POLITICS/ELECTIONS/CORRUPTION

Aug 22 09:49

Obama Donates Even More To Israel Than Bush Did

In how many ways does President Obama love Prime Minister Netanyahu?
Let me briefly count them. There are those obvious and well known signs of love: the President toils to donate Netanyahu’s Israel with more American money than even the Bush-Cheney administration did.

Aug 22 08:38

Son of Death - by Uri Avnery

But as of now, the man who has the final decision is the Son of Death, Mohammed Deif, if he is alive and kicking. If not, his successor. If he is alive, the assassination of his wife and baby son may not have made him gentler and more peaceable.

Aug 22 07:46

Aussies protest Israeli film festival

Pro-Palestinian activists have held a rally in Sydney to protest against the opening of the Israeli Film Festival in the Australian city.

Protester gathered near Sydney’s Palace Verona cinema on Thursday to show their solidarity with Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip who have been under Israeli attacks since July 8.

The protest came despite a ruling by the New South Wales Supreme Court, which said the rally at Palace Verona on Oxford Street, could not go ahead, citing concerns about traffic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yeah. Traffic. That's it. It's the traffic. Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure. Traffic. That is why we have to stop you protesting Israel. The traffic! Sure, sure!"

Aug 22 07:38

Iraq Onslaught Contradict US Policies

The U.S. unleashed fresh onslaughts of air strikes on ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) positions in Iraq on Wednesday and Thursday—the latest in an expanding war campaign where public information about the details and aims of the operation remain sparse.

Aug 22 07:37

Israeli citizens hold key US government positions: Report

The prominent US-Israeli officials in the list include Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Head of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Chairman of Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board Richard Perle, former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowits, Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, National Security Advisor Elliot Abrams, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman, Director of Policy Planning at the State Department Richard Haass, US Trade Representative (cabinet-level position) Robert Zoellick, Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board Eliot Cohen, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, White House Political Director Ken Melman, White House Speechwriter David Frum, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Samuel Bodman, and Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board Henry Kissinger.

Aug 22 07:29

Hollywood and the Obama Myth

“And believe it or not, entertainment is part of our American diplomacy. It’s part of what makes us exceptional, part of what makes us such a world power.” - US President Barack Obama at the DreamWorks Animation facility, November 2013.

As sensational as that pronouncement was, at least it shed light on how the people of the United States have been sucked into accepting another war in Iraq, and possibly one in Syria, too.

Aug 22 07:26

48 suspicious banking deaths

With the global financial system heading towards a major crash in the near future are these people buckling under the pressure of what they see coming or are they being silenced because of what they know?

We can only assume it’s a little of both.

Our advice is if JP Morgan offers you a job: politley decline. The list of top level bankers dying under suspicious circumstances has been growing rapidly in recent months.

Whether these are genuine deaths or something more sinister one thing is for certain, banking is becoming one of the most dangerous industries to be involved in right now with an extremely high death per employee ratio.

Aug 22 07:25

When ‘Anti-Government’ Violence Erupts, Who Is Really At Fault?

Brandon Smith
Activist Post

This past week, I have been examining a recently leaked document from the Department Of Homeland Security entitled “Domestic Violent Extremists Pose A Threat To Government Officials And Law Enforcement.” (Yes; the title leaves nothing to the imagination.)

Generally, such documents are not classified. But it is internally accepted within establishment agencies that they should not be shared with the public...

Aug 22 07:23

“Exodus” Now Hurling Real 5,000 Pound Bombs

Ponder this for a moment: 5,000 pound GBU 28 bunker-buster bombs were dropped on a single house in Gaza. Israel obviously can pinpoint a target when it wishes to do so. It makes many claims that it “did not intend” to strike a United Nations school or a hospital.

That is not true. Schools and hospitals are not struck by mistake. These are large buildings and Israel’s ability to pinpoint targets are demonstrable.

Israel still retains absolute mind control over the western world, thanks to the selling of an Israel narrative which was boosted high into the literary lights and onto movie screens with the fictional Israeli narrative written by Leon Uris in 1954.

Aug 22 07:00

Ridiculous: You Won’t Believe What The Government Is Doing To Woman Responsible For VA Scandal

"Almost 113 days and counting — that’s how long the former head of the Phoenix Veterans Administration has been on paid leave. According to the watchdog group Concerned Veterans for America, Sharon Helman — the “poster girl” for lack of accountability in the VA — continues to collect her federal paycheck, even though she’s doing nothing for the agency. Her annual salary: $170,000.
You may recall that, when the VA scandal broke, Helman came under withering criticism, accused of gross mismanagement that may have resulted in the deaths of as many as 40 veterans. She was removed from her post, but even now continues to collect a paycheck while the VA decides what to do about her situation."

Aug 22 06:59

Why such hype about the Michael Brown killing?

I dislike ultra-racism, hyper-ethnic chauvinism and plastic patriotism as much as the next person.

Introspection is a noble value; criticizing one’s own people when they do wrong is a righteous thing in the same way that parents who admonish their children when they misbehave are trying to help, not hurt, their children.

Defending one’s own simply by virtue of their race, culture, nationality or religion is a negative attribute, and leads to extreme narcissism, nepotism and other nasty expressions.

But I also believe in honest and fair treatment, and that is scarcely to be found on the issues of race, racism and ethnocentrism.

Aug 22 06:58

NATO Using Foley and ISIS As A Pretext For Bombing Syria - Ultimate Target Is Russia

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

The Islamic State and the war in Syria is back on the front pages of the news once again on the heels of the alleged killing of James Mark Foley, an American journalist working in Syria. The outrage surrounding the alleged beheading of Foley, while justifiable if it is real, is already being used for propaganda purposes, namely in order to build up American support for an aerial bombing campaign against the Syrian government.

With this in mind, it is important to examine the facts surrounding the alleged execution of James Foley and the ways in which this incident is being used to justify more American military intervention in the Middle East and Syria specifically...

Aug 22 06:53

The Libertarian Moment in Ferguson

Just two weeks ago, The New York Times Magazine had the temerity to ask, “Has the Libertarian Moment Finally Arrived?” Among the evidence that America is becoming more socially tolerant, fiscally responsible, and interested in shaking things up: rapid increases in the acceptance of gay marriage, pot legalization, and other forms of self-expression; wariness toward our bipartisan interventionist foreign policy; widespread outrage at governmental invasions of privacy; continued antipathy toward Obamacare and declining approval ratings of Congress; and a general lack of belief that spending more money is going to fix the country anytime soon.

Aug 22 05:20

DHS saw no option but to free 169 illegals convicted of murder

The Obama administration says it had no choice but to release almost all of the 169 immigrants with homicide convictions that were let back onto the streets last year, claiming court decisions gave officials no choice in the matter — but it’s promising a new system to better screen who gets let out.

Of the 169 immigrants with homicide-related convictions released in fiscal year 2013, all but 15 were required to be let go because of specific court orders or because the immigrants had been held for too long under the rules established by a sweeping 2001 Supreme Court case, the Homeland Security Department said in an Aug. 15 letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican.

Aug 22 05:18

The Crazy Money Incentive Which Led to Ferguson

You Won’t BELIEVE Why Police Harass So Many African-Americans In Ferguson

Aug 21 22:44

BEX ALERT!: Islamic State terrorists could have already crossed US border - Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry sounded the alarm on Thursday over the “very real possibility” that terrorists associated with the Islamic State and other extremist groups have already snuck into the United States via its border with Mexico.
Perry acknowledged that there is “no clear evidence” that terrorists are in the US, but continued to stress the issue.

Aug 21 20:55

BEX ALERT: Pentagon calls Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

US Defense Secretary said on Thursday that Islamic State militants could possibly pose an even bigger threat to the United States than Al-Qaeda, and pledged efforts to weaken the group would continue.

Responding to a question on whether or not the extremists are a threat on the scale of Al-Qaeda, which carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Hagel noted that "ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen."

"They're beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. Oh, this is beyond anything that we've seen. So we must prepare for everything," he added.

Aug 21 18:27

New Bill In Congress Would Ban Private Citizens From Owning Body Armor

A new law that has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives "would prohibit the sale, transfer or possession of military-level body armor by civilians". In other words, private citizens all over the entire nation would be permanently banned from owning body armor if this bill gets passed and signed into law. The bill that I am talking about is H.R. 5344 (The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act), and you can view the proposed legislation for yourself right here. The driving force behind this new law is Democrat Mike Honda from California. To Honda, it doesn't matter that large numbers of very responsible Americans have purchased body armor to protect themselves and their families in a society that is rapidly decaying.

Aug 21 16:17

A Coalition for Major Outreach in NYC This 9/11 Anniversary

http://GroundZero911.com aims to provide activists with 9/11 Anniversary event information as well as the tools necessary for public outreach.

Our goal is to encourage anyone that believes we need a new investigation into the events surrounding September 11th, 2001 to come to New York City for the Anniversary.

This movement was started by the victims' family members who had questions. Their loved ones were murdered and they've never been given answers. It's time to demand those answers, to unite together to demand justice. Let's make history this September 11th by coming together in New York City in hopes of the justice we've all been fighting for. Please also check out our Twitter, Facebook, and Facebook Event Page.

Aug 21 15:54

Raytheon & the NSA will now be recording everyone's license plate in Massachusetts

Technology and defense giant Raytheon was recently awarded a $130 million contract to install all-electronic tolling systems on the Massachusetts Turnpike and at several local tunnels. A unit of the company’s Integrated Defense Systems business will install the system over the next year and a half.

Aug 21 14:39

Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson…

Demonstrations began after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, and authorities have arrested at least 163 people in the protest area. Data provided Thursday by St. Louis County showed that while the majority of those arrested are Missourians, just seven live in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb. The vast majority, 128 people, were cited for failure to disperse. Twenty-one face burglary-related charges.

Aug 21 14:34

RIDICULOUS HOUSING PROPAGANDA FROM NAR & MSM

I’ve told myself to not even look at the highly manipulated statistical drivel put out by the government, corrupt organizations, and regurgitated and spun in a positive manner by the captured corporate media. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

Aug 21 14:03

Police SWAT Lobbyists Mobilize to Cover Their Assets

As a certain level of outrage takes hold, lobbyists for SWAT teams across the country have swung into action to protect the flow of sweet federal military armament heading to police station near you.

Aug 21 12:29

Gaza severely short of water for drinking and bathing

Almost all the Gaza Strip’s 1.8 million residents are suffering from a severe lack of water for drinking and washing, since Israeli bombs seriously damaged the Strip’s water, electricity and sewage infrastructure. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/YFaQiA

Aug 21 12:27

Israel’s Genocidal War Continues; BDS Continues

Palestinians are today's Native Americans. Israel continues genocidal war against them. It's been ongoing for decades. Unless stopped, potential extermination is possible. It happened in Haiti, America and elsewhere. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/VGWUmt

Aug 21 12:25

Questions to Ask Your Pro-Israeli Friends

Ask your pro-Israel friend questions requiring thought instead of quoting "facts" might result in a more productive dialog. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1v2kFEE

Aug 21 12:24

ATTENTION: Free Palestine billboard removed from Melbourne

Free Palestine banner removed barely up for 48 hours, Australians for Palestine was told that due to "unprecedented complaints" the decision was taken to remove the banner. Take Action here: http://sabbah.in/1z7Rq0W

Aug 21 12:22

Look who’s being pushed to the sea now

The disappearing land, the continuos war and the extreme restrictions imposed on Palestinians makes them the ones being driven into the sea. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1wenhki

Aug 21 12:20

Gas Chambers, Chemical Warfare, Blindings, Mass Bombing and Shelling Civilians — Where do you Draw the Line?

Dear U.S. Supporters of Israel in Gaza, If you believed that the IDF could destroy Hamas by employing portable gas chambers or chemical weapons to publicly Gazan civilians, would you favor doing so? Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1tvcoFg

Aug 21 12:18

What would Israel do in Hamas’ shoes?

What would Hamas benefit if it succeeded to kill the prime minister or the chief of staff? Wouldn't we have found substitutes? Would Israel have renounced its leadership? Bowed its head to its leaders' assassins? Would Israel have hastened to build them a deep-water seaport and airport in Gaza? Read more --> http://sabbah.in/XDqFpG

Aug 21 11:03

World Bank and UN carbon offset scheme 'complicit' in genocidal land grabs

The plight of Kenya's Sengwer people shows that carbon offsets generated by 'sustainable' forest management are empowering a corporate recolonisation of the South backed by the World Bank against its own guidelines, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indigenous forest peoples are at risk of genocide while corporations let rip.

Aug 21 10:36

INTEREST RATE RISES: stand by for the traffic accident

Overpriced stock markets have finally met Zirp interest levels. The Slog analyses why this is the unstoppable force colliding with the immovable object.

Aug 21 10:30

PICS+ Video - #NYC Solidarity w/ #Ferguson #FreeGaza

COOL! TWO PROTEST GROUPS/ACTIONS MERGE IN NYC.

Large flag dropped from the Manhattan bridge during the Justice for #Palestine march in NYC

Aug 21 09:38

From Albert Einstein to Noam Chomsky: famous Jews who have opposed Israel

Many prominent Jewish figures over the past century -- from Albert Einstein to holocaust survivor Primo Levi -- have opposed the idea of an ethnically exclusive Israeli state.

"I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime." --Albert Einstein, 1947

Aug 21 08:53

Israel’s Most Important Source of Capital: California

For over 20 years California’s technology industry has been channeling billions of dollars to finance the growth of Israeli tech firms. In that time, tech has become a key sector for Israel’s economy

Aug 21 08:28

Veteran Cop: 'If You Don't Want To Get Shot,' Shut Up -- Even If We're Violating Your Rights

There it is folks! Submit to our will our tyranny or we will kill you all!
Submission and terror! If these mattoids win the entire planet will die!

If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you," he writes. "Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?"

Aug 21 08:15

Money And Power: The Real Reason For The NSA Spying On Everyone

We noted that Booz Allen Hamilton (yes, the last employer of one Ed Snowden) had hired former NSA director and also Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell as its Vice Chairman. He was the leading voice out there screaming about the threat of "cyberwar" getting on TV and having lots of opinion pieces in big name publications -- all of which mentioned his former government jobs, but almost none of which mentioned that his current employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, stood to make billions selling "solutions" to the government. And, indeed, Booz Allen has been raking in the cash on "cybersecurity."

Aug 21 07:11

14,646 duplicate voters flagged in Fairfax, Maryland

An election-integrity group is challenging the status of nearly 15,000 voters reportedly registered in both Fairfax County and Maryland.

Virginia Voters Alliance on Wednesday urged Fairfax’s electoral board to do what state officials have so far not done across the commonwealth: Purge those duplicate voters.

VVA President Reagan George complained the state Department of Elections is classifying all duplicate registrations as “inactive voters.”

That means 43,896 voters alleged to be registered in both Virginia and Maryland would stay in Virginia’s statewide database — and remain eligible to vote — until 2019.

George praised the Fairfax board for working with Maryland to identify duplicate registrations in its jurisdiction. He called on Fairfax General Registrar Cameron Quinn to cull the voter list as soon as possible.

Aug 21 07:08

Do we have a “medical Edward Snowden?”

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

Update: US Congressman stonewalled by the CDC:

As I get ready to post this article, I have a reply to a request I made to Florida Congressman Bill Posey. I asked for a statement regarding the growing charge that the CDC is covering up an autism-vaccine connection. Here is what Congressman Posey has to say on this subject...

Aug 21 07:08

Liberal activists set up voter registration booth where Michael Brown was killed

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and liberal organizers are coordinating efforts to register voters in Ferguson, Missouri, setting up voting booths in the area as rioting and protests continue in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death.

Mr. Jackson met Monday with St. Louis clergy to plan a formal voter registration drive, The Daily Caller reported.

“Five thousand new voters will transform the city from top to bottom,” he told potential voters during a stop at a McDonald’s.

Aug 21 07:07

Bush Administration Lawsuit Hearing Scheduled for Sept. 11th

Rather than dismissing the case, the Judge asked for additional information. So Mr. Comar filed a 2nd amended complaint back in June. The amended complaint provides more details about the planning of the Iraq war and when it started.

Comar’s evidence, shows the Bush/Cheney team started planning the invasion of Iraq as far back as 1997. The amended complaint also explains that the war was motivated by personal enrichment and the war was a “crime of aggression.”

Aug 21 07:06

Group Behind Perry’s Indictment Got $500K From Lefty Mogul George Soros

In what might add to the outrage of the said to be a political motive behind Texas Governor Rick Perry’s indictment, Texans for Public Justice, one of the groups behind Rick Perry’s indictment charges, is said to be part of a “progressive” coalition that has received $500,000 from liberal billionaire George Soros, Business and Media Institute site reported Monday.

Aug 21 07:03

We cannot let MH17 be forgotten - Please help us!

Those who organized the MH17 false flag have now clearly given the instruction to their propaganda machine (aka MSM) to forget about this tragedy and to pretend like it never happened. Sure, there are a few courageous sources, such as the World Socialist Web Site, which do ask the right question "Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17?", but even most of the "alternative" media has really turned the page and forgotten about MH17.

We cannot allow this.

The Russian Team and the website Polismi in Russia have jointly translated the full detailed expert analysis of the MH17 downing into Russian and they are now asking for our - *your* - help in disseminating it in the Russian media worldwide and with all our - *your* - Russian-speaking friends, relatives and colleagues. Here is their appeal:

(Russian Text snipped)

The full document in Russian is available here:
http://www.vineyardsaker.ru/?p=749

Aug 21 07:00

Growing Mayhem - US Operating on Both Sides of Syrian-Iraqi Border

US may attempt to arm and provide air cover for terrorists in Syria after claiming success in fighting ISIS in Iraq using Kurds.

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

As predicted, the "sudden" appearance of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) in northern Iraq weeks ago, has created the rhetorical framework within which the United States and its regional partners will attempt to militarily intervene in both Iraq and Syria...

Aug 21 06:31

Behind Obama’s ‘Chaotic’ Foreign Policy

President Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been disjointed and even incoherent because he has – since taking office in 2009 – pursued conflicting strategies, mixing his own penchant for less belligerent “realism” with Official Washington’s dominant tough-guy ideologies of neoconservatism and its close cousin, “liberal interventionism.”

Aug 21 06:27

Senator Wyden, It’s Time For Decidin’

The Israeli lobby is second only to the NRA in power and influence and those who work for Israel get support, media time and lots of AIPAC ( Israeli lobby) money. Those who defy Tel Aviv are shut down rather quickly. Ron Wyden has consistently been among the top ten recipients of AIPAC money. - See more at: http://www.globalnewscentre.com/2014/08/18/senator-wyden-its-time-for-...

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Aug 21 06:16

Tennessee Targets Gun Rights Group

The Tennessee Charitable Solicitations Division is attempting to reclassify political advocacy organizations as “charities” which would allow increased oversight into the operations of these organizations. It might also might be a pretext to obtain increased oversight and perhaps even for the basis to claim the authority to inspect the books of organizations critical of Governor Bill Haslam and the state legislature. The Tennessee Charitable Solicitations Divisions issued a specific written demand in July that the Tennessee Firearms Association register as a “charity” even though the TFA does not act as a charity nor is it recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity by the IRS
Read more at http://www.fitsnews.com/2014/08/20/tennessee-targets-gun-rights-group/...

Aug 21 05:58

Dr. Rania Masri’s Powerful Speech at “Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action”

Listen to a stunning speech by Palestinian rights activist Rania Masri. It’s about time more than one diaspora Palestinian spoke equally fearlessly, forcefully, loud and clear, unapologetically, powerfully and correctly and with pride in support of the Palestinian Resistance group Hamas besieged in Gaza. It’s long, long overdue.

Those who march behind genocide should be ashamed of themselves, not those who fight for what is right.

Aug 21 05:50

Desmond Tutu: My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.

Aug 21 05:30

Big Banks “Bought” Congress … So Credit Derivatives Are Bigger than Ever

The Causes of the 2008 Crisis Have Never Been Addressed

Aug 21 05:25

Man wrongly convicted of N.Y. rabbi’s murder receives $10 million settlement

Jabbar Collins, who was wrongly convicted of the 1994 murder of a New York City rabbi and spent 16 years in prison, received a $10 million settlement from the city.

Collins, 42, reached the settlement following three years of litigation that started a day after he was exonerated in 2010, The New York Times reported Tuesday. He had been convicted of murdering Rabbi Abraham Pollack in 1994 as Pollack collected rent in a Brooklyn apartment building.

Collins fought the case from prison by contacting witnesses in the trial and gathering evidence using the Freedom of Information Act. The Times reported that the case shed light on aggressive investigation tactics used by the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

Aug 21 04:54

Good News: Minnesota Supreme Court comes down hard on search and seizure

The Supreme Court has come down hard on search and seizure. Rochelle Olson’s Strib story says, “In two unanimous rulings, the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday curbed law enforcers’ ability to search and seize personal possessions. The more significant ruling, written by Justice Christopher Dietzen, extended U.S. constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure to Minnesota civil, not just criminal, matters.”

In Amy Forliti’s AP story she writes, “Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office is considering its options, which include arguing before the appeals court or appealing the entire case to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Aug 20 18:16

Obama Fails As Schoolyard Bully

For me, it’s the failure of the strongest power in the hood to maintain peace and calm, that tells the story in the clearest terms. If the leader doesn’t just not keep the peace, but actively ignites battles, all the rest are doomed to fight amongst each other until either the end of time, or the end of the leader’s prominence, whichever comes first.

Today, as we look at what goes on in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, the Gaza Strip, there’s no way we can say the US hasn’t had a stoke-the-fire role in each of these conflicts, and in most cases has even been the main instigator. If you’re the biggest bully on the block, and you keep on bullying people, your days are numbered. It’s the law of the jungle.

Aug 20 17:03

Zionist Israel’s Final Solution For Gaza

Yet still, Israel spins it’s lies to gather support for it’s craven massacres and yes I must say it, a final solution to the Zionist agenda to rid Israel of Palestinians. No it is not the same for there can never be a Nazi final solution. This one simply has been incarnated into another, showered with lies to justify racist hate, land greed and lunatic paranoia. Am I repeating myself? I will continue to repeat over and over again my disillusionment and contempt for the Zionist state of Israel.

Aug 20 15:24

EFF, ACLU Demolish “It’s Just Metadata” Claim in NSA Spying Appeal

Americans Deserve Full Protection of the Fourth Amendment for their Telephone Records, Groups Argue

Activist Post

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today filed an amicus brief in Klayman v. Obama, a high-profile lawsuit that challenges mass surveillance, arguing that Americans' telephone metadata deserves the highest protection of the Fourth Amendment...

Aug 20 14:50

Did Ferguson Police Use "Kill Switch" on Livestream Signal The Moment They Created Chaos?

"It keep saying 'no network error'. We had a foreign reporter on the roof with us and she wasn't able to get a signal on her cell phone. And people on the ground were saying 'I can't tweet out.'" -Livestreamer Argus Radio.

Eric Blair
Activist Post

It seems like the police state is using protests in Ferguson as a testing ground for all of their crowd-control weapons. Many are obvious like the curfew enforced by platoons of soldiers, armored tanks mounted by snipers, stun, tear and smoke grenades, no-fly zone, sound cannons, and designated free speech zones and media zones (apparently they're different now).

However, some weapons are less obvious like technology to kill livestream feeds during questionable police activity. And that's precisely what happened last night according to Ferguson's most prolific livestreamer Argus Radio...

Aug 20 14:16

Twitter Steps Up, Suspends Accounts That Share Horrific Beheading Video

Twitter plans to suspend any accounts spreading graphic imagery from a video that appears to show photojournalist James Foley being beheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Company CEO Dick Costolo made the announcement early Wednesday morning on his own Twitter feed, after a video of the alleged beheading emerged Tuesday on YouTube.

Aug 20 13:58

Update: Missouri Gov. Walks Back Call for 'Vigorous Prosecution'

in response to the Aug. 9 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Aug 20 13:28

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

Aug 20 13:06

Furious About Ferguson? Work to Free Shaneen Allen

Whatever we eventually learn about what happened in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, Michael Brown is beyond mortal help. The same is not true of Shaneen Allen, a 27-year-old working mother of two and robbery victim who faces an eleven-year prison term for the supposed offense of carrying a legally licensed firearm.

Like the late Mr. Brown, Allen – a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- is an African-American. She has no criminal record, and her case is untainted by allegations that she had committed a violent crime.

Aug 20 12:51

The Neocons’ Grim ‘Victory’ in Iraq

Neocons do like to declare victory, especially regarding the Iraq War. So it came as no surprise that Paul Wolfowitz, apparently unimpressed by Iraq’s mounting crisis, regaled a recent panel discussion at the U.S.-Africa Summit with the blunt proclamation, “We have won it — in 2009.” Unsurprisingly, that’s when Team Bush left the White House — and approximately 150,000 troops behind in Iraq.

Aug 20 11:34

Palestine & Israel Magazine (Update #12)

UNCENSORED - Occupied Palestine and Israel breaking news, related world news and multimedia. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1oRXt9E

Aug 20 11:32

Why #GazaUnderAttack ceasefire talks collapsed?

Rogue terror states operate this way. Israel is one of the worst. It's a democracy in name only. It treats Palestinians like subhumans. It considers its Arab citizens fifth column threats. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1pLuFyY

Aug 20 11:31

And Then, There is Israel

Israel shows little regard for International Law and yet insists on being blessed and excused by the world. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1q0SGkc

Aug 20 11:25

AVAAZ spreads Tutu’s message to divest from Israel and free Palestine

It's a tremendous thing for us to once again stand alongside Archbishop Tutu in standing up for justice, but out of a love for all people that refuses to fall victim to the fear and ignorance that is our universal enemy. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1qqHsmE

Aug 20 11:19

Live Blog #GazaUnderAttack – Day 45

LIVE BLOG | Day 45 | WARNING - POSSIBLE GRAPHIC CONTENT #Gaza: #Israel continues its massive offensive operation #ProtectiveEdge on #GazaUnderAttack . #Palestine . Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1pNtM8H

Aug 20 11:17

Myth Vs. Fact: Breaking Down The Conflict In Gaza

These are the top 5 myths the American media left the public with about Israel's brutal offensive of Gaza. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1lhWRK7

Aug 20 10:46

Staged Provocations Ahead of Possible US-Syrian War

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

With the alleged brutal murder of American journalist James Wright Foley, a wave of anger and aggression across Western audiences has been generated. Upon that wave rides two objectives. One is to create plausible deniability for the West which created the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), the other is to create a further pretext to justify a resurgence of direct US military intervention across the region.

Aug 20 10:42

The New American Elite

There is in many people a natural tendency to serfdom.To bow and curtsy to royalty, to fawn over celebrities, indeed, to take their every lead from that band of 'superiors' which can be called 'they' - they who 'know best', they who are 'natural born leaders', etc.

Most British settlers of America in 1775 wanted to remain loyal to the British elite, and it was this class of serf-in-the-mind that Thomas Paine castigated for their continuing support of a regime that had 'lost sight of the limits of humanity'.

Aug 20 10:38

Obama and the Democrats: The Lesser of Two Evils is Still Evil

As the old saying goes, “the greatest trick that the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”. It is remarkable as to how applicable that this saying is when applied to President Barack Obama. Obama was widely hailed as the man who would lead the nation out of the dark wilderness of the Bush-Cheney years of war, torture, mass-surveillance, destruction of civil liberties and grand scale theft by the jackals of high finance. Now it is apparent that Obama is not only a fraud but is arguably far worse than Bush and Cheney because El Presidente kills with a smile. Ever more so when it is the extrajudicial murders of American citizens who just happen to be on the “kill list” that is brought to him alongside his morning orange juice.

Aug 20 10:38

How the Defense Industry Corrupts State Politics

Ted Baumann
Activist Post

On my desk I have a teargas canister that a policeman fired at me many years ago. It’s there to remind me of several things: that the struggle for liberty is often violent; that 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (a.k.a. pepper spray) really hurts; and that somebody, somewhere, makes a lot of money selling the tools of repression to government...

Aug 20 10:24

Study: TSA Full-Body X-Ray Scanners Miss Guns, Explosives, Knives

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University maneuvered weapons past the full-body X-ray scanners that were deployed at U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013 – at a cost of more than $1 billion.

Aug 20 10:20

High School Student Claims She Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed

A high school student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.

Aug 20 08:59

ISIS are Sunni Impostors & Saudi-CIA Shills

John McCain in a meeting with ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!

An effort is being made to paint ISIS as a "Sunni" movement in order to suggest that they may have a far larger following and can ignite a major conflict.

AbuBakr.jpg(America's latest Bin Laden, after meeting with handler John McCain)

But nothing could be further from the truth. ISIS are Salafis, a manifestation of a modern phenomenon in Islam which scholars have referred to as "Revivalism." The Islamic revivalists have two important things in common: they have always been British-sponsored, and are marked by a rejection of Islamic legal tradition.

Aug 20 07:22

ISIS: Region-wide Genocide Portended in 2007 Now Fully Realized

Dead American Journalist the Latest Ploy to Cover-up Regional Genocide Years in the Making

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

American journalist James Wright Foley was allegedly brutally murdered on video by terrorists of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS). The development would at first appear to portray a terrorist organization openly declaring itself an enemy of the West; but, in reality, it is the latest attempt by the West itself to cover up the true genesis of the current region-wide catastrophe of its own creation now unfolding in the Middle East...

Aug 20 07:06

California may have paid millions for fraudulent drug treatment: audit

A California program that covers addiction treatments for the poor may have paid $93.7 million in fraudulent claims, a state audit showed.

The report released Tuesday by the California State Auditor showed that the state's Drug Medi-Cal program may have paid more than $3 million in claims for patients who were actually dead, and found serious deficiencies in the agency's records for 30 drug treatment program providers.

“It is a very troubling audit,” said State Senator Ted Lieu, a Southern California Democrat who requested the audit along with another lawmaker. “It shows that there is significant fraud in California’s Drug Medi-Cal system, and that this fraud has been ongoing for many years.”

The audit was spurred by a 2013 investigation by The Center For Investigative Reporting and CNN, which found questionable billing practices at drug-treatment clinics in Southern California. The program is a division of the state's healthcare program for the poor, known as Medi-Cal.

Aug 20 06:54

BP & The Real State of the Gulf – Pollution Report for Thursday, August 14, 2014

The following is a summary of the 8/14/14 daily beach oiling report issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). I will endeavour to publish this summary each day the FDEP issues such a report. While the media and public believe that the effects of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Blowout and Oil Spill have been largely eradicated, this data suggests otherwise.

It is important to note that these reports of daily oil discoveries and further environmental damage come at a time when BP is attempting to renege on its oft-stated “Commitment to the Gulf.”

Aug 20 06:07

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

Mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

It is traditional US diplomacy to play a double game — on the one hand training, arming and financing terrorists to overthrow or destabilize non-compliant governments, while at the same time condemning those same malcontents when it is convenient to do so.

Aug 20 06:00

Paul Craig Roberts: Putin should meet privately with European Leaders

Putin could tell Europeans that by disassociating from Washington’s foreign policy and adopting foreign policies that serve their own interests instead of Washington’s, Europeans have nothing to lose but their chains of vassalage.

Putin could explain to Europeans that Russia is prepared to guarantee Europe’s security and, therefore, that Europe does not need Washington’s guarantee against a nonexistent Russian threat.

If this very reasonable and diplomatic approach to Europe fails, then Russia and China know that they must prepare for war.

Aug 20 05:40

Database Shows What Military Equipment Your Local Police Department Has Been Stockpiling

There’s no doubt that domestic law enforcement agencies on every level have been ramping up their militarization efforts in recent years. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that it has prompted Senator Rand Paul to call for a demilitarization of domestic police departments. “The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action,” notes Paul in a recent article.

Aug 19 23:42

Lessons from Ferguson: Prepping for Civil Unrest and Martial Law

Any prepared and informed person knows that the threat isn’t always the event itself, which could be anything from a natural disaster to a rioting spree after a sporting event to an economic collapse. It’s the chaos during the aftermath of the event.

Aug 19 23:17

Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Aug 19 23:11

Gun-grabber Bloomberg’s epic fail in Milwaukee

This was no ordinary defeat for Mr. Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against the Second Amendment” group. Losing to a local sheriff in a county dominated by Democratic Party voters just might have set his futile movement back to a point of no recovery.

Aug 19 22:53

Israeli ship is blocked from unloading in Oakland for four straight days

While the port shutdown was in response to Israel’s current bombardment of Gaza and a direct appeal by Palestinian trade union groups, local organizations like AROC want the action to mark the first of many direct mobilizations against Israel’s decades-long control of Palestinians and US-supported colonization of their land.

Aug 19 22:41

Boston PD Tested Facial Recognition Software By Recording Every Face At Local Music Festivals

Concertgoers at last year’s annual Boston Calling music festivals weren’t just there to watch the show — they were watched themselves as test subjects for Boston police’ new facial recognition technology, which reportedly analyzed every attendee at the May and September two-day events.

Aug 19 22:29

Cops cleared more than 400 times each year for justified homicides

More than 400 fatal police killings a year are sanctioned by local, state and federal authorities as justified homicides, but the FBI doesn’t specifically track how many times officers are prosecuted for improperly causing a person’s death.

Aug 19 19:33

The Pros And Cons Of Militarizing The Police

PROS:
Same tactics used successfully in Afghanistan, Iraq
Modern law enforcement simply cannot do their job properly by relying on handguns, tasers, and tear gas alone
A real shot in arm for nation’s ailing weapons industry.......

CONS:
Most police officers have proven fully capable of violently subduing protesters without any military-grade weapons......

Aug 19 19:27

US Intelligence Committee Head Says US In Greater Danger Than Before 911!

Here we go! With the distraction in Ferguson Missouri dragging on.

MOSCOW, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – The emergence of ISIS and other terrorist groups around the world have put the United States in greater danger than even before September 11 2001, says Representative Mike Rogers, head of the US House Intelligence Committee.

Aug 19 18:51

"I fear our panic stricken politicians are leading us into another bloody shambles in Iraq," GENERAL SIR MICHAEL ROSE

Amid the rising tide of horror stories coming from Iraq, there seems to be little constructive thought emerging from Western politicians on how to solve the political and humanitarian issues that confront the country.

Like panic-stricken rabbits caught in the headlights, our political leaders do not appear to know which way to go.

The only thing that they do know is that something must be done. But developing a viable, effective strategy against the brutal campaign of the Islamic State has, so far, clearly been beyond their competence.

Although I strongly believe that military intervention must be instigated only as a matter of last resort and I firmly opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, I am convinced that there is a powerful moral — and practical — case for intervening now against the Islamic State.

Aug 19 17:57

Congress Members Who Approve Militarization of U.S. Police Receive 73% More Money from Defense Industry

A December 2013 Reason-Rupe poll found that 58% of Americans thought that police militarization has gone too far

A new Pew research poll shows that a plurality of people think that the police have gone too far in Ferguson, Missouri

So why does Congress continue to approve militarization? For the same reason that Congress members vote for NSA spying on Americans and go easy on Wall Street criminals: money.

Maplight reports that congress critters opposing Congressman Grayson’s bill to demilitarize police receive 73% more money than those voting for it:

Aug 19 17:15

Palestine, Israel and CNN

CNN continues to foster the fantasy that the very existence of a poor, vulnerable little Israel is in grave danger from big, bad Palestine. It makes no mention of the fact that Israel has the most modern weaponry on the planet, provided by the United States, or that Israel receives $3 billion a year in aid from the U.S., while Palestine receives nothing. It also doesn’t mention that many of the weapons used against Palestinians citizens are in violation of international law.

Aug 19 13:43

The liberal Zionist dilemma

Lawrence Davidson highlights the contradiction between universal civil and political rights and support for Zionist state. He says that, faced with the choice, most “liberal” Zionists would ditch the veil of liberalism.

Aug 19 13:10

Swat Team Raided with Immigration, Tibetan Monks for over extended visas while they were on a Peace Mission in U.S.

SWAT teams in the U.S. are militarized and are being used for the most basic purposes now. They raid homes for the smallest reasons.

In 2006, they raided Tibetan Monks on a Peace mission for expired visas with immigration officials.

Now are they going to do this for illegals here now that commit crimes or just go against the American citizens?

I found this as I have been doing research about SWAT teams in the U.S. and if they are privately owned mercenaries and found this information.

Aug 19 13:06

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