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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

sadly this is america 

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USA- Like Rome before the fall

Sadly, it's no laughing matter. To hear Walker, the nation's top auditor, tell it, the United States can be likened to Rome before the fall of the empire. Its financial condition is "worse than advertised," he says. It has a "broken business model." It faces deficits in its budget, its balance of payments, its savings — and its leadership.

Walker's not the only one saying it. As Congress and the White House struggle to trim up to $50 billion from the federal budget over five years — just 3% of the $1.6 trillion in deficits projected for that period — budget experts say the nation soon could face its worst fiscal crisis since at least 1983, when Social Security bordered on bankruptcy.

Without major spending cuts, tax increases or both, the national debt will grow more than $3 trillion through 2010, to $11.2 trillion — nearly $38,000 for every man, woman and child. The interest alone would cost $561 billion in 2010, the same as the Pentagon.

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More fucking torture

Sabber spent six months in U.S. facilities in Iraq, including Abu Ghraib, where he was held in a tent city and endured what he called routine beatings. Sabber declined to discuss what court papers have described as sexual humiliation by female interrogators. He said that U.S. troops intentionally stepped on copies of the Koran or had military dogs step on the Koran as a way of agitating the prison population.

"They just wanted to humiliate us in any shape or form they could," Sabber said. "I wish I knew why. I was sure, however, that their actions were not the same as the values and morals of the American people."

The men, with six others who say they were abused in Iraq and Afghanistan, argue that top officials should be held accountable for their actions and ask the U.S. courts to grant them damages for their suffering. The case is currently in U.S. District Court in Washington, according to Lucas Guttentag, a lawyer with the ACLU.



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