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– US ACQUITS CIA OF KILLING AND TORTURING PRISONERS
The US Justice Department ended a four-year probe into the CIA’s controversial, and at times brutal, treatment of detainees, closing two final homicide investigations without filing charges. The decision sparked outrage among human rights supporters.
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that no charges will be filed in the cases of two terror suspects who died in CIA custody – one in Iraq in 2003 and another in Afghanistan in 2002. “The admissible evidence would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt,” Holder said.
Gul Rahman died in 2002 at a secret prison in Afghanistan known as the ‘Salt Pit’ after being bound to a wall in near-freezing temperatures. Manadel al-Jamadi, also a suspected militant, died in 2003 in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib, where his corpse was photographed, wrapped in plastic and packed in ice. […]
– 5 MINUTE VIDEO: DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS / IS LAWFUL REVOLUTION FROM CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT: REVOLUTION 2012. IT’S TIME TO RISE
By Washington’s Blog
A lawful revolution is in response to government that abjectly violates its own laws, and refuses all reasonable offers to return government limits within its own constitution. It is a revolution that requests its own law enforcement to do their job to arrest obvious criminals in their own government. The central crimes are in unlawful wars that kill millions, and massive economic fraud that harms billions and loots trillions of the 99%’s earnings every year. Government crimes was America’s challenge that the Continental Congress and Thomas Jefferson addressed in our Declaration of Independence.
Please give two minutes of your attention to this central text of being American:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.” […]
– TURNS OUT THIS IS WHO’S EATING YOUR TAX DOLLARS
Our prison system is a beast, gobbling resources that should be going to communities. Watch this video to find out why. Then get involved at http://beyondbars.org.
– LAWYERS FOR SA MINERS THREATEN COURT ACTION
Open letter to President Zuma says protesting miners “bizarrely” charged with murdering colleagues must be released.
Lawyers in South Africa are threatening court action against President Jacob Zuma unless he orders the release of 270 miners facing murder charges after police shot dead 34 of their colleagues at a protest.
Unless Zuma takes action by midday Sunday, the firm of Maluleke, Msimang and Associates wrote in an open letter on Thursday, they will file an urgent application with the High Court demanding the men’s release.
The lawyers representing 270 miners said that their clients had clearly not killed their fellow miners and that it was “unlawful” to keep them in custody while a special judicial inquiry established by Zuma conducts its investigation. […]
– THE YOUNG TURKS INTEVIEWS MATT STOLLER
By Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks
Matt Stoller, former staff member for Representative Alan Grayson and writer for Naked Capitalism, talks to Cenk about the behind-the-scenes effort that was needed to include an Audit the Fed amendment in the 2009 financial reform bill, which Congress passed into law. This long interview provides well-informed insight into the operation of Congress, how legislation is made, and the political process in general.