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What message are our legislators sending to voters, when they publicly admit they haven't done their job? How many bills are passed each year that policymakers haven't even bothered to read? This is disgraceful. This is called dereliction of duties and we must demand a stop to this practice.

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The Free Press

by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman

October 26, 2005

As a legal noose appears to be tightening around the Bush/Cheney/Rove inner circle, a shocking government report shows the floor under the legitimacy of their alleged election to the White House is crumbling.

The latest critical confirmation of key indicators that the election of 2004 was stolen comes in an extremely powerful, penetrating report from the Government Accountability Office that has gotten virtually no mainstream media coverage.

Counter Punch

by Joe Allen

October 20, 2005

The Scandalous History of the Red Cross

In recent years, the image of the Red Cross has been tarnished. The worst scandal came after the September 11 attacks, when it was revealed that a large portion of the hundreds of millions of dollars donated to the organization went not to survivors or family members of those killed, but to other Red Cross operations, in what was described by chapters across the country as a "bait-and-switch" operation.

World Net Daily

October 18, 2005

Second-Amendment defenders are urging Congress to defeat an amendment slipped into an otherwise favorable bill that would require licensed gun dealers to supply a trigger-lock device with every handgun sold.

The underlying bill " H.R. 800, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act " would help protect the firearms industry from frivolous lawsuits brought by cities, municipalities and radical anti-gun interest groups, said Gun Owners of America, or GOA.

Counter Punch

by Diane Farsetta

October 16, 2005

Like much news that's damaging to the Bush administration, the report came out on a Friday.

Since then, it's gotten little media attention -- just 41 mentions in U.S. newspapers and wire stories, according to a news database search on October 11. That's remarkably sparse coverage for a story showing that the U.S. government has been engaged in illegal propaganda aimed at its own citizens.

The Oregonian

October 13, 2005

The methamphetamine epidemic that has spread to every corner of Oregon apparently has now even crept up to the state Capitol. Salem police are investigating state Rep. Kelley Wirth, for alleged possession of meth.

Police say they found "user amounts" of meth in Wirth's car last month after the lawmaker was allegedly intentionally struck in front of the Capitol and injured by a car driven by Lisa Temple. Mendez claimed he had a longstanding sexual relationship with Wirth, an allegation the lawmaker has denied.

by Cory Doctorow

October 6, 2005

Now the "lynx user" has been found guilty of unlawful intrusion, and has changed his story. He says that he wasn't just using nonstandard browser, but that'd he'd also probed the system when his attempt to make a donation had failed and he got a suspicion

Stephen de Vries sez, "The details of this case are important to understand exactly how absurd the verdict was. What Daniel actually did to 'knock on the door' was to insert a ../../../ character sequence into the web address and a single quote into the credit card field - THROUGH HIS BROWSER. He did not use any attack 'tools' or 'probes' other than Internet Explorer. Furthermore, typing these sequences into a browser does not an attack make - it only proves that a website may be vulnerable. It takes a hell of a lot more effort to actually gain any form of unauthorized access to the site. Daniel did none of this, he only typed the sequences and watched the responses - and don't forget, he actually donated the £30 p towards the fund using his real credit card and personal details.

Missoula Independent (MO)

by Nick Davis

October 6, 2005

What's gone awry with the military's anthrax vaccine program?

Almost a year and a half ago, Hubbell received an e-mail from her daughter-in-law expressing concern about the anthrax vaccination program that Hubbella's son, a 27-year-old senior airman then stationed at a West Coast Air Force Base, had begun receiving prior to his deployment overseas.

by Roy Mark

September 23, 2005

The Senate Judiciary Committee expects to vote next week on legislation making it a crime for data brokers to conceal a security breach involving personal data and increasing penalties for computer fraud when the act involves personal data.

The bill adds a legal bite to legislation already approved by the Senate Commerce Committee in July requiring data brokers, government agencies and educational institutions to disclose security breaches to consumers within 45 days if there is a "reasonable risk" of identity theft involved in the breach.

The Seattle Times

by Ralph Vartabedian and Richard B. Schmitt

September 19, 2005

NEW ORLEANS - A controversial project to build a hurricane barrier for New Orleans 40 years ago and an environmental lawsuit that stopped construction have moved to the center of a political battle to change federal environmental laws.

A House panel has begun examining whether New Orleans' defenses against Hurricane Katrina were compromised by the suit, which resulted in an injunction in 1977. The Army Corps of Engineers dropped the project by 1986 in favor of raising levees in the city.

The Seattle Times

by Nicole Gaouette, Alan Miller and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

September 19, 2005

WASHINGTON " The federal government's efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina have been hobbled by inadequate planning and coordination, troubled computer systems and confusion over who will pay the costs.

Interviews with federal officials indicate recovery difficulties have gone beyond the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and span key agencies in Washington, where top officials are trying to respond to a huge reconstruction problem for which they had no policies or plans. Huge contracts are pouring out of agencies, but the task ahead involves some issues the federal government hasn't thought seriously about since the 1960s.

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