WASHINGTON – President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today. The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision. While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use the authorities granted by the NDAA, and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations. The White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA, but reversed course shortly before Congress voted on the final bill.
Copblock posted a quote by Becky Akers on the Facebook page recently –
”We all need to recognize cops are the enemy. They’re not just the enemy of the black guy. They’re not just the enemy of Miguel who came across the border without a bureaucrats permission first. They are our enemy too, they will pick on us as well. When we allow government to prey on societies least liked memebers, it’s only a matter of time before they prey on us too” – Becky Akers
In response, one reader replied, “They are your neighbors and the person your standing in line with at the grocery store. Educate yourself and get to know them and we can all be on the same page. Have you ever taken a ride along with your local PD? Have you ever went to a pancake breakfast and learned what they talk about? Do you even know one personally? Didn’t think so. You are depending on a story or some third party blurb to make drastic decisions about your viewpoints are without taking the time to form your own opinions with real data imo. I have some of those things planned in the near future to learn about them. I don’t know enough yet to form a valid firm opinion but plan on learning and talking with them.”
Police and their supporters always talk about how policing is such a difficult and dangerous job. As with most things related to police, this attitude is derived from general misconception, ignorance, and a tendency of people to arbitrarily worship those in fancy uniforms. Year after year, policing fails to make the top ten list of most dangerous professions. The dangers they face on the job consistently fall below that of pilots, loggers, sanitation workers, farmers, fishers, etc.
George Sand received her B.A. from UCLA and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. She enjoys beer, jogging, the beach and music in her spare time. Contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Ken Jenkins
9/11 Activist and Video Producer
Pioneering 9/11 activist and video producer Ken Jenkins has a degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and has done extensive postgraduate study in psychology.
He has worked as a video professional for over 40 years, including 7 years at Hewlett-Packard in their state-of-the-art broadcast video facility HPTV.
Ken completed awakening to 9/11 truth by November of 2001 and started presenting his PowerPoint and video productions on 9/11 truth in 2002. He has since spoken at six international 9/11 conferences and at numerous other 9/11 events and on many radio programs. His first video release, Perspective on 9/11 was originally made for the early live presentations. He has since produced dozens of 9/11 DVDs – nine with leading 9/11 Truth author David Ray Griffin, including 9/11–The Myth and the Reality. More recently he co-produced, directed and edited architect Richard Gage’s 9/11: Blueprint for Truth and SF Press Conference DVDs for AE911Truth.
Ken is also a founder of 9/11TV.org, which has documented speakers from many 9/11 conferences and events. The resulting DVDs, as well as those produced by others, are distributed in part through cable public access channels nationwide. He also helped co-found one of the first 9/11 local groups, The Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, and co-produced many events with them, including, in March of 2004, the first major 9/11 conference, the San Francisco International Inquiry into 9/11.
He authored an article featured in Global Outlook titled “The Truth is not Enough: How to overcome emotional barriers to 9/11 truth.”
Ken also designed, with help, the popular 11 Remarkable Facts About 9/11 card.
He is currently working with Senator Mike Gravel on the Citizens’ 9/11 Commission Campaign. The goal is to create an independent, citizen based investigation, through state ballot initiatives.
By revealing the “false flag” nature of the 9/11 attacks, it is Ken’s intention to not only help end the current bogus “war on terror” but to also help open the way to ending war as a political option on this planet.
I first became aware of Cass Sunstein’s ideas for controlling conspiracy theories after seeing several ads for a web site called America.gov run by the State Department. It’s a complex, well-funded site with more avenues than I’ve cared to examine, but what caught my attention was the section under International Relations: Peace and Security called “Conspiracy Theories and Misinformation” with the astounding caption: “Conspiracy theories exist in the realm of myth, where imaginations run wild, fears trump facts and evidence is ignored.”
Michael Moore has told Radio 5 live that Barack Obama is not the person he thought he was when he campaigned for him in 2008.
Speaking to Richard Bacon, he also described the US President’s first term in office as “heart-breaking.”Michael Moore
Michael Moore on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, October 27th, 2011:
“I think what they’re really worried about is that you, or I, have money … Nobody can come down here in the next segment and say, ‘Keith, we don’t what you to do what you were going to do.’ Because – where I’m from in Michigan – we call that FU money. It allows you to have that freedom.”
This doesn’t just look like the camera operator is being jostled by a crowd. It rather appears to be shot by a drunk camera operator in a large earthquake being jostled by a crowd. Conveniently, there are no real opportunities to examine the image of what is supposed to be the former Libyan leader. You’ll just have to take Hillary Clinton’s word for it. “We, came. We saw. He died,” the monstrous Clinton said a few days ago.
Jailed Occupy Sacramento protestor, Kevin Carter, issues a challenge to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson!
(Audio): Kpfa 94.1 fm san francisco (4 minutes, 20 seconds into broadcast)
Anchor’s Into: THE SACRAMENTO VERSION OF THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT TODAY PROTESTED IN FRONT OF DOWNTOWN BANKS, INCLUDING BANK OF AMERICA AND WELLS FARGO. THE OCCUPY WALLSTREET MOVEMENT WAS STARTED BY A FEW ACTIVISTS A MONTHS AGO IN LOWER MANHATTAN TO DRAW ATTENTION TO WHAT IT CONSIDERS WALL STREET GREED, AND THE MOVEMENT HAS GROWN TO INCLUDE 16 HUNDRED CITIES GLOBALLY. THE SACRAMENTO GROUP, WHICH HAS ESTABLISHED ITS BASE AT CESAR CHAVEZ PARK NEAR THE CAPITOL, HAS BEEN FUNCTIONING SINCE OCTOBER 6, AND POLICE HAVE BEEN REGULARLY ARRESTING PROTESTORS ON ANTI VAGRANCY LAWS. SHAWN HAMILTON REPORTS FROM SACRAMENTO:
“SOME BANKS LOCKED THEIR DOORS TODAY WHEN A SMALL GROUP FROM OCCUPY SACRAMENTO PROTESTED IN FRONT OF THEIR LOCATIONS, ECHOING A GRIEVANCE SHARED BY PEOPLE WORLDWIDE THAT BANKS AND WALL STREET HAVE COLLUDED TO TRANSFER TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF WEALTH FROM 99% OF THE POPULATION TO THE TOP 1%.
KEVIN CARTER IS AN ACTIVIST WHO ATTENDED A SACRAMENTO CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON TUESDAY IN WHICH THE COUNCIL DECIDED TO KEEP ON THE BOOKS AN ANTI-VAGRANCY LAW THE CITY WAS USING TO JAIL PEOPLE WHO REFUSED TO LEAVE THE PARK AFTER MIDNIGHT. CARTER ADDRESSED MAYOR KEVIN JOHNSON, CITING MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR’S “LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL” IN WHICH KING OUTLINED HIS RATIONALE FOR COMMITTING CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN ALABAMA. KING WAS ARRESTED FOR PARADING WITHOUT A PERMIT. CARTER SAID THE MAYOR NEEDS TO INFORM HIMSELF BETTER ON PROVISIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND ISSUED THIS CHALLENGE:
CARTER: “I CHALLENGE THE MAYOR. I WENT TO JAIL ALREADY, BUT I WENT TO JAIL WITH THE CONSTITUTION. I CHALLENGE YOU MAYOR JOHNSON–THIS IS BROTHER CARTER–I CHALLENGE YOU TO COME AND SIT WITH ME IN THE PARK AT ELEVEN O’ CLOCK AND GET ARRESTED WITH ME LIKE DR. KING AND LET’S SIT DOWN AND GO OVER THE CONSTITUION TOGETHER INSIDE OF THE JAILHOUSE. I CHALLENGE YOU AND URGE YOU TO TAKE THAT OVER WITH WITH COMPASSION AND LOVE.” (soundbite: 0:22)
MONA SALIMI SAYS MEDIA AND THE CITY COUNCIL OFTEN ASK WHAT THEIR DEMANDS ARE. SALIMI NOTES THAT NOT GIVING PUBLIC MONEY TO PRIVATE BUSINESS INTERESTS WOULD BE A GOOD START. IN ANY CASE, SHE SAYS, SOMETHING MUST BE DONE:
SALIMI: “THERE HAVE BEEN STRIKES AND WORKERS’ PROTESTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS SINCE PRETTY MUCH THE INCEPTION OF OUR COUNTRY, AND AS MUCH AS WE’D LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT WE ARE FREE, AND WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS–ALL OF THAT GOOD, WARM AND FUZZY STUFF, THE REALITY IS WE REALLY NEED TO GET UP AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.” (soundbite: 0:29)
ARYA RASHID SAID THE DEBT-BASED MONETARY SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE REPLACED BY SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR SOCIETY AS A WHOLE—NOT JUST A TINY FRACTION OF IT. HE REPEATED A QUOTE THAT SAYS PLUTOCRACIES THINK ECONOMIC SLAVERY IS GREAT BECAUSE PHYSICAL SLAVERY REQUIRES THAT YOU FEED AND HOUSE YOUR SLAVES, BUT WITH ECONOMIC SLAVERY, THE SLAVES HAVE TO FEED AND HOUSE THEMSELVES. RASHID SAYS HIS GENERATION IS REALLY WORRIED:
RASHID: “I THINK IT’S EXTREMELY UPSETTING SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE’RE REALLY STARTING TO FEEL LIKE WE’RE BECOMING A LOST GENERATION. WE DON’T SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL FOR US, AND IT’S VERY UNCOMFORTABLE FEELING LIKE WE HAVE NO POWER AND NO CONTROL OVER WHERE OUR FUTURE IS GOING. IT’S GROWN FROM, IT STARTED OFF AS KIND OF JUST A DEPRESSIVE STATE AND NOW MOVED ON TO–A LOT OF US ARE PRETTY UPSET.” (soundbite: 0:25)
IN A RELATED ACTION, NOVEMBER 5TH HAS BEEN DECLARED “BANK TRANSFER DAY,” AN EFFORT STARTED BY 27-YEAR-OLD KRISTEN CHRISTIAN TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE WHO ARE MAD AT THE BANKS TO WITHDRAW THEIR MONEY. THE IDEA, SHE SAID ISN’T TO HIDE THE MONEY UNDER A MATTRESS BUT TO TRANSFER IT TO A CREDIT UNION OR SMALLER, LOCAL BANKS NOT INVOLVED IN THE LARGER-SCALE SWINDLES. WHILE THE EFFORT WASN’T FORMALLY STARTED BY THE OCCUPY WALL STREET GROUPS, MOST OF THE OCCUPY GROUPS ARE PROMOTING IT.
SHAWN HAMILTON, PACIFICA RADIO, SACRAMENTO”