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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Juan Cole: Walmart does better background checks on its store clerks than the CIA and Jordanian intelligence did on al-Balawi

i think professor cole, an individual not known for his pursuit of conspiracy theories, hits the nail on the head... the united states is being led by a very small group of people totally dedicated to the massive profit machine of endless war... they have everything to gain and nothing to lose by fostering terrorism, radicalization, and the vicious social injustice, death and destruction that sparks both...
Al-Qaeda is twisted and evil, and has committed mass murder. Neither the US nor Israel is responsible for violent crackpots being violent crackpots. Al-Qaeda or a Taliban affiliate turned al-Balawi to the dark side. Gandhi and Martin Luther King taught us the proper response to social injustice. But what we have to remember is that there can be a handful of al-Balawis, or there can be thousands or hundreds of thousands. It depends on how many Abu Ghraibs, Fallujahs, Lebanons and Gazas the United States initiates or supports to the hilt. Unjust wars and occupations radicalize people. The American Right wing secretly knows this, but likes the vicious circle it produces. Wars make profits for the military-industrial complex, and the resulting terrorism terrifies the clueless US public and helps hawks win elections, allowing them to pursue further wars. And so it goes, until the Republic is bankrupted and in ruins and its unemployed have to live in tent cities.

So, yes, this al-Balawi person was going to help Jordan and the US find al-Qaeda leaders Usama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Sure he was. Walmart does better background checks on its store clerks than the CIA and Jordanian intelligence did on this guy.

ya gotta ask yourself... if the background information was all there to be discovered, which it apparently was, why wasn't it pursued...? once again, we are being asked to believe the all-encompassing excuse of incompetence, a myth that has been diligently fostered since 9/11... 'scuse me, but i ain't buyin' it, not for a minute...

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

And here's a damn good reason why I put up the previous post

need i say more...?
Court rules Obama’s detention powers not limited by laws of war

The Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Tuesday that upholds the Bush administration's broad claims of executive power to detain non-citizens.

The case, Al-Bihani v. Obama, "was the first by the Circuit Court to directly apply the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in Boumediene v. Bush creating a constitutional right for Guantanamo Bay detainees to challenge their captivity," according to the SCOTUS blog. "Unless reviewed and overturned either by the en banc Circuit Court or the Supreme Court, the new decision will control how scores of detainee cases are resolved in District Court in Washington."

The defendant in the case, whose habeas petition was denied by the court, is Ghaleb Nassar Al Bihani, a citizen of Yemen who served Taliban fighters as a cook and claims he never even fired a shot.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I'm having trouble facing the news of a new year


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