July 10, 2014
"I think drones are the most cowardly instruments in the history of warfare. A guy sits in an air-conditioned cage on a padded chair, looking at a TV monitor at an image 4,000 or 5,000 miles away, and we are killing wedding parties and children … We killed an American citizen. I mean, and this is with the total support of the people who bragged about America the most; America, America, the Constitution. And they totally turned their back on the bedrock of the Constitution. We have people in cages for 15 years, no Red Cross, no visitation, no letters, no nothing. For 14, 15 years. No habeas corpus. And these blatant violations are met with silence. We are a nation of law unless we’re scared."

Phil Donahue

"We are a nation of law unless we’re scared."

July 6, 2014

eltigrechico:

"Bullshit, sir."

Former head of CIA’s Bin Laden Unit, Michael Scheuer vs. Peter King and fellow congressman on US Foreign Policy, Israel and what inspires the terrorists to fight.

LTMC: A spirited exchange.

(via priceofliberty)

July 3, 2014
Report: Iraqi army retakes Tikrit from ISIS

Iraqis can take care of their own problems.  No U.S. intervention needed.

May 29, 2014
"You might say, “doesn’t anybody really care that I looked up the score for the Rangers game?” A government, or a hacker, or some other nefarious individual would say yes, they’re very interested. Because it tells them a lot about you. It tells them that you probably speak English. It tells them that you’re an American. It tells them that you’re interested in this sport. They might know what your habits are, [and] where in the world were you when you checked the score—do you check it when you travel or do you check it when you’re just at home? They’d be able to tell something called your “pattern of life.” When are you doing these kinds of activities? When do you wake up? When do you go to sleep? What other phones are around you when you wake up and go to sleep? Are you with someone that’s not your wife? Are you someplace you shouldn’t be, according to the Government? Are you doing something we disapprove of, even if they aren’t technically illegal? And all of these things can raise your level of scrutiny. Even if it seems entirely innocent to you. Even if you have nothing to hide. Even if you’re doing nothing wrong. These activities can be misconstrued, misinterpreted, and used to harm you as an individual, even without the government having any intent to do you wrong."

Edward Snowden

May 29, 2014
"I believed the Government’s arguments that we were going to do good things in Iraq. That we were going to free the oppressed. And I wanted to do my part to help share the national burden, and create not just a better America, but a better world. The problem was, as time went on and I rose to higher and higher levels of the intelligence community, as I gained more and more access, as I saw more and more classified information at the highest levels, I realized that so many of the things that we’re told by the Government simply weren’t true. …The Iraq war that I signed up for was launched on false premises. The American people were misled. Now whether that was due to bad faith, or simply mistakes of intelligence, I can’t say for sure. But I can sy that it shows the problem of putting too much faith in intelligence systems without debating them in public."

Edward Snowden

May 29, 2014
"The definition of a security is any nation that prioritizes security over all other considerations. I don’t believe the United States is, or ever should be, a security state. If we want to be free, we can’t become subjects to surveillance, we can’t give away our privacy, we can’t give away our rights. We have to be an active party. We have to be an active part of our government. We have to say that there are some things worth dying for. And I think the country is one of them."

Edward Snowden

I love how detractors paint Snowden as a traitor.  And then he says things like this.

May 29, 2014
"I take the threat of terrorism seriously. I think we all do. And I think it’s very disingenuous for the Government to invoke and scandalize our memories, to exploit the national trauma that we all suffered together [on 9/11], and worked so hard to come through, to justify programs that have never been shown to keep us safe. But cost us liberties and freedoms we don’t need to give up. And our Constitution says we should not give up."

Edward Snowden

May 6, 2014
"Americans will suffer due to the lack of seriousness in reaching a foreign-policy consensus. We’ll spill more U.S. blood and spend more borrowed dollars on actions that leave the world less stable, prosperous, and peaceful (see the past dozen years). But it’s really the wretched of the Earth who will ultimately pay a much higher price for the intransigence of Democratic and Republican refusals to work out basic rules and guidelines that preclude erratic and almost-always ineffective military actions (again, see the past dozen years)."

Nick Gillespie

April 28, 2014
"We baptized the world into this new creation of unending and indefinite war, where our military violence has near-unfettered permission to strike with missiles and drones.

And it is a new creation that lives on.

We baptized ourselves, too.

And we died to the old self — the one that at least appeared to value due process, international justice, and respect for human dignity. And in the process, we became new creations that valued security at all costs, even our own humanity."

David Henson on how — in one, sad sense — Sarah Palin is actually right. (via priceofliberty)

We are still baptizing the world with American violence.”

(via priceofliberty)

February 21, 2014
"The details of how we have been waging our war on terror are appalling, and Scahill’s film paints a picture of callousness and ineptitude that shocked me. Having seen it, I am embarrassed to have been so trusting and complacent with respect to my government’s use of force."

Sam Harris

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