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I don't care what other people decide to feed their families
I DO care what I feed MY family.
There appears to be an effort to force people to eat what they have decided they do not want to eat.
That effort is coming from pro-GMOers.
So all I want to say is: Feed your family what you want.
Don't tell other people what they should feed their families.
If your product is so great and you are worried that people are not buying it because you refuse to label it, then just go ahead and label it and your problem will be solved.
It seems simple to me.
Eat what you want, the rest of us will eat what we want.
Why are we being bombarded with promotions for GMOs that they still refuse to label?
Posted by sabrina 1 | Sun Mar 15, 2015, 01:12 PM (366 replies)
In about-face, Sweden offers to question Assange in London
WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said the Swedish decision was "a victory for Julian," but criticized the delay.
"I think it's absolutely outrageous that it took the Swedish prosecutor 4 1/2 years to come to this conclusion after maintaining that she couldn't come to London because it would be illegal to do so," he said. "Obviously that was a bogus argument."
Under heavy criticism, worldwide AND from within the Swedish Government itself, Prosecutor Marianne Ny tries to cover the lie she has been telling for nearly four years now, claiming NOW that she is concerned the statute of limitations will run out on some of the allegations.
Well, YES, so why did she refuse to do this right away? Why did she lie and claim there was a Legal Impediment to doing so?
Marianne Ny's name will go down in infamy for her egregious cooperation with those who had a vested interest in silencing the press.
For years, the Swedish Prosecutor and those who were part of the plot to silence Wikileaks and Julian Assange made the false claim that they could not file charges against Assange without taking the 'final step' under Swedish Law, an interview with the accused and falsely claimed that interview could only be conducted in Sweden.
That was an outright LIE.
Never mind that Assange had tried to obtain that interview while in Sweden, staying longer than he intended while the Prosecutors repeatedly put off that interview.
Never mind either than Assange DID speak to the Swedish Police, something that was constantly ignored by the propagandists whose mission was certainly NOT the facts, but to smear someone personally when they could not contradict the facts released by Wikileaks, a Whistle Blowing Web Site.
And also do not forget that the first Prosecutor threw out the case after which this prosecutor was installed in order to overturn that decision.
For years, people interested in the FACTS, stated over and over again that there was NO LEGAL IMPEDIMENT to the Prosecutor interviewing Assange in London.
And for years, they were told they were wrong.
Clearly they were RIGHT.
One other thing to remember about this particular Prosecutor.
She spent her career insisting that any case related to sex crimes, MUST BE PROSECUTED INSTANTLY, as quickly as possible for the sake of the women involved.
Why, then did she LIE about this CASE? Clearly the interests of the women were no longer her concern.
So what WAS her concern if it wasn't the women?
I think most people around the globe figured that out a long time ago.
From as far back as 2010 people around the world knew this whole thing was nothing more than a smear campaign intended to silence the press.
Here's an example of the many articles that were on to the scam that long ago:
Marianne Ny: Making an arse of Swedish law
What has been intriguing me more is the behavior of the Sweden’s director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny. The available information on her charges and actions against Julian Assange, the founder and head of Wikileaks, indicates that she is driven more by the politics than any respect for the law.
The shameful treatment of Whistle Blowers throughout this era will also go down in history.
Posted by sabrina 1 | Fri Mar 13, 2015, 01:34 PM (421 replies)
It's seems to be piling up awards!
It has also won the Directors Guild Award.
People are starving for the truth!
Thank you to all the Whistle Blowers and Journalists who have had the courage to try to protect our Constitutional Democracy.
History will be the judge!
Posted by sabrina 1 | Mon Feb 23, 2015, 09:52 PM (27 replies)
Notice the MSM's headline in the link. They are still obsessed with Snowden's girlfriend it seems:
Edward Snowden's Girlfriend Makes an Appearance
Mills joined director Laura Poitras, producer Dirk Wilutzky and journalist Glenn Greenwald onstage.
Poitras’ film documents her initial meeting in Hong Kong with Snowden.
Snowden was charged under the federal Espionage Act and is currently living in asylum in Russia. Because of the sensitive nature of the footage, Poitras made "Citizenfour" under intense secrecy and edited it in Germany.
"Thank you to Edward Snowden for his courage, and for the many other whistleblowers, and I share this with Glenn Greenwald and other journalists who are exposing truth," Poitras said when accepting the award.
Laura Poitras Dedicates 'Citizenfour' Best Documentary Win To Edward Snowden
"Citizenfour" won Best Documentary at the Oscars on Sunday night. Director Laura Poitras accepted the award with Glenn Greenwald by her side.
"The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don't only expose a threat to privacy but to democracy itself," she said "Thank you to Edward Snowden and to the many other whistleblowers."
The oppressive treatment of Whistle Blowers, while the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against the Constitution walk free, should now, if it wasn't always, be enough of an embarrassment to this country that the persecution of Whistle Blowers should stop.
What should happen is some serious investigations into the revelations by Chelsea Manning, eg, who WARNED her country about the Maliki Government in Iraq's torture and oppression of its population, which has now led to the creation of ISIS.
But there was no investigation into those revelations, the Whistle Blower was given 35 years and effectively silenced.
Chelsea Manning should have her ridiculous conviction vacated as soon as possible and restitution ought to be made to her for the persecution and torture she was subjected to.
Laura Poitras is an incredibly brave woman and when this chapter of history is finally written, she, and all those who, in the face of the threats to their own freedom, insisted on telling the truth.
Posted by sabrina 1 | Mon Feb 23, 2015, 01:15 PM (59 replies)
By Giulian's standards, Clinton is a real patriot. Not so though, Giuliani himself.
Bill Clinton's Administration stopped more Terror Attacks on this country than Ronald Reagan.
At least one of which would have been far worse than 9/11.
He did so because he LISTENED to the warnings coming from the Intel Community and other allies.
But Giuliani?? The man allowed one of the biggest attacks on this country to happen, because of his ARROGANCE.
He refused to take the advice of veteran Terror Experts who had warned him for years, that NYC would likely be a target AGAIN.
After the attack on the WTC in 1993 it was generally expected that it would happen again.
But GIULIANI was CONFIDENT that 'NYC is the SAFEST City in the World'!
Yes, we NYers all remember his refusal to take threats seriously, in case it might interfere with TOURISM and MONEY flowing into the city.
On that tragic day he was running to hide in his bunker.
The bunker he was TOLD not to place in a likely 'target area'.
But once again, Giuliani refused to listen. HE knew best.
So we saw him wandering the streets of NYC after the attack, dazed and confused, because he had nowhere to go!
There was no Command Center from which to organize due to this man's failure to listen.
Reports say he pushed people out of the way after realizing his bunker was not safe, in order to get out himself.
He also had refused to provide NYC Fire Fighters with equipment that WORKED.
He wasn't about to cancel a lucrative contract that paid for the faulty equipment that FAILED on the day it was most needed.
Fire Fighters across the country blame him for the deaths of hundreds of Fire Fighters that day.
But just mention the world 'terror' or '9/11' when he is within earshot, and you risk being given a sales pitch.
No patriot would have sought to profit from that tragic day.
Giuliani needs to shut his mouth about 'patriotism' because while he may be too dense to realize it, he is among the most despised people among actual Patriots such as the country's Fire Fighters, in this country right now.
Here you can find a summation of the failure of 'America's Mayor' (thanks again ignorant MSM) both before and after 9/11:
Rudy Giuliani was a 9/11 Failure
A. PRIOR TO 9/11
1. IGNORING THE FBI - When the WTC was attacked in 1993 and we had a President who actually captured and killed EVERY person responsible for those attacks, the FBI released a series of recommendations to NYC to follow in the mid 1990s. But Giuliani, by that point replacing a competent Bill Bratton with an incompetent Howard Safir (and later third grade detective and door holder Bernie Kerik) put his ego (Giuliani is an incompetent leader and only feels secure around people even more incompetent) ahead of security and snubbed his nose at the FBI. Had these recommendations been implemented, more American lives in NYC would have been saved on 9/11.
2. FIREFIGHTER EQUIPMENT - Part of those recommendations were to give the firefighters radio equipment to communicate from ground to air. Those on the ground knew that the WTC would collapse 15-20 minutes down the road. IF the firefighters had the proper radio equipment, they would have been told to get out. Instead, they climbed to their death.
3. The COMMAND CENTER IN THE SKY - Only an idiot builds a command center 23 stories in the sky next to a major target of terrorists AFTER being told by the FBI NOT TO. Had there been an operational command center on 9/11, more lives would have been saved.
4. COORDINATION OF DEPARTMENTS - Again Giuliani the incompetent ignored the FBI recommendations to coordinate police with fire and EMT. Instead, we had a bunch of people running around not knowing what to do. This indecisiveness and confusion cost lives on 9/11.
B. GIULIANI ON 9/11
1. INTRODUCTION - Of the 3 categories, Giuliani will get his highest marks here by default. What Giuliani does best is speak to the camera and he did that well. But giving press conferences as opposed to taking meaningful actions are two different things. And keep in mind that with Bush reading My Pet Goat, ANYBODY would have looked good compared to Bush.
2. RUNNING AROUND, DOING NOTHING - From 8:46 am to 10:00 am was the time for Giuliani to be a leader. And Giuliani failed. He spent the time wandering the streets of lower Manhattan aimlessly not knowing what to do. He was lost and clueless. (The press conferences came later.)
3. SCREWING THE FIREFIGHTERS - Giuliani and his brass had the opportunity to save lives but didn't. Instead they got word that the WTC might collapse. Instead of captains taking 2 extra minutes to help their sailors, Giuliani decided to jump ship without the thought of trying to send word to the firefighter to get out of the buildings.
C. AFTER 9/11
1. EPA CORRUPTION - Giuliani and the Bush administration concealed environmental hazards and air conditions at 9/11 basically sending rescue workers to their deaths down the road. This is shameful.
2. LAWSUITS - Instead of helping the victims of 9/11 recover, Giuliani and Bush have been preventing these plaintiffs from getting what they are entitled to. Hero my ass.
3. PROFITTING OFF 9/11 - It's been well documented how Giuliani has exploited this tragedy for personal profit. The thing is Giuliani didn't do anything.
4. STEALING 9/11 VICTIM FUND MONEY - This is the one that should destroy Giuliani. To have the chutzpah to take money meant for the widows of 9/11 and redirecting it to his cronies is unforgivable.
5. TRIED SUSPENDING DEMOCRACY - If the terrorists hate us for our freedom, they sure must love Giuliani for Rudy tried to extend his term as mayor for 3 extra months.
6. IGNORING BIN LADEN, PRAISING BUSH During the 2004 convention, Giuliani said "Thank God George W Bush is our president." (I'd love for Democrats to make a commercial out of that in 2008 if Giuliani did get the nomination.) But what pissed New Yorkers off most is how Giuliani didn't give a flying __ about capturing Bin Laden and instead being a cheerleader for unrelated policies. New Yorkers want Bin Laden dead and Giuliani gave us a big middle finger.
The record as a whole shows Giuliani to be a miserable failure on 9/11 and his status as some kind of hero is completely mythological and driven by the corporate media. Somewhere in a safe house in Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden was probably saying to himself, "Thank Allah George W Bush is President, Thank Allah Rudy Giuliani is Mayor of New York City. The death toll would never have been as high without them."
And don't get me started on the Corporate Media created 9/11 HERO, Giuliani's TOP COP, Bernie Kerrik.
Giuliani's most trusted confidente turned out to be, as most NYers had already figured out, a FELON, convicted and sentenced to 4 years on 8 charges of corruption.
Asleep at the wheel, America's Corporate Media, (they should have talked to any NYer who could have told them, 'this is no hero') AND the Bush Administration, either totally unaware of the long time 'rumors' of who Kerik actually was, or THEY DIDN'T CARE, Fawned over Kerik as much as they did over his Boss.
Bush going so far as to appoint him to Iraq, where he totally failed, and later to try to nominate him as Homeland Security Chief!
THE HYPOCRISY OF BERNIE KERIK
George W. Bush foolishly relied upon Rudy Giuliani’s false assurances in selecting Kerik for a cabinet position
The nomination quickly unraveled as numerous disturbing facts about Kerik began to surface. A few days of digging by news organizations revealed that Bush had planned to entrust one of the most sensitive jobs in his cabinet to a man who had failed to report lavish gifts he received as a New York City official, had declared personal bankruptcy and was the subject of an arrest warrant in a civil case involving unpaid condominium fees. A cover story was quickly concocted about taxes not being paid for a nanny who allegedly worked for Kerik and citing this issue, Kerik promptly withdrew his nomination. The nanny story, too, soon unraveled as it became apparent that there was no nanny working for Kerik. A New York Times story ran with the headline “Not even those who lived nearby can shed light on nanny's identity.” It was becoming clear that Kerik’s unsuitability was premised upon wrongdoing much more serious than merely hiring undocumented household help.
It was reported that Kerik’s overseer, Rudy Giuliani, vouched for Kerik and convinced the Bush White House that the normal vetting process for a cabinet nominee was not required. It is likely that Giuliani was well aware of what would have been revealed but in his zeal to install a loyal underling who could have greatly aided Giuliani’s consulting business, personal assurances were given and Bush’s people were at least temporarily satisfied.
9/11 self-aggrandizer, Rudy Giuliani, vouched for Kerik’s trustworthiness, allowing him to at least initially escape the normal vetting process for a cabinet nominee
So Giuliani doesn't think that President Obama is 'Patriotic Enough'?? Has anyone asked him how he feels about his Top Cop these days?
If I were the President, I would consider the source and take any reference to my patriotism coming from this despicable human being, as a Huge Compliment!
The lies the MSM tells us. NYers always knew Giuliani and his Top Cop were no heroes, but it was painful to watch the deification of these two for so long knowing that nothing could be further from the truth.
He should have been prosecuted after 9/11 for his gross incompetence and refusal to protect the city he was supposed to protect.
Instead the Corporate Media created a fake hero out of someone who was dishonest, cowardly and a bully who did nothing to save lives that day, but has managed to make a fortune out of that tragedy.
Posted by sabrina 1 | Thu Feb 19, 2015, 04:12 PM (14 replies)
Repub Sen. Inhofe, shows FAKE 'Russians in Ukraine' Photos to Congress. Then is forced to apologize!
With huge amounts of egg on his war-mongering face, Republican Senator Inhofe, after initially, and with the required amount of OUTRAGE that these photos PROVED the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine, presented his fake info to the media and the Senate, he tries to wriggle out of his huge faux pas with a 'conditional' apology.
But thanks to fact checkers, Bloggers again, no longer willing to take war mongers at face value, Inhofe was forced to admit that he had made a mistake.
Do our Senators no longer have paid staffs to fact check stuff as important as this before spreading potentially incorrect information to the media?
Sen. Inhofe Blames ‘Ukrainian Delegation’ for Providing Him with Bogus War Atrocity Photos
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today blamed a Ukrainian delegation for the photos supposedly depicting Russian atrocities in Ukraine, which he provided to a DC news site and subsequently discovered were outdated.
According to BuzzFeed, Inhofe’s office told them that the photos, eventually published by the Washington Free Beacon, had come from a “delegation” including two first-year members of parliament, some academics, and some military officers.
Why is he blaming someone else? Isn't it HIS job, when he gets material from people with an agenda, a WAR agenda at that, to thoroughly fact check the information before using it for the purpose of ramping up OUTRAGE that COULD lead to war?
Image of photos that turned out to be fake, sent to the media by Inhofe's office:
Feelings, nothing more than feelings, are all that are required now from a US Senator asking for money for WAR, before presenting his EVIDENCE as to why our tax dollars need to be spent, on MORE WAR:
“We felt confident to release these photos because the images match the reporting of what is going on in the region,” Inhofe said in a statement to BuzzFeed. “I was furious to learn one of the photos provided now appears to be falsified from an AP photo taken in 2008.
Maybe he better check his OTHER 'sources' also?? Might be a good idea before the neocons drag us into yet another war!
And maybe the media should fact check what our Senators are sending them before THEY publish, blindly apparently, the information themselves?
Last night, the Free Beacon updated its story with the headline “Updated: Provenance of Photos Showing Atrocities Questioned,” and added the reporting from BuzzFeed in their final update. “The Washington Free Beacon regrets the error,” they added.
And from CSpan:
See Video of Inhofe with his fake photos on Senate Floor:
Senator Inhofe Shows Fake Photos To Congress from Ukraine War
Video of Sen. James Inhofe presenting photographs to the Senate on Feb. 11 of what he said were Russian tanks in Ukraine last year. Two of the three images were in fact taken in 2008 during Russia's war with Georgia; the third shows Russian-backed separatists.
And more from the NYT:
Sifting Ukrainian Fact From Ukrainian Fiction
In his prepared remarks, Mr. Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, said the images of “Russian troops in T-72 tanks, B.T.R. armored personnel carriers, and B.M.P. infantry fighting vehicles entering eastern Ukraine” constituted evidence of “an invasion of the Ukraine by Russia.”
While none of his colleagues saw anything amiss with the presentation, The Washington Free Beacon, a friendly conservative news outlet Mr. Inhofe’s staff provided the same images to, acknowledged on Thursday that “serious questions have been raised about the authenticity of some of the photographs” by bloggers with access to Google Image search.
So once AGAIN, America has to rely on BLOGGERS to 'vet' information being used by our Representatives, to demand FUNDING for Foreign Wars, which is what Inhofe was using those fake photos for!
And in case anyone thinks that NO ONE would ever LIE to get us into WAR, a reminder, an article documenting the deceptions that led to the disastrous Invasion of Iraq:
Lie After Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew Ten Years Ago Today and What He Said
Clearly, Powell's loyalty to George Bush extended to being willing to deceive the world: the United Nations, Americans, and the coalition troops about to be sent to kill and die in Iraq. He's never been held accountable for his actions, and it's extremely unlikely he ever will be.
Whenever there are neocons involved, and there are in Ukraine, people need to read and listen very carefully to what they are being told.
We learned that from Iraq, or did we?
Posted by sabrina 1 | Tue Feb 17, 2015, 02:49 PM (65 replies)
Sen. Sanders was giving a speech at the Brookings Institute when he responded to a question regarding Bibi's speech to Congress. He stated he would be skipping Bibi's speech.
I thought by now that speech would have been cancelled. But apparently not.
Bernie Sanders is Skipping Netanyahu's Speech to Congress
In a Q&A at the Brookings Institution, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said that he would skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden's office had announced a scheduling conflict that would keep him away from the speech. Sanders had no such conflict: He was insulted by the end-run Republicans had done around the White House.
"I'm not thinking about it," said Sanders. "I'm not going. I may watch it on TV."
He might watch it on TV, he says, so I guess Bibi is still planning on coming.
Sanders is the first U.S. senator, and the first potential Democratic presidential candidate, to stake a position against the Netanyahu speech. He's definitely the first Netanyahu-boycotter to have spent time working on a kibbutz in Israel. Sanders, who has defended the Jewish state in the past, was making a move that would have been unthinkable just a few months ago.
Tellingly, the question did not come from the assembled press. It came from an audience member, after Sanders snarked about how many media questions were focusing on whether Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren would also run for president.
"This is kind of what media does," said Sanders, rebuffing a question about some recent progressive endorsements for Warren. "It likes to speculate. If you'll forgive me, I'm not into speculation."
As de Blasio said after winning by an overwhelming majority in NYC, 'Dems have to have a spine' to fight for this country, Bernie appears to have what it takes to be a leader.
He was asked about running for president in the article:
At Brookings, as he'd done at primary state speeches, Sanders talked openly about a 2016 presidential bid and what it would cost. "If you had 2 million people putting in $100, that's $200 million," he suggested. "Is that enough? I don't know. Maybe the game is over."
More reports on Sen. Sanders decision to boycott Netanyahu's speech:
Senator Bernie Sanders will Boycott Netanyahu Speech
He has a lot more to say about the Warmongers in Congress in the article also.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who is flirting with a 2016 presidential bid, today became the first U.S. senator to officially announce he will skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress next month.
Sanders, the longest-serving Independent in Congress, said it was wrong that the president wasn't consulted about the prime minister's visit. His statement came during a Q&A session after a speech at the Brookings Institution.
Three House Democrats have said they will boycott Netanyahu's speech, according to the Associated Press, and some Senate Democrats said they are considering it, including the number two Democrat in the Senate Dick Durbin, R-Illinois. Vice President Joe Biden also will not attend the speech because he will be traveling abroad.
Only 3 Democrats! Oh well, it was nice to think for a while that they would stand up against Netanyahu's shameful insult to the President. But as someone else said, 'don't count on it'!
So thank you once again Sen. Sanders for doing what is right for our country!
Posted by sabrina 1 | Mon Feb 9, 2015, 04:06 PM (30 replies)
I read this week that VP Biden 'hasn't decided yet whether or not to attend Netanyahu's speech' to Congress! Why?
The plot hatched between Israeli Ambassador Dermer and Netanyahu to use Boehner in order to undermine President Obama's efforts for a peaceful resolution with Iran, has outraged world leaders from the US to Europe to Israel itself.
So what is the problem? These plotters insulted this COUNTRY, by insulting its President.
Dems, who were on board with Bibi initially, like Menendez eg, have begun to change their minds since the tide turned so swiftly after the nefarious plot was exposed.
They are now expressing their own intentions not to vote for Menendez's own Amendment to increase sanctions on Iran, Bibi's reason for coming to encourage them to do so against the President's wishes.
What is everyone waiting for? The Israeli Ambassador also treated Kerry like garbage when he kept quiet about the plot during a visit from Kerry to the Israeli Embassy.
Kerry has stated, rightfully, he will not be meeting with Bibi if he comes to the US.
French President Hollande did not hesitate to show his displeasure when Netanyahu insulted HIM by refusing to comply with a request HE made and simply doing what HE wanted.
Hollande asked Netanyahu not to attend Paris memorial march
Hollande's anger at Netanyahu was evident during the ceremony held Sunday evening following the march at the Grand Synagogue in Paris, an event attended by hundreds of members of the local Jewish community.
Hollande sat through most of the ceremony, but when Netanyahu's turn at the podium arrived, the French president got up from his seat and made an early exit.
When the French Govt found out that Netanyahu intended to defy their request, they invited Abbas to the ceremony and their reaction to Bibi's flaunting of their authority, was swift.
Israel PM defied France to join Paris march: reports
"Hollande sat through most of the ceremony, but when Netanyahu's turn at the podium arrived, the French president got up from his seat and made an early exit."
"Before Netanyahu began his speech, President Hollande left with his entourage... The impressive delegation of leaders from the Muslim community who attended the ceremony also chose to leave. They all, apparently, had prior commitments."
Netanyahu's conduct was widely criticised by Israeli commentators.
"It was embarrassing, not to say disgraceful, to see Israel's prime minister yesterday trying to push his way onto a bus that he was not supposed to board, making his way determinedly from the second row (where he was placed) to the row of leaders walking in front (which he took over), behaving in a mourning parade as in an election rally," Ben Caspit wrote in the rightwing Maariv newspaper.
"The reprisal was not late in coming. President Francois Hollande fell on Abu Mazen’s (Abbas's) shoulders in a close embrace but greeted Netanyahu with a frozen hand."
It's way past time to teach this authoritarian who appears to believe he has so much control of our Congress, a hard lesson.
Democrats AND Biden need to announce TODAY, that the Bibi/Dremer/Boehner plot for a speech to a 'joint session of Congress' will not be happening.
Calling hesitant Democrats worked to help them step back from their initial support for this disaster.
So if we continue to call them, maybe for once, Bibi will get a lesson he so needs and for so long.
The Ambassador Dremer also needs to hear what the American people think of foreign agents interfering with their President's Foreign Policies. He seemed to think we don't matter at all.
Israeli Embassy Phone #: (202) 364-5500
Posted by sabrina 1 | Fri Feb 6, 2015, 07:18 PM (29 replies)
23 Years After Rodney King, Victims of Police Violence Get Even Less Justice
Rodney King (second from right) leaving a courthouse in 1994.
On March 3, 1991 the California Highway Patrol pulled over Rodney King for speeding after a brief chase. He was subsequently Tased and beaten by four L.A.P.D. officers, while another 10 or so stood by and watched. He was unarmed.
On March 8, 1991, only five days after the incident, the district attorney in Los Angeles impaneled a grand jury, asking for indictments for assault and excessive force by a police officer against four officers. On March 14, the grand jury returned indictments for all four officers—11 days after the incident.
The trial began on February 3, 1992. A new, more police friendly venue was eventually chosen for the trial. It was transferred to the East County Courthouse in Simi Valley, Ventura County. There were no Afrcan Americans on the jury.
Three of the four officers were acquitted on April 29, 1992. Riots began in which eventually 53 people died, thousands were injured, more thousands arrested, and there was over $1 billion in property damage.
The day after the verdicts, President George H.W. Bush ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate possible federal charges against the officers. William Barr was attorney general. Bush said when he watched the video of Rodney King he “felt anger, felt pain,” and he wondered, “How am I going to explain this to my grandchildren?” Los Angeles Chief of Police Daryl Gates said after watching the video, “It was a very, very extreme use of force--extreme for any police department in America. But for the L.A.P.D., considered by many to be the finest, most professional police department in the world, it was more than extreme. It was impossible.”
That was back then. Rodney King wasn't shot to death. But the brutality of the assault was horrific, the acquittal of three of the perpetrators, an outrage, as stated even by people like Bush Sr and acknowledged by Police Chief Daryl Gates as an extreme us of force.
On August 4, 1992 a federal grand jury returned indictments against all four officers. A trial was held and two officers were found guilty. They were sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. The U.S. Department of Justice appealed the officers’ sentences to the United States Supreme Court, arguing that they were overly lenient.
Compare these GJ indictments to TODAY'S GJ decisions, in cases where UNARMED African Americans were shot to DEATH by police. And compare the reaction of the Department of Justice back then which went to the Supreme Court complaining about the leniency of the sentencing!
That case shamed this country. You would think that things might have improved regarding police brutality, especially against African Americans, since then.
Twenty-three years later, the nation’s attention is captured by a series of brutal attacks on black men by police officers. This time, the attacks are deadlier, the use of force against the black men has escalated from a brutal beating to shooting and choking to death. Even Sergeant Stacey Koon, the supervisor on scene who oversaw the beating of King and instructed his officers to continue beyond any reasonable point of submission, testified at trial that he had instructed the original responding C.H.P. officers to holster their firearms because he wanted to avoid using deadly force if he could. He later went to federal prison. It’s a terribly uncomfortable twist of fate that we can now look to Sergeant Stacey Koon’s actions as an example of police restraint.
As the article says, Police Brutality has ESCALATED since then from broken bones to DEADLY FORCE against unarmed African Americans.
Michael Brown, John Crawford 111, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, a little boy, and so many others, unarmed, shot to death by Police, and not a single GJ indictment!
Who could ever have predicted that we could look back at the Rodney King case and compare Sgt Coon, favorably, to today's brutal cops?
Something has gone terribly wrong and appears to be getting worse, and no one in a position to do so, appears to be willing to do anything about it.
Posted by sabrina 1 | Wed Feb 4, 2015, 04:26 PM (8 replies)
Before the subversive plot, hatched by Netanyahu and Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, to enlist Boehner and his Republican Cohorts to undermine President Obama's (and five other nations') efforts to resolve the Iran Nuclear Program issue peacefully, it looked like they also had the support of Democrats.
Leading the Democratic support for sanctions against the President's wishes, was Senator Menendez who co-sponsored a bill tightening sanctions against Iran, in defiance of the President's policies.
And then came Bibi's and Boehner's ill-advised,undercover scheme to invite Netanyahu to try to influence Congress to vote for that Bill, which Obama had threatened to veto.
The, now infamous, 'Invitation' was not revealed to the WH or to Kerry.
And here is what that outrageous stunt actually accomplished:
Senate Democrats agree to hold off on new Iran sanctions bill
He (Menendez) said he and his Democratic colleagues ‘remain hopeful’ that there will be a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear issue. Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/AP
US Senator Robert Menendez, co-sponsor of legislation that would tighten sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, said on Tuesday he and other Democratic senators would not back passage of the bill until after March 24 and only if there is no framework agreement with Tehran.
“Many of my Democratic colleagues and I have sent a letter to the president telling him that we will not support passage of the Kirk-Menendez bill on the Senate floor until after March 24 and only if there is no political framework agreement,” Menendez said at a Senate Banking Committee hearing.
Just a few weeks ago this would have been impossible, no matter how many calls we made or letters we wrote, and regardless of the President's stated wishes.
But the cabal of co-conspirators accomplished what appeared to be impossible all by themselves.
Condemned here, in Israel and by the five nations, the UK, Germany, France, China and Russia who are working with Obama, the scheme not only failed spectacularly, but Netanyahu's hubris has, it is being reported, given his opponents in Israel's upcoming elections a slight advantage.
There are some things that really do not sit well with the American People, one of them is the appearance that a foreign leader dares to interfere with US National Security Interests in violation of the elected President's stated policies.
One more impossible feat accomplished by the anti-peace, pro-war conspirators, maybe an even more remarkable accomplishment, Fox News hosts finally showed respect for President Obama, on the air. It was a step too far, even for Fox:
Fox News Host, Chris Wallace Slams Netanyahu Over ‘Egregious Snub’ Of Obama
“To make you get a sense of really how, forgive me, wicked this whole thing is,” Wallace continued. “Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Israeli Ambassador to the United States for two hours on Tuesday, and Ron Dermer, the ambassador, according to the State Department, never mentioned the fact that Netanyahu was in negotiations, and finally agreed, to come to Washington, not to see the president but to go to Capitol Hill, speak to a joint session of Congress and criticize the president’s policies.”
“I have to say, I’m shocked,” he added.
Wallace further predicted that Netanyahu might face political backlash in Israel over this “very risk political strategy,” which could damage Israel’s relationship with the United States.
Apparently he was correct in his predictions regarding the backlash in Israel.
The Fox news anchor, Shepard Smith agreed with Wallace and added, “It seems like we don’t pay attention and that we’re just a bunch of complete morons, the United States citizens, as if we wouldn’t pick up on what’s happening here.”
I hate to agree, Shepard, but one can hardly blame them for thinking this if they watch Fox: they think that 'we're just a bunch of complete morons, the United States citizens
So Bibi and Boehner, thanks again, keep up the good work!
Posted by sabrina 1 | Tue Jan 27, 2015, 01:25 PM (13 replies)