Posted by: quiscus | January 21, 2013

January 21, 2013

1. “Algeria, Mali, and why this week has looked like an obscene remake of earlier Western interventions

We are outraged not by the massacre of the innocents, but because the hostages killed were largely white, blue-eyed chaps rather than darker, brown-eyed chaps”

2. “Psychotronic and Electromagnetic Weapons: Remote Control of the Human Nervous System”

3. “Obama’s Second Inauguration: The Overnight Transformation of “Candidate Jekyll” into “President Hyde”

What accounts for the popular mood of disappointment and frustration? The candidate of “hope” and “change,” during his first term in office, stifled the former and offered little of the second. As president, Obama presided over bank bailouts, wage cuts and austerity at home, and expanded war, torture and state killings abroad. The former professor of constitutional law oversaw a systematic assault on core constitutional rights, including the expansion of the drone assassination program and authorization of indefinite military detention. These measures have been employed against American citizens, effectively abrogating the constitutional protection against the deprivation of life or liberty without due process of law.

It came as a surprise to many of Obama’s supporters, especially those who had taken his campaign rhetoric seriously, that the new president transformed himself almost effortlessly from a critic of Bush’s invasion of Iraq and his predecessor’s violations of human rights into a ruthless prosecutor of imperialist wars and devotee of Washington’s new weapon of choice: the drone missile.

The overnight transformation of candidate Jekyll into President Hyde is the expression of a political process. Whoever the occupant may be, the White House is the center of a global empire of repression, reaction and murder. Upon entering the White House, the individual becomes, wholly and completely, the instrument and property of the state. Any traces of humanity that may have somehow survived the self-debasing years-long process of electioneering are entirely destroyed the moment the new president enters the Oval Office.”

4. “MLK’s vehement condemnations of US militarism are more relevant than ever

His vital April 4, 1967 speech is a direct repudiation of the sophistry now used to defend US violence and aggression”


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