The Daily Show: Tea Partiers Advise G20 Protesters

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The Daily Show
Oct 1, 2009

Tea partiers give some advice to G20 Summit protesters: stay on message and get promoted by a major news outlet.

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FBI Veteran Calls For Special Counsel Investigation, Accountability, Prosecutions in Sibel Edmonds Case

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by Brad Friedman
The BRAD BLOG
Oct 5, 2009

An 18-year Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Manager for the FBI has called for a Special Counsel to be appointed to investigate the allegations of FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. John M. Cole, who now works as an intelligence contractor for the Air Force, made his comments during an audio interview released late last week with radio journalist Peter B. Collins.

He also offered a detailed insiders look at the concerns among high-level officials inside the Bureau as Edmonds disturbing allegations began coming to light back in 2002, before they would be quashed for seven long years by the Bush Administration’s unprecedented use of the so-called “State Secrets Privilege” to gag her.

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Peter B. Collins interviews John M. Cole, 10/02/09, (appx. 30 mins)

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via The BRAD BLOG

see

Sibel Edmonds PEN Newman Award (2006)

Rep. Schakowsky Denies Lesbian Spy Charges + CIA Vet: FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds ‘Very Credible’

Edmonds Issues Formal Response to Schakowsky’s Denial of Lesbian Affair with Turkish Operative by Brad Friedman

American Conservative: Sibel Edmonds by Luke Ryland

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from the archives:

Sibel Edmonds: Kill The Messenger (must-see video)

Sibel Edmonds (archive of posts)

Bernanke’s Remedy: Pump More Blood Into a Corpse By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
Information Clearing House
October 05, 2009

Credit is everything. Without credit expansion there’s no recovery because there’s no pick-up in overall demand. But credit growth is going backwards. The banks have tightened lending standards and the pool of credit-worthy applicants has vanished. Bank lending is off 14 per cent since October 2008. Private credit is presently decreasing at a 10.5 per cent annual rate. The situation is getting worse, not better.

From the UK Telegraph:

“Both bank credit and the M3 money supply in the United States have been contracting at rates comparable to the onset of the Great Depression since early summer, raising fears of a double-dip recession in 2010 and a slide into debt-deflation…

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Cindy Sheehan Protests Afghan War Outside The White House + Sheehan & Others Arrested at Obama-Occupied White House

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Mass Arrests at Obama-Occupied White House

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No justice for Gitmo detainee?

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RussiaToday
October 05, 2009

New developments in the case of young Gitmo prisoner Mohammed Jawad are once again making headlines. His military lawyers say that Jawad had been tortured throughout his imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay and they want those responsible to be held accountable. Their efforts, however, seem to be overshadowed by the fact that the Department of Defense has repeatedly ignored requests for a war crimes investigation into his treatment at the prison. RT’s Dina Gusovsky speaks to one of Jawad’s lawyers, Eric Montalvo.

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75 Guantánamo Prisoners Cleared For Release; 31 Could Leave Today by Andy Worthington

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by Andy Worthington
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5 Oct. 2009

Last week, the Obama administration finally admitted that it might not be possible to close Guantánamo by the President’s self-imposed deadline of January 22, 2010, when defense secretary Robert Gates told ABC News’ “This Week” that it was “going to be tough” to meet the deadline. The announcement followed what appeared to be strategic leaks by administration insiders, which were designed to blame White House Counsel Greg Craig for the government’s woes.

Why it has taken so long to clear 75 prisoners for release

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Honduras: The Threat of Foreign Military Occupation By Ricardo Arturo Salgado

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By Ricardo Arturo Salgado
Socialist Voice
October 5, 2009

LeftViews is Socialist Voice’s forum for articles related to rebuilding the left in Canada and around the world, reflecting a wide variety of socialist opinion. In this article, an activist in the Honduran resistance meditates on the danger his country faces of a Haiti-style foreign military intervention.

Tegucigalpa, September 27, 2009 – The Honduras crisis has sparked great interest among thinkers of both Right and Left up and down the continent. Many people are reflecting on events, using all the analytical tools their knowledge permits. There is wide scope for speculation, mainly because – for most people – the actions of different forces have been so unexpected in character.

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Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Speaks from the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa

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October 5, 2009

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The Cash or Credit Conundrum by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Oct. 5, 2009

Consumers rejoice. Floyd Norris has just penned a piece for the New York Times titled: “Rich and Poor Should Pay Same Price.”

Mr. Norris said, it seems “absurd to have a system that requires people who do not use credit to subsidize those who do. You know there is something wrong when a middle-class person can get a part of his purchases refunded by the bank, or can collect miles good for free airline tickets, while paying the same price as a poor person who can get none of those benefits.”

Mr. Norris is on to something important. He reminded me of an article I wrote in December 1985. I asked readers of my weekly column to consider some of the pitfalls of credit card purchasing. I noted that the big banks relentlessly promote credit card usage without adequately presenting the downside of credit card debt. I asked readers to imagine seeing a television presentation by an organization known as the “Cash Payment Fans of America.” The made-for-television production sponsored by this imaginary organization would ask viewers to consider some counter-marketing advice with the following declaration: “Credit Cards: Maybe You DO Want to Leave Home Without Them.”

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Celebrating Slaughter: War and Collective Amnesia by Chris Hedges

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Truthdig
Oct. 5, 2009

War memorials and museums are temples to the god of war. The hushed voices, the well-tended grass, the flapping of the flags allow us to ignore how and why our young died. They hide the futility and waste of war. They sanitize the savage instruments of death that turn young soldiers and Marines into killers, and small villages in Vietnam or Afghanistan or Iraq into hellish bonfires. There are no images in these memorials of men or women with their guts hanging out of their bellies, screaming pathetically for their mothers. We do not see mangled corpses being shoved in body bags. There are no sights of children burned beyond recognition or moaning in horrible pain. There are no blind and deformed wrecks of human beings limping through life. War, by the time it is collectively remembered, is glorified and heavily censored.

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Both Forgotten and Misread: Robert Taber’s The War of the Flea by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
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Oct. 5, 2009

Just finished re-reading the ’60’s counterinsurgency classic, War of the Flea, by Robert Taber. I think I read it back in high school, as it has that real familiar feel to it of a book you’d read years ago. The details were gone from my memory; if you’d asked me about it last week or earlier I couldn’t have told you jack about it. Right now it is being bruited about as a necessary and essential read in military/diplomatic circles. I’m tending to agree; the author aint dumb and aint blind neither. Most all the US written stuff in that time frame–the ’60’s–dealing with counterinsurgency and wars of national liberation and third world security issues was all puerile garbage. This aint. There’s more than a touch of wisdom to it. Continue reading

RESIST! An RNC Aftermath Documentary (must-see)

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October 04, 2009

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One year after the 2008 Republican National Convention, the Chicago Independent Media Center takes a look back over the last year of RNC aftermath work. This documentary shares helpful advice with any activists organizing under state repression. Includes interviews with legal workers, members of the RNC8 and arrestees, as well as updates on our incarcerated friends.

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