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URGENT: We are all Scott Olsen.

28 Oct
The violent police assault on Occupy protesters in Oakland left Iraq War Veteran Scott Olsen in critical condition with a cracked skull, and hundreds of others injured and sick. This is unacceptable.
It’s time for Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to do the right thing by Scott Olsen.
Because of public pressure, she is allowing Occupy Oakland protesters back in the public plaza — for now. But the Mayor, Police Chief and Oakland City Administrator must answer for the larger issue of the abuse of power, excessive force on unarmed protesters, and our right to free speech and assembly under the First Amendment.
Mayor Jean Quan should:

  • Fire the newly-installed interim Police Chief Howard Jordan for his mishandling of the entire operation.
  • Order the Oakland Police Department to release all records about the use of force.
  • Begin a thorough investigation into police misconduct and punish those responsible.
  • Allow peaceful protesters to remain in “Oscar Grant” Plaza, as is guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Please sign our letter to Mayor Quan of Oakland NOW.
Thank you.

Andrew Boyd, The Other 98%


The Video the US Military doesn’t want you to see!

1 Sep

The real face of war is unknown to people, because the media is not showing the real facts. The war is nothing but a bussines, where young men are sent to die, for some to get richer and richer. These are the horrors of the war. Please share!

Ex-Bush Official Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: “I am Willing to Testify” If Dick Cheney is Put on Trial

30 Aug

It was a powerful moment on Democracy Now this morning as a real insider promised to testify if

Dick Cheney was put on trial for torture and other crimes. With a new book full of explicit details,

this is reminder that nobody has been held accountable.

As former Vice President Dick Cheney publishes his long-awaited memoir, we speak to Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. “This is a book written out of fear, fear that one day someone will ‘Pinochet’ Dick Cheney,” says Wilkerson, alluding to the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who was arrested for war crimes. Wilkerson also calls for George W. Bush and Cheney to be held accountable for their crimes in office. “I’d be willing to testify, and I’d be willing to take any punishment I’m due,” Wilkerson said. We also speak to Salon.com political and legal blogger Glenn Greenwald about his recent article on Cheney, “The Fruits of Elite Immunity.” “Dick Cheney goes around the country profiting off of this sleazy, sensationalistic, self-serving book, basically profiting from his crimes, and at the same time normalizing the idea that these kind of policies…are perfectly legitimate choices to make. And I think that’s the really damaging legacy from all of this,” says Greenwald. [includes rush transcript]

Read more: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/30/ex_bush_official_col_lawrence_wilkerson

End War First

25 Aug

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Among other promises, candidate Obama promised to end the Iraq war as soon as he was elected. Yet, President Obama may extend the Iraq war past this year and the Afghanistan war beyond 2014.


Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey has written a letter to the Super Committee documenting savings of $1.8 trillion over 10 years if the wars are ended.


To see an unimaginably progressive Obama video — and sign our letter urging the President and members of Congress to co-sign Representative Woolsey’s letter — click here.


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Ending Wars on Time Would Save $200 Billion, 1/6 of Debt Reduction Goal


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Free Bradley Manning

11 Jul

March 23 2010,


Private Bradley Manning, a 23-year-old Army intelligence analyst, was arrested and incarcerated on suspicion of leaking classified United States documents about Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as diplomatic cables of the United States embassies. There was also a video in the leaked documents now known to the world as Collateral Murder.


This video shows two American airmen in an AH-64 Apache helicopter lying to their ground controller about the presence of armed insurgents on the ground in Baghdad. The ground controller then gives them permission to fire on the Iraqi civilians. 12 civilians are killed, two of which were Reuters journalists.


Arrested in Baghdad and jailed in Kuwait, Bradley Manning was then moved to the military brig at Quantico Virginia and while kept in complete isolation allegedly awaiting trial, he was subject to treatment described by hundreds of legal experts as torture.


Bradley Manning still waits for a pre-trial hearing one year later.


Locked in a 10 by 6 foot cell for 23 hours a day without sheets, a pillow, personal effects or his glasses, and forced to sleep naked during the mandatory 7 hour sleep cycle. All of this abuse was committed under the pretense of Manning’s alleged suicide risk.


Bradley Manning’s lawyer David Coombs, had said that it was a violation of the military rules, because Quantico’s psychologist denied that Manning is suicidal.


Quantico Brig violated PFC Manning’s constitutional right to due process. The facts surrounding PFC Manning’s pretrial confinement at Quantico make it clear that his detention was not in compliance with legal and regulatory.


April 20 2010


Bradley Manning was moved to the Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas following criticism over his nine month detention at the Quantico brig. The move was intended to show that the treatment of Manning will be much fairer now that the complaints registered have made their public and legal ‘mark’, but they did not tell us that along with the move came an apparent order for PFC Manning’s indefinate incarcination.


One of the several charges that have been put to paper but not yet read in court is cooperating with the enemy, a charge that makes Manning eligible for the death penalty. But the fact is that the cables and video, supposedly leaked by Bradley Manning, have shown the world terrifying acts that must be condemned.


Acts of what have commonly come to be called whistleblowing are driven by technologically changing times, ethics, and morals that we can readily observe when concerned people in the west seek a more just world while the moment shows that we have been deceived by our own leaders.


The truth is the pardonable innocence of Bradley Manning has been displayed by showing the world this information even if he is guilty according to the military justice system.


It was hidden but it should have been available to everyone. The United States government should have been honest and not censored or buried this information but instead released it and acted on it by investigating the perpetrators of the crimes shown in the video, not the whistleblowers.


the question we should all have in mind is: Who supports this hero?


Most people know and support Wikileaks and Julian Assange, but meanwhile, time is passing and Bradley Manning’s life is being wasted in jail… Heroic If he did release the Collateral Murder video, and incarcerated in inhumane conditions under false pretenses for a year if he wasn’t the one responsible.


Either way, it is glaringly obvious to all of us that Bradley Manning shouldn’t be the one in court as we can see when we view those cables and the atrocities he allegedly was exposing.


Free Bradley Manning!


Jail The Criminals Not The Whistleblowers!


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We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
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