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Following Orders

Sudhan @12:22 CET

By Mark A. Goldman | Information Clearing House, 12/02/08

If I have my facts straight, Hitler killed only one person in his lifetime: himself. All the other atrocities that are attributed to him were carried out by people who were only following orders.

If it is true that the war in Iraq is illegal, as I and others believe it is—including the Secretary General of the United Nations—then all the deaths and atrocities that have occurred to date, inflicted by our coalition forces, are the acts of individuals who, knowingly or unknowingly, with good intentions or not, have been willing to break the law in order to follow the orders of superiors.

Each member of the US military took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Each also took a pledge to follow the legal orders of the Commander in Chief. Under the Constitution, no soldier is required to follow an illegal order. But that’s what many Americans have been doing now for quite some time. And this is not confined to our military personnel, but also to members of the FBI, the CIA, the NSA (the folks who have been carrying out those illegal wire taps), outsourced contractors, the media, and perhaps most egregious of all— elected members of Congress, who for all intents and purposes, put their conscience and oversight responsibilities on hold as they get their marching orders from the Oval Office or from party leaders.

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Bu$h calls Noose Displays “Deeply Offensive”

by Geezer Power …9:42 pm


WASHINGTON (AP) Feb. 12. 2008

President Bush said Tuesday that recent displays of nooses are disturbing and indicate that some Americans may be losing sight of the suffering that blacks have endured across the nation.

“The era of rampant lynching is a shameful chapter in American history,” Bush said at a black history month event at the White House, which began with serious comments about prejudice and ended with music performed by The Temptations.

“The noose is not a symbol of prairie justice, but of gross injustice,” the president said. “Displaying one is not a harmless prank. Lynching is not a word to be mentioned in jest.”

As a civil society, Americans should agree that noose displays and lynching jokes are “deeply offensive,” Bush said. “They are wrong,” the president said, referring to such displays and jokes. “And they have no place in America today.”

George Duhbya Bu$h praised the Iraqis for giving fair trial.

Well, the thing that Bu$h is not talking about is the burning cross, which is the real symbol of racial inequality, and is associated with the KKK, an offshoot of the illuminate.

The Noose always has been a sore subject in my book, but has played a big part in bringing justice in the old West. It has not so much been a symbol of prejudice, as it has been for public display of the execution of notorious criminals of every color and stripe. Especially useful for doing away with criminal leaders who have done crimes against humanity.

Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi dictator who spent his last years in captivity after his ruthless regime was toppled by the U.S.-led coalition in 2003, was hanged before dawn for crimes committed in a brutal crackdown during his reign.

So George Duhhbya Bu$h, probably, is offended by the sight of the noose, which has been used more than a few times to hang unpopular leaders in history, because it represents justice in a world where nothing else will work.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 8:30 PM MST

Kissinger skeptical of blogs

Last night, conservatives gathered at the Four Seasons in New York City for a Power Line event to honor Norman Podhoretz with a book award. Guests included Bill Kristol and Paul Wolfowitz, who arrived with his infamous love interest Shaha Riza. Henry Kissinger also gave a speech:

As Mr. Kissinger said in his remarks, “I don’t know what a blog is. I don’t know how to find a blog.” His computer, he said, is used to read newspapers. […]

Mr. Kissinger said he was skeptical about the digitalization of media, for if his words and sentences “get shortened for cyberspace, there is no telling what will come out.”

As The New York Times notes, Kissinger should be worried about more than just the digital media getting his words wrong.

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Evening Jukebox… Proud Mary

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:15 PM MST

Beyonce And Tina Turner- Proud Mary–Grammy Awards 2008

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McCain’s Double Talk Express…

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

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Write A Caption For “Huck”…

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:00 AM MST

H/T to Ned Raggett

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Now this is a REAL guitar player… the greatest everah!! 🙂

Slash – Solo– Sweet Child O’ Mine

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Bob Ney aka Inmate #28882-016…

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:00 AM MST

Ney Due to Be Released in August

How time flies.

At the end of this month, exactly one year after he entered prison, ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), so far the only congressman to go to jail for taking bribes from Jack Abramoff, will move to a halfway house, Roll Call first reported (sub. req.) this morning. And then, because of good behavior, he’s due to be released in August, shaving approximately 13 months off his 30-month sentence.

A key issue in Ney’s sentencing was that he was a “functional alcoholic,” who would sometimes crack open his first beer as early as 7:30 AM. Ney’s lawyer tells The Columbus Dispatch that Ney, aka Inmate #28882-016, has been involved in an alcohol treatment program at the minimum security prison, and he’s doing “pretty well.”

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Bush is real close to Implementing Martial Law!

GEF @ 6:08 AM MST

This story comes on the heels of  the FBI story which focuses on Martial Law being implemented as a matter of “WHEN” and not “IF”.

….Northcom reports operational readiness to put US troops on the ground.

Rule by fear or rule by law?

“The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.”

– Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943

Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of “an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs.”

Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.

According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of “all removable aliens” and “potential terrorists.”

Fraud-busters such as Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, have complained about these contracts, saying that more taxpayer dollars should not go to taxpayer-gouging Halliburton. But the real question is: What kind of “new programs” require the construction and refurbishment of detention facilities in nearly every state of the union with the capacity to house perhaps millions of people?

Sect. 1042 of the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), “Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies,” gives the executive the power to invoke martial law. For the first time in more than a century, the president is now authorized to use the military in response to “a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack or any other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order.”

The Military Commissions Act of 2006, rammed through Congress just before the 2006 midterm elections, allows for the indefinite imprisonment of anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on a list of “terrorist” organizations, or who speaks out against the government’s policies. The law calls for secret trials for citizens and noncitizens alike.

Also in 2007, the White House quietly issued National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD-51), to ensure “continuity of government” in the event of what the document vaguely calls a “catastrophic emergency.” Should the president determine that such an emergency has occurred, he and he alone is empowered to do whatever he deems necessary to ensure “continuity of government.” This could include everything from canceling elections to suspending the Constitution to launching a nuclear attack. Congress has yet to hold a single hearing on NSPD-51.

U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Venice (Los Angeles County) has come up with a new way to expand the domestic “war on terror.” Her Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (HR1955), which passed the House by the lopsided vote of 404-6, would set up a commission to “examine and report upon the facts and causes” of so-called violent radicalism and extremist ideology, then make legislative recommendations on combatting it.

According to commentary in the Baltimore Sun, Rep. Harman and her colleagues from both sides of the aisle believe the country faces a native brand of terrorism, and needs a commission with sweeping investigative power to combat it.

A clue as to where Harman’s commission might be aiming is the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a law that labels those who “engage in sit-ins, civil disobedience, trespass, or any other crime in the name of animal rights” as terrorists. Other groups in the crosshairs could be anti-abortion protesters, anti-tax agitators, immigration activists, environmentalists, peace demonstrators, Second Amendment rights supporters … the list goes on and on. According to author Naomi Wolf, the National Counterterrorism Center holds the names of roughly 775,000 “terror suspects” with the number increasing by 20,000 per month.

What could the government be contemplating that leads it to make contingency plans to detain without recourse millions of its own citizens?

The Constitution does not allow the executive to have unchecked power under any circumstances. The people must not allow the president to use the war on terrorism to rule by fear instead of by law.

Lewis Seiler is the president of Voice of the Environment, Inc. Dan Hamburg, a former congressman, is executive director.

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Obama Causing no Small Stir…

anthony @ 12:10 GMT

Hillary and Barack

Barack Obama ‘will be assassinated within months’ if he wins presidency

World champion boxer Bernard Hopkins, who will fight the undefeated Briton Joe Calzaghe in April, believes black Democratic contender Barak Obama would be assassinated “within months” if he became US president in November.

Hopkins, the world light-heavyweight boxing champion, told The Independent on Sunday: “I don’t think America is ready for an African-American in the White House. If he gets the nomination they won’t let him become president, but if they do, it will be for a short time, maybe less than a month or two. His life would be in jeopardy.

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‘They will kill Obama if he becomes US president’: Outcry over Nobel Prize winner’s assassination warning

The 88-year-old novelist’s remarks came as the Democratic candidate toasted the most successful day in his White House campaign.

Mr Obama, the 46-year-old son of a black Kenyan man and a white American, dismissed Mrs Lessing’s comments.

Miss Lessing said: “He would probably not last long, a black man in the position of president. They would kill him.”

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Bush: Obama will invade Pakistan

President George W. Bush says Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama would attack Pakistan if he is elected chief executive.

In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Bush lambasted the Illinois senator, suggesting that he would change the course of the country with his proposed foreign policy.

“I certainly don’t know what he believes in. The only foreign policy thing I remember he said was he’s going to attack Pakistan and embrace Ahmadinejad,” said the president.

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Tortured Patsies To Take Fall For 9/11

 anthony @ 11:55 GMT

 

Pentagon hopes executed scapegoats will make questions disappear

Paul Joseph Watson | Prison Planet | Monday, February 11th, 2008

After half a dozen years of waterboarding, genital zapping, sleep deprivation and brainwashing, the Pentagon has finally found six patsies who will readily welcome their 72 virgins and take the fall for 9/11, providing debunkers with ample ammunition to dismiss questions about the gaping holes in the official story of the terror attacks.

“Among those held at Guantanamo is Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the attack six years ago in which hijacked planes were flown into buildings in New York and Washington. Five others are expected to be named in sworn charges,” reports the Associated Press.

The fact that KSM’s confession included a plan to target the Plaza Bank building in Washington state, which was not founded until 2006, four years after the alleged Al-Qaeda mastermind’s arrest, should provide a clue as to the reliability of the “terror mastermind’s” culpability for 9/11.
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