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  • Poll: 4 out of 5 Americans don't trust Washington
    and local matters The public is split over whether the government should be responsible for dealing with critical problems or scaled back to reduce its power presumably in favor of personal responsibility About half say they want a smaller government with fewer services compared with roughly 40 percent who want a bigger government providing more The public was evenly divided on those questions long before Obama was elected Still a majority supported the Obama administration exerting greater control over the economy during the recession Trust in government rarely gets this low said Andrew Kohut director of the nonpartisan center that conducted the survey Some of it s backlash against Obama But there are a lot of other things going on And he added Politics has poisoned the well The survey found that Obama s policies were partly to blame for a rise in distrustful anti government views In his first year in office the president orchestrated a government takeover of Detroit automakers secured a 787 billion stimulus package and pushed to overhaul the health care system But the poll also identified a combination of factors that contributed to the electorate s hostility the recession that Obama inherited from President George W Bush a dispirited public and anger with Congress and politicians of all political leanings I want an honest government This isn t an honest government It hasn t been for some time said self described independent David Willms 54 of Sarasota Fla He faulted the White House and Congress under both parties The poll was based on four surveys done from March 11 to April 11 on landline and cell phones The largest survey of 2 500 adults has a margin of sampling error of 2 5 percentage points the others of about 1 000 adults each has a

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/dont_trust.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Banks own the US government
    are we not going to see bankruptcy reform but any financial reform package that gets through Congress will probably contain enough loopholes that it will be almost useless In this political environment the poor might get empathy but Wall Street gets money and lots of it Even when the issue is global warming Wall Street has its hand out The fees on trading carbon permits could run into the hundreds of billions of dollars in coming decades A simple carbon tax would have been far more efficient but efficiency is not the most important value when it comes to making Wall Street richer This is why it was so encouraging to see congressman Peter DeFazio s proposal to tax trades in oil options and futures DeFazio proposed a tax of 0 02 on trades in oil futures and options as a way to make up a shortfall in the federal government s highway trust fund This tax could raise billions of dollars each year in revenue and make speculation in the oil market a more dangerous affair The logic is very simple For someone using these markets to hedge the tax will be inconsequential For example a farmer that hedges a 400 000 wheat crop will pay 80 when selling a future Similarly airlines that hedge by buying oil futures will barely notice the higher cost In fact because trading costs have fallen so much in recent decades a tax at this level would just be raising costs back to their levels of two decades ago a point at which there was already a very vibrant futures and options market However even a modest tax will make life much more difficult for speculators Many of them expect to make quick short term gains often buying and selling the same day

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/banks_own_government.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Baucus on Reading Bill: We Hire Experts for That
    of my young kids grabs the broom and pats it against the floor You graciously thank the child for helping sweep the floor even when realizing they didn t really do a thing to actually help As a side note Judy brings up another great point the only time the Montana press corps does a story about Libby is when it pertains to the asbestos issue and it has hurt Libby s image and economy Maybe the cameras can show up to tell a good story about Libby every now and then Go visit and you can find plenty When we went to Libby for a live show of Voices of Montana during Logger Days I had a nice lady who owns a business on Main Street come up to me during a commercial break and hand me a note graciously thanking me for coming to Libby and telling the story of Libby other than just the asbestos issue As the Associated Press reports with the headline Baucus Sebelius Rebuked Over Health Care in Libby even Sen Max Baucus D MT was taken aback by the harsh questioning and criticism of the federal health care bill he helped author as the US Senate s Finance Committee Chair and a Cabinet secretary held a listening session in Libby Montana Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined Baucus at the event Oddly enough I checked in with our Libby radio affilliate to see what they were planning for news coverage and they mentioned having trouble even getting information out of the Senator s office regarding the days events Nonetheless a few critics were able to make it inside Here s what the AP report had to say Instead of saying thanks some residents rebuked Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Sen Max

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/hire_experts.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Senate plans weekend work to ratify START, pass spending bill
    Congress The readings could take seven to 12 hours to verbalize the START Treaty while the omnibus could take 40 to 60 hours according to a spokesman for DeMint Reid said in a floor speech Wednesday that he hoped DeMint would not force a full reading calling the move a colossal waste of time Reid also held out the possibility the Senate could adjourn for the year by the middle of next week after voting on a House passed version of the DREAM Act which would allow the children of illegal immigrants to gain permanent legal residency if they meet certain conditions We hope that we can complete what we have to do here a day or two after Saturday Reid said Wednesday morning When we complete the things that I have just mentioned we re going to have to have a vote on the DREAM Act On Tuesday Reid raised the prospect that senators would return to Washington between Christmas and Jan 4 to finish legislative work Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Ky blasted Democrats for trying to rush the massive spending bill through the Senate in the days before Christmas comparing it to last year s healthcare reform debate It s being dropped on us with just a few days to go before the Christmas break ensuring that no one in Congress has a chance to examine it thoroughly before the vote McConnell said on the Senate floor The voters made an unambiguous statement last month They don t like the wasteful spending they don t want the Democrat healthcare bill and they don t want lawmakers rushing staggeringly complex staggeringly expensive bills through Congress without any time for people to study what s buried in the details McConnell said Meanwhile the Senate will begin debate on President

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/colossal_waste_of_time.html (2016-02-14)
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  • The proof that power corrupts (and no, it's not MPs' expenses)
    pile At the same time the powerful are more likely to pass moral judgment on the behaviour of others The psychologists behind the study said they were astonished at the scale of moral hypocrisy they found and how easily ordinary people become corrupted when given the trappings of power A team from the Kellogg School of Management in Illinois carried out a series of experiments on volunteers through role playing

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/power_corrupts.html (2016-02-14)
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  • INVESTIGATIONS OF PUBLIC CORRUPTION
    Cook County courts It was called OPERATION GREYLORD named after the curly wigs worn by British judges And in the end through undercover operations that used honest and very courageous judges and lawyers posing as crooked ones and with the strong assistance of the Cook County court and local police 92 officials had been indicted including 17 judges 48 lawyers 8 policemen 10 deputy sheriffs 8 court officials and 1 state legislator Nearly all were convicted most of them pleading guilty just a few are shown in our photo It was an important first step to cleaning up the administration of justice in Cook County That s really the whole point Abuse of the public trust cannot and must not be tolerated Corrupt practices in government strike at the heart of social order and justice And that s why the FBI has the ticket on investigations of public corruption as a top priority How d that happen Historically of course these cases were considered local matters A county court clerk taking bribes Let the county handle it But in the 1970s state and local officials asked for help They didn t have the resources to handle such intense cases and they valued the authority and credibility that outside investigators brought to the table By 1976 the Department of Justice had created a Public Integrity Section and the FBI was tasked with the investigations focusing on major systemic corruption in the body politic Who s investigated Public servants members of Congress and state legislatures members of the Administration and governors offices judges and court staffs all of law enforcement all government agencies Plus everyone who works with government and is willing to pay for special favors lobbyists contractors consultants lawyers U S businesses in foreign countries you name it What kind

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/greylord.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Ex-Writer On NY Times: 'Cutthroat'
    scheduled for release March 6 The Times and the Daily News obtained the book and reported on its contents in Friday editions Blair a 27 year old former national correspondent left the Times in May after he was accused of plagiarism A review by the newspaper uncovered errors and fabrications in three dozen stories I lied and I lied and then I lied some more Blair writes the Times reported I lied about where I had been I lied about where I had found information I lied about how I wrote the story The News said Blair described the Times as a cutthroat culture that leaves no rival standing Blair also recounted using cocaine while he was a Times employee and said some of my best stories were inspired by drug fueled writing according to the News He wrote that he contemplated suicide the night before he resigned but stopped himself Bill Keller executive editor of the Times sent an email message to staffers this week about the book saying the newspaper does not intend to respond to Blair or his memoir the newspaper said The author is an admitted fabricator Keller wrote according to the Times The book pretends

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/jayson_blair.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Ex-ABC consultant said to fake interview
    translated wrote an introduction for and sent back with his byline he said They do some weird things over there he said Politique Internationale editor and political scientist Patrick Wajsman founded the magazine nearly 30 years ago He called Debat a grand liar and said he had hired a lawyer to pursue all possible measures against him We are the first victims I am falling from the moon he told The AP We were betrayed He noted that Debat worked for the journal for four years starting after he was already working for ABC and the Nixon Center How could we possibly doubt someone who worked for ABC who worked for the Nixon Center How could we possibly doubt someone from several thousand kilometers away he asked When a user clicks on articles under Debat s byline on the Politique Internationale Web site a blank screen appears The Blotter quoted a U N official as saying Wajsman was told in 2005 that the interview with Annan was faked A second interview with Annan posted earlier this year instead included portions of a speech he had made at Princeton University passed off as an interview the Web site said Debat had been a consultant at ABC News since shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks reporting on terrorism issues said Brian Ross chief of ABC News investigative unit In May ABC was contacted by the French embassy and told to check on Debat s credentials Debat had claimed to have a Ph D from the Sorbonne but ABC could not verify this He was fired and ABC began looking back at Debat s work to see if anything was false They found no evidence of incorrect material said Ross adding that most of the information Debat provided was verified by others Debat

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