Deception, graft, and the selective enforcement of the law are all hallmarks of the innumerable tinpot dictatorships and banana republics we’re accustomed to deride, and rightly so. But our righteousness is on increasingly shaky ground. Scandals and coverups continue to mount even in our supposedly enlightened societies, tainting the rule of common law and shaking the people’s faith in its tenets. We’ve ‘turned our gaze from the castles in the distance / eyes cast down on the path of least resistance’ – or more likely, towards the latest sitcom or reality TV show. The death of accountability, the cavalier destruction of civil rights and the rise of predatory leaders and institutions to the highest offices of the land should come as no surprise, then. It has always been thus for cultures that chose to turn a blind eye to corruption as they collapsed into looting and the rule of the thug. You get the government you deserve.
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Police accused of displaying fake G20 weapons | Toronto Police Lied: No five-metre rule existed in G20 security fence law | U.S.: Afghan officials derail corruption cases | BP: Gulf Resident Gives Behind the Scenes Account, Slams Cleanup and Safety | Cybersecurity: Booz Allen Hamilton Cashing Out After Scaring Gov’t Into Lucrative Contracts | Canada Revenue Employees Caught Spying, Changing Records | Deepwater Horizon worker claims oil rig leaking weeks before explosion | BP Aware Of Cracks In Oil Well Two Months Before Explosion | RCMP wrong to use Taser on Dziekanski: final Braidwood report | Fake Lakes not Required, But $50 Million of G8 ‘Legacy’ Spending Pours into Clement’s Riding | The drug sting that stung a cop | Canada’s Dhala Dam development project hobbled by connections to Karzai security firm | Trial hears of Illinois governor’s ’shakedowns’ | Goldman Sachs subpoenaed for failing to cooperate with finance probe | Ottawa to spend $9-billion in sole-source deal for U.S. fighter jets | UK Report condemns WHO swine flu experts’ ties to big pharma | Clement blasted for G8 riding spending, Baird drags out 9/11 trope | Mulroney-Schreiber dealings inappropriate: report | Afghan president’s half-brother denies corruption | Lehman launches court battle against JPMorgan | MPs shouldn’t fear expenses audit: AG | Germany bans naked short-selling | Greece links U.S. banks to debt crisi | MPs reject request to audit expenses | Multiple Wall Street banks investigated over links to ratings agencies | SEC widens probe of Wall Street to include Morgan Stanley| RCMP launches investigation into five officers after in-custody death | Audit The Fed Push Strengthened By Second Front In Senate | Schreiber gets 8 years for tax evasion in Germany | Goldman execs squirm in face of angry U.S. Senators | Goldman’s Fabrice Tourre: Emails reveal he thought borrowers ‘won’t last long’ | In revealed e-mails, Goldman chief says we ‘made more than we lost’ by betting against market | Bombshell: Silverstein Wanted To Demolish Building 7 On 9/11 | German bank severs Goldman ties | George Galloway: leaked papers reveal Canada’s torment over banning MP | Goldman Sachs Eats Its Young | Afghan torture allegations erupt in UK | Goldman Sachs charged with $1bn fraud over toxic sub-prime securities | Quebec Liberals accused of judicial graft, Charest orders inquiry | Former Toronto drug squad officers must face trial after all, top court rules | White House approves assassination of cleric linked to Christmas bomb plot | GM dealers sue law firm for conflict — Cassels also had government contract during restructuring | US special forces ‘tried to cover-up’ botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan | Harkat defence gets bombshell help from declassified U.S. documents | Wall Street: Looting Main Street | Climategate Investigation A Monumental Whitewash | Afghan parliament says no to Karzai bid for more control over election watchdog | New chief Climategate investigator failed to declare eco directorship | Defence Department official used private contractors for spy network in AfPak | JPMorgan, Citigroup Helped Doom Lehman, Report Says | Ontario tax collectors get $45K severance, keep jobs in HST federalization deal | NDP accuses McGuinty of helping developers | Rights & Democracy dissidents fired | A perfect storm is brewing for the IPCC | UK: University at center of Climategate accused of misleading MPs, deleting information | Global warming panel to get independent review | Goldman role in Greek crisis probed | UK: Former Met police detective facing jail over cocaine smuggling plot | How EU Countries Cooked Books Using Derivatives | Hamid Karzai takes control of Afghanistan election watchdog | Nine Months Before Operation Northwoods, Government Leaders Suggested False Flag Terror in the Dominican Republic | N.Y.C.’s former top cop sentenced for felonies | Combine H1N1, seasonal flu vaccines: WHO | Goldman Sachs Helped Greece Obscure Debt Through Currency Swaps | MI5 chief denies cover-up claims over detainees | Climate emails review panellist quits after his impartiality questioned | Blackwater accused of defrauding US government, billing for hooker under ‘morale’ | Carbon trade phish scam disrupts exchanges | EU Council Health Chair: Swine Flu Pandemic Was A Hoax | Harper government violating Constitution: prof | Ont. top cop pushed for charges against protester | Leaked climate change emails scientist ‘hid’ data flaws | Blair defends decision to join U.S. in Iraq | Bloomberg: Secret Banking Cabal Emerges From AIG Shadows | Geithner Told To Quit After E Mails Reveal Involvement In AIG Cover-up | Canadian scientist says UN’s global warming panel ‘crossing the line’ | Manufactured ‘Science’: Another IPCC Scientist Reveals How UN Scientists talked about ‘trying to make IPCC report so dramatic that US would just have to sign Kyoto Protocol’ | Banks find gaping loophole in Obama financial reforms | The IPCC glacier meltdown: More global warming fraud exposed | Tories win ‘in-and-out’ ad spending case | Taxpayers’ millions paid to Indian institute run by UN IPCC climate chief | Wall Street’s leading bankers admit: we made mistakes | WHO to examine its H1N1 response | Explosive Leaked Emails Expose Treasury Secretary Geithner’s Deception in ‘Backdoor Bailout’ | American cash gives Yemen a reason to join the hunt for al-Qaeda | Tories force Elections Canada to accept campaign refund, hope to hit Liberals with bill | Group slams Chertoff on conflict of interest in scanner promotion
US Bankers Get $4 Trillion Gift From Barney Frank | ABCP penalties near $140-million | Questions over business deals of UN climate change guru Dr Rajendra Pachauri | Climategate: A 2,000-page epic of science and skepticism – Part 1 | Toronto drug officers face more corruption accusations | Blackwater guards linked to secret CIA raids | Top general’s Afghan detainee reversal hikes pressure for public inquiry | Police corruption case killed by delays | Italians march to demand Berlusconi step down | Climategate: Investigations into climate fraud fixed | Taibbi: Obama’s sellout to Wall Street creates ‘permanent bailout’ | Karzai set to replace most of his cabinet | The man from Pfizer: Should Big Pharma help steer health research? | Bombshell UN Climate Documents Reveal Planned “End Run” Around National Sovereignty | Climategate: Global Warming scientists placed under investigation | Latest Climategate revelation: Climate change data dumped | Dubai’s ‘big pyramid scheme’ grounded by debt load | Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation | Appointment of Pfizer exec to health funding body criticized as conflict of interest | Obama’s ‘Science Czar’ John Holdren Friend of Climate Deception Lab | UK: Rights watchdog reveals Pakistani spies pressed by British to torture detainees | Opposition wants documentation prior to government torture rebuttal, PM cries foul | Top Climatology Lab Hacked, E-Mails Reveal Biased Science | Canada ignored torture warnings: Diplomat | Afghanistan announces latest ‘corruption crackdown’ | How the US Funds the Taliban | Report: Blackwater approved plan to pay off Iraqi officials | Fund me or axe me, parliamentary budget officer says | Karzai ‘wins’ as Afghan run-off cancelled | How Goldman secretly bet on the U.S. housing crash | Silvio Berlusconi says he will stay on as Italy’s PM even if convicted in court | Afghan challenger drops out of election | UK: Sacked drugs adviser accuses Gordon Brown of meddling in cannabis decision | Afghan leader’s corrupt brother paid by CIA, U.S. officials say | No way to escape Afghan combat post-2011, Hillier says | Government’s Olympic Suites Uncovered, Prices Start at $115,000 | Globe appeal to protect adscam sources before court | Ottawa braces for own eHealth pain | Con Man Who Lost Montana Jail Deal to open Military Centre | Afghan election appears headed to a second round | French troops were killed after Italy hushed up ‘bribes’ to Taleban | McGuinty dismisses calls for eHealth inquiry | Billionaire EU campaigner ‘paid’ Tony Blair | EHealth scandal a $1B waste: auditor | Toronto Police Union picks controversial new president Michael McCormack | Ontario health minister quits over $1B scandal | I was ordered to cover up President Karzai election fraud, sacked UN envoy says | Secret juror background checks not illegal, prosecutor says | Founder of ‘Paramilitary’ in Bid for Police, Jail Contract Outed as Convict, Montana launches Probe | Federal Reserve Appeals Order to Disclose Emergency Bank Loans | Private Paramilitary ‘American Police Force’ Corporation Takes Over Small Town Police Force and Prisoner-Less Jail | Judge in Pirate Bay Appeal Removed for Bias | McGuinty won’t deny political interference with Freedom of Information requests | EU observers say a third of Karzai’s votes might be suspect due to fraud | Transport Canada ‘fictitiously’ expensing millions | Italian businessman claims he provided women for parties held by Berlusconi | Ont. Liberals block committee probe of eHealth chiefs | Bernier’s mislaid files held foreign policy secrets: report | Afghanistan Drug Raid Snares Border Police Commander | Premier cracks down on expenses | Drug cop corruption case revived | Ottawa denies altering public’s ECopyright Consultation submissions | A Stock Market Rally Engineered by Government | Madsen: CIA collusion with “Al Qaeda” financiers and attack planners | Afghan vote called ‘mockery’ | Judge Orders Federal Reserve To Disclose Who Received Bailout Trillions | Accusations over Afghan vote rigging | McGuinty had hand in hiring disgraced eHealth CEO | RCMP reject watchdog report on internal investigations | Ex-employees claim Blackwater pimped out young Iraqi girls | The Lords of Time: Goldman Sachs and low-latency trading | Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Implicated in Murder | Schreiber charged with bribery, fraud in German court | Derivatives rear their ugly head again: Leveraged ETFs outed | More untendered eHealth spending, Liberal connections emerge | UK Government Swine Flu Advisor On Vaccine Maker Payroll | Chinese dissident saved by Canada details horror | Former NY governor Spitzer: Federal Reserve is ‘a Ponzi scheme, an inside job’ | New Jersey’s corruption scandal highlights state’s record | Paulson Threatened Great Depression, Food Riots To Get Bailout Bill Passed | UK: Did MI5 kill Dr David Kelly? | Record quarterly profits and bonuses: Goldman Sachs makes out like a bandit on taxpayer’s dime | Investors in alleged Ponzi scheme fear millions gone | B.C. ‘public guardian’ accused of abusing senior’s rights, property seizure | US Senate Blocks Bill To Audit The Fed As Government Prepares For Second Round Of Looting | Goldman-Sachs: Pilfered trading code could be used to ‘manipulate markets’ | Western Governments Funding Taliban & Al-Qaeda To Kill U.S. Troops, Destabilize Countries | CSIS bungled second terror case | E-mails indicate EPA suppressed report skeptical of global warming | Polar bear expert barred from conference by global warming advocates | Top court to hear ‘Adscam’ media gag order challenge | Pirate Bay Retrial Denied | Goldman Sachs: The Great American Bubble Machine | Mounties discussed Tasing Dziekanski prior to altercation | Obama unveils overhaul of financial system oversight | Secret juror screening spreads to Windsor | Mulroney story full of ‘half-truths,’ Schreiber’s lawyer says in final argument | New $3B Defence Department plane contract requirements written to favour Italian vendor | Head of eHealth Ontario is fired amid contracts scandal, gets big package | MPs from all four parties ink secret deal on cash | Has the Mint’s gold vanished? | Expenses scandal may topple British PM | Personal ties exposed in eHealth’s untendered contracts | Ontario eHealth approved 4.8 million in no-bid contracts | Prosecutors, police caught checking potential juror’s backgrounds | How MI5 blackmails British Muslims | Former aide challenges Mulroney claim he cancelled arms plant | Veteran OPP officer charged with fraud, conspiracy to obstruct justice | Airbus funds likely source of Schreiber’s ‘Britan’ account: witness | Top Senate Democrat: bankers “own” the U.S. Congress | Former Mulroney aide says he can’t recall writing letters about Airbus | Mulroney wanted Schreiber deal kept quiet, inquiry told | Pirate Bay lawyer calls for retrial after judge confirms ties to copyright groups | Pre-election statement by Governor: Bilderberg Bankers are all for Obama | Mulroney, Kohl may have discussed Airbus: inquiry document | Schreiber says he paid Mulroney because he’d need him ‘sooner or later’ | Schreiber to appear before inquiry | Former Justice Minister Accused in Suit of Accepting Kickbacks | Moores linked to Airbus before Mulroney came to power, memo reveals | Canada Revenue Agency employees arrested in corruption probe | Schreiber Inquiry: Premier’s wife testifies bank account was to be hers, not Mulroney’s | Mulroney-Schreiber inquiry steers clear of ‘Airbus affair’ on first day | RCMP credibility battered by TASER inquiry | Police erased cellphone video of fatal shooting, witness alleges | Wall Street’s Big Takeover | RCMP sexual harassment case dismissed because inquiry took too long | Head of RCMP unit that framed Arar promoted to Assistant Commissioner | Barclays bank gags Guardian newspaper over tax avoidance leaks | Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes ‘executive assassination ring’ that reported to Cheney | Police-run gun amnesties in trouble across country | UK agents ‘colluded with torture in Pakistan’ | Nine city staffers removed for alleged fraud | Lax rules on political financing No. 1 global corruption threat: report | Former privacy czar Radwanski acquitted of fraud charges | Investment industry criminal makes a run for it, gets caught at border with money stuffed in shoes | Harper drops Cadman libel lawsuit against Liberals | RIM chiefs hit with $77M charge | Obama takes heat for third cabinet appointee that hasn’t paid taxes | Detective denies framing subordinate for drug theft, trial hears | RIM execs, securities watchdog reach settlement | RCMP destroyed evidence, charges dismissed in second torture case for officers | RCMP destroyed evidence, court stays impaired-driving charges against Mountie | Conflict questions raised over Flaherty’s budget panel | Vancouver dodges public referendum requirement for funding to finish Olympic Village | Vancouver mayor to recall legislature to handle Olympic Village crisis | Mulroney-Schreiber probe has no jurisdiction to find liability | Banks won’t say where U.S. bailout money going
Did Pharma Giant with Gardasil HPV Patents Buy Nobel Prize? | Federal government, Ontario agree on $3.3B auto bailout package | Three Toronto cops to stand trial on corruption charges | Afghan government sacks Kandahar governor | UK Speaker: No warrant issued in search of opposition Immigration Minister | Zimbabwe tackles cash shortage amid riots and looting | Mulroney confidant knew about Airbus commissions: CBC News investigation | Thai PM stripped of power as court finds government guilty of corruption | Author wins award for work identifying categories of state corruption | Police officer stands trial for stealing fake cocaine in sting | Harper’s own lawyer decides to bail on Cadman scandal | Paulson, Bernanke defend change of plan: $700-billion now to be given directly to banks | Beijing peasants bullied, beaten off of family farms by state-developer blocs | Federal Road Toll Meeting Sponsorship Kept Quiet Until After Election | Former mayors support secrecy surrounding Olympic Village bailout | The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops | Morgan Chase Exec Brags Bailout Is for Takeovers, Restructuring, Not Lending | Cadman ‘bribe tape’ not altered as Harper claimed, expert finds | Listeria reporting rule dropped before crisis | Why Paulson’s Plan is a Fraud | Canadian, Australian PM Used Same Speech Urging Participation in Iraq | ‘Timid’ police watchdog needs teeth: Ontario ombudsman | Was Canada’s Privacy Commissioner targeted for opposition to intrusive security policies? | Harper wins delay of hearing on Cadman tape | 2nd Mountie sues RCMP over sex crime probe | Tories admit to using regional funds for federal campaign last election | How easy is it to hack an election? | Tories announced $8.8B in spending before election call | Confirmed: Mexico drug plane used for CIA ‘rendition’ flights | Files tagged as `sensitive’ cause unfair delays, watchdog says | Harper testifies he authorized offer to Cadman | US Government Questioned on Forged Letter Linking Saddam to 9/11 | Supporters rally behind sex-crime whistleblower jailed for contempt | Court Grants Big Banks Immunity from Lawsuits over derivatives Losses | Police corruption preliminary probe ends | PM’s tactic `authoritarian’ | White House ‘buried British intelligence on Iraq WMDs’ | Perjury: Is it different for cops? | Judge orders analysis of Cadman audio tape | Edmonton police rounded up women for ‘talent nights,’ hearing told | Bush approves surveillance bill | Toronto police, corrections officers arrested in connection with grow-ops | Don’t look, don’t tell, troops told in response to Afghani child abuse | Was Couillard used to push leasing bid? | CSIS link in Bernier case | Government could have planted Couillard bug: former CSIS agent | Bernier quits cabinet post over security breach | Harper shrugs off new concerns about minister’s ex-flame | Casino Loophole Lets Criminals Launder Cash, OPP Officer Provided ‘Security’ | Crown complained of lack of Toronto police support in drug squad case | CBC releases Toronto drug squad probe report | Another Conservative candidate attacks ‘in-out’ ad scheme | Tape suggests PM knew of alleged Cadman offer | Donations of money, property and services continue to corrupt Canadian politics
The Mulroney Affair: Why politicians seek out the rich | Sorting fact from fiction in the Cornwall sex abuse scandal | Anthrax Coverup: A Government Insider Speaks Out | Political Intrigue in Merck’s Push for Mandatory HPV Vaccinations
Report details RCMP agent offences shielded by new law | Accused RCMP officer says force acted too late against him in sexual assault case | Canadians who trust our secret police should think again | China creates mobile execution vans, organ theft suspected | The Fifth Estate: Money, Truth, and Spin
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