Barack Obama, our next President

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"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...
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WOW

Bronx, NY

#960328 Aug 6, 2013
Cont. Worse, I am describing a phenomenon that occurred not just once, but consistently, almost predictably. We shall see that, among the al-Qaeda terrorists who were first protected and then continued their activities were

1) Ali Mohamed, identified in the 9/11 Commission Report (p. 68) as the leader of the 1998 Nairobi Embassy bombing;

2) Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, Osama bin Laden’s close friend and financier while in the Philippines of Ramzi Yousef (principle architect of the first WTC attack) and his uncle Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (next)

3) Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, identified in the 9/11 Commission Report (p. 145) as “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks.”

4) Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi. two of the alleged 9/11 hijackers, whose presence in the United States was concealed from the FBI by CIA officers for months before 9/11.[4]

It might sound from these three citations that the 9/11 Commission marked a new stage in the U.S. treatment of these terrorists, and that the Report now exposed those terrorists who in the past had been protected. On the contrary, a principal purpose of my essay is to show that

1) one purpose of protecting these individuals had been to protect a valued intelligence connection (the “Al-Qaeda connection” if you will);

2) one major intention in the 9/11 Commission Report was to continue protecting this connection;

3) those on the 9/11 Commission staff who were charged with this protection included at least one commission member (Jamie Gorelick), one staff member (Dietrich Snell) and one important witness (Patrick Fitzgerald) who earlier had figured among the terrorists’ protectors.

In the course of writing this essay, I came to another disturbing conclusion I had not anticipated. This is that a central feature of the protection has been to defend the 9/11 Commission’s false picture of al-Qaeda as an example of non-state terrorism, at odds with not just the CIA but also the royal families of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In reality, as I shall show, royal family protection from Qatar and Saudi Arabia (concealed by the 9/11 Commission) was repeatedly given to key figures like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged “principal architect of the 9/11 attacks.”

This finding totally undermines the claim that the wars fought by America in Asia since 9/11 have been part of a global “war on terror.” On the contrary, the result of the wars has been to establish a permanent U.S. military presence in the oil- and gas-rich regions of Central Asia, in alliance with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Pakistan – the principal backers of the jihadi terrorist networks the U.S. been supposedly fighting. Meanwhile the most authentic opponents in the region of these Sunni jihadi terrorists – the governments of Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Iran – have found themselves overthrown (in the case of Iraq and Libya) subverted with U.S. support (in the case of Syria), or sanctioned and threatened as part of an “axis of evil”(in the case of Iran). We should not forget that, just one day after 9/11,“Rumsfeld was talking about broadening the objectives of our response and ‘getting Iraq.’”[5]

The protection to terrorists described in this essay, in other words, has been sustained partly in order to support the false ideology that has underlain U.S. Asian wars for more than a decade. And the blame cannot be assigned all to the Saudis. Two months before 9/11, FBI counter-terrorism expert John O’Neill described to the French journalist Jean-Charles Brisard America’s “impotence” in getting help from Saudi Arabia concerning terrorist networks. The reason? In Brisard’s paraphrase,“Just one: the petroleum interests.”[6] Former CIA officer Robert Baer voiced a similar complaint in complained about the lobbying influence of “the Foreign Oil Companies Group, a cover for a cartel of major petroleum companies doing business in the Caspian.... The deeper I got, the more Caspian oil money I found sloshing around Washington.”[
WOW

Bronx, NY

#960329 Aug 6, 2013
OBAMAS US Government “Protection” of Al-Qaeda Terrorists and the US-Saudi “Black Hole For almost two centuries American government, though always imperfect, was also a model for the world of limited government, having evolved a system of restraints on executive power through its constitutional arrangement of checks and balances.

Since 9/11 however, constitutional American government has been overshadowed by a series of emergency measures to fight terrorism. The latter have mushroomed in size and budget, while traditional government has been shrunk.

As a result we have today what the journalist Dana Priest has called

two governments: the one its citizens were familiar with, operated more or less in the open: the other a parallel top secret government whose parts had mushroomed in less than a decade into a gigantic, sprawling universe of its own, visible to only a carefully vetted cadre – and its entirety…visible only to God.[1]

More and more, it is becoming common to say that America, like Turkey before it, now has what Marc Ambinder and John Tirman have called a deep state behind the public one.[2] And this parallel government is guided in surveillance matters by its own Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, which according to the New York Times “has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court.”[3] Thanks largely to Edward Snowden, it is now clear that the FISA Court has permitted this deep state to expand surveillance beyond the tiny number of known and suspected Islamic terrorists, to any incipient protest movement that might challenge the policies of the American war machine.

Americans have by and large not questioned this parallel government, accepting that sacrifices of traditional rights and traditional transparency are necessary to keep us safe from al Qaeda attacks. However secret power is unchecked power, and experience of the last century has only reinforced the truth of Lord Acton’s famous dictum that unchecked power always corrupts. It is time to consider the extent to which American secret agencies have developed a symbiotic relationship with the forces they are supposed to be fighting – and have even on occasion intervened to let al-Qaeda terrorists proceed with their plots.

“Intervened to let al-Qaeda terrorists proceed with their plots”? These words as I write them make me wonder yet again, as I so often do, if I am not losing my marbles, and proving myself to be no more than a zany “conspiracy theorist.” Yet I have to remind myself that my claim is not one coming from theory, but from certain undisputed facts, about incidents that are true even though they have been systematically suppressed or under-reported in the American mainstream media.

Worse, I am describing a phenomenon that occurred not just once, but consistently, almost predictably. We shall see that, among the al-Qaeda terrorists who were first protected and then continued their activities were

1) Ali Mohamed, identified in the 9/11 Commission Report (p. 68) as the leader of the 1998 Nairobi Embassy bombing;

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#960330 Aug 6, 2013
Waxman wrote:
"Jimmy Carter's ghost stalks Obama White House"
"Vague terrorist threats shutting down nineteen of our embassies, Russian strongman Putin thumbing his nose at President Obama, Iran jerking our chain – the U.S. hasn’t looked this cowardly on the world stage since the Jimmy Carter administration. "
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/08/05/jim...
You don't understand the fundamentals of foreign policy. Caution is a virtue in any foreign policy. Closing the embassies for the few days at the height of Islam's holiest religious holiday suggests a respect for Moslems that I bet won't go unrecognized or unrewarded .

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#960331 Aug 6, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
If the government listens to just one conversation without a warrant, that is unacceptable.
If it is 'unacceptable' then Galt believes Bush 43 and Dick Cheney are criminals and ought to be in prison.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#960332 Aug 6, 2013
We Have The Basics Of A Police State – How Much Farther Should We Go?
With much of the country aware of the extent of government spying on and lying to American citizens, there is now a limited public discussion of what kind of country we want ours to be. The limits of that discussion are illustrated by recent public utterances of two Democratic Senators, Diane Feinstein of California and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

For more that two years, Sen. Wyden has been warning that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been operating outside the law for more than seven years. His warnings have been limited and cryptic because he was bound by secrecy law not to tell the truth he knew. That ended when Edward Snowden started sharing truthful information that confirmed everything Sen. Wyden had implied and more.
On July 24, a near-majority of members of the House of Representatives supported an amendment to a military spending bill that was intended to put some limits on the NSA’s ability to spy on all Americans all the time. President Obama opposed any such limitation and, working with House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, managed to defeat the amendment by a vote of 217-205. Each party split fairly evenly, with 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans voting for greater limits on NSA spying on Americans.

On One Side, Sen. Wyden Calls For More Transparency and Control

On July 30 on the floor of the Senate, Sen. Wyden continued to campaign for more open and effective control of American intelligence agencies and to hold them accountable for violations of law that are still unknown to the public:

“… the violations that I touched on tonight were more serious, a lot more serious, than the public has been told. I believe the American people deserve to know more details about these violations that were described last Friday by Director [of National Intelligence James] Clapper. Mr. President [of the Senate], I’m going to keep pressing to make more of those details public.

“And, Mr. President, it’s my view that the information about the details, the violations of the court orders with respect to the bulk phone record collection program, the admission that the court orders had been violated has not been, I think, fully fleshed out by the intelligence community, and I think considerable amount of additional information can be offered without in any way compromising our national security.”

And there’s the rub –“without in any way compromising our national security”– for in those words, Sen. Wyden conceded the conventional framing of the question: the assumption that what the secret agencies do actually does protect national security, even though there’s little or no evidence to support that assumption. In a rational world, the burden of proof would be on the intelligence agencies to show that they need to take away freedom to keep us safe and to prove that any serious, credible threat exists.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#960333 Aug 6, 2013
Americans have lived for decades in fear of threats identified by the U.S. government without credible supporting evidence. Our government routinely inflated the Soviet threat even, as well as obviously non-threatening enemies like Libya or Nicaragua or Cuba (still).
On The Other Side, Sen. Feinstein Dismisses Transparency and Control
Rather than fading with the passing of the cold war, American susceptibility to threat was re-invigorated in 2001 by the attacks of 9/11, which demagogic politicians in and out of government routinely invoke to cow those who resist the increasing militarization of domestic society. That’s just what Sen. Feinstein did during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 31:
“I was on the Intelligence Committee before 9/11, and I remember how little information we had and the great criticism of the government because of these stovepipes, the inability to share intelligence, the inability to collect intelligence. We had no program that could have possibly caught two people in San Diego before the event took place.
“I support this [NSA program. I think, based on what I know, they will come after us. And I think we need to prevent an attack, wherever we can, from happening.”
Sen. Feinstein ends on a familiar note of fear-mongering, the same fear-mongering that has proved effective for more than a decade now, despite its very thin basis in reality. But this is standard demagoguery and the senator has plenty of company in using it, even among her peers in the Senate.
Why Use Fear-mongering And Falsehood To Defend A “Good” Program?
More troubling, although perhaps not more uncommon, is that Sen. Feinstein uses falsehood to reinforce her fear-mongering. When she says,“We had no program that could have possibly caught two people in San Diego before the event took place,” she is dishonest. While it’s perhaps technically correct in a lawyerly style to assert that there was no “program,” that is a misleading technicality because the CIA knew about those people in San Diego and decided, for whatever reason, not to tell the FBI.
If the purpose of oversight committees is to take a neutral, skeptical view of government programs, then it’s a serious problem that Sen. Feinstein has the attitude she has and also serves as the chair of the Senate Intelligence Oversight Committee.
For those on the Feinstein side of the argument, apparently the most important objective is to maintain and expand the American security state. That requires maintaining the appearance of a threat to national security, and if the threat should actually be minimal or even illusory, that’s no reason to change direction, it’s just a reason to be grateful that the expansion of the burgeoning police state may proceed with little real danger – unless the American people get wise to the con.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#960334 Aug 6, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! You idiots keep making that same unsupported claim of the housing / financial crisis as being a political issue...
... when it was a capitalistic on.
Lois Lane 59 gets things pretty confused --Government spending had little or nothing to do with causing the 2007-08 financial meltdown and mortgage market collapse--it was the financial chicanery and reckless practices of big banks and mortgage lenders that led to the crisis . Further, I haven't seen any posts by 'Yeah' that claims that it was only Republicans who were to blame for Government not following its regulatory responsibilities of the private financial market system.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#960335 Aug 6, 2013
WILL WE BLAME OBAMA AFTER HE IS GONE FOR ALL THE LIES he has told in SUPPORT OF BUSH AND REPUBLICAN POLICIES he looks like a BOXER WHO THROWS A FIGHT
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf

United States

#960336 Aug 6, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! I've lost value in American vehicles faster son.
Dong, you must have a specially-constructed minivan to haul you and your cooking gear around. First stop; MY PLACE......
WOW

Bronx, NY

#960337 Aug 6, 2013
OBAMA lolololhahahaha LIES DREAMS OF SUCKERS The Detroit Bail-In Template: Fleecing Pensioners to Save the Banks
The Detroit bankruptcy is looking suspiciously like the bail-in template originated by the G20’s Financial Stability Board in 2011, which exploded on the scene in Cyprus in 2013 and is now becoming the model globally. In Cyprus, the depositors were “bailed in”(stripped of a major portion of their deposits) to re-capitalize the banks. In Detroit, it is the municipal workers who are being bailed in, stripped of a major portion of their pensions to save the banks.

Bank of America Corp. and UBS AG have been given priority over other bankruptcy claimants, meaning chiefly the pensioners, for payments due on interest rate swaps they entered into with the city. Interest rate swaps – the exchange of interest rate payments between counterparties – are sold by Wall Street banks as a form of insurance, something municipal governments “should” do to protect their loans from an unanticipated increase in rates. Unlike ordinary insurance, however, swaps are actually just bets; and if the municipality loses the bet, it can owe the house, and owe big. The swap casino is almost entirely unregulated, and it is a rigged game that the house virtually always wins. Interest rate swaps are based on the LIBOR rate, which has now been proven to be manipulated by the rate-setting banks; and they were a major contributor to Detroit’s bankruptcy.

Derivative claims are considered “secured” because the players must post collateral to play. They get not just priority but “super-priority” in bankruptcy, meaning they go first before all others, a deal pushed through by Wall Street in the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005. Meanwhile, the municipal workers, whose pensions are theoretically protected under the Michigan Constitution, are classified as “unsecured” claimants who will get the scraps after the secured creditors put in their claims. The banking casino, it seems, trumps even the state constitution. The banks win and the workers lose once again.

OBAMA SUPPORTS WORKERS lololololhahahahahahahaha
WOW

Bronx, NY

#960338 Aug 6, 2013
Holding Main Street Hostage

Detroit’s bankruptcy poses no systemic risk to Wall Street and global financial markets. Fine. But it does pose a systemic risk to Main Street, local governments, and the contractual rights of pensioners. Credit rating agency Moody’s stated in a recent report that if Detroit manages to cut its pension obligations, other struggling cities could follow suit. The Detroit bankruptcy is establishing a template for wiping out government pensions everywhere. Chicago or New York could be next.

There is also the systemic risk posed to the municipal bond system. Bryce Hoffman,writing in The Detroit News on July 30th, warned:

Detroit’s bankruptcy threatens to change the rules of the municipal bond game and already is making it more expensive for the state’s other struggling towns and school districts to borrow money and fund big infrastructure projects.

In fact, one bond analyst told The Detroit News that he has spoken to major institutional investors who have already decided to stop, for now, buying any Michigan bonds.

The real concern of bond investors, says Hoffman, is not the default of Detroit but the precedent the city is setting. General obligation municipal bonds have always been viewed as a virtually risk-free investment. They are unsecured, but bondholders have considered themselves protected because the bonds are backed by the “unlimited taxing authority” of the government that issued them. Detroit, however, has shown that the city’s taxing authority is far from unlimited. It already has the highest property taxes of any major city in the country, and it is bumping up against a ceiling imposed by the state constitution. If Detroit is able to cut its bond debt in half or more by defaulting, other distressed cities are liable to look very closely at following suit. Hoffman writes:

“It's all about the struggle”

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#960339 Aug 6, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
What? Don't they have organs back in Mexico?
Let him continue that hunger strike - forever.
Yep, they shouldn't come here "demanding" whatever they want when there are plenty of corpses in Mexico to take organs from.

They've gotten far too used to us bending to their every demand. Unwelcome "guests" demanding party tokens are nothing less than bandits and they would never stand for us acting the same way in their country. They would laugh us out the door.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#960340 Aug 6, 2013
NJ raider 1 wrote:
<quoted text>Your logic is, you would rather Obama ignores the "FACT" that, he's black in a seriously still racist country? His experiences is what qualifies him to be president more than anything. It takes a strong person to ensure direct racism &, come out a better man because of it. Add in the fact that he's half white ( & he's never denied his Caucasian heritage), probably has seen white privilege first hand as a benefit to him &, who better to speak about the topic or, issue other than him? You all only problem is, you simply can't relate to the emphasis of his speech. You don't know how it feels to be follow &, pre screened just because your race. You don't know how it feels to be viewed as a threat, just because of you style of dress. You don't know how it feels to be assumed the instigator of an altercation because, of your skin color. You don't know how it feels to walk into a store ( any kind) &, be watched heavily, knowing you've never stole a day of your life. You simply can't relate so you feel left out. You may not know any of the feelings I described but, I'm sure you have seen this from the opposite end before!
As president, he should have stayed out of those local matters. Instead, he highlighted the racial factors of each incident.

You have no idea what I've gone through. Try being a 5 year old with english as your second language 40 years ago and see how well your treated. I"ve gotten over it. Its you who chooses to carry that chip on your sholder.

“Amor patriae.”

Since: Feb 08

Eastern Oregon

#960341 Aug 6, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>Is bushie boy still looking for his wmd's son? Is he still at 'battle stations' just like he told his staff to be in 08/2001?
Are you still sniffing glue?

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#960342 Aug 6, 2013
Waxman wrote:
<quoted text>
How about if we ignore the fact you "think" you live in "a seriously still racist country", idiot?
How can a "seriously still racist country" elect a black president?
Can you explain that to us, frikkin dork?
I don't see a black president in your socialist (Obamaphone) countries, do you, dipshit?
You are an uneducated hating racist yourself, girl.
God, I hope nobody depends on you.
You are an idiot.
His chains were unlocked years ago, its he who refuses to take them off. They are his security blanket, without "racism" he is no one.
TSM

El Paso, TX

#960343 Aug 6, 2013
Waxman wrote:
"Jimmy Carter's ghost stalks Obama White House"
"Vague terrorist threats shutting down nineteen of our embassies, Russian strongman Putin thumbing his nose at President Obama, Iran jerking our chain – the U.S. hasn’t looked this cowardly on the world stage since the Jimmy Carter administration. "
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/08/05/jim...
Yes Jimmy must be Smiling!!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#960344 Aug 6, 2013
Waxman wrote:
<quoted text>
Is that what you heard back home in Pyongyang, Dong?
More likely in Bumpass or Moreno Valley.

“It's all about the struggle”

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#960345 Aug 6, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't worry about. The next 10 generations will have to deal with it.
Mexicans are bleeding this country dry in every way possibly conceivable...

http://www.diggersrealm.com/mt/archives/00091...

...and our government seems to be more than happy to allow it. Between sending our industry south of the border, offering free housing, food, education and continuing to allow them to wire billions of U.S. dollars back to their kin still living in Mexico, the value of the dollar will be less than zero and those "next" generations will be fighting for scraps of bread in the stores. As one of Colorado's former state treasurers said, "We are running out of people to tax."

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#960346 Aug 6, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Community colleges are worthless and none of the courses tat they offer should ever be called "engineering" or "medicine", which is gross consumer fraud.
Higher minimum wage just causes higher unemployment, particularly among minorities.
Higher wages and benefits for CEOs play a greater role in keeping the average wage earners income depressed.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#960347 Aug 6, 2013
Waxman wrote:
"You get the feeling absolutely nothing Obama says is the truth?"
http://floppingaces.net/2013/08/02/you-get-th...
When need to keep telling the truth about the Affordable Care Act, because the Republicons aren't.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/Ob...

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