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“Military to Military – Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war” [London Review of Books]

Posted in CIA, Egypt, George W. Bush, Germany, Israel, Libya, Obama, Pentagon, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, U.K., US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA on February 10, 2016 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Vol. 38 No. 1 · 7 January 2016
pages 11-14 |

Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Their criticism has…

Article excerpted; full article here

Human Rights Watch report documents attack on democratic rights in US and Europe [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Africa, Anti-Islam hysteria, Egypt, EU, European Union, Fascism, France, Greece, Guantanamo Bay concentration camp, Islamophobia, National Security Agency / NSA, NSA, Obama, Police, Police brutality, Police State, Roma people, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, US imperialism, USA, Yemen on February 4, 2016 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Tom Hall
1 February 2016

Last week, US-based watchdog group Human Rights Watch warned of mounting attacks on democratic rights throughout Europe and North America, which governments have justified as a response to the migrant crisis.

The group’s annual report warned that the arrival of refugees fleeing war and repression in the Middle East is “driving many Western governments to roll back human rights protections,” adding, “these backward steps threaten the rights of all” sections of the population, not just refugees.

In the report’s lead essay, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth notes, “In Europe and the United States, a polarizing us-versus-them rhetoric has moved from the political fringe to the mainstream. Blatant Islamophobia and shameless demonizing of refugees have become the currency of an increasingly assertive politics of intolerance.”

“Public discourse,” Roth continues, “has been filled with voices of hatred and fear of Muslims, for whom the refugees [arriving in Europe] are surrogates.” This climate contributes to “the persistent discrimination, hopelessness, and despair that pervade neighborhoods on the outskirts of some European cities.”

2015 saw a dramatic rollback of democratic rights throughout Europe and America. In France, the Hollande government pushed through sweeping expansions of government surveillance and curtailing freedom of speech, seizing upon the attacks in Paris this November and the Charlie Hebdo attacks at the beginning of the year. In the United States, the military was deployed to Baltimore to crack down on peaceful protests against police brutality at the beginning of the year, while mass government spying continued unimpeded.

The report contains comprehensive summaries for more than 90 countries for the year of 2015. By far the largest single section, with 24 pages, is on the European Union, more than Saudi Arabia, whose absolute monarchy beheaded record numbers of people last year, including many political prisoners, and countries currently embroiled in civil wars such as Syria and Libya. The United States came in second place, with 17 pages…

…Previous agreements by European governments to resettle asylum seekers throughout the continent remain a dead letter as countries throughout Europe close off their borders to refugees. Only 159 asylum seekers have been relocated from Italy and Greece in spite of an agreement last year to resettle 160,000 asylum seekers from these countries.

Attacks on Muslims rose sharply last year, as far-right and neo-Nazi groups are emboldened by the discriminatory policies of European governments. Such attacks have grown by 46.7 percent in London in the first half of 2015. However, racist attacks are by no means limited solely to Muslims; reports of anti-Semitic attacks are also on the rise, and discriminatory evictions of Roma by governments throughout the EU continue. Widespread discrimination also exists in the Baltic countries against native Russian speakers.

As Roth notes, Europe is joined in its persecution of refugees by the United States. Last year 30 US governors tried to prevent Syrian refugees from entering their states, while current Republican front-runner Donald Trump floated the idea of banning Muslims from entering the country altogether. The United States, the report declares, also “continued the dramatic expansion of detention of migrant mothers and their children from Central America,” many fleeing violence in their home countries, over the course of last year. While not mentioned in the report, the Obama administration rang in the new year last month with a new round of targeted deportations of Central American children.

The report also notes with concern the continued drive to expand state repression and surveillance in the United States and Europe, justified in the main by the supposed threat of terrorism…

…In the United States, spy agency leaders seized upon the Paris attacks last year to renew their calls for a “back door” to online encryption, despite the fact that the Paris attackers did not encrypt their communications. Meanwhile, Guantanamo Bay’s detention center remains open despite years of empty promises by Obama to close it. And last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law by Obama, “tightened existing restrictions on the transfer of detainees out of Guantanamo,” making the release or transfer of detainees even more difficult.

Many of the worst human rights violations elsewhere in the report were committed by allies of the United States or the European imperialist powers. In discussing the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen, for example, in which civilian infrastructure has been deliberately targeted, the report argues that by virtue of providing “intelligence, logistical support and personnel” to the Saudis the United States would be “potentially jointly responsible for laws-of-war violations by coalition forces.” The report also cites continuing US aid to Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as well as the Obama administration’s waiving of provisions of the Child Soldier Prevention Act to continue supporting the militaries of several African countries.

World imperialism has justified countless criminal wars over the past quarter century under the fraudulent pretext of “humanitarian interventionism.” Now, a leading human rights group is compelled to admit that these same powers are responsible for major human rights violations within their own borders. This not only exposes imperialism’s professed concern for “human rights” as a fraud, it is also an indication of the growth of police-state forms of rule within these countries…

Excerpted; full article link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/hrw-f01.html

‘U.S. Bombs Somehow Keep Falling in the Places Where Obama “Ended Two Wars”’ by Glenn Greenwald [The Intercept]

Posted in Afghan quagmire, Afghanistan, Black propaganda, Corporate Media Critique, Iraq, NATO invasion, Obama, Pentagon, US imperialism, USA on October 4, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

September 30, 2015

“We’ve ended two wars.” — Barack Obama, July 21, 2015, at a DSCC fundraiser held at a “private residence”…

Excerpted; full article at: https://theintercept.com/2015/09/30/u-s-bombs-somehow-keep-falling-in-the-places-where-obama-boasts-he-ended-wars/

CNN joins spy plane ride as US prepares new military provocations in South China Sea [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Anti-communism, Australia, Black propaganda, Capitalist media double standard, China, China-bashing, Corporate Media Critique, Economic crisis & decline, Encirclement of China, False flag, Media smear campaign, Obama, Pentagon, Philippines, Psychological warfare, South China Sea, State Department, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, Vietnam on May 24, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Peter Symonds
23 May 2015

Just days after a CNN news crew joined a P8-A Poseidon surveillance aircraft over a Chinese-administered islet in the South China Sea, it is clear the flight was a calculated provocation aimed at ramping up pressure on China. American officials immediately exploited the reportage to underline Washington’s determination to challenge Chinese territorial claims in these key strategic waters, regardless of the consequences…

Article’s original title: “US prepares new military provocations in South China Sea”

Article link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/scse-m23.html

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In New Video, Congressman Explains Why His Fellow Lawmakers Couldn’t Be Trusted with NSA Oversight [The Intercept]

Posted in Bourgeois parliamentary democracy, National Security Agency / NSA, NSA, Obama, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA on May 1, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Lee Fang

4/4/2015

Article link: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/04/03/property-insurance-companies-flooded-dark-money-groups-tied-gop-cash/

Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT’s 1967 Attack on MLK’s Anti-War Speech [The Intercept / Sweet & Sour Socialism Essential Archives]

Posted in Bourgeois parliamentary democracy, Corporate Media Critique, National Security Agency / NSA, New York Times lie, NSA, Psychological warfare, Russia, Sweet and Sour Socialism Essential Archives, US imperialism, USA, Vietnam on April 29, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Glenn Greenwald

4/8/2015

Article link: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/04/07/political-rhetoric-us-never-changes-nyts-attack-mlks-anti-war-speeches/

China concerned at reports of New Zealand-U.S. plan to spy on diplomats [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Internet Global Hegemony, National Security Agency / NSA, New Zealand, NSA, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on April 19, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

WELLINGTON, April 19 (Xinhua) — China on Sunday expressed concern about a report that New Zealand and United States spy agencies planned to hack into a data link between Chinese government buildings in Auckland.

The plan was revealed in documents from U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Herald on Sunday newspaper reported.

The project run by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and the NSA appeared aimed [sic] at tapping data flowing between the Chinese Consulate and its visa office in Auckland.

The documents said the GCSB had identified the data link, and agreed to cooperate with the NSA to use the link to access China’s computer systems, said the report.

Documents appeared to show the plan was codenamed “Frostbite” by the GCSB and “Basilhayden” — also identified as fictional spy James Bond’s drink of choice — by the NSA.

The paperwork revealed the GCSB worked with the NSA’s elite hacker team — the Tailored Access Operations division — which specialized in cracking computer systems and planting spyware on computers, said the report.

A 2013 NSA document showed China at the top of a list of targets it was having monitored by the GCSB, saying the New Zealand agency gave the NSA “access to areas and countries that are difficult for the United States to access.”

But it is unknown if the plan went ahead because, as sign-off was being sought, Snowden walked out of his job with a mass of top secret documents.

The Chinese Embassy in New Zealand issued a statement Sunday, saying that China was concerned about the report and attached great importance to the cyber security issue.

“We will firmly safeguard our security interests and continue to guarantee our cyber and information security with concrete measures,” said the statement…

…Xinhua was unable to contact anyone in New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s office for a response on Sunday…

…The opposition Green Party said Key and the government pointlessly endangered New Zealand’s relationship with its largest trading partner.

“Breaking international agreements to spy on Chinese diplomatic communications in Auckland is reckless. It would bring very little, if any, benefit to New Zealand,” Greens co-leader Russel Norman said in a statement.

“The test is, would we have spied on China on our own accord? It’s very unlikely. So why is New Zealand spying on behalf of the Americans?”

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Excerpted/edited by Zuo Shou

Full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-04/19/c_134163487.htm
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Related article, contains unsubstantiated allegations of massive Chinese state-sponsored cyber-espionage: “New Zealand Plotted Hack on China With NSA” [The Intercept] – https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/04/18/new-zealand-china-gcsb-nsa-auckland-hack/