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$3.8 billion: The initial Help America Vote Act allocation that California Secretary of State Deborah Bowen said "pushed many counties into buying electronic systems that ... were not properly reviewed or tested."
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18,000: Votes that did not register in a 2006 Sarasota County, Fla., local election using touch-screen machines, in a Democratic stronghold that the Republican challenger won by 368 votes.
Negative 16,022: Votes counted for Al Gore on a Diebold tabulator in Volusia County, Fla., in 2000.
Zero: The number of proven instances of election fraud involving electronic voting machines, according to industry spokespeople.
by Linda Milazzo
Amy Goodman of Pacifica Network's Democracy Now! was arrested in St. Paul, Minnesota, while trying to free two of her producers, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, who were unlawfully detained. Also arrested was Associated Press photographer, Matt Rourke.
For many in America, Amy Goodman is the defining journalist of their generation. Amy's arrest, and the arrests of nearly 300 others, in addition to the warrantless raids, searches and seizures of private homes, and the creation of the police state of Minnesota in-service to the Republican Party, are unconscionable acts that SHOULD NOT be tolerated.
Should a combat veteran be tried in civilian court for actions he may or may not have committed on the battlefield? Some people don’t think so.
Yahoo! News reports that several members of the jury that acquitted former Marine and Iraq veteran Jose Luis Nazario, Jr. of war atrocities that he allegedly committed while fighting in the Battle of Fallujah in 2004 have expressed their feeling that, as civilians, they “weren’t qualified” to pass judgment over acts committed in the heat of combat.
Experts on military and legal affairs say that Nazario’s case “raises serious questions about whether federal prosecutors should even pursue such cases.”
"I don't think we had any business doing that," juror Nicole Peters insisted. "I thought it was unfair to us and to him."
Federal government involved in raids on protesters
Glenn Greenwald | Salon.com
As the police attacks on protesters in Minnesota continue -- see this video of the police swarming a bus transporting members of Earth Justice, seizing the bus and leaving the group members stranded on the side of the highway -- it appears increasingly clear that it is the Federal Government that is directing this intimidation campaign. Minnesota Public Radio reported yesterday that "the searches were led by the Ramsey County Sheriff's office. Deputies coordinated searches with the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation."
FROM THE moment US military and civilian officials began detaining and interrogating Guantanamo Bay prisoners with methods that the Red Cross has called tantamount to torture, they have had the assistance of psychologists. This has been a source of anguish to many members of the profession, who want to join their colleagues in other professional organizations and draw a clear line against psychologists' involvement in interrogation of detainees.
Stoking Tensions, Risking Confrontation: A High Stakes US Gamble with Russia
by Stephen Lendman
Prior to entering WW II, US strategists had a clear aim in mind at its conclusion - to hold unchallengeable power in a new post-war global system: military, economic and political in a "Grand Area" encompassing the West and Far East. Essentially most parts outside the communist bloc and exploiting it under disarming rhetoric like being "selfless advocates of freedom for colonial peoples (and an) enemy of imperialism." Championing "world peace (also) through multinational control."
Today, the facade is gone, and no pretense remains about much "grander" plans - over an "Area" comprising planet earth with "full spectrum dominance" over all land, surface and sub-surface sea, air, space, electromagnetic spectrum and information systems with enough overwhelming power to fight and win global wars against any potential challengers with all weapons in our arsenal, including nuclear and others of mass destruction.
Alex - Impeach the Bastards - Watch the Lies!
NY Times does it again: More 'Judy Miller' tapdancing
by Luke Ryland
A front page article "In Nuclear Net’s Undoing, a Web of Shadowy Deals" in Monday's New York Times by David Sanger and William Broad details the destruction of evidence by the US government in a case involving the nuclear black market.
The article highlights again that the New York Times continues to engage in 'Judy Miller reporting' by warmongering and acting as a mouthpiece for the government.
"...Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) sent a letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding setting a September 4, 2008, deadline for the White House to comply with its obligations regarding production of documents under the July 31 Order issued by U.S. District Judge John Bates in Committee on the Judiciary v. Miers. The letter also notes that a hearing at which Harriet Miers is to appear pursuant to subpoena has been rescheduled for September 11, 2008. The letter follows yesterday’s rejection by Judge Bates of the White House’s request that the July 31 Order be stayed pending appeal, as well as a status conference before Judge Bates that was held this morning. The full text of the letter is linked here.
Naval Ship Movements Update 8/29/08
by Andrew Schoerke, Capt USNR (ret.)
On 25 August, the guided missile destroyer USS McFaul unloaded relief aid at the Black Sea port of Batumi, Georgia. The McFaul was followed shortly afterwards by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas which made a similar delivery. At Gaeta, Italy, on 21 August, the amphibious command ship USS Mt. Whitney was loading relief supplies for delivery. The Turkish Foreign Ministry, on 22 August, confirmed that Spanish, German and Polish military ships had received permission to transit into the Black Sea through the Bosporus and Dardanelles Straits on a NATO mission.
According to the Web site iraqbodycount.org, at least 658 children were killed in Iraq in 2007, and the violence has touched the lives of many others. Iraq children also have been the victims of kidnapping, torture and rape.
The problem has become so acute that a new clinic for children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will be opening this month in Baghdad. It will be the first of its kind in Iraq.
Dhiya Moussa, 11, is a stocky child with shaggy brown hair. He cautiously answers questions from Dr. Haider Maliki, and confesses he still can't fall asleep at night.
The Georgia quarrel has all but derailed US-Russian cooperation on the Iran issue. Moscow is not only pulling out of the diplomatic and sanctions front against Iran’s nuclear program; according to DEBKAfile’s Russian sources, Moscow has decided to finally finish building Iran’s nuclear reactor in the southern town of Bushehr before the end of the year, after holding back for five years at Washington’s insistence.
Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin said in reference to the impact of the Georgia row on US-Russian cooperation on Iran Thursday, Aug. 28: “If nobody wants to talks with us on these issues and cooperation with Russia is not needed, then for God’s sake, do it yourself.”
When Bob Costas interviewed George Bush for NBC's Olympic coverage on Aug. 10, attempting to take a hard line, Costas asked Bush to comment on the problems in our country. Bush replied, “I don't see any problems with our country.”
Following the immediate crowd reaction of everyone in the room yelling “get that man a *&%&$@# pair of glasses” at the TV set, I, like many in the American public, came the realization that from his point of view things in America probably do look pretty rosy. After all, Bush does not have to see any problems. His problems are seen to.
Four Britons released from Guantanamo in 2004 after two years' detention, requested the US Supreme Court to rule on the right of prisoners "to worship and...not to be tortured."
If the high court takes the case, it will have to decide whether war-on-terror detainees have additional constitutional rights besides the right to challenge their detention in civilian court, as was confirmed in a June Supreme Court ruling.
British nationals Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, Rhuhel Ahmed and Jamal Al-Harith were held at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 to April 2004, when they were released uncharged and deported to Britain.
Military: Study cites poor public access to military courts
Report calls for standardized docket accessible via the Internet
By MARK WALKER | NCTimes.com
Public access to U.S. military courts around the world and information about current cases is woefully inadequate, according to a new study of the inner workings of justice in the armed services.
To improve access and basic information, the study calls for the creation of a Defense Department-managed docketing system for all military court matters that would be accessible to the public via the Internet.
We have at the present time two government leaders, a president and a vice president, who, according to all available evidence, have carried out grave crimes. Will these two men leave office and live out their lives without being subjected to legal proceedings? Such proceedings will surely release new documents and provide additional testimony important in resolving their guilt or innocence. But the public record is now so elaborate, so detailed, and validated from so many directions that a weight is on the population’s shoulders: does our already existing knowledge of what they have done obligate us to press for legal redress?
A million signatures by Sept. 10 will send a powerful message to Congress that Americans want to reclaim the Constitution and hold the Administration accountable. September 10th, the day before the world changed, could be the day WE change the world! Rep. Kucinich writes:
by Linda Milazzo
The above video, courtesy of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and videographer, Jeffrey Thompson, is one of the first behind-the-scenes views of the extreme dedication and depth of organization of CODEPINK, which like most PEACE and social justice groups, is comprised mainly of volunteers who work ceaselessly and selflessly to restore this nation to the rule of law and principles of freedom upon which it was built.
Tucked deep into a recent proposal from the Bush administration is a provision that has received almost no public attention, yet in many ways captures one of President Bush’s defining legacies: an affirmation that the United States is still at war with Al Qaeda.
Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. Bush’s advisers assert that many Americans may have forgotten that. So they want Congress to say so and “acknowledge again and explicitly that this nation remains engaged in an armed conflict with Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated organizations, who have already proclaimed themselves at war with us and who are dedicated to the slaughter of Americans.”
No One Should Have to Stand in Line for 10 Hours to Vote
By ADAM COHEN | NYTimes.com
Everyone complains that young people don’t vote, but consider the experience of students at Kenyon College in Ohio in the 2004 election. Officials in Knox County, Ohio, provided just two voting machines for the school’s 1,300 voters. Some students waited in line for 10 hours, and the last bleary-eyed voter did not cast a ballot until nearly 4 a.m.
Appearing with other member of the Congressional Black Caucus at the Democratic National Convention tonight for a moving tribute to their recently deceased colleague Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers brings the issue of fair elections and election integrity to the convention.
IndependentMovement.Org - Building a Movement to Revitalize American Democracy
We're building a movement of voters to take on the partisan and special interest politics in America. We want this movement to be more than just "angry outsiders". We want to use our political leverage wherever possible to make a real difference in the country.
That's why we’re working both inside and outside the political parties (who still dominate American politics) with a view towards opening up the political process to all Americans.
By Dave Lindorff
There are many reasons why most Americans should be turned off by Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s last-minute choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate.
She’s an evangelical Christian who believes in creationism and thinks this fantasy belongs in the school science curriculum alongside evolution. She’s opposed to the right to abortion. She thinks global warming is not a proven phenomenon. She favors drilling for oil in the Arctic Refuge and damn the environmental consequences. This supposedly family-centered “hockey mom “is happy about sending her 18-year-old son off to war in Iraq, even as Iraq is trying to shoo us out of the country and even as the president is tacitly admitting that the whole thing is a bust by agreeing to a timetable for withdrawal.
Tomgram: Ann Jones, Afghan Women Behind Closed Doors
[Note for TomDispatch readers: This is the third and last post in a pre-Labor-Day "best of TomDispatch" series -- and a good reminder that yesterday's story at this site may turn out to be tomorrow's headlines. Back in February 2007, I wrote of our "forgotten war" in Afghanistan. There, civilians were dying in startling numbers, as they are today, and the Taliban was proving resurgent, as it also is today. I listed a set of grim then-recent headlines about those civilian deaths and added: "So goes the repetitive, if ever deepening, tragedy of our other war -- and under such headlines lie massive tragedies that seldom make the headlines anywhere. Ann Jones, who has spent much time as a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan these last years and wrote a moving book, Kabul in Winter, on her experiences, turns to one of those tragedies: the fate of Afghan women."
A year and a half later, with the U.S. reportedly planning to ship 12,000-15,000 extra troops to Afghanistan early next year, that tragedy only deepens and, far from turning into ancient history, Jones's piece might as well have been written yesterday. Or tomorrow -- for no matter who becomes president in January 2009, those extra troops are likely to be but an American downpayment on further grim headlines and more suffering for Afghan women.
The world’s 190-plus states now co-exist with a larger number of powerful non-sovereign and at least partly (and often largely) independent actors, ranging from corporations to non-government organisations (NGOs), from terrorist groups to drug cartels, from regional and global institutions to banks and private equity funds. The sovereign state is influenced by them (for better and for worse) as much as it is able to influence them. The near monopoly of power once enjoyed by sovereign entities is being eroded.