Wednesday, October 12, 2011
October 12 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: 'Stand-Alone' Armies - Streamlined, Efficient, With Economies And Agendas Of Their Own
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October 12 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: 'Stand-Alone' Professional Armies - Streamlined, Efficient, With Economies And Political Agendas Of Their Own
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U.S. Supreme Court affirms Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence is unconstitutional
An announcement from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Mumia’s legal defense follows.
United States Supreme Court rejects appeal from Philadelphia DA’s Office, concedes Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence is unconstitutional
New York, N.Y. – Today the United States Supreme Court rejected a request from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to overturn the most recent federal appeals court decision declaring Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence unconstitutional. The Court’s decision brings to an end nearly 30 years of litigation over the fairness of the sentencing hearing that resulted in Mr. Abu-Jamal’s being condemned to death. Mr. Abu-Jamal will be automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole unless the district attorney elects to seek another death sentence from a new jury.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and Professor Judith Ritter of Widener Law School represent Mr. Abu-Jamal in the appeal of his conviction and death sentence for the 1981 murder of a police officer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Supreme Court’s decision marks the fourth time that the federal courts have found that Mr. Abu-Jamal’s sentencing jury was misled about the constitutionally mandated process for considering evidence supporting a life sentence.
“At long last, the profoundly troubling prospect of Mr. Abu-Jamal facing an execution that was produced by an unfair and unreliable penalty phase has been eliminated,” said John Payton, director-counsel of LDF. “Like all Americans, Mr. Abu-Jamal was entitled to a proper proceeding that takes into account the many substantial reasons why death was an inappropriate sentence.” Professor Ritter stated, “Our system should never condone an execution that stems from a trial in which the jury was improperly instructed on the law.”
Mr. Abu-Jamal’s case will now return to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas for final sentencing. [Details Here]
«o» An Iranian living in Texas has been accused of a plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US and attack embassies after a DEA agent in Mexico allegedly discovered that a Zeta drug gang member had been approached to do a 'hit' on the ambassador. Whether it was planned by the Iranian government, their relatively autonomous Quds army of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, or is simply another falsehood set up by the US government and the FBI who have been known to create-from-scratch entire 'terror groups' of disgruntled and enticed simple minded Muslims residing in the US remains to be seen.
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Meanwhile, (speaking of Mexico and drug gangs) 'House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has subpoenaed Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gun tracking operation' that never bothered to keep track of the guns they allowed to be shipped to Mexico, apparently by friends of the Sinaloa cartel, the Zeta drug gang named in the above story on the "Iranian terror" plot's competition. "Issa argues Holder either knew more about the failed operation than he has told Congress, or has run his department incompetently if he did not know of the gun program." More @ The Hill.The alleged Iranian assassination plot sounds a little like an actual 1980s Batman storyline, when the Joker became the Iranian ambassador to the UN (in order to kill other diplomats). Paul Mutter at Focal Points...Is Iran's Alleged Cash-for-Assassinations Plot Too Implausible to Be True?
By Paul Mutter, October 12, 2011
Purportedly undertaken in the spring with the blessing of high-level Iranian officials, an Iranian-American naturalized citizen named Mansour Arbabsiar approached a DEA informant (referred to only as "CS-1") masquerading as a member of "Drug Cartel #1," which ABC reports is probably the Mexican-based Los Zetas Cartel. As to why Mansour approached cartels, he is said to have been ordered to by his superiors "because people in that business are willing to undertake criminal activity in exchange for money."
US media reports that Mansour also promised CS-1 to supply his/her cartel with "tons of opium" as part of their deal, though this has not been mentioned in any of the papers made public by the Justice Department.
CS-1 is described as "a paid confidential source" who, in exchange for having unspecified State Department charges dropped against him/her, agreed to become a mole for the DEA. The report discloses that CS-1 is on federal payrolls and is regarded as a "reliable" source of intelligence, and that some of the exchanges between Mansour took place in Mexico. The DEA's informant policies are extremely well-kept secrets, and also very expensive and controversial. And like the FBI's informant programs that have exposed numerous alleged terrorist plots, this plot was, apparently, held together by the informant, who presented himself as an explosives expert and promised to deliver C-4 for the operation.
Working through Mansour, the group in Iran was said to have sent US$100,000 (obtained from the Iranian government) to CS-1 as a "down payment" on a US$1.5 million assassination contract. When CS-1 suggested that an attack on the ambassador in a restaurant would also kill US civilians, Mansour replied that "sometime [sic], you know, you have no choice," a point that US officials have (somewhat hypocritically, as Glenn Greenwald points out, given our "collateral damage" record overseas) reiterated time and again to try and demonstrate that the Iranians are somehow unbalanced psychopaths.
Regarding this portrayal, one is reminded of how in the late 1980s Batman comic series "A Death in the Family," [Read On]
There have also been accusations that the Sinaloa drug cartel is being protected by elements of the US government. Information on the distinct possibility that the US government is protecting the Sinaloa Cartel here.
«o» The president's Jobs Bill failed 50-49 after a couple of Democrats bailed out at vote time. The bill will now be chopped up and sent to committees and probably won't be heard of again until the beginning of next year. Meanwhile congress goes on ANOTHER vacation next week. Must be nice having a job with 'bennies'. Yours truly suggests hitting the "Reset" button and rebooting with a whole new crew in elections over the next few years.
«o» The Republican debates in Hanover New Hampshire last night was a bizarre dog-and-pony show with Mitt Romney dominating. Rick Perry of Texas continually told the audience how great everything is in the private-prison economy of his state and Michelle Bachmann actually claimed in public that Mitt Romney's 9-9-9 budget plan should have the numbers turned around to read 6-6-6. Just imagine a creepy freak like that becoming president of the United States.
«o» There have been eight or more bomb attacks on police stations, government offices and facilities in Baghdad. At least twenty five people have been killed. The al-Maliki government has claimed "al-Qaeda in Iraq" is responsible, and others are saying it's the beginning of a civil war instigated by insurgent Shiites.
«o» Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held as a prisoner of war by Hamas since 2006 is to be released after successful negotiations between Hamas and the Israeli government. Israel will release approximately 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in return.
Remember... They only call it class war when we fight back.
(And PLEASE try to keep your government from killing all the dusky natives...)
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