Below are 15 further thoughts and discoveries I'd like to share about this gravely troubling threat of Obama’s launching a military strike against Syria:
1. First off, this from Winslow Myers who compellingly writes,
Our missiles will unleash stupid violence. Unnecessary violence. Hypocritical Violence.
Stupid violence because it extends yet further the hatred that so many in the Middle East must feel for our crudely righteous meddling.
On August 21, Chris Hedges wrote a great post called “Bradley Manning and the Gangster State.” It is consonant with my own thinking, and, more importantly, it makes one focus on the most important issue facing democracy today: “Is there a democracy in the United States anymore, or have we already evolved into a form of totalitarianism?” And if we have, then is there any return from this, a counter-evolution or revolution, that will restore our political liberties and our ability to change our political regime?
”The most spied upon, monitored and controlled population in human history”
Here's Chris's opening statement:
”The swift and brutal verdict read out by Army Col. Judge Denise Lind in sentencing Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison means we have become a nation run by gangsters. It signals the inversion of our moral and legal order, the death of an independent media, and the open and flagrant misuse of the law to prevent any oversight or investigation of official abuses of power, including war crimes. The passivity of most of the nation’s citizens—the most spied upon, monitored and controlled population in human history—to the judicial lynching of Manning means they will be next. There are no institutional mechanisms left to halt the shredding of our most fundamental civil liberties, including habeas corpus and due process, or to prevent pre-emptive war, the assassination of U.S. citizens by the government and the complete obliteration of privacy.”
Some may object to the passionate and evaluative tone of this opening, and may want to quibble about whether Americans are “the most spied upon, monitored and controlled population in human history,” seeing this as glossing over the extreme conditions existing at the height of the Nazi, Stalin, and Mao regimes in Germany, the USSR, and China. But nevertheless it is hard to deny that in the areas of concern to the National Security Surveillance State, including not just foreign policy, “homeland security,” and the big media, but also in maintaining the dominance of the FIRE, Energy, military/industrial, and health insurance sectors of the economy, this statement is, sadly, true. Read more about Are We There Yet?
Brendan O’Neill in “The Army Pulled The Trigger, But The West Loaded The Gun” calls the posturing of concern -- a “restrained” outcry -- among Western leaders over the recent behavior of Egyptian security forces gunning down or wounding thousands of SIT-IN PROTESTERS “synthetic sorrow.”
I’d call what is happening on the streets of Egypt “terrorism” but apparently our Western terrorizing perpetrators of the GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR don’t judge it so.
O’Neill writes: Read more about Kerry Claims Egyptian Army ‘Restored Democracy’!
[hat tip to jo6pac for sharing marcy blog!]
Grant Gross in “Obama Calls for Review of Surveillance Programs” reported in a spirit of “good faith” toward Obama and the White House on Friday, August 9th:
U.S. President Barack Obama will work with Congress to limit data collection by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act and will appoint an independent board to review the country's surveillance programs, he said Friday.
Obama held a Friday press conference and continued to lie about the illegality of the NSA surveillance programs.
Obama, according to Barry Grey in “Obama’s press conference: The smiling face of a police state,” seriously wants the citizenry to believe its discomfort over Edward Snowden’s NSA mass surveillance revelations is just a poor job of public relations between his administration and the American population.
So as of last Sunday the US State Dept. closed down 19 foreign embassies and facilities in North Africa and the Middle East due to an ongoing “terror alert” begun last Friday based on what Thomas Gaist in "US officials cite deadly drone strike in Yemen to defend NSA spying operations" reports US officials call a "need to exercise caution.” Gaist declares this a “euphemistic way of saying the government does not have credible, specific evidence to offer to the public.” Read more about Real Global Terror Alert or NSA-Justifying Scare Tactic?
I just read an article called “US Drug Enforcement Agency conceals use of information from NSA mass surveillance programs” by Niles Williamson.
It made me SCREAMING MAD!!!!
Yes, there are lots of things on the assembly line of "FRESH HELLS ‘R’ US" AMERICA, but wait until you get a load of this one! Read more about Naughty US Drug Enforcement's NSA Use: PARALLEL CONSTRUCTION
According to Ryan Gorman of the Daily Mail, on August 2nd an attempt was made to edit the Edward Snowden Wikipedia page to replace the word “dissident” with the word ”traitor." The edit was rejected by a moderator of Wikipedia.
The IP address of the attempting editor had a US Senate registration.
Staffer, intern or senator one wonders.
Wikipediocracy watchdogs Wikipedia and noticed the adjustment first. Read more about Senate IP Edit ‘Dissident’ to ‘Traitor’ on Snowden Wikipedia
A commenter at DailyKos on my previous post on drawing the line in identifying whistle blowers said, among other things:
What I really find interesting is that Greenwald isn't even allegeding any wrong doing or illegal activity, just that the NSA 'has the capability' well no shit sherlock the government could do lots of things that doesn't mean it does or will.
Here's a memorable piece of video on Xkeyscore, featuring Piers Morgan, Glenn Greenwald, James Risen, and Jeffrey Toobin.
Risen and Greenwald get set up by Morgan pretty well to make Toobin look clueless, and silly, in his insistence that Snowden's done a very valuable thing for American democracy, but nevertheless must pay the price for releasing classified material. This is a village meme running around Washington, New York, and evidently, London, these days. Read more about Where Do You Draw the Line?
Re the NSA scandal, Obama postures that he wants to open a CRIMINAL investigation of what amounts to an information leakage on his own CRIMINALITY in defying our first, fourth and fifth amendment rights. His along with the other two branches of our government.
Fascistic enough for you? It is for me.
Norman Solomon in “Obama’s Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment”: Read more about STOP NSA! Authoritarianism Ending Individualism!
And by terrorists we mean environmentalists and protesters.
We are sliding towards fascism. For real. Read more about Proto death squads
You can run from the truth
You can hide from the truth
You can deny the truth
But you cannot destroy the truth
Robert J. Burrowes
According to Robert J. Burrowes in “Why Violence?” “no-Self” people run from, hide from, deny the truth. “Self” people recognize it and communicate it!
Edward Snowden! Self or no-Self?
Bradley Manning! Self or no-Self?
Gitmo Hunger Strikers! Selves or no-Selves? Read more about Invisible Violence to Kids = no-Self Adulthoods & Violence
I recently came across an interesting article with some bold theorizing by Robert J. Burrowes entitled “The Destruction of Obama.” Burrowes uses Obama’s autobiography “Dreams From My Father” to analyze probable childhood conditioning for what he determines is Obama’s lack of psychological integration today.
I have not read the book, but I found many of Burrowes’ psychological conclusions compelling.
Burrowes sees Obama as having serious and endangering “issues” and lists a few principle ones: Read more about The Tragic & Dangerous Arrested Development of Barack Obama
1) Political asylum is an internationally recognized right. Snowden’s motives for releasing the surveillance info were in the public interest --and not just the American public’s. It was not for private and self-aggrandizing gains. Snowden discovered a massive government conspiracy to violate the Fourth Amendment with “unreasonable searches and seizures.” It was his legal and moral duty to disclose it. Snowden’s fear of persecution is well-founded. He could face torture, incarceration without trial, or death (already may be on the "kill list") under the M.O. Read more about 10 Serious Considerations/Revelations (snip-less) re Snowden Scenario