AE Donation Drive – HELP

It’s That time of the month again. My little visitor is demanding satisfaction. Gotta pay Verizon or they will bust into my “cloud”… and God knows what the CIA and the FBI have put in there. Hell, I don’t even have a “cloud”.

Don’t even really know what a”cloud” is… but I know it’s kept at that new big NSA building in Utah.

I need a little help to pay the bills and keep up and running. If you can, and ONLY if you can, a few bucks on that DONATION thingy over there  —>  would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

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Emptywheel | March 8, 2013

According to the White House, John Brennan was sworn in as CIA Director on a “first draft” of the Constitution including notations from George Washington, dating to 1787.

Vice President Joe Biden swears in CIA Director John Brennan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 8, 2013. Members of Brennan’s family stand with him. Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution, dating from 1787, which has George Washington’s personal handwriting and annotations on it.

That means, when Brennan vowed to protect and defend the Constitution, he was swearing on one that did not include the First, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendments — or any of the other Amendments now included in our Constitution. The Bill of Rights did not become part of our Constitution until 1791, 4 years after the Constitution that Brennan took his oath on.

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Former IAEA Chief Admits Working With CIA/Mossad on Iran Getting “Disinformation” From Them – Hints Israel Should Give Up Nukes

from RT

UN nuclear watchdog IAEA has been closely cooperating with the world’s spy agencies, including on Iran, for years, former head of the agency, Hans Blix, told RT.

­The cooperation of the International Atomic Energy Agency with the world’s intelligences started following the Iraqi crisis of the 1990s.

“In 1991 we realized that Iraqis had been cheating the IAEA. We went to declared installations, but not to other places and they were building things elsewhere,” he said.  “So we said if intelligence knew about this, if the CIA knew about this thing they should tell the IAEA. The IAEA can then ask Iraq and say ‘Look we have heard this, we would like to go there and verify. You say there is nothing, then let us in.’ We then encouraged the US and others to come with intelligence to the IAEA. There have done it a great deal with Iran.”

The former IAEA chief said that the watchdog should trust countries it sends its inspectors to and should not be considered the CIA’s “prolonged arm”. For that matter, the agency carefully checks all spy data it received.

“Of course, intelligence can always try to fool everybody,” he said. Half of the information may be true, half of it may be disinformation, and therefore they have to examine it critically.”

Hans Blix, who was the chief of the agency in 1981-1997, stressed that the IAEA has been very “cautious about the information they have received about Iran.

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‘Murder’ or ‘killings’ from Afghanistan to Palestine – why we need to take care with the words of war

The NATO drone operator in the Nevada desert is just a much a premeditated killer as the insurgent suicide bomber pressing the button in Kabul or wherever.

By Alex Thomson,  Stop the War Coalition

An old debate given new life this morning by a curious tweet from an experienced BBC Correspondent commenting on the latest killings in Afghanistan. Killings…note that word.

Curious because he describes the deaths of children and civilians as “murder”.

It’s an odd word to choose and in the context of a war fought by some Afghans against foreign occupation, a loaded one. In the context of any war, a loaded one.

Murder is a crime. Killing is an act of war. You do not find the BBC calling NATO’s latest killing of women and children in Afghanistan “murder”.


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Millions Upon Millions Pay Respects to Chavez (photos)


Found this on Twitter. Good question. Easy answer here in the states.

El comandante has left the building

by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Now that would be some movie; the story of a man of the people who rises against all odds to become the political Elvis of Latin America. Bigger than Elvis, actually; a president who won 13 out of 14 national democratic elections. No chance you will ever see such a movie winning an Oscar – much less produced in Hollywood. Unless, of course, Oliver Stone convinces HBO about a cable/DVD special.

How enlightening to watch world leaders’ reactions to the death of Venezuela’s El Comandante Hugo Chavez. Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica – a man who actually shuns 90% of his salary because he insists he covers his basic necessities with much less – once again reminded everyone how he qualified Chavez as “the most generous leader I ever met”, while praising the “fortress of democracy” of which Chavez was a great builder.

Compare it with US President Barack Obama – in what sounds like a dormant cut and paste by some White House intern – reaffirming US support for “the Venezuelan people”. Would that be “the people” who have been electing and re-electing Chavez non-stop since the late 1990s? Or would that be “the people” who trade Martinis in Miami demonizing him as an evil communist?

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Google Wipes Syria’s Golan Heights off the Map as Well. Calls it “Israel”

by Scott Creighton

Could you imagine the outcry if Iran published a bunch of maps for their internet search engines which would be used by millions of their students to define the world, that didn’t have an Israel on it? If they just “wiped Israel off the map”? We are literally THE MOST propagandized people on the face of the earth while we run around listening to idiotic country songs telling us how “free” we are.

“All the world for ISRAEL!” Google

Internationally recognized as Syrian territory, the Golan Heights has been occupied and administered by Israel since 1967. Now Google just wipes them off the map.

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