David Swanson: How Do You Blow the Whistle on a Whole Society? + Transcript

DC Protests Trump's New Wars 25

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 6, 2020

“Both war and murder are crimes. It is a crime under Iraqi law to murder someone in Iraq, just as under U.S. law to murder someone here. It is a crime under international law to commit war in Iraq just as it would be in the United States. War is murder by military. Murder is war without military. The legal and moral distinction between murder and war is not and should not be what people suppose. And the distinction should not be a question of who the victims are.”

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Abby Martin and Dan Kovalik: The Plot to Attack Iran: Myths, Oil and Revolution

Anti-War Demonstration at The White House 1/4/20

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jan 11, 2020

Abby Martin sits down with Dan Kovalik, human rights attorney and author of the book The Plot to Attack Iran, to discuss the context to Trump’s recent attacks, the most common myths about the country, and the history of US plots.

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The Gehlen Org + The Powers of Love and War by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 3, 2020

In February 2019 Germany opened a brand new intelligence complex in the city of Berlin. The new headquarters of the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst or Federal Intelligence Service) occupies a huge space—by the way, much as STASI or State Security Service once did in East Berlin the former German Democratic Republic—and supposedly employs a total of over six thousand persons. The move from its former secret location in the Munich suburb of Pullach reflects both the centralization in Berlin of federal institutions that after World War Two were widely dispersed throughout Germany and importantly, European Union-NATO leader Germany’s efforts to get away from the nation’s Nazi past. The new BND location in Germany’s capital city seems also a giant step away from the former obsessive secrecy of its location in Munich, hidden away in that obscure suburb and operating under a cover name and, above all, until the late 1950s an affiliate of the CIA. The move to Berlin can be interpreted as the BND’s declaration of sovereignty.

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Gladio: The Story of a Secret Army by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
December 27, 2019

Albert Camus in his essay “L’Exil d’Hélène” discusses contemporary disregard for the Greek value of limits. Camus writes that only the artist by his nature recognizes his limits, limits which the historic spirit disregards. The very idea of a super-secret organization like Gladio to remake the world in its own image reflects that same disregard for the Greek values that Camus so cherished.

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Chris Hedges and Stephen Kinzer: The CIA’s Quest For Mind Control

2/25/17 - Surfing Planet Mu

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 16, 2019

Chris Hedges talks to author Stephen Kinzer about the CIA’s quest for mind control through its experiments in drug and torture during the 1950s and 1960s, both domestically and internationally. Kinzer’s new book is titled Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control.

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David Swanson and Jeffrey Sterling: What Was the Purpose of Operation Merlin? + Join the CIA: Travel the World Passing Out Nuclear Blueprints

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
October 18, 2019

Jeffrey Sterling is a former CIA case officer who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and was in federal prison in Colorado. Prior to this program, as far as we know, Sterling had not been asked whether he believes the stated purpose of the program he worked on. Does he really think the purpose of giving obviously flawed nuclear bomb-part plans to Iran was to slow down a nuclear weapons program that may not even have existed? Or does he believe the purpose was to plant evidence on the government of Iran? Listen to his answer.

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Chris Hedges and Max Blumenthal: International Jihadism

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 17, 2019

Host Chris Hedges talks to author and journalist Max Blumenthal about the intimate connection between the misguided support the United States has given to international Jihadism – starting with over $1billion Washington gave to the Afghan Mujahideen in the 1970s – and the rise of neo-fascists and ultra-nationalist movements in Europe and the US.

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Abolish Terrorist Agencies by David Swanson

Abolish the CIA

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 29, 2019

Every government on earth, beginning with the United States, should shut down and be done with secret agencies, spy agencies, agencies used for murder, torture, bribery, election-manipulation, and coups.

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Inside the Submissive Void — Propaganda, Censorship, Power and Control by Greg Maybury

George Orwell's 1984

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by Greg Maybury
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Perth, Western Australia
July 28, 2019

Updated: July 29, 2019 to add the Author’s note

“Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and the implicit submission, with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers.” — David Hume, “Of the First Principles of Government”, 1768.

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CIA: World’s Biggest Terrorist Organization, featuring William Blum

Smash State Sanctioned Terrorism

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with William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted January 27, 2013
July 25, 2019

Originally on PressTVGlobalNews on Jan 24, 2013
rightwithya1 on Jun 8, 2014

A close look at the history of the CIA from its initial mission of intelligence gathering during World War II to covert subversive, counterrevolutionary, assassination operations around the world to CIA-led coups and regime changes from its backyard of Latin America to Africa, Europe, Middle East/Near East, Far East, Central Asia, … to its present day War on Terror.

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Caleb Maupin: The Thing About “Cultural Marxism” + Abby Martin and Richard Wolff: Debunking Jordan Peterson’s “Cultural Marxism”

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
May 28, 2019

The thing about “Cultural Marxism” – Sontag, CIA, Cold War, Deconstruction

Caleb Maupin on May 9, 2019

Caleb Maupin is a widely acclaimed speaker, writer, journalist, and political analyst. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and in Latin America. He was involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement from its early planning stages, and has been involved many struggles for social justice. He is an outspoken advocate of international friendship and cooperation, as well 21st Century Socialism.

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What Weapon Has Killed The Most In Recent Wars? + Exported U.S.-Made Dictator Struggles to Seize Libya

What Weapon Has Killed The Most In Recent Wars? + Exported U.S.-Made Dictator Struggles to Seize Libya

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
World Beyond War
April 24, 2019

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Abby Martin and Bill Binney: Mass Surveillance and the Intelligence Industrial Complex

NSA the only governmental agency that really listens to the people--DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Apr 1, 2019

Abby Martin interviews former Technical Director of the National Security Agency, Bill Binney, who blew the whistle on warrantless spying years before Edward Snowden released the evidence. They discuss mass surveillance and the Intelligence Industrial Complex.

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Chris Hedges and Andy Worthington: Over 17 Years of Detention and Torture at Guantanamo Bay Prison

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with Chris Hedges and Andy Worthington

RT America on Mar 23, 2019

The most notorious U.S. detention site in the world, Guantanamo Bay, still holds 40 prisoners. Most of the 800 men shipped to Guantanamo Bay since it was opened under George W. Bush in 2002 were sold to U.S. forces for bounty by Pakistani and Afghan officials, militia and warlords. They were stripped of their legal rights, held for years without being charged or given a fair and open trial. Not only is the detention center a recruiting dream for radical jihadists, it costs American taxpayers $0.5 billion a year, roughly $11 million dollars for each detainee.

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Chris Hedges and Scott Ritter: The Dismantling of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Don't Attack Iran

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 16, 2019

The Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), between China, France, Russia, UK and USA, represented a crowning moment of international diplomacy and stopped the US and its allies from going to war with Iran. Donald Trump’s decision to break the deal threatens to return the world to that precipice. Scott Ritter, a former Marine intelligence officer and UN weapons inspector in Iraq discusses the implications of the lost deal with On Contact host and journalist, Chris Hedges.

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