Ralph Nader: Debating Taboos: Legality of Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

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with Ralph Nader

C-SPAN Video Library
Nov. 18, 2011

President Obama: Stop the Wars!

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Panelists debated the legality of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and actions taken by the George W. Bush and Obama administrations since the start of them. Topics included the the use of waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation techniques, continued detainment of combatants without due process, and the killings of Osama bin Laden and American al-Qaeda member Anwar al-Awlaki.

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War crimes tribunal tries Bush, Blair + Bush/Blair Found Guilty of War Crimes

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Updated: Nov. 27, 2011

Tony Blair: War Criminal

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on Nov 21, 2011

A War Crimes Tribunal in the Malaysian capital has begun its hearing against George W. Bush and Tony Blair, charging the former officials for the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, Press TV reports.

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Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Slaughter by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
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London, England
13 October 2011

Stop the Wars!

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As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Out of the mirror they stare,
Imperialism’s face
And the international wrong.

— W.H. Auden, 1907-1973

What a murderous, infanticidel, appalling, shameful, ignorant – and arguable, decade-long war crime.

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Über-Vultures: The Billionaires Who Would Pick Our President by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
Featured Writer
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www.gregpalast.com
crossposted on TruthOut/Buzzflash
October 5, 2011

The untold story of the sources of the loot controlled by Paul “The Vulture” Singer, Ken Langone and the Kochs—and why they need to buy the White House

Greg Palast’s investigative reports are broadcast by BBC Television’s Newsnight. His new book, Vultures’ Picnic: a Tale of Oil, Sex, Radiation and Investigative Reporting will be released by Penguin USA on November 14.

[October 5, 2011] Paul Singer likes to breakfast on decayed carcasses. What he chews down is sickening, but just as nausea-inducing are his new table mates: Ken Langone and the Koch Brothers, Charles and David.

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A Forum on the Precarious State of the American Republic, the US Constitution and Civil Liberties, Post-9/11

fuck the patriot act

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by William Hughes
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A roundtable discussion was held on September 12, 2011, at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. It featured the people’s lawyer, Ralph Nader; Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, US Army (ret), and ex-Chief of Staff to Secretary of State, Colin Powell; Bruce Fein, adjunct scholar with the American Enterprise Institute; and Michael German, Policy Counsel to the ACLU on National Security, Immigration and Privacy, and also a former Special Agent for the FBI. The event dealt broadly with the “US government’s reactions to 9/11.”

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Suppressing investigation about the role of Saudi Arabia in 9/11 + Bush Ordered the Suppression

9/11 was an inside job!

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Updated: Sept. 13, 2011; added Part 2

on Sep 12, 2011

Saudi link to 9/11 hijackers found in Sarasota but not revealed by FBI

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Patriarchal Loyalty by Ed Dunphy

by Ed Dunphy
Guest Writer
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August 2, 2011

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Wikipedia defines Loyalty as faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause. Most of us will say that we are loyal Americans.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, on Loyalty:

“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels — men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion .”

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Human Rights Watch: Obama broke law not prosecuting Bush and Cheney

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 on Aug 7, 2011

Michael Ratner: Prosecution of Bush Cheney and Rumsfeld will have to be pursued in other countries as Obama has refused to pursue it.

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Trouble by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
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www.gpln.com
July 21, 2011

Stamp of Moldova: 50th anniversary of the Univ...

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Trouble!  We got trouble, my friends, right here in River City!  Trouble, trouble… trouble.

Politicians these days seem to end every address they make with the prayer… “… and God Bless America!”   God hears.

Trouble.  We got trouble.

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It’s Not Default of Obama: Jail GOP Deadbeats for Debt Crisis by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
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www.gregpalast.com
exclusive for Truthout/Buzzflash.com
July 21, 2011

Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist gave debtors’ prison a bad rap. Too bad. I’d say that locking away GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a penitentiary for deadbeats seems like a darn good idea.

Let’s talk about how we ended up in this pickle, bucking up against the “debt ceiling.” From 2001 to 2008, a Republican President took an annual surplus of $86 billion left for him by Bill Clinton and ran up the budget deficit to over half a trillion a year ($642 billion in 2008). Continue reading

America’s Disappeared by Chris Hedges + Returning the Stolen – Argentina

Updated: Feb. 1, 2015

by Chris Hedges
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With God On Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America (2004)

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Replaced video Jan. 9, 2013

Christians cannot love their enemies and kill ...

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Deftly maintaining an evenhanded tone in tackling a sensitive topic, this two-part documentary first traces the roots, rise and rocky history of the conservative evangelical movement in America. The film then goes on to explore how President George W. Bush’s religious beliefs inform his decisions as the country’s commander in chief. Included are rare archival clips, interviews with leading evangelists and comments from key players in Washington.

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via Rotten Tomatoes

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This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance by Chris Hedges

Tim DeChristopher

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by Chris Hedges
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Truthdig
June 20, 2011

Tim DeChristopher is scheduled to be sentenced in a Salt Lake City courtroom by U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on July 26. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for fraudulently bidding in December 2008 on parcels of land, including areas around eastern Utah’s national parks, which were being sold off by the Bush administration to the oil and natural gas industry. As Bidder No. 70, he drove up the prices of some of the bids and won more than a dozen other parcels for $1.8 million. The government is asking Judge Benson to send DeChristopher to prison for four and a half years.

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Lawrence Wilkerson: War is Not About Truth, Justice and the American Way

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End of the Empire (2)

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Wilkerson: For Truth, Justice and the American Way

Lawrence Wilkerson, Collin Powell’s former Chief of Staff, reflects on his life journey from “cold warrior” to harsh critic of US foreign policy

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Time to Tell the Truth: Obama Ought to be Impeached by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
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www.gpln.com
May 19, 2011

change in chains

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I would agree that we have no elected officials who have the courage to tell the truth, but that shouldn’t mean that we citizens should give up on the truth too, just because it is no longer popular to believe in it in this country. If you want to live in a country that lives by the Constitution and the rule of law, then you have to believe in the truth and support the rule of law. Early on in his administration Obama broke the law when he failed to prosecute his predecessor. It’s called being an Accessory After the Fact. It’s a crime.
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