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Authorities at GITMO have blocked delivery of "The Gulag Archipelago" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956



Authorities at Guantanamo Bay have blocked delivery of one of the most influential books written on the Soviet system of prison camps, known as ‘gulags.’

The legal team for Shaker Aamer, a British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo without charge or trial for 11 years, attempted to deliver a copy of The Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn during a recent visit.

However, Mr Aamer has now told his lawyers that he never received the book.

The move by prison authorities follows reports that they banned the works of John Grisham in July this year – leading to the author penning a strong denunciation of Guantanamo which appeared in the New York Times.

Guantanamo Bay has been compared to a ‘gulag’ in the past, notably by US Senator Dick Durbin, as well as by a number of NGOs and media organisations.


the rest:
http://bigthink.com/think-tank/us-military-prison-officials-at-guantanamo-ban-a-book-criticizing-the-soviet-gulag-system

GOP Secure From Reality

Republicans: "The Time Has Come To Act" On Climate Change (toon)

Larry Summers and the Secret "End-Game" Memo - By Greg Palast

Larry Summers
and the Secret "End-Game" Memo


Thursday, August 22, 2013
By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine


When a little birdie dropped the End Game memo through my window, its content was so explosive, so sick and plain evil, I just couldn't believe it.

The Memo http://www.gregpalast.com//vulturespicnic/pages/filecabinet/chapter12/Geithner_Summers%20Memo.pdf confirmed every conspiracy freak's fantasy: that in the late 1990s, the top US Treasury officials secretly conspired with a small cabal of banker big-shots to rip apart financial regulation across the planet. When you see 26.3% unemployment in Spain, desperation and hunger in Greece, riots in Indonesia and Detroit in bankruptcy, go back to this End Game memo, the genesis of the blood and tears.


The Treasury official playing the bankers' secret End Game was Larry Summers. Today, Summers is Barack Obama's leading choice for Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, the world's central bank. If the confidential memo is authentic, then Summers shouldn't be serving on the Fed, he should be serving hard time in some dungeon reserved for the criminally insane of the finance world.

The memo is authentic.

http://www.gregpalast.com/larry-summers-and-the-secret-end-game-memo/

To get that confirmation, I would have to fly to Geneva and wangle a meeting with the Secretary General of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy. I did. Lamy, the Generalissimo of Globalization, told me,

"The WTO was not created as some dark cabal of multinationals secretly cooking plots against the people…. We don't have cigar-smoking, rich, crazy bankers negotiating."

Then I showed him the memo.


It begins with Summers’ flunky, Timothy Geithner, reminding his boss to call the then most powerful CEOs on the planet and get them to order their lobbyist armies to march:

"As we enter the end-game of the WTO financial services negotiations, I believe it would be a good idea for you to touch base with the CEOs…."

To avoid Summers having to call his office to get the phone numbers (which, under US law, would have to appear on public logs), Geithner listed their private lines. And here they are:

Goldman Sachs: John Corzine (212)902-8281
Merrill Lynch: David Kamanski (212)449-6868
Bank of America, David Coulter (415)622-2255
Citibank: John Reed (212)559-2732
Chase Manhattan: Walter Shipley (212)270-1380



Lamy was right: They don't smoke cigars. Go ahead and dial them. I did, and sure enough, got a cheery personal hello from Reed–cheery until I revealed I wasn't Larry Summers. (Note: The other numbers were swiftly disconnected. And Corzine can't be reached while he faces criminal charges.)

It's not the little cabal of confabs held by Summers and the banksters that's so troubling. The horror is in the purpose of the "end game" itself.

more:
http://www.gregpalast.com/larry-summers-and-the-secret-end-game-memo/

The FISA Court Knew the NSA Lied Repeatedly About Its Spying, Approved Its Searches Anyway

Shockingly, the court notes on page 30 that the NSA "acquires more than two hundred fifty million Internet communications each year persuant to section 702, but the vast majority of these communications are obtained from Internet service providers and are not at issue" in this case. (The ISPs are redacted.)

From there, the court notes that the NSA's own review of its collected data included hundreds of communications that involved solely domestic recipients, which is wholly illegal even under the broad surveillance powers decreed by Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. A pair footnotes from page 35 explain:





We've learned in the past few months that the NSA has been conducting domestic surveillance for years, which is entirely illegal under the laws granting it power for warrantless surveillance in the first place. But what's truly shocking is that the secret court tasked with overseeing the legality of the NSA's operations knew it had conducted overly-broad operations and had lied about it.

Yet even though the FISC wrote that it's concerned, it writes in its conclusion on page 78 that the "government's proposed application of NSA's targeting and minimization procedures to MCTs is consistent with the requirements of the Fourth Amendment."



Read more: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-fisa-court-knew-the-nsa-lied-repeatedly-about-its-spying-approved-its-searches-anyway#ixzz2cjWXX8Nv
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Kentucky theater bans ‘The Butler’ because Jane Fonda is ‘the enemy’


A Kentucky theater owner has banned the number one movie in America, The Butler, from his theater because he says that actress Jane Fonda is “an enemy of the United States of America.”

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“I was a military flight instructor during the Vietnam War, taught hundreds of pilots to fly, many of whom Ms. Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down and killed,” the retired Marine explained. “That’s treason, right in our Constitution… aid and comfort to the enemy.”

Boutwell said that it would be a “terrible dishonorment on my part to give money to a woman” such as Fonda.

He added that it would be “throwing gas on the fire” to support a “person of treason” as she portrayed a “patriotic lady” like Nancy Reagan.

“I’m a former Marine, I’ve got a long memory,” Boutwell pointed out. “I just — I cannot give up to the enemy, and Ms. Fonda, as far as I’m concerned, is an enemy of the United States of America. That’s exactly how I feel about it.”


more:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/22/kentucky-theater-bans-the-butler-because-jane-fonda-is-the-enemy/

NYC City Council Overrides Bloomberg Veto (34-15) of Anti Stop&Frisk Measure. El Bloombito Fails!

New York City City Council Overrides Bloomberg Veto of Anti Stop&Frisk Measure. El Bloombito Fails!


Occupy Wall Street @OccupyWallStNYC

NYC Council voted 34-15 to overturn @MikeBloomberg's veto of 1080, which will end RACIAL PROFILING in #StopAndFrisk! YES!
12:31 PM - 22 Aug 2013

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/22/1233109/-New-York-City-City-Council-Overrides-Bloomberg-Veto-of-Anti-Stop-Frisk-Measure-El-Bloombito-Fails

JUSTICE SCALIA: My Decisions Are Sometimes 'Stupid And Even Cruel'


LAW & ORDER More: Federal Courts Supreme Court Constitution Justice Antonin Scalia
JUSTICE SCALIA: My Decisions Are Sometimes 'Stupid And Even Cruel'


When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke in Bozeman, Mont. earlier this week, he admitted his legal conclusions aren't always very nice, KXLH News reports.

But Scalia told a group of Republican lawmakers he interprets the Constitution strictly regardless of the results.

"(Sometimes)I have to arrive at results that are stupid and even cruel," Scalia said.

If nine lawyers in a room discuss whether the Constitution allows abortion or sodomy, for example, the Constitution becomes an ever-evolving, even "living," document, Scalia said.

These decisions about social issues belong to Congress, the ultimate representation of the will of the people, according to Scalia.



Read more:
http://www.businessinsider.com/scalia-comments-on-the-constitution-2013-8?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

So they even lie to their own secret court? I guess Congress should feel better about Clapper’s perj

FISA Court Ruled NSA Program Unconstitutional, Said NSA Misled Them
By: DSWright Thursday August 22, 2013 6:00 am


The initial defense of the NSA spying program echoed by everyone from Congress to the agency heads to the White House was that the program was “legal.” But newly declassified material shows that even the secret court stacked with Chief Justice Roberts’ judges recognized the NSA was conducting a domestic spying program when the NSA gathered thousands of Americans’ emails.

For several years, the National Security Agency unlawfully gathered tens of thousands of e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans as part of a now-revised collection method, according to a 2011 secret court opinion.

The redacted 85-page opinion, which was declassified by U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday, states that, based on NSA estimates, the spy agency may have been collecting as many as 56,000 “wholly domestic” communications each year.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-gathered-thousands-of-americans-e-mails-before-court-struck-down-program/2013/08/21/146ba4b6-0a90-11e3-b87c-476db8ac34cd_story.html

The FISA court opinion demonstrates at least that we did have a domestic spying program. And no, once again, that is not Constitutional.

In a strongly worded opinion, the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court expressed consternation at what he saw as a pattern of misleading statements by the government and hinted that the NSA possibly violated a criminal law against spying on Americans.

“For the first time, the government has now advised the court that the volume and nature of the information it has been collecting is fundamentally different from what the court had been led to believe,” John D. Bates, then the surveillance court’s chief judge, wrote in his Oct. 3, 2011, opinion.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/162016974/FISA-court-opinion-with-exemptions
MORE:
http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/08/22/fisa-court-ruled-nsa-program-unconstitutional-said-nsa-misled-them/

Not The Onion: 29% of LA GOP thinks Obama was responsible for the Katrina debacle

Once again, this is NOT from The Onion. 29% of Louisiana Republicans think that Barack Obama--a freshman Senator from Illinois who wouldn't be President for 3 1/2 years--was somehow responsible for the Katrina response. 44% "aren't sure" whether he was more responsible than George Bush.


A significant chunk of Louisiana Republicans evidently believe that President Barack Obama is to blame for the poor response to the hurricane that ravaged their state more than three years before he took office.

The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, provided exclusively to TPM, showed an eye-popping divide among Republicans in the Bayou State when it comes to accountability for the government's post-Katrina blunders.

Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible. Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans — 44 percent — said they aren't sure who to blame.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/poll-louisiana-gopers-unsure-if-katrina-response-was
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/22/1233034/-Not-The-Onion-29-of-LA-GOP-thinks-Obama-was-responsible-for-the-Katrina-debacle
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