the beast is loose, with the full backing of
the nobel peace prize laureate

the beast is loose, with the full backing of the nobel peace prize laureate

Israel calls up reserves, threatens to escalate attacks on Gaza

The Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has moved to sharply escalate its attacks on the densely populated Gaza Strip and the Islamist Hamas movement that politically controls the region.

The United States quickly sided with Israel in the deepening confrontation with the Palestinians. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that Washington condemned the “deliberate targeting of civilians by terrorist organizations.” She added, “We support Israel’s right to defend itself against these attacks.”

Maybe it’s my lack of imagination but it seems like it doesn’t get much worse than this.

Barack Obama is the perfect president for the United States of America : utterly false, the exact opposite of everything advertized. Bibi is at least an upfront genocidal murderer.

Israeli Offensive on Gaza Continues: 69 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 60 Are Civilians, Including 22 Children and 13 Women, and 469 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 166 Children and 85 Women; Driver of Press Vehicle Killed; 70 Houses Destroyed

It’s very hard to imagine how anyone … especially any Jew in light of the sad history of the Jews themselves and the concerted efforts of European Xtians to exterminate them … can support the present, concerted effort of the Zionists to exterminate the Palestinians.

Gaza: The Media Coverage

And the Assassin in Chief’s drone kills six in NW Pakistan

Missiles from a U.S. drone slammed into a mud house and killed six ‘suspected militants’ in Pakistan’s rugged northwest on Thursday, officials said …

Drone strikes in Pakistan resumed after a six-month hiatus, days before the military launched an air campaign on June 15 to drive Pakistani Taliban militants out of the remote border region of North Waziristan.

Thursday’s strike in the Datta Khel district killed six ‘militants’ and injured two, security officials said. The site of the strike was about 45 km (28 miles) west of the regional capital of Miranshah, near the Afghan border.

The region, the base of some of the country’s most feared al Qaeda linked terrorists, has been sealed off and there is no way to verify the military’s accounts or casualty figures.

Can there be a more malevolent force on earth today than the US/Israeli Axis of Evil?

The Palestinians will survive this latest attempt by the fascist Zionists to exterminate them … it is Israel that is sinking, sinking … more and more quickly into bestial oblivion. Israel will not survive the toxic crisis of Israeli society

As the death toll from the Israeli bombing of Gaza soared above 100, it was reported that the ultranationalist Israeli Jews who kidnapped 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir in East Jerusalem last week murdered him by pouring gasoline down this throat and setting him on fire.

There is a close connection between the violence being carried out by the Israeli government against the defenseless population in Gaza and the emergence of fascistic elements within Israel capable of such bestial crimes.

These events are symptomatic of an immense social and political crisis within Israel itself. The unending and escalating repression of the Palestinian people requires the mobilization of the most reactionary forces. Israeli society is immensely polarized. Broad sections of Israeli society oppose the unending repression of the Palestinian people as morally unjustifiable and politically bankrupt, but they find no representation in Israel’s reactionary political establishment.

Every year, thousands of Israelis vote with their feet and leave the country.

Boston Transit removes Israel apartheid posters

Israeli war crimes in Gaza provoke global outrage

A whole series of horrific incidents have been reported that are war crimes under international law. The following facts have been widely reported in the world media, including within Israel itself:

  • Israel bombed a rehabilitation center for people with disabilities in Jabaliya, in northern Gaza, killing four people, including a nurse and three disabled people. Others were severely burned by the explosion. Another two were killed and four wounded in an attack on a home for the disabled in Beit Lahiya.
  • Eight Palestinian men who were watching the World Cup semifinal match at a café were killed by an Israeli air strike. The café was a well-known local gathering place, particularly popular in the evening during Ramadan, when observant Muslims fast during the day and eat only after dark.
  • Israeli warplanes have repeatedly targeted the families of Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials, killing five members of the Hamad family in Beit Hanoun, eight members of the Kawara family, including six children aged 8 to 13, and a staggering 17 members of the Al-Taysh family, in an effort to kill Gaza’s chief of police,
  • Israeli airstrikes hit El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza City five separate times Friday, according to its executive director Basman Alashi. The strikes destroyed the rooftop water containers that supply the hospital’s 30 patients.
  • More than 1,000 private homes have been destroyed or heavily damaged by airstrikes, clear evidence that Israel is deliberately targeting the civilian population of Gaza, in violation of the Geneva Conventions.
  • Those wounded by the airstrikes are further endangered by the policy, enforced by Israel and Egypt, of restricting the passage of medical supplies into Gaza. Many hospitals are already running low on basic medicines and another 10 days of bombardment would mean catastrophe, doctors and medical relief workers said. The Israeli-Egyptian blockade has also affected fuel supplies for ambulances, which are unable to provide effective emergency services in the territory for lack of gasoline.
  • A mosque in Al-Nuseirat, in central Gaza, was destroyed in overnight raids Saturday night, one of dozens of such strikes on buildings where large numbers of Palestinians gather, with the risk of exterminating entire family groups.
  • Palestinian journalist Hamed Shehab was incinerated July 9 when an Israeli missile struck the car he was driving, clearly marked as “TV” with large red letters. Shehab worked for the local press outlet Media 24. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned this killing as a “deliberate and planned crime to discourage Palestinian journalists from showing occupation crimes and horrors of collective punishment against the Gaza Strip.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, interviewed on Sunday by the American television network ABC, sought to blame Hamas for his own crimes, spluttering: “Who hides in mosques? Hamas. Who puts arsenals under hospitals? Hamas. Who puts command centers in residences or near kindergartens? Hamas. Hamas is using the residents of Gaza as human shields and it is bringing disaster to the civilians of Gaza.”

On the contrary, with these very words, Netanyahu confesses to deliberately targeting mosques, hospitals, private residences and kindergartens. The videotape should be evidence at a war crimes tribunal.

Only in one quarter is there an effective ban on any discussion of Israeli war crimes: the corporate-controlled media in the United States.

Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port

The first projectile hit the sea wall of Gaza City’s little harbour a little after four o’clock. As the smoke from the explosion thinned, four figures could be seen running, ragged silhouettes, legs pumping furiously along the wall. Even from a distance of 200 metres, it was obvious that three of them were children.

Jumping off the harbour wall, they turned on to the beach, attempting to cross the short distance to the safety of the Al-Deira hotel, base for many of the journalists covering the Gaza conflict.

They waved and shouted at the watching journalists as they passed a little collection of brightly coloured beach tents, used by bathers in peacetime.

It was there that the second shell hit the beach, those firing apparently adjusting their fire to target the fleeing survivors. As it exploded, journalists standing by the terrace wall shouted: “They are only children.”

In the space of 40 seconds, four boys who had been playing hide and seek among the fishermen’s shacks built on the wall were dead. They were aged between seven and 11; two were named Mohammad, one Zakaria and the youngest Ahed. All were members of the extended Bakr family.

July 16 Gaza News – “At least they won’t breed”

An “Israel Activist and media monitor” responded to the news of the four killed children by writing:

At least they won’t breed

Israeli tanks shelling Gaza rehab hospital: director

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli tanks are shelling Gaza’s Al-Wafa hospital, whose 14 patients include some who are paralysed or in a coma, and several people have been hurt, the facility’s director said Thursday.

“Israeli tanks are shelling the hospital, they have hit several of the floors, and several nurses have been injured,” director Basman Alashi told AFP.

The boy who clung to the paramedic: the story behind the photo

“At around 3am, about eight or nine casualties arrived at the emergency room all at once. The last to come in were four siblings – two of them little children, both about three years old, with relatively superficial wounds,” he wrote.

“Save my little brother!” he kept screaming.

“Then came the older of the four siblings, a boy in his early teens. His head and face were covered in blood and he was pressing a rag to his head to staunch the flow. But his focus was on something else: ‘Save my little brother!’ he kept screaming.”

Netanyahu’s ‘Telegenically Dead’ Comment Is Grotesque but Not Original

Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday, on CNN, addressing worldwide sympathy for the civilian victims of Israeli violence in Gaza:

They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can. They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead, the better.

Joseph Goebbels, November 16, 1941, essay in Das Reich, addressing Germany sympathy for German Jews forced to wear yellow stars:

The Jews gradually are having to depend more and more on themselves, and have recently found a new trick. They knew the good-natured German Michael in us, always ready to shed sentimental tears for the injustice done to them. One suddenly has the impression that the Berlin Jewish population consists only of little babies whose childish helplessness might move us, or else fragile old ladies. The Jews send out the pitiable. They may confuse some harmless souls for a while, but not us. We know exactly what the situation is.

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate keeps the weapons, money, and ‘moral’ support flowing; as depraved himself as the monsters he props up in Israel, Ukraine, Syria/Iraq …

How Obama is a Direct Accomplice to Israeli War Crimes

To assist in a crime makes one a criminal by any legal standard. And the biggest crimes of all are war crimes, since they kill en masse and showcase the cruelest form of human behavior.

The fact that Israel is actively committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip is not open to debate, since a cursory glance at the conflict obviously exposes them in practice.

Obama’s aiding and abetting Israeli war crimes is also closed to debate, since his administration stands guilty from the very beginning of the conflict by shielding Israel from international political pressure, hiding its war crimes by deliberate misrepresenting what is happening, and giving political space for the war to continue by not intervening directly.

The U.S. influence over Israel is tremendous, and Obama could have ended the conflict in the first hour by simply declaring, “If Israel does not stop its attack on Gaza, the U.S. will refuse further military and financial assistance and sever all diplomatic and political ties.” War over.

in their death throes, both

And neither will the United States survive its bestial decline … at least not as a state in any way recognizable to those of us Americans who knew her and loved her in her better days.

when people lose faith in their key democratic institution they become vulnerable to undemocratic alternatives
… can that have been the whole point of the savage buffoonery in washington?

Here in Thailand the ‘elite’ … aka the 1% … have openly embraced fascism as an alternative to a democratically elected government thay had ‘lost faith’ in.

It’s the opposite of the situation in the US, where that same 1% has all the faith in the world in the ‘democratic institution’ that has so betrayed us, the 99%.

Still the ‘undemocratic alternative’ always does present itself as the ‘only’ one … the only one available to those who refuse to simply roll up their sleeves and do what must be done directly in the real, bona fide democratic arena.

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the news is not … a ‘promise to release’
the news is … yet another illegal detention

the news is not a ‘promise to release’ …
the news is yet another illegal detention

Magazine Editor Undergoing ‘Attitude Re-Adjustment,’ Army Says

BANGKOK — A senior army officer has promised to release the editor of a left-leaning magazine after his attitude has been “re-adjusted.”

Thanapol Eiwsakul, longtime editor of Same Sky Magazine, is currently being held at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok for criticisng the military junta on Facebook.

Col. Burin Thongpraphai, a member of the Royal Thai Army’s Office of Judge Advocate, said today that Mr. Thanapol’s critical Facebook comments violated a condition he signed before being released from his first bout of military detention. That release form barred Mr. Thanapol from participating in politics or expressing any opinions that “incite unrest.”

Mr. Thanapol was first summoned and briefly detained by the military junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in late May. Since his release, Mr. Thanapol has taken to his Facebook to regularly air his opinions critical of the military junta.

“Mr. Thanapol is well aware that any political activity violates the condition,” Col. Burin said,

“Officers found many inappropriate posts on his Facebook.”

The news is not a ‘promise to release’, the news is yet another illegal detention.

The news is the ‘attitude-readjustment’ … Newspeak for unconditional threat and intimidation of wholly innocent Thai citizens ‘at the pleasure’ of the rogue military.

It is the military junta that is, prima facie, illegal, not Thais’ completely justified denunciation of it.

A condition of release, once the junta has arrested you, is that you sign whatever the junta puts before you. Clearly such a signature under such duress has no meaning.

It is the military junta that has incited unrest among the Thai people with it’s treasonous mutiny against the elected government and subsequent assumption of absolute, dictatorial power based solely upon its own, non-existent, ‘authority’. Rather on the utterly bogus ‘authority’ of the gun.

The treasonous mutineers charge people in Thailand with ‘inappropriate’ behavior and mete our punishment as they see fit. They have overthrown the rule of law in Thailand and are holding their guns to the heads of the Thai people.

The military junta is a totalitarian dictatorship, the gang in possession, and its days are numbered.

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personal, portable, panopticons … the outer party sheep …
actually buy their own!

personal panopticons

Here in Thailand anti-coup protestors have been using George Orwell’s 1984 as a prop in their protests. I’d read it long ago, as a teenager, and dismissed it as ‘been there done that’ ever since. But I found a copy and am re-reading it now. As a ‘kid’ I gobbled it down to get ‘the story’ and noted the fantastic, as in fantasy, politics in the background.

The politics seem no longer in any way fantastic, and in fact are chillingly accurate down to the smallest detail. What a difference lived experience makes …

The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely …

The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard.

There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to.

You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

Adding insult to injury … Apple didn’t offshore manufacturing …

Under the proposal, U.S. firms that have offshored their production abroad – like Apple – would become “factoryless goods” manufacturers. The foreign factories that actually manufacture the goods – like the notorious iPhone-producing Foxconn factories in China – would no longer be manufacturers, but “service” providers for the rebranded “manufacturing” firms like Apple.

It appears the administration has been reading Orwell.

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go along to get along

the 455 stooges

The Dictatorship keeps its totalitarian regime in place during the upcoming year and a half … or more … while its appointed stooges draft the twenty-somethingth eighteenth ‘permanent’ constitution for Thailand.

One that gives them immunity for their treasonous mutiny and carte blanche to mutiny in future, no doubt.

The Thai people … the real people, not the children of the ‘elite’ … must draft their own peoples’ constitution and pass it themselves in referendum by majority vote if they are ever to get off the Royal Thai Army’s mutinous merry-go-round.

Why must it be ordinary people who write the peoples’ constitution?

Check the level of corruption among Thailand’s ‘best and brightest’, who just go along to get along.

When Nui snuck into her professor’s office to get the answers for an upcoming exam, she wasn’t doing it to rise to the top of her university class, she said, but simply not to be left behind.

“I did it because everyone else was doing it and it seemed like an easy way to get an A,” said the 20-year-old student from the humanities department of Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.

Nui, not her real name, is far from an exception in Thailand, where higher education has been blighted by plagiarism and cheating for years.

“Cheating is considered normal among Thai students,” said Thanawat Kheawdoknoi, a 22-year-old graduate from Thammasat University.

“They have always been taught that having great grades means you’re smart and affects how people think of you.

“It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you do.”

It doesn’t matter where you ‘get to’, as long as you maintain your integrity … the integrity of Thailand has been destroyed by cheats. Integrity is a lesson you obviously cannot learn at Chulalongkorn, because you cannot fake it, because you cannot cheat.

Ordinary Thai people define the word integrity. The royalist Thai ‘elite’ have … much less than zero.

a recent chula graduate – going along to get along within the Outer Party

Now playing ’1984 + 30 = 2014′, starring Prayuth as Big Brother; the NCPO, the NLA, the NRC, the CDC and cronies as the Inner Party; with Chulalongkorn and other captive universities’ faculty and students – past, present, and future – as the Outer Party;
and all ordinary Thai people as the Proles

If there is hope, wrote Winston, it lies in the proles.

If there was hope, it must lie in the proles, because only there in those swarming disregarded masses, 85 per cent of the population of Oceania, could the force to destroy the Party ever be generated.

The Party could not be overthrown from within. Its enemies, if it had any enemies, had no way of coming together or even of identifying one another. Even if the legendary Brotherhood existed, as just possibly it might, it was inconceivable that its members could ever assemble in larger numbers than twos and threes. Rebellion meant a look in the eyes, an inflexion of the voice, at the most, an occasional whispered word.

But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength. would have no need to conspire. They needed only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies.

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no coup! no war!

the royal thai army have used their serial lese majeste accuser wiput sukprasert
to cry ‘witch!’ against sombat, as thailand sinks further and further
under the weight of the dictator’s totalitarian regime

Red-Yellow Reconciliation In Prison, As Tweeted by Anti-Coup Activist

Let a thousand Sombats bloom!

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impeach the iraq sackers!

john brennan and his boy friday

US Troops Will Fly Attack Helicopters in Iraq

Today, the Pentagon is rushing Apache attack helicopters to Baghdad, along with more Shadow drones, couching it as a move to prepare for a possible evacuation of the US Embassy.

Yet far from being focused on the embassy itself, officials say the US ground troops will be operating the helicopter gunships to “protect US interests” in and around Baghdad.

The US had already done multiple escalations centered on the notion they needed to prepare to evacuate the US Embassy, but at this point the deployments seem centered around laying the groundwork for a long-term US military operation in the nation.

Is there anyone left in the USA still able to deny that Barack Obama is a War Criminal?

Impeach the Iraq sackers!

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who’s sorry now?
or, i’d rather be a buffalo than a pig

be careful what you wish for … you might get it

The Militarisation of Thai Society

All government ministries are controlled by military personnel. Civil servants who were in post before the coup are being replaced by those who are loyal lapdogs or cronies of the junta.

New executive board members have been appointed to state enterprises, with military men on every board and with HE Generalissimo Prayut as overall chairman.

Well the middle class can always vote him out … oh, but wait … they just got rid of elections!

The Sino-Thai Bangkok Middle Class … the ‘elite’ wannabes … are so fond of their notion of ordinary Thais, the overwhelming majority in the nation, as ‘stupid’ that their own stupidity … in spades … must come as … a shock! But wait … he can’t do that, can he? Steal ALL the money?!

The Sino-Thai Bangkok Middle Class loves to portray ordinary Thais as buffaloes. Turns out they’re pigs themselves. I pity them, as I pity the pigs squealing in their cages, towed behind the farmers’ motorcycles on the way to the abattoir here in Chiangrai.

Now it’s the buffaloes’ turn to save the pigs’ bacon once again. It’d be tempting to remove or discount the pigs’ right to vote, once things are put right again … they’re so stupid that education is wasted upon them. Twenty years of schooling and they chuck it all at a wink and a nod from the first man in uniform they see.

But the buffalos are a stolid hard-working lot, with short memories for those who’ve exploited and abused them for so long. They have better things to do in life than hold grudges. They actually have lives.

The buffaloes are as admirable as the pigs are not. They are the backbone of Thailand, and it is to them we must look, always, to clean up the mess the pigs have made of their Bangkok pen, once again. The pigs have had their way … but we all must pay.

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Thai Junta Leader Maps Out Reform Plan to Elections in 2015

  1. The first step involves tightened security and the drafting of an interim constitution.
  2. The second stage, to be implemented by October, calls for a national reform council and legislative assembly to administer the country for at least 10 months, during which time the council will draft a permanent charter, he said.
  3. The final step of returning to elected government is not expected before October 2015.

So, His Excellency (His Eminence? His Extra-legality? whatever …) is planning on looting the country for at least another 15 to 18 months and installing his cronies to draft a fail-safe anti-democratic constitution before holding something he’ll term an ‘election’.

And so the peoples’ plans are laid out in response

  1. The first step involves surviving the oppression and abuse of the dictatorship during this period.
  2. The second stage calls for the people to write their own constitution to be put in place of whatever illegitimate document the illegitimate government produces.
  3. The final step is organizing a new, Thaksin-free (Toxin-free) political party to run on the peoples’ constitution; to take the reins of power in the legislative body provided for under the coup’s de facto, interim constitution; and to effect the transition from top-down to bottom-up rule, for real, in Thailand.

So, fellow buffaloes (I accord to myself virtual, sympatico buffalo status for, of course, I have no political standing in Thailand) our work is cut out for us. Let us see to it.

30 June

Lotto Vendors Urge Junta To Reconsider Price Control

PHICHIT — Lottery vendors in Phichit province are urging Thailand’s military junta to repeal its order that all lottery tickets be sold at the same flat rate of 80 baht per ticket.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ordered the flat rate to bring down the high prices of lottery tickets in Thailand, where betting in both governmental and underground lotteries is extremely popular.

According to the vendors, they typically purchase tickets from the governmental lottery office in Bangkok at 93-94 baht per ticket, which forces them to raise the price to 100-120 baht per ticket to make a profit.

So the Dictator is protecting his cronies who step on the price of the lottery tickets in Bangkok, the city of iniquity, at the expense of the people of Thailand. Nothing new here.

Police Say Anti-American Protest Not Violation of Martial Law

BANGKOK — While anti-coup protests are strictly forbidden under Thailand’s military regime, anti-American protests are perfectly legal, says a senior police commander.

Mr. Thep’s one-man-protest was permitted in spite of the ban on all forms of political protests imposed by the military junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

However, Pol.Maj.Gen. Amnuay and the Thai authorities have demonstrated zero tolerance for any expression of anger towards the military junta.

Scores of anti-coup protesters have been arrested over the past month for displaying opposition to the NCPO. Many activists have been detained for merely displaying what have become anti-coup symbols, such as flashing the three-finger salute, eating sandwiches, and reading George Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty-four in public.

Disgust with the cynical ‘weaponizing’ of ‘human rights’ by the USA is certainly due – note the difference between the USA’s treatment of the illegitimate Egyptian and the Thai coups d’etat – and Mr Thep may even be sincere in his anger … and not hired by the dictatorship.

Makes no difference … his protest suits the dictatorship and is allowed to go forward, while the protest of millions of Thais at the illegitimate coup in their own country ist verboten! Double standard. Nothing new here.

Poll: Southerners Want Junta Leader As Prime Minister

BANGKOK — A majority of residents in southern Thailand, a stronghold of the former anti-government movement, want the military junta chairman to take the title of Prime Minister, a new poll claims.

According to the survey, 77.63% of the respondents said they want Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, chairman of the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), to be the country’s next Prime Minister.

The only poll that counts is the one on election day. When is the election? If the Dictator believed his poll there’d be an election tomorrow. Even if this were a bona fide poll 77.63% of 14% of the Thail electorate is just 10.8%.

Hotair, bullshit, and oppression are all that can be expected from the Dictatorship between now and its downfall, but don’t let the time go to waste! Now is the time to craft the first genuine peoples’ constitution of Thailand, to be ready to ‘hit the ground running’ when the tide finally turns.

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‘democracy’ is just a word … signifying nothing

‘democracy’ is just a word … signifying nothing

After Losing Vote, U.S.-EU Threaten to Undermine Treaty

Thursday at the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva which adopted, by majority vote, a proposal to negotiate a legally-binding treaty to prevent human rights abuses by transnational corporations (TNCs) and the world’s business conglomerates.

But following the vote, the United States and the EU, have warned they would not cooperate with an intergovernmental working group (IGWG) which is to be established to lay down ground rules for negotiating the proposed treaty.

‘Democracy’ is just a word, re-invented by the marketeers, signifying nothing. Ask the Palestinians, the Egyptians, the Syrians, the Ukrainians, the citizens of the European Union or the United states of America … signifying nothing.

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impeach the iraq sacker now
remove the congress in november

impeach the iraq sacker

Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to Syria’s opposition, asked the U.S. Congress on Thursday to approve $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Could there be proof more clear that death, destruction, and devastation in the Middle East and wherever else they don’t accept his command is all the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate has in mind.

War Criminal is the only epithet that fits Barack Obama. Impeach him now! Empty the House of un-Representatives in November!

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capital punishment! our losses are their gains

we desperately need corporate capital punishment
execute the criminal trans-national corporations
and redistribute their assets to people
who understand the difference
between economics and finance

US economic output tumbled by 2.9 percent in the first quarter

The US economy contracted at a 2.9 percent annual rate in the first three months of this year, the sharpest quarterly fall in output since 2009, according to data released Wednesday by the Commerce Department. The figure was the second revision to the gross domestic product (GDP) estimate released in late April, and is the biggest such revision on record.

The US stock market responded positively to the report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up by 49 points, or 0.3 percent, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index closed up by 9 points, or 0.5 percent. The Nasdaq rose 29 points, or 0.7 percent. This perverse reaction to the worst economic data in five years is an expression of the increasingly speculative and parasitic character of the US economy.

Could there be a more graphic example of “American Corporations” – hah! the Trans-National Corpse – picking over the bones of the national economy they’ve killed off?

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there is only one legitimate government in thailand

thailand’s present, illegitimate government : the gang in possession

Exiled Thai minister forms anti-coup group

An exiled Thai minister has formed a group to lead a campaign against the military government, which seized power in last month’s coup.

Charupong Reuangsuwan is the only minister to have escaped into exile.

He called the coup, which followed months of anti-government protests, “an outrageous act” and “grand larceny”.

In response, Acting Thai Foreign Minister Sihasak Phuangketkeow told journalists there was “only one legitimate government”.

Sihasak is correct of course, there is only one legitimate government of Thailand : the elected government.

Overthrown by this gang-in-possession – pictured above in their shiny helmets, carrying their guns.

See the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights’ Human Rights Situation Report : One month after the 2014 coup for a very conservative estimate of the illegitimate intimidation and oppression carried out by the gang in possession of Thailand since their original treasonous mutiny of 20 May.

big brother, gets bigger and bigger everyday
why soon he’ll be bigger than HM the king himself, won’t he?
or is he already?

NCPO To Clarify New Press Censorship Measures With Media Bosses

Khaosod was down for several hours coincident with smiley’s dictation of censorship terms to the media, they are back up now.

NCPO To Contact Press When They Report ‘False’ Information

wonderful graphics
poisonous leadership

This is what’s blown the wind up the Dictator’s skirt. He loves it of course, Thaksin is the Royal Thai Army’s version of Al Qaeda … the ‘justification’ for extinguishing human and civil rights in Thailand and for the Dictatorship itself.

The shadow of Thaksin looms large behind the slick words and shiny graphics, put forward by Thaksin cronies.

It’s the same old poison in a new bottle. Redshirts might meditate on the fate of Somyos in the hands of Jakrapob Penkair … and refuse to be used and abused any further by the Great Man Thaksin … the mirror image of the Dictator himself … and his cronies.

Yes organize as free thais and as red shirts … forget the Free Thais and the Red Shirts … who have already forgotten you. Remember Somyos! Resist the kiss of death.

Thaksin’s parallel war continues.

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they’re killing americans … no charge, no trial
and they’ve killed our constitution

barron – barack – brennan
the killer b’s

Memo on drone killings of US citizens makes case for presidential dictatorship

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday released a redacted version of the hitherto secret Obama administration memo arguing for the legality of presidential assassinations, without charges or trial, of US citizens. The 47-page memo, dating from July 2010, was drafted and signed by then head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, David Barron, and addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder.

The memo constitutes prima facie evidence of crimes against international law, the US Constitution, and the democratic rights of the American people. It could serve as a key exhibit in impeachment proceedings and criminal prosecutions against high-level American officials, beginning with President Barack Obama, Attorney General Holder, US intelligence and military leaders and the author of the memo, Barron.

Barron accepts uncritically all of the assertions of the government about Awlaki, his role as an “operational leader” of Al Qaeda and involvement in previous terror plots against the US, the “imminent” threat to Americans he supposedly represents, the “infeasibility” of capturing him, etc. in order to declare that the government can kill him without any independent trial of the facts or any opportunity for the victim to defend himself in a court of law. The presumption of innocence is a dead letter.

The confirmation of Barron to a top federal court and the line-up of both parties behind presidential assassinations and unilateral military actions underscore the absence of any significant support for democratic rights within the ruling class.

Quick … what’s the difference between the Thai Dictatorship and our American Dictatorship? They’ve both torn up their nation’s constitution.

Answer … ours don’t (yet) wear uniforms … although they’ve turned those who do wear uniforms loose in our country … Sister of man fatally shot by Albuquerque Police: “They treated him like a terrorist” … Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize aka License to Kill apparently covers all his uniformed lackeys and yeomen.

We need to remove them from power before they do.

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the council must declare the coup illegal

the treasonous mutineers of 2014
sans suthep

Date: June 23, 2014
Document id: ALRC-COS-26-21-2014
HRC section: Item 4, General Debate
Speaker: Mr.MOON Jeong Ho

Oral Statement to the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), NGO with general consultative status and Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, NGO with special consultative status

THAILAND: The Council must declare the coup illegal

Thank you Mr. President,

On 22 May 2014, a military junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), usurped power by force and overthrew the democratically elected government of Thailand. The ALRC and LRWC are concerned that since the coup, human rights have suffered a serious setback in Thailand.

First, freedom of expression and political freedom have been severely curtailed. The NCPO has used intimidation, surveillance, and military force to create fear and prohibit peaceful protest. Civilians have been chased and apprehended by soldiers, and then detained, and, in some instances, formally charged for peacefully holding up blank A4 sized paper signs. The junta has banned the holding up of three fingers – a symbol of dissent in the movie The Hunger Games – in public.

Second, using public summons, arrests or raids, the NCPO has arbitrarily detained over 500 people including several human rights defenders. The junta has not released the names or number of detainees or their whereabouts. This lack of transparency creates terror and the likelihood of grave human rights violations such as enforced disappearances. Those released are forced to sign a pledge that they will not engage in politics or leave the country.

Third, military courts have been activated to prosecute civilians for violations of junta orders and crimes against the crown and state, including the draconian lèse majesté laws. These courts allow long pre-charge and pre-trial detention, prohibit appeal, and can be closed to public observation.

Mr President, the sovereignty of a state is expected to be exercised by a legitimately elected government. The ALRC and LRWC therefore urge that Council members declare that the coup is illegal and insist that Thailand respect its human rights obligations.

Thank you.

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See also the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights’ call for the release of Ms. Kritsuda Khunasen … we all pray they have not raped and/or tortured and/or murdered her already.

Update : don’t yet know about rape/torture, but … Red Activist Released From Secret Military Custody

BANGKOK — A Redshirt activist who has been missing for three weeks was released from military custody today, after being detained by the army at an undisclosed location for nearly a month.

Kritsuda Khunasen, 27, was released at the Army Club in Bangkok’s Thewes district at around 1 pm today. She was seen leaving the compound on a pick-up truck with her boyfriend and fellow activist, Abhirat Sripatsamet, who had also been briefly detained by the military.

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while world attention is drawn to syria-iraq
the germans and galician neo-nazis ‘cleanse’ novorossiya?

kaiser wilhelm II – adolph hitler – frank-walter steinmeier

German foreign minister Steinmeier agitates for war

The 100th anniversary of August 4, 1914 – the disastrous day on which the SPD (Social Democratic Party) faction voted in the Reichstag for the Kaiser’s war credits to finance World War I – is only weeks away. The SPD is preparing for the anniversary by pressing for renewed German militarism.

At the end of May, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) opened a new web site for the foreign office with the title “Review 2014 – Rethinking foreign policy.” The goal of the site is to combat long-standing public opposition to war and militarism.

With the support of the German federal government and the president, Steinmeier declared at the beginning of this year that the country’s previous policy of military restraint was at an end. In the future, Germany would intervene independently, “including militarily,” in crisis regions around the world. The foreign minister justified this by saying that Germany was “too big and too important” to limit itself “to merely commenting from the sidelines of world politics.”

Although this return of an aggressive German foreign policy underwent long and intensive preparation and was supported by all parties in the Bundestag as well as practically the entire media, it has met with the opposition and hostility by the majority of the population.

That is now supposed to change.He says,

“At the time I assumed office for the second time a half a year ago, I formulated a thesis in this world hall: Germany is somewhat too big and economically too strong for us to merely comment on world politics from the sidelines.”

Now, he intends to explain and impose Germany’s new role in the world.

To this end, Steinmeier has planned numerous events over the course of the whole summer. He will no longer tolerate the public resistance to the return of militarism and war. For Steinmeier, democracy does not mean accepting the view of the majority and then acting. For him, a government that is

“democratically legitimated by elections”

has the task of defining German interests and imposing them against all opposition. It is the voice of the ruling finance oligarchy that tolerates no contradiction.

In the federal election of last autumn, this foreign policy turn was not introduced into the discussion, although it had been prepared for a long time in think tanks and ruling circles. Instead, all possible political issues of secondary importance were endlessly discussed, from gay marriage to a highway toll.

A few days after the election, President Gauck demanded that Germany once again play a role “in Europe and in the world” that corresponded with its actual influence. This was made a central theme of the coalition negotiations, and now the coalition is driving forward to resurrect German militarism.

Steinmeier is a typical Social Democratic representative of the state, who works on behalf of economic interests and the financial oligarchy, and views the population as an enemy. Symptomatic of this attitude was his angry outburst at an election meeting in Berlin, at which he shouted down his critics who had called him a “warmonger.”

Steinmeier cried, “You have no right!” and meant it literally. In an interview published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung shortly after the European election, he called for the maintenance of an electoral threshold for small parties designed to maintain the dictatorship of the already established political parties.

A hundred years after the great betrayal by the SPD in August 1914, the Social Democrats have become the leading party of German imperialism and spout war propaganda on behalf of German militarism.

Waffen SS Galichina

Igor Strelkov’s Combined Briefings, June 24, 2014

At night we observed active movements of enemy infantry and intelligence groups in the vicinity of Kramatorsk. To the west of Kramatorsk, the enemy installed new checkpoints, reinforced with armoured vehicles, APCs and Hummers. Units of “Praviy Sector” [Right Sector], marked with Division “SS-Galichina” symbols, were observed appearing to the north-east of Kramatorsk, in the vicinity of the settlement of Malinovka.

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko poses with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (L) and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (R) at the EU Council in Brussels, June 27, 2014.

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obama is not only using ‘his’ drones,
he’s using ‘his’ pakistani military as well

the nobel peace prize …
is nothing more than a license to kill

Jason Ditz notes that Two US Drone Strikes Kill [at least] Five [unidentified villagers] in North Waziristan

MIRANSHAH: At least five militants were killed in two separate US drone strikes early Wednesday in a northwest tribal district where military has this week launched a major offensive.

Local security officials said six missiles hit three compounds in Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan, around 10 kilometres west of the main town of Miranshah in an area considered a stronghold for the Qaeda-linked Haqqani network.

“US drones fired six missiles which hit three separate compounds in two villages, at least five militants have been killed,” a local security official in Miranshah told AFP.

The identities of those killed in the strikes were yet not clear, the official said.

The attacks took place just minutes apart. Two drones fired four missiles in the first strike, then a third drone fired a further two missiles in the second attack, the official said.

Another senior security official confirmed the strike and told AFP that a vehicle parked in one compound was also hit, adding the death toll could rise.

If you are killed by Barack’s drones you are, ipso facto, a militant. And the only ‘good kind’ of North Waziristani is the same as the only ‘good kind’ of ‘Injun’ in the USA itself 150 years ago, some would say continuing right up to the present : the dead kind.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate slash Genocidal Murderer Barck Obama remains free, and is continually pulling his drone trigger. Do we Americans care enough to stop him? Apparently not.

Oh … and note that the Assassin in Chief has now apparently taken direct command of the Pakistani Army … in the ‘northwest tribal district, where the [Pakistani] military has this week launched a major offensive’.

Obama is not only using ‘his’ drones, he’s using ‘his’ Pakistani military as well.

And now the entire US Wehrmacht is – as the drone force has been – Obama’s personal set of tin soldiers …

Obama Won’t Rule Out Airstrikes in Syria

An unnamed top administration official says that President Obama, in announcing his planned military intervention in Iraq, was not ruling out airstrikes against targets inside Syria as well.

“We don’t restrict potential US action to a specific geographic space,” the official added, say they would act against ISIS wherever they believe is “necessary to defend the United States.”

… his own personal ‘war game’ to be played anywhere against anyone at anytime.

Impeach the Iraq Sacker! Nixon was a pussycat compared to the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

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the bangkok post pitches dictatorship
and the Dictator

wassana nanuam is the senior military propagandist at the bangkok post

Prayuth shakes up old coup conventions

Confidence in Gen Prayuth is overwhelming. Many Thais think we are in dire need of a strong, decisive leader to “sweep and clean” the country before we return to a democracy with general elections.

Gen Prayuth is a hero who has freed the country from its troubles. Now people look to the general in hope as a stream of petitions floods his office.

Deputy NCPO leader ACM Prajin Jantong said public approval for the NCPO has reached nearly 90%.

The general says all reforms must be in place before we have an election. One and a half years may not be enough for the process, and it seems likely the election will have to wait until at least 2016.

The creation of a national legislative assembly and reform body will be time-consuming. It’s the assembly that will nominate the prime minister.

Some believe army men will be offered cabinet posts, and regard the appointment of the supreme commander and other top brass to various roles under the coup regime as a warm-up for the jobs they are likely to get in coming months after they retire.

Some have compared Gen Prayuth to Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat in his willingness to wield absolute power.

It’s clear the NCPO has learned from past coups – not the lesson against seizing power, but the need to exploit its power under the coup …

It has also decided against limiting the duration of the coup before setting up an interim government, which won’t necessarily be a civilian one. It’s clear that men in green will be a major component of the interim cabinet.

There used to be a[n] unofficial rule in coup-making – that coup-makers do not run the country themselves. Gen Prayuth might bring that convention to an end.

This advertisement of the benefits of Totalitarianism and of the attractive traits of Dear Leader Prayuth turns the stomach. I’ve kept a copy for posterity, for when all the other copies have been destroyed in embarrassment and shame by those who try vainly to project the image of the RTA’s – presently Prayuth’s – bitch, the Bangkok Post, as a serious newspaper.

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i don’t know why i bother

ted – blake- john

Dear Blake Farenthold, John Cornyn, and Ted Cruz,

Poll: Americans Overwhelming Oppose A New US War in Iraq

A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows overwhelming opposition among American voters to a new US war in Iraq, with only 16 percent supporting the idea of sending combat troops and 74 percent against.

Of course you sold-out, bought-up corporate stooges care not a fig for what we the American people want. It’s what Israel wants. It’s what the CIA wants. It’s what the TNCs want that counts with you. Because the one thing you can count is dollars … after you’ve betrayed all of us and walked through the revolving door to pick up your paychecks.

War is fine with you … permanent war, war forever … whatever your puppeteers want you’ll deliver. Or kill all of us trying.

Now you are funding and arming BOTH sides of the damn war!

Isis in Iraq and Syria: The Nationalities of the Islamic Jihad’s Foreign Legion

The jihadist group that has seized large swaths of territory in swift attacks on northern Iraq, seizing the country’s second largest city Mosul, Saddam Hussein’s hometown Tikrit and advancing south towards the capital Baghdad, was formed in April 2013 and grew out of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) ‘

Run by Iraqi jihadist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has up to 6,000 fighters in Iraq and 3,000-5,000 in Syria, including some 3,000 foreigners. The Economist reported that Isis is formed by a thousand jihadist from Chechnya and “perhaps 500 or more from France, Britain and elsewhere in Europe”.

The Chechan ‘jihadists’ … like the Tsarnaev’s … all work for the CIA. Report to Graham Fuller, that American Takfiri, the Godfather of Al Qaeda. How stupid do you think we are? And now I read Obama has sent the first 300 troops to Iraq …

This all happened more than a decade ago … but you’ll repeat it. You’ll repeat it until you’ve destroyed our country … if not the whole of planet earth.

This is the lowest we’ve ever been as a nation. You are the worst, most criminal congress we’ve ever had.

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fascist dictatorship arrests another
of the peoples’ attorneys

sawatree – worachet

Another Nitirat member Worachet Pakeerut detained by the military

Khaosod reports that the military detains Worachet Pakeerut, Thammasat University law scholar and Nitirat member, following the summons order issued by the junta on May 23 and again on June 9 after he fails to show up.

On June 7, another member of Nitirat Sawatree Suksri, was arrested [at] the airport and detained by the military for three days, after she came back from a trip abroad with the United States embassy and did not report herself earlier as summoned by the NCPO.

Nitirat is a group of seven law scholars from Thammasat University. In the past, the group has proposed an amendment of the lèse majesté law in line with human rights principles as well as a draft amnesty bill for political prisoners.

The Nitrat is not a criminal undertaking; the NCPO of 20-5-14 – the National Council for Peace and Order, the Coup d’Etat, the Treasonous Mutiny of 2014, the Thai reprise of the SLORC of 18-9-88 – is the criminal undertaking. Just how many days remain before it crashes and burns is not yet certain, but that it will crash and burn seems more certain with the passage of each day and with the accumulation of each day’s outrage at the crimes of the NCPO.

The Nitirat was quick to point out the unconstitutionality and illegality of the promulgation of martial law which inaugurated the present criminal coup d’etat.

The Nitirat has previously published an outline for a new, peoples’ constitution of Thailand. Section 15 thereof is of topical interest :

15. Defence against Usurpation

  • Create a separate section in the new constitution concerning the “Nullification of the Legal Effects of a Military Coup d’Etat”, whose content is drawn from Nitirat’s proposal concerning the nullification of the legal effects of the 2006 coup, [Statement on the Occasion of the 1st anniversary of Nitirat, Point #1].

  • Citizens have the right and duty to use any means to resist against attempts to take away the supreme power from the people (usurpation).

  • Specify that usurpation is a criminal act, and that after the supreme power of the people has been returned to the people, the usurpers must be prosecuted. Allow the period of prescription to start when the supreme power has been returned to the people.

It might well serve as the starting point in that undertaking.

For that is what the people of Thailand must now do : reconstitute a legitimate government for themselves.

In Thailand as everywhere else on earth we must all lead ourselves to power. To rely upon others to lead us will lead us nowhere but to the familiar, fascist end.

Human rights defender and law professor charged by the junta

The Asian Human Rights Commission unequivocally condemns the coup in the strongest terms and wishes to express grave concern about the rapid decline of human rights protections it has engendered.

The AHRC calls on the NCPO to immediately release all citizens being arbitrarily detained without charge and to cease creating public terror by issuing blanket summons to report to the military.

The legal processes against Professor Worachet and all other civilians in military courts are illegitimate and all charges should be immediately dropped, and anyone currently being detained in relation to charges in the military court should be released.

Further, the AHRC calls on the NCPO to recognize that tolerance for different ideas and dissent are part of building a polity grounded in human rights and the rule of law.

To think differently than the junta is not a crime.

สาธุ Amen.

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blood borders

blood borders, courtesy of salah.

Is Open-Ended Chaos the Desired US-Israeli Aim in the Middle East?

To those – and I suspect there are still many out there – for whom all this seems too neat or too conspiratorial, I would suggest a careful side-by side reading of:

  1. the “Clean Break” manifesto generated by the Jerusalem-based Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS) in 1996, and
  2. the “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” paper generated by The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) in 2000, a US group with deep personal and institutional links to the aforementioned Israeli think tank, and with the ascension of George Bush Junior to the White House, to the most exclusive sanctums of the US foreign policy apparatus.

June 17th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 18th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 19th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 20th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 21st IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 22nd IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 23rd IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 24th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 25th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 26th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 27th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 28th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 29th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

June 30th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

there are other alternative views of future borders in the Mediterranean region

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the concerns that motivated me have not been resolved

when I chose to disclose classified information in 2010, I did so out of a love for my country …
however, the concerns that motivated me have not been resolved

The Fog Machine of War

Chelsea Manning on the U.S. Military and Media Freedom

by Chelsea Manning June 14, 2014

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — WHEN I chose to disclose classified information in 2010, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others. I’m now serving a sentence of 35 years in prison for these unauthorized disclosures. I understand that my actions violated the law.

However, the concerns that motivated me have not been resolved. As Iraq erupts in civil war and America again contemplates intervention, that unfinished business should give new urgency to the question of how the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan. I believe that the current limits on press freedom and excessive government secrecy make it impossible for Americans to grasp fully what is happening in the wars we finance.

If you were following the news during the March 2010 elections in Iraq, you might remember that the American press was flooded with stories declaring the elections a success, complete with upbeat anecdotes and photographs of Iraqi women proudly displaying their ink-stained fingers. The subtext was that United States military operations had succeeded in creating a stable and democratic Iraq.

Those of us stationed there were acutely aware of a more complicated reality.

Military and diplomatic reports coming across my desk detailed a brutal crackdown against political dissidents by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and federal police, on behalf of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. Detainees were often tortured, or even killed.

Early that year, I received orders to investigate 15 individuals whom the federal police had arrested on suspicion of printing “anti-Iraqi literature.” I learned that these individuals had absolutely no ties to terrorism; they were publishing a scholarly critique of Mr. Maliki’s administration. I forwarded this finding to the officer in command in eastern Baghdad. He responded that he didn’t need this information; instead, I should assist the federal police in locating more “anti-Iraqi” print shops.

I was shocked by our military’s complicity in the corruption of that election. Yet these deeply troubling details flew under the American media’s radar.

It was not the first (or the last) time I felt compelled to question the way we conducted our mission in Iraq. We intelligence analysts, and the officers to whom we reported, had access to a comprehensive overview of the war that few others had. How could top-level decision makers say that the American public, or even Congress, supported the conflict when they didn’t have half the story?

Among the many daily reports I received via email while working in Iraq in 2009 and 2010 was an internal public affairs briefing that listed recently published news articles about the American mission in Iraq. One of my regular tasks was to provide, for the public affairs summary read by the command in eastern Baghdad, a single-sentence description of each issue covered, complementing our analysis with local intelligence.

The more I made these daily comparisons between the news back in the States and the military and diplomatic reports available to me as an analyst, the more aware I became of the disparity. In contrast to the solid, nuanced briefings we created on the ground, the news available to the public was flooded with foggy speculation and simplifications.

One clue to this disjunction lay in the public affairs reports. Near the top of each briefing was the number of embedded journalists attached to American military units in a combat zone. Throughout my deployment, I never saw that tally go above 12. In other words, in all of Iraq, which contained 31 million people and 117,000 United States troops, no more than a dozen American journalists were covering military operations.

The process of limiting press access to a conflict begins when a reporter applies for embed status. All reporters are carefully vetted by military public affairs officials. This system is far from unbiased. Unsurprisingly, reporters who have established relationships with the military are more likely to be granted access.

Less well known is that journalists whom military contractors rate as likely to produce “favorable” coverage, based on their past reporting, also get preference. This outsourced “favorability” rating assigned to each applicant is used to screen out those judged likely to produce critical coverage.

Reporters who succeeded in obtaining embed status in Iraq were then required to sign a media “ground rules” agreement. Army public affairs officials said this was to protect operational security, but it also allowed them to terminate a reporter’s embed without appeal.

There have been numerous cases of reporters’ having their access terminated following controversial reporting. In 2010, the late Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings had his access pulled after reporting criticism of the Obama administration by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and his staff in Afghanistan. A Pentagon spokesman said, “Embeds are a privilege, not a right.”

If a reporter’s embed status is terminated, typically she or he is blacklisted. This program of limiting press access was challenged in court in 2013 by a freelance reporter, Wayne Anderson, who claimed to have followed his agreement but to have been terminated after publishing adverse reports about the conflict in Afghanistan. The ruling on his case upheld the military’s position that there was no constitutionally protected right to be an embedded journalist.

The embedded reporter program, which continues in Afghanistan and wherever the United States sends troops, is deeply informed by the military’s experience of how media coverage shifted public opinion during the Vietnam War. The gatekeepers in public affairs have too much power: Reporters naturally fear having their access terminated, so they tend to avoid controversial reporting that could raise red flags.

The existing program forces journalists to compete against one another for “special access” to vital matters of foreign and domestic policy. Too often, this creates reporting that flatters senior decision makers. A result is that the American public’s access to the facts is gutted, which leaves them with no way to evaluate the conduct of American officials.

Journalists have an important role to play in calling for reforms to the embedding system. The favorability of a journalist’s previous reporting should not be a factor. Transparency, guaranteed by a body not under the control of public affairs officials, should govern the credentialing process. An independent board made up of military staff members, veterans, Pentagon civilians and journalists could balance the public’s need for information with the military’s need for operational security.

Reporters should have timely access to information. The military could do far more to enable the rapid declassification of information that does not jeopardize military missions. The military’s Significant Activity Reports, for example, provide quick overviews of events like attacks and casualties. Often classified by default, these could help journalists report the facts accurately.

Opinion polls indicate that Americans’ confidence in their elected representatives is at a record low. Improving media access to this crucial aspect of our national life — where America has committed the men and women of its armed services — would be a powerful step toward re-establishing trust between voters and officials.

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