Bloomberg investigative business reporter David Evan’s has a follow-up to his revelations about how the Veterans Administrations failed to protect the interests of Veterans and their families when it came to insurance benefits. This time using the Freedom of Information Act Evans uncovered a secret deal between the VA and Prudential Insurance to withhold information from beneficiaries that permitted Prudential to profit by withholding lump sum death benefit payments. To read more go to http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-14/veterans-agency-arranged-secret-deal-with-prudential-over-soldier-benefits.html
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The next series of “Top Secret America”, “The Secrets Next Door”, makes the place we live in appear like a scene from Transformers; where ordinary things you see perform extraordinary functions. The brick warehouse is not just a warehouse. Concealed from your view is a fleet of black SUVs that have the capabilities to withstand explosions and gunfire. The manhole cover between two low-slung buildings is not a manhole cover; it is an access point to a government cable for “top secret information”.
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More than one million gallons of chemicals called dispersants have been sprayed into the Gulf of Mexico in an attempt to break up the plume emanating from the B.P. oil spill, but some of the ingredients were kept secret until this week.
The dispersant manufacturer said it preferred to keep the ingredients secret because they consider the formula proprietary.
The ingredients were finally revealed, however, following a public outcry over health problems experienced by some clean-up workers. Louisiana chemist and activist Wilma Subra says, until the full ingredients was released Wednesday, many of the health care professionals treating possible dispersant-linked health problems weren’t sure what to do.
One of the ingredients – 2-butoxy ethanol – is designated a chronic and acute health hazard and was linked to health problems experienced by cleanup workers following the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.
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According to reports, at least $500 million dollars has been spent on renovating Guantanamo Bay since the September 11 attacks.
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