Dick’s War | Unfilter 42

Dick’s War | Unfilter 42

Its been 10 years since the invasion of Iraq, armed with a new study, and a revealing documentary of Dick Cheney we’ll look back at the scandals and lies that led the the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

We’ll look back at the individuals, the scandals, and the lies that led the United Stated into the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Plus why you should care about the outrageous situation in Cyprus, the good news for bitcoin investors, details South Korea’s purported Cyber attack, your feedback, and much much more.

On this week’s episode of, Unfilter.

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Cybersecurity Maintains the Headlines

Kristie Lu Stout talks to Seoul resident and KBS employee Luke Cleary about the massive computer outage in South Korea

Mr. Lew pressed his Chinese counterparts on what is a new agenda item: U.S. claims that Chinese state-sponsored entities are hacking into the computer systems of U.S. companies to steal corporate secrets.

Koch Brothers Mulling L.A. Times Bid, other Tribune newspapers

Charles and David Koch, two of the world’s richest men, are interested in Tribune’s newspaper assets, which include the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, according to sources familiar with situation.

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Iraq 10 years Later

Stunning new statistics from the Watson Institute at Brown University’s ‘Costs of War’ report show that the decade-long War in Iraq has resulted in at least 189,000 deaths and cost more than $2 trillion. Expenses, including interest, could top $6 trillion through 2053.

The 10-year anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq marks a striking failure of accountability on the part of the United States, the United Kingdom and Iraq itself, Human Rights Watch said today.

After the film’s whirlwind exploration of Cheney’s 40 long years of public service, what lingers in the air is this same spooky realization that despite everything – the Iraq War, the absence of WMD’s, the warrantless surveillance, the discoveries at Abu Ghraib – Cheney regrets nothing. “If I had to do it over again,” Cheney says at the end of the film. “I’d do it over in a minute.”

Dick Cheney, in a 1994 interview, lists countless reasons for America not to have invaded Baghdad. Funny how every reason still bears heavy relevance to our position there now.

Cyprus’ Bad Week

That panic forced Cyprus to declare a bank holiday. Then it killed the plan to tax bank deposits, with parliament voting it down. Global stock markets, which had dipped on the initial news of the bailout plan, leveled out as if the whole thing was a false alarm.

At first blush, it seems only fair that the Russians pony up. After all, the tens of billions of euros that Russians have parked in Cypriot bank accounts helped trigger the island’s financial crisis. And Moscow protested loudly when some European leaders wanted to levy stiff taxes on Cypriot bank accounts, a plan that now has been scuppered. Cyprus now is almost €6 billion ($7.7 billion) short of the money it needs to cut a deal with the so-called troika of European creditors and the International Monetary Fund.

But counting on aid from Russia is a bad idea for Cyprus—and for the rest of Europe. Cyprus has already gotten a €2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) loan from Moscow, and it can’t borrow more without greatly increasing its debt ceiling, something the troika won’t permit. Instead of offering a loan, Russia might ask for rights to natural gas fields in the Mediterranean south of Cyprus. Europe already depends heavily on Russia for natural gas, and extending Russia’s control over future supplies would almost certainly boost gas prices across the region, Athanios Orphanides, a former governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus, told Bloomberg Television this morning. “It would be a huge economic cost,” he said.

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Bitcoin BOOMS this Week

One of the side effects of the Eurozone crisis could be that some people turn to the deregulated, decentralised currency when they otherwise may not have even considered it. The events in Cyprus this past week – where it looked like the government, in desperate need of money, had planned to impose a levy on savings – seemed to have coincided with a slight spike in downloads of Bitcoin mobile apps in Spain, a country with its own wobbly economic situation.

  • Al Gore stirs a rally on Twitter after comments at PYMNTS Innovation Project 2013.

Al Gore:“ I am a big fan of Bitcoin” @algore #ip2013

Al Gore brilliant on virtual currencies “what could go wrong?” Also impressed that he can speak intelligently about Bitcoin. #ip2013

Al Gore: “Regulation of money supply needs to be depoliticized…. especially as it applies to virtual currencies”.

U.N. investigator: U.S. drone strikes violate Pakistan sovereignty

After days of meeting with Pakistani officials, the United Nations official investigating Washington’s global campaign of drone strikes attacked the legal and strategic basis for the robotic war in its biggest battlefield. And he raised doubts over whether Americans operating the drones can actually distinguish terrorists from average Pakistanis.

+ Not about Changing US Policy

Though Emmerson’s findings likely won’t change U.S. policy, Imtiaz Gul, a Pakistani security analyst who provided Emmerson with case studies of civilian victims of drone strikes, said the U.N. investigator’s research does shed light on civilian victims of the U.S. drone program and highlights the risky precedent set by carrying out missile strikes on foreign territory without that government’s consent.

“It’s not about forcing the U.S. to change its policy,” Gul said. “It’s more about educating on an issue that could create dangerous precedence for other countries.”

Washington state names “pot czar” after legalizing marijuana

Prominent policy analyst and UCLA professor Mark Kleiman has won Washington State’s consulting contract on I–502 implementation.

Reformers have had a “love/hate” relationship with Kleiman over the years. He supports some of our issues, like marijuana legalization — sort of.

He acknowledges the impact of prohibition in increasing the harmfulness of addictive drugs to their users, but states as nearly a fact the assumption that overall harm would go up with legalization nonetheless — while admonishing the rest of us not to make assumptions about the positive effects of even just marijuana legalization.

But Kleiman harshed the CNN host’s giggly buzz by not laughing back, and then taking a serious tone: “No, because I think whether the people on our team have used cannabis at one point or another … is irrelevant to the job we’ve been chosen to do.”


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