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San Francisco Bay, Fingers of a Storm

San Francisco Bay, Fingers of a Storm

Road Wash

Road Wash

Carpet White

Carpet White

It’s been lovely to live under such skies, rain pierced one day, wind whipped the next.  These were taken about 10:00 am along the shore road to the southern pier of the Golden Gate Bridge, in between two storms.

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Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War

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From my daily reading of the news coming from Washington D.C. and around the world I had thought it would be difficult to get more depressed about the governing classes of the United States: the just released Senate summary of U.S. torture, the torrent of revelations about governmental spying on citizens accused of nothing, the growing political power of a fabulously wealthy oligarchy, etc, etc.  Well, I was wrong and I am.   I’ve just finished James Risen’s Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War.”

Books Pay Any PriceRisen is a longtime investigative reporter whose focus since his arrival at the New York Times in 1998 has been terrorism and governmental response to it; the rise of the national security state with particular emphasis on the CIA.  After two books about the CIA, The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGB (Random House) (Milt Bearden, co-author) (2003); State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration (The Free Press) (2006) he extended his research into other sectors of national security.  Pay Any Price follows his reporting into NSA, FBI, DOD and the shadowy reaches of civilian contractors where enormous sums are spent in the name of the ‘war on terror’ with frighteningly little oversight.

The book is divided into three sections: Greed, Power, and Endless War.  Like the old saw goes — three creatures, each more frightening than the other. Continue reading »

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