By Robert C. Koehler
What I keep longing to hear, in the hemorrhaging national debate about Edward Snowden, whistleblowing and the NSA, is some acknowledgment of what the word “security” actually means, and what role — if any — the government should play in creating it.
“You can’t have 100 percent security and also have 100 percent privacy.”
A moment of silence, please, for the dying patriarchy. That, of course, was how President Obama explained it to the American public shortly after the spy scandal hit the fan. When did we become “the children” in our relationship with the government, irrelevant to its day-to-day operations, utterly powerless as we stand in its massive, protecting shadow?
RT interviews Susan Lindauer (see video here).
The US is moving to place sanctions on anyone who opposes what Washington calls a democratic process in Yemen. Anti-war activist Susan Lindauer says this brings the US right into Al-Qaeda’s trap.
Yemen is fighting an alleged Al-Qaeda insurgency with military support from the United States. On top of this, the Arab state continues to suffer from months of political unrest, with anti-government protesters demanding more reforms.
By Ali Gharib
Use caution in reading the Iraq war logs—and news coverage of them.
A source provides details to the American government about the nefarious activities of a Middle Eastern country. That information ends up in scores of secret U.S. government documents. Subsequently, the information winds up on the front pages of major newspapers, and is heralded by war hawks in Washington as a casus belli.
Sound familiar? It should, but perhaps not in the way you’re thinking. Here’s a hint: It’s not 2003, but 2010. This is the story of what happened recently to Iran in the wake of the latest WikiLeaks document release, where U.S military field reports from Iraq made their way into major national newspapers and painted the Islamic Republic as a force out to murder U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
The real story of Wikileaks has clearly not yet been told
By F. William Engdahl
Since the dramatic release of a US military film of a US airborne shooting of unarmed journalists in Iraq, Wikileaks has gained global notoriety and credibility as a daring website that releases sensitive material to the public from whistleblowers within various governments. Their latest “coup” involved the alleged leak of thousands of pages of supposedly sensitive documents regarding US informers within the Taliban in Afghanistan and their ties to senior people linked to Pakistan’s ISI military intelligence. The evidence suggests, however, that far from an honest leak, it is calculated disinformation to the gain of the US and perhaps Israeli and Indian intelligence and a coverup of the US and Western role in drug trafficking out of Afghanistan.
From the 2008 film, Opium War
By Michael Brull
Our war in Afghanistan is usually justified as an anti-terrorist mission or a nation-building exercise. But neither of these explanations is actually true.
Posted in NWO, Obama and Company, War and Peace
Tagged afghanistan, clinton, crimes against humanity, fake war on terror, karzai, oil wars, opium wars, taliban, warlords
By Jason Leopold
Obama cooks up legal excuses for the 12-year-old whom Bush forces kidnapped and imprisoned back in 2002. To avoid an upcoming habeas corpus hearing, Obama’s team will criminally charge Mohammed Jawad. Looks like the Constitution lawyer from Harvard has contempt for the concept of “speedy trial.” Continue reading
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Obama and Company, Prisons
Tagged abuse of power, extraordinary rendition, fake war on terror, gitmo, habeas corpus, human rights, indefinite detention, jason leopold, obama, truthout