American Terrorism

Truthdig’s Paul Street: The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen

“I do not share other world citizens’ willingness to pardon ordinary Americans from responsibility for U.S. government crimes, both direct and indirect, around the world and in Yemen. The real story of what the U.S. is doing globally is readily available for those willing to look beyond “mainstream” sources and doctrine. Most Americans remain willfully ignorant of terrible transgressions regularly committed in their name by Uncle Sam and his allies and clients abroad.

“This ugly indifference extends even to many on the nominal left, including Bernie Sanders fans who gave unconditional support to Sanders even after he told a peace activist in Iowa City in 2015 that the Saudis “are going to have to get their hands dirty” in the U.S-led “war on [of] terror.”

““For Bernie and his supporters,” 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka wrote two years ago in an essay titled “The Yemen Tragedy and the Crisis of the American Left,” “the mischief that the Saudi government and private individuals have been engaged in across the region financing groups like [Islamic State] wasn’t dirty enough.”

“Neither, apparently, was Riyadh’s U.S.-equipped campaign to bomb Yemen back to the 19th century—a campaign that has turned Yemen into a shameful humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.””

He’s right.  We are guilty.  All of us.  We let this happen through our apathy and our willful ignorance.

You can’t continue to wear rose-colored glasses when viewing our own history (past and currently making) and still call yourself an American. We have to stop our government’s continuing campaign of terror on the world at large. WE are the terrorists who have spawned other terrorist groups in retaliation for what we’ve done.

We were all so shocked by 9/11.  We’re thinking, “Why did they do this to us? What did we do to deserve this?”

THIS:  We have ignored what our government has been doing for a few centuries, and with our access to information for the last 80 years, we have no excuse.  We’ve been willing to accept lies and misinformation, all because we’ve been spoon-fed “patriotism” by our leaders whose sole mission is to rob us blind while they yell “squirrel” and point to carefully selected blame games.

We can’t afford to ignore our government’s war crimes and war-mongering behavior anymore.  We can’t.  If we continue on this road, we’re complicit in all war crimes our military and intelligence agencies commit in our name.

“The United States has killed, maimed, displaced and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem—including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations since 1945.”

Here ya go, Presidents (except Jimmy Carter), Congress, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. One more goddamn fucking word about Russian meddling and the American people should kick your duplicitous, corrupted, evil asses.  Woodrow Wilson invaded Russia during their revolution because he hated communism, and began a campaign of interventionism, calling the action White Russian.  This action was the source of the upcoming Cold War and our rivalry with Russia.  We interfered in their elections, and Americans have been ignorant of this fact thanks to the government being in charge of the making of our history books.

This blatantly racist bastard (he held a private viewing of the hideous White Supremacist film “Birth of a Nation” and personally re-activated the KKK) was responsible for the murder of civilians in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatamala, Honduras, and other nations, thanks to his interference in their democratically-elected governments.  Why did he do this?  His belief that we were superior and had the right.  We aren’t and we never did.

“Hiroshima (146,000 killed with a single bomb—what President Harry Truman called “the greatest thing in history”) and Nagasaki (80,000): The arch-criminal atom bombings were unnecessary and savagely carried out even though the U.S. high command knew Japan was defeated and ready to accept U.S. surrender terms.”

What you should know, fellow Americans, is that dropping bombs on Japan was NOT due to winning the war or trying to stop more bloodshed (choke on that stupidity for a sec). It was to send a clear message to *Moscow*. All our military commanders told Truman it was unnecessary but he ignored them. The fucker should have been hung for war crimes.

We have to put a stop to this terrorism by our government, ladies and gentlemen.  We have no right to interfere with other nations, never mind declaring non-wars on their peoples.  No right whatsoever.

Oath of Office

A 2009 publication written by Jonathan L. Rudd, J.D., an FBI Academy Legal Instructor:

Oath of Office: A Solemn Promise

every aspect of an officer’s job touches that area where the authority of government and the liberty of the individual meet. Arrests, searches and seizures, investigative detentions, eyewitness identification, interrogations—all of these everyday law enforcement tasks, and more, are governed by the Federal Constitution. Under their own constitutions, the States may provide greater protections to their people; but by virtue of the Due Process Clause of the 14th amendment, they cannot provide less.

 

The Oath:

I [name] do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

 

This oath isn’t just for Presidents, heads of office, or law enforcement.  It’s also what every member of the military has to take at the conclusion of their basic training.  It’s an oath *I* took when I completed basic training in the Army in January 1980.


 

It is obvious, judging by the plethora of unjust and blatantly illegal behaviors performed by all members of law enforcement, including the FBI, that law enforcement academies of instruction no longer teach their recruits the rule of law.

Example:  A kidnapping/rape victim was re-assaulted repeatedly by law enforcement when she was kidnapped (held against her will; she wasn’t arrested) and forced to occupy a cell next to her rapist and sit next to him during transports to court.  Why?  Law enforcement’s excuse was that she became “combative” during her “prep” for court and they feared she’d refuse to show up for court.

It is not required of her to show up for court.  She can be video-conferenced in order to fulfill the requirement that the accused can face their accuser.  She can sign affidavits.  She can request to appear separately on the grounds that she fears for her life.

She doesn’t need to be Pollyanna.  She doesn’t need to act like a “good girl”.  She’s justifiably upset and has the right to behave however she sees fit as long as she’s not breaking any laws.  During “Prep” for court, attorneys or law enforcement (it should be attorneys only) will “grill” the plaintiff, preparing her for cross-examination.  During this “Prep”, the victim will get upset and angry.  The officers who said she was “combative” deliberately ignored the fact that “Practice” cross-examinations are hard on witnesses/victims, knowing full well that the “practice” is intended to get the witness/victim used to the adversarial attack-dog style of questioning by defense lawyers.  Many rape victims suffer from PTSD and verbal attacks can trigger emotional defensiveness and an emergency desire to protect yourself.  They often become “combative”.  It’s *normal*.

Police and Prosecutors involved in this case were either willfully ignorant of the rights of the witness/victim, did not care about the emotional stability of the witness/victim, or both.  They failed this woman by not supplying her with an attorney who has her back and will step in when prosecutorial “prep” ignores her emotional stability.  Hell, when they simply lack common decency.

Examples:  100s of instances of people of color have been shot by police for invalid reasons.

Example:  100s of instances where people of Latino heritage have had their 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th amendment protections violated by city/county/state/federal police as well as law enforcement members of Immigration and “Customs” Enforcement.

In order to carry out the law, police must abide by their oaths, but even after this “reminder” publication was released in 2009, they have frequently violated this oath.  Indeed, police academies across the country seem to have dropped the requirements for teaching recruits about the Constitution and how law enforcement must abide by it.  Instead, they have become lawless vigilantes and bullies.

Mueller is a Fake Special Counsel

From POLITICO.COM:  DOJ: Firm’s work for Trump family won’t impede Mueller probe

“The firm said Mueller did not work for any members of the Trump family.”

THEY’RE LYING.  And they’re wrong.  Mueller resigned from a firm–whose clients were Jared and Ivanka–so he could take the Special Counsel job.  He is, according to the law, bound by attorney/client privilege FOR LIFE and therefore can’t touch anything involving current and former clients of that firm.  Namely, the Trump/Kushner family.

It doesn’t matter if Mueller worked with them or not.  The firm did.  What is writ for one lawyer automatically affects everyone else.  This applies to all lawyers even when the Trumps and Kushners are no longer clients.

Why the hell do you think the corrupt Sessions-run DOJ hired this prick in the first goddamn case?

The only way for justice to be done is when the next President is a Progressive, and Bernie Sanders, and installed in the White House in January 2021.

Until then, get ready for four years of complete bullshit and a huge waste of taxpayer dollars.

 

Our Corruption Has Deep Roots

Re: The U.S. Government.

It’s going to take several decades, if not centuries, to get corruption out.  The corruption I speak of isn’t just among certain members of congress or the presidency.  It has to do with our government turning a blind eye to criminality and atrocity due to GREED.

It belongs to policies.  It belongs to trade.  It belongs to “decorum”, and it belongs to our own Constitution.

Examples:

  1.  The Constitution.  In 1775, Jefferson was forced to rewrite it time and again because the “southern” states made lots of money from the “industry” of slavery and they refused to give it up.  Our government started out corrupt.
  2. Our National Anthem.  Francis Scott Key was a slaveholder who viewed blacks as subhuman and property.  He wrote it into the third verse of the song.  Despite knowing that, our racist forebears allowed it to become our national anthem and since then, have refused to remove it on the grounds that it’s anti-patriotic.  LIE.  Our patriotism was grounded on rebellion and revolution and written into the constitution (our rights to assemble and protest).  Patriotism is not defined as one who thinks and acts the way the corrupt government tells them to think and act.
  3. Oil and Gas Trade.  WE the People, via our corrupt government, do business with governments who commit atrocities, all because we want their oil and gas.  We prop up/support regimes who routinely murder their own citizens because we’re using them for some heinous means.  Saudi Arabia is one of them.  We did business with the USSR’s Stalin during WWII because we needed his support against Hitler.  Um, NO, we didn’t.  What WE (and the UK) didn’t want was to fight a war on three sides:  Germany, Japan, and Russia.  And because Russia sits on huge oil reserves.
  4. So-called War On Drugs.  Nixon created this problem because he hated “liberals”. i.e., Democratic voters.  Blacks and the poor routinely vote on the Democratic ticket — and generally against war — and in order to reduce their numbers, they had to be targeted.  The best way to do that was to create a drug problem, then to create extreme laws to “fix” the problem.  This also had a secondary industry growth: the private prison industrial complex.  When these people get out of prison, many states refuse to let them vote.  The corrupt members of congress and their industry donors can’t allow blacks to vote.  So if they aren’t going to prison for smoking a joint, then they have to be attacked in other ways.  One of them is to create a false narrative about voter fraud (which doesn’t exist), so voter ID laws were created that force out people who can’t get to a DMV.  DMVs are shut down, bus systems are cut back, and benefits to those on welfare are cut.  The whole point in doing all of that is to keep the political corruption going.
  5. Marijuana Demonization.  In the mid 1800s, the timber industry was booming.  The rich bastards at the top, which included congressmen and senators, who controlled the industry discovered that there were elements among the liberals who were trying to get hemp distributed as an alternate, and safer, source for paper-making.  Our own Constitution and other documents were drafted on it.  BUT.  Hemp would cut into the timber industry’s profits and our crooked Congress members couldn’t have that.  So hemp, and its strains like Cannabis Sativa/Indica, had to be demonized.  A ridiculous film called “Reefer Madness” was distributed in the 1920s as the central part of a campaign to place marijuana and hemp as dangerous substances–all the while, Cocaine and Heroin were widely distributed in medicines and soft drink products like Coca Cola (where do you think the name came from?).  When the FDA was created and drugs were being considered for prohibition, Cannabis was at the top of the list.  NOT for its dangerousness but because it was a rival to the timber industry.  When the pharmaceutical industry got going, cannabis was once again a threat, so the DEA was instructed to keep it on the prohibited list as a Schedule 1 drug, equal to heroin, cocaine, bath salts, LSD, and methamphetamine.  “Big Pharma” currently has developed a synthetic version of marijuana.  It’s addictive and has dangerous side effects.  Unlike the natural plant.  But Big Pharma needs to make money so the plant will stay on the DEA list.  Many states are now realizing the lies surrounding marijuana and are legalizing it, but its federal criminal status keeps the plant out of government tax status, which is illogical.  The government could profit, but Big Pharma is in charge and they pay off politicians (via “legalized bribery” in campaign contributions) to keep it that way.  (to learn more about marijuana, go to herb.co)
  6. Kratom Demonization.  Kratom, aka Mitragyna speciosa, is a member of the coffee plant family whose *miraculous* qualities help people fight their opioid addictions.  BUT.  The pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) will lose money if they can’t peddle their addictive substances like oxycontin, oxycodone, etc., so they bribe our politicians who make DEA policy.  Kratom is currently being considered for the Schedule 1 list.  It’s no more dangerous than the Valerian plant, a natural sedative, which has been synthesized to make Valium.  Fentanyl is a synthetic form of heroin, taken from the poppy.  It is highly addictive and can easily kill.  If anything should be illegal, it should be synthetic versions of plants intended for narcotic addiction.

 

The list can go on and on, but you get the point.  Our system is corrupt.  To get the corruption out will take a long, long time because they will fight against it.  Money makes people do evil things.  But we need to change, to root it out, to put us on a path where we can be proud to be Americans.

UN Whistleblowing

Kathryn Bolkovac (and Wiki’s article)

Remember all those news stories about UN Peacekeepers committing rape and murder and involved in sex trafficking during the 90s and 2000s?  No?

I do.  You perhaps do not.  Why?

Because

a)  Peacekeepers are immune from prosecution.
b)  Military Industrial Complex will lose money if their private contractors are held responsible.
c)  The victims are women and girls.  Who gives a shit about them?
d)  The Academy of Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) refused to accept this film as a nomination for Best Picture.  If they had, more attention and subsequent worldwide outrage would have been achieved.  However, there are financiers who are involved in “Hollywood” (Steve Mnuchin anyone? He financed a lot of movies, including Jurassic World–and the MFer is now in charge of our treasury) who also have a stake in sex trafficking’s money-making operations and they aren’t about to risk a light shone in their direction.

and

e)  Barack Obama​ was directly responsible for criminalizing whistleblowing, despite a law that protects them.  Because of his influence, The Whistleblower was forcibly downgraded as an inferior film that no one should believe.

Because the Military Industrial Complex is so vast and corrupt, it is impossible for the UN to change, to remove immunity for criminals under their direct authority, and for their internal investigative efforts to achieve SQUAT.  When they breathe fire and aggressively condemn a country for human rights abuses, tell them that they’re no better than a contaminated government whose hands are dripping blood.

The Rape of Our Country

You need to pay attention.  Now.

What’s happening in the WH and the government is SCARY.  We have three major things that are at serious risk of breaking the back of our country.

1) Internet Security.  We need that baby and trying to control it the way they (the rich) do their lives (ick, lower class, get away, you don’t deserve shit but to shine my shoes and make my cars) will ruin us.

2) TAX CUTS.  Do you understand that taxes pay for everything? What they want to do is give less and make the rest of us give more. Our country cannot handle the tax plan they are intent on implementing. These people don’t want to help us. They want to help themselves. They are going to bankrupt our country and if you can’t or won’t see that, may the gods help you.

3) FARM WORK. Our country depends on seasonal workers to get our produce to market.  Without it, we are fucked.  WHITE people, so-called Americans, don’t want to do the work. Who does? Latino-Americans and undocumented Latinos. Ask every farmer who depends on “migrants” to get their crops picked and processed their opinion on our Latino seasonal workers. You’ll hear nothing but praise. Ask them about American workers, non-latino workers, and you’ll hear disgust and disdain.  When Latinos are employed, 90% of the crops go to market.  When whites and others are employed (only), 30% goes to market.  Why? Because the lazy good-for-nothing white workers don’t want to do seasonal work. Don’t want to do the *hard* work.  But we need our produce to get to market. We can’t survive without it.

This anti-immigrant, anti-undocumented worker bullshit is nothing but propaganda designed to do only one thing: DISTRACT. It’s the shiny object they’re waving while they steal the goddamn treasury out from under us.

PLEASE. PAY ATTENTION.

So why haven’t you heard about this ad nauseum on cable news? Because cable news is corporate owned and they’re about to get a big pay day thanks to a massive tax cut… which is partly amusing since the fuckers don’t pay their fair share in the first place. But now they don’t want to pay at all.  We are going to be stuck with the bill, just like always.  AND WE CAN’T PAY IT.

Arkansas Legal System and Others Conduct Hideous Miscarriages (or can I call them abortions?) of Justice

And it isn’t the only one.  But I present it here as a microcosm of a justice system that has failed by factors of infinity.

At the Pacific Standard’s newspaper:  The Fight for Disability Rights Must Extend to Death Row

This article isn’t only about the wrongful execution of Ledell Lee, which they carried out April 20th, 2017.  It’s also about executing people with mental disabilities.  I think it’s also about the failure of the justice system to label defendants properly when it comes to their ability to assist in their own defense.  Ledell Lee couldn’t assist.  He couldn’t even get a new public defender when asked.

Lee’s case wasn’t just that he was mentally disabled.  It was a hideous example of a corrupt legal system.

  1.  Lee’s lawyer was a drunk who babbled during court proceedings.
  2. The judge and the prosecutor were having an affair and later married.
  3. The “science” used to link a hair to Lee was unsound.
  4.  Lee’s ability to assist in his own defense was never examined and tested.
  5.  The state of Arkansas doesn’t use valid scientific testing.  In essence, they are anti-science.
  6.  The courts in Arkansas and D.C. refused the ACLU and The Innocence Project’s request for a mental disability examination.

The state of Texas doesn’t use scientific analyses and psychiatric examinations to determine if a defendant is mentally disabled.  They use, instead, a stupid and insane “test” by comparing a mentally disabled defendant to that of a **literary character**.  Specifically, John Steinbeck’s Lennie character in “Of Mice and Men”.

What. The. Fuck.

What is it about certain states’ irrational and unlawful methods of so-called jurisprudence that compels them to act with such blatant corruption and legal malfeasance?  Further, why in the hell don’t the people of these states stand up and scream for a better execution (if you’ll pardon the term) of their legal systems?

Due to the flagrant mishandling, identification, and so-called respect for “State’s Rights”, the “conservative” element of political views infects all jurisprudence in a state’s ability to carry out justice.  Meaning:  If a state is run by “liberal” ideology, then conservatives in higher courts of law (and Congress, which is supposed to have no say) will say that the state has to conform to “federal” (i.e., Congress) orders.  If a state is run by “conservative” ideology, then the cry is “State’s Rights”, which means that they alone will conduct their affairs as they see fit and the federal government has no say.

Most of the time, “State’s Rights” is a code word for “We’re a bunch of racist, misogynists, and corrupt politicians who refuse to follow the rules of law set down by the Supreme Court and other federal seats.”

Their position is duplicitous, self-serving, and hypocritical.  How?  Marijuana legislation.  According to the DEA, pot is a schedule 1 drug.  This is bullshit.  It isn’t comparable to heroin, cocaine, or other narcotics.  You can’t overdose on it.  You *can* get a bad batch, or a badly made strain, but you still can’t overdose on it.  Point is, this is a State’s Rights matter, not a DEA one, but because it’s pot, suddenly conservatives and irrational zealots like Jeff Sessions claim that State’s Rights don’t supersede the federal government.

What?

So, if you want to execute people how you see fit and ignore an individual’s rights to a competent defense, then your State’s Rights can’t be interfered with.  If you’re a circuit court or a Supreme Court and you order a state to obey its rulings, it will only abide by the law if that state decides it will.

On the one hand, this is anarchy.  On the other, it’s “State’s Rights”, good or bad.

So who gets to decide to execute a mental disabled man whose legal defense was incompetent, the prosecution and judge corrupt, and the legislature refuses to behave in a competent manner?

The State.  And according to new junior, neo-conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, fuck the new evidence, fuck the corruption, the state can murder a retard.

When the state executes an innocent and/or mentally disabled person, all legal actions taken prior to that execution must be halted, deemed corrupt and illegitimate, and new trials, examinations, along with legal appointments and elections, must be carried out along with a restructuring of criminal law.  When this is not done, the murder of innocent and disabled persons will continue.  It is up to We The People to put a stop to it.