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Manning: Iraq leaders election corrupt; tortures and murders to quell dissent.

http://news.yahoo.com/manning-says-us-public-lied-iraq-start-030349079.html

"While the US military was upbeat in its public outlook on the 2010 Iraqi parliamentary elections, suggesting it had helped bring stability and democracy to the country, "those of us stationed there were acutely aware of a more complicated reality," Manning wrote.

"Military and diplomatic reports coming across my desk detailed a brutal crackdown against political dissidents by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and federal police, on behalf of Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki. Detainees were often tortured, or even killed."

Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst, said he was "shocked by our military's complicity in the corruption of that election. Yet these deeply troubling details flew under the American media's radar."

Criticizing the military's practice of embedding journalists, Manning charged that "the current limits on press freedom and excessive government secrecy make it impossible for Americans to grasp fully what is happening in the wars we finance."

Not one dime for Iraq without a wealth tax to pay for it. It's called leverage, Mr Mcain.

What happened last time when we tried to "help" Iraq? How would it be

different this time?

Seriously, where were the NSA/intel warnings about the current Iraq situation. Isn't this just

another example of their failure?

How to deal with Iraq:)

Prosecute war crimes of the Bush era.

Eric Cantor Defeated by a Conservative Who Rips Crony Capitalism

http://m.thenation.com/blog/180189-eric-cantor-defeated-conservative-who-rips-crony-capitalism

Eric Cantor, the face of the GOP establishment, one of the party's most prodigious fundraisers and the odds-on favorite to become the next speaker of the House, lost his Virginia Republican primary Tuesday to a challenger who promised, "I will fight to end crony capitalist programs that benefit the rich and powerful."

Dave Brat, who defeated the number-two Republican in the House by a 56-44 margin, tore into big business almost as frequently as he did the incumbent. "I am running against Cantor because he does not represent the citizens of the 7th District, but rather large corporations seeking insider deals, crony bailouts and a constant supply of low-wage workers," declared the challenger.

..........

That does not make Brat any sort of progressive, or even a populist by most contemporary measures; nor does it make his harsh right-wing positions on a number of issues any more noble than those same positions when they are taken by Republicans who regularly pocket checks from Wall Street interests.....

Yet Brat's anti-corporate rhetoric distinguished him from Cantor, and from most prominent Republicans—whether they identify with the Republican "establishment" or the Tea Party wing of a party that in recent years has been defined by its subservience to corporate interests.

From the start of the campaign, Brat was aggressive in his opposition to immigration reform—attacking Cantor for making tepid attempts to move the GOP toward a more moderate position on the issue. But even Brat's crude campaigning on immigration came with an anti-corporate twist. "Eric Cantor doesn't represent you, he represents large corporations seeking a never-ending supply of cheap foreign labor," the challenger argued.


The Soldiers Creed

Soldier’s Creed

I am an American Soldier.

I am a warrior and a member of a team.

I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.

http://www.army.mil/values/soldiers.html"




'Nuff said.
Posted by grahamhgreen | Thu Jun 5, 2014, 12:49 PM (3 replies)

Most Americans Think Snowden Did The Right Thing

That's right.... 55% of us:

http://www.newsweek.com/most-americans-think-snowden-did-right-thing-poll-says-253163
Posted by grahamhgreen | Wed Jun 4, 2014, 01:43 AM (0 replies)

Photos of an NSA “upgrade” factory show Cisco router getting implant



A document included in the trove of National Security Agency files released with Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place to Hide details how the agency’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit and other NSA employees intercept servers, routers, and other network gear being shipped to organizations targeted for surveillance and install covert implant firmware onto them before they’re delivered.

These Trojan horse systems were described by an NSA manager as being “some of the most productive operations in TAO because they pre-position access points into hard target networks around the world.”

The document, a June 2010 internal newsletter article by the chief of the NSA’s Access and Target Development department (S3261) includes photos (above) of NSA employees opening the shipping box for a Cisco router and installing beacon firmware with a “load station” designed specifically for the task.

The NSA manager described the process:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/photos-of-an-nsa-upgrade-factory-show-cisco-router-getting-implant/

Zero tea party candidates are ahead in next Tuesday’s big primaries. Zero.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/05/15/zero-tea-party-candidates-are-ahead-in-next-tuesdays-big-primaries-zero/?tid=rssfeed
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