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Stanton, Torture, and Military Prisons — Setting the Precedent by Al Benson, Jr.

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15 May 2008
Stanton, Torture, and Military Prisons — Setting the Precedent 

by Al Benson, Jr.

By now we should all have heard of Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison where American soldiers practiced various forms of torture, both emotional and physical, on various Iraqi prisoners–all a part of George Bush’s “experiment” in democracy in Iraq. People were shocked when they read about Abu Ghraib. How, they thought, could Americans do such things?  They wondered how decent and upright American soldiers could partake of such behaviour–surely this had to have been the first time for this sort of thing, right?  Well, no, actually that’s not quite right. Americans have been partaking of torture of one sort or another since the advent of the Lincoln administration. Lincoln and his associates seem to have had a paranoid fear of disloyalty to the federal government, to the point where thousands upon thousands of Northern civilians were arrested and hauled off to prisons on the basis of nothing more than vague suspicion or some neighbour’s hearsay accusation.

THREE PEAS IN A POD By Chuck Baldwin

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 By Chuck Baldwin

May 16, 2008

I realize that is extremely difficult for some people to think outside the box. The vast majority of people are prone to be followers, to “go with the flow,” to follow the path of least resistance. This appears to be the nature of human nature.

Therefore, I think I understand the reasoning of many who are so reluctant to step outside the two major parties and vote for a third party candidate. I seem to recall that I, too, was just as hesitant (though not for nearly as long as some people) as they are.

We have all heard it before: He doesn’t stand a chance; it’s a wasted vote; we must work within the party to make it better, etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

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Lies of Aggression

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by Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts


On May 15, the White House Moron, in a war-planning visit to Israel, justified the naked aggression he and Olmert are planning against Iran as the only alternative to “the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

But the White House Moron has the roles reversed. It is not Iran that is threatening war. It is Bush. It is not Bush who is appeasing. It is Iran.

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 By Selwyn Duke
May 13, 2008

The May 9 edition of the New York Post carries a short article by an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis student named Keith John Sampson. He tells a story of being charged with “racial harassment” simply because he was “caught” reading an anti-Ku Klux Klan book. I’m not kidding. Sampson tells his story:

The book was Todd Tucker’s ‘Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan'; I was reading it on break from my campus job as a janitor. The same book is in the university library . . . .

But that didn’t stop the Affirmative Action Office of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from branding me as a detestable Klansman.

They didn’t want to hear the truth. The office ruled that my ‘repeatedly reading the book . . . constitutes racial harassment in that you demonstrated disdain and insensitivity to your co-workers.’

The affirmative-action officer – who draws a salary of $106, 000 a year to perform her crucial role and is obviously a woman of inestimable intellect – neither examined the book nor spoke with Sampson. He wasn’t guilty before proven innocent. He was just guilty.

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By Ivan Eland

May 14, 2008

From the administration that used the 9/11 tragedy to violently pursue an unrelated vendetta against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, we get Round Two. After a cyclone devastated portions of Burma (which the despotic Burmese government has renamed Myanmar) and killed an estimated 100,000 people, instead of concentrating on providing relief, the Bush administration couldn’t resist scoring points on First Lady Laura Bush’s pet issue—the tyranny of the Burmese military junta. Mrs. Bush, apparently the administration’s self-anointed czar and expert on U.S. policy toward Burma, went before the White House press corps and laid into the Burmese government for giving its citizens insufficient warning of the coming storm. One day later at a White House ceremony that just so happened to honor Aung San Suu Kyi, a high-profile proponent of Burmese democracy who has been detained in that country, the President himself piled it on, first by offering U.S. government aid, and then by lambasting the Burmese dictators for delays in approving visas for emergency workers.

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 By Jon Christian Ryter

May 14, 2008

The home mortgage default and foreclosure figures are in for February. The Bush Administration was not anxious to release them. The figures don’t look good. The home mortgage crisis has become contagious. It’s spreading from the subprime home market into the prime loan market. Approximately 2.3% of the holders of prime rate mortgages were at least 60 days late. That number is up 1.4% from a year ago. It is the highest level of delinquencies from prime rate borrowers in a decade. Prime rate mortgages are given only to the “A” list of credit worthiness.

First American’s CLLP (Core-Logic-Loan-Performance) tracking system noted that the number of prime rate delinquencies is relatively small. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research agreed but feels, since February, the number of delinquencies from borrowers who previously had stellar credit, has risen substantially because all of the economic news since the first of the year has been negative. Unemployment is up. State welfare, which has declined steadily for the past decade is spiking upwards with 27 States reporting increases in applicants to the federal government’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. Since the program was started in 1994 to wean generational welfare recipients off the dole, 3.9 million US families (mostly adults with physical or mental handicaps that bar them from meaningful employment, or grandparents too old to find work who are raising grandchildren because the parents are out of the picture) have been on the program. Today, that number is expanding as the most likely destinations for tourists, like Florida, California and Nevada, are feeling the impact of the downsizing of the tourism industry.

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By Charles Peña

May 14, 2008

More than four years after the decision to invade Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein and impose democracy, nearly 160,000 U.S. soldiers remain there.

Despite the war’s growing unpopularity with Americans, President Bush is adamant about not setting an “artificial deadline” for withdrawing troops.

Last week’s anniversary of the fall of Saigon, April 30, 1975, and the final U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, ending the longest war of the last century, prompts some historical reflection—for example, the poignant photograph of people being plucked off that famous Saigon rooftop in April 1975, juxtaposed against the completion in Baghdad of the largest U.S. embassy ever.

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