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Good memory, yours! Remember when Bush told the Gold Star mom ''not to sell her medal on eBay?''

The little turd from Crawford was sore busy with his wit when he gave his ''commemorative coin'' to Goldstar mother and says: "Don't go selling it on eBay."



The guy said that in the White House to a woman whose son died in Iraq for no reason Bush or anyone ever gave to the American people.

The great DUer UTUSN noted the moment:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=364x1828225

''When everybody is thinking alike, nobody is doing any thinking.'' -- Gen. George S. Patton

I agree too: Thinking for yourself makes for good policy.

Forgot to mention above: REX-84 stood for READINESS EXERCISE 1984, one in a series of Military-Civilian operations involving the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The idea was to round up "illegal immigrants" escaping civil wars in Central America, meaning US anti-war protesters. When the thing went public -- thanks to Jack Brook's questions based on a Miami Herald reporter's findings -- people paid attention. The story's devolved over the decades to where the disinformation outweighs what matters. Bill Moyers referred to it in his "Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis" documentary.



It's a Revolving Door. Take nuclear, please.

The Revolving Door Goes Nuclear

by Michael Smallberg
Project on Government Oversight, April 21, 2015

After years of investigating the well-oiled revolving door between the federal government and the businesses it oversees, we thought we’d seen it all.

But even our jaws hit the floor when we learned that Daniel Poneman had taken a job as the head of Centrus Energy Corp.

Poneman served from May 2009 to October 2014 as the number two official at the Department of Energy (DOE), in charge of more than 100,000 federal and contractor employees and a budget of just under $30 billion. Less than six months after leaving his government post, Poneman was named the president and CEO of Centrus, where he’ll be making as much as $1.7 million a year. He took charge of the company earlier this month.

If the name Centrus doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because it was known as the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) until last March, when the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Before it went under, USEC had enjoyed decades of special treatment from DOE and other government offices. Like its predecessor, Centrus is likely to need a lifeline from U.S. taxpayers in order to stay afloat. With Poneman now on board, the company may be able to utilize his cachet to attract future government bailouts, no matter the potential taxpayer losses.

Poneman’s rapid transition to a high-paying job with Centrus has drawn scrutiny on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are questioning whether government ethics rules are strong enough to safeguard the integrity of DOE actions that affect the company’s bottom line. Company and government records reviewed by the Project On Government Oversight add to the picture, showing how Poneman and DOE took positions—on issues such as the downblending of highly enriched uranium (HEU) that has been declared excess to military needs—that favored USEC/Centrus, a supplier of low enriched uranium (LEU), and the nuclear power industry in general. The records show how the revolving door blurs the lines between the government and the corporate world, enabling an official in Poneman’s position to enrich himself and the industry he used to oversee.

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http://www.pogo.org/our-work/articles/2015/the-revolving-door-goes-nuclear.html

Money is why "Integrity is for Paupers."

Wear it proudly for reporting that which sticks out above the sea of corruption.

Here's a nice reminder for those wondering about the dangers that lurk below the surface:

Ollie North, BFEE, had plans to round up protesters - REX 84



Here's Brendan Sullivan helping keep Ollie the Traitor from soiling his britches when U.S. Representative Jack Brooks (D-Texas) asked him about it during the joint Iran-Contra hearings. Brooks was told by Senator Dan Inouye (D-Hawai'i) to STFU:



News from Post-Constitutional America

PROGRESSIVE REVIEW, 1996 - The issue arose again during the Iran-Contra affair, but even in the wake of all the copy on that scandal, the public got little sense of how far some America's soldiers of fortune were willing to go to achieve their ends. When the Iran-Contra hearings came close to the matter, chair Senator Inouye backed swiftly away. Here is an excerpt from those hearings. Oliver North is at the witness table:

REP BROOKS: Colonel North, in your work at the NSC, were you not assigned, at one time, to work on plans for the continuity of government in the event of a major disaster?

BRENDAN SULLIVAN: Mr. Chairman?

SEN INOUYE: I believe that question touches upon a highly sensitive and classified area so may I request that you not touch on that.

REP BROOKS: I was particularly concerned, Mr. Chairman, because I read in Miami papers, and several others, that there had been a plan developed by that same agency, a contingency plan in the event of emergency, that would suspend the American constitution. And I was deeply concerned about it and wondered if that was the area in which he had worked. I believe that it was and I wanted to get his confirmation.

SEN INOUYE; May I most respectfully request that that matter not be touched upon at this stage. If we wish to get into this, I'm certain arrangements can be made for an executive session


With few exceptions, the media ignored what well could be the most startling revelation to have come out of the Iran/Contra affair, namely that high officials of the US government were planning a possible military/civilian coup. First among the exceptions was the Miami Herald, which on July 5, 1987, ran the story to which Jack Brooks referred. The article, by Alfonzo Chardy, revealed Oliver North's involvement in plans for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take over federal, state and local functions during an ill-defined national emergency.

According to Chardy, the plan called for 'suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the government over to the Federal Management Agency, emergency appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments and declaration of martial law.' The proposal appears to have forgotten that Congress, legislatures and the judiciary even existed.

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http://prorev.com/coup.htm



Both great Democrats have since passed. I'm old, though, and remember seeing it as it happened on live tee vee. Things have only gotten worse.

As for those ignoring the iceberg ahead: After the ship hits, they're easy to spot. They're the first ones in the lifeboats.

Huckabee lives large nowadays.

Like a virgin sandcastle.



There always seems to be money available for the "right" message, like tax cuts and trickle down.

Money.

Stratfor: executive boasted of 'trusted former CIA cronies'

By Alex Spillius, Diplomatic Correspondent
9:08PM GMT 28 Feb 2012
The Telegraph

A senior executive with the private intelligence firm Stratfor boasted to colleagues about his "trusted former CIA cronies" and promised to "see what I can uncover" about a classified FBI investigation, according to emails released by the WikiLeaks.

Fred Burton, vice president of intelligence at the Texas firm, also informed members of staff that he had a copy of the confidential indictment on Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

The second batch of five million internal Stratfor emails obtained by the Anonymous computer hacking group revealed that the company has high level sources within the United States and other governments, runs a network of paid informants that includes embassy staff and journalists and planned a hedge fund, Stratcap, based on its secret intelligence.

SNIP...

Mr Assange labelled the company as a "private intelligence Enron", in reference to the energy giant that collapsed after a false accounting scandal.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9111784/Stratfor-executive-boasted-of-trusted-former-CIA-cronies.html

It bugs some people to mention this sort of connection between "Intelligence" and personal wealth.

LittleSis lists Pete as an ''Austerity Puppetmaster''

Plus a lot of other things:

http://littlesis.org/person/33849/Peter_G_Peterson

PS: Anytime, Segami! Great OP and thread that more people should know.

That's the Big Secret that no one wants to talk about.

The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Seymour M. Hersh
London Review of Books, Vol. 37 No. 10 · 21 May 2015

EXCERPT...

The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders – General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director general of the ISI – were never informed of the US mission. This remains the White House position despite an array of reports that have raised questions, including one by Carlotta Gall in the New York Times Magazine of 19 March 2014. Gall, who spent 12 years as the Times correspondent in Afghanistan, wrote that she’d been told by a ‘Pakistani official’ that Pasha had known before the raid that bin Laden was in Abbottabad. The story was denied by US and Pakistani officials, and went no further. In his book Pakistan: Before and after Osama (2012), Imtiaz Gul, executive director of the Centre for Research and Security Studies, a think tank in Islamabad, wrote that he’d spoken to four undercover intelligence officers who – reflecting a widely held local view – asserted that the Pakistani military must have had knowledge of the operation. The issue was raised again in February, when a retired general, Asad Durrani, who was head of the ISI in the early 1990s, told an al-Jazeera interviewer that it was ‘quite possible’ that the senior officers of the ISI did not know where bin Laden had been hiding, ‘but it was more probable that they did . And the idea was that, at the right time, his location would be revealed. And the right time would have been when you can get the necessary quid pro quo – if you have someone like Osama bin Laden, you are not going to simply hand him over to the United States.’

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http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n10/seymour-m-hersh/the-killing-of-osama-bin-laden

The US has a lot of explaining to do, going back to 1947.

Peterson Institute

They're the ones who want to piratize Social Security.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Peter_Peterson

Fine group of scholars. With money.

''A rigged process leads to a rigged outcome.''

Somehow, that sounds like US history since the Warren Commission.




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