tenthamendmentcenter:

hipsterlibertarian:

So Buzzfeed got NSA staffers to describe (anonymously, but on the record) exactly what they’d like to do the Edward Snowden. The results are creepy in terms of how psychologically revealing they are and in what they reflect about these guys’ perspective on the rule of law. Take a look at just one example:

[….] “His name is cursed every day over here,” a defense contractor told BuzzFeed, speaking from an overseas Intelligence collections base. “Most everyone I talk to says he needs to be tried and hung, forget the trial and just hang him.” 

Techdirt’s commentary is spot-on [emphasis added]:

Do people like that sound like the kinds of people you can “trust” to not abuse their power? Do they sound like people you can “trust” to not spy on people they don’t like? They’ve already admitted that they’re willing to kill someone they don’t like just because they don’t like him. 

The article is chilling not just because of what these employees of the American public are openly discussing doing to someone who sought to inform the American public — but because it shows the lengths they will go to to trample the American ideal and the Constitution, which they took an oath to uphold. They are directly admitting that all of that, all logic, all reason goes right out the window when someone pisses them off. 

And that’s the very reason why the NSA needs to be reined in. The people working there seem to be bloodthirsty and emotional, prone to lashing out and dismissing the very basis of the Constitution. After hearing those statements, I don’t see how anyone in the NSA can possibly claim that the American public can “trust” them not to abuse the system. They appear bloodthirsty and eager to abuse the system.

There are dangerous people in the NSA.

(via antigovernmentextremist)

"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent."

— Martin Luther King Jr. [From A Time to Break Silence] (via statistsgonnastate)

"This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation’s self-defined goals and positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls “enemy,” for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers."

— Martin Luther King Jr. [A Time to Break Silence] (via statistsgonnastate)

statistsgonnastate:

statistsgonnastate:

Martin Luther King Jr.’s A Time to Break Silence. 

[For those of you who can’t be bothered to read the speech, I’ve found a video for you.]

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.

This is the message of the great Buddhist leaders of Vietnam. Recently one of them wrote these words, and I quote:

Each day the war goes on the hatred increases in the heart of the Vietnamese and in the hearts of those of humanitarian instinct. The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom, and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism (unquote).

If we continue, there will be no doubt in my mind and in the mind of the world that we have no honorable intentions in Vietnam. If we do not stop our war against the people of Vietnam immediately, the world will be left with no other alternative than to see this as some horrible, clumsy, and deadly game we have decided to play. The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve. It demands that we admit that we have been wrong from the beginning of our adventure in Vietnam, that we have been detrimental to the life of the Vietnamese people.

This entire speech is GOLD.

I strongly recommend everyone listen to or read it in it’s entirety.

It is still extremely relevant.

"The agencies, the documents reveal, have adopted a battery of methods in their systematic and ongoing assault on what they see as one of the biggest threats to their ability to access huge swathes of internet traffic – ‘the use of ubiquitous encryption across the internet’.

Yeah, how dare we encrypt our information! We’re making it so hard for our friends in the NSA to steal it.

Those methods include covert measures to ensure NSA control over setting of international encryption standards, the use of supercomputers to break encryption with “brute force”, and – the most closely guarded secret of all – collaboration with technology companies and internet service providers themselves.

Welp.

statistsgonnastate:

Martin Luther King Jr.’s A Time to Break Silence. 

[For those of you who can’t be bothered to read the speech, I’ve found a video for you.]

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.

This is the message of the great Buddhist leaders of Vietnam. Recently one of them wrote these words, and I quote:

Each day the war goes on the hatred increases in the heart of the Vietnamese and in the hearts of those of humanitarian instinct. The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom, and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism (unquote).

If we continue, there will be no doubt in my mind and in the mind of the world that we have no honorable intentions in Vietnam. If we do not stop our war against the people of Vietnam immediately, the world will be left with no other alternative than to see this as some horrible, clumsy, and deadly game we have decided to play. The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve. It demands that we admit that we have been wrong from the beginning of our adventure in Vietnam, that we have been detrimental to the life of the Vietnamese people.

This entire speech is GOLD.

I strongly recommend everyone listen to or read it in it’s entirety.

It is still extremely relevant to what is going on to this very day.

chimeracoder:

"No, this is a different kind of pat-down, and we can’t do that in public." When I asked him why this pat-down was different, he wouldn’t tell me. When I asked him specifically why he couldn’t do it in public, he said "Because it would be obscene."

Naturally, I balked at the thought of going somewhere behind closed doors where a person I just met was going to touch me in “obscene” ways…

I expect this kind of ignorance and xenophobia from government agents; the most sickening part of this story however, is that after all they put this man through: TSA, NYPD, FBI questioning and multiple pat-downs—refusing him even a drink of water while detaining him for hours for the crime of being brown and not Christian—in the end it was the private fucking airline that refused to let him fly.

I recently realized that a lot of my followers may be new to this whole, “what your police/military/president/government are really doing,” thing.

So, here is another friendly reminder:

Abu Ghraib. I cannot provide you the horrifying details of how the prisoners were treated here (at least not without crying or possibly vomiting, and I’d prefer to do neither today). However, I will offer you ample means to find out for yourself.

1. Click the link, which will lead you to Wikipedia where you can get a summary.

2. Head to this Salon article where you can get more—probably more than you want-details on the atrocities committed there.

3. Finish with the New Yorker article that goes through how “the Department of Defense mishandled [fucked up] the disaster at Abu Ghraib”.

I didn’t expect that leaked Pentagon files post to get so much attention

…you guys know this is not new news, right?

Shit man, you don’t, do you?

That’s why it said, “Friendly reminder”
Reminder- a thing that causes someone to remember something.

No wonder I get so much anonymous hate mail, no one knows what the fuck is going on. Fucking hell, you people. You’d agree with me if you ever bothered to research a single thing you purported to know about or had the audacity to argue about JFC.

Alright. Okay. It’s fine, really. Deep breaths.

You’re all pretty young; most of you were probably still in elementary school when the Taguba Report was released.

I can’t expect you to have obsessively dug through the shameful history of US wars. If you’ve been subjected to our public education system, it’s amazing enough that you still even have the energy/ability to question the government, care about civilian casualties, try to spread awareness; [unlike this particularly brainwashed individual, seriously holy shit I’ve never read something so terrifying because this person is so far gone.] so, sincerely, I thank you all for reblogging the shit out of that link, because apparently these things aren’t as well known as I thought/hoped they were, so I’m glad that the information is getting out there.

[EDIT] However, I am legitimately upset that about 400 kids know basically nothing about the War on “Terror”.

So thank you all again, but seriously please try to be more rigorous and critical in your intellectual wanderings. Don’t take for granted any fucking link I post on here. Go research it yourself. Look at the arguments of both sides. Come to your own conclusions. And most importantly, start by looking at the damn date.

Friendly reminder that not only will the US government not tell you about how many civilian deaths they really caused, they will also often classify anyone killed as an “enemy”.

When a helicopter gunship killed two Reuters journalists with a group of other men in a Baghdad street, in one notorious 2007 incident, all were listed as “enemy killed in action”.

"If we challenge the State only within the bounds of what is permitted by the State itself, the challenge will be trivial and utterly insignificant. The State allows such challenges so that ‘the people’ can delude themselves, again, that their ‘voices’ are being heard."

Arthur Silber  (via brycemartinez)

This is so spot on!!

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(Source: powerofnarrative.blogspot.com, via enemyofthestatist)

anarcho-americana:

subterraneanbunnypig:

rewind-button-girl:

Anytime someone questions my support for President Obama I’m just going to pull up my Tumblr and show them this. 

This is why I voted for him. He gets it.

cult of personality [expression; noun] arises when an individual uses mass mediapropaganda, or other methods, to create an idealized, heroic, and, at times god-like public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise.

So let me get this straight, Obama said rape is bad, and that makes him some sort of hero and justifies millions of people supporting him regardless of any atrocity he commits?

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. The bare, the absolute bare minimum of humanity is all it takes, huh? Not all the civilian casualties, not all the minorities crammed into over-flowing prisons for non-violent drug crimes, not all the indefinite detention and torture of 166 people [most of whom have never been charged with a crime, and even some who have been cleared for release for several years], not the regularly ignored torture, rape, abuse, and death-by-torture of detainees, not the callous silence regarding the drone strike on a teenage American boy, NOTHING can convince you morons that Obama is anything less than a heroic leader with a heart of gold.

Good job. I am thoroughly convinced that I could show you an HD video of Obama raping a Pakistani girl, and you would indignantly shove these obnoxious GIFs in my face and respond, “He said politicians should stay out of women’s healthcare. He gets it. That’s why I voted for him. It doesn’t matter what he does as long as I agree with what he says.”

(Source: beybad)

War Crimes

The term “war crimes” is so funny to me, because…

what part of war isn’t insanely fucking criminal?

I might delete this blog

I might delete this blog soon, so you all should be prepared for that.

Not that 99.99% of you care, or should care; I don’t fancy my blog to be the staple that holds your sanity together. I think it might’ve been that for me once though.

I just feel so helpless, guys. I know it’s not normal to care so much about the lives/deaths of people I don’t even know, but I do. I feel like everywhere there are people hurting-most of it a direct result of the government that I pay taxes to-and I can’t help a single one of them.

And sure, they’re far away so I can put it out of my mind for awhile when I don’t have to see them. But sometimes, when I’m reminded, I feel it so acutely. Like they’re writhing in agony right before me, but I can’t help them. I can’t even reach out to try to hold their hands as a soothing gesture. It’s like they’re drowning under a sheet of ice, and I can bloody my hands, and kick, and scream for help… but the ice won’t break, and no one comes to help, and all I can do is watch the light go out in their eyes.

I used to do that a lot, bloody my knuckles on something that wouldn’t break, I still have scars. It doesn’t matter, it never changed anything, never helped. I was a kid in an exceptionally neglectful and abusive family. I was too small; it was out of my control.

Things have gotten bigger now, but they’re still the same. This fucked up government is my abusive family, and I’ve been bloodying my knuckles on this blog for more than 3.5 years now, and it’s accomplished nothing. Very much like the time I thought I’d stand up to my dad, and he picked me up like nothing and threw me across the room through the closet door. I was just too small. I’m still too small.

I should’ve learned that day.

I just, I don’t know if I can do it anymore.

I can’t be up every night crying over so many people suffering so much terrible injustice (I think it’s the sheer injustice of it all that really gets me). My tears don’t help anyone. My words don’t help anyone. And I’m so incredibly tired.

orwellianlegacy:

laliberty:

RT had reported that in a secretly unannounced move, President Barack Obama signed an executive order giving the Department of Homeland Security the ability to shut down all of the United States’ communications systems upon his request…

(via statistsgonnastate)

What’s this authoritarian’s plan for when he gets out of office? How does he expect to re-enter society without getting spit on everywhere he goes?

Well, his plan is probably, “I also signed a bill to give me lifetime secret service protection, so fuck you.”

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