Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
- Is the second most cited law professor in the country
- Has worked as both the CBS and NBC legal analyst during national controversies
- Ranks 38th in the top 100 most cited ‘public intellectuals’ in a recent study by a well-known judge
- Is one of the top 10 lawyers handling military cases
- Has served as a consultant on homeland security and constitutional issues
- Is a frequent witness before the House and Senate on constitutional and statutory issues
Government Says It Can Assassinate or Indefinitely Detain Americans on American Soil Without Any Due Process of Law
The Government Has Never Given a Rationale for Assassination
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Manning released information that revealed that US troops had committed war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. These are admirable deeds that, once they came to light, should have been addressed immediately and the soldiers who committed those war crimes punished. However, the government and media have reacted in such a manner that they have made Manning's actions seem criminal. Instead of dealing with the fact that war crimes had been committed, instead the media and government pushed that the idea that what Manning had done was wrong and had endangered national security. How does one endanger national security by exposing war crimes? Reality has been turned on its head! These same government officials who condemn Manning for releasing such information argue that the United States is a country based on the rule of law, however they betray that ideal by demonizing Manning and calling for his head.
It is quite interesting to note that the same politicians in Congress who are calling Manning a traitor to his country have had a major hand in the destruction of the United States by backing two wars, massive bailouts of financial "institutions," allowed for the country's industrial base to be dismantled and sent overseas, and essentially selling their country of the highest bidder. Not only in doing this have they tarnished the name and reputation of America but they have also racked up $15 trillion debt of which they insist that social programs are to blame rather than the wars and bailouts. They have betrayed their country by not protecting it from robber barons. These same politicians have also betrayed the country by acting as if the Constitution were a fictional document. By passing legislation such as the Patriot Act, they have turned their back on their country and the American people.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Even if major crimes are done, the state cannot do anything as mercenaries enjoy significant protection. “In passing Coalition Provisional Authority Order 17 of June 2003, the Iraqi provisional government granted exemption from prosecution to all personnel action on behalf of the coalition- including PMC employees.” This allows for PMCs to go about and do literally whatever they please, without fear of any consequences whatsoever and could potentially have the employees do things that they wouldn’t have done so before if they were under the law, like torturing and killing civilians for example.
There are an estimated 400 arms deals between Baghdad and Washington, worth $10bn, with an additional 110 deals, worth $900m, reportedly pending. Many of these, as part of the deal, require US trainers, who would be working through the Office of Security Co-operation in the embassy. Bloomberg news reported that this "newly established office will have a core staff of 160 civilians and uniformed military alongside 750 civilian contractors overseeing Pentagon assistance programmes, including military training. (emphasis added)Let's hope that they don't get back in.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I hear them
I hear them yelling
I hear them screaming
On their war drums
"They are a threat"
"Global security is at risk"
The drums are beating
They are beating faster and stronger
Than ever before
I hear them
Yelling for bombings
Yelling for invasion
Yelling for actions
But, the real question is this:
Do they understand what they are saying?
They are yelling
Yelling for more death, more bloodshed, more pain
They argue for bombings, for invasions,
But they fail to realize how many people will die
How many innocent people, how many soldiers will die
First they went into the Graveyard
On a whim
Pre-planned and with no evidence
Linking the victim to the crime
Without stopping they went
To the Oil Fields
Lies served as their bombs, Deception, their artillery, Propaganda, their bullets
And rained hell, but not just on the people, on the soldiers as well
Yet, they still beat the war drums
Pleading for more tears, more destruction, more suicides
I pray for this not to happen
But I can still hear them screaming