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"No Torture" Week

"No Torture" Week Brings Top Experts to Berkeley To Denounce Torture

photo: redstarphoto.net
Statue honoring Berkeley’s history of protest and rebellion, on the pedestrian overpass on I-80 at University Avenue, Berkeley

Warren Sees Transparency

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW AIR DATE: Oct. 5, 2010

Consumer Czar Warren Sees Transparency in Banking as Top Priority

 

SUMMARY Elizabeth Warren, the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, talks to Jeffrey Brown about the goals of her new agency and how she plans to empower Americans to make better financial choices.

Transcript

NSARCHIVE: THE IRAQ WAR -- PART III

Shaping the Debate

 

U.S. and British Documents Show Transatlantic Propaganda Cooperation

Joint Drafting & Editing of White Papers “Fixed the Facts”

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 330

Posted - October 4, 2010

 

Lawless Nation - the Executive Branch

By Michael Collins
Part I of III

WASHINGTON - Selected to run by the powerful and wealthy, promising the public one thing and delivering another after elected, the President of the United States is the focus of a new political doctrine - the unitary executive.  The office of the president has rapidly become a law unto itself over the past ten years. (Image)

Some time before February 2010, the President of the United States authorized the assassination of a U.S. citizen living overseas.  The citizen was identified by the White House as a terrorist.

Beating the Drums Started 11months Prior

More Explosive Proof of the War Of Choice Waged In Our Names to Reign Destructive Terror on another Country!!!

Britain held secret war talks with U.S. general 11 months before Iraq invasion

2nd October 2010 - America's most senior general flew into Britain for top secret talks on the invasion of Iraq 11 months before the attack on Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Details of the classified meeting, held at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, suggest Tony Blair’s Government was involved in detailed discussions about toppling the Iraqi dictator earlier than previously disclosed.

American General Tommy Franks flew in to the base in April 2002 to attend a summit meeting called by the then Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon.

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Politicians and the Prosperity Gospel

I’m thinking of televangelists and pitchmen, even though my television is seldom powered on.

Some years ago, in Nashville, I tuned in and couldn’t believe what I was seeing—Jan and Paul Crouch, founders of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The duo hosted a show, “Praise the Lord,” preaching “prosperity gospel,” the religious belief that those who are favored by God will be blessed with material wealth and good health. Of course, viewers didn’t get something for nothing; they were encouraged to not just spread the word but, also, to send a donation to the Crouches’ ministry. Paul once requested $1,000 from each adherent, even those who couldn’t afford it. He assured them, during a “Praise-a-thon,” that the Lord would repay the amount “many times over.”

The Crouches lived lavishly, then, and still do. Jan cried rivers, on air. One almost expected her tears to run gold. Or at least to reflect the garish décor of the set. At some point, the couple took TBN global.

NSARCHIVE: THE IRAQ WAR -- PART II

Was There Even a Decision?

U.S. and British Documents Give No Indication Alternatives Were Seriously Considered

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 328

Edited by John Prados and Christopher Ames

Posted - October 1, 2010

 

And are we willing to pay for it?

Does America Want to Know the Real Cost of War?

30 September 2010 - On Thursday, September 30, 2010, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Bob Filner (D-CA) conducted a hearing on the true cost of war. Economists, veteran advocates, retired military leaders, and veterans and their families discussed the real life consequences of war, not just in financial terms but in the practical reality of day to day living. The hearing specifically focused on the rising estimates of the cost of veterans’ care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), how veterans and their families have coped with post-combat life, and how the government could prepare to keep the promises made to America’s fighting troops and veterans.

Iraq invasion was self-serving

Blair's case for Iraq invasion was self-serving, lawyers tell Chilcot inquiry

Government accused of undermining UN, bowing to US political pressure and damaging UK's reputation in the process

30 September 2010 - The Blair government undermined the UN, bowed to US political pressure and relied on self-serving arguments to justify its decision to invade Iraq, according to evidence to the Chilcot inquiry by international lawyers.

A key theme of the evidence, yet to be published, is that the government weakened the UN, damaging the country's reputation in the process – arguments made by Ed Miliband in his inaugural speech to the Labour conference.

A lost war-crimes documentary

"Nuremberg": A lost war-crimes documentary lives again

Why Stuart Schulberg's film of the famous Nazi trial was destroyed -- and what it can tell us now

Justice Robert H. Jackson, chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg trial

'Hurt Quite a Lot'

CONVERSATION AIR DATE: Sept. 29, 2010 Former Labor Secretary Reich: Bush-Era Tax Cuts 'Hurt Quite a Lot'

 

SUMMARY

In the last of the series of conversations about whether to extend Bush-era tax cuts for any, all or some Americans, Robert Reich, who served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, explains why he believes they should not be extended.

Transcript

The United States vs. Rito Alejo del Río

Once a favorite son of our very own Terrorist Training School, still in business, only the names change even of the training camp:

a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Army School of the Americas, is lauded as a U.S. military training "success story.

Ambassador Cited Accused Colombian General's Reliance on Death Squads

"Systematic" Support of Paramilitaries "Pivotal to his Military Success"

Infamous General a "Not-So-Success" Story of U.S. Military Training

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 327

Posted - September 29, 2010

Follow the Movement of Crime Guns in America:

Top Sources of Crime Guns in America

This map {at site} shows the differences among states' crime gun export rates. To trace the guns, click on a state above or a law to the right.

Every year, tens of thousands of guns make their way into the hands of criminals. This website examines where guns recovered in crimes were originally sold by gun dealers, using 2009 data collected by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). It also demonstrates how state gun laws help curb illegal gun trafficking.

Click a State or Law, at site

Gun Crime Study: 10 States Sell Half Of Imported Guns Used In Crimes

They Wanted A Perpetual War

And they made sure they created enough of the 'ghost enemy', international criminal terrorist, to give them their wealth and power producing War for themselves and theirs, done in our names and using our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, relatives and friends!

US unable to document any payments for Abu Ghraib

26 September 2010 - Fending off demands that he resign over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress he had found a legal way to compensate Iraqi detainees who suffered "grievous and brutal abuse and cruelty at the hands of a few members of the United States armed forces."

The bush/gop Transfer of the Treasury

To remind people, even before the tax cuts were signed the gas prices started rising, not just a few pennies a gallon but many pennies then dollars, the peoples small tax cut, with stagnated wages, went out everyone's tailpipes, as well as heating costs, as fumes on just one fill up, the rest of that transfer of the treasury into the hands of the few then became their bottom lines and corporate/investor rising wealth that They received the huge tax cuts on!

 

A portrait of the Bush economy

 

 

THE IRAQ WAR -- PART I:

The U.S. Prepares for Conflict, 2001

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and President George W. Bush. (Source: Department of Defense)

U.S. Sets "Decapitation of Government" As Early Goal of Combat

Talking Points for Rumsfeld-Franks Meeting in November 2001 Outline Policy Makers’ Aims for the Conflict and Postwar Rule of Iraq

Declassified Documents Show Bush Administration Diverting Attention and Resources to Iraq Less than Two Months after Launch of Afghanistan War

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 326

Posted - September 22, 2010

We Found A Socialist!

The Friday Podcast: We Found A Socialist!

17 September 2010 - Despite what you may have heard, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats aren't socialists. And the top Republicans in Washington aren't free-market libertarians.

But given how freely everybody's throwing those terms around these days, we're wading in to get a deeper understanding of what they really mean. {read rest}

Prudential Corporate Blood Greed About To Blow Wide Open?

Not just Corporate Greed but joining the scum War Profiteers to even a higher level than just holding the policies and garnering the interest rates from!

Just caught this little article as to what a Lawyer is saying about a client, Gold Star Mother, he's representing. No names of the Fallen Soldier nor his Mother so couldn't search out when he was killed nor in which theater of operation. But my guess is there will be more in the coming days. The article was just posted up about an hour ago at this writing.

Lawyer: Insurance company holding money belonging to beneficiaries

The New Lookin More and More Like the Old

No surprise here, we helped install and than supported the Old. We then totally destroyed the country, this time, and brought in and support the New!!

 

Amnesty International slams Iraq over prison torture

 

Wilkerson on 9/11

Many may want to catch this discussion, for a number of reasons, but one being it shows as others have that this country Needs an Inquiry into what went on during the previous administration. I want Indictments, but the country Has To Clear This Up one way or another as it was All Done In Our Names!!

 

Wilkerson on 9/11

 

 

Worst Kind of Patriotism!

September 11 Brought Out the Worst Kind of Patriotism

 

September 11, 2010 - The first shattering scene of the 21st century calls forth a reminder, an observation, and a suggestion.

Remember the Tuesday morning of Sept. 11, 2001, before the terrorist attacks? Crystal clear on the Eastern Seaboard, a brilliant turquoise blue sky. The people of the nation woke up in a generally contented mood--but a bit complacent and fat from seven years of peace and prosperity.

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Bush was specifically warned in late August, 2001, that just such a thing would happen. He was on vacation on his Texas ranch and replied rudely to his intelligence briefer. He did not get a bit of blame from the American public, numb with grief and shock.

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The Corruption Conundrum

By John Grant

Corruption is more and more being built up as our greatest problem in Afghanistan. It’s all over the newspapers and the TV. At the epi-center of this corruption, the Kabul Bank we helped create and maintain has run aground and there’s talk in the air of a financial bail-out.

Meanwhile, the $250 million commission created to buy off Taliban fighters is “almost dead,” according to a top Afghan official at the commission. We have no trouble giving US tax dollars to the government and banking system in Afghanistan, but we can’t seem to get the Taliban to take our money.

Polands CIA 'Black Sites'

Shedding Light on Black Sites

 

7th September 2010 - At the end of July 2010 the Polish Office of Border Security gave a number of recently-released documents to the Poland-based Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR), which for the first time provided details of transported passengers, including possible terrorism suspects, on seven of the CIA flights to a secret prison in Poland between December 2002 and September 2003.

 

U.S. Exports

Not just there as many on this planet, consumers and businesses, have moved to others after the past decade, some returned in the last few years but they're now watching the rhetoric here and you can bet they are paying attention!!

In Latin America, U.S. exports are losing market share

September 6, 2010 - Here's something that should be sounding alarm bells in Washington: Latin American countries — which have long been big buyers of U.S. goods — are increasingly making a larger chunk of their purchases from other parts of the world.

While U.S. exports to the region are growing, in some cases significantly, their percentage of Latin America's overall imports is shrinking. To put it in economists' jargon, U.S. exports are losing market share in Latin America.

Worth the Costs? Not!!!

And oh is so many ways Not, So Many!

 

The war in Iraq: Was it worth the cost?

 

September 05, 2010 - Where did all the yellow ribbons go?

Once, those symbols of support were everywhere as America sent its first troops to Iraq in 2003. Stuck on car bumpers, refrigerators and yes, even tied around that old oak tree. And flags, too, waving wherever they could be hoisted in a patriotic tsunami of red, white and blue.

 

$3 trillion and beyond

When ever you hear Anyone speaking about Tax Cuts, especially that they create jobs but that's another issue, what they are saying is that they had no problem Rubber Stamping Everything for Their Wars of Choice and Now They Once Again Don't Want To Pony Up In Keeping The Promises Made To Those They Sent and Are Still Sending, DeJa-Vu all over again!!

The true cost of the Iraq war: $3 trillion and beyond

September 5, 2010 - Writing in these pages in early 2008, we put the total cost to the United States of the Iraq war at $3 trillion. This price tag dwarfed previous estimates, including the Bush administration's 2003 projections of a $50 billion to $60 billion war.

Who Was Viewing The Intelligence??

Why is it the Brits, and others, are asking the questions we here in the U.S. should have been demanding answers of long ago as we led the Destructive Fiasco's of the past decade, Why??

 

If British armed forces chiefs weren't seeing intelligence, who was?

 

Give 'em Medals of Honor!!!

Four men arrested after shoes and eggs are thrown at Tony Blair at book signing

 

04 Sep 2010 - Four men have been arrested after shoes and eggs were thrown at Tony Blair as he promoted his controversial memoir in Dublin on Saturday.

 

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