Your Tax Dollars At Work: FBI Took Over Child Porn Website, Increased Traffic

The government is notorious for wasting taxpayer money and for spending it on war, corporate welfare, bank bailouts, and all manner of awful things. (You can experience the same sticker shock I did in this book.) But nothing says “your tax dollars at work” like government-distributed child pornography. I couldn’t make this up. Here’s what happened. In February 2015, the FBI took over a child pornography site called The Playpen. At the time, it was the largest known site of its kind. After arresting the North Carolina administrator of the site, a “dark web”child-pornography internet bulletin board, agents seized the site’s server and moved it to an FBI warehouse in Virginia. You’d think that the FBI, upon taking over the site, would immediately shut it down. You’d be wrong. **** Not only did the FBI keep the site running, it IMPROVED it’s functioning. That’s right: while attempting to bust users […] Read More

The Ugly Truth Behind Chris Christie’s Sweetheart Deal with Exxon

There are three possible explanations—none of them good for the people of New Jersey. By David Sirota / AlterNet Last week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie‘s administration settled New Jersey’s long-standing environmental lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for pennies on the dollar. For a decade, the state had been seeking $8.9 billion in damages for pollution at two refineries in the northern part of the state, and yet Christie’s top officials abruptly proposed closing the case for just $225 million. In the aftermath, as environmentalists express outrage and legislators move to block the settlement, the question on many observers’ minds has been simple: Why did Christie settle? One possible answer is just as simple: money — more specifically, campaign cash. According to federal records, Exxon Mobil has donated more than $1.9 million to the Republican Governors Association since Christie’s first run for governor in 2009. That includes $279,000 during Christie’s […] Read More

2013: Exposing the Dark Underbelly of Israel: The Horrors Your Tax Dollars Support

Max Blumenthal‘s new book “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” details the horrific reality Israel has created for the Palestinian people. Drop the New York Times’ international section and pick up Max Blumenthal’s new book. If you want to peel back the layers of deception pro-Israel groups and the media have created, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is the perfect place to start. It’s the bluntest book you’ll read about the state of Israeli society, as it looks deep into the soul of an ethnocracy that dominates the lives of millions of Palestinians. Blumenthal’s book, based on four years of on-the-ground reporting and research, takes the reader from the occupied West Bank to prisons for African refugees to Palestinian areas within Israel. Through a series of profiles and vignettes, he paints a devastating portrait of a country obsessed with demographics bent on permanently subjugating the non-Jews […] Read More