Barack Obama: Dick Cheney’s Evolving Unitary Executive

by Scott Creighton

Kevin Zeese got one thing right when he recently sat down with Jay Paul for an interview on his Real News Network: the entire debate and voting process in congress surrounding the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill was choreographed from the start.

Aside from that, he misses the point completely. Worse still, in his tried and true fashion, he attempts to spin a loss into our victory.

Watching that interview it occurred to me just how important professional “opposition” leaders like Zeese are to the establishment. While he kept saying over and over again that we “got” “an additional” 60 days to stop bad trade agreements like the TPP, TTIP and TISA, he never once mentioned the real horror behind the the TPA: it is nothing more than Dick Cheney’s “unitary executive” theory playing itself out under the left cover of Barack H. Obama and right before another Bush is ushered into the oval office.

Paul Ryan and a number of others who support Fast Track trade promotion authority have been running saying that this is not that big of a deal; that Fast Track authority has been something all presidents since Roosevelt have been granted.

That’s not exactly true.

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The Very Odd Story of Dylann Roof’s “Last Rhodesian” Confession Site and How It Was “Found”

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: The Huffington Post asks “Other Countries Change Their Gun Laws After Mass Shootings. Why Not America?

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Please read the accompanying post The Ridiculous Propaganda Photos of Sheep Dipped Dylann Storm Roof

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Dylann Storm Roof’s unsigned “Confession Website” has been “found” by an Obama agenda supporter and a writer who wrote these items:

“Caroline Benjie is a naïve Candide come to the big city to find a life and career, like everyone else, through promotion via social media.” Emma Quangel on her book “Spooks”

“Caroline (author’s representation of herself as protagonist?) finds herself rising through the ranks of New York society (where Emma lives), feted and showered with gifts and endless praise of her excellence. Is Empire a wonderful meritocracy after all, and is the insipid and unimaginative Caroline really the superior specimen of the species as she herself is increasingly convinced? Or is she a pawn chosen for her vanity and gullibility, a mere puppet in a spectacle behind which there are larger and by no means random forces at work? Is she delivering revolution to the people or is she selling the people bound hand and foot — and strapped to electrical prods — to her many anonymous sponsors?Emma Quangel on her book “Spooks”

Odd? Yeah, I would say so. Obvious sheep dipping BS? Pretty much.

Yesterday, a new story broke regarding suspect Dylann “Storm” Roof and the Charleston mass casualty event. Emma Quangel “found” his confession manifesto on a tiny little one page website called The Last Rhodesian and immediately took to social media outlet Twitter to spread the word.

Dylann’s supposed site has been taken down, but a cashed version of his manifesto still exists for you to read. I saw it briefly yesterday the last day it was edited was on Wed. June 17th, the same day as the shooting. I have posted his “confession manifesto” below the text of my article so you can read it without heading over to the honeypot site itself (that’s why I didn’t post a link yesterday)

You will notice when you read it, not only is it unsigned and apparently created on the day of the event, but it also seems obvious that it was written by someone with a higher degree of education than 9th grade drop-out Dylann Roof would possess.

Aside from the unsigned “confession” from someone who is supposed to be Dylann Roof, the only other thing on the site are a few photos of Dylann which look extremely staged, with him holding a gun and in a couple of them, a confederate flag. They also seem to have all been taken the same night at the same location (but I confess, I may not have seen all of them)

Thoughts of Lee Harvey Oswald’s backyard photo come to mind. As does James Holmes’ stick-figure confession journal “lost” in the post office at his school and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s “boatside confession” which they “found” a week after they searched that tiny little boat from top to bottom.

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Why is Our First Black President Fighting So Hard to Protect Slavery?

by Scott Creighton

The argument is forming that it’s OK for the first black president in our history to support slavery just so long as he does it in the service of our quest for global domination.

I tend to disagree.

President Obama got his Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) passed through the senate last Friday evening but it included something, a “poison pill” as the Washington Post called it, that he and his army of corporate lobbyist didn’t want any part of: the No Fast Track for Human Trafficking amendment written by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

This amendment has been a particular point of contention for the Nobel Peace Prize “winning” first African-American president of the United States and all the corporate lobbyists that serve in his administration.

The amendment itself is simple. It states that no country will be allowed to engage in a trade agreement with the US (TPP, TTIP or others) if they are considered a Tier 3 nation in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and slavery.

The No Fast Track for Human Traffickers amendment, introduced by Senator Menendez (D-NJ), stipulates that the United States cannot enter into formal trade agreements with countries that the State Department identifies as a Tier 3 ranking in its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. This means our trading partners have to take direct action to address labor and sex slavery within their borders before they enter into trade agreements with the United States. CCFJ

You would think that for the first black American president, a declaration like this would be assumed. You would also think that support for something like this being included in the horrendous trade bills like the TPP and the TTIP would be a given at least on the left of the artificial political divide in this country.

On both counts, you would be wrong.

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USA “Freedom” Act Dies in a Midnight Session – Expect “Crisis Compromise” on May 31

by Scott Creighton

Don’t get too excited folks. This is just more cheap theatrics setting up a “crisis compromise” on May 31.

Last night during a special midnight session of the senate, the latest House version of the USA Freedom Act was blocked by a narrow margin in a 57-42 vote. President Obama has been pressuring congress to pass the Freedom Act as a “fix” to the bulk collection authorization found in section 215 of the USA Patriot Act which is set to expire at midnight, May 31.

The senate also failed to extend the Patriot Act for a few more months as they headed off for their Memorial Day vacation.

But don’t worry, a last minute emergency “crisis compromise” session is already scheduled:

Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) scheduled a last-minute session on May 31st for one last shot at passing the bill. Verge

That gives them 7 days to have their corporate lawyers slap in all kinds of new language in the “Freedom” Act so they can dump it on the desks of Senators and Representatives at the last minute then scare them into signing it into law.

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The Lord Giveth and Taketh Away: Obama Meets with NEW Darling Dictator, Masoud Barzani

by Scott Creighton

The west is no friend of the people of Kurdistan, primarily because during the past two decades they did not spare any effort to fund and arm the most treacherous, the most misogynic and anti-democratic indigenous Barzani gangs to use violence and force against peaceful protestersEkurd Daily

This past Tuesday President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with the proclaimed “president” of Iraqi Kurdistan (or “South Kurdistan” as they like to be called – an explanation of that later) Masoud Barzani to discuss handing over US weapons directly to his forces, the peshmerga forces that are currently fighting “ISIS” in Iraq and Syria.

Wednesday Barzani attended a closed door meeting at the United States Institute of Peace which is headed by a neocon warmonger, Steven Hadley who is a a member of the Council on Foreign Relations , sits on the National Security Advisory Panel to the Director of Central Intelligence , is on the Board of Directors at Raytheon (while he owned 11,477 shares of stock)  and just happened to run around to every corporate news outlet he could in 2013 screeching about how we had to bomb Syria over the “chemical weapons attack” that Syria didn’t commit (our “moderate rebels” did it)

Barzani is apparently on a tour of the Westernized imperialist countries having visited Stephen Harper in Canada just prior to heading to D.C.

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Invasive ‘French Patriot Act’ Moves Forward, Spurring Privacy Concerns

from Common Dreams

The lower house of the French Parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a measure authorizing expansive, unprecedented, and invasive surveillance of citizens and foreigners, with little judicial oversight.

The new spying powers, developed over the course of the last year, gained momentum in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris in January that killed 17 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris.

According to the Guardian, “despite opposition from green and hard-left MPs, the bill won the overwhelming backing of the majority of MPs from the Socialist and rightwing UMP parties, which said it was necessary to tackle the terrorist risk. The bill was passed in the national assembly by 438 votes to 86, with a handful of no votes from Socialist MPs.”

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Syriza floats proposal for referendum to impose EU austerity in Greece

(Let me guess: electronic voting machines? Where is your rock star now Webster?)

by Kumaran Ira, WSWS

In an extensive prime-time TV interview on Monday that stretched into the early hours of Tuesday morning, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras made clear that his Syriza party would intensify austerity measures demanded by the troika—the European Union (EU), European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Tsipras declared that his government is “very close” to striking a deal with the Troika by the end of next week, so that the EU would release bailout funds that it has refused to hand over to Greece and relax the ECB’s cut-off of credit to Greek banks. Speaking to Greece’s private Star TV channel, Tsipras said, “I think that by May 9, we will have an agreement that will allow release of some bailout funds.”

To reach an agreement with the EU, Syriza is preparing to enforce deep social cuts that blatantly violate Syriza’s campaign promises to end EU austerity. Tsipras indicated that Syriza would therefore consider organizing a referendum to try to obtain a veneer of democratic legitimacy for policies dictated by the EU that have been overwhelmingly rejected by the Greek people.

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