7/22 Capitalist Critical Care; "The Iranian People Have Not Spoken"; U.S. Silent on Honduran Resistance;

The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience
Albert Camus, French novelist, essayist, and playwright 1913-1960

Henry Kissinger in BBC interview called the Iran upheaval a "color revolution"

An Open Letter to the Anti-War Movement: How Should We React to the Events in Iran?
by Phil Wilayto
The "Iranian people" have not spoken.

"Iran's leaders have been worried about a color revolution, on the model of Georgia or Ukraine. Guess what? It's happening."
Washington Post

u.s.-israel good-cop-bad-cop escalation
US Will Take 'Crippling Action' if Iran Becomes Nuclear, says Clinton
By Julian Borger
Hillary Clinton today signaled a significant shift in US foreign policy by discussing publicly how a nuclear-armed Iran could be contained in the Middle East..."We... have made it clear that we'll take actions, as I've said time and time again, crippling action working to upgrade the defences of our partners in the region," Clinton told Thai television. "We want Iran to calculate what I think is a fair assessment: that if the United States extends a defence umbrella over the region, if we do even more to develop the military capacity of those (allies) in the Gulf, it is unlikely that Iran will be any stronger or safer because they won't be able to intimidate and dominate as they apparently believe they can once they have a nuclear weapon." ... Israel's minister of intelligence and atomic energy, Dan Meridor: "I was not thrilled to hear the American statement...that they will protect their allies with a nuclear umbrella, as if they have already come to terms with a nuclear Iran. I think that's a mistake,http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23120.htm

Israel Unhappy with Clinton Remarks on Defense Vs. Iran: Israel prefers an offensive approach to the Iranian danger rather than a defensive one

Too soon to talk of sanctions over settlements: US
Washington believes it is too early to talk about imposing sanctions on Israel to force it to freeze settlement building in east Jerusalem, a State Department spokesman said Tuesday. "It's premature to talk about that," said spokesman Robert Wood when asked about the possibility of US financial sanctions.

Israeli officer promotes war crimes at Harvard
Maryam Monalisa Gharavi and Dr. Anat Matar
On 9 July Harvard University's Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) invited Colonel Pnina Sharvit-Baruch, former Israeli military legal adviser, to their online Humanitarian Law and Policy Forum. The stated aim was to bring "objective" discussion to the principle of distinction in international humanitarian law, or what the forum organizers called "combat in civilian population centers and the failure of fighte rs to distinguish themselves from the civilian population." Although billed as a lecturer in the Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University -- and therefore as a detached humanitarian law analyst -- Colonel Sharvit-Baruch was in fact deeply involved in Israel's three-week onslaught in Gaza in December and January, that counted its 1,505th victim found under rubble earlier this month... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56258

The Case of the ‘Fatwa’ to Rig Iran’s Election
By Jeremy R. Hammond
The propaganda campaign to paint the victory of the incumbent candidate in Iran’s June presidential election as having been a stolen one began early...before the election...the claim that Ayatollah Yazdi issued a fatwa commanding that the election be rigged to give Ahmadinejad a win would be circulated around the internet, asserted as fact, despite the total lack of verification or corroboration....
In what has been called a cold war between Iran and the United States, the UAE has emerged as a Vienna of sorts – a place where America’s Iran-watchers can mingle with thousands of Iranians. One hub for this is the expanded Iran Desk at the U.S. consulate in Dubai The State Department called Dubai a “natural location” for a regional office due to its “proximity to Iran and access to an Iranian diaspora.” That was in a State Department cable discussing the creation of the Office of Iranian Affairs (OIA) under the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. ...
The leaked State Department cable said that the Deputy Director of the Dubai station would be responsible for seeking “ways to use USG programs and funding to support Iranian political and civic organizations” and “to alert Washington on [the] need to issue statements on behalf of Iranian dissidents.” And a State Department senior official told CNN that the purpose of the OIA was “to facilitate a change in Iranian policies and actions”...

The OIA was established in 2006 under funding from Congress allocated “to mount the biggest ever propaganda campaign against the Tehran government,” in the words of the Guardian. The Christian Science Monitor reported candidly that the “implicit goal” of the funding was “regime change from within”. The OIA sought to “reach out to the Iranian people” and recruit more Iran experts and Persian-speaking officers into the Foreign Service, the Intelligence and Research Bureau (INR), and other branches of the State Department. According to the cable, the Dubai office of the OIA would be modeled on the listening station in the Latvian capital of Riga to gather information on the Soviet Union during the 1920s. The Iranian media has called the OIA the “regime-change office”. A State Department official based in Dubai denied that, saying “It is not some recruiting office and is not organizing the next revolution in Iran.” As British writer Claud Cockburn famously said, “Never believe anything until it’s officially denied.”...

The Obama administration has continued support for Iranian dissident groups through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which has been soliciting applications for $20 million in grants to “promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Iran” even while President Obama insists that the U.S. “is not at all interfering in Iran’s affairs”. In a report on the funding, USA Today observed that “The State Department and USAID decline to name Iran-related grant recipients for security reasons.” In other words, the Obama administration doesn’t want the strings attached to Iranian dissident groups to be seen, a policy much more in line of critics of the Bush administration’s overt financing for the promotion of regime change... enshrined in law under the guise of the Iran Freedom Support Act, which authorizes the President “to provide financial and political assistance (including the award of grants) to foreign and domestic individuals, organizations, and entities working for the purpose of supporting and promoting democracy for Iran.” ... the State Department subcontracted an initiative to develop a news website to provide information to Iranians through new media and to recruit Iranian journalists to contribute to the effort to “promote democracy”, the usual euphemism. Obama’s “hands-off” approach has been looked upon much more favorably than Bush’s overt support for Iranian groups seeking regime change by the leadership of opposition groups themselves....

The “green revolution” as it has since come to be called, refers to protestors who support Mousavi and charge that Ahmadinejad’s win was the result of electoral fraud. Why would there be talk of a “green revolution” before the election results were announced? Unless, of course, it was all part of the “narrative”, planned beforehand to lead to the protests – which were “not spontaneous”, we may recall – in an effort to destabilize the Iranian regime.

Timmerman continues with a perhaps even more extraordinary acknowledgment about the role of the NED (emphasis added): The National Endowment for Democracy has spent millions of dollars during the past decade promoting “color” revolutions in places such as Ukraine and Serbia, training political workers in modern communications and organizational techniques. Some of that money appears to have made it into the hands of pro-Mousavi groups, who have ties to non-governmental organizations outside Iran that the National Endowment for Democracy funds.
And Kenneth Timmerman, as Daniel McAdams has pointed out, is perhaps in as good a position as anyone to know. He’s the President and CEO of The Foundation for Democracy, “established in 1995 with grants from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), to promote democracy and internationally-recognized standards of human rights in Iran.” He’s also the author of the book Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran.[...]

have you noticed? : u.s. propaganda about Iran - totally silent about Honduras
Honduras: Mass resistance to military coup grows
The coup regime [AND ITS U.S. BACKERS] has tried desperately to silence all critical media and imposed a nighttime curfew. Security forces have violently attacked peaceful protesters and arrested a large number of activists. Two protesters were killed on July 5 and two activists and members of the left-wing Democratic Unification Party (UD) have been assassinated by unknown gunmen. The protests, including ongoing strikes and road blockades, continue to escalate as broader sections of the population join the resistance. On Bastille Day, July 14, tens of thousands of workers, students, farmers, and indigenous people massed in front of the US Embassy in the capital Tegucigalpa. They came from all over the country in response to a call from the National Front to Resist the Coup d’Etat (FNRG). July 14 was the 16th straight day of mass demonstrations, strikes, school and workplace occupations, and road blocks in defiance of the military regime.

Salon Radio: Glen Greenwald's Guest Ken Silverstein
The refusal to recognize the events in Honduras as an anti-democratic military coup is redolent of the American media's coverage of the comparable 2002 U.S.--backed coup in Venezuela -- specifically that infamous April, 2002 New York Times Editorial praising, in the most Orwellian terms imaginable, the overthrow of Hugo Chavez as an inspiring blow for democracy. As always, "supporting democracy" means "undermining foreign leaders we dislike even when they're democratically elected, and attempting to empower pro-U.S. foreign leaders regardless of how unpopular they are. http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/radio/2009/07/20/silverstein/inde...

Zelaya, Negroponte and the Controversy at Soto Cano: The Coup and the U.S. Airbase in Honduras
By Nikolas Kozloff
The mainstream media has once again dropped the ball [SIC] on a key aspect of the ongoing story in Honduras: the U.S. airbase at Soto Cano, also known as Palmerola. Prior to the recent military coup d’etat President Manuel Zelaya declared that he would turn the base into a civilian airport, a move opposed by the former U.S. ambassador. What’s more Zelaya intended to carry out his project with Venezuelan financing. http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23123.htm

preying against political revolutions
Bolivian President's Remarks
President Evo Morales that prayer is used to "anesthetize" the people.... that "when they cannot dominate us with law, then comes prayer, and when they can't humiliate or dominate us with prayer, then comes the gun."... The Roman Catholic prelates asserted that this vision of prayer is entirely different from ideologies that "see in religion a threat to their own plans to achieve power."...that prayer, far from being a factor of domination, gives interior liberty and contributes "constructive and lasting solutions for social coexistence on a path of nonviolence."

...Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani on trial in a special court, caught prosecution and defense lawyers by surprise Monday when he suddenly told the judge he wanted to plead guilty to the November attacks that left 166 people dead. The confession, which Kasab says was made voluntarily, gave strength to India's charges that terrorist groups in neighboring Pakistan were behind the well-planned attack, and Islamabad is not doing enough to clamp down on them.... Kasab has since been held in solitary confinement in Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail, where the trial is being conducted.... The attack severely strained relations and put the brakes on a peace process between the nuclear-armed enemies.

only U.S. permitted 'spheres of interest' & 'partnerships'
Biden said Russia can claim no "sphere of influence" in its backyard.
"We do not recognize anyone else's right to dictate to you or any other country what alliances you will seek to belong to."
Russia's envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, drily dismissed Biden's trip as "psychotherapy" aimed to comfort Ukraine and Georgia, and said neither has a chance of joining the alliance any time soon.... Welcoming Biden, Yushchenko called Ukraine a "European country where democracy rules" - seeking to set it apart from Russia... Biden on Wednesday visits Georgia, whose strategic location along a key energy route has made it a geopolitical battlefield between Moscow and the West...Russian forces quickly crushed the Georgian army last August after Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili launched an offensive targeting the Moscow-backed breakaway province of South Ossetia to try to bring it under control... The Russia-US summit on July 6-8 aimed to make a new start in relations, which reached post-Cold War lows after Russia's war with Georgia last August. Obama stressed that "NATO seeks collaboration with Russia, not confrontation."

Clinton in Asia, again: "The United States is back"
On her second trip to Asia as U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton is carrying a no-nonsense message about American intentions.
By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer
BANGKOK —On her second trip to Asia as U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton is carrying a no-nonsense message about American intentions. "The United States is back," she declared Tuesday upon arrival in the Thai capital. By that she means the administration of President Barack Obama thinks it's time to show Asian nations that the United States is not distracted by its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and intends to broaden and deepen its partnerships in this region.... Washington is concerned about the possibility that North Korea could be cooperating with Myanmar on a nuclear weapons program, but he added that U.S. intelligence information on this is incomplete. The official spoke on condition of anonymity....

The NSA Is still Listening to You
Bush went away, but domestic surveillance overreach didn't. It's now the law, and the ACLU is fighting back
By James Bamford, Salon, July 22
This summer, on a remote stretch of desert in central Utah, the National Security Agency will begin work on a massive, 1 million-square-foot data warehouse. Costing more than $1.5 billion, the highly secret facility is designed to house upward of trillions of intercepted phone calls, e-mail messages, Internet searches and other communications intercepted by the agency as part of its expansive eavesdropping operations. http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23125.htm

The Hidden History of 9-11
This is a must listen interview with Paul Zarembka
How much insider trading occurred in the days leading up to 9/11? How compromised is the evidence against alleged hijackers because of serious authentication problems with a key Dulles Airport videotape? To what extent does the testimony of more than five hundred firefighters differ from official reports of what happened at the World Trade Center buildings that day? How inseparably connected are Western covert operations to al-Qaeda? http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23122.htm

Children tortured before parents, raped, all covered up by Bush/Cheney and our media ...
[and Obama admin.]
Abu Ghraib: a girl aged 12 or 13 who screamed for help to her brother in an upper cell while stripped naked and beaten. Iraqi journalist Suhaib Badr-Addin al-Baz, who heard the girl’s screams, also witnessed an ill 15-year-old forced to run up and down with heavy cans of water, beaten whenever he stopped. When he finally collapsed, guards stripped and poured cold water on him. Finally, a hooded man was brought in. When unhooded, the boy realized that the man was his father, doubtless being intimidated into confessing something upon sight of his brutalized son... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56193

First steps taken to implement preventive detention, military commissions
Glenn Greenwald
A task force appointed by President Obama to issue recommendations on how to close Guantanamo announced yesterday it will miss its deadline and instead needs a six-month extension, potentially jeopardizing Obama's promise to close Guantanamo within a year. The announcement was made in a briefing given by four leading Obama officials, where the condition of the briefing was that none of the officials could be named (why not?) and all media outlets agreed to this condition (why?).

Though the Task Force's final recommendations were delayed, it did release an interim report (.pdf) which -- true to Obama's prior pledges -- envisions an optional, three-tiered "system of justice" for imprisoning accused Terrorists, to be determined by the Obama administration in each case: (1) real trials in real courts for some; (2) military commissions for others; and (3) indefinite detention with no charges for the rest. This memo is the first step towards institutionalizing both a new scheme of preventive detention and Obama's version of military commissions.
From this interim report, it's more apparent than ever that the central excuse made by Obama defenders to justify preventive detention and military commissions -- there are dangerous Terrorists who cannot be released but also cannot be tried because Bush obtained the evidence against them via torture -- is an absolute myth. That's clear for multiple reasons:

First, the Task Force is formulating detention policy not only for detainees already at Guantanamo, but also for future, not-yet-abducted detainees as well. From the first paragraph of the memo (click image to enlarge): The memo goes on to state that they are examining "what the rules and boundaries should be for any future detentions under the law of war." The anonymous Obama officials emphasized in the briefing that "the goal . . . is to build a 'durable and effective' framework for dealing with the detainees at Guantánamo and future detainees captured in the fight against terrorists."

Nobody is talking about confining the power of preventive detention or military commissions to current Guantanamo detainees who were tortured. The opposite is true: this is to be a permanent, institutionalized detention scheme with the power vested in the President going forward to imprison people with no charges. Claiming this is necessary because of what Bush did to the 230 remaining Guantanamo detainees is a total nonsequitur. If, as Obama defenders claim, that is really the justification, why will these powers apply well beyond that? And relatedly, as I've asked dozens of times with no answer: how can Obama's military commissions be a solution to the problem of torture-obtained evidence when, according to Obama, those commissions -- exactly like federal courts -- also allegedly won't allow evidence obtained by torture?

Second, as a result of breathtakingly broad criminal laws in the U.S. defining "material support for terrorism," there are few things easier than obtaining a criminal conviction in federal court against people accused of being Terrorists. Even if the only thing someone has done is joined a group decreed to be a Terrorist organization, without even engaging in (or even planning) any violent acts, federal prosecutors are well-armed to convict them. In May, the DOJ obtained a conviction in a federal court of a Somalian-Canadian on "material support" charges for doing little more than expressing loyalty to Al Qaeda. Two other Americans of Somalian descent were just indicted on the same charge as a result of their alleged membership in a "militant Islamic group," Shabaab. The FBI website even boasts ....

To convict accused Terrorists in court, they need not engage in any violent acts; any involvement with Al Qaeda or other Terrorist groups will suffice. The Task Force's interim report released yesterday itself recognized that the Federal Government is already equipped with extremely broad powers to obtain convictions of Terrorists in federal court:
If we can't even prove in a real court that someone has such minimal involvement with a Terrorist group, then should we be imprisoning them indefinitely? And if the only evidence we have against them was obtained by torture -- evidence which, one should recall, Democrats and progressives insist is unreliable -- then should we really seek to imprison them indefinitely based on such evidence?

Manifestly, this isn't about anything other than institutionalizing what has clearly emerged as the central premise of the Obama Justice System: picking and choosing what level of due process each individual accused Terrorist is accorded, to be determined exclusively by what process ensures that the state will always win. If they know they'll convict you in a real court proceeding, they'll give you one; if they think they might lose there, they'll put you in a military commission; if they're still not sure they will win, they'll just indefinitely imprison you without any charges [a document accompanying the interim report (.pdf) states: "if the prosecution team concludes that prosecution is not feasible in any forum, it may recommend that the case be returned to the Executive Order 13492 Review for other appropriate disposition"]. It's Kafkaesque show trials in their most perverse form: the outcome is pre-determined (guilty and imprisoned) and only the process changes. That's especially true since, even where a miscalculation causes someone to be tried but then acquitted, the power to detain them could still be asserted. ...

UPDATE II: The always-thorough Daphne Eviatar of The Washington Independent notes the numerous reports from Obama officials indicating the President's commitment to a regime of preventive detention, and she documents that the scheme they are contemplating is virtually identical to what Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey recommended and demanded last year (during a time when preventive detention was an unpopular idea among Democrats).

freedom of the capitalist press
U.S. Military Holds Iraqi Journalist Without Charge
Quil Lawrence
American forces arrested Iraqi journalist Ibrahim Jassam last year and continue to hold him without charge in a U.S. military prison camp — even as the United States transfers jurisdiction to Iraqi authorities. Jassam, a cameraman, shot footage of Iraq's violence during times when it was impossible for Western reporters to move safely around Iraq... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56250

The admin.'s collaborators and beneficiaries: major finance & corporate monopoly capitalists representing the ruling class, so-called "Special interests groups" that Obama demagogically swore to dump and continually denounces as 'opposition' against his 'reforms'
Lobbies Adopt Tone of Accord With President
Industry groups and lobbyists typically hostile to intrusive government programs have been professing solidarity with Mr. Obama and his agenda on matters like health care, energy and financial regulation... the administration’s emphasis on inviting in business lobbyists has arguably changed the way Washington does business as much as any of the White House’s new rules intended to shut them out...In the last two weeks, the American Medical Association has endorsed the House’s version of the health care overhaul, lobbyists for pharmaceutical companies and for-profit hospitals have stood with the White House to pledge billions in cost cuts so long as the proposed public health insurance program does not threaten to undercut them. The drug companies are even underwriting television commercials supporting an overhaul...
Lobbyists for coal-powered electric utilities say they are backing House emissions-cap legislation as it moves to the Senate, so long as they can perhaps loosen the caps a bit and retain subsidies that the House provided to win their support...
Wall Street firms insist that they welcome more oversight, so long as it does not cramp their profits or involve checks on compensation...
The Podesta Group, whose chairman, Tony Podesta, is a top Democratic fund-raiser and the brother of the Obama administration’s transition chief, John D. Podesta, reported that first-quarter lobbying fees were up 60 percent, to $5.4 million, from $3.4 million a year ago.
At the firm of Steve Elmendorf, a longtime aide to Richard A. Gephardt, a former House Democratic leader, fees jumped nearly 24 percent, to about $1.6 million.

U.S. Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving
In 2003, researchers at a federal agency proposed a long-term study of 10,000 drivers to assess the safety risk posed by cellphone use behind the wheel.But such an ambitious study never happened.... the researchers’ agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, decided not to make public hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers — in part, officials say, because of concerns about angering Congress.... Congress had warned the agency not to use its research to lobby states. Dr. Runge said transit officials told him he could jeopardize billions of dollars of its financing if Congress perceived the agency had crossed the line into lobbying.
The researchers also shelved a draft letter they had prepared for Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta to send, warning states that hands-free laws... did not eliminate the serious accident risk: a cellphone conversation itself, not just holding the phone, takes drivers’ focus off the road...The research mirrors other studies about the dangers of multitasking behind the wheel. Research shows that motorists talking on a phone are four times as likely to crash as other drivers, and are as likely to cause an accident as someone with a .08 blood alcohol content.
Dr. Jeffrey Runge, then the head of the highway safety agency, said he grudgingly decided not to publish the Mineta letter and policy recommendation because of larger political considerations. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/21/technology/21distracted.html?hpw

Sex and power inside "the C Street House"
by Jeff Sharlet
Sexual peccadilloes aside, the Family acts today like the most powerful lobby in America that isn't registered as a lobby - and is thus immune from the scrutiny attending the other powerful organizations like Big Pharma and Big Insurance that exert pressure on public policy. I wrote about Sen. Ensign in my book about the evangelical political organization that runs the C Street House, "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power," ...The Family's goal was the "consecration" of America to God, first through the repeal of New Deal reforms, then through the aggressive expansion of American power during the Cold War. They called this a "Worldwide Spiritual Offensive," but in Washington, it amounted to the nation's first fundamentalist lobby..."The more invisible you can make your organization," Vereide's successor, current leader Doug Coe preaches, "the more influence you can have."...
Men under the Family's religio-political counsel include, in addition to Ensign, Coburn and Pickering, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, both R-S.C.; James Inhofe, R-Okla., John Thune, R-S.D., and recent senators and high officials such as John Ashcroft, Ed Meese, Pete Domenici and Don Nickles. Over in the House there's Joe Pitts, R-Penn., Frank Wolf, R-Va., Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and John R. Carter, R-Texas....

Attempting to explain what it means to be chosen for leadership like King David was -- or Mark Sanford ... body and soul, under the Family's authority, Doug Coe's son and heir apparent asked a young man: "Let's say I hear you raped three little girls. What would I think of you?" The man guessed Coe would probably think that he was a monster. "No," answered Coe, "I wouldn't." Why? Because, as a member of the Family, he's among what Family leaders refer to as the "new chosen." If you're chosen, the normal rules don't apply.

no Obama "Neda" crocodile tears ....
Media blames 'conflict' on Blacks protesting racist murder
The rally in Paris, about 90 miles northeast of Dallas, is the third courthouse protest over the death of 24-year-old Brandon McClelland, whose mangled body was found Sept. 16 on a country road. The conflict began with a march by about 100 mostly black activists who avoided a designated "protest zone" near Paris' courthouse and walked to the town square to chants of "Black Power!" and "No Justice, no peace! "We're going to be boxed in?" said protest leader Jimmy Blackwell of the Tarrant County Local Organizing Committee. "No, we're not your slaves!" Once at the town square, the crowd ballooned to about 200 mostly black people on one side of a street. Across the street were about a dozen white supremacists, including four skinheads holding Nazi swastika flags. About 30 other white people were behind them....
Prosecutors initially charged two of McClelland's white friends with murdering him. But a special prosecutor dismissed the charges last month, citing a lack of evidence, after a truck driver came forward and said he might have accidentally run over McClelland. Some of the signs at the protest read, "Friends don't drag friends under pickup trucks" and "Who killed Brandon McClelland?" Another sign referred to the district attorney as a "Weapon of Mass Destruction."...
Rock Banks, who says he's the grand titan of the East Texas Ku Klux Klan, said..."If we showed up in force, with all of our robes on, they'd be back here in a month," he said. Banks' wife, Donna Hupburn, said protesters were "trying to stir up racial unrest" and should instead focus on "trying to close crack houses."

Media Special: A healthcare reform for suckers
Cyrano's Dispatch
Editor’s Note: Most visible “liberal media assets” such as MoveOn.org, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Huffington Post, The Nation, etc., have circled the wagons around Obama as the hypocritical attacks by the right continue to convince people that his healthcare plan is really a populist assault on ingrained corporate power. In doing so, these liberals are adding further credence to the ludicrous notion that this is indeed a serious if not revolutionary plan, one being secured at great cost by a heroic and embattled president, standing tall for the interests of the “little guy”. Alas, if only part of this manufactured belief were true. As it is, all that’s being obtained by such loyalty to Obama is to add confusion to an already sufficiently murky debate, rendered intentionally obscure by the Obama team itself, which is advancing a veritable Rube Goldberg concoction capable of satisfying no one, but sure to meet the demands of his real political owners, the rich financial elites who chose him, promoted him through their media, and eventually made his election possible. A lot of suckers are born every minute in America, but the birth rate for this kind of infant sure shot up since Obama rode into town. Don't fall for this bipartisan charade. Here's the antidote:

Is the Obama Health Care Plan Really Better Than Nothing?
By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Candidate Barack Obama told us to judge his first term by whether he delivers quality affordable health care for all Americans, including nearly fifty million uninsured. So why does his proposal not cover the uninsured till 2013, after the next presidential election when Medicare took only 11 months to cover its first 40million seniors? Why are corporate media pretending that no opinions exist to Obama's left? And why has the public option part of the Obama health care plan shrunk from covering 130 million to only 10 million, with 16 million left uninsured altogether? http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/obama-health-care-plan-reall...

3 from legitgov.org:
White House Discloses [a partial list to deter ACLU suit] Meetings With Health Care Executives
The Obama administration released Wednesday night a list of 15 health-care lobbyists and senior executives who visited the White House to discuss health-care reform....[it] included Billy Tauzin, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; Karen Ignagni, America's Health Insurance Plans; Richard Umbdenstock, American Hospital Association; J. James Rohack, the American Medical Association, senior executives including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, UnitedHealth Group and Merck

UnitedHealth Group Q2 Profit Jumps 155%
UnitedHealth Group Inc. second quarter profit more than doubled from last year, but its health insurance enrollment continued to decline...

The class issues in the US health care debate
By Kate Randall and Barry Grey
The Obama administration’s push for health care "reform" has exposed the class realities that dominate American politics and the social interests which Obama defends. Under Obama, the issue of health care reform has been shifted from providing decent medical care for all to slashing the cost of health care to businesses and the government, primarily by cutting costs for Medicare and fundamentally changing the nature of the Medicare program.

Obamacare: A Health Care Rationing Scheme to Enrich Insurers, Drug Companies and Large Hospital Chains
Stephen Lendman
...On June 10, Physicians for a National Health Program advisor Walter Tsou told the House Education and Labor Committee: "Attempting to reconcile the dual imperatives of universal coverage and cost control through alternative methods besides single payer is an exercise in futility. When some congressional leaders declare that single payer is off the table, they are in effect saying that insurers will be protected, leaving the pain to patients, taxpayers and health care providers."
At the same hearing, the California Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee co-president Geri Jenkins said: "The current system rations care based on an ability to pay. Right now we are the only nation on earth that barters human life for money." ...

Cutting costs and free-market solutions emphasized ... Obama saying "If we don't drive down costs, then we're not going to be able to achieve all of those other things." Which ones he didn't say before stressing the need for "evidence-based care," meaning less is better for those unable to pay so that millions will be sacrificed on the alter of cost containment while enriching private insurers, Big Pharma, and large hospital chains that will flourish as community and public ones shut down for lack of enough resources.

Obama was callous in saying "Loading up on additional tests or additional drugs" must be curbed. "Maybe (some would be) better off not having....surgery, but taking (a) painkiller" instead. He showed disdain and indifference in stating that "the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80% of the total health care bill out there" - the inference being ration their care and let 'em die to cut costs.
At the same time, he favored big insurers by saying that "One of the incentives for (them) to get involved in this process is that potentially they're going to have a whole bunch of new customers, paying customers....insurance companies will thrive" under this plan.
As for a "public option" to fill holes, Obama was receptive to alternatives but adamantly against universal single-payer coverage in saying: "For us to completely change our system, root and branch, would be hugely disruptive." Only market-based solutions will be considered along with huge cost-containment measures, mostly affecting millions of working Americans, the poor, elderly, and chronically ill.

Over the next decade, Medicare and Medicaid may lose over $600 billion in funding with recipients, of course, making up the difference or foregoing care. About $317 billion is proposed for "efficiencies" with another $313 billion in cuts for hospitals that treat the poor and uninsured. Many of them are already severely strapped as unemployment soars, charitable donations are down, expenses rise, vital services and staffs have to be cut to stay afloat, and growing numbers won't make it as economic conditions worsen....

Vaccines are hazardous
In three recent articles, this writer cited scientific evidence of hidden dangers in all vaccines. They contain squalene-based adjuvants that cause a host of annoying to life-threatening autoimmune diseases and must be avoided, even if mandated. It's also known that vaccines don't protect against diseases they're designed to prevent and often cause them.
Currently at issue is concern over Swine Flu and WHO's June 11 declaration of a global pandemic even though no forensic evidence links any deaths to H1N1. Yet experimental, untested, toxic and extremely dangerous vaccines are being rushed to market for potentially mandated immunizations globally as the fall flu season approaches. If enacted in time, Obamacare may provide cover, and if not, other US laws empower the HHS and Defense secretaries to declare a national emergency and compel everyone in the country to be vaccinated, even though submitting risks serious health consequences.

Pay of Top Earners Erodes Social Security
Executives and other highly paid employees in the financial world received nearly $2.1 trillion of the $6.4 trillion in total U.S. pay in 2007 ... more than one-third of all pay in the U.S ... the latest figures available. The compensation numbers don't include incentive stock options, unexercised stock options, unvested restricted ... according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Social Security Administration data -- without counting billions of dollars more in pay that remains off federal radar screens...

Financial bailout's cost to U.S. could total almost $24 trillion --- or $80,000 for every US resident.

Obama Lies on Two Continents, is Denounced in New York
By Glen Ford
Barack Obama may be the most effective propagandist for U.S. imperialism in a very long time. But his narrative to Africans is built on blatant falsehoods, and his spiel to Black America is fundamentally dishonest and evasive. Demonstrators in Manhattan declared: “We will no longer tolerate a message from within our community, that the policies of Barack Obama cannot be criticized.”

President Barack Obama tells essentially the same lies as his predecessors, but does it better. His deceptions are aided enormously by the willed receptivity of the desperately hopeful – and none are more eager to believe than Africans and African Americans. In July, Obama peddled his relabeled imperial snake oil to Blacks on both sides of the Atlantic. At the NAACP’s national convention in Manhattan, and before the Ghanaian parliament in Accra, Obama’s message was the same: There will be no redress of your historical and current grievances. Get over it.
Obama’s gall is boundless. When the accumulated facts of centuries stand in the way of his mythmaking, he conjures up counter-facts to fit a counter-logic. In order to shame Africa into holding still to be gang-raped of her resources – by now an almost 600-year agony – Obama invents a totally false history of South Korea’s economic rise. As the story goes, Kenya’s economy was larger than South Korea’s when Obama’s father came to the United States in the early Sixties. But the South Korean government, “working with the private sector and civil society, was able to create a set of institutions that provided transparency and accountability and efficiency that allowed for extraordinary economic progress,” said Obama. There “was no reason why African countries could not do the same.”

Of course, little of what Obama said about South Korea or Africa is true, and history provides plenty of reasons why African countries were not in a position to grow at anything like the speed of South Korea. In the real world, South Korea’s economic expansion had no basis in “transparency” or collaboration with “civil society.” As Thom Hartman explained in a July 14 article [1]:
“This economic development of South Korea started following a military coup in 1961, where General Park Chung-Hee began South Korea's economic assent by implementing short-term plans for economic development. He instituted the Heavy and Chemical Industrialization program, and South Korea's first steel mill and modern shipyard went into production. In addition, South Korea began producing its own cars. Electronics, machinery, chemicals plants soon followed, all sponsored or subsidized by the government.” A military dictatorship set South Korea on the path to industrial development at just about the time Obama was being born. The United States allowed its Korean satellite to protect and grow its fledgling industries as a capitalist showcase and bulwark against North Korea and communism in general. Today, South Korea’s economy is controlled by a tight circle of conglomerates. Corruption is endemic. A former president committed suicide in May when he faced questioning in a $6 million bribery scandal – and that’s very small change by Korean standards. Obama is talking nonsense.

Africa’s neocolonial masters would not tolerate a Black African nation that subsidized industries that might effectively compete with the U.S. and Europe – as South Korea does. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, part of the economic arsenal with which Europe and America discipline uppity Third Worlders, have effectively proscribed Black Africa’s areas of acceptable growth – acceptable, that is, to the rich nations of the world.... Obama tells huge lies in order to advance U.S. policy goals, foreign and domestic. But his lies to Africans and African Americans are purposely cruel, designed to rub sensitive areas of Black self-esteem. When Obama says there is “no reason why African nations could not do the same” as his false version of Korea, he is arguing that Africans are suffering from some collective character flaw.

In the same way, Obama’s constant refrains about “good governance” are reminders of colonial-era white claims that Africans were incapable of governing themselves. They still sting. But, as Toronto-based activist/author Gerald Caplan wrote in the July 13 issue [2] of The Nation, there is no factual basis for Obama’s assertion that "you're not going to get investment without good governance":
“That's just wrong. For decades most foreign investment in Africa has gone to South Africa first, even under apartheid, and then to such oil-rich nations as Angola and Nigeria. First and foremost, western companies, backed energetically by their embassies, are after Africa's resources--oil, gas and to a lesser extent minerals. These are the very sectors where we find vast corruption, environmental degradation, the vicious exploitation of African labor, and, often enough, Africa's wars. In no case does good governance play a role in investment decisions. Often enough venal leaders are precisely what investors look for.”
Obama turns truth on its head. His lies are aggressive, insulting, virulent – but effective, because they put the African audience on the defensive. Anxious about their own collective shortcomings, many fail to examine the illogic and pure fallacies of the American president’s nonsensical presentation.

Obama pulled a slick switch on the NAACP’s upscale crowd at the New York Hilton, last Thursday [3]. The president spent an impressive amount of time itemizing the myriad ways that African Americans suffer disproportionately because of “structural inequalities [emphasis mine] that our nation's legacy of discrimination has left behind; inequalities still plaguing too many communities and too often the object of national neglect.” It was beginning to sound as if Obama was about to recognize the need to confront institutional (sometimes called “structural”) racism with targeted programs – something he has refused to do as a matter of core philosophical principle.

But of course, it was not to be. The president’s empathetic recitation of Black grievances raised expectations of an appropriate legislative and executive response – and a large segment of the crowd clearly believed they had heard Obama propose specific programs to confront these “structural inequalities” that plague Black folks. Then suddenly, Obama switched gears – and terminology. Structural inequalities would be tackled through “a comprehensive approach [italics mine] to ending poverty.” In Obama’s formulation, “comprehensive” means “general” – not targeted at any identifiable groups suffering from what “our nation’s legacy of discrimination has left behind.”
Without missing a beat, Obama had shifted from a focus on particular Black grievances to the Reaganesque politics of “a rising tide lifts all boats.” He would “lay a new foundation for growth and prosperity that will put opportunity within the reach of not just African Americans, but all Americans. All Americans.” And the crowd cheered, seeming not to realize that Obama’s peroration was actually a promise not to extend any special, programmatic help to devastated Black America. It was all about the rising tide, lifting everybody. “Of every race. Of every creed. From every region of the country. We want everybody to participate in the American Dream. That's what the NAACP is all about.” (Applause.)
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People roared its approval of their president’s pledge to do nothing special to advance colored people.
There are lots of ways to lie, and Obama seems to have mastered all of them. His performance before the NAACP’s centennial convention gave delegates the impression that he both recognized and would act to counter the effects of historically rooted, institutional (or “structural”) racism. He then used a terminological device (the word “comprehensive”) to retreat to “race neutral” territory without most of the audience noticing. It was high deception, the moral equivalent of a lie.

You Will Not Stifle Debate
“Crimes against humanity do not become OK because a Black man is presiding over these crimes.”
“We must not be discouraged because of our numbers,” said Nellie Bailey, of the Harlem Antiwar Coalition, standing on the Sixth Avenue sidewalk a block away from the New York Hilton Hotel, where President Obama was inside, wowing the crowd. Bailey and an assortment of perhaps 50 activists shared the corner with tourists and cops.
“There is an effort to silence us within our own respective movements,” said the veteran community organizer. “But Blacks and progressives are beginning to openly question Obama’s policies. We will no longer tolerate a message from within our community, that the policies of Barack Obama cannot be criticized.”Despite the fraying of support for Obama on the Left, the July 16 event appeared to be the first public demonstration against the president, albeit a small affair. Turning toward the Hilton, Bailey shouted: “You will not stifle debate, discussion and analysis within our community. We are going to expose this imperialist for who he is.”

Carl Dix, of the Revolutionary Communist Party, took his turn at the mic. “They may put a Black man in the White House, but they’re not going to stop their cops gunning Black men down in the street,” said Dix. “Crimes against humanity do not become OK because a Black man is presiding over these crimes.”
Diop Olugbala, of the Uhuru Movement... August 1 of last year, when most Leftists were busy acting like Obama groupies...at an Obama rally in St. Petersburg, Florida, unfurled a banner that demanded “What about the black community, Obama?” Olugbala and the Uhuru crew verbally confronted the candidate, and clearly rattled him.
“Barack Obama has told us that racial oppression is no longer a significant factor in life,” said Olugbala, the last speaker at the demo on Sixth Avenue. “Obama is the new face, to seduce the world into compliance with U.S. imperialism.”

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Obama, More Polished Than the Last Puppet
By Cindy Sheehan
Okay, so the United States of America has had a new puppet regime for six months now... it’s way past time to call Obama and his supporters out, like we called Bush and his supporters out. Our Presidents are mere puppets for the Robber Class -- Obama is no exception. http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23121.htm


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Layla Anwar, Uncensored Arabwomanblues
All talk about the 40th anniversary of Moon Landing, Moon Walking, Mooning... Excuse me but who gives a fuck ?...You walked on the moon and you raped the earth... You have done nothing in your short stupid history but terrorise and create problems for the world, you and your stinking European Masters. If you were a half way decent country and people, instead of spending billions of dollars "conquering" outer space, stop your "conquests" here on earth and go and remedy the ills that you have not ceased creating with your billions of dollars, war and death industry. Instead of "conquering" outer space, contemplate its infinity and your position in this universe, how inconsequential you are, how infinitesimally small you are, in the grand scheme of things, how irrelevant you are, in the large pattern of the Cosmos... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=56223