Friday, November 21, 2014

Obama's Sham Immigration Reform

Obama's Sham Immigration Reform

by Stephen Lendman

Throughout his tenure, Obama waged war on immigrants. Mocking notions of welcoming tired, poor, wretched masses yearning to breathe free.

Immigration rights activists call him the "Deporter-in-Chief" for good reason. Enforcing white supremacist policies. 

Poor, desperate arrivals aren't welcome. People of color scorned. America never was beautiful. For sure not now.

Obama reflects the worst of rogue leadership. So-called immigration reform is more pretense than real.

He's responsible for deporting more immigrants than all his predecessors combined. 

On average over 1,000 a day. In total, over 2.2 million. With two years left in office, likely hundreds of thousands more before departing.

His legacy will be hard to top. Wanting tough congressional legislation enacted.

According to National Day Laborer Organizing Network executive director Pablo Alvarado:

"Unless (he) alters course, he risks cementing his legacy as having presided over the most anti-immigration administration in history."

Rule by presidential executive order diktats alone raises questions. No constitutional authority specifically permits them. 

Other than stating "executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America (Article 2, Section 1)."

Abused by bypassing Congress. "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives (Article 1, Section 1.)."

Constitutional checks and balances prevent empowering one governmental branch over another.

Diktat power borders on tyranny. Even though executive orders are legal. Not permanent. Future presidents can annul them with a stroke of a pen. Not how democracy is supposed to work.

In 2012, Obama exempted about one million undocumented immigrants arriving in America as children. So-called "DREAMers."

Using prosecutorial discretion. Letting presidents decline them on a case-by-case basis. Abusing his power at times.

Latinos are longstanding prime targets. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm (ICE) scapegoats them for political advantage.

Dehumanizing them. Gestapo-like warrantless raids target them. Neighborhoods, workplaces, and other locations are raided.

Targeted with shotguns and automatic weapons. Done without just cause. Extrajudicially. Terrorizing families. 

Immigrants pulled from their beds. Rousted from workplaces.
Confronted at gunpoint. Without explanation. 

Mistakes are made. Wrong homes or workplaces are targeted. 
Unapologetically. ICE agents permitted to terrorize. Freely. Unaccountably.

Brutalizing immigrants. Rounding them up. Holding them in dehumanizing detention.

Separated from family members. Criminalized. Treated like terrorist threats. Summarily deported. Given no right of appeal.

Independent studies show ICE agents operate with no legal authority. Arresting people randomly.

Conducting lawless searches and seizures. Making arrests based on ethnicity, race, appearance and English proficiency.

Neighborhoods targeted pre-dawn. Local police cooperate. Homes broken into lawlessly. Innocent victims harmed. 

Family members terrorized. Imagine spouses and young children seeing a parent taken away in handcuffs. Unable to understand why.

Misconduct is rife. Rule of law principles don't matter. Or democratic values. Or doing the right thing. 

Raids occur nationwide. Virtually daily. Unannounced. Using excessive force. Constitutional protections don't matter. 

Police state lawlessness substitutes. Most immigrants transferred from local jails to ICE have no criminal records. Or traffic violations.

Obama bears full responsibility. Blaming Congress for his own duplicitous policy. Immigration reform activists want real change. Not sham pretense.

Not with Obama in Washington. Promising one thing. Doing  another. An earlier open letter said the following in part:

Congratulations, Mr. President. You're the latest in a long line of lawless leaders. Achieving rogue status without really trying.

Contempt for rule of law principles, duplicity and moral cowardice define your administration. Pretense otherwise doesn't wash.

Instead of improving lives of ordinary Americans, you made things worse than ever.

Made America a gangster state. A pariah one and then some.  Presiding over a homeland police state apparatus.

Stealing public wealth. Handing it to Wall Street crooks and other corporate favorites. War profiteers gorge at the public trough.

Growing millions impoverished in the world's richest country.  Its wealth disparity unprecedented. 

Tens of millions of working age Americans unemployed. Most others underemployed. One missed paycheck away from homelessness, hunger and despair.

Essential needs ignored. Homelessness, hunger and human misery don't matter.

Middle class society systematically destroyed. America on a fast track toward thirdworldization.

Heading toward full-blown tyranny. Promised hope and change is pure rubbish. Peace a convenient illusion. Direct and proxy wars rage in multiple theaters.

Promised US forces out of Afghanistan within 12 months in office a willful ruse.

Pledged Palestinian sovereignty free from occupation harshness a Big Lie. Decades without fundamental civil and human rights persist. Worse than ever currently.

Guantanamo closure once and for all. Within one year of taking office.

Promised accountability for Bush administration war criminals. Torture ending by decree. 

Indefinite detentions no longer tolerated. Lawless military commission trials prohibited.

Labor rights supported. Public education better than ever. And you can keep your doctor, Obama said. 

Guaranteed universal healthcare with a public option. More affordable than before, he claimed. 

No more rule by diktat. Promised help for Americans facing home foreclosures.

Patriot Act provisions revisited. "(U)nconstitutional executive decisions during the past eight years…overturn(ed)."

All Americans served equitably, justly, fairly and honorably.

"It's time to turn a page," Obama said. "We'll restore our values." The "days of compromising them are over." 

We'll "secure a more resilient homeland." We'll "adhere to the Geneva Conventions." 

Freedom is too precious to lose. Obama goes all-out to destroy it. At home and abroad.

Promised administration openness and transparency. Increased whistleblower protections to encourage exposing government wrongdoing.

Big Brother banished. "(N)o more illegal wiretapping of American citizens," Obama pledged.

No more "spy(ing) on citizens who are not suspected of a crime." No more privacy invasions.

No more human and civil rights violations. "No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient."

No more extrajudicial operations. Or favoring monied interests over popular ones. No more wars for power and profit.

Or treating anyone less than equitably and justly than others. No more defending the indefensible.

Obama's policies belie his rhetoric. Making America more unfit to live in than ever in modern times. Risking the unthinkable.

Possible global war. Against invented enemies. Independent governments. For unchallenged dominance. 

Destroying humanity one plundered nation at a time. Genocide against unwanted people. "Useless eaters," according to Henry Kissinger.

Turning America into a militarized armed camp. Destroying fundamental freedoms one police state law at a time.

Diktat power. Deciding who'll live or die. Be free or locked indefinitely in America's gulag. At home or abroad.

Undocumented immigrants in virtual concentration camps. On Thursday, Obama's demagogic doublespeak drowned out truth.

Explaining his so-called immigration reform. Covering less than half the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants. 

Others subject to lawless detention. Brutalizing treatment. Like criminals. Deportation with no right of appeal.

Immigrants qualifying for residency and work permits must have lived here for five years. Have US citizen or legal resident children.

Must register with ICE. Have no criminal record. Or minor misdemeanors too insignificant to matter. Pay back taxes owed if any. 

Get no Obamacare subsidies, Medicaid, food stamps or other benefits afforded citizens and some legal residents. Farm workers entirely excluded. 

Others qualifying can stay temporarily. Perhaps until a new president reverses Obama's policy. Or dictates entirely new rules and regulations.

Unfairness and then some defines US immigration policy. The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) earlier called it "a brutal system of immigration control and policing that criminalizes immigration status, normalizes the forcible separation of families, destabilizes communities and workplaces, and fuels widespread civil rights violations."

Abuses are rife. Criminalizing undocumented immigrants. Linking immigration policy to national security.

Based on racial, ethnic, nationality profiling. Militarizing border communities. Scapegoating immigrants unfairly.

Deporting record numbers. Separating family members. Institutionalizing brutal treatment. Denying immigrants international law guaranteed civil and human rights.

Substituting police state repression. Immigrants vulnerable to exploitation and ill-treatment. Unable to fight for their rights.

Making racial profiling and other discriminatory practices national policy. Studies show horrific ICE abuses.

Including warrantless searches. Indiscriminate arrests. Forced detentions. Separating family members. Husbands from wives. Children from parents. 

Traumatizing them. Abusing women. Beating men. Destabilizing communities. Due process and judicial fairness pure fantasy.

Expropriating indigenous land. Building virtual and other border fences. Ill-spending hundreds of millions of dollars besieging affected communities.

Harming natural habitat and wildlife migration in the process. America treats aliens like criminals. Especially Latinos and Muslims.

Obama's so-called immigration reform leaves longstanding injustices unchanged. Denying rights everyone deserves.

International law affirmed. Constitutionally protected under the Supremacy Clause. Making all treaties and conventions 
Washington signs the supreme law of the land.

In name only. Emma Lazarus' Lady Liberty words once had meaning. No longer in a nation hostile to its tired, poor, huddled masses.

Welcome sign don't greet them. Scorn, abuse and exploitation substitute. Deportation. Discarded like yesterday's garbage.

Unwanted for being the wrong color. From wrong parts of the world. Valued only for low-pay/no benefits hard labor others eschew. 

Persecuted. Denied all rights. Underpaid. With few or no benefits. Hung out to dry when not wanted. 

Longstanding US practice. Worse than ever under Obama. 

Immigration policy by diktat ignores what's most important to address. Equity and justice for all.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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MH17 Coverup

MH17 Coverup

by Stephen Lendman

On July 17, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed near Donetsk. En route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Killing all 283 passengers. Plus 15 crew members.

At the time, Washington blamed Donbas self-defense forces. Claiming a Russian-supplied Buk surface-to-air missile fired from territory they controlled.

Moscow blamed Ukraine. The Dutch Safety Board launched an investigation. Issuing a preliminary September 9 report. A final one to come later.

Initially saying MH17 "broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside."

Voice and flight data recorders as well as air traffic control data suggest MH17 operated normally until 13:20:03 GMT.

No emergency call was made. Ukrainian air traffic control communications between 13:20 and 13:22:02 GMT were unanswered.

Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) lied. Claiming Donbas "terrorists" targeted a Russian Aeroflot airliner. Downed MH17 by mistake.

Media scoundrel reporting ended. Having accused Russia of direct involvement. Big Lies only go so far. 

Not daring to blame Moscow for downing its own aircraft. Killing hundreds of passengers. Claiming a botched false flag. Blaming Ukraine for what happened.

A missile didn't down MH17. No credible evidence suggests it. Shrapnel marks indicate a 30 millimeter caliber projectile. 

Fired at close range. From a military aircraft. Eyewitnesses reported a Ukrainian one flying close to MH17 when downed.

The New York Times and other Western media falsely blamed Russia and Donbas self-defense forces.

Kiev in collusion with Washington bore full responsibility. The obvious went unreported. 

Cui bono? Clearly, Russia and Ukrainian freedom fighters had nothing to gain. Plenty to lose.

Kiev and Washington benefit greatly by blaming Moscow and Ukrainian freedom fighters for their crime.

The incident was a classic false flag. Planned in Washington. Executed by illegitimate fascist putschists. Falsely blamed on Russia and Donbas self-defense forces at the time. 

On August 7, Malaysia's New Straits Times accused Washington and Kiev of downing MH17. Western media ignored its report. 

Refuting the official propaganda narrative. Bursting the illusion of Russian/Donbas self-defense forces involvement.

At the same time, Moscow reported verifiable satellite and radar data. Showing a Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 warplane tailing MH17 before its destruction.

The New Straits Times cited "experts who had said that the photographs of the blast fragmentation patterns on the fuselage of the airliner showed two distinct shapes - the shredding pattern associated with a warhead packed with 'flechettes,’'and the more uniform, round-type penetration holes consistent with that of cannon rounds.”

It bears repeating. Fuselage photos showed penetration holes consistent with 30 millimeter cannon (machine gun) rounds.

No missile of any kind was involved. US and Western media claims otherwise were Big Lies.

Falsely blaming Moscow and Donbas freedom fighters for US/Kiev criminality. Citing no credible corroborating evidence. Suppressing key data vital to know.

Shamelessly accusing Putin of furthering his strategic goals. Covering up what happened. Failing to explain how downing a civilian airliner served Russian interests.

Truth is polar opposite. Systematically suppressed. Facts turned on their head.

On November 20, RT International headlined "Dutch government refuses to reveal 'secret deal' into MH17 crash probe," saying:

Its officials "refused to reveal details of a secret pact between members of the Joint Investigation Team examining the downed Flight MH17." 

"If the participants, including Ukraine, don't want information to be released, it will be kept secret."

Why matters most. Full, accurate disclosure exposes the false propaganda narrative. Absolving Russia and Donbas freedom fighters. Incriminating Ukraine.

Dutch publication Elsevier asked Amsterdam Security and Justice Ministry officials to disclose Joint Investigation Team (JIT) agreement terms.

Plus 16 other documents. Under the Freedom of Information Act. JIT member countries include the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Ukraine.

Excluding Malaysian involvement in investigating its own downed aircraft. Russia with valuable satellite and radar data.

According to RT:

"Part of the agreement between the four countries and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, ensures that all these parties have the right to secrecy." 

"This means that if any of the countries involved believe that some of the evidence may be damaging to them, they have the right to keep this secret."

Ukrainian CyberBerkut hacktivists claim they penetrated Kiev's defense ministry internal network.

Finding proof about JIT providing Ukraine with secret MH17 crash data. Including information of its involvement.

An August 7 document shows Col. Igor Zorin's signature. Ukrainian air defense forces chief.

The report alleges a projectile fragment found in MH17 debris came from a Soviet era Buk or Buk M1 surface-to-air missile.

Its rectangular shape suggested it may have come from a 9N314 warhead atop a 9M38 anti-aircraft missile.

Dozens of Buk M1 systems remained in Ukraine after Soviet Russia's 1991 dissolution.

Russia's military only uses Buk-M1-2 and Buk-M2 missile systems.

On the day MH17 was downed, Ukraine's 156th SAM regiment reportedly conducted an unauthorized missile launch.

CyberBerkut hacktivists said information obtained shows JIT/Ukrainian defense ministry "special relations."

Retired Ukrainian air defense deputy chief Aleksandr Tazekhulakhov said photographic evidence showed fragment deformation. Making it impossible to define its form.

"The metal fragment depicted in the photo can’t be identified as part of any ballistic missile warhead," he said. 

"Only after several types of tests, such as ballistic, chemical and spectral analysis, can any conclusion be made."

Four months after MH17's downing, little official about possible cause was released. Suggesting Dutch Security and Justice Ministry officials have something to hide.

Elsevier said international relations matter more than investigatory thoroughness. Truth and full disclosure. Information vital to know is suppressed.

Dutch Security and Justice Ministry officials saying it's to protect investigatory techniques and individuals involved. Citing a breach of privacy if revealed.

"If the information was to be released, then sensitive information would be passed between states and organizations, which would perhaps they would be less likely to share such information in the future," they said.

Dutch Christian Democratic Party MP Pieter Omtzigt requested information several times. To no avail, saying:

"We do not know what the Netherlands has committed itself to. The government neither published the agreement when we asked for it, nor did it show it to parliament."

"It is perfectly normal that the Netherlands cooperate with other countries in this complex investigation. Yet they even kept the existence of the agreement secret a first and that was unnecessary."

Malaysia ambassador to the Netherlands expressed concern about his country's JIT exclusion.

Even after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's November 5 Kuala Lumpur visit, an invitation didn't follow.

Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar was clear and unequivocal saying:

"We must first be included in the JIT. Otherwise it would be hard for us to cooperate in the investigation."

"The parties (involved) must include us in the team. Right now we are just a participant." With no access to information vital to know.

A Final Comment

On November 20, Itar Tass headlined "Moscow has questions about investigation into Boing crash in Ukraine - Foreign Ministry."

Investigatory procedures lack transparency. Full disclosure remains essential. It's sorely lacking.

According to Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich:

"We share concerns of states and relatives of victims of the airliner crash about the investigation delay."

"We believe it is not justified that work to search for and gather fragments of the airliner at the crash site has started only now, four months after the tragedy."

"Active and energetic measures are needed to establish causes of the tragedy and bring the guilty to justice and prevent such incidents in future."

"We confirm our readiness for constructive cooperation on the issues with other states and competent international organizations."

"Russia has a lot of questions about circumstances of the tragedy and the organization of the international investigation, which in our view, is not transparent enough."

Washington, rogue EU partners and Kiev are using MH17's downing to aggravate international tensions, Lukashevich added.

Separately, Itar Tass reported new remains found at MH17's crash site. Its "atmosphere…remains unstable."

Remains are being sent to Kharkov. In Ukraine's east. For preliminary forensic examination. Then sent to the Netherlands.

It bears repeating. JIT investigatory procedures lack transparency. Coverup aims to suppress Kiev's responsibility for MH17's downing.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

America: The Real Evil Empire

America: The Real Evil Empire

by Stephen Lendman

On March 8, 1983, Ronald Reagan coined the term. He did so addressing the National Association of Evangelicals.

He called communism "the focus of evil in the modern world." Don't "ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire…and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil," he said.

Cold War politics returned. More venomously than earlier. Putin is targeted. He's public enemy No. 1.

Doing so turns truth on his head. Paul Craig Roberts justifiably calls him the world's moral leader. 

A previous article said he shames his Western counterparts. He makes Obama look buffoon-like. 

He does it with straight talk. Telling it like it is. Explaining what people most need to know. Unambiguously. Truthfully. 

Polar opposite US politicians. Featuring Big Lies. Scorning vital truths. Supporting wrong over right. Making the world safe for monied interests.

Permanent war is official US policy. So is mass extermination. Begun centuries earlier. 

Doing so reduced America's indigenous population to a tiny fraction of its original numbers. Millions were slaughtered in cold blood.

Centuries of slavery were horrific. Black Africans were captured, branded, chained, force-marched, beaten, encaged, and stripped of their humanity.

Around 100 million were sold like cattle. Millions perished during  deplorable Middle Passage conditions.

Genocidal US policy continues in new forms. Technological advances facilitate it. America's killing machine knows no limits. 

One genocide follows others. Countries are ravaged and destroyed. Tens of millions perished. 

Winning hearts and minds don't matter. Stomping on people remains ongoing. 

Death squad diplomacy eliminates nonbelievers. Madness defines US policy. Police state harshness criminalizes right over wrong defenders.

Making the world safe for democracy is pure fantasy. America tolerates it nowhere. For sure not domestically.

High crimes are rewarded. Upside down reality endangers everyone. Popular needs go begging. 

Conquest, occupation, colonization, and exploitation are prioritized. Ordinary people are on their own sink or swim. 

Wars are considered peace. They rage without end. Things go from bad to worse. 

Propaganda works as intended. Minds are manipulated to support war. Truth is suppressed. Fear is stoked. 

Patriotism, national security, and democratic values are highlighted.

Longstanding US policy prioritizes militarism, wars, homeland security, and related operations.

Doing so has nothing to do with external or internal threats. Nor humanitarian intervention. Nor responsibility to protect.

Nor spreading democratic values. It's about advancing America's imperium.

What Michael Parenti calls "the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries."

"(T)he dominant politico-economic interests of one nation" over others. "(F)or their own enrichment…"

"(S)tealing land, labor, raw materials, and markets of another people." Dominating other economies and political systems.

Accumulating enormous amounts of wealth in the process. Using money to make more of it. Increase power. Gain market control. Exploit resources and labor.

Societies are destroyed and remade. Nations are pillaged for profit. Populations become disenfranchised. Workers become serfs. Local cultures become mass-market consumer ones.

Agribusiness replaces local farming. Competitive industries are eliminated.  Foreign investment crowds out local capital. 

Dominance legitimizes capital's divine right. Plunder assures obscene profits. Capital accumulation demands more. Profiteering becomes a be-all-and-end-all.

Democracy is pure fantasy. US elections are pre-scripted. Secrecy and back room deals substitute for a free, fair and open process.

Candidates are pre-selected. Big Money owns them. Key outcomes are pre-determined. Voters have no say.

Both major parties share blame. They're two sides of the same coin. 

Not a dime's worth of difference on issues mattering most separates them. Americans get the best democracy money can buy.

Independents are shut out. Media scoundrels ignore them. Voter disenfranchisement is rife.

Millions can't vote because of past criminal records. Mostly what civilized societies call misdemeanors. Excluding prison. Assessing small fines or warnings.

Half of eligible voters opt out because their interests aren't addressed. Losers are declare winners. And not just for president.

Electoral democracy is pure fantasy. America is constitutionally flawed by design. 

We the people aren't served. Wealth, power and privilege alone matter. Tom Paine called voting "the primary right by which all other(s) are protected."

America's corrupted process makes it impossible. Democracy is a figure of speech. A four-letter word. A sham no just society would tolerate.

No country in world history did more harm to more people over a longer duration than America. None match its ruthlessness.

Its shameless human and civil rights records. Its pariah state status. Its genocidal high crimes against peace.

Its global gulag. The world's largest by far. Filled with thousands of political prisoners. 

Supplemented by global torture prisons. In dozens of countries. Operating out of sight and mind.

Crime bosses make policy. Monied interests control them. New World Order ruthlessness is official policy. 

International, constitutional and US statute laws don't matter. Washington rules alone apply.

The Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) is one of nine likeminded UN bodies. Each responsible for overseeing a particular treaty's implementation. 

UNHCR documented US human rights abuses. Assessing its noncompliance with International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) provisions. 

Fundament human and civil rights. Signatories are required to respect free speech, assembly and religion.

Electoral rights, due process and judicial fairness. Self-determination and other universally accepted rule of law principles. 

UNHCR condemned grave US human rights breaches. Citing institutionalized torture, drone killings, and failure to close Guantanamo.

Mandatory immigrant detentions and mass deportations, as well as lawless NSA spying, among other issues.

It criticized Washington's failure to uphold human rights standards worldwide. It cited whitewashed CIA renditions, forced disappearances, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. 

Excessive secrecy was raised. Torture victims denied redress. Permitting torture-coerced confessions as evidence. Despite America's Supreme Court banning it.

Enforcing guilt by accusation. Denying habeas rights and judicial fairness. Substituting kangaroo court justice for the real thing. 

Police states operate this way. America is by far the worst. At home and abroad.

Disturbing death penalty imposition disparities adversely affect America's most disadvantaged. African-Americans, Latinos and other people of color.

Justice is a four-letter word. Excessive force is used with impunity. Including beatings and gun-related deaths.

Dissent is criminalized. So is homelessness. Juveniles sentenced to life without parole. For homicides based on flimsy evidence or none at all.

Adults can face life imprisonment for alleged "non-homicide related" crimes. Abusive prolonged solitary confinement persists. Doing so constitutes torture.

Mandatory immigration detentions are reprehensible. Mass deportations deeply troubling. 

Obama disgracefully expelled more immigrants and others than all his predecessors combined.

Murder, Inc. is official US policy. Death squads operate in 130 or more countries. So do CIA agents licensed to kill. 

US citizens may be targeted at home or abroad. No one anywhere is safe. Summary judgment means no arrests. No Miranda rights. 

No due process. No trial. Just a bullet, bomb or slit throat. It's official Obama policy. Diktat authority denies justice to anyone ordered killed.

Obama self-appointed himself judge, jury and executioner. He decides who lives or dies. Who's lawlessly indefinitely detained.

Equity and justice don't matter. Fundamental freedoms are disappearing in plain sight. Tyranny replaced them. It's almost full-blown.

Anyone anywhere may be thrown in military dungeons. Indefinitely held without charges or trial. Based solely on suspicions, baseless allegations or none at all.

Due process, civil protections, and judicial fairness are null and void. Presidents may order anyone arrested and imprisoned for life without charge or trial. 

Abuse of power replaced rule of law protections. It's happening in real time. Obama abuses diktat power. Unitary executive authority.

The late Chalmers Johnson called it "a ball-faced assertion of presidential supremacy...dressed up in legalistic mumbo jumbo."

Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. He usurped the power of life and death. Including against US citizens.

Prioritizing killing drones, death squads, or other means. Eliminating America's enemies alone matters. Real or invented makes no difference. 

Waging war on whistleblowers. Nonbelievers. Muslims. Latino immigrants. Environmental and animal rights activists unjustifiably called terrorists.

Anti-war activists. Global justice supporters. People associated with so-called "undesirable groups."

Presidents have public emergency powers. Enabling them to declare martial law. Suspend constitutional protections.

For so-called national security reasons or none at all. Deploying US troops on US streets. Militarizing state and local police forces.

Doing it to suppress whatever is called disorder. Including free expression, the right of assembly. petitioning government for redress of grievances publicly.

Opposing imperial lawlessness. America more than ever is unfit to live in. Unsafe by any standard.

Ruthless. Repressive. Cruel. Malicious. Vicious. Violent. Lawless. Criminally culpable of high crimes against peace.

Legal protections don't help. No one is safe anywhere. Advancing America's imperium matters most. 

So does serving wealth, power and privilege. America the beautiful benefits them alone. Others take the hindmost.

Humanity is ruthlessly targeted. Battlefields shift from one theater to others. Gangsterism is official US policy. It's the American way.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

Visit his blog site at 

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It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Israel: Human Rights Abuser Writ Large

Israel: Human Rights Abuser Writ Large

by Stephen Lendman

Israeli policy is longstanding. Reflecting anti-Palestinian state terror. Institutionalized racism writ large. Vicious repression.

Brutalizing Muslims for not being Jews. Enforcing militarized occupation harshness. Denying Palestinians rights everyone deserves.

According to Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) director Jeff Halper:

"…(T)he 'Zionist answer' to the downward cycle of senseless violence in which Jerusalem finds itself" includes:

"house demolitions, mass arrests, revoking the 'residency' of native-born Jerusalemites, closing Palestinian neighborhoods with concrete blocks, arming Israeli Jewish vigilantes and cheap shots at the last person who believes in a two-state solution, Abu Mazen (Abbas)." 

"Everything, that is, except an end to occupation and a just political solution." 

"This is what happens when a powerful country forgoes any effort to address the grievances of a people under its control and descends into raw oppression."

Netanyahu lied. He's a serial liar. Everything he says lacks credibility. Big Lies substitute. Claiming Israel locked in "the grip of a terrorist onslaught." 

Palestinians face brutalizing Israeli state terror. Police state barbarism writ large. Provoking justifiable Palestinian anger.

Inciting violence. Able to boil over uncontrollably any time. Perhaps into a third intifada. Or pretext for Israeli all-out war on millions of Palestinians.

Risking carnage and displacement matching Israel's so-called War of Independence. Western leaders able to intervene responsibly turn a blind eye. Ignore Israel's worst crimes.

Palestinians isolated on their own. Defenseless against Israel's onslaught. Its killing machine.

Palestinian human rights group Al Haq reported PA forces abusing civilians. Instead of defending them against Israeli state terror.

Targeting peaceful protestors. Demonstrating against IDF and police brutality.

Longtime Israeli collaborator Mahmoud Abbas unleashing PA forces against his own people. Imad Addin Jamal Amro one of many victims.

After Friday, November 7 prayers. Accosting him. Beating him viciously. Until no longer able to stand. Preventing bystanders from helping him.

Arresting him. Beating him severely at Preventive Security headquarters. An officer shouting "die, die." Accusing him of offenses he didn't commit.

Al Haq expressing outrage. Citing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Articles 7, 9 and 14 prohibiting arbitrary arrests and mistreatment.

Article 19 affirming freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Without interference. Prohibiting coercing practices denying them.

Regardless of views. Respecting those of others. In writing, print or orally.

Article 20 prohibiting incitement, discrimination, hostility, violence, and state-sponsored propaganda for war.

Article 21 affirming the right of peaceful assembly. Prohibiting any restrictions.

Article 19 of Palestinian Basic Law affirming free expression rights. Mandating criminal punishment for violators.

Article 11 affirming personal freedom as a natural right. Article 13 stating "no person shall be subject to any duress or torture, and that detainees should receive proper treatment."

Israel violates ICCPR and other human rights laws unaccountably. So do PA forces against their own people. 

It bears repeating. Abbas is a longtime Israeli collaborator. Abusing his own people for special benefits he derives.

According to an unnamed PA source, he ordered no public discussions of Tuesday's synagogue attack.

Canceling media appearances. Issuing a statement following John Kerry saying:

"The Palestinian leadership must condemn this and they must begin to take serious steps to restrain any kind of incitement." 

Abbas then "condemn(ing) the killings of worshipers at the synagogue in Jerusalem and condemn(ing) acts of violence no matter their source."

Equating Tuesday's incident with terrorism. Ignoring Kerry saying:

"To have this kind of act, which is a pure result of incitement, of calls for 'days of rage,' of just irresponsibility, is unacceptable."

Kerry turning a blind eye to daily Israeli state terror. Brutalizing millions of Palestinians.

Murdering them. Torturing them. Including young children. 

Incarcerating thousands in gulag prison hell. Unaccountably. For demanding fundamental democratic freedoms.

Dominating Palestinians through repressive control. Kafkaesque and then some.

Physical control through land theft. Home demolitions. Settlements. Checkpoints. Ghettoization. Agricultural restrictions. 

Permit permission for virtually everything. Military zones. Jews only development. Resource theft.

Borders, air space and offshore waters control. Jews only public spaces. Separation Wall repression. Harassment and intimidation.

Diaspora Palestinians prevented from returning. Claiming Jerusalem as Israel's exclusive capital.

Gazans locked in the world's largest open-air prison. Bureaucratic/legal/militarized control. Including hundreds of restrictive policies. 

Covering virtual all aspects of Palestinian life. Imposing politically motivated conditions virtually impossible to live with. Including:

  • allowable home and village construction; 

  • building permit restrictions;

  • home demolitions for any reason or none at all;

  • land expropriation designated for Israeli "public purposes;"

  • agricultural restrictions;

  • crop destruction for violations;

  • licensing and inspection of Palestinian businesses;

  • closures anywhere, any time, for any reason; and

  • movement and travel restrictions within and outside Israel and Occupied Territories.

Denying fundamental international law guaranteeing human and civil rights. Brazenly ignoring dozens of UN resolutions. Going back decades. 

Condemning or censuring Israeli lawlessness. Deploring its actions. Demanding state-sponsored repression end.

Israel flaunts rule of law principles with impunity. Arrogating to itself the right to do what it damn pleases.

Law or no law. Because Western leaders able to change things do nothing. Turning a blind eye to Israel's worst crimes. 

Washington partnering through military aid. Political support. Mindless of fundamental Palestinian rights. Horrific Israeli mistreatment.

Using violence. Other forms of repression for political, economic and social control. 

Flagrantly violating core international humanitarian and human rights laws. Police state harshness writ large.

In November alone, lawlessly arresting nearly 400 Palestinians. Including young children. In largely pre-dawn raids,

In West Bank and East Jerusalem communities. Around two dozen detained on Thursday alone. Collective punishment writ large. Mass arrests and detentions continue.

Following Operation Protective Edge. Premeditated naked aggression. Murdering over 2,200 Palestinians. Injuring about 11,000 more. 

Affecting hundreds of young children, women, the elderly and infirm. Unrelated to Hamas rockets. Or Israeli national security. 

Launched to prevent Palestinian self-determination. Maintain occupation harshness.

Continue Gaza's blockade. Sabotage Fatah/Hamas unity. Facilitate longstanding Israeli slow-motion genocide. 

Get away with mass murder and then some. Violate international law with impunity.

Academically lynched University of Illinois Professor Steven Salaita calling Israel the only nation able to murder hundreds of Palestinian children and claim victimization.

Western leaders able to make a difference turning a blind eye.
Horrific Palestinian suffering continues. 

Widespread Israeli crackdowns followed Tuesday's synagogue incident. Responding to longstanding Palestinian mistreatment. 

Especially vicious under Netanyahu. Exceeding the worst of Sharonian evil. 

Including extremist settler violence. Notably against children. At play. To and from school. Running errands for parents.

Targeting Palestinian communities. Farmers in fields. Committing vandalism. Mistreatment. At times murder. Unaccountably.

Israeli security forces able to intervene responsibly do nothing. Facilitating wrongdoing.

B'Tselem calling Israeli punitive home demolitions "fundamentally wrong." Ineffective. 

Contravening "basic moral standards." Punishing "people for the of misdeeds of others." Without just cause. Flagrantly violating human rights laws.

Following Tuesday's incident, Israeli security forces are everywhere. Harassing Palestinians. Intimidating them. 

Ignoring settler provocations. Helicopters and drones monitor things overhead. Police violence against Palestinian women in Jerusalem increased.

Dozens of children arrested. Brutally interrogated. Detained without just cause.

Tuesday's incident a pretext for escalated Israeli repression. Its ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, equating Palestinian resisters with Nazis. Terrorists.

Ignoring decades of occupation harshness. Longstanding Israeli crimes of war and against humanity. Slow-motion genocide.

Dermer outrageously suggesting Palestinians intend targeting America. Hamas no different from IS.

Neocon US Senator Ted Cruz (R. TX) expressing "unequivocal support as the Israeli people continue the fight against the terrorists who have declared war on both our nations."

CNN shamelessly giving him air time to express outlandish views. Other media scoundrels operating the same way.

Reporting one-sided views. Proliferating Big Lies. Burying hard truths. 

Ignoring Israeli high crimes. Vilifying Palestinians unjustly. Equating Tuesday's incident with terrorism. 

Indicting all Palestinians for crimes of the few. Turning a blind eye to Israel holding entire communities hostage. 

Collective punishment. State-sponsored terrorism.  Mindless of international law. Palestinians isolated on their own. Victimized for not being Jews.

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Kiev Plans Full-Scale War

Kiev Plans Full-Scale War

by Stephen Lendman

Ukraine is the most serious post-WW II geopolitical crisis. At risk is escalated East/West confrontation. Possible global war.

Obama bears full responsibility. Complicit EU partners share it. America goes all-out to advance its imperium.

Millions of corpses attest to its barbarity. Replacing independent governments with subservient pro-Western stooge ones is longstanding US policy.

Washington-supported Kiev putschists staged the most brazen coup d'etat since Mussolini's 1922 march on Rome.

Ukraine is the epicenter of European fascist reemergence. Hardline rule masquerades as democracy. Elections are farcical when held. Illegitimate by any standard.

Donbas freedom fighters reject fascist rule. For good reason. For democratic rights everyone deserves. Ones Kiev rejects.

Naked aggression launched last April continues. Violating core international law. Geneva and Minsk ceasefire terms. 

Heading toward escalated confrontation. Oligarch president Petro Poroshenko vows "full-scale war. (B)etter prepared than five months ago," he said.

At the same time, ludicrously claiming he wants peace. While waging genocidal war. Murdering his own citizens in cold blood. Non-combatant civilians.

Governing illegitimately. Extrajudicially. Established by force. Run by ultranationalist neo-Nazis. Banning opposing views.

Substituting fascist dictatorship for democracy. Obama's new friends are thugs. He and Putin met in Brisbane. On the G20 sidelines.

Calling his interaction "businesslike and blunt." Shamelessly telling Putin "to take a different path…(T)o resolve the issue of Ukraine in a way that respects (its) sovereignty and is consistent with international law."

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland admitted Washington spent around $5 billion sabotaging Ukrainian democracy over the past 20 years.

Lying. Calling it "democracy promotion…We stand with the people of Ukraine," she claimed.

Caught red-handed on tape. Months earlier. Urging regime change. Discussing it with US Ukraine ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.

Circulated widely on You Tube earlier. Damning evidence of Washington's dark side. 

Its quest for global dominance. No matter the human cost. Regional instability. Greater conflict. Possible war with Russia. Potentially catastrophic if happens.

US-led NATO risks the unthinkable. On Thursday, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg visited Estonia's Amari airbase.

Stressing Alliance solidarity. "NATO’s greatest responsibility is to protect and defend our Allies," he said. "And NATO is here to protect and defend Estonia." 

From nonexistent threats. Lying about "a growing number of Russian flights near our airspace. Including here in the Baltics."

Calling them "dangerous and provocative." Saying NATO is "resolve(d) to defend all Allies against any threat."

Separately lying about Russian troops massed on Ukraine's border. Including "troops, material, artillery and very modern air defense systems."

Saying what doesn't exist is "a serious military buildup…(Calling on) Russia to withdraw its troops."

Earlier accusing Moscow of invading Ukraine. Citing no corroborating evidence. None exists.

On November 19, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Kiev uses banned weapons in Donbas civilian neighborhoods. Chemical and incendiary ones. Cluster bombs.

"The Russian Investigative Committee continues a criminal investigation into the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare in the conflict in Ukraine," it said.

Stop NATO reported Alliance "Train(ing) (a) Strike Force for Article 5 War-Fighting In Europe."

High-intensity combat drills. Testing "NATO's ability to coordinate and execute (its) Collective Defence operation in a multinational environment."  

At the behest of any member, Articles 4 or 5 can be invoked.
Article 4 calls for members to “consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any” is threatened.

Article 5 considers an armed attack (real or otherwise) against one or more members, an attack against all. Calling for collective self-defense.

An earlier article said waging war is easy. Instigate provocative incidents. Blame them on targeted countries. 

False flags work as planned. So do Big Lies. Repeated enough times to get most people to believe them.

Fear-mongering persists. Nonexixtent threats are hyped. So is claiming good v. evil. Mix well with misinformation and duplicity. 

Sun Tzu was right. Wars depend on deception. Big Lies. Modern technology makes it easy.

Churchill said lies get halfway around the world before truths get their pants on. Global communication today is instant. 

Proliferating hawkish information is as simple as ready, aim, fire. US-led NATO threatens world peace. 

Encroaching on Sino/Russian borders. Surrounding both countries with US bases. Pentagon commanders call NATO an "effective tool for the projection of US force worldwide."

Imagine if Russia had bases in Canada and/or Mexico. Patrolled America's Gulf with warships. Its East and West coasts. 

Provocatively overflew border areas. Washington would consider it a cause for war. The unthinkable could follow.

America deplores peace and stability. Wages one war premeditated war of aggression after another. So-called "long war" according to Pentagon strategists.

Post-9/11, Dick Cheney warned of them not ending in our lifetime. GWH Bush's New World Order notion.

Attacking, ravaging, destroying, colonizing, and pillaging one country after another. Without mercy. Might justifying right. Monied interests alone benefitting.

Terrorism is what they do, not us. Reasons for imperial wars are suppressed. Sacrificing human lives and freedoms are small prices to pay. Humanity is at risk but who cares. 

Media scoundrels aid and abet US crimes. Marching in lockstep with what demands condemnation.

Big Lies substitute for hard truths. Peace a convenient illusion. Democracy pure fantasy.

Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. Washington wants all former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries co-opted into NATO.

Ukraine its crown jewel. Eastern resistance threatens Obama’s imperial project. Preserving it requires crushing it. 

At risk is spilling things cross border. It bears repeating. The unthinkable could follow.

Russia's OSCE ambassador warned about Kiev troops mobilized "along the dividing line." In Donbas.

Separating forces from both sides. Raising "the suspicion that the Ukrainian side is preparing a large-scale lightening attack."

Kiev's war tax raised $93 million. Used for weapons and munitions. Supplementing what Washington and other countries supply.

Moscow has reason for concern. Putin spokesman was clear and unequivocal, saying:

"We want our counterparts to know we have our red lines and they can’t cross these lines.”

He accused Western countries of ousting Ukraine's legitimate government. Replacing it with fascist putschists. 

In late October, Putin said Washington supports "dubious" Ukrainian groups.

Ranging from "open neo-fascists to Islamic radicals." IS, Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda and likeminded groups. Using them as US proxies.

"Why do they support such people," he asked? "They do this because they decide to use them as instruments along the way in achieving their goals, but then burn their fingers and recoil."

America's goal is unchallenged unipolarity, he said. Serving its own interests. At the expense of others.

Rejecting peaceful conflict resolution. Kiev operating the same way. Poroshenko and putschist prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ruling out negotiations with Donbas freedom fighters. 

Opting for continued war. Heading toward full-scale. Greater mass slaughter. Poroshenko threatening Russia with "total war." 

Fascists operate this way. On Wednesday, Kiev's deputy UN envoy, Andrei Tsymbalyuk, ludicrously claiming its Donbas military operation complies with international law obligations. 

Calling premeditate naked aggression "an anti-terrorist operation. (F)ully compl(ying) with the United Nations Charter and meets Ukraine's liabilities under international law, including human rights norms, refugee rights and international humanitarian law."

At the same time, wrongfully accusing "one of Ukraine's neighbors (with) violating its obligations in the sphere of anti-terrorism fight."

Triggering Donbas destabilization. In response, Russia's deputy UN envoy Yebgeny Zagainov criticized "inappropriate intimations and interpretations."

Calling on Security Council members "for constructive participation in the discussion on the agenda but not to replicate such fabrications."

Russia's Foreign Ministry information and press department deputy head, Maria Zakharova, accused US-led NATO of demonstratively ignor(ing) Russia's consistent efforts to stabilize the situation in Ukraine…"

"(W)orsening social and economic situation in the southeast of this country and its de-facto blockade by the Kiev government."

Ignoring Kiev high crimes against peace. Lying about Russia's involvement.

"We are convinced that responsible international players should avoid making statements and estimates that are not based on facts, even if they are guided by timeserving and narrow geopolitical interests," she added.

Last week, Stoltenberg lied about Russian involvement in Ukraine. Deploying troops cross-border. 

Planning full-scale invasion. Citing no corroborating evidence. None exists.

On April 1, US-led NATO suspended cooperation with Russia. Over Ukraine. Maintaining minimum ambassadorial and other high-level contacts.

Blaming Moscow for Kiev high crimes. Washington's direct involvement. 

Previous articles saying swarms of CIA, FBI and other US elements infest Kiev. Directing policy. Supporting naked aggression.

Moscow categorically rejects claims of involvement in Ukraine. Including supplying Donbas freedom fighters with weapons and munitions. 

It doesn't matter. Big Lies persist. Putin bashing is standard practice. Ignoring his overwhelming homeland popularity.

For good reason. Defending Russia's interests responsibly. Straight talk on Washington's imperial ambitions. Refusing to succumb to its influence.

Washington Post editors lied. Accusing him of "graft, cronyism, paranoia and resentment at Moscow's diminished post-Soviet stature."

Relying on "propaganda." For "control, influence and intimidation." Claiming "Western-style journalism and the free flow of news are anathema."

WaPo is a lying machine for the manufacture of Big Lies. Like other US media scoundrels

Burying hard truths on issues mattering most. Substituting managed news misinformation. 

Repeatedly. Consistently. Disgracefully. Putin is public enemy No. 1. No matter his championing peace and stability. Going all-out for them. 

Stressing mutual cooperation with all countries. Observing rule of law principles. 

It doesn't matter. Media scoundrels bash him relentlessly. Anti-Russian propaganda rages. Relentlessly. Shamelessly. Irresponsibly.

Neocons infest Washington. Hugely influencing policymaking. US wars on humanity persist. Threatening world peace. The battle for Ukraine's soul continues.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

Visit his blog site at 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.