Bottom line is our government does whatever it needs to do to protect the institution … not the people … not the constitution … the institution is our military industrial corporate congressional cabal…

…Bottom line is our government does whatever it needs to do to protect the institution … not the people … not the constitution … the institution is our military industrial corporate congressional cabal…

 

Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report

 

Kara Brandeisky and Sisi Wei, ProPublica: The Senate began investigating the CIA’s detainee program nearly six years ago. It completed a draft of its report two years ago. What took so long? It’s a tale of White House indecisiveness, Republican opposition and CIA snooping. …… Read the Article 

 

Perhaps the most obvious political effect of controlled news is the advantage it gives powerful people in getting their issues on the political agenda and defining those issues in ways likely to influence their resolution." – ……….W. Lance Bennett…

 

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quietly ends federal government’s ban

Congress quietly ends federal government’s ban on medical marijuana

Spending bill surprise: Congress ends federal government’s ban on medical marijuana

‘The first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana’

Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.

The bill’s passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana.

Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

Bloomberg’s Olivia Sterns reports on the New York Times’ advocacy of the legalization of marijuana.

The Obama administration has largely followed that rule since last year as a matter of policy. But the measure approved as part of the spending bill, which President Obama plans to sign this week, will codify it as a matter of law.

Pot advocates had lobbied Congress to embrace the administration’s policy, which they warned was vulnerable to revision under a less tolerant future administration.

More important, from the standpoint of activists, Congress’ action marked the emergence of a new alliance in marijuana politics: Republicans are taking a prominent role in backing states’ right to allow use of a drug the federal government still officially classifies as more dangerous than cocaine.

"This is a victory for so many," said the measure’s coauthor, Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa. The measure’s approval, he said, represents "the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana."

By now, 32 states and the District of Columbia have legalized pot or its ingredients to treat ailments, a movement that began in the 1990s. Even back then, some states had been approving broader decriminalization measures for two decades.

The war on medical marijuana is over. Now the fight moves on to legalization of all marijuana.- Bill Piper, a lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance

The medical marijuana movement has picked up considerable momentum in recent years. The Drug Enforcement Administration, however, continues to place marijuana in the most dangerous category of narcotics, with no accepted medical use.

Congress for years had resisted calls to allow states to chart their own path on pot. The marijuana measure, which forbids the federal government from using any of its resources to impede state medical marijuana laws, was previously rejected half a dozen times. When Washington, D.C., voters approved medical marijuana in 1998, Congress used its authority over the city’s affairs to block the law from taking effect for 11 years.

 

“People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.” 
 
George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

 

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Give me just ONE valid assessment why American should NOT normalize relations with Cuba…?

…Give me just ONE valid assessment why American should NOT normalize relations with Cuba…?

Cuba Lobby’s Right-Wing Puppets Attack Obama for Historic Shifting of Relations

 

There’s a reason these politicians are so rabidly opposed to reestablishing diplomatic

This morning, President Obama announced that Cuba would be freeing several American captives while also overhauling relations between the two countries, moving to a full normalization of relations that would include a gradual lifting of the travel and trade bans.

Obama’s move is in sync with public opinion. Gallup has long polled Americans about their thoughts on Cuba policy, and for decades people have favored re-establishing diplomatic relations with the island nation.

So what has kept American politicians from changing Cuba policy? That’s the question that should be asked in light of searing statements coming mostly from right-wing Republicans but also from within the Democratic Party itself.

Here was Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) reaction: "This notion that somehow being able to travel more to Cuba, to sell more consumer products, the idea that’s going to lead to some democratic opening is absurd. But it’s par for the course with this administration constantly giving away unilateral concessions…in exchange for nothing."

And here’s Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL): "President Obama’s decision to allow the Castro regime to blackmail the United States and abandon our pro-democracy principles is an outrage. These changes to policy will further embolden the Cuban dictatorship to continue brutalizing and oppressing its own people as well as other anti-American dictatorship and terrorist organizations."

The loudest critic of the move within the Democratic Party was Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who  said that “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.”

Despite being in different parties and hailing from different parts of the country, all of these lawmakers have one thing in common: their courtship of the powerful Cuba lobby.

While most Cuban Americans actually favor lifting the embargo and re-establishing relations, the organized Cuba lobby in Washington represents the views of a sliver of Cuban expatriates, many of them older, wealthy and tied to the pre-Castro Cuban government. This lobby isorganized around an organization called the U.S. Cuba-Democracy PAC, which spent a million dollars on elections in 2008, although its spending declined to around $400,000 by the most recent election cycle. (Here’s Rubio speaking at the PAC recently, and here’s Menendez.)

Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is reportedly preparing to make a speech blasting the move ( here he is at a U.S. Cuba-Democracy PAC event last year). Meanwhile, Diaz-Balart is extremely close to the Cuba lobby, much of it based in Florida, and has been described as a “one trick pony” of promoting hardline Cuba policy by a former Democratic opponent.

These men and other congressional allies of the Cuba lobby are now gearing up to try to obstruct Obama’s normalizing of relations (Rubio is already threatening to block Obama’s ambassador to the country). Our Cuba policy is not unlike our policy toward Israel, or toward Big Agriculture. It is based on special interests that have a foothold in Congress, not public opinion. For example, if Menendez really was committed to blocking trade to nations that abuse human rights, he would not be such a proponent of trade with autocratic China, even traveling to the country to praise businesses that operate there.

In the coming days, Obama will have to leverage the vast majority of public opinion against these special interests to prevent Congress from hamstringing this historic shift in US-Cuba relations.

 

“People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.” 
 
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How do we allow this to occur…?

…How do we allow this to occur…?

"Mass sterilization": Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine

12-17-2014  •  Wake Up From Your Slumber!
According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by

War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself

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If I were Senator Elizabeth Warren I would make them “draft” me at their convention…

…If I were Senator Elizabeth Warren I would make them “draft” me at their convention…

 

A Warren Run Would Change Everything

 

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Elizabeth Warren is a populist, and if there was one good sign from this year’s midterm elections it’s that Americans of all stripes, even those living in red states, support a populist agenda.  ….  Read the Article 

 

 

The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses."

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If one is open minded they will find this information not only interesting but potentially useful

…If one is open minded they will find this information not only interesting but potentially useful … on the other hand if you live in fear you will choose not to view it … your call…

 

Graham Hancock on Psychedelics: This TED Talk was banned, it’s the greatest one I…

12-19-2014  •  http://www.dailypaul.com-twilson1utk ……..Graham Hancock on Psychedelics: This TED Talk was banned, it’s the greatest one I have heard…

Great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who had become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery." – Buckminster Fuller…

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IF the conclusions of this poll are correct Heaven help Americans as “we” stupidly signed our own death warrant …

IF the conclusions of this poll are correct Heaven help Americans as “we” stupidly signed our own death warrant …

 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/16/1352246/-A-majority-of-Americans-support-CIA-torture-program?detail=email

A majority of Americans support CIA torture program

 

Most or all of these people probably also go to church on Sundays.   ……. A majority of Americans believe that the harsh interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were justified, even as about half the public says the treatment amounted to torture, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

By an almost 2-1 margin, or 59-to-31 percent, those interviewed support the CIAs brutal methods, with the vast majority of supporters saying they produced valuable intelligence.

In general, 58 percent say the torture of suspected terrorists can be justified “often” or “sometimes.”

Most of the answers can be attributed directly to what’s being said on the news. Over half of those polled said torture "did produce important information;" that is solely a reflection of which of your news sources you choose to believe, not a personal insight on your part. A plurality calls the report "unfair" in its description of the CIA program, but a majority also says the CIA "intentionally misled" Congress—again, a test of which radio station your car stereo is tuned to, and very little else.

 

The polling, however, shows the enormous danger of going down this path. Inhuman treatment of prisoners can, with the coaxing of national figures, easily be made into a majority opinion. Torturing innocent suspects, as Dick Cheney still triumphantly supports, can quite easily be normalized as necessary and proper. Any number of horrific crimes against others can be made "popular," even in the most supposedly civilized of societies, by appealing to a sense of fear and telling the population that the crimes will keep them safer. That is how Japanese Americans found themselves in internment camps. That is how the Klan ruled the South. That is why there were trials against "witches" in Salem. That is how wars are sold. That is how one of the most "civilized" of European nations, their people goaded into thinking the other in their midst were existential threats to their families, their towns and to the greatness of their nation, turned to the methodical slaughter of minority groups on an industrial scale.

 

Yes, torturing potentially innocent prisoners to get them to "confess" what they know can become a popular position. That does not make torture a valid moral choice or wipe away the legal prohibitions against it that all "civilized" societies have agreed to. It shows that all of civilization is balanced on a knife’s edge, every law merely one momentary good intention from collapse. This is the danger of celebrating criminal acts on the television shows, instead of locking the participants behind bars. This is the danger of treating the torture of both known enemies and mere possible suspects as an ideological disagreement between distinguished peers, rather than a matter of civilization, or treaty, or law.

 

Americans Are Basically OK With CIA Torture Methods Like Rectal Feeding

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Despite a scathing report on torture, a majority of survey respondents approve of the CIA’s grisly methods. READ MORE»

Henry A. Giroux | America’s Addiction to Torture

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: State-sanctioned torture is not just a US export; it’s part of a long history of domestic terrorism. We must connect the dots between the same lawlessness and culture that subjects foreign nationals to brutal violence, and provides immunity for killer cops at home.

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…Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness…

 

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