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Angela Merkel, From ImagesAttr
(58 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 19, 2011
Worldwide War Provision Makes Its Way Through Congress (and People Thought the Patriot Act Was Bad) The Patriot Act was one of the worst pieces of legislation ever to come out of Congress. Now we just might have something worse. Sec. 1034 -- the new authorization for worldwide war provision -- buried in the National Defense Authorization Act.
A Predator drone firing a missile., From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California., From ImagesAttr
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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
Robert Mueller with President George W. Bush on July 5, 2001, as Bush nominated Mueller to be FBI Director., From ImagesAttr
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 9, 2018
"This is Nuts": Liberals Launch "Largest Mobilization in History" in Defense of Russiagate Probe Hundreds of thousands have pledged to take to the streets if Special Counsel Robert Mueller is removed, reflecting misplaced priorities and some fundamental misunderstandings, report Coleen Rowley and Nat Parry.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
George W. Bush announces Robert Mueller to be director of the FBI, From GoogleImages
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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
Inside The NSA: America's Surveillance State, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Thursday, September 1, 2011
Minneapolis Message to Obama Was Clear: Bring the War $$ Home Americans are learning about the destructiveness of runaway militarism the hard way.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
From Images
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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."
President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush (with First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush) walk to a White House event on May 31, 2012., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
A scene of destruction after an aerial bombing in Azaz, Syria, Aug. 16, 2012., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Aug. 30, 2013, claimed to have proof that the Syrian government was responsible fo, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.'"
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 4, 2015
Visa Waiver Program Has Same Weak Links; Mass Surveillance and Terrorist Watchlisting Don't Work Yesterday's massacre in San Bernardino again underscores the ineffectiveness of relying upon bulk data collection and intelligence agencies' watch-listing processes to "keep us safe from terrorism."
Daniel Ellsberg, Norman Solomon, Jesselyn Radack, Coleen Rowley and Thomas Drake on June 7, 2015, in front of Benjamin Franklin dedication of Kongresshalle in Berlin, Germany., From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Saturday, January 18, 2014
The Tackling Torture Video Contest Finalists announced — JURY AND AUDIENCE VOTING BEGINS Tackling Torture Video Contest Finalists announced--Jury and Audience Voting Begins
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Senator Rand Paul is not the only one with serious questions about the nomination of John Brennan for CIA Director! Is Congress & its convoluted, intensely political committees capable of fully & fairly evaluating the legality of drones? Don't hold your breath.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Dear Department of Justice: Please Investigate Your Old Boss for Material Support of Terrorism! Dear Department of Justice and Department of Treasury Officials: We might have just helped you bag another material supporter of terrorism this week! And you'll never believe who the culprit is! We were even able to tape record some of his own damning admissions! (That's the reason for my calls last week to your duty attorneys and media offices.)
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Tuesday, January 25, 2011
State of the Union: Ignore the Elephant at Your Own Peril We are soon going to hear about our "State of the Union," but no matter what is said and no matter how good the speech, the current war machine dominating the state of the union will remain difficult to turn around.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 28, 2013
Why We're Going to Dallas for the People's Response to the Bush Lie-Bury Indifference to crimes against humanity committed by our highest elected officials administration after administration reveals the appalling depths of America's moral decay.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 5, 2012
Nothing "Purist" -- Just Everything Hypocritical About Awarding Nobel "Peace" Prize to Promote Western Militarization Obama, who has endorsed the policy that he has the option of having anyone he doesn't like assassinated & notorious war criminal Henry Kissinger are Nobel Peace Prize winners. Neither can honestly be seen as "working for fraternity between nations." So what's up in Norway & has Alfred Nobel's legacy been betrayed?

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