Now that the US Justice Department's so-called "drone memo" [external PDF] is out (a remarkable result for the ACLU and New York Times that fought for its release), one might think that the US people might now be in a position at least to understand - if not agree with - the legal theories behind the Obama Administration's extra-judicial assassinations of US citizens.
This disturbing policy was made public due to a legal challenge brought by Privacy International, Liberty, Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Pakistani organisation Bytes for All, and five other national civil liberties organisations.1
As the "1%" continues to syphon off the aspirations of the "99%", it's hard to imagine that plans are not afoot to pre-empt and neutralise that widespread social unrest which the managers of this corporate-fascist NWO must surely suspect is coming. Enter Minerva: a research programme of the US Department of Defense that is funding universities to study the social dynamics of civil unrest across the globe - in essence a militarisation of the social sciences.
Much as I like polar bears (who wouldn't?), I can't help being suspicious that their cuteness and cuddliness (at a distance!) makes them ideal "victims" for the global climate change supposedly caused (in large part) by carbon-dioxide-producing human beings. Maybe I'm wrong; I'm quite prepared to be. But a recent blog post by Dr. Susan Crockford (zoologist with published work on the Holocene history of Arctic animals, and an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia) does little to persuade me so.
Chris Hedges laments that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent rejection of an appeal in the case by prominent persons against the U.S. Government's N.D.A.A. of 2012 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012) Section 1021(b)(2), means that the U.S. military's ability to arrest "U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process" remains in legal force.
Living here in the UK (as I do), I am reminded by Michael Krieger that I am likely to be recorded by CCTV cameras about 300 times every day (on average). Quite believable; they seem to have been erected all over the place in recent years - parks - road corners - walls - all, no doubt, in the fight against crime and terrorism in this obscure Lancastrian backwater.
In another MUST READ, Seymour Hersh analyses why Washington's proposed military intervention in Syria came to a halt, and considers the possible role of Turkey in the gas attacks within Syria that allowed Washington to make its case against Assad that he had crossed the "red line".
The question is simply this: How is it that NATO sources are saying that "some 35,000- 40,000 Russian troops are massed near Ukraine's eastern border... [with] tanks, mechanised infantry, and special forces... [and] the logistical back-up to keep them there for some considerable time", (BBC) when just a few days before Jim Maceda of NBC, who took his team over to the Ukrainian-Russian border to find out for themselves, reported that they found "no signs of military buildup"? Indeed, far from finding evidence of war, says Maceda, "what we found instead were war memorials." Are we to understand that all those 35,000 troops with all that back-up just managed to slip into place during those intervening few days?
In an illuminating exposé of the mainstream media's penchant for not 'telling it like it is', Paul Joseph Watson demonstrates how the Turkish government's leaked false-flag deliberations were turned by the media into a relatively inoccuous tut-tutting over YouTube blocking!
"Turkish government officials were caught red-handed in a leaked audio tape planning a false flag terror attack as a pretext to invade Syria, but the mainstream media completely buried the key aspect of the story and made it all about Prime Minister Erdogan blocking YouTube."
Tyler Durden reports on the recently-leaked conversation between Turkish military and political leaders in which they discuss what seems to be a false-flag attack designed to justify war with Syria. Apparently, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has implicitly confirmed the conversation as genuine by criticising those who leaked the information through YouTube:
"As geopolitical analysts from across the board explain, the Ukrainian coup has been deliberately provoked by outside agents to promote a combination of US, EU, NATO and IMF interests. Perhaps more worrying than the interference itself are its potential implications. As Russia's every move is now being scrutinized for a possible military response to the ongoing crisis, the specter of a larger military operation now hangs over Eastern Europe."
Thanks to Scotland's new Children and Young People Bill - passed by the Scottish National Parliament on February 19th - each child in that land (from birth to 18 years of age) is to have a state-appointed "guardian" to ensure that he or she is growing up in safety. Although the idea is to make it easier for the authorities to spot difficulties such as abuse, critics point to the fact that the "guardians" will have legal access to sensitive information about the child and his/her family, and to the probable fact that the legislation runs contrary to Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."
Neither a global warming believer, nor a "denier", Charles Krauthammer chastises those who pretend that "the science is settled." It's "a crude attempt to silence critics", he says, as is the term "denier" which he heavily criticises for its abusive and manipulative connation of "Holocaust denial."
The pretense of "settled science" allows every natural disaster, be it "warming and cooling, drought and flood" to be conveniently blamed on "man's sinful carbon burning." But "sinful" against Whom? Now there's a new god on the block: Mother Earth; in some ways fitting, since promoters of the idea of anthropogenic climate change "have made their cause a matter of fealty and faith."
Paul Craig Roberts reports that he is receiving confirmations from his readers that Washington and the EU are helping to finance the violent protests in the Ukraine. This supports his assessments in previous articles, such as: "Washington Orchestrated Protests Destabilizing Ukraine".
"Nuland is the Obama regime official who was caught red-handed naming the members of the Ukrainian government Washington intends to impose on the Ukrainian people once the paid protesters have unseated the current elected and independent government. What Nuland means by Ukraine’s future under EU overlordship is for Ukraine to be looted like Latvia and Greece and to be used by Washington as a staging ground for US missile bases against Russia."
If you've ever tried to tell someone about one of the countless official lies that we're bombarded with on a regular basis, and they've "answered" you before even bothering to listen to what you have to say...
... well, the writer of this proverb said it all thousands of years ago:
"The one who gives an answerbeforehe listens that ishis follyand his shame."
"...[T]he powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations..." (p. 324 - emphasis added)
"When wealth captures government policymaking, the rules bend to favour the rich, often to the detriment of everyone else. The consequences include the erosion of democratic governance, the pulling apart of social cohesion, and the vanishing of equal opportunities for all. Unless bold political solutions are instituted to curb the influence of wealth on politics, governments will work for the interests of the rich"
...Floyd notes that if we work "really, really hard... [we] too might one day be able to afford one night on the bottom floor of a hotel where a Saudi prince or a movie star once actually took a dump hundreds of feet above [us]. Now there's something to fire up [our] pathetic little middle-class imagination!"