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How Congress is Signing its own Arrest Warrants in the NDAA Citizen Arrest bill


The moment US Congressional Representatives and Senators sign this NDAA into law, history shows that they themselves and their staff are the most physically endangered by it. They will immediately become the subjects of the great might of the United States military and even, sadly but inevitably, its very first targets.

Naomi Wolf

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I never thought I would have to write this: but—incredibly—Congress has now passed the National Defense Appropriations Act, with Amendment 1031, which allows for the military detention of American citizens. The amendment is so loosely worded that any American citizen could be held without due process. The language of this bill can be read to assure Americans that they can challenge their detention — but most people do not realize what this means: at Guantanamo and in other military prisons, one’s lawyer’s calls are monitored, witnesses for one’s defense are not allowed to testify, and one can be forced into nudity and isolation. Incredibly, ninety-three Senators voted to support this bill and now most of Congress: a roster of names that will live in infamy in the history of our nation, and never be expunged from the dark column of the history books.

They may have supported this bill because—although it’s hard to believe—they think the military will only arrest active members of Al Qaida; or maybe, less naively, they believe that ‘at most’, low-level dissenting figures, activists, or troublesome protesters might be subjected to military arrest. But they are forgetting something critical: history shows that those who signed this bill will soon be subject to arrest themselves.

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The Apostles of Ron Paul

 

  • The Venn of Paul: As befits a movement with mainstream aspirations, libertarians have taken a big-tent approach to ideological purity.  A pro-life, anti-immigration conservative like Ron Paul is welcome, as is a free-love prophet like the late Robert A. Heinlein—and, of course, libertarian thought overlaps with segments of both left and right.
  • Meet the rabid fan base—techies, hippies, tax haters, and war protesters—who believe that only Ron Paul can save America from itself.
  • Loveable Extremist

Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones

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At a gun show in San Francisco's Cow Palace, between a table of switchblades and a rack of Enfield rifles, David McBride sat glumly under a "Ron Paul for President" banner. The shy, 28-year-old software tester had driven in from Silicon Valley and wasn't sure how to chat up nra members chewing elk jerky—or, for that matter, the dozen-or-so Paul supporters he'd come to know via Meetup.com but had never met in the flesh. So he pulled out his iPhone and began searching for the latest Paul headlines. Instantly, the geeks gathered: Was the phone's camera 2.0 megapixels? Was Paul gaining in the Iowa Republican straw poll? "I'm waiting until they come out with the one that has ActiveSync," a ponytailed computer consultant said. The group nodded knowingly.

Their candidate, a 72-year-old obstetrician from Lake Jackson, Texas—land of duck hunters, ranchers, and oilmen—has improbably become an Internet sensation. He counts more Facebook and MySpace supporters than any Republican; more Google searches, YouTube subscribers, and website hits than any presidential candidate; and more Meetup members than the front-runners of both parties combined. In recent months he was sought out on the blog search engine Technorati more often than anyone except a Puerto Rican singer with a sex tape on the loose; his November 5 Internet "Money Bomb" event pulled in $4 million from more than 35,000 individual donors, a single-day online-fundraising record in a primary. (The previous best was $3 million, by John Kerry.) "The campaign calls itself the Ron Paul Revolution," notes Republican Internet consultant David All. "And I don't think that's a far stretch."

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Loveable Extremist, Patrick Caldwell, American Prospect

  • Liberals may have a soft spot for Ron Paul, but on economic issues, he's the most extreme of the GOP candidates.
  • Paul 'Did Not Deny' Controversial Statement About Black Men
  • 5 Reasons Progressives Should Treat Ron Paul with Extreme Caution
     

Crackpot Anti-Islam Activists, "Serial Fabricators" and the Tale of Iran and 9/11

 

  • Behind a mysterious December 22 Associated Press story about 'finding of fact' by a District judge in Manhattan Friday (Dec 23) that Iran assisted al Qaeda in the planning of the 9/11 attacks is a tapestry of recycled fabrications and distortions of fact from a bizarre cast of characters... . The only real effect of the case is to promote right-wing political myths about Iran.
  • Robert Parry | Slip-Sliding to War with Iran
  • The Big Lie Marches On

Gareth Porter, Truthout

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(Photo: Damon Winter / New York Times)

Behind a mysterious December 22 Associated Press story about "finding of fact" by a District judge in Manhattan Friday (Dec 23) that Iran assisted al Qaeda in the planning of the 9/11 attacks is a tapestry of recycled fabrications and distortions of fact from a bizarre cast of characters.

The AP story offers no indication of the nature of the evidence in the case except that former members of the 9/11 Commission and three Iranian defectors provided testimony. What it didn't say was that at least two of the Iranian defectors have long been dismissed by US intelligence as "fabricators" and that the two "expert witnesses" who were supposed to determine the credibility of those defectors' claims are both avowed advocates of crackpot conspiracy theories about Muslims and Shariah law who believe the United States is at war with Islam.

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Robert Parry | Slip-Sliding to War with Iran, Robert Parry, Consortium News

  • In framing the story in support of the IAEA, the major US newspapers and TV networks ignored documentary evidence that the IAEA's new director-general was installed with the support of the United States and that he privately indicated to US and Israeli officials that he would help advance their goals regarding Iran. These facts could be found easily enough in WikiLeaks cables that the US news media has had access to since 2010. Yet, the Big Media has ignored this side of the story, even as the IAEA report has been touted again and again as virtually a smoking gun against Iran.
  • The Big Lie Marches On

The Big Lie Marches On, Robert C. Koehler, Common Dreams

  • We must have an honest accounting of the Iraq War.
  • Without Accountability, No Lessons Learned
     

The Big Lie Marches On


 

  • We must have an honest accounting of the Iraq War.
  • Without Accountability, No Lessons Learned

Robert C. Koehler, Common Dreams

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The war is over, sort of, but the Big Lie marches on: that democracy is flowering in Iraq, that America is stronger and more secure than ever, that doing what’s right is the prime motivator of all our military action.

And the troops will be home for Christmas. Hurrah! Hurrah!

(The men will cheer, the boys will shout, and we’ll all feel gay, except maybe Rick Perry.)

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Without Accountability, No Lessons Learned, James Zogby, Huffington Post

  • With the date for U.S. forces to be fully withdrawn from Iraq fast approaching, it is important to remind ourselves how we got into that long and deadly war in the first place, and to hold accountable those who are responsible.
  • About that Iraq withdrawal
     

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