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The World Factbook The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is the single point of contact for all inquiries about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate. However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. I Don't Know Without help. I mean, I know what time it is when I look at a clock or see it on my phone or on t.v. or the web or ask somebody. But I don’t know what time it is without going through some 3rd Party, you know? Somebody or some thing has to tell me what time it is in order for me to know it.

LA Times Turns out, Mitt Romney didn’t really mean it when he apologized and said he had been “just completely wrong” about “the 47%.” Those who didn’t buy Romney’s October mea culpa for his biggest campaign stumble got confirmation Wednesday that the Republican presidential candidate really did, and does, believe that half of Americans are waiting for a handout. The first time Romney held forth on America’s moocher class, video captured the moment. This time, on Wednesday, it was the L.A.

Daily Kos Labor at Daily Kos Remember green jobs? They were supposed to be a win-win for America, simultaneously creating new skilled jobs and moving us toward sustainability. But, as Michelle Chen details, the momentum has died: Though federal green initiatives have provided vital seed money for wind farms and solar-generation projects nationwide, the blue-collar workers who have the most to gain from the projected clean-tech boom are still struggling to find any job, much less a green one.

'Israel has 8 days to strike Iran' Former US envoy to the UN John Bolton said Monday that if Israel wants to prevent Iran from acquiring a working nuclear plant, then a military strike must be launched against the Bushehr nuclear power facility within the next eight days. The comments were made in an interview with the Fox Business Network. Russia, who is supplying the uranium fuel for the plant, announced last week that they will begin loading the Bushehr reactor on August 21. Bolton warned that once the Bushehr facility is operational it will be too late for a military air strike against Iran because such an attack would spread radiation and harm Iranian civilians. Challenging Mass Media: It’s Time for the Truth “Global Research is the leading research source on the fundamental issues of war and peace, imperialism and resistance, on the financial crises and the alternatives… Prof Chossudovsky has provided a forum for cutting edge critical essays which challenge the principle pundits of the mass media.” – JAMES PETRAS (click for full list of articles) Bartle Professor Emeritus, Binghamton Universiy (New York) Research Associate, IDS St. Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) The destruction of the environment, the growing deficit of social justice, civil liberties, economic depression, the gnawing of worker’s rights, media disinformation, and so many other topics are all regularly focused on by Global Research.

Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog The structural vs. transformational debate is alive and well. I’m glad that Curtis and Cynthia have been dipping back into it over the last few weeks. It is good to start at the end: the answer is a both/and, it’s not a good idea to get stuck in binaries. Alternet November 2, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: About Lawfare: A Brief History of the Term and the Site The Lawfare Blog went live on September 1, 2010. Ben’s first post set forth our general aims and, relatedly, our reasons for selecting our title: Welcome to Lawfare, a new blog by Robert Chesney, Jack Goldsmith, and myself. For those readers familiar with our prior writings, our subject will come as no surprise: We mean to devote this blog to that nebulous zone in which actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions.

Chalmers Johnson: The Guns of August: Lowering the Flag on the American Century Crossposted with TomDispatch.com. In 1962, the historian Barbara Tuchman published a book about the start of World War I and called it The Guns of August. It went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. She was, of course, looking back at events that had occurred almost 50 years earlier and had at her disposal documents and information not available to participants.

The National Security Archive December 9, 2014 Torture Report Finally Released Senate Intelligence Committee Summary of CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program Concludes CIA Misled Itself, Congress, the President about Lack of Effectiveness. September 28, 2014 THE YELLOW BOOK Secret Salvadoran military document from the civil war era catalogued "enemies," many killed or disappeared. More recent items Danger Room - What's Next in National Security Danger Room What's Next in National Security From Threat Level U.S. NY Times WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday voted to gut major provisions of President Obama’s immigration policy, approving legislation that would revoke legal protections for millions of undocumented immigrants, including children, and put them at risk of deportation. The vote drew condemnation from Democrats and the White House and led more than two dozen Republicans, many worried about the perception that the party is hostile to immigrants, to break away and vote no.

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