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Ralph Lopez majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. He writes for Truth Out, Alternet, Consortium News, Op-Ed News, and other Internet media. He reported from Afghanistan in 2009 and produced a short documentary film on the situation. He has also been published in the Boston Globe and the Baltimore Sun.
Saturday, June 14, 2014 As Sgt. Bergdahl is attacked, Congress still chief funder of Taliban (3 comments)
In 2010, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated in congressional testimony that she and the administration were fully cognizant of the irony of taking a hard line on the Taliban while at the same time being one of its biggest sources of income
Friday, June 13, 2014 What did Todashev, shot by FBI, know about the Boston bombing? (4 comments)
Now that it has emerged that the friend of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot three times in the back, and once in the top of the head, as he allegedly attacked an FBI agent and a Massachusetts state trooper, rampant speculation may begin. Let's suppose that someone else knew of any continuing contact with the FBI that Tamerlan and his brother might have had.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Obama confirms new law passed to deprive citizens of jury trial (13 comments)
Whether or not challengers will be able to overcome incumbents' money and other advantages may depend on how well they are able to harness the citizen energy swirling around NDAA at the grassroots level. The far-flung network of activists, who are deeply rooted in their own communities, could provide ready-made, fledgling ground organizations for congressional challengers.
Friday, March 28, 2014 Ukraine Neo-Nazis attack state TV CEO, force resignation letter, no charges brought (3 comments)
Although the brutal attack was videotaped by another Svoboda member present and posted by the assailants on Youtube, the Ukrainian Parliament has thus far only censured the primary assailant, MP Igor Miroshnichenko, and the state prosecutor's office has promised an "investigation." No criminal charges have been brought in answer to the violent physical assault.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 'NATO 3' in court on terrorism charges, defense claims entrapment (3 comments)
The young mens' odyssey began when they were stopped for making a turn on "private property." Now all three are facing 85 years each for terrorism charges with evidence obtained by police infiltrators. The defense alleges evidence was planted and their clients were entrapped.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 JFK nephew names 'rogue CIA' in JFK assassination plot (10 comments)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said, to virtually no media coverage, that his father Bobby believed that Oswald did not act alone, and neither does he. Kennedy then implicated a "rogue" faction of the CIA.
Sunday, October 20, 2013 Ongoing bank bailouts make mockery of budget talks (6 comments)
What will never be written about in the mainstream media is the elephant in the room. The script is carefully designed to keep attention off the real money, the ongoing bail-outs to the bank and financial services industry.
Friday, October 11, 2013 Activists announce call campaign to repeal NDAA with truckers
Anti-NDAA activist says:
"We're going to work with the truckers on this particular item. We are all in the same boat. This is common in the broad coalitions, we don't have to agree on everything. Congress passed the NDAA three times now despite overwhelming opposition from the public each time. We want to say, 'can you hear us now, Congress?'"
Thursday, October 3, 2013 'One Million Truckers' Ride to Restore Constitution Next Week (3 comments)
A nationwide, 2,000-plus big rig truck convoy called Ride for the Constitution is calling for all congressmen to start obeying their oath of ofice, to defend the US Constitution. They are calling for repeal of the Patriot Act, repeal of NDAA military detention of u.S citizens, an end to illegal NSA spying, and for the impeachment of Obama.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 So Killing Civilians in Syria Avenges Killing Civilians How?
Since many of the weapons we would use for "military action" contain depleted uranium, a heavy metal made to punch through concrete, steel, armor, and people alike, the very ground in Syria will turn radioactive, giving rise to the hideous spike in unspeakable birth deformities that we now see in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And for this we are risking a world war?
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Call for FBI Director Robert Mueller to Resign Over Boston Bombing (12 comments)
The FBI is portraying its bungling of repeated Russian warnings about Tamerlan Tsarnaev as "requests for information." But Russian intelligence was not asking if Tamerlan was going to "join unspecified underground groups." It was telling the FBI. Russian intelligence was not asking if Tamerlan was a "follower of radical islam." It was making an affirmative statement.
Monday, April 22, 2013 Obama DOJ interviewed Boston bomber in 2011 at urging of Russian government
The Federal Bureau of Investigation of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed that in 2011, it interviewed the older of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing. The interview was conducted at the urging of the Russian government, and warned that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become dangerous.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Local Police Harass Iraq Veteran Turned Anti-War Activist Ethan McCord (11 comments)
McCord was catapulted to national prominence after a video allegedly leaked by PFC Bradley Manning to Wikileaks was broadcast on national television. He has become outspoken in his opposition to the US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and participates in "counter-recruiting" efforts organized by various peace organizations. In these, former soldiers speak to high school students of the realities of war.
Saturday, December 22, 2012 Psychiatrists Say Psych Meds 'Cause' Violence; Lanza Records Still Not Released (12 comments)
Psychiatrists have come forward to assert that certain psychiatric medications, such as those known as SSRIs, are almost certainly the chemical cause of a large number of instances of random violence. The media has reported that the suspected shooter in the Sandy Hook multiple killings, Adam Lanza, was on some form of psychiatric medication.
Monday, November 5, 2012 Ron Paul Certified as an Official Write-In Presidential Candidate in California (4 comments)
Paul has repeatedly lambasted both Obama and Romney for their pursuit of government powers to hold US citizens in military detention without charge or trial indefinitely. Paul says the NDAA, a common acronym for the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011, violates the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Paul also criticizes both parties for engaging in "foreign adventures."
Friday, July 13, 2012 Tokyo Conference Fails, Insures Civil War in Afghanistan
It would a waste of unimaginably tragic proportions to give these youth over to yet more war. If this happens, not a single American foreign policy maker will be able to say they did not know exactly how, and why, it came about.
Monday, June 18, 2012 NATO 3 Indicted. The Charges: We'll Get Back to You on That. (6 comments)
The arrests took place after police infiltrators, acknowledged by the CPD, infiltrated the apartment where the three were staying. The apartment was raided and the three were arrested six days after they posted a video on Youtube of a traffic stop in which they were harassed by Chicago police, including what appears to be an unconstitutional trunk search. Protesters say the charges are retaliation for posting the video.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Pentagon Disputes Bales' Account of Friend Being Wounded, Losing Leg (1 comments)
The Pentagon thus denies the existence of an American soldier recovering from the loss of a leg in Mokhoyan, where the bombing allegedly occurred, and where reporters from different media outlets acknowledge seeing a bomb crater in the road. American casualty reports from the Pentagon, at the time of writing, tally only fatalities, and do not include wounded by province. The name of the alleged wounded man is still unknown.
Sunday, April 29, 2012 MSNBC: Evidence of Multiple Shooters, Night Raid in Sgt. Bales Case
"One man entered the room and the others were standing in the yard, holding lights," Noorbinak said in the video.
A brother of one victim told Hakim that his brother's children mentioned more than one soldier wearing a headlamp. They also had lights at the end of their guns, he said.
Saturday, April 28, 2012 AP: U.S. Soldiers Promised Massacre, Including Children, Days Before Bales' Alleged Rampage
In a striking omission to mainstream coverage of the Afghan massacre which took the lives of 17 Afghans including many children, one as young as two, the AP has reported that US soldiers came to their villages after a roadside bombing two days before and promised retaliation. The Pentagon has denied that any bombing took place, putting it in direct contradiction to the attorney for Sgt. Robert Bales.
Saturday, March 10, 2012 OccupyAIPAC Gives Iran War Lobby Raucous Times
The annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the conservative lobbying group which favors "enshrining" in U.S. law that it is "U.S. policy to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons," was met with the full-blown Occupy Wall Street treatment last week by OccupyAIPAC, which seeks to stop the drumbeat for war with Iran which threatens to destabilize the world.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 With Mass Child Freezing Deaths, Proof of Mass Starvation, US in Violation of Geneva in Afghanistan (2 comments)
There is no doubt that within short distances of the camps, at Camp Phoenix outside of Kabul, warehouses are stacked high to the rafters with blankets, sleeping bags, Meals-Ready-to-Eat, heat tabs, and insulating material which are normal stocks for an occupation of 100,000 soldiers. The $2 billion per week in war spending which flows into Afghanistan every week makes Afghanistan the most expensive war in US history.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 Afghan War Victory? In Kabul: Babies Freezing, Lack of Food, Fuel, Blankets (1 comments)
The "burn rate" for the occupation, the military's term for the rate of spending, is over $8 billion a month or $10 million every hour, making it the most expensive war in US history. Since January 15, at least 23 children under 5 have died frozen to death in the camps.
Thursday, February 9, 2012 Where is Conyers with Impeachment Threats Against President for Iran Attack Now? (2 comments)
If we attack Iran, it will be an excuse to pour millions of rounds of utterly demonic - there is no other word - depleted uranium ammunition into a country which has done us no harm. One of the most little-noted after effects of the invasion of Iraq is the rate of horrifying birth deformities caused the the U.S.'s use of these weapons.
Monday, January 30, 2012 Obama Orders Military-Police Department Joint Exercises in Los Angeles. (1 comments)
This deployment is in direct violation of the spirit of Posse Comitatus, the post-Civil War law intended to bar the use of the military for domestic law enforcement. This is a role for which the National Guard was designed in case of emergencies.
Friday, January 13, 2012 Help Johnnie Lee Savory Get His DNA Tests So He Can Prove His Innocence. (1 comments)
Johnnie Lee Savory was first arrested for a double murder he did not commit at the age of 14. His sentence was commuted last year by the Governor of Illinois. He is now 50 and has spent most of his life in jail. He is asking the Governor of Illinois to allow DNA tests which he says will fully exonerate him, but Governor Quinn is refusing even though it would cost the state nothing, because supporters will cover all costs.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 When Does "Support and Defend" the Constitution Become Enforceable? (1 comments)
Now that we know NDAA clearly includes American citizens, the question is, if the Oath to support and defend the Constitution has no meaning in practice, and is never to be enforced, should it, in the interest of avoiding rank hypocrisy before the eyes of the world, be simply eliminated? Should the oath-taker be spared the affront to honor of repeating empty words?
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 NDAA Military Detention of US Citizens Breaks Through to Major Media. Not American One, the BBC. (2 comments)
Breaking the major broadcast news media's blackout on the most radical elimination of American rights in U.S. history, Professor of Law Jonathan Turley speaks to BBC on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 (NDAA), which allows for the indefinite military detention of US citizens without charge or trial in violation of the right to a jury trial guaranteed by the Constitution.
Monday, January 2, 2012 Arrests at White House Over NDAA Military Detention of Americans, Occupy Wall Street Joins Fight. (1 comments)
Were OWS to get behind a nationwide effort to pass state recall laws and then immediately use them, the shadowing effect on congressmen, especially senators, might be enough to persuade many to resign. Shoot, Jim, it just ain't as fun as it used to be, with this recall bidness and what-all. Then the OWS agenda - money-out-of-politcs etc. - might have a chance.
Thursday, December 29, 2011 The "Enemy Combatant" Designation Really Means More Due Process, Not Less (1 comments)
Article III clearly establishes what must be done with any Americans accused of making war against the United States or aiding the enemy -- those Americans must be tried in an Article III civilian court before a jury of their peers, and there must be two witnesses to the overt act or a confession in open court (extra evidentiary hurdles) as Justices Scalia and Stevens pointed out in their dissent in Hamdi.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 I Talked With an Algerian Last Night About NDAA, He Said Expect People to Start Disappearing (4 comments)
He said this is how it starts, the declared figleaf of legal authority to detain anyone. He acted as if he knew what comes next. His age was hard to tell, but he was obviously educated, and he spoke well despite the thick French accent. I have no opinion on whether he might be right or wrong, or if what he was saying is valid. I am relating a story about someone whom I can describe as genuine, intelligent, and sincere.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Anonymous: Night Raid Equipment-Maker Lobbied for NDAA, Singles Out Sen. Rob Portman. (1 comments)
If we are pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, what is all this stuff for? Night-raid gear? These are basically made to blind people as they awake from you busting down their door, not for open combat. In a night firefight you don't want any lights near you whatsoever. That gives the other guy an easy target. A $23 million contract would buy enough of these things to outfit maybe 50,000 soldiers.
Monday, December 5, 2011 Arizona Tea Party Leads Fight Against Military Detention of American Citizens (1 comments)
Arizona Tea Party and conservatives have announced a protest action at Sen. John McCain's home office in Tuscon to demand the elimination of the provisions passed by the Senate last Thursday which allow for the indefinite military detention of Americans without charge or trial.
Sunday, December 4, 2011 We Are All Really Bradley Manning Now: Senate Passes Military Detention for American Citizens. (5 comments)
In military detention you are subject to the whim of a commander, as Bradley Manning was during his year in Quantico, or Jose Padilla in his 3 1/2 years in the Navy brig at Goose Creek, SC. Even with every protection under the Constitution afforded to Troy Davis, despite seven out nine eyewitnesses recanting their testimony, justice did not prevail.