12/31/10 Looking Back & Into to 2011

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!
Albert Einstein

The illusion of freedom [in America] will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.
Frank Zappa, musician, cultural iconoclast from Connecting the New World Order Dots, dotconnectoruk.blogspot.com/

Over1,421,933 Iraqis Slaughtered in U.S. Liberation of Iraq
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

"Dad, What Did You Do in Iraq?"
Bloody Trophies
By Linh Dinh
http://counterpunch.org/dinh12222010.html
We have an unprecedented capacity to absorb scandals. Wikileaks or no, Americans wake up each day to a new set of outrages, yet nothing changes. With hundreds of channel at our fingertip and a billion songs sloshing in our skulls, no crime against country, man or earth can linger long enough in any brain cell to matter. All synapses are currently busy with bullshit, yet again....
There's always been enough incriminating evidence to fill several Pentagons and CIA headquarters. It takes no dick or hacker to know the U.S. government is duplicitous and sadistic. It lies and kills compulsively... America’s unique in her reach and influence... an empire, our sick tendencies become everybody else’s problems...
March 20th, 2003 the invasion of Iraq. George W. Bush announced at the Boeing F-18 Production Facility in St. Louis, “Two weeks ago, the Iraqi regime operated a gulag for dissidents, and incredibly enough, a prison for young children. Now the gates to that prison have been thrown wide open, and we are putting the dictators, political prisons, and torture chambers out of business.” (Applause.)... A mere year later, the Abu Ghraib scandal broke, revealing America in charge of Saddam’s torture chambers....From Stars and Stripes: “The U.S. military in Iraq is holding some 600 juvenile detainees—ranging in age from 11 to 17—and is building educational programs to address their special needs.” no evidence could be more damning than Abu Ghraib, yet there were no consequences, really... only one officer ever court-martialed...the conviction of Lieutenant Colonel Steven L. Jordan was overturned, resulting in an “administrative reprimand” on his record. Torture, American style, is an administrative procedure. Abu Ghraib photos show business as usual: punch, slap and kick prisoners; jump on their naked feet; videotape and photograph naked male and female prisoners; forcibly arrange prisoners in sexually explicit positions for photographing; force prisoners to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for days at a time; force naked male prisoners to wear women's underwear; force groups of male prisoners to masturbate themselves while being photographed and videotaped; arrange naked male prisoners in a pile and then jump on them; position a naked prisoner on a box, with a sandbag on his head, attach wires to his fingers, toes, and penis to simulate electric torture. On and on the means for inflicting pain and humiliation... the casual, gleeful sadism, often sexual, of our conquering heroes!...

“Dad, what did you do in the Iraq?”
...“Oh, nothing much, I broke chemical lights and poured the phosphoric liquid on prisoners; beat prisoners with a broom handle and a chair; threatened male prisoners with rape; sodomized a prisoner with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick. Now, what would you like for Christmas, Son?”... all-American men and women go home, raise children, become policemen, accountants and teachers.... how many honorably discharged and decorated torturers and mass murderers are among us?
Private Manning’s physical and psychological conditions are deteriorating rapidly. He turned 23 just yesterday. Friends are being intimidated by our government from speaking out, according to the Guardian... being stalked, computers seized without warrants. A staple of fascism,.. Obey orders, torture, the worst that can happen to you is an 'administrative reprimand', but follow your conscience and be prepared to be locked up, tortured or even killed. It’s already in the book....

digest: Zbigniew Brzezinski brags about creating the mujahadeen to trick the SU into invading Afghanistan and defeat its, then-socialist, major global rival -
like today, along with China, now as too-successful capitalist rivals who must be defeated. The arrogant imperialist architect, now Obama advisor, then inadvertently blurts out the truth: the US 'global war against islamic terrorism' is bogus, a cover for waging world war to maintain US global supremacy

No Regrets: Carter, Brzezinski and the Mujahadeen
http://www.counterpunch.org/brzezinski.html (excerpt)
Q: ...the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?
B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?
B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems …Q
Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said that Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.
B: Nonsense! That is stupid. There isn't a global Islam

(Obama) “recognizes that the challenge is a new face, a new sense of direction, a new definition of America’s role in the world.”
Zbigniew Brzezinski

digest: Obama advisor Brzezinski closely connected to US/ SOROS 'soft power' arm of US imperialism for global supremacy with a friendlier face after failure of hard power 'neocon' tacticsBrzezinski is a past member of the board of directors of Amnesty International, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, and the National Endowment for Democracy.
Soros/MoveOn & co. will move 'homeland' partisan politics into 'moderate' synch and undermine growing US anti-imperialist war movement...in case you ever wondered why the 'anti-war' movement screeched to a halt as new peace laureate prez. Obama expanded and stoked wars in ME, Asia and Africa

America's Global Role: Why the Fight for a Worldwide Open Society Begins at Home
George Soros, The American Prospect May 27, 2003
http://www.soros.org/resources/articles_publications/articles/americanpr...

Obama – America’s “Second Chance” or Is It Its Last?
By Maher Osseiran, 24 September, 2008 Countercurrents.org
....As a book, a “Second Chance” is the earliest sales pitch for the Obama presidency. First published in 2006, it talked to the ruling elite and not to the people of this country; it examined the performance of the three presidents since the fall of the Soviet Union, Bush I, Clinton, and then Bush II. Professor Brzezinski gave the first two mediocre grades and ended with an F for Jr., for lack of a lower grade. Finally, he went on to describe the ideal future president; Obama....

The global political awakening
By Zbigniew Brzezinski
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/opinion/16iht-YEbrzezinski.1.18730411....

US Arms Sales and Global Supremacy
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/washington-uses-world-arms-sa...
...“The Cold War political map is being redrawn. Arms sales are helping the US extend its influence in the Asia-Pacific region and paving the way for a new global hegemony.”...U.S. Congress approved $725 billion Defense Department authorization for 2011, in absolute dollars the largest military budget in human history and in constant dollars the largest Pentagon allocation since the Second World War....This September the Financial Times reported that planned American arms sales to the Persian Gulf of $123 billion: $67.8 billion for Saudi Arabia, $35.6 billion for the United Arab Emirates, $12.3 billion for Oman and $7.1 billion for Kuwait.... major expansion of U.S. arms sales to the nations of Southeast Asia will follow and just as NATO expansion opened almost all of Europe to American weapons manufacturers, so the new U.S. Africa Command will allow the Pentagon to further penetrate an entire continent...
An integral aspect of supplying weapons to over a third of the world’s nations is to ensure military interoperability for joint actions, including war, and bring receiving countries more firmly and inextricably into Washington’s political orbit.Providing arms is intimately related to and is often a precondition for developing closer diplomatic, financial, trade and comprehensive military ties with other nations. No country has more influence over international lending agencies than the U.S. and weapons aren’t supplied free of charge.Over the past decade the Pentagon has constructed and gained access to new military bases, camps, airfields, training centers and surveillance and missile shield installations in at least thirty nations, bilaterally and through NATO: Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Colombia, Djibouti, Estonia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mali, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Seychelles, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and Zambia among them.
Weapons sales necessarily entail training, joint military exercises, parts replacement, maintenance, repairs, upgrading and other modifications. In short, an integral and long-term partnership between supplier and purchaser. A mechanism for eliminating competitors in Washington’s drive for worldwide dominance.

“We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat."
General Stanley McChrystal, Tighter Rules Fail to Stem Deaths of Innocent Afghans at Checkpoints,
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/27/world/asia/27afghan.html

New Year to Mark Intensification of War in Afghanistan and Pakistan
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/new-year-to-mark-intensificat...
Afghanistan is the cynosure of the worldwide military strategy expanded to include Pakistan. 2010 was the deadliest year of the over nine-year war...U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) missile attacks in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, where over 120 strikes killed 1,000 people. (CIA directed 53 lethal operations in Pakistan in 2009)...The United States completed its first decade of continuous warfare: 2001-2010. January 1 2011 the U.S. and its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will enter not only a new year but a second decade of war in Afghanistan. The air and cruise missile attacks that commenced on October 7, 2001 and the insertion of U.S. and British ground troops that followed have been succeeded by a 48-nation, NATO 152,000-troop occupation and counterinsurgency campaign also conducting almost daily deadly drone missile strikes and helicopter gunship raids into neighboring Pakistan...U.S. / NATO are to deploy troops to a Pakistani military base in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, bordering Iran, where the Pentagon and CIA have operated out of the Shamsi air base, southwest of the capital, for years. NATO helicopters have also entered the airspace of Balochistan, marking an expansion of operations from the tribal areas into the heart of Pakistan... recent reports disclosed the U.S. will supplement CIA drone missile strikes and NATO helicopter gunship raids in Pakistan’s tribal areas with DoD special forces operations... the latest escalation of the Afghan war into Pakistan that will increase combat operations, deaths and destruction on both sides of the border in the new year beyond the record levels of 2010...Also deployed in theater or pledged are troops from several other countries in Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East, among them Bahrain, Colombia, Egypt and Kazakhstan...The microcosm of a U.S. led rapidly deployable, interoperable global expeditionary military force ...

US soft 'human rights' con a cover for complicity

Rights Groups Tie Pakistan to Militants’ Disappearances
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/30/world/asia/30disappear.html?_r=1&hp
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expressing alarm over reports that thousands of political separatists and captured Taliban insurgents have disappeared into the hands of Pakistan’s police and security forces, and that some may have been tortured or killed...Ali Dayan Hasan, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch in Lahore, Pakistan. “People are unable to speak publicly. But we can safely say that disappearances are the order of the day across Pakistan, particularly in relation with counterterrorism.” ... American officials are expanding programs to build up the judicial system in Pakistan. Officials also offer human-rights training to police officers and finance programs to reduce the backlogs of court cases that prevent family members of those who disappear from seeking relief through the Pakistani judicial system. “This issue has been a persistent challenge for Pakistan,” said a senior American official who deals with South Asia on condition of anonymity... “We’re trying to help Pakistan build democratic institutions so they can be a more effective partner.”

US drone attacks no laughing matter, Mr Obama
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/dec/28/us-drone-...
Mehdi Hassan
Speaking at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in May, Barack Obama spotted teen pop band the Jonas Brothers in the audience. "Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but, boys, don't get any ideas," deadpanned the president, referring to his daughters. "Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming." The crowd laughed, Obama smiled, the dinner continued...US drone strikes in Pakistan more than doubled in 2010... inside a ['sovereign'] country with which the US is not at war... lives seen as expendable in the pursuit of the west's foreign policy goals. Killed via remote control...Forgive me, Mr President, for not seeing the funny side.

CIA Predator Drone operations in Pakistan to continue despite DoD involvement
http://intelligencenews.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/01-145/
Washington will deploy a separate fleet of drones under military command...alongside, not in replacement of, CIA Predator drones... blurring the lines between US military and intelligence operations in the country to confuse critics of the expansion of the so-called “war on terrorism” into Pakistan, by

Obama’s not so secret war in Yemen
Editorial By: Jeb Boone* Oct 24, 2010 *Jeb Boone is managing editor of the Yemen Observer and alumni of Georgia State University’s Middle East Institute
* Yemen, South Korea celebrate 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations in seminar 12/25/10 http://www.yobserver.com/reports/10020447.html
* US Official : tension of U.S. and Yemen relations “healthy”: administration has increased its security aid to Yemen from USD 70 million to USD 150 million Homeland Security and Counterterrorism assistant to US President John Brennan said... Yemen, with US assistance, should use all tools available to address the al-Qaeda threat and “when necessary, kill those dedicated to murdering innocent men, women, and children.”http://www.yobserver.com/front-page/10020391.html
Sana’a Declaration of Moderation rejects extremism and violence 5/29/10 http://www.yobserver.com/reports/10018800.html

Yemen to Strengthen Efforts to Fight Al-Qaida
The announcement comes after U.S. counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan made the appeal in a phone call Thursday to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Yemen-to-Strengthen-Effo...

Yemeni Observer http://www.yobserver.com/for Open Society Foundations on Yemeni links to US/Soros soft power propaganda such as:
The Yemeni government is very keen to maintain close partnership with civil society NGO organizations to establish more plans for development, according to Hisham Sharaf, Yemen’s deputy minister of planning and international cooperation at a workshop entitled “involving civil society in monitoring and following plans on development” by the Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW) and Oxfam
http://www.yobserver.com/culture-and-society/10020146.html

AFRICOM and U.S. Hidden Battle For Africa
http://accra-mail.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13162...
Accra Daily Mail, March 30, 2010
What is the meaning of "War against Terror" for Africa? The true intention of America's recent military interventions in the African continent (both covert and open) is the expansion and consolidation of Western capital. It all started in 2001 when George W. Bush declared his "War on Terror" in the continent, but has developed in a manner that has gone beyond human imagination in the body counts on the streets of Somalia, in the jungles of Uganda and Congo, and deserts of Sudan. The chief of the US African Command, General E. Ward, explained this in language more clear than that of any US politician when he stated that an Africa in which "African populations are able to provide for themselves, contribute to global economic development and are allowed access to markets in free, fair, and competitive ways, is good for America and the world...." [...]

More Cote d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast “Rubbish”
http://kazodaily.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/more-cote-divoire-ivory-coast-...
...The “Independent” Electoral Commission, pro-Ouattara Chairman, Youssouf Bakayako, was taken to the UN protected Ouattara headquarters by the US and French ambassadors to announce Ouattara’s victory, not to the Ivorians, but to Western Television!...Why have they chosen * Allasane Ouattara? Laurent Gbagbo is a "socialist", a nationalist, so obviously the French don’t like him. He wants French troops out of the country. He fights for greater economic autonomy from the former colonial master. Alasane Ouattara is a former vice-president of the International Monetary Fund and very friendly to international capital. Funny how they always find a former IMF or World Bank guy when they are in a fix: ...The reason cannot be that the Cote d’Ivoire is the world’s top cocoa producer. Could it be the 250 million barrels of proven oil reserves? Or the 28.32 billion cubic meters of proven natural gas reserves? Perhaps, it is because Gbagbo wants French troops out of his country and to see their base shut down. But France has many other interests in Cote d’Ivoire. Another reason could be that the US and France have good relations with neighbors Mali and Burkina Faso, especially in the ‘War on Terrorism’ and those countries have every reason to see Ouattara in power..... a Franco–American freight train called Ouattara is rail-roading Laurent Gbagbo and sidetracking the Ivorian people. The US and France thought they had more cards in their hands than they really do. Gbagbo and the Ivorian people have called their bluff...calling the global body that endorsed his political rival an 'agent of destabilization.' ... Now they are in a full panic, looking for means to maintain their momentum. They will have to backtrack, accept investigations, open new talks or face violence and more instability.

Ivory Coast president refuses to take phone call from US president
12/30/10 http://www.canada.com/news/Coast+president+refuses+take+phone+call+from+...
The president of Ivory Coast is hardening his resistance to international pressure to stand down, even refusing to take a phone call from Barack Obama.Lanny J Davis, a lawyer who once worked for Bill Clinton, quit his job advising Mr Gbagbo saying refused a call from president.Obama which would have given the Ivorian "options for a peaceful resolution that would avoid bloodshed and be in the best interests of his country...despite my repeated objections to that decision," he wrote in his resignation letter. Mr. Davis saidMr. Gbagbo had also stopped taking his calls...Fears of bloodshed grew as Alain Le Roy, head of the UN force in Ivory Coast, accused Gbagbo's state media of "inciting hatred" against UN troops...Youssoufou Bamba, the new Ivory Coast ambassador to the UN, appointed by Alassane Ouattara, Mr Gbagbo's rival, said his country was "on the brink of genocide"...

Citigroup’s Parsons Says African Market ‘Sweet Spot’
Bloomberg http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-28/citigroup-s-parsons-says-afr...

2/9/10 Clinton: Ivorian President Should Yield Power to Successor
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Clinton-Ivorian-President-Should-Yie...
..."President Obama is personally involved. He has sent a letter to President Gbagbo, urging him to step aside and warning him of consequences if he does not." Clinton said. She paid tribute to the "commendable leadership" Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who convened a summit of the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] that suspended Ivory Coast's membership until Mr. Ouattara is sworn in as president...a "critical opportunity" for Nigerians...She said the United States stands ready to support the process. Foreign Minister Ajumogobia said a key contribution would be job-creating U.S. investments in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, where the greatest threat to democracy is pervasive youth unemployment.

US to Increase Pressure on Gbagbo Until He Yields Ivory Coast Presidency
The State Department 21 December 2010 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/US-to-Increase-Pressure-on-Gbagbo-Un...

NB: from US intel org. Stratfor:
"...a very interesting test case of how Western countries and Western pressure could bring about a political change in a country"
Dispatch: Post-election Violence in Cote d'Ivoire
http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/20101220-dispatch-post-election-violenc...?
Analyst Mark Schroeder examines the post-presidential election violence in Cote d’Ivoire and the constraints on the opposition’s ability to force the incumbent government to recognize its electoral gains. At STRATFOR, we’re paying attention to this issue...this is becoming a very interesting test case of how Western countries and Western pressure could bring about a political change in a country. President Gbagbo over the weekend and his government said the U.N. and other peacekeepers, notably the French, are no longer welcome in that country, and they’re beginning to take steps to order the U.N. and its peacekeepers out of Cote d’Ivoire. The U.N. subsequently said, " we’re not going to move.” So it will be a very interesting test case to see how this political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire is resolved, given the very strong levers of power that Gbagbo has versus this international condemnation unified behind Ouattara....

Why they hate our blood-drenched values...

Nigeria drops Dick Cheney charges after plea bargain
Halliburton agrees to pay $250m in fines in lieu of prosecution over alleged multimillion-dollar bribes
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/15/nigeria-dick-cheney-plea-hal...

U.S. Approves Business With Blacklisted Nations
Despite sanctions and trade embargoes, over the past decade the United States government has allowed American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism, an examination by The New York Times has found.At the behest of a host of companies — from Kraft Food and Pepsi to some of the nation’s largest banks — Enforcement of America’s sanctions rests with Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which can make exceptions with guidance from the State Department ..has granted nearly 10,000 licenses for deals with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism ..because they passed a litmus test: They were deemed to serve American foreign policy goalshttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/24/world/24sanctions.html?emc=na

"indefinite preventive detention"
White House Executive Order To Allow Indefinite Detention Bypasses Congress
Juan Zarate, who served as Bush's deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and is now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington (said) "The challenge for the new administration is how to solve the legal question of preventive detention in a way that is consistent with the Constitution, legitimate in the eyes of the world and doesn't create security loopholes that causes Congress to worry"....http://www.propublica.org/article/white-house-drafts-executive-order-to-allow-indefinite-detention-626

US condemns Russian justice system to save their US/NGO supported regime-change partner Khodorkovsky
The Obama administration interceded on Khodorkovsky's behalf before the verdict was delivered...troubled by “what appears to be an abusive use of the legal system for improper ends”. ..that Hillary Clinton warned would have a “negative impact on Russia's reputation.”

No More U.S./Soros NGOs in Russia?
Moscow Times, 9 November 2005
NGOs, especially...political pressure groups like Human Rights Watch and Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia Foundation, might be forced to close. In a meeting with human rights activists on 20 July, President Putin said he would not tolerate foreign money being used to fund the political activities of NGOs. Russian Government officials have repeatedly accused Western countries of helping bankroll Ukraine's Orange Revolution last year and Georgia's
Rose Revolution in 2003 through NGOs...

Former Soviet States: Battleground For Global Domination
by Rick Rozoff
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/
A Europe united under the EU and especially NATO is to be strong enough to contain, isolate and increasingly confront Russia as the central component of U.S. plans for control of Eurasia and the world, but cannot be allowed to conduct an independent foreign policy, particularly in regard to Russia and the Middle East. European NATO allies are to assist Washington in preventing the emergence of "the most dangerous scenario...a grand coalition of China, Russia, and perhaps Iran" such as has been adumbrated since in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Four years after the publication of The Grand Chessboard, Brzezinski's recommended chess move was made: The U.S. and NATO invaded Afghanistan and expanded into Central Asia where Russian, Chinese and Iranian interests converge and where the basis for their regional cooperation existed, and Western military bases were established in the former Soviet republics of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, where they remain for the indefinite future.
As the United States escalates its joint war with NATO in Afghanistan and across the Pakistani border, expands military deployments and exercises throughout Africa under the new AFRICOM, and prepares to dispatch troops to newly acquired bases in Colombia as the spearhead for further penetration of that continent, it is simultaneously targeting Eurasia and the heart of that vast land mass, the countries of the former Soviet Union. Within months of the formal breakup of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in December of 2001, leading American policy advisers and government officials went to work devising a strategy to insure that the fragmentation was final and irreversible. ....

NATO restores normal relations with Russia; Allies lift freeze started after invasion of Georgia
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there would be no avoiding, or backing down from, disputes with Moscow.
"The United States will not recognize any nation having a sphere of influence over any other nation," Clinton told a news conference at NATO headquarters. She was referring to Moscow's assertion that it has a historic role and leading voice in the region -- a position that many east Europeans as well as the Obama administration view as an illegitimate claim to domination of the area...."We can and must find ways to work constructively with Russia where we share areas of common interest, including helping the people of Afghanistan, arms control and nonproliferation, counterpiracy and counternarcotics and addressing the threats posed by Iran and North Korea," she [Clinton] said... http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/402500_nato06.html

New Trial for Tycoon Is a Test for Russia
MOSCOW — Shortly before he was sent to a Siberian prison in 2005, Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky seemed willing to take on the mantle of a martyr for political freedom in Russia. With his business empire destroyed and his vast fortune gone, he vowed to continue his fight against Vladimir V. Putin, then Russia’s president, from his prison cell.
... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/06/world/europe/06russia.html?th=&emc=th&...

march 30 2010 Tectonic Shift in Heartland Power: Part II
High-stakes Eurasian Chess Game: Russia’s New Geopolitical Energy Calculus
by F. William Engdahl
http://www.voltairenet.org/article164714.html
In cooperation with China and other Eurasian SCO partners, Russia is clearly using its energy as a geopolitical lever of the first order. The recent events in Ukraine and the rollback there of the ill-fated Washington Orange Revolution, in the context now of Moscow’s comprehensive energy politics, present Washington strategists with a grave challenge to their assumed global “Full Spectrum” dominance. The US debacle in Afghanistan and the uneasy state of affairs in US-occupied Iraq have done far more than any Russian military challenge to undermine the global influence of the United States as sole decision maker of a ‘unipolar world.’

...Another Russia’ holds Congress
Intelligence Digest, John Laughland, August 2006
The Journal of the European Foundation www.europeanfoundation.org/docs/August%202006.pdf
The former world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, inaugurated a conference of leading Russian oppositionists at a Moscow hotel. The meeting was disrupted by protests by youth groups who support President Putin. They put on the costumes of American Indians (‘native Americans’) in order to make their point that Kasparov wants to turn Russia into a colony of the US, reducing ordinary Russians to the state of native Americans...The meeting was attended by the US Assistant Secretary of State, Daniel Fried, and by the British and Canadian Ambassadors. The meeting caused several people to comment on Kasparov’s strongly pro-American sympathies. According to Leonid Ivashov, Vice President of he Russian Academy of Geopolitical Sciences, “It was long ago when the CIA established a network of non-commercial and non-governmental organisations. In addition, it funds over 400 scientific organisations too. I know many of our politicians and scientists of politics who would at first express Russia’s state interests but then change their points of view as soon as they start receiving money from Western funds, Carnegie or Soros funds, for example. Instead, they would start propagandising the US system, NATO, etc. In fact, they started lobbying American interests with a view to conquer Russian oil and gas resources.” State Duma Deputy and historian Natalia Narochnitskaya commented, “Kasparov’s behaviour is revolting. It is not about the opposition, it is about the promotion of US interests in Russia. The CIA has gone into the background as a public structure during the recent decade. However, the anti-Russian activities are being carried out through various foundations, institutes and councils under the guise of human rights protection.” ... [Andrei Scherbakov, www.pravda.ru, 12 July 2006]

NB: SOFT U.S. IMPERIALIST arm backs up its dangerous military provocation & propaganda

12/22/10 Human Rights in North Korea: Some Recommendations for the Obama Administration
http://www.brookings.edu/speeches/2009/0430_north_korea_cohen.aspx
...The creation of an organization or a mechanism for peace and security in Northeast Asia that encompasses security, economic and human rights and humanitarian concerns would be another important initiative. The new framework could draw from the experience of the Helsinki Final Act and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe....and also be the umbrella for scientific, educational and cultural exchanges, expanded contact among NGOs, and improved access for journalists....Creating such a forum will not be easy to achieve but.. Non-governmental meetings have already begun. Congressional hearings need to be held...the State Department and Congress should work closely together to ensure the implementation of the North Korean Human Rights Act (amended in 2008)... ensuring full funding for expanded radio broadcasts essential to opening up the population to the world outside... proactively facilitating the entry of more North Koreans into this country than the 67 plus who have been admitted... encouraging cultural and educational exchanges that can bring new ideas and thinking to North Koreans..and implementing expanded human rights and democracy programs for North Korea....

MORE FRIENDLY-FACE FASCIST 'HOMELAND' UPDATES
Terrorist watch list: One tip now enough to put name in database
Senior counterterrorism officials say they have altered their criteria so that a single-source tip, as long as it is deemed credible, can lead to a name being placed on the watch list.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR20101...

Internet Privacy and Personal Access at Risk
http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/category/top-stories...
In April 2009, the Obama Justice Department invoked the “state secrets privilege” to bar American citizens from suing the US government for illegally spying on them. It also went even further than the Bush administration by arguing that the US government is completely immune from litigation for illegal spying and can never be sued for surveillance that violates federal privacy laws. The Cybersecurity Act proposed in June of 2009 giving the president the power to "declare a cyber security emergency" and do whatever is necessary to diffuse a cyber attack. The Senate Homeland Security Committee approved a comprehensive cybersecurity bill June 2010 has inclusion of provision to allow the president to shut down networks in the event of an emergency. Reporting in Wired, Noah Schachtman broke the story that the Central Intelligence Agency was investing in Visible Technologies, a software firm that can collect, rank and analyze millions of posts on blogs, online forums, Flickr, Youtube, Twitter and other social media sites. Wired also reported that the Obama administration had followed the lead of George W. Bush by urging a federal judge to set aside a ruling in a spy case weighing whether a U.S. president may bypass Congress and establish a program of eavesdropping on Americans without warrants...
Sources: CNET News, “Bill Would Give President Emergency Control of Internet” Wired, “U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm that Monitors Blogs, Twitter” Wired, “Obama Sides With Bush in Spy Case”.

Militainment: U.S. Military Propaganda in the News Media, Hollywood, and Video Games
http://zeroanthropology.net/2010/06/13/militainment-u-s-military-propaga...
by Maximilian Forte
“Propaganda is at its most effective when the audience does not know it is being manipulated and one of the best, glitziest examples of that is when propaganda is delivered on the big screen in the guise of a Hollywood blockbuster.”–The Listening Post, 12 June 2010

New Bill Gives President a ‘Kill Switch’ To Shut Down The Internet
S.3480 - Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010
10 Jun 2010 Creates the Office of Cyberspace Policy and National Center for Cybersecurity and Communication

New Internet Censorship Bill
Stephen Lendman
http://baltimorechronicle.com/2010/100110Lendman.shtml
Senator Patrick Leahy, D. introduced S. 3804: Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA)September 20. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, If enacted, this bill could "break the Internet one domain at a time - by requiring domain registrars/registries, ISPs, DNS providers, and others to block Internet users from reaching certain websites."... "streamlining and vastly expanding" power to shut down domains, including their "blog posts, images, backups, and files."... "legitimate, protected speech taken down in the name of copyright enforcement," and basic Internet infrastructure will be undermined. ... For example: when users enter web site URLs into their browsers, the domain name system server identifies their Internet location. COICA will let the Attorney General "prevent the players in (those) domain system(s), possibly including your ISP, from telling the truth about a website's location. It's also unclear what would be accessed - a message "a site or page could not be found, without explaining why?... some notice "the site you were seeking was made inaccessible at the behest of the government?"... even though the site or page "may otherwise be completely available and accessible." Like many pre and post-9/11 bills, COICA is police state legislation. It says America "approves of unilateral Internet censorship" [bill sections available at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/R?cp111:FLD010:@1(sr368)]

House DHS Cyber Bill Unveiled
11/17/10 http://techinsider.nextgov.com/congress/
Several House Democrats announced they have introduced legislation that would expand the Homeland Security Department's cybersecurity powers, adding to the growing pile of competing bills aimed at protecting the Internet...the 2010 Homeland Security Cyber and Physical Infrastructure Protection Act... Unlike S.3480, the 2010 Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed in June, the House committee's bill would...would fortify DHS' cyber capacity by creating a new cybersecurity compliance division within the department... since 2003, Homeland Security has been a focal point for the security of cyberspace, under presidential directive, but has lacked the authority to fulfill its mission. Like other bills, the House measure would require DHS to partner with the private sector on developing tailored security plans for critical networks.

The Government's One-way Mirror
By Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec, 20, 2010
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27124.htm
One of the hallmarks of an authoritarian government is hiding everything it does behind a wall of secrecy while monitoring, invading and collecting files on everything its citizenry does... that renders the ruling class omnipotent and citizens powerless. In The Washington Post today, Dana Priest and William Arkin continue their "Top Secret America" series
describing how America's vast and growing Surveillance State now encompasses state and local law enforcement agencies, collecting and storing always-growing amounts of information about even the most innocuous activities undertaken by citizens suspected of no wrongdoing. As was true of the first several installments of their "Top Secret America," there aren't any particularly new revelations for those paying attention to such matters, but the picture it paints -- and the fact that it is presented in an establishment organ such as The Washington Post -- is nonetheless valuable.
Today, the Post reporters document how surveillance and enforcement methods pioneered in America's foreign wars and occupations are being rapidly imported into domestic surveillance (wireless fingerprint scanners, military-grade infrared cameras, biometric face scanners, drones on the border). In sum: The special operations units... technological advances are expanding in use across the United States...
Meanwhile, the Obama Department of Homeland Security has rapidly expanded the scope and invasiveness of domestic surveillance programs -- justified, needless to say, in the name of Terrorism:[DHS Secretary Janet] Napolitano has taken her "See Something, Say Something" campaign far beyond the traffic signs that ask drivers coming into the nation's capital for "Terror Tips" and to "Report Suspicious Activity." She recently enlisted the help of Wal-Mart, Amtrak, major sports leagues, hotel chains and metro riders. In her speeches, she compares the undertaking to the Cold War fight against communists... The results are predictable. Huge amounts of post/9-11 anti-Terrorism money flooded state and local agencies confront virtually no Terrorism threats use these funds to purchase technologies from the private-sector industry that controls and operates government surveillance programs -- for vastly increased monitoring and file-keeping on ordinary citizens suspected of no wrongdoing. The always-increasing cooperation between federal, state and local agencies - and among and within federal agencies - has spawned massive data bases of information containing the activities of millions of American citizens. "There are 96 million sets of fingerprints" in the FBI's data base, the Post reports. Moreover, the FBI uses its "suspicious activities record" program (SAR) to collect and store endless amounts of information about innocent Americans: At the same time the FBI is expanding its West Virginia database, it is building a vast repository controlled by people who work in a top-secret vault on the fourth floor of the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington. This one stores the profiles of tens of thousands of Americans and legal residents who are not accused of any crime. What they have done is appear to be acting suspiciously to a town sheriff, a traffic cop or even a neighbor. To get a sense for what kind of information ends up being stored -- based on the most innocuous conduct -- read this page from their article describing Suspicious Activity Report No3821... "'Ninety-nine percent doesn't pan out or lead to anything' said Richard Lambert Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI's Knoxville office" -- but, as history conclusively proves, data collected on citizens will be put to some use even if it reveals no criminality.
To understand the breadth of the Surveillance State, recall this sentence from the original Priest/Arkin article: "Every day, collection systems at the National Security Agency intercept and store 1.7 billion e-mails, phone calls and other types of communications." As Arkin and Priest document today, there are few safeguards on how all this data is used and abused. Local police departments routinely meet with neoconservative groups insisting that all domestic Muslim communities are a potential threat and must be subjected to intensive surveillance and infiltration. Groups engaged in plainly legal and protected political dissent have been subjected to these government surveillance programs. What we have, in sum, is a vast, uncontrolled and increasingly invasive surveillance state that knows and collects more and more information about the activities of more and more citizens....as the WikiLeaks conflict demonstrates this all takes place next to an always-expanding wall of secrecy behind which the Government's own conduct is hidden from public view [... ]

NB: part of massive US gulag

ICE Operates Secret Detention and Courts
http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/4-ice-operates-secre...
Agents of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are holding thousands of US residents in unlisted and unmarked subfield offices and deporting tens of thousands in secret court hearings.“If you don’t have enough evidence to charge someone criminally but you think he’s illegal, we can make him disappear.” Those chilling words spoken by James Pendergraph, then executive director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination, at a conference of police and sheriffs in August 2008....
People are held in a vast network of more than three hundred detention facilities, located in nearly every state in the country....the majority are jails under the control of state and local governments that subcontract with ICE to provide detention bed space. However, ICE has created a network of secret jails designed for confining individuals in transit. These 186 unlisted and unmarked subfield offices are not subject to ICE detention standards, lacking showers, beds, drinking water, soap, toothbrushes, sanitary napkins, mail, attorneys, or legal information. Many of these subfield offices are in suburban office parks or commercial spaces revealing no information about their ICE tenants—nary a sign, a marked car, or even a US flag.
In addition there is a complete lack of a real-time database tracking people in ICE custody, meaning that ICE has created a network of secret jails designed for confining individuals in transit that literally make people disappear. Immigrant detainees are often transferred away from their attorneys at any point in their immigration proceedings, Detainees can literally be “lost” ...

NB: Pope's wholly fascist communion serves imperialism

US to Vatican: Genetically Modified Food Is a "Moral Imperative"
Mike Ludwig
December 29, 2010 - Secret United States diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks detail efforts to promote genetically modified (GM) crops and biotechnology across the globe, including the Vatican, where US diplomats pushed the Roman Catholic Church to support biotech food in developing nations. Cables from embassies in Spain, Austria and even Pakistan reveal the US diplomats have clearly sided with the biotech industry, even as court cases and public debates over GM food raged in the US and abroad...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=7340

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