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"Illegal Procedure" (One of Them) at the FBI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How NSA Can Secretly Aid Criminal Cases

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor Note:  Though the NSA says its mass surveillance of Americans targets only “terrorists,” the spying may turn up evidence of other illegal acts that can get passed on to law enforcement which hides the secret source through a ruse called “parallel construction."

By Ray McGovern

Rarely do you get a chance to ask a just-retired FBI director whether he had “any legal qualms” about what, in football, is called “illegal procedure,” but at the Justice Department is called “parallel construction.”

Iraq News - June 13, 2014


In new audio recording ISIS urges militants to march to Baghdad - Al Arabiya News


VIDEO: ISIS release audio urging fighters to march on Baghdad - Telegraph


Saddam-era fugitive’s armed group fighting alongside militants in Iraq, officials say - Fox News


UN Official Sees No Immediate Threat to Baghdad - VOA


Iraq: Government Controls Baiji Oil Refinery - VOA


Maliki Turns to Militias to Halt Militant Onslaught - Bloomberg


Kurdish peshmerga seize a chaotic victory in Kirkuk, Police loyal to Nouri al-Maliki powerless to stop looting - The Guardian


VIDEO: Kurdish Peshmerga fighters clash with ISIS militants - ITV News


ISIS Shelling Kurdish Peshmerga-controlled Areas South of Kirkuk - Rudaw


Q&A with Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim: Peshmerga to Stay 'As Long as Necessary’ - VOA


How effective is ISIS compared with the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga? - theguardian.com


AUDIO (Arabic): Full audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “The Good That Has Happened To You Is From God” - JIHADOLOGY


TRANSCRIPT (English): Full audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām - azelin.files


PHOTOS: Iraqi refugee reveals the horrors of the jihadi takeover as Baghdad vows to fight back - DailyMail


Iraq Isis Crisis: Medieval Sharia Law Imposed by ISIS on Millions in Nineveh Province - Yahoo News UK


ISIS Takes Over Thermal Plants - Eurasia Review


ISIS Claims Baghdad Terror Attacks that Killed Dozens: Statement - The New Indian Express


How ISIS Pulled Off A Rapid Takeover In Iraq - ibtimes.com


VIDEO: Remarkable footage of 100s of Iraq soldiers surrendering to ISIS near Tikrit - Twitter / Charles_Lister


How ISIS is exploiting the economics of Syria's civil war - Vox


ISIS Threatens to Invade Jordan, 'Slaughter' King Abdullah - gatestoneinstitute.org


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US President Barack Obama meets national security team on Iraq - zeenews


VIDEO: Obama considers options to help Iraq, Not ruling anything out - YouTube


U.S. Secretly Flying Drones Over Iraq - WSJ


Americans being evacuated from Iraqi air base as militants advance, The three planeloads are mostly contractors and civilians - Fox News


Iran to combat terrorism in Iraq: Iran President Rouhani - AFP


Iran Deploys Forces to Fight Militants in Iraq - WSJ


Iran Police Chief: Tehran Could Intervene in Iraq to Protect Shia Shrines - The Daily Beast


The Battle for Iraq Is a Saudi War on Iran, Why the ISIS invasion of Iraq is really a war between Shiites and Sunnis for control of the Middle East - foreignpolicy.com


Iraq crisis: Sunni caliphate has been bankrolled by the Saudi Wahhabis and Kuwaiti oligarchs - The Independent


Militant advances in Iraq 'Saudi terrorism': Syria media - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO:  Video shows Saudis fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq - Al Arabiya News

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

UVA Research Park Drains Our Economy

The University of Virginia research park, across Rt. 29 North from the National Ground Intelligence Center, is hosting a conference on weapons technologies that has been promoted as dealing with economically beneficial matters.

And why not?  Both the military facility and the research park provide jobs, and the people who hold those jobs spend their money on things that support other jobs.  What's not to like? 

Well, one problem is what those jobs do.  A Win/Gallup poll of 65 nations earlier this year found the United States by far most widely considered the greatest threat to peace in the world.  Imagine how it must sound to people in other countries when we talk about the U.S. military as a jobs program.

But let's stick to economics.  Where does the money come from for most of what goes on at the base and the research park north of town?  From our taxes and government borrowing.  Between 2000 and 2010, 161 military contractors in Charlottesville pulled in $919,914,918 through 2,737 contracts from the federal government. Over $8 million of that went to Mr. Jefferson's university, and three-quarters of that to the Darden Business School. And the trend is ever upward. 

It is common to think that, because many people have jobs in the war industry, spending on war and preparations for war benefits an economy. In reality, spending those same dollars on peaceful industries, on education, on infrastructure, or even on tax cuts for working people would produce more jobs and in most cases better paying jobs -- with enough savings to help everyone make the transition from war work to peace work.

The superiority of other spending or even tax cuts has been established repeatedly by seminal studies out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, frequently cited and never refuted over the last several years.  Not only would spending on trains or solar panels or schools produce more and better paying jobs, but so would never taxing the dollars in the first place.  Military spending is worse than nothing, just in economic terms.

Add to this the impact on foreign policy that massive military spending has had since before President Eisenhower warned us on the day he left office: "The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual --" he said, "is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government."  Today even more so, so much so perhaps that we notice it less, so routine has it become.

Connecticut has set up a commission to work on transitioning to peaceful industries, largely for economic reasons.  Virginia or Charlottesville could do the same. 

The U.S. government spends over $600 billion a year just on the Department of Defense, and over $1 trillion total every year on militarism across all departments and debts for past wars.  It's over half of U.S. discretionary spending and about as much as the rest of the world's nations combined, including the many NATO members and allies of the United States.

It would cost about $30 billion per year to end starvation and hunger around the world.  That sounds like a lot of money to you or me.  It would cost about $11 billion per year to provide the world with clean water.  Again, that sounds like a lot.  But consider the amounts being spent on economically detrimental programs that also damage our civil liberties, our environment, our safety, and our morality.  It wouldn't cost much for the U.S. to become seen as the greatest threat to suffering and poverty instead of to peace.

David Swanson is a Charlottesville resident and organizer of WorldBeyondWar.org.

Emails: ND Ethics Law Potentially Broken on Petraeus Fracking Trip

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

DeSmogBlog has obtained emails via North Dakota's Open Records Statute revealing facts that could be interpreted as indicating that North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt broke State Investment Board ethics laws.

Photo Credit: Office of North Dakota State Treasurer; Obtained via ND Open Records Statute

Iraq News - June 12, 2014


ISIS takes control of Bayji, Tikrit in lightning southward advance - The Long War Journal


ISIS Sunni militants push into Iraqi oil refinery town - Reuters


Iraq Says Mosul Violence Won't Spread to Oil-Producing South - WSJ


PHOTOS: Tikrit falls to Islamist terrorists - Mail Online


Mosul Seized: Jihadis Loot $429m from City's Central Bank to Make ISIS World's Richest Terror Force - ibtimes.co.uk


MAP: Where ISIS Is Gaining Control in Iraq and Syria - NYTimes.com


Iraq forces repel militant assault on Samarra: witnesses - THE DAILY STAR


Iraq says to work with Kurdish forces to retake Mosul - Reuters


Kurdish Fighters Mobilize to Stop Threat of Islamist Militants - WSJ


As Islamic Militants Continue Advance, Kurds Vow to Defend Kirku - Rudaw


Sadr calls for new force to defend Iraq religious sites - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS Militants Seize Turkish Consulate Staff in Iraqi City - NYTimes.com


Bombings in Shiite areas of Iraq kill 37 - THE DAILY STAR


Al-Qaida splinter group ISIS encircles Syrian city across the Iraq border - The Washington Post


How ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the world’s most powerful jihadist leader - washingtonpost.com


The Ginger Jihadist of Mosul: Omar al-Shishani the Chechen ‘General’ - ibtimes.co.uk


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Iraq Asked U.S. for Airstrikes, Officials Say - NYTimes.com


Iraq Requests Accelerated Shipment of U.S. Arms to Counter Militants - Wall Street Journal


US considers sending emergency military aid to Iraq - The Independent


Iraqi, U.S. Forces Trade Barbs Over Failures - WSJ


State Department: US has no plans to send any of its 35,000 Middle East-based troops into Iraq - Mail Online


US ponders whether new leadership in Baghdad could slow extremists but sees few alternatives - Fox News


U.S. Embassy in Iraq prepares evacuation plans - IraqiNews.com


Iraq foreign minister: Iraq faces 'mortal threat' - Yahoo News


Iraq army capitulates to ISIS militants in four cities - The Guardian


Iraq's Army Abandoned Mosul To ISIS By 'Changing Clothes, Abandoning Weapons’ - huffingtonpost.com


VIDEO: Iraqi Army fleeing Kirkuk in civilian clothing - YouTube


How did hundreds of Islamist militants beat thousands of US-trained Iraqi army soldiers? - ITV News


Iraq army was not prepared for ISIS, says former White House advisor - abc.net.au


Iraqi Army's power blunted by a rise in desertions, Exhausted and bereft soldiers quit fight - NYTimes.com


Iraq’s Terrorists Are Becoming a Full-Blown Army - The Daily Beast


President George W. Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq at the root of Iraq’s chaos - Consortiumnews


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United We Stand Tour Wants Youth To Run For Political Office

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

(Note: this is an episode clip. Watch the full show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKMjT0zB5aM)

Christina Tobin, the founder and chair of Free and Equal,  sits down with Dennis to discuss our Democracy in crisis and the United We Stand Festival Tour.

The motto of Free and Equal is More Voices, More Choices.

Talk Nation Radio: Daniel Hyslop on How Militarism and Violence Cost Us Prosperity

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-daniel-hyslop-on-how-militarism-and-violence-cost-us-prosperity

Daniel Hyslop is research manager at the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) where he coordinates research and manages IEP’s research team (see http://economicsandpeace.org ).  IEP produces the Global Peace Index (see http://visionofhumanity.org ). He discusses the economic costs of war and violence.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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Iraq/Syria News - June 11, 2014


ISIS takes control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city - The Long War Journal


After Mosul ISIS seizes more towns in northern and central Iraq - The Long War Journal


Al Qaida's ISIS paves a Syria-Iraq corridor, plans 'Islamic emirate' - World Tribune


Iraq's prime minister calls for state of emergency after Mosul attack - Los Angeles Times


Maliki offers to arm citizens willing to fight ISIS (VIDEOS) - Al Arabiya News


Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s statement in Baghdad - The Washington Post


VIDEO (Arabic): Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Calls for State of Emergency - YouTube


Mosul Siege: Islamic Militants Parade Captured US-Supplied Humvees in Syria? - ibtimes.co.uk


VIDEO: Residents flee Mosul after ISIS fighters seize control - YouTube


PHOTOS: Great pics of families fleeing as terrorists overrun Iraq's second city Mosul - Mail Online


VIDEO: A tour after ISIS take the City of Mosul - YouTube


White House calls on Iraq government to 'step up to the plate' over Mosul - theguardian.com


Pentagon spokesman John Kirby makes it clear U.S. unlikely to become directly involved in Iraq’s battle with ISIS, “This is for the Iraqi government to deal with” - MiamiHerald.com


Hundreds killed as ISIS insurgents gain ground against rival Islamists in east Syria - Reuters


New Syrian jihadist body formed to fight ISIS - Al-Monitor


Syrian Kurds Increasingly Pressured by ISIS - VOA


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In a New York Times op-ed former Ambassador Ford urges to arm Syrian opposition, not to engage the regime - THE DAILY STAR


Former Ambassador Robert Ford Op-Ed: Arm Syria’s Opposition - NYTimes.com


VIDEO:Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford: I could no longer ‘defend the American policy’ - CNN.com Blogs


Amb. Ford: Give Syrian Insurgents Manpads to Shoot Down Iranian Planes Suppling Arms to the Syrian Army - dailykos.com


19 Reps. led by Peter Welch urge Obama to reject transferring Manpads to Syrian insurgents - Just Foreign Policy


MoveOn Petitions - Congress: Back Welch-Jones-Mulvaney-Conyers Against Syria Manpads - moveon.org


A State Department official on May 28 denied a newspaper report claiming that the White House had “lifted its veto” on deliveries of Manpads to Syrian rebels - THE DAILY STAR


U.S. arms could create Syria 'warlords', rebel commander says - Reuters


Syrian Rebels Say American-backed Southern Front Strategy Is Doing Little, Hasn't Hurt Assad Yet - huffingtonpost.com


Al Nusra standoff with FSA shows Al Qaeda rise on Syria’s southern front - The National


Al Qaeda’s rise in southern Syrian pushes moderate rebels to sideline - The National


Transcript: Phil Sands on Syria’s fragmenting southern front - The National


FSA-Nusra Collaboration Has Been Fairly High Functioning On Syria’s Southern Front, But A Rebel Rift Is Brewing - VICE News


One U.S.-Backed Rebel Group Cooperates With Al-Qaeda in Syria - WSJ


The Free Syrian Army Can't Shake Al Qaeda Ties - Algemeiner.com


SURVEY: Why are fighters leaving the Free Syrian Army? - washingtonpost.com


Harakat Hazm: America’s new favorite jihadist group - Syria Solidarity Movement


Exclusive interview with Harakat Hazm: we have fought the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and we will fight anyone who threatens the Syrian revolution - tahrirsouri.com


U.S. TOW missiles sent to Syrian rebels as test - usatoday.com


Syria Interview: The Commander Who Received US-Made TOW Anti-Tank Missiles - EA WorldView


VIDEO: Harakat Hazm TOW attack vs SAA tank, Chanting Allāhu Akbar (God is greatest) - YouTube


Report: CIA blocked U.S. group's effort to arm Syrian rebels - World Tribune


Don't ignore Syria's nonviolent movement - theguardian.com


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Protest CIA Deputy Director Avril Haines at Hunter HS Commencement

Hunter College High School will be giving its Distinguished Graduate award to the Deputy Director of the CIA, Avril Haines, at this year’s senior commencement. The administration has tried to keep it quiet, hoping to avoid criticism.

Haines is a top official of an agency guilty of torture of detainees, launching drone attacks that have killed or maimed thousands of civilians and that has a long record of complicity in the overthrow of governments and the occupations of many countries. Millions of people have suffered from the dictatorships that followed in their wake.

Bergdahl, Desertion and Heroics

                A lead article on CNN today reads as follows: ‘Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero.’


                It seems that one is defining the term ‘hero’ in a rather odd way, if one can’t consider a deserter a hero. Let’s look first at what desertion from the U.S. military means, in terms of actions and possible consequences, and then more specifically at Mr. Bergdahl’s particular situation, or at least what is currently known of it.

Why Millennials Don't Vote and What To Do About It {aTV 007}

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

More than half of respondents in the survey, released by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, said they think elected officials don’t share their priorities, and almost two-thirds said elected officials seem motivated by selfish reasons. Less than a quarter of the millennials polled said they will definitely be voting in November.
Read more: http://bit.ly/TAWHR7

On Acronym TV this week, two individuals working to fix our Democracy in crisis.

Ukraine News - June 10, 2014

 

Poroshenko Points To Need Of Ceasefire In East Ukraine - Ukranian News


VIDEO: Ukraine’s president calls for a ceasefire this week - euronews


Exclusive: Ukraine’s President Seeks ‘Understanding’ With Russia - TIME


Diplomatic messages: Ukraine President Once Agent for U.S. State Department - OpEdNews


‘He has pleased me’: Peace hopes rise in Ukraine as Putin praises new President - canada.com


Peace settlement in Ukraine’s east to bear fruit in days: Kremlin - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Putin on Ukraine ceasefire - Telegraph


Putin orders border service to reinforce Ukraine border: agencies - Everest Herald


Russia would react to NATO build-up near borders: minister - Reuters


Donetsk Republic leader on ceasefire: “If all the troops are pulled back, these words could be turned into reality” - ITAR-TASS


Lugansk People's Republic doesn't believe in Poroshenko's promises to cease fire - The Voice of Russia


Avakov to send all Interior Ministry patrol units to eastern Ukraine - Ukrinform


Self-Proclaimed Donetsk Republic Compiles Lists of Prisoners: Donetsk Official - RIA Novosti


Ukraine releases two Russian journalists arrested for ‘spying’ (VIDEO) - RT News


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Slovyansk burns as new Ukrainian President Poroshenko yearns for peace - CNN.com


VIDEOS: E.  Ukraine warzone: Demolished houses, fires after heavy shelling - RT News


VIDEO: Sloviansk: Life has become a nightmare. Locals' story about their life in the city. - YouTube


‘Not safe for our children!’ Mothers with kids flee Kiev crackdown in Lugansk (VIDEOS) - RT News


Human Rights Watch warns Ukraine to decrease use of force - UPI


Ukraine, separatists battle to control border with Russia - Reuters


Russians Yearning to Join Ukraine Battle Find Few Barriers - NYTimes.com


Pro-Russian rebels attack Lugansk airport - AFP


Luhansk airport suspends flights: Luhansk People’s Republic - ITAR-TASS


In Donetsk, pro-Russian patrols keep order at night - Yahoo News


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Ukraine President Takes on Other Crisis: a Broken Economy - WSJ


Ukraine's separatist regions face bleak economic future - Yahoo Finance UK


Poroshenko is ready to sign immediately economic part of association with EU - ITAR-TASS


EU not ready to adopt Ukraine as its member yet: French FM - The Voice of Russia


FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine - The White House


Son of VP Biden working for Ukraine energy firm as US tries to influence Kiev's policies - Star Tribune


Hillary Clinton advised Barack Obama to take tough line with 'thin-skinned' Vladimir Putin - Telegraph


Ukraine to pay debt to Russia after gas price agreed: Energy Minister - RT Business


Bulgaria Halts Work on Gazprom's South Stream Pipeline - The Moscow Times


EU-Moscow row over South Stream gas pipeline - BBC News


To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

Going to England

David Swanson from the Coordinating Committee of WorldBeyondWar.org will be visiting London from the United States on July 2nd before heading up to speak in Northern England with CAAB.org.uk on the Fourth of July.  Swanson is an author whose books include: War No More: The Case for Abolition (2013), War Is A Lie (2010), When the World Outlawed War (2011), and The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012). See http://davidswanson.org

LONDON:
July 2, 2014, 8:00 p.m., Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holburn.
David Swanson from WorldBeyondWar.org
Also speaking: Ben Griffin of Veterans For Peace UK (http://veteransforpeace.org.uk) Ben is a former SAS soldier who refused to return to Iraq in 2005. He is now the coordinator of Veterans For Peace UK.
Hosted by London Region Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (http://cnduk.org) Chair: Jim Brann
Organized by Movement for the Abolition of War (http://abolishwar.org.uk)
RSVP to Bruce Kent brucek@uk2.net

NSA MENWITH HILL BASE:
July 4, 2014, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Annual Independence FROM America Demonstration at the main entrance to NSA Menwith Hill HG1 4QZ.

Speakers: Caroline Hughes, David Swanson, Annie Machon
Learn more: http://caab.org.uk

Lessons on an Anniversary: When Israel Learned it Could Get Away With Murder

Leaving the USS Liberty Crew Behind

June 8, 2014

Editor Note:  Justifying the swap of Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bergdahl, President Obama cited a principle of never leaving U.S. soldiers behind, but that rule was violated in the shabby treatment of the USS Liberty crew, attacked 47 years ago by Israeli warplanes.

By Ray McGovern

On June 8, 1967, Israeli leaders learned they could deliberately attack a U.S. Navy ship and try to send it, together with its entire crew, to the bottom of the Mediterranean – with impunity. Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats attacked the USS Liberty, a state-of-the-art intelligence collection platform sailing in international waters off the Sinai, killing 34 of the 294 crew members and wounding more than 170.

Our proudest moment: Department of Homeland Security Brands ThisCantBeHappening! a ‘Threat’

By Dave Lindorff


The staff of the ThisCantBeHappening! collective have just learned that our little news organization was listed, in an alert fired off to all 78 Fusion Centers by Kelly Wilson, Director of the Washington DC Fusion Center's Regional Threat and Assessment Center, as a potential threat.

Egypt News - June 8, 2014


Egypt court sentences 10 Brotherhood supporters to death, The case is one of a series of ongoing mass trials - Reuters


VIDEO: Live footage of the Egypt court sentencing 10 Brotherhood supporters to death - YouTube


ARCHIVE: Egypt’s justice minister defends mass death sentences - Ahram Online


Egypt court cancels jail sentence against policeman linked to the death of 39 protesters - Reuters


VIDEO: Egypt Court Cancels Jail Sentence Against Policeman Linked To 39 Deaths - YouTube


Experts say Egyptian Election Law eliminates the chance of parliamentary opposition to President el-Sisi - NYTimes.com


Egypt's opposition threatens boycott of parliamentary elections over draft laws - Ahram Online


Morsi supporters protest against presidential elections, clashes leaving at least one killed - Daily News Egypt


Egypt army shuts Tahrir ahead of Sisi's inauguration - Aswat Masriya


Egypt bans unlicensed preachers, tightens grip on mosques - Reuters


Full text of the letter from Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi to all Egyptians - Ikhwanweb


Lawyers Request Maximum Sentence For Al Jazeera Journalists on Trial in Egypt - VICE News


Security authorities prevent media coverage of Al Jazeera journalists trial - Egypt Independent


Prominent show canceled as Egypt moves to monitor Internet use - Committee to Protect Journalists


Reporters Without Borders beseeches Al-Sisi to ensure freedoms enshrined in constitution - Daily News Egypt


Online activists launch 'SisiMeter' to track new president's record - Al-Monitor


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No top Western officials at Sisi’s inauguration - Trend.Az


US aid to Egypt remains in deep-freeze - Middle East Online


Obama administration holding up Apache helicopters to Egypt - Al-Monitor


President al Sisi Expected To Restructure Egypt's Foreign Policy, leaning more towards the East and counting on Gulf States - Live Trading News


Saudi shouts support for Egypt's new anti-Islamist leader - Reuters


A U.S. Strategy Toward Egypt Under Sisi - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


VIDEO: Toward the Sisi Era: A New Page in U.S.-Egypt Relations? Three experts offer recommendations for the future direction of U.S. policy and aid dollars - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Egypt After the Election: Advancing the Strategic Relationship - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Report: U.S. risks losing Suez access with suspension of Egypt aid - World Tribune


Clinton details differences with Obama on settlements, Egypt - The Times of Israel


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American Exceptionalism & the Words of Two Young Men

By Debra Sweet        As he gave vague outlines of developing US military strategy while speaking at the West Point commencement last week, President Obama affirmed that he believes “in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.” The previous day, he had announced that instead of all U.S. troops leaving in 2014, as had been the mantra, 9,800 would stay at least until 2016. We don't know what they will be doing, but securing the bases they've built from where secret operations — drones? missions into Pakistan? — are launched from is one likely explanation.

Report on World Can't Wait/War Criminals Watch Left Forum Panels

By Debra Sweet       Memorable moments from the World Can't Wait panels this weekend at the Left Forum, attended by 240, and soon to be available on video:

Appearances/Protests of War Criminals

June-July 2014 War Criminal Appearances & Protests

George Bush
6/25/14 Orlando FL

Dick Cheney
6/25/14 Billings MT

How The Supreme Court Made the U.S. Government Illegitimate

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

(Note: this is an episode clip. The full show will air on Monday, June 9)
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in McCutcheon V. FEC, the court struck down a limit on how much cash an individual could give to all federal candidates during an election cycle.
In the 5-4 decision, the majority of justices on the Roberts court ruled that individuals could buy elections. Or, in the words of Chief Justice Roberts, “government regulation may not target the general gratitude a candidate may feel toward those who support him or his allies, or the political access such support may afford.”

Mass Murderers Brazenly Hold Conference, Discuss Tools of Trade

A unique conference is planned in Charlottesville, Va., featuring the latest technologies for the practice of large-scale killing. The Daily Progress tells us that,

"to allow participants to speak more freely about potentially sensitive topics, the conference is closed to the media and open only to registered participants."

Well I should think so! Registered participants? How does one get registered for such a thing?

"From a local perspective, this industry is really growing in Charlottesville," says one expert, speaking with great objectivity, as if this growth were a matter of complete moral indifference.

Exactly how many people will be there?

"About 225 people are expected to attend the inaugural event, which is attracting government, business and academic leaders, said conference chairwoman and organizer Joan Bienvenue, who is also the director of the UVa Applied Research Institute."

Wait, what? The University of Virginia has an "applied research institute" for applying research to the practice of mass murder?

Is there no shame left in any institution?

"Sen. Timothy M. Kaine and Rep. Randy Forbes, R-4th, are also scheduled to give key speeches at the conference."

I guess that answers my question.

And where exactly will this blood-soaked confab take place?

"Located in Albemarle County, Rivanna Station is a sub-installation of the Army's Fort Belvoir. The local base employs mostly civilians and houses operations of the National Ground Intelligence Center, Defense Intelligence Agency and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency."

The National Ground Intelligence Center, previously downtown in what became the SNL Financial building, is now north of Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia has built a "research park" next door, where this conference will be held.  The NGIC famously played an utterly shameless role in marketing the war on Iraq that took at least a half a million lives and destroyed that nation. 

When the experts at the Department of Energy refused to say that aluminum tubes in Iraq were for nuclear facilities, because they knew they could not possibly be and were almost certainly for rockets, and when the State Department's people also refused to reach the "correct" conclusion, a couple of guys at the NGIC were happy to oblige.  Their names were George Norris and Robert Campus, and they received "performance awards" (cash) for the service. 

Then Secretary of State Colin Powell used Norris' and Campus' claims in his U.N. speech despite the warning of his own staff that they weren't true.  NGIC also hired a company called MZM to assist with war lies for a good chunk of change.  MZM then gave a well-paid job to NGIC's deputy director Bill Rich Jr, and for good measure Bill Rich III too.  MZM was far and away the top "contributor" to former Congressman Virgil Goode's campaigns, and he got them a big contract in Martinsville before they went down in the Duke Cunningham scandal.  Rich then picked up a job with a company called Sparta, which, like MZM, was conveniently located in the UVA Research Park.

Local want ads in Charlottesville offer jobs "researching biological and chemical weapons" at Battelle Memorial Institute (located in the UVA Research Park).  As you may know, researching such weapons is rarely if ever done without producing or at least possessing them.  Other jobs are available producing all kinds of weaponry for all kinds of governments at Northrop Grumman. Then there's Teksystems, Pragmatics, Wiser, and many others with fat Pentagon contracts. 

From 2000 to 2010, 161 military contractors in Charlottesville pulled in $919,914,918 through 2,737 contracts from the federal government. Over $8 million of that went to Mr. Jefferson's university, and three-quarters of that to the Darden Business School. And the trend is ever upward.  The 161 contractors are found in various industries other than higher education, including nautical system and instrument manufacturing; blind and shade manufacturing; printed circuit assembly; real estate appraisers; engineering services; recreational sports centers; research and development in biotechnology; new car dealers; internet publishing; petroleum merchant wholesalers; and a 2006 contract with Pig Daddy's BBQ.

Have we at long last no sense of decency?  War has taken 200 million lives in the past 100 years, costs the world $2 trillion a year and the United States half of that.  It is the top destroyer of our natural environment and undergirds all the removal of our civil liberties and the creation of mass surveillance. Military spending produces fewer jobs that other government spending or even tax cuts.  Numerous top officials say it produces more enemies than it kills.

And who does it kill? Over 90% are civilians of all ages. Over 90% are on one side of conflicts between wealthy and poor countries.  These one-sided slaughters leave behind devastated nations: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya.  A poll of 65 nations found the U.S. most widely viewed as the greatest threat to peace. For 3% of what the United States spends on a program of killing that endangers us, impoverishes us, and erodes our way of life, starvation could be eliminated worldwide. It wouldn't take much to become the most beloved nation rather than the most feared

And wouldn't it be nice to live in a society where our top public program didn't have to be kept hush-hush to protect "sensitive topics"?

Supreme Court's Scalia on TSA abuse: Meh

Anybody who thinks the Supreme Court will protect us from the TSA is dreaming. More accurately, he has his head somewhere other than above his shoulders. People keep claiming in comments here at TSA News that (paraphrasing): "We just need a case to make it all the way to the Supreme Court. Then the 4th Amendment can be upheld."

Libya News - June 6, 2014


Libya's Supreme Court Declares PM's Election Illegal - VOA


VIDEO: Libyan Prime Minister may be forced to step down after election declared ‘illegitimate’ - euronews


Libyan outgoing premier visits Benghazi, "We came to Benghazi to support the city's residents, special forces and security forces" - Reuters


Libya's intel chief resigns, news portal says he was frustrated with parliament's insistence on appointing a new prime minister - AP


Libya’s Haftar after assassination bid: ‘I am well...There will be a strong response’ - Al Arabiya News


Haftar: some Libyan officials support al-Qaeda - Al Arabiya News


Interview with Haftar - Al-Monitor


Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb urges Libyans to fight rogue general - GlobalPost


Red Cross Suspends Libya Operation After Murder - VOA


Four UN staffers 'roughed up' at Libya airport: boss - THE DAILY STAR


Freed Gitmo detainee becomes al-Qaida Libyan commander - wnd.com


VIDEO: Promotional Video of Batalion Ansar Al Sharia From Benghazi  - YouTube


REPORT: Libya: Muslim Brotherhood’s tenuous hold - IISS


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Libyan Turmoil Threatens Tunisian Security, Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs "extremely worried” - Tunisia Live


Interview with Tunisia foreign minister - Al-Monitor


Tunisia captures Al Qaida operatives near Libyan border - World Tribune


REPORT: Tunisian Jihadists Establishing New Networks with Libyan Islamists - The Jamestown Foundation


VIDEO: Tunisia alarmed over armed conflict in neighboring Libya - YouTube


Maghreb countries wary of returning Syria jihadists - Al-Shorfa


Algeria: Arab Spring Has Boosted Terror Groups - ABC News


Algeria deploys 5,000 troops to the Libyan border - Middle East Eye


Gang of smugglers kills six Egypt guards on Libya border, "This attack comes after border guards successfully arrested 68 traffickers and seized a large quantity of weapons" - Yahoo News


Jihadist Groups' Threat To U.S. Grows, RAND Report Says - WSJ


RAND Analyst Seth Jones: The Accelerating Spread of Terrorism - WSJ


Increase in Jihadist Threat Calls for New U.S. Strategy to Combat Terrorism - RAND


REPORT: A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa'ida and Other Salafi Jihadists - RAND


CHART: The number of Salafi-jihadist groups has grown 58% since 2010 - Twitter / RANDCorporation


CHART: AlQaeda-related attacks are on the rise. 99% of the attacks are against local, non-Western targets - Twitter / RANDCorporation


CHART: These Are The Countries Where Terrorists Pose The Greatest Threat To The US - RAND


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Talking with National Climate Assessment Vice Chair Gary Yohe: Telling It Like It Is, Not Like It Will Be, On Climate Change

By Dave Lindorff

 

Dr. Gary Yohe, Huffington Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University, and vice chair of the just-released third National Climate Estimate, talks about this latest report, which instead of looking out at a grim future of flooded coastlines, epic droughts and floods and soaring temperatures, looked at the evidence already confronting Americans in every state of the union.

Commander Behind Bin Laden Killing: FBI/DHS Wasting Time Tracking Environmentalists

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Dave Cooper, Command Master Chief SEAL (Retired) for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), has authored a threat assessment concluding TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is potentially at-risk of a terrorism attack. 

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