Category Archives: Democracy

Jimmy Carter: “America does not at the moment have a functioning democracy”

We think that the former President of the United States is right. From all appearances the CIA-NSA-Military-Industrial Complex has taken a page out of the Vietnam Victory Manual finding it necessary to destroy Democracy in order to “save it”, sort of. The Empire strikes back and when it identifies enemies of the NSA et alia they usually get even.

The former President is also wary of the NSA and its agents. JIMMY CARTER had this to say about NSA monitoring:

“I have felt that my own communications were probably monitored. And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the post office and mail it,” Carter said, “because I believe if I sent an email, it will be monitored.”

Julian Assange: Is Obama in Charge? Who Is?

Excerpt from POLITICO (March 7, 2014)

It has been six months now since the Edward Snowden revelations started to occur,” Assange said. “In that time, have we seen the commencement of a criminal investigation against [Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper for lying to Congress, or anyone in the National Security Agency for violating the law, the U.S. Constitution? No. Have we seen the firing of a single person associated with those breaches of the rights of American citizens and arguably others as well? The answer is no.”

Assange said the lack of response raises questions about who is in control.

“So who really calls the shots in the executive? Is it Barack Obama? Is it Clapper? Is it [NSA Director Gen. Keith] Alexander? Is it the intelligence complex as a whole?” Assange said. “We know when the government takes something seriously. It starts a formal investigation, it fires people, it reduces its budgets. We haven’t seen that. So the question is, does the civilian leadership have effective control of the 16 agency intelligence group under Clapper, under the DNI?”



Why Wikileaks Is More Important to Us Than Obama

An officer in the Afghani National Police raped a 16-year-old girl. When the girl went to report this to the local police commander, the commander ordered his body guard to shoot her. The bodyguard refused and the commander shot him. The only reason we know this is because WIKILEAKS reported it in a release of confidential government documents.

This is why JULIAN ASSANGE is besieged in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London. This is why Bradley Manning is serving time in a stockade. And this is why EDWARD SNOWDEN is in exile in Russia. The U.S. Government doesn’t want the truth to be told.


SOURCE: The Afghan news item was published in The New Yorker (August 9, 2010). The opinion is ours.


Targeting Assange, and . . . . .

Democracy Now reports (Feb 18, 2014):

Top-secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden have revealed new details about how the United States and Britain targeted the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks after it published leaked documents about the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. According to a new article by The Intercept, Britain’s top spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, secretly monitored visitors to a WikiLeaks website by collecting their IP addresses in real time, as well as the search terms used to reach the site. One document from 2010 shows that the National Security Agency added WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange to a “manhunting” target list, together with suspected members of al-Qaeda.

This means that if you merely visited the WIKILEAKS website, as has the Dissenting Democrat, the NSA has monitored your visit.

And JULIAN ASSANGE is now on the “Target List”. Will he end up on Obama’s Kill List? We don’t know but it’s certainly possible. For those readers who live outside America, how does it feel to be subjects of the American Empire? For American readers, how does it feel to live in a Rogue State?

Heads up, drones in the air.

Killing People for Fun & Profit in Honduras

Americans need to know that in Honduras as around the world, our Government continues to support MegaCorporations against the people living in those countries. The U.S. Military trains and supports local military which oppress their people.

In Honduras, a democratically elected President was removed by a military in collaboration with Multinational Corporations and with the connivance of the Obama Regime.

Beautiful America, Land of Lesbians & Socialists

The Right-wing is in a tizzy over a Coca-Cola ad during which many people sang “America the Beautiful” in the different languages which make up the American melting pot. “Un-American” they say.

Rush Limbo started bouncing in his chair as he raged over this latest perceived insult to “his America”.

If they only knew.

“America the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Lee Bates, a professor of English at Wellesley College. If being an Eastern intellectual wasn’t bad enough, get this, Katherine was a Socialist and an active supporter of the rights of working people and women’s suffrage.

But that’s not all. Katherine Lee Bates was . . .  gosh! . .  a Lesbian!

So can you imagine what they’d say if they knew that the patriotic hymn so dear to their hearts was written by a Lesbian Socialist.

Friends, they’ll eventually find out but perhaps for their sanity and ours, we should probably keep the next little fact a secret just between us. The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy, a Christian Socialist, who was cousin to Edward Bellamy, author of the Utopian Socialist classic “Looking Backward”.

Fact is that there were and are many patriotic Americans who are also lesbians, gays, Socialists, Anti-Capitalists, union members, immigrants, liberals, professors, students, artists, musicians, atheists, secularists, Buddhists and so forth. Get used to it, we’re not going anywhere.