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US government lost contract signed by Bradley Manning, rests its case

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In a giant snafu that’s typical of goverments and big corporations alike, the US government apparently managed to “mislay” the standard contract signed by Bardley Manning. And it only took until the fifth week of the trial, three years since his arrest to figure this out… during the cross-examination of a prosecution witness no less!

The most embarrassing admission was that the Army had mislaid the standard contract Manning signed that laid out the terms of his access to classified information upon deployment to Iraq.

In defence cross-examination of a prosecution witness, it was revealed that the government had lost one copy of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) that Manning had signed and had routinely burned a second copy filled out by the soldier and all other members of his unit. The document is important as it clarifies whether or not the soldier exceeded the terms of the authorised access to secret documents through his work computer that he directly agreed to.

Source: The Guardian

At the same time Nobel Peace Price winner Mairead Corrigan-Maguire is nominating Manning for his work to help end the Iraq War and other conflicts.

Around the world, Manning is hailed as a peacemaker and a hero. His nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is a reflection of this. Yet at his home in America, Manning stands trial for charges of espionage and “aiding the enemy”. This should not be considered a refutation of his candidacy – rather, he is in good company.

If the Nobel Committee had any decency (and balls) left they’d strip the EU and Barack Obama of their respective prices and award them to Manning, Snowden and Assange. And while we wait for that to happen, let’s see if maybe hell will freeze over…

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July 3rd, 2013 at 11:02 pm

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What does it take to get tortured for testimony?

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Just a quick reminder how far down the slippery slope of becoming a totalitarian banana-republic the United States has gone… Courtesy of ReasonTV

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In September 2012, KteeO and her colleague, Matthew Duran, were imprisoned and sent to solitary confinement at Seattle Federal Detention Center for refusing to testify in front of a grand jury. They weren’t being tried for any crime, but refused to testify because of their political ideals.

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What heinous crime could justify the use of solitary confinement to get KteeO and Matt to cooperate?
In this case, it was a few acts of vandalism during a May Day protest last year.

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“If you’re not willing to cooperate with a grand jury’s investigation, no matter how illegitimate it seems, you can go to jail for a very long time,” says Kaplan, “and not just to jail, but it seems that the Bureau of Prisons can put you in solitary confinement for extended periods without having to justify its decision to anyone. And this could happen to any US citizen.”

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July 2nd, 2013 at 2:25 pm

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Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

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Via Wikileaks, the first statement of by now world-famous NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden – currently in exile in Moscow Airport. Dishing out another giant fuck-you to the Obama administration and US politics in general by soberly stating nothing but simple facts…

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

Monday 1st July 2013

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July 1st, 2013 at 10:43 pm

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North Korea approves nuclear strike on US

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Boy, that escalated quickly.
I mean, that really got out of hand fast…


SEOUL — The North Korean army said Thursday it had final approval to launch “merciless” military strikes on the United States, involving the possible use of “cutting-edge” nuclear weapons.

In a statement published by the official KCNA news agency, the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) said it was formally informing Washington that reckless US threats would be “smashed by… cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means”.

“The merciless operation of (our) revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified,” the statement said.

North Korea had threatened a “pre-emptive” nuclear strike against the United States a month ago, and last week the supreme army command ordered its strategic rocket units to combat status for strikes on the US mainland and US bases in Guam and Hawaii.

“The moment of explosion is approaching fast,” Thursday’s statement said, adding that a war could break out on the Korean peninsula “today or tomorrow”.

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Following earlier today’s quote by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s threats and recent actions represent a “real and clear danger” to the United States as well as its allies South Korea and Japan, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.

“They have nuclear capacity now, they have missile delivery capacity now,” Hagel said after giving a major strategy speech at the National Defense University, calling Pyongyang’s “bellicose dangerous rhetoric” problematic.

“We take those threats seriously, we have to take those threats seriously,” he added. “We are doing everything we can, working with the Chinese and others to defuse that situation on the peninsula.

“I hope the North will ratchet its very dangerous rhetoric down.”

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In a rare show of force in the region, Washington has deployed nuclear-capable US B-52s, B-2 stealth bombers and two US destroyers to South Korean air and sea space.

Personally, I’m just glad I’m not directly in the line of fire between a psychotic country led by a mad man and this planets first and foremost military bully / superpower known for starting endlessly expensive wars mostly for shits and giggles. But that’s just me…

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April 3rd, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Obesity trends among US adults

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December 4th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

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The Madness Of A Lost Society

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And todays uplifting piece of counter-propaganda comes courtesy of SGTreport.com – it’s 11 minutes worth watching and thinking about.

Another ‘Black Friday’ has come and gone. And it has left us with further evidence of the complete madness of the populace of our nation. America has been dealt a fatal blow by corporate greed, Bankster malfeasance and the insidious nature of collectivism — and it’s all been done to us by design.

The once proud and independent people of the United States have, in large part, been reduced to servants of the State. As Aldous Huxley famously noted, “People can actually be made to LOVE their servitude.”

Featuring Mike Krieger, Rob Kirby, Chris Duane, Gerald Celente, Bill Murphy and many others, ‘Madness 3’ offers one last ‘fair warning’ for those with the eyes to see and the ears to hear.

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November 28th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Is the US becoming an Ineptocracy?

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As one commenter over at ZeroHedge so fittingly put it:

Ineptocracy: A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or suceed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminshing number of producers.

They revisit their analysis from two years ago, explaining how it has become increasingly more lucrative – in the form of actual disposable income – to sit, do nothing, and collect various welfare entitlements, than to work.

Gary Alexander, Secretary of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (a state best known for its broke capital Harrisburg) […] explained […] “the single mom is better off earnings gross income of $29,000 with $57,327 in net income & benefits than to earn gross income of $69,000 with net income and benefits of $57,045.

Of course, that’s just the catchy part – the details are (as usual) much scarier. Full summary and presentation by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Public Welfare, Gary D. Alexander

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November 27th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

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U.S. food banks running low on supplies

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Reuters reports that the U.S. food banks are starting to run low on supplies, caused by a combination of this years drought, raising food prices (again, caused by drought and endless money printing by governments) and a general lack of funds, due to budget cuts across the board. Mind you, we’re talking about those food programs, which are currently supplying close to 50 million of US citizen with food aid. That’s almost 1 in 6 Americans…

Executives at major food banks across the United States worry they will not be able to keep pace with demand, which they don’t expect to ease until more Americans find better paying jobs. In a sign of how stressed the budgets of many Americans are, a record 47.1 million people used food stamps in August 2012, up from 45.8 million the year earlier.

With such pressures at work, on-hand supplies at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank have fallen from a peak of about 3.3 weeks in 2010 to less than two weeks – the lowest in recent history, according to its president and CEO, Michael Flood.

Tightening food supplies last summer forced the food bank to start a waiting list because it does not have enough inventory to expand beyond the 640 agencies it already supplies with food. There are now 565 nonprofits on the waiting list, Flood said.

And of course it doesn’t look like things are going to get better anytime soon:

But they are bracing for more challenges in 2013. Food prices are forecast to move even higher, making it harder for people with limited means to stretch their money.

Current proposals for the new U.S. farm bill – which sets funding for TEFAP and the food stamp program – include small increases for TEFAP.

But those increases would be dwarfed by proposals for billion-dollar cuts to the food stamp program.

Washington’s the “fiscal cliff” fight over planned tax increases and spending cuts due to start in January is adding to the anxiety, since sharply partisan U.S. lawmakers need to come together to avert a big hit to the economy that likely would hurt the country’s most vulnerable.

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November 25th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Ron Paul says farewell to Congress

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Congressman Paul’s final speech on the House floor before leaving Congress. It goes without saying, he’ll be missed. Not so much by his “colleagues”, but by every honest and moral man.

Fore a writeup of some of the highlights from his epic speech, head over to ABC News: Ron Paul Departs With ‘Our Constitution Has Failed’

In a sprawling, 52-minute speech to the House chamber, Paul lambasted U.S. government, politicians and special interests, declaring that the U.S. people must return to virtue before the government allows them to be free, and that the Constitution has failed to limit the scope of an authoritarian bureaucracy.

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November 15th, 2012 at 12:15 am

Obama II – This Time Its Different

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Proving my point that 99% of mankind are idiots, Gov. Gary Johnson got about 1% of the popular vote instead of the +5% he (and every other sane person) hoped for.

Next up: More gridlock, more partisan bickering, no agreement on anything, impeding fiscal cliff, endless money printing and maybe, just maybe another war in the middle east.

At least we’ll have a lot new content to add to this site, as this cascade of fails sure as hell isn’t going to end anytime soon.

Written by mo

November 7th, 2012 at 9:15 am

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