Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Eavesdropping On Americans!

Congress is investigating some allegations that the National Security Agency is eavesdropping on people's phone calls.  The allegations were made by Adrienne Kinne and David Murfee Faulk.  Kinne and Faulk said that linguists who complained about eavesdropping were ordered to keep on doing their job of transcribing calls.  The agency's Inspector General has investigated some of the allegations and found that the allegatons were unsupported by evidence.  Their are still other allegations that need to be investigated.  The U.S. laws and regulations states that any wrongdoing by employees is subject to a thorough inspection.  
According to the Bush administration, they allow the intelligence community to monitor phone calls between the U.S. and overseas.  The catch to do this is that one of the people in the conversation have to be a terrorist suspect to be able to monitor the call.  Adrienne Kinne says he heard military officers listening in on phone conversations that had nothing to do with terrorists or terrorism. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Slaughterhouse Violates Child Labor Laws!

The biggest meat packing industry of Kosher meats , Agriprocessors Inc. is being indicted by the Iowa attorney general's office. This meat packing industry has allegedley been using minors under the ages of 16 and 18 to work in a factory. The violations involve 32 illegal immigrant children under the ages of eighteen and seven who were younger then sixteen working in a dangerous environment. The minors who worked in the factory were facing very dangerous equipment such as, circular saws, meat grinders and power shears. The minors were also exposed to chemicals like chlorine solutions and dry ice. 
This isn't the first time the company has had legal problems. In May, the meat packing facility had hosted jobs for 400 illegal immigrants. The illegal immigrants, however were arrested, making this the biggest single-site of illegal immigration raids in U.S. history. Five defendants are now facing 9, 311 individual counts each, for every day that was violated. 

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Honoring 9/11 Victims

A mournful and terrible day in our nation's history, with countless lives lost, and people scarred emotionally. This shall be a special day in honoring the many victims of 9/11. This year marks our seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attack that occured in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In attendence to visit Ground Zero on 9/11 shall be none other then Senator Barack Obama and John McCain. Even though the two candidates will set aside their differences in politcs on 9/11 for this special day in history this made me realize that this is the only time you see a Democrat and Republican working side by side. Besides that both candidates will be honoring the lost souls of 9/11, the families and friends, firefighters, police, emergency responders and anyone who was selfless or heroic in helping the people who desperately were in need of rescue.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Cheney's Opinions Towards Russia's Invasion

Vice President Dick Cheney went to Italy for a conference of governmental buisness. He later in his conference bad mouths Russia's invasion on Georgia. Cheney says, "For Brutality against a neighbor is simply the latest in a succesion of troublesome and unhelpful actions by the Russian government." Cheney faulted Russia by saying they that they have made disaster upon the Georgians lives, by taking people out of their own homes, killing innocent people, and failing suspend their weapons. 
Cheney later went to visit Georgia's President, Mikheil Saakashvili to make an offer he can't refuse. He told the president of Georgia that the United States will help rebuild their country. The U.S. promised $1 billion dollars to aid Georgia.
Since the U.S. is going to help Georgia, how is the U.S. going to help fund for this massive amont of money? Does this mean the taxes will go up? If it does will it effect everyone or just the poor? I for one don't think we should involve ourselves into ANY foreign affairs. In our nation's history it never turns out good. We always end up losing in some way or another. If we do end up funding Georgia, doesn't this make us Russia's enemies? Are we involving ourselves in another war?

Offshore Drilling Permit!

Bush's last attempts as president leads him to offshore drilling. Bush says that if congress won't permit offshore drilling then they should not expect support for them in November. Bush wants to expand oil supplies and simplify the gasoline prices, but why have congress' support banquished from them for not supporting what they believe in? Bush later on accuses democratic leaders in congress of disregarding the public's demand of simplifying the high energy prices. Bush says that this is their final oppportunity before November elections.
The outer continental shelf, a gently sloping undersea plain between a continent and the deep ocean, can possibly in the near future produce 10 years of oil says experts. Other experts say that permiting the offshore drilling wouldn't make oil for up to five to seven years.
In addition to calling on congress to act on the offshore oil drilling, bush also wants to extend renewable power tax credits. By expanding the power tax credits this will help spark up the development of other methods of energy like wind and solar energy alternatives. Even if congress doesn't pass this, the presidential candidates have a view of their own on this subject. Republican John McCain is pro offshore drilling and Democrat Barack Obama considers limiting the expansion of drilling. Things can change in the near future when one of these candidates becomes the next president.