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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America: Conclusion: “The Patriot’s Task” excerpt

”So it turnes out we really are at war—a long war, a global war, a war for our civilization. “It is a war to save our democracy. “Each one of us needs to enlist. We have no one to spare.” … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America: Chapter 11: “Subvert the Rule of Law” excerpt

”We in America are used to a democratic social contract in which there is agreement about the rules of the game: When Congress demands an answer, for instance, the President does not simply refuse to pick up the phone. So … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America: Chapter 10: “Cast Criticism as ‘Espionage’ and Dissent as ‘Treason’” excerpt

”The Bush team is trying to move ‘Treason’ from its narrow Constitutional definition to a looser definition. The smear of treason has a long, ugly—and unfortunately time-tested—history of use by mid-twentieth-century dictators, as do the accusations of sabotage and espionage. … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 9: “Restrict the Press” excerpt

”If you have not heard much about these two cases, it may be because CBS and AP management, understandably, do not want to jeopardize their imprisoned staff further. “But image what it means today to be the head of CBS … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 8: “Target Key Individuals” excerpt

”Universities keep alight the campfires of free speech, so it’s not surprising that Bush supporters seem to have a strategy to target critics on campus. In California, a bill called SB5, the ‘Student Bill of Rights,’ seeks legally to ‘balance’ … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 7: “Arbitrarily Detain and Release Citizens” excerpt

”In 2002, I began to notice that almost every time I sought to board a domestic airline flight, I was called aside by the Transportation Security Administration and given a more thorough search. When this was happening on nine flights … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 6: “Infiltrate Citizens’ Groups” excerpt

”Since 2000, there has been a sharp increase in U.S. citizen groups that are being harassed and infiltrated by police and federal agents, often in illegal ways. A 2006 ACLU report notes that police departments in California had infiltrated antiwar … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 5: “Surveil Ordinary Citizens” excerpt

”With these early steps in place, people start to restrict their own activities voluntarily. They start to think twice about bulk-e-mailing the ‘Impeach George Bush’ meassage, or checking Amnesty International’s Website to see what Iraqis with relatives held in U.S.-run … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 4: “Develop a Paramilitary Force” excerpt

”The private security industry boomed after 9/11, because the CIA simply didn’t have enough trained people to deploy in hostilities (and the National Guard was busy in Iraq). Before 2001, no U.S. firm specialized solely in trained ex-military operations. But … Continue reading

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Only a Southerner could write this

“Know how many people live in Anbar province, where all this vaunted progress allegedly has taken place? Five percent of Iraq’s population. It’s like pacifying Utah while New York and LA are in flames.” Symbols trump substance in controversy, by … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s “The End of America” Chapter 3: “Establish Secret Prisons” excerpt

”Hamadi, a 31-year-old born in Louisiana, wasn’t physically tortured, but he was imprisoned in a navy brig without a trial for three years. He was unable to tell his family where he was; forbidden to speak to a lawyer; and … Continue reading

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Naomi Klein nails it, as usual

“Wealth already provides and escape hatch from most disasters – it buys early-warming systems for tsunami-prone regions and stockpiles of Tamiflu for the next outbreak. It buys bottled water, generators, satellite phones, and rent-a-cops. During the Israeli attack on Lebanon … Continue reading

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Regarding September 11. Eric has the list:

“September 11, 2007: “How I Spent the Last Six Years,” A brief list that might easily have been written by George W. Bush. “Regarding the attacks: * Ignored persistent warnings of an imminent terrorist attack. * Continued reading The Pet … Continue reading

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If we must live in the society of the spectacle

at least let it be amusing

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Prisoners of APEC

“The APEC conference is a big deal in Australia right now, and the security is serious. They’ve blocked off a major part of Sydney, implemented special APEC laws allowing extra search powers for the police, and even given everyone in … Continue reading

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An express history lesson from…

John Stewart!

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Murals on the blastwalls

“The photo was taken on July 20, 2007 by Associated Press photographer, Khalid Mohammed, and it shows an Iraqi artist painting a mural on the steel and cement blast walls erected by U.S. occupation troops in downtown Baghdad, fortifications meant … Continue reading

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Pedro X. Molina and his art

Mmmmmm, very cool stuff there. (via Drawn.ca)

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Offroading with DARPA

“‘It was an important step to have autonomous ground vehicles that can navigate and drive across open and difficult terrain from city to city. But the next big leap will be an autonomous vehicle that can navigate and operate in … Continue reading

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Hey, Nancy Pelosi…

Why is this man still president? Why, also, is Cheney still vice? Doesn’t this make you crazy, too? Doesn’t this tell the world the president and his minions can do anything and get away with it? Better get them out … Continue reading

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Rule of law?

We don’t need no stinkin’ rule of law. Bush Commutes Libby’s Prison Term in CIA Leak Case. Treason now legal! Get yours while supplies last! FuuuuuuuuuuuuuuUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!! How much more, oh Lord, how much more of this are we supposed to … Continue reading

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Dehumanization

“People fighting a war dehumanize the enemy. That makes it possible to kill with a clean conscience. But by a perfect inversion, dehumanizing people in your mind makes them all the more human in reality — vulnerable, desperate, trying to … Continue reading

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Is Iran next?

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Never heard of alternative energy

“The following is a review of US Air Force Major Patrick Sullivan’s 2006 thesis for a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Military Intelligence College (NMIC). The thesis examines China’s strategy to ‘buy equity oil interests’ around … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with these people?

“Despite heavy public opposition to the conflict, 19 Democrats broke with their party’s antiwar leadership to oppose cutting off funding by March 31, 2008, joining 47 Republicans and one independent in the 67 to 29 vote against the measure. The … Continue reading

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Impeach Cheney Now

“This book is vastly more detailed, and covers more high crimes and misdemeanors, than either State of Denial, which misunderstands Bush as being in charge, or Crossing the Rubicon, which focuses primarily on Cheney’s role in first permitting 9-11, and … Continue reading

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Teenage girl publicaly tortured to death

Goddammit, what’s wrong with the world? Hey, no warnings; this isn’t a comic book, this is real. (via Twisty) UPDATE 051707: More video, if you can stand to watch it. Aren’t we supposed to like the Kurds? That’s beyond me … Continue reading

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What we all should remember

“There’s something about putting on the uniform of one’s service, about stepping up to represent one’s country in the name of her population, that few people get to experience at all. For many of us, that’s the reason we join … Continue reading

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A primer on Iran for peace activists

“Iran is trying to make a nuclear bomb: Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It regularly allows U.N. International Atomic Energy Authority inspectors access to its nuclear facilities. Under that treaty, Iran has the right to enrich uranium in … Continue reading

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Nina Berman

Marine Wedding Nina Berman takes astonishing photographs. Lindsay interviews her at Salon, where there’s a “before” photo of the couple. (Via MahaBarb) This is why war must be the last resort of civilized people.

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