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"A federal appeals court has cleared the way for a lawsuit filed by peace activists in Olympia, Washington, over spying by a U.S. military informant who infiltrated their group. Declassified documents obtained by Students for a Democratic Society and Port Militarization Resistance revealed a man everyone knew as "John Jacob" was in fact John Towery, a member of the Force Protection Service at Fort Lewis. When Democracy Now! broke the story in 2009, one of the activists, Brendan Maslauskas Dunn, said Towery had personally admitted to the spying.
Brendan Maslauskas Dunn: "He admitted that, yes, he did in fact spy on us. He did in fact infiltrate us. He admitted that he did pass on information to an intelligence network, which, as you mentioned earlier, was composed of dozens of law enforcement agencies, ranging from municipal to county to state to regional, and several federal agencies, including Immigration Customs Enforcement, Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI, Homeland Security, the Army in Fort Lewis."
The exposure of the spying also led to disclosures of intelligence gathering and sharing about the activists by the Air Force, the federal Capitol Police, the Coast Guard and local and state police. In a landmark decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has now ruled the activists can sue military officials for violations of the First Amendment and unlawful spying.""A federal appeals court has cleared the way for a lawsuit filed by peace... more
At nearly every turn, the Obama administration has been on the side of the dictators, not the people. Remarking on Muammar Gadhafi’s death on Thursday, President Barack Obama hailed it as a warning to Middle Eastern dictatorships “the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end.” But he obscured his administration’s own commitment to authoritarianism in the region.
Without mentioning either, his warning is thought to have been directed at Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh, two autocrats who have been brutally cracking down on peaceful antigovernment protests. “Across the Arab world,” he said, “citizens have stood up to claim their rights. Youth are delivering a powerful rebuke to dictatorship, and those leaders that try to deny their dignity will not succeed.”
In Yemen though, Washington’s demonstrated preference has been for Saleh since the beginning. Obama continued his predecessor’s ramped up support of the dictator, aiding the regime with money and weapons while he implemented an intensified covert war in Yemen, using unmanned drone attacks as their primary weapon.
Blatant, horrendous atrocities against peaceful Yemeni protesters pushed the administration to call for Saleh to step down, adopting a Gulf state plan to give him immunity for his war crimes and form an opposition cabinet. Those calls were tempered ever since the successful assassination of US citizen Anwar al Awlaki by US-operated Predator drones. Obama administration officials heaped praise on the Yemeni government immediately following the Awlaki killing, knowing full well that a democratic change in Yemen’s leadership is likely to put checks on US domination of the Gulf country and restrictions on breaches of sovereignty like drone attacks.
Yemen is still set to receive $120.2 million in US aid in fiscal year 2012, the largest slice of which is in security and military assistance.
In Bahrain, Obama has been similarly on the side of the sort of “iron fist” he railed against on Thursday. In June, the Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa visited the White House to have Obama “reaffirm the strong US commitment to Bahrain,” even as the regime had been gunning down unarmed activists with live ammunition, unleashing “live rounds, metallic pellets, rubber bullets, and teargas” at protestors for months, and violently suppressing pro-democracy demonstrations at every turn.
The Bahrain dictatorship has long been an ally of Washington. The Pentagon recently sent dozens of American tanks, armored personnel carriers, helicopter gunships, thousands of .38 caliber pistols and millions of rounds of ammunition, from .50 caliber rounds used in sniper rifles and machine guns to bullets for handguns.
International pressure and criticism of Obama’s partnership in suppressing democracy in Bahrain forced them this week to place a hold on an additional order of $53 million in arms and military equipment. Bahrain, too, is set to receive tens of millions of dollars in US aid and security assistance next year.
In Egypt, the Obama administration actively supported the long-time US ally and barbaric dictator Hosni Mubarak until the very end of his rule, which was brought about by embattled Egyptian protesters despite US backing of their dictator. Since Mubarak’s ouster, the Obama administration has been working hard to solidify the autocratic power structure and prevent authentic democracy.
The Obama administration’s support for the government of Iraq is also difficult to square with his professions of commitment to democracy. The leader of the puppet government we’ve set up there, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has circumvented Parliament, consolidated illegitimate power in a long trend of quasi-dictatorial behavior, harshly cracked down on peaceful activism, harassed and even attacked journalists that were critical of his regime, and has been accused of torturing prisoners in secret Iraqi jails.
In a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, US envoy Ryan Crocker noted in 2009 that Maliki’s turn towards more centralized rule is “in US interest.” A deal is being finalized to send Iraq $82 million worth of military arms and equipment and it is set to receive $2.3 billion in US aid for 2012.
In Libya, Obama circumvented legal obligations to get Congressional approval for war in order to oust Gadhafi, who was indeed a dictator. But the US had supported Gadhafi up until the beginning of this year with both economic and military aid. In his place, Obama has helped put a questionable guild of tribal factions in power, whose commitment to democracy is nebulous at best and who committed serious crimes throughout their NATO-supported coup.
Syria’s Bashar al’ Assad, committing serious atrocities on activists for months, is perhaps the only dictatorship facing Arab Spring protests that Obama has not had a hand in supporting. Obama’s rhetorical pledges to support pro-democracy protests and be on the side of the people instead of the dictators are not enough to eclipse his administration’s enthusiastic commitment to tyranny throughout the region.
http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/http://news.antiwar.com/2011/10/20/gadhafis-death-prompts-pro-arab-spring-lie-from-obama/At nearly every turn, the Obama administration has been on the side of the dictators,... more
A short film about war, terrorism and how human beings become pawns of destiny. This is the story of a soldier - he could be from anywhere, Asia, Europe or just about anywhere in the universe as long as he is a human - and how his loneliness at a covert operation plays on him. A story set in Jammu Kashmir border, India.A short film about war, terrorism and how human beings become pawns of destiny. This... more
http://goo.gl/5Hl46 Tell us why YOU think it's time to end the Afghanistan War and your comments could appear in an upcoming Rethink Afghanistan video! With violence in Afghanistan still worsening a year after the military push into Marjah--the start of what some call "Obama's War"--it's clear military solutions won't work. It's time to end the war.http://goo.gl/5Hl46 Tell us why YOU think it's time to end the Afghanistan War... more
Human Rights Day 10th December 2010
Calling one and all
Mass People's Assembly in celebration and support of "Human Rights"
Unite as ONE on this day. Make your voices heard.
...Let us exercise our right to freedom of speech and peaceful demonstration
We are calling all people to join us in free and peaceful demonstration to celebrate this day "Human Rights Day"
The public assembly will begin at 12 Noon outside number 10 Downing Street in Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1.
This is an autonomous event and all are asked to maintain the peace and equilibrium in the spirit of celebration.
We do not want to pay for the mistakes of the bankers; we do not want the self elected quango government and councils to decide on unjust and repressive cuts.
We want free education, we want better health care, we want job security, and we want affordable, available housing.
We want real reform. We want the banks to be ordered to give their bonus money back, and pay back the money lent to them from the public's purse. We want vodafone to pay its taxes.
We want real proportional representation where all votes are counted.
We want war criminals to be brought to book.
We want fully transparent public consultations on all things that affect the people.
Government and councils decisions should be held to account by the people.
We want our government to begin bringing troops home from illegal wars, we want fair taxes with a say in how those taxes are spent by any government.
We want civil rights upheld.
We want human rights respected and recognized.
We are the people
Please take a moment to read the "People's Charter" at the following link, thanks, here's to a world of change
recent parliament statement
1114 HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2010 1:12:10
Mr Mark Williams Mr Alan Meale
That this House on the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2010, commends the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo for his unceasing non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights and democracy in China; notes and further commends the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi; condemns the rise of arbitrary arrest and detention of intellectuals in China, Tibet and East Turkestan; urges the Chinese government to uphold the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to release immediately Liu Xiaobo and all prisoners of conscience; and encourages the Government publicly to support Charter 08, co-authored by Liu Xiaobo and signed by 300 Chinese intellectuals, which will bring about freedom, human rights and democracy for all the people of China, Tibet and East Turkestan.Human Rights Day 10th December 2010 Calling one and all Mass People's Assembly... more
Women's Rights In Afghanistan: in the face of Politics, Progress, and Western Presence Pt 5/6
Homemakers Magazine editor in chief Kathy Ullyott speaks with reporter Stephen Dohnberg about the struggle of women and what she witnessed during her visit to Kabul, Afghanistan The conversation reveals what a complex situation the Western presence in Afghanistan is by any measure.
Invited by C.A.R.E. Canada, in May Kathy Ullyott, made her way to the city of Kabul for a week-long look at the work and commitment of an NGO such as C.A.R.E., who have been an early presence since 1996, assisting widows with food aid. Even an issue of basic aid is fraught with concerns that span the range of issues from western presence to cultural mores. Although we initially planned to discuss the ascent of women’s rights in Afghanistan, the intersection of so many other disparate concerns clearly illustrates that no single issue will resolve itself independent of others.Women's Rights In Afghanistan: in the face of Politics, Progress, and Western... more
This past few months, over 28 Million DVD's with a message of hate against Muslims was distributed as advertising supplements in Newspapers and in the US mail, mostly in "swing" states (states with no clear polling preference for President).
The purpose of the "Obsession" DVD was to inspire hate against Muslims, instill fear in voters and sway the election (presumably against Barack Obama, who is being "accused" of being Muslim, as if that were a criminal act, and not simply a religious affiliation), and make it easier for people to support more war in the Middle East. While this campaign seems to have had little impact on the Presidential election, we still need to take a stand against hate.
this rest of this article is linked here:
and.... Protest at the Chicago "AIPAC National Summit" this October 25-27... More here
AIPAC LOSES on Resolution (H Con Res 362) that essentially supported a naval blockade of Iran. Resolution shelved. Big victory for antiwar organizations
AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel. With a budget of $65 million, and membership now standing at over 100,000, it is no wonder that congressional staffers consider it one of the most powerful and effective lobbies on Capitol Hill.
Once a year, AIPAC holds its annual conference in Washington DC. This May it was attended by over 5,000 participants. Its annual policy conference is one of Washington’s largest gatherings of lawmakers, topped only by the President’s State of the Union address. Guests this year included two-thirds of the House, half the Senate, and Vice President Richard Cheney.
Only rarely is a critical word uttered among politicians regarding AIPAC and its associates that support unjust and aggressive (and disastrous) U.S. policies toward the peoples of the Middle East. We aim to change that.
For too long, policies that support Israeli militarism and occupation have gone unchallenged. Political voices raising even minor disagreements with prevailing policies are silenced or subject to campaigns of intimidation. We must open the door to full debate regarding U.S. relationship with Israel and U.S. policy with other countries in the region.
These pages will examine how AIPAC and related institutions (usually collectively known as the "Israel Lobby") support a dangerous status quo, including AIPAC's support for U.S. military aid to Israel, which amounts to over $3 billion per year. We will examine its support for even the worst of Israeli policies, and its support for further U.S. military action in the region.
We will provide resources to counter AIPAC initiatives before Congress, such as the current legislation in Congress to punish the Palestinian people. You will hear many voices and listen to the debate among those who want U.S. policy to change but differ on how influential the "Israel Lobby" really is in formulating that policy.
Most importantly, we will serve as a resource for people organizing actions to challenge the status quo. We believe that changing U.S. policy is really the bottom line. The people of the United States, and the people of the world, deserve better than policies of endless war, occupation, and support for dispossession of the Palestinian people. We the people want a policy based on fairness and mutual respect. Therefore, we welcome the participation of those who want a U.S. foreign policy based on adherence to international law and support for human rights for everyone.
This past few months, over 28 Million DVD's with a message of hate against... more
5 years in Iraq. 7 in Afghanistan. Over 600 billion dollars spent. Senators Barack Obama and John McCain have debated over battle strategies and timetables, but what's the reality for the boots on the ground? This pod follows five Army National Guard soldiers as they discuss their deployment to Iraq. "Generation War", the third in Collective Journalism's special Election series takes an in depth look at several different perspectives on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan--from the recruitment process to the time on the ground and what happens when soldiers come home. We will see what life is like for ROTC college students, listen to young soldiers perspectives on their time in Iraq, hear from civilian soldiers who are being deployed, ride along with an all-female unit as they escort a convoy, hear what it's like to be a family member or loved one left behind, take a look at what soldiers do when they come home and hear what each presidential candidate proposes to do about it.
Collective Journalism, Current's citizen journalism program, works by combining perspectives from contributors like you around the world. All month until Election Day, CJ will be airing special investigations into the most important issues of this election.5 years in Iraq. 7 in Afghanistan. Over 600 billion dollars spent. Senators Barack... more
According to The Pulse of Radio, artwork by members of Rage Against The Machine, Modest Mouse, Spoon, R.E.M., Death Cab For Cutie, and My Morning Jacket will be auctioned off to benefit the War Child International charity starting tomorrow (September 30). The donated pieces are all protest signs designed by the musicians to reflect their take on today's political climates.
Members of Ok Go, The Dresden Dolls, Built To Spill, British Sea Power, The Decemberists, and Supergrass also contributed to the project.
All of the protest signs involved appeared in the "protest issue" of Under The Radar magazine earlier this summer.
The auction lasts for a week on eBay.
According to The Pulse of Radio, artwork by members of Rage Against The Machine,... more
This is a little long... but interesting in these political times.
This is about how mind control, hate, propaganda, etc. is used in politics, genocide and war.
My purpose for posting it is simply so that people can be aware that in politics, and other areas, people are paid to pull our strings and make us react.
For example the writers of political speeches have desired outcomes.
The more charismatic the speaker the greater the outcome.
the question is...
How much do you feel and think is a result of how someone else tells you how to feel and think?
In the end... what is it truly yours?
With the violence reported from the crowds at the DNC and now at the RNC (monday) I wonder... what are these people thinking?
Please don't dissect political candidates here. That's not what it's about. I simply wanted to highlight that other people often pull OUR strings. And make us aware.
It's amazing how this is used.
Hate speech and propaganda are protected under our bill of rights.This is a little long... but interesting in these political times. This is about how... more
With the return of the equipment of the 4th Stryker Brigade 2nd Combat Infantry Division at the Port of Tacoma, Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) and other groups continue to protest the use of civilian ports in the Northwest for the revolving door policy of redeployment. Regionally, the port demilitarization movement, comprising of PMR and others has brought out hundred of protesters from all over the northwest and has resulted in over 150 arrests in the last 2-1/2 years. It is the largest and longest sustained direct action movement in the Northwest in opposition to the US war and occupation of Iraq – a war that has resulted in the death of over 4,000 US soldiers and hundreds of thousand of Iraqi civilians.
Anti-war demonstrations are ongoing at Port of Tacoma since Wednesday, July 30th. Protesters and observers have gathered at the port, despite harassment by law enforcement such as the demanding identification, arbitrary detention of pedestrians and use of physical violence. Six arrests have taken place at Port of Tacoma, all of which are unjustified and used to intimidate protesters from expressing their first amendment rights to oppose the occupation of Iraq.
By Friday Night/Early Saturday morning protests moved to the gates of Fort Lewis Military Base. A total of nine arrests have taken place at various exits off of I-5, all in an attempt to stop the return of Strykers to the base to ready for redeployment. This was the first time that the port demilitarization movement spread to the gates of a northwest army base. Bethel Prescott, a Port Militarization Resistance support and photographer (Freedom Bridge - see photo link - http://olypmr.org/gallery.html), “The war is against international law and immoral. It has to be stopped and that is what we are doing. One of these ways is to do what we can to stop the machinery.” On Saturday, three protesters were arrested at Exit 120.
Protests will continue through the duration of the use of the Port of Tacoma to transfer military equipment used in the illegal occupation of Iraq. A Unity Rally to Demilitarize Our Ports and Communities is scheduled for Saturday, August 9th at 4pm at Schuster Parkway. More information can be found at www.olypmr.org.(more details on arrests and abuse by law enforcement)With the return of the equipment of the 4th Stryker Brigade 2nd Combat Infantry... more
In the heat and humidity of midday, an anti-war group of over-50-year-old activists known as the Raging Grannies sang just outside the Celtic Festival on Sunday, July 20.0731 02 1After the weekly Sunday protest on the corner of Main Street and High Street, nine grandmothers marched down Main Street to the waterfront to sing. Their uniforms included black T-shirts that read “I’m a Raging Granny,” aprons and large sunhats.
The grandmothers - the Raging Grannies - say they are focused on the welfare of America. “We’re concerned about generations to come,” says Nancy Galland.
In order to express their frustration with “war and American imperialism,” the Raging Grannies sing in protest, especially of the war in Iraq. They also write pamphlets to distribute their message.
Many of their songs are sung to well-known tunes like “Auld Lang Syne.” The Grannies used the tune “My Bonny Lies over the Ocean,” and charged the lyrics with political fervor:
“The Bushies lied over and over;
They all lied to you and to me;
The Bushies lied over and over;
Oh, bring back democracy!”
Raging Grannies is an international group that originated in 1987 in Victoria, British Columbia. It began as a club of women between the ages of 52 and 67 protesting the presence of U.S. warships and submarines in their waters, which they said posed threats to the environment.
The concept of using their “innocent” roles as grandmothers to fight for causes they believed in spread to the United States, where there are now more than 50 grandmother groups.
As Raging Grannies member Cathy Mink declared, “Outrage is our message!”
Jane Sanford and Margaret Laing co-founded the Belfast branch of the Raging Grannies. They debuted in March to commemorate the sixth year of the Iraq War. They meet once a week to rehearse songs and discuss politics.
There are between eight and 10 members in the Belfast chapter, and they are eager to “dress up and rail against authority,” as Laing put it.
The Grannies also stage appearances at the WERU Full Circle and Common Ground Country fairs, and are willing to sing at any event free of charge. Anyone more than 50 years old, grandmother or not, can become a member. In the heat and humidity of midday, an anti-war group of over-50-year-old activists... more
America is a great nation but that doesn't mean that it is a perfect nation. We have experienced disasters, terrorism, and death but America has also been one of the greatest purveyors of violence in history.
Patriotism is not to be judged by one's blind loyalty to their nation but is judged by one's committment to make their nation great and stay true to the pillars of its inception.America is a great nation but that doesn't mean that it is a perfect nation. We... more
Less than six months after the next American president takes office, Iran will hold its own Election Day. To win that race takes not only popular acclaim but the approval of one man—Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—and so far, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has the edge. For all his economic and diplomatic bungling, Ahmadinejad is still liked by Iran's poor: he stands up to the West; he knows how to talk to ordinary folk, and he's never been accused of personal corruption. Fat oil revenues help, too. Most important, he's no threat to Khamenei. Here's a look at other contenders.
Ali Larijani: Speaker of Majlis (Parliament). Khamenei likes him, but his ego puts others off.
Gholam Ali Haddad Adel: Supreme Leader's in-law and friend, not independent enough for some voters.
Mohammad Khatami: Reformist ex-president, widely seen as hopelessly wishy-washy.
Mehdi Karrubi: Tougher than Khatami, but equally poor odds. Reformists like him scare Khatami.
Mohammad Jafar Ghalibaf: War-hero mayor of Tehran has been running since 2005.
I wonder if the current administration has taken this into account while planning to deal with Iran. Less than six months after the next American president takes office, Iran will hold... more
By Vincent Bugliosi
My anger over the war in Iraq, some will say, is palpable in the pages of this book. If I sound too angry for some, what should I be greatly angry about — that a referee gave what I thought was a bad call to my hometown football, basketball, or baseball team, and it may have cost them the game? I don't think so.
Virtually all of us cling desperately to life, either because of our love of life and/ or our fear of death. I'm told there is a passage in a novel by Dostoyevsky in which a character in the story exclaims, "If I were condemned to live on a rock, chained to a rock in the lashing sea, and all around me were ice and gales and storm, I would still want to live. Oh God, just to live, live, live!"
So nothing is as important in life as life and death. We fear and loathe the thought of our own death, even if it's a peaceful one after we've outlived the normal longevity. We fear not only the loss of our own lives, but the lives of our parents and sisters and brothers, as well as our relatives and close friends. We don't think of our children too much in this regard because our children, in the normal scheme of things, are supposed to outlive us. When they die before us, the already hideous nature of death becomes unbearable. And that's when they die a normal and peaceful death from illness. If the death is from an accident, like a car collision, the death of the child, if possible, is even more unbearable.
So one can hardly imagine the gut-tearing pain and horror when the only child of a couple, a nineteen-year-old son, call him Tim, the center of his parents' lives, whom they showered with their love and lived through vicariously in his triumphs on the athletic field and in the classroom, and who was excited as he looked forward to life, planning to wed his high school sweetheart and go on to become a police officer (or lawyer, doctor, engineer, etc.) dies the most horrible of deaths from a roadside bomb in a far-off country, and comes home in a metal box, * his body so shattered that his parents are cautioned by the military not to open it because what is inside ("our Timmy") is "unviewable." (To make the point hit home more with you, can you imagine if it was your son who was killed in Iraq and came home "unviewable" in a box? Yes, your son Scott, or Paul, or Michael, or Ronnie, Todd, Peter, Marty, Sean, or Bobby.)
No words can capture the feelings, the enormous suffering, of Tim's parents. But I think we can say that among a host of other deep agonies, they will have nightmares for the rest of their lives over the horrifying image of their boy the moment he lost his life on a desolate road in Iraq. As a mother of a soldier who died in Iraq wrote in a May 17, 2004, letter to the New York Times: "The explosion that killed my son in Baghdad will go on in our lives forever." She went on to say that "seared on" her soul are the "screams and despair" of her family over the loss of her son and the "sound of taps above the weeping crowd at the grave site of my son.Palpable Anger By Vincent Bugliosi My anger over the war in Iraq, some will say,... more
Rupert Murdoch and his on-air bully Bill O'Reilly launched a laughable attack against Free Press, the media reform movement, and quality journalism everywhere.
The O'Reilly ambush is typical Fox News fare. Murdoch uses his media empire to attack his political foes and -- not to inform citizens or tell the truth. The fight for media reform is about regular people like you and me fighting undue corporate control of the media. This kind of abuse of media power aggravates progressives and conservatives alike.
Send this letter to Bill O'Reilly and thank him for proving once again that Fox News Channel has nothing to do with real journalism.
Rupert Murdoch and his on-air bully Bill O'Reilly launched a laughable attack... more
National Call-In Day for Dialogue with Iran, Tuesday, June 10th
Peace Action is participating in an exciting and innovative "Time to Talk with Iran" media event on the Terrace of the west side of the Canon House Office Building from 10 am until 2 pm on Tuesday, June 10. With the U.S. Capitol backdrop, Members of Congress, celebrities, former officials, and other citizens visiting Capitol Hill will use a row of 60's-era red "hotline" telephones to talk directly to average Iranians in Tehran
June 10, the we're calling for a nationwide Call-in to Congress for Diplomacy with Iran for organizations with grassroots constituencies and those who can not be in Washington.
•Tell them to work for direct, unconditional, and comprehensive talks between the U.S. and Iran;
•The U.S. and Iran share a common interest: a stable Iraq, Middle East and Afghanistan.
•The U.S. pursued negotiations with North Korea and Libya-it's time to talk with Iran. National Call-In Day for Dialogue with Iran, Tuesday, June 10th Peace Action is... more
Several times! Good work guys/girls! The tide is turning.