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The Highest Law of the Land “Requires” the Government to Prosecute Those Who Authorized Torture

By Washington's Blog

Preface: This is not a partisan issue. As shown below, Democrats are complicit in high crimes as well.

The Government Is Breaking the Law By Failing to Prosecute Torture

President Ronald Reagan signed a treaty legally requiring the U.S. to prosecute everyone who authorizes torture.

Specifically, the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (signed by the U.S. under Ronald Reagan) provides:

Article 2

1. Each State Party shall take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction.

2. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.

3. An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture. . . .

Article 4

1. Each State Party shall ensure that all acts of torture are offences under its criminal law. The same shall apply to an attempt to commit torture and to an act by any person which constitutes complicity or participation in torture.



The crooked flight of the F-35


Recently in Fort Worth, Texas, officials from the Pentagon, Lockheed Martin and the Australian government gathered to celebrate as two F-35 fighter jets bound for our ally down under were rolling off the assembly line. If you’ve followed the news about this plane over the past few years, you know it has been one of the most remarkable boondoggles we’ve ever seen — not only the most expensive weapons system in history but one plagued by disastrous problem after disastrous problem.

The remarkable lack of interest in figuring out how things could have gone so wrong with this plane, especially from people who claim to be so concerned about runaway government spending, tells you something about what a sham deficit hawkery really is.

When (mostly) Republicans say they want to cut government spending, what they mean is they want to cut spending on programs they don’t like. You can couch it in abstract principles about the size of government, but they like some things that government does (military spending) and not others (provide a social safety net), so they want to cut the latter but not the former.

Even so, it’s pretty stunning to say, “We should spend half a trillion dollars on this weapons system, and not only do I not care how high costs spiral, I don’t really care whether it’s a piece of junk.” But that is, in effect, what most everyone in Congress has said about the F-35.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/08/05/The-crooked-flight-of-the-F-35-waldman/stories/201408050047

Dead body of man found found hanging in Georgia school playground

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Authorities in central Georgia say the body of a 19-year-old man was found hanging in an elementary school playground.

Houston County schools spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin says the body was discovered as children at Lake Joy Primary School were being led to recess on Monday. McLaughlin tells the Macon Telegraph it's unclear how many students saw the body and district officials will be in contact with parents.

Officials say children were kept from going outside while emergency responders investigated and removed the body from campus.

County Coroner Danny Galpin says an autopsy is scheduled for the man on Tuesday and his identity hasn't been released.


SpaceX to Build Rocket Launch Site in South Texas

SpaceX will build the world's first commercial site for orbital rocket launches in the southernmost tip of Texas.

The state of Texas added $15.3 million in incentives to the geographic value of a location east of Brownsville that will allow SpaceX to have greater control over the timing of its launches. The company has said it plans to launch 12 rockets a year from the Boca Chica Beach, a short walk from the Gulf of Mexico and just a couple miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Gov. Rick Perry's office said Monday it will provide $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund. The state will offer an additional $13 million from the Spaceport Trust Fund to the Cameron County Spaceport Development Corp. to pay for infrastructure development.

SpaceX plans to make an $85 million investment and create 300 jobs. The company already has a rocket testing facility in McGregor that employs 250 people.



Girl, 3, shot by 5 year old after getting gun from a 9 year old.

In the backyard of a home in the 3200 block of Colfax Avenue, the girl was shot in the chest at about 10:15 a.m. The victim was shot a single time, with the bullet entering and exiting without breaking any bones.

The child underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition but stable condition Monday.

The initial Pueblo police investigation indicates that a 9-year-old male child was able to get ahold of a handgun that was in the home. The 9-year-old was in the backyard of the Colfax home with other children when he manipulated the gun. The gun was then handled by a 5-year-old — gender unknown — who pointed it at the victim and pulled the trigger.

When the 9-year-old was asked by police how he was able to manipulate the handgun, he said he “learned it from video games.”

- See more at: http://www.chieftain.com/news/crime/2783371-120/police-child-jay-girl

A modern-day Dust Bowl

By Holly Bailey,

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bob Taylor was barely 2 years old when his parents packed as many belongings as they could into their rickety old car and headed west from New Mexico toward California.

It was 1936, the height of the Dust Bowl, when the worst drought the country had ever seen forced tens of thousands of families to abandon their parched farmlands and head west in the hope of finding jobs and a more stable life.

Taylor’s parents were farm laborers, cotton pickers from Oklahoma and Texas who had slowly inched their way west chasing the crops that had somehow managed to survive the lack of rain. But then came the terrible dust storms, choking black blizzards of dirt fueled by the loose soil of eroded farmlands that swept across the plains, turning the days as dark as night. They were monsters that suffocated the life out of anything the drought hadn’t managed to kill — crops, animals and even people, who began to die from the dust that filled their lungs.

Taylor was too young to remember how bad it was. But he grew up hearing the stories from his parents, of how the land that had once been so rich and lush and healthy had slowly turned cracked and brittle and unwelcoming of life. How a drought that initially seemed like nothing more than a passing dry spell gradually unfolded into a disaster that destroyed the livelihoods of millions of people and deeply scarred the land in ways that never really healed.


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