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Transparency in the Age of Obama by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
January 9, 2011

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.

Taken from the White House Website – A message from President Obama to his staff.

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The Empire and the Right to Life of Human Beings by Fidel Castro Ruz

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by Fidel Castro Ruz
Global Research, October 28, 2010

In his latest reflections Fidel Castro refers to fragments of the text “The War Crimes of Stanley McChrystal, U.S. General” which, among other things, “reveals examples of how the Obama Administration continues walking in Bush`s footsteps”.

That’s terrific! So I exclaimed when I read down to the last line about the revelations of the famous journalist Seymour Hersh, printed in Democracy Now! and collected as one of the 25 most censored news items in the United States.

The material is entitled “The War Crimes of Stanley McChrystal, U.S. General” and it was included in Project Censored, put together by a university in California, including the essential paragraphs from those revelations.

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Peter Dale Scott: 9/11 Questions Remain Unanswered

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TheRealNews | September 09, 2010

Peter Dale Scott: “I do know for a certainty that there has been a cover-up of 9/11″

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Nine Years After 9/11, US Court Concedes that International Laws of War Restrict President’s Wartime Powers

by Andy Worthington
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8 September, 2010

Under President George W. Bush, a small group of advisors tied closely to Vice President Dick Cheney argued that neither Congress nor the judiciary should attempt to prevent the President from doing whatever he felt was appropriate as the Commander-in-Chief of a “War on Terror” that was declared after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As Sidney Blumenthal explained in an article for Salon in January 2006, the President and his advisors believed in the “unitary executive” theory — “the idea that the President as Commander-in-Chief is the sole judge of the law, unbound by hindrances such as the Geneva Conventions, and possesses inherent authority to subordinate independent government agencies to his fiat.” Blumenthal added, accurately, that this concept was “the cornerstone of the Bush legal doctrine.”

The extreme position taken by John Yoo regarding Presidential power

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Peter Dale Scott: Continuity of Government Planning

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with Peter Dale Scott
Bonnie Faulkner
Guns and Butter
July 14, 2010

The process by which the U.S. Constitution has already been superseded.

from the archives:

Ellen Brown: The Financial Hijacking of America

9/11, Deep Events, and the Curtailment of U.S. Freedoms by Prof. Peter Dale Scott

Secret Bush Administration Plan to Suspend US Constitution

Bush Extends 9/11 National Emergency Yet Again by Peter Dale Scott

Continuity of Government and the “ENDGAME” Scenario by Tom Burghardt

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Ralph Nader interviews Judge Napolitano: Bush and Cheney Should Have Been Indicted for Torturing, for Spying and Arresting Without Warrants

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I highly recommend watching the full program.  ~ DS

C-SPAN
June 2, 2010

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Nader: What about the more serious violations of habeas corpus. You know after 9-11 Bush rounded up thousands of them, Americans, many of them Muslim Americans or Arabic Americans and they were thrown in jail without charges, they didn’t have lawyers, some of them were pretty mistreated in New York City. You know they were all released eventually.

Napolitano: Correct.

Nader: Is that what you mean also about throwing people in jail without charges violating habeas corpus?

Napolitano: Well that is so obviously a violation of the natural law, the natural right to be brought before a neutral arbiter within moments of the government taking your freedom away from you. And the Constitution itself, as the Supreme Court in the Boumediene case pretty much said, wherever the government goes, the Constitution goes with it and wherever the Constitution goes are the rights of the Constitution as a guarantee and habeas corpus cannot be suspended by the president ever. It can only be suspended by the Congress in times of rebellion which in read Milligan says meaning rebellion of such magnitude that judges can’t get into their court houses. That has not happened in American history.

So what President Bush did with the suspension of habeas corpus, with the whole concept of Guantanamo Bay, with the whole idea that he could avoid and evade federal laws, treaties, federal judges and the Constitution was blatantly unconstitutional and is some cases criminal.

[...]

UPDATE: If you would like to watch the entire hour long interview from Book TV, C-SPAN has it available in their video library here.

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Updated: added full program

evelkidnievel on Nov 14, 2012

Andrew Napolitano – Interviewed by Ralph Nader

Discussing the book “Lies the Government Told You” and more…

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BUSH & CHENEY are CRIMINALS & SHOULD BE INDICTED

YOUPOLITICS

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Ralph Nader: What if…?

Lawrence Wilkerson: Bush and Cheney must have known most Gitmo prisoners were innocent

Kucinich Legislation Ends the Extrajudicial Killing of U.S. Citizens

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Lawrence Wilkerson: Bush and Cheney must have known most Gitmo prisoners were innocent

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with Lawrence Wilkerson
Scott Horton
Antiwar Radio
July 04, 2010

Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, discusses why Bush and Cheney must have known most Guantanamo prisoners were innocent, the US military’s inability to do battlefield vetting of Afghan war prisoners, Cheney’s reversal of the Blackstone formulation on the wrongful imprisonment of innocents, how Colin Powell and others were kept out of the loop about intelligence based on tortured confessions, how the intelligence failures on Iraq WMD were in part due to compensating for missing Saddam’s real program in 1990-91 and why Douglas Feith and Richard Perle are essentially representatives of Israel’s Likud party.

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