Monthly Archives: October 2011

Obama Admin Seeks Permission To Lie In Response To Freedom Of Information Requests – Even To The Courts

By Jerry Policoff, OpEd News, 10/25/11

One of the President Obama’s first promises after becoming President of the United States was a commitment to usher in a new era of unprecedented government transparency. Instead the Obama administration has exhibited what may be an unprecedented obsession with government secrecy including blocking numerous law suits by invoking the doctrine of “State Secrets.” The administration has even come up with an interpretation of the Patriot Act which many in Congress who have seen it claim is overly broad and bestows more power on the Executive Branch than was intended by Congress when they passed it.

Unfortunately those in Congress who have seen this document are not permitted to divulge its content, and we, the public, cannot see it because the administration has chosen to classify it as a “State Secret.” In other words, you might be doing something that the Obama Administration believes violates the Patriot Act, but you won’t know it until they indict you for breaking a law you did not know existed (I might be breaking it just by penning and publishing this article).

Now the Obama/Holder Justice Department is attempting to re-write the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), empowering or even compelling government agencies to deny the very existence of records they know to exist if they believe they are legitimately exempted from disclosure. Of course they are most likely the sole arbiter of whether they are indeed exempt from disclosure. In effect the Obama/Holder Justice Department wants to be free to legally lie about the existence of records in response to FOIA requests. Apparently they want to avoid the embarrassment and inconvenience of being officially rebuked by the courts for doing exactly that (lying to a Federal judge), as occurred earlier this year….

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DC Douglas’ “Why #OccupyWallStreet? 4 Reasons.”

View the video here. Highights:

Elizabeth Warren explains: “About every 15 or 20 years we had another crisis…” for 140 years. After the Great Depression the government issued rules and reforms like the Glass Steagall Act (1932). No bank failures, no major crashes for 50 years. Then the Age of Reagan started deregulating the financial industry. Many warning signs ignored. Disaster.

Scenes of the occupation movement.

Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Chairman 1987-2006 (1:58-): “I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organizations–specifically banks and others–were such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders.” The foxes protecting the hens–how naive can you get!

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Warren (3:20-): "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate…."

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No celebrations … but glad it’s over

letter, Daily Local News, 10/25/11

Nine years ago this month, the Chester County Peace Movement formed in opposition to the buildup of lies and obfuscation leading to the Iraq War. We marched, we met, we protested, we held vigils continuously for these nine long years.

We welcome the end of this unjustified, wasteful war that has needlessly ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands. Sadly, too many Americans and Iraqis had to give their lives, their health, their well-being in these long nine years.

Recently, our weekly peace vigil commemorated the thousands of lives given in both Iraq and Afghanistan upon the anniversary of this country’s longest (and current) war, the Afghanistan War.

We set up faux gravestones and a coffin, as we have annually for too many years. A woman walked by quickly, shouting her “disgust” at that “display.” Sadly, she, like too many others, fail to see that war is about death and destruction — nothing more, nothing less. Too many gloss over war’s death and destruction with flags and patriotic songs and cheers, ignoring what war really is: Death and destruction.

They superficially honor our “heroes” by sending them off to the horrors of war, then welcome them back to our own country (if they are lucky enough to return) to suffer the devastating economic and health consequences of our endless wars, forgetting their plight once they return. Too many of those “heroes” fade into the general population with the problems they bring back with them. Too many end up in homeless shelters, mired in poverty and illness….

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