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Anti-war groups turn against Obama after Afghan surge

Anti-war groups turn against Obama after Afghan surge

UK Telegraph
August 31, 2009

There is rising disillusion among liberals and peace activists that a president who built his campaign on his opposition to the war in Iraq now views America’s other conflict as a “war of necessity”.

Mr Obama has already added 21,000 extra troops to the 38,000 stationed there by George W Bush. In the next few weeks, he is likely to receive requests from the Pentagon for more when Gen Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan, submits a report on the progress of the war.

It is expected to paint a grim picture and offer the president three options for action: increase troop numbers dramatically, increase them less dramatically or leave them as they are.

Some organizations that campaigned against the Iraq war are biding their time or are more inclined to side with the president’s argument that a stronger counter-insurgency effort in Afghanistan is in US national interests.

But others have run out of patience, and though they know they will not yet fill city centre streets with protestors, they plan to hold marches and smaller events such as forums with war veterans and troops’ families, as well as lobbying members of Congress.

“As progressives feel more comfortable protesting against the Obama administration and challenging Democrats as well as Republicans in Congress, then we’ll be back on track,” Medea Benjamin of the anti-war group Code Pink said.

Perry O’Brien, president of the New York chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War, said: “In the next year, it will more and more become Obama’s war. He’ll be held responsible for the bloodshed.”

Though public opinion in the US has not turned against the war as sharply as in Britain, for the first time a majority of respondents (51 per cent) in a recent Washington Post-ABC poll said the war was not worth the fight. Among liberals, strong approval of the war plummeted by 20 per cent.

On Friday the Pentagon confirmed that August was the deadliest month for US troops since the start of the war in October 2001 to remove the Taliban government, which had refused to hand over Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks.

 

Two thirds want British troops home from Afghanistan

UK Telegraph
August 29, 2009

The public’s growing opposition to the conflict comes after the number of British deaths in Afghanistan rose above 200 earlier this month.

Yesterday, Gen Sir David Richards took over as Chief of the General Staff and vowed to get better equipment for troops and improved care for those injured fighting for Britain.

A Daily Telegraph/YouGov poll showed 62 per cent of people opposed British troops staying in Afghanistan, while 26 per cent were in favour.

Previous polls had shown that most people backed the conflict in Afghanistan, unlike the war in Iraq. They accepted the argument espoused by ministers and the opposition that it was part of the fight against terrorism that could be exported to British streets.

But increasingly voters appear unwilling to accept that claim.

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Prison or $1,000 a day fine for refusing swine flu vaccine

$1000 Per Day Fine And 30 Days In Jail For Refusing The Swine Flu Vaccine In Massachusetts

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Swine Flu Vaccines May Have Major Medical Threat

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Order Out Of Chaos Slide During Swine Flu Conference

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Obama’s approval ratings continue to drop

Obama’s approval ratings continue to drop

Cincinnati Conservative Examiner
August 24, 2009

President Barack Obama’s love affair with voters has hit a rough spot.

According to a Rasmussen poll released today, over 40% of Americans strongly disapprove of Obama’s job performance, compared to 28% who strongly approve.

As shown on the chart produced by Rasmussen, there is a steady decline in those who strongly approve of the President’s handling of key issues. The number has dropped from a high of 41% in January, to a new low of 28% today. That is an approval index of -12. Although his lowest index was at -14 a week ago, the graph shows a further decline is likely.

Key factors affecting Obama’s approval ratings include a stagnant economy, high-unemployment, and a failure to pass health-care reform.

Obama: A One-Term President?

 



Majority of Americans now oppose Afghan war: poll

Majority of Americans now oppose Afghan war: poll

RAW Story
August 20, 2009

On the eve of Afghanistan’s historic presidential election, a newly released poll shows Americans’ support for the war is fading.

Among liberals, the decline in support is even faster — support for the war among progressives has plummeted 20 percent since January.

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Fault Lines – Obama’s War

 



Rasmussen Poll: 75% Favor Auditing The Fed

Rasmussen Poll: 75% Favor Auditing The Fed

Rasmussen
July 29, 2009

So much for the ongoing secrecy of the nation’s independent central banking system. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of Americans favor auditing the Federal Reserve and making the results available to the public.

Just nine percent (9%) of adults think that’s a bad idea and oppose it. Fifteen percent (15%) aren’t sure.
Over half the members of the House now support a bill giving the Government Accounting Office, Congress’ investigative agency, the authorization to audit the books of the Federal Reserve Board.

Support for the bill has grown now that the Obama administration is proposing to give the Fed greater economic regulatory powers. The Fed which sets U.S. monetary policy was created as an independent agency to keep it free of politically-motivated interference.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke in a town forum filmed on Sunday which is airing this week on PBS stations said he is strongly opposed to the audit legislation. “I don’t think the American people want Congress running monetary policy,” he said. Howard Rich addressed this issue in a recent commentary and concluded it was important to locate the “trillions of dollars” the Fed has spent over the last year-and-a-half.

The new survey finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans in every demographic category – including age, gender, political affiliation, race and income – disagree with Bernanke and favor auditing the Fed to make its secretive deliberations public.

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Gallup Poll: Americans turning against the Federal Reserve

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
July 28, 2009

As momentum builds for Ron Paul’s efforts to audit the Fed, a new Gallup poll shows that Americans are turning against the Federal Reserve, with just 30 per cent saying the agency is doing a good job.

35 per cent rate the job the Fed is doing as “only fair” and 22 per cent say it is doing a “poor” job.

The contrast compared with when the question was last asked in 2003 is clear. Six years ago, just 5 per cent thought the Fed was doing a “poor” job, while 53% thought it was doing a “good/excellent” job.

The Fed is bottom of the pile when compared to the ratings received by other agencies in the poll (we hesitate to call the Fed a “government agency” because it isn’t). The IRS and the FDA are the other two least popular agencies.

According to Gallup editor in chief Dr. Frank Newport, “Americans are blaming to some degree the actions or inactions of the Federal Reserve board” for the economic turmoil.

Increasing skepticism towards the role of the Federal Reserve arrives alongside efforts on behalf of Congressman Ron Paul to audit the Fed with his widely supported H.R.1207 bill.

The legislation would amend existing law to allow the Comptroller General to audit the Federal Reserve Board and its member banks.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke seems frightened to death at what might be revealed if the Federal Reserve were forced to open its books and has been busy scuttling around lying about the bill in order to try and shoot it down.

During an appearance on PBS NewsHour which will be aired later this week, Bernanke claims that the bill will hand Congress the power to run monetary policy in the United States.

However, as CBS News’ Declan McCullagh points out, it does nothing of the sort.

“This is an odd claim,” writes McCullagh. “If you read the bill (H.R.1207), it simply amends existing law to say “under regulations of the Comptroller General, the Comptroller General shall audit” the Federal Reserve Board and its member banks.”

Bernanke has proven that he will stoop to any level in order to try and sink the bill, which has the support of over half of the U.S. House of Representatives, even committing an act of economic terrorism last month when he threatened a collapse of the dollar and the entire financial system if the bill was passed.

One thing that an audit of the Fed might shed more light on is the destination of trillions of dollars in TARP funds, which the Federal Reserve refuses to disclose even after a lawsuit was filed by Bloomberg, as well as the destination of half a trillion dollars that was given to foreign banks.

During a hearing last week, Bernanke was confronted on the question of who received $500 million in credit swaps by Congressman Alan Grayson, to which Bernanke responded, “I don’t know.”

“Half a trillion dollars and you don’t know who got the money?” asked Grayson.


Congress Approval Just 10%

Congress Approval Just 10%

London Guardian
October 1, 2008

The controversy over the failure of the Bush administration’s unpopular financial bail-out is infecting every aspect of government and the presidential election campaign.

Eminent reputations lie in ruins; the august institutions of Congress, the treasury, the Federal Reserve tremble; the presidency itself is shaken. In America’s year of living dangerously, few will emerge unscathed.

The consensus view, if there is one in so divided a nation, is that the US has suffered a calamitous, across-the-board failure of leadership. The bankruptcy is political as well as economic. This conclusion is widely held among both supporters and opponents of the bail-out.

“Monday’s crash and burn of the Paulson plan on Capitol Hill reveals a Washington elite that has earned every bit of the disdain that Americans have for it. This crowd can’t even make sausage,” snarled a Wall Street Journal editorial yesterday. Black Monday’s shambles marked a “historic abdication”.

Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives were excoriated for political cowardice, childish disputatiousness, and a selfish desire to get re-elected next month at any cost. It’s clear, whatever they do next, the public simply does not trust them to do it right.

“A political establishment held in higher regard may have been able to hold together some kind of coalition of the willing,” wrote Joel Achenbach in the Washington Post. “But distrust of the nation’s leaders, from the leaders of Congress to the president, foreclosed that possibility.”

This was not mere rhetoric. Congress’s public approval rating was down to 18% before the crisis hit. By some estimates, it is now 10% and falling. Washington has seen a “throw the bums out” mood before, notably Newt Gingrich’s 1994 anti-government “Republican revolution”. But this is something else. Like some others, Gingrich is calling for the resignation of Hank Paulson, the treasury secretary, for presiding over a train wreck and then failing to persuade people why $700bn was needed to get back on the rails.

Other heads enthusiastically recommended for the chopping block include Democratic house speaker, Nancy Pelosi, for being “too partisan” and the Republican house minority leader, John Boehner, for not being partisan enough.

An unhappy Boehner said before the vote that the bail-out was a “crap sandwich” that he and colleagues were obliged to eat. As it turned out, 133 Republicans and 95 Democrats found it too much to swallow.

Many members of Congress found themselves caught between party leadership and angry constituents and sought to explain themselves.

“We are now in the golden age of thieves. And where I come from we put thieves in jail, we don’t bail them out,” said Pete Visclosky, an Indiana Democrat who voted ’no’.

The signal failure, as critics see it, of President George Bush to show a lead out of the morass has provoked a new crop of political obituaries.

“No longer a lame duck, he’s a dead duck,” said Democratic strategist Paul Begala.

Congress takes a break for Jewish holiday
http://www.newsnet14.com/2008..-a-break-for-jewish-holiday/

 



9/11 Truth March in New York
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9/11 Truth March in New York

 

Rosie O’Donnell & William Rodriguez On 9/11/2008

Olbermann: Bush Administration “Allowed 9/11 Attacks To Occur”
http://www.prisonplanet.com/olbermann-bush..ur.html/comment-page-14/#comments

Global Poll: Less Than Half Believe Al-Qaeda Behind 9/11
http://www.prisonplanet.com/global-poll-less-than-half-believe-al-qaeda-behind-911.html

Russian Poll: 84% Say Truth About 9/11 Being Deliberately Hidden
http://www.infowars.net/articles/September2008/120908truthmovement.htm

9/11 First Responders Benefit – Cynthia McKinney
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zbzm3s6Ikwo

Jesse Ventura Slams “911 Conspiracy Debunkers”, for 30 Minutes
http://thestateoftruth.com/2008/09/jesse-ventura-body-slams-911-conspiracy-debunkers-for-30-minutes/

French Comic Forced To Apologise For Citing 9/11 Theories
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/sarkozys-comic-friend-says-sorry-for-911-comments-925142.html

9/11 Truth Film To Be Broadcast On Prime Time Russian TV
http://www.infowars.net/articles/September2008/100908Russia911.htm

Dear Reporter: Looking for a Story about 9/11?
http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2008/09/dear-reporter-looking-for-story-about.html