By Susan Lindauer
Some things are unforgivable in a democracy. A bill moving through Congress, authorizing the military to imprison American citizens indefinitely, without a trial or hearing, ranks right at the top of that list.
I know—I lived through it on the Patriot Act. When Congress decided to squelch the truth about the CIA's advance warnings about 9/11 and the existence of a comprehensive peace option with Iraq, as the CIA's chief Asset covering Iraq, I became an overnight threat. To protect their cover-up scheme, I got locked in federal prison inside Carswell Air Force Base, while the Justice Department battled to detain me "indefinitely" up to 10 years, without a hearing or guilty plea. Worst yet, they demanded the right to forcibly drug me with Haldol, Ativan and Prozac, in a violent effort to chemically lobotomize the truth about 9/11 and Iraqi Pre-War Intelligence.
By Timothy V. Gatto
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. Now I’m no economist, but I’ve learned enough in the past few years that convince me that we are all getting screwed royally. The other day I wrote an article about Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who was introducing a Bill in the Senate to amend the Constitution. Now I was happy that someone was paying attention to where the problems in this country are really coming from.
Now it is a few days later and I am realizing that Bernie Sanders’ introduction of an amendment to the Constitution will probably be received as well as all the bills that Dennis Kucinich (d-Oh.) introduces. In other words this Bill will go absolutely nowhere. Other people in Congress will treat this Bill like people in the middle Ages treated plague victims. Taking personhood away from corporations with a Senate like we have now will go absolutely nowhere.
By Kevin Zeese
With encampments being closed across the country it is important to remember the end goal is not to occupy public space, it is to end corporate rule. We seek to replace the rule of money with the rule of people. Occupying is a tactic but the grand strategy of the Occupy Movement is to weaken the pillars that hold the corporate-government in place by educating, organizing and mobilizing people into an independent political force.
The occupations of public space have already done a great deal to lift the veil of lies. People are now more aware than ever that the wealth divide is caused by a rigged economic system of crony capitalism and that we can create a fair economy that works for all Americans. We are also aware that many of our fellow citizens are ready to take action – extreme action of sleeping outside in the cold in a public park. And, we also now know that we have the power to shift the debate and force the economic and political elites to listen to us. In just a few months we have made a difference.
The Duma elections held no surprises, but the election turmoil can’t obscure the kind of politics that will continue to characterise Russia over the coming decade thanks to United Russia and its eminence grise.
With a 60 per cent turnout, United Russia’s solid 49.5 per cent plurality in the 4 December Duma elections, giving it 238 of the 450 seats, is the envy of any Western political party. But it is nonetheless a disappointment after its 2007 sweep, where it gained over two-thirds of the seats. Very, very few parties ever approach the magic two-thirds that lets them ignore the opposition and change the constitution, and Prime Minister and president-virtually-elect Vladimir Putin even put a positive spin on the results: “This is an optimal result which reflects the real situation in the country,” Putin, 59, said coolly. “Based on this result we can guarantee stable development of our country.” (He will be recrowned president in pro forma elections 4 March.)
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 83: Communication 1 IronBoltBruce's Kleptocracy Chronicles for 8 Dec 2011 (g1a2d0083c1) Will you go quietly like the Jews, or make a stand against Fascism?
Section 1031 of the National Defense Authorization Act (S.1867/H.R.1540) as currently worded (see text below) authorizes the President to use Military Force to detain indefinitely and without trial persons who engage in belligerent acts or are part of or support forces engaged in "hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners": http://tinyurl.com/c4w2wdh
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