Posts Tagged ‘impeachable’

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This rises to the level of Treason. Business entanglements, emoluments, determine Trump’s national security agenda.

Look Who’s Not in Trump’s Travel Ban

Four countries are noticeably missing from that list: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. They’re located in the same region as the countries subject to the ban and they’re home to large Muslim populations. They also have something else in common: They all do business with Trump.

 

These articles attract brain-dead Trumpistas. You have to simplify the glaringly obvious for them. As Bloomberg actually does…

 

If the president was as dedicated to national security as he suggests, it would be logical for his list of banned countries to look a little different. After all, 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were from Saudi Arabia. Two of them were from the U.A.E., and one was from Egypt. More recent attacks in the U.S. haven’t involved immigrants from any of the countries on Trump’s list.

 

They don’t know or care what emoluments are. So you have to educate them on that too, if they were capable of education…

 

If the House of Representatives flips this November, all bets are off.

Trumptards fuck off, you anti-American fascist thugs.

 

 

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501 Days in Swampland

More than at any time in history, the president of the United States is actively using the power and prestige of his office to line his own pockets: landing loans for his businesses, steering wealthy buyers to his condos, securing cheap foreign labor for his resorts, preserving federal subsidies for his housing projects, easing regulations on his golf courses, licensing his name to overseas projects, even peddling coffee mugs and shot glasses bearing the presidential seal. For Trump, whose business revolves around the marketability of his name, there has proved to be no public policy too big, and no private opportunity too crass, to exploit for personal profit.

NSA-INNOCENT-USERS

 

Expanding surveillance of everyone gets some much needed scrutiny at the Washington Post and Daily News. Yes they are a rogue agency operating completely outside the Constitution. So when is someone going to do something about it?

 

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The Citizens Committee on Benghazi released its interim findings on April 22, 2014 in Washington. Pictured are (L-R) Clare Lopez, Admiral (Ret.) Chuck Kubic, Admiral (Ret.) James ‘Ace’ Lyons, former CIA officer Wayne Simmons and civil rights attorney John Clarke

 

‘The White House and senior Congressional members,’ the group wrote in an interim report released Tuesday, ‘deliberately and knowingly pursued a policy that provided material support to terrorist organizations in order to topple a ruler [Muammar Gaddafi] who had been working closely with the West actively to suppress al-Qaeda.’

‘Some look at it as treason,’ said Wayne Simmons, a former CIA officer who participated in the commission’s research.”

UK DAILY MAIL:
Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn’t ‘switched sides in the War on Terror’ and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

 

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Russia Today:

US govt struck deal with Mexican drug cartel in exchange for info – report

 

Between 2000 and 2012, the US government had a deal with Mexican drug cartel Sinaloa that allowed the group to smuggle billion of dollars of drugs in return for information on its rival cartels, according to court documents published by El Universal.

Written statements made by a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent and a US Department of Justice official in US District Court of Chicago following the 2009 arrest of Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla – son of a Sinaloa leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and the organization’s alleged “logistics coordinator” – indicate that DEA agents met with top Sinaloa officials over 50 times beginning in 2000.

“The DEA agents met with members of the cartel in Mexico to obtain information about their rivals and simultaneously built a network of informants who sign drug cooperation agreements, subject to results, to enable them to obtain future benefits, including cancellation of charges in the US,” El Universal reported.

 

SYRIA-GAS-ATTACK

Pusned into exile at the London Review of Books (rather than the front page of the NY Times or Washington Post).

‘The [US intelligence] guys are throwing their hands in the air and saying, “How can we help this guy” – Obama – “when he and his cronies in the White House make up the intelligence as they go along?”’

Hersch dissects the evolving farce that is Obama’s “intelligence” on sarin in Syria.

“Already by late May, the senior intelligence consultant told me, the CIA had briefed the Obama administration on al-Nusra and its work with sarin, and had sent alarming reports that another Sunni fundamentalist group active in Syria, al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI), also understood the science of producing sarin. At the time, al-Nusra was operating in areas close to Damascus, including Eastern Ghouta. An intelligence document issued in mid-summer dealt extensively with Ziyaad Tariq Ahmed, a chemical weapons expert formerly of the Iraqi military, who was said to have moved into Syria and to be operating in Eastern Ghouta. The consultant told me that Tariq had been identified ‘as an al-Nusra guy with a track record of making mustard gas in Iraq and someone who is implicated in making and using sarin’. He is regarded as a high-profile target by the American military.”

“…it did confirm previous reports that al-Nusra had the ability to acquire and use sarin. A sample of the sarin that had been used was also recovered – with the help of an Israeli agent – but, according to the consultant, no further reporting about the sample showed up in cable traffic.”

“…They concluded that the [Syrian Jihadi] rebel forces were capable of attacking an American force with sarin because they were able to produce the lethal gas. The examination relied on signals and human intelligence, as well as the expressed intention and technical capability of the rebels.’

“…The CIA declined to comment for this article.”

Seymour Hersch relies almost exclusively on American sources to battle it out over this Syrian conflict.  Still, he is persona non grata today in American corporate/imperial media circles.  The story is disappeared and sent over to London.  Hersch makes the case that Obama is a liar, that the intelligence is being cooked.  The obvious implication is that we probably should impeach the bastards post haste, and you can’t say stuff like that on American airwaves.

I have also written on the Syrian rebels’ possession and use of nerve gas and the glaring falsehoods put out by the US regime…

Doubts About Who Is Using Chemical Weapons in Syria
Is America Helping Al Qaeda Take Over Syria?
The Grim, Relentless March to War with Syria

Former large monitoring base of US intelligence organization NSA in Bad Aibling

But I thought it was just “metadata?”

Reuters:

“In another instance, a U.S. government-employed foreign woman suspected an NSA civilian employee, who was her lover, of listening to her phone calls. An investigation found the man abused NSA databases from 1998 to 2003 to snoop on nine phone numbers of foreign women and twice collected communications of an American.”

Reuters avoids the obvious, that the NSA commanders continue to lie openly about the capabilities of their clowns.  Why did an “NSA civilian employee” have this power in the first place?  Just like Edward Snowden, and Edward Snowden has revealed, this illegal system is operational and unconstitutional.

 

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As they say:

You have to see this to believe it.

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Obama waives ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition

The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would “waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction.”

Those two sections prohibit sending weaponry to countries described in section 40(d): “The prohibitions contained in this section apply with respect to a country if the Secretary of State determines that the government of that country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism,” Congress stated in the Arms Control Export Act.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., endorsed providing military assistance to the Syrian opposition during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.

“Our intelligence agencies, I think, have a very good handle on who to support and who not to support,” Corker said. “And there’s going to be mistakes. We understand some people are going to get arms that should not be getting arms.

“Mistakes” is what they call it when they intentionally arm Al Qaeda.

The fraud on terror ended today with this admission that they can and will (and of course already have) give “material support” to terrorist psychopaths.  Welcome to the New World Order.   You ignorant fucktards owe the diligent citizens quite a bit of apology.

The Smoking Gun

Presidential Determination — Syria

Exhibit A for the Treason Trial.

PS.

Are we in Triple Speak yet?  Arming Al Qaeda is good for the national security of the US?   Even the Mad Hatter is politely bowing out of this one.

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BANKSTER PARADISE

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and the Secret “End-Game” Memo

 

People who pay attention are few and powerless in the face of rule by propaganda and disinformation.  Even if they number at the 90% range, opposed to war on Syria, for example, it doesn’t matter.  The propaganda bubble sustains itself, and those who disagree cannot be heard.

Once the media became consolidated in the hands of a few depraved elites, the rest was predestined.  Truth has become untouchable, unreachable, mocked, derided, beyond the “conventional wisdom” (sic).

Assad gases his own people; the president says so, as do NATO leaders in Britain, Germany and France.  That must make it true, right?  Unfortunately, when these imperialists all agree on something, it’s simply a pretext for their next crime sprees…

Reuters: US to Strike Syria Before UN Evidence Collected

“Western powers told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces within days, according to sources who attended a meeting between envoys and the Syrian National Coalition in Istanbul.”

We already know who possesses the Sarin, and who has used it on civilians, just as they have executed civilians by the thousands with more conventional means: the “opposition” Jihadi lunatics that US and European support has aided and abetted for two years now.   The propaganda of the American empire doesn’t pass the laugh test, and their naked, Bush league rush to attack Syria ahead of the truth coming out is another stain on the world.

Another one:

American Empire: A Glass House Built By Stone Throwers

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by Joe Giambrone

“I’m an upstanding citizen and I’m not doing anything wrong.  I just don’t want the government invading my privacy.”

–unnamed

I got into a heated argument, a disagreeable shouting match over that idea today – mostly being shouted at for nitpicking someone on my own side.  I find the above rationale to be a surface response without any thought behind it or any acknowledgement of how actual surveillance-societies of the past devolved into Orwellian abominations.  Worse still, the current drive for a “Total Information Awarenesssociety, where birth to death communications will be stored forever by the government, looms over us.

NSA / Booz Allen Hamilton whistleblower Edward Snowden has said:

“…they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behavior in the world known to them.”

To that end the NSA’s operating budget has increased steadily, avoiding any cutbacks from the so-called “sequester.”  The new NSA storage facility in Utah is a central piece of this total data capture society.

“An article by Forbes estimates the storage capacity as between 3 and 12 exabytes in the near term… advances in technology could be expected to increase the capacity by orders of magnitude in the coming years.” (Wikipedia)

NSA Whistleblower William Binney revealed further problems at the National Security Agency and its runaway capabilities:

“Binney alleged… controls that limited unintentional collection of data pertaining to U.S. citizens were removed, prompting concerns by him and others that the actions were illegal and unconstitutional.  Binney alleged that the Bluffdale (Utah) facility was designed to store a broad range of domestic communications for data mining without warrants.” (Wikipedia)

Edward Snowden has also said:

“I also had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read your communications.  Anyone’s communications at any time.  That is the power to change people’s fates.”

Changing people’s fates is the key phrase here.  How and why can this personal data be used?  With lifelong surveillance of everyone, we are little better off than goldfish swimming from glass wall to wall, always under the complete scrutiny of the authorities.  It doesn’t take any imagination whatsoever to see the implications of total scrutiny by secretive government or quasi-governmental entities (or others!).

The STASI regime in East Germany was legendary for this type of behavior, monitoring their own people allegedly for their own good.  A hyper-paranoid society emerged where everyone was suspect.  Anyone could be an informant coerced by the authorities into betraying their neighbors or family members.  Trust of government was nonexistent, and soon all trust throughout the society crumbled.  Any stranger could be a government agent, himself blackmailed by the state into carrying out their wishes.

Guilt by Association

The problem is blackmail.  That is what Edward Snowden meant when he talked about changing people’s fates.  When all associations are known to authorities, the very act of communicating with someone becomes dangerous.  If they are found to be displeasing to the secretive masters of society, then how long before your very real, recorded linkage to them becomes problematic as well?  Guilt by association and character assassinations do not require you to be “doing anything wrong,” only to be perceived that way as a result of smears.  Sensitive data about personal habits can destroy a political campaign before it ever begins.  The manipulation of the public takes many forms, which political activists and the professional political class understand well.

While Obama and Company (on both sides of the aisle) hawk this glaringly unconstitutional assault as alleged protection, being no threat to the public whatsoever – their vanilla lives deemed uninteresting enough to not concern the state – the terrifying nature of power and coercion must be addressed.  Before we follow the propaganda line that we are “not doing anything wrong,” and so have nothing to worry about, there is plenty to worry about when privacy is erased.

The legal justifications for securing our personal effects, enshrined in the 4th Amendment, represent the cornerstone of American freedom: that F-word that politicians blather on about at length even as they secretly betray it.

This is not simply a personal preference to be private, but the necessary precondition for a free society.  Private communications are the difference between what once was America and what once was the Soviet Union, or Orwell’s dystopia if you prefer.  The value of having secure, private lives free of government malfeasance and scrutiny is beyond a price and beyond debate.  As long as the Constitution remains the “Supreme Law of the Land,” those who willingly and gleefully violate it have committed treasons against the American People.

Personal preference has got nothing to do with it.  This is about the very nature of freedom, to be free of coercion and blackmail.  While it’s true that the government apparatus likely has nothing against most people because of their unremarkable ordinariness, this government posture changes immediately as people become politically active.  What the masters of society take very seriously are their own positions of power, and they brook no challengers.  Once a citizen becomes active in attempting to change official policy, all bets are off.

The US government surveils the lives of citizens who stand up and say “No.”  This has been in evidence since forever; name your time period.  But more recently from Seattle WTO protests 1999, to the anti-war movement 2003, to Miami FTAA opponents 2003, to the protestors at national political conventions, and of course to Occupy Wall Street activists the federal government has used all means at its disposal to invade the privacy of its citizen-opponents.  Ongoing surveillance of domestic political movements is the norm, as is infiltration by FBI “informants” (criminals who have made deals with FBI to go undercover and spy for them).

What’s more, the government contracts with private, for-profit spy corporations such as Booz, Allen Hamilton and Stratfor.  It hands this power to blanket spy on the entire citizenry over to private interests for them to exploit.  All this is done in secret, and the Congress cannot even oversee the activities of private contractors, who are naturally shielded from the kind of scrutiny which we are all now subject to by them.  If someone has no problem with the government owning all their personal data (I can’t imagine why), they surely must stop and think about turning over that power to private money-making corporations who are legally shielded from public accountability.

One of the most crucial and ignored whistleblowers to come out of the National Security Agency is a satellite analyst by the name of Russell Tice.  What Mr. Tice has revealed is shocking and largely un-reportable in the corporate perception-management media.  It would shake the very system to its core, and so recently Mr. Tice has been persona non grata on corporate airwaves.  Previously he was welcomed as an expert on the spying programs as an actual former NSA analyst.  After Tice revealed more damaging information, disclosures which threaten the very legitimacy of those who fail to perform Congressional oversight on the runaway surveillance agency, his spotlight was shut down.  Russell Tice finally revealed that for at least a decade now those at the top of the intelligence chain secretly abuse the capabilities of their federal surveillance state.

“[NSA] went after lawyers and law firms… They went after judges.  One of the judges is now sitting on the Supreme Court that I had his wiretap information in my hand… They went after State Department officials. They went after people in the executive service that were part of the White House — their own people!”

–NSA Satellite Analyst Russell Tice

Now a picture emerges of something quite a bit more damaging to society than simple privacy preferences.  According to Tice, those sitting in Congress and tasked with doing oversight on the spy agencies are themselves under surveillance and compromised.

  • Their loyalties and duties are compromised.
  • Their judgments are compromised.
  • Their repeated displays of gross ignorance about NSA programs are perhaps intentional, by design.

These Senators and Intelligence Committee Congresspersons must toe the line or face expulsion at the next election cycle (or worse).  That is how the NSA and its secretive doings can “change people’s fates.”

Is it too obvious to state that such blackmail is criminal and an assault on democracy?  This attack is on the American People, who are now at the mercy of a Vichy Congress, occupied by the STASI intelligence/surveillance state.

James Clapper, America’s current “Director of National Intelligence,” blatantly lied to Congress on live TV, March 12th.  Clapper claimed that NSA doesn’t collect Americans’ communications knowing full well that they do and are expanding this capability daily.  Clapper received no penalty whatsoever for Contempt of Congress, a criminal offense!  In the Alice in Wonderland world of Washington politics, instead of being jailed for a year for lying to the Congress, Mr. Clapper was voted in UNANIMOUSLY to take over all 16 of America’s spy agencies this August.

Clapper’s current version of the NSA Big Lie is that: “I realized later Sen. Wyden was asking about… metadata collection, rather than content collection…  Thus, my response was clearly erroneous, for which I apologize.”

But it’s not just “metadata,” and the metadata is only one component of the data collection, used to more easily search through the actual content that is also stored by the National Security Agency for varying lengths of time.  When the UK Guardian released this information, provided by Edward Snowden, their offices were later raided by British security forces and computer hard drives were destroyed, as in a typical Banana Republic assault on the press.

James Clapper continues to lie, and the liars have no disincentive to stop their officially-blessed fabricating.  Congressional oversight is negated absolutely, and the Congress remains powerless in the face of the Total Surveillance State – where they are prime targets for blackmail and coercion.

The official pattern has been to lie, backtrack to the next position and to maintain it until further revelations make the current story untenable.  Then, a new story is told with the theme being that regular, inactive, unengaged Americans have nothing to worry about; they are already neutralized.  The truth is that all Americans have plenty to worry about, the complete destruction of privacy and “freedom,” that buzzword that passes by without the slightest contemplation of what it means.  Rule by a secretive military / corporate dictatorship is simply not the “America” that people think of.  Surely it bears no resemblance to the “Land of the free.”  It is an entirely different and alien place.

So what’s your personal preference on that one?

Joe Giambrone publishes Political Film Blog, and his novel of Hollywood debauchery, Hell of a Deal, is available now.