The Velvet Glove Over the Iron Fist

Justice William O. Douglas

“As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”  – Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

I assure you, I would prefer to write something light and cheery, but I have not developed the trait that allows me to ignore uncomfortable truths. And once those truths have been faced, there is no going back. As I witness what is happening around us – those changes in the air – I go back and forth between rage and fear – not fear of bogeymen and terrorists, but fear of our government. Warnings are all around us, and it is at our peril that we ignore them.

There have often been threats from within to our democracy. The Japanese internment camps and the McCarthy era come to mind immediately. America has acted as an empire through much of its history, but not to this extent. According to Naomi Wolf, it is not a difficult task for a government to create a fascist state Fascist America, in 10 Easy Steps Video: THE END OF AMERICA!! Naomi Wolf Full Length Video . Most of these steps were accomplished during the Bush years, but now Obama has added the finishing touches and closed any gaps, all while flashing his sparkling smile and dazzling us with his fancy rhetoric. Make no mistake, his is the face of tyranny. “Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves.”~Joseph Sobran

In November 2007 I wrote an article for CommonSense2  Sound Like America To You? about fascism under the Bush administration. It covered the following abuses and more: The USA PATRIOT Act (352 pages that dismantled our Constitution and Bill of Rights), The Military Commissions Act (loss of habeas corpus), The John Warner Act of 2007 (allows president to call martial law at his whim), National Security Presidential Directive 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 (giving unprecedented powers to the executive branch), The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), 1,200 presidential signing statements, warrantless wiretapping, torture, extraordinary rendition, secret prisons, creating hate and pitting people against one another, private contractors used for security, the militarization of our police force, electronic chips in passports, stolen elections, monitoring of anti-war groups, taking over the media, a mass campaign of propaganda and lies, Guantanamo and other secret prisons and the construction of detention camps (in the USA). As the election approached in 2008 there was a nagging worry that with everything in place, the Bush cabal might concoct a reason to call martial law and suspend the election, as was almost done for the mayoral races in New York City after 9/11 and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. However, the election went on as planned and it wasn’t till much later that I realized that with Barack Obama in the race they could maintain the continuity of governance they coveted without anyone realizing what was happening. Obviously the corporatocracy’s candidate, who had a very slim resume, had sold his soul and had been chosen and groomed  for this position a long time ago. He presented himself as a progressive and many of us hoped, with Obama being a Constitutional law professor, that we would see a return to rule of law and accountability. Instead, he has been a neoconservative’s dream making sure that all the Bush policies of empire, “pre-emptive”/”preventative”war, rendition, torture, the decimation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and most importantly, an imperial presidency, continued unabated. Not only did Obama refuse to start judicial proceedings on the Bush Crime Family, he bent over backwards to protect them from any charges here and around the world. Under Obama, dangerous changes that could not be accomplished with a Republican in office have been instituted with no uproar in Congress (Congress has even lost its power to declare war Obama and Panetta declare Congress invalid 2012 High Treason  ). Blacks have been silenced and contained Angela Davis Has Lost Her Mind Over Obama and the pesky anti-war movement is now a wisp of its former self with those who understand what is being done to our country and those who no longer seem to care as long as there is a Democrat in the White House The liberal betrayal of Bradley Manning – Glenn Greenwald – Salon …

When the president, with no checks and balances, can order the arrest, indefinite detention or assassination of ANYONE, whether foreign or an American citizen, without even an ounce of due process, we are in deep trouble. That “when” is now with the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Andrew Sullivan And Glenn Greenwald Clash Over Military Killing US Citizens Overseas On Maher Panel . When President Obama signed it, he said we didn’t need to worry our little heads over it – he wouldn’t use it – meaning we would only have to worry about future presidents using it. That is worrisome enough but his statement was another in a long list of lies, as he has already had prisoners held indefinitely with no due process and he has acted as judge, jury and executioner when he ordered the assassination of two American citizens who he decided were enemy combatants. Two weeks later he ordered the death of the 16-year-old teenage son of one of those supposed “terrorists.” He also ordered the assassination of Osama bin Laden, again, with no charges or trial, and had his body dumped in the ocean. FYI: The FBI has said they had no evidence linking bin Laden to the 9/11 attack. These assassinations were blatant acts of murder and should be treated as such. Also, according to Chris Hedges, Chris Hedges: Why I’m Suing Barack Obama – Chris Hedges  ”The act authorizes the military in Title X, Subtitle D, entitled “Counter-Terrorism,” for the first time in more than 200 years, to carry out domestic policing. With this bill, the military can indefinitely detain without trial any U.S. citizen deemed to be a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism. And suspects can be shipped by the military to our offshore penal colony in Guantanamo Bay and kept there until “the end of hostilities.” It is a catastrophic blow to civil liberties.” They don’t even have to be disappeared to our offshore prisons, we incarcerate (and often hold in solitary confinement for as long as 30 or 40 years) political prisoners right here in the good old U.S.of A. Political Prisoners in America“Political prisoners aren’t incarcerated “because they are ‘criminal,’ but because they’ve been accused of breaking (a law) designed to exert tighter social control and State repression.While even the hint of an association with a group that is on our terrorist list can land you in jail for the rest of your life, it seems it is just fine to do so if you are a member of the administration or a member of Congress  Israel, MEK and state sponsor of Terror groups – Glenn Greenwald  . Greenwald says, “One of the most under-reported political stories of the last year is the devoted advocacy of numerous prominent American political figures on behalf of an Iranian group long formally designated as a Terrorist organization under U.S. law. A large bipartisan cast has received substantial fees from that group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), and has then become their passionate defenders. This group of MEK shills includes former top Bush officials and other Republicans (Michael Mukasey, Fran Townsend, Andy Card, Tom Ridge, Rudy Giuliani) as well as prominent Democrats (Howard Dean, Ed Rendell, Bill Richardson, Wesley Clark). As The Christian Science Monitor reported last August, those individuals “have been paid tens of thousands of dollars to speak in support of the MEK.” No matter what one thinks of this group – here is a summary of its activities – it is formally designated as a terrorist group and it is thus a felony under U.S. law to provide it with any “material support.”

Shortly after the almost unanimous passage of the NDAA, H.R. 347 ”The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act”  was signed  The anti-protest bill signed by Barack Obama is a quiet attack on free speech While this is a revision on an older law enacted originally in 1971, the tweaks in it make it easier for government to criminalize protest. “It is a federal offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison to protest anywhere the Secret Service might be guarding someone (even if you don’t know they are there). Simply put, the way the bill will “improve” public grounds is by moving all those unsightly protesters elsewhere. For another, it’s almost impossible to predict what constitutes “disorderly or disruptive conduct” or what sorts of conduct authorities deem to “impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of government business or official functions.” The types of events and individuals warranting Secret Service protection have grown exponentially since the law was enacted in 1971. Today, any occasion that is officially defined as a National Special Security Event calls for Secret Service protection. NSSEs can include basketball championships, concerts, and the Winter Olympics, which have nothing whatsoever to do with government business, official functions, or improving public grounds. And that brings us to the real problem with the change to the old protest law.  Instead of turning on a designated place, the protest ban turns on what persons and spaces are deemed to warrant Secret Service protection. It’s a perfect circle: The people who believe they are important enough to warrant protest can now shield themselves from protesters.”

And instead of Bush’s ”free speech zones” for protesters we now have “cages” Obama Endorses KXL Pipeline, Native Americans Forced to Protest  from Cage

Continuing the assault on our liberties is Obama’s “National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order of March 16″  Jim Garrison: Martial Law by Executive Order  which “completely eviscerates any due process or judicial oversight for any action by the Government deemed in the interest of “national security.”  The United States is essentially now under martial law without the exigencies of a national emergency.” “Even as the 2012 NDAA was rooted in the Patriot Act and the various executive orders and Congressional bills that ensued to broaden executive power in the “war on terror,” so the new Executive Order is rooted in the Defense Production Act of 1950 which gave the government powers to mobilize national resources in the event of national emergencies, except now virtually every aspect of American life falls under ultimate unchallengeable government control, to be exercised by the president and his secretaries at their discretion.”  “The new Executive Order states that the president and his secretaries have the authority to commandeer all U.S. domestic resources, including food and water, as well as seize all energy and transportation infrastructure inside the borders of the United States. The government can also forcibly draft U.S. citizens into the military and force U.S. citizens to fulfill “labor requirements” for the purposes of “national defense.” There is not even any Congressional oversight allowed, only briefings.”

As if that isn’t enough, the Supreme Court, at the urging of the Obama Justice Department, ruled that strip searches were legal for even minor offenses like being stopped for violating a traffic rule…or protesting…The Obama DOJ and strip searchesGlenn Greenwald – Salon.com

In February, President Obama signed a bill requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to make plans to integrate drones into American airspace. One cannot help but wonder how long before the drones are not only used for surveillance, which is bad enough, but to kill us as they are used in other countries. Like our other war toys, this is big money for the 1% Drones for “urban warfare” . Another bill that has been introduced to committee but has not yet been passed, H.R.3166: Enemy Expatriation Act, consists of only a few words but is enough to send shivers up one’s spine,”To add engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States to the list of acts for which United States nationals would lose their nationality.”

Is it becoming obvious yet why all these laws and rulings came one right after another as warm weather is approaching. They are worried about the Occupy Movement.  MUST SEE Documentary: Fault Lines: The History of an Occupation | Occupy America. The Obama administration plans to contain it using any means necessary. With that in mind and with the militarization of our police force, and now the possibility that the military will be used on American soil, one cannot help but wonder why the Department of Homeland Security would put in a recent order for 450 million hollow point bullets and 2,717 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicles.

The hypocrisy of the Obama administration in their approach to protest is quite stunning. They support (and finance and arm) those protesters going up against their governments in places like Egypt and Libya (where they want countries’ leaders deposed) while ignoring countries that are allies with the U.S. like Bahrain. In America it is a whole different approach. They beat the shit out of our protesters and lock them up in droves (700 in one day on the Brooklyn Bridge). This perfectly worded sign makes the point beautifully “American Exceptionalism – The ability to celebrate freedom and democracy while tolerating neither.” Greenwald: ‘US can only suppress democracy for so long’ -

Remember all those promises of a kinder and more transparent government. Actually this administration is considered the most secretive Obama takes Bush’s secrecy games one step further . It is also the most repressive as the policies that were derived from the (fake) “War on Terror” have been taken to new heights that surpass even the extremism of the Bush years. An example of this is what is being done on college campuses  Repress U, Class of 2012: 7 Steps to a Homeland Security Campus and what is being done to protesters and whistle blowers. In the case of colleges, note that the surveillance and repression are being coordinated with the Obama “Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “spe­cial ad­vi­sors,” FBI “cam­pus li­ai­son agents,” an FBI-led Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sory Board, and a Fed­eral Law En­force­ment Train­ing Cen­ter.”  The Department of Homeland Security has also been instrumental in the coordinated effort to violently close down the Occupy camps around the country Evidence Homeland Security Coordinated Occupy – Counterpunch

Bill Quigley, Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University in  New Orleans, says the assault on our civil liberties is extreme: Twenty Examples of the Obama Administration Assault on Domestic Civil Liberties  . “Under new Obama administration rules, information on Americans with no clear ties to terrorism can be held for up to 5 years” Government Now Allowed to Store Info on Innocent Americans . In order to keep track of all that information they are building a $2 billion facility Everybody’s a Target in the American Surveillance State . No money for human needs, plenty for war and repression.

What is being done to the small percentage of real investigative journalists, and to our few whistle blowers  is absolutely terrifying. Obama is using the draconian Espionage Act of 1917 which until now had only been used three times since it was enacted. He is going after six people (soon possibly a seventh) including a non-citizen, Julian Assange. How do you accuse someone of treason when they are not even an American citizen? Whistle blowers who were interviewed on Democracy Now paint a very chilling picture (video and transcripts):

More Secrets on Growing State Surveillance: Exclusive Part 2 With NSA Whistleblower, Targeted Hacker

When you hear that Obama is threatening to veto this bill, keep in mind two things. First, that he also threatened to veto the NDAA and you saw where that got us. Second, this particular bill is being supported by corporations because it will protect them from lawsuits. And anything the corporations want Obama ends up giving them.

CISPA Critics Warn Cybersecurity Bill Will Increase Domestic Surveillance and Violate Privacy Rights

Of particular note was the comment during this interview with Jacob Applebaum that individuals just trying to protect their own online privacy could be considered a threat by the state. Targeted Hacker Jacob Appelbaum on CISPA, Surveillance and the “Militarization of Cyberspace” 

(Find more at the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website, eff.org ,  and take action against CISPA.)

Obama has garnered so much power that he is even controlling what happens to journalists who don’t work or live in America Jeremy Scahill: Why is President Obama Keeping Yemeni Journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye in Prison? and there are foreign journalist languishing in Guantanamo for years.

Truly obscene is what is being done to Pfc. Bradley Manning who was placed in solitary confinement for many months (which is considered torture) for allegedly giving information to WikiLeaks to make public crimes perpetrated by our government and military. This is the same thing that Daniel Ellsberg did with the Pentagon Papers and has been hailed a hero. But not only has Obama had Manning charged with crimes that could mean a life sentence or even death, he has publicly stated that Manning is guilty – before his trial had even begun. Now it will be impossible for Manning to receive anything that resembles a fair trial. More on this from Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein Jill Stein would pardon whistleblower Bradley Manning

So far the Bush/Obama cabals have gotten away with every crime in the book including treason, the theft of trillions, and what at Nuremberg was considered the most evil, aggressive war “To initiate a war of aggression…is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.” Their sense of hubris and entitlement knows no bounds. As Glenn Greenwald says in | Lunatics taking over the asylum ~ Rules of American Justice: A  ”It’s long past time to rip those blindfolds off of the Lady Justice statues. When the purpose of American justice is to shield those who, with the greatest power, commit the most egregious crimes, while severely punishing those who talk publicly about those crimes, it’s hard to imagine how it can get much more degraded or corrupted than that.

Humanity is at a dangerous crossroad. For our survival, what needs to be understood is that there is one issue of immense magnitude that towers above all the others. Whether there is resolution of that vital issue or not affects the outcome of everything else that activists advocate on behalf of…the environment, health care, education, war and peace, economic justice, rule of law, etc.. Granted, the list of what needs to be fixed in this society is massive but all those efforts are like spitting in the wind until we stand together to cut off the head of the beast and put an end to the corporatist takeover of our democracy. “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that… the machine will be prevented from working at all.”– Mario Savio

It comes down to whether living under rule of law is valued as a necessity in a democracy. Our representatives and our military took an oath to defend the Constitution against our enemies, foreign and domestic, and instead, are assaulting the very people they are supposed to protect. If we remain silent and allow them to contain us, we might soon be digging our own graves. By “change” I mean realizing that there is no inside game that can possibly make anything better for the 99%, not with a completely corrupt executive, legislative branch, and judiciary. “Hope” lies in the Occupy Movement and in the real Occupiers, the ones who are smart, visionary, brave and tenacious – those who know that there is a need for systematic change and shun those who are trying to co-opt the movement on behalf of the Democratic insiders just as the Republicans did to the original Tea Party movement. Peace advocate Johan Galtung on fascism and Occupy:  Part 2: Father of Peace Studies, Johan Galtung, On Occupy Wall Street, Failed U.N. Response in Syria
Just how bad will we let it get? Don’t be like the frog in the boiling water…heed the warnings.

If you still don’t believe me, here are just a few more of the more recent abuses: Murders of immigrants on our border (8-18 during the last two years depending on who you believe – the U.S. or Mexico) Death on the Border: Shocking Video Shows Mexican Immigrant Beaten and Tased by Border Patrol Agents . Why have we not heard one word about this since the murder took place two years ago? It is still not being covered by the corporate/government controlled mainstream media in the U.S.  More importantly, Obama’s Justice Department  has not pressed charges or even contacted the many witnesses, some who have video evidence of the crimes (at least those whose phones weren’t confiscated at the time of the murder). I would also like to know why we need a bureau of  “Customs and Border Protection” that is the largest police force in the United States with over 60,000 employees. Maybe the answer to my question is because the Obama administration has deported more people than ever before: 400,000.

NYPD Forces Retina Scan on Occupy Wall Street Activists Feeding The Homeless Banned In Major Cities All Over America | Before It’s News

State Sen. Nicholas Sacco introduces bill to collect DNA samples from all convicted of disorderly persons offenses…

Warnings from voices from the past that we should always keep in mind:

When the people fear the government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people there is liberty. – Thomas Jefferson

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. – Thomas Jefferson

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.- John F. Kennedy

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin

Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex. – YouTube

The inescapable conclusion from all the evidence I’ve just presented to you is that our president has taken us on a descent into fascism.  Our survival depends on how we are going to respond to that threat.Martin Luther King said, “Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.”


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16 Responses to “The Velvet Glove Over the Iron Fist”



Darwin26 comments:

Brilliantly comprehensive of our Fascist Commander in Chief/liar/miscreant ~
This virulent bastard in the WH still filthy dirty did also appoint Monsanto execs to his cabinet. As well the scum of the earth on Wall St are in his cabinet.
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Jill Stein for President


Jim Russo comments:

Dorothy, Dorothy, why art thou such an alarmist? Could it be because never in memory has there been more cause for alarm?

Unlike you, I suspect, I support the President. I may even go again door-to-door, to my working-class Bernville neighbors, asking them to give Obama a second term. As before, I expect that a disconcerting few will tell me to my face that a black man will never be their President, and others will slam their doors the instant I speak his name.

Yet what options do I have? I can’t do nothing and let that wooden puppet with the four-car elevator in his Santa Barbara beach house take over, can I?

Yes, in my name Obama’s invulnerable drones without due process execute Arab men for hating our desecration of their sacred lands. They are no different from the men we slaughtered at Wounded Knee for the same reason.

And Obama seems infinitely worse than his predecessor, being a scholar of the Constitution, while Bush has that frozen smirk of the cocky frat boy, oblivious, ignorant, arrogant.

In my dreams, the true progressive Obama will emerge in his second term, along with a working majority on the Hill, and his promise will be fulfilled.

Don’t tell me it’s a foolish dream; it’s all I’ve got to hope for.

Jim


CALynn comments:

“As before, I expect that a disconcerting few will tell me to my face that a black man will never be their President:

OK gotta ask:

Isn’t Obama as much WHITE as he is black?

Let’s see. His mother was white Irish.
His dad was black African.
So how does that make him (totally) black?
Isn’t that dissing his mother’s contribution?


onenastybeast comments:

I do love it so when Progressives squabble over someone not being progressive enough.


Dorothy Reilly comments:

Documents Show How White House and Democrats Worked to Protect the Banks Against Protests
Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy?
by DAVE LINDORFF

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/05/14/did-the-white-house-direct-the-police-crackdown-on-occupy/


Louise Legun comments:

Of course Obama agreed with his corporate masters to crack down on OWS. If you paid attention to Obama’s voting record when he was a senator, you would not have been a bit surprised or fooled by his lies and rhetoric. For example, in one bill which was passed he sided with the mine owners against safety for the miners.

Thanks for you comprehensive, well-researched article, Dorothy. Every day there is more and more evidence supporting your point of view. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/04/report-israeli-model-underlies-militarization-of-u-s-police/ The U.S. is sending police to Israel for training by Mossad (they are experts in torture and sexual humiliation of Islamic men — the U.S. used their techniques in Iraq).

Both Dave Lindorff and John Grant are friends of mine – they write on a blog called, “It Can’t Be Happening.” Here’s an article by John, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/1159, entitled, America Loves a Good Killer.

Americans are personality disordered – projecting the evil onto others that they cannot face in themselves.


Dorothy Reilly comments:

Make no mistake…this is Obama’s America…
Police Preemptively Raid Apartment & Arrest Activists Ahead of NATO Summit
http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/05/17/police-preemptively-raid-apartment-arrest-activists-ahead-of-nato-summit/


LT comments:

With all of this frightening news that Louise and Dorothy are sharing with us, the time is at hand to increase my arsenal with some heavy duty fire power. My app is in for certification for upgrading my pilot status to drone pilot. The Mossad is forwarding me prices on several models.


Dorothy Reilly comments:

The Empire Holds Its War Council in Chicago

http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php/home-mainmenu-289/7805-the-empire-holds-its-war-council-in-chicago
by Glen Ford

If anyone has doubts about what it means here at home when the U.S. seeks to militarily dominate the world, take a trip to Chicago, this week. There, you’ll see the Chicago police, the second largest force in the country, reinforced by cops from Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and backed up by two high decibel noise machines that were first used against American civilians in Pittsburgh to blow out the eardrums of protesters, back in 2009. Overall security for the NATO summit meeting is overseen by the FBI and the Secret Service, who in recent months have been given unprecedented police state powers, thanks to President Obama and a bipartisan Congress.

With dignitaries on hand from the more than 50 countries that have done Washington’s bidding in Afghanistan, there will be lots of opportunities for the feds to invoke their new powers to put demonstrators in prison for up to ten years if they set foot on property containing any person under the protection of the Secret Service. That could include huge chunks of the city. And, of course, who knows what kinds of plots the FBI is conjuring up through its squads of agent provocateurs embedded in the ranks of demonstrators. Thanks to the preventive detention without trial legislation signed into law by President Obama this past New Year’s Eve, every American has lost her Constitutional right to due process of law. Which means that a reconfigured and far more principled U.S. anti-war movement now confronts a growing fascist infrastructure here at home, as it opposes imperial crimes, abroad.

The Chicago police claim they don’t plan to turn the eardrum-busting sound cannons on full volume against the demonstrators – just loud enough to convey “messages” to the crowd. The protesters are sending their own message, one that has become far more popular and general than could have been imagined, a year ago. Since the emergence of the Occupy movement, last October, millions of Americans have come to understand what Latin American peasants have always known: that the nexus of war in the world is Wall Street, and the Pentagon is its servant – as is the White House and most of the Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. War is waged for the purpose of global economic subjugation and, therefore, peace can only be won by dethroning the financial bad guys: the Lords of Capital. So, much of the peace movement now sees itself as an expression of the 99 Percent, against the warlike and greedy 1 Percent.

Once that lesson is learned, it cannot be shouted out by police sound-blasters.

President Obama has made skillful use of NATO, to make it appear that he is not a go-it-alone cowboy, like George Bush. Obama has drawn closely to his side the old imperialists of Europe, who looted and pillaged the earth for five hundred years, establishing the planetary racial hierarchy that has only recently begun to crumble. The Black man in the White House is seen, ironically, as the last best hope of the old colonial racial order and the rule of capital. The Global One Percent can only be maintained in power by the U.S. war machine. Ultimately, the world needs only one thing from the American people: that they dismantle the machine.

this article first appeared on Black Agenda Report


Dorothy Reilly comments:

juanbloatedovary comments:

I read an article which linked me to this site. Wow! What a great collection of work by such articulate progressives!


Dorothy Reilly comments:

brenda comments:

I don’t know how we’ve arrived at a point where any of us are willing to vote for a killer who murders with such abandon and such nonchalance.

Is anyone even willing to examine the fact that this president considers every male in Afghanistan and Pakistan between the ages of 14 and 70 to be a legitimate target for execution?

Here is a person who PERSONALLY orders strikes on men, women and children, killing ordinary people on an almost daily basis, and then uses this psychotically depraved method of labeling the great majority of them as terrorists simply because they are male and fall between the ages of 14 and 70.

This is irrationality on a Caligula-like level, plus verging on genocide, and yet some people are actually going to vote for someone this far the reservation.


Dorothy Reilly comments:

As usual,Black Agenda Report goes right to the heart of the matter. Exactly my thoughts…
“It seems that our president is a totally amoral psychopath, and the revelation of his condition has not hurt his popularity. Apparently the president governs psychopaths too, because too few of them will say or do anything to oppose his commitment to breaking the law, violating the Constitution, and the word of the god he claims to believe in.
The evil is not limited to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but can be found on Main Street U.S.A. just as easily. Obama is giving most Americans exactly what they want, a world living in fear of them.”
Freedom Rider: Bloodthirsty Americans
ttp://www.blackagendareport.com/content/freedom-rider-bloodthirsty-americans


Dorothy Reilly comments:

How Many Checkpoints in One Morning? Welcome to the Police State…


Dorothy Reilly comments:

The pretense is now completely gone – there is no velvet glove…just an iron fist…

Department of Justice says White House can use ‘lethal force’ on American citizens on US soil

http://rt.com/usa/white-house-lethal-force-878/

“The US government has the right to use military force on American citizens, even at home – but only in “extraordinary circumstances,” the attorney general has stated in a letter to Senator Rand Paul.

Paul had threatened to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan, US President Barack Obama’s pick for CIA director, “until [Obama] answers the question of whether or not the President can kill American citizens through the drone strike program on US soil.”

Brennan was confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, March 5, the same day Attorney General Eric Holder sent Paul the letter. Brennan now faces overall Senate approval.

The CIA boss nominee told Paul Tuesday that “the agency I have been nominated to lead does not conduct lethal operations inside the United States—nor does it have any authority to do so,” advising the senator that the Justice Department would better suited to answer his inquiry regarding whether American citizens could be assassinated on home soil.

In Holder’s Tuesday letter to Paul, he explains that as the country’s leadership has never carried out a drone strike at home and has no plans to.

“The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront. It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.”

For example, Holder says, “the president could conceivably have no choice but to authorize the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland in the circumstances like a catastrophic attack like the ones suffered on December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001.”

In a February Google+ Hangout, President Obama avoided the topic when asked to directly address whether he had the authority to assassinate Americans, leading observers to assume he did.”





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