Hat Tip: BB
An independent group is running radio ads on WHO in Des Moines asking Iowans to “vote rogue” for Sarah Palin on caucus day.
Hat Tip: BB
An independent group is running radio ads on WHO in Des Moines asking Iowans to “vote rogue” for Sarah Palin on caucus day.
Hat Tip: BB
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
I’ve been looking at the candidates for weeks, swaying back and forth and I think I’ve finally had enough. It’s depressing… And infuriating… I ask myself – is this it? Is this the best we can come up with as far as candidates? That’s just sad. Here are some thoughts:
1. Romney – Big Progressive on the Right. Big government, big spending – no thanks.
2. Gingrich – Ditto, only worse.
3. Paul – Good on spending and the Constitution, but horrific on foreign policy and Israel.
4. Huntsman – Good on business, but another Progressive on the Right.
5. Perry – A Conservative – socially. Not on illegal immigration. Too much of a mixed bag. Not conservative enough.
6. Bachmann – Constitutionalist – would vote for her in a heart beat.
7. Santorum – Ditto, another good candidate.
The problem is that neither Bachmann or Santorum will get the nod from the GOP. They will almost certainly choose Romney. It is McCain redux all over again and that just pisses me off.
Zombie has written a great post at The PJ Tatler that shares my views. Read it all and vote.
Let me spell this out, I will vote for anyone over Obama. Because if Obama is reelected, as a Constitutional Republic, we will not survive another four years. The US will be toast if Obama wins. Period.
When Ron Paul does not get the nod from the GOP, there is a strong chance that he will break away to a third party. Many will follow Paul because they cannot stomach Romney, instead of voting for the GOP which is our best hope of unseating our tyrant in office. It will be a redux of Ross Perot and Obama will win. Please do not do this. There is far too much at stake.
How I wish that Sarah Palin and/or Alan West would run. Time is running short though and both have said they won’t. We need a hero guys. We need a warrior to save America. In the end, if I have to, I will vote for Romney. I will hate it with all my heart, but he is ultimately preferable to Obama. But each night I pray, that a good, Constitutional candidate that also cares about our military and Israel, will step forward. I suggest you all say a prayer, because things don’t look good right now. Everything is on the line between freedom and tyranny – heaven and hell.
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
A May 24 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline program quoted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as saying he’d never had any contact with Bradley Manning and that he had no information indicating that the former Army intelligence analyst was the source of the classified U.S. intelligence information released by WikiLeaks.
On December 19, Frontline posted this follow-up information, “New Evidence of Assange-Manning Link,” and came clean in acknowledging that the new evidence in the case casts the statements by Assange in serious doubt:
“In an interview last April with Frontline correspondent Martin Smith, Julian Assange flatly denied that he’d ever had any contact with Bradley Manning, the young Army private accused of leaking half a million classified documents to Assange’s WikiLeaks. Asked about the implication in online conversations apparently between Manning and ex-hacker Adrian Lamo that Manning had gone around WikiLeaks’ normal protocols and established a personal relationship with Assange, Assange was adamant, even suggesting that Manning might have been inflating himself to others by claiming a relationship that did not exist. ‘We don’t have sources that we know about. And I had never heard the name Bradley Manning before. I never heard the name Bradass87 before.’”
Manning had used the name “Bradass87” in online chats and bragged about engineering “possibly the largest data spillage in American history.”
The new evidence in the case, disclosed in Manning’s preliminary hearing, established a direct connection between Assange and Manning. Frontline noted that Army digital forensics contractor Mark Johnson, testifying in Manning’s pretrial hearing, “says that he found communications between Manning and a chat user named ‘Julian Assange’ on Manning’s personal computer and a phone number for Assange in Iceland…”
The evidence puts Manning and Assange “in a precarious legal position,” Frontline now acknowledges. In effect, the evidence demonstrates that they were engaged in what amounts to a conspiracy to steal classified information from U.S. Army computers. This is espionage.
As such, Assange may have been lying about his contact with Manning in order to avoid implicating himself in a conspiracy to violate the Espionage Act. The WikiLeaks founder, an Australian and convicted computer hacker, is facing deportation from Britain to Sweden on sex crimes charges. He could eventually face deportation to the U.S., if he is ever indicted by the Obama/Holder Justice Department.
Meanwhile, more statements from Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul defending WikiLeaks, the recipient of the largest release of classified information in American history, are starting to get media attention. These appearances included:
Referring to the Fox Business Channel appearance, Politico said that Paul was “taking a stand as one of Julian Assange’s few defenders in Washington, arguing that the WikiLeaks founder should get the same protections as the media.”
In contrast to Paul’s support for WikiLeaks, Assange, and Manning, whom Paul called a “hero” and “patriot,” both Democrats and Republicans have called for Assange to be prosecuted. More than a year ago, on December 2, 2010, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Christopher (Kit) Bond (R-Mo.), then-vice chairman of the committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Holder requesting prosecution of Assange. They said the unauthorized release was “a serious breach of national security and could be used to severely harm the United States and its worldwide interests.”
The May 24 PBS program featured correspondent Martin Smith and was written and produced by Smith and Marcela Gaviria. It repeatedly tried to suggest, through interviews with Assange and “experts” like Eric Schmitt of The New York Times, that any direct connection between Assange and Manning was highly unlikely, if not impossible.
Schmitt said, “We don’t really know whether Manning approached WikiLeaks or people around WikiLeaks, or if it was the other way around. But my theory is whichever way it is, there’s an intermediary.”
Schmitt added, “I think Assange is savvy enough that he would have tried to avoid at all costs any direct contact with Bradley Manning, understanding that that could later lead to a much easier prosecution on the grounds of conspiracy to commit espionage.”
This, then, is why it was necessary to try to suggest some distance between Assange and Manning. Evidence of a direct connection would facilitate prosecution of Manning AND Assange on espionage charges.
Martin Smith of Frontline recognized the possibility, saying to Schmitt, “In other words, if WikiLeaks actively helped someone violate secrecy laws, Assange and his colleagues could be held criminally liable.”
“Assange says he designed WikiLeaks so that he wouldn’t even know who his sources were,” Smith reported, getting Assange off the hook.
Assange was brought back to say, “We do not know whether Mr. Manning is our source or not. And of course, if we did know, we are obligated ethically to not reveal it.”
It now looks like Assange wasn’t concerned with ethics, but rather his own hide. He was trying to avoid or postpone an indictment on espionage charges.
Although some of the information released by WikiLeaks was seen as not harmful or just embarrassing to U.S. officials and allies, the controversial website also released classified information about U.S. counter-terrorism operations and the locations of facilities vital to national security and vulnerable to terrorist threat. Such disclosures clearly assisted the enemies of the United States, an official charge being leveled against Manning.
As PBS acknowledges, the new evidence released during his preliminary hearing was explosive in terms of establishing the link between Manning and Assange. Many different media organizations now acknowledge the strength of the government’s case.
As Wired put it, “a government digital forensic expert examining the computer of accused WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning retrieved communications between Manning and an online chat user identified on Manning’s computer as ‘Julian Assange’…Investigators also found an Icelandic phone number for Assange…” Manning’s computer also revealed a chat with a hacker located in the U.S. in which Manning said he was responsible for the leaking of an Apache helicopter video released by WikiLeaks in spring 2010, the publication said.
But there’s more. Wired added, “Assange’s name was attached to a chat handle ‘[email protected]’ listed in Manning’s buddy list in the Adium chat program on his computer. That Jabber address uses the same domain name allegedly mentioned by Manning in the chat logs that ex-hacker Adrian Lamo gave to the FBI and to Wired.com last year. In that earlier chat log, Manning was making reference to a domain that Assange was known to use.”
The publication added, “in Manning’s buddy list there was also a second handle, ‘[email protected],’ which had two aliases associated with it: Julian Assange and Nathaniel Frank. CCC.de in the domain refers to the Chaos Computer Club, a hacker club in Germany that operates the Jabber server.”
The Daily Mail cited much of the same evidence and said, “He [Assange] has denied direct contact with Manning, but his lawyers believe the evidence produced in the military court would form an espionage conspiracy case against their client.”
Assange had counted on the international media to cover for him and treat WikiLeaks as a legitimate news organization, rather than the criminal enterprise it is. His cover is now blown and prominent news organizations which quoted him uncritically have egg all over their faces.
Columnist Doug Mataconi had been suspicious of Assange’s claims, noting, “Assange has always denied direct contact with Manning, although he has never revealed how the materials that Manning stole just happened to come into the possession of Wikileaks. These revelations appear to provide at least a clue on that last part, and suggest that Assange has been lying about his contact with Manning.”
As New York magazine put it, “The new evidence is not only bad news for Manning, who will find out early next year what charges he will face if his court martial proceeds, but for Assange as well. In a separate federal investigation, the Justice Department is considering several offenses with which to charge Assange—including conspiracy and trafficking in stolen property.”
Not only is Assange under renewed scrutiny, but those media organizations which accepted and publicized his claims of non-involvement are facing questions as well. PBS is only one of them.
NBC News chief Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski produced a January 24, 2011, report which said:
“U.S. military officials tell NBC News that investigators have been unable to make any direct connection between a jailed army private suspected with leaking secret documents and Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.
“The officials say that while investigators have determined that Manning had allegedly unlawfully downloaded tens of thousands of documents onto his own computer and passed them to an unauthorized person, there is apparently no evidence he passed the files directly to Assange, or had any direct contact with the controversial WikiLeaks figure.”
Clearly, Miklaszewski’s “sources” were all wet and had no knowledge of the evidence against Manning.
However, Miklaszewski went on to quote Assange in his own defense: “Assange told MSNBC TV last month that WikiLeaks was unsure Army PFC Bradley Manning is the source for the classified documents appearing on his site. ‘That’s not how our technology works, that’s not how our organization works,’ Assange said. ‘I never heard of the name of Bradley Manning before it appeared in the media.’”
Assange told MSNBC that allegations that WikiLeaks had conspired with Manning were “absolute nonsense.”
The evidence, however, even impressed The Washington Post, for it ran a story under the headline, “Prosecutors say Manning collaborated with WikiLeaks’ Assange in stealing secret documents.” The story by Ellen Nakashima and Julie Tate said that military prosecutors had presented “new and detailed evidence” showing that Manning “collaborated” with Assange “in stealing more than 700,000 documents from classified computer systems and publishing them on the Internet.”
The story included these revealing paragraphs:
“In just over an hour of closing arguments at a pretrial hearing, the prosecutors disclosed three new excerpts of chat logs taken from Manning’s personal Macintosh laptop. In one, he allegedly asks Assange for help in figuring out a password. In another, he allegedly tells Assange ‘i’m throwing everything i’ve got on’ Guantanamo detainee reports ‘at you now’ and estimates the ‘upload is about 36 pct’ complete.
“To which Assange replied, according to the prosecutors’ PowerPoint presentation, ‘OK … great.’”
While media organizations duped by Assange into thinking he had no contact with Manning now look like complete fools, Ron Paul’s defense of WikiLeaks and Assange is even more serious, considering his desire to be president and in possession of the state secrets of the United States.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at [email protected].
By: Jeffrey Klein, Political Buzz Examiner
A glimmer of “true grit” is emerging in the U.S. Senate, where Republican lawmakers are refusing to adjourn the Senate for the year, because while in session they have the ability to prevent confirmation of Obama appointments.
In doing so, this will ‘neutralize’ President Obama from making any “recess appointments,” thereby thwarting the confirmation process, particularly with the now very controversial National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
This is an important development, as the board now has just two sitting members (of five), rendering it unable to achieve a quorum; and, without Obama being able to install at least one more member, the board will effectively shutting it down–most likely for the remainder of 2012.
The “Acting” (unconfirmed Obama appointee since July 2010) General Counsel is Lafe Solomon, a career NLRB employee, who became famous for having filed a lawsuit against Boeing Co. this past summer–raising the ire of GOP lawmakers and business leaders everywhere.
The Machinists’ Labor Union in Washington state claimed that Boeing violated labor laws in having built a brand new, expensive, manufacturing facility for their new 787 Dreamliner aircraft in South Carolina, a popular “Right to Work” [non-union] state, as retribution against them for striking in the past. The plant located in North Charleston would provide 1,200 high-paying jobs for the state, lowering unemployment and stimulating the economy.
While the company maintained that their actions were motivated strictly by economic considerations, GOP Congressmen and leading business groups charged that the NLRB suit was extraordinary, because if the board prevailed, it would result in the shuttering of the brand new plant and delay order deliveries significantly.
However, on December 9, 2011, the NLRB suit was dropped, as the Boeing and the Machinists’ union reached a new four-year collective bargaining agreement–staving off an expensive legal battle that would no doubt have gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
This is just another example of the GOP combating a dangerous irony manufactured by the Democrat party–even though the Obama administration has adapted a very public, confrontational attitude toward business in America–they mindlessly continue to whine publicly about our jobless recovery.
Copyright (c) 2011 by Jeffrey Klein
By: Andrea Shea King
The Radio Patriot
It’s already underway. The systematic destruction of the competition. Welcome to John McCain redux. Romney’s going to be the nominee, and you’d just better like it, bubba. The machine is in full play.
Will Iowa be the stopgap between the GOP establishment combine (including Karl Rove, Roger Ailes, K Street, et al) saving us from a Romney certainty?
— The Drudge Report
Tonight — A look at Iowa with Emerson College cub reporters on the ground who will be calling in with their reports about Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum, Paul, Perry, Romney. And the Occupiers.
Also… our Capitol Hill Insider Elizabeth Letchworth of GradeGov: POTUS is going to raise the debt limit again before Congress comes back in January.
By: Trevor Loudon
A delegation attended from the ruling communist party of North Korea, plus a cadre from the ultra-militant US Workers World Party.
The Third International Conference of the International Anti-Imperialist and Peoples Solidarity Coordinating Committee met in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from Nov. 27 to 29. The conference’s theme was “Imperialist Attack: Economic, Political, Cultural and Military Aggression and Occupation.” Special reference was made to imperialist aggression in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Cuba and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.
The international program opened with an outdoor rally of 20,000 militants organized by the Socialist Party of Bangladesh, a co-sponsor of the assembly. It was followed by a militant march through the capital city’s crowded streets.
The 800 official delegates represented anti-imperialist forces from 24 countries. There was strong representation from South Asia, including from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Two women guerrilla fighters were sent from Nepal. The DPRK sent a delegation. Resistance organizations were represented from Middle Eastern and African countries, including Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Sudan, Iran, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco and Chad.
Straight from Tahrir Square in Cairo, an Egyptian delegate gave greetings from the revolutionary people of Egypt. A representative from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine militantly greeted the assembly. Additionally, representatives came from Europe, the United States and Canada.
Manik Mukerjee, Secretary General of the IAPSCC, gave the keynote speech. He said, “Today we are witnessing … throughout the world, including in the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America, and even in the metropolitan capitalist countries and in the very citadel of imperialism, waves of people’s movements surging forth.”
Sara Flounders, a Workers World Party Secretariat member, who is on the IAPSCC’s executive committee, expressed solidarity with the conference at a time when people of the world are rising up. When she mentioned Occupy Wall Street, the “crowd roared.”
Sara Flounders’ party is neck deep in the Occupy movement, especially in centers such as New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
The mood of the gathering was optimistic. Participants definitely saw the tide of history surging their way.
The Socialist Party of Bangladesh is a vibrant and growing party, whose youth swelled the crowds at the opening ceremonies. Their leader, Secretary General Khalequzzaman, gave a rousing speech, which brought the masses to their feet at the outside rally in Mahanagar Natyamancha. Though imperialism may be at its most bloody, he said, the people of the world were in the final struggle for the victory of the working and peasant classes over the system of capitalist exploitation.
IAPSCC participants shared their experiences of struggle, and deliberated on the ways and means to build a strong global anti-imperialist movement while developing solidarity among the anti-imperialist fighters in different countries. The international delegation responded to the warmth, solidarity and cultural expressions of the comrades from the Socialist Party of Bangladesh with a strong “Red Salute.”
Occupy Wall Street is far from a US only phenomenon. Some of its leaders have ties to some of the most militant and violent revolutionary forces on the planet.
The only question is – when will these forces attempt to create mayhem in the “Belly of the Beast?”
By: Andrea Shea King
The Radio Patriot
This is NOT the first time we’ve heard this. I’ve posted about it several times and talked about it on my radio show — many times. From Steven Emerson to Frank Gaffney to Jayna Davis to Pamela Geller to Tom Trento to Robert Spencer and others, I’ve interviewed them about this very thing.
If you don’t think the enemy is among us, hiding in plain sight and formulating policies that constrict us with the intention of defeating us, you’ve NOT been paying attention.
Victoria Jackson recently attended a six hour briefing in Washington D.C. Thirty eight government representatives were invited. Fifteen showed up. Slides, photos, names, dates and documents were shown overhead proving that the Muslim Brotherhood, not only planned the “Arab Spring” and Libyan take over, but has infiltrated our highest government positions, schools, courts and military and is even making policy.
“…and they are in all of our highest positions, including the president. I said to this FBI guy, ‘do you think Obama’s a Muslim?’ And he goes, ‘well, the facts are all of his policies side with the Muslims and are against Israel. That’s just a fact.”
By: Trevor Loudon
By: Tallulah Star
Witholding energy is a tool set for coersion and control. Perhaps this is why the Technocrats are so intent on preventing cheap, abundant, national energy flowing into America via pipelines.
And is this not why Barack Obama promised us that under his policy energy prices would “necessarily skyrocket?” Technocracy has never died; it has always been taught in the elite universities. Obama was just being a good little Harvard regurgitator.
Patrick Wood juxtaposes doctrinaire Technocracy against Marxism. It should be understood that those who seek to control the world will use any means and any pawns of ideological movements they can manipulate. The coalition is always built on the upswing, then, after control is gained come the purges. For more on this linkage between global Marxism, power, gain, and control, see James Simpson’s “Conspiracy of the Lemmings: Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis; Part III.”
The powers that be have horded the lion’s share of the world’s gold within the global central bank complex. DeBeers and diamonds are another, less extensive example. They are now well on their way and fighting hard on many battlefields, for hording, pricing-up, profiteering, and controlling, by means of energy (plus healthcare, pharmaceuticals, nutrients, and even food and water). – AW