This is a Dumb War

Obama told Bush in 2002: “You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s fight to make sure that […] the arms merchants in our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe. […] Let’s fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East […] stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality […] so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.” Obama has not taken his own advice, and neither have other heads of state. Hence, the situation we are in today. ISIS attacks and France’s disastrous foreign policy have led to a new “war”, solely military and therefore already lost.

My how times have changed, politicians however remain the same!

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Source: This is a Dumb War

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isisairstrikesA little-known US senator named Barack Obama said in 2002: “I don’t oppose all wars. […] What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. […] A war based not on reason but on passion.” Americans were angry after 9/11 and President George Bush Jr chose to channel their anger not against Saudi Arabia (most of the Al-Qaida terrorists involved came from there), but against Iraq, which the US invaded six months later. The media wanted the war and most Democratic senators, including Hillary Clinton, favoured it too. But the invasion of Iraq created the chaos that produced so-called Islamic State (ISIS).

The Paris killings of 13 November are about to help realise ISIS’s two main objectives. The first is to create a coalition of “apostates”, “infidels” and “Shia renegades”…

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Canadian Woman Faces Up To 10 Years In Prison For Giving Pigs Water To Drink [Video]

Perhaps eating meat is part of the problem?!

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A court in Canada has charged a woman with criminal mischief including the interference with the use, enjoyment of and operation of property, in a preliminary hearing after she gave water to pigs heading to the slaughterhouse to drink on a hot summer day in …

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December 4th, 2015
Canadian Woman Faces Up To 10 Years In Prison For Giving Pigs Water To Drink [Video]

A court in Canada has charged a woman with criminal mischief including the interference with the use, enjoyment of and operation of property, in a preliminary hearing after she gave water to pigs heading to the slaughterhouse to drink on a hot summer day in June 2015.

The woman, Anita Krajnc is a known animal rights activist. She has been campaigning against cruel treatment of animals across Canada. She founded the organization, Toronto Pig Save to bear witness to…

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The Top 8 Drug War Stories of 2015 — Could America’s Nightmare Be Coming to an End?

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Source: The Top 8 Drug War Stories of 2015 — Could America’s Nightmare Be Coming to an End? | Alternet

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There are some good reasons to be optimistic.
 

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Over the last few years there has been undeniable momentum to end our country’s disastrous war on drugs. Both voters and elected officials are looking for alternatives to the unwinnable drug war. 2015 continued the trend. Here are some of the top stories of the year that give us hope.

President Obama Visits Prison and Gets Real about Criminal Justice Reform

President Obama spokeout forcefully against mass incarceration and the need for criminal justice reform.  He challenged Congress to send him legislation that would end mandatory minimums and reduce sentences for those behind bars and he became the first president to visit a prison in…

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Air Force Drone Pilots Expose US Govt. Murder – Have Bank Accounts & Credit Cards Frozen by Feds

Source: http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/11/air-force-drone-pilots-expose-us-govt-murder-have-bank-accounts-credit-cards-frozen-by-feds/#j2V75m28WOkhF7qq.99

Four former Air Force drone pilots went public, exposing that many of the Obama administration’s drone strikes have been indiscriminate murder that has nothing to do with fighting Islamic terrorism. Since then, they have had their bank accounts and credit cards frozen by the federal government that they blew the whistle on.

The four men, Michael Haas, 29, Brandon Bryant, 30, Cian Westmoreland, 28, and Stephen Lewis, 28, who served as drone operators in the US Air Force, blew the whistle on the corruption and indifference towards civilian casualties, which are a part of the drone program. The men’s attorney Jesselyn Radack tweeted:

In an open letter to Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan, the four men provided details about drone strike missions.

“We are former Air Force service members,” the four men begin in their letter. We joined the Air Force to protect American lives and to protect our Constitution. We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruiting tool similar to Guantanamo Bay. This administration and its predecessors have built a drone program that is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.”

The Obama administration’s kill list was revealed several years ago when John Brennan became Obama’s assassination czar. A government kill list was formed by the Obama administration following the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on New Year’s Day 2012. Obama was confronted on the kill list during the 2012 presidential race.

When Obama’s former press secretary Robert Gibbs was confronted on an attack that took the life of a 16-year-old American boy, who was in Yemen, he snarled that the boy should have had a “more responsible father.” Even some Republican congressmen agreed with Gibbs, including Rep. Peter King, who called Obama’s kill list “totally constitutional.”

The Obama Justice Department doubled-down on their drone strike policy stating that they really didn’t need clear evidence of them being terrorists to assassinate Americans with drones.

As I just finished reporting, even Arabs understand that the problem mainly resides in the Islamic culture, where they have been killing each other for over 1,000 years. However, there is no doubt that what the men have expressed is true.

“We kill four and create ten,” Bryant said during a November 19 press conference, referring to potential terrorists. “If you kill someone’s father, uncle or brother who had nothing to do with anything, their families are going to want revenge.”

I do get that sentiment. It would be the same for me and I’m guessing the same for those who read this article.

William Grigg adds some of the issues the men have faced, especially Mr. Bryant:

Among the burdens Bryant now bears is the knowledge that he participated in the mission that killed a fellow U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki. Identified as a radical cleric and accused of offering material support for al-Qaeda, al-Awlaki was executed by a drone strike in Yemen. His 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, was killed in a separate drone strike a few weeks later while sitting down to dinner at the home of a family friend. Asked about the killing of a native-born U.S. citizen – who, at age 16, was legally still a child – former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs appeared to justify that act by blaming it on the irresponsibility of the innocent child’s father.

As Bryant points out, as a matter of law the elder al-Awlaki was innocent, as well.

“We were told that al-Awlaki deserved to die, he deserved to be killed as a traitor, but article 3 of section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states that even a traitor deserves a fair trial in front of a jury of his peers,” Bryant notes, lamenting that his role in the “targeted killing” of a U.S. citizen without a trial was a violation of his constitutional oath.

Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill has produced evidence suggesting that the White House-approved killing of Anwar al-Awlaki’s son may have been carried out as retaliation against the family for refusing to cooperate in the search for the cleric. There are indications that the government has tried to intimidate the whistleblowers by intimidating their families.

In October, while Brandon Bryant was preparing to testify about the drone program before a German parliamentary committee, his mother LanAnn received a visit in her Missoula, Montana home from two representatives of the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations. The men claimed that her personal information was in the hands of the Islamic State, which had placed her name on a “hit list.” She was also told not to share that disclosure with anyone – a directive she promptly ignored by informing Ms. Radack, who represents Brandon and the other whistleblowers.

While I am not against using drones to deal with actual enemies of America on the battlefield, the question does have to be asked exactly who is being killed and for what reason. After all, many of the military engagements we find ourselves in around the world are unconstitutional. Congress has not declared war, something they must do under our Constitution before the President can mobilize and send troops into war, in the various regions we have military personnel in. In fact, war has not been declared by Congress since World War II, according to the congressional record! So, why are we engaged in a war with no end in sight without following our own rule of law? Does the Military Industrial Complex have anything to do with it?

Probably. Considering that the Obama administration created ISIS and has been funding, training and arming them all along at taxpayer expense is reason enough to believe what these men have stated. It is criminal and it is treason against the united States. But let us not forget that some Republicans took a stand against his arming and funding of America’s enemies, as well as standing against unconstitutional assassinations of American citizens, while other Republicans stood against the Constitution and in favor of Barack Obama and Islamic jihadists.

Now, reports are that drone pilots are quitting in record numbers. Within a 12 month period, the Air Force lost 240 trained pilots! Now, the LA Times is reporting that the Air Force is hiring civilian defense contractors to fly MQ-9 Reaper drones, and are boosting the pay for new drone pilots.

Chilling UK government ‘advice’ asks parents to spy on their children

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This is WAY beyond ‘if you see something, say something.’

In a series of pamphlets circulated among local governments in the United Kingdom, British parents are now being encouraged to spy on their own children, and to report any instances of possible ‘radicalization’.

Of course this advice comes with a nifty set of instructions for how to spot a terrorist in your own home:

The first three “signs”:

  • Out of character changes in dress, behaviour and changes in their friendship group;
  • Losing interest in previous activities and friendships;
  • Secretive behaviour and switching screens when you come near—

Imagine that– a teenager who doesn’t want mom and dad to see what he’s doing on his iPhone? Or a 14-year old who starts dressing differently and hanging out with a different group of friends?

Funny, this sounds like. . . pretty much every teenager on the planet.

But even more unsettling are these:

  • Showing a mistrust of mainstream media reports and belief in conspiracy theories;
  • Appearing angry about government policies, especially foreign policy.

So apparently now questioning the propaganda and government policies are considered evidence of subversive, extremist behavior.

If you don’t fall in line, you’re a radical. And the government now wants to train parents to rat out their own children.

This is chilling. Disgusting. And unfortunately not too surprising from the country that was the backdrop for George Orwell’s 1984.

Orwell’s dystopic view of the future is rapidly becoming reality in many countries across the West.

The endless government monitoring of all electronic communication is prevalent everywhere in the ‘free’ world.

Financial privacy has been destroyed. Banks are now merely unpaid spies of bankrupt governments, and they will freeze you out of your life’s savings in a heartbeat if some faceless bureaucrat orders them to do so.

Civil Asset Forfeiture, where police and government agencies confiscate your cash and property without the slightest bit of due process, is at an all-time high.

So much, in fact, that the government now steals more from its citizens than private criminals.

Governments have even shown an alarming willingness to confiscate your own children if they deem in their sole discretion that you are an unfit parent… which may now include, obviously, ‘subversive’ behavior like questioning authority.

Now in Britain they want to turn the tables and have parents spy on children.

So the Ministry of Truth and Ministry of Love, it appears, are alive and well.

Yes, there have been some terrible tragedies lately. But governments are using these attacks as a way to tap into people’s most carnal fears, however unlikely they may be.

As we’ve discussed before, you’re more likely to choke on a hot dog than die in a terrorist attack.

But they’ll never spend trillions on a war against hot dogs… because hot dogs aren’t as scary as the image of an angry brown teenager with a headwrap and AK-47 climbing across a set of monkey bars in a terrorist training camp.

Governments stoke this fear and use it to award themselves even more power in the name of protecting you.

Now they’re encouraging you to violate the most sacred bonds of family as some sort of duty to the state.

Look, I have no doubt that there’s an army of bureaucrats out there who feel they have an honorable burden to keep people safe.

And they’re doing whatever they think they can do to protect us.

This sort of idea would have been unimaginable not too long ago… the stuff of North Korea or the Soviet Union. Yet today it seems perfectly acceptable.

It’s an incredible reminder of how the free world is now ruled by irrational paranoia, and not on the principles of liberty upon which it was founded.