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Confronting the latest attack on our privacy and freedom: Lavabit's Profile in Corporate Principles and Personal Courage

By Alfredo Lopez


The term "collateral damage" is most frequently applied to the "non-targeted" death and destruction brought by bombs and guns. But it seems that our government, the master of collateral damage, is now doing it in "non-violent" ways. Take the recent situation at Lavabit.

Engineering Potential Disaster in Syria

 

Engineering Potential Disaster in Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The old saying goes be careful what you wish for. You may get more than you bargained for. Washington's wars often don't turn out as planned.

 

Middle East, North African, Eurasian countries are embroiled in conflict. No end game looms. Unresolved conflicts continue. Escalation's likely.

 

Temper Tantrum Politics

 

Temper Tantrum Politics

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On August 7, Obama cancelled a long-planned Moscow summit. He and Vladimir Putin planned meeting in early September. A previous article explained.

 

Obama Shoots Himself in the Foot

 

Obama Shoots Himself in the Foot

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's not the first time. It won't be the last. It didn't surprise.

 

Obama represents the worst of rogue state governance. He's a war criminal multiple times over. He heads a repressive police state apparatus.

 

Fake Terror Alert Extended

 

Fake Terror Alert Extended

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Announced embassy and consulate closures continue all week. Perhaps longer if ordered. Doing so facilitates deception.

 

It reflects duplicitous fearmongering. It's to fool people. It serves America's hidden agenda. It targets dissent. It subverts civil liberties. 

 

FBI Lets Informants Commit Crimes

 

FBI Lets Informants Commit Crimes

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Evidence mounts. America's a rogue police state. NSA is Stasi's new incarnation. Lawless spying is official policy. Virtually everyone's illegally monitored all the time everywhere.

 

Homeland Security and FBI operate like Gestapo. They menace freedom. They terrorize. They don't protect. They do so for wealth, power, privilege and unchallenged dominance.

 

Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden: Whistleblowers as Modern Tricksters

By John Grant


Every generation occupies itself with interpreting Trickster anew.

                      -Paul Radin

 

Destroying Greece to Save It

 

Destroying Greece to Save it

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Troika scoundrels are looting Greece. They're destroying it. They're waging financial war. They partnered with corrupt Greek officials. 

 

They're strip-mining Greece for profit. It's the epicenter of global pillage. Ordinary people have no say. They're victims of force-fed harshness.

 

Goldman Sachs Trader Conviction: Hold the Cheers

 

Goldman Sachs Trader Conviction: Hold the Cheers

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On August 1, Goldman's Farbice ("Fabulous Fab") Tourre was convicted on six of seven counts. 

 

They involve "making materially misleading statements and omissions in connection with a synthetic collateralized debt obligation (CDO) GS&Co structured and marketed to investors."

Fake Washington Terror Threat

 

Fake Washington Terror Threat

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

They're in various forms. They repeat with disturbing regularity. America's war on terror targets Islam. At issue is duplicitous scaremongering. It advances Washington's imperium. 

 

Wars of aggression follow. False arrests target innocent victims. Terror threats repeat. They're strategically timed. They change the subject. They divert attention.

 

Kerry Supports Egypt's Coup

 

Kerry Supports Egypt's Coup

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

When is a coup not one? When John Kerry claims otherwise. When he says it restores democracy. 

 

It can't reinistate what doesn't exist. It can't do it by military takeover. Perhaps Kerry doesn't understand. America never had democracy. It has none now. 

 

Heightened Russia Bashing

 

Heightened Russia Bashing

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Doing so suggests reinventing the Evil Empire. It's back to the future. It's the new Cold War. It doesn't surprise. 

 

Media scoundrels march in lockstep with America's worst policies. They do so disgracefully. They shame themselves repeatedly. 

 

Obama's Grand Bargain 2.0

 

Obama's Grand Bargain 2.0

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama's job creation plan targets social justice. It's old wine in new bottles. It prioritizes corporate tax cuts. 

 

It scorns fairness. It ducks reality. It's same old, same old. It doesn't work. It never did. It's not designed to. It won't now.

 

Manning, Snowden and Swarz: America’s Police State Marches On, Media in Tow

By Dave Lindorff


The New York Times, in an editorial published the day after a military judge found Pvt. Bradley Manning “not guilty” of “aiding the enemy” -- a charge that would have locked him up for life without possibility of parole and could have carried the death penalty -- but also found him guilty on multiple counts of “espionage,” called the verdict “Mixed.” Not guilty of aiding the enemy, guilty of espionage.


Longstanding Bahraini State Terror

 

Longstanding Bahraini State Terror

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It's official state policy. King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa's one of the region's most ruthless tyrants. Washington supports his worst crimes. 

 

There Should Be No Sighs of Relief: Manning Verdict a Very Pyrrhic Victory

By Alfredo Lopez


The Bradley Manning verdict may seem a victory of sorts for the defense -- it's certainly being treated that way in the mainstream media -- but the decision handed down Tuesday by Court Marshal Judge Colonel Denise Lind is actually a devastating blow not only to Manning, who was convicted of unjustifiably serious charges brought by an aggressive administration seeking to make an example of him, but also to Internet activity in general and information-sharing in particular.

Bradley Manning: Guilty of Doing the Right Thing

 

Bradley Manning: Guilty of Doing the Right Thing

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Final arguments were presented last week. Judge Col. Denise Lind adjourned for the weekend. Tuesday 1PM EDT was verdict day and time.

 

It didn't surprise. Earlier she refused to dismiss aiding the enemy charges. She let multiple Espionage Act violations stand. She did so disgracefully. Manning faces possible life in prison. 

 

Hardwired Inequality in America

 

Hardwired Inequality in America

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's always been separate and unequal. Today it's worse than ever in modern times. 

 

Wealth disparity between rich and poor is unprecedented. Annually it widens. Government complicity with business bears full responsibility. It's worse than ever under Obama.

 

Detroit Mirrors America's Decline

 

Detroit Mirrors America's Decline

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's been declining for decades. It's going the way of all empires. It's dying a slow death. It's epitaph one day will read hubris and overreach killed it. Misguided policies don't work.

 

Chalmers Johnson once said it's "too late for mere scattered reforms." They won't make a damn bit of difference. It's fate is practically sealed. 

 

Lies, Damn Lies and US Promises

 

Lies, Damn Lies and US Promises

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

US promises aren't worth the paper they're written on. They never were. They're not now. They're made to be broken. It happens with disturbing regularity.

 

Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Russia's justice minister Alexander Vladimirovich Konovalov. He wants Edward Snowden extradited. He lied. He always lies. He disgraces the office he holds.

 

Holder promises Russia not to torture Snowden: A Shameful Day to Be a US Citizen

By Dave Lindorff


I have been deeply ashamed of my country a number of times. The Nixon Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong was one such time, when hospitals, schools and dikes were targeted. The invasion of Iraq was another. Washington’s silence over the fatal Israeli Commando raid on the Gaza Peace Flotilla--in which a 19-year-old unarmed American boy was murdered--was a third.  But I think I have never been as ashamed and disgusted as I was today reading that US Attorney General Eric Holder had sent a letter to the Russian minister of justice saying that the US would “not seek the death penalty” in its espionage case against National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, promising that even if the US later brought added charges against Snowden after obtaining him, they would not include any death penalty, and vowing that if Snowden were handed over by Russia to the US, he would “not be tortured.”


So it has come to this: That the United States has to promise (to Russia!) that it will not torture a prisoner in its control -- a US citizen at that -- and so therefore that person, Edward Snowden, has no basis for claiming that he should be “treated as a refugee or granted asylum.”


Why does Holder have to make these pathetic representations to his counterpart in Russia? 


Because Snowden has applied for asylum saying that he is at risk of turture or execution if returned to the US to face charges for leaking documents showing that the US government is massively violating the civil liberties and privacy of every American by monitoring every American’s electronic communications.


Snowden has made that claim in seeking asylum because he knows that another whistleblower, Pvt. Bradley Manning, was in fact tortured by the US for months, and held without trial in solitary confinement for over a year before being finally put on trial in a kangaroo court, where the judge is as much prosecutor as jurist, and where his guilt was declared in advance by the President of the United States -- the same president who has also already publicly declared Snowden guilty too...


For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF inThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent three-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to:www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/1888

Escalated Thatcherism in Britain

 

Escalated Thatcherism in Britain

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed Thatcherism. It's Chicago School fundamentalism writ large. It's financial terrorism. It's hugely exploitative.

 

It's forced-fed austerity. It's corporate welfare. It's mass privatizations. It benefits business and society's wealthy. It's government of, by, and for privileged elites alone. 

Spinning a Popular American Image: John Wayne, the New Economy and the American Male Worker

By John Grant


The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted.
-- D.H. Lawrence

 

America: Super-Bully Nation

 

America: Super-Bully Nation

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Count the ways. Obama's waging financial war on humanity. He's waging multiple direct and indirect hot ones. He bears full responsibility. 

 

He represents the worst of rogue leadership. He heads America's coup d'etat government. It "lacks constitutional and legal legitimacy," said Paul Craig Roberts

Russia and China Prepare for Global War

 

Russia and China Prepare for Global War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Both countries want peace, not war. America threatens them. Defensive readiness is prioritized. Forewarned is forearmed.

 

NATO's a global alliance. Washington heads it. It's a geopolitical threat. It menaces humanity. It's expanding worldwide. It's allied for offense, not defense. It plans war, not peace.

 

Obama's Way: Waging Financial War on Humanity

 

Obama's Way: Waging Financial War on Humanity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Class war rages in America. Institutionalized inequality defines it. Obama continues what began decades ago. He exceeds the worst of his predecessors.

 

He supports capital's divine right. He transferred unprecedented wealth amounts from ordinary Americans to Wall Street, war profiteers, other corporate favorites and privileged elites. 

 

America and Germany: Longstanding Espionage Partners

 

America and Germany: Longstanding Espionage Partners

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed Stasi. It was East Germany's secret police. It was one of the most repressive state apparatuses in modern times.

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Dead on Arrival

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Dead on Arrival

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

So-called peace talks are fake. They're a sham. They've always been this way. Decades of talks were stillborn from inception. This time's no different. 

 

Chances for a just peace are ZERO. Palestinians have no say. Believing otherwise defies reality.

 

What's Next for Syria?

 

What's Next for Syria?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Conflict drags on interminably. Dozens or more die daily. Syrian forces outmatch Western-backed death squad terrorists. They're not rebels. They're lawless invaders. 

 

They're US proxy fighters. They're imported from dozens of countries. They're waging war against sovereign Syrian independence. Don't expect duplicitous Western politicians or media scoundrels to explain.

 

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