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One for each victim or targetted terrorist?
Ten for each victim or targetted terrorist?
One hundred for each victim or targetted terrorist?
The Military Industrial Complex needs more enemies.
George Bush Takes Charge: The Uses of "Counter-Terrorism"
By Christopher Simpson
Covert Action Quarterly 58
A paper trail of declassified documents from the Reagan‑Bush era yields valuable information on how counter‑terrorism provided a powerful mechanism for solidifying Bush's power base and launching a broad range of national security initiatives.
During the Reagan years, George Bush used "crisis management" and "counter‑terrorism" as vehicles for running key parts of the clandestine side of the US government.
Bush proved especially adept at plausible denial. Some measure of his skill in avoiding responsibility can be taken from the fact that even after the Iran‑Contra affair blew the Reagan administration apart, Bush went on to become the "foreign policy president," while CIA Director William Casey, by then conveniently dead, took most of the blame for a number of covert foreign policy debacles that Bush had set in motion.
The trail of National Security Decision Directives (NSDDS) left by the Reagan administration begins to tell the story. True, much remains classified, and still more was never committed to paper in the first place. Even so, the main picture is clear: As vice president, George Bush was at the center of secret wars, political murders, and America's convoluted oil politics in the Middle East.
Reagan and the NSC also used NSDDs to settle conflicts among security agencies over bureaucratic turf and lines of command. It is through that prism that we see the first glimmers of Vice President Bush's role in clandestine operations during the 1980s.
And some thought it would be hard, after the fall of communism.
PS: Forgot about the peace dividend already, America?
Posted by Octafish | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 11:43 AM (0 replies)
50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima
by Harvey Wasserman
Published on Monday, February 3, 2014 by Common Dreams
Fukushima’s missing melted cores and radioactive gushers continue to fester in secret.
Japan’s harsh dictatorial censorship has been matched by a global corporate media blackout aimed—successfully—at keeping Fukushima out of the public eye.
But that doesn’t keep the actual radiation out of our ecosystem, our markets … or our bodies.
Speculation on the ultimate impact ranges from the utterly harmless to the intensely apocalyptic .
But the basic reality is simple: for seven decades, government Bomb factories and privately-owned reactors have spewed massive quantities of unmonitored radiation into the biosphere.
The impacts of these emissions on human and ecological health are unknown primarily because the nuclear industry has resolutely refused to study them.
Indeed, the official presumption has always been that showing proof of damage from nuclear Bomb tests and commercial reactors falls to the victims, not the perpetrators.
And that in any case, the industry will be held virtually harmless.
This “see no evil, pay no damages” mindset dates from the Bombing of Hiroshima to Fukushima to the disaster coming next … which could be happening as you read this.
Here are 50 preliminary reasons why this radioactive legacy demands we prepare for the worst for our oceans, our planet, our economy … ourselves.
As Fukushima deteriorates behind an iron curtain of secrecy and deceit, we desperately need to know what it’s doing to us and our planet.
It’s tempting to say the truth lies somewhere between the industry’s lies and the rising fear of a tangible apocalypse.
In fact, the answers lie beyond.
Defined by seven decades of deceit, denial and a see-no-evil dearth of meaningful scientific study, the glib corporate assurances that this latest reactor disaster won’t hurt us fade to absurdity.
Fukushima pours massive, unmeasured quantities of lethal radiation into our fragile ecosphere every day, and will do so for decades to come.
Five power reactors have now exploded on this planet and there are more than 400 others still operating.
What threatens us most is the inevitable next disaster … along with the one after that … and then the one after that …
Pre-wrapped in denial, protected by corporate privilege, they are the ultimate engines of global terror.
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Harvey Wasserman's Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show is at www.progressiveradionetwork.com, and he edits www.nukefree.org. Harvey Wasserman's History of the US and Solartopia! Our Green-Powered Earth are at www.harveywasserman.com along with Passions of the PotSmoking Patriots by "Thomas Paine." He and Bob Fitrakis have co-authored four books on election protection, including How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election, at www.freepress.org.
Posted by Octafish | Mon Feb 3, 2014, 10:30 AM (135 replies)
Machiavelli's maxim, perfected by billionaires and the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street. Example:
For the government: Chairman of the New York Fed
On Wall Street: Chief Regulatory Reform officer at Goldman Sachs
For the government: Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff
On Wall Street: She's just been hried to head up macro analysis for the bank at UBS
More examples: http://www.businessinsider.com/wall-street-washington-revolving-door-2011-4?op=1
Posted by Octafish | Sun Feb 2, 2014, 10:14 AM (0 replies)
George Takei sent that one.
Posted by Octafish | Sat Feb 1, 2014, 12:51 PM (3 replies)
THE TORTURE OF BRADLEY MANNING
After more than 900 days of detainment in United States military jails for allegedly disclosing state secrets, the haunting imprisonment of accused WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning was discussed in court for the first time at the latest round of pretrial motion hearings that began on Nov. 27 in Fort Meade, MD. Below is an account of those court proceedings. The case will continue intermittently into 2013.
By Andrew Blake
When a forensic psychiatrist was eventually commissioned to assess Manning at the brig, repeated recommendations were made to remove him from protected watch, which left him forced to cover himself with only a suicide smock and bedding that resembled something between a cardboard box and a liquidation sale rug. Those professional suggestions were all ignored in favor of the guards’ own instincts. Many of those staffers testified that they were trained in corrections for one month at an Air Force base in Texas and rightfully admitted that the guidelines for dealing and assessing with a suicide case they were taught there were thrown out the window when Private Manning arrived.
On Saturday afternoon, five days into the latest round of hearings, Quantico Staff Sgt. Fuller acknowledged that he routinely signed off on keeping Pfc. Manning a max custody detainee, and cited his reasons specifically for the court.
“Those times that I actually did have interaction or communication with Manning, it seemed he was distant, withdrawn, or isolated. That gave me cause for concern,” he told the court. When asked him to explain why he was worried, Fuller said, “I’m not sure why. You really couldn’t get him to talk.”
Quantico guards also testified that for initial health evaluations, a dentist was the qualified physician tasked with assessing Manning’s mental wellbeing.
“Why were you getting weekly updates from a dentist as opposed getting them directly from a forensic psychiatrist?” Coombs asked Col. Choike.
“She was the commanding officer,” he said.
At Quantico, Pfc. Manning treatment wasn’t by the book: the sleep depravation and stripping of clothes; the humiliation; the taunts and mockery; the nine months of putting Pfc. Manning in protected custody citing concerns over suicide—concerns that were rebuffed relentlessly by both Pfc. Manning himself and qualified psychiatrists. That’s why Coombs is looking to have the case against his client thrown out, and Manning’s own testimony this week only accentuated the living nightmare he was made to endure for nearly a year while only a half-hour drive from the capital of the nation. As testimonies from Quantico staff, health professionals, and the private himself continued late into the night all week, often for hours without intermissions, more unraveled about not just the torturous conditions imposed on Pfc. Manning but the blatant mismanagement in the same institution he is accused of blowing the whistle on.
Posted by Octafish | Sat Feb 1, 2014, 10:59 AM (0 replies)
The system was pioneered in the Savings & Loan rip-offs of the 1980s and 90s: Crooks working inside the S&L institutions would loot the money, legally, by "lending" it to crooks who applied for loans or offered "investments." When the money couldn't be repaid, the FSLIC would back up the missing funds. It cost a $1 trillion dollars to fix.
Know your BFEE: They Looted Your Nation’s S&Ls for Power and Profit
Fast forward to 2008: Crooks working inside the Banks would loot the money, legally, by "lending" it to crooks who applied for loans or offered "investments." When the money couldn't be repaid, the FDIC would back up the missing funds. It cost a $16 trillion dollars to fix.
Know your BFEE: Goldmine Sacked or The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One
What kept the banks from acting like a drunk in a casino and the crooks from getting all the money sooner? Regulation from the New Deal, the Glass-Steagall Act.
Who protects their get-away? A federal smoke screen.
All this is old news to you and William K. Black, hay rick. Thanks, again, for caring!
Posted by Octafish | Sat Feb 1, 2014, 10:50 AM (0 replies)
Posted by Octafish | Fri Jan 31, 2014, 08:11 AM (2 replies)
What happened to Mr. Baker seems like cold blooded murder. Looking for a robbery suspect? So, why shoot him dead?
The tragedy brings up the Houston Police Department's cold blooded killing of Roland Carnaby, a very well connected friend of George Herbert Walker Bush. The guy was pulled over, flashed CIA credentials and hopped in his SUV, leading the police on a high speed chase. He stopped the car and started to get out of the car. The poor guy never had a chance to explain why, as they opened up on him. "We thought he had a gun."
Posted by Octafish | Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:54 PM (0 replies)
Latin, "Liber," A Free Man.
Guess they've forgotten what that means.
Something they probably never knew:
"Liber" in Latin also means "Book."
So...Knowledge means Freedom.
Posted by Octafish | Thu Jan 30, 2014, 08:30 AM (0 replies)
...the agent, Richard Welch, was murdered outside his residence in Athens.
At the time, the Pike and Church committees were exposing CIA criminality to the nation and world.
Once the poor agent was killed, Poppy Bush, then head of CIA, got the assets in the press to echo how whistleblower Philip Agee had named and exposed the CIA man.
The fact of the matter was, while he had outted other CIA agents publicly, Agee never mentioned Mr. Welch.
What did happen, the resulting media firestorm about the "outting" led Congress to shut down its investigations of CIA PDQ. A couple of DUers tell the full story here.
Posted by Octafish | Tue Jan 28, 2014, 04:28 PM (1 replies)