Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart
* GOLDMAN NON-PROSECUTION: AG ERIC HOLDER HAS NO BALLS
By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
[…] That’s how law works on Wall Street. The bank walks into the room with the sordid activity, and the law firm’s partners huddle up and whip their associates – for hundreds and hundreds of billable hours straight, if necessary – until a way is found to call stealing or tax evasion or accounting fraud or whatever legal.
That’s the way it should work on the prosecutorial side, too. You should start with a simple moral premise – this group of crooks ripped off X group of victims for fifty million dollars – and then you should bury yourself in law books until you find a way to put them all in jail. If Linklaters gets paid to be creative, well, Mr. Holder, we’re paying you to be creative, too.
Again, though, Holder didn’t need to be creative in the Goldman case. Levin gift-wrapped the whole thing for him. He could have had a dozen easy convictions just on the evidence in that report, and if he had been creative, if he had used his vast power to roll up the guilty and flip them into more revelations, then he’d have had enough cases to last the AG’s office the next decade.
But the Holders of the world do not want to be creative when the targets are politically influential rich people. Instead, they use their creativity against Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, immigrant housekeepers, and guys who knock over liquor stores. They like to flex muscles against bank robbers, celebrity tax evaders (we can’t have Wesley Snipes on the loose!), truck hijackers, and drug dealers. As Gene Wilder would say, “You know – morons.” […]
* RUSSIA, CHINA, INDIA, IRAN, PAKISTAN, INDONESIA, VENEZUELA, ALGERIA, IRAQ, CUBA, BELARUS — 30 NATIONS MEET IN TEHRAN FOR ALTERNATIVE TO HILLARY CLINTON’S ATTACK ON SYRIA
By Webster G. Tarpley, PressTV
PressTV has conducted an interview with Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, author and historian, to further discuss the issue.
* THE FREEDOM 7 ARE BEATING OBAMA IN COURT
By Kelly B. Vlahos, AntiWar
[…] Hedges v. Obama, which essentially challenges Section 1021(b)(2) of the NDAA, passed by Congress and signed by the president late last year. The language authorizes the military detention for those responsible for, or having enabled the 9/11 attacks as well as:
(Any) person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.
Despite strident opposition from some Democrats and libertarian Republicans on the Hill, a House amendment that would have carved U.S. citizens out of the detention policy failed miserably this spring. A signing statement by Obama that insists the act would not be used by the military to detain Americans indefinitely without trial is widely considered by critics as meaningless, mostly because there is no guarantee that subsequent administrations won’t do whatever they damn well please anyway.
Point is, the government has not clarified what defines “substantially supported” or “associated forces.” This stands at the heart of the lawsuit, led by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Christopher Hedges: that there is no guarantee the act won’t be used against reporters and activists who in the course of their work, interview or communicate with persons the U.S. government may at some point consider part of an “associated force,” risking not only the constitutional protections of freedom of speech and a free press, but the right to a fair trial and due process. […]
* 21 MARCH 2009 INTERVIEW WITH WILLIAM BLUM
Author William Blum, known for his rigorous research into U.S. foreign policy issues and CIA misdeeds, speaks to NLN’s Tom Good about the Obama administration and Osama bin Laden plugging “Rogue State” — Blum’s second book on U.S. military interventions.
* CHICAGO’S SHOOTINGS DIDN’T HAPPEN IN A MOVIE THEATER, BUT IT’S STILL THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST CITY
By Cord Jefferson, Gawker
Two months before alleged killer James Holmes stormed a Colorado movie theater, murdering 12 and injuring dozens more, police and politicians in a different place were trying to squelch the tremors from their own mass killing. It was in Chicago, over Memorial Day weekend, when police responded to more than 40 shooting victims in about 72 hours. Ten of those victims were shot dead, including four teenage children. Alas, despite the fact that more people died that weekend than in both the August 5 Sikh killings and yesterday’s College Station shootings combined, there will be no flags at half-staff for those 10 Chicagoans. It’s likely you didn’t even know those people were dead, just like most of your friends and family. In a summer of now three much-lamented shootings with multiple victims, Chicago’s murdered are the forgotten ones.
Because people in the media like to compare and contrast things in order to add perspective, there are now dozens of ways to look at Chicago’s murder rate: In May, it was up 49 percent from last year. For a time, more Chicagoans were getting killed than soldiers in Afghanistan, a literal war zone. It’s worse than New York, a city three times its size. And trumping them all: It’s the worst murder rate out of every so-called “Alpha” city in the entire world, a grouping that includes even historically rough locales like Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and New York.
Some people, especially the police, like to blame the violence on gangs, but Berkley law professor Franklin Zimring told the Daily Beast last month that saying Chicago violence is mostly gang-related is “both helpful and extremely mysterious.” “Because there is no sense that Chicago has a gang profile which is vastly different from that of Los Angeles, and yet [the murder rate in] Los Angeles has continued [to be] low,” he said […]
* VIDEOS SHED LIGHT ON CHAOS IN NUCLEAR CRISIS
By Hiroko Tabuchi, NYTimes
TOKYO — Shortly after an explosion rocked the stricken nuclear plant at Fukushima last year, blanketing the plant and nearby towns in radioactive material, Masao Yoshida, the plant’s chief manager, rallied his men.
“I fear we are in acute danger,” he said. “But let’s calm down a little. Let’s all take a deep breath. Inhale, exhale.”
That moment, as some of Japan’s worst fears were coming true, was captured in 150 hours of videos released by the plant’s operator this week under public and news media pressure. The videos, spanning the accident’s early days, offer the first minute-by-minute account of the last-ditch effort to avert what would become the worst nuclear calamity since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. […]
* THESE RACIST ATTACKS MUST STOP NOW!
By Eirene, A Place Called Space
Brutal attacks and hate crimes which are racially motivated have intensified in recent months to such an extent that they have become a daily occurence. The victims are immigrants who, because of the colour of their skin, their religion or their country of origin are becoming targets of gangs on motorbikes. These attacks are systematic and organised, led by groups proclaiming that they guarantee public safery under the pretext of ‘cleasing’ the public space and are spearheaded by the fascist group that has seen a rise in recent months and which is leading the country to a dangerous polarisation. […]
* HOW TO START A REVOLUTION: LEARN FROM ICELAND!
The people of Iceland forced their corrupt government to resign.
A public assembly was created to rewrite the constitution.
The banks were nationalized, it was decided not to pay the debt that PRIVATE banks created.
All of this in a peaceful way…
What would happen if the rest of the world took this as an example?