Right Wing Groups Riot In Venezuela As State Department Dodges Questions of US Involvement

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 8:58 am

Here we go again. As right wing groups with shady connections riot in Venezuela, demanding the democratically elected left wing president resign, the US State Department is dodging questions as to whether US intelligence agencies are assisting the rioters. For those with hazy memories, we’ve seen this movie before. In 2002 the Venezuelan right wing [...]

Propaganda Ban Repealed As Government Made News Floods U.S.

By: Monday July 15, 2013 8:17 am

Have you ever wondered what America’s official propaganda is like? You will not have to wonder much longer as the ban on the U.S. government propagandizing American citizens has been quietly lifted. You may soon be hearing and seeing government made news, though you might not always know it was government made. For decades, a [...]

State Department Spent $630,000 On Facebook ‘Likes’

By: Wednesday July 3, 2013 10:02 am

An Inspector General’s report blasts the State Department for wasting $630,000 on trying to get ‘likes’ on Facebook. The Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its “likes” count between 2011 and March 2013. Who needs popular policies when you can just buy fans on social media? State Department officials spent $630,000 [...]

Corruption In State Department Detailed In Inspector General’s Memo

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 11:48 am

A U.S. State Department Inspector General’s memorandum details a slew of inappropriate behaviors by officials in the State Department, as well as efforts to cover up that wrongdoing. The memo was obtained by CBS News and lists claims of prostitution, sexual assault, and illegal drug use by State Department officials. CBS News’ John Miller reports that [...]

State Department Demands Takedown Of 3D Printable Gun Files

By: Friday May 10, 2013 4:27 am

Well that didn’t take long. Shortly after Defense Distributed released the first open source 3D printable gun the government has found an angle to try to stop it. According to the U.S. State Department posting the blueprints online for the 3D printable gun may have been a violation of U.S. export control laws. On Thursday, [...]

State Department Hid Contractor’s Ties To Keystone XL Pipeline Company

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 8:52 am

Try to act surprised. It seems that the report that claimed the Keystone XL Pipeline would have negligible environmental impact was authored in part by quasi-representatives of TransCanada – the firm who stands to benefit from its construction. The Bush Obama Administration even had the TransCanada connected consultants’ work histories redacted in hopes that no [...]

Testimony Today in Congress About Benghazi Incident

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 9:15 am

Hearings in Congress today pile on the political debate over the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. The hearings come on the heels of the Pickering-Mullen report, which looked at the actions of the State Department and foreign service leading up to the attack, finding serious deficiencies in management and “grossly inadequate” security at [...]

Report: John Kerry to Be Named Secretary of State

By: Saturday December 15, 2012 11:20 am

Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry has been chosen to serve as Secretary of State, according to a Chicago Sun-Times columnist who heard it from an unidentified White House source. This doesn’t exactly come from left field. Kerry, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was rumored to be on the short list for [...]

Susan Rice Withdraws From Consideration for Secretary of State

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 1:12 pm

I imagine this will be perceived as the right wing collecting a scalp, but considering that liberal groups increasingly saw Susan Rice as no picnic either, this probably falls under the auspices of an acceptable loss. This is the statement from the President: Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to [...]

Charges and Counter-Charges at House Hearing on Benghazi Attacks

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 11:30 am

Congress decided to return to work early, or at least one committee did. The House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing at this hour on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Marcy Wheeler has been bravely live-tweeting the event; I don’t think I could [...]

House Republicans Press Obama Administration With Questions About Terrorist Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 7:45 am

Tonight’s debate is supposed to be focused mainly on the economy, but the Romney campaign has worked hard to get the Benghazi consulate attack into the conversation. And given the shifting story from the White House and the potential implications, that might be a good idea. House Republicans gave a boost to this argument by [...]

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