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real ID implementation begins

March 4, 2008

An AP story found on fox news: If the states do not seek an extention by March 31, their residents will be subjected to secondary screening by security workers before boarding any domestic flight beginning May 11.

here is the full story:

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security officials are pushing recalcitrant states to adopt stricter driver’s license standards to end a standoff that could disrupt domestic air travel.

States have less than a month to send a letter to the Homeland Security Department seeking an extension to comply with the Real ID law passed following the 2001 terror attacks. Some states have resisted, saying it is costly, impractical and an invasion of privacy.

Four states — Maine, Montana, New Hampshire and South Carolina — have yet to seek an extension.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff argues that the law fixes a critical gap in security identified by the commission that investigated the 9/11 attacks: the ease of obtaining government-issued ID. It will also hinder would-be con artists and illegal immigrants, he said.

Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses would have several layers of new security features to prevent forgery. They would also be issued after a number of ID checks, including verification of birth certificates, Social Security numbers and immigration status. Officials acknowledge it will take years to phase in all the different security measures.

To bring the states in line, Chertoff warned that any state that does not seek an extension by the end of March will find that, come May, their residents will not be able to use their licenses to board domestic flights.

Chertoff’s assistant secretary, Stewart Baker, sent letters to several governors Monday reminding them of the looming deadline, and urging the holdouts to seek an extension.

In recent years, 17 states passed legislation or resolutions opposing Real ID, but now only a handful appear willing to challenge the government publicly.

Officials in Maine and Montana insisted Monday they would not seek an extension. A spokesman for South Carolina’s governor said he was still considering it. New Hampshire

passed a law last year prohibiting the state from participating in the Real ID program, and Gov. John Lynch wrote Chertoff last week asking him not to impose the requirements on New Hampshire citizens.

A fifth state, Delaware, has sent a letter asking for an extension, but DHS officials are still weighing whether the wording of the letter legally adds up to an extension request.

If the states do not seek an extention by March 31, their residents will be subjected to secondary screening by security workers before boarding any domestic flight beginning May 11.

“We’re not going to buckle under here,” said Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer. “My guess is the people of Montana would be proud to walk through that line.”

Schweitzer called the Real ID proposal a bureaucratic boondoggle that will cost his state a fortune and give a false sense of security without actually making ID more reliable. He has sought to rally opposition to Real ID, but the vast majority of states have decided not to test whether Washington is bluffing.

As the high-stakes game of chicken continues, federal authorities are not publicly saying whether seeking an extension actually counts as complying with the law. In his recent letters, Baker said only that the 45 states that have sought extensions are “on track toward improved security.”

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Black Panthers documentary

January 30, 2008

MLK, Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party, American Indian Movement, cointelpro, REX84, Iran-Contra, CIA drug trade, privatized counterinsurgency… this documentary tracks the historical through-line into the 1990s. You can see today how these forms of manipulation and control have continued to escalate and we continue to struggle with the aftermath of the 60s, 70s, 80s…

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Cynthia McKinney

December 23, 2007

I’m tired of this “electability” b.s. The time has come to take a stand for ourselves. Take a stand for someone who actually believes in democracy and could have a chance in a real democratic system where the media wasn’t bent on marginalizing these voices. Call the electability bluff, vote for someone who deserves it.

FBI planned mass arrests in 1950

December 23, 2007

Lists compiled over a number of years, individuals labeled as “possible threat to national security”.  Habeas Corpus was suspended with the Military Commissions Act in 2006. Mass detention centers are now under construction. Could this happen now?

from the BBC:

Former FBI director J Edgar Hoover had a plan to arrest 12,000 Americans he deemed a possible threat to national security, declassified papers reveal.

The FBI chief sent his proposal to US President Harry Truman just after the start of the Korean War in 1950, The New York Times newspaper reports.

He asked the president to declare the mass arrest necessary to counter “treason, espionage and sabotage”.

There is no evidence any part of the plan was ever approved.

Mr Hoover wanted the president to suspend the centuries-old legal right of habeas corpus, which protects individuals against unlawful arrest.

The FBI director planned to detain the suspects – whose list of names he had been compiling for years – in US military and federal prisons.

“The index now contains approximately 12,000 individuals, of which approximately 97% are citizens of the United States,” wrote Mr Hoover, in the now declassified document.

The New York Times gave no details about the identities of those targeted.

The US Department of State declassified the plan, along with other Cold War-era documents from 1950-55 this week.

give peace a chance

December 14, 2007

Both Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel were excluded from yesterday’s Democratic debate in Iowa- sponsored by the Des Moines Register. It is the last debate before the caucuses and primaries begin. It is only the most recent and blatant marginalization of any voices in the campaign not speaking for the vision of the corporate elite. It begins with the whole myth of “electability”. A self-fulfilling prophecy in which the elite anoint their candidates. The media then hypes these candidates as being the only legitimate choices- all other voices are ridiculed as those of wingnuts. This leaves voters already feeling that they only have a choice between Obama and Hillary. This leaves most voters unaware that there are actually people proposing sane and workable alternatives. They are unaware they could choose a better world. The marginalization process continues by marginalizing their voices within the debates by limiting the number of questions they are asked. In one debate, Kucinich was not asked a question for the first 45 minutes.

Here is Mike Gravel’s response to this cynical b.s.:

I think it’s beautiful.

Mike Gravel for President 2008

Kucinich 2008

we are in a moment of danger

December 1, 2007

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT

Naomi Wolf talking about the bush administration’s following of the fascist blueprint. We’ve been through all the steps except the final crackdown.

Naomi interviewed on Democracy Now!:

what’s going on in this country?

November 10, 2007

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Well, it’s pretty interesting when you consider the fact that I’ve been running consistently fourth in a number of national polls, ahead of three of the candidates who have been invited. So what does that say? It says that there’s an attempt to rig the presidential election, using the Iowa Democratic Party as an accomplice. That’s not acceptable. This election doesn’t belong to one state or, for that matter, to one party. And so, you know, look of the national polls, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Amy, while we’re still on the air, there’s something I want to mention to you that I think is really important. Last night I was reading the Defense Authorization Bill, and there is a section in the bill that I want to read to you: Section 1615 requires the Secretary of Defense to, one, “determine the military-unique capabilities needed to be provided by the Department of Defense to support civil authorities in an incident of national significance or a catastrophic incident.” And then it goes on to say provide funds to develop a plan. What’s going on in this country? How can we stand by and see our basic liberties undermined?

Here’s the full interview:

WE ARE THE DEAD

October 31, 2007

from DemocracyNow!:

House Passes Bill on “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism”
In news from Capitol Hill, The House of Representatives has passed the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act by a 404 to six vote. The bill creates a National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Ideologically Based Violence. Some critics have criticized the broad language used in the bill to describe homegrown terrorism. Under the bill any person that uses or plans to use force to advance political or social objectives would be considered a terrorist. One prominent critic of the bill has been the academic and author Ward Churchill.

  • Ward Churchill: “HR 1955, as I understand it, provides a basis for subjective interpretation of dissident speech that allows those in power to criminally penalize anything they considered to be particularly effective in terms of galvanizing an opposition that might conceivably in some sense disrupt or destabilized the status quo, so it’s to keep everything in that nice sanitized arena that I was just talking about where you’re actually a collateral functionary of the state by participating.”

the shock doctrine

September 13, 2007

In this talk, Naomi Klein goes into a lot more detail. This is very important for understanding the brutal manipulations we are going through now.

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“I think we are involved in a genocidal mode in this country”

September 6, 2007

Curtis Muhammad