UNDERNEWS

Undernews is the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who has covered Washington during all or part of one quarter of America's presidencies and edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review has been on the web since 1995. See main page for full contents

February 27, 2009

READER COMMENTS

STRANGE DEATHS IN WASHINGTON

Missing from Progressive Review's recent list of suspicious deaths in Washington is the case of Mervyn Jenkins, an Australian intelligence officer who was found hanged in his Arlington backyard on June 13, 1999 (his 48th birthday) a week before he was to return home to Australia.

On April 16, 2001, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) popular investigative news show "Four Corners" probed Jenkins' mysterious "suicide," which had produced a storm of criticism in Australia, leading to a government investigation. Not satisfied with the results (the Blunn Report), Jenkins' wife filed a lawsuit against the government.

According to the official story laid out by "Four Corners," Jenkins was caught in the crossfire between U.S. and Australian intelligence agencies over the issue of intelligence sharing

IF YOU THOUGHT BOBBY JINDAL SEEMED STRANGE. . .

I suspect that Jindal, Vitter, McCarthy, Clinton, et al are not outliers amongst elected officials. And that those who seek power, especially by election, have personal needs and behaviors that might be viewed as more than odd. That is why there are so many handlers around political figures. And why we have so many screwed up problems when any taxi driver or barber can better tell you how to run the nation. - m

FBI WARNED OF MORTGAGE FRAUD EPIDEMIC FIVE YEARS AGO

This also means that you can possibly delay foreclosure by asking the bank to "prove" it owns the house by producing the original loan documents. - scott

MARIJAUNA

How many studies on pot is it going to take before we remember that it was one of THE economic forces until after WWII? It's ironic that people accuse pot smokers of being stupid and brain dead. Denying the usefulness of cannabis is pretty damned stupid.

ABOUT EARMARKS

Amen. And I'm a hardcore fiscal conservative. Earmarks account for, what, 1% of discretionary spending? And the money's going to get spent anyway; better by the legislature than by the executive.

A WORLD ON EDGE

I'm awed when I think about the massive effort to keep this type of labor agitation out of the minds of Americans. And you can see pretty obviously what the back-up plan is if we do get uppity beyond control: swat teams and white phosphorous. All for a bunch of rich people who ultimately are just like the rest of us.

The military can't even keep Baghdad under control no matter how many times they blow the place up. Imagine how absolutely impotent those uniformed brain stems would be if they had to take over their own country? The troops would lose their morale pretty damned quickly.

Those engineers at the Pentagon better hurry up and get their killer, man-hunting robots finished. They're probably gonna need em'.

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