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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Israel on Wednesday reportedly sent home two of the 21 people taken aboard a ship that attempted to break through a blockade and deliver supplies to Gaza.

Authorities released an American filmmaker and a Danish human rights activist, according to freegaza.org, the web site of the Free Gaza Movement, which organized the voyage opposing the blockade.

The other passengers remain in Israeli custody, among them former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and 1977 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mairead Maguire, who co-founded a group that worked for peace in Northern Ireland.

It is the second time that McKinney, a former Green Party candidate for president who twice served in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been aboard a ship that encountered Israeli forces while trying to reach Gaza.

An Israeli naval vessel and a small boat carrying supplies for the Free Gaza Movement collided last December.

Activists vowed Wednesday to continue to defy the blockade around Gaza.

“We are definitely going to go [back] even if we have to paddle across,” Greta Berlin, a Free Gaza Movement spokeswoman, told reporters in Cyprus.

On Wednesday, groups including the Green Party and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as well as users of social networking tools like Twitter urged the Obama administration and the State Department to press Israel to release the detained passengers.

Spokesman Darby Holladay said the U.S. embassy has been in touch with Israeli authorities. “We understand that the passengers are safe and accounted for,” he said.

Israeli naval forces on Tuesday intercepted the Greek-registered Arion in the Mediterranean Sea 23 miles off the Gaza coast.

The Free Gaza Movement contends the ship was carrying humanitarian aid. The organization had renamed the ship Spirit of Humanity and refers to it by that name on its web site.

Gaza has been under Israeli blockade since 2007, when Hamas gained control of the government. The Free Gaza Movement has breached the blockade five times since August 2008.

Israeli diplomatic officials said the ship was rerouted to the port of Ashdod. Its cargo was to be delivered to Gaza by road after a security inspection.

Material from Reuters is included in this report.

“Governors and legislators also are looking to the next president to end a bitter dispute between the states and federal government over new nationwide rules to make driver’s licenses more secure. Several states have rebelled and refused to comply with the Real ID law. Not only have states received little federal money to defray the estimated $4 billion cost of revamping identity-verification procedures in driver’s license bureaus, but critics also say the program is a threat to personal privacy and an intrusion by the federal government.

McCain supports the rules and has acknowledged the burden on states but has not said how he would pay for it. Obama opposes the program. Rendell said in Denver that the program “is going down” no matter who is elected Nov. 4.”

STATELINE.ORG on Real ID, McCain vs. Obama: The difference for states

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Readers,

It is my sincerest assessment at this time if McCain or Obama want the Anti-Real ID vote, they are going to have to get a different voting record and history for representing people on this issue or start creating one.

We will be watching for any comment to the contrary, but you may file Real ID representation with other civil liberties issues. One thing I have said recently is that both the Democratic and Republican parties tend to cherry pick which parts of the Constitution they uphold. This dictates the climate for freedoms in American life. Certain civil liberties end up being trendier to uphold than others depending on which party levies Judicial, Congressional and Executive powers.

If actions taken at the DNC/RNC are any reflection of the future of civil liberties infringments becoming a hip-retro trend for military and policing, the Republicans are beefer-than-thou. The DNC was only slightly more humane.

Unfortunately for the Obama Campaign, what McCain has going for him- certainly not to his personal credit- is that both McCain and Palin are from states that have banned civic implementation of the Real ID. However, we are not really comprehensively pleased about the Republican’s plan for progressive bankruptcy and continuance of foreign policies in the middle east. Obama voted for $300 K in funding to move the Real ID Act forward in Illinois. However, I’m fairly sure that he would listen to the people of Illinois if they piped up collectively and decided to go against Real ID’s. That’s my asessment of Obama the candidate – not of his press corp or of his foreign policy handlers, who obviously have no concern for the tagging and policing of the American people. To the contrary, they intend to maxx out their 9-11 credit card on the backs of the U.S. people.

I just wish there was a difference in McCain and Obama on this. There really isn’t. Who hasn’t heard about the 100 years of war? There isn’t a genuine approach that is honest and refreshing.
Look to the Third Party Candidates featured in this blog for that.

If we turn to the Obama/Biden ticket the reality appears to be nauseatingly bleak. Biden authored a preliminary draft to introduce Real IDs. In other words, he’s an early adopter of the Real ID systemic program for mass social management. The FISA vote put more nails in the coffin of doubt about the U.S. sustaining it’s illegitimate expansion of executive powers against the wellbeing of the American justice system.

That doesn’t mean we can turn to John McCain, because Palin “allowed” Real ID to be stopped in Alaska. Palin has given breath to the lungs of the winded McCain campaign, but I am not convinced that she will be a shot caller in the White House. McCain’s choice for Palin as a running mate may be the “earmark” of the aging Maverick. Palin is a Washington outsider invited inside to help ailing and anemic policies composed of bad ideas. It means good things for McCain ; not necessarily good things for changing the direction of the country. Palin’s best work may get shelved as the Vice Presidential placeholder while brunting the Republican party’s tow line. Gun rights advocates shouldn’t be overconfident that they have someone in their corner. If we look ahead, American SS-Gestapo tactics demonstrated at the RNC are just some of the fun things that will continue to as planned under McCain/Palin.

THERE IS ONLY VIGILANCE

There is no resting assurance or promise for those concerned with Real ID and an executive election. We can watch neo-conservative tacticians spin Real ID as SUPER AWESOME IMMGRATION POLICY as the databases are built for your Social Security number to be a sitting duck for identity thieves. We can watch neo-liberals claim to “unite a divided country” by not lifting a finger to shore up civil liberties. It’s the same result – so the burden is on you.

You are on your own. We need to get a national amendment that stops us from being cataloged, so our identity keys aren’t splayed for the world of digital villians to feast on. We need to get passports if that is what is required of us to leave this country. We need to stop being so generous with our identity documents when asked of us. Pay in cash. Carry a video camera with you when you drive. Make friends with lawyers. Get behind worker’s unions. Volunteer with voter rights groups to keep tabs. Go see your Congressman. Whatever you do, don’t accept your national ID card.

Sarah Palin, did some good work to end the reign of Real ID in Alaska.

“Governor Palin and the Alaska legislature deserve praise from all Alaskans for standing up to the federal government,” added Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the ACLU of Alaska. “Officials of both parties came together to pass legislation that will not only protect the privacy of Alaskans, but will protect their pocketbooks as well by rejecting Real ID’s massive financial burden.”

What happens when Ron Paul’s sidekick changes horses to tow the Republican party line? You get VP nominee, Sarah Palin. Here is just one example of how this woman can do-no-right after hitching her train to McCain’s straight-to-war express.

According to Liberty Maven, Palin is against offshore drilling.

According to Progressive news makers, Palin is a big oil champion.

Neither one has a favorable report on Palin, amid other press reports Palin is both fat and unattractive and then given too many advantages because she is attractive, has both no control over her children’s reproductive morality and is also lauded for standing by her pro-life principles. Voters… YOU DECIDE!!

This election is proving the base stupidity of people who are paid to report the news. One thing is for sure, this state Governor has a tough election ahead of her and the mud slinging has just begun.

The War Party Takes a Pre-Emptive Strike on Protestors.

Upon recieving personal reports that snoopy paratroopers were rooting in Minnesotas moving garbage like racoons in riot gear, I am not convinced over-policing grassroots opposition is the best execution of tax money. I have recently learned of a term called COINTELPRO we should all be aware of when dealing with steroid driven, amped police who may be given extra $$ for arrest quotas.

I wonder how much these Military Police were paid to arrest and attempt to discredit Democracy Now! producer, Amy Goodman.

Is there any question that this might-is-right mentality is communicating that the US Constitution is under suspension? You may not love Amy Goodman and her political roots but she had a right to report the news and so did her producers.

MORE JOURNALISTS DEFENDING THEMSELVES HERE

Grassroots Netroots Alliance will be at this event:
Oil Change International- Protest of Delegate Support for Oil Companies
WHEN: 8:30pm, Tuesday, September 2nd
WHERE: 510 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

If you are not detained or beat up from that event, you can crash this breakfast party.

Join the CEOs of Big Oil in Thanking the Texas Republican Delegates at their Hotel
WHEN: 8:00am, Wednesday, September 3rd (Yes, 8:00AM)
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel 11 East Kellogg Blvd. ST. Paul, MN

“The CEOs of ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP, Shell and Hess will be hosting a party at the hotel where the Texas Republican Delegates are staying to thank the Republican Party, the Bush Administration and Senator John McCain for the war in Iraq, skyrocketing gas prices at the pump, record breaking corporate profits for Big Oil and their excellent performance in blocking every effort to reduce carbon emissions and our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Wear your finest Republican Party clothes and we will provide Republican Party hats, “Oily Dollars”, loot bags, “Freedom Flags” (flags with oil company logos) and yellow “Support Our Oil Companies” ribbons.

Be prepared to dance and roll around in the millions of “Oily Dollars” that the industry gives back to Republican candidates (74% of Big Oil contributions go to Republicans) and the $1.2 million Senator John McCain has received from oil companies–three quarters of which came immediately after he reversed his previous opposition to offshore drilling.

CodePink, Courage to Resist, Global Exchange, Oil Change USA, Rainforest Action Network and the Ronald Reagan Home for the Criminally Insane had no part in organizing this Republican Rally. “

HAVE FUN.. AND DON’T FORGET TO PROTEST REAL ID!!

BTC – Special Report

We have been talking with Ms. McKinney who reported recently, most specifically, “I am against Real IDs!”
It’s really too bad we couldn’t hear more on the subject from her. In honor of citizens opposed to Obama, we decided to publish this.
We propose that she is a better alternative for voters who would vote Democratic in the 2008 Presidential election on the platform of civil liberties, global warming, foreign policy and universal healthcare.
Our reasons? The Democrats’ recent voting records on the Patriot Act, FISA, and extending the imbalances of both executive powers and those of appointed officials leave those with privacy and U.S. sovereignty issues out in the cold.
The Green Party’s platform on adding limitations to commercial expansion for the sake of conserving the environment and human posterity is not popular with conservatives. However, it may steer us away from oil dependency. Including the environment in debate conversations are keys to Green Party policy, giving the honest American “a break”, and not insulting our intelligence about the state of domestic affairs or how we arrived at that place.
We now turn to understanding the McKinney campaign and the U.S. struggle to redeem itself from the road to imperialized commercial extremism while trying to balance a rebound for the U.S. Constitution, a corroded infrastructure and a deadbeat economy.
Ms. McKinney is Georgia’s first African American Congresswoman. Her ascension in the Executive chain of command has been frought with ..politics. We, the people who vote, share her contest with random demands on the American identity and our legitimate place in American politics.

BTC – HUMOR
We here at BeatTheChip at times have been called on the mat for being a bit irreverent and prone to being distrustful of our government.

Our response to this is that we do not negotiate with fascists, at least not with any diplomatic skill, and the wet noodle lashings will continue until levity ensues. Anything is better than watching CNN today.

In this year of declared political allegiances – we have come up with some creative terminology for recent outbreaks of mass hysteria.

1) “Drinking the Kool-Aide” – This term applies to the person who blindly follows any line of rhetoric without question or stopping for the occasional grain of salt. The phrase has been used interchangeably with people who follow cult leaders. A proper use of this phrase might be, “Aunt Mabel, has been drinking the Kool-Aide. I can’t get a word in edgewise about any other political perspective other than her candidate.”

2) “Hope-mongering” – This is a gerund phrase for the incessant media blanketing for overkill mention of the words “Obama”, “Barack Obama”, and now the new dead-horse they are pulverizing, the Vice Presidential nomination of Joe Biden. You may count for every 36 Obama mentions there is a McCain mention. Not that we care. We just want variety and parity and ..maybe some of the other news we are missing. A proper use of the words Hope-mongering might be, “Jesus, Mary & Joseph, can’t I get any news on a concrete economic or a civil liberties plan from either of these people? A few months ago this was a bit of smooth jazz for Democrats. Now, all I’m getting is Hope-mongering!!

It’s like going to the grocery store and being told you can choose from 5 different flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate and Vanilla. I think I’ll have the Alka-Seltzer.

3)“Dirty Sanchez Bastard” – c/o UrbanDictionary.com- use this mace sparingly at TSA agents when they steal your laptop and grope your wife. Or when a Border Patrol Checkpoint pops up in you’re rear view when you’re out shovelling snow in the driveway.

n. A derogatory term used only in the most extreme situations as to where you are yelling during an unrehearsed fit toward any communistic authority figure. i.e. a principal, president, boss, etc.

Current event’s use of the term:
“We are going to continue to put them in areas where people have to pass through from point A to point B,” said the Dirty Sanchez Bastard constructing checkpoints in Washington state.

(Random conversation until random sighting of school principal.)
EX: Brit: Freeman! You took away my freedom you Dirty Sanchez Bastard!!!

KIDS – DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME
Here’s a story about a Dirty Sanchez Bastard, getting punked by some not-so-nice hackers here.
A hacker broke into a Homeland Security Department telephone system over the weekend and racked up about $12,000 in calls to the Middle East and Asia.

Highlights from Gizmodo Comment Board:

“Human Bomb — says
Everyone point and laugh at the DHS!”

” sam_i_am — says
Hacking the FEMA phone system – clever.
Hacking a phone system to call the Middle East – clever.
Hacking the FEMA phone system to call the Middle East – death sentence.”

” bms — says
FEMA = F*cking Emergency My Ass! …” More colorful reverie on Gizmodo.com.

TOKEN REAL-ID PROPAGANDA FOLLOWS
Here’s a really cool art show inspired by those batsh*t crazy conspiracy debunked theorists. God.. where do they get this stuff ? I swear they are so EMBARASSING sometimes.

Two weeks ago BeatTheChip began a series on the run for President elect and the challenges Real ID faces in being faced as a civil liberties, economic, immigration and Constitutional issue.

Since endeavoring to get this information, I have learned a lot about the delicate balance between persistence and answers from Presidential campaigns. Headlines ushered Bob Barr first in line to take his swipe at the Real ID cards. While BeatTheChip patiently waited for the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney to get us on her calendar, I was given the crash course and new goggles on Continuity of Government education from her Press Secretary, John Judge. We got our readers up to speed and then gave the preface to what Real ID as an issue might mean in a 2008 election.
Without further ado, we bring you a Sunday edition of ….

BeatTheChip’s PRESIDENTIAL SELECT featuring Chuck Baldwin

This week we will be featuring Chuck Baldwin, Constitutional Party (CP) candidate and his stances on the Real ID Act.

Chuck Baldwin, started his political career as a Florida chair for Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority. He was chosen as a Vice Presidential running mate in 2004 for the Constitutional party. Baldwin’s criticisms of the Bush Adminstration started with a vacation from the Republican party in 2000 for being too “liberal” in choosing the Bush/Cheney ticket. He endorsed Ron Paul as the Republican nominee during the 2008 primaries. Baldwin was nominated by the Constitutional party in April this year.

Baldwin, as the Constitutional Party nominee, had the most to say about Real ID and it’s relevance in the face of the US Constitution.

“The Patriot Act and the Real ID Act are not only unconstitutional but extra-constitutional. These bills are predicated upon the idea that our government has the power to do such things as spy on its own citizens, and this is simply untrue. The 4th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the Federal Government from unreasonably searching or seizing the people, their property, and effects without probable cause. The distinction that I have made here is important, because it states that not only are these Acts of Congress unwise, but they are unauthorized and beyond the scope of power for Congress to authorize,” said Baldwin.

Baldwin then gave his path to acting on the current legislation.

“Nonetheless, these Acts must be negated or otherwise removed from the books. As President, I will not only push for Congressional repeal of the Patriot Act and Real ID Act, I will simply nullify all aspects of these egregious bills. As the chief Executive, it will be within my power to simply not enforce this legislation. However, Presidents will come after me–so it will be of paramount importance that we remove these Acts from the books. Barring that, I will seek to defund and declaw the agencies who are empowered by such legislation,” stated Baldwin.

The Department of Homeland Security is one such agency, who maintains that Real ID is a solution for immigration documentation and is actively expanding the U.S.-Mexico border wall fence. The border wall fence is an environmental debacle affecting foreign workers and US landowners. DHS, as the chief enforcer of the Real ID Act, waived 36 federal laws to expand the fence around the time Baldwin was nominated. Here is what he had to say about the fence.

“As I’ve already stated, I am opposed to the REAL ID Act. This includes all provisions therein because the Act comes as a whole package. The Border Fence should be built, in my opinion, but it should be voted on very clearly and with no piggy-backing provisions. A straight up-or-down vote is what the American people want, and it is what they should be afforded. Congress does, of course, have the authority to waive laws that it legislated in the past and also has the authority to limit the jurisdiction of the various Federal Courts–which is the second half of Section 102 C in the REAL ID Act,” said Baldwin.

Federal jurisdiction in Continuity of Government would be a “cross -to-bear” for Baldwin as he calculated the worse case scenario uses for Real IDs as currently mandated.

“The Continuity of Government ensures that in times of crisis or violence, the government will continue to function legitimately (or, as legitimately as governments can function). The REAL ID Act seems rather innocuous to those who trust their government and elitist leaders to do the best for the country in the event of a crisis. I fear that the REAL ID Act would be used to restrict voting or freedom of movement in the event of a crisis,” said Baldwin.

Finally, Baldwin addressed the issues of the economy, tax pay outs on Real ID implementations and its projected effects on both voters and workers.

“The Real ID is a federal intervention into the business of the various states. I am a firm believer in the principles of federalism, enshrined in our Constitution and loved by our Founding Fathers. Each state has the power to determine its own credentials for voting, or even for employment, and this is none of the Federal government’s business. A simple reading of the 10th Amendment will tell us that any powers not provided to the Federal government in the Constitution is reserved to the states or to the people. Nowhere in the Constitution is voting mentioned as a power to control by the Federal government.

Simply put, my administration would do nothing to manage the fiscal burdens passed to the states by the Real ID Act. My administration would cut any enforcement of this legislation off at the knees. At an estimated cost of $11 billion over five years, Americans simply can’t afford the Real ID Act. More importantly, National Identification Cards are a very unpopular idea and the people will not suffer this violation of their civil liberties. To date, 21 states have passed legislation rejecting the Real ID Act–and I will encourage more of them to follow in their footsteps,” said Baldwin.

May the other 29 states follow.

For more information on Chuck Baldwin’s campaign, visit http://www.Baldwin08.com .

Anyone reading this blog should understand that Real ID is a single cog in a bigger machination.

In the past, we wondered why Presidential Candidates have not spoken more about the Real ID Act and its role to “round up” citizen’s identities. Real ID’s struggle for Executive representation as a populist issue started during the New Hampshire primaries.

UnionLeader.com reported the following in December of 2007:

“While former Sen. John Edwards and Ron Paul are on record against Real ID as a threat to civil liberties, as is Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Sen. Barack Obama’s only response so far has been to object on grounds it’s an unfunded mandate and not enough has been done to help the state’s implement it.

Chris Calabrese said the ACLU projects that although Real ID calls for the states to be in charge of their own information, ultimately the Feds will say “let us handle the database”.

“Ebel and Calabrese said the Department of Homeland Security is beginning to figure out there’s growing opposition to Real ID at the state level, so they’ve introduced the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that ACLU officials termed a “bait and switch” plan, which would hook up the driver’s license base to customs databases.

Although people were originally going to have a passport to cross the border, DHS said if states linked their driver’s license base to customs databases, they’d then be in compliance with Real ID.

A key concern is that the DHS could expand the uses beyond the official purpose of Real ID. As specified by legislation, the Real ID is a secure card issued by states to be used only for the following reasons: to access a federal facility, board federally regulated commercial aircraft and enter nuclear plants.”

The Bigger Picture for Real ID

The bigger picture for Real ID is part of a global conglomeration of wealth and power in the hands of a few. Their license to rule may be based on the level of existing disaster in the U.S.

If the plan for Continuity of Government wasn’t both pervasive and censored from the majority of our media, we could ignore it. However, Continuity of Government planning continues rain or shine.

Elections determine the current sucession of government. Unrest in Russian territories and “terrorists” touching nuclear weapons threats invoke Continuity of Government or COG. Impeachment proceedings, by all appearances, are being treated like a threat to succession of our current government.

Q: Why have you taken impeachment off the table as an option for President George W. Bush? Nancy Shipes WOODSTOWN, N.J.

A: I took it off the table a long time ago. You can’t talk about impeachment unless you have the facts, and you can’t have the facts unless you have cooperation from the Administration. I think the Republicans would like nothing better than for us to focus on impeachment and take our eye off the ball of a progressive economic agenda.

The Demand for Constitutional Accountability – Seeing Crimes Committed


In Los Angeles, Peter Thottam, Green Party Candidate & Impeachment Activist was arrested last night for confronting Nancy Pelosi at a book signing. {Action which got Peter Thottam arrested below}
http://flash.revver.com/player/1.0/player.swf?mediaId=1103375

“Security Guard called the LAPD officers and made a citizen’s arrest. Spent the night in jail. The police officers were sympathetic and agreed about the role of big money in Congress. They agreed that Pelosi and these reps are just tools, ” Peter Thottam.

We Are Change doing a similar action here:

So what is going on that there is no prosecution of our President? BeatTheChip has a clue.