Richard Phillips in “David Hicks seeks to overturn Guantánamo “terrorism” conviction” reveals that former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Australian citizen David Hicks has lodged an appeal with the US Court of Military Commission Review to overturn his 2007 conviction of “providing support for terrorism.” It is expected that the commission will NOT quash Hicks’ conviction. His American lawyer from the Center for Constitutional Rights will then appeal the case to the US federal district court. Read more about Australian David Hicks: Survivor of Gitmo’s Sadistic Abuse
Norman Solomon in “Big Brother’s Loyal Sister: How Dianne Feinstein Is Betraying Civil Liberties” does a good job calling out the betrayal of Senator Dianne Feinstein regarding NSA civil liberties criminality. Read more about Sen. Dianne Feinstein vs. Snowden & American Citizenry
We Americans in the bottom 99% or maybe 95% are again enduring another lap on the sickening and ever-impoverishing roller coaster of Disaster Capitalism engineered for us by our betraying, corporate-captured government leadership. The lower we are on that percentage continuum, the wilder and meaner the ride. Read more about Fascist Priorities of the US Govt Shutdown
Step two, see see above, call for its abolition
Step three: have congress create an emergency committee for national unity, which would have power over both the president and congress and would be staffed by Goldman Sachs
Step four: loot the country Read more about The first call for the abolition of democracy
Obama’s speech to the UN on Tuesday was slick and creepy -- dangerously threatening at times, especially its rejection of any serious commitment to the basic UN charter, and hypocritically jingoistic at other times, particularly in rationalizing “military humanitarian intervention” and conflating US imperialism with benignly “stabilizing the globe.” Read more about Wrong-Side-of-History Obama’s UN Speech: 10 Issues
I just read an illuminating article by David North entitled “US imperialism and the proxy war in Syria.” North addresses the reality that once again an overwhelming amount of pro-war propaganda is flooding out at us from the mainstream corporate media, broadcast and newspaper. Read more about US Prez/Media Play Us Americans As World's Lynch Mob
In his book, People of the Lie, Scott Peck maintains that the best way for us human beings to fight evil in our world is “to keep a gentle place of shelter for Jesus in our hearts.”
Jesus promoted love. Peace. Empathy. Good faith.
I resent when the pro-war corporate media labels us American citizens “war-weary.” As if we are and were okay with war but since there have been so many only NOW are we reluctant to have our country go to war. Read more about Jesus vs. Obama
This post by Lynn Parramore makes the point that the next crash is coming and probably will be blamed on the Democrats. It's a great point, but it needs to be pursued further. Read more about Do the Democrats Really Want to Bear the Blame for a Crash that Wall Street Will Cause?
So according to William Blum in “Saddam’s WMDs, Found at Last … in Syria!” there is a profound reluctance among millions globally AND in the U.S. to enable “ANOTHER IRAQ.” This is something that should give us hope about our fellow humans. There is a genuine reluctance among millions not to automatically follow say-anything, moral-compass-less Obama into further U.S. Read more about US Congress Will Give Obama Blank Check for WWIII!
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?