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Seymour M. Hersh | Trump's Red Line

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Retaliation: Tomahawk missiles from the 'USS Porter' on the way to the Shayrat Air Base on April 6, 2017. (photo: Quelle/Robert S. Pri/dpa Picture-Alliance/Robert S)

  • Hersh writes: "Trump, who had campaigned as someone who advocated making peace with Assad, was bombing Syria 11 weeks after taking office, and was hailed for doing so by Republicans, Democrats and the media alike." 
  • Donald Trump’s war on journalism has begun. But journalists are not his main target 

Seymour M. Hersh, Die Welt

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https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540  25.06.2017 | On April 6, United States President Donald Trump authorized an early morning Tomahawk missile strike on Shayrat Air Base in central Syria in retaliation for what he said was a deadly nerve agent attack carried out by the Syrian government two days earlier in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon.

The available intelligence made clear that the Syrians had targeted a jihadist meeting site on April 4 using a Russian-supplied guided bomb equipped with conventional explosives. Details of the attack,  including information on its so-called high-value targets, had been provided by the Russians days in advance to American and allied military officials in Doha, whose mission is to coordinate all U.S., allied, Syrian and Russian Air Force operations in the region.

Seymour M. Hersh "Sy" Hersh is an American investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine on military and security matters. He is writing an alternative history of the war on terror.

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Donald Trump’s war on journalism has begun. But journalists are not his main target … , Peter MaassThe Intercept / Rise Up Times

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  • [Snowden] fled because if you are indicted under the Espionage Act, as he was, you are not allowed to present a public-interest defense — meaning, you are not allowed to justify the crime of leaking by arguing it was done to disclose to the public even greater crimes the government was committing.
  • Related: Australian Journalist’s Devastating Take On Trump At G-20 Goes Viral

 

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Fake Government & Politics News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017

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If you solely rely on the Western media for enlightenment, your acquired knowledge is plain ignorance. You will never learn the truth because they simply manipulate the news. Learn the truth in our selection of articles below. 

  • Chomsky: Trump is a Distraction, Used by the Deep State to ‘Systematically Destroy’ America
  • It’s Not About Hating Trump: It’s About Regaining Comity
  • Trump Enablers: You’re The F*cking Reason We Can’t Have Nice Things
  • It's Time for Jared and Ivanka to Go, Jackie Speier

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Smashing the two party paradigm Noam Chomsky called out deep state democrats and republicans alike for using Trump as a distraction to destroy America.

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07/20/2017 | Comity has virtually disappeared from the White House.

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  • July 21, 2017 | You’re fucking up America, it truly is your fault, it’s not politics as usual, and when the shit hits the fan, you’re on your own. You are why we can’t have nice things. You don’t need “elitist liberals” and their fancy “civil rights” and “government protections.” You’re winners. You win bigly.
  • The sad part is I’m starting to believe the only way America will likely ever be great again, or even functional again, is if we let this train wreck play out to its grisly conclusion, casualties be damned.

https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/ivanka-jared-01-1500481356.jpeg?crop=1xw:1xh;center,top&resize=768:* It's Time for Jared and Ivanka to Go, Jackie Speier, Cosmopolitan

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  • Their conflicts of interest are not just unfair and unethical, but potentially dangerous.
  • Nepotism is something more closely associated with dictatorships or puppet regimes, but it’s now been accepted with a shrug by Republicans as just how the Trump administration does business.

 

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Donald Trump’s war on journalism has begun. But journalists are not his main target …

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Reporters near the West Wing of The White House in Washington on May, 15, 2017, following news reports that President Trump revealed classified information to visiting Russian officials.  Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Redux

  • [Snowden] fled because if you are indicted under the Espionage Act, as he was, you are not allowed to present a public-interest defense — meaning, you are not allowed to justify the crime of leaking by arguing it was done to disclose to the public even greater crimes the government was committing.
  • Related: Australian Journalist’s Devastating Take On Trump At G-20 Goes Viral

Peter MaassThe Intercept / Rise Up Times

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June 5, 2017 | Wars are rarely announced in advance, but President Trump provided an abundance of warning about his intention to wage an assault on journalism. During the election campaign, he called journalists an “enemy of the people” and described media organizations he didn’t like as “fake news.” You can pretty much draw a direct line between his words and the actions we’ve seen lately — which include journalists physically prevented from asking questions of officials, arrested when trying to do so, and in a now-famous example from Montana, body-slammed to the ground by a Republican candidate who didn’t want to discuss his party’s position on healthcare.

This is most likely a prelude. From virtually the moment Trump took the oath of office, a deluge of irritating leaks has poured forth about, for instance, his private complaints against senior aides and his late night habits when he is upstairs at the White House without a tweet-blocking retinue of aides. Matters of crucial substance have also been leaked, such as his own disclosure of highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister, and his obstruction-of-justice-worthy request to James Comey that the FBI restrain its investigation of Michael Flynn. Just a few days ago, there was another leak that wasn’t even Trump-centric, disclosing information about the British investigation into the suicide bombing in Manchester.

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  • The U.S. president “managed to diminish his nation and to confuse and alienate his allies,” Chris Uhlmann says.
  • Related: Henry A. Giroux | War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump
  • Related: Corporate Media to US: Trump Teasing Mika Brzezinksi is Worse than Him Killing Children

Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans

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  • President Trump promised to “promote clean air and clean water” during his recent speech before Congress, but he reportedly plans to dramatically cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.
  • Related: The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists / Huffington Post 

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Is that right, Mr. President? Then why is your administration proposing to slash as much as 25 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s current budget and cut its staff by 20 percent? That would cripple environmental safeguards, jeopardize public health, and put future generations at risk.

Elliott Negin, Contributor, Huffington Post; Senior Writer, Union of Concerned Scientists

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The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement, Susan Matthews, Slate <>

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  • Will America finally realize that we are no longer the world leader we think we are?
  • Donald Trump is the only world leader who isn’t sure if climate change is real. 
  • Related: 4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose?

 

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A Definitive Guide to the G.O.P. Insiders Enabling Donald Trump

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Profiles in Cowardice | House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Photo Illustration by Matt Chase.

  • From Paul Ryan to John McCain, Sarah Ellison takes a look at the men—and the motives—that are propping up a Donald Trump presidency.
  • Meet the Washington insiders enabling Donald Trump in the video.
  • Related: Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies

Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair 

 

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June 29, 2017 | Blame for the ongoing destruction wrought by the Trump administration will always attach to Donald Trump. But Trump cannot help himself. He is a pathogen, doing what pathogens do, and as surprised as anyone to have found himself replicating in the nation’s bloodstream. Equal blame will attach to a small group of experienced and seemingly rational politicians who knew exactly what Trump was like; who had cause to loathe and distrust him; who understood firsthand that he knew nothing about government and did not care to know anything; who could see clearly that he was dangerous, brutal, and corrupt; and who nonetheless decided, after occasional protests, to help him achieve and hold power. These are people who have been repeatedly belittled and mocked by Trump, who have sometimes been forced to voice their disgust at his words and actions, and who—for reasons that range from ambition and fear to denial and moral blindness—not only have declined to stand in his way but continue to prop him up. One or more of them may ultimately decide to defy him, but nothing will absolve them of the damage already done.

Sarah Ellison is an American writer and journalist. She spent ten years as a reporter.

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Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Fools and hucksters are governing this country.

Their very presence in the White House is a daily debasement of the values and traditions that once made America great.

  • Part 2: Ending the Ronald Reagan lie

A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good.

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Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies.

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  • Part 1: Fools and hucksters are governing this country

Their very presence in the White House is a daily debasement of the values and traditions that once made America great.

  • Part 2: Ending the Ronald Reagan lie

A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Fools and hucksters are governing this country

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Their very presence in the White House is a daily debasement of the values and traditions that once made America great.

Michael A. Cohen, Boston (MA) Globe  

July 12, 2017 | On Tuesday, America entered a new political world — one in which we now possess incontrovertible evidence that those around the president of the United States (and perhaps the president himself) sought to conspire with a foreign government to win a presidential election. The only thing left to figure out is how deep this goes and whether laws were broken.

But no matter the legal fallout, this is an American tragedy. Not for Donald Trump or his son Donald Trump Jr., or his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, all of whom have consistently shown themselves to be contemptuous of the rule of law, America’s political traditions and values, and the American people themselves. They will get what they deserve. The tragedy is that a man of such ill repute could ever have been elected president and will — with the complicity of gutless congressional Republicans — remain there for the foreseeable future.

Michael A. Cohen’s column appears regularly in the Globe.

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Part 2: Ending the Ronald Reagan lie

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The stunning result is this: A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good. Legislation is drafted in secret, pushed without deliberation, and if possible, adopted without regard for the voters. This is obviously the case with the Obamacare repeal, but it’s also true regarding climate change, environmental protection, tax cuts for the rich, antitrust enforcement, and foreign policy.

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Boston (MA) Globe   

July 11, 2017 | As they return from the July Fourth break, the Republican leadership is twisting in agony on the Obamacare repeal and it couldn’t happen to a more miserable bunch. President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell have been trying to jam through a deeply unpopular and cruel piece of legislation, but for once the public is being heard over the lobbyists. And the public is shouting a loud and hopefully decisive “no.” But the problem is deeper than health care, and goes back to Ronald Reagan’s great lie.

Our current political travails can be traced to Reagan. In his jovial way, Reagan would quip, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” With his sneering disrespect for government, Reagan ushered in nearly four decades of tax cuts, deregulation, and rising inequality that now threaten to devour our future. Trump, Ryan, and McConnell are the scheming and vacuous politicians at the end of a long process of decline.

Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, and author of “The Age of Sustainable Development.”

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A Definitive Guide to the G.O.P. Insiders Enabling Donald TrumpSarah Ellison, Vanity Fair

Profiles in Cowardice | House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Photo Illustration by Matt Chase.

  • From Paul Ryan to John McCain, Sarah Ellison takes a look at the men—and the motives—that are propping up a Donald Trump presidency.
  • Meet the Washington insiders enabling Donald Trump in the video.
  • Related: Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies
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