Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Dave Lindorff: THE FIREWORKS NEXT TIME! READY FOR A NEW 'MISSILE GAP' AND ARMS RACE? @ This Can't Be Happening!

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Sunday, July 01, 2018

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dave Lindorff: ONE CHEER FOR TRUMP, THE SUMMIT AGREEMENT IS PRAISEWORTHY @ This Can't Be Happening!

The summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was pretty much all symbols and no solid content — basically it’s an agreement to talk further with plenty of wiggle room for either side to back out later. But that said it was a striking departure from the gutless and arrogant refusal of 11 prior presidents to make any move towards ending the state of war between the US and North Korea during the 65 years since fighting ended in the bloody Korean War with an armistice in place back in 1953.


Kudos to both Trump and Kim for that.
Odds are that even if North Korea doesn’t get rid of its nuclear weapons, ultimately the US will have to grin and bear it because South Korea looks ready to sign, either on a four-party basis with the US and China, or bilaterally on its own with just North Korea, a peace treaty ending one of the last relics of the Cold War that began with the end of World War II and the division of Korea, Vietnam and Germany into two parts.

If the pro-peace president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, were to sign a peace agreement with North Korea’s Kim, it would eliminate any justification for the US continuing to keep military bases in South Korea, where 32,000 US soldiers are still stationed as a “trip-wire” in the event of an invasion from the north. At that point the US would lose all leverage for trying to pressure North Korea to eliminate its recently developed nuclear bomb arsenal.

The idea of a neutral Korean peninsula with no US bases is surely horrifying to the neo-conservative strategists of Russia and China containment like Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton, a chicken-hawk war monger who’s never met a war he didn’t like or even promote. But for Koreans and the broader peoples of Asia, getting the US out of Korea would be a blessing. It would remove a crucial component of any potential US first strike against China — the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile launch systems recently installed in South Korea on the bogus justification that they are guarding against North Korean missiles. (Any North Korean missiles aimed at South Korea would necessarily have low-altitude trajectories because of the short distance to target, and would not be vulnerable to THAAD missiles.)


Furthermore, once North and South Korea signed a peace treaty, it would eliminate any ratioale for the still-in-force UN Security Council Resolution 82, a measure which authorized the US-led UN defense of South Korea in 1950 and which has continued to provide the fig leaf of legal cover for America’s continuing colonial domination of South Korea ever since. Even if the US were to continue to veto moves to revoke that Security Council resolution, it would be seen as meaningless with the war officially over…

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SCRAMBLING FROM THE SHADOW OF A THUNDER STORM







At every stage in this historical epoch of the Age of Trump the full contradictions of the crisis of an empire soaked in imperialism, dedicated to endless war and the people's desire for democratic government is thwarted.





The June 3rd Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper had columnist Will Bunch latest "The week Trump went full dictator and no one tried to stop him" based on a January 2018 20-page memo sent by Trump lawyers to the Meuller investigation.

The New York Times reporter Mike Schmidt tries to explain the options facing Trump and the Meuller probe.  Here's a May 21, 2018 video they prepared.


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This week, the president made headlines by meeting in the Oval Office with fellow reality-TV icon Kim Kardashian West, who appealed for criminal justice reform and pleaded for a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother and model inmate, volunteering in her prison’s hospice, serving a life sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug arrest. Trump listened — and then instead went out and pardoned D’Souza and told reporters he might issue clemency or a pardon for A

UPDATE: President Trump granted Alice Marie Johnson a full clemency after this posting. She was released this week.


Each Trump pardon — technically legal, even as they obliterate any sense of process or fairness — lowers our resistance for the day when Trump may offer a pardon to players in the scandals surrounding his own 2016 presidential campaign or his close allies. If and when — and Trump’s recent moves are pointing to “when” — a pardon is issued to someone like already-pleaded-guilty ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn or under-investigation Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Trump will surely say they were “treated very unfairly” — just like his TV pal Blago.

— Trump’s lawyers are now out there openly saying they believe the president of the United States is above the law. This weekend, the New York Times published a 20-page letter that Trump’s personal attorneys sent to special counsel Robert Mueller seeking to avoid an interview with the prosecutor, which includes the stunning claim that it’s impossible for the White House to obstruct justice because, in the end, the president injustice.







Monday, June 04, 2018

Editor-in-Chief, Betsy Reed: WHISTLEBLOWERS PAY A TERRIBLE PRICE @ The Intercept

One year ago, FBI agents arrived at the door of a young woman named Reality Winner. Winner, an Air Force veteran and contractor at the National Security Agency facility in Augusta, Georgia, was accused of leaking a top-secret NSA document describing a Russian hacking operation targeting the U.S. voting system. At the time, President Donald Trump was loudly denouncing claims of Russian hacking as “fake news,” and he had just fired FBI Director James Comey because he wanted to end the investigation into “this Russia thing with Trump and Russia.” The document that Winner is accused of leaking was the subject of an article, published by The Intercept two days after her arrest, detailing the Russian hacking attempt on the cusp of the 2016 election. Winner was interrogated and jailed, charged under the Espionage Act, and denied bail. She remains in jail today.
In a piece published by The Intercept on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of Winner’s arrest, Peter Maass compares the punitive treatment of Winner, whose alleged leak alerted the public to the hacking effort, to that of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, who is suspected of colluding with Russians and is facing charges of conspiracy, money laundering, bank fraud, and lying to federal investigators — and who received the government’s blessing to spend his recent Christmas holiday at his 10-room Hamptons mansion.
Over the past year, The Intercept has been following legal developments in Winner’s case, which has faced setbacks after multiple court rulings have restricted her attorneys’ ability to defend her. (The Intercept’s parent company, First Look Media, has contributed to her legal defense through its Press Freedom Defense Fund.) Throughout, the fanatical secrecy of the government has been a tremendous hurdle.
As James Risen recently argued, it is becoming increasingly clear that the leaking of the NSA report was a vital public service. A May report by the Senate Intelligence Committee noted that state election officials learned about the Russian hacking “from the press or from the public Committee hearing on June 21, 2017.” The Intercept story ran less than three weeks before that hearing.
There’s still a lot we don’t know, however, about exactly what local election officials knew about the attacks on their systems, and when they knew it. The Intercept has been investigating. Sam Biddle filed his first report on this on Friday — and there is more to come.

If you can, please make a donation to support Reality Winner’s defense. All donations made on this page will be directed to the Press Freedom Defense Fund for Reality Winner.
Betsy Reed
Editor-in-Chief
Whatever You Think of the Trump-Russia Investigation, Whistleblower Reality Winner Deserves Your Support
Trevor Timm
Hardly anyone from the center to the left supports the former NSA contractor, but they all should.
Reality Winner Has Been in Jail for a Year. Her Prosecution Is Unfair and Unprecedented.
Peter Maass
Winner is accused of leaking a classified NSA document that helped alert Americans to Russian hacking attacks against the U.S. voting system.
Here’s the Email Russian Hackers Used to Try to Break Into State Voting Systems
Sam Biddle
The simplicity of the email, which included a malicious election software manual, is part of the playbook of an advanced attacker, an expert said.

More Intercept Coverage

First Look to Support Defense of Reality Winner in Espionage Act Prosecution
Betsy Reed
The Press Freedom Defense Fund opposes prosecution of journalistic sources under the Espionage Act, and The Intercept concludes its review of reporting practices.
Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election
Matthew Cole, Richard Esposito, Sam Biddle, Ryan Grim
A top-secret National Security Agency report details a monthslong Russian hacking effort against the U.S. election infrastructure.
Judge Denies Bail for Reality Winner, Accepting Prosecutor’s Dubious Allegations
Trevor Timm
The judge took many of the prosecution’s charges about Reality Winner’s views at face value — portending a tough road ahead at trial.
Senate Report Strongly Implies Russian Hacking Story Was a Public Service — but Whistleblower Reality Winner Remains in Jail 
James Risen
Other outlets reported on Russian intrusion into the U.S. elections system, but The Intercept’s story relied on a leaked document.
The Government Is Trying to Make It Impossible for Reality Winner to Defend Herself in Court
Trevor Timm
The government is imposing secrecy rules that tie the defense team’s hands.
How the Interrogation of Reality Winner Reveals the Deceptive Tactics of “Exceedingly Friendly” FBI Agents
Peter Maass
FBI agents chatted about their love of dogs and their workout routines to entice Winner to talk during a disputed interrogation at her home.
Reality Winner Was Not Told She Had the Right to Remain Silent
Trevor Timm
Lawyers for Reality Winner, the ex-NSA contractor accused of leaking a top-secret document published by The Intercept, want her alleged confession thrown out.
James Comey’s Memos Reveal the Reasons Donald Trump Wants to Find Leakers and Put Reporters in Jail
James Risen
There is a big difference between the kind of leaks Trump usually decries on Twitter and the kind that lead to criminal prosecutions.
The Reality Winner Prosecution Relies on Secrecy and Fearmongering
Trevor Timm
The former NSA contractor’s bail appeal shows how the government is treating her unlike almost anyone ever charged under the Espionage Act.

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