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Biting our tongues doesn't keep us safe ... It only Increases danger in the long run

Martin Niemöller
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Martin Niemöller.
First They Came ...

Preface: German pastor Martin Niemöller initially supported Hitler. But he later opposed him, and was imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp for years.

Niemöller learned the hard way that keep your head down doesn't keep one out of trouble ... in the long run, it increases the danger to all of us.

Niemöller wrote a brilliant poem - First They Came - about the manner in which Germans allowed Nazi abuses by failing to protest the abuse of "others" ... first gypsies, gays, communists, and Jews, then Catholics ... and eventually everyone.

This is my modern interpretation of Niemöller's poem ...


British Government facing legal action over David Miranda detention

Alan Rusbridger, Edward Snowden and David Miranda
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Alan Rusbridger, Edward Snowden and David Miranda
Home Secretary Theresa May says she was briefed ahead of the possible detention of David Miranda, the partner of a Guardian journalist, at Heathrow airport.

Mr Miranda was held for almost nine hours at Heathrow, as he travelled from Germany to Brazil where he lives with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who reported on leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Theresa May revealed she was briefed about the "possibility" that he might be detained. She said it was right for police to act as they see fit to prevent terrorism, and it was not for her to tell police who they should or should not stop at ports, or who they should arrest.


Watchdogs blast David Miranda treatment, harassment and intimidation

Glenn Greenwald, David Miranda
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Journalist Glenn Greenwald, left, walks with his partner, David Miranda, in Rio de Janeiro's International Airport. U.K. authorities detained Miranda Sunday as he passed through London's Heathrow Airport. Greenwald has close links to Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who has been granted asylum by Russia
Media watchdogs and observers on Monday widely blasted the detention of David Miranda, the partner of The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, as "disturbing" and an "attempt at pure intimidation."

Miranda, a Brazilian citizen, was held for nine hours Sunday at London Heathrow Airport and questioned under Britain's Terrorism Act, a move that many media critics decried in columns and statements on Monday. Miranda, 28, lives in Rio de Janiero with Greenwald and was passing through London's Heathrow airport after spending the week in Berlin with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, who has been working with Greenwald to release information leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The Guardian paid for Miranda's flights, the paper reported.


U.S. had advance notice of Britain's plan to detain reporter Glenn Greenwald's partner

Glenn Greenwald, David Miranda
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Journalist Glenn Greenwald, left, walks with his partner, David Miranda, in Rio de Janeiro's International Airport. U.K. authorities detained Miranda Sunday as he passed through London's Heathrow Airport. Greenwald has close links to Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who has been granted asylum by Russia
U.S. officials on Monday distanced themselves from the decision of British authorities to detain the Brazilian partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who has exposed details of National Security Agency surveillance programs, amid questions over the documents officials may have confiscated.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that U.S. officials had received a "heads-up" that London police would detain David Miranda on Sunday, but he said the U.S. government did not request Miranda's detention, calling it "a law enforcement action" taken by the British government.

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British government claims Greenwald's partner David Miranda had 'highly sensitive stolen information that would help terrorism

David Miranda
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David Miranda
Home Office claims nine-hour detention of Guardian journalist's partner was justified to protect public from threat of terrorism

The government has embarked on an aggressive offensive to justify the detention of David Miranda by suggesting that the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald possessed "highly sensitive stolen information that would help terrorism".

Amid calls from across the political spectrum for a fuller explanation of the treatment of Miranda at Heathrow after a detailed statement from the White House, the Home Office made clear that his nine-hour detention was fully justified on the grounds that he was carrying leaked documents.

A Home Office spokesperson said: "The government and the police have a duty to protect the public and our national security. If the police believe that an individual is in possession of highly sensitive stolen information that would help terrorism, then they should act and the law provides them with a framework to do that. Those who oppose this sort of action need to think about what they are condoning. This is an ongoing police inquiry so will not comment on the specifics."


California vice mayor: You can't take God out of education

Ken Weir
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Ken Weir
State lawmakers, city officials, parents and pastors gathered in Bakersfield, California on Sunday to participate in a "School Prayer Day" event.

About one hundred people took park in the event at the Bakersfield Liberty Bell, according to 23ABC News.

Bakersfield vice mayor Ken Weir also attended the event.

"A lot of forces are trying to separate God from our school, but I think it's time we realize you can't take God out of education, " Weir said.


Cenk Uygur calls out TIME magazine reporter for supporting drone strike on Julian Assange

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur on Monday blasted a TIME magazine reporter who said he couldn't "wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out" Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Michael Grunwald made the comment Saturday on Twitter, sparking a huge backlash. Grunwald later deleted the message and apologized, describing it as "dumb."

Uygur said Grunwald was simply an authoritarian. Rather than questioning the government's actions in regards to drone strikes, Grunwald simply accepted whatever the government said.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:


'Humanizing the Syrian revolution': CIA agent Matthew VanDyke is fighting alongside Syrian terrorists after 'mission accomplished' in Libya

American soldier of fortune Matthew VanDyke is currently helping to promote al Qaeda in Syria. VanDyke is apparently free to come and go as he pleases. He admits in a talk he gave at his alma mater, Georgetown University, on April 11, 2013 that he is in fact a CIA agent.That's the 'War on Terror' for you folks, brought to you by traitors among you.

Video by NevaehWest


Soldiers of fortune: 'Irish Sam' joins West's bloodbath in Syria

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Soldier of fortune Houssam al-Najjar, aka "Irish Sam," takes a rooftop position with an assault rifle, August 2012, "on a mission to Aleppo before we entered the city, providing recon info before the arrival of the humanitarian trucks delivering food to the fleeing refugees," he wrote. Yeh right, they were fleeing from the likes of HIM!
If Liam O'Flaherty, who died in 1984, were still alive, he might have considered writing another version of his famous short story The Sniper. This time the main character wouldn't be the IRA sniper who killed his brother; instead, it could be Housam Najjair, a Libyan-Irish man who decided to desert the comforts of Europe for the scorches of Libya and Syria.

Housam, aka "Irish Sam," was born in Ireland to a Libyan father and an Irish mother (who converted to Islam 30 years ago). A young man who seems to embrace an ambition that differs from that of fellow fighters. He's now preparing to publish his first book.

I asked him many questions, and he was apparently frank in his answers, telling me why he left Europe for the war zone and explaining why he went to Syria and whether he's going to fight in Mali or not. He explained his family's stance on his move, and how he was welcomed in Ireland when he first returned from the war zone. I asked him too if he regrets any of his kills.

"The reason I suppose that I left the comforts of Europe for the war zone began with watching the atrocities carried out on innocent civilians by the regime," he said, meaning Gahdafi's regime, adding: "I knew I could make a difference and had many talents to offer, namely being a fluent English speaker which could help the media aspect for the rebels, discovering my fighting talents and what I was made of as a soldier was a bonus and gave me new goals to achieve."

Comment: See also:

British women among those joining 'al-Qaeda-in-Syria'

Completing the cycle of terror: French citizens fighting in the ranks of al-Qaeda in Syria

Kurds capture British commander of 'al Qaeda in the Levant and Syria'

WANTED: American mercenary Matthew VanDyke is now in Syria


Irish mercenaries training Syrian death squads

In its weekend supplement devoted to geopolitics French daily Le Monde published 8 March, 2013 a report entitled "Syrie : à Atmé, entre révolution et désenchantement" - "Syria: Atme, between revolution and disenchantment"- Christophe Ayad, a regular embedded journalist with NATO's mercenary forces in Syria, reports on the mixture of despair and chaos that reigns in rebel controlled territory. One of the rebels tells the French reporter that "three former soldiers of the Irish military elite" provided training to Syrian rebels. It is claimed the Irish soldiers were acting as "independent mercenaries". These "former soldiers of the Irish military elite" are acting in violation of international law.

The 1981 UN Declaration on the Inadmissibility and Intervention in the Internal Affairs of States stresses the "imperative need for any threat of aggression, any recruitment, any use of armed bands, in particular mercenaries, against sovereign States to be completely ended, so as to enable the peoples of all States to determine their own political, economic and social systems without external interference or control."

According to the Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉireann), the Irish republic maintains a policy of military neutrality. This policy has been a foundation stone of the Irish state for many years. What relation do these former Irish military have to the Irish defense forces who are soon to be deployed as 'peace-keepers' in the Golan under a UN mandate?

Comment: See also:

Syria's Bloody CIA Revolution - A Distraction?