Students Harassed for Wearing Peace Shirts

From, via RawStory:

A group of students at Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High have started wearing Peace Shirts, and the response to said shirt wearing has been less than polite…

“People just turned on us like that,” [Lauren Lorraine] said.  “At least 10 boys stood up and yelled things at me at once, and we couldn’t even walk through the halls without a harsh comment being made.”

A second group of students decided to show their intelligence by wearing Confederate flag shirts, in opposition to the Peace Shirt group.

Soon, a second group started to wear Confederate flag shirts to oppose the peace group, Skylar said.  She saw shirts with sayings such as “This is America, get used to it,” and “If peace is the answer, it must be a stupid question.”

Well….I guess the Chimperor knows where to find his newest batch of recruits.  Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High.

Read the whole story here.

Sibel Edmonds: The Silence is Deafening

What does Sibel Edmonds know? If that question is left to our government, who gagged her using the “States Secrets Privilege,” or the so-called liberal media, we will never know. Here are a series of links regarding Sibel Edmonds — “The most gagged woman in America.”

From BradBlog: Sibel Edmonds is willing to tell EVERYTHING she knows to any major news network who will air her story in it’s entirety. ***crickets***

Interesting thing: A lot of links to Sibel Edmonds’ story are “no longer available.”

From WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of the National Capital Area filed an emergency motion Wednesday to open the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to the public during oral arguments tomorrow in a hearing over the termination of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.

From Balkanalysis: In the enigmatic fashion that has characterized all of Edmonds’ under-the-gag-order limited disclosures, the outspoken whistleblower claims in the Jan. 28 interview that “…the criminal activities which I complained about were also threatening the Turkish people’s interest and Turkish national security.”

From the Baltimore Chronicle & Sentinel (interview): Current 9/11 investigation inadequate.

More to come…

UPDATE I: W. David Jenkins III, Counterbias: “One More Reason to Win: Letting Sibel Edmonds Speak.”

Robin E. Blumner, “The dangers of keeping secrets.”

Scott Horton, “Cracking the Case: An Interview With Sibel Edmonds.”

James Ridgeway, The Village Voice: “The Silencing of Sibel Edmonds.”

Statement of Sibel Edmonds, Before the House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and Internal Relations, March 2, 2005

UPDATE II: Here’s a timeline of events from History Commons.

Our own nwmuse wrote this post recently on TheZoo: “Remember Sibel Edmonds?

UPDATE III:  U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton (the Judge in the Scooter Libby case) agreed with the government’s position that Edmonds’ lawsuit should be dismissed because much of the information needed to be considered for it was protected by the “state secrets privilege,” which is meant to protect classified national security information from being disclosed.  (CNN)

The Clinton News Network Holds a Vladimir Putin Debate

The Hill’s Pundit Blog, by Brent Budowsky

Worse and worse.  Once again Brent Budowsky hits the ball out of the park in a post about the disgrace that is called “debate” in this country, and Wolf Blitzer’s sorry-assed performance.

Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson and Dennis Kucinich have close to a hundred years of significant government experience and very significant things to say about the campaign, but have been treated in these debates like the opposition to Vladimir Putin are treated in the state-controlled Russian media.

It is a disgrace and a sham and a disrespect not only to those candidates but to the very idea of an informed citizenry choosing our next leader in a democratic election.

This CNN debate began with a lie.

Matt Drudge reported that the Clinton people were pressuring Wolf Blitzer to go easy on Hillary; Blitzer dutifully denied. Either Drudge, the Clinton people or Blitzer was lying, and obviously it was Wolf.

Why couldn’t Blitzer say the truth, that the Clinton people used Drudge to send him a message?

It gets worse. The first 20 minutes of the debate completely excluded a majority of the candidates despite Blitzer’s lame and false promises that they would all be heard.

Read the rest of Budowsky’s post here.

Summary of Kucinich’s Impeachment Resolution Against Cheney

TheZoo’s willyloman has summarized Dennis Kucinich’s Impeachment Resolution over at his blog, the American Everyman. He makes the Resolution more understandable, and highlights Cheney’s crimes and key phrases.

Here’s a taste:


Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United

States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.


Article I

In his conduct while Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of Vice President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq.

Read the rest here.

OPEC leaders debate ditching the dollar during private talks – which were mistakenly televised to reporters.

From the Observer this morning: apparently, during OPEC’s latest meeting in Riyadh, the question of whether or not to ditch the ailing U.S. dollar as the medium of exchange for oil trading was raised. Although the meeting was supposed to be private, the conference was mistakenly broadcast – for over thirty minutes – to a group of stunned reporters.

From the article:

A private meeting of Opec leaders, gathered this weekend in Riyadh for the cartel’s third meeting in its 47-year history, had just been broadcast to the world’s media for more than half an hour after a technician had mistakenly plugged the TV feed into the wrong socket. The facade of unity that the cartel so carefully cultivates to a world spooked by soaring oil prices was shattered.

Sometimes, such innocent mistakes can have far-reaching economic and political consequences. Commodity and currency traders said this weekend that oil prices would surge again tomorrow – possibly breaking the $101 per barrel record set in the late 1970s – while the already battered dollar would fall further on the back of the unintentional broadcast.

On Friday night, during what the participants thought were private talks, Venezuela’s oil minister Venezuela Rafael Ramirez and his Iranian counterpart Gholamhossein Nozari, argued that pricing – and selling – oil using the crippled dollar was damaging the cartel.

They said Opec should formally express its concern about the weakness of the dollar when the cartel makes its official declaration at the close of the summit today. But the Saudis, the world’s largest oil producers and de facto head of Opec, vetoed the proposal. Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, warned that even the mere mention to journalists of the fact that leaders were discussing the weak dollar would cause the US currency to plummet.

Unfortunately his words and those of everyone at the meeting were being broadcast via a live television feed to a group of astonished reporters. ‘I couldn’t believe it,’ said one who was there. ‘When I realised they didn’t know they were being broadcast live, I frantically started taking notes.’

Opec only realised that the leaders’ row was being broadcast to the world when the Reuters news agency put out a report of the argument.

The weakness of the dollar is one reason why oil prices are so high, as cartel members seek to compensate for their lower earnings. This means a further drop in the dollar is likely to be accompanied by a rise in oil prices.

And just in time for Thanksgiving, too.

Why won’t they let Sibel speak?

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Ellsberg Says Sibel Edmonds Case ‘Far More Explosive Than Pentagon Papers’
via: TheBradBlog

“I’d say what she has is far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers,” Daniel Ellsberg told us in regard to former FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.

“From what I understand, from what she has to tell, it has a major difference from the Pentagon Papers in that it deals directly with criminal activity and may involve impeachable offenses,” Ellsberg explained. “And I don’t necessarily mean the President or the Vice-President, though I wouldn’t be surprised if the information reached up that high. But other members of the Executive Branch may be impeached as well. And she says similar about Congress.”

Brad Friedman from The Brad Blog has been on this story from the beginning. The story of FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds is a fascinating one. It is mindboggling to me why the mainstream media wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to let this woman tell her story, a story that could put her behind bars, that would expose corruption in our government on a scale like we have never seen before. Yet, given the opportunity for an exclusive interview, which she would sit down and tell all she knows (though not putting in danger our national security), the MSM has remained silent and has not responded to her offer. The power controlling the media must be very strong, and they are working overtime keeping this woman silent.

Brad has written a number of times on Sibel and this is his latest update. There are a number of quotes from Daniel Ellsberg.
I for one want to know what she has to reveal. The future security, integrity, and functionality of our nation may depend on it.