AP Confirms Secret Camp Inside Gitmo By Andrew O. Selsky + video

Updated: Feb. 7, 2008 added video

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By Andrew O. Selsky
Guardian
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday February 6, 2008 10:01 PM

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Updated: Feb. 7, 2008

Pentagon confirms “Super Secret” section of GITMO

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February 07, 2008 MSNBC

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02.05.08 Mosaic News: World News From The Middle East (video)

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“Super Tuesday in the US,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Hamas Leaders in the West Bank Urge Gaza to Reconsider Coup,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Israel on High Alert,” IBA TV, Israel
“Settlers Demonstrate Against Dividing Jerusalem,” Dubai TV, UAE
“France Might Interfere in Chad,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“US Forces kill 9 Members of Iraqi Family,” Syria TV, Syria
“Kashmir Solidarity Day in Pakistan,” Dubai TV, UAE
“The West Does Not Understand Islam,” ANB TV, England
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

Powell’s UN Fiasco: Fresh and Festering By Ray McGovern

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By Ray McGovern
06/02/08 “ICH

Yesterday was a difficult day for Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. It was hard to celebrate the fifth anniversary of our first corporate memorandum, a same-day critique of Colin Powell’s Feb. 5, 2002 UN address, when we could not escape the reality that this speech greased the skids for death and destruction in Iraq and brought unprecedented shame on our country.  We found no solace in the realization that those who saw our analysis should have seen disaster coming.

A handful of former CIA intelligence officers joined me in forming the VIPS movement in Jan. 2002, after we concluded that our profession had been corrupted to “justify” what was, pure and simple, a war of aggression.  Little did we know at the time that a month later Colin Powell, with then-CIA Director George Tenet plumped down conspicuously behind him, would provide the world with a textbook example of careerism and cowardice in cooking intelligence to the recipe of his master.

Powell’s Prior Practice

It was hardly Powell’s first display of such behavior.

Those able to look past the medals and ribbons have been able to trace a pattern of malleability back to Powell’s early days as a young Army officer in Vietnam, and then in the 1980s as an Iran-Contra accomplice together with his boss Casper Weinberger, then secretary of defense.  Weinberger was indicted for perjury but escaped trial when pardoned by George H. W. Bush on Christmas Eve 1992.  [See Chapter 8 of Robert Parry’s new book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, for more on Powell’s proclivity to pander.]

A year before his UN speech Powell winked at the introduction of torture into the Army’s repertoire, rather than confront President George W. Bush personally on the pressure that Vice President Dick Cheney was exerting to conjure up legal wiggle-room for torture.  Instead, Powell merely asked State Department lawyers to engage White House lawyers Alberto Gonzales and Cheney-favorite David Addington, in what Powell knew would be—absent his personal involvement— a quixotic effort.

Powell’s lawyers put in writing his concern that making an end-run around the Geneva protections for prisoners of war “could undermine U.S. military culture which emphasizes maintaining the highest standards of conduct in combat, and could introduce an element of uncertainty in the status of adversaries.”  Well, he got that right.

But when Gonzales and Addington simply declared parts of Geneva “quaint” and “obsolete,” Powell caved, acquiescing in the corruption of the Army to which he owed so much.  We know the next chapters of that story—Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.  Powell’s instincts were right, but he lacked the strength of his convictions.  It turns out that this key instance of abject obeisance—important as it was in its own right—was just practice for the super bowl at the UN.

VIPS’ Maiden Effort

When those of us in our fledgling VIPS movement learned that Powell would address the UN on Feb. 5, 2003, we decided to do a same-day analytic assessment—the kind we used to do when someone like Khrushchev, or Gorbachev, or Gromyko, or Mao Tse-dung, or Castro gave a major address.  We were well accustomed to the imperative to beat the media with our commentary.  Coordinating our Powell draft via email, at 5:15 p.m. we issued VIPS’ first Memorandum for the President: “Subject: Today’s Speech by Secretary Powell at the UN.”

Our understanding at that time was far from perfect.  It was not yet completely clear to us, for example, that Saddam Hussein had for the most part been abiding by, rather than flouting, UN resolutions.  We stressed, though, that the key question was whether any of this justified war:

“This is the question the world is asking.  Secretary Powell’s presentation does not come close to answering it.”

We warned the president of the “politicization of intelligence” and the deep analytical flaws that inevitably follow, for example:

“Intelligence community analysts are finding it hard to make themselves heard above the drumbeat for war…”

“Your Pentagon advisers draw a connection between war with Iraq and terrorism, but for the wrong reasons.  The connection takes on much more reality in a post-US invasion scenario. (bold in original)  Indeed, it is our view that an invasion of Iraq would ensure overflowing recruitment centers for terrorists into the indefinite future.  Far from eliminating the threat it would enhance it exponentially.”

Dissociating VIPS from Powell’s bravado claim that the evidence he presented was “irrefutable,” we noted that no one has a corner on the truth and ended our memo for President Bush with this observation:

“…after watching Secretary Powell today, we are convinced you would be well served if you widened the discussion beyond violations of Resolution 1441, and beyond the circle of those advisers clearly bent on a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic.”

Senator Clinton Knew

Five years later, we take no pleasure at having been right; we take considerable pain at having been ignored.  The impending debacle was a no-brainer, and serious specialists like former UN inspector Scott Ritter, to his credit, were shouting it from the rooftops.

What follows is more than a mere footnote.  It is not widely known that our Feb. 5, 2003 memorandum analyzing Powell’s speech was shared with the junior senator from New York.  Thus, she still had plenty of time to raise her voice before the Bush administration launched the fateful attack on Iraq on March 19.

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC.  A former Army officer and veteran of 27 years in the analytic ranks of CIA, he is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.  VIPS’ issuances are listed below; complete texts of all 16 can be found at afterdowningstreet.org/vips.

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

Issuances

1     Memorandum for the President, February 5, 2003
“Secretary Powell’s Presentation to the UN Today”

2     Memorandum for Confused Americans, March 12, 2003
“Cooking Intelligence for War”

3     Memorandum for the President, March 18, 2003
“Forgery, Hyperbole, Half-Truth: A Problem”

4     Memorandum, March 26, 2003
“Arafat Interviewed by the Christisons on Current Impasse”

5     Memorandum, April 24, 2003
“The Stakes in the Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction”

6     Memorandum for the President, May 1, 2003
“Intelligence Fiasco”

7     Letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, May 19, 2003
“On UN Inspectors and Weapons of Mass Destruction”

8     Memorandum for the President, July 14, 2003
“Intelligence Unglued”

9     Memorandum for Colleagues in Intelligence, August 22, 2003
“Now It’s Your Turn”

10     Memorandum for Colleagues in Intelligence, October 13, 2003
“One Person Can Make a Difference”

11     Memorandum for the President, January 13, 2004
“Your State-of-the-Union Address”

12     Memorandum for the President, August 24, 2005
“Recommendation: Try A Circle of ‘Wise Women’”

13     Memorandum for Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader
“Denouement on Iraq: First Stop the Bleeding, March 14, 2007

14     Memorandum, March 29, 2007
“Brinkmanship Unwise in Uncharted Waters”

15     Memorandum, June 17, 2007
“Countering Terrorism—How Not to Do It”

16     Memorandum, July 27, 2007
“Dangers of a Cornered George Bush”

An earlier version of this article appeared yesterday at Consortiumnews.com.

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The machine gun of capitalism By Mark Morford

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By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist
ICH
06/02/08 “SFGate

Dead soldiers, peak oil and mind-boggling profits; praise Jesus, the machine’s still working

Surprisingly moving Barack Obama music videos? The potential end of the writer’s strike? Cute young deer being saved by helicopters? No no no no no. Here are your most deeply inspiring news stories of the month:

A flurry of pink slips fluttered over the job sector as corporate payrolls were sliced like sour pie. Foreclosures are skyrocketing and new home sales across the nation are plummeting faster than Britney Spears’ serotonin levels. A nasty recession is either creeping or flooding in, depending on your perspective and how recently you purchased your home and/or tried to dump your Google stock.

Meanwhile, the largest corporation in the world, the one which has consistently raked in the largest and most appalling profits of any organization on Earth, a company so powerful and deeply influential to the machinations of our own nation, our government, the globe, so ingrained and unstoppable that no president, no administration, no nuclear warhead to its CEO’s home planet stands a chance of slowing it down or altering its behavior in any significant way because there is simply far, far too much money involved in its nefarious endeavors, has recently posted the largest profit of any company in American history.

Yes, the Exxon Mobil corporation sucked in a staggering $11.7 billion in a single quarter (more than $40 billion for the year, a new record for an American company) thanks largely to record-breaking prices for a barrel of oil, which are of course only record-breaking because, well, the Bush administration has essentially engineered the economy and launched a bogus war and desiccated the American idea exactly so they would be.

Oh yes, two more trifling stories, buried beneath the nauseating Exxon headlines and the tales of looming economic struggle: More U.S. soldiers are dead in Iraq as a result of Bush’s failed war, U.S. military spending in 2009 will reach its highest levels since WWII ($515 billion), insurgents have taken to strapping suicide bombs to mentally retarded women and nearly 100 more civilians are dead in another bombing in Baghdad because the U.S. troop surge is working so well. Oh wait.

Do you feel the righteousness? The inspiration? Can you sense the deep connection between these stories? Because the truth is, they merely add up to the heartwarming conclusion that, without a doubt, American capitalism is still firing on all cylinders. Praise!

Yes, the system is working just exactly as those in control of the nation right now wish it to be working, with the most dominant, ruthless corporations in the world (Exxon joined by Shell, Chevron, BP, ConocoPhilips et al) still making the most money in the most destabilizing and environmentally devastating manner possible, while poor uneducated kids die like chattel in unwinnable wars trying to secure a tiny bit more of the source of their profit.

And somewhere in between, the nation’s overall health and well-being are sacrificed like dazed lambs to an ignorant god, with our government offering up only the most meager, desultory efforts to keep it functional so as to not induce all-out fire-and-pitchfork revolt.

Is that too simplistic? Too reductive? Not even close. Hell, you can distill it down even further. For if you understand, as most sentient creatures on the planet now do, that this “war” is merely a particularly bloody chunk of a particularly brutal, fraudulent national energy policy spearheaded by Dick Cheney and beloved by Saudi Arabia and Halliburton and most of Texas, then it is no stretch at all to say that we are sending American kids to their deaths exactly so Exxon can continue to make $3 billion in a single month (or: $100 million per day, $4 million per hour, or more than $1,000 every. Single. Second).

Or how about this for dark math: $40 billion for the year, 4,000 dead U.S. soldiers … that’s a cool $10 million in pure profit for every American soldier BushCo has thrown to the wolves of petroleum, just for 2007 alone. Even if you factor in the 20,000 wounded, paralyzed and brain damaged U.S. soldiers — not to mention the record number of military suicides — on a body-by-body basis, you’ve still got yourself one hell of a sweet profit margin. See Dick Cheney’s vile, crooked little grin? Now you know where it comes from.

This, you might argue, is perhaps the bleakest way to look at American capitalism, as an instrument of war and death and gluttony that serves only the most cretinous corporate masters at the expense of, well, everyone else. This is the capitalism of the hard right, a particularly ruthless type that happily sacrifices quite literally everything — the environment, health, human life, God, national identity, the stability of future generations — for the sake of immediate and unchecked profit.

It is the kind of system, furthermore, that brings with it a huge, nauseating sense of shame for how we have approached the world, pouring a vague disgust over the nation like a cancerous sludge. This is perhaps BushCo’s cruelest gift of all: tragically convincing us that this strain of capitalism, a furious weapon of greed and disgrace, inviting all manner of corruption and destruction as it brings out the absolute worst in the human animal, is the only flavor there really is.

But then again, no. Maybe there’s something else, a flipside we’ve forgotten amid the insane oil profits and dead bodies and global mistrust. It’s the awkward truism that American capitalism is potentially capable, despite its dark core of profit, despite its frequently poisoned heart, of tremendous creative opportunity and ingenuity. Like porn, like God, like wisdom and plutonium and very, very dark rum, it’s all in how you use it.

Here, then, is perhaps the most dominant question surrounding the upcoming big transition, as the nation prepares over the next year to finally rid itself of the cancer of Bush: Are we still capable of reshaping the capitalist demon, injecting it, on a national scale, with something like conscience and compassion and responsibility, sans the need to sell your mother, rape Alaska, or bomb ancient cities and kill pathetic foreign dictators in a pitiable attempt to vindicate your dad? Is such a turnaround even possible anymore?

Because this nasty truth remains: Bush or no, Exxon and its nefarious, insanely powerful ilk are ramming full speed ahead, undertaking more incredibly brutal, land-raping techniques as you read these very words to get at the Earth’s remaining supply of oil, sucking up tar sand and coal and anything else possible to maintain profit and power. They are, and will continue to be, utterly relentless and, at least for a number of years to come, quite unstoppable.

There is no eliminating the dark side of capitalism, the gluttony and the greed and the violent underbelly. There is only minimizing, shifting the emphasis, changing the pitch and angle of approach, trying to take what is, at its very heart, a flawed and self-destructive system, and making it into something proud and interesting and vibrant, something actually worth defending.

Can it be done? Is it still possible? No matter how many poetic Barack Obama speeches, no matter how many pragmatic Hillary Clinton promises, it’s a question that seems far bigger than both of them. And the truth is, it’s really the only question that matters.

Mark Morford’s Notes & Errata column appears every Wednesday and Friday on SFGate and in the Datebook section of the San Francisco Chronicle


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A Pre-election Attack on Iran Remains a Possibility By Leon Hadar

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By Leon Hadar
ICH
06/02/08 “Nieman

President Bush still believes the Iranians are developing nuclear weapons – and so do the Israelis. So for journalists to assume that neither the U.S. nor Israel will attack Iran before the November election could constitute another failure of imagination. Cato’s Leon Hadar suggests questions the press should ask the presidential candidates about what they think the American response should be to various scenarios in the region – including a Gulf-of-Tonkin-like alleged provocation.

Since the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran was issued at the end of the last year, much of the reporting and analysis in the MSM has been promoting the conventional wisdom in Washington: That a U.S. attack on Iran is now “out.”

The Bush Administration had been warning that it might use its military power to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. But with U.S. intelligence agencies making it clear that Iran wasn’t developing nuclear weapons, the administration had suddenly lost its casus belli. Without one, the conventional wisdom suggested, President Bush would not be able to mobilize American and international support for an attack on Iran, which in any case would have been a very costly operation.

And yet, even as this conventional wisdom was taking hold, the following events also took place:

1. Reports from Israel during Bush’s recent to the Middle East suggested that the president made it clear he didn’t consider the NIE a reliable source of guidance as far as his policy towards Iran was concerned. It was not difficult to conclude based on reports quoting “sources” that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney seemed to be marginalizing the significance of the NIE – recalling a similar kind of disdain they exhibited towards the conclusion of the Iraq Study Group. In fact, based on Bush’s behavior then – increasing the number of U.S. troops contrary to the recommendation for establishing a timeline for a withdrawal – members of the press should be considering the possibility that he is just as likely to act against Iran as he was before.

2. The incident in the strategic Strait of Hormuz during which Iranian speedboats buzzed three US navy ships and the Pentagon said that US forces were “literally” on the verge of firing on the Iranian boats. That incident should have led journalists to put the scenario in which the United States strikes Iranian nuclear sites on the backburner – and instead consider the possibility that a military confrontation between U.S. and Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf could take place as a result of (a) a provocation by the Iranians (b) a provocation by the Americans or (c) a misunderstanding.

3. Israeli officials also dismissed the NIE conclusions. Moreover, the Israelis expressed concern that Washington seemed to be losing its will to confront Iran and warned that they might have no choice but to launch an Osirak-like unilateral strike against Iran’s nuclear installation. Neither officials in the Bush Administration nor Republican or Democratic lawmakers in Congress have challenged Israel’s right to take such a unilateral action, especially against a regime whose leaders have disputed the legitimacy of the Jewish state and even made Holocaust-denying statements. The media should consider the possibility that the Israelis could take action – and that since they believe that a Democratic administration would not be quite as supportive of the Israeli position as the Bush administration, they could decide to take action against the Iranians before or after Bush leaves office.

So here are some of the questions American journalists could be asking the likely Democratic and Republican presidential nominees:

Q.  The recent incident in the Strait of Hormuz highlighted the danger that provocations by either side or just misunderstanding could ignite a Tonkin-Gulf-like military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran that could degenerate into an all-out war. Do you believe that President Bush has the legal power to retaliate militarily against an alleged Iranian provocation without Congressional authorization?

Q.  Are you concerned about a so-called “surprise” in a form of a Tonkin-Gulf-in-the-Persian-Gulf that could affect the outcome of the election? Have you or your aides raised this issue with officials in the administration or discussed it with your colleagues in Congress?

Q. Under what circumstances can President Bush count on your support if he decides to strike Iran before the election in November? Under what circumstances would he not have your support?

Q. The Israelis have also warned that they could take a unilateral action and strike against Iran’s nuclear sites if the U.S. and the international community fail to prevent the Iranians from pursuing their nuclear military program. Should the president demand that Israel get U.S. permission before deciding to strike Iran’s nuclear sites? What should the consequences be if Israel attacks without U.S. permission?

Q. Would you agree to supply Israel with bunker busting bombs to help it destroy the Iranian installations?

Q. Can the Israeli government count on your support if it decides to strike Iran before the election in November?

E-mail: LeonHadar@aol.com

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Everything our young children are taught today about the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a lie by Cynthia Mckinney

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by Cynthia Mckinney
Global Research, February 6, 2008

On Monday night, I spoke at the State University of New York at New Paltz on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In that speech I warned the students and members of the community present that everything our young children are taught today about the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a lie. And that it is a lie, purposefully told, to hide from view and justice, the real culprits. I went back to the December 1999 trial testimony of Bill Schapp who testified about the lies willingly printed by the most prestigious news houses of the day, including the New York Times, to destroy the reputation and effectiveness of Dr. King. I told the audience that for five long years, Dr. King endured the most treacherous treatment at the hands of the corporate press and that this treatment was even extended to his widow, Coretta, particularly by the Atlanta Constitution, after Dr. King was murdered. I warned the audience that it is clear that the malevolent intentions of the government are too often combined with the corporate press to deny the truth from the American people and the global community. So it was with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and so it is with what the world now knows as the Rwanda Genocide. I have only asked for the truth to be told and justice to follow.

While in Congress, I was involved in truth-seeking in the role of the United States government and the United Nations in what the world knows as the Rwanda Genocide. Outraged by what I learned, I agreed to testify in court in Spain on behalf of the truth. Today, I learned that that participation and that search for truth was worth it. Forty members of the Rwandan Army have been indicted for genocide. And the judge found that the current President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, was complicit–although he enjoys immunity as a sitting Head of State.

Here’s the story I just received from my friends in Spain and across Europe. Congratulations to them for their pursuit of the truth. And thank you, my friends on this listserve for recognizing that the truth is not always what is presented to us. While it is increasingly difficult to find justice in U.S. courts, this is the second time within recent memory that Spanish courts have stepped up to give the world justice.

Please support my work in trying to pry open the acceptable political discourse in this country and expose the truth. Please visit www.allthingscynthiamckinney.com for more information on me, and to www.runcynthiarun.org to donate to my efforts. Here’s the story:

Spanish judge indicts 40 Rwandan military officers for genocide

From CNN Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman

MADRID, Spain (CNN) — A Spanish judge Wednesday indicted 40 current or former Rwandan military officers for several counts of genocide and human rights abuses during the 1990s when several million Rwandans died or disappeared.

The judge issued international arrest warrants against the 40, including Gen. James Kabarebe, whom the judge said is believed to be the chief of staff of Rwanda’s military; Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa, whom the judge said is believed to be Rwanda’s ambassador to India; and Lt. Col. Rugumya Gacinya, whom the judge said is believed to be a military attaches at Rwanda’s embassy in Washington, according to court documents viewed by CNN

Rwanda does not have an extradition treaty with Spain, a court spokeswoman told CNN.

The indictments against the 40 are for “crimes of genocide, human rights abuses and terrorism,” during the 1990s in Rwanda, “when more than four million Rwandans were killed or disappeared under an extermination plan for ethnic and/or political reasons,” the court documents said.

The judge, Fernando Andreu, named eight Spaniards who died or disappeared during those tumultuous years in Rwanda. Their plight prompted his investigation at Spain’s National Court in Madrid, which previously has investigated human rights violations against Spaniards during past military regimes in Chile, Argentina and elsewhere.

Five of the Spanish victims were missionaries. The bodies of four of them were found in late 1996 after they were tortured, and shot or hacked to death with machetes, the documents said, while a fifth is still missing.

Three other Spaniards were shot to death in early 1997 while working for a non-profit medical group providing aid to Hutu refugees in Rwanda, the documents said.

The majority of the victims during the wave of terror, the documents said, were Hutu Rwandan refugees or Congolese civilians, mainly Hutus as well.

The judge did not indict Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, because he has immunity as head of state, the documents said. But the judge also found evidence of criminal activity by Kagame, based on the testimony of an informant who told the judge he previously worked on Kagame’s security detail, the documents said.

In preparing the indictments, the judge heard testimony from 22 people who said they witnessed the horrors in Rwanda in the 1990s. All of them live in exile, mainly in Europe, and all have changed their identity for security reasons, except Maria Beatrice Umutesi, who lives in Belgium and has written a book about the killings, the documents said.

The documents included a 182-page indictment and two accompanying summary documents.


“It is the absolute responsibility of everybody in uniform to disobey an order that is either illegal or immoral.” General Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Press Club, February 17, 2006

“My brother need not be idealized . . . beyond what he was in life. To be remembered simply as a good and decent man who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Eulogy of Bobby Kennedy by Teddy Kennedy, June 18, 1968

“Certain material weaknesses in financial reporting and other limitations on the scope of our work resulted in conditions that, for the 10th consecutive year, prevented us from expressing an opinion on the federal government’s consolidated financial statements.” David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, December 15, 2006

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Consult the Changeometer! + Buy America! cartoons by Mark Fiore

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Cartoon by Mark Fiore
Mother Jones
January 31, 2008

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Cartoon by Mark Fiore
Mother Jones
January 24, 2008

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Mark Fiore is an editorial cartoonist and animator whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, and dozens of other publications. He is an active member of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists, and has a web site featuring his work.

Suggested Election Coverage by Lo + Super Tuesday Roundtable (video links)

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Suggested Election Coverage

For election news, voting problems, primary coverage please check out these sites:

News From Underground

Brad Blog

Citizens for a Legitimate Government

http://www.nocureforthat.com

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Democracy Now!
Feb. 6, 2008

Super Tuesday Roundtable with Bill Fletcher of The Black Commentator, Sociologist Frances Fox Piven, Roberto Lovato of New America Media, and Progressive Democrats of America Director Tim Carpenter

We host a Super Tuesday roundtable with four guests: Bill Fletcher, executive editor of The Black Commentator and former president of TransAfrica Forum; Frances Fox Piven, a distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and author of many books; Roberto Lovato, a writer with New America Media and a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine; and Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats of America. [includes rush transcript–partial]

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Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of several books including Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America, The War at Home, and Why Americans Still Don’t Vote. Her upcoming book published by the New Press is on African American vote suppression.

Bill Fletcher, Executive Editor of The Black Commentator. He is the former president of TransAfrica Forum.

Roberto Lovato, Writer with New America Media and a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine.

Tim Carpenter, National Director of the Progressive Democrats of America.

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Democracy Now!
Feb. 6, 2008

After Super Tuesday, Obama and Clinton Race a Deadlock; McCain Declares Himself GOP Frontrunner

Voters in twenty-four states across the country took to the polls in a day that many had once predicted would determine the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees. While John McCain has proclaimed himself the Republican frontrunner, the Democratic race remains deadlocked. [includes rush transcript]

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The Colbert Report: Hillary’s Death by Shark Would be the Most Predictable (video)

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By Manila Ryce
The Largest Minority
Published Wednesday, February 6th, 2008, 2:28 am

Are you still unsure after months and months of nonstop political banter whether you favor Hillary or Obama? Well then you’re probably an idiot, so why not base your decision solely on the inevitable attacks of the opposition party? After all, that’s why impeachment is off the table.

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What Can Be Done To Change The Broken Political System by Guadamour

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by Guadamour
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Feb. 6, 2008

In election years such as this one, the word “Democracy” is constantly bandied about. It would seem that every politician running wants to make the USA more “Democratic.”

That is very interesting because the United States of America was not set up as a “Democracy,” nor has it ever been a “Democracy.”

The USA is a Representative Republic which is a far cry from a “Democracy.”

According to George Washington and the founders of the USA, the government of the country derives from the people. They do this by electing Representatives and Senators.

Theoretically these elected officials are suppose to vote the will of the people. There is, however, one big catch: they’re not legally obligated to vote for anyone but themselves (and more and more for their campaign contributors who helped to get them elected).

It seems evident that elected officials don’t vote the will of the electorate when over 70% of the population wants us out of Iraq and they keep voting funding for the war. That is only one of hundreds of possible examples.

It is foolhardy and naive to think that anyone running for the office of President will get the country out of Iraq without the express approval of their corporate backers or the “Military Industrial Complex.” This is as true for Ron Paul as it is for anyone else.

Ron Paul backers will, of course, say that it is not true because Paul does not take corporate contributions. Ron Paul will be hamstrung if he actually gets elected and tries to stop the war, because at that time Congress will actually reassert its constitutional authority as a co-branch of government. It can’t be any other way because most of Congress is bought and paid for by corporations and the “Military Industrial Complex (try closing a munitions or arms manufacturer in any Congressmen’s district).

When one studies newspapers, magazines and what’s posted on the net, one immediately becomes aware of the discontent in the country as it is being operated. This is true of people who want election reform, tax reform, a true investigation into 9-11, the anti-abortion contingency, gun-rights advocates, et cetera, et cetera.

It is blatantly apparent that politicians are a major part of the problem; however, how can one take voting seriously when it is a choice between two evils. And oftentimes the lesser of the two evils does not win. Besides that, with the Diebold machines now in use it is apparently easier to steal a US election than one in a third world country. One should not forget what happened in 2000 and 2004.

There are people upset over foreign policy, the “Justice” Department, the CIA, Diebold voting machines, mandatory IDs, the continued presence of the Electoral College (where apparently cheat sheets can be bought). The list goes on and on.

Everyone seems to be bitching and complaining about something, but no one is really offering much in the way of how to change the system which is stacked in favor of the wealthy and corporate interests.

Twenty-four states in the Union offer their registered voters the right of initiative or referendum. This allows the electorate to bring issues that are of interest to them before the voters. A simple majority will pass an issue, and it generally becomes law once the governor signs it (this, of course, varies from state to state). No governor in his or her right mind would not sign such a referendum into law if they want to remain in office.

There is now a national movement gathering signatures of registered voters (natural individuals and not corporations) via the internet to give the people of the entire country the right of initiative and referendum. Once 50,000,000 signatures are gathered the initiative will be put before the entire electorate. If approved it will be come the law of the land.

With that quantity of signatures no president or legislature can ignore it, nor the corporately controlled media.

This will truly give the electorate a say in the running of government, and it should spark a much more profound fire of interest in the electorate as to how their country is administered.

The movement is called The National Initiative For Democracy.

For anyone serious about changing the direction the country is headed and not just whining about it, it would behoove them to learn more about this movement at www.ni4d.us.

Buddy Holly: That’ll Be The Day (music video)

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This video shows his first appearance, of two, on the Ed Sullivan Show on December 1st, 1957.

Read the rest of Clark’s blog: Buddy Holly: That’ll Be The Day

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Buddy Holly recorded his first hit “That’ll Be The Day” for Brunswick records, and this clip in live for the Ed Sullivan show.

Added: December 25, 2007

The Republicans May Still Hold On To Power by Eric Margolis

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by Eric Margolis
February 04, 2008

WASHINGTON DC – An aura of `fin de regime’ hangs over this imperial capitol, as eight years of Republican rule nears an end. All the lobbyists, consultants, deal-makers and journalists who feed off the Federal Government are now frantically scrambling to latch on to the new regime that will come in January, 2008.

Polls show Democrats way ahead of the beleaguered Republicans – so far. A majority of Americans are fed up with the Bush Administration’s foreign policy disasters and, increasingly, the seriously ailing economy which is slipping into recession. The massive frauds and outright criminal activity lying behind the sub-prime mortgage crisis is going to be squarely blamed on Republicans.

Unless there is a major terrorist attack on the US in coming months, the Republicans seemed doomed. At least they did until the 29 January Florida primary. Suddenly, Republicans see a glimmer of light at the end of their very dark tunnel: Sen. John McCain.

Conservative Republicans do not like the senator from Arizona, seeing him as too permissive over social and religious issues. Many moderate East Coast Republicans shudder when they listen to McCain propose decades of wars against the Muslim World, and sending more US troops to Iraq.

At a political rally last April, Sen. McCain led a chorus singing, `bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.’ This act alone should have disqualified him from high office. But right wingers loved the senator’s bellicose song, and now hail him as the man who will really `unleash’ America’s military might.

Last summer, McCain’s candidacy seemed doomed when his campaign ran out of money. McCain held on, and is now the front-runner, with the robotic Mitt Romney snapping at his heels.

The humiliating defeat in Florida of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani also alters the dynamics of the primary race. Giuliani was primarily financed and supported by Republican Neoconservatives because of the ex-mayor’s hard line support of Israel. His neocon financial backers and advisors are now trying to climb aboard the McCain bandwagon. This will give McCain important new finance to battle Romney’s millions, and even more important media support.

Even so, with some 66% of voters saying they will vote Democratic in the November elections, Republican chances still seem dim. But this does not take into account the Hillary factor.

Senator Hillary Clinton still leads Barak Obama in the Democratic primary race. The next round of `super’ primaries, on 5 February, may cement her lead, unless Obama produces an upset.

Women like Hillary Clinton because of her image as a wronged wife and champion of female rights. A teary-eyed speech won her the woman’s vote in New Hampshire. But many men detest Hillary just as much. She represents to them everything they find distasteful in some women: deviousness, aggressiveness, underhandedness and unattractiveness.

Republicans are down on their knees praying Hillary will beat Obama. If she becomes the Democratic candidate, the Republican – now most likely led by John McCain – will probably beat her. No matter how angry American men are with the Bush Administration’s follies, they detest Hillary even more. They could very well hold their noses and vote Republican again.

Though just endorsed by the influential Kennedy family as anointed heir to the sainted President John Kennedy, Barack Obama must yet face an oncoming crisis. The internet is rife with accusations from rightwing know-nothings that he is a Muslim who will hand Washington over to al-Qaida and Taliban. But the debate over his religious roots has not yet hit the mainstream media in a meaningful manner.

So far, Obama has managed to get away with claiming he is a Christian and has no Muslim background. But it’s clear he does, having a Muslim father. When more Americans become aware of this awkward fact, Barack Obama could face an uphill struggle. Anti-Muslim prejudice is so high in America that even a Muslim grandparent could be the political kiss of death.

If Obama cannot evade this problem, or falters on 5 Feb, Hillary Clinton will become the Democratic candidate. Faced with widespread male disapproval, she could lead her party to defeat and the nation to another Republican victory. This time led by a hardliner who likes to sing about bombing Iran and was actually a war hero.

Copyright Eric S. Margolis 2008

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Inside a Government Chemtrail Aircraft (video)

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Updated: May 23, 2008 The video was removed so here’s another copy of the same one. ~ Lo

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The C.I.A.-N.S.A facility at Pinal Airpark-Marana, (Arizona) is the most important centre that modifies a wide range of aircraft types to conduct the chemtrail spray operations that began the entire United States in November of 1998. Continue reading

Was PD Editorial Written with Straight Face? by Roldo Bartimole (Kucinich)

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by Roldo Bartimole
Cleveland Leader
February 6, 2008

Sometimes the Pee Dee is so laughable that you just can’t believe the ridiculousness of it.

I certainly got that feeling by turning to the Sunday Opinion pages and viewing the paper’s endorsement of Joe Cimperman in the 10th District Congressional election.

There certainly was no surprise in the choice. The paper had been telegraphing its desire to flak for Cimperman for weeks.

The Pee Dee used the entire space of the Sunday editorial slot to bless Cimperman. Actually, it was not so much to anoint Cimperman as to throw slaps at his opponent, Dennis Kucinich.

Talk about overkill. Is this the most important political race in decades to the Pee Dee? Does Cleveland teeter on a precipice with Kucinich to tip us into the abyss?

What struck me as really odd was how little space the paper spent on telling us of any accomplishments of Cimperman. His major accomplishment, as I can see, is giving away city money to developers.

It will be interesting to read Pee Dee reporters covering this campaign to determine how much news coverage is biased and reflects the editorial stance.

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How to help Dennis Kucinich receive much needed funds

from: RKShantay

http://www.progressivepatriotsfund.com/suggest-a-candidate/

and do like I did, tell them that Dennis Kucinich needs help right now! It’s Sen. Russ Feingold’s PAC, progressivepatriotsfund.com.

(note: he is running in the 10th Congressional district in Ohio)

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