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Overview of Middle East Crackdowns and the (Varying) U.S. Responses to Each


Police lay razor wire at Al-Sabiine square near the presidential palace to block Yemenis protesting in the capital Sanaa, on Feb. 13, 2011. (Photo credit: MOHAMMAD HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Feb. 25: For more recent coverage of the Middle East crackdowns, read "The Latest on Crackdowns in the Mideast and U.S. Responses."

As protests—and crackdowns—have been rippling through the Middle East, the U.S. response has varied by country.

For instance, while the Obama administration has been vocal about events in Iran, it has been relatively quiet about violence by pro-government forces in Yemen. Here’s a brief look at what’s happening in some key countries—and the U.S.’s response in each.


Relationship status with United States: BFF
The small oil-producing country and financial center has played host to a robust U.S. military presence as home of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Bahrain’s Sunni rulers—which rule over a majority-Shi’ite population—keep “close to their American protectors,” according to a 2008 WikiLeaks cable. 

Hundreds of Bahraini protesters shout slogans as they attend the funeral of a fellow protester. (Photo by ADAM JAN/AFP/Getty Images)What’s happening (Updated 2/18, 1:30 pm):
Brutal attacks on protesters continued on Friday as government forces fired on crowds of people gathered to mourn protesters who had died this week clashes. The New York Times reported that at least one helicopter sprayed fire on the mourners as they fled the scene. Medics and journalists were also targets in the attacks. The death toll from the latest clash is unclear, but an anguished plea for help from a Bahraini doctor—aired on Al Jazeera—said “the situation is very bad, the hospital cannot handle the number of injured.”

Early Thursday morning, hundreds of armed police stormed the public square where demonstrators had been sleeping and gathering for days. The officers fired clouds of tear gas and concussion grenades during the crackdown. At least three protesters were killed and hundreds wounded. Here's a video clip of the attack on protesters:


The severity of the latest attacks suggests a reversal in the Bahrani government’s strategy for dealing with the opposition. Earlier this week government officials had apologized for the deaths of two protesters and promised to investigate the policemen behind those incidents. They have since declared the protests illegal and on Thursday, they defended the crackdowns as “a very important step that had to happen” to prevent the country from falling into “a sectarian abyss.”

Advocacy groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on authorities to stop the use of “excessive police force” in attacks on peaceful protestors. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had even stronger words for Bahrain’s government, urging it to “curb the excesses of the security apparatus and to undertake serious investigations into allegations of torture and abuse of detention rights of hundreds of political and human rights activists.” In an early effort to quell the protests, Bahrain’s king had offered to pay $2,650 to each family.

U.S. response (Updated 2/18, 1:30 pm):
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke by phone with Bahrain’s foreign minister and “stressed the need to seriously engage all sectors of society in a constructive, consultative dialogue to meet the way forward in accordance with the aspirations of the people.” She cited the need for continued reform and reiterated that Bahrain is a “friend and ally.” (Related: See our post about the praise that the U.S. lavished on its Bahrain just two months prior to these attacks.)

Asked by reporters on Wednesday about Bahrain’s unrest, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that “what the President believes and the administration believes is that Bahrain, like all the countries in the region, needs to respect the universal right of its citizens, their right to protest, the right to have their grievances heard, and that they should refrain from violence on both sides.” Carney said the administration was watching the events in Bahrain and the region closely, but “our position on all the countries is the same at the universal-rights level."

Earlier this week, State Department Spokesman PJ Crowley had issued the following statement:

The United States is very concerned by recent violence surrounding protests in Bahrain. We have received confirmation that two protesters in Bahrain were recently killed, and offer our condolences to the families and friends of the two individuals who lost their lives.

The United States welcomes the Government of Bahrain’s statements that it will investigate these deaths, and that it will take legal action against any unjustified use of force by Bahraini security forces. We urge that it follow through on these statements as quickly as possible. We also call on all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from violence.


Relationship status with United States: Frenemies
In a press briefing last week, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stated, “Our relationship with the government of Yemen is incredibly important in addressing the counterterrorism threat that exists there.” As WikiLeaks cables revealed last fall, the country’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has allowed secret U.S. air strikes against suspected al-Qaida militants and covered them up, claiming they were conducted by the Yemeni military.  However, some analysts have said Yemen is playing a double game—diverting U.S. aid to fight domestic rebels instead of going after al-Qaida.

What’s happening:
It’s the sixth day of protests in Yemen, and Al Jazeera reports today that protests there are “spiraling out of control.” Two have died so far in clashes with pro-government supporters armed with knives, rocks, and electroshock sticks. Some anti-government demonstrators have been beaten by Yemeni security forces, according to the Washington Post and Human Rights Watch. The Post also noted that a member of parliament resigned yesterday, saying that the ruling party’s failure to fight corruption and its involvement in attacking peaceful demonstrators is “against my morals.”

U.S. response (Updated: 2/17, 11:30 am):
Salon noted over the weekend that the Obama administration hadn’t said anything in recent days about the violence in Yemen. In a briefing yesterday, asked specifically about the situation in Yemen, State Department spokesman PJ Crowley made a “broader statement” about the cause of the unrest in the region and noted that in Yemen, “you’ve got a clash of protestors who want change and protestors who want the status quo.”

Earlier this month, President Obama had called Yemen’s President Saleh and “asked that Yemeni security forces show restraint and refrain from violence” against demonstrators. He also urged Yemen to take forceful action against Al Qaida, according to the State Department.

Last week, Crowley also tweeted about the necessity of foreign aid to Yemen, saying that potential cuts would “constrain our ability to help Yemen” confront al-Qaida. 


Relationship status with U.S.: It’s complicated
As U.S. diplomatic cables show, relations between the U.S. and Algeria have warmed gradually in recent years. A February 2008 cable shows U.S. diplomats calling the Algerian military intelligence “a prickly, paranoid group to work with,” but noted that cooperation had paid dividends. A cable sent early last year noted Algeria’s strategic importance in the fight against al-Qaida in the region.

A young girl holds an Algerian national flag on Feb. 12, 2011 in Marseille during a demonstration after Egypt's regime change. (Photo credit: BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)What’s happening:

According to the BBC, sporadic protests in Algeria have been continuing since early January, mostly triggered by economic conditions in the face of government wealth. Algerian security forces arrested dozens of protesters and police attacked some journalists in crackdowns over the weekend.

U.S. response:
The State Department’s Crowley released a statement on Sunday:

We note the ongoing protests in Algeria, and call for restraint on the part of the security services. In addition, we reaffirm our support for the universal rights of the Algerian people, including assembly and expression. These rights apply on the internet. Moreover, these rights must be respected. We will continue to follow the situation closely in the days ahead.


Relationship status with United States: Enemies
The U.S. currently has sanctions against Iran and has long tried to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.

What’s happening: Yesterday, members of the Iranian Parliament called for the leaders of the protest movement to be executed. The government has cracked down on the protests and worked to block coverage. Two protestors have been reported killed.

U.S. response: The U.S. response to Iran has been far harsher than to other governments suppressing protests. State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said on Monday that the U.S. condemned the violence “in the strongest terms”:

We are deeply concerned about reports that one person has been killed and two wounded in clashes with security forces. Those security forces are arresting, beating, and using tear gas against protestors, as well as blocking them from using public transportation, cell phones, and other means of communication. Iran reportedly continues to jam news coverage in the country. Both major opposition leaders remain under house arrest, and this is in conjunction with a wave of other arrests of opposition figures, including women’s rights advocates, leading up to the protests.

National Security Advisor Tom Donilon issued the following statement over the weekend: 

By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians. We call on the government of Iran to allow the Iranian people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate that’s being exercised in Cairo.

The U.S. also set up a Twitter feed that sends messages in Farsi to the Iranian people. The Times noted yesterday that the administration has “all but encouraged protestors to take to the streets.”

Asked in a briefing this week about why the State Department is “condemning what is happening in Iran” and not taking the same position on crackdowns elsewhere, Crowley said, “Well, actually, in the other countries there is greater respect for the rights of the citizens. I mean, we are watching developments in other countries, including Yemen, including Algeria, including Bahrain. And our advice is the same.”


Jordanian protesters demonstrating outside the Egyptian embassy in Amman on Feb. 11, 2011. (Photo by: KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)Relationship status with United States: Very close   

What’s happening: Earlier this month, Jordan’s king sought to appease protestors by dismissing his cabinet. He swore in a new government last week—a mix of familiar faces and opposition leaders.

U.S. response: Over the weekend, President Obama called Jordanian King Abdullah to discuss the developments in Egypt and assure him of the U.S.’s support. Reports the Los Angeles Times:

Seeking to ease those fears, President Obama called the king over the weekend and has dispatched a procession of top officials to Jordan to reassure him of Washington's support. The emissaries included the State Department's No. 3 official, William J. Burns, and the top U.S. military officer, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael G. Mullen.

U.S. concern over Jordan became apparent last month, when the administration abruptly increased its annual aid contribution of $363 million by an additional $100 million, targeted primarily at the country's poor.


(Updated 2/17, 11:30 am)
Protests also broke out in the city of Benghazi in Libya on Wednesday as well as in one city in southern Iraq. Up to four protestors had been killed in Libya, according to the latest reports from local media and human rights groups. In Iraq, guards protecting government headquarters killed one demonstrator on Wednesday, the Post reported. Reuters has reported that three protesters have died there.

Asked on Wednesday about Libya and whether the country's leader, Muammar el-Qaddafi, was a dictator, State Department spokesman Crowley commented generally on the regional unrest. Asked the same question again, Crowley said, "I don't think he came to office through a democratic process."

“The U.S. currently has sanctions against Iran and has long tried to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.”???
Except there is no credible evidence that they can, are or even want to develop nuclear ‘weapons’. Perhaps you should correct to say “nuclear power” or at least “according to the US and Israel”.
And for good measure mention the Mossad/CIA-sponserd cyber terrorism against Iran’s civilian nuclear energy program and US sponsorship of anti-government groups in Iran? And then list all the bad things that Iran has done against the USA, which is nothing.
But maybe not enough space for that in an ‘overview’, but to describe the relationship between the US, which is occupying two of Iran’s neighbors and actively working to subvert the government of Iran while Iran is only giving slight aid to some groups that are opposed to US’s friends, as simply “enemies” is highly misleading, it is more like a school yard bully picking on a kid just because he is different.

Jesse , It bothers me you actually Used the word ” Nothing ” as far as what Iranians May have in the Past done To America or American Citizens !
Care to Rephrase !!! ??????? When I hear The Difinative Statements Like ” Always , Never , Every , Nothing , !!!!!!!  Normally lets me Know That Person doesn’t Understand The Power and Honesty that Can come out of his or Her Mouth !!!!!!!  Mostly Women Use Difinative Statements Like Always and Never and Don’t Realize Always , Every , and Never , Rarely Apply to the truth in Conversations and Situations !!!!  Lets Expunge Corruption, Greed and Dishonest Assholes Around the World !!!! Now,
Wake up and tell Me Again Iran did ” Nothing” To America !!! Care to Pay Attention to what Comes out of your Mouth Jesse !!!!!!! Please Pay Attention !

Not Trying to Rip on you Jesse !!! I have a Real problem about people saying Stuff That Deviates from “Truth” So Many People Don’t understand What they say !!! Or what the B.S. Coming out of their Mouthes Is !!  Listen to people using Always, Every, and Never and tell me Again if that Really Relates The Truth !!!!!!!!!!
Iran Has Done “Nothing” To America Or it’s Citizens ?  Really ???????????????????
How Old Are You ????
I am not saying I Have Knowledge of the Whole Quagmeyer With Iran and Our Greedy, Sneaky
American Gov’t. But I believe we are a Bit Closer to Finding out how Much ” We ” have Been Fooled and Tricked By the Gucci Suit Bozs !!!!

One can watch Al Jazerra English live feed and get a picture of what’s taking place in the M.E.

As for dissing others, it’s always good to have facts to counter your argument of others, not just name placing. It shows your knowledge on the subject.

Please Share any Knowledge and or Wisdom !!!
  Norman ! As I stated a Minute ago, I am not up on all the “Factual” History Related to our Miniscule Little World and how Miniscule Little Ego’s have Shaped It !!!! Please Let me Know and How your Thoughts on The Present “World” Situation !!! I Love to Learn and am a Sponge For Facts !!! Thanks Norm, and please Respond !! Thanks Sincerely Shawn Mc.

Shawn,  Do your homework. Fact check, Wikipedia, Al Jazerra English, listen, look, seek. It takes years to learn most things, yet, many can be understood easily. Learn what is fact from fluff. Don’t be a troll, not very good for your soul. You can start with leaving off the multiples. By the way, my name is Norman, not Norm.

Thank You Norman I am Normally A Gentleman and Hope you’ll excuse me on My Oversight !!!  Thank you for the Direction to look for Correct Knowledge .  My Concern as well as yours may be is How this Unrest Effects Us here at Home and how fast Crazy Unsettled Things can Happen and how to Help others To Know how to Prepare !!!!
Thanks Norman and look Forward to Your Onput !

Shawn, a gentleman should always be a gentleman. As for things being unsettled, lessons are to be learned from what is taking place in the M.E. Democracy, they-the Arabs-are tasting it, are yearning for it, not what you read or hear from the MSM in the U.S. Our freedoms have been eroded, especially since the turn of the century. Today, as in the M.E., we are at the whims of a Plutocracy here at home. Something to consider the next time you vote. Keep in mind, everyone is prone to being thrown under the bus, regardless of who they may be.

I am A soon to be 47 yr old Caddie of golf Bags at 4
Private Clubs in My City Norman and your Correct !
A True Honest Gentleman Should Be More in Control of His Faculties at all Times !! Thanks ! I do However Get A Bit Excited and Will try To Maintain My True Civil Composure at All Times ! Thanks !
  I watched and Carried bags in the groups this Past year or two and Watched My Sates Govenor Get Bought and Payed for and it is Scary !!!
Planning for our Future With Regard to My Direct Neighbors !  Irrespective of Grocery Stores Being Open Appears to Be My Best Focus at this Point !!
  Care to Share More Norman ? Sincerely Shawn !

Politics as you say, are bought & paid for, but not by you & me. The present bunch from the very top on down, are not beholden to the voters, but to the paymasters. In essence, they have thrown the public under the bus.

As for your future, well, that’s for you to decide. Science is a safe area to learn about things. NASA is also a very good choice. There is a program called DARPA that is funded through the Defense Department, by the tax payers of America. One can get lost in the research of just about any subject that is available on the internet. Of course, one has to be careful, for knowledge is dangerous. One also has to be careful on the web, for there are way too many sites that don’t give, but do take. One can find a cause, then learn about it, as much or as little as one wants. It’s up to you to figure what/where/why, your interests are for your benefit, not others unless they share the same.

I suggested a couple of disciplines you can pursue, but you are the Captain of your ship, so it’s your decision to make. Good Luck, have fun, hold your head high.

Thank You Norman !!!  You let me Know That there are Some Wonderful People in Our Infield and Our Outfield !!! Thanks Norman !!

Actually when the French IAEA team went to Iran several years ago to inspect nuclear sites they found traces of high grade nuclear material (uranium) at several sites—sites where the Iranians clearly tried to cover up the traces of what they have been doing. Israel never signed the non-proliferation treaty and its faclities have not been inspected in a while—last time they played a shell game with their nuclear facilities. However Israel is our ally and not run by a bunch of religious nuts? LOL. Even if Israel came clean Iran would keep pursuing its goal of producing nuclear weapons. The French are clearly freaked when they made their report. This was combined with the fact that Iranian Shabab missle has a 1,500 mile range. Of course the weapons they would build would be too big for this missle but give them time and they could minaturize their warheads. However its the timeline that is in dispute.  Israel contends that Iran would be able to deliver nuclear bombs (not via missle warheads) in about a year from now—-CIA does not agree but you know their estimates are usually off. So bombing Iran is not the only way to sabotage their plans and I think Israel is looking for a covert operation to get the Iranians to put their goodies in one spot so they could either bomb or steal it? A good imagination is hellpful but I dont know the extent of Mossad agents in Iran and if they could pull it off. Clearly Israel will be the first one to act although a Shite regime that has a nuclear capability would make the Saudis insist that they now have nuclear weapons. Fascinating subject huh? Dont assume you know anything about what is going on unless you are on the ground.

Oh we were talking about the pro democracy movement in Egypt LOL.  According to the BBC Human rights groups in Egypt so far report that 297 people have disappeared in connection with the protests. Mubarak is still in Egypt at a fancy resort so none of the protestors know what will happen—they all are very suspicious of the whole process.  Wikileaks also show that the US knows that Mubaraks regime exaggerated claims about the moslem brotherhoods radical islamic views to obtain more US foreign aid. There is a considerable contingent of educated Egyptians participating in these protests who want real change and a real democracy and know that once you institute Sharia law you can kiss democracy goodbye—as in Iran. I have no doubt the CIA/NSA is burning the midnight oil working with dissident groups to push change along but what kind of change no one in the west is sure.

Shawn: So what other than “nothing” has the Iranian government done to US citizens on US soil? Does Iran have several well-armed air craft carriers off the coast of the USA? Is Iran funding anti-government groups within the United States? Is Iran occupying Mexico and Canada? Do Iranian ‘hikers’ routinely go missing in the USA when they ‘accidentally’ stray over the border? Do Iranian super-viruses take out US nuclear reactors?
Some view the Iranian hostage crisis as what broke apart US-Iran relations, but it is really that the Iranians overthrew the US-sponsored dictator and nationalized the US-owned energy companies, that is what the US hates and why they are ‘enemies’, same with Cuba.
If you have any actual information or refutations of specific points I would love to hear.

We also have to think

Larry: “Dont assume you know anything about what is going on unless you are on the ground.”? Yeah? After all, US military, CIA and Israel government are certainly not the most credible sources of information out there. The reason why US/Israel has not been able to invade Iran and destroy their nuclear ‘program’ is because the US public is too smart after the WMD fiasco. We know after the war with Iran and millions of death the Iranian nuclear program will join the WMDs and bin Laden in the “still looking for them” file! And even if Iran did want nuclear weapons and ended up getting them, why is that automatically “bad”? Certainly less nuclear weapons is better, but you cannot pick and choose who has them and who has how many, especially if you have thousands your self and illegally give rogue state Israel nukes as well. Would they nuke Israel? Iran is really so anti-Israel, it’s whole foreign policy revolves around destroying Israel, even if it means its own destruction? Even with mis-translations aside, it would be untenable to do so, we have to look at the difference bettween the populist electoral rhetoric of those like Hamas and Iran’s leaders (like we do with Obama’s rhetoric!) and what is actually possible.

NJ IzOPnYDe Osborne

Feb. 17, 2011, 8:12 a.m.

Bahrain, been watching the mid east for a few weeks now- shades of the murderous police riots some 40 odd years ago in Chicago democratic convention, Berkeley people’s park, Madison duPont/agent orange, Kent State massacre, or watching the reporting on young families as they were burned alive in the night in “the city of brotherly love” & more, peaceful protesters all. How can we forget?  I still remember the vibrations of tanks waking us up in our apartment one early morning traveling up Hwy 1 in Long Beach, CA when on leave. The screams and blood as lines formed, of America against America’s children on the nightly news!  Wondering if I was to be pressed to fight against my young brother in our own home town.  The US has NO RIGHT to point fingers at anyone’s human rights. I’m amazed that people don’t think this is going on in this country.  When everybody’s right then everybody’s wrong. Winner take all. Damn!  Nothing ever changes - sorry Boss. Opnyde, editor in chief of defunct “The Indian’s Head of Laguna Beach”

Excellent read.

In seeing what is Going on in the ME!  For 2 weeks
now we Have seen reports and Comments Mainly From the Egyptian Uprising that the Folks in their 40s 50s & 60s Commend the Youth For Speaking Up !  Basically it Gets With our Countries Heart with Normans Yesterday Comment at 10 +/- A.M.
That we Have Been Fooled And Fleeced in our Country “From the Turn of The Century” 
  The older Complacent Folks in Egypt Were Greatful the Young “Intelligent” Generation with “Technology” Got Change Started !
  Have we Here in America Been Complacent in Our Oversight and Trust of our “Lawmakers” The Good Old Gucci Suit Boyzs ? 
  So our State Governments are Starving Now and are Proposing Laying off Our Teachers and Playing More Games with our Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Sort of trying to Penalize ? O.k. Utilize The Middle of Americans Again !!! ? 
  I Don’t know about U Folks,  I Sure Have seen our Public City and County Officials Driving Huge Silly I’m Cool Gas Guzzzllers For 20 Plus Years ! New School Computer Contracts Each Year !! ??? How Much was overspent and wasted and Human Nature for some is to try to Cover Bad things Up !!
Oops Screwed That Up ” Sweep it under Here, I’ll Be in Tahiti Before anyone Notices !!!
  Personally I have not Piled up Rocks Yet, But I sure would like someone to Specifically Show me Where The SS , Medicaid, Medicare and all that sweet Approved DeD. From my Pachecks Went for 20 Yrs. !!! I have not Collected Unemployment or SS or Medi “Whatever”  Was anybody Watching That !!!  Sorry to get off Point on the ME Subject, But I Believe We have to Look at where our Trusting Little Country Is Going !!! And Where It’s Been ???
Will Need Wise men Older than I With Better Un-Fettered Info To Share !!! I am Still trying to Learn the Actual Truths Myself ! Sure takes a While For Certain Splinters To Fester Out ! Thanks Folks !!!
Sincerely Shawn Mc.

Retraction : Norman Did Not Say ”  Fooled and Fleeced ”  That was Not right Putting anything Extra into his Statement That did not Come From Norman !!!  Serious overstep on My Part !!!  I am not interested in Mis-Info, Dis-Info !!! 
Sincerely Shawn Mc.

This wanders a tad bit off target but addresses speaking out of both sides of their mouths when U.S. officially claims support of M.E. unrest.The following is a letter to Wyoming Legislators. Senator Barrasso’s office responded,... then I back, whoever actually responds on his behalf. Just goes to show, once they have your vote, you are not even worth listening to. The other 2 didn’t even acknowledge the letters.

Leonard Peltier
Sen. Michael Enzi
Rep. Cynthia Lummis
Sen. John Barrasso
February 8, 2011

Why is that everyone jumps on the bandwagon to support early release of the Libyan “Pan Am / Lockerbie ” bomber, on (falsely portrayed ) compassionate grounds, yet consistently ignores a WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED American here at home? It appears every one of the govt. officials CLAIM to promote rights of
people,.... in other countries, ..... but deny those selfsame rights at
home. YES, the people in Egypt deserve the right of peaceable assembly to address grievances,......NO, when the American public exercises that right,.... out come riot geared jackbooted police and provacateurs to initiate a violent crackdown. YES, The Egyptians should have the redress of prosecution, for those corrupt and criminal perpetrators of violence. NO. Not the American criminals with even bloodier hands, they’re ours, it’s different. Lets look forward, Not back.
Have you been callous and calculating so long that you are incapable of REAL compassion? Or is it just that Mr. Peltier has NO OIL to offer for HIS freedom?
I certainly wouldn’t want to be in your shoes when Karma demands her due. Your debts are many, and may she afford you the same regard you have shown others.
newcastle , WY


Thank you for contacting me regarding the prison system.  It is good to
hear from you.
I understand your concerns regarding law enforcement and the prison
system.  I appreciate you being vocal regarding your concerns with the
current prison system.  I have taken note of your concerns and assure
you we all agree that we must do all we can to help states reduce
recidivism among juvenile and adult offenders.  I appreciate hearing
your suggestions in relation to prison reform and will keep them in mind
as we continue to debate this important issue in Congress.

———-, thank you again for contacting me. I look forward to hearing
from you in the future.


  Mr. Barrasso,
  I am not just voicing a concern about the prison system in general,
....RECIDIVISM? ....This person has been wrongfully imprisoned for many years, is in ill health,  and desrves freedom in order to obtain adequate medical attention.
  I am calling for an individual look at one single person, LEONARD
PELTIER,  who deserves compassionate release from a wrongful conviction, due to health issues that need to be addressed. I do not appreciate receiving broadly generalized, “OH YES we understand your concerns about the whole prison system”  responses. Even though they desperately do need an overhaul.
  Just “WHEN ”  is this issue being addressed in congress? I certainly
haven’t seen it on the schedule.
  You appear to be so busy riding the coat tails of big energy, there is
no room for any actual response to your constituency. When you don’t even read the appeals for justice, you are of no value to the people. There are other elections coming, and when the people learn of your callous disregard for their interests, YOUR STATUS is subject to change also.

  You need to request some ACTUAL responses from MR.BARRASSO himself to some of the issues presented. I will certainly do my part to inform the public of his complete disinterest in matters not pertaining to BIG ENERGY promotion and protections.

I just tried to post and an error message would not allow the message, Did I violate some protocol

All I have to say Jesse is that you are wasting your breath.  You are debating a bozo.  The U.S. is experiencing blowback from its corrupt ME policies of supporting thugs and dictators.

The U.S.‘s policy is to support radical states over democracy in the ME because democracy cannot be controlled.  When it blows up, we don’t like it.  Otherwise, we are fine supporting corruption and murder.  It feeds the needs of the state to have an endless supply of cheap resources.

I believe your On Target “In My Goofy Opinion” Barry and that things are Quite A Bit More Twisted Than The Public May Have Privy To !
  Thanks,  Sincerely Shawn Mc.

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