Barack Obama, moments ago: ”I am continuing in effect for an additional year the national emergency that was declared on September 14, 2001, with respect to the terrorist threat.”
Hope and change! In other news, Obama’s black-bagging law—the one that allows the government to kidnap Americans and disappear them into military detention such as Guantanamo Bay—has been blocked by a federal judge, saying that it violates the 1st and 5th Amendments. Is this considered an Obama achievement?
- Jayel Aheram
"It is not right for you to occupy our countries and kill our women and children and expect to live in peace and security."
Osama bin Laden (via haereticum)
Reality Check: Attack On U.S. Ambassador In Libya An Example Of Blowback
“The troops are heroes, they are fighting for our freedom”
Does anyone actually think before they say something like that? I mean, when talking about that last 40 years, when was the last time a shot was fired in the name of my my freedom or safety?
I understand the thought behind “the war on terror”, but it did not at all turn out the way it was sold to the world.
If you support the troops, and I’m not just talking about America, I want you to sit and actually decide why you give your support. Don’t just repeat the phrase because you’ve been saying it for so long. Use your brain.
Why do you really support the troops?
"Flags are bits of coloured cloth that governments use to first shrink wrap people’s brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead."
Arundhati Roy (via americanliberationtour)
"Indeed, Obama’s first authorized drone attack in Yemen led to the deaths of 14 women and 21 children, and only one al-Qaeda affiliate."
Probably the most disturbingly clear indictment of Obama’s very real acts to do away with all civil liberties and rights of american citizens - and it comes from Obama’s own mouth, clear as day, no euphemisms necessary.
Every supporter of Obama should take a few minutes to watch this, and ask themselves why they’re still rationalizing all this, and whether they felt these things were acceptable under George W. Bush.
Also, I’m proud of Rachel Maddow for actually acting like a journalist, asking difficult questions, something that can’t be said of her peers very often.
"If you go to the village of Al-Majalah in Yemen, where I was, and you see the unexploded clusterbombs and you have the list and photographic evidence, as I do—the women and children that represented the vast majority of the deaths in this first strike that Obama authorized on Yemen—those people were murdered by President Obama, on his orders, because there was believed to be someone from Al Qaeda in that area. There’s only one person that’s been identified that had any connection to Al Qaeda there. And 21 women and 14 children were killed in that strike and the U.S. tried to cover it up, and say it was a Yemeni strike, and we know from the Wikileaks cables that David Petraeus conspired with the president of Yemen to lie to the world about who did that bombing. It’s murder—it’s mass murder—when you say, ‘We are going to bomb this area’ because we believe a terrorist is there, and you know that women and children are in the area. The United States has an obligation to not bomb that area if they believe that women and children are there. I’m sorry, that’s murder."
"[A]fter several years of the tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped. Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this purpose, but the Democrats haven’t made a move worth mentioning. On the contrary, they continue to agree to the spending of tens of billions to continue the killing and war there, which has led to the vast majority of you being afflicted with disappointment.
And here is the gist of the matter, so one should pause, think and reflect: why have the Democrats failed to stop the war, despite them being the majority?"
"First, in addressing global terror and violent extremism, we need the kind of comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy I called for last August. We need to strengthen security partnerships to take out terrorist networks, while investing in education and opportunity. We need to give our national security agencies the tools they need, while restoring the adherence to rule of law that helps us win the battle for hearts and minds. This means closing Guantanamo, restoring habeas corpus, and respecting civil liberties."
Candidate Obama, 2008 (eBooks, Databases, and other searchable on-line content from askSam)
I wish we had elected this man.
The “War on Terror” has been going on for half my lifetime.
America, fuck yeah.