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em·pire
ˈemˌpī(ə)r/
noun
an extensive operation or sphere of activity controlled by one person or group

The USA:

Has more foreign military bases than any country in world history. The number is estimated to be from 700 to over 1,000

Spends more on violence than the rest of the world combined

Has overthrown or attempted to overthrow some 60 countries since WW2, the majority of them democracies

For more details, CLICK HERE for a brief, bullet-point overview of the US empire

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Demagogue’s Delight: US Extremist Leader Advances Militant Agenda

(Warning: Graphic Images)
Extremist groups in the US have publicly announced that they are going to violate international law and commit aggression by detonating large-scale explosives inside Syria, without UN member-state Syria’s permission or cooperation, without being attacked, and without UN Security Council authorization, which is legally required.  It is countless international terrorist actions like this, combined with silly claims like “We are a nation of laws”, that have made Obama a worldwide laughingstock and tragicomic dunce.
Obama, of course, cares nothing about that, since he, as any marginally aware person can see, only needs the support or passive acceptance of an uninformed US public, and perhaps a dictator ally or two.
The US militant leader has stated that if Syria acts in complete accordance with international law and in any way resists the US terror-planes or terrorist forces committing aggression against Syria, Obama will then use that as a pretext to simply execute Assad as he executed Qaddafi and thousands of other suspects.
Yes, this particular extremist, Obama, executes suspects in the most barbaric way possible, on a near daily basis, by using intense, concentrated pressure and jagged metal fragments to dismember their bodies and splash out their organs.  This typically produces a long, excruciating, torturous demise through organ failure and bleeding out while writhing in agony.  What this form of execution looks like:
US Extremist Favored Execution Technique
And:
US Extremist Favored Execution Technique
Video of the civilian woman’s lengthy torture/execution by US-backed forces here.
Obama used this form of execution on, for example, a crowded farmer’s market, where he placed and detonated internationally banned cluster fragmentation explosives (the industrial version of what the Boston Bombers tried to make) and executed 16 women, five of them pregnant, and 21 children.
The industrial version of cluster bombs are tightly packed with sharp plastic instead of metal fragments, so that way metal detectors can’t locate the pieces inside people’s bodies and they can’t be surgically removed from people who may otherwise have had a chance of surviving the (disturbingly twisted) execution attempt.
Extremist leader Obama tried to illegally bomb Syria last year, but his propaganda attempt to demagogue the public and others into accepting the aggression didn’t work.  This is likely because the “demon” he used to try to whip up fear, hatred, and other such emotions in the public, was Assad, a white-skinned guy who wears a Western-style suit.
It also didn’t work because the “act” Obama tried to use as the incitement to commit aggression was a chemical bombing of hundreds of kids, carried out not by Assad, as Obama knowingly lied, but, as revealed by Seymour Hersh’s US government sources, by US-ally Turkey and the Western/US-backed Islamic extremist groups (like ISIS) trying to kill Assad.
Once it was known that the horrific chemical attack was carried out by the US side, by a US ally, this was censored in the US, and conspicuously not used as a reason to bomb the US allies and US-allied groups who carried out the attack, with US government knowledge.
The new propaganda cover for attacking Syria (which the USA has been doing non-stop since 1948) is a much better tool for a demagogue like Obama to whip up fear and hate in an uninformed populace.  The newly designated propaganda “demons” are not white, suit-wearing people like Assad, but are dark-skinned people who wear masks and release videos of beheadings.
These kinds of acts, like the former chemical attack by US allies, bother US™ state-controllers zero, on a scale of one to ten.
Saudi Arabia beheads people on video regularly (or cuts off their hands, whips them thousands of times for exercising free speech, etc.), and Obama, in 2013, sent the theocratic Saudi regime the biggest shipment of weapons in the history of the USA.
And when sickening killings of American civilians work against, rather than for, US expansion/aggression purposes, news of them is simply suppressed, like the rape, horrible torture, and sadistic murder of multiple American nuns by US-trained, equipped, advised, supplied, and backed forces in Latin America.  The American nuns were found dumped in a ditch with their heads gone and underwear ripped off.
Know the names of any of those American nuns?  We should think about the reason why we are constantly beaten over the head with the names of civilians executed by groups that provide a pretext for US empire expansion, but not the names of executed civilians that make the US and its proxy forces look bad, and demand constriction, rather than expansion, of US empire.
So, once Obama starts bombing in Syria, he will claim or report legal Syrian government firing upon US planes (as if the US wouldn’t fire on planes illegally bombing targets in the US), and then use that as a reason to extend his crime further and murder Assad and, ideally, install a brutal US puppet who would increase US state/corporate control over the world energy market.
(Before oil burgeoned, the US government openly stated that it wanted to control the world market for what was then the key product, cotton.  As oil is today, cotton was known to be a lever of power that would allow the slave-driving US to bring non-slave-states “to their knees”.)
While the drooling, decrepit, blogger-whipping, hand amputating, head-chopping king of Saudi Arabia looks forward to his personal meetings with his partner and mentor Obama, one wonders if Assad is getting nervous.
However, Assad has his own forces and friends, including Iran, nuclear Russia, and nuclear China (all of which, unlike the US, which alone on Earth rejects it, support the idea of food as a fundamental human right).  Leaders of these countries all know perfectly well what Obama is doing, and they say so all the time.  If Obama, indeed, starts trying to murder Assad directly, and not just through terrorist proxy forces as he’s been doing for years, there will be consequences for many people, including US citizens.
This, of course, does not slow Obama down, since the operation has nothing to do with security for the people funding Obama’s terrorism: US taxpayers.  Empire expansion operations are virtually always carried out in spite of drastically decreasing security for US taxpayers and their families.
Those of us who are aware must help others.  We must band together for non-violent action to protect ourselves from brutal terrorist extremists like Obama, who continually, knowingly decrease our security by committing terrorist attacks around the world.  We must make it a goal to build a democratic society so we can, for the first time, start following international law, or at least stop dispossessing people, torturing people, stealing land, committing and supporting genocide and ethnic cleansing, and the like.
Notice Switzerland, a tiny country, does not have to do any of this stuff that the USG swears it has to do around the world, despite Switzerland being one one billionth as militarily powerful as the US.  And if you are thinking, well, Switzerland doesn’t help anyone, either, you’re forgetting that the Red Cross always somehow manages NOT to kill tens of millions of civilians, or even one.  And no, the US is not “well-meaning but ham-handed”.  It’s just a bunch of calculating criminals doing whatever they can because it benefits them.
Also note:
Analysts inside and outside the government, from Dick Cheney to Noam Chomsky, knew full well before the illegal 2003 US invasion of Iraq that the invasion would vastly increase terrorism and instability in the region and worldwide, and increase terror threats to the US.  Cheney stated in the early 90s that a US invasion would cause “pieces of Iraq to go flying off”, as in various factions would all claim parts of Iraq as their own, which is exactly what has happened.
Bush scheduled US forces to be withdrawn from Iraq in 2011.  Obama tried to get legal immunity for the troops so he could keep them there indefinitely, but found it was politically impossible at that point.  Well, now, with a better propaganda cover (ISIS), the Mongol hoards are back.
Yes, Iraqis have said they were better off under US-installed-and-backed Saddam than they were after the US destroyed their country from 1990 to the present.  Yes, they have said the Americans are worse than the Mongol hoards.
But the USA’s goal is not to make people happy.  It is, as stated, to dominate the planet so that the highest possible amount of power and luxury can be extracted from the world by the people controlling US™ and global power.
We also need to be aware that Obama is demanding more cash and weapons for the Islamic extremist groups in Syria even as they are all signing cooperation agreements with ISIS.  The terrorist Islamic group FSA specifically refuses to fight against ISIS.  It and the other “moderate” Islamic extremist groups have always shared their weapons with ISIS and Al Qaeda.  This was always known to everyone, and Obama wants to give them more.  (If we think Obama is stupid and doesn’t know the effect this will have, it just means WE are stupid.  He knows very well what he’s doing.)  But, shhhhh.  The public is NOT supposed to know about this.
Remember: ISIS (est. 2014) is the reason the USA has been bombing and committing terror in the Middle East since 1948.  That’s all.  It’s not like Obama wants to overthrow Assad.
“Assad Must Go, Obama Says” – Washington Post
Oh, yeah.
One other, related tidbit: the US heads a gang called the “Five Eyes”, which consists of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
It’s interesting to note that in every one of these “countries”, barbarian hoards expanded to them from the UK, committed genocide against and exterminated the native inhabitants, dug in and barricaded themselves, formed new outposts, and then continued their global expansion operations from there, which is what we are witnessing today as the “Eyes” threaten humans with extinction through nuclear war and/or fossil fuel burning, which the remnants of the exterminated indigenous peoples do their best to protest.
Robert Barsocchini is an American investigative journalist and writer for the film industry.  Here is his blog.  Also see his free e-book, Whatever it Takes – Hillary Clinton’s Record of Support for War and other Depravities.  Click here to follow Robert and his UK-based colleague, Dean Robinson, on Twitter.
The above is also published in Washington's Blog. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top 10 US-Backed Atrocities and Authoritarian Regimes

Since its inception in 1776 and before, the “nascent empire” (George Washington) of the USA has been torturing and killing virtually continuously, around the clock, often taking ears, noses, teeth, skulls, skins, scalps, and people’s virginity as its trophies, in addition to taking, of course, land, forced labor, repressed labor, slave labor, cash, resources, freedom, democracy, and hope.
This extremely well-researched 30 minute documentary represents the microscopic tip of the USA’s iceberg of extremism and depravity:
Top 10 US-Backed Atrocities and Authoritarian Regimes

The people in charge of the USA could not possibly care less about what ISIS does to people.  ISIS is simply the latest in a never-ending series of covers for what US controllers have been doing in the Middle East since about 1948 and worldwide since the inception of the US: getting rich by building, expanding, and maintaining a brutal global empire.
Robert Barsocchini is an American investigative journalist and writer for the film industry.  Here is his blog.  Also see his free e-book, Whatever it Takes – Hillary Clinton’s Record of Support for War and other Depravities.  Click here to follow Robert and his UK-based colleague, Dean Robinson, on Twitter.
Above also published in Washington's Blog. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

US Corporate Espionage

Glenn Greenwald documented yesterday that, last August, the US government announced that it:
… does ***not*** engage in economic espionage in any domain, including cyber. [emphasis original]
Right after that, the US government was revealed to be, as Greenwald documents, spying on:
…financial targets such as the Brazilian oil giant Petrobraseconomic summitsinternational credit card and banking systems; the EU antitrust commissioner investigating Google, Microsoft, and Intel; and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. In response, the U.S. modified its denial to acknowledge that it does engage in economic spying…
And about 13 years earlier, in the year 2000, William Blum documented:
Like a mammoth vacuum cleaner in the sky, the National Security Agency (NSA) sucks it all up … if it runs on electromagnetic energy, NSA is there … Twenty-four hours a day. Perhaps billions of messages sucked up each day. No one escapes. Not presidents, prime ministers, the UN Secretary-General, the pope, the Queen of England, embassies, transnational corporation CEOs, friend, foe, your Aunt Lena … if God has a phone, it’s being monitored … maybe your dog isn’t being tapped. The oceans will not protect you. American submarines have been attaching tapping pods to deep underwater cables for decades.
Under a system codenamed ECHELON, launched in the 1970s, the NSA and its junior partners in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada operate a network of massive, highly automated interception stations, covering the globe amongst them.
The list of specific targets [has included] Amnesty International and Christian Aid.
…the US has continued to expand ECHELON surveillance in Europe, partly because of heightened interest in commercial espionage – to uncover industrial information that would provide American corporations with an advantage over foreign rivals.
German security experts discovered several years ago that ECHELON was engaged in heavy commercial spying in Europe. Victims included such German firms as the wind generator manufacturer Enercon. In 1998, Enercon developed what it thought was a secret invention, enabling it to generate electricity from wind power at a far cheaper rate than before. However, when the company tried to market its invention in the United States, it was confronted by its American rival, Kenetech, which announced that it had already patented a near-identical development. Kenetech then brought a court order against Enercon to ban the sale of its equipment in the US. In a rare public disclosure, an NSA employee, who refused to be named, agreed to appear in silhouette on German television to reveal how he had stolen Enercon’s secrets by tapping the telephone and computer link lines that ran between Enercon’s research laboratory and its production unit some 12 miles away. Detailed plans of the company’s invention were then passed on to Kenetech.
Corporate Espionage
Actual US Spy Satellite Logo
In 1994, Thomson S.A., located in Paris, and Airbus Industrie, based in Blagnac Cedex, France, also lost lucrative contracts, snatched away by American rivals aided by information covertly collected by NSA and CIA. The same agencies also eavesdropped on Japanese representatives during negotiations with the United States in 1995 over auto parts trade.
German industry has complained that it is in a particularly vulnerable position because the government forbids its security services from conducting similar industrial espionage. “German politicians still support the rather naive idea that political allies should not spy on each other’s businesses. The Americans and the British do not have such illusions,”said journalist Udo Ulfkotte, a specialist in European industrial espionage, in 1999.
That same year, Germany demanded that the United States recall three CIA operatives for their activities in Germany involving economic espionage. The news report stated that the Germans “have long been suspicious of the eavesdropping capabilities of the enormous U.S. radar and communications complex at Bad Aibling, near Munich”, which is in fact an NSA intercept station. “The Americans tell us it is used solely to monitor communications by potential enemies, but how can we be entirely sure that they are not picking up pieces of information that we think should remain completely secret?” asked a senior German official. Japanese officials most likely have been told a similar story by Washington about the more than a dozen signals intelligence bases which Japan has allowed to be located on its territory.
The United States has been trying to persuade European Union countries as well to allow it “back-door” access to encryption programs, claiming that this was to serve the needs of law-enforcement agencies. However, a report released by the European Parliament in May 1999 asserted that Washington’s plans for controlling encryption software in Europe had nothing to do with law enforcement and everything to do with US industrial espionage. The NSA has also dispatched FBI agents on break-in missions to snatch code books from foreign facilities in the United States, and CIA officers to recruit foreign communications clerks abroad and buy their code secrets, according to veteran intelligence officials.
The quote from the US government at the beginning, here, is an old fashioned technique (lying) where you tell people you are doing the opposite of what you’re actually doing, in secret, because what you are actually doing is illegal, immoral (in the US gov’s words), and exposes you as a criminal who only pretends to be against the things you are, in secret, actually doing yourself to a greater degree than anyone…  ever.  Being exposed may, in rare cases, even increase your chance of having to stop committing the crimes, whereas your goal is to keep committing them.
Let’s see if we can venture a guess as to why the US Government™ would conduct corporate espionage – illegal spying on behalf of private corporations – to allow them to cheat and avoid the harshness of the “free market” (in reality, corporations hate the idea of a free market, and they never stop trying to use state violence to negate it and make sure they don’t ever have to face market discipline).
Maybe the reason for state/corporate espionage has something to do with the recent findings of researchers in Cornell and Northwestern universities, who conducted the biggest study of the topic to date, and found:
…economic elites [in the USA] are estimated to have a quite substantial, highly significant, independent impact on policy.
Whereas:
…the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy
So, people who own corporations have the most influence over the state.  That seems to provide a pretty good explanation for why the state would be illegally spying on behalf of corporations…
It also meshes with what the son of a vice president of one of the major global oil/fossil fuel conglomerates recently told me, which is that his experiences have shown him that “It is basically impossible to tell where corporations end and government begins.”
Robert Barsocchini is an American investigative journalist and writer for the film industry.  Here is his blog.  Also see his free e-book, Whatever it Takes – Hillary Clinton’s Record of Support for War and other Depravities.  Click here to follow Robert and his UK-based colleague, Dean Robinson, on Twitter.

The above is also published in Washington's Blog.