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John Kiriakou | Hillary Clinton Email Investigation Shows Inherent Unfairness in U.S. Justice System

First, I want to be clear that I’m not angry at Hillary Clinton personally. I don’t like Hillary. I don’t support her. I don’t trust her. I don’t think she would be a good or trustworthy president. But that’s not the issue here. The issue is the inherent unfairness in the system.

Key Democrats, Led by Hillary Clinton, Leave No doubt that Endless War is Official U.S. Doctrine

This war – in all its ever-changing permutations – thus enables an endless supply of power and profit to flow to those political and economic factions that control the government regardless of election outcomes. Editor’s Note: There is really nothing new or surprising in this article. At least not for the readers of RiseUpTimes.org. The […]

Victoria Brittain> Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror

Tomgram: Victoria Brittain, Fighting a Global War of Terror “Here was the texture of a hidden war of continual harassment against a largely helpless population.  This was how some of the most vulnerable people in British society — often already traumatised refugees and torture survivors — were made permanent scapegoats for our post-9/11, and then […]

Noam Chomsky> The US and Israel, Not Iran, Threaten Peace

The US and Israel, Not Iran, Threaten Peace by Noam Chomsky  Published on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Common Dreams It is not easy to escape from one’s skin, to see the world differently from the way it is presented to us day after day. But it is useful to try. Let’s take a few examples. The war […]

Cathy Breen> From The Frying Pan, Into The Fire? Iraqi refugees in Syria

From The Frying Pan, Into The Fire? Hardly a day goes by that I don’t receive an email or desperate phone call from Iraqi refugees in Syria . . . By Cathy Breen   VFCN This article first appeared on WagingNonviolence.org. Click here for the video. “Can you help us?” cries the voice over the phone from […]

Chris Hedges> Criminalizing Dissent

Criminalizing Dissent Photo by CTJ71081 (CC-BY) By Chris Hedges   Posted on Aug 13, 2012    truthdig.com I was on the 15th floor of the Southern U.S. District Court in New York in the courtroom of Judge Katherine Forrest last Tuesday. It was the final hearing in the lawsuit I brought in January against President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense […]

Tom Engelhardt> Washington’s Militarized Mindset

Tom Engelhardt> Washington’s Militarized Mindset The Military Solution> The Lessons Washington Can’t Draw From the Failure of the Military Option  By Tom Engelhardt    July 5, 2012    Tom Dispatch Americans may feel more distant from war than at any time since World War II began.  Certainly, a smaller percentage of us — less than 1% — serves […]

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Changing Face of Empire

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Changing Face of Empire By Tom Engelhardt   Posted June 14, 2012.   Tom Dispatch The frustration has long been growing.  Now, it’s been put into words.  On his recent trip to Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who has earned a reputation for saying whatever comes into his head, insisted that […]

Glenn Greenwald> Leon Panetta: Macho Renaissance man

Leon Panetta: Macho Renaissance man The U.S. media becomes extra sycophantic when it comes to U.S. military leaders, as 60 Minutes showed last night. BY GLENN GREENWALD    Salon.com MONDAY, JUN 11, 2012 07:55 AM CDT Leon Panetta Of all the ways in which America’s establishment media lionizes political leaders, none is quite as sycophantic as […]

Bruce Gagnon> American Exceptionalism to the Rescue

American Exceptionalism to the Rescue By Bruce K. Gagnon (about the author)       June 4, 2012     opednews.com U.S. Secretary of War Leon Panetta is making a tour of the Asia-Pacific where he is pumping up the next military conflict.  Yesterday I heard he was in Vietnam trying to close a deal to allow the U.S. […]

Chris Hedges> The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost

The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost by Chris Hedges    Monday, March 26, 2012     Truthdig via Common Dreams I spent four hours in a third-floor conference room at 86 Chambers St. in Manhattan on Friday as I underwent a government deposition. Benjamin H. Torrance, an assistant U.S. attorney, carried out the questioning as part […]

Bob Boldt> Send in the Clowns …

Send in the Clowns… By Bob Boldt   Sunday, 05 February 2012      MWC  Sometimes I think that Scott Pelley and the lovely Lara Logan should be drawing their paychecks directly from the paymaster at the Pentagon rather than CBS’s 60 Minutes. They never pass an opportunity to cheerlead the latest drone strike or pull a […]

Robert Dreyfuss> Nibbling at the Pentagon’s Fat

Nibbling at the Pentagon’s Fat Robert Dreyfuss    January 27, 2012    The Nation Like President Obama’s announcement earlier this month, which drew angry denunciations from hawks, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s more detailed budget ideas for the Pentagon going forward ought be seen as an opening bid. Anyone concerned about the bloated budget at the […]

Ray McGovern> US/Israel: Iran NOT Building Nukes

US/Israel: Iran NOT Building Nukes Exclusive: Recent comments by U.S and Israeli military leaders indicate that the intelligence services of the two countries agree that Iran has not decided to build a nuclear bomb, a crack in the Western narrative that the U.S. press corps won’t accept, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains.  By Ray McGovern   January 24, 2012 […]

“We’re on a Destabilizing Planet”: Interview with Tom Engelhardt | History News Network

“We’re on a Destabilizing Planet”: Interview with Tom Engelhardt By David A. Walsh   1-16-12   History News Network David A. Walsh is an editor for the History News Network. Tom Engelhardt is the creator and editor of The Nation Institute’s TomDispatch.com, former Senior Editor at Pantheon Books, and the author of numerous works on American […]

Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Hedges with video from Democracy Now!

Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Hedges Truthdigger of the Week    Posted on Jan 20, 2012  Late last year, President Obama pulled a fast one by changing his stance on the National Defense Authorization Act so suddenly and drastically that Americans were left with a bad case of legislative whiplash—and a very serious state of affairs with regard […]

Tom Engelhardt> Tomgram: Chase Madar, Accusing WikiLeaks of Murder

Tomgram:  Chase Madar, Accusing WikiLeaks of Murder Tom Engelhardt   January 19, 2012    TomDispatch Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta called it “utterly deplorable.”  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed “total dismay.”  General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was “deeply disturbed” that the actions in question would “erode the reputation of our joint force.”  […]

Ray McGovern> Israel Tamps Down Iran War Threats

Israel Tamps Down Iran War Threats By Ray McGovern   January 19, 2012   Consortium News Exclusive: For months, Israeli hardliners and their neocon allies in the United States have been beating the war drums over Iran. But apparent resistance to war from President Obama has brought a softening of rhetoric in Israel, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern reports. […]

Star Tribune Editorial: Challenge Iran with diplomacy, isolation & Action & Call-in Day, January 18

Editorial: Challenge Iran with diplomacy, isolation Note for Twin Citians:  Come to the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge Vigil this Wednesday, January 18, to say “No New Wars.”  4:30-5;30. We also urge you to take some time on Wednesday, January 18, to send a message to our two senators, Amy Klobuchar (612-727-5220) and Al Franken (651-221-1016) telling them […]

Chris Hedges> Why I’m Suing Barack Obama

Why I’m Suing Barack Obama By Chris Hedges   Posted on Jan 16, 2012   truthdig Detainees pray at the U.S. military detention facility known as Camp Bucca in Iraq in this 2009 photo. (AP / Dusan Vranic) Attorneys Carl J. Mayer and Bruce I. Afran filed a complaint Friday in the Southern U.S. District Court in New York […]