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Judge Napolitano on the Patriot Act

Judge Napolitano on the Patriot Act

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZJimWTA4qY

 



Iraqi detainees put in wooden crates

Iraqi detainees put in wooden crates

The Memory Hole
July 23, 2008

In Iraq, some prisoners/detainees are kept in wooden crates known as “prisoner boxes,” so I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the US Central Command asking for the following:

“Vanity Fair (Feb 2005 issue) has reported the existence of wood “prisoner boxes” being used by the US military in facilities in and around Baghdad. They are used to hold individual prisoners and detainees.

“I hereby request all photographs of these boxes, including empty boxes as well as boxes holding prisoners and detainees.”

Around nine and a half months later, CentCom responded by sending the three photographs on this page.

See Full Resolution Images

 

Another Secret Terror War Prison Found

Huffington Post
August 1, 2008

The existence of a secret, CIA-run prison on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean has long been a leaky secret in the “War on Terror,” and recent revelations in TIME — based on disclosures by a “senior American official,” who was “a frequent participant in White House Situation Room meetings” after the 9/11 attacks, and who reported that “a CIA counter-terrorism official twice said that a high-value prisoner or prisoners were being interrogated on the island” — will come as no surprise to those who have been studying the story closely.

The news will, however, be an embarrassment to the US government, which has persistently denied claims that it operated a secret “War on Terror” prison on Diego Garcia, and will be a source of even more consternation to the British government, which is more closely bound than its law-shredding Transatlantic neighbor to international laws and treaties preventing any kind of involvement whatsoever in kidnapping, “extraordinary rendition” and the practice of torture.

Read Full Article Here

2002 DOJ Memos OKed Torture
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/..6my6QSyHcMGDyb_qe2WwvIE

ACLU: Memos authorized CIA torture
http://rawstory.com//news/2008/A..horized_CIA_torture_0724.html

Former Gitmo Prosecutor Says Trials Rigged
http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/spytalk/2008/07/former-gitmo-prosecutor-says-t.html

MI5 Outsourced Torture
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/15/humanrights.civilliberties

`Terrorist’ Loses 60 Pounds on Cheney Torture Diet
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/new..8&sid=as7YVr4Wamak&refer=home

Why Pelosi won’t impeach: She knew about the torture
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w88NXHsgi08

Ashcroft: Waterboarding ‘Consistently’ Seen As Legal, Refuses To Say Use On U.S. Troops Is ‘Unacceptable’
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/07/17/ashcroft-torture/

 



Dam Breaks as Media Covers Bush Impeachment Hearing

Dam Breaks as Media Covers Bush Impeachment Hearing

Prisonplanet.com
July 25, 2008

The House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Bush Administration’s use of executive power has finally been covered by the corporate media:

LA Times: Is hearing to impeach Bush merely ‘anger management’?

FOX News: Rep. Kucinich Gets His Day to Air Impeachment Article

The Hill: Kucinich raises Bush impeachment at hearing

CBS: Big Crowd Gathers For House Judiciary Hearing On Bush “impeachment”

AP: Bush critics get an unimpeachable forum

Videos from the hearing:

Rep. Wexler recommends impeachment hearings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T1ojrKhp6E

Rep. Kucinich testifies at executive power hearing

Rep. Steve King of Iowa argued there was no evidence that the Bush administration had committed any high crimes and misdeameanors.

Lawyer Vincent Bugliosi testifies

Bruce Fein’s testimony on impeachment

 

Conyers: These Are Not Impeachment Hearings

George Washington’s Blog
July 23, 2008

John Conyers is now taking the position that no one at Friday’s impeachment hearing can accuse Bush or Cheney of any crime, or any impeachable offense, or dishonorable conduct, or even lying.

Moreover, Conyers is now saying that he will shut the hearing down if anyone does accuse the boys of crimes, impeachable offenses, or otherwise being naughty.

As David Swanson summarizes it:

“Apparently the rules of Congress are designed to allow impeachable offenses to be discussed only in impeachment hearings. Apparently this didn’t occur to Chairman Conyers when he decided to hold a non-impeachment impeachment hearing. As a result, his hearing may be quickly shut down, and he will have a choice of holding a real impeachment hearing, resigning, or dropping the pretense that he intends to resist Cheney and Bush in any way whatsoever.”

Please watch this must-see 10 minute video.

And read this.

 

Takes Phone Calls On Impeachment

Big Crowd Gathers For Impeachment Hearings
http://www.cbsnews.com/storie../thecrypt/main4292489.shtml

Cindy Sheehan Kicked-Out of Judiciary Hearing
http://rawstory.com//news/20..eehan_exits_Judiciary_hearing_0725.html

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep John Conyers Plans Bush Impeachment Substitute
http://www.daily.pk/world/world..eachment-substitute.html

Fallujah Braces For Another Assault
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=43248

Iraq Official: U.S. Troops May Leave By 2010
http://ap.google.com/articl..YeFwuWKCusr2jrojs98w8wD9228UM00

Turley fears Dems will let alleged ‘Bush crimes’ stay buried forever
http://rawstory.com//news/2008/.._pardons_prevent_0723.html

’Imperial presidency’ hearing to feature 13 witnesses
http://rawstory.com//news/2008..earing_to_feature_13_0724.html

 



Mass Conditioning for a Police State

Mass Conditioning for a Police State

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58fnMDDW7fQ

 



We Are Change confronts John Ashcroft

We Are Change confronts John Ashcroft

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-825912082256624261&hl=en-GB

John Ashcroft: I’m Willing To Be Waterboarded
http://noworldsystem.com/200…g-to-be-waterboarded/

 



John Ashcroft: I’m Willing To Be Waterboarded

John Ashcroft: I’m Willing To Be Waterboarded

Rocky Mountain News
November 28, 2007

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft on Tuesday night defended the need for the USA Patriot Act, saying that since Sept. 11, 2001, there has been a new “paradigm of peril.”

“The old type of systems allowed to happen to us what happened to us on 9/11,” he said.

Ashcroft spoke to more than 800 students and community members at Macky Auditorium Tuesday night at the University of Colorado.

Members of Students for Peace and Justice staged a silent protest at Ashcroft’s speech, and a number of people heckled Ashcroft, sometimes snorting in derision, at other times shouting challenges. In many cases, the heckler was escorted out of the auditorium by student ushers.

Ashcroft talked about the events that led to the Patriot Act. The day after 9/11, “the president said, ‘Do not let this happen again,’ ” Ashcroft said.

“Let’s look at the law and see what we can do that would help us. We need to think differently, think outside the box . . . never think outside the Constitution.”

When that comment was met with boos, Ashcroft responded: “Whooping and hollering in an auditorium will not get that done.”

Ashcroft said that the Patriot Act “makes perfect sense.”

This is the kind of thing that we have lived comfortably with in fighting organized crime and drug dealers. We hadn’t understood the need . . . to fight against terror.”

Ashcroft also responded to questions from the audience. The first question came from a woman who asked if Ashcroft would be willing to be subjected to waterboarding.

“The things that I can survive, if it were necessary to do them to me, I would do,” he said.

Ashcroft was also asked if he knew during his tenure about abuse in Abu Ghraib prison. “How was I to know what was happening in a prison in Iraq?” he said. “The Justice Department does not run prisons in foreign lands.”

However, he apologized for what did occur there. “I’m sorry about Abu Ghraib – it was hurting the United States,” he said.

Ashcroft also defended the incarceration of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay. “Yes, it’s a good place for them,” he said. “You detain people you don’t want to enter the stream of battle. It’s a new kind of battle: They don’t wear uniforms; they attack civilians.”

 



Martial Law Threat is Real: Lucky that the Military is Breaking Down

Martial Law Threat is Real: Lucky that the Military is Breaking Down

After Downing Street

July 27, 2007

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The looming collapse of the US military in Iraq, of which a number of generals and former generals, including former Chief of Staff Colin Powell, have warned, is happening none too soon, as it may be the best hope for preventing military rule here at home.

From the looks of things, the Bush/Cheney regime has been working assiduously to pave the way for a declaration of military rule, such that at this point it really lacks only the pretext to trigger a suspension of Constitutional government. They have done this with the active support of Democrats in Congress, though most of the heavy lifting was done by the last, Republican-led Congress.

The first step, or course, was the first Authorization for Use of Military Force, passed in September 2001, which the president has subsequently used to claim—improperly, but so what? —that the whole world, including the US, is a battlefield in a so-called “War” on Terror, and that he has extra-Constitutional unitary executive powers to ignore laws passed by Congress. As constitutional scholar and former Reagan-era associate deputy attorney general Bruce Fein observes, that one claim, that the US is itself a battlefield, is enough to allow this or some future president to declare martial law, “since you can always declare martial law on a battlefield. All he’d need would be a pretext, like another terrorist attack inside the U.S.”

The 2001 AUMF was followed by the PATRIOT Act, passed in October 2001, which undermined much of the Bill of Rights. Around the same time, the president began a campaign of massive spying on Americans by the National Security Agency, conducted without any warrants or other judicial review. It was and remains a program that is clearly aimed at American dissidents and at the administration’s political opponents, since the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court would never have raised no objections to spying on potential terrorists. (And it, and other government spying programs, have resulted in the government’s having a list now of some 325,000 “suspected terrorists”!)

The other thing we saw early on was the establishment of an underground government-within-a-government, though the activation, following 9-11, of the so-called “Continuity of Government” protocol, which saw heads of federal agencies moved secretly to an underground bunker where, working under the direction of Vice President Dick Cheney, the “government” functioned out of sight of Congress and the public for critical months.

It was also during the first year following 9-11 that the Bush/Cheney regime began its programs of arrest and detention without charge—mostly of resident aliens, but also of American citizens—and of kidnapping and torture in a chain of gulag prisons overseas and at the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay.

The following year, Attorney General John Ashcroft began his program to develop a mass network of tens of millions of citizen spies—Operation TIPS. That program, which had considerable support from key Democrats (notably Sen. Joe Lieberman), was curtailed by Congress when key conservatives got wind of the scale of the thing, but the concept survives without a name, and is reportedly being expanded today.

Meanwhile, last October Bush and Cheney, with the help of a compliant Congress, put in place some key elements needed for a military putsch. There was the overturning of the venerable Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which barred the use of active duty military inside the United States for police-type functions, and the revision of the Insurrection Act, so as to empower the president to take control of National Guard units in the 50 states even over the objections of the governors of those states.

Put this together with the wholly secret construction now under way–courtesy of a $385-million grant by the US Army Corps of Engineers to Halliburton subsidiary KBR Inc–of detention camps reportedly capable of confining as many as 400,000 people, and a recent report that the Pentagon has a document, dated June 1, 2007, classified Top Secret, which declares there to be a developing “insurgency” within the U.S, and which lays out a whole martial law counterinsurgency campaign against legal dissent, and you have all the ingredients for a military takeover of the United States.

As we go about our daily lives–our shopping, our escapist movie watching, and even our protesting and political organizing—we need to be aware that there is a real risk that it could all blow up, and that we could find ourselves facing armed, uniformed troops at our doors.

Bruce Fein isn’t an alarmist. He says he doesn’t see martial law coming tomorrow. But he is also realistic. He says, “This is all sitting around like a loaded gun waiting to go off. I think the risk of martial law is trivial right now, but the minute there is a terrorist attack, then it is real. And it stays with us after Bush and Cheney are gone, because terrorism stays with us forever.” (It may be significant that Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate for president, has called for the revocation of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq, but not of the earlier 2001 AUMF which Bush claims makes him commander in chief of a borderless, endless war on terror.)

Indeed, the revised Insurrection Act (10. USC 331-335) approved by Congress and signed into law by Bush last October, specifically says that the president can federalize the National Guard to “suppress public disorder” in the event of “national disorder, epidemic, other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident.” That determination, the act states, is solely the president’s to make. Congress is not involved.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has added an amendment to the upcoming Defense bill, restoring the Insurrection Act to its former version—a move that has the endorsement of all 50 governors–but Fein argues that would not solve the problem, since Bush still claims that the U.S. is a battlefield. Besides, a Leahy aide concedes that Bush could sign the next Defense Appropriations bill and then use a signing statement to invalidate the Insurrection Act rider.

Fein argues that the only real defense against the looming disaster of a martial law declaration would be for Congress to vote for a resolution determining that there is no “War” on terror. “But they are such cowards they will never do that,” he says.

That leaves us with the military.

If ordered to turn their guns and bayonets on their fellow Americans, would our “heroes” in uniform follow their consciences, and their oaths to “uphold and defend” the Constitution of the United States? Or would they follow the orders of their Commander in Chief?

It has to be a plus that National Guard and Reserve units are on their third and sometimes fourth deployments to Iraq, and are fuming at the abuse. It has to be a plus that active duty troops are refusing to re-enlist in droves—especially mid-level officers.

If we are headed for martial law, better that it be with a broken military. Maybe if it’s broken badly enough, the administration will be afraid to test the idea.

Related News:

Homeland General: Attack ‘Could Happen Any Day’
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/c….av=rss_nation/special

CIA Bin Laden Chief: Next Attack ‘Bigger Than 9/11’
http://www.newsmax.com/sc….12905.shtml?s=lh

Bush Insists Al-Qaeda In Iraq Threatens U.S.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/24/wa….DsnJGXc9wBRegw

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White House Gets Defensive Over Accusation Bin Laden is Dead
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White House Preparing to Stage New 9/11 – Reagan Official
Former Reagan Official: Bush May Stage False Flag Events To Reinstate Draft
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Bin Laden Uncovers Secret Formula to Halt Ageing Process
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Terror Commander: New Attack Will Dwarf Failed Bomb Plot
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Sheehan: Distinct Chance Of Staged Attack, Martial Law
Bush Administration Prays For More Dead Americans
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Bill Kristol Expects Bush To Attack Pakistan
Bush: Insurgents in Iraq same as 9/11 attackers
Military Analyst: West Needs More Terror To Save Doomed Foreign Policy
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Iraq’s Al-Qaeda Threatens To Attack Iran
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Olberman Rips Into Chertoff on “Countdown”
Al-CIAda Warns of Fresh Terror Attacks
On Cue, “al-Qaeda” Threatens Iran
U.S. Government Uses Al-Qaeda to Attack Iran
Rick Santorum predicts “some unfortunate events” will give Americans a “very different view of this war”
Officials worry of summer terror attack
NBC: ‘Dirty bomb’ danger at home?
Secret ..: U.S. Fears Terror ‘Spectacular’ Planned
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