Saturday, July 10, 2010

Images in my war protest video

War protest video, click:










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What is this blogger's beef with the US Police State? Well, my letter to Leonard C. Boyle when he was Commissioner of the Connecticut State Police, may tell it:

The below text from:

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691


Washington, D.C. – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Leonard C. Boyle Director of the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). Mr. Boyle previously served as Commissioner of Connecticut’s largest law enforcement agency, the Connecticut Department of Public Safety. In his new position with the FBI, Mr. Boyle will oversee and direct all TSC operations.

In 1986, Mr. Boyle began his 17 year term with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut. He was appointed supervisor of the Hartford Branch Office in 1992 and Chief of the Criminal Division in 1994. Heading this division, he supervised approximately 30 federal prosecutors and all criminal prosecutions in the state. In 1998, he left the U.S. Attorney’s Office for 15 months to work as a partner in the Hartford law firm of Murtha, Cullina, Richter and Pinney. He resumed his career as a federal prosecutor in 1999 before his appointment as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Safety in 2004.

Mr. Boyle served as a Special Attorney to the Attorney General of the United States. In this role, he investigated and prosecuted law enforcement officials who had corrupt relationships with criminal figures in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Boyle received the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for his work in the Boston case. He received the U.S. Department of Justice’s Director’s Award in 2001 for his prosecution of civil rights cases involving members of the Hartford Police Department, and in 2002 for his racketeering prosecution of organized crime figures. In 1990, he received the U.S. Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his prosecution of United States v. Gerena,

Since 1994, Mr. Boyle has been an Adjunct Professor at the University Of Connecticut School Of Law and an instructor at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Education and National Advocacy Center.

In 1980, Mr. Boyle graduated from the University of Hartford and in 1983, earned a law degree from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. Immediately following law school, Mr. Boyle clerked for Chief Justice John A. Speziale of the Connecticut Supreme Court and served as an associate at the law firm of Tyler, Cooper and Alcorn in New Haven, Connecticut.

The TSC was established on September 16, 2003 by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 6, which directed the institution of a center to consolidate the government’s approach to terrorism screening. The TSC serves as the single point of accountability for ensuring the merging and appropriate sharing of terrorist information by maintaining a thorough, accurate, and current secure list of terrorist identities information.

The TSC is a multi-agency center administered by the FBI with support from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Treasury, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. For more information on the TSC, visit

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The saga rages ...

Charging Wikileaks Source: The Nail in the Coffin of Whistblowers

By Jesselyn Radack

Even the Washington Post gets it. In its article on the criminal charges brought against Army intelligence analyst Pfc. Bradley Manning, the sub-headline to the article reads:


The opening paragraph states that the military charging Bradley Manning

is likely to further deter would-be whistleblowers.

I don't care if it's Bush or Obama at the helm. The biggest crimes of our generation--torture, warrantless wiretapping, and extraordinary rendition--would not have come to light but for the unauthorized disclosure of classified information. For the hand-wringing "but we can't willy-nilly reveal classified information" crowd, do you think Abu Ghraib wasn't classified?

We are told (though there has been not a shred of evidence other than the government saying this, and even the charges do not reflect this number) that Manning gave some 250,000 classified State Department cables to All we really KNOW is that the website published a horrific video of an American helicopter massacring unarmed Iraqi civilians, including children, and the shooters cheering on each other as if it were a video game.

And the former senior National Security Agency (NSA) official Thomas Drake? The party line is that he "leaked" classified material to a newspaper. If you read the indictment, he has really been indicted under the Espionage Act, a 93-year-old law meant to catch spies, for allegedly "retaining" classified information. What the government is really mad about is that an article appeared in the Baltimore Sun describing how and why the NSA opted for an billion-dollar, failed invasive surveillance program called "Trailblazer" over one that could more adequately collect intelligence information without violating people's privacy.

Short of killing someone (think Karen Silkwood, and more recently, of the "worldwide manhunt" for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange launched by the Pentagon), this is the worst, and increasingly popular, form of retaliation that can be taken against a whistleblower: criminal prosecution for revealing the truth--which in both the Manning and Drake cases did no harm to national security, but instead committed the far worse "crime" of embarrassing the government. In fact, both these men were trying to expose conduct they thought, and that was, illegal.

I urge you to "like" the Save Tom Drake page on Facebook and to check out the Help Bradley Manning website.

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
--James Madison

reprinted from with author permission

My name is Jesselyn Radack and I am the former Justice Department ethics attorney and whistleblower in the case of "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh. In today's issue of The National Law (more...)


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