UPDATE X5: This is our last update tonight. Here are the lead stories at the Washington Post and NY Times as of 10:50 pm EST tonight, March 3, 2013 –
Esquire – Political Blog
February 21, 2012
Ed Kilgore is a good man. He’s been very kind to the blog since its toddlerhood. Which makes it something of a surprise that he’s trying so very hard to kill me. He calls attention to this horror in the New York Times and then steps back, as if to distance himself from the explosion and subsequent cranial shrapnel. [Read more…]
“Ben Swann Full Disclosure takes a look by CIA Director nominee John Brennan’s statements from the past about absolute human rights and his current role in coordinating U.S. drone strikes” –
Read the full story below the fold “Presumptive CIA Head John Brennan: Human Rights Denier, Torture Advocate and Obama’s Drone Hitman” [Read more…]
Abby Martin interviewed Thomas Drake, a Whistleblower who outed NSA’s covert wiretapping program known as Trailblazer, on this weeks “Breaking the Set.” [Read more…]
The police state is real
The Bush regime’s response to 9/11 and the Obama regime’s validation of this response have destroyed accountable democratic government in the United States. [Read more…]
We Are Change Sierra Adamson caught up with both Chris Hedges and Daniel Ellsberg outside the Second Circuit Court of Appeals last week after the Justices heard arguments in the Hedges v Obama NDAA appeal. Both Ellsberg and Hedges provide updates, next steps and what potential outcomes may be.
First up, Chris Hedges – [Read more…]
Should President Obama (alongside Lindsay Graham and John McCain) be wearing an orange jumpsuit?
Welcome to the beautiful and surreal reality of life under American corporatism, under a Congress that churns out thousands and thousands of pages of (often contradictory) legislation a year. [Read more…]
by Brandon Smith
Alt-Market dot com
If Americans are looking for anything in the dark clouds of political dust and powdered ash that choke our air and leave us feeling naked against the elements, it is but a simple moment of sincerity. It sounds like an easily attainable thing, and yet, we continue to gasp and clamor. [Read more…]
Editors Note: As a resident of Virginia, I could not be more proud of the leadership of Del. Marshall and the members of the Virginia Legislature for passing the bill to forbid any state resources to be used to indefinitely detain any Virginian w/o due process guaranteed them under the US Constitution. The methodical steps this Administration has been taking w/the full compliance of Congress to destroy the Constitution and Bill of Rights has been nothing short of breathtaking. The majority of the Virginia Legislature is cognizant of all of this and apparently decided even they couldn’t take part in this despicable breach of the public’s trust. Gov McDonnell WILL VETO this bill. Therefore, it is incumbent upon ALL Virginian’s to descend upon the Governor’s world and make it abundantly clear his VETO of this bill will serve as the end to his otherwise bright public service career. Virginia needs patriots NOT traitors!
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, March 9, 2012
The Virginia Senate has passed a law that forbids authorities in the state from using the ‘indefinite detention’ provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act against Americans, but whether or not Governor Bob McDonnell will sign it remains to be seen given the fact that he is a member of Barack Obama’s infamous ‘Council of Governors’, whose role it is to increase military involvement in domestic affairs.
Delegate Bob Marshall discusses his bill and Governor McDonnell’s attempts to sabotage it.
“Today, the Virginia State Senate nearly unanimously passed my bill, HB 1160, to prevent Virginia’s state and local government agencies from cooperating with the federal government in the indefinite detention of Virginians under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (“NDAA”). I am grateful that the vote in the Senate to accede to the bill as passed by the House of Delegates was 37-1,” said a statement by Delegate Bob Marshall, who was the driving force behind the bill.
“Congress, by including this provision in a must pass bill affecting our Armed Forces, made a terrible mistake in empowering this or any future President and the military to arrest and detain American citizens indefinitely, without charges, without the chance to confront their accusers, without legal counsel, and without a trial.”
Having already passed the Virginia House by a vote of 96-4 last month, the final bill will be sent to Governor Bob McDonnell. However, McDonnell has already attempted to sabotage the legislation using “secretive, backdoor” tactics, according to Marshall, so whether he agrees to sign the bill without trying to weaken its language remains to be seen.
The fact that McDonnell was included on President Obama’s infamous ‘Council of Governors’ probably explains why he has been so reticent to support the bill.
The executive order which established the Council of Governors (PDF), created a body of ten state governors directly appointed by Obama to work with the federal government to help advance the “synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States”.
In other words, McDonnell is a key figure in the effort to expand military involvement in domestic security, which explains why he is opposed to a bill that strips the military of the power to arrest and indefinitely detain Americans at the behest of the federal government.
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