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Bush-Obama Powers Will Pass to Next President by David Swanson

Drone

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, May 11, 2016
May 13, 2016

Remember when coups and assassinations were secretive, when presidents were obliged to go to Congress and tell lies and ask permission for wars, when torture, spying, and lawless imprisonment were illicit, when re-writing laws with signing statements and shutting down legal cases by yelling “state secrets!” was abusive, and when the idea of a president going through a list of men, women, and children on Tuesdays to pick whom to have murdered would have been deemed an outrage?

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Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald: The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program

Death from Above / Drones

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Jeremy Scahill Remembers His Longtime Friend, Father Daniel Berrigan: “The Man was a Moral Giant”

Democracy Now! on May 3, 2016

http://democracynow.org – “I may not be here if it wasn’t for Dan Berrigan,” says journalist Jeremy Scahill as we remember the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel Berrigan, who spent his lifetime nonviolently protesting militarism, nuclear proliferation, racism and poverty. Berrigan died Saturday in the Bronx, just short of his 95th birthday. Scahill was a college student when he first met Berrigan, and went on to become close friends with him and his brother, Philip. The conversations they had inspired him to pursue fiercely independent journalism. “This man was just a moral giant,” Scahill says, “the closest thing we have in our society to a prophet.”

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Sue Saudi Arabia For 9/11, and U.S. For All Its Wars by David Swanson

9/11 Was an Inside Job

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune, April 18, 2016
April 20, 2016

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry say that allowing family members of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its complicity in that crime would set a terrible precedent that would open the United States up to lawsuits from abroad.

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Ten Revealing War Lies by David Swanson

Fuck War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
telesurtv.net
April 13, 2016

Remarks prepared for event in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2016.

Let’s look at ten revealing moments in the history of lying about wars to see what they tell us, and then I’ll be glad to try to answer any questions I can. These remarks will be published at TeleSUR.

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A World War Has Begun by John Pilger

World War 3 - III

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by John Pilger
johnpilger.com, March 20, 2016
March 24, 2016

I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, “Where is that?” If I offer a clue by referring to “Bikini”, they say, “You mean the swimsuit.”

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How Would Knowing the Truth Change U.S. Policy on ISIS? by David Swanson + War Is A Total Lie!

No war on Syria protest in San Francisco - August 29

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune
March 8, 2016

Scholars have documented the consistent pattern. What makes a country far more likely to be invaded, attacked, “intervened in,” or in other words, bombed, is not its lack of democracy or its government’s crimes and abuses, or the crimes and abuses of some non-governmental group, but its possession of oil. Yet, with each new war, we are told to imagine that this one is different.

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What Obama Did While You Were Watching Elections by David Swanson

War is Peace. Obama and his Nobel "Peace" Prize

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 11, 2016

Pass the popcorn! Wait till I tweet this! Did you see the look on his face?

Ain’t elections exciting? We just can’t get enough of them, which could be why we’ve stretched them out to a couple of years each, even though a small crowd of Super Delegates and a couple of state officials with computer skills could quite conceivably decide the whole thing anyway.

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Abby Martin: The Empire’s Border: A Policy of Death, Part 1

No more deaths

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jan 31, 2016

Along the southern border of the United States is a graveyard, where hundreds upon hundreds of human remains are waiting to be found in the sand. They are teenagers, mothers and spouses walking the only path available to them—away from poverty and violence: towards their families, the only place safer and easier to eat. In Part 1 of this two-part series, Abby Martin reveals a catastrophe at the Empire’s gates; not only a shockingly high body count, but a humanitarian crisis manufactured by the U.S. government. Sinister tactics, a for-profit prison pipeline, and a court system that looks more like a slave auction than a trial await those who survive.

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US Military Leadership Resisted Obama’s Bid for Regime Change in Syria and Libya by Gareth Porter

No war on Syria protest in San Francisco - August 29

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
January 4, 2016

Seymour Hersh’s recent revelations about an effort by the US military leadership in 2013 to bolster the Syrian army against jihadist forces in Syria shed important new light on the internal bureaucratic politics surrounding regime change in US Middle East policy. Hersh’s account makes it clear that the Obama administration’s policy of regime change in both Libya and Syria provoked pushback from the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

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Rackets Science: The Influence Peddlers Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 2029) by Rob Hager

Money Corrupts

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by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 23, 2015

Rackets Science: The Influence Peddlers Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 2029)

Plu-toc-ra-cy

  1. Government by the wealthy.
  2. 2. A country or society governed in this way.

Christmastime for Plutocrats

Political scientists need a new sub-specialty to describe the end-of-year extravaganzas that influence peddlers and special interests have joined to make a Capital Christmas tradition: the racket of wholesale plundering of the government’s treasury. Paraphrasing Willie Sutton, that’s where (the tax-farmed and public-debt) money is.

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Pres. Obama, Which is Most Important to You: Destroying ISIS, Overthrowing Assad, or Scoring Points Against Russia? by William Blum

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
December 6, 2015

Questions to ask President Obama the next time (also the last time) you’re invited to one of his press conferences:

Which is most important to you – destroying ISIS, overthrowing Syrian president Assad, or scoring points against Russia?

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Full Text of #TPP Released to Public… And It’s Horrible by Jon Queally + Action Alerts + Video Reports

#TPP - Expressway to Trade Hell

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Updated: Nov. 6, 2015

by Jon Queally
Common Dreams
Nov. 5, 2015

It’s a disaster for people, the planet, democracy, and the future of the global economy.

That was the immediate assessment of informed critics as world governments, including the United States, on Thursday morning made the full text of the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) available to the public for the first time.

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US Special Forces Deployed as “Human Shields” to Salvage Terror Assets in Syria by Finian Cunningham

President Obama Declares More War But Some Americans Disapprove 4

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from RT
November 1, 2015

Obama’s decision to send Special Forces into Syria is being widely viewed as a US military escalation in the country. The troop dispatch also signals that the US is trying to forestall Russian successes in wiping out Washington’s regime-change assets in Syria.

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Kill Them All – US Strike on Afghan Hospital by Finian Cunningham

Drone

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
October 24, 2015

The deadly US airstrike on an Afghan hospital has been downplayed by Washington as a “tragic mistake” committed in the “fog of war”. But recently disclosed documents on the secret policy of drone assassinations by the Pentagon reveals a cold-blooded calculus to “kill all” within a designated strike zone, even resulting in 90 per cent “collateral damage” of “unintended targets”.

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Jeremy Scahill: Drone War Exposed + Secret “Kill Chain” + Afghanistan: The Longest U.S. War

2014 Global Day Of Action Against Drones DC 13

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Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on U.S. Kill Program’s Secrets & the Whistleblower Who Leaked Them

Democracy Now! on Oct 16, 2015

Democracynow.org – One of the most secretive military campaigns in U.S. history is under the microscope like never before. In a major exposé based on leaked government documents, The Intercept has published the most in-depth look at the U.S. drone assassination program to date. “The Drone Papers” exposes the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, revealing a number of flaws and far more casualties than the intended targets. The documents were leaked to The Intercept by an unnamed U.S. intelligence source who says he wanted to alert Americans to wrongdoing. We are joined by The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill, lead author of “The Drone Papers” exposé.

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