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rSin

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calif
Jul 17, 2013 - 05:35am PT
she just really misses out on the good man handling that goes begging when daddy spends all his time trying to talk homosexuals out of being themselves
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jul 17, 2013 - 06:36am PT
Because the government doesn't already wield enough power over what we see and hear, the reform of a decades-long ban on domestic propaganda will this month unleash thousands of hours a week of government-funded TV and radio programs trumpeting, of course, their singularly patriotic point of view. The reform of the Smith-Mundt Act, once famously urged by Sen. William Fulbright to "take (its) rightful place in the graveyard of Cold War relics," will allow "a vast ocean" of programming by Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and other media, now heard in over 100 countries, to be heard as well at home. Some critics worry expanded U.S. programming may be used to influence public opinion to "protect a key friendly center of gravity, to wit US national will," or to "shape the essential narrative of a conflict" - a.k.a., lie about how well our wars are going - but a spokesman insists the agencies will "present fair and accurate news." So not to worry.

Credit: rSin
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jul 17, 2013 - 06:40am PT
ormer two-term GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire emailed Edward Snowden yesterday [emphasis added]:


Mr. Snowden,

Provided you have not leaked information that would put in harms way any intelligence agent, I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States Constitution.

Having served in the United States Senate for twelve years as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, I think I have a good grounding to reach my conclusion.

I wish you well in your efforts to secure asylum and encourage you to persevere.

Kindly acknowledge this message, so that I will know it reached you.

Regards,
Gordon J. Humphrey
Former United States Senator
New Hampshire

After I contacted Sen. Humphrey to confirm its authenticity, he wrote to me [emphasis added]:

Mr. Greenwald,

Yes. It was I who sent the email message to Edward Snowden, thanking him for exposing astonishing violations of the US Constitution and encouraging him to persevere in the search for asylum.

To my knowledge, Mr. Snowden has disclosed only the existence of a program and not details that would place any person in harm's way. I regard him as a courageous whistle-blower.

I object to the monumentally disproportionate campaign being waged by the U.S. Government against Edward Snowden, while no effort is being made to identify, remove from office and bring to justice those officials who have abused power, seriously and repeatedly violating the Constitution of the United States and the rights of millions of unsuspecting citizens.

Americans concerned about the growing arrogance of our government and its increasingly menacing nature should be working to help Mr. Snowden find asylum. Former Members of Congress, especially, should step forward and speak out.

Regards,
Gordon Humphrey

Snowden's reply to Sen. Humphrey:


Mr. Humphrey,

Thank you for your words of support. I only wish more of our lawmakers shared your principles - the actions I've taken would not have been necessary.

The media has distorted my actions and intentions to distract from the substance of Constitutional violations and instead focus on personalities. It seems they believe every modern narrative requires a bad guy. Perhaps it does. Perhaps, in such times, loving one's country means being hated by its government.

If history proves that be so, I will not shy from that hatred. I will not hesitate to wear those charges of villainy for the rest of my life as a civic duty, allowing those governing few who dared not do so themselves to use me as an excuse to right these wrongs.

My intention, which I outlined when this began, is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them. I remain committed to that. Though reporters and officials may never believe it, I have not provided any information that would harm our people - agent or not - and I have no intention to do so.

Further, no intelligence service - not even our own - has the capacity to compromise the secrets I continue to protect. While it has not been reported in the media, one of my specializations was to teach our people at DIA how to keep such information from being compromised even in the highest threat counter-intelligence environments (i.e. China).

You may rest easy knowing I cannot be coerced into revealing that information, even under torture.

With my thanks for your service to the nation we both love,

Edward Snowden

rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jul 17, 2013 - 06:40am PT
I hereby resign in protest effective immediately.

I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.

I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down.At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naïve, and misled. The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.

Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war crimes including counterinsurgency “dirty” wars, drone terrorism, the suspension of due process, torture, mass surveillance, and widespread regulatory capture have shed light on the true nature of the current US Government. I encourage you to read more about these topics at the links I have provided below.

Some will say that I am being irresponsible, impractical, and irrational. Others will insist that I am crazy. I have come to believe that the true insanity is doing nothing. As long as we sit in comfort, turning a blind eye to the injustices of the world, nothing will change. It is even worse to play an active part, protesting all along that I am not the true criminal.

I was only a foot soldier, and am now a low level clerk. However, I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down.

Sincerely,

Brandon M. Toy
Stryker Engineering Project Management
General Dynamics Land Systems
Sterling Heights, Michigan

philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jul 17, 2013 - 08:49pm PT
Tea Party: Impregnated Rape Victims Who Abort Should Be Jailed As Long As Their Rapist
(VIDEO)
Author: Stephen D. Foster Jr. July 17, 2013 12:38 pm




This insane conservative wants to force rape victims to give birth to their rapist’s babies against their will or get the same punishment as the rapist. Photo of Scottie Hughes screen captured from TPNN’s video.
Rape is a horrifying crime that traumatizes over 60,000 women each year in America. It is estimated that 5% or more of these women become pregnant by their rapist. One can only imagine what a woman is going through when she learns that she is now carrying a totally unwanted pregnancy stemming from a traumatic event. Most women exercise their right to choose and get an abortion because they do not wish to go through nine months of additional torture to reward their rapist with a child that he may have custody rights to in an astounding 31 states. That means rapists can continue to stalk, harass, and torture their victims for many years after the initial rape occurred. That is one of many reasons why it is important that rape victims have the choice to end such a pregnancy.

But apparently the Tea Party sees things much differently, and outrageously so. Scottie Nell Hughes is the Director of the Tea Party News Network. And as an extreme conservative, she shares the same twisted views of anti-abortion fanatics. During a July 11th appearance on Viewpoint with John Fugelsang on Current TV, Hughes said that rape victims who end resulting pregnancies should be punished in the same manner as their rapists. In other words, prison. AND, they should serve the same amount of prison time.




FUGELSANG: “Let’s say Roe v. Wade is overturned and abortion becomes illegal. If a woman is raped and she goes to a doctor, and the doctor terminates the pregnancy – Please tell me who deserves the longest jail sentence? The rapist,the doctor or the woman? In order.”

HUGHES: “Across the board.”

FUGELSANG: “All three of them?”

HUGHES: “Go for it!”

Americans Against The Tea Party caught this exchange. Here’s the video:


This insane conservative wants to literally force raped women to give birth to their rapist’s babies against their will or get the same punishment as the rapist. How sick is that?! The Tea Party actually wants to treat raped women like the rapist who committed a real crime. Even the doctors who perform the abortions would be imprisoned. This is yet another ridiculous conservative quote about rape and rape victims and it’s beliefs such as these that have caused women to leave the GOP in droves. Such an offensive and totally unforgivable stance only demonstrates more than ever that Republicans have no problem helping rapists torture their victims. A woman gets raped, Republicans force her to give birth to her rapist’s baby, woman is then forced to give visitation rights to her own rapist, Republicans don’t give a damn about the child after it has been born and they certainly don’t give a damn about the woman. That’s what’s going on here.

Forcing a woman to go through nine excruciating months of pregnancy and a painful birth makes it really obvious that Republicans are aiding the rapist in his effort to have power over his victim. Considering Republican desires to subjugate women, one cannot help but wonder if Republicans enjoy helping rapists out. There has to be a reason why Republicans are so obsessed with rape. It’s not enough that a rape victim has been forced to do something by a criminal, she’s also being forced to reward her rapist with progeny by her own government. After a rape, women often have mental and emotional trauma in addition to physical trauma. Some even commit suicide because of the ordeal. By forcing women to carry rape pregnancies or serve prison time, Republicans would make the trauma even worse and it is likely that more women would resort to suicide. Abortion should always be an option for rape victims. They should always have a choice. And taking that choice away makes Republicans and Tea Party members like Hughes no better than the rapists. In fact, it makes them worse because instead of protecting the rights and health of raped women, the GOP is choosing to protect the vile interests of the rapist.



Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/17/tea-party-raped-women-no-abortion-or-jail-time/#ixzz2ZLzoxrRm
jghedge

climber
Jul 17, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
"To my knowledge, Mr. Snowden has disclosed only the existence of a program and not details that would place any person in harm's way. "


Well, that settles that, then.


Hahahaha


"To my knowledge, Snowden has not disclosed the intel he bragged he had the ability to disclose, and that he stole, and is now desperately trying to defect to Russia with. Therefore there is absolutely nothing to worry about"
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jul 17, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#311542
dirtbag

climber
Jul 17, 2013 - 09:09pm PT
^^^^^^^^^^According to Bluering, it's their fault America is in the toilet.^^^^^^^^^^^
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Jul 17, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
The Republican Party is composed of nothing but traitors. Fact!
Dr. F.

Boulder climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 17, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
They are willing to sink the ship to drown the Captain
It is the exact opposite of Patriotism, they are the enemy of the State
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jul 17, 2013 - 10:16pm PT
Why is Dr. Sprock wrong about everthing..?
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jul 17, 2013 - 10:20pm PT
cuz your not the salt of the earth...
Dr. F.

Boulder climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 17, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
Dr. Sprock is not a real Doctor
He might of had some bad bath salts or something that messed him up
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jul 17, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
It was the steady diet of day old Hostess fruit pies and horse glue that got him in that state..RJ
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jul 18, 2013 - 09:21am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#311600
dirtbag

climber
Jul 18, 2013 - 09:41am PT
Funny, but depressing Philo.
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Jul 18, 2013 - 11:55am PT
where's the outrage, libs?


The Drone That Killed My Grandson

By NASSER al-AWLAKI


SANA, Yemen — I LEARNED that my 16-year-old grandson, Abdulrahman — a United States citizen — had been killed by an American drone strike from news reports the morning after he died.

The missile killed him, his teenage cousin and at least five other civilians on Oct. 14, 2011, while the boys were eating dinner at an open-air restaurant in southern Yemen.

I visited the site later, once I was able to bear the pain of seeing where he sat in his final moments. Local residents told me his body was blown to pieces. They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it, asking why my grandchild was dead.

Nearly two years later, I still have no answers. The United States government has refused to explain why Abdulrahman was killed. It was not until May of this year that the Obama administration, in a supposed effort to be more transparent, publicly acknowledged what the world already knew — that it was responsible for his death.

The attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., said only that Abdulrahman was not “specifically targeted,” raising more questions than he answered.

My grandson was killed by his own government. The Obama administration must answer for its actions and be held accountable. On Friday, I will petition a federal court in Washington to require the government to do just that.

Abdulrahman was born in Denver. He lived in America until he was 7, then came to live with me in Yemen. He was a typical teenager — he watched “The Simpsons,” listened to Snoop Dogg, read “Harry Potter” and had a Facebook page with many friends. He had a mop of curly hair, glasses like me and a wide, goofy smile.

In 2010, the Obama administration put Abdulrahman’s father, my son Anwar, on C.I.A. and Pentagon “kill lists” of suspected terrorists targeted for death. A drone took his life on Sept. 30, 2011.

The government repeatedly made accusations of terrorism against Anwar — who was also an American citizen — but never charged him with a crime. No court ever reviewed the government’s claims nor was any evidence of criminal wrongdoing ever presented to a court. He did not deserve to be deprived of his constitutional rights as an American citizen and killed.

Early one morning in September 2011, Abdulrahman set out from our home in Sana by himself. He went to look for his father, whom he hadn’t seen for years. He left a note for his mother explaining that he missed his father and wanted to find him, and asking her to forgive him for leaving without permission.

A couple of days after Abdulrahman left, we were relieved to receive word that he was safe and with cousins in southern Yemen, where our family is from. Days later, his father was targeted and killed by American drones in a northern province, hundreds of miles away. After Anwar died, Abdulrahman called us and said he was going to return home.

That was the last time I heard his voice. He was killed just two weeks after his father.

A country that believes it does not even need to answer for killing its own is not the America I once knew. From 1966 to 1977, I fulfilled a childhood dream and studied in the United States as a Fulbright scholar, earning my doctorate and then working as a researcher and assistant professor at universities in New Mexico, Nebraska and Minnesota.

I have fond memories of those years. When I first came to the United States as a student, my host family took me camping by the ocean and on road trips to places like Yosemite, Disneyland and New York — and it was wonderful.

After returning to Yemen, I used my American education and skills to help my country, serving as Yemen’s minister of agriculture and fisheries and establishing one of the country’s leading institutions of higher learning, Ibb University. Abdulrahman used to tell me he wanted to follow in my footsteps and go back to America to study. I can’t bear to think of those conversations now.

After Anwar was put on the government’s list, but before he was killed, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights represented me in a lawsuit challenging the government’s claim that it could kill anyone it deemed an enemy of the state.

The court dismissed the case, saying that I did not have standing to sue on my son’s behalf and that the government’s targeted killing program was outside the court’s jurisdiction anyway.

After the deaths of Abdulrahman and Anwar, I filed another lawsuit, seeking answers and accountability. The government has argued once again that its targeted killing program is beyond the reach of the courts. I find it hard to believe that this can be legal in a constitutional democracy based on a system of checks and balances.

The government has killed a 16-year-old American boy. Shouldn’t it at least have to explain why?


Nasser al-Awlaki, the founder of Ibb University and former president of Sana University, served as Yemen’s minister of agriculture and fisheries from 1988 to 1990.
dirtbag

climber
Jul 18, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
^^^^^^^^^^^ zzzzzzzzzzzzz... ^^^^^^^^^^^^

You are WRONG about everything Bookworm.
dirtbag

climber
Jul 18, 2013 - 03:59pm PT
Many Republicads also LIE about everything.
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Jul 18, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
bookworm demanded
where's the outrage, libs?

Y AREN'T ALL OF U OUTRAGED OVER THIS ARTICLE THAT WAS JUST PUBLISHED 2DAY U R ALL HIPPOCRITESES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..................
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