12.16.2007

10 Million + Emails... "Lost"





Still think the Badministration gives a crap about the Constitution? Think again.

The e-mails in question date from March 2003 to October 2005 — a crucial period that includes the Iraq invasion, a presidential election and Hurricane Katrina.

1994: Executive Office of the President (EOP) implements Automated Records Management System (ARMS) integration with e-mail clients for secure archiving of White House e-mails. ARMS automatically segregate, categorizes and archives e-mails according to whether they fall under Presidential Records Act or Federal Records Act.

1996-1998: White House IT staffer claims in U.S. District Court affidavits that e-mails coming into one White House server were not archived over a 27-month period.

1997: White House Staff manual establishes policy for staff to only use ARMS-supported e-mail clients (Lotus Notes and Oasis All-In-1) for all official communications.

2002-2003: Executive Office of the President switches from Lotus Notes to Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) Exchange Server and Outlook e-mail client. ARMS integration with Lotus Notes discontinued, not replaced with similar secure archival system for Microsoft Outlook. Presidential records and federal records no longer segregated and archived in separate storage servers.

March 2003-October 2005: Some 5 million EOP e-mails deleted from servers, representing hundreds of days of missing created or received White House e-mails, according to Office of Administration.

Oct. 2005: In response to government subpoenas, OA discovers missing e-mails, begins investigating how this happened.

Feb. 2006: CIA leak case prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald writes that numerous White House emails from 2003 are missing from White House computer archives.

April 2007: White House Press Secretary Dana Perino "wouldn't rule out" that 5 million e-mails lost in EOP system. Perino later says they "should be" on backup tapes. To date, White House has not shown evidence of the missing e-mails being restored via backup tapes.

May 2007: OA counsel Keith Roberts tells House Oversight Committee an outside IT contractor was responsible for "daily audits" of e-mail archive system.

Aug. 2007: Oversight Committee chair Henry Waxman asks White House to name unnamed IT contractor by Sept. 10. As of Oct. 3, committee has not received an answer.

--With additional reporting by Joseph F. Kovar.


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12.12.2007

Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this week






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12.09.2007

The Elders attempt to bring relief to Darfur




Thirteen former world leaders and present-day activists led by Nelson Mandela called yesterday for the swift supplying and dispatch of a 26,000-member U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force to bring security to the western Sudanese region of Darfur and end the killing, rape and pillaging there.

The group, which calls itself the Elders, includes former president Jimmy Carter, former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan, Bangladeshi microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mandela's wife, Graca Machel.
There is a serious risk, he cautioned, that the 2005 peace agreement that ended a separate conflict between northern and southern Sudan may collapse.
Machel, speaking by telephone from Mozambique, said
"Rape has become a norm,"

The Elders have behind-the-scenes access to powerful world figures.

Tutu: "Maybe we can persuade some to use their leverage," he said. "This thing has gone on for too long."

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12.02.2007

Arrests Give Lie to Thug Life Depiction of Taylor Murder--and Black Males



This blog was initially posted on The Huffington Post by Earl Ofari Hutchinson; one of my favorite political bloggers.

The Sean Taylor murder ignited what has to rank as the dumbest, wrong-headed orgy of stereotype laced speculation in living memory. The instant the Washington Redskins all-pro safety was gunned down in his suburban Miami-Dade County home, a pack of talking head sports analysts, writers, and fans filled the airwaves and newsprint with their see I told you so pontifications that Taylor's alleged thug life style did him in.

The initial accounts of his murder fed ample fuel to the contention of the self-styled experts that the supposed self-destructive ghetto culture has done in countless numbers of young black males. Taylor, of course, was the latest, but by no means the only tragic example of that. They insisted without a shred of evidence that the break-in at his home was not random, that he was a target, and that the killing was a hit.

The initial news accounts were a heavy handed pile on of Taylor's misdeeds, run-ins and altercations with the law. Subsequent news accounts dropped the obsessive itemizing of the full litany of Taylor's missteps. But they still managed to do a sneaky broken record sounding reminder that Taylor had had past problems with the law. That further imprinted in much of the public's skulls that Taylor was a bad guy and that there had to be a direct connect between his past, that really wasn't past, and the murder.
The arrest of four suspects in the Taylor killing, of course, makes the speculation seem just what it was dumb, and ill-informed and worse driven by the skewed, negative typecast of young black males such as Taylor as inherently crime-prone, dysfunctional, menaces to society. The four suspects by their own admission went to the home solely to commit a burglary and not to kill Taylor. There is no evidence that any of them were acquaintances of Taylor, let alone that he had any unsavory dealings with them.

Yet the ease in which so many blithely jumped to the conclusion that Taylor was a victim of his past is no surprise. It fit neatly the standard, and all too infuriating pattern that when a young black male, even, or maybe especially, a famed black athlete or celebrity meets tragedy, the automatic assumption is that the violence was organically linked to their criminal or checkered lifestyle. The usual suspects are gangs, drugs, bad crowd, and the wallow by young black males in hip hop, and rap music that glorifies and encourages gangsterism, misogyny, rebellion, and anti-social behavior.

Other than his reputation as an aggressive, hard hitting player, with a bit of swagger, and that's sanctioned fare in football jock culture and reveled in by the fans, there was absolutely no evidence that Taylor remotely fit the bad guy image on the streets. Friends, relatives, teammates, Redskin coaches and management repeatedly told of a young man who was a quiet, introverted, stay at home, family man. They also burst with pride and admiration that Taylor was fast evolving into a respected team leader. This was the diametric opposite of the stereotypical, chip on the shoulder, troubled image of young black males that many believe, or want to believe.

There were two tragedies in the Taylor murder. The first is the murder itself. It snuffed out the life of a talented, promising, young man who was well on his way to becoming a solid role model and leader for his teammates and other young players, and in time may well have been that same solid role model off the field as well.

The second is that for an enraging instant it gave the legions of know it alls the irresistible chance to point the blame finger at the killer lifestyle that supposedly ensnares all young black males, and that included Taylor. Fortunately, the arrests of the suspects and their confession of what actually happened that fateful evening at the Taylor home gives lie to that notion. But even in Taylor's death, and even after the truth came out about it, the truth is still a casualty to stereotypes. Witness this, every news account of the arrests, confessions, and background on information on the suspects, was still punctuated with the reminder of Taylor's scrapes with the law. The thug life fascination with black males is still very much alive and kicking in some press rooms, and beyond.


Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His new book is The Latino Challenge to Black America: Towards a Conversation between African-Americans and Hispanics (Middle Passage Press)
hutchinsonreport@aol.com
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9.28.2007

Update [rev 2]: Jena 6 vs Racist Retards


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In Jena, Louisiana, the seventeen year old Mychal Bell -- one of the Jena Six -- has been released on bail after ten months in prison. Bell and five other African American high school students were arrested last year for beating a white student during a schoolyard fight. The fight occurred after white students hung three nooses in a tree in the schoolyard. An all-white jury convicted Bell of aggravated second-degree battery. But earlier this month a Louisiana appeals court ruled he should not have been tried as an adult. On Thursday, Bell walked out of prison on a forty-five thousand dollar bail bond. His release came hours after District Attorney Reed Walters announced he would not challenge the ruling ordering Bell’s release.

Reed Walters:

"There is a victim in this case, his name is Justin Barker. I want everyone to know that the decision I am about to announce is based upon what I believe is best for him I have decided not to appeal the decision of the third circuit court of appeals that overturned the conviction of Mychal Bell in adult court and sent the case back to juvenile court. This means the case against Mychal Bell will now go forward in Juvenile Court."


Mychal Bell’s release comes one week to the day after tens of thousands of people gathered from across the nation to support the Jena Six. In his press conference, Walters shared his thoughts on the historic march.

Reed Walters:
"I firmly believe and am confident of the fact that had it not been for the direct intervention of the lord Jesus Christ last Thursday, a disaster would have happened. You can quote me on that."








9.21.2007

Time Off


Sorry about the time off that I have taken from posting guys and gals. I am involved in a demanding crime prevention project in Oakland, Ca. I will return to regular blogging late next week.

For more information on my project go to
http://nocoloredsinoakland.com

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9.05.2007

Update [rev 2]: Jena 6 vs Racist Retards



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Today, Judge Judge J.P. Mauffray allowed the conviction of second-degree battery and conspiracy to stand. Antithetically, Mauffray ruled that Mychal Bell was improperly tried in adult court instead of as a juvenile.

The attempted murder charges against Carwin Jones and Theo Shaw have also been reduced. They are now charged with aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy. That's some pressure the racist power structure has imposed upon Judge Mauffray. Perhaps some of you are content with the sentence reductions. Not I. The fact that Mauffray ruled Mychal Bell's trial as improper lets me know that he understands the injustice that sustains the Jena 6 story. Why did Mauffray decrease the sentence but deny the overturn? These children's lives are in danger. Looks like this racist judge is attempting to remove his guilt. We've seen that movie before.

For example; during Katrina the black neighbor of a white fire-fighter coordinated rescue workers (no not the Red Cross-- loving, ex-offenders) in order to save lives. One of the supposed shortages was clean water. The government told citizens that there was no clean water.

The fire-fighter explained to his neighbor that in fact the water in a town just outside of NOLA did in fact have clean water. He further explained that orders were given to the firemen not to enlighten the citizens about the clean water because the government wanted the "those people" out of the city. In other words, government wanted black people out of NOLA so badly they allowed many to die, unnecessarily, rather than lead them to clean water.

Now of course the fireman thought he was acting as a good Samaritan. After all, he did tell his black neighbor about the conspiracy. But you see, the fireman was a punk. So he told one black man about the conspiracy. So what?! He should have told the world! People died because they believed there was no clean water. That was a lie and the fireman knew it.

In the case of the Jena 6; Judge Mauffray reduced the sentence when he should have overturned the racist ruling altogether. This nation is governed by a gang of sissies. The NOLA firemen are sissies, Judge Mauffray is a sissy, the Democratic Congress are full of sissies. If we the people became one in purpose we could easily overthrow the soft, racist, criminal establishment.

We see their game plan. Jack gas prices way up-- then drop down about 30% in hopes that you'll be satisfied in the "decrease" in oil prices. It's not a decrease in oil prices! Two weeks ago you charged me $2.30/gal, a week later you charged me $3.00/gal, now you're charging me $2.59! You raised the oil prices, you did not decrease them! (Watch the format.)

The Jena 6 should not have been in jail in the first flippin place. They put them in jail. Charged them with murder. Now they dropped the charges from murder to conspiracy. They did not "reduce" the charges! They are not doing the children, their family, outraged human beings all over the world any favor by "reducing" the sentences. There should not have been any sentences in the first place. Would the real southern baptists please stand up in Jena Louisiana?

Read how Theo Sha describes his first experience in jail.

"They maced one time. It was on March the 14th. I had asthma. I told them. They already knew this. I had asthma, take me originally to the emergency room. ...I couldn’t breathe.
Bear in mind that there were six people in two cells that were abut each other. Twelve young men in close proximity to one another.
"Sometimes when they make a lot of noise, they’ll mace. And sometimes they just mace for no reason. ... It happened more than one time."
Theo also expressed his gratitude for the support of The United Fakes of America subscribers as well as the just people across this country.

"I just thank them for the -- appreciate it, all the help that we get. ...we’ve got people that are not scared to stand up for what’s right."
Rest assured that we thank you for your bravery and classy attitude against these odds as well Theo, Robert, Mychal, Carwin, Bryant, and unnamed.

If it truly were a war on terror they'd arrest Reed Walters and the KKK (probably one in the same).







8.31.2007

Update [rev 1]: Jena 6 vs Racist Retards


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I will write an op-ed regarding this update later tonight. This rush to post is an effort to provide my readers with the absolute latest in this story. The following clip was gathered directly from the wire.

Aug. 31, 2007 – The superintendent of the central Louisiana school district – where six Black students were charged with beating a White schoolmate – says a t-shirt in support of the student is just too disruptive.

On Tuesday, nine students sported “Free the Jena 6” t-shirts at Jena High School, a racial hornets’ nest where nooses hung on a tree by White youths triggered the December 2006 fight that landed the Black students in jail. When school officials saw the shirts, they insisted that they had to go because they caused too much of an uproar.

Mychal Bell, another one of the teens, saw his charge reduced to aggravated battery, for which he was convicted; he now faces up to 22 years in prison. The other four teens are still awaiting trial on attempted murder and conspiracy charges.

La. school officials say the "Free Jena 6" t-shirts are too disruptive and must go.

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The school Superintendent also said, "The tee shirts are a threat to the order of the campus."

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8.29.2007

Hurricane Katrina; The Second Anniversary


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The government, in the words of Ray Nagin continues to think "small". Somehow, President George Bush claims,
"this city is getting better."

Tens of thousands of Katrina victims, now homeless, would contend with him.



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Bush is an Even Worse Comedian than President


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I brought this up to remind my readership how much GW appreciates your patriotism.

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Senator Larry Craig: The United Fake of the Week


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Correct me if I'm wrong but did little Larry just hit on Billy?



Senator Craig's mugshot






8.27.2007

9/11 2007?


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911INSIDEJOB144
(click here for their Clipmarks feed) provided me with access the following notice.

To the American people, and to peace loving individuals everywhere:

Massive evidence has come to our attention which shows that the backers, controllers, and allies of Vice President Dick Cheney are determined to orchestrate and manufacture a new 9/11 terror incident, and/or a new Gulf of Tonkin war provocation over the coming weeks and months. Such events would be used by the Bush administration as a pretext for launching an aggressive war against Iran, quite possibly with nuclear weapons, and for imposing a regime of martial law here in the United States. We call on the House of Representatives to proceed immediately to the impeachment of Cheney, as an urgent measure for avoiding a wider and more catastrophic war. Once impeachment has begun, it will be easier for loyal and patriotic military officers to refuse illegal orders coming from the Cheney faction. We solemnly warn the people of the world that any terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction taking place inside the United States or elsewhere in the immediate future must be considered the prima facie responsibility of the Cheney faction. We urge responsible political leaders everywhere to begin at once to inoculate the public opinion of their countries against such a threatened false flag terror operation.

(Signed) A Group of US Opposition Political Leaders Gathered in Protest at the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, August 24-25, 2007

CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, FORMER US CONGRESSWOMAN, GEORGIA

CINDY SHEEHAN, CANDIDATE FOR US CONGRESS, CALIFORNIA

CRAIG HILL, CANDIDATE FOR US CONGRESS, VERMONT GREEN PARTY

BRUCE MARSHALL, CONVENOR, PHILADELPHIA PLATFORM

JAMILLA EL-SHAFEI, KENNEBUNK PEACE DEPARTMENT

WEBSTER G. TARPLEY, AUTHOR

ANN WRIGHT, COLONEL US ARMY RESERVE, FORMER US DIPLOMAT

DR. DAHLIA WASFI, WWW.LIBERATETHIS.COM

GEORGE PAZ MARTIN

JOHN KAMINSKI, PRESIDENT MAINE LAWYERS FOR DEMOCRACY

My Disclaimer

I do not currently endorse the above letter. However, the subject matter is so important that it is my duty to report and criticize it. The use of terms such as "massive evidence" and "Cheney faction cause us to ask critical questions.

  1. What "massive evidence"?
  2. Where did this evidence originate from?
    1. This question is not to suggest that the signers lack credibility. Of course the former congresswoman is well connected and the remainder of signatories listed at the end of this letter aren't exactly Joe Blows either. Nevertheless, we must ask criticizing questions.
  3. Who are the members of the "Cheney faction"?

To those of you who think Cynthia is a moron she was correct about:

  • Opposing the Afghanistan and Iraq invasion (from the beginning)
  • Impeaching Bush and Cheney

As I said, I do not fully endorse this memo yet. However, we must understand that at least certain aspects of it are plausible. The Bush administration has proven itself to be an extremely deceitful group of gangsters. For example:

With that said, be sober and vigilant as there do exist traitors in high places among us.

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Immigration Hodge-podge


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“While Congress has criminalized the illegal entry into this country, it has not made the continued presence of an illegal alien in the United States a crime unless the illegal alien has previously been deported and has again entered the country illegally,”

Appeals Court Judge Patrick McAnany wrote in the unanimous opinion.


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SAN DIEGO - Nearly a year after Congress passed legislation calling for the construction of 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, about 15 miles have been built, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Bush signed the Secure Fence Act last autumn in hopes that bolstered enforcement would lead the then-Republican-led Congress to pass a broader immigration overhaul.

The plan calls for much of the fencing to be built by the National Guard. But with the administration reducing the number of guard troops on the border by half, to 3,000, by October, labor could be in short supply.



In Response to the final thought expressed in the video above:

I must correct Hernandez on one point. This, America, is a "conquered occupied nation". Whether the Spaniards, French, and other European gangs stole parts of "the new world" from Mexico or not is beside the point. What is certain is that natives resided here for at least centuries when all of a sudden the European gangs, later to be called Americans, gave them smallpox, killed their livestock, filled them with gunpowder, and stole their property.

I mentioned the "new world". Anytime anyone anywhere, especially in a book, uses that term they are slapping my native brothers and sisters square in the face. That presumptuous, arrogant, dishonest assertion marginalizes the legitimacy of "Indian" society, government, and language. This term is evidence of America's pathological behavior towards native people.

The term "new world" asserts that the natives never existed. Or that their existence is not worth mentioning. You may as well pull a George Washington and call them "savages".

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8.26.2007

Mike Vick, Dog Fighting, and Deer Hunting


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UPDATE: Please read my response to Chaplain Nancy Cronk's important comment below.

Hey Nancy, would you mind telling Dick—head of all fowl slayers—Cheney to stop shooting birds for sport? My lawyer will accompany you and threaten to lock him up for five years if he continues to open fire (wink, wink).


It appears that U.S. government hypocrisy has reared its ugly head again. Freedom of religion (as long as you were a white "Christian"). Freedom of the press (unless you print inconvenient truths). Now this.

The fact is, either killing animals is wrong or it's not. Then, either torturing animals is wrong, like the birds VP Dick Cheney fires at for sport, or it's not.

It is hypocritical to charge, "no dog fighting!" (BTW, people are rarely punished for dog fighting but strangely, Vick was. Winning in court isn't all (only) about the Benjamin's after all.) but allow the VP (Dick Chaney) to hunt ducks.

You cannot allow the torture of humans via "extraordinary renditions" in black sites but disallow the torture of pit bulls to be punishable by fine and imprisonment.

Post your comments at the end of the post.

Stephon Marbury's comments on the Michael Vick case :

“I think we don’t say anything about people who shoot deer or shoot other animals. You know, from what I understand, dogfighting is a sport. It’s just behind closed doors. I think it’s tough that we build up Michael Vick and then we break him down. I think he’s one of the superb athletes and he’s a good human being. I think he fell into a bad situation.”
I can walk into any forest right now with a high powered rifle and shoot whatever I please but I can’t take 2 dogs that I own, that are my possessions and let them fight in my own house?
The vice-president blew a man’s face off hunting a bird that barely exists and no one said peep about it but you can’t train 2 filthy dogs to fight?

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8.25.2007

New Low Cost Solar Computer in Uganda


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"A UK non profit social enterprise known as Inveneo Inc, whose vision is to connect villages around the world, has launched a low cost solar/battery powered computer onto the Ugandan market. Congratulations to the management of Inveneo Inc and the people of Uganda. It is my hope that the activities of Inveneo will spread to other African countries:)"


The fact that this is not going to happen will come as no surprise to those familiar with African politics. Therefore, I will only illuminate one reason why this will not happen.

100% of all of the wealth, resources, and land in the continent of Africa continues to be controlled by Europeans who do not have the people's interests at heart. Most villages in most countries in Africa are far too poor to afford a $1000 computer. They're trying to rummage up $1 dollar for food instead.

Speaking of which, why is there no major grocer implementing the same strategy alleged in this article? I am a community coordinator in Oakland, Ca U.S.A. I can't even get decent TEXT BOOKS in my U.S. city's Public schools! Do not believe for a moment that big business, government, or "non profit" social enterprises are genuinely attempting to assist with the computer literacy in African nations. That's just stupid.

BTW,That was not an opinion; that is an unmitigated fact.

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