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Only the Whistleblower Goes to Prison


By bgamall4   Follow   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 10:25am PST   539 views   9 comments
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Robert Sproul   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 1:13pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 1

Obama promised to "usher in a new era of open government".
His attorney general, the execrable Eric Holder, has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the draconian World War I-era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined.

curious2   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 2:53pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 2

"Ron Paul says he'd protect Bradley Manning and other whistleblowers"

Robert Sproul   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 12:17am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 3

Sentenced to 2 1/2 years. Torturers remain free.
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Quigley   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 1:40am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 4

From a related article on that same site, a MLK mini biography. Here's the quote:
King became increasingly committed to building bridges between the civil rights and labor movements. Invited to address the AFL-CIO's annual convention in 1961, King observed, "The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who today attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them." In a 1961 speech to the Negro American Labor Council, King proclaimed, "Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God's children." Speaking to a meeting of Teamsters union shop stewards in 1967, King said, "Negroes are not the only poor in the nation. There are nearly twice as many white poor as Negro, and therefore the struggle against poverty is not involved solely with color or racial discrimination but with elementary economic justice."

Funny how we are just now "discovering" this truth, that rights for workers build a better and stronger and more economically vibrant nation. It wasn't until he began to promote this concept that the assassin's bullet took him.

B.A.C.A.H.   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 1:57am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 5

Quigley says

Funny how we are just now "discovering" this truth, that rights for workers build a better and stronger and more economically vibrant nation. It wasn't until he began to promote this concept that the assassin's bullet took him.

Yes. Civil rights was neutral or good for business. Boycotts and riots were bad for business.
Besides broadening his movement from civil rights for blacks to social justice for everyone, King was broadening his movement to include the injustice on Americans and on Vietnamese, of the Vietnam War.
It's one thing to have rural south segregationists as enemies. Quite another to have big business and the LBJ war effort as enemies.

mell   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 2:10am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 6

Time to impeach this idiot and send his administration to jail.

mell   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 2:11am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 7

Maybe Eric Placeholder can get that impeachment going ;)

bgamall4   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 4:26am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 8

mell says

Time to impeach this idiot and send his administration to jail.

And replace it with the Republicans who did the dirty deed?

mell   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 8:33am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 9

bgamall4 says

mell says

Time to impeach this idiot and send his administration to jail.

And replace it with the Republicans who did the dirty deed?

Not my favorite choice (ideally a libertarian like Ron Paul), but I would like to give each candidate a fair chance until they have screwed up enough, then it's time for the next one. I'd rather have a lot of candidates rotating in and out fast until someone halfway decent is in. Grounds for impeachment have been plenty during the last couple of administrations. Obama and his whole administration certainly has to go IMO.

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