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Donn Marten is a free lance writer, activist and consultant who resides in West Central Florida.
I am a concerned progressive who has serious problems with the tragic turn that our society has taken. Of primary importance is the the total corruption of our institutions first and foremost our political system. This would not have been possible without the complicity of a corrupt corporate media and it is imperative to use the alternative media to circumvent the propaganda and get the truth out.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 Putin Flouts Obama as Neocons Stew (40 comments)
Barack Obama and John Kerry once again find themselves in an embarrassing place over their ill-advised rhetoric. Only a few months after the Syria "red line" fiasco now the dynamic duo are being schooled by veteran politician Vladimir Putin. The neocon U.S. foreign policy establishment may be able to push Iran around with threats of sanctions but Russia is not Iran and there is more to Ukraine than meets the eye.
Monday, March 3, 2014 Palling Around with Neo-Nazis (5 comments)
Completely absent from the U.S. state-corporate media is any mention that the western instigated putsch in Ukraine was pulled off with the help of some of the most vile neo-Nazis in Eastern Europe. Traveling ambassador of the warfare state Senator John McCain, a cherished media hero personally met with extremists including Oleh Tyahnybok of the extremist Svoboda party. Goebbels himself would have been proud of the U.S. media.
Friday, February 28, 2014 Brit Spooks Get Knickers in a Wad Spying on Yahoo Sex Videos (1 comments)
In the latest revelations of the obscene intrusions on privacy by the NSA Stasi, in this case their partners across the pond at GCHQ millions of law-abiding people are having their Yahoo videos scooped up and stored. A good number of these include private sexual materials passed between those who are consenting adults seeking to connect with like-minded law-abiding consenting adults. This should serve as a warning to all.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Arizona's Anti-Gay Crusade: Barry Goldwater Foresaw the Coming of the American Taliban (2 comments)
With the Arizona legislature's pride and joy of birthing a brand new anti-gay law the intolerant bigots of the Christian right are ecstatic. Despite his many flaws Senator Barry Goldwater recognized early on the growing menace of the American Taliban and the scourge of anti-gay state laws that are being churned out to codify turning Americans into second-class citizens is exactly what he warned of.
Monday, February 24, 2014 The Madness of King Bibi (3 comments)
Facing the one thing that he truly fears in economic pressure and the resulting loss of money to Israeli corporations "King Bibi" Netanyahu is doubling down. Hurling ugly charges of "anti-Semitism" at critics as well as mobilizing his U.S. supporters, the big push for war on Iran and the stifling of free speech are his goals. It all may well backfire though as a young turk from within begins sizing up the crazy old man.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 Invoking Nazi Horrors Eric Cantor Makes His Move (1 comments)
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is an ambitious man of great cunning and patience. He has for years been quietly sharpening the dagger that he has been waiting to plunge into the back of Speaker John Boehner and in an election year has his eyes on the prize. In a much hyped President's Day speech on foreign policy Cantor emptied the cache of WW II references and set himself up as the successor to the PNAC Bush-Cheney crowd.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 U.S. Scores Gold Medal in Olympic Propaganda (5 comments)
The Sochi Olympics have provided the U.S. state-corporate media a perfect platform for their Russian bashing. With Vladimir Putin's granting of asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and his timely intervention to prevent a new war in Syria he has become the official enemy of the state. The U.S. men's hockey team's spanking of their Russian counterparts on Saturday is the latest attempt to reboot the Cold War.
Friday, February 14, 2014 Rand Paul Sues the Bastards (11 comments)
Despite political and ideological differences that normally preclude a unification against the existential menace of our rogue post-9/11 surveillance state it is imperative that Senator Rand Paul's lawsuit against the Obama regime not be discounted. The greatest nightmare of those who used the events of September 11, 2001 to mount their hostile takeover is a libertarian and progressive alliance. This may ge our last chance.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Obama Administration Plots Next Extrajudicial Murder (4 comments)
Having already established the precedent with the extrajudicial murder of American citizens the renegade Obama regime is ready to once again pull the trigger in murdering an American without due process. While this will bring the authoritarians like Mike Rogers one step closer to their wet dream of sending drones or JSOC hit teams after Snowden and Greenwald it will signal that American as it once existed is history.
Saturday, February 8, 2014 Hold Clapper Accountable for any Terrorist Attack on U.S. (2 comments)
Bringing back memories of the Bush era the National Security State, facing an increasing amount of pressure for illegal spying activities is playing the fear card. DNI James Clapper, who lied to Congress launched the coming propaganda campaign to terrorize the already besieged U.S. populace with warnings of an imminent Syrian based 'terrorist' attack on "The Homeland".
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 The Super Bowl: Bread and Circuses for a Rotting America (3 comments)
The Super Bowl is the ultimate tribute to everything that has gone wrong in America. There is the glorification of all things military, worship of gross consumerism as though it were a religion and of course the stunning dumbness of the ads. This years game was also a celebration of the national security state as well as an exposure of the lie of it all when one man was able to circumvent it all on live national television.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 Pathological Liar Clapper Goes on Offense (18 comments)
Like a cornered rat Director of National Intelligence James Clapper used his appearance before a Senate Committee on Wednesday to continue his pattern of deceit. Fully knowing that what is in the documents taken by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Edward Snowden could send him to prison he is upping the ante. Clapper is now referring to journalists as "accomplices" and promoting an imminent terror attack on The Homeland.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 After Big Obama Speech NSA Programs are Still Illegal (5 comments)
Thursday's report by the U.S. government's own Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board that the NSA programs are illegal did not sit well with the Obama regime. This is especially so after Obama's much hyped speech on NSA reforms where he wrapped the lack of substance in layers of his typical lofty rhetoric and ridiculous historical analogies. It is yet another example of who this man sold us all out for chump change.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 Blowhard Mike Rogers Unable to Back Up Russian Spy Charges (4 comments)
Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers, safely ensconced in a gerrymandered district holds one of the most powerful positions in Congress. He is a reliable on call demagogue and regularly is the go to guy for the Sunday morning propaganda circuit to defend unconstitutional NSA spying. As a true fascist he is now trying to spread the unproven accusation that Snowden is a Russian spy. The media totally fails to question him on it.
Monday, January 20, 2014 Obama Will Reform the NSA Just Like He Closed Gitmo (3 comments)
President Barack Obama is a fraud, he has always been a fraud and always will a fraud. He ran on a platform of "Hope" and "Change" yet it has not only been business as usual with war, repression of civil liberties and bailouts of Wall Street casinos but he has put the U.S. on what now looks like an irreversible course towards fascism by allowing the NSA to continue to operate with impunity.
Sunday, January 19, 2014 Chump Change: Obama's Bogus NSA "Reforms" (3 comments)
Obama's Friday announcement of NSA "reforms" was a masterpiece of spin delivered true to form by a polished snake oil salesman. By now it is pretty apparent that the only "CHANGE" that American's got from Obama, a defective product marketed to the hilt is chump change. He has not only failed to correct the ruinous damage of his predecessor but has now exceeded it by failing to reign his run amok surveillance machine.
Friday, January 17, 2014 The Al Qaeda Switchboard: Did CIA Obstruction Enable 9/11 Attacks? (12 comments)
While NSA defenders continue their pitched battle against oversight of their unconstitutional metadata collection programs it has been much to their chagrin that such programs are not effective in preventing terrorism. The argument that metadata collection could have prevented 9/11 is bogus and according to a New Yorker article the CIA prevented critical information that could have stopped it from reaching the FBI.
Monday, January 13, 2014 Secret Report Claims Snowden Aided Terrorists
Life in The Homeland is showing that George Orwell was an optimist. In the latest stunning lie of the extremist backers of NSA fascism the usual corrupt suspects cite a secret report to transform former government contractor turned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden into an enemy of the state who assists "terrorists". To these people anyone who challenges their power will soon be labeled as a "terrorist" as well.
Saturday, January 11, 2014 Back to Fallujah (2 comments)
The famous warning by George Santayana that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" is particularly relevant today. With the fall of the Iraqi city of Fallujah to al Qaeda forces a powerful symbol of the war has been desecrated. There are renewed calls for amped up U.S. involvement using the old German "stabbed in the back" argument that worked so well in igniting a nation's funeral pyre.
Sunday, January 5, 2014 The Innocuous Face of Government Criminality (8 comments)
Former NSA and CIA leader Michael Hayden is indicative of the horrors of the coming American authoritarian state. He is a bookish, cherubic, nondescript, avuncular man who nonetheless has contributed greatly to those programs of such a degree of enormous potential for evil are only waiting for the correct political climate and leadership to trigger a reign of darkness and terror unique to this country's history.
Monday, September 2, 2013 Windsurfing Towards Armageddon (3 comments)
With the march to military action in Syria gaining more momentum by the minute the Obama administration sent forth Secretary of Skull and Bones Kerry to pimp Obama's war. In a whirlwind tour of Sunday morning saturation bombing Kerry appeared on a number of the propaganda pulpits that serve as launching pads for the weekly line of the establishment.
Monday, August 12, 2013 Administration Thugs Force Secure Email Firm to Shut Down (2 comments)
With all of the pressure that Obama's rogue administration could bear to bring over their ongoing vendetta against Edward Snowden Lavabit has closed down. In an admirable act of defiance though the secure email firm stuck out a big digital middle finger to Obama-Holder and their ilk on the way out. While much of this began under Bush the current administration has escalated the war against the American people.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 Obama Suckles Celebrity to Pitch Administration Lies (12 comments)
In America today there is nothing more potent than celebrity and the big screen plasma living room god that delivers it. Obama further diminished the office of the presidency this week by appearing on Jay Leno's clown show to pitch his lies about NSA spying and throw a tantrum over Russia. Wake up America, your brains have been colonized by the television and liars like Obama.
Thursday, August 8, 2013 Goebbels Shrugged: Obama Rolls Out a Resurgent Al Qaeda (2 comments)
The Obama administration's weapon of mass distraction to squelch growing criticism over his NSA Stasi has been the resurrection of the Al Qaeda bogeyman. With scores of embassy closures based on a secretive threat picked up via an intercept providing cover the administration mouthpieces took to the airwaves. Interestingly, a good many defenders are Republicans. There is always bipartisanship when it comes to war and spying.
Monday, August 5, 2013 Obama Reaches Into the Bush-Cheney Fear Playbook With Embassy Closings (24 comments)
In order to defend the NSA Stasi the Obama administration has now gone to the Bush-Cheney playbook and is playing the fear card. State propaganda arms go into overdrive pimping an imminent Al Qaeda attack abroad. Embassies closed as the usual suspects hit the airwaves. This is so 2004 but just more proof that Obama is a fascist just like his predecessor.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Drones Along the Fruited Plain (2 comments)
The establishment response to those who have dared to challenge Obama's surveillance state has a bi-partisan tone to it. So much so that one must wonder how much of the beltway soap opera is nothing more than stagecraft. When it comes down to war and the transformation of the U.S. into a fascist police state, there is a rare consensus. We're being fed a line of B-S when it comes to this and it's time to ask serious questions.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 The Obama Stasi Rolls On (4 comments)
With the Obama administration's victory in defeating the attempt by the House to hold accountable a rouge and fascist NSA for anti-American and anti-Constitutional spying he has once again proved that he is little more than a lackey to the real power structure in this country. Not only is Obama setting into stone the Bush-Cheney high crimes but he has now become their willing accomplice.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Skittles From Heaven (5 comments)
Nothing good has come out of last week's acquittal of George Zimmerman in Florida for gunning down black teen Trayvon Martin. That is unless you happen to be a politician, a media personality or a special-interest group who like vultures ALWAYS descend on a tragedy to feed.
Saturday, July 20, 2013 This Week's Two Minute Hate (4 comments)
In yet another of the silly dog and pony show of ginned-up outrage that serve as "news" in this sordid land of fear, loathing and stupidity the corporate media has a new bogeyman. The strident attacks on Rolling Stone magazine for their latest issue's cover featuring Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev actually looking human instead of the standard Muslim bogeyman is a shining example of propaganda in 2013.
Thursday, July 14, 2011 What Progressives Fail to Understand: This Is War (14 comments)
With America under total right-wing control despite the farce of the dog and pony show elections that only serve as spectacles to determine which corrupt looter capitalist party controls the spoils system it is time to think differently. What progressives and what passes for the left fail to understand is that this has always been a war and they are on the brink of losing everything. Isn't it time to start fighting back?
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 The Last Circle: Welcome to the Spookloop (4 comments)
The only things they understand are money and power, the only thing that they fear is the truth. Cheri Seymour exposes a criminal cartel of black ops specialists, drug traffickers, arms dealers and corrupt government officials that has permanently and deeply embedded itself within the U.S. power structure. In this rapidly closing society The Last Circle is a must read for those who dare to question why.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government (Pt. 4b) (7 comments)
In the first three installments of this series I examined the existence of the massive surveillance state database MAIN CORE and how similar tools of oppression are destroying American civil liberties. In this installment I want to draw a bigger picture of how a network of Wall Street oligarchs, rogue intelligence operatives, organized crime figures and the mysterious alliances that have led to the hostile takeover of the US.
Sunday, July 19, 2009 Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government (Pt. 4)
In the first three installments of this series I examined the existence of the massive surveillance state database MAIN CORE and how similar tools of oppression are destroying American civil liberties. I also took a look at the criminality of many members of the Bush administration (especially Dick Cheney) and their crusade against The Constitution as well as Cheney's involvement in Continuity of Government programs. I wrote o
Thursday, March 26, 2009 Inviting the Sheep for Another Shearing
In the ongoing economic collapse it has now come to this. Rather than bail out the working people the servants of the oligarchy and their D.C. prostitutes are using their mighty propaganda machine to entice maxed out Americans to continue to buy into a usurious system of avarice that has already sucked them dry and stolen the futures of their children. The sheep must be convinced that it's time for a new round of shearing.
Monday, February 2, 2009 US Spying: Main Core, PROMIS, and the Shadow Government (Pt. 3) (60 comments)
In light of the Tice revelations as well as an already long and extremely sordid history of U.S. government surveillance into the activities of dissidents and reporters that predated the Bush regime, we also need to ask some very serious questions of a much more troubling and nefarious nature.
Sunday, February 1, 2009 US Govt Spy Program: Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government (Pt.2) (17 comments)
On the heels of NSA whistleblower Russell Tice allegations of a government intelligence community that has crossed the line and trashed the Constitution, Ed Encho covers a span of investigations throughout the years that reads like a Tom Clancy suspense thriller. Part III debutes tomorrow.
Saturday, January 31, 2009 US Govt Spy Program: Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government: Part I (9 comments)
On Monday, 2 February 2009, OEN premieres Ed Encho's newest update of his investigative series, "Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government (Pt. 3), which brings to the forefront recent revelations on the expansion of the US government's surveillance apparatus by Tice and the stolen technology that makes it all possible. OEN is republishing Part I and Part II. You will want to catch up.
Saturday, October 18, 2008 Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government (Pt.2) (1 comments)
Part two in an ongoing series on how the shadow government was able to rise to prominence in the aftermath of 9/11. This is the followup to part one of a series that examined how the Main Core database has been used for the unconstitutional domestic surveillance of opponents to the Bush-Cheney-PNAC Axis of Evil agenda. It is imperative to realize that all that has come to pass was a part of a greater plan for a fascist USA.
Friday, October 3, 2008 Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government (Pt. 1) (9 comments)
With the rights of Americans under siege from what is obviously a rogue government under the control of a cabal of domestic fascists it is of the utmost of importance that we all become aware of our imminent peril. I refer to the potential of the declaration of martial law, the ongoing illegal spying on dissenters using the Main Core database and the Shadow Government that is now on the brink of finalizing it's plans.
Monday, May 5, 2008 The Serendipitous 'Suicide' of the D.C. Madame (3 comments)
Last week's suicide of D.C. Madame Deborah Jeane Palfrey should have been a story that was afforede adequate coverage by a media that is typically obsessed with such lurid tales but it rapidly gave way to the usual celebrity sleaze.
Could it be that this story has the ability to shake the establishment to its very foundation and is being deliberately quashed?
Monday, March 17, 2008 The Inconvenient Truths of Reverend Wright (7 comments)
In another of those contradictions that are ever present in the post 9/11 Homeland (previously the republic of the United States of America)the corrupt pocket media kingmakers brought down a firestorm of scorn against the black Reverend Wright for what were pretty accurate comments taken out of context while routinely refusing to hold a far more dangerous white establishment demagogue in Pastor John Hagee to the same standard
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 As General Smedley D. Butler Said: War Is A Racket (3 comments)
With the resignation of Adm. William Fallon removing one of the final obstacles to the next phase of the neocon PNAC plan we now must grimly resign ourselves to an attack on Iran by the Bush regime. Many will profit from this new war and rolodex man Dick Cheney's trip to the Middle East will ensure that the deals are done. We again must turn to our hidden history and one Smedley D. Butler who correctly put it "War Is A Racket"
Thursday, March 6, 2008 Henry A. Wallace's Warning of American Fascism (7 comments)
Throughout our history there have been ample warnings of the deeply embedded domestic fascism that now threatens to extinguish liberty. This history has been scrubbed by the revisionists who seek to eliminate any link to our past that interferes with their dreams that are our nightmares. If we are to have a future we must reclaim our past and Henry A. Wallace is one of those who tried to warn us of what has now arrived.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Flag Pin Fascists (8 comments)
Republicans once again resort to fear, smear and demagoguery over the failure to display a ridiculous little piece of metal (likely made in China) as though it were really a meaningful display of patriotism instead of another sign the mindless ignorance that is destroying us from within.
Saturday, March 1, 2008 The Hagee-Farrakhan Paradox (2 comments)
The contradictions between outrage over Louis Farrakhan's endorsement of Barack Obama and John McCain's open embracement of the hatemongering racist John Hagee and the deeper implications on a domestic and foreign policy that is leading the world to a global conflagration pimped by Zealots.