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Two petitions about the TSA

There are two petitions I’m asking you to sign. First off, I know petitions don’t, by themselves, effect change. I get it. But they still serve a useful purpose. They provide moral support to the person or organization sponsoring the petition. And they let other people know that they’re not alone. They are a way of communicating, a way of telling each other, “we’re all in this together.”

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Straight Talk on Gaza

 

Straight Talk on Gaza

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestine's democratically elected government is targeted. West Bank coup d'etat authority has no legitimacy. Abbas' term as president expired in January 2009. Israel rigged his 2005 election. 

 

What's ongoing is illegal aggressive war. Israeli provocations caused it. Israel's entire history reflects belligerence. It lives by the sword. It's a modern-day Sparta. 

Bahrain Cracks Down on Freedom

 

Bahrain Cracks Down on Freedom

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The ruling Al Khalifa monarchy is one of the world's most brutal dictatorships. It's also a valued US ally. Bahrain is home to America's Fifth Fleet.

 

Imperial priorities matter most. Washington backs Bahraini harshness. State terror is policy. Murder, torture, lawless imprisonments, and daily atrocities get tacit support. 

General Petraeus & Army Staff Sargent Robert Bales

By Debra Sweet, Director World Can't Wait                                                                                        One man is at the center of a story you can’t avoid in the media, since last Friday. General David Petraeus, architect of the U.S. “surge” in Iraq, pulled in to “save” Afghanistan, then bumped over to the CIA last year, was forced to resign because the FBI, we are told, found out about an affair he was having with a fawning biographer.

Steampunk art is now terrorism, according to the TSA, by Amy Alkon

Via David Burkhead (who noted that about the steampunk art), the TSA has now taken to arresting people with artsy homemade watches and shoes. The nitwits at the Oakland airport said a man’s artistic watch could be used to make a timing device for a bomb. 

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Military Industrial Congressional Media Complex is "modern-day Rasputin"

As Abraham Lincoln once observed, “Public sentiment is everything.’  (Unfortunately Edward Bernays and Goering quickly figured that out too.) 

Now with “embedded reporters” (many “embedded” in more ways than one!) incessantly pressing their readers' natural vices (fear, hate, greed, false pride and blind loyalty) and manufacturing public sentiment, the most recent polls show a high majority of Americans have come to love all things military.  Glenn Greenwald aptly calls it our new national religion with US journalists being its high priests.  Most “progressives” got fooled.  It's how war is being made permanent.   

Targeting Civilians: Israel's Specialty

 

Targeting Civilians: Israel's Specialty

 

Bullies choose easy adversaries to pummel. Equal fights are shunned. It's the same in schoolyards or battlefields. 

 

America and Israel operate this way. They avoid foes able to give as much as they take. Rogue governments never say they're sorry.

 

Media Cover for Israeli Crimes

 

Media Cover for Israeli Crimes

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The pattern playing out in Gaza is one Israel followed many times before. Provocations target adversaries. Multiple ones usually occur before targets respond.

 

Blame the victim follows. Israeli aggression is called self-defense. Legitimate defense is called terrorism. Media scoundrels support Israel in lockstep. It plays out the same way every time.

How to Not Fix the Filibuster

Leaving the 41-senator filibuster in place but requiring that they run their mouths (and some of us have to listen) is not exactly the kind of Change most of us Hope for.  Nor is it supported by the Constitution, any other law, any treaty, any rule necessary to the functioning of our government, anything or anyone we just voted for, or any public opinion poll.  The proper thing to do with the filibuster is to eliminate it, which 51 senators can do at the start of the session if they see fit. I know you've been told they can't, but keep reading.

CLUSTERBALL: James Bond and the Petraeus Affair

 

By John Grant


Using one of those overarching dramatic titles we have come to expect in mainstream media news coverage, John Stewart summed up the Petraeus story as “Band of Boners.” It's the sort of thing that may be inevitable when so much power is given so much free reign by so much secrecy.

Naked Israeli Aggression

 

Naked Israeli Aggression

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since 1948, Israel waged varying intensity war on Palestine. Crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide are committed regularly. World community inaction lets Israel get away with murder.

 

Operation Pillar of Cloud (aka Cloud Column/Pillar of Defense) is Israel's latest naked aggression. 

 

Ahmed Jabari (1960 - 2012)

 

Ahmed Jabari (1960 - 2012)

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On November 15, thousands in Gaza City residents mourned Jabari's assassination. Israel murdered him the previous day in cold blood. 

 

Score another victory for occupation harshness. Add one to the column of Israeli crimes against humanity. Volumes are needed to list them. Israel lives by the sword of injustice. One day perhaps it will perish for its villainy.

Syria News - Nov 16

 

Cameron considers arming Syrian rebels - Telegraph

France proposes defensive weapons for Syria rebels - AFP

Russia Says Arming Syrian Opposition Breaches Law - ABC News

Pentagon Sees Seizing Syria Chemical Arms as Vast Task - NYTimes.com

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Rebels capture Ras al Ayn, 1st town to fall in Syria’s Kurdish region - McClatchy

VIDEO: Captured POW in Ras Al Ain have been executed according to Turkish TV channel - YouTube

On Syrian border, mixed feelings for rebel liberators, Kurds say "I don't want Assad, nor do I want the rebels" - Reuters

Turkey sends warplanes to patrol Syrian border - todayszaman

PYD says Turkey trying to stir war in Kurdish Syria, calls on West not to remain silent - ANF ENGLISH

Kurds seize another key town in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd

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Report: "Free Syrian Army” Threatens Red Crescent, forbidding their vehicles from hospitalizing Syrian army soldiers - moqawama.org

VIDEO: A civilian working for ministry of defense abducted and executed by Syrian rebels - YouTube

VIDEO: Police officer abducted, tortured and sentenced to death by Syrian rebels - YouTube

VIDEO: Police officers few minutes before execution by Syrian rebels - YouTube

VIDEO: Military officer kidnapped while on the way home and tortured to death - YouTube

VIDEO: Military officers tortured and sentenced to death - YouTube

VIDEO: Military officer abducted and executed by Syrian rebels - YouTube

VIDEO: Syrian rebels attack a kid like school yard bullies - YouTube

VIDEO: A school teacher kidnapped while on the way home and tortured - YouTube

VIDEO: An Iraqi refugee in Syria kidnapped and executed by rebels - YouTube

VIDEO: Civilians travelling, got killed on highway by Syrian rebels - YouTube

 

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Iran War Weekly - November 12, 2012

Iran War Weekly

November 12, 2012

 

Hello All – From the time of the last round of nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran (in Moscow last August), the issues surrounding these negotiations have lain dormant under the deep shadow of the US presidential election.  With the election out of the way, negotiations are expected to resume next month.  During the campaign the Obama team was content to have economic war (“sanctions”) against Iran substitute for diplomacy and pre-empt military action.  Now what?

 

Witch Hunting in Kansas: Anti-Abortion Pols Pile on to Attack Doctor Who Aided Tiller in Keeping Abortion Available

 

By Michael Caddell


… [Dr. Ann Kristin] Neuhaus wishes that she'd skipped the hearing.
 

TSA News: One-year anniversary

Exactly one year ago, on November 15, 2011, TSA News launched. The first post was by journalist and longtime consumer advocate Christopher Elliott. 

Since then, we’ve assembled a stable of writers from all over the country. We come from diverse personal, professional, and political backgrounds. We’re especially all over the place politically. But one thing we all share is respect for civil liberties. And we’re not about to sit around dumbly and watch as those civil liberties are ripped out from under us.

ColdType November Now Online

 
In the November issue of COLDTYPE MAGAZINE

Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud

 

Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On November 14, Israel murdered Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari in cold blood. A missile struck his car. Another passenger was killed. Unconfirmed reports said it was his son.

 

An IDF Twitter message said, "We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead."

Israel's Threat to Annul Oslo

 

Israeli Threat to Annul Oslo 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Follow-through won't change facts on the ground. Israel's annulment threat is hollow. 

 

Oslo reflected unconditional Palestinian surrender. Israel triumphed diplomatically, economically and politically. Palestinians got nothing in return. More on that below.

 

What Did Petraeus Know and When Did He Know It?

Michael Collins
Creative Commons

(Washington, DC, 11/15) The bitterness of the neocons knows no limit.  They're still having tantrums after being denied the unchallenged ability to pillage and plunder at will (and at our expense).  Never mind that the public doesn’t want to hear it.  The Congressional Republicans are jumping up and down over their big question:  When did President Obama know about the affair between General Petraeus and Mrs. Broadwell? Talk about a misguided salvage operation.  Their inquiries will spark some questions that they won't want asked. (Image)

The real questions concern the behavior and motivation of General Petraeus in the aftermath of the murder of the United States ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, on September 11, 2012.

When did General Petraeus know the sequence of events that preceded the murder of United States Ambassador Stevens, indicating the likely motivation for the murder?

The Petraeus CIA provided inaccurate information about events on the ground to the Obama Administration, particularly to President Obama and United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. Did they know it was inaccurate?

If the Petraeus CIA mislead or withheld information from the White House or allowed that to happen, was it in the service of the Romney campaign or those clamoring for an attack on Iran?

Syria News - Nov 15

 

 

Obama not ready to recognize the new Syrian opposition group as a ‘‘government in exile’’ or to arm it - Boston.com

U.S. vows $30M more in Syria humanitarian aid, bringing the total U.S aid to the war-torn nation to $200 million - CBS News

Lavrov meets with the Gulf Cooperation Council, but fails to reach common ground on Syria - Reuters

Suspected North Korea missile parts seized en route to Syria in May - Reuters

VIDEO: N Korea suspected of arms shipment to Syria - YouTube

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VIDEO: Interview with Moaz al-Khatib: A united Syrian opposition - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO:.Sheikh Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, President of the Syrian National Coalition, gives his inauguration speech - YouTube

Interview with the Syrian opposition VP Atassi - Reuters

Syrian armed groups rob 3 trucks delivering relief aid - Xinhua | English.news.cn

VIDEO: GRAPHIC - Terrorists Behead a Pro-Syrian Government Palestinian Refugee in Syria - LiveLeak.com  

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Turkey scrambles jets, evacuates villages as Syria border tension escalates - todayszaman

Kurds in disputed town on Turkish border ask Syrian rebels to withdraw - KansasCity.com

Following the Ras al-Ain battle, the Kurdish leadership in northern Syria is getting ready to fight in Qamishli - Al-Monitor

Massoud Barzani calls Turkey to release Ocalan and offers to mediate between it and PKK: Turkish Milliyet newspaper - ekurd

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Go from Home to Home  in Ras al-Ain Killing Civilians - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Takeover of Ras Al Ain by Syrian rebels - YouTube

Report: Turkey-US relations sour on Syria, Iraq, sweeten on Iran - todayszaman

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Israel says Syrian rebels have control of villages near Golan Heights - Fox News

Not al Qaeda, but 50-70 Syrian outlaws in Golan buffer zone: Report - DEBKA file

Syria claims UN consent to pursue rebels in Golan - NOW Lebanon

 

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Is Impeachment Gone for Good?

Henry Kissinger's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize didn't, in the end, eliminate satire from the earth (or peace prizes for war-makers, for that matter). Conceivably, the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the lack of impeachment of George W. Bush haven't eliminated presidential impeachment from the Constitution.

I'll grant you, it looks pretty grim. Congress is dominated by the two real branches of the U.S. government: the Democratic and the Republican. Democrats obey Democratic presidents and fear Republican ones. Republicans obey Republican presidents and attack Democratic ones for imaginary nonsense rather than their real abuses. These patterns seem firmly established and locked into escalating feedback loops, as does the unending career of Nancy "impeachment is off the table" Pelosi.

The public, for its part, seems increasingly convinced that presidents should be kings, kings should serve the military, citizens should volunteer for electoral campaigns instead of activist campaigns, and a police state is necessary to protect the freedoms sacrificed to the police state. One-third of the residents of the Home of the Brave now approve of cavity searches prior to airplane travel.

But consider: the U.S. public, unlike Congress, opposed the Clinton impeachment and favored Bush's impeachment -- the latter a rather remarkable finding by pollsters given the general lack of impeachment discussion on corporate television during the Bush years. Many Republicans hate Democratic presidents enough to support their impeachment even for legitimate reasons. And some Democrats could conceivably be brought around to supporting an impeachment that was both Constitutionally solid and allowed them to act like Republicans.

These presidents have faced impeachment or serious attempts at impeachment as lame ducks: Andrew Johnson, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and -- if we count popular movements blocked decisively by Congress -- George W. Bush. While Barack Obama was just reelected with 51% of the vote, Nixon got 61% and was quickly thrown out on his ear.

And consider this: During the effort to impeach Bush, there was virtually no debate over the validity of the charges against him. Rather, our misrepresentatives in Congress told us that impeaching Bush would give us Cheney or impeaching Cheney would leave us Bush, or impeaching Bush and Cheney would hurt the Democratic Party because the unpopular impeachment of Clinton had supposedly hurt Republicans (never mind the disaster of the Albert "I never met Bill Clinton" Gore presidential campaign). Or, alternatively, we were told there was no point in impeaching Bush when he only had a few years left, or Hillary Clinton was running for president and preferred that impeachment not be mentioned, or the Senate wasn't pre-committed to convicting Bush so there was no requirement for House members to uphold their oaths of office. None of the debate actually disputed that Bush was clearly guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors -- that is, severe abuses of power.

Now here's the interesting part: Obama has expanded upon those abuses.

In fact, if Bush had been known to keep a secret list of men, women, and children, American and foreign, to be killed, and had routinely killed them, support for his impeachment would not have been the bare majority it was but almost certainly a good deal higher and a greater priority.

We were told, when we tried to impeach Bush and Cheney, that we simply hated those men. No, we replied, we want to prevent the precedent that will make the next men or women worse -- guaranteed. That our gloomy prediction has proved right ought to constitute grounds for being taken seriously now when we say that further failure to impeach will result in still worse abuses to come. The simple and obvious, but almost universally uncomprehended, point is not that Joe Biden or Mitt Romney or anyone else is a better human being than Barack Obama. The point is that a President Biden entering office following the impeachment and removal of his predecessor for particular crimes and abuses would be less likely to engage in those crimes and abuses, as would other presidents to come.

President Obama has developed an assassination program, in violation of the Fifth Amendment, targeting men, women, and children, but overwhelmingly killing non-targeted victims who happened to be in the wrong place. He has launched a war on Libya, facilitated a war on Syria, sent so-called special forces and drones and missiles into numerous sovereign nations, threatened war on Iran, and given war-making powers to the CIA in violation of Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, the Kellogg-Briand Pact, the War Powers Resolution, and the United Nations Charter. President Obama has seized the power to imprison without charge or trial in violation of Article I, Section 9 and the Forth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Amendments. He has claimed the power to torture and directed the Attorney General not to prosecute the crime of torture, in violation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. He has engaged in widespread warrantless spying in violation of the Fourth Amendment. He has escalated a war in Afghanistan and built permanent military bases there. He has selectively revealed classified information, even while falsely and vindictively prosecuting whistleblowers under the Espionage Act, and while holding accused whistleblower Bradley Manning in cruel and inhuman conditions for over two years prior to any trial. President Obama has abused claims of state secrets to block judicial review of government abuses. He has created secret laws through the Office of Legal Counsel. He has announced his intent to violate laws with signing statements.

A full collection of what would in previous decades have been considered obvious impeachable offenses would run for pages. Standards have changed. As Daniel Ellsberg has pointed out, Nixon's abuses have now been legalized. But can a president or a secret office or a corrupted Congress legalize what is unconstitutional? Clearly the answer is yes, if we let them.

STILL WAITIN': a Short Film on Who Owns the Vietnam War, by TCBH!'s John Grant and the Viet War Commemoration Correction Project

 

Still Waitin’

 

A short film produced by

The Vietnam War Commemoration CORRECTION Project

 

To see the film, please go to:  www.ThisCantBeHappening.net

Talk Nation Radio: Brian Terrell Is Headed to Prison for Protesting Drones

Brian Terrell is headed to prison at the end of this month for having nonviolently protested drone wars.  Brian is a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.  He discusses the immorality of drone wars and the protest and trial that have led to his incarceration.

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