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Anatomy of a FrameUp

Chuck TurnerThis is the fourth installment of an eight part series in which I discuss my two and a half year experience with the Justice Department which resulted in my now being a convicted felon at the work camp of USP Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia.

A) Narrative:

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Two weeks to make a difference

Charles KnightAfter the holiday on the 4th, President Obama and the Republican leadership of the House and Senate have two weeks to strike a deal on the 2012 budget. The 22nd of July is last date which allows enough time for Congressional action before the August 2 debt limit is reached.

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Workers held hostage to military spending

Jeff KleinWhen I was laid-off from the Lynn GE plant in the late 1980’s, it wasn’t because of the cancellation of any military contract. In those days, Lynn produced steam turbines to power civilian as well as Navy ships, commercial electric generating plants and gears for railroad engines, along with military and non-military jet engines. But GE was determined to shrink the Lynn workforce and one-by-one the civilian production lines disappeared.

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To my friends in Gaza

Ridgely FullerHi, Mustafa and Eman and all my other beloved Palestinian friends in Gaza,

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Anatomy of a Frame Up! - Part 2: Keystone Cops Strike Again

'Fast' moves at the US Embassy - and setting sail for home

Ridgely FullerOur Fourth: we set up shop in front of the US Embassy today.  Me, in support role of the Fasters, visited by many folks including from last year's Mavi Marmara, sung and drummed by Native Americans on the 'Phantom Boat'. Discovered nearby residence of American Ambassador and transferred our presence to the park across the street.

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Captain John has been detained!

Ridgely FullerSo as Israel continues to spread the siege of Gaza throughout the Mediterranean, our Captain went to court this morning for arraignment on charges among other of "disturbing the sea" and was subsequently detained until his court date Monday or Tuesday-- clearly another message to the other boats now blocked in their berths by Greek ships.

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Next step: to Gaza

Ridgely FullerWe are stuck at a military part of the Piraeus port. The guys here say they will now give us the list of what the inspectors are calling us on-- that we need to fix on the boat in order to continue our voyage. Cabinet has stated no boats from Greece can sail to Gaza; so maybe we will be off to Turkey?

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step 8: Waiting for Release!!

Ridgely FullerI want to thank you all so much for all your notes, kisses, support. It is incredibly strengthening throughout this lengthy,lengthy wait. I pass your messages on and everyone really feels so supported by Boston and company. I think you would see us a using the time well. Yesterday a wonderful unveiling of 'The Audacity of Hope', a Beauty eager to get us underway. Since we have had an impossible time locating any international org., e.g.

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Step 7: Protecting the Boat

Ridgely FullerI am writing this at 3:30am having just completed my third night watch. I thought I was quite formidable as only I, with my flashlight, stood at the stern defending "The Audacity of Hope" against Israel, the world's 4th strongest military armed by the U.S., world's strongest military... and,yes, against blackmailed, beleagured Greece. WOW... during my watch the police came by twice. We now seem be part of their routine patrol.

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Anatomy of a Frame Up! - Part 1: A Lifetime of Service

Reflections from Behind the Wall

Chuck TurnerThis is the first installment in an eight part series in which I discuss my two and a half year experience with the Justice Department that has led to my being a convicted felon at the work camp at USP Hazelton, Bruceton Mills, West Virginia.

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Protesting The War On Libya At Senator Kerry's Office

About 25 peace activists protested against the US wars on Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan in front of Sen. John Kerry's Boston office on June 27.  Leaflets were handed out to passersby and people with a bull horn led the protesters in anti-war chants. 3 homeland security police officers and an attack dog stood guard at the entry of 1 Bowdoin Square, where Kerry's office is-but they did not approach the protesters who picketed some 50 yards away.

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Step 6: Sabotage on the Swedish boat!

Let Us Sail to GazaRidgely FullerYou may have noticed in the press: the Swedish boat had its propeller shaft cut...gives security a whole new meaning! Two heavily padded men with holsters arrived on our dock at 2:30am. We had a major stare down. We will double our shifts on 'watch' and probably add daytime duty; I am turning into a guard dog!

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Revolutionizing Egypt by the Day: An Eyewitness Report

By Bob Wing and Hany Khalil

Veteran analyst Bob Wing and Egyptian-American activist Hany Khalil recently met with a dozen key revolutionaries and spoke with numerous people on Cairo’s streets, in the cafes and taxis, and in their homes.

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Step 5: continuing the media battle!

Ridgely FullerI am not sure if you have had a chance to keep up with all that is appearing in the press.....with the Flotilla is definitely setting the terms vis a vis State Department and Israel; even mainstream media is getting energized..

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