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Empire says behave or the next Bradley Manning or Hugo Chavez will be you

Indefinite detention, solitary confinement, torture, and assassination are tools America does not hesitate to use to enforce its feudal corporate agenda. That the US didn’t dispatch Bolivarian hero Hugo Chavez like they did Yasser Arafat is belied by their protestation that such accusations would be far fetched. Wikileaks has already documented ceaseless US plots to eradicate Chavez, second only perhaps to their attempts on the life of Fidel Castro, whose last years bear a resemblance to what befell Chavez. It’s a testament to the magnanimity of both leaders that they didn’t immediately finger US dirty deeds. Because proved or not, it’s dispiriting and serves empire’s purpose that dissenters should take heed: you can spend the foreseeable future tortured behind bars, gunned down by a mob, under house arrest in London, incinerated via drone or LAPD’s “burner”, or tagged with carcinogens. The long arm of Western injustice gets their man.

Nobel snubs Bradley Manning, given to banking theocracy EU, after Obama and traditional Western inhumanitarians

The Nobel committee snubbed Bradley Manning and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the banking theocracy EUROPEAN UNION. And you thought President Obama was a reach. Actually the feudal ogre EU was the logical choice after a war monger and the traditional Western war criminals and inhumanitarians.

Let’s not forget Wikileaks snitch Adrian Lamo, saboteur Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Swedish Woman in Red Anna Ardin

While we’re praising Wikileaks and its impact on our revolutionary times, let’s call out those who betrayed the cause, they’re already erasing their tracks on Wikipedia. First there’s hackster-confidant Adrian Lamo who turned in Bradley Manning; there’s fired Wikileaks volunteer Daniel Domscheit-Berg who permanently dismantled the anonymous leak submission mechanism; there’s jilted neoliberal faketivist Anna Ardin who schemed to bring Julian Assange to an ultra-right prosecutor’s attention in Sweden; there’s de facto honeypot Sofia Wilen whose complicity is still a mystery; and there’s President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder who persist in persecuting whistleblowers, who’ve empaneled a grand jury against Assange and who consider Wikileaks a terrorist enterprise.

Julian Assange and Bradley Manning put lie to Western pretense of freedom and rule of law


The UK wouldn’t extradite Pinochet, but they’re threatening to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London to see that Wikileaks impresario Julian Assange is extradited to Sweden where a prosecutor wants to decide whether to charge him for sexual violations, more likely so that the Australian can then be rendered to the US to be imprisoned like Bradley Manning and face the death penalty for espionage. The US denies this intention, though it voted against Ecuador’s allies to hold a meeting about the continuing US-UK assault on journalism and whistleblowers. Can the Western empire let Assange and Manning escape severe reprimand? The two are only the mastermind and the alleged-source who’ve ignited the global uprising behind the anti- austerity movements, Arab Spring, and Occupy. President Obama cannot leave either off the hook without encouraging a deluge of more insider defections. Bradley Manning is already under torture in military custody, but Assange continues to evade US clutches. Should he escape to asylum in Ecuador where Obama’s exterminator drones can deal “American Justice”? The US has yet to condemn a white man to targeted assassination, but in the Global South, in darker-skinned populations, who will know? I favor Ecuador expanding its embassy to more than the first floor office, to offer Wikileaks an entire center of operations for as long as Julian Assange is confined under virtual house arrest. In Assange’s speech from the embassy balcony he repeated three times: “Bradley Manning must be released.” Journalists must be free to expose the crimes of the rich. Citing prison sentences for a Bahrain dissident and Russia’s Pussy Riot, Assange concluded: “There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response.”

Here’s the full text of Assange’s statement:

“I am here today because I cannot be there with you today. But thank you for coming. Thank you for your resolve and your generosity of spirit.

“On Wednesday night, after a threat was sent to this embassy and the police descended on this building, you came out in the middle of the night to watch over it and you brought the world’s eyes with you.

“Inside this embassy, after dark, I could hear teams of police swarming up into the building through its internal fire escape. But I knew there would be witnesses. And that is because of you.

“If the UK did not throw away the Vienna conventions the other night, it is because the world was watching. And the world was watching because you were watching.

“So, the next time somebody tells you that it is pointless to defend those rights that we hold dear, remind them of your vigil in the dark before the Embassy of Ecuador.

“Remind them how, in the morning, the sun came up on a different world and a courageous Latin America nation took a stand for justice.

And so, to those brave people. I thank President Correa for the courage he has shown in considering and in granting me political asylum.

“And I also thank the government, and in particular Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, who upheld the Ecuadorian constitution and its notion of universal rights in their consideration of my asylum. And to the Ecuadorian people for supporting and defending this constitution.

“And I also have a debt of gratitude to the staff of this embassy, whose families live in London and who have shown me the hospitality and kindness despite the threats we all received.

“This Friday, there will be an emergency meeting of the foreign ministers of Latin America in Washington DC to address this very situation.

“And so, I am grateful to those people and governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, and to all other Latin American countries who have come out to defend the right to asylum.

“And to the people of the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia who have supported me in strength, even when their governments have not. And to those wiser heads in government who are still fighting for justice. Your day will come.

“To the staff, supporters and sources of Wikileaks, whose courage and commitment and loyalty has seen no equal.

“To my family and to my children who have been denied their father. Forgive me, we will be reunited soon.

“As Wikileaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all our societies. We must use this moment to articulate the choice that is before the government of the United States of America.

“Will it return to and reaffirm the values, the revolutionary values it was founded on, or will it lurch off the precipice dragging us all into a dangerous and oppressive world, in which journalists fall silent under the fear of prosecution and citizens must whisper in the dark?

“I say it must turn back. I ask President Obama to do the right thing. The United States must renounce its witch-hunts against Wikileaks. The United States must dissolve its FBI investigation.

“The United States must vow that it will not seek to prosecute our staff or our supporters. The United States must pledge before the world that it will not pursue journalists for shining a light on the secret crimes of the powerful.

“There must be no more foolish talk about prosecuting any media organisation; be it Wikileaks, or be it the New York Times.

“The US administration’s war on whistleblowers must end.

“Thomas Drake, William Binney and John Kirakou and the other heroic whistleblowers must – they must – be pardoned or compensated for the hardships they have endured as servants of the public record.

“And to the Army Private who remains in a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, who was found by the United Nations to have endured months of torturous detention in Quantico, Virginia and who has yet – after two years in prison – to see a trial: he must be released.

“Bradley Manning must be released.

“And if Bradley Manning did as he is accused, he is a hero and an example to us all and one of the world’s foremost political prisoners.

“Bradley Manning must be released.

“On Wednesday, Bradley Manning spent his 815th day of detention without trial. The legal maximum is 120 days.

“On Thursday, my friend Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Human Rights Centre, was sentenced to three years in prison for a tweet. On Friday, a Russian band were sentenced to two years in jail for a political performance.

“There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response.

“Thank you.”

How to testify at a grand jury: David House “invokes” on Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, & taking illegal notes

Bradley Manning supporter David House was called last year before the grand jury preparing charges against Julian Assange, in the event Assange is successfully remanded to Sweden. Despite being told a transcript was forbidden, House took notes which have now found themselves (A)nonymously online, reproduced here with David House’s refrain in bold. Here’s Grand Jury, a comedy:  

1. Record of proceedings
2. As recorded by David House
3. Grand Jury, Alexandria VA
4. 15 June 2011, 4:10pm to 5pm
5.  
6. Inside the Grand Jury:
7. DOJ Counterespionage Section: Attorney Patrick Murphy *
8. DOJ Counterespionage Section: Attorney Deborah Curtis *
9. Eastern District of Virginia: AUSA Bob Wiechering
10. Eastern District of Virginia: AUSA Tracy McCormick
11. Eastern District of Virginia: AUSA Karen Dunn
12. Unspecified number of Grand Jurors
13. Court Steganographer
14. David House
15.  
16. Directly outside the Grand Jury:
17. Mike Condon, FBI Agent from Washington, D.C. field office
18. James Farmer, Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D. Mass
19. Peter Krupp, David House’s attorney
20.  
21.  
22. Record begins: 4:10pm
23. [David House is sworn in and informed of his rights]
24. Patrick Murphy: Would you please state your full name for the record?
25. David House: My name is David House.
26. PM: Did you meet Bradley Manning in January 2010?
27. DH: On the advice of counsel, I invoke my right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. I am concerned that this grand jury is seeking information designed to infringe or chill my associational privacy, and that of others, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and that it is using information obtained without a search warrant in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. I define the preceding statement as “invoke”, and when I say “I invoke” in the future I am referring to this statement.
28. Deborah Curtis: Exhibit 1-A?
29. PM: Mr. House, please direct your attention to the screen behind you, exhibit 1-A.
30. DC: I can’t make it bigger.
31. PM: Try… here, remove that bar on the side.
32. DC: That didn’t work.
33. DH: Do you guys need help?
34. DC: We just need to make it bigger. Can everyone see this okay?
35. PM: Ok… we’re going to continue.
36.  
37. [A still image from the Frontline PBS special is displayed on the screen. Four figures are standing in front of the BUILDS logo, one figure has her back turned.]
38.  
39. PM: Mr. House, can you identify the man on the right?
40. DH: I invoke.
41. PM: Can you identify the man standing second from right?
42. DH: I invoke.
43. PM: Ok, can you identify the person with bright-colored hair, standing here?
44. DH: I invoke.
45. PM: Are we to believe that identifying that individual would somehow incriminate you?
46. DH: On the advice of counsel, I invoke my right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. I am concerned that this grand jury is seeking information designed to infringe or chill my associational privacy, and that of others, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and that it is using information obtained without a search warrant in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
47. PM: Ok, can you identify the man on the left?
48. PM: I would like to observe for the record that Mr. House is taking notes.
49. DH: As to the previous question, I invoke.
50. PM: Why are you taking notes?
51. DH: Invoke.
52. Bob Wiechering: I’d like to recommend, at this point, that we take a break and talk to your counsel.
53.  
54. [AUSAs and House leave the grand jury]
55. [Peter Krupp, House’s attorney, asserts House’s right to invoke]
56. [AUSAs and House return to the grand jury]
57.  
58. PM: What is your birthdate?
59. DH: March 14, 1987
60. PM: Where do you live?
61. DH: Can you restate the question?
62. PM: What is your address?
63. DH: I invoke.
64. PM: What is your current occupation?
65. DH: I invoke.
66. PM: Were you a senior in computer science at Boston University in January 2010?
67. DH: I invoke.
68. PM: Isn’t it true that you told PBS Frontline that you were a senior at Boston University in January 2010?
69. DH: I invoke.
70. PM: Do you know what a hackerspace is?
71. DH: I invoke.
72. PM: Do you know what BUILDS is, the acronym?
73. DH: I invoke.
74. Bob Wiechering: Mr. House, I notice you are taking notes. Attempting to create your own transcript is a violation of rule 6(e) of this grand jury. We have brought this to the attention of your counsel, and although he feels differently on the matter, we assert that you must stop taking notes at this time.
75. DH: Let me consult with my attorney.
76. [House leaves the grand jury room and returns one minute later]
77. DH: My lawyer asks that you refer all questions about notes to him.
78. BW: Let’s continue.
79. PM: Mr. House, are you involved with the Bradley Manning Support Network?
80. DH: I invoke.
81. PM: Did you respond in the affirmative when asked by the FBI if you had heard of known WikiLeaks associate Jacob Appelbaum?
82. PM: I would like to state for the record that Mr. House is not answering the question and is instead taking notes.
83. DH: I invoke.
84. PM: Do you intend to answer any of my questions, aside from your date of birth and your name?
85. DH: I invoke.
86. PM: Is that because of the phalanx of attorneys present here today?
87. Court Stenographer: I’m sorry, the what of attorneys?
88. PM: Phalanx… the phalanx of attorneys.
89. DH: As to the phalanx of attorneys, I invoke.
90. PM: At this time, I will let Deborah Curtis ask a few questions.
91. DC: Mr. House, have you ever been to the Oxford Spa restaurant in Cambridge, MA?
92. DH: Allow me to consult with my attorney.
93. [House leaves the grand jury and returns one minute later.]
94. DH: As to the previous question, I invoke.
95. DC: You admitted to federal agents in Boston that you had met Bradley Manning in January 2010, is that correct?
96. DH: I invoke.
97. DC: Isn’t it true that you spent the night of January 27 2010 with Daniel Clark and Bradley Manning?
98. DH: Can you repeat the question?
99. DC: Isn’t it true that you spent the night of January 27 2010 with Daniel Clark and Bradley Manning?
100. DH: One more time.
101. DC: Isn’t it true that you spent the night of January 27 2010 with Daniel Clark and Bradley Manning?
102. PM: He’s writing it down.
103. DC: Are you getting this, are you writing it all down?
104. DH: Was the last question a question to be answered?
105. DC: Yes.
106. DH: I invoke.
107. DC: And the question before?
108. DH: I also invoke.
109. DC: Where did Danny Clark have breakfast on the morning of January 28, 2010?
110. DH: Allow me to consult with my attorney.
111. [House leaves the grand jury and returns one minute later.]
112. DH: As to the previous question, I invoke.
113. DC: Do you intend to answer any questions about Daniel Clark?
114. DH: Invoke.
115. DC: Do you intend to answer any questions about Bradley Manning?
116. DH: [Writing] Could you please repeat the question?
117. DC: Do you intend to answer any questions about Jacob Appelbaum?
118. DH: I invoke.
119. DC: At this time, we’d like to stop the proceedings. You are free to leave.

The persecution continues against the West’s two main political dissidents, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange

Gosh, I wish I had a penny for every American moron who told me in my lifetime that I definitely live in a democracy according to them. I would be a billionaire if I had that money! And thinking now about the West’s two most important political dissidents at this moment. See Julian Assange: The price of being Western dissident. Asylum in Ecuador for Julian and Freedom for Bradley! And how many other political prisoners of the US and its allies are there? Free them all!

Bradley Manning, Guy Fawkes, and the star chamber awaiting Julian Assange

You wonder what Elizabethan era failed coup plotter Guy Fawkes means to Anonymous. Their now iconic mask is actually an image under license from the film V FOR VENDETTA. The mask’s smirk connotes an elusive rabble-rouser and perhaps mocks Guy’s namesake bonfire holiday in Britain, meant to commemorate the burning of the would-be king-killer but ambiguously may also celebrate his near success. Anonymous wants to project an indomitable rebellious spirit, omniscient and untouchable, but Guy Fawkes most certainly met the death of revolutionaries immemorial.

If Fawkes had any reason to smirk it was because he was able to leap to his death to avoid the fate of his fellow conspirators, each hung until half dead, then castrated, disemboweled and dismembered while still conscious. Their torture was as much a punishment as a deterrent to anyone who would emulate their populist heroics. Today of course I think of the punitive treatment being meted to accused Wikileaker Bradley Manning, whose abuse would seem to be wholly unwarranted, considering he stands accused, not convicted, and for most of his detention, not even charged.

Guy Fawkes and his colleagues were found guilty by the Star Chamber, now the sinister pejorative for all subsequent secretive quasi-courts. It’s something akin to the Grand Jury mechanism being contrived to finagle the extradition of Julian Assange. Not to stop Wikileaks, but to bodily hurt Assange, have him drawn and quartered figuratively whatever, that the four corners of the kingdom bear the message, dare to defy authority and we’ll wipe that smirk off your face.

The Guy mask reminds me of the masks worn in the interrogation scenes of Terry Gilliam’s dystopian classic BRAZIL where the cherubic smiles masked unspeakably vile tortures.

Semantics aside, Bradley Manning must be freed, and Julian Assange protected. Why should our heroes be martyrs?

Even unmasked, alleged Anonymous hactivists sport heroic Guy Fawkes grin

Donald Husband, accused Paypal attacker, alleged member of Anonymous, heroic hacktivistTPM and Gawker are getting lots of mileage from unveiling the mugs behind “Anonymous,” the alleged members accused of the DoS attacks on Paypal, targeted for its financial disruption of Wikileaks. As comment threads are yucking it up with the usual anti-geek jokes, ha ha they’re no longer anonymous, I couldn’t help but think of a chapter from Michael Moore’s upcoming HERE COMES TROUBLE excerpted for the Guardian, in which Moore recounts the ostracism he felt after his Oscar acceptance speech when he denounced the illegal invasion of Iraq. Though so many of us cheered, it turned out the critical derision quickly overwhelmed Moore. I can only hope that those recently arrested by the FBI for computer activism under the collective pseudonym “Anonymous” have the fortitude of spirit to see past their antagonists. Without inferring their guilt or direct responsibility for interrupting the mercenary Paypal, I’d like to recap the obvious, that Wikileaks and Bradley Manning are worthy of support, and we can bicker about Anonymous’ declared strategies, but anyone with guts enough to get off the proverbial fence is fighting the good fight. Theirs was a virtual picketing of an internet business acting politically, their protest was protected free speech. The penalties they face, up to 15 years it’s threatened, reflect the only rights the USG holds inviolate: financial transactions. The faces of Anonymous are heroes.

Ask, Tell, and now, Don’t Go, Don’t Kill

Don't go, don't killDenver’s GLBT parade was this weekend. Was there a Free Bradley Manning contingent? It may be asking this square state too much for a Queers Against Apartheid, as seen at the coastal festivals. We have a month before Colorado Springs’ pride. My idea at left.
 
Others: WE ARE ALL BRADLEY MANNINGALL OUT 4 BRADLEY MANNING, ALLEGED WIKILEAKER, GAY HEROSPRINGS PRIDE SAYS FREE BRADLEY MANNINGBLOWING THE WHISTLE ON WAR CRIMES IS NOT A CRIME!BRADLEY MANNING: ANOTHER QUEER PRISONER WHO TOLD THE TRUTH, HE EXPOSED WAR CRIMES

Hillary Free speech part two

While she was speaking… she had a 71 year old Former CIA analyst BEATEN by Capitol Pigs for “heckling” her… not by screaming denunciations, but by quietly standing up and turning his back on her LIES. Like Sarah Palin having people beaten and arrested for not sitting down and not shutting up while she was lying HER ass off about “don’t sit down and don’t shut up” You must to sit quietly while the Fuhrer speaks, then applaud at appropriate moments! Alle Sieg HEIL!

The Police, as always, happy to jump people they consider weak and helpless.

When they go looking for victims of their brutal cowardice, they have a hiring preference for those who are elderly, handicapped or Children

Julian Assange is being vilified, now, under orders from Ms Hillary, as “not a Journalist”. Not your mere personal insult, it’s a charge led by her old enemies/friends at FOX news, their screed being that “Commoners” such as for instance, ME, shouldn’t be allowed First Amendment Protection for words published on the Internet, the reasoning bing that it’s written, not speech, but not “Press” because we’re not an established News outlet. While they can pump up their Ignorant Audience with lies, and goad them through hatred into doing senseless acts of violence against “liberal terrorist traitors” like Rand Paul ordering his goons to beat down Lauren Valle for “heckling” him. or Jared Loughner slaughtering yet another 9 year old American child in Arizona.

The Right Wing Thugs who did that to Ms Valle demanded SHE apologize to THEM. For what? Smearing their smoothly polished Jackboots with her blood? See a pattern here?

The ones shouting the loudest about “Freedom” are the worst hypocrites, a PIG Pantheon that includes virtually every elected or appointed public official in America, Most times it’s done in Jail Cells, or the back of a patrol car, far from any civilian witness. Like what they’re doing with Bradley Manning.

The Pentagon makes a huge propaganda gain by calling him a “weakling” but they always have a 5-man PIG crew of MPs to move him, shackled and drugged.

That’s the way the Hypocrite Cowards know how to fight.

What will they do next, murder him the way they did Crazy Horse, shackled hand and foot, then bayoneted in the kidney, literally stabbed in the back, for “trying to escape”?

Their Pig hypocrisy is nothing new and pervades their system from top to bottom and all points in between.

The Wikipedia page for one of my references has an annotation on it that it might not be “Objective” enough, because it states the obvious that the MinuteCoward “American Defense” racist militia did the murder.

Shawna Forde, the leader of the group, was found guilty yesterday of the murder, her accomplices are awaiting trial. This in spite of the Arizona Police attempting to minimalize the crime by saying that Raul Flores, father of 9 year old Brisenia, was a “suspected” drug dealer. The Pigs rallied behind their Racist Comrades, as usual.

Bradley Manning’s heroism magnified

PFC Bradley Manning’s last approved visitor David House was denied access to visit the Adrian-Lamo-named Wikileaks source, in this eighth month of solitary confinement without charges. Last week Manning’s lawyer described the conditions endured by his client: For 23 hours per day, he will sit in his cell. The guards will check on him every five minutes by asking him if he is okay. PFC Manning will be required to respond in some affirmative manner. At night, if the guards cannot see him clearly, because he has a blanket over his head or is curled up towards the wall, they will wake him in order to ensure that he is okay. He will receive each of his meals in his cell. He will not be allowed to have a pillow or sheets. He will not be allowed to have any personal items in his cell. … He will be prevented from exercising in his cell. If he attempts to do push-ups, sit-ups, or any other form of exercise he will be forced to stop. He will receive one hour of exercise outside of his cell daily. The guards will take him to an empty room and allow him to walk. He will usually just walk in figure eights around the room until his hour is complete. When he goes to sleep, he will be required to strip down to his underwear and surrender his clothing to the guards.

What Twitter resisted releasing to DOJ, and we may presume Facebook did not

So the US Department of Justice wants Twitter’s records on the Wikileaks crew. So what, it’s social media — why expect that spooks can’t follow like everybody else? Except the USG wants to know more than followers or tweets, they want IPs, whose computer, network, when, etc, plus they don’t want persons of interest or the public to know what info they’re gathering. That’s a standard MO when investigating crimes like racketeering, but this is a DoJ fishing expedition with aim to criminalize journalism and whistle-blowing, in the meantime violating the privacy of untold thousands, if you are reading this, very likely yours.

Unless you know Kevin Bacon personally, you are separated by fewer degrees from rop_g, ioerror, birgittaj, Assange and Bradley Manning.

Twitter notified the users named in the December 14 DOJ request, whose lawyers had a judge unveil the document. The government of Iceland has summoned their US envoy to explain what claim the USG can make to personal data on Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland’s parliament. Salon has put the fax online which lists the specifics the DoJ is after:

A. The following customer or subscriber account information for each account registered to or associated with Wikileaks …

1. subscriber names, user names, screen names, or other identities;

2. mailing addresses, residential addresses, business addresses, e-mail addresses, and other contact information;

3. connection records, or records of session times and durations;

4. length of service (including start date) and types of service utilized;

5. telephone or instrument number or other subscriber number or identity, including any temporary assigned network address; and

6. means and source of payment for such service (including any credit card or bank account number) and billing records.

B. All records and other information relating to the account(s) and time period in Part A, including:

1. records of user activity for any connections made to and from the Account, including the date, time, length, and method of connections, data transfer volume, user name, and source and destination Internet Protocol address(es);

2. non-content information associated with the contents of any communication or file stored by or for the account(s), such as the source and destination email addresses and IP addresses.

3. correspondence and notes of records related to the account(s).

Contaminants in the runoff water

Seems they predate the Homeless Camping debate by at least a decade. One of the problems that was present when the City and County of Pueblo sued Colorado Springs for fouling their water, e-coli. Seems Colorado Springs and Springs Utilities reached a plea-bargain mitigating the judgment against the Springs by making necessary repairs to the sewage system. This includes that bad ol’ StormWater that the right wingsters keep whining about. The wastewater treatment facilities were overwhelmed on several levels, not the least of which were the BlowHard Extremists like Douglas Bruce not wanting to pay their bills. Have their cake, eat it too, and then have somebody else pay for the cake.

The sewer system including the Storm Drains, which funnel water off the streets, which in turn are coated with an oily residue from the exhaust fumes. More cars, more pavement, more pollution and all of it running into a sewage treatment system last upgraded in the early 1960s. 50 years ago. More streets, more infrastructure added on, and each year the cost of the labor and the materials needed to build and maintain that infrastructure increasing, yet Doug Bruce and his dumbass Zombie Followers insist on only paying the bills in 1972 dollars. And screaming that increasing the fees necessary to maintain that infrastructure and build new infrastructure to accommodate those victims of the Real Estate Scam of “Pure Rocky Mountain Spring Water” moving to town and making the water somewhat less pure.

Lethally less pure.
Some of the impurities in Fountain Creek before the confluence with Monument Creek keep the smelly algae that makes Monument stink so bad from growing. Also any other algae, insect larvae, and amphibian newts, efts and tadpoles.
N-Nitrosodimethylamine, likely sources:Industry, cosmetics, toiletry products, cleansers; by-product of natural chemical reactions. That’s the one Springs Utilities admits is beyond EPA and drinking water safety bounds.

Chemicals they say are in “safe amounts” Barium, Bromodichloromethane
Chlorodibromomethane
Chloroform
Fluoride
Hexachlorocyclopentadiene
Nitrates
Radium, Combined 226 228
Sodium,
Turbidity (muddiness)
Uranium
Chlorine
Maloacetic Acids
Trihalomethanes
Coliform (bacteria)
E-Coli (the coliform bacteria they’re blaming on the Homeless People, before that it was the pigeons in Manitou Springs)
Copper
Lead

A lot of the “possible sources of contamination” listed are Erosion of native deposits.

Erosion hastened by destroying topsoil, uprooting native plants, GRADING FOR ROADS, COMMERCIAL AND HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, MINING, QUARRYING, DRILLING, TIMBER CLEARING, OFF-ROAD “RECREATIONAL” VEHICLE USE
For instance, there’s at least one defunct copper mine just outside Manitou Springs city limits that drains directly into Fountain Creek.

When you pull ONE metal out of the earth, it’s not in pure form, ever, is it, O Right Wing Mining Geniuses Who Think I Can’t Possibly Know Anything? Nay verily. It is NOT pure and some of those impurities are other metals. Toxic metals like Uranium, White Arsenic, Sodium in many forms including Sodium Cyanide, Mercury, Lead, Copper, ooops that’s one they INTENDED to pull out oopsie my bad. Petrochemicals, mountaintop removal for extracting ANY mineral including coal releases chemicals into the waters that have recently been shown to cause a hormonal mutation in small-mouth bass where the male fish develop with female characteristics. That’s a predator that’s below us on the arbitrarily defined “food chain”. We’re top-level predators. Through predation the chemical impurities concentrate higher and higher the further up the food chain you go.

In the Hudson Bay region of Canada, Inuit and other First Nations mothers can’t breast feed their infants because of the concentrations of Petrochemicals from oil exploration and exploitation, which would be lethal to their babies. I can almost hear the Racist Wing saying

“ah,who cares about Eskimo and Injun babies, they’re only one step removed from wetbacks and niggers anyhow!”

Fortunately I’ve got something within me that blocks such ignorance. It’s called “education” but I once again digress.

What, then, is the City of Colorado Springs putting into the water supply of everybody downstream from us? Which, since Pikes Peak is the highest point in the Contiguous 48, that means everybody from the Mississippi west to the Pacific.

All because the TeaTards don’t want to pay their fair share. They make huge stacks of money creating the problem but demand that the people downstream from us pay THEIR money to remove the contaminations caused by the Pikes Peak area Industrialists.

There’s one thing more that is pumping toxins into Fountain Creek. The Toxic Mining/refining Waste Dump called Gold Hill Mesa on the south side of Highway 24 here in Colorado Springs.

Chrome dioxide, Mercury, Sodium Cyanide, White Arsenic, Lead Sulfate, Uranium, Barium, just a start on the contaminants.

There are more that get added in further downstream, but the True Source is the interconnected web of Industrial Polluters who own, among other Political Arenas, the Political Establishment of Colorado Springs.

Further “ammunition” in the War on American Health, Ft Carson and the Air Academy Firing Ranges. From Mercury Fulminate, a standard primer/detonator in explosive munitions, to the Depleted Uranium shells which has caused, among other disorders The Army Ain’t Gonna Tell You About, two headed children in Iraq.

They’ll tell you that it’s none of our business what kind of poisonous SHIT they’re inflicting on us and our kids. Then in 2003 they admitted only that they use the same ammunition in practice firing that they would use for the Global War On Anybody Who Doesn’t Submit To The Will Of The Capitalist Regime Or Lick Their Jackboots.

Then they say that the Depleted Uranium is encased in steel and thus couldn’t possibly break into small pieces and contaminate water, soil, and the Eco-Genetic Systems of entire populations of plants and animals, including people. To make a long story short, they lie their collective ass off.
Just like their accomplices in the Colorado Springs and United States political establishments and the Colorado Springs real estate developers, bankers, and other perpetrators of massive, lethal fraud.

But they’re still blaming it on the Homeless PEOPLE.

Oh, and that sewage treatment system that’s overwhelmed with Stormwater and far more raw human and animal fecal waste than it could possibly handle?

Was never fixed and now, thanks to the “Tax Cutter” extremist “Hell no, We Won’t Pay Our Bills!” Tea Party. Everybody who owes THEM money had better God-Damn pay up or they’ll get the Publicly Funded Colorado Springs Police and Judiciary PIGS to punish him.

Slumlord Ex-Prosecutor PIG Doug Bruce especially does that.

But they don’t have to pay their bills, Glenn Beck and Doug Bruce and Sarah Palin and The Ghosts of Reagan and John Wayne tell us the constitution forbids them to pay THEIR debts.

The data on contaminants in the water as provided by Springs Utilities, are found in this document, which you can get free at Springs Utilities offices and they mailed it out to every water customer. If you live in a water-bill paid apartment you didn’t get one, your landlord did and he’s supposed to post it where everybody can read it.

The Army and Air Force contaminants, including jet fuel, are all over the place. Military Aircraft used to have, they say it’s discontinued, a policy that they dump fuel before landing. Standard Operational Procedure with the reason being that they had a high probability of coming in damaged, and having a hard landing with a full tank of fuel not only endangers the pilot and passengers, it endangers everybody on or near the flight line. A simple way to ease that problem would be to, Hey, just don’t go around shooting at or Bombing the living dogshit out of people and it minimizes the chance they’ll be shooting at YOU. DUH!

The other bit, about the DU armor piercing shells, the admission is implicit. The Army did say in the specific case of Ft Carson, that they do use the same ammunition in practice fire they’ll use in actual combat. That means, obviously, DU. At the time they said this, they were actively lying and saying there was no way DU shells could cause Uranium Poisoning. They’ve since been forced into the open on that one, thanks SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN WHO DEFIED ORDERS TO KEEP SILENT ABOUT THE MASSIVE CRIME OF POISONING AMERICAN AND FOREIGN CIVILIANS and soldiers, the same way they did with Agent Orange and killed more people in the cover-ups than would have died if they’d simply come clean and stopped the poisoning.

As was long suspected, then reported, and the reporters mocked..

Like when Dr Laura’s son was using MySpace to boast of war crimes in which he participated or fantasized about committing, denounced by Ms. Schlesinger and others on the RightWing Lunatic Fringe as being “hacked” onto his account… along with his bits about worshiping Satan…
But now it appears there are still more stories coming out of VietRaqiStan of soldiers, good old Red–blooded American Boy Scouts, killing for nothing more than the fun of doing it. But it’s true patriot Bradley Manning who’s facing a Life Sentence for exposing it, not any of the Murderers. Had there been no war crimes to expose there would have been no exposure.

But of course, telling impressionable very young adults, older children actually, that killing is necessary, and fun, training them to do it effectively and to ENJOY the thrill of putting a gun to somebody’s head and removing his brain from the skull violently, some way, somehow, would NOT and could not possibly lead to some of them doing it for fun. Especially since the normal Rules of Engagement, the Geneva and Hague Conventions, and the laws both of the United States and the UCMJ (at least the ones which prohibit Murder and other deliberate War Crimes) circumvented by a presidential executive order of non-prosecution, that wouldn’t lead anybody to do what they’re commanded to do and allowed to do.

Laissez-Faire in the battlefield would work just as splendidly as laissez faire in the Marketplace.

Well, I’ll concede they’ve had equivalent results. Especially as the former is done to promote the latter. Soon, if the Capitalist BigPigs get anything approaching Victory in Afghanistan, they’ll be using the same Killers and the same Killer Methods to indoctrinate Americans into the subservience they demand of Afghans, and Iraqis, and Guatemalans, and Costa Riquenses, and Panamanians, and anyone else living under the “enforced liberty” of the Free Market, backed by Military might if the people object to being treated as “free” market slaves.

They already do it at Union actions. Either the Military or the Deputized Constabulary PIGS show up with guns to intimidate the workers to get back in Corporate Line.
De Oppresso Liber, Ad Oppresso Ultimo.
Which unless my Latin is WRONG that would be the Greenie-Beanie Motto “free from oppression” with “unto greater oppression”. Kiss it, SF. It’s what you really stand for.

That’s right, boys, make your Mommas real proud.
Just like Dr Lauras son did.

The Love it or Leave it crap again.

America has freedom still, or what little is left, because of the actions of Dissidents, not Conformists.
The Army didn’t give us these freedoms, save by surrendering their claims to any authority to do otherwise. Most certainly the wars in which the Army is engaged today, and has been steadily engaged in since the “cessation of hostilities” in 1945, have all been wars of Imperialism, to stamp out freedom wherever it rears its head. Nothing more or less than being Thug Enforcers for the Corporate Owners of the American Empire.
You can’t handle Freedom of Speech, YOU can get the hell out. There’s plenty of Banana Republics in the world being propped up for the profit of their American Masters, by American Military presence.
A long list from Abu Dabi to Zanzibar and all points in between.
Your corporate masters have bankrupted America on their way to Global Dominance. That’s not in any way related to freedom and you should stop lying about it.
Your Army is currently trying to lynch Spec. Bradley Manning for doing something you’ve never considered doing, too frightened I suppose. He MANNED THE HELL UP and told the truth and brought forth Proof to back it up.
And neither Your Pentagon nor Bush nor Obama have managed to do either one.

Peter King (R-NY) = Painful rectal itch

Rabidly Anti-Freedom. Freedom of speech unless you say anything against his Pet War. Freedom of Religion unless you’re Muslim of any sect, Jewish of any sect that doesn’t rabidly scream for the death penalty against all Muslims everywhere, Christian and not supportive of the D.P.A.A.M.E., Property Rights unless you’re Muslim and are building a community center near the “hallowed ground” Freedom to support any political party except for a long list he carries in his pockets including Democrats, Anarchists, Greens, Republican Caucuses that are too “liberal” for him… And any candidate he identifies as a Muslim or “soft on Islam”.

Also we’re “free” to support the wars, and free to refrain from questioning the treasonous LIES spread by, among others, Peter King, R-N.Y., to start and continue the wars.

Another one who says that we HAVE to believe the Lies the Pentagon tells us about the wars, because.. because… because…

Well, because if we believed the TRUTH, then the Wars would be impossible to support, fight or win.

His ChickenShit ChickenHawk chorus chants the refrain

“We agree, we agree,
we are the chorus
and we agree”

And that makes all better. Four legs good two legs Baaaaaaaaaadddd.

One of the Kiddy-Murder supporting groups calls itself “Godly Politics”. I would just bet they also supported the attack on the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church where the Gunman was taking aim at the Children of the church.

Them Republicans Sho’ does love them some Baby-killin’.

Pursuant to that, Mr King thinks Bradley Manning should be murdered for telling the truth about his favorite Moneymaker Wars. You can tell the punk is rolling in War Industry money just by his rabid fervor for War, More War, and then for dessert, Even MORE War.

He also thinks that President Obama is a “secret Muslim” and should be first impeached and then executed. The Republicans call him one of their Intellectual Elites.

The good news is that if the enemy are that STUPID and that predictable in all their responses, well…

His embrace of the name of God to back his Satanic Death-mongering and Hatred is not merely blasphemous, it borders on the character descriptors of AntiChrist.

If a leftist says anything against any of the concepts he embraces, that person is dismissed by the Elitists as being “angry”.

Anger is a normal human emotion. Those who use “mad” and “angry” interchangeably, either don’t actually KNOW what they’re saying or just don’t care. But anger is only madness if there’s no actual reason for it.

Peter King is Angry that so many Americans don’t follow his Madness and Hatred. A part of the massive Temper-tantrum by the oversized infants who go to TeaBag rallies and Scream, Whine and Snivel because they’re not being allowed to run things the way THEY want to. Waa.. waaa. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! Titty babies.

Free Bradley Manning.

NY Times pretends the Afghanistan War Logs is news that does not fit

Is it surprising that the US newspaper of record, the NYT which prints all the news that’s fit, should declare of the Wikileaks Afghanistan War Logs: there’s nothing much new there? Oh REALLY? Point me to a NYT headline that read US Death Squads, or Civilian Casualties: We DO Body-Counts, or Insurgents Armed With Heat-Seeking Missiles, or War Crimes Being Committed Daily. Are we to accept that the NYT knew about these, but thought wisest not to report them? The only revelation which has been known, Pakistan Directs Taliban, is the leak they’re running with, because those reports are founded on intelligence, ie dubious conjecture, to discredit the others based on first hand accounts, and to rationalize more attacks on Pakistan.

I’m galled even that Wikileaks chose to let the NYT in on the advance team. Of course the NYT went right to the White House and Pentagon to warn them of what was about to be unleashed.

The files were given to three news organizations simultaneously to limit the spin each might try to apply. The move to involve the press in advance was for stories and their context could hit the ground running.

It’s curious that most columnists and news blogs are favoring the Guardian’s analysis the logs, over the NYT’s.

In spite of the peer review, the NYT is pushing back harder the the White House, which isn’t disputing the authenticity of the material, only their outrage that the facts are being made public. Small wonder.

Worse than denying them, the NYT is dismissive. No big deal. And it’s working. The rest of the MSM is characterizing the “alleged” logs as “accusations.” Despite the un-argued official admission that these are the unadulterated records.

Most of the discussion is about the leak itself, and Julian Assange’s motive as an activist. No mention he’s anactivist for “justice.” Not partisan, not pacifist, but moral. You’d think that shouldn’t differentiate him from a journalist.

The NYT has some nerve to pretend the logs aren’t going to bring on a sea change of despondency about the war, even in Iraq. In particular with the soldiers’ families starved for news, who will recognize from the reports the snippets of sensitive information they get from their individual soldier, with no idea it forms the character of the whole picture. We’re fucked. We can’t throw more at it, we can’t fire truer, wiser, safer. This is unwinnable.

And those are the reports our government has been seeing. Maybe that’s what the NYT means to say, we/they already know this material. Our leaders have been reading these reports daily and they don’t dispute that. Their glass-half-full projections for success in Afghanistan is half-full with blood. Now we know it.

That’s the sordid quality of these revelations. Soldiers lives FUBAR. These are more than the Pentagon Papers, these are American war-making unspun, undone.

NYT et al, will have us blame the messenger, condemn Private Bradley Manning for his breach of security. Our national security depends on keeping secrets is their unchallenged theme. Do you believe it’s the media pressing that point? These assholes are embedded so far into America’s military export industry, we need to look elsewhere for the news that’s fit.

Two “american civilians” killed at firing range in Afghanistan

And two Afghans. The “american civilians” is a code routine which means “Blackwater or Equivalent Mercenary Thugs who might or might not actually even be americans”. So much for those “civilians” carrying guns and wearing uniforms and training other murderers how to do it.
Now, how about the 120 REAL civilians, Afghans, mostly CHILDREN, murdered at Granai by United States Uniformed Military who were then given a free pass on any prosecution for their crimes? Or the ONE U.S. Soldier who is currently in a Military Prison in Iraq for exposing not just the MURDERS, of which the Afghan people were fully aware, but the LIES told by the U.S. Military to justify those MURDERS?

I realize this will probably draw the “really intelligent” comments such as “you’re criticizing the actions of warriors even though you’re not a warrior” which is MilitarySpeak for “Hey, the only people who are entitled to question the actions of Paid Killers are Other Paid Killers”.

It’s exactly like saying “The only people who should be allowed to be on a jury in a murder trial are Mafia Hit-men”.

By the way, it’s not “criticizing” it’s pointing out the CRIMES committed in OUR NAMES using OUR MONEY while robbing the victims of THEIR crime for the benefit of a FEW RICH BITCHES who don’t bother paying so much as the taxes on their blood money.

What, if we refrained from mentioning any of this, it would all magically go away, and we’d all be able to wallow in a “feel good happy happy flag-waving patriotism” and salute the Empire as it falls, dragging our nation down with it?

Ska-roo that noise, bubbas. I know that for every one that writes it out there’s a hundred who are thinking it. Stupid bastards, the lot of them.

Your wars and other crimes tear down America and just in a bizarre Co Inky Dink the rest of the world as well. It’s not “patriotism” blind or otherwise to stand and cheer for the destruction of America and the rest of the world.

Nor would it be “patriotism” to say nothing, to keep silent about such actions.

Pentagoons arrest Army Spc Bradley Manning in Global War On Truth

For providing the footage of the “Suicide By Cop” Helicopter Murders of Reuters reporters and civilians in Iraq. The person who snitched him off for money ,a former high-profile hacker, Adrian Lamo, said he didn’t want to “obstruct justice” as in, actually have Murderers punished for their crimes. The BBC report also falsely claims that the group of CIVILIANS murdered by the Helicopter High-Tech Hit Men “contained some Armed Men” even though the Murderers and their accomplices didn’t bring forth any such evidence. Just when I thought I could count on the BBC to put out a report unbiased by the Pentagon Warmonger Thugs.

handed his name to US authorities because of concerns over US national security and because he did not want to be found to have been “obstructing justice” in the course of any investigation.

“National Security”? NONE of the victims provided a threat to the security of the United States.
God-Damned Lying Prick. So when does the PROOF of the FACTS that the U.S. Army is on an unregulated murder spree in Iraq and routinely murders CIVILIANS, then LIES about their murderous actions, become a “threat to National Security”?

The Army commits heinous War Crimes and dares the people to provide evidence of their crimes, then when somebody IS man enough to provide the evidence, they have their PIG comrades in the FBI and Homeland “security” arrest the man.

Bradley Manning is the hero of this affair, and those who MURDERED civilians, whose victims included CHILDREN, are Cowardly Skulks.

Some “Operation Enduring Freedom” they’ve got going there. Must pretend that we’re over defending America and liberating the people. Lying sack of putrid decadent bloodstained shit.