(58 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 31, 2014 Memorandum For: Angela Merkel: Beware of Fixed Intelligence on Ukraine-- Think WMDs
...accusations of a major Russian "invasion" of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the "intelligence" seems to be of the same dubious, politically "fixed" kind used 12 years ago to "justify" the U.S.-led attack on Iraq. We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, November 25, 2011 Celebrating Spiritual Death On Black Friday
Martin Luther King Jr. warned that a country in continuous war approaches spiritual death. I wonder if he realized that this extinction would play out in the nation's shopping malls.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 24, 2011 All I Want for Christmas Is My Civil Liberties!
Sad, isn't it, that just one day before Christmas, we have to stand out in the cold and worry about getting another big lump of coal from our politicians?! But unfortunately it's expected that Obama will sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law right after the holiday. Since that's the same day the big sales start, few Americans will probably be paying attention to the police state being officially ushered i
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 20, 2013 Chechen Terrorists and the Neocons
The revelation that the family of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings was from Chechnya prompted new speculation about the attack as Islamic terrorism. Less discussed was the history of U.S. neocons supporting Chechen terrorists as a strategy to weaken Russia.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Beheadings v. Drone Assassinations
As gruesome as the Islamic Front's videotaped beheadings are, there is ambiguity over whether the U.S. government's death-by-drone is any less horrific, with some victims crawling about with severed limbs and others just collateral damage, a moral dilemma addressed by ex-FBI official Coleen Rowley.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Why This FBI Whistleblower Seconds Jill Stein's Call For A New 9/11 Investigation
The FBI was only one of the agencies and political entities which strived to cover up the truth of why and how they all ignored a "system blinking red" in the months before the attacks. People still don't know the full truth about how 9/11 could have easily been prevented if only agencies and the Bush Administration had shared information internally.
(18 comments) SHARE Monday, October 7, 2013 Feinstein's Phony Excuse for NSA Spying
After 9/11, the excuse for missing clues was too much data -- trying to sip from a fire hose -- but with the priority now excusing NSA spying, the metaphor is for more data -- you can't find a needle in a haystack without a haystack. Twelve years after 9/11, it's time to stop using it to justify illegal and counterproductive policies.
SHARE Thursday, September 27, 2012 Our (New) Terrorists' the MEK: Have We Seen This Movie Before?
Especially in light of breaking disclosure from declassified docs that Assange is now considered "enemy of the state" and US investigating their personnel who meet with WikiLeaks supporters. (I suppose that ultimately leads to making we supporters of freedom of the press "enemies of the state"?! How else can the covert support for "terrorist" assassins, "jihads-on-our-side" and so on and so forth--all the manipulations and i
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 6, 2011 NYT's Keller Disparages Assange
The point may get close to the real reason for Keller's disdain for Julian Assange -- because Assange and WikiLeaks represent a much purer commitment to the core tenets of journalism, including the principle of objectivity, than does the New York Times.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 26, 2012 The US Press Sell-out on Iraq War
As President George W. Bush rushed the nation to war in early 2003, some Americans took personal risks to warn the country about the misleading evidence on Iraq, but most U.S. news outlets turned a deaf ear, sometimes leaving the whistleblowers out in the cold.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 13, 2011 The Danger from Politicizing "Terror"
By politicizing who is and who is not a "terrorist" -- pinning the label on American adversaries and sparing purported American friends -- the U.S. government created confusion at FBI headquarters that contributed to the failure to stop the 9/11 attacks.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 17, 2011 Reversing the Erosion of Civil Liberties
The Department of Defense (DOD) was caught after years of administering its annual mandatory anti-terrorism test that equated protest with terrorism. The correct answer on the DOD test for "What is an example of low level terrorism activity?" was "protest."
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, January 10, 2011 OMB Orders Government Agencies to Monitor Disgruntled Employees -- What's Next?
Under the guise of sealing government from WikiLeaks, OMB Director Jacob J. Lew issued a memo on January 3 to all government agencies providing pages of suggested security procedures and checklists and also recommending "all agencies institute an insider threat detection awareness education and training program" to "gauge trustworthiness" of their government employees. Let's look at some of OMB's ludicrous suggestions.
(22 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Russia-gate's Mythical 'Heroes'
The mainstream U.S. media sells the mythical integrity of fired FBI Director Comey and special Russia-gate prosecutor Mueller, but the truth is they have long histories as pliable political operatives
SHARE Saturday, May 30, 2015 Real Democracy Promotion: Lord Acton and Tom Clancy vs John Yoo
With its omnipresent surveillance, the US Government also began aggressively targeting and prosecuting whistleblowers and other sources, putting renowned journalists and publishers worldwide, even mainstream media like Associated Press, directly or incidentally in their surveillance crosshairs.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 23, 2011 How Top Secret America Misfires; A Call for a 21st Century Church Commission
Why Those Who Value Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties Must Ask Congress to Initiate "Church Committee"-type Hearings
Let's not forget how the "war on terror" was originally sold to the American public: as "Let's fight them over there so we don't have to fight them here." But Homeland Security now admits the "war on terror" is increasingly being fought at home.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Legality of Drone Warfare or Illegality of Drone Assassination? Let a Real Debate Begin!
when examining how to fix our mistakes, as President Obama rightly urged in recently acknowledging and apologizing for the mistaken drone killing of American and Italian aid workers, he was wrong to call attention, in the same breath, to America's exceptionalism. That will only establish bad legal precedents that will come back to haunt the U.S.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 3, 2014 Misguided Honor for Condi Rice
U.S. officials lecture others about respecting international law and punishing human rights crimes, but those principles are ignored when the violators are U.S. officials. Offenders like ex-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice even get honors, as Coleen Rowley and Todd E. Pierce note.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 28, 2013 George W. Bush's Lie-bury
As minor African despots are dragged before the International Criminal Court, ex-President George W. Bush remains free, despite having committed major war crimes like torture and aggressive war. With the blood of hundreds of thousands on his hands, he will now celebrate his presidential library.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, August 31, 2012 Selling War as Smart Power
oday's proponents of "Smart Power" make their compelling case for more (endless) war by successfully urging us to "recast the fight against terror and nuclear proliferation " from a dark, draining struggle into a hopeful, progressive cause aimed at securing an international system of liberal societies and defeating challenges to it."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Obama Ensnared in Bush's Abuses
President Obama’s fateful decision – after winning the 2008 election to seek “continuity” rather than “change” and “to look forward, not backward” – has trapped him in a web of constitutional abuses that began in the Bush-43 presidency and extended into his own, as Coleen Rowley describes.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, October 12, 2012 What to Do after 11 Years of War? How About Occupying Your City Council?!
The lower levels of city and state governments are inherently more reachable and less subject to corruption than the higher and more powerful levels of federal government. The notion that more real hope exists at the grassroots, civil society and city council level is being borne out. government. The notion that more real hope exists at the grassroots, civil society and city council level is being borne out.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 26, 2014 Selling "Peace Groups" on US-Led Wars
Afghanistan is still in shambles with the majority of the people living in extreme poverty; Libya, which had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy on the continent, is now a failed state; Western intervention transformed Iraq from an emerging country with moderate prosperity into an impoverished country with a starving population.
SHARE Thursday, February 25, 2016 Behind FBI's Data-Access Fight with Apple
FBI Director James Comey gained his reputation for integrity by standing up to George W. Bush's White House on a domestic spying issue but the fight was more tactical than principled, raising doubts about his current dispute with Apple over government accessing encrypted phone data, writes ex-FBI official Coleen Rowley.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 4, 2011 Obama Should Veto Empire Over Republic
For the first time in our history, if this Act is not vetoed, American citizens may not be guaranteed their Article III right to trial. Senator Lindsey Graham declared that suspected citizens open themselves up "to imprisonment and death. ...And when they say, 'I want my lawyer,' you tell them: 'Shut up. You don't get a lawyer.'"
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 29, 2012 The Fuzzy Line of Terrorism
The Obama administration's plan to remove a group of violent Iranian émigrés from the U.S. terror list suggests a readiness to pursue the-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend strategy that put the United States on the side of Osama bin Laden and Islamic extremists in Afghanistan in the 1980s, says ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 24, 2014 A New Neocon Push for Syrian War
The neocon agenda of “regime change” in disfavored countries continues unabated with new pressure for a U.S. military intervention in Syria, billed as “humanitarian” and coupled with ridicule for anyone who favors the frustrating course of diplomacy, as ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley explains.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 14, 2015 Standing Up for Truth and Ben Franklin
Because of the excessive secrecy exercised by the U.S. government, whistleblowing has become a necessity for American democracy, a reality that struck home to former FBI official Coleen Rowley and other whistleblowers as they encountered Benjamin Franklin's words in Germany.
SHARE Thursday, February 10, 2011 Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing Resumes Friday
E-mail update from London from a Catholic Worker activist there who's organizing another street vigil outside Julian Assange's extradition hearing when it recommences tomorrow (Friday Feb 11) next to Belmarsh Prison in London.
SHARE Wednesday, March 6, 2013 10 Years Later, Preemption Still Doesn't Work
Ten years ago, I made the ultimately futile effort of writing to FBI Director Robert Mueller warning that he needed to tell the truth about the Bush administration's unjustified decision to preemptively invade Iraq and the likelihood it would prove counterproductive. At the time, Mueller well knew of Vice President Dick Cheney's lying about Saddam's connection to 9/11 and other administration exaggerations to gin up the war.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 9, 2013 News Release: NYC Rally on Feb 19 to Unite Groups Against Resurgence of Japanese Militarism
With all the imperial wars that have been launched and are being launched by the US in the Mid-east, we often forget about the US-announced "China Pivot" occurring on the other side of the world. Please help spread the information of the underlying issues as well as notice about this upcoming rally in NYC on Feb 19th, a real chance to demonstrate against the emerging militarism of Japan's Prime Minister Abe.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 14, 2012 Reflecting on Mother's Day and War
Reflecting on Mother's Day and War
May 14, 2012
The original idea of Mother's Day was to promote peace so mothers would not have to suffer the grief that many American moms faced after the slaughter of the Civil War. But some of today's most powerful women, including moms, are war advocates.
SHARE Tuesday, January 17, 2012 A Rainy Day in D.C., Marching to Close Guantanamo
It's hard to know what to do, as mere citizens, to try and fix things so many years after the United States government decided it did not have to follow its own laws, the Geneva Conventions... It's not 10 years since the U.S. went off the rails.
It seems more ordinary citizens must therefore take to the streets to demonstrate against war and torture.