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Top court lets stand Saudi immunity in 9/11 case But the Obama administration late last month urged the high court to reject the appeal. It said New York courts correctly concluded that Saudi Arabia and its officials are immune from lawsuit for governmental acts outside the United States. The Supreme Court turned down the appeal without comment. (Reuters)
The Emperor's Seven Signing Statements "[P]rovisions of this bill within sections 1110 to 1112 of title XI, and sections 1403 and 1404 of title XIV, would interfere with my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations by directing the Executive to take certain positions in negotiations or discussions with international organizations and foreign governments, or by requiring consultation with the congress prior to such negotiations or discussions. I will not treat these provisions as limiting my ability to engage in foreign diplomacy or negotiations." ... vs candidate Obama, "I will not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law." (American Chronicle)
Democrats smell victory on climate vote House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday morning that the bill will be "one of the defining votes of this Congress,” and he described it as a “new tax” that will have an impact on “every single American.” (Politico)
Obama issues signing statement on $106B war bill The Obama administration announced in the statement it would disregard provisions of the legislation that, among other things, would compel the Obama administration to pressure the World Bank to strengthen labor and environmental standards and require the Treasury department to report to Congress on the activities of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) (The Hill)
Rothschild and Freshfields founders linked to slavery Nathan Mayer Rothschild, the banking family’s 19th-century patriarch, and James William Freshfield, founder of Freshfields, the top City law firm, benefited financially from slavery, records from the National Archives show, even though both have often been portrayed as opponents of slavery (Financial Times)
Ezekiel Emanuel confronted by Anton Chaitkin Chaitkin was on the fourth panel, where he was able to deliver his full statement without interruption, denouncing the CE Council for reviving the euthanasia program of Hitler, and called for the Council to disband and to reverse course. The moderater, clearly destabilized, brought himself to say “Thank you” to Tony, and to call on the next witness. After that witness, Ezekiel Emanuel intervened and said “my reputation has been besmirched” and that “I think I do have a very long record of writing against the legalization of euthanasia.” He protested that “the association of me and that, seems a little strange given 25-30 years of writing on the topic against legalization. so just to clarify the record for everyone in the room.” Tony rebutted this (although mostly inaudible on the webcast) saying that yes, you wrote that, but you also write that care should be withdrawn from people which accomplishes the same thing. (LPAC TV)
Web filters to censor video games The Federal Government has now set its sights on gamers, promising to use its internet censorship regime to block websites hosting and selling video games that are not suitable for 15 year olds.
Separately, the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has been nominated by the British ISP industry for its annual "internet villain" award, competing alongside the European Parliament and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Australia is the only developed country without an R18+ classification for games, meaning any titles that do not meet the MA15+ standard - such as those with excessive violence or sexual content - are simply banned from sale by the Classification Board, unless they are modified to remove the offending content. (Sydney Morning Herald)
Bilderberg 2009 Intel Already Proving Accurate Veteran Bilderberg researchers Jim Tucker and Daniel Estulin hit the mark once again as insider info becomes reality - 2009 is not even half over, but it seems the forecasts made by both Estulin and Tucker based on their 2009 Bilderberg sources are already proving to be accurate (Corbett Report)
No Obama Apology for CIA Role in Chile While admitting "there have been times where we've made mistakes," Obama said it was important to look at U.S policies of today and "what my administration intends to do in cooperating with the region." (Military.com)
Taliban buy American -- to Elude Attacks Taliban fighters in Afghanistan have managed to escape U.S. and NATO attacks and carry out painful assaults against foreign forces, thanks to an American state-of-the-art military technology that has reached their hands (Military.com)
The Conspiracy Files: 7/7 But I also think it is important to investigate the conspiracy theories that continue to develop around 7 July attacks, because they play on the fears of the Muslim community and spread a highly divisive and damaging message (editorial) (BBC)
Bank Data Is Sifted by U.S. in Secret to Block Terror Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database and examined banking transactions involving thousands of Americans and others in the United States, according to government and industry officials (New York Times)
Documents Back Saudi Link to Extremists Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of Sept. 11 victims provide new evidence of extensive financial support for Al Qaeda and other extremist groups by members of the Saudi royal family, but the material may never find its way into court because of legal and diplomatic obstacles (New York Times)
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