Hear this one? It's "on grounds of national security" time yet again. No reason the public should know to whom the government is giving contracts:
"Bush OKs Companies Forgoing Disclosures" (AP, May 24).
"President Bush has delegated to the government's intelligence chief, John Negroponte, the authority to exempt private companies from certain federal disclosure requirements on grounds of national security. Bush signed an official memorandum to Negroponte on May 5 giving him the authority to excuse companies with government contracts for secret projects from having to disclose them in required periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. ... Carl Kropf, a spokesman for Negroponte, said, ''The ability to protect the confidentiality of some of these relationships (with companies) is important.'' He declined further comment. ... SEC spokesman John Nester declined to comment."
And, this just in:
Bush told workers at a Pennsylvania nuclear plant: "Let's quit the debate about whether greenhouse gases are caused by mankind or by natural causes." Can you fucking believe it? Still implying that greenhouse gases may not be caused by "mankind"!!
Now your quote of the day. (Which I was trying to save for days when I have no time to blog, which is most days these days, because I'm such a busy and important person):
"Talk of democracy has little content when big business rules the life of the country through its control of the means of production, exchange, the press and other means of publicity, propaganda and communication."--John Dewey