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Citizen Hacktivism vs Corporate Propaganda

HacktivismThe attempt by the United States to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria has recently manifested itself as an alliance between Google, the State Department, and the Qatar-based news agency known as Al Jazeera. Adding to the ongoing scandal surrounding the Hillary Clinton emails, the deliberate use of media to alter the citizenship of people in other countries for political reasons has come into the limelight (Bolton, 2016). This email was originally published on Jan. 7, 2016 by WikiLeaks, an online community of citizen activists who counter corporate and political establishments worldwide.

Jared Cohen, a former State Department official and a founding head of Google Ideas, sent a message in 2012 to the Deputy Secretary Burns. Cohen wrote about creating an app to track the defections in Syria in an effort to encourage more to defect. Partnering with Al Jazeera to give them primary ownership of the app, Cohen requested that the State Department keep it quiet. In the chain of messages, then Secretary of State Clinton replies to her Deputy Chief of Staff Sullivan with, “FYI – this is a pretty cool idea” (WikiLeaks, 2016).

Believing that this would have a powerful psychological impact as stated in the original letter, the plan went forward. Google created the app and gave it to Al Jazeera and they placed the interactive map on their website. Al Jazeera won the Best Technical Innovation Award at the Online Media Awards in London and even boasted about the award with four commendations on its website, the very tool that Google created (Chichakyan, 2016).

This underscores mainstream media willingness to cooperate with governments in the advancement of political agendas, thus blurring the lines between the organizations, while posing as independents in a plan to affect citizenship abroad against their governments. It was citizens who used internet to illustrate this collaboration and demonstrate that the power of the new media in the struggles for 21st century hegemony can work in both directions (Pieterse, 2012).

To Qatari citizens, Al Jazeera, which is chiefly on television and focuses primarily on international news, is a source of national pride. This has not stopped the trend that is shifting toward the internet as a primary source of news, especially in the ex-patriot resident population (Meeds, 2015).

Accompanying the growth of the internet as a news source is a substantial rise of internet activism such as blogging, trolling, and even a style of hacking called hacktivism as in the case for WikiLeaks (Cammaerts, 2013). Sometimes WikiLeaks are at odds with major news agencies and sometimes they work along-side (Roberts, 2011). In the past, WikiLeaks and Al Jazeera performed in a role together in de-legitimizing the Egyptian government in 2011 during what is dubbed Arab Spring. It is also important not to forget the significant role of social media by bringing together many anti-Mubarak forces who opposed the Egyptian president, coalescing them around several issues in their anti-regime platforms through Facebook and Twitter (Mabon, 2013). Also noteworthy in the struggle for dominance of the message on the web is the response of young people to the question of whether they approved of politicians also using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Most were surprisingly in favor of it (Loader, 2016).

Hacktivists are usually united for a political cause that revolves around the free flow of information. According to the Hacktivismo Declaration, published on July 4, 2001 “State-sponsored censorship of the Internet is a serious form of organized and systematic violence against citizens.” (McCormick, 2013).  The phenomenon of WikiLeaks is characterized by a variety of coordinated and talented group of people with weak and strong ties. They have a unique set of opportunities and constraints, with strategies of contention carried out by their members and sympathizers (Cammaerts, 2013).

WikiLeaks history against the US State Department, the leaks by Edward Snowden from the National Security Agency (NSA), the conviction of Bradley Manning, and the greater number of prosecutions by the Obama administration have caused a reconsideration of the significance of the case of the Pentagon Papers (Altschuler, 2015).

In considering the long term impact of citizen activism, the action is in the reaction. Large organizations and governing bodies usually do not respond to embarrassment with more openness. According to John McCarthy of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, “WikiLeaks’ long-term importance will not lie in the details it has revealed. These will prove ephemeral. It lies rather in the reactions to WikiLeaks in western democracies and what this shows about the difference between community thinking and official practice.” Citizen activism through releasing massive amounts of data in trying to bring bureaucratic systems in line with modern public attitudes faces a difficult challenge: Meaningful change without an overall shift of attitude within the organizations will be unrealistic (McCarthy, 2011).

Another case made against the effectiveness of WikiLeaks as a force for significant change or a threat to government secrecy is mathematical in nature. Massive leaks of news are not significant proportionate to the exponential growth in data used by governments in the information age. For example: Only six percent of the 250,000 US State Department leaks were considered classified Secret, and the State Department claims that it has moved 2.5 million documents, ten times that amount, by other means than the network that was hacked (Roberts, 2011).

Furthermore, the economic factors have come into play. PayPal, Amazon.com, Master Card, and Visa, have with withdrawn their support for WikiLeaks. No political pressure, which did exist, was required. They have cited violations of their online user agreements as reasons for the disassociation and cessation of services; however, the legal and financial risks outweighed the benefits to them as WikiLeaks was never a source of revenue for them. The benefits of cooperation were not sufficient for the risks (Roberts, 2011).

Another challenge to hacktivists comes from the moral question in the use of Distributed denial of service (DDOS), which shuts down an opponent’s web site, is a popular revenge tool in the arsenal of hackers on all sides of conflicts (Hampson, 2012). DDOS is a controversial contradiction within the hacktivism community because of the moral dilemma of preventing others from posting information is a violation of the very principles of the free flow of information they claim to stand for (Roberts, 2011).

Citizens who play an essential role in the new media as both consumers and online producers of information motivated to bring global changes through release of massive levels of guarded information may be marginally efficacious at best in affecting public policy, yet there is hope. Even Slavoj Zizek, a Marxist philosopher and professor at the European Graduate School in Slovenia has stated, “We can no longer pretend we don’t know what everyone knows we know” (Pieterse, 2012). In this way, hacktivists have already forced a change in corporate, mainstream traditional media, and government official narratives which are then subsequently re-consumed in the news cycle.

The dance between citizens and media as cooperative and opposing forces continues to be a spectacle of epic proportions; like two supermassive black holes spiraling toward each other at increasing speeds, with their colossal gravitational influences counter-balancing the other while spinning wildly toward a collision course, they release tremendous shock waves of super-heated gas and energy that ripples through the host galaxy. What happens when an unstoppable force comes into contact with an immovable object?  What will be the long term effects of these ripples on society at large?


Works Cited

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Cammaerts, B. (2013). Networked Resistance: The Case of WikiLeaks. Journal Of Computer-Mediated Communication, 18(4), 420-436. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12024

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Loader, B. D ; Vromen, A. ; Xenos, M. A. (2016). Performing for the young networked citizen? Celebrity politics, social networking and the political engagement of young people. 38(3), pp.400-419

Mabon, S. (2013). Aiding Revolution? Wikileaks, communication and the ‘Arab Spring’ in Egypt. Third World Quarterly, 34(10), 1843-1857.

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Roberts, A. (2011). The WikiLeaks Illusion. Wilson Quarterly, 35(3), 16-21.

(2013, June 13). Al Jazeera: Live News | Bold Perspectives | Exclusive Films. Al Jazeera website wins award – Al Jazeera English. Retrieved April 10, 2016, from http://www.aljazeera.com/pressoffice/2013/06/clone.of.201332105347373148.html

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Case Study: Don’t Drone Me Bro!

Dallas Police Robot

Dallas Police Robot

There is a new development that may not only further exacerbate the police public relations, it can bring us closer to “fundamentally transforming America” as Obama announced in his inaugural speech.  In the wake of the horrific massacre of multiple police officers in Dallas, TX, comes news that a robot was used to deliver a bomb that killed the suspect. In order to understand the possible future social and political ramifications of this unprecedented use of a non-areal drone to kill an American on American soil, it is necessary to review the development of drones and drone policy from multiple points of view and examine how they are already changing the political landscape on a global scale.

Charles Krauthhammer, foxnews.com

Charles Krauthhammer, foxnews.com

In what was recognized to be a public relations crisis for aerospace manufacturers, coupled with a public affairs crisis for the US federal government, “I would predict the first guy who uses a second amendment weapon to bring a drone down who is hovering over his house will become a folk hero,” claims Charles Krauthammer, a Fox News analyst who openly supports the use of drones overseas but not domestically.  He enjoys the American empire, however, does not want to live under it. Calling for an outright ban on domestic use, Krauthammer declared, “Drones are instruments of war. The founders had a great aversion toward using instruments of war, the use of the military, inside the United States.”

John Oliver, HBO.com

John Oliver, HBO.com

John Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight on HBO deflected the severity of domestic use by shifting gears, referring to drones as “the third-most annoying thing in the sky after mosquitoes and plastic bags caught in the breeze.” He added, “Overseas, drones are a slightly more serious matter.” “During the Obama administration, we launched eight times the drone the number of drone strikes as his predecessor.”

According to the Foreign Policy Research Institute, there are approximately 7,500 US drones in operation and 65% of Americans support drone strikes overseas. Number of drones foreign and domestic. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has estimated that 900 noncombatants including 200 children have been killed since the inception of the program. Accurate data is not able to be assessed as to the identity of the targets in the aftermath because of the complete devastation to the area.

Conservatives concerned about privacy and liberals aghast about the loss of life seemed united in their resistance to the use of unmanned remotely controlled aerial vehicles known as drones, particularly the systems of reconnaissance and weaponized vehicles like Predator and Global Hawk.

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Michael Toscano, Linkedin.com

In response to the outrage concerning drone use the Washington based Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) President Michael Toscano went scrambling into damage control mode with the bold statement, “People who don’t know what they’re talking about say these are spy planes or killer drones. They’re not.” He referred to them as “remotely piloted vehicles.” He continued by adding 35,000 car death statistics per year for death toll comparison and lauding the virtues of the firefighting and search and rescue capabilities. Comparing them to mother and apple pie may not have had its intended soothing all-Americana outcome. They were marginally efficacious at best.

Leon Panetta, Defense.gov

Leon Panetta, Defense.gov

In reference to fighting Al Qaeda in 2009, CIA director Leon Panetta called drones, ‘The only game in town.” Yet, It is very difficult to run a successful public relations campaign for a program that exists on record but is not recognized by official sources. In February of 2013, in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, said that he was told “You’re not even to acknowledge the drone program. You’re not even to discuss that it exists.”

 

In 2012 after the New York Times published an article about the Disposition Matrix, secret drone strike kill list that members of the Obama administration leaked, We Are Change reporter Luke Rudkowski approached Democratic National Chairperson Debbie Wassermann-Shultz. When he asked the Florida Congresswoman whether she trusted Mitt Romney to handle Obama’s kill list, she said, “I have no idea what that what you’re talking about.” I’m happy to answer serious questions.”  Several organizations ranging from liberal The Young Turks to the reporters at London based Guardian   have slammed her for being ignorant about the existence of the list. During their second encounter in 2015, the Congresswoman acknowledged the list and talked about Obama bringing balance; however, she did not answer the questions to the satisfaction of the reporter as to the constitutionality of the list or the extrajudicial killing of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and his sixteen year old son by drone strike. Jeb Bush also claimed to be unaware of the Disposition Matrix.

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Anwar al Awlaki, NYTimes.com

Article I, Section 9, Clause 3 of the US Constitution explicitly prohibits a Bill of Attainder: That is any list that arbitrarily finds someone guilty without due process of law: no judge, no jury, no trial, no evidence, no charges, no lawyer, and no witnesses. The right to trial by jury is the only right that appears three times in the Bill of Rights.

Laurie Calhoun is the author of We Kill Because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age. In an interview with on the Tom Woods Show podcast, she noted how drones, originally covert in 2002, have grown to become standard operating procedure. He also noted that for ten years, with few notable exceptions like Rand Paul, there was no public debate in Congress between 2002 and 2012. Obama said on Google Chat “look what I’m doing to keep you safe.”

Tom Woods

Tom Woods, Tomcods.com

“The reality is that all of the people killed are suspects. This is unprecedented in history and in criminal justice.” She added that suspects are considered “shady” because the evidence is provided by bribed locals, a similar process that led to of the detainees who were incarcerated at Camp X-ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for years without due process, 86 percent of which were innocent. “The very same tactics are used for intelligence gathering in drone strikes.”

The counter argument as to how do we deal with shadowy stateless enemies that intend to do us harm. The choice between Tomahawk cruise missiles and full scale invasion or drones in order to prevent even more objectionable policies “false dichotomy,” Calhoun told Dr. Thomas E. Woods Jr. of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh points during an interview with selected media, including Reuters, in Sanaa in this May 25, 2011 file photo. Saleh said on November 14, 2011 he was ready to step down within 90 days of reaching a deal on a formal process for implementing a Gulf initiative aimed at ending the nine-month-old crisis in his country. To match interview YEMEN-SALEH/ REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Reuters

According to Calhoun, public relations concerning drones has already led to civil war and humanitarian disaster. In Yemen during November 2002, President Saleh authorized drone strikes by the United States. The fear of drones was so pervasive that Zubair Rehman a thirteen year old drone strike survivor told the US Congress in 2013, “I no longer love blue skies.” During gray skies he continued, “The mental tension and fear eases.”  This was considered to be a way to eliminate his political enemies by labeling them as terrorists and forwarding the information to the United States. This eventually resulted in the Houthi Coup and a civil war. Saudi Arabia does not acknowledge the legitimacy of the new government and is using the crisis to continuously slam Yemeni militants with billions of dollars of US supplied heavy weapons.

Laurie Calhoun

Calhoun continued, “There are allot of groups of angry people who posed no existential threat to the United States, even if they hate us, because they do not have the means to come over here, have all been conflated into a single group of evil terrorists, [Saleh was] using his collaboration with the United States to eliminate political enemies.”

“They are assumed to be combatants unless otherwise proven” according to Calhoun, some are “defending their homeland from invasion” and, “Throwing them all into one barrel of evil terrorists (posthumously) akin to Osama bin Laden and I reject that premise.” In Calhoun’s book, Norm Chomsky states, “The drone assassination campaign is the most extraordinary global terror campaign yet conceived and executed.

2013_ja_coverThe July / August 2013 issue of Foreign Affairs Magazine, published by the Council on Foreign Relations, is titled “Death from Above: Are Drones Worth It?” It features two opposing papers by professors Daniel Byman and Audrey Kurth Cronin.

In “Why Drones Work.” Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University Byman explains, nobody does it better, foreign leaders approve, controlling the spread of the technology is impossible, and they limit Washington’s military commitment abroad which keeps Americans safe. “A 2012 poll found that 74% of Pakistanis view the US as the enemy; but, they do not realize drones take out those who wreak havoc in their country,” he argues that the ratio of civilian to militant strikes are lower compared to other kinds of strikes.

Professor Byman, Georgetown.edu

Professor Byman, Georgetown.edu

In “Why Drones Fail” Cronin, a Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, asserts that Al Qaeda is resilient, drone strikes significantly enhance their propaganda, and that drones are a form of remote control repression and serve primarily to keep them it in check rather than dealing directly or eliminating threats. She adds that drones are transforming relatively harmless local conflicts into international fights and draw in new terrorist recruits. Also, they make “lifesaving” interrogations impossible and a “pass the remote attitude” that uses technology and fear to solve sophisticated conflicts.

 

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Audrey Cronin, GMU.edu

The essay also displayed a picture of three Pakistani tribesman holding pieces of a missile with the caption “Don’t drone me, bro!”

According declassified to a Pentagon Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force report from February 2013, overcoming the “tyranny of distance” from the home base to the target is also favorable argument in support of drone use.

 

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Good Kill, IFC Films (2014) IMDB

While drones have appeared seriously in only a few Hollywood movies like Syriana, with George Clooney, they are slated to be the main feature of controversy in upcoming movies. Good Kill with Ethan Hawke deals with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) faced by drone remote operators who return home to their families and barbecues every night as though nothing has happened. American Ultra starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristin Stewart makes a comedic approach to the casual use of drones.

The CIA Entertainment Industry Liaison can be found at CIA.gov. Their stated function is to assist anyone creating media pertaining to intelligence for public consumption and bring authenticity to convey how intelligence is “exciting, challenging, and essential.”  They appear to be working hard to fix the image of drones, or at least inject them into the narrative as a multifaceted and sophisticated part of the political debate, reflecting the realities of twenty first century warfare.

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Eye in the Sky, Raindog Films 2016, IMDB

As great example of this is the intense drama Eye in the Sky, starring Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren and coming out in 2016 will feature the philosophical implications of the drone use as center stage. The plot revolves around the moral decisions that must be made quickly when using Hellfire missiles to take out a structure that houses a radical group arming themselves with suicide vests while a young girl plays outside nearby. The focus is on the conflict that arises internally within the intelligence organizations when remote pilots only see the outside of the building and refuse to fire. “If they kill eighty people, we win the propaganda war; if we kill one child, they do” is a talking point.

John Oliver commented on drones during a broadcast of Last Week Tonight. He showed Pakistani cartoons featuring drones that converse with mosquitoes and drone strike green screen graphics packages for local news outlets.  “When children from other countries are telling us, we’ve made them fear the sky, it might be time to ask some hard questions.”

Gerald Celente from the Trends Journal Magazine commented in a 2014 interview on the Alex Jones Show, “How would Thomas Jefferson react if he saw a drone out the window of Monticello?” adding, “Oh, the King just wants to make sure you are safe.”

Farea al-Muslimi, a Yemeni youth activist and writer, testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights that “The drone strikes are the face of America to many Yemenis.”

In October of 2015, RT.com published a report in which whistle-blower Brandon Bryant, a former drone pilot, describes a staggering ninety percent of people killed were not the intended target, adding “They don’t care who gets killed as long as they hit the target.”

The framework for the justification of the use of deadly force, as per former Defense Department advisor and Georgetown University Law Professor Rosa Brooks who reported to Congress is: “We have an executive branch making a claim that it has the right to kill anyone, anywhere on Earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials.

President Obama at the WHCA Dinner, C-span.

President Obama at the WHCA Dinner, C-span.

“I have two words for you, Predator Drones” warned Mr. Obama to the Jonas Brothers boy band from a podium in reference to the protection of his daughters at a party speech. Amidst the ensuing laughter he added, “You will never see it coming.”

While Obama’s promise to Fundamentally Transform America was eye opening for some, Fundamentally altering our altering our forms of government was one of the 27 grievances against England listed in the Declaration of Independence. His bold statement was followed up with “For those who challenge the scope of our ambitions fail to realize that the ground has already shifted beneath them.” While the ambitions of government to grow always carries with it increased negations of liberty, he was right about one thing. Most people are unaware of the shifting.

What happens to a building when its foundation is ripped out from underneath it?

Thomas Jefferson said, “The state of war always serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.”

While the police were correct to put an end to the shooting in Dallas, was the use of a robot to kill the shooting suspect in in Dallas the best or only option?  Time will tell as more information is released.

Rand Paul's drone filibuster, foxnews.com.

Rand Paul’s drone filibuster, foxnews.com.

The advent and strategic use of drones, whether areal abroad or rolling at home, is a shifting force that must be recognized. Meaningful discussions on Capital Hill like the one between Senator Rand Paul and  Attorney General Eric Holder with his response and the Filibuster of John Brennan’s appointment as CIA Director, because of his support for domestic use of drones, are few and far between.  A robust debate among policymakers and candidates for office concerning the use of drones and the militarization of the police is long overdue. It’s time to be more sophisticated in the pursuit of liberty with a deeper understanding of the rule of law and the impact of foreign and domestic
policies and bring that full spectrum analysis to the public discourse. As the preamble to the Bill of Rights describes, further declaratory and restrictive clauses on government (especially one lacking transparency) would go a long way to restore public trust and confidence in government which is beneficial for all.

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AG Holder’s first drone letter to Sen. Paul

 

AG Holder’s second drone letter to Sen. Paul

 

 

IN August of 2016, the White House released it’s drone guidelines to the public. Fox News has published it without any links to a source document and subsequently pulled the story off of their website, forcing local Fox News affiliates to use CNN as the source of the story. Unfortunately, the CNN article does not reference the source document for review either.

Of particular concern is not only the extrajudicial nature and the ability of the president to conduct strikes from the comfort of his office; it is also a concern as to what these guidelines do or do not reveal about how targets are chosen and who else has the weapons release authority to launch a drone strike.

Here is the newly released Source Document that appears to be three years old on the date of release. 2013.05.23_fact_sheet_on_ppg (1) . Contrary to Obama’s statement suggesting the guidelines are newly revised.

link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/2013.05.23_fact_sheet_on_ppg.pdf

As the guidelines were released, RT published Game of Drones which documents how these extrajudicial killings are taking place in Pakistan and how one country engaged in continuously bombing an ally country is unprecedented in the history of the world.

 

References

Byman, D. (2013, July 1). Why Drones Work: The Case for Washington’s Weapon of

Choice. Foreign Affairs, 92(4), 32-43.

Calhoun, L. (2015). We Kill Because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the

Drone Age. London: Zed Books.

Cronin, A. (2013, July 1). Why Drones Fail: When Tactics Drive Strategy. Foreign

Affairs, 92(4), 44-54.

Seitel, F. (2014). The Practice of Public Relations (Vol. 12). Upper Saddle River, NJ:

Pearson.

Woods, T. (2015, November 12). Episode 538. The Bipartisan Mainstreaming of

Drone Warfare. The Tom Woods Show. Retrieved November 24, 2015, from

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-538-the-bipartisan-mainstreaming-of-drone-warfare

(2015, October 15). The Drone Papers. ISR Support to Small Footprint Operations

Somalia / Yemen. Retrieved October 15, 2015, from

https://theintercept.com/document/2015/10/15/small-footprint-operations-2-13/

 

Torture: The Law and the Questions

If the North Pole of your moral compass is always pointed at 9/11 as justification for heinous crimes , then it’s probably broken.
Last year when I was visiting my congressman to discuss his support of the treasonous 2012 NDAA, the first thing I noticed was a meme, posted over the secretary desk, of the fireball that engulfed the South Tower on September 11, 2001. Attached to the picture were two words: THAT’S WHY!

This way of thinking is problematic at best if you believe the official story of 9/11 and incredibly insidious if you don’t. Either way, war against a foreign enemy is often an excuse for domestic tyranny, to paraphrase the way Thomas Jefferson put it. The moral impact of torture as an acceptable means of information gathering has broader implications and consequences for all Americans.


 

Lauding the virtues of torture violates the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, & 13th Amendments.

4th Amendment: The right to be secure in your person.

5th:  Due Process of Law and no self incrimination.

6th:  Compulsory process for self-defense.

8th:  No cruel & unusual punishment.

9th:  it is a crime for the government officials to even speak ill of your right to go unmolested.

10th:  If it’s not on the list for government, the answer is no.

13th:  SLAVES or involuntary servants on US territory must be charged and convicted of crimes.

 

By the way, these Amendments apply to persons, not citizens.

The Constitution of the United States


Why is the CIA pushing reports to debunk their own reports? Even foreign nations that were mentioned as collaborators and participant scrambling to disassociate themselves from it? Has national security  become an abused term to justify usurpation of the rule of law?

Proponents of the torture or those with passive consent will cite 9/11.  What do they have without it? NOTHING SUBSTANTIAL, According to the Project for the New American Century, written in 2000, none of these things would be realized without a  “Catalyzing and Cataclysmic event such as a new Pearl Harbor” (page 51).  Less than a year later, the wish was granted.

PNACProject for the New American Century Pdf,

Side Note: Page 60 also says that race specific bio-weapons could be a politically useful tool.

Was the CIA held accountable? The actual CIA report was not released, instead, a 525 page Senate report on the CIA report was released which, watered down as it may have been, is loaded with dozens of crimes involving what is euphemistically dubbed “Enhanced Interrogation Technique“. This whole event is designed to create the illusion of accountability.  The only person prison for these crimes is the person that reported them!

Ron Paul demands an end to torture and shut down of the CIA

What about Congressional oversight? The Congress can not delegate or even regulate torture because they can’t legitimately delegate powers they never had.

Can you be a Christian and support torture? Let’s not forget, torture hurts the torturer as well. Mental torture can be just as destructive as physical torture. When did Jesus endorse this?

Is torture an effective means for gathering information?

Is evidence acquired by means of torture admissible in any court of law?

There is another way? We have decided long ago, in the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The British Bill of rights, The Magna Charta , and the BIBLE, that committing torture is EVIL. Outsourcing it is just as evil.

Would any of this be possible without 9/11? We are being taken for a ride. Evil people who are powerful are tired of lurking, they still need our consent to do these things. Conditioning American minds to accept torture as the standard operating procedure is the name of the game so they can perpetrate their deeds in the light.


Even before the Senate released their report on CIA torture, the CIA admitted spying on the Senate and essentially told them it was necessary because the Senate had documents that proved they were liars.

Don’t be deceived by political pundits, demagoguery, or the Hollywood propaganda. Torture is not a partisan issue. It is not cool, hip, or sexy like many movies and television shows suggest. Torture is physically destructive act to the body, it is an attack on your soul and the soul of America. . It is a Moral, Ethical, Constitutional, and Spiritual attack.

As I have said on-air: “An ounce of liberty for a pound of security is a ton of tyranny”.

What happens when this LAWLESSNESS is unleashed on us?  How safe will we be then?

 

OATHKEEPERS

Oathkeepers are a national brotherhood of Police, Military, Firefighters, Veterans, and Concerned Citizens who take their oath to support and defend the Constitution seriously.

Through out history the US Army has been there

Support OathKeepersOur primary mission is to Reach, Teach, & Inspire active duty military and police and to remind them of their oath.

The words, “To bear true faith and allegiance to the same”,  means that we carry it overtly and still believe in it when terrible things happen.  We are always bound to obey lawful orders, therefore, we are also compelled to stand down when given unlawful orders.  As Oath-Takers who are not Oath-Breakers, It is incumbent upon us to know the difference.

For a list of specific orders we will not obey, please visit the website:

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Our secondary mission is to build and train strong communities that will endure the failure of civility that occurs after a natural or man-made disaster. How do we do well when things are not going well around us?  When it all hits the fan, I do not intend to survive alone.

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Good leaders do the right thing, good managers do things right. We need to do both. We should always be at the tip of the spear concerning constitutional issues because our oath never expires. Given the extremely unpleasant ultimatum, I would rather cool my heels in the brig for non compliance to an unlawful order than to be tried for treason  which is also punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice( UCMJ ).

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Together with constitutional Sheriffs and Chief Law Enforcement Officers, Oathkeepers are  part of the solution.

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