Archive for December 15th, 2009

This is indeed a sad situation folks. Has anyone noticed that there are any protests toward the escalation of the war in Afghanistan? Not in the main stream media, but there would have been been if it was promoted by the corporate government. These candidates, who really do speak for the people, are reduced to talking to a small crowd in the wind on a cold winter day. Where is the press with their cameras and microphones? Where is the private police force? Haven’t we been in the frog water long enough to figure out when to jump?

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A comprehensive legal analysis of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan

by Max  Kantar, Uruknet.com, Dec 14, 2009

ABSTRACT. This report utilizes well-established principles of both treaty and customary international law as a measuring stick for attempting to determine the legal and moral legitimacy of the covert U.S. policy of using drones to attack targets in Pakistan. This analysis is unique in that it uses both broad assessments as well as pertinent individual case studies with the purpose of chronicling the details of several drone attacks over a period of 45 months in the interest of legal evaluation. Drawing from a vast collection of reliable press reports, independent human rights testimonies, and the most prominent, mainstream studies, this report is quite possibly the most comprehensive analysis on the topic to date and likely the first of its kind to appear in the wake of the US-Pakistan drone controversy.

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Thomson Correctional Center To House Some Guantanamo Detainees: White House

HENRY C. JACKSON | 12/14/09 11:49 PM | AP

WASHINGTON — Taking an important step on the thorny path to closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, the White House plans to announce Tuesday that the government will acquire an underutilized state prison in rural Illinois to be the new home for a limited number of terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo.

Administration officials as well as Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will make an official announcement at the White House.

Officials from both the White House and Durbin’s office confirmed that President Barack Obama had directed the government to acquire Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., a sleepy town near the Mississippi River about 150 miles from Chicago.

A Durbin spokesman said the facility would house federal inmates and no more than 100 detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

The facility in Thomson had emerged as a clear front-runner after Illinois officials, led by Durbin, enthusiastically embraced the idea of turning a near-dormant prison over to federal officials.

The White House has been coy about its selection process, but on Friday a draft memo leaked to a conservative Web site that seemed to indicate officials were homing in on Thomson.

The Thomson Correctional Center was one of several potential sites evaluated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to potentially house detainees from the Navy-run prison at Guantanamo Bay. Others included prisons in Marion, Ill., Hardin, Mont., and Florence, Colo., where officials also have said they would welcome the jobs that would be created by the new inmates.


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The Beach Boys- Little Saint Nick

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Serial GOP candidate accused of stealing from comedians, hotel, movie theater, phone company, welfare and Mercedes dealer

Raw Story- By John Byrne
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 — 9:29 am

The 48-year-old Delecia Holt sounded like a refreshing change in a race to replace a disgraced Republican congressman who plead guilty to accepting bribes in 2006.

“Ethics reform begins with me,” she told a Republican luncheon that year. “I am the only candidate that has pledged not to accept a salary for the first year of service while in Congress.”

Turns out Holt has an ethics scandal of her own — or, really, quite a few.

Holt, who has run for Congress as a Republican three times since 2005 (and garnered fewer than a thousand votes), stands accused of passing bad checks on myriad occasions. She’s been in jail since being arrested last October, unable to post her $56,000 bail. She’s also allegedly gone through four court-appointed public defenders since her arrest, according to the Orange County Register, which detailed the charges Monday.

Just how many bad checks?


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PM Blair seems to have deployed arguments as they suited him. Our weapons inspections were telling another story

Before the Iraq war was launched in March 2003 the world was given the impression by the US and Britain that the goal was to eradicate weapons of mass destruction. Recent comments by Tony Blair suggest, however, that regime change was the essential aim. He would have thought it right to remove Saddam Hussein even if he had known that there were no WMD, he said, but he would obviously have had to “deploy” different arguments. Must we not conclude that the WMD arguments were “deployed” mainly as the best way of selling the war? Blair’s comments do not exclude a strong – but mistaken – belief in the existence of WMD even when the invasion was launched. However, given that hundreds of inspections had found no WMD and important evidence had fallen apart, such a belief would have been based on a lack of critical thinking.

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