(Reminders for Those who Dont Know) The Anniversary of 9/11

September 10, 2010

source: Washingtons Blog     Sep 10, 2010

Don’t want to hear this?

Tough. Grow up.

9/11 Commissioners:

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US Court Rejects Afghan Prison Suit

May 23, 2010

source: Al Jazeera   May 23, 2010

A US appeals court has refused to give prisoners at an American military base in Afghanistan the same legal right to challenge their imprisonment as detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

The three-judge panel on Friday sided with the Obama administration, ruling that US courts do not have jurisdiction over the legal petitions by the prisoners at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and ordered that their cases be dismissed.

The administration of Barack Obama, the US president, took the same legal position as the administration of his predecessor, George Bush, arguing that detainees at Bagram have no right to have their cases heard in federal court in Washington.

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McChrystal Clear

April 16, 2010

April 16, 2010

The Raw Story had this to report today:

The US commander in Afghanistan said Friday that the military is wasting money by employing too many private contractors to do jobs better done by soldiers or local Afghans.

We have created in ourselves a dependency on contractors that is greater than it ought to be,” General Stanley McChrystal told an audience of French officers and military experts at France’s defence university in Paris.

I think we’ve gone too far. I think that the use of contractors was done with good intentions so that we could limit the number of military. I think in some cases we thought it would save money. I think it doesn’t save money.”

2 Weeks ago Rory O’Conner reported this at Alternet:

We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat,” says Afghan commander McChrystal.

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WikiLeaks Plans to Post Video Showing US Massacre of Afghani Civilians

April 15, 2010

Coverage of Wikileaks recently released video may be found right here.

by John Byrne  source: Global Research  April 15, 2010

The whisteblower website WikiLeaks — which exploded onto the national stage earlier this month after it released avideo recording showing US servicemembers shooting two reporters and six others to death — says they plan to release another, even more harrowing clip.  Collateral Murder was the title give to the project which released the video earlier this month and can be viewed by going to the following link: 


Now, this new clip about to be released will show previously classified footage from US warplanes that had been tapped to bomb Taliban positions in Farah province, Afghanistan last year. 

Adds the UK Telegraph: “The Afghan government said at the time that the strikes by F-18 and B1 planes near Granai killed 147 civilians. An independent Afghan inquiry later put the toll at 86.” 

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Your Tax Dollars at War: More Than 53% of Your Tax Bill Goes to the Military

April 14, 2010
Many people protest war and promote ending it sooner by NOT PAYING their taxes. If you have not seen Aaron Russo’s final film before he died, “America: Freedom to Fascism“,  now might be a good time.
by Dave Lindorff’   source: Global Research    April 14, 2010

If you’re like me, now that we’re in the week that federal income taxes are due, you are finally starting to collect your records and prepare for the ordeal. Either way, whether you are a procrastinator like me, or have already finished and know how much you have paid to the government, it is a good time to stop and consider how much of your money goes to pay for our bloated and largely useless and pointless military.

The budget for the 2011 fiscal year, which has to be voted by Congress by this Oct. 1, looks to be about $3 trillion, not counting the funds collected for Social Security (since the Vietnam War, the government has included the Social Security Trust Fund in the budget as a way to make the cost of America’s imperial military adventures seem smaller in comparison to the total cost of government). Meanwhile, the military share of the budget works out to about $1.6 trillion.

That figure includes the Pentagon budget request of $717 billion, plus an estimated $200 billion in supplemental funding (called “overseas contingency funding” in euphemistic White House-speak), to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, some $40 billion or more in “black box” intelligence agency funding, $94 billion in non-DOD military spending (that would include stuff like military activies funded through NASA, military spending by the State Department, etc., miilitary-related activities within the Dept. of Homeland Security, etc.), $123 billion in veterans benefits and health care spending, and $400 billion in interest on debt raised to pay for prior wars and the standing military during peacetime (whatever that is!).

The 2011 military budget, by the way, is the largest in history, not just in actual dollars, but in inflation-adjusted dollars, exceeding even the spending in World War II, when the nation was on an all-out war footing.

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Dylan Ratigan, Anthony Shaffer, Glenn Greenwald Discuss Wikileaks Video.

April 9, 2010

April 9, 2010

Please see our collection on this story here.

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

American Bar Association, ACLU Both Support Civilian Courts for Alledged 9/11 Plotters

March 9, 2010

March 9, 2010

“The American Bar Association believes that Article III courts are the preferred forum for trying detainees accused of criminal responsibility for the 9/11 attacks on the United States.”

American Bar Association statement in full here.

This comes on the heels of the ACLU stepping into the same arena. The American Civil Liberties Union has set up a web page and petition asking Obama to hold to his promise of civilian courts for the 9/11 trials.

The alternative to Article iii courts is a military commission system at Guantanamo, potentially keeping the facilities open for years more.