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This from Iraqi Vetrans against War... Obomba trying to get blanket approval to bomb everywhere; link to petition your representative, you can make your voice heard...Here is the vetrans association text...

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Dear Charles,

Last week President Obama brought legislation to Congress to provide a legal cover for the ongoing military strikes in Iraq and Syria under the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF). Here is the thing: the U.S. military has been engaged in a continuous bombing campaign for almost 6 months [1] and has already deployed 3,000 troops with another 4,000 on the way. [2] We have essentially managed to wage a war for half a year with little in the way of accountability for it.

Unfortunately that isn't the worst part. This new AUMF is written in such a way that it appears to have a number of limitations for the way our military will conduct itself but, in reality, it is worded so vaguely that the application of this AUMF could be interpreted in almost any way that clever politicking wants to take it. The worst of these so-called limitations being no "enduring offensive ground operations" which serves as just one example of the doublespeak embedded in this legislation.

Tell your Congress member not to pass legislation justifying endless war

Some of what is proposed in the new AUMF is more explicit with no geographical limitations for where we wage war. When paired with the knowledge that the there are no plans to repeal the 2001 AUMF that has served as the legal justification for the endless 'Global War on Terror,' it's hard to feel confident in the 3 year limitation to military activities (with the option to extend) being sold by the White House . It's not hard to see this AUMF as a move to perpetual warfare. And we need your help to stop it.

Help us in making sure Congress doesn't write the Administration a blank check for war

The rise of ISIS and its reign of violence and destruction has been horrifying and difficult for us to watch in our relative safety. While we want to acknowledge the very real threat that the group poses for the Iraqi people, we also know that U.S. military involvement is only stoking the flames in Iraq and Syria by increasing their recruitment exponentially. [3] That doesn't even take into account that militias fighting ISIS are likely engaging in human rights abuses of civilians in Iraq as well. [4] One way or another, we need non-military options pursued as far as is possible. To repeat the same mistakes inside of Iraq that set the conditions for the rise of ISIS would be the very definition of insanity.

Click on this link to go to a Congressional Directory or call 202-224-3121 to speak to your Congress member


Thank you for helping us to resist the next phase of endless war.


In Solidarity,

Iraq Veterans Against the War staff

Maggie, Iram and Matt


P.S. We will be keeping you updated over the next couple of weeks on ways you can help push Congress to do the right thing with the AUMF, help us continue this work with a contribution!

Sources:

1. "Obama sends war draft to Hill", Politico, February 11, 2015
http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/o ... 15108.html

2. "Fort Carson brigade headed to Kuwait for possible showdown with ISIS", The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO), February 15, 2015
http://gazette.com/fort-carson-brigade- ... le/1546240

3. "U.S. airstrikes boost Islamic State, more hostages possible- FBI", Reuters, September 17, 2014
http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/09/1 ... KL20140917

4. "Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes", Human Rights Watch, February 15, 2015
http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/02/15/iraq ... war-crimes

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:44 am 
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On the same subject, this one is more aggressive on why we must repeal Bush's AUMF that Obomba is operating under now....

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No More AUMFs! No More 'Unitary Executives'

We’re Losing Our Democracy and All Our Freedoms

Critics of President Obama’s proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force AUMF) against ISIS have been focused upon its deliberately obfuscatory and ambiguous language, which they rightly note would make it essentially a carte blanche from Congress allowing the president to go to war almost anywhere some would-be terrorist or terrorist copycat could be found who claims affinity with ISIS.

The critics have also complained that even if Congress were to reject his AUMF request, the president would continue his acts of war against the likes of ISIS, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan, claiming he is acting under the aegis of the 2001 AUMF Congress passed to allow the Bush/Cheney invasion of Afghanistan.

It is for that reason that some critics of the latest AUMF are calling for repeal of the 2001 AUMF before the new AUMF can even be considered.

But these critics are ignoring the real reason that the 2001 AUMF must be repealed, which is that in declaring the “War on Terror” against Al Qaeda and “those who were behind the 9-11 attacks” as well as those alleged to have aided or sheltered them, and in declaring that the whole globe was the battlefield in this supposed “war,” including the United States, the 2001 AUMF became a justification for the federal courts and the US Supreme Court to essentially declare the president a dictator.

The legal “theory” cobbled together by the Bush/Cheney White House attorney-for-hire John Yoo and accepted by the Supreme Court majority is that during time of war, and particularly in a war zone, the Constitution makes the American president a “unitary executive” who has within his power not just executive, but also legislative and judicial authority to act on his own without restraint. This is the specious argument that has allowed President Obama, and President Bush before him, to override the Constitutional guarantee of a right to a fair trial by ones peers, and to simply decide whether to torture captives or whether an American should be killed in a drone strike for allegedly being a terrorist or terror supporter. It is the argument that allows the president to decide that it’s okay to torture someone, in violation of US and international law. It’s okay for the NSA and other federal agencies to spy on Americans under this unitary executive theory, too.

Essentially any outrage that the worst dictators through history have perpetrated — and the very things that British Colonial authorities in the 18th Century were doing to American colonists such as torture, imprisonment without charge, summary execution, etc., which sparked the American Revolution — are permitted, because the 2001 AUMF declares America to be a battleground and the country to be in a permanent state of war.

This situation, which continues to erode what fragile freedoms remain in this sad land — mostly through inertia or habit alone at this point — will continue to wreak havoc on our lives and the Constitution unless or until Congress acts to terminate the 2001 AUMF, or until the public rises up and tosses out the insouciant and complicit members of Congress who have sat on their hands all these years, and replaces them with freedom-loving representatives and senators who will, upon taking their seats in Congress, do their duty and overturn it.

An additional problem, however, is that the new proposed AUMF borrows much of the same dangerous language as the older one, with the only difference being that unlike the 2001 AUMF it has a three-year life-span, after which it would sunset and go out of effectiveness unless renewed. (Not that that provides much comfort: Just look at the USA PATRIOT Act, passed around the same time as the 2001 AUMF, which has been renewed by Congress multiple times, in some cases with added horrific provisions.)

The whole idea that fighting or defending against “terrorism” — itself a very broad and deliberately undefined term that has often been misused to the point of absurdity in order to lock certain people away for a long time — needs to be challenged. Terrorism, particularly inside the borders of the US, has been and remains an issue for police, not the military. There is no justification for defining the US as a “war zone” — much as todays militarized cops might pretend it is. In fact, terrorism is not an issue for the military anywhere in the world. If the past insane 14 years have shown us anything, it’s that armies don’t defeat terrorism. Rather, by indiscriminately killing innocents and causing angry relatives to seek revenge, they create terrorists.

Enough of this madness!

Instead of considering passage of a new authorization for this Nobel Peace Laureate president to launch yet another war against some poor third world population, congress should get rid of the treacherous AUMF we are still saddled with.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:52 am 
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And in the "kick the peasants when they're down, they hyper-rich need the last dollar too" department...

Obomba is doing secret negotiations so the peasants won't know... but GET READY for the next wave of job loss, Obomba is trying to "Fast Track" the TPP to get it into law before the peasants find out about it...

TPP = NAFTA/WTO on steroids...there won't be a single fucking job left...

While you're dialing yer Congress to fight Obomba on the permanent wars above, you can also tell them not to fast track the TPP.

The BASTARDS!

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This is What Corporatocracy Looks Like!
Trading US Democracy for Corporate Profits with TPP

If you want to get a good understanding of how thoroughly corrupted and sold-out our government in Washington is, you need only look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the latest in a series of trade “deals” that is heading towards passage right now, and that, like its predecessors, NAFTA and CAFTA, as well as the World Trade Organization, will be sucking jobs out of the US for years.

The key point to notice about TPP, as with earlier trade deals, is that it is being negotiated in secret. The reason for this is that there are so many outrages in it which undermine US sovereignty and democratic control, and so many things in the deal that benefit multinational corporations at the expense of the American worker and the broader American public that there would be almost universal outrage if they were known.

What really demonstrates the collapse of US democracy is that even though the Republican Party claims to loath and distrust President Obama, their majorities in both House and Senate have voted to give him “fast-track” authority to negotiate the TPP. That means they want this man whom they claim to completely distrust to negotiate the whole TPP treaty, and then to present it to them as an unalterable take-it-or-leave it deal, with no amendments or changes allowed.

Why are they doing this? Because the Republicans and Democrats in Congress, like the president, want to pass this bill without letting the public find out what’s in it. And the members of Congress of both parties, who have been flooded with campaign contributions (really bribes) and other perks by corporate America to ensure that TPP is passed without discussion.

Where else could you find a government body that would willingly — no enthusiastically — surrender its power to investigate, debate and amend a major bill or, in this case, treaty? Especially a government body that is run by one party that is surrendering its power to the leader of the supposed opposing party — a man who is openly loathed and distrusted by them?

What this demonstrates is that the whole government in Washington, Republicans and Democrats alike, is owned now by corporate America. What corporate America wants is what this thoroughly corrupted government gives it.

So what are they giving away in TPP? Well, the main thing is that the TPP cedes to an unelected supra-national body of government bureaucrats the right to decide in secret tribunals whether some law in a member country — say the US — unfairly restricts trade. And if that secret tribunal concludes that the law does restrict trade or interferes with some multinational company’s ability to make obscene profits doing something that the country in question has democratically decided it shouldn’t be able to do, the nation’s law is ruled to be invalid.




This is true even if the company that is filing a complaint with the tribunal is based in the country whose law is being challenged!

Take a hypothetical example. If General Electric, a huge US-based multinational company that actually earns most of its revenues and profits and has most of its employees these days based overseas, were to file a complaint with the TPP claiming that a US law banning the import of microwave ovens that leak dangerous microwaves when they are used is interfering with sales of a product that they are making in China for sale in the US, the TPP bureaucrats could rule that America’s safety laws concerning microwave devices is illegal.

Outrageous? Of course it is. Product safety rules in the US are voted into law by the elected representatives of the people of the US, and the idea that unelected bureaucrats from other countries could simply toss them out runs counter to any principle of democracy.

But why be hypothetical? As the always spot-on political gadfly Jim Hightower notes, a WTO tribunal in 2012 overturned a law passed by Congress in 2002 that mandates that food companies always note on the label the country of origin of the food we buy in the US. Hightower notes [1] that since passage of that Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Act, US corporations in the food industry have lobbied furiously, but unsuccessfully, to get it overturned. They always failed because some 90% of Americans want to know where their food comes from (understandably since so many countries have even worse food safety laws than our own) and even our corrupted Congress has not had the guts to challenge that powerful a public sentiment, at least openly.

So instead, they let the WTO do it by ceding to the WTO the power to overturn national laws passed by WTO member states!

Now if you are angry that COOL is no longer the law of the land, your Congresscritter can say, “Gee, that’s terrible, but what can we do. We passed that law, but the WTO overturned it.”

And it gets worse. These international trade treaties that Congress keeps passing also allow companies that win in an international tribunal to get “damages” from the country whose law was overturned. But in a particularly nasty turn of the knife, since most big corporations are multinational now, with subsidiaries all over the globe, it turns out that the very companies that were unable to get Congress to repeal a law like COOL can have an overseas subsidiary file a protest with the WTO, or NAFTA or, if it passes, the TPP, and then accomplish what the parent company couldn’t accomplish through domestic lobbying (bribery). And it can get the US taxpayer to fork over damages, which then accrue to the parent company back in the US.

Clearly, if we have both Republican and Democratic Presidents asking, and Republican and Democratic Congresses voting for trade pacts that they negotiate in secret and then vote on as immutable faits accompli — pacts which surrender US sovereignty over worker safety, food safety, environmental protection and other laws passed by our elected Congress, we do not have a democracy at all. We have a government that is the property of the multinational corporations that have financed the passage of these treacherous trade pacts.

There is a direct causal link between these trade pacts and the ongoing destruction of America’s working class (euphemistically called the “middle class” in a nation that is still terrified at talking in terms of class and that even has trouble uttering the word “capitalism”). The more the government surrenders its right to pass laws in the public interest, in order to increase the profits of corporations, the fewer jobs there will be that pay a decent living in the US, and the worse American living standards will be.

More importantly, these trade deals expose the ugly reality that American democracy is essentially dead. At this point, to restore any sense of public control over Washington it will take a revolution by the public — one that would involve ousting all the millionaires in Congress, and removing private money entirely from campaigns.

America is not being threatened by Muslims. It’s not being threatened by black helicopters from the UN either. The America that was founded in blood in 1776, and that has been handed down to us through almost two and a half centuries, is threatened by giant corporations loyal only to wealthy capitalist owners, and by a political class that has decided it’s much more profitable to legislate in favor of those fat cats with their fat wallets than to legislate in favor of the people who voted them into office.

Get out your pitchforks!

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Alexander Cockburn (who actually died in 2012) and Jeffrey St. Clair co-wrote a Holocaust denier book together...

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The Politics of Anti-Semitism - The editors Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair allege "false accusations of antisemitism are used to silence Israel's critics"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Politi ... i-Semitism


Cockburn also published an essay entitled "My Life as an Anti-Semite".

So much for their credibility. :roll:


For actual relevant proven data not based on opinions and prejudices...

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000

...and...

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united- ... yment-rate


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