The US Government Has Constructed a Ubiquitous Surveillance State

(In keeping with the article I just posted about how the Reagan White House helped the fascist state in Guatemala set up death squads and in understanding what the government did in conjunction with the brutally murderous state of Indonesia and so many others, here is a little current events note to make you think about the VERY NEAR future this country is racing to meet)

by Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian

The five right-wing justices hand Obama a victory by accepting his DOJ’s secrecy-based demand for dismissal…

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Car bomb attack jolts Syria’s Deir al-Zour

 (While Sec. Kerry suggests more support for the terrorists in Syria, they’re busy setting off car bombs in populated areas targeting the civilian population. What does Kerry want to give them? Passenger planes they can fly into buildings? Envelopes full of Amerithrax they can send to Parliament members and reporters? I mean shit… if you are going to go to bat for terrorists, go to bat for them. Don’t pussyfoot around. Give the terrorists what they need to steal the country from the people and get done with it. We’ve been a morally bankrupt nation run by genocidal maniacs for 6 decades… why fuck around with it? Own it. We are Monsters Inc. and that’s all there is too it.)
A bomb attack has hit eastern Syria as clashes between government forces and foreign-backed terrorists continue across the country, Press TV reports.

The incident occurred on Thursday when a car bomb was detonated in the city of Deir al-Zour.

The number of casualties was not immediately clear.

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How Reagan Promoted Genocide (and death squads)

(I have often stated that this neoliberal agenda ALWAYS requires death squads targeting left leaning members of which ever community it was imposed on. Now it is being imposed on us. Here is a little history lesson for you)

Special Report: A newly discovered document reveals that President Reagan and his national security team in 1981 approved Guatemala’s extermination of both leftist guerrillas and their “civilian support mechanisms,” a green light that opened a path to genocide against hundreds of Mayan villages, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry, from Consortium News

Soon after taking office in 1981, President Ronald Reagan’s national security team agreed to supply military aid to the brutal right-wing regime in Guatemala to pursue the goal of exterminating not only “Marxist guerrillas” but their “civilian support mechanisms,” according to a newly disclosed document from the National Archives.

Over the next several years, the military assistance from the Reagan administration helped the Guatemalan army do just that, engaging in the slaughter of some 100,000 people, including what a truth commission deemed genocide against the Mayan Indians in the northern highlands.

Recently discovered documents at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, also reveal that Reagan’s White House was reaching out to Israel in a scheme to circumvent congressional restrictions on military equipment for the Guatemalan military.

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IMF Serving “Alternative” Sites Like BLN and Prison Planet, Already Pimping Next Round of Austerity Measures

by Scott Creighton

Phony alternative “libertarians” (read as “neoliberals”) are already out in the forefront calling for even more austerity in the face of the artificial deficit monster’s approach:

“If we can’t even cut federal spending by 2.4 percent without much of the country throwing an absolute hissy fit, then what hope does America have?” Black Listed News

Just for the record… it’s not the fact that they are cutting spending that is causing the few remaining humans a bit of angst these days, it’s WHO IS GOING TO BE DOING THE BLEEDING. Michael, in his article, draws the straw man comparison of people living in debt driving new cars and all the other stereotype misdirection connections that make absolutely no sense at all:

“.. debt addicts may be very proud of their new homes, their new cars, their new clothes and all of their fancy electronic gadgets, but it was all purchased with debt.  When a “day of reckoning” finally arrives, many debt addicts lose absolutely everything and end up in the street” Michael Snyder, BLN

The people who are going to be suffering the most in this first round of real austerity are not the so-called “debt addicts” that put us in this situation. The people who will be hit the hardest are the weakest among us.

Even wild dogs don’t eat their own, which is exactly what Michael Snyder is suggesting we do in order to avoid the dreaded deficit monster. His argument is morally reprehensible and intellectually/historically bankrupt. The deficit that he rails on over and over again isn’t caused by Social Security or teachers or cops or Medicare recipients and Snyder damn well knows it. The ongoing $40 billion dollar a month bailout to the banksters to purchase the bad debts and credit default swaps they created… THAT IS WHAT CAUSED IT. The trillions of dollars we have spent bombing Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan into neoliberal submission, THAT IS WHAT CAUSED IT. Giving BIG BUSINESS a huge tax break so they could survive the coming recession and subsequent depression, THAT IS WHAT CAUSED IT. Those are the “debt addicts” Synder rails against in his screed.

Who is being forced to pay the price for the banksters and the CEOs and the Vichy politicians? THAT is what is dreadfully wrong with this plan, Michael. Of course, a wealth worshipping Ayn Randian libertarian would probably have a little difficulty with that whole “empathy” and “social justice’ concept. They are a little challenged in the morality department if you know what I mean.

On his website, Michael Snyder makes a reference to this being a really bad economic “adjustment” that is about to happen to us. The “adjustment” term is a reference to the IMF/World Bank neoliberal policies they called “adjustments” that we installed in places like Chile and Argentina and Russia. These “adjustments’ are part and parcel of neoliberal economic policy, not reactions to circumstances.

Of course, his phony alternative message which does nothing but serve the interests of big banking and the IMF/World Bank, is being pimped at Prison Planet as well. That should tell you something about these “alternative” voices out there.

Britain “Unpersons” Citizens Before Killing Them – Orwell Rolls in his Grave

Unperson: An unperson is a person who has been “vaporized”; who has not only been killed by the state, but effectively erased from existence.

Revealed: British Citizens Stripped of Status Then Targeted For Killing

from Common Dreams

The British government has secretly been stripping citizenship status from British nationals it suspects of terrorism, some of whom were later targeted and killed by drone attacks abroad.

According to an report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and published in the UK’s Independent on Thursday, the investigation “has established that since 2010, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, has revoked the passports of 16 individuals, many of whom are alleged to have had links to militant or terrorist groups.”

Subsequently, at least two of these individuals were targeted and then killed in Somalia by missiles fired from US drones.

According to the investigation:

At least five of those deprived of their UK nationality by the Coalition were born in Britain, and one man had lived in the country for almost 50 years. Those affected have their passports cancelled, and lose their right to enter the UK – making it very difficult to appeal against the Home Secretary’s decision.

In the US, where controversy has surrounding the targeted killing of US citizens abroad, no attempt was made to strip those individuals of their citizenship prior to their assassination. But the program in the UK, by stripping legal standing prior to targeting, seems to be an attempt to avoid the contentious idea that the government would kill its own citizens without trial or due process.

[read the rest, here]

Sandy Hook Shooting: Why all the Affected Phony Emotion from People Talking about Sandy Hook Massacre?

by Scott Creighton

Watch these two examples of really, really BAD ACTING. The first is from VP Joe Biden. The second is the father of a Sandy Hook shooting victim, Neil Heslin. Heslin, you will recall, is the guy who asked the audience a question in the first of these gun-grabbing meetings he attended and when they answered him, the media wrongly claimed he was being “heckled”.  Heslin is seemingly making a living these days running around on behalf of billionaires like Michael Bloomberg waving a picture of his dead son around telling everyone they have to give up their second amendment rights because his kid is dead.

If you want to have a look at the state of the union in this country, look no further than these disgusting displays of phony emotional context. Jenifer Lopez is a better actor than these two hams, but you can’t find anyone anywhere talking about that fact. You also can’t find people willing to stand up and wonder aloud why the hell it is that they HAVE to affect phony emotions while talking about this case.

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Austerity USA Begins March 1st: Bipartisan Project to Impoverish the American People

by Shamus Cooke, Portland Indy Media (H/T blues)

U.S. politicians have cried wolf over austerity long enough for the public to ignore them. A perfect time, then, for politicians to actually unleash the wolves. Barring an unlikely last minute deal, here’s a short list of some of the massive, national bi-partisan-created austerity cuts, according to the New York Times.

  • 600,000 food stamp recipients will be cut from the program
  • Massive education cuts. According to President Obama: Once these cuts take effect thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off and tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. “
  • $12 billion in Medicare cuts (more to come after 2013)
  • Federal funds to state governments will be cut, creating even more deficits for states and municipalities, and thus more localized cuts (the states have already made austerity cuts of $337 billion!)
  • Also, 700,000 jobs are expected to be loss, while 70,000 kids are also expected to be kicked off of Head Start

And this is just for 2013. The current plan for the austerity “sequester” cuts is $100 billion of federal cuts every year for ten years, equaling massive cuts to jobs, Medicare, education, and completely destroying federally funded social programs.

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