Wednesday, May 30, 2007
For those who know the history of American covert attacks on Iran, dating back to 1956, this is no revalation.
The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert "black" operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a "nonlethal presidential finding" that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran's currency and international financial transactions.
"I can't confirm or deny whether such a program exists or whether the president signed it, but it would be consistent with an overall American approach trying to find ways to put pressure on the regime," said Bruce Riedel, a recently retired CIA senior official who dealt with Iran and other countries in the region.
The problems with these kinds of secret operations is of course that they go against all true American constitutional values. They make US hypocrisy more evident than ever. The blow-back is that religious extremists use our mistakes to recruit and motivate opposition. That is answer to the question 'WHY they hate us?'
General Gonzales has committed High Crimes and Misdemeanors
The call to impeach the U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who has committed purgery, obstruction of justice, and misuse of power, must begin today.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
This American Life is celebrating Memoria Day with truth.
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"In one way or another, it seems all of us, from time to time, have to judge our lives against the price that others have had to pay for our freedom."
I know that, even subconsciously, I've never been able to forget what the generation ahead of mine did in World War 2. When they took on Hitler's legions and the Japanese warlords. I had just turned ten years old, for instance, when the Allies landed on Normandy, on June 6, 1944. I could only imagine what it must have been like on those beaches when our world was up for grabs, and men spilled their blood and guts to save it.
I never knew what it was like, until years later, I accompanied some veterans from Texas who had fought at Normandy and survived, and were now returning to retrace their steps. ... Jose Lopez went on to win the Metal of Honor for gallantry in action, but searching for the place he landed that day he didn't want to talk about the metal. He just wanted to be alone with his thoughts.
Every memorial day I think about what these men did and what we owe them.
They didn't go through hell for a political system that functions on bribery, or for off-shore tax havens that pass the cost of national defense from the conglomerates that profit from war to the ordinary people who's children fight it. Or for an economic system that treats working men and women as disposable cogs to be tossed aside at a predators whim. Or for an AMERICA where the strong do what they can while the weak suffer what they must.
Yes, our soldiers did fight and sacrifice for freedom, but as wiser men than I have said through the ages, 'when Liberty is separated from Justice, neither Liberty nor Justice is safe, and those who sacrifice for both are mocked'.
See D-Day Revisited at PBS.org
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Master Criminals like Randy 'Duke' Cunningham, have accepted huge payments from private government contractors, Brent Wilkes and John T. Michael, who have yet to be tried.
SOMEONE exposed Valerie Plame, Ambassador Joe Willson's CIA wife, to the media, putting her life, the lives of her network of African informers, and the security of our nation at risk.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales?
There are war profiteers hiding billions, private mercenary armies being trained in urban warfare, and the military has developed microwave machines to 'disburse' crowds of protesters. At what point are you prepared to do something to protect your country?
It is time to start impeaching those accountable.
Check out this new video from Robert Greenwald to impeach Alberto Gonzales... and sign the petition!
Why do you think that is?
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
When called before the House Appropriations Committee and explain the breadth and extent of the war profiteering, Robert Greenwald was attacked by Jack Kingston (REP-GA-1st), for "war profiteering" on the IRAQ For SALE - War Documentary. (click here to see what Republicans in refused to allow in testimony)
Rep. Kingston was asleep at the wheel, he dumbly never checked what a documentary film is, much less realized that Greenwald donated his producing skill to his films.
The Evil Congressman from Georgia has made his deal with the devil, and must attack anyone who doesn't pay bribes into the Republican political machine. Stupid Jack, the man who didn't understand, that the rash of new expose' films and books documenting the extraordinary profit made by Private War Contractors are not designed to make money (the fact that they do just proves that they satisfy a need). They are intended to document the reasons we are killing of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, thousands of Americans, and sacrificing the potential of America. The film is about ending the evil that is destroying our America.
Republican Jack is diluted, he's been bought, used, and exposed, and it's time for his carrier to end. I know that Georgia is a backward slave state that still supports the confederate flag, but the good voters of Georgia must be smarter than this, they can't re-elect such a damn fool.
P.S. Another point is that if I don't like Jews like Streisand or Speilberg making a lot of money, I don't have to patronize them. We have no such choice about paying Hallibuton's bills. (Whoops, did I just reveal that Jack Kingston is an anti-semite too?)
Monday, May 14, 2007
Constitutional Crisis Brewing
Friday, May 11, 2007
Send Al $10.00 today, and help him smother another republican with wit and courage.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas; Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas; and Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado all reject the scientific fact of evolution in favor of religious fundamentalism. A later AP story quoted Huckabee saying, "'I'm not sure what in the world that has to do with being president of the United States.''
That whether evolution is a fact could be the next president in 2007 is indeed scary. Even worse is that people like this currently occupy key positions of power in the US. George Bush says “the jury is still out” on evolution.
This is the definition of insanity
Who needs proof of WMD to justify invading another country, when you can create the "truth" as you go along?
Who cares if the people hired to run the country are competent, as long as they claim to be on their resume.
Why does science matter, even if Global Warming ends the world, its must be God's plan, were all going to heaven anyway, right?
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon - Daniel C. Dennett
Letter to a Christian Nation - Sam Harris
God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist - Victor J. Stenger
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
God is Not GREAT - Christopher Hitchens
War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning - Chris Hedges
American Fascists - Chris Hedges
550 tons of yellow cake, LOST IN IRAQ?
when Bush uttered the 16 words about Nigerian yellow cake (uranium),
he had advised the administration not to use those words in two
previous speeches. He let it slip on "Meet the Press" with Tim
Russert (05/07/07), that the CIA believed Saddam already had 550 tons
of yellow cake stored in IRAQ.
If that was the case, why didn't the UN inspectors tell us that?
More importantly, why didn't the administration use THAT fact as a
reason to go to war with Iraq? (Why lie about Nigeria?)
And WHERE IS THAT URANUM TODAY!!!?
THAT MUCH URANIUM COULD BE USED TO MAKE MULTIPLE NUCLEAR BOMBS!
If it fell into the hands of any of the other countries in the Middle-
East or terrorists, or Blackwater, or anyone, it could be used or
sold and kill millions, or start a global war.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Is it a good idea to outsource our national security? Our Military? Our Special Forces?
Is it a good idea to use our taxes to hire private security and intelligence firms?
Is it a good idea to use hired-guns as bodyguards for our military commanders like General Peatraus?
What happens if we don't pay them enough?
What happens if the Saudi's, or the Chinese, or the Russian Mob are wiling to pay them more?
by Jeremy Scahill
If these companies are immune from the military code of justice, because they are private companies, and yet free from civil prosecution, due to the fact they are part of U.S. "Total Force" in the "War on Terror", and they able to hide behind the fog of war and use the excuse that their actions are "Classified" and therefore immune to accountability, why should we trust them?
If this is legal, what is to stop anyone from starting a company and becoming a "Security Consultant"?
Can't we all be Mercenaries? Can't we all carry military weapons for defense purposes? Can we all torture people, just as the Blackwater consultants did at Abu Ghraib?
Democracy Now: Privatized Warfare in Iraq (1/2)
Democracy Now: Privatized Warfare in Iraq (2/2)
Democracy Now - on Blackwater West
It seems to me ...
Good people are not motivated by money alone. Yes, everyone needs to make a living, but people motivated only by money without ethics, are Mercenaries. Such people would not do a good job for you at any price. People who trade their time, their lives, their sacred honor for money are called prostitutes, when these hired-guns are willing to take the lives of others for profit, they are called MERCENARIES. Mercenaries are killers, murderers for hire.
Once people have their basic needs met (i.e. self preservation), GOOD people are then motivated by intangible abstract feelings, such as family or personal relationships, or self-actualization, the sense of being part of something bigger than themselves. Good people get their sense of meaning by helping others, saving lives, etc. We call these good people Heros, because they sacrifice their own safety, their time, their comfort, their potential in service to others.
Only sociopaths, people incapable of empathy, and thus unable to determine right from wrong, would be willing to kill other people for profit. If evil is the knowing destruction of sentient beings by others, then these soldiers are the obvious example. They are the U.S. equivalent of the Roman Praetorian Guard, or Iraq's Republican Guard, or the Waffen-SS. Most are former U.S. trained special forces, they have learned how to torture, kill, and survive, but they lack other marketable skills.
They are just the beginning of the Religious Right's Neo-Conservative Christan Army. In his 2007 State of the Union, G. W. Bush, detailed his desire to create and expand a "Civilian Reserve Core" (C.R.C.) of private soldiers, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. He plans to use these men instead of U.S. Military to control 'insurgents, thieves, and looters' around the world, including here inside the United States, as they did after Katrina.
Blackwater Mercenary Sniper
Blackwater (it is strictly coincidence that black water is also the euphemism given to mobile sewage tanks.)