President Obama has set a horrifying precedent that anyone who designs, plans, or implements heinous acts of Human Torture is to be regarded as “a Patriot” and exempt from any and all prosecution.
And even more ridiculous that we somehow “owe them a debt of gratitude for their service” (human mutilation, forcing people to stand on broken legs, shock, sadism, rape, murder, etc.).
Naturally, this assures that Human Torture practices (now held up and forever enshrined as a legally unprosecutable act — protected by the U.S. Government) will continue unabated, and thrive without any remorse or constraint in the near future.
This is Obama’s legacy.
The man who campaigned on “hope“, instead has given us perpetual, endless, multiple Global Warfare, and the official green light for Human Torture to be totally protected and escape the hand of either U.S. Law or International Law.
Obama would rather aggressively prosecute whistleblowers and truth-tellers and force them into inescapable detention (Bradley Manning), Exile, or threats of Assassination.
There should be outrage here. There should be a massive movement to put political pressure on Obama to follow the rule of Law. If people can get Bill Clinton Impeached over a meaningless, voluntary sexual affair — why can’t people get serious and put massive pressure on Obama over … Human Torture?
After Obama will be Jeb Bush (or Shillary Clinton, who George W. Bush refers to as his “sister-in-law”). We all know what is coming.
No hope. No change. But plenty of War & Torture.
It is time to Act!
freesociety commented on the blog post Many Americans Are Weirdly Indifferent About How the Federal Government Is Controlled
The real stunner is that Americans have allowed bribery to control the entire Election process for both Parties for over a century and a half.
As long as we have only candidates that come from just big money, and not from the people, we have a recipe for disaster. So the question is, where is the outrage from the public over having a government designed to serve only the Oligarchs?
freesociety commented on the blog post Secret Emails Show Lack Of Support For Hillary Clinton Among Democratic Activists
Shillary Clinton never met a War that she didn’t like. In addition to being Warmongering baffoon, she is also a chronic liar.
She stands for nothing. She never had an original thought in her brain, and never made a “Hard Choice” in her whole life. Everything that comes out of her mouth is just spoonfed Neocon talking-points (CFR, U.S. State Dept CIA propaganda).
Having failed to learn anything from her Iraq fiasco, her SOS “accomplishment” was get Obama to turn Libya into a violent mess and total chaos (with yet another illegal Military Invasion). She also loves the NSA, and hates whistleblowers and wants them dead or in jail.
I don’t know why any Democrat would ever think she should even belong in that Party. She is nothing more than Lindsey Graham in a dress.
“I agree with all you say (FreeSociety) except that she apparently was a very successful lawyer.”
Hmmm, as a Watergate attorney she was cited for Ethical violations, and nearly disbarred.
Jerry Zeifman, a Democrat , who was a counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, said during her work on the investigation of the Watergate [...]
It is disgusting, sad, and also a betrayal of idea of satire for both Jon Stewart and now Stephen Colbert to get on the knees and do unnecessary softball, “puff”, pieces on their shows to promote Hillary Clinton (and her corrupt Warfare, Wall-Street agenda). I wouldn’t have that warmongering, reich-wing, beotch on my show. And I certainly would [...]
freesociety commented on the blog post Obama Admits He Banned Only “Some” of the CIA’s Torture Techniques
Obama has gone out of his way to:
1. Protect all the CIA people (and contractors) who perpetrated Human Torture from any possibly criminal prosecution – both here and Internationally.
2. Promote and Defend CIA personnel involved in the Human Torture program, and/or the efforts to cover it up.
3. Keep the same evil system of Secret Renditions, Human Torture (both outsourced and under CIA watch) in place.
First, Hillary Clinton represents the very most extreme Dick Cheney Wing of the Democratic Party, and there are only a few people in the Democratic Party that have ever been that ridiculously Warmongering and blood thirsty as Hillary (Joe Lieberman was probably the only other one at this level).
Hillary Clinton boomed on TV in 2008 about Iran, in her cackling, psychotic voice: “We will Obliterate you!“. So there is no equivalence to that. She is in a whole unique category of “cheerleader for mass murder” all by herself, and has shown zero restraint on any Neocon War Crime idea ever proposed … ever!
So Rand Paul represents a better option on a whole host of issues that are fundamentally important to progressives:
1. Restrict Government Spying, Murderous Use of Drones, and better on basic Bill of Rights issues.
2. Less Warmongering and less Militaristic than most “Democrats”.
3. Supports Pot Legalization.
4. Generally more supportive to Whistleblowers.
5. Supports Auditing the corrupt private Bankster Monopoly (privately-owned “Federal Reserve”).
6. Wants to cut the Military Budget.
7. Would bring troops home, and close some Military Bases.
8. Would stop sending our Tax Money overseas to Foreign Countries, and Foreign Banks.
So I could definitely get behind him, much more than just some other business-as-usual, Bush-5th-Term “Democrat” hired tool of the Establishment.
This is a great Diary, and observation.
The Internet used to be about posting content … hello?…. That was the point.
But today everybody who has a Web Site of any kind seems to be wired-up to a deluge of Corporate Ad schemes, videos, shopping-collection schemes, personal data-mining, spam attacks, and even Rootkit and virus inducing links that can destroy your Computer’s OS.
The Internet has just become one big, giant Psych-Op perpetrated upon the public. Part of the problem is that any Ads are involved with Corporate Agenda, and that means that they are linked in with Banks, CIA, NSA, FBI, monitoring. They are doing what they can to kill The Internet for the average person. It’s no secret that the CIA and NSA have very sophisticated exposed operations for putting on viruses, rootkits, and sabotaging computers.
And the sheer performance drag on these Web Sites that we visit now are making all but the most high-endComputer Systems slow and unresponsive.
Why can’t people just buy their own Servers, and then create their own Web Site content without all these foreign ADs and Corporate-PsychOp intrusions?
Web Site content providers should insist upon only permitting Image-based Ads, and refuse these Videos, and moving Boxes with X’s, and Rootkit download links, etc.
This is an area where the people, the Web Content providers themselves, need to revolt — and retake the control!
What qualifies these people to “tell the Beatles story”?
I’ve never seen an accurate portrayal of Beatles leader John Lennon, a man who had an enormous spontaneous sense of humor, and a desire to put everything on the line and use his position to protest against what was going on in the World.
If Lennon had been alive over the last 15 years, there would have not been this whole submissive, sheep-like, “don’t ask questions…just do as you’re told” attitude in our Culture about: Sept 11, The Patriot Act, The Iraq Wars, Torture, the Bank Bailouts, and all the rest.
One of the biggest things that Lennon did, aside from writing The Beatles more original, “non-poppish” music material, was impart the attitude: Question Authority..
freesociety commented on the blog post Hillary Clinton Is Taking a Wait-and-See Approach on Marijuana Legalization
I wouldn’t believe a word that Hillary Clinton said. She’s a committed Neocon, Warmongerer, anti-transparency, anti-whistleblowing tool of the Evil Empire (that’s us).
Anything that she says is likely to be just political posturing on the subject — but I’m sure if she becomes President, her Justice Dept. will jail the whistleblowers, forgive the Torturers, War-Criminals, and Banks, and crack down on medical marijuana.
Oh..and she’ll also give out Medal of Freedom awards to Dick Cheney and George Bush.
Clinton is a warmongering Neocon, who is paid off by Goldman Sachs and Wall Street. In 2008, she was on TV and said in response to question of what to about Iran: ” We will obliterate you! “. Her Foreign Policy is no different than Dick Cheney’s. And her contempt for whistle blowers is as bad as [...]
freesociety commented on the diary post Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: If You See Something, Say Something by Norman Solomon.
The acceptance of whistleblowing clearly ought to apply directly to the matter of Sept. 11 — the event under which our Country has been plundered, and sunk into the disintegration of perpetual global Warfare without end, unthinkable Human Torture, mass “collect it all..exploit it all” surveillance, and the dismantling of The Bill Of Rights. We [...]
John was the leader….
That was the understanding at the time (1960s).
And it is also interesting that as 1970 began, BBC Television (British Broadcasting Company) selected three people for “Man of the Decade” honors. One was John Kennedy, the other was Mao Tse-Tung. The third was a 29-year-old Musician (and the only musician to make that list).
It was John Lennon (chosen for his multifaceted impact, and leadership — both musically and intellectually) on the 1960s.
It has only been after Lennon’s murder, during his absence, that there has been an effort made to cast all the Beatles members as effectively ‘equal‘, and especially to portray Paul McCartney in an enlarged way as “Mr. Head Beatle“, and much ‘deeper’ than he really was.
While they were all talented, and no one denies Paul’s songwriting output, the truth is that John wrote The Beatles cutting edge & most creative material (with a few exceptions noted). He also pushed the Band into thinking more and more abstractly about Music itself (into psychedelic material), and popularized the use of surrealism in music, and also wrote all their big “message songs” (“All You Need Is Love”, “Revolution”, etc.). In short, he was a true ‘original‘, and transformed The Beatles into something more significant than just a very successful music act. He also was the one who was the most passionate & outspoken, and used his position in the Band as a public platform to challenge authority, to think for yourself, and speak out for various causes (and reject War)…or as Lennon himself might’ve put it: “To Change The World“. And he did.
You can’t really be more of a leader than that.
Paul, while talented, was always a conventional, down-the-middle, pop-oriented, and commerically-focused writer. Unlike Lennon, he did not take big risks, or try to rock the boat too much. This was important also to the Band, as Paul helped to smooth off John’s rougher edges (otherwise The Beatles might have only had a cult following).
It is interesting to contemplate how things might be different today had Lennon remained alive. He certainly would have had something to say, and a presence to be felt, about the Reagan “greed is good” years (Central American warfare, Iran-Contra), and a lot of to say about the decade of War & Torture, and Police-Statism that we are all going through now. No other Rock figure, even other 1960s heroes, have been able to mobilize and create a large populist backlash in our culture — with memorable music — during Lennon’s absence.
Perhaps that’s also why he was killed (CIA)
freesociety commented on the diary post by freesociety.
This was no “suicide”, and it is hard to take……
freesociety wrote a new diary post:
Michael Ruppert , investigative journalist and author of Crossing The Rubicon” , as well as a former Los Angeles Police Department officer with U.S. intelligence expertise, has been murdered! Ruppert was in good health, and only 63 years old. Of course, they are officially calling it a “self-inflicted” suicide (gunshot). This happened after he was recently heard in good spirits, [...]
Shillary Clinton is nothing like Bill Clinton.
Shillary Clinton is just Dick Cheney in drag: a Warmongering, Neocon-Club-insider who never met a War, War Crime, or U.S. created Murder and Violence that she did not love, seek, and directly participate to help happen.
She is also a chronic liar, and propagandist, and laughs out loud (literally) at issues of injustice and death. She is one of the most repulsive people in all of politics.
She must be stopped! She does not represent any of us, or where the Party should be going.
I’m not saying our behavior is as bad as Putin’s, I just wish we weren’t even in the contest..
The behavior of the U.S. is worse….far, far worse than Russia and Putin.
We have invaded how many Nations? Iraq, Yemen, Afhganistan, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Pakistan, etc.., with direct War, War Crimes, and physical Violence. And the CIA has orchestrated a coup in the Ukraine, and in Venezuela (and are still working at it with a $5 Million Dollar budget in Venezuela). And We have perpetrated Human Torture, and Detention Camps where you are guilty until … (there’s no until).
After as we are the World’s greatest perpetrators of violence, murder, and destablization of nations on the planet — we say to Russia that they are breaking international law??.
There is no contest here.
The U.S. is the most anti-democratic Country the World. Not only does it woefully fail election standards, bill of rights standards, freedom of press standards, whistleblower standards, health care standards, and international law standards, but it also systematically and aggressively works to obliterate and overthrow any Country, whether democratically elected or not, that ever tries to assert any independence from its tyrannical control.
There is no worse example on the face of the Planet than our corrupt (and totally dishonest) U.S. Foreign Policy. It is pure insanity on a 24/7 basis (and at the cost of Trillions of dollars).
freesociety commented on the blog post The Biggest Progressive Victory of 2014 So Far Was Against Obama, Not With Him
Woah…wait a minute folks.
Obama has not changed here (or brought “change you can believe in” either).
He still philosophically supports the Social Security cutbacks, and he has a track record dating back 6 years that show that very conclusively (and very consistently).
He has simply deferred implementing this SS cutback right now, because 2014 is the year of Congressional Elections in just another 6 months. He knows that there would be a massive counter reaction that would hit the ceiling once a budget like passed so close to a major election.
So his goal of Social Security cutback have simply been deferred for now. But just watch what he does at the end of 2014, and all throughout 2015. Obama’s Chained CPI Social Security Plan will be back once again.
And with Obama, you can believe in that!
Hugo Chavez (killed by the CIA from cancer bioweapon), and now Nicolas Maduro have been winning the fight against imperialism and foreign control of their Country. Good for them. They serve as perhaps The World’s only examples of Liberals who fight for what they believe in, and call out their attackers (US-CIA, US-Corporations) by name, [...]
freesociety commented on the blog post Nancy Pelosi Comes Out Against TPP Fast Track Bill
I remember when Pelosi also “came out” for not passing any Health Care Reform without a public option, then obediently did whatever the hell Obama and big business told her to do.
Remember Pelosi was also going to end the Iraq War too way back in 2006 (and then aggressively pushed through each and every War funding bill that came along with zero resistance).
Pelosi just does what she is told to do (which is why she was placed in the Democratic Party “Leadership” position).
There is no leadership to be found.
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