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Friday, December 28th, 2012

The Crucifixion of Chuck Hagel

Will Washington’s Pharisees get their man?

by Justin Raimondo, December 24, 2012

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This Christmas is a bleak one for those who hold out hope that there might be peace on earth — or just a more peaceful earth.

In the Middle East, wars and rumors of war roil an already volatile region. A proxy war in Syria shows every sign of metastasizing into a larger, regional conflict, with the protagonists — Syria’s Ba’athist regime and the US-supported jihadists of the rebel army — digging in for a long fight. After the conclusion of the Israeli attack on Gaza, which was turned into a shooting gallery by the IDF, the region is smoldering with a murderous hatred. Iraq still bleeds, and there are low-profile but high-casualty conflicts in Yemen, Bahrain, and Pakistan — conflicts where the US is a major player.

And looming over it all is the prospect of The Big One — war with Iran.

For the past five or six years, the propaganda campaign against Iran has been going full speed: the neoconservatives, a small but influential faction within the Republican party (albeit with several Democratic fellow-travelers), have been agitating for a US attack on Tehran, just as loudly and insistently as they clamored for war with Iraq.

However, the neocons have a big problem: the American people are not only sick of war, they are sick of the neocons. The same people who told them Saddam had “weapons of mass destruction” stashed beneath his palace, who told them the Iraqis would greet us with showers of rose petals instead of bullets, who reassured them that the war would somehow pay for itself with Iraq’s oil revenues, who insisted Gen. Shinseki was wrong when he said it would take hundreds of thousands of US soldiers to occupy Iraq — these very same people, who should have been long ago discredited and relegated to the Index of Proscribed Pundits, are back retailing the same tired old canards, only this time directed at Iran. Their problem is that nobody believes them — except, of course, in Washington, D.C., world capital of criminal cluelessness.

Washington is different from the rest of the country — and I’m not just talking about real estate values. In the Real America, nobody believes you can spend more than you can take in — in Washington, however, spending more than you take in is not only possible, it’s mandatory. Outside the Beltway, ordinary Americans want to subject the Pentagon to radical spending cuts, and would prefer not to have to cut Grandma’s Social Security so that the military contractors who contribute so much to our incumbent politicians have plenty of tax dollars to spend on presents this Christmas: in Washington, however, real defense cuts are “off the table.” Out in the heartland, the very idea of another war horrifies ordinary folks — in Washington, it gives them a hard-on.

This is the Great Divide, and it is this great yawning chasm that has given the neocons their power: for while a malignant dwarf like Bill Kristol, the little Lenin of the neocons, may inspire revulsion in the average American, in Washington he’s a respected and powerful figure, one whose lust for combat — albeit from a safe distance — counts for much in determining what course our foreign policy will take. In such a town, David  “Axis of Evil” Frum, who has “spent his career,” as conservative columnist Timothy Carney put it, “singing odes to war and purging those who wanted peace,” is considered a “moderate” — because he’s calling for tax hikes in order to pay for his favorite pastime.

If we allowed the soldiers in the field to vote on who should be the next Secretary of Defense, President Obama’s first choice, former Republican senator Chuck Hagel — a Vietnam veteran and the recipient of two Purple Hearts, whose work at the Veterans Administration during the Reagan years endeared him to vets — would win hands down. In Washington, however, as the Washington Post averred, he’s outside the “mainstream,” a “fringe” character who’s well to the “left” of our bipartisan let’s-go-to-war-at-the-drop-of-a-hat “consensus.”

It’s a sad commentary on the Washingtonian mindset that a foreign policy “realist” like Hagel is considered the 21st century equivalent of Abbie Hoffman, but these people live in a bubble where the outdated “left-right” paradigm still dictates our political choices. Yet the majority of Republicans out in the country support Hagel’s basic position — caution, retrenchment, paring down the Pentagon — the very stances Hagel is being pilloried for by the likes of Lindsey Graham.

That Washington is America’s Bizarro World was vividly dramatized when Sen. Dan Coates attacked Hagel for — wait for it — being “disrespectful of the military“! What this can  mean when applied to a two-time winner of the Purple Heart, a Vietnam vet who was severely wounded in action and spent his entire time at the VA fighting for vets, is beyond me — but, then again, I don’t live inside the Beltway.

We know what this is about: it’s about the fanatic supporters of Israel’s current extremist government demanding absolute fealty to Tel Aviv. The “Emergency Committee for Israel” is running television ads in the Washington, D.C. area screeching that “Hagel is not an option.” They get to determine what America’s options are, don’tcha know — and that’s been true for too long.

But maybe not for much longer. The Isra-bots know this is a test case, a challenge to their hegemony in the foreign policy realm: if Hagel is nominated and confirmed, their power is broken. That’s why they’re going all out to defeat him — and  it’s a campaign rife with unintentional humor.

The latest mudball to be flung at Hagel is the allegation that he’s a “homophobe.” I put the word in quotes because it’s one of those made-up words — and made up “crimes” — that medicalize differences of opinion and are meant to bully people into submitting to a set of rigid ideological (and cultural) assumptions. So the charge is BS from the get go, but as to the substance of the accusation — you knew I’d get to that — it involves Hagel’s unfortunate interaction with James C. Hormel, a major Democratic party contributor who managed to get appointed Ambassador to Luxembourg (after Fiji made it clear he might get arrested for his sexual orientation) by Bill Clinton. Hagel accused Hormel of being “aggressively gay” — a phrase that now will go down in history as one of the more absurd examples of the aforesaid “homophobia” we’re all supposed to think is well behind us.

The spectacle of real gay-bashers like Bill Kristol (who once organized a national conference around the idea that homosexuals must be “cured” of their “affliction”) and Dan Senor — who, as head of Mitt Romney’s campaign, presided over the firing of a gay foreign policy advisor — broadcasting charges of “homophobia” against Hagel underscores the cynicism with which these opportunists pursue their aims. Their aim is to get Hagel, and they don’t care how they do it — indeed, one of the anti-Hagel team’s big talking points is the argument that Obama should appoint a Democrat, listless bureaucrat and reliable warmonger Michele Flournoy.

Which brings us to the “left”-wing of the grand coalition coalescing against Hagel’s nomination: in a broadcast remarkable for its evasiveness — the word “Israel” is never mentioned — Rachel Maddow reiterated the history of the Hormel-Hagel brouhaha, and said she doesn’t know if he’s “really sorry” for his remarks. She went into a tirade about how Democratic presidents should dispel the myth that only Republicans can be warmongers ensure our “national security” by appointing Democrats to head up the Pentagon.

Rachel Maddow in bed with Bill Kristol and Dan Senor? What a cozy marriage.

On the gay issue, Steve Clemons has provided us with an inside look at Hagel’s real attitude toward gays, as opposed to the view he held 14 years ago. And another thing Rachel forgot to mention in her broadcast — that Hormel has himself forgiven if not forgotten, and, many hours before her vituperative rant, endorsed Hagel on his  Facebook page.

Just to be clear: Maddow “reported” Hormel had not accepted Hagel’s apology, when in fact he had accepted it — long before her remarks were broadcast.

And while Maddow didn’t mention the actual, you know, issues at stake in this fight — i.e. Hagel’s views on Iran sanctions, intervention in Syria, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — there is a foreign policy agenda behind her ranting, to be sure. Maddow and her buddy Richard Engel have been propagandizing for US intervention in Syria, just like they valorized the Libyan “revolution”: Hagel, like most Americans, wants us to stay far away from that particular viper’s nest.

Maddow and her new neoconservative buddies couldn’t care less about Hagel’s views on homosexuality, which are, in any case, irrelevant: The repeal of DADT is now official policy, and the new Secretary of Defense is bound by law to enforce it the new policy. And you’ll note that, while on the screen we got to read about Hagel’s expressed commitment to “LGBT families,” Rachel didn’t say those words, only repeating his contention that his past remarks don’t reflect the totality of his public record. The significance of the remark about families is that Hagel is signaling he supports giving gays in the military the same benefits (housing, PX privileges, etc.) available to heterosexual couples. Maddow, the “aggressively gay” upfront lesbian, apparently could care less about that pledge, although Hormel specifically mentions this in his Facebook endorsement.

This goes way beyond mere dishonesty — is there even a word in the English language that encompasses the awe-inspiring cynicism of such outright deception?

It’s sickening to watch, this crucifixion of a man of integrity and honesty, at the hands of Washington’s Pharisees. But this isn’t about Hagel anymore: it isn’t even completely about foreign policy, although that’s the core of my own motivation in supporting him. It’s about how Washington embodies all that is evil, degenerate, and poisonous in our culture: it’s about the herd mentality that sniffs out anyone considered an “outsider” — i.e. anyone of independent mind — and seeks to destroy him.

Outside the Beltway, Hagel is a logical choice for SecDef: inside that bubble of evil, he’s a candidate for demonization — and that should tell us everything that’s wrong with our degenerate political class.

The atmospherics surrounding this controversy remind me of the mood that prevailed in Washington and much of the country in the run up to the invasion of Iraq: once again, we are confronted with fabricated “evidence” that some Middle Eastern country is assembling “weapons of mass destruction.” Once again, anyone who looks like they’re trying to avoid war rather than provoke it is smeared as “unpatriotic,” and worse. The only difference is that, this time, the War Party isn’t bothering to hide the fact that we will be fighting Israel’s war.

We have the Israeli Prime Minister calling almost daily for a military strike. There he is at the UN with his ridiculous cartoon of a “chart,” demanding we put American lives on the line in order to save Israel from “another Holocaust” — an absurd contention about a nation that has handily beaten its enemies in every war it has ever fought, and which is armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons. And we have the Emergency Committee for Israel leading the charge against Hagel, with the Weekly Standard broadcasting the threat of one anonymous coward of a Senate aide, who shrieked:

“Send us Hagel, and we will make sure every American knows he’s an anti-Semite.”

So if you believe, like Hagel, that war with Iran is “not a viable, feasible, responsible” option — a view he expressed some years ago, when we were still mired in Iraq — then you’re not only “not an option” for Secretary of Defense, you’re a Jew-hating bigot. Or, at least, some kind of bigot — maybe a “homophobe.” Or whatever.

The stakes in this battle are quite high: if the neocons win, they will get to set the terms of the debate over going to war with Iran — having smeared the opposition out of existence in advance. If they lose, it could be a turning point in the foreign policy debate in this country, leading to a period of glasnost in which the rigid assumptions that have dominated the national conversation — and made of it a monologue — are finally challenged.

That’s why I’m urging you to please sign — and  circulate — the White House petition in support of Chuck Hagel — because it’s high time we sent the neocons packing.

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The Wheel of Justice … has turned … a bit . . . Thank God !

Thursday, December 27th, 2012
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UN votes for Palestine as observer State status

29 November 2012 � The General Assembly today voted to grant Palestine non-member observer State status at the United Nations, while expressing the urgent need for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a permanent two-State solution.

The resolution on the status of Palestine in the UN was adopted by a vote of 138 in favour to nine against with 41 abstentions by the 193-member Assembly.

�We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a State established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the State that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine,� the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, told the Assembly before the vote.

Mr. Abbas noted that the world was being asked today to undertake a significant step in the process of rectifying the �unprecedented historical injustice� inflicted on the Palestinian people since 1948.

Your support for our endeavour today,� he said, �will send a promising message � to millions of Palestinians on the land of Palestine, in the refugee camps both in the homeland and the Diaspora, and to the prisoners struggling for freedom in Israel�s prisons � that justice is possible and that there is a reason to be hopeful and that the peoples of the world do not accept the continuation of the occupation.�

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Wednesday, December 26th, 2012


By: Devvy
December 25, 2012

Today, probably a couple billion human beings around the world are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Whether you believe as I d do that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th, it is the date celebrated throughout the world.

This isn’t going to be the usual warm and fuzzy Christmas day message.

The last few weeks folks around the country have been treated to lovely Christmas carols. Millions speak about ‘Peace on earth, goodwill toward men’.

I’m sorry, but if emptier words were ever spoken those are at the top of the list. When was the last time there was truly peace on earth? If it’s not tribes in some African country murdering each other, it’s some other faction in another country murdering each other. It never seems to end. Just like our invasions and continued occupation of countries in the Middle East.

Some might say what I’ve written here is not appropriate for Christmas day, but I believe it is because Jesus is also called ‘The Prince of Peace’: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6, KJV

Following the slaughter in Newtown, CT, Barry Soetoro aka Obama took to the cameras and pretended to shred tears that “captured the hearts of many”. What he said in Newtown was classic propaganda:

“And we know we can’t do this by ourselves. It comes as a shock at a certain point where you realize, no matter how much you love these kids, you can’t do it by yourself. That this job of keeping our children safe, and teaching them well, is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community, and the help of a nation. And in that way, we come to realize that we bear a responsibility for every child because we’re counting on everybody else to help look after ours; that we’re all parents; that they’re all our children.”

It takes a village all over again. I often refer to Soetoro as a Marxist because he pursues and supports all the goals of the Communist Party International. He is also a communitarian – something probably a hundred million adults in this country know nothing about, but is absolutely germane to what Barry said above. Let me quote from Masters of Seduction by Jeri Lynn Ball:

“The Communists planned to create not only a new way of life, but new human beings. They sought to achieve not only the reconstruction of social and cultural institutions, but reconstruction of human beings. Communist totalitarianism has undergone tremendous growth over the past century only because it has “the support of a man of a new social and psychological type”—the “new communitarian (Communist) man.” A communitarian is a member of a communistic community. A communitarian adopts and advocates communistic concepts, such as a spirit of community, selfless commitment to community service, and the duty to work for “the common good.” The terms “Communist” and “communitarian” are synonyms and are interchangeable, but the word “communitarian” connotes a sense of community and a spirit of collectivism.

“In 1928 Communists formally adopted “The Program” for building a new global communitarian social order composed of the ruling elite (the masters) and subjugated masses (the slaves). Soviet masters used the communitarian social system and moral code to prepare the “new communist man.” They reinforced the “spirit of community” that had been present in Europe for 200 years and instilled communitarian moral ideals into all Soviet citizens. The masters “reconstructed” each individual by urging him to: 1) develop a sense of community; (2) cultivate the communist virtue of selflessness; 3) suppress his personality, individuality, and identity, i.e., his personal desires, ambitions, beliefs, etc.; 4) merge himself into the community and become one with it; 5) fulfill his obligation to perform community service and accept his duty to work for “the common good.” The communitarian moral code is the powerful secret weapon Communists have used to enslave whole populations.”

As we all know, Soetoro’s only job experience was as a community organizer.


“Communitarianism holds that the individual is nothing and that the community is all; the interests of the community transcend the interests of the individual; the common good comes before the private good.

“The Role of the Government in the Communitarian Society

“In a communitarian society, the role of the government is to define, dictate, and implement community needs. Each citizen is conditioned to accept the loss of his individuality and identity, to reject individual initiative and enterprise, and to become a collective animal. He is trained to yield to governmental authority for “the good of the community.” In a communitarian society, the masters assume high positions in government and become the mind, the voice, and the conscience of the community. By grouping people into a “community”—a collectivized society—by creating an array of community rituals, campaigns, organizations, and service programs, by urging or requiring ever greater community participation, the masters can constantly increase their supervision, guidance, and regimentation of every activity and every need of every individual in the society.”

“In a full-blown communitarian society, there are no such things as individual God-given rights or private property, and the masters believe that they are acting for the “good of the community” when they invoke obedience through barbaric savagery, fiendish brutality, the most inhuman, unrestrained use of force. They believe that unless there is sufficient brutality to ensure blind obedience and blind conformity, the masses will suffer. With a clear conscience, they summarily execute recalcitrant resisters who refuse to be reconstructed.”

Gifted writer, Niki Rapana, sees communitarianism (being taught on college campuses nationwide) as:

“Communitarianism combines or “balances” far-right capitalism (fascism) with far-left communism (totalitarianism) to make the “perfect middle;” this is what makes one progressive. There is ample, verifiable evidence that shows Obama is a communitarian. There is only speculation that his values are communist. There is undeniable PROOF that he follows a program for global “change” called communitarianism. Accusations of communism play directly into the fake dialectical conflicts between the right and the left.”

I believe he is both, but that’s just my opinion. Quite frankly, Barry Soetoro is nothing but an empty suit who does what he’s told. In return, he and his militant wife live high on the hog from the sweat off your back. Right now they’re in Hawaii living it up like royalty.

Let me go back to Soetoro’s speech in Newtown that I have no doubt was written by someone else:

“Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm? Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know that they are loved, and teaching them to love in return? Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?

“I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change.

“Since I’ve been President, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by a mass shooting. The fourth time we’ve hugged survivors. The fourth time we’ve consoled the families of victims. And in between, there have been an endless series of deadly shootings across the country, almost daily reports of victims, many of them children, in small towns and big cities all across America — victims whose — much of the time, their only fault was being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The illegitimate president has no legal authority to be commander-in-chief. But, while he has assumed that duty, how many children in the wrong place at the wrong time have been murdered by US drones? What? Why, Devvy, you can’t make that comparison here. Oh, yes I can and I will.

Those precious lives, the children and teachers, in Newtown, CT., were murdered in cold blood. You tell me if that is any different than what has been going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan for years?

In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats

“It must follow that what applies to the children murdered there by a deranged young man also applies to the children murdered in Pakistan by a sombre American president. These children are just as important, just as real, just as deserving of the world’s concern. Yet there are no presidential speeches or presidential tears for them, no pictures on the front pages of the world’s newspapers, no interviews with grieving relatives, no minute analysis of what happened and why.

“If the victims of Mr. Obama’s drone strikes are mentioned by the state at all, they are discussed in terms which suggest that they are less than human. The people who operate the drones, Rolling Stone magazine reports, describe their casualties as “bug splats”, “since viewing the body through a grainy-green video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed”. Or they are reduced to vegetation: justifying the drone war, Obama’s counterterrorism adviser Bruce Riedel explained that “you’ve got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop mowing, the grass is going to grow back”.

“Like George Bush’s government in Iraq, Obama’s administration neither documents nor acknowledges the civilian casualties of the CIA’s drone strikes in north-west Pakistan. But a report by the law schools at Stanford and New York universities suggests that during the first three years of his time in office, the 259 strikes for which he is ultimately responsible killed between 297 and 569 civilians, of whom at least 64 were children. These are figures extracted from credible reports: there may be more which have not been fully documented.”

Bug splats?

During what has become known as the Wech Baghtu wedding party airstrike, 37 Afghan civilians were murdered by a U.S. airstrike on November 3, 2008. Victims: 23 children, 10 women, 4 men. Another 27 were injured. Bombed and murdered because it was “thought” insurgents were there. Another independent organization, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported another 176 children in Pakistan were murdered by our military from drone strikes from June 2004 – September 2012. The total number of civilians murdered: more than 2,500.

And, you wonder why terrorists from the Middle East are crossing our Southern border? Think they’re smuggling themselves into this country for a job at McDonald’s?

Now, you tell me how that’s different than what happened in Newtown, CT? Those children in Afghanistan and Pakistan bled red blood the same as American children. Their parents grieve just the same as the parents who lost their precious child on December 14, 2012. The men and women murdered by American drones bled red blood; they are mourned by their loved ones.

Oh my, how could I have over looked killing children is just part of American foreign policy? Go watch this 23 second video clip. It is the vile former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, on May 12, 1996. She is asked by Leslie Stahl of 60 minutes if it (meaning another undeclared war in Iraq) was worth it? Albright said, yes, it was worth murdering a HALF MILLION innocent children.

All for a lie: Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice – Iraq Has No WMD’s And Is Not A Threat – in their own words (57 second video) “Colin Powell states clearly in February 2001, that Iraq is in no position to pose any threat to the US and has no weapons of mass destruction.”

The despicable usurper in the White House is incapable of feeling empathy for anyone but himself. Just like George Bush, Jr., felt no pangs about lying to the American people to drag us into yet another undeclared war and sending our soldiers to their deaths over a lie. The U.S. government’s foreign policy isn’t about peace. It’s about death and destruction.

If you’re wondering why the president of Pakistan hasn’t demanded all US troops leave and stop all US drones from flying in his country killing innocents, you need only look at the bribe money:

Hillary Clinton’s $100 Million-a-Month Apology to Pakistan

Of course, that bribe money wasn’t for killing children, but rather their troops. $100 MILLION BORROWED DOLLARS A MONTH stolen from you, me, our children and grand children with the interest slapped on our backs forever. No where in the U.S. Constitution does it give Marxist Hillary Clinton or the U.S. Congress any authority to steal from you and me to give to any foreign country for any reason.

Where is the collective consciousness of the American people? There’s an old saying: Out of sight, out of mind. After all, today is presents, turkey, see a new movie and “joy to the world.”

Peace on earth? Is that what the U.S. government has been bringing to countries in the Middle East for more than a decade? How can anyone at this point in time believe such a thing? It’s all about oil and money. About being the world’s bully no matter how many innocents we kill to, as George Bush, Jr., so famously said, “liberate the people of Iraq.” There’s not much about being liberated if your child has been blown to bits by US bombs or drones.

In our name, those grotesque, immoral and unconstitutional invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan and “operations” in Pakistan have killed MILLIONS of innocent people who had nothing to do with terrorists.

More than a decade and trillions of borrowed dollars – for what? Because our troops are over there “fighting for our freedom”? Oh, please. When are Americans going to stop believing such putrid propaganda?

While none of victims of US drones and bombs were likely Christians because those are Muslim countries, do they matter less? Are their deaths not as heinous as the victims of Newtown? God rest the souls of those who died in Newtown because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. No different than all the children, women and old men murdered by US drones and bombings in the wrong place at the wrong time even though they were in their own country. We are the invaders.

In Newtown, the parents and families of all the victims just buried their loved ones this past week. There will be no Merry Christmas for them today. While Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas, their dead children are gone from them on their holidays, too. Tell me the difference?

I suppose the people in those countries can be glad Americans celebrate Christmas because, at least for today, they don’t have to fear their children will be blown apart by an American drone.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9 KJV

Will the American people become the peacemakers by telling the war mongers in the U.S. Congress: Bring all our troops home now. We don’t want any more innocent blood shed in our name. We don’t want anymore of our troops maimed and killed for a lie.

I’m sad to say, I won’t hold my breath.

In our name:

Only if you have a strong stomach:

Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’
-The shocking rates of infant mortality and cancer in Iraqi city raise new questions about battle
War is business and business is booming

The current number of war refugees and displaced persons — 7,800,000
What’s on the site above should make you sick to your soul.
U.S. carried out 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan this year alone
– more than the entire drone strikes in Pakistan over the past eight years combined
CIA chiefs face arrest over horrific evidence of bloody ‘video-game’ sorties by drone pilots
US War Crimes Bring Huge War Profits
Eight Facts About Iraq
US Senate Votes $631 Billion Military Budget – Every penny borrowed

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Why is our US Government … stupidly Stubborn ?

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Obdurate Washington: The ‘Magnitsky Rule’

Paul Craig Roberts, Contributor
Activist Post

With its power declining,  Washington was not able any longer to keep Russia out of the World Trade Organization.   Congress showed its spite over its impotence by hooking the normalizing of trade with Russia to what is called the “Magnitsky rule.”

Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian attorney who represented a British investment firm accused of tax evasion and fraud in Russia.  Apparently, the UK firm supplied information to media alleging government misconduct and participation in corruption inside state-owned Russian companies.

Magnitsky represented the accused UK firm.   He claimed that the firm had not committed fraud but had been a victim of fraud. In turn, Magnitsky was arrested.   He developed serious illnesses in prison for which he apparently received inadequate medical care.

Whether he died of untreated illnesses, we cannot know.   But the US Congress, acting on the unsubstantiated allegation that Magnitsky was tortured and murdered, attached to the trade normalization bill a provision that requires the US government to release a list of Russian government officials believed or imagined to have been involved with the violation of Magnitsky’s human rights and to freeze the assets of these members of the Russian government and to deny them visas to travel to the US.                 Considering Washington’s belief that its law is the universal law of humankind,  Washington probably intends for every country to enforce its edict or to be sanctioned in turn.

The Russian government finds the “Magnitsky rule” amusing.   Here is the Russian government accused, without any evidence, of ONE torture and death, while Washington has such a large number of torture deaths from Abu Ghraib to Gitmo to the secret CIA torture centers to endless drone attacks on kids’ soccer games, weddings, funerals, medical clinics, schools, farm houses and aid workers.
The evidence is completely clear that Washington has tortured a number of individuals to death and into false confessions and blown to pieces thousands of innocents known as “collateral damage.”  No one but Washington and its servants denies this.   But one alleged Russian offense against human rights brings forth an act of the US Congress, all in a huff about the violation of a Russian lawyer’s human rights.

A number of rulers in human history have been this arrogant.   But has a democracy ever been? Athens perhaps, but Sparta taught Athens a lesson.

What do the members of Congress think is the response of the rest of the world to Washington’s utter hypocrisy?   How can Washington pass a law punishing Russian government officials for allegedly doing once what we know for an absolute fact Washington does every day?

The holier-than-thou presence that Washington presents to the world is so phony and shopworn that Washington is becoming not only despised but a laughing stock.

Peoples cease to fear the “superpower” when they laugh at its folly, hypocrisy and utter stupidity.

Certainly, the Russians are not afraid.  The Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, responded to the Washington morons as follows:

‘It is inadmissible when one country tries to dictate its will to another.’  The Magnitsky rule will bring forth a ‘symmetrical and asymmetrical reaction from Russia.’  The Russian Duma seems intent that this be the case. (Source)

Washington is like the drunk in a bar who picks a fight with a bruiser. Washington is full of itself, but Russia and China are not going to put up with a financially busted and militarily overstretched popinjay.   The evil in Washington is driving us into nuclear war and into the destruction of life on earth.

This article first appeared at Paul Craig Roberts’ new website Institute For Political Economy.  Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following.

Is your “Death by Stupidity” … impressive ?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The Anti-Empire Report

December 11th, 2012
by William Blum

“Nuclear, ecological, chemical, economic — our arsenal of Death by Stupidity is impressive for a species as smart as Homo sapiens” 1

The hurricanes, the typhoons, the heat waves … the droughts, the heavy rains, the floods … ever more powerful, ever new records being set. Something must be done of course. Except if you don’t believe at all that it’s man-made. But if there’s even a small chance that the greenhouse effect is driving the changes, is it not plain that, at a minimum, we have to err on the side of caution? There’s too much at stake. Like civilization as we know it. Carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere must be greatly curtailed.

The three greatest problems facing the beleaguered, fragile inhabitants of this lonely planet are climate change, economic crisis, and the violence of war. It is my sad duty to report that the United States of America is the main culprit in each case. Is that not remarkable?

Why does Barack Obama not pursue the battle against climate change with the same intensity he pursues war? Why does he not seek to punish the American bankers and stockbrokers responsible for the financial calamity as much as he seeks to punish Julian Assange and Bradley Manning?

In both cases he’s putting the interests of the corporate world before anything else. No amount of fines or penalties will induce corporate leaders to modify their behavior. Only spending some hard time in a prison cellblock might cause the growth in them of their missing part, the part that’s shaped like a social conscience.

Only prosecuting George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and their partners in bombing and torture will discourage future American war lovers from following in their bloody footsteps.

The recent election result can only embolden Obama. He likely took it as an affirmation of his policies, although only 29.3% of those eligible to vote actually voted for him. And an unknown, but certainly significant, number of those who did so held their nose while voting for the supposed lesser of two evils. Hardly indicative of impassioned support for his policies.

Last week the United Nations Climate Summit was held in Doha, Qatar. The comments which came from many of the activists (as opposed to various government officials) were doomsdayish … “Time is running out … time has already run out … the climate has already changed … Hurricane Sandy, rising sea levels, the worst is yet to come.” The Kyoto protocol is still the only international treaty stipulating cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a touchstone for many environmentalists. But the United States has never ratified it. At the previous conferences in Copenhagen and Durban, the US blocked important global action and failed to honor vital pledges.

At the Doha conference the US was acutely criticized for failing to take the lead on planet protection, especially in light of its standing as the largest historic contributor to the current levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. (“The most obdurate bully in the room”, declared the Indian environmentalist, Sunita Narain. 2)

What motivates the American representatives, now as before, as ever, is concern about corporate profits. Cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions can hurt the bottom line. A suitable epitaph for the earth’s tombstone. Shamus Cooke, writing on ZSpace, sums it up well: “Thus, if renewable energy is not as profitable as oil — and it isn’t — then the majority of capitalist investing will continue to go towards destroying the planet. It really is that simple. Even the best-intentioned capitalists do not throw their money away on non-growth investments.”

A brief history of Superpowers

From the Congress of Vienna of 1815 to the Congress of Berlin in 1878 to the “Allies” invasion of Russia in 1918 to the formation of what became the European Union in the 1950s, the great powers of Europe and the world have gotten together in grand meeting halls and on the field of battle to set the ground rules for imperialist exploitation of Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Australasia, to Christianize and ‘civilize’, to remake the maps, and to suppress revolutions and other threats to great-power hegemony. They have been deadly serious. In 1918, for example, some 13 nations, including France, Great Britain, Rumania, Italy, Serbia, Greece, Japan, and the United States, combined in a military invasion of Russia to “strangle at its birth” the nascent Bolshevik state, as Winston Churchill so charmingly put it.

And following World War 2, without any concern about who had fought and died to win that war, the Western powers, sans the Soviet Union, moved to create the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO, along with the European Union, then joined the United States in carrying out the Cold War and preventing the Communists and their allies from coming to power legally through elections in France and Italy. That partnership continued after the formal end of the Cold War. The United States, the European Union, and NATO are each superpowers, with extensive military, as well as foreign policy integration — almost all EU members are also members of NATO; almost all NATO members in Europe are in the EU; almost all NATO members have had a military contingent serving under NATO and/or the US in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and elsewhere.

Together, this Holy Triumvirate has torn apart Yugoslavia, invaded and devastated Afghanistan and Iraq, crippled Iran, Cuba and others with sanctions, overthrown the Libyan government, and are on the verge now of the same in Syria. Much of what the Triumvirate has told the world to justify this wanton havoc has concerned Islamic terrorism, but it should be noted that prior to the interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria all three countries were secular and modern. Will the people of those sad lands ever see that life again?

In suppressing the left in France and Italy, and later in destabilizing the governments of Libya and Syria, the Holy Triumvirate has closely aligned itself with terrorists and terrorist methods to a remarkable extent. 3 In Syria alone, it would be difficult to name any Middle East terrorist group associated with al Qaeda — employing their standard car bombings and suicide bombers — that is not taking part in the war against President Assad with the support of the Triumvirate. Is there anything — legally or morally — the Triumvirate regards as outside its purview? Any place not within its geographical mandate? Britain and France have now joined Turkey and Arabian Peninsula states in recognizing a newly formed opposition bloc as the sole representative of the Syrian people. “From the point of view of international law, this is absolutely unacceptable,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev declared. “A desire to change the political regime of another state by recognizing a political force as the sole carrier of sovereignty seems to me to be not completely civilised.” France was the first Western state to recognize the newly-formed Syrian National Coalition and was swiftly joined by Britain, Italy and the European Union. 4 The neck irons tighten.

The European Union in recent years has been facing a financial crisis, where its overriding concern has been to save the banks, not its citizens, inspiring calls from the citizenry of some member states to leave the Union. I think the dissolution of the European Union would benefit world peace by depriving the US/NATO mob of a guaranteed partner in crime by returning to the Union’s members their individual discretion in foreign policy.

And then we can turn to getting rid of NATO, an organization that not only has a questionable raison d’être in the present, but never had any good reason-to-be in the past other than serving as Washington’s hit man. 5

The United Nations vote on the Cuba embargo — 21 years in a row

For years American political leaders and media were fond of labeling Cuba an “international pariah”. We don’t hear that any more. Perhaps one reason is the annual vote in the United Nations General Assembly on the resolution which reads: “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”. This is how the vote has gone (not including abstentions):

Year Votes (Yes-No) No Votes
1992 59-2 US, Israel
1993 88-4 US, Israel, Albania, Paraguay
1994 101-2 US, Israel
1995 117-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan
1996 138-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan
1997 143-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan
1998 157-2 US, Israel
1999 155-2 US, Israel
2000 167-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2001 167-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2002 173-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2003 179-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2004 179-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2005 182-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2006 183-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2007 184-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2008 185-3 US, Israel, Palau
2009 187-3 US, Israel, Palau
2010 187-2 US, Israel
2011 186-2 US, Israel
2012 188-3 US, Israel, Palau

Each fall the UN vote is a welcome reminder that the world has not completely lost its senses and that the American empire does not completely control the opinion of other governments.

How it began: On April 6, 1960, Lester D. Mallory, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, wrote in an internal memorandum: “The majority of Cubans support Castro … The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship. … every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba.” Mallory proposed “a line of action which … makes the greatest inroads in denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government.” 6 Later that year, the Eisenhower administration instituted the suffocating embargo against its eternally-declared enemy.

Placing American presidents in their proper context

“Once upon a time there was a radical president who tried to remake American society through government action. In his first term he created a vast network of federal grants to state and local governments for social programs that cost billions. He set up an imposing agency to regulate air and water emissions, and another to regulate workers’ health and safety. Had Congress not stood in his way he would have gone much further. He tried to establish a guaranteed minimum income for all working families and, to top it off, proposed a national health plan that would have provided government insurance for low-income families, required employers to cover all their workers and set standards for private insurance. Thankfully for the country, his second term was cut short and his collectivist dreams were never realize.
His name was Richard Nixon.” 7

Films on US foreign policy

The Power Principle is a series of three films by Scott Noble. Part one, “Empire”, is the only one I’ve seen completely so far and I can say that it’s great stuff. The three parts, with their times, are:

Featured in the films are Noam Chomsky, Michael Parenti, John Stockwell, Christopher Simpson, Ralph McGehee, Philip Agee, Nafeez Ahmed, John Perkins, James Petras, John Stauber, Russ Baker, Howard Zinn, William Blum, Nancy Snow, William I. Robinson, Morris Berman, Peter Phillips, Michael Albert, and others of the usual suspects.

To comment about these films or others by Scott Noble, write to him at

Much more publicized is the new film and book by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. Entitled The Untold History of the United States, it is a 10-part series appearing on Showtime. Only Stone’s name could get this dark side of US history and foreign policy on mainstream television. It will be interesting to observe what the mass media has to say about this challenge to some of America’s most cherished beliefs about itself.


  1. Jeanette Winterson, The New York Times, September 17, 2009
  2. Democracy Now!, December 7, 2012
  3. For France and Italy, see Operation Gladio Wikipedia; and Daniele Ganser, Operation Gladio: NATO’s Top Secret Stay-Behind Armies and Terrorism in Western Europe (2005)
  4. Agence France Presse, November 26, 2012
  5. For the best coverage of the NATO monolith, sign up with StopNATO. To get on the mailing list write to Rick Rozoff at To see back issues at
  6. Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1958-1960, Volume VI, Cuba (1991), p.885
  7. From the review of the book: I am the change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism by Charles Kesler. Review by Mark Lilla, The New York Times Book Review, September 30, 2012, p.1

William Blum is the author of:

  • Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 2
  • Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
  • West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir
  • Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire

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We the People must produce laws for We the People !

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Sharing is Not a Crime: A Battle Plan to Fight Back

Tony Cartalucci, Contributor
Activist Post

The Battlefield: Christopher Dodd was at one point an alleged elected representative of the people. As a US Senator he was charged with upholding the Constitution and laws of the people, and representing the interests of voters in his state of Connecticut – for 30 years. In reality, Dodd doesn’t represent the people, and instead, represents corporate special-interests – and unfortunately, Dodd is not the exception.

In early 2011, it was announced that Dodd – after retiring from 30 years in the Senate – would take up a leading role at the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) for a $1.5 million annual salary. Immediately, the retired Senator would lead the charge to pass the notorious Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), with his incestuous business-government ties visibly rippling through the US House and Senate as well as through the corporate-dominated media.

Despite the obvious conflict of interests and dangerous precedent set by corporations commandeering elected representatives to leverage their influence and bend the law of the people to the will of big corporations, Dodd has been allowed to continue on with the charade.
It was recently reported in Wired’s article, “Hollywood’s Total Piracy Awareness Program Set for January Launch,” that:

Beginning in a few weeks, the nation’s major internet service providers will roll out an initiative — backed by Obama and pushed by Hollywood and the record labels – to disrupt and possibly terminate internet access for online copyright scofflaws without the involvement of cops or courts. But that doesn’t mean Hollywood is done filing lawsuits or lobbying Congress.

‘It doesn’t mean you give up on litigation,’ said Chris Dodd, head of the Motion Picture Association of America, speaking at an industry gathering here Thursday. ‘It doesn’t mean you give up on legislation.’

As stated in ‘Decentralizing Telecom,’ to constantly fight the interests of mega-corporations, while thus far successful, is not a sustainable strategy. Reacting to the provocations of special interests as they relentlessly attempt to expand their already unwarranted influence and monopolies, must be replaced with a strategy aimed at the very source of their strength.

File sharing is not wrong, and it most certainly is not theft. One would not consider sharing a purchased book with a friend, “theft.” Technology has simply made it possible to share that book with millions of “friends.” File sharing operations making money off of other people’s work might constitute a target for industry and government alike, but file sharing online is also done for absolutely free, through peer-to-peer software.

The answer to sagging business models affected by file sharing is not litigation and legislation, but rather to innovate – something big-industry certainly has the resources to do.

Open-source, crowd-sourced, innovative software, media, and hardware businesses already exist, and are already turning profits while creating local jobs. More importantly, they are opening up markets to consumers who can now become producers, essentially creating “wealth redistribution through entrepreneurship” rather than government subsidies.

These emerging business models prove that jobs, profit, and commerce are not impossible within the new, emerging paradigm people like Dodd work tirelessly against. It does prove, however, that the days the special interests Dodd represents can hoard for themselves control over human creativity and the wealth it generates, are coming to an end.

The Battle Plan: By no means should people already engaged in anti-monopoly campaigning give up. People campaigning against SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and many other forms of legislation represent the minefields upon a battlefield, slowing the advance of the enemy, and denying it access long enough for a counteroffensive to be mounted – but that counteroffensive must eventually be planned and executed.

Dodd’s MPAA “Copyright Alert System,” described by Wired as an “ISP search-and-disrupt operation,” will use the Internet and telecom monopolies to target file sharing. Previously discusssed “mesh networks” would easily complicate the enforcement of such a measure. Also, as one keen Wired reader noted in the comment sections:

Too bad the MPAA/RIA know that more sharing happens from portable hard drives than through torrents. So this is a lot like closing the barn door as the horse is leaving…

He would elaborate in a second comment that:

Those files come from the same place as torrents, one person buys it, rips it and shares it. The funny thing is there are less options to get one file (maybe one person you know has it vs. hundreds of torrents) but when you borrow a hard drive you can get more files in a couple of hours than in a year of torrenting.

And indeed, for those looking to get around the corporate-fascist collaboration between government, big-film & record studios, big-software, and big-telecom, a portable hard drive network could easily be organized, expanded and used to sting back even worse than online file sharing already has.

However, such networks, be they mesh or hard drive sharing, are still only countermeasures. To go on the offensive against the special interests behind this campaign, particularly because they still possess almost unlimited finances and political backing, is to avoid taking them head-on and instead attack their supply lines.

We need not travel far to reach these supply lines – for we the consumers of their products and services constitute the sole source of their wealth, with which they buy their influence across governments and the media. Cutting ourselves off, thus cutting their supply lines and leaving them to starve, is as simple as boycotting and replacing them.

We can begin (and in many cases already are) boycotting and replacing them with superior, and more importantly, open alternatives. All things being equal, people would rather watch a free movie than pay for one on Netflix. One rather listen to a free MP3 than pay for one on iTunes.

By crowd-sourcing, crowd-funding, and producing free entertainment online leveraging improved, and increasingly cheaper hardware and software, such alternatives are already emerging. Campaigners against the likes of Dodd, the MPAA, and their SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA travesties, may also consider going a step beyond merely naming those corporations involved, and promote a full-spectrum, permanent boycott (and here), while promoting open-source, innovative alternatives.

Websites featuring open-entertainment could be organized by genre, or contain a variety to choose from. These could be open-versions of iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, that run on ads, feature donation and referral buttons for artists, and more importantly, remain free and open for all. Live events could be organized and revenue raised for artists and organizers that way.

Image: Open source (OS) solutions for everything from e-mail and browsers, to 3D design graphic and vector art. An excellent resource for finding appropriate OS solutions is

Design houses and studios using open-source software for commissioned work could augment their income by arranging training workshops and consulting services for other companies to switch over from expensive propriety solutions to open-source. The more people involved in open collaboration, the greater the benefit for all those involved.

Artists have and will always ply their trade for passion. Many are rediscovering the process of working for commissions rather than for royalties, and are using the open-sharing of their work as an advertisement for their commissioned services, live performances, and physical merchandise related to their intellectual efforts.
The arguments of copyrighted industry revolving around the promotion of innovation, art, and entertainment, as well as the creation of jobs, are already falling apart in an emerging, open-paradigm. People like Christopher Dodd whose blatantly compromised agenda makes a mockery of representative governance, embodies an industry and a paradigm that does not deserve perpetuation. Through boycotting and replacing it, by us all becoming open-producers and collaborators instead of consumers bellied up to the corporate troughs, let us ensure a deep enough hole is dug for them, so that when they finally are rolled into it, they never emerge again.

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Tony Cartalucci’s articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at Land Destroyer Report, Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg. Read other contributed articles by Tony Cartalucci here.

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Are “Satan’s Chosen People” … the US Government ?

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bradley Manning: A Window Into The American Soul

Paul Craig Roberts, Contributor
Activist Post

Liberty consists of government being ruled by law and citizens having control over law. This was the way our founding fathers set up the US Constitution. It is the Constitution that defines the United States. Every member of the government and the armed forces swears allegiance to the Constitution – not to the government or to the president or to a political party or to an ideology – to defend the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic.

Today the emphasis needs to be on the Constitution’s domestic enemies in “our own” government. America’s foreign enemies are miniscule. But the domestic enemies are legion. America’s enemies consist, with whistleblower exceptions, of the entire US government, both executive branch, legislative branch (with possibly a dozen exceptions), and judicial branch (with few exceptions).

The three branches of our government have united to destroy US civil liberties in the name of a hoax, “the war on terror.” Even if the US were overrun with terrorists, how could they harm us more than our government has harmed us by destroying the US Constitution?

If you don’t believe that the US Constitution has been destroyed by Republicans and Democrats alike, read my book coauthored with Lawrence M. Stratton, The Tyranny Of Good Intentions, and the five articles whose URLs are provided below.

Bradley Manning, a member of the US military, complied with his oath of office, with the US Military Code, with the Nuremberg standards set by the US government, with the strictures expressed by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the George W, Bush administration, and with his own conscience. Manning, allegedly (we will never know), released to WikiLeaks the video of the US military murdering two journalists and a dozen innocent people walking down a street. (Source)

After the murder of these people by the US military playing video games with live people, a father with two young children stopped his van to help the survivors crawling in the street. The US military, due to either blood-lust, incompetence, or total evil, killed the father and sent high caliber bullets into the bodies of the two small children.

The murderers then blame the father for bringing children into the combat zone created by the incompetence or evil of the US troops, who obviously get their jollies from murdering people. TV cameras are claimed to be weapons and justifications for murdering 15 people.

Subsequently, a few people, whom the video shows to be unarmed, walk into a building.

The US troops claim the unarmed people have weapons and RPGs and send three hellfire missiles into the building. The US troops then report that all the “targets” are dead.

Any real patriotic American who saw this video would be compelled to release it. If Manning released it to WikiLeaks, then Manning is the most morally responsible American alive. What has Manning’s moral conscience cost him?

It has cost Manning 900 days held incommunicado illegally by the US government. President John F. Kennedy’s presidency lasted 1,000 days. Manning was held and tortured for almost the entire length of Camelot.

And the US government has got away with it.

Americans don’t care. It is not them. They are too stupid to understand that once law is gone, they can be next.

In their desire to punish Manning, US military and civilian authorities failed to realize that the lesson for soldiers is that crimes against humanity will not be punished, but those who reveal the crimes will be punished.

On November 29 Bradley Manning testified in federal court about his illegal confinement and torture by the US government. Manning’s testimony was not covered by the US media. The New York Times, in Chris Floyd’s words, “contented itself with a brief bit of wire copy from AP, tucked away on page 3.”

In contrast, the British Guardian covered Manning’s testimony in detail in two stories 68 paragraphs long. The British people are informed of the US government’s crimes against humanity in violation of international law and US law, but not the American people.

A formal United Nations investigations into the illegal, brutal and inhuman treatment of Bradley Manning denounced his treatment as “cruel and inhuman.” The US State Department spokesman, Col. P.J. Crowley, resigned after publicly protesting Manning’s illegal and inhuman treatment by the US government.

The presstitute media was silent.

Glenn Greenwald, the constitutional attorney, concludes that “the US establishment journalists have enabled the government every step of the way.” The presstitutes hold “themselves out as adversarial watchdogs, but nothing provokes their animosity more than someone who effectively challenges government actions.”
Greenwald praises Bradley Manning who “has bestowed the world with multiple vital benefits. But as his court martial finally reaches its conclusion, one likely to result in the imposition of a long prison term, it appears his greatest gift is this window into America’s political soul.”

The window into America’s political soul reveals total evil. The US government constitutes Satan’s Chosen People. Nothing else can be said for those who rule and oppress us.

Top 10 Most Influential Whistleblowers

This article first appeared at Paul Craig Roberts’ new website Institute For Political Economy.  Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following.