Posted by: quiscus | January 24, 2011

January 24, 2011

1.  “The Palestine Papers

Misunderstanding Israeli motives
Why is there no Palestinian state? Because the Israeli government’s objective is not a Jewish state, but a Zionist one.”

2.  “Justice Department Leakers of Classified Info. Get a Pass

Josh Gerstein of Politico just published an article on how a judge ruled that the Justice Department can keep secret names of its own lawyers who leak classified information.

U.S. District Court Judge Maxine Chesney ruled last week that the Justice Department does not have to disclose the identities of two lawyers who were found by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) to have intentionally disclosed classified information to the media in 1996.

This is rank hypocrisy and the putrid stench is overwhelming.

What’s the common denominator of the people who are facing criminal jeopardy?  They are whistleblowers–who disclosed information that was in the public’s interest to know, but which the government found embarrassing. The Justice Department is about anything but justice.

Props to Josh Gerstein of Politico for bringing the original Freedom of Information Act request for information on leak probes, and the ensuing lawsuit to enforce it, back in 2006, which shows, once again, blatant hypocrisy disguised as Executive privilege, and an utter lack of accountability.”

3.  “Capitol Hill man beats the TSA, acquitted of charges in New Mexico ID case

Capitol Hill software developer, civil liberties advocate, member of the Hill’s Chamber of Commerce and, yes, frequent CHS commenter Phil Mocek announced this weekend that he was acquitted of all charges stemming from his arrest after refusing to show identification to TSA agents at the Albuquerque airport in November 2009.

What the confused and agitated officers didn’t know at the time is that Mocek has been flying without identification for years. The Seattle Times talked to the “Freedom Flyer” about his dedication to exercising his rights to travel anonymously back in 2008. With this acquittal, you can notch another victory in Mocek’s long march to fight for those rights.”

4.  “Hacker puts admin access to government, military websites on sale”

5.  “War By Right : Hollywood’s Love Affair with War

We all have the right to absolutely everything.’ Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion

Language is a dead giveaway. In Hollywood and the War Machine (part of the Empire series on AlJazeera TV, December 2010) there was a fascinating debate on Hollywood’s love affair with war and the Pentagon’s love affair with Hollywood. Hollywood benefits by being given access to all the expensive military kit it needs to create larger-than-life heroic battle-pics. The Pentagon gains because it can write the scripts, rewrite history to suit itself and use the films as a recruiting tool for its endless wars.

This unholy relationship was debated by film makers Oliver Stone and Michael Moore, and journalist Chris Hedges. Hedges suggested that to many Americans war has now become sacred, the Pentagon acting as the church, and the soldiers the priests. Small wonder then, that there is an appetite for films that portray war as a battle against evil, with courageous American heroes that always win against the odds. He then said this:

“We believe that, because we have the capacity to wage war, we have the right to wage war.”

6.  “Resolution Calling to Amend the Constitution Banning Corporate Personhood Introduced in Vermont

On the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, Vermont politicians are moving to deny corporations the rights that humans enjoy.

A year ago today, the Supreme Court issued its bizarre Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections as a form of “free speech” for the corporate “person.” Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the dissent, had the task of recalling the majority to planet earth and basic common sense.

“Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires,” wrote Stevens. “Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of ‘We the People’ by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.”


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