Friday, October 23, 2015

The Benghazi Hearing and Other News

Hillary Clinton testified for more than eight hours Thursday before the House Select Committee. This hearing was about the investigation into the tragic events of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. The attacks by extremists caused 4 Americans to be killed including the U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. Hillary Clinton, in the hearing, was composed, and did not make a horrendous slip up at all. The Republicans used the incident to try to end Clinton’s Presidential campaign. The Democrats wanted to defend Clinton and say that the critics of her have partisan politics. Both parties ignored or covered up the bad actions of the CIA and the Pentagon in Libya. In other words, the U.S. allied with many Al-Qaeda linked groups which produced the Benghazi debacle in he first place. While the GOP wanted to use emails to try to pin Hillary Clinton on something (like a lapse of security preparedness of even a stand down order, which hasn't been conclusively proven), the GOP ignored the real issues about how Hillary supported the brutal Afghanistan war, the drone strikes, the evil coup in Honduras, the aid to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank plus Gaza. There was a brief exchange between Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo and Hillary Clinton on the relationship between the U.S. government and Al-Qaeda funded forces in eastern Libya. The Benghazi affair happened in Eastern Libya. Pompeo displayed a blown-up photograph of Ambassador Stevens meeting with a top leader of an Islamist militia in Benghazi on September 9, 2012, two days before the attack which elements of that militia carried out on the US diplomatic facility. He also cited a cable sent by Stevens to the State Department recording the meeting, whose subject was the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi. The same meeting was reported by the New York Times in a lengthy front-page article in December 2013, but identifying the American participant only as “a US official.” The Times account described the unnamed militia leaders as hostile to the American and warning him to leave Benghazi as soon as possible, but added, “They also gushed about their gratitude for President Obama’s support in their uprising against Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi.” The Qaeda linked rebels where funded by the West. These same rebels were involved in the murder of Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi in Libya (the NATO campaign against Libya violated international law blatantly. Now, we have a brutal civil war in Libya). Benghazi is home to a CIA center. Many people say that the CIA had organized a massive shipment of arms, equipment and manpower from the port of Benghazi in eastern Libya, through Turkey and into Syria. The CIA facility in Benghazi was huge and well defended. Two US contract gunmen were killed by mortar fire, but the building was never in danger of being overrun—while the State Department facility was occupied only intermittently, not classified as a consulate, and lightly defended. U.S. military intelligence agencies and their radical Islamist allies disagreed on which weapons could be made available to the rebels. We do know that the CIA and the Pentagon were in alliance with Al-Qaeda elements in Libya and Syria. She or Hillary Clinton was visibly surprised by the photograph of Stevens meeting with an Al Qaeda leader in Benghazi, claimed to know nothing of it, or of the cable Stevens sent to the State Department about it. Pompeo then quickly moved on to other subjects. The Republicans just experienced a debacle. House majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that the committee was created to target Hillary. The Benghazi committee operated for 17 months, which is longer than the committees on Watergate, Iran Contra, and the 9/11 attacks plus other national security disasters and political scandals. So, Hillary Clinton spoke for a long time, she was eloquent, and she didn't make any massive mistakes. The GOP was disorganized and confused. Both capitalist parties and the corporate controlled media suppressed the fact that U.S. military intelligence apparatus have aided many radical Islamist forces. The attacks in the U.S. consulate and in the CIA annex in Benghazi are evil. So, we are opposed to illegal wars, provoked civil wars, and the assassination of any person who is an American citizen (or any other human being for that matter) without trial or even a hearing.

Back in the day, Paul Robeson was one of the greatest black people of American history. He not only acted. He was a dedicated social activist throughout his life. Sister Ruby Dee was an amazing actress. Also, she opposed the Vietnam War, stood up against police brutality, fought for civil rights, protested the Iraq War, and stood up for the truth well into her 90s. Wilma Rudolph stood up for great causes too. These human beings are examples of how social activism is important in our struggle for liberation. These Brothers and Sisters lived and fought in order for us to work today. Their sacrifices are immeasurable.  I don't use IG, so it is not ruining my life. At the end of the day, there should be a balance. Social media is just part of one's life. It shouldn't be the bane of one's total existence. That is why individuals have to find time to relax, have a vacation, and have fun with friends and family. There is nothing like human connection and human communication outside of the Internet. Certainly, we live in a world that is imperfect. We have to use rational, common sense actions in making ourselves and other better. There are forces in the world that want to harm our people (as racism is a system beyond just vicious prejudice. It must be eradicated in a systemic level), so we have to have the Knowledge of Self and create solutions.

The people who promote the Black Lives Matter movement are never saying that no other lives matter. They are opposed to the constant murder of innocent black human lives from the police, racists, and other vicious human beings. The criminal justice system is in shambles. That is why people from across the political spectrum want to abolish the three strikes laws, the mandatory minimum sentencing rules (which is about permitting overt, draconian sentences), and the War on Drugs. We need revolutionary change beyond reform. There is also a serious problem with the police institution filled with those who abuse the law overtly and who have murdered black human lives. Cops are never omnipotent or infallible. That is why social activists want to advance the policies of jailing crooked cops, abolishing the militarization of the local police, and to end any unjust laws. The prison industrial complex has ruined so many lives. There is no solution without drug treatment, education, reentry programs, mentorships, and other comprehensive actions. The police institution has been filled with corruption, which is why the Black Panther Party existed in the first place during 1966. The President is right on the Black Lives Matter movement’s explanation of Black Lives Matter. We need real change indeed.

A teenage girl was violated by a brute and a criminal (in Detroit). People should know about the statistics about how 60 percent of black girls and women have been the victims of coercive contact of a sexual nature by the age of 18 and almost 20 percent of Black women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape their lifetimes. It is a shame that no one intervened when she was assaulted by a sick, evil person. No one should experience what the teenage has experienced. She is traumatized for the rest of her life and she is pregnant. This is an epidemic where black girls and black women have been assaulted, harassed, and raped. Many people here have told their stories courageously about being victims of assault and harassment. Forget that no snitching garbage that has been promoted in some sections of our community for so long. We have every right to tell the authorities and make sure that rapists are put into prison where they belong. The young Sister’s family members are with her. We want justice and we want a change in society. No girl and no woman should walk down the streets in fear of harassment or sexual assault. No girl and no woman should walk down the streets and experience catcalls in a daily basis. This story and others refutes the ignorant words of Tariq Nasheed and others who want to minimize this problem. This is a real problem and it must be confronted in our black community. One word symbolizes a great point. That word is respect. Respect should be promoted much more in the world.

Samuel Burris was a hero and a strong black man. His life has been filled with courage, sacrifice, and a love for freedom. He should have been pardoned a long time ago. Likewise, more people should know about Samuel Burris' story. His story is a story of defiance against injustice and a story about an unsung hero of the abolitionist movement. A lot of people don't know that Delaware was a slave state. The more that we know about great men like Samuel Burris, the more that we learn about the stridently strong legacy of our people. I send more blessings to the descendants of Brother Samuel Burris. Bless his descendants. This is certainly a story that must be shown worldwide. I give Clutch great credit in showing information on these vital issues. First, South Africa has changed since the end of apartheid. The white supremacists couldn’t use overt apartheid against black people by the 1990's. Apartheid being gone is a good thing. Now, South Africa still experiences police brutality, economic inequality, and huge hikes in college tuition rates. Students have every right to make their voices heard. Their actions are similar to what college students did in the States during the 1960’s when American students opposed the Vietnam War, wanted black studies in universities, and wanted a more progressive educational environment. Also, in South Africa, the ANC has become more neoliberal and bourgeois. Once, tons of ANC members fought apartheid in legitimate confrontation decades ago. Now, many ANC leaders are allies of the same capitalist forces that continue to economically exploit the region. South African students and the EFF should be commended for their courage and for their activism in fighting back against massive tuition hikes. Students experiencing tear gas and other form of oppression by some of the police is unjust. A few years ago, the Marikana massacre in South Africa was when cops killed black striking workers. Soweto was about kids being shot and killed by apartheid forces. I wish the best for the movement and women should be given credit in leading this movement for social change. South Africans are always filled with conscious-filled, courageous human beings. We want South Africa to be filled with justice and the student activists are showing the world how real activism is done.

RIP Lilian Ngoyi
RIP Nelson Mandela

By Timothy

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