Category War on Terror

Kissinger Sightings

China reported sightings of Henry Kissinger in the White House Situation Room recently. For a 91-year-old foriegn policy veteran to have to be present there can only attest to the severity of both the current Ukraine crisis and the state of disrepair in the conduct of foreign affairs by the current incumbents in the Administration. […]

Will Ukraine Be The Poland Of The 21st Century?

Out of the 3 global security flash points in 2014 that I identified earlier (namely, Ukraine, Syria and Sino-Japanese face-off), the first to blow up is Ukraine. ——————————— Will Ukraine Be The Poland Of The 21st Century? Situated between Russia and the parts of Eastern Europe tied to the EU and NATO, Ukraine is the bone of […]

Doublewood: Coming Attractions

Just as the year 2013 drew to a seemingly peaceful conclusion, we have to start looking at the risks lurking in the landscape and/or quavering in the subterranean crevices. To prepare you for a potentially eventful 2014 and beyond, I would like to share with you my perspectives on some big-picture matters, so that you […]

What Japan Has In Store For US – Doublewood

As Japan progressively advances its militarization agenda, one of the biggest steps and end-games would be to “inherit” the many well-developed military bases the US currently maintains on Japanese soil. I have therefore warned that one of the likely schemes of the Japanese would be to use “extremists” to make America realize that their lives […]

Doublewood: A Weak President In A Polycentric World

The current quandary on Syria is a vivid demonstration of the dynamics of a polycentric global power configuration. In my recent email on “A Polycentric Reality”, I wrote: “During a polycentric era, alliances do not work strongly, if at all … the world has a strong non-alignment tendency. Self-interest and influence dictate foreign policies.” Our […]

Doublewood: Obama And “Yiourou Guaduan 优柔寡断”

President Obama abruptly changed course by asking lawmakers, who are not due to return to town for more than a week, to give him authorization before he launches a limited military strike against Syria. The Press reported that this was a shock and “contray to every expectation by his national security team.” The Syrian rebels […]

New York Times

“Balanced” Coverage = Not Pissing Off The Establishment

In another phenomenal piece by Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi focusing on the doublespeak and intellectual gymnastics used to justify drone warfare, many valuable tidbits are revealed about the way the mainstream American news media function – that is, not as critics of establishment power, but as its agents in the management of public perception. Anyone […]

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CBS News Contradicts Itself In Latest Boston Bombing Coverage

In the CBS News article “FBI releases video of 2 Boston bombing suspects,” the video at the top tells the latest of what authorities think they know about the Boston bombing.  Which, according to host Bob Orr’s report, is that a white college-looking dude put down his backpack, then ran away after the first bomb […]

Update: Boston Marathon Explosions – Stocks Extend Declines In After-Hours

The markets are acting extremely skittish in after-hours trading, on the heels of a pair of bombs exploding near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, killing two and injuring at least 23 people. With approximately 30 minutes left in trading, two blasts within seconds of each other were heard slightly more […]


The Drone Endgame: Legalizing Robo-Totalitarianism

The Air Force is testing new micro-drones from General Dynamics that are the size of bugs and can watch, listen to and kill their targets.  One method of deployment: Swarms of them released from the bowels a passing plane, like some Hive-Mother of The Surveillance Creature giving birth to a thin black cloud of tiny […]

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DARPA: The Killer Robot Future Is Now!

With PBS’ ominously-titled “Rise of the Drones” special on NOVA, it seems like a good time to talk about what kind of bizarro oppression tech the bright minds at DARPA have been funding lately.  DARPA, or Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is the research and development arm of the US military.  They’ve done some great […]

Obama Drone Strikes Murdering Children Obama terror drones: CIA tactics in Pakistan include targeting rescuers and funerals February 4th, 2012 | by Chris Woods and Christina Lamb | Published in Bureau Stories, Carousel, Covert Drone War, Drone strikes in Pakistan, Drones carousel The CIA’s drone campaign in Pakistan has killed dozens of  civilians who had gone to help rescue victims or were attending funerals, an investigation by […]

Paul Craig Roberts – The Osama bin Laden Myth

Paul Craig Roberts (former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under Ronald Reagan and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal) puts together one of the bravest, eye-opening pieces on the fable that is 9/11 and Osama bin Laden. Read carefully, along with the hyperlinks for your reference. The Osama bin Laden Myth […]

Obama Romney Debate

Ten Reasons the 2012 Election Was A Joke

It’s easy to rig an election in a two-party crony capitalist system: All you do is offer two smiling candidates but only one actual vote. In this case, it’s a vote for at least 4 more years of Corporatocratic rule, becoming incrementally more totalitarian and psychopathic literally by the day. Would there have been differences, […]

Police State – Tracking Everything You Do

WSJ: New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates  By JULIA ANGWIN and JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES Police forces and private companies are scanning auto license plates and building huge databases of location information–whether or not the owners of the cars have done anything wrong. WSJ’s Julia Angwin reports. For more than two years, the police in San Leandro, Calif., photographed Mike […]

False Flag to Provoke an Iranian War

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy with their panel on how to bring Iran into compliance with the international community. It’s pretty long, but the segments where this guy Patrick Clawson speaks are just so telling. He is considered an Iranian expert, and was formerly with the World Bank and IMF. In my estimation, […]

Star Tribune Local: Urban warfare training draws eyes to sky over Twin Cities

Blogger’s note: A subheading with no further explanation starts off the article by saying “Special Operations troops in Minneapolis and St. Paul also are at work in less public places.” Update: I telephoned the journalist who wrote the article for clarification on the subheading. He explained that Special Ops troops were also conducting urban warfare […]

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Consumer Tech: The Giddy Bride of the Military-Industrial-Security Complex

We all know the power of tech for changing the world, and there’s no doubt that it can provide incredible tools for activists, organizers, and other enemies of authoritarian oppression. Videos of government crackdowns, police brutality and other injustices can go viral and spread like wildfire, Twitter users can give live updates of protests and […]

Thank God For Barack: The Plastic President and My Two-Party Illusion

During the entire 2008 election season, Obama gained my support by criticizing everything Bush was about: secret murders and arrests, baseless arrests of activists, unrepentant warrantless snooping, attacks on civil liberties and, of course, his corporatocratic Forever War known as the War On Terror. Though not sobbing with joy in the streets like many of […]

Welcome to 1984: The Moral Case for Drones (NY Times)

The Moral Case for Drones By SCOTT SHANE Washington FOR streamlined, unmanned aircraft, drones carry a lot of baggage these days, along with their Hellfire missiles. Some people find the very notion of killer robots deeply disturbing. Their lethal operations inside sovereign countries that are not at war with the United States raise contentious legal questions. […]