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War Supplemental Vote Early Next Week

Here is status of the Iraq-Afghanistan-Pakistan war supplemental bill for the remainder of 2009.

According to a report I received from a constituent who talked with Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree’s Military Legislative Assistant, Eric Hansen, the bill is in the House Appropriations Committee now and that it would likely be voted on in the House of Representatives as early as next week.

President Obama had requested $83 billion for the war supplemental but House Democrats have added $9.3 billion to that request to bring the supplemental to now stand at $94.2 billion.

According to Hansen Rep. Pingree would vote on the supplemental and he said that she wants to first "see what form the bill takes" before deciding on her vote. He said that the Congresswoman was wanting to see if bench marks and timelines were included in the bill. So far Obama has not submitted any timelines on ending the Afghanistan occupation.

Hansen said that the war supplemental will also include funds for economic assistance to the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He talked about "soft power" options being important like moving some Pakistan funds from the Pentagon to the State Department’s control for diplomatic purposes and for expansion of counter-insurgency capabilities.

Hansen also said that Rep. Pingree was seriously considering signing on as a co-sponsor to a bill presented by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) that would "require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress outlining the United States exit strategy for United States military forces in Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring Freedom."

As of today the cost of the war in Afghanistan to American taxpayers has been more than $172 billion and the Iraq war has cost more than $656 billion.

It is important to remember that Obama has also already requested $130 billion for war funding for fiscal year 2010.

Please make a call immediately to your member of your state Congressional delegation. Urge them to vote against any more war funding.

Where is everyone?

Where is the rage? “Hundreds” of demonstrators? It seems as though since Obama has been elected people have let down their guard. At our regular vigil in Salt Lake City not long ago a bus driver pulled up and shouted out “Obama won, why are you still out here?” There’s still a war, there are still injustices, there is still corporate control and domination. Now, more than ever, we need to hit the streets and demand an end to all of this!

FBI plans large hiring blitz of agents, experts

I guess this is part of the economic stimulus package in the U.S. – to ramp up law enforcement:

By James Vicini


FBI investigators examine a crime scene at a California parking lot in a 2006
Reuters – FBI investigators examine a crime scene at a California parking lot in a 2006 photo. (Phil Klein/Reuters)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wanted by the FBI: agents, language specialists, computer experts, intelligence analysts and finance experts.

The FBI said on Monday it had launched one of the largest hiring blitzes in its 100-year history involving 2,100 professional staff vacancies and 850 special agents aimed at filling its most critical vacancies.

The agency, which seeks to protect the United States from terrorist attack, fight crime and catch spies, among other duties, said it currently has more than 12,800 agents and about 18,400 other employees.

Since the Sept 11, 2001, attacks, the FBI has been criticized for not having enough employees fluent in foreign languages and for not moving fast enough to upgrade its computer system.

FBI Assistant Director John Raucci of the Human Resources division said the federal law enforcement agency is seeking to bring more people on board with skills in critical areas, especially language fluency and computer science.

"We’re also looking for professionals in a wide variety of fields who have a deep desire to help protect our nation from terrorists, spies, and others who wish us harm," Raucci said.

He said the FBI, which has been investigating corporate wrongdoing in connection with the current financial crisis, also needs finance and accounting experts, along with those skilled in physical surveillance and various other employees.

The hiring initiative for FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and for its field offices would replace departed staff and add some employees, officials said. (Reporting by James Vicini, Editing by Jackie Frank)


There is an interesting conversation happening over on Facebook about the article I posted,

The Emperor’s New Clothes

I have hidden the names of all the commentors, but here are the contents of the response thus far:

Respondent 1:  Are there actually people dumb or gullible enough to believe the absurdly blatant lies upon which this left wing loon bases his ideological rants? Everything I read in the limited time I could stomach the contents of this Bush-hating, America-bashing diatribe is blatantly false.

Respondent 2:  How did this idiot get in here?

Respondent 1:  Anybody that doesn’t agree with you is an idiot? That’s the left wing strategy — when you can’t argue with the facts, disparage the presenter and / or make up your own "facts."

This article says the U.S. killed 1.0MM Iraqi’s? Even Tim Robbins only came up with 400,000 when he fabricated his number. The U.N. and IRC both estimate the number at …  Read More75,000 people, which is roughly the same number of innocent Iraqi’s that Saddam Hussein killed every 4 months, year after year after year. If Saddam Hussein were still in power, he would have murdered far more people than were killed by U.S. forces since they removed him from power. Instead, this author makes up numbers (among other things) to make the US look bad. The U.S. is a great, noble, nation — an opinion that apparently makes me an idiot.

I can respect the viewpoints of others, and agree to disagree. When a link like this shows up on my home page, I want to be clear that I do not support such nonsense.

DeeIdentifying people as "dumb", "idiot", "gullible enough", "America bashing" or "nonsense" are all names that are not respectful. I am hopeful that people here can engage in dialogue without resorting to such labels or name calling and can indeed "agree to disagree" or choose to delete the offensive persons from their friends list. Continue reading

Shoes for Bush action

It warms my heart when people take an event in the news and turn it into action:

SHOES FOR BUSH action "For the widows, the orphans, and those killed in Iraq."

send me your old shoes to take to DC. ALL SHOES DONATED to the needy in the DC/Baltimore area and distributed by the DC Greens

  On January 20th,tens of thousands of people will be gathering to celebrate the Inaugural of President Barrack Obama.It will be a historical marker  and a joyous and celebratory occasion. However, the promise of change, does not mean that we can shut the door, on the past eight horrific years of the Bush administration and wipe clean the images of  shear terror, torture and suffering on the faces innocent Iraqis who have faced death and total destruction of their country. Also, it will not be easy for our own families, like Melida and Carlos Arredondo who have lost their child to an unjust and immoral war. Americans of conscience are grieving for our children and  for those in Iraq. To watch president Bush leave office, unaccountable is like rubbing salt into a wound.

On Monday, January 19th at 11:00 people will be converging at a permitted site near the White House for what may be a cathartic action of hurling a shoe at an image of President Bush. In the spirit of Mutadhar Al-Zaidi and in solidarity with the people of Iraq, we invite you to join us.

If you are will be in town for the Inaugural, bring an extra pair of shoes with you! If you cannot be there with us you can send us your shoes and we will take them to DC in a U-Haul. No Bomb-sniffing dogs at our post office! Unfortunately if you send shoes to the White House they are taken to a remote location and the gesture will be for not.

 We are designating a page  on this web site to post the names of people who are collecting shoes in your area. These people will deliver  the shoes to collection points where those who will be traveling  to DC, by car, will pick bring them up.

Please consider writing notes and putting them in your shoes. We will read them at the  SHOES FOR BUSH event where documentary film maker Scott Hamann will be recording this historic mass action. Artists are invited to be creative if they choose to create a work of art work with their shoes.

ALL SHOES WILL BE DONATED TO THE NEEDY IN THE WASHINGTON/BALTIMORE AREA. A few will be saved for posterity and perhaps we should donate those to the Bush Library.

My appreciation goes out David Swanson for his literary contribution and support as well as to Andrew Lehman, Marcia Bernstein and Dana Simpson for their contribution of web site creation, The Washington Peace Center, the DC Statehood Green Party and my activist friends and organizations in DC who are supporting this mass action.

Jamilla El-Shafei

Order 81: Mutant Seeds for Mesopotamia

Thanks to Paul Bremer, this is what “democracy” looks like in Iraq:

Mutant Seeds for Mesopotamia
By Andrew Bosworth, Ph.D.Uruknet,

One would think that Iraqi farmers, now prospering under “freedom” and “democracy,” would be able
to plant the seeds of their choosing, but that choice, under little-known Order 81, would be illegal. But first, it is important to set the context.

Most people have never heard of the infamous “100 Orders,” but they help explain why the majority of
Iraqis remain opposed to foreign occupation. The 100 Orders allow multinational corporations to basically privatize an entire nation, and this degree of foreign and private control has not been witnessed since the days of the British East India Company and its extraterritoriality treaties.

A few examples of the 100 Orders are illuminating: — Order 39 allows for the tax-free remittance of all corporate profits. — Order 17 grants foreign contractors, including private security firms, immunity from Iraq’s laws. — Orders 57 and 77 ensure the implementation of the orders by placing U.S.-appointed auditors and inspector general in every government ministry, with five-year terms and with sweeping authority over contracts, programs, employees and regulations. (1)

Back to one of the most blatant orders of all: Order 81. Under this mandate, Iraq’s commercial farmers must now buy “registered seeds.” These are normally imported by Monsanto, Cargill and the World Wide Wheat Company.
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Army combat unit to deploy within U.S. – Martial Law Experiment

Army combat unit to deploy within U.S.

The First Raiders will spend 2009 as the first active-duty military unit attached to the U.S. Northern Command since it was created. They will be based in Fort Stewart, Georgia, and focus primarily on logistics and support for local police and rescue personnel, the Army says. The plan is drawing skepticism from some observers who are concerned that the unit has been training with equipment generally used in law enforcement, including beanbag bullets, Tasers, spike strips and roadblocks.

That kind of training seems a bit out of line for the unit’s designated role as Northern Command’s CCMRF (Sea Smurf), or CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force. CBRNE stands for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive incidents.

According to Northern Command‘s Web site, the CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force is a team that will ultimately number about 4,700 personnel from the different military branches that would deploy as the Department of Defense’s initial response force.

Its capabilities include search and rescue, decontamination, medical, aviation, communications and logistical support. Each CCMRF will be composed of three functional task forces — Task Force Operations, Task Force Medical and Task Force Aviation — that have individual operational focus and mission skills, the Web site says.

This comment is quite disturbing to me, quoted in the article:
“We need a lot more in our toolbox in order to deal with angry people on the street,” said Col. Barry Johnson of U.S. Army North.

Read the entire article

The Army says the unit would be deployed to help local, state or federal agencies deal with such incidents, not take the lead. The law enforcement-type training is not connected to its new mission, it says.

Use of active-duty military as a domestic police force has been severely limited since passage of the Posse Comitatus Act following the Civil War.

Brad Sherman and Martial Law – Keep the panic pressure on

This the video to which Naomi Wolf (post below) refers.

*What* progress?

Just after George W. Bush made his speech to the American public last Thursday night giving his compelling reasons for maintaining a strong military presence in Iraq since “progress” is supposedly being made, this report came out:

Iraq report shows slow progress being made

as reported by ctv.ca  and the Associated Press

The report indicates that, while the Bush administration plays up the “accomplishments” made in Iraq, in fact “meager” progress is being made.  While Bush plays games to get the American public to think that there will be a decrease in troops,  the reduction is, in reality, a decrease in the increase of troops:

American political historian Allan J. Lichtman likened Bush to a used car salesman.

“What he’s done here is what the used car salesmen do,” he told CTV’s Canada AM Friday. “They jack up their prices, he put more troops in. Then they lower the price and say — ‘Look, a big sale, you’re saving money,'” he said.

“There is no troop reduction, there’s only a reduction of the increase,” he said.

Meanwhile, more troops are dying, more Iraqis are dying, the country continues to be in shambles, money continues to be diverted from services for American citizens to the war department to “combat terrorism” and the spineless Dems continue to  emphasize what they are calling “redployment” instead of having the troops stand down and return to their U.S. bases.

The U.S. needs to get out of Iraq –NOW.

(See this post also at the Green Party of the United States Peace Action Committee’s blog.)

Home of the Brave?

I was thinking the other day of America and its current state of status in the world. The national anthem tune popped into my head and when the part of the lyrics that say “home of the brave” came about, I heard that screeching halt of a record being stopped.

America is no longer the “home of the brave”. We are now the “home of the terrified”. The current administration has done its very best to take away our civil liberties in the interest of homeland security. And people have bought it. It’s sad when I hear of people state that they are satisfied to give up their rights so they don’t have to worry about terrorism. They are willing to have their phones tapped, emails monitored and right to voice taken away in the name of “freedom”.

Yet these are the same folks who have security (or insecurity) systems on their cars and homes.

The American Government of succeeding in its mission to control the mindset of the average American. America is the “home of the controlled,” the “home of the manipulated.” There is nothing brave about that.