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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.

“Quisling” (Obama) Surrenders to Multinational Corporations

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement is so secret that the Obama regime will not let Congress-critters read it. His Imperial Majesty has ordained that mere Congress-critters will be allowed to vote on the agreement but will not be allowed to read it before they vote nor will they be allowed to propose amendments. The CEOs of the nation’s 600 largest Corporations however are allowed to read the Agreement, indeed they have been “IN” on the negotiaions leading to the greatest attack on national sovereignty in the history of the world.

No country has ever given up such power without being conquered. The Obama regime’s surrender is being done under the cover of “free trade”. American representatives have kept the public in the dark because they acknowledge if we knew we’d rebel.

After the TPP becomes the law of the land, any attempt by Congress, State legislatures or local governments seeking to regulate business for health, safety or environmental purposes can be overturned by a aggrieved multinational corporation. Nations will give up their police powers and authority to govern commerce and industry if the exercise of such authority would interfere with international Corporate transactions. The “Trade Courts” set up under TPP will supercede national and local courts, lack human rights safeguards and will be able to conduct their proceedings in secret.

Under the Emperor’s grand plan the TPP will be followed by a TransAtlantic Trade & Investment Partnership subordinating the European nations to the corporate regime.

WIKILEAKS has released the Intellectual Property chapter of the Agreement to the public. Is it any wonder that Julian Assange is being sought by the Corporateers’ henchmen worldwide?

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://wikileaks.org/tpp/pressrelease.html


Police States Don’t Take Kindly to Truth-telling

GLENN GREENWALD is an American citizen living in London and reporting for the THE GUARDIAN, one of the top three national newspapers in the United Kingdom. Although he has written many news reports and commentaries, he is probably best known as the journalist who received and publicized the revelation of the U.S. government’s involvement in illegal activities as provided by Edward Snowden.

Greenwald’s live-in partner, David Miranda, occasionally assists Greenwald in his investigative projects and was engaged in such a project on August 18 of this past week. He was arriving at Heathrow Airport when he was detained by British security forces and subject to nine hours of interrogation. Mr. Miranda was not accused of a crime, no probable cause for such a stop and interrogate was given, he was not allowed a lawyer and he was told that he had no right to refuse to answer questions and would be imprisoned if he did refuse. Although released after nine hours, his personal possessions consisting of research notes, a laptop, a camera and cellphone were confiscated without warrant or explanation.

Neither Mr Greenwald nor Mr Miranda are terrorists or criminals. They are not engaged in criminal or treasonous activities. And for the record, they are not Muslims, although religious affiliation would not justify treatment as a criminal. They are journalists engaged in the legally-protected activity of reporting on the government.

It is because of their lawful activities that Miranda, and through him, Greenwald, were being harassed. The British Government on behalf of their American overlords were intent on sending a message to Greenwald, The Guardian newspaper and journalists everywhere that certain inquiries and opinions will not be tolerated. The Governments of both nations will not tolerate reporting of their illegal activities.

Compared to what happens to other truth-tellers, the nine hour interrogation was fairly mild. In the U.S. when J H Hatfield wrote about George W Bush’s drug use, Hatfield was suicided. News reporter Gary Webb reported on the CIA’s drug-running and then became so depressed that he shot himself in the head TWICE! Journalist Michael Hastings who wrote an expose about the American military emailed Wikileaks to tell them that the FBI was after him and then had a mysterious auto accident. The “accident” was described by witnesses as having the appearance of an explosion. Fancy that!

Freedom is on the ropes. It is being battered by political opportunists, covert operators, banksters, corporate crooks, and the I G Farben of our era (Koch Brothers enterprises). But its greatest enemy is the apathy of the people. If Freedom dies it won’t be because of an assault or sickness but due to neglect.

Chris Hedges on the Trial of Bradley Manning

The military trial of Bradley Manning is a judicial lynching. The government has effectively muzzled the defense team. The Army private first class is not permitted to argue that he had a moral and legal obligation under international law to make public the war crimes he uncovered. The documents that detail the crimes, torture and killing Manning revealed, because they are classified, have been barred from discussion in court, effectively removing the fundamental issue of war crimes from the trial. Manning is forbidden by the court to challenge the government’s unverified assertion that he harmed national security. Lead defense attorney David Coombs said during pretrial proceedings that the judge’s refusal to permit information on the lack of actual damage from the leaks would “eliminate a viable defense, and cut defense off at the knees.”

An excerpt from http://evergreenedigest.org/judicial-lynching-bradley-manning

Bradley Manning Wanted the American People to Know

From COMMON DREAMS (see links)

Thursday’s revelations came as Manning read a prepared statement—reportedly handwritten over 35 pages—before a packed military courtroom. The statement is Manning’s first complete account of what government and military information he leaked to Wikileaks, and an explanation of why he chose to do so.

Manning pled guilty to a series of charges, including providing Wikileaks with confidential military information, but denied the most serious charge against him, that of “aiding the enemy.”

According to FireDogLake’s Kevin Gosztola, reporting live from the courtroom, Manning’s plea makes possible two rulings by the presiding judge: “guilty to lesser-included offenses pursuant to the plea” or “guilty of the greater offenses in the original charges.” The court cannot find him “not guilty” based on his plea.

Pilkington also reported that Manning “confirmed he wants to be tried by military judge [Colonel Denise Lind] alone,” with no military equivalent of a jury.

In addition to revealign his attempts to contact other outlets first, Manning also told the courtroom that once he’d established communication with Wikileaks, “No one associated with [the outlet] pressured me into sending more information.”

In regards to his leak of the collateral murder video, Manning said, “I was disturbed by the response to injured children” and that the soldiers captured in the video “seemed to not value human life by referring to [their targets] as ‘dead bastards.'”

He also said that he released the intelligence because he wanted to “spark a domestic public debate about our foreign policy and the war in general,” and added: “At the time I believed, and I still believe, these are … [among] … the most significant documents of our time.”