WASHINGTON: ‘ Hillary Clinton blames Republicans for Inequality in US ‘

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:June.13: Clinton announced her candidacy by blaming Republicans for the fact that inequality in the US has been increasing and Wall Street managers and CEOs have expanded their share of the economy while overlooking how that trend started during her husband’s administration.

Hillary Clinton officially announced her candidacy today saying that she intends to reshape the US economy so it works for more Americans rather than just those on the wealthier end of the spectrum. However, she overlooked her husband’s role in bank deregulation that led to an increase in inequality and the crash of 2008.

“These Republicans trip over themselves promising lower taxes for the wealthy and fewer rules for the biggest corporations without regard for how that will make income inequality even worse,” Clinton said in her speech.

The Republican candidates in the 2016 cycle are continuing to push for the same damaging policies, Clinton argues.

“They pledge to wipe out tough rules on Wall Street, rather than rein in the banks that are still too risky, courting future failures. In a case that can only be considered mass amnesia.”

The choice of Roosevelt Island, named after and dedicated to Franklin Delano Roosevelt stands as an ironic symbol given that Hillary Clinton’s husband, President Bill Clinton, undid key legislation that Roosevelt enacted to end The Great Depression and rein in runaway financial institutions.

President Clinton’s tenure was characterized by financial deregulation which set the stage for the expanded deregulation during the administration of George W. Bush, during the end of which the economy crashed. Clinton signed the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which repealed the Glass-Steagall Act, a cornerstone of Depression-era regulation Roosevelt had put in place. Bill Clinton also signed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, exempting credit-default swaps from regulation.

Bill Clinton would likely have a significant advisory role should the couple return to the White House. 

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Rumsfeld: ‘Unrealistic’ for Bush to pursue democracy in Iraq

#AceNewsReport – USA:June.09: Donald Rumsfeld, one of the leading architects of the Iraq war, said in a recent interview that then-President George W. Bush was “unrealistic” to pursue democracy in the country.

Rumsfeld, who served as Bush’s defense secretary from 2001 to 2006, made the comments in an interview with the Times of London.

“I’m not one who thinks that our particular template of democracy is appropriate for other countries at every moment of their histories,” Rumsfeld said.

“The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words.”

The comments are a departure from Rumsfeld’s robust public defense of the war during the Bush administration, and mark a rare break between him and the former president on foreign policy.

Since the 2003 invasion and the toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein, Iraq has held multiple elections. But most recently, majority Shiites have been accused of sidelining minority Sunnis, feeding tensions that were exploited by the Islamic State, a Sunni terror group.

Even as he voiced second thoughts about the U.S. goals in the Iraq war, Rumsfeld scolded western governments for their current failure to deal with Muslim extremists.

“The movement for a caliphate, the movement against nation states is central and fundamental. And no one’s talking about it,” he said.

Rumsfeld: ‘Unrealistic’ for Bush to pursue democracy in Iraq.

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REPORT: ‘ KARL ROVE AND TEAM COVERED UP DISCLOSURE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN IRAQ IN 2004 ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 18 – The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake reports that the individual responsible for covering up the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq in 2004 was Karl Rove.

Report: It was Karl Rove behind cover-up of aging chemical weapons found in Iraq

Report: It was Karl Rove behind cover-up of aging chemical weapons found in Iraq

Lake spoke to former Republican Senator Rick Santorum, who told him that his office started receiving photographs of discarded shells of sarin and mustard gas from United States military personnel in 2003 and 2004.

He approached the George W. Bush White House about using them in his reelection campaign, but was rebuffed because of what the New York Times alleges was an attempt to cover-up the chemical wounds being suffered by American troops.

“We don’t want to look back,” Santorum recalls Rove saying, careful to note that he is paraphrasing a conversation he had eight years previous. “I will say that the gist of the comments from the president’s senior people was ‘We don’t want to look back, we want to look forward.’”

Dave Wurmser, at the time a senior advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, corroborated Santorum’s account, saying that “Karl Rove and his team blocked public disclosure of these [findings] and said ‘Let these sleeping dogs lie; we have lost that fight so better not to remind anyone of it.’”

Still, Santorum believes that the administration missed an opportunity. Although “there [were] no active chemical-weapons operation in Iraq — that doesn’t mean there were no chemical weapons.

That was the point we were making. It’s clear from The New York Times’ article that the military as well as the administration didn’t want to have that conversation because they missed it.”

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‘ NSA and FBI Covertly Monitored Emails of Prominent Muslim-Americans ‘

#AceWorldNewsUNITED STATES – July 18  – The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies.

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According to documents provided by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes:

Faisal Gill, a longtime Republican Party operative and one-time candidate for public office who held a top-secret security clearance and served in the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush;

• Asim Ghafoor, a prominent attorney who has represented clients in terrorism-related cases;

• Hooshang Amirahmadi, an Iranian-American professor of international relations at Rutgers University;

Agha Saeed, a former political science professor at California State University who champions Muslim civil liberties and Palestinian rights;

Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the country.

The individuals appear on an NSA spreadsheet in the Snowden archives called “FISA recap”—short for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Under that law, the Justice Department must convince a judge with the top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that there is probable cause to believe that American targets are not only agents of an international terrorist organization or other foreign power, but also “are or may be” engaged in or abetting espionage, sabotage, or terrorism. The authorizations must be renewed by the court, usually every 90 days for U.S. citizens.

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The spreadsheet shows 7,485 email addresses listed as monitored between 2002 and 2008. Many of the email addresses on the list appear to belong to foreigners whom the government believes are linked to Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah. Among the Americans on the list are individuals long accused of terrorist activity, including Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, who were killed in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen.

But a three-month investigation by The Intercept—including interviews with more than a dozen current and former federal law enforcement officials involved in the FISA process—reveals that in practice, the system for authorizing NSA surveillance affords the government wide latitude in spying on U.S. citizens.

The five Americans whose email accounts were monitored by the NSA and FBI have all led highly public, outwardly exemplary lives. All five vehemently deny any involvement in terrorism or espionage, and none advocates violent jihad or is known to have been implicated in any crime, despite years of intense scrutiny by the government and the press. Some have even climbed the ranks of the U.S. national security and foreign policy establishments.

“I just don’t know why,” says Gill, whose AOL and Yahoo! email accounts were monitored while he was a Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. “I’ve done everything in my life to be patriotic. I served in the Navy, served in the government, was active in my community—I’ve done everything that a good citizen, in my opinion, should do.”

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(An Intercept video interview with Gill and Ghafoor and Awad on this link) 

They were directed by Nadia Hallgren and Intercept co-founder Laura Poitras.) 

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US President `George W Bush ' Dabbles in a New kind of Oil this Time as a Portrait Artist'

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – April 05 – (VOA) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush has a new title to add to his resume: painter.

The subjects of his paintings? World leaders – a theme he knows well.

Bush’s portraits go on display in his presidential library and museum in Dallas, Texas Saturday.

The exhibit, titled “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” will feature his paintings of world figures he worked with during his presidency from 2001 to 2009, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (BBC)

Bush began his painting hobby two years ago. In an interview on NBC with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, who works for the network,

Bush said although he does not think he is a great artist, “a whole new world has opened up” for him.

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` White House has withheld over 9,000 top-secret documents from `Senate Investigation ‘ of the CIA Detention and Torture Program ‘

#AceWorldNews For the last five years, the White House has withheld over 9,000 top-secret documents from a Senate investigation of the CIA’s former detention and torture program. The report comes one day after the CIA was accused of interfering in the probe.

Though the White House has publicly supported the investigation into Bush-era torture, the Obama administration has routinely rejected requests by the Select Senate Committee on Intelligence to see the records, McClatchy news service reported Wednesday.

It is not clear how substantial the documents are for the investigation, yet the White House has shielded them without wielding the claim of executive privilege that has been used often by the Obama and George W. Bush administrations to cover CIA and other government secrets following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The White House told McClatchy a “small percentage” of the 6.2 million pages of documents given to the Committee were “set aside because they raise executive branch confidentiality interests.” The White House added that it had worked with the Committee “to ensure access to the information necessary to review the CIA’s former program.”

Neither the CIA nor the Committee would offer comment to McClatchy.

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Extract – “The CIA just went and searched the committee’s computers.” Feinstein said.
Feinstein added that she was not taking the situation lightly, and that the CIA may have acted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, in addition to myriad federal laws.

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John Paul II’s `Personal Notes to be Published’ Despite`Pope’s Last Will and Testament’ to Burn Them”

#AceNewsServices says John Paul II’s personal notes to be published Wednesday in defiance of the pope’s will to burn them.

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English: Pope John Paul II speaks after he was honored with the Medal of Freedom in June 2004, presented during his audience with President George W. Bush and Laura Bush. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Paul II’s personal notes, entrusted to his closest confidant and today’s archbishop of Krakow Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, is due be published Wednesday despite the pope’s last will and testament, which required the cardinal to burn them.

The book, entitled “I am Very Much in God’s Hands”, comes out in Poland, the pope’s native land.

Criticism so far has outpaced praise.

“I don’t think it is right for a church member to go against the will and authority of the pope, whatever the reason,” Ewelina Gniewnik said as she was leaving Saviour’s Church in down-town Warsaw. “I’m not sure that Cardinal Dziwisz knows what he is doing.”

Cardinal Dziwisz recently said that he “didn’t have the courage” to destroy John Paul II’s notes as they contain his thoughts and religious meditations written from July 1962, when he was a young bishop on the rise, to March 2003, when he had been pope for more than 24 years and Parkinson’s disease was eroding his health.

English: The signature of Pope John Paul II.

English: The signature of Pope John Paul II. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“In writing his will, the Holy Father knew he was entrusting these notebooks to someone who would treat them responsibly,” Cardinal Dziwisz said at a news conference in Krakow on January 22. “I had no doubt these were such important items, testifying to the spirituality of a great pope, that it would be a crime to destroy them.” He invoked the despair of historians after the burning of Pope Pius XII’s letters.

As analysts believe, the book will be more bought than read as it includes abstruse reflections on biblical citations that scholars will study closely but that ordinary readers may find less accessible.

But not every cardinal blames Dziwisz for his decision.

“I admit that without having read the book, I was sadly surprised with the decision,” the Rev. Adam Boniecki, an influential Catholic intellectual, wrote on January 22 in Tygodnik Powszechny, a leading Catholic weekly in Poland. “After reading the notebooks, however, I am grateful that in this matter, he didn’t come as scrupulous bureaucrat.”

Here are translated excerpts from “I am Very Much in God’s Hands” .

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Chastity. Body from God – and redeemed: “you do not belong to yourselves”

Christ is chastity alone and virginity alone!

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Priesthood is not identified with celibacy, but celibacy supports priesthood and gives it a particular effectiveness.

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On October 13, 1978 my dear friend bp (bishop) Andrzej Deskur suffered an unexpected stroke that brought partial paralysis on him. Despite treatment at the Gemelli Polyclinic, and then in Switzerland, the paralysis has not receded.

On October 14 I visited Andrzej in hospital, going to conclave, who was to make the choice of a successor after the death of John Paul I.

It is hard for me not to link the fact that on October 16 I was that chosen successor, with the event that preceded that choice by 3 days. The sacrifice of my Brother in bishopry, Andrzej, seems to me to be preparation for this fact. Everything has been inscribed, through his suffering, into the mystery of the Cross and Redemption that was accomplished by Christ.

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XVI Conference. Jesus Christ and history.

a) History as the presence of evil

b) History as the presence of good

c) History as a “coupling” of good and evil

To know how to reconcile? To know how to extract good from evil!

Courtesy of: Voice of Russia, the New York Times, AP

 

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