Changing the old system.
Bloomberg - David Voreacos, 12/19/13
Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) defrauded investors of more than $1 billion by misrepresenting the risks of its residential mortgage-backed securities, acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman said in an interview.
Hoffman’s office sued Credit Suisse over claims it misled investors about the risk involved in more than $10 billion in securities issued in 2006 and 2007, before the housing market collapsed. The lawsuit follows one by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who claimed last year that the bank misled investors about its review of mortgages underlying securities.
The Telegraph - 12/20/13, Christopher Hope
Leaked documents claimed British and American intelligence agencies targeted the EU’s competition commissioner.
The names and details are the latest revelations to come from documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and are likely to fuel further concern about the extent of the surveillance being conducted by GCHQ and America’s National Security Agency.
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Source: Open Minds - 12/17/13, Jason McClellan
The investigators of Uncovering Aliens. (Credit: Discovery)
The American-based mass media company Discovery Communications continues to flood the market with UFO-related programming on television.
On Sunday, December 15, Discovery’s Animal Planet premiered an episode of a new show titled Uncovering Aliens. In the episode, the show’s team of investigators go to Sedona, Arizona to explore claims of UFO sightings and a possible government cover-up.
Source: Global Research - 12.18.13, By Washington's Blog
Bill Binney is the high-level NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information. A 32-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency, Binney was the senior technical director within the agency and managed thousands of NSA employees.
Press TV - 12/18/13, MM/HJL
Anti-government protesters in Thailand have planned to increase rallies in an attempt to push through electoral reforms before general elections are held in the country.
The protesters in Thailand said on Tuesday that they would step up their rallies against the government to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave office, explaining that electoral reforms are needed before any elections are held.
Stop The War Coalition - 12/17/13, Chris Nineham
Even the Daily Express, hardly a friend of the anti-war movement, says David Cameron's declaration of "mission accomplished" does not stand up to scrutiny".
David Cameron visiting British troops in Afghanistan, 16/12/13
It was ten years ago that George Bush stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier and proclaimed ‘mission accomplished’ in Iraq. Given the subsequent record, you might have imagined David Cameron would have thought twice about repeating the words in reference to Afghanistan.
AlterNet - CJ Werleman, 12/17/13
Graham turned biblical Jesus into a supply-side economist.
Since turning 95 last month, Reverend Billy Graham’s health has deteriorated, and judging by his family’s call for prayers, his life is nearing its end. Many things will be written about Graham's life by both disciples and his detractors, but if you want to know where the base of today’s Republican Party—the Christian Right—gets its mojo, look no further than this Southern Baptist preacher.
The genetic makeup of the GOP is one chromosome away from Graham’s DNA. Today’s Republican Party is a neo-Confederate pro-corporation movement, thanks to the supposed life-long Democrat (when he wasn’t endorsing Mitt Romney)—the Reverend Billy Graham. A close friend of Richard Nixon's, it was Graham who helped the disgraced president articulate the “Southern Strategy,” which won Nixon the White House in 1968.
Global Research - 12/17/13, By Global Research
Image: Anthony Freda
According to CIA documents, “more than 400 American journalists … in the past twenty‑five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency“, wrote Carl Bernstein in 1977.
In this episode of Alternative views, former CIA agent John Stockwell explains “how CIA ‘disinformation’ tactics manipulate public opinion by planting stories in the press and by financing and supporting right-wing newspapers“.
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