Pulling The Rug Out From Under Big Brother– The Burglary, The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI by Betty Medsger

The New York Times

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“There are certain points in history where a society goes so wrong, and there are certain people who will say, ‘I won’t stand for that . . . I will risk career, life, limb, family  freedom . . . And I will take this risk, and I will go and do it.”

                                                                                                                                                                                          David Kairys

Betty Medsger’s book about the 1971 burglary of the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania isn’t about a cheap thrill ride of robbery for adrenaline kicks and profit, though it was a crime with a huge payout–the truth.  The burglary committed by a crew of non-violent peace activists assembled by a physics professor, William Davidon, confirmed the suspicions of anti-war activists that they were being unlawfully spied upon by their own government because they were exercising their right to dissent — and that thousands of other people were being illegally spied upon because they were considered subversives according to one man, J. Edgar Hoover.  People didn’t have to commit any crime or even speak about committing treason to get their names put on a list of folks to be rounded up and jailed in the event of some national emergency. If they were liberal, if they were black, if they espoused anti-war sentiments, if they were writers, artists, then they were candidates for warrantless, indefinite detention without due process under the law–as far as Hoover was concerned. The Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI’s theft of FBI records brought into the light of day the term COINTELPRO–and a lot of very very illegal activity by the FBI as it committed crimes against the American people with impunity. Such crimes included destroying the lives of innocent people by deliberately framing them for crimes they didn’t commit, celebrating such wrongdoing and refusing to turn over evidence that proved their innocence in any wrongdoing. Hoover’s secret FBI didn’t give a damn about truth, integrity, civil liberties, or the law. It existed to create paranoia and fear in the population at large in order  to control everyone. It refused to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States and the law. It was a criminal entity from the top on down with a few exceptions.

If this is striking a contemporary current events cord with you, that’s not an accident.

If you’re expecting an anti-war tale rife with hippies, drugs, sex and rock and roll music, look elsewhere. The people who broke into the FBI office in Media were not a bunch of hooligans. They weren’t looking for money. They were searching for evidence.  These were people who raided draft offices in order to destroy the effort to conscript young men for the war machine then stayed to be arrested by the police in order to take responsibility for their actions. These were people deeply invested in ethical behavior and education who wanted the death and destruction in Vietnam to stop. They were people committed to the civil rights movement.  Betty Medsger’s book provides varied personal portraits of the burglars, each dependent upon how much personal information they were willing to share, of the Media burglars.  There’s a range of backgrounds and experience among them which provides some sense of the breadth of the range of people involved in the anti-war movement and what inspired them to become activists.

If you have no clue about the short and long-term importance of this burglary and the context in which it occurred, don’t fret, Medsger will fill you in. She provides notes and a very useful bibliography for further reading. While this is a very serious book about very serious issues which are very relevant to the here and now, it’s also very very accessible and readable. It gives life and breath to events by creating connections with real humans thinking hard about the world we live in–and how we live in it. What are the responsibilities of those who are free? What does it mean to have the right to dissent without fear of retaliation in a society that claims to be free? What are you willing to do to protect your civil liberties? Who wants to live their lives in fear of being arrested because of their ideas?

Betty Medsger’s book raises all sorts of interesting issues for serious conversation while stressing the important role ‘ordinary’ people play in creating the world in which we live our daily lives. If you think one person doesn’t have a lot of influence in the power plays then consider J. Edgar Hoover the Head of the FBI versus William Davidon, a physics professor with an idea.

Who is reading everyone’s mail? Who is collecting phone conversations? Who is creating files on everyone? Why?

Who has the Hoover virus? What is to be done about it?

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The Burglary site –>> http://www.theburglary.com/

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Betty Medsger ~ The Burglary (note, her part does not run the full hour of the video)

Published on Mar 21, 2014

http://www.politics-prose.com/book/97… Betty Medsger talks about her book about the previously unsolved burglary of an FBI building in Media, Pennsylvania. Recorded on March 16, 2014.
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Human–What is that being? A Theme Essay with Musical Side-Effects.

*Okay, I picked this Human Theme and wow, did I ever put myself in one heck of a wormhole by doing so.  I don’t think this has gone at all as I thought it might. I’m really curious what Bear, Johnny, Willow and Deborah have come up with for their Human Theme Essays. I might try this again–or not. I can’t say I’m happy with this posting and I can’t say I’m not. Maybe I have too many issues with humanity in general at this point in time? Yeah, I’m more than a little pissed at us regarding the state of the only planet we can call ‘home’ because we are responsible for this state of affairs. So, I think that’s coloring my view of humans.  I suspect The Doors’ song just might sum up a good part of my attitude at the moment. But just part of it. Feel free to chat up any part of any of this. I really am interested in how ‘we’ view ourselves these days.  Now, on with the show:

Isn’t it cool that a band called The Killers has a song titled Human? If anyone knows of a band called The Lovers that has a song titled Human, please, please share it.

The Killers ~~ Human

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What does it mean that we humans feel the need to make a declaration of our rights? Who violates innate rights and the natural laws and orders of our world? Oh yeah, we do. Falls under the phrase, ‘crimes against humanity.’  All humans are not nice, kind, compassionate and loving beings.  If we were then we would not need to make such statements–which are continually ignored and violated by our own kind. Hmm. What the hell are we going to do about this element of being human?

http://www.humanrightsactioncenter.org
Created by Seth Brau
Produced by Amy Poncher
Music by Rumspringa courtesy Cantora Records

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This UK series  about a vampire, ghost and werewolf living together in the same house and attempting to have ‘lives’ as human as possible, as impossible as that may be, is a sort of quest for a nonexistent holy grail for each of them.  Humans do a great deal of questing, questioning, and quests and so this non-human trio with strong human connections offers a great deal on the human condition and human nature. At least I think it does/did.  Moral choices just never seem to leave the daily in-box even when you’ve got to be careful around the full moon.

Being Human –Good-bye Trailer

 xTLtokio

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I’ve included Time is Nothing partly because it gives glimpses of people around the world and the concept that humans travel a great deal from place to place. It also shows a lot of places touched by humans.

Time is Nothing

For more work by Kien Lam, visit http://kienlam.net/. The soundtrack was composed by William Lam, and is available as a free download on the site as well.

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An Exercise in Humanity  The Doctor, as in Who, as human; a hell of a job for a Time Lord to do.  Song: Sia’s “Breathe Me” . How might a non-human attempt a life as human is the point of this Doctor Who montage of when Rose and a ‘human’ Doctor Who live as humans. I think it does a decent job of showing a range of human emotions and interactions. It’s certainly not complete–but it gives a window on some human couples.

 Eclaire

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Robin Williams gets to play out several lifetimes in this film. Take or leave the concept of reincarnation as you please. Still, the film offers some perspective on the human condition over time.  In some ways it paves the way for the much more ambitious film, The Cloud Atlas.

Being Human ~ film trailer

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Something about The Doors and this song just feels soooooo right.  Sigh.

The Doors ~ People Are Strange

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This was an unexpected find via an online search. I was fascinated by someone actually writing about how to become a better human being–according to their perspective of course.

David Cain

Raptitude is a blog for getting better at being human. I see being human as a skillset — something you can get better at if you take it upon yourself to do so. You can learn to temper rotten moods, shed your insecurities, shore up your weak points and sharpen your strong ones. Human minds and bodies are complicated vehicles for which there is no manual and no training, but we can learn to drive them a hell of a lot better than we often do, if only we make a point of it.

And glittering prizes await! Consistently agreeable moods. Unshakable gratitude. Strengthened relationships. Abundant days and sleepful nights. Capabilities you never imagined were in you. Relief from boredom, envy, frustration and complacency.

A little skill and insight go a long way.

About Raptitude and Getting Better at Being Human

http://www.raptitude.com/about/

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Typical? Who is typical? What does this concept even mean for humans? I’m not entirely sure to be honest. But this attempt to use data to create a profile that changes over time is fascinating for what it tries to do–and the qualities of humans such venues can never grasp.

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Bear      http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/music-themes-human-beings-on-earth/

Johnny   http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/everything-human-music-theme-111313/

Deborah     http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/music-theme-for-november-13-the-humans/

Willow     http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

Posters You Too Can Download, Print and Paste Where You Please. Oh yeah, they’re free.

*Come on, you know you WANT to!  Go for it!

*Download, print and post these beauties everywhere!

*Pick one, pick all–cover some space any place.

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Thanks to Turtle Talk’s Matthew Fletcher for the link to the page for Honor the Treaties poster download–

http://www.honorthetreaties.org/download/index.html

Small, Medium and Large sizes are available.

Link to Turtle Talk, Indigenous Law and Policy Center Blog  Michigan State University College of Law

http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/shepard-fairey-honor-the-treaties-posters/

An example of posting of Shepard Fairey’s ‘The Black HIlls ARE Not For Sale” as shared on Facebook page for “Honor the Treaties.” View more images on Facebook.

*photo credit unknown at this time–somewhere in Jasksonville, FL.

Use the power of art to educate, transform and liberate.

IDLE NO MORE ~ One Heartbeat Across Turtle Island, Friday 21 December 2012 Everywhere ~ And that’s just the tip of the drum.

Okay folks, Idle No More’s site has been very busy –and this morning it’s clear why. There’s a lot going on and more on the  docket. You’ve got to be quick.  So instead of my yapping about all the information, C-45, protests, solidarity actions and the huge issues for Canada’s First Nations AND the Earth, I’m providing a link to their very informative blog for all interested parties to visit and share widely. According to recent posting on the Indigenous Environmental Network’s Online Reporter blog thousands are expected for rally protest in Ottawa this Friday! http://www.ienearth.org/blog/2012/12/thousands-expected-at-ottawa-protest-on-friday/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IenOnlineReporter+%28IEN+Online+Reporter%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

For much more Idle No More  information  and a  list of events on Dec. 20, 21 and beyond- visit:

http://idlenomore1.blogspot.com/

Idle No More was formed by Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon and Sheelah McLean to oppose C-45 and other Canadian legislation (in violation of treaties)  that will adversely affect the environment and Indigenous people.

Mission Statement”

Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth. On December 10th,  Indigenous people and allies stood in solidarity across Canada to assert Indigenous  sovereignty and begin the work towards sustainable, renewable development. All  people will be affected by the continued damage to the land and water and we welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies to join in creating healthy sustainable communities. We encourage youth to become engaged in this movement as you are the leaders of our future. There have always been individuals and groups who have been working towards these goals – Idle No More seeks to create solidarity and further support these goals. We recognize that there may be backlash, and encourage people to stay strong and united in spirit.

O Canada!

Hey Harper!

One thing everyone everywhere can participate in is the Heartbeat Across Turtle Island event at Noon on Friday 21 December 2012.  Any form of “drum” will suffice wherever you are on this beautiful blue and green planet. http://www.idlenomore1.blogspot.com/2012/12/one-heartbeat-across-turtle-island.html

Idle No More is heating up on Facebook fast!

Methinks the tipping point has arrived.

Idle No More Round Dance Flash Mob — Drums included.

December Doorbuster Sale On The Climate! Or Not? Maybe? Sort of? What’s the Going Rate for Clean Air?

If you’re sick and tired of all the climate change denial spin, thank you Koch Bros et al, Bolivia’s statement at the climate talks offers issues to think about–such as accountability and responsibility on the part of those who have created the problems.  When considering the current state of all things climate and environment related keep in mind this recent Truthout op/ed article by Dr. Brian Moench, “Schizophrenics, Psychopaths Holding America Hostage.”

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/13099-schizophrenics-psychopaths-holding-america-hostage

I’m not surprised at the notion that America’s business leaders and politicians have certain unsavory elements in their midst who “lead” the charge into denial.  If you’re unsure where to take a stand on climate change consider this–If all the scientists who support the reality of climate change are wrong then all will be honky dory forever for the doubters. But if all the scientists are correct regarding the reality of climate change and we do nothing–well then, “Good bye, Homo Sapiens, you’ve made your toxic mess now die in it.”

And,

To the tune of, “How about those _______ (insert NFL team of your choice)? How about those Tar Sands Blockaders in Texas plugging those pipes with their bodies? $65,000 bail for them. Wow, someone takes pipeline protestors very seriously.”

Now onto today’s blogcasa main feature:

With much appreciation to Frederico Fuentes who maintains Bolivia Rising — in English– for posting this statement.

Bolivia Rising —>> http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2012/12/bolivias-address-to-un-climate-talks.html

Bolivia’s address to UN climate talks: Our climate is not for sale

The following statement was made Wednesday by Jose Antonia Zamora Gutierrez, Minister of Environment and Water for the Plurinational State of Bolivia, at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP18).  DOHA, Qatar — Mr. President of the COP, distinguished Heads of State of countries of the world, Ministers, Officials, delegates and representatives of social organizations, indigenous peoples and communities and farmers of the world, receive a greeting from the Plurinational State of Bolivia and our President Evo Morales Ayma.
The planet and humanity are in serious danger of extinction. The forests are in danger, biodiversity is in danger, the rivers and the oceans are in danger, the earth is in danger. This beautiful human community inhabiting our Mother Earth is in danger due to the climate crisis.
The causes of the climate crisis are directly related to the accumulation and concentration of wealth in few countries and in small social groups, excessive and wasteful mass consumption, under the belief that having more is living better, polluting production and disposable goods to enrich wealth increasing the ecological footprint, as well as the excessive and unsustainable use of renewable and non-renewable natural resources at a high environmental cost for extractive activities for production.
A wasteful, consumerist, exclusionary, greedy civilization generating wealth in some hands and poverty everywhere, has produced pollution and climate crisis. We did not come here to negotiate climate. We did not come here to turn the climate into a business, or to protect businesses of them who want to continue aggravating the climate crisis, destroying Mother Earth. We have come with concrete solutions. The climate is not for sale, ladies and gentlemen. Mr. President, the withdrawal of some developed countries of the Kyoto protocol and avoiding of their commitments is an attack on the Mother Earth and to life. The problem of climate crisis will not be solved with political declarations, but with specific commitments.
We will not pay the climate debt of developed countries to developing countries. They, developed countries, must fulfill their responsibility. While some developed countries do their best to avoid their commitments to solve the climate crisis, developing countries are making greater efforts to reduce emissions, and paying the price of a climate crisis and that everyday leaves droughts, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, etc.
The climate crisis leaves us poorer, deprives us of food, destroys our economy, creates insecurity, and creates migration. Climate change will make the poor poorer. Poor and developing countries have a great challenge: the eradication of poverty. And we’ll have to face a climate crisis for which we are not guilty.
In addition to adapting to climate change we must ensure security, education, health, energy for the population, provision of water and sanitation services, delivery communication and infrastructure services, job creation, provision of housing, reconstruction due to loss and damage caused by extreme weather events, adaptation actions, among others.
Mr. President, We denounce to the whole world the pressure from some countries
for the approval of new carbon market mechanisms, although these have shown to
be ineffective in the fight against climate change, and that only represent
business opportunities. This is a climate change conference, not a conference
for carbon business. We did not come here to do business with the death of
Mother Earth betting on the power of markets as a solution. We are here to
protect our Mother Earth, we came here to protect the future of
humanity.

Yesterday forests were turned into carbon markets businesses,
and the same was done with the land, they tried to oceans and, worse, to
agriculture. Agriculture is food security, employment, life, and culture.
Agriculture is along with the land, mountains and forests, the house and the
food of our indigenous and peasant communities.

We will not allow the
replacement of the obligations of developed countries with carbon markets. The
planet is not for sale, nor our life.

It is essential that developed
countries take the lead with mitigation actions with concrete results and high
ambitions and that developing countries do their part within their respective
capabilities, and according to financial and technological transfers, solving
problems of poverty.

Mr. President, In Bolivia we have the vision of
Living Well as a new approach for civilization and cultural alternative to
capitalism, and in this context we focus our efforts to create a balance and
harmony between society and nature.
Bolivia, presented here concrete
proposals to strengthen the global climate system. We have proposed the creation
of the Joint Mechanism for Mitigation and Adaptation for integrated and
sustainable management of forests, not based on markets, to strengthen
community, indigenous and peasant management of our forests, which can promote
climate mitigation actions without transferring the responsibilities of
developed countries to developing countries.

Also, we promote
consistently the creation of an international mechanism to address loss and
damage resulting from natural causes and impacts of climate change in developing
countries. Our country will not promote carbon market mechanisms such as REDD,
and will respect and strengthen community management of forests.

Mr. President, We will not allow the people of the world to pay the bill for the irresponsibility and greed. It’s time to give concrete answers to humanity and Mother Earth. Let’s be careful of the intentions of some developed parties to make us feel resigned in front of this terrible reality, and admit the inertia and inaction of those countries that are historically responsible of global warming, sending us a message that is better to have a “pragmatic” attitude, which of course will condemn to cook planet and the extinction of the humanity.
Mr. President, brothers and sisters of the world, take these words as a commitment to life and Mother Earth. With this conviction we will be guided to meet the challenge we have in this conference, the challenge of saving the planet, and not to negotiate our climate. Thank you Mr. President.
Mr. President, brothers and sisters of the world, take these words as a commitment to life and Mother Earth. With this conviction we will be guided to meet the challenge we have in this conference, the challenge of saving the planet, and not to negotiate our climate. Thank you Mr. President.

Navajo Recall Ben Shelly Effort Underway.

 

http://www.recallbenshelly.com/

Click link above to hear audio information in Navajo regarding the Recall Ben Shelly effort.

Visit the Facebook page for Recall Ben Shelly —>> http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=442546102442841&set=a.100999623264159.2274.100000623652639&type=1&comment_id=1289109#!/RecallBenShelly

Read the Dine’ Recall Ben Shelly statement here –>> http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=442546102442841&set=a.100999623264159.2274.100000623652639&type=1&comment_id=1289109#!/RecallBenShelly/info

Reasons Why Recall Is Underway Revealed–on Native News Network –>> http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/reasons-why-recall-is-underway-revealed.html

    Sorry for all the links folks, but I think it’s best that people looking for information regarding this Recall effort see/hear/read it at places where it can be found online so that they have those sources for the future.

     I’ve been following Dine’ water issue and watching to see how this all plays out with much interest in how the Navajo people are working together.  There’s only one thing I can contribute to this story. It’s been over 30 years since I spent some time at what was then Ganado Community College in Arizona.  While there I learned that many Navajo and Hopi people had to haul water from wells, from natural potholes in the ground that caught rainwater, from 55 gallon drums, and anything else that would serve, set out to catch rainwater or that were filled from natural sources and hauled back home.  At that time they’d been doing all this water hauling forever. Thirty years later they’re still doing it in many communities.  In a video for SB 2109 Sen. John McCain used a photograph of Navajo people drawing water from a well and he made a comment that they have no infrastructure to deliver water to their homes.  McCain did not go on to say that this should not be happening in 2012. He did not say, “These people need infrastructure to get water to their homes.” What he did say is that water can be used effectively by OTHERS and should be!

    Here I sit where with the twist of a wrist I can turn on a flow of water into a kitchen sink and fill a glass with clean drinking water at will. Another twist and I can send water through a hose at a drip to the local heat exhausted birds foraging in the front yard. I can flush an indoor toilet all day long. Hot and cold showers are available on demand.  The laundry machine is just a few steps away for washing clothes. The only water I haul is in a plastic two gallon pail to the little bird beach in the backyard under the trees beyond the reach of the hose. Can you imagine having to haul ALL your drinking, cooking, bathing, gardening water all the time? Think about it. I suggest Shelly, McCain and Kyl think about it too.  Furthermore, I suggest they DO it themselves. Yes, I suggest those fellows all get dropped off at the Navajo community furthest from any water whatsoever and be left to their own devices to get their water supply in order to survive. All on their own with no one to help them carry a single drop.

Some general information about the Navajo Nation http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Le-Pa/Navajos.html

SB 2109 voted DOWN by Navajo Council — as reported by Native News Network

The Native News Network reports that SB 2109 has been rejected by the Navajo Council in a vote on July 5, 2012. 

For more information visit:

Link to Native New Network story  http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/navajo-nation-council-votes-down-water-settlement.html

Black Mesa Water Coalition FB link http://www.facebook.com/blackmesawc

Navajo Truth Stop SB 2109 FB link http://www.facebook.com/navajotruth

Get your radioactive water now! Compliments of SB 2109 via Sen. McCain and Kyl! Don’t you too want to glow in the dark?

Just when I thought facebook was becoming too much of a pain in the butt to waste time even checking the newsfeed,  Navajo Truth Stop SB 2109 posts a link to Dine’ Water Rights’ sweet piece that demands to be SHARED: Reasons why SB 2109 should be smacked down all around Senators McCain and Kyl. Shame, Shame!  O, I forgot, this is America where the motto is not “Do No Harm” — but rather,”Do Whatever the hell you can make a profit off any way you can — Just DO NOT GET CAUGHT. If caught, deny, deny, deny till the day you die.”  The post said “share”– so I’m sharing. I wonder what Stanley Pollock is thinking about now.  I bet John McCain knows!

Hmm, I bet some of you wish I’d stick to writing book reviews. Don’t worry there are more of those forthcoming.

 

Here’s a link to Dine’ Water Rights   http://dinewaterrights.org/2012/05/131/

Here’s the content Navajo Truth Stop SB 2109 link shared:

Ya’at’eeh,
Here is a Navajo Nation resolution with proposed wording that clarifies the reasons why Navajo Chapters should not support SB 2109:

The [Chapterhouse Name] as part of the Navajo Nation.
Sponsors: [Resident from Chapter]
Topic: “Opposing “NAVAJO-HOPI LITTLE COLORADO RIVER WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT,” S2109 (“Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012”) and HR 4067 (“ Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012”
The [CHAPTER HOUSE NAME]
Whereas, the Navajo Nation is in grave need of fresh drinking water presently and for the future.

Whereas, The State of Arizona, State of New Mexico, State of California, State of Nevada and Mexico have been appropriated 2,800,000 acre-feet Colorado River Water in Arizona v. California , 547 US 150, 126 S.Ct. 1543, 155,
Whereas, The Navajo Nation was denied entry into Arizona v. California, November 20, 1961, 368 US 917, and January 8, 1962 368 US 950 which is discriminatory as other Indian tribes were let in even though they were barred,
Whereas, In re the GENERAL ADJUDICATION OF All RIGHTS TO USE WATER IN the GILA RIVER SYSTEM AND SOURCE, Supreme Court of Arizona, Nov. 26, 2001, decrees that water be “tailored to the reservation’s minimal need,” “consideration of existing users’ water rights,” “realistic basis for measuring tribal entitlements.”, and “welfare and progress of our indigenous population is inextricably tied to and inseparable from the welfare and progress of the entire state.” is ridiculously lopsided controlling decree that favors the State of Arizona and no future water for the Navajo Nation.

“NAVAJO-HOPI LITTLE COLORADO RIVER WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT,” S2109 (“Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012”) and HR 4067 (“ Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012” is bad water legislation and termination of the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe for the following reason:
1. $199 million and other monies for a total of $358.7 million not guaranteed by the US , S2109 Sec. 109(c),
2. Navajo Water Projects not guaranteed by the US government. S2109 Sec. 103 (a)(6),
3. Poorly written settlement agreement, S2109 and HR 4067,
4. Universal execution and release of claims against the State (or any agency or political subdivision of the State), the Hopi Tribe, or any other person, entity, corporation or municipal corporation under Federal, Stateor other law for all for all time. S2109 Sec. 105(a)(1)(A),

 5. Retained claims in S2109 is questionable as retain claims are put back into the category of explicitly waived claims which leaves the Navajo Nation with no water claims including the claim to the Lower Colorado River and Upper Colorado River. S2109 Sec. 105(a)(1)(B),
6. Navajo-Gallup Project water is only a temporary Congressional fix for Navajo Water Rights until a final Indian water rights settlement is approved by Congress for the Lower Colorado River . S2109 Sec. 206 (c)(3)(A),
7. S2109 and Settlement Agreement releases US responsibility of N-Aquifer. S2109, Sec. 103 (c)(3),
8. S2109 and Settlement Agreement give Peabody Coal a license to be exempt from the N-Aquifer Management plan and continued water withdrawals that are damaging the N-Aquifer. S2109 Sec. 104, (e)(1) and Settlement Agreement 6.2,

 9. S2109 releases the US from damaging past and present claims relatingin any manner to damages, losses, or injuries to water, water rights, land, or other resources due to loss of water or water rights (including damages, losses, or injuries to hunting, fishing, gathering, or cultural rights due to loss of water or water rights, claims relating to interference with, diversion, or taking of water, or claims relating to failure to protect, acquire, or develop water, water rights, or water infrastructure) within the reservation and off-reservation trust land thatfirst accrued at any time prior to the LCR enforceability date. S2109 Sec. 105 (2)(xi),
10. Relieves the US of the Churchrock Uranium spill in 1979. S2109 Sec. 105 (2)(iii) to (iv),
11. Navajo Nations 12 million acre-foot per year claim to the Colorado River is reduced to a claim of 22,589 acre-foot per year. S2109 Sec. 206 (a)(1),
12. If settlement fails, Navajo Nations 12 million acre-foot per year claim to the Colorado River is reduced to a claim of 22,589 acre-foot per year and returned to the Secretary S2109 Sec. 206 (c)(1),
13. If settlement fails, Navajo Nations 12 million acre-foot per year claim to the Colorado River is reduced to a claim of 22,589 acre-foot per year and terminated by the Secretary S2109 Sec. 206 (c)(3)(C),

14. S2109 (c) 3(C) Terminates the Navajo Nation and the S2109 (c) 4 (C) terminates the Hopi Tribe as who can live in the desert without water,
15. Navajo Nation would have unlimited use of groundwater, but C-Aquifer is mostly salty and sulfate. C-Aquifer near Leupp , Arizona already has 11.55 pico-curies per liter of gross alpha radiation close to the maximum limit of 15 pico-curies per liter and high levels of sulfate,
16. Navajo Nation would have unlimited use of groundwater, but R-Aquifer is contains salt and sulfate and connected to the C-Aquifer to radioactive Breccia pipes. R-Aquifer explicitly not defined in S2109. R-Aquifer share with Prescott , Verde Valley , and other Indian Tribes,

17. Navajo Nation would historically get 40,780 acre-feet per year (Settlement Agreement 4.5.2) or radioactive contaminated wate, but Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement, Report to theNavajo People, April 2012, page 22, by the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission says 37,780 afy. Either somebody cannot add or the report was never checked,
18. Navajo Nation would get 100,000 acre-feet per year of radioactive water located at Blue Spring, located 2,500 feet below the cliffs of the Little Colorado River Gorge which is salty and sulfate requiring prohibitive distillation costs to purify for drinking,
19. Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement, Report to the Navajo People, April 2012, page 41, by the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission says “If Congress fails to fund the projects – Navajo gives not waiver and there is no deal,”, but if settlement fails, Navajo Nations 12 million acre-foot per year claim to the Colorado River is reduced to a claim of 22,589 acre-foot per year and returned to the Secretary S2109 Sec. 206 (c)(1) and termination of water claim and the Navajo and Hopi.
Therefore, the [CHAPTER HOUSE NAME] oppose and reject “NAVAJO-HOPI LITTLE COLORADO RIVER WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT,” S2109 (“Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012”) and HR 4067 (“ Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012” as blackmail with termination of the Navajo andHopi as a consequence. We request that Stanley Pollock be excluded from the Navajo Nation and removed from any water related cases for not appealing the Gila River Adjudication Decree of November 26, 2001 as it provided a controlling tool to terminate the Navajo and Hopi from the face of the Earth.
Therefore, the Navajo Nation water litigation team must be reformed.

Therefore, the US Congress must be lobbied to provide a congressional law to immediately provide 8 million acre-feet of mainstream Colorado River Water as a right for the Churchrock Radiation spill and for the US not providing for the water needs of the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe.
This resolution was passed __________ for __________against
On this ______ day, 2012.

Fort Defiance, AZ — What elected officials fear = opposition to SB 2109. Gee, I wonder why. Not.

Click image designed by Donovan Pete to use as cover on facebook.
Regarding Fort Defiance meeting to discuss SB 2109:
Posted on Navajo Truth SB 2109 facebook page along with the photos, links, observations and thoughts of many other people.  http://www.facebook.com/#!/navajotruth

via Bonnie Jean Canyon:
The police presence at the Fort Defiance meeting was intense and intimidating. This was mentioned by more than one person when the public was allowed to address the NNVP and other officials. I feel it was uncalled for and excessive. Im still trying to figure out why they also needed 2 or 3 fire trucks and also 3-4 ambulances? They must know already just how strongly the people are opposed to this? All the emergency response vehicals took up so much space it was very difficult to find parking. There was a pretty good turn out but it was after 5 that people started showing up even though the meeting started at 4 and Im assuming its because most work until 5. They ran out of chairs and many remained standing for most of the meeting. I feel the power point slide show they presented was meant to sell the bill more than it was to educate and inform. The people present strongly opposed the bill and many who wished to voice their concerns and ask questions were not allowed to speak. I was very happy to see young people in attendence including 2 that came all the way from Phoenix to speak and also a student from Dine College. At least 3 people spoke up towards the end and called out to the NNVP that they had not been allowed to speak. Once again proof that more forums are needed and also that more time should have been given to the public to speak and ask questions. It seems that most feel, that despite the claims of all the uncertainties of letigation, most would rather continue the fight for water claims in court than to waive them and settle.

 

Photo from Renaldo Chapman–on Navajo Truth SB 2109 facebook–Security at Fort Defiance meeting.

 

For some insight into the land, people, history and political economics involved in this issue consider this article at — Izilwane –Connecting the human animal to theglobal ecosystem

“Belonging to the Land,  Part One: The Elders of Black Mesa” by Zoe Kransey

http://www.izilwane.org/belonging-to-the-land-part-one-the-elders-of-black-mesa.html

“Part Two: Big Mountain”

http://www.izilwane.org/belonging-to-the-land-part-two.html

“Part Three: We’re Still Here.”

http://www.izilwane.org/belonging-to-the-land-part-three-were-still-here.html

 

Our Water Rights has a hard copy letter writing campaign underway. For information on SB 2109 and HR 4067,  and the addresses for snail mail visit www.ourwaterrights.org

SignOn.org petition to Stop SB 2109  http://signon.org/sign/tell-arizona-senators.fb9?source=s.fb&r_by=4272644

 

 

note: This  information, quotes, photos, etc has been posted with prior permission-agreement with Navajo Truth in order to share information.

 

 

 

Protect Mother Earth, Stop SB 2109, Protect Sacred Sites, No Racism, No Foreclosures, et. al. March Rally Flagstaff, AZ April 28, 2012, 3 pm

Click poster for more images at Navajo Truth SB 2109 on facebook.

Now this is what an alliance looks like. Take note of all the interconnected issues and groups involved in this event. Some people are getting together for mutual support. Something tells me this sort of bridge building is not taught in The Huppenthal Mind Control School Plan. But taking an axe to the Ethnic Studies programs in the state of Arizona sure might have thrown some serious fuel on this bonfire. Protecting Mother Earth is everyone’s common ground. Unless, of course, you’re McCain, Kyl, a Bush, BP, Shell, Chevron, Trans-Canada, Canadian PM Harper, Kinder-Morgan, Enbridge, Palin — whatever will it take to wake these folks up? Oil spills inside their homes? Mandatory gas masks for everyone? Water rationing?
Not in Arizona? Then spread the news cause I don’t think this rally will be aired on CNN, ABC, NBC or Fox news unless it’s a 5 second soundbite IF the police crack open some pepper spray.

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