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* Clinton insiders say she will indicate support for Obama
* Obama expected to clinch nomination this week
* Democrats face struggle to unite party after divisive campaign
(CNN) -- The titanic struggle for the Democratic candidacy neared its end Tuesday with final voting expected to push Hillary Clinton aside and usher in Barack Obama as the first ever black U.S. presidential nomination for a major political party.
Obama needs the support of about 40 more Democratic delegates to make the 2,118 needed to capture the nomination at the party's August convention but he is likely to depend on superdelegates -- party officials free to back any candidate -- to tip the balance.
The Illinois senator, who has sought to dispel fears of inexperience by campaigning on a message of change, has emerged as favorite in recent weeks despite a dogged campaign by Clinton who as former first lady claims to have more political experience.
Your Mind is Controlled
The lying warmongers at The Associated Press, the New York Times, and Fox News are at it again, and blatantly as ever.
False Flag at Camp Ashraf
The latest chapter in self-destructive neocon hypocrisy has the neocons' favorite U.S.-designated terrorist group—the Mujahideen e-Khalq (MeK), a.k.a., National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a.k.a., PMOI—propagating another elaborate pretext for further aggression against Iran, using a one-two punch of a staged attack combined with a fraudulent spin on Iran's nuclear program.
Mek spokesperson Alireza Jafarzadeh's latest piece at Fox is another third-person account from a first person's perspective. 
Though he refers to the MeK/PMOI/NCRI (same group, different divisions: e.g., agitprop, militia, covert-ops), he doesn't bother acknowledging his association with the organization. And when he writes, "according to reports from Iraq," he is referring to the MeK, as in the opening paragraph:
According to reports from Iraq, in a sinister plot hatched at Tehran’s Baghdad embassy by Qods Force commander-turned-ambassador Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Tehran’s proxies launched a missile attack against Ashraf city, the residence of the main Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK).
by: Daniel De Groot
Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 03:00
In addition to my quick hit today about John McCain, the NRO has been chasing after his campaign to ensure his support of immunity and a gutted FISA law and they're evidently pleased with the results:
McCain & FISA: Significant Developments and Opportunities [Andy McCarthy]
I'm grateful to McCain spokesman Doug Holtz-Eakin for his thoughtful answer to the questions on surveillance reform I posted last week.I've responded in an article on the homepage today. In my humble opinion, the McCain camp's response is extremely significant in that it not only full-throatedly supports the surveillance reform being blocked by House Democrats; it marks a welcome evolution on the Senator's thinking about executive power - bringing him more into line with prior administrations and influential federal court decisions which concede presidential power under Article II of the Constitution to order warrantless surveillance when the United States is threatened.
There are few states that are more Republican than South Carolina. Just a few years ago, George Bush was the object of a near cult-like worship among the Palmetto State’s GOP true believers.
But during an address to the state GOP convention on Saturday, when Sen. Lindsey Graham — a leading supporter of John McCain — mentioned Bush and waited for the cheers and applause, instead he got, as Keith Olbermann put it on “Countdown” last night … crickets:
Graham used his remarks to embrace President Bush, just hours before he was to meet Bush at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and accompany him to Furman University for a presidential commencement address that has divided the campus.
At his first mention of Bush’s visit, Graham paused, waiting for applause. When it didn’t come, it took a slight nod from Graham to prompt a round of applause.
“President Bush is my friend,” he continued, “and I’m not going to run away from the friend.”
By Alastair Crooke, The Guardian, June 1, 2008
Sir Hugh Orde speaks rarely heard truth when he says that he has never heard of a terrorist campaign that was “policed out”, adding that he could not think of one that had not ended through negotiation.
There has been an unshakeable faith in Europe that western law-enforcement officers could pad around the bazaars of Rawalpindi and in the refugee camps of the Middle East hunting-down “bad actors”. It has been a fantasy fuelled by the conviction in the west that “secular” Muslim societies must at heart be pro-western - surely they must share the antipathy many in the west feel toward movements motivated by Islam? The flawed assumption has been that these seculars loathe movements such as Hizbullah, and would become the west’s ready collaborators in undermining them.
But as Sir Hugh evidently is aware from his own Irish experience of resistance movements, it was never this simple. In one family around the dinner table would sit one brother in one wing of the IRA; another would belong to Sinn Fein, and yet another would be in the employ of the British - and yet, all saw themselves as Irish nationalists.
Both McCain, Obama exaggerating Iran's nuclear program
McCain at AIPAC: Drumbeats of War?
On Middle East, McCain Vows to Stay the Course
AIPAC no longer ashamed to flex its pro-Israel muscles in public
How Cheney Outfoxed His Foes on Iran and EFPs
Oman primed as base for Iran attack
Israeli paper promotes website advocating genocide and terrorism
AIPAC launches "Hate Iran Week"
"Apocalypse Now" McCain: Two Israelis disagree
An Israeli ex-intelligence officer and a former Israeli negotiator disagree about McCain's speech at AIPAC
June 3, 2008
"Apocalypse Now" McCain: An Israeli supporter
Sima Shine: Iran gives hope to Israel's enemies
Sima Shine is the former head of the research division in the Prime Minister’s Office; served in different capacities in the Israeli intelligence community for more than 30 years.
June 3, 2008
"Apocalypse Now" McCain: An Israeli opponent
“What hasn’t been tried, and it won’t be easy we shouldn’t be under any illusions, but hard direct bargaining between America and Iran. Not though a European intermediary, not with the IAEA, but hard direct bargaining was taken off the table. Senator John McCain slammed the door shut on that option.”
Daniel Levy: Former Israeli negotiator opposes McCain's aggressive rhetoric
Daniel Levy is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Prospects for Peace Initiative at The Century Foundation and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Initiative at the New America Foundation. During the Barak Government, he worked in the Prime Minister's Office as special adviser and head of the Jerusalem Affairs unit under Minister Haim Ramon. He also worked as senior policy adviser to former Israeli Minister of Justice, Yossi Beilin. He was a member of the official Israeli delegation to the Taba negotiations with the Palestinians in January 2001, and previously served on the negotiating team to the “Oslo B” Agreement from May to September 1995, under Prime Minister Rabin.
Analysis by Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON, Jun 2 (IPS) - For many months, the propaganda line that explosively formed projectiles (EFPs) that could penetrate U.S. armoured vehicles were coming straight from Iran has been embraced publicly by the entire George W. Bush administration. But when that argument was proposed internally by military officials in January 2007, it was attacked by key administration officials as unsupported by the facts.
Vice President Dick Cheney was able to get around those objections and get his Iranian EFP line accepted only because of arrangements he and Bush made with Gen. David Petraeus before he took command of U.S. forces in Iraq.
The initial draft of the proposed military briefing on the issue of EFPs, which asserted flatly that EFPs were being manufactured and smuggled to Iraqi Shiite groups directly by the Iranian regime, was met with unanimous objection from the State Department, Defence Department and National Security Council staff, as administration officials themselves stated publicly.
by Jack Aiken Lancaster
I am 81 years old and a veteran of World War II. I remember what the Nazi's were doing in Germany very well. Here in America our government is getting dangerously close to acting just like the Nazi's were in Germany and the Germans were doing it for 'better security' as we are doing.
The Germans got more and more paranoid (of their own people) and began watching all Germans and tightened security, and made Germans carry and show identity papers whenever the police and soldiers wanted to see them. They had German kids telling on their parents. It was a horror.
When Will U.S. “Journalism” Be Held Accountable for Promoting War?
Duh: The Bush Administration deployed a dishonest but very effective propaganda campaign to sell the Iraq War to the American people on virtually every media outfit. Their “Culture of Deception” is now acknowledged.
How do we know? Scotty McClellan told us so. It’s all in the former Press Secretary’s new book. And, happily, it’s all over the news.
It’s easy to put McClellan down. On the right he’s a traitor. The President dismissed him as “sad.” Karl Rove compared him to a left-wing blogger. Most of the real left-wing bloggers were equally contemptuous suggesting he’s just trying to sell books, some asking: Why did he wait so long? Wasn’t he part of the plot? Is this just the pot calling the kettle black?
Tue Jun 3, 2008 5:18 AM EDT
Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press Writer
BOSTON — Nearly 100,000 Massachusetts taxpayers have been fined for failing to obtain health insurance, even as a major survey concludes the effort to create near-universal coverage in the state is meeting key goals.
Five percent of taxpayers failed to obtain health coverage last year, and more than half of those — about 97,000 — were forced to forfeit their personal exemption — worth $219 — after it was determined they could have afforded health care.
Two percent of taxpayers — about 62,000 — were found not to earn enough for health care, avoiding fines. Under the landmark law, taxpayers must show they are insured or face penalties. The numbers were based on a review of 86 percent of expected tax filers for 2007.
Cheney Apologizes for W. Va. Incest Joke
UPDATE: Vice President Dick Cheney has apologized through his spokeswoman for making an offhand joke during a speech at the National Press Club Monday stereotyping West Virginia as a state prone to incest.
Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride tells us, "The Vice President's offhand comment was not meant to hurt anyone. On reflection, he concluded that it was an inappropriate attempt at humor that he should not have made. The Vice President apologizes to the people of West Virginia for the inappropriate remark."
Cheney's statement came after West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin added his voice to the chorus of outrage from Mountain State politicians and demanded an apology from the veep.
Israel's Barak says he has prepared legislation to dissolve parliament
Analyze this: Is AIPAC showing some cracks?
|Calev Ben-David , THE JERUSALEM POST||Jun. 2, 2008|
The annual policy conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which kicked off on Monday and will feature Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as a keynote speaker on Wednesday, is a premiere event of Washington's political/social world. It's a bold demonstration of pro-Israel Jewish political power by a community no longer ashamed to flex its muscles in public, or cowed by more recent critics who in some cases have resorted to classic anti-Semitic innuendo in accusing it of having too much influence over the capital.
Some 7,000 of the group's 100,000-strong membership are expected to attend, and the list of speakers includes all three current major contenders for the US presidency - Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton - a truly impressive lineup to corral during the height of a campaign. The conference's agenda will focus on such pressing issues as the Iranian nuclear program, the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and strengthening US-Israeli ties at every level.
Not on the schedule, though, are some pressing matters for AIPAC that bring with them unsettling undercurrents for the organization - developments that pose serious challenges both internally and externally for a organization still regarded as the very model of a modern political advocacy lobby.
Clinton set to concede delegate race to Obama
By BETH FOUHY – 13 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation's first female president.
The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City. Obama is 40 delegates shy of clinching the nomination, but he is widely expected to make up the difference Tuesday with superdelegate support and votes in South Dakota and Montana. Once he reaches the magic number of 2,118, Clinton will acknowledge that he has secured the necessary delegates to be the nominee.
She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign is over.
Wayne Madsen Report
"June 2, 2008 -- Cover meeting held at British embassy in Washington: A meeting held at the British embassy in Washington, DC on May 30 was billed as one dealing with common military strategy on Russia. However, the presence of a US Marine Brigadier General and his aides, a Captain and a Corporal, raised eyebrows. The meeting actually dealing with the subject of military preparedness in the Sultanate of Oman, opposite the Strait of Hormuz from Iran.
In March, Vice President Dick Cheney visited Oman. Although Cheney denied it, the trip to Oman was designed to enlist the Omanis' support in a U.S. military assault on Iran. The May 30 meeting at the British embassy is an indication that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government, battered in a series of recent elections, may see a war with Iran as a way to boost its polling against the Tories.
The British embassy in Washington is next to the US Naval Observatory, the official residence of Vice President Cheney."
The U.S. and Britain use five air bases in Oman, including the island base of Masirah and bases at Thumrait, Salalah, and Seeb. Another newer air base, Al-Musanah, west of the capital Muscat, is capable of handling B-52s."
The existence of Palestinian citizens in a Jewish and Zionist state reveals the inherent contradiction of the Zionist project: you cannot have a Jewish supremacy and claim that you are democratic because you do not propose equal and universal citizenship.
Haaretz.com promotes website advocating genocide and terrorism
Report, The Electronic Intifada, 2 June 2008
|"Our land is not Arab land": An advertisement on the front page of Haaretz.com leads to a website advocating genocide and terrorism.|
Haaretz.com, the website of the Israeli newspaper often cited as an example of Israel's liberal, critical media carries paid advertisements from a website openly advocating the total destruction of the Palestinian people, the murder of large numbers of Muslim civilians, the assassination of the family members of Arab rulers, and the use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons against dozens of countries.
The website, Samson Blinded, claims that Google banned its advertisements from its adwords program. If that is true, it would be consistent with Google's policy that prohibits advertising promoting violence or advocating against any group based on race, ethnic or national origin or religion. Yet the Samson Blinded advertisements appear prominently on the main page and article pages of Haaretz's website. For example the ad appeared on the front page of Haaretz.com on 1 June, and also prominently on an article page headlined "Who didn't attend New York's pro-Israel march? Israelis" on the same date.
Samson Blinded, whose publishers keep their identities secret, calls on Israel to eliminate all Palestinians from the territory it controls and to annihilate their culture. The site demands that Israel "destroy the Palestinian settlements [sic] and exile them far away -- not to refugee camps in neighboring Arab countries, or the conflict would be perpetuated." It argues that "Forced cultural assimilation of Palestinians should accompany deportation," adding that "With demise of Palestinians, Arab Israeli conflict would lose its impetus [sic]."
Clinton set to concede delegate race to Obama
By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer 3 minutes ago
Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation's first female president.
Obama is 40 delegates shy of clinching the nomination, but he is widely expected to make up the difference Tuesday with superdelegate support and votes in South Dakota and Montana. Once he reaches the magic number of 2,118, Clinton will acknowledge that he has secured the necessary delegates to be the nominee.
The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City.
She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign is over.
Clinton backer Feinstein says it’s time to end
AP tally: Obama clinches Democratic nomination
Clinton camp denies she's ready to concede
CHICAGO - Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials told the Associated Press, a move that would effectively end her bid to be the nation's first female president.The report, which cited two campaign sources, said the former first lady would stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City, but that for all intents and purposes the campaign was over.
The campaign quickly reacted to the report, saying that the AP report was incorrect and that Clinton would not concede the nomination tonight.
By Mike Whitney
“There can be no justice, no peace, no stability, not for Israel, not for the Palestinians, without accountability for human rights violations." Archbishop Desmond Tutu
01/06/08 "ICH" -- - Why was Desmond Tutu's trip to Gaza censored by the US media?
When Nobel Laureate and world renowned peacemaker Desmond Tutu goes to Gaza to visit the site of an Israeli massacre; that's news, right? So why is it impossible to find any account of his trip in America's leading newspapers? Is it because any information that is incompatible with the territorial ambitions of the Israeli leadership is simply “disappeared” into the media-ether?
Archbishop Tutu was a leader in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. He is neaither a terrorist nor an anti-Semite. His work as a human rights activist spans 4 decades. Like former president Jimmy Carter he was shunned by the Israeli government and refused entry into Gaza.
Shameless in Ramallah
|[ 03/06/2008 - 12:16 AM ]|
Comment by Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank
In order to obtain a certificate of good conduct from Israel and her guardian-ally, the United States, the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) is betraying the very people it claims to represent and its enduring national cause in ways unprecedented in living memory.
Today, the real decision-maker in the PA is not really Mahmoud Abbas or his de-facto Prime Minister Salam Fayyadh. Unfortunately, the final say lies with an American General called Keith Dayton, the very man who last year sought unsuccessfully to ignite a Palestinian civil war in Gaza that could have killed tens of thousands of Palestinians. Interestingly, this Dayton reports directly to hardcore Zionist neocon called Elliot Abrams who on several occasions indicated that his ultimate goal was to morph the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into an inter-Palestinian civil war.
Bananas Are Dying, Killed by Corporate Monoculture
One Year Later, USDA Still Hasn't Funded Bee Research
Farm Bill Promises – Key Word: "Promises" – $75 Million for Bee Studies
May 5, 2008 at 7:17AM by Kim Flottum
There’s a lull in the Colony collapse disorder world at the moment. But things have been happening on the government front that are interesting. The $4 million grant we’ve talked about before that’s been waiting is a step closer to being granted as one of the three teams competing for the funds has been chosen to be the golden child. But the fat lady hasn’t sung yet and they have to go and explain more fully what it is they intend to do, and who will be doing it. (Isn’t that what a grant proposal is supposed to do? So who pays for the scientists to go to D.C. and stay at expensive hotels and eat well for a couple three days while all this goes on? Just guess.)
The way this has been handled should be an embarrassment to the USDA because they have mishandled nearly every aspect of this from beginning to end, including who they let bid, and then the reviews of the programs. Their only saving grace is that everyone of the groups vying for the funds are better qualified to handle this operation than those in charge. This certainly leaves a bad taste in the mouths of anyone trying to do business with this government agency.
The winning group heads to DC to defend their project shortly, and unless they royally screw up or the folks in charge don’t even show up, work should start later this summer when the money is available. A whole year to make this happen? Isn’t this absolutely outrageous?
Monday morning marks the formal opening of the annual three-day policy conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) which, according to AIPAC’s press announcement of the event, is “consistently ranked as the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill.” You can expect a strong focus on Iran and a very hawkish line towards same. The press release makes the point that “ALL three remaining Presidential candidates, ALL four leaders of Congress… AS WELL AS Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will address the conference. (Emphasis in the original.) So much for the argument that AIPAC really isn’t as powerful as its critics, like Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, claim.
While all major Jewish organizations, including the more peace-oriented ones like Americans for Peace Now and the Israeli Policy Forum, are represented on AIPAC’s board, the actual line-up of speakers, particularly in the “breakout sessions” on specific issues, is very narrow, ranging (in Israeli terms) from the far right (as in pro-settler), to the center-right governing Kadima Party. Thus, it’s notable that the highest-ranking Labor Party member (as listed in the program) is former deputy defense minister Ephraim Sneh, who actually resigned from the Labor Party last week to form his own group that is expected to soon join Kadima. Sneh, it should be noted, strongly favors concessions for the Palestinian Authority led by Abu Mazen, but he is strongly anti-Hamas and considers Iran an existential threat. The U.S. spectrum is also remarkably narrow; on the “left” are former Clinton officials Daniel Benjamin (speaking on how to reach “moderate Muslims” on a panel that includes two serious extremists, Martin Kramer of the Adelson Institute at the Shalem Center, and Walid Phares, the former Phalangist who is now based at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, or FDD) and that perennial, Dennis Ross. Ross will be speaking along with Sneh, Liz Cheney(!), and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (who could have some interesting things to say) in the opening plenary session after an introductory speech by Sen. John McCain. Those in the U.S. Jewish community who favor some form of engagement — direct or indirect — with Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, or Iran will simply not be represented on the podium and will have to satisfy themselves, I suppose, with asking questions from the floor.
Much attention, as in the past several years, will be devoted to Iran, which dominates the list of lobbying priorities (”taking action”) cited on AIPAC’s home page. A panel on financial sanctions against Iran will be monopolized by individuals who strongly favor them; same with another panel on divestment; and a third panel on “what does Iran really want?” will feature two Iran hawks, Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council, and Patrick Clawson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), as well as a former adviser to the Israeli prime minister (although I don’t know which one). This group believes a lot more in sticks than in carrots.
US to demand 72hrs notice for British tourists
By Andy Bloxham
Last updated: 12:00 PM BST 03/06/2008
British visitors to the United States will have to register their trip with the American government 72 hours before they leave under new plans.
All travellers from countries which do not currently require a visa will be forced to tell the Americans that they are coming.
The rule is intended to bolster US security and was expected to be announced today by Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff.
The move is likely to renew the worries of big business in Europe that deal-clinching, last-minute flights could become more difficult.
"Try to find an academic physicist who will express in public his doubts about the official explanation for the collapse of the three World Trade buildings. An academic career in physics is almost totally dependent on government research grants. By bringing federal funding to education, liberals handed government the power to control. One physicist who expressed his doubts about the collapse of the twin towers, Steven Jones, was terminated by BYU at the insistence of the federal government, which held the power of the purse over the university’s head.
The same constraint on truth exists everywhere. I once asked the proprietor of a distinguished engineering firm why he didn’t publicly express his doubts about the World Trade Center buildings. He said it would be the end of his business, that he would be denounced as an anti-American and demonized as a terrorist sympathizer. The fact that he would be an expert giving an expert opinion would carry no weight.
Reprinted from the Chapman INTERNATIONAL FORECASTER
A former high-ranking member of the CIA, now retired, who was a career employee, contacted us this week. Due to our reporting on Halliburton and their corruption we were given 46 pages of testimony on how Halliburton, the CIA, the Pentagon and Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld have been stealing billions of dollars. What we were presented will shortly be presented to Congressman Waxman's Oversight and Reform Committee in the House. These pages of step-by-step criminal procedure are only part of a larger body of evidence being presented to Congress. What is presented is astounding in the scope of the crime and the billions of dollars being stolen by these criminals.
The text is raw copy never seen by the public previously. This is a long read, but it shows the depth of the official corruption within our government.
It is our desire that as many Americans as possible read this report. It is devastating.
The capital of Palestinian escapism
"Small or large?" said the Palestinian man behind the counter, in English. Until recently, it turned out, he'd been living in the United States.
"I was in Chicago for seven years," he told me, "but it was getting too dangerous, all the shooting, all the crime. I decided it was much safer to come back home."
Posted by Toby Harnden on 02 Jun 2008 at 22:28
Full coverage of the US Elections 2008
Negotiations are understood to be taking place between the Obama and Clinton campaigns about the Illinois senator helping to repay some of the massive debt incurred by his rival. One of Hillary Clinton’s donors said that the former First Lady’s campaign was as much as $40 million in the red.
In a conference call with major donors this afternoon, contributors were told by Harold Ickes, a senior Clinton adviser, that she was unlikely to pull out of the race until the issue of her massive debts was resolved. The New York senator has lent her own campaign at least $11.5 million.
One source close to a major donor said: “It’s not about the vice-presidency or any other position she might get. It’s about the money – in particular the Clinton family money.” The Obama campaign might have to reach deeply into its well-stocked coffers in order to secure the full support of Mrs Clinton and her husband Bill in the November general election.
June 02, 2008 MSNBC Keith Olbermann
Jun 3, 2008(The Politico) House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) urged Attorney General Michael Mukasey Tuesday to release FBI interviews of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney as part of the investigation into the leak of the identity of former CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Waxman cited new information from the FBI interview of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby--who was convicted in the case--and the recent disclosures in a tell-all book written by former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan.
"In his interview with the FBI, Mr. Libby stated that it was “possible” that Vice President Cheney instructed him to disseminate information about [Plame] to the press," Waxman said in a letter to Mukasey.
By Jefferson • June 2, 2008
I think the Minnesota State Convention had the best possible outcome.
I’m happy about it and excited about the future of the MN Republican Party.
Here is how I got there:
We had no venue for Ron Paul to speak since the MN GOP wouldn’t allow him to speak at the convention and everyone was concerned because the forecast was rain for when Ron Paul was scheduled to speak at 7:30am. In the morning just before he spoke, the rain stopped, the clouds parted, the sun came out, the temperature was perfect, the birds started chirping loudly, and it was an absolutely beautiful brisk Minnesota morning outside when he spoke.
There were about 400 to 500 people outside at 7:30am listening to him speaking and probably 90% of them were to be in the convention when it started. The 45 minute speech was excellent. It was a perfect outcome in my opinion considering they GOP did not let Ron Paul speak inside the convention, which totally worked out to our benefit in the end. Another venue had been booked for Ron Paul nearby by campaign staff the evening before but the venue backed out. It is rumored that the GOP pulled some strings and pressured the venue owner to back out of the deal. Only a few people know the truth about that…
Blackwater Isn't the Only Security Contractor With Something to Hide
June, 03 2008 By Edward S. Herman
Identifying any kind of war criminal is tricky. It is common to latch on to the hit men, or the ones issuing the immediate orders, while ignoring the planners and decision-makers, the funders, and those providing intellectual and moral support. And of course war criminals (military division [MD]) are always found only on the losing side, when frequently there are outstanding candidates among the winners. Identifying war criminals is hard to do without an arbitrariness that renders the whole effort dubious.
As for economics-based criminality, the very idea is anathema to the western establishment, because it points up an area in which its principals are vulnerable. Just as the West (and especially the United States) fought against incorporating economic (and social) rights as fundamental rights in post World War II formulations of the International Declaration of Human Rights, so today it avoids the phrase "class war" as well as the possibility of criminality associated with economic policy and private economic actions. The western establishment devotedly supports capitalism, which means "economic freedom," which means the freedom to starve as well as accumulate wealth.
It also means the right of establishment politicians to carry out economic policies that immiserate and kill large numbers of people, and the right of the corporate elite to fire, exploit, and otherwise mistreat employees within the (flexible) limits of the law. These rights are fundamental to the system, and spokespersons for contemporary capitalism view any immiseration produced by its normal operations as inescapable facts of nature, like cosmic rays. As we are in a New World Order of resurgent corporate power, more aggressive class warfare, an ongoing global redistribution of income upward, return to "Dickensian" work conditions, and environmental devastation, the notion of economic criminality is especially dangerous. Immiseration must be normalized, and it is the function of the intellectuals at the Cato, American Enterprise, Manhattan and other institutes, and economists at the University of Chicago and elsewhere, to extend the intellectual and moral boundaries of potential immiseration.
After Bobby Kennedy
Published 29 May 2008
Bobby Kennedy's campaign is the model for Barack Obama's current bid to be the Democratic nominee for the White House. Both offer a false hope that they can bring peace and racial harmony to all Americans, writes John Pilger
In this season of 1968 nostalgia, one anniversary illuminates today. It is the rise and fall of Robert Kennedy, who would have been elected president of the United States had he not been assassinated in June 1968. Having travelled with Kennedy up to the moment of his shooting at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on 5 June, I heard The Speech many times. He would "return government to the people" and bestow "dignity and justice" on the oppressed. "As Bernard Shaw once said," he would say, "'Most men look at things as they are and wonder why. I dream of things that never were and ask: Why not?'" That was the signal to run back to the bus. It was fun until a hail of bullets passed over our shoulders.
Kennedy's campaign is a model for Barack Obama. Like Obama, he was a senator with no achievements to his name. Like Obama, he raised the expectations of young people and minorities. Like Obama, he promised to end an unpopular war, not because he opposed the war's conquest of other people's land and resources, but because it was "unwinnable".
Should Obama beat John McCain to the White House in November, it will be liberalism's last fling. In the United States and Britain, liberalism as a war-making, divisive ideology is once again being used to destroy liberalism as a reality. A great many people understand this, as the hatred of Blair and new Labour attest, but many are disoriented and eager for "leadership" and basic social democracy. In the US, where unrelenting propaganda about American democratic uniqueness disguises a corporate system based on extremes of wealth and privilege, liberalism as expressed through the Democratic Party has played a crucial, compliant role.
* Tuesday June 3 2008
George Soros, the billionaire hedge fund manager, will warn later today that the oil price has become a bubble that could trigger a stock market crash.
The Financial Times reported today that Soros will tell the US Senate commerce committee that oil was pushed to its recent all-time peak of $135 a barrel by a new wave of speculators.
He believes that the doubling in the price over the last year is partly due to investment institutions, such as pension funds, who are pumping money into indexes that track the cost of crude.
June 02, 2008 By Gilbert Achcar
Interview with Gilbert Achcar
[This interview was conducted on May 20, 2008 by Foti Benlisoy and Aykut Kılıç for the critical review Mesele (Question), printed in Turkey. It is published in the June 2008 issue of the review.]
2008 is the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of Israel and of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe. What do you see as the Israeli goal and has it changed over the years? What is the current Israeli strategy regarding both Gaza and the West Bank?
These are many questions. Well, first of all the continuity between 1948 and today is of course that of the initial and basic Zionist project of seizing the whole of Palestine, British mandate Palestine. This was only partially achieved in 1948, as the Israeli state was founded roughly on 80% of this territory. It was considered then as a first step only, as we know now from all the biographies, documents, and archives of the Zionist leaders and especially of Ben Gurion -- the first stage in a drive to control the whole land. Those conditions were fulfilled in 1967 when Israel invaded and occupied the rest of Palestine, to the west of the Jordan River. So since 1967, which is the second major turning point in the history of the conflict, the problem of Israel has been to implement the initial project that started in 1948 in the 1967 occupied territories through the building of colonial settlements, settler-colonialism. However, there was a major difference between 1948 and 1967 and that is the main problem for Israel today. The difference is that in 1948 80% of the population in the territories controlled by Israel fled the war. They were terrorized, directly or indirectly, and fled like any civilian population would do during a war. As everyone knows, they were prevented from coming back and became refugees, constituting a majority of the Palestinian people. In the territories that Israel occupied in 1967, however, the same process did not happen because the population had learned the lessons of 1948 and understood that if they fled their homes they would not be allowed to come back. Therefore most of them stayed this time. They had also learned from 1948 that they would not be massacred if they stayed: this is what they had feared back in 1948. Israel kept a Palestinian Arab minority within its territory after 1948 and since those who stayed then remained alive, the majority followed their example in 1967. Ever since Israel has been trying to solve this problem, which is the biggest problem it is facing: the population of the West Bank and Gaza. This population is itself composed of a large proportion of refugees from the 1948 territories in addition to the autochthonous people of the West Bank and Gaza. They are opposing and rejecting Israeli control over their territories. What Israel is striving to secure, since it cannot simply expel the Palestinian population, is control over the territory of the West Bank by means of a network of settlements, strategic and military posts, roads and walls, etc. in order to keep the Palestinians in separated enclaves under Israeli control in the same way that Gaza as a whole is a kind of enclave under full Israeli military control from outside, something like a huge concentration camp.
This is what many call the demographic dead end of Israel. Now Israel cannot be both Jewish and democratic at the same time.
Judonia Rising: The Israel Lobby and American Society
By Joachim Martillo
Saturday, 15 March 2008
* Taboo topic: references to the power of the "lobby", control of the media, control over influential political groups
* US: Influence of "neocons" on policy formation
* Ideology: foundation of neo-conservatism, neocon ideology
* US: politics/society: Israelization of the US and influence of pro-Israeli politicians or media on local society and politics
* Zionist tactics to suppress/silence/stifle criticism of Israel
* Taboo topic: the power of the Zionist lobbies
* Taboo topic: the Israeli lobby pushing for US wars against Iraq, Iran...
* Crypto-Zionist 'concern' for Africa; Darfur
* Israeli espionage
* Israeli recruitment of 'sayanyim' — supporters within foreign Jewish communities
* Israel: Espionage, criminal activities, drug trafficking, money laundering
* Zionism: Organizing efforts by Zionists in universities, unions, and political action groups to push the pro-Israel line
* Exploitation of the Holocaust; Political uses of the holocaust; Hollowcaust
* Anti-Semitism: political uses of anti-Semitism
* Zionist organizations stoking islamophobia; "islamofascism"
* US politics and society: Zionist groups funding travel for key civil society sectors to visit Israel; targetted indoctrination
* Zionist influence on mainstream US/Canadian civil rights groups
* Zionist Corporate chieftains
* Political junkets -- trips, by US public officials, to Israel, paid for by groups associated with pro-Israel lobbying groups
People/entities mentioned in this item:
* Susan J. Abulhawa
* Sheldon Adelson
* Rashid I. al-Khalidi
* Paul Anderson
* Louis Dembitz Brandeis
* Vincent Brook
* Noam Chomsky
* CanWest Global Communications
* Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
* Alan Dershowitz
* Nadia Abu El-Haj
* Rahm Emanuel
* Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (spelling error)
* Abraham H. Foxman
* Genocide Information Network
* Randa Ghazy (spelling error)
* John Hagee
* Lawrence Harmon
* David A. Harris
* Abraham Joshua Heschel
* David Horowitz
* Israel Campus Coalition
* Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
* Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
* Tony Karon
* Joe Kaufman
* John Brady Kiesling
* Naomi Klein
* Joel Kovel
* Paul Kriwaczek
* Elizabeth Laird
* Laurel Leff
* Joseph A. Massad
* Melani McAlister
* John McCain
* John J. Mearsheimer
* Angela Merkel
* Ruth Messinger
* Rupert Murdoch
* Ron Paul
* Martin Peretz
* James Petras
* Daniel Pipes
* Jonathan Pollard
* Itamar Rabinovich
* Marc Rich
* Haim Saban
* Nicolas Sarkozy
* Reuven Shiloah
* Yuri Slezkine
* Robert Spencer
* Steven Spielberg
* Michael Stanislawski
* Lawrence Summers
* Ken Sweder
* The David Project
* Stephen M. Walt
* Washington Institute for Near East Policy
* Alison Weir
* Philip Weiss
* Gloria White-Hammond
* Elie Wiesel
* Orde Charles Wingate
* Ruth Roskies Wisse
* YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
* Bat-Ami Zucker
* Mortimer B. Zuckerman
Journals mentioned in this item:
* New Society
* Boston Globe
Full article: Judonia Rising: The Israel Lobby and American Society
Who Is Israel’s Yair Klein and What Was He Doing in Colombia and Sierra Leone?
Rights court halts mercenary's extradition
* David Pallister
* The Guardian,
* Tuesday June 3 2008
A notorious Israeli mercenary has successfully appealed to the European court of human rights to postpone his extradition from Russia to Colombia, where he faces an 11-year jail sentence for training rightwing paramilitaries and a private army for the drug barons of the Medellín cartel.
Yair Klein, 64, a reserve lieutenant colonel in the Israel defence forces (IDF)and a veteran of the six-day and Yom Kippur wars, has done business with armed groups in Latin America and Africa for 25 years. He has spent nine months in a Moscow prison but last week the Russian supreme court ordered that the extradition go ahead. Klein's Russian lawyer turned to the human rights court for a temporary stay on the grounds that he could suffer ill-treatment if sent to Bogotá. There were also concerns about the fairness of the 2001 trial, which sentenced him in absentia. During the hearing he said: "Extradition to Colombia would mean a death sentence."
While the court deliberates - which could take months - Klein's supporters in Israel, who consider him a war hero, will continue to campaign for his return. His Israeli lawyer, Mordechai Tsivin, said: "In Israel his arrival would be great joy.
Either the producers of this propaganda video, disguised as news, blatantly lied to the American public, or they are completely incompetent. I would like to rip this video apart and analysis it piece-by-piece but I will refrain from doing so and will try to remain focused on the main topic.
ADS, the Ray Gun, is a lethal weapon. As Dave Gaubatz, the first Federal Agent (civilian) to enter Iraq in 2003 states:
The Pentagon has had an operational ‘Ray Gun’ since early in 2003. The Ray Gun was designed to be a lethal weapon. It can kill, injure the person very badly, or just slightly depending on the setting of the mechanisms. If they want to show the ‘Ray gun’ to news media and some politicians who advocate non-lethal weapons, and are usually the same politicians who have advocated getting our troops out of Iraq months before they were even sent there, they bring in a journalist and ‘feed’ him/her the non-lethal story. Otherwise know as liberals who know less about the Ray Gun than they do basic fundamentals of war.
By DAVID ESPO and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writers 3 minutes ago
Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday after a grueling marathon, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates, becoming the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House.
Campaigning on an insistent call for change, Obama outlasted former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a historic race that sparked record turnout in primary after primary, yet exposed deep racial and gender divisions within the party.
The tally was based on public declarations from delegates as well as from another 15 who have confirmed their intentions to the AP. It also included 11 delegates Obama was guaranteed as long as he gained 30 percent of the vote in South Dakota and Montana later in the day. It takes 2,118 delegates to clinch the nomination.
Panic selling by landlords could turn slump into rout
The dollar is a victim of globalization
Stop The Fed Before It's Too Late
Bennet Sedacca Jun 02, 2008 2:15 pm
“Our understanding of the best practice in monetary policy evolved during Alan Greenspan's tenure at the Federal Reserve, and it will continue to evolve in the future.”
- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
About ten days ago, I was interviewed on Fox Business News as a part of a Minyanville daily Fox News ritual. The first question I was asked was "What inning of the credit crisis do you think we are in?" I have to confess that the answer I gave was one that I heard one morning on the way to the office. A British economist on Bloomberg Radio stated that "We have heard the National Anthem but we haven’t had the Seventh Inning Stretch." I have to admit that I couldn’t have said it better myself.
On a recent business trip to New York City and Greenwich, I had the pleasure of speaking with some of the brightest professionals in our industry. My biggest take away from the trip and meetings was that the over-40 crowd is concentrating mostly on the macro-economic or big picture. At Atlantic Advisors, that is where have always begun and let our big picture beliefs guide our asset allocation decisions and let other, more cyclical indicators such as investor sentiment, valuations, cyclicality and short interest influence actual portfolio positioning.
Another important takeaway was that the older and more experienced investors were the more concerned they were. After all, if you haven’t lived through a credit crisis, it's hard to fully appreciate what that unwinding of a credit crisis looks like. When we consider that the build-up of credit and derivatives during this past cycle is so unprecedented, the more difficult the unwind is likely to be.
The Islamic-Christian Front for Defending Jerusalem and its Holy Sites, stated on Monday that Israel is using the current scandals Olmert is facing as a cover-up for its continued illegal attacks against the occupied city of Jerusalem.
Dr. Hasan Khater, secretary-general of the Front, stated that Israel started the construction of 1420 housing units for Israeli settlers in a number of illegal settlements around the city, including the settlements of Har Homa (Jabal Abu Ghneim), Pisgat Zeev, and Bitar Elit.
He added that the Israeli Housing Ministry is targeting what is left of the Palestinian lands in the city and around it in order to build Jewish-only settlements.
Dr. Khater also said that Israel is expected to escalate its illegal settlements activities in the coming period as fundamental groups that support and encourage settlement construction and expansion are using the current scandal crisis which Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, is facing.
By Ryan Paul | Published: June 03, 2008 - 09:18AM CT
Time Warner Cable will launch a trial program on Thursday which will impose monthly Internet consumption caps on new subscribers in Beaumont, Texas. Following a two-month grace period, cable users will pay $1 for each additional gigabyte consumed beyond the cap.
Time Warner Cable's plan to test metered service was originally revealed to the public when an internal company memo was leaked in January and later confirmed by the company. The memo indicated that the results of the trial would be used to determine whether to roll out the bandwidth-capping plan to other regions.
Kevin Leddy, Time Warner Cable executive vice president of advanced technology, told the Associated Press that the variable billing model is being adopted to address the disparity in bandwidth consumption among Time Warner Cable users. Five percent of the subscribers are consuming half of the local line capacity, Leddy says.
Added: June 02, 2008
Thousands of children as young as four are being forced to work in brick factories in Afghanistan.
Some of them work up to 12 hours a day, to help pay off debts owed by their families.
Al Jazeera' s Teresa Bo went to the town of Sokhrod to meet some of the children, who are losing their childhood to pay off their families' debts.
McCain is running for President now and, personally - I don't give a fuck about his politics. I'll never forget his campaign against MMA and the real reasons behind it.
McCain successfully campaigned to get MMA taken off of cable outlets. He said it was barbaric and terrible - human cockfighting. Of course, McCain was a long-time supporter of boxing. Then we come to find out that Cindy McCain's (the wife) family is the owner of the largest Budweiser distributor in the USA. Budweiser was the number one sponsor of PPV boxing and, of course, MMA was a genuine threat (now more than ever) to the revenue generated by pro-boxing PPV events.
So I take this to mean that McCain is the kind of guy that wouldd say he morally objected to something that was keeping him from making money. Douche.
As an Arab, an uprooted Palestinian, the AIPAC annual conference is interesting for me to follow, not because I expect anything good from it, but because this is the annual event in which U.S. leaders show their real mettle. Unfortunately, it was always disappointing for me and others in the Middle East, but we understand the real reason which most Americans are not aware of (by design), despite that the truth behind AIPAC was revealed over and over again, but little (if any) was done to counter the impact and control of AIPAC on U.S. foreign policy (if not U.S. national policy as well).
It is not a secret and for those who don’t know what American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) stands for, their slogan displayed prominently on their website’s frontpage is “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby”. So we are not reinventing the wheel when we reaffirm that AIPAC, from their own words:
“As America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC works with both Democratic and Republican political leaders to enact public policy that strengthens the vital U.S.-Israel relationship. With the support of its members nationwide, AIPAC has worked with Congress and the Executive Branch on numerous critical initiatives — from securing vital foreign aid for Israel to stopping Iran’s illicit nuclear program.”
Muhammad Bilal Iftikhar Khan
Politics is a game of trickery and luck for authority. You cannot judge things on their face value. Friends of today may not be friends indeed and enemies may not be enemies in fact. Thomas Hobbs and other thinkers rightly pointed towards the selfish nature of human beings and their lust for power. History repeats itself as it is the story of unchangeable human nature. Nations and states are made up of a human that is why they behave in similar manner as an individual human behaves. A study of human history exposes the cruel, greedy and deceitful human nature and man’s fight with his fellows to prove he is right and absolute.
A few years ago I read a novel, ‘Wild justice’ written by Wilbur Smith. Its story revolved around a terrorist who left his signature ‘Caliph’ wherever he commits his terror acts. World’s intelligence agencies and intellectuals consider this ‘Caliph’ and his group as Middle Eastern in origin because of his signature but in the end it is revealed that the Mossad and CIA are running this operation and an officer in Mossad is code worded as caliph for the benefit of global capitalism.
While researching on profile and activities of Osama bin Laden for my project in final semester of my masters degree, the ‘caliph’ of Wilber Smith’s ‘Wild justice’ came to my mind due to many resemblances and the story of Osama and American and Western war against terror became easy for me to understand.
The Associated Press
NEWARK, New Jersey
As he recounted his time in Israeli detention _ describing being tied to a small chair with his hands bound, kept in a freezing cell, and subjected to violence and threats _ several of his supporters in the packed courtroom began quietly weeping.
"Judge, you can not imagine," Qatanani said, his voice breaking. "They say 'We will kill your family.' They say: 'You know what your family is doing now? We will go to them, we will burn them.'"
Qatanani paused to compose himself before telling Immigration Judge Alberto J. Riefkohl, "At that time, you feel that death is better than life."
PCHR Weekly Report: 9 Palestinians killed, 34 wounded in Israeli attacks
Visiting European MPs promise to wage campaign to lift Israeli siege
"The secretary general is deeply concerned at the recent announcement by the Israeli government to invite new tenders for construction in Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem," the statement added.
"The government of Israel's continued construction in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory is contrary to international law and to its commitments under the roadmap and the Annapolis process," it said.
By Iqbal Jassat
Since the pages have turned in commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Nakba, do new headlines and reports covering stories other than Palestine suggest that its business as usual in Israel?
Indeed it would be an injustice to confine solidarity activism to calendar events such as “birthdays” for this will overlook other dimensions underpinning the creation and support of Israel by Western colonial powers. One such intriguing chapter in the narrative of the Nakba is the forgotten role of Israeli involvement in opposing anti-colonial struggles in the region.
This hidden history possibly accounts for the reason why former theaters of liberation have by and large abandoned the unfinished anti-colonial battle against Israel and instead have embraced the faulty rationale of Zionism through diplomatic, military, economic and other channels.
POSTED: 2:48 pm EDT June 3, 2008
UPDATED: 2:49 pm EDT June 3, 2008
ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter said he will endorse Democrat Barack Obama after the polls close on the final primary contests.
"The fact is the Obama people already know they have my vote when the polls close tonight," Carter told The Associated Press after speaking at the Georgia World Congress Center Tuesday afternoon.
Carter, a superdelegate, has remained officially neutral in the race but has offered high praise to Obama.
Obama and McCain Are Both Wrong
McClatchy Washington Bureau
Posted on Mon, Jun. 02, 2008
Jonathan S. Landay | McClatchy Newspapers
last updated: June 03, 2008 10:33:45 AM
WASHINGTON — The presumptive Republican nominee for president and the leading contender for the Democratic nomination are exaggerating what's known about Iran's nuclear program as they duel over how best to deal with Tehran.
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., say that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.
The U.S. intelligence community, however, thinks that Iran halted an effort to build a nuclear warhead in mid-2003, and the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency, which is investigating the program, has found no evidence to date of an active Iranian nuclear-weapons project.
The candidates' comments raise questions about how carefully the two have studied the public record on what's become a major campaign issue and is one of the most difficult foreign-policy challenges likely to confront the next president.
Clinton campaign seems to be issuing veiled threats pushing her to be VP...
40 years after RFK's death, questions linger
Will Obama sign his own death warrant?
Clinton says she's open to being Obama's VP
By BETH FOUHY and DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writers 30 minutes ago
Hillary Rodham Clinton has told congressional colleagues she would be open to becoming Barack Obama's vice presidential nominee, saying she would consider it if it would help Democrats win the White House.
Clinton, a New York senator, made the comment on a conference call with other New York lawmakers Tuesday, according a participant on the call.
The senator's remarks came in response to a question from Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez who said she believed the best way for Obama to win over key voting blocs, including Hispanics, would be for him to choose Clinton as his running mate.
I am the son of a Palestinian father. Through countless stories about his family, I absorbed the ethic that the strong must help the less fortunate.
My grandfather, Hanna Ibrahim Bisharat -- "Papa" to us -- was fluent in Arabic, English, French, German and Turkish and had studied agriculture in Switzerland before World War I. He began introducing mechanized farming to Palestine and dreamed of establishing his own agriculture school. During World War I, our family harbored Australian and New Zealander soldiers who, while fighting the Turks in Palestine, were caught behind enemy lines. They offered refuge to a Syrian sheik who was fleeing powerful enemies. During the riots in Palestine in 1929, Papa sheltered Jewish friends in his stately home in the Talbiyeh quarter of West Jerusalem. Little did he expect that this home would be expropriated in 1948 and serve as the home of Golda Meir -- she of the famous quip that the Palestinian people "did not exist."
Christian soldiers, a Muslim sheik, Jewish neighbors -- they were all human beings in need, and we were blessed to be able to help them.
My Palestinian family, in its tradition of compassion and hospitality, is not exceptional. During my last trip to the West Bank, I met a man whose parents had been driven out of what became Israel in 1948 and had settled in the Balata refugee camp outside Nablus. The Friday before, as he was taking his son to prayer, an Israeli tank suddenly wheeled into their empty street, spewing heavy machine-gun fire. The man saw his son stumble, then plunge face first into the stairs ahead of him. When the father reached him, the boy had swallowed his teeth and blood blossomed across his shirt. Within minutes he turned blue, his internal organs destroyed. Amid Abu Sayr, age 7, died before reaching the hospital. No protests nor disturbances had preceded this incident, and no one could explain the tank gunner's zeal.
The Cure for America’s Internet
May 30, 2008
US Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman are linking Internet censorship with atomic power in a way that should terrify us all.
McCain is the real power behind Lieberman-Warner global warming bill on which the Senate could vote as early as Tuesday, June 3. As a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, McCain is pushing hard for massive subsidies to build new atomic reactors. Despite his "free market" ideology, this bill may hand a half-trillion taxpayer dollars to an industry that cannot get private backing for a failed, terror-target technology.
Now its official co-sponsor, Connecticut's Lieberman, has taken the issue into the realm of Internet censorship. In a recent floor speech, he demanded that YouTube remove numerous postings that he claims promote terrorism. Yet the very bill he and McCain are pushing would force taxpayers to fund atomic reactors that are easily accessible to terrorists as machines of radioactive mass destruction.
Last updated May 31, 2008 5:32 p.m. PT
By LINDA BOYD
I wept to see Sami al Haj embrace his young son for the first time after six years in Guantanamo prison. Sami al Haj, a Sudanese news cameraman, was seized in Pakistan while working for al Jazeera News. He was imprisoned, tortured and brutalized by Americans while there. Like most prisoners held at Guantanamo, al Haj was never tried or charged.
After his release, Sami al Haj arrived in Sudan and was immediately rushed to a hospital by ambulance, weakened by his 438-day hunger strike in Guantanamo. His message to our government: "Torture does not stop terrorism, torture is terrorism."
The U.S. government evidence against him says, "He was trained in the use of cameras by al Jazeera News."--MORE--
Anti-Iran attack General found dead Convenient.
Zbigniew Brzezinski and William Odom: A Sensible Path on Iran:
By Matthew Rothschild, June 3, 2008
When John McCain went before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on June 2, he could not have been more obsequious to this group that has done more than any other in the United States to block a just solution to the Palestinian quest for statehood.
With Joe Lieberman in tow, McCain opened by saying that “it’s a pleasure, as always, to be in the company” of AIPAC.
Tone deaf to Israel’s brutalization of the Palestinians, McCain called Israel “an inspiration to free nations everywhere.”
By Becky Akers
June 9, 2008
A hidden bomb will detonate in an hour, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands. You have the bomber in your power. Do you torture him to discover the device’s location?
The Principals Committee answered “Yes” to the classic “Ticking Time Bomb Scenario.” And what is the Principals Committee? A rogue group that Klingons have infiltrated aboard the starship Enterprise? A league of banana republics? No. It’s part of the United States’ National Security Council, and its members hail from the highest levels of the Federal government. In 2002, when it pressured the CIA to torture suspected terrorists, it included then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice as its chairman as well as Vice President Dick Cheney and such former officials as Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, CIA Director George Tenet, and Attorney General John Ashcroft.
ABC News reported on April 11, 2008 that the committee met frequently at the White House to discuss the details of torturing men — with presidential approval: “Yes, I’m aware our national security team met on this issue,” George Bush acknowledged to ABC News’ Martha Raddatz. “And I approved.”
That approval spread like Agent Orange from the president and his advisers to the men on the ground who were guarding and interrogating prisoners. It turned Abu Ghraib’s hooded, leashed, and naked “detainees” from an aberration that shamed America into official policy. No longer can the administration claim that only “a few” low-hanging “bad apples” are guilty: the president and his advisers are the biggest of those apples.
The Third Degree Approved
"I abominate and detest the idea of a government, where there is a standing army," exclaimed the immortal George Mason, during his state's constitutional ratifying convention of 1788.
A a forceful and principled defender of individual liberty, Mason was the irritant in the constitutional oyster that eventually created the pearl we call the Bill of Rights. During the June 14 session of the convention, Mason -- ably assisted by his fellow Anti-Federalist Patrick Henry -- conducted a critical examination of the congressional power to call out the state militias to enforce the laws of the union.
Their eyes, keenly perceptive of the potential for government to abuse any powers alloted to it, discerned in the womb of that delegated power an embryonic rough beast that could eventually destroy any semblance of liberty in America.
Eager to defend a document that was largely his handiwork, James Madison blithely told the convention that the reason for granting Congress the power to call out the militia was quite obvious: "If resistance should be made to the execution of the laws ... it ought to be overcome. This could be done only in two ways -- either by regular forces or by the people [meaning that portion of the people organized into militias]. By one or the other it must unquestionably be done. If insurrections should arise, or invasions take place, the people ought unquestionably to be employed, to suppress and repel them, rather than a standing army."
WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- The United States is moving closer to ordering a limited attack on Iranian Revolutionary Guard installations, a military intelligence group reports.
The operation would target training camps and munitions factories that assist Iraqi insurgents, Hezbollah and terrorist groups in Gaza, DEBKAfile.com, a military intelligence Web site, reported Tuesday, quoting sources in Washington.
U.S. President George Bush in May said talk of a military action of some kind against Iran is "highly speculative."
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The majority of the people in America today have basically said yes to corporate ownership of the government. The majority of Americans seem to have decided to let the corporate media do their thinking for them. Welcome to the information age in overdrive. You may not get the correct information… but you will get lots of it. The task is to separate the wheat from the chaff.
The blame cannot be shifted solely onto the shoulders of our political leaders. The American people cannot claim that they were “misled” by their leaders and don’t know the truth.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
American Complicity Part II
I’ve talked to quite a few people since I wrote an article I called “American Complicity” a few days ago. http://liberalpro.blogspot.com/2008/05/complicit.html I really didn’t expect anyone to take my allegations (that the American people went along with the administration’s lies about Iraq) personally. However, if you the kind of person that takes what I said to heart, I have to agree, it was a pretty scathing indictment. I humbly apologize for that. I will say in my defense, that I have been well aware of the public’s lack of concern about the lies our government has spread about Iraq having WMD’s. I was a bit surprised that people would be offended by mentioning that Americans have not held Bush and his minions responsible. After all, what can one person do in the face of the power that the Federal Government wields?
I can understand how most Americans feel. I use my writing to vent the frustration that I feel every time I realize that I’m being lied to again. I realize that many of my fellow citizen’s have no such outlet. There are some people that write, as I do, and some people that express themselves through other means. The anger that people have is understandable, particularly if they have no outlet for their frustration. This is the reason that I started writing politically in the first place, before that I was writing fiction. (This is something else I can blame on Bush; I could have written “The Great American Novel” with all the energy I have spent writing about politics). Still, it’s a good thing I directed my energy this way, I could probably have ended up banging my head against the wall.
This evening on my radio show (www.Blogtalkradio.com/liberalpro), I had a conversation with one of my listeners on just this topic. My friend was extremely frustrated by people’s lack of concern about the lies and distortions that are coming from this administration and the corporate media. The vilification of former President Jimmy Carter by the media and some government figures, the woefully inadequate coverage about the situation in Gaza, how the media’s lack of concern about our civil liberties surfaces when one examines the questions asked of the presidential candidates, had driven him to distraction.
Terrorism charges filed against detained British resident
1 hour ago
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The Pentagon announced war crimes charges Tuesday against a British resident alleged to have conspired with al-Qaeda to launch bomb attacks on apartment buildings and gas stations in the United States.
Binyan Mohammed, an electrical engineer born in Ethiopia, was charged with conspiracy and material support for terrorism on May 28, according to charge sheets released by the Pentagon.
A Pentagon official who oversees the special military commissions set up to try "war on terror" cases in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba must review the charges and decide whether to refer them to trial.
by Jim Mannion 2 hours, 54 minutes ago
The Defense Department's procurement system is failing to deliver US troops the weapons they need while running up nearly 300 billion dollars in cost overruns, a government auditor warned Tuesday.
Katherine Schinas of the Government Accountability Office told lawmakers the procurement system is broken.
"First it has failed the warfighter because it is delivering capability late and in fewer quantities than planned, or both," she told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
"And many times when equipment is delivered to the field it is not what's needed for the current operations," she said.--MORE--
Boeing, Dow Chemical fined 926 million over nuclear pollution
4 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (AFP) — A Denver, Colorado court Tuesday fined Dow Chemical Co. and Boeing Co. a combined 926 million dollars over property damages caused by contamination from a nuclear weapons plant.
The court set the fines after a jury found Dow and Rockwell International Corp, which Boeing bought parts of, responsible for damages claimed by thousands of property owners near the Rocky Flats (Colorado) Nuclear Weapons Plant in a trial that concluded in February 2006.
In the class action suit involving some 12,000 plaintiffs and spanning more than 15 years, Dow and Rockwell were accused of allowing plutonium from the Rocky Flats plant to contaminate property in the area, especially residential areas downwind from it, endangering the residents' health and slashing their property values.
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09:16 am: AIPAC no longer ashamed to flex its pro-Israel muscles in public
09:19 am: AP: Hillary Clinton will admit tonight Obama has the nomination
09:30 am: Oman primed as base for Iran attack
09:33 am: Israeli paper promotes website advocating genocide and terrorism
09:40 am: Officials: Clinton will concede delegate race to Obama tonight
09:59 am: Clinton camp denies she's ready to concede
10:02 am: Tutu's Trip to Gaza Censored by the US Media. Why?
10:10 am: American General runs Palestinian govt
10:14 am: Is Bush afraid his pesticide producing buddies will be implicated in bee collapse?
10:22 am: AIPAC’s in Town, and the Line-Up is Hawkish
10:25 am: Crazed Hillary Clinton supporter at it again
10:29 am: US to demand 72hrs notice from no visa required visitors
10:37 am: Can Truth Retain Its Independence?
10:48 am: THE NEARLY UNFATHOMABLE DEPTHS OF PENTAGON CORRUPTION
10:50 am: Israeli forces dragged man out of cafe, shot him - first in the legs, then stomach, then his head
10:55 am: Hillary Clinton in negotiations for Obama to help pay off her debts -- shameless
10:57 am: The Reason John McCain Wants Iraq War: Olbermann
11:04 am: Waxman wants FBI To Release Bush, Cheney Interviews In CIA Leak Case
11:10 am: Ron Paul Makes Huge Impact At Minnesota State Convention
11:12 am: Bill Clinton: Vanity Fair sleazy, dishonest, and slimy
11:20 am: War Criminals (Economics Division): The Dirty Twenty
11:37 am: The Substance Of Obama's Liberalism
11:39 am: Oil prices: George Soros warns that speculators could trigger stock market crash
11:50 am: "The U.S. is sowing the seeds of a long term tragedy..."
12:02 pm: Judonia Rising: The Israel Lobby and American Society
12:11 pm: Court halts notorious Israeli mercenary's extradition
12:26 pm: 60 Minutes lies and the Ray Gun kills: the truth about the Active Denial System
12:31 pm: Obama effectively clinches nomination, AP tally shows
12:44 pm: Credit Hurricane To Make Landfall
12:49 pm: Islamic-Christian Front: "Jerusalem, its holy site under attack, international community silent"
- 12:52 pm: 40GB for $55 per month: Time Warner bandwidth caps arrive
12:55 pm: The child workers of Afghanistan
12:56 pm: McCain calls UFC 'barbaric', then reverses when UFC makes Budweiser deal that profits his wife
12:59 pm: Shaping U.S. leaders at AIPAC 2008
01:10 pm: Osama, the untold story
01:13 pm: Israeli torturers await US imam
01:17 pm: Israel's housing move contrary to international law: UN
01:28 pm: Is Colonialism in Israel Untouchable?
01:29 pm: Carter To Endorse Obama
01:47 pm: Both McCain, Obama exaggerating Iran's nuclear program
02:04 pm: Clinton says she's open to VP slot if it helps Dems; Pulling an LBJ, JFK, President Hitlery Scam
02:18 pm: The hope of a victimized people
02:20 pm: Coming June 3: the twin towers of Internet censorship and atomic reactor terror
02:24 pm: Our nation's self-respect demands impeachment
02:31 pm: John McCAIPAC
02:39 pm: Top-level Torture
02:47 pm: Martial Law on the Installment Plan
03:01 pm: Report: U.S. to order limited raid on Iran
03:09 pm: American Complicity
03:18 pm: Another bogus terror case folds
03:24 pm: Pentagon weapons procurement broken, auditor warns
03:25 pm: Boeing, Dow Chemical fined 926 million over nuclear pollution