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Disturbing Trend of Police Wanting Drones for Routine Infractions
Nicholas West: After lulling the public into believing that using drones in the U.S. would be confined to border patrol or for counter-terrorism in the event of an imminent threat, we are beginning to see police calling for far wider implementation of drone surveillance. ... I’ve reported several times about the years-long battle in Los Angeles over the use of police drones. The plan resulted in severe pushback from civil liberties groups such as the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and eventually resulted in an agreement to in fact limit their use to extreme threats and never for surveillance. ... More recently, Connecticut went much further with a new plan for integrating drones into their fusion center matrix of camera surveillance ... of “quality-of-life-issues” that included “illegal dumping, ATVs and dirt bikes, motor vehicle violations, narcotics markets, car break-ins and larcenies.”... Visit Website ]
Dec 12, 2017, 2:28pm

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76 Years of Pearl Harbor Lies
David Swanson: The United States government did not need to make Japan a junior partner in imperialism, did not need to fuel an arms race, did not need to support Nazism and fascism (as some of the biggest U.S. corporations did right through the war), did not need to provoke Japan, did not need to join the war in Asia or Europe, and was not surprised by the attack on Pearl Harbor. ... General George Marshall admitted ... to Congress in 1945: that the codes had been broken, that the United States had initiated Anglo-Dutch-American agreements for unified action against Japan and put them into effect before Pearl Harbor, and that the United States had provided officers of its military to China for combat duty before Pearl Harbor... Visit Website ]
Dec 8, 2017, 11:24am

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The Real Causes of Deficits and the US Debt
jack Rasmus: The causes of the deficits and debt are directly the consequence of financing wars in the middle east without raising taxes to pay for them (the first time in U.S. history of war financing), rising homeland security and other non-war defense costs, massive tax cuts for businesses and investors since 2001, economic growth at two thirds of normal the past decade (generating less tax revenues), government health program costs escalation due to healthcare sector price gouging, and no real wage growth for the 80 percent of the labor force resulting in rising costs for food stamps, SSI, and other benefits... Visit Website ]
Dec 7, 2017, 2:35pm

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The Anti-Empire Report #153 - Published December 5th, 2017
William Blum: Cold War Number One: 70 years of daily national stupidity ... ... Cold War Number Two: Still in its youth, but just as stupid ... The Cold War strategist, George Kennan, wrote prophetically: “Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial establishment would have to go on, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.” ... The worst consequences (of anti-communism), the ultra-criminal consequences, were the abominable death, destruction, and violation of human rights that we know under various names: Vietnam, Chile, Korea, Guatemala, Cambodia, Indonesia, Brazil, Greece, Afghanistan, El Salvador, and many others... Visit Website ]
Dec 6, 2017, 3:41pm

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China, Saudi Arabia, and the US: Shake Up and Shake Down
James Petras: Major changes are roiling the states, societies and ruling classes of the biggest industrial economies, oil regimes and military complexes. ... China is re-allocating its economic wealth toward building the most extensive modern infrastructure system in history, linking four continents. ... Saudi Arabia is transferring a trillion dollars of pillage from princes to princes ... The United States is emptying the swamp of the Capital’s corruption and immediately replenishing it ... ‘Shaking up’ occurs where visions of wealth and prosperity accompany science and discovery. ... ‘Shaking down’ is where the science of palace coups and the art of bloody intrigues fleece the poor while enriching and amusing the powerful.... Visit Website ]
Dec 5, 2017, 10:50am

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The Trump Administration and Hoover-Era Paranoia
Jelani Cobb: A new F.B.I. report revives troubling views of African-American radicalism. ... The report (“Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers.”), which was issued in August and leaked to ForeignPolicy.com last month, argues that the increased scrutiny of police shootings of African-Americans in recent years may result in acts of violence directed at law enforcement ... If the redundancy of this history offers any lesson, it’s how easy it is for concern about a vaguely defined enemy to translate into the suppression of rights—and that the targeting of marginalized groups is often the first indication that such a process is under way.... Visit Website ]
Nov 28, 2017, 3:45pm

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Net neutrality and the drive to censor the internet
Wednesday’s move by the Trump administration to end net neutrality marks a milestone in the offensive by the US government and major corporations to put an end to the free and open internet, paving the way for widespread government censorship of oppositional news and analysis. ... the draft proposal published by FCC chairman Ajit Pai Wednesday, and expected to sail through the approval process next month, would put an end to the decades-long treatment of internet services as a public utility, allowing the internet monopolies Comcast, Charter, AT&T and Verizon full ability to block, throttle and promote internet traffic at will... Visit Website ]
Nov 27, 2017, 3:20pm

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US Enemy List: Prospects and Perspectives
James Petras: For almost two decades, the US pursued a list of ‘enemy countries’ to confront, attack, weaken and overthrow. This imperial quest to overthrow ‘enemy countries’ operated at various levels of intensity, depending on two considerations: the level of priority and the degree of vulnerability for a ‘regime change’ operation. ... Imperial strategists consider military, economic and political criteria in identifying high priority adversaries. ... The ‘enemy list’ has cost the US prestige, money and markets – a very peculiar imperialist balance sheet. ... As it stands, Washington’s ‘enemy list’ continues to be composed and imposed by its own irrational leaders, pro-Israel maniacs and Russophobes in the Democratic Party – with no acknowledgement of current realities... Visit Website ]
Nov 25, 2017, 10:40am

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What Price Humanity? ... Systemic Injustice, Human Suffering
Graham Peebles: Based on an outdated, corrupt ideology, the socio-economic systems that govern people’s lives are broken totally and need to be radically overhauled. Inherently unjust they punish the most vulnerable, reward the privileged and wealthy and promote divisive, unhealthy values that have penetrated into all areas of life. Throughout the world we see evidence that the old order is in a state of terminal decay, and yet corporate politicians, lacking vision and unable to respond to widespread cries for change, cling to the doctrine of the past... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2017, 10:28am

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The Pig That Burst The Keystone Pipeline
Greg Palast: Yesterday (November 16), the Keystone pipeline cracked and dumped 210,000 gallons of oil onto the South Dakota prairie. ... Here’s the reason the pipeline burst: the PIG didn’t squeal. The PIG, the Pipeline Inspection Gauge, is sent through the Keystone to check for evidence of any leak, failure, or corrosion that will cause it to burst. But the PIG didn’t squeal a warning. Why not? ... its software jacked and hacked by a company that provides PIGS. The software is deliberately set to reduce the warning signals and thereby cut costs of replacement and repair by billions of dollars on the Keystone and other pipes. ... No oil or gas pipeline should ever leak, burst or explode if the PIG is working as it should... Visit Website ]
Nov 20, 2017, 11:38am

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The Design Flaw at the Core of Humanity's Malaise
Judith Schwartz: ... Our “operating system” is outdated and not suited to our current circumstances. I’m talking about the economy: the system that runs our society’s conceptual software. For the way that we produce, trade, value and distribute goods and wealth interferes with our ability to address the major trials of our time. We have come to accept the present framework as inevitable, but that’s far from the case. ... We can choose to tweak or outright transform this model. Among several options: ... incorporate the value of ecosystems ... If we place value on ecosystem function, we could turn around our environmental, social and economic problems and inequities right now... Visit Website ]
Nov 19, 2017, 5:03pm

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How Prosecutors Turn a Protest Into a ‘Riot’
ELIZABETH ARIADNE LAGESSE: I became so disgusted by President-elect Donald Trump’s behavior that I felt it would have been negligent to remain a bystander. So I traveled from Baltimore to join hundreds of thousands of protesters at counterdemonstrations around Mr. Trump’s swearing-in. ... Little did I know that I would be swept up into a legal nightmare that demonstrates how prosecutors intimidate and manipulate defendants into giving up their rights. ... police officers used pepper spray, “sting-ball” grenades and flailing batons to sweep up an entire city block in a mass-arrest tactic known as “kettling.” I was among the more than 230 people confined at 12th and L Streets with no access to food, water or bathrooms for up to eight hours. ... the government has failed to provide most defendants in the case with evidence of their alleged individual wrongdoing... Visit Website ]
Nov 18, 2017, 11:25am

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China and the US: Comparing Leadership Selection
James Petras: The US selection of leaders has virtually nothing to do with democratic processes and outcomes. It is useful to contrast this with the process in China. In most instances, China’s selection of leaders is far more meritocratic, successful and performance-based. In both the US and China, the process lacks transparency. ... China’s on-going prosecution of corrupt leaders has no counterpart in the US. ... Business-politician bribes are legalized in the US when they are termed ‘campaign financing’ or ‘consultant fees’. One has only to consider the half-million dollar lecture fees paid to the Clintons by grateful Wall Street financiers for their 30 minute recitations of platitudes and influence peddling... Visit Website ]
Nov 16, 2017, 1:50pm

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Financial Tyranny: “We the People” Are the New Permanent Underclass in America
John W. Whitehead: "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frédéric Bastiat, French economist ... “we the people, the voters, the consumers, and the taxpayers” are little more than indentured servants and sources of revenue. ... We’re also being forced to shell out money for surveillance systems to track our movements, money to further militarize our already militarized police, money to allow the government to raid our homes and bank accounts, money to fund schools where our kids learn nothing about freedom and everything about how to comply... Visit Website ]
Nov 15, 2017, 12:37pm

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America’s Righteous Russia-gate Censorship
Robert Parry: Arriving behind the anti-Trump “resistance” and the Russia-gate “scandal” is a troubling readiness to silence dissent in the U.S., shutting down information that challenges Official Narratives ... I cannot think of a single prominent figure in the mainstream news media who questions any claim – no matter how unlikely or absurd – that vilifies Russian President Vladimir Putin and his country. It is all Russia-bashing all the time. ... And, behind this disturbing anti-Russian uniformity are increasing assaults against independent and dissident journalists and news outlets outside the mainstream. We’re not just entering a New Cold War and a New McCarthyism; we’re also getting a heavy dose of old-style Orwellianism... Visit Website ]
Nov 14, 2017, 3:12pm


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