GLEN FORD—Despite a round-the-clock siege by raucous and abusive right-wingers, US activists are “resolute” in their protection-occupation of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington. Followers of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido blow bullhorns and “shoot lasers directly in our eyes and have sexually assaulted one of the women in our organization,” said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, which along with the Answer Coalition and Popular Resistance have been safeguarding the embassy since Venezuelan diplomats vacated the building a month ago.
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CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—(Quoting Tulsi Gabbard): “Yeah,” Gabbard said when asked to clarify if she was also saying that she’d give Edward Snowden a presidential pardon, adding, “And I think we’ve got to address why he did things the way that he did them. And you hear the same thing from Chelsea Manning, how there is not an actual channel for whistleblowers like them to bring forward information that exposes egregious abuses of our constitutional rights and liberties. Period. There was not a channel for that to happen in a real way, and that’s why they ended up taking the path that they did, and suffering the consequences.”
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KEVIN REED—Jesselyn Radack, an attorney representing Hale who specializes in cases of whistleblowers, said the Trump administration is escalating “a toxic trend” that began under the Obama administration of aggressively prosecuting people like her client.Top of FormBottom of Form“If you look at the charges, what he’s accused of is classic whistleblowing. He contacted a reporter about a matter of extreme importance that’s been shrouded in secrecy,” Radack said.
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BRIAN CLOUGHLEY—The United States is the self-appointed guardian of the Seas, and declares it “will exercise and assert its navigation and overflight rights and freedoms on a worldwide basis in a manner that is consistent with the balance of interests reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention.” There is a problem with this, in that the US Senate refuses to ratify the Convention, which makes nonsense of the constant threats by Washington that everybody must obey it or there will be the United States to reckon with, in the shape of the US Navy which roams the seas with its eleven aircraft carriers, 9 amphibious ready groups (more accurately, strike squadrons), 22 cruisers and 66 destroyers with, down below, some seventy submarines.