Posts filed under “War/Defense”

Senate: Which Groups Are We At War With? Admin: That’s Classified

The Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing today on renewing the Authorization for the Use of Force (AUMF) in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Senators repeatedly asked representatives from the Department of Defense which groups we are at war with.  And the DOD refused to answer.

As the ACLU’s deputy legal director and director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy (Jameel Jaffer) tweets:

Senate: Which groups are we at war with? Admin: That’s classified. http://t.co/olW6B6Wy35

— Jameel Jaffer (@JameelJaffer) May 21, 2014

In response, people tweeted how Orwellian this is:

@JameelJaffer @trevortimm Either Oceania or Eastasia, I think.

— Steven Bellovin (@SteveBellovin) May 21, 2014

@JameelJaffer @ggreenwald “We have always been at war with [classified].”

— Jay Schiavone (@jaytingle) May 21, 2014

@JameelJaffer: Senate: Which groups are we at war with? Admin: That’s classified…” Prob b/c we supportAl Qaeda even as we ‘fight’ them.

— Anthony Bisotti (@drbisotti) May 21, 2014

@JameelJaffer don’t ask who, or why. It’s your job to Clap Louder!

— Patrick Brennan (@pmbrennan) May 21, 2014

And noted that normal Americans may not be immune:

@JameelJaffer @Popehat easy list: US Veterans, Teachers, Police, Firefighters, Gun owners, Capitalists, Casual Pot users…..

— Brian James (@bjames50) May 21, 2014

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

What Would Happen to Snowden If He Returned to USA?

Painting by Anthony Freda He Won’t Be Able to Tell His Side of the Story SecState John Kerry said that Ed Snowden really needs to “stand up in the United States and make his case to the American people.”  Kerry declared that “A patriot would not run away. … He can come home but he’s…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

The Terrorism Statistics Every American Needs to Hear: Calm TF Down … You Are Much More Likely to Be Killed By Boring, Mundane Things than Terrorism   McClatchy reported in 2010: There were just 25 U.S. noncombatant fatalities from terrorism worldwide. (The US government definition of terrorism excludes attacks on U.S. military personnel). While we…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Strength

American Public Turns Anti-War … Warmongers Desperately Reply, “But War Is GOOD for Us!” The American people are now overwhelmingly opposed to more war in Ukraine, Syria, Iran and elsewhere. Those who get rich from war (the military-industrial complexers and big banks) and their lackeys are desperate to reverse this trend. As such, they are…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Geo-political Risks, Charges Against Banks

Here are a few clips from today’s Bloomberg TV appearance:

Sanctions Won’t Change Russian Policy (but I dont care)

Source: Bloomberg, May 5 2014

Bloomberg Contributing Editor Richard Falkenrath and Bloomberg View columnist Barry Ritholtz examine the increasing violence in Eastern Ukraine and limits for potential responses from the United States and Europe on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers
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Why Now Is the Time to File Charges Against Banks

Source: Bloomberg, May 5 2014

Bloomberg Contributing Editor Richard Falkenrath, Bloomberg View columnist Barry Ritholtz and Bloomberg’s Cristina Alesci discuss possible criminal charges against Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.”

Category: Legal, Media, Video, War/Defense

  Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com “We Are No Longer a Nation Ruled By Laws” Pulitzer prize winning reporter Chris Hedges – along with journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, activist  Tangerine Bolen and others – sued the government to join the NDAA’s allowance of the indefinite detention of Americans. The trial judge in…Read More

Category: Legal, Think Tank, War/Defense

War Makes Us Poor

Image courtesy of Steve Hess Top Economists Say War Is Bad for the Economy Preface: Many Americans – including influential economists and talking heads – still wrongly assume that war is good for the economy. Many congressmen assume that cutting pork-barrel military spending would hurt their constituents’ jobs. As demonstrated below, it isn’t true. Nobel-prize…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Containing Ukraine

Containing Ukraine David R. Kotok April 25, 2014     The process is simple. Look at the front page of the Wall Street Journal and then the markets. Will Russia move troops across the border and seize Eastern Ukrainian territory? If so, what will be the consequences? There are several geopolitical scenarios being discussed. Punditry…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Think Tank, War/Defense

More War Lies Sold By the Same Lying Liars

Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com Peddler of Iraq War Lies Now Pushes Lies On Ukraine to Drum Up Confrontation with Russia Intelligence regarding Syria is arguably being manipulated even more blatantly than intelligence on Saddam and Iraq. Media coverage of Syria and Ukraine is as bad as it was of the Iraq war … or…Read More

Category: Think Tank, UnGuru, War/Defense

The CIA In Numbers

The CIA In Numbers! What do exploding cigars and poisoned wetsuits have to do with the CIA?

The CIA In Numbers

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Category: Video, War/Defense