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I JUST CALLED ALL THESE JUST NOW, AND BOY DID THAT FEEL GOOD.
Most of the staffers who answered were hard-pressed to explain all the
secrecy and gag-orders and such surrounding TPP.
National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka minced no words Monday criticizing Sen. Ron Wyden and other Oregon Democrats for supporting the Pacific Rim trade deal making its way through Congress.
During a rare Portland visit, Trumka called out Oregon's senior senator and three Congressional representatives – Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader – for siding with President Barack Obama as he seeks "fast track" authority to negotiate a Trans-Pacific Partnership between 12 nations.
Trumka and most other leaders in the organized labor movement contend the trade pact would drive down wages and lead to more outsourcing of U.S. jobs while offering no labor and environmental protections.
"I'm blowing the whistle, quite frankly" on the three Portland-area Democrats and Wyden "for being on the wrong side of this issue," said Trumka.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue May 19, 2015, 04:03 PM (4 replies)
This is rather odd, especially the Breitbart part, but hey ... actually it's rather cool that there is growing bipartisan opposition to the TPP. Is Obama going to arrest & jail Senator Sessions now? Maybe this will embolden more and more Congress peeps to speak out loud about the travesty called TPP.
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Sen. Sessions Takes a Bold Step: Tells the Truth About TPP
May 18, 2015 * by Kevin Zeese * Popular Resistance
Sessions Reads the TPP and Exposes Its Contents, Other Elected Officials Should Do the Same
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is one of the few members of Congress who has taken the time to jump through the hoops and read the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But, he has gone a step farther than other members – he told members of Congress what he read. He told the truth about what the TPP says and why Congress should oppose it in a five page letter to his colleagues.
Sessions’ action flies in the face of the threats made by the US Trade Representative to prosecute elected officials who tell people what is in the trade agreement. Others should follow his example and get out the truth about the TPP.
The debate in the Senate begins on Tuesday, May 19. This is an opportunity for Senators to tell their colleagues the truth about what is in the TPP. Sessions’ “Dear Colleague” letter was leaked and reported in Breitbart. Senators from both parties may want to take a similar approach. Even better, during the debate on the Senate floor there will be an opportunity for amendments that expose problems with the TPP. Senators can tell their colleagues and, through C-SPAN, their constituents the truth about what is in the TPP.
How Senator Sessions Exposed the Truth about TPP
Breitbart has written two articles on Sessions’ revelations. In “Critical Alert: Jeff Sessions Warns America Against Potentially Disastrous Obama Trade Deal,” they report:
“’Congress has the responsibility to ensure that any international trade agreement entered into by the United States must serve the national interest, not merely the interests of those crafting the proposal in secret,’ Sessions’ team writes in a document that lays out the top five concerns with the Obama trade deal. ‘It must improve the quality of life, the earnings, and the per-capita wealth of everyday working Americans. The sustained long-term loss of middle class jobs and incomes should compel all lawmakers to apply added scrutiny to a ‘fast-track’ procedure wherein Congress would yield its legislative powers and allow the White House to implement one of largest global financial agreements in our history—comprising at least 12 nations and nearly 40 percent of the world’s GDP.’ . . .
“The Sessions document then goes point-by-point for five full pages through the TPA trade deal, laying out why it wouldn’t help Americans—rather, it would likely hurt American workers—and why the deal doesn’t in fact provide Congress with more power over trade despite talking points from the Obama trade deal’s proponents . . .”
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue May 19, 2015, 03:16 PM (67 replies)
Police warn big budget cuts will lead to 'paramilitary' force
Steve White, chair of the Police Federation, says service is ‘on its knees’, and predicts end of policing by consent and move towards more violent style.
by Vikram Dodd * May 17, 2015 * The Guardian
Police will be forced to adopt a “paramilitary” style of enforcement if the government inflicts big budget cuts on them, the head of the police officers’ organisation has warned.
Steve White, chair of the Police Federation, said his 123,000 members, from police constables to inspectors, fear a move towards a more violent style of policing as they try to keep law and order with even fewer officers than now.
White told the Guardian that more cuts would be devastating: “You get a style of policing where the first options are teargas, rubber bullets and water cannon, which are the last options in the UK.”
White said cuts would see the bedrock principle of British law enforcement, policing by consent, ripped apart.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sun May 17, 2015, 09:46 PM (1 replies)
FBI’s warning of white supremacists infiltrating law enforcement nearly forgotten
by Samuel V. Jones * May 12, 2015 * The Grio
Because of intensifying civil strife over the recent killings of unarmed black men and boys, many Americans are wondering, “What’s wrong with our police?” Remarkably, one of the most compelling but unexplored explanations may rest with a FBI warning of October 2006, which reported that “White supremacist infiltration of law enforcement” represented a significant national threat.
Several key events preceded the report. A federal court found that members of a Los Angeles sheriffs department formed a Neo Nazi gang and habitually terrorized the black community. Later, the Chicago police department fired Jon Burge, a detective with reputed ties to the Ku Klux Klan, after discovering he tortured over 100 black male suspects. Thereafter, the Mayor of Cleveland discovered that many of the city police locker rooms were infested with “White Power” graffiti. Years later, a Texas sheriff department discovered that two of its deputies were recruiters for the Klan.
In near prophetic fashion, after the FBI’s warning, white supremacy extremism in the U.S. increased, exponentially. From 2008 to 2014, the number of white supremacist groups, reportedly, grew from 149 to nearly a thousand, with no apparent abatement in their infiltration of law enforcement.
This year, alone, at least seven San Francisco law enforcement officers were suspended after an investigation revealed they exchanged numerous “White Power” communications laden with remarks about “lynching African-Americans and burning crosses.” Three reputed Klan members that served as correction officers were arrested for conspiring to murder a black inmate. At least four Fort Lauderdale police officers were fired after an investigation found that the officers fantasized about killing black suspects.
LINK TO FBI SOURCE DOCUMENT "White Supremacists Infiltrating Law Enforcement"
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sat May 16, 2015, 01:25 PM (70 replies)
Geesh, it's been "headliner news" on both CNN and MSNBC now for how
many days? .. and it goes on and on and on .. it's now 13 minus into 4pm
"news" on these two channels, and they are still parsing this complete non-story.
Sports is sports, not "news" IMHO. It would be like leading the sport channel
hour with 13 minutes of what's going on in the stock market, or ME wars.
Kind of makes me wonder what the hell's REALLY going on that they SHOULD be
talking about, like RW schemes to get the Balimore prosecutor to recuse herself,
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Mon May 11, 2015, 07:13 PM (23 replies)
If You’re Wondering If Hillary Is Turning Populist, Just Ask Her Banker Friends
Hillary Clinton is trying to recast herself as the future president of the people—but she’ll need more than a PR campaign to erase her long-standing ties to Wall Street.
By Nomi Prins * May 7, 2015 * The Nation
The past, especially the political past, doesn’t just provide clues to the present. In the realm of the presidency and Wall Street, it provides an ongoing pathway for political-financial relationships and policies that remain a threat to the American economy going forward.
When Hillary Clinton video-announced her bid for the Oval Office, she claimed she wanted to be a “champion” for the American people. Since then, she has attempted to recast herself as a populist and distance herself from some of the policies of her husband. But Bill Clinton did not become president without sharing the friendships, associations, and ideologies of the elite banking sect, nor will Hillary Clinton. Such relationships run too deep and are too longstanding.
To grasp the dangers that the Big Six banks (JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley) presently pose to the financial stability of our nation and the world, you need to understand their history in Washington, starting with the Clinton years of the 1990s. Alliances established then (not exclusively with Democrats, since bankers are bipartisan by nature) enabled these firms to become as politically powerful as they are today and to exert that power over an unprecedented amount of capital. Rest assured of one thing: their past and present CEOs will prove as critical in backing a Hillary Clinton presidency as they were in enabling her husband’s years in office.
In return, today’s titans of finance and their hordes of lobbyists, more than half of whom held prior positions in the government, exact certain requirements from Washington. They need to know that a safety net or bailout will always be available in times of emergency and that the regulatory road will be open to whatever practices they deem most profitable.
This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. This piece has been adapted and updated by Nomi Prins from chapters 18 and 19 of her book All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power, just out in paperback (Nation Books).
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Fri May 8, 2015, 01:08 AM (8 replies)
Don't Underestimate Bernie Sanders
The Vermont senator's authentic outrage over how the super rich have distorted America’s economy and bought its government will find an eager audience.
By PETER BEINART * MAY 6, 2015 * The Atlantic
“Don’t underestimate me,” declared newly announced presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. That may be good advice.
By conventional standards, Sanders’s candidacy is absurd: He’s not well known, he doesn’t have big money donors, he’s not charismatic, and by Beltway standards, he’s ideologically extreme. But candidates with these liabilities have caught fire before. Think of Jerry Brown, who despite little funding and an oddball reputation outlasted a series of more conventional candidates to emerge as Bill Clinton’s most serious challenger in 1992. Or Pat Buchanan, who struck terror in the GOP establishment by winning the New Hampshire primary in 1996. Or Howard Dean, who began 2003 in obscurity and ended it as the Democratic frontrunner (before collapsing in the run-up to the Iowa Caucuses). Or Ron Paul, who in 2012 finished second in New Hampshire and came within three points of winning Iowa.
What did all these insurgents share? They gave authentic voice to the grievances of their time. In the wake of a congressional banking scandal and a congressional pay hike, Brown vowed to take “take back America from the confederacy of corruption, careerism, and campaign consulting in Washington.” In an era of escalating globalization, Buchanan promised a “conservatism that looks out for the men and women of this country whose jobs have been sacrificed on the altars of trade deals done for the benefit of trans-national corporations who have no loyalty to our country.” In a Democratic Party whose activists felt betrayed by their leaders’ support for the Iraq War, Dean pledged “to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.”
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Fri May 8, 2015, 12:51 AM (3 replies)
FBI Admits to Using High-Tech Spy Planes to Monitor Freddie Gray Protests
FBI won't say whether Joint Terror Task Force was used.
By Adam Johnson * AlterNet * May 7, 2015
Baltimore joins a growing list of cities where anti-police brutality protests have fallen under the purview of FBI’s surveillance apparatus. According to yesterday’s Baltimore Sun, federal authorities used their sophisticated fleet of spy aircraft to “watch over Baltimore in the wake of rioting”. FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson insisted the aircraft were used to help Baltimore Police “keep an eye out for criminal activity”:
The admission was in response to amatuer sleuths noticing unsual flight activity about the Baltimore area. As the Washington Post reported on Tuesday:
Discovery of the flights — which involved at least two airplanes and the assistance of the FBI — has prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to demand answers about the legal authority for the operations and the reach of the technology used. Planes armed with the latest surveillance systems can monitor larger areas than police helicopters and stay overhead longer, raising novel civil liberties issues that have so far gotten little scrutiny from courts.
Civil libertarians have particular concern about surveillance technology that can quietly gather images across dozens of city blocks — in some cases even square miles at a time — inevitably capturing the movements of people under no suspicion of criminal activity into a government dragnet. The ACLU plans to file information requests with federal agencies on Wednesday, officials said.
The airplane’s surveillance technology, as Arstechnica points out, was perfected overseas in US wars Iraq and Afghanistan.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Thu May 7, 2015, 09:17 PM (9 replies)
Now that every gun-nut & their brother are carrying deadly weapons
everywhere, are we feeling "safer" yet?
Kentucky Sheriff’s Deputy Accidentally Shoots His Mother In Church
By DEBORAH MONTESANO * MAY 5, 2015 3:55 PM * Addicting Info
Gun owners don’t get any more responsible than law enforcement officers, right? After all, they are experts, having received training in how to handle weapons — or so logic would tell us.
Then how is it that a Kentucky sheriff’s deputy managed to accidentally shoot his own mother? In church. At a wedding.
McCracken County deputy Cory Golightly escorted his mother to a wedding on May 2. The wedding wasn’t in McCracken County. It was at the Bardwell Baptist Church in neighboring Carlisle County.
Nevertheless, Golightly saw fit to carry a gun in his jacket. To the wedding. In church.
Between the ceremony and leaving for the reception, the gun fell out of Golightly’s jacket and shot his mother through the abdomen. This was no superficial wound. The woman underwent abdominal surgery at a local hospital, where she is reportedly in stable condition.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Wed May 6, 2015, 01:47 PM (45 replies)
This Is Who Gives Money To Bernie Sanders – And How Much
AUTHOR: RYAN DENSON * MAY 3, 2015 6:33 PM * Addicting Info
“All politicians are the same. They work for special interest groups that will make them rich.” I am sure you have heard this from at least one person in life. You might have actually said it yourself. However, everyone truly knows that is not true. There is usually a “but…” followed by their preferred candidate.
Well, I’m not sure who your preferred candidate is, I’m not entirely sure who mine is. What I can tell you is that one candidate, Bernie Sanders, is true when he says he’s for the little guy. How do I know? It’s not in his fiery, passionate speeches, and witty quips. It’s not how he votes when Congress is in session. It’s how much he gets in campaign donations, and who he gets it from.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sun May 3, 2015, 09:17 PM (3 replies)