Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Congolese Election Magicians

Vital Kamerhe and Etienne Tshisekedi are engaged in a very interesting pre-election dance this week.

(For my own selfish interest I am just linking to some noteworthy articles below)

The election results of 2006, province by province. Why were these the results in 2006? Answer that question and you understand the context of the november 2011 elections.

Today Vital Kamerhe said he wants to find the magic formula which the people are waiting for to snatch victory and bring about change for the Congolese people:
"trouver la formule magique que le peuple attend pour arracher cette victoire et apporter le changement au peuple congolais"
Tshisekedi will likely hold a meeting at the Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecôte in Kinshasa this sunday.

Tshisekedi says today about the turmoil among the opposition "that it annoys him that Kabila changes the constitution in the year of the elections. Kabila had 5 years to change it. It hides intentions that are not very good. I am not worried because those constitutional revisions won't block the road to victory for the opposition":
"Cela me dérange dans la mesure où monsieur Kabila a eu cinq ans pour modifier la Constitution. Il a attendu l’année électorale pour le faire. Cela cache des intentions qui ne sont pas très bonnes. Mais comme c’est fait, c’est fait. Je ne suis pas inquiet parce que cette révision constitutionnelle n’empêchera pas l’opposition de remporter le scrutin."
Tshisekedi also said in an interview today, most noteworthy quotes to me:
"I don't agree with the myth that there should be a unique opposition candidate, and that there should not be other candidates" 
"The international community should not intervene in the business of the Congolese people like in 2006" 
View Etienne Tshisekedi's message in this video.

Voter registration report on UNDP site: view in this video:

July 23th Antoine Gizenga's palu announced it will support the "candidat nationaliste de gauche "

The Diaspora Challenge is seeking Africans of Burundi, Liberia, Kosova, and Rwandese nationalities living abroad interested in setting up business ventures in their home countries.
Winners of the Diaspora Challenge will receive a technical assistance prize worth €5,000 as well as mentorship and coaching from top business executives and successful entrepreneurs

Wikileaks US Embassy Burundi 209 cables released
Old but valuable interview by TV Afrique Canada by Prof Kadari in Montréal with Vital Kamerhe

interview april 25 2008 with Vital Kamerhe on Laurent Nkunda and Kenge Wa Dondo in Brussels

I just read, Kenge Wa Dondo and his UFC that was created a month agoseems to want to sell the skin before the bear has been shot:
 "Quand Tshisekedi appelle tous à se ranger derrière sa personne et conditionne le partage des postes au résultat des urnes et au poids de chaque prétendant, Kengo promeut et défend la thèse d'un partage des responsabilisés avant même le verdict des urnes. Une manière de vendre l'ours avant de l'avoir tué. Bemba semble hors course par la dernière décision de la CPI. Kamerhe quant à lui ne semble pas envisager même une seconde de jouer les seconds couteaux derrière l'UFC. Tshisekedi et Kengo tendent inexorablement vers un affrontement et l'opposition, à sa division ... au grand bonheur de Kabila."
This doesn't seem to bother Etienne Tshisekedi or Vital Kamerhe.  And they are right. It seems that Vital Kamerhe is doing the right thing.

Visit bemba trial website for  a blogpost by Oliva Bueno august 29th.

I love this quote in an interview by Colette Braeckmann with Vital Kamerhe:
"Depuis 2006, il n’y a pas eu de redémarrage : après les élections, c’est même pire qu’avant…Malgré son jeune âge, le président Kabila avait bien su gérer la transition, mettre tous les anciens adversaires autour de la table et amener le peuple congolais aux élections. Nous pensions qu’il allait continuer sur cette lancée. Mais dès le lendemain de sa prestation de serment, il a mis Antoine Gizenga au poste de Premier Ministre. A ce moment là, dans les yeux, j’ai dit à Kabila : « Monsieur le président, nous allons échouer… »
He says that Kabila managed the transition very well, but the day after he was sworn in and chose Antoine Gizenga as prime-minister I  looked him straight in the eyes and told Kabila:
 "mister President, we we will fail"
In Muanda, during the visit of Vital Kamerhe, a member of Tshisekedi's UDPS was arrested for  cutting a poster of Kabila in half. Civil society today demands his immediate release.

The discussion of this dance on the radio by Congolese in French.
A good remark on the program:
"Some say Vital was close to Joseph Kabila, Etienne Tshisekedi was also close to Mobutu See See Seko"
Xenophobic violence in South Africa against Congolese immigrants this week.

Colonel Zabuloni, considered a criminal in  North Kivu, is asked to leave by the chiefs:

"Les autorités coutumières du territoire de Masisi, dans la province du Nord-Kivu, redoutent un soulèvement populaire imminent, à cause de la présence du colonel Zabuloni de la Police nationale congolaise (PNC) à Masisi-centre."

Another blog by David Aronson on the Congolese elections: Congoresources wrote july 15 on Joseph Kabila winning the elections in 2006:
" 2006, Kabila's support among eastern Congolese hinged on two factors: the first was the sense that he was "one of them"--i.e., a Swahili-speaking opponent of the hated Ugandan/Rwandan invaders; and the second was a hope that he could do a decent job of running the place if he were actually in charge. (Western Congolese, who had some experience of his rule, evidently didn't share those hopes)"
I don't think this is correct, Vital Kamerhe has a much more convincing explanation for why Joseph Kabila won in the east.
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis & Janice Kamenir-Reznik have written a letter to the editor concerning David Aronson's  article blaming Congress for “devastating Congo

Kasai blog discusses technical aspects of the elections.

The Montreal Institute for genocide and human rights studies @MIGSinstitute has a DRC domestic media monitoring report

Other links that aren't really that relevant to this topic:

A new CD has been recorded by Damon Albarn in Congo "Kinshasha One Two "

Interview on alertnet by George Fominyen with Bronwen Manby, Jason Stearns and Laura Seay august 23d.

Old but new to me, Bentley Lumumba on how we got into the congo mess.

In war-torn eastern Congo the IRC is aiding survivors of sexual violence and helping them achieve financial independence

Kinshasa electricity black outs

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Can Ron Paul Do A Pat Buchanan In New Hampshire?

Can Ron Paul do a Pat Buchanan in New Hampshire? Bachmann seems to have given up on New Hampshire allready, Mike Dennehy, a Concord Republican strategist who was national political director for John McCain in 2008, says
"it's glaringly obvious that Michele Bachmann is putting a much lower priority on the New Hampshire first-in-the-nation primary." Skipping on New Hampshire would be a "big mistake," Dennehy said, because Pat Buchanan's 1996 primary win shows that a candidate known for strong social conservative views can be successful here."

lol desperate Ron Paul supporter video:

Marvin Olasky Hates Muslims, Loves Jews

Marvin Olasky loves Jews:
"I grew up Jewish, became an atheist and a Marxist, and 28 years ago, at age 26, became a Christian. I believe that faith in Christ is good for all people, but I also value the work of David Klinghoffer, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Michael Medved and other terrific culture war allies."
but  hates Muslims (september 2011):
"And yet, the future of peace in the Middle East may depend not on supposed theological "moderates" besting the radicals but on both moderates and radicals losing faith in Islam."
Every time I read this nutcase, I get more convinced he should get his head examined:

Example A:
"Christianity by its very nature is about the one and the many, monotheism with a trinity. Muslims see the tension in holding firmly to both, and they are right. That tension has pushed Christians to build a society that emphasizes both unity and diversity and in that way reflects the Trinity."
Example B in the category "get your head examined":

Marvin Olasky is clearly writing propaganda for Israel and advocating regime change in Iran (May 17 2011):
"And the biggest problem for Israel, of course, may be The Bomb: Iran may not be able to go as fast as it hoped and some expected, but whether Tehran’s fanatics have its nuclear weapons in one year or five, the danger will be extreme, barring regime change or some military action. The United States lived through four decades of nuclear-tipped Cold War with the Soviet Union because Russian leaders, without the expectation of an afterlife, did not want to kill Americans and die. Some Muslim leaders may embrace killing Israel and dying."
Marvin Olasky's article "Islam vs. Liberty" is off course a hitpiece against Ron Paul, just like Medved who called Ron Paul an "anti-semite" and "racist" this week.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin seems to be open to Ron Paul's views on foreign policy:

"First there is the Parenting Effect. Did you ever hear of a parent who resented his children? Rarely. Now did you ever hear of a child who resented — hated! — his parents? It is a paradox that often the more you give to others, the more they resent you."

Monday, August 29, 2011

U.S. wastes $1 million+ trying to deport innocent 84-yr.-old to Rwanda

KPFA Weekend News, 08.27.2011

Lazara Kabogaya with his defense lawyers Kurt Kerns,
left, and Melanie Morgan, right.
KPFA Weekend News Anchor Cameron Jones: The outcome of a federal immigration trial decided this week in Wichita Kansas has international implications, particularly for U.S. foreign policy in Africa. Eighty-four-year-old Burundian immigrant Lazare Kabogaya, an ethnic Hutu, was charged with stating that he was in Burundi rather than Rwanda in 1994 on his visa application, and, with involvement in the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.

A jury concluded that he was not guilty of genocide crime and this week all charges were dismissed after it was revealed that federal prosecutors had failed to disclose a material witness - an immigration official who stated that she would not have disapproved Kabogaya's application if it had said that he was in Rwanda in 1994. KPFA's Ann Garrison spoke to Kurt Kerns, one of two Wichita criminal defense attorneys who defended Kabogaya and this week celebrated his acquittal on all counts.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: ​So, federal prosecutors spent between one and two million dollars, and two and a half years on this case, and failed to disclose a material witness whose testimony ultimately decided the case?

Kurt Kerns: Pretty much. Yeah, that's a good way to summarize it.

KPFA: Could you tell me exactly what Lazare Kabogaya was charged with?

Kurt Kerns: Well, he was basically charged with two counts of immigration crimes, the first being premised upon an argument that he had committed the crime of genocide in Rwanda, and, did not disclose that on his American immigration forms. And then, on the second one, it was a visa fraud count, where the government alleged that he had misrepresented information on his visa about where he lived in 1994. So, they were American immigration crimes, the first of which was premised on the crime of genocide, which made this case the first time that the crime of genocide had ever been tried and argued on American soil.

KPFA:  And was he charged with the immigration crime, that is falsifying information on his visa, before he testified in behalf of a Rwandan on trial for genocide crime in Finland?

Kurt Kerns:  No, he wasn't accused really of anything until he agreed to do an interview with a defense lawyer from Finland who had been defending a Rwandan that was on trial, again for genocide, but this time in Finland.

KPFA: ​What do you think the international implications of this case are?

Victoire Ingabire remains in maximum security
prison in Rwanda.
Kurt Kerns: Well, I think maybe before you spend a couple of million dollars trying to prosecute someone, you really need to do a factual investigation. If the allegations are coming out of a country that has so many lies being perpetrated out of it, like Rwanda, you really need to do an independent investigation to see if you're really getting a true and accurate investigation or if you're really just getting a politically motivated accusation. So often now, at least right now in Rwanda, so many of the accusations coming out of that country are sadly, politically based.

KPFA: That was Wichita lawyer Kurt Kerns on his successful defense of Burundian immigrant Lazare Kabogaya. Last year Kerns traveled to Rwanda to defend William Mitchell Law Professor and former International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda defense attorney Peter Erlinder who had been arrested after traveling to Rwanda to defend opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.  Ingabire remains in maximum security prison in Rwanda, charged, as Erlinder was, with genocide ideology, which means, disagreeing with the official history of the Rwanda Genocide.

The argument that the U.S. must intervene in Africa, to stop the next Rwanda, is now central to U.S. foreign policy.

For Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I'm Ann Garrison.

Audio archive at

Israel Spies Most On US

Jeff Stein wrote an article in december 2010 on the Mossad's activity in the US that makes it clear that it's the most agressively operating secret service on US soil:
"As tensions with Iran escalate, according to former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, “Israeli agents have become more aggressive in targeting Muslims living in the United States as well as in operating against critics.”
The mossad clearly isn't just involved in assassinating physician professors in Iran.
Counter-terrorism specialist and Ex-CIA officer Philip Giraldi who regularly writes a blog at the American Conservative, wrote on Geert Wilders and Pamela Geller recently posted also on veteranstoday:
"As John Sugg, Max Blumenthal and others have exposed, pro-Israel neocons such as Geller are closely related to the growing hostility toward Muslims. We hope, but doubt, that the recent tragedy in Norway will cause them to re-think their actions, not simply try to hide them."
In this video he talks about Israel spying in the US.

In another interview july 29th 2011 counter terrorist expert Philip Giraldi states:
'US equates intl. terrorism with Islam'
Interesting what he says about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in response to the question  as to howow much the US is at fault here? :
(Giraldi:) It is difficult to say, I mean, the fact is that the American public has been fed one side of the story for a long time now and have been fed a heavy dose of propaganda to support that story.
When that has been going on for something like 30 or 40 years, it is very difficult to turn that around and I believe politicians like Obama and Hillary Clinton, in particular of late, who have been tiptoeing around the issue of Islam and terrorism while at the same time saying, 'Oh, no we don't really believe,' are really leaving the same impression that they are out to change Muslim governments because Muslim governments are fundamentally wrong and they are sending messages constantly that reinforce the stereotype of what Muslims are about. "
The Oklahoma bombing was initially blamed on muslims, as Mauri Saalakhan recalls in this same video. Interesting article on that here. Apparently President Barack Obama did something similar just after the Norvegian attack by Breivik, says Press TV in this transcript:
"Let's look at how US President Barack Obama just hours after the attack made insinuations that there is an Islamic connection there and at the same time was attempting to justify America's war on terror - Your comments on his reaction?"
The Obama quote Press TV is referring to is this:
“It’s a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring, and that we have to work co-operatively together both on intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks.”
Press tv and the writer of that blog could be true, but I would like to see a good exegesis of this quote to make hundred percent certain that this is an example of "jumping to conclusions".
July 24th the editor of Britain’s leading Muslim newspaper has drawn parallels between Norway’s worst terrorist attack and the Oklahoma, US, bombing in 1995.
@bumuqawama, Andrew Exum who works and blogs at CNAS, linked to a very valuable blogpost on the Islamophobe money machine by Jerry Haber. This blogposts answers the question: Why has anti-Islamic hatred flourished in America? And comes up with a list of foundations that pay people to write anti-Islamic articles:
"The Donors Capital Fund, the Richard Scaife Foundations, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Russel Berrie Foundation, the Anchorage Charitable Fund and William Rosenwald Family Fund, the Fairbook Foundation, and the Newton and Rochelle Becker.
The money has flowed into the hands of five key “experts” and “scholars” who comprise the central nervous system of anti-Muslim propaganda:
Frank Gafney, David Yerushalmi, Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, and Steven Emerson "
Andrew Exum indeed reads like a great source of info on twitter. He started a blog on small wars and insurgencies, Abu Muqawama, that he continues to edit at CNAS (a topic that has some relation to the topic of this blog: small wars in Congo). Exum was also named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 voices in foreign policy on Twitter. I agree!

US Embassy Kinshasa Claims Balkanization Theory Is Conspiracy Theory

February 2010 a US Embassy Kinshasa cable states and develops the following argument:
"The term "balkanization" has its own
special meaning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it
refers to a conspiracy theory that foreign interests seek to divide
the DRC into smaller client states in order to facilitate access to
the country's vast mineral reserves.  Many prominent Congolese are
quick to assert that United States is among the foreign powers
poised to "balkanize" the DRC, just as many Congolese appear to
believe that the U.S. favors alleged Rwandan designs vis-a-vis the
DRC.  "
These embassy people should have studied the subject before making these strong accusations that the claim that foreign interests have and are engaging in an effort to balkanize the Congo is a conspiracy theory.

Articles by American scolars have advocated it (I should find the article back), journalists in Ugandan and Rwandan press have been writing about what a great idea it would be to break up the Congo (back in 2008 I wrote about it, recently in relation to South Sudan Secession a Rwandan article reiterated this view eagerly retweeted by Canadian working for the Rwandan government).

Alex Engwete wrote yesterday:
" it should be clarified to the US Kinshasa embassy that what it calls "conspiracy theory" is "broad-based" and deeply held as indisputable truth by virtually all the Congolese. What's more, this belief is reinforced by insensitive remarks that some American officials make now and then about the Congo, such as the infamous comment by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during his visit in the DRC advising the Congolese on the need to forget about the past and to move on!"
A 2007 article by the Catholic Church in the DRC confirms this view , in a statement by the bishops conference we read:
 "The bishops say no to balkanization by the creation of the dwarf states. Territorial integrity, the inviolability of borders and national unity of the Democratic Republic of Congo are not negotiable. The war as a means to solve the problems of the people is useless and must be absolutely condemned. It reflects a total contempt for human life and is unjustifiable. The Conference of Goma must provide a space for everyone in the region to raise their issues through dialogue."
Parag Karahn wrote in foreign policy january 13th 2011:
"Democratic Republic of the Congo technically qualify as "failed states," their fates are sealed by their colonial inheritance. Indeed, it's often their borders that are the deepest cause of their conflicts. Many of these national borders are in desperate need of adjustment, and the rest of the world should show more flexibility in allowing them to do so."
Presidential candidate Vital Kamerhe is one of the leading figures in the peace process ( in 1998 deputy commissioner in charge of MONUC affairs.[4]) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he was even nicknamed "le Pacificateur", the "Peacemaker". As Commissioner General of the Government responsible for monitoring the peace process in the Great Lakes region he is one of the principal negotiators of the 2002 peace deal.[ 

Vital Kamerhe's statements in press conferences make it clear that he disagrees with the US embassy and that he believes that there are efforts to balkanize the Congo.

It's interesting to read an article posted july 5th by some anonymous news-society which first states that:
"there is an increase of unfounded allegations that international NGO vehicles, which are looking to destabilize peace and security in Congo. The Minister of Press and Government Spokesman, Lambert Mende through his press conference and his most famous book, "Fertile Land" raises accusations against human rights defenders,because of involvement in a campaign, the balkanization of the Congo."
And then concludes from there that:
"In short, it is important to remember that the political culture of the Congolese government, which suspected war criminals and criminals against humanity, is the main cause of conflict and the resurrection of armed groups in Congo and is the largest and most dangerous Balkanization of the most famous proponent service international NGO reports. This policy of the government enjoys the Congolese rebel groups took up armsand heinous crimes committed against the Congolese population, as is the case of Bosco Ntaganda"
A view similar to what Michel Gerson stated in a recent interview:
"Eastern Congo is both a tragedy and a lesson in political philosophy. Human beings need bread and justice and freedom. And all are made possible by orderly, responsible government."
As Vital Kamerhe, an expert in Congolese peace negotations, explains in his interviews, the question is not what, but how. People like Michel Gerson should start explaining the how instead of focusing on the "failed state" narrative.
An interview with  Bishop Ambongo december 9 2008 explains how Congo works:
"A) The present situation in DRC is not an issue with regard to a framework of negotiation because the framework is already present. What is missing is the will to put it into action. This framework is called the Amani Program, which means peace in Swahili. All partners involved in the current conflict have signed it, notably that man, that general Nkunda who took the weapons. He signed this agreement, however he does not want to respect it. That is why we are here: to ask the Canadian government to put pressure on this general so that he may put down his weapons and return to the existing framework for a dialog with the other partners, especially the government. "
As Ernest Wamba dia Wamba,  anyone should read his CV, said in an iterview 11-06-2008 :
"After having experienced the destabilisation of a Mobutist gendarme state, many neighbouring countries would rather prefer having a weak Congo around, especially if they can even benefit from that weakness by engaging also in the looting of resources of the Congo "
In 2004 Ernest Wamba dia Wamba, who was unsuccesfully used by Rwanda and Uganda as figurehead in their war against Kabila in 1997 (the coalition broke in january 1999), said this about South Africa's role in the transitional process:
"Some feel like South Africa has actively put us in the situation we are in. They had a lot of leverage to make sure that certain structural problems were anticipated and solutions proposed. They seem to have fallen in the Western logic of thinking that mediocrity is a less evil for Congolese, if it stops the war. They also have a lot of leverage to get a clear on-going commitment to resolve the contradictory fears of both the DRC and Rwanda; they do not seem to use it. This is why some feel that SA is too close to Rwanda."
US embassy personel in Kinshasa should just go to youtube and watch Vital Kamerhe's statements on the Congolese peace process. Might be helpfull.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rwanda: US court decision to dismiss Kobagaya case a huge setback – Ngoga

As Kurt Kerns, Lazare Kobagaya's lawyer, said in an interview with Ann Garrison yesterday, the implications of this case are huge:

"Well, I think maybe before you spend a couple of million dollars trying to prosecute someone, you really need to do a factual investigation. If the allegations are coming out of a country that has so many lies being perpetrated out of it, like Rwanda, you really need to do an independent investigation to see if you're really getting a true and accurate investigation or if you're really just getting a politically motivated accusation. So often now, at least right now in Rwanda, so many of the accusations coming out of that country are sadly, politically based. "

The Rwandan government did not respond for comment today when asked by AP journalists about the outcome of the Lazare Kobagaya case :
"Kagame’s government did not respond to an email seeking comment."
However, the new times allready has the reaction by Martin Ngoga. The article in the new times states:
"US court decision to dismiss Kobagaya case a huge setback. If what we read in the press is the truth, that would be a huge setback in our efforts against fugitives, particularly in the USA,”
"we are seeking an official version of what really happened and are yet to hear from their US counterparts."
another interesting part of the new times article is this sentence:
"Rwanda’s prosecution early this year had called upon the US to give more credence to the Genocide charges against him but the Americans focused more on immigration fraud."
This statement refers to Stephen Rapp's visit to Rwanda earlier this year.
As I wrote earlier:
"Stephen Rapp has allready commented on the ongoing Kobagaya case. This runs against a justice department-wide policy of not commenting on ongoing cases."
As Kandy Kobagaya said in the Washington Post
"This begs a question of how such a tiny country of Rwanda can have so much influence to such as large country as the United States ... that the U.S. government can drag an innocent man through that kind of mud,” Kandy said in a phone interview from Florida."
Was Stephen Rapp aware of the witness tampering that occurred in this case?

Danielle Beach-Oswald writes about the case on her lawblog  which was reposted here:
"Given that the Justice Department spent $1 million on this case, with even one juror claiming that it was a waste of money, it shows the necessity for better transparency between government officials and private attorneys in all issues regarding immigration. This has not only led to unnecessary embarrassment for the government, but has shown that attorneys working on important immigration matters should have more comprehensive access to important government records that may not be available from a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Request"
A little unrelated but nevertheless interesting blogpost, found on same site, reads:
"Will there be enough time for Barack Obama to overcome the terrible damage that he has inflicted on himself by three years of cynical pandering to anti-immigrant bigotry to try to gain a very small number of additional white votes? "
Link to the story on the legal times blog. 

Who Were The Attorneys In Lazare Kobagaya Case?

An attorney for a Kansas man accused of committing atrocities during the Rwandan genocide says the Justice Department decided to drop its immigration case against Lazare Kobagaya after prosecutors were threatened with sanctions for withholding evidence:

"WICHITA, Kan. —
The U.S. Justice Department decided to end its immigration case against a Kansas man suspected of participating in the 1994 Rwandan genocide after:
"defense attorneys told the government they planned to seek sanctions against prosecutors for withholding evidence
, a defense lawyer says.

The comments from defense attorney Melanie Morgan on Friday came a day after a federal judge tossed all charges against Lazare Kobagaya, 84:

Morgan credits the government's sudden reversal in its decision about whether to retry the case to a letter she sent to the Justice Department. Defense attorneys declined to release a copy of that letter, but Morgan said she told the department that the defense planned to seek to have the case dismissed and seek sanctions against prosecutors.

"I do feel like it was very influential in them coming to a decision about how the case should ultimately be resolved,"
she said.

A comment by ictflyer on the outcome of the Lazare Kobagaya case that is worth noting:

"What a waste of taxpayer money. This case should have never been brought to Kansas. And, the Department of Justice lawyers that did not disclose the witness that would have benefited the defense should be disbarred. That is the problem with the government. They are all about convicting people whether or not they are guilty doesn't seem to matter. Let's remember who these incompetent, overzealous attorneys are and if they ever run for any kind of office that requires voters let's do not let them ever get elected. We should all contact our congressmen and get these crooks thrown out of the prosecutors office. We don't need these kinds of people in our government."

Attorney Kurt Kerns pointed out that no one with the offices of the U.S. Attorney in Kansas played a role in making the error.

Those responsable for the "error" must then be as I noted their names earlier the prosecutors at the Federal level: The Senior Trial Attorneys Christina P. Giffin, Steven C. Parker and Deputy Chief Robert G. Thomson of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division's Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section ( HRSP)

Busride from Bujumbura Burundi to Kigali Rwanda

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Yvonne Basebya Ntacyobatabara Sacrificed By Dutch Diplomats

Dutch prosecutors apparently allready know that Yvonne Basebya is guilty. Everything that doesn't fit in their hypothesis is ignored. Very unprofessional.

Yvonne Basebya's lawyer points out that Dutch prosecutors are stepping over their responsability in their effort to frame her at all cost as guilty. Prosecution in the Dutch justice system, which is not the same as the anglosaxon system, should allways keep the possibility open that the accused is not guilty.

Yvonne Basebya, who was symbolicaly arrested during the visit to Rwanda of Dutch justice minister Hirsch Ballin in the run up to the rigged elections in 2010, seems to be the victim of Dutch realpolitic.

The Dutch government wanted to distance itself from Victoire Ingabire and used Yvonne Basebya as a pon in this sordid game. Yvonne Basebya, who like Lazare Kobagaya stands accused of having participated in the genocide, is a dutch citizen.

Since june 2010 Yvonne Basebya has been in custody. Several sessions have taken place since. Her husband, Augustin Basebya, said in an interview in march:
“We do have faith in the justice system in the Netherlands. It is a country of rights. We hope that there will be a fair trial.”

In the Netherlands there is no jury system like in the US, so Yvonne Basebya depends on the whims of a tribunal.

Marco Sauceda And Why US Is Becoming A Police State

Vital Kamerhe Logic Position

"Changing the Constitution after Tshisekedi's come back december 2010"

Friday, August 26, 2011

Toxic US Political Environment

Mark Shields claims, with reference to Mike Huckabee, that the current climate might have been shaped by Tom Tancredo:
"So the republic will somehow survive without Mr. Huckabe in the fight. But you can be sure that there will be more pander and less candor in this political season without him.
He is no plaster saint, don't get me wrong. He has his faults. But Mike Huickabee also has humor and humanity in a year in which both are sadly scarce in America."
 Mark Shields, an Obama supporter, obviously uses Mike Huckabee to attack Republicans. Just watch this vid.

Obama supporters like Mark Shields have an interest in ignoring Ron Paul in their reporting and perpetuating a certain false image of the Republican electorat.

Keynesian Economics VS. Austrian Economics That's The Question

Ben Stein, who accused Ron Paul of anti-semtism without a shred of evidence some time ago, said about Rick Perry's "Ben Bernanke committed treason" comment:
"I hope he gets some moderation in his speech and some lessons in economics and soon"
Allthough I agree with the first part, (In light of Ben's own outrageous statement on Ron Paul) I am not entirely sure Ben Stein is the right person to give lessons on moderation to Rick Perry. However, Rick Perry's statement does make Ron Paul look like a Moderate, as Ron Paul himself recently said:
"I'll tell you what, he makes me sound like a moderate," Paul said at a campaign stop in Concord, New Hampshire. "I have never once said Bernanke has committed treason. But I have suggested very strongly that the Federal Reserve system and all the members have been counterfeiters for a long time." The remarks were first reported by NBC News."
However, Ben Stein's statements is an illustration of why Rick Perry's outlash is counterproductive to a debate on economic theory. As Iowa State Representative Josh Byrnes stated in reaction to Rick Perry's comments:
"We, "the middle people", are looking for a candidate who can share a sound vision with us on how to make this country great. We need an out-of-the-box thinker who is willing to make some tough decisions to get us back on track. We don't need anymore "dart throwers". We need a statesman."
The real debate on the role of the FED is a debate on economic theory. A debate between the Austrian school and Keynesian economics. Both Perry and Stein are merely using tactics to avoid having to deal with Ron Paul's main campaign theme. Ron Paul's opponents should start to "engage or die"!

We urgently need something more substantial then the usual disingenuous evasion tactics that we are familiar with from Alan Greenspan who doesn't even hide that he was intentionally not answering questions in Congress when using a indicypherible delphic dialect known as "FEDSPEAK" :
"I would engage in some form of syntax-destruction which sounded as though I answered the question, but in fact I hadn't."
Charlie Pribble points to an example of how Paul's critics are trying distortion tactisc to avoid discussing substance and facts.

Ron Paul's campaign for civil liberties, his transpartisan coalition building, his foreign policy and his austrian economics deserve to be engaged on substance.
As Tammy Bruce, who launched a direct attack on Rick Perry's semi-covert campaign strategist Josh Trevino this week, said on Fox Business yesterday:
"That's what all of us want, we want some security, we want to know what the next year is going to look like, Ben Bernanke to stop printing money. Regular people trying to make a living day to day. We want to know what is going to happen. The truth is that when the FED decided to hold of for the next two years on interest rates. They were saying we can't do anything now and the reason they can't do anything and reject the notion of the Obama theory of regulating the world and regulating people's lifes is that in order for things to work is that people have to be left alone. They have to be left alone to be able to thrive and make their own decisions. And really the American system and the free market allows people to know that their work and the nature of the consumer and our own optimism for the future has allways worked before. This overreaching and involvement is what has killed us and I think that is making people nervous." 
Sounds a lot like what Ron Paul was saying at the  Florida Liberty Summit in Orland last week:

If Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul is dissatisfied with the attention he's getting in America, here's another audience he might try: southeastern France.

Lazare Kobagaya First To Beat Paul Kagame's Lies

Lazare Kobagaya,, an 84 year old man living in the US, who fled the Burundi genocide against Hutu's in 1972, was cynically accused of participating in the Rwandan genocide by the current regime in Kigali. Keep in mind that Paul Kagame himself stands accused of mass murder of at least many hundreds of thousands unarmed refugees in Congo.

However, the case against Lazare Kobagaya  was dropped yesterday:
"After 2-1/2 years and more than $1 million, federal prosecutors with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., filed to dismiss the charges this afternoon. Within a couple of hours, U.S. District Judge Monti Belot in Wichita granted that request in what authorities said was the first case involving genocide to be tried on American soil."
Kobagaya's son stated in a first reaction:
"My father is the first one ever to beat the lies of President Kagame," Kandy said. "I will never understand how such a small country in Africa could have such influence on a country like the United States."
Prosecutors at the federal level withheld essential information that would have ended this case much earlier:
"prosecutors revealed that investigators had interviewed the woman who processed Kobagaya's visa in September 2008. She told them the change of date would have not influenced her decision to approve his application."
Attorney Melanie Morgan (of Olathe) :
“Had this information been timely disclosed so that it could have been presented to the jury, we have no doubt the jury would have acquitted Mr. Kobagaya on both counts”.
Attorney Kurt Kerns said he had not seen such a mistake in his 20 years of practicing law, and pointed out that no one with the offices of the U.S. Attorney in Kansas played a role in making the error:
"This is something you read about happening every couple of decades in the legal community, but I've never seen it,"
In a filing last week, the government (Obama administration) first revealed to the court:
 "that it inadvertently failed to disclose earlier to the defense information from a consular officer in Kenya who was listed on Kobagaya’s immigration application. The consular officer had told prosecutors that even if she had known Kobagaya was in Rwanda in 1994, it would not have caused her to inquire further into his application because Kobagaya was a Burundian national."
A key argument in the defense case was that the alleged falsehood about Kobagaya’s whereabouts during the genocide was not a “material fact” that would have caused further investigation by immigration authorities that could have possibly kept him out of the United States, as defense Kurt Kerns pointed out in a phone iterview.
It seems that the jury system is actually quite good and that some people at the State Department intentionally screwd up big time.
State Department's War Crimes chief Stephen Rapp has allready a lot of explaining to do for his visit to Kigali a month before the start of the trial and his statement there as I wrote earlier:
"We are pursuing (as very high priority) human rights violators accused of the Genocide, who managed to enter the US and managed to get their refugee status and citizenship,” said Rapp, a former Prosecutor at the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
“It is a very high priority in the Department Of Justice to prosecute these people, for the false claims they made, and the lies they put on their forms, that they were not involved in the Genocide,” 
A clear attempt by this individual to influence the outcome of the Lazare Kobagaya case. We now know that witness tampering occured in the Lazare Kobagaya case. When will Stephen Rapp come out publicly with a statement on the outcome of the Lazare Kobagay case?
The American people deserve answers why more then a million dollars was spent using false testimonies from a country ruled by a genocide suspect that has been accused of multiple assasination attempts both in Africa and Europe?

 The outcome of the case was supposed to set the stage for Paul Kagame's visit to Paul Rusesabagina's Chicago. Too bad for Pierre Prosper and Stephen Rapp  the jury didn't go along with that.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Texas Public Policy Foundation Running Rick Perry's Campaign

Dr. James Leininger is a San Antonio-based businessman and former physician. He is the founder of a conservative think tank called the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Interesting link to Josh Trevino, who happens to be the Vice President for Communications for the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

This weekend Dr. James Leininger, one of Governor Perry’s largest campaign contributors is hosting a retreat in the Hill Country for conservative Christian supporters of the GOP presidential candidate. That’s according to Texans for Public Justice, a campaign finance watchdog group.

Rwandan Diaspora Divided On Kagame Visit

Lucie Umukundwa fled Rwanda in 2006 because:
"In August 2006, shortly after a government press conference in which then-VOA correspondent Lucie Umukundwa had asked unwelcome questions about recent media attacks, unidentified men badly beat her brother and left him with a warning: "If your sister refuses to shut her mouth, we will kill you and she won't be spared."
Today she comments from France on the upcoming Kagame visit:
@VOARobert: #Rwandans in #France divided on upcoming #Kagame visit, says @umukundwaLucie

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bruce Fein Interviewed By John Whitehead

Bruce Fein signed up with the Ron Paul campaign this week:
"there is a war on the bill of rights"
In may, just after the passing of the patriot act,John Tate summed up the battles ahead saying:
"Remember friend, without the rout at Lexington, there could have been no victory at Concord Bridge."

Related is this article by John Whitehead.

Michael Ostrolenk interviews Bruce Fein here.

Ron Paul "
Obama will be converted when we convert his young people

Rick Perry's Trevino Involved In Malaysian Government Propaganda Blogging Campaign

The  Malaysian Government Propaganda scandal  has reached the US.
In the context of this story Tammy Bruce's words four days ago (in the video below) get a very specific meaning:
"you've got Michel Malkin who is never a paid blogger when it comes to a candidate, and she is free to be able to speak her mind, you can't say that about everyone"
The launch of the Rick Perry campaign was also the launch of a Rick Perry's promotion film by Michael Wilson. Initially Josh Trevino had suggested to produce this film, Wilson said
“and from there, it just came from the heart.”
Josh Trevino, longtime RedState contributor and covert strategist for the Rick Perry campaign, has received considerable "blowback" for labeling Michelle Malkin “insane“ and “fringe” to criticize Texas Gov. Rick Perry. As one Herman Cain supporter explains his sentiments:
"I was offended by the Perry campaign’s roll-out, a deliberate diss to the Ames Straw Poll.....My out-front support of Herman Cain might suffice to explain my resentment of the Perrybots, but really: Don’t supporters of other candidates — Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, et al. — also have a legitimate grievance at being told that Perry is beyond criticism?

They’ve been out out there getting chewed up every day for months, and suddenly they’re just supposed to acclaim the Anointed One? Because Red State says so?"
However, Josh Trevino isn't just picking up resentment for his tricks in US politics.
Whistleblower website Sarawak Report has revealed the contents of the contract between international public relations firm FBC Media and Taib Mahmud for the campaign to whitewash the Malaysian chief minister's image abroad.
The United Kingdom's media regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), is looking into allegations that Malaysia paid millions of pounds to FBC Media to burnish its international image through news programmes on the BBC.
In a statement carried by The Independent, the BBC said:
"FBC has now admitted to the BBC it has worked for the Malaysian government. That information was not disclosed to the BBC, as we believe it should have been, when the BBC contracted programming from FBC. Given this, the BBC has decided to transmit no more programming from FBC, while it reviews its relationship with the company."
Broadcasters including CNN and CNBC have also been scrambling to contain any potential damage from airing of FBC programmes. Online magazine The Atlantic has launched an internal inquiry into connections with the British public relations firm:
“The magazine also said Justin Smith, president of Atlantic Media Co., has resigned from the board of FBC Media, the firm at the centre of a controversy over whether it improperly mixed its journalism and PR businesses. It was Smith who connected FBC Media with The Atlantic”
The website Saraweko initial report also claims they have “established clear links between FBC Media and a US blogger Josh Trevino, known for his attacks on opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and Sarawak Report:
"Trevino has posted recent pro-BN articles attacking Anwar in the Washington Times, the UK’s Guardian newspaper, and the on-line Huffington Post . He has also placed articles on the same topic in Red State and New Ledger"
Josh Trevino's blogging campaign for FBC's Alan Friedman is described in detail on the Hornbill Unleashed blog:
"Sarawak Report has exclusive details of the contract agreed between FBC Media and Abdul Taib Mahmud, which includes a commitment to mastermind a cyber-war against online critics of the Chief Minister’s corrupt government, such as this blog.   
In his attached contract proposal, which amounted to a staggering $5 million for the first year alone, Friedman allocated $55,000 (RM165,000) per month just to the blogging operation. For this he was providing “Online digital strategy and blogging, site creation and management, blogging and articles, video reports on line”.
For another RM 138,000 per month Friedman added “in-bound press and blogger visits, press, foreign visit support, interview placement, writing, disseminating, media training, media analysis, mapping” services!"
One line catches my eye in that article:
"One month following Alan Friedman’s contract agreement with Taib Mahmud a new blog appeared …. called ‘Sarawak Report(s)’ ! This blog was clearly dedicated to trying to attack and criticise the genuine Sarawak Report. 
The new blog turned out to be a classic dirty tricks operation. It did not attempt to counter the investigative work of Sarawak Report, but instead tried to discredit the authors of the blog with defamatory accusations."
 Doesn't that sound familiar? As Stacy Drake tweeted two days ago:
"Someone just sent me a clip of discussing tactics used on Malkin I'm seeing a pattern here."

Ben Smith investigated the story july 28th and 29th 2011 , first Trevino claimed (off course) the story to be:
"completely false"
It turns out Josh Trevino has in fact invited bloggers to a free "once-in-a-lifetime" Malaysian junket, paid for by business interests associated with Malaysian politics.

Act for Malaysia wrote August 7: 
"Public evidence corroborates our information about Josh Trevino’s links with FBC Media. It also undermines attempts by the bloggers, such as Christopher Badeaux, to claim that the attacking articles are just volunteer work."
Former British prime minister Gordon Brown's sister in Law, Clare Rewcastle Brown, is a British investigative journalist. Born in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, she is the founder of Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak which are openly critical of the Barisan Nasional-led state government of Sarawak. She wrote june 29th on Josh Trevino's blogging campaign:
"According to research by this blog, the far Republican blog, New Ledger, has been hired by Taib to run a sustained defamation campaign against herself, which has implicated Brown."
"The purpose of placing such articles first into New Ledger, is so that they can then be presented in Sarawak Report(s) as if they were credible commentaries written by established journalists in the United States. We can show that in fact the writers of these articles are not established journalists, but rather PR writers hired by Taib. " 
"The bulk of New Ledger’s articles have little to do with matters of interest to local Americans, because they are largely focused on Malaysia, where so many of the articles are then reproduced"
One of the bloggers mentioned in this propaganda and defamation campaign against Clare Rewcastle Brown is Rachel Motte, who also blogs at Joe Carter's (who was hired by Huckabee's campaign in 2007) Evangelical Outpost.  

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pierre Prosper Wins Kagame Case Oklahoma

Additional reason why Republicans should not vote for Mitt Romney: Pierre Prosper who once said "war crimes justice is political"

Arent Fox partners Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper, who served as a war crimes prosecutor for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, successfully defended Paul Kagame in the Oklahoma case july 15th 2011.

Pierre-Richard Prosper partner of Arent Fox, Michael Cryan, and Roy Z. Silva represented President Kagame in this matter.
“The plaintiffs have offered nothing to establish that they ever delivered a copy of the complaint to President Kagame personally,” wrote Judge West. “The plaintiffs’ own evidence establish that their process servers never came within close proximity of President Kagame. … Clearly the plaintiffs have not shown that they met the requirements of Federal Rule 4(e)(2) or 4(e)(4) because they failed to establish that they delivered a copy of the complaint to Prewsident Kagame or to his ‘authorized agent.’”

Pierre Prosper is up to his kneck into the Rwanda shit, as we all know:
"The Hague, 7 September 2007 (FH) - In "Peace and Punishment", Florence Hartmann, former spokesperson for Carla del Ponte, former prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, states how on pressure from the United States the special investigations targeting suspects from the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) were buried forever, sullying the legacy of the ICTR......In August 2003, New York approved the resolution relieving Carla del Ponte by assigning to the ICTR a specific prosecutor. Hassan Bubacar Jallow took the head of the prosecution. In November 2003, as New York debated over the text which would result in the resolution of 26 March 2004 on the "completion strategy" of the ad hoc tribunals, Pierre-Richard Prosper reassured President Kagamé. "He convinced him not to worry about the text of the future resolution since Gambian Hassan Bubacar Jallow, named at the beginning of September to succeed del Ponte, ratified the promise of the United States to the Rwandan authorities on the abandonment of prosecution against the Tutsi soldiers by the ICTR."
In 2006 Pierre Prosper was advisor to Mitt Romney on foreign policy:
"SA: Do you support any particular candidate?

I am advising Governor Mitt Romney. I am assisting him in foreign policy issues. It’s not a political position. Governor Romney asked for my ideas about foreign policy and I am contributing.

SA: Why do you believe Governor Romney is a good candidate for the President?

I like his approach to foreign policy issues, which is a very problem solving approach. He wants to look at the issues to see what is the most effective way to solve the problem that the United States and the world is facing. When it comes to the foreign policy, one of the things that he is focused on is how to work with multilateral organizations to make all our efforts more effective."
Pierre Prosper was behind the effort that resulted in the declaration by Colin Powell september 9th 2004 that genocide has occured in Darfur:
"The United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell, on 9 September 2004 declared “that genocide has occurred in Darfur and that the government of Sudan and the Janjaweed bear responsibility, and that genocide may still be continuing.” The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, by unanimous vote on 23 July 2004, declared “that the atrocities unfolding in Darfur, Sudan, are genocide.”
June first 2011 a group of Former Prosecutors and State Department War Crimes Officials Affirm Satellite Sentinel Project Findings of Apparent War Crimes in Abyei (Sudan):

"A bipartisan group of former civilian and military officials has affirmed the Satellite Sentinel Project’s (SSP) analysis of visual evidence that the Government of Sudan allegedly committed war crimes during its occupation of the disputed region of Abyei. The officials include two former US State Department Ambassadors-at-Large for War Crimes, David Scheffer and Pierre Prosper; David Crane, the former Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone; and Michael Newton, the former Senior Advisor to the US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes.

SSP issued a report on May 29, which documented visual evidence of war crimes by the Government of Sudan in Abyei. The project has conveyed this evidence to the UN Security Council and to the International Criminal Court. The Government of Sudan has stated that the Satellite Sentinel Project has no evidence of war crimes."
Pierre Prosper participated april 30th 2009 in the Boston College “Genocide Awareness Week with another BC alumni and prominent figure in international diplomacy and justice: Nicholas Burns,’78 and Rwandan Ambassador to the US James Kimonyo. Pierre Prosper and the Rwandan ambassador talked about : “Justice After Genocide".
Pierre Prosper on Kabuga an interesting story in itself, whicwhich can be read at ellyakanga's blog.
In december 2010 the Associated Press reported that
"a well-equipped military force was being created in northern Somalia with the help of Michael Shanklin, a former CIA officer and Pierre Prosper

, an ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues under former President George W. Bush.

The training and the equipment — which is so far estimated at over $10 million — is being paid for by a mysterious “Muslim nation.”

These sources said that this deal usurps the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), which includes security training. Ironically, Uganda has the most troops in Amisom, with the rest coming from Burundi."
With Peter Erlinder thrown out of a Minneapolis courtroom last week in the case of Somalian terror suspect Mahamud Said Omar I am starting to see the bigger picture here.

In october 2010 Pierre Prosper went to Iran where he negotiated the release of Reza Tagahvi--father of a Gen Next Member. Off course he had to bring up Rwanda at some point when he returned.

The mapping report covers the period 1993 to 2003. In defending Paul Kagame in Oklahoma, Pierre Prosper actually defends his own role in covering up and ignoring, minimizing the crimes committed by the RPF. Just look at these facts. Pierre Prosper worked:

A: as war crimes prosecutor for the UN at the ICTR:

During 1996 to late 1998, Ambassador Prosper served as a war crimes prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

And B: As War crimes chief at the State Department:

Prosper was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 16, 2001 to become the second United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues. After being confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he was sworn in on July 13, 2001.

Pierre-Prosper is vice chairman of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

In this video Pierre Prosper talks about Rwanda @ 6:00.

Ron Paul: I Am Running On George W. Bush 2000 Foreign Policy

Ron Paul reminds us how George W. Bush will be rememebered: A pandering liar who's foreign policy was unRepublican and who has the deaths of a million Iraqis on his conscience:
"I am virtually running on George W. Bush foreign policy of the year 2000, he was very critical of Clinton, the intervention, the nation building. He said we don't need to be in nation-building, we don't need to be intervening. WE don't need to be the policeman of the world. That's George Bush. I am just running on George Bush foreign policy. So, why is it so strange now? You know why? Because I am serious about it, I am just not pandering."
Ron Paul:
"Our foreign policy has led to the death of a millions dead Iraqis, you can't ignore that"
As Christian Gomez writes at the new American:
"Websites from to create an image that Ron Paul is “Al Qaeda’s Favorite Member of Congress” or that he is the pro-Russia/Communist candidate. When Ron Paul is not being ignored by the media his detractors take potshots at him, attempting to create a distorted image of Ron Paul as a supporter of totalitarianism and Communism."
In a detailed account of Ron Paul's record in Congress since 1976 Christian Gomez concludes:
Despite the distortions and false imagery presented in certain web outlets, the record of Ron Paul is clear as to where he stood on communism and the Soviet Menace of the Cold War. Assertions to the contrary represent inaccurate history and distort the record of the Texas Congressman, who has always championed the cause of individual liberty — unwavering since his early days in office as both defender of the Constitution and Cold Warrior

For those who want to listen to George W. Bush on foreign policy during his 2000 campaign:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bob Clegg, Huckabee 2008 New Hampshire Supporter, Attacks Rick Perry

Bob Clegg, former state senator from Hudson New Hampshire, can be seen in the video on my dutch4huckabee blog.

Bob Clegg knows a thing or two about backing a Christian conservative for president. In 2008, Clegg, a former state senator from Hudson, was a key early supporter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. But as Clegg surveys the Republican primary field this time around, Huckabee's religiosity seems understated by comparison:
"He wasn't like these guys," Clegg said last week. "Mike was a religious person, but he didn't campaign saying God put him here, God told him to run and this and that."
Indeed the strategy employed by Rick Perry (and Bachmann)  to win over social conservatives across the US is too obvious. I suspect Clegg's observation is exactedly the reason many Huckabee 2008 supporters are leaning heavily towards Ron Paul.

Voters can feel it when a candidate has authenticity problems.

John Whitehead: We Are Living In A Police State

John Whitehead, who served as research assistent to Francis Schaeffer on the influential book "A Christian Manifesto", interviewed (see video below) on the extensions of the patriot act, may 28th 2011. He says
"we are more like China then China is like us"
Last year John Whitehead wrote on secret prisons in the US:

"How will you know that you're living in a police state? When law enforcement authorities are empowered to stop and search anyone they deem to be "suspicious," when citizens are being snatched up and made to disappear with no access to the legal system, and when it's your own government that is operating secret prisons—it's a safe bet you're under the auspices of an emerging totalitarian regime." 

John Whitehead, his analysis of the Christian Right and the Bush administration here, also blogs at Lew Rockwell's blog, a blog that is closely linked to the Ron Paul campaign. On may 19th he wrote on the renewal of the patriot act:
"The Patriot Act drove a stake through the heart of the Bill of Rights, violating at least six of the ten original amendments – the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Amendments – and possibly the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments, as well. The Patriot Act also redefined terrorism so broadly that many non-terrorist political activities such as protest marches, demonstrations and civil disobedience were considered potential terrorist acts, thereby rendering anyone desiring to engage in protected First Amendment expressive activities as suspects of the surveillance state."
Peter Erlinder, Law professor, was interviewed in 2004 on the Patriot act. He was also interviewed in 2006 on his involvement as defense attorney in the Warsame case. Warsame was charged with material support for terrorism

Peter Erlinder was thrown out a Minneapolis courtroom last week defending his current client, Mahamud Said Omarextradited from The Netherlands last week,  where he was arrested at an asylum-seekers center at the U.S. government’s request in 2009, who is accused of helping outfit several Twin Cities men for their trips to Somalia, allegedly to fight with the extremist group al-Shabab. Omar's family contends he suffers from mental disorders and is not capable of aiding terrorists. Erlinder agrees that Omar lacks the mental faculties to make decisions on his behalf, and says Omar fired his Dutch attorney and essentially gave up fighting extradition.

Geert-Jan Knoops, lawyer, said in 2009 that Mahamud Said Omar could not be extradited by The Netherlands.

However, february 15th 2011 The Dutch Supreme Court rejected the final appeal Tuesday of a Somali man against his extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for allegedly aiding an Islamist terror group. The court ruled that Mohamud Said Omar has no further grounds for appeal, but his lawyer said he would urge the Dutch justice minister not to sign off on any extradition order.

Mohamud Said Omar's Dutch Lawyer Stapert also explained why he thinks this extradition was unjustified:
“There is a lot at stake and I honestly believe the Rotterdam court misapplied the law and I had hoped that the Supreme Court would correct that”
Below the keynote adress "Wake Up Call for Civil Liberties" february 27 2011 by Peter Erlinder, who last year was arrested and imprisoned in Rwanda, at an event sponsored by the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms and by Friends of Human Rights.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Fed Printing Extra Money For Ron Paul's Birthday MoneyNuke

Could Iowa State Representative Josh Byrnes be inching towards a Ron Paul endorsement?, read his comment on Rick Perry:
"In my opinion these comments have hurt him. These candidates need to figure out that if they are to win this campaign they need to win over the group (moderate Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans) in the middle. We, "the middle people", are looking for a candidate who can share a sound vision with us on how to make this country great. We need an out-of-the-box thinker who is willing to make some tough decisions to get us back on track. We don't need anymore "dart throwers". We need a statesman."
Or as LD Jackson wrote yesterday:
"However, I would contend that unless Paul, or someone like him, wins the nomination and defeats Barack Obama, nothing is likely to change in Washington."
 Clive Crook, Financial Times, also thinks Rick Perry is unelectable and adds:
"The Republican party has moved too far right to have a candidate that can thrill its base and appeal to the electoral centre as well."
 I disagree, the Republican party does have this candidate, it's Ron Paul.

Ron Paul,  the champion of out-of-the-box politics, has demonstrated that he can make democrats and republicans in the house of representatives work together, both on the audit the fed bill and the Barney Frank/ Ron Paul marijuana bill. Transpartisan coalition building is at the heart of the campaign for liberty that plays a central role in Ron Paul's campaign. The success of this innovative approach is what makes Ron Paul stand out from his opponents in the primaries.

Ron Paul is the candidate who puts his money where his mouth is, the Wünsch AKA the "little one" of American monetary politics. He is the candidate that attacks the sillyness of constantly creating new money when you need it. Today's birthday moneynuke for Ron Paul is underway, don't forget to donate.

Paul’s opposition to the Fed is not some "dart throwing", but
"is supported by the Austrian Business Cycle Theory, which holds that instead of containing inflation, the Federal Reserve, in theory and in practice, is responsible for causing inflation. In addition to eroding the value of individual savings, this creation of inflation leads to booms and busts in the economy. Thus Paul argues that government, via a central bank (the Federal Reserve), is the primary cause of economic recessions and depressions."
Or as Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who has endorsed Ron Paul said:
"There are show horses, and work horses," Jones said. "Paul is a work horse."
Andrew Broman has a great blogpost on the revolutionary invention of the MoneyNuke by Ron Paul supporters in 2008:
"four years ago, I did campaign for Paul, whose Republican presidential candidacy revolutionized the campaign trail in an important way. Paul's supporters invented the so-called money bomb"
Respectfull interview by Alan Colmes with Ron Paul three days ago on democracy and nation building and Ron Paul's out-of-the-box transpartisan politics:
"when we have a perfect system here, we can start lecturing others"
Brent Budowsky confirms my view that the perry/paul narrative is now dominating the race for the Republican nomination. As I said two days ago:
"With the Rick Perry/Ron Paul narrative sucking all the oxygen out of the Republican room, the numbers in the middle are the ones to watch in coming weeks and months. 
The StarTribune confirms this view:
"Presidential scholars say Perry's best strategy would be to avoid engaging with Paul. The reason: He risks a confrontation that would elevate Paul to the top-tier stature Perry now has and could provoke a YouTube moment that Perry would later regrets."
As Merle Black,  a political scientist from Emory University, says:
"Perry should ignore him"
Ron Paul on his transpartisan coalition effort in this video, 29:30:
"You pass legislation because you bring people together."
27:30: on his uncompromising approach:
I work coalitions to bring people together, I work with the left far better then any other Republican...
Christianity today's Tobin Grant does a shoddy job at covering Ron Paul's appeal to christian Republicans and Democrats. He fails to mention Rutherford's John Whitehead, who blogs at Lew Rockwell's, as integral part of Ron Paul's campaign. In addition he also fails to mention this Ron Paul quote:
"The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs. Certainly the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both replete with references to God, would be aghast at the federal government’s hostility to religion."
That sounds a lot better then what Perry, the other Texan, is trying to do, as observed by Ben Faulkner today:
"Part of Perry's efforts to secure the nomination will be designed to insult the intelligence of evangelical voters, with Perry counting on Christian voters to ignore the totality of his record provided that he mentions our Lord and faith often and with a degree of sincerity on the campaign trail. .... "

Ron Paul's "What If the American people woke up one day" video reminds me of Jim DeMint's book The Great American awakening!

How it all started in june 13 2008: The Campaing for Liberty which held a conference in Orlando this weekend.