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Making the World the 'Enemy'

Making the World the 'Enemy'

  Edward Snowden, the admitted U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower, is charged with violations of the U.S. Espionage Act of 1917, codified under Chapter 37, “Espionage and Censorship.” It is seemingly not an oversight that Chapter 37 is entitled “Espionage and Censorship,” as censorship is the effect, in part, of this chapter.In fact, the amendment of §793 that added subsection (e) was part of the Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950, which was, in turn, Title I of the Internal...

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Making the World the 'Enemy'

The West Strikes Back in Syria

No sooner than the United Nations chemical weapons inspectors arrived in Damascus – within 72 hours, in fact – the Syrian opposition figures based in Istanbul, Turkey, have claimed that up to 1400 people have been killed in chemical weapons attacks by the government forces on the outskirts of the Syrian capital on Wednesday morning. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, the European Union and the Arab League are among those who have demanded for urgent action. Unsurprisingly, the Syrian...

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Making the World the 'Enemy'

The NSA: ‘The Abyss from Which There Is No Return'

“The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.”—Senator Frank Church (1975) We now find ourselves operating in a strange paradigm where the...

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Leslie Gelb on Egypt: Hold Your Nose and Back the Junta!

Leslie Gelb on Egypt: Hold Your Nose and Back the Junta!

Long-time foreign policy insider Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, believes democracy is when the guys he likes win. Free elections that produce "enemies" of the US or Israel are by definition not democratic and the winners should be overthrown by the US and its allies. Last month, in a column urging President Obama to avoid the "democracy-elections trap in Egypt," he argued that pushing democracy too strongly may bring unacceptable results, as happened in...

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Making the World the 'Enemy'

Should You Be Able to Buy Food Directly From Farmers? The Government Doesn’t Think So

This would seem to embody the USDA’s advisory, “Know your farmer, know your food,” right? Not exactly. For the USDA and its sister food regulator, the FDA, there’s a problem: many of the farmers are distributing the food via private contracts like herd shares and leasing arrangements, which fall outside the regulatory system of state and local retail licenses and inspections that govern public food sales. In response, federal and state regulators are seeking legal sanctions against farmers in...

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Making the World the 'Enemy'

Why The 2,776 NSA Violations Are No Big Deal

Thanks to more documents leaked by Edward Snowden, this time to the Washington Post, we learned last week that a secret May 2012 internal audit by the NSA revealed 2,776 incidents of “unauthorized” collection of information on American citizens over the previous 12 months. They are routinely breaking their own rules and covering it up. The Post article quotes an NSA spokesman assuring the paper that the NSA attempts to identify such problems “at the earliest possible moment.” But what happened...

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Making the World the 'Enemy'

Storm on the Nile

Egypt’s US-financed armed forces have gone to war against Egypt’s people. Arab spring has become Arab winter.So far, army and security police have scored brilliant battlefield victories against unarmed men, women and children, killing and wounding thousands who were demanding a return to democratic government.The latest Cairo protests by supporters of the elected Morsi government have been scattered by gunfire and huge armored bulldozers resembling the giant vehicles used by Israel to smash...

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Michael Rubin: More Egyptian Blood!

Michael Rubin: More Egyptian Blood!

If you really want to get a sense of the dark side of neoconservatism, look no further than Michael Rubin’s thoughts on Egypt. He writes today, as the streets continue to flow with blood: The notion that the United States should castigate or abandon the Egyptian army because it caused more deaths than the Muslim Brotherhood is short-sighted and based on the corrosive notion that the stronger side has a responsibility for restraint.Too many in the media and the State Department suffer from the...

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Making the World the 'Enemy'

Egypt's Junta Has Nothing to Lose

The appointment of Robert Ford as the new American ambassador to Egypt was indeed an ominous sign that the Obama administration expected civil war conditions to arise in Egypt. Ford’s forte during his hugely successful “diplomatic’ assignment in Baghdad in the middle of the last decade was to organize the notorious death squads, which tore Mesopotamia apart and destroyed Iraq almost irreparably. Equally, Ford played a seminal role in his subsequent ambassadorial assignment in Damascus in 2011...

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Egypt May Cost Us Money, Sen. Graham Fears

Egypt May Cost Us Money, Sen. Graham Fears

Senator Lindsey Graham, tweets: “A failed state in #Egypt will likely create ripple effects which impact American pocketbooks here at home.” Graham is concerned about “American pocketbooks” now? After all the financial damage that neocons’ aggressive foreign policy has wrought, how can anyone take this sudden concern seriously? Just in Egypt alone over the past 30 years, some $60 billion American taxpayer dollars were sent over to former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. Even today, while Egypt...

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Making the World the 'Enemy'

McCain and Graham's Strange Egyptian Adventure

What was President Obama thinking? Last week's trip to Egypt by the neoconservative dynamic duo, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, seemed like an improbably bad idea from the start. In the highly delicate situation inside Egypt, where the military is expected at any moment to initiate another bloody crackdown against supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, Graham and McCain would not be most people's choice to smooth tensions. Nevertheless it was reported that they traveled...

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Why Are We At War in Yemen?

Most Americans are probably unaware that over the past two weeks the US has launched at least eight drone attacks in Yemen, in which dozens have been killed. It is the largest US escalation of attacks on Yemen in more than a decade. The US claims that everyone killed was a “suspected militant,” but Yemeni citizens have for a long time been outraged over the number of civilians killed in such strikes. The media has reported that of all those killed in these recent US strikes, only one of the...

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Making the World the 'Enemy'

How Ron Paul Changed My Heart and Mind on War

My wife and I were in the middle of a three-month cross-country road trip in the Fall of 2011. We had just driven for over three hours to a small community center in northwestern Iowa where I found myself shaking hands with a man who had transformed my thinking. I was nervous, and the only words I could get out for my big moment of meeting Ron Paul were “thank you”. But maybe that was enough. I grew up in a very conservative Christian home where timeless principles such as the Golden Rule were...

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Neocons Seek ‘Control’ in Egypt

Neocons swindle their constituents into believing that they want to spread American values throughout the world. They talk about things like “bringing stability,” yet only chaos has followed neocon-prescribed international interventions. The cold hard truth is that what neocons really want is control. Everything else is just commentary. Let’s take recent events in Egypt for example. The unelected Hosni Mubarak, who the U.S. propped up financially for 30 years, was finally removed from power....

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Making the World the 'Enemy'

Washington’s Drive For Hegemony Is A Drive To War

It was five years ago that the president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvilli, who was installed in power by the Washington supported “Rose Revolution,” launched a military invasion of South Ossetia, a break-away province under its own government. The Georgian attack killed Russian peace-keeping troops and numerous Ossetians.The Russian military response overwhelmed the US trained and equipped Georgian army in 5 days to the embarrassment of Saakashvilli and his Washington sponsors.Washington began...

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Does Washington Post Purchase Create Spooky Conflict of Interest?

Everyone is talking about Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos's recent purchase of the Washington Post. Less noticed is the conflict of interest between his ownership of the Post and Amazon’s potentially significant profits from computing and data storage contracts with numerous US government agencies including the CIA. The question is whether the newspaper will be able to even-handedly report on the US government despite Bezos's financial interest in US government contracts. Though not as well...

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