Reminder: Campaigning for president, then-Senator Barack
Obama pledged that his first act as president would be to codify ROE V
WADE. For those who do not know, Barack was then elected president of
the United States. Twice. Reminder: He never moved to codify ROE.
Reminder: The corrupt Supreme Court overturned ROE last year with the
DOBBS decision. REUTERS reports:
abortion rights organizations and private law firms have teamed up to
provide legal counsel to patients and providers navigating the
complicated patchwork of U.S. abortion laws, the groups said on
newly created Abortion Defense Network, which includes such groups as
the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU), said it will match people providing or supporting abortion
services to attorneys who can defend them in a rapidly shifting legal
Supreme Court's June 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a nearly
50-year-old precedent that established federal abortion rights, has
resulted in a dozen states banning abortion almost entirely.
rights advocates are increasingly concerned about those states' efforts
to prosecute patients who are traveling across state lines or
self-managing abortions at home, as well as providers whose medical
judgment might conflict with state law.
Reminder: Candidate Barack Obama promised his first act if elected president would be to codify ROE.
"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Thursday, February 23, 2023. Iraq activists are under assault, Anya
Panya and the faux activists from the weekend continue to be called out
for their racism and transphobia, look who took a plea deal, and much
We get busy and things get dropped all the time as a
result. I was planning, months ago, to announce news in a criminal
proceeding. It's several months old, the Justice Dept's press release,
but I was talking to a veteran with a VSO yesterday and he brought up
when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House and shoved an unqualified and
corrupt member of Congress down a committee's throat. To give a little
background, the VA was having one scandal after another. The most
recent one ahead of this shoving was the VA's failure to deliver the
checks for veterans going to college. Veterans had to pay it themselves
or take out loans. They knew it -- the VA knew it was going to happen
ahead of the fall schedule. And, as Christmas approached, some veterans
still hadn't received their checks. Their family holiday was on hold.
It was disgusting and it was disgusting the way the media walked away
from the story long before it was over.
work of so many on that Committee -- Democrats and Republicans -- was
important in fixing this issue for the veterans. I especially would
cite Stephanie Herseth Sandlin whose work on a House VA Subcommittee
really helped get answers -- especially after the media had
Baby-cried-the-day-the-circus-came-to-town and moved on.
The Committee worked as a team to help the veterans on this issue . . . with one exception.
Bad wig woman.
The Snuffleupgus of K-Street herself, "Can you tell me how to be crooked, how to be crooked on K-Street."
was Corrine explaining how she stayed up late nights eating and
watching cable 'news' and FOX told her that this was the veterans fault
and if those dumb veterans had done their paperwork right, there never
would have been a delay and blah blah blah.
couldn't fix her wig, did we really not notice that over and over and
over. Con artist was blaming veterans to let the VA off the hook, even
after testimony in Stephanie's subcommittee hearing revealed that the VA
knew this was going to happen, was warned over four months before the
start of the fall semester that it would happen. But facts don't matter
to a con artist.
the uproar of many veterans, Speaker Pelosi decided her friend was just
the crook to head the Democratic Party side of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. VSOs were
begging for Tim Walz. Walz was a member of the Committee, he was also a
veteran. Unlike Corrine, Tim spoke English.
But Pelosi installed her friend Corrine the Crook.
Where's Tim today?
Serving his second term as governor of Minnesota. Congratulations to him.
And where's Corrine?
She was serving too.
time in prison. It was supposed to be five years but COVID panic
allowed her to get an early release on April 22, 2020. She then thought
Florida voters were insane and would vote for her so she ran in the
Democratic Party primary for a seat . . . and came in fourth. But
Corrine isn't just a convicted felon. She's also a convict who doesn't
want to go back to the big house. A technicality from a lower court
meant she was facing a second trial set for May of last year. Which
is why she entered into a plea deal right before then:
Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown Pleads Guilty To Corrupt Obstruction Of The Administration Of The Internal Revenue Laws
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that
Corrine Brown (75, Jacksonville) today pleaded guilty to engaging in a
corrupt endeavor to obstruct and impede the due administration of the
internal revenue laws. After accepting her guilty plea, Chief Judge
Timothy J. Corrigan sentenced Brown to the time that she had already
served in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, specifically two
years, eight months, and nine days. Brown was also ordered to pay
$62,650.99 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
to the plea agreement, between October 15, 2009, and October 15, 2015,
Brown caused her certified public accountant to file individual income
tax returns for tax years 2008 through 2014 that did not include income
associated with cash deposits into her bank accounts. During the same
period, Brown also over-reported her charitable giving by inflating
total gifts to charitable organizations and non-profit entities. Brown
signed each referenced tax return under penalty of perjury, knowing that
each one contained false information. In addition, Brown caused two
Jacksonville non-profit entities to create letters that did not
accurately reflect her donations so that Brown could use those letters
during an IRS audit.
Brown was previously convicted by a federal jury for various offenses; after Brown’s appeal, her earlier conviction was vacated.
Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service –
Criminal Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys
A. Tysen Duva and Michael J. Coolican of the Middle District of Florida
and Trial Attorney Michelle Parikh and former Deputy Chief Eric G.
Olshan of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section prosecuted
Crooked Corrine. The felon.
who Nancy Pelosi put in charge for the Democrats on the House Veterans Affairs
Committee. Not Tim Walz, crooked Corrine, who suffers from both mush
mouth and a nasty addiction to bad wigs. Nancy 'knew' that was the
right decision and she rejected the leaders of every VSO to put Corrine
they write about her legacy, Crooked Corrine should be a large chapter
in THE BOOK OF NANCY. And we should all wonder why Nancy refused to
employ a veteran to be the head of the House Veterans Affairs
Committee? She chose a crook over a veteran. That's her legacy -- that
and being Speaker when ROE V WADE was overturned -- and failing to push
for it to be codified in 2009 when she was also Speaker (running for
president, Barack Obama lied that codifying ROE would be the first thing
he would do as president).
need to correct the idiot Anya Parampil. When not expressing her
transphobia or cozying up to the right wing, she likes to insist that
she's smart. Pretense. She gave a bad speech on Sunday insisting that
four presidential candidates were present. Uh, no.
Anya The Transphobe apparently never learned to count.
Use your fingers if you have to, Anya, but I'm pretty sure even you can count to one.
Jill Stein was the Green's presidential candidate in 2012 and 2016. The rest weren't
Gabbard was not a presidential candidate. She did not run for
president. You run for president, you're a presidential candidate.
Tulsi is a failed candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential
nomination. Similarly, Ron Paul has run twice for a party's
presidential nomination (Republican) and he has not won it. Dennis
Kucinich also twice pursued a political party's presidential nomination
and twice failed. He's not
really a presidential candidate. A presidential candidate is on the
ballot in the general election -- or running as a write-in nominee in
the general election. It's kind of like saying Tulsi or Ron or Dennis
top of their class in medical school when, in fact, they applied but
were not accepted.
dealing with the transphobe Anya Parampil, let's note a few more things
about her and her racist action. She has a Tweet, by the way, where
people have again called her out and she's whining that's she's tired of
being called a racist and a transphobe.
She's tired of it.
I think the country's tired too -- of her racism and transphobia. Let's note some of the responses.
We could go on and on. And I'm sure the truth hurts for Anya Panya.
here's a truth, they could have had two past presidential candidates
participating in their fake action over the weekend. Cynthia McKinney
taped a video for them -- just like Roger Waters. Now maybe Anya used
too much time truing to strut on the stage? Who knows? But they
refused to show it at the rally. They did briefly post it to their
website before pulling it down.
She's not a
racist and it wasn't a racist event, they insist. But the only
African-American woman who was to speak was censored. Cynthia was the
2008 presidential nominee for the Green Party.
us again, Anya Panya, how you're not a racist and it wasn't a racist
rally but Cynthia was removed from the program? Former member of
Congress, former US presidential candidate.
everyone grasp that they decided to remove her after they were already
under fire for the racist nature of their rally. Grasp that. Anya
Panya better get used to being called a racist because she is one. If
she doesn't like being called that, she needs to do the work required to
end her own internal racism. She can start by publicly apologizing to
Cynthia McKinney. If she can't do that? She's just a liar.
BLACK POWER MEDIA calls them out for their lies and their racism.
Iraq’s environmental activists
are facing threats, harassment, and arbitrary detention by government
officials and armed groups, Human Rights Watch said today.
On February 16, 2023, leading Iraqi environmentalist Jassim al-Asadi
was released after being abducted on February 1 by an unidentified armed
group and held for more than two weeks. Al-Asadi said in a TV interview
that he was subjected to “most severe forms of torture” using
“electricity and sticks” during his captivity, and was moved from place
to place. Human Rights Watch confirmed with his family that the voice in
the interview is his. It appears he was released after intervention by
the Iraqi government. Al-Asadi’s kidnapping is the latest in a string of
acts of retaliation against environmental activists apparently intended
to halt their advocacy.
“Rather than taking decisive steps to solve Iraq’s critical
environmental issues, Iraqi authorities are instead attacking the
messenger,” said Adam Coogle,
deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Decimating the
country’s environmental movement will only worsen Iraq’s capacity to
address environmental crises that affect a range of critical rights.”
Government agencies have detained and prosecuted other activists for
speaking out about environmental problems. Salman Khairalla, another
environmentalist and co-Founder of Humat Dijlah
(Tigris River Protectors Association), told Human Rights Watch that he
believes armed groups and Iraqi officials are targeting key members of
the environmental movement to silence them and send a threatening
message to others.
In November 2022, Human Rights Watch released a report
documenting that Iraqi authorities have failed to ensure any
accountability for state security personnel and state-backed armed
groups responsible for killing, maiming, and disappearing hundreds of
demonstrators and activists since 2019.
Iraqi authorities should immediately hold accountable those
responsible for extrajudicial punishments such as kidnapping, stop using
the justice system to harass and retaliate against environmental
activists, and drop all abusive legal cases against them, Human Rights
Al-Asadi’s brother told Human Rights Watch that al-Asadi was driving
on the highway with his cousin on the morning of February 1 when two
cars stopped him six kilometers south of the capital. Armed men in
civilian clothes handcuffed him and forced him into one of the vehicles,
taking him to an unrevealed location and leaving his cousin in the car
on the side of the road. His brother said he did not know the motivation
behind his brother’s kidnapping but that many government backers were
not happy about his environmental activities.
Al-Asadi is the founder of the local nongovernmental organization, Nature Iraq, which aims,
“to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq’s natural environment and the
rich cultural heritage that it nourishes.” Al-Asadi has appeared
regularly in local and foreign media outlets to raise awareness of the
threats facing the country's southern wetlands, including drought and
loss of vegetation coverage.
His brother said that the family reported the kidnapping to a
National Security office in Baghdad and Iraqi security forces began
investigating the case. The case reached the attention of Iraqi Prime
Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, who assured the family
“that there’s no armed force above the law and that everyone is subject
to the authority and law of the state.” A few days later, Al-Asadi was
released, but the reason for his detention and identity of the
kidnappers have not emerged.
Although the Iraqi government appears to have taken steps to
intervene and secure al-Asadi’s release, in other cases Iraqi
authorities themselves have been responsible for retaliation against
environmental activists in response to their efforts to draw attention
to human rights breaches linked to the country’s environment and
In late 2019, Iraqi authorities arbitrarily detained Salman
Khairalla, another environmentalist, prompting the then-UN special
rapporteur on human rights defenders to intervene to demand his release. After Khairalla was released on bail, he left Baghdad.
Another activist, Raad Habib al-Assadi, head of
Chabbayish Organization, an environmental organization, told Human
Rights Watch that during the 2019 and 2020 droughts that struck Iraq, he
criticized the Water Resources Ministry for its poor policies and
responses to the worsening water situation. He said that he published
basic information about the droughts in the marshes in Nasiriyah, such
as how much the water levels were dropping. The ministry retaliated by
taking him to court.
On October 5, 2020, Dhi Qar Federal Court of Appeals ordered Habib to appear in court under Article 434 of Penal Code,
which criminalizes insulting any person or imputing the reputation of
another, and carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and/or a
A court acquitted him in February 2021, but ministry representatives
subsequently filed a second case against him, under Article 229 of
Iraq’s Penal Code, which criminalizes insults or threats to, “an
official or other public employee or council or official body in the
execution of their duties or as a consequence of those duties.” This
“crime” is punishable by up to two years in prison or a fine.
Habib told Human Rights Watch that the court also acquitted him of
the new charges, with the final acquittal coming on December 10, 2022.
But ministry officials continue to appeal the acquittal.
Habib said he is forced to attend the appeal hearings to avoid prison
and believes that ministry officials are drawing out the case to punish
him. “Every Monday and Thursday I have to go to the court [to deal with
the appeals],” he said. “But nothing happens when I go to court. I
attend and then the appeal is delayed – one week or 10 days or 14 days.
But if I don’t attend, the authorities can issue an arrest warrant.”
He said ministry officials have offered to drop the case against him
if he pledges to stop criticizing the ministry, but he has refused.
“I did nothing wrong, I only shared information about the droughts in
marshes and they treated me as a criminal,” Habib said. “I can’t travel
or do anything because I have to go to the court every Monday and
Thursday. The ministry officials told me, ‘We want to quiet you.’”
“The Iraqi government’s muzzling of environmentalists who are trying
to raise awareness around the country’s grave challenges is part of a
broader attitude that sees civil society groups as threats rather than partners,” Coogle said.
It seems clear that now is the moment of truth as it is time for Iraq
to comply with American conditions as set out by US Ambassador Alina
Romanowski and as discussed in Turkey and finalised in Washington.
Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani has not hesitated to
inform the leaders of the Coordination Framework that the honeymoon with
the country’s Iranian neighbour is over. He warned that the time had
come to jump from Tehran’s sinking ship, otherwise they would all drown
because prevarication no longer works and everyone is under the
microscope of Federal Reserve monitoring.
The political system in Iraq has come under the supervision of the US
Treasury, whose decisions are more consequential than those of the
State Department and the Pentagon.
Iran can no longer receive a single dollar from Iraq, while Iraqi
banks that used to funnel dollars to Teheran are now threatened with
closure and loss of assets.
Sudani told his audience that any attempt to circumvent US restrictions would amount to playing with fire.
Let's wind down with this from Defending Rights & Dissent:
Australian publisher Julian Assange is a political prisoner. After being abducted out of the Ecuadorian embassy, he has languished in Belmarsh prison for nearly four years. In the intervening time, press freedom groups, major newspapers, and civil libertarians have all condemned the US’s unprecedented charges against Assange. After years of grassroots advocacy, now members of Congress are starting to speak out. But they need to hear your voice.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is currently circulating a sign-on letter calling for Attorney General Merrick Garland to drop the charges against Assange. Other members of Congress can join the letter, but this is an issue that demands courage. They need to hear from you, their constituents.
Will you write your members of Congress right now and ask them to join Rep. Tlaib’s effort? The future of the First Amendment is at stake!
Chip Gibbons, Policy Director
Defending Rights & Dissent
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