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Pentagon Admits For First Time To Testing Mustard Gas, Other Lethal Chem Weapons On 60,000 African Americans Circa WWII

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  • The US now officially admits to conducting human experiments with mustard gas and other chemical weapons on 60,000 African Americans, as well as Japanese and Puerto Rican people. This is in addition to other human experiments the US carried out on African Americans, Guatemalans, Marshall Islanders, whom mainstream US culture referred to as “savages“, and others
  • The US Carried Out 674 Military Operations in Africa Last Year

Robert Barsocchini, Countercurrents.org

Globe_Photo/2010/09/18/1284856024_4238/300h.jpg26 June, 2015 | As brutal treatment of African Americans and other minorities in the US makes world headlines and is condemned at the UN, NPR reports:

When officers led him and a dozen others into a wooden gas chamber and locked the door, he didn’t complain. None of them did. Then, a mixture of mustard gas and a similar agent called lewisite was piped inside.

“It felt like you were on fire,” recalls Edwards, now 93 years old. “Guys started screaming and hollering and trying to break out. And then some of the guys fainted. And finally they opened the door and let us out, and the guys were just, they were in bad shape.”

Robert Barsocchini focuses on force dynamics, national and global

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The US Carried Out 674 Military Operations in Africa Last Year. Did You Hear About Any of Them? Nick Turse, the Nation

  • For years, the US military has publicly insisted that its efforts in Africa are negligible, intentionally leaving the American people, not to mention most Africans, in the dark about the true size, scale, and scope of its operations there.
  • Is that why they call it an American “battlefield” behind closed doors?

 

Support the McCain-Feinstein Anti-Torture Amendment

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  • It’s time to take action and urge Congress to support Senators McCain and Feinstein’s bipartisan Anti-Torture Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.
  • “Corrupt, toxic and sociopathic”: Glenn Greenwald unloads on torture, CIA and Washington’s rotten soul.

Brigadier General David Irvine, Human Rights First

June 9, 2015 | I spent 18 years with the Sixth U.S. Army Intelligence School teaching prisoner-of-war interrogation and military law to soldiers, Marines, and airmen. During that time I taught the most effective forms of interrogation, none of which included torture.

10 years ago, Congress came together in an overwhelming 90-9 vote to pass the Detainee Treatment Act. Yet, in direct contention with the Act, lawyers in the executive branch secretly authorized more abusive interrogation methods in the CIA program.

This was done against the advice of national security leaders and professional interrogators who know as I do that torture is ineffective, counterproductive, and makes our country less safe. 

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The CIA waterboarded detainees until they became unresponsive, deprived them of sleep for days on end, and conducted “rectal feedings,” a horrific form of abuse.

ign-btn.pngJoin us and take action to reinforce the law against torture and cruel treatment, and ensure that America never tortures again.

Together, we can put this dark chapter of our history behind us.

Sincerely,

Brigadier General David Irvine

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“Corrupt, toxic and sociopathic”: Glenn Greenwald unloads on torture, CIA and Washington’s rotten soul, Elias Isquith, Salon 

  • Glenn Greenwald tells Salon how the torture report exposes true evil — and a nation drowning in hypocrisy.
  • Mark Udall Says The CIA Is Still Lying
  • Revelations in Senate torture report demand prosecutions

Let Kevin Annett speak! Canada Elaborately Covers Up Its Own Genocide!

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  • Canada's elaborate coverup of its own genocide nevertheless proves guilt, criminal intent of government, churches.  
  • "They have lost their legal and moral right to exist ..." - Brussels Tribunal

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images/1-96638c17cc.jpgJune 2, 2015 | Canada's expensive, seven year attempt to whitewash its mass murder of aboriginal children ended in lies and shame yesterday, when the state-funded "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" (TRC) released its final report into the murderous Indian residential school system that obscured more than it revealed - and held nobody liable for the worst crime in Canadian history.

The $68 million TRC report acknowledged that genocide had in fact taken place in Canada, but named no perpetrators, ignored the legal consequences of this crime, and effectively absolved Canada and its churches for the systemic rape, torture and killing of aboriginal children that spanned over a century.

Kevin D. Annett, author and publicist, was re-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. 

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Congress Did Not Pass an Anti-Surveillance Law (And Other Thoughts About the USA Freedom Act)

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  • June 2 was a day that the people won against the security state. US citizens took away the government’s control of nearly all of their domestic call records. And power was forced to act because their operation of a program and the operations of a secret surveillance court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, were no longer seen as legitimate. The extent of the victory, however, probably ends there.
  • Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 3: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State

Kevin Gosztola, firedoglake

One%20Nation%20Under%20Surveillance%20graphic.jpgJune 3, 2015 | When President Barack Obama signed the USA Freedom Act, it did not end bulk data collection or mass surveillance programs. It did not address many of the policies, practices or programs of the NSA, which NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed. It did not sharply limit surveillance nor was it an anti-surveillance law. The USA Freedom Act renewed Patriot Act provisions, which had sunset days ago. However, it is difficult to disagree with Snowden’s generally optimistic assessment.

During an Amnesty International UK event, as the Senate was about to pass the law, Snowden declared, “For the first time in forty years of US history, since the intelligence community was reformed in the ’70s, we found that facts have become more persuasive than fear.”

 

Kevin Gosztola is an American journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker known for work on whistleblowers, Wikileaks, national security, secrecy, civil liberties, and digital freedom. He writes The Dissenter beat for the blog Firedoglake.

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Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 3: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State, Kasia Anderson, Truthdig

  • Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their discussion for The Real News Network about Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” debating in this segment about whether there is room for any optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.
  • Part 2: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy
  • Part 1: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex

Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 3: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State

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  • Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their discussion for The Real News Network about Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” debating in this segment about whether there is room for any optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.
  • Part 2: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy
  • Part 1: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex

Kasia Anderson, Truthdig

bobhedgesrealnews3_360.jpgMay 21, 2015  |  Chris Hedges, Journalist and Author: Hi. I’m Chris Hedges for The Real News.

Welcome to part three of my interview with Robert Scheer, the author of They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

So let’s begin a little bit with the nature of totalitarianism. I would certainly argue that when government has the capacity to watch you 24 hours a day, then you can’t use the word liberty. That’s the relationship between a master and a slave. It doesn’t matter whether they use this power at the moment. They are certainly using it against people—Muslims, Occupy dissidents, environmental activists, and others. But they have that capacity now to use it against all of us should they decide to use it.

Kasia Anderson is an Assistant Editor of Truthdig.

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Part 2: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy, Kasia Anderson, Truthdig

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Part 1: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex, Alexander Reed KellyTruthdig

In the first part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy,” Scheer says the U.S. government and private industry have merged to turn the Internet into a massive machine for simultaneously selling to and spying on Americans.

 

 

 

 

 

Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 2: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy

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Kasia Anderson, Truthdig

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May 19, 2015 | Chris Hedges, Journalist and Author: Hi. I’m Chris Hedges. Welcome to The Real News.

I’m speaking with Robert Scheer, one of the premier journalists, certainly one of the journalists I admire most in the United States, the editor of Truthdig. And I write a column for Truthdig for Bob. And we’re talking about his new book, They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy, which is a brilliant explication of the security and surveillance apparatus and the fusion of government and corporate power into every aspect of our lives.

And let’s begin a little bit about how this started, how it began.

Robert Scheer, Journalist and Author: Well, I think the surveillance state has been with us in one form or another. You just go watch the movie Selma and look at what was done to Martin Luther King.

Kasia Anderson is an Assistant Editor of Truthdig.

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Part 1: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex, Alexander Reed Kelly, Truthdig 

In the first part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy,” Scheer says the U.S. government and private industry have merged to turn the Internet into a massive machine for simultaneously selling to and spying on Americans.

Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 1: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex

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In the first part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy,” Scheer says the U.S. government and private industry have merged to turn the Internet into a massive machine for simultaneously selling to and spying on Americans.

Alexander Reed Kelly, Truthdig

Scheer%2C%20Hedges%20%7C%20They%20Know%20...%20Part%201.jpgMay 13, 2015 | Chris Hedges, Journalist and Author: Hi. I’m Chris Hedges. Welcome to The Real News.

I’m speaking with Robert Scheer, one of the premier journalists, certainly one of the journalists I admire most in the United States, the editor of Truthdig. And I write a column for Truthdig for Bob. And we’re talking about his new book, They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy, which is a brilliant explication of the security and surveillance apparatus and the fusion of government and corporate power into every aspect of our lives.

And let’s begin a little bit about how this started, how it began.

Robert Scheer, Journalist and Author: Well, I think the surveillance state has been with us in one form or another. You just go watch the movie Selma and look at what was done to Martin Luther King.

Alexander Reed Kelly is the Assistant Editor of Truthdig.

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