Another day in office, another drone strike. John Glaser reports.
Clinton has blood on her hands, Scheuer tells Lou Dobbs:
I just returned from the 2012 general meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society in Prague, which I will write about in the coming days. After spending the past day moving through one airport security checkpoint after another, however, there is one thing that I feel compelled to comment on now.
Several high-ranking government officials attended the conference over the course of the week, most notably, Václav Klaus, the current president of the Czech Republic. And yet I did not notice a single bodyguard or policeman in the building. This is not to say that none were there–it’s only to say that they were not visible and they did not prevent any of the participants from addressing or approaching the president as if he were a normal citizen (a shocking concept, I know).
Of course, I thought about the contrast between this situation and John Boehner’s recent visit to my hometown, when 17 Secret Service agents followed the congressman into a local restaurant.
The difference, I know I will be told, is that no one cares who the president of a small landlocked country is. With the United States, it’s different–it’s dangerous to be a high-ranking member of the most powerful government in the world.
Well, I reply in advance, the obvious solution is to transform the United States into 50 Czech-sized republics. Then, instead of having one emperor-like president, we can have 50 presidents no one cares about. And perhaps later we can transform the 50 Czech-sized republics into 3,141 Luxembourg-sized states. And then…
Ron tells Congress how to really support the troops and defend freedom:
Too bad no one listens.
Great video by djgabrielpresents that highlights the connections between Bush’s foreign policy advisers and Romney’s foreign policy advisers and between Bush’s charges against Iraq and Romney’s charges against Iran:
Seumas Milne writes in The Guardian:
More than a decade after George W Bush launched it, the “war on terror” was supposed to be winding down. US military occupation of Iraq has ended and Nato is looking for a way out of Afghanistan, even as the carnage continues. But another war – the undeclared drone war that has already killed thousands – is now being relentlessly escalated.
From Pakistan to Somalia, CIA-controlled pilotless aircraft rain down Hellfire missiles on an ever-expanding hit list of terrorist suspects – they have already killed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of civilians in the process.
Julian Assange has lost his extradition appeal, meaning he’s closer than ever to being sent to Sweden to face trumped up charges of sexual assault. He’s not giving up, however. See this video discussion of his legal strategy:
Also, this week marks the end of the second year Bradley Manning has spent in military prison. Kevin Zeese discusses Manning’s struggle for a fair trial here:
The House recently passed a bill that would legalize the production and distribution of pro-government propaganda by covert agencies as well as the State Department and the Pentagon. So here we have all the elements of a classic police state falling into place: universal surveillance, the infiltration and disruption of dissident movements, and a 24/7 government propaganda machine aimed at the citizenry.
Democracy, like no other system, dupes the masses into believing that the state really is on their side. It creates the perfect storm for a deep if somewhat temperate oppression, as the state becomes increasingly active and meddlesome, and instead of cowering in fear or resenting the state for ripping them off, subjects become complacent or even celebratory at the sight of their rights and responsibilities co-opted in the name of the good of all. After all, if we are the state, who can complain? To badmouth a state’s treatment of prisoners, taxpayers, or foreign victims of war too vociferously becomes taboo, because “in a democracy, the government is us!” The Divine Right of Kings has nothing on this rationalization for oppression, this masquerading of institutional evil as the greatest public good.
The CIA, Seals, and other special ops carried out a systematic plan of mass slaughter of boys and men in Iraq and Afghanistan before and during the invasions and annihilations of those nations. The secret snipers were the spearhead of the slaughters. They were ordered off-book to shoot all boys and men who even looked like they might be al-Queda or Taliban, which they obviously interpreted to mean any boy or man who might be able to wield a weapon and fight.
Anthony Antonello interviews one of Ron Paul’s most important foreign policy allies:
Adam is pissed: