precisely how the US Senate voted on TPP fast-track; other news

on giving Obama TPP fast-track powers on 6-23-2015 (while also closing off debate on the issue):

Vote Counts: YEAs 60
NAYs 37
Not Voting 3

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Alexander (R-TN), Yea Ayotte (R-NH), Yea Baldwin (D-WI), Nay Barrasso (R-WY), Yea Bennet (D-CO), Yea Blumenthal (D-CT), Nay Blunt (R-MO), Yea Booker (D-NJ), Nay Boozman (R-AR), Yea Boxer (D-CA), Nay Brown (D-OH), Nay Burr (R-NC), Yea Cantwell (D-WA), Yea Capito (R-WV), Yea Cardin (D-MD), Nay Carper (D-DE), Yea Casey (D-PA), Nay Cassidy (R-LA), Yea Coats (R-IN), Yea Cochran (R-MS), Yea Collins (R-ME), Nay Coons (D-DE), Yea Corker (R-TN), Not Voting Cornyn (R-TX), Yea Cotton (R-AR), Yea Crapo (R-ID), Yea Cruz (R-TX), Nay Daines (R-MT), Yea Donnelly (D-IN), Nay Durbin (D-IL), Nay Enzi (R-WY), Yea Ernst (R-IA), Yea Feinstein (D-CA), Yea Fischer (R-NE), Yea Flake (R-AZ), Yea Franken (D-MN), Nay Gardner (R-CO), Yea Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay Graham (R-SC), Yea Grassley (R-IA), Yea Hatch (R-UT), Yea Heinrich (D-NM), Nay Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea Heller (R-NV), Yea Hirono (D-HI), Nay Hoeven (R-ND), Yea Inhofe (R-OK), Yea Isakson (R-GA), Yea Johnson (R-WI), Yea Kaine (D-VA), Yea King (I-ME), Nay Kirk (R-IL), Yea Klobuchar (D-MN), Nay Lankford (R-OK), Yea Leahy (D-VT), Nay Lee (R-UT), Not Voting Manchin (D-WV), Nay Markey (D-MA), Nay McCain (R-AZ), Yea McCaskill (D-MO), Yea McConnell (R-KY), Yea Menendez (D-NJ), Not Voting Merkley (D-OR), Nay Mikulski (D-MD), Nay Moran (R-KS), Yea Murkowski (R-AK), Yea Murphy (D-CT), Nay Murray (D-WA), Yea Nelson (D-FL), Yea Paul (R-KY), Nay Perdue (R-GA), Yea Peters (D-MI), Nay Portman (R-OH), Yea Reed (D-RI), Nay Reid (D-NV), Nay Risch (R-ID), Yea Roberts (R-KS), Yea Rounds (R-SD), Yea Rubio (R-FL), Yea Sanders (I-VT), Nay Sasse (R-NE), Yea Schatz (D-HI), Nay Schumer (D-NY), Nay Scott (R-SC), Yea Sessions (R-AL), Nay Shaheen (D-NH), Yea Shelby (R-AL), Nay Stabenow (D-MI), Nay Sullivan (R-AK), Yea Tester (D-MT), Nay Thune (R-SD), Yea Tillis (R-NC), Yea Toomey (R-PA), Yea Udall (D-NM), Nay Vitter (R-LA), Yea Warner (D-VA), Yea Warren (D-MA), Nay Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay Wicker (R-MS), Yea Wyden (D-OR), Yea

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=114&session=1&vote=00218

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By region the northeast voted against by 18-6; the south voted for by 20-2, the midwest voted for by 14-8, and the west voted for by 20-9. ( I threw Maryland and W. Virg. into nothwest; the Dakotas into west)

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In an interview on the “Thom Harmann Program,” Carter said Supreme Court cases like the 2010 Citizens United decision have turned America into an “oligarchy,” where wealthy elites wield the most power….

“It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system,” he said. “Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and Congress members.”

“The incumbents, Democrats and Republicans, look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves,” Carter added.  “Somebody’s who’s already in Congress has a lot more to sell to an avid contributor than somebody who’s just a challenger.”

In 2012, Carter called the Citizen United decision “the stupidest decision that the Supreme Court ever made,” The Hill reported.
http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/jimmy-carter-political-bribery-donations/2015/07/31/id/664936/#ixzz3hb1ejzMg

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Of the many things I learned while at SAIS (Hopkins U. School of Advanced Intl. Studies) there are three related to intelligence that stand out.  The first is how ambivalent, cynical or ignorant the US public and many policy makers are about intelligence….Policy makers were seeking to drive intelligence conclusions….Second,…we launched a war against the country of Iraq while utterly ignoring our most important ally–the Iraqi people….Third, the political dynamics in policies seemed to demand a Washington-centric response to 9/11 when in fact our successes were built around a bias to the field.  -H. Crumpton:  Art of Intelligence, 2012, pp. 281-2

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(Moscow, July 2013)  “My name is Ed Snowden….I also had the capability without any warrant of law (as a BoozAllen supervisor with top secret clearance) to search for, seize and read your communications, anyone’s communications at any time.  That is the power to change people’s fates.  It is also a serious violation of the law–the 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution”   -Luke Harding:  The Snowden Files, 2014, p. 237

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My job is to remind politicians and government officials as to who they work for.  Some of them have forgotten.  They think they personally own your tax dollars.  They think they own the information their agencies gather on the public’s behalf.  They think they’re entitled to keep that information from the rest of us and–make no mistake–they’re bloody incensed that we want it.    -Sheryl Attkisson:  Stonewalled, HarperCollins, 2014, p. 3
“It’s the same thing repeating itself over and over again.  You know, I refer to it as the self-licking ice-cream cone of the federal government.  It’s there to simply enjoy itself while the rest of us have to pay for it….I do find it hard to reconcile how the very same agencies who thought of, approved and employed the strategies used in Fast and Furious (2009-10 operation of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives–ATF–that had in essence helped supply Mexico’s killer drug cartels with fearsome weapons–AK-47-type, etc.) only to later attempt to cover it up by lying to Congress and the American people, ignoring the rule of law, withholding documents and smearing whistleblowers, now asserts themselves to be the sole authorities who preside over this or any other ‘ethical inquiry.’  The conflict is obvious.”  -whistleblower John Dodson, 11-20-2013 interview, pp. 340-1 of ibid.

…we learn the Coast Guard–the very agency paid by the public to protect our interests–has been watching video of this disaster (BP’s Gulf of Mexico blowout of 5-18-2010) in real time but keeping it (the video) secret from the public and Congress from the start.  [Under pressure of journalist Attkisson, Markey (D-MA), Nelso (D-FL) and Boxer (D-CA) 3 weeks after the spill the video gets aired.  -ibid., p. 42

Former national counterterrorism tsar Richard Clarke in an interview with Huffington Post stated “It’s relatively easy to hack your way into the control system of a car and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn’t want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn’t want the brakes on….”  Attkisson adds:  intelligence agencies know how to do this.  Also, hackers can take control, track and even listen in without having any direct physical access to the vehicle, according to one of the lead researchers, Stefan Savage of UCSD (using cellar connections and Bluetooth wireless tech).  -ibid., pp. 326-7

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