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Nader & West Take Obama to the Woodshed…

When Fox News uses the motto “Fair and Balanced,” they’re not referring to news reporting. In fact, they’re not referring to news at all.

They claim that virtually all of the “liberal” (corporate) mainstream media are biased, so they “balance” this out by only reporting conservative opinions and propaganda.

I won’t bother arguing the point. Basically, it all comes down to which side you’re on: Over 97% of the people on Earth simply want a good life. That could be a reality if there were some semblance of equitable social distribution. more…

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The Mass Psychology of Fascism…

As a prisoner and a doctor of psychology (PsyD, CalSouthernU), I was especially interested in USP Lewisburg, PA. Despite my situation, I found its history fascinating.

wReich-001As the prison bus climbed the long hill, I had to strain against the chains binding my hands, feet and waist in order to peer thru the wire-caged windows at the French-gothic edifice.

The bus pulled up to a huge gate in the high walls and the guards put their weapons into a basket lowered from the gun tower before we entered.

I was keenly aware of passing into the former home of Al Capone, “Bugs” Moran, “Machine Gun” Kelly, John Gotti, James Earl Ray and “Whitey” Bulger. more…

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Israel & Obama…

One of the people I wanted to meet when I was a journalist in Israel in ’69 was Uri Avnery. He refused to see me, or so I was told. I couldn’t blame him, after all, who was I?

A 27-yr-old American college student, managing editor of the student newspaper, a guest of the Jewish Agency and probably being handled by Israel’s counter-intelligence agency, the Mossad.

Helmut Ostermann is a German Jew who escaped to Palestine from Hitler’s Holocaust in 1933, adopting the name of Uri Avnery. In 1938 at 15 he joined the ultra-right organization, the Irgun.

He left the Irgun in 1942 because, as he stated, “I didn’t like the methods of terror [they] applied….” more…

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Palestine & Georgia…

On one occasion, I recall strolling up the walk and hearing guys shouting from both wings of the prison housing unit. It was pretty intense, so I curiously raised my head.

President Obama at the UN...

Clearly they were hollering and waving at me but I didn’t know why. In any event, I didn’t get to be an Old Head by expressing too much curiosity.

I usually pace cracks in the sidewalk as I walk along minding my own business. But as I looked up in front of me, I almost stepped on a skunk. more…

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The CIA & Other Terrorist Orgs…

When I caught my case back in ’89, I was on my way to the airport to catch a flight to Managua. I was working on an investigation involving the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, some 7 weeks earlier.

When the OIC informed me of the initial charge, I was actually relieved. Little did I know that a year later I’d find myself in a federal trial for cocaine conspiracy.

Cocaine? Hell, I can beat that, I remember thinking. I had quit doing all drugs back around ’73. And I had quit any “business” with them by ’83. Nevertheless, I was convicted and got a 25-year sentence. more…

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Why Obama Will Not be the Next President…

In 2008 I was wrong.  Obama won, not Hillary. I hope I’m wrong again. I mean, what’s the alternative? The most likely candidate to take the oath in 2013 is Mitt Romney. He’s the flavor-of-the-hour of the corporate elite.

Boner & his Lapdog...

Whoever the Republican candidate is, he’ll win in any event (or she, for that matter). The fix is in. Even if Obama wins the popular vote in a landslide, he’ll lose in the Electoral College.

The best the gulag population has to look forward to (2.5+ million prisoners in the US), is a whole lot more “austerity.” That translates to fewer privileges for inmates. Not that things are so great to begin with.

Higher prices at commissary. Paying for meds and med visits. Zero recreation and education. But, not to worry, Jesus and all that crowd of ghouls, ghosts and goblins will remain eagerly available for worship. more…

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Democracy & Prison-Gerrymandering…

Corporate plutocrats and their conservative zombies employ a wide variety of tactics in their goals to defeat democracy. For them, democracy is simply a polite word for “mobocracy.”

Conservative power...

They create legislation, for various segments of the population, including prisoners, to prevent their voting and having representation as a basic right. They do this because corporatists represent less than 1% of the population.

This has been hstorically true. When the major financiers and land owners created the US Constitution (1787), they used certain compromises to get all the colonies to accept federal rule (ratification). more…

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9/11: We Are What We Loathe…

(NOTE: The following is edited from an article posted at Truthdig by Chris Hedges, a NY Times staffer on 9/11.)

I arrived in Times Square around 9:30 on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Billows of smoke could be seen on the Jumbotrons above us pouring out of the World Trade towers.

Remembering...

I walked quickly into the NY Times newsroom, grabbed a handful of notebooks, slipped on my NYPD press card, and started down the West Side Highway to the World Trade Center.

The south tower went down around 10 a.m. with a guttural roar. Huge rolling gray clouds of noxious smoke, dust, gas, pulverized concrete, gypsum and the grit of human remains enveloped lower Manhattan. The north tower collapsed about 30 minutes later. more…

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Troy Davis & State Crime…

American Tribune dot org does not condemn the death penalty per se, at least not in this current world. We have spoken both for and against it in a variety of specific circumstances.

Troy Anthony Davis

Some crimes are obviously so vile, so predatory, that it seems only the catharsis of the perpetrator’s execution can cleanse our collective consciousness of the psychic stain and depravity.

While clearly the state sanction of death is disproportionately and often unjustly employed against black and Latino populations, that does not mean that we advocate ethnic parity. We tend to address the issues of criminal causation, the crime, and the specific criminal. more…

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9/11, Bin Laden, Bush & Company…

When 9/11 occurred, I was working in a prison factory at FCI Jesup, Georgia. After lunch, as I was returning to the factory, 3 lieutenants stopped me and I was locked down in the hole for the next 50 days incommunicado. Never charged or accused of anything, no explanations…

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By the time I got to hear of what occurred, the conspiracy theories were also running rampant…confusing the issues more than illuminating them. I suppose those who profit from 9/11 kind of like it that way…keeps the focus off themselves.

Some believe that the jets that hit the Towers were remotely guided. That the plane wreckage outside of the Pentagon was dropped there by a C-130. That United Flight 93 that went down in Pennsylvania was shot down by a US missile.

Given the power grab by the White House to enact significant martial law (Patriot Act) over America, and foment wars of retribution and profit throughout the Middle and Near East, it’s no wonder people will believe these irrationalities. more…