The White Flag


Law Enforcement Impeded by the Troublesome Law Itself
December 5, 2011, 5:08 pm
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As an American I constantly hear other Americans say that they do not have any power as an individual, that no one person has the ability to change anything. Yet, there are lobbyists who single-handedly fluctuate the tides in Washington all the time. In fact, more often than not, the only thing curbing the pressure lobbyists’ put on our Representatives, are independent organizations of people concerned about specific issues. In essence, the only place where power can be found is in the individual.

People have little hope in their dreams for a better world becoming reality. This is due in part to the fact that they do not have the money to fly their local senator to an expensive resort to meet for lunch, in order to persuade him/her on an issue. The truth is American citizens do not have to do anything that flashy to make their point because we are the voters. The people decide who takes office so officials will be sure to consider what the people are concerned about, for their own sake.

The people in Detroit are often frustrated with the police because they often fail to show up on time and act diligently. However, the police chief reminds the people of Detroit that if they do not call, no one will ever come. In the same way, if we choose not to vote we can be sure nothing will happen.

Sending your representative an e-mail regarding issues that concern you takes a matter of seconds, but it has an incredible amount of potential. The government will not keep itself in check, it is up to the governed to ensure their freedom. It is a fundamental fact that what we receive is, for the most part, dependent on what we ask for; and this holds true in politics. You certainly have the right to refrain from speaking your voice if you believe that your insights are worthless. Although, when matters get worse, and a person has done nothing, are they not in-part to blame?
-The White Flag

U.S.

Best quarter ever!!!!
The U.S. Department of Commerce reported last week that American companies recently had their best quarter ever, earning profits at an annual rate of $1.659 trillion in the third quarter.
http://blog.aflcio.org/2010/11/29/companies-sit-on-record-profits-while-millions-are-jobless/

Senate fails to extend tax-cuts exclusively to those earning under $200,000. It is most likely due to the hard times big business is facing.
http://www.truth-out.org/bid-limit-tax-cuts-middle-class-and-poor-fails-senate65658

LIVE feed to the Wikileaks controversy.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/30/wikileaks-cablegate-live-_n_789789.html

Maybe not the best idea, but it is an American putting his mind to a problem instead of relying on the bureaucrats in Washington to figure it out. I know, ‘they would not be senators if they were not qualified,’ and Glenn Beck is unable to lie on television.
http://ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2010114726/here-my-deficitdebt-plan

The government’s stance is that everyone at Wikileaks is a criminal.
http://www.truth-out.org/obama-weighing-criminal-action-against-wikileaks-principals65516

Nutrition in school lunches is not a debate about our children’s health, no, that is what democrats want you to think, it is really about government overreaching its constitutional duties.
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=12291930&page=1

More to the smear campaign, or is it possible that Wikileaks is endangering innocent soldiers and not just officials who are not being honest with the American people.
http://www.truth-out.org/us-iraq-envoy-worried-about-new-wikileaks-release65452

Two year ban on earmarks; progress?
http://www.truth-out.org/how-earmark-ban-already-changing-capitol-hill65456

Dateline: To Catch a Terrorist.
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2010/1127/Feds-Somali-born-teen-plotted-car-bombing-in-Oregon

Republicans and the Tea Party are for less government and less taxes, but the small print reads; “…only on the thing’s we don’t want to spend tax dollars on, and the areas of society we want less government in.” The trick there is, that is how any political party feels.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/02/tea-party-caucus-took-1-b_n_790892.html

Civil Liberties

Israel is putting the people of Gaza on a diet.
http://www.truth-out.org/israeli-government-documents-show-deliberate-policy-restrict-food-gaza65472

The International Police take on an exception to their usual cases, going after a rape charge against Wikileaks owner Julian Assange. Assange is doing Americans a favor by revealing the deceit of their own government, and forcing officials to take accountability for their actions. We would not even know we have troops fighting in Pakistan, and that head government officials had been lying about it if it were not for Wikileaks. We live in a Democracy, and it can only function properly if citizen are given accurate information so they are free to determine the meaning of a situation. How can we judge the necessity of, and/or oppose, a war we–the American people–do not even know exists? We cannot.
“In order to maintain as politically neutral a role as possible, Interpol’s constitution forbids its involvement in crimes that do not overlap several member countries, or in any political, military, religious, or racial crimes. Its work focuses primarily on public safety,terrorism, organized crime, crimes against humanity, environmental crime, genocide, war crimes, piracy, illicit drug production, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, child pornography, white-collar crime, computer crime,intellectual property crime and corruption.” – from Wiki.
http://www.interpol.int/
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Interpol_orders_arrest_of_Wikileaks_founder_to_face_rape_charges

It is not that our two political parties cannot work together, they just need to find something they agree on. The Obama Administration worked, along with republicans, to stop Spain from pursuing a civil rights case against several Bush Administration officials. Keep up the good work!
http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/12/wikileaks-cable-obama-quashed-torture-investigation

War detainees were given dangerously high doses of mefloquine, which induces a plethora of harmful side-effects including, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, and it is even possible that a few inmates might have died from this practice.
http://www.truth-out.org/controversial-drug-given-all-guantanamo-detainees-amounted-pharmacologic-waterboarding6558

There is another way! The Netherlands uses body scanners that do not blast the recipient with radiation nor does it make a nude image of the people.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/24/AR2010112404510.html

The FBI can, and is, tracking use of credit cards, car rentals, customer loyalty programs, and cell phones with no warrant, and no requirement of disclosure.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/feds-credit-cards-without-warrant/

War

Continuing a path of aggression.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/27/world/asia/27korea.html?_r=1&src=me&om_rid=Nsfi8C&om_mid=_BM8R$eB8V8yUK1

America was at war in Pakistan: America has always been at war in Pakistan.
http://www.truth-out.org/the-not-so-secret-anymore-us-war-pakistan65606

The ethical dilemma on where to fight; it is humanitarian to desire a world free of terrorists, however, it is also humanitarian to desire an end to global war.
http://jurist.org/forum/2010/12/where-is-the-battlefield-in-the-war-on-terror-the-need-for-a-workable-fr

Progress

Petition: Free the innocent.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-fayiz-al-kandari-to-the-care-of-the-kuwait-government-now/

Article and petition: whistle-blowers more often than not, are doing what they do for the sake of public oversight and rule of law, and they need your help.
http://www.whistleblower.org/blog/31-2010/860-report-shows-exactly-why-federal-whistleblowers-need-protecti

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was passed, and sent to the President to be passed into law; despite Republican crys in the House that we must not pass this bill for the sake of today’s children.
http://www.truth-out.org/157-republicans-vote-against-deficit-reducing-bill-that-gives-free-healthy-meals-to-hungry-kids65628

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Welcome
May 1, 2011, 3:36 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Welcome to the new White Flag. There are a number of new features, so feel feel free to look around. Make sure you drop us a line and tell us what you think.



It Makes Sense, Just Quit Thinking
February 27, 2011, 4:16 pm
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Politicians and the media alike push the idea that programs that improve the quality of life for Americans are socialism. Meanwhile, those same groups advocate relinquishing the powers people have to defend themselves against the government and corporations. Then are we to believe that to have less control over our destiny is freedom? Are we also to believe that we go to war not for financial reasons but for humanitarian reasons, even though we cannot find the heart to provide health insurance to American children?

If programs that improve America are socialism, then deregulation and the slimming of freedoms are the actions of an Aristocracy. Our founding fathers never knew socialism, and they never demanded America be a capitalist nation. However, the founding fathers of the United States did leave Europe to devise a nation free from the tyranny of the monarchy, and the closely related aristocracy. Moreover, Benjamin Franklin, and other framers of the Constitution supported a media free to educate citizens, public schools to be provided to all citizens, even libraries, these are all “socialized” programs that our nation was founded on.

Even still, we have and love all sorts of government programs in America no matter what their cost. How many elderly Americans are willing to give up social security and medicare? The fact is some government programs improve America, and the quality at which Americans live. And, Americans appreciate the benefits received from those programs no matter whether they are profitable, or a financial loss.

Those who would profit most from an aristocracy are the people who own our news papers, our television, our food production, our water, and even the people who manufacture weapons. People do what they do because they think it is right and best; it is unlikely that a company who makes bombs, a company which can only make money in the presence of war, considers the lives of those who must die for them to turn out a profit. If people in charge of businesses, like the ones that make weapons, were concerned about the lives that are inevitably lost, then they would go out of business.

I would like to end with a quote from George W. Bush*, “If this were a dictatorship it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.”

*ex-President George W. Bush and his Vice President Dick Cheney both worked for big business before their time in office. While in office the company Dick Cheney had previously worked for acquired many contracts over seas and made enormous profits off of war in the middle east.

– The White Flag

United States

Who cares if a Supreme Court Judge lies on his taxes, so does most everyone else, right? It is not hypocrisy because his court does not deal with civil infractions, so fabrications on his tax forms are not laws Justice Thomas needs to concern himself with.
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“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report his wife’s income from a conservative think tank on financial disclosure forms for at least five years, the watchdog group Common Cause said Friday.”

Esmbarrassing information about the government must be kept secret because Obama is our brave protector and if everyone knows what a bad job he is doing he will not be re-elected, then where would we be? With a president that tells the truth? That would be preposterous.
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“Earlier this week, we flagged an interesting piece in the New York Times about the U.S. government invoking the state secrets privilege to block evidence in lawsuits against a contractor who had duped the U.S. government into spending millions on what many now consider to be fake counterterrorism technology.”

“According to another recent report, the U.S. invoked state secrets to block a personal injury lawsuit by a CIA employee who alleged that environmental contamination in his home made his family sick. That got us wondering about what else the U.S. has invoked state secrets for—particularly under the Obama administration, which had pledged to end abuses of the privilege.”

“To block a lawsuit seeking to prevent the U.S. government from killing Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American citizen accused of having ties to al-Qaeda.”

“To block evidence in lawsuits against government contractors involved in the government’s extraordinary rendition program.”

“To block lawsuits over the Bush administration’s domestic wiretapping program.”

“As a candidate, Barack Obama had previously called the surveillance program ‘unconstitutional and illegal.’ ”

That is our president over there pouring water on the man with a towel over his face. But really, an ex-president who cannot leave the country because he has a past of boasting about breaking international law is no laughing matter, it is a blemish on the good name of America.
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“Just two weeks ago, as former US President George W. Bush was preparing to make his first visit to Europe since the publication, last November, of his biography Decision Points, the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, with support from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), reminded the former President that he was a torturer — who, in addition, had openly bragged in his book that he had authorized the torture of ‘high-value detainees’ in the ‘War on Terror’— and that, as a result, they would be filing a criminal complaint (an ‘indictment for torture’) in Switzerland, prior to the former President’s arrival for a meeting on February 12. According to the requirements of the UN Convention Against Torture (to which both the US and Switzerland are signatories), this might well have led to his arrest.”

Collective bargaining is the right for people to assemble and speak freely about the things which they believe will make their workplaces, towns, and state better places to live. Unions or not, those issues have been settled in the first amendment of the Constitution.
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“Madison’s mayor and police chief Thursday called on Gov. Scott Walker to explain statements he made in a secretly recorded phone conversation that he ‘thought about’ planting troublemakers among the thousands of demonstrators at the Capitol.”

“ ‘Someone in his inner circle raised seriously the possibility of hiring people to come in and apparently create violence in my city,’ Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said. ‘I find it appalling, and I want to know who that was.’ ”

“Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated at the Capitol over the past 11 days, during which Madison police made no arrests. Most of the demonstrators oppose a bill backed by Walker to limit collective bargaining rights for public employees.”

“Use Live Ammunition,” good one. It reminds me of that shooting in Arizona… Haven’t we learned that hate speech from persons in positions of power actually do incite violence, or instead of this being a harmless joke, did the Attorney General, the top law enforcer of the state, actually think of it a good idea to fire upon public workers protesting against the government for their rights?
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“According to the online article , Jeff Cox tweeted ‘Use Live Ammunition’ in response to a Mother Jones tweet reporting riot police had been called into the state capital to remove protesters.”

“Mother Jones later learned Jeff Cox held a post as an Indiana official.”

“In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the Attorney General office said: ‘Civility and courtesy toward all members of the public are very important to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. We respect individuals’ First Amendment right to express their personal views on private online forums, but as public servants we are held by the public to a higher standard, and we should strive for civility.’ “

Now, after mounting an extremely large national debt that today’s youth will surely be responsible for taking care of, the government has decided that it wants to cut our youths’ opportunity to go to college, essentially eliminating many young people’s chance to attain power in this world. This article contains a list of what congress is attempting to take from it’s citizens this coming year. A link is also provided to direct you to your representative’s email, which they encourage readers to follow to tell their elected officials where they stand on these budget cuts.
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The people of America have 90 days to convince their Congressmen and women that a vote for the Patriot Act is a vote lost come 2012.
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“The committee will meet on March 3 to mark up S. 193, the Patriot Act extension bill supported by committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Leahy’s bill would extend the government’s authorities to access business records, conduct roving wiretaps and monitor individual terrorists until the end of 2013, and would also increase oversight of these activities.”

“But the Senate is known to be split on how to proceed with a longer extension. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) earlier this year proposed a straight extension, which the Obama administration supports. And Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) prefers a permanent extension.”

Economy

Video (Must See): Matt Taibbi discusses the financial crisis in 2008 and exposes Wall Street, the President, and the SEC of their poor behavior.
Watch Now

Health

An all around American company you can trust, Monsanto… New pathogen discovered living around GMO crops, which may also be linked to infertility of farm animals.
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“Just two weeks before the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) fully deregulated Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa, a senior soil scientist alerted the department about a newly discovered, microscopic pathogen found in high concentrations of Roundup Ready corn and soy that researchers believe could be causing infertility in livestock and diseases in crops that could threaten the entire domestic food supply.”

“ ‘For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade [sic] biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks,’ Huber wrote in his January 16 letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman’s terms, it should be treated as an emergency.’ ”

“The pathogen is about the size of a virus and reproduces like a micro-fungal organism. According to Huber, the organism may be the first micro-fungus of its kind ever discovered, and there is evidence that the infectious pathogen causes diseases in both plants and animals, which is very rare.”

Check this out!
It is about chemicals in everything from food to pavement that can have a detrimental effect on your health causing problems such as cancer and infertility.
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Civil Liberties

Random bag searches make America safe, but your thinking ‘doesn’t the Constitution protect citizens from that?’ Yes it does. Which is why everyone should rally together in an effort to dismantle the Constitution because it is inhibiting our gracious, and caring leaders from making sure the country is safe. In other words, the American Constitution is behaving extraordinarily un-American.
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“MCCRC has been a vocal opponent of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) policy of random searches of passenger bags on its Metrorail system since they started last October. Although the WMATA board has met repeatedly to discuss the policy, which groups say violates 4th Amendment Rights against illegal searches, it has not voted to repeal it.”

“The MCCRC flyers call the bag searches ‘security theater’ and do very little to increase security. It contends random searches ‘move terrorists from one target to another perhaps simply by entering a Metro station through a different entrance.’ ”

Republicans keep hailing China for its economic success, I wonder when they will do the same over the Chinese policy for the suppression of information and their knack for keeping protesters quiet.
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“Chinese officials on Sunday cracked down against protests, or rumors of them, sending police to detain dissidents and breakup public gatherings in the capital and Shanghai.”

“The country’s combination of surveillance, sophisticated management of information, and a willingness to deploy large numbers of security forces has so far allowed it to cut off even the most remote of challenges to the Chinese Communist Party.”

“Standing in the crowd in Beijing on Sunday, one onlooker said he’d come hoping to see, or perhaps even take part in, a real protest. The young man, who asked that his name not be used, took a look around and said ‘It didn’t work.’ ”

They are not choosing suspects because of their religion, it just seems that way since one of the criteria for beginning surveillance on a person involved in terrorism is that they attend a mosque. So, it clearly has nothing to do with religion.
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“An FBI informant who infiltrated a California mosque violated the constitutional rights of hundreds of Muslims by targeting them for surveillance because of their religion, the ACLU and a Muslim group said in a lawsuit Tuesday.”

“ ‘The FBI should be spending its time and resources investigating actual threats, not spying on every American who happens to worship at a mosque,’ said Peter Bibring, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Southern California, which filed the complaint along with the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.”

“The lawsuit says that Monteilh’s handlers, FBI agents Kevin Armstrong and Paul Allen, instructed him to collect e-mail addresses, phone numbers and other detailed information about Muslims and ‘explicitly told Monteilh that Islam was a threat to America’s national security.’ ”

Progress

Petition: Tell PayPal to end their purely political decision to cut service to a Bradley Manning support website.
Take Action

With the current budget underway it is a perfect time to tell Congress where the American people want tax dollars to be spent, or not spent. As they put programs whose sole purpose is to help college students on the chopping block, it is more than the ideal time to offer alternative suggestions for what can be cut. With 80% of Americans believing the drug war is a failure, I believe this could be the perfect area to cut from, if you think so too email you elected officials.
Take Action



America is Truly the Land of Milk and Honey
January 30, 2011, 5:40 pm
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United States

Closing Guantanamo remains on the agenda.
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“ ‘We are absolutely committed to closing Guantanamo. It’s turned out to be a little more challenging than we had hoped when we set that goal,’ Clinton said during a press conference with Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez.”

Sometimes I consider the size of our military and think, it should be bigger! I feel security is just around the corner, that is, the spending of billions of dollars on drones, guns, and soldiers.
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“The United States spends nearly as much on military power as every other country in the world combined, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. It says that we spend more than six times as much as the country with the next highest budget, China.”

“The United States maintains troops at more than 560 bases and other sites abroad, many of them a legacy of a world war that ended 65 years ago. Do we fear that if we pull our bases from Germany, Russia might invade?”

“The intelligence community is so vast that more people have ‘top secret’ clearance than live in Washington, D.C.”

“Let me be clear: I’m a believer in a robust military, which is essential for backing up diplomacy. But the implication is that we need a balanced tool chest of diplomatic and military tools alike. Instead, we have a billionaire military and a pauper diplomacy. The U.S. military now has more people in its marching bands than the State Department has in its foreign service — and that’s preposterous.”

“It was President Dwight Eisenhower who gave the strongest warning: ‘Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.’ ”

“American troops in Afghanistan are among the strongest advocates of investing more in schools there because they see firsthand that education fights extremism far more effectively than bombs. And here’s the trade-off: For the cost of one American soldier in Afghanistan for one year, you could build about 20 schools.”

The men working for the CIA are great guys, I would show you, but they smashed the video tape of us all hanging out together having a good time, so, you’ll just have to take my word for it.
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“The focus of the hearing before Judge Alvin Hellerstein of Federal District Court was not torture itself but the Central Intelligence Agency’s deliberate destruction in 2005 of dozens of videotapes made three years earlier showing the brutal interrogation of high-level terrorism suspects, including the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding. At the time, the agency had been ordered by Judge Hellerstein to preserve the tapes.”

“Their destruction was seen as so egregious that the Bush administration felt compelled to order a special investigation when it was disclosed.”

“In November, the special prosecutor handling that investigation, John Durham, decided against bringing criminal charges against any C.I.A. official. No details of his decision were provided, leaving it unclear why those involved were not charged with any crime.”

“The C.I.A.’s decision to destroy the tapes — rather than submit them to the judge for a decision on whether to order their public release — was a serious affront to the court and the rule of law.”

As all intelligent people know, the Patriot Act is as it says, a home brewed cup of freedom. And I, like most republicans, know that people who are for “judicial oversight” are really freedom haters, who love to see bad guys come out on top.
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“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced the bipartisan 2011 USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act, which would continue to allow roving wiretaps of suspects who change computers or phone numbers to avoid monitoring; tracking of ‘lone wolves’ — people of interest with no known links to terrorist groups; and retrieval of records and other tangible evidence from organizations with a court order. The proposal, which would expire in December 2013, also demands greater judicial supervision.”

“Leahy’s changes aimed at heightening oversight include language requiring the government to list the facts and circumstances that justify obtaining a court order to retrieve records. Current law states the records are presumed relevant, so long as they are associated with a foreign power, the activities of a suspected agent of a foreign power, or an individual in contact with such an agent.”

“In addition, the Senate proposal raises the standard for gaining permission to conduct wiretaps. Existing law mandates that the government certify the information sought is foreign intelligence data or relevant to a terrorist investigation. The new measure would demand the government provide facts that substantiate the belief that the information gleaned will likely be relevant.”

Civil Liberties

Peace activists pose eminent threat to society’s tranquility!
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“A former Joint Base Lewis-Mc-Chord employee who spied on war protests in Olympia helped compile detailed information on protesters, including their names, photos, addresses and, in some cases, Social Security numbers, according to 133 pages of law enforcement records released by the City of Tacoma.”

“The use of undercover surveillance of people that are engaged in First Amendment activities ‘is only lawful when there is a criminal nexus or criminal predicate,’ Smith said. ‘That surveillance must cease when it is indicated that there is no such thing,’ Smith added.”

“Reached by telephone Monday afternoon, former councilman Johnson said he was disturbed to learn that his name and photo were included in the dossier of antiwar activists maintained by the South Sound Regional Intelligence Group, ‘but it’s not surprising. The militarization of domestic law enforcement is one of the more disturbing trends in recent years. I wish I could say I’m surprised, but I’m not.’ ”

Altruism; one quality America will always be known for, so long as they keep saying it enough.
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“But it turns out he’s one tough hombre. Manning, according to his attorney, to a friend who has been allowed to visit him, and to activists who have been demonstrating outside Quantico for his release from this private hell, has been subjected to sleep deprivation, has been barred from exercising in the slightest, and recently was improperly placed by the Quantico base commander on suicide watch–meaning his clothing was removed, and also his reading glasses–as punishment for “disobeying” orders of the guards.”

“The aim of all this abuse, which is now being investigated by a UN human rights investigator, has been blatantly to crush his spirit, in hopes of getting him to agree to implicate Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks organization, in inducing him to leak the hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, and the visual tapes, of Iraq and Afghan war reports, helicopter murder, and US State Department cables, all of which have been undermining the US war effort and the US diplomatic agenda.”

“[…]holding [Manning] in solitary confinement in a Marine brig, subjecting him to conditions that the world and international and US law recognize as torture, denying him the right to a speedy trial or court-martial on a charge of allegedly leaking secret documents–all in the attempt to wring a false confession out of him–is exactly what was done for years in the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin.”

Apparently our military leaders were inspired by the gusto of suicide bombers ready to die for what they believe in, for, now we too are attempting to turn our soldiers in extremist automatons, but for Jesus. It is going to be hard for many Christians to see what all the fuss is about, but I ask for everyone just to considered how they would feel if this were Islam they were cramming down our soldiers throats, one is no more right than the other, they are both unprovable and it is not right to take away some one’s freedom to choose in either case.
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“This should come as no surprise, as Mr. Weinstein has a great deal to say on a topic that affects us all, and threatens the constitutional fabric of the nation: a frontal assault by elements within the active military on the separation of church and state, and a crusade by those elements to transform the Armed Services into a fundamentalist Christian entity.”

“Weinstein and his wife both hold licenses to carry concealed weapons, and have every reason to believe they may someday need them. The windows of their home have been shot out, dead animals have been left on their steps, and – certainly worst of all – the lives of their children have been threatened. One such threat came in the guise of a promise that Weinstein would be murdered, and his children would be bathed in his blood before they themselves were murdered.”

“Self-proclaimed ‘Christians.’ Fundamentalist evangelical frauds who cloak themselves in the words of Jesus and the uniform of the American military while lashing out violently against anyone who does not toe the line of their “true faith.” The hypocrisy of their activities is beyond appalling, and flies in the face of the Scripture they pervert with every breath they take.”

“And make no mistake: this movement to turn the Armed Forces into a bastion of hard-core fundamentalist Christianity is as dangerous as any threat posed to the country by any outside force or enemy. There is a word for a military force whose core principles are centered around the absolute requirement to adhere to a strict fundamentalist religious view. Taliban.”

Jesse Ventura plans to sue the TSA for infringing on his rights.
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“Former Governor Jesse Ventura has taken steps to sue the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security, naming their chiefs John Pistole and ‘Big Sis’ Janet Napolitano in a lawsuit that will take on invasive airport pat-downs [READ LAWSUIT].”

“[Alex] Jones recalls Ventura’s outrage at the TSA’s harassing old people in wheelchairs with the invasive new pat-down procedures. The former governor himself is routinely sent to secondary screening due to a hip replacement in 2008, and Jones witnessed him undergo repeated humiliating searches during pat-downs at the hands of TSA. Worse, at airports across the country, even those presenting medical cards describing special needs or equipment from a doctor are routinely ignored as TSA agents demand that medical patients remove urostomy bags, prosthetic breasts or that TSA be allowed to grope a pacemaker patients’ breasts.”

“Ventura filed his lawsuit Monday, January 24, 2011 in Minnesota and news reports have named David Olsen as his lawyer. The former governor has indicated that his suit will include violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 4th Amendment, arguing that he and others with disabilities have been discriminated against and unduly singled out by TSA despite presenting no threat and warranting no reason for lawful search.”

We will only be free once everyone’s life is an open book, stored away in a computer, that is, until they later show up on the radar for suspicious activities, like taking photographs.
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“ ‘Data retention is fundamental to the department’s work in investigating and prosecuting almost every type of crime,’ Jason Weinstein, deputy assistant attorney general for the criminal division, will say, according to his written testimony. ‘The problem of investigations being stymied by a lack of data retention is growing worse.’ ”

“That aligns the Justice Department with data retention’s more aggressive supporters among House Republicans and places it at odds with privacy advocates, civil libertarians, and the Internet industry. Those groups have questioned the privacy, liability, cost, and scope, including whether businesses such as coffee shops would be required to identify and monitor whoever uses their wireless connections.”

“Or it could be more intrusive, sweeping in online service providers, and involve keeping track of e-mail and instant-messaging correspondence and what Web pages users visit. Some Democratic politicians have previously called for data retention laws to extend to domain name registries and Web hosting companies and even social-networking sites. An FBI attorney said last year that the bureau supports storing Internet users’ ‘origin and destination information,’ meaning logs of which Web sites are visited.”

Americans have nothing to fear allowing government agencies unfettered access to our personal information because all government personnel are immaculate humans beings, and will never dishonor the responsibilities they are given.
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“And despite the bureau’s very strict screening procedure for all prospective employees, the FBI confirms that about 325 to 350 employees a year receive some kind of discipline, ranging from a reprimand to suspension.”

“About 30 employees each year are fired.”

“– An employee had ‘a sexual relationship with a source’ over seven months. The punishment was a 40-day suspension.”

“– The supervisor who viewed ‘pornographic movies in the office while sexually satisfying himself’ during work hours received a 35-day suspension.”

“– The employee in a ‘leadership position’ who misused a ‘government database to conduct name checks on two friends who were foreign nationals employed as exotic dancers’ and ‘brought the two friends into FBI space after-hours without proper authorization’ received a 23-day suspension. The same employee had been previously suspended for misusing a government database.”

“– An employee who was drunk ‘exploited his FBI employment at a strip club,’ falsely claiming he was ‘conducting an official investigation.’ His punishment was a 30-day suspension.

“– And an employee conducted ‘unauthorized searches on FBI databases’ for ‘information on public celebrities the employee thought were ‘hot’ received a 30-day suspension.”

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A New Year and New Beginnings
January 2, 2011, 5:25 pm
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As the new year rolls in many people tend to set goals for themselves, dedicated to becoming a better person. These “resolutions” are usually about weight, and horrid habits that we ourselves cannot stand that we do. Are these really the things that make a better person? Instead of doing what people believe makes a better person, I asked myself what makes a better person. To the White Flag a better person is a more knowledgeable and socially responsible person.

When a person knows more they are usually more adept at knowing what is best. Without knowledge people would still live in caves, and we would not have opportunities to the easy lives most of us lead. So knowledge does more than improve an individuals life, it improves the human race as a whole.

Also, with knowledge a person is likely to know what their responsibilities are. As I learn about something as seemingly innocuous as the world’s fresh water supply I learn that the actions I take today really will have an effect on tomorrow. Or consider that a company you spend your money at spends their money lobbying against cleaning up and protecting the environment–our environment. In that scenario we are essentially paying to pollute the places we and our children live. People need the knowledge to take responsibility in their lives.

Start this year off by being a better person in the simplest of ways; learning about everything you possibly can to later use that information to take responsibility for the world in which you live.
-The White Flag

United States

Officials in Texas believe the EPA is just blowing smoke over the limitations on pollution, and are working hard to block federal legislation.
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“Texas on Thursday filed a fresh motion in federal appeals court to block the Obama Administration’s attempts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in the state, one day after another federal court rejected the state’s petitions.”

“[Another] petition argues that EPA’s creation of the new rules is an ‘improper overreach’ that violates the federal Clean Air Act, which it said ’declares pollution prevention to be ‘the primary responsibility of States and local governments,’ and not the federal government.”

“Since then the agency has moved forward with developing rules under the Clean Air Act to limit emissions blamed for climate change. Beginning January 2, EPA will require large emitters such as power plants, refineries and cement makers to obtain permits for polluting greenhouse gases.”

The (not) closing of Guantanamo.
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“At one point, there were 774 ‘worst of the worst’ being held in the compound in Cuba, but right now, there are just 174 detainees left – over the years, the rest have been released. Many had been imprisoned (and some tortured) by mistake.”

“In fact, a significant number of the detainees at Guantanamo were turned over to American officials by Pakistani and Afghan bounty hunters who swept up the innocent along with the guilty. Even then, the prisoners might have been sorted out if the U.S. government had been required to follow the Constitution and present actual evidence of wrongdoing.”

“Guantanamo is staying open indefinitely since Congress has set new and stricter limits on what the government can do to remove the prisoners.”

“The provision bans using government money to transfer any prisoners from Guantanamo to the United States, even to put them on trial. It also blocks an Obama administration proposal to acquire a high-security prison in Illinois in which it planned to hold several dozen detainees.”

Arizona continues to be a shinning example of how discrimination dies hard. A new law that became effective January 1st is banning ethnic studies, which the state’s new Attorney General believes ‘divides’ students instead of ‘uniting’ students. You might also be surprised to learn he’s never taken one of these ethnic classes that divide students, nor has he sat in on one.
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“The law bans classes that promote the overthrow of the United States government and resentment toward a race or class of people. Also outlawed are courses designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group and those that advocate ethnic solidarity rather than treat students as individuals.”

“In Arizona, critics claim that the law – along with the partially suspended immigration law – threatens to make the state a ‘new South’ of discrimination against minorities. Meanwhile, educators in states such as California worry that the law could become a model for other states to follow.”

“Professor Rodriguez says it’s not the first time such programs have been singled out, but now ‘it’s being acted upon.’ He views the state’s ethnic studies and immigration laws as attacks on all Hispanics and as reasons why some people might refer to Arizona as ‘the new south.’ ”

The World

Is the rising price of commodities a sign of the dwindling supply?
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“So what are the implications of the recent rise in commodity prices? It is, as I said, a sign that we’re living in a finite world, one in which resource constraints are becoming increasingly binding. This won’t bring an end to economic growth, let alone a descent into Mad Max-style collapse. It will require that we gradually change the way we live, adapting our economy and our lifestyles to the reality of more expensive resources.”

Civil Liberties

Recently religious conservatives in Iraq have been acquiring many of the public offices in the nation, and diminishing the country’s role as a leader in the Middle East for women’s rights.
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“The tension between the two sides bubbled over last month in Kadhmiyah, a section of northern Baghdad, where local Islamist leaders erected a provocative display outside a major Shiite shrine. It shows four mannequins wearing the hijab, the traditional Muslim head covering for women, while behind four mannequins with uncovered heads are laced with burns, shackled in chains and have red strands lapping at their feet to simulate a fiery afterlife.”

House Judiciary Chairman thinks evidence gained from torture is as viable as any other evidence.
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“[Lamar Smith Said:] ‘Well, as you say, they tried a terrorist in New York City. That was supposed to be their best case, they had their best witnesses. That was the one that they were going to use as an example and say you know, here, yes we can conduct a trial of a terrorist in the United States. And even if they get some rights as citizens, we’re still going to be able to find them guilty on all counts. Well as you know, this individual was found guilty on one count of, I think, 254. And even though he was found guilty of building the explosives, he wasn’t found guilty of killing, I think, 254 innocent people who were killed, among them several dozen Americans. So in that situation, it clearly did not work as the administration had planned, and it kind of blew up in their face, and the judge didn’t allow some of the evidence and some of the testimony that would have been allowed if this individual had been tried at Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, the so-called Gitmo.’ ”

Pakistan, one of America’s main allies in the War on Terror, is curbing the civil liberties of its enemies.
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War on Terror detainees were given excessive medication used to fight malaria, which none of the detainees were tested for.
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“Medical staff at Guantánamo assumed, however, that all detainees were at risk of malaria; they also claimed that 40 per cent of the Afghan population was infected, when the World Health Organisation’s figure for 2002 was 13 per cent.”

“They did not even test the detainees for malaria in advance, and administered doses of 1250 mg, which were five times the normal prophylactic dose.”

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Activists gathered in support of Bradley Manning.
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“The protesters encouraged members of the military at the base near Marysville to support Manning ‘for revealing the truth to the world community about the failed war of terror,’ said Toby Blome of CodePINK in a news release.”

“Manning is being held in solitary confinement at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia on charges that could lead to a 52-year prison sentence.”

With a new year comes new opportunities; effective this year are new restrictions on how health insurance companies can use profits, to ensure customers get good quality health care.
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“The rule requires that insurers spend at least 80 percent of this money on the customers themselves. The companies must either spend this money to pay insurance claims or use it for activities that improve customers’ health.”

“For policies that are sold to large groups instead of small companies and individuals, the number is even higher: 85 percent. The remaining 15 or 20 percent of the money can be used for a company’s salaries, marketing and overhead – or kept as profit.”

“This provision will give Medicare recipients stuck in the doughnut hole a 50 percent discount on the price of brand-name prescription drugs. Health-care activists are worried, however, that drugmakers will jack up their prices. In that case, customers would receive 50 percent off that higher number – which might not be much less than what they were paying before.”

“Nearly all Medicare beneficiaries will be able to receive for free all “preventive services” screenings given an A or B rating by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. That could include mammograms, colorectal cancer screening, bone mass measurement and nutritional counseling. Medicare will also provide one free ‘wellness visit’ per year for patients who want a checkup.”

“This new agency is aimed at slowing down the rapid rise of health-care costs. It is supposed to foster innovation in both caring for patients and processing their payments and claims.”



Losing Liberty
December 12, 2010, 5:12 pm
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U.S.

Republicans opposed to unemployment benefits because they will increase the national debt by $50 billion, legitimate. However, they will extend unemployment benefits so long as they can extend the bush era tax-cut for the richest 1% of the nation, a move which will add $700 billion to the national debt.

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Dick Cheney’s lawyer claims that any allegation that Cheney bribed Nigerians to obtain contracts in the country are completely baseless, but for some reason KBR, the company he worked for, paid $597 million dollars in fines. They paid a ton of money for something they supposedly did not do.
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Visa and Mastercard have dropped Wikileaks, however, no reason to fear, they are not on some morality trip. You can still use your Mastercard to purchase KKK merchandise as Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
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Either the FBI is incompetent at removing secret information the first time they release documents, or they are just taking out more information, purely for the sake of concealing it from the public.
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If you have any doubt that the rape charges against Assange are baseless, read this. Also, the U.S. abuses its power by intimidating people to challenge their authority: although not stated here, they have told Germany and Spain, who are investigating CIA torture, that it would damage foreign relations between us and them. Now they are telling college students not to write favorably, or support Wikileaks because it may jeopardize future employment opportunities with the government.
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More on this topic: America throws its weight around to get its agenda done; U.S. shows its teeth to Spain and Germany to kill torture investigations.
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The cyberwar: hackers v. United States
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Even those with degrees are feeling the hard economic times. Unemployment for people with a college education hits an all time high. Somehow companies themselves seem to be doing better than normal?
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More than six months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began, the Gulf floor is still lifeless
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Oil Spill in Michigan last summer is causing health problems for many people in the area.
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Texas case to determine the Constitutionality of capitol punishment. It takes into consideration the numerous innocents who have been executed, and people who are susceptible to false executions in the future. Update: This movement has been put on hold.
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Civil Liberties

Not only is it unlikely anyone who committed torture during the Bush Administration will be prosecuted, the Obama Administration is systematically discouraging other nations from pursuing their own investigations.
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“President Obama justifies his reluctance to investigate Bush administration officials by saying that the country needs to ‘look forward and not backwards’. Yet, he admitted the fallacy of that attitude during an interview in March 2010 in a reference to Indonesia, a country with its own history of abuses. ‘We have to acknowledge that those past human rights abuses existed,’ President Obama said of the regime of former Indonesian President Suharto, a US ally. ‘We can’t go forward without looking backwards.’”

Lead based paint on drinking glasses is okay because the glasses were intended for adult use.
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Fear and intimidation of U.S. citizens who disapprove of the current government agenda. Peace activist taken to court over material support to terrorists.
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“The Justice Department was taking its lead from the Supreme Court’s 6-3 opinion last June in Holder v. the Humanitarian Law Project, which decided that nonviolent First Amendment speech and advocacy ‘coordinated with’ or ‘under the direction of’ a foreign group listed by the Secretary of State as ‘terrorist’ was a crime. “

“Seizing on this over-broad definition of ‘material support,’ the US government is now moving in on political groups and activists who are clearly exercising fundamental First Amendment rights by vocally opposing the government’s branding of foreign liberation movements as terrorist and supporting their struggles against US-backed repressive regimes and illegal occupations.”

Like creationism before it, net neutrality will be given a new name to become appealing again. Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010; I could be wrong, but this really appears to be the implementation of net neutrality done in smaller steps, until the Internet we all know and love is unrecognizable.
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FBI fishing operations do not settle well with Muslims. It is likely that the government’s targeting of Muslims will both incite more Muslim radicals and instill xenophobia amongst Americans.
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Arresting the innocent based purely on public intolerance over conflicting views. Peaceful protester extinguished.
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“State-Secret” privilege comes with no oversight. So theoretically, if I were president I could break the law, then say what I was doing was a secret, and it would be okay?
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Anwar Awlaki must surrender to his home nation (America), who technically has the right to assassinate him, in order to challenge the president’s decision to bypass a judicial hearing in deciding Anwar’s innocence.
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The government cannot make us do anything if we kick and scream enough!
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“The Justice Department was taking its lead from the Supreme Court’s 6-3 opinion last June in Holder v. the Humanitarian Law Project, which decided that nonviolent First Amendment speech and advocacy ‘coordinated with’ or ‘under the direction of’ a foreign group listed by the Secretary of State as ‘terrorist’ was a crime. “

“Seizing on this over-broad definition of ‘material support,’ the US government is now moving in on political groups and activists who are clearly exercising fundamental First Amendment rights by vocally opposing the government’s branding of foreign liberation movements as terrorist and supporting their struggles against US-backed repressive regimes and illegal occupations.”

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Though it is not exactly peaceful, they are doing what they do for all people who use the Internet; they do what they do for freedom of speech, and the free exchange of data.
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“Anonymous argues that access to any and all information online is a basic human right and should not be controlled by the government and big corporations.”

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House Democrats refuse to pass tax cut legislation as it stands, and Obama tries to say,

“If I have to choose between having a protracted political battle on the one hand but those folks being hurt, or helping those folks and continuing to fight this political battle over the next two years, I will choose the latter.”

Middle Class American do not even need tax cuts, if it is all or nothing, I say we take no tax cuts. More than likely, tax cuts for the rich will hurt middle class Americans more than taxes increasing a small fraction.
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Human Rights Day; on December 10, 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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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/