Tag Archives: Obama

Jeremy Hammond pleads out to avoid life in prison

For those joining late, Jeremy Hammond was arrested last year for being involved with the Wikileaks file dump of incriminating information about the company Stratfor. Stratfor is an information-gathering company which has been doing work for US intelligence agencies–work those agencies are barred by law from doing themselves. The CIA can’t spy on American citizens […]

Medea Benjamin crashes the party

So if you were out of touch (no google, no tweets) Thursday, you probably didn’t hear about Medea Benjamin of Code Pink crashing Obama’s friendly little press conference about the drone strike policy and also the detainees at Guantanamo. As she was ‘escorted’ from the room, Medea reportedly said this: “Can you tell the Muslim […]

Another Occupy Bull Connor Moment–Carmen Pittman tasered

Carmen Pittman, an Occupy Atlanta activist who was part of a group of protesters in front of Eric Holder’s Justice Department, was tasered by Capitol police today. For over a year, she and her family fought an attempt by Chase to foreclose on her grandmother’s house. She’s one of a group of activists who were […]

Obama’s drone policy expands definitions of ‘enemies’

This is an article I posted two weeks ago. It has some interesting links both to information about the Obama drone policy and the protesters who’ve been trying to call attention to the downsides of the use of drones against American citizens (and everyone else, too). Currently, there’s a prisoner of conscience named Brian Terrell […]

Obama’s drone policy expands definitions of ‘enemies’

Okay. I get why so many people pulled the lever for Obama last November. After all, we have a duopoly, and it’s either him or the other guy Willard Romney. Nobody wanted Willard to pick the next few SCOTUS members. Willard also seemed to want to double down in Afghanistan (because after all, for 2,000+ […]

Anger Rising–Spain, Greece embrace S29; Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin in solidarity

  Those of you who saw my blog post on the 27th know that I wrote about big street demonstrations in Madrid on the 25th. Well, you’d be hard-pressed to know it, but all weekend there were big street protests against ‘austerity’ in the Euro Zone. Here was the call to action in Spain. On […]

The Romney Plan for Energy

So the Romney campaign has released its energy plan. It looks a lot like the things envisioned by Reagan a political generation ago–lots more drilling on federal land, no nod to conservation or global warming, subsidies for alt energy like solar and wind killed. It’s different from Obama, but not markedly different–Obama is hardly a greenie, […]

NDAA Update–are citizens already being detained without charges?

Most incredibly, Obama’s attorneys refused to assure the court, when questioned, that the NDAA’s section 1021 – the provision that permits reporters and others who have not committed crimes to be detained without trial – has not been applied by the US government anywhere in the world after Judge Forrest’s injunction. In other words, they were telling a US federal judge that they could not, or would not, state whether Obama’s government had complied with the legal injunction that she had laid down before them.

Lest people think I’m a supporter of President Obama, I should point out that neither of these candidates of the duopoly should get our votes. Romney’s taxes would decline under 1% should Paul Ryan’s tax plan go through the House. But Obama has also played fast and loose with the use of drone aircraft for targeted assassinations, a practice that was roundly condemned during the Church hearings some 30 years ago. 

My story, which has been reported on relatively sane pages (the UK Guardian) involves a lawsuit against the implementation of the NDAA. In a recent court hearing, US attorneys working for the administration refused to confirm or deny that Americans had ALREADY BEEN SUBJECTED TO indefinite military detention since the act was signed last December. Here’s the quote from the article that should matter to you: