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UN demands prosecution of Bush-era CIA crimes
WS - Guillotine, guilotiiiine, guillotiiiiiine …
United Nations investigator has demanded that the US publish classified documents regarding the CIA’s human rights violations under former President George W. Bush, with hopes that the documents will lead to the prosecution of public officials.
Documents about the CIA’s program of rendition and secret detention of suspected terrorists have remained classified, even though President Obama’s administration has publicly condemned the use of these “enhanced interrogation techniques”. The US has not prosecuted any of its agents for human rights violations.
UN investigator Ben Emmerson, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, said that the classified documents protect the names of individuals who are responsible for serious human rights violations.
“Despite this clear repudiation of the unlawful actions carried out by the Bush-era CIA, many of the facts remain classified, and no public official has so far been brought to justice in the United States,” Emmerson said in a report to the UN Human Rights Council, according to Reuters.
Kept in secret prisons around the world, the CIA’s detainees were subjected to torture including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and various other interrogation techniques that violate human rights. The detainees were often subjected to clandestine transfers to secret prisons known as CIA ‘black sites’.More…
Today is “Multiple Personalities Day” – Take yourselves to lunch.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE -
Honestly, I am one of the least cranky people you will ever meet. Even though I have depression and have had that black dog since childhood, I am generally the type that searches for the silver lining. This weekend I did my usual news hunt. I checked out cable and newsprint and the internet looking for a subject for today. Something I could give my thoughts on. All that I did was foul my mood. I looked and looked for some take on any of the big stories that might offer a little glimmer. Either I wasn’t looking hard enough or there just isn’t any.
Nope, from the congresscritters to the damn weather, nothing, NOTHING to hang my hopes on. It’s not just in our country either. It seems global. The greed and the fear mongering, the heartlessness and the calculating is everywhere. It’s people. It’s human nature. Some people can be amazingly cruel but they can be dealt with in time. What I’m seeing now is the small casual cruelties in many people. It’s the attitudes that add up. The petty and the everyday attitudes that we tend to overlook in ourselves and our neighbors.
I think those are the hardest to confront. It’s easier to point fingers and blame those congresscritters and the governments, ours and others. The thing is, they wouldn’t be able to do the things that they do to hurt citizens if WE changed our attitudes about the ways we think of those other than us and not just stick with the ones we feel comfortable about.
So, yes, I am cranky this morning. The weather? We can’t do anything about. Our attitudes, our casual cruelty? Yeah, we can. Today, I’m not feeling hopeful about that.
WS – Aahhh… Here it comes all you “Progressive, Liberal” Obama-ites. Your now supposed to say, “What else can he do? The GOP are the bad guys. He is trying to save the country. He supports Gay marriage. What do you want, a Republican in the White House? He’s just one man…” and on, and on, and on… Please just one honest left wing pundant, please. It would help the cat food go down a little easier!
- U.S. President Barack Obama is talking to Democrats and Republicans about cutting Medicare and Social Security entitlements, a White House official said.
“He’s reaching out to Democrats who understand we have to make serious progress on long-term entitlement reform, and Republicans who realize that if we had that type of entitlement reform, they’d be willing to have tax reform that raises revenues to lower the deficit,” Gene Sperling, director of Obama’s National Economic Council, told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
When asked if that means Obama was talking to top congressional leaders, Sperling said, “Well, he just had the leadership in on Friday,” referring to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
South Dakota approves guns in the classroom
WS – I have encountered some pretty crazy teachers in my life… You mite want to rethink this DS.
Lawmakers in South Dakota have passed a bill that would allow school districts to arm staff and teachers with guns to make their schools “safer”.
State Senators on Wednesday voted 21-14 to pass the measure, despite large-scale opposition from school administrators and personnel, who are largely opposed to bringing weapons into their schools.
Supporters of the bill claim that arming teachers could prevent tragedies like the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown, Conn. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, said that he would leave the decision to arm teachers up to individual school districts, but that he strongly recommends it.
When Craig advocated for the measure earlier this year, he said that having gun-free schools would simply make them more vulnerable and invite potential mass murderers.
“The possibility of an armed presence in any of our schools is a deterrent,” Craig told Fox News, claiming that no shooter would attack a school whose teachers are armed. More…
Today is “Rub A Pumpkin Day” – Risk a slap. You mite just get your wish.
Masked Cops Raid Home of Terminally Ill Medical Marijuana Patient
WS – The Navy Seals were waiting off the coast… Just in case…
What happened to Cathy Jordan is a reminder that we need to reform our medical marijuana policies, and fast.
Revolution 99% Updates: They will know us by our Activism – Fear us because of it – Set no limits to stopping us
2013 MARCH 2
Protesters shut down Wells Fargo Bank in Richmond
About a dozen protesters shut down a Wells Fargo Bank during the lunch hour Wednesday.
The protest was organized by Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), which also staged demonstrations at branches in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego.
The protests launched what ACCE calls a “campaign calling on Wells Fargo to enact a broad principal reduction program, reduce short sales and release data on borrowers helped by income and race.”
Bank officials in Richmond temporarily closed the doors at the 4300 Macdonald Ave. branch as the protesters marched in a circle and chanted, “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” Customers still used automated teller machines nearby. More…
Jury Finds Occupy Wall Street Protester Innocent After Video Contradicts Police Testimony
WS – The politics of beating women. How fu$king shameful… 138 “grown ups” actually voted against this. They all should be “Bitch Slapped”!
The House on Thursday gave final approval to a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, sending a bipartisan Senate measure to President Obama after a House plan endorsed by conservatives was defeated.
The legislation passed on a vote of 286 to 138, with 199 Democrats joining 87 Republicans in support of the reauthorization of the landmark 1994 law, which assists victims of domestic and sexual violence. It amounted to a significant victory for the president and Congressional Democrats, who have assailed Republicans for months for stalling the legislation. More…
Today is “Peanut Butter Lover’s Day” – Got milk?
WS – The operant words are; U.S. Defense Department program.
It's a question many have been asking in what has shaped up to be a very rocky and controversial week for the city of Pittsburgh. The city received another black eye with the forced resignation of Police Chief Nate Harper amidst a FBI investigation into mismanagement of funds from the Bureau's special events department.
Among Fbi allegations of missing funds that may date back all the way to the Pittsburgh G20 summit in which funds were used to rent condos for high ranking officials including Mayor Luke Ravenstahl as well as, create a fund in the Police Bureau's credit union paying for Ravenstahl's body guards' expenses. Ravenstahl denies he had knowledge of his body guards having debit cards from the disputed accounts and asserts he met with the FBI on their investigation and is not a target of said inquiries.
A group within Anonymous known as FreiheitSec have recently been doing mass website defaces in support of #OpInnocence. #OpInnocence was initiated when Tyler Graham, 19 years old, of Weirton, West Virginia was arrested for raping and giving a STD to a 2 year old little girl, he was later released on a $50,000 bond. The accounts that are behind the defaces are known on Twitter as @FreiheitSecAnon & @Python_Inj3ct. As of this moment it looks as if at least a couple hundred websites have undergone defaces by this team.
The #OpInnocence rally is on Saturday 2 March 2013 at the Hancock County Courthouse in New Cumberland, West Virginia.
We will continue to keep on top of #OpInnocence as it unfolds.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE -
Yes, I’m looking at YOU, the Congress of the United States. Romper Room kids were better behaved and it seems, smarter on the whole than you.
Whining and having temper tantrums and finger pointing. Wow, time out! Go sit in a corner and think about what you’ve done! While you are sitting there think about the fact that most of the country is on to you. You don’t care about doing what you are supposed to do. You care about keeping your cushy jobs and ALL of the goodies that go with it. You worked, what? 180 days out of 365 last year? Shame on you. We also have figured out that you forgot that you work for us, not “things” even if the SCOTUS declared them living, breathing beings. We also are on to the gerrymandering and the backroom deals.
You may think it’s too late. You may thing that you only need be concerned with your rabid fringe because they can be counted on to turn out to vote, but I hope you saw the writing on the wall with the thousands that stood in lines to cast a vote against your selfish and childish behaviors. We are on to you, just as an adult is on to a kid misbehaving. We aren’t staying home in 2014.
You’ve got one last chance kiddies, quit whining, take a deep breath and decide that doing your job and acting your age just might make you and us feel a lot better.
BP Falsified Data to Drill Doomed Oil Well, Expert Says
WS – Why no murder charges? Oh yea… Sometimes I forget I’m watching Kabuki theatre. Those murdered were “just” workers. And this is all show for a deal settled long ago. Sad but true in a lawless America.
An oil well drilling expert testified today that oil company BP “played fast and loose” with government safety regulations by falsifying the well pressure data it presented to federal regulators.
Dr. Alan Huffman, a geophysicist and Chief Technology Officer of Fusion Petroleum Technologies, Inc., accused BP of “truly egregious” conduct for continuing to drill the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico after collecting data indicating the well was unstable. Months later, the well would be the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 crew members and leaked millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.
Huffman pointed out discrepancies between BP’s internal pressure test reports and the figures the company presented to Minerals Management Service (MMS) regulators. He said the fudged numbers offered a “very misleading impression” of the well’s stability.
Huffman didn’t mince words, describing BP’s actions as “dangerous,” “beyond imprudent” and “egregious beyond anything I’ve seen in my career.”
Today is “Public Sleeping Day” – You can watch on CSPAN…
WS -There is little chance that an effective drug to kill CRE bacteria will be produced in the coming years.
by John Konopak, Ph.D. (LSU, 1989, Education) WWH/CJE
Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit Challenging Warrantless Surveillance
WS – I had a dream that the Supreme Court Justices were arrested for stalking. Then I awoke to this…
Unless you can prove you’re being surveilled in a program the government keeps secret, you have no right to sue.
In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit challenging the US government’s warrantless surveillance powers on the grounds that the plaintiffs do not have “standing.”
Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Chief Justice John Roberts concluded that the plaintiffs cannot sue the government for the 2008 expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) because they can’t prove the law directly effects them.
The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 authorized broad, warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international communications, checked only by a secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that doesn’t make it’s activities and procedures available to the public.
Even though the government has acknowledged that the secretive program has exceeded its legal limits, violating Americans’ Fourth Amendment constitutional rights, the majority decision on Tuesday rejected the notion that a group of American lawyers, journalists and rights organizations have any standing to challenge it. More…
Today is “Chase Your Tail Day” – Hint; They drive black SUV’s.
Revisiting a dark chapter in Canada’s history-Our Men In Iran?-Man charged with disorderly conduct for whistling too loudly-Israel ‘secretly deports’ 1,000 Sudanese who may face persecution at home-Two fiery protests in as many days, Tibetan self-immolator passes away
Two fiery protests in as many days, Tibetan self-immolator passes away
WS – When compared to the Tibetan Monks; My activism is “no match”.
In more alarming reports coming out of Tibet, another Tibetan, who is a close relative of a Tibetan self-immolator, set himself on fire today protesting China’s continued occupation of Tibet.
Tsezung Kyab, 27, torched himself in front of the main prayer hall of the Shitsang Monastery in Luchu region of eastern Tibet at around 1:30 pm (local time). He passed away at his protest site, the same place where his cousin Pema Dorjee, 23, passed away in his self-immolation protest on December 8, 2012.
At the time of filing this report, additional details on today’s protest are awaited.
This is the second self-immolation protest in Tibet in as many days. Yesterday, Phagmo Dhondup, a Tibetan in his 20’s set himself ablaze near the Jhakhyung Monastery in Palung region of eastern Tibet. His condition and whereabouts are not known. More…
Today is “National Pistachio Day” - What makes them more special than Cashews? This is just “Nuts”!
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE -
When I was a kid back in the 50s and early 60s going to ST. Scholastica grade school, getting a new pope and all the pomp and ritual surrounding it was something that defied description. It was a Holy and mystical event. The prayers of the faithful for the Cardinals choosing the new Holy Father albeit with the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit were heartfelt and an extremely serious matter.
I’ve been through a few popes in my lifetime but now I see the process of electing a new Pope with the eyes of a full on adult. A woman grounded in the way the world and the Vatican really works. Oh, I know that there are men that go into that room with the best of intentions but I also know that men are men and frankly even if the Holy Spirit gave them the name engraved onto a tungsten card they’d pocket it and vote for whoever had the most ideals and ideas as they have.
Make no mistake about the power held in that little city state. Vatican City and the Pope, along with the other Princes of the Church hold an amazing amount of financial and political power. Americans here, even most American Catholics don’t understand just how much. Now, no matter if you are a fan of the church or not it would be wise to watch the doings in Rome closely.
Here in America we have a lot of differing Christian sects, it boggles the mind. But in other countries there may only be two or three to be born into. These faiths plus the evangelicals here that travel to promote their beliefs are pretty hardcore. They affect day to day personal lives AND the political leanings of entire countries. Right now the Catholic Church has a pretty strong presence in Africa and is looking for more. Who they pick as the new Pope could really go a long way influencing converts. South America is another stronghold that could be locked up with a judicious pick.
WikiLeaks reveals imperialist plots against Venezuela-Major Banks Aid in Payday Loans Banned by State-House Republicans strip LGBT, Native American protections from Violence Against Women Act-U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments over Md. DNA case-Karzai orders US Special Forces out of two provinces, citing torture and murder
Today is “Pistol Patent Day (Samuel Colt)” Take an NRA member to lunch
Background Liz Babson, CJE -Lost in the larger concept of globalization is the impact on women and propagation of domestic violence
Globalization is the process of trading goods, services, capital, and information freely among nations. In theory this would open up the world population to opportunities to trade their countries products globally. The US, which is a north perspective, imposes policies that help to sustain their position of power globally.For example, currently the US is trying to weaken labor unions by positioning themselves in countries where labor is cheaper, thus exploiting their ability to produce goods at less cost. This phenomenon has changed the role for the government from protector of its citizens to assuring the free flow of capitalism.
In Latin America monies to develop the country’s industry are not as available as it is in the United States and as a result in order to keep up with globalization countries in Latin America have taken loans from the World Bank to develop programs to initiate trade. With the political system riddle with corruption and commonly referred to as regimes, the countries resources are being exploited and profits are being illegally hoarded by systems in power. This has left the people to repay the debt, putting them further in poverty and leaving them with little resources to promote social welfare and education.
“Lawless America”: Elderly couple illegally pulled over harassed, bullied… after car decal is mistaken for a marijuana leaf
There is no one to report it too! – Police in America are allowed and sometimes encouraged to terrorize the citizenry. Nothing will be done to those cops who broke the law in stopping these people. Nothing!
Apparently Ohio State – and college football in general – isn’t very popular in the state of Tennessee.
At least not with the police.
Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni, 65, and her husband were driving home to Plano, Texas from Columbus after attending her mother-in-law’s funeral when a pair of black police SUV’s stopped the couple a few miles outside of Memphis.
“Knowing I wasn’t speeding, I couldn’t imagine why,” Jonas-Boggioni told the Columbus Dispatch. “They were very serious. They had the body armor and the guns.”
On the back of Jonas-Boggioni’s car was a Buckeye leaf decal, similar to the one players’ have on their helmets, and cops mistakenly thought it was marijuana leaf.
“What are you doing with a marijuana sticker on your bumper?” one of the cops asked Jonas-Boggioni.
After trying to explain that the sticker was not a marijuana leaf and that she and her husband were not trafficking drugs cross-country, the police advised Jonas-Boggioni to remove the sticker as to not cause any more confusion.
You know, just in case there were any other moronic drug cops out there that didn’t actually know what a marijuana leaf looked like.
From the Columbus-Dispatch:
Special Report: A newly discovered document reveals that President Reagan and his national security team in 1981 approved Guatemala’s extermination of both leftist guerrillas and their “civilian support mechanisms,” a green light that opened a path to genocide against hundreds of Mayan villages, reports Robert Parry
By Robert Parry
Soon after taking office in 1981, President Ronald Reagan’s national security team agreed to supply military aid to the brutal right-wing regime in Guatemala to pursue the goal of exterminating not only “Marxist guerrillas” but their “civilian support mechanisms,” according to a newly disclosed document from the National Archives.
Over the next several years, the military assistance from the Reagan administration helped the Guatemalan army do just that, engaging in the slaughter of some 100,000 people, including what a truth commission deemed genocide against the Mayan Indians in the northern highlands.
Recently discovered documents at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, also reveal that Reagan’s White House was reaching out to Israel in a scheme to circumvent congressional restrictions on military equipment for the Guatemalan military.
In 1983, national security aide Oliver North (who later became a central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal) reported in a memo that Reagan’s Deputy National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane (another key Iran-Contra figure) was approaching Israel over how to deliver 10 UH-1H helicopters to Guatemala to give the army greater mobility in its counterinsurgency war.
It's been 2 months since #Oprollredroll was engaged in the small town of Steubenville, Ohio by Anonymous.
By Ars Moriendi,CJE - American double standards, the country seems full of them. I was browsing around online and
caught sight of a photo depicting middle eastern men wearing a shirt that celebrated the killing of
Americans and American troops. Naturally I was appalled as were the thousands of people who
commented on this photo. This is nothing new to us though, we react with bitterness anytime we
feel hostile opposition.
This morning I sit with my partner watching him play a video game online. I can’t help but notice
this very popular game, we’ll call it Mack Blops and say it comes with LOTS of maps, depicted
scenes of these very same middle eastern countries. My partner was gloriously shooting people
from said middle eastern country and thinking nothing of it.
Now, not unlike the military, which is the style of the game, people who play wear a headset and
speak to one another. Mostly this is to back each other while they make “kills” in the virtual world.
I decided to try this headset on and ask around about how these guys feel about playing a
videogame where they kill people in middle eastern countries. Mind you anyone who is online can
answer and the answers are usually not pretty. Something about playing war games must hype
these guys up. Read more...