Department of Genocide, Torture, and Tyranny
Human rights violations at home and abroad.
The Massive, Malignant, Mad (as in criminally insane) U.S. Military/Security Machine: Part 1-"Imperial Barbarism"
There will be no serious moral choice in the November 2010 election. I will not be voting for anyone in the legacy Democratic party. The legacy Democratic party is as much a WAR party as the Republican party. Obama is as much a war criminal as George W. Bush.
I despair that the vast majority of my fellow citizens will never fully awaken to the heart of darkness that is our America. I don't know if we collectively as citizens at this point can stop the sociopathic U.S. killing machine. But it is unbelievable how few of us recognize the scope of its gratuitous violence. We need to resist it for the sake of our souls, as well as the doomed lives of so many innocent human beings still in its savage path. Maybe our very selves soon enough and our loved ones. Read more about The Massive, Malignant, Mad (as in criminally insane) U.S. Military/Security Machine: Part 1-"Imperial Barbarism"
William Blum has written a provocative essay entitled, “So, Please Tell Me Again: What’s The War About?"
“When facts are inconvenient, when international law, human rights and history get in the way, when war crimes can't easily be justified or explained away, when logic doesn't help much, the current crop of American political leaders turns to what is now the old reliable: 9/11. We have to fight in Afghanistan because ... somehow ... it's tied into what happened on September 11, 2001.”
He goes on to point out: Read more about 9/11, 9/11, 9/11 ... KILL, KILL, KILL …
This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. – Plato
Back in 2008, I often referenced the quote above to describe just how it was Bush and his evil administration duped the American public into handin’ over their civil liberties on a silver platter. Sure wish it didn’t seem so awfully fittin’ today too. Read more about I'm So Mad I Can't Xe Straight
“It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you” – M. Grundler
Outside of the passing of the Patriot Act, I can not remember a time in my relatively short life in which I felt more hurt or violated by my government. The passage and proposal of recent government sponsored rape legislation in Oklahoma and Florida has left me in utter shock.
You see, I wasn’t around for the
Roe v. Wade court battle. I’ve grown up in an era of women’s equality; or at least the façade of it. For the first time in my life, I think truly understand the indescribable anger of having my most personal liberties taken from me. Read more about Keep Your Laws Out Of My Body
Not that you won't be next, especially after they bring the drones home from Afghanistan. Izvestia:
The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday.
By David Swanson
Sixty-five congress members, including 60 Democrats and 5 Republicans, voted to end the occupation of Afghanistan on Wednesday. But 356 congress members, including 189 Democrats and 167 Republicans voted to keep the war going. The vote followed three hours of debate created by Congressman Dennis Kucinich's introduction of a privileged resolution. Read more about War Is Over (If They Mean It)
By David Swanson
"Prophecy" is the title of a new play by Karen Malpede, and I'm here to attempt the unamerican task of telling you to see it without telling you it's a comedy. In fact, I'm going to confess that I had to take a break from it and recover before I could write about it. I felt like I'd taken a blow with an enormous sledge hammer, even though I knew that a whole orchestra of smaller instruments had produced what I was feeling.
It was not a bad feeling, not an undesirable feeling. The play is a thing of beauty, and not all beauty fits into that Hollywood sensation of wouldn't-such-a-thing-be-sweet-but-I-bet-they're-divorced-in-a-year-and-I-shouldn't-have-had-that-last-gallon-of-coke. Read more about The Horror of War on Stage
By David Swanson
Former prime minister Tony Blair's testimony was streamed live at 4:30 a.m. ET at the Iraq Inquiry website and on other sites, such as the UK newspaper the Telegraph which allowed viewers to rank Blair's responses on a "Lie Meter". Telegraph readers' top desired questions pre-hearing were: Read more about Tony Blair Forced to Testify on War Crimes
In this half hour address to the Black is Back Conference in St. Petersburg last weekend, Glen Ford sticks a pin in the notion that our First Black President "inherited" the multiple wars America is engaged in, from Colombia to the Phillipines to Somalia and Yemen to Pakistan.
Barack Obama didn't just campaign for the job five or six years, he embraced all the rotten things empire is, and does to become its CEO, to get his corporate campaign contributors to purchase the job for him. It's half an hour.
If your browser does not display the video above it, try here. Read more about Obama Did Not "Inherit" Afghan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Somali and Other Wars
Given that O's SOTU will propose a vile goulash of war, neo liberal austerity, abridgements of civil rights, foot dragging on climate change, meaningless tax cuts double talk on Wall Street bonuses, vague, but increasingly apparent gestures in the direction of cutting Medicare and Social Security, etc.
Why the hell is there absolutely no organizing or even discussion of massive protests against the slide into barbarism which O is willingly and enthusiastically presiding over? Read more about Simple Question
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Mark Danner's Choice
A long standing staple of Fox News discourse claims that liberalism in the academy holds sway as a kind of semi-official ideology. This view is largely correct, though it should be kept in mind that it is the liberalism targeted in recent denunciations by Adolph Reed and Chris Hedges, not the "radical leftism" of teabaggers and other fantasists of the right. Read more about Danner's Choice
By David Swanson
The occupied government of Afghanistan and the United Nations have both concluded that U.S.-led troops recently dragged eight sleeping children out of their beds, handcuffed some of them, and shot them all dead. While this apparently constitutes an everyday act of kindness, far less intriguing than the vicious singeing of his pubic hairs by Captain Underpants, it is at least a variation on the ordinary American technique of murdering men, women, and children by the dozens with unmanned drones. Read more about Shooting Handcuffed Children
By David Swanson
Let's face it, if James Cameron had made a movie with the Iraqi resistance as the heroes and the U.S. military as the enemies, and had set it in Iraq or anywhere else on planet earth, the packed theaters viewing "Avatar" would have been replaced by a screening in a living room for eight people and a dog.
Nineteen years ago, Americans packed theaters for "Dances with Wolves" in which Native Americans became the heroes, but the story was set in a previous century and the message understated. Read more about An Avatar Awakening