the financializing euro, which enabled a massive expansion of debt and consumption in the periphery. The banks and exporters of the core exacted enormous profits from this expansion of debt and consumption. Now that the financialization scheme of the euro has run its course, the periphery's neocolonial standing is starkly revealed: the assets and income of the periphery are flowing to the core as interest on the private and sovereign debts that are owed to the core's central bank and its crony money-center private banks. This is not just the perfection of neocolonialism but of neofeudalism as well. The peripheral nations of the E.U. are effectively neocolonial debtors of the core (quasi-Imperial) banks, and the taxpayers of the core nations (now reduced to Germany and The Netherlands) are now feudal serfs whose labor is devoted to making good on any bank loans to the periphery that go bad. Though we can term the E.U. a plutocracy or oligarchy, the neofeudal structure compels us to distinguish a class of those holding wealth and political power that is not limited to national border: this is an Aristocracy. Serving the Aristocracy is a well-paid technocrat class of factotums, lackeys, toadies and enforcers. Below this well-compensated caste of technocrats is the larger class of debt-serfs, enslaved to interest payments on either their own debts or the debts of others, and bound by their class powerlessness to protecting banks and bondholders from losses. Cyprus merely adds an expropriation twist to this well-oiled plunder: deposits will be expropriated directly to insure no Imperial (core) banks or bond holders lose money on their absurdly risky loans to periphery nations and serfs. .... Read 2-6 at the link! Also at FDL blogger DSWright has the scoop Cyprus Parliament Preparing To Reject Bailout Due To Deposit Taxes Update 3:21 pm EST: The Cypriot Parliament has formally rejected the bailout. "The Cypriot Parliament rejected an international bailout package on Tuesday that had sought to tax bank depositors to pay a big part of the bill, despite a revision that would have exempted small bank accounts from the levies." For more we go to Andy Dabilis at (Cyprus banks allegedly lent a ton of Euros to Greece - oops) Cyprus Rejects Bank Deposit Tax for EU Bailout, Plan B Coming The Cypriot Parliament late on March 19, by a vote of 36-0 with 19 abstentions, overwhelmingly rejected a proposal put forth by international lenders and backed by President Nicos Anastasiades to confiscate up to 9.9 percent of bank deposits to help pay for a bailout. The rejection of the tax throws into doubt an international bailout for the troubled euro zone member needed to avert default and a banking collapse. Anastasiades had rejected the idea before he was elected in February but backed it when Eurozone officials on March 15 gave him a “take it or leave it” ultimatum, saying the European Central Bank would withdraw liquidity from state banks unless he did, leading to their collapse. The initial plan to seize 6.75 percent of all deposits under 100,000 euros ($130,000) and 9.9 percent for those above that amount was revised to exempt accounts under 20,000 euros ($25,900) but that created a 400 million euros ($515.4 million) shortfall as the Eurozone said Cyprus had to raise 5.8 billion euros ($7.5 billion) from deposits. The Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) said it would put up 10 billion euros ($13 billion) to bail out Cyprus but insisted on the bank accounts confiscation because the economy needs nearly 17 billion euros ($21.8 billion) to stay afloat, an amount that couldn’t be repaid if taken only in loans. ....... Ahead of the vote, it was obvious the proposal was doomed when Cyprus Speaker Yiannakis Omirou urged MPs to say “No to blackmail” as angry crowds also called for the lawmakers to reject it and held up signs warning that that other financially crippled European nations like Italy and Spain could be next in line. “There can only be one answer: no to blackmail,” Omirou, of the Socialist EDEK party told deputies who met in emergency session. “Our demand must be that this deal must be renegotiated. If we pass this tax there will be no foreign investor who will keep their money here,” he warned, the newspaper Kathimerini reported. ..... George Perdikes of the Green party told Parliament: “There is now a creditocracy where countries lose their sovereignty for an illegal loan agreement that is supposedly good for them but kills growth.” European Party MP Demetris Syllouris charged that the bailout terms were designed to destroy the banking sector in Cyprus that had been flourishing for decades, and especially hit Russian investments. “Our lenders came not to support us, they wanted to annihilate the pillar of our economy which is the service sector … they (Germany) must find another way to resolve their differences with Russia,” he said. Many Cypriots blame Germany for leading the crippling demands imposed in return for the bailout, in a bid to punish Russia, where investors have placed vast amounts of cash in the island’s banks. “Why are the foreigners to blame, we won’t accept it, we would rather take the hit 100 percent on our wages and pensions rather than on those who supported us,” said Syllouris. Thousands of protesters lined the streets leading to the parliament building in Nicosia, many of them waving Russian flags, an Agence-France-Press reporter said. Defense Minister Fotis Fotiou told Greece’s SKAI TV that Cyprus was examining other options in case Parliament voted down the deposit tax. “If this does not pass through Parliament then it is part of responsible politics for us to look at Plan B, which we are examining but can’t discuss publicly,” he said, keeping it a secret from Cypriots. Over at Tyler Durdan warns Unsecured Depositors Of The World, Unite... And Get The Hell Out Of These Countries!! And has this late-breaking update Cyprus-Troika Talks "Delicate" But Schaeuble "Won't Be Blackmailed" Some late news indicates that the 'deal' is further away than many hoped (or rumored) earlier in the day. Welt am Sonntag reports that German FinMin Schaeuble exclaimed "I won't allow myself to be blackmailed," adding his responsibility to the stability of the Euro. Simply put, he adds Cyprus must respect the rules, insistent that, "Cyprus is a hard road to go either way; but that is not the result of European stubbornness, but a business model that no longer works." With that as background, Cyprus President Anastasiades will be meeting with the IMF's Christine Lagarde tomorrow morning with talks at a "delicate point," with his spokesperson admitting the situation is "very difficult." The disinformation-to-total-confusion train pushes on forward; beggars can be choosers and 'demanders' won't be blackmailed.
Much more up-to-date Cyprus coverage at! Now we see why Christine Lagarde was INSTALLED as the head of the U.S.-led I.M.F. and why neo-socialist Dominique Strauss-Kahn WAS FRAMED to oust him from the IMF Chair and so he would NOT run for France's presidency. Sez Paul Craig Roberts then "Strauss-Kahn was the first IMF director in my lifetime, if memory serves, who disavowed the traditional IMF policy of imposing on the poor and ordinary people the cost of bailing out Wall Street and the Western banks." Ah but Christine has no such qualms now, does she? For perspective on the Troika Squeeze and how proposed U.S. austerity is part of the same scheme watch Prof. Richard Wolff on Thom Hartmann's The Big Picture from Thursday Cyprus - Is this the next phase in austerity - naked theft? You MUST watch this! 10th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq: Professor Robert Jensen at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and a board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin writes at An Illegal Anniversary On the 10th anniversary of the United States' illegal invasion of Iraq, we can expect the war's supporters to argue that military action seemed necessary at that moment, while critics will remind us of the suffering that resulted from that tragic miscalculation. But amid the rationalizations and critiques, we should linger on this uncomfortable term: "illegal invasion." No matter how much we all ignore it, here is the reality: The US invasion of Iraq was unlawful. The leaders who planned and executed the war are criminals. US citizens bear some responsibility for not holding those leaders accountable. The charter of the United Nations is clear about when the use of force in international relations is legal. War must be authorized by the UN Security Council, and in this case, the council rejected a resolution authorizing war. The only other condition under which a member state can go to war is in self-defense when attacked, a principle that is extended to the right to respond to an imminent attack, what is sometimes called "the customary right of anticipatory self-defense." The basic principles are uncontroversial and clearly articulated in articles 39 and 51 of the UN Charter, though there is debate among legal experts about interpreting terms such as "imminent" and "anticipatory." But whatever one's position in those debates, there is no way to stretch the facts of this invasion to justify a self-defense claim. ...... The moral force of law, domestic or international, lies in the consistent application of clear standards. When laws are applied only to the poor, and the rich act with impunity, for example, we understand that as a perversion of the law. Over and over in the United States, we proclaim our commitment to the rule of law - we are a nation of laws not men. If that were the case, we would turn over to the International Court of Justice high-ranking figures from the Bush administration, which initiated the war; from the Obama administration, which continued the war; from Congress, which enabled the war; and from the military, which prosecuted the war. We would determine the amount of reparations we owe Iraq and begin to make payments. And we would apologize to the Iraqi people and to the world. Why is that unthinkable in our political culture? Perhaps it is because we worship power rather than respect law. Perhaps it is because we have no intention of acting on the moral principles we routinely impose on others. Perhaps it is because we are not the people we tell ourselves we are. Last week we pointed you to Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, One Day Even the Drones Will Have to Land at TomDispatch. Peter Van Buren writes "Mission Unaccomplished - Why the Invasion of Iraq Was the Single Worst Foreign Policy Decision in American History" Not to put too fine a point on it, but the invasion of Iraq turned out to be a joke. Not for the Iraqis, of course, and not for American soldiers, and not the ha-ha sort of joke either. And here’s the saddest truth of all: on March 20th as we mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion from hell, we still don’t get it. In case you want to jump to the punch line, though, it’s this: by invading Iraq, the U.S. did more to destabilize the Middle East than we could possibly have imagined at the time. And we -- and so many others -- will pay the price for it for a long, long time. The Dissenter Kevin Gosztola asks at FDL Iraq War: An Eight-Year Massive Crime—But the US Political Class & Press Ask, ‘Was It Worth It?’ Fareed Zakaria on his show on CNN on Sunday asked neoconservative hawk and former Bush administration official Paul Wolfowitz whether the Iraq war was “worth the price in American lives and treasure.” Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Cotton, who “went from the battlefields of Iraq to the halls of Congress” were on CNN to answer whether the price of war was “worth it” to America. Numerous headlines for news stories or op-eds reflecting on the ten-year anniversary are framed in terms of costs versus benefits for America. .... It cannot be said there was no cost or suffering for Americans, however, that should not be the focus of reflection. It should not matter whether Americans think it was “worth it” or not, whether those who engineered the war still find it to have been “worth it,” or even whether troops who served happen to believe what they did was “worth it.” The primary focus should be the cost to Iraqis. Do Iraqis think it was “worth it” to be invaded in 2003 so the US could prevent Saddam Hussein from using weapons of mass destruction that did not exist? Was it “worth it” to be occupied by US military forces and private military contractors for eight years? Do they approve of the invasion, which really built on the Gulf War launched by President George H.W. Bush and the sanctions and air strikes against the country that occurred when President Bill Clinton was in office? ...... There should be reflection on the crime that was the Iraq war. Throughout the week, government documents revealing the conspiracy and corruption should be highlighted. Stories from Iraqis who were subjected to bombings, torture, arbitrary detention, night raids, Iraqi security forces backed by the US that conducted themselves as death squads, abusive and exploitative private contractors, corruption that propped up Iraq’s ruling elites, etc, should all receive attention. The American people do not know this war. They do not know what really happened or what has been happening after. The ignorance, to some extent, is chosen. Who really wants to know how their country destroyed a country? But, also, President Barack Obama’s administration, Congress and others in government do not want to see a real outpouring of empathy and remorse for what happened. That would undermine the idea of America, the myth of the country being a force for good in the world. .... Lots more to read! Here are a few more from Gosztola You can READ Iraq veteran Tomas Young's letter at The Last Letter - A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran and WATCH DN! for the interview (link below). And also watch Al Jazeera reporter Dahr Jamail on Wednesday's show. PAY ATTENTION because Dahr talks fast and covers lots of ground! Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting has a rundown of media quotes in Iraq War, Ten Years Later Today marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the bombing and invasion of Iraq. The war could not have proceeded as it did without the support of a compliant, servile press corps. Some pundits have expressed remorse over their performance, though as the Huffington Post's Michael Calderone (3/18/13) noted, "Some prominent pro-war voices a decade ago still occupy high-profile perches on op-ed pages, cable news or Sunday show roundtables." Indeed, having been wrong about Iraq almost seems like a prerequisite for being taken seriously as an establishment pundit. In real time, FAIR collected--and debunked--much of the spin and propaganda in the news about Iraq. The following excerpts are drawn from FAIR's "Iraq and the Media: A Critical Timeline" (Media Advisory, 3/19/07). At The Nation Greg Mitchelll covers Reviewing This Week's Mea Culpas on Iraq: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Leslie Savan dissects how Ten Years Later, NPR Still Lets War Hawks Make Pathetic Excuses covering Renee Montagne’s interview of Richard ("the Prince of Darkness”) Perle on Wednesday’s Morning Edition. We heard that pablum from Perle too and wrote Renee the following:
    Dear Renee, WE heard your interview with Richard Perle on Wednesday. The House Armed Services Committee interviewed Richard Perle in 2002 BEFORE the "armed conflict" (Congress never did declare "WAR") and again in April 2005. WE watched the 2005 hearing on CSPAN and repeatedly Perle was found WRONG. His foil in BOTH hearings? General Wesley Clark. It appears the transcripts and videos of these hearings have been scrubbed from the internet (at least WE can't find them; maybe you and the crack NPR staff can?). The best WE can find is Dana Milbank at the WaPo Thursday, April 7, 2005; Page A10 "Same Committee, Same Combatants, Different Tune". If you think Perle is a good interview FOR the war (who plainly got everything wrong then and still does now) then WE URGE YOU to contact GENERAL WES CLARK and have him recap his testimony from BOTH 2002 & 2005 and give his reflections of what has happened since and what is going on in Iraq now. The Knight-Ridder (now McClatchy) reporters got it right then. So did General Clark. Please interview Wes Clark to rebut Richard Perle's distorted view of the events of ten years ago and its consequences.
So there! HA! And mysteriously Renee split to do a fund-raiser for some far-off NPR affiliate on Friday! Our BTV SoCal Desk Investigative Blogger ms_in_la when given a bone will not let go! Here we go to the Series of Toobs we call the internet! Alas the link to the 2002 HASC hearing has been scrubbed. Try for yourself!
We urge you to post below anything you can find relating to the Perle-Clark testimonies, including the CSPAN vids and House/Senate hearings transcripts if you can find them! We're gonna write Dana Milbank and see what he has in his files! While the Obomber-in-Chief tours the Mideast and specifically Israel Rolling Stone's Jon Blistein reports Roger Waters Calls for Boycott of Israel Pink Floyd's Roger Waters says a boycott of Israel, similar to the one implemented against South Africa during apartheid, is the "way to go." He accuses the Israeli government of running a similar regime by occupying the West Bank and Gaza territories in a new interview with the Electronic Intifada. Waters became an outspoken supporter of the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel after visiting the West Bank in 2006, where he spray-painted the lyric "We don't need no thought control" from Pink Floyd's famous anthem "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" on the Israeli West Bank barrier. "They are running riot," said Waters of the Israeli government, "and it seems unlikely that running over there and playing the violin will have any lasting effect." Waters currently serves as a juror on the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which seeks to bring attention to how Western governments and companies assist Israel in what they perceive to be violations of international law. The singer plans to publish an open letter to his peers in the music industry asking them to join him in the BDS movement. In a realted matter ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ Turns 40 – Celebrate With Pink Floyd Global Listening Party This Weekend! Originally released in 1973, The Dark Side of The Moon became Pink Floyd's first number 1 album in the US, remaining on the chart for 741 weeks between 1973 and 1988. One of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of all time, The Dark Side of The Moon also introduced the iconic album cover artwork by Hipgnosis, after a request for a 'simple and bold' design. If you’d like to participate in this “global playback event” visit and participate thru Twitter by tweeting memories, thoughts, and pictures, using the hashtag, #DarkSide40. Check out these versions at the link: DISCOVERY EDITION; EXPERIENCE EDITION; IMMERSION EDITION; VINYL EDITION too! For more information and full tracklisting, click here. And give Dark Side of the Rainbow a try! Dark Side of the Rainbow – also known as Dark Side of Oz or The Wizard of Floyd – refers to the pairing of the 1973 Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon with the visual portion of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.[1] This produces moments where the film and the album appear to correspond with each other. The title of the music video-like experience comes from a combination of the album title and the film's song "Over the Rainbow". Band members and others involved in the making of the album state that any relationship between the two works of art is merely a coincidence.[2] More Oz-making can be found throughout the Beltway Bubablas' Sunday Morning Funnies! Start with CHRISTIANE ANAMPOUR's FOREIGN POLICY ROUNDTABLE on This Snafugopolis then Face the Bob's roundtable with Tom "Flat Earth" Friedman. Throw bricks at WAYNE "Guns for everybody makes us safer" LAPIERRE and RALPH "who is Jack Abramoff" REED on Mett the David plus GARY "I'm not gay" BAUER on FAKE SNOOZE. Many many links to more 10th Anniversary truth-tellers below including more DAHR JIMAIL and DANIEL ELSBERG interviews with SCOTT HORTON, MAX & STACEY on the unfolding Cyprus fiasco/experiment PLUS a fantastic post exclusively on by Ellen Brown "The Battle of Cyprus: The Long-planned Deposit Confiscation Scheme", MATT TAIBBI with SAM SEDER, BRAD "bradblog" FRIEDMAN on Ring of Fire TV at NOON Sunday plus DESI DOYEN talking about DEPLETED URANIUM MUNITIONS in Iraq as she guest-hosts The Young Turks! And find much more 10th Anniversary coverage on DN! including ARUNDHATI ROY who responds to a TONY BLAIR clip saying "Maybe they need to be put into a padded cell and given some real news to read, you know? ... Now, isn’t that like—isn’t it insane? I mean, I don’t know how to respond to something like that" AND DN's interactive timeline so CLICK ANYTHING and be INSTANTLY SMARTER! The Brick TeeVee Crew has most of their NCAA brackets busted so we'll be watching Sunday's Cactus League Tribe game while we get our "magic seeds" started indoors for this year's garden! You should too! Have a great week and we'll see you next Sunday for more Bricks in The Wall!

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  • Maggie O'Kane, multimedia investigations editor at The Guardian BBC-Guardian Exposé Uses WikiLeaks to Link Iraq Torture Centers to U.S. Col. Steele & Gen. Petraeus As we continue to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, we turn today to a shocking new report by The Guardian newspaper and BBC Arabic detailing how the United States armed and trained Iraqi police commando units that ran torture centers and death squads. It’s a story that stretches from the U.S.-backed involvement in Latin America to the imprisoned Army whistleblower Bradley Manning. With Maggie O'Kane, multimedia investigations editor at The Guardian. She is a former foreign correspondent. Her past awards include British journalist of the year and foreign correspondent of the year.

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    Our permit to occupy public squares and parks is in The First Amendment, which affirms "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." When people across the Middle East occupied public squares, leaders in Washington mostly cheered those protesters and warned Middle Eastern governments not to use force to clear them. Those other societies don’t have a First Amendment. Yet Washington affirmed the universal right to assembly and protest. We do have a First Amendment. The force being used to clear nonviolent protesters from public squares in our country is unacceptable. It must stop. &! A bailout of the people by the people Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits. ADDENDUM: Naked Capitalism reports Top Tax Expert Confirms Our Doubts About Occupy Wall Street’s Debt Buying/Forgiveness Scheme

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    Lawmakers concerned about the health effects on humans from mountaintop removal coal mining set forth legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives today. Representatives Dennis Kucinich (OH), Louise Slaughter (NY), Maurice Hinchey (NY), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA), John Yarmuth (KY), Lynn Woolsey (CA), Judy Chu (CA), Raúl Grijalva (AZ), James Moran (VA), Michael Honda (CA), John Conyers (MI), and Keith Ellison (MN) introduced the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency (ACHE) Act H.R. 5959 which would place a moratorium on permitting for mountaintop removal coal mining until health studies are conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services. The ACHE coalition presently consists of participants from Coal River Mountain Watch, Mountain Health and Heritage Association, and Christians for the Mountains. “We encourage you, if you’re concerned about mountaintop removal’s effect on your community’s health, to join us in making your voice heard,” said Allen Johnson, executive director of Christians for the Mountains. “Please contact us, learn about the issue, and take action to protect your community.” a project of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland brings together, for the first time, information about the broad range of community wealth building activity. Featuring Community Wealth Building in Action: The Cleveland Model Something important is happening in Cleveland. The Democracy Collaborative—the host of—in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Shorebank Enterprise Cleveland, the City of Cleveland, and the city's major hospitals and universities—is helping to implement a new model of large-scale worker-owned and community-benefiting businesses. The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is beginning to build serious momentum in one of the cities most dramatically impacted by the nation's decaying economy. Increasingly, this model is being referred to nationally as The Cleveland Model. Initial planning is now underway to assist other cities in Ohio and nationwide to replicate and adapt this innovative approach to economic development, green job creation, and neighborhood stabilization. Find more many resources at!

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NEW!!! Stop Media Consolidation! Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is trying to change the agency’s ownership rules to pave the way for Murdoch to get exactly what he wants. Worse, Genachowski and Murdoch are keeping this all very hush-hush, hoping you won't notice.3 These changes wouldn’t just benefit Murdoch. If the FCC proposal passes, one company could own the major daily newspaper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in your town. And that one company could be your Internet provider, too. What is the FCC thinking?!? We can still stop the agency from taking this perilous step — but we have less than a month to do it. By taking action, you’re joining a movement of millions who are working to stop big media from getting even bigger. Please take action today. Click HERE to view our infographic and send a message to the FCC! More info at Another FCC Cave-In: Julius Genachowski’s Media Consolidation Christmas Gift to Murdoch at! And Sign Senator Bernie Sanders petition to the FCC Protect Media Diversity: Stop Media Consolidation!

CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE American Majority Rejects Washington Austerity Consensus – And We Demand Media Coverage by Roger Hickey, President, Campaign for America's Future: No more silent majority. The Campaign for America’s Future is joining with the Center for Economic and Policy Research (whose Co-Director, Dean Baker blogs regularly about economic bias in the media) and with FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) to monitor the media’s coverage and representation of the American Majority views as they go into covering the big deficit fight. But we want to enlist YOU too. Send us accounts of unbalanced coverage in the national media and in your local newspapers and television. Call up reporters, editors, assignment people and tell them when they are under-representing the views of the American Majority. We should have at least half the experts, pundits, quotes and real people represented in their coverage. In a debate as important as the one we are going into, we can’t allow the media to ignore the American Majority. Much more at

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REPRESENT.US IT’S TIME TO GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS SO THE GOVERNMENT CAN REPRESENT US. Represent.Us is a fresh campaign to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act: a law that would overhaul campaign finance, impose strict lobbying and conflict of interest laws, and end secret political money. We are mobilizing millions of Americans — conservatives and progressives, young and old, every issue group fighting K Street, online and offline — to join this campaign. Represent.Us is not just building a movement to pass the Act. The campaign will use hard-hitting accountability tactics to unseat politicians who fail to endorse the Act. If passed, the Act will completely reshape American politics and policy-making and give people a voice. See this Guest Blog at Greenpeace by Executive Director Josh Silver The $6 Billion Auction: Finally, A Plan to Get Money Out of Politics for more information!

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    • ROUNDTABLE: Jim Messina and Karl Rove; "Nightline" co-anchor Terry Moran, who covers the Supreme Court for ABC News; Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile; and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.
    • FOREIGN POLICY ROUNDTABLE: ABC News global affairs anchor Christiane Amanpour; Atlantic national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg; former Romney campaign senior adviser Dan Senor, co-founder of the Foreign Policy Initiative.; and Time Magazine assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar.
    • SPOTLIGHT: Director Alexandra Pelosi and former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey discuss their new HBO film "Fall to Grace" about McGreevey's life and work since his controversial exit from office.

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    • Representative Mike Rodgers, Chairman of the House Intelligence Communittee
    • Super Bowl champion, Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo
    • ROUNDTABLE: New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, CBS News' Clarissa Ward and Time Magazine's Bobby Ghosh

  • 60 Minutes (CBS)
    • Crackdown in Russia - Female punk protest band Pussy Riot piqued the ire of Russian authorities after they staged an anti-Putin rally in Moscow's largest cathedral. The subsequent viral video of the stunt and stiff prison sentences for some of its members made the band a cause celebre. Lesley Stahl reports. Shachar Bar-On and Alexandra Poolos are the producers.
    • Blindsided - Brian Banks may yet play in the NFL. But he knows it's a longshot after spending five years in prison on a rape charge for which he was later exonerated. James Brown reports. Peter Radovich and Gareth Hughes are the producers
    • The Nile Crocodile - Anderson Cooper finds out that underwater, the man-eating Nile crocodile can look graceful, even beautiful, as he swims with the dangerous predators and the wildlife filmmakers studying them. Michael Gavshon and Paul Bellinger are the producers

  • Meet the Press (NBC) Host David Gregory
    Microsoft, NBC News Dissolve Joint Venture NBC is buying Microsoft's 50 percent interest in the MSNBC website for an undisclosed amount. will be rebranded as, and readers who logged into late Sunday were automatically redirected to Microsoft is preparing to launch its own news service this fall. Although he declined to provide many details about the operation general manager of Bob Visse said the news staff will be about the same size as the roughly 100 people who created original content for the "There is no question that we are going to have more flexibility to make our own decisions," said Vivian Schiller, NBC News' chief digital officer. "This is really an amicable breakup. We think competition will make us better." Okay then.
    • New York City’s Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg
    • Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre
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    • ROUNDTABLE:Chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Ralph Reed; Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen; Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne; and the New York Times’ David Brooks.

  • State of the Union With Candy Crowley (CNN) At 9 AM ET, Candy talks to the power players: politicians, business leaders and international newsmakers who will make Monday morning's headlines. At NOON ET, Candy wraps it all up with fresh interviews and the best of the earlier hours.
    • Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki
    • Colorado governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
    • ROUNDTABLE: California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Austin Nimocks from Alliance Defending Freedom, Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein

  • HEAD ON RADIO with Bob Kincaid
    Headon Radio with Bob Kincaid 6 PM Eastern, 3 PM Pacific, 2300 GMT. Duration: 3 hrs. To be part of Conversation Radio on Head-on Radio, call toll-free (877) 443-2366, or use our Liberal community line at 304-658-3333. Email bob [at] headonradio [dot] com during the show!
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    The Green News Report with Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen: 6 minutes of green news, politics, analysis & snarky comment! BOOKMARK NOW!
    'Green News Report' - March 21, 2013 IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: L.A. to be 100% coal-free; TN conservatives slam mountaintop removal coal mining - by China; NV coal company faked air pollution reports; Green jobs are the fastest growing job sector in the nation; PLUS: Leave it to beavers - 'hero' beaver dam halts oil spill ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
    • IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see link): State Dept. hid ties to Keystone XL pipeline company; Toyota Unveils New I-Road; NOAA: ‘Robust’ independent evidence confirms thermometer measurements; Climate Science Denier Leads House Science Subcommittee; Pope Francis calls for defending environment; Report: Security risks of climate change; Enviro groups criticize Obama's DOE nominee energy industry ties; Polar bear habitat shrinks even more... PLUS: How to cut U.S. gasoline use in half by 2030 ... and much, MUCH more! ...
    • BRADCAST UPDATE! Horrific: Birth Defects, Cancer Rates Tied to U.S. Use of Depleted Uranium in Iraq The BRAD BLOG's Desi Doyen discusses that and much more while guest hosting last night's 'The Young Turks'...
    • BRADBLOG UPDATE! $20 PER BALLOT CHARGED FOR 'RECOUNT' IN CA Mayoral candidate charged $2,000/hour for optical-scan 'recount' of 500 paper ballots in CA county, as arbitrary pricing continues to 'chill' citizen oversight in the Golden State...

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      To my valued listeners: We are making some changes to the website and our terms, effective in January. We will continue to offer free podcasts–my new daily news and commentary. Our in-depth interviews will be available for $1 per episode, or to subscribers who pay $5 per month or more. Loyal listeners who simply can’t afford it should send an email to, as we will be offering a limited number of scholarships to our friends who are hurting during these tough times. More information will be posted as we complete the revisions. I’m grateful to each of you for listening and supporting this work, and hope that the new model will enable us to keep it going well into the future. All the best, -pbc
    • Peter B Collins, Truthout | Op-Ed An Insider's View of the Progressive Talk Radio Devolution
    • PBC Standard Podcast March 20, 2013 Harper’s Thomas Frank Lays Down Some Markers; Journalist Jess Bravin Takes a Close Look at Gitmo’s Military Commissions
    • PBC Standard Podcast March 22, 2013 Progressive Activist and Author Norman Solomon: Using Grassroots Organizing to Challenge Obama and Democrats on War and Entitlements
    • PBC News & Comment March 20, 2013PBC News & Comment Special: Iraq, 10 Years After Bush’s Biggest Blunder
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    This Weekend on Ring of Fire Radio! Saturdays at 3 o’clock Eastern, rebroadcasts Sunday nights at 8 pm Eastern.
    • David Bender will be sitting in with Sam while Pap and Bobby are out this week, and he’ll be talking with legendary musician David Crosby.
    • Author and journalist Steven Brill will tell us why American healthcare spending is out of control.
    • Congressman Bruce Braley will give us the latest on the sequester, as well as his Senate run.
    • Investigative journalist Tracy Weber from Pro Publica will be here to tell us how drug companies are hiring doctors to pitch their products.
    • VIDEO! THE HISTORY OF CORPORATE CORRUPTION & FRAUD with Robert Kennedy Jr & Mike Papantonio “Call us if you have a personal story about Fraud on Taxpayers or False Claims for Payment made by Corportations at 1-866-389-FIRE (3473) or contact us by email at if you have evidence of fraud that robbed taxpayer dollars. If our government is paying too much due to fraud by a corporation, Ring of Fire wants to do a story on it.”
    • VIDEO! Papantonio: America Being Fracked To Hell and Back (VIDEO) Mike Papantonio and David Bender talk about the disastrous consequences of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and why Republicans are so hell-bent on making sure every square inch of available land is squeezed for its natural resources.
    • VIDEO! Papantonio: Ten Years Of Lies, Fraud, and Death In Iraq (VIDEO) It's been ten years since the Bush Administration, with the help of the traditional, mainstream media lied us into a war with Iraq, and Mike Papantonio talks with progressive radio host David Bender about the lies, fraud, and deaths that have marked the last decade of our involvement in Iraq.
    • NEW! This Week on Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV! Sundays at NOON!
    • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told us recently that some banks are just too big to prosecute. Investigative journalist Brad Friedman will be here to tell us why Holder is dead wrong.
    • President Obama looks like he might be willing to cut vital social safety net programs as part of a “grand bargain” with the GOP. We’ll talk about that with progressive radio host Richard Fowler.
    • Drug companies got a huge boost from the Obama administration this past week, and we’ll discuss why the administration believes that drug companies should be immune from lawsuits over their dangerous products. Attorneys Howard Nations and Mike Burg will weigh on in that.
    • And violent acts from Tea Party groups are reaching new highs in America – we’ll hear what Heidi Beirich from the Southern Poverty Law Center has to say about the rise in right wing hate.
    Ring of Fire’s Weekly Rewind Stay up to date with the Ring of Fire Weekly Rewind. Here are the most popular stories from the past week. • Join our blog at You can now SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PODCAST by clicking on the "Podcast" tab at the top of the Ring of Fire blog. Please help support progressive radio by signing up! Ring of Fire Radio Ring of Fire, hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder: Saturdays at 3 o’clock Eastern, rebroadcasts 8-11 et Sunday evenings on Chicago's Progressive Talk WCPT AM & FM and 4 pm et on Sirius/XM 167 featuring The PAP Attack! "We’ll bring you the stories that the mainstream media didn’t feel like reporting this week."

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    • MONDAY 3/18/13 Matt Taibbi: JP Morgan Chase's Crime Spree
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    JP Morgan Cleared Of Conspiracy “To Drive Down Silver Prices”s by Mark OByrne - JP Morgan Chase & Co won their case of a nationwide investors’ lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to drive down silver prices. U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson in Manhattan said the investors, who bought and sold COMEX silver futures and options contracts, failed to show that JPMorgan manipulated prices, by creating long short positions that were not in synch with market events at the time period. The judge acknowledged that the firm could influence prices, but said that it was not proven that the bank “intended to cause artificial prices to exist” and acted accordingly.......
    UBS, BofA, and JPMorgan Pocketed $474 Million As Detroit Descended Into Financial Chaos by maxkeiser - READ LIBOR Rigging & Complex Derivitives By UBS Contributed To Detroit’s Demise(
    The Battle of Cyprus: The Long-planned Deposit Confiscation Scheme by Ellen Brown - The deposit confiscation scheme has long been in the making. US depositors could be next . . . .Ellen Brown is an attorney, chairman of the Public Banking Institute, and the author of eleven books, including Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free. Her websites are and
    Matt Taibbi Live Blogging From JPM Hearings… by Wolf Richter - Internet companies know practically everything about their users. And servers never forget. Advertisers, ID thieves, insurance companies, and others are trying to get their hands on this data. Each in their own way. But “law enforcement” around the world can simply bully its way to it. Now Microsoft confessed: even your data and conversations on its encrypted services that you thought were secure aren’t. At least not from governments around the world. READ Microsoft Confesses (
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    • KEISER REPORT [KR420] Keiser Report: JP Morgan Out Of Control We discuss Jamie Dimon punching above his weight as a tapeworm and bragging in court documents that he, essentially, had two former Treasury Secretaries on his payroll. They also discuss investors missing out on the ‘rally’ for fear of ‘Too Big to Jail’ tapeworm-banksters being bailed out at their expense. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to author, Josh Rosner, about his explosive new piece, “JP Morgan Chase: Out of Control.” They discuss the London Whale as a sign of systemic rot and sticking the taxpayer with JP Morgan’s bad Washington Mutual debts.
    •KEISER REPORT [KR421] Keiser Report: We’re All Going On a Bank Holiday! We discuss the big picture of bank holidays and wealth confiscation in order to pay off the $100 trillion error account banksters basically admitted to having at Davos in 2011. We also present the Max Keiser Chiefs warning in 2005 about the $250 trillion in derivatives backed by a $40 trillion economy getting ready to blow up the world economy as evidenced by collapse of Refco. Eight years later, the debts are bigger and wealth confiscation schemes are bolder. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to Reggie Middleton of about Cyprus, the rules that have been revealed and his upcoming special investigation on certain European banks he’s discovered have been committing fraud.
    • KEISER REPORT [KR422] Keiser Report: Constitution Fine Print We discuss central bankers injecting meth into their eyeballs and Freddie Mac then pushing the meth labs onto unsuspecting investors and homebuyers through sales of foreclosures. They also discuss the bold print of the Constitution that should trump the small print of the so-called sacroscant contracts of collateralised debt obligations and other bogus derivatives. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to Marc Hochstein of about whether or not bitcoin is a ponzi scheme and about the issue of privacy in banking and financial transactions.
    • ON THE EDGE On the Edge with Greg Hunter An interview with Greg Hunter of USA Watchdog.
    • THE TRUTH ABOUT MARKETS [TaM-1272] The Truth About Interest Rate Apartheid and Wealth Confiscation Stacy Summary: Max and I discuss the latest in the Cyprus confiscation scheme in which the name of the ever changing ‘deposit levy’ game is to get the mark about to be robbed confused enough that they don’t know they’ve been mugged. And that the confiscation scheme is a perfect demonstration of interest rate apartheid in which bondholders who were being paid an interest rate for their risk of holding the bond are bailed out whilst savers who were being paid nothing lose out. We look at the way that ‘it’s just Russian money’ is used to get the population to abide by the breaking of the principle that depositors should be more secure than bondholders. Finally, we suggest a modern remake of Midnight Express in which the Billy Hayes character is trapped in a capricious and malicious US justice and penal system for 30 years plus for the crime of downloading academic journals. Download show HERE (mp3)
    • THE TRUTH ABOUT MARKETS Truth about Markets NYC – 03/15/13: Max and Stacy continue taking the banksters and financial terrorists to task in this entertaining installment. Thanks Gary Null and the Progressive Radio Network for having us on… Download show HERE (mp3) • Donate to ResonanceFM here!

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    • Scott Horton Radio Show 3/19/13 Dahr Jamail: Dahr Jamail, author of Beyond the Green Zone, discusses life in Iraq today – 10 years after the US invasion in 2003; the 1 million displaced Iraqis and the greatly increased cancer and birth defect rates; Prime Minister al-Maliki’s adoption of US counterinsurgency tactics, including rape, execution and torture; al-Malilki’s fears that Syrian rebels will target Iraq next and revitalize the Sunni resistance; and the problems with an independent Kurdistan.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 3/20/13 Daniel Ellsberg: Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, discusses Bradley Manning’s motivation for leaking US embassy cables and the Iraqi and Afghan War logs; the end of accountability for government crimes; why the NY Times’ Bill Keller is dead wrong on Manning; the US mainstream media’s terrible coverage of WikiLeaks stories; Obama’s criminal failure to investigate and prosecute Bush administration war crimes; and why the “aiding the enemy” charge against Manning is especially egregious (and also applies to court-historian Bob Woodward).
    • Listen to more interviews at The Scott Horton Show!
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