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Cal Poly Pomona Sociology Professor. Author of "Globalization and the Demolition of Society," co-editor/author (with Peter Phillips) of "Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney." National Steering Committee Member of the World Can't Wait.
The Dress Rehearsal and the Rolling Coup
Many people are entirely missing the extremity of the government lockdown, thinking that the GOP is committing political suicide. How political power isn't exercised through votes or popularity and why this situation should be viewed as a dress rehearsal and rolling coup.
Syria: Jubiliation is Unwarranted
Some in the anti-war movement have been celebrating "our" victory in "preventing a war." They are mistaking U.S. maneuvering prior to more escalation with peace moves. The war in Syria continues.
The Trial of George Zimmerman and the Tribulations of Black People
They're letting him walk! The verdict: if you're young and black, you can be killed with impunity. While this verdict is not surprising, since this was the way it was looking from the way the trial was proceeding, this is an outrage. This system had to be forced to even charge Zimmerman by people's protests and this obscene decision must not go down without mass protest.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The NSA Spying Scandal and Improbable Cause
The NSA and Obama justify their ubiquitous, warrantless surveillance as necessary to fighting their "War on Terror." But overthrowing the 4th Amendment's standard of "probable cause" and using "improbable cause" by treating everyone everywhere as a suspect is as sensible as trying to solve a murder by having as your suspects the entire world's population.
Friday, June 14, 2013(8 comments)
Those Who Cry Treason
Whistleblowers Manning and Snowden are accused of treason. What is it that they have revealed to al-Qaeda that al-Qaeda didn't already know and couldn't have found out in the 1990s in 5 minutes of Google searching, including from the NSA's own website?
Droning Out Any Opposition
Rand Paul ends the filibuster of Brennan when Holder says POTUS wouldn't assassinate an American in America unless they're "engaged in combat." What does Holder mean by "engaged in combat"? An examination of gov't policy on this question reveals deeply distressing news.
Zero Dark Thirty: Journalism? Art? Propaganda?
ZDT opens today in nationwide release on Gitmo's 11th anniversary. A close examination of Bigelow and Boal's defense of their film as apolitical and not endorsing of torture reveals amazing disengenuousness.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Zero Dark Thirty: Bigelow's "Civilized Lunch"
Zero Dark Thirty's director Bigelow defends against the charge that her film is an apologia for torture and specifically says bin Laden's courier's name was given up during a "civilized lunch." But, in fact, torture produced no useful intel at all.
They Can't Help Themselves
Despite some Republicans best efforts to broaden their party's appeal, most of them can't help blaming others. Romney and Ryan, for ex., blame minorities, young people, and women. Obama, for his part, intends to blame the GOP for the bitter pills of his upcoming betrayals to his social base.
Thursday, November 8, 2012(15 comments)
What the 2012 Election Was ... and Wasn't
There are two truths about this election. The GOP's extremism was rejected, but a second term of Obama is going to bring more attacks on the New Deal and under Obama's leadership, the most horrific crimes are being committed abroad and defended by prominent pundits like Joe Klein.
Aggressive War: The Supreme War Crime
According to international law, attacking a country that has not attacked you is the supreme war crime. This is what the US did to Iraq and what it and Israel are now doing to Iran.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011(8 comments)
The Occupy Movement and the Great Shift
The Occupy Movement represents a momentous shift in the political terrain. "This is a clash that is going to end with one or the other side's values prevailing."
If You're Still an Obama Fan...
Even if Obama solved poverty, ended wars, and stopped global warming, if he doesn't hold Bush and Cheney accountable for their use of torture and indefinite detention, then the rule of law is rendered null and void and any future president can do what Bush did and more.
From the Uncola to Cola: Obama Rebrands the Empire
Obama says detainees can challenge their detention "ultimately." Wait: he only means GITMO. This doesn't apply to Bagram prisoners. Obama: Bush curbed his abuses of power two years after 9/11. His evidence? Hayden and McConnell. Excuse me?
Monday, March 2, 2009(9 comments)
Britain's Secret Plans for Quelling Insurgency, and Turmoil in Ukraine
The British government has plans to dispatch troops to put down any insurgent actions this summer, fearing that "the middle classes... may take to the streets with the disenfranchised." The scope for contagion is very broad across Europe and in the U.S. itself. And in Ukraine, turmoil that threatens to topple the government.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009(3 comments)
Obama and the Fairness Doctrine: A Rejoinder
Obama's against restoring the 1949 Fairness Doctrine that was abolished under Reagan in 1987. Its abolition has made possible the right-wing media empire. Obama's opposition to the Fairness Doctrine is very, very bad and very consequential if he goes forward with that stand.
Thursday, February 5, 2009(5 comments)
Panetta, Holder, Obama, Torture and Nuremberg
Leon Panetta testified before the Senate that CIA officers who tortured prisoners should not be prosecuted because they were operating "pursuant to a legal opinion." This "legal" opinion is as weighty as fairy dust.
Strangling Dissent, Muzzling Whistleblowers
Matt Miller calls for muzzling advisors and cabinet officials. Some universities are encouraging students to complain if they don't like what professors are saying. What do these two have in common?
What Matters Now? The Bush/Cheney Legacy
In 2002 Cheney declared that "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter." What have the Bush/Cheney years proved? That the rule of law and the truth don't matter. What can be done in the face of this outrage and the fact that the elections promise no accountability?
Saturday, November 1, 2008(3 comments)
It's Happening Already
An attempt by the GOP to steal the 2008 election is already underway. Whether they succeed this time, the third time in a row, or not is the question.