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Obama breaks election promises on human rights, Rachel Maddow reacts 
Thursday, May 28, 2009, 12:26 PM - Elections, Foreign Policy, Media, News, Opinion, Policy
Posted by Administrator
The liberals are already turning on Obama, even quicker than conservatives turned on Bush. However, they really should have done so before the election–for example, when he voted in July to give telecommunications companies retroactive immunity after they broke the law to help the NSA spy on Americans. It was irresponsible of liberals to forgive Barack Obama before the election for violating our civil liberties. Their party came into power at the expense of our liberty. The least they could have done is voted for a third party progressive. Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader are still socialists, but at least they respect basic human rights and government transparency. Obama speaks like he supports those things, but his actions before and after the election show his dishonesty and complete lack of respect for the American people.

Here is MSNBC liberal commentator Rachel Maddow reporting on Obama's policy on handling detainees:


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Bank stress test results leaked 
Monday, April 20, 2009, 08:27 PM - News
Posted by Administrator
The Federal Reserve has conducted stress tests on the United States’ major banks. The results are ugly, and they don’t want you to know about it yet. They won’t even admit they have the results, but they do, and now so do we. Here is the best update available today on the status of the banking system collapse that has been occurring for the last several months, and is on the verge of its final plummet.

On April 10th, Bloomberg reported,
The U.S. Federal Reserve has told Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other banks to keep mum on the results of “stress tests” that will gauge their ability to weather the recession, people familiar with the matter said.

The Fed wants to ensure that the report cards don’t leak during earnings conference calls scheduled for this month. Such a scenario might push stock prices lower for banks perceived as weak and interfere with the government’s plan to release the results in an orderly fashion later this month.

However, the U.S. Treasury issued a statement this morning claiming they do not yet have the results of the Stress Tests.

Turner Radio Network, which released a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo calling military veterans a domestic security risk days before the mainstream media, released yesterday a leaked outline of the Treasury/Fed Stress Test results:
1) Of the top nineteen (19) banks in the nation, sixteen (16) are already technically insolvent.

2) Of the 16 banks that are already technically insolvent, not even one can withstand any disruption of cash flow at all or any further deterioration in non-paying loans.

3) If any two of the 16 insolvent banks go under, they will totally wipe out all remaining FDIC insurance funding.

4) Of the top 19 banks in the nation, the top five (5) largest banks are under capitalized so dangerously, there is serious doubt about their ability to continue as ongoing businesses.

5) Five large U.S. banks have credit exposure related to their derivatives trading that exceeds their capital, with four in particular - JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, HSBC Bank America and Citibank - taking especially large risks.

6) Bank of America`s total credit exposure to derivatives was 179 percent of its risk-based capital; Citibank`s was 278 percent; JPMorgan Chase`s, 382 percent; and HSBC America`s, 550 percent. It gets even worse: Goldman Sachs began reporting as a commercial bank, revealing an alarming total credit exposure of 1,056 percent, or more than ten times its capital!

7) Not only are there serious questions about whether or not JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs,Citibank, Wells Fargo, Sun Trust Bank, HSBC Bank USA, can continue in business, more than 1,800 regional and smaller institutions are at risk of failure despite government bailouts!

Turner Radio Network also comments:
The debt crisis is much greater than the government has reported. The FDIC`s “Problem List” of troubled banks includes 252 institutions with assets of $159 billion. 1,816 banks and thrifts are at risk of failure, with total assets of $4.67 trillion, compared to 1,568 institutions, with $2.32 trillion in total assets in prior quarter.

Put bluntly, the entire US Banking System is in complete and total collapse.

Further, the Wall Street Journal reported today that lending by the country’s largest banks has declined 23% since the federal government began releasing TARP “bailout” funds to them. Congress did nothing to help restore lending–as they said they would. They only prolonged the inevitable. If/when two of the major banks go under, the FDIC will not be able to handle the ensuing domino collapse of other banks. Will Congress and the President be able to get more money into FDIC before millions of people realize their money is gone, freak out, and give the government a reason to instate martial law?
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A duopoly on politics keeps candidates off your ballot 
Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 03:51 AM - Elections, News, Opinion, Policy
Posted by Administrator
America's first President George Washington said that political parties "serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests."

President Washington would be disappointed to see the state of American politics today. Two huge political parties hold a near unanimous majority of political offices in America. Only one of our one hundred Senators is an independent (Joe Lieberman), and he is only identified that way because he lost a Democratic primary and ran as an independent (although a Democratic incumbent) against the nominee who beat him. The Democratic and Republican parties control the choice of Americans by offering only one or two choices on an issue, while there are really many more options that must be considered. Often, neither party considers whether or not a decision is constitutional, but the two simply debate about specific aspects of the decision. What is most devastating of all, these two parties have held their duopoly on American politics for so long that they have arranged a system where no citizens from outside their clubs may contest them.

Ballot Access News reported Monday that "Alabama is almost certain to be the only state with no independent or minor party candidates on the ballot this year, for any federal or state office other than president." Darryl W. Perry, who is running as a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama, explained in an interview with me on the IndyTruth Show that the state required him to obtain 37,513 verified signatures of registered voters by June 3, 2008 to get himself on the ballot for Senate. The mp3 of the show including that interview is available here.

What is unusual about the ballot access laws in Alabama is that it only takes 5,000 signatures to get on the ballot for President, even though it takes a much larger number for other statewide elections. Andy Shugart, who is running for U.S. House as an independent in Alabama's 6th congressional district, discovered that 6,155 signatures are required in his district. The U.S. Supreme Court actually ruled in the 1979 case of Illinois State Board of Elections v Socialist Workers Party that "it is unconstitutional for a state to require more signatures for a candidate running for an office that covers just part of the state, than that same state requires for an independent candidate running for statewide office." Therefore, Alabama's ballot access requirements are unconstitutional and illegal.

We face a similar situation here in Indiana. Over the past 75 years, the Democratic and Republican parties that have dominated the state government have increased the signature requirements for state-wide ballot access 64-fold, from 500 signatures in 1933 to 32,741 in 2008. The signature requirement is currently calculated as two percent of the total votes cast in the most recent election for Secretary of State, currently 32,741 signatures.

If a "minor party" candidate can collect enough signatures to get on the ballot for Secretary of State, he can earn statewide ballot access for his party by receiving at least two percent of the vote in the election. The Libertarian Party accomplished this in 1996 and has held on to it since then. They and the two other "major parties" only need to turn in a form to get their candidates on the ballot.

If an independent or minor party candidate is running for another office, such as state representative, he must gather a number of signatures equal to two percent of the vote for Secretary of State in the most recent election in the district in which he is running. These requirements are often also unmanageable for minor parties. The Constitution Party and Green Party rarely run candidates for public office in the state of Indiana because they do not have statewide ballot access and it is expensive and time-consuming to petition for a candidate to get on the ballot. This year, Taxpayer's Party candidate John Waterman and independent Steve Bonney attempted to get on the ballot for governor, and both failed to get the 32,741 signature requirement by the June 30th deadline.

Independent candidate Ralph Nader and Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin did not attempt Indiana ballot access for their 2008 presidential campaigns. The signature requirements were simply unrealistic for them to attain. The Green Party did not nominate its presidential ticket until July, after the June 30th deadline for ballot access petitions in Indiana, so Cynthia McKinney was unable to attempt ballot access here. These three candidates will be on the ballot in most states, enough to win the election. However, none could dream of a spot on the ballot in Indiana this year.

Ballot Access News reports that ten more parties will hold nominating conventions in August and September. Eight of them will not have the opportunity to attempt ballot access for their candidates in Indiana and many other states. The other two are the Democratic and Republican parties, which have very late conventions but are not subject to the same requirements as minor parties.

It is clear that the system for getting candidates on the ballot for elections is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The Republican and Democratic parties, who happen to have crafted the requirements, are not subject to the same rules as most other parties. Minor parties spend resources on petitioning which major parties are not required to do. If a party wants to gain statewide ballot access, it must "put all its eggs into one basket." A minor party could otherwise devote the resources used to attempt two percent of the vote for Secretary of State to candidates that have a better chance of winning in races for smaller offices. These factors put minor parties at a significant disadvantage against major parties in the state of Indiana. We must change these unconstitutional requirements so that Indiana voters have the choices they deserve when they go the polls.
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IndyTruth Show to host three libertarian candidates 
Saturday, June 28, 2008, 08:31 PM - Elections, News
Posted by Administrator
I am proud to announce that I have three exciting guests joining me this July on the IndyTruth Show. The show airs ever Saturday morning from 10:00 AM to Noon EST on Revolution Broadcasting.

Today's guest was New York Times best-selling author John Perkins, who wrote Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of the American Empire. Perkins talked about foreign policy, current events, the economy and his career as an economic hit man. He advocated free market solutions for many of the biggest problems our world faces today. Listen to the mp3.

For the next show on July 5th, two candidates for the Boston Tea Party will join us. First, I will talk to Darryl W. Perry, candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama. Perry is heading an effort to collect 5,000 signatures to get Charles Jay and Tom Knapp on the presidential ballot in Alabama.

In the second hour, I will talk to Tom Knapp, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in Missouri and Boston Tea Party nominee for Vice President. Knapp is the founder of the Boston Tea Party. He has made news this month by supporting the impeachment articles of Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He has also recently been critical of Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr.

On July 19, I will interview Kevin Barrett, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in Wisconsin. Barrett is a professor at UW-Whitewater, a host on the GCN Radio Network, and a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.

Visit the IndyTruth Show site to get details, access to the radio stream and chat room, and mp3s of previous shows.
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Indy activists will protest at Sen. McCain appearance 
Thursday, June 26, 2008, 03:56 AM - Activism, Elections, Media, News
Posted by Administrator
Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain will speak in Indianapolis at the National Sherrifs' Association 2008 Annual Conference & Exhibition this Tuesday, July 1st. Members of We Are Change Central Indiana will demonstrate outside the convention center from 9:00 AM to Noon.

We Are Change is an international grassroots organization originally started by family and friends of the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It's members seek answers to the questions posed by the victims' families to the 9/11 Commission which remain unanswered. They seek proper care for first responders who suffer from health problems following their heroic efforts that day.

We Are Change is also committed to exposing government corruption and threats to national sovereignty. Its members seek to defend civil liberties and to hold government officials accountable. They advocate for these issues through investigative journalism and street activism.

On July 1st, the members of We Are Change Central Indiana intend to demonstrate on the streets of Indianapolis in protest of the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. McCain has failed to address the questions of 9/11 victims and their families. He has a track record in Congress that advocates military aggression and disregards civil liberties. He does not represent conservatives or lower and middle class Americans. He represents special interests and elitists.

We Are Change will expose these truths while John McCain is in Indianapolis. Members of the public are welcome to join our demonstration. Members of the press are also welcome to attend.
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