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President Bush calls for immunity for telecoms companies in wiretap legislation
A public scandal over wiretapping had placed George W. Bush's presidency in jeopardy just as he was vying for reelection. The New York Times journalist James Risen had first uncovered the story in October of 2004, but it received no coverage that year after deals were struck between the White House and Messrs. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger and Bill Keller of the New York Times respectively. That all changed when the New York Times made the story public in December of 2005 after its hand was forced by James Risen who declared his intention to publish it in a book he authored. The New York Times was scorned for its election interference in withholding the story at such a crucial time in the 2004 election.
With the genie now out of the bottle, telecoms companies would no longer acquiesce to unlawful wiretapping or passing records over to the government without public consent for fear of litigation, unless a law was enacted that would retroactively immunize them from prosecution. This gave rise to the Protect America Act, which was signed into law on August 2007 until it expired on February 2008 due to the sunset provision. An extension was denied by Congress, triggering President Bush's ire on the 13th of February, 2008.
Ellen Hodgson Brown, President & Founder of the Public Banking Institute (PBI) and author of such books as "The Web of Debt", The Public Bank Solution", addresses the PBI 2012 conference in Philadelphia.
Victoria Grant, seen here aged 12 years old, addresses the first annual Public Banking Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Her father and she discovered that the debt money system was what was wrong with the Canadian economy and decided to do something about it.
The Bank of North Dakota was established by legislative action in 1919 to promote agriculture, commerce and industry. North Dakota is the only state to have escaped the credit crisis. For every year since 2008, it has run a budget surplus and it has the lowest unemployment figures in the US, the lowest default rate on its loans and the lowest foreclosure rate.
Mike Krauss, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Project, puts forward his proposal, based on the success of the Bank of North Dakota, to create a Public Bank for the state of Pennsylvania. Such a move would free the state from the clutches of the Fed, reduce the debt burden, boost investments and serve the public interest.
Most people hold the view that their bank deposits are safe with the big commercial banks, however, this assumption is not based on the facts. This video features official government documents detailing information that should sound anyone's alarm bells [edited].