Thursday, July 30, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
"You could drop off your kids at daycare, go to work, fly your UAV, drop bombs on some insurgents or what have you -
then come back at the end of the day, pick up your child, go home and fix supper and it's just another day at the office."
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
This past weekend it was discovered that the out of state owners of Burr Oak Cemetery, a historic African American cemetery near Chicago, have for the last year been excavating existing graves and dumping the remains in order to resell the plots. In some cases the the existing remains were simply pounded down into the ground to make way for new occupants.
The Raw Story reports:
Grave robbers stripped at least 300 plots at a historic black cemetery outside Chicago, dumped many of the bodies and then resold the plots for a profit, officials said Thursday.The Reverend Jesse Jackson had this to say:
The years-long scheme was carried out by the cemetery's manager and three gravediggers who sold the "used" graves so they could pocket the fees rather than pass them along to the Arizona-based owners.
"This was not done in a very delicate way," Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said at a press conference.
"They would excavate a grave, excavate the entire site and then they would proceed to dump the remains wherever they found a place to do it in the back of the cemetery."
Burr Oak is one of Chicago's oldest predominantly African-American cemeteries and is home to a number of historic figures, including Emmett Till, whose 1955 murder galvanized the civil rights movement.
Blues legend Dinah Washington and boxing champ Ezzard Charles are also buried at Burr Oak.
"There should be a special place in hell for these graveyard thieves who have done so much to hurt these families"As a final insult cemetery manager, Caroyln Towns, is also accused of pocketing cash from a fund she set up to build a memorial museum for Till.
Cook County prosecutor Anita Alvarez sums it up:
"This crime is a whole new dimension that shows us what lengths people would go through for financial gain,"More from Raw Story
Yesterday the site was shut to relatives who had been coming to look for the remains of their family members. The site is now considered a crime scene as additional bones are being discovered. MSNBC reports:
ALSIP, Ill. - Authorities are closing the grounds of a historic black cemetery near Chicago where four employees are accused of digging up bodies to resell plots after more bones were found on the property.More from MSNBC
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Friday that families can no longer wander through Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip to check loved ones' graves because more of its 150 acres are now considered a crime scene.
Dart says law enforcement and families alike have found more bones while walking around the cemetery.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Yesterday Cynthia McKinney returned after 6 days in an Israeli prison. Here crime? Attempting to deliver medical supplies and toys - crayons, water colors and coloring books, to the people of Gaza.
The following is a collection of videos of her return. (She should have had a big crowd welcoming her as a true hero! I guess they were all at Michael Jackson's funeral...). It begins with a news report from The Global Report telling the circumstances of her arrest followed by a second report from the same source regarding, U.N. Human Rights Investigator, Richard Falk's declaration that the seizure of the ship was a crime and the situation in Gaza is a continuing Human Rights violation. After that is a phone call Cynthia made to WBAIX.org describing the arrest and treatment under the Israeli Navy and prison guards. The conclusion is an interview Cynthia gave with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.
[approx. 25 min.]
Monday, July 06, 2009
In July of 2003 British weapons inspector Dr. David Kelly was found dead in the woods. Although his death was ruled a suicide, many questions surround his death. Dr.Kelly was writing an expose on the non-existence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq as well as his dealings with Anthrax in the apartheid South Africa where Anthrax was used against members of the black population. In fact he was even quoted by British ambassador David Broucher as saying “I will probably be found dead in the woods”. Link
Now this film by Bob Coen sheds new light on the death of Dr. David Kelley and other top Anthrax scientists, among them Soviet defector Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik, and Dr. Bruce Ivins who is claimed by the FBI as the sole person involved with the Anthrax attack on the US. The film "Anthrax Wars" is debuting in London six years after Dr. Kelly's death. It has previously been released in Canada.
From the description accompanying the film segments at YouTube:
An investigation into the deadly world of germ weapons, Anthrax War begins in New York in the days following 9/11. Anthrax-laced letters, mailed to media and U.S. senators, killed five people and spread fear and panic throughout the nation.More from Agent 99 over at neufneuf.
For filmmaker Bob Coen, who was raised in Zimbabwe where the former white regime has been accused of unleashing anthrax against the black population, biological weapons have a deep personal meaning. He embarks on a journey that raises troubling questions about the FBI's investigation of the 21st century's first act of biological terrorism.
Coen's investigation takes him from the U.S. to the U.K. and from the edge of Siberia to the tip of Africa.