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Ashcroft can be sued over arrests: Appeals Court

Posted by msrb on September 7, 2009

A 9th Circuit panel of judges ruled Ashcroft violated the rights of citizens held as material witnesses without cause

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The ex-attorney general, John Ashcroft, has been denied general immunity from liability for the material witness arrests. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft talks to reporters after meeting with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about the controversy regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, FISA, , at the Capitol in Washington (
Thursday, June 21, 2009). A federal appeals court delivered a stinging rebuke Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, to the Bush administration’s detention policies after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, ruling that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held liable for people who were wrongfully detained as material witnesses. Photo: Lauren Victoria Burke/AP (via Miami Herald). Image may be subject to copyright.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that John Ashcroft violated the rights of U.S. citizens by ordering arrests on material witness warrants when the government lacked probable cause. The 3-judge panel also denied the ex-attorney general immunity from liability for his use of material witness warrants in national security investigations.

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Image of the Day: Cars Interred by Nature

Posted by msrb on December 14, 2008

Last year at least 73,152,696 automobiles and commercial vehicles were manufactured worldwide


Snow covered cars are parked in the car park of Simon car re-import company in Emmering westward of Munich December 12, 2008. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle. Image may be subject to copyright.

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10 Biggest Threats to the US National Security

Posted by msrb on October 20, 2008

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List of 10 Biggest Threats to the US National Security in the past 12 months

The following institutions/states/individuals posed the biggest national security threats to the United States in the past 12 months:

The list is presented in the descending order of severity of the threat to the US national security [worst threat first]

1. Wall Street

[Wall Street refers to the bankers, Zionist operatives, Jewish supporters of Israel, Federal Reserve people, centurions of political economy …] Between them, the cabal rob the American public blind as they hold the nation at ransom for the sake of monetary profit.

2. Big Oil

The Big Oil protects the carbon economy frustrating any move toward sustainable energy [and lifestyle] alternatives.  Anthropogenic emissions of CO2 are responsible for rapid climate change with catastrophic consequences.

3. The State of Israel

Israel dictates the US foreign policy. The US foreign policy, paralyzed by the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the unwinnable wars, have cost the country about $3 trillion. The debt has driven America toward bankruptcy and overshadowed her economy and domestic policies – the most egregious example of the Israeli “tail” wagging the American “dog.”

4. George W. Bush

George W Bush and Company’s disastrous and illegal invasion of Iraq, which was based on pure lies, is driving America to bankruptcy. Under Bush, White House has served solely the interest of Big Business and their lobbyists in Washington against the public interest.

5. The Congress

Neglecting its duty, the Congress and its leaders [awa, GOP and Dems backbone members responsible for nominating candidates] are failing [working against the interest] of the American people. A cheerleader and a rubber stamp for the executive branch, Congress has delegated its war-making powers to the Executive. “The passivity and indifference of Congress and its leaders to their independent and assertive role fit perfectly with the Bush administration’s assertive and protective attitude toward executive power and its aversion to sharing information with Congress and the public.”

Why are 306 million people shackled in the name of democracy by a 2-party political system, both of which are operated by the cabal?

6. Judicial Branch: The United States Supreme Court

See explanation in No. 5 above.

7. The US military

“From the moment the United States assumed the permanent military domination of the world, it was on its own–feared, hated, corrupt and corrupting, maintaining ‘order’ through state terrorism and bribery, and given to megalomaniacal rhetoric and sophistries while virtually inviting the rest of the world to combine against it.” See Sorrows of Empire.

8. The Media

The role of the [corporate] media is one of filtering the news [see Google: A Conspiracy Against the People,] suppressing the truth and desensitizing the populace. Aided and abetted by the media, the above elements are free to act against public interest. See also a criticism of Herman and Chomsky’s “propaganda model.”

9. Toxic Pollution

Toxic pollution of the air, water and soil, erosion of topsoil …  caused by excessive human impact on nature (overproduction, overconsumption …) by way of the exponential growth economy, the bedrock of corporate greed, are driving the ecosystems to imminent collapse. Nearly every single one of the 24 ecosystems, as defined by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report, are now collapsing. As of End March 2008, the MSRB-CASF Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN), an index for calculating the full impact of human consumption and activities on the Earth’s life support systems, stood at a terminally high level of 177.43, a rise of about 3.5 percent over the previous year. In other words, the full human impact including the ecological footprint and the damage inflicted on the living environment by his activities in the 12-month period ending March 2008 was 77.43 percent higher than the load which the planet’s ecosystems in their optimum states [let alone their current, degraded states,] can cope with.

10. Food poisoning agents and spread of diseases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services whose number one responsibility is that of regulating and supervising the safety of foods and dietary supplements [as well as drugs, vaccines, biological medical products, blood products, medical devices, radiation-emitting devices, veterinary products, and cosmetics] in this country. In February 2009, only after 600 consumers had sickened and 8 others died from suspected salmonella outbreak related to infected peanut butter and peanut paste produced in “glaring unsanitary conditions,” did the agency inspect one of the processing plants responsible for the outbreak. The FDA had not inspected the plant since 2001.

Search also for entries on food poisoning on this blog and at FEWW.

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House Nixes Bailout Plan [for now!]

Posted by msrb on September 30, 2008

The US House of Representatives Rejects the $800 billion Wall Street Robbery Reward Package [for Now!]

Image of the Day: I have a sinking feeling …


[Benny, I have a sinking feeling some of them might be on to us!]

U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (L) and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke (R) testify before the House Financial Services Committee about credit market turmoil and the government economic bailout on Capitol Hill in Washington September 24, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES). Image may be subject to copyright!

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Ensuring National Security

Posted by feww on September 20, 2008

The following is a section from 13 things you should know!

How to Ensure National Security AND Create a Healthy Economy!

In a world savaged by human-induced climate catastrophes and human-enhanced natural ‘disasters,’ and in the absence of any foreign military threat to the United States, our leaders have proposed to spend our tax dollars (2009) as follows.

Total Outlays (Federal Funds): $2,650 billion
MILITARY: 54% and $1,449 billion
NON-MILITARY: 46% and $1,210 billion

The United States transformed its economy into a permanent military economy after WWII with a lion’s share of its resources committed to military spending.

Here’s the dilemma: A sane foreign policy would entail avoiding violence, rather than stirring chaos and starting wars so that the US can then intervene to end them. A peaceable United States, however, couldn’t justify an ever-growing military machine if there were no wars.

For the sake of protecting the military machine [and continue with the empire-building,] wars have become a permanent feature of world events.

As the overall size of the political economy grows, so does the need for creating more chaos and starting new wars through political deception and false-flag operations. Instead of ensuring national security and protecting the citizens, the military machine does its utmost to achieve the opposite result by endangering the country through creating wars and provoking violence throughout the world, simply to justify its own existence. Here is the classic example of “tail wagging the dog!”

What to Do!

To decrease the level of violence, the United States must undertake political and military decentralization. “Decentralization of the United States would also add to the security of other nations.” Say Herman E. Daly and John B. Cobb, Jr. in for the common good: redirecting the economy toward community, the environment, and a sustainable future.

“The United States has developed into a highly centralized society that could be virtually halted in its tracks by a few relatively small acts of sabotage. For example, the electrical grid on which the entire nation depends could be put out of commission [easily, by a determined saboteur.] A blackout would not stop the planes in the air or the tanks in the field, but the backup systems of communication, supply, and management would be disastrously disrupted. Yet defense planning pays little attention to these matters.” Say Daly and Cobb.

Aside from rare acts of sabotage, the disastrous impact of hurricane Ike on the power grid last week, which left up to 5 million people without power, should be a stark remainder and a wake-up call to how vulnerable our centralized power grid is to seasonal acts of nature, especially the natural phenomena enhanced by climate change.

Why isn’t decentralization happening? Daly and Cobb identify two major obstacles: “The first is the political power of groups that profit from military spending.  The second is extreme difficulty of dealing in a humane way with the rapid shift in the whole economy.”

At least one of the two obstacles could be overcome, however. “If the United States makes a clean environment, human health, and community stability its goals, alone with a commitment to becoming more self-sufficient economically, the transition from a military economy to a civilian one may be affected without enormous pain.”

The key to economic self-sufficiency is decentralized production of renewable energy. We concur with Daly and Cobb who assert, “increasing local dependence on small-scale solar plants [and wind energy] would do far more to reduce real national insecurity than additional billions [trillions] spent on bombs and submarines.”

But how does more economic self-sufficiency help national security?

“… where there is economic self-sufficiency, national security need not involve fighting wars with distant enemies.  It does not require the ability to conquer external powers. It requires only the ability to resist aggression against itself.  Would the federation all 50 states be a likely victim of conquest? Would these states be in danger from Mexico or Canada?”

How do we protect ourselves and stabilize our world? What would it take to fight a war of aggression waged against us?

In a stable, demilitarized world, we would need only a small civil defense force to protect us against any aggression. Kirkpatrick Sale in Human Scale says: “The long human record suggests that the problem of defense and warfare is exacerbated, not solved, by the large state, and that smaller societies …  tend to engage in fighting less and less violent consequences. Indicating that a world of human scale politics would not be a world without its conflicts and disputations, but would likely be a world of comparative stability.”

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