Spying on Americans: Senate Intelligence Authorization Act, Would Allow Arrest of Journalists, Anti-war Activists, Academics and Students

by Steve Lendman

Freedom in America is being systematically destroyed: one police state law at a time – with most people ignorant and/or indifferent about what happening.

Washington’s criminal class is bipartisan – in lockstep against government representing everyone equitably and fairly, serving privileged interests only.

S. Res. 1705: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 compromises free expression and privacy rights already gravely eroded.

If enacted, Section 603 will require online companies to inform Washington of any “actual knowledge” of “facts and circumstances” related to undefined “terrorist activity” – meaning warrantless searches and seizures of personal electronic content will be authorized, potentially subjecting countless numbers of innocent people to unjustifiable scrutiny.

Vague language makes independent journalists, political, anti-war, and social justice activists, academics and students doing legitimate research, as well as others vulnerable to being called suspected terrorists.

The possibility could encourage self-censorship. Service providers may over-report to show compliance with the law. Online users could be flagged for using suspect words or phrases.

One definition of terrorist activity can be another’s way of describing freedom fighting. Legitimate government criticism could be misinterpreted and misused.

Anyone ideologically opposed to US policies could become vulnerable to arrest, prosecution, conviction and imprisonment for expressing their views online. Police states operate this way.

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Obama Orders Airstrikes to Defend ISIS in Syria

by Steve Lendman

Previous articles explained what Western officials and media scoundrels suppress. ISIS or ISIL or IS are US recruited, trained, armed, funded and directed Pentagon proxy foot soldiers doing Obama’s dirty work – to destabilize and/or topple governments where they’re deployed.Using them is part of Washington’s imperial strategy for unchallenged global dominance. They’re likely to show up almost anywhere. Mass slaughter, destruction, brutal atrocities and human misery follow – notably in Syria and Iraq.

On August 2, the Wall Street Journal headlined “US to Defend New Syria Force From Assad Regime.” The so-called “new” force is the old one. They’re not Syrian rebels or others supporting the rights of its people.

They’re US enlisted death squads – cutthroat killers, trained in the art of committing the most brutal acts of murder, torture and other atrocities, including use of chemical and other illegal weapons.

The Journal said Obama “authorized using air power to defend a new US-backed fighting force in Syria if it is attacked by Syrian government forces or other groups, raising the risk of the American military coming into direct conflict with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.”

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Banker Occupied Greece: Requiem for a Failed State

by Steve Lendman

It’s all over but the obituary. Rubber-stamp Greek parliamentarians overwhelming approved transforming the nation into a banker run colony –  by a 229 – 64 vote. Six lawmakers abstained.
Coalition partner Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos and likeminded party members voted “yes” after rhetorically rejecting Troika terms.
The vast majority of bailout funding goes to pay bankers and other creditors – nothing for economic recovery and growth. The price is deeper punishing austerity, greater poverty and unemployment than already, and far more human misery ahead with no end in sight.

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Israeli Military Conducts Another Successful Operation Against More Unarmed People

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: And now… Israel Cracks Down on Children’s Theater… yes, children’s theater folks.

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When it comes to defending the Jewish State against unarmed civilians or peace activists, the Israeli military stands at the top of the dung heap in not only their ability to mount such operations but also in their skill to spin them afterward as “heroic”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement congratulating troops for seizing the ship he said was involved in “a demonstration of hypocrisy” and support for Hamas, and said Israel’s actions were in accordance with international law. Reuters

Rushing out to deliver his statement, Bibi was full of pride this morning. His devoted army of Jews went forward in the night with all the technology ‘Merika! could give them and put it all to use against this band of murderous thugs.

Pro-Palestinian activists aboard one of the boats.

What Bibi should have said was:

“Not since Kent State have so many heavily armed men taught such a valuable lesson to so few unarmed peaceniks!”

That at least would have been a bit more honest and in keeping with the spirit of the moment.

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“When Chemical Weapons Attack!” Videos All Came from Same Source – It’s a Wag the Dog World and We Just Live in it

by Scott Creighton

“But for better or worse, this type of reporting appears to be here to stay.”

The Infomercial Actor in Chief, Barack Obama, has been told by congress that he needs to do more work to “sell” his next humanitarian regime change bombing campaign.

Subsequently, a story by David Kenner shows up today about the “Wag the Dog” propaganda production company in Syria responsible for all those “When Chemical Weapons Attack!” videos.

The Violations Documentation Center  (not to be confused with the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center  which ran the propaganda out of Iran during the State Department sponsored color revolution back in 2009)  is looking to retool their operation.

Sadly according to the Kenner story, they all sacrificed their lives to bring us “the truth”… all but one of course, the one needed to edit the videos and post them on YouTube. How convenient, huh?

(On a side note, all those videos were apparently produced by the same source, a woman named Razan Zaitouneh with the Violations Documentation Center, who is a long standing regime change “activist” in Syria who has been trying to create traction for a NATO “humanitarian bombing” campaign since early 2011. She’s been featured on Democracy NOW! no less than 7 times since starting up her propaganda operation. What a sellout Amy Goodman has become. Remember that dramatic quote “I haven’t seen such death in my whole life.”? It comes from Razan. Also interesting to note, the article linked to below which gives her credit for all those videos and tells the story of the sacrifice her staff made to bring us this ‘truth”, was written by a guy from the Council on Foreign Relations’ magazine Foreign Policy, David Kenner, who also just happens to have been helping her promote her regime change Wag the Dog stories since day one. Small world, huh?)

Opportunities abound for the soulless corporate ladder-climbers who can hold a video camera and write copy on the level of your average zit-faced high school freshmen theater geek.

And why not? There aren’t any jobs here, unless you’re dreaming about interning with Honey Boo-Boo for some masochistic reason.

Here’s the story.

I received a call last night from Victor Thorn. Victor is a long time Truth and anti-globalization writer/producer (he was one of the first to expose Di$info Jone$ way back in 2003, the first being Bill Cooper in 2001) and he was letting me know that his new article, “Boston Marathon Bombing: “Wag the Dog” meets a Strategy of Tension“, is featured as the cover story for this summer’s Paranoia magazine. According to him, It’s a 12 page comprehensive deconstruction of the Boston Bombing which he put together from his own research and multiple interviews with alternative independent journalists on the subject, myself included.

I mention this because during our talk last night, Victor brought up the subject of the current Syrian “crisis” and he asked me what I thought about it.

Without knowing the title of his article, I said it looked like yet another “Wag the Dog” production combined with an altogether too real Gladio type chemical weapons attack launched by Hillary Clinton’s “rebels”.

Today’s news from Foreign Policy magazine solidified my opinion on the subject. It’s a Wag the Dog world and we just live in it.

Allow me to explain.

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Russian vs U.S. Elections

by Steve Lendman, ADS

Russia’s December 4 elections filled 450 State Duma seats, Russia’s Federal Assembly lower house.

Claims of electoral fraud followed. All elections have irregularities. At issue is whether results are comprised. Election monitor Golos accusations were spurious. America’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funds it. It supports regime change in non-US client states.

It backs opposition groups, conducts propaganda campaigns, and does openly what CIA operatives do covertly to destabilize sitting governments.

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