Archive for May, 2011

All,

It has been no secret – even to the most casual observer – that NATO is really just an instrument of U.S. foreign policy, designed to give USAnian military interventions abroad the cover of a “multilateral” international “police” force.

But the sheer, raw mendacity of the NATO effort in Libya puts the lie to the notion that it is somehow a “humanitarian” effort when NATO won’t even allow hospital supplies through its blockade.

This invasion isn’t about humanitarianism.  It is really about Qaddafi’s efforts to 1) replace the dollar as the currency of denomination in oil contracts as well as undermine its status as a reserve currency, 2) his efforts to spend Libya’s oil wealth primarily on health, education and infrastructure, rather than allowing it to accrete to multinational oil companies, and 3) his refusal to affiliate and subordinate his central bank to the Bank of International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland (a Rothschild-controlled entity that functions as a central bank for central banks, and regulates macro-economic policies worldwide). Whatever one thinks of Qaddafi as a dictator, and he is doubtless a brutal one, at least he is trying to be a benevolent dictator, and has been working to improve the lives of his people and oppose U.S. hegemony abroad.  And it is that benevolence that has made him a target.

In this editorial, Cynthia McKinney, currently in Tripoli, talks about her observations as to what life has become like in Qaddafi-controlled western Libya, and how it has become hell on earth for all the “humanitarian help” that NATO is offering it.

Scott

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Cynthia McKinney in Libya under NATO attack

By Cynthia McKinney. Clarity Press.

http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_63068.shtml

What I have seen in long lines to get fuel is not “humanitarian intervention.”  Refusal to allow purchases of medicine for the hospitals is not “humanitarian intervention.”  What is most sad is that I cannot give a cogent explanation of why – to people now terrified by NATO’s bombs, but it is transparently clear now that NATO has exceeded its mandate, lied about its intentions, is guilty of extra-judicial killings–all in the name of “humanitarian intervention.”  Where is the Congress as the President exceeds his war-making authority?  Where is the “Conscience of the Congress?”

All,

If intellectual property – including Internet domain names, such as bidstrup.com – are property, then they fall under the protection of the Fourth Amendment.

If they are not property that is protected by the Fourth Amendment, then they are not property, and the concept of intellectual property as being property is, itself, of questionable legal merit.

The U.S. “Justice” Department, acting as the enforcement goons for the owners of intellectual property, is trying to have it both ways – protecting the intellectual property rights of copyright owners against pirates, as if those property rights are holy and sacred, while at the same time, totally disregarding the Fourth Amendment property rights of the owners of domain names.

The Mozilla Organization, publishers of the popular Firefox browser, are basically telling the “Justice” department to get their act together and be consistent for a change.  And more power to them!

Scott

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Mozilla Refuses to Help Censor the Internet

By Ian Paul, PCWorld    May 6, 2011 10:06 AM

http://www.pcworld.com/article/227308/mozilla_refuses_to_help_censor_the_internet.html

Mozilla, maker of the open source Firefox browser, recently told the Department of Homeland Security that if you want to censor the Internet you better have a good reason or at least a legal justification. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the DHS’ principal investigative arm, recently asked Mozilla to remove an add-on called MafiaaFire Redirector from the organization’s Firefox add-ons site.

The government agency said MafiaaFire was circumventing a series of ICE domain seizures.

MafiaaFire indTakedown notice (click to enlarge)exes seized domains and then redirect users to active sites that use the same name but now operate under a different Web address. If you went to Torrent-finder.com, for example, you’d see a site seizure notice, but the actual site is still alive under the same name as an “.info” site. The same can be said for many of the sites ICE has seized. So MafiaaFire acts as an automated navigation system to help users find their way down the Web’s dark alleys.
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Mozilla’s legal department didn’t immediately comply with ICE’s request to take down MafiaaFire and instead asked for more clarification. “Our approach is to comply with valid court orders…but in this case there was no such court order,” Harvey Anderson, a member of Mozilla’s legal team, recently explained on his personal blog. “Thus, to evaluate Homeland Security’s request, we asked them several questions…to understand the legal justification.”

Mozilla posed a series of eleven questions to DHS about their request to take down MafiaaFire such as have any courts determined that MafiaaFire is illegal? Is Mozilla legally obligated to take down MafiaaFire? And, has the government talked to MafiaaFire about its concerns?

So far, DHS has not responded to Mozilla’s request for more information. Mozilla posed its questions to DHS on April 19.

All,

If anyone still has illusions about the “humanitarian” purpose of NATO’s involvement in Libya at the moment, this should dispel them.

In spite of repeated alarms having been raised, NATO simply ignored the plight of Libyan migrants adrift in a small ship in the southern Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, and allowed it to drift for 16 days, until nearly all of the refugees aboard had died of hunger and thirst.

Scott

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Aircraft carrier left us to die, say migrants

Boat trying to reach Lampedusa was left to drift in Mediterranean for 16 days, despite alarm being raised

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/08/nato-ship-libyan-migrants

Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean after a number of European military units apparently ignored their cries for help, the Guardian has learned. Two of the nine survivors claim this included a Nato ship.

A boat carrying 72 passengers, including several women, young children and political refugees, ran into trouble in late March after leaving Tripoli for the Italian island of Lampedusa. Despite alarms being raised with the Italian coastguard and the boat making contact with a military helicopter and a warship, no rescue effort was attempted.

All but 11 of those on board died from thirst and hunger after their vessel was left to drift in open waters for 16 days. “Every morning we would wake up and find more bodies, which we would leave for 24 hours and then throw overboard,” said Abu Kurke, one of only nine survivors. “By the final days, we didn’t know ourselves … everyone was either praying, or dying.”