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Pakistan : US-led war on terror still causing civilians death - report

...last week we learned that, as President Obama came under fire for the many scandals rocking his administration, the government was quietly moving to give the Department of Defense unprecedented authority on U.S. soil, effectively nullifying Posse Comitatus.

Eric Blair of Activist Post writes:

First, the senate is debating an expansion of the already broad powers of the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) so the U.S. can essentially engage any area in the world in the war on terror, including America. Which brings us to the second development: the Pentagon has recently granted itself police powers on American soil.

Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Sheehan told Congress yesterday that the AUMF authorized the US military to operate on a worldwide battlefield from Boston to Pakistan.  Sheehan emphasized that the Administration is authorized to put boots on the ground wherever the enemy chooses to base themselves, essentially ignoring the declaration of war clause in the US Constitution.

While Americans were distracted with three developing scandals pushed by both wings of the mainstream media, sinister developments were taking place behind closed doors. In essence, the US military has granted itself the power to deploy troops on the streets of America without approval from the President or Congress, and the AUMF, which was originally designed to target the terrorists responsible for 9/11, has been expanded to give the government authority to use military assets on the domestic front without a declaration from Congress.

In fact, Senator Angus King went so far as to say that the hearing he was involved in was the most astonishing and disturbing hearing he has ever seen.

Even John McCain, war hawk John McCain, came out and said the government has gone way beyond its authority.

What are they talking about? The AUMF – Authorization to Use Military Force.

This piece of legislation that was put into place way back when we started the war on terror that is now turning from foreign enemies to YOU. Don’t be shocked by that, because you are on the list if you are a freedom minded, free thinker that believes in a Constitutional Republic.

They are changing the wording of this thing so that the military can be used on the streets of this country.

It’s not a conspiracy theory. It’s not some kind of a fancy fantasy that may come true down the road.

It is happening right now, in the guise of other news events that are not news events.

Even more terrifying is the fact that West Point has come out recently and said that you – if you have a theory that the federal government is trying to take over and implement a national police force – you could fall into the category of a domestic terrorist.

A domestic terrorist that can be dealt with by military force…

The only conspiracy here is what the government is telling us.

This legislation is real. The militarization of America is in full force. We are the targets.

 


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Sydney Cummings's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:20 PM

This video talks about how many people we killed and how many different attacks they had. It talked a little a bit about 9/11 and the pentagon, which I found interesting. They're ignoring the declaration of war clause in the US Constitutuion. It also talks about how the government has gone way out of it's authority. I just found it interesting that the government really isn't as innocent as what it seems. 

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Pakistan, Iraq See Uptick In Suicide Bombings - NPR

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World of Warcraft: Colin Farrell is tipped for a leading role in a forthcoming film adaptation of World of Warcraft, sources claim.
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US senators propose assassination court to screen drone targets

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U.S. senators are now floating the idea of an assassination court as a way to rein in the ever-expanding drone program.

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It sounds like an Orwellian idea from a futuristic sci-fi movie. Government officials gather in a secret courtroom, poring over documents and weighing whether to approve the fly-by killing of a suspected terrorist. 

If the judges say yes, the target dies. If not, the target lives.

 

But U.S. senators are now floating the idea of an assassination court as a way to rein in the ever-expanding drone program -- a secretive operation that, as it is, sounds like thriller fiction, but isn't.

 

The idea was bandied about during Thursday's confirmation hearing for CIA director nominee John Brennan, who fueled the talk by saying he thinks the concept is "worthy of discussion." The nominee, as a vocal supporter of the targeted-killing program, has come under scrutiny for what some lawmakers see as the administration's unchecked power to kill, even if the target is an American citizen. 

 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said as part of an effort to regulate the killing, she wants to review proposals to create something similar to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court -- which reviews requests for wiretaps against suspected foreign agents -- for drone strikes

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is pushing the idea the hardest. 

According to his vision, the drone court would be an avenue for U.S. officials to argue in secret before a judge why an American citizen should be targeted for death. He said it would be like "going to a court for a warrant" and proving probable cause.

 

Except in this case, the judge would be ruling not on a search warrant or a wiretap -- but a missile strike from thousands of feet in the air, and thousands of miles away.

  

"If you're planning a strike over a matter of days, weeks or months, there is an opportunity to at least go to some outside-of-the-Executive Branch body like the FISA court in a confidential and top-secret way -- make the case that this American citizen is an enemy combatant," he said. 


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SASFOR's comment, March 14, 2013 12:44 AM
Sir thank you for pointing out the Senate's deliberations. A special court for Drones would no doubt be opposed by the Pentagon. Surprising that almost a hundred and fifty years ago no one proposed a special court for Mr Mr Richard Gatling's toys?
SASFOR's comment, March 14, 2013 12:48 AM
In continuation I would like to draw your attention to this article by Willard Foxton in The Telegraph,
“Drones will change warfare as much as machine guns did – but our generals don't realise it yet”
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/willardfoxton2/100008755/drones-will-change-warfare-as-much-as-machine-guns-did-but-our-generals-dont-realise-it-yet/
Sydney Cummings's curator insight, October 3, 2013 5:19 PM

This is talking about terrorists and one way that they're targeted .It talks about how we fly over them in a plane, or drone,  and they get their target and then decide on whether to shoot or not. The most interesting part was the way that they talk about launching missiles, firing at things, and how far in they are they are when they lauch or fire at their targets. 

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US facilitating the return of Taliban in Afghanistan!

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Shockingly,Taliban attacked presidential palace in Kabul on Tuesday as Suicide attackers set up a car bomb and battled security forces outside Afghanistan's presidential palace  after infiltrating one of the most secure areas of the capital. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul palace attack, which came as reporters were gathering for a news event on Afghan youth at which President Hamid Karzai was expected to talk about ongoing efforts to open peace talks with the militant group.

Obviously,enraged  Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai retailated by announcing that Afghanistan was suspending its participation in US-Afghan talks about a Bilateral Security Arrangement  to provide for some US troops staying back in Afghanistan post 2014.


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SASFOR's curator insight, June 25, 2013 10:54 AM

This is not good for a truely Democratic Movement to establish itself in Pakistan. 

Shafiq Ahmed's curator insight, June 30, 2013 1:05 AM

talibanization means ShiaGenocide

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US ready to begin major drawdown of troops, equipment from Afghanistan - McClatchy Washington Bureau

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A soldier prepares to move one of about 1,300 shipping containers on the German-led NATO base in Kunduz.
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I think this is great. We are finally starting to leave Afghanistan & this article really shows that it's true, we are leaving. 

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Syria may miss first deadline in U.S.-Russia chemical arms deal

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WASHINGTON — The ambitious U.S.-Russian deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough just days ago, hit its first delay Wednesday with indications that the Syrian government will not submit an inventory of its...
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Obama admin revises Authorization to Use Military Force:military can be used against YOU!

Obama admin revises Authorization to Use Military Force:military can be used against YOU! | War on Terror | Scoop.it

...last week we learned that, as President Obama came under fire for the many scandals rocking his administration, the government was quietly moving to give the Department of Defense unprecedented authority on U.S. soil, effectively nullifying Posse Comitatus.

Eric Blair of Activist Post writes:

First, the senate is debating an expansion of the already broad powers of the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) so the U.S. can essentially engage any area in the world in the war on terror, including America. Which brings us to the second development: the Pentagon has recently granted itself police powers on American soil.

Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Sheehan told Congress yesterday that the AUMF authorized the US military to operate on a worldwide battlefield from Boston to Pakistan.  Sheehan emphasized that the Administration is authorized to put boots on the ground wherever the enemy chooses to base themselves, essentially ignoring the declaration of war clause in the US Constitution.

While Americans were distracted with three developing scandals pushed by both wings of the mainstream media, sinister developments were taking place behind closed doors. In essence, the US military has granted itself the power to deploy troops on the streets of America without approval from the President or Congress, and the AUMF, which was originally designed to target the terrorists responsible for 9/11, has been expanded to give the government authority to use military assets on the domestic front without a declaration from Congress.

In fact, Senator Angus King went so far as to say that the hearing he was involved in was the most astonishing and disturbing hearing he has ever seen.

Even John McCain, war hawk John McCain, came out and said the government has gone way beyond its authority.

What are they talking about? The AUMF – Authorization to Use Military Force.

This piece of legislation that was put into place way back when we started the war on terror that is now turning from foreign enemies to YOU. Don’t be shocked by that, because you are on the list if you are a freedom minded, free thinker that believes in a Constitutional Republic.

They are changing the wording of this thing so that the military can be used on the streets of this country.

It’s not a conspiracy theory. It’s not some kind of a fancy fantasy that may come true down the road.

It is happening right now, in the guise of other news events that are not news events.

Even more terrifying is the fact that West Point has come out recently and said that you – if you have a theory that the federal government is trying to take over and implement a national police force – you could fall into the category of a domestic terrorist.

A domestic terrorist that can be dealt with by military force…

The only conspiracy here is what the government is telling us.

This legislation is real. The militarization of America is in full force. We are the targets.

 


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Kaytline Schroder's insight:

I don't think this is right at all. As Americans we have freedom. None of this crap of having to be watched 24/7. There is no reason what so ever to bring military force into our lives unless it's absolutely needed. Nothing horrible enough to have the military involved, in America, has happened so there's no reason to have military force against us citizens. If we were in war on our home land (America) then I could understand why we would have to deal with military force. 

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, May 25, 2013 3:30 AM

But I thought Obama said there isn't a global war on terror and these terrorist acts around the world are isolated, acts of 'senseless violence' not related to any religion???  Which is it?? 

Tom Hauck's comment, May 25, 2013 11:37 PM
This action is not about terrorists...except for those he and Napolitano put on the NEW watch-list in 09....US....
littlebytesnews's comment, May 28, 2013 2:48 AM
Yep, preparing to go after the radical right wing Christians and patriots...we are the terrorists in Obama's world
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Obama welcomes Syria chemical weapons deal but retains strikes ...

Obama welcomes Syria chemical weapons deal but retains strikes ... | War on Terror | Scoop.it
U.S. senators are now floating the idea of an assassination court as a way to rein in the ever-expanding drone program.

________________________________________________________

It sounds like an Orwellian idea from a futuristic sci-fi movie. Government officials gather in a secret courtroom, poring over documents and weighing whether to approve the fly-by killing of a suspected terrorist. 

If the judges say yes, the target dies. If not, the target lives.

 

But U.S. senators are now floating the idea of an assassination court as a way to rein in the ever-expanding drone program -- a secretive operation that, as it is, sounds like thriller fiction, but isn't.

 

The idea was bandied about during Thursday's confirmation hearing for CIA director nominee John Brennan, who fueled the talk by saying he thinks the concept is "worthy of discussion." The nominee, as a vocal supporter of the targeted-killing program, has come under scrutiny for what some lawmakers see as the administration's unchecked power to kill, even if the target is an American citizen. 

 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said as part of an effort to regulate the killing, she wants to review proposals to create something similar to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court -- which reviews requests for wiretaps against suspected foreign agents -- for drone strikes

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is pushing the idea the hardest. 

According to his vision, the drone court would be an avenue for U.S. officials to argue in secret before a judge why an American citizen should be targeted for death. He said it would be like "going to a court for a warrant" and proving probable cause.

 

Except in this case, the judge would be ruling not on a search warrant or a wiretap -- but a missile strike from thousands of feet in the air, and thousands of miles away.

  

"If you're planning a strike over a matter of days, weeks or months, there is an opportunity to at least go to some outside-of-the-Executive Branch body like the FISA court in a confidential and top-secret way -- make the case that this American citizen is an enemy combatant," he said. 


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Kaytline Schroder's insight:

I think this is good. Syria is a threat to America because of their chemical weapons. 

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Dontae Morgan's comment, October 1, 2013 9:36 AM
I think obama is making the right decision about this. Because if syria does not agree or does not do it at all i think the US should step in and do something about it.
sebastian Martin's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:04 PM

Syria has to provide a list of their chemical weapons to the United States. Obama wants to disarm them of their weapons. Obama keeps changing his mind about what to do. Syria is killing their own people and have killed over 1,400 people. He is working with Russia to come up with a plan. In my opinion, I think it is ridiculous that they can bomb their own people and not get a consequence for it. It is not right. 

Maddison Stursma's curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:15 PM

This article talks about how Russia and Obama have come up with an agreement that after three days they will stop chemical weapons in syria. If production continues obama will use military strike

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US withdraws military equipment through Pakistan

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The US military has started to withdraw equipment from Afghanistan through Pakistan ahead of next year's deadline for combat troops to leave the war against the Taliban, an official said Monday.

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Two convoys, each hauling 25 shipping containers, entered Pakistan at the Chaman and Torkham border crossings on Sunday as part of the US redeployment of equipment from Afghanistan, US Lieutenant Colonel Les Carroll told AFP.

"The passage of these convoys marks the first US shipments from Afghanistan through Pakistan since July 2012," Carroll said.

Pakistan in July temporarily stopped NATO traffic after gunmen attacked NATO trucks, killing a driver, in the northwestern border town of Jamrud.

Islamabad also imposed a seven-month blockade on NATO traffic passing overland to Afghanistan after US air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26, 2011.

Carroll told AFP that the two convoys had been sent through Pakistan as a "test" as the military decides how best to withdraw the huge amount of US and NATO equipment in Afghanistan, more than 11 years after a US-led invasion brought down the Taliban.

"There are still 100,000 men and 200 bases. Some of the equipment will stay (in Afghanistan), some of it will be redeployed," Carroll said.

"We have got to use any feasible way to do that. The northern route and of course air are other solutions."

Pakistani-US relations have now largely recovered and the outgoing US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, and his successor, General Joseph Dunford, on Thursday held talks with Pakistani army chief of staff, General Ashfaq Kayani.

The New York Times reported last month that in the next two years NATO forces are expected to remove about 70,000 vehicles and 120,000 shipping containers from Afghanistan, and the way out will require rail lines and well-surfaced roads.

Although Pakistan is the most efficient and cheapest route, the blockade and Pakistan's past demands for more money have made Western officials wary of over reliance on Islamabad.


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Kaytline Schroder's insight:

I think this is absolutely awesome. It gives Americans hope that we won't have to go to war with Pakistan. Or in fact, another war that we don't need to be involved in. If they aren't bothering us then there is no reason to have us bother them. 

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Allie Moore's comment, October 1, 2013 9:48 PM
I think our nation is doing a good job to stay together as one and fight this war on terror together and we have other countries to help us out. I also think that it is smart of us to take the cheapest and most efficient way out of this war on terror.
Molly Langstraat's comment, October 2, 2013 11:54 AM
I think that this is a good thing. It will keep us together as one nation to fight this war on terror. I think that we should try to take the cheapest and least violent route possible. But it is something that will have to be controlled as time goes on.
Maddison Stursma's curator insight, October 3, 2013 6:56 PM

This article is about how there is a hope that we wont need to go to war with Pakistan. We dont need to get involved in a war that we dont need to be involved in

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Obama tells US nation Syria 'not another Iraq or Afghanistan' - Jerusalem Post

Obama tells US nation Syria 'not another Iraq or Afghanistan' - Jerusalem Post | War on Terror | Scoop.it
The Independent Obama tells US nation Syria 'not another Iraq or Afghanistan' Jerusalem Post WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told his war-weary country on Saturday that America needs to use limited military force in Syria to deter future...
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This is also just awesome. It gives us hope that we won't be going to war again.

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Maddison Stursma's curator insight, October 3, 2013 6:55 PM

This article talks about how there is hope that we wont go into war again

 

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Helmet camera captured new Medal of Honor recipient's actions during ambush - wtkr.com

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The White House announced this week that former Army Capt.
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Molly Langstraat's comment, October 2, 2013 11:55 AM
I think that having helmet cameras should be on all helmets. It could give us an idea of what really goes on in war. It also could give us good evidence to use.
Maddison Stursma's comment, October 2, 2013 3:13 PM
I agree. I also believe that all the helmets should have cameras. It would teach a lot of people about what actually happens during war