Friday, September 30, 2011

Extrajudicial Executions

Ron Paul Condemns Killing of "al Qaeda’s" Awlaki

By Elizabeth Williamson

“Nobody knows if he ever killed anybody,” Mr. Paul said after a breakfast at Saint Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics. “If the American people accept this blindly and casually…I think that’s sad.” Continue


The Due-process-free Assassination of U.S. Citizens is Now Reality

By Glenn Greenwald

From an authoritarian perspective, that's the genius of America's political culture. It not only finds ways to obliterate the most basic individual liberties designed to safeguard citizens from consummate abuses of power. It actually gets its citizens to stand up and clap and even celebrate the destruction of those safeguards. Continue


Extrajudicial Executions
Obama Can Kill Anyone He Wants To


By Robert Dreyfuss

American citizens are supposed to have legal and civil rights that protect them from political or prosecutorial assassinations, even if they’re bad guys. Apparently, no longer.
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He Kills His Own People

Obama: A Disaster for Civil Liberties

By Jonathan Turley
He may prove the most disastrous president in our history in terms of civil liberties. Continue


Is The War On Terror A Hoax?

By Paul Craig Roberts

When I observe the gullibility of my fellow citizens at the absurd “terror plots” that the US government manufactures, it causes me to realize that fear is the most powerful weapon any government has for advancing an undeclared agenda.


In the past decade, Washington has killed, maimed, dislocated, and made widows and orphans millions of Muslims in six countries, all in the name of the “war on terror.” Washington’s attacks on the countries constitute naked aggression and impact primarily civilian populations and infrastructure and, thereby, constitute war crimes under law.

Nazis were executed precisely for what Washington is doing today.

Moreover the wars and military attacks have cost American taxpayers in out-of-pocket and already-incurred future costs at least $4,000 billion dollars--one third of the accumulated public debt--resulting in a US deficit crisis that threatens the social safety net, the value of the US dollar and its reserve currency role, while enriching beyond all previous history the military/security complex and its apologists.

Perhaps the highest cost of Washington’s “war on terror” has been paid by the US Constitution and civil liberties. Any US citizen that Washington accuses is deprived of all legal and constitutional rights. The Bush-Cheney-Obama regimes have overturned humanity’s greatest achievement--the accountability of government to law.

If we look around for the terror that the police state and a decade of war has allegedly protected us from, the terror is hard to find. Except for 9/11 itself, assuming we accept the government’s improbable conspiracy theory explanation, there have been no terror attacks on the US. Indeed, as RT pointed out on August 23, 2011, an investigative program at the University of California discovered that the domestic “terror plots” hyped in the media were plotted by FBI agents.

FBI undercover agents now number 15,000, ten times their number during the protests against the Vietnam war when protesters were suspected of communist sympathies. As there apparently are no real terror plots for this huge workforce to uncover, the FBI justifies its budget, terror alerts, and invasive searches of American citizens by thinking up “terror plots” and finding some deranged individuals to ensnare. For example, the Washington DC Metro bombing plot, the New York city subway plot, the plot to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago were all FBI brainchilds organized and managed by FBI agents.

RT reports that only three plots might have been independent of the FBI, but as none of the three worked they obviously were not the work of such a professional terror organization as Al Qaeda is purported to be. The Times Square car bomb didn’t blow up, and apparently could not have.

The latest FBI sting ensnared a Boston man, Rezwan Ferdaus, who is accused of planning to attack the Pentagon and US Capitol with model airplanes packed with C-4 explosives. US Attorney Carmen Ortiz assured Americans that they were never in danger, because the FBI’s undercover agents were in control of the plot.

Ferdaus’ FBI-organized plot to blow up the Pentagon and US Capitol with model airplanes has produced charges that he provided “material support to a terrorist organization” and plotted to destroy federal buildings--the most serious charge which carries 20 imprisoned years for each targeted building.

What is the terrorist organization that Ferdaus is serving? Surely not al Qaeda, which allegedly outwitted all 16 US intelligence services, all intelligence services of America’s NATO and Israeli allies, NORAD, the National Security Council, Air Traffic Control, Dick Cheney, and US airport security four times in one hour on the same morning. Such a highly capable terror organization would not be involved in such nonsense as a plot to blow up the Pentagon with a model airplane.

As an American who was in public service for a number of years and who has always stood up for the Constitution, a patriot’s duty, I must hope that the question has already popped into readers’ minds why we are expected to believe that a tiny model airplane is capable of blowing up the Pentagon when a 757 airliner loaded with jet fuel was incapable of doing the job, merely making a hole not big enough for an airliner.

When I observe the gullibility of my fellow citizens at the absurd “terror plots” that the US government manufactures, it causes me to realize that fear is the most powerful weapon any government has for advancing an undeclared agenda.

If Ferdaus is brought to trial, no doubt a jury will convict him of a plot to blow up the Pentagon and US Capitol with model airplanes. Most likely he will be tortured or coerced into a plea bargain.

Apparently, Americans, or most of them, are so ruled by fear that they suffer no remorse from “their” government’s murder and dislocation of millions of innocent people. In the American mind, one billion “towel-heads” have been reduced to terrorists who deserve to be exterminated. The US is on its way to a holocaust that makes the terrors Jews faced from National Socialism into a mere precursor.

Think about this: Are not you amazed that after a decade (2.5 times the length of WW II) of killing Muslims and destroying families and their prospects in six countries there are no real terrorist events in the US?

Think for a minute how easy terrorism would be in the US if there were any terrorists. Would an Al Qaeda terrorist from the organization that allegedly pulled off 9/11--the most humiliating defeat ever suffered by a Western power, much less “the world’s only superpower”--still in the face of all the screening be trying to hijack an airliner or to blow one up?

Surely not when there are so many totally soft targets. If America were really infected with a “terrorist threat,” a terrorist would merely get in the massive lines awaiting to clear airport “security” and set off his bomb. It would kill far more people than could be achieved by blowing up an airliner, and it would make it completely clear that “airport security” meant no one was safe.

It would be child’s play for terrorists to blow up electric sub-stations as no one is there, nothing but a chain link fence. It would be easy for terrorists to blow up shopping centers. It would be easy for terrorists to dump boxes of roofing nails on congested streets and freeways during rush hours, tying up main transportation arteries for days.

Before, dear reader, you accuse me of giving terrorists ideas, do you really think that these ideas would not already have occurred to terrorists capable of pulling off 9/11?

But nothing happens. So the FBI arrests a guy for planning to blow up America with a model airplane. It is really depressing how many Americans will believe this.

Consider also that American neoconservatives, who have orchestrated the “war on terror,” have no protection whatsoever and that the Secret Service protection of Bush and Cheney is minimal. If America really faced a terrorist threat, especially one so professional to have brought off 9/11, every neoconservative along with Bush and Cheney could be assassinated within one hour on one morning or one evening.

The fact that neoconservatives such as Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, John Bolton, William Kristol, Libby, Addington, et. al., live unprotected and free of fear is proof that America faces no terrorist threat.

Think now about the airliner shoe-bomb plot, the shampoo-bottled water plot, and the underwear-bomb plot. Experts, other than the whores hired by the US government, say that these plots are nonsensical. The “shoe bomb” and “underwear bomb” were colored fireworks powders incapable of blowing up a tin can. The liquid bomb, allegedly mixed up in an airliner toilet room, has been dismissed by experts as fantasy.

What is the purpose of these fake plots? And remember, all reports confirm that the “underwear bomber” was walked onto the airliner by an official, despite the fact that the “underwear bomber” had no passport. No investigation was ever conducted by the FBI, CIA, or anyone into why a passenger without a passport was allowed on an international flight.

The purpose of these make-believe plots is to raise the fear level and to create the opportunity for former Homeland Security czar Michael Chertoff to make a fortune selling porno-scanners to the TSA.

The result of these hyped “terrorist plots” is that every American citizen, even those with high government positions and security clearances, cannot board a commercial airline flight without taking off his shoes, his jacket, his belt, submitting to a porno-scanner, or being sexually groped. Nothing could make it plainer that “airport security” cannot tell a Muslim terrorist from a gung-ho American patriot, a US Senator, a US Marine general, or a CIA operative.

If a passenger requires for health or other reasons quantities of liquids and cremes beyond the limits imposed on toothpaste, shampoo, food, or medications, the passenger must obtain prior approval from TSA, which seldom works. One of America’s finest moments is the case, documented on UTube, of a dying woman in a wheelchair, who requires special food, having her food thrown away by the gestapo TSA despite the written approval from the Transportation Safety Administration, her daughter arrested for protesting, and the dying woman in the wheelchair left alone in the airport.

This is Amerika today. These assaults on innocent citizens are justified by the mindless right-wing as “protecting us against terrorism,” a “threat” that all evidence shows is nonexistent.

No American is secure today. I am a former staff associate of the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee. I required high security clearances as I had access to information pertaining to all US weapons programs. As chief economist of the House Budget Committee I had information pertaining to the US military and security budgets. As Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, I was provided every morning with the CIA’s briefing of the President as well as with endless security information.

When I left the Treasury, President Reagan appointed me to a super-secret committee to investigate the CIA’s assessment of Soviet capability. Afterwords I was a consult to the Pentagon. I had every kind of security clearance.

Despite my record of highest security clearances and US government confidence in me including confirmation by the US Senate in a presidential appointment, the airline police cannot tell me from a terrorist.

If I were into model airplanes or attending anti-war demonstrations, little doubt I, too, would be arrested.

After my public service in the last quarter of the 20th century, I experienced during the first decade of the 21st century all of America’s achievements, despite their blemishes, being erased.

In their place was erected a monstrous desire for hegemony and highly concentrated wealth. Most of my friends and my fellow citizens in general are incapable of recognizing America’s transformation into a warmonger police state that has the worst income distribution of any developed country.

It is extraordinary that so many Americans, citizens of the world’s only superpower, actually believe that they are threatened by Muslim peoples who have no unity, no navy, no air force, no nuclear weapons, no missiles capable of reaching across the oceans.

Indeed, large percentages of these “threat populations,” especially among the young, are enamored of the sexual freedom that exists in America. Even the Iranian dupes of the CIA-orchestrated “Green Revolution” have forgotten Washington’s overthrow of their elected government in the 1950s. Despite America’s decade-long abusive military actions against Muslim peoples, many Muslims still look to America for their salvation.

Their “leaders” are simply bought off with large sums of money.

With the “terrorist threat” and Al Qaeda deflated with President Obama’s alleged assassination of its leader, Osama bin Laden, who was left unprotected and unarmed by his “world-wide terrorist organization,” Washington has come up with a new bogyman--the Haqqanis.

According to John Glaser and anonymous CIA officials, US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mike Mullen “exaggerated” the case against the Haqqani insurgent group when he claimed, setting up a US invasion of Pakistan, that the Hagganis were an operating arm of the Pakistan government’s secret service, the ISI. Adm. Mullen is now running from his “exaggeration,” an euphemism for a lie. His aid Captain John Kirby said that Mullen’s “accusations were designed to influence the Pakistanis to crack down on the Haqqani Network.” In other words, the Pakistanis should kill more of their own people to save the Americans the trouble.

If you don’t know what the Haqqani Network is, don’t be surprised. You never heard of Al Qaeda prior to 9/11.

The US government creates whatever new bogymen and incidents are necessary to further the neoconservative agenda of world hegemony and higher profits for the armaments industry.

For ten years, the “superpower” American population has sat there, being terrified by the government’s lies. While Americans sit in fear of non-existent “terrorists” sucking their thumbs, millions of people in six countries have had their lives destroyed. As far as any evidence exists, the vast majority of Americans are unperturbed by the wanton murder of others in countries that they are incapable of locating on maps.

Truly, Amerika is a light unto the world, an example for all.


Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was appointed by President Reagan Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and confirmed by the US Senate. He was Associate Editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, and he served on the personal staffs of Representative Jack Kemp and Senator Orrin Hatch.

He was staff associate of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, staff associate of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, and Chief Economist, Republican Staff, House Budget Committee. He wrote the Kemp-Roth tax rate reduction bill, and was a leader in the supply-side revolution.

He was professor of economics in six universities, and is the author of numerous books and scholarly contributions. He has testified before committees of Congress on 30 occasions.



The FBI Again Thwarts Its Own Terror Plot

By Glenn Greenwald
The FBI has received substantial criticism over the past decade -- much of it valid -- but nobody can deny its record of excellence in thwarting its own Terrorist plots. Continue



Blair to be Declared 'Persona Non Grata'


By Press TV

The PLO decided that Blair is no longer trusted to be an international representative as he is strongly lobbying European powers to decline a Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN Security Council, and that they would declare him 'persona non grata' in the next few days.
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The Best Among Us

By Chris Hedges
There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Continue



Thursday, September 29, 2011

Libya -
NATO's war of aggression continues, and so do the media lies!


NTC Lies, The alleged Mass Graves of Abu Salim contain nothing but Camel Bones

NTC Lies, The alleged Mass Graves of Abu Salim contain nothing but Camel Bones

According to a French journalist, the famous grave of Abu Salim contains nothing but camel bones.


Venezuela condemns U.S., NATO, UN over Libya War at UN General Assembly

Venezuela condemns U.S., NATO, UN over Libya War at UN General Assembly

Venezuelan Foreign Minister: "There is a very serious threat to global peace: a new cycle of colonial wars, which started in Libya, with the sinister goal of refreshing the capitalist global system."


Libya: Illustrious corpses -- the truth is always revolutionary

Libya: Illustrious corpses -- the truth is always revolutionary

This is an absolute must-read analysis: one of the best reads in a long time -- this correctly throws light on the blatant exposure of the numerous layers of gate-keepers from so many areas of life: media such as The Guardian and the New York Times to organizations such as Amnesty International and the United Nations, as well as journalists, intellectuals and activists...



Muammar Gaddafi: Libya will never belong to traitors, Libya will be a hell for them

Muammar Gaddafi: Libya will never belong to traitors, Libya will be a hell for them

Message by the Leader of the Revolution broadcast on Bani Walid radio on September 26.



Truth about Libya, Gaddafi and Western Media Lies

Truth about Libya, Gaddafi and Western Media Lies

USA, Canada, most of West Europe, 40 countries are at war, and their populations do not even know it


LIBYA NEWS from Mathaba

http://www.mathaba.net/news/libya/


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Exposing mainstream media lies!

Learn the truth about the unjust NATO war against Libya. An excellent source of regularly updated news and information on the events leading up to the NATO intervention, ongoing political analysis of the situation and recent videos illustrating the response of the Libyan people.

Global Civilians for Peace in Libya
http://globalciviliansforpeace.com/

Saturday, September 24, 2011

From Al Burke, "Nordic News Network":



Link to the article: http://www.nnn.se/pox/agee-0911.htm

The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the USA triggered an orgy of selective retrospection by Western mainstream media.

Here, two examples from Sweden: “We were all Americans” declares The Local, a news website based in Stockholm (although many reader comments express an emphatic distaste for that sentiment). “The sorrow still remains” intones Dagens Nyheter, Sweden's leading newspaper, with a full front-page concern that fails to include the vastly greater sorrow still remaining in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Iraq and so many other countries afflicted by U.S. aggression.




Phillip Agee and the 9/11 streetcar to the “war on terror”

There is much to suggest that many or all of the repressive and
hegemonistic policies implemented by U.S. governments
during the past 10 years were planned well in advance.




In his book, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and The Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg explains how the U.S. government made extensive preparations for an invasion of Vietnam and then waited for a suitable excuse to begin:

“Patrols were ordered back into the Tonkin Gulf for the first time in five months, with the mission of provoking an attack.… The American public, in the dark about the Administration's objectives and sense of commitment in Vietnam, still needed to be given a plausible reason for dropping bombs on [northern] Vietnam. But it shouldn't take long now for one to come around. McGeorge Bundy recalled later that it was like waiting for a streetcar.”

The streetcar came shortly thereafter and became known as the Tonkin Gulf incident; it was an attack by the Vietnamese that never happened, despite all the provocations documented by Ellsberg and The Pentagon Papers. But with a lot of help from the mainstream press, it sufficed to “justify” the long-planned invasion and all the subsequent horrors infllicted on the peoples of Indochina during ten or more years of appallingly aggressive war.



Ten years ago today, another streetcar came along in the form of the terror attacks in New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. This time, it was real enough-- airplanes crashing into large buildings, annihilating those in New York with an ease and rapid efficiency that have aroused suspicions among numerous technical experts that other factors must also have been involved.

Whatever the ultimate resolution of those suspicions, the fact remains that the 9/11 attacks have been used by U.S. governments as its excuse for several wars of aggression, massive violations of norms and laws relating to civil and human rights, and more. As President Bush II and several members of his government observed, the attacks provided an excellent ”opportunity”.

That choice of words and much else suggest that, like the Vietnam War, many or all of the repressive and hegemonistic policies implemented by U.S. governments during the past ten years were planned well in advance. If the 9/11 streetcar hadn't come along, there would have surely been another one soon enough,

That is certainly a conclusion that may be drawn from a speech given by Philip Agee in Stockholm on 24 September, thirteen days after the streetcar named 9/11. The speech was remarkably prophetic, as events have unfolded pretty much as he foresaw and explained-- no doubt reflecting Philip's perspicacity and foresight, but also the predictability of the U.S. power elite for anyone familiar with its patterns of thought and behaviour.

Accordingly, the text of Philip's speech from ten years ago is well-worth studying, whether for the first or an additional time. It is in PDF format and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:



Text of Agee speech
(PDF: 1.5 MB)

Related items
Tribute to Philip upon his death in 2008
Review of Secrets byDaniel Ellsberg (PDF: 60 KB)


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CHILDREN WHO MATTER

To the Editor
The Independent (U.K.)
11 Sept. 2011

Channel 4 and The Independent on Sunday have chosen to contemplate the fates of children left behind by victims of a rare act of aggression against the United States ("9/11 10 years on: The children left behind", 4 September).

I cannot recall any corresponding interest by the mainstream press in the children left behind by victims of habitual US aggression in Indochina, Latin America and the rest of the world.

Granted, a fair treatment of that subject would consume a vastly greater and constantly expanding space. Still...


Al Burke
Sweden
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Al Burke, "Nordic News"

Internet: http://www.nnn.se

Sweden


Sunday, September 11, 2011

911 Experts Speak Out

Video
Are All Of These Architects and Engineers Wrong?

Please take the time to watch this, by far the most professional, remarkable and convincing video yet made...The best documentary on 9/11... No fancy theories about mysterious agencies or fanciful technologies, just classic physics, logic and thermodynamics. . . what AE911Truth does is 'compelling evidence'.

Watch the TRAILER!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIOC1J44RYw

Then watch the complete documentary!