Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My response to Juan Cole's ANSWER to Glenn Greenwald

WHAT GREENWALD WROTE


WHAT PROF COLE WROTE

What I write:

Dear Professor Cole,


The best way that you can support the so-called rebels in Libya is to raise a battalion to go and fight side by side with them.


You say that getting rid of Qaddafi with be "worth the sacrifices in life and treasure."

I think you have gone down the slippery slope of neoconservatism when you are willing to sacrifice other people's lives and other people's treasures in another violent war for oil and other natural resources.

You also put yourself in service to NATO, which as I am sure you must know, is just another tool for in the US's quest for global hegemony over resources and economies, as currently in Afghanistan which has billions of dollars worth of precious minerals and natural gas.


I used to have a lot of respect for you and I know for sure that you are not ill-informed or stupid, so I wonder how many pieces of silver you earned for this one.





 

Monday, March 28, 2011

"A New Nightmare" SOAPBOX 92 GUESTS DENNIS KUCINICH AND THAD RUSSELL

SHOCK AND AWE IN LIBYA
(SOAPBOX #92) – Cindy welcomes two notable guests.  Cindy’s first guest, Thaddeus Russell, is an historian and cultural critic, author of A Renegade History of the United States.  (And those are just his introductory credits!)  A true nonconformist, he has a long list of public appearances.  Yes, previously, our “Bad Thad” had moved past the social/ethical conservatism of our historical “cultural leaders” to focus on the actual people themselves.  He regularly argued that many white Americans envied slaves for good reason, since slave culture offered many liberating alternatives to the highly repressive and work-obsessed, anti-sex culture of the early United States.  He demonstrated that prostitutes, not feminists, won virtually all the freedoms that were denied to women but are now taken for granted.  In short, this man is a truly creative & revolutionary thinker.  It should come as no surprise the man today perceives himself as though he’s been on an island and yelling for three years now.  (It seems he doesn’t want to kill the world’s unfortunates in order to SAVE them.)  He asks why are today’s “liberal” people are not separating themselves from the slaughter of innocents?  Hey there, boyz and grrls: Can you say “Bad mass murderer?”  “Bad!”  (I knew you could!)

Cindy’s next guest is Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio,  discussing our military intervention in Libya.  Congressman Kucinich had SEVERAL objections to this action, all on quite serious grounds.  This is a new nightmare for people in another land and a new nightmare for the American people.  Yet the BIGGEST objection seems to be that the entire power to make war is given by our Constituation in Article I, section 8 to Congress; not to the President.  This is not an academic debate.  The Founders felt very strongly, indeed about putting the war powers in the hand of the country’s legislative body.  Dennis offers MANY important points to consider!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"'Humanitarian War is an Oxymoron," by Cindy Sheehan

"Humanitarian War' is an Oxymoron"
Dennis Kucinich on Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
March 23, 2011

Yesterday, I was scanning through the AM radio stations on my way to Berkeley to pick up something, when I heard a familiar voice, our old friend, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Oh)—and he didn’t sound happy. So I stopped the scan to listen.

Surprisingly, Congressman Kucinich was talking to another old “friend,” Sean Hannity of Fox News—the only thing I have to say about Sean Hannity is that I was on his TV show in NYC once and he paid for my assistant and I to fly the next day to Cuba—Sean financed a Federal Crime, but at least I have something on him, now.

Anyway, Dennis was talking to Sean about the recent US bombing of Libya and he was furious at President Obama for not consulting with Congress before this happened, (he consulted with the UN, he consulted with the Arab League, he consulted with Hillary Clinton—Secretary of State; Susan Rice—US Ambassador to the UN and Samantha Power—somebody?), but he didn’t talk to Congress—which is the governmental body under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution that has the sole power to declare war.

Not only was Dennis angry about that, he was angry that the president sent Congress a weak letter this past Monday, after the fact, that justified his actions under Article II, which outline the duties of the executive branch. Well, the Constitutional Scholar was obviously incorrect about his assessment because nowhere in Article II does it say that the president has unilateral war making powers. In fact, as Dennis pointed out, in December 2007, Obama told the Boston Globe this little inconvenient truth that has arisen like a rattlesnake to bite him in the ass with the stark contradiction between what he said before he got the nomination, to what he actually did as president:

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." Barack Obama, Boston Globe, December 20, 2007

So, I was pounding on the steering wheel, flabbergasted that for the first time in years, I was hearing something that was bold and non-partisan coming from the mouth of a Congress-critter—I have always had respect for Dennis, I have eaten cereal with him at his modest home in Cleveland and learned much from him—but I haven’t been so impressed with him since Obama has been the leader of his party. However, my respect for Dennis soared yesterday and I quickly got a hold of the producer of my radio show to see if Dennis would do me the honor of coming on to tell me and my listeners (from the far-left) how he felt and what his concerns were. I was a little nervous, because I have become persona non grata in the halls of power since I have questioned everyone in those halls, not just the R’s.
I was not only pounding the steering wheel out of exuberance that Dennis was saying these things--but because I have felt so utterly alone and thoroughly attacked for being against the Holy One's "humanitarian intervention" in Libya. I have really felt like I was on a lonely island of sanity in a world that has gone completely bonkers!

Anyway, the full interview will be on this Sunday at 2pm PDST on Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox, but I just wanted to point out a few highlights.

First of all, I think Obama is in big trouble. I don’t think he is in “impeachable” trouble, but who knows? The last time a president was impeached it was a Democrat, Clinton, during a Republican House Majority. Obama has great support from Senators like Levin of Michigan and Kerry of Massachusetts, and I doubt Obama would be convicted in the Senate—but he is in trouble.

Secondly, as I told Dennis, Sean Hannity’s agreement with Dennis and the Republican anger reeks of partisanship and Dennis, who has supported Obama in some big things I don’t agree with, lends his voice as a voice of what’s right over allegiance to political party—and with Dennis’s district being disappeared for 2012, he is taking another political risk and I admire him for that.

I also asked Dennis if he was going to change his mind and give Obama a primary challenge over this and his answer to me was: “I think someone should, but it’s not going to be me.”

I gave up on Robber Class politics a long time ago and I think that most politicians are motivated by cynicism and greed, and many of my supporters and comrades will tell me that Dennis is a shill to keep the antiwar segment of the Democratic Party tied to the party—and I think they could be correct—but Dennis will stand up for peace and against blatant power grabs no matter who is president. In fact, he and Ron Paul of Texas and Walter Jones of North Carolina (both R’s) just co-sponsored a bill to have the troops out of Afghanistan by the end of this year—it failed, but it got 28 more votes than last time. It might all just be a charade, but I also know that there is no great movement of civil society pushing hard to make Congress defund the wars to end them—it’s just not there. We are failing, too.

Of course, I would be thrilled if Dennis would leave the Democratic Party and become a Green, or Independent, like Bernie Sanders of Vermont, but we need his voice where it is, for now.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW SUNDAY AT 2PM (PDST), BESIDES DENNIS, MY GUEST ALSO WILL BE HISTORIAN, THADDEUS RUSSELL, WHO WROTE A FASCINATING BOOK CALLED: A RENEGADE HISTORY OF THE US. THAD ALSO GOES OFF ON OBAMA’S INSANE POWER GRAB. 


Monday, March 21, 2011

"SHAME ON YOU OBAMA!"

"SHAME, SHAME, SHAME"

An Open Letter to War Loving (Democratic/Republican) Frauds by Cindy Sheehan

Libyans Who Don't Want to be Tomahawked

 Dear War Loving (Democratic or Republican) Fraud,

I know many of you don't really care, but in exactly 15 days, it will be seven years since my oldest son (whom I never "abandoned" and raised with his father and three siblings until he went into the Army when he was 21), Casey was killed in this Empire's insane War OF Terror. Was Casey the first, or the last? No--but he was my first and the shock knocked me out of my quiet complacency--which was just as wrong as the Empire's unending wars.

When I began protesting, Bush was president and my protest and the energy that grew around it was used by you Democrats to regain political power in the federal government. Four years later and a change of Executive, this nation is still mired in Arab countries waging a war against Arabs of all, or no, faith. Now brought to us by the Blue Team.

Three days after the current evil Emperor was installed by the oligarchy, he ordered a drone bombing in Northern Pakistan (a country that we are supposedly not at war with) that killed 36 civilians and since then, he has been absolutely mad about drone bombings, increasing Bush's total over 300 percent in far fewer years. Even though I never supported Obama who funded wars as a Senator and who is NOT a peace president, I said at the time: "Three days in and already a war criminal." was thoroughly attacked by Democrats who once affiliated as "peace" activists for not giving Obama "time."

Well, Gitmo is still open, military tribunals will resume for men who have been illegally detained for up to a decade now, US Tomahawk missiles are raining down on innocents in Libya (killing people to save them is the NEW PEACE), dictators are still supported, Israel is still occupying and oppressing Palestine, activists are being targeted by Obama's DOJ while BushCo are being protected, the USA PATRIOT ACT was renewed, the Gulf is dying--and where is the outrage? 

This is where I think the outrage is--the oligarchy of this country is clever, they knew that it would take a person of color with an Islamic name who sold his soul many years ago--to fulfill the neocon agenda of planetary dominance (see: Project for a New American Century). So if one criticizes Obama, then we are attacked by War Loving Democrats for being: "divisive fanatics," "racist," "Tea Baggers," "crazy," etcetera. Could McCain be getting away with bombing North Africa? Or does that take an African-American to give political cover to the war jackals?

The last four paragraphs were for War Loving Democrats, Greens and Socialists--yes I have heard from all three groups denouncing me for being against bombing Libyans to save them (same thing BushCo said about Iraqis, by the way--and the very same rhetoric used for Vietnam, etc).

This next part is for war loving Republicans and "Independents,"

What? Are you people morons? First of all, you should be dancing in the streets praising the name of Obama like your comrades in the Democratic Party who hypocritically support his murders. Face it--YOU OVERTLY LOVE WAR--when a Republican is doing it. Admit it, you salivate over killing innocents so those "jihadist" babies won't crawl over here to cut your throats and make your women wear burkas! How dare you attack me and complain that I don't protest Obama's wars, when you should be out supporting him with all of your violent hearts and souls.

Before you write to attack ME for being a hypocrite, I suggest a five minute exercise in "googling."
If you do that, then you'll see since before he was even elected, I opposed Obama, while I was running for election in San Francisco AGAINST a Democrat, Nancy (War Lover and Torture Supporter) Pelosi.

You'll also see that I wrote a book in January of 2009 detailing everything I discovered that was wrong with this Empire and the myths that bind both sides to the establishment. Then you'll find that I traveled to Martha's Vineyard in 2009 when the Obamas took a $50,000 per week vacation there to demand a meeting with him to ask him "What Noble Cause?"

But that's not all, my War Loving Republican "friends."

In March of 2010, I set up a Peace Camp called Camp Out Now on the lawn of the Washington Monument for two weeks protesting Obama and his wars. Near the end of that Camp, I was arrested in front of the White House and jailed for 52 hours, then given a four month "stay away" order from the White House--does this sound like someone who supports, or is supported by the Obama regime?

Not being one to abandon my principles so quickly, I went back in July for two weeks to try and do the same thing.

have protested the regime's drone bombing campaign in front of CIA HQ in Langley, Va AND at the Smithsonian Institute where the harbingers of massacre are proudly displayed--I even traveled to Oslo, Norway to protest his awardence of the Nobel Peace Prize.

So, War Lovers on the "right"--hate me if you will, but hate me because I am diametrically opposed to everything you stand for, not because I am a "hypocrite." Look inside yourselves and realize that Obama is ONE OF YOU--scary isn't it?

And War Lovers from the "left"--hate me if you will, too, but not because I am a "fanatic" (how can one be a fanatic about non-violence?), hate me because the light I shine back at you exposes your own lack of integrity around these issues--be honest and look deeply inside yourself and see that if it were McCain/Palin or Bush/Cheney bombing the crap out of Libya, you would be furious with me, not at me.

Peace Before Partisan Politics,

Cindy Sheehan




PS: Being against the US and its toadies bombing Libyans DOES NOT mean I am for Qaddafi killing Libyans either (or anyone killing Libyans, or others, for that matter). 

PPS: In his own words:
‎"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." Barack Obama, Boston Globe, December 20, 2007

Bar and Mo sitting in a tree!
 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Barack-a-lujah! I Have Seen the Light! by Cindy Sheehan

 

Thanks to the helpful feedback I have received over these past two, or so, years, I have seen the enormous error of my ways.
I used to be against ALL wars and the use of violence, but (and I must admit a little confusion on this one, at first) now it seems that I am against wars, acts of war, and violence ONLY if a Republican is president. Now I understand with perfect clarity that it was good to protest Bush—and if the US-UN resolution against Libya was done when Bush was president, it would have been wrong—but now it’s “compassionate.” I must admit, I was a little shocked to find out that the US actually commits compassionate acts and, again, silly me—I thought most acts of war and war were for profit. I realize that only a jerk (or racist) would think that now. I have repented.
I cringe with embarrassment when I think of the wasted years imagining that there could be any other way to solve problems without killing more innocent people! It’s okay to bomb Libyans to save Libyans (or Iraqis to save Iraqis; or Afghans to save Afghans; or Yemenis to save Yemenis, etc) because a Democratic president who has been given the cover of the UN Security Council may bomb them. Yep, it’s all starting to make sense. With all the continuing conflicts, imagining a world without war was starting to seem useless—and now I know it was! Phew!
This is another kooky idea I had—that the Security Council of the UN oftentimes, if not always, bowed to the will of the global oligarchy—or should we say, OILigarchy. I chuckle, because apparently that notion was either dead wrong, or was just a fact of life up until January 20, 2009.
Here’s another mistaken notion that I labored under all these years: Torture is inhumane and a war crime. Up until just last week, I thought the US torture camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba should be closed and that military tribunals should not resume—but President Obama signed an executive order to keep Gitmo open and resume military tribunals. Wow, it’s like from almost one day to the next, torture and illegal, indefinite detention became acceptable practices.
Pssst—since I am in confession mode, I want to, with a red face, confess something else. Please, I hope you laugh with me and not at me, but this is so hard to admit. I thought I learned that US citizens were to be arrested only with reasonable cause, given their due process, and THEN punished if found guilty. I must admit I still thought that was wrong earlier today, but when I was (not so) gently and repeatedly reminded that we have a change agent as president, the scales fell from my eyes and now I get it! If Barack Obama (D) thinks that a US citizen needs to be executed without a trial or even a handshake, then by golly that person must need to be killed. Barack Obama (D) is a Constitutional scholar after all and I am sure his interpretation of the Bill of Rights is the correct one. Who am I to argue? What a relief—thinking is so unnecessary and hard!
Now the skeptical, old and ignorant Cindy Sheehan would have thought that the US was only concerned with the regime in Libya “killing its own citizens” because Libya has large crude oil reserves, but that was before I reflected on the fact that Barack Obama (D) has told us that offshore drilling and nuclear power is safe! Like my new hero, Barack Obama (D) keeps saying, we do need to “reduce” US dependence on “foreign oil,” but not before we kill as many people as we must to get all of that oil. The old me also would have thought that we needed to entirely eliminate our dependence on petroleum and petroleum products all together, but if Barack Obama (D) says it’s safe, that’s good enough for me!
I just hope the people of Libya realize that it’s way more of an honor to be killed by a US bomb then by a Libyan bomb and what an honor it is that the US is paying attention to their internal strife, because we don’t always do that—we like to pick and choose—and Libya, it’s probably just a coincidence that we choose YOU because you have oil. My country would never do anything wrong when a Democrat is president and I will forget history, too, because I don’t need it anymore.
I also must admit that I used to spend a lot of time worrying about Pfc Bradley Manning being incarcerated and tortured at Quantico for allegedly dumping info about US policy to Wikileaks. Now, I believe that if he did that to my wonderful president, he must deserve the treatment he is getting. Manning, that traitor, is lucky President Obama (D) hasn’t just decided to drop a Hellfire missile on him from one of those righteous drones he loves to use! Additionally, if Obama (D) says that Manning’s treatment is “appropriate,” I believe him now. Worrying about Bradley was keeping me up at night and now I wish I had the money back that I incorrectly donated to his legal defense fund so I can send it to the Committee to Re-Elect the President.
The old axiom is true! Confession is good for the soul!
I hope with this confession and subsequent penance (10 Our Fathers, 20 Hail Mary’s and a pledge to vote Democrat for the rest of my life) that I am accepted back into the fold of the Democratic Party. I will also voluntarily swear to uphold healthcare for profit and to love Wall Street, the war machine, and the bankers with all my heart while detesting working people and those people who want to “kill Americans” for absolutely no reason.
In Obama I trust. What a relief! Having a conscience is very isolating.
Let’s Party with a capital D because if I can CHANGE, then there is HOPE for everyone and anyone else who are still lost wandering nearly alone in that wilderness of integrity.
Come home!
War is Peace!
Freedom is Slavery!
Ignorance is Strength.
2 + 2=5



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Empire Means Never Having to Mean it's Sorry by Cindy Sheehan

NEXT VICTIMS? OR ALREADY VICTIMS?

“The US is deeply sorry…these deaths shouldn’t have happened,”
General David Petraeus after nine Afghan children gathering wood were slaughtered by the US.
 On 3 March, occupying forces in Afghanistan killed nine children gathering wood in Kunar Province. This time, instead of despicably accusing Afghan parents of killing their own children to laughably cast the US in a bad light (we don't need any help), according to the L.A. Times, Petraeus “swiftly” apologized.
Well, as someone who has had a child killed in this Imperial insanity, I know that apologies and blood money are just not enough to assuage the overwhelming grief one feels when a child precedes a parent to the stone-cold permanence of death. If there is any worse thing than burying a child, burying one so that others can realize vastly improved bottom-lines has to be way up there.
Having a child killed in needless and senseless wars is as needless and senseless as having one killed by a drunk driver. Even though there are strict laws in my state to punish people who drive while they are under the influence, apparently there are no strict laws against committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. There is not even a “War Criminal’s Anonymous,” where arbiters of peace and justice can send these brazen and unrepentant criminals to, after nine youngsters are murdered in calculated cold-blood.
Tragedy can be described as a very sad or disastrous event. Tragic things happen to people every day at the hands of the Empire, and since the USA is the world’s top-evil Empire, the people that are on the receiving end are the ones that should have the most claims on our sympathy. However, we also know it is a fact that many US troops come home with what used to be called “shell shock,” but is now called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I would hope the ground-level soldier who made the “mistake” (but make no mistake about it—there are no “mistakes” in illegal wars of aggression—every activity is criminal) that killed these children in Afghanistan has the conscience of a human being and is at the very least troubled by what he/she did. We call things that kill people without remorse: Monsters.
Well, the Monster Petraeus claims that the U.S. is “deeply sorry,” for the deaths of the Afghan boys, but we know that few people at the helm of this demented ship of state are truly “sorry” that anyone is getting killed, let alone nine desperately poor children in Afghanistan—over a million people have been killed since 9/11/2001 and if any tears have been shed by the war mongers, they are of the crocodile variety, to be sure.
How about the rest of the people who reside and pay taxes in this Empire—do they even know about this incident? In the Charlie Sheen/Newt Gingrich soaked news-o-tainment industry, these deaths haven’t even been mentioned. When that tax check to Uncle Sam is written every year, or when he takes his pound of flesh every payday, does the average American even stop to think what his/her money pays for?
Our tax dollars don’t just go to pay for wanton murder, they go to pay to keep Guantanamo Bay torture facility open
During the marathon-infomercial some people like to call a “presidential campaign,” then candidate Obama, was very clear that he would close Guantanamo Torture Facility and “restore habeas corpus” to those detained. Candidate Obama correctly identified the existence of such a place as a detriment to America’s “image;” yet, as president, Obama recently signed an executive order to restore Military tribunals and has not kept his promise, nor carried out his other executive order to close the prison.
According to British journalist, Andy Worthington, dozens of teens, sometimes 12-13 years old have been incarcerated in Guantanamo. Who’s going to say “sorry” to them for having their lives stolen along with the unspeakable torture and inhumane treatment they received at the hands of the Beacon of Democracy?
One member of this Gitmo Youth Group, Mohammed Jawad of Afghanistan, was tortured in Gitmo, confessed to the crime he was accused of, and held in detention for seven years based on a confession gleaned from torture! Imagine being 12 years old, arrested by foreign occupiers and then tortured. What would you say? Would you “sing like a bird,” as U.S. officials derisively said about this child? Now imagine your own child or another relative being treated worse than an animal and imprisoned for 1/3 of their young life for nothing. No “swift” apology came for Jawad, and nothing, especially an empty apology, could give him back his life, anyway.
Speaking of torture, PFC Bradley Manning has been tortured at Quantico for over a year now for allegedly “leaking” information to the whistleblower site, Wikileaks. Bradley has been held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day for nearly a year now. He has been charged with 22 counts, including “aiding and abetting the enemy” and faces execution if convicted. The civilian and military leaders of this Empire “aid and abet the enemy” everyday by their actions, orders, greed and insanity. In fact, they are the ones that are the enemy, and if he did leak the material, Manning exposed them he did not “aid” them.
In fact, one of the things Manning allegedly leaked is the “Collateral Murder” video, which is an egregious example of military mayhem that shows an Apache helicopter crew in Baghdad strafing some journalists and a van with two children inside that rushes to the aid of the journalists. When the crew discovers that children were in the van, you hear a soldier with a deficient soul say, “Oh well, that’s what you get when you bring children to a war zone.” Actually, quite the opposite, the U.S. illegally and immorally brought the “war zone” to the children and is sending the children of our nation to slaughter the children of others.
The Empire reminds me of my nearly three year-old grandson, Jonah--whenever he knows he has done something he shouldn't, he says "I sowwy, I sowwy," right away thinking his "swift" apology will expunge his guilt and avoid punishment. 
Jonah doesn't really mean it either, but he's too young to know the difference.
Monster Petraeus was correct about one thing--these deaths should never have happened, but the nine youngsters in Afghanistan weren't the first ones killed and they won't, unfortunately, be the last.
War is so ridiculous with grown men behaving like out of control toddlers with live ammo, planes, helicopters and bombs--time for this Empire to crumble as all Empires have in the past. 
Just leave our children out of it.




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Thursday, March 3, 2011

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I am working very diligently on the internet book: Revolution, A Love Story, based on the footage and finished product that was hijacked from me by an ex-colleague. I had thousands of dollars invested in the project and instead of having all that money go down the drain, I decided to write this book.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Tables Get Turned: Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and Raymond Davis by Cindy Sheehan


Turn about is fair play.
American Proverb

In February of 2010, based on the flimsiest of physical evidence and rampant anti-Muslim bias, a Pakistani woman, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, was convicted in US Federal Court in Manhattan for ATTEMPTED "murder of an American" and sentenced to 86 years plus life in prison. The terms “kangaroo court” and “railroaded” spring easily to mind when I think about the case of Dr. Siddiqui. I wrote extensively about the case in an article called: Injustice in the Age of Obama.

The final chapter has not been written in the tale of Dr. Siddiqui and just recently a bold Senator from Pakistan has offered to come to the States to meet with everyone concerned with the Siddiqui case, as Senator John Kerry recently did in Pakistan in reference to the case of Raymond Davis.

Raymond Davis is a confirmed CIA asset who apparently was given diplomatic credentials who shot and killed two Pakistani (one in the back as he was fleeing) men in Lahore in January, claiming he was worried he was about to be robbed. A third Pakistani was struck and killed by a second CIA asset who rushed to Davis’s aid, even though, ironically, it wasn’t Davis who needed the aid—it is the people of Pakistan who needed protection from the CIA.

Not only was a “Diplomat” carrying a Berretta which killed the two Pakistanis, his car contained a loaded Glock, GPS equipment, several full magazines and a telescope. Weird cargo for a rental car—the car Davis was driving wasn’t even a consular car, which further undermines the contention that he was under some kind of  Diplomatic immunity.

According to a UK Mail article on February 16th, US president Barack Obama said, “Davis' detention risked further straining relations between the countries,” and went on, “local prosecution of a diplomat posed a threat to American diplomacy in general.” Oh really? 

The people of Pakistan have been up in arms against their government for years now, viewing it as a collaborator in connection to the CIA controlled drone bombings in Northern Pakistan which are responsible for killing hundreds, if not thousands of civilians, along with the sprinkling of suspected "al Qaeda." The government of Pakistan routinely “denounces” such US attacks, but allows some of the drones to be launched from Shamsi Airfield in Pakistan. Speculation has been rampant that Davis was deeply involved in this program especially since there were no drone strikes from the day of his arrest on January 27 until February 21 (after the year began with about one drone strike every five days). Mere coincidence? Weather? Hm?

(Just as I am writing this article, a news item comes in from the UK Telegraph stating: A US intelligence agent arrested after shooting dead two men was the acting head of the CIA in Pakistan and had been gathering intelligence for drone attacks, according to intelligence sources).


So, our suspicions that Davis worked for the CIA were not only true, but they were mega-true. If he has been “acting head” of the CIA in Pakistan--in 2010, 118 drone attacks were made that killed about 1000 people. The January 27th incident—that was fishy from the beginning—has the stench of black ops all over it. There is also speculation that Davis worked to recruit native-born CIA assets to stir up trouble to justify the drone bombing program and the continuing US War on Terror—there must be Terror to keep the War going, after all. 


The people of Pakistan are also rightly inflamed about the brutal treatment of Dr. Siddiqui and the profound dearth of justice that followed from her arrest for “attempted murder of Americans” (not one person was even scratched in the room that Dr. Siddiqui supposedly sprayed with M-16 gunfire) to the foregone verdict of guilty at her “trial.”

So far, Pakistan has refused to recognize Davis’s diplomatic immunity and Senator Kerry was sent back to the US empty-handed from his diplomatic trip to see about the release of Davis. Indeed, the news from Pakistan on February 23rd is that Pakistani courts will handle the Davis matter. Even though he doesn’t deserve it, I hope he gets better treatment than Dr. Siddiqui received at the hands of the Barbaric Americans. I guess everybody deserves justice, though—even murderous Americans who deny it to other people.

Coincidentally, I wrote this in my October 2010 article about Dr. Siddiqui:


Even if Dr. Siddiqui did shoot at the Americans, reflect on this. Say this case was being tried in Pakistan under similar circumstances for an American woman named Dr. Betty Brown who was captured and repeatedly tortured and raped by the ISI - here in the states that woman would be a hero if she shot at her captors - not demonized and taken away from her life and her children.

Well, my scenario has come true, except it wasn’t Dr. Betty Brown who was captured, tortured, and repeatedly raped by the Pakistani ISI--equivalent of the CIA—no—it was a CIA agent who was arrested for actually committing a crime and there has been no report of Davis receiving ill treatment at the hands of the Pakistanis, apparently that’s our specialty here in the US. Of course there’s no outcry here in the US, (except from the State Department and Obama who want this murderer released), but the recent event in Lahore and the continuing aftermath should be HUGE news, but somehow, is not.

Even though most Americans have no idea who these people are, everyone in Pakistan intimately knows the stories of both and won’t rest until Davis is tried in a Pakistani court of law and Siddiqui is repatriated back to her home.

The weak government of Zardari in Pakistan constantly wishes to placate and stall every side in every debate, but if something comes between its money from the US (remember, that’s how US puppets get wealthy) and the people of the nation, (remember, Mubarak), the money will almost always win

There has been some unofficial talk in Pakistan about trading Raymond Davis for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. Even though, I want Dr. Siddiqui out of US prison and to accept such an offer so she could be home with her surviving children, trading a cold-blooded CIA killer for an innocent woman would be another miscarriage of justice—but even if the deal was offered by Pakistan, I wonder if the US would accept?

No matter what happens to Davis in Pakistan, trying him would be ONE for justice and ZERO for the Empire during this inning.

I can only imagine the hissy fit the Empire is throwing right now in response to its puppet, for the time being, dancing to a different master.