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  • New UBS CEO sees changes to Swiss banking secrecy

    02/28/2009 12:43:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 450+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/28/09 | AP
    ZURICH – The new chief executive of UBS AG says Switzerland should consider changing its banking secrecy laws so they no longer protect suspected tax evaders, according to an interview published Saturday. Oswald Gruebel told twice-weekly newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft that Switzerland's banking secrecy laws need to be changed in order to ease the political pressure other countries are putting on the small Alpine nation. Germany, Britain and the United States have demanded that Switzerland open itself up to foreign tax investigations. UBS is currently the subject of a major U.S. probe into whether it conspired to defraud the U.S....
  • DoD officials vow secrecy on budget

    02/24/2009 9:44:43 PM PST · by ransomnote · 15 replies · 640+ views | February 19, 2009 | By JOHN T. BENNETT
    Obama's administration is requiring defense officials to sign a pledge that they will not release information about the 2010 budget to anyone outside the government. The article cannot be linked directly because of a copyright complaint. Here is the link:
  • Secrecy of Swiss Bank Accounts to End

    02/19/2009 10:01:44 AM PST · by seven.sixtwo · 15 replies · 805+ views
    FED seeks to remove anonimity of Swiss Bank Accounts In the hush-hush world of Swiss banking, the unthinkable is happening: Secrets are spilling into the open. UBS, the largest Swiss bank, agreed Wednesday to divulge the names of well-heeled Americans whom the authorities suspect of using offshore accounts at the bank to evade taxes. The bank admitted having conspired to defraud the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and agreed to pay $780 million to settle a sweeping U.S. investigation into its activities. It is unclear how many of its clients' names UBS will divulge. U.S. prosecutors have been examining about 19,000...
  • Obama Sneaks Orders, Documents Through, Media Caught Unawares

    02/18/2009 4:35:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 29 replies · 1,824+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | February 18, 2089 | Warner Todd Huston
    Despite all claims to the contrary, President Obama has not been very vigilant about pursuing that idea of "transparency" he ballyhooed during the recent campaign. Politico reported on a host of documents, proclamations and executive orders that Obama has made in the last month and none of them were on-line. In fact, many were not even released at all to the press by the White House. So, where is the drumbeat of outrage about the "secret presidency" we heard for the last 6 or so years? Remember all the mavens of the Old Media establishment that kept claiming that Bush...
  • California budget talks marked by secrecy

    02/11/2009 2:06:12 PM PST · by americanophile · 11 replies · 529+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | February 11, 2009 | Eric Bailey
    Reporting from Sacramento -- Under the gilded dome of the state Capitol, the Cone of Silence has descended. A veil has been drawn. Secrecy has prevailed as the wizards have labored behind the green curtain to find a way out of California's $42-billion budget hole. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the top four legislative leaders have again been meeting behind closed doors as California teeters at the brink of fiscal insolvency. Rank-and-file lawmakers, special interest groups and the public have been shut out of the bargaining process. There have been no public hearings, no chance for input -- and that has...
  • Obama pick faces questions over bombers' clemency (Eric Holder - Thursday) Hussein & terrorists?

    01/14/2009 9:20:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies · 1,091+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | PETE YOST
    Obama pick faces questions over bombers' clemencyBy PETE YOST Associated Press Writer Originally published Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 2:05 PM WASHINGTON — New York police detective Anthony S. Senft's life changed forever when a bomb set by Puerto Rican separatists exploded, blowing him 15 feet in the air and blinding him in one eye. Now, he's angry that Eric Holder, who played a key role in awarding clemency to the bombers, is in line to be attorney general. Holder, as President Bill Clinton's deputy attorney general, worked closely with the Justice Department's pardon attorney to raise the possibility of...
  • What Do We Really Know about Barack Obama

    12/13/2008 3:56:37 PM PST · by NorthShoreGibby · 35 replies · 1,267+ views
    The Policy Project ^ | 12 December 2008 | Patrick Gibson
    Like a giant oil tanker with a breached hull, the SS Obama is leaving a film of sludge everywhere it goes. Starting with the phony birth certificate all the way up until the arrest of buddy Blago, his history has been one of secrets and obfuscation. We don't know where he was born. Some say Hawaii. Others say Kenya. He refuses to release his birth certificate to clear this up. We don't know who paid for his Ivy League schools. Percy Sutton, former borough president of Manhattan (NYC) says that he facilitated Obama's education by introducing him to Rashid Khalidi....
  • [Oakland] Dellums doesn't know what 'transparency' is

    12/09/2008 1:02:49 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 1 replies · 203+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2008 | Chip Johnson
    Shhhh. What's the big secret? When it comes to Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums' deliberations on matters of grave importance - they are cloaked in more secrecy than an illegal CIA counterterrorist operation. When Dellums ran for mayor in 2006, he pledged to run a transparent government. Yet at a time when Oakland needs a strong leader to deal with budget cuts and lack of leadership in several key departments, Dellums is missing in action and his decision- making process is one of the best kept secrets in Oakland City Hall. I don't think even the mayor knows what's going on...
  • 'The Economy Fell off the Cliff'

    11/28/2008 8:20:13 AM PST · by jessduntno · 16 replies · 633+ views
    spiegel ^ | 11/24/2008 | Editors
    SPIEGEL: So you support stricter regulation and more efficient control of the markets? Soros: Indeed. However, you have to recognize that regulations will never be completely successful and they will always be full of holes. You must constantly be ready to fill new holes. Actually regulation should be kept to a minimum, but there has to be some cooperation between market participants and authorities -- as was the case in the early postwar years. The Bank of England was a very successful regulator by cooperating with market participants. This cooperative spirit was broken by the market fundamentalists. SPIEGEL: Not in...
  • Swiss fear more pressure on bank secrecy after Obama victory

    11/13/2008 8:01:47 AM PST · by BGHater · 43 replies · 1,205+ views
    AFP ^ | 11 Nov 2008 | AFP
    Switzerland is likely to come under further pressure from the United States over its prized system of banking secrecy after the election last week of Barack Obama, key sector players predicted. The newly-elected US president, who formally takes office in January, is known for his hard line on fiscal evasion, having jointly presented a "Tax Haven Abuse Act" to the Senate back in 2007. Switzerland was one of 34 countries listed as a potential site for tax evasion by US clients in the bill and observers said that while that particular piece of legislation is unlikely to see the light...
  • The Buzz about Barack’s Birth Certificate

    06/10/2008 10:11:40 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 250 replies · 1,420+ views ^ | June 10, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    Jim Geraghty takes a look at longstanding blog buzz over Barack Obama’s birth certificate, which the campaign refused to release to the St. Petersburg Times in April: We tried to obtain a copy of Obama’s birth certificate, but his campaign would not release it and the state of Hawaii does not make such records public. Has anyone seen it? Why shouldn’t the record be in the public domain for presidential candidates? Geraghty walks through various rumors now circulating in the wake of the Obama campaign’s birth certificate blackout, including this one: Rumor Three: His mother did not want to name...
  • Editorial: Now TxDOT must act on its promises

    06/06/2008 5:09:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 168+ views
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | June 5, 2008 | The San Antonio Express-News
    The Texas Transportation Commission sounded the right notes last month in its first meeting under new leadership. Deirdre Delisi, recently appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to chair the commission, and her fellow commissioners finally seem to have gotten the message — the Texas Department of Transportation has lost the public's trust. For those with short memories, here are a few highlights that explain how that happened: •TxDOT fought to keep details of Perry's proposed Trans-Texas Corridor secret. It denied repeated requests from the media and landowners to let the public view a plan that calls for hundreds of miles of...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor draws 27,000 public comments

    06/04/2008 6:03:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 276+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | June 3, 2008 | David Tanner
    Many in the great state of Texas have a lot to say about a proposed network of toll roads and railway lines known as the Trans-Texas Corridor. The Texas Department of Transportation received more than 27,000 public comments during a three-month comment period on a proposed corridor project called the TTC-69, said TxDOT spokesman Mark Cross. Transportation officials had 47 public hearings in February and March and accepted written comments through April 18 on the environmental and social impact of the corridor. Comments ranged from flat-out opposition to the corridor to suggestions about how to lessen its impact, Cross told...
  • Media's Embargo on "Harry's War" Sparks Debate

    03/01/2008 6:35:34 AM PST · by wildbill · 21 replies · 176+ views
    Reuters via ^ | 2/29/2008 | Luke Baker
    Now the world knows Prince Harry is in Afghanistan, the question on many lips is whether it was right for the media to keep quiet about it for so long.
  • Fla., Ala. and Ga. sign pact for secrecy in water talks

    02/20/2008 9:49:33 AM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 108+ views
    AP ^ | 19 Feb 2008 | Ben Evans
    Officials from Alabama, Florida and Georgia signed a confidentiality agreement in January that includes two private utilities and prohibits the parties from disclosing to the public details of the ongoing negotiations over water rights in the region. A Florida seafood industry group says the secrecy deal is illegal and is asking the state's open government commission to throw it out. ``It just fuels suspicion on the part of people down here whose livelihoods depend on this,'' Kevin Begos, executive director of the Franklin County Oyster & Seafood Task Force, said Tuesday. The task force obtained a copy of the agreement...
  • Secrecy Issues Dog Giuliani, Clinton

    12/03/2007 2:21:19 PM PST · by xtinct · 3 replies · 45+ views
    MyWay ^ | 12/03/07 | LIZ SIDOTI
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Rodham Clinton have secrecy issues dogging them. The front-runners in national polls for their parties' nominations both are grappling with disclosure controversies as they seek to succeed President Bush, known as one of the most secretive chief executives in modern history. For the Republican former New York mayor, the primary issue is Giuliani Partners, the consulting business he formed when he left City Hall. He still works for the firm but won't shed light on its business dealings or release a client list. He's not required to; the company is privately...
  • Administration Employs New Secrecy Defense in Lawsuits Over Abramoff's White House Visits

    12/01/2007 4:13:37 PM PST · by BGHater · 3 replies · 83+ views
    AP ^ | 01 Dec 2007 | AP
    The Bush administration is laying out a new secrecy defense in an effort to end a court battle about the White House visits of now-imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The administration agreed last year to produce all responsive records about the visits "without redactions or claims of exemption," according to a court order. But in a court filing Friday night, administration lawyers said that sometime in the past year the Secret Service identified a category of highly sensitive documents that might contain information sought in a lawsuit about Abramoff's trips to the White House. The Justice Department declared that the contents...

    11/12/2007 6:35:21 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 8 replies · 188+ views
    Nealz Nuze/WSB Radio/LA Times ^ | November 12, 2007 | Neal Boortz
    There are hundreds of pages worth of memos and correspondence that involve Hillary's healthcare plan in the early 1990s.,0,4319964.story?page=1&coll=la-home-nation But you will probably never get to see any of this correspondence, because federal government archivists have deemed the material "confidential." It is being withheld under federal law allowing the restriction of "private communications between presidential advisors." Let's take a look at some of the memos: "Positioning ourselves on healthcare." Not available. This is confidential advice. How about, "General targeting strategy." Also not available. So guess who the Clintons are blaming for all of this mysteriously unavailable material? The Government!...
  • How Giuliani tried to control his NYC legacy

    10/27/2007 12:25:14 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 40 replies · 89+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 28, 2007 | Andrew Zajac
    Shortly before Rudy Giuliani left the New York mayor's office in 2001, close associates worked out an unprecedented and controversial deal to transfer his mayoral papers from city hall to a private, tax-exempt foundation, the Rudolph W. Giuliani Center for Urban Affairs. Billed as a leadership think tank, the center served as a conduit for Giuliani to copy and archive 2,100 boxes of documents from his time as mayor before returning the originals to the city. That record, which includes the months after the Sept. 11 attacks when he was anointed as "America's mayor," serves as the foundation of Giuliani's...
  • Help wanted: Sound transportation policy

    08/29/2007 7:17:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 327+ views
    East Texas Review ^ | August 29, 2007 | William Lutz
    The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says it needs to spend $9 million in taxpayer money to sell its vision of transportation policy to the public. Maybe if TxDOT pursued rational transportation policies, the public support would follow, and it could spend that $9 million building and maintaining roads. Here’s why Texans ought to be concerned. Borrowing carries a price tag. The Texas Constitution has traditionally eschewed deficit spending and required existing revenue to pay for existing spending. Now, the state wants to build most of its roads by borrowing, either publicly or by getting a private firm to agree...
  • Mr. Cheney’s Minority Report

    07/10/2007 4:33:08 AM PDT · by JohnA · 8 replies · 521+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 9, 2007 | Sean Wilentz
    A number of House Republicans on the committee cheered Colonel North on. One who led the way was Dick Cheney of Wyoming, who praised Colonel North as “the most effective and impressive witness certainly this committee has heard.” Mr. Cheney the congressman believed that Congress had usurped executive prerogatives. He saw the Iran-contra investigation not as an effort to get to the bottom of possible abuses of power but as a power play by Congressional Democrats to seize duties and responsibilities that constitutionally belonged to the president. Mr. Cheney’s quest to accumulate unaccountable executive power — a quest that has...
  • Pentagon tracks global buildup in China's military

    05/26/2007 7:24:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 1,035+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 26, 2007 | Bill Gertz
    China's military buildup is moving beyond countering Taiwan to global operations from the Middle East through Southeast Asia, according to the Pentagon's annual assessment of Chinese military power. "China's military acquisitions and strategic thinking suggests Beijing is also generating capabilities for other regional contingencies, such as conflict over resources or territory," the report to Congress said. The statement, released yesterday, contradicts assessments of some pro-China analysts and intelligence officials who have said the nation's military buildup is relatively benign and limited to resolving the sovereignty issue of Taiwan, which was separated from China in 1949 during a civil war. China...
  • No Secret Triaal for AIPAC

    04/20/2007 6:27:34 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 6 replies · 410+ views
    Yje American Thinker ^ | 4/20/07 | clarice feldman
    This week, federal prosecutors proposed a procedure that while purporting to protect national defense secrets would have denied the AIPAC defendants a public trial and exposed this information to more than a dozen people with no security clearances and no obligation to keep this information secret. Federal judge T.S. Ellis, III laughed them out of court.

    04/17/2007 7:41:53 AM PDT · by firehat · 14 replies · 1,034+ views
    FIREHAT ^ | April 16, 2007 | Norman Liebmann
    VALERIE PLAME AND JOSEPH WILSON: THE BAD NEWS BOORS © by Norman Liebmann It’s time to reconsider Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame, two operatives of the maggot-infested Washington bureaucracy. The Wilsons are mid-level non-entities bobbing in a sea of Republican apathy. Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame are darlings of the liberal Guttercrats that infest Washington and worm through the rot of its agencies and commissions. The Wilsons are a couple of party animals who think of themselves as the Fred and Ginger of Georgetown. They are, in fact, the Al and Peg Bundy of mid-level bureaucracy, the Bonnie and Clyde...
  • Selling America's Heritage (Oliver North)

    02/08/2007 8:12:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies · 1,793+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | February 9, 2007 | Oliver North
    For more than 160 years the Smithsonian Institution made America's remarkable history available to one and all. In keeping with founder James Smithson's benevolent vision of "an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men," the institution's taxpayer-subsidized museums, exhibits and archives used to be open to the general public, students and legitimate researchers. But not anymore -- and it's an outrage that I'm taking personally. My "War Stories" producers and I asked for access to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington's Dulles International Airport. We were commencing production of a...
  • AIM Report: U.S. Borders: Going-Going-Gone! - December B

    12/22/2006 8:54:41 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies · 1,273+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | December 22, 2006 | Wes Vernon
    Readers of the AIM Report are accustomed to learning of huge distortions or omissions by the media. This time, the under-reported story deals with the possible end of America, as we know it. Major players are secretive and are trying to keep the media out of the loop. But that does not let the mainstream media off the hook. There is enough stonewalling, secrecy and there are plenty of telltale signs, so that any assignment editor whose curiosity is not aroused is probably in the wrong business. But in terms of the national media, only Lou Dobbs of CNN has...
  • Freep a poll! (Gov't documents be private or public,mostly?)

    10/17/2006 6:17:14 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies · 298+ views ^ | 10-17-06 | County Press Online
    Pennsylvania is one of the rare states that don’t presume documents held by government agencies to be public. Should this be changed? Yes - Government has a tendency to lead those involved in it to corruption and laziness so open government makes for better government. No - We can trust our hard-working bureaucrats and they don’t need to be pestered by private citizens.
  • MoD tried to cover-up secret UFO investigation unit (sub title)

    09/25/2006 11:16:19 PM PDT · by AZRepublican · 13 replies · 710+ views
    The Guardian ^ | September 25, 2006 | James Randerson
    The Ministry of Defence went to extraordinary lengths to cover up its true involvement in investigating UFOs, according to secret documents revealed under the Freedom of Information Act. The files show that officials attempted to expunge information from documents released to the Public Records Office under the "30-year rule" that would have revealed the extent of the MoD's interest in UFO sightings. In particular, the ministry wanted to cover up the operation of a secret unit dedicated to UFO investigations within the Defence Intelligence Staff. UFO conspiracy theorists have likened the unit, called DI55, to a sort of "Men in...
  • Trans Texas Corridor route would remove thousands of farm acres from production

    09/21/2006 2:31:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies · 965+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | September 21, 2006 | Ron Smith
    Pat Hensen spent a good part of his 35-year career with the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resource Conservation Service) helping Texas Blacklands farmers improve their land. And he’s invested considerable time, effort and money the last 20 years doing the same on his own or leased acreage. And it may all end up under yards of concrete and asphalt if the Trans Texas Corridor passes muster and follows the latest proposed route. “My farm would be in the middle of it,” Hensen says from his Bell County living room where he and wife Loretta participate in a grassroots campaign...
  • ‘Watch’ keeping eye on TTC

    09/17/2006 1:10:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 75 replies · 1,191+ views
    Waxahachie Daily Light ^ | September 16, 2006 | Anthony Trojan
    ENNIS - Corridor Watch, a nonprofit organization designed to inform the public about aspects of the Trans-Texas Corridor, presented its perceptions about the highway project to an Ellis County audience Thursday evening. The event was sponsored by Independent Texans and held at the Ennis Sixth Grade Center. Corridor Watch, which was founded by Linda and David Stall of Fayetteville, is “first and foremost an educational entity,” said David Stall, who added that the group’s “biggest concern is stopping the Trans-Texas Corridor.” Stall, speaking for the anti-TTC Corridor Watch, raised several questions about the TTC, ranging from its origins to its...
  • Jaime Castillo: Trans-Texas Corridor has no hope as long as secrecy reigns

    08/21/2006 8:16:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 112 replies · 1,200+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | August 20, 2006 | Jaime Castillo
    It has gotten to the point where you don't know whether to pity Gov. Rick Perry and the toll road zealots in this state or arm some of their equally scary foes with pitchforks and torches to storm the governor's mansion. And I say that as someone who is willing to give Perry and company the benefit of the doubt and agree that new funding mechanisms like tollways should be part of the state's solution to future highway needs. But the way state transportation officials are approaching the Trans-Texas Corridor, a 50-year plan to produce a statewide network of toll...
  • U.S. Responded to Plot With Speed, Secrecy

    08/13/2006 8:13:34 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 43 replies · 1,003+ views
    WashPost ^ | 8-13-06 | Dan Eggen and Spencer S. Hsu
    It was the last week of July, heading into the lazy dog days of official Washington, but Michael Chertoff was suddenly busy. The homeland security secretary discreetly asked subordinates about plans developed months or even years ago, focused on aviation safety, threat levels and other minutiae. In briefings, he quizzed staffers about responses to an aviation threat: What was the default plan for going to "orange alert"? What items can we ban from airplanes if we need to? Those taking the questions -- including many of Chertoff's closest aides -- had no idea what was really going on, two senior...
  • Loyalty yes, but to what?

    07/09/2006 11:43:55 AM PDT · by montana_outpost · 5 replies · 315+ views
    The Daily Inter lake ^ | 7/09/06 | Frank Miele
    By FRANK MIELE Loyalty is generally considered a virtue. Disloyalty is generally considered a vice. But one must sometimes choose between conflicting loyalties, and one’s choices on such occasions go a long way toward defining a person’s character. For instance, a person might have a great love for his or her country, and yet have a greater love for God. If such people hold in their heart a religious belief that war is immoral, then they are granted a conscientious objector status and exempted from combat duty. Are these people disloyal to the United States? Not at all, but they...
  • Phone-Records Surveillance Is Broadly Acceptable to Public (ABC Poll)

    05/12/2006 5:57:25 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 127 replies · 2,059+ views
    ABC News ^ | 5/12/06 | Mikey_1962
    May 12, 2006 — Americans by nearly a 2-1 ratio call the surveillance of telephone records an acceptable way for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, expressing broad unconcern even if their own calling patterns are scrutinized. Lending support to the administration's defense of its anti-terrorism intelligence efforts, 63 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll say the secret program, disclosed Thursday by USA Today, is justified, while far fewer, 35 percent, call it unjustified. Indeed, 51 percent approve of the way President Bush is handling the protection of privacy rights, while 47 percent disapprove — hardly a...
  • Dangerous Prosecution ["Publication" of Classified Information]

    03/28/2006 10:06:04 AM PST · by Cboldt · 9 replies · 322+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2006 | Washington Post
    Page A22 THE UNITED STATES has never had an Official Secrets Act -- a law that would forbid anyone, even a private citizen, from disclosing information the government wants to keep under wraps. But if the Justice Department has its way in the prosecution of two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), it will effectively have created one -- without even going to Congress for a change in the law. The case against Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman is heading toward trial. Their conviction would herald a dangerous aggrandizement of the government's power not merely...
  • CA: Rigged Bids - Legislature should bid farewell to bidding secrecy

    03/02/2006 9:48:20 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 269+ views ^ | 3/2/06 | Kevin Dayton
    A case filed in Superior Court in Sacramento this week could reveal which state legislator or legislators are responsible for avoiding the competitive bidding process mandated by the California Public Contract Code. The purposes of the Contract Code are to “[protect] the public from misuse of public funds,” to “provide all qualified bidders with a fair opportunity to enter the bidding process, thereby stimulating competition in a manner conducive to sound fiscal practices” and to “eliminate favoritism, fraud, and corruption in the awarding of public contracts.” According to the case, the California legislature has been disregarding these principles and getting...
  • Corruption of the term 'National Security'

    02/18/2006 7:23:51 AM PST · by Souldrift · 74 replies · 1,244+ views
    2/18/06 | Souldrift
    Everyone agrees this is a trying time, and everyone--contrary to George Bush--agrees there actually are people out there trying to harm Americans. Everyone I know, even my most liberal of friends, agrees that there are people attacking us but disagrees about the solution. But in case you missed it, George Bush thinks he's still trying to convince people that Americans are targets: I understand there’s some in America who say, ‘Well, this can’t be true there are still people willing to attack.’ All I would ask them to do is listen to the words of Osama bin Laden and take...
  • Meeting on open meetings is closed

    12/30/2005 2:02:47 PM PST · by IonImplantGuru · 4 replies · 341+ views
    AZ Daily Star ^ | 12/30/2005 | Sarah J. Bell
    Tucson, Arizona [Pima] County officials plan to hold a closed meeting Tuesday to talk about the state open-meetings law. The ironic closed session is scheduled for the Board of Supervisors' Jan. 3 meeting in order to brief members on the legal fine points of open meetings. "We're an elected body and we need to set the example for open government," said Supervisor Ann Day, justifying the need for the closed session. "It's a refresher, a preventive thing, so we set the example and don't make any mistakes," she said. The open-meetings law says all meetings of any public body must...
  • Corridor critics, state officials spar over plans' secrecy (Trans-Texas Corridor)

    09/07/2005 10:05:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 374+ views
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | September 6, 2005 | Matt Joyce
    The Texas Department of Transportation's fight to guard the financial details of the Trans-Texas Corridor has sparked a rallying cry for corridor opponents and resulted in a court battle over open records. Corridor watchdogs argue that the state should make public its financial and development master plans with Cintra Zachry LP, the group chosen by the state to help plan and build the first section of a proposed transportation network that would criss-cross the state with roads, railways and utility infrastructure. “This is the largest land grab in Texas history, and to not let the people see the financial details...
  • Secrecy Reigns within the Bush administration

    05/02/2005 9:02:32 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 1,005+ views
    <p>For years, a citizen who wanted to know the name and phone number of a Pentagon official could buy a copy of the Defense Department directory at a government printing office. But since 2001, the directory has been stamped ''For Official Use Only," meaning the public may not have access to such basic information about the vast military bureaucracy.</p>
  • Too Much Secrecy Can Produce Harmful News Leaks, Senate Panel Told

    03/15/2005 7:05:21 AM PST · by Crackingham · 167+ views
    AP ^ | Mar 15, 2005 | Laurie Kellman
    The more information the government tries to keep secret, the greater the chance that what should be withheld will be leaked to reporters, according to a retired Associated Press newsman and executive. "Overdone secrecy raises, rather than reduces, the risk that really vital secrets will be breached," Walter Mears, former AP executive editor and vice president, said in prepared testimony for a Senate hearing Tuesday. "Without sensible priorities for withholding information, things that shouldn't get out will get out." Mears, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political reporter, was among five witnesses appearing before the Senate Judiciary terrorism, technology and homeland security subcommittee....
  • (AP/Ipsos) Poll: 7 in 10 worried about gov't secrecy

    03/12/2005 9:50:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 450+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/12/05 | Robert Tanner - AP
    Americans feel strongly that good government depends on openness with the public, with seven out of 10 people concerned about government secrecy, a new poll says. The poll, conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs for Sunshine Week, a coalition of media organizations and other groups pressing for government access, found that more than half of Americans believe government should provide more access to its records. Even more - 70 percent - are either "somewhat concerned" or "very concerned" about government secrecy. Nearly as many felt access to public records was "crucial" to good government. The results come amid growing debate about openness...
  • Injudicious Secrecy and an Unfree Press

    03/02/2005 3:26:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 439+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | March 2, 2005 | Reid Alan Cox
    Apparently the public doesn't have a right to know. That's the lesson that will be learned from the recent federal appeals court decision announcing "there is no First Amendment privilege protecting journalists ... from testifying ... or otherwise providing evidence ... regardless of any confidence promised by the reporter to any source." But reading further into the decision, it only got worse. Just a few pages after the three judges emphatically and unanimously told the journalists they were "wrong" to argue that the freedom of the press provided them with any privilege of confidentiality for their news sources, the judges...
  • CA: Divorce secrecy law gets L.A. test - Privacy on assets challenged in court (Ron Burkle)

    02/18/2005 4:14:42 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 9 replies · 711+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | February 18, 2005 | Bill Ainsworth
    SACRAMENTO – Billionaire Ron Burkle, involved in a bitter divorce case, may be the first person to have taken advantage of a new law that allows the sealing of any divorce record that contains information about financial assets. Now Burkle's attorneys, who have used the law to keep his divorce records secret, are set to defend the law today in a Los Angeles County courtroom against a constitutional challenge from newspapers and his estranged wife, Janet Burkle. The broad measure allows one party to seal any document that mentions financial information or the location of an asset. The law has...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Can Blogosphere do for government what it's doing for MSM?

    11/16/2004 11:25:50 AM PST · by Jonathan Rude · 4 replies · 396+ views ^ | 11/15/04 | Mark Tapscott
    Internet revolution is forcing transparency Mark Tapscott November 15, 2004 Debates about “red states” and “blue states” aside, the 2004 presidential campaign made one thing clear: The Internet is rapidly establishing real-time transparency in government and the media as the sine qua non of American public policy. That’s good news for the American voter, because for the most part government and the major media remain for now much as they have been for the past half-century -- too remote, restrictive and elitist. Revolutions aren’t won in a day and sometimes progress is slow, so friends of openness in government can...
  • CA: For Schwarzenegger, 'openness' in government falls short of goal

    11/14/2004 8:14:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 250+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/14/04 | Michael R. Blood - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - As a candidate, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger promised to illuminate the inner workings of Sacramento the way klieg lights bring sunshine to a movie set. No more back-room handshakes and whispers, no more money-for-favors legislating. "I will work to reform government by bringing openness and full disclosure to public business," the governor said on his inauguration day. As the former Hollywood actor marks his first 12 months in office Wednesday, his plan to usher in a new era of transparency at the statehouse remains a work in progress, even by the account of his staff. While Schwarzenegger...
  • Kerry's Secret Ties to China

    09/03/2004 1:34:05 AM PDT · by AnimalLover · 15 replies · 1,150+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, Sept. 3, 2004 | Charles R. Smith
    China has a new satellite in orbit. The satellite blasted off from the Jiuquan space center in the country's desert northwest at 3:50 p.m. local time on Aug. 29, carried into space by a Long March 2C rocket. The official Chinese news outlet, the Xinhua News Agency, claims that the latest satellite orbited by the People's Liberation Army is a "scientific" project. According to Xinhua, the satellite will carry out land surveying and other scientific projects for several days and then return to Earth. The satellite reportedly will remain in orbit "for a few days" and return a film canister...
  • The FBI's Fired Whistleblower

    07/28/2004 6:34:01 AM PDT · by ninenot · 11 replies · 992+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 28, 2004 | Nat Henthoff
    Were it not for the determination of Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Attorney General John Ashcroft would still be preventing the public from knowing the allegations of an FBI whistleblower that that agency has been covering up its own incompetence that is dangerous to national security.
  • A Secret Plan

    06/15/2004 8:01:20 AM PDT · by Bill Hobbs · 3 replies · 161+ views ^ | June 15, 2004 | Steven Forrest
    The quasi-governmental organization that oversees the Internet wants to double its budget, but refuses to release the "strategic plan" that budget would fund. Somebody ought to file a Freedom of Information Act request... What are they hiding? Is their strategy to sell out to the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union, which desperately wants to take over control of the Internet?