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Portland Protests War on Iran

It is clear that last week's Executive Order brings us closer to war. The people of Portland are smart enough to understand, thus the magnificent protest yesterday. This is a tactic that helped Bush get elected - a military emergency. Obama references the recent NDAA in support of his action, and this does indeed mean war.
NO WAR ON IRAN - wind resistant banner
NO WAR ON IRAN - wind resistant banner
OBSERVATION AND OPINION:

by David Roknich

(02-13-12) INDYRADIO On February 6, President Obama issued an Executive Order effectively freezing all assets held by Iran in the United States.Even from the back of the parade, the signs were clear - NO WAR IN IRAN.

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995, particularly in light of the deceptive practices of the Central Bank of Iran and other Iranian banks to conceal transactions of sanctioned parties, the deficiencies in Iran's anti-money laundering regime and the weaknesses in its implementation, and the continuing and unacceptable risk posed to the international financial system by Iran's activities, hereby order:

Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property of the Government of Iran, including the Central Bank of Iran, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person, including any foreign branch, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.....

By way of mentioning the 1995 order, a whole series of executive orders dating back to the Islamic Reovultion of 1979 are brought in to play. The 1979 revolution removed the so-called "Shah" of Iran from power after a long and oppressive rule supported by UK and US oil interests. Iran continued to produce more and more oil under the rule of "Shah" Reza Pahlavi while the people of Iran suffered increasing poverty. Only "a thousand families" were allowed to benefit from the abundant wealth that had been tapped beneath the sands of Persia. Iran never had a "Shah" until the UK invented one for the purpose of what we now call the economics of extraction. The oppression was extreme, and when the people reacted, their reaction too was extreme. We've done nothing to mitigate the hostility since 1979 thanks to the greed of oil interests.

It is interesting that the Executive Order is proclaimed because of "deficiencies in Iran's anti-money laundering regime". We have had our own, the most notorious of which were BCCI and Nyugen-Hand, both run by agents of the US government in support of drug conspiracies, and CIA projects the US taxpayer would never fund. Everything they are accused of are routine practices of our government and corporations today (as in the past), and we are much better at it than they are.

The people of Portland are smart enough to understand, thus the magnificent protest yesterday. It is clear that last week's Executive Order brings us closer to war. This is a tactic that helped Bush get elected - a military emergency. Obama references the recent NDAA in support of his action, and this does indeed mean war.

In referencing this controversial bill, recently passed by both houses of Congress, he re-delegates numerous "authorities" that he made us believe he wouldn't use. We need to carefully read his signing statement and compare it to the order:

Sec. 10. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to exercise the functions and authorities conferred upon the President by section 1245(d)(1)(A) of the NDAA and to redelegate these functions and authorities consistent with applicable law. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby further authorized to exercise the functions and authorities conferred upon the President by section 1245(g)(1) of the NDAA to the extent necessary to exercise the other functions and authorities delegated in this section and may redelegate these functions and authorities consistent with applicable law.

Sec. 11. The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Energy, and the Director of National Intelligence, is hereby authorized to exercise the functions and authorities conferred upon the President by section 1245(d)(4)(D) of the NDAA and to redelegate these functions and authorities consistent with applicable law. The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, is hereby further authorized to exercise the functions and authorities conferred upon the President by sections 1245(e)(1) and 1245(e)(2) of the NDAA and to redelegate these functions and authorities consistent with applicable law. The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, is hereby further authorized to exercise the functions and authorities conferred upon the President by section 1245(g)(1) of the NDAA to the extent necessary to exercise the other functions and authorities delegated in this section and may redelegate these functions and authorities consistent with applicable law.

It is up to us, The People, to push back against an impending meaningless war. On Sunday Lawrence Maushard showed up and got some photos of the protest for Portland Indymedia. Both of the photos in this story are his, and they link to a complete gallery where I've sharpened and re-sized his originals. Note the innovative sign below! The individual letters are attached to a screen, allowing you to see right through the banner, and this has to be more effective on a windy day than a conventional banner. Let's join the parade and use our talents to develop more solutions for a peaceful world, and put an end to war!



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