Posts Tagged ‘fascism’

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Report: The Kochs, A Nazi Past, Oil & The Foundation of The Right

 

Ilse Koch is the most famous of all Germans accused of having committed atrocities during the war.   She was the wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald camp.   She was twice convicted in post-war trials,  once by an international court and once by her own country.   The chief charges against her were cruelty to inmates,  including murder,  but what she is best-known for is the making of human-skin ornaments,   including the lampshades of which we’ve all heard.

 

The John Birch Society

The foundation is financed via the oil and gas fortunes of Fred G. Koch,  a founding member of the John Birch Society.  Koch  “wrote admiringly of Benito Mussolini’s suppression of Communists in Italy, and disparagingly of the American civil-rights movement.

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High School in the police state resembles prison more every day.  Here students are treated as sheep after a fellow student has committed suicide, and the school refuses to grant a moment of silence to the students.

The prancing martinet principal orders a boy arrested for daring to interrupt his speech.  Why are these fascist clowns allowed to bully the nation’s children?   We have become a nation of prison guards and drones who take orders from incompetent meat heads.

Leave your Constitutional rights at the prison gate.

 

Today in school us students made a protest for a kid that committed suicide. The school refused to give a moment of silence over the announcements or even mention his name. We asked several times over the course of two days and still nothing was said about the kid. The bald buy says “I’m disappointed” and a kid in the crowd replies “We are disappointed in you too” This kid later gets arrested. Completely ridiculous.

House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on "Potential Changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)"

NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans’ calls and emails – Clapper

So yes, Virginia, you do live in an unaccountable police state that can listen to all your private communications without adhering to the law.  And there’s not a God damned thing you can do about it.

  • NSA used ‘back door’ to search Americans’ communications
  • Director of national intelligence confirms use of new legal rule
  • Data collected under ‘Prism’ and ‘Upstream’ programs

 

“These queries were performed pursuant to minimization procedures approved by the Fisa court and consistent with the statute and the fourth amendment.

BULLSHIT.

 

Anyone who can actually read English can deduce that this was illegal:

4th Amendment to the Constitution

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Lock up Clapper, Alexander… Obama.

 

 

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Washington Post:

CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says

Here is my response to the WP’s imperial weasel wording:

Translated to eliminate propaganda…

“CIA Conspiracy to Lie to Congress in Torture Cover-Up”

The Central Intelligence Agency has been caught in numerous felony violations in its ongoing cover-up of war crimes throughout the 2000s. President Obama continues to protect official torturers, and the agency has stonewalled the Senate Select Oversight Committee, a normally compliant co-conspirator. Torture has degraded the image of America around the world and many nations justifiably question America’s claims to democracy, freedom and even civilization and the rule of law.

Secretive, lawless agencies that torture with impunity are a clear and present danger to the republic, and this Constitutional crisis deserves full investigation and public action.

In the cse of Zubaydah, he provided evidence that he was working for Saudi state intelligence prior to his torture (or possibly afterward / competing accounts). This Saudi complicity in his actions was soon eliminated from the story after repeated torture leading critics to question if the purpose of the torture was to produce false testimony (videotapes of this Saudi link with phone numbers of three Saudi princes divulged by Zubaydah were destroyed illegally by CIA).

Further Saudi intelligence links to the September 11th attacks remain covered up by CIA and the administrations of George W. Bush as well as Barack Obama. Senator Bob Graham’s investigation into the San Diego hijacker cell showed clear Saudi Arabian material support to the hijackers. Further support in Sarasota Florida links the Saudi regime, an undemocratic monarchy, to the named 9/11 hijackers. These facts and the FBI investigations surrounding them remain redacted and somewhat hidden from public view. Such “aid and comfort” to the perpetrators of the September 11th attacks meets the Constitutional definition of “Treason.”

BUT-WAIT

The Miami Herald:

Citing broad public interest, newspapers ask judge to deny bid to block 9/11 lawsuit
I suppose there are still brain dead ignorant Americans who have no clue that they are living in a police state.  Perhaps with racist blinders they assume that abuses will only be directed at outsiders, people unlike themselves.  That is, of course, how fascism succeeds.  The government fosters the concept of in-groups and out-groups: scapegoats.  The scapegoats allow them to remove restrictions on government power.  This is how the Nazis came to power and other fascists.  It’s an old script, which shouldn’t work except for the profound ignorance of the public.

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Chris Hedges and other plaintiffs try in vain to keep the Obama military machine in check, even as the government claims the right to snatch and grab anyone on earth without DUE PROCESS OF LAW…

Fighting the Militarized State

If Section 1021(b)(2) is not struck down by the Supreme Court it will effectively overturn nearly 150 years of case law that repeatedly holds that the military has no jurisdiction over civilians. A U.S. citizen charged by the government with “substantially supporting” al-Qaida, the Taliban or those in the nebulous category of “associated forces” will be lawfully subject to extraordinary rendition on U.S. soil. Arrested citizens will languish in military jails, in the language of Section 1021(b)(2), until “the end of hostilities.”

This obliteration of the right to due process and a fair hearing in a court of law, along with the mass surveillance that has abolished our right to privacy, will be the legal foundation of our militarized, corporate state. Judge Forrest warned in her 112-page opinion that whole categories of Americans could, under this law, be subject to seizure by the military. She drew parallels between Section 1021(b)(2) and Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 Supreme Court ruling that supported the government’s use of the military to detain 110,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II. Our case offers the court an opportunity, as several lawyers have pointed out, to not only protect almost 150 years of domestic law that forbids the military to carry out domestic policing but to repudiate the shameful Korematsu decision.

May as well add unaccountable torture, unlimited surveillance and show trials to the list of citizen grievances against Obama Incorporated.

 

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Hedges continues on Breaking the Set, mentioning totalitarianism.

 

 

 

 

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Everyone in this country should watch this DemocracyNow clip and try to understand where we are now as a nation.  Washington has unilaterally declared both the environmental movement and the animal rights movements to be the “greatest terrorist threats” that the United States faces.  Neither movement has terrorized anyone.  The terror is directed in the other direction, and that is state terror, state repression in the service of ensuring profits to the industries without accountability for their practices.

People who have drawn slogans on sidewalks with chalk, according to Ryan Shapiro, have been charged with “terrorism.”  Those who take undercover video of the most horrific animal abuses are treated as “terrorists.”  This insanity is the current law of this land.   Clearly this is fascism.  It is an unholy corporate/state abuse of power and erasure of the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Why Did the FBI Label Ryan Shapiro’s Dissertation on Animal Rights a Threat to National Security?

Here is an example of the FBI perpetrating dirty tricks against US citizen activists in the service of corporate factory farms.  Your tax dollars at work funding the secret police smear campaigns:

“Organizers of the Animal Rights Movement can be discredited and removed from the scene by planting rumors that they are plants and informants.” -FBI Memo, May 12, 2005

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

 

Hey that’s what I’ve been saying since the 90s.  Anyone remember “CARNIVORE?”  I guess it’s not a problem until these corrupt assholes are personally targeted.

Reid Orders Probe of CIA Spying, Warns of ‘Intelligence Community Run Amok’

 

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Political Film Blog readers:

I have amended the tagline at the top of this blog to include anti-fascism.  That concept is a firm motivating factor that drives much of the content here.  It is simply not okay to tolerate fascism, fascistic ideas and fascistic abuses out there in the real world nor those promoted in the cinema or on television.

Fascism is clearly understood as a highly nationalistic merger of corporate and state power, an unaccountable, corrupt regime that pits those two interests against those of the common citizens.  Corporate/state partnerships are rife with abuse, and they enable resource wars around the globe, imperialism and the destruction of civil liberties at home – even those guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.

Fascism is a plague upon the earth, and its current iterations are more covert than in the old days.  They no longer dress up in pompous attire and march through the center of town.  They no longer need to.  Fascism today is largely a matter of selling a false reality to the masses so that they remain indifferent to the atrocities of the corporate/state complex.  Propaganda has succeeded in creating myths that replace factual reporting and investigation.  It is no longer important to find out the truth if one believes the myth, the Big Lie surrounding whatever issue the corporate/state sees fit to spin.

Examples are too numerous to name here.  See the blog itself for more on that.

It disheartens me that most of these cutting-edge reports, from reliable sources are ignored here.  The Ukraine, Syria and Libya fiascoes garner few to no “like” clicks, as people seem to be too afraid to register their approval, or else they are so disinterested that they simply don’t care about large piles of dead civilians.  Either explanation is abhorrent to me.

The citizens of this empire allow the government a free hand to operate with impunity around the world.  There are no marches against Obama’s atrocities.  There are no calls for an end to drone murder and covert wars across numerous nations.  Most of these conflicts stay pointedly out of the corporate news, the spinners of myth, which approximately 90% of Americans rely upon for their views.  One might quote George Dubya at this point with his “Fool me once, shame on you…” shtick.

You have been fooled by a highly censored corporate media.  You will be fooled again by this same highly censored corporate media.

What we have today is a plummeting freedom index.  All our digital communications and online presences are under surveillance.  This is illegal, and yet it continues without legal accountability by a military industrial complex that now treats innocent citizens as the enemy in its self-styled global battlefield.  If that doesn’t give one pause, then it’s pointless communicating with them whatsoever.  The implications of a totalitarian surveillance regime are too odious to bother explaining.  This should be obvious to grown adults.

America fundamentally lacks an anti-imperialist major party.  Both the Democrats and the Republicans are reliable, corrupt perpetrators of imperial aggression.  This record is long, bloodstained and highly consistent.  The only difference is in style.  The Democrats prefer covert actions that stay out of the newspapers.  The Republicans prefer overt bombing and invasions that bolster their egos.  Both are fundamentally immoral and unrestrained by international or even domestic laws.

And so each year we become a more belligerent, unaccountable empire: a more fascistic place, a more dangerous place, a more destructive place.  When the corporate/state no longer needs to worry about the opinions of the masses, then we are in deep trouble.

Fascism used to be frowned upon.  Today we have top leaders posing for photographs with an unabashed Ukrainian Nazi, Oleh Tyahnybok, as they brag about $5 Billion of US tax money spent to overthrow the democratically elected government there.  This overthrow helps US oil and gas giant Chevron, which is bragged about by Obama’s state department functionary Victoria Nuland.

When US officials like Victoria Nuland and John McCain feel no aversion to posing for photographs with open Nazis, we have a serious problem.  America has long partnered with tyrants, such as the regimes of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and across the globe.  These tyrants are junior partners, critical instruments in the functioning of the empire.

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When will America stop supporting tyrants, Nazis, dictators, mass murderers?

Not until the implications of this post are widely understood and acted upon.  Not any time soon.

“That in its essence is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power.”
-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.”
-Upton Sinclair

“Public Apathy Enables Leaders To Ignore Voters.”
-The Central Intelligence Agency

Joe Giambrone
Publisher, Political Film Blog

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The scum always rises.  Victoria Nuland, leading the covert assaults on other nations for Uncle Sam, stands beside Oleh Tyahnybok, the fascist coup leader of the Svoboda Party in Ukraine.

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Nuland:

“[D]uring the George W. Bush administration, she was the U.S. ambassador to NATO, and before that the principal deputy foreign policy advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney. (source)

These are the people arranging illegal coups around the world on behalf of the people of the United States.  John McCain from the Rethugs and Victoria Nuland from Obama’s own administration, both of them in bed with FUCKING NAZIS!!!  Is anyone okay with this?  Is this thing on?

 

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What Europe Should Know about US Mass Surveillance

 

Despite the extraordinary intrusions of the NSA and EU national governments into private communications world-wide, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “Underwear Bomber,” was allowed to board an airplane traveling from Europe to the United States in 2009. The 290 persons on board were not saved by mass surveillance, but by his own incompetence, when he failed to detonate the device. While even Mutallab’s own father warned the US government he was dangerous in November 2009, our resources were tied up monitoring online games and tapping German ministers. That extraordinary tip-off didn’t get Mutallab a dedicated US investigator. All we gave him was a US visa.

I could have read the private communications of any member of this committee, as well as any ordinary citizen. I swear under penalty of perjury that this is true.

 

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In Orwell’s America, Edward Snowden is a criminal and the man whose job is to oversee intelligence, but fails to do so, remains in power.  Every violation of the Constitution is a violation of this congress critter’s sworn oath to defend it against “all enemies both foreign and domestic.”

Lawmaker Urges SXSW to Cancel Edward Snowden Talk

Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has urged organizers of SXSW to cancel its planned Edward Snowden talk.