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Bush Torture Policies

letsgetitdone's picture

The Lawless Society

The release of the Senate's torture report reminds us of the central fact of American society, today. Any semblance of equal justice under the law is now gone from what our leaders claim is the world's leading democracy.

Instead, of a constitutional democracy living under the law. We have a gangster government that fails to enforce the law, but instead prosecutes whistle blowers who make public, violations of it. Here is an off the top of the head list of our continuing and systematic failures to create justice. Read below the fold...

Michael Kwiatkowski's picture

Obamabots On the Attack

On the Open Salon version of my previous entry, some right-winger who supports Obama kept trying to lay the blame for next year's results on the left for failing to properly support the candidate who has done far more to pass the Republicans' agenda than any GOP office-holder could have.
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A Feeling of Despair

[Welcome Confluence readers! -- Lambert]

Sorry folks, there is no activism today. I'm still processing my feelings about the shocking developments of last Sunday evening.

What I've ultimately settled upon, after my initial excitement has faded, is a feeling of despair. Read below the fold...

Michael Kwiatkowski's picture

It is Immoral Not to Challenge Obama and the Democrats in 2012

I seem to recall that someone, late last month, posted an entry arguing that it is immoral for Democrats not to run a primary challenge against Barry Obama in 2012, in light of the things he's done to institutionalize Bush-Cheney crimes. (Glenn Greenwald chronicled the latest violation of the Constitution by Obama on his own blog, which you can read here). Read below the fold...

The Fun-filled Days of the Third Reich

Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. ...voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy.

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Dallas Superbowl fiasco: Oh, the humanity!

Paul Domowitch in the Inky:

The NFL Tailgate Party is one of the premier events of Super Bowl week. It's a tougher ticket to get than the game ticket. The invited guests include A-list celebrities like Harrison Ford and Jennifer Aniston, as well as league owners and Super Bowl sponsors. But with the league focused on straightening out the seating snafu, the tailgate party turned into chaos.

According to league sources, many sponsors were forced to wait in line for as long as 2 1/2 hours to get into the tailgate party and were not pleased with the shabby way they were treated.

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Decades in Making: U.S. Police State

Andrew Kolin's new book "State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush" actually begins with the war for independence and continues into the Obama years. A 231-page monotone recounting of endless facts, it doesn't pick up with Bush the Lesser until page 137. Kolin chronicles a gradual slide into an imperial presidency that really got going after World War II. Along the way he chronicles the damage done to the forces of resistance, making a compelling case that our movements for peace and justice are weak in part because of the extreme repression of recent decades. Read below the fold...

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Someone Must Have Been Telling Lies About Joseph K.

By David Swanson

Franz Kafka's book "The Trial" begins "Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning." There follow many thousands of words describing the ordeal of someone denied the right to know the charges against him, to face his accusers, to be given a fair and speedy trial by a jury of his peers, and so forth. We have read thousands of stories of such "Kafkan" experiences since the advent of the Global War of Terror. But we need a different kind of story now. Read below the fold...

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