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Snipping Myself from 2010 on Torture

I am presently traveling and visiting family out West and was intending to take a December moratorium from blogging. But the issue of the US torture program and the continuing "official" obscene rationalizations and minimizations of it pulled me back to at least post some excerpts from a blog I originally posted on correntewire 7/5/10 and re-posted on correntewire and open salon on 9/2/11 entitled “War Criminal Named Obama Smells Sweeter than One Named Bush?”
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The Lawless Society

The release of the Senate's torture report reminds us of the central fact of American society, today. Any semblance of equal justice under the law is now gone from what our leaders claim is the world's leading democracy.

Instead, of a constitutional democracy living under the law. We have a gangster government that fails to enforce the law, but instead prosecutes whistle blowers who make public, violations of it. Here is an off the top of the head list of our continuing and systematic failures to create justice. Read below the fold...

Re-POST: Murderous Recklessness of Our Militarized Police

Re-POST from June 9, 2014:

In “Police Violence and the American gulag” Andre Damon gives a sampling from across the country of recent gratuitously murderous attacks by the police against vulnerable citizens. Read below the fold...

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Another Dose of Prosecutorial Discretion

Here's a footnote to my recent post on prosecutorial discretion. Of course, the Grand Jury verdict not to indict Darren Wilson in Ferguson was a product of prosecutor McCulloch's decision to perform a non-directive prosecution accompanied by a "jury dump" without benefit of clear guidelines and instructions. This had the predictable result that the jury would carry on its own trial, not only absent vigorous prosecution, but by all accounts a prosecution that played more of the role of a defense attorney then a representative of law enforcement prosecuting a crime. Read below the fold...

Wise Words on Stupid War by David Swanson

Excerpts from "The World Gets the Wars Americans Deserve" by David Swanson:

... the general impression one gets from traveling around and speaking and answering questions at public events in the United States is not so much that people are indifferent to the destruction of the globe as long as they don't miss their favorite television show, as that people are unclear on what destruction means and can't identify a globe when it's placed in a lineup with six watermelons.

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The Cheese (Obama) Stands Alone -- But Not Really

The Treacherous & Terrible Legacy of AG Eric Holder

So after six years, Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning.

Tom Carter in “The legacy of US Attorney General Eric Holder” writes: Read below the fold...

Door #1-Ebola Safety, Door #2-WW III: US Chooses Door #2

According to Patrick Martin in “Political issues in the Ebola crisis”, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected more than 8,000 people and 4,000 have died. There are no signs that this outbreak is about to be controlled. Read below the fold...

RFK’s son, hasbarist chair of the Trustees at the University of Illinois, on firing Salaita over tweets

Christopher Kennedy is the son of Robert F. Kennedy, assassinated senator and Democratic presidential candidate. Christopher Kennedy is chairman of the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees, politically appointed by Illinois Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. Kennedy has also acted as a fundraiser for Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates. Read below the fold...

Ferguson, Front Line of Anti-Constitution & Class Warfare

Ferguson, Missouri has been turned into a war zone.

The police use inappropriate force, such as tear gas and rubber bullets, to overwhelm and intimidate residents who are legitimately protesting a police murder of a fellow, unarmed resident.

There is also a “keep moving” rule constantly imposed on residents and journalists on the sidewalks of Ferguson. It is not a real law but nevertheless was and still is constantly spouted by the police. This “rule” is anti the First Amendment and now being challenged by the ACLU. Read below the fold...

Escalating Violent Militarism for Oppression-Ferguson & Gaza

This is the definition of a war of terror. It requires the aggressor to engage in constant and ever escalating displays of disciplined force – which is what militaries do. Glen Ford

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Re-POST: Over-Fortifying Mayberry!!!

According to Zac Corrigan in “Militarization of police in America” the Pentagon under the Obama administration is equipping -- OVER-EQUIPPING -- US police departments across the country with former overseas military weaponry and vehicles.

The ominous dots aren’t hard to connect for any of us paying the least bit of attention to the dramatic and merciless economic polarization in America along with the escalation of inappropriate and inhumane lethal force by the police. Read below the fold...

You Don’t Believe We’re On the Eve of Destruction?

US, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia have worked so hard together to bring us to the brink of WWIII.

Ukraine is where the US helped stage a coup that left violent neo-Nazis running a puppet government.

Obama and his administration were FURIOUS over losing their power grab for Black Sea control. They and the Kiev government are willing to have Russian Ukrainians in the east massively slaughtered and to create a humanitarian crisis for the survivors as collective punishment, ethnic cleansing and to provoke a military reaction from Russia.

A nuclear-armed Russia. Read below the fold...

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