Syrian Nun Seen as Threat to War Resistance by William Boardman

by William Boardman
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on readersupportednews.org
November 22, 2013

Here’s what it looks like when a respected reporter talks about his blackmail note to an established anti-war organization regarding the organization’s upcoming conference in a tweet on November 15:

jeremy scahill @jeremyscahill I’ve informed organizers of @STWuk that I will not participate in their conference if Mother Agnes is on the platform.

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What a Sorry State of Affairs by William Bowles

by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williambowles.info
19 November 2013

I have been involved with left-wing politics in one guise or another pretty much my entire life and I have to admit to getting an awful lot of stuff wrong, largely because rather than thinking things through properly for myself, I listened to the ‘authority’, to those who allegedly know best.

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Empire of Secrets (with Oliver Stone, Michael Ratner, Jeremy Scahill) + Part 2

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www.aljazeera.com
June 30, 2013

As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama promised transparency and open government yet his administration is one of the most closed governments in US history, described as being worse than even the Nixon administration.

The technology and information revolution allows the government to cast its net wider than ever before; collecting data, watching, spying and analysing. As revelations of systemic snooping continue to hit the headlines, Empire asks: who is watching the watchers?

Just when more people open up about their private lives through social media, the government becomes ever more intrusive.

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via www.aljazeera.com

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Socialism 2013–Glenn Greenwald: Courage is Contagious + Transcript

PRISM-Demo der Piratenpartei zum Besuch des amerikansichen Präsidenten Barack Obama

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WeAreManyMedia on Jun 28, 2013

Glenn Greenwald speaks via Skype to the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago regarding Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s mass surveillance program. Introductions by Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater and the filmmaker behind Dirty Wars, and Sherry Wolf, author of Sexuality and Socialism. #Socialism2013 #Snowden #NSA

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Check out more audio and video recordings from the Socialism 2013 conference at http://www.wearemany.org.

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The Drone Ranger: Obama’s Dirty Wars by Greg Palast

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by Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
For Vice Magazine
June 13, 2013

About the time Barack Obama ordered the drone strike that killed Abdul-Rahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old American kid Facebooked his second-rate choice of hip-hop favorites. I say “second-rate,” because Abdul was my son’s age almost exactly, so I know the kind of crap they listen to.

Every Tuesday, President Obama personally checks off the names of people he wants killed. George Bush, a bit more squeamish than Obama, never did that; but Mr. Obama felt those decisions were the president’s responsibility: he want[s] to keep his own finger on the trigger,” according to one report. Continue reading

Jeremy Scahill: Killing Americans + Obama Heckled by Medea Benjamin + Fact Sheet: Counterterrorism

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democracynow May 23, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – The Obama administration has admitted for the first time to killing four U.S. citizens in drone strikes overseas. Three died in Yemen: the Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, his 16-year-old son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. A fourth, Jude Kenan Mohammed — whose death was not previously reported — was killed in Pakistan. In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder suggested that all but the attack on the elder al-Awlaki were accidental, saying the other three “were not specifically targeted.” The admission came on the eve of a major address in which President Obama is expected to defend the secret targeted killing program and announce modified guidelines for carrying it out. We’re joined by Jeremy Scahill, author of the new book, “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” and co-producer of the upcoming documentary film by the same name.

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“Astoundingly Disturbing”: Obama Administration Claims Power to Wage Endless War Across the Globe

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#obama murders women & children #stopDrones #SFO2012 #obama2012 #NoDrones #drones

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democracynow on May 17, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – A Pentagon official predicted Thursday the war against al-Qaeda and its affiliates could last up to 20 more years. The comment came during a Senate hearing revisiting the Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, enacted by Congress days after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. At the hearing, Pentagon officials claimed the AUMF gives the president power to wage endless war anywhere in the world, including in Syria, Yemen and the Congo.

“This is the most astounding and most astoundingly disturbing hearing that I’ve been to since I’ve been here,” said Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine. “You guys have essentially rewritten the Constitution here today.” We play an excerpts of Thursday’s Senate hearing and our recent interview with Jeremy Scahill, author of the new bestseller, “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield.” Continue reading

Jeremy Scahill: Dirty Wars: Terror Begets Terror

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breakingtheset on Apr 29, 2013

#obama murders women & children #stopDrones #SFO2012 #obama2012 #NoDrones #drones

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On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to Jeremy Scahill, investigative journalist and author of the new book and upcoming film ‘Dirty Wars’, an exposé on the expansion of American covert wars fought by US intelligence agencies and the Joint Special Operations Command. They talk about covert operations happening in countries like Somalia, Yemen, and Pakistan, where drone strikes and targeted assassinations are creating resentment of the US, and how the decline of journalism has prevented the American public from seeing the full story. Scahill also discusses instances of extra-judicial killings of American citizens, and the importance of understanding the roots of radicalization and the motives behind the concept of blowback against the US’ “Dirty Wars”.

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Don’t Ignore How Others See Us by Ralph Nader + Nader’s Provocative Question

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Updated: May 2, 2013

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 25, 2013

Drones protest at home of General Atomics CEO Neal Blue

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In watching the massive media coverage and the reaction to the brutal bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the wise poem “To A Louse…” composed in 1785 by the Scottish poet Robert Burns came to me:

“O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us/ To see oursels as ithers see us!”

English translation:
“And would some Power the small gift give us/To see ourselves as others see us!”

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CODEPINK Protesters Shutdown War Criminal John Brennan’s Opening Statement At CIA Director Nominee Hearing

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Updated Feb. 8, 2013 and Feb. 9, 2013

Witness Against Torture: John Brennan

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CODEPINK Action at Brennan’s Confirmation Hearing

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Watch CODEPINK’s demonstration outside Hart Senate Building before John Brennan’s hearing and afterwards, at the hearing itself. 8 CODEPINK members were arrested for speaking out and Senator Feinstein ordered all “CODEPINK” associates be “evicted” from the hearing.

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Dennis Kucinich: Amazing That We Have to Defend Americans From Being Assassinated By Their Own Government

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Nov 7, 2012 by

During Democracy Now!’s seven-hour election special last night, investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill asks Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich about the secret drone war that has expanded under President Obama’s first term and the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen struck by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year.

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Glenn Greenwald, Ron Paul, Jeremy Scahill and Dennis Kucinich on Obama authorizing the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki

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Updated: Oct. 1, 2011

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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on Sep 30, 2011

www. DemocracyNow.org – The United States has confirmed the killing of the radical Yemeni-American cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, in northern Yemen. The Obama administration says Al-Awlaki is one of the most influential al-Qaeda operatives on its ‘most wanted’ list. In response to news of al-Awlaki’s death, constitutional scholar Glenn Greenwald and others argue the assassination of U.S. citizens without due process has now has become a reality. Continue reading

Patriarchal Loyalty by Ed Dunphy

by Ed Dunphy
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 2, 2011

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Wikipedia defines Loyalty as faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause. Most of us will say that we are loyal Americans.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, on Loyalty:

“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels — men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion .”

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Pakistan in Pieces, Part 2: Punishing Pakistan and Challenging China by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
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June 30, 2011

This is Part 2 of “Pakistan in Pieces.”

Part 1: Imperial Eye on Pakistan

The AfPak War Theatre: Establishing the New Strategy

As Senator Obama became the President-elect Obama, his foreign policy strategy on Afghanistan was already being formed. In 2007, Obama took on veteran geostrategist and Jimmy Carter’s former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski as one of his top foreign policy advisers,[1] and he remained his foreign policy adviser throughout 2008.[2] Continue reading

The Secret Iraq Files: Cover-up of Torture and Executions + Iraq’s Secret War Files

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AlJazeeraEnglish | October 23, 2010

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It is the biggest leak of military secrets ever. Al Jazeera has obtained access to almost 400,000 classified American documents. Torture, claims of murder at the checkpoint – revelations that make a mockery of the rules of combat.

Over the past ten weeks, working with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London, Al Jazeera has read tens of thousands of documents, which we sourced through WikiLeaks.

There is a good reason that Washington did not want you to see them. They reveal the covering up of Iraqi state torture to the truth about the hundreds of civilians who have been killed at coalition road blocks.

There are fresh outrages involving private security contractors and we find out what the US really thinks about the Iraqi prime minister.

The Secret Files aired from Saturday, October 23.

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