Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dianne Feinstein Responds to Israeli Prime Minister's Visit

This is a personal [sic] letter I just received from Senator Feinstein addressing the concerns I made in regard to Netanyahu's efforts to thwart a nuclear negotiation deal between the US and Iran, with his visit to the US in March... and of course she attended his speech to Congress... duh, she's a Zionist...

Dear  Leila :

Thank you for writing to express your thoughts on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech before a joint session of Congress.  I appreciate the time you took to write, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

On March 2, 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress to discuss U.S.-Israeli relations and the ongoing P5+1 (a group of countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, and Russia) negotiations with Iran regarding Iran's nuclear program.

First, please know that though I attended Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech, I believe the decision by Speaker Boehner to invite Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before Congress without consulting the administration was a breach of protocol and an unwelcome injection of partisan politics into our nation's foreign policy debate.  This invitation and speech also put the United States in the middle of Israel's March 2015 election, which I believe was highly inappropriate.

Second, Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech powerfully reinforced the close U.S.-Israeli relationship and reaffirmed the United States' continued contribution to Israel's security.  Prime Minister Netanyahu also made clear his concerns with a diplomatic agreement that the P5+1 are attempting to conclude with Iran.

As you may know, since January 2014, Iran and the P5+1 have abided by an interim nuclear agreement known as the Joint Plan of Action, which has frozen and reversed in some respects Iran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief.  The purpose of the interim agreement was to facilitate good faith negotiations towards a final, comprehensive agreement that would ensure Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.  According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has closely adhered to the Joint Plan of Action, and on April 2, 2015, Iran and the P5+1 announced a framework agreement to produce a final deal by June 30, 2015.

With international sanctions in place and Iran's nuclear program halted as a result of the Joint Plan of Action, I have strongly supported the extension of talks and the diplomatic efforts currently underway to resolve concerns about Iran's nuclear program.  I believe these negotiations represent a critical—and possibly the only—opportunity to peacefully curtail Iran's nuclear program.

Consequently, I do not agree with an effort to impose additional sanctions against Iran.  I concur with the judgment of the Intelligence Community that imposing these additional sanctions while we are simultaneously negotiating with Iran would undermine the prospect of a diplomatic resolution.  That is why I oppose additional sanctions against Iran at this time.

Please know that I have taken careful note of the concerns you raised in your letter, and I appreciate your input on these important topics.

Again, thank you for your letter.  I hope you continue to keep me informed on matters of importance to you.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C., office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

  Dianne Feinstein
         United States Senator

Thursday, March 12, 2015

47 US Senators in Violation of Logan Act

Demand equal treatment under federal law! The United States Department of Justice should file charges against the 47 U.S. Senators in violation of The Logan Act in attempting to undermine a nuclear agreement

More a quarter-million online signatures have already been gathered. You can be the next; support diplomacy for peaceful purposes!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Iran Joins Iraq's War Against ISIS

Ironically, although Western propaganda usually labels Iran as a country of radical Islamic extremists, the country has now taken up war against the branded Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. How do you think ISIS was armed? Through America which has smuggled weapons into the region following the beginnings of organic uprisings of the Arab Spring. Even before the sanctioning of arms trade to moderate [sic] Syrian rebels, with the overthrow of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi the US began funneling weapons to ISIS.

It wouldn't be the first time that the United States has armed mercenary armies to quell liberation movements in sovereign nations, as we have learned from the Iran-Contra Affair.

But mainstream media is not being forthright or just doesn't know how many Iranian forces have been sent to fight ISIS in Iraq, or even who these soldiers are. Sources like NPR have only stated that Shia militias have taken up arms in Iraq to help fight ISIS, while NBC News only states that Iranian General Qasem Soleimani Is Guiding Iraqi Forces in Fight Against ISIS, and The Week has stated that approximately 20,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards or two thirds of the forces fighting in Tikrit had been sent.

While Western politicians and media freely criticize Iran's human rights record, Republicans in Congress invited war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu to speak about the Iranian nuclear threat, as the US and P5+1 countries are negotiating a peace deal with Iran.

Yet, as the United States sits on the sidelines in the fight against ISIS, Republicans in Congress followed the prime minister's speech with sending an open letter stating they would try to reverse any nuclear negotiations that are reached after President Obama leaves office, which plainly violates the 1799 Logan Act and carries up to 3 years imprisonment. It will be interesting to see if the Obama Administration takes action against these Senators, but somehow I doubt that our Uncle Tom has the ability to do so.

Let me remind you that Israel is the same country which killed almost 1,500 Palestinians civilians, including almost 500 children, in its 2014 war on Gaza, and sanctioned the murder of peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was run over by an Israeli solider in 2003, as she tried to stop him from bulldozing a Palestinian home.

While radicalism and religious extremism does exist throughout the Middle East, Iran is a very stable country and has a burgeoning middle class and progressive movement. As a sovereign nation, Iran has an invested interest to help neighboring Iraq, whom sadly were once enemies in the 1980s.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, an innocent man from Mauritania, describes his experience of extraordinary rendition in the US global war on terror in the book Guantánamo Diary. He continues to be held in Guantánamo Bay Cuba prison without charges since 2002. 

An excerpt from his book describes his experience in Bagram prison in Afghanistan before being transferred to Guantánamo prison:

"Detainees were not allowed to talk to each other, but we enjoyed looking at each other. The punishment for talking was hanging the detainee by the hands with his feet barely touching the ground. I saw an Afghani detainee who passed out a couple of times while hanging from his hands. The medics 'fixed' him and hung him back up. Other detainees were luckier: they were hung for a certain time and then released. Most of the detainees tried to talk while they were hanging, which made the guards double their punishment. There was a very old Afghani fellow who reportedly was arrested to turn over his son. The guy was mentally sick; he couldn’t stop talking because he didn’t know where he was, nor why. I don’t think he understood his environment, but the guards kept dutifully hanging him. It was so pitiful. One day one of the guards threw him on his face, and he was crying like a baby." 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"Wake Up America - The Truth about the Boston Marathon Bombings"

Just as the trial begins for accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a shocking and revealing investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Jamaica's Underground Gays"

This video depicts the gay minority living in Jamaica, and all of the homophobia and violence they have to endure due, in a large part, to the pervasiveness of Christianity in all aspects of the culture.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Failed Rescue by Navy Seals Shows US Gov.'s Inhumanity

The "failed" attempt by US Navy Seals to rescue photojournalist Luke Somers and South African aid worker Pierre Korkie from Yemeni terrorists is more than just a tragedy.

It's an outrage -- especially considering that the South African aid group Korkie worked for, Gift of the Givers, was just a couple days away from securing his release. Additionally, considering the fact that the US government has been known to lie, there is no way to verify that Somers and Korkie were actually killed by retreating al-Qaeda forces, or whether they were killed by the 'friendly' fire of the US Navy Seals.

Slain US photojournalist Luke Somers. [Photo source: / AP]

Don't be surprised. The US government has been known to lie - just last week they were caught lying about information they extracted from 9/11 mastermind [sic] Khalid Sheikh Mohammad through torture.

The irony is that I am helping to fund these violent self realizing prophecies to create more extremists rather than promoting peaceful solutions. We are paying for the salaries and capital of these killing machines, i.e. elite forces of SEALS and Joint Special Operations Command units.

Rather than pay the ransom and return these people home, the US holds onto the inhumane and ruthless no ransom policy, where they refuse to fund the release of hostages, claiming that there would be more citizens taken hostage if it agreed to pay ransom to kidnappers, yet not backing it up with an evidence.

But what if Luke Somers, James Foley or Steven Sotloff was your son? How much would you be willing to pay to return them home safely?

Yet, could it be true that the US government does not value the life of journalists, especially the ones like Foley , Sotloff or Somers, who had travel to countries in which the US has had an active role in destabilizing?

Slain US photojournalist Steven Sotloff / Photo source: