The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again

“Why throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion this year) than the next seven countries combined? Do we need 1.4 million active military personnel and 850,000 reserves when the enemy at the moment – ISIS – numbers in … Continue reading “The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again”

Battlefield America Is the New Normal

“If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers? If you look at the police department, their creed is to protect and to serve. A soldier’s mission is to engage his enemy in close combat and kill … Continue reading “Battlefield America Is the New Normal”

The Age of No Privacy: The Surveillance State Shifts Into High Gear

“We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government.” ~ William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice, dissenting in Osborn v. United States, 385 U.S. 341 (1966) The government has become an expert in finding ways to sidestep what it … Continue reading “The Age of No Privacy: The Surveillance State Shifts Into High Gear”

America’s Reign of Terror

“The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” ~ James Madison Who designed the malware worm that is now wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers internationally by hackers demanding a king’s ransom? The U.S. government. Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons (weaponized … Continue reading “America’s Reign of Terror”

Big Brother Is Still Watching You

“You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” ~ George Orwell, 1984 Supposedly the National Security Administration is going to stop collecting certain Internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target. Privacy advocates are hailing … Continue reading “Big Brother Is Still Watching You”

When It Comes to Fake News, the US Government Is the Biggest Culprit

“We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth.” ~ Former New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg Let’s talk about fake news stories, shall we? There’s the garden variety fake news that is not really “news” so much as it is titillating, tabloid-worthy material peddled by anyone with a … Continue reading “When It Comes to Fake News, the US Government Is the Biggest Culprit”

Violence Begets Violence: The Orlando Shootings and the War on Terror

“Americans have been told that their government is keeping them safe by preventing and prosecuting terrorism inside the US… But take a closer look and you realize that many of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring, and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.” – Human … Continue reading “Violence Begets Violence: The Orlando Shootings and the War on Terror”

Censored, Surveilled, Watch-Listed, and Jailed

“You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” – George Orwell, 1984 In past ages, those who dared to speak out against tyranny – viewed as an act of treason – were blinded, … Continue reading “Censored, Surveilled, Watch-Listed, and Jailed”

To France From a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack … Continue reading “To France From a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late”