Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Netanyahu's Congressional Rant

Netanyahu’s Congressional Rant

by Stephen Lendman

He last addressed a joint congressional session on May 24, 2011. At the time, Haaretz writer Gideon Levy called it a rant "filled with lies on top of lies and illusions heaped on illusions."

Netanyahu never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to do the wrong thing. He praised Israel's nonexistent democracy.

Critics denounced its business as usual policy. Its brutalizing occupation harshness. Wars against defenseless civilians at its discretion. Subjugating millions of Arabs ruthlessly for not being Jews.

A previous article explained why Netanyahu chose now to address Congress - a combination of political campaigning ahead of March 17 Israeli elections and a deliberate effort to sabotage Iranian P5+1 talks.

One thing alone is sure. He did more to damage relations with America than any previous Israeli leader. Neocons in Washington supporting him compound it.

Paul Craig Roberts noted a disturbing Andy Borowitz New Yorker article. He headlined "Boehner Calls Netanyahu Closest Ally in Fight Against Obama."

It reflects the lunacy gripping Washington perhaps one day heading toward destroying us. So does a second right-wing National Review article Roberts spotted titled "Netanyahu, Not Obama, Speaks for Us."

Thankfully levelheadedness still exists. A New York Times ad headlined "No, Mr. Netanyahu - You do not speak for American Jews."

"The American People Do Not Want a War with Iran." Noted American Jews and others signed it. 

Millions of Americans would have if given a chance. Likely billions of people worldwide - including most Israelis.

Netanyahu, like-minded Israelis, and lunatics in Washington may risk all on nuclear war. Humanity's greatest challenge is stopping them before their megalomania kills everyone.

Netanyahu's congressional address continued where his AIPAC rant left off. He lied claiming Israel defended itself from Hamas rockets last summer.

It launched cold, calculated, well-planned naked aggression against a largely civilian Gazan population. It had nothing to do with Hamas rockets.

It had everything to do with preventing Palestinian self-determination and unity as well as maintaing brutalizing militarized occupation harshness.

Netanyahu repeated tired old Big Lies as expected. He segued from one to another. His own Mossad explains a nonexistent iranian threat he hypes ad nauseam.

Claiming a modern-day "Persian potentate" threatens Israel's survival is polar opposite truth. No legitimate evidence corroborates his Big Lie. 

Nothing suggests Iran threatens anyone. Plenty proves a US/Israeli/UK alliance menaces humanity - the real axis of evil.

Iran and other peace-loving nations oppose their rage for war - one after another against fictitious enemies to satiate their maniacal craze for unchallenged dominance.

Don't expect Netanyahu to explain. He absurdly compared Iran to Nazi Germany saying its "regime" is not merely a Jewish problem any more than" Nazis were one.

It "poses a grave threat (to) the entire world." It's hard imagining anyone believing these reckless Big Lies demanding denunciation.

Most congressional members applaud it. Israel is nuclear armed and dangerous. Fascist ideologues control things. 

They threaten regional peace and stability. Perhaps humanity if their rogue agenda isn't stopped.

Netanyahu turned truth on its head claiming Israel and America support "life, liberty" and other fundamental freedoms.

At the same time, he lied saying Iran's founding document "pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad." 

He recklessly blamed Tehran for US/Israeli regional crimes. He viciously and irresponsibly claimed its "goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights (stolen from Syria) are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror."

He lied saying "(b)acked by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians."

Fact: Israel partners with Obama's proxy war on Syria.

Fact: He wants an Israeli rival removed.

Fact: He wants pro-Western stooge governance replacing sovereign Syrian independence.

Fact: He uses Pentagon/CIA recruited, armed, funded, trained and directed iSIS fighters as proxy US foot soldiers.

Fact: They're cold-blooded cutthroat terrorists.

Fact: Israel treats their wounded so they can go back and kill more Syrians. It provides arms and other support.

Despite no corroborating evidence whatever, Netanyahu ludicrously claimed "for the last 36 years, Iran (conducted) attacks against the United States."

If true, war between both countries would have erupted years ago. 
Even jaded congressional members know Netanyahu's claim about Iran "killing and maiming thousands of American service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan" is pure rubbish.

Yet they dutifully applauded instead of demanding he leave their chamber and never return. No regional country is responsible for more mass slaughter, destruction and state terror than Israel.

The entire Congress knows what not a single profile in courage among 535 members will admit.

Netanyahu's Big Lie urging congressional members to "stand together to stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror" was followed by rousing applause.

"Iran's regime is as radical as ever," Netanyahu ranted. It "will always be an enemy of America."

He disgracefully compared its government to ISIS - saying they're "competing for the crown of militant islam."

He cut to the chase lying about it "soon (to) be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs."

He ignored Israel's nuclear arsenal and long-range delivery capability it threatens to use at its discretion.

"I'll say it one more time," he ranted. "The greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of (Iranian) militant Islam with nuclear weapons."

Fact: Humanity's greatest threat is a US/UK/Israeli axis of evil threatening everyone with mass destruction.

Fact: Iran's commitment for world peace and stability goes unheralded.

Netanyahu finds new ways to lie about its peaceful nuclear program. He shamelessly says successful P5+1 talks "will not prevent (it) from developing nuclear weapons."

They'll "all but guarantee that (it) gets those weapons, lots of them" - despite ample evidence showing its nuclear program is entirely peaceful with no military component.

How does Netanyahu know he's right and sophisticated US and Israeli intelligence are wrong? "You can Google it," he claims.

You can't make this stuff up. According to him, Googling will reveal top secret information spy sleuths don't know.

How he spews these lies with a straight face he'll have to explain. He claimed any deal with Iran will leave its "vast nuclear infrastructure" in place.

It's no different from dozens of other countries operating nuclear reactors for commerial power. Iran conforms fully with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty provisions. 

Israel refuses to sign the benchmark treaty. It wants its open secret left unexamined. It ludicrously claims any deal leaves Iran "with a short break-out time to the bomb."

No evidence whatever substantiates it - or other Netanyahu Big Lies about Iran's legitimate nuclear program.

"According to the deal (being discussed), not a single nuclear facility would be demolished," he ranted. 

"Thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium would be left spinning. Thousands more would be temporarily disconnected, but not destroyed."

"Because Iran's nuclear program would be left largely intact, (its) break-out time would be very short - about a year by US assessment, even shorter by Israel's."

In 2012, Netanyahu claimed Iran would have a nuclear weapon in 3 to 6 months. Nothing he says holds water. Malicious Big Lies substitute for honest hard truths. 

His longstanding anti-Iranian position reflects his desire for unchallenged regional hegemony. Achieving it requires eliminating all rivals - principally Iran, Syria and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Claiming a fabricated Iranian nuclear threat is red-herring cover for wanting their governments replaced by pro-Western stooge ones.

The entire Congress knows Netanyahu's dirty game - the same one they play in America's pursuit for unchallenged global dominance.

It bears repeating what other articles stressed. Either we stop these lunatics or they'll kill everyone. Their hegemonic madness may end life on earth.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

The CIA-Controlled Neocon Washington Post

The CIA-Controlled Neocon Washington Post

by Stephen Lendman

America's MSM mock legitimate journalism. State propaganda Big Lies substitute for real news, information and analysis on issues mattering most.

The Washington Post ranks with the worst. Its editorial policy long ago fell from grace. It openly fronts for wealth, power and privilege.

Extreme hawkishness defines its agenda. Neocons control editorial policy. Owner Jeff Bezos has CIA ties. He's bought, paid for and owned by dark forces ruling America.

He got a $600 million CIA contract for much more than Amazon Web Services (AWA). He proliferates information dark forces in America want published.

He has a disturbing history currying favor with national security officials. WaPo should explain his CIA connection. Readers should know its editorial policy reflects its war on humanity agenda.

WaPo is a virtual CIA house organ. Earlier, Communications Professor/journalism scholar/media critic Robert McChesney commented, saying: 

"When the main shareholder in one of the very largest corporations in the world benefits from a massive contract with the CIA on the one hand, and that same billionaire owns the Washington Post on the other hand, there are serious problems." 

"The Post is unquestionably the political paper of record in the United States, and how it covers governance sets the agenda for the balance of the news media." 

"Citizens need to know about this conflict of interest in the columns of the Post itself."

"If some official enemy of the United States had a comparable situation - say the owner of the dominant newspaper in Caracas was getting $600 million in secretive contracts from the Maduro government - the Post itself would lead the howling chorus impaling that newspaper and that government for making a mockery of a free press."

Paul Pillar is a former top CIA analyst. On February 8, he headlined his Consortium News article "WPost Lost in Neocon Fantasyland."

Saying, in effect, its editorial policy supports endless wars of aggression against nonexistent enemies. 

Its Watergate-type exposes no longer exist. It's in bed with dark forces it should confront with forceful editorial truth and full disclosure.

It's on the wrong side of virtually every issue harming millions in America and worldwide. It proliferates pure propaganda, not journalism.

WaPo editors are part of the anti-Putin chorus. They consistently blame him for US/Kiev high crimes. 

They consider Illegitimate Ukrainian Nazis democrats. They call courageous Donbass freedom fighters terrorists.

They ignore Putin's all-out efforts for peaceful conflict resolution. They come perilously close to urging US war on Russia.

They're mindless about a potentially humanity destroying conflict if lunatics in Washington launch it.

Their reporting on Boris Nemtsov's murder reads like bad fiction. They ludicrously portray him as Churchillian.

He was a political nobody. Previous articles explained. His RPR-PARNAS party has less than 5% support. He enjoyed around 1% at most.

Polls show over 85% of Russians back Putin - more than double Obama's support in America.

A Sunday planned spring commemoration became a Nemtsov memorial march - a one-day Moscow event of no significance attracting around 21,000 participants at its height.

Most came simply to show respect - not support for a man the vast majority of Russians disliked.

Previous articles explained he was a US-funded Putin-bashing self-serving opportunist - polar opposite what the vast majority of Russians want and deserve.

The typical type scoundrel Washington likes installing in governments it topples as a convenient stooge serving US interests and their own at the expense of their own people they betray.

WaPo editors turned truth on its head claiming "(t)housands def(ied) Putin in Moscow." They look for any reason to bash him. 

They lied claiming "Russians know all too well the possible consequences of joining protest rallies in Moscow."

Police don't "regularly attack and beat peaceful demonstrators" as WaPo editors claimed.

It's common practice in America and other Western countries. Police in cahoots with Washington viciously attacked Occupy Wall Street protesters earlier in cities nationwide.

Club-wielding/head bashing cops attacked anti-war and global justice demonstrators earlier. Anyone challenging US injustice risks facing full-force state ruthlessness - including prison time, torture or death.

Don't expect WaPo editors to explain. Instead they lied claiming "tens of thousands showed up" in Moscow Sunday for Nemtsov.

It bears repeating. Estimates were about 21,000 at most. Claiming they "def(ied) fear that pervades Vladimir Putin's Moscow" is polar opposite truth.

Saying Sunday's turnout showed "many Russians, like Mr. Nemtsov himself, did not give up the cause of democracy and human rights" reveals more about WaPo-style neocon "fantasyland."

So does hyping nonexistent Putin "imperialism and repression." Citing a "democratic West," in contrast, is pure fantasy.

WaPo editors make garden-variety big liars look benign in comparison. 

"(M)any Western leaders remain in a state of denial about Mr. Putin or still hesitate to take measures that might stop his aggression," they ranted.

No Russian aggression exists now or earlier. None is planned. No evidence suggests it. Putin shames Western leaders. 

They support Washington's permanent war agenda. They're comfortable with US-dominated unipolarity.

Putin deplores war. He supports multi-world polarity, peace and stability.

WaPo editors urge more sanctions on Russia. They want Kiev supplied with more heavy weapons than already. They want war, not peace.

They lied about phantom Russian forces in Ukraine. No one can find them because they don't exist.

Since both sides agreed on February 12 Minsk ceasefire terms, Kiev continues to violate them. Rebels respond only if attacked.

WaPo editors maliciously accused "Russian forces" of breaching Minsk. They practically compared Putin to Hitler.

They outrageously claim he intends "to forcibly overturn the post-Cold War order in Europe."

On the one hand, they said "(i)t's not known who murdered Mr. Nemtsov…" On the other, they claim "it probably won't be (known) as long as Mr. Putin remains in power."

They ludicrously said Sunday marchers "placed responsibility where it must lie."

A previous article said it's inconceivable to think Putin wanted Nemtsov killed. Few Russians think so. Clear signs suggest a CIA false flag!

The article quoted Washington's ambassador to Russia John Tefft practically admitting Nemtsov was more valuable to America dead than alive. It said draw your own conclusion.

It bears repeating. WaPo editors want war, not peace. They're heading perilously close to urging direct confrontation with Russia. 

They part of the lunatic fringe in America's capital. The danger to humanity is they may get the war they crave.

A Final Comment

Readers expect more from Financial Times commentaries than Gideon Rachman's March 2 anti-Putin rant. He headlined "Vladimir Putin's survival strategy is lies and violence."

Ad hominem maliciousness substituted for facts and legitimate analysis. Rachman lied saying Putin "stirs nationalist paranoia that makes Nemtsov's killing permissible."

He outrageously blamed him for the crime saying "(w)hen a government starts murdering its critics in the streets, it has crossed the line into barbarism."

Lay blame where it belongs. America's CIA and Israel's Mossad have longstanding records of eliminating figures opposing their governments' imperial policies the old-fashioned way - by a bullet, bomb, slit throat or convenient well-planned accident.

Don't expect MSM writers to explain. Rachman disgracefully compared today's Russia to Soviet years under Stalin and Nazi Germany.

He sounded like WaPo editors saying "(u)nleashing vioience and then lying about it has become standard operating procedure for Mr. Putin's Kremlin - from eastern Ukraine to the streets of Moscow."

Anyone making minimal efforts to understand what's ongoing knows Washington, Israel, Britain and rogue NATO partners bear full responsibility for most global violence, instability and cold-blooded killings like Nemtsov's murder.

Blaming Putin for their crimes doesn't wash. Willful lying on issues this serious shows Rachman is no different from neocon US journalists - paid propagandists by any standard.

His article included a litany of Big Lies - whoppers shaming FT editors for publishing it. Making them look like their Murdoch-controlled Wall Street Journal counterparts.

They owe their readers an apology for printing rubbish they should have rejected straightaway.

Start by replacing Rachman. Follow up with an editorial retracting his Big Lies. 

Join others in working for world peace and stability. Help save humanity from the scourge of possible nuclear war.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Netanyahu at AIPAC

Netanyahu at AIPAC

by Stephen Lendman

His Monday bluster was a warmup for what honest observers call the most outrageous address ever by a foreign official to a joint congressional session - scheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at 11:00AM EST.

Netanyahu spurned protocol. He circumvented administration control over who gets invited to address Congress. 

He's persona non grata at the White House. No welcome mat greeted him on arrival. Obama refused to see him. 

Nearly five dozen House and Senate members intend boycotting his address - showing unprecedented disapproval of a foreign leader visiting Washington.

Voters should demand others explain why they intend showing up to support a cold-blooded racist mass-murderer serial liar.

On the one hand, his address is a thinly veiled campaign stunt two weeks ahead of March 17 Israeli elections.

On the other, It's an anti-Iranian fear-mongering effort - intended to sabotage ongoing P5+1 talks. 

It represents an unprecedented affront to US presidential authority - besides willfully lying about a Tehran nuclear weapons program his own intelligence agency (Mossad) says doesn't exist.

Annual US intelligence assessments say the same thing. Hard truths don't matter. Any excuse to bash Iran will do. Big Lies substitute for cold, hard facts.

Netanyahu's AIPAC speech was beginning-to-end demagogic boilerplate - full of bluster, megalomaniacal ranting, pompousness,  and Big Lies.

"Israel never forgets its friends," he said. He then recited a list of individuals complicit with Israeli crimes.

He insulted Palestinians and freedom fighters everywhere calling Jerusalem Israel's "eternal undivided capital."

False! It's a UN established international city. The vast majority of countries with embassies in Israel refuse to locate them there - including America.

Netanyahu avoided explaining what he'll tell Congress on Tuesday. It's no secret. He'll lie about a nonexistent Iranian nuclear weapons program.

He absurdly called Iran an existential threat. It hasn't attacked another country in centuries. It has no intention of doing so now.

None of its neighbors feel threatened. Tehran seeks cooperative relations with all states.

Netanyahu gives chutzpah new meaning. Despite deliberately circumventing US presidential protocol, he ludicrously claimed his speech isn't intended to show disrespect.

Or inject himself "into the American partisan debate." In 2012, he openly supported Romney. It's no secret he and Obama dislike each other.

How anyone can stand either of them they'll have to explain. They're both serial liars and war criminals multiple times over.

Israel's attorney general is investigating Netanyahu for alleged criminal use of state funds. Possible prosecution and imprisonment could follow.

He thanked Washington for "back(ing) Israel in defending itself at war and in our efforts to achieve a durable peace with our neighbors."

He ludicrously said "a potential deal with Iran could threaten the survival of Israel." He repeated the Big Lie about "Iran (being) the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in the world."

He turned truth on its head claiming "Iran vows to annihilate Israel."

Fact: Israel deplores peace. It thrives on wars and instability it creates.

Fact: Its only enemies are ones it invents.

Fact: It wages perpetual war against defenseless Palestinian civilians. 

Fact It terrorizes them ruthlessly.

Fact: It incarcerates 1.8 million Gazans in the world's largest open-air prison. 

Fact: Last summer it terror-bombed large parts of the Strip to rubble. it murdered or maimed thousands of its people.

Fact: Israel and Washington partner in each other's wars.

Fact: They're cold, calculated acts of premeditated aggression.

Fact: Washington provides Israel with generous funding, weapons, munitions and full support.

Netanyahu's serial lying wore thin long ago. It bears repeating. Iran threatens no one. Its nuclear program is peaceful. It has no military component. No evidence proves otherwise.

Anyone paying attention knows Netanyahu's claims are deliberate acts of deception - Big Lies to influence Congress, the US public and his own constituents about a nonexistent Iranian threat.

"Israel lives in the world's most dangerous neighborhood," he claims. Israel and Washington bear full responsibility for violence and instability throughout the region. Both countries threaten world peace.

Common values they share aren't "liberty, equality, justice, tolerance (and) compassion," as Netanyahu claims.

They're polar opposite aims to conquer, dominate and exploit - benefitting rich and powerful interests at the expense of all others.

No two countries in world history threaten humanity's survival more. None more reflect pure evil - a scourge vital to stop before it destroys everyone in its maniacial aim for world dominance.

On Monday, the White House and State Department warned Netanyahu against revealing sensitive details he apparently knows about P5+1 talks.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest said doing so would constitute a "betrayal" of US trust.

John Kerry said "(w)e are concerned by reports that suggest selected details of the ongoing negotiations will be discussed publicly in the coming days." 

"I want to say clearly, doing so would make it more difficult to reach the goal that Israel and others say they share in order to get a good deal."

Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Obama officials gave Israel detailed classified information. 

She explained Kerry's remarks were directed at Netanyahu. Revealing information given Israel in confidence would be more of an affront than already.

In recent weeks, US officials largely ceased keeping their Israeli counterparts informed on P5+1 talks - because of concern about Netanyahu leaking information or revealing it publicly before Congress.

On Monday, Israel's Channel 10 said Washington halted all intelligence cooperation with Israel pertaining to Iran's nuclear program.

Days before his congressional address, a blistering Haaretz editorial accused Netanyahu of "wrecking Israel's ties with" Washington.

It said his actions "gravely impair" what's called a special relationship. "(D)ue primarily to electoral considerations, (he's) determined to act like a wrecking ball," it stressed.

He "insist(s) on damaging Israel's most important relationship. (He's) embarrassing Barack Obama in his home court."

He'll challenge him openly "on Capitol Hill and urge (his opponents) to (sabotage) his diplomacy with Iran, just so that he can portray himself as the 'savior of the nation' back home and please his (paymaster) American billionaire Sheldon Adelson…"

Haaretz editors called him an irresponsible leader. His congressional address is meant to be a deliberate "frontal confrontation with the US president," they said.

On the one hand, his actions will have no effect on US policy, Haaretz editors maintain. On the other, they're destroying the fabric of a longstanding relationship.

His "flawed judgment" shows he's unfit to serve. Haaretz editors urged Israelis to replace him. Adding one of a new prime minister's "first tasks will be to fix what Netanyahu has destroyed."

It'll take more than a rogue prime minister to undo decades of US/Israeli partnership in high crimes against peace.

Leaders come and go. An ugly alliance of pure evil persists. A rising tide of resistance needs to confront it. Humanity's fate hangs in the balance.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Monday, March 02, 2015

Obama's War on Humanity at Home and Abroad:: Roland John's Appalling Mistreatment

Obama's War on Humanity at Home and Abroad: Roland John's Appalling Mistreatment

by Stephen Lendman

Obama's agenda combines permanent naked aggression against one country after another with homeland police state repression.

Sovereign independent nations are attacked and destroyed. Thousands of political prisoners languish in America's gulag for opposing rogue US policies.

Others are systematically denied justice other ways. Roland John is one of countless victims of US ruthlessness.

He's been a legal New Jersey resident since 2003. Yet he was wrongfully deported because of US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) abuse of power - "with no immigration hearing, thus violating my human rights," he explained.

On September 13, 2013, a CBP officer "deliberately" falsified information," John said.. His wrongful deportation followed.

"Now I’m at the verge of loosing my home, business and everything I worked for my entire life," he explained.

"I'm a law abiding citizen who don’t break the law and makes every effort to understand the laws and follow them," he added. 

He's a respected member of his community - the type person any nation should be proud to have as a resident or citizen.

He violated no laws. He has no criminal record. Yet his fundamental rights were systematically denied.

He was in Canada on business when his "visa renewal was under process," he explained. He was told by CBP's Peace Bridge Buffalo Border Crossing he could return home with USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) visa renewal notice. 

Yet he was wrongfully denied US re-entry - despite being a longtime legal resident.

He went to several reentry points believing a mistake was made. The last one erroneously issued a removal order.

He explained further as follows:

"In my panic, confusion and trauma, believing I’ll be able to obtain Justice if I’m present in the United States, I made an entry without inspection to prove to the immigration authorities that I did not leave the United States willfully abandoning my home (having a mortgage), business and legal status, and also to get a chance to report the misconduct of the United States Border Patrol agent in giving inaccurate information and deliberately misguiding and trapping me in Canada and knowingly disabling me to meet business, financial and legal commitments." 

"Instead of Justice, I was arrested by CBP and detained for 2 months, making me sign and fingerprint documents under duress, threats and exploiting my lack of understanding of the legal language, after which I was deported again with no right to an immigration attorney or self represent my case to an immigration judge." 

"So in a matter of 3 days, USCBP destroyed everything I achieved in the past 41 years and has branded me as a criminal and send me back to India, when it was their mistake in the first place."

Last December, the ACLU featured a report titled "American Exile: Rapid Deportations That Bypass the Courtroom."

A shocking 83% of deportation orders wrongfully come from immigration officers, not judges, it explains.

Nearly half are expedited with no chance for justice whatever. According to the ACLU:

"Asylum seekers, longtime residents, and others with rights to be in the United States can be deported without a hearing in a matter of minutes."

Washington's Department of Homeland Security operates like a national Gestapo. Current debate on its funding should focus on shutting it down entirely.

Replacing it with individual agencies serving public interests - not systematically violating international, constitutional and US statute laws with impunity.

Ordinary Americans are denied justice. Anyone can be targeted for any reason, wrongfully charged, prosecuted, imprisoned, or in the case of Roland John, deported extrajudicially without just cause - with no right of appeal.

US citizens may be targeted. Everyone is vulnerable. Deportation can follow "a single quick encounter with an (immigration or border patrol) officer," said the ACLU.

Individuals with valid legal status have no "chance to procure or consult with an attorney."

Throughout his tenure, Obama waged war on immigrants. Immigration rights activists call him the "Deporter-in-Chief" for good reason.

He enforces white supremacist policies. People of color aren't wanted. They horrifically abused in detention.

Obama's so-called immigration reform is more pretense than real. He deported more immigrants than all his predecessors combined.

On average over 1,000 a day. In total, over 2.3 million. Likely hundreds of thousands more before he leaves office - the dirty story he wants buried, ignored and forgotten.

Real victims like Roland John don't matter. "In a matter of minutes, a person whose entire life is in the United States can be deported with a removal order that makes returning lawfully extremely difficult" or impossible, said the ACLU. 

Fundamental rights everyone deserves are systematically denied. People are wrongfully deported. Some to dangerous places.

Justice is fundamentally flawed - based on what's proved to a failed policy of deterring unlawful immigration.

Since 1997, millions of removal orders were issued - many of them wrongful with virtually no chance for justice.

A system harming millions is fundamentally cruel and unjust. It violates core human rights.

America's Fifth Amendment guarantees due process protection. Sixth Amendment rights include having legal representation and proper judicial proceedings.

Victims like Roland John are denied these and other rights everyone deserves.

He's a 41-year-old Indian national. A computer software professional. He came to America on an H-1B visa work permit - later converted to a nonimmigrant work visa in 2013.

He regularly traveled to Canada on business. Wrongful deportation followed his last trip as explained above.

What happened is shocking and disturbing. He's outrageously barred from reentry into America for 20 years.

He did nothing wrong. He never should have been deported in the first place. Yet he has virtually no legal recourse to reverse the appalling injustice done him.

It proves once again America is more police state than democracy. No nation in history did more harm to more people over a longer duration - a disturbing truth everyone needs to know.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

More Kiev Minsk Violations

More Kiev Minsk Violations

by Stephen Lendman

Negotiating with US-controlled fascist thugs assures promises made will be broken. Throughout months of conflict, Kiev broke virtually every one made. Things ahead don't look promising.

Since both sides agreed to Minsk ceasefire terms on February 12, rebels strictly observed them - including withdrawing all heavy weapons as mandated.

On February 28, Donetsk forces completed their pullback from all front line positions. Doing so involved withdrawing 21 artillery groups. Spokesman Eduard Basurin explained, saying:

"The DPR has completed the withdrawal of heavy artillery, today we have withdrawn 6 Gvozdika (Carnation) artillery systems in the southern direction. The withdrawal was taking place under control of OSCE."

On March 1, Lugansk forces announced fulfillment of their obligation. Prime Minister Gennady Tsypkalov said "(w)e have completely withdrawn heavy artillery."

"We submitted it all to the OSCE observers: the information on the withdrawal, the locations of the weapons and the personnel. Pure formalities are left. The withdrawal has been completed."

Kiev lied about its intentions. Fascists operate this way. Trust isn't their long suit. Betrayal trumps observing agreed on terms.

Junta authorities breached last year's ceasefire agreements straightaway. They're at it again.

Basurin said "DPR intelligence…spott(ed) new cases of withdrawn Ukrainian units being redeployed (in) violation of Minsk" terms.

They remain close to front line positions they're supposed to be way distant from.

Basurin denied baseless junta accusations alleging DPR forces were covertly returning pulled back weapons to areas withdrawn from.

"These assumptions are untrue and cannot serve as justification for Ukraine's non-compliance with its obligations to withdraw weapons," he stressed.

OSCE's Donbass Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said its observers aren't given information they need to do their jobs.

He blamed both sides unjustly. Rebels cooperate fully. Junta forces do not - systematically violating ceasefire terms like last year.

Kiev's failure to observe Minsk suggests plans to resume conflict at Washington's discretion. Sputnik News interviewed Syria's Information Ministry advisor/ Academy for Geopolitical Crisis member Ali Ahmady.

He explained "American companies from the arms industry and energy companies are the ones that control America's decisions." 

"It is certain that the world financial crisis along with its consequences push the companies to resolve the crisis by selling weapons to other countries one of which is Ukraine." 

"These companies seek to solve (US) problems at the expense of the people of those countries."

Obama so far hasn't admitted America's open secret about selling Ukraine heavy weapons since conflict began last year. John Kerry's slip of the tongue did, saying:

"We have committed over 118 million dollars in arming… arming… training and equipping but some of it…You know, the eye of the beholder will determine the arming…" The amount he mentioned is the tip of the iceberg.

Kiev's only enemies are ones it invents. Weapons Washington and other NATO countries provide are for naked aggression, not defense.

American University in Moscow senior fellow William Dunkerly calls supplying Kiev with lethal weapons the equivalent of "throwing gasoline onto a fire."

It proves America wants war, not peace. A report last month from sources with US defense industry ties urged selling lethal weapons to Ukraine.

Congressional legislation signed by Obama authorizes it. Administration neocons use fabricated reasons to justify wanting  Ukraine armed more than already.

They want conflict escalated, Donbass freedom fighters crushed, and Russia directly challenged.

Lunatics infesting Washington may start WW III. Russia will respond if attacked. According to Strategic Missile Forces Central Command head Major-General Andrey Burbin:

"If there's a challenge to repel a lighting-fast nuclear attack in any given conditions, it will be done in fixed time. That's dead true."

"There would be no hesitation. The task would be executed.," he stressed. Russia's strategic nuclear armed missiles are dispersed so no strike can destroy them all, he explained.

Moscow's so-called "Dead Hand" perimeter system collects data from radioactivity and seismic sensors positioned throughout the country.

If evidence shows a nuclear strike anywhere on Russian territory, retaliatory missiles are launched automatically without human input. They able can hit targets anywhere in the world with pinpoint accuracy.

Given Washington's intent to replace Russia's sovereign independence with stooge government it controls, the threat of nuclear war is real. Ukraine may be the flashpoint launching it.

Meanwhile, junta fascists lost Donbass. Recent polls show around three-fourths of area residents want independence from Kiev.

Over 94% accused junta officials of waging war on their own citizens. Most want freedom from fascists trying to kill them.

Once trust is lost, it's tough regaining it. Given months of Kiev dirty war without mercy, maybe impossible for most Donbass residents. 

Ukraine may face an irreconcilable East/West split. Given horrific Kiev policies, Maidan 2.0 may follow. 

With fascist lunatics infesting Ukraine, things may end up worse than already. Prospects ahead aren't encouraging.

On March 1, tens of thousands of Donbass residents rallied against Western backed junta aggression and Kiev fascists in charge making policy. They expressed solidarity with Russia.

Their numbers were multiples greater than Moscow's Sunday Boris Nemtsov's memorial march. Media scoundrels ignored them entirely.

If they turned out in Western Ukraine, hoodlum security forces would attack them as terrorists. Organizers would be arrested.

Anyone against Kiev's regime or opposing its aggression on Donbass faces up to five years imprisonment and/or a large fine.

In early February, journalist Rusian Kotsaba was arrested for urging Ukrainian youths boycott conscription. He said he'd risk prison rather than wage war on other Ukrainians.

Prosecutors charged him with high treason. He faces potential longterm imprisonment. Amnesty International calls him a "prisoner of conscience."

AI's Ukrainian representative Tatyana Mazur accused junta authorities of "viol(ating) the basic human right of freedom of expression."

Separately, Kiev's interior ministry aide Anton Gerashchenko said anyone against conscription or regime war on Donbass faces arrest.

US-installed stooge president Poroshenko said state security services (SBU) "discovered (what he called) a den of rogues involved in anti-Ukrainian activity."

"As of today, they grabbed 19 active critics of the mobilization by their private parts," he said. 

He ludicrously claimed anti-war activists "pose a threat equal to that posed by the 'enemy' at the front."

He ridiculed them saying their activism "has nothing to do with democracy and freedom of speech."

Junta officials intend crushing Donbass democracy. They prohibit its emergence anywhere nationwide.

Ukraine's regime is a US-installed fascist dictatorship. Opponents are ruthlessly targeted for elimination. 

Activists wanting fundamental democratic freedoms are considered enemies of the state. They're marked for imprisonment or death.

Obama's Ukrainian allies are ruthless Nazi thugs. Since usurping power a year ago, they launched a reign of terror against anyone opposing their regime. 

Unless checked and stopped, they may conspiratorially with Washington drag Europe into catastrophic nuclear war with Russia. Preventing it is humanity's top challenge.

A Final Comment

Marsha Gessen is a US propagandist/Putin basher living in Moscow. She's a former controversial Washington controlled Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Russian Service director.

Her job then and now is proliferating anti-Russian/anti-Putin propaganda. Virtually everything she says and writes is rubbish - fabrications polar opposite truth.

No legitimate editors would touch her stuff. On March 1, New York Times editors featured it. Gessen took full advantage headlining "Russia's Army of Avengers."

On the one hand, she ludicrously called Boris Nemtsov's murder "the beginning of yet another new and frightening period in Russian history."

On the other, she fabricated a tall tale about a Kremlin-created "loose army of avengers who believe they are acting in the country's best interests…"

She lied calling Nemtsov "a logical first target for this menacing force."

Fact: Nemtsov though well known was a political nobody with around 1% popular support. 

Fact: He was a US funded self-serving political opportunist - widely disliked for good reason.

Fact: A previous article quoted US ambassador to Russia John Tefft suggesting he was worth more to Washington dead than alive - without directly saying it explicitly. Draw your own conclusion.

Gessen repeated the Big Lie about nonexistent Russian aggression "waging battle against Ukraine for a year - and like any country at war, it has focused much of its rhetorical effort on the domestic opposition."

Fact: Not a shred of evidence suggests Russian involvement in Kiev's war on Donbass.

Fact: Plenty of evidence shows Putin and Sergey Lavrov continue going all-out for diplomatic conflict resolution.

Fact: Nothing suggests Moscow targets opposition elements. Polls show Putin enjoys overwhelming 85%+ popular support. So-called opposition is too insignificant to matter.

Gessen's op-ed featured beginning-to-end Big Lies. Times editors treated them like gospel.  They banish hard truths systematically.

Managed news disinformation substitutes. It bears repeating. No legitimate editors would touch Gessen's rubbish. Times editors featured it.

Outrageous Big Lies like Gessen saying "(t)he message (is) clear: People will be killed in the name of the Kremlin, in plain view of the Kremlin, against the backdrop of the Kremlin, simply for daring to oppose the Kremlin."

Cold hard verifiable facts prove otherwise. Instead of publishing them, Time editors serve as quasi-official state propagandists.

Readers are advised to avoid them altogether. Choose reliable alternative sources of real news, information, and analysis to know what's happening and why on issues mattering most.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Putin Bashing Crowd in Overdrive Over Nemtsov Killing

Putin Bashing Crowd in Overdrive Over Nemtsov Killing

by Stephen Lendman

Throughout his tenure, irresponsible Western officials and complicit media scoundrels bashed him relentlessly. Any excuse will do.

Stuff made up out of whole cloth is held against him. Whatever he does is wrong no matter how right. 

His months of efforts to save Europe from the scourge of more war is treated like he intends to wage it.

The reason, of course, is his opposition to US imperial adventurism.  Its plan to colonize planet earth, steal its resources, and enslave its people as serfs paid poverty or sub-poverty wages.

To let Western monied interests and war-makers control everything for their own benefit at the expense of all others.

To transform nations into exploitable assets. To crush all opposition to its agenda. To let bankers steal everyone's wealth. 

To wage permanent wars because they're so profitable. To risk destroying planet earth to own it. To commit genocide all in a day's work.

Putin's vision is polar opposite. He wants peace, not war. He believes in nation-state sovereignty inviolability. 

He says rule of law principles are meant to be obeyed - especially when world peace is at stake. Over 85% of Russians support him.

Why anyone besides rich elites profiting at the expense of others supports Obama they'll have to explain.

Nemtsov's killing aroused the bash Putin crowd - despite knowing he had nothing to with it. 

Odds strongly indicate a CIA false flag - much like many others it instigated throughout its sordid history.

Jack Kennedy once said he wanted "to splinter (it) in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds" - reason enough to kill him.

For sure over wanting war in Vietnam ended. Obama can't wait to wage another one. His desire for imperial conquest is insatiable. 

As this is written, smaller crowds mourning Nemtsov than Putin bashers hoped for turned out in Moscow and St. Petersburg - around 7,000 in each city growing incrementally throughout the afternoon.

Sputnik News estimated a Moscow 21,000 turnout. Nemtsov supporters hoped for 50,000 or more.

NBC News hyped "immense crowds." The New York Times ludicrously said after Nemtsov's killing, "(t)here are no longer any limits."

Ignoring no-holds-barred US domestic and global barbarism throughout its sordid history - especially post-WW II. Most of all post-9/11.

Nemtsov was a widely disliked self-serving opportunist. The Times ludicrously called him a "standard-bearer of Western liberalism."

Putin bashing followed. The Times irresponsibly accused him of an "aggressive foreign policy…labeling his opposition a 'fifth column,' (and using) state television (to whip) up a militant, nationalistic fervor…"

It quoted a Putin critic saying "(t)he fact that they (meaning Russia's government) killed him is a message to frighten everyone…"

"This is what happens to people who go against the government of our country."

Despite knowing Putin had nothing to do with Nemtsov's killing, The Times published this rubbish - willful Big Lies intended to deceive.

The neocon controlled Washington Post headlined "Russian opposition leaders allege Kremlin links to Nemtsov slaying."

On the one hand, WoPo flat-out lied. It knows nothing suggests Putin's involvement. On the other,it hyped a nonexistent threat for political advantage not achieved. More on this below.

At the time of his death, Nemtsov was a political nobody. Polls showed his RPR-PARNAS party had less than 5% support. His personal popularity was around 1%.

You'd never know it based WaPo hyperbole calling him "a towering figure of post-Soviet politics." 

Perhaps he was a legend in his own mind - in very few others in Russia wanting nothing to do with him.

WaPo practically blamed Putin for his death. It called his killing "by far the highest-profile assassination during" his tenure.

Despite no evidence suggesting it, WaPo claimed opposition elements "reasoned that, at minimum, the security services that blanket Red Square must have had advance warning of Nemtsov's fate."

Putin had every reason not wanting him or other opposition figures killed. Political smearing alone would follow.

Plenty of unjustifiable criticism - much like what's happening now. Besides nothing suggesting Putin believes it's OK to order someone killed.

No evidence suggests he maintains a kill list like Obama - deciding who lives or dies. Ordering people killed by presidential diktat. Acting extrajudicially as judge, jury and executioner.

Heading a regime more abusive of fundamental civil and human rights than any government in history. Making state terror official US policy.

WaPo irresponsibly quoted Nemtsov ally Vladimir Milov absurdly calling his killing "connected to the authorities."

Another opposition figure was quoted claiming an "aggressive atmosphere created by the Kremlin…could lead to murder" - without citing a shred of corroborating evidence. 

None exists. Don't expect WaPo to explain. 

Wall Street Journal neocons hyped Nemtsov's "political assassination" as "the new reality of Putin's Russia." 

Again no corroborating evidence, Just baseless accusations and hype about "Russia's now-dimmed an tarnished hopes for democracy and reform…"

During his 2012 presidential campaign, Putin warned about dark forces "abroad…looking for a sacrificial victim from among prominent people."

"They would rub him out and then blame it on the authorities. I know about this. I'm not exaggerating," he said.

What happened was exactly as he envisioned. Perhaps to be followed by similar CIA-staged false flags irresponsibly blamed on him.

The good news is Washington's best laid plans fell flat. The Saker reported no opposition elements blaming Putin for what happened.

Many indicated a provocation - the term Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov used meaning a false flag intended to blame Kremlin authorities unjustly.

The area around the seat of government is heavily surveilled for security reasons. The Saker expects an arrest in a week at most, likely sooner.

If evidence shows US involvement, he believes it won't be made public. Instead it will be used quietly behind the scenes, he said.

Expect little or no effect on Putin's popularity. It won't stop lunatics in Washington and media scoundrels from bashing him relentlessly.

By this time next week or sooner, they'll find other reasons to vilify him unjustly. It doesn't matter what he does or doesn't do.

A Final Comment

March 1 marks the one-year anniversary of Donbass anti-fascist resistance. Freedom fighters risked all for fundamental democratic rights everyone deserves. 

What began as a protest against Kiev's ban on Russian language use developed into full-blown rebellion against fascist rule - notably in Donetsk and Lugansk.

Activists from Russia, other parts of Ukraine and elsewhere joined rebels against the scourge of fascism they deplore - perhaps inspired by the Lincoln and other Spanish Civil War brigades.

Freedom-fighting rebels want Novorossiya freed from fascist tyranny.  They overcame enormous odds so far.

Their liberating struggle continues. It has miles to go. Washington deplores democracy. Expect all-out US efforts to crush it in Donbass.

Maybe by US-led NATO war - turning Novorossiya into a killing field like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. 

Maybe initiated by a US-instigated Ukraine 9/11 followed by shock-and-awe bombing.

Fascists running America want hardline rule established everywhere. No matter how many millions of corpses it takes to accomplish their objective. 

No matter how much human misery follows. No matter if nuclear war risks mass annihilation. 

Lunatics in Washington may end life on earth to own it. No greater threat in history matches what humanity faces today. No greater urgency than ending it before it ends us.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.