Sonntag, 18. Dezember 2011

Why a Constitutional Law Professor Should Not Sign an Unconstitutional Military Detention Bill

Ralph Lopez, War Is A Crime: 'There has never been a better time to take a close look at how we got here, with Obama, a former Constitutional law professor, about to sign a law ... where anyone can be swept off the streets by the military to rot forever, or even be killed.... You don t need to be a constitutional scholar to know that permanent wartime powers amounts to the overthrow of the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution.'


America is not a battlefield

Wrights 2012
by R. Lee Wrights


The United States is now a battlefield, not because of any invading army, foreign enemy, or civil insurrection, but by an act of Congress. In a shameful, disgraceful bipartisan vote on the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, Congress passed a bill that essentially eviscerates the rights guaranteed in that hallowed document and guts the rule of law in our nation. Why should we be surprised?


The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith


On Thursday, December 15, 2011, the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, members of the United States House of Representatives betrayed their oaths of office and voted overwhelmingly to follow in the felonious footsteps of their criminal accessories in the Senate, by attempting to pass the so-called 'National Defense Authorization Act.'... But why do you suppose I said 'attempting to pass' in my initial paragraph? Because one thing is absolutely certain: the NDAA is not the law, since it contradicts a higher law - the highest law of the land -- the first ten amendments of the Constitution, commonly known as the Bill of Rights...

Back in the USSA

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


With congressional passage of the new military-detention bill, and President Obama s unsurprising flip-flop decision to sign it into law, perhaps this would be a good time to review where we are as a country. We now live in a country in which the military has the legal authority to arrest or round up Americans (and non-Americans), place them into military dungeons or concentration camps, torture them, and keep them incarcerated for life without a trial. All they have to do is label people as terrorists...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Surviving an American Insurrection

Why Is It So Easy to Save the Banks but So Hard to Save the Biosphere?

World Poses Growing Challenge to Generosity of Our Hearts


Top 100 Corporate Crime Stories of 2011

Medvedev on US: 'If they continue to push us around, we will push back'

President Dmitry Medvedev has spoken out after a telephone conversation with his US counterpart, saying Obama s comments on Russia s recent parliamentary elections were 'unacceptable'.

From Information Clearing House

U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement is 'Part of a Global Program of World Militarization'

By Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers

There is very little doubt that the U.S. government intends to maintain effective military control over Afghanistan by one means or another, either through a client state with military bases, and support for what they ll call Afghan troops.

NATO occupation force troops kill woman in raid on Afghan official s house

Coalition force raided the house of a Dr Hafizullah (no first name provided), director of the counternarcotics department of Paktia province Saturday morning, detaining him along with his two sons, a statement of the provincial governor office said.

Pregnant woman killed by US forces in eastern Afghanistan

'A national security council meeting held in the presidential palace on Sunday condemned the international forces night raid on the house of the Paktia counternarcotics chief, in which a woman was killed and four others wounded,' read a statement released by Afghan President Hamid Karzai s office.

Afghans negotiating long-term US presence: Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that his government is negotiating the terms of a long-term US presence in his country that could involve US troops.

Assessing the Afghan war: Guess what? We are not winning

So, America, remember the Vietnam War? Because the war in Afghanistan just gave me a bad case of deja vu.

From Information Clearing House


'We are not leaving,' say US officials in Afghanistan

USA Today


Top American officials in Afghanistan say the U.S. military intends to maintain a troop presence here beyond a 2014 deadline for Afghan troops to take over. Marine Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said the Taliban and other forces in the region need to know the U.S. military will make sure the Afghans can handle the job...

Afghanistan as the Hotel California

Campaign For Liberty
by Doug Bandow


Apparently the Obama administration views Afghanistan as a bit like the Eagles' famed Hotel California. We can check out but never leave. ... The U.S. has no interests at stake which warrant a permanent presence in Central Asia. At a time of fiscal crisis, Washington should be shedding, not adding, permanent commitments...

Down the Afghan drain

by Brian Cloughley


According to US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on December14, 'we are winning this very tough conflict here in Afghanistan.' Well, he and his followers might imagine they are winning their war, but in addition to Washington s sacrifice of 1856 American soldiers (so far) in a futile conflict, what the geniuses of the Pentagon and the aid industry have also lost in their ten years of war is a very great deal of US taxpayers? money. And they intend to waste much more in years to come...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan


Afghanistan Chronicles, Part 3: Children of Terror

Jim Burroughs and Mary Ann Skweres, Truthout: 'The long-term effect on Afghanistan was that, by the time the Soviets finally left the country in 1989, these children had grown up into young adults whose only knowledge of the world was of war, and whose mandate was to set up an extremist Islamic state friendly to Pakistan. They returned to a country still strewn with land mines, where the rural infrastructure had been destroyed and the only jobs to be had were fighting a civil war for one power-hungry commander or another. These motherless boys, taught fundamentalist Islam and trained in the art of war, became the Taliban - warriors with extreme religious convictions, lead by the young, uneducated, but charismatic Mullah Omar, who had earned a reputation for bringing raping and murdering commanders to harsh justice.'

Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan

Robert Naiman, Truthout: 'The Christmas truce has a rich history ? In December 1914, as war raged in Europe, Pope Benedict XV called for a Christmas cease-fire ? In one of the most compelling acts of mass civil disobedience in the 20th century, rank-and-file troops carried out the action that the Pope had called for, negotiating local Christmas cease-fires on the Western Front?. Maybe, if we get busy, by Christmas 2014, the guns in Afghanistan will be silenced for good.''

The U.S. Is Not Leaving Iraq

By Justin Elliott

Thousands of armed U.S. private contractors will be based in the country, and the potential for violence is real.

From The Archives:

Blair: Iraq Linked To Al-Qaida


Iraq has links with the al-Qaida terrorist network, but the 'exact extent' of their cooperation is unknown, Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday.


US Plans 'Shock And Awe' Blitzkrieg In Iraq

By Henry Michaels

The war being prepared by the White House and Pentagon on the people of Iraq will be characterized by barbarism on a scale not seen since the horrors of the 1930s and 1940s. The level of brutality will recall scenes seared into the collective consciousness of previous generations, such as the bombing of Guernica and the Nazi blitzkrieg against Poland.

New Pictures of Iraq Atrocity, With Documents and Video

By David Swanson

The Iraqi was detained and questioned then with his hands tied behind his back, SGT Rogers skinned his face.


US troops leave Iraq amid 'the unmentionable odor of death'


Iraq War Officially Ends, Leaving Thousands Dead, Millions Displaced, Strong Contractor Presence

Iraq War Officially Ends But Drones, Contractors Remain

Do Private Military Contractors Have Impunity to Torture


New Documents Released of 2007 Iraq Atrocity by Troops

David Swanson, War Is A Crime: 'My name is John Needham.... I deployed with my unit to Iraq from October 2006 until October 2007 when I was medically evacuated for physical and mental injuries that I suffered during my deployment. The purpose of my letter is to report what I believe to be war crimes and violation of the laws of armed conflict that I personally witnesses while deployed in Iraq.'


Troops and Prisons Move, Wars and Torture Never Ends

Obama: 'Mission Accomplished'

By Ted Rall

War is an addiction. If we wanted to, we could quit any time.

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Database on the risks of genetically engineered crop plants

Testbiotech offers overview of EU authorisations.

Weltweite Energiewende: Theorie in Durban, Praxis bei Polarstern

Neuer Ökoenergieversorger fördert als erster den Ausbau der erneuerbaren Energien in Europa und in Entwicklungsländern.

Kommunal-Projekte von Bürgern treiben die Energiewende voran

Weiterer beschleunigter Ausbau Erneuerbarer Energien notwendig.


Nach Kanada stellt auch Österreichs Umweltminister Kyoto-Vertrag in Frage.

Datenbank zu Risiken gentechnisch veränderter Nutzpflanzen

Testbiotech veröffentlichte eine Datenbank zu Risiken gentechnisch veränderter Pflanzen, die in der EU bereits zugelassen sind oder kurz vor der Zulassung stehen.

Sechs Agrarchemie-Konzerne wegen Menschenrechtsverletzungen schuldig gesprochen

Sechs Agrarchemie-Konzerne - Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow Chemical, DuPont und BASF - schuldig Menschenrechte verletzt zu haben.

Industrielle Landwirtschaft im Kampf gegen Hunger gescheitert

Felix zu Löwenstein hat die globale Dimension des Ernährungsproblems erkannt und zeigt in seinem Buch 'Food Crash', wie es gelingen könnte, die Menschheit zu ernähren und dabei gleichzeitig die Umwelt weniger zu belasten. Ein Interview mit Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein von Thomas Wardenbach.

Agrarwüsten statt artenreiche Wiesen und Weiden

Anlässlich des Internationalen Tages der biologischen Vielfalt (22.5.) hat der NABU auf den anhaltend dramatischen Verlust von artenreichem Grünland in Deutschland hingewiesen.


Hungerkrise und IWF

Was tun?

Die Nuklearphysikerin und Aktivistin Vandana Shiva engagiert sich seit den 70er Jahren für den indischen Umweltschutz und den Erhalt der Artenvielfalt. Ihre inspirierende und Mut machende Arbeit basiert auf dem Konzept der Erd-Demokratie. Die Massen-Selbstmorde indischer Bäuerinnen und Bauern, deren Existenz durch das Saat- und Düngermonopol u.a. der US-Firma Monsanto zerstört wurde, bewegten sie zur Gründung einer Saatgut-Bank auf ihrer Versuchsfarm NAVDANYA im Norden Indiens. Dort bringt sie den Bauern biologischen Landbau bei und befreit sie von der Abhängigkeit von genetisch verändertem Saatgut. Außerdem erforscht sie die ertragstärksten Techniken - mit erstaunlichen Ergebnissen. Ein Film über die unbestreitbaren Vorteile der Diversität im organischen Landbau und eine neue, nachhaltige Idee von Demokratie. Video bei ARTE (Deutschland, 2010, 11mn, Erstausstrahlungstermin: Do, 15. Dez 2011)

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