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Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald | The NSA's Secret Role in the US Assassination Program

  • The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes - an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
  • Obama White House targeting American for drone murder

Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

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10 Feb 2014 | The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.

Jeremy Scahill is an investigative reporter and war correspondent. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill has served as the National Security Correspondent for The Nation Magazine and Democracy Now!

Glenn Greenwald  is an American columnist, blogger, and author. He was a columnist for Guardian US from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for from 2007 to 2012.

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abdulrahman-al-aulaki.jpg 16-year-old Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, who the Obama administration has admitted to killing in a drone strike.

Obama White House targeting American for drone murder, Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site

  • 11 February 2014 | Unnamed “senior US officials” have told the Associated Press that the Obama administration is “wrestling with whether to kill [a US citizen] with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy.”
  • This extraordinary AP report publicly announces and justifies a drone assassination of an American citizen before it takes place. It has all the hallmarks of a deliberately orchestrated leak. Its evident aim is to lend a veneer of “transparency” and legality to a conspiratorial and unconstitutional program of state murder, all the better to institutionalize it as a permanent arm of dictatorial presidential power.

How Ronald Reagan Wrecked The American Middle Class, And Came Out Smelling Like A Rose

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  • Supply-side “Reaganomics” widened the gap between rich and poor.
  • Ronald Reagan ushered in the rise of the Christian right.
  • Ronald Reagan’s military armed and trained what would become Al Quaeda.
  • Ronald Reagan helped create the homeless problem.
  • Reagan put us in debt to ‘starve the beast,’ and George W. Bush did the same.
  • Reagan allowed HIV and AIDS to spread.

Thanks, Reagan.

Elisabeth Parker, Addicting Info

Pat BagleyPat Bagley | Reagan's Supply Side Tent Revival

February 9, 2013 | February 6th marks the would-be birthday of Ronald Reagan, the much-loved GOP icon who passed away in 2004. The charming, two-term Republican president from 1981-1989 defined the modern conservative movement and became the benign face of a harsh philosophy.

For those of you who either don’t follow politics or weren’t born yet, Reagan’s star rose as drugs, crime, and mass unrest in the late 1960′s and 1970′s put liberal policies in a bad light. When Reagan beat President Jimmy Carter in 1980, our country was deeply shaken by the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, rising oil prices, out-of-control inflation, and the never-ending hostage crisis in Iran. Never mind that Richard Nixon, a GOP president, caused the Watergate scandal, and that right-wingers from both parties (back then, both parties had liberal and conservative wings) pushed for the war in Vietnam and for a foreign policy that angered people in the Middle East and all over the world. People were blaming liberals for our woes, and here’s this cheerful, grandfatherly guy telling us it’s “morning in America.” Yeah, Good f*cking morning.


Elisabeth Parker is a writer, Web designer, mom, political junkie, and dilettante.



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Bill Nye proves our kids need to study science

  • Simply put it proved that Ken Ham believes in something more closely aligned with magic rather than actual science. Tonight Bill Nye provided the most eloquent take-down of all this "magical science" that is the foundation of Creationism.
  • The debate is still going but Bill Nye made it pretty clear - there is only one science and our kids need to study the real science and not "magic".
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

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science_vs_creationism-2.png Tue Feb 04, 2014 | Whether it is nearly 700, 000 ice formation layers proving that the Earth could not possibly be only several thousand years old (or otherwise we would have experienced close to 200 winter to summer changes each single year) or the living trees that are thousands of years older than what Creationists believe the Earth's age to be, Bill Nye artfully explained in a clear way to the wide audience that there is a reason why there is only one Science.

Starting from the very first question from the audience you knew Ken Ham is not a match to Bill Nye. Answer after answer it became more evident that this "science" that Mr. Ham calls "observational" is nothing more but one man's interpretation of Bible's Old Testament. Most of Ken Hams answers to a number of simple scientific questions were answers like "God created the Earth in six days", "God opened his arms to stretch the heavens", and so on. The more Mr. Ham spoke the more he showed his true colors that he is not a scientist, he can't prove anything with facts and relies heavily on theology rather than proven factual information.

turkmen is a Daily Kos member

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George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left, George Monbiot, Guardian UK

Wed, 02/08/2012 | Conservativism may be the refuge of the dim. But the room for rightwing ideas is made by those too timid to properly object.
How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington
Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes


Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen

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  • It’s easier to ignore what we know to be true, and focus on what we wish was. But the more we hold on to the things that make us comfortable and unthinking, the more people will be hurt—and the more growing room we’ll create for monsters.
  • "We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die." W. H. Auden

Jessica Valenti, The Nation 

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February 3, 2014 | I’ve never watched a Woody Allen movie. My parents refused to rent them after he began a “relationship” with Soon-Yi Previn and their explanation stuck with me through adulthood. I was around 13 years old at the time, and always looking to pick a fight—I asked why it mattered since Previn wasn’t his “real” daughter. My parents sat me down and talked about the responsibility adults have to children, and certain boundaries that parents and parental figures must respect.

As I grew older—as I had teachers come on to me as a teen, as I experienced the way grown men get away with sexualizing girls—I understood the significance of what my parents told me. Today, as an adult, I know that when we make excuses for particular, powerful men who hurt women, we make the world more comfortable for all abusers. And that this cultural cognitive dissonance around sexual assault and abuse is building a safety net for perpetrators that we should all be ashamed of.

Jessica Valenti is the founder of, which Columbia Journalism Review calls “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Jessica was the recipient of the 2011 Hillman Journalism Prize and was called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by the Guardian.

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An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow, Nicholas Kristoff, New York (NY) Times

  • What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.
  • Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since 2001, won the Pulitzer Prize two times, in 1990 and 2006. In 2012, he was a Pulitzer finalist in Commentary for his 2011 columns that often focused on the disenfranchised in many parts of the world.



The Super Bowl of War: Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan


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  • There Has Been An Average Of One School Shooting Every Other School Day So Far This Year

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Lt. Chuck Nadd and his girlfriend wave as they ride on the famously red Budweiser beer wagon pulled by Clydesdales in a parade in Winter Park, Fla. The brewer fashioned an ad around the parade that ran during the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Anheuser-Busch) 

Feb 3, 2014 | A Budweiser commercial during the Super Bowl, that annual celebration of violence as sport, featured a most joyous homecoming for a U.S. veteran of the Afghan War. It was a fitting tribute to the fact that he survived, but you would have to be drunk on Bud not to notice that the three decades since the United States first meddled in Afghanistan have been an unequivocal disaster and that those who did not survive—NATO combatants and far larger number of Afghan natives—died in vain.

This was a point made clearly but largely unnoticed on that day of obligatory patriotic flag waving in an interview with Hamid Karzai, the U.S. anointed leader of Afghanistan, who told British newspaper The Sunday Times of London that “I saw no good” resulting from yet another American adventure in imperial democracy.

Robert Scheer is the editor of TruthDig. A journalist with over 30 years experience, Scheer has built his reputation on the strength of his social and political writing. His columns have appeared in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. 

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There Has Been An Average Of One School Shooting Every Other School Day So Far This Year, Adam Peck, Think Progress

Tar Sands & Keystone XL are more Dangerous than an Iranian Atomic Bomb

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  • If you approve Keystone XL and become an enabler of tar sands, you will not only lose that opportunity (to enter the history books for your second term achievements), you will be remembered as a second Nero, who fiddled while Rome burned.
  • Breaking: Update on Keystone XL

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Feb. 4, 2014 | Dear President Obama:

You have said repeatedly that if negotiations with Iran do not limit its nuclear enrichment activities solely to peaceful uses, i.e. production of fuel for energy plants, that you would be willing to go to war with that country to ensure that it does not develop an atomic bomb. Some prominent American politicians, such as Senator Lindsey Graham, do not want to wait for negotiations and would like to launch that war today.

But atomic weapons are possessed by Israel, Britain, France, China, Russia, Pakistan, India and the United States, and only two have ever been detonated in anger. Atomic bombs are defensive weapons, not offensive ones, because deploying them aggressively would usually exact too heavy a toll for the aggressor to bear in consequence.

Juan Cole is an American scholar, public intellectual, and historian of the modern Middle East and South Asia. He is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

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Breaking: Update on Keystone XL, Duncan Meisel,

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Here's an ad about R--skins that its makers don't have the money to show during Sunday's Superbowl

  • The NCAI is not a wealthy organization and cannot buy a television slot during the Super Bowl to run its ad. But you can help make it go viral by emailing it, tweeting it and putting it on your Facebook or other social media pages.
  • Ending the Legacy of Racism in Sports & the Era of Harmful "Indian" Sports Mascots

Meteor Blades, Daily Kos

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Friday, January 31, 2014 | That wonderful video, "Proud to Be," was released by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) just in time for the Super Bowl in its effort to eliminate the offensive R--skins from the national vocabulary and let people know that we Indians are not mascots.

For decades, the 70-year-old NCAI has sought with considerable success to eliminate racist mascots and nicknames from high school, college and professional sports teams. Team after team, across the nation, the offensive names have fallen.

Meteor Blades (aka Timothy Lang) is a correspondent for Daily Kos.

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Ending the Legacy of Racism in Sports & the Era of Harmful "Indian" Sports Mascots, National Congress of American Indians

October 2013 | “Indian” sports brands used by professional teams were born in an era when racism and bigotry were accepted by the dominant culture. These brands which have grown to become multi-million dollar franchises were established at a time when the practice of using racial epithets and slurs as marketing slogans were a common practice among white owners seeking to capitalize on cultural superiority and racial tensions.

David Simon on America as a Horror Show

  • Journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire talks about the crisis of capitalism in America and how it’s dividing our country.
  • How the cult of shareholder value wrecked American business
  • The Meaning of Decent Society

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company January 31, 2014 | This week on Moyers & Company, David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, talks with Bill about the crisis of capitalism in America. After President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address, it’s a reality check from someone who artfully uses television drama to report on the state of America from an entirely different perspective — the bottom up.

“The horror show is we are going to be slaves to profit. Some of us are going to be higher on the pyramid and we’ll count ourselves lucky and many many more will be marginalized and destroyed,” Simon tells Moyers. He blames a “purchased” Congress for failing America’s citizens, leading many of them to give up on politics altogether.

David Simon is an American author, journalist, and a writer/producer of television series. He worked for the Baltimore Sun City Desk for twelve years and wrote Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

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How the cult of shareholder value wrecked American business, Steven Pearlstein, Washington (DC) Post

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  • If you are the sole proprietor of a business, do you think that you can motivate your employees for maximum performance by encouraging them simply to make more money for you? Of course not. But that is effectively what an enterprise is saying when it states that its purpose is to maximize profit for its (financial) investors.
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The Meaning of Decent Society, Robert Reich,

  • The question of how to bring about greater justice and inclusiveness is as American as apple pie. It has animated our efforts for more than a century – during the Progressive Era, the New Deal, the Great Society, and beyond — to make capitalism work for the betterment of all rather merely than the enrichment of a few.
  • Fear is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-interest


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