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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

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Let's talk...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Who gave the orders for these raids and issuance of subpoenas to appear at an inquisition if not Barack Obama?

President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, CIA Director Leon Panetta,  National Security Administration Director General Keith B. Alexander and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have worked in collusion in these raids against peace and international solidarity activists with their subpoenas summoning them to a Grand Jury investigation in Chicago known for its corrupt courts including the Federal Judiciary to supposedly find out what connections exist between peace activists, international solidarity activists and the victims of U.S. imperialism's oppression and wars.

How do we know there has been this collusion between Obama's White House and these other agencies? Because we know from what has been released in the joint report from the FBI and CIA--- "Family Jewels"--- that this is the way these agencies collude and cooperate.

We also know from the long-running COINTELPRO operations that they work in this manner.

What is even more interesting is that the organization under attack right now were Obama supporters in 2008.

First came attacks by Obama's White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs who tried to badger and bully the opponents of these dirty wars into silence. No one was bullied... in fact this plan backfired on Obama and the Democrats.

Then came Obama himself, this time with an attack trying to silence his growing liberal critics. Again, this didn't work too well for Obama.

So, out comes the Obama Administration in full force against a tiny left-wing cultish grouping pulling together supporters of Mao--- an organization which had been vigorous supporters during the 2008 Election Campaign and beyond. Even now while under attack, this little group has managed to avoid using Barack Obama's name. Why? To shield the Democrats in the November Election?

Where are the Democratic Party members of Congress insisting that these subpoenas be withdrawn? Where are Democratic Party officials in the local communities? Why are they not condemning these raids and subpoenas? Is it because local law enforcement and in the case here in Minnesota, that the Public Safety Commission is all part of this "network of cooperation" established with help from Humbert Humphrey known as "Red Squads" created under the Communist Control Act which Humphrey was its principal author? At the time, Humphrey used this most anti-democratic legislative initiative to help him destroy the last remaining influence of the Communist Party's activities in the Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party.

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were murdered by this exact same kind of collusion between these government agencies operating like sewer-rats under the cloak of darkness.

The Minnesota American Civil Liberties Union which is nothing but a front group for the Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, has remained completely silent about this fascist-like cabal that has been operating out of Washington for years which is now headed up by Barack Obama.

This closed-door Grand Jury inquisition must not be allowed to proceed. We know from our history that this is the way the infamous and destructive anti-democratic Dies Committee got off the ground in 1938 and in 1947 Joe McCarthy began his anti-Communist crusade in the same secretive manner behind closed doors... even when the American people clamored against these closed door hearings... McCarthy stacked the hearing rooms with his anti-Communist, racist, anti-Semitic and fascist supporters while Hubert Humphrey entered the picture and made it possible for these agencies to collaborate behind closed doors in organizing its attacks on Communists, peace activists, labor and civil rights activists. Our country has never fully recovered from the "Red Scare" and now Barack Obama is launching us into another round of political darkness with these raids and subpoenas to a secret Grand Jury.

All those who have been issued subpoenas should refuse to show up for this Grand Jury inquisition they are calling an "investigation"... they should seek refuge in a church and they should receive the support required from the liberal, progressive and left communities in this country with a bona fide and legitimate defense committee established, not their stupid little front groups the FRSO is known for, since there are no organizations at present willing to fight this case as it should be fought--- including making Obama and the Democrats pay on Election Day... how much more of this crap are people going to put up with from this Wall Street health insurance salesman who is nothing but a flim-flam man and con-artist extraordinaire who told us all in his essay written exclusively for Foreign Affairs Magazine, Renewing America's Leadership, exactly what his neo-liberal  Wall Street agenda was going to consist of: wars abroad and austerity at home which anyone with an ounce of common sense knows requires political repression.

Freedom Road Socialist Organization, while claiming some kind of "vanguard" status sure didn't do its job in educating people about Obama's real Wall Street agenda--- but we shouldn't hold this against them as we build a network to defend democracy because we all know that this has been in the works for many months, if not for two years because this kind of government operation requires the expenditures of hundreds of thousands of dollars with massive paper-work and "investigative" work for any government to frame people as democracy is smothered.

One would hope that here in Minnesota, Mark Dayton would have the moral and political courage to add the abolition of Minnesota's "Red Squads" to his agenda of reform which includes taxing the rich to pay for public education and healthcare; establishing a state-owned and managed casino and enforcement of affirmative action... which, by-the-way, Obama has never instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to pursue with the same zeal he is now trying to persecute, intimidate, badger and likely begin prosecutions of peace activists. After all, if the intent of these raids and subpoenas and a Grand Jury inquisition is not to prosecute anyone, what is this massive governmental bureaucracy and cabal doing?

Really, doesn't anyone find it strange that the Office of the Attorney General of the United States would not go after state, local and federal agencies along with huge contractors and engineering firms stuffing their pockets with "stimulus funds" while refusing to enforce affirmative action as required by Executive Order #11246? Again, like the push for more involvement in these dirty wars, Obama's and the Democrats' priorities are all screwed up.

Free Kittens... a must read

This comes from my friend in Canada, Howard Pawley... who included a brief note: 

For a Laugh or two! 

Tommy Douglas would tell this story.


Note: Howard Pawley is writing a book about his life which will include his time as the New Democratic Party (NDP) Premier of Manitoba Canada.--- A.L.M.


A pretty little girl named Suzy was standing on the sidewalk in front of her home. Next to her was a basket containing a number of tiny creatures; in her hand was a sign announcing FREE KITTENS.

Suddenly a line of big black cars pulled up beside her. Out of the lead car stepped a tall, grinning man.

"Hi there little girl, I'm Mr. Ignatieff. What do you have in the basket?" he asked.

"Kittens," little Suzy said.

"How old are they?" asked Ignatieff
Suzy replied, "They're so young, their eyes aren't even open yet."

"And what kind of kittens are they?"

"Liberals," answered Suzy with a smile.

Ignatieff was delighted. As soon as he returned to his car, he called his PR chief and told him about the little girl and the kittens.

Recognizing the perfect photo op, the two men agreed that  Mr Ignatieff should return the next day; and in front of the assembled media, have the girl talk about her discerning kittens.

So the next day, Suzy was again standing on the sidewalk with her basket of "FREE KITTENS," when another motorcade pulled up, this time followed by vans from CBC, CTV,  and CNN.

Cameras and audio equipment were quickly set up, then Ignatieff got out of his limo and walked over to little Suzy.

"Hello, again," he said, "I'd love it if you would tell all my friends out there what kind of kittens you're giving away."

"Yes sir," Suzy said. "They're New Democrats."

Taken by surprise, Mr. Ignatieff stammered, "But... but... yesterday, you told me they were LIBERALS."

Little Suzy smiled and said, "I know. But today, they have their eyes open"