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Obama says banks broke no laws, despite new law granting them immunity

By Max Keiser

If the banks broke no laws, then why did Congress pass a law granting them immunity?

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Nationwide Counter Offensive Against NATO-Al Qaeda-Rebels Builds Across Oil-Rich Libya

“The easiest solution was to say to the colonial powers in the beginning to come and take the oil from our people and stop the aggression.” ~Muammar Ghaddafi

By Hamsayeh.net

A nationwide pro-Ghaddafi resistance movement is slowly gaining momentum as NATO-Al Qaeda and Rebel forces desperately pound southern Libyan cities loyal to Ghaddafi.

US-NATO have dispatched around 1,500 foreign Al Qaeda mercenaries from Afghanistan to Libya when several hundreds of rebels were killed during recent offensive on Sirte, bani-Walid, Sabha and other towns loyal to Muamar Ghaddafi. Also the all important oil town of Ras Lanuf has been liberated by Ghaddafi forces and that oil exports by the National Transitional Council (NTC) – initially destined for western colonial masters – should now come to a standstill.

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80-90 pct of Libya still under control of Gaddafi government

By Dr. Christof Lehmann
No Spin News
Sept. 22, 2011

NATO Extends Libya Campaign Green Flag Flies Over Bengazi

While the worlds eyes were on Palestine´s bet for statehood, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon met in a separate session. To the press Rasmussen declared that he had emphasized NATO´s commitment in former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq, stating that NATO is a “Modern Security Organization”. Rasmussen also pronounced that NATO has prolonged it´s campaign in Libya with three month. Meanwhile, the Green Flag has been hoisted again over Bengazi, and nsnbc receives reports of an escalation of NATO´s violent air-campaign and ground war.                                                      

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Welcome to Boston, Mr. Rumsfeld. You Are Under Arrest

By Ralph Lopez
Daily KOS

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US citizens authorized while he was in office.   The 7th Circuit made the ruling in the case of two American contractors who were tortured by the US military in Iraq after uncovering a smuggling ring within an Iraqi security company.  The company was under contract to the Department of Defense.   The company was assisting Iraqi insurgent groups in the “mass acquisition” of American weapons.  The ruling comes as Rumsfeld begins his book tour with a visit to Boston on Monday, September 26, and as new, uncensored photos of Abu Ghraib spark fresh outrage across Internet.  Awareness is growing that Bush-era crimes went far beyond mere waterboarding.

Torture Room, Abu Ghraib

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Super Congress in Session – More of the Cruel Charade

By Michael Collins


Wall Street and the big banks owe $1.5 trillion for the bailout (at least). The Super Congress needs to cut $1.5 trillion over ten years. Get the money from Wall Street and cancel the Super Congress. Problem solved.

Last month’s debt ceiling crisis was resolved when Congress and the Obama administration made a deal to cut trillions in federal spending over the next ten years. Congress identified the easy cuts, the low hanging fruit so to speak, for a total of nearly $1.0 trillion. At the same time, Congress and the White House created the “Super Congress” committee of six senators and six representatives charged with cutting another $1.5 trillion. (Image: Lucy White with permission)
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Governmental Secrecy: Shield for Tyranny, Incompetence, and Corruption

Guest Blogged by Stephen H. Unger

An essential pillar of democracy is openness. There is no way that people can meaningfully participate in government, even if only by voting for representatives, if they do not have access to accurate information related to government operations. This was well understood by the founders of the US and embedded in the Bill of Rights. Conversely, a salient characteristic of undemocratic systems of all types, such as Czarist Russia, the Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany is a high degree of governmental secrecy.

The standard excuse for the suppression of governmental information is national security. In practice, it is improperly used in most situations, i.e., there is no legitimate reason for keeping secret the great majority of information classified secret by the government. Secrecy is used to conceal abuse of power, illegality, corruption, incompetence, and waste. A common instance of misuse of secrecy is when government officials make statements to reporters on controversial matters under the condition that they not be identified in the published stories. Below, I discuss how secrecy is being misused in the US. But first, consider when secrecy does make sense.
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Obama Team Feared Coup If He Prosecuted War Crime

By Andrew Kreigz

President-Elect Obama’s advisors feared in 2008 that authorities would oust him in a coup and that Republicans would block his policy agenda if he prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a law school dean who served as one of Christopher EdleyObama’s top transition advisors.

University of California at Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., left, the sixth highest-ranking member of the 2008 post-election transition team preparing Obama’s administration, revealed the team’s thinking on Sept. 2 in moderating a forum on 9/11 held by his law school (also known as Boalt Hall). Edley sought to justify Obama’s “look forward” policy on Bush-era lawbreaking that the president-elect announced on a TV talk show in January 2009.

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Corrupt Obama Admin Pressures NY Attorney General to Support Mortgage Whitewash

By Yves Smith
Naked Capitalism

It is high time to describe the Obama Administration by its proper name: corrupt.  The latest example is its heavy-handed campaign to convert New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman to a card carrying member of the “be nice to our lords and masters the banksters” club.

[Image: Kathryn S. Wylde, New York Federal Reserve Board Member]

(Also see today’s TRNN interview of Yves Smith, “Should banks be a public utility?“)

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Franklin Lamb Shot in Tripoli

By Activist Post

The Palestine Civil Rights Campaign-Lebanon confirms reports that Franklin Lamb was shot at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Sunday [5:45 am Eastern] August 21 in Tripoli, Libya outside of the Corinthia Hotel where he has been staying.

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Prime Aim of Obama’s Surveillance State Is to Quash Dissent


By Glenn Greenwald
Salon

Last year, Obama unveiled a plan to require all services that enable communications to enable back-door government access. This year, he demanded greater power to obtain Internet records without a court order.  DNC Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has sponsored a truly pernicious bill that would force Internet providers to keep logs of their customers’ activities for one year, writes Glenn Greenwald.

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As America’s Economy Collapses, ‘New Normal’ Police State Takes Shape

By Tom Burghardt
Pacific Free Press

Forget your rights.

As corporate overlords position themselves to seize what little remains of a tattered social net (adieu Medicare and Medicaid! Social Security? Au revoir!), the Obama administration is moving at break-neck speed to expand police state programs first stood-up by the Bush government.

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US contractor can sue Donald Rumsfeld for alleged Iraq torture, judge rules

By Associated Press in Washington
Guardian.co.uk

An American former military contractor who claims he was imprisoned and tortured by the US army in Iraq has been allowed by a judge to sue the former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld personally for damages.

The man, an army veteran whose identity has been withheld, worked as a translator for the US marines in the volatile Anbar province when he was detained for nine months at Camp Cropper, a US military facility near Baghdad airport dedicated to holding “high-value” detainees.

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Tea Party Horror Show

What sort of person would deliberately ignore the obvious fundamental reality of any budget?

By Numerian

It’s hard to say if the Tea Party has an acknowledged leader, but someone who professes to be just that has chosen a very opportune moment to trash Speaker John Boehner’s attempts to craft legislation that would allow an increase in the debt ceiling. Judson Phillips, the CEO of Tea Party Nation, is the self-acknowledged head of the Tea Party, and in an editorial this morning in The Washington Post, he attacks Boehner’s legislation for providing “almost non-existent budget cuts.”
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Congressional Criminal Conspiracy! Defaulting when you don’t need to is a crime

By Michael Collins

If we defaulted on our debt when we were perfectly capable of paying it, we would be be prosecuted for fraud. But when Congress does it, they call it politics.

The crazies in the United States House of Representatives would have you believe it were so. They say fix that budget before we’ll raise the debt ceiling. If we don’t get our fix, they announce, there’s no deal. We’ll just default until things get straightened out. (Image: George Romero)
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Reform, Revolution or Radical Transformation?

By NoCureForThat.org

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Two more eye-witness videos from Libya

By Black Agenda Report

Although US drones are flying in, and US bombs are falling from Libyan skies, the president insists that the US is not waging war in Libya. The facts however, say otherwise. This week’s Black Agenda Video update includes two members of US citizen fact finding delegations, the Bay Area’s Dedon Kamathi and Atlanta’s Lucy Grider Bradley.

Eyewitness Libya: Askia Muhammad Interviews Dedon Kamathi.
Kamanthi traveled to Libya in May, and among much else, recounts how a NATO bomb hit the building that the Dignity delegation had visited the day before, and which it had intended to return the following day, and details of his overland journey into Libya from Tunisia. He was interviewed in early June by veteran journalist Askia Muhammad.

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Not So Fast, Mr. President: How Obama Got It (All) Wrong in Libya and How to Fix It

By Susan Lindauer
Former U.S. Asset covering Libya at the United Nations during the Lockerbie negotiations

See New Videos of War Crimes and Victims Families on www.obamaslibya.com 

In the U.S. battle with Libya, Americans are witnessing the consequence of gutting U.S. Intelligence during the Iraqi War, when President Bush drove out CIA officers and Assets who criticized his War policy.  In my case, I got slapped with the Patriot Act and thrown in prison on a Texas Military Base, while Republican leaders reinvented the entire story of my work on 9/11 and Iraqi Pre-War Intelligence. It was not pretty.

The consequences for intelligence gathering and policymaking are not pretty, either.  Last week President Obama demonstrated the most stunning ignorance by declaring that Libya—of all countries— has some link to terrorism. Obama was trying to justify NATO’s War against Gadhaffi’s government. However his argument exposed whopping gaps in the intelligence base from which his Administration has been drawing.

This time it’s not Obama’s fault. When Assets got forced out by Bush and Cheney, a lot of deep knowledge got shoved out the door with us.

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Choreographed Budget Cave In – The Money Party Stabs Citizens in the Back


So this is how it is going to be:

“After putting controversial cuts to Social Security and Medicare on the table in negotiations with congressional Republicans over a plan to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, President Obama still doesn’t have a deal in the works.”  Chris Moody, Yahoo News, July 7

Who told President Obama to put “controversial cuts on Social Security and Medicare on the table”?  Hasn’t the president seen his public opinion polling numbers lately?  He is consistently at or below 50% job approval.  (Image)

Didn’t he pay attention to the special congressional election in the highly conservative, long-time Republican upstate New York district that elected a Democrat for the first time in years?

Isn’t the President Obama aware that there’s an election coming up; that many of the people he is so willingly and openly betraying rely on Social Security to live and Medicare to stay alive?

What planet does he live on?  (Unless this is what he truly desires.)
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Scalia Sets Standard for Massive Mortgage Fraud Class Action Law Suit

Citing recent Supreme Court decisions as well as Executive Orders issued by Presidents Bush and Obama, Michael Collins looks closely at the fraudulent Mortgage Electronic Registration System, showing a pattern of judicial and executive corruption.


By Michael Collins

There hasn’t been much in the way of justice for the average citizen for quite a while. Often, those accused of crimes cannot afford adequate representation and are subject to “let’s make a deal justice.” If you’re unfortunate enough to be sued or party to a divorce proceeding, you soon learn that the court system is an entitlement program for attorneys, not a civilized means of settling disputes. (Image)

The last decade has been devastating for what many thought were inviolable fundamental rights.

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NATO Bombs Libya’s Al Fateh University as part of its ‘Humanitarian’ Aid

More NATO “Humanitarian Intervention”: The Bombing of Al Fateh University, Campus B

By Cynthia McKinney
Black Agenda Report

Since coming to Tripoli to see first hand the consequences of the NATO military operations, it has become clear to me that despite the ongoing silence of the international press on the ground here in Libya, there is clear evidence that civilian targets have been hit and Libyan civilians injured and killed.

This Tuesday morning I was taken from my hotel across the city through its bustling traffic to the Al Fateh University.

On 9 June, Dean Ali Mansur was outside in the parking lot. The sky was blue like Carolina blue. The clouds were white–no chemtrails in sight. Puffy and white.

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