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Monday, September 04, 2006

DIFFICULT STRUGGLE: THE FIGHT FOR AMERICA'S DEMOCRACY



It has been a difficult struggle. Many on the left have tried to sound the warning regarding the Bush and Republican Ne0-Conservative movement's mad grab for power, but it has fallen on deaf ears.

The Progressive Daily Beacon
By: A. Alexander
September 3, 2006

Following 9/11, Bush and Republicans instituted the Patriot Act than in-and-of-itself seriously eroded the Bill of Rights. Among other things it provided sole power to the government to, without warrant, demand libraries turn over records and then forced the librarians to remain silent regarding the event.

The Patriot Act also gave the government the right to enter homes without warrant or warning. Bush has unilaterally excluded himself from nearly 800 congressional approved laws. Bush also, without Congressional or Judicial oversight, decided to illegally eavesdrop on domestic phone calls. While speaking in Buffalo, prior to the program being made public, the president insisted "wiretaps" meant "search warrants." THAT TURNED OUT TO BE A LIE, so he claimed he was only listening to calls wherein one party or the other was from outside the country. THAT TOO, WAS PROVEN A LIE when it was learned he had employed AT&T and others to listen in on more than 400 million citizens.

Incredibly, BUSH CONTINUES TO LIE and say he is only spying on calls either originating from or dialed outside the country.

All of this, of course, says nothing of illegal secret prisons, torture, kidnapping people from sovereign nations, locking up American citizens without due process, and a host of other national and international illegal activities.

Perhaps, the mosr egregious crime committed by Bush and today's Republican Neo-Con movement, WAS THE WAY THEY LIED THE NATION TO WAR IN IRAQ. Lying to a nation is certainly bad enough, but they then used that war to justify the many illegal and unconstitutional acts committed since. Whenever Bush is questioned about his abuse of power he declares himself a "wartime president" or insists "the country is at war" and, therefore, he, as commander-in-chief, has heretofore unheard of unilateral executive authority to do whatever he pleases. THE BIGGEST LIE OF ALL HOWEVER, IS THE MANNER IN WHICH BUSH AND THE REPUBLICAN NEO-CON MOVEMENT HAS TIED THE WAR IN IRAQ TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM. A war, they say, that has no forseeable end in sight. Stated more correctly, they've hijacked the Constitution and the American people shouldn't plan on getting it and their lost freedom back anytime soon.

If the war in Iraq is the biggest crime committed by the Bush and Republican Neo-Con movement, then their most dangerous scheme has been the creation of a private military.

Recently, it has been learned that Bush and his Republican Neo-Con movement have funneled more than $320M into what they call a "private security firm" that is in reality, a private military force. The private army is known as Blackwater.

Aside from the absurd amount of money given to this mercenary group, which will be addressed shortly, the greatest danger they pose is that they are not beholden to anything other than the Neo-Con movement that is funding them. Blackwater does not necessarily answer to the Constitution, and certainly have no reason to respect the will of Congress. They are free then, in a very real sense, to abuse the rights and guaranteed liberties of any that the Neo-Con movement wishes. Perhaps, some still don't fully understand the threat posed by this singularly loyal jackbooted private militia.

Let's put $320M into perspective: There are 169 officially recognized nations in the world. Bush and the Republican Neo-Con movement's Blackwater SS-like militia has been given money, in two short years, that exceeds the annual defense spending for 89 of those 169 nations (Note: all data gathered from CIA World Factbook). The Neo-Cons have created a private military and provided it with funding that is greater than the annual defense spending for 52% of the worlds recognized nations. To put it in another context, Blackwater has received nearly five-times the funding from the Neo-Con government than Albania spends in a year on its national defense, and more than three times the amount Costa Rica spends in defending its country.

Again, the Bush and Republican Neo-Con movement's private military is beholding to no one other than the master's who fund them. They are not obligated to respect Constitutional rights or the law. And they certainly aren't obliged to consider the rights of citizens either globally, or nationally. Judging by the size of the investment, the Republican Neo-Con movement has big plans for this SS-like extra-governmental force.

Eventually people are going to have to realize the very real threat by a government movement, the Republican Neo-Con movement, that in all likelihood respects neither the nation's laws, nor the Constitutional rights of its citizens, and that has been quietly builing a military force beholding only to their cause. The Republican Neo-Con movement now has in its employ, a military force with a budget large enough to rival the annual expenditure of more than half the world's nation-states. If that isn't sending up red flags and sounding red-alert alarm bells, the only thing that might, will be when the Republican Neo-Con madmen turn their SS-like shock troops on the American people.

Indeed, it has been a difficult struggle. Many on the left have tried to sound the warning regarding the Bush and Republican Neo-Conservative movement's fascist-like mad grab for power, but it has fallen on deaf ears. Maybe the fact that this very dangerous movement has created their own military will cause a few people to begin listening. If not, they can't later claim they weren't warned.


***WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TELL YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHEN THEY ASK YOU WHY YOU DIDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS AND MADE THEM LOSE "THEIR" FREEDOM?

I would suggest that you start doing some research on this before the November elections! Why do you think Bush won't get out of Iraq? He needs a reason to "remain" a war-time president so he can continue to take away the rest of out Bill of Rights, which the Republicans in Congress passed without even reading! (The Patriot Act) The Democrats didn't have a choice or they would have been labeled "bad for national security," like they are being now because they have questions regarding our rights!



Iraq: PENTAGON: CONDITIONS EXIST FOR CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ



Washington---Conditions that could lead to a civil war exist in Iraq, reflecting the "most complex" security challenges since the U.S. invasion in 2003, the Pentagon said Friday.

***Don't you find it awfully strange that they would put such a story out on Friday? That's because they are hoping that it will be out of the minds of the people by Tuesday! Elections are coming people....so keep this one in mind!

The "core conflict" has changed into one pitting Sunni Muslims against Shiites, with the Sunni Arab insurgency overshadowed, it said in a report to Congress on U.S. efforts to stabilize the country.

In the notably gloomy report, The Pentagon said illegal militias have become more entrenched, especially in Baghdad neighborhoods where they are seen as providers of security as well as basic social services.

The report described a rising tide of sectarian violence, fed in part by interference from neighboring Iran and Syria and driven by a "vocal minority" of religious extremists who oppose the idea of a democrtaic Iraq.

The only reason you are hearing this is because Cheney wants to get into Iran and Syria! A reason for going to war should be obvious, like it was with Pearl Harbor. Not just because an administration is feeding you garbage just like they did with the lead-up to the Iraq war! And if we get hit again, don't forget whose watch is will be on. That will make it twice!

Death squads targeting mainly Iraq civilians are a growing problem, heightening the risk of civil war, it said.

"Death squads and terrorists are locked in mutually reinforcing cycles of sectarian strife," the report said, adding that the Sunni-led insurgency "remains potent and viable" even as it is overshadowed by the sect-on-sect killing.

"Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq, specifically in and around Baghdad, and concern about civil war within the Iraqi civilian population has increased in current months," the report stated.

That assessment, which has been expressed publicly by U.S. military commanders and others in recent weeks, was tempered by a degree of optimism that the Iraqi government---with support from U.S. troops---will succeed in quelling sectarian strife. Optimism among ordinary Iraqis, however, has declines, the 63-page report said.

***Not if they keep staying the course. When are the American people going to quit being lied to by this administration? No matter what is said, THINGS ARE NOT WELL IN IRAQ AND WON'T BE UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR REPUBLICAN MINIONS IN CONGRESS! Until the majority is changed in Wahington, there won't be any changes in Iraq and our troops will continue to stay there!


ATTACKS UP BY 15 PERCENT

The report provided a sober assessment of the situation in Iraq over the past three months, saying attacks increased by 15% over the prior 3 months and casualties among Iraqis surged 51%.

Peter Rodman, the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, told reporters that although there has been progress this summer in reviving the Iraqi economy and raising electricty production, the security conditions have deteriorated even as the number of trained Iraqi troops has increased.

The report covered the period since the Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki was seated May 20.

"The last quarter, as you know has been rough," Rodman said. "The levels of violence are up and the sectarian quality of the violence is particularly acute and distrubing."

Rising sectarian fighting between minority Sunnis, who controlled Iraq under Saddam Hussein, and the majority Shiites, who are ascending in power after decades of oppresion, defines the emerging nature of violence in Iraq, the report stated.

When aked whether they believe "things will get better" in the future, the percentage of Iraqis responding positively has dropped fairly consistently over the past year---whether they were asked to look ahead six months, one year or five years---according to polling data cited in the report.

***So then this is what our troops have to look forward too? No wonder they are coming home with PTSD!

The report is the first to Congress since the Iraqi government assembled its full slate of ministers in early June. Since then, sectarian tensions have increased, "manifested in an increasing number of execution-style killings, kidnappings and attacks on civilians," and growing numbers of people forced from their homes, it said.


SPREADING OUTSIDE BAGHDAD

It said sectarian violence has spread from Baghdad into Diyala and Kirkuk provinces north of the capital. It also cited a rising problem with violence in the predominantly Shiite southern region, especially in the city of Basra.

"The security situation is currently at its most complex state since the initiation of Operation Iraq Freedom," the report said, using the U.S. military's name for the war that was launched in March 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein.

Although it acknowledged the risk of civil war, the report said the current violence does not amount to civil war and asserted momentum toward a civil war can be stopped.

***I can remember being told that the war in Iraq would never come close to a civil war. Now that it can't be denied, they have to tell us that there is now a "risk" of civil war and that it can be stopped! Well, I'll listen to what the troops have to say and they claim that it is already a civil war!

"Breaking the cycle of violence is the most pressing goal of coalition and Iraqi operations," it said.

The release of the report comes as the Bush Administration pursues a campaign to bolster sagging U.S. public support, with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and others attacking two months before U.S. congressional elections.

***HEY PEOPLE! WE NEED TO "CHANGE THE COURSE IN WASHINGTON!" ESPECIALLY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP SINCE THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ALLOW EVERYTHING OF THE PRESIDENT'S TO COME TO THE FLOORS OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES! IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE CHANGES, MAKE SURE THAT IT IS DEFINITELY FRIST (R-TN---SENATE) AND J. DENNIS HASTERT (R-IL---HOUSE) AND THEIR MINIONS IN LEADERSHIP THAT HAS BROUGHT THIS COUNTRY TO WHERE IT IS TODAY!

FDR DEFEATED THE NAZIS, WHILE THE BUSHES COLLABORATED

Lyndon LaRouche responded forcefully and directly on Sept 3 to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's recent insane accusations that Democrats who opposed the Bush Administration were "appeasers," like those who capitulated to Hitler in the 1930s. Rumsfeld delivered two speeches and penned a Los Angeles Times op-ed during the week of Aug 28-Sept 3, repeating the "appeasement" charges, and then sent a letter to Congressional Democrats, ostensibly retracting his remarks, but, in fact, reiterating the same charges.

Executive Intelligence Review
September 4th issue

LaRouche blasted Rumsfeld, reminding him that it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who defeated Hitler and the Nazis, while many American right-wingers of the 1930s and '40s were promoters of Mussolini, Hjalmar Schacht, and Herman Goering. And among the extreme American Fascists and Nazis of the period, there were some who openly sympathized with Adolf Hitler, by intention or practice. "Rumsfeld ought to know, unless his mental capacities are failing him, that it was FDR who had to fight the American right wing in order to defeat Hitler," LaRouche said.

"Without Franklin Roosevelt leading the fight, Hitler would have almost been victorious, and the world would have perhaps still been under the genocidal boot of Hitler's successors today."

"The anti-FDR tradition in America 'is' the American expression of fascism," LaRouche continued. "It was FDR's alliance with the Soviet Union of Josef Stalin, an alliance that was joined by Winston Churchill, that defeated Hitler and the Nazis."

LaRouche demanded, "The U.S. Congress should hold hearings today on the issue of fascism, and the history of those Americans who collaborated with the Nazis and the Fascists prior to and during World War II---just as Congress did at the end of the war."

PRESTON S. BUSH AND THE UBC

In that context, LaRouche reminded Rumsfeld that THE CURRENT PRESIDENT'S OWN GRANDFATHER PRESCOTT S. BUSH was a director of the Union Banking Corporation, an asset of German steel cartel boss Fritz Thyssen, who proudly admitted that he was Adolf Hitler's earliest and biggest financial backer, in his book "I Paid Hitler (1941). From 1924-1942, the UBC was the New York City bank holding company for all of Thyssen's U.S. corporate operations. The agreement was made with Thyssen by W. Averell Harriman, and several Brown Brothers Harriman directors, including Roland Harriman and PRESCOTT BUSH, were directors and shareholders of UBC, even after Hitler took power in Germany and invaded Eastern Europe. Bush remained a managing director of UBC right up to the moment that the U.S. government moved to shut the bank down.

On Oct 20, 1942, under the Trading with the Enemy Act, the U.S. Congress seized all of the assets of the Union Banking Corporation of 39 Broadway, New York, New York. The seizure was approved by Leo T. Crowly, the U.S. Alien Property Custodian. By the end of October 1942, the U.S. Congress had seized a total of four Thyssen entities---all run through the UBC. The other seized entities were: Hamburg-American Line, Holland-American Trading Corp and Seamless Steel Equipment Corp. Far from being shell companies, these entities were involved in supplying crucial material to Nazi Germany. U.S. Congressional hearings at the close of WW II revealed that the United Steel Works Corporation of Thyssen, which was interlocked with UBC, had been the main supplier of steel, iron, and explosives for the Nazi war machine ("Elimination of German resources for War," hearings before a Subcommittee of the Committee of Military Affairs, United States Senate, July 2, 1945).

"DOES MR. RUMSFELD REALLY WANT TO REVISIT THE ISSUE OF NAZI APPEASEMENT AND COLLABORATION?" LaRouche pointedly asked.

THEN AND NOW

LaRouche then turned to the BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S OWN RECORD OF TOTALITARIANISM, typified by Rumsfeld's and Vice President Dick Cheney's persistent efforts to create a privatized secret military force, and to adopt some of the very same torture techniques perfected by the Nazi SS, at locations like Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prison.

"Let us not ignore the role of George Shultz, THE MAN BEHIND THE BUSH PRESIDENCY, THE POWER OF VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY, AND THE PROMOTION OF DONALD RUMSFELD AS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE. EVEN LEADING REPUBLICANS KNOW SCHULTZ TO BE AN OUTRIGHT TOTALITARIAN, who used the Bush Presidency to impose a 'Pinochet Model' of top-down dictatorship and radical free-market economics upon the U.S. Shultz's promotion of the privatization of war, on the SS model, has been backed," LaRouche noted, "By Felix Rohatyn."

LaRouche continued, "IS IT NOT THE RIGHT-WING CURRENT OF TODAY, TYPIFIED BY CHENEY, SHULTZ, RUMSFELD AND THE FOOLISH GEORGE W. BUSH, WHO ARE THE REAL NAZI APPEASERS? ISN'T THAT THE TRUTH, MR. RUMSFELD?"

LaRouche concluded: "I call upon the U.S. Congress to launch immediate hearings into this whole issue of appeasement. These hearings should take place prior to the November midterm elections. Nothing on the agenda of the U.S. Congress should take higher priority than this matter. Donald Rumsfeld, a top official of the Bush Administration, has made this an issue of national debate, and the record must be set straight. Congress is the proper venue."

***The only way we are going to get hearings on this administration is, if we make the Democrats a little stronger in Washington. There are too many Republicans in Washington that go along with this President. They have become a "rubber stamp" for all of his totalitarian ways. Think about it! Do you want to live in a democracy or do you want to live under a dictatorship? Get rid of the Republican majority in Congress this November! The Republicans have changed laws behind the backs of the American people. If you knew what they were you'd sit an cry and realize that this isn't America anymore!

Iraq: U.S. OFFERS $20M TO MONITOR IRAQ STORIES



Contract winner would watch tone of U.S. and foreign war coverage

Washington---The U.S. command in Baghdad is seeking bidders for a two-year, $20M public relations contract for monitoring the tone of news stories about the Iraq war filed by U.S. and foreign media.

***Are they trying to hide from us everything that is going wrong in Iraq?

MSNBC
September 1, 2006

Proposals, due Sept 6, ask companies to show how they would "provide continuous monitoring and near-real time reporting of Iraq, pan-Arabic, international and U.S. media." according to the solicitation issued last week.

***They're looking for a way to shut us off from the war in Iraq!

Contractors also will be evaluated on how they would provide analytical reports and customized briefings to the military, "including, but not lilimted to, to (positive, neutral, negative) and scope of media coverage."

***Censorship! That isn't supposed to happen in a democracy. What's next? State T.V.?

The winner of the contract probably also would be required to develop an Arabic version of the multinational force's Web site.

Attempts by the Associated Press to contact officials connected to the project by telephone and e-mail were not successful Thursday night.

***I wonder why?

Coincidental timing?

The program comes during what has appeared to be a White House effort, before the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, to take the offensive against critics as polls show withering support for the Bush administration's Iraq policy.

President Bush addressed the American Legion's national convention in Salt Lake City on the issue Thursday, stressing that a U.S. pullout from Iraq would lead to its conquest by America's worst enemies.

***It's already come to that!

He continued a theme set by both Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice when they spoke to the administration-friendly group earlier in the week.

The military last year was criticized for a public relations scheme in Iraq that included hiring a consulting firm that paid Iraqi news media to carry news stories written by American troops.

Pentagon officials have defended the program as a necessary tool in Bush's campaign against terror. BUT CRITICS HAVE SAID IT CONTRADICTS AMERICAN VALUES OF FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.

***It looks like Karl Rove can't keep Iraq out of the news this election season, so now he's going to censor it! America is not the same America it used to be before this administration took over. It is not a democracy anymore and is being misrepresented! And the wrost thing is, the American people are allowing it to happen! You can read and bitch all that you want to, but I don't see anybody making any efforts to try to stop them. You want to stop them? Vote them out!