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Document Shows CIA Reaction to Finding No WMD in Iraq

By David Swanson, teleSUR

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The National Security Archive has posted several newly available documents, one of them an account by Charles Duelfer of the search he led in Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, with a staff of 1,700 and the resources of the U.S. military.

Duelfer was appointed by CIA Director George Tenet to lead a massive search after an earlier massive search led by David Kay had determined that there were no WMD stockpiles in Iraq. Duelfer went to work in January 2004, to find nothing for a second time, on behalf of people who had launched a war knowing full well that their own statements about WMDs were not true.

The fact that Duelfer states quite clearly that he found none of the alleged WMD stockpiles cannot be repeated enough, with 42% of Americans (and 51 percent of Republicans) still believing the opposite.

A New York Times story last October about the remnants of a long-abandoned chemical weapons program has been misused and abused to advance misunderstanding. A search of Iraq today would find U.S. cluster bombs that were dropped a decade back, without of course finding evidence of a current operation.

Duelfer is also clear that Saddam Hussein's government had accurately denied having WMD, contrary to a popular U.S. myth that Hussein had pretended to have what he did not.

The fact that President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and their team knowingly lied cannot be overemphasized. This group took the testimony of Hussein Kamel regarding weapons he'd said had been destroyed years ago, and used it as if he'd said they currently existed. This team used forged documents to allege a uranium purchase. They used claims about aluminum tubes that had been rejected by all of their own usual experts. They "summarized" a National Intelligence Estimate that said Iraq was unlikely to attack unless attacked to say nearly the opposite in a "white paper" released to the public. Colin Powell took claims to the U.N. that had been rejected by his own staff, and touched them up with fabricated dialogue.

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Jay Rockefeller concluded that, "In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even nonexistent."

On January 31, 2003, Bush suggested to Blair that they could paint an airplane with U.N. colors, fly it low to get it shot at, and thereby start the war. Then the two of them walked out to a press conference at which they said they would avoid war if at all possible. Troop deployments and bombing missions were already underway.

When Diane Sawyer asked Bush on television why he had made the claims he had about Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction, he replied: "What's the difference? The possibility that [Saddam] could acquire weapons, if he were to acquire weapons, he would be the danger."

Duelfer's newly released internal report on his hunt, and that of Kay before him, for the figments of propagandists' imagination refers to "Saddam Hussein's WMD program," which Duelfer treats as an on-again, off-again institution, as if the 2003 invasion had just caught it in one of its naturally cyclical low tides of non-existence. Duelfer also describes the nonexistent program as "an international security problem that vexed the world for three decades," -- except perhaps for the part of the world engaged in the largest public demonstrations in history, which rejected the U.S. case for war.

Duelfer openly states that his goal was to rebuild "confidence in intelligence projections of threat." Of course, having found no WMDs, he can't alter the inaccuracy of the "projections of threat." Or can he? What Duelfer did publicly at the time and does again here is to claim, without providing any evidence for it, that "Saddam was directing resources to sustain the capacity to recommence producing WMD once U.N. sanctions and international scrutiny collapsed."

Duelfer claims that former Saddam yes men, rigorously conditioned to say whatever would most please their questioner, had assured him that Saddam harbored these secret intentions to start rebuilding WMD someday. But, Duelfer admits, "there is no documentation of this objective. And analysts should not expect to find any."

So, in Duelfer's rehabilitation of the "intelligence community" that may soon be trying to sell you another "projection of threat" (a phrase that perfectly fits what a Freudian would say they were doing), the U.S. government invaded Iraq, devastated a society, killed upwards of a million people by best estimates, wounded, traumatized, and made homeless millions more, generated hatred for the United States, drained the U.S. economy, stripped away civil liberties back home, and laid the groundwork for the creation of ISIS, as a matter not of "preempting" an "imminent threat" but of preempting a secret plan to possibly begin constructing a future threat should circumstances totally change.

This conception of "preemptive defense" is identical to two other concepts. It's identical to the justifications we've been offered recently for drone strikes. And it's identical to aggression. Once "defense" has been stretched to include defense against theoretical future threats, it ceases to credibly distinguish itself from aggression. And yet Duelfer seems to believe he succeeded in his assignment.

Call for Sanity on Sixtieth Anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto



The original Einstein-Russell manifesto

It was exactly 60 years ago that Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein gathered together with a group of leading intellectuals in London to draft and sign a manifesto in which they denounced the dangerous drive toward war between the world’s Communist and anti-Communist factions. The signers of this manifesto included leading Nobel Prize winners such as Hideki Yukawa and Linus Pauling.

They were blunt, equating the drive for war and reckless talk of the use of nuclear weapons sweeping the United States and the Soviet Union at the time, as endangering all of humanity. The manifesto argued that advancements in technology, specifically the invention of the atomic bomb, had set human history on a new and likely disastrous course.

The manifesto stated in harsh terms the choice confronting humanity:

Here, then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?

The Russell-Einstein Manifesto forced a serious reconsideration of the dangerous strategic direction in which the United States was heading at that time and was the beginning of a recalibration of the concept of security that would lead to the signing of the Nonproliferation Treaty in 1968 and the arms control talks of the 1970s.

But we take little comfort in those accomplishments today. The United States has completely forgotten about its obligations under the Nonproliferation Treaty, and the words “arms control” have disappeared from the conversation on security. The last year has seen the United States confront Russia in Ukraine to such a degree that many have spoken about the risks of nuclear war.

As a result, on June 16 of this year Russia announced that it will add 40 new ICBMs in response to the investment of the United States over the last two years in upgrading its nuclear forces.

Similar tensions have emerged between Japan and China over the Senkaku/Diaoyutai Isles and between the United States and China over the South China Sea. Discussions about the possibility of war with China are showing up in the Western media with increasing frequency, and a deeply disturbing push to militarize American relations with Asia is emerging.

But this time, the dangers of nuclear war are complemented by an equal, or greater, threat: climate change. Even the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, told the Boston Globe in 2013 that climate change “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.’’

More recently, Pope Francis issued a detailed, and blunt, encyclical dedicated to the threat of climate change in which he charged:

It is remarkable how weak international political responses (to climate change) have been. Consequently the most one can expect is superficial rhetoric, sporadic acts of philanthropy and perfunctory expressions of concern for the environment, whereas any genuine attempt by groups within society to introduce change is viewed as a nuisance based on romantic illusions or an obstacle to be circumvented.

As the 60th anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto drew near, I became increasing disturbed by the complete inaction among the best-educated and best-connected in the face of the most dangerous moment in modern history and perhaps in human history, grimmer even than the catastrophe that Russell and Einstein contemplated. Not only are we facing the increased likelihood of nuclear war, but there are signs that climate change is advancing more rapidly than previously estimated. Science Magazine recently released a study that predicts massive marine destruction if we follow the current trends, and even the glaciers of the Southern Antarctic Peninsula, once thought to be the most stable, are observed to be melting rapidly. And yet we see not even the most superficial efforts to defend against this threat by the major powers.

I spoke informally about my worries with my friend John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus and associate of the Asia Institute. John has written extensively about the need to identify climate change as the primary security threat and also has worked closely with Miriam Pemberton of the Institute for Policy Studies on efforts to move the United States away from a military economy. Between the two of us we have put together a slightly updated version of the manifesto that highlights climate change — an issue that was not understood in 1955 — and hereby have published it in the form of a petition that we invite anyone in the world to sign. This new version of the manifesto is open to the participation of all, not restricted to that of an elite group of Nobel Prize winners.

I also spoke with David Swanson, a friend from my days working on the Dennis Kucinich campaign for the Democratic nomination back in 2004. David now serves as director of World Beyond War, a broad effort to create a consensus that war no longer has any legitimate place in human society. He offered to introduce the manifesto to a broad group of activists and we agreed that Foreign Policy in Focus, the Asia Institute and World Beyond War would co-sponsor the new manifesto.

Finally, I sent the draft to Noam Chomsky who readily offered to sign it and offered the following comment.

Last January the famous Doomsday Clock was moved two minutes closer to midnight, the closest it has been since a major war scare 30 years ago.  The accompanying declaration, which warned that the constant threat of nuclear war and “unchecked climate change” severely threaten human civilization, brings to mind the grim warning to the people of the world just 60 years ago by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein, calling on them to face a choice that is “stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?” In all of human history, there has never been a choice like the one we face today.

The declaration on the 60th anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto is displayed below. We urge all people who are concerned about humanity’s future and about the health of the Earth’s biosphere to join us in signing the declaration, and to invite friends and family members to sign. The statement can be signed at the petition page on DIY RootsAction website:

Declaration on the 60th Anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto

July 9, 2015

In view of the growing risk that in future wars weapons, nuclear and otherwise, will be employed that threaten the continued existence of humanity, we urge the governments of the world to realize, and to acknowledge publicly, that their purpose cannot be furthered by a world war, and we urge them, consequently, to find peaceful means for the settlement of all matters of dispute between them.

We also propose that all governments of the world begin to convert those resources previously allocated to preparations for destructive conflict to a new constructive purpose: the mitigation of climate change and the creation of a new sustainable civilization on a global scale.

This effort is endorsed by Foreign Policy in Focus, the Asia Institute, and World Beyond War, and is being launched on July 9, 2015.

You can sign, and ask everyone you know to sign, this declaration here:

http://diy.rootsaction.org/p/man

Why is this declaration important?

Exactly 60 years ago today, leading intellectuals led by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein gathered in London to sign a manifesto voicing their concern that the struggle between the Communist and anti-Communist blocs in the age of the hydrogen bomb guaranteed annihilation for humanity.

Although we have so far avoided the nuclear war that those intellectuals dreaded, the danger has merely been postponed. The threat, which has reemerged recently with the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, has only grown more dire.

Moreover, the rapid acceleration of technological development threatens to put nuclear weapons, and many other weapons of similar destructiveness, into the hands of a growing circle of nations (and potentially even of “non-state actors”). At the same time, the early possessors of nuclear weapons have failed to abide by their obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to destroy their stockpiles.

And now we are faced with an existential threat that may rival the destructive consequences even of a full-scale nuclear war: climate change. The rapacious exploitation of our resources and a thoughtless over-reliance upon fossil fuels have caused an unprecedented disruption of our climate. Combined with an unmitigated attack on our forests, our wetlands, our oceans, and our farmland in the pursuit of short-term gains, this unsustainable economic expansion has brought us to the edge of an abyss.

The original 1955 manifesto states: “We are speaking on this occasion, not as members of this or that nation, continent, or creed, but as human beings,” members of the human species “whose continued existence is in doubt.”

The time has come for us to break out of the distorted and misleading conception of progress and development that has so seduced us and led us towards destruction.

Intellectuals bear a particular responsibility of leadership by virtue of their specialized expertise and insight regarding the scientific, cultural, and historical forces that have led to our predicament. Between a mercenary element that pursues an agenda of narrow interests without regard to consequences and a frequently discouraged, misled, and sometimes apathetic citizenry stand the intellectuals in every field of study and sphere of activity. It falls to us that it falls to decry the reckless acceleration of armaments and the criminal destruction of the ecosystem. The time has come for us to raise our voices in a concerted effort.

Initial Signers

Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus, MIT

Last January the famous Doomsday Clock was moved two minutes closer to midnight, the closest it has been since a major war scare 30 years ago.  The accompanying declaration, which warned that the constant threat of nuclear war and “unchecked climate change” severely threaten human civilization, brings to mind the grim warning to the people of the world just 50 years ago by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein, calling on them to face a choice that is “stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?” In all of human history, there has never been a choice like the one we face today.

Helen Caldicott, author

It was the Russell Einstein manifesto on the threat of nuclear war 60 years ago that started me upon my journey to try to abolish nuclear weapons. I then read and devoured the three volumes of Russell’s autobiography which had an amazing influence upon my thinking as a young girl.

The manifesto was so extraordinarily sensible written by two of the world’s greatest thinkers, and I am truly amazed that the world at that time took practically no notice of their prescient warning, and today we are orders of magnitude in greater danger than we were 60 years ago. The governments of the world still think in primitive terms of retribution and killing while the nuclear weapons in Russia and the US are presently maintained on hair trigger alert, and these two nuclear superpowers are practicing nuclear war drills during a state of heightened international tension exacerbated by the Ukrainian situation and the Middle East. It is in truth sheer luck that we are still here on this lovely planet of ours.

Larry Wilkerson, retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell.

From central Europe to Southwest Asia, from the South China Sea to the Arctic, tensions are on the rise as the world’s sole empire is roiled in peripheral activities largely of its own doing and just as largely destructive of its power and corruptive of its leadership. This, while humanity’s most pressing challenge–planetary climate change–threatens catastrophe for all.  Stockpiles of nuclear weapons add danger to this already explosive situation.  We humans have never been so powerfully challenged–and so apparently helpless to do anything about it.

Benjamin R. Barber, president, Global Parliament of Mayors Project

Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything

David Swanson, director, World Beyond War

John Feffer, director, Foreign Policy in Focus

Emanuel Pastreich, director, The Asia Institute

Leah Bolger,  chair, coordinating committee, World Beyond War

Ben Griffin, coordinator, Veterans For Peace UK

Michael Nagler, founder and president, The Metta Center for Nonviolence

John Horgan, science journalist & author of The End of War

Kevin Zeese, co-director, Popular Resistance.

Margaret Flowers, M.D., co-director of Popular Resistance

Dahr Jamail, staff reporter, Truthout

John Kiriakou, associate fellow, Institute for Policy Studies and CIA Torture Whistleblower

Kim Hyung yul, president of the Asia Institute and professor of history, Sook Myung University

Choi Murim, professor of medicine, Seoul National University

Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent and former Minneapolis Division legal counsel

Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army Colonel and former US diplomat

Mike Madden, vice president, Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27 (veteran of the US Air Force)

Chante Wolf, 12 year Air Force, Desert Shield/Storm veteran, member of Chapter 27, Veterans For Peace

William Binney, former NSA technical director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis and co-founder of the SIGINT Automation Research Center.

Jean Bricmont, professor, Université Catholique de Louvain

Emanuel Pastreich is the director of the Asia Institute in Seoul, South Korea.

 

 

Greece News - July 9, 2015

 

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew: Greece needs debt restructure, sustainable debt plan - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew: There is a Way Out of Greek Crisis (to see his remarks fast forward video to 31:00) - The Pappas Post


In Separate Phone Calls Obama Urges Merkel, Tsipras to Compromise on Emergency Financing - NASDAQ.com


U.S. At Odds With Germany Over Greek Debt Crisis (VIDEO) - huffingtonpost.com


IMF chief Lagarde says debt restructuring needed in Greece, further belt-tightening and structural reforms will not be enough - La Prensa


VIDEO: IMF chief Lagarde says debt restructuring needed in Greece, financing the post-2015 sustainable development agenda - YouTube


France says 'No' to Greek euro exit, talks on Greek debt should not be taboo.: PM Valls - Yahoo News


Greece faces 'chaos and riots' unless a deal is found soon: French bank chief - The Local


POLL: Why French are easier on Greece than Germans - The Local


Noonan says Ireland favours debt restructuring for Greece - irishtimes.com


Greek debt haircut not a taboo: Luxembourg FinMin - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide


Greece, euro zone can still reach a deal: EU's Moscovici - Yahoo News


Pittella: S&D Group rejects any option of Grexit. There is no Europe without Greece - Socialists & Democrats


Where did the Greek bailout money go? Most went to the banks that lent Greece funds before the crash, less than 10% was used by the government for reforming its economy - The Guardian


This chart shows how Greece's last bailout money was spent - theweek.com


How Greece's Bank Bailout Benefited Greeks - Bloomberg View


How a Chaotic Greek Exit Could Wipe Out $1.4 Trillion in M&A - Bloomberg Business

 

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Berlin rules out any steps that cut value of loans to Greece - Reuters


Meet Germany’s hard-line finance minister who won’t budge on Greece - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Schäuble says Greek debt haircut 'not allowed' - EurActiv


In a letter Economists Piketty, Sachs urge Merkel to cut Greek debt - Yahoo Maktoob News


Austerity Has Failed: Text of the Open Letter From Thomas Piketty, Jeffrey Sachs and others to Angela Merkel - The Nation


Thomas Piketty accuses Germany of forgetting history as it lectures Greece - The Washington Post


Text of the Interview of Thomas Piketty: ‘Germany Has Never Repaid its Debts. It Has No Right to Lecture Greece’ - The Wire


Europe must back away from Greek austerity cliff: Joseph Stiglitz - usatoday.com


Greece debt crisis: Angela Merkel faces revolt from the right for wanting to keep Athens in euro - The Independent


Merkel to visit Balkans amid Greek crisis - NewsAdvance.com

 

Merkel Can’t Escape Greece’s Geopolitical Pull in Balkans - Bloomberg Business


Greece's Debt Crisis Is Hurting Its Even Poorer Neighbors - huffingtonpost.com

 

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Greece offers pension and tax reforms to gain new bailout - Yahoo Maktoob News


Text of Greece’s request for a 3-year loan facility to the ESM - The Financial Express


The Greek Prime Minister’s Speech in the European Parliament - GreekReporter.com


VIDEO: Boos & cheers for Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the European Parliament - BBC News


European Central Bank keeps emergency funding for Greece frozen, banks will remain shuttered through the end of the week - The Washington Post


No deal, no liquidity, ECB's Noyer tells Greece - Yahoo News


CHARTS: Greece’s debt crisis explained in charts and maps - Vox


Greek Pensioners Are Surviving On Just 120 Euros. Here's What That Buys - huffingtonpost.com


Wealthy Greeks go on spending spree for Apple gadgets and jewellery as they fear they'll lose cash when banks collapse - DailyMail


The next Greek crisis: gas shortages - POLITICO


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Peace Lessons

I just read what may be the best introduction to peace studies I’ve ever seen. It’s called Peace Lessons, and is a new book by Timothy Braatz. It’s not too fast or too slow, neither obscure nor boring. It does not drive the reader away from activism toward meditation and “inner peace,” but begins with and maintains a focus on activism and effective strategy for revolutionary change in the world on the scale that is needed. As you may be gathering, I’ve read some similar books about which I had major complaints.

No doubt there are many more, similar books I haven’t read, and no doubt most of them cover the basic concepts of direct, structural, and cultural violence and nonviolence. No doubt many of them review the 20th century history of nonviolent overthrows of dictators. No doubt the U.S. civil rights movement is a common theme, especially among U.S. authors. Braatz’s book covers this and other familiar territory so well I was never tempted to set it down. He gives some of the best answers available to the usual questions from the dominant war-based culture, as well: “Would you shoot a crazed gunman to save your grandma?” “What about Hitler?”

Braatz introduces basic concepts with crystal clarity, and then proceeds to illuminate them with a discussion of the battle of Little Bighorn from a peace perspective. The book is worth acquiring for this alone, or for the similarly insightful discussion of John Brown’s use of nonviolent strategies in combination with his use of violence. Brown established a constructive project, a cooperative interracial non-patriarchal community. Brown had concluded that only the death of white men could awaken Northerners to the evil of slavery, prior to his failure to flee Harper’s Ferry. Read Braatz on Brown’s Quaker roots before assuming you understand his complexity.

We’re #1...in the heroin business!: US Lost in Afghanistan, But Did Make Afghanistan World’s Top Heroin Exporter

By Jack Balkwill


...The US government pretends to care about eradicating opium production in Afghanistan, while production soars to record levels.  Can this be an accident? 

The largest marketplace for illegal drugs continues to be the United States, despite a decades-long so-called "war on drugs."  Can this be an accident? 

How Can This Still Be Happening in Our World?

How does war impact people who believe in it?

What does it do to people who live through it?

How does it feel to begin to doubt it?

SanctuaryThePlay.com

This play is a flood of sensations streaming out of the madness of militarism half-aware of itself.

"I'm going to create a Sanctuary, a place inside myself first where I tell the truth," says a character toward the end, as if telling the truth to others openly would be a difficult, second step to someday follow telling the truth to oneself.

For how many people is that true?

How many of them might it help to hear someone else tell the truth in a room of someone elses listening and appreciating?

Watch this:

Killing Crabs and Arabs

I lead a sheltered life. Apart from visiting Afghanistan once during a war, the closest I come to danger is in sports, and the closest I come to violence is in emailed death threats from war fanatics -- and even those pretty much dried up when the president became a Democrat.

When rats moved into the garage, I trapped them one-by-one and let them go in the woods, even as people claimed the same rats were finding their way back over and over again, like local troops getting guns and training from the U.S. Army over and over again so they could "stand up" and attack each other someday.

I've been arrested for using the First Amendment numerous times but never had anyone try to use the Second Amendment on me. I'm mostly a vegetarian, considering becoming a vegan.

My weakness is seafood. But I don't have it all the time. If I ever eat crabs, I buy them already cooked, already red instead of blue, already still instead of moving, already a product like a sausage patty or a granola bar only different.

Recently I found myself at a friend's house on the bay dropping cages into the water and pulling them out full of crabs. One should accept hospitality. They throw back the females. They throw back the babies. The crabs are plentiful, local, organic, non-processed. If I eat them from a store I'd be a hypocrite not to eat them from the bay.

But these crabs were blue, not red; rapidly moving, not still. We dumped them into a pot and poked them back into it as they tried to crawl out, noisily scraping their claws on the metal. Their intentions were quite clear, and we knowingly frustrated those intentions as we slammed the lid on the pot and set it on the stove for 45 minutes. Forty-five minutes. Long enough for an enhanced interrogation.

And then I ate the crabs.

But the crabs kept crawling around in my head. Surely there are greater evils than hypocrisy, my thoughts said to me.

Peace activist friend Paul Chappell spoke recently to a large group. If you spent the day playing with and getting to know a five-year-old girl, he said, could you take a baseball bat and kill her with it? People shuddered.

Of course you couldn't, he said. But what if you did it from 10 feet away with a gun, with her head turned, with her blindfolded, as part of a firing squad, or from 100 feet, without getting to know her, or from an airplane high above, or with the remote control for a drone, or by ordering someone to order someone to order someone else to do it, and with an understanding that the girl was part of a subhuman race out to destroy the good people of the world?

When Barack Obama reads through his list of men, women, and children on a Tuesday and picks which ones to have killed, he knows he won't be doing the killing. When he killed a 16-year-old boy from Colorado named Abdulrahman and his six cousins and friends who were too close to him at the time, was it Obama's choice or did he pass the buck? Was it John Brennan's choice? Let's suppose that one of them was presented with the argument for bestowing the royal thumbs-down.

Were they shown a photograph? Was a portrait of evil painted? Abdulrahman's father had said seditious things. Perhaps Abdulrahman had once cheated on a biology test. Maybe he hadn't meant to, but he had seen an answer and then not spoken up -- no saint, he.

Had a recording been played of Abdulrahman's voice? Could his killer, could his ultimate killer whose policy trickled down to the pushing of the button on the videogame that beheaded, burned-to-death, lynched, and drew and quartered him all at once -- could that person imagine what his voice would have been like had he been in an oversized metal pot trying to crawl out?

Seven young friends trying to scrape their way out of a pot of steaming water, as Gulliver pokes them back. Their words are articulate, followed by inarticulate screams. Could Obama cook them? And if he couldn't cook them, how can he conscionably murder them with missiles, along with dozens and hundreds and thousands of others killed with all kinds of weaponry at his order and through his proxies and through the recipients of his weaponry given and sold to other air-conditioned killers?

If forced to do the killing in person, which president or secretary or chairman or senator or congress member would do it? And would we want them to take a stand against hypocrisy out of loyalty to their former self, the distance killer? Or would we want them to awake to the evil of their ways and cease and desist forthwith?

The distancing of killing doesn't just make it easier. It also hides important considerations behind gleaming temptations. The crabs are dying. You know it. I know it. We all know that we all know it. The oysters are dying. The crabs are dying. The ecosystem is dying. And the fact that they taste good, combined with some vague fatalism about overpopulation and six-of-one-half-a-dozen-bits-of-bullshit doesn't change what the right thing to do must be.

I am going to eat no more crabs.

The wars are self-defeating, creating enemies, murdering innocents, destroying the environment, eroding civil liberties, savaging self-government, draining resources, mashing away all semblance of morality. And the rush of tasty power that comes from ordering deaths on a check list like a take-out menu doesn't change any of that.

There has to be a last time we tolerate war.

Is this taking democracy too far?: The Greek People Have Said ‘No!’ to Austerity and Economic Blackmail

By Dave Lindorff


Something huge has happened in Greece, though you wouldn’t know it if you rely on the US corporate media for your information.


Enbridge Stuffs Provision into Wisconsin Budget to Expedite Controversial Piece of "Keystone XL Clone"

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On Thursday, July 3 on the eve of a long Fourth of July holiday weekend, Canadian pipeline company giant Enbridge landed a sweetheart deal: a provision in the 2015 Wisconsin Budget that will serve to expedite permitting for its controversial proposed Line 61 tar sands pipeline expansion project.

Mapping Military Madness: 2015 Update

Once again this year, the clear winner, in not just women’s soccer and incarceration, but also in militarism, is the United States of America, sweeping nearly every category of military insanity with seemingly effortless ease. Find all of last year’s and this year’s maps here: bit.ly/mappingmilitarism

In the area of money spent on militarism, there was really no competition:

MMspending

Troops in Afghanistan have declined, but there remains no question which nation still has the most.

There are more major wars in the world now than a year ago, but only one nation is involved in some significant way in all of them.

When it comes to weapons sales to the rest of the world, the United States really shines. The other nations should probably be competing in a different league.

In nuclear weapons stockpiling, Russia makes an amazing showing, nudging out the U.S. for the lead, just like last year, even as both nations’ stockpiles have slightly diminished, and both nations have announced plans to build more. No other nation even makes it on the chart.

Among nations with other WMDs, such as chemical and biological weapons, the United States is right in there.

But it’s really in the reach of its military presence that the United States makes every other nation look like amateur killers. U.S. troops and weapons are everywhere. Check out the maps.

We’ve added a map showing the nations receiving the greatest number of U.S. and allies’ air strikes, and we’ve updated the count of drone murders in each country being regularly droned.

Further maps display which nations are taking steps to facilitate peace and prosperity. The United States’ ability to fail so stunningly in these categories while excelling in the others is the mark of a true champion war monger.

A picture is worth 1,000 words. Adjust the settings to make your own maps of militarism here.

Greece News - July 6, 2015


Greece says 'NO' to European bailout, final tally is 61 percent to 39 of voters - Talk Radio News Service


Greek PM Tsipras says Athens ready to return to negotiating table reaching a 'viable solution' with Europe - Reuters


VIDEO: Greek PM Tsipras: Athens ready to talk with Europe - YouTube


PM Tsipras demands creditors forgive a third of the Greece debt and allow delayed repayments for the rest - thestandard.com.hk


The issue of our debt will now be on the negotiating table, in light of the IMF's recent report on its sustainability - Alexis Tsipras on Twitter


Our immediate priority is to restore our banking system's functioning & economic stability - Alexis Tsipras on Twitter


Varoufakis says Greek 'No' is a big Yes to democratic Europe, extends a "hand of cooperation" to its EU-IMF creditors - The Economic Times


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Varoufakis says Greece to seek common ground with European partners after ‘No’ victory, calls for debt restructuring  - News Bridgeward


Greece finance minister considers IOU currency after NO to EU Demands, reiterates that this is not a prelude to Grexit but a legal action within the monetary union - GreekReporter.com


Scenes of joy as Greece's 'No' voters celebrate victory - Channel NewsAsia


In Rural Greece, 'No' Vote Cheered - WSJ


VIDEO: Greece 'No' camp celebrates victory - YouTube


PHOTOS: Greece reacts to austerity referendum results - 9news.com.au


In Its Worst Hour, Greece Overtakes Italy as Top Destination for Refugees - Bloomberg Business

 

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In A Phone Conversation Merkel, Hollande Agree That Results of Greek Referendum Should Be Respected - Sputnik International


Eurozone summit on Greece confirmed for Tuesday: Tusk - Business Standard News


European Commission 'respects' Greece result: statement - focus-fen.net


Eurogroup president Dijsselbloem issues terse statement calling Greece's 'No' vote 'very regrettable for the future of Greece - Business Insider


European Leaders Look to Chart Path Following Greek Vote - WSJ


Euro Falls as Greece Votes 'No' to Bailout Package - NBC News


TABLE: List of creditors and official exposure to Greece by country and type - Barclays


Eurozone Central Bank Now Controls Destiny of Greece’s Battered Banks - The New York Times


ECB seen keeping reduced lifeline for Greek banks after vote: sources - Yahoo Finance UK


Greek banks desperate for emergency loans after voters reject bailout - The Globe and Mail


Greek banks will not open on Monday and ATM limits will be reduced - Business Insider


Europeans tried to block IMF debt report on Greece calling for substantial debt relief - Reuters

 

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The 51-Day Genocide

Max Blumenthal's latest book, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, tells a powerful story powerfully well. I can think of a few other terms that accurately characterize the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza in addition to "war," among them: occupation, murder-spree, and genocide. Each serves a different valuable purpose. Each is correct.

The images people bring to mind with the term "war," universally outdated, are grotesquely outdated in a case like this one. There is no pair of armies on a battlefield. There is no battlefield. There is no aim to conquer, dispossess, or rob. The people of Gaza are already pre-defeated, conquered, imprisoned, and under siege -- permanently overseen by military drones and remote-control machine-guns atop prison-camp walls. In dropping bombs on houses, the Israeli government is not trying to defeat another army on a battlefield, is not trying to gain possession of territory, is not trying to steal resources from a foreign power, and is not trying to hold off a foreign army's attempt to conquer Israel.

Yes, of course, Israel ultimately wants Gaza's land incorporated into Israel, but not with non-Jewish people living on it. (Eighty percent of Gaza's residents are refugees from Israel, families ethnically cleansed in 1947-1948.) Yes, of course, Israel wants the fossil fuels off the Gazan coast. But it already has them. No, the immediate goal of the Israeli war on Gaza last year, like the one two years before, and like the one four years before that, would perfectly fit a name like "The 51 Day Genocide." The purpose was to kill. The end was nothing other than the means.

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

Are Americans disturbed about growing economic inequality in the United States?

Israel Still Not Held to Account For Deliberate Attack on USS Liberty

 

 


Still Waiting for USS Liberty’s Truth

 

 

Editor Note: During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israeli warplanes and warships tried to sink the USS Liberty, killing 34 of the spy ship’s crew. Afterwards, U.S. and Israeli officials excused the attack as an unfortunate mistake and covered up evidence of willful murder, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains.

By Ray McGovern

Israel’s chokehold over U.S. politics and politicians has been so powerful for so many decades that this obvious reality is routinely denied, a collective gagging of the truth that is itself a measure of how strong the Israeli grip is.

A pariah in his home state: Storm Smashes Chris Christie’s Presidential Candidacy

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has any chance of gaining traction in his bid to become the 2016 Republican candidate for president he has to maintain support in suburban communities like East Greenwich Township, a small, predominately white, upper middle income area located about fifty miles south of Trenton, NJ’s capital city.

Greece News - July 3, 2015


Tsipras says Greece seeks ‘realistic solution’ and not to split from the Eurozone, predicts new deal within 48 hours of referendum - Irish Times


VIDEO: Tsipras says after Sunday referendum a 'no' vote would help Greece achieve more generous deal - The Guardian


Greek prime minister won't resign if Greeks vote 'yes' at referendum - morningstar.com


Greek PM Tsipras: Creditor deal will go to parliament if Greeks vote YES - Holger Zschaepitz on Twitter


Dijsselbloem: Greek 'no' risks place in euro zone, voters should not expect to get better terms by voting against the creditors - Reuters


Dijsselbloem’s Letter to Greek PM Tsipras: "EU Cannot Offer Further Assistance to Greece Until Referendum Result - GreekReporter.com


VIDEO: Eurogroup President Dijsselbloem: "We will simply await now the outcome of the referendum on Sunday" - YouTube


ECB extends freeze on emergency Greece funds - POLITICO


ECB's Bonnici says ECB liquidity for Greece linked to referendum result - Reuters


Greek Banks Limp Until Vote in Hope for ECB Salvation on Monday - Bloomberg Business


Greek banks down to €500m in cash reserves as economy crashes - Telegraph


What’s the issue with Greece’s pension system? - thejournal.ie


Greeks will have to lift retirement age to 67 - SMH


ECB's Draghi defends Greek pension reforms, says to be progressive and mostly applied to pensions above 1,000 euros - Reuters


VIDEO: Greece crisis: Police use tear gas to keep protesters from EU offices - Telegraph

 

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I.M.F. Says Greece Debt Is Unsustainable and Requires Writedown, but Blames Government Lapses - The New York Times


IMF: Greece needs 30 percent of its debt to be written off and a bailout package worth €51.9 billion over the next three years - euobserver.com


REPORT: Greece: Preliminary Draft Debt Sustainability Analysis - IMF


Nine Key Questions on Greece - IMF


Leaked Troika Documents: Greece Wouldn't Make it Even By 2030 - WBP Online


"Without debt restructuring, no program will be viable” - Alexis Tsipras on Twitter


Greek Finance Minister: Negotiations have stalled because Greece’s creditors refused to reduce our un-payable public debt - Yanis Varoufakis

 

Call intercepted by NSA and circulated by Wikileaks to media: Merkel admitted in 2011 Greek debt unsustainable - irishtimes.com


Moody's cuts Greece's ratings after default, following Fitch and S&P - Reuters


S&P says Greek GDP would fall by 20% after Grexit - FT.com


REPORT: The Credit Impact Of A Grexit - Standard & Poor's Global Credit Portal


Greece Votes: What Happens If It Leaves Eurozone? - WSJ


Think Greece is better off ditching the euro? Read this first - Quartz


Greek crisis: European Central banks prepare for worst - CNN 


How Greece could pull fragile Europe back into recession - City A.M.


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Tomgram: Engelhardt, What Happened to War?

 [Note to TomDispatch Readers: The next piece at this site will be posted on Tuesday, July 7th.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - July 2, 2015


Emails Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department have been retroactively classified - The Daily Caller


State Department parries queries on Hillary Clinton emails which have been classified - POLITICO


VIDEO: Press Conference of State Department Spokesman John Kirby on Hillary Clinton Emails - C-SPAN.org


VIDEO: Hillary for America spokeswoman Finney Claims Clinton Had No Classified Info on Private Server - Washington Free Beacon


State Department asserts privilege against Benghazi committee withholding "a small number" of documents - Washington Examiner


Text of State Dept letter to Benghazi committee chairman Gowdy, amounting to a de facto claim of executive privilege - democrats.benghazi


GOP: Hillary emails just the tip of the iceberg, we will never get full disclosure until Hillary Clinton releases her secret server for an independent investigation - The Daily Caller


Admission of Hillary's classified emails opens door for feds to seize her servers - Washington Times


Blumenthal's State Dept. role went far beyond Libya - WashingtonExaminer.com


Hillary’s E-mails Reveal Sid Blumenthal as a Shadow Employee - National Review Online


Clinton Foundation, State Dept. teamed up for foreign event orchestrated by Blumenthal - WashingtonExaminer.com


Blumenthal Urged Hillary Clinton to Lobby for Tony Blair's Bid for European President, Emails Show | VICE News


Lobbying for African energy company, Joe Wilson, through Sidney Blumenthal, calls on Hillary Clinton - WashingtonExaminer.com


Emails Show Hillary’s State Department Communicating With Google About Blocked Benghazi Video - Washington Free Beacon


Emails suggest Hillary helped Clinton Foundation donors - WashingtonExaminer.com


Emails reveal Cherie Blair helped Qatari royal gain access to Hillary Clinton - Telegraph


Read the Second Batch of Hillary Clinton's Released Emails - US News


Double trouble? IRS lawyer now heads Clinton email production, Republican Benghazi investigators suspicious that top lawyer is slow-walking document release - POLITICO


Clinton’s new video: Benghazi panel a 'charade’ (VIDEO) - TheHill


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Hillary Clinton Raises Record $45 Million in First Quarter of Campaign - Bloomberg Politics


POLL: Bush, Trump rising for GOP, but both trail Clinton - CNNPolitics.com


POLL: Democratic turnout a 2016 risk factor, voters doubt presidential contenders can deliver reforms from Washington - RealClearPolitics


University Pays Chelsea Clinton $65,000 for Ten-Minute Speech, 20-minute Q and A, and a 30-minute session posing for pictures - breitbart.com


Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Planner to Host Hillary Fundraiser, Clinton donor received taxpayer money planning parties for State Department - Washington Free Beacon


Senator Demands Top Cop Lynch Look Into Clinton Ties to Shady Uranium Deal - The Weekly Standard


Wall Street analyst: Univision owner’s wife ‘liable in Clinton Foundation fraud’ - WND


VIDEO: Young Americans Shocked to Learn of Hillary’s Multiple Mansions - Alex Jones’ Infowars


Andrew Napolitano: Hillary’s secret war arming rebels in Syria and Libya in an effort to overthrow the governments of those countries - WND


Hillary’s advisers secretly pushed her to be more hawkish than Obama on Afghanistan - Business Insider

 

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Hillary Clinton State Dept Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat; Lobbyist Gets Job

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The U.S. State Department released a batch of 3,000 searchable documents formerly stored on the private hard drive and in a private email account of Democratic Party presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Among them: a fully redacted job description for State Department International Energy Coordinator/Diplomat-At-Large.

Guns and the Godly

Where do American Christians stand on guns and gun-related violence? 

TSA snoops in passenger’s bag, finds money, calls DEA to take it

From the Washington Post comes this story of not only another instance of TSA abuse, but the TSA's bragging about said abuse.


Iraqi Voices Are Screaming from Far Away

Iraqis were attempting the nonviolent overthrow of their dictator prior to his violent overthrow by the United States in 2003. When U.S. troops began to ease up on their liberating and democracy-spreading in 2008, and during the Arab Spring of 2011 and the years that followed, nonviolent Iraqi protest movements grew again, working for change, including the overthrow of their new Green Zone dictator. He would eventually step down, but not before imprisoning, torturing, and murdering activists -- with U.S. weapons, of course.

There have been and are Iraqi movements for women's rights, labor rights, to stop dam construction on the Tigris in Turkey, to throw the last U.S. troop out of the country, to free the government from Iranian influence, and to protect Iraqi oil from foreign corporate control. Central to much of the activism, however, has been a movement against the sectarianism that the U.S. occupation brought. Over here in the United States we don't hear much about that. How would it fit with the lie we're told over and over that Shi'a-Sunni fighting has been going on for centuries?

Ali Issa's new book, Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq, collects interviews he's done of key Iraqi activists, and public statements made by Iraqi activist movements, including a letter to the U.S. Occupy Movement and similar messages of global solidarity. The voices are hard to hear because we haven't been hearing them all these years, and because they don't fit with lies we've been told or even with overly simplistic truths we've been told.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - June 30, 2015

 

Benghazi chairman threatens to force Kerry to testify, citing his refusal to provide emails of nine former Secretary of State Clinton’s aides - TheHill


VIDEO: Trey Gowdy Closes in on Kerry and Clinton - CBS News


State Department won't say if Kerry would testify on Benghazi - Reuters


Records show Clinton withheld emails about oil and terrorism in Libya, removed portions of other emails she sent to State - Washington Examiner


Calls grow for probe of Clinton's private server - Washington Examiner


Clinton campaign pushes back on Benghazi probe - WashingtonExaminer.com


Statement from John Podesta in response to Republican efforts to politicize the Benghazi hearings - Hillary for America


Clinton Fundraiser: Missing Emails 'A Little Troubling' - Breitbart


Here's What to Expect From Tomorrow's Release of Hillary Clinton's Emails - VICE News


RNC Seeks Documents on Hillary Aide’s Special Work Deal at State - Washington Free Beacon


None of Hillary’s top donors are unions, her ten most generous donors are investment banks, white collar law firms, or companies such as Cablevision and Time Warner - Washington Free Beacon


TABLE: Hillary Clinton’s top donors and contributions over the span of her career 1999-2016 - OpenSecrets

 

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Benghazi night call between Clinton and Obama withheld by the State Department, documents show - Fox News


Newly Released Documents Confirm White House Official Framed Benghazi Attack by Islamists to Internet Video - Judicial Watch


Exclusive: US supported the secret supply of weapons to Libyan rebels while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State (VIDEO) - Fox News


VIDEO: Clinton E-Mails Reveal Secret Libyan Weapons Deals - YouTube


Fournier: White House Officials Say They're 'Disgusted' With Clinton Emails, Donation Disclosure (VIDEO) - Breitbart


Graham Blasts Hillary’s ‘Sleazy’ Associates, State Department Management - Washington Free Beacon


‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle’s Wife Taya Slams Hillary Clinton’s ‘Audacity’ on Benghazi - newsbusters.org


ARCHIVE: Hillary, Panetta misleading about Libya arms shipments to Syrian rebels? Scheme may have prompted 2012 Benghazi attack - WND


ARCHIVE: Col Gaddafi killed: convoy bombed by drone flown by pilot in Las Vegas - Telegraph

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Andre Vltchek on Exposing Lies of the Empire

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Andre Vltchek is a writer, reporter, playwright, photographer, and filmmaker. He has reported from around the world. His latest book, which he discusses, is Exposing Lies of the Empire. His website is http://andrevltchek.weebly.com

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We don’t do body counts: Have Millions of Deaths from America's 'War on Terror' been Concealed?

By Jack Balkwill

 

How many days has it been
Since I was born?
How many days
'Til I die?

Do I know any ways
I can make you laugh?
Or do I only know how
To make you cry?

― Leon Russell, Stranger in a Strange Land
 

Tomgram: William Astore, “Hi, I’m Uncle Sam and I’m a War-oholic”

It was the summer of 2002. The Bush administration’s top officials knew that they were going into Iraq in a big way. They were then in planning mode, but waiting until fall to launch their full-throttle campaign to persuade Congress and the American people to back them.

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