Interesting stories of the day, from rrnd

In search of John Doe No. 2
Mother Jones
by James Ridgeway

"Federal officials insist that the Oklahoma City bombing case was solved
a decade ago. But a Salt Lake City lawyer in search of his brother's
killers has dug up some remarkable clues - on cross-dressing bank
robbers, the FBI, and the mysterious third man." (08/07)

The Threat of US Fascism: An historical precedent
Common Dreams
by Alan Nasar

"Perhaps the most alarming slice of twentieth-century U.S. history is
virtually unknown to the general public, including most scholars of
American history. ... In 1934 a special Congressional committee was
appointed to conduct an investigation of a possible planned coup
intended to topple the administration of president Franklin D. Roosevelt
and replace it with a government modelled on the policies of Adolph
Hitler and Benito Mussolini. ... The Congressional committee had
discovered that some of the foremost members of the economic elite, many
of them household names at the time, had indeed hatched a meticulously
detailed and massively funded plot to effect a fascist coup in America.
The owners of Bird's Eye, Maxwell House and Heinz, among others,
totaling about twenty four major businessmen and Wall Street financiers,
planned to assemble a private army of half a million men, composed
largely of unemployed veterans. These troops would both constitute the
armed force behind the coup and defeat any resistance this in-house
revolution might generate. The economic elite would provide the material
resources required to sustain the new government." [editor's note: I
don't dispute the possibility that a coup was planned - but no coup was
needed to make the policies of FDR's admnistration resemble those of
Hitler and Mussolini. The New Deal was simply an American-style
rendering of national socialism, i.e. fascism - TLK] (08/02/07)

Majority favor security over privacy
ABC News

"Crime-fighting beats privacy in public places: Americans, by nearly a
3-to-1 margin, support the increased use of surveillance cameras - a
measure decried by some civil libertarians, but credited in London with
helping to catch a variety of perpetrators since the early 1990s. Given
the chief arguments, pro and con - a way to help solve crimes vs. too
much of a government intrusion on privacy - it isn't close: 71 percent
of Americans favor the increased use of surveillance cameras, while 25
percent oppose it." (07/29/07)