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How John Kerry’s Phony Diplomacy Set Up the Gaza Disaster
MAX BLUMENTHAL: I don’t know if this was an accident. This may have been staged by Kerry to save face for his bungled act of hollow diplomacy, which was actually a ruse to legitimize Netanyahu’s ground operation and create political space for the kind of massacres that we’ve been witnessing on this very broadcast. It was Kerry who helped draw up the sham ceasefire proposal, which was introduced by the coup regime of Egypt and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has jailed thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members who are political counterparts of Hamas, who hates Hamas, and who never presented this proposal to Hamas. Tony Blair served as the emissary between Sisi and Netanyahu. And the ceasefire was introduced to paint Hamas as rejectionists. Netanyahu openly declared that this ceasefire and Hamas’s rejection of it gave him all the political legitimacy he needed for the ground invasion.
The definition of poor leadership.
The NSA, the same covert surveillance agency that was exposed for spying on the American public at large, is declining to share documents that could very well incriminate itself. The agency’s excuse is that they are unwilling to compromise the privacy rights of a particular former employee.
Specifically, the information request is in reference to documents pertaining to renowned whistleblower Edward Snowden. Since the initial leaks, Snowden has faced criticism for publicly airing the United States’s dirty laundry rather than reporting the wrongdoing to the appropriate authorities. However, Snowden has maintained that he did complain about the NSA’s shady activities on multiple occasions to no avail.
Journalist Matthew Keys filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see if copies of Snowden’s work emails would confirm Snowden’s account. Alas, the NSA claimed that they were unable to release these relevant emails because doing so would infringe on Snowden’s right to privacy. “In balancing the public interest for the information you request against the privacy interest involved, we have determined that the privacy interests sufficiently satisfy the requirements for the application of the exemption.”
In May, the NSA did release a single work email written by Snowden. This particular email did not show Snowden chastising the agency for unconstitutional behavior.
Greenwald’s eloquent defense of the core beliefs enshrined in the U.S. Constitution reads like a brief on the importance of gravity to architecture, or water to swimming; the right to privacy - and not to be searched without cause - are so fundamental it’s hard to imagine they need to be defended at all, let alone against such vast encroachment.
"No Place To Hide" - Glenn Grenwald
Bill Moyers criticized President Barack Obama on Friday for his decision to seemingly leave the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the hands of the anti-net neutrality forces he opposed as a candidate.
“They believed he would keep his word, would see to it that when private interests set upon the Internet like sharks to blood in the water, its fate would be in the hands of honest brokers who would listen politely to the pleas of the greedy, and then show them the door,” Moyers said of the supporters Obama won when he promised to keep the internet free from corporate influence. “Unfortunately, it turned out to be the infamous revolving door.”
Moyers explained that Obama’s choice to head the commission, Tom Wheeler, not only “bundled” more than $500,000 for Obama’s successful re-election campaign, but also a “top gun” for the cable and telecommunications industries. What’s more, Wheeler has staffed the FCC’s legal team with a coterie of former telecom attorneys, some of whom had actually lobbied against net neutrality before joining its ranks.
Obama: will these impotent inimical maggots never cease to be elected?
The Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an “assault,” on working people intended to further corporate “domination,” according to author and activist Noam Chomsky.
“It’s designed to carry forward the neoliberal project to maximize profit and domination, and to set the working people in the world in competition with one another so as to lower wages to increase insecurity,” Chomsky said during an interview with HuffPost Live.
Urkraine is NOT a real place. Ukraine has never been a real place, not in the sense that Madascar or Cuba are both undeniably real places with real edges. Ukraine has no real edges, just lines on a map imposed by some treaty or army over the past several thousand years. To speak, as the more pompous do, of Ukraine’s “territorial integrity” is to speak of an imaginary construct, useful for blurring people’s minds for political purposes.
Ukraine in recent years has been what the power brokers of the disintegrating Soviet Union decided to let it be in 1991. Ukraine has no coherent history as a nation. First inhabited some 44,000 years ago, most of the region’s history is as occupied territory.
Russia’s history of maintaining a military presence in Crimea is older than United States history. The Russian Black Sea Fleet has been based in Sevastopol in Crimea continuously since 1783. For the Russians, this is a crucial warm water port, currently leased from Ukraine till 2042.
Ukraine’s unfortunate but inescapable geographic location is bordering both Russia and NATO members Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. As far as the NATO allies were concerned, Ukraine’s effort to be a buffer state with good relations with all its hostile neighbors was not enough. Both NATO and the European Union were pressuring Ukraine to choose sides, NATO’s side. How did they honestly expect Russia to react, sooner or later?
These provocations have gone on for years in different forms, apparently with President Obama’s blessing, since he apparently did nothing, or nothing effective, to mitigate or even cease the relentless instigation of Ukrainians toward violence. In mid-December 2013, former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich warned of the trap Ukrainian demonstrators in Independence Square were headed toward.
The United States does not bear the sole responsibility for de-stabilizing Ukraine and risking a nuclear power confrontation, but there is little doubt that if the United States had not been an eager co-conspirator in twenty years of increasingly reckless global expansionism we wouldn’t be in this current quandary.
Obama has set the bar for incompetence at a lower mark than the drunken puppet before him. Maybe…maybe, it is better that American Presidents are drunken morons, if what little intelligence they do have is to be harvested for ill gains benefiting the corporate carpet baggers and their status quo.
It ended when Russian Intelligence agents uncovered a plan by coup plotters to destabilize the Crimea using the same strategy they’d used in Kiev, that is, seizing government buildings, inciting violence, and spreading terror. The discovery, which included “hacked” e mails, shaped events on the ground. Russian troops were deployed to beef up security at the airports and government buildings making it impossible for the putsch to succeed. In other words, the Kremlin implemented its own ”preemption” scheme and it worked like a charm.
According to the New York Times, “The United States and the European Union have embraced the revolution here as another flowering of democracy, a blow to authoritarianism and kleptocracy in the former Soviet space.” ( After Initial Triumph, Ukraine’s Leaders Face Battle for Credibility, NYTimes.com, March 1, 2014, emphasis added)
“Flowering Democracy, Revolution”? The grim realities are otherwise. What is a stake is a US-EU-NATO sponsored coup d’Etat in blatant violation of international law.
The forbidden truth is that the West has engineered –through a carefully staged covert operation– the formation of a proxy regime integrated by Neo-Nazis.
Confirmed by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, key organizations in the Ukraine including the Neo-Nazi party Svoboda were generously supported by Washington: “We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. … We will continue to promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.”
James Rosen got off easy. After searching his email and tracking his whereabouts, the Department of Justice has not jailed or prosecuted the Fox News journalist, which the Obama administration says reflects its deep respect for the role of a free press. On Thursday, a DOJ spokesperson said in a statement that “the Department does not anticipate bringing any additional charges. During the Attorney General’s tenure, no reporter has ever been prosecuted.”
The Obama administration gave no such leniency to Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a Yemeni journalist who had access to top officials in the militant Islamist group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and reported on evidence that the United States had conducted a missile strike in al Majala for which the Yemeni government had claimed credit.
After Shaye was initially imprisoned for alleged involvement with AQAP in 2010, supporters pressed for his release, and word leaked that the Yemeni president was going to issue a pardon. In early 2011, Obama personally intervened. “President Obama expressed concern over the release of Abd-Ilah al-Shai, who had been sentenced to five years in prison for his association with AQAP,” reads a summary of the call posted on the White House website.
For years, senior Obama officials, including the president himself, have been making public claims about their drone program that have just been proven to be categorically false. The evidence of this falsity is so conclusive that even establishment sources are using unusually harsh language - including “lies” - to describe Obama’s statements. McClatchy’s national security reporter, Jonathan Landay, obtained top-secret intelligence documents showing that “contrary to assurances it has deployed US drones only against known senior leaders of al-Qaida and allied groups, the Obama administration has targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-level Afghan, Pakistani and unidentified ‘other’ militants in scores of strikes in Pakistan’s rugged tribal area.” That article quotes drone expert Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations as saying that “McClatchy’s findings indicate that the administration is ‘misleading the public about the scope of who can legitimately be targeted.’”
“James Clapper Is Still Lying”: That would be a more honest headline for yesterday’s big Washington Post article about the director of national intelligence’s letter to the U.S. Senate.
Clapper, you may recall, unequivocally said “no, sir” in response to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asking him: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper’s response was shown to be a lie by Snowden’s disclosures, as well as by reports from the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Associated Press and Bloomberg News (among others). This is particularly significant, considering lying before Congress prevents the legislative branch from performing oversight and is therefore a felony.
Upon Snowden’s disclosures, Clapper initially explained his lie by insisting that his answer was carefully and deliberately calculated to be the “least untruthful” response to a question about classified information. Left unmentioned was the fact that he could have simply given the same truthful answer that Alberto Gonzales gave the committee in 2006.
Obama Nominates Former SOPA Lobbyist to Help Lead TPP Negotiations.
President Obama has nominated former SOPA lobbyist Robert Holleyman to join the team of U.S. negotiators leading the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. If confirmed by the Senate, the former chief executive officer of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) would serve as a Deputy to the U.S. Trade Representative. Coincidentally, the current head of the BSA is former White House IP Czar Victoria Espinel.
Obama’s choice to appoint a prominent supporter of the spectacularly failed SOPA bill indicates the White House’s unwillingness to let up on its extreme stance on copyright enforcement.
The evidence of corporate influence on trade talks doesn’t stop there. Recent reports revealed that prominent U.S. trade officials had received millions of dollars in bonuses before they left their corporate jobs to take up their position at the Obama administration. Soon after these revelations, the U.S. Trade Rep Michael Froman—who received $4 million in bonuses from banking giant CitiGroup—introduced plans to create a new Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee. If this was an attempt to address our criticism of the overwhelming influence of private interests in setting the U.S. trade agenda, it was—at best—a half-hearted one. As we’ve pointed out, fundamental issues underlie this trade advisory system, primarily that members would be gagged from discussing or publicly advocating on the provisions they have seen as a result of serving on this committee. This Washington Post graphic clearly illustrates the current dominating influence of corporate industries in these trade advisory committees.
Obama deserves ridicule as does most of the last 10 presidents and most of the whores in our legislatures.
The Constitution of the State of North Carolina Article XIV, Section 5
“It shall be the policy of this State to conserve and protect its lands and waters for the benefit of all its citizenry, and to this end it shall be a proper function of the State of North Carolina and its political…
Lots of executives are Constitutional rapists…
While some people might think chicken is a “healthier” meat, the truth about how most chicken is raised and processed by the huge corporations might surprise even the most ardent meat-eater. And right now, President Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack are considering a proposal that could make chicken even less safe!
NSA, TPA, JSOC, GMO’s, Fascism….What else is Obama going to give us?
Stop Pushing the Filthy Chicken Rule
Dear [Decision Maker],
I urge you to withdraw the so-called “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection” regulation, or the “Filthy Chicken Rule,” that would turn most poultry inspection over to poultry companies so that they can police themselves.
The proposed rule would decrease the number of USDA inspectors in poultry plants while increasing line speeds up to 175 birds per minute or three birds per second. In order to compensate for missed fecal contamination, the proposed rule would permit companies to use more anti-microbial chemicals to clean the poultry carcasses.
This rule will lead to unsafe food and unsafe working conditions, and will put consumer health at risk by allowing inadequate inspection of poultry. I urge you to withdraw this rule for privatizing poultry inspection.
Obama: The First Person in the Executive Office to Assassinate an American Citizen, the First President to Blatantly Wipe His Ass on the US Constitution
How Did This Come About?
The president can do little once in office. Corporations rule; the “Pres” can’t appoint judges, the financial industry owns the day and the opposing political party obstructs horrifically damn near anything the “Pres” tries to push, merely because he’s the one pushing.
The newly elected “Pres” is usually a former politician and knows next to nothing about the secret operations conducted by the White House: that information comes after one is elected. The new “Pres” is sat down by corporations and the military industrial complex, told the rules and of a world he is unaware of and handed a cowboy hat and told to go kill someone, the US is at war with the world. Little men, tiny corporate men that Obama and Bush are they use the JSOC to murder and kill without oversight like the NSA spies and like the Trans Pacific Partnership is devised - in secrecy that not even our legislators are allowed to participate in, much less the American people.
There is so much money in the election of an American President that he must pass through a corporate/military filter or simply he has no chance to be elected. Look at he last two presidential elections and the candidates. A field of silly saps, saps who will do what they are told like dogs.
Obama and Bush are so small they are microscopic and instead of doing nothing just like another tiny creature these exceedingly small men spread a cancer like the bubonic plague, destroying the US Constitution and keeping Americans farther and farther from participating in their own country.
Openness in government, a free internet and the reduction of corporations controlling our elections is the new order of the day.
“For negotiations as complex as these, we need maximum goodwill and trust. It is absolutely critical,” said Martin Khor, an advisor to developing nations during the Copenhagen summit. “If there is anything that prevents a level playing field, that stops negotiations being held on equal grounds. It disrupts the talks.”
Throughout the conference, U.S. delegates received secret intelligence from the NSA about other countries’ private perspectives on the policies being discussed. The document said that this information should be shared with Obama and Hillary Clinton so the United States would have an upper hand during negotiations.
There’s no use in excusing the environmental eavesdropping as an isolated incident, either. A previous, less publicized Snowden leak from last year demonstrated that the United States spied on Indonesia’s 2007 climate change summit, as well.
Instead of setting real environmental standards, Obama ultimately offered up the “Copenhagen Accord” along with other major polluters. The Accord called for each country to take it upon themselves to cut emissions, leaving no concrete regulations to hold countries accountable for making these changes. Though Obama was pleased with the outcome, declaring it “meaningful and unprecedented,” much of the rest of the world was less than impressed with an agreement that was all talk and no required action.
USA = Corporate Shithole
It’s time to call bull on the U.S.’s claim that the NSA is specifically for our safety. Forget the concerns of al Qaeda attacks because climate change threatens the entirety of the planet. Using surveillance techniques in order to more efficiently halt international environmental negotiations makes the United States the terrorists in this scenario.
So Clapper’s crime is excused away as ‘being between a rock and a hard place’, but Snowden who was not subject to whistleblower protection, and the only outlets he could ‘legally’ take the information to were deeply involved in allowing the now known criminality to continue…. must be tried because ‘he broke the law’.
Dear Mr. Attorney General Holder,
Congressional oversight depends on truthful testimony - witnesses cannot be allowed to lie to Congress. Accordingly, we request you investigate Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s “erroneous’ statements to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence earlier this year.
At a March 12, 2013 Committee hearing, Senator Ron Wyden asked, “Does the N.S.A. collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Director Clapper answered, “No, Sir.” Wyden Pressed, “It does not?” Clapper replied, “There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”
Senator Wyden had warned Director Clapper prior to the hearing that he would ask the question. Following the hearing, Wyden privately offered Clapper an opportunity to correct the record. Clapper declined. Four months later, in June 2013 after the Snowden leaks publicly exposed Clappers testimony as false, Clapper finally retracted his remarks. Clapper wrote, “My response was clearly erroneous - for which I apologize.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein, who as chair of the Intelligence Committee knew Clapper’s testimony was false, told the New Yorker she “was startled by the answer.” Senator Wyden said, “the answer was obviously misleading, false.”
18 U.S.C 1001 makes it a crime to “knowingly and willfully” make any “materially false” statement in the course of any “investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee.” One of the hallmarks of American democracy is that no one is above the law. In 1990, National Security Advisor John Poindexter was charged and convicted under 18 U.S.C 1001 for lying to Congress about the Iran Contra affair. In 2011, the D.C. Circuit upheld the conviction of David Safavian for false statements to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee while he was Chief of Staff of the General Services Administration administrator. Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff Scooter Libby was convicted under 18 U.S.C. 1001. Martha Stewart was jailed under the same statute.
Director Clapper has served his country with distinction, and we have no doubt he believed he was acting in its best interest. Nevertheless, the law is clear. He was asked a question and he was obligated to answer truthfully. He could have declined to answer. He could have offered to answer in a classified setting. He could have corrected himself immediately following the hearing. He did non of these things despite advance warning that the question was coming.
The country’s interests are best served when its leaders deal truthfully with its citizens. The mutual sense of good faith it foster permits compromise and concessions in those cases that warrant it. Director Clapper’s willful lie under oath fuels the unhealthy cynicism and distrust that citizens feel towards their government and undermines Congress’s ability to perform its Constitutional function.
There are differences of opinion about the propriety of the NSA’s data collection programs. There can be no disagreement, however, on the basic premise that congressional witnesses must answer truthfully.
This is a matter of the highest priority and therefore, we respectfully request a response by January 10, 2014.
Rep F. James Sensenbrenner Jr
Rep Darrell Issa
Rep Trent Franks
Rep Ted Poe
Rep Trey Gowdy
Rep Raul Labrador
Rep Blake Farenthold
Clapper and Obama are two whores working on behalf of and covering each others asses for the elite of corporate America. Snowden is the only one of the three that has served the American people.
When compared against other TPP chapters, the Environment Chapter is noteworthy for its absence of mandated clauses or meaningful enforcement measures. The dispute settlement mechanisms it creates are cooperative instead of binding; there are no required penalties and no proposed criminal sanctions. With the exception of fisheries, trade in ‘environmental’ goods and the disputed inclusion of other multilateral agreements, the Chapter appears to function as a public relations exercise.
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ publisher, stated: “Today’s WikiLeaks release shows that the public sweetner in the TPP is just media sugar water. The fabled TPP environmental chapter turns out to be a toothless public relations exercise with no enforcement mechanism.” Wikileaks
The Obama administration is retreating from previous demands of strong international environmental protections in order to reach agreement on a sweeping Pacific trade deal that is a pillar of President Obama’s strategic shift to Asia, according to documents obtained by WikiLeaks, environmentalists and people close to the contentious trade talks.
Ilana Solomon, the director of the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program, said the draft omits crucial language ensuring that increased trade will not lead to further environmental destruction.
“It rolls back key standards set by Congress to ensure that the environment chapters are legally enforceable, in the same way the commercial parts of free-trade agreements are,” Ms. Solomon said. The Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Wildlife Fund have been following the negotiations closely and are expected to release a report on Wednesday criticizing the draft.
Black People Suck at Being President Too.