7 of the Nastiest Scams from Wall Street Banksters

This year – we’ve seen well over 5,000 American patriots hauled away in handcuffs for peaceably protesting against the high crimes on Wall Street. Meanwhile – not one bankster has gone to jail for those very same crimes. So – in the hopes that some of these banksters will be held accountable for their crimes NEXT year – we’re going to recap tonight exactly what these guys are guilty of – and how they did such remarkable damage to our nation. To help us with that list – Dave Johnson joins Thom from the Campaign for America’s Future.

via 7 of the Nastiest Scams from Wall Street Banksters – YouTube.

Protesters descend on former Anglo Irish Banks in Galway and Dublin

23/01/12

Rob Dunlop, from the #Occupydamestreet camp, protests outside the Irish Banking Resolution Company (formerly Anglo Irish Bank) today
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

PROTESTS ARE TAKING place at the former Anglo Irish Bank building in Galway and the bank’s former headquarters in Dublin.

Gardaí are currently at the scene outside the building at Dublin’s Stephen’s Green.
A garda spokesman told TheJournal.ie that there is a small number of protesters and that it is a peaceful protest.

A three-day protest has been planned by Occupy Dame St at the former Anglo building.
According to Occupy Dame St, the protest will take place from 7am today until 6pm on Wednesday 25 January, and will involve “music, teach-ins, talk open forum debate and a carnival”.

There are currently 11 protesters at the bank in Galway, which is located at the city’s Forster St.

Fia Borg, one of the protesters, said that it was a peaceful protest and that there were no gardaí at the scene.

Some of the protesters are from Occupy Galway while others are from the Socialist Workers’ Party.

This week, a €1.25 billion payment is due to senior bondholders at the bank formerly known as Anglo Irish Bank, now called the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.

The government has warned that if the payment is not met there could be dire consequences – but trade unions, opposition parties and independent TDs have called on government to default on the payment.

The protesters arrived at 8am in Galway at the former Anglo Irish Bank building, said Borg.

We have placards and some music going. We are planning to stay there to draw attention to the whole thing. What is happening is immoral. We are trying to stop people from going in.

The protesters are trying to prevent people from entering through the front of the building.

“Some managed to get in the back way,” said Borg.

She added that around 30 to 40 drivers had beeped their horns in support of the protesters and there had been “no negative reaction”.

The protesters will return to the bank on the date of the next payment to Anglo bondholders.

via Protesters descend on former Anglo Irish Banks in Galway and Dublin · TheJournal.ie.

Obama sued over indefinite detention and torture of Americans act

Published: 17 January, 2012, 02:28

U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington January 13, 2012 (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)

In the past, journalist Chris Hedges has worked for NPR, The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. In his latest endeavor, however, he is teaming up with an unlikely pair: a couple of attorneys that will help him take on the president.

US President Barack Obama is the target of a suit filed by Pulitzer Prize-winner Hedges, and the reasoning seems more than obvious to him. The decision to take the commander-in-chief to court comes as a response to President Obama’s December 31 signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, a legislation that allows the US military to detain American citizens indefinitely at off-site torture prisons like Guantanamo Bay.

Obama amended the NDAA with a signing statement on New Year’s Eve, insisting that while the Act does indeed give him the power to detain his own citizens indefinitely without charge, that doesn’t mean he will do so. Specifically, Obama wrote that his administration “will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens.” Under another piece of legislation, however, the government is being granted the right to suspend citizenship of any American if the Enemy Expatriation Act joins the ranks of the NDAA as an atrocious act approved by the president.

“Once again, you just have to be accused of supporting hostilities which could be defined any way the government sees fit. Then the government can strip your citizenship and apply the indefinite detention section of the NDAA without the benefit of a trial,” journalist Stephen Foster Jr. wrote earlier this month of the Act.

In a blog post published on Monday to TruthDig.com, Hedges announces his effort to take Obama to court, and says his team of attorneys will challenge the president over the legality of the Authorization for Use of Military Force, a provision promised under the NDAA.

In his explanation, Hedges says the signing signals “a catastrophic blow to civil liberties.”

“I spent many years in countries where the military had the power to arrest and detain citizens without charge,” writes Hedges. “I have been in some of these jails. I have friends and colleagues who have ‘disappeared’ into military gulags. I know the consequences of granting sweeping and unrestricted policing power to the armed forces of any nation. And while my battle may be quixotic, it is one that has to be fought if we are to have any hope of pulling this country back from corporate fascism.”

Like other NDAA opponents, Hedges addresses in his explanation the issue that vague verbiage throughout the legislation creates an almost open-ended scenario for the government to grab anyone in America and put them behind bars. Instead, rather, the legislation leaves American authorities to go after anyone it can use the Act to attack.

As an international correspondent and world-renowned journalist, Hedges has traveled the globe and says he has been put in some hairy situations. Under the NDAA, he says, he might as well be considered a war criminal in the eyes of America.

Under NDAA, the military can enforce indefinite detention on anyone “who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States.” As Hedges and others point out, groups such as “associated forces” are never defined, nor are determinations like “substantially supported.”

“I have had dinner more times than I can count with people whom this country brands as terrorists,” writes Hedges. “But that does not make me one.” Regardless, any affiliation with a group branded as such could lead authorities to leap to such conclusions.

Everyone from presidential candidate Ron Paul to the American Civil Liberties Union have questioned Obama’s intentions in signing the NDAA, but Hedge’s lawsuit is the first legal filing lobbed at the president. Regardless of what the president intends by putting the NDAA into law, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero wrote, “Obama’s action … is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law.”

Hedges thinks he knows what those intentions are, however.

“I suspect the real purpose of this bill is to thwart internal, domestic movements that threaten the corporate state,” says Hedges. “The definition of a terrorist is already so amorphous under the Patriot Act that there are probably a few million Americans who qualify to be investigated if not locked up.” When that piece of legislation is coupled with NDAA, the end result could be catastrophic.

“I suspect it passed because the corporations, seeing the unrest in the streets, knowing that things are about to get much worse, worrying that the Occupy movement will expand, do not trust the police to protect them,” concludes Hedges. “They want to be able to call in the Army. And now they can.”

via Obama sued over indefinite detention and torture of Americans act — RT.

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