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Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Report Back from the Candidate forum at the Red and Black
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: Out and About - an unpleasant vist to the Red and Black cafe
Topic: ACTIONS !

 

 


REPORT BACK

AFTER FAILED MEETING AT THE RED AND BLACK CAFE


Out and about with my friend and fellow trouble maker/activist Roberto to bring Justice to where we live.  Going backwards Sunday, we were at the call to action around the country to stop the war with Iran before it goes hot.  We joined members of OP, Veterans for Peace, members of Oregon Progressive Party, Individuals for Justice and many more groups and individuals to yell, "No War with Iran!" 

There were many good people gathered at Shemanski Park to march around Portland to let the world know we do not want war with Iran or anyone else.  I got to carry the VFP flag for a time and that always makes me smile.  Friends and fellow activists were in and around the park, we were there because all the signs by obama are now saying we are preparing to bomb Iran and maybe Syria. 

I cannot imagine another war or maybe two, if there is a God she must be weeping for us, because we are too stupid to learn to live in Justice and Peace.  The music was good, some of the speeches were good, I was dancing and pleased that so many came out with a last minute call to action on a Sunday afternoon; I was happy. 

I was talking to someone and one of the speakers mentioned the peace monitors.  I dislike people who go around telling other people to stay on the sidewalk, or not so loud. or don't yell "F..k the cops" or whatever reasons they are there.  I don't want to argue the point.  Just saying...

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/02/413879.shtml?discuss


Roberto and I had come from another meeting at the Red and Black Cafe that was billed as an interview with two candidates here in our wonderful city.  Mary Nolan, (candidate for commissioner) and Eileen Brady (running for mayor).  We went mostly to listen to Brady as I have heard what Nolan had to say a few weeks ago. 

I was taken back by the place for this interview, the Red and Black is one of my favorite places, they make good mochas there and Roberto and I often go there after a protest.  They advertise themselves as a place of:
About the Red & Black Café:
"We are a worker-owned, collectively–managed, IWW-member vegan café. We are open from 9 am until 10:30 pm, and host performances and events in the evening. We were located on SE Division Street from October 2000 – September 2007, and after a 3 1/2 month hiatus, we reopened at 400 SE 12th in January 2008." From their website.

The interviews started with Nolan, so I was talking to people and noticed people were starting to gather around where the interview was happening, cutting off half of the café.  The manger did not look happy. 

Roberto came over to tell me that the manger said that the café had not been informed of the interviews and was not happy that Ms. Brady was in their place of business.  I thought, Oh Shit.  I got a chance to ask Brady if her store was union, did the employees belong to a union, she said no--I asked why?  Her answer was cut off by a member of the Green Party who asked me if I was a representative of the Oregon Progressive Party as they were a sponsor of this event, I went ballistic!

{{ Video Report Back HERE from after event with Joe Walsh }}

http://youtu.be/fgGmVIDIPu8


First of all, The café was not notified that we were going to even have an interview, never mind have cameras in the place.  Second,  to have Brady in the place is almost as bad as a cop in uniform come in and order a cup of coffee. 

Brady is anti-union and the store New Seasons, just fired a ten year employee for defending the right of other employees to express an opinion.  One of the regular customers at Red and Black asked about him and this ex-CEO/founder of New Markets said she has nothing to do with the stores now and may look into the matter but has given up any policy making ability.


Here is what happened:
http://newseasonsmarketworkersvoice.org/demands/

My reaction to all of this:
1.
  Whoever was the representative of the Green Party and Oregon Progressive Party should call the Red and Black Café and apologize for not requesting their approval “BEFORE” the interviews, cameras, and event happen.

2.  OPP do not join in anything that the Green Party is involved with until they also apologize to the Red and Black Cafe.  Roberto and I want to return and not hide our heads in shame.  Fix this mess very soon!

I asked Roberto to write something up about what he saw so that this report is not just this old activist’s opinion, here is what he sent me, without  editing:

 


Report from Roberto:


"Joe,  Yesterday we attended a Q & A with Portland Mayor and Council candidates. Unfortunately, this was not a well organized or thoughtful event (the Green Party). This caused some friction with the Co-op employee-owners of the cafe because no one checked in with them to arrange the use of the cafe for this event. Some us there apologized to the Red & Black Cafe owners for this inappropriate behavior. Hopefully, they will forgive us for abusing their space with political stuff.
   

Anyway, we asked candidate Mary Nolan about her opinion on JTTF and she gave a standard politician answer. We asked her about about the Portland City Charter Review commission and she said that she would support it every four years, but not every two years which actually would be better for the citizens of Portland. I spoke with her that as a council member the people would be knocking on her door for redress of the current status quo. I told her that the US Congress is no longer responsive to the citizens of America and that the battle for change will be on the local level. She responded with the answer that we should elect new Congress people. The US Congress is bought & owned by the corporations. What redress there?

I spoke with Eileen Brady candidate for Mayor of Portland. She said if elected that she would support and fund the Portland City Charter Review Process. And I spoke with her about the topic of sustainability. I said that without justice there is no sustainability and this drew a blank stare from her and she walked away because she was in a hurry to get some where else. My point to her was that sustainability is a generic white elitest term that moves gentrifying development for the upper-middle class and the 1%. I was born in Santa Barbara, California, 65 years ago. The Environmental movement started there (remember the first major coastal oil well spill was there), the solar movement started there and community Gardens were started there in the early 1970's. Sustainability jargon has gentrified Santa Barbara so that the original inhabitants can no longer afford to live there, where's the justice in that? The elitist 1% now owns Santa Barbara, California and Portland , Oregon is following in those same steps. What happens is that in these high-end sustainability development zones the poor and people of color get moved out because of the value of the land to the 1% and developers. Thus, I say, Without Justice there is No Sustainability! We need to change the status quo in these movements and to shake up the whole mess.

END THIS CORPORATE TYRANNY


Roberto Lovato" 

Roberto Lovato www.progparty.org



PS We did go to the Hawthorne Bridge last Friday and stand our watch from 3:30 to about 5:00PM  to remind people we are still at war and may invade Iran and/or Syria!  "If there is a god she must be pissed at all of us!"  It was raining and cold, Malcolm and Sara stopped by to say hello and talk about Iran.  Again I want to be wrong of what may happen, please let us be wrong and the wars will be over and we will stop killing people in the Middle East! ~joe walsh
For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice  http://individualsforjustice.com
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party,  http://progparty.org/

War is failure, occupation a disgrace!

“Funding these wars is killing our troops”
http://www.mfso.org/

* Why laughter??  Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.

Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Mohandas Gandhi

Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, “Henry, what are you doing in there?” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?”  

Molly Ivins, "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
           and I am a citizen of the world."
               Eugene V. Debs  

Posted by individuals4justice at 7:51 AM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 14 February 2012 8:12 AM PST
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Thursday, 9 February 2012
Lone Vet: "We still are murdering civilians ..."
Mood:  crushed out
Now Playing: Reminder: we continue our war in Iraq with mercenaries
Topic: WARS

 

 

   IFJ

Individuals For Justice, supported by The Oregon Progressive Party will return to the Hawthorne Bridge on the West-side near 1st and Madison this Friday at 1530, (3:30 PM).

This is a protest to remind people going home for the weekend that we continue our war in Iraq with mercenaries, still murdering civilians in Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Somali, and any country we think will hurt us or Israel.  We are, along with NATO, dropping uranium laced bombs and missiles on small countries and telling the world we are saving them from evil leaders. 

President Obama decided HE can murder women and children at will without any meaningful debate in the Congress of the United States; an impeachable offense. 

Come and join us and take a ride on the Justice side.

                        My sign this week will read:

"NO WAR
SYRIA OR IRAN
EVER”


The warmongers are at it again, just listen to what they are telling us on the corporate news about Syria and Iran.  Are you going to believe that we must go to war to save the people of Syria from their government or are you going to say do everything possible to avert war.  We are not in eminent danger from either country!  We must start showing the people of the world we will only go to war with a country if they threaten us with real violence and will stop this preempted bullshit. 

It will rain so bring an umbrella and rain gear.  For those of you out of town, keep us in your hart.  This is a non-violent protest.       


For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice  http://individualsforjustice.com
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party,  http://progparty.org/

War is failure, occupation a disgrace!

“Funding these wars is killing our troops”
http://www.mfso.org/

* Why laughter??  Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.

Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Mohandas Gandhi

Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, “Henry, what are you doing in there?” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?”  

Molly Ivins, "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
           and I am a citizen of the world."
               Eugene V. Debs  


Posted by individuals4justice at 2:51 PM PST
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Sunday, 5 February 2012
2.1.12 Out and About with Individuals For Justice and Oregon Progressive Party.
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: A Report from the Lone Vet on February 1 2012
Topic: STOP THE WARS PROTEST

Out and About with

Individuals For Justice & Oregon Progressive Party

2.1.12


Going back in time, Roberto and I had some fun meeting good people and continued our protest on the Hawthorne Bridge each Friday. We will be there until we get worn out or the wars in the Middle East are over and done. Last Friday we flew our VVAW flag for the first time and our friend and fellow fighter for Justice, Joe-Anybody did take some video. We stand each Friday from 1530 until about 1700 on the west side at 1st and Madison to remind people that we continue to murder in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, and any nation we "Think" will hurt us or one of our friends. We have become the bully of the world and there is no end in sight.

We are now in the process of preparing for war with Syria, all the name calling is done, the only thing left is convincing you that Syria is a bad nation and must be invaded. We and Israel are also planning on bombing Iran, the same argument is being used against Iran as Iraq; weapons of mass destruction. Iran wants to have nuclear weapons and that will not be allowed by the US and Israel. Having nuclear weapons should be banned by all nations and the USA should start to destroy ours first because we have the most. Russia, China, Israel, Great Britain, India, Pakistan, and so on should follow suit.

Our foreign policy needs to look for justice and stop looking for new markets for our military goodies. So, we continue to tell people keep the pressure on for Justice and Peace will follow.

After coming off the HB, we attended a candidate's forum that was less than outstanding, in how it was put together. I think the sponsors were the Greens, Occupy and my party, the Oregon Progressives.

The candidates were ok, but the format was a combination of how Occupy runs their GA, and how the Portland Green Party runs its meetings. This way of doing things may work well at General Assemblies but for a political event it sucks. The moderator has way too much power and wastes too much time deciding if the question is a rebuttal, direct question or asking for more information. Just let the people ask a question and get an answer.

I love Occupy but this format does not work and should be modified to make it more simple. All of the candidates answered the questions with direct responses. I would be ok with any of them winning the election.

There was one funny moment when Jefferson Smith was answering a question and said something like, "And as your governor... ... " he is running for mayor. Jefferson is starting to change my mind about him becoming our mayor. I like many of his ideas.

Amanda Fritz was there and again the more I see her in the race the more I like her. She has always been my favorite on the counsel, but her vote for JTTF and Sit-Lie ordinance were deal breakers for me, I wanted her to stand with most of the groups who testified against both measures. I will watch this race and vote for the person who comes close to what I believe.

I got to see my friend and sister in the battle for Police accountability JoAnn, and that always makes me smile. She made her presence known by asking good questions and making announcements at the end of the meeting of upcoming events. The night was a success but I still think that the format was annoying.

There are many things to be done, if you sit on your ass and don't get involved with our city government you will feel helpless and that is not good for our city. I know we are all busy but do something each day and we may get a government that tries to do the right thing. You don't have to be right all the time, but you must try all of the time to be a good citizen and learn something each day. I am the little old guy with egg on his face from time to time; eggs are good.

There are lots of commissions and groups that try to help, join one. There is a sub-committee looking over the Charter now that could use some support, the group is lead by JoAnn A. Hardesty and is looking at police accountability. The next meeting is Wednesday at City Hall, about 6:00 PM in the Rose Room on the third floor.




The other meeting was with the CRC, Citizen Review Committee. This committee was established to listen to citizens concerned about our police force. This was a scheduled meeting that just happened to follow another deadly shooting by two of our cops.

The meeting was intense and included how the police were directed or not directed during the eviction of Occupy from the parks. I was impressed with the volunteers who sit on this committee and wish they had more power to resolve problems concerning the citizens of Portland and our police department.

The question of the shooting was brought up but little is known about the event and will take some time to answer the questions raised. This is a public meeting and more people should attend and let your feelings be heard by a group of good citizens, listen to your encounters with the police. This group needs more power to investigate any complaints but now it is a good idea to bring the actions to the Independent Police Review Division and follow what is being done.

Finding a lawyer to fight for you is important and should be done. One complaint may get lost, but many will put the offending police officer in the light of "Something must be done."

 link to www.archive.org


 You can find lots of info on the City's website 

http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=26646

Comments from Roberto:

Joe, I think that most of the folks attending the CRC had fear of the police and negative experiences with the Portland police. Also, I asked the candidates at the forum, if elected would they support taking us out of JTTF? And there was not enough time to get an answer from them because of the wasted format time. Also, there was good audience testimony from those attending the CRC.


Roberto Lovato www.progparty.org



For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice

 http://individualsforjustice.com

Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party, 

 http://progparty.org/

War is failure, occupation a disgrace!

"Funding these wars is killing our troops"
 http://www.mfso.org/

* Why laughter?? Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.

Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Mohandas Gandhi

Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, "Henry, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau replied, "Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?"

Molly Ivins, "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world."
Eugene V. Debs

From Joe Anybody:

Here is the link to the VIDEO from the January 4 2012 HRC

(Human Rights Commission) meeting link: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/02/413704.shtml

To see the HRC Agendas for January and Febuary 2012 click here:
 
http://www.portlandonline.com/humanrelations/index.cfm?c=57719


Posted by individuals4justice at 9:14 AM PST
Updated: Sunday, 5 February 2012 9:27 AM PST
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Sunday, 8 January 2012
Out & About with Individuals For Justice and Oregon Progressive Party
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: "Our insanity continues" - The Lone Vet 1.8.11
Topic: ACTIONS !

 

 
Our Wars are not over
Our Wars are not over

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/01/413389.shtml 

Our insanity continues

author: Lone Vet e-mail:e-mail: lonevet2008@comcast.net

Roberto and I were out among the people who try to do some good for others, working for justice or just letting people know that the wars are still going on in the Middle East. Among the first politicians to feel the impact of the decision of the Supremes were the very people who cheered when the high court decided corporations were entitled to all the protections of the Bill of Rights. If you've been following what is happening with the primaries in the GOP you already know that Michele Bachmann is gone, only to be seen late at night flying on a broom and yelling, "Why do you not love me?" Rick Perry should be out of the race but it would seem that the people of Texas would rather he stay away for a time so he is still in the race to be embarrassed for a few more weeks. Jon Huntsman, the closest to a human being, is way back and should get out.

http://2012.republican-candidates.org/


We were on the Hawthorne Bridge about 4:00 PM and enjoyed our outside shower. The rain and cold caused both of us to ask, what the hell were we doing, but we did get the sympathy vote. We did have a few people who were walking in the rain thank us for doing what we are doing. The bicyclists were with us and gave us the V sign or rang their bells in support. This was our second protest of the day.

About 11 in the morning we were at the Governor Hotel over on 11th Avenue to protest the exclusion of all candidates except the "democrat and the republicon" running for the open seat in the 1st District due to Rep. Wu's resignation. This event was particularly offensive to me because many of the people I kind of like were in the audience. When you go to these make believe debates, unless you are there to report on the BS, you encourage this kind of exclusion. I saw Steve Novick, and many other democrats; they lost my vote. I wanted to go in and disrupt the event but respected the person who called this protest, I was not the organizer, just there to support the call for action.

The other meeting we went to was a Labor Committee that is attempting to submit a people's budget to the City Council sometime in the future, trying to do more than just whine about lay-offs and reduction of benefits. This is a fun group and I like being around them. The other meeting I attended was the East Side Democratic Club, last Tuesday.

Jefferson Smith is running for mayor. I went into the meeting remembering our last get together when I was pissed at Smith for talking about a Public Option when the rally was about Single Payer Health Care. He remembered me and we talked some. His presentation or talk was very good. I did some research and he is an interesting guy, he may get my vote! I give him credit for showing up. The East Side Democratic Club was expelled from the democratic party for some reason like being independent or some terrible thing like calling for the end of wars, I like them, they do good stuff for others.

The warmongers are at it again with let's bomb Iran,
the latest craziness coming out of DC is that we are moving anti-missiles to Israel. This stuff never ends.

Roberto and I, along with others, want to have a City Council who will listen when their constituents speak. When they invite us to give our opinions but end up doing what they want, that is most frustrating.

Almost forgot, went to a council meeting, Mayor Sam Adams is working on a resolution to declare that corporations are not people and the Supreme Court ruling was terrible. This decision must be overturned or ignored by the States.

There are some good people running in the upcoming elections, please don't vote for the lesser of two evils, vote for someone who just might make things better.

If you think the wars are over--WRONG!

http://antiwar.com/casualties/

http://bigpeace.com/

http://www.black-collegian.com/extracurricular/kam/kam_iaq_war_0907.htm


Posted by individuals4justice at 10:53 PM PST
Updated: Sunday, 8 January 2012 11:08 PM PST
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Monday, 2 January 2012
Free the Police Horses - Let them Eat Hay
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Portland Oregon - Indivuals For justice demand that the horses be free
Topic: ACTIONS !

Freedom for the Police Horses

 

 

 

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/01/413299.shtml

When I was at the eviction of Occupy in Portland and the police horses were forced into the crowd, the first thought that went through me was the horses were going to hurt someone. The second thought was why the hell are the police using animals to hurt other humans. Now my thoughts are to take the horses away from the cops. Seems like a good project for us to take on.

Want to "take a ride on the Justice side?" This is something all of us can give some time to, maybe we can see these beautiful horse retired to a farm, enjoying life. I know we are all busy but I got really pissed at the cops for making these animals move into the crowd and risk being hurt, when all the horses wanted to do is eat some hay.

E-mail me and after some ground work, if enough of you feel bad for those horses as I did that night, let's work to... ..."Free the Police Horses."

by Joe Walsh


WEBSITE: http://individualsforjustice.com

EMAIL: FreeThePoliceHorses@IndivualsforJustice.com

FACEBOOK:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/loveportlandhorses/


Posted by individuals4justice at 3:38 PM PST
Updated: Monday, 2 January 2012 6:58 PM PST
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Sunday, 11 December 2011
Santa Clause is coming to Stop The F-ing Wars protest
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Who has been naughty or nice - Friday at 12/16/11 @4-5:30PM
Topic: STOP THE WARS PROTEST

www.IndividualsForJustice.com

 

 

 


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Thursday, 8 December 2011
USA and our semi - secret DRONE program
Mood:  d'oh
Now Playing: Al Jazeera article on USA Drones: A deeply unsettling future
Topic: WARS

 
Drones: A deeply unsettling future
 
The rapid expansion of a drone arms race has emerged both domestically and abroad, leaving everyone vulnerable.
Written By:
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2011 11:54
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At least 50 countries already have unmanned aerial fleets - and that number is rising every month [EPA]
Drones: A deeply unsettling future

Original Article was found here:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/12/201112774824829807.html

San Francisco, California - On Sunday, Iran claimed to have taken down a US drone in Iranian airspace - not by shooting it out the sky, but with its cyber warfare team.

Reports confirm that the US believes Iran is now in possession of "one of the more sensitive surveillance platforms in the CIA's fleet", but deny Iran's involvement. Of course, Iran’s claim of overtaking the drone with its cyber warfare team should be tempered with a serious dose of scepticism, as cyber security experts say the facts may not add up. But this is just the latest story in a series of incidents that raises worrying questions about security problems caused by drones. And given the coming proliferation of drone technology both domestically and abroad, this should be a concern to citizens all over the world.

Two years ago the Wall Street Journal reported Iran-funded militants in Iraq were able to hack into drones' live-video feeds with "$26 off-the-shelf software". In another unnerving incident, Wired reported in October that a fleet of the Air Force's drones was infected with a computer virus that captured all of drones' key strokes. Technicians continually deleted the virus to no avail. How did the drones get infected? The military is "not quite sure". Worse, the Air Force's cyber security team didn't even know about the virus until they read about it in Wired.

Wired reported in a separate story that an upcoming Congressional report will detail how hackers broke into the US satellite system. With one satellite, hackers "achieved all steps required to command" it, "but never actually exercised control".

Last summer, a drone caused a scene in the nation's capital, when, as New York Times wrote, "fighter jets were almost scrambled after a rogue Fire Scout drone, the size of a small helicopter, wandered into Washington's restricted airspace". A similar incident took place in Afghanistan where military planes had to shoot down a "runaway drone" when pilots lost control.

The US, of course, leads the world in drone use for both surveillance and combat missions. Attacks are carried out in Pakistan every four days on average. Many times, the US isn't even sure exactly who they are killing. Despite the fact that the location of vast majority of drone bases are classified, journalist Nick Turse pieced together a startling picture of the massive US fleet. He determined that the US has at least 60 drone bases operated by either the US military or the CIA around the world, and "most of these facilities have remained unnoted, uncounted, and remarkably anonymous - until now".

But drone use is not just relegated to US military. Drone manufacturers already command a $94bn market, according to some estimates, and the drone arms race is in full swing. As the Washington Post reported, the constant buzz of drones and threats of attack now dominates the lives of civilians in Gaza. And Turkey plans to have Predator drones in operation by June 2012.

Meanwhile, Chinese contractors unveiled 25 types of unmanned aircraft last year. In all, at least 50 countries now have some sort of unmanned aerial vehicles, and the New York Times reports that "the number is rising every month". That number also includes Iran, which is seeking to upgrade its fleet. Even the Libyan rebels had their own surveillance drone - provided to them by Canadian defence contractors - before they were in full control of their own country.

The technology itself is also developing at an alarmingly rapid pace. The New York Times reports that researchers in the US are working on "shrinking unmanned drones, the kind that fire missiles into Pakistan and spy on insurgents in Afghanistan, to the size of insects", along with oversized drones that can capture video of an entire city. There are birdlike drones, underwater drones, drones within drones, facial recognition drones, and perhaps most terrifying, completely autonomous drones - currently being tested in Georgia - which will require no human control at all.

As Micah Zenko, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, told me last month, "It's a very impressive and responsive tool that should be used sparingly. Even if we’re responsible now, we might not be forever."

But in the US, drones will become yet another way authorities can compromise the privacy of ordinary citizens, as the FAA plans to propose new rules for their domestic flight. As Newsweek reported, police forces and border patrols in the US are buying the technology from defence contractors, and one has already been spotted flying over Houston. Police departments are already using GPS and cell phone tracking without warrants, this will another powerful surveillance weapon in their arsenal. As privacy advocates warn, "drones can easily be equipped with facial recognition cameras, infrared cameras, or open Wi-Fi sniffers". And while these drones will be used for many surveillance purposes (a scary thought in and of itself), contractors admit they are equipped to carry weapons, such as Tasers.

Whether they are being used for surveillance or all-out combat, drones will soon pose serious risks for all of the world's citizens. They can offer governments, police departments, or private citizens unprecedented capabilities for spying, and given their security vulnerabilities, the potential consequences could be endless.

Trevor Timm is an activist and blogger at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He specialises in free speech issues and government transparency.

 

Follow Trevor Timm on Twitter: @WLLegal

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.


Posted by individuals4justice at 10:50 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 8 December 2011 6:27 PM PST
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Monday, 19 September 2011
WAR: 1.5 million of the estimated 15 million Iraqi women are widows
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Millions of Widows from this War
Topic: WARS

A Million Iraqis Widowed During War


A staggering number of wives in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence following the U.S. invasion in 2003, a study released Sunday showed.

The Los Angeles-based Relief International ...

 http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/1996/09/22/born-under-a-bad-sign.html 

... found that 1.5 million of the estimated 15 million Iraqi women are widows, and three out of every five of them were widowed during the war.

The study warned that ignoring their suffering could lead them to prostitution, drugs, and terrorism. "The Iraqi state has neglected the widows with their enormous problems, and the solutions lie in the establishing of bodies to take care of and solve the problems of these women," the report said.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2011/09/18/a-million-iraqis-widowed-during-war.html



Posted by individuals4justice at 4:23 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 19 September 2011 4:30 PM PDT
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Friday, 9 September 2011
Video: Bradley Manning "Spilled The Beans" Protest in Portland
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 Bradley Manning Spilled The Beans Protest 


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Posted by individuals4justice at 8:09 AM PDT
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Friday, 2 September 2011
SURRENDER

Does it make any sense to finally, after fighting for over 40 years, surrender to the warmongers, the elitists, to those who will not look past their bank accounts. To take down that sign that says, Justice for All?

 

I have quit so many times I feel those around me grow weary of my whining about the state of affairs in the world, nationally or here in Portland, Oregon. Does it make sense at this stage of decline to continue the good fight? Why get up early in the morning to go to a bridge, in the wind and rain, when others just look straight ahead; "Don’t tell me about things, I don’t want to know" seems to be the response to our signs about wars, occupations, torture, corruption, and a host of other nasty things that happen every day in our land of the free. We do get people to honk, wave or yell at us in support, but they will not join us. There is some comedy in all of this, the democrats are losing to a group of people who are insane, corrupt to the core, lunatics! How is that possible? Just watch some of the polling that is coming out about President Obama’s ratings, they are below 50%. Sometimes my neighbors must hear me yelling at the TV set, "You are losing because you will not take a stand, fight the bastards and you will walk back into the White House on a landslide." There are all kinds of theories out there why the dems will not fight back or go on the offensive; but none explain the logic behind the actions of the party of the working people.

I am not offering any explanation, I just ask people why they are not in the streets when they do know how bad things are in our body politics. The most popular reason given is fear. Fear of being arrested, fear of losing a job when you are barely holding on, fear of that knock on the door in the middle of the night. I understand fear, it makes some sense to me, but that is not the only reason people offer me. Another reason given is that it "does no good." Voting is a waste of time, politicians do not listen to their constituents, the two party system is rigged and protesting has become so non-violent that yelling at people is a no no, all reasons I have been told; what to do?

What makes me keep going day after day when I have more problems with liberals than with T-Baggers? I don’t like people who think that protests should be nice, that you ask for permits, that you meet with the cops and work things out before the event to make sure no one gets hurt, to say positive things to politicians when they do something good. T-Baggers to me are people who are being manipulated by the corporations via politicos and not knowing it, they are just sad. It is the Cocktail Libs that I hate the most, you met them. They are the people who make money off of the struggle, they never put their own asses on the line but beg others to get into the streets, they are frauds. There are heroes like David Swanson, Cindy Sheehan, Chris Hedges, Code Pink, Veterans For Peace, the list is long, (thank god) but we are fighting a system that will not change and that is a problem. When do we retreat and regroup or just surrender knowing that this empire is falling apart and just let it fall? There is a wide difference among people of good will. Some say the hell with protesting, let us create our own community, some say let us help this empire fall so we can get on with the business of rebuilding our communities, some say let us be more direct with our protest, no more being nice, let us break things. It is much easier to be on the criminal side, "It is just business, it is not personal." A good quote from The Godfather makes sense here because our biggest problem is with corruption. All our politicians find themselves in a corrupt system that feeds itself on honest people who go to DC to do good. All, and I mean all politicians who have been in DC for more than two terms are part of what Immanuel Kant called Radical Evil.

I first heard this concept from a man named Chris Hedges a few weeks ago, someone I honor as a true hero. I thought it sounded great and read to clarify my understanding. It seems to stand for people who know that something is wrong but do nothing to change it. Most of us have heard of the saying, "First they came for the communist, and I said nothing because I am not a communist……..and then they came for me." Most Americans practice Radical Evil every day, the polls tell us that 70-80 % of our citizens are against the F-Wars but do nothing to stop them. We who are, have been or will be in the streets wonder where are all the rest of the people who say they know that these wars are wrong but do nothing to stop them--you are practicing RE. So what’s the way home, what is going to happen that will show the world that we will change for the better? How can we the people force our members of congress to act in the interest of the nation? How can we get rid of little joe lieberman?

I believe we may fail and America will go the way of all empires, we could end up following the footsteps of the British Empire, Rome, or the Persian Empire and many others, we could over extend ourselves and go broke. Many would-be politicians will continue to say our best days are ahead, don’t believe them, they are fools. Many of us still think we can change the course of our own destruction by sit ins, protests, pleading, working harder--it just may not happen! We may be off/over the cliff and the only event left is the crash, how bad will it be? What if the only thing we can do is soften the impact of the ground rushing towards us. So what to do?

The United States must be broken up into three or four different countries, we are so far apart it makes sense to separate. This will take place similar to what happened after the British were forced to walk away from India and the Moslems wanted their own country called Pakistan. There will be great violence just like what happened to India in 1947. I hope I am wrong, in these times it would be so great to be wrong. Well, se ya in the streets; I am off to protests these F-Wars. There is always tomorrow to surrender, today not so much!


Posted by individuals4justice at 10:11 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 2 September 2011 10:17 AM PDT
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