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The WikiLeaks Suit against Visa and MasterCard

By: Sunday July 3, 2011 8:08 am

You may have heard that WikiLeaks is suing Visa and MasterCard for refusing to process donations to it.

That’s not actually the case. Forbes has gotten a copy of the complaint, and as it lays out, an Icelandic company called DataCell is suing, and it’s suing in Europe, not the US. DataCell is basically a hosting service for WikiLeaks and “businesses, NGOs, humanitarian organisations and others.”

Whither Stephen Kappes?

By: Sunday July 3, 2011 6:45 am

The investigation into Gul Rahman’s death means there’s a chance–teeny, presumably, but a chance nevertheless–that the investigation might move beyond the formerly-low level people implicated in the death (remember, both the guy who headed the Salt Pit and the station chief have gone onto bigger and better things at the CIA, so if they’re targeted in any case, it would be a bigger deal than any other prosecution).

Michael Mukasey’s Torture Apologies

By: Friday July 1, 2011 10:06 am

After the Osama bin Laden killing, Michael Mukasey rather shamelessly took the lead in claiming torture had some role in finding OBL. Unlike most of the other torture apologists, Mukasey was not complicit with the torture itself, but merely with the cover-up.

Bank of America Offers to Pay $8.5 Billion to Stay in Business

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 4:40 pm

BoA has agreed to this settlement just weeks after Abigail Field did the work the Attorneys General and other regulators should have been doing. And she found that for a sample of NY foreclosures, Countrywide had endorsed none of the notes of Countrywide-generated mortgages.

Two Dead Detainees May Get Justice. The Other 99 Will Not.

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 12:30 pm

Eric Holder just released an announcement revealing that John Durham has recommended criminal investigation of two detainees tortured to death. But cases of the remaining 99 detainees whose treatment Durham investigated will be dismissed.

The Fed Gives JP Morgan Chase Another Multi-Billion Dollar Bailout

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 6:25 pm

Remember that swipe fee measure that passed the Senate twice? It lowered the amount credit card companies can charge merchants to $.12 a transaction. It was a stunning victory that retailers (which admittedly includes WalMart but also includes your locally owned business struggling to stay in business) won that battle twice.

Well, lucky for the banksters, they had one more ace in their pocket: The Federal Reserve, which just cut the baby in half and set transaction fees at $.21 plus some anti-fraud amounts.

Max Baucus Finally Gets His Grand Bargain!

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 7:11 pm

Usually, when Max Baucus tries to craft a grand bargain, oversized legislation starts by getting progressively worse, at which point the legislation finally dies.

But he has finally succeeded in getting a grand bargain, with a deal to extend Trade Adjustment Assistance in exchange for votes on the Korea, Colombia, and Panama trade deals.

Jim Webb: We Are Endorsing Assassination of Leaders of Countries We Recognize

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 3:12 pm

If we actively work to assassinate the leader of a country we recognize, we are implicitly endorsing such actions against us.

Obama Capitulates to GOP and Withdraws Labor Protection from Colombia Trade Deal

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 8:30 am

As bad as it is too see the Obama Administration caving on worker protections, it is good to see Representatives like Sander Levin standing up and saying no.

“SWIFT” Boating the Russian Mafia

By: Monday June 27, 2011 6:30 pm

The US has had the potential capability to track Russian mobsters since SWIFT let us access the databases after 9/11, particularly now that we’re making all our specific requests orally. So far as I know, no one has ended up dead in a duffel bag over that access.

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