The White Flag


Democracy Means ‘People Power’
October 31, 2010, 5:04 pm
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Many people do not vote because they do not think their opinion or vote, will matter. I have some news for those people, there are people out there who do know that their vote matters. Moreover, there are extremist out there who want to see things like abortion banned, or lower state revenue for social progress and state infrastructure. Everyone knows these people, though they are few, are the loudest and most zealous, thus, they get the most air time. And again, I guarantee they are voting. This reminds me of John Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity; the whole point it is that America is a nation of many different ideas, yet from watching our news people would get the feeling we are mainly tea partiers, which is not true at all.

Every vote counts! Consider this, in 2008 only 55% of the entire voting age came out to vote for president. If you do not think your vote counts, think of it like this: for every person who does not show up at the ballot, each vote is worth more, so if you do not show up at the polls, then everyone who comes to vote against your own beliefs will have a more powerful voice.
-The White Flag

America v. Islam:it is time to begin rounding up of all the renegade Muslims living in the country for the camps which will soon be prepared. Not really, but it might give the average American the illusion of safety.
http://www.mndaily.com/2010/10/28/fear-islamophobia-not-islam

Screening texts and emails to stop crimes before they happen, or the beginning of the thought police.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/pentagon-threat-prediction-scan-communications/

Arizona prepares to launch an unconstitutional bill that would bar children of illegal immigrants  the right to citizenship.
http://www.truth-out.org/arizona-republicans-continue-support-unconstitutional-citizenship-measures64599

Tell the Attorney General Eric Holder that you believe states should be allowed to govern themselves, and to stay out of California’s proposition 19.
https://secure2.convio.net/dpa/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=591

Confessions extracted during abuse are valid pieces of evidence, but the fact that he was tortured will not be considered when deliberating his sentence.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daphne-eviatar/judge-hides-evidence-of-t_b_775709.html

Less oversight for the CIA, because the pesky laws that the rest of us have to live by only get in their way.
http://www.truth-out.org/panetta-and-obama-gut-cia-oversight64556

Utilize your power. Go vote November 2nd.

Be informed: http://www.ballotpedia.org/

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Trading Freedom for Gas and Money
October 24, 2010, 5:02 pm
Filed under: Old Articles

John Locke believed that all humans have unalienable rights, that not even they themselves could give up. He believed that more than 300 years ago, yet today people still find it necessary to relinquish their rights. They often do so to protect themselves, this can be illustrated by the Patriot Act, which essentially stripped Americans of their right to privacy. People supported this act because they truly believed it would make America safer however; when the government is frequently denying people habeas corpus, when they’re openly targeting American citizens for assassination and torturing prisoners, I do not believe the people would be better off with less protection of individual rights, or giving more authority to a group that abuses the power it has.

As citizens of a state we never wish to see our own government as an enemy or a threat to our liberty, but if we do the other thing, and see them as a friendly infallible entity, like a parent, I believe we will all suffer. Before abandoning rights for safety we must realize what the consequences are. For instance, the Patriot Act even though it had a sunset clause is still in place under Barrack Obama, no one could have foreseen in 2001 that Obama would be implementing this bills power. Nor did people believe the government would use its power of secrecy to torture prisoners and commit other illegal acts.

The point being that giving up a right, no matter what right it may be, has many untold consequences, which need to be considered. And that giving up liberty means you have less protection over other liberties, and if a person has no liberties, then they have nothing worth protecting.
-The White Flag

U.S.


The government has spied on so many people that they claim no single individual has the right to bring up a law suit against the government for its invasive spying.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/10/jewel-v-nsa-warrantless-wiretapping-appeal

New Florida immigration bill outlines how racial profiling will be executed, specifically against anyone who doesn’t look Canadian, or of western European decent, a.k.a, white people are exempt from discrimination.
http://washingtonindependent.com/101195/florida-immigration-bill-allows-police-to-skip-over-canadians-europeans

Bush’s Attorney General, John Ashcroft, will be taken to court in Idaho for abuse of power; however, the Obama Administration contests that he should be immune, saying, it would damage law enforcement if he is prosecuted.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/sc-dc-1019-court-ashcroft-web-20101018,0,1755532.story

Government is monitoring our online social network accounts–But are these just pointless data mining operations, or is the government retaining all this data, and building files on innocent civilians?
http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/public-sector/3244591/dhs-spies-on-facebook-twitter-during-obama-inaugu

Mandated loopholes for government surveillance in Internet services and accounts, like Blackberry, Gmail, and Skype.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/us/19wiretap.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

Intelligent communities in Illinois are attempting to block over sight by the ACLU as Fusion Centers investigate average citizens as terrorists.
http://www.examiner.com/homeland-security-in-chicago/dhs-funded-fusion-centers

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is accused of racial profiling and refuses to cooperate with the federal government–these action could end up costing his own county 113 million dollars in federal funding.
http://www.examiner.com/homeland-security-in-chicago/dhs-funded-fusion-centers

Civil Liberties
Gymboree, a children’s clothing company, uses cotton grown/picked by children who were removed from school and forced to work.
http://humantrafficking.change.org/blog/view/tell_gymboree_to_stop_forced_child_labor_today?me=nl

War

Afghan detainees have no right to view or challenge evidence against them, or as this article points out, the contents of their pockets is not even information that the detainee can know about.
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-reid-mullahtractor-20101019,0,5076247.story

War detainee abuses continue.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jZE6RugFNnF3V9NjTVsee83CPsxg?docId=CNG.d4436e9f04d083312

Child jailed at Guantanamo accused of killing a U.S. soldier on the battle field of Afghanistan.
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2010/10/19/khadr-trial-years-legal/



No President; We Have A Ruler
October 17, 2010, 5:01 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

U.S.
Rule of law applies even to government or else we are left with men dictating the fate of other men based on their own sentiments and biases, which happens in a monarchy, not our beloved democracy.
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-awlaki-20101012,0,3498742.story

One more nations ranking list where we can be reminded that America, in no way amounts to number one anymore
http://www.truth-out.org/david-swanson-rule-law-is-alive-and-well-outside-united-states64216

A few people having a vast majority of the wealth is not as good for the economy as a vast majority of the people having most of the wealth; it is unbelievable.
http://www.truth-out.org/brother-can-you-spare-a-dime-i-only-earn-six-figures64126

Prisoners at Guantanamo have gone to trial and come out victorious, yet they remain in the detention facility where we were to believe the worst of the worst were locked up–they remain there because congress is scared, and so they put a ban on allowing these people to live in the U.S., now U.S. want other countries to take these prisoners off their hands.
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2010-10-12/article/36458

Data mining goes to social networking. Why would the government bother wasting its time and effort, as well as our money, to research data that no one is hiding? Or when is the last time a terrorist plot was thwarted because before the attack an Islamic extremists updated there Twitter to let members know where it was going down?
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-20019629-501465.html

FBI further pursues law suit against peace activist who might have given their peaceful advice to terrorists, which is equivalent to material support.
http://www.startribune.com/local/104830809.html?page=1&c=y

World
Increased drug war efforts by the Mexican government have opened the market of human trafficking for the purpose of sex. It is Americans who want there sex and drugs, and since we can’t stop sex and drug use, wouldn’t it be better to have legal government regulated prostitution and drugs instead of making innocent Mexicans pay for our “impure” desires?
http://www.truth-out.org/in-mexico-sex-trafficking-accelerates-drug-war-rages64187

Economy
Rebuilding America.
http://www.truth-out.org/obama-pushes-infrastructure-plan-create-jobs64111

War
Botched rescue mission followed by a cover up.
http://www.truth-out.org/uk-leader-says-aid-worker-may-have-been-killed-us-forces64091

Everything the military does can be used as an excuse by al-Qaeda to kill U.S. and coalition troops, so cases requiring data from the military should be bared from court, no matter how horrendous, to protect the soldiers– does anyone really believe this stuff?
http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/Privilege-of-state-secrets-699380.php

Obama insists on looking forward, which includes allowing people, like ex-president Gorge W. Bush, to be immune from going to court over how “War on Terror” prisoners were treated (tortured/abused).

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/10/12-12
New consistent reports of abuse in Afghanistan lead organizations to believe ill-treatment of detainees is still frequent.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11551409



Trust Me, I’m a Doctor
October 10, 2010, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

The reason government should not be trusted with extraordinary power is because it is specific individuals who receive that power. And as history has shown, or, as our current administration is behaving, individuals with power don’t necessarily use it in the ideal manner that society expects. Instead they, like any one else is prone to do, use their influence to accomplish goals they find to be imperatives, based on their own sentiments. That is how a good man finds justice in the expediency of torture, or a good man fights against the rights of others, like people belonging to the GLBT community.

In a perfect world the government would need no restrictions because it would only use its power for justice. But, I believe it’s no surprise to anyone that we do not live in a perfect world. Most men are slaves to their desires, and are no more to blame for that than cattle are to blame for defying their captor.

I believe all men intend to cause more good than harm; a good example is the Christian who tells others they are doomed to Hell. It may sound wicked, but they only do this with the intent to save others from eternal damnation; this is an honest agenda, however these particular people are obviously confused. Although “fanatics” are not the majority, they do tend to be the active majority; these are the individuals most likely to hold political rallies, and vote. Clearly, getting excited and motivated about imposing “truth” on others is within this type of person’s nature.

So, it is easy to see that it is of a person’s nature to be compelled to do things based on what they know to be true, and if they are the type of person who likes to force others to abide by their will. Then it is also clear that this type of person would want to work in a position of power in the government. In fact, to say a person who enjoys power would seek a career where they would be able to project their influence is no different than assuming a person with a deep compassion for humanity would be likely to secure a career in which they could help people.

Those who wrote the constitution knew that no man could be trusted with unlimited power, nor should anyone be trusted with that magnitude of power. In the United States each person has unalienable rights, that not even they themselves are allowed to voluntarily forfeit. This measure is not to make it more complicated for law enforcement to capture criminals. Instead, we have unalienable rights to protect innocent people from the government when it—as it so often does—over steps its boundaries to protect the well being of society. Rule of law must apply to both citizens and politicians for a civil society to properly function.
-The White Flag

Join the discussion.


U.S.

Broad definition of material support includes peace advice; peace activists homes raided and protests break out in response to the FBI’s inappropriate use of power to data mine.
http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/activists_say_raids_could_boost_anti-war_movement?me=nl

Antiwar activists targeted, and may be facing trial, due to supreme courts broad definition of material support.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/10/06/making-speech-a-crime

Guantanamo in a nut shell.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/opinion/06wed3.html?_r=1

Can’t pay court fees or for an attorney, no worries the legal system is capable and willing to incarcerate these people at a cost of ten times what they owe.
http://www.truth-out.org/punishing-poor-being-poor63949

Breweries oppose prop. 19 in CA.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/21/this-buds-not-for-you-bee_n_732901.html

Civil Liberties

Government has the power to follow your every move.
http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/7067-a-requiem-for-the-fourth-amendment

Justice system seeks to revoke all laws limiting it’s power, meanwhile they impose more laws and surveillance on the populous, because we can’t be trusted!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1010/S00027/michael-collins-lawless-nation.htm



America the Free
October 3, 2010, 4:58 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

U.S.
Execution style murder of an American citizen makes world news, except in America?
http://www.truth-out.org/un-fact-finding-mission-says-israelis-executed-us-citizen-furkan-dogan63609

Obama says, nine years after the attacks on 11 September 2001, we’re still in an emergency!
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/09/29-8

Obama administration expresses the need for there to be no communication which is out of their reach for unregulated, and unwarranted surveillance.
“Leave aside the fact that endlessly increasing government surveillance is not only ineffective in detecting Terrorist plots and other crimes, but is actually counterproductive, as it swamps the Government with more data than it can possibly process and manage.”
http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/09/27/privacy/index.html

What Obama does is perfectly legal, however, it is a secret so it’s immune to an investigation. Obama wants to expand the governments invasion of privacy, and at the same time he wants no court to investigate the validity of his own actions.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/09/26-5

Peace activists’ homes searched by the FBI.
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/09/fbi-serves-search-warrants-here-in-terror-probe.html

Freedom of speech entitles a person to free speech even if they intend on spreading horrible lies. It is sad that these people are allowed to hate like they do; however, this is America and we must uphold the constitution, even if it means having to get a warrant in order to investigate criminals. Because those laws that protect people’s right to do evil are the same laws that protect my rights as well.
http://www.truth-out.org/westboro-baptists-funeral-protests-put-free-speech-test63810

U.S. government infects Guatemalan’s with syphilis to conduct experiments on the unwilling to find a cure.
http://www.truth-out.org/us-admits-it-infected-guatemalans-with-syphilis-1940s63780