Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Elder on Wall Street: "There Will Be Violence, Mark My Words." | AlterNet

Elder on Wall Street: "There Will Be Violence, Mark My Words." | AlterNet: Michael Thomas' ominous reflections on 75 years of life as American, in which he worked on Wall Street and saw all of his assumptions about his country undone:

Glenn Greenwald: The Real Reason the GOP Primary Is a Pathetic, Incompetent Clown Show | | AlterNet

Glenn Greenwald: The Real Reason the GOP Primary Is a Pathetic, Incompetent Clown Show | | AlterNet: How do you scorn a president as a far-left socialist when he has stuffed his administration with Wall Street executives, had his last campaign funded by them, governed as a "centrist Republican", and presided over booming corporate profits even while the rest of the nation suffered economically?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

 Better than Obama: Why the Establishment is Terrified of Ron Paul : Information Clearing House

 Better than Obama: Why the Establishment is Terrified of Ron Paul : Information Clearing House: There are plenty of things wrong with Ron Paul, but the charge of racism doesn’t hold up very well, and in any case, it's a charge that can be leveled equally against most of the rest of the nation’s white political leaders, and is hardly a disqualifier, judging by the people who currently hold high office in Washington, not to mention state governments. As for his anti-Israel stance and his isolationist foreign policy, these are both positives and could end up winning him votes in an honest national presidential race--if we still have such things here in America.

SNL Writer Who Committed Suicide (?) Was a Strong Critic of Israel and Fan of What Really Happened « Revolt of the Plebs

SNL Writer Who Committed Suicide (?) Was a Strong Critic of Israel and Fan of What Really Happened « Revolt of the Plebs: Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL) writer Joe Bodolai was found dead Monday afternoon in a cheap Los Angeles motel room, and police have thus far ruled the death to be suicide after finding a bottle of Gatorade and a bottle of anti-freeze close to his body.

Monday, December 26, 2011

PressTV - Qatar to overthrow Saudi regime: clip

PressTV - Qatar to overthrow Saudi regime: clip: The Saudi Arabian monarchy will be overthrown by Qatar very soon, a leaked confidential conversation by Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al Thani has revealed.

Sayanim — Israeli Operatives in the U.S. | Veterans Today

Sayanim — Israeli Operatives in the U.S. | Veterans Today: Americans know that something fundamental is amiss. They sense—rightly—that they are being misled no matter which political party does the leading.

Obama's abysmal record on civil liberties | Mehdi Hasan | Comment is free | The Guardian

Obama's abysmal record on civil liberties | Mehdi Hasan | Comment is free | The Guardian: But this isn't about the president's political incompetence or abject weakness. It is, above all, yet another example of Obama's refusal to stand up for civil liberties and the rule of law.

Siobhan Reynolds, RIP | The Agitator

Siobhan Reynolds, RIP | The Agitator: I’m saddened to learn this morning that Siobhan Reynolds was killed over the weekend in a plane crash.

Deputies Give Marijuana Back To Dispensary Under Court Order - Toke of the Town

Deputies Give Marijuana Back To Dispensary Under Court Order - Toke of the Town: Deputies returned two pounds of seized cannabis to a California dispensary on Friday after a court ruled that the marijuana had been improperly confiscated.

Imagine! - YouTube

Armed Chinese Troops in Texas! - YouTube

NATO fears resurgent Germany, Russia – Rogozin — RT

NATO fears resurgent Germany, Russia – Rogozin — RT: "We have scrutinized the agreement the Americans have signed with the Romanians [on the deployment of US interceptor missiles in Romania in the construction of the European missile defense],” the former NATO envoy said. “The Romanians may think they are important interception missile operators but even the base commander, a Romanian serviceman, has the right to enter only the lobby.”

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Greg Palast » My Declaration of War on Christmas

Greg Palast » My Declaration of War on Christmas: merica's problem seems to be that it can only be cruel 364 days a year. Christmas is that time of year when the United States of Scrooge takes a vacation from heartless profiteering and the nasty joy Americans get, that "I'm-not-one-of-those-losers" frisson.

OpEdNews - Article: Japan's Slaughter Takes No Holiday

OpEdNews - Article: Japan's Slaughter Takes No Holiday: Somewhere off the coast of Antarctica, in the storm-lashed, iceberg-ridden vastness of the Southern Ocean, the biggest, wildest place left in the world, the Japanese fleet is shooting whales with explosive-tipped harpoons, winching them out of the ocean still alive and screaming, electrocuting them, processing the meat for commercial sale to the Japanese public, and claiming that it is all in the interests of science.

David Icke Says Enough! - YouTube

David Icke Says Enough! - YouTube

Cash is trash: Big American Brother gives hints on how to spot citizen terrorists — RT

Cash is trash: Big American Brother gives hints on how to spot citizen terrorists — RT: Do you own flashlights? Or pay with cash instead of a credit card? And do grocery shopping for the week? I do. You probably do – and guess what, according to the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, that could make both of us terrorists.

I am sorry for the role I played in Fallujah | Ross Caputi | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

I am sorry for the role I played in Fallujah | Ross Caputi | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: What we did to Fallujah cannot be undone, and I see no point in attacking the people in my former unit. What I want to attack are the lies and false beliefs. I want to destroy the prejudices that prevented us from putting ourselves in the other's shoes and asking ourselves what we would have done if a foreign army invaded our country and laid siege to our city.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Christmas War on Atheism: What's the Religious Right Whining About When It's Really Non-Believers Who Are Under Attack? | | AlterNet

The Christmas War on Atheism: What's the Religious Right Whining About When It's Really Non-Believers Who Are Under Attack? | | AlterNet: It’s that time of year when, if you tune into Fox News or right-wing talk radio, you’re sure to hear the phrase “war on Christmas” repeated ad infinitum. Perhaps you’ve also seen Rick Perry’s new war on Christmas ad, which gives the added gift of rabid homophobia, while absurdly accusing President Barack Obama of leading a war on religion.

Inside Iran: Rick Steves' Travel Journal

Inside Iran: Rick Steves' Travel Journal: We produced the TV show to understand and humanize Iran. I've written this to share my personal experiences, lessons learned, and opinions that were shaped by my trip. And it's your chance to wander with me behind-the-scenes in this rich, perplexing society. I hope you enjoy this journal, and the TV show.

American's Journey: Ron Paul attacked by CNN: The ENTIRE interview surfaces...

American's Journey: Ron Paul attacked by CNN: The ENTIRE interview surfaces...: Now we get the WHOLE TRUTH - not the usual half-truths - lies by omission we are so used to from our "mainstream" "journalists" tasked with convincing you that YOU REALLY DON'T LOVE RON PAUL - RIGHT RIGHT?

Friday, December 23, 2011

OpEdNews - Article: One Jew's Christmas

OpEdNews - Article: One Jew's Christmas: Right wing commentators at Fox News are in their final week of what has become a holiday tradition of claiming there is a "War on Christmas." The lies and distortions told by these Shepherds of Deceit, and parroted by their unchallenging flock of followers, proves that at least in this manufactured war, truth is the first victim.

OWS Fights Back Against Police Surveillance by Launching "Occucopter" Citizen Drone | | AlterNet

OWS Fights Back Against Police Surveillance by Launching "Occucopter" Citizen Drone | | AlterNet: The police may soon be watching you in your garden picking your vegetables or your bottom. As police plans for increasing unmanned aerial surveillance take shape, there is a new twist. Private citizens can now buy their own surveillance drones to watch the police.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

PressTV - Venezuela helps US poor's with energy

PressTV - Venezuela helps US poor's with energy: Venezuela has launched its energy assistance program for the seventh consecutive year, which helps poor Americans to pay for their home heating oil during the winter, Press TV reports.

Un-Patriotic? Secret US missile cargo bound for S. Korea busted — RT

Un-Patriotic? Secret US missile cargo bound for S. Korea busted — RT: A ship heading to South Korea and China from Germany has been impounded in a Finnish port after a shipment of dozens of American Patriot anti-aircraft missiles and explosives was found aboard.

OpEdNews - Article: Pvt. Manning and Imperative of Truth

OpEdNews - Article: Pvt. Manning and Imperative of Truth: When I was asked to speak at Saturday's rally at Fort Meade in support of Pvt. Bradley Manning, I wondered how I might provide some context around what Manning is alleged to have done.

Ny Times Op-Ed: To End Ridiculous Pot Arrests, Jurors Should Refuse to Convict Marijuana Arrestees (And Can Do So Legally) | AlterNet

Ny Times Op-Ed: To End Ridiculous Pot Arrests, Jurors Should Refuse to Convict Marijuana Arrestees (And Can Do So Legally) | AlterNet: Paul Butler, a former federal prosecutor and law professor at George Washington University, has an idea to help everyday Americans stand-up against the harsh marijuana laws most of them do not support: "If you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote 'not guilty'

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

  A Better World’s In Birth (Maybe)  David Michael Green : Information Clearing House

  A Better World’s In Birth (Maybe)      : Information Clearing House: Somebody (I wish it had been me) recently described Newt Gingrich as “a dumb person’s idea of what a smart person sounds like”, and boy is that ever the truth. He might also be understood as an amoral sociopath’s idea of what a good person sounds like. You can get just about everything you need to know about Gingrich from this one exchange between him and Wife Number Two (of three, and counting) in an Esquire feature published last year:

Russian navy in Syria: Thorn in US side — RT

Russian navy in Syria: Thorn in US side — RT

US officials were 'threatening' after Osama raid: Husain Haqqani - World - DNA

US officials were 'threatening' after Osama raid: Husain Haqqani - World - DNA: Describing his stint in Washington as a "thankless assignment", Pakistan's former envoy to the US Husain Haqqani on Tuesday said American officials were "intransigent and even threatening" after the May 2 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Alan Hart:   America’s Growing Isolation:Information Clearing House

Alan Hart:   America’s Growing Isolation       : Information Clearing House: Israel’s response as delivered by Karean Peretz, spokeswoman for Israel’s UN Mission, included this: “The main obstacle to peace, has been, and remains, the Palestinians’ claim to the so-called right of return and its refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state,”
That, too, is Zionist propaganda nonsense of the highest order.
Israel is not a Jewish state. How could it be when about a quarter of its citizens are Arabs and mainly Muslims? Israel could only be a Jewish state after it had resorted to a final round of ethnic cleansing. Israel is a Zionist state.

  Not so much of the Shock and Awe By Pubali Ray Chaudhuri: Information Clearing House

    Not so much of the Shock and Awe:    : Information Clearing House: Not so much of the Shock and Awe: How an American born outside the U.S. responds to the NADA

   The New Breed of Hero     : Information Clearing House

   The New Breed of Hero     : Information Clearing House: The United States has done a remarkable job over the years convincing you that the folks in law enforcement are here for no other reason then to "protect and serve." The words sound honorable and are meant to instill trust and confidence. You see this worn out, duplicitous motto emblazoned across every squad car in every small town across America. But it has become just another slogan that means nothing at all any longer.

Monday, December 19, 2011

12/17/11 Statement from Leonard Peltier: From Behind the Iron Door - TheBlackList Pub

12/17/11 Statement from Leonard Peltier: From Behind the Iron Door - TheBlackList Pub

A withdrawal without glory or honor - English pravda.ru

A withdrawal without glory or honor - English pravda.ru: The people, more than anything, feel exhausted from the blood tribute that each generation is obligated to offer. There is no glory in wars against defenseless people, and almost always peaceful, in the name of this or that, but always caused by the interests the looters and plunderers of the wealth of others.

Israeli woman refuses ultra-Orthodox dictate to move to back of bus - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Israeli woman refuses ultra-Orthodox dictate to move to back of bus - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News: A woman passenger on a public bus from Ashdod to Jerusalem Friday was told by an ultra-Orthodox male passenger to move to the back of the bus. The man held the door of the bus open and would not allow it to move for approximately 30 minutes.

 Did You Have Any Idea? John Pilger -Information Clearing House

:Information Clearing House

DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA? - with John PILGER from CaTV on Vimeo.

On the Dark Side in Al Doura - A Soldier in the Shadows on Vimeo

On the Dark Side in Al Doura - A Soldier in the Shadows on Vimeo

On the Dark Side in Al Doura - A Soldier in the Shadows from Pulse TV & Maverick Media on Vimeo.

  New Photos Released of Iraq Atrocity, With Documents and Video :  Information Clearing House

  New Photos Released of Iraq Atrocity, With Documents and Video :  Information Clearing House: Every American should read this letter:

Robin Koerner: If You Love Peace, Become a "Blue Republican" (Just for a Year)

Robin Koerner: If You Love Peace, Become a "Blue Republican" (Just for a Year): The world lost its goodwill toward the USA when Americans voted for George W. Bush the second time around.

Native American Youth to Diane Sawyer: We’re Not Poverty Porn - COLORLINES

Native American Youth to Diane Sawyer: We’re Not Poverty Porn - COLORLINES: Last month ABC’s 20/20 aired a special they called “Children of the Plains,” that portrayed the Lakota Indian reservation as a place that only dealt with crime, unemployment, alcoholism, overcrowded trailers and crumbling schools.

On Monday, young Native American students from Rosebud, South Dakota released a short video that challenged the claims made by “Children of the plains.”

Sunday, December 18, 2011

OpEdNews - Article: War Without End, Amen: The Reality of America's Aggression Against Iraq by Chris Floyd

OpEdNews - Article: War Without End, Amen: The Reality of America's Aggression Against Iraq: He spoke of suffering, he spoke of sacrifice, he spoke of loss and enduring pain -- but only for the Americans involved in the unprovoked war of aggression, and their families. He did not say a single word -- not one -- about the thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of Iraqis killed by this "fulfilled mission," this "extraordinary achievement," this "success." These human beings -- these sons and daughters, fathers, mothers, kinfolk, lovers, friends -- cannot be acknowledged. They cannot be perceived. It must be as if they had never existed. It must be as if they are not dead now.

Thomas Drake- Veteran, Whistleblower at the National Security Agency b.

Thomas Drake: "As a student of history and politics, I firmly believe that we have reached a breaking point in this country, when the government violates and erodes our very privacy and precious freedoms in the name of national security and then hides it behind the convenient label of secrecy.
This is not the America I took an oath to support and defend in my career. This is not the America I learned about while growing up in Texas and Vermont. This is not the America we are supposed to be."

Shocking Video: 'Blue bra' girl brutally beaten by Egypt military - YouTube

Shocking Video: 'Blue bra' girl brutally beaten by Egypt military - YouTube

Battlefield America: Is Gitmo in Your Future? | | AlterNet

Battlefield America: Is Gitmo in Your Future? | | AlterNet: Ambiguous but alarming new wording, which is tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and was just passed by the Senate, is reminiscent of the “extraordinary measures” introduced by the Nazis after they took power in 1933.

OpEdNews - Article: Pigs, cows, and chickens are the 99 percent, says animal rights activist

OpEdNews - Article: Pigs, cows, and chickens are the 99 percent, says animal rights activist: " Mercy For Animals is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. We encourage consumers to open their hearts and minds, and widen their circle of compassion beyond family, friends and their beloved companion animals to include all animals," Von Alt said.

Friday, December 16, 2011

No Country for Innocent Men: Information Clearing House By Beth Schwartzapfel

   :  Information Clearing House: The tale of Tim Cole and Jerry Johnson, which I investigated for more than a year, reveals a system in which an innocent man, once convicted, has virtually no chance of redemption—even with the guilty man fighting for it. For the thousands of Americans spending years of their lives in prison for crimes they did not commit, the odds couldn't be much bleaker.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Obama's "Twisted Version of American Exceptionalism" Laid Bare | Truthout

Obama's "Twisted Version of American Exceptionalism" Laid Bare | Truthout: President Barack Obama would like the world to know that the US can do whatever it damn well pleases, thank you very much.

Marines Promoted Inflated Story for Medal of Honor Recipient | Truthout

Marines Promoted Inflated Story for Medal of Honor Recipient | Truthout: Sworn statements by Meyer and others who participated in the battle indicate that he didn’t save the lives of 13 U.S. service members, leave his vehicle to scoop up 24 Afghans on his first two rescue runs or lead the final push to retrieve the four dead Americans. Moreover, it’s unclear from the documents whether Meyer disobeyed orders when he entered the Ganjgal Valley on Sept. 8, 2009.

President Obama has been a disaster for civil liberties - latimes.com

President Obama has been a disaster for civil liberties - latimes.com: With the 2012 presidential election before us, the country is again caught up in debating national security issues, our ongoing wars and the threat of terrorism. There is one related subject, however, that is rarely mentioned: civil liberties.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Action Alert: Stop Bigots From Pressuring Advertisers For TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ - Muslim Public Affairs Council

Action Alert: Stop Bigots From Pressuring Advertisers For TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ - Muslim Public Affairs Council: Here is a list of companies that FFA claims to have succeeded in convincing to cancel their advertising. MPAC calls upon these companies to respond to these claims. This level of hostility towards the Muslim American community should not be tolerated. Silence in this case is irresponsible and tantamount to sanctioning bigotry.

Russell Simmons Joins the Calls to Boycott Lowe's | Care2 Causes

Russell Simmons Joins the Calls to Boycott Lowe's | Care2 Causes: Entertainment mogul Russell Simmons has stepped into the controversy about home improvement chain Lowe’s withdrawing its ads from TLC’s reality TV show All-American Muslim due to pressure from a right-wing Christian group, the Florida Family Association (FFA). Simmons has bought up all the ad space that Lowe’s gave up. New York Magazine quotes his announcement on Twitter that “The show is now sold out!” and “keep your money @lowes and we will keep ours.”

Monday, December 12, 2011

Land of the Free, Home of the Hungry   :  Information Clearing House

Land of the Free, Home of the Hungry   :  Information Clearing House: This is no marginal group, no handful of unfortunates and ne'er-do-wells in a time of crisis. Indeed, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, food insecurity is a common, growing and enduring problem. According to Gallup polling, one in five Americans reported not having enough money to buy food in the past 12 months – the highest level since the month Barack Obama was elected. Around the country, food banks are feeling the pinch of market forces: as poverty climbs, demand is rising and supply is falling as people who would have donated have less left to spare.

Hillary Clinton and Internet Freedom - Salon.com By Glenn Greenwald

Hillary Clinton and Internet Freedom - Salon.com: What Hillary Clinton is condemning here is exactly that which not only the administration in which she serves, but also she herself, has done in one of the most important Internet freedom cases of the last decade: WikiLeaks. And beyond that case, both Clinton specifically and the Obama administration generally have waged a multi-front war on Internet freedom.

OpEdNews - Article: Developing Story: Hundreds of US-NATO Soldiers Arrive & Begin Operations on the Jordan-Syria Border

OpEdNews - Article: Developing Story: Hundreds of US-NATO Soldiers Arrive & Begin Operations on the Jordan-Syria Border: According to first-hand accounts and reports provided to Boiling Frogs Post by several sources in Jordan, during the last few hours foreign military groups, estimated at hundreds of individuals, began to spread near the villages of the north-Jordan city of "Al-Mafraq", which is adjacent to the Jordanian and Syrian border.

Obama Administration Continues to Abuse State Secrets Privilege to Cover Up Misdeeds | | AlterNet

Obama Administration Continues to Abuse State Secrets Privilege to Cover Up Misdeeds | | AlterNet: Because it turned out that claims about national security were often an excuse to prevent us from seeing our government engaged in unethical, unconstitutional and, sometimes, illegal practices.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Activist Post: Police State Mercenaries Ruin More Lives than They Protect by J.G. Vibes

Activist Post: Police State Mercenaries Ruin More Lives than They Protect: The sheer arrogance and hubris exhorted by the mercenaries that were holding me and several others hostage. This language might be a bit strong for some, but I feel that I’m describing the situation quite accurately.

Friday, December 9, 2011

BOMBSHELL: US Caught Meddling in Russian Elections!by Tony Cartalucci

BOMBSHELL: US Caught Meddling in Russian Elections!: What would Americans say if they found their polling stations and certain political parties entirely infiltrated by Chinese money, Chinese observers, and Chinese-backed candidates promoting China's interests in an AMERICAN election? The answer ranges from incarceration, to trials featuring charges ranging from fraud, to sedition and even treason with sentences ranging from decades to life in prison, perhaps even death, as well as possible military action for what could easily be considered an act of war.

Family Guy writer is arrested during Occupy LA protest. His account of the arrest makes for a harrowing read

Refreshing News: Family Guy writer is arrested during Occupy LA protest. His account of the arrest makes for a harrowing read: My name is Patrick Meighan, and I’m a husband, a father, a writer on the Fox animated sitcom “Family Guy”, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica.

Monday, December 5, 2011

USrael and Iran: By William Blum   :  Information Clearing House

USrael and Iran: By William Blum   :  Information Clearing House: I wonder if this sense of exceptionalism has been embedded anywhere more deeply than in the United States, where it is drilled into every cell and ganglion of American consciousness from kindergarten on. If we measure the degree of indoctrination (I'll resist the temptation to use the word "brainwashing") of a population as the gap between what the people believe their government has done in the world and what the actual (very sordid) facts are, the American people are clearly the most indoctrinated people on the planet.

Russia downgrades relations with Qatar over attack on ambassador | Russia | RIA Novosti

Russia downgrades relations with Qatar over attack on ambassador | Russia | RIA Novosti: Russia will downgrade its diplomatic relations with Qatar following an attack on the Russian ambassador by customs officers at Doha airport, the Foreign Ministry said on its website on Monday.

 Glenn Greenwald:  George Orwell on the Evil Iranian Menace :  Information Clearing House

 Glenn Greenwald:  George Orwell on the Evil Iranian Menace :  Information Clearing House: In the past decade, the U.S. and/or Israel have invaded, air attacked, and/or occupied Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (to say nothing of the creation of a worldwide torture regime, a system of “black site” prisons around the world to which people were disappeared, and a due-process-free detention camp in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean where many people remain encaged for almost a full decade without charges).

Where Were You When They Crucified My Movement? | Truthout

Where Were You When They Crucified My Movement? | Truthout: Chris Hedges gave an abbreviated version of this talk Saturday morning in Liberty Square in New York City as part of an appeal to Trinity Church to turn over to the Occupy Wall Street movement an empty lot, known as Duarte Square, that the church owns at Canal Street and 6th Avenue.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

20 Ways the Obama Administration Has Intruded on Your Rights | | AlterNet

20 Ways the Obama Administration Has Intruded on Your Rights | | AlterNet: The Obama administration has affirmed, continued and expanded almost all of the draconian domestic civil liberties intrusions pioneered under the Bush administration. Here are twenty examples of serious assaults on the domestic rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, the right to privacy, the right to a fair trial, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience that have occurred since the Obama administration has assumed power.

OpEdNews - Page 2 of Article: How is that Packing for Guantanamo Coming? Primary Obama in the GOP

OpEdNews - Page 2 of Article: How is that Packing for Guantanamo Coming? Primary Obama in the GOP: We, the grass roots Democrats, have begged our leaders to challenge Obama, but they are either distracted by dirty tricks aimed at removing their Congressional districts or by their own lack of certain organs required for giving them courage.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

2 Shocking Attacks on Atheism -- And How Atheists Fought Back | | AlterNet

2 Shocking Attacks on Atheism -- And How Atheists Fought Back | | AlterNet: Two recent events in the news illustrate this bigotry vividly. In the first, a billboard company in Ohio rejected an atheist billboard campaign -- at the last minute, the week before the billboards were scheduled to go up, after weeks of extensive discussion and planning with no hint of trouble -- because the atheist content was deemed "obscene, unnecessarily offensive and/or not in the best interests of the community at large."

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Quick History « Jessica Ahlquist

A Quick History « Jessica Ahlquist: We may be young, but we do have voices. As students, atheists, and Americans, we must defend our rights. This country and all of the beautiful liberties it has were not given to us by God. They were fought for relentlessly by heroes who understood equality and the need for a wall between church and state.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

No Thanks to Thanksgiving | | AlterNet

No Thanks to Thanksgiving | | AlterNet: We should atone for the genocide that was incited -- and condoned -- by the very men we idolize as our 'heroic' founding fathers.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

US pushing UN to lift ban on cluster bombs, say campaigners | World news | The Guardian

US pushing UN to lift ban on cluster bombs, say campaigners | World news | The Guardian: The use of cluster bombs will be given backing under plans being drawn up at an international treaty conference, according to opponents of the weapons which maim and kill civilians, notably children, long after they have been dropped.

Torture's Future - NYTimes.com

Torture's Future - NYTimes.com: As a candidate in 2008, President Obama stated categorically, “We’ll reject torture — without exception or equivocation.” During his first month in office, he made good on his pledge, signing an executive order prohibiting torture or inhumane treatment. There is no reason to doubt that the order has been followed. This was a huge step forward for the United States.

Why Do Liberals Keep Sanitizing the Obama Story? - Conor Friedersdorf - Politics - The Atlantic

Why Do Liberals Keep Sanitizing the Obama Story? - Conor Friedersdorf - Politics - The Atlantic: Telling the story of Obama's first term without including any of it is a shocking failure of liberalism. It's akin to conservatism's unforgivable myopia and apologia during the Bush Administration. Are liberals really more discontented with Obama's failure to reverse the Bush tax cuts than the citizen death warrants he is signing? Is his ham-handed handling of the debt-ceiling really more worthy of mention than the illegal war he waged? Is his willingness to sign deficit reduction that cuts entitlement spending more objectionable than the fact that he outsourced drone strikes to a CIA that often didn't even know the names of the people it was killing?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Middle East propaganda 101 | NYTimes eXaminer by Glenn Greenwald

Middle East propaganda 101 | NYTimes eXaminer: When it comes to American propaganda about the Middle East, this New York Times article — detailing U.S. plans to bolster its influence in the region after it “withdraws” from Iraq — is a masterpiece. Here’s the crux of the new American strategy and its ostensible rationale:

The New Abu Ghraib – in pictures | Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

The New Abu Ghraib – in pictures | Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Protester, Arrested and Jailed for 30 Hours, Tells Her Story for the First Time | | AlterNet

Occupy Wall Street Protester, Arrested and Jailed for 30 Hours, Tells Her Story for the First Time | | AlterNet: On Saturday, October 15, I went to Washington Square Park to take a closer look at the Occupy Wall Street movement. There were many young people who could be my children or rather grandchildren, but many older people, too, all generations united, it seemed, under the banner: "We are the 99 percent."

Friday, October 28, 2011

General Strike: November 28, 2011!

General Strike: November 28, 2011!

OpEdNews - Article: Americans: Awash In Spin

OpEdNews - Article: Americans: Awash In Spin: I have come to the conclusion that Big Brother's subjects in George Orwell's 1984 are better informed than Americans.

The Real Reason Obama Is Sending US Troops To Uganda - TheBlackList Pub

The Real Reason Obama Is Sending US Troops To Uganda - TheBlackList Pub: Call me a cynic but it makes sense Obama would send troops into Uganda now that they have discovered oil there; especially as the US moves to secure all the continent’s resources and prevent the Chinese from gaining another toe hold in Africa. This is how they roll. To keep us inthe dark and make us fall for their okey-doke they tell us some cock and bull story about going after a “bad guy” who they armed and supported for twenty-five years. It’s the same ol’ same ol’ only this time its being done by a “black” president

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Asia Times Online :: THE ROVING EYE : How the West won Libya

Asia Times Online :: THE ROVING EYE : How the West won LibyaThey are fighting over the carcass as vultures. The French Ministry of Defense said they got him with a Rafale fighter jet firing over his convoy. The Pentagon said they got him with a Predator firing a Hellfire missile.

Meet the 0.01 Percent: War Profiteers - YouTube

Meet the 0.01 Percent: War Profiteers - YouTube

WikiLeaks payments blockade sets dangerous precedent | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

WikiLeaks payments blockade sets dangerous precedent | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | guardian.co.ukThe cowardice of the payment systems, not to mention their hypocrisy, is a disgrace as well. Then again, we don't expect much better from financial institutions at this point. But we have to recognise their power. They have become the de facto method of consumer commerce in the new century. That is why we need to start seeing these commerce systems more as what American telecommunications law calls "common carriers" – organisations that are required to transmit information, in return having immunity from responsibility for what is contained in the messages. A phone company is a common carrier. If users plan a bank robbery over the phone, they, not the carrier, can be prosecuted.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Media And The US | Opinion Maker

Media And The US | Opinion Maker: First treated as a major national security and terrorism-related incident, the early morning break-in of the Bexar County Court House in San Antonio, Texas on October 19 by five French passport bearers is now being relegated by the corporate media to a prank.

Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot-2003

Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot: The report said that once the necessary degree of fear had been created, frontier incidents and border clashes would be staged to provide a pretext for Iraqi and Jordanian military intervention. Syria had to be "made to appear as the sponsor of plots, sabotage and violence directed against neighbouring governments," the report says. "CIA and SIS should use their capabilities in both the psychological and action fields to augment tension." That meant operations in Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, taking the form of "sabotage, national conspiracies and various strong-arm activities" to be blamed on Damascus.

WikiLeaks cables and the Iraq War - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

WikiLeaks cables and the Iraq War - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com: That description from CNN of the cable’s contents is, unsurprisingly, diluted to the point of obfuscation. That cable was released by WikiLeaks in May, 2011, and, as McClatchy put it at the time, “provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi.”

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A World United for Human Rights | Intifada Palestine

A World United for Human Rights | Intifada Palestine: Today the American people, in concert with their brothers and sisters around the world, proclaim the rights to which they are entitled by birth and citizenship, by Constitutional law and Proclamation, and by membership in the collective body of nations that has universalized recognition of these rights for all humanity. And today, in cities and hamlets across this nation, and in many nations around the world, people gather in peace to demand of their governments recognition of these rights that have been abrogated by the few and denied to many.

OpEdNews - Article: On The "death' Of Mumar Gaddafi

OpEdNews - Article: On The "death' Of Mumar Gaddafi: The hypocrisy and lies around the alleged death of Gaddafi have gone too far, for me at least. I find it hard to stomach the statements by Western leaders about Gaddafi's "crimes' as they gloat over the televised brutal murder of some guy in Libya.

Atheists in Foxholes | Care2 Causes

Atheists in Foxholes | Care2 Causes: From getting camouflage-bound Bibles at pre-deployment briefings to the seemingly obligatory prayer before every ceremony or conference; from “go see the chaplain” orders for a stressed out soldier, to proselytizing commanding officers – you would be forgiven for assuming that everyone in the military is a Christian or at least a believer in a theist religion. That assumption is another one of the stereotypes that many civilians have of the military – and it is also one that isn’t a hundred percent true.

Friday, October 21, 2011

‘High-class terrorists running US, UK and France’ — RT

‘High-class terrorists running US, UK and France’ — RT

   Lion of Africa Killed in Combat :  Information Clearing House By Gerald A. Perreira

   Lion of Africa Killed in Combat :  Information Clearing House: Today, Friday October 21st, our beloved Brother Leader and one of the world’s greatest freedom fighters, revolutionary pan-Africanist, Muammar Al Qaddafi was martyred in combat by the North Atlantic Tribes, organized under the banner of NATO, bolstered by the Arab sheikhdoms, including Al Jazeera’s boss, the Emir of Qatar, the pseudo Islamic House of Saud and the US’s own hideous creation, Al Qaeda. These North Atlantic Tribes constitute the same forces that have murdered our leaders, invaded our lands and plundered and ransacked our resources for more than 500 years. Muammar Qaddafi bravely stood against them all, making his last stand today, after a lifetime of struggle, in Sirte.

 How the West won Libya :By Pepe Escobar  :   Information Clearing House

 How the West won Libya :By Pepe Escobar  :   Information Clearing House: Gaddafi would have been a most inconvenient guest of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, as he would have relished recalling all the hand-kissing, the warm embraces and the juicy deals the West was begging to clinch after he was promoted from "Mad Dog" (Ronald Reagan) to "our bastard". He would also relish detailing all the shady backgrounds of those opportunists now posing as "revolutionaries" and "democrats".

  Gaddafi: A Revolutionary Spirit  :  Information Clearing House

  Gaddafi: A Revolutionary Spirit  :  Information Clearing House: Qaddhafi could have got on a flight to Cuba; his friend Hugo Chavez of Venezuela would have been happy to send him a private jet so Qaddhafi could save himself. Instead, he honorably chose to send the women of his family to safety while he stayed with his sons and fought NATO and the Wahhabi gangs.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bizarre: Woman Roughed Up, Arrested for Reciting the Constitution During TSA Inspection | AlterNet

Bizarre: Woman Roughed Up, Arrested for Reciting the Constitution During TSA Inspection | AlterNet: I pass a camera crew filming the ticket counter. I stop and consider telling them what I am about to do, but decide against it. They probably won't care. Instead, I wheel my baggage to the security area.

The Son of Africa Claims a Continent’s Crown Jewels    :  Information Clearing House

The Son of Africa Claims a Continent’s Crown Jewels    :  Information Clearing House: October 19, 2011 "Information Clearing House" -- On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only “engage” for “self-defence”, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

TheAlyonaShow's Channel - YouTube

TheAlyonaShow's Channel - YouTube

Foreign Troops on American Soil! - Please MIRROR! - YouTube

Foreign Troops on American Soil! - Please MIRROR! - YouTube

John Pilger - Civil disobedience is the only way now - YouTube

John Pilger - Civil disobedience is the only way now - YouTube

Panetta to Netanyahu: ‘Israel may not survive the current Arab/Islamic awakening’ | Foreign Policy Journal

Panetta to Netanyahu: ‘Israel may not survive the current Arab/Islamic awakening’ | Foreign Policy Journal: President Obama sent Panetta to engage in frank discussions which included the White House displeasure at Netanyahu’s repeated humiliation of the President over the past 18 months and Israeli threats to cut off Jewish aid to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign

OpEdNews - Article: Noise

OpEdNews - Article: Noise: The military has been murdering innocent people around the globe for as long as I can remember. When in my lifetime did the American Military defend the freedom of United States citizens? Which citizens from what nation threatened our freedoms to the extent we had to go over there and kill them? The Vietnamese? The Iraqis? Who?

Mr. President, We Believe Holder Lied on Iran Terror

Mr. President, We Believe Holder Lied on Iran Terror

Activist Post: Pepe Escobar: Iranian plot was an inside job (Video)

Activist Post: Pepe Escobar: Iranian plot was an inside job (Video)

I AM NOT MOVING - Short Film - Occupy Wall Street - YouTube

I AM NOT MOVING - Short Film - Occupy Wall Street - YouTube

OpEdNews - Article: Wall Street Protests- Senator Bernie Sanders

OpEdNews - Article: Wall Street Protestshe Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are shining a light on one of the most serious problems facing the United States -- the greed and power of Wall Street. Now is the time for the American people to demand that the president and Congress follow that light -- and act. The future of our economy is at stake.

OpEdNews - Article: The Suicide of Liberty-Paul Craig Roberts

OpEdNews - Article: The Suicide of Liberty: The transformation of the US into a police state has been achieved quickly and with scant protest. Congress and the courts are silent. The media is silent, as are the law schools and bar associations. Out of 535 US Senators and Representatives, only Ron Paul has protested the destruction of liberty.

OpEdNews - Article: Iran Falsely Charged with Fake Terror Plot

OpEdNews - Article: Iran Falsely Charged with Fake Terror Plot: US media scoundrels regurgitate official lies and suppress vital truths. New York Times writers and commentators play lead roles. The latest alleged plot is laughable on its face. But it's headline news across America, including on The Times' front page, saying "US Accuses Iranians of Plotting to Kill Saudi Envoy."

The “very scary” Iranian Terror plot - Salon.com-Glenn Greenwald

The “very scary” Iranian Terror plot - Salon.com: The most difficult challenge in writing about the Iranian Terror Plot unveiled yesterday is to take it seriously enough to analyze it. Iranian Muslims in the Quds Force sending marauding bands of Mexican drug cartel assassins onto sacred American soil to commit Terrorism — against Saudi Arabia and possibly Israel — is what Bill Kristol and John Bolton would feverishly dream up while dropping acid and madly cackling at the possibility that they could get someone to believe it.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Iranian Terror Plot: Fake, Fake, Fake by Justin Raimondo -- Antiwar.com

Iranian Terror Plot: Fake, Fake, Fake by Justin Raimondo -- Antiwar.com: This is another one of US law enforcement’s manufactured “anti-terrorist” triumphs, where the feds set somebody up, fabricate a “crime” out of thin air, and then proceed to “solve” a case that never really existed to begin with. This has been the general pattern of our “anti-terrorist” operations in the US since the beginning – because finding and catching real terrorists is much too hard, at least for our Keystone Kops. Instead of going out and actually, you know, looking for the Bad Guys, and then apprehending them, they lure some unsuspecting Muslim immigrant into a trap, and spring it when the time is right.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Bearer of Bad News, Ugly Truths &Uncomfortable Realities-Sibel Edmonds

The Bearer of Bad News, Ugly Truths &Uncomfortable Realities

Watch the video clip to see the unsanitized reality of war.

Why Corporate Elites Should Be Petrified of Occupy Wall Street | | AlterNet by Chris Hedges

Why Corporate Elites Should Be Petrified of Occupy Wall Street | | AlterNet: Ketchup, a petite 22-year-old from Chicago with wavy red hair and glasses with bright red frames, arrived in Zuccotti Park in New York on Sept. 17. She had a tent, a rolling suitcase, 40 dollars’ worth of food, the graphic version of Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” and a sleeping bag. She had no return ticket, no idea what she was undertaking, and no acquaintances among the stragglers who joined her that afternoon to begin the Wall Street occupation. She decided to go to New York after reading the Canadian magazine Adbusters, which called for the occupation, although she noted that when she got to the park Adbusters had no discernable presence.

NYTimes Sues The Federal Government For Refusing To Reveal Its Secret Interpretation Of The PATRIOT Act | Techdirt

NYTimes Sues The Federal Government For Refusing To Reveal Its Secret Interpretation Of The PATRIOT Act | Techdirt: Given all of this, reporter Charlie Savage of the NY Times filed a Freedom of Information Act request to find out the federal government's interpretation of its own law... and had it refused. According to the federal government, its own interpretation of the law is classified. What sort of democracy are we living in when the government can refuse to even say how it's interpreting its own law? That's not democracy at all.

Shame on AMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine | Welcome to the Alliance for Natural Health - USA

Shame on AMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine | Welcome to the Alliance for Natural Health - USA: Did you hear the breaking news last night—that multivitamins may shorten your life? Here’s how junk science from the AMA set off the media frenzy.

Is Atheist Money Too Controversial for the American Cancer Society? | | AlterNet

Is Atheist Money Too Controversial for the American Cancer Society? | | AlterNet: The American Cancer Society may have turned down a potential half-million dollar donation because it came from a non-theistic organization.

Chris Hedges Annihilates Wall Street Apologist Kevin O'Leary: "Did You Just Call Me A Left-Wing Nutbar?" - Home - The Daily Bail

Chris Hedges Annihilates Wall Street Apologist Kevin O'Leary: "Did You Just Call Me A Left-Wing Nutbar?" - Home - The Daily Bail

Monday, October 10, 2011

Geraldo flees ‘Occupy Wall St.’ as protesters chant, ‘Fox News lies!’ | The Raw Story

Geraldo flees ‘Occupy Wall St.’ as protesters chant, ‘Fox News lies!’ | The Raw Story

Robert Fisk: A President who is helpless in the face of Middle East reality - Robert Fisk, Commentators - The Independent

Robert Fisk: A President who is helpless in the face of Middle East reality - Robert Fisk, Commentators - The Independent: As usual, Hanan Ashrawi, the only eloquent Palestinian voice in New York this week, got it right. "I couldn't believe what I heard," she told Haaretz, that finest of Israeli newspapers. "It sounded as though the Palestinians were the ones occupying Israel. There wasn't one word of empathy for the Palestinians. He spoke only of the Israelis' troubles..." Too true. And as usual, the sanest Israeli journalists, in their outspoken condemnation of Obama, proved that the princes of American journalists were cowards. "The limp, unimaginative speech that US President Barack Obama delivered at the United Nations... reflects how helpless the American President is in the face of Middle East realities," Yael Sternhell wrote.

Russia Issues “Revolution Alert” For United States | EUTimes.net

Russia Issues “Revolution Alert” For United States | EUTimes.net: For the first time in nearly four-decades the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a “dire” travel alert for top officials, scientists and military officers travelling to the United States over fears the Obama regime is preparing to instigate a revolution for the purpose of their being able to hold on to power and complete the enslavement of the American people.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

OpEdNews - Article: Reporter and Occupy Wash DC Protesters Pepper Sprayed at National Air and Space Museum, But Protest Shuts it Down

OpEdNews - Article: Reporter and Occupy Wash DC Protesters Pepper Sprayed at National Air and Space Museum, But Protest Shuts it Down: When participants in a peaceful, non-violent march which departed from the Freedom Square Occupy Washington DC staging area attempted to enter the National Air and Space Museum, guards and police responded violently, throwing people to the ground, pepper-spraying a journalist and protesters so the doors outside were surrounded by people choking, wheezing, prostrated on the ground, eyes blinded or tearing from direct and indirect exposure to pepper spray.

The ‘getting’ of Assange and the smearing of a revolution-by John Pilger

The ‘getting’ of Assange and the smearing of a revolution: This Kafka-style justice awaits Assange whether or not Sweden decides to prosecute him. Last December, the Independent disclosed that the US and Sweden had already started talks on Assange's extradition.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Obama Admin Has No Proof Anwar Al Awlaki Was Involved In Terrorist Activity  :  Video

Obama Admin Has No Proof Anwar Al Awlaki Was Involved In Terrorist Activity  :  Video: This is disgraceful, horrendous and embarrassing.

 The crime of making Americans aware of their own history:   By William Blum

 The crime of making Americans aware of their own history:   By William Blum: Is history getting too close for comfort for the fragile little American heart and mind? Their schools and their favorite media have done an excellent job of keeping them ignorant of what their favorite country has done to the rest of the world, but lately some discomforting points of view have managed to find their way into this well-defended American consciousness.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Martial Law and the Authoritarian Follower -- Puppet Masters -- Sott.net

Martial Law and the Authoritarian Follower -- Puppet Masters -- Sott.net: Many observers of the Nazi takeover in 1933, and the Nazis themselves, emphasized the "peaceful" and "democratic" nature of the "German Revolution." In 1933, Germany did not crumble, there was no civil war, the army did not intervene, the trains ran on time, and there was no large scale violence accompanying Hitler's takeover. It was only after the Nazis were finally able to gain control of all the ministries and police headquarters throughout Germany that the campaign of terror began. Americans ought to sit up and take notice of this fact.

Al-Awlaki sibling claims Anwar is still alive | GroundReport

Al-Awlaki sibling claims Anwar is still alive | GroundReport: A man who said he is Ahmed al-Awlaki, the brother of the most-wanted U.S.-born terrorist in the world -- al- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar al-Awlaki -- telephoned the Chinese newspaper, Xinhua, and said Anwar is still alive and was not part of the targeted convoy hit by a unmanned U.S. drone on Thursday.

Obama Admin Refuses To Offer ANY Proof Anwar Al Awlaki Was Involved In Terrorist Activity - YouTube

Obama Admin Refuses To Offer ANY Proof Anwar Al Awlaki Was Involved In Terrorist Activity - YouTube

Friday, September 30, 2011

OpEdNews - Article: Is The War On Terror A Hoax?

OpEdNews - Article: Is The War On Terror A Hoax?: In the past decade, Washington has killed, maimed, dislocated, and made widows and orphans of millions of Muslims in six countries, all in the name of the "war on terror." Washington's attacks on the countries constitute naked aggression and impact primarily civilian populations and infrastructure and, thereby, constitute war crimes under law. Nazis were executed precisely for what Washington is doing today.

Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination | David Graeber | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination | David Graeber | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: The young people protesting in Wall Street and beyond reject this vain economic order. They have come to reclaim the future...

OpEdNews - Article: The Best Among Us; Join the Revolt On Wall Street or Stand On The Wrong Side of History-by Chris Hedges

OpEdNews - Article: The Best Among Us; Join the Revolt On Wall Street or Stand On The Wrong Side of History: There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler of a monstrous evil.

The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com: After several unsuccessful efforts to assassinate its own citizen, the U.S. succeeded today (and it was the U.S.). It almost certainly was able to find and kill Awlaki with the help of its long-time close friend President Saleh, who took a little time off from murdering his own citizens to help the U.S. murder its.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dick Cheney's Vancouver visit sparks protest - British Columbia - CBC News

Dick Cheney's Vancouver visit sparks protest - British Columbia - CBC News: "We hope to set an example that Cheney doesn't see Canada as a safe haven."

What's behind the scorn for the Wall Street protests? - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

What's behind the scorn for the Wall Street protests? - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com: It's unsurprising that establishment media outlets have been condescending, dismissive and scornful of the ongoing protests on Wall Street.

As Occupy Wall Street Gains Momentum, a Harsh Critic Recants in the Mainstream | AlterNet

As Occupy Wall Street Gains Momentum, a Harsh Critic Recants in the Mainstream | AlterNet: The Occupy Wall Street movement is gaining momentum. After disturbing, video-documented police brutality and 80 arrests at their march last Saturday, non-supporters and skeptics are being forced to notice a group for the people - the 99% - suffering without the wealth hoarded by the ultra-rich. Once facing a mainstream media blackout, the Occupy Wall Street movement is now up against a different obstacle - one that it seems to be overcoming.

Fired for a Blog Post? A State Department Employee Explains How Sharing a Link to WikiLeaks Lead to Interrogation | | AlterNet

Fired for a Blog Post? A State Department Employee Explains How Sharing a Link to WikiLeaks Lead to Interrogation | | AlterNet: On the same day that more than 250,000 unredacted State Department cables hemorrhaged out onto the Internet, I was interrogated for the first time in my 23-year State Department career by State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) and told I was under investigation for allegedly disclosing classified information. The evidence of my crime? A posting on my blog from the previous month that included a link to a WikiLeaks document already available elsewhere on the Web.

Observations of a Jailed Journalist | MetroFocus | THIRTEEN

Observations of a Jailed Journalist | MetroFocus | THIRTEEN: On Sept. 24, while working on a story about citizen journalism for my employer, I found myself arrested, along with many other people. My arrest gave me a unique vantage point on the risks and rewards of citizen journalists, those non-professionals who capture stories (usually without pay) using videos and images via portable technology like a cell phone camera. Anyone, even a passerby or a police officer can be a citizen journalist. That’s its power.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

TvNewsLIES.org-From The Land Beyond Beyond: Life After America

From The Land Beyond Beyond: Life After America: The myriad differences between The United States and Canada, most small, some huge, culminate in an odd sort of “culture shock” that resonates throughout the day. And with each noted difference … a mini-Twilight Zone episode.

Veterans Attempt Citizens Arrest of Rumsfeld in Boston | Video Cafe

Veterans Attempt Citizens Arrest of Rumsfeld in Boston | Video Cafe

Letter to Ban Ki-Moon : Information Clearing House News

 :   Information Clearing House News: September 26, 2011 "CatBirdsSeat" - -ED NOTE: On September 17, 2011 Hugo Chávez Frias, President of The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela sent the following letter to Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, to confirm the Venezuelan government’s support for the establishment of the State of Palestine. The Venezuelan president sent this letter as the 66th UN General Assembly votes on Palestinian statehood.

OpEdNews - Article: Neglect at Edgefield Federal Prison Causes Inmate to Lose Toes

OpEdNews - Article: Neglect at Edgefield Federal Prison Causes Inmate to Lose Toes: Background: For first-time readers, Gary White was a county commissioner in Jefferson County, Alabama. Good friends with Les Siegelman, he introduced Les's brother, [former] Alabama Governor Don Siegelman to Richard Scrushy, a local Republican businessman. Because of this, White became inextricably intertwined with Siegelman, who was one of the biggest targets of the Rove-directed, heavily politicized Department of Justice.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Larry Flynt: Common Sense 2009

Larry Flynt: Common Sense 2009: The American government -- which we once called our government -- has been taken over by Wall Street, the mega-corporations and the super-rich. They are the ones who decide our fate. It is this group of powerful elites, the people President Franklin D. Roosevelt called "economic royalists," who choose our elected officials -- indeed, our very form of government. Both Democrats and Republicans dance to the tune of their corporate masters. In America, corporations do not control the government. In America, corporations are the government.

MUST SEE RAW VIDEO - Peaceful Female Protesters Penned And Maced By Police At Wall Street Occupation - Home - The Daily Bail

MUST SEE RAW VIDEO - Peaceful Female Protesters Penned And Maced By Police At Wall Street Occupation - Home - The Daily Bail: The women were peaceful and unarmed. They were secured by barricade with an overwhelming police presence. And they were then sprayed directly in the face with pressurized mace.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

9-11 Cop Breaks Silence | American Free Press

9-11 Cop Breaks Silence | American Free Press: The New Jersey police officer responsible for capturing five Israelis who filmed and celebrated while the World Trade Center towers burned has broken his silence, agreeing to a Sept. 16 exclusive interview with AMERICAN FREE PRESS.

Friday, September 23, 2011

National Whistleblowers Center - Victory for Bunny Greenhouse

National Whistleblowers Center - Victory for Bunny Greenhouse: Ms. Greenhouse blew the whistle on KBR's self-dealing and the duration of the contract. Greenhouse objected to allowing KBR to prepare its own cost projections that were then used to grant KBR a five-year (2-years base and 3-one year options) no-bid contract, without competition.

  Jose Padilla and How American Justice Functions  :   Information Clearing House News

  Jose Padilla and How American Justice Functions  :   Information Clearing House News: During his lawless incarceration, he was kept not just in extreme solitary confinement but extreme sensory deprivation as well, and was abused and tortured to the point of severe and probably permanent mental incapacity (Bush lawyers told a court that they were unable to produce videos of Padilla's interrogations because those videos were mysteriously and tragically "lost").

Obama at the United Nations: The Arrogant Voice of Imperialism

Obama at the United Nations: The Arrogant Voice of Imperialism: President Obama delivered an empty and arrogant sermon to the United Nations Wednesday, laced with platitudes about “peace” that were designed to mask Washington’s predatory policies.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dr Alan Sabrosky- Mossad Did 9-11 | Centurean2′s Weblog

Dr Alan Sabrosky- Mossad Did 9-11 | Centurean2′s Weblog: “What we need to stand up and say is not only did they attack the USS Liberty, they did 9/11. They did it. I have had long conversations over the past two weeks with contacts at the Army War College, at it’s headquarters, Marine Corps and I made it absolutely clear in both cases that it is 100 percent certain that 9/11 was a Mossad operation. Period.” -

The Video the US Military doesn't want you to see! - YouTube

The Video the US Military doesn't want you to see! - YouTube

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Daily Kos: UPDATED: Welcome to Boston, Mr. Rumsfeld. You Are Under Arrest.

Daily Kos: UPDATED: Welcome to Boston, Mr. Rumsfeld. You Are Under Arrest.: Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US citizens authorized while he was in office. The 7th Circuit made the ruling in the case of two American contractors who were tortured by the US military in Iraq after uncovering a smuggling ring within an Iraqi security company.

Toronto News: Bush’s Toronto appearance cancelled - thestar.com

Toronto News: Bush’s Toronto appearance cancelled - thestar.com: Next week’s appearance by former U.S. president George W. Bush at an event hosted by a local evangelical Christian university has been cancelled.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Intercept: Appalling Propaganda from Amy Goodman About Libya

The Intercept: Appalling Propaganda from Amy Goodman About Libya

Tapping the Israeli Embassy | Intifada Palestine

Tapping the Israeli Embassy | Intifada Palestine: Shamai Leibowitz, an FBI Hebrew translator, was arrested in May 2010 for revealing restricted information consisting of five reports classified “secret” to an unidentified blogger. He confessed—explaining that he had been trying to reveal illegal activity—repented, and was sentenced to a minimum term of 20 months in prison. He has now been released. There was considerable speculation over what Leibowitz, a left-wing, Israel-born dual national, had actually revealed. A New York newspaper claimed that the information had gone to a “pro-Palestinian Arab group.”

Sunday, September 18, 2011

OpEdNews - Article: An Ominous Foreboding at the U.N. Next Week

OpEdNews - Article: An Ominous Foreboding at the U.N. Next Week: Next week Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority is expected to address the United Nations and request Palestinian membership and statehood be granted by that body.

OpEdNews - Article: Stuck Pigs (and Presstitutes) Squeal

OpEdNews - Article: Stuck Pigs (and Presstitutes) Squeal: The stuck pigs, of course, squealed loudly. The war criminal, Donald Rumsfeld, publicly cancelled his New York Times subscription, and the complicit presstitutes in Washington's wars of aggression jumped on Krugman with spikes and hatchets.

Exclusive: NaturalNews obtains documents proving FDA abducted an American citizen in illegal war against herbal cancer cures (updated)

Exclusive: NaturalNews obtains documents proving FDA abducted an American citizen in illegal war against herbal cancer cures (updated): This revelation fits the pattern of rising criminality throughout the U.S. federal government, where even the ATF was recently caught running guns into Mexico and specifically arming Mexican drug gangs as part of its now-exposed Fast and Furious operation (http://www.naturalnews.com/032934_A...).

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Why We Left The United States:by Bob Alexander,

Why We Left The United States:: That’s when I knew partisanship had ultimately won out over reality. More Americans believe in angels than election fraud. If millions of Americans could turn a blind eye to a stolen election, simply because their side stole it, and then have that coup legitimized by not only the Supreme Court … but by all of MainStreamMedia … then I knew the country I lived in was not the land of my birth...

Exclusive: 911 insider claims complicity to murders - National Human Rights | Examiner.com

Exclusive: 911 insider claims complicity to murders - National Human Rights | Examiner.com: On the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 New York City mass murder, a Little Rock, Arkansas architectural photographer, Tom-Scott Gordon provided what is possibly the most important testimony evidencing 911 was orchestrated by U.S. officials who indirectly hired him to unwittingly help plan the attack nine years before the operation was activated. Since then, Gordon became a targeted individual by U.S. officials and a leading 911 Truth group dismissed his testimony.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

OpEdNews - Article: Media Whitewash on Cheney War Crimes Palpable as Whistleblowers Cry Foul

OpEdNews - Article: Media Whitewash on Cheney War Crimes Palpable as Whistleblowers Cry Foul: When I saw Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell as guest host on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC show Countdown in March 2010, I thought the whitewash might be over. Wilkerson was the first invited guest when Cenk Uyger launched his own MSNBC show in February 2011 to elaborate on how he and his boss, Secretary of State Colin Powell were manipulated by Dick Cheney and George Tenet, and I imagined it was all going to bust open...

Instead of attacking WikiLeaks, fix what it exposed - Stripes - Independent U.S. military news from Iraq, Afghanistan and bases worldwide

Instead of attacking WikiLeaks, fix what it exposed - Stripes - Independent U.S. military news from Iraq, Afghanistan and bases worldwide: Taken as a whole, the material shows a pattern of concealing abuse by both U.S. and coalition forces. The information revealed by WikiLeaks is thus a critically important tool for those who seek to uphold basic human-rights standards and the professional conduct of U.S. military forces.

Some real Shock and Awe: Racially profiled and cuffed in Detroit | Stories from the Heartland

Some real Shock and Awe: Racially profiled and cuffed in Detroit | Stories from the Heartland: In the aftermath of my events on Sept. 11, 2011, I feel violated, humiliated and sure that I was taken from the plane simply because of my appearance. Though I never left my seat, spoke to anyone on the flight or tinkered with any “suspicious” device, I was forced into a situation where I was stripped of my freedom and liberty that so many of my fellow Americans purport are the foundations of this country and should be protected at any cost.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The meaning of political rituals like 9/11 Day - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

The meaning of political rituals like 9/11 Day - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com: Not just 9/11 Day but everything connected to it was constructed to deliver and implant a very politicized message, over and over. Consider this email I received from a friend in South Florida after he attended an NFL football game last night in Miami...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

OpEdNews - Article: NY Times ignores Israeli killing of Egyptians in its coverage of demos against embassy

OpEdNews - Article: NY Times ignores Israeli killing of Egyptians in its coverage of demos against embassy: Yesterday's New York Times front-page story on Egyptian protests against the Israeli embassy largely neglects a primary cause of the anger: Israeli forces' killing of five Egyptian policemen. Egyptian anger over these deaths grew even greater when Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak refused to apologize.

Chris Hedges: A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig

Chris Hedges: A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig: The flip side of nationalism is always racism, the dehumanization of the enemy and all who appear to question the cause.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Land Destroyer: Alternative Media Making Waves

Land Destroyer: Alternative Media Making Waves: National Thai newspaper responds to lone-anon blogger. by Tony Cartalucci Editor's Note: For the record, Land Destroyer is run by an inde...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The DOJ's escalating criminalization of speech - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

The DOJ's escalating criminalization of speech - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com: Over the past several years, the Justice Department has increasingly attempted to criminalize what is clearly protected political speech by prosecuting numerous individuals (Muslims, needless to say) for disseminating political views the government dislikes or considers threatening.

Welcome to Texas! Unless you're Al Jazeera | Al Jazeera Blogs

Welcome to Texas! Unless you're Al Jazeera | Al Jazeera Blogs: Ten miles. Sixteen kilometers. That’s how deep I got into Texas before being asked to leave.

WikiLeaks password leak FAQ « Unspecified Behaviour

WikiLeaks password leak FAQ « Unspecified Behaviour: The bottom line is, as I wrote yesterday, that cryptographically, WikiLeaks is in the right and Guardian is in the wrong. From what I can gather, WikiLeaks followed reasonable security expectations, and Guardian broke them. I would encourage anyone who places the blame on WikiLeaks to read this FAQ in detail (or at least skim through for any questions you may have).

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Robert Fisk: For 10 years, we've lied to ourselves to avoid asking the one real question - Robert Fisk, Commentators - The Independent

Robert Fisk: For 10 years, we've lied to ourselves to avoid asking the one real question - Robert Fisk, Commentators - The Independent: So what happened? The commissioners, Summers and Swan state, "settled on vague language that circumvented the issue of motive". There's a hint in the official report – but only in a footnote which, of course, few read. In other words, we still haven't told the truth about the crime which – we are supposed to believe – "changed the world for ever". Mind you, after watching Obama on his knees before Netanyahu last May, I'm really not surprised.

Friday, September 2, 2011

OpEdNews - Article: In America The Rule Of Law Is Vacated

OpEdNews - Article: In America The Rule Of Law Is Vacated: With bank fraudsters, torturers, and war criminals running free, the US Department of Justice (sic) has nothing better to do than to harass the famous Tennessee Gibson guitar manufacturer, arrest organic food producers in California and send 12 abusive FBI agents armed with assault rifles to bust down yet another wrong door of yet another innocent family, leaving parents, children, and grandmother traumatized.

OpEdNews - Article: Why You Won't See Veterans For Peace on the Cover of TIME Magazine

OpEdNews - Article: Why You Won't See Veterans For Peace on the Cover of TIME Magazine: It is articles like this that perpetuate the meme that anyone who ever wore a military uniform is a "hero."

OpEdNews - Article: Pentagon's New Slavery System Triggers Riots in Occupied States

OpEdNews - Article: Pentagon's New Slavery System Triggers Riots in Occupied States: "These workers, primarily from South Asia and Africa, often live in barbed-wire compounds on U.S. bases, (and) eat at meagre chow halls..." Stillman reports. "A large number are employed by fly-by-night subcontractors who are financed by the American taxpayer but who often operate outside the law."

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Venezuelan Report Discredits US Government, Advises Regime Change | venezuelanalysis.com

Venezuelan Report Discredits US Government, Advises Regime Change | venezuelanalysis.com: It’s hard to imagine a group of red t-shirted Venezuelans catching a plane to New York or Washington and conducting an investigation into the state of the US health care system, its education system, or its police brutality. And the reason it’s hard to imagine, isn’t because the U.S government isn’t in fact a regime, or that it doesn’t have a gamut of long-term disgusting, anti-people policies, but because Venezuela would never meddle in another country’s internal affairs.

Dick Cheney, the Ultimate American Terrorist | Truthout

Dick Cheney, the Ultimate American Terrorist | Truthout: Speaking of damaging the republic, Dick Cheney has a book out. I'm sure you've heard about it by now; he laid the groundwork for its release by claiming the contents would cause heads to explode in Washington, causing a lot of people who should know better by now to say, "Ooooh, this should be good." It isn't, at all, but I must confess that my head did come very close to launching itself off my shoulders...not because of what's in the book, but because I have to deal with the rancid reality of a free and un-convicted Dick Cheney appearing in the public eye once again.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Last Whistleblower by Paul Craig Roberts

The Last Whistleblower by Paul Craig Roberts: Darin was remote and distant at first, but found the conversation to his liking as the two discussed the moderator’s skill in avoiding delicate issues. In an abrupt change of subject, Bob asked Darin if the US government would assassinate Julian Assange.

OpEdNews - Article: The Election March of the Trolls- Chris Hedges

OpEdNews - Article: The Election March of the Trolls: They have crawled out of the sewers of public relations firms, polling organizations, the commercial media, the two corporate political parties and elected office to fill the airwaves with inanities and absurdities until the final inanity -- the 2012 presidential election. Journalists, whose role has been reduced to purveyors of court gossip, whether on Fox or MSNBC, descend in swarms to report pseudo-events such as the Ames straw poll, where it costs $30 to cast a ballot. And then, almost immediately, they blithely inform us that the Iowa poll is meaningless now that Rick Perry has entered the race.

What And Why In Libya by Jim Kirwan

What And Why In Libya: For months now the visceral and bloody slaughter of the nation of Libya has been seesawing its way across the news wires of the world. Lies have been flying like bullets-in-the-night about who is doing what to whom and in the chaos the real story behind this event has become nearly impossible to unravel.

Monday, August 29, 2011

OpEdNews - Article: Cautioning Progressives on Ron Paul? How About Comparing Paul to Obama?

OpEdNews - Article: Cautioning Progressives on Ron Paul? How About Comparing Paul to Obama?: Who knows which progressive constituency Obama will sell out next? He's sold out immigrants, Unions... I think he would have sold out women to get his health care bill passed (his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, played a key role in recruiting pro-life blue dogs,) has done little for Blacks... He supports torture, spying on Americans, killing Americans outside of the US, broke his promise on Guantanamo, kept many Rove appointed DOJ attorneys on the job, has continued the dangerous expansion of executive powers that Cheney started.