The analysis in the following paper was written by Stewart Rhodes while at Yale Law School and was the winner of Yale’s Judge William E. Miller Prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. Rhodes is the founder of Oath Keepers which on Christmas Day announced its participation in a bi-partisan drive to recall all three of Montana's congressional delegation for "violation of the oath of office," by voting for the blatantly unconstitutional NDAA National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the indefinite military detention of American citizens without charge or trial. Violation of the oath is one of the five narrow and specific grounds on which a recall in MT may be initiated.
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With U.S. approval of Congress holding steady at a whopping 15%, one wonders just who it is the elected representatives are representing. Perhaps we can answer that question, by looking at some of their recent activities, and considering some of the things currently left undone.
Historians Against the War April 2013 Conference's theme, “The New Faces of War”, highlights the many ways that war-making has changed in recent decades, especially in the early 21st century. It takes place in Towson University in Baltimore, MD.
World Can't Wait will present at 9:00 am on Sunday morning:
Indefinite Detention and War against Iran: How Are These Strands of US Foreign Policy Connected?
A National Security State in and out: history will not be kind.
Ray McGovern, ex-CIA analyst: Attack Iran? Who Dares Quibble?
H. Candace Gorman,esq.: Like Sisyphus: Defending Men in Guantanamo
Thomas A. Drake,ex-NSA executive: Perversion of Power: Perfect Storm
Debra Sweet, World Can’t Wait:Moderator
Andy Worthington has spent the last seven years researching and writing about Guantánamo,and the men held there.Based in London, he is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison, and the co-director, with Polly Nash, of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.”
The latest from ThisCantBeHappening.net
Taking It Out on the Kids:
US Sanctions on Iran are Hurting the Young and the Sick
By Dave Lindorff
Things are getting out of hand in the Persian Gulf.
By Michael Collins
(Chantilly, VA 6/3/2012) The Bilderberg Group completed its annual meeting today in Northern Virginia. The group was founded in 1954 by the financial, political, and military elites of Europe and the United States. Annual meetings provide for "regular, off-the-record discussions [to] help create a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations in the difficult post-war period." Bilderberg Meetings, Official Website
The inherent contradiction in this mission statement is glaringly obvious. These are the very same people who put in place and control the governments and programs that they're meeting in private to "discuss." Don't they discuss these things before and during their masquerade of governance?
The group's official meeting website says, "What is unique about Bilderberg as a forum is the privacy of the meetings, which has no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds openly and freely."
When the world's ultra-rich and powerful meet to address major sociopolitical problems in a forum based on privacy, it's time to take a closer look.
The Witch-Burners are Alive and Sick in Kansas: Stand Up for Dr. Kristin Neuhaus against the Kansas Theocracy's Anti-Abortion Ji
By Dave Lindorff
A few hundred years ago in colonial Massachusetts, the theocratic fascist men who ran that society had a way of dealing with free-thinking women in their midst: they burned them at the stake or drummed up hordes of frightened and unthinking neighbors to stone them to death.
Most of us today imagine that if we had lived in those dark times, we would have stood up against such an outrage. Now is the time to find out.
Protest the War President
02.16.2012 - 02.16.2012 17.00
Nob Hill Masonic Center - 1111 California Street San Francisco
December 14, 2011 - One by one, the Marines sat down, swore to tell the truth and began to give secret interviews discussing one of the most horrific episodes of America’s time in Iraq: the 2005 massacre by Marines of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha.
“I mean, whether it’s a result of our action or other action, you know, discovering 20 bodies, throats slit, 20 bodies, you know, beheaded, 20 bodies here, 20 bodies there,” Col. Thomas Cariker, a commander in Anbar Province at the time, told investigators as he described the chaos of Iraq.
Protest Cheney at Republican Fund-Raiser
- 12.12.2011 - 12.12.2011 17.30
- Hilton Garden Inn - Staten Island
Cheney will be at a fundraiser for the Staten Island Republican Party and will will be joined by his daughter, Liz.
Tickets are $100 per person. Special $500 VIP tickets are available.
Join with Occupy Staten Island and others to protest this major war criminal!
"We Are Many" shows how mobilization in 2003 set stage for Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street
Dec 8, 2011 - On Feb. 15, 2003, the planet experienced the greatest single non-military mobilization of humanity in the history of the world. People in 800 cities (and Antarctica) marched to voice their opposition as George Bush’s countdown clock ticked away the days toward the threatened U.S. invasion of Iraq. Estimates of the total numbers of protesters vary widely but it seems plausible that 15 million took to the streets.
Why would Founders create a class of criminal, "domestic enemies" of the "United States Constitution," if there were no such thing?
If you think soldiers won't do it, think again. Some of the stupidest people on Earth join the Army, and they, in contrast to the many intelligent young patriots who join for the right reasons, will always be there. Reading blogs arguing about Posse Comitatus and martial law I've seen comments like "I expect I might be picking a few civvies (civilians) off the wire someday...but I like my home on base and my kids need the nice playground. Life is good."
I also have close relatives in. I couldn't make this up.
Whistleblowers To Be Honored on Nov. 21 at American U.
In recent decades, information – the lifeblood of democracy — has often been cut off from the American body politic on “national security” grounds or because insiders feel it wouldn’t be “good for the country.” To counter that benighted view, a group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials honors brave whistleblowers, this year Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack.
By Ray McGovern
The risk of suicide in military children nearly doubles during a parent's deployment. Daniel killed himself during his father's last tour. He was 12 years old.
He hung himself from the bunkbed he shared with his brother.
His mom, Tricia, is wondering how Daniel's brother will cope with his father's upcoming deployment.
So is another military spouse whose boy tried to kill himself during his dad's last tour - who also learned that her soldier will be deployed again in 2012.
Isolated incidents? Not if you're a military family member.
These two moms will join other military family members on November 17 in this nation's Capitol to present Homefront 911: Military Family Monologues. True stories about how 10 years of war is really coming home.
12:00 noon at the US Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium free & open to the public.
World Can't Wait is sponsoring Kim Schultz' complete production of "No Place Called Home."
October 2, 2011 5pm
Revolution Books, 146 W. 26th St., New York, NY
Robert Gates is a war criminal. As Defense Secretary under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Robert Gates oversaw two official wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan. He escalated and oversaw the bombing of several other countries, including Yemen and Pakistan. He was instrumental in the escalation of unmanned drone strikes and troop surges in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He also continued the use of torture and indefinite detention initiated under Donald Rumsfeld. Like the wars he executed, Robert gates is bipartisan in his criminality, the first Defense Secretary ever to hold that position under both a Democrat and a Republican administration and he personifies the consensus among the rulers for war without end.
On September 22nd he will be presented with the Liberty Award at the National Constitution Center in Center City, Philadelphia for his ‘contributions to expanding freedom.’
Candlelight Vigil Against Torture
Join others at a candlelight vigil to protest the fundraising appearance of torturer and warmonger, George W. Bush. Do we really need to have the man who brought us pre-emptive strikes and launched an unjustified war that created widespread unrest in the Middle East held up as a great leader? Join others to stand up against those who torture.
Come to the public street area along the parking lot.
Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W. 26th St., St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Sponsored by: the WAMM Tackling Torture at the Top (T3) Committee.
Info: Contact http://www.worldwidewamm.org/calendar.html, the W A M M office.
New York City fans, be ready with your banners and sign on Tues 9/20/2011. George W. Bush will keynote the first summit of the Concordia Summit Group on fighting global extremism.
Bush will be joined by other former world leaders, security experts and heads of global corporations at the Sept. 20 meeting which aims "to strengthen the relationship between the public and private sectors to more effectively combat extremism on a global scale." Among the other speakers is John Negroponte, who is also on the Advisory Board of the Concordia Summit Group.
Ritz Carlton Battery Park Hotel - 2 West St. NYC 10004
Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney will be at the Authors Group event at Union League Club of Chicago on September 19th. Join World Can't Wait, the 8th Day Center for Justice and the Illinois Coalition Against Torture to protest.
Protecting Americans? President Obama's Shameful Silence in the Face of Israel's Murder of a Young American
By Dave Lindorff
Among the many shameful and cowardly things that President Barack Obama has and has not done, few can rival his complete unwillingness to express outrage at the Israeli military’s murder of a young American teen executed at close range during the Israeli Defense (sic) Force assault on the Turkish-flagged aid ship the Mavi Marmara in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea back on May 31, 2010.
Furkan Dogan, born in the US to Turkish parents, both legal residents of the U.S., and educated in the US, was a volunteer on the Mavi Marmara, the flag ship in a six boat aid flotilla that tried to sail with humanitarian aid from Turkey to the Israeli prison colony known as Gaza only to be stormed and captured and pirated to Israel.
We are given figures in the multi multi billions spent on the wars of choice and the so called 'homeland security', but there are huge amounts, in the multi billions, not known or labeled top secret and blacked out in government reports on the rapid growth of intelligence within government and the added private contractors and the costs of that growth. As pointed out in the 'PBS Frontline' report, below, what has it accomplish over all these years, especially as to the main mission after 9/11 and finally getting bin Laden, found through intelligence of a small group and carried out by a small group of 'special forces'.
by Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait
Sunday 9/11 1:00 pm City Hall Park, New York City and virtually on 911globalmemorial.net Your participation in this global memorial through your art work is crucial. How You Can Participate.
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Three Days Before Wall Went Up, CIA Expected East Germany Would Take "Harsher Measures" to Solve Refugee Crisis
Disturbed By Lack of Warning, JFK Asked Intelligence Advisers to Review CIA Performance
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 354
September 2011 - One morning in June 2001, three months before the 9/11 attacks on the United States, I happened to be interviewing a senior official from the British Secret Intelligence Service, M.I.6. His current focus was the war on drugs, not international terrorism, but he shared a piece of information that united the two subjects.
A short time earlier, the official told me, the U.S. National Security Agency had intercepted a call between two satellite-telephone users in Afghanistan—the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. They had been discussing the Taliban’s ban on growing opium poppies, imposed the previous summer—a remarkably effective edict that had shrunk production in areas they controlled almost to zero.
Jill Millard Helps Coordinate Clothing For Homeless Veterans
Millard is the clothes coordinator for the annual Stand Down event in Balboa Park for homeless veterans. It's a task she took on three years ago -- a year after her youngest son, Gregory, was killed in Iraq.
"You know, you see all these guys and I still get emotional; I can see what Gregory might have gone through had he come home from combat," said Millard.