“The President’s Private Army“: NSA-CIA Spying is Central to Carrying Out the Obama Administration’s Assassination Program

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Intelligence Agencies Central In Assassination Programs Carried out Without Oversight

We’ve previously documented that the NSA isn’t just passively spying like a giant peeping tom, but is activelyusing that information in mischievous ways … such as assassinations.

A lot more information is about to come out on the topic. AP reports:

Two American journalists known for their investigations of the United States’ government said Saturday they’ve teamed up to report on the National Security Agency’s role in what one called a “U.S. assassination .”

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Jeremy Scahill, a contributor to The Nation magazine and the New York Times best-selling author of “Dirty Wars,” said he will be working with Glenn Greenwald, the Rio-based journalist who has written stories about U.S. surveillance based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The connections between war and surveillance are clear. I don’t want to give too much away but Glenn and I are working on a project right now that has at its center how the National Security Agency plays a significant, central role in the U.S. assassination program,” said Scahill ….

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“Dirty Wars” the film, directed by Richard Rowley, traces Scahill’s investigations into the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC. The movie, which won a prize for cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, follows Scahill as he hopscotches around the globe, from Afghanistan to Yemen to Somalia, talking to the families of people killed in the U.S. strikes.

JSOC , as well as the CIA, have been described asthe President’s private army“, which operate at the President’s beck-and-call with no real oversight.

But a fourth agency is also centrally involved in both intelligence-gathering and assassinations: the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). NCTC is responsible for generating the “disposition matrix” of who to murder using drones or other means.

As Greenwald noted last year:

The ACLU has long warned that the real purpose of the NCTC … is the “massive, secretive data collection and mining of trillions of points of data about most people in the United States” …. In particular, the NCTC operates a gigantic data-mining operation, in which all sorts of information about innocent Americans is systematically monitored, stored, and analyzed. This includes “records from law enforcement investigations, health information, employment history, travel and student records” – “literally anything the government collects would be fair game”. In other words, the NCTC – now vested with the power to determine the proper “disposition” of terrorist suspects – is the same agency that is at the center of the ubiquitous, unaccountable surveillance state aimed at American citizens.

Worse still, as the ACLU’s legislative counsel Chris Calabrese documented back in July in a must-read analysis, Obama officials very recently abolished safeguards on how this information can be used. Whereas the agency, during the Bush years, was barred from storing non-terrorist-related information about innocent Americans for more than 180 days – a limit which “meant that NCTC was dissuaded from collecting large databases filled with information on innocent Americans” – it is now free to do so. Obama officials eliminated this constraint by authorizing the NCTC “to collect and ‘continually assess’ information on innocent Americans for up to five years”.

But don’t worry, the government would never assassinate Americans living on U.S. soil … would it?

And even if it would, it would only consider truly bad guys to be terrorists … wouldn’t it?

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Worldwide Militarization and the Weapons Industry: America’s Surveillance and Targeted Assassination Machine

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Perpetual mass-media deception and pervasive surveillance encompass a never ending train of abuse that won’t end any time soon. As long as armaments factories continue producing weapons of death for the fortune 500 Wall Street elite who reside in U.S. capitalist society, war and threats of war will continue to expand and take on an ever deadly character.

Over 1000 military bases stationed, world-wide, nuclear weapons, a nuclear, first-strike posture by U.S. anti-ballistic missile systems and thousands of tanks, planes, bombers, armadas, special forces killer teams, hundreds of proxies and the Central Intelligence Agency that massacres civilians in Pakistan with drones on a routine basis, not because the missiles are missing their targets as claimed but because slaughtering civilians is a rapacious and depraved tool of the U.S. war mongers and their imperial war machine–that includes the civilian CIA, for resource control against Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and any other nation the U.S. bombs to sustain its militarized war economy and claim to control the world’s most coveted petroleum resources in the Caspian Basin and Africa.

No other power in the world divides sections of the globes into various coms–Africom, Centom, Eucom, Pacificom and Southcom, among others.

CIA uses the corporate war military complex tools of surveillance and an informant network to understand who it is slaughtering and the people who are hit by the missiles are seen as associated with the “target,” whoever this person is. It is not an accident, but a tool of state terrorism that is used in all counter-guerilla or counter-terror wars run by CIA and military to target friends, associates and family of those who are an impediment to U.S. imperial control or a convenient enemy for the military industrial complex to ratchet up domestic armaments spending and perpetuate the standing armies in the Pentagon branches with hundreds of millions of dollars of tax-payer money.

That CIA funds the Pakistani ISI and ISI, in turn funds the Taliban doesn’t really matter in the make-believe-media world of War on Terror that permanently threatens civilian slaughter against innocent bystanders whose personal relations are somehow tied up in this internecine web of war and deception based upon racism, fear lies and conformity to sustain the fortunes of the Wall Street ruling class, the CIA, the military and armaments industry. Nor does it matter that the CIA organized the airlifts for weapons transport via Saudi, Qatari and Jordanian military aircraft that put weapons into the hands of NATO backed Sunni-terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda to destabilize Assad. It also doesn’t matter that there are fewer than 50 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan according to former CIA director Leon Panetta and that the Taliban had nothing to do with the 911 attacks. The U.S. must occupy militarily permanently to sustain the war industry and keep its finger on the tap of Caspian Basin oil.

Various authors are claiming that because the United States and Russia are coming to an agreement on the chemical weapons of Bashar Al Assad that this somehow represents progress. But this is a mere farce and at best unfounded optimism due to the current, media staged U.S. posturing. The armaments industry still controls the United States. COINTELPRO is currently in full operation against those who oppose the U.S. war machine.

This war, foreign and domestic doesn’t just end–and people shouldn’t attempt to fool themselves or others. Just because one slaughter/attack was temporarily eluded, and look at how it is done, through an international, disarmament-policing mechanism, a smaller power is compelled to agree to give up their weapons to a more dominant body, which in turn dominates every one and the people doing it are largely guilty of war crimes. How does this represent a progress? The United States doesn’t need to use violence everywhere anymore. It has become so powerful that merely threatening to do so achieves the same results. It has hundreds of thousands of military and private contractors, JSOC not to mention CIA in Afghanistan, CIA in Pakistan, troops stationed in Korea, Germany, special-forces killer teams in over 120 nations, a spy network that spans the entire domestic United States with over 800,000 employees in the secretive domestic national security state that records and monitors U.S. citizens phone calls and e-mails, people employed in private prisons to warehouse the massive population of unemployed black male, many of whom are prisoners for non-violent crimes in the counter-insurgency style war on drugs that is a boon to the U.S. private prison industry and the U.S. uses cut-throat killer mercenaries in Syria who have murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent people. It isn’t even proven that Assad used weapons against his people and so the U.S. and Russia now negotiate how Assad will disarm, yet the greatest purveyor of violence in the world–the United States government remains armed to the teeth after it obliterated 3 million people in Vietnam, millions in Iraq and burned to death 300,000-400,000 civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and is now threatening Russia that it will back out of negotiations to include Syria within the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) if Russia doesn’t include Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter into the U.S. Russia accords, essentially allowing a NATO/U.S. military attack against Syria if it is seen as “not complying,” according to the D.C. war criminals’ corrupt, hypocritical standards.

All of this when it is obvious that Assad’s use of weapons against civilians two days after UN inspectors arrived in Damascus would have been a completely irrational act and completely unlikely. Various left commentators want to continuously point out that Assad has committed crimes, including torture, but the instigator of the secret rendition program that snatched and locked away detainees in the imperialist police state war on terror was George W. Bush, not Assad.

Speaking about the crimes of the designated official enemy Assad for past crimes committed with CIA collaboration when the U.S. war, surveillance assassination machine spans the globe and is not ruling out another massacre, when it already massacres and knocks off civilians and enemies of U.S. empire via drone hits designed to inflict terror and maintains a vast diplomatic, military and intelligence occupation world-wide and war criminals belonging to the capitalist ruling class who used Assad as a torture proxy reside free of punishment seems a bit hypocritical. This is no time for jubilation. No victory has been won.

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What the government shutdown teaches us about the Afghanistan warAn Iraq war

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For both Republicans and Democrats, life stays lavish while playing political games with our lives are used as bargaining chips.
BY MIKE PRYSNER

Let’s look at this debate and the shutdown for what it really is, and what the attitudes about the politicians involved teach us about their management of our lives.

For veterans and service members, the government shut down means the closing down of many essential services. The Veterans Benefits Administration will be unable to process education and rehabilitation benefits, which are critical to so many vets being able to pay their bills. The Board of Veterans’ Appeals will be unable to hold hearings, extending our already outrageous wait period even longer.

If the shutdown continues, the 3.6 million veterans who receive disability and compensation payments for wounds in service—many of whom completely rely on these paychecks to eat—will not be paid. “Thank you for your service”?

The Republicans, on their quest to attack all social programs, civil rights and social rights, are mad that 50 million people will have access to healthcare who didn’t before. This is their opportunity to rally their base against “big government” to pad their pockets from lobbyist friends and boost their anti-worker election strategy.

The Democratic Party is cool with the shutdown. Instead of fighting the right-wing assault that will affect millions, they’re excited to use this towards their election strategy, too, with new ammunition to paint the Republicans as causing hardship for the “middle class”—so they’re happy to wait it out. No rush for them.

So these Congressmen, who are mostly millionaires and work only around 135 days out of the year, playing a political chess game and in their rich-guy spat consider our lives fair game to throw on the table. Our lives and the lives of our families are expendable, to enrich the lives and careers of these rich politicians.

These same politicians gush endlessly over loving the troops and veterans, especially when it comes to justifying multi-billion-dollar contracts to defense corporations—like the recent  1.2 billion (yes, billion) dollar deal to buy 48 missiles for the United Arab Emirates. Seems like our tax money well spent, if you’re a Lockheed Martin CEO or a prince in the UAE. (NPR, Sept. 23, 2013)

At home and abroad, their careers more important than our lives

U.S. troops are now dying and loosing
limbs patrolling areas the 
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politicians know 
we will abandon.

Now the let’s look at how the politicians take this same attitude in the government shutdown to the war in Afghanistan. We’re about to mark its 12th year anniversary. The vast majority of Americans oppose it. But Congress has no qualms about approving funds to keep that war going endlessly.

Those same politicians know and acknowledge from their classified foreign policy briefings that the war in Afghanistan cannot be won. Just take it from the general who commanded the war (and the CIA), David Petraeus, when he thought nobody was listening: “You have to recognize also that I don’t think you win this war. … This is the kind of fight we’re in for our lives and probably our kids’ lives.”

They tell us we’re fighting and dying and killing to keep the Taliban from coming back to power. But that isn’t actually true. The U.S. is negotiating with the Taliban behind the scenes and begging them to join a national unity government (i.e., putting them in power).

But they also  know and acknowledge that the Taliban, bolstered by a national, multi-dimensional resistance movement against the U.S./NATO occupation, don’t really care about the offers that include bowing to the U.S. military, because they’re committed to a long war and know, like the U.S. commanders, that they’ve created a no-win situation for the U.S. military effort.

The people of the United States do not support this ridiculous exercise and the politicians also know that the U.S. must withdraw from Afghanistan. But they don’t want to do it right away because none of them want to take responsibility for telling the truth and saying that the war is lost and that we need to leave immediately.

Neither the politicians nor the generals want to even suggest that they would tarnish the image of the U.S. military as the most invincible, powerful force ever known. They use that a lot, in their dealings with many other countries, as we know.

So they keep us there. They “end” the war in a “phased withdrawal” that lasts several years. That way they can maintain the myth that the U.S. is not retreating from the battlefield without “victory.” We die and get badly wounded just so they can save face. What makes this even more disgusting is that these politicians are mostly privileged millionaires who, except in the rarest case, never see their children go to war nor served themselves.

In the meantime, they get bought dinner at 5-star steakhouses with their defense contractor friends, going home to their families in big homes, with no worries about putting their rich-mans-club career in jeopardy. At that same time, we do something very different.

We kill the time losing legs on pointless patrols through fields we know will return to the hands of the people resisting in them; we spend the time getting blown apart by rockets in outposts we know will close down when it is politically convenient for those rich politicians.

While the generals and politicians order us to retreat in slow motion, to protect their image and the endless flow of cash to the defense industry, countless lives and limbs are sacrificed.

Like their current posturing match, they are also playing a political chess game in Afghanistan, in which our lives are expendable to suit theirs.

The government shutdown charade and the saving-face strategy in Afghanistan are both examples of how our “leaders” are incapable of managing our lives, and why we shouldn’t follow their ridiculous orders.

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U.S. Gov’t Is Greatest Enemy of Freedom & Privacy – Here’s Why & How to Protect Yourself

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For many Americans, it is inconceivable to imagine the United States of America,

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the so-called “Land of the Free”, as a police state…but it is a police state and has been one surreptitiously for decades. This article clearly outlines why that is the case and what you can do to protect your privacy from government spying.

The first step toward living a private life is knowing who your enemy is, and to find your enemy, look no farther than government. Government is the greatest enemy of freedom and privacy. The two principal powers of government are the power of the purse and the power of the sword. Both are utilized to create a highly controlled and regulated society where everyone is monitored from birth to death – by both digital and physical spying.

Go here to read the details  – and here – of how they undertake to do that and what you can do to thwart their efforts – and read some of the following articles which will prove helpful to ensure your security and privacy.

Related Articles:

1. The U.S. Is a Police State – Here’s Why & How to Protect Your Privacy

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For many Americans, it is inconceivable to imagine the United States of America, the so-called “Land of the Free”, as a police state…[but it] is a police state and has been one surreptitiously for decades. [This article clearly outlines why that is the case and what you can do to protect your privacy from government spying.] Read More »

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Revelations about the breathtaking scope of government spying are coming so fast that it’s time for an updated roundup. Here it is and it will shock you. Read More »

3. Think Your Password Is Secure? Hardly!

Most things we think about password security are completely wrong as I found out when I tested one of my passwords against Silent Circle’s crypto analysis tool. Words: 487 Read More »

4. Internationalize Your Internet Address – Here’s Why & How

 In this article I explain why you should seriously consider internationalizing your domain name, teach you some basic terms so that you can understand how to choose the jurisdiction of your domain name (as well as make sure that your personal or business information is not leaked out into the public domain) and tell you how to do it. Read on! Read More »
The overreach of the “War on Terror” and heavy-handed copyright laws lend the cover for any US agency to monitor and control your Internet activity. These, and myriad other laws, mean that your personal/business website can be seized at the drop of a hat under the flimsiest of pretexts. Fortunately, it is relatively easy and cheap to move your digital presence across borders where it can dwell in friendlier jurisdictions. Read More »

6. It’s Imperative to Protect Your Security/Privacy Online – Here Are 5 Ways To Do So

Online privacy is becoming more important…Below are five different tools and services that…you can set up…in 5 minutes. Each of them will go a long way in securing your privacy online. Words: 460 Read More »

7. Your Password Isn’t Enough to Keep Your Info Secure on the Internet – So What’s a Person to Do?

With password leaks and dumps becoming common occurrences our lives are simply becoming too easy to crack. That string of characters you use as a password can’t protect you any more. What’s being done about improving the situation? What’s being done about making our lives more secure? This infographic attempts to answer those questions and more. Read More »

8. Google Yourself and You May Be Amazed – Or Even Dismayed – At What People Know About YOU!

To answer the question “How much can people learn about me by simply Googling me?” just Google yourself, or as some people say, complete your own “vanity search”. You may be amazed – and perhaps even dismayed – at what is out there about you! Why should you care? Because friends, relatives, employers, recruiters, hiring managers, and even strangers may be searching for information about you on the web so shouldn’t you better control what people can learn about you online? Read More »

9. Social Media Sites are Tracking You! Here’s How to Better Manage Your Online/Phone Apps

As our lives become increasingly digital it is easy to share more and more information online and with our phones. Some of these sites and apps that you use, however, may not be as trustworthy as you think. This extremely informative infographic shows quite clearly what is going on and what you can do to stop apps from either tracking you altogether or to the extent that they currently are.

10. Become a PT: Live the “5 Flags of Freedom” – Here’s How

It takes time to get out of the system legally and into freedom. Frankly, most people are too conditioned to go for it. They are stuck in the system and are convinced it’s the only way so it’s not for everyone. For those of you who truly seek freedom and are willing to take on the challenge, though, it’s 100% possible. Think about it! Read More »

 

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New Rules on Bombing Random countries

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Forget the debate on Syria, we need a debate on why we’re always debating whether to bomb someone. Because we’re starting to look not so much like the world’s policeman, but more like George Zimmerman:

itching to use force and then pretending it’s because we had no choice.

 

by Bill Maher

The Guardian, UK

New rule: 12 years after 9/11, and amidst yet another debate on whether to bomb yet another Muslim country, America must stop asking the question, “Why do they hate us?” Forget the debate on Syria, we need a debate on why we’re always debating whether to bomb someone. Because we’re starting to look not so much like the world’s policeman, but more like George Zimmerman: itching to use force and then pretending it’s because we had no choice.

Now, I’m against chemical weapons, and I don’t care who knows it. And there’s no doubt a guy like Bashar al-Assad deserves to get blown up: using toxic chemicals on unsuspecting civilians is purely and profoundly evil.

Editor’s note : Bill Maher needs to fire his script writer!

“…the UN Resolution 2118 agreed to last Friday by Washington, London and Paris, does not attribute the blame for the chemical weapon incidents… to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The significance of that is that it discards from the official discourse the erstwhile and spurious allegations from the Western powers that the Syrian government forces were the perpetrators. That is an important nullification on the record of the West’s propaganda line.”

While there is no evidence (or motive) pointing to the Assad government  there is little doubt among analysts that the Washington warmongers’ backed rebels were responsible for the chemical attacks.

“However the threat is not over ……………………

 These rabid (Jihadi) terrorists funded by covert operations of many governments  misusing Islam whether Al Qaeda or Al Nusra or Al Shabab etc., are all agent provocateur organizations,the storm troopers of criminalized governments waging covert war against other countries and sometimes against their own people using such covert organizations.We need a WHITE PAPER on these organizations by an International Committee with regional sub -committees to probe how they were established to save regions from their scourge. They have been deployed all over the world wherever a provocation for war was needed.”

Notes, Analysts Finian CunninghamSoraya Sepahpour-Ulrich and Niloufer Bhagwatrespectively, all independent (researchers and writers) and they are not alone in their cognizance. 

But enough about Monsanto. When it comes to Syria, I do understand the appeal of putting the world on notice that if you use poison gas, the United States of America will personally fuck you up: we will seek out the counsel and support of the entire family of nations, and then, no matter what they say, we will go ahead and fuck you up.

But however valid that argument may be, it is, I believe, outweighed by the fact that we have to stop bombing Muslim countries if we ever want to feel safe from terrorism in our own. The Chemical Weapons Convention is important, but to the jihadi in the street, it just looks like we’re always looking for a new reason to bomb them. We keep calling this part of the world a tinderbox – and we keep lighting fires there.

Even worse, bombing seems to be our answer for everything.

Since 1945, when Jesus granted America air superiority, we’ve bombed Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Serbia, Somalia, Bosnia, the Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and Yemen. And Yemen only because the tenth one was free.

How did we inherit this moral obligation to bring justice to the world via death from above? Are we Zeus? It doesn’t make any sense.

Our schools are crumbling, and we want to teach everyone else a lesson?

And look, like I said, I’m no fan of Assad. And I say that openly: I don’t care if it costs me jobs in Hollywood. I think he’s the worst kind of sociopath – the kind who commits unspeakable acts, but who looks like a menswear salesman.

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I’m just pointing out that in recent years, our foreign policy debates look like the Facebook page of a loner who shot up a McDonald’s. We’re the only country in the world that muses out loud about who we might bomb next:

Iran, yeah we might bomb you … thinking about it … maybe, depends on my mood.

We did this with Iraq after 9/11, even though they had nothing to do with 9/11. We do it with Iran every day. And now, it’s Syria’s turn. We’re like a schoolyard bully who’s got every kid in the class nervous they’re going to be next – and I don’t know if anyone should have that power. Can you imagine going to work and sitting at the lunch table in front of ten people and saying:

Hey, you think we should … kill Bob? It would send a message to Steve.

Who acts like this?

People in other countries don’t talk like this. Probably because, if they did, we’d bomb them. Is there no self-awareness about how arrogant it looks to sit around politely pondering who needs a good bombing?

And,we’re the only nation – as we have seen in this Syrian fiasco – who threatens to drop bombs on you while telling you we don’t want to get involved!

We’re just bombing, please, don’t get up – no boots on the ground, just a little light bombing, we’ll be out of your hair in a week.

I remember being on the Howard Stern show 12 years ago this week, right after 9/11, and Howard said that, in retaliation for 9/11, America should bomb a Muslim country, any Muslim country, it didn’t matter which one. And yet somehow, I was the one on trial for talking crazy.

And I thought to myself, really? Bomb any Muslim country – that’s the policy? Get a map of the Middle East and just throw a dart at it?

Well, apparently George W Bush was listening that day because that’s exactly what we did.

Source: The Guardian, UK.

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Ex-NSA/CIA chief Hayden jokes of putting Snowden on kill list

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Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency (NSA) (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency (NSA) (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

When it comes to Edward Snowden, it’s reasonable to expect a little hard talk from former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden. After all, it is HIS baby that’s been shamed by Snowden’s leaks.

But hinting that there are ‘lists’ on which Snowden should be is taking things to a new level.

Speaking at a panel discussion on Thursday, the ex-NSA director made it clear that he’s aware of Snowden’s nomination for a European Human Rights Award.

But Hayden revealed that he’d rather see the NSA whistleblower on a kill list than a short-list:

“I must admit in my darker moments over the past several months, I’d also thought of nominating Mr. Snowden, but it was for a different list,” Hayden said during a cybersecurity panel hosted by the Washington Post.

As the audience laughed, US lawmaker Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, offered Hayden his support: “I can help you with that,” he said.

Though Hayden didn’t specify exactly what list he had in mind, the idea was crystal clear and fits with the threatening tone of previous statements he’s made on Snowden. He has previously equated Snowden’s hacktivist supporters to terrorists, dubbing them “twentysomethings who haven’t talked to the opposite sex in five or six years” and labeled Snowden himself a ‘morally arrogant young man’ who will probably ‘end up like an alcoholic’.

Regardless, this latest ‘kill list’ remark is the most sinister of all Hayden’s thinly veiled threats towards Edward Snowden.

The NSA whistleblower has recently made the shortlist of finalists for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Snowden is wanted in the US on espionage charges, after leaking secret documents revealing the US surveillance program PRISM used to gather private data.

In August, he was granted temporary asylum in Russia, where he currently resides.

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Jewish Americans turning their backs on I$raHell

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The apartheid state of Israel has good reason to be worried. This is clear from the increasingly desperate efforts of Binyamin Netanyahu to convince the Americans that a war with Iran would be really great, despite the apparently sincere attempts of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, to put relations with the West on a new, constructive footing.

But it isn’t just Rouhani’s dovishness that’s worrying the warmongers in usurped Palestine. Israel is losing America, and the loss has little to do with the incumbent in the White House.

A recent poll of American Jews by the Pew Research Centre confirms that American Jews are turning away from Israel.  Among other things, it found that

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  • Nearly one in three (31 per cent) of Jewish Americans said they did not feel attached to Israel. Another 39 per cent felt only “somewhat” attached.
  • Sixty-two per cent of Jewish Americans do not believe that the Israeli government is negotiating in good faith with the Palestinians.
  • A massive 83 per cent do not agree that the construction of Jewish colonies on the Palestinian West Bank helps Israeli security.
  • Forty-four per cent of Jewish Americans believe the colonizing of Palestinian land is actively harmful to Israeli security.
  • A huge 72 per cent say there is a lot of discrimination against Muslim Americans.
  • Only 42per cent say there is a lot of discrimination against Jewish Americans.

According to Professor Juan Cole, one of the conclusions to be drawn form this poll is that Israel’s stooges in the United States are becoming irrelevant. “The Israel lobbies don’t represent most Jewish voters, and if voter sentiment is the issue, they can most often safely be defied,” he says.

The same goes for Zionist censorship bodies such as CAMERA, which monitor journalists and attempt to discipline them or get them sacked if they dare criticize Likud policy. These, he says, “should just be ignored” because “[t]hey don’t speak for Jewish Americans. They speak for a small group of fanatics.”

As Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

America’s Jews are waking up to the big Zionist lie. And not before time.

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Time to turn table on West warmongers

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The truth is that the UN resolution successfully de-fangs the warmongers. They now sound like sore losers whose diminishing threats are impotent attempts at flexing muscle. In this regard, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has safely steered the American war machine off the road.

by Finian Cunningham
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US President Barack Obama described the latest Security Council resolution on Syrian chemical weapons as “a huge victory for the world”. It certainly was a huge victory for diplomacy over war, to the relief of the world’s people.

But for Obama to seek credit in the passing of this resolution is contemptible. It was a defeat for warmongers led by the likes of Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry, who were clamoring for unilateral missile strikes on Syria.

Also among those defeated are the American warmonger puppets of Britain and France, David Cameron and Francois Hollande. Nursing wounded egos are those other cheerleaders of American imperialism, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Recall that only a few weeks ago, these protagonists and proxies were on the cusp of launching an all-out criminal war of aggression on the Syrian Arab Republic.

Some of these warmongers seem to still retain residual fantasies of a military attack. President Obama has since the signing of the UN Security Council resolution last Friday, warned that Syria’s government will “face consequences” if it does not comply with the disarmament of its chemical weapons stockpile.

The Israeli minister of military affairs Moshe Yaalon went even further, reportedly telling media “after dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons, the regime in Damascus must be changed”.

The truth is that the UN resolution successfully de-fangs the warmongers. They now sound like sore losers whose diminishing threats are impotent attempts at flexing muscle. In this regard, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has safely steered the American war machine off the road.

In the wording of the resolution, which is binding to all parties, there is no mention of the use of military force. Use of force was precisely what Washington and its puppets and cheerleaders were threatening. Now there is a legal framework in place where such threats have been excluded.

Admittedly, in the final provision of the resolution, number 21, it is stated “in the event of non-compliance with this resolution, including unauthorized transfer of chemical weapons, or any use of chemical weapons by anyone in the Syrian Arab Republic, [permits] to impose measures under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter”.

The ominous Chapter VII may, in theory, lead to military force. But that eventuality would require another unanimous resolution, which Russia and China will veto.

This is no guarantee that the warmongers will not persist at some stage in the future with their plans of aggression and regime change in Syria. After all there are countless laws and charters already in existence for many decades that prohibit illegal violence, but which have not deterred American, British, French or Israeli terrorism.

Nevertheless, Resolution 2118 on Syria is an important impediment to the illicit war agenda and raises the political price for parties that might try to embark on a belligerent path. This is in the crucial context of worldwide public opposition to the warpath. No less important is that the American and European public is trenchantly against any such bellicose adventurism by rogue leaders.

In that way, the resolution is not so much a framework that puts Syria’s chemical weapons under international control but rather it puts American lawlessness and recourse to unilateral aggression, or state terrorism, under international control.

There are more positive aspects. For a start, if we accept the assumption that the Syrian government did not use or has no intention of using chemical weapons and that it has signed up in good faith to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, then there will be no such contingency as “non-compliance”.

The Syrian government has therefore found a legal way to safely dispose of a dangerous liability in the form of its chemical munitions stockpile. Maintaining this arsenal imposes unnecessary financial costs on the Syrian government. In an analogous way to Iran’s argument that nuclear weapons are an obsolete instrument at this point in history, so too it can be said about chemical weapons. To get rid of them is thus a relief from a burden.

The beauty is that this seeming concession is actually a gain, while the West’s concession of disposing its war plans is obviously a double gain for Syria.

Furthermore, the resolution agreed to last Friday by Washington, London and Paris, does not attribute the blame for the chemical weapon incident near Damascus on 21 August to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The significance of that is that it discards from the official discourse the erstwhile and spurious allegations from these Western powers that the Syrian government forces were the perpetrators. That is an important nullification on the record of the West’s propaganda line.

In addition, the resolution places explicit onus that “no party in Syria should use, develop, produce, acquire, stockpile, retain, or transfer chemical weapons”.

This means it is not just the Syrian government that might be faulted and sanctioned for non-compliance (which it won’t); the Western-backed militants are now under scrutiny. And not just the militants, but all those who support, sponsor and supply them.

The resolution is not a one-way street compelling the Syrian government to walk alone. It rightly allows for the focus to be put on the Western-backed mercenaries and their masters. Washington, London and Paris can be made to do some serious walking by the assiduous application of their own signed-up-to words.

There is a risk, of course, that the Western-sponsored militants will try another false flag with chemical weapons to pin on the Assad government.

But, again, this risk is minimized by the Syrian government putting its arsenal under verifiable jurisdiction. If anything, it should become more apparent who the real perpetrators of misusing chemicals are: the Western-backed Takfiri groups.

In that case, the UNSC resolution permits legal and political sanctions to be slapped on the Western governments or their regional proxies in Tel Aviv, Riyadh and Ankara.

As time goes by, the evidential case points more strongly and irrefutably to the Western-backed militants as having used these ghastly chemical weapons. Just this weekend, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov disclosed that Moscow has further evidence connecting the Western-sponsored militants in the deadly sarin attack on Khan al Assal in Aleppo on 19 March earlier this year with the atrocity on 21 August near Damascus.

Sooner or later the full truth will emerge; and in that event the Western governments will be gravely liable on the basis of the latest UNSC resolution.

Finally, another advantage from the latest resolution is that under provision 16, it “endorses fully the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012 (Annex II), which sets out a number of key steps beginning with the establishment of a transitional governing body exercising full executive powers, which could include members of the present government and the opposition and other groups and shall be formed on the basis of mutual consent.”

Notable is the reiterated inclusion of members of the present government. This provision scotches, at least legally speaking, the Western agenda of regime change through covert terrorism. It pours egg on the face of the likes of John Kerry, William Hague and Laurent Fabius who have been harping on about Assad standing down and “having no place on this earth”.

Kerry Diplowormery

To be sure, it would be foolish to complacently place all trust in a UN Security Council resolution. The warmongers have been de-fanged for now but they can grow back new teeth.

However, it should not be underestimated that the legal framework has been carved out through the diligent work of Russia, Syria and Iran to turn the table on the Western warmongers.

The ultimate weapons are knowledge and intelligence; and these warmongers, while they are sneaky, are fatally weakened by their own stupid contradictions and lies. Let’s hit them with everything.

Source: Presstv

 

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Drone Crashes Halt Flights from Djibouti

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US halts drone flights from Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti

 Written by Guy Martin for Defense Web

US military predator drone.The US military has stopped flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from its main African base in Djibouti after a string of crashes, moving operations to a remote desert airstrip.Camp Lemonnier, next to Djibouti’s international airport, is the only official American military base on the African continent and is an important hub for stationing special forces and manned and unmanned military aircraft operating in the region.

In late 2010, the US dispatched eight MQ-1B Predators to Djibouti and turned Camp Lemonnier into a full-time UAV base. These UAVs have been used to strike targets in Yemen and Somalia.However, the operation of UAVs from Camp Lemonnier has been challenged by a number of accidents, with five incidents involving General Atomics MQ-1 Predators since the beginning of 2011, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).As a result, Djiboutian officials asked the American military to halt UAV flights from Camp Lemonnier. “There was a concern over what would happen if a MQ-1 obstructed a runway, and that it would have a significant impact on commercial air operations,” an anonymous official told Agence France Presse last week, confirming a Washington Post story.

Now, the US military has moved its UAV fleet in Djibouti to Chabelley Airfield, around 10 kilometres from the capital Djibouti. It flew its last UAV flight from Camp Lemonnier earlier this month.

According to a document from the US Congress seen by the Washington Post, some $13 million will be spent on upgrading the Chabelley airfield in support of UAV flights.

All other US military aircraft, such as manned surveillance aircraft, transport aircraft, helicopters and fighter jets, (RQ/MQ-1s, MQ-9s, U-28As, F-1Es and C-130s) will continue to fly out of Camp Lemonnier.

US officials said operations would not be affected by the UAV move. Up to 16 takeoffs and landings used to take place at Camp Lemonnier every day.

The US earlier suspended UAV operations in the Seychelles after two Reapers crashed at the international airport.

Camp Lemonnier is home to some 3 000 US personnel and, due to its importance to the US military, is undergoing a series of upgrades, with $808 million planned to be spent on improving infrastructure at the site.

On September 24, the US Department of Defence awarded BL Harbert International a $150 million contract for the construction of a forward operating site at Camp Lemonnier over an area of 20 acres. Eleven new buildings will include a hangar, air operations centre, armoury, operations centre, warehouse, training facility, vehicle maintenance shop etc. An aircraft parking apron will also be built. Work is expected to conclude by August 2016.

The US DoD also announced other contracts, including a $36 million contract to Caddell Construction Co for the design and construction of a combined headquarters building and joint operations centre at the base.

ITSI Gilbane Co was awarded a $16.6 million contract for power plant upgrades at the base, with work concluding by October next year.

In addition, earlier this month Kellogg, Brown & Root Services was awarded a $14.2 million contract for “base operation support services” at both Camp Lemonnier and Manda Bay, Kenya. This involves general running and support of the base. The contract runs to June 2017.

The US military also flies UAVs from Arba Minch in Ethiopia and Niamey in Niger.

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Obama Hosts Psychotic Predator at White House

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Each Year Billions of American Hard Working Tax Dollars Go to Funding a Warmonger in Warmonger Clothing!  It Must End!

by Johnny Punish

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In the wake of last week’s Obama/Rouhani telephone call in which U.S. and Iranian President began a dialogue ending with both expressing confidence that diplomatic ties can begin to grow, the incessant and objectionable Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately launched into a campaign to thwart the diplomacy and return back to the war mongering disposition to get the USA to attack Iran on its behalf killing millions of destroying further what’s left of the credibility of the USA.

First we saw Israel release to its corporate assigns in the U.S. media that Iran is spying on Israel “Israel releases pictures allegedly taken by detained Iranian spy”. Then, not getting much traction, we see Bibi immediately hop on plane to visit Barry at the White House today in an effort to “tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk.”

Great! Here we are…American Taxpayers, sick of war, sick of hate, sick of racism, sick of occupation, and we have to entertain this bizarre freako as he rushes to meet with our U.S. President because he’s actually making deals of peace and business instead of dropping bombs and killing innocents. Great!
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Didn’t Bibi get our message on Syria yet? We don’t want wars anymore! We want diplomacy. We, the American people, have realized that diplomacy is a the mark of success and that bombing and warring with our fellow humans that have less fire power is NOT the way to win friends and influence people; nor is it moral or substantial for a leading country like ours. In other words, his way is NOT okay!

Okay, so as this very dangerous knucklehead takes aim at Barry today, who he clearly cannot stand, we, the American people, continue to endure his presence on our soil and a media that continues to prop this predator up as a “unbreakable friend”.
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To this writer, we shouldn’t be letting him break down the doors of the white house to yell at our President but we should immediately announce that…

stop

If Israel does NOT give up its chemical weapons and accept U.N. inspections on its weapons of mass destruction including but not limited to its over 300 nuclear bombs that everyone knows it has, then ALL U.S. aid and business contracts will be suspended in full. Period!

And furthermore, Bibi will be investigated for war crimes. Then we send him for a psychological evaluation to determine if he belongs in a mental hospital or jail.

I mean, if we follow the 20 Signs That You Are A Psychopath”  report from the world’s leading doctors, well, it sure appears that, like 25% of the U.S. prison population, this man lacks empathy and is clearly a psychopath; which means, Obama should put his arm around this sick man, tell him no mo money for you, and then call in the guys with the white jackets and take his sorry war mongering ass away!

It’s time for a new world order alright and there is NO place left for these 20th century relics anymore. It’s one love for all of us now….sorry bro! Apartheid sucks, you suck, occupation sucks, and we’re not buying anymore!
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