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Ron Paul on Federal Reserve Audit and Financial Regulation 6/30/2010

Ron Paul pushing for real transparency in government.

Kucinich on Afghan War: ‘Bring Our Troops Home, End the War, Secure Our Economy’

With an approval rating of 37%,there are calls to end the war in Afghanistan coming from every direction. Here’s some more reasons to do so:

Leadership is in disarray, some claiming that the U.S. is in the middle of a military quagmire (now the longest war in U.S. history) and failing to weaken terrorist networks. “‘Even Afghans are confused by Afghanistan,’ [McChrystal] says. But even if he somehow manages to succeed, after years of bloody fighting with Afghan kids who pose no threat to the U.S. homeland, the war will do little to shut down Al Qaeda, which has shifted its operations to Pakistan.” Read full Rolling Stone article.

Taxpayer money ending up in the hands of the Taliban.
ABC: “U.S. Paying Taliban For Safe Passage Of Supply Trucks! 3000 USD Per Truck!”

ABC: “US Military Helping Afghan Farmers Grow Opium Poppies!” this not only supports the drug trade, but also ultimately provides more money to the Taliban).

Ron Paul: “I remain skeptical that as foreign occupiers we can ever impose Western-style democracy on another country.” The RS article quoted above also notes that Karzai, the would-be new ‘democratic’ leader of Afghanistan, is reluctant if not outright avoiding this potential position—not to mention the fact his credentials are shady at best.

Kucinich to Congress: “Bring Our Troops Home, End the War, Secure Our Economy.” Last but not least, we can’t afford it.

More:

Petraeus: Afghan withdrawals a ‘process,’ not an exit

Why Petraeus won’t salvage this war

6-19-2010: In the News

As usual there’s too much going on right now to sufficiently blog about all of it, here’s some links:

Ten Stories In The News That The BP Oil Spill Is Overshadowing , Prison Planet

H.R.5175 – DISCLOSE Act, Open Congress

DISCLOSing Contempt for Liberty and the Constitution, The Heritage Foundation

Obama Admin Keeping Blackwater Armed and Dangerous in Afghanistan, The Nation

Gold sets another record amid recovery uncertainty, SF Gate

Sincerely Yours: Another Legal Triumph for the Obama-Yoo Administration, Empire Burlesque

“Obama bade his legal henchmen — his own personal John Yoos, as it were — to tell the Supreme Court that it should kill the Canadian citizen’s case seeking compensation for his unlawful arrest by U.S. officials, who then rendered him not unto Caesar but to the untender mercies of Syria’s torture cells. The Robed Ones agreed, dismissing, without comment, Arar’s appeal of a lower court ruling that quashed his case — a decision that Scott Horton rightly likened last year to the Dred Scott case, which upheld the legality of slavery, even in states which prohibited it.”

Ron Paul on Gulf Oil Spill: There Should Be No Limits On Liability

Armada of U.S. and Israeli Warships Head for Iran , Infowars

Lieberman’s bill would give the President sweeping powers over the internet

Joe Leiberman’s bill, S.3480 the ‘Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010’, would give the president power to shut down the internet. Not a new idea but as always, they shuffle the bills around, changing name and bide their time in order to push them through. It’s all under the guise of security

From antiwar.com, Senate Bill Would Give Obama Internet ‘Kill Switch’:

But easily the most controversial aspect of the nearly 200 page bill is what is being called a “kill switch,” granting the president the power to shut down the entire Internet across the planet for national security reasons. Sen. Collins (R – ME), a supporter of the bill, claimed it was necessary to prevent a “cyber 9/11.”

The bill amounts to a remarkable claim of presidential power, claiming a large portion of the global economy as a specific asset of the United States and further claiming the right to nationalize or destroy it in whole or part on a whim. The news may be disquieting enough for Americans faced with this sort of power grab from their own government, but for foreigners the idea that another nation can commandeer the Internet, cut them off from it, or render it unusable is totally shocking, and not surprisingly, a source of no small consternation.

More details here:

New Bill Would Create Office of Cyber Policy in White House to Protect Nation from Cyber Terrorism, Before Its News.com

Read the bill here:

Text of S.3480 – Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010.

Dennis Kucinich: ‘We have to get out of Afghanistan’

Dennis Kucinich is interviewed by Judge Napalitano, discussing Afghanistan, the BP oil spill, liberty vs. security, and a foreign policy that is likely leading to a failed empire.

Amy Goodman on Obama, Gaza attack, BP oil spill, & corporate-controlled media

Given her track record, Goodman is definitely someone who is motivated by principle and not by corporate sponsorship. Here she gives her views on Obama—  specificially saying that he is an “enormous disappointment” on the issue of expanded wars, bank bailouts, unemployment, torture, and his handling of the BP oil spill.

“I think the media has to be independent, it’s brought to us by corporations in the United States… when media is covering war they’re brought to you by weapons manufacturers, when they’re covering the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico they’re brought to you by the oil companies, when were covering the massy coal explosion in West Virginia they’re brought to you by the coal industry, they’re brought to you by the gas industry…”