Obama needs to pull us out of Afghanistan, Roll Back the lost Freedoms in the PATRIOT Act, and Restore Posse Comitatus.

Now that Bin Laden's life has ended – will our foreign wars be next? More and more Democratic lawmakers are lining up to say it’s time to get out of Afghanistan. Even Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz acknowledged that finding Bin Laden proves that we don’t need “100,00 people on the ground in Afghanistan.” Come July – the President needs to pull us out of Afghanistan. And roll back the lost freedoms in the PATRIOT Act, and restore Posse Comitatus.

And get rid of the Chertof Porno Scanners and let people keep their shoes, like they do at airports in most of the rest of the world. And stop obsessing on fear and war, like Bush and Cheney did, and instead once again become a nation that builds up both itself and others; that advocates privacy, life, and nonviolence; and that values education and human rights more than it does death and war.

The biggest lesson out of the Middle East is that the violent guy lost and is pretty universally hated, and the nonviolent people in Egypt and Tunisia are showing the way - through their successes - that others from Hamas to the United States should follow.

Comments

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making progress 11 years 40 weeks ago
#1

You are way off base, Thom. The premise of your debate shows how the Washington Power Structure has corrupted you. You used to ridicule the Correspondents Dinner, now you're bragging that you attended it. Are you more concerned with the "doing well" part of the phrase that you taught me? "Doing well by doing good."

Read Chris Hedges response to the killing of Bin Laden.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/chris_hedges_speaks_on_osama_bin_ladens_death_20110502/

"I despair that we as a country, as Nietzsche understood, have become the monster that we are attempting to fight." – C. Hedges

making progress's picture
making progress 11 years 40 weeks ago
#2

Habeas corpus! What about Habeas corpus? Why are you not asking “Why Habeas corpus has not been restored by Obama?”

gerald's picture
gerald 11 years 40 weeks ago
#3

I am for leaving all wars.

Huckabee welcomes bin Laden to hell. Not so fast Huckabee! On a daily basis I pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for my family, me, and anyone in need of a Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Jesus will stand before God, the Father, to ask for mercy for even the harden criminal or sinner. It is possible that my Chaplet of Divine Mercy may have saved bin Laden's soul.

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RLM8 11 years 40 weeks ago
#7

Dear Thom

After reading your blog and listening to today's show. I find the need to comment.
All the while Afghanistan, Tora Bora and the hunt for bin Laden were in progress, before the invasion of Iraq. After the tax cuts had been enacted, right before we went into Iraq. George Bush said this will only cost a couple of billion dollars. I would like to know was it premeditated, in other words, do you think they were going to leverage this debt into a hostile takeover of our economy and federal government? The hunt for Osama was one thing, but the financial responsibility for these wars and his tax cuts coupled with deregulation and privatization, led to the worst economic period In history United States with the exception to the Great Depression. Its a big pictue . What you think? I am listening.

The past 10 years have proven that the defunding government organizations such as EPA are one of George Bush's favorite tactics in destroying the opposition. Was it premeditated, that a president going to war would underfund his own society to gain a political advantage?

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stonesphear 11 years 40 weeks ago
#8

The Osama opportunity. Clean up our back yard and set a better example.

Perhaps Stephen J. Hemsley has something to share on that issue. ?

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stonesphear 11 years 40 weeks ago
#9

In that there is no Osama it is easier to sort out the differance.

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gerald 11 years 40 weeks ago
#10

Here is my response to people who denigrate human life.

Mattie Stepanek, 1999

No matter who you are,

Say a prayer this season.

No matter your faith,

Say a prayer this season.

No matter how you celebrate,

Say a prayer this season.

There are many ways

To celebrate faiths.

There are so many faiths

To celebrate life.

No matter who,

No matter what,

No matter how,

You pray.

Let’s say a prayer

This season,

Together, for peace.

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gerald 11 years 40 weeks ago
#11

Here is why I oppose abortion.

Touch of Heaven Mattie Stepanek, November, 1999

What is it like to have a baby

Fall asleep while holding your finger?

It is a soft, precious touch.

It is relaxing, yet exciting.

It is a feeling of trust and importance.

It is so soothing it makes me want to

Fall asleep.

It is a sign of peace and love.

What is it like to have a baby

Fall asleep while holding your finger?

It is a gift from Heaven.

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gerald 11 years 40 weeks ago
#12

We must keep our eyes on the prize. Here is the prize for you and me.

Heavenly Greeting by Mattie Stepanek, March, 1996

Dear God,

For a long time,

I have wondered about

How will You meet me

When I die and come to

Live with You in Heaven.

I know You reach out

Your hand to welcome

Your people into Your home,

But I never knew if You

Reached out Your right hand,

Or if You

Reached out Your left hand.

But now I don’t have to

Wonder about that anymore.

I asked my mommy and

She told me that You

Reach out both of Your hands,

And welcome us with

A great big giant hug.

Wow!

I can’t wait for my hug, God.

Thank You,

And Amen.

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stonesphear 11 years 40 weeks ago
#13

Geraid.

What is it like to give birth to starvation, to give birth to aids, to give birth to gross disfiguration ? To commit suicide rather than give birth ? Late term abortion is a medical problem not a social problem. Beyond that there is room for debate . It becomes more of a social issue. Poverty, starvation, disease, wars over resource, etc. etc. If sentience cannot deal with this humanly then nature will deal with it, notions of "humane" left asunder.

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garrisop 11 years 40 weeks ago
#14

I'm not entirely convinced they really killed Bin Laden. Where are the photos? We sure had plenty of pictures of Sadaam, but Bin Laden was conveniently killed at night and buried at sea? Hmmm. As to whether his "death" makes any difference or not, I guess we'll see. I tend to suspect that the real perpetrators of 9-11 are still at large.

the other 98 11 years 40 weeks ago
#15

My wife had it spot on. This OBL that they killed wasn't the really OBL. Have you ever seen the movie Princess Bride. Her boy friend was the Dread Pirate Roberts, but it was a franchise. He inherited it form the previous "Dread Pirate Roberts" Who was not the Original Dread Pirate Roberts either. So is this OBL, living in a Million dollar home, the 1st Dreaded OBL or one of the franchises? It's all about the Name.

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Berry 11 years 40 weeks ago
#16

Are our homes a security for national debt ? If so,perhaps very citizen is insolvent? How about the birth of one? Is he or she Already in debt that cannot be paid? Are we being sacrificed by war for corporate greed,health insur etc. Do we even know how to live anymore?

dnarnadem 11 years 40 weeks ago
#17

As I said last night, the Conspiracy theorists are having a field day! This is a lot easier than sitting down and evaluating the facts, the hard work. As the Queen stated in “Alice In Wonderland”, "Why, sometimes I've believed in as many as six impossible things before Breakfast"! It would do well to have all these "Fairy Tale" believers and creators re-read Alice!

Also, there is an Obama Hater factor at work here - they will never admit that Obama accomplished this monumental feat! Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, 2 Wars, 2-3 Trillion wasted and 8 Years, they could not accomplish this feat. In Fact, the one time they had OBL in Toro Bora, they managed to screw that up!

If fact, in the whole 8 years that these white male incompetents were in power, they never even came close to accomplish what Obama has in 2 Years! On top of that, they started a war based on Lies that has led to over 5000+ dead Americans in Iraq, almost bankrupted America and tortured people for no good reason other than it felt good! These 3 incompetents should be brought before a tribunal and prosecuted for War Crimes!

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Palindromedary 11 years 40 weeks ago
#18

"white male incompetents?"...man you are letting them off the hook ....they were not just incompetent but they were war criminals who committed treason against the US. Too bad Obama so easily followed in their footsteps and basically continued their policies of economic and war crimes including torture. Conspiracy theories? But yet it so easy to put your mind in "duh" and accept the official "Bush" government conspiracy theory that is so full of holes that not many people believe in it anymore. They are more like....oh that is so 2001...let's move on and not pressure our precious pampered brain cells to think about some of the more likely scenarios that are backed even with scientific evidence that 911 was an inside job. Let's just move on...in the words of our current mealy-mouthed puppet in the White House. Let's not think about how this country has been hijacked by neocon/neoliberals who have wrecked our economy and many of our lives. Let's just keep our minds zombied on empty, meaningless slogans like "yes we can" (no we didn't!!!) and with Obama...we never will!!!
I think we need a Muslim turned atheist black woman in the White House as our next President..maybe Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Oh, but she was born in Somalia....darn...she'd never get past the birther police.

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gerald 11 years 40 weeks ago
#19

@stonesphear, I am not saying that women need to be baby factories. What I am stressing, women need to give motherhood a very close look. A woman needs to understand that children in their early years will require time, affection, care, and love. Having a baby is not a toy that you crank up and after the cranking winds down you put the baby back into a corner in some room. Yes, poverty, starvation, disease, wars for a country's resources, etc are important factors to consider before mothers have children. Having children is a very important and serious responsibility. The conservative crazies came up with the idea that unmarried men and women living on food stamps should marry. The reason why many people are living on food stamps is because there are no jobs. Any person in this day and age who votes for a Republican, a Teabagger, and a Libertarian should seek mental health counseling.

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Palindromedary 11 years 40 weeks ago
#20

Don't worry, garrisop, I hear they already have a movie coming out that will show the whole sordid thing to thrill, titilate, and persuade audiences. They probably won't show the 22 other people that our special forces murdered in ostensibly taking out OBL (or one of his many doubles). I haven't even heard them mention that fact on the boob tube...not that I watch it much..so I might have missed it. But Jeremy Scahill said it, so I believe it, and that settles it!
(JSOC: The Black Ops Force That Took Down Bin Laden--thenation.com) --"After bursts of fire over 40 minutes, 22 people were killed or captured."

Once a movie comes out many brain dead simpletons will lap it up and be convinced that we did the right thing. Hey, we killed "Jesus"!!! The guy who allegedly, symbolically overturned the moneychangers tables in 2001.

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fatfax 11 years 40 weeks ago
#21

Thom say's "Obama needs to do this and Obama needs to do that". Nonsense Thom,... WE THE PEOPLE need to get off our butts and take back the Democratic party and do what our founding fathers would want us to do.

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gerald 11 years 40 weeks ago
#23

Election of 2012

Barack Obama will not be re-elected in 2012!!!

Here is some information for my prediction.

I believe that at least ten million plus voters will be removed from the voting rolls in 2012 and beyond. The lines for voting in urban areas will be long with fewer voting machines in urban precincts. The electronic voting machines are rigged to include more Republicans receiving the majority of votes.

Our electronic voting machines are rigged to keep Satan’s disciples in the majority forever. Florida’s law will also keep Satan’s disciples in the majority forever.

Florida has passed into law the ability to curtail voter registrations and making it next to impossible for low-income persons, students, and racial minorities from voting. Florida is definitely a Nazi-controlled state where Satan’s disciples prevail over the citizens. There should be minimal doubt that Nazi America has more disciples wearing brown shirts and jackboots. These devils are truly Nazis who prowl the fifty states seeking the ruin of souls.

My wife has a knitting class one day per week. In the class is a woman whose aunt is approaching ninety. She lives in Florida. Her driver’s license needs to be renewed. Plus, she needs to re-register to vote. The aunt needs the original birth certificate, the original marriage license, her husband’s death certificate to prove she is a widow, and proof of permanent residency for Florida, such as a home, townhouse, or condominium. I do not know if an apartment, senior citizen home, or trailer qualifies for permanent residency. Florida is harassing the elderly, taking away their freedoms and rights, and removing them from the voting booth and polls. The conservatives seek to always be in the majority. Our Supreme Court really runs Nazi America and the Court will vote in Florida’s favor that its law is constitutional sound. The Catholic Mafia on the Supreme Court is anti-poor and anti-working class. The U.S. Supreme Court is an extension of our Anti-Christ nation.

I believe that most people who make comments on Thom’s blog will admit that they have learned much from listening to his radio show. We know that Thom is intelligent and in his early school years he was placed in a gifted program. Gifted students can learn more quickly than average students. Thom was able to learn quickly. He is a progressive person and he believes that America has a future. I am twelve years older than Thom and no way close to his gifted intelligence. Age does have some value. I must disagree with Thom and say that the United States of Mortal Sin does not have a future.

Even Einstein is no way near as intelligent as Satan’s disciples, the conservative crazies, the GOP, the Republicans, the Libertarians, the Tea Baggers, the Lobbyists, the rich, and American corporations. These groups are brilliant.

You have only to know and read Florida’s law to see other states following and modeling their laws to be similar to Florida’s law.

I am not a psychiatrist. I am only an average person who can offer an opinion. I would have to say that the United States of Mortal Sin, aka an Anti-Christ nation, is certifiably crazy where most Americans are psychotic. People may disagree with me but there can be no doubt that most Americans are sociopaths, the lunatic fringe. Believe it or not!!!

Progressives are grasping to be excited at anything. Here is an example. The polls reveal that Nazi governors’ numbers are low in the polls. Polls do not excite me because the Nazis will always remain in the majority. Here are my reasons. Our electronic voting machines are rigged. Factual! The Nazis will eliminate from voting – low income people, students, and racial minorities. Factual! In heavy Democratic districts voting booths will be scarce so that the voting lines are long. Factual! The lobbyist party with the money will pay off politicians to vote a certain way. Factual!

I was asked what I would do if I had the power to improve our election process, such as having our citizens being able to vote. Here are some of my words.

I would like to see ACORN return to have citizens register to vote. Since I am over 60, I can vote by an absentee ballot. Voting by mail may require more scrutiny of qualified voters but voting by mail should be part of the voting process. I believe that the voting booths should open on a Tuesday at the scheduled date, such as 7:00 AM and the voting booths will close at 11:00 PM on Wednesday. That would mean the polls would be open for forty hours. More voting machines in urban areas! A treasonous act for rigged electronic voting machines must be definite! Companies rigging the election or any state and federal person as well as American citizens who rig or elections will need to be prosecuted as traitors against the United States. We must welcome into the voting process more low income voters, the aged population voters, and racial minority voters! We need to be a true democracy in our country before we preach, kill, and maim human populations in other countries to embrace our democracy! I am definitely for having all AMERICANS vote and all AMERICANS should be encouraged to vote by making all AMERICANS feel like they are AMERICANS!!!

The poem below by Langston Hughes reveals his feelings and thoughts and his feelings and thoughts are similar to my personal feelings and thoughts.

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15609

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2950-10K 11 years 40 weeks ago
#24

Removal of Bin Laden thankfully lays to rest an iconic image of global terrorism. Bush could have ended everything at Tora Bora, but instead chose to use the boogie-man as an excuse to enrich Cheney, strip rights, spend, and deregulate the country into a RIGHTWING HELL. With the Deciders reign of terror and now Bin Laden both part of ugly history, the fear clouds are beginning to part. With this I think the storms of war will also subside. Now is the time for President Obama to sieze the moment ,speakout with the authority of a Teddy Roosevelt, and declare war on domestic economic terrorism.

The Republican/Tea party has successfully continued dismissal of all democratic ideals in favor of furthering the greedy ambitions of their elite sponsors-who by the way would be doing just fine without this dismantling of democracy.

The President and all elected officials who care about the monumental sacrifices our founders made, need to step up and end the insanity of trickle down, health insurance for profit, war for profit, wall street fraud, including commodities manipulations, tax breaks for the rich during a depression, social security and medicare privatization/destruction, union busting, voting fraud, and all other acts of republican/tea terror. Follow Senator Sanders , a man who can show us the way to a nonviolent, humanitarian, and Democratic society .

"The flames kindled on the 4th of July ,1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of the republican/tea party and their oligarch's; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them."-T.J.

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gerald 11 years 40 weeks ago
#25

Detachment

Father Dan was an Indian Catholic priest who gave talks for the Lenten season on various subjects. He passed away a few years ago.

One presentation was on Detachment. He said we must detach ourselves from worldly possessions. We must not let our possessions control us. We must have control over our possessions.

People find themselves becoming attached to worldly possessions. What is important resides within the person and not what he or she shows to the world with external possessions.

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Palindromedary 11 years 40 weeks ago
#26

The Republicans don't need to resort to their usual election fraud in order to beat the Democrats. Obama has lost such credibility with his own base that they will all stay home and not vote or they will vote for a third choice. Obama has done this to himself! He is no longer credible! The OBL smoke-and-mirrors...hastily getting rid of the evidence and now not even showing the pictures (which, themselves, would not have been proof of anything) is yet another indication that Obama is not credible. A disgraced and un-credible regime, like the last one, once again wants us to just believe everything they say...they are only looking out for us, protecting us. Yeah, right! America is obviously slipping into the ooze of the sewers and we keep electing these a$$-wipe clowns..like Bush and Obama. A new low would be whoever the Republicans would put into office...I shutter to imagine.

No, the two-party system is no longer credible. Many of them, Demos and Repubs, are not worthy of their office. They are sell outs and far from honorable men/women. I figure they will time the OBL assassination movie just in time before the election and if the movie is as idiotic with false patriotic fervor and half truths/half lies in favor of the current regime then brainless, emotional, simpletons will probably be persuaded to vote for Obama. Gee, too bad they don't have John Wayne or Charleton Heston (Mr. Moses..."pry the gun from my cold, dead, hands") to play the leading role.

By the way, there is a rumor going around that there is a virus going around that says to "click here" to see pictures of the dead bin Laden. Now, the question is is there really a virus or did the pictures really leak out (you know they will eventually). Where are you Wikileaks, Anonymous? It could be that our government is trying to keep you from seeing the pictures by scaring you that there is a virus if you try to look at them. Has anyone actually seen the pictures? Have they been infected?

The thing is that the government seems to be acting like the pictures are so gruesome that we shouldn't see them. We have a very wimpy and prudish country...unlike many other more enlightened countries...that are not as "protected for our own good"...whose own good????
We are usually the last to see many "censored" movies or books, if we manage to see them at all. I've noticed this pattern on such movies like Agora and others.

Sometimes I think I am back in Saudi Arabia, where I worked for a couple of years, and they have gone to such extremes as ripping out pages in magazines and books or marked over photos of bare woman's legs with thick black magic marker. They air American movies on their TV stations but show a "still" scene of some incipid and irrelevent scene to hide the real scenes that show a little bit of cleavage. There are those here in the US, not Muslilm, who would like to see the same thing happen here...they're working on it!

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Palindromedary 11 years 40 weeks ago
#27

Things could have been different for Obama and for us...his one-time supporters. He brought this all upon himself when he began siding with the exploiters of the people. The people voted for him in sufficient numbers to even overcome the election cheating and sneaky dirty tricks of the right wing. If Obama had only fought for the ideals he bragged that he stood for before. Even if he had lost, he would have still been seen in the eyes of his supporters as someone who was really sticking up for them and fighting for them. Instead, Obama sold us out either because he is vain and greedy himself or because he doesn't know what the hell he is doing and is a wimp with no gumption, no guts to really stand up for what he said he believed in. Or, because any idealist who became President is made to know quite explicitly that they had better play ball with the crooked system or they will not live to see the end of their term. I believe that there are very sinister and powerful groups of people that control the shots and everything else is just pretend..done for show.

Voters need to see through all of the glitz and glamor of all that political advertizing and slogans that money can buy. If they do then it wouldn't matter how much money politicians get bribed with in the PAC money from the controlling interests. The Republicans may still rig the voting machines but if the people show up in overwhelming numbers at the polls to vote for someone who is not represented by big money and for someone who has not disgraced himself by losing all in a "compromise" that looks like a complete give away to our enemies, then it would be much more difficult to cheat in the polls. I think that is what happened in the last Presidential election...Obama was able to convince people that he was on their side and would make a change "that we could believe" in. But, for whatever reason, he sold us out and now expects us to believe in him again.

Fascism is stacked against us now. We may never pull out. But voting for a proven turn coat is not the answer. The Democratic party, as it has come to be, is basically a party of big business as usual and presents only a smoke-and-mirrors, bait-and-switch tactic, and a pressure relief valve to keep the people ever hopeful that change in their favor will happen...but never will.

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Palindromedary 11 years 40 weeks ago
#28

Do I actually think anyone reads all of my lengthy diatribes? Probably not many do. But what the heck, I have only a few other things better to do and it kills time before the inevitable end of the world..for me anyway. No angels or pearly gates for me...hopefully! No little devils either.

Wormwood! Wormwood! Wean them from their delusions and pluck the suckled breast of superstition from their lips. Reality and worldliness is hard to take for some people and find security and meaning in make believe.

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Palindromedary 11 years 40 weeks ago
#29

They killed the one who turned over the money changers tables! They killed Jesus! Again! Well, he sure looked like Jesus didn't he? Or do you prefer the Kansas version? How about the Mexican version...you know the one whose eyes follow you around the room. I'd prefer the black version myself, if I wasn't already aware that he was a total confabulation and plagiarization of various more ancient mythical beings all with the same stories of miracles, virgin births, wine into water, dying on a cross and being resurrected in 3 days...it goes on and on.
http://www.truthbeknown.com/
I wonder how Osama will all come down in story form in about another 2000 years? They'll probably get Obama and Osama mixed up like Joseph and Jesus or Christ and Crestus...and that goes on and on too. People will argue over translations and deliberate falsifications of the ancient languages that survived after the big cataclysmic nuclear meltdown of many of the other nuclear power sites after the many thousands of mega tornadoes or earthquake/tsunamis (caused by Global Warming) rip them apart and we won't be able to contain the radioactive debris blowing around in our atmosphere or polluting our waters.

But, instead of 2000 years into the future it might be more like hundreds of thousands of years into the future when the plutonium has decayed and the remaining primitive cellular organisms mutate into more complex life-forms into "thinking" beings and they find shreds of "intelligence" from a past "civilization" that mention Obama and Osama, they might make the same mistake the previous life-forms made in tearing each other apart over some ridiculous, superstitious beliefs and greedy ambitions. They may have Osama's picture hanging in their caves and worshiping him, the once President of a great nation, who walks around in a toga..has a long beard..and turns over the corrupt money changer's buildings because the evil, powerful, greedy satanists who loved money (and something called oil) above all else that they would send legions of death squads over the lands to put to death anyone standing in their way (men, women, and children). Praise Osama! Lord of the World!

Not! ;-}

Speaking of images has everyone seen that photo of Obama with a 'fro and a hat and a bud....looks like a pimp, huh? Ok, cheap shot, we were all young and foolish once. I'm just joking...Osama wasn't really the one who wrecked all of those money-changer offices in the WTC building...he was just as much a patsy (or still...a CIA agent who played the required part of Mr. Bad Guy) as the 19 alleged Arab hijackers. But of the 19 alleged hijackers, about half of which are still alive, that allegedly got murdered, along with the other victims, were probably not keen to the fact that they were being used as patsies and would die that day.

Picture this: OBL(code name Tim Osman) was on the payroll of the CIA back in the days of the Russian occupation of Afghanistan and he continued to work for the CIA until????probably still alive and relocated with another false identity....maybe, now, living in Miami having cocktails and hookers with Jed...but more likely he's in Saudi Arabia with family again. The ruse is complete...his job is over...he served his usefulness...and played the part very well. The Obama regime claims they killed him but hastily dumped the evidence at sea. It's Tora Bora II now at theaters near you! Now we are supposed to believe and trust in a corrupt regime that what they say is the truth. The Pakistani politicians are now adding to the elusion after having been payed off with buku relatively worthless (or fast becoming worthless..like our savings and buying power) bucks...or maybe they got what we still have plenty of....high tech weapons of mass destruction....to potentially kill Indians no doubt. Then we will have yet another excuse to invade Pakistan even more so than we already have. Disaster capitalism. Keeping the delusion alive. Keeping the buck flowing. "Killing is our business...and business is great!" And in reference to the 22 people that got murdered right along with Osama..."Kill them all...let Allah sort them out!"

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2950-10K 11 years 40 weeks ago
#30

Palindromedary, I read your blogs and can relate to your frustration and outrage. Caring enough to get this pissed elevates you way beyond the average citizen going braindead in front of television. President Obama is our only hope if Bernie will not run. Obama needs to be in office for future supreme court picks, not must, will be! Keep the faith!

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Palindromedary 11 years 40 weeks ago
#31

Thanks for replying, 2950-10k:
I don't have as much hope anymore, I'm afraid! I don't think electing Obama for another term will make much difference in what the ruling elite wants vs what we get. Obama is just not doing the things that he should be doing to warrant another term in office. I don't buy it that Obama is our only chance. That's what they are counting on....making people believe that...while they don't do the job the people elected them to do. Chance for what...appointing more Supreme Court Justices....and just how more "compromises" do you think Obama will get taken for in that? Real change will never happen until the people are so pissed off that they are ready to blow their lids..and will not go along with what amounts to blackmail..and yet another institutional Democrat Party will no longer act as a bait-and-switch pressure relief valve. When people wise up and see that it is going to take more than just another election or just another Democrat term in office and really get ticked off then maybe real change will happen.

dnarnadem 11 years 40 weeks ago
#32

Well so much for optimism! Fact: your hatred of Obama is clouding your logic center and your sensibilities!

I would suggest you concentrate your hate on Karl Rove, the rabid neo-conservatives, and the neo-fascist corporate elites who are destroying America. Really!

2950-10k is absolutely spot on - he may have some gripes about liberals, but it certainly does not cloud his thinking. Obama IS our only hope! Another 8 years of fascist repug rule, and America will most certainly be a fascist and dictatorial state.

And when all is said and done, Obama will go down in history as one of our great Presidents; and that is what is driving white supremacists absolutely rabid!

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leighmf 11 years 40 weeks ago
#33

It's time to gear up for the big one in the Far East, isn't it? Pip, pip, Jardines Fleming Morgan Chase! We'll need every good man to fight inward from the Carlyle Pacific Rim.

XXXXX

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bam1021 11 years 39 weeks ago
#34

Posse Comitatus was restored in 2008.

Weren't the Bush-era changes to Posse Comitatus REPEALED in 2008 in HR 4986, Section 1068? (The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008.)

I believe that Section 1068 of HR 4986 repealed the Bush provisions in Section 1076 of Public Law 109–364 that rescinded Posse Comitatus (it authorized the use of the US Armed Forces during major public emergencies.)

So, am I wrong, did Thom miss this, are we as guilty as the right for not checking our facts, or is there something else at work here?

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kkak 11 years 38 weeks ago
#35

Susan Lindauer was arrested under the Patriot Act, she tried to stop 9/11 before it happened......................please get her on the show................OpEdNews.....A Time for Truth:
Bin Laden's Death Won't End War on Terror
Until Americans Understand the Threat was Always Us by Susan Lindauer........she is now telling the story.

Thank you Thom for all you do.

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David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and When Corporations Rule the World and board chair of YES! magazine
From Screwed:
"I think many of us recognize that for all but the wealthiest, life in America is getting increasingly hard. Screwed explores why, showing how this is no accidental process, but rather the product of conscious political choices, choices we can change with enough courage and commitment. Like all of Thom’s great work, it helps show us the way forward."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While
From Screwed:
"Hartmann speaks with the straight talking clarity and brilliance of a modern day Tom Paine as he exposes the intentional and systematic destruction of America’s middle class by an alliance of political con artists and outlines a program to restore it. This is Hartmann at his best. Essential reading for those interested in restoring the institution that made America the envy of the world."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World