James Corbett with the biggest lies of our time…
Forgotten War: Libya After NATO
James Corbett with the biggest lies of our time…
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…
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.
Hedges continues on Breaking the Set, mentioning totalitarianism.
A bit late, this has appeared at the OpedNews site today:
Kevin Ryan has a list of suspicious characters, and he exposes more of the 9/11 cover up. Vital information shows how lies and cover-up have warped the discussion of the World Trade Center destruction from the first minutes.
Kevin Ryan Exposes 911 Demolition-Crews
“There will be a response of some kind to the referendum itself,” Kerry said. “If there is no sign [from Russia] of any capacity to respond to this issue ... there will be a very serious series of steps on Monday.”
Russia has drawn the line:
Of course the obvious: that Ukraine has no legitimate government at all right now thanks to a fascist coup covertly sponsored by the West, does not get stated in the US corporate media.
Paratroopers from Attack Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) provide security from a vehicle during a tactical control point exercise July 10, 2013, during Exercise Rapid Trident in Yavoriv, Ukraine.
|Daniel Cole/U.S. Army|
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.
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.”
“Public Apathy Enables Leaders To Ignore Voters.”
-The Central Intelligence Agency
Publisher, Political Film Blog
If you don’t know what goes on behind the scenes, then you don’t know what goes on. The shit is hitting the Ukrainian fan, and this is how we have come to this point:
From the moment the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the United States has relentlessly pursued a strategy of encircling Russia, just as it has with other perceived enemies like China and Iran. [Background here, here and here.] It has brought 12 countries in central Europe, all of them formerly allied with Moscow, into the NATO alliance. US military power is now directly on Russia’s borders.
NSA British partner GCHQ spills secrets over at Glenn Greenwald’s Intercept site. Their reach is global, and they are partners who share what they call “intelligence” with one another in secret arrangements. NSA conspiring with GCHQ to target innocent American citizens could be construed as Treason, waging a cyber “war” against them.
They also target businesses, particularly foreign business rivals in order to protect and advance their own nation’s corporate behemoths. This is the empire business. This is not democracy.
A more careful LexisNexis database search for “Syria,” “Assad,” “government” and the phrases “activists say” or “activists report” in the subject headings or text of news items for conventional print outlets indexed for June 1, 2012 to February 7, 2014 yields a data set consisting of close to 2,000 pieces—1,638 newspaper articles, 205 BBC broadcast transcripts, and 148 web-based articles. A total 134 articles appeared in the New Zealand Herald, 52 in the Washington Post, 38 in the New York Times, 30 in the Financial Times, and 28 in the International New York Times.