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Thursday, December 13

13.Dec.2012 - U.S. Officials Guilty of War Crimes, Indefinite Detention is Treason, Why We Torture, Feds Reading Your Emails, Right-to-Work is Anti-Labor, This is What Democracy Looks Like, Mindless American Support for Israel, Government War on Small Business, 7 Ways the Military Wastes our Money, National Security Bosses

More Than Thirty Top U.S. Officials Guilty of War Crimes

usempireMore than 30 top U.S. officials, including presidents G.W. Bush and Obama, are guilty of war crimes or crimes against peace and humanity “legally akin to those perpetrated by the former Nazi regime in Germany,” the distinguished American international law authority Francis Boyle charges.

According to the American website “If Americans Knew,” the number of Israeli homes demolished by Palestinians since 1967 is zero, whereas the number of Palestinian homes demolished by Israelis within the same period is 24,813. This is equivalent to 82% of the homes in Westerville, Ohio, where I live, being wiped out.

Indefinite Detention of US Citizens without Trial is Treason

Why We Torture
Habeas corpus has been abandoned for the outcasts of the new order in both the US and the UK, secret courts have been created to hear secret evidence, guilt has been inferred by association, torture and rendition nakedly justified (in the UK our government's lawyers continue to argue positively for the right to use the product of both) and vital international conventions consolidated in the aftermath of the Second World War - the Geneva Convention, the Refugee Convention, the Torture Convention - have been deliberately avoided or ignored.

A Plan to Stop the Feds From Reading Your Emails
Four lawmakers are trying to put a stop to warrantless spying.

Reich on Why Right-to-Work Legislation is Anti-Labor: ‘As Labor Unions Have Declined, Wages Have Declined in Tandem’

This Is What Democracy Looks Like
Thousands of protestors braved the frigid temperatures and took to the streets today in Michigan over the Republican plan to -- yet again -- weaken unions, trample workers rights and further subjugate the middle class. Despite this significant public opposition, Michigan lawmakers passed the "right to work" law that will make their corporate masters happy.

Mindless American Support For Israel May Be Cracking
The legacy of the Zionist revolutionaries who once enraptured the parlors of Europe and America with talk of a Jewish homeland as a moral beacon in a benighted region has instead bequeathed to the Jewish world and the West a highly militarized dependency -- a state that has achieved great feats of cultural and economic development but has failed to build strong enough institutions to balance its military zeitgeist with imaginative or engaging diplomacy.
- Patrick Tyler, from Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country -- and Why They Can't Make Peace

Thousands Protest Michigan’s Anti-Union Law, But Deep Pockets of Right-Wing Backers Prevail

Government war on small business
The perils of no being "too big to fail"

Michigan GOP Push Through Elite-Backed Law

7 Shocking Ways the Military Wastes Our Money

Hint: none of them have anything to do with national defense.

National Security Bosses Still Claiming It Would Violate National Security To Tell You If They Violate Your Privacy

Via Julian Sanchez we learn that Senator Ron Wyden has released some updated responsesfrom our national intelligence bosses concerning the questions that Wyden (and a few other Senators) have been asking for years. It's been pretty clear that a "secret" interpretation under the FISA Amendments Act (related to the Patriot Act) has meant that the NSA is scooping up tons of American communications, even as its mandate is that it only cover foreign intelligence—and Wyden has been pushing for more information. 

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