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This has hit us like a hurricane or a tsunami or whatever you can call it, because we’re already overwhelmed with cases,” said Jojo Annobil, who leads the Immigration Law Unit at the Legal Aid Society. “It will need all hands on deck.”

Under the new procedures, unaccompanied minors and families with children who entered the United States in recent months during a surge of illegal migration from Central America will be moved to the front of the line to go before immigration judges.

These immigrants could be deported in a matter of months rather than years, the usual time frame in the overburdened immigration court system.

If you think that this sucks as much as I do, then I suggest you follow my suggestion on what to do about it, then get 3 people to do the same.

Join us in urging President Obama to pardon Chelsea Manning

We are military veterans, journalists, educators, homemakers, lawyers, students, and citizens.

We ask you to consider the facts and free US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.

As an Intelligence Analyst stationed in Iraq, Chelsea Manning had access to some of America’s dirtiest secrets–crimes such as torture, illegal surveillance, and corruption—often committed in our name. Manning acted on conscience alone, with selfless courage and conviction, and gave these secrets to us, the public.

“I believed that if the general public had access to the information contained within the [Iraq and Afghan War Logs] this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy,” Manning explained to the military court. “I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan were targets that needed to be neutralized, but rather people who were struggling to live in the pressure cooker environment of what we call asymmetric warfare.”

Journalists used these documents to uncover many startling truths. We learned:

  • Donald Rumsfeld and General Petraeus helped support torture in Iraq.
  • Deliberate civilian killings by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan went unpunished.
  • Thousands of civilian casualties were never acknowledged publicly.
  • Most Guantanamo detainees were innocent.

For service on behalf of an informed democracy, Manning was sentenced by military judge Colonel Denise Lind to a devastating 35 years in prison. Government secrecy has grown exponentially during the past decade, but more secrecy does not make us safer when it fosters unaccountability.

Chelsea Manning was convicted of Espionage Act charges for providing WikiLeaks with this information, but the prosecutors noted that they would have done the same had the information been given to The New York Times. Prosecutors did not show that enemies used this information against the U.S., or that the releases resulted in any casualties.

Chelsea Manning has already been punished, even in violation of military law. She has been:

  • Held in confinement since May 29, 2010.
  • Subjected to illegal punishment amounting to torture for nearly nine months at Quantico Marine Base, Virginia, in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 13—facts confirmed by both the United Nation’s lead investigator on torture and military judge Col. Lind.
  • Denied a speedy trial in violation of UCMJ, Article 10, having been imprisoned for over three years before trial.
  • Denied anything resembling a fair trial when prosecutors were allowed to change the charge sheet to match evidence presented, and enter new evidence, after closing arguments.

Chelsea Manning believed you, Mr. President, when you came into office promising the most transparent administration in history, and that you would protect whistle-blowers. We urge you to start upholding those promises, beginning with this American prisoner of conscience.

We urge you to grant Chelsea Manning’s petition for a Presidential Pardon.


 nailed to the sides of the wooden privy, two signs in all-black capital letters: “OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.”


Parade committee member Rick Konopasek said the float wasn’t meant to be any more offensive than a political cartoon would be. The only restriction for entering a float is that it can’t be considered morally objectionable. That basically translates to a ban on nudity to sexually explicit messages, Konopasek said.“We don’t feel its right to tell someone what they can and can’t express,” he said. “This was political satire. If we start saying no to certain floats, we might as well not have a parade at all.”Konopasek and parade announcer Wally Sonnenschein said the outhouse float was the most popular one in the parade, and the three judges awarded it an honorable mention.“It’s obvious the majority of the community liked it,” Konopasek said. “So should we deny the 95 percent of those that liked it their rights, just for the 5 percent of people who are upset?”




 (via Obama float at Norfolk parade sparks controversy : Lincoln, NE Journal Star)

nailed to the sides of the wooden privy, two signs in all-black capital letters: “OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.”

Parade committee member Rick Konopasek said the float wasn’t meant to be any more offensive than a political cartoon would be. The only restriction for entering a float is that it can’t be considered morally objectionable. That basically translates to a ban on nudity to sexually explicit messages, Konopasek said.

“We don’t feel its right to tell someone what they can and can’t express,” he said. “This was political satire. If we start saying no to certain floats, we might as well not have a parade at all.”

Konopasek and parade announcer Wally Sonnenschein said the outhouse float was the most popular one in the parade, and the three judges awarded it an honorable mention.

“It’s obvious the majority of the community liked it,” Konopasek said. “So should we deny the 95 percent of those that liked it their rights, just for the 5 percent of people who are upset?”

(via Obama float at Norfolk parade sparks controversy : Lincoln, NE Journal Star)

On Thursday half a million  “IMPEACH OBAMA FOR LEAVING AN AMERICAN BEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN” signs were found by sanitation workers next to a dumpster behind the Washington-based headquarters of the Republican National Committee.G.O.P. chairman Rence Priebus said,” We know nothing about the litter found in the alley behind our national office. We suspect this is part of an orchestrated mainstream media smear campaign. For the record, we are opposed to littering.”

 (via Fitz: 500,000 “Impeach Obama for leaving an American behind in Afghanistan protest signs found in dumpster behind RNC)This is how useless talking points die.

On Thursday half a million  “IMPEACH OBAMA FOR LEAVING AN AMERICAN BEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN” signs were found by sanitation workers next to a dumpster behind the Washington-based headquarters of the Republican National Committee.

G.O.P. chairman Rence Priebus said,” We know nothing about the litter found in the alley behind our national office. We suspect this is part of an orchestrated mainstream media smear campaign. For the record, we are opposed to littering.”



This is how useless talking points die.

President Obama DDay 70th Anniversary

It’s great watching President Obama shake the vets hands around 1:40. They are so appreciative of the POTUS attention.

Fox News contributor Richard Grenell and his public relations firm have been coordinating interviews for soldiers criticizing the actions of recently-released Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Those critics have said that Bergdahl, who had been imprisoned by the Taliban since 2009, risked the lives of soldiers who tried to find him after he reportedly walked off his Afghanistan base.

Several media outlets have reported on these soldiers and their concerns, including Fox News, The New York TimesTimeThe Los Angeles TimesThe Daily Mail, and The Daily Beast. According to a report in Buzzfeed, Fox News contributor Richard Grenell and his firm Capitol Media have “played a key role in publicizing” these critics.

Grenell served as a spokesman for former U.N. ambassador (and current Fox News contributor) John Bolton in the George W. Bush administration, and also worked for a short time on the Romney 2012 campaign.

The New York Times reported on June 2 that “Republican strategists” arranged for the paper to interview soldiers who served with Bergdahl and have animosity towards him because they believe he is a deserter. 

One of the soldiers quoted in the article, Cody Full, sent out a tweet thanking Grenell “for helping get our platoon’s story out.”

Buzzfeed reported that Grenell’s partner at his firm, Brad Chase, confirmed that they were behind the public relations campaign (Grenell also sent out a tweet explaining his firm offered “pro bono services” to the soldiers). Chase disputed the Times’ characterization of his firm as “Republican strategists” because he is not a Republican. 

But a radio producer who booked one of the soldiers told Buzzfeed that Grenell was their point of contact for the appearance. Two other reporters confirmed to Media Matters that Grenell put them in contact with the soldiers.

David Zucchino of the Los Angeles Times, who posted an article late Monday quoting Bergdahl’s critics, said he had reached out to Grenell, who personally helped him contact Evan Buetow, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon.

The New York Times' Helene Cooper, whose article identified the source of her interview subjects as “Republican strategists,” said she was contacted on Sunday with information on former platoonmates of Bergdahl who wanted to talk to the paper. 

…the false narrative surrounding Iran has been built around this central, core notion that Iran can’t be trusted because they’ve been practicing nuclear deceit for almost three decades. And, you know, that’s based on a whole series of episodes which have been related in a way that simply falsifies the real history. I won’t go into the details, but I just want to point out that there is a false narrative that is built around that central notion.

And in this case, the idea that Iran is being deceptive in some fashion that indicates that it is trying to get nuclear weapons simply doesn’t hold up. It doesn’t pass the laugh test. I mean, of course Iran is going to do whatever it has to in order to get materials for its nuclear program. The United States is trying to prevent it from doing so. It has for the last 30 years. And Iran does not accept the right of the United States—indeed, the United States has no right under international law—to have prevented Iran from getting the material necessary for its peaceful nuclear program.

So what the Iranians are accused of doing is, of course, simply not evidence at all of any dishonesty that has to do with their intentions in terms of the nuclear program. It simply means that they’re doing whatever’s necessary to get around restrictions that the United States and its allies have been placing on there ability to procure this material.
For the record, I’ve lost friends over my willingness to criticize Barack Obama, going back to the 2008 primary. Only yesterday, the true-blue Obama precincts of Twitter were raging against me as an enemy of the president.

I don’t so much defend the administration as defend the country from Republicans who cynically turned on their own ideas – the individual mandate, cap and trade legislation, immigration reform – once a Democratic president embraced them. I’m almost equally appalled by lazy Beltway wags who can’t see the radicalism of today’s GOP and reduce everything to their own “both sides do it” false equivalence.

You’ve got to see the tweet attacking Walsh:

It is nothing but amazing to see this from partisan Democrats. This rise of the Democrat with an intolerance of dissent in their own ranks shows the incapacity to win legislatures in the USA. If the dissent in the ranks of those who are left-of-center (think ideology, not partisanship) isn’t effectively directed to electoral goals, Democrats will continue to be losers.

Last December, over 100,000 Americans signed a petition to the White House urging the President to support an end to warrantless email snooping. The 100,000 signatures are enough to require an official response, according to the rules of the White House petition site, but nearly four months have passed and the White House remains silent.The petition specifically called on the Administration to support reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the woefully outdated law from 1986 that says the government can access emails and other documents stored in the cloud without a warrant. Updating ECPA to ensure that digital communications have the same Fourth Amendment protections as postal mail should be a no-brainer, especially during this time of heightened concern for digital privacy. The tech industry and groups from across the political spectrum support ECPA reform. A bill to update ECPA has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, and over 200 Members of the House have cosponsored legislation to require warrants for digital content.However, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory agencies are pushing for an exception that would give them new powers to access Americans’ emails. And the White House remains on the fence, refusing to support clean ECPA reform, and even refusing to respond to the citizens’ petition on its own website.Instead of promoting a reform that is “shovel ready,” the White House has launched a lengthy review of the privacy implications of “big data.” CDT agrees that the combination of increasing data collection and more sophisticated analytic tools clearly poses challenges to privacy, but talking about big data is no replacement for protecting our data.For that reason, we are urging citizens to use the White House comments page on big data to remind the Administration that there is one privacy reform that needs no more study.  If you agree that the White House should support an end to warrantless email snooping, join us by telling President Obama the time for ECPA reform is now.

Last December, over 100,000 Americans signed a petition to the White House urging the President to support an end to warrantless email snooping. The 100,000 signatures are enough to require an official response, according to the rules of the White House petition site, but nearly four months have passed and the White House remains silent.

The petition specifically called on the Administration to support reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the woefully outdated law from 1986 that says the government can access emails and other documents stored in the cloud without a warrant. Updating ECPA to ensure that digital communications have the same Fourth Amendment protections as postal mail should be a no-brainer, especially during this time of heightened concern for digital privacy. The tech industry and groups from across the political spectrum support ECPA reform. A bill to update ECPA has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, and over 200 Members of the House have cosponsored legislation to require warrants for digital content.

However, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory agencies are pushing for an exception that would give them new powers to access Americans’ emails. And the White House remains on the fence, refusing to support clean ECPA reform, and even refusing to respond to the citizens’ petition on its own website.

Instead of promoting a reform that is “shovel ready,” the White House has launched a lengthy review of the privacy implications of “big data.” CDT agrees that the combination of increasing data collection and more sophisticated analytic tools clearly poses challenges to privacy, but talking about big data is no replacement for protecting our data.

For that reason, we are urging citizens to use the White House comments page on big data to remind the Administration that there is one privacy reform that needs no more study.  If you agree that the White House should support an end to warrantless email snooping, join us by telling President Obama the time for ECPA reform is now.

So what’s up with all this talk about President Obama stopping deportations? Isn’t it Congress that needs to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

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