Archive for July, 2007

the next step

July 31, 2007

From Democracy Now!:

ACLU Criticizes Bush’s New Iraq Executive Order
The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a warning about a little noticed Executive Order recently signed by President Bush. The executive order authorizes the Treasury Department to freeze and confiscate the assets of anyone connected to the Iraq insurgency. But the ACLU says the order contains sweeping provisions that pose risks for residents of the United States and for humanitarian workers in Iraq. The order allows the Treasury Department to freeze the funds of anyone who indirectly threatens the peace or stability of Iraq, or who undermines efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform. Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU said “This Executive Order reaches far beyond criminal activity to activity that may be entirely innocent. A person may find herself inadvertently in violation of this order and there is no provision for judicial review.” A recent Washington Post article on the issue began with this sentence QUOTE “Be careful what you say and whom you help — especially when it comes to the Iraq war and the Iraqi government.”

FBI Seeks to Build Spy Network of 15,000 Informants
ABC News is reporting the FBI is recruiting thousands of undercover informants to help the agency spy inside the United States. According to a recent unclassified report to Congress, the FBI wants to build a network of more than 15,000 informants. ABC reports the aggressive push for more secret informants appears to be part of a new effort to grow its intelligence and counterterrorism efforts. Other recent proposals include expanding its collection and analysis of data on U.S. persons, retaining years’ worth of Americans’ phone records and increasing so-called “black bag” secret entry operations.

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IMPEACHMENT NOW!

July 15, 2007

it’s not about revenge, it’s about closure

Go to Bill Moyer’s site for more engaged journalism and to join in the conversation.

A very important discussion which takes on the depth of the constitutional crisis we are in:

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that same old gang up to that same old thing

July 14, 2007

This documentary by Bill Moyers, The Secret Government– made in 1987, details the history of the Iran-Contra scandal. We are in the deep shit we are now because these people were never held accountable when all of this came to light. Now they are in power again and doing the same thing on a whole other level. They all must go.

John Fekner

July 13, 2007

Trail Markers

Oil Drum Mix

A politicized street art inspiration from the 80s (and still going). Check out his website.

what is possible

July 10, 2007

Malik Rahim of Common Ground Relief

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fascism, anyone?

July 10, 2007

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permanent 1984

July 9, 2007

In a recent BBC story on the new British government’s approach to the “war on terror”, new security minister Sir Alan West describes the war as a long war that directly involves changing people’s behavior and identifying potential suspects through snitching:

Former navy chief Admiral Sir Alan West blamed jihadists outside the country for influencing young Britons, and said the terror fight was a “daunting task”. He urged people to be un-British by “snitching” to the authorities.

Meanwhile Gordon Brown said he wanted a system put in place across Europe to help identify potential suspects.

Sir Alan said: “We’re talking about such a big change in the way people behave that it’s inevitably going to take 10 to 15 years, and that’s if we’re lucky, and that’s what I hope we can achieve.

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the cost

July 8, 2007

Walmart: the high cost of low price

Everyday folks struggling with the takeover of physical and economic reality by the limited consciousness of corporatism.

slave driver

July 8, 2007

the wailers 1973

crimes against humanity

July 8, 2007

The brutal reality that is kept hidden from people in the united states. Very graphic footage and information about the massacre in Falluja, Iraq.