Month: March 2016

American Media Drums Up Support for War … Again Washington’s Blog

Source: American Media Drums Up Support for War … Again Washington’s Blog Even After Mea Culpas For Horrible Iraq War Coverage, American Media Does the Same Thing With Iran The American people are being bombarded with messages that Iran will launch an attack unless it is bombed. For example, this is a top AP headline from today: The headline is being parroted by virtually every media outlet: Only upon a closer reading of the AP article can we see what Iran actually said: In other words, Iran is saying if you attack us first, we’ll fight back. That’s a little bit different from the misleading headline … isn’t it? As I noted in August, this is the old bully’s trick of pretending he is the victim: Police have recently stated on the record that: Resisting police desires may be labeled “violence” … even if the police desires are unlawful Curling up in a ball to avoid police violence may be considered “active resistance” … justifying the use of more force, including baton strikes Indeed, in …

Undernews: The forgotten war that still kills

I recently discovered Sam Smith and his work. Sam Smith (born 1937) is an American journalist and political activist who was an early pioneer in alternative media. He was also involved in the establishment of the Green Party of the United States. Several times a week, Smith publishes an email news digest, Undernews. Here is Smith’s most recent article, first published in 2011, copied verbatim: Source: Undernews: The forgotten war that still kills March 19, 2016 From our overstocked archives   Sam Smith, 2011 – Recent news that the last American veteran of World War I had died didn’t get a lot of attention because the war he fought in had long ago been forgotten by most Americans and is ignored by historians and the media. In my book, Why Bother, I wrote about it: |||| How many school children are taught that, worldwide, wars in the past century killed over 100 million people? In World War I alone, the death toll was around ten million. Much of this, including the later Holocaust, was driven by a culture …

Secrets, lies and Snowden’s email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit | Opinion | The Guardian

Ladar Levison: For the first time, the founder of an encrypted email startup reveals how the FBI and the US legal system made sure we don’t have the right to much privacy in the first place Source: Secrets, lies and Snowden’s email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit | Opinion | The Guardian My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation of surveillance equipment on my company’s network. My company, Lavabit, provided email services to 410,000 people – including Edward Snowden, according to news reports – and thrived by offering features specifically designed to protect the privacy and security of its customers. I had no choice but to consent to the installation of their device, which would hand the US government access to all of the messages – to and from all of my customers – as they travelled between their email accounts other providers on the Internet. But that wasn’t …

Neocons Red-Faced Over ‘Red Line’ – Consortiumnews

March 10, 2016  Robert Parry writes: Source: Neocons Red-Faced Over ‘Red Line’ – Consortiumnews Exclusive: Official Washington’s neocons love to condemn President Obama for not enforcing his “red line” after a sarin attack in Syria in 2013, even though one neocon now admits that U.S. intelligence lacked the proof, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic has penned an opus on President Barack Obama’s foreign policy which starts with a long segment dissecting Obama’s supposed failure to enforce his “red line” against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using sarin gas to kill hundreds of civilians outside Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013. For Official Washington’s foreign-policy elite, Obama’s flinching from a bombing campaign against Assad was a historical inflection point for which Obama deserves hearty condemnation. But if you read far enough into this story of Obama’s “feckless” behavior, you encounter a curious admission from Goldberg: that U.S. intelligence was unsure whether Assad was responsible for the attack. As Goldberg writes, “Obama was … unsettled by a surprise visit early in the week …