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How SHOCKING and UNREALISTIC to even imagine such a thing!!!!11!11!1
Posted by woo me with science | Tue Sep 30, 2014, 12:56 AM (0 replies)
I trust people to figure out which one it is.
(And to the alerters: No, this post is not about Obama himself, but about the entire diseased, bipartisan, corporate money-corrupted system of which he is a part, and that the poster above denies is orchestrating suppression of dissent).
All these indignant denials that we're in trouble take the same form:
Posted by woo me with science | Sun Sep 28, 2014, 05:09 PM (1 replies)
We're all in this together, trying to wake up a brainwashed nation. Your post asking people to think about the need for peaceful revolution is spot on.
NSA Affiliated Spy Satellite Mission Patch Slogan: "NOTHING IS BEYOND OUR REACH."
Posted by woo me with science | Sat Sep 27, 2014, 11:08 AM (1 replies)
Attorney General Eric Holder: If the President Does It, It’s Legal
John W. Whitehead
Attorney, President of The Rutherford Institute, and author of 'A Government of Wolves'
The military can detain anyone, including American citizens, it deems a threat to the country. Not only has the DOJ persisted in defending a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act that sanctions indefinite detentions of Americans, but it has also blasted the federal judge who ruled the NDAA to be vague and chilling as overstepping the court’s authority and infringing on Obama’s power to act as Commander in Chief.
Presidential kill lists and drone killings are fine as long as the president thinks someone might have terrorist connections. Holder has gone to great lengths to defend Obama’s use of drones to target and kill American citizens, even on U.S. soil, as legally justifiable. In fact, a leaked DOJ memo suggests that the President has the power to murder any American citizen the world over, so long as he has a feeling that they might, at some point in the future, pose a threat to the United States.
The federal government has the right to seize the private property—cash, real estate, cars and other assets—of those suspected of being “connected” to criminal activity, whether or not the suspect is actually guilty. The government actually collects billions of dollars every year through this asset-forfeiture system, which it frequently divvies up with local law enforcement officials, a practice fully supported by the DOJ and a clear incentive for the government to carry out more of these “takings.”
Warrantless electronic surveillance of Americans’ telephone, email and Facebook accounts is not only permissible but legal. According to court documents, more Americans have had their electronic communications spied on as a result of DOJ orders for phone, email and Internet information—40,000 people alone in 2011—and that doesn’t even begin to take into account agencies outside Holder’s purview, terrorism investigations or requests by state and local law enforcement officials.
Much, much more at link, including:
* Judicial review is far from necessary.
* Due process and judicial process are not the same.
* Government whistleblowers will be bankrupted, blacklisted, blackballed and in some cases
banished.* Government transparency is important unless government officials are busy,
can stonewall, redact, obfuscate or lie about the details,
are able to make the case that they are exempt from disclosure
or that it interferes with national security.* When it comes to Wall Street, justice is not blind.
* Not all suspects should have the right to remain silent.
Defense and expansion of the most malignant of Bush policies, and broad assaults on the very foundations of our democratic system.
Posted by woo me with science | Thu Sep 25, 2014, 06:01 PM (16 replies)
No, we're not a democracy:
Jimmy Carter: "America has no functioning democracy."
Totalitarianism, American Style
The American Propaganda State
And no, Americans are not right-leaning:
USA Is A Center-Right Nation? Nope...
America has never been a center right nation.
Not this nonsense again.
Posted by woo me with science | Tue Sep 23, 2014, 12:26 PM (0 replies)
War is Peace!
Chilling Legal Memo From Obama DOJ Justifies Assassination of US Citizens
Obama seeks longer PATRIOT Act extension than Republicans (December 2013)
When it comes to civil liberties, apparently Democrats are just as bad as Republicans.
NSA's Massive New Spy Center to Track Your Emails, Internet Activity, and Phone Calls
Obama Quietly Signs Abusive Spy Bill He Once Vowed to Eliminate
Obama repeals Magna Carta, asserting powers our forefathers denied to Kings
Obama's Memo on Killing Americans Twists 'Imminent Threat' Like Bush
Obama no better than Bush when it comes to security vs. civil liberties.
Obama Admin Seeks Permission TO LIE In Response To FOI Requests - Even To The COURTS
NDAA on trial: Obama Administration fights ban on indefinite detention of Americans
Obama administration complicit with private prison industry: President Obama's IncarcerNation
Obama, Democrats Push to Make Bush Spying Laws Permanent
NDAA, signed by Obama, is a direct attack against legitimate protest and dissent
NSA Whistleblower: All Americans under constant surveillance, all info. stored, no matter the post
Bipartisan Congress Disgracefully Approves the FISA Warrantless Spying Bill for Five More Years
While Public & Media Focused on 2nd Amendment, 5th Amendment Quietly Dismantled
How the Obama administration justifies extrajudicial killing of Americans,
Judge Says Under Law Executive Branch Can Commit Acts That Sure Do Seem Unconstitutional
Obama Justice Dept. says wiretap lawsuit should not proceed
NDAA Lawsuit- Hedges v. Obama, The Last Thin Line of Defense
Federal authorities step up efforts to license surveillance drones for law enforcement
Big Banks and FBI worked together vs Occupy
FBI Investigated 'Occupy' As Possible 'Domestic Terrorism' Threat, Internal Documents Show
FBI Documents Reveal Secret Nationwide Occupy Monitoring (Updated the OP)
Public Buses Across Country Quietly Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Conversations
Street artist behind satirical NYPD 'Drone' posters arrested
The Obama DOJ urged the Supreme Court's endorsement of strip searches.
Obama Administration Fights to Allow Warrantless GPS Tracking
Anonymous to FBI: hey, dudes, maybe you could take a break from...investigating activists....
Half a billion dollars for drones to spy on Americans
From Bradley Manning to Aaron Swartz -- The Government's Inhumane Persecution of Brave Truth Tellers
The sight of Army helicopters and the sound of gunfire...on Houston's south side
Kiriakou and Stuxnet: the danger of the still-escalating Obama whistleblower war
Can the DEA Hide a Surveillance Camera on Your Property?
Social Media and the Stasi
Homeland Security Wants to More Than Double Its Predator Drone Fleet Inside the US, Despite Safety/Privacy Invasions
CIA Behind Bizarre Censorship Incident At Alleged 9/11 Plotters’ Gitmo Trial
“I Am Wearing My Conviction As A Badge Of Honor.”
Meet the Contractors Turning America's Police Into a Paramilitary Force
How Secrecy Corrodes Democracy
Obama Quietly Issues Ruling Saying It's Legal For The FBI To Break The Law
US Pulls Plug on Iran Cable News (Press TV)
DHS Watchdog OKs 'Suspicionless' Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border
One Of The NSA's Original Whistleblowers Says The Goal Is 'Total Population Control'
Petition Calls On Obama Stop Intimidation Of Journalists And Whistleblowers
U.S. Plunges in Global Press Freedom Rankings As Obama Wages War on Whistleblowers
Obama Promises, Including Whistleblower Protections, Disappear
President Obama on Whistleblowers: Then and Now -
Obama's unprecedented war on whistleblowers
James Risen: Obama Is 'Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A .
An Assault from Obama's Escalating War on Journalism
Obama administration to reveal legal justification for killing Americans
Obama's Memo on Killing Americans Twists 'Imminent Threat' Like Bush
NSA Phone Snooping Cannot Be Challenged in Court, Feds Say ..
Democratic establishment unmasked: prime defenders of NSA bulk collection
NSA can store a billion cell phone calls.
N.S.A. Examines Social Networks of U.S. Citizens (Decision Made In Secret 2010)
PBS Frontline Exposes (Softly) Bush's and Obama's Authorization and Coverup of NSA Spying
Stopping police militarization = confronting corporate politicians (increased under Obama)
Federal grants drive the militarization of police departments
Why Is President Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison in Yemen
James Clapper Calls Journalists "Criminal Accomplices" -
Rachel Maddow on David Miranda and the White House
Obama Pentagon Employs Bush-Era Propagandists to Screen Embedding Journalists
Obama the Conservative: Little Hope for Change
Obama: After 911, we tortured some folks.
Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe
"My Head Exploded When Obama Sanctimoniously Said, 'We Tortured Some Folks'"
Obama Administration: Further Legitimizing Targeted Assassinations by Drones
Washington gets explicit: its 'war on terror' is permanent
President Obama’s Dragnet (New York Times Editorial)
Posted by woo me with science | Thu Sep 18, 2014, 10:49 AM (9 replies)
just another flavor of capitalism within an essentially functioning democratic government.
As a former president of the United States put it, we don't have a functioning democracy anymore.
We are witnessing an ongoing process of merger of state and corporation (one definition of fascism) that is truly frightening. The very foundations of our democratic system are being actively dismantled by the corporate politicians you defend.
We have lost much of the Bill of Rights. There is a secret, unaccountable government operating alongside the one we are taught about at school, and it has the power of mass surveillance and dossiers on citizens, secret laws and secret courts, the power to smear and lie and disinform, to suppress protest and political dissent, and to indefinitely imprison and even murder American citizens without transparency and without due process.
Our intelligence and security agencies have been co-opted and are being used to surveil peaceful domestic protest and to engage in corporate espionage. Our purchased government actors are using every means possible - the courts, "trade" agreements, legislation, executive actions - to restructure and rig the system to pass power to corporations that used to belong to the people of this nation.
Journalism has been hobbled through intimidation/abuse of espionage laws and by active consolidation and purchase by corporate entities that parrot the party lines....and our precious internet is being handed over to those same corporations as we speak. Whistleblowers and potential government whistleblowers are under unprecedented surveillance and assault. Our police departments have been militarized, and peaceful protests federally surveilled *in cooperation* with Wall Street and brutally suppressed.
Legislation coming out of our corrupt, purchased government bears no resemblance whatsoever to the popular will and hasn't for a long time. And the wealth of ordinary Americans is being looted, and our commons are being looted, to fill the pockets of the billionaires, bankers, and corporations who are building this new corporatocracy hurtling into fascism.
We hear a lot of lies and propaganda and Newspeak, most likely funded through our own tax dollars. We are told that our system is functioning, that we need only vote harder next time. We are told that the politicians perpetrating these assaults on our nation are "centrists" or "moderates," with the safe, warm connotations of those words. How could anything "moderate" or in the "center" be dangerous? But these are extreme, even fascistic policies, and it is time we called them out for what they are.
They are assaults on democracy itself. They are assaults on our Constitution. They are assaults on every one of us.
And it needs to stop now.
Posted by woo me with science | Sun Sep 14, 2014, 06:17 PM (1 replies)
begging for money for veterans. And I have only gotten angrier, thinking about it.
They are structured just like the ASPCA ads, or the Feed the Children ads, except that instead of beaten puppies, they have pictures of veterans who've had their limbs blown off or are living with brain damage or severe PTSD.
You're supposed to send 19 dollars a month.
There are no words for the obscenity of this profitmongering machine and a government that will not even meet the needs of the soldiers it maims. We have how many veterans on FOOD STAMPS (just slashed, by the way, with the signature of our "Democratic" president), benefits are still being cut and called "military cuts," and soldiers have to beg for money from private citizens to meet their basic needs.
It is evil. There is no excuse for it. IT. MUST. END.
Posted by woo me with science | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 10:43 PM (0 replies)
is the focus, goal, or even a passing thought of the MIC.
On the contrary, all of recent history suggests that the focus of the MIC is the by-now familiar cycle of destabilization -> crisis -> bombs -> profit.http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5520628
Rinse in blood and repeat.
It is time to stop imagining what we wish the MIC would do and instead look at the actual track record and the financial ties.
We have a long history by which to evaluate the behavior of the MIC. This is part of a well-established pattern of crisis, intervention, destabilization, and crisis. It is a cycle, and it is linked to the military INDUSTRY which profits from it all. We have to stop reacting to the crises that the MIC's own behavior creates. ISIS is not the first former "ally" we have ended up bombing.
I'm going to link again to this post by JackRiddler that I think should have hundreds of recommendations:
Add in the one by IchingCarpenter for good measure: We are at this point bombing our own guns:
The MIC's own behavior ensures the continuation of this cycle of violence. As JackRiddler's post points out, there are things they could do to show good faith in actually trying to end the violence rather than perpetuating this cycle, but their behavior, and the behavior of US politicians, does exactly the opposite.
It's a racket. It's shock doctrine. We're always reacting to a crisis we helped create, and we ignore the ones behind the scenes getting filthy rich from it all. Meanwhile, our country is hollowed out from all our money being poured into war.
And more mothers will weep over graves, more nations will be devastated for profit, and the warmongers laugh all the way to a new private island.
Posted by woo me with science | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 08:30 PM (0 replies)
Last time we faced a shock doctrine "crisis," we ended up with *more* austerity than Paul Ryan originally wanted.
Hell, just in the past month or two we got a farm bill based on "pension smoothing" and a hefty cut in FOOD STAMPS.
Look at the OFFERS.
We are bought and sold. We are farm animals for profit.
Posted by woo me with science | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 07:10 PM (0 replies)