Tuesday, 10 September 2013

We Beat the War Party


We Beat the War Party
Sep 10th, 2013
Justin Raimondo

One of the few things I got right in my last column was the title, which asked " Can This War Be Stopped?" Apparently the answer is: yes, albeit not for any reason the administration and the pundits (or do I repeat myself?) are now crowing about.

We are told a Kerry gaffe, an impressive display of Putin's diplomatic jiu-jitsu, and – most of all – the " credible threat" of war led to what the Obamaites and their media cheerleaders are hailing as a great victory for this administration. A look at the timeline of events, however, effectively debunks the official narrative.

The key development here wasn't Kerry's fumble and the Russian interception but the announcement by majority leader Harry Reid that the Senate vote on the war resolution would be delayed: the War Party simply didn't have the votes. What the administration discovered, to their horror, was that the more they made their case to the American people the less support they had: every time Kerry opened his mouth, their poll numbers went down a few points, and a few more members of Congress came out against intervention.

Reid didn't decide to cancel the Senate vote due to Putin's diplomatic deus ex machina: as important Democratic Senators defected to the peace camp hours before Reid's announcement, panic set in. With calls against outnumbering those in favor by over 100-to-1, not even the legendary power of AIPAC could intimidate legislators into swimming against such a tide.

Kerry's "gaffe" – which was in fact a curt dismissal of the possibility Assad would ever agree to hand over his chemical weapons – came later than the decision to cancel the Senate vote, although Reid's announcement appeared to coincide with Putin's proposal. Initially, you'll recall, the State Department walked back the Kerry gaffe, saying he didn't really mean it and never mind. It was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) – who has led the antiwar opposition in the Senate in conjunction with progressive firebrand Alan Grayson in the House – who was first to say hey, the Putin peace deal is worth looking into:

"I think it would be a great step forward if Assad were willing to do it and if Russia were willing to monitor it or an international authority with Russia. I think part of diplomacy and getting things to work is allowing people to save face. If there's a way Russia can save face in this thing and be part of an international coalition, that's what we should shoot for.

"I think one of the biggest problems with bombing Assad is that if we bomb Assad and we destabilize the chemical weapons and they become loose within the country and al Qaeda gets access to them, then I think that's the real disaster. Even Kerry admitted it would take 75,000 American troops to secure these weapons, and that's what I've been saying all along – that bombing may actually lead to more instability."

"But having an international body take control of the chemical weapons would add much greater stability, and I think it would be a benefit for all of us if that would happen."

Faced with certain defeat in the House, an increasingly problematic Senate, and – most importantly – a massive antiwar upsurge getting more massive and more vocal by the minute, the Obama administration grabbed the Putin proposal like a drowning man being thrown a life jacket. But make no mistake: neither the gaffe-prone Kerry nor the opportunistic Russian leader can take credit for stopping the rush to war. It was the American people who rose up and delivered the War Party a mighty blow – one they will have difficulty recovering from for a long time to come.

Having decided to undo Harry Truman's folly and obey the Constitution for once, the President went to Congress before striking Syria – and in doing so he not only backed himself into a corner, he also unwittingly opened up what must surely look like Pandora's Box as far as the War Party is concerned. Because from now on whenever a President decides he has the power to take us to war without consulting the people's representatives, he or she will have a much harder time getting away with it. Even as Barry declares he has authority to bomb without congressional approval, few believe he would actually go ahead and do it – for fear the word impeachment would migrate from the fringes to the center with the same speed and momentum as widespread antiwar sentiment.

So what now?

Although the President is still going ahead with his Tuesday night speech, most of the wind has already been taken out of his sails. In spite of all the blustering about the Credible Threat, which the President is sure to tout, no one sees him as a credible threat to anything but his own party and the country at large. He never wanted to strike Syria in the first place, and only recently allowed himself to be talked into it by the Israel Firsters and " humanitarian interventionists" who dominate the foreign policy Establishment. For over a year, Obama successfully resisted the energetic efforts of both his former Secretary of State and his current one to give the Syrian rebels some real arms and get serious about the US government's longstanding regime change operation in Syria. The intense media campaign around the Ghouta incident changed that – but not for long.

Besides which, the "intelligence" that supposedly ties Assad directly to the gas attack was already in the process of being thoroughly debunked – much quicker, by the way, than the rather more imaginative neocon war propaganda we were subjected to in the run up to the Iraq disaster.

As for the Putin-Assad proposal, it is already in the process of getting tied up in the UN Security Council, as the French and the Russians haggle over the details. For if the Syrian government is now giving up its chemical weapons, then what about the rebels – will they give up theirs? Oh, they don't have any, you say? Well that's not what the Russians tell us: they just issued a 100-page report documenting rebel deployments of poison gas. The issue, in short, will soon take on the dimensions of the Iranian nuclear question, and Syria will drop from the front pages of the nation's newspapers – which is all Barry and both parties in Congress care about.

This little episode dramatizes with stunning clarity the immutable truth of what I call " libertarian realism" – that facts on the ground have little impact on the course of American foreign policy. It's really all about politics on the home front. The Iraq war had nothing to do with the threat of Al Qaeda, in spite of the Bush administration's war propaganda: it was all about building domestic support for the GOP around a program of war hysteria, the mystic doctrine of "American exceptionalism," and untrammeled foreign adventurism. So too in the case of Syria, but this time things turned out differently: the War Party ran up against a brick wall of public opposition – and real outrage that the political class would even try something like this after a decade of war.

This issue will die down, but it won't go away. The War Party doesn't give up that easily.

Because the Syria debate isn't really about an alleged poison gas attack supposedly launched by Assad: it's about regime change. The US, after all, is aiding the rebels: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said repeatedly " Assad must go." That goal is unchanged, even as we negotiate with Assad and his Russian backers to implement a face-saving handover of Syria's chemical weapons.

The rush to war has turned into a leisurely stroll, but that doesn't mean the War Party won't eventually get us to the finish line. That's why you need to keep calling your congressional representatives – yes, even a second time, just to make sure they aren't fooled into supporting a war resolution masquerading as a "disarmament" scheme backed up by the threat of force.

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/09/10/we-beat-the-war-party/

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Re: A little Obama humor

President Obama was visiting a primary school and he visited one of the classes. They were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings. The teacher asked the president if he would like to lead the discussion on the word 'tragedy'? So our illustrious president asked the class for an example of a 'tragedy'.

One little boy stood up and offered: 'If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs over him and kills him, that would be a tragedy?

'No,' said Obama, 'that would be an accident.'

A little girl raised her hand: 'If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy.'

'I'm afraid not,' explained Obama. 'That's what we would call great loss.'

The room went silent. No other children volunteered. Obama searched the room. 'Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?'

Finally at the back of the room, Little Johnny raised his hand. In a quiet voice he said: 'If the plane carrying you and Mrs. Obama was struck by a 'friendly fire' missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy.'

'Fantastic!' exclaimed Obama. 'That's right.. And can you tell me why that would be tragedy?

'Well,' says the boy, 'It has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss… and it probably wouldn't be a fucking accident either.


On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:29:37 PM UTC-5, Bruce Majors wrote:
Obama and Kerry sure showed Rand Paul; Obama's foreign policy this week skipped over libertarians and went straight to anarchy 

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Fwd: Obama Trying to Prove Manhood in Syria





Proving Their Manhood in Syria

Posted By Robert Spencer On September 9, 2013

The controversy over whether the U.S. should intervene militarily in Syria has become more about proving manhood than about chemical weapons, al-Qaeda, or geopolitics. Each side appears to be more intent on proving that they're men than in doing the right thing by Syria, or anyone else, for that matter.

First and foremost is Barack Obama, whom Pamela Geller has indelibly dubbed the "helmeted bike rider." His international coalition against Syria did not materialize; even the British refused to go along, for the first time in anyone's memory. The French, who alone had pledged to go along, are now hesitating. And for good reason: Obama still has not been able to provide convincing proof that Assad launched the chemical weapons that made him want to attack Syria in the first place.

His supporters, meanwhile, appear increasingly ridiculous. His secretary of State insists that the Syrian rebels are mostly secular, contradicting intelligence reports from both the U.S. and Europe. His former opponent and now stalwart servant on the other side of the aisle, John McCain, has just as risibly promised that the Syrian rebels, whom even the New York Times has acknowledged are dominated by al-Qaeda, are "moderates."

Obama has even admitted that "we may not be directly imminently threatened by what's taking place" in Syria. May not be? There is no conceivable calculus by which we are directly imminently threatened by what's taking place in Syria, but McCain's sidekick, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, did his level best to come up with something, hysterically claiming that if the U.S. didn't attack Syria, Iran might nuke Charleston Harbor.

The hysteria was a sign of desperation. Exposed, abandoned, and bereft of a case, Obama should have backed down. But he couldn't, because it would have been a sign of weakness. Obama's weakness has already been abundantly demonstrated, but seldom this nakedly and pointedly, and so he charged ahead, trying and failing to drum up support for his Syrian misadventure at the G-20 summit. The helmeted bike rider had to prove that he was a real man, a strong man, even if it meant any number of dead Syrians, and the U.S. allying with al-Qaeda.

In light of all that, it was hard to argue with Vladimir Putin's charge that "what Congress and the U.S. Senate are doing in essence is legitimizing aggression." Aggression is precisely the response of an aggrieved and insecure man to a challenge to his manhood.

America's enemies threaten the president's daughters.

And Obama wasn't the only one flexing his muscles and playing his man card. According to Reza Kahlili in the Daily Caller, an Iranian official named Alireza Forghani, whom Kahlili describes as "an analyst and strategy specialist in the supreme leader's camp," has threatened "mass abductions and brutal killings of American citizens around the world and the rape and killing of one of Obama's daughters should the United States attack Syria." Forghani said that within 21 hours of the attack, "a family member of every U.S. minister [department secretary], U.S. ambassadors, U.S. military commanders around the world will be abducted. And then 18 hours later, videos of their amputation will be spread [around the world]."

In threatening such barbarity, Alireza Forghani departed from any acceptable norms of the civilized world, and guaranteed that both men and women all over the world would despise him and his cause. Nonetheless, in making this threat, he was rallying his own base. He meant to show that he was a man, and that the Iranian nation was made up of men, who in committing unspeakable atrocities against Americans would show them that they never should have dared to strike their client state.

This is the idea of manhood one finds in a shame/honor culture such as Iran's: a man doesn't just defeat his enemies, but humiliates and dishonors them, both out of a sense of revenge but also as a warning to all other challengers. Enemies must not just be defeated, but manifest "willing submission" and "feel themselves subdued," in the words of the Qur'an's instructions on making war against and subjugating Jews and Christians (9:29).

As widespread as this assumption may be, by any rational standard, Alireza Forghani is not a man. He is a savage. And Barack Obama is not a man, either. For a man takes responsibility for his actions, however distasteful and burdensome that responsibility may be. But after having been discredited on an international scale, Obama insisted: "My credibility is not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line." He also said that he "didn't set a red line," the world did. These statements were cravenly dishonest, as the international community has not joined in his call for an attack on Syria, or agreed that Assad crossed any "red lines."

The stakes are too high for the helmeted bike rider to be using Syria to prove his manhood. Maybe he should just try riding a bike without a helmet instead.

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Article printed from PJ Lifestyle: http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle

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Fwd: How Obama commemorates the anniversaries of 9/11 and Benghazi terrorist attack





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Protocol of Dirty Politics

How the Obama administration commemorates the anniversaries of 9/11 and Benghazi terrorist attack

By Judi McLeod (Bio and Archives) Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has zero respect for the four courageous Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who lost their lives in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, one year ago tomorrow.

Otherwise, he wouldn't be the one to honor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with this year's Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center, today, on the eve of the first anniversary of the Benghazi terrorist attack.

What's with the Philadelphia-based National Constitution Center allowing the Liberty Medal to be awarded to Clinton on the very eve of the day before she allowed Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith to die with no help from the administration she was serving?

Where is the National Constitution Center's on-the-books protocol?

It seems that everything that comes from the Obama administration has an added sting to human dignity.

The day after Hillary Clinton shamefully accepts the Liberty Medal from sycophant Jeb Bush, this is what the Obama administration has lined up for tomorrow, the 12th anniversary of 9/11:

Susan Rice will be in front of TV cameras reading CIA talking points on Syria.

"About a year ago, the White House put Susan Rice, then the ambassador to the United Nations, on TV to read CIA talking points that turned out to be false about the attack in Benghazi, Libya. The backlash poisoned her relationship with Republicans in Congress and dashed her chances of becoming secretary of state. President Obama instead named her national security adviser, which didn't require Senate confirmation," Dana Milbank at the Washington Post writes today.

"Now there is another crisis. Obama needs congressional support for a military strike on Syria, because a "no" vote could cripple his presidency and damage American credibility. So what do the big brains in the White House do? They put Susan Rice in front of TV cameras to read CIA talking points.

Yep, that'll seal the deal."

None of this is happening by mistake. Protocol is part of every government agency. In fact, protocol is part of the DNA of politicians.

It could easily be deduced that when the Almighty was giving out protocol, Obama, Clinton, Rice, Bush and company didn't believe it was politically correct.

Theirs is a brand of protocol that insults human dignity; an ironclad protocol that only seeks to achieve political ends.

Shame on Obama, Clinton, Rice and Jeb Bush for marring the eve of the anniversary and the anniversary of both September 11, 2001 and the September 11, 2012 Day of Benghazi.

Those who would use the anniversaries of the innocent dead to push political agendas are dead in the soul and a disgrace to any civilized nation.

 



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Fwd: [New post] Why does John Kerry flick his tongue like a snake?





Dr. Eowyn posted: "Human beings don't flick their tongues out; snakes do.Like this garter snake:When you speak, do you flick your tongue out? Not once, not twice, but throughout your speech?I've delivered countless lectures, talks, and speeches in my profession as a univers"
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Why does John Kerry flick his tongue like a snake?

by Dr. Eowyn

Human beings don't flick their tongues out; snakes do.

Like this garter snake:

When you speak, do you flick your tongue out? Not once, not twice, but throughout your speech?

I've delivered countless lectures, talks, and speeches in my profession as a university professor, lecturer, and public speaker. I can truthfully say I have NEVER EVER flicked or stuck my tongue out. Nor have I ever seen any of my teachers, professors, fellow professors, and politicians and world leaders I've met flick their tongue.

Ever.

Yesterday, I asked why Secretary of State John Kerry, who will be 70 years old in 3 months, mutilated his face with plastic surgery.

Today, I draw your attention to something even more disturbing about Kerry -- his flicking serpentine tongue.

Here's a screenshot I took from the video below (red arrow is pointing at ghoulish Kerry's flicking tongue):

Kerry tongue

Here's a video of John Kerry delivering his statement a week ago at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on Obama's proposed war against Syria, Sept. 3, 2013. Watch him periodically flick his tongue out -- at the 01:28, 02:13, 02:16, 02:49, 03:12, 03:35 (and so on) marks:

Infowars' Alex Jones has a loop of Kerry's tongue-flicking in this video, 06:05 to 06:35 mark:

I'm reminded of another tongue-flicker -- Anita Dunn, who was Obama's White House Communications Director from April through November 2009. She is married to Robert Bauer, an attorney who was Obama's White House counsel from Jan. 2010 to June 2011.

Here's a screenshot I took from the video below (yellow arrow is pointing at Dunn's tongue):

Anita Dunn

Watch this video of Dunn giving a speech at a high school graduation, where she periodically flicks out her tongue in lightning speed, just like a snake -- at the 0:06, 0:13, 0:30, 0:44 (and so on) marks:

Here's a video of her flicking tongue in slow motion:

Still wonder why we call the master whom both Kerry and Dunn serve, President Lucifer?

~Eowyn

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Fwd: The Horrifying Secret Of Syria Policy

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The “World President’s” Treason


"Six years ago, the Syrian newspaper Al-Thawrah reviewed the Arabic edition of Bush Betrayal, published by the Arab Scientific Publishers in Beirut. For some reason, the book evoked far more enthusiasm in Syria than it did in some circles in the United States. Never could figure that one out. Here's the link to the original review, which was kindly translated by Sate Hamza, a Syrian doctor and professor now living in Canada.
Unfortunately, Obama is now showing some of the same power-dementia "world policeman" malarkey that poisoned the reign of George W. Bush." -- Jim Bovard

The "World President's" Treason
Commentary
Monday September 17, 2007
Dr. Khalaf Al-Jarad

Treason is one of the most serious accusations to be leveled at any person, especially if that person was the president of his country and the chief responsible for the lives, security and safety of his citizens.

This severe and grave accusation was leveled by well-known American author James Bovard at the current president of the United States of America, George W. Bush. He published his indictment in a detailed and documented analytical book that bears the clear, powerful and direct title of "The Bush Betrayal".

Since being published four years ago, the book has aroused and continues to arouse a wide-scale, strong controversy among the US political and intellectual quarters, not because of its bold, shocking, and unusual title, but because the writer succeeded in gathering hundreds of pieces of evidence to prove the soundness of his theory, which is based on accusing the president of the superpower of treason. The President broke his oath to preserve the Constitution and achieve prosperity and peace for the American People. He personally led his country to drown in a horrible quagmire of political, economic and moral conflicts. And he made his country the most hated in the world by directly, violently and insanely crushing the values of freedom, justice and peace, and by his country's forcible and bloody interference in the affairs of other peoples and societies using unacceptable false or flimsy excuses, at the head of which is the lie of "freeing the world from terrorism and tyranny".

Bovard documents how President Bush broke his promises that he made during his election campaign and drowned his country in an absurd war and pledged the country to the interests of private corporations and the oil and weapon manufacturing industries.

The author exposes in great detail the bases on which the Bush presidency was established, both before and after being bogged down in the complex quagmire of the Iraq invasion.

He also unveils a number of Bush's bad and negative traits, including his lying and dishonesty and the great harm he has caused the reputation of the US and the embarrassment he caused his people in front of the entire world.

The author lists tens of examples that emphasize Bush's clumsiness and the disintegration of his justifications to occupy Iraq, especially the Iraqi WMD fraud (which turned out to be totally false), and his failure to stamp out terrorism in his global "war on terror" (after the events of September 11, 2001), which led him to stumble in an endless series of wars and battles (against potential, more likely illusory, dangers). Bush's personal criteria (relating to preemptive wars) are much more dangerous than all of his old lies because they enable him to carry out wars on tens of countries that he perceives to be a danger to the national security of the United States.

What is noteworthy is that Bovard draws parallels between what Bush's army is doing in Iraq of random killing, destruction, terrorizing of civilians and terrifying women and children, and what his Israeli "friends and allies" are doing in the occupied Arab territories. The author quotes US Major General Michael Vane who says that he traveled (in July of 2003) to Israel accompanied by other US officers "to glean lessons learned from their counterterrorist operations in urban areas,". The US officers also expressed interest in Israeli software programs that teach soldiers how to act in the West Bank and Gaza (p. 364).

And despite the fact that Bush has declared time and again that his War on Iraq would lead to the establishment of a "free and democratic society that is not a breeding ground for terrorism", the latter motto and major fabrication is totally refuted by what's happening in Iraq today.

The results that the author arrives at in every chapter of his exciting, interesting and documented book proves what he set out to show, and that is President Bush the son, committed a tremendous amount of errors, failures and aberrations, and instead of adhering to preserve the Constitution and the values of freedom and justice and the people's right to self-determination, he destroyed the reputation of his country and caused it a disgrace and an irreparable moral loss that will take a long time to erase.

The author emphasizes at the end of his book that "We have deviated away from the vision and wisdom of our founding forefathers .. and regarding Bush, he is a danger man, and that is due in part to the authorization that he believes God has granted him"!!

He concludes by saying: As long as Americans tolerated more of Bush's lies and stupidities, the more the harms and dangers they will suffer from, will increase, and the more the perils he will lead them into.

kh@khalaf-aljarad.com

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2013/09/10/syrian-review-bush-betrayal/

Update: Attorney says TPD subjected woman to 'police brutality' during DUI arrest


Bill Anderson commented on tallahassee.com:
Whenever you are dealing with a police officer, keep in mind that you are dealing with someone who is armed and dangerous and will kill you on the spot without a twinge of conscience. Then he and his friends will lie under oath about what happened. That is why I instruct my children never to say anything to a police officer at all unless the officer is asking them a question that would require an answer. Notice that the cop lied on his report, and also note at how casually they charged this woman with felonies. Yet, they brutally beat her up and I will bet that they won't even receive a ticket for what they did. And their police union will demand that nothing be done. That is how things operate in a police state, which is what the USA has become.

Update: Attorney says TPD subjected woman to 'police brutality' during DUI arrest
Sep. 10, 2013

http://www.tallahassee.com/videonetwork/2662747544001/Police-video-of-DUI-arrest-of-Christina-West

3:55 p.m. update
A woman who suffered a broken orbital bone in her face and other injuries during her arrest on a DUI charge was the victim of police brutality, her lawyer said.

Christina West, 44, was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 10 by officers with the Tallahassee Police Department after she crashed her vehicle into a house on Kilkenny Drive, according to police reports.

A dashboard camera inside a TPD vehicle captured the arrest on video, which was obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat. The video shows West's head being slammed against a police car before she is taken forcefully to the ground.

"I was shocked to see this," Conrad said. "I would never have expected that out of my police department. By and large, most of my officers that I deal with at the Tallahassee Police Department and the Sheriff's Office are all professional and good cops, folks that I would feel very comfortable with in the event that I needed them as a citizen. This was disturbing. I could not believe that I saw that happening in Tallahassee, Florida."

Conrad said he intends to pursue compensation for West, though he didn't explicitly say he would be filing a lawsuit.

"I can say I intend to pursue just compensation for Ms. West," he said. "And I can say I intend to do it relentlessly. I intend to make the police department pay for this. This is wrong. And they need to pay for it."

Conrad said the video raises concerns about officer training at TPD.

"I question the type of training and policies in place at TPD that would lead officers to believe this type of behavior is acceptable," he said, "especially in front of two sergeants who were only a few feet away."

2:30 p.m. update
Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox says the city could be facing a "substantial" lawsuit involving a 44-year-old woman who was subjected to use of force by police officers during a DUI-related arrest.

The incident happened in the early morning of Aug. 10, when Tallahassee police officers responded to a woman who reportedly drove her car off the road and into a home in Killearn. The woman, Christina West, was arrested on a charge of DUI and several counts of battery on a law-enforcement officer.

At least six Tallahassee police officers responded to the scene, and two of them can be seen on a police-car video trying to handcuff her. The woman, who is 5 foot 6 and 130 pounds, was slammed into the police car and then the pavement. She can be heard screaming in pain as she is being restrained.

State Attorney Willie Meggs, who has reviewed the video, said he was shocked by the way officers acted at the scene.

"I am extremely upset," he said in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat. "It is very disturbing. This is a very disturbing situation to me, and I'm dealing with it."

Meggs will not prosecute West for battery or assault on an officer. A DUI charge remains open for now, he said.

In an email obtained by the Democrat, City Commissioner Scott Maddox wrote City Manager Anita Favors Thompson and City Attorney Lew Shelley on Sept. 4 about the incident. Maddox said he was contacted by Meggs about the video.

"The video was taken from the police car and shows the road side sobriety test as well as the arrest of the subject," Maddox wrote. "It also shows DISTURBING use of force against a completely non aggressive arrestee. It is my belief that the city of Tallahassee will soon face a liability lawsuit based on the content of the video."

Maddox went on to write that, "I would like to ask Mr. Meggs (copied here) to show the video to the mayor and each of the commissioners, and also ask that we have a report as to next steps. Thank you."

Shelley responded a few hours later saying he'd reviewed the video with Favors Thompson and TPD Chief Dennis Jones and that an investigation was underway.

"The chief had already opened an internal affairs investigation on this matter last week and the investigation is proceeding as quickly as possible," Shelley wrote in the email, sent to city commissioners and top appointed officials. "The criminal case is currently still pending in court."

Shelley advised everyone not to comment on the case or to review the video.

"At this time, for a variety of reasons, I would advise you not to review the video or comment on the case," he wrote. "The manager, police chief and I will advise you as the investigation and the case develops."

A probable cause statement written by arresting Officer Chris Ormerod said West was "placed on the ground" after she resisted being put in handcuffs. There is no mention of her face being slammed against the hood of the patrol car and then against the pavement as the video shows.

A supplemental report by Ormerod notes West slipped her hands out of the handcuffs and when they were reapplied she became aggressive and starting kicking him and another officer and was "overcome by force."

When West was taken to the Leon County Jail, deputies there said she had to go to the hospital first. Medical personnel at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare determined West suffered a broken orbital bone, along with a swollen eye, bloody nose and cuts to her arms and legs. The injuries occurred when she was taken down by police, and were not the result of the car crash.

Tallahassee police have not yet responded to requests for comment about the progress of the internal investigation or of the employment status of the officers involved.

11:25 a.m.
The city of Tallahassee could be facing a "substantial" lawsuit involving a 44-year-old woman who was subjected to use of force by police officers during a DUI-related arrest.

In an email obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat, City Commissioner Scott Maddox wrote City Manager Anita Favors Thompson and City Attorney Lew Shelley on Sept. 4 about the incident, which was captured on video.

Maddox said in the email he was contacted by State Attorney Willie Meggs about video from a Tallahassee Police Department dashboard camera showing the arrest of the subject in Killearn.

"The video was taken from the police car and shows the road side sobriety test as well as the arrest of the subject," Maddox wrote. "It also shows DISTURBING use of force against a completely non aggressive arrestee. It is my belief that the city of Tallahassee will soon face a liability lawsuit based on the content of the video."

Maddox went on to write that, "I would like to ask Mr. Meggs (copied here) to show the video to the mayor and each of the commissioners, and also ask that we have a report as to next steps. Thank you."

Shelley responded a few hours later saying he'd reviewed the video with Favors Thompson and TPD Chief Dennis Jones and that an investigation was underway.

"The chief had already opened an internal affairs investigation on this matter last week and the investigation is proceeding as quickly as possible," Shelley wrote in the email, sent to city commissioners and top appointed officials. "The criminal case is currently still pending in court."

Shelley advised everyone not to comment on the case or to review the video.

"At this time, for a variety of reasons, I would advise you not to review the video or comment on the case," he wrote. "The manager, police chief and I will advise you as the investigation and the case develops."

http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20130910/NEWS/130910009?fb_comment_id=fbc_516098631798549_3602767_516252115116534

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Dr. Eowyn posted: "Assad says: "Checkmate!" (Image of Obama as Satan is from Egyptian media) Syria's president Bashar al-Assad first said it in an interview he did with PBS' Charlie Rose that was broadcast yesterday -- that he would be willing to surrender the government's"
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Syria will surrender chemical weapons to avert Obama's war

by Dr. Eowyn

Assad vs. ObamaAssad says: "Checkmate!" (Image of Obama as Satan is from Egyptian media)

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad first said it in an interview he did with PBS' Charlie Rose that was broadcast yesterday -- that he would be willing to surrender the government's chemical weapons to international control for dismantling in order to avert an Obama military strike war.

This morning, the Syrian government formally confirms what Assad had said.

The Associated Press reports from Moscow, Sept. 10, 2013, that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said today his government has agreed to the Russian proposal to to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling, so as to "uproot U.S. aggression."

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly. Russia will then be ready to finalize the plan together with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

But the jihadist al-Qaeda "rebels" terrorists are dead set against it.

Now why is that?

Don't the "rebels" terrorists want their enemy to get rid of their nasty chemical weapons?

Oh, I forgot. Silly me.

The "rebels" terrorists themselves not only have chemical weapons -- kindly supplied by the British and our esteemed C.I.A.-- but, according to UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte, actually have made use of those nasty chemical weapons (sarin nerve gas)! And the "rebels" terrorists sure don't want their chemical weapons to also be dismantled!

Meanwhile, yesterday the POS in the White House said the Russian proposal could be "potentially a significant breakthrough," but he remained skeptical that Syria would follow through.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

The ball is now in your court, Mr. Anti-Christ.

~Eowyn

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