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  • ancavge 2:42 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Iranian Leaders Blaming CIA, Protestors, for Killing Neda 

    Jake Tapper
    ABC News
    June 26, 2009
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    In his Friday prayer sermon, senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmed Khatami called for the government to protest the “leaders of protests, who were supported by the United States and Israel, strongly and with cruelty so it will be a lesson for everyone.”

    Khatami also said that 26-year-old protestor Neda Agha Soltan, shot last Saturday and memorialized by protestors as a martyr for their cause, was killed by those protestors.

    “The proof and evidence shows that they have done it themselves and have raised propaganda against the system,” Khatami said. “I say hereby that these deceitful media have to know that the ordeal will be over and shame will remain for them.”

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  • ancavge 2:38 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama says climate bill just the beginning 

    Stephen Dinan
    The Washington Times
    June 26, 2009
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    President Obama on Friday said the global warming bill the House is debating today is only a start, not the end of efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions.

    The president, after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, also said he remains concerned about post-election violence in Iran, but did not go as far as Mrs. Merkel, who said the international community must help to identify victims who were beaten, arrested or killed by the Iranian government.

    And the president said that even with attacks growing ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for U.S. troops to leave Iraqi cities, President Obama said the security situation there remains dramatically improved and the key problem is political reconciliation, not violence.

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  • ancavge 2:34 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Reid Won’t Commit to Giving Public a Week to Read Health-Care Bill Before Senate Vote 

    Monica Gabriel and Marie Magleby
    CNSNews
    June 26, 2009
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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) will not commit to giving senators and the public a full week to read and review the final version of a health-care reform bill before he holds a final vote on it.

    Reid confessed at his Thursday news briefing that he did not have “a lot of time” to read the 1,071-page stimulus bill before voting on it in February.

    He was unapologetic, however, about the way Congress rushed that bill through before it could be reviewed by senators and the public, and declined to commit to giving senators and the public at least a week to read the final version of health-care reform bill before calling a vote on it.

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  • ancavge 2:32 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    D.C. Crash Kills General Who Scrambled Jets on 9/11 

    Ryan Flinn and Todd Shields
    Bloomberg
    June 26, 2009
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    David F. Wherley Jr., the head of the Washington National Guard who scrambled jets over the city during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was among those killed in the worst commuter train crash in the city’s history, officials said.

    Wherley’s wife, Ann, was also among the nine people killed when a train plowed into the rear of a stopped train during rush hour on June 22, Quintin Peterson, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said in a telephone interview. Both were 62 and lived in southeast Washington.

    Wherley was commander of the 113th Fighter Wing at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland during the September 2001 terrorist attacks and sent up aircraft with orders to protect the White House and the Capitol, according to the 9/11 Commission report.

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  • ancavge 2:27 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama-backed plan volunteers Americans to pay global taxes 

    Cliff Kincaid
    World Tribune
    June 26, 2009
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    The United Nations is proceeding, with President Obama’s acquiescence, to implement a global plan to create a new international socialist order financed by global taxes on the American people.

    The Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development that begins today will consider adoption of a document calling for “new voluntary and innovative sources of financing initiatives to provide additional stable sources of development finance…” This is U.N.-speak for global taxes. They are anything but “voluntary” for the people forced to pay them.

    The most “popular” proposals, which could generate tens of billions of dollars in revenue for global purposes, involve taxes on greenhouse gas emissions and financial transactions such as stock trades.

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    • Doug Crowe 7:04 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      And if you think this is “too much” or “unbelievable” then read my post about the erosion (or destruction) of banking privacy happening RIGHT NOW!

      Swiss bank accounts used to be the #1 privacy tool for people for hundreds of years. You’ve seen it in movies for decades.

      Alas, like the horse and buggy and the phonograph record, that privacy veil is now pierced by our government.

      Read my blog at http://www.dacrowe.wordpress.com

  • ancavge 2:24 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Who’s A Low Level Terrorist? Are You? 

    Emily Spence
    Smirking Chimp
    June 26, 2009

    Despite that DoD officials removed the offensive section from their educational resources at the urging of ACLU members, the DoD stance is still troubling since a longstanding practice to designate peaceful, law abiding activists as dangerous and treasonable still exists in many government departments and agencies. Indeed the participants of the first antiwar protest against the Vietnam incursion, put together in the mid-1960’s by peaceable Quakers and FOR members after having discussed Gandhi’s Salt March as a model for a nonviolent demonstration, faced government operatives filming them face by face from rooftops as they moved en masse down Broadway to the UN Plaza. (My mother, a pacifist married to a World War II Conscientious Objector, and I, a child at the time of the march, both were in attendance. When the film crew focused on us, she stood tall, faced the agents with their telephoto lens, glared in disdainful defiance and, simultaneously, throw the corner of her coat over my face. Afterwards, she muttered, “How dare they try to intimidate us!”)

    This sort of happening in mind, the treatment of Nobel Peace Award winner Aung San Sui Kyi in Myanmar is not necessarily all that different than the response that she’d receive in the USA and, while it’s commendable that American spokespersons publicly object to her most recent arrest, they, certainly, might seem to be a bunch of hypocrites. This is due to the fact that a number of Nobel Peace Award recipients, such as American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), have had difficulties of their own on American soil.

    For example, “AFSC’s work, always open and resolutely nonviolent, has been under government surveillance for decades. The Service Committee secured nearly 1,700 pages of files from the FBI under a Freedom of Information request in 1976. These files show that the FBI kept files on AFSC that dated back to 1921. Ten other federal agencies kept files on AFSC, including the CIA, Air Force, Navy, Internal Revenue Service, Secret Service, and the State Department. The CIA has intercepted overseas mail and cables in the 1950s, and some AFSC offices (and even its staff’s homes) have been infiltrated and burglarized in the late 1960s into the 1970s.” [2]

    In relation, AFSC associate general secretary for justice and human rights, Joyce Miller, asked, “How can we speak of spreading democracy in Iraq while dismantling it here at home?” She further remarked, “Political dissent is fundamental to a free and democratic society. It should not be equated with crime.”

    Add to the AFSC problems, those pertaining to Nobel Peace Award recipient Nelson Mandela, who only a year ago had the designation “terrorist” removed from his name, under protest by the State Department, so that he no longer suffered travel restrictions from the US government. Yet his travel curtailment was not nearly as awful as was Ramzy Baroud’s blockage. He, the editor of Palestine Chronicle, had his US passport seized by a consular officer at an overseas American Embassy [3]. Similarly, Senator Edward Kennedy was, also, flagged by the U.S. no-fly list.

    Then again, Ted Kennedy received much less harassment than did Nobel Peace Award winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire after her flight from Guatemala had been directed to Ireland through Houston:

    “She was probably tired and ready to get back to Belfast, where her attempts to bring about an end to The Troubles in 1976 made her at 32 the youngest Nobel Peace Prize-winner ever. Since then, she’s been given the Pacem in Terris Award by Pope John Paul II, and the United Nations selected her (along with the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Jordan’s Queen Noor and a dozen or so other fellow Nobel Laureates) as an honorary board member of the International Coalition for the Decade.

    “Unfortunately for Maguire, her flight back home to Northern Ireland was routed through Houston, where none of that meant diddly. Federal Customs officials were far less interested in any of that than they were in a box on the back of the transit form she filled out on her flight.

    “‘They questioned me about my nonviolent protests in USA against the Afghanistan invasion and Iraqi war,’ Maguire said later in a statement. ‘They insisted I must tick the box in the Immigration form admitting to criminal activities.’

    “Maguire was detained for two hours — grilled once, fingerprinted, photographed, and grilled again. She missed her flight home. She was only released after an organization she helped found — the Nobel Women’s Initiative — started kicking up a fuss.” [4]

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    On can add to her troubles countless other ones wherein human rights and environmental supporters have been repeatedly hassled for no other reason than that they’re holding views that don’t jive with positions at any number of U.S. government institutions. One needn’t return in time to the McCarthy Era to find many individuals who have been investigated and persecuted for holding vilified opinions. For example, Stephen Lendman, a peace advocate and writer in his seventies with a permanent knee injury that delimits travel, has been repeatedly investigated by the FBI.

    At the same time, he is joined by myriad others such as assorted activists in Maryland whose names were put on federal terrorist lists by state police who infiltrated their groups. [5] As such, their perfectly legal activities, freedom of speech and right to unhindered assembly have been criminalized.

    Simultaneously, there’s a certain inescapable irony and disingenuous quality presented by the Western government heads who are harshly critical of the Iran crackdown on dissenting citizens while they, themselves, condone similar ironfisted policies in their own lands. Their two-faced position is barely hidden beneath the surface of their mock concern for the well-being of Iranian protesters as they urge their own and allied troops into battle, show little (if any) sincere remorse over the slaughter of masses of civilians that happen in the process and make sure that demonstrators at home are disregarded, denigrated or preemptively rounded up as happened at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

    Then again, one might find himself in pretty good company if he were singled out as unpatriotic and treacherous for holding viewpoints or undertaking actions that go contrary to the perspectives that a certain hawkish and totalitarian segment of society holds. All the same, every method conceivable might be used to hunt down the offenders and, when taken to the extreme, render their seemingly provocative positions ineffectual by any means possible, including imprisonment and murder.

    Anyone who doubts this to be the case needs only to remember about what happened to people like Howard Fast; the slain Freedom Riders Andy Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner; the thirteen shot students at Kent State University at which Ohio National Guardsman fired sixty-seven rounds over a thirteen second period, and scores of others who have stood against mainstream policies.

    Meanwhile, stigmatizing dissidents is a fairly common practice. As such, “There are 1.1 million people on the [U.S.] Terrorist Watch List and there is a 35 per cent error rate, minimum, for that list,” according to ACLU’s Michael German. [6] Furthermore, the overzealous and aggressive surveillance tactics used by the National Security Agency (NSA) to check the public’s e-mails, telephone calls and other communications are the same ones as were in use during George W. Bush’s administration. Likewise, the amount of spying on personal exchanges is as high as it ever was.

    In relation to recent claims by Justice Department and national security officials that the overcollection was unintentional, House representative, Rush Holt, a Democrat from New Jersey and Chairman of the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, commented “Some actions are so flagrant that they can’t be accidental.” Additionally, the act of tracking e-mailed transmissions and other interactions has seemed in violation of federal law according to lawyers at the Justice Department. Regardless, the practice continues.

    At the same time, the decision to designate social activists as troublemakers, while singling them out for intimidation, threats and investigations, carries serious legal and political implications in democratic societies.The further measure of subjecting them to the sorts of difficulties that Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Ramzy Baroud, AFSC members and innumerable others have endured is clearly based in xenophobic, paranoid and despotic thinking. It embodies the kind of authoritarian mentality and oppressive activities that one finds in the worst types of tyrannical regimes.

    As Harry S. Truman suggested, “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” Due to this fear, are we, then, to all conform with lock-step in perverse obedience to the State’s dictates, outlooks and agendas in an increasingly Orwellian milieu? If not, then we must constantly remind ourselves and each other of US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas’s vision: “Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”

    References

    [1] Pentagon Rebrands Protest as “Low-Level Terrorism” (http://dissidentvoice.org/2009/06/pentagon-rebrands-protest-as-low-level-terrorism/).

    [2] American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) (http://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0201-03.htm).

    [3] “Punishing activists or pursuing terrorists?” by Maggie Mitchell Salem in Asia Times Online :: Asian News, Business and Economy. (http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/GL10Aa01.html).

    [4] Nobel Prize Winner Gets Hassled At Bush Intercontinental … (http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/05/29-8).

    [5] Police Spied on Activists In Md. – washingtonpost.com (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/17/AR2008071701287.html) and Md. Police Put Activists’ Names On Terror Lists – … (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2008/10/07/AR2008100703245.html).

    [6] One third of FBI Terror Watch List are innocent people | Top … (http://www.russiatoday.ru/Top_News/2009-06-17/One_third_of_FBI_Terror_Watch_List_are_innocent_people.html).

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  • ancavge 2:22 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama’s reform: Systemic danger once again 

    Pierre Lemieux
    Western Standard
    June 26, 2009
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    Transactions in securities “are affected with a national public interest which makes it necessary to provide for regulation and control… and to impose requirements necessary to make such regulation and control reasonably complete and effective… in order to… insure the maintenance of fair and honest markets”. The text explains how such intervention is required to face “[n]ational emergencies, which produce widespread unemployment and dislocation of trade… and adversely affect the general welfare”.

    Last week, U.S. president Barak Obama presented his plan for financial regulatory reform, but the quotes above are not taken from there. Instead, they come from section 2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration. Seventy-five years later, Obama appears to have a similar approach in proposing (and here I quote Obama) “a set of reforms that require regulators to look not only at the safety and soundness of individual institutions, but also — for the first time — at the stability of the financial system as a whole”.

    This is not the first time a systemic regulatory reform is introduced, we have gone through this before.

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  • ancavge 2:20 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Canadian “Socialism”: What It Means for America 

    Eyad Jamaleddine
    Infowars
    June 26, 2009
    1984
    Most of Quebec has become a total Police State very similar to China or Washington DC.

    George Washington once advocated that “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” It seems that my fellow men, up over here, in the great North, also known as Quebec Canada fail to see the paradox in the latter statement. As a servant of society, a Bioengineer, I often meet a variety of individuals. At the University, I’m always happy to welcome new coming students from south of our border but never fail to underestimate the American zeal that they bring with them. At times I wonder how such a great Nation as the United-States of America, the men and woman who extended the far reaches of humanity with the Apollo program, who mesmerized the world hundreds of years before and declared independence from a tyrannical Empire can wither out and die. It is not financial death that troubles me, when one looks at the situation at hand; it is easy to see through the veils of government owned media and propaganda that the deck of cards had been tampered with, so to speak. It isn’t even the failures of a non-ending war on terror, terror becoming a never seen, never known enemy that is continually changing to meet government interests. It is the death of freedom that makes me wonder. How did it happen that ideology in itself ceased to exist? You might wonder how can ideology die. Well when one cannot form his own ideas, when a well-oiled corporate media machine runs the show, ideas become property of the state and thus ideology; the quest of idealism in itself becomes dependent on a foreign agent’s beliefs and not one’s own.

    I felt compelled to write when a fellow student, a fervent Obama supporter noted how Quebec and the US would become much alike. The latter, in his opinion, becoming a Socialist country and the former already being a socialist Province. Point given, big government does have advantages, free health care, government run schools, enterprise, utility companies etc. But let’s look at Quebec for instance, the second most taxed place in the world, by first taking a look at our health care system.

    If one were to have the unfortunate chance of breaking a bone or get any condition requiring immediate medical assistance than he or she would have to wait between 12 and 20 hours in an ER waiting room before being seen by a doctor. Oncology (cancer treatment) facilities are so backed up that many patients die on the waiting lists. I have witnessed with my own eyes a pregnant woman waiting 13 hours to see a doctor and fainting in the bathroom after loosing a substantial amount of blood and a 5-week-old fetus before being rushed into surgery. Just recently a man died in another waiting room after going to a local hospital because he felt chest pain and waited over 8 hours… Cause of death? A mild stroke.

    That said, let’s take a look at government run services, such as the ministry of transport. Well Quebec roads are an utter and complete disaster. Potholes cause countless deaths and injuries every year simply because road construction is done cheaply by government subcontractors, as taxpayer money is laundered for other causes. Some rebut that harsh weather is the cause, when Eastern Ontario roads and Vermont roads are exposed to the same weather yet do not display a tenth of wear that Quebec Roads do.

    The educational system on the other hand is probably one of the worst in Canada. Many middle class families are forced to send their children to private school hoping to free them from the burden of public institutions.

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    Having given these few examples, please consider that Quebec holds around 8 million citizens. Things are pretty bad up here; I couldn’t imagine how horrid it could become with a population rated around 306 million. Corruption would become so flagrant that no form of taxation would be able to cover the gigantic debt of a broken socialist government. Now that’s just considering it in terms of economical hardship. Most of Quebec has become a total Police State very similar to China or Washington DC. From forced ticketing taxation, where motorists are forcibly charged and guilty until proven innocent, a system where driving has become and I quote our minister of transport: “ A Privilege not a Right!” yet she indulges in driving over speed limits, getting caught by the cops, having it spill into the media and then declaring that she is, indeed, above the law. A Police State where crime rates slowly, yet steadily are increasing. A deteriorating cancer government that engulfs our way of life and takes away every privacy that one requires. A system where Insurance Companies, shark loaning cooperatives and greedy politicians have taken away our rights and replaced them with ever growing plights. This is Socialism, a dreaded nightmare where 45% taxation isn’t enough to pay for 6-7 million dollar parties and the rest of our money laundering politician’s hobbies. We are the best example for the American people; they must look at Quebec and ask why President Obama has double the size of government? Wasn’t Bush’s tripling enough? All in all my Southern friends Big Government equals big problems, Quebec is the example. If the US was to fall into the same paradox than newly graduated Quebec students would have to look somewhere else than South to set up a practice.

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  • ancavge 2:18 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    End of the Fourth in Madison: Gun Searches, Landlord Registration 

    STEVEN VERBURG
    Wisconsin State Journal
    June 26, 2009
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    Madison police would enlist parental permission to search for guns in their children’s bedrooms in one part of a multifaceted plan outlined Thursday by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz.

    The search and seizure proposal is one of a long list initiatives — some new and some old — that Cieslewicz wants examined in the wake of a sharp increase in gun violence on the south and west sides of Madison this year.

    “We’ve got to be tough,” Cieslewicz said. “We’ve got to pull every enforcement lever we have to deal with people who deal drugs and people who fire guns.”

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  • ancavge 2:16 pm on June 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    CDC Computer Models: One Million Infected with H1N1 in U.S. 

    Thomas H. Maugh II
    The Los Angeles Times
    June 26, 2009
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    At least 1 million Americans have now contracted the novel H1N1 influenza, according to mathematical models prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while data from the field indicates that the virus is continuing to spread even though the normal flu season is over and that an increasing proportion of victims are being hospitalized.

    Meanwhile, the virus is continuing its rapid spread through the Southern Hemisphere, infecting increasing numbers of people and at least one pig.

    Nearly 28,000 laboratory-confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, also known as swine flu, have been reported to the CDC, almost half of the more than 56,000 cases globally reported to the World Health Organization.

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