Jul
21

PayGo Would Include War Supplementals

Tag: Peace and War

I've argued for amending PayGo legislation to include war supplemental bills, but have now been advised by congressional staff that this is not needed, because supplementals do not count as "emergency" exceptions and are covered by the bill as written. If this is true, and if PayGo passes, then the next supplemental will have to be paid for.

Jul
21

If Media Were Any Good

Tag: Media

By David Swanson

A week ago, I published a report on 1,200 photos of U.S. torture that I have examined but the public at large has not seen. I talked about the photos on a few progressive radio shows. I received calls from some advocacy groups that have been trying for years to get hold of these photos. But I received not one single inquiry from the corporate media. Even most good blogs ignored this story despite a handful of prominent blogs promoting it. This started me thinking and fantasizing: what would the world look like if we had major media outlets that were worth more than a warm bucket of spit?

Jul
20

Not What Obama Promised

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

In six months as president, Barack Obama has aggressively done the opposite of many specific things he explicitly and unequivocally promised as a candidate. A lot of these were things Obama's fiercest opponents never wanted. And Obama's fiercest supporters favor censoring this information. But if we expect public servants to be public servants, the public must know the facts, make of them what it will.

Jul
18

Audio: Peter B. Collins and David Swanson

Tag: About David Swanson

We discuss the state of peace, justice, and representative government or lack thereof: mp3.

From http://www.peterbcollins.com

Jul
17

House Lets States Do Single Payer Healthcare

Tag: Health Care

By David Swanson

On Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. ET in the House Committee on Education and Labor, the committee members voted 25 to 19 to pass Congressman Dennis Kucinich's amendment to the healthcare reform bill. This amendment, if it survives the full House, the Senate, the conference, and the President, will not alter the federal legislation except to allow states to create single-payer healthcare systems if they choose to. If this change to the bill makes news, it will pass the Senate, because there is no legitimate argument against it, and the support for it is bipartisan.

Jul
16

Will Congress Ban States from Providing Healthcare?

Tag: Health Care

By David Swanson

The healthcare legislation under consideration in Congress would prevent states from improving on what Congress creates. An amendment is under consideration right now in a House committee that would change that, leaving the federal initiative as is but permitting states to do better. This battle pits states' rights against the much less spoken of insurance company rights. And it calls the bluff of every individual or group who opposes single-payer healthcare at the federal level on the grounds that it is not "viable." That argument would seem to provide no basis at all for denying states the right to create single-payer healthcare or any other solution they see fit.

Jul
16

Cookout for Healthcare with Cindy Sheehan

Tag: Health Care

Charlottesville, VA Saturday, July 18, 2009, at noon

Cindy Sheehan, one of the best known peace and justice activists in the United States, will be joined by other speakers in support of public healthcare at a cookout open to the public and the media. Please join Cindy for lunch at noon on Saturday, July, 18, 2009, rain or shine, at 707 Gillespie Ave, Charlottesville, VA, 22902. Cindy will talk about her new book and the need for an expanded public healthcare system.

RSVP: http://afterdowningstreet.org/cindyevent

Jul
14

Happy Fifth Birthday, PDA!

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

The most useful tool progressive political activists have in the United States, at the local, state, and national levels, was created from scratch five years ago, and has been developed and sharpened while proving itself time and again in each and every week since. Progressive Democrats of America has stood strongly behind truly progressive, majority positions more consistently than any other activist group with national weight that I'm aware of. And at the same time, PDA has maintained good working relationships with more members of Congress than probably anyone outside of corporate lobbyists. How can this be and what should it teach us?

Jul
13

I've Seen 1,200 Torture Photos

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

This moment, in which the Attorney General of the United States claims to be considering the possibility of allowing our laws against torture to be enforced seems a good one in which to reveal that I have seen over 1,200 torture photos and a dozen videos that are in the possession of the United States military. These are photographs depicting torture, the victims of torture, and other inhuman and degrading treatment. Several videos show a prisoner intentionally slamming his head face-first very hard into a metal door. Guards filmed this from several angles rather than stopping it.

Jul
12

Ask Holder to Appoint a Special Prosecutor

Tag: Political Ideas

Attorney General Eric Holder is considering whether to prosecute torture. He shouldn't consider it. He should appoint a special prosecutor and let him or her consider whether torturing people violates our laws against torture. You can ask Holder to do this at: 202-514-2001 or AskDOJ@usdoj.gov

More from Brad. And here Greenwald reacts to indications in WaPo that special prosecutor would treat lawyers' illegal torture memos as law and prosecute only those who exceeded (or preceded?) what was illegally authorized by those memos. This sounds worse than it is, because when you stop and look at it: we don't know of a single instance of torture that did not exceed what the memos "allowed", but this would immunize the lawyers and the top officials who told the lawyers what to pretend to legalize and then ordered that those crimes be committed. This is one rule of law for the powerful (none at all) and another for others. This is "bad apples" on steroids even if they find a whole rotten orchard.

On the other hand, Scott Horton thinks the targets for prosecution would be the lawyers. Who knows. We need to demand consideration for prosecution EVERYONE who broke laws.

Take Action: http://prosecutebushcheney.org

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