“Much worse”

May 13th, 2017

Laurence Tribe, Harvard constitutional law professor

“Speaking Thursday to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe said that Trump directly asking Comey if he was under investigation, as the president indicated to NBC’s Lester Holt during a ‘kryptonite’ interview, ‘is much worse than just a conflict of interest.’

‘You’re essentially dangling in front of the person who’s supposed to be investigating the chaos swirling around you, and perhaps you, you’re basically saying, “If you will assure me that I’m not going to be under investigation, then maybe I’ll keep you on. We’ll see what happens.” It’s essentially the language of bribery. It’s the language of the underworld, of racketeering, not the language of a president who is supposed to be enforcing the rule of law,’ he said.

‘It’s staggering—for all the bizarre things that have happened in these 112 or 113 days, this is really like the 13th chime of a clock,’ Tribe continued.”

When a Harvard constitutional law professor says this, it cannot be ignored.  We badly need to see Trump impeached and removed from office as swiftly as possible.  I am writing once again to my congressional representatives with a request for impeachment proceedings.

WILL CONGRESS BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE ITS INVESTIGATION?

May 13th, 2017

 Rob Rosenstein

Donald Trump fired FBI director James B. Comey.  Comey was leading a counterintelligence investigation to find out if Trump’s associates had worked with Russia to interfere with last year’s presidential election.

This obviously impacts the investigation and Democrats were concerned and “immediately demanded a Special Prosecutor to continue investigations,” according to Jefferson Morley on AlterNet, which reports that a career Justice Department official, Rod Rosenstien, is now in charge of the criminal investigation of Trump and his organization’s ties with Russian state officials.

Trump had already dismissed three U.S. officials who were responsible for investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election. Will Mr. Rosenstein actually be able to investigate Trump and his ties with Russia or will he, too, be fired?

What Congress needs to do is begin impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Government Secrecy

May 4th, 2017

James Comey                             Julian Assange

Should a government have secrets?  I don’t think so.  We citizens pay for government agencies and services with our tax money and deserve to know how every penny is spent.

I read in the media today that:

” FBI Director James Comey lashed out at WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, calling the anti-secrecy organization a hostile intelligence service and suggesting that Assange would have been taken into custody if he had not taken sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy in London nearly five years ago.

‘They [American journalists, continues Comey] will almost always call us before they publish classified information and say, is there anything about this that’s going to put lives in danger, that’s going to jeopardize government people, military people or— innocent civilians anywhere in the world. And then work with us to try and accomplish their important First Amendment goals while safeguarding those interests. This activity I’m talking about, WikiLeaks, involves no such considerations whatsoever.’

“The final statement amounts to a damning description of the collaboration of the so-called mainstream—i.e., corporate-controlled—media in the United States with the intelligence apparatus. WikiLeaks and Assange have proceeded in the tradition of actual journalism: collect facts and publish them, regardless of whose ox is gored. The ‘American journalists’ praised by Comey are accomplices and stenographers of the military-intelligence apparatus. If, as Comey says, they ‘almost always call us before they publish,’ it is because they, too, serve the interests of American imperialism.”

Above from WSWS, 4 May 2017

NO ACCOUNTABILITY

May 3rd, 2017

Prisoner at Guantanamo

A report on this blog about US torture exposed by Andy Worthington, authority on and advocate for those whom the US tortured and imprisoned in Guantanamo, included this statement:

“The Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report…must be the trigger not just for airing of apologies, but for those who instigated and authorized the torture program to be held accountable — up to and including President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.”

That was published in December of 2014.  It is now May of 2017 and no one has been held accountable for US torture.

There are many posts on this blog dealing with ongoing US torture.  Instead of closing the Guantanamo prison, Obama left it open, and torture of prisoners is still going on there now. I see no evidence of anyone in the new administration even considering closure.  I wonder if Trump even knows the prison exists, given his level of ignorance in general.

What can we do to stop all US torture, that in US prisons in this country and in its prisons abroad?

PATHOLOGICAL NARCISSISM

April 22nd, 2017

I read today that leading psychiatrists at a conference at Yale University “argued that Trump suffers from a particularly malignant case of pathological narcissism, which makes him a danger to the country and the world.

“Worse than just being a liar or a narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking and he proved that to the country the first day he was president,” Gartner [one of the psychiatrists] explained. “If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional.” Read about that here.

  Dr. John Gartner

It is uncharacteristic of professionals in that field to make such statements, but another of them, Dr. Bandy Lee, said that Trump, as a result of his mental health condition, poses extraordinary threats that have led them to speak out.

What do we citizens do in this case?  I have been contacting elected officials and asking for impeachment of Trump.  I protested outside Trump tower (post about that on this blog).  Is there more I should do?  What are you doing about all this?  Please feel free to share on this blog about it if you care to.

US BOMBS AFGHANISTAN

April 20th, 2017

In an article on Common Dreams on Thursday, 20 April 2017, you can read the following:

“Despite the lack of information from the Pentagon about President Donald Trump’s deployment on April 13 of the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan—or its aftermath—close to 70 percent of American voters say they ‘strongly’ or ‘somewhat’ support the bombing, according to a new poll.” Read about that here.

Children ride by debris from US bombings in Afghanistan

I want to go on record as being an American who strongly disapproves of that bombing.

Congress did empower the president to pursue al-Qaida in Afghanistan in 2001 in an effort against those who were said to have attacked the US on September 11 of that year. [There is still uncertainty about who did attack the World Trade Center at that time.] Unlike Trump’s bombing in Syria however, it might be claimed that there was congressional approval for bombing in Afghanistan.

Still, that authorization was very long ago and hardly seems appropriate today. If Afghanistan ever did attack the US (which is certainly not clear), it has not done harm to this country in many years. It is rather the US that has done massive harm to Afghanistan, a small and poor state.

As a US citizen, I do not want our tax dollars to pay for aggression on Afghanistan. There was a call from three Afghans, Seelai Popal, Ali A. Olomi, and Laila Rashidie “for people of conscience in the U.S. to step forward and demand an end to the murder of the Afghan people and the poisoning of our land. The terrorism waged by the U.S. and its allies in the name of the ‘war on terror’ far outstrips the violence of those they claim to fight. It is time for the global community to demand that all militaries stop using our people and our lands as testing grounds for war and weaponry.”

I am responding to that call; I am demanding the end of the murder of the Afghan people and the poisoning of their land by the United States. I demand that the US stop using the Afghan people and their land as testing ground for war and weaponry.

REQUEST TO IMPEACH

April 19th, 2017

I have now sent letters to all 100 senators requesting that they work with the members of the House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump.

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The US Senate Chamber

It remains to be seen what if any response there will be to that request.  What is sure is that I will not go to my grave having failed to do with I can in this matter.

FEWER THAN FOUR IN TEN VOTERS SUPPORT TRUMP

April 16th, 2017

Here is a link to a report about Trump’s very low level of support.

I continue to contact my senators and congressional representative with demands for his impeachment and removal from office.  His recent bombing without congressional approval is certainly an impeachable offense.

TRUMP BRANDS TO BOYCOTT

April 12th, 2017

27 Trump brands to boycott

  1. Trump Hotels
  2. The Apprentice and “the Celebrity Apprentice”
  3. Miss Universe
  4. Fox News
  5. Dr. Pepper and 7-Up
  6. Omaha Steaks
  7. On-Star
  8. Australian Gold
  9. Camping World
  10. Enterprise Rent a Car
  11. The Clorox Company
  12. Sprint
  13. Bristol Myers Squibb
  14. The Walt Disney Co
  15. Groupon
  16. NBC
  17. Sentient Jet
  18. Trump International Realty
  19. The Donald J Trump Foundation, Inc
  20. Trump Casinos
  21. Trump Books LLC
  22. Trump Canadian Services, Inc
  23. Trump University
  24. The Trump Follies LLC
  25. Trump Ice (bottled water)
  26. Trump Wine
  27. Ivanka’s Fashion Line and stores that carry it

ILLEGAL ACT OF WAR

April 7th, 2017

Trump has bombed Syria.

“Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who cast the sole dissenting vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in 2001, tweeted Thursday, ‘This is an act of war. Congress needs to come back into session [and] hold a debate. Anything less is an abdication of our responsibility.’

“The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) likewise tweeted, ‘Syria chemical attacks were horrendous. Yet our response can’t violate Constitution, which requires Congress’ approval for military force.’

By implication, Trump’s action violated the Constitution.

The quotations above are from an article you can read here and they are indications of the horror many of us in the United States are feeling at the barbarism of Trump’s action.  They also show us that Trump may be acting illegally.

Civil defense team members and others try to rescue those trapped under the debris of a Mosque after an aerial attack on it during prayer in the Cina village of Etarib district of Aleppo, Syria on March 16, 2017

What can we do to stop the monster in the White House?  I have written to my Senators and Congressional Representative (who often oppose Trump’s actions anyway) in order to encourage them to take action.  I am glad to see huge numbers of Americans rising up in protest.  I would love to see impeachment proceedings.


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