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Thousands gather in Washington for anti-NSA ‘Stop Watching Us’ rally

Video from ‘Stop Watching Us’ (YouTube) published October 26, 2013

Text below from The Guardian – By Jim Newell – October 26, 2013

Statement from whistleblower Edward Snowden read to crowd featuring groups from left and right of political spectrum

Thousands gathered by the Capitol reflection pool in Washington on Saturday to march, chant, and listen to speakers and performers as part of Stop Watching Us, a gathering to protest “mass surveillance” under NSA programs first disclosed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Billed by organizers as “the largest rally yet to protest mass surveillance”, Stop Watching Us was sponsored by an unusually broad coalition of left- and right-wing groups, including everything from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Green Party, Color of Change and Daily Kos to the Libertarian Party, FreedomWorks and Young Americans for Liberty.

The events began outside Union Station, a few blocks away from the Capitol. Props abounded, with a model drone hoisted by one member of the crowd and a large parachute carried by others. One member of the left-wing protest group Code Pink wore a large Barack Obama mascot head and carried around a cardboard camera. Organizers supplied placards reading “Stop Watching _____”, allowing protesters to fill in their own name – or other slogans and occasional profanities. Homemade signs were more colorful, reading “Don’t Tap Me, Bro” “Yes, We Scan” and “No Snitching Allowed”. …

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Oliver Stone: America Didn’t Win World War II – Russia Did

Filmmaker Oliver Stone doesn’t think America won World War II

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Chomsky: Instead of “Illegal” Threat to Syria, U.S. Should Back Chemical Weapons Ban in All Nations – September 11, 2013

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Secret Places: RAF Menwith Hill

Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know

The base is in name only – RAF Menwith Hill. More accurately it is run by the National Security Agency of America. Among other personnel there is a contingency of GCHQ personnel present too.

Medea Benjamin: Drones, Endless War

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, author of Drone Warfare, Killing by Remote Control, speaking about Drones on July 29, 2013

Obama called “war criminal” & “hypocrite of the century” in Irish Parliament

Clare Daly in Irish Parliament – Published Jun 21, 2013

Depleted Uranium

Congressman McDermott HBO Interview

An interview with Congressman Jim McDermott of the Seventh District of Washington State. Congressman McDermott has been one of the only experts and advocates in the US government on the issue of depleted uranium in Iraq. He gives a firsthand account of the military’s history of using depleted uranium munitions, the legacy it has left behind in Iraq, and why the US government refuses to do anything about it.

An Anti-War Blockbuster: “Dirty Wars” – By David Swanson – May 30, 2013

Starting in June, a remarkable anti-war / pro-journalism film will be showing — even more remarkably — in big mainstream movie theaters.

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“Dirty Wars” with Scahill and Goodman

Noam Chomsky – May, 2013

Dr. Noam Chomsky Breaks the Set on War, Imperialism, and Propaganda

Ailing Alliance: Years of NATO warfare result in blowback


Noam Chomsky: violence and dignity – reflections on the Middle East – video highlights

The Guardian – March 22, 2013

The academic and political theorist Noam Chomsky gave the Edward W Said lecture on 18 March at London’s Friends’ House. In these highlights from the lecture Chomsky discusses Iran’s relations with the west and democracy in the post-Arab-spring Islamic world…

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Noam Chomsky on Presumption of Innocence

The amazing evolutionary path of Presumption Of Innocence from year 1215 to 2013 and its even more amazing time warp back to Pre-13th century standards, explained by Mr. Chomsky in 12 minutes.

Extraordinary Rendition on Trial

From Human Rights TV

The Amazing Rise and Fall of Presumption Of Innocence

This extract is from an interview with Naom Chomsky shot on January 22, 2013, as part of a documentary project Tipping Point Democracy.

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Girls’ education – short film

Please consider viewing this brilliant short film. it is very short and every time it is watched, the girls schools in Pakistan receive money. Please pass it on to all and sundry.


Supervisor of Intelligence Estimate Hailed for Preventing War with Iran – Professor Thomas Fingar wins the Sam Adams award for integrity in intelligence, while others warn of an unprecedented crackdown on intelligence agency whistleblowers

US Betrayal of Truth – Interview with Whistleblower Thomas Drake

This is a very important and very chilling interview with NSA Senior Executive whistleblower Thomas Drake regarding the ominous implications of Sec. 21 of the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act signed by Barack Obama in 2012 – ‘indefinite detention without trial’]

CAAB supports Thomas Drake and is in solidarity with him in his brave stance in exposing what is happening to civil liberties and more in the US.

US military to allow women on the frontline

Decision overturns 1994 policy preventing women from serving in small frontline combat units. – January 24, 2013

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to lift the military’s ban on women serving in combat, a move that could open thousands of frontline warfighting jobs to female service members …

The decision would give the individual military services until 2016 to seek an exemption if they believe any jobs should remain closed to women, a defence official said.

The move was welcomed by US Senator Carl Levin, the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who said it reflected the “reality of 21st century military operations,” and by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had filed a suit in November seeking to force the Pentagon to end the ban. …


Death of a Prisoner:

The Tragic Return Home of a Guantánamo Bay Detainee – By Laura Poitras – January 17,2013

When President Obama pledged to close the Guantánamo Bay prison on his first day in office as president in 2009, I believed the country had shifted direction. I was wrong. Four years later, President Obama has not only institutionalized Guantánamo and all the horrors it symbolizes, but he has initiated new extrajudicial programs, like the president’s secret kill list. …

Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif recently died in solitary confinement at Guantánamo at age 36, after nearly 11 years of imprisonment there, despite never having been charged with a crime. Last month his body was returned to his family in Yemen, but we are left with many unanswered questions about his imprisonment and death.

Mr. Latif’s death is under investigation by the United States military, which claims he committed suicide from an overdose of prescription medication complicated by acute pneumonia. But that’s hard to take at face value. Why was he placed in solitary confinement when he was suffering from acute pneumonia? How could he have overdosed on medication, given the strict protocols at Guantánamo? Why did it take three months for the body to be returned to Yemen? And finally, why are his autopsy and toxicology report classified and being withheld from his family?

These questions are not just about Adnan Latif. They also address the injustices that our government has instituted and normalized in the war on terror.


We have just marked the 11th year of the continuing illegal, torturing and abusing US base at Guatanamo. This film is shocking and we ask that you send it round as widely as possible – also please come to the weekly Tuesday pm demonstration (6-8 pm) outside the main entrance to NSA Menwith Hill. And just to make the point we recall that Barack Obama is a Nobel peace prize winner…

The U.S. Empire of bases abroad,
over one thousand!

The Pentagon estimates that each year it spends $22.1 billion to maintain its bases and troops around the world. However, the actual costs even on conservative estimates is about $170 billion annually.

The totals could be even higher. Estimates of maintaining US bases abroad since the start of the war on terror in 2001 range from $1.8 trillion to $2.1 trillion. ….

There are about 1 million US military and Defense Department personnel and families abroad. …

The number of bases is difficult to determine exactly and depends on what is defined as a base. But the total of foreign bases likely is in excess of 1,000. The US has by far the largest military expeditures of any country on the globe. Some of the details of the military budget can be found here

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