This new documentary looks totally freakin awesome. I'll try to link the whole thing if I can manage to find a copy of it online; but may be hard to do since they are still in the private screening phase.
The US president is cool, calm and media-savvy. But presidents must be judged by their policies, not their personalities. And, seen from a liberal perspective, US national security policies aren't pretty.
Mitchell Boden's insight:
"I guess we shouldn't have taken it seriously when Senator Obama claimed in 2005 that President Bush's Patriot Act "seriously jeopardises the rights of all Americans and the ideals America stands for". We shouldn't have listened when he pledged to end the "illegal wiretapping of American citizens" in August 2007. We should have put our hands over our ears in November that year when we heard Candidate Obama, on the campaign trail, outlining his plan to "lead by example" on human rights and civil liberties. "That's easy," he said. "Close down Guantanamo. Restore habeas corpus. Say no to renditions. Say no to wireless wiretaps."
"Nor should we have expected a professor of constitutional law to respect a constitutional right to privacy (or, for that matter, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize to opt for diplomacy over drones).
"These were unrealistic expectations. We should have assumed the worst."
At least 80 percent of all audio calls are gathered and stored by the NSA, whistleblower William Binney has revealed. The former code-breaker says the spy agency’s ultimate aim is no less than total population control.
British journalist and WikiLeaks editor Sarah Harrison, who helped NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden get to safety on his flight from Hong Kong to Moscow, discusses the "Battle against unaccountable power."
DHS: A beast that is accelerating our nation’s transformation into a police state “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison...
Mitchell Boden's insight:
The third largest federal agency.... In the 12 years since it was established to “prevent terrorist attacks within the United States,” the DHS has grown from a post-9/11 knee-jerk reaction to a leviathan with tentacles in every aspect of American life.
One of the best articles I've seen on the real reasons that we helped to kill Gaddafi in Libya, and why we are so intent on having a military presence in Africa and intervening in the affairs of other nations there.
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