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Can You Trust The FBI?

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Wow, there's a loaded question that Melissa Harris-Perry took head on the other night. She was reporting on the Whitey Bulger trial in Boston. That led to reporting on Whitey's involvement with the FBI and their corruption. This brought her to the shocking and thought-provoking diatribe on Ibraham Todashev.

You don't know who Todashev is? Well, thanks the the FBI, his status is now, "was." No one will get to know him anymore. Todashev was a voluntary witness cooperating with the investigation of a triple homicide that took place in Waltham, Mass. This triple murder was tangentially being looked into as a bi-product of the investigation into the two suspected Boston Marathon bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers.

The FBI in Boston contacted Todashev and requested he make himself available for an interview about these three murders and the Tsarnaev brothers possible connection to it. Their request was granted and the FBI flew to Florida where Todashev lived with his family. The agents were granted not one, but four interviews, each lasting for hours. Then, suddenly came the news report that the FBI had shot and killed the cooperating witness in his house. They ripped his body apart with seven bullets -- six to the torso and one to the back of his head, execution style.

Ibraham Todashev

In the hours immediately following this brutal killing of this unarmed and seemingly cooperative victim, the FBI manufactured and concocted a series of contradictory excuses for their justified use of a hail of gunfire. Try as they might, they still haven't settled on one story yet in the weeks that have followed. Considering the victim was unarmed at the time, you have to give the FBI a chance to manufacture a credible excuse. Their first four attempts failed the sniff test, miserably.

Now comes the reassuring news that in answer to the victim's parents pleas, with an assist from the ACLU, the FBI WILL investigate itself. Yup, they will look into this incident (their word, not mine) without any outside police or other justice department oversight or cooperation. The FBI assures us they can be trusted to do this because they've had to do this before. Over the past 20 years, there have been over 150 cases where the FBI has investigated itself. And fortunately for us, they've found that they never made a mistake or used undo force. Their record is unblemished. A perfect 150-0. You could almost be suspicious of this if it were not the FBI.

I don't know about you, but I'm sure feeling confident that this newest investigation is going to produce an honest result. But if you have any doubts, please watch Melissa Harris-Perry below. She'll help you put your mind at ease.

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Video- Melissa Harris-Perry: Dear Paul Ryan, hear from someone in poverty

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The letters are the highlight of her shows.

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VIDEO: "Post-Citizens United, conservatives look at [union decline] & smell blood." Unions support Dems. 'Nuff said.

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I recently posted about WI Gov. Scott Walker suggesting stripping police and firefighter union rights. Without unions, workers suffer. (We all suffer.) They suffer because they have no rights to speak of, they can't fight for what should be their rights effectively, and their employers have no problem stomping all over them. That was made clear here: “Dignity… That was the message of the signs [the restaurant workers] carried: I am a man, I am a woman.”

Please take a look at why even conservatives should appreciate what unions do, and have done, for this country: What a difference a union can make! And that appreciation should extend to the U.S. Postal Service: “It’s called the U.S. Postal Service because it is a service, not a corporation.”

With that in mind, this clip is a must-watch. The entire segment is below:

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Melissa Harris-Perry:

All right. You got it? Unions not only gave us the weekends and health insurance.

Unions not only gave us the middle class.

Unions then gave that middle class a way to take part in the political process. In the significant part of the process that involves putting money into political campaigns.

And when union members get involved in campaigns, they tend to throw their considerable support behind Democrats. Not Republicans.

In other words, Republicans are trying to asphyxiate the Democratic party.

Here is the whole thing:

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#Trayvon's voice was silenced, but yours isn't

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UPDATE: Here is the finished video: BLUNT VIDEO: Not Guilty– The George Zimmerman Verdict

Original post:

Last night I couldn't stop crying after the George Zimmerman verdict was announced. I was dumbstruck, saddened, outraged, heartbroken, angry, confused, discouraged, defiant, troubled, and pained, but I was not surprised.

And please, dear Twitter followers, I don't mean to sound scoldy, but I'm very post-verdict cranky, so I'm going to ask that some of you resist asking me why I'm surprised every time I write a post expressing an opinion. One can be disturbed, agitated, angry, or bummed out without being surprised. One can even be shocked, but not surprised. So can we please-with-sugar-on-top stop asking, "Why are you surprised?" I rarely am. Thank you. Appreciate it muchly.

Moving on...

I am producing a new Blunt video, and I am asking you to send me your reaction, in 30 seconds or less (yes, I empathize and really do know it's difficult to keep it that short, but I can't make a 2 hour video that nobody will have the patience to watch) to what happened last night.

Even if you cry, send me your tears. Even if you yell, send me your screams. Even if you swear, send me your feelings. Even if you're dumbstruck, send me your silence.

But at least you have the ability to do any and all of those things. Trayvon does not.

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Melissa Harris-Perry reacted shortly after the not-guilty verdict last night. Please watch the entire video, it's short:

What if George Zimmerman had been black? We sort of know that answer, right?

Because Melissa Alexander, an African-American woman in Florida who shot a ceiling-- let's be very clear-- she shot a warning shot into the ceiling when her admittedly abusive husband who had physically abused her on multiple occasions, and was threatening her at that moment, as he was walking toward her, she shot into the ceiling.

And she got 20 years in jail in Florida. 20 years for shooting a ceiling.

George Zimmerman is free tonight and we know without any doubt that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. So i think we know the answer to what would happen had George Zimmerman been African-American.

George Zimmerman also gets his gun back now.

Please send your videos, of you speaking to the camera, or of your voice as the camera is focused on something else, to BLUNT @ ThePoliticalCarnival dot net.

Please don't be shy or reticent, be vocal. Please email me your video file within the next day or two if you can. Thank you.

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Doonesbury, Melissa Harris-Perry skewer GW Bush: Library Decision Points "Option 2- Continue reading the goat book."

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Garry Trudeau continues his wickedly satirical story arc about the George W. Bush “lie-bury." Previously, he skewered W and his House O' Coloring Books and Propaganda in these posts: Doonesbury, Rachel Maddow and the Bush Lie-Bury: “You’re a top decisioner!” “Way to go, wusses!” and Doonesbury– Bush Lie-Bury “Decision Points” Option 2: “Fly over flooded city and look out window with concern.”

Melissa Harris-Perry didn’t hold back either, both in this terrific Maddow Show video, and now in a segment from her own show:

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Melissa nailed it:

Dear President George W. Bush,

It’s me, Melissa.

Congratulations on the opening of your library. Now maybe you’ll go inside one. [...]

[A]s a resident of post-Katrina New Orleans, the one decision point that really has me fired up is how your library represents the choices you faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. [...]

Looting was the big problem?

As much as 80% of the city was flooded. Nearly a thousand Louisiana residents died, many in their own homes, drowned by storm surges that breached inadequate federal levees. Many thousands more were trapped in the Superdome and Convention Center for days without food, medicine, water, electricity, or working bathrooms.

And you were trying to figure out whether or not to quell an insurrection? These people were Americans, Mr. President. [...]

I am glad that you are slowing down, catching your breath and finding a way to live life to the fullest. In the meantime, tens of thousands of New Orleanians are still trying to find a way home, still displaced by the policies of your administration, still reeling from the failures of your decisions.

But hey, “Heckuva job, Dubya.”

Sincerely,

Melissa

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VIDEO-- Melissa Harris-Perry: "While Congress continues to make it impossible to close Gitmo, human lives are hanging in the balance."

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gitmo mhp showI cannot thank Melissa Harris-Perry enough for including this segment on her show. Regular readers know I've been covering Guantanamo Bay detainee/torture/indefinite detention stories for years, focusing primarily on one innocent, non-terrorist detainee, Fayiz Al-Kandari, and his attorney, Lt. Col. Barry Wingard.

Please, please read and share this post: No charges, no trials: “After 11 1/2 years, these men live in animal cages… essentially dead men who just happen to breathe.”

Now please watch this report:

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Melissa Harris-Perry:

"...Make no mistake, political prisoners are not a thing of the past. Currently 166 prisoners remain detained at Gitmo, the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo, Cuba. In February, detainees began a hunger strike, protesting searches and seemingly unending detention. The official number of hunger strikers stands at 37 with 11 of them being force-fed through tubes. while the Pentagon  remains mute about the situation, the White House had this to say on Wednesday..."

Joshua Earnest, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary:

"I can tell you that the White House and the president's team is closely monitoring the hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay. For details about what is actually happening there I would refer you to the Department of Defense. But I can tell you that the administration remains committed to closing the facility at Guantanamo Bay. Progress has been made under this and the previous administration, but given the legislation that Congress has put in place, it's clear that it's going to take some time to fully close the facility."

MHP:

"So while Congress continues to make it impossible to close Gitmo, human lives are hanging in the balance."

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here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here.

Here are audio and video interviews with Lt. Col. Wingard, one by David Shuster, one by Ana Marie Cox, and more. My guest commentary at BuzzFlash is here.

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you’d like to see ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.

Then read Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side. You’ll have a much greater understanding of why I post endlessly about this, and why I’m all over the CIA deception issues, too.

More of Fayiz’s story here, at Answers.com.

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VIDEO: "A needed response to the Steubenville rapists... or any rapists out there."

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Today while I was on with Nicole Sandler doing my weekly radio spot, she ended the show with this must-see PSA aimed at teenage boys on what to do with a girl who’s passed out on your couch.

I had never seen it, and immediately teared up. What a simple and perfect message about respect and compassion:

Samantha Stendal:

To the Steubenville rapists...or any rapists out there.

It was posted on March 22, and already has 1,282,067 views.

Check out this comment that was posted under the video on YouTube:

Madd Lawgick:

This society has far more misandric beliefs then it does misogynist beliefs at this point. The man hating is at a ridiculous level in every aspect from elementary school to Prison sentences.

"real" Feminist always claim to be fighting for the rights of both genders but you NEVER see this in action. In actions all you see is feminist trying to gain more and more PRIVILEGES(not rights) for women and ignoring an issues dealing with men.

The radfems are heading the Feminists movement now.

Yeah, we "radfems" hate men so much that we try to prevent and cope with the devastation of rape. 

Melissa Harris-Perry must be trying so hard to "gain more PRIVILEGES" that she showed all kinds of compassion to rape survivors, having been one herself. She's clearly "ignoring all those issues dealing with men," those poor men who brutally abuse women, when she said to the Steubenville survivor, you “are not alone. We have failed you. I believe in you.”

What a radfem.

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