The United States of Atrocity

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US Department of Defense - Contracts

http://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/642757

Thank you. 

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voice of the damned wrote:
So, if other countries are all helpless to resist American extraterritorial application of its laws, how come the French, the Swiss, and now the Poles have all successfully declined to send Roman Polanski back to LA for sentencing? 

C'mon. My claims are about the US, not about other countries. I don't presume that the juggernaut is unstoppable, or that others are helpless before it.  Why else is the US conducting interminable propaganda wars against Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, etc, etc, etc.?  Because ideological warfare is still important - and, truth be told, their getting their asses kicked.

voice of the damned

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voice of the damned wrote:
So, if other countries are all helpless to resist American extraterritorial application of its laws, how come the French, the Swiss, and now the Poles have all successfully declined to send Roman Polanski back to LA for sentencing? 

C'mon. My claims are about the US, not about other countries. I don't presume that the juggernaut is unstoppable, or that others are helpless before it. 

Well, if other countries remain free to say No to US extradition requests, it kinda complicates the notion that the US is "applying its laws extra-territorially". Usually when we talk about some government "applying" a law, in's understood that that government is the final decider on whether the law gets enforced. And, quite frankly, I suspect that's what you wanted us to believe about the US, before you started backtracking in your previous post.

Oh, and by the way, contrary to what I wrote earlier, selling seeds actually is illegal in Canada, though the penalties are considerably less severe than in the US.

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http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=f879d36a-e19c-4de3...

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lol. Is that you imitating an obtuse person, votd?

Do I really need to point out the barbaric Yanqui OCCUPATION of free Cuba in Guantanamo for how many years? Or the zillion other examples which you, like anyone else, can look up?

voice of the damned

ikosmos wrote:

lol. Is that you imitating an obtuse person, votd?

Do I really need to point out the barbaric Yanqui OCCUPATION of free Cuba in Guantanamo for how many years? Or the zillion other examples which you, like anyone else, can look up?

And if this is the sort of thing you had confined your discussion to, you would likely not see me on here debating you.

But instead, you insisted on arguing that Canada volutarily turning over Marc Emery(for mailing seeds into the US, in violation of both countries' laws) is somehow a form of imperialism. And, I'm sorry, but it's not.

monty1

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US Army Orders $900 M of Chemical, Biological War Projects

http://sptnkne.ws/azdf

"The US Army has awarded 17 companies, including major corporations, $900 million in contracts for logistics and service support for biological and chemical war projects the US Department of Defense announced."

 Our mass-murdering neighbours again..

 

Whaaaatttttt? That can't be true! The US deplores chem/bio weapons and has just been instumental (because of Putin's snookering) in helping get wid of Assad's chem/bio arsenal. Right?

Uhhhh, yeah right?

NDPP

'They Caused Problems': CIA Involved With Gitmo Inmates' 'Suicides' - Former Guard to RT (and vid)

https://www.rt.com/usa/329882-guantanamo-prisoners-suicide-cia/

"A former Guantanamo guard, who says he witnessed hunger-strike 'leaders' being brought to a secret CIA 'black-site', is accusing the agency of having staged their suicide to get rid of the 'problem'. At the time the US said the men hanged themselves..."

Yet Sam still has his faithful Canucklhead followers, ready, eager and willing to help him commit even more atrocities in his War Of Terror, aka 'fighting ISIS'.

monty1

NDPP wrote:

'They Caused Problems': CIA Involved With Gitmo Inmates' 'Suicides' - Former Guard to RT (and vid)

https://www.rt.com/usa/329882-guantanamo-prisoners-suicide-cia/

"A former Guantanamo guard, who says he witnessed hunger-strike 'leaders' being brought to a secret CIA 'black-site', is accusing the agency of having staged their suicide to get rid of the 'problem'. At the time the US said the men hanged themselves..."

Yet Sam still has his faithful Canucklhead followers, ready, eager and willing to help him commit even more atrocities in his War Of Terror, aka 'fighting ISIS'.

It's war and it's fair play. For both sides of course. Even though it doesn't seem to be fair for the side that has the huge military. Consider this: A large military force invades Canada and bombs our cities, effectively slaughtering thousnads of our people. And consider that one of their bombs landed on your house and killed your entire family except you, and you were now a quadriplegic because of the bombing. Then you went looking for revenge by joining the side of the little guys in that asspmetrical war. And you caught one of them and you skinned him alive or cut his head off slowly with your knife, or did something equally as cruel to him. 

You would be my fellow Canadains and I would applaud you for making the bastard suffer before you let him have death. 

Now all you have to do is think of ISIS and the US and you will become immune to all the Muslim hate. That's not hard is it! 

monty1

monty1 wrote:

NDPP wrote:

'They Caused Problems': CIA Involved With Gitmo Inmates' 'Suicides' - Former Guard to RT (and vid)

https://www.rt.com/usa/329882-guantanamo-prisoners-suicide-cia/

"A former Guantanamo guard, who says he witnessed hunger-strike 'leaders' being brought to a secret CIA 'black-site', is accusing the agency of having staged their suicide to get rid of the 'problem'. At the time the US said the men hanged themselves..."

Yet Sam still has his faithful Canucklhead followers, ready, eager and willing to help him commit even more atrocities in his War Of Terror, aka 'fighting ISIS'.

It's war and it's fair play. For both sides of course. Even though it doesn't seem to be fair for the side that has the huge military. Consider this: A large military force invades Canada and bombs our cities, effectively slaughtering thousnads of our people. And consider that one of their bombs landed on your house and killed your entire family except you, and you were now a quadriplegic because of the bombing. Then you went looking for revenge by joining the side of the little guys in that asspmetrical war. And you caught one of them and you skinned him alive or cut his head off slowly with your knife, or did something equally as cruel to him. 

You would be my fellow Canadains and I would applaud you for making the bastard suffer before you let him have death. 

Now all you have to do is think of ISIS and the US and you will become immune to all the Muslim hate. That's not hard is it! 

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You would be my fellow Canadains and I would applaud you for making the bastard suffer before you let him have death.

And I would applaud you for not letting your quadriplegia keep you from killing someone in hand-to-hand combat.

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

I would applaud babblers for not descending to Rambo style fantasies of revenge.

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When the US exports those fantasies around the globe, they make a killing ...in at least two senses of that word.

monty1

There's just nothing left to do but make all forms of killing people evil and uncivilized if it's not done in a 'surgical' manner from 30,000 feet. Cluster bombs, fuel/air explosive, carpet bombing, and other US methods are the only civilized and 'right' way to wage war. Children and entire families or villages, o.k.

Barrel bombs, knives, homemade rockets, and other crude devices that the uncivilized resort to using will herewith be outlawed. It's what baby jesus would want! And we all know what country baby jesus loves the most! 

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Michael Moriarity wrote:

I would applaud babblers for not descending to Rambo style fantasies of revenge.

Here here. This Canadian woud not be cheering for torture and murder no matter who committs it, even if they say they are doing on my behalf.

NDPP

Which they always do...

iyraste1313

Call It What It Is: America Is A Police StateTOPICS:Brandon TurbevillePolice State

MARCH 2, 2016

 

voice of the damned

As with some of the other sources quoted on this thread, I don't think the above link is really coming from the same direction as progressives...

"In the United States of 2016, children are regularly removed from parents by the State simply because of the parents’ economic status, political beliefs, or methods of upbringing."

Okay, so maybe he's talking about kids being removed from left-wing homes by right-wing theocrats who think the parents are too tolerant of gays and trans people?

Ah, probably not...

"With the recent increase of PC fascism enveloping the nation, even free speech and expression, no matter how ineffectual, is becoming regularly silenced by the long arm of the law."

The denunciation of "PC fascism" is probably a giveaway about the kind of ideology this guy espouses. That, and the websites' other columnists include Ron Paul and someone calling himself "John Galt".

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Henry Giroux on State Terrorism and the Ideological Weapons of Neoliberalism

A good article that I can't seem to post excerpts from. Odd.

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Unable to post link or excerpts from Giroux article.

 

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quotes from the Giroux piece.

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The "war on terror" morphed into a war on democracy and civil liberties - functioning largely as an act of domestic terrorism. Under such circumstances, not only has the notion of the future been canceled out, but the very idea of democracy has been fractured. At the same time, the "war on terror" has been used to mobilize a culture of fear in order to accelerate both the militarization of everyday life and further concentrate economic and political power in the hands of the financial elite....
 
The United States is now addicted to violence because the "war on terror" relies on an extreme fear and hatred of those considered enemies. As a result, it feeds the machinery of permanent warfare by constantly inventing a demonized Other. I think basically that terror is now such a central part of the political nervous system in the United States that it's become the major organizing principle of society....
 
The "war on terror" not only transforms politics into a pathology to paraphrase Susan Sontag, but it also serves to up the collective pleasure quotient by making extreme violence enjoyable to watch. Americans appear to indulge obsessively in watching violence. Violence is now the essence of how we solve our problems and how we enjoy our pleasure in the absence of genuine and more ethical pleasures - solidarity, community, compassion - that we'd find in an actual democracy.

 
The United States is a fake democracy. Democracy is the "brand" used to market this repulsive and monstrous regime. It is the facade over the policeman's baton, over the laughing face of the sociopathic 1% who are truly indifferent to the rest of the population. 
 
Says Giroux: "The era of mass distortion seems to have taken a backseat to the notion that all the United States has to do is to proclaim itself as a democracy and that empty expression of pseudo patriotism eliminates the need for any kind of reflection regarding its domestic and foreign policies. Democracy has been emptied out of any viable meaning and its ritualized invocation allows the US to be proud of what it should be ashamed of."
 
Americans, literally, gorge themselves on violence and death.
 
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Violence becomes a kind of depoliticizing drug for the larger public - those who are the victims of a savage neoliberal economic order. And you have to remember: Addiction often takes place behind our backs. We often don't realize that it's happened. It often seems to operate seamlessly and powerfully through forms of affective and ideological management that mirror a cruel and normalized market-based society that divorces actions from social costs, elevates self-interests over social needs, sells off public goods, produces a massive and death-dealing machinery of social inequality and kills the imagination, if not the spirit itself, by erasing the conditions that promote dialogue and thoughtfulness.

 
And what about the elites and their responsibility for society? The zombies are not only the view of this 1% towards the rest of us. They are the zombies as well.
 
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A growing body of social science research suggests that among the ultra-rich, there are widespread signs of sociopathic traits - a lack of empathy, suffocating narcissism, an inclination to cheat, a willingness to disconnect actions from any sense of ethical consideration and a propensity to engage in lawlessness. We've returned to the ancient philosophy of fixed social hierarchies without the religion....
 
I mentioned previously, grossly unequal societies appear to create ruling elites that border on or fully embrace sociopathic behavior. They live in an insular world with no sense of reality and no social consciousness, and they are excessively narcissistic. They do not view social responsibility as a condition of agency and find it extremely difficult to understand the plight of people who do not live in their insular cultures and gated communities. They've been educated to be zombies. They do not produce institutions that address and alleviate social problems - they create such problems. The degree to which that kind of pathology becomes sedimented in our society, buttressed by gaping inequalities in wealth, income and power, means that the ultra-rich will become a more concentrated and powerful group and that the damage to both human beings and the planet will escalate.

 
Other ideological aspects are addressed here. Giroux identifies the two elements of manufactured ignorance - consumerism and celebrity culture that, together, serve to distract, amuse to death, and undermine modes of solidarity beyond shared breakfast cereal or check marks on our sneakers. 
 
Moreover,  
 
"We see a total break from any sense of compromise, dialogue or compassion. We see an ideology that no longer needs to apologize, no longer cares - an ideology that exercises ruthless violence. It's a lawlessness that laughs at people."
 
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Under such conditions, the United States has become a country soaked in violence, indifferent to its expanding culture of cruelty and unapologetic about its racist, militant and hate-filled discourses. This is a form of terrorism without apologies. The US has degenerated into a state of political and ethical recklessness.

 
This is one step up from Orwell's boot in the face of humanity.  America is a boot in the face of humanity ... but the wearer of the boot is laughing uproarously at the pain and horror they're inflicting on the rest of us. Washington has become Barad-dûr. 
 
And the remedy?
 
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There are three pre-requirements for being able to think in utopian terms - that is, in terms that are capable of producing a militant form of hope that not only imagines a better society but also inspires collective action based on such desires. First, a utopian imaginary must embrace history as a resource, willing to engage its "dangerous" memories and to use it as a resource for challenging those discourses that have frozen the present. Second, educators, artists, intellectuals, workers, young people and others must find a way to construct not only a discourse of merciless critique but also a discourse of possibility. Thirdly, politics has to be reinvented so as to recognize that power is now global and that politics is still tied to nation-states.

Of course. Conscious, genuine solidarity. Revolution. And soon, by the looks of it.

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eta: I particularly like that Henry Giroux underlines, over and over again, the central importance of education, of "embracing modes of education that liberate the imagination", of supplementing the discourse of merciless criticism of this monstrous regime with a discourse of new possibility. There is no doubt in my mind that the unexpected enormous popularity of Bernie Sanders flows from his success in articulating this new discourse. Even in her horrible shame of the present, America still longs for greatness: in the broad shouldered, unfulfilled Whitmanesque democracy of the many, in the great American working class that generated the wealthiest society in the history of the world, in the words and works of the great artists, comics, writers, muckrackers and iconoclasts, and in the forgotten can-do attitude in which anything is possible.   This is as important to remember as the bestial ugliness of America. Of course, on the flip side is the incipient fascism of Donald Trump.

The post-capitalism of the future is humanistic to its core, oriented towards what Marx, long ago, identified as the full flowering of human potential and abilities, being a logger in the morning, a teacher at lunch, a clerk in the afternoon, and a writer at night. This is the future of humanity, not the cesspool of late capitalism.

The clock is ticking, comrades.

iyraste1313

The denunciation of "PC fascism" is probably a giveaway about the kind of ideology this guy espouses......

...so what difference does it make...a kick in the ass to a libertarian is still a kick in the ass...at least they are not blinsided by ideology or in group out group psychology to see this...besides the libertarians at least understand something about the finance capitalist system, understand the rot and corruption of the elites running the system.....

...The clock is ticking, comrades......at least someone in these threads appreciates the state of panic setting in, as we face the twin threats of world war and economic and financial collapse...

.... of supplementing the discourse of merciless criticism of this monstrous regime with a discourse of new possibility...

and thank you for that! That is what`s missing as well in these threads...what to do!
I consistently suggest the need to consider the alternatives, rarely going into much detail for apparent lack of interest?

But what is needed not so much discourse on the possibilities, but to understand the possibilities that are happening before our eyes, to make sense of it, offer clear analysis, connect the dots and strengthen a movement!

Again I may elaborate, only if there`s interest! 

voice of the damned

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The denunciation of "PC fascism" is probably a giveaway about the kind of ideology this guy espouses......

...so what difference does it make...a kick in the ass to a libertarian is still a kick in the ass...at least they are not blinsided by ideology or in group out group psychology to see this...besides the libertarians at least understand something about the finance capitalist system, understand the rot and corruption of the elites running the system.....

"America is fascist" doesn't mean the same thing coming from someone who thinks that "fascism = political correctness" as it does coming from someone who thinks that fascism means what progressives think it means.

And yes, I realize that some libertarains intersect with some leftists on issues like the Federal Reserve and "Who controls the money supply?" That's about the only economic issue on which they do intersect. Other than that, the libertarian economic vision is the polar opposite of what the left is supposed to stand for.

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The grim future of the US Empire is seen in...

Chris Hedges: the wages of sin.

Or, given the Empire, we're all going to Hell...

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...as Plato and his pupil Aristotle understood, the building of empire, any empire, extinguishes democracy....

As the Athenian general Thucydides noted, the tyranny that Athens imposed on the outer reaches of empire, it eventually imposed on itself. Athens, like the United States centuries later, was hollowed out from the inside by the corrosive force of empire. The brutal tools of control used initially in distant parts of the empire—in our case militarized police, drones, suspension of civil liberties, wholesale surveillance and mass incarceration—migrated back to the homeland. This is how most empires die. They commit suicide.

The loss of civic virtue, Plato wrote, left a population hypnotized by the illusions flickering on the wall of a cave.

Sound familliar?

NDPP

US Headed For Nuclear War With Russia, China: Analyst Don DeBar (audio)

http://presstv.com/Detail/2016/04/14/460817/US-China-Russia-Nukes-McKeon...

"The US government's appetite for more spending on its missile systems have put the country on a path toward nuclear confrontation  with Russia and China..."

Canada supports

Unionist

I'm posting this here - where it belongs - in the compendium of sins of this brutal society known as America:

[url=http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/04/18/student-removed-from-califo... removed from California flight for speaking Arabic[/url]

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Earlier this month, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi found himself at a gathering with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He had been invited to the dinner-and-lecture event in Los Angeles by a friend who works for the World Affairs Council, and he was thrilled. [...]

But the next day, April 6, the 26-year-old’s fortunes took an unfortunate turn.

Makhzoomi had just settled into his seat on a Southwest Airlines flight when he pulled out his cellphone to call his uncle in Baghdad. His uncle is a political analyst, so Makhzoomi wanted to discuss last night’s event with him.

He was speaking into the phone in Arabic when he noticed that the woman in the seat in front of him was turned with her neck craned in his direction, staring.

Feeling discomfited, Makhzoomi cut his conversation short. “Inshallah,” he told his uncle, using a customary Arabic phrase meaning “God willing.” “I’ll call you when I land.”

After Makhzoomi hung up, he noticed that the woman had left her seat and was making her way up the aisle, weaving around passengers who were still boarding.

His sense of unease deepened. A thought occurred to him: I hope she’s not reporting me.

Except, Makhzoomi is now certain, that is precisely what happened. Shortly after the woman’s departure, a Southwest employee informed Makhzoomi, “Sir, you need to step out of the plane right now.”

 

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The Young Turks did a segment on this story. Pretty disgusting, but not surprising.

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Michael Moriarity wrote:

The Young Turks did a segment on this story. Pretty disgusting, but not surprising.

I liked the commentary about airline staff as well. In Canada it is the same way. If you complain to an airline employee you are risking getting thrown of the flight for insulting them.

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The Guardian at its boot-licking best!

Freedland: "I, for one, welcome our corporate American overlords!"

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Just because America, a country with 5% of the global population and 25% of the incarcarated adults, relies on its massive prison population to subsidise its industry, and just because these prisons are being increasingly privatised doesn’t mean they aren’t anti-corruption.

And just because America has the greatest wealth-gap of all developed nations, a wealth gap which is growing all the time and has (according to Princeton) turned the USA from a democracy into an oligarchy, doesn’t mean they aren’t anti-corruption.

And just because, in response to a financial crisis, the USA government took $700 billion dollars of tax payer money and handed it over to private banks, via a bill that was basically forced through the senate with a gun to the nation’s head doesn’t mean they aren’t anti-corruption.

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NDPP

US To Grant Israel Largest Military Aid Package in History

http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-to-grant-israel-largest-military-aid-pac...

"We are preparing to sign a memorandum of understanding with Israel to provide the largest single package of aid to any country in the history of the United States,' a White House official told Reuters..."

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Arlo Guthrie: Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, KILL!

Time Magazine: President Obama’s Legacy Is Endless War

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In 2011, what officials called “kinetic military action” in Libya completed the evisceration of the War Powers Resolution by successfully advancing the theory that if the U.S. bombs a country that can’t hit back, we’re not engaged in “hostilities” against them. In the drone campaign and the current war with ISIS, Obama has turned a 14-year-old congressional resolution targeting al-Qaeda and the Taliban into a blank check for endless war, anywhere in the world. Last year, the army chief of staff affirmed that finishing the fight against ISIS will take another “10 to 20 years.

 

... if the U.S. bombs a country that can’t hit back, we’re not engaged in “hostilities” against them.

... if the U.S. bombs a country that can’t hit back, we’re not engaged in “hostilities” against them.

... if the U.S. bombs a country that can’t hit back, we’re not engaged in “hostilities” against them.

... if the U.S. bombs a country that can’t hit back, we’re not engaged in “hostilities” against them.

... if the U.S. bombs a country that can’t hit back, we’re not engaged in “hostilities” against them.

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2005 Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech by Harold Pinter, playwright.

Harold Pinter wrote:
US crimes in the [postwar] period have only been superficially recorded, let alone documented, let alone acknowledged, let alone recognised as crimes at all....The United States' actions throughout the world made it clear that it had concluded it had carte blanche to do what it liked.

Direct invasion of a sovereign state has never in fact been America's favoured method. In the main, it has preferred what it has described as 'low intensity conflict'. Low intensity conflict means that thousands of people die but slower than if you dropped a bomb on them in one fell swoop. It means that you infect the heart of the country, that you establish a malignant growth and watch the gangrene bloom. When the populace has been subdued - or beaten to death - the same thing - and your own friends, the military and the great corporations, sit comfortably in power, you go before the camera and say that democracy has prevailed. This was a commonplace in US foreign policy. The United States supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War. I refer to Indonesia, Greece, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Haiti, Turkey, the Philippines, Guatemala, El Salvador, and, of course, Chile. The horror the United States inflicted upon Chile in 1973 can never be purged and can never be forgiven.

Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout these countries. Did they take place? And are they in all cases attributable to US foreign policy? The answer is yes they did take place and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you wouldn't know it. It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.

I put to you that the United States is without doubt the greatest show on the road. Brutal, indifferent, scornful and ruthless it may be but it is also very clever. As a salesman it is out on its own and its most saleable commodity is self love. It's a winner. Listen to all American presidents on television say the words, 'the American people', as in the sentence, 'I say to the American people it is time to pray and to defend the rights of the American people and I ask the American people to trust their president in the action he is about to take on behalf of the American people.'

Language is actually employed to keep thought at bay. The words 'the American people' provide a truly voluptuous cushion of reassurance. You don't need to think. Just lie back on the cushion. The cushion may be suffocating your intelligence and your critical faculties but it's very comfortable. This does not apply of course to the 40 million people living below the poverty line and the 2 million men and women imprisoned in the vast gulag of prisons, which extends across the US.

The United States no longer bothers about low intensity conflict. It no longer sees any point in being reticent or even devious. It puts its cards on the table without fear or favour. It quite simply doesn't give a damn about the United Nations, international law or critical dissent, which it regards as impotent and irrelevant. It also has its own bleating little lamb tagging behind it on a lead, the pathetic and supine Great Britain.

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Soldiers who killed pregnant Afghan women followed Rules of Engagement - Pentagon

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Members of US Special Forces who killed two pregnant women and three other civilians during a 2010 night raid in Afghanistan used an “appropriate level of force,” according to an internal Pentagon investigation.

In February 2010, a force of US Army Rangers had entered a compound in the village of Khataba in Afghanistan’s Paktia province. Though the site had been confirmed to house “militant activity,” according to NATO, the raid resulted in the death of five civilians, two of whom were pregnant women.

Uncle Sam: "Kill 'em all and let God sort them out."

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The documents’ release comes only a month after a final US report was made on the October 2015 airstrike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) humanitarian hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan that resulted in the death of at least 42 people. While MSF said that the strike constituted a war crime because the hospital’s location was known beforehand, the US military said that incident did not amount to a war crime because the hospital was not attacked deliberately.

Uncle Sam: Blam blam blam! "Sorry!" blam blam! "Sorry again!" Blam blam blam! "Sorry! Really!" Blam blam blam!!!!!!

Afghan child: "I'm still alive!"

<<Blam blam>>.

Special Forces soldier: "No, you're not."


Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

Yes, this is a truly horrifying case. Jeremy Scahill writes about it at The Intercept. It turns out the victims were a local police officer and his family. They were supporters of the government, and opponents of the Taliban. Excerpt:

Jeremy Scahill wrote:

Witnesses and survivors described an unprovoked assault on the family compound of Mohammed Daoud Sharabuddin, a police officer who had just received an important promotion. Daoud and his family had gathered to celebrate the naming of a newborn son, a ritual that takes place on the sixth day of a child’s life. Unlike the predominantly Pashtun Taliban, the Sharabuddin family were ethnic Tajiks, and their main language was Dari. Many of the men in the family were clean-shaven or wore only mustaches, and they had long opposed the Taliban. Daoud, the police commander, had gone through dozens of U.S. training programs, and his home was filled with photos of himself with American soldiers. Another family member was a prosecutor for the U.S.-backed local government, and a third was the vice chancellor at the local university.

At about 3:30 a.m., when the family heard noises outside their compound, Daoud and his 15-year-old son Sediqullah, fearing a Taliban attack, went outside to investigate. Both were immediately hit with sniper fire.

“All the children were shouting, ‘Daoud is shot! Daoud is shot!’” Daoud’s brother-in-law Tahir recalled when I visited the family compound in 2010. Daoud’s eldest son was behind his father and younger brother when they were hit. “When my father went down, I screamed,” he told me. “Everybody — my uncles, the women, everybody came out of the home and ran to the corridors of the house. I sprinted to them and warned them not to come out as there were Americans attacking and they would kill them.”

Within a matter of minutes, a family celebration had become a massacre. Seven people died, including three women and two people who later succumbed to their injuries. Two of the women had been pregnant. Sixteen children lost their mothers.

NDPP

For those concerned, Canadian Special Forces were also involved in 'unlawful killing' in Afghanistan in joint adventures with US forces, but of course few noticed the small news items or perhaps didn't really care all that much. Obviously, or we might be looking somewhat more  closely at some of the the activities in Afghanistan of our current Minister of Defence whose speciality  was counter-insurgency operations...

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The United States is the ONLY COUNTRY in the world that routinely sentences children to life in prison without parole.

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The United States is the only country in the world that routinely sentences children to life in prison without parole, and, according to estimates from nonprofits and advocacy groups, there are between 2,300 and 2,500 people serving life without parole for crimes committed when they were minors....

 

USA! USA! We're number one!

NDPP

CrossTalk: Exceptionalism's Wars *MUST WATCH*

https://youtu.be/v5nY8vzE8BQ

"When will Washington learn violence is not the answer? CrossTalking with Pepe Escobar and Peter Kuznick."

When will Canada learn complicity and collaboration with Washington is not the answer?

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NDPP wrote:
CrossTalk: Exceptionalism's Wars *MUST WATCH*

https://youtu.be/v5nY8vzE8BQ

"When will Washington learn violence is not the answer? CrossTalking with Pepe Escobar and Peter Kuznick."

When will Canada learn complicity and collaboration with Washington is not the answer?

 

Escobar was disappointing in this episode and not up to the usual high standards of Crosstalk.

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ikosmos wrote:

NDPP wrote:
CrossTalk: Exceptionalism's Wars *MUST WATCH*

https://youtu.be/v5nY8vzE8BQ

"When will Washington learn violence is not the answer? CrossTalking with Pepe Escobar and Peter Kuznick."

When will Canada learn complicity and collaboration with Washington is not the answer?

 

Escobar was disappointing in this episode and not up to the usual high standards of Crosstalk.

Yes, but for Guardian readers, even on a bad day he's 100% better than that shit

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US Unleashes the Dogs of War in Afghanistan

http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2016/06/10/us-unleashes-the-dogs-o...

"The war in Afghanistan becomes the perfect alibi to beef up the US military presence in the region, the game plan being to intimidate Pakistan and to break the axis with China. This US policy thrust matches India's interest too.

The danger is real that the major regional powers may be drifting toward a general war..."

Thanks Obomber - now enter Killary!

 

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Awash in Death ...

Worst Hate Crime in US History: 50 Murdered at Gay Latino Club

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At least 50 people have been killed after a shooting early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, according to the city's mayor. Police confirm the gunman was killed after taking more than 30 people hostage. At least 53 people were injured.

USA! USA! We're number one!

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Chris Hedges & Tariq Ali: Global Revolt Against Corporate Capitalism

http://youtu.be/B_YmZzL037E

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Terrorism: A Matrix of Lies and Deceit  -  by Christopher Black

http://journal-neo.org/2016/17/terrorism-a-matrix-of-lies-and-deceit/

"The War on Terror is in fact the American War Against the World."

Canada supports.

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'Dove' Obama Beats 'Hawk' Bush in Number of Bombed States

https://youtu.be/HGzlSAonhTA

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US "diplomats" call for the bombing of Syria.

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In a move that the New York Times reports is nearly unprecedented, some 51 mid-level State Department employees have signed a letter calling for the Obama Administration to begin bombing the Assad government in Syria immediately.

A similar "rebellion" by State Department diplomats took place under the Clinton regime. They wanted to bomb Yugoslavia. We all know how that turned out, eh?

"What does it mean when a country's diplomatic apparatus demands that it engage in aggressive war even to the risk of a nuclear conflict with Russia? Something is deeply rotten in the empire. The rot goes deep. And it threatens all of us."

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USA! USA! We're number one!

 

 

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First they came for Assange ...

Julian Assange: Under the Watchful Lidless Eye of the US Empire

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Ten cities across the world are hosting a week of events dubbed “First they came for Assange,” featuring Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Zizek, Yanis Varoufakis and Patti Smith, among others. It marks four years of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s detention.

Assange has been unable to leave Ecuadorian Embassy since June 19, 2012, due to the UK police’s 24/7 watch on the building, a legal case opened against him in Sweden, but, crucially, because of what he says is Washington’s persecution for publishing and maintaining the largest trove of explosive leaks in world’s history.

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The lidless eye of Barad-dûr, the hegemon, never apologizes for past atrocities.

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From our three episodes, it appears that various factors are responsible for the unwillingness of the US leadership to say sorry to a nation or a people for past wrongdoings. Hubris arising from its hegemonic power is undoubtedly a significant factor. This is why hegemonic power at the global level has to end if that five letter word is to come out of the lips of the hegemon.

Yes, it's true that "apologies" , e.g., from the likes of former PM Stephen Harper over the cultural genocide of the Native Residential Schools - are mostly worthless public relations exercises with little, if any, changes in public policy. Nevertheless, the symbolism with the ruthless juggernaut to the south shouldn't be discounted. Any such apology would carry a kind of duty to turn over other rocks, covering the endless trail of violence and cruelty, and so on, and so on, and so on.

Hiroshima, Vietnam, Cuba: A Hegemonic Power Never Says Sorry

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And of course, one of the big attacks the Republicans have used against Obama is that he has been running around apologizing to everyone the U.S. has screwed over in the past. Of course, he has done no such thing, but the accusations continue, nonetheless. They claim that apologizing for past bad behaviour would be wrong, because the U.S. has never acted badly. Some of them even seem to believe it.

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