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Did You See The Wikileaks MasterCard Commercial Parody?

It’s Great!

Just to get your social humor up on a Sunday Morning.

Frontline is covering WikiLeaks on Tuesday… and is promising new info.

Bradley Manning

We haven’t heard a lot about Bradley Manning in the news lately, although the untried, unconvicted supposed leaker has been held in the military brig, often without clothes, for a year now. Oh, there was a brief statement last month about his transfer from the maximum security brig at Quantico to a medium-custody military prison at Leavenworth, Kansas, while he awaits trial. But that’s it.

PBS’s Frontline is planning an in-depth program on Manning, Julian Assange (who the info was leaked to and who published it on-line) and WikiLeaks. They  promise to air new information. My guess is that it may make the military look even worse than they do now.

Tune in to this one if you are interested in knowing what’s going on in our name that we are not told about.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich Addresses The Madison Worker’s Rights Rally…

Dennis really wakes ’em up here. Take a look and see what you think. I’ve never been more impressed with the last liberal from Ohio:

Advertising in Pakistan: An incorporation of current events into physical protection…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always find it highly moving when salesmanship can overthrow politics. This from KABOBfest.

Another 30,000 troops going into Afghanistan…

Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan today where he spoke with troops and announced that another 30,000 troops will be coming into the war zone. Add this to the 100,000 troops that are there already and the corrupt Afghan government (made even clearer by the Wikileaks revelations) and we see additions being made to a war that is not going well.

Obama didn’t visit with President Karzai… the claim was bad weather which, according to reporters on Dylan Ratigan this afternoon, is not true… it was a lovely weather day in Kabul. After the Wikileaks came out last week we discovered that Karzai was most likely crazy as well as being corrupt… and we know he stole the last election. He is just as likely to make a deal with the Taliban as he is to help the President.

Al Qaeda must be thrilled by all of this, since their intention is to make Afghanistan cost us more and more while making us weaker in the Middle East (they call this strategy “Death by a Thousand Cuts” and we are certainly bleeding.) Aren’t we going to face facts and get out? Doesn’t look like it.

It’s time for a transparent government… here’s a petition:

Hey there!

I just did something that I think will help make government work a little better for us, and I thought you’d want to check it out too.

http://publicequalsonline.com/pledge
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The pledge is part of a new campaign called Public=Online.  It’s a nationwide network of citizens working to make government more open and transparent, and I think it’s great. I just signed the pledge because I know government should be transparent, but it definitely isn’t right now.

The campaign is trying to build as much muscle as possible to make government change its ways, and the pledge is the first way to accomplish to do that. That’s why I signed it. I want the folks who represent me to know that I expect them to be transparent about things like how they spend my money or how they are being influenced by lobbyists.

Right now it just feels like government is one big black box, and I feel like this pledge is something we can do as a step in the right direction.

To find our more about the campaign, visit http://publicequalsonline.com/pledge

It’s called Public=Online because when government information is online where we can get it anytime we can become more informed and engaged citizens.

Needless to say, the text above was written by the folks at Public=Online and not by me… but I agree with them and i DID sign the petition. You folks make up your own minds… but after all the reveals of pitiful secrets by all our previous contemporary administrations and the one we’re in now, and after the elections last month and the changes coming to the House, it would be nice to face some honesty for a change.

Picked this up at The Political Carnival – Wikileaks is at it again…

Another trove of secret documents about the Iraq war are about to appear… including figures on the actual numbers of civilians who were killed and evidence of torture sanctioned by the Iraqi government we established… 

Here’s part of it… video available at original site:

clipped from www.thepoliticalcarnival.net

Wikileaks: Secret Iraq War Death Toll Set at 285,000

Wikileaks has now leaked:

In what is being described as the largest release of secret U.S. military documents ever, whistle-blowing web site WikiLeaks has released a trove of classified reports about the war in Iraq, including a secret U.S. government tally that put the Iraqi death toll at 285,000, according to news sources that received advanced copies of the documents.

The documents include evidence of state sanctioned torture by the Iraqi government, new evidence of Iraqi government death squads, and Iran’s involvement in funneling arms to Shiite militias, according to Arab news channel Al Jazeera, which has been able to review the documents before their release.

Al Jazeera has reviewed the 400,000 documents that are being released. WikiLeaks says it will hold a press conference Saturday morning in Europe.

63% of the Iraqi deaths were civilians, according to the report.

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The Big News of the Morning… the Wikileaks

Morning Joe is talking about, seemingly, nothing else this morning and Glenn Greenwald sums it up in Salon. Here’s a clip from Greenwald…
clipped from www.salon.com

The WikiLeaks Afghanistan leak
The most consequential news item of the week will obviously be — or at least should be — the massive new leak by WikiLeaks of 90,000 pages of classified material chronicling the truth about the war in Afghanistan from 2004 through 2009.  Those documents provide what The New York Times calls “an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the war in Afghanistan that is in many respects more grim than the official portrayal.”  The Guardian describes the documents as “a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and Nato commanders fear neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are fueling the insurgency.”
In addition to those two newspapers, WikiLeaks also weeks ago provided these materials to Der Spiegel, on the condition that all three wait until today to write about them.

Glenn Greenwald
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