Archive | March 25th, 2012

Jefferson Corner; Speakers’ Corner For Americans

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by  Sami Jamil Jadallah

 

When drafting the First Amendment rights, the Founding Fathers could not have imagined that one day, America would have a Fox News, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald or ADL and AIPAC. These media outlets constitute a Fourth Branch of Government, unelected and accountable to no one. It is not the government that stifles free speech and debate – rather it is major corporate media and powerful ethnic lobbies. That is why we need a Jefferson Corner; America’s Speakers Corner in every town and on every college campus.

Speakers’ Corner on a busy Sunday, Hyde Park, London. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

A Jefferson Corner would be a free speech corner – present in every town and on every campus, where citizens would hold open forums to gather, speak, listen, and engage with one another without government permission and in defiance of corporate media censorship.

The Constitution and First Amendment do not guarantee citizens the right to access open forums, nor do they provide any spaces for open forums in which citizens can speak out on radio, appear on TV, publish in Op-Ed pages, or even speak on college campuses. That is why corporate media and for the last decades shaped and limited public discourse in America. Editors and publishers have held absolute rights and have managed to stifle and censor free speech, and make decisions about what issues are of importance to the public. The media coverage that contributed and helped lead America to war on Iraq was more than enough and is worth an criminal indictment.

It has not only been powerful corporate media deciding on what is debated, but also ethnic organizations such as the ADL, Campus Watch and AIPAC have exercised a powerful role in stifling public debate and free speech, interfering with the American citizen’s right to exercise their First Amendments rights.

Thanks God for the Internet that this has all begun to change. Now someone like me has the opportunity to write, publish and speak out. However important these web-based opportunities are, the Fourth Branch of government (corporate media and ethnic organizations) continue to exercise an undue and harmful influence over public debate and public policies. As the experience of the Occupy Movement demonstrates, government continues to stifle free speech through permits during demonstrations and public assemblies. It is time for us citizens to have designated public squares, public parks and college campuses at which we can exercise our First Amendment rights.

On my first visit to London in ’79, I made sure to attend and visit Hyde Park’s Speakers’ Corner where scores of speakers mount a soap box and speak on a variety of topics. Some make sense, others make fools of themselves, but all have an absolute right to speak and audiences have a right to gather, offering cheers (and sometimes jeers) without a license or permission from governmental authority, and without approval from powerful organizations.

That experience which I make sure to repeat every time I am in London, prompted me to incorporate Jefferson Corner, Inc, as a not-for-profit organization with the idea of promoting a Jefferson Corner on every campus, in public parks, in every town and every city. The Internet while posing a challenge to the established corporate media, is no substitute for the need to engage audiences in public squares.

Danny Shine, a regular at Speaker’s Corner in London, arguing against the absurdity of society. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Designating Jefferson Corners for citizens would allow speakers to mount those soap boxes and speak up on any subject they chose, and for guests to go directly to a Jefferson Corner and speak to college audiences without having to fear Campus Watch and ADL flex their muscles and “disinvite” speakers they deem as ‘anti-Israeli,’ and ‘anti-Zionist.’

I have written thousands of times to editors at the New York Times and Washington Post (I still have copies of every letter I wrote), and out of all of these times, only one letter (to the Post) passed the censorship of editors. Perhaps my name alone was enough for the thousands of other letters I wrote to hit the wastebasket.

What America needs now is for college students and citizens around the country to petition and demand from college administrations and city councils, a permanent designation of a central location or park where students and guests can speak up on any subject they choose. No interference from college administration or the exercise of “disinviting” from ADL, Campus Watch or AIPAC.

This is one of the many ways we can energize citizens to engage in public debate and exercise their right to free speech. Jefferson Corners will provide an alternative to counter the power and authority that mainstream corporate media, the Fourth Branch of government, exercises over the affairs of nations.

We must not forget the role of the mainstream media, including Fox News, CNN, the Washington Post and the Times and the role they played in leading our country to war against Iraq, is playing the same game today, as it works to advance Israel’s position and advocate for war against Iran.

It is this Fourth Branch of government, owned by big money, driven by ideologies that do not look out for American interests, that are formulating and influencing American voters and decision makers on issues of their choosing. And what they have chosen is to cover and promote more wars, and little peace. They rarely cover important issues that are of public interest such as social services, medical and health coverage issues, employment issues, and economic policy. Instead, powerful mainstream media outlets chooses to hold our nation hostage, and shape our misfortune.

No one voted for Robert Murdoch and Fox News to determine our foreign policy, and no one voted for Wolf Blitzer and CNN or Rush Limbaugh and Clear Channel, yet these people and entites are more powerful than any US Senator, and arguably even more powerful than any President when it comes to shaping public policies and debates. They are responsible for distorting the vision and dreams of millions of Americans to lead the way in shaping a peaceful global community, and not one marred by war and devastation.

While we as citizens cannot hold the Fourth Branch of government publicly accountable, we can challenge institutionalized censorship by designating certain public squares around the nation as Jefferson Corners, making a visit and participation in this public forum a part of American cultural tradition, where exercising our First Amendment becomes citizens affairs.

Just imagine a Jefferson Corner in McPherson Square in Washington DC, or one in Central Park in NYC, and even one at Lincoln or Hyde Park in Chicago. It is time to bring free speech to the streets, to parks in every city and on every college campus.

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The Nine Stages Of Civilization – We’re In The Seventh ~ Apathy

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by Allen L Roland

 

A nation of apathetic and complacent spectators watch their world explode in between commercial breaks.

The United States is just over 230 years old and is now firmly entrenched in the seventh stage of all civilizations (Apathy) with only Dependence and eventually Bondage ahead of it. Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its eager hand

 

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through a nine stage sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacence to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again into bondage.

In our present Plutocracy we have just made the transition from complacency to national apathy ~ which will surely be followed by dependence on the state and eventually bondage by the state. As Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General, has said ~  ”We’re not a democracy. It’s a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, we’re a plutocracy: a government by the wealthy.” 

The obvious vehicle for this rapid shift in consciousness is FEAR and APATHY. FEAR, in actuality, is False Exaggerations Appearing Real (under the guise of National Security) but APATHY is a lack of interest and indifference and it has always been the Great American Sin.

Joseph Fort Newman, Atlantic Monthly, wrote about the Great American Sin of Apathy in October, 1922 ~ and it’s worth repeating now in March, 2012;

”What is the great American sin? Extravagance? Vice? Graft? No; it is a kind of half-humorous, good-natured indifference, a lack of “concentrated indignation” as my English friend calls it, which allows extravagance and vice to flourish. Trace most of our ills to their source, and it is found that they exist by virtue of an easy-going, fatalistic indifference which dislikes to have its comfort disturbed….The most shameless greed, the most sickening industrial atrocities, the most appalling public scandals are exposed, but a half-cynical and wholly indifferent public passes them by with hardly a shrug of the shoulders; and they are lost in the medley of events. This is the great American sin.”

Unless we as individuals, and then as a nation, conquer fear and apathy we are doomed to dependence and then bondage by a state ruled by the wealthy. That state of dependence is drawing near and only faith and the great courage of civil revolt and even civil disobedience can revitalize this nation ~ particularly with a major economic depression already underway.

Paul Fay, Real News, interviews Col. Lawrence Wilkerson on the fact that Obama, Panetta and Holder are undermining basic constitutional rights by justifying killing American citizens without judicial process and bypassing Congress in declaring war without congressional approval ~ and always under the guise of national security. Wilkerson expounds that the executive branch of the government has seized power contrary to the voice of the people which will eventually lead to tyranny ~ “The more power you accumulate, the more likely you will abuse it”   11 minute video:

And Tyranny and Dependence  is the eighth step in the fall of civilizations ~ only to be followed by Bondage. In many ways George Orwell’s Oceania has nothing on 2012 America as Paul Joseph Watson wrote last year in Infowars.com ~  “Americans are now living in a society that in some cases is more draconian, more invasive and more Orwellian than the dystopian tyranny fictionalized in Orwell’s chilling classic Nineteen Eighty-Four. On almost every front, American citizens are under an equal or greater threat of abuse, control and more pervasive and high-tech surveillance than anything Winston Smith ever faced.”

And here’s the proof that Oceania is almost here ~ Wired magazine’s April cover story covers the current construction of the blandly named Utah Data Center ~ which  is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013….It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration ~ an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.”  Read full report ~

In other words, in just over one year, virtually anything one communicates through any traceable medium ~ which these days is virtually everything ~ will unofficially be property of the US government to deal with as it sees fit.

The codename of the project is  Stellar Wind.

As Wired says, “there is no doubt that NSA has transformed itself into the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever created.”

William Binney, a former NSA official as well as senior NSA crypto-mathematician largely responsible for automating the agency’s worldwide eavesdropping network, has gone on record (in Wired) to describe Stellar Wind, and offers the best summation of its consequences to all Americans ~ “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.”.

And thus the stage will soon be set for America’s shift from Apathy to the eighth stage of a civilization’s collapse, Dependence on the State which will be quickly followed by Bondage to the State and Orwell’s prophetic words will finally become a reality ~ “There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live ~ did live, from habit that became instinct ~ in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”

If you’re not outraged, you’re on life support.

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Video: What Role does AIPAC Play in US Elections?

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Republican candidates have been making their pitch to the most powerful pro-Israel lobby in the US.

 

Al Jazeera – The American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the most powerful pro-Israel lobby in the US, held its biggest annual conference yet with around 13,000 delegates in Washington.

To discuss these issues presenter Anand Naidoo is joined by: John Mearsheimer, the co-author of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy; Larry Greenfield from the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs; and Hillary Mann Leverett, a former White House and US state department official.

 

For all those bidding to become the next US president, it has become an essential campaign stop. The group has strong ties to the religious right and evangelical voters. And it is a very influential force in Washington politics.

Demonstrators from the occupy movement held a small protest outside the event urging no war on Iran and no US tax dollars for Israel.

On Sunday, Barack Obama, the US president, took to the stage and told the audience that Israel had never had a better friend in the White House. But he did not support Israeli military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities – at least not yet.

If Obama treated Israel like Reagan did, he’d be impeached. Former President Ronald Reagan’s confrontations with Israel were harsh and personal, yet Republican conservatives revere him and the Jews remember him as a great friend.– Chemi Shalev, an Israeli journalist and political analyst

Three of the four Republican candidates bidding to unseat the US president addressed the conference on the biggest day of the nomination battle so far – ‘Super Tuesday’.

Rick Santorum flew in especially for the event before heading back to Ohio, while Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich appeared via satellite link.

A number of Republicans have sought to attack the US president over his administration’s relationship with Israel. And the Republican presidential candidates have all tried to paint Obama as an undependable partner for Israel who is weak on Iran.

Mitt Romney said: “We’ve heard a lot of words from the administration. Its clear message has been to warn Israel to consider the costs of military action against Iran. I don’t believe we should be issuing public warnings.”

And Newt Gingrich said: “If an Israeli prime minister decides that he has to avoid the threat of a second holocaust through pre-emptive measures that I would require no advance notice to understand why I would support the right of Israel to survive in a dangerous world.”

So what role do pro-Israel lobby groups, and AIPAC in particular, play in the US election and why are they courted by those competing to be the next US president?

How do Barack Obama’s dealings with Israel compare with those of his predecessors, including Republicans?

“It’s critically important for any US contender for the presidency to go to AIPAC, to interact with the Israel lobby in a favourable way, because it enables that candidate to show that that candidate is strong, that the candidate believes in US exceptionalism, US preeminence in the world, that the US is still very much the indispensable nation in the world; the US has decisive influence in the Middle East and the US is not going to let that influence go as manifesting any kind of threat – real or perceived – against Israel. It allows a candidate to really demonstrate that and that’s in addition to all of the tactical things here in the US in terms of getting votes, financing ….”

Hillary Mann Leverett, former White House official


AIPAC FACTS:

  • AIPAC is described as one of the most powerful US interest groups
  • AIPAC lobbied the US government last year on 23 congressional bills regarding issues such as sanctions on Iran
  • Former AIPAC employees say the group influences pro-Israel campaign cash
  • The pro-Israel lobby helps ensure candidates get some financial backing from members
  • In 2008, pro-Israel political action committees gave $3mn to congressional and presidential candidates
  • Pro-Israel groups donated more to Democrats than to Republicans in 2008
  • Republican candidate Newt Gingrich has benefitted from a very large donation from billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson who has pledged up to $100mn – and support for Israel is the single biggest issue for Adelson
  • Obama spoke at the 2012 AIPAC conference and urged AIPAC members to support an agenda of peace
  • Obama said the US commitment to Israel’s security is “iron clad”
  • Many Republicans have criticised Obama’s relationship with Israel

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‘West aims to destabilize Middle East through Syria’

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Interview with Dr. Kevin Barrett, Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance, Wisconsin.

China, Russia, Iran and some other countries in the region are beginning to realize that their future lies in stability and trade amongst themselves and keeping these imperialists under control.”

Western countries, led by the US, have highjack world public opinion by using Arab Spring rhetoric to disguise the destabilization program that they are pursuing in the region, a political analyst says.

Press TV has interviewed Dr. Kevin Barrett of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance in Wisconsin about where the UN stands in Middle East issues; the Russian and Chinese influence; and where the international community and UN should be focusing their attention to increase peace and stability in the region. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: What our guest Sukant Chandan indicated was how the UN is getting involved in international issues and we saw Sergey Lavrov say in his comments just a few hours ago that it is important that we understand the principles and the Charter of the United Nations; it can’t be the view point of just one member or that several member states prevails.

Basically, when there is this kind of criticism… When we’re not seeing UN action or that kind of pressure on what’s happening now with Israel targeting the Gaza strip, but at the same time this pressure is so much increasing on President Assad in Syria – Are these members in a position to give the Assad regime the proper solution?

Dr. Barrett: Well, that’s a very good question. It does seem that Russian and Chinese support is still there for the Syrian government and that side of world public opinion and world power wants to resolve things peacefully in Syria. And I do think that’s the right approach.

I think it’s too bad that the Western governments led by the US, which is dominated by the Zionists, have managed to highjack world public opinion to a certain extent and even a certain segment of public opinion in the Arab and Muslim world by diverting them through this Arab spring rhetoric to basically disguise the whole program of destabilization that’s being implemented to essentially turn the region into a series of banter-stands that can easily be controlled by the US Zionist Empire.

I do hope though that they’ve realized that they’re kind of at the end of the road there and that future regime change really needs to happen at the other end of the Arab world namely in the Persian Gulf states in Saudi Arabia and dare I say Qatar that has the US aircraft carrier over there in the Persian Gulf.

Saudi Arabia is the country that when it becomes democratic the region will genuinely change for the better.

Press TV: The UN Security Council meeting in New York, Western foreign minister’s demanded that Russian and China stop blocking UN action in Syria. What basically is the reason for Russia and Chinas concerns that they refuse the UN’s intervention in Syria?

We have comments made by our guests about the efforts of regime change, the efforts for military intervention – Is that what the UN is actually aiming at and is that why Russia is concerned?

Dr. Barrett: Well, yes. The UN has been largely a tool of the US and its allies since it was formed and we certainly saw that when Israel was created. And today, Russia and China are the forces of stability; they are the forces of the future that stand to dominate the Eurasian continent if the North American entity doesn’t grab the center of the grand chessboard that Brzezinski talks about.

So, clearly the US and its allies are essentially globalist imperialists who are trying to maintain their imperial positions. And China, Russia, Iran and some other countries in the region are beginning to realize that their future lies in stability and trade amongst themselves and keeping these imperialists under control.

So I think that’s the larger context of this struggle for Syria and I do wish that my Muslim brothers and sisters around the world would wake up and realize that this sectarian card that the imperialists are playing is one that is only to our disadvantage and to our detriment.

The one thing that we as Muslims need is solidarity in resisting this kind of imperialism and working with the forces for peace and stability around the world and in this case I think that means trying to work things out peacefully with Syria rather than allowing the American terrorists to destabilize it.

Press TV: The Syrian information minister has accused Qatar and Saudi Arabia of funding the terrorists. How valid do you find these accusations?

Dr. Barrett: Well, it’s clear that al-Jazeera is acting as a propaganda tool of the anti-al-Assad forces in Syria. And Saudi Arabia has been on and off, mostly on, a pure tool of American Zionist forces in the region.

I have to agree that in the big regime change that the Middle East really needs is the democratization of Saudi Arabia and I believe there is this effort to orchestrate the Arab Spring and turn it away from that and that’s why we’ve seen the world’s attention directed to these manufactured insurgencies to some extent in Libya and even more so in Syria.

I think they are trying to essentially re-colonize the region; keep it in the hands of the West and by framing it as a struggle for democracy in Syria when in fact, the real problem is the Persian Gulf States, which are using oil to prop up the petro dollar – this world system of REBA currency usury – they’re trying to build a world Empire out of that.

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Bahrain Democracy Movement Is The Real Thing

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by Kevin Barrett

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It has been one year since Saudi Arabian forces entered Bahrain to rescue the dictatorial Bahraini regime against a people’s popular revolution for democracy.

Press TV has interviewed Dr. Kevin Barrett, author & Islamic Studies expert from Wisconsin about the relationships between the Al-Khalifa regime, Saudi Arabia and the US and how these external partners have influenced the popular revolution in Bahrain.

He also discusses the muted way which the UN as well as other human rights organizations are responding to the human rights violations being carried out by the Bahraini rulers against the people.

What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Do the people of Bahrain have any other option but to keep up these peaceful protests? In other words, what do they need to do, do you think, to have reforms or to have demands of theirs met?

Dr. Barrett: Well, the people of Bahrain are going to need a lot of patience because they’re unfortunately not being helped out by the West and the usual suspects who run around the world trumpeting their human rights concerns.

Here in Bahrain we have a genuine non-violent democracy movement. It’s not clouded by issues of civil war; outside provocateurs… It is a movement that represents clearly the majority of the Bahraini people.

In Syria by contrast, polls taken by the Qatar government have showed that more than 55 percent of the Syrian people actually support their government. It’s a much more complex situation there; but in Bahrain it’s a straight forward peaceful pro-democracy movement that’s being brutally repressed and has been now for more than a year.

Press TV: Let’s look at the international response to the situation in Bahrain. One question is, could the Bahraini regime have survived this without the support that it got from Saudi Arabia and without also the political and diplomatic support that it got from the US as well? In other words, how have these countries influenced the course of the revolution in Bahrain?

Dr. Barrett: Well, the Saudis actually invaded Bahrain and put down the popular democracy movement last year. Without that invasion things might have continued building and the regime would not have been able to survive.

And again, this is a case of just rank hypocrisy. Imagine what would happen if let’s say Iran were to send its forces into Syria to protect the government. Americans and their lackeys around the world would be screaming from the rooftops.

But here, the Saudi regime, which is a totally dictatorial monarchy, invaded a neighboring country to put down these peaceful pro-democracy protests… and did so successfully.

And of course the US, which has its Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain and which uses the Saudi dynasty to maintain corporate bankster control of the world dollar and oil system, didn’t’t mind at all.

So I think it’s clear that the Americans and the Saudis are behind this propping up of a regime whose days are clearly numbered.

Press TV: Let’s look at how the US is leading international efforts at the UN has been reacting to these revolutions. We saw for instance in the case of Libya or now in the case of Syria when it (the US) is not in favor of the rulers, it does call for military intervention; it does call for even equipping the opposition with arms.

Or as in the case of Yemen we saw the US and Saudi Arabia teaming up and calling for a political solution and even giving immunity from prosecution to the Yemeni ruler.

What kind of a solution do you think they’re looking for in the case of Bahrain? Do you think that they’re going to ask the Bahraini rulers to forego some of their powers?

Dr. Barrett: It’s possible that they would be pushing some kind of compromise on the Bahraini rulers. I think the US and its allies are still trying to maintain this neo-imperial control of the Middle East in order to maintain their dollar-oil hegemony over the world.

And to do that they have tried to guide these Arab revolutions toward something other than real democracy because… when you really get down to it, in the region if there were real democracy the US Empire and its Zionists accomplices would be voted right out of the region. So they can’t allow the region to generally democratize.

So what they’re trying to do is destabilize certain areas – Libya and Syria have been the victims of this kind of destabilization. And then to try to stabilize others that perhaps really need to be changed.

I think the Persian Gulf oil sheikhdoms are the places that really need democratization more than any other part of the Middle East because they’re the oil hub that really has the power by way of this control of oil supplies by a very small population that’s being propped up by the Western bankers and imperial governors.

Press TV: Looking at the situation in Bahrain we had a committee months ago investigating allegations of torture ad crimes and that committee concluded that the Bahraini regime has actually carried out torture against prisoners; we’ve had death sentences for opposition activists – they’re still in prison.

And as our guest in London was saying none of these reforms have happened, in order, as a precondition, to initiate that dialog.

We had the king in one instance saying that the constitution recognizes no such thing as an organized opposition in Bahrain. So, will the regime ever accept political reforms?

Dr. Barrett: Well that’s a very good question. I agree that stopping torture; releasing the opposition leaders who are in prison now, should be a precondition for any kind of real dialog and negotiations.

I understand there are hundreds of opposition leaders imprison and the crackdown has continued unabated. The regime troops have continued to fire vast amounts of teargas into neighborhoods; into people’s homes as well as using it in a way that’s clearly a breach of international law against demonstrations. There’s been live fire directed against neighborhoods, not just demonstrators, but the neighborhoods that support them.

It’s very much a one-sided picture of extreme state repression against a non-violent movement – Again, unlike what we saw in Libya and in Syria.

So I would agree with the other guest that we need some kind of change in government policy to basically agree that the opposition does have a place and the leaders need to be released from jail and we need to see some kind of a truce in the streets.

Press TV: We are seeing the Bahraini protesters out on the streets. At the same time they’re not getting any kind of concrete international support in their revolutionary move. There has been enough evidence of human rights abuses, of torture in the case of Bahrain violations of human rights – what can human rights organizations do about this? Why have we seen a muted response from the UN on this?

Even we have the reports of poisonous tear gas being used on protesters killing protesters and this poisonous gas the report says is being supplied by the US. What can the UN do about this?

Dr. Barrett: What the UN should do about it of course is give it the attention it deserves. But it appears that many of our human rights organizations like much of the Western corporate media is functioning more and more as a tool of propaganda for Empire rather than an honest broker. And that’s a shame.

The UN has had its moments of relative independence and honesty… But this is not one of them.

So let’s hope that popular pressure driven by the democratization of the media environment, of which Press TV is a big part, will lead to more and more people around the world seeing that in this case Bahrain is clearly a peaceful democracy movement being brutally repressed.

We need to put more attention on this; we need to get international investigations; we need to direct human rights organizations to look at this, not to be obsessed with what the corporate media masters here in the West are telling them to look at – which right now of course is Syria. We need to have some popular pressure on these organizations and maybe the UN will start doing its job in Bahrain.

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Asking the Wrong Questions About War

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by Stephen Lendman

 

Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller now writes Times op-eds on alternate Mondays, as well as articles for The New York Times Magazine.

Too bad his columns get failing grades. Scoundrel journalism is featured. Truth and full disclosure are excluded. His March 18 article is typical.

Headlined, “Falling In and Out of War,” it began well. He admitted he’s been wrong on war and wants “to avoid repeating the mistake.” To his credit, he also said “it’s immeasurably more true for those in a position to actually start a war.”

He stopped short of explaining the vital role media scoundrels play, especially The Times as America’s most influential broadsheet. It’s major front page stories get global attention. As executive editor, and earlier as managing editor, he decided what got featured.

Many promoted war and support for wealth and power. Populism was excluded. So was and remains telling readers what they most need to know. Suppressing it is standard Times policy.

In his latest article, Keller wrote:

“What are the right questions the president should ask — and we as his employers should ask — when deciding whether going to war is (a) justified and (b) worth it?”

He asked five “plus two caveats, and some thoughts about how all this applies to” America’s wars and prospective ones.

Too bad he omitted what most need saying. More on that below. His questions included:

“1. How is this our fight?”

In 2001, he claimed protecting America’s “national interest” required “go(ing) after the homicidal zealots” responsible for 9/11, “and the Afghan regime that hosted them.”

Neither Afghan officials, bin Laden, or others there had anything to with it. Kellers knows or should. Yet he lied to readers, calling it the right thing to do.

Francis Boyle is an international law expert. His latest article is titled “End the Crime That Is the War on Afghanistan,” saying:

“….the Bush administration’s war against Afghanistan cannot be justified on the facts or the law. It is clearly illegal. It constitutes armed aggression. It is creating a humanitarian catastrophe for the people of Afghanistan.”

Bush and Obama bear main responsibility for millions of lives lost, mass destruction, unspeakable human misery, daily violence including rape, murder and torture, and Washington’s shocking indifference to extreme suffering.

After over a decade, it’s also America’s longest war. It’s unwinnable. Pentagon, administration, and Congressional officials know it. Yet no end of conflict’s planned, nor is ending an illegal occupation as Afghans demand immediately.

“2. At what cost?”

Keller claimed overthrowing Gaddafi was right and easy. Ousting Assad is also just but tough. He’s dead wrong on both counts.

Putting “a price on freedom” demands not overspending, he claims. Doing so may force Washington “to contract its global posture” like Britain and other empires had to do.

In other words, winning wars at the right price advance America’s imperium. Counterproductive ones should be avoided. Keller ignored rule of law principles, right and wrong, and other issues mattering most. It was typical NYT journalism.

“3. Or what?”

What if alternate strategies short of war fail? “The ultimate ‘or what’ question about Iran is, if sanctions and threats fail, could we live with a nuclear Iran?”

Again, Keller knows or should that Iran threatens no one. It hasn’t attacked another country in over 200 years, and US intelligence, Mossad, and IAEA inspectors find no evidence whatever of a nuclear weapons program or intention to have one.

Moreover, possessing any type weapons suggests no intent to use them. In contrast, America’s the only country ever to use nuclear weapons – gratuitously, in fact, when Japan was negotiating surrender.

Doing so was cold-blooded murder. Hundreds of thousands of civilians died. Killing them was criminal wrongdoing. Lawlessness is replicated in all US war theaters.

Today, America maintains a preemptive nuclear first-strike policy against perceived or manufactured threats, including non-nuclear states. Israel also is nuclear armed and dangerous.

In his 1997 book, “Open Secrets: Israeli Nuclear and Foreign Policies,” Israel Shahak said:

“Israel (is) clearly prepar(ing) itself to seek overtly a hegemony over the entire Middle East (with no) hesitati(on) to use for the purpose all means available, including nuclear ones.”

Iran threatens no one. Neither does Syria. America and Israel menace humanity.

“4. And who else?”

Keller favors US wars when allies “share the cost to spread the risk.” In other words, he endorses coalition-of-the-willing lawlessness with enough co-conspirators.

Syria’s another matter because “no one is volunteering to join us yet.”

In other words, collective might is right no matter how wrong.

“5. Then what?”

He’s right. Unintended consequences matter, but not ones he mentioned. Invading Iraq, he said, “distracted our attention and energy from the far more important undertaking in Afghanistan.”

In other words, unwinnable quagmires are bad enough. “(R)ushing too fast for the exists” exacerbates things. Syria poses the same dilemma. What comes after Assad, and does anyone support occupying another Muslim country?

Before waging war and deploying troops, said Keller, “deploy the fact-checkers” to assure it’s done for the rights reasons.

Excluded from Keller’s equation was fundamental international and US law. They’re clear, unequivocal, and violations constitute lawless aggression.

No nation may interfere in the internal affairs of others for any reason except self-defense when attacked or if clear evidence shows one’s imminent.

Moreover, declaring war is the most serious decision nations make. America’s founders understood. As a result, they afforded Congress alone the power “to declare war,” not presidents on their own authority.

After Vietnam, the War Powers Resolution gave executives the power to act unilaterally for 60 days in response to a “national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.” They have another 30 days to disengage, short of congressional assent to continue.

All US post-WW II wars were illegal, including current ones. So will attacking Iran and/or Syria. Compelling reasons, according to law, don’t exist. No other justification’s legal.

Keller omitted what most needs explaining, highlighting, and repeating. Grade him “F” for his latest op-ed. Give him a second one for betraying his readers.

Give the Times one also for daily scoundrel journalism instead of mandating what writers are supposed to do – their job.

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Joseph Kony and more AFRICOM wars over oil

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Young – and Cheaper by the Dozen

….  www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net

According to their website, the American NGO, Invisible Children, claims now to have had over 80 million viewers to their YouTube video, “Kony2012,” since its release on YouTube a few weeks ago.

For anyone with the patience to sit through the entire YouTube of Kony2012, it is questionable how truthful the figure of 80 million viewers is. Eighty million is unprecedented in YouTube history by all accounts.

The video features such prominent Hollywood personalities as Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Lady GaGa, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and other notables.

It’s a slick, sentimental story directed by Jason Russell, a 33-year-old now-hospitalized American filmmaker who apparently just underwent a bizarre mental disconnect on the streets of San Diego.[1]

The YouTube video depicts a young Ugandan, Jacob Acaye, whom Russell claims he befriended some ten years earlier after Acaye escaped conscription into Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as an 11-year-old killer. The film portrays Kony as the world’s worst beast and terrorist, in effect,  Africa’s Osama bin Laden. [2]

Jacob Acaye

The Invisible Children NGO is itself opaque. It reportedly rakes in millions from sales of such things as buttons, Invisible Children T-shirts, bracelets and posters priced from $30-$250, but it ranks low on transparency regarding other donors.

The group, which employs around 100 people, is expected to raise millions of dollars from their “Kony2012” video, but so far it refuses to say how much has been donated or how it will spend the money.

The founders of the group, who advocate direct US military intervention in response to the LRA, had been previously criticized for posing with guns alongside members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in 2008, an organization widely accused of rape and looting.

The group issued a statement in response: “We thought it would be funny to bring back to our friends and family a joke photo. You know, ‘Haha – they have bazookas in their hands but they’re actually fighting for peace’.” [3]HaHa…

According to the London Guardian, Invisible Children’s “accounts show it is a cash-rich operation, which more than tripled its income in 2011” to nearly $9 million, mainly from personal donations. Of this, nearly 25% was spent on travel and film-making. Most of the money raised has been spent in the US, not for Africa’s “invisible children” or even visible ones.

According to information obtained by the Guardian, “the accounts show $1.7 million went to US employee salaries, $850,000 in film production costs, $244,000 in ‘professional services’ – thought to be Washington lobbyists –  and $1.07 million in travel expenses.

Nearly $400,000 was spent on office rent in San Diego” Charity Navigator, a US charity evaluator, gave the organization only two stars for “accountability and transparency.” [4] The USAID, a State Department agency which coordinates its foreign interventions with the Pentagon and CIA, openly states on its website that it has funded Invisible Children Inc. in the past. [5]

The bizarre thing about “Kony2012” is that Joseph Kony either fled Uganda or was killed fleeing more than six years ago. It is claimed he fled to the wilds of Congo or Central Africa, hence he makes a perfect echo of the elusive Osama bin Laden, justifying US military action across the rich terrain of central Africa from Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Uganda and beyond.[6]

Kony (L) in the bush- an older photo

Like Joseph Kony, Osama bin Laden was reliably reported to have died in Afghanistan years before his staged murder by Navy Seals a year ago.

But his legend was kept alive to justify spreading the US War on Terror; so now, with the legend of Joseph Kony propagated by Invisible Children Inc. in San Diego.

The issue is not whether Kony had committed atrocities; that is beyond dispute. The issue is whether “Kony2012” is being falsely promoted to justify US military intervention where it is unwanted by all parties.

One American human rights worker in Uganda in a recent interview declared, “Invisible Children’s campaign is…an excuse that the US government has gladly adopted in order to help justify the expansion of their military presence in central Africa.

Invisible Children are ‘useful idiots’, being used by those in the US government who seek to militarize Africa, to send more and more weapons and military aid, and to bolster the power of states who are US allies. The hunt for Joseph Kony is the perfect excuse for this strategy – how often does the US government find millions of young Americans pleading that they intervene militarily in a place rich in oil and other resources?” [7]

The “Kony2012” video is being credited with giving the US Congress the spur to demand US military forces be sent to not just Uganda, but to the entire region of central Africa where the elusive Kony and his child army warriors are allegedly terrorizing the land.

Democrat Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and Republican Ed Royce have just introduced a resolution in Congress calling on the Pentagon’s AFRICOM (Africa Command) to proceed with “expanding the number of regional forces in Africa to protect civilians and placing restrictions on individuals or governments found to be supporting Kony.” [8]

Is Africa the Replacement for Iraq and Afghanistan?

Last year before the “viral” YouTube airing of “Kony2012”, McGovern and Royce also sponsored “The Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act.”

The media attention to the YouTube makes their case easier for military intervention. After all, it’s “humanitarian”; it’s about children, isn’t it?

Even the politically correct Washington Post was moved to write critically, “The very viral campaign to capture Kony by the nonprofit Invisible Children has largely been a U.S. phenomenon. Ugandans say the LRA has not been active for years.” [9]

Already President Obama has sent 100 US elite special forces troops to Central Africa to serve as “advisers” in efforts to hunt down Kony. If it all has echoes of Vietnam in the early 1960’s it is not accidental.

This is now the prelude to a huge Pentagon militarization of the entire region of central Africa, following the NATO destruction of order in Libya, and the chaos in Egypt and other Islamic states targeted by the US State Department’s “Arab Spring,” better termed these days as, “Arab Nightmare.”

“Kony2012” was produced by an apparently well-financed NGO headed by Russell called Invisible Children Inc. in San Diego. The video reeks of US State Department propaganda with its slick camera effects and repeated scenes of Russell’s small boy to make it appear credible.

Rosebell Kagumire, an award-winning Ugandan journalist responded to the clamor over Invisible Children’s “Kony2012” video, accusing Invisible Children Inc. of “using old footage to cause hysteria.” [10] Kagumire adds,

Is it about the dollars or a false belief that unless Americans know about it, no solution comes our way? … the Juba Peace Talks 2006-2008, which restored stability and paved way for the end to abductions in northern Uganda, was not an American invention. It was local civil society and peace actors like the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiatives (ARLPI) who pushed for a negotiated solution.

In fact the moment America got involved, we witnessed “Operation Lightening Thunder”- a military operation with disastrous effects as the LRA eluded air strikes, and scattered into DR Congo and the Central African Republic where they continue to commit atrocities in retaliation.[11]

The entire brouhaha over Joseph Kony appears to be a flank in a major AFRICOM and US State Department campaign especially to undermine Chinese influence in central Africa — now that they have successfully driven the Chinese oil companies out of Libya, and carved out a new “republic” of South Sudan containing much of the oil that fuels China’s economy. That splitting of South Sudan and its oil, for those who did not follow it closely, was a consequence of sending in US and NATO special forces to “stop genocide” in Darfur. George Clooney was also the poster boy for the Darfur action.

There is good reason for the apparent sudden interest of the Pentagon and politicized US NGOs to focus on action in central Africa. So long as the world largely ignored it, Washington policy was to let institutions such as the IMF bleed the countries like Congo and allow western mining companies to extract valuable mineral wealth for pennies on the dollar. A few years ago all that began to change when China turned its attention to Africa, and especially its Great Rift Belt.

Great Rift Belt

The region in question, according to the filmmakers of “Kony2012”, includes not only Uganda where in recent years a giant oil field was discovered, but also some of the planet’s richest mineral lands — including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and the US-sponsored Republic of South Sudan. The area lies in the extraordinary geographical conjuncture called the Great Rift Belt or Valley stretching from Syria in the north, down through Sudan and Eritrea and the Red Sea, and deep into southern Africa across the eastern Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and into Mozambique.

This East African Rift System, as geologists term it, is “one of the geologic wonders of the world,” and also prospectively, one of the richest treasures of subsurface minerals, including clearly vast untapped reserves of oil and gas.[12]

The red line on this map shows the eastern and western faults of the Great Rift Valley, which runs 4,500 miles from southern Africa, under the Red Sea, and into Syria in southwestern Asia. it is so huge a geological feature that it is prominently visible to lunar and

space-shuttle astronauts.

 Ever since British oil company, Tullow Oil, discovered an estimated 2 billion barrels of oil in Uganda in 2009 the geopolitical importance of the entire central African region suddenly underwent change. CNOOC Ltd., China’s biggest offshore oil explorer, is in a joint venture with Tullow Oil to develop three oil blocks in Uganda’s Lake Albert basin. [13]

According to geologists, “the East African Rift is suspected to be one of the last great oil and natural gas deposits on earth.” In a recent article, Time noted, “Seismic tests over the past 50 years have shown that countries up the coast of East Africa have natural gas in abundance. Early data compiled by industry consultants also suggest the presence of massive offshore oil deposits.” [14]

This region of central and east Africa is considered one of the hottest unexplored regions in the world for potential hydrocarbons—oil and gas. In 2010 Texas oil company Anadarko Petroleum discovered a giant reservoir of natural gas off the coast of Mozambique. Estimates are that Somalia holds perhaps 10 billion barrels of untapped oil.[15]

The chronic political unrest and AFRICOM-backed tensions there—convenient for western oil majors seeking to maintain absurdly high oil prices by controlling supply—prevent the development of the oil. While West and North Africa have undergone tens of thousands of oil well drillings over the last decades, East and Central Africa, including Darfur and South Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic are all but terra incognita in terms of drilling.

This all runs smack up against the popular talk of “Peak Oil.” Far from exhausting the Earth’s resources of oil and gas, oil companies everywhere, from the eastern Mediterranean to offshore Brazil to the Gulf of Mexico and now the Great Rift Belt of eastern and central Africa, are discovering huge new potentials almost daily. We are, as oil economist Peter Odell once noted, not running out of oil, “We’re running into oil.”

Oil is one of the most highly politicized businesses on the planet, and secrecy in the industry among the four giant Anglo-American companies makes the CIA and MI6 look like amateurs. Since the publication in 1956 by Shell Oil geologist King Hubbert of his unproven thesis[16] that oil fields deplete like Gaussian Bell Curves, Big Oil has fostered the myth of looming oil scarcity. It serves an obvious aim of maintaining their grip on the prime energy source for the world economy. Oil and its control is a geopolitical foundation of the post-1945 American Century.

China alters African geopolitical calculus

So long as Africa was the “forgotten Continent” in terms of independent oil and gas explorations, Washington policy was to ignore it. As former South African President Thabo Mbeki recently put it, “Liberated from the obligation to secure the allegiance of independent Africa in the context of its global anti-Soviet struggle, the US had found that Africa was otherwise not of any importance in terms of its global strategic interests.” [17]

But as Mbeki pointed out, by 2007 that all began to change as China began making economic and diplomatic inroads all over Africa: “There was increasing international competition for access to Africa’s oil and other natural resources, including by China. China was becoming a ‘formidable competitor for both influence and lucrative contracts on the Continent.’” [18]

But Washington’s vision of so-called ‘globalization’ of the world economic system allows for no one who does not read from their sheet of music. Hillary Clinton put it clearly enough: “If you’ve got people who are choosing a different path, then you have to use all the tools of your suasion to try to convince them that the path that you wish to follow is also the one that is in their interest as well.”[19]   George W. Bush put it more succinctly: “You’re either with us or you’re against us….”

Since China hosted more than 40 African heads of state in 2006 in Beijing, and followed that with highest-level state visits across Africa — with Chinese oil companies and industry signing multi-billion deals with the “forgotten” Africa — Washington suddenly took notice. In 2008 President Bush authorized creation for the first time of a single Pentagon command, AFRICOM, for the African continent.

As Daniel Volman, director of the African security Research Project in Washington stated, “a number of developments—especially the continent’s increasing importance as a source of energy supplies and other raw materials—have radically altered the picture.  They have led to the growing economic and military involvement of China, India, and other emerging industrial powers in Africa and to the re-emergence of Russia as an economic and military power on the continent.

In response the United States has dramatically increased its military presence in Africa and created a new military command—the Africa Command or AFRICOM—to protect what it has defined as its “strategic national interests” in Africa. This has ignited what has come to be known as the “new scramble for Africa” and is transforming the security architecture of Africa.”[20]

By 2012 China had become the second largest foreign investor in Uganda after Britain. It is the major investor in the oil resources of South Sudan. In July 2007, the China oil company CNOOC signed an agreement with the Somali government to search for oil in the Mudug region where some estimate that reserves could amount to five to ten billion barrels of oil.[21] The Chinese investments in this part of Africa also include the joint venture which CNOOC signed with Tullow Oil in 2011 for the Ugandan fields.  [22]

What is clear is that “Kony2012” is not documentary fact but manipulative propaganda, which is being used to advance an AFRICOM military presence in the richest mineral region in the world before China and perhaps India and Russia preempt it. It hearkens back to the colonial resource wars of the 19th century, with the only difference being the presence of the Internet and YouTube to propagandize it at warp speed.

*F. William Engdahl is author of Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order.  He may be contacted from his website, www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net

Editing: Jim W. Dean

Endnotes:


[1] Agence France-Presse, Kony 2012: Uganda PM launches online response, March 17, 2012, accessed in  http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Kony+2012+Uganda+launches+online+response/6318818/story.html#ixzz1pNzmSbJC

[2] Jason Russell, Kony 2012, accessed in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc

[3] Julian Borger, John Vidal, and Rosebell Kagumire, Child abductee featured in Kony 2012 defends film’s maker against criticism,  guardian.co.uk,  8 March 2012, accessed inhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/08/jacob-acaye-child-kony-2012?intcmp=239

[4] Ibid.

[5] USAID, USAID/OTI Uganda Quarterly Report, Washington, DC, January – March 2009, accessed in http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/cross-cutting_programs/transition_initiatives/country/uganda/rpt0309.html

[6] Mike Tuttle, Kony: Ugandan Says He’s Already Dead–Is Movement a Sham?, March 9, 2012, accessed in http://www.webpronews.com/kony-ugandan-says-hes-already-dead-2012-03.

[7] Adam Branch, Dangerous ignorance: The hysteria of Kony 2012, March 12, 2012, accessed in http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/03/201231284336601364.html

[8] Stephanie Condon, Joseph Kony resolution introduced in House, March 13, 2012, CBSNews, accessed in http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57396592-503544/joseph-kony-resolution-introduced-in-house/

[9] Elizabeth Flock, Forget Joseph Kony. What Ugandan children fear is the ‘nodding disease,’ March 13, 2012, accessed in  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/forget-joseph-kony-what-ugandan-children-fear-is-the-nodding-disease/2012/03/13/gIQA4Cif9R_blog.html

[10] Rosebell Kagumire, More perspective on Kony2012, March 9, 2012 accessed in http://rosebellkagumire.com/2012/03/09/more-perspective-on-kony2012/

[11] Ibid.

[12] James Wood and Alex Guth, East Africa’s Great Rift Valley: A Complex Rift System, accessed in http://geology.com/articles/east-africa-rift.shtml

[13] Bloomberg News, CNOOC in `Final Discussions’ With Tullow on Ugandan Oil Block Exploration,  July 8, 2010, accessed in http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-08/cnooc-holds-final-discussions-with-tullow-oil-to-cooperate-in-uganda.html

[15] Ibid.

[16] M. King Hubbert,  “Nuclear Energy and the Fossil Fuels,” Presented before the Spring Meeting of the Southern District Division of Production, American Petroleum Institute, San Antonio, Texas, March 8, 1956. Publication No. 95. Houston: Shell Development Company, Exploration and Production Research Division, 1956.

[17] Thabo Mbeki, Is Africa there for the taking?, New African, London, March 2012.

[18] Ibid.

[19] Ibid.

[20] Daniel Volman, The Security Implications of Africa’s New Status in Global Geopolitics, Washington DC, accessed in   http://ruafrica.rutgers.edu/events/media/0809_media/volman_nai.doc.

[21] Barney Jopson, Somalia oil deal for China, Financial Times, London,  July 13, 2007.

[22] Xinhua, China ranks second in investment in Uganda, January 8, 2010, accessed inhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2010-01/08/content_12773999.htm

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Obama Apologizes For Kandahar Massacre – But Not His Own Killings

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By Sherwood Ross

 

How shall the world view the apology by President Obama for the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers allegedly by a lone U.S. serviceman in Kandahar Province when the President is himself personally responsible for the extra-judicial killing of hundreds of civilians by means of drone aircraft strikes whose crime he defends?

Army Staff Sgt., Robert Bales, of Lake Tapps, Wash., is being held in prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Mr. Obama is free to travel the campaign trail.

“We’re heart-broken over the loss of innocent life,” the president said of the Kandahar massacre. His seeming expression of contrition rings hollow, though, particularly if one considers how Mr. Obama goes about his daily routine ordering drone strikes and seemingly is unaffected by the “loss of innocent lives” they cause, as well as by the hated companion night raids on Afghan homes, also the result of his policy.

As The New York Times reported March 17th, President Hamid Karzai said “many civilians have died in the (night) raids,” adding, “This has been going on for too long. It is by all means the end of the rope here. This form of activity, this behavior, cannot be tolerated.”

Obama is more than willing to investigate anyone other than himself for war crimes. “I can assure the American people and the Afghan people that we will follow the facts wherever they lead us, and we will make sure that anybody who was involved is held fully accountable with the full force of the law.”  To “follow the facts” the president need look no further than his own mirror. Not surprisingly, he termed the drone strikes “very precise, precision strikes against al-Qaeda and their affiliates.” Given the facts, this is a falsehood.

As investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill writes in the March 5/12 issue of “The Nation,” “President Obama’s first known authorization of a missile strike on Yemen, on Dec. 17, 2009, killed more than 40 Bedouins, many of them women and children, in the remote village of al Majala in Abyan.”

And the Bureau of Investigative Journalism based at City University, London,  put the number of Pakistani children killed in drone strikes at 168. In one raid directed by the Central Intelligence Agency, a drone was dispatched to kill the headmaster of a school, which it did—but 60 children attending classes there were killed as well. “Even one child’s death from drone missiles or suicide bombings is one child too many,” a UNICEF spokesperson said. President Obama takes a very different view. He claims drones have “not caused a huge number of civilian casualties” and it is “important for everybody to understand that this thing is kept on a very tight leash.”

Since 2004, the U.S. has made nearly 300 drone attacks just in N.W. Pakistan alone, killing between 1,700 and 2,800 individuals, of whom an estimated 17 percent were said to be civilians, not so-called “militants,” according to the New America Foundation of Washington, D.C.

In Somalia, last October 14th alone, U.S. drones killed 78 and injured 64 in one raid and killed 11 civilians and wounded 34 more the same day in another. And from March 3-12, the U.S. killed 64 people in Yemen by drone strikes. The government called them  “militants” but local residents countered they were civilians.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon reportedly is building 60 drone bases across the world and its clamor for more planes is so great that contractors cannot keep up with demand. Rather than halt the use of these indiscriminate killing machines, indications are the Pentagon sees them as the future weapon of choice, and by some accounts they have now been used in six countries.

On the website of Iraq Veterans Against the War, the AP reports,  organizer Aaron Hughes declared that Afghan war veterans “believe that this incident is not a case of one ‘bad apple’ but the effect of a continued US military policy of drone strikes, night raids, and helicopter attacks where Afghan civilians pay the price.’’

Mr. Obama has continued and expanded the criminal drone policies begun by his predecessor George W. Bush and both  warmongers are eminently qualified to stand trial for their crimes.

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Balancing the 9/11 Account- The Military

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GIRDERS 600 FEET FROM ANY HEAT SOURCE, DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

Consider this A Memo, add “NOFORN” if That Helps

 

 by  Gordon Duff,

 

I don’t want to spoil the surprise, one few will ever hear, a few hundred stokes and heart attacks, a few car accidents, an airline crash or two, isn’t that the way it’s usually done? 

I am limiting this to addressing members of the military serving in specific commands, NORAD among others, on September 11, 2001.

I will preface this as simply as possible.

The move against our military, first through the Chaplain’s Corp, then the Service Academies, the firing of our best and brightest, the infiltration of the Department of Defense is on record.

The placement of key assets within news organizations, that and their outright ownership and control, is a given.

Destroy All Evidence

The private briefings on the Kabalah, done at the Pentagon were not unseen, those that we call Dispensationalists or Dominionists who believed that the numerological elements combined with the astrophysical alignments predicted were, as you privately call it among yourselves, “the finger of g-d,” had given you “biblical authority” to betray your oaths and bring about the wanton murder of thousands of Americans.

Photograph of Actual Nuclear Weapon, 53 Years Ago....When They were "Big"Photo of Real Nuclear Weapon, 53 Years Ago, Before Massive Downsizing

 

To you, the war mongering over Iran, which will never come to any fruition, is taken as a “sign” of the apocalypse as is everything else, every time you spill a drink or forget where you park your car.

It is you that turned the volunteer army into, first, a crusader force.  That force was destroyed, not in battle, but worn down by betrayal, yours, by misuse, by its own intelligence in noting that it, as in the military that served in Vietnam, sacrificed for evil in the suppression of good.

Many simply suspect what may well be the truth, that the Pentagon is the home of Satan and that George “W” Bush represented the Antichrist.

I don’t hold with such things, being a rationalist and having moderately normal human brain chemistry, something that you very well know might have ended your life on a garbage heap or as a suicide.  “Believers” will stop at nothing, as we learned in a multi-year study of the infiltration of the Air Force Academy.

I don’t get the psycho-sexual “high” that the mix of sexual perversion and religious heresy that the military ran on for 2 decades supplies.  Kubrick really had it right in Dr. Strangelove.

YouTube 

That one was simple.  The Air Force was to gain control of America’s nuclear arsenal, and taking advantage of key “assets” being placed in positions of usefulness among our nuclear command, the “rapture” could be brought about.

9/11 Pentagon “entry”…Note Beam in Place…too small for motorbike…(credit Jeff Prager)

Thus, it wasn’t difficult at all, not given the decade, those who have changed heart, come to their senses and feel remorse at their actions to document the betrayal of America by those sworn to protect it from enemies foreign and domestic.

We Save Photos Like This for a Reason

Those enemies, of course, to a great extent exist among the officer corps of our services.  Do I need to remind you of Minot/Barksdale?

We haven’t forgotten.

Would you like to know how many of your “cover and deception” teams have been compromised?

Your teams tracking radiation sickness and birth defects have tripped over too many very suspicious medical professionals.  Getting careless?

The entire myth, the airliners, the hijackers, the nano-thermite, the failed bridge attacks, the radiation studies, you will be confronted with all of it if time allows.

You think the plans for the micro-nukes weren’t stolen with everything else, eventually passing into organizations that entered a very unpleasant “feedback loop?”

A dozen countries have them now, can build thermonuclear weapons, given some uranium 235 or plutonium, tritium and other more exotic materials and a nano-related high energy mechanism, all of which would be smaller than a grapefruit.  Are they terrorists?

I sometimes laugh, you secretly are passing around memos that you think you have discovered an ICF, (inertial confinement facility) in Iran that would only be of use in the manufacture of 4th generation nuclear weapons when your hope was that the abandoned 2003 program was looking for a “gun type” Hiroshima nuke that Iran could never get enough fissionable material to construct.

The problem, of course, is that the ICF that they really don’t have you do have in violation of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.  This would mean, of course, that it had become possible to achieve a thermonuclear fusion reaction using less plutonium than needed to make a coin.

You think the worlds weapons physicists don’t talk with one another?  You love talking about others being terrorists.

No, you are the terrorists.

The Horseshoe Beam

Fission was so messy anyway.  Think of all that heat, 10,000 degrees, no residual radiation, no mushroom clouds, just pancaking floors and enough missing steel to make 3 Nimitz class aircraft carriers that you could pretend was too big to keep for evidence so claimed you sold it to the Chinese as scrap.  First it all had to go to Staten Island where all evidence was destroyed.

 

By the way, the Chinese are still waiting for that steel from 9/11?  It has been a decade?  Is it traveling by canoe?

Need more? What of course you did, and you know very well who I am talking to, is out of delusion, got into bed with organized crime and were “had.”

Fast Reactions

Where is your army now?  Waiting to attack Iran?  Oh really?  Check the VA hospitals, look under bridges, in prison cells, this is where the best and brightest of your army is, where you put them.

As they wore down, you had them discharged on false pretenses.

Your first sign was when they started, years ago, murdering their families.  Tell me you don’t remember that?

As your criminal overlords collapsed the world economy, as your wars, being honest, we shall call them a cascade of defeats, went on year after year.

The army that trillions was invested in became a hideout for drug dealers, street gangs, the unemployable while our NCO corps ate more and more pills, suffered nightmares every night.

And now, as “veteran/civilians” await decades of processing, lost forms, shredded mail at the VA or psychiatric treatment at facilities that are being, as we speak, systematically defunded and sabotaged despite record levels of funding.

We watch such things very carefully. We watch these things like the clumsy crews tracking the effects of 72 hours of ionizing radiation on Lower Manhattan caused by your four devices back in 2001.

I only wish I could believe.  The idea of so many of you suffering in hell for eternity would give such pleasure but now I am beginning to sound more like you.

For me it is retribution, for you it is malignant narcissism and criminal psychopathy.

We don’t just have evidence, we have so much more.  Years ago, people were afraid of you.  Look around now.  Not everyone knows what you did but most around you do and have had to live with the aftermath which has, if you haven’t noted, been a disaster for America and touched nearly every family.

Is Nutty a key player – or a bit player?

Try calling those phone numbers they gave you years ago.  For a few there will be an answer, for most, nobody will even remember your name.

We won’t forget and as for names, we have them all.

It isn’t just you, this is just my day to remind you.  There will be other reminders, this one is just meant to stimulate thought a bit. Then, of course, there are others to remind and the balancing of accounts.

There will be a balancing of accounts.  Second term is coming up and Romney and Santorum, the “stooges of choice” aren’t doing so well.

Ask yourself, does Obama know?  Does Biden forgive?  Will McCain and Lieberman be there to hide behind?

Perhaps you think what you know about others will protect you.

You think the Koch Brothers have your back or maybe Netanyahu?

Or are they on a list too?

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ZIO-NAZI CAMP: PALESTINIAN HANA SHALABI CLOSE TO DEATH

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Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi ‘close to death’

A poster depicting Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi
Ms Shalabi is experiencing muscle wastage and excruciating pain, medical rights activists say

A Palestinian woman detained by Israel who has been on hunger strike for the past month is at “immediate risk of death”, a medical rights group says.

Hana Shalabi, 30, needs to be transferred to hospital immediatelyaccording to the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)-Israel group. 

Ms Shalabi is protesting against being held without charge under a system called “administrative detention.”

Israel uses the measure against those it deems a security risk.

Ms Shalabi has lost 14kg (31lbs), her muscles are wasting and she is in excruciating pain, Ran Cohen of PHR-Israel told the Associated Press news agency.

PHR-Israel says it and other human rights groups “share fears regarding the adequacy and timeliness of the medical care available [to Ms Shalabi], especially given the growing concern about her rapidly deteriorating condition”.

For the time being, Ms Shalabi is being monitored at a prison clinic, an Israel Prison Service spokesperson told AP.

Ms Shalabi is reportedly a supporter of the militant group Islamic Jihad, which Israel has designated a terrorist organisation.

Palestinian protesters hold pictures of Hana Shalabi during a sit-in outside the Red Cross offices in Ramallah on February 28
Ms Shalabi’s hunger strike has won considerable sympathy amongst Palestinians

Ms Shalabi was one of the Palestinian prisoners freed from Israeli jails as part of the deal to free kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit deal last October, but was detained again in February.

Prison authorities say 20 other Palestinian detainees have launched hunger strikes in support of Ms Shalabi in the past two weeks, AP reports.

Last month another Palestinian prisoner, Khader Adnan, ended a 66-day hunger strike after reaching a deal with the Israeli authorities that will see him released in April.

Mr Adnan, who is widely believed to be a leader of Islamic Jihad, is also being held under “administrative detention”.

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