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War News. Protests Rock The Afghanistan & Are Depleted Uranium Munitions Causing Birth Defects?

In the past couple of weeks Afghanistan has crept back into the news and we have had a couple of posts on our 7-10 Split blog. The first report is on the protests and a wave of assassinations of US soldiers have swept the country. It also includes a video on the Russian invasion.  The other report is a fairly disturbing one about potential effects of depleted uranium weapons on Afghan people. This second report includes graphic video of deformed babies.
The 7-10 Split: Blown Away, How the U.S. Fanned the Flames in Afghanistan
The 7-10 Split: Depleted Uranium Munitions Causing Birth Defects In Afghanistan?.

And we have added this video just because people need to see what the consequences of our actions are.

“When bombardments happen, these things happen. People arms and legs get blown up.”

Taliban peace talks ‘at risk’ as Obama stalls on Guantánamo

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment
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From; guardian.co.uk, The Obama administration is in danger of missing an historic opportunity for a peace settlement in Afghanistan if it does not act quickly to release prisoners in response to a Taliban offer to open talks, European officials and observers claim.

The Taliban announced on 3 January that it had agreed to open a political office in Qatar for the purpose of holding peace talks with the international community, and said it expected the release of its officials being held at Guantánamo Bay.
At the time, White House officials said the administration was considering the transfer of five Taliban officials to custody in another
country, widely believed to be Qatar. But with still no movement on the prisoner transfers European officials involved in the talks are
urging Washington to act quickly to keep the momentum going towards talks before hardline spoilers on all sides can stall proceedings.

What do possible peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban mean for Afghanistan’s future?

For more information on Taliban / US peace talks check out this report uploaded by
on Jan 11, 2012

Attack on Democracy In America Continues, Three Stories From This Week

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

This fall we have seen the best and now the worst in American democracy. In the early part of the fall we saw thousands people all over the country peacefully gather to occupy public space and protest economic injustice and a government firmly in the hands of a wealthy elite. The response all across the country was to stop the movement before it had any chance to grow. In city after city police in riot gear were sent in to evict and arrest anyone who failed to disperse.

The protesters received an initial wave of support but a hostile news media and a culture conditioned to sound bite answers and remote control democracy were turned off by a movement that offered no easy to digest plan and demanded active participation. Now as we enter winter the movement has been for the most part been swept off the street and now seems to be organizing to come up with a new strategy for next years upcoming election. Important because it seems as if both parties who can’t agree on much seem united to increase the power of government over people while reducing the rights of individuals.

This is nothing new but an ominous and growing campaign that began in the early 1970’s. The civil rights movement and the anti war movement scared the powers that be and what began as an issue for the far right has spread and taken over both major political parties. It has gotten to the point where a lot of the positions taken by the “liberal” president Democrat Obama are to the right of “conservative” Reagan. The two parties collude to limit the scope of the debate about issues and work to suppress candidates who don’t want to follow the script.

Today we present three stories ripped from this weeks headlines that show how far to the right the government is moving.

First story comes from The Gaurdian UK seems to have escaped the American media.

NAACP warns black and Hispanic Americans could lose right to vote

Civil rights group petitions UN over ‘massive voter suppression’ after apparent effort to disenfranchise black and Hispanic people

Ed Pilkington in New York / guardian.co.uk, Monday 5 December 2011 22.34 GMT

” The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is petitioning the UN over what it sees as a concerted effort to disenfranchise black and Latino voters ahead of next year’s presidential election.

The organization will this week present evidence to the UN high commissioner on human rights of what it contends is a conscious attempt to “block the vote” on the part of state legislatures across the US. Next March the NAACP will send a delegation of legal experts to Geneva to enlist the support of the UN human rights council.

The NAACP contends that the America in the throes of a consciously conceived and orchestrated move to strip black and other ethnic minority groups of the right to vote. William Barber, a member of the association’s national board, said it was the “most vicious, coordinated and sinister attack to narrow participation in our democracy since the early 20th century”.

To read the entire post click here.

You say the Senate can’t agree on anything? Wrong from BuzzFlash comes this outraged story.

US Military Can Now Arrest You and Hold You Indefinitely Without Trial Senate Says

JACQUELINE MARCUS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

“November 29th 2011, the Senate voted on a bill that allows the US military to imprison civilians with no formal charges and hold them indefinitely with no trial.

The ACLU reports even US citizens wouldn’t be immune as the legislation aims to declare national territory part of the “battlefield” in the War on Terror. You can read more about the NDAA provision here.

What it means: It’s shocking to learn that the majority of representatives and senators have replaced our civil liberties with a de facto military dictatorship while no one is watching. How is the Levin-McCain provision different from Patriot Act laws? If an American citizen is seen as a threat to the government, that citizen will be denied his/her constitutional rights of protection, as Justin Raimondo at AntiWar.com correctly explained: “The provision would give the President the power to use the military to intern anyone – including American citizens – indefinitely, and hold them without charges or trial, anywhere in the world, including on American soil. The provision repeals the longstanding Posse Comitatus Act, which prevents the military from engaging in law enforcement on US territory – the greatest fear of the Founders.”

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was supposed to be kept secret, drafted behind closed doors by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich) and John McCain (R-Ariz). When a bill is supposed to be kept secret from the public, it usually means that it’s against the public’s interests.

“The White House has threatened to veto the legislation because of language that mandates military custody of terror suspects, but Wednesday’s 88-12 cloture vote signals that the bill – which could pass as early as Thursday – will likely have the detainee provisions included in the chamber’s final legislation.” Unfortunately, the administration’s veto threat has nothing to do with protecting civil liberties; their real objection is that it can create confusion between Homeland Security agencies and the F.B.I.”

To read the entire post click here.

And if your going to give the government to wage a new war against it’s own citizens where are you going to put all the new prisoners since the prisons are already full of victims of the drug war? Well there’s the hundreds of internment camps that have been set up all across the country. This has been a story that has been around ever since the Patriot Act became law. One that has been very active in the past few weeks because of the previous story. Here is an update on this story from the Public Intelligence blog

Internment Camps for Isolating Unemployed in Federal “Work Camps”?
Al Martin, former Navy intelligence officer and former Wall Street broker, former Iran-contra co-conspirator with Ollie’s Follies, is starting to write about the possible use of the many civil unrest internment camps built in the US by Halliburton and related contractors. In his view, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), makes it possible for expanded use of the US military and expanded powers for law enforcement to “contain” the unemployed in work camps–which might be a good thing, in his view. [The bill passed the Senate but has not passed the House at this time.]

To read the entire post click here.

I searched high and low for some video on “National Defence Authorization Act” and sadly found very little. Here is one clip from ReasonTV

Right Wing Terror Plot, The True Story Of 9/11!!!!!

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The dirty little secret about modern  terrorism is that it is a tool used and often caused by conservative right wing forces to attack those that seek peace,  freedom, justice for everyone.  This is true throughout the globe and while the causes that these terrorists might in some cases be lofty the terrorist organizations in almost all cases were created by the very repressive forces they fight.People with honest grievances are exploited by those who want to create fear within a general population.

No better example of this fact can be found than the attacks on September 11, 2001. Here we have al-Qaeda a terrorist organization created by the intelligence services of the US, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. It was a small part of a much larger army of like-minded religious fanatics created by these same organizations to destabilize Afghanistan and then fight the Soviet Union when they intervene. Before the war started in Afghanistan the government had been elected and for a country in the Middle East fairly progressive. After more than a decade of war we helped usher in the Taliban who created a brutally suppressive government based on right-wing ideology.

But once you start a boulder rolling downhill it’s tough to stop. So having created an army of religious fanatics what happens once you’ve achieved your strategic goal? They just aren’t going to fade away.  So most of them went back to their home countries to wage terror against governments they see as repressive.

al-Qaeda was a special case because Osama Bin-Laden came from a connected family, one of the wealthiest in the world. For awhile he took on the Saudi government for its allowing American troops to be based there. Then he was bought off by the government and al-Qaeda became an international terrorist organization who declared war on the US.

A central part of his  war strategy was to induce America into invading and occupying countries in the Middle East.The cost of which would help to destroy our economy. So in the end this right-wing terror organization that we helped create gets it’s victory and the added bonus of helping to cause a right-wing coup in this country that continues to repress individual rights and destroy any socially helpful parts of government.

And the sad thing is that most Americans don’t see, don’t want to know or don’t care because (they think) it doesn’t effect them.

Anyway today we present a broader look at how right-wing terror has been used to justify war. And in the end how it is self defeating

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire


Tomdispatch.com / By Mike Davis

“If Sarajevo and the World Trade Center, in contrast, unleashed global carnage and chaos, it was because a de facto collusion existed between the attackers and the attacked.  I’m not referring to mythical British plots in the Balkans or Mossad agents blowing up the Twin Towers, but simply to well-known facts: by 1912, the Imperial German General Staff had already decided to exploit the first opportunity to make war, and powerful neocons around George W. Bush were lobbying for the overthrow of the regimes in Baghdad and Tehran even before the last hanging chad had been counted in Florida in 2000.

Both the Hohenzollerns and the Texans were in search of a casus belli that would legitimate military intervention and silence domestic opposition.

Prussian militarism, of course, was punctually accommodated by the Black Hand — a terrorist group sponsored by the Serbian general staff — that assassinated the Archduke and his wife, while al-Qaeda’s horror show in lower Manhattan consecrated the divine right of the White House to torture, secretly imprison, and kill by remote control.

At the time, it seemed almost as if Bush and Cheney had staged a coup d’étatagainst the Constitution.  Yet they could cynically but accurately point to a whole catalogue of precedents.”

To read this entire post click here.

The Complete 9/11 Timeline / No Conspiracy Theories

September 8, 2011 Leave a comment

For anyone interested in marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by learning more about it I recommend the History Commons as a good place to start. Not a collection of conspiracy theories but a well researched timeline of over 6,000 events that made up that day and the trail of events leading up to it.
Or as they put it in their own words.
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“This timeline is meant to be a comprehensive resource for anyone attempting to understand 9/11 and the “war on terrorism” in general. Polls show that Americans are extremely uninformed about 9/11. A third of Americans can’t even correctly guess the year 9/11 took place and about half of all Americans mistakenly believe Saddam Hussein had a role in the attacks.

But it is vital for everyone to understand 9/11, what led to it, and what the fallout from it has been. Terrorism directly and indirectly affects our lives in many ways and dominates the political discourse. Those of us working on the 9/11 timeline are striving to boil the news on terrorism down to a reasonable level so citizens can stay well informed.

We strive to be objective and keep any layers of interpretation as thin as possible. If you see specific examples of bias anywhere in the timeline, please point them out so we can make changes. But at the same time, we unabashedly focus on failures, problems, and controversies instead of success stories. That’s because those are the things we need to learn from and fix and hold people responsible for when necessary.

9/11 and terrorism generally are flashpoints for what people call “conspiracy theory.” This 9/11 investigative project contains no conspiracy theories. In fact, it does not offer any theories at all. Rather it simply lays out the facts so readers can come to their own conclusions. Biases may show at times because no human being is completely objective and judgments have to be constantly made; for instance, to include this particular fact or that one when editing decisions have to be made to keep the length down. We rely on each other and ask readers to point out when we are missing important facts or skewing the information.”

To Explore The 9/11 Timeline Click Here

 

9/11 and the R*ping of America

September 7, 2011 Leave a comment

9/11 and the raping of America
What is rape but the use of fear and violence to get what you want.
Right wing extremists in the United States have been exploiting  fear from 9/11 to use violence to get what they want.
We fight a global war on terror and sacrifice our freedoms at home to support the same kind of failed policies that caused the 9/11 attacks.
At the same time these same extremists have used the 9/11 attacks to expand the debt.
While at the same time reducing the tax burden on the wealthiest Americans.
Creating the huge  budget problem we have.
Then instead of restoring the tax rate we insist that it is the average American that is going to   pay in the form of reduced service   fees/taxes.
We are being raped and then forced to pay for it.
These same corporations have a strangle hold on the government   the media, one and a half of the two parties and most importantly most of the wealth.
The average American gets less pays more and ends up going overseas to die needlessly.

I Remember 9/11
I was on the highway driving up to work in Palatine.
Kids in school now time to go back to work.
Listening to sports talk radio.
They interrupted and the story began to unfold as the planes hit the buildings and the fires began.
I pulled over to  the side of the road because I could hear the bodies hitting the pavement.

Oh the horror!

Then like just now I cried for those poor souls.
It was a nightmare day.
And it was just the start of a ten year nightmare.

 
Which leads us to Noam Chomsky and in his reflections on 9/11 where he gives us some further background on the kinds of policies that caused the 9/11 attacks.

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of American Empire and Why the US Continues to be Bin Laden’s Best Ally

Tomdispatch.com / By Noam Chomsky

“A number of analysts have observed that although bin Laden was finally killed, he won some major successes in his war against the U.S. “He repeatedly asserted that the only way to drive the U.S. from the Muslim world and defeat its satraps was by drawing Americans into a series of small but expensive wars that would ultimately bankrupt them,” Eric Margolis writes. “‘Bleeding the U.S.,’ in his words.” The United States, first under George W. Bush and then Barack Obama, rushed right into bin Laden’s trap… Grotesquely overblown military outlays and debt addiction… may be the most pernicious legacy of the man who thought he could defeat the United States” — particularly when the debt is being cynically exploited by the far right, with the collusion of the Democrat establishment, to undermine what remains of social programs, public education, unions, and, in general, remaining barriers to corporate tyranny.”
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Two Areas The “Super Committee” Should Take A Look At!

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Here are two stories from todays news that illustrate the warped spending priorities of the US government.  While we debate how much to “reform” Social Security and cut medical aid the black hole that is the military/security complex. Both come to us from CommonDreams.org

The Decade’s Biggest Scam

Published on Monday, August 29, 2011 by Salon.com
by Glenn Greenwald

The Los Angeles Times examines the staggering sums of money expended on patently absurd domestic “homeland security” projects: $75 billion per year for things such as a Zodiac boat with side-scan sonar to respond to a potential attack on a lake in tiny Keith County, Nebraska, and hundreds of “9-ton BearCat armored vehicles, complete with turret” to guard against things like an attack on DreamWorks in Los Angeles.  All of that — which is independent of the exponentially greater sums spent on foreign wars, occupations, bombings, and the vast array of weaponry and private contractors to support it all — is in response to this mammoth, existential, the-single-greatest-challenge-of-our-generation threat:

To read this entire post click here.

Windfalls of War: Pentagon’s No-Bid Contracts Triple in 10 Years of War

Published on Monday, August 29, 2011 by iWatchNews.org
Taxpayer is the loser when Pentagon doesn’t require competition among contractors. “The lack of competition is a scandal,” says one expert.
by Sharon Weinberger

As U.S. military deaths and injuries from roadside bombs escalated after the invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon rushed to find solutions.

Competition is normally the cornerstone of better prices and better products, but the urgency of dealing with improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, has been cited to justify a number of sole-source contracts to companies promising quick solutions over a decade of war.

One such company was Tucson-based Applied Energetics , which markets a futuristic weapon that shoots beams of lightning to detonate roadside bombs. The company won over $50 million in military contracts for their lightning weapon, all without full and open competition, even though there was another company marketing similar technology. Despite test failures, the company, in part thanks to congressional support, continued to get funding.

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