Countdown: McCain Makes False Assertion + Back on the Bus? + Pardons/Prosecutions

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July 22, 2008


McCain Makes False Assertion on CBS News

Keith reports on John McCain making getting the time line wrong on the Sunni Awakening and the surge on CBS news during his interview with Katie Couric.

Eugene Robinson Interview

Keith talks to Eugene Robinson about McCain’s gaffe on the Sunni Awakening and his accusations on the campaign trail that Obama wants to lose the war in Iraq, which I’ll add is not a war. It’s an occupation.

Phil Gramm Back on the Bus?

Keith reports on Steve Forbes saying that Phil Gramm would still be giving economic advice to the McCain campaign. Chris Kofinis weighs in.


Tonight’s: Appeasement-Gate, Support The Troops-Gate and Cuban Missle Crisis-Gate.

Jonathan Turle on Pardons/Prosecutions

Keith talks to Jonathan Turley about Bush might pre-emptively pardon anyone who committed crimes in his administration and an Obama legal advisor Cass Sunstein who has said that only the most egrecious crimes would or should be prosecuted.

Worst Person

And the winner is….Bill O’Reilly. Runners up Bret Beher and Bill O’Reilly has a two-fer tonight.

Richard Lewis Interview


Kucinich: Thanks to you, impeachment will be heard Friday

Cass Sunstein Debates Glenn Greenwald on FISA Vote

Obama, The Democratic ‘War President’ by Eric Margolis

Countdown: Iraqi Gov. Agrees With Obama + Bushed

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Updated: added more vids from last night’s show



Iraqi Gov. Agrees With Obama

Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow discuss the recent statements by the Iraqi Government Officials, agreeing to the timetable as offered by Barack Obama, and not Bush or McCain.


Lame Duck-Gate, Small Government-Gate, and Justice Delayed-Gate are the topics tonight.


Obama on using Bush I, James Baker and Colon Powell


In a July 15, 2008 appearance on Larry King Live, Barack Obama stated he would utilize the assistance of George Herbert Walker Bush, James Baker and Colon Powell as a foreign policy brain trust in his administration.


posted on July 22, 2008


New McCain Attack Ad On Gas Prices

Rachel reports on the new John McCain attack ad trying to blame Barack Obama for high gas prices. Chris Kofinis weighs in.

Spinning Out Of Control

Keith reports on the spin coming out of the McCain campaign on the Iraqis agreeing with Obama’s time line for withdrawal and the gaffe made by McCain on Good Morning America which the media has mainly ignored. Chris Hayes from The Nation weighs in.

Iraqis Want the US To Leave

Keith reports on the Iraqis wishes that the US leaves Iraq by 2010 which agrees with Barack Obama’s proposed time table despite the Bush administrations attempts to spin the story to the contrary. Howard Fineman weighs in.


Matt Gonzalez – Natl Latino Congresso

First All-Women-of-Color Presidential Ticket in US History

The Pentagonization of US life + Obama and the national security system + Cold War mentality

Reality Check – The Democrats Are The Real Problem By Mike Whitney

U.S. Perpetuates Mass Killings In Iraq by Prof. Peter Phillips

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by Prof. Peter Phillips
Global Research, July 22, 2008

The United States is directly responsible for over one million Iraqi deaths since the invasion five and half years ago.

In a January 2008 report, a British polling group Opinion Research Business (ORB) reports that, “survey work confirms our earlier estimate that over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the conflict which started in 2003…. We now estimate that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 is likely to have been of the order of 1,033,000. If one takes into account the margin of error associated with survey data of this nature then the estimated range is between 946,000 and 1,120,000”.

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Mosaic News – 07/21/08: World News From The Middle East

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.


For more:
“Seize chance of peace, Brown urges Israel,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Brown Threatens Iran with Furthur Sanctions,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Israeli Soldier Caught on Tape,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Witness in Olmert corruption probe questioned,” IBA TV, Israel
“Arab League Criticizes ICC,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Conference on Dialogue?” New TV, Lebanon
“The History of Syrian-Lebanese Relations,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Security Forces Lack Proper Equipment in Mosul,” Alsumaria TV, Iraq
“Al Aqsa TV Targeted by Congress,” Al Aqsa, Gaza
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

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Mosaic News – 07/18/08: World News From The Middle East

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.


For more:
“Yemen says fighting over but rebels seize village,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“China Expresses Rejectsr the Indictment of President of Sudan,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“UN Pursues Rebel Leaders in Darfur,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Did Sarkozy Succeed in the Mediterranean Summit?” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Iraqis Suffer from Polluted Water,” Al Sharqiya TV, Iraq
“First US-Iran Talks For 30 Years,” Press TV, Iran
“Iraq crackdown focuses on arms smuggling from Iran,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Did Hezbollah Win?” Link TV, USA
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

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Everybody Knows! By Jim Kirwan

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By Jim Kirwan
07/22/08 “ICH”

“CHANGE” sounded like a really catchy thought two years ago, before we began this non-stop farce of political selections, amid the mountains of propaganda that rise from the open wastelands of the never-ending lies.

‘Everybody knows’ that all government’s lie; the bigger the government, the bigger the lies. Most people also lie, but only politicians and criminals seek to make a career out of lying. Yet most Americans still believe that they live in a free country with laws that govern this society and protect the citizens from any and all attacks: because to fail to believe in this; is to be “Un- American” in some way.

The truth is that we have been using Doublespeak & Newspeak for so long now that many actually believe that “lies are truth” and that “freedom is slavery.” The facts are that we have been living on the edge of CHANGE almost exclusively, or at least since Lyndon Baines Johnson declared “The Great Society.”

The real history is far too long and dusty for most to care about. So let’s begin with the beginning of the end of our own time, which seriously began during Harry S. Truman’s stint in the Oval Office. HST brought us the Atom Bomb and the end of the Second World War in the Pacific. He also created the CIA and the National Intelligence Agency; the same NIA that took over the day-to-day running of the federal government from the congress. Truman also pushed the idea of “Israel,” as a “new state” to be decided upon by the U.N. “Harry” was however known to the public for his famous desk plate which read “The Buck Stops Here,” and for firing General Douglas MacArthur.

HST was followed by Eisenhower who presided over the formation of the military-industrial (and congressional) complex, while he slept his way through his presidency, between golf games. He was remembered for the single line of warning he left for the world upon his departure from office: warning us all about the creation that was actually formed on his watch. It was during these years that the revolving doors of government service began to lead directly to multi-million dollar profits for the connected who had figured out how to vote themselves money at the public’s expense. This was the era of the Gray Flannel Suit and all things ‘Corporate’ were great and good.’ America was in love with consumerism and two-car garages, in the Burbs: however the price for all this company loyalty was the beginning of the end of anything beyond the all-consuming passionate pursuit of money!

It was the 50’s and the ‘Beats’ were heard from in small towns and cities across the land As Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL made its paperback way into the heartland; the revolt of the young against this mindless pre-occupation was finally on ~

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,

starving hysterical naked,

dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for

an angry fix,

angelheaded hipsters, burning for the ancient heavenly connection

to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,”

~ And the youth of the late 1950’s began to vote with their feet against the sell-out by their parents and the sterile corporate lives that too many had begun to hate. The ‘Beats’ were educated but not tempted by the kind of ‘security’ offered by the soulless corporate world. Thought mattered to these people, as did excesses of all kinds, which killed so many in the end.

With the end of the Beats, came the beginnings of the Vietnam War and a whole new generation called the Hippies. Drop-outs druggies, flower-children free-love advocates and a whole range of wanderers, drifters and general non-conformists, most of whom simply hated any limitations on their ‘care-free’ lives. But with the war, the ‘purity’ of the pre-pubescent children in the streets of San Francisco and elsewhere begin to lose its promise, in the direct degree, to which the drug culture began to reclaim the ancient ways of capital, and all the “isms” that naturally flow from that.

During this same period the old-world-order was re-inventing itself once more and beginning to test the limits of its new found status, beneath the ominous shield of the Cold War. ‘Communism’ was the boogie man of the hour, especially since it was internationally linked with the labor movement which threatened the elite with loss of control over the economic-slavery-class-which is where their corporate wealth came from. So discrediting communism became synonymous with stopping the international growth of trade unions, at any price!

They used the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, to drive home their points, by instilling terror and fear into people in the government and the motion picture industry. Senator Joe McCarthy led this charade and was assisted by staff attorney’s Richard Nixon and Robert Kennedy; with Ronald Reagan serving as the scapegoat, who was then the head of the Screen Actors Guild. The Blacklist was created by this committee and valuable lives were destroyed, in this opening bid to marginalize “political thought” for the nation-despite constitutional provisions against exactly that!

At the same time the fledgling Corporatocracy was beginning to get its collective act together, while they used Corporate Welfare, the IMF and the World Bank to subjugate dozens of struggling nations around the planet-supposedly in the “national security interests” of the United States. However in reality this was just bare- knuckled bloody-capitalism, and it worked!

In 1970 Nixon replaced Johnson until he was forced out without facing impeachment proceedings that should have been held, but because too many key congressional players would have also been charged, Nixon was allowed to resign. He was followed by Ford who pardoned him (as was pre-agreed by all involved) and that gave us Carter & the Iran hostages that led directly to Reagan.

But back when JFK was in the White House, America was not afraid of itself or of much of anything else. Then it was November 22, 1963 and JFK had been in the middle of denying nuclear weapons to Israel only weeks before, when he was assassinated in Dallas and now the American-world turned black. Jack was replaced by a blood enemy of his, Lyndon Baines Johnston of Texas, and America had its second treasonous ‘leader’ since Harry Truman.

With Kennedy’s death the Vietnam War belonged to LBJ who then brought us the Great Society, The War on Poverty, and the Age of Contradictions. “The Great Society” was the first blow against a living wage for the middle class; just as “The War on Poverty” was created not to solve poverty, but to expand that condition to the middle class by initiating the first of many redistribution of wealth schemes. These masqueraded as “WARS” to improve the lot of Americans and their hard won earnings. But the “New Age” LBJ ushered in was marked by the introduction of Doublespeak for government officialdom as well as for everyone else who wanted to be seen as “players” in the New (NOT Great) Society. (1)

LBJ was duplicitous and the second of several would-be dictators of America. His social engineering packages began the cultural destruction of the nation and the set-up the socialist-corporate- models for the unfettered greed of the ever-expanding corporate states within this country: Socialism for the Corporations; and Fascism for the poor and middle classes-but at this stage velvet gloves still covered the iron fists of state-fascism.

Along the way a gruesome and unbelievable thing took place during the ‘Six-Day-War’ in 1967. That is when Israel tried to sink the USS Liberty, an unarmed American spy ship off the coast of Israel. During the attack the ship managed to get out a call for assistance and US Navy fighters were scrambled to come to her aid. But at the last minute the fighters were ordered to turn back by the Pentagon. Not satisfied with this order the US squadron commander ordered the jets to return to help the Liberty, at which point LBJ told that commander to stand down and ‘I want that ship on the bottom of the Mediterranean!’ The ‘investigation of this “incident” was a charade that has no equal in US military history, and it was successfully covered up by the Pentagon and the US media until very recently-to the disgrace of everyone involved. (2)

This cover-up left bloody footprints, because until very recently few could fathom why any American president would ever dare to order such a thing to happen. Who could be that powerful to order LBJ to call for that outcome; only one country comes to mind and that is Israel. Who stood to gain the most from JFK’s death, if not LBJ: Who had the motive and means to carry out the assassination of a sitting US president? I cannot prove that this is true, but it would certainly explain a great deal about why the US never challenges anything that Israel wants done in the world- regardless of the cost. At the very least this ought to be officially investigated-and that’ll happen on the 32nd day of next month-no doubt!

Simultaneously, back in the late 1970’s the extreme left with its Political Correctness was also busy tearing this nation to pieces, and creating barriers everywhere for their own twisted ‘new- realities.’ The War upon Americans was an equal-opportunity attack, in which CHANGE was the one true weapon that was used to destroy and desecrate everything of critical value to the lives of most of us. It was from the Left that we got Political Correctness and Zero Tolerance along with every kind of barrier between all the different races, religions and even genders.(3)

All of the above was “CHANGE” yet nobody apparently knew that. Because it received no in-depth coverage, and soon the radical nature of its real purposes joined the political sideshow of the investigations into the death of Kennedy-that ended in the official pack of lies issued by the Warren Commission.

Many potential leaders were also murdered most prominently among these were RFK, and Martin Luther King along with others like Malcolm X, and more recently Senator Wellstone and John F. Kennedy Jr. Isn’t it strange that only those opposed to the Owners seem to meet with violent ends-while the dinosaurs in power just keep on living like animated cadavers.

Vietnam was the first of the ‘new wars’ for corporate greed and global power, in the middle of the Cold War with the USSR. But that war was televised and covered to a degree that let the public know enough to demand an end to it. Afterwards, the Corporatocracy bought up the media in order to prevent this situation from ever- again interfering with the plans for the NWO, or any of its global plans for world dominance over all jobs, while at the same time removing all controls over price-fixing, Anti-trust laws, excess- profits taxes, and virtually everything else that had once kept our criminally-minded would-be-owners at bay.

With the 1980’s came “Morning in America” and the Regan Revolution which began to decimate the remaining key components in everyday life. “Greed is Good” was their motto. When Ronnie crushed the Air Traffic Controller’s Union and essentially fired all 11,000 members-that marked the official end of any thoughts about the viability of unions in the USA. Simultaneously Regan’s Vice- President, George H.W. Bush, fresh from a stint as head of the CIA, negotiated the release of the American hostages held for 444 days in Iran (this was done before the election so that when Ronnie won, the first thing that would happen is that all the hostages would be released). He did this by agreeing to secretly and illegally sell weapons to Iran (the Arms for Hostages Scandal) and Poppy was granted total immunity from any disclosure in the first official act of his son, the 43rd president, George W. Bush.

The Reagan administration went on to create the Death Squads that were used in Central and South America in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. This involved drug running and weapons smuggling by the CIA and the DEA, in an effort to maintain control over drugs and guns in the Western Hemisphere. With this failure of the War on Drugs, government itself became the dealer. The adventures of Oliver North were part of this charade and America quietly became a rogue-state, no different than the so-called ‘Banana Republics’ where we were supposedly still fighting communism!

By 1995 Newt Gingrich declared his ‘Contract on America’ that featured shutting down the government as the way of coercing congress to “play ball” or face certain failure in any political future: This very public political murder killed politics and ended the pretence of a two-party system that we once had. While there had always been degrees of corruption in the past, with the arrival of the Reagan Era the three braches of government became officially just two; and with the death of congress we lost our “public representation.” This was followed on December 12, 2000 (with the interference in the Florida vote) when the Supreme Court too lost its independence and left the nation with only one branch of government-the now criminally-treasonous ‘executive’ and his powers as ‘the Decider.’

The presidency has been a dictatorship since even before George W. Bush took his stolen oath of office! And now eight years on we still behave as if the two year long campaign for the presidency has meaning to the public. The game is fixed, the choice was rigged by the owners-and after two stolen elections the public apparently still believes that voting matters and that the people they pay to represent them will actually listen to them. Can the public still believe that congress will go against their own private interests just to honor their oath to the Constitution: That same founding document which these same people have been destroying, both secretly and publically for the last eight years! The selections do matter, but not to ordinary people because this is no longer “our” government.

By the time Clinton began we were already finished, but there were still some loose ends that needed to be cleaned up. Clinton’s job was to privatize all that was left of what the public had once owned and controlled. The FCC was tasked with destroying all competing interests in media: newspapers, television, radio and print: and they’ve been very thorough! One of Clinton’s star accomplishments was the Telecommunications Act, and all of its subsequent expansions. He and Hillary also oversaw the gutting of much of the social legislation that remained from Roosevelt’s days and the congress joined with the White House in removing the fire-walls that would have prevented the current crisis in banking and commerce, which allowed the financial outrages that have led us to the brink of collapse today. But Slick-Willy also brought us the big-time fast-tracking of GATT and NAFTA and paved the way for similar trade associations throughout this Hemisphere as well. Clinton also secretly oversaw the beginnings of the North American Union, (NAU), and the creation of a number of the components so necessary to the chessboard for the acting out of what came after 911. (4)

Then came “the Decider” to wrap it all up into a very public and very ugly Empire! This too has been composed of nothing but change: CHANGE that now threatens the entire world, with massive slaughter and destruction for the private profits of the few that will end the planet as we knew it, and hasten the collapse of all authority that doesn’t come from the barrel of a gun!

Why do we pay taxes, or the salaries of these imposters that occupy those offices in the state houses or in Washington D.C.? The servants have taken over the mansion and we have refused to do anything about it. Consequently our silence is taken for compliance and the abuse gets worse with every passing day! In fact it has been all these CHANGES that have brought all this about-yet-the newbie’s in this presidential year haven’t got a clue!

Our foreign policies are courting oblivion, and yet the ‘players’ are the same ones that got us into this nightmare with our eyes wide shut against all constructive doubt or even any questions. Have you noticed that no one is ever fired for their failures on the job! This has to do with why the Decider began his political tyranny with; “You’re either with us or against us,” the true mind-set of any professional criminal. There is no longer any loyalty to the Constitution or the moral imperative, there is only loyalty to the Corporations and to the power-structure that controls them all. The US is no longer a nation of laws-we are a Barbarian rogue-state-that answers to no law except the law of the corporate jungle!

That’s a bit of what happened to us, but what our silence and inattention has created goes far beyond destroying just our nation- we have threatened the world with semi-extinction. We have created crimes against humanity and supported a state that makes Nazi Germany look like an amateur. Millions of people have died and millions more have been crippled, tortured, deported or emotionally destroyed, not to mention the millions that our actions have permanently displaced: all because our owners want it all! This appears to be a CHANGE from what we once said we stood for, but since everything is secret how can these be measured!

If we really sought to CHANGE things we could make a carburetor that gets between 60 and 100 miles to the gallon and we could commit to changing everything about the way we look at our union with the natural world and the environment. There is at least three times as much of an economy to be made from resource uses and infrastructure repair than from oil and gas, but that will not happen so long as this private-stranglehold remains upon the world for the rights to all the oil and all the water.

We could put every man woman and child to work revitalizing our infrastructure (instead of selling off our roads and natural resources wholesale to other nations): and if we were really serious we could bring back jobs and punish those who fled this country for no regulations and unlimited profits. But all of this takes work and a real commitment to living under the rule of law- and that is much harder to resurrect than any commercial challenge could ever be!

On the plus side, the one thing that the Owners are not counting on is that thanks to the volume and variety of all the lies that have undercut our national foundations-the public is rapidly approaching saturation with this farce on every front. There is the whisper of a thought-form growing with every new lie poured over all the old ones. No longer can the public simply accept the word of any government agency or uniformed person; in fact because these people now work for a fascist police state: they should be challenged at each and every turn about every single thing, no matter how small. It the government or any of its minions say anything-if they’re lips are moving then it must be assumed that they are lying! No sane person can come to any other conclusion! (5)

1) The State of the Nation 1966

2) The Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty – video

3) Endgame ­ Revisited

4) Local Agenda 21 – The U.N. Plan for your community

5) Israeli involvement in shadow-government operations internationally – video from Montreal

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Cass Sunstein Debates Glenn Greenwald on FISA Vote

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Democracy Now!

July 22, 2008

Obama Adviser Cass Sunstein Debates Glenn Greenwald on FISA Vote, Executive Power and Prosecuting White House Officials for War Crimes

We host a discussion with Cass Sunstein, an informal advisor to Barack Obama and an outgoing University of Chicago Law School professor who has been described as “the nation’s most-cited legal scholar,” and Glenn Greenwald, a former constitutional law attorney and political and legal blogger for The two debate issues ranging from the FISA bill to Obama’s refusal to support calls for the prosecution of President Bush and top White House officials for war crimes and other abuses of power.

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Police State USA: Spying as Law of the Land

Democrats lose on FISA

1984 Knocking On Your Door – FISA – Telecom Immunity Bill

Senate Approves HR6304: 4th Amendment Abolished

“Keeping America Safe”- from the Constitution

Domestic Spying

Police State

O-Bummer by Bruce Gagnon

The Pentagonization of US life + Obama and the national security system + Cold War mentality

Reality Check – The Democrats Are The Real Problem By Mike Whitney


Obama, The Democratic ‘War President’ by Eric Margolis

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by Eric Margolis
July 20, 2008

CALGARY – Barack Obama wants to withdraw US troops from Iraq and send them to Afghanistan, which he calls the real front on the `war on terror.’ He also has repeated threats to attack Pakistan `if necessary.’

One understands Obama’s need to sound macho. Rival John McCain has been beating his chest, proclaiming, `I know how to win wars.’ Polls show Americans trust McCain three to one over Obama as a war leader. Unfortunately, recent US presidents seem to require small military conflicts to prove their political virility.

But Obama has long called the US-led occupation of Afghanistan a `good war,’ a view most Americans and Canadians share. They see Afghanistan – and now Pakistan – as hotbeds of al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists that must be eradicated.

It is distressing to see Obama succumb to the blitz of war propaganda over Afghanistan and adopt George Bush’s faux terminology of terrorism. Before Obama urges widening America’s war there, he should consider:

*Al-Qaida never numbered more than 300 men. There are hardly any left in Afghanistan. Survivors scattered into Pakistan. Finding them is police and intelligence work, not a job for thousands more western troops

*US policy towards Afghanistan is driven by energy geopolitics. Pacification of rebellious Pashtun tribesmen is necessary in order to build energy pipelines south from the Caspian Basin. That is the primary strategic mission of US and Canadian troops.

*Taliban fighters are not `terrorists.’ Taliban was founded as a fundamentalist Muslim religious movement of Pashtun tribesmen to fight banditry, rape, drugs, and Afghan Communists. Taliban received millions in US aid until fourth months before 9/11. It had no part in 9/11 and knew nothing about them. The US overthrow of Taliban resulted in the Communists resuming control over half of Afghanistan. Under US occupation, Afghanistan has become a narco-state that supplies over 90% of the world’s heroin.

*Pashtun tribes comprise half of Afghanistan’s population, and 15% of neighboring Pakistan’s people. The western powers are involved in an old-fashioned, colonial-style pacification campaign against the Pashtun Taliban. Imperial Britain, the Soviets, and now the US and its allies all employed the same classical colonial strategy: using puppet rulers, local mercenary troops, and lavish bribes to enforce their will. Afghans who resist get bombed.

*Before urging expansion of the Afghan war, Obama should total up the bill for America’s military misadventures. As of last January, according to the Pentagon and data revealed under the Freedom of Information Act, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars cost 72,043 American battlefield casualties. Veteran’s Administration hospitals have treated 263,909 veterans from these wars and registered over 245,000 disability claims.

No one knows how many Iraqis and Afghans have been killed. The number could be over one million. Just last week over 50 Afghans in a wedding party were killed by a US air strike. But without the constant use of massive air power, including B-1 bombers, the US could not maintain its occupation of Iraq or Afghanistan.

*According to a Democratic Congressional committee report, the two wars will cost $1.6 trillion by the end of 2008, or $16,500 per US family of four – not counting the cost of borrowing money to pay for the wars.

Obama and McCain believe Afghan resistance can be crushed by more brute force. They are wrong. More western troops and more bombed villages will mean fiercer Afghan resistance.

The war is now seeping into Pakistan, a nation of 165 million. Obama’s threats to attack Pakistan and go after its nuclear arsenal are reckless and extremely dangerous. He appears headed over the same cliff as those would-be `war presidents, Bush and McCain. As the head of NATO recently admitted, political settlement, not bombs, is the only way to end the unnecessary Afghan war.

Is Obama beginning to fall under the influence of the same military-petroleum complex that guided Bush’s imperial-minded presidency? Could Pakistan become a disaster for the Democrats as Iraq was for Republicans?

Copyright © 2008 Eric Margolis

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O-Bummer by Bruce Gagnon

The Pentagonization of US life + Obama and the national security system + Cold War mentality

Reality Check – The Democrats Are The Real Problem By Mike Whitney


TSA to Use Full-Body Imaging This Fall at Chicago O’Hare + Miami

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Updated: Here’s another one from Miami:


Miami is one of 21 airports nationwide receiving the new technology.

The whole body imaging machines are already in use in Los Angeles, New York’s JFK, Baltimore-Washington, Denver, Albuquerque, Ronald Reagan Washington, Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth and Phoenix Sky-Harbor, Washington Dulles and Las Vegas airports.

Other airports that will get the new machines in the coming months include Chicago O’Hare, Atlanta, Newark, Boston, Indianapolis, New York LaGuardia, Tampa, San Juan and San Francisco, the TSA said. There are no current plans to place the machines at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.

Airport scanners see through clothes

By Jon Hilkevitch
After Downing Street
Chicago Tribune

New airport security devices “see” through clothing

Potentially embarrassing “graphic” full-body scans to begin in the fall at O’Hare

Air travelers in Chicago will soon be literally exposed to a revealing full-body scan before boarding planes.

The new procedure, which is sure to make some passengers blush and others burn in anger over what critics call a virtual reality strip-search, is part of a “security evolution” at airport passenger checkpoints around the country.


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The people who make the scanners used by TSA employees at U.S. airports to look at your bottom

Scanners that see through clothing installed in US airports

Behavior Scanners in Airports: WATCH Your Micro-Expressions! (video)

New Body Screeners in use in London

You are undie surveillance (picture) (over 18 only) (Big Brother UK)

Bush Executive Order Expands Data Collection – Will Share Data with “Foreign Partners”

“Big Brother” Presidential Directive: “Biometrics for Identification & Screening to Enhance National Security”

Bush pushes biometrics for national security + NSPD-59 & HSPD-24