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News Round-Up: American Police State at Home and Imperialism Abroad

AT HOME

UN report cites US Human Rights abuses

Whistleblower: Coast Guard Implementing Martial Law

VIDEO: Martial Law: U.S. Army Prepares to Invade the U.S.

Why Is Indiana Putting Armed Security Guards Into 36 Unemployment Offices Across The State?

Private Security Continues to Invade American Towns

Government Trains Troops To Run American Cities

Towards Martial Law in America: Authority to Deploy Troops Domestically during ‘National Emergencies’

Earlier this month, the United States Coast Guard upheld its self-declared status as a ‘special’ branch of the military with the ability to prosecute civilians in military tribunals. This startling declaration, unreported in the media, came in a Decision on Appeal related to the case of Lieutenant Eric Shine, a commissioned Naval officer in the Merchant Marines and a graduate of Kings Point Military Service Academy, and was penned by the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Police State Update: Random Searches of Clothing, Pockets, Bags and Vehicles

Police Abuse is the Rule, Not the Exception

Torture Inc.: America’s Brutal Prisons

Secret Tape Has Police Pressing Ticket Quotas

Random Pat-Downs Turn PATCO Into Police State

96 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States

Cutbacks Forcing Police Stations Around The Country To Curtail Calls For Some Crimes

Federal court: 4th Amendment standard does not always apply to mobile phone location data

Dead Souls: The Pentagon Plan to Create Remorseless ‘Warfighters’

Video: The Chipping of America: Secret RFID Implants

‘About 90% of Americans are walking around with a portable tracking device all the time, and they have no idea’

Google CEO: “We Know Where You Are. We Know Where You’ve Been. We Can More Or Less Know What You’re Thinking About.”

Secretive Executive Order Establishes ‘Big Brother’ Health Bureaucracy

Executive Order 13544, Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council is a short document outlining the goals and scope of the order. The title gives the appearance that it only creates a Council, but buried within are detailed plans to carry out the “goals” of the Executive Order.  Let’s take a closer look at the order.

Worth reposting: Inside Top Secret America

A major investigation reveals the extent of America’s vast and heavily privatized military-corporate-intelligence establishment.

Georgia Man Fined $5000 for Growing Vegetables

Police Harassing Citizens Who Film Them

Homeland Security works for the oil companies

The US Department of Homeland Security has been spying on people who don’t like gas drilling and handing on the data to the oil companies.

FBI Forwards Letters to Political Prisoners to Local Law Enforcement Agencies

LAPD Creates “Pre-Crime” Database for “Predictive Policing”

Marshals: Innocent People Placed On ‘Watch List’ To Meet Quota

The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they’re required to submit at least one report a month. If they don’t, there’s no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

Veterans sue CIA, Army for Involuntary Mind Control Experiments

The Green Police

Is someone out behind your house digging through your trash? Don’t worry, it is probably just the government. When Audi ran their now famous “Green Police” commercial during the Super Bowl last year, most Americans laughed it off and thought that nothing like that could ever happen in America…In 2009, the city of Cleveland has issued 2,900 tickets for trash violations,  which was almost five times more tickets than in 2008. In 2010, the city of Cleveland is on track to issue over 4,000 tickets for trash violations.

US Courts Legalize CIA Abduction, Overseas Detention, Torture Of Innocent American Citizens

It has also ruled that innocent civilians tortured and detained, even after release, have no rights for recourse against the CIA or corporations involved because litigation would jeopardize state secrets and top secret classified information critical to National Security.

Executive Order on “Controlled Unclassified Information”

President Obama’s new Executive Order on “Controlled Unclassified Information” {four page pdf} issued today builds on recommendations from open government groups and the findings of the National Security Archive’s 2006 audit of “Pseudo-Secrets” that uncovered 28 different and uncoordinated policies on marking and restricting official unclassified information.

 

ABROAD

Ongoing Iran War Preparations? Arabian Sea: Center Of West’s 21st Century War

A quarter of the world’s nuclear aircraft carriers will soon be in the Arabian Sea.

NPR Confirms 3,000 Man CIA Army Conducts Operations In Pakistan

Weaponizing The World: From 2006-2009, the United States made $68.7 billion in conventional arms transfers to developing nations

140,000 U.S. soldiers diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iraq, Afghan tours

77,000 Iraqis killed from 2004 to August 2008, U.S. military says

Obama ramping up CIA infiltration of Pakistan: report

Hellfire from the Sky: Targeting of Innocent Civilians by Unmanned Drones

CIA lawyer: U.S. law does not forbid rendition

Norway Probing Reports of Mass US Surveillance in Oslo

Labor Rights in Occupied Lands: US Busting Labor Unions in Iraq

Poisonous US weapons in Iraq kill thousands and mar generations

‘Child cancer skyrocketing in Iraqi city’

US DEPT. OF DEFENCE DIRECTIVE ALLOWS EXPERIMENTATION ON PRISONERS AT GUANTANAMO

9 million Afghans live in extreme poverty

“Underground” Group of Cadets Say Air Force Academy Controlled by Evangelicals



Wikileaks Exposes: Afghanistan War Logs

Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010 (Wikileaks)

Afghanistan: The War Logs (Guardian, UK)

Text From a Selection of the Secret Dispatches (NYTimes)

Explosive Leaks Provide Image of War from Those Fighting It (Der Spiegel)

Nearly 24 hours after the release of these materials, several things stand out:

1) The government and media have in large part rushed to dismiss the leaked files as ‘old news’, a common disinformation tactic.  The basis for the claim is that the reports end in late 2009, prior to Obama’s ‘surge’ policy.  There is little counter-evidence however, that many of the conditions detailed in the reports have changed since late 2009.

2) At the same time the government dismisses the contents of the leaks, they denounce the transparency as a ‘threat to national security’.  This Wikileaks scoop may provide a justification for further restrictions on data sharing and internet surveillance.

3) Much of the discussion centers on the reports indicating that the Pakistani ISI is involved in providing support to the Taliban (while also benefiting tremendously by ‘playing ball’ with the US).  In 2003, $1 Billion in Pakistani debt was forgiven, and untold billions in military aid have been sent to Pakistan since.  This incident will be used to encourage complacent acceptance of US military escalation in Pakistan, by US citizens and Pakistanis.

Which raises the question – if these are the logical outcomes, what is the purpose of the leak; who benefits?

Secret Military Files Reveal Shocking Details About Failed War in Afghanistan

Wikileaks releases classified Afghanistan war logs: “largest intelligence leak in history”

The WikiLeaks Afghanistan leak

90,000 U.S. military reports leaked

Wikileaks Releases Stunning Afghan War Logs — Is Iraq Next?

WikiLeaks Releases 91,000 Documents on Afghanistan War

Wikileaks takes new approach in latest release of documents

Leaks expose Afghan war secrets

Wikileaks Releases Nearly 100,000 Internal Military Documents From Afghanistan [Wikileaks]

Transcript: Wikileaks Afghanistan docs ‘alarming’

Wikileaks: hard facts and a hacker ethos

WikiLeaks Bombshell on Afghan War: What You Need to Know

WikiLeaks war logs show unreported plight of contractors

UPDATE THURSDAY 7/29:

WikiLeaks Report Fictitious, Says Pakistan’s Ex-Spy Chief Hamid Gul

Why Wikileaks’ Doc-Dump Is Such a Big Deal (Even if There’s Nothing New Within)

US Threatens to Pull Pakistan Aid Over WikiLeaks Details

WikiLeaks: We don’t know source of leaked data

Document leak part of U.S. plot, says Pakistani ex-General

Previously: Afghanistan Posts



US IMPERIALISM UPDATE: Global War of Terror Continues Under Obama

2010: U.S. To Wage War Throughout The World

Beginning with the October 7, 2001 missile and bomb attacks on Afghanistan, American combat operations abroad have not ceased for a year, a month, a week or a day in the 21st century.

RAND Corporation Blueprint for Militarized “Stability Police Force”

Outsourcing War: The Rise of Private Military Contractors (PMCs)

Obama’s War for Oil in Colombia

Obama Authorizes Covert Economic War Against Venezuela

Africom – Latest U.S. Bid to Recolonise the Continent

CIA has Distributed 400 Million Dollars Inside Iran to Evoke a Revolution

The USA’s alliance with Iran

Obama Approves $30 Billion Military Aid To Israel Over Next Decade

NBC News Investigation: Toxic water in Iraq

Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, study finds

More than 40 sites across Iraq are contaminated with high levels or radiation and dioxins, with three decades of war and neglect having left environmental ruin in large parts of the country, an official Iraqi study has found.

Areas in and near Iraq’s largest towns and cities, including Najaf, Basra and Falluja, account for around 25% of the contaminated sites, which appear to coincide with communities that have seen increased rates of cancer and birth defects over the past five years. The joint study by the environment, health and science ministries found that scrap metal yards in and around Baghdad and Basra contain high levels of ionising radiation, which is thought to be a legacy of depleted uranium used in munitions during the first Gulf war and since the 2003 invasion.

U.S. Marines end role in Iraq

Ministers WERE told invading Iraq was illegal, Foreign Office law chief tells Chilcot inquiry

Lord Goldsmith: I changed my mind about legality of Iraq war after talks with Bush’s lawyers in Washington

Commander: US to Experience Imminent Military Failure in Region

“The United States’ collapse is evident in economic aspects and in military dimensions too it is on the verge of a collapse, given its failures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine,” Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani said.

Miqani further cited views of the western theoreticians, and said they also believe the fall-in of the US is for sure and imminent.

US Steps up Drone Attacks, Assassinations in AfPak “Surge”

The Secret US War in Pakistan

At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found.

Pentagon backtracks after Gates ‘admits’ Blackwater operating in Pakistan

US Finally Admits Blackwater Operating in Pakistan

‘Blackwater, DynCorp Working in Pakistan’: US Considering Giving Pakistan Drones: Gates