I Am a Domestic Terrorist

by Adam Kokesh, Revolutionary Patriot

dom-terAccording to Merriam-Webster, terrorism is “ the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.” It also defines terror as “a state of intense fear.” The definition that I learned in school is even more specific: the threat or use of violence to incite fear by non-state actors to influence the actions or policies of governments.”

So terrorism can go two ways in directing its threat or use of violence, by either terrorizing a population or terrorizing the government directly. The moral choice is to attack the transgressors of individual rights, the violators of the peace, and the organized criminals that are always to be found within the government, and not in the general population. What more righteous cause could there be than to strike fear into the hearts of those who think and act like they can control by force the lives of others?

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Umm, Let’s See: CIA Operatives Funding Terrorist Attacks For a Pro-Western Business Class In Somalia… and Now We Have The Global War on “Piracy” In a Country On the Horn Of Africa We Desperately Want to Put a U.S. Base On… hmmm

“Several hundred people, mostly civilians caught in the crossfire, died during this conflict. Mogadishu residents described it as the worst fighting in more than a decade. The Islamic Courts Union (ICU) accused the U.S. of funding the warlords through the Central Intelligence Agency and supplying them with arms in an effort to prevent the Islamic Courts Union from gaining power. The United States Department of State, while neither admitting nor denying this, said the U.S. had taken no action that violated the international arms embargo of Somalia. A few e-mails describing covert illegal operations by private military companies in breach of U.N. regulations have been reported by the UK Sunday newspaper The Observer.

US military bases c. 2007

US military bases c. 2007

When asked if the ICU plans to extend its control to the rest of Somalia, Sheikh Ahmed responded in an interview: “Land is not our priority. Our priority is the people’s peace, dignity and that they could live in liberty, that they could decide their own fate. That is our priority. Our priority is not land; the people are important to us.”   Wiki

But no-one is dumb enough to buy the Clinton/Obama “War on Piracy” line of crap, right? That’s gotta be a joke.  Even Hillary sees the ridiculousness of it all.

I mean… after all the BS from the BushCo years and seeing how they gin-up the “public menace” storyline to justify their imperialist hegemony, after knowing what we now know about how the CIA operates and who they really work forafter watching the secretary of state bust out in laughter as she was unable to keep a straight face at the press conference as she lied about this crap,  no-one is going to be dumb enough to actually buy this line of crap without looking at the history of the conflict.. without looking at the facts… there is NO WAY that the Obama administration could possibly get support for this coming invasion of Somalia… not after the last 8 years…. NO WAY IN HELL!!!

oh jesus…. I stand corrected….

The New War Party Presents:American Gladiator 2.0

The New War Party Presents:American Gladiator 2.0

You are being lied to about pirates

by Johann Hari,  Bayview

Plausible? if you say so...

Plausible? if you say so...

Who imagined that in 2009, the world’s governments would be declaring a new War on Pirates? As you read this, the British Royal Navy – backed by the ships of more than two dozen nations, from the U.S. to China – is sailing into Somalian waters to take on men we still picture as parrot-on-the-shoulder pantomime villains. They will soon be fighting Somalian ships and even chasing the pirates onto land, into one of the most broken countries on earth.

But behind the arrr-me-hearties oddness of this tale, there is an untold scandal. The people our governments are labeling as “one of the great menaces of our times” have an extraordinary story to tell – and some justice on their side.

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The Obama administration and torture

by Tom Eley, WSWS

On Thursday, Leon Panetta, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), issued an internal memo declaring the Obama administration’s opposition to the investigation of intelligence personnel who carried out torture under the Bush administration.

The statement, announcing a blanket amnesty for those who have committed grave violations of international and human rights law, came on the heels of a leaked International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) report that detailed, and defined as torture, the CIA’s horrifying “enhanced interrogation” methods. (See: Red Cross report details CIA war crimes)

The media has largely ignored the ICRC report, instead seizing on parts of Panetta’s memo that indicate the Obama administration will decommission CIA “black site” prisons and cease using private contractors in interrogations.

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Obama seeks $83.4 billion to continue US wars

(“The reality is that Obama’s “surge” in Afghanistan is aimed at the violent suppression of popular armed resistance to the US occupation.”  al Qaeda in Iraq, al Qaeda in Afghanistan, al Qaeda in Pakistan… how long will it take before people realize al Qaeda only exists on tv and in their little minds? Will they have to be going after al Qaeda in Iowa before the “progressives” figure it out… again… or will they buy that line of crap as well, just so long as Obama says it?)

by Bill Van Auken, WSWS

The Obama White House Thursday submitted its formal request to the US Congress for $83.4 billion in “emergency” supplemental funding to pay for the continuation of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan launched under the Bush administration.

The funding will pay for the two wars through the current fiscal year, which ends September 30. By that time, tens of thousands more US troops will be deployed in Afghanistan as part of the administration’s escalation there, while the deployment of 140,000 troops in Iraq will remain largely unchanged.

Also included in the funding bill are $350 million for the further militarization of the Mexican border and $400 million in counterinsurgency assistance to Pakistan.

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Hero Blues: Liberals Line Up With Militarism

by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque

Yes, the gal I got
I swear she’s the screaming end
She wants me to be a hero
So she can tell all her friends

— Bob Dylan, “Hero Blues

Joan Walsh gives us another bravura performance in a new episode of what will apparently be a very long-running show, “Deep in the Tank for Obama.”

In her latest outing, Walsh is transported near to tears by images of the president greeting soldiers during his unannounced visit to Iraq. (Yes, even though the “surge” has been “a success beyond our wildest dreams,” as Obama instructed us last year, American leaders still have to creep into the “liberated” land like a thief in the night.) In worshipful tones that one might have heard directed at the president at any point in the previous eight years from, say, National Review Online or Pajamas Media, Walsh gawps in awe at the bonding of the legions with their imperator:

I found it incredibly moving to watch the first grainy video footage of President Obama being mobbed by delirious American soldiers during his surprise visit to Baghdad on Tuesday. They crowded him joyously, some of them jumping up and down, stereotypical gruff-looking gray-haired white guys just beaming at the president, women and men alike leaning in for hugs….

Obama himself looked completely happy, managing to pause and chat with more soldiers in just a few minutes than you would ever imagine possible. The word “poise” seems inadequate to describe his capacity to impart real meaning to fleeting moments…. To see Obama’s personal rapport with the men and women who are fighting and dying for our country would almost have to be moving, no matter your ideology.

Of course, we saw these same scenes — boisterous, happy soldiers greeting the president with hugs and cheers — played out over and over during Bush’s term, on his every visit to Iraq. Even the infamous, much-derided “turkee” trip early in the war was an identically joyous scene for those on the ground in Baghdad. Yet one strains to recall Walsh ever thrilling to the sight of a president’s personal rapport with the occupation troops in those days, or hearing her hopes that we could all put aside partisan feelings and simply appreciate these moving, patriotic moments, no matter our ideology.

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