Businessmen can “shoot to kill” in the event of martial law!! (video)

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Democracy Now!
Feb. 11, 2008

Report: Over 23,000 Business Leaders Working With FBI and Homeland Security

The Progressive magazine is reporting that more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The business leaders form a group known as InfraGard that receives warnings of terrorist threats directly from the FBI before the public does. We speak with the the reporter who broke the story and the editor of The Progressive, Matt Rothschild. [includes rush transcript]

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Matt Rothschild, reporter who wrote the piece, “The FBI Deputizes Business.” He is editor of The Progressive magazine and is author of You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression.

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Businessmen can “shoot to kill” in the event of martial law!!

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Added: February 11, 2008

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Infragard – First in a Series by Virginia Simson

The FBI Deputizes Business By Matthew Rothschild

An Iron Fist In A Velvet Glove – How American Democracy Relies on Fascism By Ted Rall

Police State America – A Look Back and Ahead by Stephen Lendman

Close In or Far Away? The Psychology of Killing by Col. Daniel Smith

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by Col. Daniel Smith
The Smirking Chimp
February 13, 2008

“There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.”
–Thomas A. Edison

War is a progressive concept.

Not sociologically, but in the sense that what began as an “art” has evolved through direct and indirect absorption of advances in peripheral disciplines (e.g., chemical and nuclear energy and health and medicine) into a separate “discipline” that is studied in its own right. Nonetheless, the elements of science–ballistics, ordnance engineering, propellant source , mechanical engineering, electronics and nanotechnology–focus more on the generally incremental development of weapons and support systems than on analyzing the implications for fighting formations and tactics of more effective weaponry.

(There are many who contend that success or failure in battle arguably is as much the result of one commander’s superior or inferior imagination and ability to integrate the essential elements of mission, enemy, terrain, troops available, and training in formulating and implementing a battle plan.)

Modern “conventional” war–as well as the possibility of nuclear war–complicates armed conflict because the fighting systems cannot simply be plucked off a shelf at a moment’s notice. Those who engage in or favor a “war footing” thus are forever seeking new materials, new combinations of known materials, or new variations in fabricating instruments that can kill and destroy efficiently.

Contrast the huge amount of resources devoted to modern weapons development with the historically resource-starved and thus limited (or even totally ignored) study of the psyche’s rational and emotional “switches” inhibit or propel extreme behavior in groups who are allowed or who have seized an opportunity to rampage through towns and villages in a manner comparable to the “hordes” of recorded history.

While obviously incomplete and invariably written from the perspective of the winner, oral traditions and the earliest chronicles detail numerous instances when the “hordes” of “barbarians” on far-ranging conquests engaged in the frenzied slaughter of entire populations–acts that today would be considered war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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We Are Trained Killers! (video; over 18 only)

Help keep Ohio’s 10th Congressional District in Progressive Hands!

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by Archangel M
Daily Kos
Feb 14, 2008

As you’re probably aware, Ohio’s 10th Congressional is in the midst of a fierce primary battle.  Motivated to seize the House seat for its preferred corporate candidate, and driven by hatred stretching back to Muny Light, the Cleveland Plain Dealer — a very conservative newspaper and the town’s only daily — is trying to push Dennis Kucinich out after more than ten years of loyal and able service to his constituency.

Cleveland’s movers and shakers have thrown their support by sitting Ward 13 councilman Joe Cimperman, a corporate-owned politician.  His argument for running is based in part on the most ludicrous of claims: that a sitting elected official ought not to spend taxpayer time and money running for another elected office.  But that is precisely what Cimperman is doing.  Furthermore, he is running on a patently false claim that Kucinich has missed more votes than almost any other member of Congress.

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Freedom Rider: Democrats Target Kucinich for Defeat By Margaret Kimberley

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Olbermann: A Valentine… + Water Slide + Worst + Vote Or Die

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Feb. 14, 2008

A Valentine…

We’ve had Democrats standing up to President Bush… A Special Comment… Worst Persons trying to compare Barack Obama to Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler. Our number one story: Who in the hell could follow that? My friend, the Prince of Pain himself… Richard Lewis Tonight.

Water Slide

Keith speaks with Rachel Maddow.

In the Senate chambers last night, a vote on water-boarding sent Senator John McCain’s Straight Talk Express hydro-planing sharply, smack into… John McCain. Our fourth story on the Countdown tonight… a McCain milestone: his vote protecting the CIA’s ability to torture suspects. At issue… a bill that would make every American interrogator follow the Army Field Manual… which just happens to ban water-boarding.

World’s Worst

Worse: Ann Coulter

Worser: Laura Ingraham

Worst: Tom Sullivan

Updated: Feb 16, 2008

Vote Or Die

Keith speaks with Jonathan Turley.

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Keith Olbermann Special Comment: Mr Bush You Are A Fascist!