Voice of America Promoting a lecture by the founder of the Iranian communist guerilla group who was involved in the terror of American agents at Shah’s time !!
صدای آمریکا صدای چریک کمونیست
“It is also a fact that America is too democratic at home to be autocratic abroad. This limits the use of America’s power, especially its capacity for military intimidation. Never before has a populist democracy attained international supremacy. But the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being. The economic self-denial (that is, defense spending) and the human sacrifice (casualties, even among professional soldiers) required in the effort are uncongenial to democratic instincts. Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization.” (p.35)
Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multi-cultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.( p. 211)
The Grand Chessboard (1997)
The Power Principle:
The Century of the Self
Repeatedly choosing the wrong side of history:
Vice President Biden:
“The fact of the matter is, the ability to identify a moderate middle in Syria was—there was no moderate middle, because the moderate middle are made up of shopkeepers, not soldiers; they’re made up of people who, in fact, have—ordinary elements of the middle class of that country.”
“What my constant cry was that our biggest problem is our allies — our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria. ”
The Turks were great friends. And I have a great relationship with Erdogan [whom] I just spent a lot of time with. The Saudis, the Emiratis, etc. What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war.What did they do?
“They poured hundreds and millions of dollars and tens and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad. Except that the people who were being supplied were [Jabhat] al-Nusra and al-Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world. Now you think I’m exaggerating. Take a look: Where did all of this go? So now what’s happening? All of a sudden, everybody is awakened because … [IS] which was al-Qaeda in Iraq, which when they were essentially thrown out of Iraq, found open space and territory in … eastern Syria, worked with al-Nusra who we declared a terrorist group early on and we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them. So what happened? Now, all of a sudden, I don’t want to be too facetious, but they have seen the Lord! Now … the president’s been able to put together a coalition of our Sunni neighbors, because America can’t once again go into a Muslim nation and be the aggressor. It has to be led by Sunnis to go and attack a Sunni organization. So what do we have for the first time?”
Now Saudi Arabia has stopped the funding going in, Saudi Arabia’s allowing training on its soil of American forces under Title 10, open training. The Qataris have cut off their support for the most extreme elements of the terrorist organizations and the Turks,President Erdogan told me — he’s an old friend — said you were right, we let too many people through. Now they’re trying to seal their border.”
“It took Saudi Arabia to figure out ISIL’s objective wasn’t Ramadi, it was Mecca and Medina.”
In February 2012, Israel teamed with MEK terror group to kill Iran’s nuclear scientists.
Tony Blair, when change came to Egypt:
What is inevitable is that there’s going to be change. The question then is: How do you manage this process of change so that we get there with stability, not chaos, and some sense of order?
“Then, in a letter to his Secretary of War expressing his full support for Washington’s judgment, Adams added two pointed observations.
Maintaining armies was costly business and could become quite unpopular in the absence of an enemy to fight,.”
The General Wesley Clark Describes how a government memo had proven that a further 7 wars had been planned with the below mentioned countries.
Afghanistan ( already started when he claimed he saw the memo )
Think Tank, real Tank
Patrick Lyell Clawson is an American economist and scholar teaches an intro to war making!!!. He is currently the Director for Research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and senior editor of Middle East Quarterly.
Without Saudi money and men, the Taliban would not have existed, nor would Pakistan have become a hotbed of fundamentalism it is today.
(Zakaria, 2003, p. 146)
A relatively small number of people — perhaps 1 million or .5 percent of the country– runs most of the major institutions in the united states or has influence in other ways. This state of affairs has dramatic consequences for the nation. (Zakaria, 2003, p. 235)
Zakaria, F. (2003). The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad (1st ed.). W. W. Norton & Company.
A participant of the British delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference after WW1 Keynes believed the demands on defeated Germany were too harsh. He resigned his government position and wrote a book explaining his reasons. (Keynes, 1920, p.2)
The effects of U.S. intervention in Latin America have been overwhelming negative. They have had the effect of reinforcing brutal and unjust social systems and crushing people who are fighting for what we would actually call “American values.” In many cases, if you take Chile, Guatemala, or Honduras for examples, we actually overthrew governments that had principles similar to ours and replaced those democratic, quasi-democratic, or nationalist leaders with people who detest everything the United States stands for.
Eisenhower feared war because, as a career soldier, he had lived it. In a 1943 letter to his brother, he scorned intellectuals who opined about war but had never seen “bodies rotting on the ground and smelled the stench of decaying human flesh.” And Eisenhower feared war because although he was one of the greatest generals in history, he knew that he could not control it. “Every war,” he declared, “is going to astonish you.” And “for a man to predict” a war’s course “would I think exhibit his ignorance of war.”
Malaysian Submarine business. Read it instead of fiction books (Diamond, commission, blackmail, mistress):
She was allegedly introduced to Abdul Razak Baginda, a defense analyst from the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre think-tank, at an international diamond convention in Hong Kong by Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, and had a relationship with him.She accompanied Abdul Razak to Paris where she worked as a translator during his negotiations to purchase submarines from France for the Malaysian government. The Hong Kong website Asian Sentinel revealed in a series of photographs that Altantuya was in France during which time the two quickly became romantically involved. She reportedly became his mistress in Paris in 2005.
However, it must be noted that Raja Petra Kamaruddin Malaysia Today Editor was the one who connected Najib Razak with the Altantuya murders. Najib Razak denied all allegation as there were no concrete proof about him knowing Altantuya. Raja Petra retracted back his allegation of the involvement of Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor after the case were brought to court. Afraid of being prosecuted by the Malaysian courts for giving false statement, Raja Petra ran to England leaving his wife and children behind.</ref> , Wikileaks: Prominent Blogger Flees Sedition Trial.</ref>
According to reports by the French newspaper Liberation, Altantuya found out that one of the parties involved in negotiations, a Spanish company Armaris, had paid out commissions of 114 million euros for the deal (reportedly one billion euros or RM4.7 billion for the purchase of three submarines). The commission was credited into the accounts of a company controlled by Razak, Perimekar. A letter written by Altantuya and found after her death admits that she had been blackmailing Mr Baginda, seeking $US500,000 cut to remain silent about her knowledge of the deal. 
On the 25th of Jun 2012, a French police investigation revealed that there were no immigration records of an “Altantuya Shaariibuu” entering France from 1999 to 2006. The conclusion reached by the French police raised doubts of the existence of a photograph of the Mongolian, Najib Tun Razak and Abdul Razak Baginda in Paris, allegedly taken between 2004 and 2006. The same report noted instead the entry of a SHAARIYBUU Bayasgalan, who bore similarites to, but was not conclusively identified as Altantuyaa, as well as pointed out that Najib’s entourage might have entered France through diplomatic channels as there was evidence of his presence but no corresponding immigration record.
Murder of Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa. (2013, March 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:15, March 14, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Murder_of_Shaariibuugiin_Altantuyaa&oldid=543821910
Scorpene Deal scam
The investigation moved very slowly. In 2007, Prashant Bhushan of the Centre for Public Interest Litigation filed a petition with the Delhi High Court to investigate whether there had been kickbacks in the Scorpene submarine deal. The High Court took a strong line with the investigating agency, saying “We feel dissatisfied with that you’ve done so far. If you’ve tried to shield someone, then we will come down very heavily on you”.
In October 2005, defence minister Pranab Mukherjee approved the Rs 19,000 crore submarine deal with French company Thales. Scorpene submarines are now being built in India under a technology transfer agreement that was part of that contract.
Scorpene Deal scam. (2012, November 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:28, March 14, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Scorpene_Deal_scam&oldid=522315718
Nicolas Sarkozy, then budget minister and was also Edouard Balladur‘s spokesman. Both have denied any involvement in Karachi Affair. On 3 July 2012, French police raided former FrenchPresident Nicolas Sarkozy residence and office as part of their probe into claims that he was involved in illegal political campaign financing. The allegations are related to the Pakistan Agosta submarine commissions used in political campaigns.
Karachi affair. (2013, February 2). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:31, March 14, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Karachi_affair&oldid=536186175
Given the ubiquity and celebrity of geolocation technologies, an individual has no legitimate expectation of privacy in the prospective location of a cellular telephone where that individual has failed to protect his privacy by taking the simple expedient of powering it off.
Given the notoriety surrounding the disclosure of geolocation data to retailers purveying soap powder and blue jeans to mall shoppers, the police searching for David Pogue’s iPhone and, most alarmingly, the creators and users of the Girls Around You app, cell phone users cannot realistically entertain the notion that such information would (or should) be withheld from federal law enforcement agents searching for a fugitive.
Magistrate judge Gary Brown
How to make your organization legal.
A bad sister in law for Tony: https://youtu.be/jHtQaWjvIbA
It is pretty hard to be wrong all the time 🙂
Watch the whole thing, It will be time well spent.
Ignore Amanpour’s annoyance.
He is really funny.
I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity. Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. (Daniel Somers)
Military spending 2013: 22.5
The goal is Justice. The method is transparency.
Looking at the enormous quantity and diversity of these military or intelligence apparatus inside the documents, what I see is a vast, sprawling estate: what we would traditionally call the ‘military-intelligence complex’ or the ‘military industrial complex.’ And that this sprawling industrial estate is growing, becoming more and more secretive, becoming more and more uncontrolled. This is not a sophisticated conspiracy controlled at the top, this is a vast movement of self-interest with thousands and thousands of players all working together and against each other to produce an end result, which is Iraq and Afghanistan, and Columbia, and keeping that going.
So what I see is: we often deal with tax havens, and people hiding assets and transferring money through offshore tax havens. I see some really quite remarkable similarities: Guantanamo is used for laundering people to an offshore haven which doesn’t follow the rule of law that we would normally expect. A tax haven is used for hiding people’s assets, laundering people’s assets through a jurisdiction which doesn’t follow the rule of law that we would expect in our home countries. Similarly, Iraq and Afghanistan — and Columbia — are used to wash money out of the U.S. tax base and back.
Arms companies, yeah. And the generals and so on which, if you like, are non-profit versions. So you can’t just (or you can’t always) pull out two billion bucks from the U.S. tax base and just say, “Hey, let’s give it to an arms company straight away with no expectation of doing any work,” but if you say, “This two billion dollars has got to go into Columbia, but the Columbian government has to buy U.S. arms and those arms have to be of a particular type, a particular specification that only one of these arms companies has,” then that’s just a way of laundering [money] back into the United States.
What you’re saying is that money, and money making, is at the center of modern war, and it’s almost self-perpetuating.
Yes, and it’s becoming worse. The number of private companies that sprung up around Iraq, the number of private companies that are now supporting the National Security Agency, this has increased a hundred times in the past ten years — the number of companies. So now you have a school, a feeding school, that is feeding off the U.S tax base and is a lobby to make sure that those wars go on.
You have two sorts of lobbies: you have offensive lobbies and defensive lobbies. An offensive lobby tries to get new money that it didn’t have before by lobbying the leaders of government, and a defensive lobby makes sure that companies continue to receive the money that they’ve been getting before. So now we’re in a position in the United States where we have both enormous offensive lobbies and enormous defensive lobbies. But defensive lobbies always fight harder. They fight to keep the expectation of the money flow going, and that apparatus has been built up in the past ten years, and I think it’s going to be extremely difficult to dismantle.