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Closing Gitmo not opening it wide

Not only is the infamous Guantanamo prison camp NOT CLOSING, its criminal record grows, and now the illegal facility is being expanded to lasso Haitian migrants escaping the devastation of Haiti's earthquake. Will they be tortured as well? The way Obama is moving on civil rights, we may never know. We have learned that three of the prison's suicides, the mysterious coordinated attack of suicide-suiciders for which US military spokesmen accused the detainees of asymmetric warfare, were actually deaths at the hands of torturers. Though officials claimed to have discovered the bodies in their cells, camp guards have revealed that the prisoners were actually taken from the interrogation rooms, having suffocated from water-boarding. Coroners trying to establish the causes of death were hampered by the fact that Gitmo physicians had surgically removed key telltale body parts in the interest of national security. Diverting attention from the murder story are preparations to expand Guantanamo to greet an anticipated wave of Haitian migrant refugees escaping the earthquake devastation. Just part of the militarization of aid giving. A processing center is being readied at Guantanamo where Haitians can be returned to Haiti nearly as soon as they are intercepted at sea. Ever gracious, the US reveals that some Haitians will be considered for entry to the US. Temporary work permits will be granted to some Haitians, but only those who can show that they were in the US at the time of the January 12 earthquake.

Someone please tell Mrs. Al-Ghizzawi that her husband is cleared for release

...if that means anything. It's a long story, but after waiting eight years locked in Guantanamo, Abdul Hamid Al-Ghizzawi has a tale that could bear listeners. But his lawyer H. Candace Gorman is not allowed to tell it, she's under court orders to keep mum. Even after details came through the foreign press, a judge ordered that Gorman remove two subsequent posts from The Guantanamo Blog which offered clarification. NMT learned from the Supreme Court Of the United States Blog (SCOTUSBLOG) that Gorman's articles are still cached. Naturally we have reprinted them here. Read them and become a state secret yourself. Just kidding-- the information is not ruled to be a state secret, only "protected," whatever that means. Regardless that the information is already public, Ms. Gorman herself is not permitted to propagate it. You and I can divulge what we wish. And divulge we must, I'm sure you'll agree. Whether or not internet mirrors can be penalized, what is this sham of "protected" information? The concept defiles President Obama's expressed objective of transparent government. This particular information shames our judicial system. Read it and judge for yourself. You can keep up on Guantanamo attorney Candace Gorman's latest efforts at gtmoblog.bogspot.com, but you won't find these two posts: THE MUZZLE IS OFF, and THE MUZZLE IS BACK ON. I've also included the text of Judge John Bates' gag order, and Ms. Gorman's latest filing. Halfway down I will offer a summary, if you're in a hurry. November 17, 2009 THE MUZZLE IS OFF In June of this year I received a call from a foreign reporter who asked if I could give her a profile of my client Al-Ghizzawi as he was on a list of men whom the US was looking for a new home and her country was considering accepting him. This was the first I had learned that Al-Ghizzawi had been "cleared" by the Obama review team for release. I gave her information about my client and for all I know a story was published about the plight of al-Ghizzawi at Guantanamo, his status as "cleared" and why he needed a country in Europe to take him. A few days later an attorney from the justice department called to tell me that Al-Ghizzawi was cleared for release and we laughed about the fact that I already knew the information. However the laughing stopped when the attorney told me that the justice department had designated the information as "protected" and I could not tell anyone except my client and those people who had signed on to the protective order (a court document that outlines the procedures for the Guantanamo cases) about his status as "cleared for release." I told the attorney that he could not declare something "protected" that was already in the public domain. To make a long story short we were not in agreement and the attorney filed an emergency motion with the judge to muzzle me. Despite the fact that the information was in the public

Another ACORN thought…

DumFox Noose and their Demented Minions (selectively) Strike Again!?   Now, I used to work for ACORN. Twice. Once in Texas and registering votes in 2004.? Since Fox “investigators” tried many times to set-up the ACORN people before finding ONE who would bite, it jogged the ol’ Memory Cache and out popped this notion… ACORN does NOT do background checks on their workers. This is NOT a bad thing. The Pentagon does background checks and look who they hired… George Bush for instance. General Betrays-Us. Lt Calley. Ronald Reagan and John Wayne (to do Pro-War propaganda films). ?All the Torturers at Gitmo, Khandahar, Bagram and Abu Ghraib. “Civilian Contractors” in Egypt and a few rather unsavory NATO countries… On the other hand, What If DumFox Instigators (my what a difference three little letters makes!), tiring of their attempts to get somebody, anybody, to give them the “goods”, what if they simply had one of their people planted in ACORN? I mean, it’s not like they’re ABOVE dishonesty in any way. They lie, steal, cheat, blaspheme and (get other people to) Murder (for them because it violates their Cowardice Policy to do it themselves) all day every day. Let’s Investigate the Instigators. Who are they, what exact methods did they use to attack ACORN and by association, every decent person in America? Meaning, those of us who don’t take orders from Rupert Murdoch and his Ministry of Lies. ACORN doesn’t need defending, Fox needs being ATTACKED, using their rules, just not their Lying Tactics.

Military drones mirror public retreat

CLOSE GUANTANAMO is being interpreted literally, meaning close just the facility, but move the detainees to illegal incarceration elsewhere. Likewise, BRING THE TROOPS HOME means pacing a withdrawal with an increased deployment of military drones to keep up the killing. That's what the antiwar voice gets for pandering to the American preoccupation with only our own casualties. The latest Adbusters juxtaposes these surrogate killing machines with the western public's retreat into virtual communities. Pblks' Douglas Haddow had this to say in the latest issue, about the increasing use of surveillance attack drones, while the US withdraws "troops" from its militarized war zones. ...when we remove the humans from the equation -- when war becomes literally inhuman -- what's left to debate? War crimes will become guiltless: a mere twisting of knobs. Slowly, with each OS update, innocent casualties will be curbed to an acceptable level. The Marine will be replaced by the computer programmer -- a meek nerd so far from the action as to be absolved completely of its consequences. With robots off fighting our wars for us, we'll have nothing left to do but quietly sip our lattes and liten to our iPods. While somewhere, far off in the distance, a drone may or may not be dropping 50kg units of hellfire on some yet-to-be-named combatants. It's not even post moral ... it's a Zen algorithm that melts steel. This is a strange indicator of our retreat into the virtual when you consider that our so-called enemies are willing to sacrifice everything, their own bodies and very existence for a chance to kill one or two of our soldiers. We see their tactics as irrational, and they see us perhaps as we already are: machines.

Yes we can, host the 2016 Olympics

President Obama came into office with quite a checklist: Stop war-making, Close Guantanamo, End renditions/torture, Rescind the Patriot Act, Restore the rule of law, Address global warming, Reform US health care, Re-regulate bankers, Talk to Iran, and doubtless many other items, including Secure the 2016 Olympics for Chicago.   Are his handlers staking the measure of his success on the last one?

US soldiers in Cuba before Guantanamo

Would you believe this is an issue of Life Magazine dated May 22, 1902? That's water boarding! How is it that US military spokesmen now pretend our forces learned waterboarding from Korean prisons?   The cartoon on its cover depicts US marines waterboarding a captive in their effort to pacify the Cubans they'd just "liberated" from the Spanish. Watching in the background are the traditional western colonizers, often criticized by us for the brutality with which they repressed their foreign territories. Between them, the Prussian tells the Brit: "THOSE PIOUS YANKEES CAN’T THROW STONES AT US ANY MORE." There it is in closeup. The arms bound at the elbows, the hands pinned, pressure applied to the stomach, a gun held to the poor Cuban's head, a funnel put into his mouth, and water poured from a bucket marked "U.S. ARMY."

Rock Creek Free Press available in COS

The Rock Creek Free Press is available online, but if you want it in print, the DC monthly is available in Colorado Springs at the Bookman, 3163 W. Colorado. The September issue features a speech given by legendary Australian journalist John Pilger on July 4th in San Francisco. Here's the RCFP transcript: Two years ago I spoke at “Socialism in Chicago” about an invisible government which is a term used by Edward Bernays, one the founders of modern propaganda. It was Bernays, who in the 1920s invented public relations as a euphemism for propaganda. And it was Bernays, deploying the ideas of his uncle Sigmund Freud, who campaigned on behalf of the tobacco industry for women to take up smoking as an act of feminist liberation calling cigarettes “tortures of freedom”. At the same time he was involved in the disinformation which was critical in overthrowing the Arbenz government in Guatemala. So you have the association of cigarettes and regime change. The invisible government that Bernays had in mind brought together all media: PR, the press, broadcasting, advertising and their power of branding and image making. In other words, disinformation. And I suppose I would like to talk today about this invisible government’s most recent achievement, the rise of Barrack Obama and the silencing of much of the left. But all of this has a history, of course and I’d like to go back, take you back some forty years to a sultry and, for me, very memorable day in Viet Nam. I was a young war correspondent who had just arrived in a village in the Central Highlands called Tuylon. My assignment was to write about a unit of US Marines who had been sent to the village to win hearts and minds. “My orders,” said the Marine Sergeant, “are to sell the American way of liberty, as stated in the Pacification Handbook, this is designed to win the hearts and minds of folks as stated on page 86.” Now, page 86 was headed in capital letters: WHAM (winning hearts and minds). The Marine Unit was a combined action company which explained the Sergeant, meant, “We attack these folks on Mondays and we win their hearts and minds on Tuesdays.” He was joking, of course, but not quite. The Sergeant, who didn’t speak Vietnamese, had arrived in the village, stood up on a Jeep and said through a bullhorn: “Come on out everybody we’ve got rice and candies and toothbrushes to give you.” This was greeted by silence. “Now listen, either you gooks come on out or we’re going to come right in there and get you!” Now the people of Tuylon finally came out and they stood in line to receive packets of Uncle Ben’s Miracle Rice, Hershey Bars, party balloons, and several thousand toothbrushes. Three portable, battery operated, yellow, flush lavatories were held back for the arrival of the colonel. And when the colonel arrived that evening, the district chief was summoned and the yellow, flush lavatories unveiled. The colonel

There is no License to Kill

"Licensed to Kill" was an Ian Fleming invention. His friend Richard Meinertzhagen dropped Fleming's phrase for guests to infer he was a secret agent. RM's routine of arriving at diner parties with a smoking gun reinforced whispers that he had been the inspiration for James Bond. Meinertzhagen turned out to be a flake, but the authority to play god is still coveted by espionage idolators. Federal statutes prohibit identifying covert CIA operatives, regardless what they've done. Is that the same thing? A mythical supra legem indemnity? Sorry Virginia, nemo est. Okay, some today are above the law, notable examples being Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Woo, et al. The jury is still out on who will atone for the Bush Co crimes. But should the Neocon exemption cover assassination squads and torturers too? The US Department of Justice is up in arms -Fox News probably more than anybody- having learned that defense lawyers for terrorist suspects in US custody, have shown their clients photographs of CIA and private contractor interrogators, to learn which of them might have engaged in harsh techniques defined by the rest of the world as torture. The John Adams Project, run jointly by the ACLU and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, is an effort to document the US torture in Guantanamo and our secret prisons around the globe. The ACLU assures all indignant patriots that asking the detainees to identify their torturers is completely legal. Researchers for the project have been snapping pictures outside the homes of retired and active, CIA and intelligence industry interrogators. No names have been released except Deuce Martinez, who'd already been outed by the NYT. Martinez was the agent responsible for interrogating Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, although accounts soft-pedal his participation in the harsher techniques. That's the pattern of exposes about torture, those named always claim to have left the room. A remarkably similar motif accompanied the account of CIA interrogator John Kiriakou. Two well-known names were doctors who attended to the tortured, later opening a consulting firm to train CIA interrogators. Dr. Jim Mitchell and Dr. Bruce Jessen specialized in maximizing harsh interrogation, and making sure the victim didn't die. The defense lawyers have circulated the photographs of 60 suspected perpetrators, but have named only Martinez so far. How are torturers and murderers to be brought to justice, if they are not unmasked?

Can Clinton charm Obama into freeing civilians falsely accused in Guantanamo?

You'd think the international community could have thought to do it. Ambassadorship 101: send convivial fat man to make entreaties. The US has enjoyed outrageous success springing its non-combatant innocent- trespasser media-propagandists from Iran and North Korea. The so-called axes of evil have granted special pardons to accommodate air-brained Americans, lest our public opinion start crying for blood. Evil has more grace than the US has shown for its innocent detainees in Guantanamo, which it force-feeds through hunger-strikes as they protest indefinite and wrongful internment. But when our enemies release their captives, we call it saving face. Now of course Iran is faced with the capture of three more itinerants, hikers Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal. And lo, Bauer is now revealed to be a journalist for New American Media. Easily confused with Laura Ling and Euna Lee's "Current Media LLC?" [UPDATE 1: NOW TWO of the hikers are known to be journalists, having reported about Genocide in Darfur and the Golan Heights, among other US State Dept approved stories. UPDATE 2: NOW media mouthpieces are expressing fears that delicate information carried by Laura Ling and Euna Lee about North Korea escape routes was uncovered by their NK captors. Meaning... uh, Ling and Lee were actually working against NK interests after all?] The three --how improbable-- Berkeley grads were apprehended where the US military has long admitted to be operating special forces. Are we to expect that all US commandos do not have a media-ready cover? What are the Delta Forces but American recreation nuts, crazy for outdoor hardship and manly games with knives and balaclavas? Only Burma stand obstinate, determined that Mormon-playing-idiot John Yettaw, is more a bumbling Hasenfus than an Aung San Suu Kyi groupie. The bumbling, epileptic ideologue archetype serves America well when its intelligence agents are apprehended. Was Yettaw trying to spring Suu Kyi, or was he there to trip the wires and send the iconic freedom worker to prison?

Afghan Taliban set high POW standard

There it is. The Afghans have captured a POW, we've been sent his image in RGB with a personal message to the American public. US military spokesmen are calling the video a violation of the laws of war. Secretary of State Clinton is calling it "just outrageous and a real sign of desperation and inappropriate criminal behavior." She's probably right about the desperation. But showing no signs of nudity, degradation, brutalization or rigor mortis, Army Private Bergdahl is faring better than any US detainee. And think of the example we've set for the Taliban. Bagram AFB, and other unlisted US detention centers in Afghanistan, are purportedly even worse than Club Guantanamo. What happened in 2001 to Taliban forces who surrendered to the Northern Alliance is still trying to come to light, despite a desperate US cover-up. You've heard it by now, although the graves have been moved, the shell casings disappeared, and the witnesses killed. Over two thousand Afghan POWs were suffocated in shipping containers, those who survived were finished off by US special forces as they hastily emptied the containers at Dasht-e Leili.

Problem solving by U.S. assassination

Word is out, confirming Seymore Hersh's alarming report of last year, about the Cheney/Bush special forces tasked with assassinating terrorism suspects. Where others do it, such paramilitary raids are called "death squads." While their existence is being admitted, Congress is upset they weren't told sooner about the extra-judicial homicide plans. But didn't President Bush put us all on notice in his 2006 State of the Union Address? What did you think he was snickering about when he said:   "All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. And many others have met a different fate. Let's put it this way: They are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies." George Bush received an ovation from both sides of the aisle with that punch line. From the same politicians who are insisting they didn't know the US was killing whoever they couldn't imprison. The same Democrats and Republicans who are eager to report that the nefarious Bushco devices --being pinned on Dick Cheney-- thankfully never went operational. And we don't have secret prisons. And we don't torture. President Obama is closing Guantanamo Prison. As soon as we figure out where to incarcerate its every last detainee.

No. 1 domestic terrorist Daniel McGowan

The Huffington Post published a letter by ELF/ALF political prisoner Daniel McGowan, who is allowed to send one letter per week from CMU36, the controversial "Communication Management Unit" whose cover-name is USP Marion. According to McGowan, prison guards call it the "I Unit," which probably does not stand for illegal. As of May 2009, I have been at USP Marion's "Communication Management Unit," or CMU, for roughly nine months and now is a good time to address the misconceptions (and the silence) regarding this unit. I want to offer a snapshot of my day-to-day life here as well as some analysis of what the existence of CMUs in the federal prison system implies. It is my hope that this article will partially fill the void of information that exists concerning the CMU, will help dispel rumors, and will inspire you to support those of us on the inside fighting the existence of these isolation units -- in the courts and in the realm of public opinion. It is best to start from the beginning -- or at least where my story and the CMU meet. My transfer here is no different from that of many of the men here who were living at Federal Correctional Institutions (normal prisons) prior to the genesis of the CMUs. On May 12, 2008, on my way back from a decent lunch, I was told to report to "R&D" (receiving and discharge). I was given two boxes and half an hour to pack up my meager possessions. After complying I was placed in the SHU (secure housing unit or "hole") and put on a bus the next day. There was no hearing and no information given to me or my attorneys -- only after a day was I told I was on my way to Marion, Illinois' CMU. Hearing the term "CMU" made my knees buckle as it drummed up some memory I had of the infamous "control units" at Marion (closed in 1995 and replaced by Florence ADX: the lone Federal "Supermax" prison). Then it hit me. The lawyers, in challenging the application of the terrorist enhancement in my case, made the prescient argument that if I receive the enhancement, the Bureau of Prisons (BoP) would use that to place me in the CMU at FCI Terre Haute, Indiana (at the time just 5 months old). In fact, on the way to FCI Sandstone in August 2007, I not only saw the CMU but met one of its residents while in transit. Let me back up and offer a brief history of the Communication Management Units. The CMU I reside in, at USP Marion, received its first prisoner in May 2008 and when I arrived, held about 17 men, the majority of whom were Muslim. Currently, the unit has 25, with a capacity of 52 cells. In April 2009, we received seven new people, all of whom were from the CMU at FCI Terre Haute. The unit is overwhelmingly Muslim with 18 men identifying as such.

Private Funding to close down the Concentration Camp?

This is a question for the Legal Eagles...   Since the only real issue left in getting rid of this huge albatross around our collective national neck... (the one that's tied to the even larger Boat Anchor)... Is one of funding the venture... What would block President Obama and his supporters such as us from attempting to secure private funding for dismantling Guantanamo Torture Center? Solicit donations in small or large amounts, doesn't matter much about the amounts because it's Not Campaign Funding... Nor would the funding have to come only from U.S. citizens nor only from people the State Department considers "friendly" which is a polite term for "compliant to the point of subservience". If the fund is maintained with a certain amount of glaznost (up to the point of "short of announcing names of individual donors") by the International Red (religious symbol of choice here) People for the American Way and the ACLU... I'm going to put this question to the local ACLU in an open letter on a local website and in the Colorado Springs Independent, also Same in the Ft Worth Independent and the Dallas Observer. Since the opposition comes from so-called "fiscal conservatives", that $80 million should be hanged around THEIR collective neck as a sign of Shame. There's a 4-mile stretch of road-to-nowhere proposed here in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs which begins and ends at Public Bus Stops. At a cost of $260,000,000 (TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY MILLION) USD. Then there's the much higher cost of keeping Guantanamo OPEN. A cost which is classified so we'll never know the true amount. But it's in the range of more than a Billion per annum. Let's see, $80 Million to close out the account permanently, or 12x (TWELVE TIMES) the amount Annually to keep the sucker running. Waiting for the Next Dictator in Chief to replace Democracy and President Obama with Bush Regime, Part II and re-start the whole cycle of state-sponsored Terrorism over again. (I constructed that sentence awkwardly deliberately and on purpose because triple repetition is more effective than mere redundancy.) And the cost incurred by giving REAL Terrorists an(other) actual issue to use against not only the Socially Retarded Animated Sphincters but against EVERY American by association. Note to the S.R.A.S.s: Shock and Awe has failed Miserably. so has the policy of "Let them hate as long as they fear ... Oderint dum Metuant and here I'll point out that was the motto of Gaius Julius Caesar II (Caligula) The overwhelming evidence is that policy has given them a very legitimate reason to hate and obviously, they don't actually Fear along with it. In the case of "Shock and Awe" there's two synonyms for "Fear" explicitly included, and using Fear as a weapon of war fits the classic definition of Terrorism.

Free those illegally imprisoned at Gitmo

When human rights organizations have called for CLOSING GUANTANAMO, they don't mean AND CARRY ON ELSEWHERE. "Gitmo" is about the illegal detention and torture of human beings. What kind of rubes are we dealing with? Guantanamo is an illegal entity. It's location outside US dominion, and outside Cuba's border, on technicalities, has been used to pretend there's a gray area outside the rule of international law. What's being done inside Guantanamo, holding people indefinitely without bringing charges against them, torture, military commissions, is expressly illegal. Calls to shut Guantanamo down are calls to end the charade of a legal loophole, but they are primarily demands that the immoral behavior be stopped. We don't shut down brothels while arranging for their captives to work elsewhere. Polluters aren't expected merely to shift their poison pipelines into other streams. We don't make arrangements for drug dealers to relocate before we close a crack house or meth lab.

UN wants entry to Israel’s Facility 1391 an Israeli GITMO hidden torture center

Yesterday was a rather bad day for the Zionist Republic of Jewish Domination, more commonly known as just the Jewish State of Israel. The United Nations condemned it for its attacks on UN facilities in Gaza where the IDF dumped White Phosphorus down on the civilians hiding below, and then the UN also said that it wanted to investigate the hidden Israeli torture center called '1391.' You see, Israel, just like the US, once used much more torture openly and frequently on its held POWs but also got bad press for doing so. So just like now we have a Barack Obama trying desperately to convert US policy use of torture back toward covert policy rather than overt, Israel also had a similar semi reversal of policies. They started to hide their torture use away in a much more clandestine manner. That's where '1391' comes in, so it's really annoying to the new Israeli Administration to have the United Nations stumbling towards them and asking Netanyahu if they can 'see' inside? If they have nothing to hide, then why are they hiding 1391 away from view? Actually the whole world knows that US use of torture on Muslims was tried and tested by the Israeli military on Zionist held POWs. So Bow-Wow, Benjy. Let the UN see what sort of dogs you have working there at '1391'? See UN Wants Red Cross Access To Alleged Secret Israeli Prison That would be Israel's GITMO.

Cheney and other Perverted Torture Freak Scum…

There's a standard, a psychological finding used to determine when somebody is a serial killer, and determine whether he is worthy of the death penalty. The prosecution doesn't actually NEED it in many cases, but they always do the testing and make the determination. It's a level of sociopathy wherein one has a fetish for causing pain, or even death, and becomes sexually aroused by it. The same standard can be applied to torturers. Those who do the "dirty work" themselves, and those who direct their actions, such as George Bush and Richard Cheney. Their clones John and Sarah as well, and those who, knowing the bastards were engaged in these unholy perversions, supported them anyway. There's another Legal standard, "accomplice before and/or after the fact". This has also been often used in Death Penalty cases, sometimes the "first to squeal, gets the deal" will be the one who actually pulled the trigger. And get a life sentence while his partners in crime get the needle, or the gas in California or the bullet in Utah. The standards for determining "torture" and "war crimes" used to convict the Nazis, and lately Saddam Hussein and many of his friends and family, also convicts Richard Cheney and his meat-puppet George Bush. ...and the people who support them. People like Bobby Jindal and Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, the people who VOTED for them. I'm often told that this is overly harsh, people say stupid crap like the Torturers keep us safe. But the only way a Torturer can accomplish his job is if he or she enjoys it. On an extremely basic sexual level. Torture, like serial murder, is a vicious form of rape. People tell me "How dare you say that! My son, daughter, husband, father---whoever--- works at Abu Ghraib or Khandahar or Guantanamo" Hey, the fact that the Perverts are related to the whiners who say that doesn't make the Perverts any less guilty. Your son or daughter works at one of the Torture Centers, your son or daughter is a Rapist. It is EXACTLY that simple. The Torturers keep us safe? Are you sure? Do you REALLY want to trust the future governance of our nation to Perverts who get their rocks off to killing or hurting people? They're "only doing their jobs"? They're not forced to take the job. They seek out the job because it gives them an opportunity to exercise Ultimate Control over another human being, and, because they, like Bush and Cheney and Jindal and Gingrich, are physical cowards... they have to have helpless victims. They have to have their Gang back them up on everything. They took the job not out of Patriotism or a sense of Duty, nothing nearly that noble. They took the job because they enjoy doing it, and some Dumbass Dubya appointee hired them to do it and gave them immunity. The only substantial difference between them and the dude strapped to a table with a needle in his arm, THEY have the support of "our" Government. And enough people who are Stupid enough to support them unconditionally. One other thing,.. A determination of somebody

Red, White, and Blue cowardice- These colors do run!

For years now, the majority of Americans have allowed their country's leaders to murder, torture, and lie in their name, with hardly a protest against it. They allowed their Constitution to be defiled by remaining silent as their government held innocents in solitary confinement without charges and tortured them for years, all the while many of them obtusely said that no torture was involved at all as for as they were concerned. These lies and this complicity, by politicians of both parties, with US Federal government torture and mayhem now lie open and exposed, but does the common American want to correct and apologize for their support of crimes against humanity? Do all these 'little Eichmanns' feel any guilt and wish to atone for it now that it has been thoroughly exposed? Read 75% Oppose Release of Guantanamo Inmates in the United States and you decide. And remember... these are our flag-waving dumb-cluck neighbors here. Instead of facing their acts done with flag in hand, they run! That's our society's Red, White, and Blue cowardice on display to the world once again! This poll shows that Americans are a nation of bullies and cowards.

President Obama can’t even buy a dog

NATO CONFERENCE, STRASBOURG- The subject came up again --how cute-- when President Obama took questions from European students in Strasbourg, about whether the White House has gotten its dog. Obama's answer was still "not yet," sidestepping more substantive topics. Let's play into Obama's sleight of hand for a moment because there is something telling about this dog-less pony show. Everyone thought it was our sky-high expectations which made Obama appear stuck at the gate. We count the days for his administration to do this, and undo that, meanwhile Barack Obama can't even buy a dog. It takes only bipartisanship of the domestic variety to establish whether a household can handle a pet, and once the decision is made, who can't go buy a dog before lunch? Obama wants a year to close Guantanamo, more to get out of Iraq. He's on a negative schedule with Afghanistan. Ditto with righting his predecessor's unconstitutional acts. Despite a landslide election and his party's majority in both House and Senate, Obama's insistence on consensus with his Republican adversaries stands in the way of passing anything, as long as the American public accepts that excuse. What is Obama's excuse for not having found a dog, except that keeping the issue up in the air means it remains a convenient doe-eyed diversion? Since his announcement in Grant Park, that his daughters could get a dog, Obama has been able to soften his media appearances with the kitschy sideshow.

US soldier sadists get kicks in quick at Guantanamo

Exclusive: Lawyer says Guantanamo abuse worse since Obama So it's not just Not My Tribe that writes about the bad character of most US soldiers, but rather Reuters does so as it informs the whole world of these facts about American soldier jailers. The US military is simply full of many sick, hateful, and sadistic people, as are the various local policing agencies within our country. That simply should be absolutely not surprising to anybody around the world, since these soldiers and police are in charge of enforcing racist, imperialist, war mongering domestic and foreign policies of the US government. The Whole World continues to watch.

Jail the jailer! Throw Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Federal Prison

Guantanamo is just the tip of the iceberg for taking down the work of the Bush-Cheney Klan that now continues to infiltrate positions of power at all levels throughout the US. Racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio has already murdered some of his prisoners, tortured many more of them, and is himself nothing more than a common criminal. He belongs in jail but just not his own one. He needs to be taken out of power first of all, but then thrown in a Federal Prison where he most certainly does belong! Arizona needs to do some real soul searching to figure out what it is about the place that produces these assholes like, Joe Arpaio? Too much Injun killing in the past perhaps? See Chained Immigrants Paraded By Arizona Sheriff

US ‘suppressing torture evidence’ says top British government official

The Pentagon has been suppressing the press. 'Mr Davis said a High Court ruling, which pointed to complicity by the UK and US authorities in his torture, was prevented from being published after the US put pressure on the UK.' Tory MP demands torture statement be made against the British Labor government's support of US torture, and thus against the US government's use of torture, also. This is a welcome development as the Obama government has decided to continue rendition flights to have Pentagon held POWs tortured in other countries for the US government. MP David Davis is throwing a thorn in the side of the cover-up underway to help try to save the Bush Klan from prosecution. Obama wants to renounce the use of torture and continue to use it more clandestinely. We should not allow him to get away with this maneuvering. That is a photo of Binyam Mohamed, the man who was tortured at Guantanamo by the US.

Eric Holder, ‘First Black’ or just another reactionary appointee by Barack Obama?

Another Black Face to cover up the reactionary government of Barack Obama, Eric Holder has just been appointed US Attorney General. He was Clinton's Deputy Attorney General after Clinton picked him up from Ronald Reagan's team where he was one of Ronnie's appointed judges. He also was part of the George Bush Senior team as well. According to the Washington Post, Holder obtained his 'critical support from a broad base of federal and state law enforcement groups as well as a bipartisan coalition of former Justice Department leaders, including one time deputy attorney general James B. Comey, former FBI director Louis J. Freeh and President George W. Bush's terrorism and homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend.' Here he is talking in an interview 12 years ago in an interview with BNET Business Network... Insight: What did you do to change the wave of violence that has overwhelmed the nation's capital? Eric Holder: I have taken a lot of grief for my attempt to make selling marijuana a felony in the district (Wash D.C.), not just a misdemeanor. I introduced the legislation in December that would make distribution and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana a five-year felony. I've been criticized for it by reporters in various publications, saying things like I have "reefer madness." But what we found was that in 1991 about 11 percent of all juveniles who were arrested in the district tested positive for drugs. In 1996, we found that 62 percent of those who were arrested were now testing positive for drug use and that it was largely marijuana. And that is something we can change. Hearings are scheduled for April and I am hoping that we have enough support to push it through. (from A new sheriff at Justice) As current Steering Committee member of The George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, Holder's Black face will be seen as a key component of the effort by Barack Obama to convince the world that the illegality of the Bush Klan has come to a halt. But look at the policy statements, the links, and the structure of the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) and you see clearly that Holder will be nothing more nor less than a continuation by Obama of ex-President George Dubya Bush's so-called 'Global War on Terrorism' (GWOT) agenda. Minus Guantanamo perhaps?, but still with injustice for all. Eric Holder is nothing more than just another reactionary appointee by Barack Obama and a corporate lawyer (Covington & Burling LLP) whose presence will change very little.

Guantanamo highlights the colossal collapse of legality in US legal system

(Judge) Leon declared... “Simply stated, faithfully serving in an al-Qaeda-affiliated fighting unit that is directly supporting the Taliban by helping prepare the meals of its entire fighting force is more than sufficient to meet this Court's definition of 'support.’” He added, “After all, as Napoleon was fond of pointing out, ‘An army marches on its stomach." Thus, Judge Lion declared in his Wonderland ruling that the cook was a terrorist cook! Blame the Chef- How Cooking for the Taliban Can Get You Life in Gitmo By ANDY WORTHINGTON Humpty Dumpty has fallen and cannot be put together ever again, Barack, at least not with you as Head of State. You cannot restore accreditation for The US Establishment to the US Legal System now after 7 years of US torture and illegal jailing there of POWs. Sleight of hand just won't do it and the whole world is watching. Instead of doing away with the GWOT (Global War on Terrorism) nonsense of calling POWs 'enemy combatants, you are seemingly continuing the entire illegality of the fallen US Legal Establishment. How about a new classification for the POW cook? You can now call him an 'enemy non-combatant', and there are many others jailed and tortured by the government you head up now who fall into just this category. And further, since you are supporting Israel's terrorist definition of 'terrorism', why not just go ahead and classify the children of Hamas as 'enemy combatants' and enemy 'non-combatants' as well? No need to change American Law to do that since the American Legal System is already totally on board with the Wonderland approach. I bet you a lot of those murdered IDF Palestinian children in Gaza were cooks, too? Cooking for Hamas would certainly be ruled on by American Judge Leon as terrorist participation and grounds for torture and elimination. Yeah, that's right! And Israel was right to legally use White Phosphorus to light up the situation in a legal manner so that these tiny terrorists might be stopped in their shoes (though some might have well been bare foot). Terrorists should be seen for just what they are, even if they are tiny cooks, too! Obama, I know that you can't turn America around just like that. I'm willing to give you time to show how sweet and good you are. Will 4 years be enough time now for you? Or will you need 8? Guantanamo highlights the colossal collapse of all but pretense of legality in the American Legal System. There is no real reality now, since America is without real law in the land, as nothing but money and might now rule. Barack Obama's bought Presidency is part of all that. It is part of the cooking.

US media campaign to help Pentagon defend its use of torture on POWs

There is a growing effort to defend the use of torture on POWs by the US military, and it centers around the Pentagon's and the corporate media's effort to convince the American people that some Guantanamo inmates have become terrorists post discharge. These POWs were discharged because they were found to be innocent of 'terrorism', but now the Pentagon and US media want to paint a picture of US military incompetence, all to bolster a campaign to defend those that tortured these POWs when they were at the US run torture concentration camp called Guantanamo (Gitmo). The corporate media campaign is based on utterly superficial and flimsy 'evidence', which is because basically it is Pentagon propaganda and lies. The following gives a link to this so-called 'evidence' printed out today in The Christian Science Monitor and scattered throughout today's US propaganda industry's coverage of the issue of 'closing down' Guantanamo. Ex-Guantánamo inmates return to militancy in Yemen What is seen quickly, is that all the 'evidence' comes from the Saudi government, a dictatorship heavily invested into torturing prisoners. The fact that the US corporate media and the Pentagon turn these American held POWs to these world class criminals and then has the utter gall to report their stewardship over these prisoners as virtual reality and TRUTH really takes the cake! In fact, it is an endorsement of the Saudi torture regime itself, and a use of this foreign torture regime to help justify US military torture in place under Bush, and now Barack Obama. Per the 'evidence' of the Christian Science Monitor stuff, all of the evidence of a supposed return of POWs found innocent and released to supposed criminal activity comes from the word of Saudi government spokesmen! Sick! Much of American society wants to find a way to justify using torture on other people. They revel in it, and have spent years pretending that torture is not happening, torture is not torture, and in a myriad of ways supporting the use of torture while pretending not to be. This is the latest effort on their behalf by the Pentagon and corporate media, and is utterly a ghost fantasy script written for them, with the aid and assistance of one of the most reactionary regimes in the world, the Saudi Arabian government. This fact alone shows how unembarrassed much of America is about its own criminal use of torture, and this campaign may be used by Barack Obama to step back from actually even making he effort to clean up the US government's world image by transferring Guantanamo POWs elsewhere? The use of torture runs deep inside the entire American business of jailing and abusing its own population, too. Guantanamo hardly even begins to be the tip of the iceberg at this point, in uncovering and terminating abuse of prisoners of any kind. We are a very sick country, and many

Obama The Sweeper Man

What a dirty image the US government now has after 8 years of the Bush Klan in power alongside their sidekick cohorts, the Democratic Party assisting alongside and to the side. But now the sidekick has the reign in the White House at hand once again, or is it just a broom? Where to hide all Dubya's dirt? Perhaps Obama can get the European Union to help him out some? That would be so nice... Take some POWs, they are free to all 'responsible parties'! Closing out sale on POWs held at Gitmo! Show some kindness now! Meanwhile the US government campaign of terrorism goes on unchecked as Barack bombs Pakistan, Barack moves troops to Afghanistan, Barack talks tough to Iran.... and so on. We will be tough, tough, tough. Now to the economy where some major sweeping of America's public image needs to be done but fast. Barack will sale the growing bankruptcy of Federal Treasury to, to the American people. We''ll give you $300, Old Timers on Social Security! We're going to look for better ways to give you pennies as we give the top corporations tens and hundreds of billions! Get on board and help us out with the Give Out Express! Don't worry about the National Debt, you can pay for that later! Everybody qualifies for this credit card! Zero down, Zero percent interest! It's cleanup time! Sweep, Sweep, Sweep! It's time to clean the dirt on the stained American image everywhere! The Sweeper Man is now in D.C. and look how clean he plans to make it all? Sparkle and Shine! Drop a bomb here or there, but do it judiciously, not like say?... Israel in Gaza just did. Need a trillion? ...Just come and get it! Bombs away, Guys! Obama The Sweeper Man. We all wish him well to a certain extent, but we know just what and who he is sweeping for. Not the POWs. Not the American working class. Not the Black Community even. He's sweeping for Them, the guys who paid him to sweep. This place is a mess they say, and we do agree! Who's The Sweeper Man sweeping for though? This I think you probably know already.... since it is not for you and me. But is it just the dirt that needs to do? To me, it looks like the furniture and house itself have gone bad? I don't see how you can clean this mess up by just sweeping the worst of it under the rug? .... a raggedy rug at that.

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