David Addington

Sweet Land of Liberty, CRomnibus and Torture I sing!  Headlined Tuesday 12/16 by OpEdNews.com

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TRV Human BeingAmerica is a nation of extremes, but with inconsistent tolerance for extremists and no dependable majority foundation for those who diminish us with torture, corrupt our sense of balance with an inequitable cluster of bullets, or overdose our electoral process with Supreme financial steroids.

As friends and family gather together to ask the Lord’s blessings on rushed buying and exchanging, during multi-cultural Season’s Greetings for holidays intersecting in monetary nod to peace on earth detour, remember those gifts stolen by man’s inhumanity to twenty elementary school sons and daughters and their six self-sacrificing guardian teachers.

Give the gift of heroes who on 9/11, rushed to save, as did Tarrant Police Officer William Stacey, hearing a voice crying out in the wilderness, I need to put food in my baby’s stomach.

 

Whether CIA agent or submarine shower spy, self-serving foot dragging politician or activists calling to action; Wall Street greed or Main Street need, we must honor what is honorable, and purge, cleanse and purify ourselves by holding the dishonorable accountable.

Whether battlefield military or ballot box civilian, we mustn’t link to Nazi excuse, We Didn’t Know, for lying to ourselves, we collaborate with traitors betraying our national soul.

Whether we call it enhanced interrogation or not, what it did or didn’t procure can never justify.  Torture for any reason is repugnant international behavior that defines a nation and its people, and those who order it, are as much bottom feeders as those who behead the innocent.

On 12/13/14 tens of thousands of the American rainbow demonstrated the exceptionalism of our U. S. Constitution, while proving the power of peaceful protest against the puppeteers who use Romney’s 47%, to turn their vote against themselves; against what Founding Fathers launched, Lincoln preserved, against what The Greatest Generation fought for, and for which King and Kennedys died:  #Justice4All.

Wars are rarely the best choice, and worst, when the first choice of those who don’t have to fight them. Afghanistan War against 9/11 attackers was a war on terror.

The preemptive attack on Iraq, torture at Guantanamo and all our youth who returned brain damaged, maimed or didn’t come back at all, were acts of terror by our own government — and there was no honor in it.

The ironic truth is that the names of our torturers are as representative of America’s cultural diversity as the thousands peacefully protesting torture by sexual abuse, racism, gender inequality, and gun violence – truly, America is a melting-pot of extremes.

However…

  • If you think your vote in reaction to oral sex in the Oval was worth the lives lost in the Bush/Cheney/Wolfowitz invasion into a country that had nothing to do with 9/11
  • If you still think the Mushroom Cloud gang of GW Bush, Dick Cheney, George Tenet, John Yoo, Donald Rumsfeld, David Addington, Jay Bybee, John Rizzo, Bruce Jessen, James Mitchell, Alberto Gonzales, Condoleezza Rice, Cofer Black, and Jose Rodriguez served well any Americans but themselves
  • If, like General Michael Hayden, you think it’s acceptable that we knowingly held twenty-six innocent people in Guantanamo for months

Then you are among those duped by the billionaires who purchased our 114th Congress, with your 2014 vote, to erode Dodd Frank Act, and thus ensconce a Too Big to Jail security blanket for Wall Street corporate criminals, at the expense of our national stability, international reputation and individual dignity. 

The real terror comes from those who think torture is a Patriot Act, and from those who vote for them. 

Follow the money.  Speak truth to power.  Join those whose voice will no longer be muted – and make them hear you!

 

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Collateral Consequences: Veterans – Equal Pay – Jobs

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Believing…

NY Times Editor Jill Abramson is the only woman cheated by the Republican vote against The Paycheck Fairness Act;  Return of segregation and voting restrictions are southern phenomenon only;  Veterans are the only American citizens being ignored to death;  Families buying corporate owned bottled water to replace their employer’s Coal Ash deposits into their children’s drinking and bathing water isn’t sacrificing the health of all Americans;  Having a job frees us to ignore equal economic opportunity, separate but unequal, Support Our Troops, western droughts & eastern floods – then The Program is Addington’s plum.

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However, it wasn’t the butler in the parlor with a candlestick, nor educators and First Responders who failed to protect our shores from a decade of war dead & wounded, Too Big to Fail and the MERS Virus: It was corporate lawyers, bankers and Koch heads in secret top floor rooms.

Who are the bad guys responsible for Veteran deaths? Eric Shinseki, Dr. Robert Petzel, Phoenix Director Sharon Helman or does neglect infect through laziness from the ground up?

As a veteran, and human being, I’m appalled at an alleged 167 deaths of veterans because of a delay in treatment to any patient, but though in need of repair, it isn’t the VA system that’s broken, it’s Congress’ systematic failure to finance military and civilian services.

Mad as Hell, like Gonzales’ Can’t Recall fifty times defense, grants only temporary stay from accessory to medical negligence or vehicular attempted murder of the Middle Class.

So before pouring GM gloating over chumps champagne, celebrating chump change 35 million value put on endangered American lives, let’s recapture our moral backbone and insist Eric Holder finally lawyer up against The Program:  Grand Jury investigations, indictments, trial by jury and privatized prison black time for white collar criminals.

In service to the under-served 99%:

The Good: 1952 National Security Agency created because of Pearl Harbor

• Thomas Drake NSA Senior Executive (2001-08) discovers, before 9/11 NSA had capture/discern/discriminate global phone and email communications capability, using a program created by
• William Binney NSA technical director (1965-01) — Thin Thread, programed with protections preventing spying on Americans

• Edward Loomis NSA (1964-01), “Let us allow collection between U. S. to foreign, foreign to U. S. against the terrorism problem.”

Note: it’s not the plan as much as the president assuming the power to program the plan

• Jack Goldsmith Legal Counsel Office Head (2003-04) withdraws legal approval for spying on emails of millions
• James B. Comey (2004) led DOJ resignation of two dozen executives, including Goldsmith and FBI Director Robert Mueller (2001-13)

The Bad: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was created in 1978 (in a bank vault), because during 1970s, Nixon’s NSA repeatedly violated our Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.

FISA, legally limits administrations believing, as Nixon when the president does it that means that it is not illegal, by requiring warrants to spy on Americans.

If, like Bush/Cheney administration, you didn’t go through FISA and get a warrant, you’ve committed a federal felony.

• Vito Potenza NSA Deputy General Counsel (1993-06)
• Robert Deitz NSA General Counsel (1998-06)

• Alberto Gonzales White House Counsel (2001-05)
• Andrew Card, Bush White House Chief of Staff (2001-06)

Maureen Baginski, third highest ranking official at NSA, we’ve gone with another program: The Bush/Cheney/Addington administration corrupted American protected surveillance Thin Thread, into The Program.

The Ugly: October 26, 2001, Patriot Act created – With Cheney in his ear, GW Bush assumed extra-constitutional authority, telling NSA, I want you to go develop a program; we’ve got the lawyers working on it; but you have my order; we’re going to do this.

• Porter Goss, Chair of House Intelligence Committee (1997-04) CIA Director (2004-06)

• General Michael Hayden, NSA Director (1999-05) (CIA: We kill people based on metadata)

David Addington, Dick Cheney Attorney (2005—2009) authored The Program — the creation of a whole new surveillance program without warrants, looking for unknown terrorists by spying on Liberal, Independent and Conservative American men, women, students, teenagers, of every color and religion – equality at last.

The Program authorized by President George W. Bush on October 4, 2001 isn’t old news but, Why We Did It, at the expense of military youth, Veterans, Women, the Middle Class, Retirees and JOBS.Rubiks Cube

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