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Showing posts with label War on Terror. Show all posts
Showing posts with label War on Terror. Show all posts

May 1, 2012

Since bin Laden's Death

Since bin Laden’s Death

The War on Terror and its various civil liberties assaults have escalated, not been reversed or even slowed down




In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s summary execution one year ago, many predicted that the War on Terror would finally begin to recede. Here’s what has happened since then:
Osama Bin Laden
  • With large bipartisan majorities, Congress renewed the once-controversial Patriot Act without a single reform, and it was signed into law by President Obama; Harry Reid accused those urging reforms of putting the country at risk of a Terrorist attack.
  • For the first time, perhaps ever, a U.S. citizen was assassinated by the CIA, on orders from the President, without a shred of due process and far from any battlefield; two weeks later, his 16-year-old American son was also killed by his own government; the U.S. Attorney General then gave a speech claiming the President has the power to target U.S. citizens for death based on unproven, secret accusations of Terrorism.
  • With large bipartisan majorities, Congress enacted, and the President signed, a new law codifying presidential powers of worldwide indefinite detention and an expanded statutory defintion of the War on Terror.
  • Construction neared completion for a sprawling new site in Utah for the National Security Agency to enable massive domestic surveillance and to achieve “the realization of the ‘total information awareness’ program created during the first term of the Bush administration.”
  • President Obama authorized the use of “signature” drone strikes in Yemen, whereby the CIA can target people for death “even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known.”
  • The U.S. formally expanded its drone attacks in Somalia, “reopening a base for the unmanned aircraft on the island nation of Seychelles.”
  • A U.S. drone killed 16-year-old Pakistani Tariq Aziz, along with his 12-year-old cousin, Waheed, three days after the older boy attended a meeting to protest civilian deaths from U.S. drones (another of Tariq’s cousins had been killed in 2010).
  • NATO airstrikes continued to extinguish the lives of Afghan children; in just the last 24 hours, 5 more Afghan children were killed by the ongoing war.
  • The FBI increased its aggressive attempts to recruit young Muslim-American males into Terror plots which the FBI concocts, funds, encourages, directs and enables, while prosecuting more and more Muslims in the U.S. for crimes grounded in their political views and speech.
Does it sound like the War on Terror and its accompanying civil liberties erosions are ending, or going in the opposite direction? The morning after the bin Laden killing, I wrote that the killing of bin Laden would likely re-ignite American excitement over militarism and would thus likely further fuel, rather than retard, the War and its various implications. As always: combatting Terrorism is not the end of the War on Terror; the War on Terror is the end in itself, and Terrorism is merely its pretext.
-Glenn Greenwald

With Liberty and Justice for SomeGlenn Greenwald (email: GGreenwald@salon.com) is a former Constitutional and civil rights litigator and is the author of three New York Times Bestselling books: two on the Bush administration's executive power and foreign policy abuses, and his latest book, With Liberty and Justice for Some, an indictment of America's
two-tiered system of justice. Greenwald was named by The Atlantic as one of the 25 most influential political commentators in the nation. He is the recipient of the first annual I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism, and is the winner of the 2010 Online Journalism Association Award for his investigative work on the arrest and oppressive detention of Bradley Manning.




Anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's Death - Obama did NOT Give the Orders


OBAMA IS A LIAR! He did NOT issue the order to kill Osama Bin Laden. Leon Panetta did: Obama hesitated and refused to give the order and was OVER RULED by military intelligence officials led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Patraeus & Jim Clapper. [ Source ]

Barack Obama is a HYPOCRITE to say Romney wouldn't give the order, because Obama himself didn't even give the order.

Nevertheless, both Romney and Obama are lying scumbags, both of which would institute more tyrannical legislation to strip us of our rights, freedoms and liberties.

January 7, 2012

International Bankers Behind the War Against Iran

International Bankers Behind the War Against Iran


  It is my personal belief and opinion that the pending and upcoming war against Iran is not about nuclear weapons, but about privately owned banks gaining control of monetary policy and power in the Islamic world.   It is pathetic that the American people can once again be misled into yet another war based on lies.


 As if Iraq war is in distant memory that we the people have long forgotten about how we were told that Saddam had "weapons of mass destruction" only to discover that it was in fact a lie.


 Prior to the US invasion and attack against Iraq, Iraq had a government owned and controlled central bank, its currency commodity backed, which the government was in charge of printing.  Shortly after the murder of Saddam Hussein, a privately owned central bank was instituted with a new currency system based on debt, much like the Federal Reserve Bank.  The new central bank of Iraq is controlled and owned by JP Morgan and Chase.



 As if this in itself isn't enough to convince you, let's also look at Libya.  Prior to the invasion and attack against Libya, Libya too had a government owned and controlled central bank, its currency commodity backed, which the government was in charge of printing.  Once the US funded, equipped and supported Al Queda rebels gained control, a new privately owned and controlled central banking system was set up.   It is important to note also, that prior to the invasion of Libya, Colonel Gaddafi proposed to the North African region, a gold dinar currency and standard for oil pricing in the region, something which is a threat to Western banking profits and the US dollar as a reserve currency.


Now, let's take a look at Iran.  It too has a commodity backed currency system and a government owned and controlled central bank.  Take note that the first of the sanctions against Iran were against banking and doing business with the banks of Iran.  It is important that the reader understand that according to Islamic law, it is illegal to charge interest, thus, all the banks of the Islamic region are interest free, and their business has been booming over the last decade and a half as the international marketplace became more global.  This alone cut the profits of the Western banks whom consequently lobby for, finance and instigate these wars against all nations where they seek to gain control of monetary policy making and power.   This is an attempt at consolidating world monetary power into a few hands, and in the end, he who controls the money supply, controls the world.  It is the goal of these bankers to remove obstacles to their long term goal of establishing a universal currency, where all nations on earth use a single currency, one which they control and profit off of. 

What happens when the USA, Israel and UN Coalition forces attack Iran?  The price of oil skyrockets, which then creates a demand for US dollars since the US dollar is the world's reserve currency.  This entire conflict is over MONETARY POLICY and BANKING.  It is the BANKERS behind all these wars and it always has been.  We're being LIED TO and being MANIPULATED by PROPAGANDA.

January 2, 2012

Imagine Foreign Military Troops on US Soil

  There are far too many American's whom falsely believe that Ron Paul is an isolationist, due to his foreign policy positions and ideas.  One of the problems America has is that there are 900 military bases in 130 countries and the US military is overextended. As a consequence to this occupation of other nations, America has experienced "blowback" in the form of terrorism. Unconstitutional and illegal wars as well as global policing are bankrupting the U.S., and is weakening our national defense.  One of Ron Paul's solutions is to stop spending to police the world, and start properly defending our own border.

NOTE: It is important to separate hunting down terrorists who attack our country and deserve justice (which Ron Paul is 100% for), and not confuse justice with occupying entire countries for a decade under the guise of the "War on Terror" or "Spreading Democracy". Terrorists are individuals and small groups, so why are we picking fights with entire nations? BILLIONS for Defense, NOT A PENNY for Empire.

This speech is called "Imagine" and it was given by Ron Paul on March 11, 2009. The original text of the talk is below:

Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of "keeping us safe" or "promoting democracy" or "protecting their strategic interests."

Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of the time with little to no repercussions or consequences. Imagine that they set up checkpoints on our soil and routinely searched and ransacked entire neighborhoods of homes. Imagine if Americans were fearful of these foreign troops, and overwhelmingly thought America would be better off without their presence.

Imagine if some Americans were so angry about them being in Texas that they actually joined together to fight them off, in defense of our soil and sovereignty, because leadership in government refused or were unable to do so. Imagine that those Americans were labeled terrorists or insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed, or captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land. Imagine that the occupiers' attitude was that if they just killed enough Americans, the resistance would stop, but instead, for every American killed, ten more would take up arms against them, resulting in perpetual bloodshed. Imagine if most of the citizens of the foreign land also wanted these troops to return home. Imagine if they elected a leader who promised to bring them home and put an end to this horror.

Imagine if that leader changed his mind once he took office.

The reality is that our military presence on foreign soil is as offensive to the people that live there as armed Chinese troops would be if they were stationed in Texas. We would not stand for it here, but we have had a globe-straddling empire and a very intrusive foreign policy for decades that incites a lot of hatred and resentment towards us.

According to our own CIA, our meddling in the Middle East was the prime motivation for the horrific attacks on 9/11. But instead of re-evaluating our foreign policy, we have simply escalated it. We had a right to go after those responsible for 9/11, to be sure, but why do so many Americans feel as if we have a right to a military presence in some 160 countries when we wouldn't stand for even one foreign base on our soil, for any reason? These are not embassies, mind you, these are military installations. The new administration is not materially changing anything about this. Shuffling troops around and playing with semantics does not accomplish the goals of the American people, who simply want our men and women to come home. 50,000 troops left behind in Iraq is not conducive to peace any more than 50,000 Russian soldiers would be in the United States.

Shutting down military bases and ceasing to deal with other nations with threats and violence is not isolationism. It is the opposite. Opening ourselves up to friendship, honest trade and diplomacy is the foreign policy of peace and prosperity. It is the only foreign policy that will not bankrupt us in short order, as our current actions most definitely will. I share the disappointment of the American people in the foreign policy rhetoric coming from the administration. The sad thing is, our foreign policy WILL change eventually, as Rome's did, when all budgetary and monetary tricks to fund it are exhausted.




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Voice and Music was done by Jeremy Hoop
Video animation was done by Nicholas Bozman and MysteryBox

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