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Senate Fails to Block Iran Nuclear Deal - Fri, 11/09/2015 - 21:56
Senate Fails to Block Iran Nuclear Deal
by Stephen Lendman
It was a done deal days earlier - though Republican machinations may delay its implementation. Obama got enough Senate Democrat support to block a Republican opposition resolution. 
The procedural motion fell two votes short of the 60 supermajority needed to invoke cloture - the process to end debate and bring a measure to a vote.
Senate Republicans won’t quit. Majority whip John Cornyn (R. TX) said “(i)t will be all Iran next week. There are going to be more votes. There will be other opportunities for people to change their mind next week, hopefully after they hear from their constituents.”
House Republicans declined to vote on a disapproval resolution, intending new schemes to undermine a done deal, maintain sanctions on Iran and impose tougher ones.
They passed a measure declaring Obama out of compliance with the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) - giving Congress final say up or down on the deal, stating the 60-day clock on approval or rejected didn’t start because of alleged noncompliance with full disclosure of all deal documents, a thinly veiled stunt to obstruct and delay.
Anti-Iranian hostility continues. “This debate is far from over, and frankly, it’s just beginning,” said Speaker John Boehner. “We will use every tool at our disposal to stop, slow and delay this agreement from being fully implemented.”
Legal action is “an option that’s very possible. If you read (INARA) provisions, it’s pretty clear that the president has not complied” - despite no corroborating evidence.
After Thursday’s Senate vote, AIPAC issued a duplicitous statement, warning about “a dangerous moment for America and our allies.”
“Congress and the executive branch must now maintain constant vigilance concerning Iranian compliance with the deal and be ready to move quickly against any Iranian effort to advance its nuclear quest,” it claimed.
Its multi-million dollar anti-Iranian propaganda campaign fell short. It failed to get enough Senate support. Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks shamelessly said “(t)his vote shows that most Democrats (stood) with Obama over the American people and Israel.”
“The sad reality is that a dividing line has opened showing that too many Democrats can no longer be counted on as stalwart defenders of Israel.”
Republican hardliners may take legal action as Boehner suggested - a stunt with virtually no chance to succeed, claiming Obama violated INARA’s Section 2.
Within five days of reaching an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, it requires him to “transmit to Congress:
  • the text of the agreement and all related materials and annexes;

  • a related verification assessment report of the Secretary of State;

  • a certification that the agreement includes the appropriate terms, conditions, and duration of the agreement's requirements concerning Iran's nuclear activities, and provisions describing any sanctions to be waived, suspended, or otherwise reduced by the United States and any other nation or entity, including the United Nations; and

  • a certification that the agreement meets US non-proliferation objectives, does not jeopardize the common defense and security, provides a framework to ensure that Iran's nuclear activities will not constitute an unreasonable defense and security risk, and ensures that Iran's permitted nuclear activities will not be used to further any nuclear-related military or nuclear explosive purpose, including any related research.”

Republicans claim nonexistent Iran-IAEA side agreements weren’t disclosed to Congress. INARA stipulates the 60-day congressional review period doesn’t begin until all documents related to the Iran nuclear deal are transmitted to Congress.”
On Thursday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said “we’ve been clear that the documentation (sent to Congress) included all the documentation that was in the possession of the United States government.”
Deal or no deal, longstanding anti-Iranian hostility continues. Regime change is official US policy, Washington wanting puppet governance it controls replacing Tehran’s sovereign independence.
Its struggle for normalized Western relations continues. It justifiably wants all sanctions unconditionally removed, its legitimate rights respected, its full acceptance into the community of nations - an end to 36 years of unacceptable ostracism.
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Legacy of 9/11: Endless US Wars on Humanity - Fri, 11/09/2015 - 21:03
Legacy of 9/11: Endless US Wars on Humanity
by Stephen Lendman
A year ago article called 9/11 the mother of all Big Lies - the grandest of grand deceptions, state-sponsored criminality, the most heinous ever false flag changing everything. 
Each anniversary is a time to remind people of the evil intent behind the incident. What happened wasn’t a tragedy. It was criminality on steroids against peace - perpetrated by America against humanity, a duplicitous scheme to convince people to wage war on terrorism, targeting designated bad guys invented out of whole cloth because US officials say so.
Endless wars against nations threatening no others followed that fateful day - continuing with no end in sight, combined with homeland police state terror targeting Muslims, African Americans, Latino immigrants and organized labor.
Fundamental rule of law principles were discarded - considered quaint and out-of-date. Washington rules alone decide things.
America is more militarized than ever in history - despite having no enemies except ones it invents. US streets are battlegrounds. Thousands of political prisoners languish in its gulag - at home and abroad. Torture is official policy. So is state-sponsored mass murder.
Independent nations are targeted for regime change. Illegitimate fascists are installed to replace sitting governments. Media scoundrels regurgitate state propaganda. Misinformation and Big Lies substitute for hard truths.  War is glorified in the name of peace. 
Invasions and colonizations are called liberation. Plunder is called economic development. Raping nations is called democracy building. They’re destroyed to free them.
Might justifies right. Open, free and just societies aren’t tolerated. Human and civil rights are violated for our own good. Patriotism means going along with what harms us - sacrificing fundamental freedoms disappearing in plain sight.
Terrorism is what they do, not us. Global mass slaughter and destruction are small prices to pay. Whistleblowers are imprisoned for exposing government wrongdoing.
Monied interests alone benefit. Humanity’s survival is threatened but who cares. Endless wars for power and profit matter most - no matter the body count and cost in human misery.
No nation in history caused more harm to more people over a longer duration than America - on steroids post-9/11, launching 14 years of endless war on humanity, risking possible nuclear mass destruction able to end life on earth.
Bipartisan lunatics infest Washington. Obama wants congressional authorization for unlimited war. He has lots more death and destruction in mind - perhaps confronting Russia and/or China belligerently before leaving office, an act of madness if initiated.
America’s culture of violence glorifies wars in the name of peace -  reckless imperialism Michael Parenti calls “the process whereby the dominant investor interests in one country bring to bear military and financial power upon another country in order to expropriate the land, labor, capital, natural resources, commerce, and markets of that other country.”
War is America’s longstanding strategy for dominance - duplicitously claiming exceptionalism and moral superiority, forcing its will on others globally, spreading the Big Lie about democracy building.
The business of America is war, endless aggression for wealth and power. Obama is the latest in a long line of US warrior presidents. His successor will continue endless wars.
Money controlled duopoly power runs America. Names and faces of key officials are interchangeable. The outcomes of next year’s presidential election and key congressional races are predetermined. Voting is a waste of time. 
Business as usual always wins, post-9/11 more than ever before.
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Community to Lawmakers: Stop the Showcase of Military and Surveillance Technology in Alameda County - Fri, 11/09/2015 - 11:18

Disturbing displays of military and surveillance equipment being used by state and local police have become commonplace. So it’s not hard to imagine why Urban Shield, a four-day long “preparedness” exercise and equipment exhibition coordinated by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, was asked not to return to Oakland last year after community opposition.

But the Stop Urban Shield coalition wants more. They want the event cancelled entirely.

They say Urban Shield “brings together local, regional, and international police-military units to collaborate on and profit from new forms of surveillance.” They’ve also pointed out that “ Local police departments are now directly funded and trained by the Department of Homeland Security and many receive military-grade equipment from the Department of Defense.” The event includes law enforcement agencies from around the world, and in the past has included activities such as a simulated hostage situation or terrorist threat.

It also acts as a marketplace for the kind of technology grassroots activists are especially concerned about. In addition to myriad arms dealers, the exhibition includes:

Residents in Alameda County are very engaged in local government, and haven’t hesitated to spend long hours at city and county council meetings telling lawmakers that they don’t want surveillance and military equipment on their streets.  Unfortunately, they’ve had a lot of opportunities to do so:

  • The Alameda County Sheriff purchased a drone using his own funds after he couldn’t get a grant to purchase one approved by the Board of Supervisors due to community pressure.
  • The Oakland City Council approved a contract for a “Domain Awareness Center” (DAC) in 2014 without any public discussion. The DAC would have brought together data from a variety of sources, including Shotspotter, traffic cameras, and more. When the DAC plan did become public, residents pushed back hard. The DAC ended up going forward in a limited fashion, with a privacy policy.
  • The Oakland Police Department uses Automated License Plate Readers  (ALPRs). Looking at a heat map of where they use them, it becomes clear that ALPR use is disproportionately higher in lower-income neighborhoods. Oakland isn’t alone—Most cities in Alameda County—and in the 9-county Bay Area—use ALPRs.

Grassroots activism is making a difference. Urban Shield can’t happen in Oakland anymore, the Sheriff had to use his own money to purchase a drone, the Domain Awareness Center was scaled back to the Port of Oakland only, and Oakland’s Public Safety Committee will be voting on a FLIR privacy policy next week.

The Stop Urban Shield coalition is asking city and county agencies to end their participation in the event entirely, and they’ve organized a demonstration for September 11, the first day of the event. Their coordination around this event serves as a reminder: while surveillance and militarization are a huge problem, they aren’t insurmountable.

If you’re concerned about the use of surveillance technology in your own community, check out EFF’s new Street Level Surveillance Project. We have resources for activists, including a way to easily file a public records act request about biometrics, and talking points about ALPRs.






Related Issues: PrivacySurveillance Drones
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EFF Pushes Back Against State Law Copyright Expansion in California - Fri, 11/09/2015 - 08:29

Yesterday, EFF filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, pushing back against a district court decision that expanded state law copyrights in pre-1972 sound recordings. This may sound familiar: we recently filed a similar brief in the Second Circuit. In both cases, a company called Flo & Eddie has convinced district courts that state copyright law restricts public performances of pre-1972 sound recordings, even though such a restriction has never before been recognized. As we explained in our previous post, these cases arise out of a quirk of copyright that leaves pre-1972 sound recordings out of the reach of federal law, allowing the states to set copyright rules.

Flo & Eddie is made up of two members of the band the Turtles. Their arguments regarding state law copyright are extremely dangerous. For example, Flo & Eddie recently argued to the Eleventh Circuit that sound recordings are entitled to state law copyright that gives Flo & Eddie ownership rights to stop “all unauthorized uses of those performances.”

Flo & Eddie’s argument, if accepted, would seemingly allow Flo & Eddie to prevent any use of a sound recording that it didn’t like—not just public performances—regardless of the First Amendment or fair use principles. Law professors and other public interest groups also pointed out other consequences in other friend-of-the-court briefs submitted to the Ninth Circuit.

This is just one case in a larger effort by Flo & Eddie and others in the recorded music business to push through the courts what the legislatures have never given them. Whether (or how) we should recognize public performance rights in sound recordings are questions that are best left to Congress to answer, not the courts.

All of the briefs filed in the Ninth Circuit appeal thus far can be found here:

Defendant-Appellant's Brief:

Amicus Briefs:


Related Issues: Fair Use and Intellectual Property: Defending the BalanceDigital RadioRelated Cases: Pre-1972 Sound Recordings State Law Copyright Litigation
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Welcome Frank Stanton Legal Fellow Aaron Mackey - Fri, 11/09/2015 - 06:48

EFF welcomes our newest staff member Aaron Mackey to the team. Aaron joins us as a Frank Stanton Legal Fellow (along with current Stanton Fellow Jamie Williams), for a two-year fellowship sponsored by the Stanton Foundation. He and his family spent the last three years in Washington, D.C., where Aaron worked on speech, privacy, and freedom of information issues at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown Law. Aaron graduated from Boalt Hall in 2012, where he worked for EFF while a student in the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. Prior to law school, Aaron was a journalist at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Arizona. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism and English from the University of Arizona in 2006, where he met his amazing wife, Ashley. They have a giggly 17-month old son, Jonah, and a low-riding, sweet 8-year-old lab-corgi mix, Bailey. He is already hard at work defending our digital rights by tackling surveillance issues and FOIA requests. EFF is proud to welcome him to the team. 

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EFF Asks New Jersey’s Supreme Court to Maintain State’s Commitment to Privacy - Fri, 11/09/2015 - 05:06

The Attorney General’s Office of New Jersey is on a crusade to dismantle the important search and seizure protections afforded to the state’s citizens. As part of the latest assault on individual rights to due process, in State v. Lunsford, the attorney general has asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to overrule its landmark decision from 1982 in State v. Hunt that requires law enforcement to acquire a warrant to obtain an individual’s telephone billing records.

EFF has signed onto an amicus brief [.pdf] that asks the Supreme Court of New Jersey to uphold the strong privacy protections the state has in place for telephone billing records. The other participants in the brief are the ACLU of New Jersey, the Brennan Center for Justice, and New Jersey’s Office of the Public Defender.

In State v. Hunt, the Court declared that under the state’s constitution, individuals have an expectation of privacy in telephone billing records. The ruling gave New Jersey citizens stronger privacy protections and disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Smith v. Maryland. Hunt rightly recognized the highly sensitive nature of these records and their potential to reveal intimate details about an individual.  As we explain in the brief, these records are incredibly sensitive:

With this data, the government can determine one’s sleep and work habits, whether one is social, and how many friends one has. It can tell whether one is ill, in need of legal advice, entangled in an extra-marital affair, looking for a new job, buying a new house, juggling child-care, or planning a vacation. The government can ascertain from a telephone bill whether one is suffering from financial hardship and the preferred methods of payment.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s arguments for lowering the standards to a grand jury subpoena, instead of a warrant, are not convincing. A subpoena does not require judicial review and a finding of probable cause in order to be issued. There’s no requirement for a particularized description of the material being sought, and allows for collection of large amounts of information by law enforcement. Subpoenas typically do not require notice to the subject, and thus an individual may not even know that their information is being sought by law enforcement.  The Attorney General wants to abandon the important privacy protection in the name of “new criminal threats” and bringing “logical consistency” to the State’s search and seizure case law.

The New Jersey state constitution, or indeed the Constitution of the United States, does not stop being a binding and important guarantor of individual rights because law enforcement feels that they can be “more efficient” if we do away with these protections. Especially given that the Attorney General’s office did not provide a single example where the state was unable to prosecute an individual due to a delay in obtaining a warrant. In addition, law enforcement’s ability to get a warrant has been dramatically sped-up where they can now apply for one electronically.

Requiring police to use a search warrant when it comes to sensitive third party records is part of a larger trend nationwide, and one that shows that the New Jersey Attorney General’s office is stuck in the past. Modern society has led to the proliferation of records with numerous third parties, and now it is more important than ever that safeguards are in place to protect privacy and due process rights.

Even federal courts are signaling a change in the way privacy expectation exists in third-party records. In her concurring opinion in United States v. Jones, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor noted that the idea that individuals have no expectation of privacy in records turned over to third parties—also known as the “third party doctrine”—is  “ill suited to the digital age, in which people reveal a great deal of information about themselves to third parties in the court of carrying out mundane tasks.” Just this month in United States v. Graham, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the government needed a warrant to obtain historical cell site records from a cell phone company. More importantly, given that the Fourth Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit, and the Fifth Circuit have reached different conclusions regarding privacy expectations in cell site information data, the issue is ripe for review by the U.S. Supreme Court. In fact, EFF has filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to grant review to hear such a case.

At a time when law enforcement has advanced technical means to conduct investigations and modern data aggregation techniques are being deployed, the New Jersey Supreme Court should renew its commitment to privacy and strengthen them further, instead of giving in to law enforcement’s demands. In his concurring opinion in Hunt, Justice Alan B. Handler stated, “Through our statutory and case law, it has been the firm policy in this State to protect the privacy of telephonic communications to the fullest extent possible.” We hope the New Jersey Supreme Court will heed these words.

Files:  state_v._lunsford_amicus_brief.pdfRelated Issues: PrivacyCell TrackingLocational PrivacyRelated Cases: US v. JonesUnited States v. GrahamQuartavious Davis v. United StatesFifth Circuit Cell Phone Tracking Case
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Gerald Celente's Occupy Peace Initiative - Fri, 11/09/2015 - 03:54
Gerald Celente’s Occupy Peace Initiative
by Stephen Lendman
At the most perilous time in world history, waging peace takes on added urgency. On September 20, Celente will launch his new initiative.
He calls it “a movement designed to reinstate the core values that gave birth to this nation and provide the tools for advancing peace and restoring prosperity.”
He explains “(o)ur future is being robbed from us by murderous thieves. Their wet dream of a never ending War on Terror has created a living nightmare.”
“Not only have these psychopaths hijacked our nation’s wealth as our economy declines, their ‘destroy and degrade’ mentality is depriving us of joy, beauty, peace, and freedom that are our inalienable and god-given rights.”
America bears full responsibility for “killing and wounding” millions worldwide - an agenda of endless mass slaughter and destruction. “The choice is yours. Join me and Occupy Peace, and do your part to help restore the dignity of the human spirit and the sanctity of life.”
Celente lists five Occupy Peace “guiding principles:”
1. Close America’s empire of bases. Return foreign based troops home.
2. Provide responsible homeland security according to rule of law principles.
3. Deploy military forces to rebuild America.
4. Prevent US presidents from unilaterally going to war.
5. Give We the People real meaning.
Post-9/11 wars rage endlessly.  Countries continue being raped, millions ruthlessly slaughtered, millions more suffering disabling injuries. 
Carnage continues daily. New US wars assure more, including the madness of possible confrontation with Russia and/or China.
Celente explained over 20 years ago how America,” “market(s) and s(ells) war” - symptomatic of its longstanding violent culture, inventing “new enem(ies) to hate and fear…invade and occupy, a rogue state waging endless wars on humanity.
Propaganda proliferated “excuses are long gone. Our economy is barely sustaining itself…and our precious resources are squandered on war.”
“Occupy Peace will dispel the myth that war is good for the economy…(P)eace (alone) brings (sustained) prosperity” - and preservation of life on earth.
Learn more at Get involved. Take action. Oppose America’s bipartisan criminal class waging endless wars. Support peace - when it’s needed more than ever.
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EFF Urges Appeals Court To Toughen Privacy Protections for Devices at the Border - Fri, 11/09/2015 - 03:40
Warrants Should Be Required to Search Cell Phones, Computers

Richmond, Virginia—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is urging a federal appeals court to rule that government agents need a warrant to search cell phones, computers, and other personal electronic devices at the border.

In an amicus brief filed today in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, EFF said that digital devices hold the most intimate details of our personal and professional lives—from conversations with friends and coworkers, to our financial information, and photos and videos of our family. This highly sensitive and personal information, stored on the devices themselves or on computer servers located miles away, can be accessed in just a few clicks, putting electronic devices in a totally different category than the suitcases, backpacks or wallets we travel with.

''Anyone coming back into the country from vacation or a business trip can have his or her smartphone, laptop, or tablet seized, and emails, texts, photos, videos, and voicemails rifled through and retained, without a warrant or any suspicion that a crime has been committed,’’ said EFF Staff Attorney Sophia Cope. “This violates Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. The Supreme Court recognized last year in Riley v. California that modern digital devices contain unprecedented amounts of highly personal information and ruled that police need a warrant to search devices found on people they arrest. The same standard should apply when border agents want to search devices we carry with us while traveling.’’

EFF is weighing in on the Maryland case of U.S. v. Saboonchi, which involves evidence taken without a warrant from cell phones and a flash drive belonging to an Iranian-American U.S. citizen returning from vacation at Niagara Falls. Law enforcement officials used information found on the devices—which could hold the equivalent of dozens of suitcases worth of documents—to charge him with violating export control laws.

EFF’s brief explains that the Fourth Amendment’s border search exception allows warrantless searches at the U.S. border only for the purposes of enforcing immigration and customs laws. That means agents may check travelers’ passport and immigration documents, and search luggage for physical contraband like drugs or items subject to import duties.

''Searches conducted for the purpose of ordinary criminal law enforcement aren’t covered by the border search exception,’’ said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury. “The border search exception is not meant to be a loophole for law enforcement to obtain troves of personal information without a warrant.’’

Contact:  SophiaCopeStaff
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Israel Protecting Killers of Immolated Palestinians - Fri, 11/09/2015 - 03:06
Israel Protecting Killers of Immolated Palestinians
by Stephen Lendman
On July 31, unidentified Israeli settlers set the Dawabsha family home ablaze - killing husband and wife Saad and Riham as well as their 18-month-old infant Ali.
Four-year-old Ahmed alone survived so far - whether able to recover from severe third-degree burns remains to be seen. At best, he faces months of pain and suffering along with excruciating treatment and rehabilitation, likely remaining traumatized longterm from his ordeal. At worst, he may perish like his parents and brother.
On September, 10, Haaretz headlined “Israeli Authorities Know Who Burned Palestinian Family Alive, Defense Minister Says.”
Israel gets away with mass murder and occupation harshness unaccountably. Extremist settlers rampage with, committing near daily acts of violence and vandalism against defenseless Palestinians.
On Wednesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon admitted Israel knows who killed Dawabsha family members. Culpable individuals won’t be arrested or indicted, he said - to “protect the identity” of alleged intelligence sources, a ruse endorsing murder, effectively telling extremist settlers they can kill Palestinians with impunity.
A senior IDF official said security agencies have “no doubt” that immolating Dawabsha family members “was an act of Jewish terrorism, and that’s unambiguous.”
“All the conjecture and speculations being spread on this issue lack any basis in reality.” Eyewitnesses saw four individuals leave the crime scene - heading for the Maale Efraim settlement.
The official lied claiming Israeli security agencies are doing everything possible to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators. They’ve done nothing.
The crime made world headlines. Extrajudicially murdering Palestinians is longstanding practice - by soldiers, police, Mossad, other security operatives and extremist settlers.
UN figures show they carried out at least 142 violent attacks on Palestinians this year - over 20 since fire-bombing the Dawabsha family home. Accountability is virtually nil.
Separately, Netanyahu is in London Thursday meeting with David Cameron and other British officials. A petition demanding his arrest has over 109,000 signatures.
Hundreds wanting him held accountable protested outside Cameron’s Number 10 residence. He was officially welcomed as an honored guest - instead of arrested for high crimes against peace.
He persecutes Palestinians ruthlessly, wages premeditated naked aggression at his discretion, rejects peace entirely, his claims otherwise long ago discredited as Big Fat Lies.
Again from London, saying “here in 10 Downing Street, (I) reaffirm again that I am ready to resume direct negotiations with the Palestinians with no conditions whatsoever to enter negotiations, and I’m willing to do so immediately.”
False! He categorically rejects peace, wages daily war on Palestine, won’t negotiate - instead demands unconditional surrender.
Earlier peace process initiatives were dead on arrival each time. Decades of futility define them - the greatest hoax in modern times. Israel and Washington deplore peace. Violence and instability serve their agendas.
Palestinians have no say whatever, no rights, no security in their own land - brutally controlled by a foreign occupier. Nothing in prospect suggests change.
Israel and extremist settlers will continue getting away with murder. Palestinians legitimately defending their rights and well-being are called terrorists.
World leaders support Israeli high crimes by indifference and inaction. Palestinians continue suffering - with no end to their ordeal in sight.
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US Phony War on ISIS - Thu, 10/09/2015 - 22:36
US Phony War on ISIS
by Stephen Lendman
On September 10, 2014, Obama lied claiming his intent “to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL” - adding “these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region, including to the United States.”
He willfully misled the US public saying he “ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances…These strikes…helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.”
Obama is a serial liar. Nothing he says is credible. His agenda is polar opposite his claims and promises. Previous articles explained Islamic State terrorists are US proxy foot soldiers.
Washington recruits, arms, funds, trains, and directs them the same way it used Mujahideen fighters in the 1980s against Soviet Russia in Afghanistan, as well as Al Qaeda and other likeminded takfiri groups today.
They serve US imperial interests, used against independent governments Washington wants toppled - replaced by subservient puppet regimes. Terror bombing Iraqi and Syrian targets has nothing to do with degrading and defeating them - everything to do with destroying vital infrastructure in both countries, balkanizing them for easier control and ousting Assad.
On the first anniversary of Obama’s declared phony war on IS, RT International headlined “1yr, 6,700 airstrikes & $4bn after Obama vowed to ‘destroy’ ISIS, jihadists still on offensive” - stronger than ever, controlling more territory, aided and abetted by US support.
Obama’s real war is polar opposite his phony “campaign of airstrikes…increase(d) support (for) forces fighting these terrorists,” preventing IS attacks elsewhere, and “provid(ing) humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians” displaced by devastating war.
According to the Pentagon, so-called “Operation Inherent Resolve” conducted 53,278 sorties in Iraq and Syria, including 6,700 airstrikes through September 8.
It lied claiming 10,000 IS “targets” were destroyed, including tanks, other heavy weapons and facilities. Washington supplies IS terrorists by airdrops and other means to wage its proxy wars - spending billions of dollars to advance its imperium, letting recruited terrorists do its fighting and dying.
RT explained “impressive-sounding (Pentagon) numbers” did nothing to change “reality on the ground where IS (terrorists) have only grown stronger.”
Propaganda about “a quick and easy victory” is belied by greater than ever IS strength and territorial control.
The most visible result of Obama’s wars is the human refugee flood they caused, numbers increasing exponentially as they rage - overwhelming European countries with desperate people undertaking hazardous journeys to find safe havens out of harm’s way, met with scorn and disdain most everywhere they arrive, treated horrifically under appalling conditions, victimized twice over, by Obama’s imperial wars and Western nations (especially America) unwilling to provide humane help.
World peace and security aren’t threatened by IS or other takfiri terrorists. America’s imperial agenda with complicit rogue allies bear full responsibility - waging endless wars of aggression, threatening humanity’s survival.
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Hillary at Brookings - Thu, 10/09/2015 - 19:39
Hillary at Brookings
by Stephen Lendman
Clinton is one of many hardcore/hawkish neocons infesting America - a recklessly dangerous presidential aspirant deploring peace and stability, addicted to endless wars, mass slaughter and destruction.
On September 9, she delivered a foreign policy address at Washington’s Brookings Institution - a notorious corporate financed pro-war think tank, supporting wealth, power and privilege, an establishment organization representing America’s dark side.
It supported ravaging and destroying Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, backs Obama’s wars on Syria and Yemen, endorsed his Ukraine coup replacing democrats with fascist thugs, and urges “resisting (nonexistent) Russian aggression.”
It conceals its pernicious agenda saying its mission is to “strengthen American democracy, (foster) economic and social welfare, security and opportunity for all Americans, and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.”
It endorses ruler/serf governance, US global hegemony by imperial wars, subjugating other nations, making them subservient client states, as well as controlling world resources and populations.
It’s fundamentally against peace, stability, equity and justice - a fascist agenda polar opposite democratic fairness. Clinton was well received. She acknowledged numerous “longtime friends and colleagues” serving as Brookings officials and senior fellows.
Her address focused heavily on Iran. More below on her remarks below - at an institution urging regime change in its 2009 report titled “Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy” Toward Iran - written by hardcore pro-Israeli ideologues.
Topics addressed included military options for disarming Iran, invasion, air strikes, allowing or encouraging an Israeli attack, regime change, and containment.
Tehran was falsely accused of developing nuclear weapons, supporting terrorist groups, and engaging in "wider efforts to overturn the regional status quo."
Citing nonexistent "incontrovertible" evidence it left unexplained, the report claimed "Iran has aided groups seeking to overthrow the governments of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain (as well as Lebanon and Israel) at various times.”
It ludicrously said Tehran helped derail Israeli/Palestinian peace talks. It asked if Washington "should (be) willing to accept the Islamic Republic at all." It stressed "ticking clock" urgency to act. It barely stopped short of demanding war. 
It ignored over 200 years of Iranian history. For generations, Tehran never attacked or threatened other nations - nor does now. 
It turned a blind eye to other vital issues - notably the importance of complying with international laws, norms and standards, as well as endorsing peace, rejecting war and its horrors. 
Brookings is financed to lie, deceive, misreport, and support imperial lawlessness - a perfect venue for Clinton’s hawkish anti-Iranian address.
Her rhetorical support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOC) rang hollow. On the one hand, a duplicitous acknowledgement of a done deal. On the other, pro-Israeli and its Lobby (notably AIPAC) saying “Iran, like ISIS, benefits from chaos and strife.”
A litany of Big Lies followed expressing concern about nonexistent “Iranian aggression and the need to confront it.” Irresponsibly calling Tehran a “brutal regime that has the blood of Americans, many others and including its own people on its hands.” 
Claiming there’s “absolutely no reason to trust Iran” - an irresponsible statement with no validity whatever, an endorsement of continued US anti-Iranian hostility, a potential road to war.
“Distrust but verify,” she said. “I don’t see Iran as our partner in implementing the agreement. I see Iran as our subject in implementing the agreement.”
She repeated her 2008 presidential campaign pledge to bomb Iran - earlier claiming if Israel is threatened, this time saying “I will not hesitate to take military action if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon.”
She addressed Israeli concerns blustering “you’ll never have to question whether we are with you. The United States will always be with you.” 
She vowed to guarantee “Israel’s qualitative military edge” more than ever - and invite unindicted war criminal Netanyahu to the White House “during (her) first month in office,” to discuss mutual imperial interests.
She promised increased military support for Saudi Arabia and other despotic Gulf states. She’ll confront US and Israeli regional enemies, notably Hezbollah, she stressed. 
She maliciously and willfully lied saying Iran “vow(s) to destroy Israel. And that’s worth saying again. They vow to destroy Israel.” She supports new sanctions, tougher ones than already - on the fabricated claim about Iranian human rights abuses and supporting terrorist groups.
She threatened greater war, saying “we have not done enough (to help) people who wanted us to do more in response to (Crimeans near unanimously voting to rejoin Russia) and (nonexistent) continuing destabilization of Ukraine.”
Clinton’s loathsome record as senator and secretary of state shows her presidency would risk the unthinkable - possible nuclear war with Russia and perhaps China, risking destruction of planet earth in a maniacal quest to own it.
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Fabricated Claims About Russian Troops in Syria - Thu, 10/09/2015 - 03:43
Fabricated Claims About Russian Troops in Syria
by Stephen Lendman
We heard the same refrain before. It keeps repeating about nonexistent “Russian aggression” in Ukraine. 
Now it’s Syria. On Monday, its Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi called rumors about Russia building up its military presence in his country “fabricated by intelligence agencies of the West and some Arab countries.”
“This hostile campaign is aimed at creating the impression that the Syrian state has become so weak that it has to seek direct military assistance from its friends.”
“Our relations with Russians, including in the military sphere, have been developing for a long time. However, there are no Russian troops in Syria. Russia conducts no military activities on land, at sea or in the air.”
On Wednesday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he has no information about any plans for deploying Russian troops abroad anywhere.
“I know nothing about that,” he said. “This is the first time I heard about it.” The last time Putin asked the upper house Federation Council to authorize sending Russian forces abroad was in March 2014. He issued a statement at the time, saying:
“Due to the emergency situation in Ukraine and a threat being posed to the lives of Russian nationals, our compatriots, and the Russian military contingent stationed in Ukraine (the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) in compliance with international agreements, I ask the Federation Council for permit to use Russian armed forces on the territory of Ukraine until social and political situation in the country stabilizes."
Under Article 102 of Russia's Constitution, Federation Council members are responsible for deciding whether to deploy government troops abroad. They approved Putin’s request unanimously. They were never sent.
Russia has longstanding political, economic and military relations with Syria - in full compliance with international law. On Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharov explained, saying:
“We never made a secret out of our military-technical cooperation with Syria. We have long supplied arms and military equipment to Syria. We are doing it in compliance with existing contracts and in full compliance with international law.”
“I can confirm and reiterate that there are Russian military specialists in Syria who help to use arriving equipment.”
“(I)f additional measures in the interests of boosting anti-terrorism efforts are required, then, undoubtedly, these issues will be additionally considered, but exclusively on the basis of international law of Russian legislature.”
Arms deliveries are to combat US-imported Islamic State and other takfiri terrorists. Washington, rogue partners and irresponsible media sources irresponsibly bash Russia for legitimately supporting an ally - against US-sponsored aggression, Obama using terrorist invaders to do his dirty work. More on this below.
Moscow will continue fulfilling all its contractual obligations, including providing humanitarian aid. Washington pressured Bulgaria to close its airspace to Russian aircraft heading to Syria. Greece so far withstood similar bullying.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said “alternative routes will be found.” Humanitarian flights will continue, delivering vital aid. Iran responsibly said its airspace is open for Russian deliveries.
John Kerry displayed typical US arrogance - criticizing legitimate Russian aid and support for an ally, ignoring Washington’s full responsibility for war to oust Syria’s popularly elected government, creating the world’s greatest refugee crisis from all its aggressive conflicts, and threatening belligerence against against the Europe’s leading peacemaker for doing the right thing.
Washington Post editors bashed Russia headlining “Mr. Putin makes moves in Syria, exploiting America’s inaction,” saying:
“Not for the first time, the president appears to have badly misread the Russian ruler…Moscow appears to be doubling down,” regurgitating anti-Putin propaganda, falsely claiming he’s preparing to deploy military forces and “carry out air operations” supporting Assad.
Wall Street Journal editors reported the same Big Lie, claiming “Russia may be preparing for a major military deployment to” support Assad - despite no evidence proving it.
They cited unnamed “Western diplomats,” alleging “a Russian expeditionary force…already in Syria preparing for the arrival of jets and attack helicopters to carry out strikes against the Islamic State.”
“…Russia will do whatever it wants in Syria, and the US can do nothing about it,” they blustered.
In March 2011, Obama launched naked aggression against  sovereign independent Syria - supported by Britain, France, Canada, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other rogue state allies. 
Longstanding US plans call for replacing all independent governments with pro-Western puppet regimes. Wars are waged when other strategies fail.
Syria’s defeat would isolate Iran, making it vulnerable to US aggression, planned long ago, to be implemented at Washington’s discretion - by Obama or his successor.
Global conflicts begin this way. Endless US aggression and challenging Russia irresponsibly risk WW III, threatening humanity’s survival. Stopping Washington’s reckless agenda should be top priority for all peace activists worldwide.
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EFF to ICANN: Privacy Must be Purposeful—Not an Afterthought - Thu, 10/09/2015 - 03:31

The working group at Internet Corporation for Assignment of Names and Number (ICANN) that has been tasked with designing a new domain registration database can’t seem to wrap its head around why privacy matters when it comes to domain registration services. ICANN’s Expert Working Group on gTLD Registration Directory Services (EWG) issued a Preliminary Issue Report on Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services to Replace WHOIS in July, and EFF has submitted comments. Our bottom line is this:

ICANN must make user privacy a central tenet of any new registration data system. To achieve that goal, any new system should collect the minimum amount of data required for legitimate purposes, and make such data available only as needed to fulfill such purposes.

The WHOIS system is used for querying databases of information about Internet domain names—including the name and address of a domain name's owner. When it was first designed in the early 1980s, there were no limits placed on who could make queries, for what purpose, or what they could do with the information. The design of the system hasn’t changed much since, and it creates an easy way to target domain name owners for shakedowns or other abuses. The need to redesign the system to include robust privacy protections has became obvious.

Although this report is still in its preliminary stages, we think it’s important to let ICANN and the EWG know what we think now, because the existing WHOIS system itself is fundamentally flawed, and it's important that its replacement doesn't repeat the same mistakes. Earlier in the year, in another ICANN working group, some entertainment industry, law enforcement, and major brand interests went so far as proposing a complete ban on privacy services for websites that are used for a “commercial purpose.” Commercial services in the proposal were broadly defined to include any sites that “handl[e] online financial transactions for commercial purpose.”

EFF joined dozens of organizations and individuals to oppose that proposal. We’re hoping that weighing in at this early stage will prevent a flawed proposal for a replacement registration data system for gTLDs from moving forward as well.

Specifically, we looked at five questions derived from the report, and answered them with privacy—and practicality—in mind. Here’s the tl;dr:                                                                

1. Should gTLD registration data continue to be accessible for any purpose, or should data be accessible only for specific purposes?

[P]ersonal data should only be processed for specific, explicit, and legitimate purposes….registration data that is personal data should be collected and used for specific purposes only.

ICANN also needs to take a critical look at what those purposes are, since, as a rich seam of data, “registration data has accumulated more and more [use] justifications over time” from various parties—including using the data for copyright and trademark enforcement without the safeguards of court supervision.

2. Should gTLD registration data continue to be entirely public, or should access to some data be limited to a subset of all users?

The answer to this question is quite simple: “gTLD registration data should not continue to be entirely public.”                

3. Is gTLD registration data sufficiently complete and accurate, or further steps should be taken to overcome barriers to accuracy?       

We think one of the main barriers to accuracy is privacy. Many people put false information in the WHOIS database in order to protect their privacy. This should be addressed first, because “[a]ny accuracy problems remaining in a system designed with privacy in mind will be narrower and more easily addressed.”                

4. Are existing registration data elements sufficient for each stated purpose, or is a new purpose-driven policy framework needed to guide the collection, storage, and disclosure of data elements?     

The legitimate purposes for accessing registration data require no new registration data elements. We agree that the data accessible to each class of requesting user should be determined by the legitimate purposes of the use.

5. Is a new policy framework needed to meet gTLD registration data requirements for each purpose in a manner that enables compliance with applicable data protection, privacy, and free speech laws and addresses the overall privacy needs of registrants?

“Absolutely, yes...ICANN should base its new policy framework on the core concept of no disclosure of personal information without opt-in consent” for each purpose registrant data might be used for.

We look forward to seeing the final report on registration services, and delivering our further comments in person during the next ICANN meeting in October. In the meantime, if you want to help ICANN get the message that the privacy of domain registrants is important, sign our petition telling ICANN “to pursue with greater urgency the comprehensive improvement of the legacy WHOIS service, to build in privacy and security by design.”

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Anti-Netanyahu Rage - Thu, 10/09/2015 - 02:56
Anti-Netanyahu Rage
by Stephen Lendman
He’s a world-class thug, an Arab-hating racist, an unindicted war criminal, a widely despised fascist heading Israel’s most extremist regime in history - exceeding Sharonian evil.
Obama can’t stand him. Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin won’t talk to him. They haven’t spoken in two months. 
Relations between them were strained after Netanyahu publicly challenged Obama’s Iran policy - especially breaking long-established protocol by addressing a joint congressional session in March despite no administration invitation. At the time, Obama refused to see him while in Washington, an unprecedented rebuff.
Interviewed on Israeli Army Radio, Rivlin said “I think we’ve said everything that can be said - not about the Iranian issue but about our relations with the international community.”
“We’ve said everything that can be said on this issue, and until the question is off the agenda we probably don’t have to meet, because each of us is busy with the same issues.”
In July, Rivlin criticized Netanyahu’s Washington agenda, saying “Israel has three things it must ensure - its relationship with the United States, its relationship with the United States, and its relationship with the United States.”
He expressed muted outrage over Netanyahu’s March joint congressional address - a thinly veiled stunt two weeks before Israeli elections and brazen effort to sabotage P5+1 talks.
He did more to damage relations with America than any previous Israeli leader. Rivlin said “(t)here’s no doubt we’d be very angry if the American president had come to the Knesset and argued against the government of Israel.”
Both men haven’t been on good terms for years. In 2013, Netanyahu blocked his reelection as Knesset speaker - after leading him to believe it was a done deal. At the time, he said he was tricked by a longtime friend. “It’s not nice to mislead friends,” he added.
Netanyahu’s crimes outweigh his political chicanery. On Wednesday he arrived in London for two days to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron, British MPs and Jewish community leaders.
A petition to arrest him on arrival for war crimes too grave to ignore so far got over 108,000 signatures, numbers growing daily. On Wednesday, hundreds of angry protesters (at least one report said thousands) rallied outside Cameron’s Number 10 residence.
Palestinian Solidarity Campaign head/protest organizer Hugh Lanning said “(w)e want to know why David Cameron is welcoming a man directly responsible for UN-identified war crimes to the UK. His welcome for Netanyahu sends out a very negative message about the UK government’s attitude towards Israel’s serial human rights abuses and the war crimes it committed in Gaza last year.”
“Mr Cameron should get his priorities straight. Instead of welcoming Netanyahu, he should be imposing immediate sanctions and an arms embargo on Israel until it complies with international law and ends the occupation and the siege on Gaza.”
Protesters want Netanyahu arrested for high crimes. They held signs saying “Free Palestine.” “Gaza: End the Siege.” “Arrest Netanyahu: Child Killer.”
Last January in Paris, he urged French Jews to emigrate to Israel, claiming they’d be safer there, an affront to all French nationals. 
Whether he’ll repeat the stunt in London remains to be seen. While away, state-sponsored terror continues. 
On Wednesday alone: terrorizing Palestinian communities pre-dawn, kidnapping a dozen Palestinians, and tear-gassing a boy’s school causing young children to suffocate - a typical day in Occupied Palestine.
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Dick Cheney's Litany of Lies About the Iran Nuclear Deal - Thu, 10/09/2015 - 01:12
Dick Cheney’s Litany of Lies About the Iran Nuclear Deal
by Stephen Lendman
On Tuesday, the former vice president voiced opposition to a done deal. Obama has more than enough Senate support to block passage of a Republican disapproval resolution - by filibuster to prevent a vote or sustaining his veto if one occurs.
Cheney is an unindicted war criminal - a neocon in the worst sense, a serial liar, the leading Bush administration figure behind naked aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq, a sinister evil force as congressman, defense secretary and vice president.
He chose the notoriously hawkish American Enterprise Institute (AEI) as venue for his talk - a neocon think tank with enormous public policy influence, involved in promoting Bush administration’s aggressive wars.
His address regurgitated long ago discredited Big Lies. “Along with a pathway to a nuclear arsenal, President Obama’s agreement will provide Iran with funds and weapons the regime will use for the support of terror, the dominance of the Middle East, and the furtherance of Tehran’s efforts to destroy Israel, threaten Arab regimes, and prevent the United States from defending our allies and our interests in the Persian Gulf and beyond,” he blustered.
Fact: Washington illegally froze Iranian funds, amounting to grand theft.
Fact: Iran is the region’s leading proponent of peace, stability and mutual cooperation. Accusations of supporting or promoting terror are malicious lies.
Fact: So are ludicrous claims about wanting Israel destroyed, threatening Arab states, seeking regional dominance, and preventing America from defending its allies.
Fact: Washington, key NATO partners, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other regional rogues states are the region’s only threats. 
Cheney: The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOC) “give(s) Iran the means to launch a nuclear attack on the US homeland.”
Fact: The deal reduces chances for greater regional war. Cheney’s claim makes him sound delusional - more so by absurdly saying:
“I know of no nation in history that has agreed to guarantee that the means of its own destruction will be in the hands of another nation, particularly one that is hostile.” 
Iran is polar opposite America under either major party - a force for peace and stability, unlike longstanding US endless wars, raping one country after another, notably under Bush/Cheney and Obama.
Cheney supports regime change in Iran - destroying its sovereign independence, eliminating an Israeli rival, installing US-controlled puppet governance, stealing its oil and gas resources, exploiting its people as serfs, building US military bases on its territory to reign greater terror on the region and beyond than already.
Leading Republican presidential aspirant Donald Trump matched Cheney’s anti-Iranian bluster, saying:
“It is hard to believe a president of the United States would actually put his name on an agreement with the terrorist state Iran that is so bad, so poorly constructed and so terribly negotiated that it increases uncertainty and reduces security for America and our allies, including Israel.”
“When I am elected president, I will renegotiate with Iran - right after I enable the immediate release of our American prisoners and ask Congress to impose new sanctions that stop Iran from having the ability to sponsor terrorism around the world.”
Trump is part of the neocon lunatic fringe in America - an evil force waging war on humanity, destroying fundamental freedoms everywhere, heading things for full-blown tyranny and nuclear war if not stopped.
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Rebooting Hillary - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 19:21
Rebooting Hillary
by Stephen Lendman
Polls show increasing numbers of voters dislike and distrust her. She’s losing ground to Sanders and bested by Donald Trump. 
Voters rate her poorly on honesty, trustworthiness and transparency. When asked to describe her, “liar” is the word most often mentioned - then “dishonest,” untrustworthy,” and “criminal.” 
She can’t convince people she’s not hiding something. Her sordid past perhaps caught up with her. Polls show Joe Biden is most favored against Republicans - maybe enough to convince him to declare his candidacy.
Clinton campaign aides say she’s rebooting, aiming to reinvent herself as kinder, gentler. She’ll find it hard to erase her sordid past or change her image in voter minds once fixed.
In a field of deplorable presidential aspirants without a worthy one in the bunch, she stands out as especially loathsome and dangerous - a war goddess most likely to confront Russia and perhaps China belligerently, a prescription for WW III. Smiles and feigned affability can’t disguise pure evil.
The New York Times explained her new campaign strategy headlining “Hillary Clinton to Show More Humor and Heart, Aides Say.” 
From now on she’ll refrain from “flip jokes about her private email server (and) rope lines to wall off crowds…And there will be new efforts to bring spontaneity to a candidacy that sometimes seems wooden and overly cautious,” said The Times.
A record of being on the right side of major issues and character matter most. Clinton fails on both counts - a shameless self-promoter, an unabashedly hawkish supporter of endless wars, fundamentally against world peace and stability, a nuclear weapons use proponent.
Her earlier attempts to fake a softer side fell flat. Her demeanor shows she’s not genuine. Her record as US senator and secretary of state belies her disingenuous claim about “want(ing) to be the president who addresses the problems in the headlines and the ones that keep you up at night.”
Her agenda is polar opposite her duplicitous rhetoric. Democrat pollster Anna Greenberg was right calling her an “establishment candidate,” without explaining she supports dirty business as usual - in her case much dirtier.
Last April, Politico headlined “Hillary is new and improved! Take as directed,” saying she “invented herself almost as many times as Edison tried to invent the light bulb.”
If she stood for what matters most for most people, reinvention wouldn’t be an issue. Portraying herself as a populist champion is polar opposite her real persona and agenda.
On September 8, the Wall Street Journal picked up on the Politico theme headlining “Hillary, New and Improved,” saying:
She’ll try shedding her “scriptedness.” Political campaigning is choreographed kabuki theater - candidates pretending to be something they’re not, illusion papering over ugly reality.
For eight years as first lady, she partnered in husband Bill’s crimes. She shamelessly self-promoted throughout her Washington years and since leaving government.
Her public service record as senator and secretary of state was scandalous - militantly pro-war, contemptuous of rule of law principles, scornful of democracy, backer of Israel’s worst crimes, anti-populist while pretending to be otherwise, dismissive of human suffering, and supporter of police state legislation.
She represents the worst of America’s dark side, a monument to wrong over right, militantly anti-Russian, a major threat to world peace. 
She stands for everything activists for peace, equity and justice oppose. It’s hard imagining a worse choice for president - or any other public service office.
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