Ron Paul on Cavuto: Federal Reserve’s $200 Billion Injection

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replaced video June 3, 2009

MrFeelgood66
March 11, 2008

Even Cavuto realizes Ron Paul is a true fiscal conservative.

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The Money Masters – How International Bankers Gained Control of America (video)

Paul leaves open door to third-party bid, unlikely to support McCain

Is the Revolution Over or Just Beginning? by Rand Paul

Statement on Gaza Bill By Ron Paul

ABC: Ron Paul To Drop Out + Message from Ron Paul + Paul NOT Dropping Out

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Election Reality TV: Butch & Hoppy Chase 1 (videos)

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BlackBoxVoting

Campy and educational video showing overview of how a New Hampshire election could be compromised, and the lengths the citizenry will go to in order to learn what’s really going on. Will be available for full download on Black Box Voting .ORG Web site.

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Uncounted – The New Math of American Elections (video)

BlackBoxVoting: Election Reality TV – First in series

Interview of David Earnhardt on Election Fraud in 2004, 2006, and 2008

Hacking Democracy (must see videos; 2006)

Why Fallon’s Resignation is Frightening (video)

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Fallon’s resignation is frightening. President Bush and his administration are totally out of control and it is a bad sign for Fallon to resign given the context

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Fears of strike on Iran rise as Admiral Fallon quits by Chris Stephen

6 Signs the U.S. May Be Headed for War in Iran by Terry Atlas

Defense Sec Gates Announces Resignation of Admiral Fallon + More on Fallon’s Resignation

Spitzer Resigns, Citing Personal Failings

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By DANNY HAKIM and ANAHAD O’CONNOR
NYT
March 12, 2008

Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, announced his resignation today, becoming the first governor of New York to be forced from office in nearly a century.

Mr. Spitzer, appearing somber and with his wife at his side, said his resignation is to be effective Monday, and that Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson would be sworn in to replace him.

“As I leave public life, I will first do what I need to do to help and heal myself and my family,” he said. “Then I will try once again, outside of politics, to serve the common good and to move toward the ideals and solutions which I believe can build a future of hope and opportunity for us and for our children.”

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NY Governor Spitzer involved in Prostitution Ring!! (videos) + Sources: Spitzer Resignation Expected (updated)

Who cares if Eliot Spitzer hires prostitutes? + The Spitzer Sex Sting: A Few More Questions

Fears of strike on Iran rise as Admiral Fallon quits by Chris Stephen

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by Chris Stephen
Global Research, March 12, 2008
The Scotsman – 2008-03-11

Head of the US forces in the Middle East abruptly resigned last night after a magazine claimed he was at odds with the Bush administration over its hardline policy on Iran.

In a move likely to sharpen concern that America may be planning military action against Tehran, Admiral William Fallon, head of central command, quit with immediate effect.

Last night he denied he was out of step with the White House, but said the “embarrassment” from the article made it impossible to do his job.

Robert Gates, the defence secretary, denied there was a rift with the admiral, but said: “I believe it was the right thing to do, even though I do not believe there are in fact significant differences between his views and administration policy.”

Admiral Fallon was the subject of an article in Esquire magazine that portrayed him as opposed to President George Bush’s Iran policy. It described him as a lone voice against taking military action to stop the Iranian nuclear programme.

Admiral Fallon, who is travelling in Iraq, issued a statement through his US headquarters in Florida.

He said: “Although I don’t believe there have ever been any differences about the objectives of our policy in the central command area of responsibility, the simple perception that there is makes it difficult for me to effectively serve America’s interests.”

There was speculation the admiral had been forced out after clashing repeatedly with his Pentagon bosses over how to deal with Iran.

Democrats said the affair showed the gulf between the US government and its own military over Middle East policy.

Harry Reid, Democrat senate majority leader, said: “It is a sign that the administration is blind to the growing costs and consequences of the Iraq war.”

When he was appointed in January last year, the admiral told Senate confirmation hearings that all options for diplomacy must be exhausted before military action could be considered.

It was reported to be a veiled criticism of the Pentagon’s willingness to back the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 without giving time for inspectors to assess whether there were the claimed weapons of mass destruction.

Last summer, as Washington, backed by London, accused Iran of trying to build nuclear weapons, the admiral went public to denounce the “constant drumbeat of conflict”.

Last December the admiral’s caution over Iran appeared to be vindicated when a US intelligence report concluded there was no evidence Iran had a nuclear weapons programme.

But the news, and the loss of momentum by America and Britain for new sanctions against Tehran, seemed only to sharpen the knives in the Pentagon.

Esquire, which was granted extensive access by the admiral to follow him across the Middle East, concluded that he was “the strongest man standing between the Bush administration and a war with Iran”.

It speculated that Fallon, 63, would be sacked this summer because he was thought to be standing in the way of a threat of possible military action.

Certainly, his resignation comes as an embarrassment to the White House as it tries to build support for fresh sanctions against Iran.

The Bush administration continues to argue that, while there is no evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons, the only guarantee that such a programme will not begin is a tough inspection regime. And it argues that regime can only be installed under the pressure of sanctions backed by military force.

But last night Mr Gates described as “ridiculous” any notion that Admiral Fallon’s departure meant the US was planning to go to war with Iran.

And he said there was “a misperception” that Admiral Fallon disagrees with the administration’s approach to Iran.

He insisted: “We have tried between us to put this misperception behind us over a period of months and just have not been successful in doing so.”

‘SOFTLY SOFTLY’ EX-TOP GUN

Admiral Fallon began his 41-year career as a fighter pilot and flew missions in Vietnam.

He took over a year ago as head of central command, the regional headquarters that oversees military operations in the Middle East, including Iraq.

He was installed in the job to counter criticism that the White House had made a political appointment in selecting General David Patreus to command the war in Iraq. The admiral clashed with Patreus over the general’s “troop surge” in Iraq, advocating instead a troop draw-down to allow forces to be concentrated in Afghanistan.

In his previous job, as Pacific commander, Fallon had extended contacts between US officers and their opposite numbers in China, calling for a greater understanding between the two powers.

And he repeated his “softly softly” stance in his new position, convening for the first time a summit of Gulf-region defence chiefs at his HQ in Tampa, Florida.

He will retire early at the end of the month and his deputy, army Lt Gen Martin Dempsey, will take charge of central command until a long-term successor is chosen.

Last night, President George Bush said Fallon deserved “considerable credit for progress that has been made in Iraq and Afghanistan”.


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6 Signs the U.S. May Be Headed for War in Iran by Terry Atlas

Defense Sec Gates Announces Resignation of Admiral Fallon + More on Fallon’s Resignation

US Sends Warships to Eastern Mediterranean Sea

6 Signs the U.S. May Be Headed for War in Iran by Terry Atlas

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by Terry Atlas
Global Research, March 12, 2008
U.S. News & World Report – 2008-03-11

This report by the US mainstream press suggests in no uncertain terms that the US is heading for war with Iran and that opposition within the US high command has been significantly weakened with the forced resignation of Admiral William Fallon.

Is the United States moving toward military action with Iran?

The resignation of the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East is setting off alarms that the Bush administration is intent on using military force to stop Iran’s moves toward gaining nuclear weapons. In announcing his sudden resignation today following a report on his views in Esquire, Adm. William Fallon didn’t directly deny that he differs with President Bush over at least some aspects of the president’s policy on Iran. For his part, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it is “ridiculous” to think that the departure of Fallon — whose Central Command has been working on contingency plans for strikes on Iran as well as overseeing Iraq — signals that the United States is planning to go to war with Iran.

Fallon’s resignation, ending a 41-year Navy career, has reignited the buzz of speculation over what the Bush administration intends to do given that its troubled, sluggish diplomatic effort has failed to slow Iran’s nuclear advances. Those activities include the advancing process of uranium enrichment, a key step to producing the material necessary to fuel a bomb, though the Iranians assert the work is to produce nuclear fuel for civilian power reactors, not weapons.

Here are six developments that may have Iran as a common thread. And, if it comes to war, they may be seen as clues as to what was planned. None of them is conclusive, and each has a credible non-Iran related explanation:

1. Fallon’s resignation: With the Army fully engaged in Iraq, much of the contingency planning for possible military action has fallen to the Navy, which has looked at the use of carrier-based warplanes and sea-launched missiles as the weapons to destroy Iran’s air defenses and nuclear infrastructure. Centcom commands the U.S. naval forces in and near the Persian Gulf. In the aftermath of the problems with the Iraq war, there has been much discussion within the military that senior military officers should have resigned at the time when they disagreed with the White House.

2. Vice President Cheney’s peace trip: Cheney, who is seen as a leading hawk on Iran, is going on what is described as a Mideast trip to try to give a boost to stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. But he has also scheduled two other stops: One, Oman, is a key military ally and logistics hub for military operations in the Persian Gulf. It also faces Iran across the narrow, vital Strait of Hormuz, the vulnerable oil transit chokepoint into and out of the Persian Gulf that Iran has threatened to blockade in the event of war. Cheney is also going to Saudi Arabia, whose support would be sought before any military action given its ability to increase oil supplies if Iran’s oil is cut off. Back in March 2002, Cheney made a high-profile Mideast trip to Saudi Arabia and other nations that officials said at the time was about diplomacy toward Iraq and not war, which began a year later.

3. Israeli airstrike on Syria: Israel’s airstrike deep in Syria last October was reported to have targeted a nuclear-related facility, but details have remained sketchy and some experts have been skeptical that Syria had a covert nuclear program. An alternative scenario floating in Israel and Lebanon is that the real purpose of the strike was to force Syria to switch on the targeting electronics for newly received Russian anti-aircraft defenses. The location of the strike is seen as on a likely flight path to Iran (also crossing the friendly Kurdish-controlled Northern Iraq), and knowing the electronic signatures of the defensive systems is necessary to reduce the risks for warplanes heading to targets in Iran.

4. Warships off Lebanon: Two U.S. warships took up positions off Lebanon earlier this month, replacing the USS Cole. The deployment was said to signal U.S. concern over the political stalemate in Lebanon and the influence of Syria in that country. But the United States also would want its warships in the eastern Mediterranean in the event of military action against Iran to keep Iranian ally Syria in check and to help provide air cover to Israel against Iranian missile reprisals. One of the newly deployed ships, the USS Ross, is an Aegis guided missile destroyer, a top system for defense against air attacks.

5. Israeli comments: Israeli President Shimon Peres said earlier this month that Israel will not consider unilateral action to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb. In the past, though, Israeli officials have quite consistently said they were prepared to act alone — if that becomes necessary — to ensure that Iran does not cross a nuclear weapons threshold. Was Peres speaking for himself, or has President Bush given the Israelis an assurance that they won’t have to act alone?

6.Israel’s war with Hezbollah: While this seems a bit old, Israel’s July 2006 war in Lebanon against Iranian-backed Hezbollah forces was seen at the time as a step that Israel would want to take if it anticipated a clash with Iran. The radical Shiite group is seen not only as a threat on it own but also as a possible Iranian surrogate force in the event of war with Iran. So it was important for Israel to push Hezbollah forces back from their positions on Lebanon’s border with Israel and to do enough damage to Hezbollah’s Iranian-supplied arsenals to reduce its capabilities. Since then, Hezbollah has been able to rearm, though a United Nations force polices a border area buffer zone in southern Lebanon.

Defense Secretary Gates said that Fallon, 63, asked for permission to retire. Gates said that the decision, effective March 31, was entirely Fallon’s and that Gates believed it was “the right thing to do.” In Esquire, an article on Fallon portrayed him as opposed to President Bush’s Iran policy and said he was a lone voice against taking military action to stop the Iranian nuclear program. In his statement, Fallon said he agreed with the president’s “policy objectives” but was silent on whether he opposed aspects of the president’s plans. “Recent press reports suggesting a disconnect between my views and the president’s policy objectives have become a distraction at a critical time and hamper efforts in the Centcom region,” Fallon, said in the statement issued by Centcom headquarters in Tampa, Fla. “And although I don’t believe there have ever been any differences about the objectives of our policy in the Central Command area of responsibility, the simple perception that there is makes it difficult for me to effectively serve America’s interests there,” he said. Gates announced that Fallon’s top deputy, Army Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, will take over temporarily when Fallon leaves. A permanent successor, requiring nomination by the president and confirmation by the Senate, might not be designated in the near term.

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Why Fallon’s Resignation is Frightening (video)

Defense Sec Gates Announces Resignation of Admiral Fallon + More on Fallon’s Resignation

US Sends Warships to Eastern Mediterranean Sea

Fixing Our Criminal Injustice System By Alan Jenkins

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By Alan Jenkins
ourfuture.org
March 11th, 2008

Two important reports released in the last two weeks point to a critical challenge facing the next president and his or her attorney general, as well as states across the nation: fixing our broken criminal justice system to serve the interests of fairness, crime prevention and rehabilitation.First, the Pew Center on the States released a devastating report, One in 100: Behind Bars in America, finding that more than one in every 100 adults is now incarcerated in a US prison or jail. The numbers are 1 in 54 for men, 1 in 36 for Latino men, and 1 in 15 for African-American men.

A week later, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination released its review of U.S. compliance with an important treaty on the elimination of discrimination. The committee found that racial bias affects many U.S. systems and institutions and, particularly, our criminal justice system.

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Have you fed your prisoners today? by The Other Katherine Harris

The prison industry in the United States: big business or a new form of slavery?

Kafka Incorporated: Of Captives, Casualties, Kosovo-stan & the Global Scam

Why is Don Siegelman Still in Prison?

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Legal Schnauzer
March 11, 2008

Amidst all of the buzz generated by the 60 Minutes story on the Don Siegelman prosecution, it has been easy to lose sight of an awfully important matter in the case.

In fact, I must admit I had forgotten about it until a light bulb went on over my head earlier today.

What did the light bulb cause me to ask myself? Why in the heck is Don Siegelman still in federal prison pending his appeal?

This question floated to the surface because I was reminded of U.S. Judge Mark Fuller and the memorandum opinion he issued on January 2, 2008. The opinion was designed to show why Siegelman should remain in prison pending appeal.

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Alabama Democrats are Under Attack By Larisa Alexandrovna

Mr. Blackledge’s Black Helicopters By Scott Horton

A Brain-Dead Press by Scott Horton (Siegelman)

Don Siegelman is a Political Prisoner of the Bush Administration The Siegelman Case — A Political Prosecution Exposed

It Does Happen In America – The Political Trial of Don Siegelman + Siegelman Updates

60 Minutes: Don Siegelman (vids) + Parts of Broadcast Blocked in Alabama…

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Red-Boating Obama By Joel Bleifuss

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Joel Bleifuss is an old friend of mine. We used to work on campaigns and organize all kinds of stuff back in the day. I worked for the Peace Studies Program the year after he graduated. He was the former director. Some of us have continued our activism into our adulthood. It doesn’t have to end when college is over. There’s plenty of work to do. Even more so nowadays. ~ Lo

By Joel Bleifuss
In These Times
March 11, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama is many things to the right-wing noise machine: a crypto-Muslim, a drug-addled hoodlum, a snob who disdains flag lapel pins, and the husband of an avowed America-hater.

Should Obama get the nomination, we can expect Republicans—and their 527 Swift Boat surrogates—to move far beyond Sen. Hillary Clinton’s “kitchen-sink” pot shots (as Obama calls them) and deploy Web-based slurs in their propaganda. In February, Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times of London let loose with an article headlined “Right slams Obama as ‘shady Chicago socialist.’ ”

Is Obama a socialist? We wish. Unfortunately, his economic program is uninspiringly centrist. (See David Moberg’s “Obamanomics.”) Nevertheless, it is true that Obama has been seen with pinkos.

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Want to end Civil War in Colombia? Legalize Drugs in the US.

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The US spends over $650-million annually in Colombia alone to combat drugs and the drug trade. In the process we ferment civil war and justify permanent interference in the sovereignty of another country. Legalize drugs and we take away the administration’s E-ticket to interventionism. Ivan Eland from the Independent Institute.

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John Pilger – The Mexicans (1980)

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Note: replaced video Sept 1, 2014

John Pilger

Documentary Made in 1980 by John Pilger

Mexico – a country rich in oil resources but heavily influenced by the policies and politics of its near neighbour, the USA. In a country dominated by the thought that the revolution is only half over, is Mexico a potential Iran on American doorsteps?

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