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I took a walk up the hill yesterday.

It was a little muddy for sneakers.

I could feel the chill

Coming up through my soles.

At the top I turned

And was surprised to see

Petraeus ex Machina and the Femme Fatale

Pundit Tears for Petraeus’s Fall

November 10, 2012

Editor Note: Much of Official Washington is in mourning after David Petraeus admitted to an extramarital affair and resigned as head of the CIA. Top pundits were as smitten by the former four-star general as his mistress was -- probably more so -- writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

By Ray McGovern

A day after the surprise announcement that CIA Director David Petraeus was resigning because of marital infidelity, the pundits continue to miss the supreme irony. None other than the head of the CIA (and former bemedaled four-star general) has become the first really big fish netted by the intrusive monitoring of the communications of American citizens implemented after 9/11.

Bradley Manning Seeks Plea Deal


Bradley Manning Seeks Plea Deal


by Stephen Lendman


Plea bargains are sought or accepted for lesser sentences on charges faced. Innocent victims take them if offered. They know potentially what they face against hardball prosecutors wanting blood.


Obama's Post-Election Militancy


Obama’s Post-Election Militancy


by Stephen Lendman


Obama didn't miss a beat. He picked up where he left off. He's America's most belligerent leader. He's waging multiple direct and proxy wars abroad and at home by other means.


Despite pressing unresolved domestic issues, he celebrated his electoral victory belligerently.


Syria News - Nov 10



SNC seeks delay on decision to unite Syria opposition - NOW Lebanon

Dissident Sabra elected to lead Syrian opposition SNC, "We want arms," Sabra said three times - FRANCE 24

Syrian activists' network withdraws from SNC - NOW Lebanon

SNC member quits, says changes fall short -

FSA to drastically restructure - Middle East Online

Assad says only “ballot box” can decide his future - NOW Lebanon

Assad Interview to RT - YouTube


In Syria, Missteps by Rebels Erode Their Support -

The scourge of kidnappings, more than 1,700 in the Syrian conflict, by armed groups present in the galaxy of the opposition - Agenzia Fides

VIDEO: A First: Al Jazeera Starts Showing FSA Crimes in Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: Terrorist War Crimes - Mutilated Bodies Cover Field as they film - YouTube

Matthew VanDyke: US citizen held in Libya emerges on Syria's frontline -


As many as 11,000 Syrian refugees cross into Turkey, UN reports - Fox News

U.S. State Department announces humanitarian aid for Syria -

Jordan Said to Help Arm Syria Rebels -

Turkey Approves Military Deal With Qatar, Saudi Arabia Amid Syria Conflict —

Russia wants Palestinians kept out of Syria fighting - Reuters

Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp Divided Over Syrian Crisis - Al Akhbar English

VIDEO: FSA captures 4 Palestinian members of "Palestine Liberation Army"


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Zionist Lobby in US Takes a Hit in Latest National Election


By Dave Lindorff


One little-noted but important result of the November election in the US that returned President Barack Obama to the White House for another four years is that the right-wing Israeli government and the Zionist lobbying organization AIPAC (for American Israel Public Affairs Committee) took a surprising drubbing and emerge a much weaker political influence going forward in US politics.

TSA – all theft all the time

Sigh. So much crime, so little time. 

Greece: Profile of a Failed State


Greece: Profile of a Failed State


by Stephen Lendman


Greece exhibits failed and rogue state characteristics. It governs irresponsibly. It's beholden more to foreign interests than its own. Banker needs are prioritized. Ruling authority outside Greece dictates terms.


The country's unable or refuses to provide public services. It threatens the welfare of its people. It spurns legitimate rule. It's bankrupt but won't declare it. 

Israel's Dr. Strangelove


Israel's Dr. Strangelove


by Stephen Lendman


Uniting Netanyahu and Lieberman is bad enough. Combined with Uzi Arad's influence makes it combustible. More on him below.


Netanyahu and Lieberman represent the worst of rogue Israeli leadership. Both are out-of-control warmongers. They're also war criminals. They deserve prison, not high office. 


Syria News - Nov 9



Progress in talks on united Syria opposition - AP

Assad foes near to opposition unity deal: delegates - Channel NewsAsia

Turkey representative: Syrian opposition able to reach consensus - Trend.Az

Qatar urges Syrian groups to unify ranks - Gulf Times 

US hopes "broadly representative" political structure for Syria emerges - KUNA

Islamists dominate new leadership of Syrian National Council- Middle East Online

Women fume at all-male SNC body -

Moscow Sees Shift in Western Stance on Syria Opposition - RIA Novosti

Syria expects political solution to prolonged crisis during Obama's second term - Xinhua |

VIDEO: Assad to RT: 'I'm not Western puppet - I have to live and die in Syria' — RT

VIDEO: Syrian opposition unity talks enter second session - Al Jazeera

VIDEO: Syrian national initiative : plan to create new body to unite opposition groups - Al Jazeera

Red Cross "can't cope" with Syria crisis - CBS News

VIDEO: Red Cross 'unable to cope' with huge number of Syrian refugees - YouTube


Syrian rebels kill prisoners as war fuels hatred - Yahoo! News

The Church's efforts to free 10 kidnapped Christians and to assist the displaced - Fides Service

VIDEO: Prisoners Shot Dead by Syrian Rebels -

VIDEO; Civilian Executed by Muslim Wahhabi Terror Squad in Syria - YouTube

VIDEO:  Syrian Rebels Kills Ex Minister of Parliament Member Ahmad Al Turk Harasta - YouTube

VIDEO: Terrorists Shell + Destroy Houses Start Fires in Deir Ez Zor - YouTube


Turkish President says NATO mulling missiles for Turkey - Reuters

VIDEO: Turkey to request NATO missile defence on Syria border - YouTube

VIDEO: Pantsir S1 Air Defense Missile/Gun System -- Syrian via Russia - YouTube

Syria rebels take Turkish border town, Kurds alarmed - Reuters


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More theft: passenger says TSA stole cash at Fairbanks airport

Pete Alexion is a Vietnam vet. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army, where he had a top secret security clearance, and today holds a CDL (commercial driver’s license) with a hazmat endorsement. He lives in North Pole, Alaska. He’s an agricultural copywriter and moonlights as a biology adjunct professor. He wears two knee braces.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Haaretz on Obama's Reelection


Haaretz on Obama's Reelection


by Stephen Lendman


Haaretz used most of its November 7 issue covering it. Doing so reflects the importance of America to Israeli interests.


Six Peace Events in the Bay Area, November 9-11, 2012

November 9, 4:15 p.m., Stanford
Omar Shaki, Medea Benjamin, Robert Crews, Shahzad Bashir

"Lives Under Drones"
Building 200, room 205, Stanford
Visit for more info.
Co-sponsored by Muslim Students Awareness Network, Stanford NAACP, Stanford STAND, CDDRL Program on Human Rights, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford Asian American Activism Committee, Pakistanis at Stanford, and the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.

November 10, 2:00 p.m., Walnut Creek
David Swanson
Mt. Diablo Peace Center, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 - (925) 933-7850 -
Free and open to the public.

Drone Warfare Protest and Golden Gate Bridge March

Sunday, November 11, 10 a.m. Die-in at Senator Dianne Feinstein's mansion in Pacific Heights (Vallejo & Lyon Street) then caravan to monthly march across the Golden Gate Bridge. Noon: March begins!

Armistice Day
Sunday, November 11, 11 a.m.
Corner of Fourth & Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA
Veterans for Peace chapters across the nation are meeting on street corners in major cities to celebrate the original ARMISTICE DAY by ringing bells 11 times at 11:00 on November 11 as as was done at the end of World War I, when the world came together in realization that war is so horrible we must end it now. Veterans for Peace Chapter 101 invites those with a personal or organizational commitment to peace to join us in the ringing of bells on the morning of November 11 to focus on the desire to end the horror of war rather than celebrate it. This event is co-sponsored by the San Jose Peace and Justice Center, Woman's International League for Peace and Freedom, Code Pink, Move to Amend.

Sunday, November 11, 1:30-4:30 p.m. San Francisco
Medea Benjamin, Cindy Sheehan, and David Swanson
On the traditional Armistice Day, the War and Law League (WALL),, presents a forum on the theme, "U.S. Wars -- Are They Lawful?" Admission is free. The forum, highlighting WALL's biennial general meeting, is endorsed by the S.F. American Friends Service Committee and East Bay Peace Action. Main Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street at Grove Street, San Francisco, CA, near Civic Center BART/Muni station.

November 11, 7:00 p.m. Marin County
Medea Benjamin and David Swanson
"Stopping War: The Next One?  Forever? -- An Armistice Day Instead of Veterans Day Event"
Sponsor: Marin Peace & Justice Coalition.  Co-sponsors: Social Justice Center of Marin and Community Media Center of Marin.
Olney Hall, College of Marin, 835 College Ave, Kentfield, CA
Admission $10 (No one turned away for lack of funds).


About the speakers at these events:

David Swanson will sign books including "When the World Outlawed War." Swanson blogs at and and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization He hosts Talk Nation Radio.

Medea Benjamin is Co-Founder of Code Pink and Global Exchange and author of "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control."

Cindy Sheehan is a gold star mother, peace activist, host of Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox, and author of "Revolution: A Love Story."

Omar Shakir is a 3rd year Stanford Law student and co-author of the Stanford Law School report "Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from Drone Practices in Pakistan."

Robert Crews is a Stanford History Professor and co-editor of Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands.

Shahzad Bashir is a Stanford Religious Studies Professor and co-editor of Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands.

Syria News - Nov 8



Syrian opposition plans fall apart, Riad Seif withdraws after he loses his seat in the executive council - Telegraph

U.S. diplomat meets with Syrian opposition leaders Clinton blasted, Reiterates no weapons or a no-fly zone - McClatchy

VIDEO: SNC Chief calls for a transitional government in a Syria no-fly zone - euronews

VIDEO: UN Political Affairs Head Feltman comments on Syria - YouTube

Syria opposition in exile fails to elect women - Huffington Post


Britain calls to lift Syria arms embargo to aid rebels - The Guardian

Britain to organise armed Syrian rebels into efficient fighting force - Telegraph

VIDEO: Cameron Wants Obama To Do More To Solve Syria Conflict - YouTube

Obama would make his first foreign visit to Turkey - todayszaman

Confusion grows over Patriot bid to Turkey, Turkish PM denies request which was announced earlier by the FM -

Vatican cancels Syria trip due to danger - Reuters

VIDEO: Pope cancel Syria trip, sends Cardinal Robert Sarah to Lebanon to help Syrian refugees - YouTube

UN World Food Program denies Syria regime grabbing most aid sent to Syria Red Crescent, NGO says almost all international aid never reaches civilians - Now  Lebanon


Syrian rebels fire at, miss Assad's presidential palace killing three people and wounding seven, Lions of Islam rebel group claims responsibility - Reuters

Syrian rebels kill 10 pro-Assad Palestinian militiamen - Reuters

Syria rejects attempts to involve Palestinian refugees in crisis - Xinhua |

VIDEO: Heavy Artillery Targets Assad's Presidential Palace - YouTube

VIDEO: Terrorists fires mortars at random in heavily populated neighborhood near the Presidential Palace -

VIDEO: Ukrainian Journalist Anhar Kochneva, kidnapped by rebels, makes a plea -


VIDEO: Syrian Kurd refugees enjoy autonomy in Iraq - YouTube

Syrian Kurds residing in Iraq long for a solution - Syrian Freedom

The Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan who do not want to go home - The Independent

After quiet revolt, power struggle looms for Syria's Kurds - Reuters

Syrian Kurdish Filmmakers Ready to Produce Movies at Home - RUDAW


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Money Party Wins US Election


Money Party Wins US Election


by Stephen Lendman


The same party wins every time. Duopoly power rules. America is a one party state with two wings. Each replicates the other. On major issues mattering most, not a dime's worth of difference separates them.


The late Gore Vidal explained it as well as anyone. Some of his best comments included:


Election's Over: It's Time to Organize!


By Dave Lindorff

Okay, the etch-a-sketch vulture capitalist who would have given us four years of that smarmy missionionary-at-your-door smile, was thankfully sent packing by the voters, and Barack Obama gets four more years in the White House.

Talk Nation Radio: Gar Smith on Nuclear Roulette

Gar Smith discusses his new book, Nuclear Roulette: The Truth About the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth, which has a foreword by Jerry Mander and Ernest Callenbach.   Gar Smith is editor emeritus of Earth Island Journal, a Project Censored award-winning investigative journalist, and cofounder of Environmentalists Against War.

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L-3 gets two more TSA contracts – your tax money pays for it

In its continuing effort to spend your tax dollars, the TSA has awarded two more multi-million-dollar contracts to a company with which it already has a cozy relationship: L-3 Communications.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Torturer Lawsuits: Some Good News


Torturer Lawsuits: Some Good News


by Stephen Lendman


A previous article titled Good News and Bad said when something good surfaces, reporting it should follow. There's so precious little around.


Turkey Tries IDF Commanders in Absentia


Turkey Tries IDF Commanders in Absentia


by Stephen Lendman


On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos lawlessly interdicted Freedom Flotilla vessels in international waters. They were bringing humanitarian aid to besieged Gazans. 


They attacked and murdered nine Turkish nationals aboard the Mavi Marmara mother ship. Dozens of others were wounded. Everyone on board was arrested, imprisoned in Israel for days, harshly treated, and summarily deported.

Voter Apathy Explained (Why 90 Million Eligible Voters Don't Vote)

Today is election day here in these United States of America and this contest is- we have been told- the most important election of our lifetime and yet an estimated 90 million eligible voters will not vote at all.

Why is that?

Syria News - Nov 7


Syria’s SNC insists on leading role in unity talks - AFP

Bombings rock Damascus, brother of parliament speaker killed —

VIDEO: Car bomb in a residential area of Damascus -

7 Syrian Generals Quit Army, Seek Asylum in Turkey -

In Syria, small-town rebels are stuck in big-city Aleppo, Many residents of the once-prosperous city resent the fighters' presence. -

VIDEO: Civilians Getting Sick and Tired of the Rebels - YouTube

VIDEO: Again, Syrian rebels using your beautifull house for their armed operations -

VIDEO: Syrian rebels: 'To Hell with Freedom, we want a Caliphate.' - YouTube


UK to open talks with armed opposition in Syria - The Guardian

Britain floats safe exit for Syria's Assad - Reuters

Russia urges Syria opposition to drop demand for Assad to quit - Yahoo! News

Russian FM says Syria rebels have 50 Stingers -

Moscow pledges to stop arms shipments to Syria - Voice of Russia

Davutoğlu defends Syria policy in face of opposition attacks - todayszaman

U.N. cites credible reports Syria army using cluster bombs - Reuters

Syria shutters Hamas offices in break with group -


Iraqi Kurdish president warns Syrian Kurds over infighting - Chicago Tribune

Free Syrian Army FSA and Kurdish group sign truce - Rudaw

Syria’s Kurds: Civil Wars Within a Civil War -


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Who's Been Right and Who's Been Wrong

From 1856 to 1860 Elihu Burritt promoted a plan to prevent civil war through compensated emancipation, or the purchase and liberation of slaves by the government, an example that the English had set in the West Indies.  Burritt traveled constantly, all over the country, speaking.  He organized a mass convention that was held in Cleveland.  He lined up prominent supporters.  He edited newsletters. 

And he was right.  England had freed its slaves in the Caribbean without a war.  Russia had freed its serfs without a war.  Slave owners in the U.S. South would almost certainly have preferred a pile of money to five years of hell, the deaths of loved ones, the burning and destruction of their property, and the uncompensated emancipation that followed, not to mention the century and a half of bitter resentment that followed that.  And not only the slave owners would have preferred the way of peace; it's not as if they did the killing and dying.

What does being right get you? Forgotten.  Who's ever heard of Elihu Burritt?

In 1862 four peace activists, including Eliza P. Gurney, met with Abraham Lincoln in the White House.  Lincoln, with tears running down his face, told them that he wished there had been no war, and that he would end it immediately if he could, but that he was merely a helpless instrument in the hands of his "Heavenly Father" who no doubt had some high purpose for all the suffering.  Lincoln carried a comforting letter from Gurney in his pocket when he was shot three years later. 

What comfort did Lincoln's superstition bring to three-quarters of a million dead and wounded?  What comfort did it bring to Burritt, who had known how to avoid the war and been forced to watch it proceed along with all the fools who supposed it "unavoidable"?  What comfort did it bring to centuries of students cruelly propagandized in elementary schools from that day to this with the idea that slavery can only be ended with war?

In 1885, U.S. peace activists prevented the Atlanta, a ship loaded with arms and munitions, from departing Philadelphia for Cuba.  They appealed to the governments in Washington and Madrid to submit their disputes to arbitration.  In 1896, the Universal Peace Union urged the Spanish government to give the Cubans their autonomy and withdraw all troops, while opposing any U.S. military intervention.  In 1898, the Pen and Sword, edited by D. R. Coude in Chicago, urged the President and Congress not to be "played for suckers" by yellow journalists out to sell more newspapers at the cost of launching a war.  Coude documented the lies and deceptions that had been moving the nation toward war. 

Peace activists flooded Washington with telegrams and letters insisting that the matter of the Maine be submitted to arbitration.  But many who favored peace in the abstract abandoned it, as is the custom, in the concrete.  "Though I hate war per se," wrote Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "I am glad that it has come in this instance.  I would like to see Spain swept from the face of the earth."  If that statement makes you think of what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said of Israel, it's worth remembering that he actually never said that, but that good U.S. liberals have said it of many nations over and over again for centuries now.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Theodore Roosevelt, and President McKinley were wrong, wrong to go to war, wrong to lust for genocide, and wrong to imagine they could wipe Spain off the earth.  D. R. Coude was right.  And who has ever heard of D. R. Coude?  Google hasn't.

In 1915, Jane Addams met with President Wilson and urged him to offer mediation to Europe.  Wilson praised the peace terms drafted by the Hague conference held by women for peace.  He received 10,000 telegrams from women asking him to act.  Historians believe that had he acted in 1915 or early in 1916 he might very well have helped bring the Great War to an end under circumstances that would have furthered a far more durable peace than the one made eventually at Versailles.  Wilson did act on the advice of Addams, and of his Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, but not until it was too late.  The Germans did not trust a mediator who had been aiding the British war effort.

What good is being right?  As early as 1935, U.S. peace activists were marching against U.S. provocations of Japan.  Can you imagine anyone more forgotten than they are?  It's almost treasonous to know about them.

But consider this.  During the U.S. civil war, pressure from peace activists forced a dispute between the U.S. and Britain to arbitration and away from conflict.  They did the same in 1869, leading to momentum in Washington and Europe for treaties of arbitration.  Among those celebrating progress in 1869 was Elihu Burritt.  Peace activists similarly prevented war with Mexico 20 years later and again advanced the cause of peaceful dispute resolution.  Peace groups in Europe helped prevent a war between France and Germany in the early years of the 20th century.  And in 1926 -1927 U.S. peace activists again helped forestall war with Mexico.  At the same time, they built support for the Kellogg-Briand Pact that in 1928 banned war and proved immediately useful in halting war in Manchuria, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

The education of the U.S. public by peace activists before and after World War I, led to the situation in the 1930s when 62% of college students rejected the idea that a bigger Navy would make them safer and 16% said they would refuse to fight even if the United States were invaded.  In 1935, the New York Herald-Tribune's Institute of Public Opinion found that 75% of voters wanted a public referendum before any war could be launched, and 71% opposed joining in any war with other countries to "enforce the peace." 

Nuclear bombs have not been dropped in our wars since World War II.  The United States has not attacked Iran yet.  Israeli troops have refused direct orders to prepare to attack Iran.  The victories are never advertised.  But neither are the failures.  Silence is the strongest supporter of war.  In both victories and failures, it's worth knowing the facts and considering: Who has been right every time?  And who, in contrast, make up the full roster of experts on network and cable TV?*

*For further reading, pick up "Peace Or War: The American Struggle 1636-1936" by Merle Curti from which almost every incident in this article has been lifted.

Obama Votes for Romney


Obama Votes for Romney


by Stephen Lendman


"Well, he might have," said Mark Crispin Miller on his blog site. He doesn't know. Nor do other voters. Corporate owned, programmed and manipulated electronic voting machines control things.


Overreach: America's Imperial Waterloo?


Overreach: America's Imperial Waterloo?


by Stephen Lendman 


Arrogance defines US imperialism. In 1945, America's economic, political and military dominance stood unchallenged. 


Abbas Ill-Serves and Insults Palestinians


Abbas Ill-Serves and Insults Palestinians


by Stephen Lendman


Abbas is a longtime Israeli collaborator. He provides enforcer services, not legitimate governance. Corruption, sham elections, targeting critics, and other type malfeasance continue on his watch. 


Instead of governing responsibly, he defiles rule of law principles and other democratic values. Why Palestinians put up with him, they'll have to explain.

Syria News - Nov 6

Audio: Daniel Ellsberg and David Swanson Debate Voting for Obama

Here's audio of a debate between myself and Dan Ellsberg on whether and how to vote from Lila Garrett's KPFK show "Connect the Dots."



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