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Why I Did Not Vote On November 6, 2012

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- had signed into law H.R. 347, the anti-protest law which passed 399 to 3, with NO one in his own party opposing, and which makes it a felony for anyone to protest against anyone, anywhere there is Secret Service protection;

 

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- had prosecuted more whistle blowers of government war crimes, illegality and incompetence than all previous presidents combined;

 

- had detained and tortured a soldier, Bradley Manning, accused (but not tried for more than nine months, most of which he was held in solitary confinement, a form of torture) of giving information about U.S. war crimes to Wikileaks (obviously, leaking information about U.S. war crimes is much worse than committing them);

 

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- had begun the construction of the largest data storage base, in Bluffdale, Utah, for the trillions of bits of information his NSA daily collects about Americans from their phone calls, emails, credit cards, tweets, Facebook, and all other electronic sources, thus expanding the Surveillance/Police State begun by George W. Bush;

 

- had deported more undocumented aliens, often splitting up families, than any George W. Bush had;

 

- had threatened Iran, in violation of the U.N. Charter (again violating his oath of office by violating the U.N. Charter) and waged a covert war and a war of sanctions on Iran, even though his own intelligence services reported that Iran is NOT developing nuclear weapons;

 

- had not only continued the growth of the U.S. Police/Surveillance State begun by his predecessor, such as continuing to deploy regular U.S. soldiers here as their official assignment (NorthCom) and approving the renewal of the anti-constitutional Patriot Act, but expanding the Police/Surveillance State by authorizing surplus military weapons to local police forces, coordination of the CIA with local police forces, and federal involvement with local police forces such as in the violent crackdown against non-violent Occupy members;

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- had, in obvious response to his huge campaign contributions from Wall Street, appointed to powerful positions directing the U.S. economy Tim Geithner, Lawrence Summers, and Ben Bernanke, all Wall Street lackeys and followers of CitiGroup's Robert Rubin, one of the principal architects of the disastrous repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act during Bill Clinton's second administration, a law which had successfully separated investment banks from savings banks since the Great Depression, and whose repeal led directly to the reckless speculation which caused the 2008 Great Recession (soon to become the Second Great Depression);

 

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Ed Ciaccio is a retired teacher who is active in the justice and peace community on Long Island, NY, and a writer whose work is featured at Dandelion Salad and has also been posted on Buzzflash and Information Clearing House as well as OpEdNews.

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