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These news articles include revealing information on the CIA's "Family
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Files on Illegal Spying Show C.I.A. Skeletons
From Cold War


June 26, 2007, New York
Times



http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/27/washington/27cia.html

Long-secret
documents released Tuesday provide new details about how the Central
Intelligence Agency illegally spied on Americans decades ago.
Known inside the agency as the “family jewels,” the 702 pages of
documents released Tuesday catalog domestic wiretapping operations,
failed
assassination plots, mind-control experiments and spying on journalists
from the early years of the C.I.A.
The papers provide evidence
of
paranoia and occasional incompetence as the agency began a string of
illegal spying operations in the 1960s and 1970s, often to hunt links
between Communist governments and the domestic protests that roiled the
nation in that period. Yet the long-awaited documents leave out a great
deal. Large sections are censored, showing that the C.I.A. still cannot
bring itself to expose all the skeletons in its closet. And many
activities about overseas operations disclosed years ago by journalists,
Congressional investigators and a presidential commission — which led to
reforms of the nation’s intelligence agencies — are not detailed in the
papers. The 60-year-old agency has been under fire ... by critics [of]
the
secret prisons and harsh interrogation practices it has adopted since the
Sept. 11 attacks. Some intelligence experts suggested ... that the
release
of the documents was intended to distract from the current controversies.
And they and historians expressed disappointment that the documents were
so heavily censored. Tom Blanton of the National Security
Archive, the research group that filed the Freedom of Information
request in 1992 that led to the documents’ becoming public, said he was
initially underwhelmed by them because they contained little about the
agency’s foreign operations. But Mr. Blanton said what was striking was
the scope of the C.I.A’s domestic spying efforts.
Note:
The entire body of the CIA's "Family Jewels" documents have
been
posted online by the National Security Archives, and can be read by clicking
here.


Agency's Strangeloves altered mind of a girl
aged 4


June 28, 2007, The Australian
(Australia's national daily newspaper)



http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21980496-2703,00.html

Easily
lost, on page 425, in the mass of the CIA's notorious "Family Jewels"
files is a short paragraph outlining "potentially embarrassing Agency
activities". "Experiments in influencing human behaviour through the
administration of mind- or personality-altering drugs to unwitting
subjects." Of all the heinous acts committed by the CIA in the name of
national security, these experiments, done on the agency's behalf by
prominent psychiatrists on innocent victims - including children as young
as four - may be the darkest. "We have no answer to the moral issue,"
former director Richard Helms infamously said when asked about the nature
of the projects. The release of the Family Jewels documents revealed the
CIA handsomely funded these real-life Dr Strangeloves and engaged
pharmaceutical companies to help its experiments. The agency appealed to
Big Pharma to pass on any drugs that could not be marketed because of
"unfavourable side effects" to be tested on mice and monkeys. Any drugs
that passed muster would then be used ... on volunteer US soldiers. The
Family Jewels files do not provide further detail into the numerous
mind-control programs, such as MKULTRA, covertly propped up by the
agency.
In 1953, MKULTRA was given 6 per cent of the total CIA budget
without any oversight.
The nature of the experiments, gathered
from government documents and testimony in numerous lawsuits brought
against the CIA, is shocking, from testing LSD on children to implanting
electrodes in victims' brains to deliberately poisoning people with
uranium. "The CIA bought my services from my grandfather in 1952
starting at the tender age of four," wrote Carol Rutz of her
experiences.


Note:
The entire body of the CIA's "Family Jewels" documents have
been
posted online by the National Security Archives, and can be read by clicking
here. And for a 10-page summary of Carol Rutz's riveting book on her
experiences as a government-created Manchurian candidate, click here.


Fighting War Protesters

June 27, 2007, Washington
Post



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/26/AR2007062601736.html

In the
early 1970s, as Vietnam War-era protests swirled around the Washington
area, local police borrowed riot equipment and received intelligence
training from an unusual source: the CIA. The agency, which is
barred from domestic law enforcement, provided gas masks, stun guns,
searchlights and protective vests. CIA specialists trained more than 20
officers ... in surveillance photography, countersabotage and
surreptitious entry
. The CIA-local nexus was included in
hundreds
of pages of documents released yesterday by the agency that detailed a
quarter-century of CIA history. The records said the agency recruited
officers primarily to protect CIA facilities from attack by protesters.
"A
conscious decision was made . . . to utilize the services of local police
to repel invaders in case of riot or dissension," a top CIA official
wrote
in May 1973. But the documents make it clear that the intelligence agency
also wanted to keep tabs on the mammoth antiwar demonstrations in
Washington from 1969 through 1971. The D.C. police department, for
example, was given a communications system "to monitor major anti-Vietnam
war demonstrations," the records said. The CIA aid also extended to basic
law enforcement. Police officials in Montgomery County told The Post in
1973 that they received CIA surveillance training to combat street crime.
The agency also gave Arlington and Alexandria a substance it had
developed
to detect whether someone had recently handled metallic objects, such as
firearms.

Note:
The entire body of the CIA's "Family Jewels" documents have
been
posted online by the National Security Archives, and can be read by clicking
here.


Survey Finds Action on Information Requests
Can
Take Years


July 1, 2007, New York
Times



http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/02/washington/02secrets.html

The
Freedom of Information Act requires a federal agency to provide an
initial
response to a request within 20 days and to provide the documents in a
timely manner. But the oldest pending request uncovered in a new
survey of 87 agencies and departments has been awaiting a response for 20
years, and 16 requesters have been waiting more than 15 years for
results.
The survey, to be released on Monday, is the latest proof of a
fact well-known to historians and journalists who regularly seek
government documents: Agencies often take months or years to respond to
requests for information under the law, known as FOIA, which went into
effect on July 4, 1967. “The law is 40 years old, and we’re seeing 20
years of delay,” said Thomas S. Blanton, director of the National
Security
Archive, a research group at George Washington University. The survey
will
be posted at nsarchive.org.
The
survey found that 10 federal agencies had misrepresented their backlog of
FOIA requests in annual reports to Congress, misstating the age of their
oldest pending request. It found that the State Department accounted for
most of the oldest unanswered requests, with 10 requests filed in 1991 or
earlier still awaiting responses. The public interest in some aging
government documents was vividly illustrated last week, when the Central
Intelligence Agency released the so-called family jewels, papers that
described illegal wiretaps, assassination plots and other agency misdeeds
from the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. The papers were first requested
by
the National Security Archive in 1992, and a cover letter accompanying
the
C.I.A. release identified that request as the intelligence agency’s
oldest
still pending.


Angler: The Cheney Vice
Presidency


June 24, 2007, Washington
Post



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/23/AR2007062300890.html

Part
One: 'A Different Understanding With the President':
In less than an
hour ... Cheney's proposal had become a military order from the commander
in chief. Foreign terrorism suspects held by the United States were
stripped of access to any court -- civilian or military, domestic or
foreign. They could be confined indefinitely without charges and would be
tried, if at all, in closed "military commissions." "What the hell just
happened?" Secretary of State Colin L. Powell demanded ... when CNN
announced the order that evening, Nov. 13, 2001. National security
adviser
Condoleezza Rice, incensed, sent an aide to find out. Even witnesses to
the
Oval Office signing said they did not know the vice president had played
any part. "Angler," as the Secret Service code-named him, has
approached the levers of power obliquely, skirting orderly lines of
debate
he once enforced as chief of staff to President Gerald R. Ford. He has
battled a bureaucracy he saw as hostile, using intimate knowledge of its
terrain.
He has empowered aides to fight above their rank,
taking
on roles reserved in other times for a White House counsel or national
security adviser. And he has found a ready patron in George W. Bush for
edge-of-the-envelope views on executive supremacy that previous
presidents
did not assert. Over the past six years, Cheney has shaped his times as
no
vice president has before. [The] relationship [between Bush and Cheney]
is opaque, a vital unknown in assessing Cheney's impact on events.
Officials who see them together often, not all of them admirers of the
vice president, detect a strong sense of mutual confidence that Cheney is
serving Bush's aims.


Special Operations Prepared for Domestic
Missions


June 22, 2007, Washington
Post



http://blog.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/2007/06/special_operations_prepared_fo.html?nav=rss_blog

The U.S.
Northern Command, the military command responsible for "homeland
defense,"
has asked the Pentagon if it can establish its own special operations
command for domestic missions. The request ... would establish a
permanent
sub-command for responses to incidents of domestic terrorism as well as
other occasions where special operators may be necessary on American
soil.
The establishment of a domestic special operations mission, and the
preparation of contingency plans to employ commandos in the United
States,
would upend decades of tradition. Military actions within the United
States
are the responsibility of state militias (the National Guard), and
federal
law enforcement is a function of the FBI. Employing special
operations for domestic missions sounds very ominous, and NORTHCOM's
request earlier this year should receive the closest possible Pentagon
and
congressional scrutiny. There's only one problem: NORTHCOM is already
doing
what it has requested permission to do.
When NORTHCOM was
established after 9/11 to be the military counterpart to the Department
of
Homeland Security, within its headquarters staff it established a
Compartmented Planning and Operations Cell (CPOC) responsible for
planning
and directing a set of "compartmented" and "sensitive" operations on
U.S.,
Canadian and Mexican soil. In other words, these are the very special
operations that NORTHCOM is now formally asking the Pentagon to beef up
into a public and acknowledged sub-command.


Psychiatrists Top List in Drug Maker
Gifts

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June 27, 2007, New York
Times



http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/27/health/psychology/27doctors.html

As
states
begin to require that drug companies disclose their payments to doctors
for
lectures and other services, a pattern has emerged: psychiatrists
earn more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty. How
this money may be influencing psychiatrists and other doctors has become
one of the most contentious issues in health care.
For instance,
the more psychiatrists have earned from drug makers, the more they have
prescribed a new class of powerful medicines known as atypical
antipsychotics to children, for whom the drugs are especially risky and
mostly unapproved. Vermont officials disclosed Tuesday that drug company
payments to psychiatrists in the state more than doubled last year, to an
average of $45,692 each from $20,835 in 2005. Antipsychotic medicines are
among the largest expenses for the state’s Medicaid program. Over all
last
year, drug makers spent $2.25 million on marketing payments, fees and
travel expenses to Vermont doctors, hospitals and universities, a 2.3
percent increase over the prior year, the state said. The number most
likely represents a small fraction of drug makers’ total marketing
expenditures to doctors since it does not include the costs of free drug
samples or the salaries of sales representatives and their staff members.
According to their income statements, drug makers generally spend twice
as
much to market drugs as they do to research them. Endocrinologists
received
the second largest amount, according to the Vermont analysis, earning an
average of $33,730. Since the state identified the specialties of only
the
top 100 earners, these averages represent the money earned by only some
of
the state’s specialists. There were 11 psychiatrists and 5
endocrinologists in that top group of 100.

Note:
For much more reliable, verifiable information on corruption in
the pharmaceutical industry, click here.


Food Conscious

June 27, 2007, San Francisco
Chronicle
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)



http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/06/27/FDGFMQJFG21.DTL

Opponents
of GE [genetically engineered] food ... say problems suggested in some
health studies could take years to show up. Meanwhile, we're eating lots
of GE foods anyway, whether we know it or not -- especially in processed
foods, because corn, soy and canola are the Big 3 GE food
crops.
"
Since our government has refused to label these foods, how do we avoid
buying and eating these foods?" asks [Andrew] Kimbrell, an attorney who
heads the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Food Safety, a vocal opponent
of GE foods. His new book, Your
Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your
Food
... answers that question. For conscious eaters, the heart
of the book is a 14-page guide to your local supermarket. It tells you
which foods are the most likely to contain GE ingredients (chips, snacks
and baby formula), which aren't (fruits, vegetables, wheat), and how to
read labels for "hidden ingredients" derived from corn, soy or canola
(hint: look for high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin and canola oil). A
passport-size version of the guide, small enough to slide into most
pockets or purses, comes along with the book. "I wanted to give people a
usable tool to avoid these foods so they don't feel so helpless," said
Kimbrell. The book isn't intended to present the pros and cons of GE
foods. Kimbrell is 100 percent against the technology and spends a lot of
time in court fighting companies like Monsanto, to keep GE crops from
spreading. The Center for
Food Safety also opposes irradiation and food animal cloning, and has
labored to keep industry from weakening federal organic standards. In
fact, Kimbrell is the man who calls the current administration's efforts
to protect food safety "Katrina on a plate."


Nonorganic ingredients get tentative
OK


June 23, 2007, Los Angeles
Times



http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-organic23jun23,1,6277674.story

The
U.S.
Department of Agriculture gave interim approval Friday to a controversial
proposal to allow 38 nonorganic ingredients to be used in foods carrying
the "USDA Organic" seal. Manufacturers of organic foods had pushed for
the
change, arguing that the 38 items are minor ingredients in their products
and are difficult to find in organic form. But consumers opposed to the
use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and growth hormones
in food production bombarded the USDA with more than 1,000 complaints
last
month. "If the label says organic, everything in that food should be
organic," wrote Kimberly Wilson of Austin, Texas, in one typical comment.
"If they put something in the food that isn't organic, they shouldn't be
able to call it organic. No exception." The list approved Friday includes
19 food colorings, two starches, hops, sausage casings, fish oil,
chipotle
chili pepper, gelatin, celery powder, dill weed oil, frozen lemongrass,
Wakame seaweed, Turkish bay leaves and whey protein concentrate.
Manufacturers will be allowed to use conventionally grown versions of
these ingredients in foods carrying the USDA seal, provided that they
can't find organic equivalents and that nonorganics comprise no more than
5% of the product. A wide range of organic food could be affected,
including cereal, sausage, bread, beer, pasta, candy and soup mixes. The Organic Consumers Assn.
... has led the opposition to the USDA proposal. Ronnie Cummins,
executive director of the consumers group, said ... that the USDA was
caving in to pressure from large food companies. USDA officials "don't
seem to care what the public wants. They're just more interested in
what's
convenient for the big companies."




Report: Wasteful Government Spending at
All-Time
High


June 27, 2007, ABC


http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/06/report-wasteful.html

The U.S.
government has committed to spend a record-high $1.1 trillion with
companies holding government contracts "plagued by waste, fraud, abuse or
mismanagement," according to a new report by the House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee. The report blames the rise in bad
spending on a sharp increase in noncompetitive contracting and a general
increase in the use of private companies to perform government functions.
More than $200 billion in taxpayer money was spent on projects for which
only one or a handful of companies submitted bids
, the committee
found. That figure has more than tripled since 2000, according to the
report, and now comprises more than half of all government spending
outside of entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social
Security. "The numbers -- there's not an iota of justification for more
than half of all contracts being no- or limited-bid contracts," said
Keith
Ashdown of Taxpayers for Common
Sense, a non-partisan Washington, D.C.-based group which scrutinizes
federal spending. According to the report, the committee based its
findings on a federal database of government spending, and more than 700
reports by government auditing and investigations offices.


Former Marine Claims Illness From Mystery
Vaccine


May 7, 2007, WLWT-TV (Cincinnati, Ohio's
NBC affiliate)



http://www.wlwt.com/news/13271378/detail.html

An
alarming number of U.S. troops are having severe reactions to some of the
vaccines they receive in preparation for going overseas.
"This is the worst cover-up in the history of the military," said
an unidentified military health officer who fears for his job. A shot
from
a syringe is leaving some U.S. servicemen and women on the brink of
death.
Lance Corporal David Fey, 20, has dialysis three days a
week. His kidneys are failing, his military career is over, and he feels
like his country abandoned him. Fey said he loved every minute of boot
camp and combat training at 29 Palms in California. But on Nov. 28, 2005,
his life would change forever. Fey was one of a group of Marines who
lined
up for an undisclosed shot. "They asked us our name. We stood on these
yellow footprints, and they gave us this shot, and we got the rest of the
day off," he recalled. "After that shot, I started swelling up. I gained
30 pounds of water. My eyes swelled up where I couldn't see. I started
snoring. I developed a rash on my hand." Three weeks later, Fey was back
in Clermont County on his death bed at Clinton Memorial Hospital. His
kidneys were failing, and his body was so swollen that it left stretch
marks. Fey is one of a growing number of U.S. servicemen and women who
are
getting sick after receiving vaccines. And the ... Department of Defense
medical officer who spoke with [WLWT] said that the number is up in the
thousands. The symptoms range from joint aches and pains and arthritic
symptoms to death. The officer said those who have claimed to have had
adverse reactions to shots are treated like it is all in their heads.
Asked whether servicemen and women are receiving experimental vaccines,
the officer said, "I would hope to God not. But from what I've seen, I
would have to say yes."





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