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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

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Thursday, November 14, 2013


What Is The Real Agenda Of The American Police State?
By Paul Craig Roberts, OpEdNews, 11/14/13

Why have Bush and Obama removed the protection of law as a shield of the people and turned law into a weapon in the hands of the executive branch? How are Americans made safer by the overthrow of their civil liberties? Indefinite detention and execution without due process of law are the hallmarks of the tyrannical state. How does this protect Americans from terrorists?

In my last column I emphasized that it was important for American citizens to demand to know what the real agendas are behind the wars of choice by the Bush and Obama regimes. These are major long term wars each lasting two to three times as long as World War II.

Forbes reports that one million US soldiers have been injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
RT reports that the cost of keeping each US soldier in Afghanistan has risen from $1.3 million per soldier to $2.1 million per soldier.

Matthew J. Nasuti reports in the Kabul Press that it cost US taxpayers $50 million to kill one Taliban soldier. That means it cost $1 billion to kill 20 Taliban fighters. This is a war that can be won only at the cost of the total bankruptcy of the United States.

Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes have estimated that the current out-of-pocket and already incurred future costs of the Afghan and Iraq wars is at least $6 trillion.

In other words, it is the cost of these two wars that explains the explosion of the US public debt and the economic and political problems associated with this large debt.

What has America gained in return for $6 trillion and one million injured soldiers, many very severely?

In Iraq there is now an Islamist Shia regime allied with Iran in place of a secular Sunni regime that was an enemy of Iran, one as dictatorial as the other, presiding over war ruins, ongoing violence as high as during the attempted US occupation, and extraordinary birth defects from the toxic substances associated with the US invasion and occupation.

In Afghanistan there is an undefeated and apparently undefeatable Taliban and a revived drug trade that is flooding the Western world with drugs.

The icing on these Bush and Obama "successes" are demands from around the world that Americans and former British PM Tony Blair be held accountable for their war crimes. Certainly, Washington's reputation has plummeted as a result of these two wars. No governments anywhere are any longer sufficiently gullible as to believe anything that Washington says.

These are huge costs for wars for which we have no explanation.

The Bush/Obama regimes have come up with various cover stories: a "war on terror," "we have to kill them over there before they come over here," "weapons of mass destruction," revenge for 9/11, Osama bin Laden (who died of his illnesses in December 2001 as was widely reported at the time).
None of these explanations are viable. Neither the Taliban nor Saddam Hussein were engaged in terrorism in the US. As the weapons inspectors informed the Bush regime, there were no WMD in Iraq. Invading Muslim countries and slaughtering civilians is more likely to create terrorists than to suppress them. According to the official story, the 9/11 hijackers and Osama bin Laden were Saudi Arabians, not Afghans or Iraqis. Yet it wasn't Saudi Arabia that was invaded.

Democracy and accountable government simply does not exist when the executive branch can take a country to wars in behalf of secret agendas operating behind cover stories that are transparent lies.
It is just as important to ask these same questions about the agenda of the US police state. Why have Bush and Obama removed the protection of law as a shield of the people and turned law into a weapon in the hands of the executive branch? How are Americans made safer by the overthrow of their civil liberties? Indefinite detention and execution without due process of law are the hallmarks of the tyrannical state. They are terrorism, not a protection against terrorism. Why is every communication of every American and apparently the communications of most other people in the world, including Washington's most trusted European allies, subject to being intercepted and stored in a gigantic police state database? How does this protect Americans from terrorists?

Why is it necessary for Washington to attack the freedom of the press and speech, to run roughshod over the legislation that protects whistleblowers such as Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, to criminalize dissent and protests, and to threaten journalists such as Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald, and Fox News reporter James Rosen?

How does keeping citizens ignorant of their government's crimes make citizens safe from terrorists?
These persecutions of truth-tellers have nothing whatsoever to do with "national security" and "keeping Americans safe from terrorists." The only purpose of these persecutions is to protect the executive branch from having its crimes revealed. Some of Washington's crimes are so horrendous that the International Criminal Court would issue a death sentence if those guilty could be brought to trial. A government that will destroy the constitutional protections of free speech and a free press in order to prevent its criminal actions from being disclosed is a tyrannical government.

One hesitates to ask these questions and to make even the most obvious remarks out of fear not only of being put on a watch list and framed on some charge or the other, but also out of fear that such questions might provoke a false flag attack that could be used to justify the police state that has been put in place.

Perhaps that was what the Boston Marathon Bombing was. Evidence of the two brothers' guilt has taken backseat to the government's claims. There is nothing new about government frame-ups of patsies. What is new and unprecedented is the lockdown of Boston and its suburbs, the appearance of 10,000 heavily armed troops and tanks to patrol the streets and search without warrants the homes of citizens, all in the name of protecting the public from one wounded 19-year-old kid.

Not only has nothing like this ever before happened in the US, but also it could not have been organized on the spur of the moment. It had to have been already in place waiting for the event. This was a trial run for what is to come.

Unaware Americans, especially gullible "law and order conservatives," have no idea about the militarization of even their local police. I have watched local police forces train at gun clubs. The police are taught to shoot first not once but many times, to protect their lives first at all costs, and not to risk their lives by asking questions. This is why the 13-year old kid with the toy rifle was shot to pieces. Questioning would have revealed that it was a toy gun, but questioning the "suspect" might have endangered the precious police who are trained to take no risks whatsoever.

The police operate according to Obama's presidential kill power: murder first then create a case against the victim.

In other words, dear American citizen, you life is worth nothing, but the police whom you pay, are not only unaccountable but also their lives are invaluable. If you get killed in their line of duty, it is no big deal. But don't you injure a police goon thug in an act of self-defense. I mean, who do you think you are, some kind of mythical free American with rights?

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 10, 2013, OpEdNews

How Evil Can the CIA and NSA Get? How to Restrain US Intelligence Agencies
By Rob Kall

Just how evil have the CIA, NSA, the FBI, military intelligence and other agencies become? Let's start with the fact that their heads, Clapper and Alexander, have lied to congress, with the protection of the President and the heads of the intelligence committees.
As the anniversary of the JFK assassination approaches, more information is coming out. We have two great articles in today.

I've gotten to know a number of JFK assassination researchers and experts. The gist of the message is that the CIA was involved in the killing. That shouldn't be surprising. The CIA has been involved in killing other presidents and other governments in other lands. It's not that big a stretch to imagine the CIA killing a president. .

We know that the CIA collaborated with war criminal Dick Cheney to persuade Colin Powell to give his famous WMD speech to the United Nations in 2003. We know they have repeatedly helped dictators to take power by undermining democratically elected regimes throughout the world. Maybe we should call the CIA the Corporate Intelligence Agency.

We've learned from disclosures by whistleblowers-- American Hero whistleblowers-- that the intelligence community is out of control, violating our constitutional rights. Let me be clear. Violating our constitutional rights means they are breaking the law. The CIA, NSA and the rest of the intelligence orgs have their backs covered by people like senator Dianne Feinstein and president Obama-- people who have basically made these agencies unaccountable to the American people.

The criminality and the abuses of the CIA and NSA should be investigated, as they were by the Church committee, decades ago. This should be a bi-partisan issue. It won't be surprising to see the Democrats who enable Obama's abuses, his maintenance and expansion of Executive Powers expanded by Bush and Cheney, covering Obama's butt. But there will be enough legislators, soon, so we should start seeing legislation.

What kinds of legislation can we expect to see soon?

-restraining the NSA, putting tighter limits on their spying on the American public and the world, and on widely used websites like facebook, google and twitter. This should be a bi-partisan issue.

-Legislation further expanding the rights associated with FOIA requests-- rights by the people asking the questions. This should be a bi-partisan issue.

-Open Government and transparency expansion-- this should be a bi-partisan issue.

What Kinds of Government Responses can we expect to see soon?

-Obama is expanding the classification of government workers involved in security work-- so they are not allowed to engage in whistleblowing. Pretty soon, postal delivery workers will be given security classifications.

-protection of the spy agencies by heads of congressional intelligence committees. These elected officials are profoundly, pathologically misguided in their defending NSA, CIA, etcetera, and literally misleading the public, telling us that they really know what these agencies are up to. They should be charging Clapper and Alexander with lying to congress, and prosecuting them.

What can WE do?
I'm not a big believer in the potential for electoral politics to make a difference. But this is one issue that I think legislators could get on board with. So, let your congressperson and senator know you want them to

-demand that the heads of the committees, who have allowed their committees to be lied to, be removed as committee heads and replaced with people committed to getting to the truth, and to charging and prosecuting people who lie to congress.

-pass legislation restricting spying on Americans, restricting collecting massive amounts of data with a "collect it all" attitude.

-pass legislation requiring government agencies to post all their data and numbers and interactions with individuals and corporations on-line in uniformly accessible ways, to increase government openness and transparency

-pass legislation making it easier to get faster, less redacted, more complete Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, so agencies MUST respond and provide requested materials, and lower the number of years when classified materials have their secrecy expire.

-pass legislation restricting use of secrecy classification, because abuse of classification is being abused and out of control

-Support for development of digital technologies that make access to open government better, easier, deeper.

-pass legislation honoring Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning as heroes who have served America nobly

There's no question that every nation needs intelligence agencies. But the USA's agencies have gone out of control. We need intel, but we need to be able to trust the agencies that dig it up. We don't have that now. Serious changes must be made.