The Fake Green Revolution Turns Round and Round – Neoliberal Yuppies Unite!

by Scott Creighton 

***UPDATE***  MASSIVE RALLIES, tens of thousands of Iranians, in support of the current Iranian government DWARF the small clans of roving free-market Yuppies. They also don’t set fires, attack police officers, or stage more fake death scenes.  Film at 11. 

Andrew Sullivan and Amy Goodman would have you believe that we have to attack Iran because a bunch of free-market loving businessmen aren’t allowed the “freedom” to throw rocks at cops all day and set fire to buildings without being arrested.  I disagree.  

In the first photo you see here, this one is the unclipped version that many websites and news agencies are running with.  They all have clipped out the upper left side so as not to show the guy in the business suit attacking a cop with a weapon. That’s pretty much the size of this whole thing in a nutshell.  Almost looks like a female cop too, doesn’t it?   Kinda gives you an idea of the level of integrity of that “news” service, doesn’t it?  

***UPDATE*** – Looks like President Ahmadinejad agrees with me… a bad play written and performed by rank amateurs.. 

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad branded Sunday’s anti-government protests as a “nauseating play” staged by the United States and Israel, state news agency IRNA reported. Raw Story 

Attack of the Free-Market Yuppies!

Attack of the Free-Market Yuppies

In almost every single video, in almost every single photo, what you actually see coming out of Iran this weekend is quite a different story than what the MSM and certain blogs are pretending it is.  

The victims are actually the police being attacked over and over by an over zealous mob of free-market supporters.  

You see more police stations being looted and burned by the rowdy mob of what looks like Yuppie business school graduates. You see police cars being turned over. You see… wait for it… a mob of the same business school free-market jackals running up to “save” two supposed bank robbers from the most ridiculously fake hanging scene ever staged by a phony PR “revolutionary” in history.  

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One Day We Will All be Terrorists

“Dissent is no longer the duty of the engaged citizen but is becoming an act of terrorism.”  Hedges

by Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Syed Fahad Hashmi can tell you about the dark heart of America. He knows that our First Amendment rights have become a joke, that habeas corpus no longer exists and that we torture, not only in black sites such as those at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan or at Guantánamo Bay, but also at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan. Hashmi is a U.S. citizen of Muslim descent imprisoned on two counts of providing and conspiring to provide material support and two counts of making and conspiring to make a contribution of goods or services to al-Qaida. As his case prepares for trial, his plight illustrates that the gravest threat we face is not from Islamic extremists, but the codification of draconian procedures that deny Americans basic civil liberties and due process. Hashmi would be a better person to tell you this, but he is not allowed to speak.

This corruption of our legal system, if history is any guide, will not be reserved by the state for suspected terrorists, or even Muslim Americans. In the coming turmoil and economic collapse, it will be used to silence all who are branded as disruptive or subversive. Hashmi endures what many others, who are not Muslim, will endure later. Radical activists in the environmental, globalization, anti-nuclear, sustainable agriculture and anarchist movements—who are already being placed by the state in special detention facilities with Muslims charged with terrorism—have discovered that his fate is their fate. Courageous groups have organized protests, including vigils outside the Manhattan detention facility. They can be found at www.educatorsforcivilliberties.org or www.freefahad.com. On Martin Luther King Day,  this Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. EST, protesters will hold a large vigil in front of the MCC on 150 Park Row in Lower Manhattan to call for a return of our constitutional rights. Join them if you can.

The case against Hashmi, like most of the terrorist cases launched by the Bush administration, is appallingly weak and built on flimsy circumstantial evidence. This may be the reason the state has set up parallel legal and penal codes to railroad those it charges with links to terrorism. If it were a matter of evidence, activists like Hashmi, who is accused of facilitating the delivery of socks to al-Qaida, would probably never be brought to trial.

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The Lap Bomber Mystery

excert from Justin Raimondo, Antiwar

 Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, is the son of Dr. Umaru Mutallab, former economics minister in the Nigerian government and one of the country’s most prominent bankers: schooled at the exclusive British International School in Lome, Togo, and an aspiring mechanical engineer, he had a bright future ahead of him, and if any single word could be used to characterize his life prior to the Christmas day incident, it would be access.

Access not only to the best schools and opportunities, and to his posh London digs, but also access to planes without the proper documents, as one Kurt Haskell, who was on the same flight with Umar, testifies:

“I was on this flight today and am thankful to be alive. My wife and I were returning from an African safari and had this connecting flight through Amsterdam. I sat in row 27, which was 7 rows behind the terrorist. I got to see the whole thing take place and it was very scary. Thanks to a few quick acting people I am still alive today.

“…I was next to the terrorist when he checked in at the Amsterdam airport early on Christmas. My wife and I were playing cards directly in front of the check in counter. This is what I saw (and I relayed this to the FBI when we were held in customs):

“An Indian man in a nicely dressed suit around age 50 approached the check in counter with the terrorist and said ‘This man needs to get on this flight and he has no passport.’ The two of them were an odd pair as the terrorist is a short, black man that looked like he was very poor and looks around age 17(Although I think he is 23 he doesn’t look it). It did not cross my mind that they were terrorists, only that the two looked weird together. The ticket taker said ‘you can’t board without a passport.’ The Indian man then replied, ‘He is from Sudan, we do this all the time.’. I can only take from this to mean that it is difficult to get passports from Sudan and this was some sort of sympathy ploy. The ticket taker then said ‘You will have to talk to my manager,’ and sent the two down a hallway. I never saw the Indian man again as he wasn’t on the flight. It was also weird that the terrorist never said a word in this exchange. Anyway, somehow, the terrorist still made it onto the plane. I am not sure if it was a bribe or just sympathy from the security manager.”