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MLK Speech: Time to Break the Silence


Deaths In Afghanistan, Obama 1657 vs. Bush 575


Out of Sight, Out of Mind


New America Foundation: America’s Secret Wars


War Prayer - Mark Twain


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Drone War and The Data


Naming The Dead


Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars


Dirty Wars


Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control


Jobs Not Wars


Know Drones


Drones Watch


Bureau of Investigative Journalism Covert Drone War


BOIJ: Get the Data: Drone Wars


BOIJ Drone Updates


Send In The Drones


ACLU: Unlawful Detention At Bagram


Gen. Smedley Butler: War is a Racket - The most decorated Marine ever at his retirement. Also see “How to dismantle the American War Empire” in 3 easy steps.


Project For The New American Century


The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory in Under 5 Minutes


Memorable articles:


US Dept. of Defense: President Signs National Defense Authorization Act - This is the act that officially authorizes a US Govt. Propaganda Ministry (Global Engagement Center) and is a continuation of the 2014 NDAA which, in the words of Chris Hedges created “a system where, under Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act, the executive branch can put the soldiers in the streets, in clear violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, to carry out extraordinary rendition of American citizens who are deemed to be "terrorists," strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military facilities, including in our black sites.”


We live in a world of Inverted Totalitarianism, where corporate power has seized all the levers of control, and is maintained through a security state of universal, warrantless, suspicion-less surveillance working in tandem with corporate propaganda that permeates influential institutions such as the media, education, popular culture and evangelical religion.”


I’ve got a feeling Emperor Trump can’t wait to put all this to good use.


12/27/13


Salon: Obama Signs NDAA 2014, Indefinite Detention Remains - Chris Hedges: “We live in a system where, under Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act, the executive branch can put the soldiers in the streets, in clear violation of the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, to see—carry out extraordinary rendition of American citizens who are deemed to be "terrorists," strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military facilities, including in our black sites. We are a country that engages in torture. We’ve seen, under Obama, an assault against civil liberties that has outstripped what George W. Bush carried out. We’ve seen the executive branch misinterpret the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force Act as giving itself the right to assassinate American citizens, including children...on the issue of the destruction of civil liberties, including our right to privacy—and I speak as a former investigative journalist, which doesn’t exist anymore because of wholesale government surveillance—we have no ability, except for hackers.”


5/10/18


Democracy-NOW: Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head the CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable - By now it’s clear that both Bush and Obama approved torture, and rendition, with a lot of help from  John Brennan and Here, Here Here and James Comey. Then Obama made sure the Senate torture report got delayed and then got ‘lost’ so no one would ever be held accountable, and Here. As this article points out Gina Haspel was the operative that actually did the deleting. Then Obama signed the 2014 NDAA which allows the president to indefinitely detain anyone in the world for any reason, or no reason. The only person ever convicted of any torture related item was the guy who revealed it. Rethuglicans and Democraps are equally to blame. Combine this with universal surveillance, and Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here, and you’ve got yourself a nice tight little corporate police state.


9/19/17


Common Dreams: US Says No Money for Social Programs, But $700 Billion to Kill People - All public universities in the US could be tuition-free with just the increase in defense spending for this year, and the $700 billion defense budget could easily pay for universal health care and still have the strongest military in the world, but neoliberals in Congress always want to know where the money is going to come from whenever non-defense spending comes up. The US spends more money on defense than all other countries in the world combined. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Al Franken and Cory Booker all voted in favor. Some progressives. A short must-read.


1/17/17


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Obama’s Covert Drone War in Numbers: Ten Times More Strikes Than Bush


12/19/16


Common Dreams: Commandos Without Borders: America’s Elite Troops Partner with African Forces But Pursue US Aims - Ongoing modern day colonialism continues in countries such as Somalia, Cameroon, Djibouti, Niger, Egypt, Libya, South Sudan, Mali, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Tunisia, Chad, Mauritania, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Yemen, and Tanzania.


4/19/16


Intercept: Obama Went From Condemning Saudis For Abuses (in 2002) to Arming Them To The Teeth Ever Since He Was Inaugurated - Using US jets, smart-bombs, guided missiles, cluster bombs, and Here, Here, Here, and Here, and the services of US armed forces targeting staff, and refueling, Saudi Arabia has waged a devastating campaign on Yemeni civilians. Hospitals, markets, ancient neighborhoods, and Here, have been targeted. Estimates range from 3,700 to 6,000 civilians, many of them children, and Here, have been killed in this campaign, at least half a million children there starving. These are clearly war crimes, and Here, Here, Here, and Here and yet the US media is mostly silent. This is part of a broader US strategy to sow conflict across the Middle East, and Here, creating far more terrorists than it kills, and creating $Billions in profits for the War Corporations.


11/18/15


Common Dreams: Former Drone Pilots to Obama: Civilian Killings Driving Terrorism, Instability - These former servicemen are taking a huge risk by speaking out, but like all whistleblowers they have only two choices: stay silent and complicit or do the right thing. We all have the same choice to some degree.


10/30/15


Intercept: American Drone Assassinations May Violate International Law, Experts Say - Hence, both Bush and Obama are war criminals, as will any future president be who uses drones as they have.


10/20/15


Democracy-NOW: Exclusive: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to War Drone War Kills Civilians, Fuels Terror - “We don’t even know who we are killing.”


10/15/15


Intercept: The Drone Papers - A ‘new Edward Snowden’ has released a treasure trove of previously secret US drone targeting and (lack of) effectiveness information. We already knew that only about 4 our of 100 of Obama’s drone murders are of actual terrorists, and that drone operators have testified that they have no idea who they are firing at, and retired Generals have stated that drones create more terrorists than they kill. The new Drone Papers provide much more detailed information. One example in this article: In 35 ‘direct targets’ (again not named individuals, but males who fit some arbitrary profile), another 219 innocent bystanders were killed. Ongoing War Crimes.


Amnesty International: US Congress Must Launch Urgent Inquiry Into Obama’s Drone Use - “These documents raise serious concerns about whether the USA has systematically violated international law, including by classifying unidentified people as ‘combatants’ to justify their killings.”


4/23/15


NYTimes: Drone Strikes Reveal Uncomfortable Truth: US is Often Unsure Who Will Die


4/7/15


Democracy-NOW: Are Obama’s Record Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Iraq Fueling Unrest In The Middle East? - Obama’s record for his first 5 years is more than Bush’s in 8 years and more than any other president since WWII. Once again out-Bushing GWB.


3/5/15


The Nation: American Drone Operators Are Quitting in Record Numbers


2/26/15


Common Dreams: UN Reveals ‘Credible and Reliable’ Evidence of US Military Torture in Afghanistan During Obama’s Administration - There has been plenty of evidence that under Obama, US troops have routinely turned over prisoners to Afghan and Iraqi troops for the express purpose of torture - which is a war crime and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here. But this is the first clear evidence that I am aware of that US troops were actually doing the torturing during the Obama administration. Bush said: ‘We don’t torture.’ Obama supposedly banned torture when he came into office. They were both lying. Later Obama backtracked and said ‘we tortured some folks’ - but he was referring to that done during the Bush administration. Next I guess we’ll hear Obama say it was ‘due to a few bad apples.’ It has been repeatedly shown that torture never accomplishes anything and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here . Rethuglican = Democrap = No Difference.


2/2/15


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Almost 2,500 Now Killed By Obama’s Drone Campaign


1/23/15


RT News: Drone Operator: “We Didn’t Even Really Know Who We Were Firing At”


12/26/14


CNN: US Drone Strike Kills ‘At Least’ 7 in Pakistan - And surprise, they were all militants...because we define militant as anyone on the receiving end of a US drone strike. But a recent report shows that for every actual militant killed, we kill 28 innocent people. Even the CIA admits that the drone program is ‘counterproductive,’ and Here.


UK Guardian: 41 Men Targeted, But 1,147 People Killed: US Drone Strikes


10/16/14


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Only 4% of Drone Victims in Pakistan Identified as Al Qaeda - As the number of drone strikes in Pakistan reaches 400, a year long study, “Name the Dead”, comes to a close. When John Kerry says “only confirmed terrorist targets at the highest level” are fired at, he’s flat-out lying.


9/19/14


CBS News: Obama: US Won’t Be Returning to Combat in Iraq and AP: Obama At MacDill AF Base: “American Forces Do Not and Will Not Have A Combat Mission” - Just file this away for future reference ;-)


9/12/14


The Nation: Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Who Promote War - Synopsis (corroborating links in article): Retired Gen. Jack Keane is a favorite on the networks. He’s pro-war, pro-escalation US military engagement, more drone airstrikes all the way. He also runs the Institute for the Study of War which provides “research” to back pro-war stories in the NYTimes, the BBC and others. He is a special adviser to Academi (formerly known as Blackwater), also a board member of tank and aircraft maker General Dynamics (six figure cash and stock options yearly), a “venture partner” in SCP Partners an investment house that specializes in defense contractors, and Xvionics an “operations management decision support system” used in Air Force drone training, and president of his own military consulting firm GSI LLC. Generally, he is introduced on national media as simply a “retired Army general.” He is also a lobbyist for Am General, the manufacturer of the Humvee.


General Anthony Zinni, former CentCom Commander in Chief, a board member of defense contractor BAE systems, and also works for several military focused private equity firms.


Fran Townsend, former Bush Homeland Security adviser, holds positions in two investment firms with defense contractor holdings and serves as adviser to defense contractor Decision Sciences.


1/23/14


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: More Than 2,400 Dead as Obama’s Drone Strike Program Marks 5 Years - Obama has now launched 8 times as many strikes as Bush (390 vs 50) and has murdered 6 times as many as were murdered by Bush (2,400 vs 400), yet another category in which Obama has out-Bushed Bush.


6/27/13


International Crisis Group: Syria’s Metastasizing Conflicts - Military strikes from outside countries against the Assad regime will accomplish nothing. They will only increase the suffering and prolong the civil war. They will also draw the attacking countries deeper into the conflict. Limited airstrikes “would not produce what its promoters typically claim as justification: moving the regime to seriously negotiate a genuine transition. Ultimately it would mean getting further sucked into a dangerously intensifying and malignant Sunni-Shiite sectarian regional conflict in which the West would be running a risk by picking favorites.”


3/29/13


AlterNet: American Special Ops Now Operating in 71 Countries


3/19/13


Salon: MSNBC Selectively Remembers the Iraq War - They were all calling for war and now try to excuse themselves.


3/7/13


The Nation: Bob Woodward’s Biggest Failure: Iraq


3/1/13


World Policy: The Rise of Nouri al-Maliki - Review beginning in 2006 for how the US played kingmaker, choosing al-Maliki as the next Prime Minister. He was Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld handpicked puppet.


2/11/13


UK Guardian: DOJ Kill List Memo Forces Dems Out of The Closet As Totally Unprincipled Hacks - This article easily deserves a second read after some clear self- reflection.  “former Bush DOJ official Jack Goldsmith - who provided the legal authorization for the illegal Bush NSA warrantless eavesdropping program - went to the New Republic to celebrate that Obama was not only continuing the core Bush/Cheney approach to terrorism, but even better (from his perspective), was strengthening those policies far beyond what Bush could achieve by transforming Democrats from opponents of those policies into supporters.” ... “On MSNBC, Obama aides and pundit-supporters now do their best Sarah Palin impression by mocking as weaklings and losers those who think the President should be constrained in his militarism and demonizing as anti-American anyone who questions the military (in between debating whether Obama should be elevated onto Mount Rushmore or given his own monument).” ... “Democratic partisans owe a public, sincere, and abject apology to George Bush and Dick Cheney. It's certainly true that Obama has not continued many of the policies progressives found so heinous: he hasn't invaded Iraq or legally authorized waterboarding. But Obama has completely reversed himself on so many of the core criticisms he and other Democrats made about Bush and Cheney regarding the need for due process for accused Terrorists, the dangers of radical secrecy, the treatment of Terrorism as a war on a global battlefield rather than a crime to be prosecuted.” ... “It's lowly reality TV viewing and rank cultural tribalism masquerading as political ideology.”


12/20/12


Glen Greenwald: Newtown Kids vs Yemenis and Pakistanis: What Explains the Disparate Reactions? - 12/17/09 was the three year anniversary of Obama’s drone murder of 21 Yemeni children and 14 women. Why no similar reaction?


9/25/12


UK Guardian: Stanford/NYU Study “Living Under Drones” Documents Civilian Terror From Obama’s Drones and Daily Mail and Bureau of Investigative Journalism and The Study - Summary: The strikes are not ‘surgically precise.’ They are not ‘targeted killings’ of insurgents. There is considerable ‘collateral damage.’ It is terrorism in every sense of the word carried out by the US on mostly innocent people. More evidence of targeting of humanitarian first responders, weddings and funerals. 98% of fatalities are not ‘high level’ terrorists. These attacks make us less safe, not more. Even those that are not hit suffer serious psychological damage - especially children. These are despicable war crimes. The Western press and the Obama administration are using extreme propaganda to disguise the true nature of this evil.


2/4/12


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Obama Terror Drones; Tactics Include Targeting Rescuers and Funerals - These are war crimes. At least 535 civilian non-combatants including at least 60 children have been murdered. Democracy-NOW! interviews author. Salon reviews the facts. The day before, when Obama claimed this was a “targeted, focused effort” and it “has not caused a large number of civilian casualties” he was knowingly telling falsehoods. The only other study even permitted, released back in July, showed 15 civilians for every ‘militant.’ And Americans wonder why they hate us. The NYTimes immediately released an interview, which violated its own rules for journalistic anonymity, and had some cowardly ‘senior American counterterrorism official’ who refused to be named saying that even discussing this subject is anti-American and makes one an ally of Al Qaeda. So he/she is basically repeating the Bush-era doctrine: “If you’re not with us, then you’re against us.” Don’t look at the facts and call it what it is. Just fall in line and shut up.


10/22/11


National Journal: US Troop Withdrawal Motivated by Iraqi Insistence, Not US Choice - “the White House...publicly and privately tried to sell the Iraqis on a troop extension. As recently as last week, the White House was trying to persuade the Iraqis to allow 2,000-3,000 troops to stay beyond the end of the year.” So much for Obama’s ‘core commitment.’ Had it been Obama’s choice to make, we’d be staying indefinitely.


8/11/11


NYTimes: CIA Claim of No Civilian Casualties From Drones Is Disputed - Ya Think!?! John Brennan: “there hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities we’ve been able to develop.”


7/24/10


Deputy Prime Minister of UK tells it like it is: Iraq war is illegal - Just like the Chilcot Inquiry back in January. Just like Richard Pearle said in 11/03. And Hans Blix declared it illegal 3/04. But you will only hear that here, not in the MSM.


UK Independent: Cancer rate in Fallujah worse than Hiroshima - The battle and occupation lasted from 11/8/04 through 12/16/04. Marines admitted to using white phosphorous (a war crime), low-level nuclear artillery and other ammunition whose shell casings were made of radioactive uranium. Residents have experienced a 38 fold increase in leukemia, a tenfold increase in breast cancer, significant increases in lymphoma, brain tumors and severe birth defects.


6/7/10


UK Independent: Obama Slaughters 52 Innocents in Yemen; More Than Half were Women and Children - Using cruise missiles and cluster bombs - war crime as defined by UN.


Democracy-NOW!: Whore Court Rejects Gitmo Appeals and Reuters - Even though over half were approved for release last year by Obama’s Guantanamo Review Task Force. Life in prison without possibility of parole just because most of them just happen to be Yemeni and were picked up in a Bush ‘sweep.’ The two Obama appointees to the court were in agreement, making the contention that if Obama is re-elected he will make further appointments to the Whore Court that ‘will make a difference’ moot.


KPBS: The Drone Makers and Their Friends in Washington - $12 Billion in government contracts since 2005. There’s even a ‘Drone Caucus’ of DC legislators (Rs and Ds)- including the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, eight members of the House Committee on Appropriations. The 58 members of the Drone Caucus have received $2.3 Million in contributions since 2011. I liked this: “Campaign donations could increase between now and the November elections.” Ya think? “The worldwide drone market is expected to double over the next decade.” Say a little prayer for the children of Arab countries who will be blown to bloody little bits over that same time period so that these war corporations and their political underlings can prosper.


Jonathan Turley: Holder Ends Last Torture Investigation Without Charges - Remember the stories about Nuremberg? When, after WWII, the Nazis were brought before the international court and were asked about why they murdered 6,000,000 defenseless Jewish people? And their answer was, “We were just following orders?” And then those Nazis were executed, and we told the world that ‘We were just following orders’ is not an excuse. Remember that? Well Obama and Holder have just made that a legal excuse again.


Army Times: 3,000+ Soldiers to Serve in Africa In 2013 - This is up from the 100+ that were sent in last year as “trainers.” While No. 1 pitch man for war corporations babbles about the ‘threat’ from al Qaeda, and Obama talks about the LRA, the real psychopath warlord in Africa goes completely unnoticed by the MSM and Here.  And here’s what happens to the local civilians during such conflicts. I think it’s clear where this is going. More profits for war (and possibly oil) corporations. African countries with US forces involved in active combat: Somalia, S. Sudan, Congo, Uganda, Libya, Niger, Malawi, Zanzibar, Ghana, Gabon, CAR. Sec. Clinton is also advocating for ‘a multinational force’ to force regime change in Mali. The US has troops stationed in 46 of the 54 African states.


Drone Summit


Tell John Brennan To Come Clean About Drone Strikes


Lobbying by Drone Maker Northrup Grumman


Gen. Wesley Clark on 9/11 & Iraq


War Costs


Cost of War - The Pentagon budget request for 2011 is $170.5Billion just for Afghanistan; now $14Billion/month, $19.7Million/hour Cost of war in Afghanistan compared to other objectives


War Casualties


ProPublica: Brain Wars - How the Military Is Failing Its Wounded


Bombing of Libya Started 3/19/11 - 8 years to the day after first attack on Iraq - “Days Not Weeks” - now 4 months and counting. “Broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.” Text of Obama’s speech.


Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Central African Republic, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo...and 66 more countries.


53% + Of Your Tax Dollars Go To Defense


Abraham Lincoln (letter to William H. Herdon, 2/15/1848):

“Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after you have given him so much as you propose. If, to-day, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, I see no probability of the British invading us but he will say to you be silent; I see it, if you dont. The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress, was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood.”


Obama torture links:


http://www.thenation.com/article/161936/cias-secret-sites-somalia#


http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-iraq-prison19-2010apr19,0,7841354.story


http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/23/world/la-fg-iraq-prison-20110124


http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE14/001/2011/en/48c3c6e6-9607-4926-abd7-d1da1c51a976/mde140012011en.pdf%0A


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/world/asia/07kabul.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha22