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American press hides away (for Obama) news about the Guantanamo concentration camp hunger strike now in its second month

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ The US propaganda system sure aids out in assisting the US government and US military in their continued torture of people who have been convicted of no crime, as is the case with many of the POWs ('detainees') held by the Pentagon on Cuban territory in its concentration camp placed there. Actually, these hunger strikes have been going on at Guantanamo for over a decade now, with the compliant US big corporate press hiding this fact away from the American public... 'Hunger strikes have been a fixture at Guantanamo since shortly after it opened in January 2002. The largest one began in the summer of 2005 and reached a peak of around 131 prisoners, when the facility held about 500 detainees. The U.S. military broke the protest by strapping detainees down and force-feeding them a liquid nutrient mix to prevent them from starving themselves to death. As of Monday, the U.S. was feeding eight of the 21 prisoners on strike, Durand said.' (...Taken from ABC reportage- US Says Hunger Strike Grows to 21 at Guantanamo)

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.

Avenge Vietnam among other things

The wait was long at the post office, prompting a gentleman ahead of me to remark "Soon this is what health care is going to be like. Get used to it." I might have agreed, if he hadn't gone on to expound with unsolicited details. "Socialized medicine like Obama has in mind will lead us to ruin -etc, etc." I had to chime in. "A good part of the population can only hope their health care will be as easy to get as walking into the postal office." I asked him if he'd had health care lately. He said yes. I asked if he was insured. Again yes. I assured him he was more fortunate than a sizable number of Americans. He told me he could tell by my tone that I was a liberal, and that he had no intention of arguing, but he'd just say this, etc: No one is being denied health care anywhere and proceeded to list all the hospitals that couldn't turn them away. I assured him people were suffering from inadequate health care, unemployment, etc. He: "why don't they get off their asses?" Me: can't get jobs with benefits, malnutrition, unequal access, don't know their options. He went on about lazy immigrant jerk-offs, between pointing his finger in my face and telling me to "shut up," while insisting on getting the last word. Finally he turned away and I saw what was on the back of his jacket. I'd already sized this fellow up by his ironed dark blue-jeans, his Harley-Davidson patch and his trim grey hair. He was a pensioner biker, but I hadn't appreciated him bad-mouthing the postal workers who were on their break but still within earshot. He was likely a Limbaugh ditto-head, based on his outspoken populist right-rage, and on his too-crisp denim jacket he had a large MIA-POW emblem. Now, I've seen folk still caught up in the MIA sentiment, and they take it very sentimentally. I've even seen young teens performing a "missing you" place setting ceremony with the empty chair, candle and rose, on military occasions, for what must be by now a grandfather or great uncle. Probably this is a ritual they have grown up with and will pass on to their kids. It's a depressing self-isolation, but I don't want to begrudge them their incapacity to question the poor-man's lost-war avenger dogma. But an MIA freak who's also a beer-hall loudmouth? No quarter. I remarked, to the back of his head, that I didn't see how someone could expect to be taken credibly on the subject of social problems, who also believed there are American soldiers still being held hostage in Vietnam. The Lord-Harley-Fountleroy wheeled around and nearly clocked me. "I'll punch you in the face if you dare insult the memory of the guys who -etc, etc" he yelled. The broader my smile, the more he repeated his threat. Our already indiscreet argument had drawn the attention of everyone in the line, including the counter staff. I guess he

Yoo who?

The Bush Administration, after years of lying, has finally admitted that it is using torture on POWs. This it is doing after all those years of MIA/ POW campaigning against Vietnam, who were supposedly holding in secret some of our noble US soldiers in hidden camps, way years after the war. That campaign by the Right Wing- Love our Troops crowd- was ludicrous, of course, since there never were any missing GIs left behind. But now that they have winked and us and admitted what liars they are, the Bush Administration has set us up a fall guy by the name of John Yoo to take the heat over torture. What a crock of shit! We know that all of you in the Bush Administration, plus hundreds upon hundreds of top Democrats,too, were all involved in approving torture use on the prisoners held by US military forces. Who is this Yoo you want us to go after? He is a nobody. Here is what the LA Times has to say about the issue- Which came first: memos or torture? Why should John Yoo be taking the blame for people like Dick Cheney and Dubya? He is not even a Donald Rumsfield, or Condy Rice, not to mention all the generals who are in charge of the actual ongoing abuse of these many times innocent men and even children. Yoo, in short, is a yodel. But behind all this game playing are the Democrats. Yoo is a play target for these DP politicians so complicit with carrying out the policies and activities of the Republican Party. Shame on you Democrats, for letting the Republicans get away with using torture on people, as you idly sat by and pretended to be mildly opposed to what they were doing. You are liars, too, and on a scale equal to the Republicans. Until we get rid of both you squads of creeps, this country is going nowhere good but fast.

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