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Welcome to America! Human rights crisis at U.S. Border detention centers

© Courtesy of Congressman Henry Cuellar
A staggering crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has left federal officials scrambling to provide basic human necessities to thousands of undocumented immigrants - most of them unaccompanied children - who have flowed over the divide.

The office of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who represents the district including the southern border town of Laredo, provided Business Insider with photos showing just how bad the conditions are at one federal facility where some of these immigrants are being held.

Cuellar's office said the photos were taken recently in a Customs and Border Protection facility in south Texas. The congressman's office declined to identify the exact source or location of the photos to protect the source's identity.

Overall, the pictures show some of the stark challenges facing immigrants as well as federal officials attempting to address the flood of people streaming over the border. In many cases, the undocumented immigrants are crammed into rooms with nowhere to sleep or even sit. And in at least one case (the first photo below), one of the immigrants has rashes that Cuellar's office said were reported to be either scabies or chickenpox.


Gay Rights: State Department criticizes Russians, not Saudis

Gay march at Kremlin
© www.radiozamaneh.comGay Rights Parade in Moscow.
Although the U.S. State Department recently singled out Russia by name to criticize its law prohibiting homosexual propaganda aimed at youth, the same State Department refused to comment on Saudi Arabia where homosexual conduct is punishable by death.

On Oct. 24, Uzra Zeya, the acting assistant secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, spoke at the ILGA-Europe annual conference in Zagrab, Croatia. ILGA is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. In her remarks, Secretary Zeya said that promotion of human rights, including those for LGBT people, is a "foreign policy priority" of the United States.

Zeya praised new hate crimes legislation in Europe and then said, "But the United States remains extremely concerned about negative trends in a number of countries. The anti-gay propaganda law in Russia and the proposed law to strip gay parents of their parental rights are alarming."
"Laws, even when it is unclear how they will be enforced, are incredibly important," she said. "They are a statement of a country's values and they have a teaching effect. Laws that validate discrimination, as we have seen in Russia, can lead to an increase in violence and harassment. This is particularly true when authorities don't act to protect all of their citizens and when they fail to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by or against particular groups."

Comment: Saudi Arabia is only one of several countries where homosexual acts are illegal and punishable by execution. Russia's recent anti-gay law has essentially legalized homophobic violence, emboldening right-wingers to step up attacks on gays through groups known as Occupy Gerontophilia and Occupy Paedophilia. Russian diplomats say discrimination does not exist in Russia because the country's constitution forbids it (wishful thinkers, those diplomats!). Regardless of who received the "call-out" by the State Department, the spinning moral compass and "two-faced" choice of singling out Russia, while giving a pass to more egregious Saudi Arabia, smacks of blatant political posturing at the expense of humanity and their rights.


U.S. scrambles to develop new technology as Russia contemplates banning U.S. from International Space Station

International Space Station
© Wikimedia CommonsThe International Space Station. Soon to be off-limits to the United States?
Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it's an International Space Station. But if Russia gets its way, it's going to be off-limits to the United States soon.

For weeks now, there have been rumblings about Russia wanting to ban the United States from using the ISS while the two countries wrangled over Ukraine. While that would probably violate international law, it may be feasible from a practical perspective. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin argued that "the Russian segment [of the ISS] can exist independently from the American one. The U.S. one cannot."

Since the United States terminated its space shuttle program, we've depended on Russian rockets to carry U.S. astronauts to the ISS. NASA has a contract to continue these flights through 2016 -- at $70 million a pop. After that, Russia would be within its rights to deny U.S. astronauts seats on Soyuz rockets. If America wants to send astronauts up after the contract expires, joked Rogozin: "I propose that the United States delivers its astronauts to the ISS with the help of a trampoline."

It never just rains, it pours (even in space)

An even more immediate problem facing America is Russia's threat to cut off access to the RD-180 rocket engines that the United Launch Alliance (the joint venture between Boeing (NYSE: BA ) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT ) ) uses in its Atlas V rockets. These are the big beasts that carry U.S. military satellites into space. They're critical to national security. But we've only got enough RD-180s stockpiled to keep ULA supplied for about another 22 months.

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Putin backs cease-fire in Ukraine while engaging Russian Army in surprise drills

© Alexey Druzhinin/Ria-Novosti/Pool/AFP via Getty ImagesRussia had originally dismissed Ukraine’s declaration of the cease-fire, spurring officials from the European Union to call on Russian President Vladimir Putin -- before he issued his latest statement -- to support the peace plan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced support for a cease-fire in Ukraine declared by his counterpart, calling for all sides to halt military activities even as he put more than 65,000 troops on combat alert.

Putin said that while he supports the week-long truce that President Petro Poroshenko announced on June 20, the move shouldn't be an ultimatum to militia groups and won't be "viable or realistic" without "constructive steps" to start negotiations with rebel leaders in southeast regions.

The statement, issued late yesterday by the Kremlin, came after the Defense Ministry in Moscow announced snap military drills across central Russia, the biggest since the country annexed Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in March. Poroshenko, in office two weeks, is seeking to quell violence in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions that's left hundreds dead.

The U.S., which accuses Russia of aiding the pro-Russian separatists, last week imposed sanctions on people linked to the insurgency, adding to penalties announced more than a month ago. U.S. and European officials have warned that more painful penalties affecting Russia's access to financial markets, technology and military hardware may come as early as this week if Putin fails to take measures to curb tensions.

Comment: Advice when reading the MSM: flip every statement to reveal the truth.

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Bush, Blair and the war in Iraq: Blackmailed pedophiles or just war criminals?

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Today, after more than a million dead and several millions exiled, as the "too extreme for al-Qaeda" ISIL is grabbing more and more of Iraq, the question once again arises:

Why did George Bush and Tony Blair drag us into the Iraq quagmire?

They told us it was about Saddam's WMD. But that was a preposterous lie. Bush even camped it up about looking for WMD under his desk. He thought it was fabulously hilarious that anyone had ever believed in Iraqi WMD.

So what was the real reason for the Iraq war?

Some say oil. But that seems dubious, since big oil lobbied hard against the Iraq invasion, fearing it would destabilize their business.

Others say Israel. That makes more sense; the Zionist lobby was the main force pushing for war in Iraq. But how can a sh*tty little country like Israel force a superpower to do its bidding?

One way is by blackmailing politicians. And in Bush and Blair, they had plenty of opportunity.

Comment: We'll probably never know for sure if the rumors and speculation about George W. and Blair are true. However, the accusations against W's father, George H. W. Bush, seem pretty solid. Knowing that, it's easy to wonder. Many, too many, in their positions undoubtedly are sadistic pedophiles.


With ceasefire shaky in Ukraine, Putin orders surprise combat-readiness drills for central Russia forces

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© Press service of the Central Military District
All Russian forces in Siberia, the Urals and beyond have been put on combat-ready alert, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said after President Putin ordered surprise drills.

Over 65,000 of Russia's troops in the Central Military District have been put on alert to verify troops' combat-readiness during massive war games of all branches of the armed forces. The exercises involve the relocation of military personnel and hardware, firing training and complex inspections.

"In accordance with president's order, today starting from 11:00 Moscow time [07:00 GMT] all troops of the Central Military District have been placed in a state of full combat readiness," Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at staff meeting.

The drills will last for a week, from June 21 through 28, Shoigu said.

Up to 5,500 military vehicles, 180 airplanes and 60 helicopters will participate in the drills, Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov said, Interfax reported.

Comment: The drills will last all this week. The Donetsk People's Republic has agreed to a mutual ceasefire with the Kiev junta that will last until Friday, the 27th. Connection? See: Break-through! Donetsk self-defense forces agree to ceasefire until 0700 GMT Friday


The U.S. Supreme Court is marching in lockstep with the Police State

"[I]f the individual is no longer to be sovereign, if the police can pick him up whenever they do not like the cut of his jib, if they can 'seize' and 'search' him in their discretion, we enter a new regime. The decision to enter it should be made only after a full debate by the people of this country." - U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
Police State
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The U.S. Supreme Court was intended to be an institution established to intervene and protect the people against the government and its agents when they overstep their bounds. Yet as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, Americans can no longer rely on the courts to mete out justice. In the police state being erected around us, the police and other government agents can probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts.

Whether it's police officers breaking through people's front doors and shooting them dead in their homes or strip searching innocent motorists on the side of the road, these instances of abuse are continually validated by a judicial system that kowtows to virtually every police demand, no matter how unjust, no matter how in opposition to the Constitution.

These are the hallmarks of the emerging American police state: where police officers, no longer mere servants of the people entrusted with keeping the peace, are part of an elite ruling class dependent on keeping the masses corralled, under control, and treated like suspects and enemies rather than citizens.

A review of the Supreme Court's rulings over the past 10 years, including some critical ones this term, reveals a startling and steady trend towards pro-police state rulings by an institution concerned more with establishing order and protecting government agents than with upholding the rights enshrined in the Constitution.


Break-through! Donetsk self-defense forces agree to ceasefire until 0700 GMT Friday

East ukraine agre on ceasefire
© RIA Novosti / Maksim BlinovDonbass militia take oath of allegiance to the Donetsk People's Republic
The leader of self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine agreed to a ceasefire in the region until 10 a.m. local time on Friday. He stressed that the self-defense force's ceasefire will come only as a reciprocal move.

"The duration of the ceasefire is the same as announced previously - before 10 a.m. on June 27. During this period monitoring by Russian and OSCE representatives will be organized. We hope that during ceasefire from both sides we will be able to reach an agreement and start consultations on the process of peaceful settlement of the conflict," Aleksandr Boroday, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said live on Rossiya 24 TV.

Earlier Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced his plan to deescalate the conflict, announcing a unilateral ceasefire from June 20 until June 27, the day Kiev plans to sign the EU Association agreement.

The news on mutual ceasefire has been confirmed by former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma. "We agreed on bilateral ceasefire lasting until 10 a.m. on June 27," said Kuchma after taking part in talks on the conflict's settlement in Donetsk on June 23.

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Israel conducts yet more airstrikes in Syria on behalf of al Qaeda

Syrian Foreign Ministry says Israeli actions are part of its policy of assisting rebels fighting the Assad regime.
© ReutersIsraeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria March 19, 2014.
The Syrian government acknowledged on Monday that Israel struck targets inside its territory overnight.

In its first official statement, the Syrian Foreign Ministry claimed four were killed and nine injured in Israeli strikes.

In what it termed a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty, the Foreign Ministry stated that "Israel's new aggression comes within the context of direct and consistent support it provides terrorists in the area, following the Syrian regime's successful battle against them."

The Israel Air Force struck nine military targets, among them command centers, in response to Sunday's cross-border missile shooting, which killed an Israeli teenager and wounded his father and two other civilians in the Golan Heights.

Comment: What further evidence do you need to understand that Israel played a key role in 9/11? The Jews-only state and 'the database' are very close pals.


The U.S. Govt's justification for killing American citizen now public. Anyone can be a target

On Monday morning a United States federal appeals court released the secret Obama administration memo that provided legal justification for the 2011 drone strike in Yemen that killed U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, an alleged al Qaeda leader.

Reuters explains the rationale, as put forth by the document:
The memo, prepared by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, says that because the U.S. government considered al Awlaki to be an "operational leader" of an "enemy force," it would be legal for the CIA to attack him with a drone "as part of the United States' ongoing non-international armed conflict with al Qaeda," even though he was a U.S. citizen.

The memo also says the killing of al Awlaki by U.S. military forces would be legal under an authorization for the use of U.S. military force approved by Congress following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
While capturing al Awlaki would have been preferable, the memo states that "we also understand that an operation by either agency to capture al-Aulaqi in Yemen would be infeasible at this time."

View the full document below, with the drone memo starting on page 67:

Comment: Even more heinous are the excuses made for killing Anwar al-Awlaki's 16 year-old son, two weeks later. He was also a U.S. citizen. Apparently it was all his dad's fault for getting killed earlier, which made his son come looking for him.