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This Hypocrisy Called American Justice

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This snippet from the main section of today's USA Today   in Brief  section on page 2:  

Hearings Begin At Gitmo for 9/11 Terror Suspects"."  The military judge did agree with the defense lawyers who said their clients shouldn't have to attend the rest of the week-long hearing because it dredges up memories of treatment in CIA detention. The pre-trial hearing includes an effort by prosecutors to   prevent (my italics)  the accused from revealing details of "enhanced interrogation techniques." Duh, that means  torture  folks! Take a guess that it was that instructed John Yoo and Jay Bybee to write the protocols to   circumvent  the Geneva Accords and embrace the use of   enhanced interrogations AKA torture?  You know the little guy with the glasses who sat there, during his confirmation hearing to become Bush Junior's new Attorney General. It was none other than   Alberto Gonzales , the one who Senator Joe Biden told "I like ya, and I'm probably going to vote for ya "(he did). Biden knew, well before those hearings even began, that   Fredo Gonzales was   directly linked to those protocols. Jay Bybee, for his immoral deeds, was promoted to a federal judgeship- why not?  John Yoo was hired by that   liberal U C Berkley for a professorship.  The age of hypocrisy is center stage.


So, we have what they call enemy combatants  remain   detained at Gitmo, the place that Barack Obama promised  us four years ago that he would shut down. Who are these people, many of whom have been incarcerated without  their day in court for almost a decade? Are they terrorists by the textbook definition? Maybe handfuls are truly bad guys who want to kill Americans just for some fanatical religious cause. Then again, what we do know  as fact is that after the (illegal) invasion of Afghanistan in 2002, the warlords AKA poppy producers, gobbled up and sold many Afghans to the Americans for very high bounties" I mean, like very high  cash rewards. In many circumstances, the word of a warlord could send an Afghan off to Gitmo and our enhanced interrogations.  Please watch Alex Gitney's fine documentary Taxi to the Dark Side and see how things were working 10 years ago. We now know about what went on at Abu Ghraib prison, don't we?


Last night's second presidential debate AKA town hall meeting was one more round of hypocrisy at the highest levels. For the second time, and also with last weeks' Biden vs. Ryan debate, little if nothing was even discussed about A) what in the hell are we even  doing occupying Afghanistan and Iraq in the first place? ;B) when will all those innocent civilians we killed with our Shock and Awe  and drone attacks influence the group conscience of our nation? C) the % of our tax dollars we spend for this military empire ( 56 cents of every federal tax dollar received in fiscal year 2011 ) ; D) why do we continue to maintain, at a costly expense, over 850 +  bases in over 100 different countries? ; E) How drastic cuts in military spending could positively solve our state and city budget shortfalls?


Instead of real debate on what is truly bankrupting  our economy and  our soul as a nation, these two Party scam job debates only serve up hot button peripheral issues and lots of "He's wrong! That"s not true! "Four thousand young Americans are dead, along with hundreds of thousands  of Iraqi and Afghan citizens, for what? Did you ever hear McCain and Obama in 2008 discuss the run-up to the invasions? Of course, the whole 9/11 Truth  movement has been marginalized and actually cartoonized by a compliant media and 2 Party politicians. You see, nothing of truth even exists anymore in mainstream Amerika. Instead, we have what we are now living through during this season of the horserace. Stop looking at the horse's head and focus on the other end, and watch what comes out.

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Philip A Farruggio is an activist leader, free lance columnist and small businessman. He is blue collar from birth, as both his dad and grandad were Brooklyn , NYC longshoremen. Philip has a BA from Brooklyn College ( class of ' 74 ) in Speech (more...)

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