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  •  Empire Score: Civil Liberties & War Making (4+ / 0-)

    not looking very good

    the old empire is now known to be spying on the whole world to violate everyone's electronic privacy

    this was suspected, and even known from previous reports, but now with The Snowden Effect, it is undeniable (well, almost)

    And now we have the rush to war in Syria

    compare the speech by Kerry and Greenwald's address for the whistleblower award

    who is telling the truth?

    who has a stronger position?

    Norman Soloman,  who presented the Manning proposal to the Nobel Peace Prize committee points out that the military and the security systems are two sides of the same coin

    well, in my mind, that coin of the realm is tarnished these days

    remember after Colin Powell did his belly flop at the UN, few of us would even listen to him anymore

    well, how many will take Kerry seriously?

    and for that matter, the Commander In Chief ( or, Commander in Cheer Leading for the MIIC)

    •  neither are exactly inspiring confidence (4+ / 0-)

      Since the UN test results will not be available for at least 10 days, we can of course expect patience and sanity on the part of those wanting to rush into war........

      U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the United States and the four other big U.N. powers in a closed-door briefing today that it would take up to two weeks to determine whether chemical weapons have been used in Syria, according to diplomats briefed on the meeting. Ban said that his chief U.N. weapons inspector, the Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, had initially insisted he would need three to four weeks to analyze samples collected at the site of the Aug. 21 attack. But Ban told the gathering, which included Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and representatives from Britain, China, France, and Russia, that he had convinced Sellstrom to conclude his analysis in 10 to 14 days.
       

      Ban's spokesman, Martin Nesirky, told reporters today that the U.N. could not immediately provide the Security Council with any findings on the nature of the substance that asphyxiated large numbers of people in the attack. Once the analysis is completed, he said, Ban will provide a report to the 15-nation council.
      "We have to be very clear here that before the mission can draw any conclusion about this incident, the evaluation of all available information, including the laboratory analysis of all samples, must be completed," Nesirky said. "The team is doing its utmost to expedite the process of analysis."

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 08:38:02 AM PDT

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