October Surprises…….

Pepe Escobar Commentary: Al Gore campaigns for Obama in Florida; Bin Laden still not heard from

For months there has been relentless talk of an October surprise capable of swaying the US presidential election – just as the Osama bin Laden video “Message to the American people” released in late October 2004. Possible October surprises include former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsing Senator Barack Obama and former vice-president Al Gore campaigning for Obama in Florida – the state that cost him the election in 2000. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda has vaguely endorsed Senator John McCain. But many – including top US government officials – are still waiting for an Osama bin Laden video.

Taking on the military-industrial complex

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    • jimstaro on November 1, 2008 at 4:44 pm
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    Veterans’ Computerized Records Subject to Tampering by VA

    Veterans for Common Sense

    VA WatchDog

    A denied VA claim is just a click away. Altering files and changing dates all too common.

    October 31, 2008 – They have names like COVERS, VACOLS and MAP-D.  They are just a few of the computer software programs used by the Veterans’ Benefits Administration (VBA) of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to process a veteran’s claim.

    And, they are all subject to tampering.

    Recent revelations of documents vital to veterans’ claims showing up in shredder bins at VBA’s Regional Offices (VAROs) and further revelations that thousands of pieces of unopened mail were found have captured the interest of veterans and their veterans’ service organizations (VSOs).

    Full background here

    • Robyn on November 1, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Surprise!

    It’s November.

    • jimstaro on November 1, 2008 at 7:44 pm
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    Low Return On Absentee Ballots Expected; Some Officers Refuse To Vote To Underscore Political Neutrality

    The U.S. military has traditionally tilted toward the Republican Party, and analysts said they do not expect this election to be different. But they also said Barack Obama’s appeal to youth, African-Americans and Hispanics – all groups over-represented in the military – could cut into support for John McCain.

     

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