The White Flag


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April 24, 2011, 4:39 pm
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In order for Adolf Hitler to attain dictatorial authority over Germany he used the event of the Reichstag fire; the Reichstag is the German Parliament. He convinced the people of Germany that the fires were caused by political enemies, and that they were in danger. However, there was no need to worry because Hitler knew how to make them safe, he just needed to be given powers beyond that which he was granted by the German Constitution.

Likewise, our leaders have turned the events of 9/11 into a political tool to subvert the rule of law. American politicians are pushing for more and more laws to make American citizens safer in the face of terrorists. The government needs no court to permit it to break the 1st and 4th or any other amendment, they simply need the words that strike a chord of fear in the mind of Americans. The President has the authority to deem anyone, including American citizens, enemy combatants, hold them without telling them what they have been charged with, send them to a military tribunal to be tried, and deem the evidence secret so that the person on trail cannot defend themself against the supposed evidence. This is just one thing our government has done by manipulating a tragic event in human history.

Afraid we may be, however we must remain confident that the founding fathers of this nation had wisdom in what they wrote to protect American freedom. They were aware on some level of what a tyrant uses to control people, I imagine much better than we do today in America because very few of us have ever experienced a totalitarian society. From their experiences they decided that we the American people do not have the right to give up our freedoms, in order to protect Americans from the tyranny of the majority. That is why the Constitution and the Bill of Rights exists to ensure that at all times Americans receive what were seen as apparent basic human rights to the Framers of the Constitution.

Yet, our modern political leaders have accomplished what the Framers tried to prevent. We are slowly giving up our inherent freedom for safety, and of this Benjamin Franklin stated, a person who would forfeit freedom for safety, deserves neither.

Many people wonder what the government would get out of taking away freedom from the American people, and why the government would want to spy on them. For most people, the government probably has no interest in them because they live mundane lives. But, there are people in the world who are involved in politics, who want all sorts of things that may be in opposition to what the American government desires. For instance, often times antiwar groups are infiltrated by undercover agents, there are many stories of antiwar group members being put on watch lists, and so on. There are many examples of ex-President Nixon saying many horrible things about war protesters. For whatever reason ($$$), presidents often support war, and a president with dictator like powers will do whatever they can to achieve their noble ends.

Thus, all presidents are more than likely in favor of being given the power to run the nation as they please, for they believe they know what is right and how to accomplish their right goals. And it is also obvious that a dictator would stomp out any flames of rebellion because they threaten the dictator’s ability to complete his noble goals.

People who spread dissent about the government, oh say, maybe this website, are the reasons the government would want to spy on people, and have the power to imprison whomever they wanted. Stalin and many other dictators of the past have done this, that is, attack political enemies. Presidents have agendas, and people who interfere with that agenda are best removed from society. Presidents would prefer people were passive, subservient, and so on because they have goals, good goals, and to stop that is to stop good. So, in a sense to stop the President from doing what he sees as the good, is pretty much an evil. Only evil stops good, right?

President Bush once said, “If this were a dictatorship, this would be a heck of a lot easier.”

Be skeptical of your government, it helps protect your freedom, i.e., your way of life.

– The White Flag

United States

Everything must be done expediently in times of war, it is a good strategy. Never look before you leap, it is the best way to unwittingly jump into a large pile of gold, at least that is what they always say.
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“Last week, the Defense Logistics Agency awarded Air BP, a division of BP Products North America, a $42 million contract to supply fuel to Dover Air Force Base for the next month and a half. BP is the biggest supplier of fuel to the Defense Department.”

“According to government contracting regulations, ‘an unusual and compelling urgency precludes full and open competition’ and ‘delay in award of a contract would result in serious injury, financial or other, to the Government.’ ”

“BP won the most recent contract even though the company’s federal probation officer petitioned a US district court judge last November to revoke the company’s probation over a 46,000 gallon oil spill that occurred at BP’s Lisburne facility on Alaska’s North Slope in November 2009.”

“Furthermore, last September, BP was found to have violated the terms of a settlement agreement it entered into with government regulators six years ago to make certain safety upgrades at its Texas City refinery, where an explosion in March 2005 killed 15 people and maimed and seriously injured 170 others. The Justice Department refused to pursue a probation revocation case in that incident, opting instead to give BP another year to make the upgrades at the refinery.”

Civil Liberties

Rights are great and all except they are the primary tool of our enemy, terrorists. Unless you want to be scared of a bomb terrorists failed to explode, or one that did work on the other side of the planet, then you should mail your congressmen begging them to take away our individual rights, to make America safe, also remind them that corporations should keep their rights because they need them.
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“The Michigan State Police have a handful of portable machines called ‘extraction devices’ that have the potential to download personal information from motorists they pull over, and the ACLU would like to know more about them.”

“The devices, sold by a company called Cellebrite, can download text messages, photos, video, and even GPS data from most brands of cell phones. The handheld machines have various interfaces to work with different models and can even bypass security passwords and access some information.”

“To that end, it’s petitioning the MSP to turn over information about its use of the devices under the Freedom of Information Act. The MSP said it’s happy to comply, that is, if the ACLU provides them with a processing fee in excess of $500,000. That’s more than $100,000 for each of the five devices the MSP says it has in use.”

Cell phone information extraction devices (yes, a device that can download all sorts of information from your phone, even GPS if your phone tracks it, like the iPhone) may be more of a concern for minorities, although, I do not know who would mind getting pulled over for speeding and subsequently forfeiting all of the personal information they keep on their phone.
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“ ‘Alright, so one day after learning of a hidden iPhone feature that tracks your every single move, there’s new concern that tracking technology purchased by police can lead to racial profiling,’ Roberts said. ‘You are looking at what’s called the Universal Forensic Extraction Device. It can copy the entire content of a cell phone including text messages, contacts, GPS data and do it in just minutes. Michigan State Police purchased this device, though we don’t know how exactly they’re using it but civil liberties groups worry that the device endangers the privacy rights of blacks and Latinos. A Nielsen study shows blacks talk on average twice as much each month on their cell phones as white counterparts.’ ”

Terrorism is scary, did you know on average less than a thousand people die from terrorist attacks each year, terrifying, huh? All this panic about terrorists is making me crave a cigarette.
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“This week, the feds are looking to start talks about keeping the expiring provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act. The bill they passed last time allegedly strengthened civil liberties in reality, it fails to make any meaningful improvements to the Patriot provisions that violate citizen’s basic rights. Strangely, the Obama Administration is playing a significant behind the scene role in opposing stronger civil liberties protections, directly contradicting Obama’s positions as a Senator.”

“A new bill introduced in this 110th Congress is designed to extend the USA Patriot Act allowing what many experts say are illegal provisions which will continue to allow the FBI, DEA, ICE, ATF, U.S. Military and other federal agencies to spy on investigate and arrest innocent Americans.”

“According to Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) the law dramatically expands the ability of states and the Federal Government to conduct surveillance of American citizens. The Government can monitor an individual’s web surfing records, use roving wiretaps to monitor phone calls made by individuals ‘proximate’ to the primary person being tapped, access Internet Service Provider records, and monitor the private records of people involved in legitimate protests.”

“PATRIOT eliminates Government accountability. While PATRIOT freely eliminates privacy rights for individual Americans, it creates more secrecy for Government activities, making it extremely difficult to know about actions the Government are taking.”

“PATRIOT authorizes the use of ‘sneak and peek’ search warrants in connection with any federal crime, including misdemeanors. A ‘sneak and peek’ warrant authorizes law enforcement officers to enter private premises without the occupant’s permission or knowledge and without informing the occupant that such a search was conducted.”

“The federal government has turned American freedoms into a world wide mockery with their unchecked spying on ordinary Americans, part of a broad pattern of the executive branch using ‘national security’ and or ‘suspected terrorism’ as an excuse for encroaching on the privacy and free speech rights of Americans without adequate oversight.”

All enemy combatants will be sent to a special court, where the enemy combatant (the defendant) will not receive the rights of a normal citizen because they are an enemy combatant. The special courts are to determine whether the enemy combatants are guilty of in fact being enemy combatants, and after being determined that the enemy combatant on trail was an enemy combatant they figure out his punishment. Sounds wonderful but what I have a problem with is if these military courts are so great then how come normal criminals cannot be tried by them? As a nation we should not allow our government to deprive American criminals an obviously better way of determining their guilt.
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“ ‘The only right way’ to bring [the terrorists] to justice, he wrote, ‘was with the very system they sought to destroy and so many courageous Americans have died defending. Instead, we … lost faith in our own courts and laws’ (April 5). As Amnesty International reminds us, ‘Real justice comes from real courts.’ ”

“Yet, the very day after 9/11, President Bush pledged: ‘We will not allow the enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms.’ ”

“In view of the military commission’s lower standards of admissible testimony and other proof of guilt, the Guantanamo prisoners are still not privileged to have the standard American protections of due process […]”

“ ‘I had thought the purpose of the trial was to determine whether the defendant (actually) was an unlawful combatant, but Mr. Allred seems to have presumed guilt before any defense has been presented.’ ”

War

President Obama was never against secret prisons, just the ones Bush was running because Obama knows Bush is not that great at keeping secrets.
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“The US military has finally confirmed the existence of such prisons across this war ravaged country. They reportedly hold detainees at the facilities for nine weeks. Then they are moved to Bagram jail or to Guantanamo Bay.”

“Rights groups only know that prisoners are deprived of sleep, made undress in public and they have no charges filed against them.”

No evidence in the world could make me believe the American Government under Comrade George W. Bush sacrificed human lives for a commodity, oil, that him and his running mate, Dick Cheney, were intimately involved with. That is why all this nonsense from the UK cannot be real. Ignorance is patriotism.
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“ ‘The secret papers, obtained by an oil campaigner and published by The Independent, are minutes of meetings between senior oil executives and Labour cabinet members, and highlight for the first time the hollow nature of Western governments’ public denials of national self-interest in the decision to invade Iraq.’ ”

“[…] Baroness Symons, then the British trade minister, told BP that the government believed British energy firms should take a share of Iraq’s enormous oil and gas reserves as a reward for Mr Blair’s military commitment to US plans for regime change.”

“The minutes reveal that she also agreed to lobby the Bush administration on behalf of BP because it feared being ‘locked out’ of discussions and deals purportedly being thrashed out between the US, France and Russia, and their oil companies.”

They cannot disclose information about illegal activity of the American government, do they not know that even uttering the United States and Afghanistan in the same sentence will lead to the death of NATO troops!
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“The Ministry of Defence has been ordered to disclose its involvement in the US-led rendering of terror suspects seized in Iraq and Afghanistan to prisons where they were likely to be abused or tortured.”

“The tribunal, which hears disputes arising from Freedom of Information Act disclosure requests, says it was ‘difficult to see how any responsible government … with whom we have friendly relations could take offence at open disclosure’ of the terms of agreement or arrangements over the practice ‘to ensure that the law is upheld.’ ”

“An internal MoD review concluded in 2008 that there was no evidence of unlawful rendition. A year later, it admitted that two detainees captured by British forces in Iraq had been rendered to a notorious jail in Bagram in Afghanistan.”

Business

Trickle down is real, but some times it takes several decades before the rich can figure out how they are going to spend all their money.
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“New data released by the IRS reveals that, over a period of 12 years, tax rates for the richest 400 Americans were effectively cut in half. In 1995, the richest 400 Americans paid, on average, 29.93% of their income in federal taxes. In 2007, the last year for which the IRS has released data, the richest 400 Americans paid just 16.63%.”

“As their tax rates plummeted, the total income of the richest 400 Americans skyrocketed. In 1995, the combined income of the richest 400 was just over $6 billion. By 2007, the combined income of the richest 400 was almost $23 billion.”

What industry is not causing humans cancer anymore? I for one think profits of energy companies should come before public health. If DDT pumps gas out of the ground the best, then let us use it.
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“The commonly used gas drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, frees up more natural gas by injecting mostly water and sand, along with undisclosed chemicals, deep into natural gas wells to fracture tight geological formations. The process has been increasingly scrutinized because of concerns about groundwater contamination.”

“Between 2005 and 2009, the nation’s 14 leading natural gas drilling service companies used hydraulic fracturing fluids containing 29 different chemicals regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as potential human carcinogens, according to a new congressional report released Saturday.”

Do not worry about the environmental effects someone is going to pay for the oil spill disaster, and when they do a small portion of that money will be given directly to the poisoned dolphins so they seek out the best veterinarians money can afford.
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“Dispersants like Corexit do not eliminate oil, but break it down into tiny, more biodegradable droplets that are less visible on the surface and can sink to the bottom. Nalco, the company that currently manufactures Corexit, claimed the chemicals were safer than dish soap and would decompose in 28 days. Scientific research conducted since the disaster, however, shows components of Corexit and dispersed oil lingered in Gulf waters much longer and could still be in the food chain.”

“Corexit applied in deep water was trapped in layers of the ocean and traveled on ocean currents, and a team of researchers with the University of Georgia found one chemical component of Corexit had not degraded by December 2010. This persistence, the FWW report claims, raises concerns about long-term impacts of the dispersants and shows that wildlife and seafood eaters may have been exposed to the chemicals for a longer period of time that previously thought.”

“The FWW points out that, on March 11, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an ‘unusual mortality event’ after more than 80 dead dolphins washed up on Gulf state shores between mid-January and early March. As of April 7, 153 dead dolphins were found, and experts believe the actual death count to be as high as 7,650. Many of the dolphins were premature, stillborn or newborn. The carcasses of hundreds of turtles and other endangered species were also found.”

“Corexit 9527 was one of the dispersants used to clean up the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. Nearly 7,000 cleanup workers reported feeling ill with breathing problems at the time, and chemicals in Corexit have long been suspected to be the culprits. FWW reports that the average age of death for Exxon Valdez cleanup workers is 50 years.”

Science should not be treated like a democracy, that is, the person with the most money decides what is good science. For that matter, a democracy should not be treated like a democracy.
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“Discussion around GRI and whether or not BP can influence this Long Term Research Program ($US$500million) to undertake the studies we believe will be useful in terms of understanding the fate and effects of the spill on the environment, e.g. can we steer the research in support of Restoration Ecology? Liz provided the context around GRI [Gulf Research Initiative], i.e. that it was set up as an independent research program, to be managed by a Board of Trustees, independent of BP. It may be possible for us to suggest the direction of the studies but without guarantee that they will be done.”

“An email from Russell Putt — an Environmental Professional with BP — sent two days after Ragoonan-Jalim’s, reiterated BP’s position and desire to influence the $500 million research program: Can we ‘direct’ GRI funding to a specific study (as we now see the governor’s offices trying to do)? What influence do we have over the vessels/equipment driving the studies vs the questions?”

“What is known, according to anecdotal evidence cited by AFP, is that cleanup workers have complained of headaches, nausea, vomiting, memory loss and a variety of ear, nose and throat issues.”

“ ‘I was exposed to those chemicals, which I questioned, and they told me it was just as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid and there was nothing for me to worry about,’ she said of the BP bosses at the job site.”

Progress

Check out this website, it lists a bunch of companies who got out of paying taxes despite enormous profits.
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You did not hear this on the news? That is because it was about some silly issue, a few people were mad that companies like GE, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America, did not pay taxes. Who cares right?
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“Bank of America hasn’t paid a nickel in federal income taxes for the past two years, and in fact raked in an additional $1 billion in tax ‘benefits.’ The bank is enjoying these profits after accepting $45 billion from taxpayers, which the company then got to count as a deduction when they paid back the money.”

“This is why two-thirds of corporations in America pay no federal income taxes. If they were forced to, we’re told, the whole country would suffer. Jobs would be lost, salaries slashed. Thank heavens we’ve avoided such calamity by allowing corporations to shape legislation in their favor.”

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