the yellow coupsters’ courts and nacc prepare
the inquisition’s ‘justice’ for the prime minister

the yellow nacc and coupsters’ courts prepare
the inquisition’s ‘justice’ for the prime minister

from PPT

In consideration of the fact that the allegations made against me by both the opposition party and the NACC regarding the Rice Pledging Scheme, even though according to the Constitution the members of the NACC have the duty to act objectively when considering such a case, and given that the members of the NACC by implication (as a party which has made said allegations) can no longer act impartially while ruling on this case, I wish to submit the following observations:

  1. As it is set forth in the Constitution, the stipulation that proceeding with investigations of this kind must be based on the rule of law and without any unnecessary delay applies to every group, including for those who hold the position of political executive, unless specified due to special circumstances. Thus when considering other cases in the past when past political executive have been accused, there has normally been the established of investigative sub-committees first before hearings. However progress has not been made in any of the cases made against the previous government: such as the case for causing causalities and injuries to citizens while dispersing protests in 2010, as well as other corruption cases that were filed against the government that same year.

  2. According to the accusations that have been filed against me, which have only taken 21 days to prepare and file (including a substantial number of corruption allegations which require detailed evidence and supportive data), and given that it is a Constitutional right for those being accused to be treated fairly and given equal access to examine the evidence used against them, which in the end serves only to add credibility to the evidence used by prosecuting party or in this case the NACC; I have no alternative but to conclude that as far as the examination of evidence and witness in this case is concerned, I have not been treated equitably or received any justice.

  3. On the charges of negligence of duty in the rice pledging scheme that I have been accused of, there are a large number of witnesses and documents that need to be collected from many different agencies. These documents and witnesses are vital for my defense of the case. However, the agencies that I need to acquire the documents could not produce and release the documents in time. Therefore, I asked my lawyers to liaise with the NACC to request for the postponement of the date in which I have to defend the case for another 45 days in addition to the 15 days that have been given.

But my request for the postponement was rejected by the NACC and not even one day extension was given, on the other hand the NACC claimed that it had over a year to examine the documents to press ahead with the charges against me. It seems to me like a denial of justice by the NACC.

As I am the Prime Minister, the public will need to be fully informed of all details of the legal case related to me. The public will also need to be informed of evidence and substance of both sides. The NACC, which is not the intermediary to the case, but the NACC and I are in fact the opposing parties in this case. Therefore, the case should proceed in a fair manner and according to due process, whereby each of the parties should refrain from accusing other parties of wrongdoing out of the boundaries of legal procedure. It would be a good example whether the stakeholders conduct their act in accordance to the rule of law and due process.

The NACC also suggested that by not attending the hearing of the legal charges in person, it is not possible for me to understand the details of the case. This is incorrect as I can examine the accusation through the written documents.

The documents that were used to file accusations against myself also included the interview by Mr. Vicha Mahakhun, given to the Than Sethakit newspaper, which mentioned that I have to take the responsibility in the rice pledging scheme. I should have been given access to necessary documents so that I can be able to present my side of the case more accurately. The NACC denied my request, suggesting that it is an important document and could affect the legal procedure. This should be seen as infringing my basic rights of a Thai citizen as stipulated in the constitution. The documents that I was initially given was only 49 pages long and last Thursday I was given additional 280 pages. This means that I will only have 3 days to examine the additional 280 pages before I must defend my case on Monday.

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In thailand you serve 13 months once you’ve been framed
then acquitted – if you’re lucky

somyot has been in prison for more than three years
he was set-up for lese majeste by thaksin and his righthand man, jakrapob penkair
somyot remains an ‘official’ non-person to the great man’s kid sister, pm yingluck

“Good” news on one lese majeste case, says PPT, tongue in cheek. Khun Achara covered the case. She’s limited as to what she can say … she works for the Vejjajiva Post.

Of course it is good … better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick … that Surapak Puchaisaeng is at liberty, but the salient facts of the case are that

1. he was framed and
2. “prophylactically” imprisoned for 13 months before his trial and acquittal.

And then they tried again!

What about the cops who framed him?

What about the ‘judges’ who imprisoned him?

The more than a year of his life stolen from Surapak by the Thai ‘justice’ system is irreplaceable, but he ought to receive every conceivable baht he might have made in that year, times ten – tripled as punitive damages.

The cops who framed him ought to get the decade in prison that is routinely meted out to lese majeste victims.

The judges who sent him up the river for 13 months ought all to do 13 months hard-time themselves.

Pretending that ‘everything is all right’ and that ‘justice has prevailed’ is worse than a sick joke … it’s a concerted cover-up of state crimes by the Thai MSM. That, too, is routine,

Don’t forget Darunee and Somyot! And the The Network of People Affected from Imprisonment in Political Conflict after the Coup of 2006, still recovering from the purposeful, routine miscarriage of Thai ‘justice’.

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NSA is EVIL spelled backwards … or forwards

google map
Malaysian PM: Missing plane crashed in southern Indian Ocean

This official version should be treated with scepticism. The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that US and British intelligence agencies “provided key information” leading searchers to focus on the southern Indian Ocean, “according to Australia’s military and others familiar with the matter.” The report did not specify what information the agencies had provided.

I’ll bet the sadists at the NSA watched the thing flame out and crash, and knew … probably well before the end … where it was going down. And exactly where it is now. Probably have pictures from US submarines. Could retrieve the blackboxes … if they wouldn’t ‘embarrass’ Boeing.

The thought of telling the families of the passengers the fate of their loved ones certainly never popped into their criminal, diseased, cross-haired-drone brains.

I’ll bet that they and Boeing know exactly what caused the whole tragic saga.

NSA is EVIL spelled backwards … or forwards. Kill the NSA.

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meanwhile, in thailand
it’s springtime for suthep and the fatherland

there are complaints from the red cross about using their logo
to cover armed encampments of soldiers occupying bangkok

So … what’s happening in Thailand? The Royal Thai Army has well over 100 ‘forts’ on the streets of Bangkok to ‘protect’ the anti-democracy insurrectionists … soon there’ll be 200 according to Royal Thai Army Chief Prayuth, the Butcher of Bangkok 2010. Two hundred detachments of armed soldiers on the streets of Bangkok … but there’ll be no coup! It’s a fait accompli.

The news was full of the ‘anti-government protestors’ awhile back, but as the bullets began to fly and they came to be perceived as the anti-democracy insurrectionists that they are the western neo-liberal MSM went all sotto-voce.

Who are ‘they’ ? They are about 15% of the population, the “Great Mass of the People”, the Democrat Party … some masked, some un- … and their goal is to make an election in Thailand impossible.

The latest wrinkle is the Royal Thai Army’s Constitutional Court – appointed by the coupsters after they’d torn up the Thai Constitution in 2006 and substituted their own in 2007 – have just ruled that the election begun on 2 February must be abandoned.

Working together, the coup-appointed Election Commission and the popcorn gunmen sabotaged the election, and then the coup-appointed Constitutional Court dutifully ruled it null and void.

So all the Democrat Party and its popcorn gunmen need do now is shoot some voters to nullify any election, to have it called off by the coup-appointed Courts and/or Commissions.

The Royal Thai Army never interferes with the popcorn gunmen when they operate. In fact, at least some of them are surely Royal Thai Armed Forces out of uniform.

the popcorn gunman

The guy above … with his M-16 in a popcorn bag, to catch the Royal Thai Army issued shells as much as to hide it … shot a 71 year-old Thai-Chinese from Songkhla in Bangkok the day before the 2 February election. Didn’t kill him, but the man is paralyzed for the rest of his life. He’d come out to stand up for his right to vote. The Democrat Party let him know in no uncertain terms there’d be no more voting for him … or, from now on, for anyone else in Thailand.

This is the Democrat Party in action. They’ve killed Thais seeking an election before … 90+ souls just four years ago … and know now they have zero chance of returning to power legitimately, i.e. by winning an election. So hear they are again, shooting Thais.

So this is the plan. The Democrat Party and the rest of the fascist ‘elite’ embedded in the permanent, coup-appointed government will continue to drag their feet on the election, while importuning the elected, now caretaker, government to resign at every step along the way.

If another election must be held the popcorn gunmen will void it.

Alternatively, if Yingluck caves in and resigns there will be a new, unelected government appointed by the same people who appointed the Commissions and Courts. They’ll then change the rules again, removing all governmental power from any elected people, investing same in their unappointed selves … and then have ‘elections’.

Or if Yingluck does not resign the Commissions and Courts will create some new law, find Yingluck and her government guilty of ‘crimes’ thereunder, depose them, and disqualify them from seeking re-election.

It is gut-wrenching to see the ‘whole of Thai society’ (the whole of Bankok’s ‘elite’) marching back and forth in strophe and antistrophe, wringing their hands, moving the action closer and closer to the death of democracy in Thailand.

The claim is that they are the ‘good’ and ‘moral’ minority and as such are forced to extinguish the voices of the ‘immoral’ majority and any government it may elect.

They mouth these self-serving lies ceaselessly on radio, television, and in print. All of ‘official Thailand’ agrees with them : appointed university faculties, appointed privy-councilors, appointed buddhist monks … no one in Thailand believes a word of it.

It’s a bald smash and grab for power and swag, but in Thailand as long as the ‘elite’ control the tv and print newsmedia, the government employees, and can use the lese majeste inquisition to terrify the people and enforce mindcontrol – the chorus keeps marching, back and forth, chanting their tune.

In Thailand it’s not just theater … it’s ‘real’. And the western neo-liberal media are waiting with baited breath for it to be accomplished, so they can report it and make it ‘real’ there, too.

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the ‘Constitutional conflict’ was over before it began
the CIA won

udall – reid – wyden : obama – brennan

Whether you believe that Obama crawls around the oval office carrying John Brennan on his back or the other way around, the fact seems to be that the CIA is in complete control of the executive branch.

The legislative branch is reduced to full-time employees of Israel and the TNCs who fill the time between near unanimous votes for AIPAC’s bills with ‘stern rebukes‘ to the executive – which the executive laughs at and ignores. The sidemen seem in fact all to be wearing floppy shoes and red. round, rubber noses. And laughing all the way to the bank.

We have lost all control of our representative government. The worst possible people are in control. Our government, our nation, ourselves … we are all expendable in their view … and they are expending us.

Shall we stop them ? Up to us.

Constitutional conflict escalates between US Senate and CIA

Despite the sharp language of the Reid letters, the real position of the Senate Democrats is one of political prostration. …

This subservience was expressed in particularly cringing fashion in a letter sent to Obama Thursday by Senator Mark Udall, a member of the Intelligence Committee and a leading “critic” of CIA abuses. Udall hailed Obama’s weasel-worded promise of last week, to support declassification of the torture report “as soon as the report is completed.” Given that the report will not be “complete” until the CIA says so, this assurance is worthless.

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our vile, traitorous us political class

the manchin and wyden crime families

And those are just the ones who couldn’t threaten or bribe the author of the article or the editor or owner of the Daily Beast (whatever the hell that is!) to keep their names ‘out of the paper’. Wyden’s hit but Feinstein and her hubby walk … Mike and Kristi Rogers walk … this is a selective drive-by. You can bet that the author could have filled a book with the sagas of ‘our’ 546 premier crime families.

I mentioned to a friend that I’d felt ‘unclean’ after reading about the CIA’s James Jesus Angleton the other day, like I’d just read rank pornography devoid of any ‘socially redeeming value’. Or watched a snuff film.

I feel the same way having read this. It’s a month old. I’d never have seen it at all if it weren’t referenced … twice removed … by Sam Smith.

Thanks Sam, for dumpster-diving in the US MSM for me. Better you than me. What is the Daily Beast, anyway? Has the odor of the remnants of some deadtree outfit that’s now dead itself about it … not curious enough to find out. At least its not turning trees to newsprint anymore.

Get Elected, Get Your Kids Rich: Washington Is Spoiled Rotten

Senator, former West Virginia Governot Joe Manchin’s daughter Heather

Records show Mylan benefitted from millions of dollars worth of corporate tax breaks in the state during Manchin’s gubernatorial tenure. And these days, after stints as Mylan’s director of government relations and strategic development, Heather Bresch (née Manchin) is the company’s CEO, one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. All this without even an MBA—a 2008 investigation found that Bresch did not actually earn her degree from WVU as claimed. Officials had altered her official records and covered up for it, perhaps motivated by Mylan’s lucrative relationship with the University—co-founder Pushkar (Bresch’s business world fairy godfather) donated over $20 million and had the football field named after him.

Senator Ron Wyden’s son, Adam

Directly upon graduation from his Columbia MBA program he started his own hedge fund, no doubt capitalizing on contacts he made interning at the $19-billion fund of one of his father’s supporters, David Shaw. “Not many college kids get to intern on a D.E. Shaw portfolio for the summer,” Brian Marshall, who once ran the fund, was quoted as saying in a 2011 Bloomberg article on the younger Wyden.

Zeno Baucus, son of Senator Max Baucus

worked at a D.C. law firm after his graduation from Georgetown Law, but has since moved back to Helena, Montana, where he’s working as an assistant U.S. Attorney. In a funny coincidence, Max Baucus once recommended his then-girlfriend and now-wife to be the U.S. Attorney in the state.

And then there are the lobbyists—that professional amalgam of business and politics—the litany of which reads something like an Old Testament family tree.

- Andy Blunt, son of Senator Roy Blunt and brother of former governor Matt Blunt;
- Andrew Coats, son of Senator Dan Coats;
- Scott Hatch, son of Senator Orrin Hatch;
- David Roberts, son of Senator Pat Roberts;
- Shantrel Brown Fields, daughter of Rep. Corinne Brown;
- Giliane Carter, daughter of Representative John Carter;
- Sean King, son of Rep. Peter King;
- Clark Mica, son of Rep. John Mica.

Brad Enzi, son of Mike, Senator from Wyoming.

Enzi the younger has been overseeing the building of the Two Elk Power Plant in Wyoming for North American Power Group. The clean coal project has been notoriously slow going (it’s known to locals as “No Elk” and was supposed to be on-line during the Clinton administration). Senator Enzi pushed for Department of Energy funds to go towards clean coal research projects in his state and Brad Enzi’s company benefitted from them; it received nearly $10 million in funding to drill a well to study the site surrounding the plant, and Enzi himself earned $128,000 in compensation from the federal money. As of April of 2013, the well had not been drilled and the administration of the grant had been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s office for accounting irregularities.

Chaka Fattah Jr., son of Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah,

has similarly felt the double-edged blade of intertwining family, business, and political ties. The management consulting company he founded was paid $450,000 by an education firm with lucrative contracts with the Philadelphia City School District—turns out Chaka’s father requested a $375,000 earmark for the firm from a 2009 transportation bill. Both father and son are currently under federal investigation. “My company was awarded a contract for $450,000 in October 2010, based on a business decision by my client, it had nothing to do with my family ties,” the younger Fattah told The Daily Beast via email. Both father and son, who are are currently under federal investigation, deny any wrongdoing.

They say Ron Wyden’s a ‘nice guy’, for example, and he probably is. Much more charming than myself, I’m sure. But the system in which he is embedded is utterly corrupt and, fully invested in it, he is unable to change it … even if he wanted to.

We must turn them all out. Realistically, it’s our only hope. We did it once before and we can do it again.

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i can’t breath – again

18 March 2014

2 April

Back up over 200 μg/m3 PM10 here in Chiangrai. We’ll see how long it lasts.

25 March

We’ve had some thunder storms that have cleared the air … and put out the fires I imagine … so, I can breath again. PM10 ~ 50. I think it will climb again when things dryout … but that’s not now! I’ll try to keep the ‘air quality measurements’ up to date. If you’re interested, click in the NASA picture above…

Every year it’s the same in Northern Thailand. Certainly, people who’ve lived their whole lives here sicken and die before they otherwise would.

The government, which should concern itself exclusively with the well-being of the Thai people and the Thai land and the health of both, is presently paralyzed by the Siamese ‘elite’, who have never cared about Thailand or Thais and are seeking to throttle both again, in the course of their latest smash and grab for swag and power.

We ain’t seen nothin’ yet this year. PM10 concentrations are still in the 150 microgram/cubic meter range. They routinely go over 200 – for weeks at a time – when the fires really start raging.

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on exactitude in science

In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars;
in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls

The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden.

By design, they vacuum up all the data they touch – meaning that most of the conversations collected by RETRO would be irrelevant to U.S. national security interests.

The RETRO tool was built three years ago as a “unique one-off capability,” but last year’s secret intelligence budget named five more countries for which the MYSTIC program provides “comprehensive metadata access and content,” with a sixth expected to be in place by last October.

It may … be seen as inconsistent with [nihilist, liar, CIA conman-stooge] Obama’s Jan. 17 pledge

“that the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don’t threaten our national security,”

regardless of nationality,

“and that we take their privacy concerns into account.”

[but here at CIA/Amazon/Bezos/WaPo central ... it only 'seems so'.]

Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, said history suggests that

“over the next couple of years they will expand to more countries, retain data longer and expand the secondary uses.”

On Exactitude in Science

… In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it.

The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters.

In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

Suárez Miranda, Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV, Cap. XLV, Lérida, 1658

Let us make ready Bluffdale – make it a pleasant home for animals and beggars.

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the zombies awake

Suthep – Phra Buddha Issara – Somchai Srisuttiyakorn
the Goon – the ‘Monk’ – the Mole

Politics in Thailand has been on hold … the anti-Election Commission has stymied the 2 February Election, I guess the plan is that everyone will just forget about it?

PPT alerts us to the latest machinations of the gang of six

  • the Election Commission,
  • the National Anti-Corruption Commission,
  • the National Human Rights Commission,
  • the Office of the Ombudsman,
  • the State Audit Commission, and
  • the National Economic and Social Advisory Council.

… the sleeper cells inserted into the Thai government with the Treasonous Mutineers’ Substitution of 2007 – they’d torn up the 1997 Constitution in their Coup of 2006 – to destroy democratic rule when the ‘elite’ decided the time was ‘right’, have awakened and are preparing to move.

To the mass media, all ‘elite’ controlled, having nothing else on TV, writing about nothing else … it’s a ‘done deal’ that democracy and elected governments are a thing of the past for Thailand? That’s their complicit projection.

The fascists are not more than 15% of the population … but they never are, are they? Not in Ukraine, not in Venezuela, and not in Thailand. It’s the application of money that buys the media, the street gangs, the Royal Thai Army and the national discourse. They’re backed up by the international neo-liberal elite as well, of course.

Will the other 85% of the people of Thailand stand by and watch the vile, corrupt fascist ‘elite’ destroy their fourth elected government in a row? Effect Yet Another ‘Elite’ Coup?

I hope not. Roll-back and Re-do.

The choice is government by election, or by the traditional mob. No one deserves an elected government more than the long-suffering Thai people.

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the land on its knees
and the home of the slaves

the land on its knees
and the home of the slaves

Ordinary Americans have more and more in common with Palestinians everyday.

American students, for instance, are now being oppressed by the Israeli Fifth Column that is overtly, no longer covertly, running our government and terrorizing our social institutions.

See Chris Hedges’ Israel’s War on American Universities.

First they came …” is a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

First they came for the Students for Justice in Palestine, and I did not speak out -
 Because I was not a Student for Justice in Palestine …

Then they came for the Native Americans, and I did not speak out –
 Because I was not a Native American …

Then they came for the Chicanos, and I did not speak out –
 Because I was not a Chicano …

Then they came for the African-Americans, and I did not speak out –
 Because I was not an African-American …

Then they came for the queers and feminists, and I did not speak out –
 Because I was not queer and not a feminist …

Then they came for me -
 and there was no one left to speak for me.

It is essential to note that US Aid to Israel is funding the lobby – adding insult to injury, or perhaps injury to insult is more apt – that provides … US Aid to Israel.

It is positive feedback. Only slaves on their knees – such as us Americans in relation to Israel – would allow themselves to be robbed and made fools of by the robbers at the same time, just as the Israelis are doing to us, and have been doing to us for fifty years – at least.

If I am not for myself, who is for me?
 And if I am only for myself, what am I?
 If not now, when?

Rabbi Hillel (fl. 30 BC – 10 AD)

There are, of course, plenty of American 5th Columnists who are only too eager to betray us for a buck from Israel … a buck put in Israel’s hands for that purpose by other American 5th Columnists, termed our ‘representatives’ in the House and Senate.

There were at least 410 of them in the House, at last count. And 58 in the Senate.

But see This is huge: Swarthmore Hillel breaks with Israel policy, at MuzzleWatch

What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellowman;
this is the whole Law. The rest is but commentary.

Rabbi Hillel (fl. 30 BC – 10 AD)

The writing is on the wall for the Israeli fascists. It will be the world’s Jews who bring them down. It certainly won’t be us genteel, gentile Americans, cowering here in the Land on its Knees and the Home of the Slaves … depositing the checks written to the American Israel 5th Column … recycled US Aid to Israel.

See also Israel is no ally – but is it even a friend?

Then see also the US Declaration of Independence (4 July 1776)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

  • That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

  • That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

We need to get up off of our knees and emancipate ourselves … take back control of our government.

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barack obama – death – the destroyer of worlds

people queuing for relief in obama/brennan’s destroyed syria

This is a picture I saw at emptywheel’s site. It’s a queue of people in Syria lining up for food in the penultimate nation destroyed by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Barack Obama. Ukraine is the most recent, at this point, in the line of nations destroyed by Barack Obama.

11 April

51 Killed as al-Qaeda Fights al-Qaeda on Syria-Iraq Border

Major fighting erupted in the oil-rich city of Bukamal, in Syria’s Deir Ezzor Province, as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) attempted to wrest control from its rival al-Qaeda faction, Jabhat al-Nusra.

The city is doubly valuable for rebel factions, as it is both a source of oil revenue for its occupier and has a border with Iraq’s Anbar Province, a particularly big incentive for AQI, which presently controls much of Anbar as well.

At least 51 people have been reported killed so far as AQI has gained considerable ground. Nusra fighters have reportedly requested reinforcements in an attempt to keep the city.

AQI and Jabhat al-Nusra have been openly warring for months, since al-Qaeda’s parent organization disavowed AQI as too brutal for their taste, and endorsed Nusra as their official Syria affiliate. Despite losing their imprimatur, AQI has continued to control much more territory and seems to be the stronger of the two factions.

Iraq and Syria … Brennan/Obama/Bandar must be delighted! Warms the cockles of a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s heart, it does.

30 March

In talks with Saudi monarch, Obama prepares escalation of US-backed war in Syria

US President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia Friday, trailed by leaks to the Washington media suggesting that the US government had decided to escalate its intervention in the civil war in Syria. Press reports cited the ongoing conflict with Russia over Ukraine as a key factor in impelling the White House to change course in its attacks on Syria, a key Russian ally.

Hours before Obama’s plane landed in Riyadh, the Washington Post published a commentary by its well-connected foreign policy columnist David Ignatius, headlined “Obama appears ready to expand covert assistance to Syrian opposition.” Ignatius, the son of a Vietnam-era secretary of the Navy who has close ties to top CIA officials, is a frequent conduit for communiqués from the military-intelligence apparatus.

Citing “knowledgeable officials,” Ignatius gave an outline of the program as follows:

  • Doubling the number of Syrian fighters to be trained at US-run camps in Jordan, northern Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

  • Designating the Central Intelligence Agency, rather than the military, to run the training program and give it a “counterterrorism” focus, directed both at the Assad regime in Syria and the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant organization.

  • Giving US permission to Saudi Arabia to supply a limited number of anti-aircraft missile launchers, known as manpads, on a trial basis and with a remote shutdown mechanism installed, for use against helicopters and low-flying planes.

  • Barring aid to three “rebel” groups: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Jabhat al-Nusra, and Ahrar al-Sham. Qatar, which has aided these groups, has agreed under US-Saudi pressure to stop doing so.

  • Funneling assistance to rebuilding local police and border security forces in areas where the “rebels” have displaced the Assad regime.

Ignatius concluded: “The rationale, bluntly stated, is that to reach an eventual diplomatic settlement in Syria, it is necessary now to escalate the conflict militarily.”

guest77 has a before and after picture of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s work in Ukraine …

before obama – after obama

It’s the World the way the CIA and the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate like it. The way it was after WW II. The World outside the Americas destroyed, on its knees, with the malignant, greed-deformed and dwarfed US a relative giant…

They plunder, they slaughter, and they steal: this they falsely name Empire, and where they make a wasteland, they call it peace.

Tacitus : Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant. — translation Loeb Classical Library edition

I’ve been reading Twelve Years a Slave. It’s not possible to tell where Solomon Northrup’s account leaves off and David Wilson’s prose carries on, but sources attest that Solomon was both memorious and articulate.

In several places throughout the book the point is made that the unimaginable cruelty of the slave masters of – not only – the Red River was supported by their common society. There was a southern ‘gentlemens’ agreement behind it all, each absolving himself or herself as he or she absolved her or his fellows – in their cowardice they saw no other way to proceed. Perhaps, like their slaves, they secretly had the audacity to hope for change? They certainly had not the will to effect it.

Is that not what is going on right now, again in the United States of America today? Look at the unimaginable suffering purposefully inflicted on whole countries full of people by our Land of the Free and the Home of Brave. Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Ukraine … Russia? China? Nuclear World War?

Why is there not a general outcry against the murderers, Obama, Brennan, et al. … for that is what they are : utterly lawless murderers causing the deaths of tens, of hundreds of thousands, and the dispossession of millions.

A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.

Tacitus: The Histories, bk. 1, sect. 28.

“Twelve Years a Slave” stirred the memory of Thaddeus St. John, a New York county judge

who had witnessed Northup along with two boyhood friends, Alexander Merrill and Joseph Russell, while journeying to Washington, D.C. in 1841.

When St.John encountered the two men a few days later, they were without Northup but in possession of new clothes and flashy watches and ivory canes. St. John accused them of selling Northup for $500, but Merrill told him he was wrong – they had in fact sold him for $650.

Based on St. John’s lead, Northup identified Merrill and Russell as his abductors. Authorities arrested the pair in July 1854, and a hearing was held in the Saratoga County Courthouse. Merrill and Russell spent a few months behind bars, but ultimately the case fizzled amid questions of jurisdiction and statute of limitations.

A quest for justice against the slave trader who bought Northup in the nation’s capital also failed as the color of the black man’s skin precluded the kidnapping victim from being permitted to testify in court.

In spite of the memoir’s commercial success, Northup earned only $3,000, and his ultimate fate is still a mystery.

The last mention of him in the press occurred in 1857 when a Canadian newspaper reported that he was forced to flee a scheduled lecture appearance in Streetsville, Ontario, when audience members jeered him with racial epithets.

There is speculation that money woes forced Northup to become a vagabond, and there are even far-flung theories that he was murdered by Merrill and Russell or abducted into slavery for a second time.

So too have Barack Obama and John Brennan walked away from their crimes, enjoying their booty. Barack Obama retains his Nobel Peace Prize … can anything be more monstrous than that? Yes ! He retains the powers of the Presidency of the United States of America and his crime-wave continues! Is murder not a high-crime?

Yet all of us … do nothing. Nothing effective.

We may deplore his crimes … but they continue. What good does our disapproval do his … OUR … victims? Victims of the democratic government of the United States of America?

Worse than their immunity is their continued perpetration of their crimes ! in broad and broader daylight. On the front page. On the nightly news.

The bottom line is that our nation has been on a rogue, murderous rampage since the beginning of the century and the only thing that counts is not our disapproval, not even our sanction of our criminals (if and when that ever does occur), but our rising up and ending these crimes!

Slavery in America was bestial and criminal … is not nation breaking … our attempt to enslave the world … at least as bad or worse? Our victims are precluded from testifying in court … we must rein in our spearmen ourselves!

What must we do to end their/our crimes, how far shall we go?
We must do what it takes and go as far as we must.

Or shall we be ‘good Germans’, and all point at each other after the collapse of our spree, when our national crimes can no longer be denied. Shall we all just hang on till the end, or until we die … and leave our children and grandchildren to clean up our mess?

I remember the phrase … “Impeach the Cox Sacker!” Do you? Is not Barack Obama’s refusal to turn over the documents required by the Senate Committee on Intelligence Oversight at least as serious as was the dismissal of a special prosecutor?

We must see Barack Obama and John Brennan removed from power ! and in the dock … and our call must then be “Next?” to whoever dares attempt continue their crime streak when they’ve been put out of business.

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read the cia torture report into the congressional record ! or

12 April

CIA and White House under pressure after Senate torture report leaks

A leak of the major findings of a landmark Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture of terrorism detainees led, on Friday, to intensified pressure on the White House and the CIA to release the inquiry speedily and with a minimum of redactions.

Only in our degenerate US of A could the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence … the Senate Committee charged with overseeing the CIA … be begging – “Pretty please, with sugar on it” – the CIA to release … not its 6000 page report on criminal CIA torture, but a bowdlerized 300 page summary of its report !

If you cannot perform … resign ! Allow a new group of real senators to take your cowardly, traitorous places on the Senate Select Committee … if such a group can be found among the traitorous representatives of the TNCs in ‘our’ United States Senate.

While replacements who will represent us, the American people, rather than the metastasizing Intelligence-Industrial Complex may or may not be found among your other fellow travelers in the senate one thing is a 100% certainty : you have been unwilling and unable to bring yourselves to do what simply must be done.

Read your FULL report into the Congressional record! or … RESIGN!

Dear Dianne Feinstein, Saxby Chambliss, Jay Rockefeller, Richard Burr, Ron Wyden, Jim Risch, Barbara Mikulski, Dan Coats, Mark Udall, Marco Rubio, Mark Warner, Susan Collins, Martin Heinrich, Tom Coburn, Angus King,

Read your 6000+ page committee report on CIA torture into the Congressional Record !

Follow the example of Senator Mike Gravel who read the Pentagon Papers into the Record on 29 June 1971.

Unlike our one and only present American hero, Edward Snowden, you are protected from John Brennan and Barack Obama and their drones by our Constitution …

‘ for any Speech or Debate in either House, [you] shall not be questioned in any other Place’ …

US Constitution, Article I, Section. 6, Clause 1:

… while our Constitution still lasts.

John Brennan and Barack Obama are pitching what amounts to a coup d’etat against us, the American people, and our Constitution.

Frankly, your cowardice and complicity with the NSA, the CIA, the putrid Washington alphabet soup of corrupted agencies, has been a disgraceful public exercise up until now … but there will be more joy among the American people when a single Senatorial Committee repents than when 100 righteous Senators (a purely theoretical construct) persevere.

The CIA already ‘owns’ the Whitehouse, just as the NSA ‘owns’ your committee. Barack Obama seems to take his orders from John Brennan and not the other way around, just as you do from the NSA.

Can you stand up to this coup? Or will you, too, knuckle your brows – as you’ve been doing – to the totalitarian ‘security’ regime that has overrun our nation’s capital now that it has publicly attacked your very own ‘oversight’ committee ?

The eyes of America and the world are on yourselves during this coup attempt.

If you fail us, the coup will succeed, and any hope of government of the people, by the people, for the people will have vanished from this earth.

Speaking as a American citizen who votes in the Great State of Texas … like a whole other country … I invite you to click on the names of each of the 15 senators who make up the committee that’s been overlooking the crimes of the ‘intelligence’ cabal in ‘our’ US government and … read them the riot act as I have tried to do … or ‘reason’ with them … or beg them … as is your wont … to stand up to the putsch!

Something made Obama/Brennan/Kerry back down from their overt war against Syria. I think that our overwhelming clamor to the congress via phone, snail and email did it.

Can we afford not to give it a shot in the midst of this coup ?!

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which of these are the world’s most cold-blooded terrorists
and which is their mouthpiece?
(hint : the mouthpiece is the one with the Nobel Peace Prize)

born killers

Netanyahu ‘Regrets’ Israeli Killing of Jordan Judge

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a statement of “regret” today after soldiers killed Dr. Raed Zeiter, a Jordanian magistrate judge with a doctorate in international law, at the border crossing.

The judge was on a bus which was being screened by Israeli border guards, and got into an argument with one of the guards when he began shoving the passengers to try to hurry them back on board. He was shot and killed, and the rest of the passengers were ordered to quickly return to the bus and leave the scene.

Israel’s military issued two separate accounts of the incident, initially condemning Zeiter as a “terrorist” who had shouted “Allahu akbar” and charged the troops with a rifle, and then later claiming he “attacked the guards” with a metal pole during the argument.

Witnesses from the bus say they saw and heard nothing of the sort, and even after the judge was repeatedly shot they saw no metal poles on the ground, just the judge’s body.

Israeli officials were quick to point out that there was no surveillance camera pointed at the area where the judge was killed, so there is no footage that might contradict the official military version of events.

Jordanian magistrate judge Dr. Raed Zeiter
murdered by IDF gestapo
Is Richard Falk next?

US Kills Four in Northeast Yemen Drone Strike

A US drone strike against Wadi Abida, east of Sanaa, has destroyed two cars and killed four people, all of whom the Yemeni government immediately labeled “al-Qaeda members.”

Yemen routinely identifies everyone the US kills as “al-Qaeda,” but in many cases it has later been revealed that the victims were innocent civilians hit as part of the policy of “signature strikes.”

Under signature strikes, US drone strikes don’t need to identify anyone specifically targeted on the ground, but kill people who look like they’d probably be guilty of something.

In December, one signature strike targeted a group of vehicles traveling together, since officials figured that must be an al-Qaeda convoy. It was revealed later to be a wedding procession, and 16 civilians were slain.

Which one of us is the ‘American’ presently in their sights?

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who is ultimately responsible for the boston bombing
which killed two and injured 264

dzhokhar tsarnaev – john brennan

The US media returns to the mysterious death of Ibragim Todashev

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police just days after the Marathon bombing, and his brother Dzhokhar, who survived the shootout and now faces capital murder and terrorism charges, had a close family tie to American intelligence. Their uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, was married to the daughter of a high-ranking CIA official and ran an organization, the Congress of Chechen International Organizations, that provided material aid to Chechen separatists fighting against the Russian government. The group was headquartered at the home of Tsarni’s father-in-law, Graham Fuller, a top-level CIA official in the 1980s.

During the period in 2011 in which the Waltham murders took place, the FBI, tipped off by the Russian and Saudi Arabian authorities, had opened a file on Tamerlan Tsarnaev to investigate accusations of connections to radical Islam. Unaccountably, the security investigation was closed in 2012, and Tsarnaev was allowed to travel abroad to Dagestan in the Northern Caucasus where he attempted to establish ties with Islamic separatist movements in the region.

In the lead up to the Boston Marathon bombing, local authorities were kept in the dark about the presence of the Tsarnaevs. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has testified that the FBI made no attempts in the run-up to the events to warn the city’s law enforcement about the existence of a possible terror suspect, even as they were conducting an investigation into him.

The voluminous detail in the Boston magazine/NPR investigation only underscores the vast amount that remains deliberately concealed and still to be uncovered about the Marathon bombing and its connection to the US national security apparatus.

Unsatisfied with torture, murder, and impunity the one on the right – who served as White House Homeland Security Advisor from Obama’s inauguration until the month before the bombing, when he took over the CIA – is in the midst of a full-blown coup attempt on the US government, presently targeting the US Senate.

“I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers principle embodied in the United States Constitution, including the speech and debate clause, It may have undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities or any other government function.”

“How Congress responds and how this is resolved will show whether the Intelligence Committee can be effective in monitoring and investigating our nation’s intelligence activities, or whether our work can be thwarted by those we oversee. I believe it is critical that the committee and the Senate reaffirm our oversight role and our independence under the Constitution of the United States.”

“The president has great confidence in John Brennan and confidence in our intelligence community and in our professionals at the CIA.”

Brennan’s already in full command of the executive branch.

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PM Yingluck ¡Sí! Pi Thaksin ¡No!

Yingluck ¡Sí! Thaksin ¡No!

Thaksin Upset By Yingluck’s ‘Incompetent’ Aides

Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is upset by his sister’s refusal to employ political experts he has arranged for her, according to well-placed sources.

That’s it for me. Any benefit of the doubt that’s accrued to Phuea Thai has come by way of admiration for Yingluck Shinawatra who has exhibited real grace under the most scurrilous attacks imaginable from the self-appointed royalist Democrat ‘elite’.

Those groveling fools and boors have only managed to make PM Yingluck look better and better in comparison to their own thuggish selves.

Now the Great Man … the moron whose bait-and-switch amnesty outrage precipitated all of PM Yingluck’s problems … has blown her, and Thai democracy, the kiss of death from abroad; for this, his latest stupid play seems unlikely to help her along any imaginable dimension.

PM Yingluck ¡Sí! Pi Thaksin ¡No!

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obama reformed a key whistleblower regulation with his 2012 presidential policy directive 19, but it exempted intelligence community contractors

A carnival float depicts President Barack Obama putting Edward Snowden in an electric chair during a parade Monday [3 March] in Duesseldorf, Germany

Edward Snowden’s testimony to the European Parliament

It is important to remember that this is legal dilemma did not occur by mistake. US whistleblower reform laws were passed as recently as 2012, with the US Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, but they specifically chose to exclude Intelligence Agencies from being covered by the statute. President Obama also reformed a key executive Whistleblower regulation with his 2012 Presidential Policy Directive 19, but it exempted Intelligence Community contractors such as myself. The result was that individuals like me were left with no proper channels.

Yet another ‘benefit’ of privatizing what must be exclusively government functions – the privatized functionaries are left out in the trans-national corporate cold.

Nor did the US government’s comprehensive monitoring of Americans at home stop the Boston Bombers. Despite the Russians specifically warning us about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the FBI couldn’t do more than a cursory investigation – although they did plenty of worthless computer-based searching – and failed to discover the plot. 264 people were injured, and 3 died. The resources that could have paid for a real investigation had been spent on monitoring the call records of everyone in America.

The FBI may well have been kept in the dark concerning the activities of the CIA’s assets, the Tsarnaevs.

So they and the NSA and Homeland Security just plodded on with what they do best, consuming their gargantuan budgets and working to privatize their functions. And waiting to walk through the revolving door once privatization has taken place.

And the CIA’s terrorists bombed Boston instead of Chechnya, Syria, or the Ukraine.

Edward Snowden SXSW: Full Transcription and Video

Chris Soghoian of the ACLU:
I think it is going to be difficult for these companies to offer truly end to end encrypted service simply because it conflicts with their business model.

Google wants to sit between you and everyone you interact with and provide some kind of added value.

There is the collection that the government is doing by itself and then there is the data that they can go to Google and Facebook and force them to hand over. We should remember that the web browser you are most likely using, the most popular browser right now is Chrome, most popular mobile operating system is now Android, many of the tools that we are using whether web browsers or operating systems or apps are made by advertising companies.

It is not a coincidence that Chrome is probably a less privacy preserving browser.

It is tweaked to allow data collection by third parties.

The Android operating system is designed to facilitate disclosure of data to third parties.

Even if you are okay with the data the companies are collecting you should also note that the tools that we use to browse the web and the tools that ultimately permit our data to be shared or prevent it from being shared are made by advertising companies.

This makes the NSA’s job a lot easier.

If the web browsers we were using were locked down by default the NSA would have a much tougher time.

But advertising companies are not going to give us tools that are privacy preserving by default.

The best way to get your user’s trust is to be able to say when the government comes to you

“sorry we don’t have the data”

I really think what this comes down to is if you are getting the service-for-free the company isn’t going to be optimizing your experience with your best interest in mind.

I am not going to say if you are not paying for the product you are the product. [But that's a concise description of the reality.]

[reads a twit]

“Wasn’t NSA’s mass surveillance a solution to the internet driven by privatization and the handing over of our signals intelligence analysis to SCIC [Service Contract Industry Council?] – isn’t this a result of letting contractors in to run the show?”

Edward Snowden:
So the problem is when the NSA gets a pot of money they don’t typically develop the solutions themselves.

They bring in a bunch of contractors the . . . . . SCIC’s the khakis they say hey what can you guys do for us? What solutions are you working on and they get the gigantic . . . . . works.

And the problem is you got contractors and private companies at that point influencing policy.

It was not uncommon for me at the NSA as a private employee to write the same point papers and kind of policy suggestion that I get as an official employee of the government at the CIA.

The problem with that is you have people who aren’t accountable.

They have no sort of government recourse against them who are saying yes let’s do that, let’s put all this money in mass surveillance . . . . . pitch but it doesn’t serve the public interest.

One thing you’ve seen recently is the government has gone and changed their talking points. They have moved their verbiage away from public interest into national interest.

We should be concerned about that because with national interest talking about the state becomes distinct from the public interest, what benefits the people.

We really are at the point where we have to marry those up or it gets harder and harder to control and we risk losing control of a representative democracy.

In fact “… for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa” … the ‘national interest’ has been identified with (now trans-national) corporate interest since before that quote rolled off the tongue off engine Charlie Wilson’s tongue fifty years ago. Google … the NSA .,. choose your poison. You get the TNCs either way.

Privatization leads to ‘government’ policy crafted by private corporations and no protection for whistleblowers like Snowden, who work for the TNCs.

As for whistleblowers within the belly of the beast … ask John Kiriakou : I got 30 months in prison. Why does Leon Panetta get a pass?. John Kiriakou’s Prosecution Is an Important Precedent to the CIA – Senate Intelligence Committee Spat … ‘spat’ indeed !

Those under regulation spying on … intimidating … their regulators!!

There will be no more Edward Snowdens, that’s certain.

The folks at SXSW seem to think the corner’s been rounded. They’re dreaming. There’s no hope for any of us unless we actkill the NSA. Kill the CIA. Kill the Empire. Not the people.

Kill the TNCs that commodify the people. If the data are not collected they cannot be abused.

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medea … get well soon !

medea … get well soon!

14 March

Why I Didn’t Make it to Gaza for International Women’s Day

If the Egyptian officials were so brutal to me – a petite, 61-year-old American woman who has dedicated her life to peace – what are they doing to their own citizens and others languishing in their prisons? And why is Secretary Kerry considering a resumption of US military aid to this brutal regime?

That’s the question. Medea then – purposefully or not – provides the answer to her own question …

According to a recent Amnesty International report, the current human rights situation is characterized by repeated excessive use of force by the security forces, leading to the death of hundreds of protesters; increasingly severe restrictions on freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and freedom of expression, as well as academic freedoms; the arbitrary imprisonment of protest leaders, university students, journalists and others; and a failure to protect vulnerable groups, including minorities and women.

… in other words, the Egyptian generals are ‘performing’ right up to spec … they’re earning their three thousand million dollars per annum.

Did Israel put the pressure on Egypt to do a last-minute about-face to keep us out of Gaza? In the end, only 17 of our members made it into Cairo (but not to Gaza) and the rest were deported from the airport.

To this one Medea’s answer is …

The question of Israeli influence is one we’ll probably never have answered …

… and that’s probably true. But I think that Obama – who, along with John Brennan and the drones, apparently really enjoys killing innocent people – was probably very happy to order Medea’s mini-rendition … for having been such a thorn in his side … or it may well have been Obama’s boss, Brennan himself who personally ordered Medea’s abuse.

According to these two sociopaths the CIA murdering children, murdering their mothers, murdering other innocents is … perhaps … regrettable, but a bearable … by someone else … cost of ‘doing business’. They’ve been doing it non-stop for five years.

What’s unbearable is their being criticized in public – having their own noses rubbed in their own dirt, their own vile crimes, their own murders, their own assassinations.

And they’re sloughing of all restraint at this point, in the midst of their coup d’etat.

The other seventeen weren’t roughed up … only Medea.

I got on codepink’s mailing list somehow and so was notified of the mini-rendition of Medea Benjamin by Obama-Brennan-the-State-Department in Egypt.

I wrote back asking if she was ok, after I’d read the ‘they broke my arm!’ twit.

Codepink suggested I send a picture with ‘Medea … get well soon!’ and I’m happy to be able to do that!, but …

Please send the photo, if you take one, to

I think their choice of free email accounts is as wrong as it can possibly be. So the picture is here, instead … Get well soon, Medea!

Medea Benjamin, Diane Wilson, Alli, Cayman, Janet, Jodie, Kate, Katie, Lisa, Nancy K, Nancy M, Sara, Sergei, and Tighe and all the rest at codepink are great. I wish I were able to do what they do. I hope they continue.

Medea Benjamin writes to the same codepink list …

Sign this petition to Egypt Desk at the State Department, then call them (202-647-4680). Demand to know why they did not assist a peaceful US citizen who was being abused by the Egyptian authorities, and let them know you want an immediate end to US military aid to Egypt.

… the petition goes through a third-party outfit called I’ll be communicating with the Whitehouse and State directly. FYI … routes to a gmail address, just so you know.

… I think that’s a mistake. I think is the problem, not the solution. I don’t think activist organizations should operate through third-party organizations which undoubtedly harvest not only the email addresses but any and all other personal information they can about those with whom they correspond. I think that’s a no-brainer. I ought to know … I have no brains.

I support codepink 100%. I hope they lose their brains soon, too.

Is it me, without brains as I am, or do you think that Obama-Brennan-the-State-Department actually set up Medea’s rendition?

I mean … I’m an Egyptian General, stooge of the USA which keeps my bank account topped up nicely, thank you sir! … do I grab a citizen of the USA … break her goddam arm … without clearing it with my meal-ticket first? Why would I even think of doing so … ?!

Unless it wasn’t my idea at all … unless the phone rang from mealticket central and the order came through … then you can bet your ass I’ll click my highheels like a good uniformed whore … salute smartly! … yessir! right away Sir!

In fact it’s harder and harder to tell where mealticket central for the Egyptian whores in uniform actually is these days … well the bank’s in the USSA, of course, but the decisions might be being made in Tel Aviv … that’s how it’s been working for quite sometime, as a matter of fact … could Medea Benjamin’s mini-rendition have been engineered by Netanyahu-Obama-Brennan-the-State-Department?

What a coincidence that all this should happen right after codepink’s outstanding spoof of AIPAC Policy Conference 2014 – Boycott AIPAC?

But, of course, I got no brains.

This just in US House passes bill to expand military ties with Israel

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill which names Israel a “major strategic partner” of the US and seeks to expand Washington’s military ties with Tel Aviv. [H.R. 938: United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014]

The legislation, which was passed by a 410 to 1 vote, calls for expanding the delivery of US arms and military technologies to Israel and commits US Congress to increase funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system.

Israel already receives billions of dollars of American taxpayers’ money each year. Under an existing 10-year aid agreement between Washington and Tel Aviv signed in 2007, $30 billion of American taxpayers’ money is flowing to Israel.

The US annual military aid to Israel has been elevated from $2.4 billion to $3.1 billion through 2017 under the existing agreement.

Meanwhile, US and Israeli officials have discussed a surge in US military aid to Israel in a new aid package that would extend through 2027.

The recent bill which was passed by the House on Wednesday will now move to the US Senate, where similar legislation is already being prepared.

The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is the most powerful pro-Israel lobby group in the US, was quick to praise House lawmakers’ move, saying “the House once again reaffirmed its commitment to an unbreakable US-Israel relationship.”

Thomas Massie

410 to 1. Traitors all. Can you see now why I say we must replace them all? every single one of them?

The single nay vote ? Thomas Massie, 4th CD Kentucky

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wet is dry, hot is cold, light is dark, life is death

light is dark, hot is cold, life is death

Bangkok Bunkers To Be Decorated In Pink: Army Chief

(6 March) Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army has suggested that troops checkpoints in Bangkok might be redecorated to convey a friendly appearance.

“We may place flowers on them and install some pink curtains,” Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha told reporters today.

His remark came after a number of citizens complained that they felt intimidated by various “bunkers” manned by army troops in downtown Bangkok.

The bunkers – mostly composed of sandbags and green camouflaging nets – have been constructed around the perimeter of the protest sites of the People’s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) in recent weeks.

I am tempted to write that only in Thailand can the ‘establishment’ claim ‘neutrality’ and have that repeated with a straight face by the mass media – who themselves promote the minority PCAD ceaselessly on their ‘news’ shows – and have the Royal Thai Army occupying the capital, maintaining and protecting the fascist PCAD’s gangs of thugs and goons who disrupt the city at will; who beat, bomb, and murder its residents whenever they happen to be feelin’ that way with no warnin’ …

But then I muse that, as well, Barack Obama is a ‘Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’, that Dianne Feinstein and her cohort are providing ‘oversight’ to the NSA, that the unending series of renditions and drone assassinations carried out by the CIA, arbitrarily against civilians world-wide are ‘anti-’terrorism … and I must concede that the public discourse of us resident troglodytes here on the third rock from the sun no longer bears any relation to wet or dry, to hot or cold, to light or dark, to life or death.

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topping up the banksters’ money bins

uncle scrooge mcduck at play

US economy hampered by severe winter weather, Federal Reserve says

In total, the report mentions “weather” 119 times and “winter” 54 times, calling it extreme, harsh and severe. “Severe” appears 35 times in the report, “cold’ 31 times, “snow” 24 times, and “storm” 15 times.

Everybody talks about it … no one does a thing about it … about what? … the effin’ F-e-e-e-ed!

I wonder if they mentioned deflation and their own role in topping up the banksters’ money bins with the money ostensibly created to jumpstart the real economy?

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“They make no attempt to hide their allegiance to power.”
- Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report

(click on the image to view the sequence)

“Journalists” Follow Obama on Ukraine

The corporate media are a key component of the U.S. imperial machine. Although styling themselves as watchdogs, they are in fact the dogs of war, whose mission is to hide Washington’s aggressions behind a fog of lies. War “crimes are committed with impunity in part because presidents get a helping hand from their corporate media partners.”

You can put The Guardian in there with the rest … Bugged call reveals conspiracy theory about Kiev snipers … is their headline …

News of the ‘coalition’ snipers killing one and all in Kiev begins at about 8:30. Catherine Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, of the Labor Party (!) quickly changes the subject.

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