Thursday, February 28, 2013

Supreme Court Authorizes Lawless Wiretapping


Supreme Court Authorizes Lawless Wiretapping

by Stephen Lendman

America's Supremes are notoriously hard right. Equal justice under law is just a figure of speech. Rule of law principles and egalitarian fairness don't matter. Power politics corrupts the High Court. It lacks legitimacy.

Five Supreme Court justices are Federalist Society (FS) members. They include Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas. They're ideological extremists.

FS began 30 years ago at Harvard, Yale and University of Chicago law schools. Initially it was a student organization. It challenges orthodox liberalism. It corrupts itself in the process. 

It advocates rolling back civil liberties. It wants New Deal social policies ended. It supports imperial wars, corporatism, and police state harshness.

It wants reproductive choice, government regulations, labor rights, and environmental protections ended. It spurns justice in defense of privilege. It defiles constitutional protections doing so.

Justice Elena Kagan is ideologically sympathetic. She brags about loving the Federalist Society. As Harvard Law School dean, she hired Bush's outgoing Office of Legal Counsel director, Jack Goldsmith. Francis Boyle called him a war criminal.

Last September, Congress overwhelmingly passed the 2012 FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act. Obama signed it into law. He called doing so a national security priority. He lied. It reflects police state harshness.

It's lawless without legitimacy. It extends the 2008 FISA Amendments Act (FAA). It's for another five years.

It authorizes warrantless spying. It does so without naming names or probable cause. It violates Fourth Amendment protections. It states:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Overseas phone calls, emails, and other communications of US citizens and permanent residents may be monitored without court authorization. Perhaps domestic ones are covertly. Anything goes is policy.

Probable cause isn't needed. Warrantless electronic eavesdropping is instrusive and lawless. Everyone is vulnerable for any reason or none at all. Vague language allows virtually anything. 

Constitutional protections don’t matter. They’re null and void. What Bush began, Obama embraces. Things are worse than ever. Full-blown tyranny remains a hair's breath away. Obama governs by diktat authority.

The ACLU filed suit. It passed through lower courts to the Supremes. Last October, High Court justices heard oral arguments. Clapper v. Amnesty International challenged the constitutionality of warrantless spying.

On February 26, the Supreme Court ruled. It dismissed ACLU's case. It violated constitutional protections doing so. It wasn't the first time inviolable law was spurned.

On February 27, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) commented. The Court didn't address FFA's constitutionality, it said. It ruled against lawyers, journalists, human rights groups, and others challenging protections too important to deny.

It said they couldn't prove surveillance was "certainly impending." They didn't have required standing to sue. 

Saying so is deeply troubling. It's an absurdity on its face. It's a standard never before used. Imposing it denies the legitimate right to sue. Doing so reflects police state justice.

"In other words," said EFF, "since (plaintiffs) did not have definitive proof" of what Washington keeps secret, "they cannot challenge" the law's constitutionality.

Saying so defies reason and rule of law fairness. America's High Court struck another blow against freedom. Good news remains, said EFF.

Its Jewel v. NSA suit isn't affected. The spy agency targets millions of ordinary Americans lawlessly. Doing so is policy. Government officials remain unaccountable. Evidence is indisputable.

NSA whistleblowers and former AT&T employee Mark Klein provided it. It proves the telecom giant routes Internet traffic to a secret San Francisco facility. NSA controls it.

EFF challenged responsible government officials. They include George Bush, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, and others. They ordered and participated in warrantless domestic surveillance. Obama and other administration officials do it now.

In 2009, his administration moved for dismissal. It claimed permitting it would require revealing "state secrets."

Lower and appeals courts disagreed. The case remains active. Perhaps it'll reach the High Court. Losing Clapper makes Jewel more important.

It's "one of the last remaining hopes for a court ruling on the legality of" lawlessly surveilling Americans, said EFF. It's been ongoing for over a decade.

Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals judges granted Jewel standing. They said:

"Jewel has much stronger allegations of concrete and particularized injury than did the plaintiffs in Amnesty International. Whereas they anticipated or projected future government conduct, Jewel’s complaint alleges past incidents of actual government interception of her electronic communications."

Major hurdles remain to be overcome. The Supreme Court ruled future harm must be "certainly impending." It's required to sue, they said. It obstructs future lawsuits.

It's "very troubling," said EFF. It's especially so "in the context of cases involving secret surveillance."

Future conduct can't be predicted. Ruling so denies all challenges. None can be settled equitably. Anything can be claimed for any reason to deny them.

Justice Breyer dissented on Clapper. He explained certainly impending's absurdity, saying:

"One can, of course, always imagine some special circumstance that negates a virtual likelihood, no matter how strong." 

"But the same is true about most, if not all, ordinary inferences about future events." 

"Perhaps, despite pouring rain, the streets will remain dry (due to the presence of a special chemical)."

ACLU deputy legal director, Jameel Jaffer, said the High Court ruling denies "meaningful judicial review and leaves Americans' privacy rights to the mercy of the political branches."

"More than a decade after 9/11, we still have no judicial ruling on the lawfulness of torture, of extraordinary rendition, of targeted killings or of the warrantless wiretapping program." 

"These programs were all contested in the public sphere, but they have not been contested in the courts."

Police state justice remains policy.

Secret lawless surveillance alone is troubling. It differs from physical searches. It's hidden. Targets don't know they're spied on or why. Innocent people suffer. Constitutional protections are denied.

Reasons for doing so don't wash. According to Supreme CourtThink, Washington can deny victims standing. 

Constitutionality doesn't matter. Actions can be kept secret. Challengers can't sue unless government agrees. Unfettered power is institutionalized. Rule of law principles don't apply.

FAA permits sweeping surveillance. Categories of people can be targeted. Millions are affected at the same time. No one know's what's going on or why. 

Police state harshness is policy. Innocence is no justifiable defense. Due process and judicial fairness don't matter. What Obama officials say goes. They operate extrajudicially. High Court justices approve. Doing so makes them complicit. There's no place to hide.

Electronic communications can be monitored. Probable cause isn't needed. Obama officials convinced Ninth Circuit justices to dismiss warrantless wiretapping challenges earlier.

In Al Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Obama (August 2012), they dismissed plaintiff's challenge. They did so on what's called "sovereign immunity."

It prevents government, its agencies and departments from being sued without consent. It stems from earlier practice. It comes from notions that monarchs can do no wrong. It violates fundamental freedoms doing so.

EFF hopes Al Haramain won't affect Jewel. It raises "many causes of action." They embrace more than what 50 USC, Section 1810 covers. It's US law explaining actual and punitive monetary damages.

Jewel wants warrantless surveillance stopped. It wants millions of innocent Americans protected. It wants proper warrants and judicial oversight. It wants rule of law principles upheld.

EFF moved for a lower court Jewel ruling. It wants its case to go forward. It wants Washington held accountable. It wants lawless NSA spying stopped. 

It said "FISA preempts the state secret privilege." District court hearings will begin this fall. Whether High Court ones follow won't be known for some time. How they rule most often remains deeply troubling.

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

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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Israeli Commanders on Trial


Israeli Commanders on Trial

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article said Israel's rap sheet makes serial killers look saintly by comparison. It's no exaggeration. Decades of crimes of war, against humanity and genocide explain.

Accountability so far is wishful thinking. Hope springs eternal. In May 2012, Turkey issued arrest warrants. Four former senior IDF officers were named.

They include Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, military intelligence head Amos Yadlin, naval commander Eliezer Marom, and air force intelligence head Avishai Levi.

They're accused of ordering the May 31, 2010 Mavi Marmara massacre. Israeli commandos attacked the vessel preemptively. They did so in international waters.

Nine Turkish nationals were assassinated. Dozens more were injured. Everyone on board was terrorized. Israel planned it that way.

High crimes were committed. A 144-page indictment said so. They were premeditated. They were against unarmed, nonviolent activists. They were delivering vital humanitarian aid to besieged Gazans.

Turkish/Israeli relations became strained. Ankara demanded an apology and compensation for families of victims. 

Israel never says it's sorry. It refused and stonewalled. Rogue states operate that way. Turkey's trial is largely symbolic. Proceedings began last November. 

Accused Israelis didn't attend. No one expected them to. Entering Turkish territory subjects them to arrest.

Istanbul Prosecutor Mehmet Akif Ekinci seeks 10 consecutive life sentences. It's for nine deaths plus another victim in coma.

Charges include voluntary manslaughter, attempted voluntary manslaughter, intentional injury, incitement to assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, abduction or confiscation of maritime vessels, property damage, false arrest, and mistreatment of prisoners.

Hundreds of complainants were invited to testify. Conclusions from an internal Turkish investigation accused Israel of "banditry," "piracy," and "state-sponsored terrorism."

Israel is guilty as charged. Clear evidence proves it. More on that below.

On February 21, the Jerusalem Post headlined "Turkey resumes Gaza flotilla trial for four ex-IDF heads," saying:

Israel dismisses proceedings as politically motivated. An unnamed legal official called it a "show trial."

Last year's proceedings focused on murder charges. Current ones address mistreatment, sexual harassment, property theft, and violations of press freedom. Citizens of 37 countries are involved. Hundreds demand justice.

On February 26, Mondoweiss contributor James Marc Leas headlined "Years of impunity for Israeli leaders may draw to a close in Turkish flotilla trial."

Uneditied raw video is damning. It's authentic. It points fingers the right way. Videographer Iara Lee took it. It provides over an hour of "minute-by-minute" documented evidence.

It "shows Israeli soldiers firing weapons at the ship at least 5 minutes and 30 seconds before other Israeli soldiers are seen rappelling down to the ship from a helicopter."

In other words, it was premeditated. It's well before anyone on board had time to react.

Israeli officials lied. They claimed boarding commandos acted in self-defense. 

They initiated attacks guns blazing. They singled out targeted victims. They murdered them in cold blood. They did so at point blank range.

Footage showed in court "was formally released at a" UN June 10, 2010 press conference.

Gunfire began at "36:08 on the film." 

"(I)t appears to be coming from an Israeli Zodiac boat. (It was) alongside the" Mavi Marmara.

"The first explosive device is at 36:13."

Over the next few minutes, gunfire and explosions are heard.

At 36:39, closeups show Israeli soldiers on the Zodiac firing at unarmed civilians.

Video "shows flashes from guns and an Israeli soldier with a rifle aimed up at the ship."

From 36:08 - 37:17, lots of firing and explosions are heard.

At 37:40, the first helicopter sound is heard.

At 38:24, "red dripping on the walls is seen, and someone keeps saying blood."

At 39:12, "(s)omeone else says "I think they are using paintball looking stuff. It is not live ammunition."

From 39:40 - 40:15, audible helicopter sound gets louder. At 40:28, it's visible.

At 41:58, six or seven commandos "are seen rappelling down along two different ropes…."

At 42:29, the helicopter lifts away. At 42:40, passenger noise level rises.

At 42:49, 43:18, and 43: 35, gunfire is heard. At 43:29, wounded are seen carried away.

"At 44:18, Kevin, an American, shows a booklet obtained from one of the Israeli soldiers…."

It shows pictures of activists on board Israel wanted to kill. They knew in advance who to target.

"(F)ootage shows Israeli soldiers firing weapons and shooting explosive devices beginning at least 5 minutes and 30 seconds before other Israeli soldiers came rappelling down their rope from (their) helicopter."

These facts contradict Israel's self-defense claim. It doesn't wash. Clear evidence proves otherwise. So do numerous victim testimonies.

"Israeli government forces seized electronic devices, including cameras, computers, cell phones, and memory cards…."

Israeli released footage was fake. It was staged. It doesn't wash. It was filmed in advance on a Mavi Marmara replica. It showed passengers attacking soldiers.

Clear evidence shows Israeli commandos committed cold-blooded murder. If Turkish authorities are serious, they'll find IDF commanders guilty of high crimes. Doing so will set a precedent. It's high time that happened.

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

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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Kerry Supports Anti-Syrian Government Terrorists


Kerry Supports Anti-Syrian Government Terrorists

by Stephen Lendman

Kerry replaced Clinton at State. He didn't miss a beat. He continues her imperial arrogance. He prioritizes war. He deplores peace. He supports Israel's worst crimes.

He's contemptuous of rule of law principles. He supports wrong over right. He's indifferent to human suffering. US imperial priorities alone matter.

His first overseas trip continues. He left Sunday. He's visiting nine countries in 11 days. After meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, he said:

"We all agree that the time has passed for President Assad to heed the voice of his people and the voice of the people in the world who want a peaceful transition and a new opportunity for Syria."

"That’s why we are examining and developing ways to accelerate the political transition that the Syrian people seek and deserve."

Plans are to assure Western-backed death squads more aid. They're not rebels. They're invaders. They're terrorists. Media scoundrels don't explain. 

Last June, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused America of arming Syrian opposition fighters. Doing so is contrary to what US officials claim, he said.

On February 28, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said Kerry backs anti-government terrorists. He wants Assad ousted faster. He's involved in doing what he won't admit. He's sending "military vehicles and armors" to death squad killers.

He "neglected any stance that helps the political dialogue, and he only promised to back the armed groups in a way that encourages them to continue their criminal acts of killing, terrifying the innocent citizens, and destroying the government institutions."

Doing so makes him complicit in crimes of war and against humanity. He was earlier as Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman. 

He's a longtime insider. He threatens world peace. He prioritizes war. He risks global conflict doing so.

Washington's actively arming, funding, training, and directing anti-Syrian government terrorists. It's been ongoing since conflict erupted. 

America planned, instigated, and directs it. Syria is Washington's war. 

Obama wants subservient puppet leadership replacing Assad. Plans are longstanding. They're lawless. They're to advance America's imperium. Kerry's job is assuring it. It's his top priority. He's an imperial warrior. Don't expect him to explain.

He's meeting with Friends of Syria in Rome. They subvert peaceful conflict resolution. He'll meet with Syrian National Council representatives in Istanbul.

Opposition fighters won't be left "dangling in the wind," he said. Aid will be significantly increased. Weapons and munitions are prioritized. Wars aren't waged without them.

Regional allies are complicit in supplying them. Israel's very much involved. So are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey. Western war profiteers produce them. 

Kerry provides diplomatic cover. He claims he wants peaceful conflict resolution. Washington's waging war to prevent it. 

It's got blood on its hands. It bears full responsibility for tens of thousands of Syrian deaths. Kerry's complicit in high crimes. He's dismissive of anti-Assad death squad atrocities. 

He blocked a Russian-sponsored Security Council resolution. It condemned recent ones in Damascus.

Washington Post editors barely stop short of urging all-out war. On February 27, they headlined "Washington's last chance to help Syria," saying:

Kerry's credibility is on the line. It's his job to assure regime change. "US policy must (help opposition fighters) establish a full-fledged alternative government on Syrian territory and recogniz(e) it as the legal government of Syria."

No matter that doing so has no legitimacy. No country or combination thereof may interfere in the internal affairs of others. International law is explicit. It's unequivocal. 

Violators are war criminals. Post editors didn't explain. Regime change matters more. So does US regional dominance. Body counts are inconsequential achieving it.

"If the Obama administration is to lead on Syria, it must commit itself to steps that can bring about the early collapse of the regime and its replacement by" a Washington acceptable alternative. Imperialism works that way.

"Only direct political and military intervention on the side of the opposition can make that happen." No matter that doing so is lawless.

Fouad Ajami serves pro-Western interests. He's a longtime warmonger. His credibility is for sale. He supports what pays well.

He shows up often on Wall Street Journal pages. Rupert Murdoch is likeminded. They represent the worst of demagogic propaganda. No lie's too outlandish to be told.

On February 27, Ajami headlined "John Kerry's Syrian Second Chance," saying:

Kerry's on his "get-to-know you European tour." He'll meet "with Friends of Syria" and opposition fighter representatives.

They "want to overthrown the murderous Assad regime." They want more help doing so. "If Mr. Kerry wants to break the stalemate, he must will the means."

"But there is no substitute for military aid….Syria is the place where the will of Iran could be broken."

Ajami barely stopped short of urging all-out war. Perhaps a follow-up column will do so. He does what his paymasters demand. He shames himself in the process. So do likeminded warmonger allies. 

They support what demands condemnation. They shift focus from one conflict zone to others. They're mindless of right and wrong issues. 

Advancing America's imperium alone matters. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. Balkanizing Syria is planned. Replicating Libya is likely. Out-of-control lawlessness will follow. Violence won't end.

Today's Libya is fragmented and violent. Two or three states exist. Central government is illusory. Tribal clans maintain local authority. Green resistance wants Libya liberated. Protracted struggle continues. 

Imagine replicating what should be avoided. Apparently it's what Washington has in mind. So does Israel.

War remains ongoing. Syria's being ravaged and destroyed. Hundreds of thousands may die. Greater conflict may follow. 

The entire region and beyond may explode. Might over right madness risks global war. 

It's hard imagining what no leader should tolerate. Weren't any past last lessons learned? Wasn't twice bitten enough? 

The worst of possible scenarios are unfolding in real time. The worst of possible outcomes may follow.

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

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hollywood-Style History


Hollywood-Style History

by Stephen Lendman

Hollywood's complicity with Washington is longstanding. Movie moguls are duplicitous. The only thing they like like better than good films are good deals.

Washington's requests are prioritized. Scripts feature pro-Western propaganda. "Operation Hollywood" explains. 

Daily Variety/Hollywood Reporter David Robb's book discussed Hollywood's longstanding relationship with the Pentagon.

It began post-WW 1. The 1927 silent film "Wings" starred Clara Bow. It launched Gary Cooper's career. It was about two WW I fighter pilot friends. It won Hollywood's first best picture award.

"Hollywood Goes to War: How Politics, Profits and Propaganda Shaped World War II Movies" tells more. Clayton Koppes and Gregory Black explained. It discusses Franklin Roosevelt's Office of War Information. It had enormous influence on Hollywood.

It impacted wartime filmmaking. Anyone growing up at the time remembers. WW II films proliferated. They're still shown on late night TV. Cable channels feature them. Government censors had final say. They controlled everything from casting to production. 

Studio bosses were well compensated to collude. Long before Pearl Harbor, film content promoted war. In 1939, Warner Bros. premiered "Confessions of a Nazi Spy." It claimed Germany sought world conquest. It was before anyone knew Hitler's full intentions.

In 1940, Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" burlesqued Hitler, Mussolini, and Nazism. Other films featured war propaganda. Once America was attacked, they proliferated. 

No plot too far-fetched was omitted. Even Tarzan was exploited. He waged war on Nazism in "Tarzan Triumphs." 

Hitler was no match for the king of the jungle. He defeated German invaders singlehanded. An elephant blitzkrieg helped.

Movie moguls supported the war effort. Most of all they prioritized profits. They claim they give people what they want. They reinvent history doing so.

Pentagon generals supported and approved "Top Gun." A special Film Liason Office overseas propaganda filmmaking. It focuses on ones related to war. It chooses ones it wants.

It has final say on content and characters. It makes no secret of its purpose. It wants pro-Western propaganda featured. Few war films go other ways.

Zero Dark Thirty chronicled the hunt for Osama bin Laden. It's grotesque, dishonest, and fabricated. It opened days before Christmas last year. It reinvented history. Bin Laden was dead and buried. In December 2001, he died naturally.

Hollywood and Obama claimed otherwise. History is reinvented. Doing so is shameless and duplicitous. It says more about America's imperial agenda than truth.

It exploits 9/11 events. It ignored clear evidence. David Ray Griffin wrote 10 convincing books. America's false flag struck the Pentagon, downed the twin towers, and Building 7.

Doing so launched overt and covert war on terror. It rages lawlessly at home and abroad. Hollywood marches in lockstep. Movie moguls misinform, manipulate public sentiment, and manufacture consent. 

They convince people to support what demands condemnation. They persuade them to hate alleged enemies. They glorify war in the name of peace.

They proliferate Big Lies. They stoke fear. They aid and abet state crimes. They convince people that Washington's wars are justified because they say so.

They call waging war on humanity liberating struggles. They believe might justifies right. Destroying nations to free them is OK.

Zero Dark Thirty reinvents history. It chronicles a hunt for a dead man. It turns rogue CIA agents into heroes. It's long, boring, and dishonest. Much of what the film portrays has no connection to bin Laden.

It argues that torture works. Brutalizing detainees helped discover his whereabouts, it claims. Extrajudicial killing is glorified. Misfits become heroes. Crimes of war and against humanity are waged for our own good. 

Hollywood and media scoundrels produce this stuff. They do so for profit. They're unapologetic. Anything for a buck is OK. Propagandizing is the American way.

On February 24, Argo won top honors. Hollywood's 85th Academy Awards chose it the year's top film. It should have been denounced instead of honored.

It relates a little-known 1979/1980 Iranian hostage crisis episode. Demonstrators stormed Washington's Tehran embassy. Fifty-three Americans were held captive for 444 days. 

A generation of repressive Reza Shah Pahlavi rule went unexplained. He was Washington's man in Tehran.

Six Americans escaped. Former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor sheltered them in his home. He's highly critical. He said script writer Chris Terrio misportrayed events.

The film recounts their rescue. It downplays Canada's involvement. Terrio took creative liberties. Scenes were fabricated. People were mischaracterized. Iran's "more hospitable side" was omitted. 

Argo is malicious, unjust, and one-sided. It's Hollywood propaganda at its worst. It foments anti-Iranian hatred. It stereotypically portrays Iran according to pro-Western misinformation.

Press TV called Argo "Iranophobic." It's Hollywood-style "Machiavellian maneuvering." Film critic Kim Nicolini was quoted. She expected Argo to win. She said there's nothing remotely "best" about it.

It's "a piece of conservative (pro-Western) propaganda created by Hollywood to support the Obama administration's" positioning ahead of last November's presidential election.

"It also primes the war wheels for an American-supported Israeli attack on Iran, so that (Iran bashers) can feel okay about the war when they cast their vote for Obama in November (2012)."

Film director Ben Affleck reinvented history. Students who stormed Washington's embassy believed it was a den of espionage. Overthrowing the new Islamic Republic was prioritized.

Affleck's ignored the larger story. His film is one-sided. It's "a sanitized version of events," said Nicolini.

"(T)here's nothing authentic about (its) manipulation of historical events." It's "pure political propaganda."

"Given the vast number of people who have died in the Middle East (Americans, Iranians, Iraqis, Afghanis, etc.), why should we give so much attention to 6 white American diplomats who were saved by Hollywood and the CIA?" 

"What about all the other people from so many cultural demographics who have and are continuing to be massacred, murdered and tortured daily?"

In 1979, Masoumeh Ebtekar was students' spokeswoman. She hoped Argo would portray events accurately. She's sorely disappointed.

"The group who took over the American Embassy were a group of young, very orderly and quite calm men and women," she said.

Argo's portrayal is wholly inaccurate. It's fiction, not fact. It bears no relation to truth. It's Hollywood-style rubbish. 

It's politically motivated. It leaves the 1981 Algiers Accords unmentioned. Iran and Washington signed it. Most Iranian assets were unblocked. 

A day later, 53 US hostages were released. It was moments before Reagan was inaugurated. Washington wants US/Iranian conciliation concealed. 

Argo ignored what it should have featured. It reinvented history. It did so Hollywood-style. It sacrificed truth. It bashed Iran in the process. 

It's part of Washington's propaganda machine. It shouldn't surprise. Doing so is longstanding. Hollywood does it for profit. It's the American way.

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

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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Nuclear Roulette Update


Nuclear Roulette Update

by Stephen Lendman

Multiple P5 + 1 talks were held. Almaty, Kazakstan ones are the latest. Nothing gets accomplished. Washington obstructionism prevents it. Israel does so covertly.

Netanyahu reacted as expected. Bluster substitutes for reason. "(T)here are no measures that will make Iran heed the demands of the international community aside from military sanctions against it," he said.

Iran won't end its "military nuclear program. (It) continues to violate all the international standards. Therefore I believe that the world must tighten the sanctions and make it clear that if it continues with its plan, there will be military sanctions."

He means war.

Nuclear talks are subterfuge. Washington, Israel, and EU nations know Iran's program is peaceful. Claiming otherwise is red herring cover for regime change. 

US plans are longstanding. Independent governments aren't tolerated. Subservient pro-Western ones are demanded. In 1979, Iran ended a generation of repressive Reza Shah Pahlavi rule. 

He was Washington's man in Tehran. He remained so until the Islamic Republic of Iran replaced him. 

Iranians aren't about to roll over for America. Their independence matters more. They're not about to surrender it nor should they.

US demands have no legitimacy. International law is clear. No nation may interfere in the internal affairs of others. 

The 1648 Treaty of Westphalia established the principle of state sovereignty. Foreign interference and/or intervention are prohibited.

Kellogg-Briand promised wars would no longer resolve "disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them." 

Article 8 of the 1933 Montevideo Convention of Rights and Duties states:

"No state has the right to intervene in the internal or external affairs of another."

Under Article 10, differences between states "should be settled by recognized pacific methods."

Article 11 calls sovereign state territory "inviolable...."

The UN Charter mandates state sovereignty, equality among all nations, non-interference in their domestic affairs, self-determination, non-interference in other states' internal affairs, settling disputes peacefully, and avoiding threats or force.

Article 2(4) states:

"All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations."

Washington considers international, constitutional, and US statute laws quaint and out of date. They're systematically spurned. Independent states like Iran aren't tolerated. They're targeted and vulnerable. 

Replacing them is prioritized. All options are considered. If diplomacy, sanctions, saber rattling, and other tactics fail, expect war. It's longtime US policy. 

Warmongering zealots run things. Obama nominally heads them. New wars follow ongoing ones. Iran very much is threatened. It's been that way for decades. 

It's especially so post-9/11. War on terror extremism threatens humanity. One country after another is ravaged. Iran's on America's target list.

On February 27, Reuters headlined "World powers and Iran set new talks in nuclear dispute."

Two days of talks failed. No breakthroughs were achieved. None were expected. Reuters quoted Interfax saying:

"So far there is no particular rapprochement. There is an impression that the atmosphere is not very good."

An Iranian source said Western states offered nothing. It didn't surprise. 

Plans are to resume talks in Istanbul on March 17 and 18. Follow-up ones will continue in Almaty on April 5 and 6. 

Before talks began, Secretary of State John Kerry warned of "terrible consequences." It they failed, they'll follow, he suggested. He knew in advance they would. Washington rejects conciliation. It doesn't negotiate. It demands.

"There is still time," said Kerry, "but only if Iran makes the decision to come to the table an negotiate in good faith."

It does so every time. Failure follows. Without a legitimate partner, it's certain.

KerrySpeak claims otherwise. "We are prepared to negotiate in good faith in mutual respect, in an effort to avoid whatever terrible consequences could follow failure," he said.

He stopped short of suggesting war. Obama prioritizes it. All options will be used to deny Iran nuclear weapons, he says. He knows none exist or are planned. Claiming otherwise is willful deception. It's standard US policy. Hegemons operate that way.

Iran is clear and unequivocal. It's entitled to enrich uranium under NPT provisions. It does so lawfully. It won't stop because Washington and Israel insist. Nor will it accede to their other illegitimate demands.

On February 27, Press TV headlined "US lawmakers to tighten sanctions on Iran amid Tehran-P5+1 talks," saying:

Legislation will be introduced Wednesday. It'll "impose financial penalties on foreign companies and entities that provide Iran with goods that are critical to its economy."

It's designed to force countries like China to buy less Iranian oil. It imposes new ways to deny Iran access to hard currencies. It pressures EU countries to block Iran from the ECB payment system.

In a letter to European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, 36 US senators urged closing "a significant loophole in the US-EU sanctions policy."

"We strongly urge you to take all the necessary measures to cut off Iran's ability to use its foreign-held euros," it said.

These type efforts expose Washington's true agenda. Talks are subterfuge. They're theater. They're worthless. They waste time. They're duplicitous. They're not sincere. 

Multiple ones ad infinitum will achieve nothing. Obama officials plan them that way.

On February 25, the Times of Israel headlined "Obama to tell Netanyahu US gearing up for Iran strike," saying:

Both leaders will meet later in March. Obama will say a "window of opportunity" to strike Iran opens in June. On February 25, Israel's Channel 10 said so.

Israel will be told to "sit tight."

False accusations follow earlier ones. On February 26, London's Telegraph headlined "Iran's 'Plan B' for a nuclear bomb," saying:

"Iran is developing a second path to a nuclear weapons capability by operating a plant that could produce plutonium, satellite images show for the first time."

Iran "activated the Arak heavy-water production plant." It's needed to produce plutonium. If true, nothing suggests nuclear weapons plans. Saying so is spurious.

Iran "lacks the technology to reprocess plutonium and use it for a weapon," said the Telegraph. North Korea has it. "(S)ome analysts" think "Iran could do the same."

Former State Department official Mark Fitzpatrick said so. Tehran's able to acquire reprocessing technology from North Korea, he claims.

"By then, the option of a military strike on an operating reactor would present enormous complications because of the radiation that would be spread," he added.

Iran threatens no one. Israel's a longstanding a regional menace. It's nuclear armed and dangerous. Partnered with Washington, they menace humanity. 

Media scoundrels don't explain. Fingers point the wrong way. Preventing war should be top priority. US and Israeli zealots threaten it. 

Dangerous demagoguery may become policy. Doing so reflects madness. Warmongers don't seem to care.

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

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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America's Draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act


America's Draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

by Stephen Lendman

It's an anti-hacking law. It criminalizes accessing computer systems "without authorization." 

"(E)xceeds authorized access" terminology was left undefined. Misinterpretations and abuse followed. Overzealous prosecutors take full advantage.

In 1984, CFAA was enacted. It was amended numerous times. It's primarily a criminal law. At issue are seven types of offenses. 

They include obtaining national security information, compromising confidentiality, trespassing in a government computer, accessing a system to defraud and/or obtain value, damaging a computer or information therein, trafficking in passwords, and threatening to damage a computer.

A 1994 amendment permits civil actions. In 2001, Patriot Act provisions addressed computer crime. They require Internet service providers to report suspicious information or activity "without delay."

In 2008, the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act criminalized conspiracy to commit CFAA related crimes.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) calls CFAA "infamously problematic." Reforming it is long overdue. Creative prosecutors game the law advantageously.

Charges unrelating to hacking follow. CFAA's "disproportionately harsh penalty scheme" punishes innocent victims.

Alleged first-time offenders face up to five years imprisonment. Repeat ones get ten or more years and stiff fines.

Violations of other CFAA provisions impose longer sentences. In some cases, life in prison is possible.

Aaron Swartz was maliciously and wrongly charged with excessive CFAA penalties. EFF demands reform. Abusive legislation requires fixing. Punishments should fit crimes. CFAA is rife with problems. It's outlandishly draconian.

Its undefined language encourages abuse. Minor no harm incidents become major ones. Criminal prosecutions follow. EFF's proposal remains a work in progress. It's three-part series discussed it.

Part 1 calls for "no prison time for violating terms of service." CFAA's greatest flaw criminalizes accessing computer systems "without authorization" or in ways that "exceeds authorization."

Undefined terminology "gives the government tons of leeway to be creative in bringing charges." Overzealous prosecutors take full advantage. Innocent people suffer.

"Vague laws are dangerous precisely because they give prosecutors and courts too much discretion to arbitrarily penalize normal, everyday behavior."

Innocuous activities become crimes. Misstating age on Facebook can be criminalized. The website's Rights and Responsibilities make users promise not to "provide any false personal information."

Innocent misstatements can be criminalized. Inaccurately calling yourself tall, dark and handsome on Craigslist can bring long prison terms.

Its Terms of Service say users can't post "false or fraudulent content."

Buying a lotto ticket with Square invites trouble. Its Wallet User Agreement prohibits many types of transactions. 

They include purchases "in connection with" membership clubs, identity theft protection services, lotto tickets, or "occult materials."

Letting a friend log into your Pandora account violates its terms of service. Users must "agree (not to) allow others to use any aspect of your Account Information."

Prosecution can follow posting impolite comments on The New York Times web site. Its Terms of Service demand courtesy, "respectful language," and "debate (without) attack."

Using Hootsuite to update your Google Plus page risks trouble. It lets users manage their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

It promotes Google Plus integration. Be wary, warns EFF. Google's Terms of Service warns against "misuse (of) Services."

It cautions users not to "try to access them using a method other than the interface and the instructions (it) provide(s)." Doing so risks criminal liability.

Don't try sending sexy messages on eHarmony. Its Terms of Service prohibit using it for "sexually oriented" content. "Off-topic" or "meaningless" material is banned. Searching for love the wrong way invites trouble.

EFF is clear and unequivocal saying:

Abusive legislation may "land you in the Big House." 

"Internet users shouldn't live in fear that they could face criminal liability for mere terms of service violations - especially given that website terms are often vague, lopsided and subject to change without notice."

"Security testing, code building, and free speech - even if unabashedly impolite - are fundamental parts of the Internet's character."

Violating service terms or other private agreements shouldn't risk criminal prosecution, imprisonment, and stiff fines. Support EFF "in calling on Congress to fix" glaring CFAA abuses.

EFF's Part 2 offered ways to fix CFAA.

(1) Clarify unauthorized access. Define it precisely. Abandon the phrase "exceeds authorized access." 

Simplify CFAA. Streamline it. Make it consistent with related federal appeals court rulings. Don't criminalize minor infractions.

(2) Two major penalties need fixing. More on them below. They're redundant. They repeat other CFAA prohibitions. They let prosecutors game the law. 

Remove the provision that lets litigants bring civil actions. They're also redundant. They risk judicial misinterpretations. Criminal prosecutions can follow.

"Require repeat offenses to actually be subsequent offenses." Doing so stops "prosecutors from leveraging the same course of conduct into a 'repeat' offense." They do it for stiffer penalties.

Make first-time offenses misdemeanors "unless they are done for commercial advantage, private financial gain in excess of $10,000, or the offense is committed in furtherance of a felony."

At issue is stopping unwarranted aggressive prosecutions. Curbing them should be prioritized. Government officials shouldn't have discretion to turn minor offenses into felonies. 

EFF's Part 3 said "punishment should fit the crime."

"Computer crime law should not double-count offenses." CFAA's section 1030(a)(3) criminalizes accessing without authorization either:

(a) computers used exclusively by the federal government or

(b) ones used by the government in ways that affect its computer use.

Section 1030(a)(4) criminalizes "knowingly and with intent to defraud" computer accessing without authorization and/or obtaining something of value as a result.

CFAA criminalizes this behavior elsewhere in the statute. Section 1030(2)(2)(B) criminalizes accessing computer systems without authorization and obtaining information from a US agency or department.

It also prohibits accessing without authorization any "protected computer." The ill-defined term invites abuse. It can mean any government operated one.

Conduct prohibited under section 1030(a)(4) is redundant. It's covered under the wire fraud statute (18 USC 1343). It criminalizes wire communications for fraudulent schemes.

Redundant sections let overzealous prosecutors pile one. They can add multiple charges. They can ratchet up penalties. They can turn minor infractions into major ones.

Other statutes also address computer crime. Employees using their computer credentials for access into corporate systems to obtain sensitive proprietary information can be charged with misappropriation of trade secrets under 18 USC 1832.

Improperly accessing Social Security numbers for identity theft purposes can be prosecuted under the identity theft statute (18 USC 1028).

Aggravated identity theft can be charged under 18 USA 1028A. Persons trafficking in stolen passwords for an online bank account face charges of trafficking in a stolen access device under 18 USC 1029.

"Repeat offenses should trigger harsher punishments only if they happen after a prior conviction," says EFF.

Computer misdemeanors shouldn't be criminalized. They're misunderstood. Maximum penalties are one year or less imprisonment. 

Felonies bring more than one year. Multiple ones pile on. Harsher punishment follows. Doing so should be restricted to serious crimes. 

Offenses causing little or no harm should be minor misdemeanors. Lives shouldn't be ruined for slight infractions. Loss of freedom is serious. Probation terms can be onerous. Minor violations can bring  harsh punishment.

Felonies should be restricted to unauthorized access for commercial advantage or private fair market financial gain exceeding $10,000.

They should be related to other felonies. Examples include identity theft, obtaining trade secrets, criminal copyright infringement, or stealing classified government information.

They should apply to damaging computer systems if doing so impairs medical diagnoses or treatment, injures people other ways, creates public health or safety issues, affects government computers used for justice, national defense, or national security, and/or is done for commercial advantage or significant private financial gain.

After Aaron Swartz's death, EFF called for fixing draconian computer crime law. Doing so requires penalties proportionate to wrongdoing.

EFF called Aaron Swartz "a close friend and collaborator." His suspicious death was more than a personal tragedy. It was "the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach," said EFF.

He spent months battling unjust charges. His case highlights profound CFAA abuses. Hacking laws are broad, vague and unfair. They call for excessive penalties. They overstep and overreach. 

Aaron was no super-hacker. He was targeted to silence him. He may have been murdered in the process. Julian Assange thinks so. "Read his words," he said. "Decide for yourself."

"I believe Swartz was murdered by a team of copyright assassins who made it look like a simple suicide. Watch what you say or you may end up like" Aaron.

His girl friend, Taren Stinebrickner-Kaufffman, believes depression didn't drive him to suicide. She researched clinical depression symptoms. "Aaron didn't fit them," she said.

He was energetic, not inactive, withdrawn and isolated. He had every reason to live, not die. He had much more he wanted to accomplish.

He "had a profound capacity for pleasure in everyday life." His "death was not caused by depression." 

She blames "a criminal justice system that prioritizes power over mercy, vengeance over justice, a system that punishes innocent people for trying to prove their innocence instead of accepting plea deals that mark them as criminals in perpetuity."

Others dismiss suicide entirely. Aaron's own words excluded it they say. His Open Access Manifesto called information power.

"But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves," he said. He wanted scholarly/scientific "public culture" information shared.

"When things are hard - and he said it is the important things that are hard - you have to lean into the pain." Does that sound like someone planning suicide?

It's time to amend CFAA, says EFF. Doing so will prevent prosecutors from arbitrarily throwing the book at people "they don't like."

Aaron's "memory should challenge us to make the Internet, the law, and the world better. One place to start is CFAA."

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

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Obama's Asia Pivot


Obama's Asia Pivot

by Stephen Lendman

In late 2011, Obama prioritized reasserting America's Pacific presence. His Asia pivot was announced. 

It involves advancing America's military footprint. Doing so aggressively is planned. China's growing economic might and military strength are targeted. So is checking Russia at the same time.

Containment is policy. Cold war politics is back. Unchallenged global dominance is prioritized. Anything goes intends to maintain it. 

War in a part of the world hostile to invaders is possible. Vietnam echoes remain audible. So are Afghanistan ones today. China's a far more formidable adversary. So is Russia. 

It's hard imagining any country challenging them militarily. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. America hasn't won a war since WW II. Lessons weren't learned.

Permanent war remains policy. War profiteers demand it. In January 2012, Obama expanded the Bush doctrine. Dick Cheney explained it. In June 2003, he said:

"If there is anyone in the world today who doubts the seriousness of the Bush Doctrine, I would urge that person to consider the fate of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq."

Bush put it his way, saying "You're either with us or against us." Neutrality's not an option. Neither are equity, justice, rule of law principles, democratic values and peace.

Supporters thought Obama was different. He exceeds the worst of Bush. He does so at home and abroad. He hardened homeland tyranny. He asserts America's right to replace independent governments with client ones. 

Doing so prioritizes global aggression. It violates international law. Washington operates with impunity. Its interests matter most.

Obama's biting off a mouthful targeting China and Russia. He rules out no options. Bush addressed "wars of the 21st century." 

Obama continues them. Tactics include creating instability, chaos and violence. North Africa, the Middle East, and Eurasia are targeted. It's done to justify America's intervention and presence.

Obama prioritizes global belligerence. He's cold-blooded about America's interests. He's mindless of whatever it takes to achieve them. Realpolitik continues Washington's odious tradition. 

Waging wars on humanity reflect it. Doing so spurns rule of law principles. Democratic values don't matter. They never did and don't now. 

Obama's pivot escalated regional tensions. Challenging China and Russia pose enormous challenges.

Asia's on the boil. Japan's a virtual US colony. It serves US imperial interests. Washington treats Asian areas like its own. It has no right to do so.

Administrations and Congress believe America has sovereign rights over East Asian waters and territory. It wants to dominate and exploit them.

Strengthening America's regional presence is part of its new imperial strategy. It's going head-to-head with China and Russia. It aims to undermine and isolate Beijing and Moscow regionally. It's a recipe for heightened tensions and eventual confrontation.

Washington has been rebalancing East Asia for years. Strategy calls for strengthening military, economic, and political ties with Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam.

It involves undermining Chinese and Russian influence, isolating them from neighbors, and asserting Washington's dominance over territories and waters not its own. 

Echoes of WW I and II remain audible. Never again is possible. Flashpoints have a way of igniting them. Small disputes lead to greater ones. 

Obama's Asia pivot encourages them. Military alliances, strategic partnerships, and expanding bases make them more likely.

Cold War politics is back. Soviet Russia's dissolution reignited old rivalries. Scrambling for vital resources followed. Marginalizing Beijing's influence is prioritized. So is challenging Moscow the same way.

Both countries are rising world powers. America's been declining for years. Its military might is used to offset it. Waging war on humanity is a losing game.

Walden Bello calls Obama's Asia pivot "flawed." Critics denounce transgressing areas of traditional Chinese influence.

Obama continues the worst of Bush administration policies. His pivot strategy is more than meets the eye. 

It's "a faint," says Bellow, "a maneuver to cover up a strategic retreat from America's disastrous two-decades-long engagement in the Middle East and Southwest Asia."

It's Washington attempt "to retreat to an area for imperial power projection that it sees as more manageable than a Middle East that is running out of control."

It's hard understanding how. It won't work. Realpolitik won't let Washington disengage. It's "condemned to a condition of imperial overreach." 

Increasing America's Pacific footprint triggers military competition with China. It prioritizes protecting its part of the world. It's doing so "as it races to become the world's biggest economy." 

Its politics reflects centuries of contesting Western intervention. Don't underestimate its capacity to "promot(e) peace, harmony, and respect for sovereignty better than" America's hegemonic madness.

Washington uses whatever it takes to advance its imperium. Its Asia pivot encircles China and Russia with bases. 

With all related categories included, its defense spending exceeds all other nations combined. It wants dominance over both countries. It wants it regionally and globally. 

It wants Beijing and Moscow marginalized and subservient. It wants control over vital world resources. It wants challengers eliminated. 

China and Russia are formidable competitors. They're dominant enough to matter.

America's grand geopolitical strategy prioritizes Eurasian dominance. China's America's chief economic rival. It's dependent on vital resources.

Russia's military might matters. Both countries represent major Eurasian challengers. Washington tolerates no rivals. No-holds-barred tactics target them.

Obama declared global cyberwar. China, Russia, Iran, and other independent states are targeted. Draconian cybersecurity legislation is prioritized. 

CISPA is back. It's more about destroying personal freedom than online security. It gives government and corporate predators unlimited power.

They'll take full advantage. They'll use it to access personal/privileged information online. They'll claim fake cybersecurity threats to do so. 

Constitutional protections don't matter. Diktat power replaced them. Big Lies substitute for truth. War on terror is America's national pastime. China is public enemy number one.

On February 19, a New York Times editorial headlined "China's Cybergames." 

Times editors are paid to lie. They claim Washington "and security experts have long known that China is the main source of cyberattacks on the United States." A new Mandiant report says so. Claims without corroboration don't wash.

Mandiant's a private security firm. Kevin Mandia heads it. He's a retired military cybercrime investigator. He specializes in computer forensics. His staff includes former intelligence officials and law enforcement agents.

He targets China. He operates like a digital Blackwater. He's well paid to do so. "We're security guys," he says. "We're not diplomats."

He claims Chinese hackers are linked to the People's Liberation Army (PLA). US government agencies, corporations and organizations are targeted from a Shanghai area office tower. It's PLA Unit 61398 headquarters, he says.

China denounced his report. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said:

"Hacking attacks are transnational and anonymous. Determining their origins are extremely difficult. We don’t know how the evidence in this so-called report can be tenable."

Bet on it having no credibility whatever. Most countries spy on others. They do so for national security reasons. Government hacking is war by other means. Washington does it aggressively. Media scoundrels don't explain.

Obama stopped short of accusing China. No one's fooled by who he has in mind. Congressional hardliners say the same thing. 

Concerns are discussed privately. Patience is wearing thin, said Times editors. "China-emanated attacks have grown," they claim. 

A more aggressive response is warranted, they say. "Publicizing China’s transgressions and blocking Internet access to hackers should be a warning to Beijing. Washington is right to defend its interests."

Attorney General Holder weighed in. He warned of "a significant and steadily increasing threat to America’s economy and national security interests." He lied saying so. He's paid to lie. So is Obama and likeminded hardliners.

Robert Hormats was Goldman Sachs International chairman. That alone makes him damaged goods. Goldman makes money by stealing it. Hormats was complicit in grand theft. 

He's now Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. He said Washington "repeatedly raised  concerns about trade secret theft by any means at the highest levels with senior Chinese officials."

Get China is official US policy. Marginalizing, weakening, and isolating it is prioritized. New threats follow earlier ones. Cyberwar opens a new front. 

Capability to wage it adds to America's arsenal. Preemption is prioritized. Diktat authority bypasses Congress. Obama's word is policy. 

He'll say what he wants without evidence. He's a serial liar so expect it. He's waging multiple direct and proxy wars. 

Cyber ones are ongoing. They're aggressive, malicious and lawless. New ones are planned. China is prioritized. Obama's got other targets in mind. Cyber sabotage is policy. It's war by other means. Rogue states operate that way. America's by far the worst.

US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) has full operational control. It's a cyber hit squad. It's part of the US Strategic Command. 

It's based at Fort Meade, MD. General Keith Alexander serves as National Security Agency (NSA) director and US Cyber Command head.

Obama's Presidential Policy Directive 20 set guidelines for confronting cyberspace threats.

Last fall, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned of a "cyber Pearl Harbor." It could "cause physical destruction and loss of life," he said. It could "paralyze and shock the nation and create a new profound sense of vulnerability."

US officials prioritize hyperbolic fearmongering. Americans are easy marks to deceive. They're dismissive and don't think. They let Washington get away with murder and much more. 

Obama may have WW III in mind. He prioritizes waging war on humanity. He does so at home and abroad. He's the worst of rogue leaders. 

He risks what no head of state should dare. Despots operate that way. Impeaching him is a national imperative. Doing it in time matters most.

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

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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