Monthly Archives: July 2013

The “Obscene 14” House NSA Negroes

by Glen Ford “They are more than useless; they have chosen the side of the enemy.” Last week, 14 Black members of the U.S. House indelibly marked themselves as tools of the Surveillance State, wholly unfit to represent any African American constituency. The “Obscene 14” aligned with Democratic and Republican leadership to narrowly defeat (217-205) a bill […]

Freedom Rider: Obama Fights to Keep Black People in Jail

by Margaret Kimberley “Thousands of inmates, mostly black, languish in prison under the old, discredited ratio. Like slavery and Jim Crow laws, the intentional maintenance of discriminatory sentences is a denial of equal protection.” – Sixth District Court of Appeals If Barack Obama’s ascendance to the oval office was worth a fraction of the importance which […]

The Manning Verdict:

A Very Pyrrhic Victory Alfredo Lopez While the Bradley Manning verdict may seem a victory of sorts for the defense — it’s certainly being treated that way in the mainstream media — the decision handed down Tuesday by Court Marshal Judge Colonel Denise Lind is a devastating blow to Internet activity in general and information […]

The Problem with ObamaCare

ObamaCare’s Relentless Creation of Second-Class Citizens (4) By lambert strether of Corrente. And we go to Happyville, instead of to Pain City. –Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow By design, ObamaCare doesn’t treat health care as a right, and does not give all citizens equal access to health insurance, let alone to health care. In three earlier posts, I gave […]

Welcome to the new American exceptionalism: Number one in obesity, guns, prisoners, anxiety and more …

8 appalling ways America leads the world BY LYNN STUART PARRAMORE This article originally appeared on Alternet. People uninterested in change and progress tend to cling to the jingoistic fantasy that America is an exceptional country. Often this implies that the U.S. is somehow superior to other nations. Some, like the neocons, have taken the idea of […]

Blood Sacrifice: The Wages Of White Supremacy

By Paul Rosenberg   Source: Aljazeera The prosecution in the trial of George Zimmerman said repeatedly that the trial was not about race. Zimmerman’s defence disagreed: It was about race, they argued repeatedly, and Trayvon Martin was guilty…of being black. He caused his own death, didn’t he? That’s what Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara urged his own mother […]

Snowden’s Dad SCHOOLS Obama, Pelosi, and Holder in Open Letter

By Lon Snowden and Bruce Fein   Monday, July 29, 2013   Dear Mr. President: You are acutely aware that the history of liberty is a history of civil disobedience to unjust laws or practices. As Edmund Burke sermonized, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Civil disobedience is not […]

The leading defenders of the NSA specifically and America’s Surveillance State generally are now found among self-identified Democrats

Glenn Greenwald Just as Democrats went from vehement critics of Bush’s due-process-free War on Terror policies to vocal cheerleaders of Obama’s drone kills and even Guantanamo imprisonments, the leading defenders of the NSA specifically and America’s Surveillance State generally are now found among self-identified Democrats. That was embodied by the key role Nancy Pelosi – one […]

Quote of the Day

 The US and Israel are rogue governments, throwbacks to the Hitler and Stalin era.

The New Totalitarianism

[T]he old East German Stasi, the archetypical totalitarian institution, could not begin to compete with our National Security Agency.   If the Stasi made the German Democratic Republic totalitarian, what does the NSA make the United States? Obama’s Legacy, Before Snowden and Now by ANDREW LEVINE Like Jackie Robinson, Barack Obama will be remembered for crossing […]