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  • An Inquiry Into the 9/11 Commission's 10th Anniversary Report: How to Read a Government Commission Report

    By Mike Lofgren, Truthout | Op-Ed

    The cover of the final 9/11 report, which can be purchased in bookstores across the United States and around the world. (Image <a href=" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9/11_Commission#mediaviewer/File:911report_cover_HIGHRES.png" target="_blank">via Wikipedia</a>)The cover of the final 9/11 report, which can be purchased in bookstores across the United States and around the world. (Image via Wikipedia)One of the many things I learned in government is that the investigative commissions which inquire into a scandal, disaster or atrocity are usually intended to bury the real causes of the incident and trumpet other circumstantial or irrelevant details as if they are shocking or novel. In other words, commissions are cover-ups pretending to be exposés. This is not always the case, but as the stakes rise, it becomes the accepted practice.

    One of the masters of this technique has been former House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Lee H. Hamilton (D-Indiana). He cut his teeth as chairman of the House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, where he was careful to stop short of implicating President Ronald Reagan of impeachable criminal culpability, and, more importantly, provided the same service to the future President George H.W. Bush. A few smaller fries took the fall, and Reagan, the man whom Republicans retrospectively credit for making the sun shine and the rain fall, was chastised for not being in control of his own immediate subordinates. Bush, of course, was out of the loop. In 1992, Hamilton chaired the House October Surprise Task Force, and failed once again to find Bush culpable of criminal misdeeds.

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  • New Study Reports Sexual Harassment, Assault May Be Dissuading Women From Careers in Science

    New Study Reports Sexual Harassment, Assault May Be Dissuading Women From Careers in Science

    By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

    Every couple of years, the media drums up the widely publicized fact that there is a dearth of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and national pundits and ivory tower elites pontificate and theorize about why more women aren't establishing long-term careers in STEM subjects. A new study is shedding light on one reason why.

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  • The Changing Map of Latin America

    The Changing Map of Latin America

    By Santiago Navarro F. and Renata Bessi, Truthout | Report

    The map of Latin America is in full flux. The reconfiguration of territories primarily affects the 670 indigenous communities that stretch from the Rio Grande to Patagonia, according to statistics from the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean. This political, social and economic remodeling of territory has been accompanied by seemingly endless conflict and social upheaval across the continent.

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