Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hunger In America

A damning indictment of the Obama criminal regime and it's genocidal programs to eradicate the poor in America

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Stephen Lendman
11/29/2013

It’s hard giving thanks when you’re hungry. It’s harder living in the world’s richest country. It’s harder still knowing government officials don’t care. It’s hardest of all wondering how you’ll get by. 


More below on growing hunger and deprivation. It’s increasing in America at a time trillions of dollars go for warmaking, corporate handouts, and other benefits for rich elites.

Giving thanks predated the republic. In 1621, Plymouth Pilgrims did so. They had nothing to do with originating the idea.

Native Americans did. They gave thanks for annual fall harvests. They did it centuries before settlers arrived.

On November 26, 1789, George Washington proclaimed the first national thanksgiving day.

He called it “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.”

In 1863, Lincoln used the occasion to boost Union Army morale and patriotic fervor. 


He “invite(d) (his) fellow citizens to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

He “fervently implore(d) the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of he nation and to restore it to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.”

He didn’t live long enough to see it. Government officials today exploit Thanksgiving. They promote the illusion of US exceptionalism, moral and cultural superiority.

Social inequality, moral degeneration, and police state lawlessness reflect today’s reality. Constitutional rights don’t matter.

War on humanity persists. Corporate crooks go unpunished. Democracy is a convenient illusion. Powerful monied interests run things.


Ordinary people are hugely deprived. Growing needs go unaddressed. Government officials able to make a difference don’t care.

Thanksgiving has many disturbing ironies. Presidents annually issue a “pardon.” It spares a preselected turkey’s life. It does so by proclamation. This year two were spared.

It’s unclear precisely when the tradition began. Lincoln did so. Thanksgiving day 1963 was November 28. Kennedy was assassinated six days earlier. Before his death, he let one turkey live. “We’ll just let this one grow,” he said.

Nixon began sending turkeys to a petting farm near Washington. He did so after a White House photo-op ceremony. No formal pardon was given. 


GHW Bush was the first president to do it. On November 14, 1989, he said a preselected turkey was “granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”

Obama issued annual presidential pardons. On Wednesday, he spared two turkeys.

“The office of the presidency, the most powerful position in the world, brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities,” he said. “This is not one of them.”

“Tomorrow, as we gather with our own friends and family, we’ll count ourselves lucky that there’s more to be thankful for than we can ever say and more to be hopeful for than we can ever imagine.”

A November 27 White House press release said in part:

“On Wednesday, November 27, 2013, President Obama will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony on the North Portico.”


 “The President will celebrate the 66th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a warm, safe, and healthy holiday.”

“After the pardoning, the turkeys will be driven to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.”

“The National Thanksgiving Turkey will be on display for visitors during ‘Christmas at Mount Vernon,’ a traditional program through January 6.”


“The turkeys will then travel to their permanent home at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill, the historic turkey farm located at the home of former Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis (1918-1922) in Leesburg, Virginia.” 

Jaindl’s Turkey Farm in Orefield, Pennsylvania, gave President Obama’s family two dressed turkeys that will be donated to a local area food bank.”

They need much more than that nationwide. Hunger in America is real. Millions are affected.

Official numbers understate a growing crisis. Congress ignores it. Food stamps were cut when they’re most needed. Further cuts are planned.

On December 31, millions will lose extended unemployment benefits unless Congress renews them. Both parties show little inclination to do so. Bipartisan complicity reflects indifference.

On July 28, AP headlined ”Exclusive: Signs of Declining Economic Security,” saying:

“Four out of 5 US adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives.”


It’s a disturbing “sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.”

“Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized US economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.”

Government data fall short of explaining things. Conditions are much worse than official reports.

Most Americans struggle to get by. Impoverishment or close to it affect them. So do millions experiencing hunger.

 
Franklin Roosevelt instituted the first Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It began in May 1939. In 1941, he pledged freedom from want.
 On January 11, 1944, he delivered his last State of the Union address. He proposed a second bill of rights.

“This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights,” he said.



“They were our rights to life and liberty.”

“As our nation has grown in size and stature, however – as our industrial economy expanded – these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.”

His solution was “economic bill of rights.” He wanted one guaranteeing:

employment with a living wage;

freedom from unfair competition and monopolies;

housing;

medical care;

education; and

social security.


Imagine if he’d lived long enough to implement it. Imagine this type America today. Hunger, homelessness, unemployment and poverty wouldn’t be major problems.



State-sponsored class war exacerbates them. Growing millions need help. They face increasing hardships.

Force-fed austerity harms America’s most disadvantaged. Their numbers are far greater than most people think.


Half of US households are impoverished or bordering it. Growing millions struggle to get by. They haven’t enough to live on.

Most households with one or more workers live from paycheck to paycheck. They have little or no savings.



They’re one missed pay day away from being unable to handle daily expenses. They risk hunger, homelessness and deep poverty.

They live in the world’s richest country. It spurns its most disadvantaged. Doing so swells their numbers. They suffer out of sight and mind.

Banks, other corporate favorites and super-rich elites are disproportionately favored. America was never beautiful. It’s less so than ever today. It’s dark side reflects reality.


Obama is no Roosevelt. He’s polar opposite. Anti-populism defines his agenda. Transferring America’s wealth to its most well-off is official policy.

He wants vital New Deal/Great Society programs eliminated. He wants them privatized en route to doing so.

Throughout his tenure, he instituted numerous social benefit cuts. He’s got more in mind. He’s heading America toward third world status. He lies claiming otherwise.


Hungry Americans don’t matter. Half or more are children. Many attending schools with hot breakfasts or lunches may get their only decent daily meal.

Most households receiving food stamps have at least one employed member. According to the Food Journal, they “typically include a child, elderly person or a disable person, and a gross income of $744 a month.”

Average rents nationwide exceed $1,200 monthly. A tiny upscale Kansas City, MO 800 square-foot one bedroom apartment costs about $1,000 a month.

Median rents in America’s least expensive cities range from $623 to $730 on average. It’s a far cry from much cheaper earlier times.


 Households earning $700+ a month struggle from day to day to get by. They need help doing so. Washington provides increasingly less during hard times.

Republicans and Democrats don’t give a damn. Today’s America is a let ‘em eat cake society.

Growing millions are on their own sink or swim. Protracted Main Street Depression era conditions persist. Things are getting worse, not better.

Thanksgiving is no time for celebration. Not when hunger reflects daily reality for millions. It’s been this way for years. Major media editors largely ignore it.

On November 25, 2009, a New York Times editorial headlined, ”A Thanksgiving Toast,” saying:


On November 25, 2009, a New York Times editorial headlined, ”A Thanksgiving Toast,” saying:

“Sitting down with friends and family today, there will be thanks for the steady currents, flowing out of the past, that have brought us to this table….And there will be prayerful thanks for the future.”

In November 2010, dismissive Washington Post editors headlined ”Thanksgiving’s unchanging appeal,” saying:

We’re “fortunate to be alive and fed and sheltered, and the proper response to our good fortune is not self-satisfaction but gratitude.”

Fact Check

Poverty, homelessness and hunger are at Depression era levels. Feeding America (FA) is Chicago-based. It calls itself the nation’s “leading domestic hunger-relief charity.”

It serves the needy “through a nationwide network of member food banks.”


In February 2010, it issued a report titled “Hunger in America 2010.” In 2014, it plans updating it. Conditions now are much worse.

They were bad enough then. About 5.7 million Americans needed emergency food aid. It was over one-fourth more than in 2005.


It said one in eight Americans are food insecure. Around 14 million children were affected. It’s about 16 million now. They don’t get enough food to eat.

FA calls food insecurity “a complex, multifaceted phenomenon that varies along a continuum of successive stages as it becomes more severe.”

Food secure households lets them “access…enough food for an active, health life.”





“(T)he existence of so many people without secure access to adequate nutritious food represents a serious national concern.”

“More than one in three client households are experiencing very low food security – or hunger – a 54 percent increase” compared to data FA compiled in a 2006 report.

At the time, former FA CEO Vicki Escarra said:

“Clearly, the economic recession, resulting in dramatically increasing unemployment nationwide, has driven unprecedented, sharp increases in the need for emergency food assistance and enrollment in federal nutrition programs.”

“Hunger in America 2010 exposes the absolutely tragic reality of just how many people in our nation don’t have enough to eat.”

“Millions of our clients are families with children finding themselves in need of food assistance for the very first time.”

“It’s morally reprehensible that we live in the wealthiest nation in the world where one in six people are struggling to make choices between food and other basic services.”

On November 27, FA’s CEO Bob Aiken said in part:

“With the holiday season here and with many of us sitting down to a table full of food this Thanksgiving, it’s hard not to reflect on the 49 million people in our country who struggle with hunger.”

“And it’s especially hard not to think of those families who earlier this month saw their SNAP benefits cut, further straining their food budgets.”

“We’ve seen throughout our network of food banks the impact that these cuts are already beginning to have – with longer lines and an anticipated growth in need.”

“Our food banks are stretched and charity alone can’t make up for this cut to federal assistance.”

“And with the possibility of further cuts to the program via the farm bill, there is real concern that the need for food will not be met.”

“(W)e know hunger isn’t seasonal – it’s a year-round problem. It’s our job to make sure that we shine a light on this issue all year, not just around the holidays.”

In 2012, FA said 49 million Americans were food insecure. It affected 17.6 million households.

About seven million households experienced “very low food security.” Households with children reported “a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20 percent compared to 11.0 percent.”

Food insecurity persists across America. It’s in every county. It ranges from 2.4% in Slope County, ND to 35.2% in Holmes County, MS.

America’s national average is 14.7%. Ten states are significantly higher:

Mississippi: 20.9%

Arkansas: 19.7%

Texas: 18.4%

Alabama: 17.9%

North Carolina: 17%

Georgia: 16.9%

Missouri: 16.7%

Nevada: 16.6%

Ohio: 16.1%

California: 15.6%

Hunger in the world’s richest country is intolerable. It’s unconscionable. It persists. It’s worsening. It’s the shame of an uncaring nation.

Families without enough to eat aren’t celebrating. They’re struggling to find enough food to survive. Bipartisan complicity ignores them.

Anti-populism is official policy. Harder than ever hard times persist. Failure to address it reflects America’s dark side.

Equity and justice aren’t in its vocabulary. It bears repeating. Today’s America is a let ‘em eat cake society. Hard times keep getting harder.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.”

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

How To Reduce Your Risk of Radiation From Fukushima

Japanese and U.S. governments, "mainstream media" will be held responsible and accountable for all Fukushima radiation poisonings and deaths

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Washington's Blog
11/27/2013

Is There Anything We Can Do to Reduce Radiation Risks?

Doctors in Hawaii and the West Coast of North American are being bombarded with questions about how to protect ourselves from radiation from Fukushima.

This essay provides an introduction to some of the main concepts on reducing the risk from radiation. It is broken into the following sections:

I. Step 1: Reduce Exposure
II. Certain Minerals Can Reduce Absorption of Harmful Radiation
III. Other Vitamins and Minerals Which Protect Against Radiation Damage
IV. Antioxidants: Helpful Weapons Against Radiation Damage
V. Other Things Which Offer Some Radiation Protection
VI. What To Do If Exposed to Extremely High Doses of Radiation

Step 1: Reduce Exposure

Initially, we should reduce our exposure to radiation in the first place. For example, world renowned physicist Michio Kaku told his Japanese family and friends months ago that they should leave if they can. 
 
 
Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen and physician Helen Caldicott have both said that people should evacuate the Northern Hemisphere if one of the Fukushima fuel pools collapses. Gundersen said:

Move south of the equator if that ever happened, I think that’s probably the lesson there.

Most residents of Hawaii and the Pacific coast of North American will – of course – stay. The entire population of the Northern Hemisphere can’t move down to the Southern Hemisphere, and most people aren’t inclined to move no matter what happens. But there are still many steps we can take to reduce exposure.

If you live in an area receiving any radiation exposure, you should also take off your shoes and leave them by the door (Asian style) and use a Hepa vacuum to get rid of excess dust inside your house. 
 
 
Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen explains how to reduce exposure in case of a worst case scenario:

[In a worst case scenario, for example, if the fuel pool at Fukushima reactor 4 were to topple over], I would close my windows, turn the air conditioner on, replace the filters frequently, damp mop, put a HEPA filter in the house and try to avoid as much of the hot particles as possible. You are not going to walk out with a Geiger counter and be in a plume that is going to tell you the meter. The issue will be on the West Coast, hot particles. And the solution there is HEPA filters and avoiding them. 
 

Radiation is concentrated in milk. Therefore, when high doses of radiation are being released into the air, we might want to avoid milk altogether for a couple of weeks or so. (Radioactive iodine concentrates in milk, but it has a half-life of only 8 days. So avoiding local milk for a couple of weeks should help keep you safe.) 
 
 
 

We should also be moderate with our consumption of fish caught off the Japanese, Hawaiian or West coast of the U.S. and Canada, as radiation can bioaccumulate in fish. See this, this, and this … and the video below.)

Radiation also bioaccumulates in mushrooms. So it might be wise to consider avoiding mushrooms grown in Japan, Hawaii or on the Pacific Coast. 
 
 

 
In addition, rain is one of the primary ways that radiation is spread outside of the vicinity of the nuclear accident. As a parent who doesn’t want to tell my kids they can’t play in the rain, none of this is fun to talk about … but during periods of extremely high airborne radiation releases, people might want to keep their kids out of heavy rain.

(At the end of this essay, we’ll tell you what to do if you have the misfortune of getting exposed to high doses of radiation.)


Continue the rest of this article HERE:






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Japan Reacts To Fukushima Crisis By Banning Journalism

Japanese government, TEPCO criminals attempt to rip a page from Obama's terrorist censorship manual

WASHINGTON'S BLOG
11/27/2013

Japan – Like the U.S. – Turns to Censorship

Two weeks after the Fukushima accident, we reported that the government responded to the nuclear accident by trying to raise acceptable radiation levels and pretending that radiation is good for us.


We noted earlier this month:

Japan will likely pass a new anti-whistleblowing law in an attempt to silence criticism of Tepco and the government:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is planning a state secrets act that critics say could curtail public access to information on a wide range of issues, including tensions with China and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The new law would dramatically expand the definition of official secrets and journalists convicted under it could be jailed for up to five years.

In reality, reporters covering Fukushima have long been harassed and censored.

Unfortunately, this is coming to pass. As EneNews reports:


Abe declares war on journalists using old, tired Obama tactics
Associated Press, Nov. 26, 2013: Japan’s more powerful lower house of Parliament approved a state secrecy bill late Tuesday [...] Critics say it might sway authorities to withhold more information about nuclear power plants [...] The move is welcomed by the United States [...] lawyer Hiroyasu Maki said the bill’s definition of secrets is so vague and broad that it could easily be expanded to include radiation data [...] Journalists who obtain information “inappropriately” or “wrongfully” can get up to five years in prison, prompting criticism that it would make officials more secretive and intimidate the media. Attempted leaks or inappropriate reporting, complicity or solicitation are also considered illegal. [...] Japan’s proposed law also designates the prime minister as a third-party overseer.

BBC, Nov. 26, 2013: Japan approves new state secrecy bill to combat leaks [...] The bill now goes to the upper house, where it is also likely to be passed.


"All you have to do is SMILE to beat radiation!"
The Australian, Nov. 25, 2013: Japanese press baulks at push for ‘fascist’ secrecy laws [...] Taro Yamamoto [an upper house lawmaker] said the law threatened to recreate a fascist state in Japan. “This secrecy law represents a coup d’etat by a particular group of politicians and bureaucrats,” he told a press conference in Tokyo. “I believe the secrecy bill will eventually lead to the repression of the average person. It will allow those in power to crack down on anyone who is criticising them – the path we are on is the recreation of a fascist state.” He said the withholding of radiation data after the Fukushima disaster showed the Japanese government was predisposed to hiding information from its citizens and this law would only make things worse. [...] The Asahi Shimbun newspaper likened the law to “conspiracy” regulations in pre-war Japan and said it could be used to stymie access to facts on nuclear accidents [...]

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan president Lucy Birmingham: “We are alarmed by the text of the bill, as well as associated statements made by some ruling party lawmakers, relating to the potential targeting of journalists for prosecution and imprisonment.”

Activist Kazuyuki Tokune: “I may be arrested some day for my anti-nuclear activity [...] But that doesn’t stop me.”


Lawrence Repeta, a law professor at Meiji University in Tokyo: “This is a severe threat on freedom to report in Japan [...]

It appears the Abe administration has decided that they can get a lot of what they want, which is to escape oversight, to decrease transparency in the government by passing a law that grants the government and officials broad authority to designate information as secret.”


U.S. Charge d’Affairs Kurt Tong: It’s a positive step that would make Japan a “more effective alliance partner.”

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: “This law is designed to protect the safety of the people.”

See also: Japan Deputy Prime Minister talks about “learning from the Nazis” — Previously said to let elderly people “hurry up and die” (VIDEO).

Rather than addressing the problems head-on, the Japanese government is circling the wagons.

Unfortunately, the United States is no better. Specifically, the American government:
Censors journalists who raise inconvenient truths.

Pressured the Japanese government to re-start its nuclear program, and is allowing Fukushima seafood to be sold in the U.S.

Weakened safety standards for U.S. nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster.

As we noted 6 months after Fukushima melted down:

American and Canadian authorities have virtually stopped monitoring airborne radiation, and are not testing fish for radiation. (Indeed, the EPA reacted to Fukushima by raising “acceptable” radiation levels.)

The failure of the American, Canadian and other governments to test for and share results is making it difficult to hold an open scientific debate about what is happening.

Earlier this year, the acting EPA director signed a revised version of the EPA’s Protective Action Guide for radiological incidents, which radically relaxing the safety guidelines agencies follow in the wake of a nuclear-reactor meltdown or other unexpected release of radiation. EPA whistleblowers called it “a public health policy only Dr. Strangelove could embrace.”

As we noted right after Fukushima happened, this is standard operating procedure for government these days:

When the economy imploded in 2008, how did the government respond?

Did it crack down on fraud? Force bankrupt companies to admit that their speculative gambling with our money had failed? Rein in the funny business? 

Of course not.


The government just helped cover up how bad things were, used claims of national security to keep everything in the dark, and changed basic rules and definitions to allow the game to continue. See this, this, this and this.

When BP – through criminal negligence – blew out the Deepwater Horizon oil well, the government helped cover it up (the cover up is ongoing).




The government also changed the testing standards for seafood to pretend that higher levels of toxic PAHs in our food was business-as-usual.

So now that Japan is suffering the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl – if not of all time – is the government riding to the rescue to help fix the problem, or at least to provide accurate information to its citizens so they can make informed decisions?

Of course not.

The EPA is closing ranks with the nuclear power industry ….

Indeed, some government scientists and media shills are now “reexamining” old studies that show that radioactive substances like plutonium cause cancer to argue that they help prevent cancer.

It is not just bubbleheads like Ann Coulter saying this. Government scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories and pro-nuclear hacks like Lawrence Solomon are saying this. [Update.]

In other words, this is a concerted propaganda campaign to cover up the severity of a major nuclear accident by raising acceptable levels of radiation and saying that a little radiation is good for us.

Any time the results of bad government policy is revealed, the government just covers it up rather than changing the policy.






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Revealed : Guantanamo Suspects Were 'Turned' Into Double Agents At Secret Facility

U.S. taxpayer dollars go to finance high-flying lifestyles of goatherding CIA informants; here is where some of the stolen TRILLIONS went as Americans starve and die on the streets of the Obama fascist criminal regime

THE INDEPENDENT
By David Usborne
11/26/2013

The CIA was doing more than just incarcerating and interrogating the hundreds of terror suspects who were rounded up and delivered to the fortified Guantanamo Bay military prison in a remote corner of Cuba in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. In a few cases it was also trying to turn them into double agents.


Guantanamo CIA "Penny Lane" site
The programme, run from a secret facility within Guantanamo Bay which has never been revealed until now, ran from 2002 until 2006 and drew the personal attention of George W Bush who was then in the White House.

A number of terror suspects were successfully turned and sent back to their countries in the hope that they would reconnect with the al-Qa’ida network and feed information back to the CIA to help it locate and kill high-profile targets, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.


Only those believed still to have legitimate contacts with the top hierarchies of terror group were considered for the secret programme. Once identified, they were tempted by an assortment of inducements, most notably large sums of cash as well as promises from the CIA that their safety and that of their families would thereafter be assured, including with new false identities.


The "low rent" facilities at Guantanimo
The money for the men, which over time came to millions of dollars, was drawn from a secret CIA fund called the “Pledge”. 

More prosaically, these special recruits were offered equally special privileges while they remained at Guantanamo Bay, including being taken out of the main cell blocks and moved to a group of small, relatively cosy bungalows set several hundred yards away beyond a screen of shrub and cactus.

     
"Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout; A pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray..."

The cottages, which went by the codename Penny Lane, had their own patios, kitchens and private showers. Perhaps most tempting of all, they featured proper beds with regular mattresses.

 
"Budget" detainees found accommodations less inviting
The Penny Lane moniker was derived from The Beatles song, in a nod to the fact that the main cell block complex had already become known as “Strawberry Fields”, because of the next word in the chorus – “forever”. More than 10 years later some of the detainees are still incarcerated in them with little prospect of release.

Some also took collectively to calling the hidden cottages the “Marriott”, because of their relative comfort. Allegedly, the Penny Lane residents were even allowed to access pornography if they so requested.


There was no comment today from the CIA. Details of the programme, which came laden with heavy risks, were pieced together by the Associated Press following interviews with numerous current and former US officials who were familiar with it. They, however, spoke on condition of anonymity. Others familiar with Guantanamo Bay did not express particular surprise.


"Now, would you like to see the Penny Lane suites?"
“Of course that would be an objective,” noted Emile Nakhleh, a former top CIA analyst who helped assess detainees, without discussing the programme further. “It’s the job of intelligence to recruit sources.”

“I do see the irony on the surface of letting some really very bad guys go,” David Remes, a lawyer for a group of Yemeni detainees at the facility, told the AP. 



He too, however, saw what the CIA was hoping to achieve. “The men we were sending back as agents were thought to be able to provide value to us.”

Mr Bush was sufficiently intrigued to speak at the White House directly to one CIA official who was involved in Afghanistan, where the suspects-turned-agents were sent to upon their release from Penny Lane. By contrast, President Barack Obama is said to have raised concerns about any of those who were supposedly still helping the CIA when he took office in 2009 and ordered a review of all such operations.

 
 
"I do believe I'll have a look at Penny Lane after all."

If the programme remained a heavily guarded secret, it was surely because of the rather obvious risks associated with it, notably that the men, once released would immediately take part in new attacks against the US and publicly reveal their journeys through Penny Lane to embarrass Washington. There was also concern that if any of them identified a target for drone attack they might themselves have been killed even while being in the pay of the CIA.


 
While sources said that the programme did result in some successful CIA assassinations of high-priority targets, they conceded that in other cases men simply vanished upon release never to be heard from again. They said there is no evidence, however, that any of them turn around again and killed any Americans.

The treatment of inmates by the US at Guantanamo Bay has repeatedly been condemned by human rights groups. The facility remains a political thorn in the side for President Obama, who has failed to fulfil a pledge made when he was first elected to close it down quickly. He was stymied in particular by resistance on Capitol Hill to any notion of terror suspects being moved to US soil for trial in the regular court system.

Public attention will be directed back to Guantanamo Bay next year in particular with the expected start of the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on America.





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ACLU Files Lawsuit Against CIA Over Torture, Black Sites

Obama's murdering CIA scum one step closer to complete exposure; Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice et al. headed for prison along with White House criminals

PRESS TV
11/27/2013

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the CIA over its rendition and torture program following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.


NO PLACE TO HIDE:  CIA scum will be hunted down worldwide
The ACLU filed the suit on Tuesday under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demanding the Central Intelligence Agency release two reports about its post-9/11 “program of rendition, secret detention, and torture of detainees.”




“This illegal program was devised and authorized by officials at the highest levels of government, and five years after it officially ended, the American public still doesn't have the full story about some of the most devastating rights violations committed in its name,” the ACLU said in a statement.


Bush/Cheney murderers headed for prison
The organization wants access to a report compiled by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence which it described as “the most comprehensive review of the CIA's torture program to date.” 

Led by its chairwoman, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Senate panel reviewed more than six million pages of CIA documents and other records on the agency’s controversial programs over the course of three years. At the end of 2012, the Senate committee approved its study of “the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program,” which spans over 6,000 pages and includes approximately 35,000 footnotes. 


Satanic CIA murderers tortured innocent women, children
The classified report "uncovers startling details about the CIA detention and interrogation program and raises critical questions about intelligence operations and oversight,” according to Sen. Feinstein.

The creation of clandestine “black sites” and the use of so-called enhanced-interrogation techniques were “terrible mistakes,” the senator has said citing the report. 


In addition to detailing the CIA's illegal practices, the report reveals that the spy agency misled the White House, the Department of Justice, and Congress about the "effectiveness" of its controversial torture techniques including water-boarding, wall-slamming and shackling. 


Obama, Biden, Clinton, Kerry will be playing "pick up the soap"
The second report sought by the ACLU is the CIA's response to the Senate Select Committee, which presents the agency's “shameless defense of its torture regime” and challenges its investigative methods and findings.

The ACLU has been challenging the CIA over its torture program for years. In response to ACLU litigation, the US government has been forced to release over 100,000 pages of documents detailing the abuse and torture of detainees by the CIA and the Pentagon.

HJ/HJ 





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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Two U.S. Bombers Fly Over China Air Defense Zone

Yet another attempted diversion from the Obama scandals and ongoing Snowden revelations; White House criminals must continue to manufacture crisis after crisis to remain in power and are playing at starting WWIII with this blatant provocation and violation of Chinese airspace

PRESS TV
11/26/2013

Two American B-52 bombers have entered the new Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea without informing the Chinese government. 
 
 
Obama criminals willing to start WWIII t o stay in power
“We have continued to follow our normal procedures, which include not filing flight plans, not radioing ahead and not registering our frequencies," Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren said on Tuesday.

US officials said the bombers took off from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam and the flight was part of a long-planned exercise called Coral Lightning.

 
 
 
 
On Saturday, the Chinese government said that it had established an Air Defense Identification Zone and its military will take “defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not cooperate in identification or refuse to follow instructions.” 
 
 
The flying took place only one day after the Pentagon announced that the United States would continue its flight operations over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

"We will not in any way change how we conduct our operations as a result of the Chinese policy of establishing an ADIZ, an Air Defense Identification Zone," Col. Warren said. 
 
Beijing had warned that aircraft that do not comply could be subject to a military response.

 

An unnamed US official said the planes returned safely to Guam after the exercise. 
 
"The planes flew a pattern that included passing through the ADIZ," the official was quoted as saying by The Wall Street Journal. "The flight was without incident." 
 
 
U.S. traitor Chuck Hagel with master Obama
Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed deep concern over the air zone decision. 
 
“We view this development as a destabilizing attempt to alter the status quo in the region,” Hagel said. 
 
 
 
 
“This unilateral action increases the risk of misunderstanding and miscalculations.”
 
Chinese defense ministry spokesman Col. Yang Yujun slammed Washington’s criticism of the air zone announcement as "completely unreasonable." 
 
 
Americans had better be prepared for more of THIS

"We demand the US side to earnestly respect China's national security, stop making irresponsible remarks for China's setup of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone and make concrete efforts for the peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region," he said.

AGB/AGB
 

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jakarta Outsider Joko Widodo Tipped For National Role

Pak Joko has already changed the face of Jakarta; provided medical coverage for the poor

FINANCIAL TIMES
By Ben Bland
11/24/2013

As he conducts one of his trademark spot checks on a canal dredging project in a slum area, Joko Widodo, Jakarta governor, is mobbed by hundreds of locals desperate to shake his hand, take a photo or grab one of the exercise books that he is handing out. But although this flood-prone city of 12m people is well into the rainy season, disaster mitigation is not the main game in town. 


With a reputation for being corruption-free, results-focused and down-to-earth, Mr Widodo, universally called Jokowi, has surged ahead in the polls to become the frontrunner in next year’s presidential election, even though he refuses to say whether he will stand.

“Life is tough here, it’s dirty and smelly, it floods often and there are few jobs,” says Jaja, a 50-year-old resident of the Cakung slum that Mr Widodo is visiting, as he pulls a makeshift ferry across the fetid canal. “But I’m happy to see Jokowi. Hopefully, life will be better with him in Jakarta and as president.”

The fervour surrounding Mr Widodo says as much about Indonesians’ frustration with endemic corruption, widening inequality and poor leadership as it does about the Jakarta governor’s credentials after just over a year running the capital.

In less than two years, the 52-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise from small town mayor in his home city of Solo to most popular politician in the world’s third-biggest democracy.


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An average of four recent polls shows Mr Widodo way out in front of other possible presidential candidates, with 27 per cent wanting him to lead the country, compared with 16 per cent for former general Prabowo Subianto and 9 per cent for controversial businessman Aburizal Bakrie.

The key to his success, Mr Widodo tells the Financial Times, is simple.

“Democracy is about improving the lives of the people,” he says in his city hall office, wearing an untucked white shirt, black trousers and canvas shoes. “So I go to the ground, I go to the villages, I go to the riverbank, I go to the market to meet the people. I ask them what they want and what they need and we give solutions.”

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who will stand down in 2014, after reaching the two-term legal limit, has led Indonesia through a period of political stabilisation and rapid economic growth over the past nine years.

But voters and foreign investors have become dissatisfied with his failure to come good on promises to fight corruption, build much-needed infrastructure and reduce inequality. 





Mr Widodo, by contrast, highlights his record of delivery in the capital, from the introduction of free healthcare and education for poor residents to the start of construction on Jakarta’s first subway system, which has been delayed for decades.

In a political and economic system that is controlled by a tight-knit elite, his status as an outsider has contributed to his mesmeric popularity.

But, if he is to run for the presidency, he will need the support and financing of the establishment, most likely in the shape of Megawati Sukarnoputri, the former president whose party Jokowi represents.

Although some worry that he is a populist, the former businessman, whose family runs a furniture export company in Solo, says that improving the lives of Jakarta’s downtrodden millions will benefit investors.

“If we create a better social environment in Jakarta, then of course investment will expand,” says the heavy-metal fan in the back of his car, speaking over a CD by Judas Priest, one of his favourite bands.

Back in his office, he explains that setting the monthly minimum wage, which in Indonesia is determined by local governments, has been the hardest decision he has had to make.

Last year, he increased it by more than 40 per cent to Rp2.2m ($190), upsetting business owners. This year, with the economy facing renewed headwinds, he has only increased it 11 per cent, but says that workers are much better off because of improved access to health and education services.

It is one of several major battles against powerful vested interests where Mr Widodo has shown his resolve.

In the most populous Muslim nation, he has faced off against Islamic extremists who wanted to unseat a Christian official because of her religion. He has taken on the local mafia organisations that were holding back plans to revamp a major market. And he has clashed publicly with Mr Yudhoyono’s policy of promoting car sales at a time when traffic gridlock damages the economy and the quality of life in Jakarta.

Citing the success of Boris Johnson in London and Michael Bloomberg in New York, he says that big city mayors can set the tone for the rest of the country.

But he remains tight-lipped when asked if he wants to become a national leader.

“I don’t think about that,” he says, laughing. “Now I’m very focused on my responsibilities as governor of Jakarta.”

Megawati holds key to success.


Despite his huge poll lead, Mr Widodo’s path to the presidency of this nation of 250m is far from assured – if he wants the job that is.

The fate of a man who many Indonesians hope can revamp their democratic system lies in the hands of one woman.

Only political parties can nominate presidential candidates in Indonesia and to do so they must meet a threshold of 20 per cent of seats in parliament or 25 per cent of the popular vote in parliamentary elections in April 2014.

Mr Widodo’s party, the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), is chaired by former president Megawati Sukarnoputri, the daughter of founding president Sukarno.

She alone has the right to choose PDI-P’s next presidential candidate and is keeping her cards close to her chest. Many within the party consider the 66-year-old, who lost the past two elections to Mr Yudhoyono, too old to stand again and want her to anoint Mr Widodo.

But others fret that an outsider with a record for clean government represents a threat to the party’s patronage and influence-peddling system.

“Everyone is looking very carefully at the interactions between Megawati and Jokowi – every word, every gesture, every part of their body language, to get any indication where she’s leaning,” said Marcus Mietzner, an Indonesian politics lecturer at the Australian National University. “But anyone who claims to know what she is doing is lying because no one, even in her inner circle, really knows.”






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