re Putin - wonder what he meant by this ..
In reply to a western reporter Mr Putin said: "We know better than you what happened in Andijan.
"We know who trained the people who ignited the situation in Uzbekistan."
Tuesday, January 31, 2006.
Putin boasts of defence-piercing missiles
re Putin - wonder what he meant by this ..
According to a Democratic Underground thread and its pictures, the reports of Cindy Sheehan being arrested for being about to "unfurl a banner" turn out to be incorrect. She simply was wearing a t-shirt showing the number of US military dead so far because of Iraq. The number was already out of date.
You may have noticed that I've been on a specific crusade (I was gonna say jihad, but the Ft Meadies are already overwhelmed) of my own of late: trying to convince y'all that The Doubleduh-Cheney Gang is NOT incompetent - that they've done quite nicely, in fact, of furthering their goals of creating chaos, diabling and dismantling our government, destroying democracy, and getting rich.
No one seems to be reporting this at this time.
"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace."
Monday, January 30, 2006.
Personal Poems For Some Sam Alito Filibuster Holdouts
I've written some personal poems for 4 Alito filibuster holdouts: Byrd, Akaka, Landrieu, Nelson. Here's one of them:
An Open Limerick To Senator Byrd
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Sen. Byrd you're at times quite inspired,
Speaking words that I've often admired.
Now it's time to help muster
A Sam filibuster.
If you don't, all our rights shall expire.
You can find all four of my personal Alito filibuster poems here and the audio podcast version is here.
WASHINGTON — A new provision tucked into the Patriot Act bill now before Congress would allow authorities to haul demonstrators at any "special event of national significance" away to jail on felony charges if they are caught breaching a security perimeter.
And so it goes.
It Could Alienate the Iraqi People, Experts Say
Damn, who woulda thunk it...
Gen. Janis Karpinski said detaining wives of suspected insurgents has been a practice of U.S. troops throughout war in Iraq. (ABCNEWS)
Sunday, January 29, 2006.
2005: Labor Adds $70 million in Annual Income.
Americans prefer Democrats in 2006.
Coral Reefs Cheaper to Protect than Neglect - UN.
Vaccine provides 100 percent protection against avian flu virus in animal study.
Gates gives $600m more to stop TB.
Master Genetic Switch Found For Chronic Pain.
Follow-up Study Shows Drug Slows Severe Alzheimer’s Symptoms For One Year.
Herpes Virus Offers New Hope in Curing Cancer.
Guggenheim hires its first curator of Asian art.
Remember: these weekly round-ups are public domain. You can repost them on your own site.
- Rose Colored News.
They were loyal conservatives, and Bush appointees. They fought a quiet battle to rein in the president's power in the war on terror. And they paid a price for it. A NEWSWEEK investigation.
Spies, Lies and Wiretaps Instead of the legal, constitutional and moral justifications for the warrantless spying on Americans, we've received only the familiar mix of political spin, clumsy historical misinformation and a couple of big, dangerous lies...
this is an editorial pointing out the lies given the American public about spying. In addtion some 15 legal scholars here conclude that the Bush "initiative" is clearly illegal and violates the American constitution. Declaring "war powers" simply will not do!
A Legal Defense of Russell Tice, the Whistleblower who Revealed the President's Authorization of NSA's Warrantless Domestic Wiretapping
And this op-ed :
Using Our Fear
Justice in Vermont (With your help)
"A citizen in United States should never expect to gain justice through the judicial system. The system is so corrupted that in the rare case when justice prevails, it is not because of, but it is in spite of, the system.”
We are posting this call to action today because a kind and decent woman needs your help. Rosemarie Jackowski is a 68-year-old grandmother/Air Force Veteran/writer/anti-war activist and an advocacy journalist living in Vermont.
"On March 20, 2003, I participated in a peaceful protest against the war. I was arrested, incarcerated, handcuffed, booked, fingerprinted, photographed, arraigned, tried, convicted and sentenced. My conviction is currently under Appeal in the Vermont State Supreme Court.A Courtroom Speech
By Rosemarie Jackowski
To get an idea of where Rosemarie is coming from I would suggest you read the above article as well as:
"Silence is the greatest of all crimes"
An interview with Peace Grandma, Rosemarie Jackowski By author Mickey Z
The details of her protest trial can be found at the Veterans for Peace website.
The idea of a jury steamrolling a grandmother for committing an act of civil disobedience is, unfortunately, not very surprising in America’s current political climate.
That is not subject of today’s appeal to you.
The current injustice facing this amicable woman has to do with her actions as a plaintiff stemming from a traffic accident in Vermont in the year 2000. While waiting in a line of traffic she was rear ended by a loaded logging truck. Many eyewitnesses reported the truck driver was “distracted” by some young ladies on the roadside and clearly the negligent party in the accident. It would seem like a straightforward case but for the fact that the truck was owned and operated by the state of Vermont. It gets worse. It has taken FIVE YEARS for the government to even begin her deposition. I urge you to read the horrific details of this matter in her recent article:
By Rosemarie Jackowski
Being deposed by a government lawyer for a case where the State is the defendant is, no doubt, a rough ride. It would seem that the State of Vermont had an intimidation card up its sleeve when the lawyer’s questions began to stray far from the case at hand into the realm of Rosemarie’s political beliefs and very personal life.
An excerpt from The Deposition:
"The big day arrived. I was taken into a small, windowless room in the state’s attorney’s office complex. I looked around. There was a one-way mirror opposite to where I was seated. There were some metal bookshelves with black garbage bags on them. It reminded me of Abu Ghraib.
Whether or not you agree with Rosemarie’s political beliefs they should not hold any bearing in her case against a State-owned trucking company that had caused her much physical anguish and financial devastation. As for the exceptionally private matters of sexual assault or divorce- the representative of the State of Vermont has gone too far! This is not the progressive State that I have read about over the years. This is brutal.
We are appealing to you, dear reader, to take a few moments to write to one or all of the people listed below and join us in demanding a fair and equitable conclusion to this rather straightforward case of negligence on the part of an employee of the State of Vermont.The harassment and obfuscation by the assistant to the state attorney general and the dragging out of this otherwise uncomplicated matter are Justice delayed and Justice denied.
Dick Sears, Chairman of the State Judiciary Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaker of the State House, Gaye Symington: email@example.com
Governor of Vermont, Jim Douglas: http://www.vermont.gov/governor/contact.html
A susinct sentence or two is all we ask. If you are a Blogger we would ask that you perhaps utilize your own space to help spread this appeal with your own article or a link back to this one.
Thank you very much.
Amelopsis and Youngfox.
Despite protests from other countries, the United States is expanding a top-secret effort to kill suspected terrorists with drone-fired missiles as it pursues an increasingly decentralized Al Qaeda, U.S. officials say.
Step by step the Pentagon is taking over the State Department and is set to finance military coups.
Congress has granted unusual authority for the Pentagon to spend as much as $200 million of its own budget to aid foreign militaries, a break with the traditional practice of channeling foreign military assistance through the State Department.
Saturday, January 28, 2006.
My friend, the esteemed Sky Cosby, has started a anarchist/green/alternative/whatever father blog. He has this to say:
Who is DBT? Watch this 14 min 20sec. documentary and you will know who DBT is and how Bush stole the election.
I am most definitely not a vegan. In, fact, I must confess that I generally find vegans to be annoying. But I can't for the life of me imagine how picketing a food store could possibly threaten national security.
The American Civil Liberties Union has released photographs that the government took of vegans protesting in front of a honey-baked ham store. The incident prompted the ACLU to file a lawsuit in September on behalf of one of the protestors, Caitlin Childs. Childs was arrested after she wrote down the license plate number of the undercover Homeland Security detective who was taking pictures of the protestors. Gerald Weber of the ACLU of Georgia said of the case, "We believe that spying on American citizens for no good reason is fundamentally un-American, that it's not the place of the government or the best use of resources to spy on its own citizens and we want it to stop. We want the spies in our government to pack their bags, close up their notebooks, take their cameras home and not engage in the spying anymore."
Friday, January 27, 2006.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged in a document made public on Thursday that information spread by the
the research organization that obtained the document through the Freedom of Information Act described it as propaganda planted overseas that inevitably made its way back to the United States....
Rumsfeld's Roadmap to Propoganda
The GWU NSA archive added this curious subtitle:
Secret Pentagon "roadmap" calls for "boundaries" between "information operations" abroad and at home but provides no actual limits as long as US doesn't "target" Americans
The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain. -Colin Wilson
Support our Kidnappers!
"The U.S. Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected insurgents in hopes of "leveraging" their husbands into surrender, U.S. military documents show.
One Nation, under fear. with regulations and mandates for all
"What no one seemed to notice. . . was the ever widening gap. . .between the government and the people. . . And it became always wider. . . the whole process of its coming into being, was above all diverting, it provided an excuse not to think for people who did not want to think anyway . . . Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about . . .and kept us so busy with continuous changes and 'crises' and so fascinated. . . by the machinations of the 'national enemies,' without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us. . .
A newly declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US military's plans for "information operations" - from psychological operations, to attacks on hostile computer networks.
Thursday, January 26, 2006.
Seymour Melman worked tirelessly to teach people about the ills of State Capitalism: militarism, poverty, racism, sexism and deindustrialization to name a few. With his words and actions he declared that human life is dearer than the accumulation of profit and power. His writings also offer us a description of the struggles underway whereby alienated people attempt to regain control over their lives, and a glimpse of what the world may be like when these struggles succeed. A beloved teacher and friend, he will be missed.
Summary of a Study of Strategic Influence, Perception Management, Strategic Information Warfare and Strategic Psychological Operations in Gulf IIAnd I suspect every other goddamn thing the Bush crime mafis does be it abroad or domestic.
Ode To Takeout: Song Parody Cooked Up By A Non-Cook
In a brief departure from political humor, I've written an Ode To Takeout:
Ode To Takeout (Sing To My Favorite Things)
By Madeleine Begun Kane
"Baked meat lasagna and Indian curry.
Sesame noodles. I'm famished! Please hurry!
Buddha's Delight that is fit for a king.
Takeout is one of my favorite things.
Greek beef moussaka and cheese ravioli.
Brocc'li and eggplant, stir fried with aioli...
This rest of my Ode To Takeout song parody is here.
By Galen Moore/ Daily News Staff
Wednesday, January 25, 2006.
Inspiring. And I briefly graced the classrooms of this place. Honored.
A July 2002 Justice Department statement to a Senate committee appears to contradict several key arguments that the Bush administration is making to defend its eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without court warrants.
Nice picture choice. I wonder what those who are actually awake and paying attention are thinking. I'm no mind reader, but I would think something along the lines of, Blah, Blah, Blah...Whateverrrrrr."
Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency. He also suggested that the Pentagon's decision, announced in December, to begin reducing the force in Iraq this year was driven in part by a realization that the Army was overextended.
By Katherine Hunt
Here is a reminder:
Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961: "This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
New rules covering the death penalty in military courts suggest the US army may be preparing for its first execution since 1961.
When I read this article it wasn't the hostages in Gitmo I first thought of. My mind when straight to the links posted by Trevor Blake's , recomendations of the progressive link entitled:American Short Timer, in paticularly, uncle sam's trigger niggers. I was really impressed with the incredible writing of most of the soldiers, apart from the Lincoln Corp plant but I felt like shaking them and sayin "What are you doin, don't be blogging about this, its time for action.
Then you will have earned the respect that many of you claimed that you joined up to garner.
I decided not to cause, although I can't really feel for those guys, I'm gonna keep my respect for the guys who pull themselves out of unemployment,drug addiction, incarceration and eath by deciding up front not to shoot other meat for the machine, I understand their position enough to wish them no ill will and a posting on their blog recommending they shoot the shit telling them to pull the trigger rather than their fellow humans, wouldn't achieve anything apart from maybe giving the shit an excuse to close down their bloggs.
From reading whats being written on these bloggs I think that it must only be a matter of time before the troops do mutiny. When they do though it will be as a resuly of a group decision from within.
Army combat life has got them so locked into the 'band of brothers thing' in the same way a biker gang or rock band does for its members that these guys are only gonna move when the urge comes from within, not cause some idjit on the other side of the world harangues 'em.
That said I think we need to recognise that the shit in suits at the pentagon will also be feeling that 'tipping point' is coming close.
That is what this regs change is about.
The blokes who were too busy making their first mil to get drafted a generation ago must be feeling pretty nervous and I'd say a lot of Jack Murtha's mates are also feeling like the troops aren't gonna take much more.
So BushCo is gonna start offing a few grunts pretty soon in the hope that will help them to concentrate and remember to only kill those they're told to and not those who they think deserve it.
The Gitmo gang will be safe until so many grunts have been offed that a certain section of the sheeple will be gettin agitated. Then they'll commit one of the worst, most abhorred and longest outlawed war crimes, that is taking the life of an enemy who is your captive and/or who has surrendered.
But that's OK cause these guys will be unlawful combatants.
Assholes are so predictable.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006.
It's almost enough to make you laugh -- bitterly, of course. Here was Ford Motor Co. announcing yesterday that it had cut 10,000 jobs last year and that it will cut up to 30,000 more. But shedding jobs at muscle-car acceleration rates didn't stop Ford from pocketing hundreds of millions of dollars courtesy of the American Jobs Creation Act.Ahh, the wonders of corporate welfare.
“The President is more determined than ever to stay the course,” the former defense official said. “He doesn’t feel any pain. Bush is a believer in the adage ‘People may suffer and die, but the Church advances.’ ” He said that the President had become more detached, leaving more issues to Karl Rove and Vice-President Cheney. “They keep him in the gray world of religious idealism, where he wants to be anyway,” the former defense official said. Bush’s public appearances, for example, are generally scheduled in front of friendly audiences, most often at military bases. Four decades ago, President Lyndon Johnson, who was also confronted with an increasingly unpopular war, was limited to similar public forums. “Johnson knew he was a prisoner in the White House,” the former official said, “but Bush has no idea.”
Google, which recently won praise for refusing to turn over search data to U.S. government authorities, has now given in to pressure from another authoritarian state. The company will censor search results for users in China. Evidently the company's mantra, "don't be evil", doesn't apply to facilitating evil done by others.
Victor Willis, the original cop in The Village People, is back in the public eye. Willis, who failed to appear in court today on drug and handgun possession charges, will be featured on an upcoming episode of "America's Most Wanted". Authorities are said to be looking for Willis in area YMCAs and Navy recruiting stations.
Good write-up on the former director of NSA, General Michael Hayden's recent speech defending the Bushco.
BBC: "New rules covering the death penalty in military courts suggest the US army may be preparing for its first execution since 1961. The new rules spell out the procedures for carrying out death sentences imposed at courts martial. [...] The new rules are acknowledged by senior ranks as a major revision of the existing situation. The revision also makes it possible for executions to take place at any military prison, not just Fort Leavenworth. This, according to anti-death penalty protesters, means it would be technically legal for executions to take place at Guantanamo Bay."
Monday, January 23, 2006.
The Ford Motor Company will send 30,000 workers to the unemployment line as part of its "Way Forward" reorganization plan. Wall Street investors--none of whom, it would appear, actually know any auto workers--reacted with glee, pushing Ford's share prices up 7%.
Company chairman Bill Ford had this to say about the massive job cuts: "I appreciate the fact that winning will require sacrifices by the people of Ford, and there will be fewer of us here in the future than there are today." Ford's touching expression of empathy would, perhaps, be more credible if he and his boardroom cronies were among those facing the axe. But, as usual, the top corporate brass--those actually responsible for the company's lagging performance--will lose neither their jobs nor their generous compensation. Ah, the wonders of capitalism.
By taking just a 10-minute digital recording of Steiner's voice, scientist George Papcun is able, in near real time, to clone speech patterns and develop an accurate facsimile. Steiner was so impressed, he asked for a copy of the tape.
One of the most memorable is Colin Powell stating "I am being treated well by my captors."
Just something to keep in mind when the evenings news insists that an audio tape trying to scare you into war is really a dead guy... or that people were making cell phone calls from doomed aircraft to their families.
Sunday, January 22, 2006.
Your "Culture of Life" Preznit Unmasked
Image courtesy of Free Iraq.
When George W. Bush delivers the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 31, a little more than a week from now, William Rivers Pitt proposes that every single Democrat present in the House chamber for the speech should, at a predetermined moment, stand up and walk out in silent protest.
First women elected president in Chile.
Liberian becomes Africa’s first female president.
Bikers Win One: Judge Nixes City Law on Parade Permits.
Court nullifies ban on assisted suicide.
Ex-Pentagon analyst sentenced for sharing secrets.
'No link' between cellphones and brain tumours .
- Rose Colored News.
University of Chicago Law Professor gets to the heart of the matter:
Whatever else Judge Alito may or may not have made clear about his views on such issues as abortion, federalism, and religious freedom, he has certainly made clear that he has no interest in restraining the acts of this commander-in-chief. That, in my judgment, poses a serious threat to the nation, and is a more than adequate reason for the Senate – Republicans and Democrats alike – to deny his confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States.
(01/19/06 -- DURHAM) - A Duke professor says he is doubtful about Thursday's audiotape from Osama bin Laden.
He thinks bin Laden is dead and has doubts about the tape. Lawrence recently analyzed more than 20 complete speeches and interviews of the al Qaida leader for his book. He says the new message is missing several key elements.
The 'Powers That Be' think Americans won’t remember arabic names – and they’re right!
To be continued...
[Research by BlackJade]
[Note: It wasn't us, but 'Able Danger' that found the Atta connection to a CIA network in Brooklyn]
Also see: The CIA's Jihad - New Yorker Magazine - 03/17/95
Awoken Research Group
Saturday, January 21, 2006.
Molly Ivins has a message for the Democratic Party:
I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.If only there were any reason to hope that the party's leadership would listen.
(Thanks to Brian Leiter for the pointer.)
ABC/Disney may have killed reality TV show because gay couple won and they didn't want to anger religious right
What were you doing in March 2003? That was when President Bush gave Saddam Hussain an ultimatum: either they had to leave Iraq or the United State would invade. And sure enough, Saddam Hussain didn't leave and the United Sates did invade.
With all that going on, perhaps it is understandable that many of us didn't notice that the nuclear power of North Korea successfully attacked the United States with a missile. Good thing the US government had its priorities straight, invading a country that posed no possible threat to the US while ignoring a country that actually did attack the US. And thank heaven for the mass media, that reported on this attack so thoroughly.
Friday, January 20, 2006.
If you flip over the rock of American foreign
A choice quote from todays basement hearings: (Of course the CIA controled media will never tell you this)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said he agrees a special counsel is needed.
P.S. Somebody should torrent this:
Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL have turned over records of internet search requests to the U.S. Department of (in)Justice. Google, to their credit, refused. The records contain information only about the search terms and results themselves, and do not identify users or their ISP addresses. Still, this latest news should only add to concerns about federal "data mining" and other surveillance.
Further demonstrating his impressive capacity to spout utter bullshit with a straight face, White House spokesman Scott McClellan had this to say in response to the latest message from Osama bin Laden:
Clearly the al Qaeda leaders and other terrorists are on the run. They're under a lot of pressure.Regarding bin Laden's offer of a conditional truce with the U.S., McClellan declared (inexplicably neglecting to beat his chest as he did so):
We do not negotiate with terrorists. We put them out of business.And how's that working out for you, Scotty?
The Impeach Bush Coalition is asking people to add this message to their e-mail signatures, as a means of raising awareness about the Administration's illegal domestic surveillance programs:
NOTICE: Due to Presidential Executive Orders, the National Security Agency may have read this email without warning, warrant, or notice. They may do this without any judicial or legislative oversight. You have no recourse nor protection save to call for the impeachment of the current President.
Beyond Viet Nam [now Afghanistan and Iraq]
"Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption [overseas] in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.
"This is the message of the great Buddhist leaders of Vietnam. Recently one of them wrote these words, and I quote, 'Each day the war goes on, the hatred increases in the heart of the Vietnamese and in the hearts of those humanitarian instinct. The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism...'
"We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time...
"We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: 'Too late.' There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. Omar Kayam is right: 'The moving finger writes, and having written moves on.' "We still have a choice today: non-violent coexistence or violent co-annihilation... [Said another way: "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." --Ed.]
"We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world, a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight."
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., "Beyond Vietnam,"
Riverside Church, New York, April 4, 1967
We Regret the Error
[Please note: a reader correctly pointed out yesterday that a website I had linked to supported a pro-violence organization: the PFLP. While I support the nonviolent struggle of Palestinians to stop the ever-encroaching religious fundamentalist settlements, I do not support violence. My fault for not being familiar with the PFLP or looking it up. I had assumed it was nonviolent when I read that the website mentioned gave money to "radio stations and graphics workshops." While I strongly oppose violence, I rigorously support radio stations and graphics workshops and all enablers of free speech and discussion. Apologies for not doing my homework.]
. . . anyone have any recommendations for new Progressive Blog of the week?
Thursday, January 19, 2006.
But we actually have no reason whatsoever to believe that these tapes are authentic. While there have been reports of scientific voice analyses performed on them, these studies have been invariably done by CIA experts. In fact, on only one occasion was an independent analysis done. And while US officials were certain of that tape’s authenticity, Swedish scientists were equally convinced that it was a fake.
Wait, didn't Ledeen say OBL was dead? Be that as it may, on the assumption that the tape is authentic why would Osama release an audio tape rather than a video like he usually does? Could not some high tech agency use his voice and reconstruct the message "they" want w/his voice signature? Take a lot of .wav files of OBL blathering, then cut&paste snippets until you've got something that approximates what you want said. THEN record it onto crappy audiotape, copy that tape to another, then copy it once more.
Send to Al Jazeera, and "OBL LIVES! He ain't dead, really! See, we've got an AUDIOTAPE of him! We can't come up with a video because, because, uh, have you taken a LOOK at how expensive videotape is at the Peshwar WalMart? We're POOR! All we can AFFORD are the used cassettes from Abu Ali's Bait & Pawn when we go and buy our explosives!"
And so begins the great Bush/Cheney Reboot, this is just what they'll need to get an excuse to invade Iran. I have no idea what chain of evidence they'll use to link OBL to Iran but I'm sure they'll make up something.
Let's see: election year...check.
Lots of Republicans under investigation...check
Wiretapping scandal hasn't just gone away...check.
Lets wait and see if he doesn't keep popping up at just the right times between now and midterm elections. Got to go watch more 24!
If Not Now, Then When? -- Sam Alito In Verse
My latest post comments on Judge Sam Alito's Supreme Court nomination, his integrity or lack thereof, his wife's just pretend tears, and the likelihood of a filibuster. It includes five Sam Alito poems in different formats, starting with this one:
If Not Now, Then When?
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Will Senate Dems preserve our rights
And filibuster Sam?
How 'bout it Dems? Let's see you fight
And prove you give a damn.
Cause Democrats must do much more
Than talk and primp and bluster.
It's time for Dems to show some guts
And Sammy filibuster.
The post with all five of my latest Sam Alito poems is here and my podcast version is here.
June 22 , 2005
An Interview with Col. Sam Gardiner
am Gardiner has taught strategy and military operations at the National War College, Air War College and Naval War College. He was recently a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defence College. During Gulf II he was a regular on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer as well as on BBC radio and television, and National Public Radio. He authored “The Enemy is Us” an article describing how the Bush Administration used disinformation and psychological warfare – weapons usually used against the 'enemy' – against the American public in order to support the war in Iraq. He has done an extensive analysis of the media coverage before the war, during the war and during the occupation as well as of the statements of Administration officials. His conclusions are startling and of great concern. He has put his findings in a report entitled: “Truth from These Podia".
Why Were Government Propaganda Experts Working On News At CNN?: Historical outreach?
Reports in the Dutch newspaper Trouw (2/21/00, 2/25/00) and France's Intelligence Newsletter (2/17/00) have revealed that several officers from the US Army's 4th Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) Group at Ft. Bragg worked in the news division at CNN's Atlanta headquarters last year, starting in the final days of the Kosovo War.
PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on Terror
The use of misleading information as a military tool sparks debate in the Pentagon. Critics say the practice puts credibility at stake.
Published on Wednesday, December 1, 2004 by the Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, January 18, 2006.
Does it strike anybody else besides me, to see Bushes intrepid and "little-noticed provision" to criminalize protesters under Patriot Act as "disruptors" looking a bit like the above Aritcle 58-3,10,12,13,?
Tuesday, January 17, 2006.
By way of truthout, "Environment in Crisis: 'We Are Past the Point of No Return'" by Michael McCarthy in The Independent UK. Clips:
Thirty years ago, the scientist James Lovelock worked out that the Earth possessed a planetary-scale control system which kept the environment fit for life. He called it Gaia, and the theory has become widely accepted. Now, he believes mankind's abuse of the environment is making that mechanism work against us. His astonishing conclusion - that climate change is already insoluble, and life on Earth will never be the same again . . .read the entire article at P!
Poets Against the War Winter newsletter by Sam Hamill
Monday, January 16, 2006.
What worries me deeply, and I have seen it exemplified in this case, is that we in America are in great danger of slowly evolving into a proto-fascist state. It will be a different kind of fascist state from the one of the Germans evolved; theirs grew out of depression and promised bread and work, while ours, curiously enough, seems to be emerging from prosperity. But in the final analysis, it's based on power and on the inability to put human goals and human conscience above the dictates of the state. Its origins can be traced in the tremendous war machine we've built since 1945, the "military-industrial complex" that Eisenhower vainly warned us about, which now dominates every aspect of our life. The power of the states and Congress has gradually been abandoned to the Executive Department, because of war conditions; and we've seen the creation of an arrogant, swollen bureaucratic complex totally unfettered by the checks and balances of the Constitution.
via Lisa in Los Angeles over @dkos
David E. Rosenbaum spent his long newspaper career unraveling the lies and scandals of Washington, from Watergate to Iran-Contra to Samuel Alito's defense of illegally spying on Americans.
Read the whole thing.
Also be sure to check out the bottom section for similar crimes in the past 2 months.
Update: Arrests have been made.
'America's Constitution is in grave danger'
A barn burner! Must be heard.
C-SPAN link to speech:
At least seven House Democrats learned about the NSA's secret spying program four years ago.
So why didn't anyone blow the whistle? [via whatreally happened]
maybe Wayne Madsen knows why, as his Jan 15th post says:
the Anti-leak policy [was]enacted at [the]Pentagon before and after 9-11.
Sunday, January 15, 2006.
A favorite standby of pundits and columnists is to predict what developments will transpire over the next 12 months. I've decided to take the reductio ad absurdum approach, and predict what might happen in 2006 should the most disturbing trends of the last few years with respect to liberty and personal freedom continue unabated. You might find what follows to be a bit farfetched. Silly, even. But bear with me.
Sorry for missing last week... was busy moving. Here's the past two weeks worth. I've been on the go, and don't have Internet at the place I'm staying, so there's not as much here as usual.
Rhode Island approves medical marijuana.
Record Fund-Raising for the DNC.
Cancer may prevent suppress breast tumors.
Scientists Develop New Anthrax Antibody.
New ovarian cancer therapy ‘promising’.
Bird flu may be more common, less deadly.
Clinton expands program for cheaper AIDS drugs.
A book about psychopathy and politics entitled Political Ponerology: A science on the nature of evil as adapted for political purposes is soon to be published. The author, Andrew M. Lobaczewski, is a Polish psychologist. Now 84, he was part of a secret research project in Eastern Europe under communist rule collecting data from his clinical work.
He noticed a high correlation between acts we would classify as "evil" and pathologies that were able to be clinically diagnosed in the perpetrators.
One of the points that Lobaczewski makes is that psychopaths are aware of their difference from normal people. They have a certain special knowledge that comes from their study of us, and they are experts in manipulation. Moreover, the smarter ones work together to orient social movements and whole societies when they come to power in the direction of pathological values.
Different pathological types play different roles at different moments in the development of a social movement, until, at the end, the essential psychopaths have taken over control. Lobaczewski looks at how these different types work together. His analysis suggests that the dominant ideology that brings the pathocracy to power is less important than the pathological underpinnings, which is why fascism, communism, and, more and more, democracies, share the same dynamic.
Saturday, January 14, 2006.
Also, a new story about how NSA Uses Local Cops To Track Peace Groups
You may want to look into the history of Cheney's influence/involvement in the surveillance and detention of Americans. As Cheney-Rumsfeld Surveillance Plans Date Back to 1980s
In the 1980s Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld discussed just such emergency surveillance and detention powers in a super-secret program that planned for what was euphemistically called "Continuity of Government" (COG) in the event of a nuclear disaster.
These men planned for suspension of the Constitution, not just after nuclear attack, but for any "national security emergency," which they defined in Executive Order 12656 of 1988 as: "Any occurrence, including natural disaster, military attack, technological or other emergency, that seriously degrades or seriously threatens the national security of the United States." Clearly 9/11 would meet this definition..
Friday, January 13, 2006.
I have a feeling of dread and disgust about my government. I don't fear it as much as I fear for our country's future under this government's ongoing destructive policies at home and abroad.
truth to power:
When is America going to wake up? WHAT does it take?
When the stress of the war in Iraq becomes too severe, the Pentagon has a suggestion for military families: Learn how to laugh.
"Ahahahahahahaa! My son is dead...Bwahahahahahahahah! Oh man, sometimes I just kill myself. Hahahahahahaha-snort!"
Manipulation in crisis? or the Hegelian Dialectic of Problem-Reaction-Solution.
Thursday, January 12, 2006.
When you are inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters, the very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are part of that system and that makes them our enemies.You have to understand most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many are so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it."
Another tasty NSA tool
This one pinpoints the physical location of a computer...
The National Security Agency has obtained a patent on a method of figuring out an Internet user's geographic location.
Come an get me you fucks, I am not scared. I do not fear you. However, I bet that scares you.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006.
"During that time, I was moved to the camp clinic because of the terrible state of my health. They would take me for investigations which were mostly held at night; they would beat me severely and tell me to confess that I was a terrorist!! Once, from the excessive and severe beatings, one of my foot shackles broke. Once, they poured boiling hot liquid on my head and the investigator stubbed his cigarette out on my foot. I said to him, "why are you treating me like this?" He then took a cigarette and stubbed it out on my right wrist and said, "in the name of Christ and the Cross I am doing this". Once, they had beaten me so severely that my clothes were ripped and my genitals were exposed. I tried to cover myself up but they started kicking me with their boots.
Moral Disengagement and Dehumanization
The psychological mechanisms involved in getting good people to do evil
In Dec. of 2000 the NSA lobbied the Bush administration to ignore 4th Amendment restrictions on its activities
Tuesday, January 10, 2006.
Senator Frank Church chaired the Senate Hearings on the FBI’s Cointelpro operation, which spied upon & attempted to INFILTRATE, DISRUPT & DISCREDIT the peace movement, even Martin Luther King Jr.
"if a dictator ever took over, the NSA "could enable [him] to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back."
Monday, January 09, 2006.
Spying and Lying -- Five Political Limericks
I've posted five new limericks today. Here's the one about Bush and Abramoff:
A Bush Pioneer Who's Named Jack
By Madeleine Begun Kane
A Bush pioneer who's named Jack
Raised for Dubya a huge money stack.
Bush now queries, Jack who?
Though he won't bid adieu
To the dough from that scurrilous hack.
All five of my new limericks are here.
And the audio / podcast version is here.
Here's hoping Alito has very bad luck on his nomination, his role on Supreme Court could be disastrous....
From Salon: "Alito's bad luckThe latest Supreme Court nominee has to face a Senate newly emboldened to challenge the imperial Bush presidency. And his paper trail gives senators plenty of ammunition to do it.
By Walter Shapiro
Jan. 09, 2006 Samuel Alito is a passionate fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, a baseball team so star-crossed that it has won the World Series exactly once (1980) in the past century. Alito was already a federal appeals court judge in 1994 when he attended his favorite team's fantasy camp, where middle-aged men suit up in Phillies' uniforms for a few days on a spring-training diamond in Florida and pretend that with the right set of breaks they could have been big-leaguers themselves. Rooting for the Phillies and indulging his inner 11-year-old at fantasy camp should have taught Alito something about the role that luck plays in sports -- and, yes, the confirmation of Supreme Court justices.
At high noon Monday (or probably a few minutes later since we are going by congressional time), Alito will stride confidently to the witness table of the Senate Judiciary Committee, smile at the 18 preening senators on a raised platform, put on his most thoughtful, nonthreatening, man-of-the-people expression for the cameras and begin the most grueling version imaginable of the law boards. But before Alito is allowed to recite his opening statement (the major event of the first day), protocol demands opening statements by those 18 senators, all of whom will make a public-television pledge drive seem like a model of brevity in comparison.
Trying to look engaged while the 18 senators read prepared remarks that reflect the law-library erudition of their staffers, Alito will have ample time to reflect on how the political clouds have darkened for presidential appointees since Chief Justice John Roberts glided through his own confirmation hearings last September. As Garrett Epps, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Oregon and an Alito critic, put it, "He has the worst luck in the world to have his nomination come up in the middle of the NSA wiretapping scandal."
Context often trumps content in politics. Even before the New York Times revealed last month that George W. Bush has acted out his belief that court orders are for wimps when it comes to eavesdropping on purported terrorists, a rebellion was already brewing over the administration's assertion of wartime powers until the last surviving member of al-Qaida gives up and goes to work for Halliburton. The libertarian wing of the Republican Party belatedly showed its moxie when three conservative true believers (John Sununu, Larry Craig and Lisa Murkowski), plus GOP maverick Chuck Hagel, joined Senate Democrats in a filibuster that has delayed a no-questions-asked extension of the Patriot Act. The Senate also expressed rare bipartisan unity in support of John McCain's notion that torture should be regarded as the ultimate un-American activity. Newsweek summarized the changed mood with its cover line last week: "A New War Over the 'Imperial Presidency.'"
Concepts like the "imperial presidency" have a special meaning for those of us who came of political age during the Johnson and Nixon administrations. Ted Kennedy harked back to the favorite political scandal of aging Democrats when he said at a get-ready-for-Alito press conference last week, "The role of executive power [will be] an area of enormous importance and consequence during the course of this hearing because I believe that we have seen historically where presidents have believed that they are above the law. We saw that with Richard Nixon in Watergate." Even Texas Republican John Cornyn -- a Judiciary Committee member who began a conference call with reporters by denouncing "hard-left opposition groups" -- conceded, "I expect that you'll hear questions from both sides on this balance between civil liberties and security."
A fair reading of Alito's paper trail suggests a strong philosophical tilt in favor of bold Bushian assertions of presidential power. This conclusion is not based on the ideological assertions in Alito's now-famous 1985 job application when he was bucking for a promotion in the Reagan Justice Department: ''In college, I developed a deep interest in constitutional law, motivated in large part by disagreement with the Warren Court decisions.''
Salon.com News Alito's bad luck
The creation of the new market states is the result of NAFTA, the EU, and other new evolving models of contractual corporate and state cooperation. They are the WTO, APEC , etcagreements and meetings that are occuring that have set in motion the evolution of the market state that Bobbitt speaks of below.
Sunday, January 08, 2006.
The civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed 3.9 million lives, according to a study.
Saturday, January 07, 2006.
I don't know who this guy is but he has been kicking major ass over at digby.
Friday, January 06, 2006.
From the NY Times:
A secret Pentagon study has found that at least 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had extra body armor. That armor has been available since 2003 but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials.This should definitely cause an uproar.
Funny how the war in [on] Iraq/terror has a convert component. A two fold developmental mechanism if you will, that hardly gets the container needed to scrutinize it's beneficial or detrimental effects on us all. Moreover, it's a shell game, with (power) money, companies and corporate brands switching in a blur of buy-outs and bogus fronts. It's a sinkhole, where mobbed-up operators, paid-off public servants, crazed Christian fascists, CIADIANSA shadow-jobbers, war-pimping arms dealers - and presidential family members - lie down together in the slime. It's a hacker's dream, with pork-funded, half-finished, secretly-programmed computer systems installed without basic security standards by politically-partisan private firms, and protected by law from public scrutiny. It's how the United States, the "world's greatest democracy," casts its votes and runs it's republic.
Welcome to the machine:(of course by passing this on I realize I am probably doing their work for them)
Spiritual Not Religious
Thursday, January 05, 2006.
When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief.
After approving the bill last Friday, Bush issued a ''signing statement" -- an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law -- declaring that he will view the interrogation limits in the context of his broader powers to protect national security. This means Bush believes he can waive the restrictions, the White House and legal specialists said.
That's right, "Fear, Inc." -- a consortium of politicians, press, police, advertising, insurance, healthcare, and numerous other components of our society, each with a vested interest in promoting fear -- has finally found a king and court in this Administration. And that is largely because this Administration is afraid itself. It's nothing more than a clump of barroom bullies. Glenn Greenwald, Attacking Bush's only weapon: Fear.
Also, a request: Anyone here remember the symposium or conference Al Gore gave in 2004 on fear in politics? On February 9, 2004, on the eve of the Tennessee primary, Gore gave what many consider his harshest criticism of the president yet when he accused George W. Bush of betraying the country by using the 9/11 attacks as a justification for the invasion of Iraq. "He betrayed this country!" Mr. Gore shouted into the microphone. "He played on our fears. He took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure dangerous to our troops, an adventure preordained and planned before 9/11 ever took place."
Al Gore Speaks on Fear:
It's Political Uses and Abuses
I bring this up not so much because of Gore's speech, however good it may have been, but because I was listening to the introducer or MC before Gore spoke and he mentioned several "white papers" on this subject of "fear in politics" by several political scientists, who had done groundbreaking academic work in this area. However, he never mentioned who they were or how to follow up on it. It has been like a splinter in my mind ever since. Anybody got any clues on how to find these research papers?
The NY fucking Judas Miller Times has an op-ed suggesting that it would be good for democracy if we repealed the 22nd Amendment. You know, the one that says that Presidents can only have 2 terms.