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P O L I T I C A L     R E F E R E N C E     P A G E

    "Annotated" = with Elaborated Descriptions, whereby you can get "the essence of the story" right here!
This page is here to substantiate why each citizen needs to give that "5 minutes a week"
WHY Poly-Psy? See Poly-Psy Home Page for elaboration on that as needed.
[Updated Jan '14]

There is also the Poly-Psy Spirit mailing list for the most recent postings on what's going on:
you can either/both join the list or just peruse the Archives Or both.
A chronology of updates for all PolyPsy pages (edits, additions, etc) is at the ChaliceBridge.Com Updates page, PolyPsy section, often with a summary annotated description. Thank you! -cp

Am Copying these to the top of the page
A. In light of most interesting developments in Domestic Security:

    CIVIL LIBERTIES Changes & Implications...   
including "Domestic Drone Surveillance or 'SaT' Smoke n' Mirrors ?" (May'12) and "The Balance of Power" and
questions about who's in charge of what kinds of domestic security. The later is a mirror of a section from
the 'Brass Resistance' page of 2006 (about certain military field officers, hi-level intelligence officials,
and diplomats being uppity? and why; Rev'd 2013), about some things still effecting decisions about domestic security.



B. As related to continuing developments in religious extremism:

    "Church & State, Tea Party, & 'Machiavengelicals'"   



C. In Most Appreciative Reference to the Brave & Ever-Creative Souls of
The Occupy Movement:

So we can "occupy" the supply-demand cause-effect dynamics underlying the economy -
via our own responsible spending choices, thereby occupy the 1st power of the corporations.
AND elect leaders who support this kind of true-value economy & management - the 2nd power:



   Responsible Shopping & Investment, Corporate Reform, & Economic Fairness Issues   
   Costs Of War   

   Favorite Solutions, Recovering Democracy, Peace Education, Attitudinal Change & Healing   

   VOTING REFORM, Instant RunOff Voting, etc   





   Copyright/Disclosure/Editor & HomePage Info   




ALL SECTIONS / TOC


Set A. From Initiation of Obama Administration




    I.    Obama's Mid-East Policies & Strategies - Overview

    II.    Afghanistan & Pakistan - Obama's Policies & Strategies

    III.    IRAN - Events, Policies & Strategies
  [Updated 3'15]

   IIIa.    ISIS / ISIL, Syria & Iraq   [NEW 9'14 - on separate page]
Extensive sets of articles & summaries, references, links,
including lead-up history, Op-Ed, & a few maps)


Set B. Initiated Prior to Onset of Iraq War by Bush Administration
and PNAC (Project for a New American Century)




    I.   A HISTORY of High Crime - The Bush Cabal's Agendas & Relationships (incl. PNAC)   
(The same folks into Drugs, Oil, Arms, Power, & Mercenaries ("contractors") - "the DOAPM Mafia" since the 60's), and Karl Rove

   II.   LIARS WARS (Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Lebonon, Caspian Basin ("Base"), Etc   

   The Case for IMPEACHMENT   »»»   Accountability   »»»   Indictment   »»»   JAIL TIME   

IIa. DEPLETED URANIUM Weaponry ("DU")   

   III.   CIVIL LIBERTIES Changes & Implications, "The Original Homeland Security"   
and
    VOTING REFORM, Instant RunOff Voting, etc   

   IV.   Media Issues   

   V.   Favorite Solutions, Recovering Democracy, Peace Education, Attitudinal Change & Healing    

   VI.   Responsible Shopping & Investment, Corporate Reform, & Economic Fairness Issues   
(Other ref/links on this page likely: Word search/Find using keywords "econ," "cost," "spending" via your browser's edit or file menu).

   VII.    Veterans For Peace, More Alternatives to War, etc   

   VIII.   Church & State, Tea Party, & "Machiavengelicals"   




Supportive Pages at This & Related Sites Include:


   "Poly-Psy Citizen Momentum" page - for Posts on Current Events
A kind of blog of dated, ref-linked commentary on the Obama Administration's Middle-East Policy as well as domestic security policy, copied from a selection of applicable posts (by the editor of this page, Christopher Pringer) at facebook and on the Poly-Psy Spirit Mailing List. The latter links to the list archives which include posts and commentary on many other current topics as well.

   The Vehicle Efficiency Page
A select variety for Global Preventive Health Maintenance, along with essay, "Smooth Pedal", A great road game & way to help the ozone layer, travel more relaxed, more safely, decrease auto wear & tear, road rage. Special sections on rainwater harvesting, HEMP, links for efficiency resources & perspectives on Global Warming, energy/conservation/recycling, at home & elsewhere.

   Pre-Iraq War Reviews, *US* News Journal Articles by Mark Jensen at
"The Military, the State, and the War" and Related US News Reviews...
and
   Pre-Iraq War Reviews, *FRENCH* NEWS Journal Articles by Mark Jensen at
"The Military, the State, and the War - and Related FRENCH NEWS... (Great for Comparison!!!)

    Note: Mark Jensen's great summaries and links to the full articles are at
United for Peace of Pierce County

   "Wellsone Q's" Regarding the Death of Senator Paul Wellstone, Selected & Annotated Article Briefs & Links - Most Interesting News Reporting: Contradictions & Questions. Received a mailer for this organization in May of '08: Wellstone .Org, Wellstone Action Fund - Founded by David Wellstone, Paul's son, "to bring about the social and economic change my parents worked for their entire lives." Seems to be a useful organization (at the least). -cp



Special Link Sections On Christopher's Political Page:



 9/11, Mid-East Crisis, & Responsible Resource Management
(a small, select sampling from this page)

 About Project Vote Smart - Extensive & Non-Partisan Voter Resources

 More Partisan Resources for Awareness & Socially Responsible Action ("Quik Action Links")

 Main Political Page Links (Essays, Etc)

  "Brass Resistance"

2 pages packed with selected articles & summaries from 2002 to 2013 (w/links) about changes in and with Military Field Officers, Hi-Level Intelligence Officials, diplomats, on Mid-East warfare, Cheney's RE-organization of intelligence infrastructure, constitutional changes in the country's balance of power, care for veterans, impeachment trial & error, ramifications of all that and more; not to mention (their repeated communication of) frustration-become-anger at the Bush Administration and US military capacity and related national security. Newer additions of selected articles/summaries range from 2007 to 2013, with revision of TOC [Jan'13]. The Civil Liberties section of this (Political Refs) page includes a summary of some of the more *key* and long-term-effecting events noted at the Brass Resistance page.











"What Do I Do With...?" (King Co, WA)



A chronology of updates
for all PolyPsy pages
(edits, additions, etc) is at the ChaliceBridge.Com Updates page, PolyPsy section, often with a summary annotated description.

Good references & resources are indispensable, of course - Huge thanks to those who have done the real work. Such back-up for my perspectives have been noted via the (PolyPsy list's archives at Riseup.Net) and "Political Reference page".

The PolyPsyArts pages have always been about, with many named for, the citizen. And they were written for the long haul anyway, with ideas for balance and effective utilization of our innate resources and potentials, ready for opportunities.


Resource Section




L E T T E R S     &     P E T I T I O N S

  Forgiveness and Accountability
are NOT mutually exclusive.       Healing practitioners will tell you
that each works best when both are obtained hand-in-hand.


Demand Accountability for Bush, Cheney, & Rove
We Can Have Them In Jail Where They Belong


THANK YOU, PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER !!! (June '09)

Find Link-loaded Messages for quickly getting your sigs on petitions and sending letters to Elected Officials
via PolyPsyList Archives:
Use "Impeach" in its efficient Search Engine, sort by latest, etc.
For Rove, include "Mike Connell" (yep, another plane crash)

Related: Impeachment Resource Links;   For a quick read to dispel doubt of need, see Myths About Impeachment
 
1 Million Innocent Iraqis


PolyPsy List Archives
Provides the most long-term applicable, if not most recent postings on what's going on (as regards peace & justice, & citizen effectiveness, including action resources) - Planetary in scope: you can join the list or just peruse the Archives without joining. The list was created in the effort to help us better see and UTILIZE opportunities to jump in and make things better when we can - while maintaining our psychological and spiritual capacity to do so - and to help keep the PolyPsyArts web site current.
Poly-Psy Arts Logo © 10'08 Christopher Pringer
This list is a "Newsletter" style list; NOT the kind that allows members to send email to other members. (It does NOT make member email addresses available to anyone, So members do NOT receive email from anyone but myself.) List Description is elaborated at http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/PolyPsySp. To subscribe, send email to: PolyPsySp-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You can type the same in the subject and body areas of your message. Thank you, -Chris Pringer, ListOwner/Mgr


facebook Postings

Below is a sample facebook posting. The links WORK for the noted articles by Karen Vlahos, as well as for most of the fcbk tabs, the Share link, etc.
(Usually these postings are not repeated via the Poly-Psy Mailing List.)
At Right is a WORKING mock-up of my fcbk *NOTES* block [May'10].

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CP's Notes @ FcBk Armor by Definition and 'Slight of Heart' (?); Apr 21, 2010 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Something new for medicine?; May 8, 2010 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy A Kind of Summary For Pragmatic Balance; Dec 26 2009 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Discussion on Evolution - Is Humanity ONLY 'at the Animal Level'; Jan 1 2010 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Teach The Truth, And Change Will Come From Within; Jan 17 2010 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Feelings, Emotions, Beliefs, Desires, Needs...; Jul 13 2009 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Hearts And Minds for An *Exitable* Strategy for Afghanistan/Pakistan; Mar 28 2010 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Syndicate in Pakistan; Apr 23 2009 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Re: Obama Should Avoid Bush's Iraq Errors in Dealing With Afghanistan; Apr 13 2009 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy
My Comment on the above facebook Posting     [At my fcbk page, 6-07-10]

         [Quoting from the article:] "The number of Guard and reserves as a percentage of the total force in Iraq and Afghanistan has fluctuated over the years. Official estimates in 2005 were at 28 percent; it was about 7 percent in Iraq and 15 percent in Afghanistan at the end of 2008. Manski estimates it's closer to one-third today. ..."
          Remember the report on increased military sign-ups? And we were wondering where our priorities went (and other political psych-outs)... Well, check these stats (from Karen Vlahos's article): "So here is the situation. The secretary of defense ordered, and Congress authorized, an expansion in the size of the Army. But the Army reduced the recruitment goal – and reduced the retention goal. The size of the Army is in fact shrinking. It may look as if it's growing – the Pentagon report gives the impression it's growing – but it's growing only in comparison with the officially set goals."
          Ahhhhhhh! Karl Rove & students are still at work in the smoke & mirrors factory, not to mention the Project for a New American Century [PNAC] (just in case we forgot).
 


Personal Action Quotes

Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.
         - James Freeman Clarke

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."
         - Gandhi

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
         - Leo Buscaglia

"If the nation states of the world are working day and night on a crash course of their own for our mutual annihilation, we cannot afford to be any slower in our work in the opposite direction. The leisurely teaching that was possible in ancient tribal cultures is no longer appropriate. The forces of nuclear and ecological destruction are in a hurry, and we must be too. People need to be awakened, not just through ordinary reality education, however important it is, but also through personal heartfelt spiritual realization-deep realization of the connectedness of all things. May we work together, and fast as we can."
         -- Michael Harner, a Shaman

Before we can achieve Planetary Sustainability, we have to attain 'Citizenry Sustainability.' A military revolution - large enough to make any difference - will also reap more pain, confusion, and denial. More than we can heal to regain sufficient capacity for planetary healing - before Global Warming takes the rest of us. We're going to have to outsmart that unevolved part of us - and those who represent it politically. That means we vote with our our dollar and our pen or keyboard, and maybe with our feet - as well as with the ballot.
         - Christopher Pringer
 

Image: Oct27 Button w/Sqare Back & Sig.jpg
Buttons Commemorating
the Oct 27 Action

Are still available for $2 ea!

Please ask Chris Pringer via PolyPsyArt@iinet.com
or ask your local Oct27 Coalition Rep




HellYesBringEmHome Sign

Yo! You Want Signs?
We Have Signs. More than I can show here
- for your yard, for your hands, even for the top of your car, AND for certain Seattle area neighborhoods as well... Here you go! Tell 'em Rad-Dad sent you <grin>
ImpeachBush Sign

You keep your activism current, right? Well then, let's keep the message on cue for the current situation, I say <grin>. A certain Veteran for Peace keeps used to his car-sign message on cue - at Greenlake pro-peace vigil in May of 2004 (with almost 800 crosses representing GI's killed in Iraq).
ImpeachBush Sign
Well, after 3 years & the sign was ripped off or destroyed for the 6th time (in '06), I couldn't get a suitable replacement for the frame. But it was great while it lasted - and it was amazing, just for the (good) things I learned, wearing such a sign on my car. -Chris
14    D e f i n i n g    C h a r a c t e r i s t i c s   Of    F a s c i s m
[was "12 Warning Signs Of Fascism" but that link no longer works]
More Complete: "Distorting Fascism to Sanitize Capitalism"
Much of the legislation is still in effect     [Jan 2010]:
Let us demand withdrawal of the "October Surprise" legislation that removed key citizen protections
[More in Civil Rights section of Political Refs Page. You can right-click both these links & open in new tabs.]


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      ¤     The references here were assembled and, for the most part annotated, by Christopher Pringer, from Fall'02 onward. For statements about specific political/corporate issues or events made on political pages at this site, the following links should provide documentation to dispell any related doubts. If you would like to suggest better, more current or relevant references, or differ with items on this list as to actual relevance, etc, I would like to hear from you   via PolyPsyArt@iinet.com . Thank you for utilizing this and related pages as your inner guidance directs. -Chris


 


A1.    M I D - E A S T     P O L I C I E S,    &    S T R A T E G I E S,    --    AN   O V E R V I E W --
D E V E L O P I N G     T H E     O B A M A     A P P R O A C H    


[awaiting entries, meanwhile, CommonDreams.Org and HuffingtonPost.Com are great Resources]

and, at this site, are these pages

   ISIS / ISIL, Syria & Iraq

(on a separate page) Extensive sets of articles & summaries, references, links (& a few maps) compiled based on questions like, "Where did ISIS/ISIL come from, and what's that got to do with anything (like Sykes-Picot, Syria 2012-13 issues, Dick Cheney); 1st 5 section titles (of 12 sections): "World News Article Links & Summaries from Mark Jensen & others," "ISIS/ISIL "±Official± Perspectives & Related Commentary," "ISIS/ISIL & 'Sykes-Picot'" "ISIS/ISIL 2 (±Radical± Perspectives)", and "ISIS/ISIL 'Peace Blog on Whether to Attack ISIL'" [NEW September 2014]

and

   "Poly-Psy Citizen Momentum"
for Posts on Current Events, with dated, ref-linked commentary on the Obama Administration's Middle-East Policy as well as domestic security policy, copied from a selection of applicable posts (by the editor of this page, Christopher Pringer) at facebook and on the Poly-Psy Spirit Mailing List. The latter links to the list archives which include posts and commentary on many other current topics as well.


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A2.    O B A M A,    A F G H A N I S T A N,    &    P A K I S T A N   --
P O L I C I E S,    &    S T R A T E G I E S    I N    "T R I B A L I S T A N"

         For Reference, see map at
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/taliban/tribal/map.html

         Suggested Afghanistan/Pakistan ("Tribalistan") reading list:

  1. "Obama Sets More Modest Goals for Afghanistan" by Tom Bowman, NPR Morning Edition, Feb. 6, 2009.
  2. "Sorting Out a Clear Strategy for Afghanistan" by Jackie Northam, NPR Morning Edition, Jan. 16, 2009.
  3. "Obama's Vietnam" by John Barry and Evan Thomas, Newsweek, Feb. 9, 2009.
  4. "Winning in Afghanistan" by Andrew J. Bacevich, Newsweek, Dec. 31, 2008.
  5. "Afghan Strategy Poses Stiff Challenge for Obama" by Michael R. Gordon, New York Times, Dec. 2, 2008.
  6. "Obama's War: Fearing Another Quagmire in Afghanistan" by Helene Cooper, New York Times, Jan. 25, 2009.
  7. "From Great Game to Grand Bargain: Ending Chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by Barnett R. Rubin and Ahmed Rashid, Foreign Affairs, Nov.-Dec. 2008.
  8. PBS - FRONTLINE: The War Briefing  (Oct. 2008)
[March '09]


ReThink Afghanistan

See the Trailer at U-Tube

full-length video at Brave New Films

or view on Twitter
          Insurgent Faction Presents Afghan Peace Plan By CARLOTTA GALL, New York Times, Published: March 23, 2010. "The delegation represents fighters loyal to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, 60, one of the most brutal of Afghanistan’s former resistance fighters who leads a part of the insurgency against American, NATO and Afghan forces in the north and northeast of the country. His representatives met Monday with President Karzai and other Afghan officials in the first formal contact between a major insurgent group and the Afghan government after almost two years of backchannel communications, which diplomats say the United States has supported. Though the insurgent group, Hezb-i-Islami, or Islamic Party, operates under a separate command..."

          U.S. May Fill Afghan Civilian Posts With Military Personnel -- Obama to rely heavily upon mercenaries, NYTimes, 23 Apr 2009: The Obama administration will likely turn to military personnel to fill hundreds of posts in Afghanistan that had been intended for civilian experts, senior officials said Wednesday. Senior Pentagon and administration officials now acknowledge that many of those new positions will be filled by military personnel -- and by contractors... Not enough civilians are readily available inside the Afghan government, officials said, forcing the administration to turn to the military, Pentagon civilians and private contractors, at least for the initial deployments. [4/23/09]

          The approach of wisdom by Afghanistan expert, Tamim Ansary: "When I asked him (in March at the NW VFP Regional Conference) about NGO's building community amongst the tribes, he seemed to say, if I can summarize it, that he appreciated those few that have hung in there while not taking credit for the U.S. while doing it. Tamim's background is impressive..." He gave the example of Julia Bolz building schools (info & links below).
             "HEARTS AND MINDS and an Exitable Strategy for Afghanistan/Pakistan " -or 'Tribalistan' since the Afghans & Pakistani's respond much more as one community of tribes. (at this site; There are some very nicely done resource pages at facebook, by the way.)

          Julia Bolz & Building Schools and Hope, Bridges of Understanding:
Tamim Ansary mentioned Julia Bolz's project “Journey with an Afghan School” as an optimal NGO for bringing peace to Afghanistan. Primarily because Julia Bolz is not affiliated with any church or religion. Her work is entirely secular and humanitarian. Together with her American teammates, Julia has built and supplied 15 new schools and repaired 15 others destroyed by war in Afghanistan. Julia on Educating and Empowering the Developing World (mp3) They also provide schools with clean water; textbooks and supplies; provide teacher trainings, libraries and computer centers; and facilitate cultural exchanges. Currently they serve over 25,000 Afghan students. Here's how we can all help


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A3.    P R E S I D E N T    O B A M A    A N D    I R A Q / I R A N   --
P O L I C I E S,    &    S T R A T E G I E S

CommonDreams.Org and HuffingtonPost.Com are also great Resources by the way


   ISIS / ISIL, Syria & Iraq
(on a separate page)
Extensive sets of articles & summaries, references, links (& a few maps) compiled based on questions like, "Where did ISIS/ISIL come from, and what's that got to do with anything (like Sykes-Picot, Syria 2012-13 issues, Dick Cheney); 1st 5 section titles (of 12 sections): "World News Article Links & Summaries from Mark Jensen & others," "ISIS/ISIL "±Official± Perspectives & Related Commentary," "ISIS/ISIL & 'Sykes-Picot'" "ISIS/ISIL 2 (±Radical± Perspectives)", and "ISIS/ISIL 'Peace Blog on Whether to Attack ISIL'" [NEW September 2014]

IRAN (and Israel, et-all)

    Netanyahu Unmasks Israel, March 18, 2015 Exclusive: For years, U.S. politicians have rejected allegations of Israeli racism and excused mistreatment of the Palestinians as a temporary necessity that would be fixed by a two-state solution. But Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has destroyed those arguments in his panic to keep his job, reports Robert Parry.
    Netanyahu blew it: How he misunderstood Congress & inadvertently ruined his own goals - Salon.Com 3/4/2015: Before Netanyahu's speech was announced, Congress was willing to thwart Obama's plans. Afterwards? Not so much.

    Netanyahu caught on tape in 2001: 'Don't worry about the Americans, we easily maneuver them' - Sott .Net 3/5?/15: This is how I deliberately sabotaged the Oslo Accords We plan to strike Palestinians several times so hard the pain will be unbearable...

    Netanyahu Unaware of the Camera 'America can easily be moved' -Netanyahu 'America Won't Get in Our Way - It's Easily Moved' - youTube 3/5?/15: Bibi orders the cameras to stop recording in the beginning but they keep rolling after 00:06

    Noam Chomsky: Why Israel's Netanyahu Is So Desperate to Prevent Peace with Iran - Alternet .Org 3/2?/15: The distinguished professor lays bare Israel's motives.

    Noam Chomsky: Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel’s Goal Isn’t Survival — It’s Regional Dominance - Democracy Now .Org 3/2/2015: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in the United States as part of his bid to stop a nuclear deal with Iran during a controversial speech before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. Dozens of Democrats are threatening to boycott the address, which was arranged by House Speaker John Boehner...

    Did Bibi Lie To Congress? 5 Fact-Checked Claims From The Speech - Huffington Post 3/3/2015: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in a controversial speech before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday that international negotiations over Iran's nuclear program could imperil Israeli and international security. In an address crammed with...

    Leaks: Netanyahu misled UN on Iran nuclear programme - Aljazeera 2/18?/15: Spy Cables reveal Mossad concluded that Iran was not producing nuclear weapons, after PM sounded alarm at UN in 2012.

    Netanyahu Insults The U.S. To Their Face While Taking $8.6 Million In Aid Every Day Addicting Info .Org 3/3/2015

    Response to Netanyahu's Speech to Congress - Jewish Voice for Peace | The New Haven Register 3/1/2015: “Connecticut’s members of Congress should join move to ‘Skip the Speech’”

    Israeli Security Veterans Speak Out Against Netanyahu, Calling Him a 'Danger' to Israel alternet 3/2?/15: Former generals urge Netanyahu to cancel his speech to Congress before damaging U.S. relations even further.

    Former Mossad head urges Israeli voters to oust Binyamin Netanyahu - The Guardian 2/27/2015: Meir Dagan says prime minister’s policies are ‘destructive to the future and security of Israel
     IMHO, this is the video that Netanyahu would love no one to see: "The Gatekeepers" (Video): a 2012 documentary about, via interviews of six retired directors of Israel's domestic spy agency, the Shin Bet (who had reigned during most of the years between 1988-2011). These men, interviewed (Really! More detail below) in their elder years, share how and why it was that they came to do what they did, how they think or feel years later as they now regret their actions, especially having also witnessed the repercussions then and much later. Including their failure to accomplish many of their established goals - ie: removing obstacles to peaceful relations, including those who were assessed to be leaders of the opposition, especially among those they labeled as terrorists, whether actually so or not. Includes much of the thinking that went into the early and later Israeli military/ intelligence strategies, as well as the long-term ramifications of that, related actions and events, which led, or contributed greatly to, Israel's current problems with neighboring nations, as well as others in the Middle East.
         As described in "2 Israeli documentaries shortlisted for Oscar" by Daniel Estrin. AP, 1/3/13:
          ...Israeli-produced documentary, "The Gatekeepers" won praise from the paper's chief critic as 1 of the best documentaries of 2012; [one of] New York Times "Critics' Picks". The security chiefs' testimonies offer biting criticism about Israel's failure to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying military might alone cannot bring peace. "The Gatekeepers" features candid interviews with retired Israeli spymasters.
          ...In Israel's informal society, filmmakers and journalists have easy access to senior officials. That helped director Dror Moreh secure exclusive interviews with some of Israel's most shadowy figures: six retired directors of Israel's domestic spy agency, the Shin Bet. The position is so secretive that until recently, the director of the Shin Bet was long known to the public only by his first initial, and his identity was disclosed only upon retirement.
          In Moreh's film, they sit before the camera dressed informally in polo shirts or suspenders, speaking frankly about their memories of tracking Palestinian militants and radical Israeli settlers. Their accounts are woven together with animated graphics that bring to life archival photos and news clippings, to reveal the behind-the-scenes calculations during targeted killings and interrogations.
          In more private moments, the spymasters speak about the morality of their actions. "For them (the enemy), by the way, I was also a terrorist," said Yuval Diskin, Shin Bet chief from 2005 to 2011. "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."
          Together, the security chiefs' testimonies offer biting criticism about Israel's failure to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying military might alone cannot bring peace. "These moments end up etched deep inside you, and when you retire, you become a bit of a leftist," said Yaakov Peri, Shin Bet head from 1988 to 1994. "We're winning all the battles," said Ami Ayalon, Shin Bet chief from 1996 to 2000, "And we're losing the war."
         Moreh said he wanted his film to change the understanding of the Mideast conflict by featuring the people whose job it was to manage it. "They are responsible for targeted assassinations, for torture, for getting information," Moreh said in an interview. The criticism they voice "didn't come from the leftists, it came from the heart of the defense establishment. If they say such things, then, OK, there must be something to it."

    Netanyahu’s Nuclear Deceptions - A Response to Netanyahu From Iran’s Ambassador to the U.N. by Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, 3/3/2015: Review by Naomi Wolf: Via Assad Abdi (on facebook): "This is why we do what we do -- it makes me so happy when the 'other' is simply given a forum to -- speak reasonably in the community of nations. Harder to beat the drums of war when people are speaking with one another….'The New York Times finally gave some tiny space for the other side of the Iranian debate. Here's a Op-Ed written by Gholamali Khoshroo [who] is Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations: "The paradox of the situation is that a government that has built a stockpile of nuclear weapons, rejected calls to establish a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East, made military incursions into neighboring states and flouted international law by keeping the lands of other nations under occupation, now makes such a big fuss over a country, Iran, that has not invaded another country since America became a sovereign nation... Yet, in his speech this week, Mr. Netanyahu claimed the agency had determined that Iran had “a military nuclear program.” This is a gross distortion of the agency’s position. The “possible military dimensions,” which Mr. Netanyahu amplifies on every available occasion, are based not on the agency’s findings but on referrals by other member states with their own political agendas. In one case, in 2012, a former agency director dismissed such a report “because there was no chain of custody for the paper, no clear source, document markings, date of issue or anything else that could establish its authenticity."'"

          Iran Worried U.S. Might Be Building 8,500th Nuclear Weapon The Onion .Com, 3/3/2015

          Israeli Consul: Supporters of Bibi's Speech Want to Humiliate President Obama - Huffington Post 2/5?/2015: If any doubt remains that Speaker Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3 represents a coordinated attack on President Obama by the right-wing noise machine, let Israel's consul general in Philadelphia

          One of the greatest and longest standing critics of Netanyahu's policies is Rabbi Michael Lerner, the rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue Without Walls in San Francisco and Berkeley, Ca. (www.beyttikkun.org), editor of Tikkun Magazine, chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) Spiritual. He is the author of 11 books including The Politics of Meaning, Healing Israel/Palestine, and the 2006 national best-seller The Left Hand of God. "Our Vision: 1) Changing the Bottom Line in America; 2) Challenging the misuse of religion, God and spirit by the Religious Right; 3) Challenging the many anti-religious and anti-spiritual assumptions and behaviors that have increasingly become part of the liberal cultureSite." Includes "A Global Marshall Plan," "Affirming the Sacredness of All Human Beings," and "A New Spirit of Openheartedness and Reconciliation."

          Media Scam? Iran and America Join Hands in Waging “The Global War on Terrorism”? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 6/21/2014: "Following the incursion of jihadist rebels of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) into Iraq and the capture of its second largest city Mosul, American and Iranian officials meeting behind closed in Vienna allegedly reached, according to media reports, a historical agreement: Tehran will collaborate with Washington in fighting the ISIS rebels in the context of “America’s War on Terrorism”. A new foreign policy narrative on US-Iran relations has emerged. Is it real? Is it fake? What happened on June 16 in Vienna? According to Tehran, nothing happened, there were no negotiations. ..."

          IRAN OFFERS IRAQ 'EVERYTHING IT NEEDS' TO FIGHT ISIS By Eli Lake World News Daily Beast 6/16/2014: As ISIS marches closer to Baghdad, the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, Iran, is offering the Iraqi government the use of its army and spies. *** Summary by Mark Jensen of ufppc.org: According to the Daily Beast, citing "U.S. and senior Iraqi officials," "Iran is now offering the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki its army, its spies, and highly trained irregular units from its revolutionary guard corps to root out the Sunni insurgency that now threatens Baghdad." The Iranian offer is said to be unconditional. The U.S., Eli Lake explained, can offer Iraq effective air support and aviation, but Iran can offer boots on the ground. COMMENT: Talk of military cooperation between Iran and U.S. is now in the air, but given American attitudes toward Iran this seems unlikely to go far. In addition, given Maliki's demonstrably deep suspicions of and animosity toward Sunnis, cooperation with Iran would come more naturally to the Iraqi leader. On the other hand, given his *modus operandi* there can be no doubt that Maliki will be willing to use the threat of a total embrace of Iran to pressure Americans to act, even as he plays one supporter off against the other."
          Similar: ALARMED BY IRAQ, IRAN OPEN TO SHARED ROLE WITH U.S. -- IRAN OFFICIAL By Parisa Hefazi Reuters 6/13/2014

          The Iran is at breaking point under US sanctions – and its leaders feel the heat by Simon Tisdall, Guardian, 5/18/2014: Despite talk of a defiant 'resistance economy', the consequences may be dire if a nuclear deal with the west does not come soon Simon Tisdall in Tehran

          THE MORAL CASE FOR ENDING AMERICA'S COLD WAR WITH IRAN By Peter Beinart, Atlantic 1/6/2014: The debate over a final nuclear deal with Iran can be mind-numbingly technical. To what percentage will Tehran be allowed to enrich uranium? What rules will govern inspections of its nuclear sites? Which sanctions will be lifted and how?

          ADL Survey Shows Iran Least Anti-Semitic Middle East Country by Marsha B. Cohen, 5/13/2014: "The results of a new survey released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), as deplorable as they are, show that Iran is the least anti-Semitic country in the Middle East. Not that the ADL is doing anything to point this out in their just-released report entitled, Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism. This surprising fact can only be uncovered by comparing Iranian responses with those of other Middle Eastern countries. According to the index scores of the more than 100 countries around the world included in the survey..."

          U.S. Adopts Israeli Demand to Bring Iran's Missiles into Nuclear Talks By Gareth Porter OpEdNews Op Eds 2/22/2014: "The Barack Obama administration's insistence that Iran discuss its ballistic missile program in the negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement brings its position into line with that of Israel and senators who introduced legislation drafted by the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC aimed at torpedoing the negotiations. But the history of the issue suggests that the Obama administration knows that Iran will not accept the demand and that it is not necessary to a final agreement guaranteeing that Iran's nuclear program is not used for a weapon. ..."

          Iran’s Real Nuclear Revolution by Pepe Escobar 2/21/2014: "...The Shah’s banker was David Rockefeller, never tired of extolling the 'patriotism' and 'tolerance' of his client, not to mention his modernizing drive – everything duly parroted by US corporate media even as Amnesty International and the State Department itself had Himalayas of documents proving the Shah was one of the top torturers of modern history. What mattered is that he brought excellent dividends for then Chase Manhattan. One never lost money underestimating the cluelessness of US corporate media. When the Islamic revolution started, US media as a whole told the world that the Shah was undefeatable; that Khomeini and his followers were a minority of religious fanatics; and that the real motive for the revolution was that the Shah was a Great Modernizer (the Rockefeller script), rejected by those same Muslim fanatics. It’s fair to say this script is still being peddled today. When the Shah fled Iran, the whole US media bought the fallacy of 'going for a holiday'. When Khomeini boarded that Air France flight from Paris and arrived in Tehran in absolute triumph, no wonder no one in the US had a clue what was going on..."

          Flawed Nuclear Claims Won't Die Misreading Iran’s Intentions by Gareth Porter 2/06/2014: "When Western intelligence agencies began in the early 1990s to intercept telexes from an Iranian university to foreign high-technology firms, intelligence analysts believed they saw the first signs of military involvement in Iran’s nuclear program. That suspicion led to US intelligence assessments over the next decade that Iran was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons. The supposed evidence of military efforts to procure uranium enrichment equipment shown in the telexes was also the main premise of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s investigation of Iran’s nuclear program from 2003 through 2007. But the interpretation of the intercepted telexes on which later assessments were based turned out to have been a fundamental error. The analysts, eager to find evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program, had wrongly assumed that the combination of interest in technologies that could be used in a nuclear program and the apparent role of a military-related institution meant that the military was behind the procurement requests. ..."

          POWER VACUUM IN MIDDLE EAST LIFTS MILITANTS By Ben Hubbard, Robert F. Worth, and Michael R. Gordon, New York Times 1/4/2014; Summary by Mark Jensen of ufppc.org: A geopolitical interpretation disguised as a news article appeared on the front page of Sunday's *New York Times*. In it, Ben Hubbard, Robert F. Worth, and Michael R. Gordon diagnosed the turmoil engulfing the "post-American" Middle East as a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, each funded by oil revenues and claiming to represent a branch of Islam. "Linking all this mayhem is an increasingly naked appeal to the atavistic loyalties of clan and sect," they said. It is "not in America's interest" (to quote U.S. National Security Adviser Benjamin Rhodes) to intervene, the article explained, alluding only briefly to the fact that it was American geopolitical hubris that "touched off" the struggle in the first place. "Arab leaders are moving more aggressively to fill the vacuum left by the United States and other Western powers as they line up by sect and perceived interest. The Saudi government’s pledge last week of $3 billion to the Lebanese Army is a strikingly bold bid to reassert influence in a country where Iran has long played a dominant proxy role through Hezbollah, the Shiite movement it finances and arms." And there is no end in sight. "'I think we are witnessing a turning point, and it could be one of the worst in all our history,' said Elias Khoury, a Lebanese novelist and critic who lived through his own country’s fifteen-year civil war. 'The West is not there, and we are in the hands of two regional powers, the Saudis and Iranians, each of which is fanatical in its own way. I don’t see how they can reach any entente, any rational solution.'"

          IRAN SANCTIONS BILL BIG TEST OF ISRAEL LOBBY POWER By Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service 12/21/2013: WASHINGTON -- "This week’s introduction by a bipartisan group of 26 senators of a new sanctions bill against Iran could result in the biggest test of the political clout of the Israel lobby here in decades. The White House, which says the bill could well derail ongoing negotiations between Iran and the U.S. and five other powers over Tehran’s nuclear program and destroy the international coalition behind the existing sanctions regime, has already warned that it will veto the bill if it passes Congress in its present form. ..."

          Examining the Status of Iran’s Nuclear Program and Talks By Rick Gladstone, NY Times, 10/16/2013: "Negotiators in Iran’s protracted nuclear dispute reported “substantive and forward looking negotiations” last month and said they would reconvene Nov. 7 to 8 for further talks. The following covers some questions about Iran’s nuclear program. Q. What is the current status of Iran’s nuclear program? A. Iran’s ability to refine uranium, the fuel for peaceful nuclear energy and weapons, has grown significantly, according to the most recent inspection reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear-monitoring arm of the United Nations. Since last February, Iran has roughly quintupled, to more than 1,000, the advanced centrifuges at its main nuclear facility in the central city of Natanz. Iran also appears to have equipped a formerly secret subterranean facility known as Fordo, near the holy city of Qum, with 3,000 older-model centrifuges. ... Q. Why are critics of Iran — Israel in particular — so suspicious of Iran’s motives? ...Q. How much time would Iran need to achieve “breakout capacity,” the ability to quickly construct a nuclear weapon if it chose? ..."

          Delisting MKO: U.S. Officially Taking up Arms against Iran by Kourosh Ziabari, Iran Review.Org, 9/30/2012: In an act of unequivocal and explicit hostility toward Iran, the United States took the name of Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) off its list of foreign terrorist organizations on Friday, September 28, showing its unconditional support to the sworn enemies of the Iranian nation straight from the shoulder.

          Us Backing Mek-Terrorists Iran? by Seymour M. Hersh, New Yorker 4/29?30/2012: It was [at the Department of Energy's Nevada National Security Site... northwest of Las Vegas] that the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) conducted training, beginning in 2005, for members of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, a dissident Iranian opposition group known in the West as the M.E.K. The M.E.K. had its beginnings as a Marxist-Islamist student-led group and, in the nineteen-seventies, it was linked to the assassination of six American citizens. It was initially part of the broad-based revolution that led to the 1979 overthrow of the Shah of Iran. But, within a few years, the group was waging a bloody internal war with the ruling clerics, and, in 1997, it was listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department. In 2002, the M.E.K. earned some international credibility by publicly revealing—accurately—that Iran had begun enriching uranium at a secret underground location. Mohamed ElBaradei, who at the time was the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations' nuclear monitoring agency, told me later that he had been informed that the information was supplied by the Mossad.

          Demonizing Iran: US Media Continues Beating War Drums - By Dave Lindorff, Apr 23rd, 2010, The Public Record: "Aside from the fact that there is no hard evidence that Iran is trying to make a nuclear bomb or even to refine uranium to obtain nuclear-grade material, the paper ignored one crucial point: Israel cannot “go it alone” in any strike on Iran, since..."

          Iran Issues Cautious Response to Obama - By MARK LANDLER and NAZILA FATHI, New York Times 4/8/2009 (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/world/asia/?): WASHINGTON — "The Obama administration said Wednesday that the United States for the first time would participate regularly with other global powers in negotiations with the Iranian government about its nuclear program. The announcement marked a significant step toward the direct engagement with Iran that President Obama has promised. It came after the United States and five other powers — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — invited Iran to join a new round of talks on its nuclear program. Also on Wednesday, the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, made unusually conciliatory remarks about the United States. Iran would welcome direct talks with the Obama administration, Mr. Ahmadinejad said in a speech, provided that the shift in American policy was “honest.”


A4.    Miscellaneous P O L I T I C A L    S T R A T E G I E S


         *The Whites of Their Eyes* by Jill Lapore         
     Listen on KUOW's "The Conversation" (KUOW, Seattle) to Jill Lapore interviewed by Ross Reynolds, 10/25/2010. Harvard History Professor Jill Lapore describes the Tea Party movement leadership/communications as nationally organized, it's nature as far more religious than non-secular, it's followers primarily as emotion-led (evangelical), its perspective on the constitution as originist (sp?), and not as a respecting/acknowledging its development as in keeping with the progress of the American culture (which was very violent and uncivilized in it's early stages, and the laws overall were much farther out of step with the higher values of American society. eg: This radio program provided great context for Thurgood Marshall's powerful statements about the constitution as a "Living Document," that lives and breathes in step with our progress (forwards or backwards). [- Chris Pringer] KUOW: "Tea Party activists and their leaders like Glen Beck claim they follow what the founding fathers intended. Harvard history professor and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore says 18th century history is a bit messier than they might realize. She talks about the battle over the meaning of history..." Another Review from History News Network: "Jill Lepore, a historian of the American Revolution and a staff writer at The New Yorker, has written a brief but valuable book..." (http://hnn.us/blogs/52.html)


          "The Axis of the Obsessed and Deranged", By FRANK RICH, February 28, 2010 in The Times. Important reading (IMO) on the murder-suicide of Andrew Joseph Stack III, who flew the plane into the IRS office (or building housing same), on "the Tea Party hero" Scott Brown, on David Barstow's chilling, months-long investigation of the Tea Party movement published in The Times (2/16/10), on what the Southern Poverty Law Center had found last year, on the distinction between the Tea Party movement and the official G.O.P., on the co-sponsor of CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) by the John Birch Society, on Barstow's profile of Pam Stout, who cast her lot with a Tea Party group allied with the 9/12 Project, the Birch Society and the Oath Keepers, "a rising militia group of veterans and former law enforcement officers who champion disregarding laws they oppose [about] “another civil war” [that] may be in the offing."

from Article, "An ‘Avatar' Awakening" By David Swanson, The Public Record"

"...When I saw “Avatar” in a packed 3-D theater in Virginia, and the crowd cheered the closing shot, I shouted: “And get out of Iraq too!” No one cheered for that. But no one called me a traitor either.

But will anyone in that crowd lift a finger to pressure their representatives in Congress to stop funding the evil they'd just seen sanitized, animated, relocated, and ever so slightly disguised?

Rob Kall at OpEd News suggested that we make flyers to hand out at theaters following screenings of 'Avatar.' Having now seen the film, I think he's right. Here's a flyer (PDF). Here's the text:

AVATAR

Did you know that the Na'vi people are real, their troubles are real, and you can be a hero who saves them? It's true!

The story of “Avatar” is the story of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries attacked and occupied by U.S. mercenaries and U.S. troops.

It's harder to think about that, than it is to sympathize with giant blue computer-animated creatures. But it's extremely important that you take the step to explicitly admit to yourself what you've just watched in this movie, and that you take the additional step of doing something about it.

You don't have to ride a dragon or shoot an arrow, but you do have to call this number 202-224-3121 and ask to speak with your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives and tell them that their career will be over if they vote another dime to pay for the evil depicted in "Avatar."

Tell them that investing your money in education, transportation, energy, or infrastructure produces many more jobs than investing it in killing. Tell them that diplomacy and aid work better than bombs, and that we do not need unobtainium, which is called that for a reason, although we know it as "oil".

Call every day until you get the right answer, and report your daily progress at defundwar.org
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(Section B: Pre-Obama)


   I.    O N     9/11,     E N R O N,     I R A Q I   O I L,    
AND     B U S H    W H I T E H O U S E     R E L A T I O N S H I P S
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      Who said Caspian Sea Basin? (Lots of Maps Here) And Azierbajan? (Ever see an oil company map of this area? Check this. Check out the Caspian basin fuel & energy centers. Controlling this area, We would have Russia by the what? And then an easy deal with Russian Mafia to prevent loose nukes? (And who said, "what's this got to do with Chechnya?" Map of Chechnya 1 and more complex map with relationships... And Afganistan? Yes, on the other side of Iran from Iraq. Oh, and just this side of China? And the NORAD (missle complex) size tunnels in the Afgan mountains. I wonder what good those might be to someone who thinks like Cheney & Rumsfeld ? (What's Rummy up to these days?) Did I say "Caspian Sea Base" ? Well, of course, that's just conspiracy stuff [but that would seem like more logical a reason, from the Neo-Con point of view, to have done what we have done in the Near East]... And there's a special section on Karl Rove, "The King Of Dirt", later down the page. What's this got to do with the Collateral Repair Project? [that as keyword will take you further down the page]

   Just WHO were these people in charge of the Bush administration?
What is "Project for a New American Century" (PNAC)?
[Links are provided in the sections below for referencing this, and most all to follow -- backing it up, that is]
...    And why do I call them the "DOAPM" (Drugs, Oil, Arms, Power, & M stands for Mercenaries or Mafia)? How did we put these high-rolling international crooks in charge - with contract mercenaries doing their dirtywork (oh, that's "contractors" in the popular news, but I'm NOT talking about truck drivers). How'd we do it with all this documentation available? Their own PNAC documents the whole world dominion plan, that is. Below is just a sampling of the how's (including about the contractors, or "mercs.") Well, I needed to have an explanation because my head just wouldn't stop shaking and my eyes wouldn't stop blinking for a different view. And that's a big part of why I put together the "Overcoming Political Disillusionment" page.
The Bush Cabal planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President.


          In "THE FRAUDULENT WAR,"
Richard W. Behan of Lopez Island provides a great summary of how we got into the Iraq War as well as Afghanistan, and includes some of the more recently revealed Iraq Oil shenanigans. Is possibly a little slow (for some) to substantiate the facts of the story, but an intriguing, illustrated presentation keeps it interesting in the meantime. "This presentation is deliberately not copyrighted: it may be reproduced and circulated without restriction." The detailed pdf file with illustrated slideshow presentation, is available via *http* (opens file in your browser), or by ftp (downloads the 5.5 mb file). A smaller digested article (105kb Word Doc) by Behan is "The So-Called War On Terror" (downloads by ftp).

          The BLUEPRINT FOR THE CREATION OF A 'GLOBAL PAX AMERICANA,' uncovered by the Sunday Herald (details next paragraph), was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (former defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff), among others. The document, put out in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC), and entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century," was a grand re-write of a 46-page document, "Draft Defense Planning Guidance," conceived in 1992, during the first Bush Administration. The 90 page 2000 version was apparently available at New American Century .Org (http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraqmiddleeast.htm) but is reported no longer available there. It was downloaded before it's disappearance however, and IS available (at various sites including here) via pdf for the browser or by ftp (downloads the .85 mb file)

          Right after the September 11 attacks the Wall Street Journal's editorial writer, Max Boot, published "The Case for American Empire" in the Weekly Standard (a major conservative rag). "Boot endorsed a return to nineteenth century British imperialism, this time under American hegemony." See A SECRET blueprint for US global domination By Neil Mackay. or see "It's Empire Versus Democracy" at http://www.alternet.org.

          Also: "History Repeats Itself Clear and Present Danger, Analysis of CPD and PNAC" by Candi Crider (2/4/07) -- A comparative analysis between four different groups that arose within the US government and had the purpose of influencing foreign policy in this country, incl. Committee on the Present Danger (CPD) and Project for a New American Century (PNAC)

         MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: a) PNAC update by W.R. Pitt: "...Ten years on, the Project [PNAC] is doing quite nicely, thank you. Failure is only in the eye of the beholder, and if the beholder is getting everything he wants with a tidy payday to boot, "failure" is not what they are going to see. As far as PNAC is concerned, this has been a decade filled with astonishing achievements. In other words, it's all about priorities and perspective, especially for those who don't give a damn for the dead. ..." Compared to Pitt's earlier assessment, ... well, he's right on. b) "Oil-buying craze tops excess of dot-coms - And the speculator bubble is due to burst, analysts say," By Michael Patterson And Elizabeth Stanton, Bloomberg News, June 15, 2008: "The rally that recently drove oil to a record $139.12 a barrel has surpassed the gains in Internet stocks that preceded the dot-com crash in 2000..."

          Sibel Edmonds: The Traitors Among Us A MUST READ, By Brad Friedman. Sibel Edmonds Has Named Names. Why Isn't The Media Reporting The Story? "March 01, 2010 - 'Hustler' – March 2010 -- SIBEL EDMONDS, a former FBI translator, claims that the following government officials have committed what amount to acts of treason. They are lawmakers Dennis Hastert, Bob Livingston, Dan Burton, Roy Blunt, Stephen Solarz and Tom Lantos, as well as at least three members of George W. Bush's inner circle: Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz and Marc Grossman. But is Sibel Edmonds credible? ..." [More than you want to know, but the read is important. -cp]

          Scramble to carve up Iraqi oil reserves lies behind US diplomacy, The Observer (London), Sunday October 6, 2002, Ed Vulliamy in New York, Paul Webster in Paris, and Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow. "Manoeuvres shaped by horsetrading between America, Russia and France over control of untapped oilfields. Oil is emerging as the key factor in US attempts to secure the support of Russia and France for military action against Iraq, according to an Observer investigation..."

          9-11 and US Global Hegemony by Ed Rippy - Indymedia, 17 July 2002: "...About two months before the attacks former US diplomats put out an unofficial message that the US would attack Afghanistan in mid-October, two days before the attacks US planners finished "contingency plans" for a war on al-Qaeda and Afghanistan, and tens of thousand of US and allied troops (including two aircraft carrier battle groups) were converging in the area around Afghanistan for exercises. Since the rout of the Taliban, oil companies are signing deals for pipelines across Afghanistan and the heroin business is booming as never before (and the US has exempted the provisional Afghan government from penalties for its failure to stop drugs while that government has gutted its drug eradication agency)..."

          Suppressed details of criminal insider trading, lead directly to the Cia's highest ranks, including as related to the 9-11 attacks (!). Understanding the interrelationships between CIA and the banking and brokerage world is critical to grasping the already frightening implications of these revelations. Articles at Mike Ruppert's "From the Wilderness" Site look at the history of CIA, Wall Street and the big banks by looking at some of the key players in CIA's history, including AIG insurance, manager of the third largest capital investment pool in the world, and its connection to CIA drug trafficking and covert operations. Mike Ruppert, who also created the 138 minute video, "The and Lies of 9-11" (which is about much more than 9-11), offers $1000 to anyone who can disprove the authenticity of any of his source materials - which, obvious from this tape, are voluminous. He is a former LAPD narcotics investigator who discovered CIA trafficking in drugs in 1977. After attempting to expose this he was forced out of LAPD in 1978 while earning the highest rating reports possible and having no pending disciplinary actions. In the wake of the September 11th attacks, Ruppert was among the first to be publicly critical of a number of transparent flaws in the official story presented by the US Government. In more than twenty stories since 9-11 he has followed his tested strategy of using only government documents, official statements or verifiable press reports as the basis for his work. As a result he has been openly received by several members of Congress and maintains open lines of communication with congressional and committee staffs. Ruppert is publisher and editor of "From The Wilderness", a newsletter read in 27 countries, by 20 members of the US Congress, professors at 12 Universities in the US and Canada and by the Intelligence committee of both houses. You can also contact "From the Wilderness via phone 818-788-8791.

          Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire! Bush, Cheney, Blair, Rumsfeld, Powell, and Lady MacBeth. What do they all have in common? And then there's Rumsfeld Caught Lying on Camera. And if you haven't seen it... "Iraq on the Record - A Detailed List of Bush Administration Lies About Iraq" [WAXMAN REPORT]. Noam Chomsky: Bring Them to Justice!: about support for the government's efforts to maintain what amounts to a powerful, permanent, military and diplomatic presence in Iraq.

          President Bush's Real Goal In Iraq: "In essence, it (the National Security Strategy plan released Sept 20, 2001 by the Bush administration) laid out a plan for permanent U.S. military and economic domination of every region on the globe, unfettered by international treaty or concern."

          MoveOn.Org features many articles and bulletins, including on Energy and War (11/20/02), Conscientious Objection (10/16/02), Iraq and the Art of Misdirection (10/2/02), Selling the War on Iraq (9/19/02), American Kleptocracy (7/1/02), Can Democracy Survive an Endless 'War'? (7/17/02), Who is Dick Cheney? (7/10/02), Media Concentration (11/6/02)
How do you ask a soldier to be the Last Person to die for a Lie? Banner [Photo by Gary Davis]
Poignant question. Photo by Gary Davis, Veterans For Peace Greater Seattle Chapter 92

          US bribes and threatens "allies" over Iraq - A MUST READ!

          What Valerie Plame Really Did at the CIA, David Corn, The Nation, 9/6/06. "Valerie Wilson was no analyst or paper-pusher. She was an operations officer working on a top priority of the Bush Administration. Armitage, Rove and Libby had revealed information about a CIA officer who had searched for proof of the President's case." ...she was in the Counterproliferation Division's "modest Iraq branch. But that summer--before 9/11--word came down from the brass: We're ramping up on Iraq. Her unit was expanded and renamed the Joint Task Force on Iraq. Within months of 9/11, [this unit] grew to fifty or so employees. Valerie Wilson was placed in charge of its operations group..."

          See about another Intelligence Cover-up in Civil Liberties Section, where Attorney General John Ashcroft has ordered that information about the Sibel Edmonds (9/11 attack) case be retroactively classified, to Silence Former FBI Translator.

          "What Congress Does Not Know about Enron and 9/11"
          As a former federal prosecutor, John Loftus had an insider's knowledge of high level intelligence operations, including obstruction of Congressional investigations. Loftus resigned from the Justice Department in 1981 to expose how the intelligence community had recruited Nazi war criminals and then concealed the files from Congressional subpoena. After appearing on an Emmy Award winning segment of 60 Minutes, Loftus has spent the next two decades writing histories of intelligence cover-ups, and serving as an unpaid lawyer helping other whistleblowers inside US intelligence.

[more ref-links continued after "911 They Knew" section]

6 inch 101KB jpg semi-thumbnail version of '9/11 They Knew' poster
* Posters available in JPG (for hi-quality 8.5" x 11") and PDF (for very large posters) by email for free or donation. Write for details via PolyPsyArt@iinet.com.

The W.M.D. Lie
was not the first big one.


Before tossing this idea
into "the conspiracy file," you may want to check out what Publisher Weekly says (see below the ThumbPic) about David Griffin's book on 911.

Actually, skip all this until you read this. About what the N$A heard Bin Laden saying days and weeks before 9/11, among way too much other jaw-dropping N$A related evidence that it all could've been prevented. [added 6/22/13]


The URL on the Poster (which documents how we know they knew) is www.911Timeline.net and www.attackonamerica.net.
What I could have added on the poster:
www.truthuncovered.com
or Mike Ruppert's site at www.copvcia.com.
(you can read why a few paragraphs below)

And if you like your posters large, you'll love the 5-foot wide version! Warning: This is an FTP link to a an extremely large (10Mb) file.
Publishers Weekly On David Ray Griffin and his book,
*Debunking 9/11 Debunking:
An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory*
(Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2007):

          Publisher's Weekly: "An emeritus professor of theology with no previous interest in conspiracy theories, Griffin has dedicated himself since 2003 to the ?9/11 truth? movement. As Griffin aptly notes, "the assumption that conspiracy theories are inherently irrational" has recently taken root in American culture, making any attack on the official government record instantly dismissible, but Griffin takes to the difficult task with solid reasoning and true zeal. All but the most dogmatic readers will find Griffin's evidence . . . detailed and deeply unnerving. ...Griffin (The New Pearl Harbor, 2004), a 9/11 truth advocate, continues to explore the internal inconsistencies in the official version of the events of September 11 . . . Readers will be surprised by Griffin's finding that conclusive evidence is still pending; U.S. officials submit that bin Laden's prior orchestration of attacks is proof enough, but today bin Laden is on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list for directing several terrorist attacks -- but not for 9/11. Although readers might be wont to dismiss this book as pure conspiracy theory, it succeeds as a searing and close reading of the events of September 11."
          David Ray Griffin has now devoted five books totalling 1,536 pages to challenging what he calls "the public story about 9/11" and arguing that it is "riddled with internal contradictions" (9/11 Contradictions, pp. vi, 275). UFPPC (United for Peace of Pierce County) has been conducting "Digging Deeper" Monday-evening book discussion study circles Since July 2004, and has spent two weeks examining Griffin's two most recent volumes. See more via http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/7680/ (July'08)


          The Real Reason $$$ Cheney Pushes for War ??? "When Dick Cheney was CEO of the oilfield supply firm Halliburton, the company did $23.8 million in business with Saddam Hussein ...As the former Secretary of Defense under Bush the Elder, Cheney was in particularly vulnerable position on the hypocrisy of doing business with Iraq....After the Gulf War...Using two subsidiaries, Dresser-Rand and Ingersoll-Dresser, Halliburton helped rebuild Saddam's war-damaged oil fields. The combined value of these contracts for parts and equipment was greater than that of any other American company doing business with Iraq -- companies including Schlumberger, Flowserve, Fisher-Rosemount, General Electric...." From Article by Molly Ivins - Creators Syndicate
          See Seattle Times article for a dryer but by the numbers report: "WASHINGTON — Since Dick Cheney became vice president, a subsidiary of his former company was chosen the exclusive contractor for overseas Army troop support and Navy construction despite being under federal investigation for fraud..."

         The oil companies connections... They ARE the Administration, including the President (Arbusto Energy and Harkin Oil); Vice-President Dick Cheney (Halliburton Oil); Army Secretary Thomas White (Enron); Commerce Secretary Don Evans (Tom Brown Inc., an oil exploration company); and National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice (Chevron). "Lest anyone dismiss the oil connection as "cynical," keep the following in mind: According to Cheney's National Energy Policy Development Group, U.S. domestic oil production wi ll decline 12 percent over the next 20 years, while oil consumption will increase by one-third, two-thirds of which must be imported. Since the Middle East has 65 percent of the world's oil reserves, and Iraq might just have as much as-- or more than--Saudi Arabia, is it "cynical" to suggest that oil is a big part of this? As one unnamed U.S. diplomat told the Sunday Herald (Scotland), "the impending U.S. regime change in Baghdad is a strategic necessity."
          "The American consumer has been the last gasp for the U.S. economy, "says Stephen Roach, Chief Economist for Morgan Stanley, "If the consumer weakens further, there is not a whole lot left." And, "This is not a good time for the world to be able to absorb the cost of war," says Brian Fabbri, an economist with the French bank BNP Paribas.
          From "State of the Union's Empty Chairs" By Conn Hallinan, Baltimore Sun, January 31, 2003 [Recommended Reading: "Arrogant Capital", by Kevin Phillips; also interesting: "Resources for Democracy", Special Reports from Larry Chin, and 'Oil as a finite resource: When is Global Production Likely to Peak?' or "The Oil Coup: Bush's Master Oil Plan?".

         Clerics Response to War: The leadership of The Interfaith Alliance and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation was with regret and concern minutes after President Bush announced that the nation had launched a war with Iraq, in a letter to the White House and a web feature displaying “Statements For a Nation At War” from national civic and religious leaders (the full text). Statements To A Nation At War are displayed at this page in the IFA's Religious Resources Section.

          How Did Iraq Get Its Weapons? We Sold Them. See Sunday Herald.com's Sept 16, 2002 article : Recent reports in the U.S. Senate reveal that the successive administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. sold materials including anthrax, VX nerve gas, West Nile fever germs and botulism to Iraq right up until March 1992. Related Article, "US Role In Creation Of Iraqi Bioweapons Becomes Issue" (October 1)


This one is not just about the Iraq-War,
but any War by/with the U.S. Uhmmm, but then most of the above also have broad ramifications, don't they!
          The Pentagon seems to be generating bigger accounting mistakes than all of Corporate America combined. The GAO and the Defense Department's own Inspector General found that $2.3 trillion in accounting entries were simply not supported by “adequate audit trails” or “sufficient evidence” in the books they audited. That makes Worldcom's recent admissions of 7 billion mis-stated dollars seem like a rounding error. See "Take Action" at http://www.truemajority.com/ The Military Advisory Committee of TrueMajority includes a dozen distinguished military analysts and experts on the subject of excess Pentagon spending, including the Chair, Vice Admiral John J. Shanahan (USN, ret.); Former CIA Director, Admiral Stansfield Turner (USN, ret.); Dr. Lawrence Korb, Former Asst. Sec. Of Defense in the Reagan Administration; Rear Admiral Eugene Carroll (USN, ret.); and Col. David Hackworth (USA, ret.), America's most decorated living combat veteran.
          Cynthia McKinney, a five term Democratic Congresswoman, has taken the lead on demanding accountability for the $2.3 trillion "LOST" by Department of Defense, and is demanding a full independent inquiry of what Bush knew and when he knew it about 9-11. She has been targeted by her own party, and by the U.S. corporate media. Donations can now be given online at: http://www.cynthia2002.com. Those who want to volunteer in any other way to Cynthia McKinney's campaign can email: kharabia@khayumbia.com

          "100,000 contractors in Iraq" - Renae Merle & Griff Witte, The Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2006. That number is 10 times that in first Gulf War, far more than previous estimates. "There are about 100,000 government contractors operating in Iraq, not counting subcontractors, a total that is approaching the size of the U.S. military force there, according to the military's first census of the growing population of civilians operating in the battlefield. The survey finding, which includes Americans, Iraqis and third-party nationals hired by companies operating under U.S. government contracts, is significantly higher and wider in scope than the Pentagon's only previous estimate, which said there were 25,000 security contractors in the country..."

          BLACKWATER'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE By Jeremy Scahill Nation July 30, 2008 : Jeremy Scahill literally wrote the book on Blackwater, but an article posted on the web site of the *Nation* Wednesday about a Jul. 21 piece in which executives of the private military firm “told the AP Blackwater was shifting its focus to its other areas of government contracting, like law enforcement and military training, as well as logistics” was hedged about with ifs, mays, and maybes. -- “At the end of the day, maybe this is just a story, a whole lot of hype and a dash of misdirection from a pretty savvy company,” he wrote.[1] -- Maybe so, but something a bit more definite might have been expected from a journalist who has done more than any other to expose the workings of the company he called “the world's most powerful mercenary army.” Related Articles & discussion at UFPPC.org

         "Mercenaries 'R' Us" By Bill Berkowitz, AlterNet, March 24, 2004: "...While Blackwater USA is not nearly as well known as Halliburton or Bechtel - two mega-corporations making a killing off the reconstruction of Iraq - it nevertheless is doing quite well financially thanks to the White House's war on terror. The company specializes in firearm, tactics and security training and in October 2003, according to Mother Jones magazine, the company won a $35.7 million contract to train more than 10,000 sailors from Virginia, Texas, and California each year in 'force protection.' ...The practice of using mercenaries to fight wars is hardly new, but it is becoming increasingly popular in recent years. During the first Gulf War, one out of every 50 soldiers on the battlefield was a mercenary. The number had climbed up to one in ten during the Bosnian conflict. ...Apart from Chile, the other popular source for military recruits is South Africa. The United Nations recently reported that South Africa "is already among the top three suppliers of personnel for private military companies, along with the UK and the US. ...There are more than 1,500 South Africans in Iraq today, most of whom are former members of the South African Defense Force and South African Police." Mercenary casualties do not show up in reported casualty statistics, by the way.

          "Clean separation with effective delegation": Our government employs "military contractors," see (a) extracts from a NY Times article, (b) remarks on a recent book by Philip Bobbitt entitled *The Shield of Achilles*, and © the latest update from Debka on what's going on militarily in Iraq. Mark Jensen has assembled a review for "The Military, the State, and the War" (at this site) Some key links there include "America's For-Profit Secret Army: Military Contractors Are Hired To Do the Pentagon's Bidding Far From Washington's View." and http://www.debka.com
          Yes, we have a 'businesses' named MPRI, formerly known as Military Professionals Resources Inc., its revenue exceeding $100 million a year, mainly from Pentagon and State Department contracts. And we have the IPOA, International Peace Operations Association, to promote industry standards. I say "we" because they exist thanks to our tax dollars. Note that in both the corporate and government world, providers of services and administration are responsible to abide by reams of rules and regulations related to their contractors remaining in complieance with those regulations, and bow, not to the IPOA, but to the Office of Inspector General in their checks for Fraud and Abuse.


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   Rove's Record & Other Der-Election References   


      KARL ROVE: THE KING OF DIRT, The Turd Blossom's Chickens May Come To Roost, © Copyright 2003, From The Wilderness Publications, www.copvcia.com. All Rights Reserved. A history of this low-life's known backstabbings. "...This evil practitioner of political chicanery earned his stripes first as an apprentice of Richard Nixon's dirty trickster, Donald Segretti. Rove then went on to hone and refine his duplicitous craft under Republican National Committee chairmen George H. W. Bush, Lee Atwater, and, finally, George W. Bush (who affectionately and alternately calls Rove his 'boy genius' and 'turd blossom')..."
          By Wayne Madsen, Special to 'From The Wilderness' and a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and syndicated columnist. He is the author of "Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops & Brass Plates." Madsen served as a U.S. Naval Officer from 1975 to 1985, his last duty station being the National Security Agency (NSA). He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and Navy Unit Commendation.

      "Karl Rove and 2012 Election Fix?" By Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks , The Daily Take November 19, 2012: reported on the watch on Karl Rove and Rove's election machine, ORCA, their findings in detail about the attempt to rig the vote, how it was planned for and prevented, etc. "...In the video released prior to Election Day, Anonymous warns Karl Rove that he's being watched... We placed this code on more than one of the digital tunnels and their destination that Karl's not so smart worker bees planned to use on election night..." ...it's vitally important for Anonymous to release any information or evidence it has about this plot to not just Julian Assange, but to law enforcement authorities as well.
      "Why Anonymous' Claims about Election-Rigging Can't Be Ignored" By Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks, November 20 2012, The Daily Take | News Analysis: "As laid out in the previous article, Anonymous, Karl Rove and the 2012 Election Fix?..."
      The Karl Rove Ascension (washingtonpost.com) - "... Karl Rove is now, officially, in charge of pretty much everything at the White House. But it's mostly just a title change. ..."

      "Vote Switching" Software Paid For by White House-linked clandestine operation from Texas to Florida ... and Tom Feeney soliciting Clint Curtis to write a program to "control the vote".
Article by Wayne Madsen (see above reference)

      Velvet Revolution on Voting, and much on Karl Rove's "re-engineering" of the process.

          Karl Rove promised media moguls that, if elected, Bush would carry out a major deregulation of the broadcast industry. He was instrumental in getting Michael Powell, son of US Secretary of State Colin Powell, to head the Federal Communications Commission. M. Powell then announced a comprehensive review of media ownership rules to allow an even greater concentration of outlets in the hands of a few giants, including overturning the current prohibition against mergers among the four major television networks-ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. -Jeremy Johnson, 9/17/02. [Note that Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove have been writing in the Wall Street Journal since Rupert Murdock took it over.]

      "CBS' Cowardice and Conflicts Behind Purge - Network's Craven Back-Down on Bush Draft Dodge Report Sure to Get a Standing Rove-ation at White House," by Greg Palast, Published 1/12/05 by CommonDreams.org - remember Oliver North, the Ayatollah Khomeini, John Poindexter, and the Iran-Contra scandal in 1986? "And who are the journalists whom CBS has burned at the corporate stake? ... '60 Minutes' producer Mary Mapes. Besides the Bush draft dodge story, Mapes produced the exposé of the torture at Abu Ghraib when other networks had the same material and buried it." Yup, Dan Rather out-Roved...

       Justice Department firings: In a Saturday column, Scott Horton called attention on his "No Comment" blog on the *Harper's* magazine web site to a recent article in the *Seattle University Law Review* (formerly known as the *University of Puget Sound Law Review*) by John McKay, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McKay_%28attorney%29) one of at least eight U.S. attorneys who were ordered to resign on Dec. 7, 2006, as part of "a political plan which had been formulated in the White House, largely under the guidance of Karl Rove." -- There is also evidence, Horton writes, of "an elaborate scheme [that] had been concocted to circumvent the process through which candidates are reviewed and confirmed by the Senate using a secret amendment to the USA PATRIOT Act." -- A link to the full text of McKay's law review article is posted below.[2] --Thanks to Joe Thompson for sending Scott Horton's piece. -- Mark Jensen (3/15/2008)

      The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy of 2004 Der-Election: Dr. Steven F. Freeman says: "As much as we can say in social science that something is impossible, it is impossible that the discrepancies between predicted and actual vote counts in the three critical battleground states [Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania] of the 2004 election could have been due to chance or random error. The odds of those exit poll statistical anomalies occurring by chance are "250,000,000 to one."
That's 250 MILLION to ONE.

       "Closing in on Rove" (! <grin>) via the Gonzalez Case... [annotated links]"
A collection of Ref/Links May'07) Posted at the PolyPsy List Archives - also includes some newer and background links on the Plame/Wilson (CIA agent outing) case.

       "Caught! PartII: The Rap on Rove & Gonzales' Lies (WA Post, Common Dreams, Think Progress)" 3rd of 3 postings in a row on Rove

       What Valerie Plame Really Did at the CIA, David Corn, The Nation, 9/6/06. "Valerie Wilson was no analyst or paper-pusher. She was an operations officer working on a top priority of the Bush Administration. Armitage, Rove and Libby had revealed information about a CIA officer who had searched for proof of the President's case." ...she was in the Counterproliferation Division's "modest Iraq branch. But that summer--before 9/11--word came down from the brass: We're ramping up on Iraq. Her unit was expanded and renamed the Joint Task Force on Iraq. Within months of 9/11, [this unit] grew to fifty or so employees. Valerie Wilson was placed in charge of its operations group..."

      News Fronts for the Rove'nBushies White House Press  - Jeff Gannon, Bobby Eberle, Talon News' Service, GOPUSA.com, Peter Hannaford, Committee on the Present Danger, Team B, & Donald H. Rumsfeld (family ballyhoos for family values?) dick_mcmanus has put together a set of links at News You Don't Have to Lose; see "N&V Another disinformation operations Asking loaded pro-Republican questions" (use title for keywords in site search if link to this posting not visible when get there)

      "Mark Crispin Miller Examines Mainstream Media's Blind Eye Towards the Gannongate Sex Scandal," in A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW, BuzzFlash.com February 23, 2005
     exerpts from that:
          "Mark Crispin Miller:   ...The point of [Leftists] going after Gannon/Guckert for his day job--and outing all his rightist clients--is not an anti-gay move. Rather, it's a way to demonstrate the bad faith of the homophobes, and, still more important, the psychological impossibility of their position. To note that this whole gay-baiting movement is itself the work of closet cases is to illuminate the pathological dimension of that movement."
          "...BuzzFlash:   If the Gannon/Guckert affair--which touches upon so many of the threats that the Bush White House poses to America and its utter moral corruption--doesn't force the mainstream press to forsake corporate profit concerns and fear of getting Karl Rove upset, what would?
          Mark Crispin Miller:   That's the question we keep asking ourselves, isn't it? It assumes that they can get fed up, that there will be the straw that breaks the camel's back. That may not be the proper way to think about it. They may be so corrupt and so deluded that they simply cannot see what's right before their eyes. In which case we will have to find some way to force the story out. In any case, it's up to us, the people, to take care of this mess, isn't it? The Framers saw the press as crucial to American democracy, but it is still the people who make all the difference ultimately. What we may need to do is reconceive "the press" so that it includes the blogosphere, books, independent documentaries. Until we start to manage thorough media reform, we're on our own.
          Let me add, though, that the mainstream press will be that much likelier to come around if/when they can no longer fail to see the Busheviks' disastrous impact on the economy. That's the one line that no US regime can cross for long. Remember Pat Buchanan? The press winked at his fascism until he started going populist on "free trade." It was only then that his Falangist world-view, his racism and antisemitism, started getting any ink..."
          "... BuzzFlash:   Now, Rove and company are advising Gannon/Guckert to claim that he has been saved by Christianity. Isn't that "get out of jail" card becoming a bit tired?
          Mark Crispin Miller:   Rove's cynicism is unbounded. That doesn't mean that it will work. We tend by now to see Rove as all-powerful, invulnerable, which is exactly how he wants us all to see him. But he's fallible, and getting more so as he grows more power-crazed. He's capable of desperation measures, and this may well be one of them."

      --------- More Pointedly On the Hypocracy (and Homophobia) Element (same article) ---------      

          "...Mark Crispin Miller:   Inept and hypocritical they are indeed, but what this scandal tells us is way more profound. As I've argued both in Cruel and Unusual and "A Patriot Act," there's a big difference between hypocrisy and projectivity. Hypocrisy means "dissimulation" pure and simple. A hypocrite does one thing privately while playing a very different role in public. Insofar as he's capable of happiness, he's happy just to live such a divided life. What he does not need is to have some demon-figure(s) onto whom he can relentlessly project those aspects of himself that he unconsciously detests. This is the animus that drives the Bushevik movement--more than greed, more than oil, more than imperialism. The movement is, ultimately, pathological. Which explains its compulsive hatefulness. Every time the Bushevik vents his spleen against "the liberals," he's actually referring to himself. "The liberals," he insists, are lying, bitter diehards, who would do anything to stay in power; they steal elections; they are "a coalition of the wild-eyed"; and on it goes forever. If the movement weren't relentlessly projective, it would just disappear. They have to stay on the attack against the demon, which they can never finally kill, because that demon is inside them.
         So this episode is not anomalous. Guckert/Gannon is no oddity, but just another fine example of projective nastiness. He's by no means the only gay homophobe in this movement, which appears to be the work primarily of closet cases. There are others who have not been outed, but should be. The rest of us should be taking this quite seriously, not just because it might enable a political advantage, but because it cuts right to the heart of what this Christo-fascist movement's all about."

      Karl Rove Hates the New York Times
NewsMax.com: Inside Cover Story... "White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove
doesn't like the liberal New York Times, and he's certainly justified. ..."

      Clarke's Public Service,
By Tom Maertens, Star Tribune Sunday 28 March 2004 - About administration's role in revealing the name of an undercover CIA officer, but saying it has no evidence of wrongdoing by Bush adviser Karl Rove and therefore no reason to begin an internal investigation (Washington Post 9/30/03)

       One Day You're Gonna Wake Up, America,
By David Michael Green, International clearing House May 4, 2007. This is a modern prophecy, one that is only too realistic and with accurate detail for the everyday person, unless of course, our society corrects it's current course. Says Mark Jensen, "Green touches on most of the features of contemporary American political life, but it is the scandal of the firing of U.S. attorneys by the Department of Justice that seems to have caused him to choose this moment to deliver his dire, passionate warning."

[End, Rove Section]

At this point, we begin going back into the history of what has developed into the most sophisticated mafia on the planet. The links here (and the many links these will take you to) don't focus too much on anything before the 60's (which begins a rich litany, especially including the 80's. And we're not talking about war on "the commies" - unless we got caught, and then that's what we called it.) The main exception to that regards the Bush family itself, including that of Prescott who made his millions supplying the Nazi's during WWII. He did get caught and officially punished by the US government. And he did bounce back with amazing... uhmmmm,... agility. [-Chris]


          one of the first major newspaper reports on the role played by George Bush and soon to be CIA chief Casey in the arming of Iran, Published in The Age, in Australia, 18 May 1991 By Jani Roberts with John Kelly ©96JR outside Australia. About How some of the world's most shadowy characters say they helped George Bush trade arms to delay the release of American hostages.
          More George Bush and the CIA "The Man Who Wasn't There, 'George Bush,' C.I.A. Operative" By Joseph McBride THE NATION, July 16/23, 1988: "The F.B.I. memorandum, dated November 29, 1963, is from Director J. Edgar Hoover to the State Department and is subject-headed "Assassination of President John F. Kennedy November 22, 1963." In it, Hoover reports that the Bureau had briefed "Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency" shortly after the assassination on the reaction of Cuban exiles in Miami. A source with close connections to the intelligence community confirms that Bush started working for the agency in 1960 or 1961, using his oil business as a cover for clandestine activities...That memo also provides insight as to the qualifications for why George Bush was selected Director for Central Intelligence in 1976, during a period when the CIA was washing its dirty linen and allegedly reforming itself... George Bush lied through his teeth about being "out of the loop" on Iran/contra."

          On the uncontrolled US arms market to terrorists and mercenaries, the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Colombia, on the State Department's foreign terror watch list: For the full story, read "The Guns of Opa-Locka" by Jake Bergman and Julia Reynolds from the December 2, 2002 issue of The Nation.
          Understanding Special Operations And Their Impact on The Vietnam War Era [or, go to http://www.ratical.org , then click on "Understanding Special Operations" beneath the picture of the rat]. "If you really want the truth about American governmental activities during the 1950's & 60's (as opposed to what we were brainwashed into believing in "history" classes), you can read (& copy/download) an entire 500-page book (at this site) written by a high-ranking American military officer (rank of colonel & offered the rank of general at one point) who was directly in the midst of all the key political leaders & who decided to retire & provide public documentation of all the covered-up activities perpetrated by your government & military. This is one of the most truthful, revealing, & informative sources of governmental operatons on the internet."
          There does exist most credible documentation with the Christic Institute that clearly indicates, that since the 1960's, there have been some most interesting connections, brought out primarily through court proceedings in suites against various government entities, between many of the White House Administrations, the CIA, worldwide drug and arms sales, foreign governments initiated and deposed, and much more. Most of the operations, since they were primarily funded by international drug sales, are more obviously about personal gain of money and power. [Note: The Christic Institute was "legally" destroyed by the government, but it is quite alive as a search key word phrase]
          The above reference about "military contractors" provides a powerful clue to the nature and capacities, and the types of connections existing between our government. The management policy might be called "clean separation with effective delegation," except that it has so much to do with so much "dirty work" taking place around the planet. A chronological history of People, events, operations, have been named and their relationships noted, reading like a family history. I've been calling it "the Bush Company Oil and Drug Syndicate," or maybe we could call it "pulling out the Arms-OileD rug." The complexity of the interwoven causes and effects implicate many people that we have believed were beyond such acts.
          Until I get the web page for one organized document, you may email and ask me for a copy of the related document (about 100KB long, plain text, and/or a list of dozens of links to the documents that it was probably drawn from, including *George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography* Parts 1 to 8 (each part very long, ave. 160KB each) in plain text web pages, as obtained via FTP in ZIP format from www.kmf.org/williams/bushbook.html.
          Another source might be http://www.halcyon.com/blackbox/hw/cryptocracy.html. This is an interview of Daniel Sheehan, General counsel for the U.S. Jesuit Headquarters Social Ministry Office in Washington (and former attorney for the New York Times, NBC, and former attorney in the offices of F. Lee Bailey). The investigation that developed this document was initiated (in Spring of '84) when it was found that two different ministers were given exact same story (related to claims of plans for organized communist terrorism against U.S. bases in the U.S. - by those illegals being smuggled in by these ministers in the santuary movement) by two different FBI agents. Another source for starters: http://www.parallaxresearch.com/dataclips/pub/research/irancontra/
          The Christic Institute, whom Sheehan worked for at the time, had to find out just where the stories were coming from because if the Justice Department, "against whom we were defending in this case, really believed those stories, we were obviously going to be confronted with a much higher degree of militancy than we had any justifiable right to expect." The story of the investigation becomes quite interesting from the time it looks into the maze of curiously led (California National Guard based) operations for Martial Law, and involving FEMA, related to supposed S.American-born activities. One resource in this regard would be http://www.icdc.com/~paulwolf/cointelpro/
          The point being: the Bush administration were comprised of the surving fathers (and their favorite children) of the S.E.Asian Opium Cartel, Watergate, Iran-Contra, the Mid-East arms trade and dictatorship installations (incl. Sadam Hussein and small fry Ben Ladin of the ruling Saudia Arabian family with extremely close ties to the Bush family and related businesses), the endless now not very surprizing litany of crime that continues today as listed and detailed in/via the links in this reference section. EG: We've elected and funded a bunch of crooks, and there's just too much proof to even begin to doubt it.


14    D e f i n i n g    Characteristics   Of    F a s c i s m
[was "12 Warning Signs Of Fascism" but that link no longer works]
More Complete: "Distorting Fascism to Sanitize Capitalism"
Much of the legislation is still in effect     [Jan 2010]:
Let us demand withdrawal of the "October Surprise" legislation that removed key citizen protections
[More in Civil Rights section of Political Refs Page. You can right-click both these links & open in new tabs.]



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(B)II.    L I A R S     W A R S
(Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Lebonon, Caspian Basin (or Base), Etc)

Sanctions 4 Iraq Children Cost Lives           

What are those Iraq Sanctions Really About?
Yep, if you think they are/were meeting good purposes, you've been fed half-truths. Some very powerfully compassionate, not to mention courageous, people are doing their best to clarify the issues and make a difference.
Read more at End Iraq Sanctions.Org. They can use all the help they can get to make a few things actually work there. Most of this is an oldie but goodie section except for the 2nd link (on IRAN)
          CITIZENS' HEARING ON THE LEGALITY OF U.S. ACTIONS IN IRAQ: Hearing held over January 20-21, 2007, more than 600 citizens joined a distinguished tribunal panel in listening to testimony about the legality of the US invasion of Iraq. The Citizens' Hearing was convened to present evidence that Lt. Ehren Watada would have presented in his February 5, 2007 court martial on the question that the military ruled barred from entry on Jan. 16 - the question of the Iraq War's legality. Testifiers included experts in military policy, international law and war crimes: * Daniel Ellsberg Military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers in the Vietnam War; * Denis Halliday Former UN Assistant Secretary-General, coordinated Iraq humanitarian aid; * Richard Falk Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University; * Antonia Juhasz Policy-analyst and author on U.S. economic policies in Iraq; * John Burroughs Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy Executive Director; * Benjamin G. Davis Assoc. Prof. of Law, University of Toledo; expert on law of war; * Francis Boyle Professor of international law at Univ. of Illinois (video). * Marjorie Cohn National Lawyers' Guild President; Thomas Jefferson law school (video)
Speaking of Questions!
How do you ask a soldier to be the Last Person to die for a Lie? Banner [Photo by Gary Davis]
Photo by Gary Davis, Veterans For Peace Greater Seattle Ch.92

         See SNOW-news List Archives] and The Resource Page at SNOW (Sound Non-violent Opposition to War) for Lists of some most illuminating questions asked on the Iraq-War / Mid-East Conflicts -- in session by U.S.Congresspersons. In fact, this is a great page for Anti-War Resources in general (Is it strange that pacifists tend to be some of the least punchy and most intelligent people around? - Nah, I didn't think so either <grin>)
THE LANCET STUDY posted at the web site of the West Point Graduates Against The War .Org:
Mortality before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: cluster sample survey: The conclusions of the 'Lancet' study:
100 Thousand Innocent Iraqis Killed since beginning of the Iraq War. Also see
"Halloween Tidings from the 'War on Terror' by Jim Lobe.

[Lancet, 2007 update: approximately 1 million Iraqis Killed]
And how do our vets feel about this? At least two vet groups feel obligated to answer that question:
IVAW: Iraq Veterans Against The War and Veterans Against The Iraq War
and then there's the J-curve (highly accelerated rate of) increase in the
'Brass Resistance' of Military Field Officers, Hi-Level Intelligence Officials, diplomats, etc
to future plans for expanded Mid-East warfare, care for veterans,
not to mention (their repeated communication of) frustration-become-anger
at the Administration's "achievements"
including de-stabilizing the US Military capacity (and related National Security) for years to come


          As of Fall '04, innocent Iraqi's killed number between 40 ("official" guestimate) and 100 thousand (per Lancet '04 study; 2007 update: approximately 1 million Iraqi civilians killed) since the beginning of the current Iraqi War, are mostly women and children, and were killed primarily by helicopter gunships. Considering the administration's attitude towards this and the Abu Graib prison revelations, this Armageddon production tries to justify raping and pillaging whole nations and populations. Could even an "American" neo-nazi be so boldly honest as to make a sign saying "Rape & Pillage for Jesus!" ? Surely, the Neo-Cons might as well - if they were not such stout hypocrits.

          the Collateral Repair Project "is a grassroots movement, created to address the catastrophic displacement of the five million Iraqis who had to leave behind their homes and communities because of the violence and instability that is the result of the invasion and occupation of their country. As such, we work in partnership with an Iraqi team who determines how we can best help improve the stability of some of the millions of Iraqis whose lives have been devastated by the US led invasion. We bring together the small, overlooked, incidental persons on both sides of the conflict who grieve and ask: What can we do?"
      What does the Boston Marathon tragedy have to do with Iraqi Refugees? It has to do with the question of what we are doing with the very young Iraqi refugees, those who have seen their homes and families destroyed or disrupted, and who have come to America, and who will be coming "of age" in the next few decades. That is, of that age where they are learning to deal with authority figures. And speaking more directly about those who are not learning that so well. I ask this the day that the young Chechnyan men have created such havoc in the Massachusetts area, a few days after having set off the bombs at the Boston Marathon. I am Speaking as a therapist, thinking of about 10 years from now, with the implication being there is a real need to assist in the healing of psychological damage to young Iraqis, where, how, and to the extent this applies, perhaps especially with those here(?), and before it's too late. [- cp, 4/19/13]
      This well-organized site includes Facts and Resources, Micro-projects for one-time purchases of equipment and supplies that enable Iraqi refugees to work for themselves, in the safety of their homes so that they can help provide for their families. However, often when we visit families to interview them for Micro-projects we find them in crisis situations. The Amman Team also gets calls from families we know, telling them of their needs and asking for assistance. Thus the Emergency Assistance budget. And...
          "CRP is pleased to partner with Iraq Hope Network in our work in Amman with Iraqi refugees. Iraq Hope Network contributed a generous sum to assist with Micro-Projects and Emergency Assistance for Iraqi refugees in Amman. The Iraq Hope Network is 'a Japan-based network of NGOs, aid workers, journalists, lawyers, university professors and volunteers who together sponsor projects in Iraq focused on humanitarian aid, reconstruction and human rights'"
          Google Group for Collateral Repair Project is for supporters & others interested in our work & the Iraqi displacement crisis to network.

          IS WAR WITH IRAN INEVITABLE? By Geoffrey Millard and Scott Galindez October 18, 2006 [Truthout video]: On Wednesday, October 11, Congressman Dennis Kucinich hosted a briefing on the march to war with Iran. Former chief nuclear weapons inspector David Kay testified that Iran currently does not pose an imminent threat to the United States or the region. Retired Air Force Colonel Sam Gardner, who was assigned to the War Planning College, presented his analysis of current preparations for war with Iran.
     -- A Truthout video team was there and on Wedneday posted this report.[1] -- David Kay said he believes that the Iran is not on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons, and rejected the view that U.S faced a stark choice between accepting a nuclear-armed Iran and acting militarily. -- Gardiner said he has come to believe that a U.S. attack on Iran is not likely before the November 2006 elections, but that he considers the period between January 2007 and September 2007 to be a "window of high probability" for such an attack. --Mark Jensen [http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/5210/]

          The Iraq Journal .Org website, featuring the reporting of independent journalists Jeremy Scahill and Jacqueline Soohen has reached thousands of people and groups across the globe. The material, which is uncensored by any government, provides a rare and different glimpse into the situation on the ground in Iraq. Neither Iraqi nor U.S. corporate journalists are able to deliver this kind of grassroots reporting. The site also includes links to other information sources and background material.

          "The most inside view yet of Iraq war planning" by Karen Kwiatkowski, who teaches an American foreign policy class at James Madison University, and writes regularly for militaryweek.com on security and defense issues. excerpt: "...Neoconservatives are fairly easy to study, mainly because they are few in number, and they show up at all the same parties. Examining them as individuals, it became clear that almost all have worked together, in and out of government, on national security issues for several decades. The Project for the New American Century and its now famous 1998 manifesto to President Clinton on Iraq is a recent example. But this statement was preceded by one written for Benyamin Netanyahu's Likud Party campaign in Israel in 1996 by neoconservatives Richard Perle, David Wurmser and Douglas Feith titled 'A Clean Break: Strategy for Securing the Realm. David Wurmser is the least known of that trio and an interesting example of the tangled neoconservative web. In 2001, the research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute was assigned to the Pentagon, then moved to the Department of State to work as deputy for the hard-line conservative undersecretary John Bolton, then to the National Security Council, and now is lodged in the office of the vice president. His wife, the prolific Meyrav Wurmser, executive director of the Middle East Media Research Institute, is also a neoconservative team player...'" In email, ggersmehl@hotmail.com introduced this long article with "I received this from a friend under the title 'The New Pentagon Papers' -- not the author's title, and one that offended me at first. Yet for the Iraq war, it may be the closest thing to what the Pentagon Papers offered: the facts, from the inside."

         Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr. and the War Crimes Left Behind by Heather Wokusch, From the Baltimore Chronicle& Sentintel, June 4, 2004. On the use of DU weaponry, electrical attacks, and the pre-war sanctions. "Given repercussions over Abu Ghraib, it isn't surprising that Washington recently asked the UN Security Council for another one-year extension on its war crimes exemption for peace-keepers. The prison abuse scandal is just the iceberg's tip of Geneva Convention violations by the United States, and closer inspection could send Bush Jr. and Bush Sr., not to mention Bill Clinton, straight to the courtroom docks... A second US Defense Intelligence Agency document, 1991's 'Iraq Water Treatment Vulnerabilities,' predicted how sanctions would then be used to prevent Iraq from getting the equipment and chemicals necessary for water purification, which would result in "a shortage of pure drinking water for much of the population" leading to 'increased incidences, if not epidemics, of disease.'" This article is also posted on the Veterans For Peace talking points under Battlefield Exposure and War Crimes page

         Congress Overwhelmed With Anti-War Calls (AND MORE!) at Voice4change.Org

         Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott Asserts Bush Would Mislead U.S. on Iraq[This is from before the war, and he's been very accurate... He's very on top of things in D.C. - I'm sure there are McDermott updates at this and/or other sites. Don't forget how to use your search engine :-) ]

         Senator Byrd saw Iraq-Vietnam analogy. Senate debates how much authority to give Bush in using force against Saddam. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., has been leading Senate Democratic opposition to the resolution authorizing President Bush to use force against Iraq. WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 - As the Senate debated a resolution that would authorize President Bush to use military force against Iraq, one senior Democrat compared the measure to the 1964 Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which authorized President Lyndon Johnson to escalate the Vietnam War - and, some said later, gave him too much power to wage war. (...) "Things that I think should have been in there are all classified, they declassified some for release but not others," said Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. "It is frustrating on this to have classified information which contradicts popularly held views. It is troubling to have classified information which contradicts statements made by the administration. It is maddening to have classified information which contradicts classified information leaked by the administration," Durbin said.

          I haven't even read this one, would bet it's pretty radical - I just think the title says it all: The White House On Iraq: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Proof (Sept 30)

          Daniel Ellsberg: "It's possible to tell the truth" re: Iraq War: Here's a link to what Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers (published in the New York Times in June 1971 and revealing US duplicity to the public about Vietnam), had to say on Saturday [Oct 19, 2002] on CNN about US Iraq policy. At www.ellsberg.net there is a link to a chapter from his new book, "Secrets, a Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers" which is available online. Iraq-related excerpts from Daniel Ellsberg's speech is in honor of Mordechai Vanunu (the man who blew the whistle on Israel's nuclear arms program. An excerpt from the interview:
      "It's possible to tell the truth. The message I would like to get to people inside right now: if they feel that what the President and the Vice President and the Secretary of Defense are saying is deceptive of the public, is not founded on the evidence that they know passing across their desks or they know, by expertise, I would like them to consider doing what I wish I'd done in 1964 and 1965, rather than waiting five years, as I did until 1969. They should consider going to Congress and the press and telling the truth with documents. They shouldn't do what I did, wait until the bombs are falling. That's why I think the message in my book is urgent. So urgent, in fact, that I decided to put the first chapter on the internet tonight on Ellsberg.net. You don't have to buy the book to read that. That tells us what is happening right now. It's about the week that Congress passed the first Tonkin Gulf Resolution, having now—this is the time to read it, when they've just passed the second one."

          Nagy Visit on Iraq Sanctions Takes Denmark by Storm (July 15) Nagy presented unshakeable documentation for how the sanctions have been applied to ban the import of water purification equipment and chemicals, thus provoking epidemics of diseases such as cholera, hepatitis and typhoid fever. See article at CommonDreams.Org

         OOPS, MORE UNEXPECTED CASUALTIES Before we commit to another Gulf War, our government must come clean on what happened to our Desert Storm heroes.

         THE DAY AFTER THE ATTACK Experts on Iran and the Kurds dread the aftermath of a U.S. invasion of Iraq, which they say would destabilize the entire region.

          Anatol Lieven has an excellent analysis of the current U.S.-Mid-East political situation in his article in the Oct. 3 *London Review of Books*


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L E T T E R S     &     P E T I T I O N S

  Forgiveness and Accountability
are NOT mutually exclusive.       Healing practitioners will tell you
that each works best when both are obtained hand-in-hand.


Demand Accountability for Bush, Cheney, & Rove
We Can Have Them In Jail Where They Belong


THANK YOU, PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER !!! (June '09)

Find Link-loaded Messages for quickly getting your sigs on petitions and sending letters to Elected Officials
via PolyPsyList Archives:
Use "Impeach" in its efficient Search Engine, sort by latest, etc.
For Rove, include "Mike Connell" (yep, another plane crash)

Related: Impeachment Resource Links;   For a quick read to dispel doubt of need, see Myths About Impeachment
 
1 Million Innocent Iraqis


         After Downing Street .Org Impeachment Center ...working to expose the lies that launched the war and to hold accountable its architects, including through censure and impeachment.

          After Downing Street Impeachment FAQ or what we've been calling "Impeachment Myths" and "Myth Busters"

         Washington for Impeachment .Org/ a one-stop shop (at least for WA state, but useful in anycase) for basic to specific info, Neighborhood Starter Kits, Resource Links, etc.

         And what I added to the petition for impeachment at www.democrats.com: "Why bother with impeachment if they will be out of office in January 2008?": What most folks haven't stopped to realize, simply by taking stock of the wrecking crew's history, is that these guys are not done now, nor do they intend to let go of power - in 2008 or ever. Why else all the recent "stacking": stacking the nation's chain of command under emergincy conditions with no time limits, the martial law related authorities, the courts, the state judiciaries and voting authorities (Thank you Gonzalez, unpresidented in his silence in such a position), not to mention stacking the 911 commission panel, the presenters of the case for attacking iraq, the decision makers on Iraqi oil & profits, and now the insult to justice via the Libby sentence commutation. It's critical time to regain the Balance of Power in government.

         "Why Impeach Bush and Cheney?" Editorials and Information on How to Impeach Bush & Cheney. Includes a Summary of Impeachable Offenses commited by Bush and Cheney, and tells why Congress should impeach them. Has a "How to Impeach" section among many others. And there's a special section on Karl Rove, "The King Of Dirt", above on this page.

         Much of US favors Bush impeachment: poll WASHINGTON (AFP): Nearly half of the US public wants President George W. Bush to face impeachment, and even more favor that fate for Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a poll out Friday. The survey by the American Research Group found that 45 percent support the US House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against Bush, with 46 percent opposed, and a 54-40 split in favor when it comes to Cheney. 07/06/07

         
Please sign this petition (of July '07) urging Congress to force Vice President Cheney to respond to its subpoenas. If he doesn't, Congress has to begin impeachment proceedings against him.

         ANGLER: THE CHENEY VICE PRESIDENCY, PART I: 'A DIFFERENT UNDERSTANDING WITH THE PRESIDENT' By Barton Gellman and Jo Becker, Washington Post June 24, 2007 Page A01

         Impeachment Related Issues, Supporting Documents for H Res 333 (Articles illuminating reasons for impeachment, incl. more Sy Hersh articles):
http://kucinich.house.gov/SpotlightIssues/documents.htm

         
"Resign, Mr. President" This is one of the most impassioned and complete encapsulations of reasons why; might also be called the most accurate summary execution. On YouTube, Wed, 04 Jul 2007 00:14:19 -0700



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D E P L E T E D    U R A N I U M   W E A P O N R Y
(often referred to as "DU," more correctly called "Uranium Munitions")
.
The most recent (Fall 2010) are listed below.
(Also useful: the search engine at PolyPsyArts Mailing List Archives)

        International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons The UK Uranium Weapons Network members are: the Campaign Against Depleted Uranium, the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Environmental Justice Foundation, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, MEDACT, the Muslim Council of Britain, Pax Christi, People & Planet, Quaker Peace & Social Witness and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
        Initial UK recognition of moral responsibility to clean up DU
        Article referenced in a motion by Dr Bill Wilson MSP: S3M-07049 Bill Wilson (West of Scotland) (Scottish National Party): Women Advised not to Have Children as Legacy of US and UK WMD— That the Parliament notes a report in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, "Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009", on the effects of the United Kingdom and United States' attack on Fallujah in 2004; notes the reports that this attack involved the use of illegal chemical weapons, phosphorous bombs and nerve gas; understands that it has been further reported that this has led to an explosion of infant mortality, leukaemia and cancers, exceeding those following the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the extent that local doctors are advising women not to have children; supports the international courts in their pursuit of war criminals since 1945; believes that no individual guilty of such crimes should escape justice, and calls for the detention and trial of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair.
        Article by Felicity Arbuthnot mentioning Bill Wilson's previous related campaigning

        General search                 Report by Fallujah doctors (contains info on DU in the Najaf area) - PDF format
          Basics: 1) When DU munitions explode, the DU is atomized into a fine powder that is extremely easily stirred up from the ground and inhaled. It also rises high into the atmosphere, by the way. More on that via the chart (link) below. 2) DU is the primary reason why 10% of veterans from the First Gulf War died from related cancers & toxicity, & another 30% are sick or dying. That amount of DU is a fraction of the amount that our soldiers are exposed to now. 3) But it's not just about our kids over there (see next paragraph as well as the "LIARS WAR" section intro).
         Jim McDermott, US Representative from Washington State, said "In Iraq I visited children dying of leukemia. A 10-year-old boy dying of leukemia told me – through an interpreter, in Arabic – tell Mr. Bush that bombs are not the answer. Children there are getting leukemia from the dust from exploded shells made of depleted uranium that were used in the Gulf War. There's a five-year latency period, but in the last five years leukemia rates have increased 100% there. Birth malformation rates are up more than 100%. And we're thinking of sending American troops over to fight in this dust?" (Oct 6, 2002 at the Jefferson Community Center in Seattle)

      "Depleted Uranium comes home" from http://lefti.blogspot.com::
         "Since this blog began I've been writing about the evils of depleted Uranium, most recently here [at Blogspot.Com]. Iraqis and Americans (and others elsewhere that DU weaponry has been used) have suffered as a result. The story goes one step further, both qualitatively and quantitatively: "Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter No. 169 charged that the reason Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi stepped down was the growing scandal surrounding the use of uranium munitions in the Iraq War. Arthur N. Bernklau, executive director of Veterans for Constitutional Law in New York, stated, 'The real reason for Mr. Principi's departure was really never given, however a special report published by eminent scientist Leuren Moret naming depleted uranium as the definitive cause of the 'Gulf War Syndrome' has fed a growing scandal about the continued use of uranium munitions by the US Military.' "Bernklau continued, 'This malady (from uranium munitions), that thousands of our military have suffered and died from, has finally been identified as the cause of this sickness, eliminating the guessing. The terrible truth is now being revealed.
DUinTheBody.jpgHow DU Might Enter The Body
[Thanks to Not In Kansas Anymore]
DU Cycle Problem Solving -Thumb.jpg
Worldwide Effects Of Using DU (Click to open FullSize)
         "He added, 'Out of the 580,400 soldiers who served in GW1 (the first Gulf War), of them, 11,000 are now dead! By the year 2000, there were 325,000 on Permanent Medical Disability. This astounding number of 'Disabled Vets' means that a decade later, 56% of those soldiers who served have some form of permanent medical problems!' The disability rate for the wars of the last century was 5 percent; it was higher, 10 percent, in Viet Nam. 'The VA Secretary (Principi) was aware of this fact as far back as 2000,' wrote Bernklau. 'He, and the various White House administrations have been hiding these facts, but now, thanks to Moret's report, (it) ... is far too big to hide or to cover up!'"
         And, as I've also discussed before, not only is this a health problem, it's also part of the never-ending cost of war. Repeating something from that just-linked post: "While the exact cost of compensating those injured in fighting in Iraq is uncertain, the Department of Veterans Affairs already expects to pay $600 billion over the next three decades in disability payments to veterans of earlier wars." Let's repeat -- that $600 billion does not include those serving in Iraq. Add to that the cost of paying for a lifetime of healthcare for hundreds of thousands of soldiers who have been exposed to DU in Iraq (on top of all the other medical problems resulting from the war) and, as Everett Dirksen famously said (http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/everett_dirksen/), "Pretty soon you're talking about real money." And you're definitely talking about real lives. And real deaths.

         Shown at Upper Right: A Chart illustrating the worldwide effects of using DU (Depleted Uranium), the "DU Cycle Problem-Solving Chart," by PolyPsyArts (yours truly). download via [Right-Click, "Save as"]

        Dr. Helen Caldicott on DU effects! ... DU killing soldiers, innocent civilians and future generations. See www.traprockpeace.org for all you need to know, including Pentagon memos that prove Pentagon know the DU hazards!  The only way we will stop DU weapons is to inform the mainstream. sign letter at www.nuclearpolicy.org/bombfactory.cfm to President Bush to not launch a new nuclear arms race. Please pass this link onto your family and friends. Also, see "Depleted Uranium: The Trojan Horse of Nuclear War" by Leuren Moret.
         Iraqi Cancers, Birth Defects Blamed on U.S. Depleted Uranium By Larry Johnson Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Foreign Desk Editor. Pictures and news article of deformities in children in Iraq related to DU exposure.

      nbsp;  More on the science of DU, effects on the body at Love And Subversion .Net, and many many more resource links at Gulf War Vets .Com


          Documentary on Fallujah (U-tube) This has more to do with white phosphorus but illustrates the disregard for civilians.)
             Fallujah Documentary 1 warning graphic
             Fallujah graphic documentary 2
             Fallujah graphic documentary 3

         "WHO 'Suppressed' Scientific Study Into Depleted Uranium Cancer Fears in Iraq" by Rob Edwards. Radiation experts warn in unpublished report that DU weapons used by Allies in Gulf war pose long-term health risk. Published on Sunday, February 22, 2004 by The Sunday Herald (Scotland). The Uranium Medical Research Centre is at http://www.umrc.net/
DU Cycle Problem Solving -Thumb.jpgSchematic representation of intake, uptake and excretion (DU)Original Here
Depleted Urnaium Map fr/Seattle Post Intelligencer, 2008
Depleted Urnaium Map fr/Seattle Post Intelligencer, 2008
         There is a very lengthy and detailed resume of US weapons for the war created by serious experts and focusing on the predominance of depleted uranium among the cruise missiles, bunker busters, etc. But the truth is, the DU is all over Iraq now, really. The URL is: http://www.eoslifework.co.uk/u231.htm That's a big part of the hundreds of thousands of Gulf War Sickness causualties and tens of thousands of deaths since then. One future question concerns *undepleted* uranium - currently a very very classified topic. An Index Page Link with more references at same site.
      To verify the Afghan contamination, and the statement that it was undepleted not depleted Uranium, see the UMRC website (Dr Durakovic and Tedd Weyman).
      On Jan. 10, the News Tribune (Tacoma) reported that the U.S. Navy has been firing DU off the Washington coast, apparently since 1977.     "Lowry Unrealistic About Depleted Uranium," by Roger Longley, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 6, 2003 (Roger Longley of Friday Harbor was a senior nuclear engineer for nine years at General Dynamics/Fort Worth.)

         More collected References on DU are available thanks to Mark Jensen. and still Another DU Ref "thanks again to Dr. David Sparling of Steilacoom, WA".

               At the VETERANS FOR PEACE web site, in the "Iraq Special Section" (a Chronology of Reports), see articles listed, including "US Forces' Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons is 'Illegal' - Mar 30, 2003" (links to a "DU_use_illegal_033003.htm" at the VFP site)

         Testimony of Dr. Siegwart-Horst Gunther from the 1990s

          DU Links from the Canadian Military are linked to the VFP92 website. The National Gulf War Resource Center, Inc. provides information to Gulf War veterans concerned with exposure to DU during our service in the Gulf War. This is a very comprehensive resource.  Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU) scandal By Bob Nichols Jan 22, 2006: “...Out of the 580,400 soldiers who served in GW1 (the first Gulf War), of them, 11,000 are now dead! By the year 2000, there were 325,000 on Permanent Medical Disability. This astounding number of ‘Disabled Vets' means that a decade later, 56% of those soldiers who served have some form of permanent medical problems!” The disability rate for the wars of the last century was 5 percent; it was higher, 10 percent, in Viet Nam.
      Related Links: Pandora DU Research Project .Org, at www.downwinders.org, on Dave Berrian's trip to Iraq and pictures

          Becoming one of the hottest reasons for concern during and AFTER the Iraqi War, for both Iraqi peoples' and our own soldiers' healthUranium Blitz Facts from Dai Williams, independent weapons researcher, Chartered Psychologist, Eos, Woking, Surrey, UK, eosuk@btinternet.com, Community projects (3/23/03). Article also posted at http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=302602&group=webcast


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Fighting Terrorism Since 1492
from Tribal Sovereigntees .Com
          
  Talk about a T-Shirt that hits HOME!
(...wishing I could claim the design as my own PolyPsyArt! but alas...)
I'd like to introduce this great example of activist creativity in
How to Define the Bottom Line (Preservering against hypocracy).

The spokespersons at this site say Tribal sovereignty and self-determination is the foundation of not only of tribal nations but also of Native families and individuals:
"We should determine our future, because it's our legal right.
Tribal sovereignty is meaningless unless it's exercised."

Find more at The Home of the ORIGINAL
"Homeland Security - Fighting Terrorism Since 1492" t-shirt design

For many other great T-Shirt designs to choose from see the
Tribal SovereignTees .Com CATALOG page!


    Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs page and Sibel Edmonds' facebook page - often on target with domestic surveillance issues - from the gal who alerted us to the amazing amount of warning that we had been given about and BEFORE the 9/11 attacks (can use your browser's *Find* function for more links related to Sibel on this page).


          The chart at right, is more about what RESULTED FROM the NSA interface, and the questionable nature of some of the connections that formed with the IT staff of internet service companies (ie: hackers, blackmailers, vendetta driven investigators), and the ramifications upon citizens (NOT yet addressed by the media, not to mention the legal structure)...

          Obviously, the momentum that would most seem as if it can't be stopped, is the domestic security momentum. Everyone was flapped - it seemed all about who's mail and phone conversations were "out there" for whomever. Then came, as if flashed in the blinding "realization" that, oh yeah, we're ALL doing that anyway, and anyone who has anything to hide, ...well, ...they should just not.

          As if all members of local legal authorities, from sherifs to district attorneys, and from clerks to investigators to officials of state regulatory bodies would never take any peeks, as if IT staff never involve themselves, accidently or otherwise, with hackers. And as if hackers, not to mention insurance companies (who of course would never stoop to hiring hackers), wouldn't use such information to do what too many have always done, and as if scapegoaters and cruel-minded bullies have evaporated into the wind. "Not to worry folks, blackmail is now passe', the good guys are in charge. And after all, we are watching everyone - and so are the best at keeping you safe."
Patriot Act facilitated Holes in the NSA Network
N$A,ITguys,MiscEnforcrs,Hackrs
This is not about stopping the NSA - that network has been around since the 80's, that bus left the station, and besides, they aren't interested in you (unless...). This is about what the Patriot Act opened our doors to. Reference for the *drones* related note is in the section below. Below that is the reference-loaded section related to the Patriot Act (and changing legalities related to domestic spying). Chart by PolyPsyArts 2013
          Indeed - in the dreams of a Neo-Con who's in charge of it all, anyway.
And if I'm wrong, I'll be the first to holler praise, "Glory be, we've skipped all the steps and evolved into angels!" The sloppiness, EG: that led to holes in NSA network, that are being used by careless and/or unwarranted investigators, not to mention hackers, not to mention the conflict of interest (blackmail potential) due to all the above. [Please note NSA whistleblower William Binney's statements -about trusting contractors- at end of the first article linked to in the previous sentence. As well as about the means to collect data that is consistent with the Fourth Amendment - existing but ignored. ] But the news still hasn't covered the blackmail aspect so much (yet).[6/12,15/13]. Elaboration with story example and many ref-links in the June 21-22, 2013 entries on the "Holes in the NSA Network" at the "The Citizen Momentum" page.

Domestic Drone Surveillance  -  or   "SaT"   Smoke n' Mirrors  ?
OpEd by the editor, Chris Pringer, May 2012, extracted from facebook & email discussions

          I know that [UKnowHu's] satellite-assisted technologies (I'll call it "SaT") have had, for many years, far more capability in every communications realm, including video, when came to surveiling ANY one or ANY thing (not to mention every communications media, including telephone, cable TV, internet, building monitors, ETC- ). [And then there's the hackers who can access anything anyone else accesses, but I digress...][referring to what is called "the Digital Blackwater", and what I call "Cheney's Hacker Sieve" -6'13]. There is however, that deniability factor regarding it's actual technical capabilities, as well as the hierarchy factor (which branches of the military or civilian intelligence services get to benefit by it and when, etc), as well as the *official*/legal deniability factor - of any actual existence of, let alone denial of the illegal (domestic) use of that capability (in past or present, let alone FUTURE - oh no, that will not even be mentioned!). And other considerations- ie: How many people can be hired by SaT apparatus (call it "Apparat-Eye"?) w/o raising too much attention, and there's those "black budgets" that can raise questions by "the wrong" people in congress, etc. But we know that SaT is used, certainly in other countries; "they" just can't go to court with it. Bla, bla, bla...

          Ok, ... NOW ENTER DRONE-ASSISTED CAPABILITIES AND the issue of whether we can/should use that domestically. What do I think this is issue is REALLY all about? I'm thinking MOTIVATION. As in HOW the "legal system" can gain the power of (the legal use of) the SaT's hi-tech domestic surveillance. So they can LEGALLY bring in all that capability. Not drones - except "for dress" - after all, how much of that drone-sourced info will even be able to compete with the SaT??? However, as noted, the drone capacity is the essential part of the smoke & mirrors. We'll see the drones doing their thing, especially where they will generate some attention here and there now and then, be told they were essential in solving some big crimes. And the crime rate will go down- that's the good part of such a surveiled society. Oh yeah, and of fascism. But what will actually be using up that "drone system" budget will be the SaT system and all the people that will be hired -OPENLY now- to maintain it. And how much trouble will they have getting people to join up? I mean, piloting flying gun platforms and knocking out the bad guys is every 14 year old nerd's dream for how many years? Talk about a recruiting tool - and it's been in place for years- that's a big part of what we are up against.

          IMO, THAT -the legal, but NOT totally open, use of SaT- is what is behind this issue. Well, that's the technical underbelly that might scare a lot of people into becoming more progressive on this issue, and others (still dreaming of flying drones) into techno-titillation. All that IN ADDITION TO the costs of the public being surveiled from every angle whatsoever, which is what every progressive AND ultra conservative is actually agreeing about.

          And I'm not saying that most local police department officials don't have the very finest intentions in mind for an appropriate use of this technology for protection of citizens. They would not want to believe that their drones would be co-opted for nefarious uses by more fascist minds in the federal agencies using the Patriot Act for purposes extending from their paranoia. EG: If we could create fool-proof laws and watch dog those effectively - then sure, IMO, these drones could provided a very fine assist for law enforcement. Asking intelligent questions and demanding direct answers, then exposing the run-around when, where, and how it happens, is how to be effective at police departments' show & tell events when they introduce or test the waters for this technology. [And not acting in ways that cause average citizens to see you as conspiracy addicts. -cp Oct'12]

          ... projecting all this onto the future... there's the individuals, not to mention groups, that would rise to develop technologies to shoot them down and/or hack into the drones software, hijack them in mid-flight to co-opt the information being gained by them, to steal them, or to crash them into a selected place. Ok, I'm sure that's already begun to a fledgling degree. But I'm talking about organized crime syndicates and even whole neighborhoods, certainly in some countries, that would develop, buy, or steal such technologies.
          Taking this vision further down the line, I could see drone dog-fights that would lead to some of them crashing into civilians homes or buildings in city areas, etc. As thinking about that, I realized a movie or two could be developed along any one or many of these themes. But would 'UKnowHu' allow that to be distributed/shown widely, let alone get the military's assistance in making such a movie? IF it could be done, maybe we would shock more people than titillate, prevent more than cause. If done right. Maybe.
          Another aspect I could add ...just because someone has the capability for something, it doesn't mean it s/he will employ it. And ...there are a small variety of factions within the intelligence branches. And while Cheney did his best to compact and control the perspectives (after setting up his own branch which organized all the other ones into "Homeland Security"), there will be cats that won't be herded - and bide their time. Rumsfeld did as much of the same thing as he could with the Pentagon brass, also installing Neo-Cons where he could. How much of that is still in place is one question, as well as how much of that is controlling how much of what President Obama has been doing, will be doing, etc. [Ref: Section on "The Balance of Power" just below]

          ...Those realms of technology bring as much [beneficent] possibility ...The cameras those little things can carry can record events in the depths of nature that a human could never reach, illumine the means of all kinds of talents in nature (how animals do various things we perceive as phenomenal, give us the secrets for building the same skills, etc), and/or otherwise facilitate the path to someone's healing. ...I Agree [with Albert]... The genie is coming fast out of the bottle, but what will we do with it, which directions will attract our interests and resources?

          ...On *Balance*: Call it heaven and hell, Karma and the purpose of reincarnation, or the rebellion of cats that won't be herded or force-programmed forever, but it always comes in time. IE: That *forcing* produces the strongest atheists. On *Learning*: Earth physicality works in the plane of time, space, experience, and *learning*. The later is the 4th dimension and Karma is the eternal balancer, IMO. Karma evolved as LIFE evolved - in the whole universe, not just on "one special planet". But who is going to do the actual "chopping wood and carrying water" that I'm referring to here? Well, here's where we get connected and creative, right ? eg: Vertically (spiritually) and horizontally (pragmatically), eclectically speaking... Ok, 'nuf said on that.
Related Links

   Key Search: Ben Emerson, international law, independent investigations, and drones, including about President Obama inheriting the different and competing elements within the US's intelligence agencies. (Feb'13, heard on KUOW public radio)

   Help Put A Stop To Warrantless Drones Spying On Americans, ACLU.Org

   Sample Anti-Drone Ordinance for Your City By Nick Mottern at War Is A Crime .Org [May'12]

   Two former Obama insiders speak out against US drone policy (Gen. Stanley McChrystal & Michael Boyle, a former Obama counterterrorism official) Jan 8, 2013

   "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!" "In a truly Kafkaesque 71-page ruling, Judge Colleen McMahon said that 'under the law, I can only conclude that the Government has not violated FOIA [the Freedom of Information Act] by refusing to turn over the documents sought in the FOIA requests, and so cannot be compelled by this court of law to explain in detail the reasons why its actions do not violate the Constitution and laws of the United States.  The Alice-in-Wonderland nature of this pronouncement is not lost on me; but after careful and extensive consideration, I find myself stuck in a paradoxical situation in which I cannot solve a problem because of contradictory constraints and rules -- a veritable Catch-22. I can find no way around the thicket of laws and precedents that effectively allow the Executive Branch of our Government to proclaim as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws, while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret." Even part of the court's decision is secret. 'Certain issues requiring discussion in order to make this opinion complete,' Judge McMahon ruled, are 'the subject of a separate, classified Appendix to this opinion, which is being filed under seal and is not available to Plaintiffs' counsel.' ..." !!! [Jan 3, 2013]

   Kucinich, Conyers look to block White House effort to expand drone strikes -Carlo Munoz, The Hill [May'12];    Related Article

   U.S. Considers Sharing More on Drone Program - Julian E. Barnes, Wall Street Journal, "The changes considered most likely to win adoption would bring about greater openness regarding the military drone program, while keeping most or all details of CIA strikes classified, U.S. officials said. CIA officials are opposed to publicly acknowledging the details of drone programs under its control, for fear of setting precedents that could affect other covert programs." [May'12]

   "Confessions of a Drone" By David Swanson [Apr'12]

   Drone Warfare in America [May'12]

   "Killing by Remote Control", Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich. "In this remarkably cogent and carefully researched book, Medea Benjamin makes it clear that drones are not just another high-tech military trinket. Drone Warfare sketches out the nightmare possibilities posed by this insane proliferation." —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed [May'12]

   The inevitable blowback to high-tech warfare, Blowback is defined as “an unforeseen and unwanted effect, result, or set of repercussions,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Washington Post, Oct.15, 2012.

   On "Targeted Killing"
  Plan For Hunting Terrorists Signals U.S. Intends To Keep Adding Names To Lists By Greg Miller Washington Post, Oct.23, 2012     Related Inclusions:
  Video: Behind The U.S. Targetd Killing Program;   Inset: The Process Behind The Targeted Killing;   Inset: Tracking America's Drone War

    Paths Of Resistance (I): The Refusal To Identify And Reject Evil By Arthur Silber Once Upon a Time... Oct.24, 2012

On The Balance of Power
w/OpEd by the editor, Chris Pringer, April 2012

I feel a need to mirror (below) parts of a section from the 'Brass Resistance' page of 2006, about certain military field officers, hi-level intelligence officials, diplomats, etc. About some things that may still be effecting decisions about domestic security. Of current note are four sections there, beginning with "...In Context", including the two Cheney sections beginning at "...The Dark Side...". [Noted here April 2012. Feel free to skip to the Charts (at Right)]


from 2007 @ "Brass Resistance" page:
        Balance of Power ...vrs Power STACKING that is: stacking the courts, the pentagon, the state judiciaries and voting authorities, the 911 commission panel, the presenters of the case for attacking Iraq, the decision makers on Iraqi oil & profits, the martial law authorities, now the nation's chain of command under emergency conditions with no time limits, etc!

        I can understand the immediate taking hold of the reigns by some one or few persons under the conditions this is (one hopes) primarily designed for, but should we not also expect (from a democracy-oriented government) there to be insurance of a resumption of the balance of powers within a certain amount of time? Say 4 to 7 days, with procedures for facilitating that being explicitly described as part of the directive? Would not we also expect also to be included references to codes or laws with definitions for what constituted abuse of related powers under such conditions, if those definitions weren't spelled out right in the directive?
        eg: A clear and clearly enforced exception to the normal balance of powers under certain conditions, and not legal secret doors to otherwise illegal activities without oversight or accountability, the abuses and potential abuses due to the kind of powers Cheney has facilitated for Bush, and continues to fight for so tenaciously in the intensely secretive kinds of ways that he employs?
       ie: Cheney & Rumsfeld's Whitehouse/CIA security re-organization: their privately installed security agency and relationships formed against the then existing security agencies, preceding and as related to 911 (I saw a most illuminating Public TV documentary on this, and also shows why so many among the Pentagon brass are no friends of the GW Bush administration.) More on that (on this page):
   In Context '06// 06/20: "Cheney: 'The Dark Side' " @ FRONTLINE/PBS. Key Search: Ben Emerson, international law, independent investigations, and drones, including about President Obama inheriting the different and competing elements within the US's intelligence agencies. (Feb'13, heard on KUOW public radio)

        I could comment on 'our (citizen's) response' but there would be nothing I've not said before with exception of "see, I told ya they don't plan on giving up control, EVER" ...

Current Related Notes:
        President Obama has done fairly well for the progressive left in many realms, sort of ok in others, a certain very disappointing amount of double-speak when comes to the foreign (Middle-East Wars) policies, and (what used to be an incredible amount of) near absolute mum on domestic security matters no matter how hard pressed. Hence, the question arises: how much of Cheney's above-noted/charted intelligence recon-Infra-structure -- via Neo-Con appointees, particularly in the DOD and various intelligence agencies - on the record and otherwise) is still integral/controlling of that infrastructure? -cp, April 2012; on related "Domestic Drone Surveillance" - and "The Balance of Karma" in section above.
        Related Ref: "JFK and the Unspeakable" by Jim Douglas, 2013, how the CIA undermined JFK's foreign policy... [my extrapolation:] and why it's been published now - eg: Bush administration-installed elements and President Obama's foreign & domestic security policies. [KUOW, 11/20/13; Pretty sure I met Jim Douglas on the way down to work a few weeks (as a "Sanctuary Si" volunteer) at the safehouse for refugees (fleeing death squads in Central America) in Brownsville, Tx, Spring 1984. (I remember talking with him where he was staying, referring to Merton's book on the little table beside him, his indicating he was unsure of whether he still was or should remain a monk. In retrospect I wondered if he was responsible for checking out those who were to volunteer at the safehouse.)

Illustrative Charts at PBS:

   The Chart 1 - CHENEY'S NETWORK:
This chart highlights how Cheney aggregated power at key national security centers -- the Pentagon, State and White House -- and lists the positions his friends and allies have held during the time period leading up to the 2003 war in Iraq.

   The Chart 2 - CIA'S REALIGNMENT:
In 2004, Congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act which created the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (DNI) to oversee and coordinate all intelligence collection in order to advise the Congress and the White House. As a result of this reorganization, the director of the CIA no longer reports directly to the president.

   The Chart 3 - PATHS TO POWER

Keywords for Google [NPR brought these out, 06/26/07 11:30 PST:] John Prados of the National Security Archives, *Safe for Democracy...* (book); Pentagon Lawyers vs CIA Lawyers re torture laws and changes there-to. Melvin Goodman; *The Family Jewels,* Bartan Gilman of WA Post; Cheney & Rumsfeld's Team A, Team B security agency preceding and as related to 911 (I saw a most illuminating Public TV documentary on this, and has much to do with why so many of the Pentagon brass are no friends of the administration) ...


Summary Sections At "Brass Resistance" page:
   Dec 2005: Chain of Command (Order of Succession)
   May 2007: National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51
   "Cheney: 'The Dark Side'" -incl. Charts (on TV's 'Frontline' PBS)
   "Cheney's power trip" (on TV's 'Frontline' PBS)

On the Patriot Act:
   "Supreme Court to Take Up PATRIOT Act With Review of Humanitarian Aid Case" (an instructive discussion, Oct'09) By Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!
   USA PATRIOT Act extended, four articles assembled w/summary by Mark Jensen (2/28/2010)
   "History Repeats Itself Clear and Present Danger", An Analysis of the Committee on the Present Danger, by Candy Crider includes a little history on CPD III and the Patriot Act. As does    'George Bush and the rise of Christian Fascism' By Rev. Rich Lang and    'The Origins of the Neo-Conservative Mind - a Political Comparative Analysis' by Alan Wolfe and 'How The Democrats Were Betamaxed' by Laurie Spivak

From the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union):
   Spy Files, ACLU.Org
   Surveillance & Privacy , ACLU.Org
   The NSA Unchained [Infographic], ACLU.Org
   End Warrantless Wiretapping on Americans (re: FISA) at ACLU.Org
   Stop The Massive Government Spying Program, ACLU.Org

S t i l l   I n   E f f e c t   !!!   -   we have yet to hear otherwise
(Fall 2010, and referring to most items in this section about Homeland Security, Torture, etc)

         "In 1975, Church told the nation, and J. Edgar Hoover, that COINTELPRO had been 'a sophisticated vigilante operation aimed squarely at preventing the exercise of First Amendment rights of speech and association.' And Church pledged: 'The American people need to be reassured that never again will an agency of the government be permitted to conduct a secret war against those citizens it considers a threat to the established order...' Back in 1975, Frank Church issued a warning that is far more pertinent now than it was then. He was speaking of how the government's intelligence capabilities--aimed at 'potential' enemies, as well as disloyal Americans--could 'at any time' be 'turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left--such is the capacity to monitor everything, telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide... There would be no way to fight back,' Church continued, 'because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know.' Without even a gesture of consultation with Congress, Ashcroft unilaterally has thrown away those guidelines... the poisonous core of this reorganization is its return to the time of J. Edgar Hoover and COINTELPRO, the counter-intelligence operation--pervasively active from 1956 to 1971--that so disgraced the Bureau that it was forced to adopt new guidelines to prevent such wholesale subversion of the Bill of Rights ever again..." -- Nat Hentoff, in 'There Would Be No Place to Hide' Unleashing the FBI, Village Voice.

          'Citizens Will Not Become Informants' -- Nat Hentoff, 8/2/02 in "Ashcroft's Master Plan to Spy on Us"
Witchhunt-Adj.jpg
A response to 9/24/10 FBI raided on homes of 14 well-known anti-war and human rights activists in Chicago and Minneapolis


          U.S. Army delays, alters medical studies under a little-known anti-terror censorship program (Nov'08)

         "Remember Poindexter? Brilliant man, first in his class at the Naval Academy, later earned a doctorate in physics, rose to national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan. He had this brilliant idea of secretly selling missiles to Iran to pay ransom for hostages, and with the illicit proceeds to illegally support contras in Nicaragua. A jury convicted Poindexter in 1990 on five felony counts of misleading Congress and making false statements, but an appeals court overturned the verdict because Congress had given him immunity for his testimony. He ... is back again with a plan even more scandalous than Iran-contra. He heads the 'Information Awareness Office' in the otherwise excellent Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which spawned the Internet and stealth aircraft technology. Poindexter is now realizing his 20-year dream: getting the "data-mining" power to snoop on every public and private act of every American..." -- words of conservative columnist and former Nixon administration official William Safire, in his famous NYTimes article, "You Are a Suspect," about the "Homeland Security Act." As written in the last weeks of November '02, it would create a single database to round up personal information on every American. Click Here to read the text of the Bill (it's official address in Congress). If the Senate passes this bill, the government will bring together in one grand database all the public and private information they can get their hands on including your credit history, the magazines you subscribe to, your banking, travel information, etc. It contains language to protect big drug companies from liability when they produce vaccines that hurt children. They've included a provision to ensure that our government can do business with the companies that avoid paying their fair share of taxes by renting a post office box in Bermuda or another tax haven. Click Here to tell Congress to Stop this legislation. or Here to see the bill's status (links to Cong. Record pages, votes)

          Bush Moves Toward Martial Law (August-October '06): In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions. Sources:
   (1) http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200609/091906a.html and http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200609/092906b.html See also, Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, "The Use of Federal Troops for Disaster Assistance: Legal Issues," by Jennifer K. Elsea, Legislative Attorney, August 14, 2006
   (2) http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill+h109-5122
   (3) Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International, "Recent Contract Awards", Summer 2006, Vol.12, No.2, pg.8; See also, Peter Dale Scott, "Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention Camps," New American Media, January 31, 2006.
   (4) "Technology Transfer from defense: Concealed Weapons Detection", National Institute of Justice Journal, No 229, August, 1995, pp.42-43.

         US's approval of torture related to 'collective numbness and apathy': "A Soul-Defying, Tacit Approval Of Torture: How Did We Come To This?" By Phil Rockstroh, Dissident Voice 9/28/06; According to this analysis, it's American culture as a whole that is indicted by collective endorsement of torture that the legislative branch of the U.S. government has just conferred upon the the executive, at its urgent request. Phil Rockstroh argues that the embrace of a "false self" underlies the death of soul perceptible in so many of our fellow "corporate/consumer citizens", as Rockstroh calls them. As a result, he maintains, "a collective numbness and apathy levels upon the land and ultimately our desensitization to genocide and torture." -- Commentary by Mark Jensen

          "WHEN LAWYERS ARE WAR CRIMINALS" By Scott Horton, 10/8/06; Military Commissions Act passed to protect Yoo, Bybee, Gonzales, Addington, Haynes, et al. In announcing the Military Commissions Act, President Bush insisted that he needed the legislation to lay to rest the concerns of 400-500 professional interrogators... [ 1 ] First, he suggested that the interrogators faced the prospect of prosecution under the War Crimes Act... [ 2 ] Bush revealed that there was a new "Program," of "extraordinary procedures" that he, personally, had been advised of and had approved... But the facts here are different: the Program was always against the law, and the U.S. Army's own interrogation manuals stated just that. [ 3 ] Bush stated that the reach for highly coercive new techniques came at the instance of the interrogators themselves. But in fact, we now know from an array of leaked documents that these techniques were rammed down their throats, often over courageous opposition, both within the CIA and the uniformed services...
       ...The Military Commissions Act seeks to accomplish its objective of granting impunity through three tools. First, it redefines "war crimes" into a series of specifically chargeable offenses, of which two, "torture" and "cruel treatment" are most important for these purposes. Second, it makes the restatement of these crimes retroactive to September 11, 2001. Consequently, a series of criminal offenses under the War Crimes Act will disappear retroactively when the Act goes into force. Third, it strips courts of jurisdiction over habeas corpus petitions and forbids litigants to cite the Geneva Conventions and related international and foreign law in those courts, in an effort to blind the courts to the law which the Constitution obligates them to enforce. ..."

          How the Anti-Terrorism Bill Affects Civil Liberties: 9 Updated Fact Sheets at ACLU
 
          In a rare maneuver, Attorney General John Ashcroft has ordered that information about the Sibel Edmonds (9/11 attack) case be retroactively classified, to Silence Former FBI Translator. Read "Translator in Eye of Storm on Retroactive Classification" By Anne E. Kornblut, Boston Globe: "Sifting through old classified materials in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, FBI translator Sibel Edmonds said, she made an alarming discovery: Intercepts relevant to the terrorist plot, including references to skyscrapers, had been overlooked because they were badly translated into English. Edmonds, 34, who is fluent in Turkish and Farsi, said she quickly reported the mistake to an FBI superior. Five months later, after flagging what she said were several other security lapses in her division, she was fired. Now, after more than two years of investigations and congressional inquiries, Edmonds is at the center of an extraordinary storm over US classification rules that sheds new light on the secrecy imperative supported by members of the Bush administration." Another piece on que: AN INTERVIEW WITH SIBEL EDMONDS By Christopher DeLiso. More quotes and paraphrases at Common Dreams .Org: (recent story), (original story), and via Search at Commondreams.Org.

          How the anti-terrorism bill puts the CIA back in the business, article From www.ACLU.org of spying on Americans

          A not-so-minor detail you may have missed in the reporting on the new Department of Homeland Security: the entire department, and all information generated by or through it, will be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Mr Cheney has been a key figure through three administrations in the history of the FOIA - since President Ford! And remember Iran-Contra? See Attack On The FOIA from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

         "James Baker's firm is already a top player in the Great Game of seizing Caspian Sea oil. (An executive of Exxon-Mobil, one of Baker Botts's clients, has been charged with evading taxes on bribes paid in Kazakhstan.)" -Greg Palast "President's business partner slices up Iraq."   In the same article: "All year the elves at his law firm, Baker Botts of Texas, have been working day and night to prevent the families of the victims of the September 11 attack from seeking information from Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom's funding of Al Qaeda fronts."


          Bush's war at home: government censorship, secrecy, and lies, From www.wsws.org

          Americans Demand Freedoms Be Kept During Bush's Terror War - Article from www.NewsMax.Com WASHINGTON - More than 150 organizations on the left and right, and hundreds of computer scientists and law professors are circulating a petition urging that personal freedoms not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism. At a news conference organized by the Free Congress Foundation's Coalition for Constitutional Liberties, the broad coalition recalled that in every conflict since the Civil War, the long-range pressures in the crisis of the moment have been aimed at greatly expanding the powers of the federal government to restrict our freedoms. Among the groups in the coalition are the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and the Rutherford Institute, generally considered conservative, and the American Civil Liberties Union and Common Cause, often in the forefront of liberal causes. All signed on to the statement entitled "In Defense of Freedom at a Time of Crisis."

          Facts on Secret Evidence FROM SECRET EVIDENCE TO NO EVIDENCE: Why is the Attorney General Asking Congress for the Power to Jail and Deport Immigrants Without a Trial or Any Other Way to Establish Their Innocence? article From www.ACLU.org

          Widespread violations of civil liberties in US dragnet - Nearly 600 detained, From http://www.wsws.org


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   V O T I N G   &   R E L A T E D   C R I S E S
FIXING ELECTRONIC FRAUD & USING ABSENTEE VOTING & INSTANT RUNNOFF VOTING


          Diebold and ES&S, makers of voting machines and systems, have been involved in countless election irregularities over the years, involving both ballot scanners and touchscreens. Karl Rove has added his genius to other voting fraud methodologies, which have been innundating the U.S. since the 2000 election, if it wasn't bad enough in selected areas before (Florida & Texas would be the more notorius examples).
         
I VERY strongly believe that It is Vital now that we generate *the citizen's means* of citizen's empowerment. If citizens can't believe their vote doesn't count, how can they possibly believe a democracy effectively exists for them to speak for, or speak IN ? ! ! !   And we wonder: Why there is disillusionment, thence apathy? ...Why the name "Sheople" came about? ...How the current fascist administration came about? ...Why elected officials are too fearful, ashamed, and/or complicit to demand accountability? Well, here's another opportunity to change all that. Thank you for doing what you can. Details in the annotated links below.
          WHAT WE CAN DO: Insure your city & state government(s) use a voting system that leaves a paper trail record. That it does not use Diebold machines which are too easily manipulated. AND, perhaps most easily. After that, shoot for the Instant Runnoff Voting system (now being termed 'rank-order voting' - see below). If nothing else, Please USE THE ABSENTEE VOTE OPTION (and if/where necessary, do the grassroots work necessary to make sure you can use this) and it has been found that it might be very wise to use two stamps - there have been some interesting developments related to the weight of these mailers. Safer still: take them to the polls and deposit them there. Also, I cannot emphesise enough: Along with fixing the voting machines and other vote fraud (links below), Instant Runnoff Voting is one of the most important innovations to incorporate in order to make our democracy work. It's different, but the following links make it easy to understand. PLEASE go there, then get active (write elected officials, create/join groups, etc) -cp, 10'06

I n s t a n t    R u n o f f    V o t i n g

or "Ranked Order" voting - [updated Jan'12]
where every candidate of ANY party (eg: multiple parties can be running candidates) can each have a shot at the presidency, and any other office where this system is in effect. (More on Why after the links):

Consider Instant Runoff Voting System
(or "rank-order voting" or "Proportional Representation")


A good resource list at FairVote Minnesota And their Press Articles page is not just about Minnisota :-)

"Success for Instant Runoff Voting in San Francisco"
by Steven Hill and Rob Richie, Published 1/12/05 by CommonDreams.org

         Demo Flash makes it easy to understand via http://www.chrisgates.net/irv/

         Related Promotional Video by BBC: at Better Ballot Campaign .Org

          More on "Ranked Order" voting (IRV) via: Trust Voters .Com and Fair Vote .Org

         Various Related Articles

Why Instant Runoff Voting?
Quick Answer: for the "99%"

For those who've lost faith in the two-party system (updated Oct. 2011)
Perhaps the perfect dream would be the Green Party and the Natural Law Party (see below) joining up and replacing the Democratic Party. Add to that the party of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) "99%'ers". And since that won't happen, if even one '3rd' Party won't being taken seriously by the voting public... So, HOW can we get the platforms of these parties taken seriously? By putting in the "conscientious" 'spoiler vote' -- under circumstances where the result would be more fascism in the White House? And then we'd be REALLY motivated for a bottom-up action, Right? Sorry, yes, that was sarcasm. But why encourage 3rd parties to strategize badly? IMO, when '3rd' parties become truly egalitarian -I'm thinking now of the "99%'ers" - they will join forces to establish instant runnoff voting systems (now being termed 'rank-order voting'), locally, then nationally.)


ANY truly "safe states"? Because Karl Rove is still roving the states?. YES, that could be why. Check out Colorado (Oct'08).

         NoMoreStolenElections.org

         Uncounted - The New Math of American Elections

The above two sites also have an abundance of links to Black Box Voting and related sites

That includes all the horror stories you can stand. But let those MOTIVATE your being PRO-ACTIVE. Spreading horror stories (or conspiracy theories) w/o solutions doesn't always motivate. Constructive release of anger can initiate the healing of the planet. Then the love can bloom w/o passive agression, let alone purposeful infliction of pain. There will always be disagreement and conflict because there will always be ego. But conflict is a vehicle for growth when used with that intention.


Stop, Drop and Poll - What to Do if You Have Problems Voting -
This is a great, highly referenced and comprehensive list for any state. Exception to this page: unlike other states, it is reportedly safe in Washington State to use the absentee ballot. But you still might include a copy of your registration (you probably keep it in your wallet or purse), and use an extra stamp.

         Velvet Revolution on Voting, and much on Karl Rove's "re-engineering" of the process.

         Vanishing Votes by GREGORY PALAST, 5'04 - Civil Rights time bomb: will blacks be disenfranchised yet again?

         Willie Nelson on Voting: I was at a concert this weekend in California to raise money for the National Veterans Foundation. I'm an Air Force veteran, and I have great respect for the military. I like to support the soldiers whenever I can. But I don't support this war in Iraq. I was against the war before it started. I always thought it was a terrible decision, badly thought out, badly planned, and then horribly executed. I want to see our troops come home right away, and so do most Americans. Unfortunately, too many politicians in both parties refuse to listen. So when will the troops come home? When we won't put up with it anymore-when we change our government. And how will we do that? By voting the bastards out! On November 7, you should vote for anyone who's against the war and vote against anyone who's for the war. It's that simple.

          "Diebold Added Secret Patch to Georgia E-Voting Systems in 2002, Whistleblowers Say" By Matthew Cardinale The Atlanta Progressive News. And Princeton Scientists Create Vote-Stealing Program for Diebold AccuVote-TS: A group of Princeton computer scientists said they created demonstration vote-stealing software that can be installed within a minute on a common electronic voting machine. The software can fraudulently change vote counts without being detected.

          Kucinich Introduces Paper-Only Voting Bill Oct 5, 2006 http://www.kucinich.us/

          Just Try Voting Here 11 of Americas Worst Places to Cast a Ballot (or Try) By Sasha Abramsky, Mother Jones, September/October 2006 Issue: Machines that count backward, slice-and-dice districts, felon baiting, phone jamming, and plenty of dirty tricks.

         Brennan Center Report - one page summary (PDF)

         US League of Women Voters' New Official Position on U.S. Voting Systems (PDF)

          There are Virtually NO Federal Voting System Guidelines (PDF)


 
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          Also,          Greg Palast in "President's business partner slices up Iraq."   quoted James Baker as having said, "I fixed the election in Florida for George Bush." That was the gravamen of his remarks to an audience of Russian big wigs as reported to me by my somewhat astonished colleagues with BBC television. It was Baker, as consiglieri to the Bush family, who came up with the strategy of maneuvering the 2000 Florida vote count into a Supreme Court packed with politicos. Baker's claim to have fixed the election was not a confession. It was a boast. He meant to dazzle current and potential clients in the former Soviet states about his Big In with the Big Boy in the White House. Baker's firm is already a top player in the Great Game of seizing Caspian Sea oil. (An executive of Exxon-Mobil, one of Baker Botts's clients, has been charged with evading taxes on bribes paid in Kazakhstan.)
          Also, Greg Palast's book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" thoroughly documents the fraudulent removal of thousands of black voters' names from the state's registration list. It also seems that servicemen abroad were "urged" to cast late ballots which then did get counted. (You might also note Greg Palast's web site at http://www.gregpalast.com.)

          "Johns Hopkins researchers at the Information Security Institute issued a report declaring that Diebold's electronic voting software contained "stunning flaws." The researchers concluded that vote totals could be altered at the voting machines and by remote access. Diebold vigorously refuted the Johns Hopkins report, claiming the researchers came to "a multitude of false conclusions." Find out more on "Blackbox Voting," Diebold Election Systems, the ES&S (software) system, and Bev Harris - who needs our support as she works tirelessly for the critically needed reform: Blackbox Voting .Com, Ecotalk .Org, Vote-Smart .Org and What Really Happened .Com. Worthy of Your Attention: Did you know that "The winner of past (U.S.) elections has been "nobody"-- more people have chosen not to vote than to support anybody. President Bush was elected by 17% of the public." according to an Utne .Com article.

          Are you going to be out of town or busy on Election Day? What if you could check "vote" off your to-do list ahead of time? You may be able to accomplish both these things by voting early, using an absentee ballot. To learn how to get one, go to: Votes For Students.

          "In the last election, we knew the election was stolen; in this election, we may not even know." --By John Greeley in "Protect Your Vote: Get A Receipt!"
          * Find out more about Instant Run-Off voting (or 'rank-order voting') at Fair Vote .Com - a ranking system where votes for lower-ranked candidates (that don't win) get moved up to a candidate higher on the list - read about the advantages and where it's caught on already.
          Jim Hightower helps at Rock the Vote .Com in "Thieves In High Places - They've Stolen Our Country And It's Time To Take It Back!" and so do the Dixie Chicks. Home page: http://www.rockthevote.org/


14    D e f i n i n g    Characteristics   Of    F a s c i s m
[was "12 Warning Signs Of Fascism" but that link no longer works]
Much of the legislation is still in effect     [Jan 2010]:
More Complete: "Distorting Fascism to Sanitize Capitalism"
Let us demand withdrawal of the "October Surprise" legislation that removed key citizen protections
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         Dan Rather's $70 Million Lawsuit Likely to Deal Bush Legacy a New Blow by Christopher Goodwin, The Observer UK, Sunday 28 December 2008: Dan Rather's lawsuit could impact Bush's legacy. "Eight weeks before the 2004 presidential poll, Rather broadcast a story based on newly discovered documents which appeared to show that Bush, whose service in the Texas Air National Guard ensured that he did not have to fight in Vietnam, had barely turned up even for basic duty. After an outcry from the White House and conservative bloggers who claimed that the report had been based on falsified documents, CBS retracted the story, saying that the documents' authenticity could not be verified. Rather, who had been with CBS for decades and was one of the most familiar faces in American journalism, was fired by the network the day after the 2004 election.
      "He claims breach of contract against CBS. He has already spent $2m on his case, which is likely to go to court early next year. Rather contends not only that his report was true - "What the documents stated has never been denied, by the president or anyone around him," he says - but that CBS succumbed to political pressure from conservatives to get the report discredited and to have him fired. He also claims that a panel set up by CBS to investigate the story was packed with conservatives in an effort to placate the White House. Part of the reason for that, he suggests, was that Viacom, a sister company of CBS, knew that it would have important broadcasting regulatory issues to deal with during Bush's second term. ..."
      One of the earlier reports on the above noted Dan Rather case: "CBS' Cowardice and Conflicts Behind Purge - Network's Craven Back-Down on Bush Draft Dodge Report Sure to Get a Standing Rove-ation at White House," by Greg Palast, Published 1/12/05 by CommonDreams.org - remember Oliver North, the Ayatollah Khomeini, John Poindexter, and the Iran-Contra scandal in 1986? "And who are the journalists whom CBS has burned at the corporate stake? ... '60 Minutes' producer Mary Mapes. Besides the Bush draft dodge story, Mapes produced the exposé of the torture at Abu Ghraib when other networks had the same material and buried it." Yup, Dan Rather out-Roved...

         DO POLLS REFLECT MEDIA DISTORTION? The vast majority of Americans are reported to support a war with Iraq, but a new organization is asking, "can we trust the polls?" After doing its own survey, Retro Poll calls into question the accuracy of major media polls. "The Retro Poll attempts to show that public opinion is molded by media misinformation and disinformation (propaganda). It addresses the question: does the public opinion reported in the usual major media polls reflect the true values and beliefs of those Americans polled, or not?" Retro Poll writes in a press release. Based on Retro Poll's own survey data, they suggest that "by continually highlighting Washington's viewpoint unchallenged, the news bureaus in the U.S. can change the facts in the minds of many Americans. The opinions formed from those unsubstantiated facts are then used by polling organizations to report back the values, ideas, and thinking of the public." SOURCE: Retro Poll Press Release, October 17, 2002. To discuss this story in the PR Watch Forum, visit:http://www.prwatch.org/forum/discuss.php?id=1034827200. PR Watch, a quarterly publication of the Center for Media & Democracy, is dedicated to investigative reporting on the public relations industry. It serves citizens, journalists and researchers seeking to recognize and combat manipulative and misleading PR practices. It specializes in blowing the lid off today's multi-billion dollar propaganda-for-hire industry, naming names and revealing how public relations wizards concoct and spin the news, organize phony 'grassroots' front groups, spy on citizens, and conspire with lobbyists and politicians to thwart democracy. We expose the hidden activities of secretive, little-known mega-firms such as Hill & Knowlton, Burson-Marsteller and Ketchum PR--the "invisible men" who control our political debates and public opinion, twisting reality and protecting the powerful from scrutiny.

          Preparatory Note: In 1941 the atomic bomb was born in secrecy. In a few years more than a half-million Americans were involved in the project. Dr. Carl Jensen, professor emeritus of communication studies at Sonoma State University, says 'Successful information-control practices employed by the Manhattan Project paved the way for the news management, manipulation and obfuscation'... ... President Dwight Eisenhower warned about the 'military-industrial complex.' Today, an entity within that multi-billion-taxdollar complex runs 'black op'. 'Black' means even the US Congress is kept ignorant of the amounts of taxpayer money that go to certain operations, and of what's developed with that money. Black ops are formally called Unacknowledged Special Access Projects (USAPs).” --Jeane Manning

         Bill Moyers Keynote Address to the National Conference on Media Reform (December 2004)

         From Reclaim The Media .Org:

         Report blasts FCC leaks to lobbyists: As the FCC prepares to announce the date and location of its final public hearing on media ownership, Commissioner Michael J. Copps observes that the agency is speeding up its examination of new media-ownership rules. He warns that some important questions about minority media ownership and newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership need to be resolved before any rules are proposed.

         The National crisis in minority media ownership: Rep. Hilda Solis: The state of minority media ownership in America is in crisis. According to a recent study by Free Press, people of color own just three percent of all local TV stations and eight percent of all local radio stations, even though they make up 35 percent of the U.S. population. In another study, we find that women comprise 51 percent of the entire U.S. population, but only own approximately five percent of all full power broadcast stations. These numbers are shamefully low.

         The secret lobbying campaign your phone company doesn't want you to know about: Consumer advocates have often accused the Federal Communications Commission of favoring big business interests. Now a government investigation appears to back up some of those complaints. A new report from the General Accountability Office criticized the FCC for leaking information about regulatory proceedings to phone and cable company lobbyists before the information was released to the public.

         Copps warns against FCC rush to judgment on media ownership: The nation's biggest telecommunications companies, working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve a measure wiping out all private lawsuits against them for assisting the U.S. intelligence community's warrantless surveillance programs. The campaign—which involves some of Washington's most prominent lobbying and law firms—has taken on new urgency in recent weeks because of fears that a U.S. appellate court in San Francisco is poised to rule that the lawsuits should be allowed to proceed.


          "FREEDOM TO BE HEARD," by Norman Solomon, and MoveOn.org in the MoveOn Bulletin for Wednesday, November 6, 2002 - a great compilation on the Concentration of Media at Moveon.Org... That is, IF want to be amazed, perhaps disheartened, but definitely made aware of where you CAN get an accurate picture of world events, as well as where to go when just want to keep up with what everyone else is told. (stats, documentation, and commentary). AND...Take Back the Media .Com is on the forefront of this issue as well.

          FRENCH NEWS Journal Articles Translations - Great for Comparison, Current Reviews by Mark Jensen at "The Military, the State, and the War - and Related FRENCH NEWS...

          Wellstone and Most Interesting Contradictions in News Reporting Regarding the Death of Senator Paul Wellstone, Selected & Annotated Article Briefs & Links (separate page at this site)

          "Media Are Out of Step With Democracy Acting as a Branch of Government" at www.commondreams.org


Common Dreams .Org is Just a great site, by the way,
for information on most every topic related to abuse of power, money, and influence.


          Karl Rove promised media moguls that, if elected, Bush would carry out a major deregulation of the broadcast industry. He was instrumental in getting Michael Powell, son of US Secretary of State Colin Powell, to head the Federal Communications Commission. M. Powell then announced a comprehensive review of media ownership rules to allow an even greater concentration of outlets in the hands of a few giants, including overturning the current prohibition against mergers among the four major television networks-ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. -Jeremy Johnson, 9/17/02. And there's a special section on Karl Rove, "The King Of Dirt", above on this page.

          Mistranslated Osama bin Laden Video the German Press Investigates: On 20 December 2001, German TV channel "Das Erste" broadcast its analysis of the White House's translation of the OBL video that George Bush has called a "confession of guilt". On the show "Monitor", two independent translators and an expert on oriental studies found the White House's translation not only to be inaccurate, but "manipulative". "The American translators who listened to the tapes and transcribed them apparently wrote a lot of things in that they wanted to hear but that cannot be heard on the tape no matter how many times you listen to it."

          Gross manipulation Re 9/11: The footage being shown constantly the week after 9/11 on corporate media of Palestinian women and children dancing seemingly celebrating the death of the United States -- was STOCK FOOTAGE FROM 1991.

           DO POLLS REFLECT MEDIA DISTORTION? The vast majority of Americans are reported to support a war with Iraq, but a new organization is asking, "can we trust the polls?" After doing its own survey, Retro Poll calls into question the accuracy of major media polls. "The Retro Poll attempts to show that public opinion is molded by media misinformation and disinformation (propaganda). It addresses the question: does the public opinion reported in the usual major media polls reflect the true values and beliefs of those Americans polled, or not?" Retro Poll writes in a press release. Based on Retro Poll's own survey data, they suggest that "by continually highlighting Washington's viewpoint unchallenged, the news bureaus in the U.S. can change the facts in the minds of many Americans. The opinions formed from those unsubstantiated facts are then used by polling organizations to report back the values, ideas, and thinking of the public." SOURCE: Retro Poll Press Release, October 17, 2002 To discuss this story check out the PR Watch Forum.

           ARMY PSY-OPS PEOPLE AT CNN LAST YEAR, (from a testimonial in GlobalVisionary Newsletter): Nexus magazine, published in NSW, listed as one of the most important under-reported stories of the past few months was that a whole bevy of Army psychological warfare personnel from Fort Bragg worked at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta for several weeks a few months ago. -Jeff Phillips, Melbourne, Australia. NOTE from ListManager: Other people also sent info confirming this above. The whole U.S. news media seems indeed to be very cunningly "controlled" in many respects - especially CNN - and are very vulnerable to being used as mouthpieces for the Administration's warmongering messages. But so are most other national news media anyway around the world...

          My Turn by Robert Paul Reyes

          See More References on Monopolisation of the Media on my political page

      On Gulf War lies:

          Lucrative Parroting for Patriot Missiles After the Gulf War there were accounts and parroting of government claims that Patriot missiles hit almost every Scud they aimed at - led to a public celebration ... That November, Congress boosted the budget for the "Star Wars" anti-missile shield from $3.1 billion to $4.15 billion. The following year, as Columbia Journalism Review would report ("Patriot Games," July/August 1992), that film clip showed up at a Congressional hearing concerning inflated military claims. Pointing to the same clip Donaldson had narrated, a former nuclear weapons analyst pointed out that the Scud passed through whatever explosion appeared on the screen -- and that Patriots were a "total failure" in the Gulf War.
             After the war, The New York Times retracted a story, repeated by other major news outlets, that Iraqi soldiers had killed 300 premature babies by removing them from incubators.
             60 Minutes featured an interview with "Captain Karim," a supposed former Saddam bodyguard, spinning fearful tales about the Iraqi dictator. Karim turned out to be a fraud.
             The Times, CNN, Time and others supported then-President Bush's attacks on Iraqi radio by reporting that a broadcaster named "Baghdad Betty" had told U.S. troops to return home because "Robert Redford is dating your girlfriend ... Bart Simpson is making love to your wife." In fact, the media was repeating a Johnny Carson Tonight Show gag. (Or misquoting. Johnny said Homer, not Bart.)


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The next 2-3 sections provide many solution oriented resources (within the blue background bordering).
For complete list see Political Reference Page. A chronology of updates for all PolyPsy pages (edits, additions, etc) is at the ChaliceBridge.Com Updates page, PolyPsy section, often with a summary annotated description.



          Why Instant Runoff Voting?
Quick Answer: for the "99%"

For those who've lost faith in the two-party system (updated Oct. 2011)
Perhaps the perfect dream would be the Green Party and the Natural Law Party (see below) joining up and replacing the Democratic Party. Add to that the party of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) "99%'ers". And since that won't happen, if even one '3rd' Party won't being taken seriously by the voting public... So, HOW can we get the platforms of these parties taken seriously? By putting in the "conscientious" 'spoiler vote' -- under circumstances where the result would be more fascism in the White House? And then we'd be REALLY motivated for a bottom-up action, Right? Sorry, yes, that was sarcasm. But why encourage 3rd parties to strategize badly? IMO, when '3rd' parties become truly egalitarian -I'm thinking now of the "99%'ers" - they will join forces to establish instant runnoff voting systems (now being termed 'rank-order voting'), locally, then nationally.)
A good resource list at FairVote Minnesota And their Press Articles page is not just about Minnisota :-)


    Collateral Repair Project
      COP "is a grassroots movement, created to address the catastrophic displacement of the five million Iraqis who had to leave behind their homes and communities because of the violence and instability that is the result of the invasion and occupation of their country. As such, we work in partnership with an Iraqi team who determines how we can best help improve the stability of some of the millions of Iraqis whose lives have been devastated by the US led invasion. We bring together the small, overlooked, incidental persons on both sides of the conflict who grieve and ask: What can we do?"

      Evolutionary Leaders
A great storehouse of timely resources. "At this crucial moment in history Evolutionary Leaders from all walks of life are engaging our collective field of potential in a movement to ignite an evolutionary leap to the next level of human consciousness". "On July 26, 2008 the Chopra Foundation, the Source of Synergy Foundation and the Association for Global New Thought invited a group of renowned Evolutionary Leaders to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California, to explore their extraordinary potential as a collective. Out of this gathering came A Call to Conscious Evolution: Our Moment of Choice. Since then, additional leaders have joined this effort and together they have established a collective platform that is generating various exciting projects to connect with other conscious evolutionaries in the movement to more profoundly accelerate the shift in consciousness together." A few of many Resources: "Evolutionary Leadership Toolkit" and Map for Exploring the Call to Conscious Evolution; "a politically-focused think tank called Institute for Cultural Evolution ...will use the insights of the integral/evolutionary approach to address some of the pressing issues we face today."

          The Declaration of Peace
The Declaration of Peace is a grassroots nonviolent action campaign calling on the U.S. government to establish a comprehensive plan to end the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq. The nationwide campaign is working to move Congress to defund the U.S. occupation of Iraq, to initiate the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors from Iraq, and to support an Iraqi-led peace process. In September 2007, the DoP Education Committee published a document “fleshing-out” the 9-point Peace Plan framework. The Comprehensive Peace Plan for Iraq and accompanying Talking Points continue to be updated and are designed for public education and for Congressional lobbying.   Please Sign the Declaration of Peace. Hans von Sponeck, former UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, presenting the proposals at the World Against War conference in London in December '07. Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research put those in PDF format on the web in March '08.

      Tom Hayden on "The Long War": Sign up for Tom's Free Online School of Activism "Long-time antiwar activist Tom Hayden ...taught the first of four sessions in his School of Activism. Tom describes this series as a 'workshop on the long war and our future.' He explained that the long war is projected to last fifty to eighty years ... 'a sequence of wars in the context of the long war.” He said that we must end the long war ["a war against Muslims in many countries"]. He said that it does not make us safer, that the wars are 'strangling our ability to invest in our domestic priorities,' and could lead the country to being pushed ...'into a deeper national security state.' [That] 'The long war … requires a long peace movement.' When speaking of local peace activists that he has met, across the country, he says that we 'may not be so visible these days, but I know that you're not going anywhere, and neither am I. You are the heart and soul of the peace and justice movement.' [Feb 2011]

      Apollo Alliance Project
The Apollo Alliance is a growing coalition dedicated to a just and sustainable economy. We are bringing together a broad partnership to rebuild America and face the challenges of conservation, freeing ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, and creating millions of good jobs in the industries of the future. Apollo Alliance launches at Campaign for America's Future "Take Back America" conference in Washington, DC. June 5, 2003.
Their set of web pages include "Our Ten Point Plan for Energy Freedom."

          Paul K Chappell Waging Peace:
Paul is author of two books on creating peace, including *The End of War* and *Will War Ever End?*, and is soon (Spring 2012) to complete his 3rd, *Peaceful Revolution*. Other websites include American Unity Project, and Waging Peace .Org. Paul Chappell discusses a new and more effective strategy for ending war In this interview (pdf), fixing our economy, combatting terrorism, and providing a secure and prosperous future for America and the world. "Paul K Chappell has given us a crucial look at peace and war from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show is why peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st Century." -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize

          Bioneers - Collective Heritage Institute: An organization of some of the most intelligent and long-time dedicated people on the planet (IMHO), developing and implementing "sustainable" solutions throughout the world, including much for rebuilding the ECONOMY on both micro and macro levels. Some great examples are presented via www.bioneers.org/conference - "Solutions in nature consisitently surpass our concept of what is possible." Also see the Collective Heritage Institute of Santa Fe, NM. Sample articles, include "The Hidden Connection: A Science for Sustainable Living" by Fritjof Capra.

      The Small Planet Institute - Tools and Links for Living Democracy: offers downloadable learning tools, including: "Getting a Grip: Handouts for Group Discussion, "The Spiral of Powerlessness & The Spiral of Empowerment," "Thin Democracy vs. Living Democracy," "Doing Democracy: Ten Practical Arts by Frances Moore Lappé," "Citizen Power 101—Lessons of Community Organizing"

         *The Great Turning - From Empire to Earth Community* by David Korten
Summarized in YES Magazine. Find more at PCDForum Bulletin #5. Two more of his books include "When corporations rule the World" and "Post Corporate World" - insightful and important when contemplating responding to current challenges and the healing of the planet. You might also enjoy the transcript of Korten's keynote address at the 2002 EARTH CHARTER COMMUNITY SUMMIT. Timely articles include "What to Do Now That the War Has Started." A related sites include www.davidkorten.org and The Fourth Freedom .Org/.

   Extensive Resources/Links for a Sustainable Planet
at the "Vehicle Efficiency Compendium" Page


       The virtual U.S. Peace Academy @Seattle    
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For students choosing alternatives in peace, to facilitates resources and connections to institutions of higher learning for lasting global peace. Here you may create a vital and permanent record of their sincere desire and choice to learn and wage the arts of peace, rather than the art of war - as well as establish Conscientious Objector Status. Includes the "James George Peterson Library at vUSPA - Suggested Courses and Books, suggested/sample outlines, prerequisites, links to solution-oriented organizations and resources.



          Tikkun .Org and Spiritual Progressives .Org
Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun Magazine, chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) spiritualprogressives.org, and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue Without Walls in San Francisco and Berkeley, Ca. www.beyttikkun.org. He is the author of 11 books including The Poltiics of Meaning, Healing Israel/Palestine, and the 2006 national best-seller The Left Hand of God. "Our Vision: 1) Changing the Bottom Line in America; 2) Challenging the misuse of religion, God and spirit by the Religious Right; 3) Challenging the many anti-religious and anti-spiritual assumptions and behaviors that have increasingly become part of the liberal cultureSite." includes "A Global Marshall Plan," "Affirming the Sacredness of All Human Beings," "A New Spirit of Openheartedness and Reconciliation," and
    "A Call for Lasting Peace" w/Respect to Gaza, Palestine, and Israel
    New article at Tikkun Magazine (Jan'09): "Trusting Obama". Many other "Memos to Obama" are Ref-Linked from the Tikkun Magazine home page.

          The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
PJSA is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA). Both organizations provided leadership in the broadly defined field of peace, conflict and justice studies. We are dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for social justice and social change. PJSA also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies. [Local ref: The Evergreen State College in Washington State has one of many ongoing Peace and Justice Studies programs, by the way, as well as ">regular current-topic conference events.]

          Citizen Works has assembled 10 actions you can take to change corporate power in your home town. To see the list, visit Citizen Works .Org - L"ocal Corporate Crime & Citizen Action"

          Jean Houston was the protégé of the late anthropologist Margaret Mead, who instructed her in the workings of organizations and power structures in many different cultures. With the late mythologist Joseph Campbell, she frequently co-led seminars and workshops aimed at understanding interrelationships between ancient myths and modern societies. Her specialty is in the development and application of multiple methods of increasing physical and mental skills, learning and creativity. She has presented the results of her work and studies in some 17 books, as well as in person through speeches and conferences at educational institutions and business organizations in over 40 countries. She is often invited to work personally with leaders of such groups, as well as heads of governmental and non-governmental agencies, to assist them in rethinking their goals and agendas.Wisdom University includes the courses of Dr. Jean Houston.
      A special preview course for her 2007 Mystery School was held in San Francisco November 17-19, 2005. In 1985, Jean was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Association of Teacher Educators. In 1993, she received the Gardner Murphy Humanitarian Award and the INTA Humanitarian of the Year award. In 1994, she received the Lifetime Outstanding Creative Achievement Award from the Creative Education Foundation. Presently, she is working closely with the United Nations Habitat Program creating programs in social artistry for training leaders around the world.

       The Alliance for a Caring Economy (ACE)
The newest (2007) of initiatives from Riane Eisler and The Center for Partnership Studies, ACE is a network to develop the foundations for a caring partnership economics is being formed with representatives from government, business, civil society, and academic sectors. ... Riane Eisler's speech to the World's Women Forum Plenary July 29, 2004 was *Revisioning The Economic Rules: Empowering Women And Changing The World*

       the "Alcohol Can Be A Gas" page at Permaculture .Com:: "With alcohol fuel, you can become energy independent, reverse global warming, and survive Peak Oil in style. Alcohol fuel is "liquid sunshine" and can't be controlled by transnational corporations. You can produce alcohol for less than $1 a gallon, using a wide variety of plants and waste products, from algae to stale donuts. It's a much better fuel than gasoline, and you can use it in your car, right now. You can even use alcohol to generate electricity. Alcohol fuel production is ecologically sustainable, revitalizes farms and communities, and creates huge new opportunities for small-scale businesses. Its byproducts are clean and valuable. Alcohol has a proud history and a vital future." David Blume has also provided a means for everyone's individually converting their own vehicles.

          Vehicle Efficiency Compendium
here (at chalicebridge.com) and abroad, developing ideas and on-going projects we can support for the greater and common good.

          See True Majority Principles worth working for: see TrueMajority.Com for a full description of each principle)

          Orion Online offers "Thoughts in the Presence of Fear" by Wendell Berry, Already reprinted in 73 countries and 7 languages, this powerful and poignant essay has been made available in print form, along with two related essays by Mr. Berry; another essay on the crisis of globalization by Wendell Berry: "The Idea of a Local Economy"

          "Inspiring a New Human Agenda." A humanistic approach to governance & public policy. The POLITICS OF TRUST NETWORK is sponsored by its members and by The John Vasconcellos Legacy Project. Called a pragmatic idealist, John Vasconcellos is considered a leading visionary in the convergence of psychology, politics, and the human potential movement. His ground-breaking efforts in promoting self esteem, authentic leadership, and social diversity have distinguished his 35 years as member of the California Legislature.

       Politics of Hope By Donna Zajonc
"The Politics of Hope is a powerful reminder of what could be, and a guide to making it happen." -- Marianne Williamson, author Healing the Soul of America. Articles include "The Politics of Hope: Healing Post-Partisan Depression" and "The Six-Second Secret to Leadership." Articles Index. You can subscribe to Donna's newsletter by sending an email to: subscribe@politicsofhope.com

          "All Will Be Well" (audio file)
by Reverend James Kubal-Komoto
And since it really is *spot-on* for balancing the adrenalized brain with the spiritual heart in any tough circumstance, it's the perfect message for holiday Stress & attitude management in lieu of the holiday terrorism warnings Indeed it was given Dec.6 2015 at Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church, Demoines, WA. I'm calling it "A Message from the Masters - a select collection of ancient wisdom in colloquial voice. The text transcript is also available. Enjoy! smile [Note that the prefacing poem by Adam Zagajewski (published in 2002) may seem a bit paradoxical, but again, the message (eternal) will put all in context.]

          The Peace Week Site includes video recordings of those who are likely the most illustrious group of peace pioneers ever assembled on the planet! [Sept 2010]

         Buddhist Peace Fellowship website is a very well done website that includes a range of Buddhist Peace Fellowship activities as well as an archive of reports from David Berrian in Iraq.

         Yamas and Niyamas - the ten living principles, © 2002 Swami Avinashananda Saraswati, at www.saraswatiyoga.com

          What the Mayan Elders Said About 2012 by Carlos Barrios"
Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq'ij (is a ceremonial priest and spiritual guide) of the Eagle Clan. Carlos initiated an investigation into the different Mayan calendars circulating. Carlos along with his brother Gerardo studied with many teachers and interviewed nearly 600 traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge. Carlos found out quickly there were several conflicting interpretations of Mayan hieroglyphs, petroglyphs, Sacred Books of 'Chilam Balam' and various ancient text. "...All was predicted by the mathematical cycles of the Mayan calendars. -- It will change --everything will change. Mayan Day-keepers view the Dec. 21, 2012 date as a rebirth ...The date specified in the calendar Winter Solstice in the year 2012 does not mark the end of the world. Many outside people writing about the Mayan calendar sensationalize this date, but they do not know. The ones who know are the indigenous elders who are entrusted with keeping the tradition. ...Now is the time to awaken and take action. ...Everyone who is here now has an important purpose. This is a hard but a special time. We have the opportunity for growth, but we must be ready for this moment in history. ...Meditation and spiritual practice are good, but also action. ..."

All things considered, particularly those noted in the intro... if GREAT changes do [did] occur *in* year 2012 - compared to the years before and after - it will definitely be a threshold effect (and surprising to most people, including myself.) [Indeed, if they did, it was subtle, inspirational, and perhaps only beginning to manifest effects - ie: in Bernie Sander's building and coalescing of awareness in many of our youth, in the significantly greater applications of climate awareness. -cp 6'16] I do believe 2012 IS [was] a likely time limit upon the *beginning* of earnest changes required for even the later. Have we *earnestly* begun those changes yet? Depends on one's perspective, of course. (I have elaborated in various PolyPsy list email postings over the years.) - cp, June'11, Jan'12]

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About Solutions:
Common Means to Efficient Paths, and "Bridging" in the Cross-Discipline Approach

        But first, a word from our sponsor...
    Nah, actually, it's about my FIRST cartoon ! smile
(where, "At the Rally for World Change, a number of groups of people holding unusual signs converge into a huge circle...")... and a short essay...
    About "Choices: It may not be about WHAT WE WANT the most, but about WHAT WE BELIEVE IN the most. Some of us might WANT to believe world change can happen. But our other beliefs, born of disillusionment, fear, and shame, may be stronger. Signs4WorldChange[Cartoon], 12'11 Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
      Hence, the essay title, "World Change or World of Addiction ?". Wait, did I just relate global peace and sustainability to addiction?..."   Well, inversely, but yes, AND the essay transitions to a very pro-active and hopefully motivating ...momentum? More at the "Poly-Psy & Citizen Health..." page. Thank you!

    How are we to find *The* solution, and *the path* to it, when our simply defining the problem -- "pragmatically" considered the "first" objective -- can be difficult enough in collaborative efforts these days? Sure, great thinkers provide inspiration, but which to choose from now? When in their presence, it's easy to submit to such experience, but what about when their guidance escapes our grasp?

    How to develop means to "Centeredness," a balance of analytic and intuitive capacities, a grounded pragmatic understanding of the challenges at hand - your own as well as those of the individuals and community involved - as well as possible longer term outcome scenarios of the various potential solutions? But wait, what if "I'm not an expert" and "what the heck am I pretending to be and do...?"

    All this sound familiar? Lao Tsu said a thousand mile journey begins with the 1st step. And there's more quotes around this site that basically says that *the* solution to socio-political problems begins "with you and me," that *we* might as well get with it, and that representatives, by definition, are the ones who put forth your and my thoughts and feelings - into the process of governing you and I.
    And *ideally* ...Ahhhh, such a loaded word. But right now we are looking at global warming scenarios, or figuring out how to get people to the table and refrain from polarizing the discussion. The approach initiated at beginning of the "Machiavengelicals Exposed" likely would not be very useful here, I admit [page since revised & renamed to "Structure and Dissolving Extremism" 2008-'10; Jan'14]. That approach was designed to get certain mind-types to begin to focus on the site's topics and viewpoints. But I digress.
    The gestalt view of facing challenges is not about the rose-colored glasses approach, but about honoring of the emotional delemnas, the pain, and the elephant in the frontroom (not to mention the baby, the furniture, and the weather outside). And about human skill, capability, and potential for growth and change.

    Yeah, but "Common Means," did I say? Yes, there are certain commonalities in how humans solve problems (and create them), not to mention perceive them and define them. And yes, there ARE different means for different individuals to FIND those common means. And here we come to the crux of this writing and many of the writings and charts you find at this website. The first useful, response to any challenge, certainly one that is efficient for the long term, depends greatly on the nature of an individual or group facing the challenge. Ahhhh... the big "depends on..." stance that intelligent leftist politicians are so hated for by people demanding soundbytes and simple solutions.

    One way of laying out those "common means" is put forth in "the Goals Chart - "Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work ...". "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11, on same page) is About clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss. That way would seem to be more geared for the individual, but how often has an individual ever been totally responsible for his own, let alone his community's development? eg: It becomes an integrated individual and group effort. It's one thing to solve one's own problems, but when it comes to people solving problems together, Riane Eisler [see descriptive link at left] is a well known teacher/ facilitator who thoroughly covers the basic and advanced dynamics in listening, clarity, and objectivity for relationships or *Partnerships*, as well as in socio-political realms.

          "Is there a Relationship between the Holy Grail, Extremism, and the Desire for Pragmatic Balance?" kicks off the the "Pragmatic Balance" section of at the Chalice Art & Science Integration page which includes a number of pieces of Chalice Art (by yours truly). Also in that section is "Teach The Truth, And Change Will Come From Within" (with a title that paraphrases my best teachers). Also on that page is "Empathy & Co-Existence including The Empathy Movement..." , as well as a metaphorical-become-pragmatic approach put forth in " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening" (and Emotional Intelligence, but more on that below). All as part of "A Kind of Summary for Pragmatic Balance" (of this and other pages at the site), about our psycho-spiritual evolution.
          Related to the above, especially as related to Trends, Memory, and Tracking: Forgiveness and Trust (or "Discrimination: Whether, When, or How to have Expectations of ...").

    I believe things work best when things work together, and that people work best when people work in concert. And that would be whether they work together or separately in healthy competition (that does not degrade others or impede their efforts). MORE SPECIFICALLY: If we begin by
      a) looking at (a visualization of) what we really want, and
      b) consider some basic routes for how we might get there from here,
      c) work backwards from the end product to understand what key and core physicalities that would have to be created in the latter time periods prior to achieving what we really want, then
      d) do the same for the physicalities preceding those...
      e) do the same eventually for the attitudes that would be necessary to allow for all the above accomplishments...
      f) From here a basic flow chart of required tasks and conditions are established. (This approach greatly influenced the development of many of the pages at this site. Which are, admittedly, tempting most people to consider them as "overly dense compilations of means to ideals too rich for human consumption."

    So... what happened to that "give me a challenge" attitude? smile "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11) is about clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss (whether caused by disease, ourselves, others, or the economy) and are brought back together again - the *how* that can MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

    Note that some of the most experienced people in examining cause and effect scenario's are in the healing trades, and most apparently not always in the government related professions. Cross-discipline Inter-Relations and Approach would be the order of the day (make that *of the century*), which implies the need for scholastic leaders in every school of thought, as well as the social sciences, to share knowledge and work together.
    I'm also referring, in part, to one of our current challenges. And that is the relationship between a) monetary support for research, b) who or what determines the direction or purpose of research (ie: as related to humanity's true needs and who determines those for any amount of research), and c) how the results of research are employed and/or accessed.
    And I'm referring to the relationship between any person's aptitude, attitude, talent base, and "True Calling" (and one's hearing that calling), and to the likelihood of the most efficient application of management/worker resources in industry, government, and social development.

    But what about "real" solutions right NOW? Well, how fast do you truly expect to be rescued or fixed by someone else? I want to say that there truly is a place for immediate gratification. And for structured simplicity, mainly because some individuals truly require for their health - and that of others around them. And "representatives" worry about their image, so feel pressure to substitute wisdom with expediency (if "tempted" with wisdom in the first place). To those who still ask for here and now spelled-out solutions, I have two answers: read the above, and read the below (referring to the links below).
    [Most currently, for solutions to begin applying: I'd go with Dennis Kucinich (almost always good for the relatively short term pragmatic), Al Gore and Dennis Hayes (for the current and intermediate), with David Korten and Riane Eisler (into the longer term pragmatic). - cp, 8/24/08]

    Favorite Solution links above or at Political References Page

"Our Children Will Save Us"

    A day after writing the above, As I watched the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics and remembered the other great choreographies therein, I came to understand that it will be the young people of the planet who come together - literally and in many other ways - and from there most powerfully persist and succeed in petitioning the leaders of the nations for the sake of mankind and the planet. And due to their determination and courage, the leaders agree (and basically get out of the way) so that the terribly needed changes are rapidly facilitated - which brings the world's people together, leading to the healing of Mother Earth. Which provides not a bad introduction to the following, which is ALL ABOUT OUR CHILDREN AND OUR FUTURE:
      "Providing the Infrastructure for Cooperation..." at Poly-Psy Citizen Healing page: "Large scale conflicts are essentially about gaining or protecting resources. And the stat-backed TRUTH is that the cost of doing that militarily -on this planet's interconnected neighborhood- FAR exceeds the costs of simply PROVIDING ALL the resources!!! ...If we don't fight the war on poverty and dysfunctional environments, then we will never stop feeding the breeding ground of war & terrorism." Includes links to chart of stats on costs of War/Military Budgets vs provision of essential resources (all the basic needs of all people -especially from conception to college, plus all-round health care, plus the infrastructure to support it, appropriate to each culture), as well as links to references for studies showing how children's early formative environment has lasting impact on kids, ...has implications in every aspect of life, particularly those determining the cost of governing society - referring to "Best Starts for Kids," literally a resource-multiplying program! Related perhaps:
      "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at Evolution Trends Page which includes refs to (the law of) karma, reincarnation, and the "updated" prophecies for the year 2012.


'Beliefs in Potential & Transition', 12'08 Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
"Beliefs in Potential «§» Transition"
(Large Version & more on it's symbology)
at World Healing Prayers Page
Including a "Happy New Era" Card

Notes on Hope, Balance, & Opportunity




          Gateway to Conscious Evolution with Barbara Marx Hubbard.
This author and futurist is also featured in the groundbreaking documentary series, "HUMANITY ASCENDING: A New Way Through Together". In this transformational series each DVD presents vital elements to awaken the codes for our own conscious evolution and offers direction, meaning and a vision toward our birth as a new humanity. "The Humanity Ascending Series is breathtaking in its scope, startling in its clarity and gloriously hopeful, demonstrating why Barbara Marx Hubbard is a global treasure and one of the greatest visionaries of our time." —Neale Donald Walsch

       "Visions of the Future"
The SuperConsciousness Winter 2010 – 2011 issue at Super Consciousness .Com ("SC") is focused on our innate ability to peer into the mysterious future and bring back to the present what we see. Social conditioning would have us believe that to extend our perceptions into the future is evil or even dangerous, but are those subtle allusions of risk based on fact? In the INTRODUCTION to this issue’s main content, we present the argument that the fear attributed to knowing the future is nothing more than the growing pains of a species that is expanding their collective awareness beyond long-standing, limited belief systems. ...thirteen interviews, articles, and excerpts from researchers, scientists, spiritual adepts, and visionaries ..."

      "IMAGINE: What America Could be in the 21st Century"
About Realities We Can Create (These are practical, accomplishable given a little re-education about our actual capabilities and resources, and NOT "new age" dreams) Featuring (in alphabetical order): Ed Ayres * Sarah Ban Breathnach * John Bradshaw * Fred Branfman * Denise Breton, Christopher Largent and Stephen Lehman * Deepak Chopra * Kokomon Clottey and Aeeshah Ababio-Clottey * Peter Coyote * Stanley Crouch * Sam Daley-Harris * David Deida * Dee Dickinson * Riane Eisler * Debbie Ford * Peter Gabel * * John Gray * Thom Hartmann * Paul Hawken * Hazel Henderson * bell hooks * Barbara Marx Hubbard * Daphne Rose Kingma * David C. Korten * Dennis Kucinich * Michael Lerner * Paul Rogat Loeb * Gay Gaer Luce * Thomas Moore * Caroline Myss * Dean Ornish * James Redfield * John Robbins * Vicki Robin * Robert Roth * Lance Secretan * Peter Senge * Judith A. Sturnick * Eric Utne * Neale Donald Walsch * Margaret J. Wheatley
All author proceeds go to the Global Renaissance Alliance,
P.O. Box 3259, Ceneter Line MI 48015, office: (586)754-8105, Fax: (586)754-8106

     [Most currently, for solutions to begin applying: I'd go with Dennis Kucinich (almost always good for the relatively short term pragmatic), Al Gore and Dennis Hayes (for the current and intermediate), with David Korten and Riane Eisler (into the longer term pragmatic), and hopefully via O'Bama. Not to dismiss the others in the least - many of whose views I am very familiar with. - cp]

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" 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening..." (7/31/10, ed.9/4/10)
What's that got to do with anything? Think about what it would be like for you in a hospital where the nurses
never came when you cried out in pain because the doctors limited their time with the patients.
Now consider your political leaders as the doctors of your community or nation.
Who was listening when they were elected, or when they just took power?
...when the decisions were made about how resources were distributed?
So, a) how did all that come about, and
b) what are the means and mechanisms for *healing* that?

From the levels that will make a difference, psychologically and socio-politically?
Because the sub-title of the essay is "A story about Language, Relationship, and 'the Body-Mind Split',
An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context". Which sounds complex, but as you read, you'll see
that the learning required to apply the cure is not beyond our capacities at all. The times require it.
And that's what WE have got to do with it - with everything we care about.
 
Bright-3D-Light SyntheSphered (V&H,10Da), &Multi-Vortex(5'12) Chalice 'OutoT'Myst'' sig'd © Chris Pringer June'12

   "Poly-Psy Citizen Healing Page
Discussions & Charts on Political Activism, Empathy, Apathy, Healing & Recovering Democracy"
Thumbnail of Activism & Healing Chart, Chris Pringer - click to go there
   "Political Activism, Apathy, & Healing"
Cause and effect patterns related to conscious choices for change toward sustainable living on the planet (a long term project)

Introducing a study in current "Poly-Psy" (not just "Poly-Sci") with 3 graphic flow charts

Thumbnail of Intro-Overview Chart, © Chris Pringer - click to go there
   Overview Chart for Introducing a Study in Poly-Psy
What brought us to the *current crossroads* Socially and Psychologically; Citizen Roles and Choices
Thumbnail of Beliefs, Paths, & Service Chart, © Chris Pringer - click to go there
   "Beliefs, Paths, & Service"
Visually relates various philosophical origins, coping styles, roles in active citizenry...
      Includes the essays: "Healing the Citizenry" - guides pragmatic discussion for recognition of our current situation, examination of related cause-effect patterns, transitioning out of political apathy, and making conscious choices for change toward sustainable living on the planet - a long term project (Fall 2002);     "An Introduction to Subjects in 'Poly-Psy'" - about Poly *Psy*, not "Poly-Sci";     "A Re-balancing Transition Process for Healing Governments" - Daunting Questions about designing effective structure & process - 'ism's & not ('08-'10);     "The Economy as Artform and not Science" - a compassionate view ±?" (3'09); and      "'Empathy' or 'Armor' by Definition..." - Clarifying where the definition has come to be re-defined to apply in limited ways and directions (4'10)

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Why these "Poly-Psy" charts and essays?

               Because our government has been greatly influenced by the 60-80% of the citizens NOT participating.
         We (speaking of Americans over the last five centuries or so) have allowed/created our current condition -- in terms of various attitudes, beliefs, and values - and some interesting times wherein we re-defined certain values. And this implies, therapeutically speaking, we can therefore can *heal* our socio-political condition by changing those attitudes and re-clarifying some values over more time. That implies potential for a form of continuing *preventative health maintenance* curriculum at schools and colleges. Paradigm shift tension, anyone? How much are we ready for? But doesn't every writer asks that question - or just those who want us to "bridge" - to encourage exploration of our potentials and what we perceive as our limitations?
          Many writers note the incredible degree of short memory and denial that is going on in America. Perhaps that is because we want so strongly, even tenaciously, to believe in our "good guy" image of ourselves - certainly more than we want to acknowledge our attachment to our standard of living. "Our national denial" happens apparently because of that. Well, I believe it essential to the planet, considering the power of the United States, that the citizenry wake up, suffer the inevitable heartbreak, get a hold of ourselves and heal that, get real AND learn to use our anger constructively, and get in charge of what we can be proud of, and create much more of same. An elaboration on "Trends, Memory, Tracking, Trust, and Forgiveness" can be found here.
         All in all, the Poly-Psy charts page provides a good introductory, if not prerequisite, to the "OverComing Political Disillusionment" outline/study page (see next Link).

What would be accomplished if more than 40% of Americans felt empowered enough to Vote - Repeatedly. Over time, would we create a government that actually represented our highest values?

          See "OverComing Political Disillusionment" for an outline of study of current political challenges and psychological considerations effecting American citizen potentials for stirring democratic participation, and the power to make a difference for the world, as well as suggestions for the healing & preventative maintenance necessary in so many arenas to get us there.

          Questions For Disillusionment: A kind of Summary of parts of Overcoming Political Disillusionment and Christopher's Political Page. Also includes Guidelines and a class format for "Overcoming Burnout for Activists", and my pre-sentencing statement in trial for civil dissobedience, "The Development of One Questioning Mind"
 

         "Thresholds, Changing Trends, and Learning from Extremism" at the page, "New Information & Facilitating Paradigm Shift Potential." Initiating with a slightly eclectic introduction, the writing provides a fair amount of the scholastics and background research on "Threshold Effect"," and "Classic threshold models - the two most pertainent - as well as a few related uses for this variable that is useful for recognizing, assessing, and predicting key events and trends in processes. Trends being the operant word, since the current times 2015-2016 have been especially remarkable for their unpredictability. Also includes a pertainant review of Granovetter's model in Malcolm Gladwell's article, "Thresholds Of Violence" -- about the "school-shooting epidemic," "The Power of Context" and "The Tipping Point." As well as some implications - but with considerations for practical application, including for how to take all this in - AND references, including an extensive list copied from the Wikipedia page on Conscience. Finishes up with a summary assembly of context usages of "threshold effect" at the site. [New, June 2016]


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   "Resource Access Prayer Chart for Economy

Page Description:
24 prayers as of Dec 2011, Universal in approach,generally invoking Divine assistance, calling for citizen awareness & courage, truth, justice, accountability, related healing, learning, & balance, etc. They include a resource-connecting prayer chart for the Economy (Jan'11) , two that are specific to global climate healing, one to Iraq & Middle East, two for comprehensive planetary healing in general, two specific to media communications (latest Dec'10), and more. Page includes background and related information, links, and printing/downloading tips. (Yes, of course it's free, as I believe prayers are meant to be.)


Thumbnail of World Healing Prayer w Affirmative Questions, Integrated for Meditation for Prevention of War, and manifestation of Healthfully Sustainable Planet - click to go there
   "Q's Prayer 4 World Peace
     
Thumbnail of Iraq-MiddleEast Healing Prayer, Chris Pringer, Commissioning Archangel Michael for Truth, Justice, Accountability by all concerned - click to go there
    "Archangel Prayer for Iraq-MiddleEast"
     
Global Climate Healing Fantasy & Invocation (Thumb)

   "A Global Climate Healing Fantasy and the Spirit of It All" On Sacred Earth Background. PDF versions available for Printing (is 2 pages long)
   
World Healing Prayers over Sacred Geometry Graphic Backgrounds

The "coverage" (via prayer text) provides a virtual summary of our current world challenges - hints to opportunities to gain the momentum we need to heal/transform the planet and mankind.
   
Thumbnail of Broad Spectrum World Healing Prayer, Chris Pringer - click to go there
     Broad Spectrum World Healing Prayer



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De-Stress Kit
  
  The "Bleep Tool Kit" ...because habits are difficult to break
Intro for application of principles from 'What The Bleep Do We Know - Down the Rabbit Hole' from WhatTheBleep.Com. Remember *TM* (Transcendental Meditation)? Once the media made it all about the person (the guru), and not about the function and capability - for anyone who wanted to invest the time and energy ...well, at that point the potential was neutralized - until 'Bleep' resurrected the offer (with a much more grounded yet far-reaching platform). And I don't mean to imply that 'Bleep' is all about such serious things. It's as fun as it is intellectually stimulating, even as "wondrous," as it pulls together and makes understandable so many realms of knowledge in a practical way, including the quantum physics that backs it all up! And the DVD set is available at most video outlets. This DVD is also one great means of learning about and enhancing your Neuroplasticity, with the brain essentially being a tool kit that we each have opportunities to develop and enhance, even repair - from within.

  The "De-Stress Kit" from HeartMath.Org
provides much for initiating healing on the personal level, with great potential for assisting development of inner stillness and clarity. Such benefits can certainly, even naturally, expand to most every communal context. The HeartMath.Org web site is rich with fun tools for self-assessment and quickly introducing body, mind, and emotional health. It also provides FAQ's and voluminous research reports and related links & references. [Please note: as far as I know, there is no formal relationship between HeartMath.Org and WhatTheBleep.Com; I am associating them by common function - tools for conscious personal & world change. I consider their kit a valuable, perhaps essential, part of the "Bleep Tool Kit" - as I would any system(s) that does the same for an individual, actually. In you want to get really serious about such a tool kit, I would suggest integrating Chi-Gung, yoga, and a well-formed 'power-of-spoken-word' system with all the above. -cp]


         "Love and Seeing the Clouds Through" - Eclectic Poetry and Art by yours truly.


         Pages on Related Body-Mind-Spirit Health topics
can be found via "Related Web Pages" section of the "OverComing Political Disillusion" page.
Or check out the Body-Mind Integration Home Page
for many many health topics, resources, and related links,
including for naturopathic health, self-healing techniques and methodologies, etc.
 


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        Many related ref/links, especially as related to the Iraq War, will be found on this page by using keywords "econ," "cost," "spending," in your browser's word search (usually via the edit or file menu on your browser). A fairly extensive COSTS OF WAR section is between this section and the "Veterans For Peace, More Alternatives to War, etc" section, including a chart of stats /facts is available, including the U.N. statistic that only 10% of the amount budgeted to the US military would ensure the essentials of life to EVERYONE in the world (!!!).
        EG In Summary: IF we cover the cost of all the basic needs of all the people (especially from conception to college, plus all-round health care, plus the infrastructure to support it, appropriate to each culture), THEN the recruiters (including for terrorists) will fail the power-brokers' needs for war-making -- which is much more expensive, ANY way you count it. The chart linked to at right puts it in numbers.
      IF we could agree on that, THEN the main question becomes HOW to facilitate that movement of resources - from the military budget and/or the 1%, EG: the corporations profiting from that. And IF we could agree on that, THEN I'm sure we can get sufficiently creative to manage the challenge. And that's what the links directly below are for.
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Links to chart, "One Definition Of Insanity -
(Paying For War When Peace Costs So Much Less)"
- just below the Responsible Shopping,
Corporate Reform and Fairness sections.


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          Some of the best Pro-Active Resources for taking charge of our individual and collective economic health towards a sustainable planet are at GreenAmerica.Org/ (Pre Jan 2009 was "Coop America", URLs Updated 2011).

          Some of the best Pro-Active Resources for taking charge of our individual and collective economic health towards a sustainable planet are at GreenAmerica.Org. (Pre Jan 2009 was "Coop America", URLs Updated 2011)

          For responsible shopping, try www.responsibleshopper.org/, www.boycotts.org/, Green America Better Paper Project: Economic action to end ..., www.greenpages.org, and Most energy-efficient appliances available, which household energy hogs to replace first.

          Still another site for responsible shopping: www.ShopForChange.com, where you can access 60 popular merchants and donate 5% of your money spent on purchases. Also, a new corporate issue is featured there each month with the option to quickly email the targeted business leader.

          www.realmoney.org offers advice on fostering sustainability in the ultimate local environment -your own home and hometown. A Bi-Monthly Newsletter available with Co-op America membership or by newsletter-only subscription ($20/year)

          For Investments of a more Conscientious Approach to the planet, try www.socialinvest.org/. And www.shareholderaction.org describes actions many socially aware investors take to pressure companies to be more responsible.

          Search hundreds of COMPANY PROFILES by name or by industry and quickly compare the corporate..., Responsible Shopper: Guide to Promoting a Responsible Economy... ...Stay informed about corporate abuse and green business ...

          For Related Activism you might like Co-Op America .Org's Sweatshops Index Page. And www.fairtradeaction.org provides a way for taking part in fair trade campaign, ie: contacting companies and supermarkets to ask them to stock fair trade coffee.

          Get shopping hints and details via Blue Shopping: Do any online shopping for books or CDs? Amazon donates nearly 60% of their political contributions to Republicans, while E-Bay donates 56% of theirs to Democrats, and both Barnes & Noble and Powell's donate 100% of theirs to Democrats or other non-Republicans. Also try Overstock.com: 85% to Dems. Nordstrom gives 99% of their political donations to Republicans. Federated Department Stores, which owns Macys, Bloomingdales, etc., gives 74% of their political contributions to Republicans. Limited Brands (parent company of The Limited, Express, Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works) gives 83% to Republicans. J.C. Penney: 88% to Republicans. On the other hand, J. Crew gives 99% to Democrats. American Apparel gives 77% to Dems. The Gap gives 82% to Dems. Levi-Strauss: 100% to Dems. LL Bean: 98% to Dems. Wal-Mart: 78% to Repubs; Costco: 99% to Dems. [ref'd 2006 or so]

          "Act Now for a Just Planet" Energy/Cost Efficiency & other global warming related activism (letters and petitions to corporations & elected officials) via Climate Action .Org of Coop America extends to state and local races as well. [March 11, 2010]

          Bioneers - Collective Heritage Institute: An organization of some of the most intelligent and long-time dedicated people on the planet (IMHO), developing and implementing "sustainable" solutions throughout the world, including much for rebuilding the ECONOMY on both micro and macro levels. Some great examples are presented via www.bioneers.org/conference - "Solutions in nature consisitently surpass our concept of what is possible." Also see the Collective Heritage Institute of Santa Fe, NM. Sample articles, include "The Hidden Connection: A Science for Sustainable Living" by Fritjof Capra.

       Maude Barlow, The Economy, Water, Blue Planet Project, & More
      STATS ON THE ECONOMY, THE RICH/POOR DIVIDE: Maude Barlow is the head of the Council of Canadians, Canada's largest public advocacy organization, founder of the Blue Planet Project, and the author of the new book 'The World Has Divided into Rich and Poor as at No Time in History' (links to article at Common Ground): MAUDE BARLOW: On the eve of this G-20 gathering: "Let's look at a few facts. Fact, the world has divided into rich and poor as at no time in our history. The richest 2% own more than half the household wealth in the world. The richest 10% hold 85% of total global assets and the bottom half of humanity owns less than 1% of the wealth in the world. The three richest men in the world have more money than the poorest 48 countries. Fact, while those responsible for the 2008 global financial crisis were bailed out and even rewarded by the G-20 government's gathering here, the International Labor Organization tells us that in 2009, 34 million people were added to the global unemployed, swelling those ranks to 239 million, the highest ever recorded. Another 200 million are at risk in precarious jobs and the World Bank tells us that at the end of 2010, another 64 million will have lost their jobs. By 2030, more than half the population of the megacities of the Global South will be slumdwellers with no access to education, health care, water, or sanitation. Fact, global climate change is rapidly advancing, claiming at least 300,000 lives and $125 billion in damages every year. Called the silent crisis, climate change is melting glaciers, eroding soil, causing freak and increasingly wild storms, displacing untold millions from rural communities to live in desperate poverty in peri-urban centers. Almost every victim lives in the Global South in communities not responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and not represented here at the summit. The atmosphere has already warmed up a full degree in the last several decades and is on course to..." [excerpt from Common Ground article]
      Maude Barlow is also the author of the new book Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. See transcript of Maude Barlow interview, "Blue Covenant: Maude Barlow On The Global Movement For Water Justice". Barlow's fundamental theme is that "The hydrologic cycle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrologic_cycle) has been dramatically and deeply affected by our abuse and displacement of water, and we have to stop." On Oct. 21, 2008 Canadian water activist Maude Barlow was named "senior adviser to the United Nations on water issues -- a new position created by General Assembly president Miguel d'Escoto, who raised the subject of water as a human right in his first U.N. speech in September," Also see about UFPPC's discussion group, Digging Deeper, on the book, *Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water* by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark (New Press, 2002).

          Clean Energy & Economy Petition at Avaaz.Org: To the EU Trade Commissioner and the US International Trade Commission: "As concerned citizens, we urge you hold urgent talks with China and develop policies that support jobs and innovation and speed up the clean energy revolution. Tariffs, protectionism and a trade war would raise the price of solar and spell disaster both for the budding industry and for the climate. There is serious momentum building now for clean energy and jobs in a global green economy. We call on you to think of the future -- it is in your hands." Other points made at Avaaz: "From a climate change standpoint this is opposite of what we need to be doing. Inexpensive Chinese panels might hurt European manufacturers, but they’ve triggered a boom in solar energy, employing thousands of people in component manufacturing, installations, and service. Tariffs would threaten these jobs. Europe should not impose tariffs on chinese solar panels because it could lead to Chinese retaliations on European products, and a trade war would cripple the EU economy. Instead of putting tariffs on Chinese panels, European leaders should cut fossil fuel subsidies, invest heavily in appropriate renewables, and work with China to facilitate trade and speed up the clean energy revolution."

     HEMP & Economic Recovery:  
The Wonder Plant for Bio-Sustainability

MORE Resources On Hemp

are at the "Vehicle Efficiency Resource Compendium" Page, as well as a great many more resource links on alternative energy, water conservation, energy efficiency, other sustainable planet resources, and much more, including an extensive section on Climate Change

My words, absolutely not over-stated or exaggerated, and this is about the INDUSTRIAL (non-hallucinogenic) plant. It might be easier to find what can not be made from it and done with it (cheaper) than what can be: papers (nearly indestructable) while saving trees by the millions, textiles, from clothing to contemporary fashion handbags to shoes to furniture (also nearly indestructable), automobiles, a protein drink with a more complete protein than soy or eggs, medicines of all types, seed oil for many uses including bio-diesel fuel far more efficient than corn-made with carbon reduction for many industries, not to mention 4 crops per year in near desert conditions while reversing soil erosion,(!), which is why England is growing it in every available nook & cranny. Unbelievable that the US is just barely getting started, including making it LEGAL, considering how much ECONOMIC BENEFIT hemp could provide - Once we RE-EDUCATE the PUBLIC about the Potential of NON-hallucinogenic varieties of INDUSTRIAL hemp, facilitating the political process...

Thanks for Checking out the Resources, Passing the Word, Etc!  smile
Modern Uses of Industrial Hemp Chart
Modern Uses of Industrial Hemp Chart (by unknown)





P O L I T I C A L     I N F L U E N C E


     Higher Corporate Spending On Election Ads Could Be All but Invisible
            reported by ProPublica's Chisun Lee: The Supreme Court recently freed corporations to spend more money on aggressive election ads. But if businesses take advantage of this new freedom, the public probably won't know it, because it's easy for them to legally hide their political spending. Under current disclosure laws for federal elections, it's virtually impossible for the public to track how much a business spends, what it's spending on, or who ultimately benefits. Experts say the transparency problem

         Health Care Related (Petro-Pharmaceutical) Economics - Considerations in the cause of Seeking Accountability and Solutions - both nationally and internationally - A Complaint Against Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity, Committed in Connection With The Pharmaceutical 'Business With Disease.' ...submitted to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, June 14, 2003'

        At Public Citizen: Check their Index Page for Hot Issues & Take Action.
      Here you can also see if your elected rep votes for you. You can write your local editor via "Get published".
     And use their Search Engine to research their Publications - A wealth of knowledge gained in their fight for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care. Dozens of documents on Enron alone, including on the "tangled web" weaving through the whitehouse.

          "Bush Cabal and Enron's Tangled Web" (Mirror page at ChaliceBridge's PolyPsyArts site) - key figures and connections in this messed up crime matrix, as well as Public Citizen's Financial Security Strategy and "Clean Up Washington" Campaign Goals- Our help is needed to achieve this.

Chart of 'Koch's Web of Dirty Money & Influence' fr/Greenpeace.Org & OpenSecrets.Org
"Koch's Web of Dirty Money & Influence" from Greenpeace .Org & Open Secrets .Org ! (Scanned, resized, & Graphically Adj. for clarity by Chris Pringer, PolyPsyArts June 2012)
          "Koch Brothers Exposed", a series of short videos from Brave New Foundation that eventually became the full length documentary




C O R P O R A T E     R E F O R M


     NEW Amend the Constitution Toolkit
            "Corporate Personhood & Organizing to Amend the Constitution Building a Movement to Challenge Corporate Power" with David Cobb. Backbone Campaign now has a growing collection of creative resources at Challenge Corporate Personhood Action-In-A-Box online toolkit. Included is a .pdf glossary of terms, and a fascinating discussion of the current crisis and establishing State Banks as progressive response to the failings of the broken financial system.

          Reclaim Democracy .Org is dedicated to restoring democratic authority over corporations, reviving grassroots democracy, and establishing appropriate limits to the realm of corporate influence. 'We strive to work proactively for systemic change, rather than react to the agendas of corporate and moneyed interests.' See Their "About Us" page

          When Corporations Rule the World* and *The Post-Corporate World: Life After capitalism, by David C. Korten (www.davidkorten.org). Presentations by Korten drawn from these published books include a paper titled "Renewing the American Experiment." This and other papers, including "What to Do Now That the War Has Started" are available at www.developmentforum.net. Korten is President of the People-Centerd Development Forum, board chair of the Positive Futures Network (www.fourthfreedom.org/), and publisher of YES! magazine (www.yesmagazine.org). You might also enjoy the transcript of Korten's keynote address at the 2002 EARTH CHARTER COMMUNITY SUMMIT

            THE COURTS ALLOW CORPORATIONS TO STEAL: Before 1886, most states had laws that prevented corporations from meddling in politics... And, they teach in law school [that] in 1886 the U.S. Supreme Court changed all that ... [however] the Supreme Court ruled no such thing [as] "corporations are persons" [since the supposed ruling] was a fiction created by the Court's reporter. He simply wrote it into the headnote of the decision. In fact, it contradicts what the Court itself said. And we've found in the National Archives a note in the hand of the Supreme Court Chief Justice of the time to the court's reporter saying, explicitly, that the Court had not ruled on corporate personhood in the Santa Clara case. Nonetheless, corporations have claimed the human rights the Founders fought and often died to bequeath to living, breathing humans. And, using those rights, [corporations have] usurped our government to the point where our domestic policies are now based on what's best for the corporations with the largest campaign contributions, and our foreign policy has become a necessary extension of that..." --Thom Hartmann in "The Dinosaur War - To Protect Corporate Profits" Published on Friday, October 11, 2002 by CommonDreams.org.

          The Elite Consensus - When Corporations Wield the Constitution by George Draffan of Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD). POCLAD's work provides a framework and historical analysis of the Constitution and the role it has played in the political struggle between "We the People" and corporations. The Elite Consensus is the latest addition to the POCLAD body of publications. POCLAD's "Rethinking the Corporation/Rethinking Democracy" retreats are incubating nation-wide citizen efforts to curb the “corporate usurpation of citizen rights”. Pete Seeger says, “The first step in solving a problem is learning more about the problem, and how and why it grew. POCLAD is giving us U.S. history like it's not usually taught in schools. Hooray!”

          Mobilization for Global Justice is at www.globalizethis.org. More ways to stay informed and active on the issues are at www.Essential.Org, www.CorpWatch.Org. www.Citizenworks.Org - For GREAT information emailed from Citizen Works, please email ldrutman@citizenworks.org




E C O N O M I C     F A I R N E S S     I S S U E S


         Thom Hartman's book, *We The People - A Call to Take Back America,* [ISBN 1-882109-38-4] For a "jolt of illumination" on the current realities and how they came about, illustrated in easy-to-grasp commic book form by Neil Cohn, gives much of the history of how corporations have been able to take over the political process in America. Says David Korten (ref'd below), "Clear and compelling. Democracy is at risk. Hartmann tells us why We the People can reclaim democracy... tells us how..." Says actress Janeane Garofalo, "Thom Hartmann's message for everyone (especially theoverstressed and uninformed)... Read this book for a jolt of illumination!" Thom Hartmann: "America faces its greatest threat since the Civil War. The worst fears of the Founders are being realized, as powerful corporate interests have taken over our culture and representative government. We the People now face a fundamental choice: take back our country ... or do nothing, and become victims of tyranny and empire." Available via Coreway .Com. More details also through Google Search

          On the Pacific Free Trade talks from Avaaz.Org - "The deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is written to protect investors from government regulation, even if that regulation is passed in the public interest. Leaked versions suggest the TPP would undermine protections for air and water safety and reintroduce measures from the US Internet freedom attack as well as steamrolling efforts to produce generic affordable medicines. Worse still, lawmakers who fail to conform to the TPP’s rules face sanctions in an international tribunal -- a place where corporations can sue us for deals previous governments signed in secret!" (fall 2012):
               The Nation: "NAFTA on Steroids"
               The Guardian: "The Pacific free trade deal that's anything but free"
               Huffington Post: "Leak Cracks Open Trans-Pacific Partnership Scandal"
               Reuters: "Lawmakers press for open Trans-Pacific trade talks"
               TechDirt: "Hollywood Gets To Party With TPP Negotiators; Public Interest Groups Get Thrown Out Of Hotel"
               Electronic Frontier Foundation: "Background and analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement"

          Whose Trade Organization? about A Comprehensive Guide To the WTO - a book by Lori Wallach and Patrick Woodall

          The Seattle WTO People's History Project: "The story of resistance to the WTO in Seattle in '99 is one of how people power can change the world. It's a dangerous example for the elites and a powerful one for people. That's why for eight years, the corporate media, governments, and their police have waged a dis-information campaign about Seattle '99. Stories are how we understand the world and thus shape the future- and the story of Seattle '99 shapes what people think of protest, corporate globalization and repression. It's time that we in the social movements tell our own stories, reclaim our own histories, and publicly fight damaging myths past and present. This website is doing just that!"

          "This Rare Historical Moment - Without social and economic justice there can be no peace with the Earth" -- Kenny Ausubel, in"Conscious Choice"

         *The Idea of a Local Economy* by Wendell Berry. "The Failure of War," is a Related article by Wendell Berry, An essay first published in YES Magazine. Other books by Berry at Orion Online: *On Discourse, Dissent, Patriotism* and *In the Presence of Fear: Three Essays for a Changed World*
 
from Article, "An ‘Avatar' Awakening" By David Swanson, The Public Record"

"...When I saw “Avatar” in a packed 3-D theater in Virginia, and the crowd cheered the closing shot, I shouted: “And get out of Iraq too!” No one cheered for that. But no one called me a traitor either.

But will anyone in that crowd lift a finger to pressure their representatives in Congress to stop funding the evil they'd just seen sanitized, animated, relocated, and ever so slightly disguised?

Rob Kall at OpEd News suggested that we make flyers to hand out at theaters following screenings of 'Avatar.' Having now seen the film, I think he's right. [Here's the text from a flyer:]

AVATAR

Did you know that the Na'vi people are real, their troubles are real, and you can be a hero who saves them? It's true!

The story of “Avatar” is the story of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries attacked and occupied by U.S. mercenaries and U.S. troops.

It's harder to think about that, than it is to sympathize with giant blue computer-animated creatures. But it's extremely important that you take the step to explicitly admit to yourself what you've just watched in this movie, and that you take the additional step of doing something about it.

You don't have to ride a dragon or shoot an arrow, but you do have to call this number 202-224-3121 and ask to speak with your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives and tell them that their career will be over if they vote another dime to pay for the evil depicted in "Avatar."

Tell them that investing your money in education, transportation, energy, or infrastructure produces many more jobs than investing it in killing. Tell them that diplomacy and aid work better than bombs, and that we do not need unobtainium, which is called that for a reason, although we know it as "oil".

Call every day until you get the right answer, and report your daily progress at defundwar.org
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from the Article, "An ‘Avatar' Awakening" By David Swanson
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C O S T S     O F     W A R

In fiscal year 2015, Pentagon and related spending will total $598 billion,
accounting for 54 percent of all federal discretionary spending.
That's roughly the size of the next seven largest military budgets around the world, combined.
The below chart comes from before the Iraq War, but the point made about the trade-off for
insuring essential (non-military) needs still holds, if not more than ever. -cp

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can,
as only one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
...Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense,
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

-Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969)

Bumpersticker from VFP's national campaign, "How's the War Economy Working for You"
  

One Definition of Insanity (paying for war when peace costs so much less)

  
  

How much is spent on military budgets a year worldwide?
  

How much of this is spent by the U.S.?
  

What percent of US military spending would ensure
the essentials of life to EVERYONE in the world ?
(according the UN, & includes education, of course)
  
  
$900+ billion
  
50%
  

10% (That is about $40 billion, the amount of funding initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan in 2002). National Priorities .Org
  
  


      Q1:    "The main rationale for war generally boils down to lack of sustenance" - ie: due to the planet not having sufficient resources ?
      Q2:    "It's about Terrorism" ? Or, how many people would support extremists, IF everyone already had all they needed (basic needs and much more, which obviously could be afforded, were it not for the addiction to arms) ?
      Q3:    About someone's lifestyle, RELIGION, or values being threatening to "our own"?

  


     A1:   The above stats clearly do not support that notion shaking out with Reality. That is, the claim about planetary resources has been a lie, certainly for the last 150 years. In fact, that will only be true if we don't prevent climate change before it has gone on too long. But indeed, poverty and fear-of-lack has almost always provided the basis of war, and/or the excuse of the power-addicted, as well as sufficient circumstance, desparation, and fodder for terrorism.
      A2:    No and very few (not near enough to give cause for the risk). This assumes (after these needs are met) that there would be some amount of cooperative international policing capability, of course, with substantially reduced redundancy (not to mention "over-kill" capacity). When will we realize that EVERY basic *need* [that] EVERY person on this planet has - could be paid for many times over - for a fraction of what we spend - to fight those who feel so underfed, that they have to join extremists to make themselves heard (???), since that is when the recruiters will fail to meet the power-brokers' requirements for war-making -- which is much more expensive, ANY way you count it.
      A3:    Any psychologist, let alone anthropologist, will tell you that we cannot survive on this planet without diversity, and thence the respect for it. Scientists will tell you that goes for plant and animal species as well. (Q: Have we not yet learned from politicians who play with religious fervor and the freedom jealousy thing - on the emotions of the emotionally led?   A: One only hopes so!)
      A1-3:    The main point being, *Need* is NOT what motivates war - By about 90% or $800 Billion !!! (per the U.N., pre-Iraq War!) The real cause of war or terrorism is "Desire" by those who don't know when enough is enough (things or power), who don't know the difference between *Need* and *Desire,* and thus fail to deal appropriately with HOW the resources are distributed - and NOT. And to thus continue using problem-solving methods that increase the number and size of problems - is that not one definition of insanity? Vs such as those as could be accomplished by those discussed in "Providing the INFRASTRUCTURE for Cooperation" and the awareness and momentum as garnered by the Bernie Sanders campaign, the Peace Tax Fund legislation (H.R. 2377, originally H.R. 2037 by Senator Hatfield), & via the below links.
     

Do you want to make a difference in the politicized economy? Please consider these VIEWS and RESOURCES as needed (on other pages at this site)
[Parts Added 12'15, 2'16: a) about planetary resource availability in A1; after "When will we realize" in A2; & after "By about 90% or $800 Billion!!!" b) re: "Providing INFRASTRUCTURE..." and Bernie Sanders, Peace Tax Fund in A1-3 c) CostOfWar.Com became NationalPriorities.Org ]
  
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V O T E    W I T H    Y O U R    D O L L A R !
Please Use Resources Above & Below As Needed

Bumpersticker from VFP's national campaign, "How's the War Economy Working for You"
          The Economics of War & Peace - the Iraqi War Example The many articles here focus on the some of the Costs of War. Most regard the Iraqi War, the dishonesty around it, and the political campaign creating it. The articles were assembled primarily from listserve email via SnowCoalition.Org of Washington. Also available: The Economics of War & Peace - Part II - The 'Neo-conomy' in War, deep effects and future implications, and The Economics of War & Peace - Part III - Considerations, Innovations, Accountability, Solutions, Resources. Extensive; together they comprise over 1 megabyte of material.

          The National Priorities Project - The NPP Pie Chart just shows discretionary spending, which is the money represented in the budget each year. Among annually budgeted funds, military spending is over 50%. Try using Cost of National Security with our Trade-Offs tool. [NOTE: About CostOfWar.Com redirects: "Welcome Cost of War Visitors: If you have any questions or need assistance locating Cost of War information, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@nationalpriorities.org or 413-584-9556."]

          U.S. Defense Spending vs. Global Defense Spending (new window) - The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation has a table that shows the U.S. military budget compared to the budgets of other selected countries.

          Citizens for Tax Justice - "Those of us who believe that progressive taxation is a moral issue need to try to stop Congress from lining the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of ordinary Americans. Fortunatiely, Citizens for Tax Justice has been fighting for fairer taxes for the middle- and low-income families for more than two decades... this is the one group in the country that's really doing something to make things better for average taxpayers." - Jim Hightower; "I have long known of & admired the work of Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. (Director) Robert McIntyre is my ideal of the public citizen." - Bill Moyers

          Boycott The War - Don't Pay For it! Join the AXIS OF PEACE campaign, redirect significant funds to local organizing efforts. Support a low risk, mass participation strategy at Nonviolent Action Community of Cascadia, 206-547-0952, cmtc@igc.org). Or to War Resisters League - Portland Chapter, 503-238-0605, wrl_pdx@msn.com; in NY: wrl@warresisters.org 212.228.0450(p), 212.228.6193(f)

          National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, PO Box 150553, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 800.269.7464

          National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund 202–483–3751 or 888–PEACETAX (toll-free), 2121 Decatur Place, NW, Washington, DC 20008; "Contact us. Review our privacy policy.

          The Friends Committee on National Legislation presents an analysis of the federal government's military spending at "Our Nation's Checkbook" page

          More statistics on TRUE COSTS OF WAR - including Iraqi civilian deaths - are kept at a few sites, including at AntiWar .Com, Iraq Body Count, HRW .Org, and The Iraqometer. Also there is a count for US Military Personnel Wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan. The KIA's apparently do NOT include those who die in US hospitals, and definitely don't include mercenary KIA's. For MONETARY Costs stats please see NationalPriorities.Org (was CostOfWar.Com)
AND ABOUT LIVES

True Cost Of War [fr/VFP]
  2007? For up to date information Veterans for Peace has a link to Iraq War Casualty counts at the top of the Iraq Special Section Page.
More statistics via links at left

Bring Our Kids Home Bumper Sticker Blk3x10 ThumPic Bring Our Kids Home Bumper Sticker Blk3x10 ThumPic
These two versions of the "Bring Our Kids/Troops Home Whole" bumpersticker were inspired by the Peace Sign'ed American Flag (photos of the "Peace Flag Honor Guard" further below), and of course, the continuing need to bring our kids/troops home "Whole."

Printable PDFs are available with Full (8.5x11) page(s) of Three (3) B-stickers (each pdf about 3.3 MB in file size)
[Apologies for bad links for weeks prior to 9/16/10]:
ChBullet bumper-sticker WITHOUT VFP Logo           ChBullet bumper-sticker WITH VFP Logo

To download you can right click on the link(s) and then click "save as", if you don't want to open the pdf in your browser
Bring Our Kids Home Bumper Sticker Blk3x10 ThumPic
    The Original version was created in Jan'04 with the logo for Veterans for Peace Chapter 92 over a star-field from the American Flag. EG: we (psychologically astute vets) knew then that the soldiers were being trained differently, and the repeated tour-rotation policy was already being indicated, and how that related to PTSD.

PTSD & Other Veteran Disabilities

As of Spring 2010, more vets of Iraq-Afghanistan had committed suicide than had been killed in combat.
Compare this to the 30+ yrs it took
for Viet Nam vets to reach that statistic (!)

I repeat here (at right) the resource that I put at the vUSPeace Academy pages in 2004, which resource has since been confirmed to be applicable/effective for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans

Iraq and Afghanistan WARS
put 720,000 American Veterans on Disability
(July 2012). America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen. A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press.
ChBullet Co-Counseling or Re-Evaluation Counseling (REC)
because Listening Can be healing

While Harvey Jackins, the originator, has passed on, Re-Evaluation Counseling has continued to develop and mature into a most valuable, while relatively easy to learn, healing methodology.
For more information, you might use these KEYWORDS in your search engine: Co-Counseling, Re-Evaluation Counseling, Harvey Jackins.

0'Kelly Vets Acu Clinic Bulletin

For more information visit www.acuwithoutborders.org -
The number of Clinics around the nation is growing!


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.     - Leo Buscaglia




  


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          Veterans for Peace, National and other groups have been providing information and assistance for re-education regarding Military Recruiting claims versus realities about, and Alternatives to, Military Service. The most local chapter of the Veterans for Peace is Chapter92 of the Seattle/Bellevue area, and has pdf versions of it's newsletter, "VFP92 Peace Call" available via www.vfp92.org.

          Support Winter Soldier II: Iraq & Afghanistan
          On March 13-16, 2008, Iraq Veterans Against the War members gathered near Washington DC to disclose the realities of U.S. war policy, to share eyewitness stories that have been censored from the American public about the true human cost of these occupations. They need your support! There are many ways to help. There will continue to be live audio/video feeds from the Washington DC hearings available to present at your local event.

      Listen to Audio Clips from Participating Veterans! Read and sign the Winter Soldier Statement of Support here, and encourage friends, family, coworkers and members of your group to sign it as well. "...We Support the Troops Who Oppose the War: Truth, honesty and integrity are essential components to a functioning democracy...".

          Besides the IVAW: Iraq Veterans Against The War, more new groups we are so happy to see formed are Veterans Against The Iraq War, and West Point Grads Against The War .Org! Another new outfit is the World Veterans Federation. And lastly, but actually FIRST among the veterans of questioning authority, are the much appreciated VVAW- Vietnam Veterans Against The War!

          *Iraq Veterans Against the War* Speak Out, VIDEOs (Google Src Results -LOTS)

          Military/War/Anti-War/Sexual VIDEOs (Google Src Results): Probably one of the most powerful of these is of April Fitzimmons, Intelligence Analyst, USAF. A Comment at YouTube: "Thank you for posting this. It is truly amazing. She has real courage. 'My biggest enemy was my own company', just what Suzanne Swift said. This is something that anyone even considering joining the military needs to see, especially women.
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Winter Soldier II promotional postcards are now available without charge.

Our youth who have questions
about CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION and MILITARY RECRUITING
can find resources available via such organizations as the following:

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The VIRTUAL U.S. Peace Academy @Seattle
   

    Washington Truth In Recruiting

    www.teenpeace.org

    Teen Peace - Peace and Conscientious Objector Study Group Page

    Conscientious Objector.Org and http://awol.objector.0rg

    American Friends Service Committee(AFSC)

    Center on Conscience & War (CCW)

    Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD)

    National Network Opposing The Militarization Of Youth (NNOMY)

    Troops To Teachers info (TTT)

    What the Recruiter Never Told You (About.com).

          12 Questions

          Stopping War Where it Begins: Youth and the Military.Org

    National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC)

    Counter recruiting flyer
- a pdf for downloading at VFP site (available in both English & Spanish)
- great material for hand-outs

          Sample Statement of Conscientious Objection

          Sample Conscientious Objector Application for Servicemen & women

          Via the Home Page of The VIRTUAL U.S. Peace Academy @Seattle Students can create a vital and permanent record of their sincere desire and choice to learn and wage the arts of peace, rather than the art of war as taught at the military academies. The above and many other resources are accessible from this site as well.

          I believe that to know the facts about the Project for a New American Century (PNAC, see ref/links this page) and their relationship to the Iraq War, and then support the administration's policy of war or occupation in Iraq, is to have cold blood on our hands. As a Veteran for Peace (VFP Ch.92), I believe US citizens are uniquely positioned to stop US hegemony - IF we act with sufficient skill, numbers, persistence, persistence, and persistence (!) And this is our most immediate responsibility as per the Call To Conscience.
          The VFP keeps close track of the DEPLETED URANIUM situation (radioactive weaponry) - what US citizens don't know about what has been messing up our kids in Iraq. See the Q's re Iraq section for more info on DU and please write your congress persons.
          Veterans for Peace has a link to Iraq War Casualty counts at the top of the Iraq Special Section Page. More statistics - including Iraqi civilian deaths - are kept at a few sites, including at AntiWar .Com, Iraq Body Count, HRW .Org, and The Iraqometer. Also there is a count for US Military Personnel Wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan. The KIA's apparently do NOT include those who die in US hospitals, and definitely don't include mercenary KIA's.
Veterans For Peace
Call for Impeachment
of George W. Bush!

At Veteran's for Peace .Org are presented
Articles of Impeachment
for President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Attorney General John David Ashcroft.
Related: Impeachment Resource Links;   For a quick read to dispel doubt of need, see Myths About Impeachment

Look for Related Link at VFP site via:
Battlefield Exposure and War Crimes
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         Lt. Ehren Watada
Lt. Ehren Watada became the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the unlawful war and occupation in Iraq (with the Fort Lewis-based 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division). While doing this on June 22, 2006, Watada said, "As the order to take part in an illegal act is ultimately unlawful as well, I must refuse that order." Watada's commander added a seventh count to the six he already faced for remarks Watada made in a speech Aug. 12 at the Veterans for Peace national convention in Seattle.
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  See Watada Speech at Veterans for Peace convention August 2006 and related articles ("Iraq combat vets explain support for Lt. Watada," "GI resistance is a growing trend," and "We were conditioned to hate them") at the 'Thank You Lt. Watada web site' -AND -
                PepperSpray Productions announces the release of "He Stood UP" a DVD about the mistrial of Lt. Ehren Watada. To get more info, or to order the DVD online, go to http://www.peppersprayproductions.org/videos.htm. (Is Also available at Alliance for Democracy video Lending Library- check out the library at http://www.sounddemocracy.org/ -- click on “lending library” in Left Column)

          Revolt of the Generals by RICHARD J. WHALEN,
The Nation, October 16, 2006: A revolt is brewing among our retired Army and Marine generals. This rebellion--quiet and nonconfrontational, but remarkable nonetheless--comes not because their beloved forces are bearing the brunt of ground combat in Iraq but because the retirees see the US adventure in Mesopotamia as another Vietnam-like, strategically failed war, and they blame the errant, arrogant civilian leadership at the Pentagon. The dissenters include two generals who led combat troops in Iraq: Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack Jr., who commanded the 82nd Airborne Division, and Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who led the First Infantry Division (the "Big Red One"). These men recently sacrificed their careers by retiring and joining the public protest. [10/19/2006]

          the replacement of General Pace (June '07) ...and then (speaking of brass) - as related to his nay saying the BushCabal's rationale for attacking Iran - as related to this (from 2/18/07, covered here) "No sooner did unnamed military officials unveil their melodramatically secretive briefing in Baghdad last Sunday than Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, blew the whole charade. General Pace said he didn't know about the briefing and couldn't endorse its contention that the Iranian government's highest echelons were complicit in anti-American hostilities in Iraq. ... After General Pace rendered inoperative the first official rationale for last Sunday's E.F.P. briefing, President Bush had to find a new explanation for his sudden focus on the Iranian explosives. ..."

 "Brass Resistance
- of mainly Military," but not just..."
          ...have you ever put [the Hersh reports] of the last year or two side by side? (trends are interesting, ya think?) eg: how unpredictable is the brass (which brass? and who said agents?) Re-stacked chain of command for "emergency"... di©tator$hip... Well, it's time to blow that cover (wider). (very long page, includes most of the articles mentioned in this section plus others for 'In Context' reading, implications, resources; eg: very "loaded" page)

          Navy Public Affairs Officer Who Worked in Iraq Condemns President Bush & The U.S. Invasion: A year ago Navy Lt. John Oliveira was appearing daily before television cameras defending the U.S. invasion. He was the top public affairs officer aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. In a Democracy Now! exclusive he spoke on a national program for the first time criticizing the invasion he was once paid to defend. (Friday, March 26th, 2004)

          Troops With Stress Disorders Fit For Duty? Some Soldiers With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Are Being Re-Deployed To Iraq. "Army Staff Sgt. Bryce Syverson spent 15 months in Iraq before he was diagnosed by military doctors with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and sent to the psychiatric unit at Walter Reed Medical Center, CBS News correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi reports. 'It ended up they just took his weapon away from him and said he was non-deployable and couldn't have a weapon," says his father, Larry Syverson. "He was on suicide watch in a lockdown.' That was last August. This August, he was deployed to Ramadi, in the heart of the Sunni triangle — and he had a weapon." cbsnews, Oct. 19 2006 <

          Not All Wounds Are Visible - PTSD Alliance -- You should know that MORE VietNam Vets have committed suicide SINCE that war than were killed IN that war, due to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome). The experts still debate whether the greatly increased factors for Iraq War related PTSD will be countered by the increased expertise in dealing with it. And then there's the Bush Administration's - C U T S ! - in the VA Health Benefits budget. [Yes, that 'brilliant crew' could use a letter from you!]

          "Dishonoring the Sacrifice" by Jim Hightower, about Army Specialist Robert Loria, whom the pentagon sent a bill for $1,700, claiming he'd erroneously received family separation pay while in rehab, plus travel expenses connected to his treatment after the roadside bombing in Iraq that tore off his hand and forearm. They also billed him for some of the Humvee parts damaged in the explosion!

          Survey Offers First Glimpse of 'War on Terror'; Combat Veterans Seeking Homeless Assistance, JANUARY 12, 2005 -"...combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are likely to request assistance earlier than in previous conflicts, and possibly in greater numbers, for several reasons."

          Also: The Federal Government estimates that hundreds of thousands (perhaps half a million) of American military veterans are homeless and living on the streets - from the book *The Unfinished War: Vietnam and the American Conscience* (Boston: Beacon: 1990), by Walter Capps. Excerpts & refs available from Frank Dorrel at (310) 838-8131 or www.addictedtowar.com for $10 (including shipping). For an additional $10 he will mail you a mind-boggling 10-part documentary video entitled "What I've Learned about U.S. Foreign Policy: The War against the Third World."] [12/02/02]
Bring Them Home Now Logo (Remake-bcp).jpg           Bring Them Home Now and Military Families Speak Out are organizations of people who are opposed to war in Iraq and who have relatives or loved ones in the military. Formed in November of 2002, MFSO has contacts with military families throughout the United States, and in other countries around the world. Given this, MFSO has both a special need and a unique role to play in speaking out against war in Iraq. "It is our loved ones who are, or have been, or will be on the battlefront. It is our loved ones who are risking injury and death. It is our loved ones who are returning scarred from their experiences. It is our loved ones who will have to live with the injuries and deaths among innocent Iraqi civilians."


          Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change (DMCC) Press for Peace in the Middle East- Breaking with the Administration over the war in Iraq! This most wonderful breath of fresh air into the mix is a group of retired ambassadors, generals and admirals calls for regime change in Washington. Their Mission Statement: "...On the basis of foreign and defense policy experience spanning half a century, members desire, through their participation in public forums, to share their expertise and express their deep concern over the current state of this country's diplomatic and security challenges. Never in recent years, in the view of the group, have those challenges been as serious as they are today."

          Think the Days of the Draft are Gone? Think Again, By William Rivers Pitt, regards H.R. 3598, entitled "Universal Military and Training Act of 2001." It was introduced into the House of Representatives on December 20th, 2001 by Republican Rep. Nick Smith of Michigan, and calls for the drafting of all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 22 for military service. Even those who would declare themselves conscientious objectors would be drafted and given military training, whereupon they would be peeled off to another Federal agency to serve out their term.

          Many thinking statespersons are now in need of your support for Creating a Department of Peace. As O'Kelly McCluskey (VFP92) put it, "Example: Imagine: On the day LBJ made the fateful Tonkin Gulf decision, that seated in the cabinet was the Sec. of Peace Ellsberg, He would have said: "Dammit, LBJ, everyone here knows there was no attack on the Turner Joy. If you're trying to trick this nation into an unjust war, I'm resigning and telling the nation of your deceit." Result: maybe no Vietnam War." DID YOUR CONGRESSMAN TO SIGN ON YET? U.S. House of Representatives- there are currently 50 co-sponsors (Tue 08/05/03). As per our WWVFP92-proposed and National VFP-adopted resolution: "We the people are entitled to know that before breaking the peace and entering into a state of war, the president has been fully advised by the advocates for peace vs. the advocates of war. To achieve the highest quality in this critical decision making process through a balance between the forces for war and the forces for peace, it is imperative to create a cabinet level Peace Dept. Failure to have an institutional balanced decision making process has led us into questionable wars which might have been avoided." Here's where you get Buttons & Bumperstickers.

          Also proposed by VFP92 and passed at the National VFP Convention (August 03) was the Resolution for The US to be Working To Bring About United Nations Control Over Security And Reconstruction In Iraq

         Soldiers For Peace
In addition to education, the mission of Soldiers For Peace International is to bring together individuals and groups who are working in seemingly disparate ways to ensure that our children live in a rational, sustainable world. All social justice efforts lead to the end of war, the ultimate injustice. Those who work for justice are Soldiers For Peace, whether they have served in the military or not.

          NOTICE: Masako Usui, a Japanese journalist living in St. Paul MN, is looking for NAVY VETERANS FOR PEACE, particularly former submarine crews to get information about sub operations that could be related to the "Ehime-maru accident." This is the 2001 incident in which 9 japanese people (including four students) died when the USS Greenville (SSN 772) collided into the Japanese Fisheries High School training ship Ehime-maru. Masako is supporting Japanese victim's families who seek for a peaceful ocean, and can be reached via masako.usui@att.net. Thank you.
 

          You must see A Critical Decision .Org -- We-Are-All-In-This-Together - not just because it's put up *by an Airforce Officer* no less! But because it's a most impressive site in any case. Holy Cow ... AirForce Gaia! went there, read about Lt.Col. Gladish... amazing... Love his "We Are All in This Together" page, as one of my favorite sayings is "we all work best when we all work together" -- I also say that about the cells, organs, chakras, etc. I'll bet this guy becomes a chaplain if he stays in, well, except he's a pilot... would be a tough choice in that case - I mean, he's already flyin! :-) "William C. Gladish earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Indiana University. He received an Air Force officer's commission in 1982 and served on active duty for over ten years as a pilot and navigator. In 1992, he completed a master's degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of many professional military programs, including Air Command and Staff College. He has served as an assistant professor and has received numerous leadership awards from the Air Force. He presently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel (select) in the Air Force Reserve and continues to study the impact of large corporations on humanity and the environment and their threat to the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"

          "Smoke, Mirrors, Quippy Reflections, Shadowy Figures, Questions 'n Elections"
including "A Poor Posse of Psycho-Political Pyro-Lyricism for a Posturing Pauper... Dedicated to the novice, our reicheous king, our hero? our saviour? Our royal derrieric sting..."






Also at this site:
Editorials & Resource Links for (Pre-2008)
MID-EAST WARS and Post 9/11 Reality Check





 

Church & State, Tea Party, & "Machiavengelicals"

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   Spiritual and Religious Progressives Saying "No"
to Corporate Dominance of the US Economy and Politics and to Tea Party Extremists and Invited Secular Progressives to Join in a United Strategy
in the national strategy conference, June 11-14, 2010
at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill (in DC).
         The Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP), was chaired by Rabbi Michael Lerner and co-chaired by Cornel West and Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, and made the invitation for the Obama years, "whether you be a militant atheist or a practitioner of some spiritual or relgious path." [The list of speakers is star-studed, by the way. -cp]
         Organizations that co-sponsored the conference with Tikkun and the NSP included: Common Cause, United Religions Initiative, Peace Action, The Nation Magazine, Public Citizen, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, The Institute for Policy Studies, Progressive Democrats of America, the Shalom Center, the Washington Peace Center, and Yes magazine. For more information: Contact James Lee, Conference Coordinator at 410.262.8365. To interview Rabbi Michael Lerner: Contact Natalie Wollner or Will Pasley at Tikkun Magazine, 510.644.1200 or write to will@tikkun.org. You Can Register Here or by calling Natalie@tikkun.org, 510.644.1200, Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
Support Obama to be who you voted for

On the Tea Party, Teabaggers, Oath Keepers, Etc


   *The Whites of Their Eyes*
by Jill Lapore
         Listen on KUOW's "The Conversation" (KUOW, Seattle) to Jill Lapore interviewed by Ross Reynolds, 10/25/2010. Harvard History Professor Jill Lapore describes the Tea Party movement leadership/communications as nationally organized, it's nature as far more religious than non-secular, it's followers primarily as emotion-led (evangelical), its perspective on the constitution as originist (sp?), and not as a respecting/acknowledging its development as in keeping with the progress of the American culture (which was very violent and uncivilized in it's early stages, and the laws overall were much farther out of step with the higher values of American society. eg: This radio program provided great context for Thurgood Marshall's powerful statements about the constitution as a "Living Document," that lives and breathes in step with our progress (forwards or backwards). [- Chris Pringer] KUOW: "Tea Party activists and their leaders like Glen Beck claim they follow what the founding fathers intended. Harvard history professor and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore says 18th century history is a bit messier than they might realize. She talks about the battle over the meaning of history..." Another Review from History News Network: "Jill Lepore, a historian of the American Revolution and a staff writer at The New Yorker, has written a brief but valuable book..." (http://hnn.us/blogs/52.html)

   NEW Section, March 2010: "The Axis of the Obsessed and Deranged"
By FRANK RICH, February 28, 2010 in The Times.
          Important reading (IMO) on the murder-suicide of Andrew Joseph Stack III, who flew the plane into the IRS office (or building housing same), on "the Tea Party hero" Scott Brown, on David Barstow's chilling, months-long investigation of the Tea Party movement published in The Times (2/16/10), on what the Southern Poverty Law Center had found last year, on the distinction between the Tea Party movement and the official G.O.P., on the co-sponsor of CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) by the John Birch Society, on Barstow's profile of Pam Stout, who cast her lot with a Tea Party group allied with the 9/12 Project, the Birch Society and the Oath Keepers, "a rising militia group of veterans and former law enforcement officers who champion disregarding laws they oppose [about] "another civil war" [that] may be in the offing."

    ACORN v. USA & Center for Constitutional Rights
         "The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lawsuit against the United States government in an effort to derail a a right wing campaign to target, attack and crush progressive organizations. ACORN v. USA challenges the legality of the actions of Congress in passing a resolution barring government funding of ACORN and all of its affiliated and allied organizations. Their actions constitute a bill of attainder - effectively permitting Congress to act as judge, jury and executioner without a trial or judicial hearing. Despite existing regulations and mechanisms to address legal concerns involving federal grantees, this resolution was passed solely for the purpose of singling out ACORN and its affiliates for de-funding and punishment." - Annette Dickerson, CCR. Rachel Maddow's analysed the lies about ACORN. March 10, 2010 CCR celebrated a major victory when we won an injunction against Congress' unconstitutional de-funding of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) for the second time. A federal judge ordered the United States and several government agencies to rescind orders cutting off funding to ACORN and its affiliates and allies.

   Cuéntame exposing Tea Party racism
          Tea Partiers boast a presence of hundreds of thousands on social networks and in order to be able to expose their true colors we need as many of you, your family and friends to join Cuéntame and take action. Watch the first video: "Exposing The Racism." Cuéntame is a community of Facebook users where Latinos and the general public can connect and interact with fellow Facebook fans, activists, artists, bloggers, public figures, musicians journalists and other community members. In Spanish Cuéntame has a double meaning: "Count me in," and "Tell me your story." - Robert Greenwald

   Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove
          Heroes to many in the Tea Party and likeminded others, these two have been writing in the Wall Street Journal since Rupert Murdock took it over (the rich conservative from Australia whose been buying up the media for some years now). Rove has been called for umteen times before congress with regard to the multitudinous contractory statements under the Bush Administration (Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, etc re Valerie Plame, Attorney's General firings, abuse of presidential powers, Project for a New American Century [PNAC], etc.) There's a special section at the Political References page on Karl Rove, "The King Of Dirt" (title of one of the books published about his person).

   "The Oath Keepers: The Militant and Armed Side of the Tea Party Movement"
          By Justine Sharrock, Mother Jones, Posted on March 6, 2010, Printed on March 6, 2010 [This article serves as a reference link page in itself; I included only a few of the relevant highlights in the following excerpts -Chris]:
          "THE .50 CALIBER Bushmaster bolt action rifle is a serious weapon. The model that Pvt. 1st Class Lee Pray is saving up for has a 2,500-yard range and comes with a Mark IV scope and an easy-load magazine."
          "...His belief that that day is imminent has led Pray to a group called His belief that that day is imminent has led Pray to a group called Oath Keepers Oath Keepers, one of the fastest-growing "patriot" organizations on the right. Founded last April by Yale-educated lawyer and ex-Ron Paul aide Stewart Rhodes, the group has established itself as a hub in the sprawling anti-Obama movement that includes Tea Partiers, Birthers, and 912ers. Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and Pat Buchanan have all sung its praises, and in December, a grassroots summit [2] it helped organize drew such prominent guests as representatives Phil Gingrey [3] and Paul Broun [4], both Georgia Republicans., one of the fastest-growing "patriot" organizations on the right. Founded last April by Yale-educated lawyer and ex-Ron Paul aide Stewart Rhodes, the group has established itself as a hub in the sprawling anti-Obama movement that includes Tea Partiers, Birthers, and 912ers. Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and Pat Buchanan have all sung its praises, and in December, a grassroots summit it helped organize drew such prominent guests as representatives Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun [4], both Georgia Republicans. ..."
          "...Twelve days earlier, the Department of Homeland Security had issued a report warning that a black president, weak economy, and high unemployment rate had created a "fertile recruiting environment" for right-wing extremists—"disgruntled" vets from Iraq and Afghanistan, the report noted, could bring combat know-how to domestic terrorist groups. Predictably, veterans groups went ballistic, and the report itself became a potent Oath Keepers recruiting tool. "The No. 1 focus of DHS is not Islamic terrorists—it is me and you," Rhodes told followers. "They will unleash the government against you, silence you and suppress you! ..."
          "...All this attention has put Oath Keepers on the radar of anti-hate groups. Last year, the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center
both name-checked the group in their reports on rising anti-government extremism. ..."
          "... IT IS EASY ENOUGH to dismiss the Oath Keepers as (in the words of Britain's Independent [article]) "right-wing crackpots" or "extremist nimrods" (Huffington Post [article]). CNN stressed the group's conspiracy theories in its series on militias. But beyond the predictable stereotypes, "the reality is a lot of them are fairly intelligent, well-educated people who have complex worldviews that are thoroughly thought out," says author David Neiwert, who has been following the patriot movement closely since the '90s. Rhodes' vision is simple—"It's the Constitution, stupid." He views the founding blueprint the way fundamentalist Christians view the Bible. ..."
          "...Oath Keepers steers clear of certain issues. Personally, Rhodes would prefer the list of objectionable orders to include detaining foreigners indefinitely at facilities like Guantanamo. And while he argues that torture should never be legal, the group takes no official stance on America's war on terror or overseas engagements. After an Oath Keeper who is also a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War touted IVAW repeatedly on Oath Keepers' Web forum, Rhodes deleted the guy's online testimonial. "The IVAW have their own totalitarian mindset," he told me. "I don't like communists any more than I like Nazis. ..."

   What If the Tea Party Were Black?[
This article REALLY puts the light on things. Kind of amazing, actually. -cp, 4/29/10 ]
          By Tim Wise, AlterNet Posted 4/25/2010: "Let's play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it's played is simple: we'll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we'll conjure - the ones who are driving the action - we'll envision black folks or other people of color instead. ..."

   Related: Tell the GOP: Don't tolerate hatred. [at CREDO Action]

    A Mad Tea Party
          By William Cox, The Public Record, 4/21/2010: "There are good reasons why the tea partiers are mad. However, their solutions are equally mad. The movement is being joined by Independents, Republicans, and even some disenchanted Democrats who have come to believe their government has failed them and that neither political party is doing anything to fix it. This is true; however, all of us are being manipulated by the big corporations and the wealthy elite, who use their corporate-owned, mainstream media to mislead the people into acting against their own interests. The corporations and wealthy elite have been highly successful in using their money to seize control of the government and the media to spread their lies, most recently in the debate about health care. ..."

   "SCENES FROM AN AMERICAN DISASTER: TEA PARTY CONVENTION ATTENDEES SPEAK"
includes VIDEO: Scenes from the Tea Party convention
         New Left Media, February 12, 2010: "Last week, the group Tea Party Nation organized the first Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tenn., a for-profit event. Some 600 people paid $550 to attend, and Sarah Palin was reportedly paid $115,000 to the be the keynote speaker. After criticism of the convention's cost, for-profit status, and payment to Palin, multiple national Tea Party organizations withdrew their participation. But the event went on. And so did the paranoid, conspiratorial assertions -- that President Obama was born in another country, that he has covered up his college transcripts, that he is pushing a communist/socialist agenda, that he is protecting terrorists and endangering our country, etc. ..."
          Mark Jensen's Summary: "About ten minutes of interviews of attendees of the Nashville Tea Party convention reveal how widespread among its adherents are "paranoid, conspiratorial assertions -- that President Obama was born in another country, that he has covered up his college transcripts, that he is pushing a communist/socialist agenda, that he is protecting terrorists and endangering our country, etc."

   On racism and the Tea Party
         [Includes Three Articles and lets you judge for yourself. Speaking for myself, based on the articles on this page, and the virtual fourth linked article (an address to a Tea Party meeting by "another black Tea Partyer, Mason Weaver") noted in Mark Jensen's summary, I found that difficult. -Chris]:
          "White Racial Resentment Bubbles Under The Surface Of The Tea Party Movement" By Rich Benjamin ** The simmering movement is the whitest phenomenon on the national scene, evident not just in its Caucasian numbers but in the bedrock beliefs stirring its anti-government contempt. ** AlterNet February 5, 2010
          "Black Tea Party Express Tour Member Experienced Racism" By Lloyd Marcus American Thinker February 10, 2010
          "Garofalo: Tea Party Goes Are Racists Who Hate Black President" By Noel Sheppard NewsBusters April 16, 2009

   "The Misinformed Tea Party Movement -
For an antitax group, they don't know much about taxes."
          Bruce Bartlett, Forbes.com, 3/19/10, 12:01 AM EDT: "On March 16 the Tea Party crowd showed up for yet another demonstration on Capitol Hill in Washington. Curious about the factual knowledge these people have regarding the issues they are protesting, my friend David Frum enlisted some interns to interview as many Tea Partyers as possible on a couple of basic questions. They got 57 responses--a pretty good-sized sample from a crowd that numbered between 300 and 500 people. (Survey results are here.) ...Tuesday's Tea Party crowd, however, thought that federal taxes were almost three times as high as they actually are. The average response was 42% of GDP and the median 40%. The highest figure recorded in all of American history was half those figures: 20.9% at the peak of World War II in 1944."

   "Tea partiers target wrong Perriello"
          By Mike Madden, Salon.Com, Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 10:34 EDT: Opponents of the freshman Virginia Democrat post his brother's address online -- and someone cuts a gas line there. WASHINGTON -- "Tea party activists weren't particularly fond of Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va., even before he voted for the healthcare reform bill last weekend. So maybe it's not a surprise that they posted what they thought was Perriello's home address on a blog, inviting people to "drop by and say hi and express their thanks" in person. What is a bit of a surprise, though, is that the activists had the address for the wrong Perriello, and sent sending angry constituents to the freshman congressman's brother's house. And that other activists at first refused to take the address down, since they didn't believe it was the wrong one. And then, someone cut a gas line to a propane tank on Perriello's brother's back porch, which got the FBI interested. ...A recent poll found only 28 percent of the public has a favorable opinion of the tea partiers; 49 percent don't know enough about them to form an opinion yet. If organizers aren't careful, the opinion that eventually forms may not be so favorable."

   A Very "Going Rogue in Combat Boots ...
American Coup Coming Soon to a Hometown Near You"
          By William Astore, Posted on January 19, 2010, TomDispatch.Com [skip down to the 2nd section, "American Coup..." for most relevant parts. Then take it all in context. -Chris]

    "ANTI-SOCIALIST PLEDGE" by Thom Hartmann, April 2010
CONSERVATIVE REAL AMERICAN SOCIALIST-FREE PURITY PLEDGE
;
Socialism, as defined by the Oxford American Dictionary: A political and economic theory...
          [ I had to do a double-take when first saw this, but then I just knew Thom Hartmann HAD to be up to something - VERY CREATIVE! GREAT list of points! Includes "I will foreswear the time-honored principles of fairness, decency, and respect by screaming unintelligible platitudes regarding tyranny, Nazi-ism, and socialism at public town halls while exercising my inalienable right to not know what any of these words actually mean." -Chris... and in response to the similar vein at "Just Say No to Socialism" Facebook Note by Daniel Brodie, this is what I had posted 3/28/10 at the PolyPsy Citizen Healing page and at facebook (and not the other way around unless you want facebook to claim it!):
          The funny thing about "socialism" in America - take most any system in our infrastructure, and define which parts are from capitalism, and which is from socialism. Besides all the arguments about which ones are from which, how many folks would pick up on the point that what works is what works, what doesn't is what doesn't, and who is/was it that's actually responsible for whichever? I suppose, once we Americans could ever establish a working definition (like yeah, could that even happen?), then we'd see how meaningless it's application would be for those infrastructure systems. The system that works is the one that can be used fairly for and upheld justly the citizenry of a given community, as it interacts effectively with systems of other communities. But we all know that such politicals as the "Teabaggers" (2010) are not arguing about many logical points - the organizers just use whatever they can to exite the exitable and get them where they can use them to accomplish their ends. As if "their" constitution could defend capitalism more than socialism - especially with regard to how they have actually been practiced. I used to call them "Machiavengelicals." A few years later I wanted to call them "MachiaPalingelicals" -Chris ;-) ]
          But is not *Structure* what it IS *all* about essentially ? Since that is the basis of FUNDAMENTALISM (whatever the particular creed) and thus the extremism, thence the terrorism. It's also the basis of most of the major schisms in the world today, certainly of those that make the news. Perhaps it's even the basis of the "'ism'-schisms," thence resource distribution, thence poverty and all that brings (population issues, health, etc).

    "Ayn Rand, Hugely Popular Author and Inspiration to Right-Wing Leaders,
Was a Big Admirer of Serial Killers"
         By Mark Ames, AlterNet Posted on February 26, 2010: "...The loudest of all the Republicans, right-wing attack-dog pundits and the Teabagger mobs fighting to kill health care reform and eviscerate "entitlement programs" increasingly hold up Ayn Rand as their guru. Sales of her books have soared in the past couple of years; one poll ranked "Atlas Shrugged" as the second most influential book of the 20th century, after The Bible. ...This is the "amazing picture" Ayn Rand -- guru to the Republican/Tea Party right-wing -- admired when she wrote in her notebook that Hickman represented "the amazing picture of a man with no regard whatsoever for all that a society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. A man who really stands alone, in action and in soul. Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should."

    Why the Tea Party Is a Fraud
          The political action committee that organized the Tea Party Express -- Our Country Deserves Better PAC -- funneled almost two-thirds of its spending from July to November back to the political consulting firm from which it was spawned, Russo, Marsh, and Associates. More than $850,000 of the money the supposedly grassroots PAC collected went to the firm of GOP political operatives who ran it.
[-- Comment by Anita Stewart, Huffington Post .Com, 4/15/10 ]

Tea and Empathy: The Connection Between High Unemployment, Record Foreclosures, and Right Wing Rage
          "Look at the guy who started the movement - Rick Santelli, an ex hedge fund trader."
[--Comment by Emilia Romagna, Huffington Post .Com, 4/15/10 ]

    Sarah Palin's Boston Tea Party Speech: Obama Agenda 'Un-American'
Huffington Post .Com, 4/14/2010

    Palin Uses Crosshairs To Identify Dems Who Voted For Health Care Reform
Talking Points Memo, March 24, 2010.

    Tea Party Protests: 'Ni**er,' 'Fa**ot' Shouted At Members Of Congress
Huffington Post, March 20, 2010.

    Robert Creamer: Republican Defenders of Wall Street Beware: The Tea Party Is Coming
          Wall Street is a powerful political "wedge" issue. Lining up with the Wall Street Banks this spring is going to be really bad politics for Republicans this fall. Huffington Post .Com, 4/13/2010

    Arizona And Nevada To Join States Suing Over Health Care Reform
Huffington Post .Com, 4/7/2010



      RELATED ?      

    American Family Association To Muslim-Americans: Convert To Christianity Or Leave
Huffington Post .Com, 4/14/2010

   Militia Members Planned To Kill Cop And Bomb Funeral, Prosecutors Say
          DETROIT — Nine alleged members of a Christian militia group that was girding for battle with the Antichrist -to wage war against the US- were charged Monday with plotting to kill...
...have been freed from jail on bond 3 May 2010: "A judge in Detroit ordered their release, despite prosecutors' objections, imposing strict conditions including electronic tagging. ...'The United States is correct that it need not wait until people are killed before it arrests conspirators,' US District Judge Victoria Roberts said in her ruling. 'But, the defendants are also correct: Their right to engage in hate-filled, venomous speech, is a right that deserves First Amendment protection.' "

   Hutaree Christian Militia Among Targets Of FBI Raids In Three States
          ADRIAN, Mich. — The FBI said Sunday that agents conducted weekend raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio and arrested at least three people, and a...

  



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Political-Evangelical Complexities And Confusions

NOT un-related are the chart on the Cost of Military Spending
and the section on how to vote with your dollar (further above)

       'George Bush and the rise of Christian Fascism' by Rev. Rich Lang (March 2004)
          'George Bush and the rise of Christian Fascism' is a powerful sermon fired off by the most astute Rev. Rich Lang, of Seattle's Trinity United Methodist Church, about theocratic fascism. Nails the Machiavangelical movement on every corner of its shadowy charade. I can't say enough about this sobering description of our challenge. His adept focus addresses the specific theological tresspasses that the Christian fascists engage in.
          For example, "Apocalyptic theology believes that Jesus dying for my sins is far more important than the teachings of Jesus. We see this in the recent movie PASSION OF THE CHRIST. What this creates is a spirituality that can overlook the teachings of Jesus." I hope I can add one more important quote from Rev. Lang.
It's the one I was looking for when first doing this page:
          "Mr. Bush certainly sees himself as a Messiah figure. Listen to his language after 9-11:
'I will not forget this wound to our country or those who inflicted it. I will not yield; I will not rest; I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people.' Or, in his 2003 State of the Union speech: 'I will defend the freedom and security of the American people'. He has become the nation. He is its embodiment. According to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, - Bush told him: 'God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.' This is Biblical language ... it isn't political script. This is Bush's soul language. He understands himself as a man with a Divine mission. It also means that for him leadership is not 'representing the people' rather leadership means transcending the will of the people. George Bush already knows the truth before the evidence is presented. He is guided by God and must blaze the trial even if the people are reluctant."

   Military Deeply Involved in Christian Reality Television Show

         By Jason Leopold, May 6th, 2009, The Public Record Staff: "The Pentagon was involved in the production of a cable program that featured two so-called 'extreme' missionaries embedded with a U.S. Army unit in Afghanistan trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. The popular reality series, 'Travel the Road,' aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and featured Will Decker and Tim Scott, and Tim Scott, two so-called 'extreme' missionaries who travel the globe to 'preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth and encourage the church to be active in the Great Commission.' ..."

   "The Origins of the Neo-Conservative Mind
Political Comparative Analysis" by Alan Wolfe
and "How The Democrats Were Betamaxed" was written by Laurie Spivak

          Professor Alan Wolfe uses fascist philosopher Carl Schmitt
to help us understand contemporary politics & the eerie relevance to the current moment in American history. Spivak focuses on countering the conservative smoke & mirror show. Wolfe and Spivak provide much for answering questions & considerations put forth in "Questions for [healing] Disillusionment," "Recovering the Citizenry," and related theme web pages. (These Q&C-loaded pages emerged in response to the current political mind-bog: the apparently unconscious psycho-political dumbfounding of many American citizens who have, according to most everyone else on the planet, blindly allowed current trends due to taking our democracy for granted. Q&C pages by yours truly; links provided below)

      The Influence Of The Christian Right On U.S. Middle East Policy.
Foreign Policy in Focus By Stephen Zunes, The Project Against the Present Danger, June 28, 2004.
         Stephen Zunes analyzes the considerable influence of the Christian Right on U.S. foreign policy, which is the result of an electoral strategy adopted by the GOP in the late 1970s. "Since capturing this pivotal constituency, Republicans have won four out of six presidential races, have dominated the Senate for seven out of 12 sessions, and have controlled the House of Representatives for the past decade. . . . The Christian Right constitutes nearly one out of seven American voters and determines the agenda of the Republican Party in about half of the states, particularly in the South and Midwest." -- Zunes's long analysis concludes with a specific recommendation: "Those who support justice for the Palestinians should . . . reproach congressional Democrats for falling captive to the Christian Right. Such a rebuke . . . would likely enhance the ability of those who support peace, justice, and the rule of law to highlight the profound immorality of congressional sanction for the Israeli occupation."

       On the dangerous global ramifications of Evangelical politics
         Bill Moyers On Receiving Harvard Medical School's Global Environment Citizen Award. "For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington. Theology asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold stoutly to a world view despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality. When ideology and theology couple, their offspring are not always bad but they are always blind. And there is the danger: voters and politicians alike, oblivious to the facts... These true believers subscribe to a fantastical theology concocted in the 19th century by a couple of immigrant preachers who took disparate passages from the Bible and wove them into a narrative that has captivated the imagination of millions of Americans.
                In "The danger in America today is the coupling of theology and ideology,"
          Moyers said, "Theology asserts propositions that do not have to do with the improvement of truth.
Ideology embraces a worldview that cannot be changed. Governments have married ideology and theology and have become immune to local discourse... We are seeing a rise in the resurgence of tribalism that is manifested in religious fundamentalism. [The world doesn't] have, at this point, a large spiritual or political or cultural leader who is speaking beyond the polarities of tribalists and globalization to try to peel through that universal human intuition... Religious ideology can also be a barrier to communications between different nations... There is still an element of separation among certain peoples of the world, despite the growth of economic globalization."
                At the Daily Nexus posts the Moyers UC Santa Barbara Discussion on Iraq, President Bush, Poetry by Stephanie Trujillo

       "Freestyle Evangelicals"
          (Dubbed so by University of Akron political scientist John Green and Steven Waldman, editor of the online faith newsletter beliefnet.com) are the more moderate evangelicals that may make up about 10% of the nation's electorate. For example, they blame Bush for failing to fix a "broken" healthcare system and for "selling off the environment to the highest bidder."

       Time Magazine's Expose On Evangelicals, Religion And Politics
          "A Must Read ARTICLE":          Evangelicals in America; 25 Most Influential Evangelicals; Bush and the Religious Right; The Democrats - Trying Out a Soulful Tune. (02-04-05) Subscription Required For Most Articles

    Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism By Michelle Goldberg

            At *Talk To Action | Reclaiming Citizenship, History, and Faith* Michelle Goldberg says, "I've just published a book called "Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism," and since it appeared, I've been asked several times what Christian ... Christian nationalists believe in a revisionist history, which holds that the founders were devout Christians who never intended to create a secular republic; separation of church and state, according to this history, is a fraud perpetrated by God-hating subversives.
     One of the foremost Christian revisionist historians is David Barton, who, in addition to running an organization called Wallbuilders that disseminates Christian nationalist books, tracts and videos, is also the vice-chairman of the Texas Republican Party. The goal of Christian nationalist politics is the restoration of the imagined Christian nation. As George Grant, former executive director of D. James Kennedy's influential Coral Ridge Ministries, wrote in his book *The Changing of the Guard:* 'Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ -- to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness ...
     But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice.
     It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
     It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
     It is dominion we are after.
     World conquest. That's what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish."'
     [Whoooaaaa!!!!!!]
Christian Flag
from the "US Christian Flag" designer's website
            Among many more reviews at Kingdom Coming.Com, Publisher's Weekly says - "In an impressive piece of lucid journalism, Salon.com reporter Goldberg dives into the religious right and sorts out the history and networks of what to most liberals is an inscrutable parallel universe. She deconstructs 'dominion theology,' the prevalent evangelical assertion that Christians have a 'responsibility to take over every aspect of society.' Goldberg makes no attempt to hide her own partisanship, calling herself a 'secular Jew and ardent urbanite' who wrote the book because she "was terrified by America's increasing hostility to... cosmopolitan values. ..."
            New Book Examines Christian Nationalism - at NPR Fresh Air from WHYY, May 11, 2006 - Includes recorded interview of Journalist Michelle Goldberg, a senior writer for the online magazine Salon, and covers the Christian Right. In her new book, Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, she writes that Christian nationalists believe the Bible is literally true -- and they want to see the nation governed by that truth.
            Related: America's Religious Right: Saints or Subversives? by Steve Weissman at TruthOut.Org

      Evangelical Leader Threatens to Use His Political Muscle Against Some Democrats

    "Evangelical Christianity Has Been Hijacked"
          by the Religious Right - So says Evangelical leader, sociology professor, and Baptist minister Tony Campolo.
He is author of a new book, Speaking My Mind

    James Dobson, founder of the Focus on the Family
         None of the post-election rhetoric about "bridging gaps" and "reaching out" comes from the religious right.
         James Dobson, founder of the Focus on the Family, is quoted in the media as telling a White House operative that many in his camp believe the nation was "on the verge of self-destruction" for having abandon traditional family roles and values and that, thanks to the election outcomes, "God has given us a reprieve."
         Source: Column of Hubert G. Locke, Seattle PI, 26 Nov 2004, page B6.
via News You Don't Have to Lose (Use keywords for site search if link to this posting not visible when get there)

    Comment: Translation of "traditional family roles":
         a woman's first duty is the making and keeping of her home, the husband serves as domestic shepard and women and children ...are completely subordinated to (the husband's) blessed, God-ordained shepherding. Someone needs to be the head, God has ordained that this should be the man (I Corinthians 11:3).. Christ is subject to God, man is subject to Christ, and woman is subject to man... As one of the Promise Keeper leaders,Tony Evans, said, "I am not suggesting that you ask for your role back (in your marriage), I am urging you to take it back. There can be no compromise here."
         As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.
(Esphesians 5:24).
         Source: The Fundamentals of Extremism, The Christian Right in America, by Kimberly Blaker, pages 83- 85.
via News You Don't Have to Lose (Use keywords for site search if link to this posting not visible when get there)

      Crossing the Church-State Line
         By Sidney Blumenthal, Salon.com Nov 11 2004 -"From the White House, Rove operated a weekly conference call with selected religious leaders. Evangelical churches handed over their membership directories to the Bush campaign for voter registration drives. According to the Washington Post, 'clergy members attended legal sessions explaining how they could talk about the election from the pulpit.' ..."

    Even Mormons Jumping Off Bush Bandwagon As War Takes Its Toll (April '07)
         "DETROIT -- Iraq is lost militarily and politically. Even the Mormons are now abandoning President George W. Bush's mad war. That's akin to the Swiss Guard deserting and leaving the pope to fend for himself with the Vatican under siege. Other than his own greedy family members, oil barons and military contractors, no group of Americans has stood so steadfastly behind the Bush administration than the members of the Church of Latter-day Saints. ..."

and
    BYU Campus Protests Dick Cheney Speech (April '07)
         "sfgate, 11:49 PDT Provo, Utah (AP) -- Some students and faculty on one of the nation's most conservative campuses want Brigham Young University to withdraw an invitation for Vice President Dick Cheney to speak at commencement later this month. Critics at the school question whether Cheney sets a good example for graduates, citing his promotion of faulty intelligence before the Iraq war and his role in the CIA leak scandal. ..."

      The Armageddon Plan
Published in the March, 2004 issue of The Atlantic by James Mann
          "At least once a year during the 1980s Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld vanished. Cheney was working diligently on Capitol Hill, as a congressman rising through the ranks of the Republican leadership. Rumsfeld, who had served as Gerald Ford's Secretary of Defense, was a hard-driving business executive in the Chicago area—where, as the head of G. D. Searle & Co., he dedicated time and energy to the success of such commercial products as Nutra-Sweet, Equal, and Metamucil. Yet for periods of three or four days at a time no one in Congress knew where Cheney was, nor could anyone at Searle locate Rumsfeld. Even their wives were in the dark; they were handed only a mysterious Washington phone number to use in case of emergency..."
Continued A little further Below


On the other hand... there's these...

       The Interfaith Alliance
The leadership of The Interfaith Alliance and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation responded with regret and concern minutes after President Bush announced that the nation had launched a war with Iraq, in a letter to the White House and a web feature displaying "Statements For a Nation At War" from national civic and religious leaders.
TIA Activists are urged to log onto www.interfaithalliance.org and read the statements that have been submitted from national religious and opinion leaders from across the country. TIA Activists are urged to be hate-violence-monitors and report any such violence to their local law enforcement authorities as soon as possible. Please contact TIA at field@interfaithalliance.org as well, as we work to document hate violence in our communities. Interested citizens can subscribe to alerts and updates via interfaith_list@capwiz.mailmanager.net.

       World Conference on Religion and Peace
Encouraging religious communities and leaders to join together to work for tolerance and peace for all humankind, Most Rev Desmond M Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, wrote letter of support asking for support.

       Placebo effect beats God, Prozac     [for some humor AND some wisdom]
By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist, 4/28/2010: "This is the story of three drugs... Problem is, it ain't just the pills. ...applies to all sorts of constructs in our tortured modern world. Organized religion? ... This research reveals, once again for the millionth time, that various psychedelics like MDMA, LSD and psilocybin ..."


 



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Some Evangelicals Leaning to Fascism?


    Our Own Special Form Of Fascism
      Rachell Elliott:    Do you think the U.S. is in danger of becoming a fascist society?                   
      Stan Goff:    "It's worrisome. If we do see something like that in this country, I don't think it will look like Italian fascism, or Spanish fascism, or German fascism. It will be our own special form.
The people who are closest to that kind of consciousness right now are right-wing Evangelicals, who make up a huge percentage of the Republican Party base. There is a powerful undercurrent of white supremacy in their worldview. It's easy to make fun of them, but we need to be wary. Even though these right-wing Christian Zionists can appear ridiculous sometimes, they are politically well organized and very powerful.
It's a big mistake to underestimate them, especially if you are an oppressed minority, or queer, or if you're female; they are incredibly misogynistic."

Source: Stan Goff On Why U.S. Foreign Policy Endangers Us All
By Rachel J. Elliott, The Sun Magazine, Nov 2004, Pages 4-12 [links to a pdf file]
Affirmation to Awaken, Recognize, Expose, & Stop the Lie of Superiority...', © Chris Pringer PolyPsyArt2003
"We Are Awakening" by Chris Pringer, PolyPsyArts
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    [editor comment:] Yup: Dubya even invokes the "Crusade" word. Seems that we white folk are so good we can do evil for God, be forgiven, & then divinely rescued - all in one fell swoop!



Q: How is White Supremacy and Christian Supremacy Different? A: One Justifies Injustice, the Other Justifies Holy-Wars' - art © Chris Pringer PolyPsyArt2005


    14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism
          The 14 defining characteristics of fascism, according to political scientist Lawrence Britt. How many apply to the US? You can watch a short video here and decide for yourself.


      Theocracy Watch .Org
It's a huge site maintained by the faculty of Cornell University, Plenty of educational materials!

       Church and State 3-Pack via Alternative Radio Org
         3 experts on the ominous intrusion of radical Christianity into politics and government. The program pack contains the following programs: Apocalypse Now: Christian Fundamentalism by Chip Berlet - including Stats on how many people believe how much in/about the apocalypse; American Fascists: The Radical Christian Right by Chris Hedges; and American Theocracy by Kevin Phillips.
         More about Chip Berlet: a senior analyst with Political Research Associates, the Somerville, Massachusetts-based organization. PRA monitors and reports on the political right wing. His articles appear in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Progressive magazine. He is the editor of "Eyes Right: Challenging the Right Wing Backlash" and co-author of "Right-Wing Populism in America."Berlet's Program Titles at AR include: "Conspiracy Theories: The Right Woos the Left," "The Rise of the Religious Right," "Mobilizing Resentment," "Debunking Conspiracy Theories," "Apocalypse Now: Christian Fundamentalism," and, with Holly Sklar: "Oklahoma, Militias & Conspiracy Theories." His essay, "The Christian Right, Dominionism, and Theocracy," helps us understand many key concepts underlying the political/theocratic predicament, and how it is that "This is a wedge issue ...largely being ignored by the mainstream media and most Christian evangelicals ...that can only be effective if we learn how to distinguish among the many different theological, political, organizational, and other aspects of Christian belief and political participation." Essay referenced by Berlet: "Christian Reconstructionism" by Frederick Clarkson

    "Christianizing" military students
         This is in the context of the commanders of at least one of the military academies. From Antonia Zerbisias. Fellow activist, Dorli (who sent the link) calls it "More than disturbing." [Editor's Note: More on Bush's "Crusade" references in the below "Messianic Bush" links. Also, Rush Limbaugh even has a spot on Armed Forces Radio, but *Progressive Radio* does not, last I heard...]

    On "the Messianic Bush"
Without a Doubt October 17, 2004 By RON SUSKIND
         senior national-affairs reporter for The Wall Street Journal from 1993 to 2000.
He is the author most recently of *The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill.*
         "Bruce Bartlett, a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and a treasury official for the first President Bush, told me recently that ''Just in the past few months,'' Bartlett said, ''I think a light has gone off for people who've spent time up close to Bush: that this instinct he's always talking about is this sort of weird, Messianic idea of what he thinks God has told him to do.'' Bartlett, a 53-year-old columnist and self-described libertarian Republican who has lately been a champion for traditional Republicans concerned about Bush's governance, went on to say: ''This is why George W. Bush is so clear-eyed about Al Qaeda and the Islamic fundamentalist enemy. He believes you have to kill them all. They can't be persuaded, that they're extremists, driven by a dark vision. He understands them, because he's just like them. . . .
         ''This is why he dispenses with people who confront him with inconvenient facts,'' Bartlett went on to say. ''He truly believes he's on a mission from God. Absolute faith like that overwhelms a need for analysis. The whole thing about faith is to believe things for which there is no empirical evidence.''
Bartlett paused, then said, ''But you can't run the world on faith.'' ...
         ...It was during a press conference on Sept. 16, in response to a question about homeland security efforts infringing on civil rights, that Bush first used the telltale word ''crusade'' in public. ''This is a new kind of -- a new kind of evil,'' he said. ''And we understand. And the American people are beginning to understand. This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while.''... In a speech in Alaska two weeks later, Bush again referred to the war on terror as a ''crusade.''
          A senior adviser to Bush told Suskind, [you are] ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' Suskind "nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism," but was cut off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' the Bush advisor continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''

   Anti-Semitic beliefs of Evangelical Fundamentalism
(re: 1977 book, Armageddon Now!, by Christian historian Dwight Wilson)

    The "Left Behind" series
            the best selling novels, enthusiastically depict Jesus returning to slaughter everyone who is not a born-again Christian. These books depict the world's Hindus, Muslims, Jews, and secular humanist, along with many Roman Catholic and Unitarians, as being heaved into everlasting fire: "Jesus merely raised one hand a few inches and ...they tumbled in, howling and screeching."
            If Saudi Arabians wrote an Islamic version of this "Left Behind" series, we would furiously demand that sensible Muslims repudiate such hatemongering. Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, co-authored of the series of books. They stated, their books do not celebrate the slaughter of non-Christians but simply present the painful reality of Scripture. Jenkins said, "We can't read it some other way just because it sounds exclusivistic and not currently politically correct." In the interest of fairness, Evangelicals have done a superb relief efforts in Darfur.
            Source: Column of Nicholas D. Kristof, Seattle PI, 26 Nov 2004, page B6; Truth Out .Org reference

   Elaboration on "Left Behind" series
(http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/071804C.shtml)
         Evangelical Christian book speaks of ethnic cleansing of non-Christians. If the latest in the "Left Behind" series of evangelical thrillers is to be believed, Jesus will return to Earth, gather non-Christians to his left and toss them into everlasting fire:
         "Jesus merely raised one hand a few inches and a yawning chasm opened in the earth, stretching far and wide enough to swallow all of them. They tumbled in, howling and screeching, but their wailing was soon quashed and all was silent when the earth closed itself again."
         These are the best-selling novels for adults in the United States, and they have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. The latest is "Glorious Appearing," which has Jesus returning to Earth to wipe all non-Christians from the planet. It's disconcerting to find ethnic cleansing celebrated as the height of piety.
         If a Muslim were to write an Islamic version of "Glorious Appearing" and publish it in Saudi Arabia, jubilantly describing a massacre of millions of non-Muslims by God, we would have a fit.




 




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