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Killing the Messenger: Official Greek Government Policy

 

Killing the Messenger: Official Greek Government Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Greece reflects failed state governance. It's the epicenter of banker occupation. Neoliberal priorities alone matter. It's economy was ravaged and destroyed. Unemployment tops 27%. Youth unemployment exceeds 60%. 

 

Challenging Unconstitutional Spying

 

Challenging Unconstitutional Spying

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Edward Joseph Snowden revealed what's vital to know. He exposed unconstitutional spying. He did so courageously. 

 

The 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act protects federal employees who report misconduct. Federal agencies are prohibited from retaliating against those who do so. Don't expect rogue Obama officials to act responsibly.

 

Turkey: Epicenter of Police State Violence

 

Turkey: Epicenter of Police State Violence

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

For over two weeks, daily anti-government protests rocked Turkey. Police attacked peaceful demonstrators intermittently. They've done so brutally. Turkey's notorious for police state viciousness.

 

It's a democracy in name only. Prime Minister Erdogan is thuggish, authoritarian, hardline and despotic. 

 

America's National Security State

 

America's National Security State

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Post-WW II, Washington's 1947 National Security Act became law.

 

It streamlined the nation's military, established the National Security Council, created the CIA, and instituted what became America's military-industrial complex and police state apparatus. 

 

Epidemic of Birth Defects and Cancer in Iraq: America's Toxic Legacy

 

Epidemic of Birth Defects and Cancer in Iraq: America's Toxic Legacy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's Gulf War, intermittent bombings in the 1990s, the 2003 war, and aftermath left a toxic legacy. 

 

Children born with two heads reflect it. Some had only one eye. Missing sockets look like the inside of an oyster. They're milky and shapeless. 

 

Assad: Winning Hearts, Minds and Battles

 

Assad: Winning Hearts, Minds and Battles in Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Most Syrians support Assad. They do so for good reason. Mass crowds turn out in liberated areas. Syria's military is cheered. 

 

Polls show over two-thirds of Syrians back their government. The longer conflict continues, the greater Assad backing grows.

 

Whistleblowing: Exemplary Patriotism

 

Whistleblowing: Exemplary Patriotism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Whistleblowing reflects doing the right thing. It exposes wrongdoing. It does so because it matters. 

 

Edward Joseph Snowden follows a noble tradition. Others before him established it. Daniel Ellsberg called his NSA leak the most important in US history. More on him below.

 

Police State America in Good Hands with James Comey

 

Police State America in Good Hands with James Comey

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He's Obama's FBI director choice. He'll replace current rogue head Robert Mueller. In September, he'll step down. 

 

He's run the agency since September 4, 2001. He succeeded acting head Thomas Pickering. He assumed office days before 9/11. 

 

Mass Surveillance in America

 

Mass Surveillance in America

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It shouldn't surprise. It's longstanding policy. Post-9/11, it escalated. Previous articles said Big Brother is real. It's no longer fiction.

 

Mass surveillance is official US policy. It's not for national security. It's not about discovering terror or other threats. None whatever exist. Claiming otherwise doesn't wash. Big Lies substitute for vital truths.

 

America's Student Loan Racket: Stiffer Debt Bondage Coming

 

America's Student Loan Racket: Stiffer Debt Bondage Coming

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

For growing numbers of American youths, higher education is increasingly out of reach. High tuition and fees make it unaffordable. So does a disturbing government/corporate partnership.

 

Millions of students need financial aid. They're exploited for profit. Providers are enriched. Higher education involves debt entrapment. 

 

Syria's Qusair Victory Matters

 

Syria's Qusair Victory Matters

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Qusair's strategically important. Western-backed death squads controlled it for over a year. On June 5, Syrian forces triumphed. Insurgent fighters were routed. Many were killed. Others were captured. Remaining elements fled.

 

On June 8, Buwayda village was secured. It was the final area-held insurgent position. Syria's in full control. Qusair borders Lebanon. It's in central Homs province. It's part of an important insurgent supply route. 

Israeli Involvement in NSA Spying

 

Israeli Involvement in NSA Spying

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It doesn't surprise. On June 8, Haaretz headlined "What was the Israeli involvement in collecting US communications intel for NSA?" More on that below.

 

Freedom in America: Rest in Peace

 

Freedom in America: Rest in Peace

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Political philosopher Montesquieu (1989 - 1755) once said:

 

"There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."

 

Unconstitutional US Data-Mining

 

Unconstitutional US Data-Mining

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 5, London's Guardian reported part of it. "NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily," it headlined.

 

New York Times Editors Defend the Indefensible

 

New York Times Editors Defend the Indefensible

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's standard Times practice. It's longstanding. On June 6, Times editors praised Obama's selection of Susan Rice and Samantha Power. 

 

They're deplorable choices. They'll move from current capacities to new national security positions. More on that below.

 

Bilderberg Conference Convenes

 

Bilderberg Conference Convenes

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 5, the London Evening Standard headlined "No minutes, no press conferences - just the world's power brokers chewing the fat on the issues of the day. It's the Bilderberg conference - and it's coming to a suburb near you."

Samantha Power for UN Envoy

 

Samantha Power for UN Envoy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama's cabinet, national security team, and other close advisors reflect a virtual rogues gallery of scoundrels. Susan Rice as National Security Advisor and Samantha Power as UN envoy are on board in new capacities.

 

Rice shifts from UN ambassador to the White House. A previous article quoted the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity saying "she belongs in the big house, not in the White House." 

Susan Rice for National Security Advisor

 

Susan Rice for National Security Advisor

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Previous articles discussed her. Calling her controversial stops short of accurately characterizing her. Moral depravity explains best. Vishay Prashad calls her the "queen of interventionist hawks."

 

South African journalist Getahune Bekele said she's a "consummate ally of grubby despots."

 

Anti-Syrian Blame Game Escalates

 

Anti-Syrian Blame Game Escalates

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since early 2011, ongoing blame game strategy holds Syria responsible for Western-enlisted death squad crimes. 

 

In August 2011, the Human Rights Council (HRC) appointed a so-called Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria (COI). Paulo Pinheiro heads it. 

 

Bradley Manning Court-Martial: Secrecy and Injustice on Trial

 

Bradley Manning Court-Martial: Secrecy and Injustice on Trial

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America honors its worst. It persecutes its best. Manning is heroic. He risked great personal harm. He did so to reveal vital truths. People have a right to know. Washington has no right to conceal them.

 

Secrecy, lawlessness, and contempt for humanity define US policy. Evidence vital to Manning's defense is prohibited. Information refuting charges of "aiding the enemy" is barred from trial proceedings.

Illegitimate Palestinian Prime Minister Appointed

 

Illegitimate Palestinian Prime Minister Appointed

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Democracies let people choose. On January 25, 2006, Palestinians overwhelmingly chose Hamas PLC representatives. 

 

They elected them as their legitimate government. Institutionalized Fatah corruption defeated them. Ismail Haniyah is Palestine's rightful prime minister.

 

Anti-Government Protests Rock Turkey

 

Anti-Government Protests Rock Turkey

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 2001, Recep Tayyip Erdogan established the Justice and Development Party (AKP). In November 2002, it won nearly two-thirds of parliamentary seats. It did so with 35% of the vote.

 

Earlier dominant parties were rebuffed. Hard times aroused public anger. Voters rejected corrupt political rule. At the time, Istanbul newspaper Sabah called AKP's triumph a "revolution by impoverished Anatolia against the old political guard."

Evidence of Israeli Mass Murder Discovered

 

Evidence of Israeli Mass Murder Discovered

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 1, Press TV headlined "Mass graves from 1948 war discovered in Jaffa."

 

Palestinian Jaffa is now Tel Aviv's Jaffa municipality. Six mass graves were discovered. They contain remains of at least hundreds of Palestinian victims.

Iran's June Presidential Election

 

Iran's June Presidential Election

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's scheduled for June 14. Eight candidates will participate. More on them below. If none achieve a 50% or more majority, a June 21 runoff will follow.

 

On the same day, local city and village elections will be held. Thousands of aspirants registered to participate. In 2012, parliamentary elections were held.

 

Washington Criticizes Syrian Self-Defense

 

Washington Criticizes Syrian Self-Defense

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Seventeenth century philosopher/political theorist/jurist Hugo Grotius perhaps helped inspire international law. In 1625, his "On The Law of War and Peace" said "Most Men assign three Just Causes of War, Defense, the Recovery of what's our own, and Punishment."

 

Natan Blanc: Heroic Israeli Refusnik

 

Natan Blanc: Heroic Israeli Refusenik

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's a rogue terror state. It's been so from inception. It's history is blood-drenched. It's a global menace. 

 

It's current government is its worst ever. It prioritizes state terrorism. Palestinians live in the eye of the storm.

 

State Department Terrorism Report: Upping the Stakes for War

 

State Department Terrorism Report: Upping the Stakes for War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

According to Washington, terrorism is what they do, not us. Defending independent sovereignty is called terrorism. So are legitimate responses to Western/Israeli-sponsored attacks.

 

Incidents manufactured out of whole cloth are called terrorism. In October 2011, Iran was falsely charged with plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's US ambassador (Adel al-Jubeir). 

Murder, Inc: Official US Policy

 

Murder, Inc: Official US Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America does it wholesale and retail. Obama's wars increase body counts. They mount daily. Special forces death squads in over 120 countries add their own. 

 

So do covert CIA agents. They're licensed to kill. They do it globally.  FBI assassins operate domestically. Doing so belies their "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity" motto. 

 

Israel Threatens Syria

 

Israel Threatens Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Self-defense is inviolable. It's a fundamental right. International law affirms it. On May 29, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington supports Israel's right to defend itself. 

 

Israeli-style defense is offense. It hasn't been attacked in 40 years. It faces no regional threats now except ones it invents. It prioritizes violence, conflict and instability. 

 

CIA Global Renditions

 

CIA Global Renditions

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Extraordinary renditions include arbitrary abductions and extrajudicial transfers from one country to another. Targeted individuals are called terrorists. 

 

Corroborating evidence isn't needed. What Washington says goes. Rogue hegemons operate that way. 

 

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