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Scapegoating Human Nature
by Gary Olson

Our culture, a reflection of our market-driven system, attempts to convince
us that human nature is at bottom, homo economicus. This ruthless fellow is
cut-throat competitive, relentlessly acquisitive, and only looks out for
himself. Why is this view so popular? It's because this pathological
interpretation provides an elaborate ideological after-the-fact rationale
for exploitation and empire. ... As historian Edward Hyam's reminds us,
"Capitalism turns men into economic cannibals, and having done so, mistakes
economic cannibalism for human nature." That conventional opinions withstand
neither basic tests of evidence nor the historical record should mandate
healthy skepticism toward all received wisdom about human nature. It also
allows us to imagine that another world is possible.

NSA spied on its own employees, other U.S. intelligence personnel,
journalists and members of Congress
By Wayne Madsen

NSA spied on its own employees, other U.S. intelligence personnel, and their
journalist and congressional contacts. WMR has learned that the National
Security Agency (NSA), on the orders of the Bush administration,
eavesdropped on the private conversations and e-mail of its own employees,
employees of other U.S. intelligence agencies -- including the CIA and
DIA -- and their contacts in the media, Congress, and oversight agencies and

War Resister Jerry Texiero, the Marine Corps and Who Betrayed Whom?
By Jack Dalton

The Marines want to court-martial Jerry to send a message to the growing
number of active duty military, who are becoming resistive to their
participation in this new war of choice in Iraq, that if they are unwilling
to deploy to Iraq, they will suffer the same fate as Sgt Kevin Benderman,
who is doing 15 months at the RCF (or Gulag if you prefer as do I); If they
take off, they will be hunted for the rest of their lives, like Jerry

Other articles of interest

Journalists Should Expose Secrets, Not Keep Them
Normon Solomon, ZNet

Journalists should be in the business of providing timely information to the
public. But some -- notably at the top rungs of the profession -- have
become players in the power games of the nation's capital. And more than a
few seem glad to imitate the officeholders who want to decide what the
public shouldn't know. When the New York Times front page broke the story of
the National Security Agency's domestic spying, the newspaper's editors had
good reason to feel proud. Or so it seemed. But there was a troubling
backstory: The Times had kept the scoop under wraps for a long time.

Total Information Awareness and the Neocon Stasi State
Kurt Nimmo, Another Day in the Empire

I recall laughing sardonically back in September 2003 when our bought and
paid for Congress expected us to believe it had eliminated the so-called
Total Information Awareness program run by Iran-Contra convicted criminal
John Poindexter, then-director of DARPA's Information Awareness Office. I
said at the time this was nothing more than smoke and mirrors because spooks
are rarely if ever dissuaded from their criminal efforts, least of all at
the behest of Congress, populated as it is by scoundrels who are supposedly
the representatives of the people.

The Return of Total Information Awareness - Bush Asserts Dictatorial
"Inherent" Powers
Ted Rall, Common Dreams

The return of brazen Nixon-style domestic eavesdropping-it undoubtedly
occurred under presidents from Ford to Clinton, though on a smaller, more
discreet scale-indicates that the White House is flipping ahead to the next
page in its Hitler playbook, the part about exploiting a state of perpetual
war to stifle internal dissent on a vast scale.

War on Porn Steps Up for 2006: Justice Department, Christian right move into
high gear on Internet, cable sexual content
Doug Ireland, Gay City News

Not since Ronald Reagan's attorney general, Edwin Meese, made a crusade
against pornography a top priority has there been such a broad-scale attempt
to destroy First Amendment protections for sexual expression and sexual
privacy as the one currently being mounted by the Bush administration and
congressional Republicans. And just in time to make it an issue in the 2006
election cycle, the U.S. Senate will take up early in the new year a
House-passed bill that, disguised as anti-child pornography legislation,
poses a serious threat to both Hollywood and to millions of American
Internet users.

More Drug-War Victims
Sheldon Richman, FFF

Opponents of the so-called war on drugs (it's a war on people) have long
cautioned that enforcement of victimless-crime laws is by nature a mockery
of justice. We have a vivid example in Cory Maye. You haven't heard of Cory
Maye? Few people have, despite the best efforts of blogger-journalist Radley
Balko (TheAgitator.com). Maye, 25, is sitting on death row in Mississippi,
the latest victim of the government's indefensible war on drug makers,
sellers, and consumers.

'Mr. Bush! Tear Down This Wall!' -- The 'disgraceful and degrading' wall
being built along the U.S.-Mexico border is not only expensive and illegal;
it won't stop the flow of migrant workers.
Jorge Carrillo Olea, La Jornada

The United States has accustomed the world to its contradictions and
paradoxes: it violates rights, assassinates, and infringes on the lands of
others, today in Afghanistan and Iraq, always speaking in name of freedom
and democracy, and on its own land it operates just the other way around;
try for example, Guantánamo, the recently discovered CIA concentration
camps, the racism, and now this barbaric measure that threatens lives and
attacks the universal right to free movement and the right to work. And to
think that our government, in its first attept to address the whole
enchilada of the issue of migration, and in this very year, sympathetically
embraced the project of "Building a North American Community," which is
premised on the free movement of nationals from the three countries [Mexico,
Canada and the U.S.] throughout all of their territories.

This Winter, Some Choose Between Warmth, Food, Health
Catherine Komp, New Standard News

Winter in America's coldest climates may be idyllic and cozy in holiday
movies and Christmas carols, but many of the nation's poor weather the
season in frigid and drafty homes, forced to make difficult choices between
warmth and other necessities like food and health care. Now, as energy
prices rise and the poverty rate steadily advances, lawmakers have gone home
for the holidays without approving additional emergency-heating funds for a
winter predicted to be far costlier than any in recent memory. Republican
lawmakers stripped an amendment to provide $2 billion in additional
home-heating supplements from a military spending bill that passed the
Senate last week.


Operation Homefront: Pentagon propaganda program orders soldiers to promote
Iraq war while home on leave

NSA Web Site Plants 'Cookies' on Visitors' Computers to Track Web Surfing

Some conservatives return to old lies

"It's An Excellent Relationship": NYPD on Police - CIA Links

Pentagon's Pro-US Websites Probed

Pupils Being Given 'Patriotism' Tests in Washington State Schools

British, US Spying Draws Us Closer to Orwell's Big Brother

Domestic spying: Be afraid, be very afraid

Are you being tracked?

US Air Strike on China's Embassy in Belgrade in 1999 was Deliberate

CIA kidnap and rendition program began under Clinton

CIA gang of thugs involved in massive torture and kidnap ring traveled in
style and luxury

New Orleans police murder mentally ill man

He's guilty as sin, but ... Texas court dismisses child-rape conspiracy
lawsuit against Pope

US No Longer Promoting Landmine Abolition

Washington's $4 billion attempt to restore Iraq's electrical supply to
prewar levels an abysmal failure

U.S. partners in Iraq dwindling in number, size

EU seeks to calm fears of gas shortages across Europe

Screw the poor: Chicago bureaucrats refuse cheap oil from Venezuela,
institutes fare hikes instead

China losing ground to severe erosion

Racing towards climate disaster

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