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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Obama's Opportunity

Stephanie Kraft's exploration of the American obsession with Iran ("We Forget, Iran Remembers," April 30) begs comment. Our government is responsible for a half-century history of imperial meddling in Iran's affairs and disruption in its political life—of overthrowing an elected government, installing Shah Pahlavi, who plundered the country and whose secret police menaced and killed its people—and therefore has a great burden of never-acknowledged responsibility for the rise to power of elements quite hostile to the U.S. Our navy has long hovered in war-like posture off the Iran coast with as many as three carrier groups. In 1988, our cruiser Vincennes shot down an Iranian Airbus 300, killing all 290 of its civilian passengers.

As a traveler in Iran, I've witnessed both the evidence of the Shah's abuses and the tenacious friendliness of Iranians to the American people. Zionists, conveniently and in a self-serving way, mistranslate President Ahmandinejad's hostility toward the Israeli government as anti-Semitism, which it is not. What he seeks is an end to that government's occupation and abuse of the Palestinian people.

President Obama has the opportunity, indeed the obligation, to begin his promised dialogue with Iran with an apology. He must also be aware that de-escalating Bush/Cheney Muslim fundamentalist recruitment and establishing comprehensive peace in the Middle East requires a truly even-handed drive for settlement in Palestine.

Carl Doerner


We, The People...

On May 21, leaders of national organizations dedicated to the defense of liberty and the Constitution are retracing the 1910 travels of the global financiers who quietly gathered at a private resort at Jekyll Island, Georgia to covertly plot the creation of what we know today as the privately-owned (and unconstitutional), "Federal Reserve System." Next week, freedom leaders travel by train from New Jersey to that notable location to join their organizations in support of the upcoming historic "Continental Congress 2009" initiative. CC2009 will be a multi-week assembly of delegates from the 50 states to formally document a century of constitutional violations and the federal government's refusal to be held accountable to the laws of the nation. Among the violations are the federal bailouts, which use public money for unlawful expenditures for private benefit.

The CC2009 assembly will recommend specific actions the people can take to peacefully restore constitutional order. These actions may well include a nationwide call for the people to (lawfully) withdraw all financial support from the government until the Constitution is fully obeyed. To learn more, visit

Don Spector
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In October, a District Court judge ordered 17 Chinese Muslims held in Guantanamo freed "Because the Constitution prohibits indefinite detentions without cause." Then, January 21, 2009, first day on the job, President Obama issued an executive order regarding the Guantanamo detainees, asserting their habeus corpus constitutional privilege. A great start, I thought. Then, in the recent speech at the National Archives, where our cherished Constitution resides, Obama began reassuringly, with words about the Rule of Law. But then - "There remains the question of detainees at Guantanamo who cannot be prosecuted(?) yet who pose a clear danger(?) to the American people. ... I am not going to release individuals who endanger the American people ... However ... any PROLONGED DETENTION is carefully evaluated and justified. ... Prolonged de-WHAAAAAAAT? He continued: "... the United States MUST HOLD INDIVIDUALS TO KEEP THEM FROM CARRYING OUT an act of war ... my Administration will ...DEVELOP AN APPROPRIATE LEGAL REGIME ...". PRE-EMPTIVE DETENTION?????? Obama went on: " ... the policies that I have proposed represent a new direction(?) from the last eight years. To protect the American people and our values ... WE WILL PURSUE A NEW LEGAL REGIME TO DETAIN TERRORISTS". WHAAAAAAAAT? It was easy to be disgusted by Bush who clearly had no regard whatever for the Rule of Law. But this is so incomprehensible, flabbergasting, that our thoughtful, Constitutional scholar President is willing to wrap himself in the Constitution while shredding it. Terrorists don't scare me; I'm only afraid for the Rule of Law.
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