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A political commentator has slammed the US double standard policies in fighting terrorism, saying Washington arms the same Takfiri terrorists it claims to be battling, Press TV reports.
In an interview with Press TV on Wednesday, John Parker from the International Action Center (IAC) said the US provides arms to the ISIL terrorists through its regional allies such as Saudi Arabia in an attempt to destabilize Iraq and Syria.
Americans SHOULD have been listening to Ron Paul for years. Now that the chickens are coming home to roost, let’s hope they finally listen before their goose is cooked.
This week Americans will enjoy Independence Day with family cookouts and fireworks. Flags will be displayed in abundance. Sadly, however, what should be a celebration of the courage of those who risked so much to oppose tyranny will instead be turned into a celebration of government, not liberty. The mainstream media and opportunistic politicians have turned Independence Day into the opposite of what was intended.
The idea of opposing — by force if necessary — a tyrannical government has been turned into a celebration of tyrannical government itself!
The evidence is all around us.
How would the signers of the Declaration of Independence have viewed, for example, the Obama Administration’s “drone memo,” finally released last week, which claims to justify the president’s killing American citizens without charge, judge, jury, or oversight? Is this not a tyranny similar to that which our Founders opposed? And was such power concentrated in one branch of government not what inspired the rebellion against the English king in the first place?
The “drone memo,” released after an ACLU freedom of information request, purports to establish the president alone as the arbiter of who is or is not a terrorist subject to execution by the US government. There is no due process involved, just the determination of the president. Thus far the only American citizens killed by the president are Anwar al-Awlaki and his teenage son, but the precedent has been established, according to the memo, that the president has the authority to kill Americans he believes are terrorists.
Even the New York Times, which generally backs whatever US administration is in power, is troubled by the White House’s legal justification to claim the authority to kill Americans. A Times editorial last week concluded that:
…the memo turns out to be a slapdash pastiche of legal theories — some based on obscure interpretations of British and Israeli law — that was clearly tailored to the desired result.
I agree with the New York Times’ conclusion that, “[t]his memo should never have taken so long to be released, and more documents must be made public. The public is still in the dark on too many vital questions.”
Coincidentally, in addition to the “drone memo” released last week, a broader study of the US use of drones was also released by the Stimson Center. The study, co-chaired by Gen. John Abizaid, former U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) commander, concluded that contrary to claims that drones help prevent wider conflicts by targeting specific individuals, the use of drones “may create a slippery slope leading to continual or wider wars.”
In fact, the study concluded, the use of drones overseas is likely counterproductive. “Civilian casualties, even if relatively few, can anger whole communities, increase anti-US sentiment and become a potent recruiting tool for terrorist organizations,” the study found.
Seven years ago I wrote in an Independence Day column:
Only the safe-guards and limitations that are enshrined in a constitutionally-limited republic can prohibit a nation from lurching toward empire…I hope every person who reads or hears this will take the time to go back and read the Declaration of Independence. Only by recapturing the spirit of independence can we ensure our government never resembles the one from which the American States declared their separation.
On Independence Day we should remember the spirit of rebellion against tyranny that inspired our Founding Fathers to set out our experiment in liberty. We should ourselves celebrate and continue that struggle if we are to keep our republic.
Putin to West: Stop turning world into ‘global barracks,’ dictating rules to others
Russia’s president has blamed the turmoil in Ukraine on the country’s newly-elected leader Petro Poroshenko. Vladimir Putin also criticized the West for its intention to turn the planet into a “global barracks.”
Russia’s president has laid the blame for the ongoing turmoil between Kiev and south-eastern regions squarely at the feet of Petro Poroshenko, after the Ukrainian leader terminated the ceasefire.
He has stressed that Russia and European partners could not convince Poroshenko to not take the path of violence, which can’t lead to peace. Finish reading here.
Rumsfeld, Bush remain unaccountable over torture: activist
Press TV has conducted an interview with Charlie McGrath, founder of Wide Awake News.com, about the revival of a lawsuit against a defense contractor for torturing detainees at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.
The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: Tell us the significance of this; a US federal appeals court has revived this lawsuit. Tell me in your perspective what this could mean?
McGrath: In my perspective…my hope is that District Judge Bruce Lee…will have some latitude to help these victims, you know, these victims of torture that was sponsored by Donald Rumsfeld and the United States.
The hope is that not only will these victims be compensated for their torture that was prosecuted in our names; but that this would be exposed to the American people because I really truly believe that most Americans don’t understand that these things can happen once again – in our name.
The Surprising Vitamin of Long Life
A vitamin hailed as “a miracle cure” decades ago, and later dismissed as “nearly useless” turns out to have remarkable disease-fighting prowess and could even add years to your life, several new and recent studies suggest.
One of the latest findings is that vitamin C could be an inexpensive, natural weapon against cardiovascular disease (CVD)—heart attacks and strokes—the leading killer of Americans.
Not only are researchers now testing a new stent coated with vitamin C instead of drugs to treat clogged heart arteries, but taking vitamin C in supplement form cuts risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the first place, according to a new analysis published in the journal Atherosclerosis.