A Classified Woman

The Sibel Edmonds Story

In this startling new memoir, Sibel Edmonds—the most classified woman in U.S. history—takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded. Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public’s right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds’ story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11.

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If You Are Supporting Obama, …

I just want to remind you:

GitMo is still open.
NDAA expanded limitless detentions to YOU
There is more military conflicts during his years, not less.
The USA government is less accountable than ever before.
You are still eating GMOs in your morning muffins.
Those GMOs are still unlabeled!!!
Wall Street has more privacy than ever before.
No banker has been prosecuted by Holder.
Big Pharma is more control of your lives than ever.
By CPI, a dollar is worth about 73 cents.
Gas prices are 200% above what they were.
50+ of the Democratic friends are registered as “No Party Affliiation”

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Monsanto buys leading bee research firm after being implicated in bee colony collapse

(NaturalNews) Amid all the controversy over genetically-modified (GM) crops and their pesticides and herbicides decimating bee populations all around the world, biotechnology behemoth Monsanto has decided to buy out one of the major international firms devoted to studying and protecting bees. According to a company announcement, Beeologics handed over the reins to Monsanto back on September 28, 2011, which means the gene-manipulating giant will now be able to control the flow of information and products coming from Beeologics for colony collapse disorder (CCD).

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Let’s just say it

The Republicans are the problem.

We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.

The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.

I can’t believe this was published today by the right wing Washington Post.

H/T to Jank2112

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Will The Charges Against Bradley Manning Be Dropped?

Manning Defense Seeks Dismissal of Charges
April 23rd, 2012 by Steven Aftergood

At a pre-trial hearing this week in the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is suspected of releasing classified records to WikiLeaks without authorization, a military judge will consider several motions filed by Manning’s defense that seek to reduce the charges against him, or to have them dismissed altogether.

The defense motions, filed by attorney David E. Coombs and made available on his blog with some redactions, assert a range of objections including these:

* The government has so egregiously failed to fulfill its discovery obligations — i.e. its duty disclose exculpatory and other “Brady” information to the defense — that the whole case must be dismissed. “The Government’s abdication of its basic discovery responsibilities is unconscionable and irreparably prejudicial, mandating that all charges should be dismissed with prejudice,” Mr. Coombs contended.

* The government has specifically failed to provide defense access to the computers in the secure area where Manning worked, which might enable it to rebut charges that Manning had uploaded unauthorized software on to his system. “The Defense’s tentative theory is that all or most soldiers in the SCIF had unauthorized software on their computers (e.g. M-IRC Chat, Google Earth, Wget, movies, music, games, etc.)… The Defense intends to show that the practice of adding ‘unauthorized’ software was so pervasive that, in effect, all ‘unauthorized’ programs were implicitly or explicitly authorized.”

* The government has improperly multiplied the charges against Manning by treating single violations as multiple offenses. “This creative drafting by the Government drastically exaggerates PFC Manning’s criminality and unreasonably increases his punitive exposure,” Mr. Coombs wrote.

Perhaps the most penetrating challenge presented by the defense is a motion to dismiss the charge of “aiding the enemy” (Article 104) because, the defense says, there is no evidence that Manning intended to assist an enemy of the United States, and such an intent is a required element of the charge.

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Overton’s Window

If you read my post introducing the concept of “Overton’s Window” on the old titty board this post needs no explanation, but if you didn’t, read here.

So, here’s what we should be pushing for; seizure, by the Federal government, of all privately held assets in excess of 1 million dollars, to be used for;

1) Hiring EVERY returning military veteran, regardless of party identity, to fix our failing infrastructure,
2) Redistribution of what’s left to anyone earning less than $50,000/yr (individually) and regardless of party identity to stimulate the economy,
3) If there’s anything left after that, funding any person, regardless of party identity, to run for public office. Fuck the corrupt SCOTUS.

There is no “left wing” left in the USA. Let’s start one.

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