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Another CIA Own Goal?

Posted by msrb on October 29, 2009

Why the President Got Airborne Early Morning

President Barak Obama took off in the Marine One presidential helicopter shortly before midnight and was headed to a U.S. military base on Wednesday night, to meet the plane bringing home the bodies of 18 American soldiers and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents killed in Afghanistan recently.

Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where the President made his unannounced late-night trip to, is home of the United States’ largest military mortuary and main point of entry for U.S. service members killed abroad, Reuters said.

But has the President previously met with the returning dead service members, or DEA agents for that matter? Why this time? Which group did he feel necessary to meet, the dead troops or lifeless DEA agents?

Here’s the “Logic Flowchart”

1.President Hamid Karzai is a corrupt individual, who should be ousted. Instead he may be re-elected as president in November in yet another round of election riddled with vote fraud.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (R) meets with the then Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (L) September 23, 2008 in New York hotel on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.  AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA. Image may be subject to copyright.

2. Mr Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the president K of Afghanistan, is a CIA”asset.” He has been on the CIA payroll for at least eight years,  The New York Times reported. He is also known to be a DRUG LORD. [See video: Karzai’s brother threatened McClatchy writer reporting Afghan drug story.]

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Ahmed Wali Karzai says the claims are ‘ridiculous.’ Photo: AFP/Getty Images. Image may be subject to copyright.

3. Three of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were killed on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan: Special Agent Michael Weston, Agent Forrest Leamon and  Special Agent Chad Michael. That’s what prompted the President to fly to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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President Obama arrived at Dover Air Force Base early Thursday morning. Doug Mills/The New York Times . Image may be subject to copyright.

4. If you are supporting the Drug Lords, you don’t want the DEA agents  snooping around.

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The above images were were released Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). L to R: Special Agent Michael Weston, Agent Forrest Leamon and  Special Agent Chad Michael, who were killed Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

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Playing by the Book

Posted by msrb on September 19, 2009

Thought for the Day

The integrity and security of a  nation depends on its officials playing by the rule of law, not by conducting “false flag” operations.

When a bunch of despicable creatures like George Tenet, James Woolsey…  sign a petition, you know instinctively that they are still conspiring against the entire nation.

Seven former heads of the CIA have written to President Obama urging him to abort the probe into abuse of prisoners held by the agency, “arguing that it would hamper intelligence operations.” Reuters reported.


Richard B. Cheney: Former VP and one of the Masterminds of 9/11 attacks on America. Does any sane person in the country trust this mass murderer?

“U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last month named a prosecutor to examine whether criminal charges should be filed against Central Intelligence Agency interrogators or contractors for going beyond approved interrogation methods, including [torturer techniques like  waterboarding, electric shocks to the genitals,] using a power drill and death threats [to coerce information from] detainees [in violation of U.S. and international law.]”


George Tenet: Former Director of CIA, a pathological liar and war criminal. Does any sane person in the country trust this mass murderer, either?

The former CIA chiefs countered that the cases had already been investigated during the Bush administration and lawyers had declined to prosecute all but one contractor.

“This approach will seriously damage the willingness of intelligence officers to take risks to protect the country,” they said in their letter. “In our judgment, such risk-taking is vital to success in the long and difficult fight against terrorists who continue to threaten us.”

The letter to Obama was signed by three CIA directors under President George W. Bush — Michael Hayden, Porter Goss and George Tenet — as well as by John Deutch, James Woolsey, William Webster and James Schlesinger, who dates to the Nixon administration.

Holder, who has the President’s confidence on the issue, said in late August that he had decided to reopen the cases because “it is clear to me that this review is the only responsible course of action for me to take.”

The White House has so far declined to comment on the letter.

The Washington Post, citing two sources briefed on the matter, reported on Friday night that the Justice Department review would focus on only a very small number of cases, including one in which an Afghan prisoner died at a secret CIA facility in Afghanistan seven years ago.

‘CONTINUOUS JEOPARDY’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, and other officials in Bush administration, have repeatedly defended their actions [torture,] claiming coercive  interrogations yielded useful information.

The former CIA directors warned that Holder’s decision “creates an atmosphere of continuous jeopardy” for those involved and that there was no reason to believe the investigation would be narrowly focused.

They also warned that releasing more details about interrogation methods could help al Qaeda operatives elude U.S. intelligence efforts and plan operations.

“Disclosures about CIA collection operations have and will continue to make it harder for intelligence officers to maintain the momentum of operations that have saved lives and helped protect America from further attacks,” they said.

A CIA’s inspector general’s report detailing the harsh interrogation techniques noted that they did not succeed.

Holder’s spokesperson said,  the attorney general has decided to name a prosecutor to investigate the torture allegation, based on the recommendation of the Justice Department’s ethics office and other information.

“The attorney general’s decision to order a preliminary review into this matter was made in line with his duty to examine the facts and to follow the law,” said spokesman Matt Miller.

“As he has made clear, the Department of Justice will not prosecute anyone who acted in good faith and within the scope of the legal guidance given by the Office of Legal Counsel regarding the interrogation of detainees.”

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Obama was never formulated to cure you!

Posted by msrb on August 18, 2009

Obama is like morphine!

He wasn’t manufactured to cure your socioeconomic gangrene; he was prescribed to ease the pain as the corporate power cut off your limbs.

When we called President Obama the ‘Presidential Trojan Horse,’ and compared the White House with a McDonald’s franchise, Google blocked the posts. For the record, however, our descriptions have proven to be spot on! The corporate power has never been so abusive under the reign of just about any of Obama’s predecessors.

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The Presidential Trojan Horse will carry the corporate power right inside, where they couldn’t reach before!

And to those of you who say, ‘ah, but we elected him!’ We say, face it; you had NO real choice!

“Now Make Me Do It”

by Ralph Nader

Never much of a fighter against abusive corporate power, Barack Obama is making it increasingly clear that right from his start as President, he wanted health insurance reform that received the approval of the giant drug and health insurance industries.

Earlier this year he started inviting top bosses of these companies for intimate confabs in the White House. Business Week magazine, which proclaimed recently that “The Health Insurers Have Already Won” reported that the CEO of UnitedHealth, Stephen J. Hemsley, met with the President half a dozen times.

These are the vendors. They and their campaign slush funds cannot be ignored in the power struggle over the legislation percolating in the Congress. One public result of these meetings was that the drug industry promised $80 billion in savings over ten years and the health insurance moguls promised $150 billion over the same decade. Mr. Obama trumpeted these declarations without indicating how these savings would be guaranteed, how the drug companies could navigate the antitrust laws and what was given to the health care industry by the White House in return.

We have now learned that one Obama promise was to continue the prohibition on Uncle Sam from bargaining for volume discounts on drugs that you the taxpayer have been paying for in the drug benefit program enacted in 2003.

Unknown is whether the health insurance companies were also promised continuation of Medicare Advantage with its 14% added taxpayer subsidy to induce the elderly to make the move out of public Medicare. Also unknown is whether the Medicare public option that Mr. Obama formerly espoused but since has wavered on has been put on the concession table.

The whole secret process is seedy and demonstrates cruel disregard for the millions of American who, whether in dire need of medical services or not, voted in “change we can believe in.”

By stark contrast, President Obama has never invited to the White House the leading consumer-patient champions in this country who favor full Medicare and free choice of physician and hospital—often called “a single payer” system. Open to the corporate barons who have failed decade after decade to deliver what patients need, the White House door is closed to the likes of Dr. Quentin Young—a founder of the Physicians for a National Health Program and an old Chicago friend of Obama’s, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, who heads Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, Drs. Marcia Angell, Stephanie Woolhandler, and David Himmelstein, who are nationally known and accomplished single payer advocates or Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the fast-growing California Nurses Association.

Mr. Obama even tried to exclude any advocate of a single payer system—previously favored by Obama and still favored by a majority of the American people, doctors and nurses—from his roundtable meetings convened to receive the views of different constituencies.

“Make me do it” was the advice of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to reformers when faced with legislation he desired but did not have the votes for in Congress. Mr. Obama is not exerting that plea for people power. Were he to do that, he would be encouraging daily public hearings in the Senate and the House on the bureaucratic waste, greed, overbilling, collusion, and fraud that many in the corporate world have inflicted with their costly, pay or die health care industry.

Such publicized hearings would keep him on the offensive. It would arouse the public and focus energies on the main problem—the corporatization of medicine. This commercialism has left tens of millions of people without health insurance, caused 20,000 fatalities a year, and cost Americans twice or more per capita than have full Medicare systems in western countries, which have better health outcomes than the U.S.

Further indication of Obama’s corporate dealings is that he never identified himself with a specific bill with a House and Senate number that he could rally the people around. No wonder people are confused, frustrated and angry. President Obama did not stand for an unambiguous proposal.

He thereby emboldened both the cash and carry Blue dog Democrats to rebel and the Republican yahoos to launch their lies and distortions via Rush Limbaugh and similar trash media.

Obama is about to make his biggest mistake to date by favoring the bipartisan deal his assistants are working out with Blue Dog Senator Max Baucus and his Republican counterparts on the Senate Finance Committee. This proposal has no public option, no consumer protections or restraints on the mayhem and skyrocketing charges of the so-called health care industry.

Already the less corporate-indentured bills being reported from the House Committee by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and his allies are getting short-shrift from a White House that clearly views the forthcoming Baucus-Grassley “compromise” as the “more practical” go-to legislation.

There is reliable word that the AFL-CIO will endorse whatever Obama approves, with the exceptions of the California Nurses Association and the Sheet Metal Workers’ union. The latter, through their president, Michael J. Sullivan, announced in late July that it was suspending all future campaign contributions to any candidate for Congress or the Presidency.

Already over sixty progressive members of the House, headed by Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) have declared opposition to these unacceptable compromises moving forward in both the House and the Senate.

So is gridlock around the corner? Will there be a health insurance reform of any stripe signed into law this year? It depends on the alliances that settle for the lowest corporate denominators being blocked by the unyielding principled stands of the progressives who want something that puts patients above the failed profiteering vendors.

The guess here is that Obama will sign anything which squirms through a cowardly Congress that cannot give to the American people in 2009 the health care system Congress stopped President Harry Truman from establishing in 1950.

It is up to the people of our country to “make him do it” whether this year or next. A mere one million immediate calls to members of Congress by one million assertive citizens will start sobering up these legislators who think they can get away with another sale of our public trust.

The Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121. The full Medicare, single payer bill (backed by nearly ninety legislators) is H.R. 676. The go-to citizen group for your sustained engagement is singlepayeraction.org. The rest is up to you, the majority, who want to put the people first.

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