Silence is Consent

If you don't speak up you accept what is happening. This site was born out of the mainstream media's inability to cover the news. I am just an American cititzen trying to spread the word in the era of FCC consolidation, post 9/11 Patriot Act hysteria, hackable voting machines and war without end. I rant and post news items I perceive to be relevant to our current situation.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
- Thomas Jefferson

Social Security is not broken and therefore does not need to be fixed

So Called Social Security Crisis (SCSSC)

Comments, questions, corrections, rebuttals are always welcome.

Monday, January 31, 2005
The Big Election and Beyond
My thoughts on the election yesterday are that they will probably solve some problems and create more. What those new problems will be no one knows. Which puts me on the Robert Fisk unintended consequences bandwagon. Also there are some other things to take into consideration. The election was the easy part governing will be the hard part. This administration kept setting low expectations in two areas. The first was that even if three people from Basra showed up to vote it would be a success. The second was that the violence was going to be horrible. This has made it seem that a country that hasn't had a free election in half a century to get a high 50% voter turnout -- of registered voters -- is great. Only 44 Iraqis dead on election day is good news too. Of course, when their was actually security in place, the Iraqi resistance wasn't going to attack. That's not how they fight. They attack you at your weak points not at your strong points.

Audit: $9 Billion Unaccounted for in Iraq
The U.S. occupation authority in Iraq was unable to keep track of nearly $9 billion it transferred to government ministries, which lacked financial controls, security, communications and adequate staff, an inspector general has found.
What a radical ruling
Guantanamo Bay Military Reviews Ruled Illegal -- Trials Violate Principles of Due Process, Federal Judge Rules
Green said the detainees are entitled to constitutional rights, including the advice of a lawyer and a fair chance to confront the evidence against them. The judge found the reviews have largely denied those rights.
More on Chertoff
Chertoff and Torture
Chertoff (now an appeals court judge in New Jersey) demanded--reportedly at Defense Department insistence, according to what defense attorneys were told--that Lindh sign a statement swearing he had "not been intentionally mistreated" by his US captors and waiving any future right to claim mistreatment or torture. Further, Chertoff attached a "special administrative measure," essentially a gag order, barring Lindh from talking about his experience for the duration of his sentence.
Check this out, GOP Social Security playbook



Don't know if you saw this on Tom Tomorrow U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote Officials Cite 83% Turnout Despite Vietcong Terror

by Peter Grose, Special to the New York Times

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (1967)-- United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam's presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting.

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