Defending Our Freedoms. 

Defending Our Freedoms. 

inheyar-aqli:

thehummusdance:

My friend tweetd this earlier: A Short Guide to the Middle East

Yep.

inheyar-aqli:

thehummusdance:

My friend tweetd this earlier: A Short Guide to the Middle East

Yep.

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It’s easy to blame Obama and pin him as solely responsible for whatever atrocities we’re about to commit in Syria but that would just be lazy and misguided on our behalf. 

The truth is that most of these war plans have been circulating since before Obama was even in federal politics, some even go back as far as Reagan’s administration. 

That’s how DoD planning works. We first find “troublesome” countries or key individuals that we fear and we create a study. We see how the socio-climate is developing, who’s in charge now, how the people feel, are they going more extreme to more obedient (to America), do they have any thing of current value, future value, can we have a beneficial trade agreement with them, can we profit via war, etc, etc. 

Then they start to develop strategic plans on how to cut-off, economically or militarily, and win a war without a war. They also develop plans on how to invade, conquer and rebuild both the infrastructure and the political/economical system that can best benefit our interests. 

Once they have the plans, they put out money to the military contractors to develop special projects that include things like tanks, plans, armor, cammo, etc. 

Congruently, the military starts to run “simulations” and “war games” and “drills” which mimic how the operations will go down. 

All the while, some crooked congressmen are sitting in a dark room, outlining laws, spending bills, budgets, and declarations and whatever else they will need for when the perfect opportunity comes up. 

That’s when everything goes from idle or test mode into full-on war eagle. Everything powers up and the US War Machine is ready to demolish a country and drive us further into debt with our banking creditors and military suppliers. 

Just go Google any country (e.g. China or Iran) and look at the links on the first page. Wikipedia is usually #1 followed by maybe a country site, but always in the top 10 there’s a link to a CIA info page about that country. Go ahead, click it. There’s more info about those countries than those countries have about themselves. In depth details about geography, government, economy, energy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues. And that’s just the stuff that we can see. Just image the depth of the CIA’s knowledge about foreign nations that we don’t have access to. 

These plans aren’t executed over night, these things are developed as a long-run strategy. America doesn’t play checkers. We are playing chess and America is the Grand-master of death. 

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown our any logically based intentions [unclear], it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy—the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps—to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law, and I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

— Bradley Manning

What’s the bigger crock of shit: War on Drugs or War on Terror?

What the Lannisters/Freys just did to the Stark family is nothing compared to what Obama and our government has done to 1000’s of Middle Eastern families with the use of drones. 

Just some food for thought. 

“Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.” - Thomas Jefferson. 
No wonder politicians are telling you not to listen to people who call government tyrannical.
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“Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.” - Thomas Jefferson.
No wonder politicians are telling you not to listen to people who call government tyrannical.

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prettayprettaygood:

Dirty Wars - Trailer

“If children are terrorists, then we are all terrorists.”

Looks like the only MUST SEE movie for 2013. 

http://dirtywars.org/the-film

soupsoup:


Visualizing the human impact of drone strikes

Reuters’ Anthony De Rosa (SoupSoup) does great work. Follow him on here and on twitter. 

soupsoup:

Visualizing the human impact of drone strikes

Reuters’ Anthony De Rosa (SoupSoup) does great work. Follow him on here and on twitter. 

stay-human:

nevver: The Patriot Act, The Encyclopedia of 9/11

And the government justifies this by linking drug sales to money that funnels back to terrorists. They establish this link because they are the one’s helping traffic cocaine from Mexico and South America and they are the one’s providing military protection to the Afghan’s who grow and distribute opiates. And that, folks, is how the two most dubious wars were married to become the largest waste of tax dollars in the history of humanity. 

stay-human:

nevver: The Patriot Act, The Encyclopedia of 9/11

And the government justifies this by linking drug sales to money that funnels back to terrorists. They establish this link because they are the one’s helping traffic cocaine from Mexico and South America and they are the one’s providing military protection to the Afghan’s who grow and distribute opiates. 

And that, folks, is how the two most dubious wars were married to become the largest waste of tax dollars in the history of humanity. 

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The real problem is what this movie says about us. When those Abu Ghraib pictures came out years ago, at least half of America was horrified. The national consensus (albeit by a frighteningly slim margin) was that this wasn’t who we, as a people, wanted to be. But now, four years later, Zero Dark Thirty comes out, and it seems that that we’ve become so blunted to the horror of what we did and/or are doing at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo and Bagram and other places that we can accept it, provided we get a boffo movie out of it. That’s pathetic. Bin Laden was maybe the most humorless person who ever lived, but he has to be laughing from the afterlife. We make an incredible movie that celebrates his death – a movie so good it’ll be seen everywhere in the world – and all it does is prove him right about us. — Matt Taibbi, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Is Osama bin Laden’s Last Victory Over America (via theamericanbear)

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drugsandanarchy:

eltigrechico:

Charles Payne responds to the claim that we can brush off Obama’s killing of innocent civilians (including children both American and foreign) using drones because, “it wasn’t the presidents intention to kill children”. 

It’s funny how Americans can believe in “collateral damage” when we’re not even fighting a real war.

“War on Terror”

Jesus Christ. How base do you have to be to wrap your head around that one?

"My Team" politics is the worst kind of politics. 

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uglyuglyugly:

This BBC documentary reveals and analyzes the fact that al-Qaeda does not exist.
There is no such thing as “al Qaeda”, there is no one on earth who calls himself a member of “al Qaeda”. “al Qaeda” is a term made up by the U.S. government to be applied to anyone killed during in the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no formal organization. There is no secret terrorist network.

I remember reading a few years ago that al-Qaeda was in fact an invisible bogeyman fabricated by the U.S., but could never find much about it, so I disregarded it as conspiracy hearsay. A recent documentary special aired in the UK via the BBC goes into depth about it, however. This ten-minute video focuses on the parts regarding the truth behind al-Qaeda. It’s very important, so please watch it and please reblog it.

This documentary, which has aired globally and has even been screened at the Cannes Film Festival, has yet to air in the United States, of course. Writer/producer Adam Curtis had this to say in 2008:
“Something extraordinary has happened to American TV since September 11. A head of the leading networks who had better remain nameless said to me that there was no way they could show it. He said, ‘Who are you to say this?’ and then he added, ‘We would get slaughtered if we put this out.’ When I was in New York I took a DVD to the head of documentaries at HBO. I still haven’t heard from him.”

For more information about the documentary, read here. For more information on Jamal al-Fadl, the man who was paid to invent al-Qaeda, read here.

This is a clip from BBC’s The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of The Politics of Fear

I think this 3-part series is the most important documentary of our time. It’s a must watch. 

The series dissects how the liberal movement failed America and then gave way to the Chicago Neo-Cons to create a fear-based political regime in America while at the same time, a handful of extremists changed the face of Islam through the same fear-based extremism in the Middle East. 

Here’s a link to all three parts:

PART I - Baby It’s Cold Outside

PART II - The Phantom Victory

PART III - The Shadows In The Cave

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, if you want to comment on American and/or foreign politics and you haven’t watched this series, you’re missing out. 

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To protect us from terrorists our government treats us like terrorists.

Hal O’Boyle (via thinksquad)

SS: Government wants us to live in a prison system and pay taxes.

I present to you the incredibly brilliant System of a Down (before Daron found cocaine). 

thefreelioness:

The Power of Nightmares, Part I

Adam Curtis’ enlightening and frightening 2004 doc series from the BBC.This one gets into radical Islam and the American neocons.  These are more reasons to look deeper into our leadership and our policies, as citizens of the world.”

I really wish I had the patience to watch this.  Has anyone else?

I started watching this last night and I watched part 2 during my lunch break, watching part 3 now. 

This might be the best real history of America and our modern foreign policy that I have ever seen. If you want to talk about politics and be taken seriously, you need to know the information that is contained in this documentary. 

All in all, it’s just shy of 3 hours long, divided into 3 parts. Watch all of it, don’t cheap out.