September 29, 2014
"There has been no more ridiculous sight over the past week than pundits suggesting the crisis in Iraq happened because the United States withdrew its troops too soon."

September 19, 2014
"As many critics have pointed, out, terrorism is not an enemy. It is a tactic. Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely makes the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world."

Director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan, General William Odom (via priceofliberty)

September 13, 2014
"Do we really want this to be the new normal of the way we interact with the world? Do we want to be doing this all over the world, forever, indefinitely, in counterterrorism campaigns that go on indefinitely and that we don’t call war, just adding new countries to the list of where we do this stuff, every year, year after year…when does it ever stop?"

Rachel Maddow

September 11, 2014
What We Should Remember On 9/11

Last year’s message seems equally relevant today:

On the anniversary of 9/11, we should recommit ourselves to ensuring that we don’t allow fear to determine our public policy choices.  We should learn the unmistakable lesson of the past 12 years: that trading liberty for more security is a false choice that leads us down a dark path.  As Justice Brennan said in 1988:

For as adamant as my country has been about civil liberties during peacetime, it has a long history of failing to preserve civil liberties when it perceived its national security threatened. This series of failures is particularly frustrating in that it appears to result not from informed and rational decisions that protecting civil liberties would expose the United States to unacceptable security risks, but rather from the episodic nature of our security crises. After each perceived security crises ended, the United States has remorsefully realized that the abrogation of civil liberties was unnecessary. but it has proven unable to prevent itself from repeating the error when the next crisis came along.

Let us recommit ourselves to not making this error again.  Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.

(Source: letterstomycountry)

August 24, 2014
"I have not seen any evidence of successful U.S. intervention to stop such violence [as is ongoing in Iraq] in our modern history."

Matthew Hoh, former State Dep’t foreign service officer.  Hoh resigned in 2009 in protest of what he believed to be a counterproductive U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

See Also: Bombs Are Medication For Guilt, Not Peace, In Iraq

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

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