By: Ashraf Ramelah
Voice of the Copts
Egypt’s President Morsi spoke to the Egyptian people for two hours and 40 minutes Wednesday evening (June 26) demonstrating his deep resolve to keep his power and position at all cost. Predictably, his speech held little wisdom in recognizing his differences or his willingness to work toward rectifying them through compromise. Instead, the ruler of Egypt veiled his eyes to the real needs of his fellow countrymen and their pursuit of freedom and human rights.
Referring to his executive office as a “regime” and exploiting the Taquiya (deception) principle of Islamic doctrine, Morsi claimed that Egypt’s new constitution is a democratic draft (“We succeeded in writing a democratic constitution”) and pleaded with the country to honor its sovereignty. Deception by a leader is always harmful, but Morsi seems to believe his own lies, which is even more troubling. Suffering from both denial and delusion, Morsi’s mind appears to be unsound.
Speaking from his podium in the Egyptian Center for Conferences to a packed house of admirers, Morsi sounded much like an Islamic preacher addressing worshipers but, later in his speech, tempered his tone using language more like the political-religious leadership he is. This shift of method and terminology by a true Islamist illustrates a classic mixture of political aims colored with Allah-fearing sentiments to capture sympathy and agreement from listeners. The majority in the room stood up cheering and applauding for Morsi with slogans favoring the president at various times throughout his speech especially when Morsi attacked his opponents, rivals and critics.
Morsi used this singular occasion, intended for calming the Egyptian people before June 30th and urging reserve and respect, to instead name names of sitting judges who he claims to have witnessed committing fraud. A day after hearing Morsi’s comments, the judges promised to initiate a lawsuit against him for defamation of character. Morsi also pointed his finger at the few courageous journalists in Egypt openly critical of his government saying, “This is wrong, this is not acceptable.” Morsi boasted of Egypt’s free press forgetting to mention that he ousted 150 journalists early in his term and replaced them with his loyal followers.
A paranoid Morsi recalled an incident at the beginning of this year when one Egyptian TV journalist interviewed Ahmed Shafiq, former Prime Minister under Mubarak and Morsi’s opponent in the 2011 presidential election (also former military now living outside Egypt). Morsi accused the reporter and Shafiq, Morsi’s foe, of having malice for the country and inciting threats against his Presidency in a conspiratorial plot to destabilize Egypt. Morsi considers Shafiq an enemy and wants to keep him close.
Protecting a weakening and shaken regime, Morsi waxed encouragingly to his Muslim Brotherhood supporters and their militia and condemning Egyptian freedom-fighters with this statement, “one year’s enough to let the people do what they want.” As he continued to reprimand Egypt’s political dissenters he added a self-congratulatory rant about his clean record at sentencing no one to prison. However, this must have served as a reminder to his audience of his own incarceration and current fugitive status well known already to the Tamarud (Rebel) movement ready to dethrone him.
In his 11th hour attempt to assuage the opinions of millions who malign his year in office and oppose further opportunity for him to bring Egypt to ruin, Morsi stressed peaceful demonstrations as part of Egypt’s democratic society hoping to deter violence from demonstrators who already proclaim non-violence. With this, Morsi’s goal was to maintain the imbalance of forces lining up for a potential clash as an armed and ready militia now has his back. Less than 24 hours later, the Tamarud response to all this was to employ a symbolic gesture – applying padlocks and chains to the gates of official government buildings and ministerial offices and sealing them with a stamp stating, “Closed by revolutionaries.” Tamarud activists request as well that government employees abstain from work and join them in acts of “civil disobedience.”
Underestimating freedom-fighters as naïve, Morsi blamed the former Mubarak regime for his failures. He added that the burden of Egypt’s huge debt inherited by him created an obstacle for him to go forward with his plan. But he has never spelled out a plan to the people and never completed his list of actions presented earlier to do in his first one hundred days of office – things like cleaning the streets of garbage and supplying ample electricity. In fact, Morsi used this very speech to call upon all Egyptians to conserve Egypt’s electricity in their daily habits — a bleak prospect for citizens already stretched to their limits.
Juggling sarcasm and threats with mockery and attempts to cajole, Morsi’s hypocrisy was the glue that held his speech together. While praising law enforcement he emphasized his role as their Commander-in-Chief but didn’t bother to announce the formation of an Islamic religious police force in progress that will function independent of the state police. Morsi boasted that all Egyptians are equal under the law. However, Copts, Baha’i, Shia Muslims and other non-Muslims have very few rights compared to Sunni Muslims and suffer oppression, discrimination and persecution on a regular basis.
In a speech directed to his fellow Egyptians and not targeted to heads of foreign states, Morsi took a moment to thank the Prince of Qatar for doing so much. This is the equivalent of President Obama stopping in the middle of a State of the Union speech and thanking his major campaign donor for getting him elected.
In essence, Morsi’s speech constituted a major challenge to the will of the Egyptian people who will respond on June 30th, the President’s one-year anniversary.
Hat Tip: BB
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
The mouthpiece for NSA “whistleblower” Edward Snowden is having the whistle blown on him, and he doesn’t like it. Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian says “smears” are being circulated about him owing back taxes, financial debts, and investing in a homosexual pornography business.
The New York Daily News reports, “The reporter who broke the story about the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs has a little secret of his own.”
“Before he was a reporter and commentator for The Guardian newspaper, Glenn Greenwald was a lawyer—and had a part-time job in the porn business,” the paper reports.
Greenwald, an American who is gay and lives in Brazil with his “husband,” is accused of involvement in a business marketing videos on such sites as “hairystuds.com” and “studmall.com.”
Greenwald claims the allegations are “personal attacks and smears” and calls the gay pornography “adult videos.”
He says, “I’m 46 years old and, like most people, have lived a complicated and varied adult life. I didn’t manage my life from the age of 18 onward with the intention of being a Family Values U.S. senator. My personal life, like pretty much everyone’s, is complex and sometimes messy.”
Greenwald also maintains that questions about whether he should be “prosecuted for my reporting on these stories” are also part of the effort to smear him.
But as we have reported, the evidence is clear that Greenwald broke the law in reporting Snowden’s disclosures about the NSA terrorist surveillance programs. Like Snowden, Greenwald could be charged with violating U.S. espionage laws.
While the charges and counter-charges are getting some attention from the media, Greenwald’s involvement in a Marxist-Leninist political organization has been carefully ignored.
On Friday night, however, Glenn Greenwald will return, via Skype, to an annual socialism conference co-sponsored by the International Socialist Organization, the publisher of Socialist Worker. This is a far-left Marxist-Leninist group.
The Socialist Worker published a June 23 story referring to the execution of Soviet agents and nuclear spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg as “a cold-blooded double murder committed by the U.S. government in the name of national security and the Cold War fight against communism.”
The article claimed that “…the true criminals in the case of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg—sent to the electric chair on June 19, 1953, for allegedly conspiring to commit espionage—were the law enforcement agents, prosecutors, judges and all the government officials who helped to frame and execute them.”
In fact, some of the strong evidence of the involvement of the Rosenbergs in espionage came from the Venona program of the U.S. Army’s Signal Intelligence Service, the precursor to the National Security Agency (NSA). Venona monitored Soviet messages to intelligence agents in the U.S.
The NSA programs exposed by Greenwald and Snowden involve the monitoring of foreign terrorists and their American agents.
The Associated Press reports, “Two U.S. intelligence officials say members of virtually every terrorist group, including core al-Qaida members, are attempting to change how they communicate, based on what they are reading in the media, to hide from U.S. surveillance.”
Greenwald’s involvement in the “Socialism 2013” conference on Friday has gotten the attention of the BigJournalism.com website, which had previously been sympathetic to the Guardian columnist. Jeremy Segal reports, “Greenwald’s associations with radical Marxist organizations, such as the International Socialist Organization, and his participation in their revolutionary conferences, while at the same time, protecting his source, Eric Snowden, who has been on the run in Communist China and Russia, certainly raises eyebrows about Greenwald’s intentions.”
Many in the conservative media have been slow to recognize the left-wing nature and purpose of the Snowden-Greenwald alliance against the NSA.
But as we previously reported in our column, “Glenn Greenwald Regularly Attends Marxist-Leninist Conferences,” Greenwald works hand-in-glove with the International Marxist movement against the United States and its allies and this fact helps explain why China, Russia and other American adversaries and enemies stand to benefit from his disclosures.
A website for the “Socialism 2013” conference quotes Greenwald as saying, “I’m unable to attend due to matters relating to the work I’m doing on the NSA stories,” but he “still very much wants to speak at the [Socialism] conference,” and will Skype in.
Their response: “We are very excited that Glenn Greenwald is taking the time to speak about his important ongoing investigation at our conference. Stay tuned for more details about a special Friday evening session with him!”
The conference website says Greenwald speech will be livestreamed from the Socialism 2013 Friday night event.
Greenwald will be introduced by Jeremy Scahill, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Scahill is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, and a book and film by the name of “Dirty Wars,” about U.S. counter-terrorism efforts.
A guest on foreign propaganda channels like Al Jazeera and Russia Today (RT), Scahill believes that attacking terrorists abroad is counter-productive and maintains there is “nothing more powerful than someone that has a legitimate grievance against you and a will to fight you, and we’re giving people that grievance and will.”
Greenwald says of Scahill: “There is no journalist in America who has exposed the truth about U.S. government militarism more bravely, more relentlessly and more valuably than Jeremy Scahill. “Dirty Wars” is highly gripping and dramatic, and of unparalleled importance in understanding the destruction being sown in our name.”
In light of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of homosexual marriage rights, Greenwald now says he may move back to the U.S. with his homosexual partner.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].
Secretary of State Kerry is convinced that it’s necessary to make progress with negotiations before September, when the UN convenes for the new season. Otherwise, goes his reasoning, Abbas will go to the UN with more unilateral plans.
Well, sorry about that. Israel cannot negotiate by herself, or concede what should not be conceded, to stop Abbas’s UN shenanigans.
Earlier in June, Kerry addressed the American Jewish Committee Global Forum in Washington, and explained to his Jewish audience how serious the consequences would be if no deal were to be reached:
“Think about what could happen next door. The Palestinian Authority has committed itself to a policy of nonviolence. … Up until recently, not one Israeli died from anything that happened from the West Bank until there was a settler killed about a month ago.
“But if that experiment is allowed to fail, ask yourselves: What will replace it? What will happen if the Palestinian economy implodes, if the Palestinian Security Forces dissolve, if the Palestinian Authority fails? … The failure of the moderate Palestinian leadership could very well invite the rise of the very thing that we want to avoid: the same extremism in the West Bank that we have seen in Gaza or from southern Lebanon.”
Lest someone take Kerry at his word, I must respond to his seriously faulty arguments:
The PA has NOT committed itself to a policy of nonviolence. Low scale terrorism — in the form of such actions as lethal rock throwing — takes place almost every day. Such terrorism has been on the upswing for some time now.
While the IDF, acting nightly in PA areas, stops major terrorist acts from taking place — arresting terrorists who are planning attacks, confiscating weapons, etc. The case is precisely the opposite of what Kerry describes. Were the IDF no long to operate in those areas because of an Israeli pullback, then we would see more terrorism. It depends on our ability to act, not on PA good will.
What is more, the PA leadership is most decidedly NOT moderate. That leadership celebrates jihadists as heroes, utilizes textbooks that do not recognize the legitimacy of Israel, and in Arabic actively promotes the notion that all of the land from the river to the sea belongs to them. Moderate, my foot.
See Khaled Abu Toameh’s “Palestinians: ‘No Jews Allowed,” on the issue of Palestinian Arab moderation:
As to the implosion of the economy — what we are looking at here is enormous corruption among the leaders of the PA, a corruption that prevents a viable economy from developing and has generated a welfare mentality (the PA eternally supported by other nations). Establishment of an independent Palestinian Arab state would not substantially change this, and its leaders would still have their hands out.
There has been a series of reports indicating that Abbas would be willing to meet Netanyahu just once, informally — not in the framework of first negotiations, but without those pre-conditions, to discuss the negotiations. It is believed — and has been widely reported — that he was planning to tell the world that he was willing, but that Netanyahu was not cooperative when they met. From there, he would throw up his hands and take himself to the UN.
It’s not going to happen. Netanyahu says he is willing (eager?? — see more below) for real negotiations that lead somewhere but will not participate in one-time game playing.
And even Kerry has voiced suspicions about Abbas’s intentions.
Kerry’s first stop was Amman, where he met yesterday with King Abdullah. I want to cut the king some slack, because I know he is playing a game that involves his self-preservation. And yet, I am mightily irked when I read that he told Kerry that Israel was the stumbling block.
But at least according to Barak Ravid of Haaretz, US pressure on the PA has increased considerably, as Kerry now says that the Obama administration sees Abbas as the recalcitrant party.
Kerry was here for a dinner meeting with Netanyahu last night, met for lunch with Abbas in Amman, and may return here after Shabbat. There have been no official pronouncements as yet but Kerry is apparently planning a press conference Motzei Shabbat (after Shabbat).
Netanyahu’s statements — that Israel does not want a “binational state,” and that a peace agreement is necessary to avoid this, if required security can be achieved — have left a lot of people scratching their heads in confusion with regard to his true position. Is he serious, or still playing that game?
There are analysts who see him as having genuinely moved left. But, at the very same time, protests from within the Likud party suggest movement right — and even, as some see it, the possibility of a Likud split down the road. There is, as well, the stance of Habayit Hayehudi head Naftali Bennett, that the two- state solution is dead, indicating a broader dissent within the coalition. The advent of Shabbat does not allow me to discuss this at length now.
What is clear is that Netanyahu could not, by himself, control the outcome, in the highly unlikely event that negotiations proceeded — his clout within his party has diminished. But I suggest here that we cannot totally discount the possibility, however slight, that the prime minister, knowing full well that his government would not support an agreement that requires major relinquishment of land, feels emboldened in publicly embracing “peace negotiations.”
See an Israel Hayom interview of Aayan Hirsi Ali — who has renounced the Islamic religion in which she was raised — that touches on the question of peace negotiations (emphasis added):
“From the perspective of the Arab leaders, reaching a two-state solution is to betray God, the Koran, the hadith and the tradition of Islam.
“…Islam is an Orthopraxy, Islam has a goal. So if you are a true Muslim, you must fight for that goal. You can achieve a temporary peace or truce, but it is not ultimate, not everlasting. It is not just about the territory. Because the territory does not belong to the people; it belongs to God. So for a Palestinian leader — even if he is secular, even an atheist — to leave the negotiating room with the announcement of a two-state solution would mean that he would be killed the minute he walks out.
“…Europeans and Americans — and I do not refer merely to the leadership, but to people in general — when they have a problem, they think there must be some kind of compromise on the table. What they cannot accept is that one party would say ‘the only rational outcome is our complete victory.’ If you put aside the Israeli-Palestinian situation, you see components of this culture in the events in Syria, in Lebanon. You’ve seen it with Mubarak. There is a winner and there is a loser.”
If only…if only Western leaders would remove their blinders and understand this reality.
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and we have the results for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s Fear And Loathing In DC – The Gang Of Eight’s Amnesty Bill Is A Disaster, is my take on the abysmal amnesty legislation the Senate just passed, written right after the bogus Corker-Hoeven Amendment surfaced from the ooze and before the actual vote. Like ObamaCare, it’s a supremely bad idea and something foisted on us by our Ruling Class in spite of vast opposition by the American people they supposedly serve. Here’s a slice:
Today at 5:30 PM, the United States Senate will vote on an important part of the Gang of Eight Amnesty bill, the Corker-Hoeven amendment. Majority Leader Harry Reid is rushing the nearly 1200 page bill through even though the Senate has only had a chance to look at it for a mere 72 hours.
When you actually go over this bill submitted under the guise of ‘immigration reform’, you realize how awful it really is.
The language of the bill reminds me of the the Affordable Care Act, (AKA Obamacare) in that it’s filled with (a) obtuse, dense language that clues us in that it is deliberately deceptive (b) glosses over the real issues involved and (c) is absolutely filled with waivers, exemptions and exceptions left to the sole discretion of political appointees and language like ‘the Secretary, in the Secretary’s sole and unreviewable discretion, may waive…’
‘Sole and unreviewable discretion’? Just imagine what an Obama appointee like Janet Napolitano is going to do with that.
They denied it for a long time, but the bill’s proponents have finally admitted that this is an amnesty bill, and as even Senator Marco Rubio admitted back when he was trying to get elected with Tea Party support, the ‘path to citizenship’ rhetoric is just a euphemism for exactly that.
If the estimates on illegal migration into the U.S. are correct, we’re talking about 11.5 million people, except that when we include chain migration and family unification (which the bill doesn’t prohibit) we’re probably talking about 25 million or more. But let’s just talk about the estimated 11.5 million whom are here for now. Anyone who was in the U.S. prior to 2012 qualifies, but since the bill doesn’t call for any definitive real proof, fraud is going to be rampant.
The entire concept of amnesty is an interesting one, as is the idea of terming it immigration reform.
It basically turns the entire idea of immigration inside out.
Rather than it being a privilege extended by a sovereign nation to people it decides to welcome legally to fill its own needs, amnesty makes it a right, an entitlement.It’s no accident that many people in the amnesty lobby refer to themselves as ‘immigrant rights activists’.
The obvious that’s unsaid given the demographic makeup of the vast majority of illegal migrants is that it’s a right because this is supposedly ‘stolen’ Mexican land, something only groups like MeCha and La Raza say openly. But the context is obvious.
If that’s the actual argument, that America has no sovereign rights over a part of its territory the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo notwithstanding, fine. But that’s a separate argument.
The idea of ‘immigration reform’ is likewise interesting. Real immigration reform might involve cutting some of the immensely complicated and expensive red tape involved when an American citizen falls in love with a foreign national and wants to bring their spouse home to live, or when an American corporation wants to import a foreign scientist or technical expert to work here.Or creating a points system based on needed skills, English proficiency, ties to America or the willingness of an entrepreneur to bring financial capital to invest to start a business.
Nothing much is going to be ‘reformed’ for the 4.6 million legal immigrant applicants to America stuck in those situations. No one wants to discus how fair it is to give the 11.5 million people who are here illegally priority over the suckers who decided to follow the law and come here legally. Instead, we’re going to create special rules that apply to no other immigrants but a select group largely made up of one demographic who merit this special treatment strictly for political purposes.
A potential legal immigrant from Europe or Asia would hardly be unjustified in calling that unfair and racist. It is. One of my correspondents, an English speaking Dutch software engineer with 3 inches of degrees after his name, over a decade’s worth of experience, and a totally clean record finally gave up after spending a year and thousands of dollars trying to jump through the hoops ICE put in front of him and emigrated with his family to Israel, where they jumped at the chance and slashed red tape to get him. In America people like my engineer friend will go to the back of the line behind an unskilled laborer from Sinaloa or Nuevo Leon with limited or non-existent English and an 8th grade education. The current amnesty bill would exacerbate this situation even more.
I’ve had some experience in conducting negotiations where there are diverse views involved. Here’s a fairly ironclad rule; when people’s goals are the same but their ideas on what mechanics to use to achieve them are different, consensus is usually attainable. But when their actual goals are different, actual consensus is excruciatingly difficult, and what you normally get instead is game playing, lies and deception.
What we’re seeing here is the second scenario.
In our non-Council category, the winner was The Sad Red Earth with “It goes without saying”: the Further Rhetoric of Terrorist Apologia, submitted by Simply Jews. It’s a wonderful examination of the perversions of language and rationalizations used by a class of people I refer to as ‘terrorist groupies’. Do read it.
Okay, here are this week’s full results:
- *First place with 4 votes! – Joshuapundit – Fear And Loathing In DC – The Gang Of Eight’s Amnesty Bill Is A Disaster
- Second place *t* with 2 votes – Simply Jews – PRISM and you: how endangered you are, my friend?
- Second place *t* with 2 votes – Bookworm Room – The Democrat’s’ attacks on free speech on their approach to the immigration bill demonstrate what good strategists they are.
- Third place with 1 1/3 votes – The Noisy Room – The Bracken Effect: An American Communist Putsch
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – The Razor – Was Michael Hastings’ Car Hacked?
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Rhymes With Right – Joe Biden’s Bad Theology
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Mellow Jihadi – The New Yorker Blows Off the Navy
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Political Commentator – China and Russia bogarting the ‘joint’ in the Snowden espionage scandal!
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – VA Right! – New Video:Broken Children
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Right Planet – The Spirit of Defeat
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Glittering Eye – Cui Bono?
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – President Obama’s rush towards US unilateral disarmament
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Colossus of Rhodey – Hube’s Favorite Conspiracy Movies of All Time
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Liberty’s Spirit – Modern Punditry, Bullying and the Channeling of Bitchy Adolescents: Shame on US
- *First place with 3 1/3 votes! – The Sad Red Earth – “It goes without saying”: the Further Rhetoric of Terrorist Apologia submitted by Simply Jews
- Second place with 3 votes – Victor Davis Hanson – If Only Our Foreign Enemies Were Republicans submitted by Joshuapundit
- Third place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Michael Totten – Hezbollah’s Disneyland submitted by Bookworm Room
- Third place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Neo-Neocon – Michael Hastings, Obama, and the swoon submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Third place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Doug Ross @Journal – Crime Pays: And the Rubio-Schumer Amnesty Bill Proves It submitted by Rhymes With Right
- Fourth place with 1 1/3 vote – Small Wars Journal – The Future of Military Innovation submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote – Gates Of Vienna – The Istanbul Process Continues submitted by The Watcher
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – N. A. Halkides/Frontpagemag.com – Inside the Progressive Mind submitted by The Right Planet
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Family Security Matters/Jim Horn – The Deception Marathon of Benghazigate/Bostongate – a Conspiracy? submitted by The Political Commentator
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The Democrat House Ways and Mean Committee chairman received a letter from Inspector General for the U.S. Treasury Tax Administration J. Russell George, saying 100 percent of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status were put under IRS review, while only 30 percent of “progressive” groups were scrutinized – 292 conservative groups targeted, flagged and abused, and only 6 progressive groups receiving some review, but not specifically targeted.
The Wednesday letter to the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee punched a huge hole in Democratic claims that progressive groups were targeted as much as the Tea Party groups from May 2010-May 2012, the height of the Tea Party movement.
The letter from the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration revealed that there just weren’t many progressive groups who even sought special tax exempt status. A total of 20 sought it, and six were probed. All 292 Tea Party groups, meanwhile, were part of the IRS witchhunt.
“At this point, the evidence shows us that conservative groups were not only flagged, but targeted and abused by the IRS,” said Sarah Swinehart spokeswoman for the Ways and Means Committee…
Democrats had noticed that the word “progressives” was on the so-called Be On The Lookout, or BOLO, list. But the Treasury IG suggested that the list wasn’t used. Source: Washington Examiner
While six “progressive” groups were reviewed and received extra scrutiny, “the IRS didn’t necessarily target” those groups.
“While we have multiple sources of information corroborating the use of tea party and other related criteria we described in our report, including employee interviews, e-mails, and other documents, we found no indication in any of these other materials that ‘progressives’ was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention,” Mr. George wrote.
By: Trevor Loudon
Socialist revolution and radical Black nationalism has secured a major base in the U.S. South with the election of Chokwe Lumumba as the next Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.
Chokwe Lumumba, a more than 40 year veteran of the Maoist/black nationalist stream of the American far left, is a founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the Republic of New Afrika movement, which strives to create an independent black socialist nation in the U.S. South.
Lumumba, a lawyer, has defended some of the country’s worst radicals, including cop killer and prison escapee Assata Shakur, who is currently hiding out in Cuba.
Before Lumumba has even been inaugurated, U.S. radicals are rallying around to support the new Mayor against “racist right wing” attackers and plotting how to best exploit a new revolutionary opportunity.
Larry Hales, a prominent leader of the pro-Cuba/Iran/North Korea Workers World Party and a leader of the People’s Assemblies movement, invoked the example of Venezuela when explaining the revolutionary significance of Lumumba’s surprise victory to a June 14 Workers World Party forum in New York:
The revolution can’t be elected, but elections can be helpful to the progressive and the revolutionary struggles…
In Venezuela, there have been successive electoral victories of progressive governments led by president Hugo Chávez, a valiant anti-imperialist and pro-socialist leader who tragically died after a long battle with cancer this past March. Behind those victories were the forward-moving social movements that supported and deepened the ongoing revolutionary process in Venezuela. And, the same mass movements, armed with a pro-socialist ideology, will ultimately need to expropriate the private property of the Venezuelan ruling class and smash their capitalist state…,
However the recent Jackson, Miss., mayoral election victory of outgoing Black City Councilperson Chokwe Lumumba provides an opportunity for revolutionaries and progressive people not only to analyze what the victory means for Jackson, the Black Belt South, all oppressed peoples and in general but also raises the specter of the need to defend Lumumba and the people of Jackson, a city that is 80 percent Black, from right-wing reaction.
According to comrade Hales:
Lumumba is a long-time revolutionary Black nationalist; an attorney for freedom fighter, Assata Shakur; the former second vice-president of the Republic of New Afrika; and the co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.
When writing about the developments in Jackson, past and present, it is essential for revolutionaries to understand what’s happening there and to be grounded in an understanding of the national question [the superexploitation of whole nations and their resources by imperialism] and the right of oppressed people to self-determination.
Hales explains the evil that is the United States and how it viciously oppresses the minority “nations,” especially Blacks, forced to dwell within its borders:
The U.S. has eclipsed former Czarist Russia as “the prison house of nations.”
Within the borders of the U.S…. are many nations of Indigenous people, Mexican people in the southwest U.S., Black people and other oppressed peoples who because of colonization, war, political domination and/or economic strangulation have migrated to the U.S.
Black people have been forged into one nation through the process of slavery, where particular cultural and linguistic differences were stripped away by the lash and other genocidal practices. Jim Crow and continuing oppression and repression have created a national identity stemming from a shared historical experience, including culture.
Hale then lumps the non-racist Tea Party movement and John Birch Society in with the overtly racist KKK and White Citizens Councils to illustrate how rich white people have long conspired to oppress and even murder poor black people:
The white paramilitaries like the Klu Klux Klan, the Red Shirts and later the White Citizens Councils and the John Birch Society — co-founded by Fred Koch, of Koch Industries and father to Charles and David Koch, who helped bankroll the Tea Party movement and Americans for Prosperity — terrorized and murdered thousands of Black people. These lynchings deepened the disenfranchisement of Black people.
But Mississppi’s black population has a history of fighting oppression says Hales. Lumumba’s victory is a new chapter in the long fight for emancipation. And it hasn’t come out of the blue – this victory has been some time in the brewing:
The victory of Chokwe Lumumba on June 4, eight days before the 50th year since the murder of Medgar Evers, should be seen in light of the historic struggle of Black people in Mississippi, but also nationally.
The conditions for a movement in Mississippi have grown overripe and putrid. Though there might not necessarily yet be throngs in the streets in Mississippi, the Lumumba election is an indication of the maturity of the oppressed Black working class in Jackson. It also shows the consistency of the political work done there by the organizational and political forms that guided the popular program of Lumumba.
The Jackson People’s Assembly…should be seen as the vehicle for helping to guide the mayoral victory and also Chokwe Lumumba’s City Council victory in 2009.
Lumumba’s “Jackson Plan” is clearly a re-vamp of the socialist/separatist agenda, long promoted by the Republic of New Afrika.
Lumumba’s political history did not scare away voters, nor did the bold and progressive Jackson Plan, which is reminiscent of the Republic of New Afrika’s program of the 1960s, calling for the establishment of an independent Black-led government in six former confederate states…
Upon his win, Mayor-elect Lumumba questioned the validity of the anti-Indigenous Columbus Day holiday, gave an interview in support of Assata Shakur and highlighted the Jackson Plan: A Struggle for Self-Determination, Participatory Democracy and Economic Justice.
Lumumba’s “Jackson Plan” calls for:
*Building People’s Assemblies
*Building a Network of Progressive Political Candidates
*Building a broad-based Solidarity Economy
In other words, a “people’s government,” a network of radical candidates standing on every imaginable position and a taxpayer subsidized economy which will probably invite investment and workers from Leftist or hostile foreign powers.
The bold initiatives laid out by the Jackson People’s Assemblies come from the historical experience of Black people in this country and in particular in Mississippi. It is an attempt to break with a structure and economic system that has built within it the special oppression of certain groups and divisions used as weapons for keeping working people from seeing a common foe.
Hales assures the comrades that there will be reaction, but it is their revolutionary duty to defend, nurture and grow the new socialist/Black Nationalist power base:
It is the duty of progressives and revolutionaries to defend the process unfolding in Jackson and anywhere else it might spread. It signifies that though revolution may be further away than just over the horizon, there are sectors that are ready to struggle and fight in their own interest and are using the electoral arena to choose people who represent their aspirations…
The assembly movement is growing. The win by Chokwe Lumumba is evident of the significance and the power it has and can have.
As reactionary forces — those within the bourgeois government and outside of it — try to stall this movement, there is sure to grow more militant struggle to defend it and push it forward.
Many commentators regard Lumumba’s victory as a curiosity, a historical oddity. Maybe it will prove just that.
Though, judging by the strong interest being shown by the U.S. far left, Jackson, Mississippi may end up becoming a revolutionary center of some significance.
Southern patriotic activists and politicians need to take this victory very seriously and work to overturn it in the shortest possible time.
Mississippi and America shouldn’t take comrade Lumumba and his movement lightly either.
By: Trevor Loudon
If this is true, how many people will die unnecessarily because of it?
From Russia Today:
United States officials believe that classified intelligence taken out of the country by NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been compromised by agencies in Russia and China…
Both Russian and US officials have made claims that Snowden is now in Moscow, likely arranging for possible asylum in another country. In the meantime, though, US sources speaking with the Washington Free Beacon say that China and Russia have gained access to “highly classified US intelligence and military information contained on electronic media” held by Snowden.
“The exact compromise of the secret data held on Snowden’s laptop computers remains unknown but is the subject of an ongoing damage assessment within NSA and other intelligence agencies,” Bill Gertz of the Free Beacon wrote on Wednesday.
According to Gertz, those officials fear that Snowden may have accessed recently created nuclear war plans that could pose as future embarrassment for the US in the wake of disclosures already attributed to Snowden.
Previously, Snowden supplied The Guardian newspaper with documentation showing how the NSA routinely collects the phone records pertaining to millions of Americans every day. On Thursday this week, The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald and Spencer Ackerman published their latest installment in the NSA leaks, exposing further surveillance under the administration of President Barack Obama that put Internet records directly into the hands of government officials.
What exactly Snowden knows remains a mystery, however, and he reportedly has four laptops in his possession right now that contain classified intelligence.
Earlier this month, the Washington Post cited an anonymous former intelligence official who claimed that Russian authorities were almost certain to seize any computer files Snowden brought into the country.
In a separate article earlier this month, the Post quoted another former senior US intelligence official who predicted that any intelligence compromised by Russia would have seen a similar fate en route from Hong Kong.
“I guarantee the Chinese intelligence service got their hands on that right away. If they imaged the hard drives and then returned them to him, well, then the Russians have that stuff now,” the source said.
“The Chinese already have everything Snowden had,” a separate source added to the Beacon’s Gertz this week.
America doesn’t need any more “heroes” like Edward Snowden.