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The IMMORAL Majority
by jude Sunday, Feb 19 2012, 6:03am
international / human rights / opinion/analysis

Don’t kid yourselves, Americans are brutal and stupid the world knows, but they are NOT stupid to the point of falling for a repeat performance of the Iraq war ruse on Iran; do you also imagine that Americans fell for the ‘humanitarian intervention’ a la Kosovo style in Libya? Right again, almost a perfect repeat performance of the LIES that led to the illegal excision of Kosovo from sovereign Yugoslavia and the largest American military base of occupation (Bondsteel) in continental Europe. The LAW is meaningless where civilian killing America is concerned AND EVERY AMERICAN KNOWS IT!

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This sick, criminal nation is attempting to trade relative world peace for PERMANENT WAR and destabilisation and to prove the point it has engaged in the open war crime of killing civilians with Drone strikes on almost a daily basis, for the past five years! Yes indeed, Americans are a breed apart that is sure, they are acutely aware of their government's crimes but take the arrogant cultural view of Washington, who is gonna stop us? Very American! We’ll guess who, MORONS?

Granted, a tiny fraction of Americans could be considered as moral and civilised but the rest are COMPLICIT in THEIR government’s crimes, make no mistake.

No-one on this planet could misinterpret Obama granting the criminally corrupt American military – Haditha child murderers virtually exonerated -- the right to detain ANYONE they wish without trial or charge INDEFINITELY, that law is so retrogressive it almost defies comprehension BUT it was passed into LAW without so much as a whimper from the masses.

I have been criticised on previous occasions for stating the obvious; however, on this occasion it is necessary. I am calling a spade a spade and a complicit criminal population that hides behind its bloodied flag, COWARDS!

Where were YOU when medical embargos resulted in the deaths of over 500,000 INNOCENT Iraqi children, a result the then Secretary of State openly claimed was “worth it!” I ask ALL murdering reprehensible AMERICAN, cowardly scum to recall Jesus Christ’s attitude to children, he compared HIS Kingdom to an innocent child -- similar to those murdered by YOU in Iraq, and before that, Indo-China.

While we’re on the subject of religion, it is clear that Americans wouldn’t know Jesus’ teaching if they choked on it! Jesus detested wealth, bankers (money changers) corrupt ruling elites, all forms of temporal power, INJUSTICE and UNFAIRNESS.

Be branded the reprehensible, hypocritical scumbags you are; where was the American population when then Secretary of State, Albright, declared that murdering over half a million innocent children “was worth it!” The world would like to know, America, WORTH WHAT? WHERE WERE YOU THEN, ARSHOLES, hiding behind a flag with more INNOCENT blood on it than any other flag in existence, FACT?

I’m showing you up for what you ARE and calling you by name, a NATION of IMMORAL, reprehensible, criminal SCUM.


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Torture, Assassination, and the American Way of Life
by Jacob G. Hornberger via virg - fff Monday, Feb 20 2012, 6:21am

As most everyone knows, the CIA has been assassinating people practically since the time it was formed in 1947. By and large, however, the CIA kept its assassinations secret. Americans, for their part, had a feeling that such things were being done but didn’t ask any questions.

The system was almost in the nature of a secret, unannounced pact between the government and the people. As part of its job to protect “national security,” the government would have the omnipotent authority to assassinate people, but it would keep its assassinations secret from the citizenry. In that way, the citizenry would be shielded from the unsavory things that government would be doing in the name of “national security,” and citizens wouldn’t have to concern themselves with things like conscience.

The principle, of course, has been the same with respect to torture. For decades, the Pentagon was secretly teaching soldiers the principles of torture, including at its infamous School of the Americas.

Every once in a while, there would be some public disclosure regarding the assassination program or the torture program. For example, there was the infamous Phoenix program during the Vietnam War, where tens of thousands of Vietnamese people were tortured or killed. There were the CIA’s repeated assassination attempts against Cuba’s president Fidel Castro. There was the discovery of the Pentagon’s torture manuals that were being used at the School of the Americas.

When such things would become public, there would be tremendous shock within the citizenry, especially the mainstream media. Investigations would be called. Committees would be impaneled. Confessions and apologies and promises not do it again would issue. The citizenry would be satisfied. Everything would return to “normal.”

No one seemed to notice that through it all — from 1947 through the present date — the U.S. national security state was supporting and training the intelligence and military forces of foreign dictatorships that were brutalizing their own citizenry with things like arbitrary arrest, torture, and assassination. Look at Latin America, for example, where in the name of “anti-communism” and “national security,” both the CIA and the Pentagon were partnering with and training brutal dictatorships, especially military ones. Or look at the Middle East, where much of the same thing has been going on.

Why were the Pentagon and the CIA supporting, training, and partnering with such dictatorships? Because they believed in them! They honestly believed that such dictatorships were necessary to hold back the “communist threat” and to protect the “national security” of the United States. In fact, one of their models was the Pinochet military dictatorship in Chile, which they helped bring into existence, because it favored “capitalism” while, at the same time, arresting, torturing, and killing “communists” without having to deal with such judicial niceties as trials, due process, and the like.

Throughout the Cold War, the CIA and the Pentagon must have been envious of those foreign dictatorial regimes. After all, such regimes could exercise their powers openly and above board. They didn’t need to hide them. In Latin America, for example, death squads consisting of U.S.-trained soldiers and intelligence personnel were arresting people, raping them, torturing them, and killing them or simply assassinating them. And they were doing so openly to protect their “national security” from the “communists.”

Or consider the rendition/torture partnerships between the U.S. government and the dictatorships in such countries as Egypt, Syria, and Libya. There is a reason that the Pentagon and the CIA chose those countries to torture its victims — they’re good at it, and U.S. officials knew that there were good at it. This is especially true in the case of Egypt, whose military and intelligence forces have long worked closely with the U.S. national security state. Moreover, for decades the U.S. government has helped support Egypt’s military dictatorship with billions of dollars in money and armaments.

Of course, 9/11 changed all that. No longer would the Pentagon and the CIA have to keep secret their torture and assassination programs. Like their counterparts in Latin America and the Middle East, they could now be open and above board, at least with respect to wielding such powers, if not also the exercise of them.

The Constitution, of course, does not delegate to the federal government the powers to take people into custody, torture and abuse them, and kill them. There is also no power to assassinate people. In fact, the Bill of Rights expressly prohibits the government from depriving any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, trial by jury, right to counsel, and other such procedures. It also protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures, especially without judicially issued warrants. It guarantees speedy trials and prohibits cruel and unusual punishments.

So, how did the CIA and the Pentagon acquire such powers? No, there was no constitutional amendment. They simply assumed the powers, without even the semblance of a constitutional amendment. That was the secret pact between them and the American people during the Cold War. “We now wield these powers that the Constitution prohibits us from exercising,” U.S. officials effectively said, “but we must exercise them to keep you safe from the communists. Don’t worry: we will exercise them secretly and surreptitiously so that it will appear that nothing has changed in a fundamental way.”

Thus, throughout the Cold War Americans continued innocently believing that they were living in a free country, one in which the government’s powers were limited by the Constitution, even though deep down everyone knew that the government was now secretly wielding powers that were inherent to brutal dictatorships.

Then came 9/11, the critical event that enabled the secret arrangement to now be made public. The Pentagon and the CIA were now on the same level as the dictatorships that they had long supported and trained. Like their counterparts in those regimes, they could now be as open about their powers as their foreign dictatorships had been. 9/11 enabled the Pentagon and the CIA to not only openly disclose that they wielded such powers, it also enabled them to openly exercise them without any fear or concern that they might ultimately be held criminally liable.

For decades, Americans lived under the quaint notion that the national-security state would exercise such powers only against foreigners. With the arrest, torture, and assassination of Americans in the post-9/11 era, it’s finally starting to dawn on many Americans that they stand in no different position, in principle, from the citizenry in those U.S.-supported dictatorships in Latin America and the Middle East.

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biblical commentary
by Ant Monday, Feb 20 2012, 1:44pm

"Jesus detested wealth...[and]... all forms of temporal power..."

I'm usually not a big commenter but the above section of a quote is entirely untrue. Stick to politics.

Read the NT and then make coherent comments , Ant
by clarity Monday, Feb 20 2012, 7:43pm

Unlike most 'Christians' (hypocrites) I have read the New Testament FIVE times -- a fantastic narrative of a social reformer and anti-corruption activist marching to the Capital to make his ultimate social statement regarding money and power, among other things.

However, the theme was set early in the Gospel of Luke with the temptation. What did 'Satan,' offer Christ in exchange for his allegiance? All the WEALTH and POWER of all nations in all capitals of the world and what did Christ say, 'shove it up your arse, cocksucker,' in as many words! The MESSAGE is CLEAR, moron; the narrative then develops along that and other lines but make no mistake, Jesus detested money, furthermore he never carried it, if you care to read carefully.

i would ask you which NT are you reading, the superman comic American edition, if you've ever read it through?

What did Jesus say to the male follower that observed his teaching but refused to let go of his MONEY/wealth -- and what was the response? something about a camel and needle, moron.

Do you recall Christ's comments in the Synagogue about the wealthy and poor?

What opinion did Jesus have of the ruling elites of his day, the scribes, lawyers and Priest class? For fuck's sake, rent a brain!

Now the CLINCHER, in the form of a question: According to the New Testament, what is the ROOT OF ALL EVIL, you vacuum-head? Answer that you American moron.

I advise reading the text throughout at least once and take notes on the MAJOR THEMES, then try understanding it before making nonsensical comments, geeesh, talk about demented, IGNORANT, yanks!

And I cannot leave it there, your saviours' religion or PRINCIPAL teaching can be reduced to a word, L-O-V-E! Not greed, money, WAR, conquest, etc. -- damn HYPOCRITES!!

You are welcome to comment, however, there are prerequisites, accuracy and verifiable facts! Make the effort and have a nice day, air-head!


 
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