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State Dept/CIA directed the uprising of extremists in E. Libya and unleashed them on the region

The Libyan revolution was largely driven by an armed uprising in Eastern Libya that was organized by this American official, who you should recognize.


In February, 2011, as the rebellion started, Chris Stevens set up camp in Benghazi not in Tripoli, Misrata or the Berber areas.

The area in E. Libya between Benghazi and Tobruk also accounted for the largest percentage of foreign al-Qaeda suicide bombers in Iraq. Stevens was well aware of the presence of al-Qaeda and affiliated groups in Benghazi, he wrote a 2008 cable analyzing the groups. Obviously, it was very important to the Obama Admin. to have someone on the ground in Benghazi coordinating Jihadist and Salaafist groups in the area, as they were the most effective part of the opposition. See, my post, Blowback in Benghazi, http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021343355

Ambassador Stevens and the oversized CIA station developed another interest in Benghazi: looted Libyan antiaircraft missiles and Jihadis going to Syria. Thousands of them. The spread of arms and escalation of violence across the region was the known and inevitable result of the breakup of the Libyan military and the scattering of sophisticated weapons following regime change in Libya. The State Department and CIA thought they had it under control, in large part because Stevens and Petraeus convinced the Administration that they were in charge of the situation. They were wrong.


Please see related post, http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=3708699 If you need more cites or sources, please let me know.

There are more than 4 million Americans with security clearances. Most of them

are cleared to spy on the rest of us.

One might therefore say, numerically, that we are far more spied upon than the East German population was before the Wall came down.

Actually, it's worse than that.


In 1990, the population of E Germany was about 16 million, of which 170,000 were paid Stasi informants. That's about 1 percent of the population. That number almost exactly matched the number of active uniformed personnel in all three branches of the DDR military.

Today, the active duty US military numbers about 1.5 million, but the number of American civilian contractors with security clearances is at least twice that same number. There are roughly 300 million of us. That means, the proportion of security-cleared military and civilians is actually fifty percent higher in America today than it was in Communist East Germany at the time Markus Wolf ran the Stasi.

He would feel right at home in America, 2013.


(Stasi files)

Business values tech, quants and lawyers, but society is better off with more teachers and artists.

Capitalism turns everything upside down, including the natural order of things. The highest flowering of human development is not this:



It is this:



The inverted measure of value leads to a world that looks like this:

This is how most people feel when they are confronted by open carry demonstrators:

If it isn't blunt intimidation, I don't know what is.

Wow. I didn't even think they still made chips in this country. And, get this, it isn't a scam.

There's already a $13 billion fab facility run in the Mohawk Valley of NY by a consortia of large global companies that first started operating there in 1997, according to the Wiki for the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE.) I had to do a double-take and some Googling. That name just reads too much like science fiction from the early 1980s.

I've long been a skeptic of Silicon Valley hype (and a fan of Cyberpunk). In the early 1980s, I was living in Santa Cruz, CA, a little hippie surfer town just over the hill from San Jose, the epicenter of the then rocketing American computer software sector. But, I sensed all was not well and sustainable in this new industry and the cybernetic society it was shaping. I foresaw the dot.com crash of 2000 coming at the beginning of the personal computer age and described life in America after the Big Bust in a 1982 series of ten articles for a little weekly newspaper, The Santa Cruz Express. In the first installment, Santa Cruz in the Year 2002,I wrote:

Early in the year 2000, the microelectronics industry went bust because of market saturation and declining consumer income . . ."


Well, I got the timing of the crash spot-on, anyway. Here is one of several of the installments I've posted at Photobucket, part of the series: "Santa Cruz in the Years 2002-2012" (1982). This NY tech campus sounds eerily like one of the "Jack Junior" installations I imagined would be built, and largely abandoned after the bubble burst in the 2000s. Imagine that:



RESPONSE TO POST: "New York Plans $45 Billion Fab Campus," http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1319557&


Did anyone else watch the Charlie Rose interview w/Ehud Barak? He urged Obama to bomb Iran without

seeking any Congressional or UN authorization, and has been talking to some in Congress and the Admin. to make sure the "same mistake" that delayed the bombing of Syria isn't repeated.

The former Israeli PM talked about his meetings in DC about goading the US into a "sledgehammer attack" on Iran's nuclear installations with some secret new weapons he alluded to toward the end of the Rose Interview. Also, earlier in the talk he seems to say that Israel was involved in the western interventions in Libya and Syria.

Barak discusses his strategy for an unannounced, preemptive attack by the US on Iran about 30 minutes into the interview first aired Friday night, here: http://www.bloomberg.com/video/israeli-prime-minister-barak-charlie-rose-09-20-blc81QjLSWGC3eZiu1Kyiw.html

Here are some additional materials on the Church/Pike Committee Reports:

Full Church Commitee reports: http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/contents/church/contents_church_reports.htm

Full Pike Commitee reports: http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/docset/getList.do?docSetId=1918

CIA Historical Study of the background to the Church and Pike Committee reports: https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/winter98_99/art07.html

We opened a pandora's box with serial regime change across MENA. Religious war was the inevitable

result in Syria given its particular history of Sunni-Shi'ia conflict and its proximity, strategic and symbolic importance to the major antagonists within the region: Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel. The breakup of Libya sent tens of thousands of hardened fighters newly armed with sophisticated weapons into the other conflict zones, particularly Syria. Once ignited, civil war in Syria was bound to spread.

The Sunni-Shi'ia Jihad is a cancer that was once contained and stable. The Clinton-Petraeus serial regime change doctrine destabilized the region, and sectarian violence and terrorism is now metasticizing. Now, it will make the whole world violently ill.

Life is not better now in eastern and central Libya.

Eastern coastal Libya is a hodgepodge of feuding war lords and mini caliphates. It is from this area that most of the Jihadis and looted arms that went to Iraq and Syria (and are back in Iraq again now). Large parts of the central coastal city of Sirte, which was the tribal homeland of Ghadaffi, were reduced to ruins and have not been rebuilt:



As for democratization, here is 15 minutes of public administration of justice by the local Islamic Court. Sirte, March, 2013:

The American Citizens' Guide to Seeking Asylum Abroad

The American Citizens' Guide to Seeking Asylum Abroad
By JDzubow
http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?7519-The-American-Citizens-Guide-to-Seeking-Asylum-Abroad
09-17-2013 at 09:02 AM

This piece was originally published by http://www.wherevermag.com/ wherever magazine, an out of place journal of travel literature, travel culture, and travel politics. I will periodically be blogging for the new magazine, which seems like a very cool publication (probably too cool for the likes of me, but for now, I'm still in).


I wrote this piece because I am contacted pretty regularly by U.S. citizens who are seeking asylum abroad, or who are thinking about it. Some of these asylum seekers are not so legitimate in my estimation--criminals who hope to avoid the consequences of their crimes. Others represent sad situations that involve people who have been frustrated by their inability to receive help from the government. Victims of domestic abuse are one example in this category. Also, there are those who are engaged in political activity (or what they consider political activity) that could result in criminal penalties here. Edward Snowden falls into this category. So do certain cannabis activists and others in favor of drug legalization (people who consider drug use a political act).



Some people need to flee the U.S.; others just need to leave already.


OK, without further ado, the original piece is here (where you can also check out some interesting articles and photos), and a slightly shortened version is below:


Letís say youíve decided to flee the United State of America. Youíre not some high-profile asylum seeker like Edward Snowden, who can count on help from a rival government (Russia). Instead, youíre just an ordinary asylum seeker, who will have to demonstrate that you qualify for protection under international law. How would you go about it?

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(Not quite Latest Breaking News, but I thought I would share it while it's still fresh, anyway. Who hasn't had this thought, at some time?

FYI - Jason is a real immigration lawyer, and only half kidding.)
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