Jun 262013
 
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by Stephen Lendman

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D, Israel. A malevolent force in the US Congress.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D-NY/Israel). The man from AIPAC. A malevolent force in the US Congress. Unfortunately, he’s not alone. With liberals like this who needs warmongering reactionaries?

Cold-blooded barbarity reflects US policy. Democracy’s more illusion than reality. Rule of law principles don’t matter. They’re systematically spurned.  Dissent’s increasingly targeted. Freedom’s imperiled. Obama’s ruthless. He exceeds the worst of George Bush. He’s waging war on truth-tellers. He targeted more whistleblowers than all his predecessors combined.

Merrian-Webster calls a police state “a political unit characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police and especially secret police in place of regular operation of administrative and judicial organs of the government according to publicly known legal procedures.”

The Oxford dictionary calls it “a totalitarian state controlled by a political police force that secretly supervises the citizens’ activities.” Continue reading »

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Jun 222013
 
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Speak For My Father
by DREUX RICHARD, Counterpunch

Today, Edward Snowden is my hero. More importantly, he is my father’s hero. And he speaks for us both, among others.

In 1976, my father was appointed to the Church Committee, which had been convened to review (and rein in) US intelligence gathering practices. Its findings resulted in the establishment of the secret court system by which the National Security Agency has now obtained – with Patriot Act as lever – so much digital information about Americans’ private lives. Continue reading »

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Mar 302013
 
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Agency of Fear
by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR, CounterPunch.org

Mohamed Osman Mohamud

Mohamed Osman Mohamud

It’s nearing dusk on November 26, 2010. More than 25,000 people have gathered in a light rain at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, Oregon to watch the annual lighting of the holiday tree, a 100-foot-tall Douglas-fir logged from the Willamette National Forest. Continue reading »

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Dec 052012
 
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A new call against standing idly by?

By Stephen Gowans, What’s Left.

Will the United States, or its proxies, directly intervene militarily on the side of Syrian rebels? If so, a pretext will likely be needed, and it may be this: Syrian leader Bashar Assad, desperate to cling to power, is poised to use chemical weapons against civilians. An intervention is necessary to prevent a massacre. Continue reading »

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Sep 172012
 
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Palestinians protest against The Innocence of Muslims. Officials confirmed “Sam Bacile” was an alias used by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Photograph: EPA

By Max Blumenthal

Obama wasted no time in authorizing a round of drone strikes on targets across Libya, which are likely to deepen regional hostility to the US. A group of fringe extremists had proven that with a little bit of money and an unbelievably cynical scam, they could shape history to fit their apocalyptic vision. But in the end, they were not immune to the violence they incited.

Cross-posted from The Guardian

A group of rightwing extremists aimed to destabilize post-Mubarak Egypt and roil US politicians. They got their wish.

Did an inflammatory anti-Muslim film trailer that appeared spontaneously on YouTube prompt the attack that left four US diplomats dead, including US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens? American officials have suggested that the assault was pre-planned, allegedly by of one of the Jihadist groups that emerged since the Nato-led overthrow of Libya’s Gaddafi regime. So even though the deadly scene in Benghazi may not have resulted directly from the angry reaction to the Islamophobic video, the violence has helped realize the apocalyptic visions of the film’s backers. Continue reading »

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