“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 26th Installment: Appendix I, the Constitution of the “Old United States and the New American Republics”

Note: The Preface and Chapters One through Twenty can be found here: The 15% Solution

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted on TPJmagazine.us
July 1, 2012

This is the twenty-sixth installment of the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022.  Herein you will find Appendix I, the Constitution of the “Old United States and the New American Republics,” as amended through the (fictional) year 2010.  This Appendix demonstrates how the Republican Religious Right used the procedures embedded in the original U.S. Constitution to amend it into a document that in effect resembled nothing like the original, except in form.

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China’s Report on U.S. Human Rights Record in 2009

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Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010

Editor’s Note: Every year, the U.S. Department of State designs a report on human rights record of other countries, presenting favorable conditions among those who cooperate with U.S. foreign policies and damning those countries who are “uncooperative”. In the meantime, the U.S. government and it’s compliant corporate media present the U.S. as a model of democracy where civil and human rights are honored. Their annual reports consistently portray China as having one of the worst human rights records on the planet. In response, China has issued its first annual report on the human rights record of the United States. The full text follows.

– Les Blough, Editor

I. On Life, Property and Personal Security

Widespread violent crimes in the United States posed threats to the lives, properties and personal security of its people.

In 2008, U.S. residents experienced 4.9 million violent crimes, 16.3 million property crimes and 137,000 personal thefts, and the violent crime rate was 19.3 victimizations per 1,000 persons aged 12 or over, according to a report published by the U.S. Department of Justice in September 2009 (Criminal Victimization 2008, U.S. Department of Justice). In 2008, over 14 million arrests occurred for all offenses (except traffic violations) in the country, and the arrest rate for violent crime was 198.2 per 100,000 inhabitants (Crime in the United States, 2008). In 2009, a total of 35 domestic homicides occurred in Philadelphia, a 67 percent increase from 2008 (The New York Times, December 30, 2009). In New York City, 461 murders were reported in 2009, and the crime rate was 1,151 cases per 100,000 people. San Antonio in Texas was deemed as the most dangerous among 25 U.S. large cities with 2,538 crimes recorded per 100,000 people (The China Press, December 30, 2009). The murder rate rose 5.5 percent in towns with a population of 10,000 or fewer in 2008, June 1, 2009). Most of the United States’ 15,000 annual murders occur in cities where they are concentrated in poorer neighborhoods (October 7, 2009).

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via China’s Report on U.S. Human Rights Record in 2009 | Civil Rights/Human Rights |Axisoflogic.com.

Howard Zinn interview on The Mark Steiner Show: War is always the killing of innocent people in huge numbers

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Interview with Howard Zinn
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Nov. 19, 2009

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Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War by William Blum

by William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
Aug 4, 2009

When a range of years is given, the effort to overthrow was
not necessarily an active operation each year of the period.

* = successful ouster of a government
China 1949, 1950s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
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Militarization Of Space: Threat Of Nuclear War On Earth by Rick Rozoff

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June 18, 2009

On June 17, immediately after the historical ninth heads of state summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Yekaterinburg, Russia on the preceding two days, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese President Hu Jintao announced that their nations were drafting a joint treaty to ban the deployment of weapons in outer space to be presented to the United Nations General Assembly.

A statement by the presidents reflected a common purpose to avoid the militarization of space and said:

“Russia and China advocate peaceful uses of outer space and oppose the prospect of it being turned into a new area for deploying weapons.

“The sides will actively facilitate practical work on a draft treaty on  the prevention of the deployment of weapons in outer space, and of the use of force or threats to use force against space facilities, and will continue an intensive coordination of efforts to guarantee the security of activities in outer space.” [1]

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Two shot at Holocaust museum + video report

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JTA
June 10, 2009

WASHINGTON– Two men, including a security guard, were shot Wednesday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

A man with a shotgun entered the museum shortly before 1 p.m. and opened fire on a security guard near the metal detectors at the facility’s entrance, according to the museum and to a District of Columbia police spokesman. Other security guards returned fire and the gunman was wounded.

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Newly declassified documents reveal More than $97 million from USAID to separatist projects in Bolivia

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by Eva Golinger
Bolivia Rising
May 22, 2009

Recently declassified documents obtained by investigators Jeremy Bigwood and Eva Golinger reveal that the US Agency for International Development USAID has invested more than $97 million in “decentralization” and “regional autonomy” projects and opposition political parties in Bolivia since 2002. The documents, requested under the Freedom of Information Act FOIA, evidence that USAID in Bolivia was the “first donor to support departmental governments” and “decentralization programs” in the country, proving that the US agency has been one of the principal funders and fomenters of the separatist projects promoted by regional governments in Eastern Bolivia.

Decentralization and separatism

The documents confirm that USAID has been managing approximately $85 million annually in Bolivia during the past few years, divided amongst programs related to security, democracy, economic growth and human investment. The Democracy Program is focused on a series of priorities, the first outlined as “Decentralized democratic governments: departmental governments and municipalities”. One document, classified as “sensitive”, explains that this particular program began when USAID=2 0established an Office for Transition Initiatives (OTI) en Bolivia during 2004. The OTIs are a division of USAID that function as rapid response teams to political crises in countries strategically important to US interests. The OTI only address political issues, despite USAID’s principal mission dedicated to humanitarian aid and development assistance, and they generally have access to large amounts of liquid funds in order to quickly and efficiently achieve their objectives. The OTI operate as intelligence agencies due to their relative secrecy and filtering mechanism that involves large contracts given to US companies to operate temporary offices in nations where OTI requires channeling millions of dollars to political parties and NGOs that work in favor of Washington’s agenda. After the failed coup d’etat against President Chávez in April 2002, USAID set up an OTI in Venezuela two months later, in June 2002, with a budget over $10 million for its first two years. Since then, the OTI has filtered more than $50 million through five US entities that set up shop in Caracas subsequently, reaching more than 450 NGOs, political parties and programs that support the opposition to President Chávez.

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via Bolivia Rising: Newly declassified documents reveal More than $97 million from USAID to separatist projects in Bolivia

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Will Democracy For Ever Remain an Illusion? By Siv O’Neall

By Siv O’Neall
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May 14, 2009

The country that was

The United States is sinking deeper and deeper into the poisoned slough of their own making. Moral turpitude goes hand-in-hand with naiveté and arrogance. And nothing seems to have changed if it’s not that there is now a president with acute intellectual abilities rather than an insensitive and illiterate clown who couldn’t hold a book right side up.

Both men are devoted to the belief that the United States is the self-evident leader of the world and anything goes in the interest of keeping their country number one, including invasions of countries harboring supposed or invented enemies and, as always has been the case, cold-blooded support of dictatorships that are willing to do the bidding of Washington.

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Deep Recession in America: The Crash of 2009, The Collapse of 2010

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by Humayun Gauhar
Global Research, April 5, 2009
The Nation (Pakistan)

The real economic collapse could come by the end of this year

Editor’s Note

This article is meant to be provocative. Global Research does not necessarily share its conclusions.

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Letter to my son

My dear Muhammad Ali:

I told you that it’s a funny world getting funnier. Many American analysts are saying that America’s real economic collapse could come by the end of this year. “It will come to be known as ‘The Crash of 09’, they say. Others, especially a Russian political analyst, are predicting its physical collapse too. There’s no doubt that the country is up the dirtiest of imaginable creeks without a paddle. But what’s amazing is that America remains mired in stunning denial, continuing to make bad situations worse with useless bailout plans and messing around with the world instead of facing up to the reality that its time as a hyper-power is up, that’s its economic system has failed and that its only recourse is to end its adversarial doctrine and get out of its lost wars as painlessly and honourably as possible. There’s no point in going on flogging dead horses. The only sensible thing that survival demands is to craft a new moral economic and financial system and a moral foreign policy.

The deep recession verging on depression that we have seen so far was caused by the crash in the US housing market. Since other developed industrialised nations, especially of Europe, were aping the shenanigans of unchecked and poorly regulated American bankers and financiers, the collapse of their markets, banks and economies followed like dominoes. Iceland was the first to officially declare bankruptcy. Its GDP is only about $6.5 billion but its banks had lent something like $65 billion while its regulators were asleep on the wheel. Britain has not declared bankruptcy officially but we all know that it is bankrupt for all intents and purposes and none of its banks and financial institutions has any legs left.

However, this is only the aperitif. Wait for the crash of US commercial real estate, which analysts think will happen by autumn this year.

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Igor Panarin: US 2010 apocalypse avoidable + US to split into 6 pieces

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Press TV
Thu, 26 Mar 2009 03:36:45 GMT

A Russian scholar, who had earlier predicted the collapse of the US, has offered President Barack Obama ways to prevent such a misfortune.

Former KGB analyst and Russian academic Igor Panarin, who has predicted the country’s 2010 disintegration on the back of mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation, insisted in a Monday interview that a revisited foreign policy may more than anything prevent the fall of the United States.

“I would, in the first place, suggest that he radically reduce the US foreign policy activities, especially in the Eurasian space,” Panarin said speaking to Russia Today.

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via Press TV – US 2010 apocalypse avoidable: Scholar

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7.3 million people in US prisons in ’07

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Press TV
Tue, 03 Mar 2009 18:03:44 GMT

A record high-number of 7.3 million Americans were behind bars or under a correction system in the US in 2007, according to a research.

The record-high number, one in every 31 adults, includes people in prison or jail, and on probation or parole.

The results of the research conducted by Pew Center further indicated on Monday that America’s prison population has skyrocketed over the past quarter century.

In 1982, 1 in 77 adults were in the correctional system in one form or another, totaling 2.2 million people.

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Most of those in the US corrections system — one in 45 — are already on probation or parole, with one in 100 in prison or jail, the Pew study found.

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7.3 million in the US prison system

By Kate Randall
http://www.wsws.org
4 March 2009

A study released this week by the Pew Center on the States delivers a staggering statistic: 7.3 million Americans-or 1 in every 31 adults-are in the nation’s prison system. This figure includes those in US jails and prisons, on parole, on probation, or under other forms of correctional supervision.

No other country comes close to matching this number. If these individuals were grouped together, they would number more than the entire populations of Israel or Honduras, or all of the residents of Washington state.

The new study “One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections,” follows a study by the Pew Center last year that found the US leading the world in the rate at which it puts its people behind bars: 1 in 100, or 2.3 million people.

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US leads world in imprisoning its people

More than one in 100 adults behind bars

By Kate Randall
http://www.wsws.org
29 February 2008

In both raw figures and as a percentage of the population, the US is the world leader in the rate at which it puts its people behind bars. A new report using state-by-state data says a record 2,319,258 Americans were in jail or prison at the start of 2008—one out of every 99.1 adults.

The report by the Pew Center on the States also documents record increases in financial outlays for incarceration, with the 50 US states spending more than $49 billion on prisons last year, almost five times more than the $11 billion spent 20 years ago.

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via US leads world in imprisoning its people

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US prison population dwarfs that of other nations

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Prisons – a new form of slavery (video)

US plans massive arms delivery to Israel

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Press TV
Sat, 10 Jan 2009 11:25:45 GMT

The Pentagon plans to make a large arms delivery to Israel, rising fears that the military campaign in Gaza will go on for a long time.

The US is trying to hire a merchant ship that can carry hundreds of tons of weapons from Greece to Israel later this month; Reuters reported citing tender documents it had obtained.

According to the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC), the ship will transport 325 standard 20-foot containers of what has been called ‘ammunition’ from the Greek port of Astakos to the Israeli port of Ashdod on two separate trips in the second half of January.

A description on the manifest says the containers will be loaded with ‘hazardous material’, such as explosive substances and detonators, without giving any more details.

The Pentagon announced the tender for the ship in the last hours of 2008. The two deadlines set for the deliveries are January 25 and the last day of the month.

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via Press TV – US plans massive arms delivery to Israel.

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India discloses hometowns, names of alleged Mumbai killers + Reports planted by US

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By Mark Sappenfield
Christian Science Monitor
McClatchy Washington Bureau
12/09/2008

NEW DELHI — Indian officials released the names and hometowns of all 10 suspected Mumbai attackers Tuesday, saying it has pinpointed them even to individual postal codes within Pakistan.

With the disclosure, India is continuing to ratchet up pressure on Pakistan, apparently hoping that strong evidence will compel the international community to take a hard line against its neighbor.

Officials within Pakistan, including President Asif Ali Zardari, had previously cast doubt on India’s assertions that the terrorists who ran amok in Mumbai for three days last month were Pakistani. Tuesday’s announcement, including photos of nine of the 10, is intended to prove Indian claims beyond cavil.

via McClatchy Washington Bureau | 12/09/2008 | India discloses hometowns, names of alleged Mumbai killers.

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Reports planted by US, says former ISI chief

Amitabh Sinha
http://www.indianexpress.com
Dec 08, 2008

New Delhi: Dismissing reports that Pakistan had decided to hand him over to Indian authorities in connection with the investigations into last week’s Terror attacks in Mumbai, former ISI chief General Hamid Gul on Sunday such reports were being “planted” by the United States to malign him.

“As far as I know, neither has the Indian Government asked Pakistan to hand me over to them nor has the Pakistan Government agreed to do any such thing,” General Gul, who served as director-general of the ISI between 1987 and 1989, told The Indian Express.

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via Reports planted by US, says former ISI chief.

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ISI Gen. Hamid Gul: Mumbai + 9/11 = Inside Job

No danger of Indo-Pak War + Pakistan under pressure

Role of Alleged CIA Asset in Mumbai Attacks Being Downplayed By Jeremy R. Hammond

Mumbai India Terrorist Attacks November 26 2008

Russian analyst predicts decline and breakup of U.S.

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Updated: Jan 1, 2009 Added map and link to another story and another video report

Updated: Nov 27, 2008 added video

MOSCOW, November 24 (RIA Novosti)
19:31 | 24/11/2008

A leading Russian political analyst has said the economic turmoil in the United States has confirmed his long-held view that the country is heading for collapse, and will divide into separate parts.

Professor Igor Panarin said in an interview with the respected daily Izvestia published on Monday: “The dollar is not secured by anything. The country’s foreign debt has grown like an avalanche, even though in the early 1980s there was no debt. By 1998, when I first made my prediction, it had exceeded $2 trillion. Now it is more than 11 trillion. This is a pyramid that can only collapse.”

The paper said Panarin’s dire predictions for the U.S. economy, initially made at an international conference in Australia 10 years ago at a time when the economy appeared strong, have been given more credence by this year’s events.

When asked when the U.S. economy would collapse, Panarin said: “It is already collapsing. Due to the financial crisis, three of the largest and oldest five banks on Wall Street have already ceased to exist, and two are barely surviving. Their losses are the biggest in history. Now what we will see is a change in the regulatory system on a global financial scale: America will no longer be the world’s financial regulator.”

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He predicted that the U.S. will break up into six parts – the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.

He even suggested that “we could claim Alaska – it was only granted on lease, after all.”

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via RIA Novosti – World – Russian analyst predicts decline and breakup of U.S.

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Update

“There will be civil war in US in 2009”

RussiaToday

The break-up of America into six pieces? Alaska joining the Russian Federation? Will Russia survive the crisis? Igor Panarin, a Russian professor of economics, discusses these questions when he dropped by the RT studio on Thursday.

`There will be civil war in US in 2009`

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Divided United States map

More: Barack Obama: the United States of America’s forty-third, and last, President? – OPERATION ITCH

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Russian Professor Predicts the USA Disintegrates

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CNN talks to Prof. Igor Panarin who theorizes that by 2010 the United States will fracture.

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Mosaic News – 11/6/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Hamas Threatens Retaliation,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Israel Kills 7 Palestinians in Gaza,” Syria TV, Syria
“Obama Will Not Change Policy Towards Middle East,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Rahm Emanuel Accepts Chief of Staff Post,” IBA TV, Israel
“US, Iraq edge closer to military pact deal,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Iraqi Government Compensates Displaced Christians,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“Sudanese Papers Strike Against Censorship,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“CIA, Pakistan set to bury the hatchet,” Press TV, Iran
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