U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

(Talk about “collusion”)

from The Intercept

The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the west. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing t-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal. On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech.

But now, a group of 43 Senators – 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats – want to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: anyone guilty of violating its prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000, and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.

The proposed measure, called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), was introduced by Cardin on March 23. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that the bill “was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC].” Indeed, AIPAC, in its 2017 Lobbying Agenda, identified passage of this bill as one of its top lobbying priorities for the year:

The bill’s co-sponsors include the senior Democrat in Washington, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, his New York colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, and several of the Senate’s more liberal members, such as Ron Wyden of Oregon, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Maria Cantwell of Washington. Illustrating the bipartisanship that AIPAC typically summons, it also includes several of the most right-wing Senators such as Ted Cruz of Texas, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Marco Rubio of Florida.

A similar measure was introduced in the House on the same date by two Republicans and one Democrat. It already has amassed 234 co-sponsors: 63 Democrats and 174 Republicans. As in the Senate, AIPAC has assembled an impressive ideological diversity among supporters, predictably including many of the most right-wing House members –  Jason Chaffetz, Liz Cheney, Peter King – along with the second-ranking Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer.

Among the co-sponsors of the bill are several of the politicians who have become political celebrities by positioning themselves as media leaders of the anti-Trump #Resistance, including three California House members who have become heroes to Democrats and staples of the cable news circuit: Ted Lieu, Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell. These politicians, who have built a wide public following by posturing as opponents of authoritarianism, are sponsoring one of the most oppressive and authoritarian bills that has pended before Congress in quite some time

This pernicious bill highlights many vital yet typically ignored dynamics in Washington. First, journalists love to lament the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, yet the very mention of the word “Israel” causes most members of both parties to quickly snap into line in a show of unanimity that would make the regime of North Korea blush with envy. Even when virtually the entire world condemns Israeli aggression, or declares settlements illegal, the U.S. Congress – across party and ideological lines – finds virtually complete harmony in uniting against the world consensus and in defense of the Israeli government

AIPAC continues to be one of the most powerful, and pernicious, lobbying forces in the country. In what conceivable sense is it of benefit of Americans to turn them into felons for the crime of engaging in political activism in protest of a foreign nation’s government?..

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Obama’s Deeply Flawed Murder Loophole Memo Cites Israeli Law (among other problems)

by Scott Creighton

Frankly, it’s offensive that we are sitting around pondering whether or not Obama has the authority to murder one U.S. citizen (a guy who was partying at the Pentagon not that long ago) after the piece of shit slaughtered 23 children on behalf of a brutal dictatorship in Yemen back in 2009. Where the f*ck is all the Adam Lanza outrage from the progressive left on that one?” me, today, just now

(just a quick note)

The Obama administration was recently forced to release their secret Murder Loophole Memo, crafted by David Barron, which supposedly gave President Peace Prize the authority to kill U.S. citizens (abroad? anywhere?) without due process of law… or at least it supposedly gave him enough cover to claim he “thought” he had the legal authority to do so.

(same BS as the Bush Torture is OK Memo only this one is from a “progressive” so that makes it okee dokee on the centrist left)

They had to release it so Mr. Barron could receive his pay-off, a seat on the bench as a Circuit Court judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. It should be noted that Mr. Barron’s wife, Juliette Kayyem, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, was the Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs in the United States Department of Homeland Security, served as an appointee to the National Commission on Terrorism  chaired at the time by one L. Paul Bremer  and served in the Department of Justice under Janet Reno.

Seems like this D.C. power couple has really hitched their little red wagon to that whole “terrorism” thing. You ever think about how many folks would be working at Burger King if the CIA backed “terrorists” didn’t exist? Not that there’s anything wrong with working at Burger King. At least those guys aren’t trying to justify murdering people (obvious fallacy in that argument aside).

There’s a lot wrong with this memo which is odd because suddenly all those congressional voices who claimed Obama didn’t have the authority to murder us in our sleep all of a sudden stood up and said “Oh.. well… there you have it. I guess I was wrong. Carry on President Drone Strike”

Lots to be said about self preservation I suppose. You can ask Paul Wellstone about that. Oh wait, no you can’t.

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Adler and Block: Proposed Mossad Assassination of Obama and the “Anti-Semite” Smear Campaign in America

by Scott Creighton

A publisher in Atlanta, Andrew Adler of the Atlanta Jewish Times, recently wrote an opinion piece in his paper (What Would You Do?) which proposed the Israeli assassination of a seated U.S. president in order to defend Israel from nuclear weapons that Iran does not currently have and is not currently developing (according to the NIEs of 2007 and 2010)

Adler’s Jan. 13th 2012 article puts his 3,500 or so readers in the unenviable position of Israel’s Prime Minister facing what he seems to think is the inevitable destruction of Israel at the hands of the Syrians, Hezbollah, and Iran and asked them “What Would They Do?”: strike Hezbollah (killing civilians), strike Syria (killing civilians), or have Mossad agents already in the U.S.(his words, not mine) kill the president of the United States because he backed off a provocative missile defense drill, Austere Challenge 12,with Israel off Iran’s coastline?

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