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Tale Of A Pissed-Off Peace Activist

By Dede Miller

Best Practices
Photo by Linda Milazzo

On Monday, November 29th, I attended an event at Saddleback Church, or, as I now call it, Sodom and Gomorrah, in Lake Forest California. George Bush was the guest Philistine. Sodom and Gomorrah is located deep in the heart of VERY conservative Orange county California. I, and my fellow defenders of good and justice, were literally in the belly of the beast..

Wikileaks: The Faucet Has Opened!

I'll say this again: Sadly it looks like these don't go back far enough, I for one want to know how much it cost this country for the so called 'coalition of the willing' for the invasion of Iraq, and there's still plenty that needs to be added to what has already come out as to the previous admin!!

US embassy cables: browse the database

Sunday 28 November 2010 - Use our interactive guide to discover what has been revealed in the leak of 250,000 US diplomatic cables. Find stories and original documents by country, subject or people Visit to Use Their Interactive Globe and More

Internet 'Hijacking'

AIR DATE: Nov. 26, 2010 China's Internet 'Hijacking' Creates Worries for Security Experts

 

SUMMARY An 18-minute diversion of Internet traffic through China has raised security concerns around the world -- especially for governments and people in critical infrastructure -- and raises new concerns for online shoppers just ahead of Cyber Monday. Transcript

 

SOA Watch: 26 People Arrested

26 People Arrested and Held in County Jail on Multiple Charges

21 November 2010 - Thousands Converge at the gates of Fort Benning for 20th Anniversary of November Vigil to Close the SOA

Nonviolent civil disobedience action followed by indiscriminate arrests and targeting of journalists. Among those arrested by Columbus police were three journalists, including a TV news crew from RT America and unrelated bystanders.

INTERNATIONAL LAW & THE US PRESENTATION

International Law & the US - Principles & Practice: Options to Strengthen Accountability & Justice
When: 11.09.2010 7pm - 9pm. 6:30pm Food & Beverages served
Where: Brooklyn Law School, Student Lounge, 1st floor, 250 Joralemon St. Brooklyn
Directions: #2, 3 and 4 to Borough Hall; M and R to Court St; A, C and F to Jay St/Borough Hall.

The last of a three-part series co-sponsored by War Criminals Watch, Brooklyn for Peace, the Brooklyn Law School and New York City chapters of the National Lawyers Guild and the Brooklyn Law School International Law Society : Options for Strengthening Accountability & Justice - Organizing Strategies.

Presenters are:
Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait
Ann Wright, Retired Colonel and former US State Dept official
Charlotte Dennert, author
Pam Spiess, Center for Constitutional Rights attorney

RSVP IS REQUIRED for non-BLS students BLS.NLG.RSVP@GMAIL.COM
For further information, contact warcriminalswatch@worldcantwait.org

What are They Hiding? Obama Administration Defending Black Site Prison at Bagram Airbase

By Dave Lindorff

A victory for the government in a federal court in New York City Monday marks another slide deeper into Dick Cheney’s “dark side” for the Obama Administration.

In a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has been seeking to force the Pentagon to provide information about all captives it is holding at its huge prison facility at Bagram Airbase outside Kabul in Afghanistan, Federal District Judge Barbara Jones of the Southern District of New York has issued a summary judgement saying that the government may keep that information secret.

The lingering question is: Why does the US government so adamantly want to hide information about where captives were first taken into military custody, their citizenship, the length of their captivity, and the circumstances under which they were captured?

Walk for Peace Permit Need in Question

Skowhegan permit at issue for peace walk

October 27 2010 - One of the organizers of the Sunday vigils for peace in Skowhegan and a supporter of a planned peace march next month left Skowhegan selectmen with more questions than answers Tuesday night.

University students and Buddhist monks, along with local activists and members of Veterans for Peace, are scheduled to march across the state in November to draw attention to the affects of war and war spending on the economy, Mark Roman of Solon said Tuesday.

Veterans for Peace, in conjunction with Waterville Area Bridges for Peace and Justice, are set to walk through central Maine beginning Nov. 2 -- Election Day. The Maine Walk for Peace, Human Needs and Veterans Care is slated to start in Farmington, Roman said.

SEE "THE RECKONING" DRAMATIC READINGS OF DETAINEES' STATEMENTS

Heads up, NY fans! Come to a very special performance of "The Reckoning," dramatic readings of detainees’ statements and the Torture Memos. Thurs., 10/28, 7-9PM at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Ave, Manhattan.

Get more information:

http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/wcw-events/details/546-theater-pe...

Major WikiLeaks press conference in Europe coming up.....

WikiLeaks plans 'major' announcement in Europe

Just minutes ago - 22 October 2010 - The WikiLeaks website appears close to releasing what the Pentagon fears is the largest cache of secret U.S. documents in history — hundreds of thousands of intelligence reports compiled after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In a message posted to its Twitter page on Thursday, the organization said there was a "major WikiLeaks press conference in Europe coming up." WikiLeaks has not commented publicly on the imminent announcement.

Their disclosure would be the most massive leak of secret documents in U.S. history, and defense officials are racing to contain the damage.

“A Complete Non-Issue”

National Security “A Complete Non-Issue”?

15 October 2010 - Campaign events this week highlighted again how little thought conservatives are devoting to national security, including the two wars our nation is fighting - and how dangerously extreme and ill-informed they can be. From Sharron Angle's ludicrous proposal to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs to Christine O'Donnell's confusion between Iraq and Afghanistan, the Tea Party candidates seem to subscribe to Rand Paul's comment that foreign policy "is a complete non-issue" - a shocking commentary in wartime. When the issue does come up, conservatives find themselves split between polar extremes: neoconservative interventionism and extreme isolationism. As Pat Buchanan described it, it's the "Tea Party vs. War Party." {read rest}

Tonight, 10.17.10 Homeless Vets on 60min

This is going to be aired tonight:

Preview: Homeless Veterans

 

October 15, 2010 - Some veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan into the recession are finding themselves homeless. Scott Pelley reports on an annual encampment in San Diego where veterans can find hope, help and services. Sunday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Three years before: Mumbai Attack!!

Whoops looks like another point of total incompetence, or more likely a want that it was true so their wars and hate rhetoric could continue, by the cheney and his puppet's administration!! All the better for them if Americans were killed, and they were!!

Destroying the National security more, reaping the war blood wealth for themselves and their tight knit group of extreme hawks!

FBI Was Warned Years in Advance of Mumbai Attacker’s Terror Ties

Fire engulfs the top floor of the Taj Mahal hotel, site of one of the shootouts with terrorists in Mumbai on Nov. 26, 2008. (Pal Pillai/AFP/Getty Images)

Judge stops 'don't ask, don't tell'

Judge stops 'don't ask, don't tell' policy with worldwide injunction in landmark case

October 12, 2010 - A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, ending the U.S. military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips' landmark ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished what President Obama and Washington politics could not.

U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have 60 days to appeal. Legal experts say they are under no legal obligation to do so and could let Phillips' ruling stand. {read rest}

Live Stream: One Nation

The 'american taliban' To Celebrate

This little get together, and venue it's taking place at, fits well into a new book that's been recently released, but doesn't as to the Military it's Oaths and Constitution of this here United States.

{Note: by the way if you haven't yet purchased and do so at link it would help this old vet who's exhausted his unemployment and living off savings and might have to do what he never planned, retire, and at the ripe young age of 62 which doesn't come about till december.}

The 'christian?' military crusaders we now have?, and apparently some really want!, american taliban at work!!

Christian rally at Fort Bragg to continue as planned

VA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

I receive these VA press releases, as others do, and often times they send them out before posting them at the press release page on their site. Often it seems to take forever for a direct link, this one and another from yesterday have yet to be posted. I will give direct link if they ever do, or follow link below to list.

Recent VA News Releases

15 September 2010 - WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) joins the Nation in
saluting the country's largest ethnic group and its more than 1.1
million Veterans as it observes Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 to Oct.
15, as Hispanic Americans have fought in every American war.

A Time to Speak:

This is a lesson for school children and teens brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance program. It frankly, in these days, needs to be learned by more adults it seems then children, though those same adults, parents, granparents and other relatives, friends, neighbors, strangers and talking heads of many media outlets are showing just wasn't learned, nor wanted to be, when they were young!

 

A Speech by Charles Morgan

 

* Level:

* Grades 6 to 8

* Grades 9 to 12

* Subject:

* Social Studies

In this lesson, students will study Morgan’s speech to better understand the civil rights movement and the value of speaking out against injustice.

NY Neighbors for American Values: 9/11 Vigil

Vigil Photos, Articles and Videos

 

The candlelight vigil on Friday was beautiful and heartwarming. We’re so grateful to everyone who volunteered, spoke, and recorded the event. We think you’ll enjoy these links: Visit for Backlinks to what's mentioned

Military Mom Prays Pastor Doesn't

Military Mom Prays Pastor Doesn't Go Through with Koran-Burning

 

9 September 2010 - The mother of a U.S. soldier is speaking out on the Koran-burning controversy. She says Pastor Terry Jones does not understand the consequences that will come after burning the Koran... she says he is out of touch with the impact that this will have on our troops and their families.

"This is going to endanger our troops some of them might not come home safely," says Laureen Chischilly, whose son is about to go on his 5th deployment to the Middle East.

Chischilly has been on pins and needles, while Pastor Jones wavers between burning and not burning the Muslim book of prayers. {read more}

 

If In New York City Today, 08.25.2010

JOIN in with this Coalition!! Past time to teach what this Country is supposed to be about and what real Religious Ideologies of Tolerance are!!

Coalition Including 9-11 Families To Support Ground Zero Mosque

A newly formed group that includes a number of family members of 9-11 victims is rallying today in support of the building of a mosque near Ground Zero.
The 9-11 families group "September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows" is teaming up with at least 40 religious and civic organizations to form a coalition called "New York Neighbors For American Values." The coalition is expected to hold an afternoon rally at the municipal building in Manhattan. {read more}

'Witness: Katrina'

Tells storm's story through the lenses of home-video cameras

 

August 23, 2010 - In the earliest production stages of “Witness: Katrina,” filmmakers Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs culled a few home-video clips from the Internet to assemble a kind of pilot for their project.

 

UPDATE - Live from Ft. Hood, Webcast of Protest Against 3rd Armored Cav Redeployment

Update - The military has taken the highly unusual decision to deploy the 3rd ACR in the middle of the night, tonight, under cover of darkness.  The protesters have stated they will confront the deployment with "radical, direct action" whatever the hour.  See latest update video below. If you keep your computer on tonight with this page up it will automatically play when broadcast recommences.

Using webcam technology, the anti-war soldier's coffee house outside of Ft. Hood, Texas is providing video updates and webcasting live the protest against redeployment of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment this month to Iraq. Protesters include active-duty soldiers (off-duty), veterans, soldiers families and supporters. Ft. Hood is the largest military base in the nation. The Under the Hood Cafe website reads:

More Domestic Criminal Terror! and Silence Following?

One wonders, not really very hard, why we readily call others, who have done nothing, 'terrorist', just because of where they might be from or their religious beliefs, and we get never ending opinion talk and pure propaganda {lies} about as a whole group and not the extremist using, yet something like this happens and it gets very little news play. You have to search it out rather then hear anyone report on or seriously talk about. A most certainly 'domestic criminal terrorist' act seemingly hell bent on taking out as many police or innocent people as possible, all because, apparently, he's a white guy in Texas. Will he become the new hero of certain groups within our society, much like the Austin Pilot Did or others that seek to be the next McVeighs as Individuals or in Groups!!

Police seeking motive for Texas gunman's attack

Nixon Admin: Death of Dan Mitrione

TO SAVE DAN MITRIONE NIXON ADMINISTRATION URGED DEATH THREATS FOR URUGUAYAN PRISONERS

Posted – August 11, 2010 - In Response Uruguayan Security Forces Launched Death Squads to Hunt and Kill Insurgents

Washington, D.C., August 11, 2010 - Documents posted by the National Security Archive on the 40th anniversary of the death of U.S. advisor Dan Mitrione in Uruguay show the Nixon administration recommended a “threat to kill [detained insurgent] Sendic and other key [leftist insurgent] MLN prisoners if Mitrione is killed.” The secret cable from U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers, made public here for the first time, instructed U.S. Ambassador Charles Adair: “If this has not been considered, you should raise it with the Government of Uruguay at once.”

Two Brothers Finally Home, RIP!

Soldiers Missing in Action from Vietnam War Identified

August 11, 2010 - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Paul G. Magers of Sidney, Neb., will be buried on Aug. 27 in Laurel, Mont., and Army Chief Warrant Officer Donald L. Wann of Shawnee, Okla., will be buried on Aug. 21 in Fort Gibson, Okla.

So far so good, but hang on to your hat: This Thing's Gonna Blow!

By Dave Lindorff

What the hell are they thinking in Washington, and down at the “Unified Command” in New Orleans, letting BP try to close off the oil volcano spewing out the top of the damaged Blowout Preventer (BOP) stack?

And what the hell is the mainstream press doing not asking about the clear evidence of oil or gas spewing out under pressure from cracks in the seafloor around the base of the BOP? (See the image of oil spewing from the sea floor here.)

Sure the initial partial closing of the valves is working, but they haven’t built up much pressure yet, and a lot could go wrong. seriously wrong, and there’s good reason to think it will.

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