07 January 2006

the circus: amerikan style ..... 

‘When the Iranian regime defies the international community, announcing - as it did Tuesday - the resumption of its "peaceful nuclear program," Washington reacts by demanding that its allies "consider additional measures to restrain Iran's nuclear ambitions."

What the American administration doesn't say is that an unbelievable faux pas on the part of its own secret services has perhaps brought Teheran closer to possession of the bomb.’

The CIA's Dangerous Failures in Iran

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06 January 2006

sleepers awake ..... 

‘Festering in our midst like a toxic cloud of pollution the army of good Americans exists, living and working among us, inhabiting our neighbourhoods and cities, co-existing peacefully with us, though perceiving an utterly different conception of reality than the rest of us.

Their numbers, though dwindling more every day with the almost weekly revelations of corporatist lies built upon corporatist lies and government deceptions meshed with corporate criminality, remain high, thanks to those unable to escape the clouds of 9/11 and the manipulative propaganda of the corporatist media.

The Kool-Aid drinking brigades remain strong, still ardent supporters of frivolous, fictitious and diminishing deceptions, still hypnotized to the dim-witted, slurred speech of their great Commander in Chief, still spewing the talking points they hear emanating from the corporatist media and still clinging to the ingrained and unenlightened selfishness that permeates their existence.’

The Army of Good Americans

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05 January 2006

the end game ..... 

‘For these cultists of an all-powerful presidency, the holy war, the "crusade" to be embarked upon was, above all, aimed at creating a President accountable to no one, overseen by no one, and restricted by no other force or power in his will to act as he saw fit. And so, in this White House, all roads have led back to one issue: How to press ever harder at the weakening boundaries of presidential power. This is why, when critics concentrate on any specific issue or set of administration acts, no matter how egregious or significant, they invariably miss the point. The issue, it turns out, is never primarily - to take just two areas of potentially illegal administration activity - torture or warrantless surveillance. Though each of them had value and importance to top administration officials, they were nonetheless primarily the means to an end.’

The Unrestrained President

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04 January 2006

Ah, the war rhetoric....... 

Bush is a wartime President because he’s the one at war – at war with the American people, at war against the American way of life and at war with the Constitution of the United States, that law of the land that he calls “just a goddamned piece of paper.”

“Bush has shown time and again that he is ready and willing to punish those who disagree with him,” says political scientist George Harleigh. “He may be a wounded lame duck but he is a cornered lame duck and any hunter knows a cornered animal is dangerous.”

A President at war with America

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03 January 2006

george putsch ..... 

‘There is a name for a system of government that wages aggressive war, deceives its citizens, violates their rights, abuses power and breaks the law, rejects judicial and legislative checks on itself, claims power without limit, tortures prisoners and acts in secret.

It is dictatorship.’

The Hidden State Steps Forward

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02 January 2006

pathetic & supine ..... 

‘The Nobel prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter has called for Tony Blair to be tried for war crimes, in his acceptance speech to the Nobel committee.

The 5,000-word speech excoriates the US government over Guantánamo Bay and its attempts to destabilise Nicaragua in the 1980s.

But he saves his most savage comments for the UK, described as "pathetic and supine" and a "bleating little lamb" tagging along behind the US in its support for the Iraq war.

"The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law," he said.

"The invasion was an arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public ... a formidable assertion of military force responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands and thousands of innocent people.

"We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people, and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'."’

Pinter Demands War Crimes Trial For Blair

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01 January 2006

the real face of evil ..... 

‘The neocons, with their corporate handlers and their equally complicit counterparts, the neoliberals, are in fact a shadow government that runs America. They have names like Bush, Cheney, Perle, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Rice, Kristol, Dulles, Kennedy and Rockefeller; Lockheed Martin, Halliburton, General Electric, Unocal, Shell Oil and Boeing. Democracy, freedom, liberty, organized labor, peace, and social justice are their avowed enemies. Their crooked, talonous fingers dig deep into the profits of war, while simultaneously clutching the broken spines of the moldering corpses they produce. They are the grim reapers of unrepentant capitalism run amok.

George Bush got his anxiously awaited war on Iraq. Halliburton, Bechtel, and other corporations are raking in billions. It is easy money for the war profiteers who risk nothing and gain everything. It is our tax money that is subsidizing their obscene profits. Layers of our civil liberties were quietly repealed. It is our sons and daughters who die for the likes of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Halliburton and Bechtel. They are America’s shadow government - the unseen hands pulling the strings of atrocity.

Someone has to tell our children what they are dying for.

This is George Bush’s noble cause.’

Terrorists In High Places

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