Santa Claus May Miss Bush, Cheney Houses This Year.

Posted on December 23, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

gaswellAlphabet Democracy Now interviewed Lawrence Wilkerson, Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief adviser, about the explosive, recently released U.S. Senate CIA torture report. In a very strong report which points to possible serious crimes and motivations of Bush administration officials, Christmas in the Bush and Cheney households will probably not include either “holly” or “jolly”.

The report suggests that torture became used after the events of September 11, 2001 to extract false “evidence” from detainees to corroborate a link/connection between Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, thereby justifying Colin Powell’s inclusion of that “evidence” in his infamous address to the United Nations which in essence began the disastrous Iraq War of 2003.

By now most people are aware that the argument for war in Iraq of “weapons of mass destruction” turned out as false, now the news that the Saddam, al-Qaeda connection became sought by George W. Bush days after September 11 has resulted in even more groups around the world calling for prosecution(s) of those involved in torture. Mr. Wilkerson spoke about his perception that 50% of the impetus for the “enhanced interrogation techniques” – torture – was to manufacture the Iraq, al-Qaeda connection, where logically one would believe the entire goal was preventing another attack on America.

Bush administration terrorism official Richard Clarke talks describing his experience of meeting with George W. Bush in the first days after 9/11, where he became directed by Bush to find and place the blame on Iraq, and that he (Clarke) resigned from the Bush administration shortly afterward. Clarke has since said that he thought Bush and Cheney rightly need to face accountability; charged for war crimes in starting and conducting the Iraq War. Wilkerson became asked about whether he thought George Bush and Dick Cheney should become charged with war crimes for the torture aspect, and answered that it is utopian and will probably never happen, but yes they should face prosecution.

Mr. Wilkerson pointed out a previously under-reported or ignored serious fact about the torture program: 39 people died during the interrogation process, and he asks the Democracy Now audience why that statistic is not being reported – emphasizing “We murdered people”, and that several of the deaths were classed as homicides.

When Lawrence Wilkerson was also asked by Amy Goodman if CIA Director John Brennan should be fired, his answer was that he thought John Brennan should have become terminated long ago.

The report by Democracy Now is one of many which have become produced since the release of the Senate report strongly suggesting the need for criminal charges, including a recent article in the New York Times.

So, former Bush administration officials Richard Clarke and Lawrence Wilkerson believe George W. Bush and Dick Cheney need to face charges and appropriate punishments if found guilty of committing serious war crimes – and they were there.

Although they seem to know who’s been “naughty or nice”, it’s reasonable to say neither Richard Clarke or Lawrence Wilkerson could ever possibly be mistaken for Santa Claus.

Or could they?

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(Thank you to democracynow at YouTube)

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Will Syriza Party Take Power In Greece?

Posted on December 23, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-15Alphabet Greece is generally known as the birthplace of democracy some two thousand years ago. The country has experienced difficult economic times over the past four to five years, sharing the news with other member states of the European Union such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and others on the periphery of the Union. In recent years, Greece’s social movements have banded together in forming the Syriza party.

In the following video, a Syriza party member talks on Latin American network TeleSUR’s program “Imaginary Lines”, about Syriza’s prospects for early elections in Greece coming in January 2015.

Their platform’s most controversial stance is an end to austerity measures prescribed by the so-called Troika – the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the European Union. Other goals of Syriza include renegotiation of Greece’s debt, which the party believes was not incurred by the people of Greece, re-nationalization of industries and sectors privatized in recent years, and moving away from overly market-dominated policies.

According to the Syriza representative, 300,000 Greeks are now without electricity, and 4 million live below the poverty line. In the past 4-5 years private banks have transferred 50 billion Euros out of Greece, and none of those financial funds ended up inserted into the Greece economy.

Syriza has developed relationships with nations in Latin America, where people have lived in past decades under neoliberal systems similar to the Greek system which Syriza is attempting to transform. Syriza’s representative describes the neoliberal policies of the European Union as a “nightmare”, hoping to change Greece’s political system in ways not dissimilar to the far-reaching transformation of Latin American countries which lived for decades under the same type of economic nightmares.

Syriza likes to think it can rediscover the vibrant, dynamic democratic principles first developed over 2,000 years ago in Greece. Will the social movement, solidarity, coalition party win the Greek elections and take power? Will Syriza’s Alexis Tsipras become the next President of Greece? The world will know the answer to those questions shortly, in about a month’s time.

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(Thank you to teleSUR English at YouTube)