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Did TSA lie to Congress?

There are several reports out about the fact that the TSA may have deliberately hidden millions of dollars’ worth of unused equipment and lied about it to Congress. Such lying could make TSA officials subject to criminal prosecution.

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Stop the US Drone War Weekend - 5/18-20, 2012, NYC

Stop the Drone War Weekend @ Fordham & Radio City

 

 

 

  • Friday, May 18 – 5:15 pm. - Gather Main Entrance at 2853 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY.At 6:00 pm.   Archbishop Timothy Dolan will be presenting the Fordham Baccalaureate Mass for the Fordham University Commencement for the Class of 2012. Urge Archbishop Dolan to speak out against the drones controlled out of Hancock Air Base in Syracuse, NY, which is part of his eccelesiastical province.

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    Protest Obama's Commencement Address at Banard College, NYC, 5/14/2012

    Protest When Obama Gives Barnard Commencement Address.  Protest the ongoing, escalating and spreading wars!  The commencement starts at 12:30.    It will be held on the South Lawn of the Columbia campus. Meet outside the gates at 116th Street and Broadway.  Sponsored by War Criminals Watch, World Can't Wait and Occupy Harlem.  Contact warcriminalswatch@worldcantwait.org

    When: 5/14/2012

    Colin Powell's Tangled Web

    “I get mad when bloggers accuse me of lying -- of knowing the information was false. I didn’t.” -- Colin Powell.

    Can you imagine having an opportunity to address the United Nations Security Council about a matter of great global importance, with all the world's media watching, and using it to… well, to make shit up – to lie with a straight face, and with a CIA director propped up behind you, I mean to spew one world-class, for-the-record-books stream of bull, to utter nary a breath without a couple of whoppers in it, and to look like you really mean it all? What gall. What an insult to the entire world that would be.

    Colin Powell doesn't have to imagine such a thing. He has to live with it. He did it on February 5, 2003. It's on videotape.

    Guantanamo Show Trial Begins

      Guantanamo Show Trial Begins

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    At issue is prosecuting five 9/11 suspects: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM: the alleged mastermind), Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa al Hawsawi. 

     

    Israel: Profile of a Police State

      Israel: Profile of a Police State

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    Police states are defined by lawlessness, injustice, and contempt for democratic values.

     

    War Criminals to Meet in Chicago, But Somehow Protest Will be the Danger?

    The NATO International Security Force, which we all know is actually led by the U.S. military, killed a woman and her 5 children in an airstrike in southwestern Afghanistan Sunday, and then yesterday expressed “regret” for what they call their “mistake.”

    Military tribunals, the crowning achievement of a US system of indefinite detention and torture aided by all the NATO countries, and which defense attorneys assert are rigged by the U.S. to assure the execution of 5 men in Guantánamo, have begun, in the process of continuing the unending U.S. war on terror (Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald May 7:  9/11 defense attorneys call Guantánamo detention, trial rules ‘unjust’).

    Another Foiled False Flag

      Another Foiled False Flag

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    Wikipedia defines false or black flags as "covert operations designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities." 

     

    The ‘Subsidized’ Loan Charade: The US Government is Profiteering on Struggling Students

    By Dave Lindorff

    The Senate is currently deadlocked on taking action to prevent the interest on new Stafford guaranteed student loans from rising on July 1 from 3.4% to 6.8%, with Democrats saying they want to “pay for” keeping the current “lower” 3.4% rate by closing a loophole that allows some wealthy people to avoid paying Social Security and Medicare taxes, while Republicans want to “pay for” keeping the lower rate by eliminating a fund for preventative health care in the 2010 health care reform law.


    But what is all this nonsense about “paying for” a supposedly “lower” interest rate of 3.4%?

    Predatory Capitalism Failed

      Predatory Capitalism Failed

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    Independent observers knew it long ago. Today's global economic crisis provides added confirmation. In 2008, a staunch champion of the system expressed second thoughts. More on him below.

     

    Israel's High Court Spurns Justice

      Israel's High Court Rejects Justice

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    On May 8, hunger strikers Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh reached day 71. 

     

    On May 7, Israel's High Court ruled let 'em die. It rejected an urgent appeal to save them. They're uncharged political prisoners, not criminals. 

    Talk Nation Radio: Stephen M. Kohn on Our Government's Attacks on Whistleblowers

    Stephen M. Kohn of the National Whistleblowers Center says that for national security whistleblowers, Obama's presidency has been "a disaster."  Kohn, the author of eight books on whistleblower law, represents Sibel Edmonds, an FBI whistleblower and the author of the just-released Classified Woman. Edmonds submitted her book to the FBI for censorship, and the FBI failed to identify anything that she could not print, but also refused to approve of the book.  Edmonds, however, has gone ahead and published it.  The book protects, rather than endangering, national security.  But it does embarrass the FBI.

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    Drones in U.S. Flight Paths: What Could Go Wrong?

    On March 9th the Federal Aviation Administration requested comments from the public on drone test sites.  On May 8th, lengthy comments were submitted by Not 1 More Acre! and Purgatoire, Apishapa & Comanche Grassland Trust.  The FAA asked all the wrong questions, but still got a lot of the right answers.  When the drone accidents start, and you're told "Nobody could have known," refer them here: PDF.

    I would have asked "Should weaponized drones be permitted to exist on earth?" and "How can surveillance drones possibly comply with the Fourth Amendment?"  The FAA asked:

    "The Congressional language asks the FAA to consult with and leverage the resources of the Department of Defense and NASA in this effort.  Since many public operators already have access to test ranges and control the management and use of those ranges, should the management of these new test ranges be held by local governments or should private entity [sic] schedule and manage the airspace?"

    Not 1 More Acre! replied:

    "Neither.  Although the pilot UAS [Unmanned Aircraft System] program is a Congressional mandate, and the timelines are accelerated, the complexities and potential dangers of integration of UAS into civilian airspace must not be delegated to local governments or private organizations in the name of expediency, entrepreneurship, or profit. . . . The wording of Question A suggests that the FAA is contemplating abdicating its inherent authority to manage the NAS [National Airspace System] by ceding broad discretion over UAS flight operations. . . .

    ". . . The primary driver of the move to integration has clearly been contractors funded by the DOD, working in concert with the secretive Joint Special Forces Operation Command, the Department of Homeland Security, and the CIA, among others. . . . Private defense [sic] contractors increasingly woo local law enforcement agencies and other community groups with grants to help fund the purchase of new UAS.  The FAA should not allow any other federal agency to usurp its authority over the NAS or circumvent the pre-decisional public disclosure requirements of NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] including agencies like the CIA, NASA, and JSOC which are not transparent or accountable to the public."

    Of course, there's a catch.  Even the accountable agency has, naturally, ceased to be accountable:

    "However, the FAA has never conducted any NEPA review related to UAS.  The agency has never prepared an Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment to disclose the potential impacts of UAS to the public and agency officials, despite issuing hundreds of Certificates of Waiver and Authorization to some 60 public agencies."

    Have you heard about the 51st State for Armed Robotic Drones?

    The 63 drone sites in the U.S.?

    The 30,000 drones planned for U.S. skies?

    The habit drones have of crashing even on their own?

    While initially cheaper than manned planes, unmanned drones of the sort used now tend to require many more personnel: 168 people to keep a Predator drone in the air for 24 hours, plus 19 analysts to process the videos created by a drone.  Drones and their related technologies are increasing in price rapidly.  And to make matters worse, they tend to crash.  They even "go rogue," lose contact with their "pilots" and fly off on their own.  The U.S. Navy has a drone that self-destructs if you accidentally touch the space bar on the computer keyboard.  Drones also tend to supply so-called enemies with information, including the endless hours of video they record, and to infect U.S. military computers with viruses.  But these are the sorts of SNAFUs that come with any project lacking oversight, accountability, or cost controls.  The companies with the biggest drone contracts did not invest in developing the best technologies but in paying off the most Congress members.

    What could go wrong?

    Another day, another TSA screw-up

    TSA incompetence at nation’s busiest airport
    by Bill Fisher

    In the wake of (yet another) recent barrage of news stories reporting the TSA groping children and elderly couples, smuggling drugs, assaulting Congressmen, and causing their own security breaches, a related story on TSA background checks — or lack thereof — went relatively unnoticed.

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    European Electoral Postmortems

      European Electoral Postmortems

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    The morning after election Sunday, French and Greek voters have major issues unresolved. Austerity harmed people in both countries. Technocrats remain in charge. Odds remain long for change. 

     

    Palestinian Prisoner Unity

      Palestinian Prisoner Unity

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    Commentary is a neoconservative publication. Fronting for Israel is policy. 

     

    The Nuclear Industry has Melted in Japan and France

    There are zero commercial reactors operating in Japan today.  On March 10, 2011, there were 54 licensed to operate, well over 10% percent of the global fleet.Operators shut down the third nuclear reactor (center in foreground) at the Tomari plant in Japan. Photograph: AP

    But for the first time in 42 years, a country at the core of global reactor electricity is producing none of its own.

    Worldwide, there are fewer than 400 operating reactors for the first time since Chernobyl, a quarter-century ago.

    And France has replaced a vehemently pro-nuclear premier with the Socialist Francois Hollande, who will almost certainly build no new reactors.  For decades France has been the “poster child” of atomic power.  But Hollande is likely to follow the major shift in French national opinion away from nuclear power and toward the kind of green-powered transition now redefining German energy supply.

    In the United States, a national grassroots movement to stop federal loan guarantees could end new nuclear construction altogether.

    Urgent Bulletin: There Is Still No Credible Information of an Imminent Attack by Islamo-Ass Bombers

     

    By Charles M. Young

     

    In journalism and in life, it is best to admit it when you’re wrong, and I was wrong last week. In my haste to write something timely about the triumphant return of Occupy Wall Street to the front lines of protest on May 1, I assumed that Fox Five New York and the NYPD were uniquely stupid as they colluded on a story about the possibility of Arab terrorists secreting bombs in their “cavities,” as the reporter referred to certain familiar orifices that are usually unmentioned on television. Fox Five led their 10:00 pm newscast with the story and I, in my cynicism, thought that only the minions of Rupert Murdoch could lead the news with an imaginary explosion of fecal matter and viscera on a day when Occupy Wall Street had tied up traffic all over Manhattan.

    Boy, was I naive.

    Protest John Yoo at UC Berkeley Law School Commencement

    Friday is the 2012 Commencement ceremony at UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall).  How time flies!  Yet another class of successful, proud graduates will celebrate Commencement having spent their entire law school career with a war criminal, as defined under international law and legal precedent, on the faculty. Torture Lawyer John Yoo is still at Boalt, teaching constitutional law, and ethics.

    Washington Targets OWS

      Washington Targets OWS

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    Last October, Obama told ABC News:

     

    FBI Entrapment Snares More Victims

      FBI Entrapment Snares More Victims

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    The latest plot involves five subjects allegedly planning to bomb a Cleveland area bridge. More on it below.

     

    Entrapment occurs when law enforcement officials or agents induce, influence, or provoke crimes that otherwise wouldn't be committed. 

    Iran War Weekly - May 6, 2012

    IranWar Weekly

    May 6, 2012

    Hello All – With a second round of negotiations re: Iran’s nuclear program scheduled to take place in Baghdad on May 23, most of the preparatory work is taking place off-the-record and behind-the-scenes.  As reported last week, and as reiterated by James Risen’s New York Times article just below, the April meeting in Istanbul was generally interpreted as a “success,” and all parties (except outsider Israel) are speaking optimistically about a negotiated outcome.  Yet as Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett state on their website “Race for Iran” (linked below), the Obama administration does not seem to have decided to accept the basic changes in its position that are necessary for a negotiated outcome to succeed.

    Occupy Wall Street's Act II

      Occupy Wall Street's Act II

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    Grassroots activism takes time to grow. Broad-based participation is vital. Issues must be clearly defined. Leadership is needed. Major obstacles must be overcome.

     

    Solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers

      Solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    Courage comes in many forms. Perhaps none stand out more than willingness to die for justice.

     

    An estimated 2,500 Palestinian detainees began open-ended hunger strikes on April 17 - Palestine Prisoners Day. Others haven't eaten much longer. 

    New York Times Publishes Hate Ad

      New York Times Publishes Hate Ad

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    The Times notoriously provides one-sided Israel/Palestine coverage. Jewish rights and all things Israel matter. Palestinians don't count. 

     

    So then Who in the Hell Are We?

     

    By Dan De Walt

     

    “This is not a reflection of who we are or what we stand for.” 

           -- Jeff Gearhart, Wall-Mart general counsel, on the firm’s Mexico bribery 

     

    [Torture] “is not the norm.” 

           -- Mike Pannek, Abu Ghraib prison warden.

     

    “This is not who we are.” 

           -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the US massacre of 16 Afghan villagers.

     

    “This is not who we are.” 

    World Press Freedom Day

      World Press Freedom Day

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    America's First Amendment affirms it. So does Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

     

    Israel Toughens Prison Harshness

      Israel Toughens Prison Harshness

     

    by Stephen Lendman

     

    Palestinians throughout the Territories face daily state terror. Prisoners in Israel's gulag are worst off. Prison harshness just increased. More on that below. 

     

    War In Afghanistan for at Least 12 More Years

    Tuesday's highly secretive, midnight meeting between US President Obama and Afghan President Karzai was spun by the administration as somehow being about the end of US occupation of Afghanistan. The furtive, hurried, vague agreement signed by a deeply unpopular puppet government isolated inside multi-billion dollar US protection makes both sides look only more desperate for legitimacy.

    We've recounted since 2009 the story of the NATO/US "surge" of troops and cash which Obama threw at the people of Afghanistan, leading to a surge in civilian deaths, further assaults on women's rights, more night raids and anger among the people at the occupiers. This agreement extends all that until 2024!

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