The facts are in and you're an idiot. You continue to vote in these 'law and order' assholes and you've managed to turn the greatest country on the planet into a zoo. While the politicians, pharmaceutical CEOs, Big Oil and Wall Street bankers laugh all the way to their offshore bank accounts.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

WWA (Writers with Attitude)

WWA (Writers with Attitude)
By Christopher R Rice

Americans are so easily confused, whatever shall a starving unheard of writer do? I wanted to clear up some confusion for those of you that have never heard of this writer before. I've been writing for the Underground press for over 35 years or since 1980. Where to begin? Reagan sold weapons to Iran in exchange for hostages, lied about global warming, created todays homeless problem, dropped tariffs and import fees shipping millions of jobs overseas. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. S&Ls, drug war, death squads, opened the door for lobbyist and so much more. Clinton, locked up more American citizens than any president before him. Got into office by helping Reagan's Contras cocaine shipments. Sold military secrets to China. GWBush and company, war criminals. Banks went bust looked like your daddies S&L scandal all over again, just a coincidence, I suppose. Tortured and invaded innocent Iraqi's to create more terrorist to feed the insatiable military industrial complex. Halliburton war profiteers. Bail out crooks and criminals while the poor are shot like dogs in the street. Bulls on parade. Obama's another oil man. Promises change than re hires everyone from the previous administration. What kind of change was that? Even using your new math that shit don't add up. Poor kids with no opportunities. A woman raped every 2 minutes, only in America. I have no respect for Hillary, Trump or a society that accepts 2.5 million homeless children. Why would I?

Am I making any sense to you left wing apologist and right wing nut jobs?

Obama IS a war criminal. Hillary is a war criminal. And Trump is NOT my savior, Trump is a charlatan. Sleep now in the fire.

Writers with attitudes. I didn't become a writer to hear myself piss and moan. I became a writer to raise an army. Turns out Americans are all boot lickers and ass kissers, no one has any balls, no one to stand up with me against the psychopaths ruining our country. So I stand alone.

No prob. You think a billionaire appointing other billionaires will fix a system that made them billionaires? You're a special kind of stupid. But just because everyone else is willing to take advantage of your gullibility does not make it right. I've been writing this same crap for 35 years so I guess you're just as guilty as they are. I've wrote about how your iPhone / iPad was made by slave labor but you don't care, hell, you've camped outside just to wait in line for the new model.

Makes you an accomplice in slavery if you're willing to buy slave made goods, don't you think? Slave trader. That's right American consumers are slave owners. How many slaves does it take to maintain your lifestyle? Funny how American corporations only move to countries with horrible human / workers rights abuses. Funny, huh. American corporations laugh all the way to their offshore bank accounts. That's right, under Ronald Reagan's 'free trade' agreements multinational, highly profitable US corporations do not pay taxes in their host country or in America either. Hell even worse, most profitable US corporations received rebate checks from the US government ie. US taxpayers. Fuck America, do we understand each other? Your lies and bullshit do not work here anymore. I'm not buying it. You are a liar. Everything that American schools, institutions, doctors, priest, police have ever told me was a God damn lie. I call bullshit.

Writers with attitudes. calm like a bomb.

I wake up, screaming at the top of my lungs, I put my fist in the air but it seems to go nowhere. My teachers are all dead or locked away by the State. What's a poor student to do? It's all so confusing, left on my own, no direction, no country, no home. All alone. Fighting for justice, fighting for freedom, but for who? Sheep are for sheering, ignorance is bliss. The wolves are at your door and there's no one to save you from yourselves. You've settled for nothing now, you won't take action, not now, not later. Nothing left now, hear your screams and cries, bend over kiss your ass goodbye.

Goodbye cruel world. You're just another brick in the wall.


Deplorables or Traitors

Deplorables or Traitors
By Christopher R Rice

Either we arrest our politicians and put this whole circus on trial or we no longer have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. You can not have democracy without justice. You can not have a functioning Republic when your elections are fraudulent. We really have no choice. To accept the election results we would have to accept a fraud.

The simple fact Conservatives are choosing Russia over America is all the proof you need they are traitors. This is not going away deplorables, your pied piper will be impeached. They should put the Russian sympathizers that voted for Trump into camps for treason. They are a danger to the country.

It is a disgrace to have our country controlled by traitors. Never in American history has there been such a disgrace. GOP, you have shown yourselves to be traitors to our history, our veterans, our independence.

If Trump says the system is rigged, his supporters believe it. If Trump says the system isn't rigged, Trump supporters believe that too. Trump's America hates intelligence.

Yes, you deniers keep living in your fantasy world where the Russians are looking out for the United States more than the Democratic Party, the current President of the United States and our various security agencies. Do you know how foolish you sound when you accuse our President and all of the security agencies of some grand plot?

Trump, with his ignorance and narcissism is an embarrassment to himself and to America.

How does Trump wanting a "friendly" relationship with Putin and Russia benefit you and your families? How? Free vodka? Free ice? How?

Why are right-wing conservatives supporting Russian terrorist acts against the United States?  I can't believe how many Americans are defending Putin's infiltration into our national energy grid because they don't like Obama. I guess racism "Trumps" nationalism.

I can't believe so many are burying their heads in the sand and acting like this is a Trump vs. Obama thing. This is a National Security issue.

Trump and his supporters are a security risk to our country. We the people must stop these traitors now. I never thought I'd live to see the day when so called "Americans" would take the word of a Russian dictator over the words of our American FBI and CIA. You should be kicked out of the country along with those Russian spies.


Clinton is not an option. The facts are clear and irrefutable, the primaries were stolen from Bernie Sanders by the so called 'Super Delegates'. Clinton is a crook and a criminal. And politicians should not be above the law.

Unfortunately for you and me, we are left in a very difficult position.

Either we arrest our politicians and put this whole circus on trial or we no longer have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. You can not have democracy without justice. You can not have a functioning Republic when your elections are fraudulent. We really have no choice. To accept the election results we would have to accept a fraud.


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We know for a fact that both Trump and Hillary cheated. The candidate that didn't cheat, lost.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Was J. Edgar Hoover a Soul Brother?

Was J. Edgar Hoover a Soul Brother?

"Not all slave masters abused their slaves - Some actually treated them like family and bore children by them, like the Mississippi plantation owner, William Hoover. He had eight children by my Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Allen. One of those children was my Grandfather William Allen, and one was his brother, Ivery Hoover, who later had one son; J. Edgar." Millie McGhee, author of Secrets Uncovered, J Edgar Hoover - Passing For White?
A new book entitled Secrets Uncovered, J Edgar Hoover - Passing For White? has been published revealing that J Edgar Hoover, the head of the FBI for most of its early history from 1924 until his death in 1972, had black ancestors. The author, Millie McGhee is an African-American who says she was told as a little girl in McComb, Mississippi, USA, of her familles links with Hoover, described by the author Edward Spannaus, his article The Mysterious Origins of J. Edgar Hoover as "one of the most virulent racists to hold a top government position" in the USA in the 20th century.

She says that her grandfather told her of a "very powerful" man in Washington who was related to the family but did not want the links to be known and passed himself off as white. She reveals in her book that this man was Hoover, who was born in 1895, was apparently anxious that no one should know of his black origins.

McGhee, a former teacher in Los Angeles, contacted a genealogist in Salt Lake City, Utah, for help in tracing her family's history back over 200 years. Her research shows that Hoover's grandfather and great-grandfather lived in a segregated black area of Washington and were once classified in a census as "coloured". In the search of census records into the family of his father, Dickerson Naylor Hoover (who died in 1921 after a long illness) both the Hoover and Naylor families were living in areas of Washington D.C. - then itself a mostly segregated city - where blacks and whites were listed as living in close proximity. Some of the white Hoover families had blacks living with them, not as servants, but blacks being of the same occupation, such as "butcher'' or "clerk.'' There are also alterations and other oddities in a number of the Hoover family census records, and also in the racial listings which were then included in census records.

According to McGhee, her relatives were warned of "dire consequences" if they spoke publicly of his background. She said that as a little girl she believed that they would be killed if they mentioned the secret.
"Is this man so ashamed of his race that he would spend his whole life passing for white? . . . How has our race offended him ?"
She says that his obsession with the assassinated Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, stemmed in part from a repressed anger about his secret life. Apparently, although members of the Hoover family have contacted her and said that they are not angry about the disclosures, McGhee's own family were unhappy with her decision to go public, as, understandably, they never wanted to be associated with him.

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According to Spannaus, apparently it was well-known both inside and outside the FBI, that there were rumors about Hoover's possible black ancestry - which were widespread during his long reign. There were also reports that Hoover deployed the FBI to track down who was behind rumors of his black ancestry - just as he did regarding rumors and reports about his homosexuality. The American writer Gore Vidal, who grew up in Washington, D.C. in the 1930s, told the writer Anthony Summers that when:
"Hoover was becoming famous, and it was always said of him - in my family and around the city - that he was mulatto. People said he came from a family that had "passed.' It was the word they used for people of black origin who, after generations of inbreeding, have enough white blood to pass themselves off as white. That's what was always said about Hoover.'' (Anthony Summers, Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, 1993).
Summers also found evidence that blacks referred to Hoover as "some kind of spook'' and even "soul brother,'' and realized that in some black communities in the eastern part of the USA, it was generally believed that Edgar had black roots. Hoover's ancestry was always a subject of speculation within the FBI, because of his lack of documented heritage that was always required when someone joined the FBI. Wesley Swearingen, a former FBI Special Agent (from 1951 to 1977), and author of the 1995 book FBI Secrets: An Agent's Exposé, said that it was always viewed as a mystery the lack of documented evidence on Hoover's background:
"Because for all the FBI agents, they'd go back and check everything about your family, your relatives, and everything else, to make sure they're squeaky clean . . . and here, the Director, and nobody knows really where he came from . . . agents would get into topics like that where they on a surveillance or something, when they finished the crossword puzzle, and had nothing else to do, and they'd start talking about Hoover . . . all the agents would get onto the subject of his real tight hair, his tight, wirey hair, and speculation that maybe there was a little hanky-panky in his family . . . and then his facial characteristics were really unusual"
Spannaus has done excellent research himself, which along with McGhee, have also confirmed that there are substantial discrepancies concerning Hoover's early biography. He observes how:
Strikingly, there does not appear to be {any} contemporaneous record of Edgar's birth in Washington. Hoover's own autobiographical account - on which virtually all biographers have relied - states that he was born January 1, 1895, at his parents' home on Seward Square, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., with a physician, Dr. Mallan, in attendance.

However, despite the fact that it was legally required to report a birth to the District of Columbia Health Department, and that this had been done for the first two children born in the family (Dickerson, Jr. and Lillian), there was no certificate of birth filed for Edgar by Dr. Mallan.

The entry for John Edgar Hoover in the Washington D.C. index of births was clearly added at a much later date, and the certificate number contains the suffix "D'' - signifying a delayed filing.

Thus Spannaus obtained a certified copy of Edgar's actual birth certificate - which was not filed until 1938, when Hoover was 43 years old ! The verification of birth is provided by an affidavit executed by Edgar's older brother Dickerson N. Hoover, Jr., who states that he was present when Edgar was born, and that he himself was 15 years old at the time. Oddly, Dickerson's affidavit does not mention a doctor being present, in contrast to Edgar's own account. He found out that, curiously, Hoover had never applied for a birth certificate until after his mother's death in February 1938. It seems obvious that his mother Annie Hoover - if she in fact was his mother - would have been by far the best witness, rather than a 15-year-old boy.

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The writer Anthony Summers, described Hoover as "the offspring of a disturbed father and an ambitious mother.'' Apparently the relationship to his father, Dickerson Naylor Hoover, was virtually non-existent. He was never known to have ever spoken about his father even to his closest friends. His relationship with his mother however, was one of extreme dependency. As a child, he was described as "high-strung", "sickly", and even "excessively fearful'' by relatives. He was said to have a terror of separation from his mother, whom he lived with until her death in 1938. As Spannaus notes:
"Of course, were it the case that Edgar had already been separated from his real mother at an early age, and Annie Hoover was actually his adoptive or surrogate mother, this psychological profile would be entirely consistent with such a scenario"
Spannaus also found indications that his Dickerson and Naylor ancestors (through Hoover's paternal grandmother) were involved in a post-Civil War "underground railroad'' which was used to assist light-skinned blacks to make the transition from black society to white society. (An academic study cited in McGhee's book, reports that more than three-quarters of African-Americans have some white ancestry, and that at least 23% of white Americans have an African-American element in their background.)

Hoover's obsession with fighting those who were struggling for black liberation from was an state of apartheid in the USA up until the 1960's is well-known. For example, in 1956, in the wake of the US Supreme Court's decision to end segregation of black and white children in schools, Hoover fought with Attorney General Brownell over his proposals for new civil rights laws and enforcement provisions. Hoover declared that "the specter of racial intermarriage'' was behind the tensions over "mixed schooling,'' and he on one hand attacked the civil rights organizations, while defending and praising the racist and Ku Klux Klan supporting White Citizens Councils in the South. It was also in 1956 that Hoover launched the FBI's COINTELPRO (Counter-Intelligence Programme) which targeted civil rights groups and leaders, among others. Hoover's FBI was literally an unofficial extension of the illegal racist groups that were burning down Black churches in the South and lynching Black people - At the time of Hoover's death in 1972, blacks still constituted less than 1% of FBI special agents. In the early 1960s, one FBI agent reported that:
"In about 90% of the situations in which Bureau personnel referred to Negroes, the word 'Nigger' was used and always in a very derogatory manner.'' (Richard Gid Powers, Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover, 1987, p. 367).
While at George Washington University in 1917, Hoover had became active in what is politely called the "Southern Fraternity,'' the Kappa Alpha Order - according to Spannaus others have likened it to the "college auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan". His "official" mother, Annie Hoover was the honorary "housemother'' for Kappa Alpha at George Washington University, and Hoover remained active in it for the rest of his life. Many of his closest associates at the FBI were also Kappa Alpha members. Ironically, Hoover's remarkable career path would undoubtedly never have been possible, had it been known to have had black ancestry in his family background. In the decade of his birth, so-called Jim Crow laws were re-instituted through the South. Under the infamous Democratic Presidency of Woodrow Wilson (when Hoover began his career in the Justice Department), segregation was reinstituted throughout the Federal civil service, which had been exempted from Jim Crow laws. And under the prevailing "one drop'' rule, any amount of black blood or ancestry would exclude a person from most positions or careers - and certainly from high government positions.

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Hoover had first waged a campaign against Marcus Garvey and the black nationalist movement from 1919 to 1923. He launched the infamous campaign to destroy Dr. Martin Luther King when in 1957, Hoover ordered the FBI to monitor King and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference, when it began a campaign to register eligible black voters in the racist South. Throughout his life in the 1960's before he was murdered by persons unknown suspected of working for the US government, the FBI ruthlessly targeted King. Thus, it is no surprise that when the news came through over the radio that King had been killed, shot in Memphis on April 4th, 1968 there were jubilant cries of "They got the SOB!'' that reverberated through the Atlanta FBI office. One former FBI agent recalled another agent shouting "We finally got the son of a bitch!'' (Curt Gentry, J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets, 1991, p. 606; Anthony Summers, Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, 1993, p. 364). Hoover's FBI also waged a total war against other Black liberation figures such as Malcolm X and the Black Panthers - 38 of whom were killed in suspicious circumstances.

It is clear that McGhee's book has contributed substantially to understanding the complex figure of J. Edgar Hoover - we can only wait and wonder now if the FBI will change it's official history to reflect a more accurate picture of his life and his time as the head of FBI when it ruthlessly attempted to crush the black liberation struggle. He is certainly a person who does not deserve to have public buildings and institutions named after him.

How an Uber driver stopped child sex trafficking in Elk Grove

How an Uber driver stopped child sex trafficking in Elk Grove
By Max Resnik, KCRA

An Uber driver who suspected child sex trafficking might be taking place in his vehicle reported it to police Monday. He said the signs were obvious and he couldn't stay silent.

Keith Avila, who had barely surpassed his one-month mark with Uber, picked up two women and a girl from Oak Park with the intention of taking them to a hotel in Elk Grove.

The ride, which figured to net Avila less than $8, was supposed to be a short one.

"It was about 13 minutes. Something like that. I'm going off memory but about 13 minutes," he recalled.

What ensued was anything but a routine Uber fare.

Avila said the girl who rode next to him in the front seat appeared to be about 12 years old and was dressed in attire that was not age appropriate.

"She had a really short skirt," he described. "So, you could see all her legs, and it struck me as odd because she was so young and she was dressing like that."

Two women rode in the back. Elk Grove police identified them as 25-year-old Destiny Pettway and 31-year-old Maria Westley.

Avila said one of the women controlled the young girl, whom Elk Grove police describe as a 16-year-old runaway.

While the teenager's attire caught Avila's eye, he said it was the discussion between one of the women in the backseat and the girl in the front seat that caught his ear.

He said the woman in the back coached her for her hotel visit with a man identified as 20-year-old Disney Vang.

Avila said the woman told the girl, "'First thing you want to do is ask: Do you have any weapons?

When you're hugging him, just ask, do you have any weapons? Pat him down. Pat him down while you're hugging him. Get the donation, first. Before you start touching him, going in there, get the donation first.'"

This discussion, coupled with the girl's attire, alerted Avila to the possibility that child sex trafficking was taking place in his car.

After dropping all three off at the Holiday Inn Express in Elk Grove, Avila said he moved to a safe distance and immediately called police.

"I think this is a perfect example of the community coming together and recognizing that something is not right," said Beth Hassett, CEO of WEAVE, which serves victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Sacramento County.

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Hassett said traffickers are looking for runaways like the 16-year-old girl. They're also looking for boys, any children in foster care and any children who look lost or vulnerable.

Women are often used as recruiters, she said, because there is an easy way of establishing trust with a female victim.

Hassett said Avila noticed obvious signs and believes the public can also look for them as well.

"[You're] looking for young girls or boy who aren't where it seems like it should be," Hassett explained. "They're obviously not on their way to school. You don't think there are books in that backpack. They're lurking around. They're with somebody who's a lot older than them."

Uber did not comment on the situation involving Avila but praised his actions.

Uber does not provide human trafficking training, but it is partnered with ECPAT-USA, which works to end child slavery.

Literature on their partnership and education about child sex trafficking is available to drivers on Uber's website.

Pettway and Westley remain in the Sacramento County Jail on pimping related charges. Their bail is set at $500,000.

Vang was also arrested but was released from Sacramento County Jail Tuesday on bail.

This article originally appeared on KCRA.

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The Greatest Scam Ever

The Greatest Scam Ever
By Christopher R Rice

The best scams are perfectly legal and leave your victim(s) unaware and coming back for more. You can have a good scam, but if the victim is aware they've been scammed and won't come back than it's not a great scam. A great scam never allows the victim(s) to even be aware that a scam is occurring or has taken place.

Creating a website use to mean a lot of writing for the webmaster but what if you could get your audience to write your articles for you and then either charge them to post or to access that content or simply place ads on your website that generate you revenue. What I'm talking about is the genius that is TER, Facebook, Craigslist, YouTube, Snapshot or Backpage.

For TER or The Erotic Review, clients post reviews of escorts. Like, did she do it without protection, did she let you shoot it all over her face, but to access those same reviews you must become a paid member. Facebook writes and produces nothing and yet Facebook's net worth as of today is $116 billion.

Now that's a hell of a scam. Whenever you can legally bilk $116 billion for doing absolutely nothing all day except selling your subscribers information to third parties, that's an excellent scam. There was a Facebook rival that paid their subscribers for content but I think that they went out of business.

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Imagine owning a website, like Craigslist, where your readers do all the writing. You, as Craigslist only need to charge for a few post in a few markets to make a whopping profit. No need to run ads or ask for donations. All the while hard working free lance writers are starving to death unable to make a buck off all of their research, hard work, time and effort.

My hats off to the greatest scam on the internet today. The people on the internet being scammed by Facebook, think that Facebook is providing a service. But the only service that Facebook provides is selling your personal information to third parties, and keeping all of the profits for themselves.

If you are looking for ways to make an extra buck, I've wrote a list of hustles here and a list of ways to make money on the net here. Some are perfectly legal, some are not so legal, you decide which is which. Writing is such a waste of my time.

The Hijackers

My central point is that the Syrian opposition’s sponsors – the Western powers, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia – queered the pitch early on with their insistence that Assad must go, a point that Slocock does not contest. Given the degree of dependence of the Syrian opposition on its external sponsors and the clearly stated position of these sponsors, it has been unrealistic to expect the regime to make concessions to its Syrian opponents for as long as their foreign sponsors’ position remains unchanged and the armed insurgency continues with external support. Hence my conclusion that Western policy should be changed, a conclusion Slocock does not address.

Hugh Roberts
Tufts University

Islamic State came out of Iraq, as Patrick Cockburn explains: the movement initially called the Islamic State in Iraq (ISI), then the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) or in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), had roots in al-Qaida in Iraq, which, under Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, waged sectarian war on the US-sponsored regime in Baghdad and the Shia in general until Zarqawi’s death in 2006. Al-Qaida in Iraq were jihadis; Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria are jihadist; the Armed Islamic Group in Algeria were jihadist. But Islamic State is something else. Cockburn provides an invaluable history of IS along with a powerful critique of Western policy in Iraq and Syria and an unsparing analysis of Shia politics in Baghdad. In their book Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan lean much further towards Filiu’s thesis, that the rise of IS can be blamed in large part on the Assad regime, and they devote a chapter to the dealings between the Syrian intelligence services and Sunni jihadi groups in Iraq. I don’t doubt that such dealings occurred. Syria opposed the Anglo-American war on Iraq in 2003 and the destruction of the Iraqi state created a zone of insecurity the length of Syria’s eastern border. Syria was bound to make it its business to get a handle on what was going on in western and northern Iraq by establishing contacts with and infiltrating whatever armed movements emerged there. But I think Cockburn is right when he dismisses as a conspiracy theory the idea that Assad helped create IS, not because I refuse to consider conspiracy theories (conspiracies occur), but because the theory ignores the fact that IS and the Assad regime are fighting each other. Besides, Assad has had sound military reasons to concentrate on other fronts and leave IS in the north-east for later. The regime might also, as Lakhdar Brahimi told Der Spiegel, be trying to say to Syrians: ‘“This is the future you will have if we are not there anymore.”’
Hassan and Weiss refer indiscriminately to IS and other jihadis groups as ‘takfiris’. But not all jihadi groups are takfiri. Bin Laden’s al-Qaida was originally waging a classic jihad against ‘Crusaders and Jews’ – i.e. the West and (at least notionally) Israel. The question of takfir arose where would-be jihadis took on their own, nominally Islamic, governments, as in Egypt and Algeria. Sunni doctrine endorses jihad against infidel powers but condemns rebellion against a Muslim ruler as fitna, division of the community of believers, the supreme evil, so rebels have to legitimize their revolt by denying their rulers’ Islamic credentials. This is what Zarqawi’s group did in confronting the new Shia regime in Baghdad and it is what Jabhat al-Nusra and others have been doing in Syria. Such takfiri jihadis rarely if ever have a notion of how to replace the state they are fighting. The leaders of IS have such a project. And while their movement has been fighting states whose Islamic credentials they deny, they have been constructing a new state in remote regions where the former central power has, at least temporarily, lost all purchase. As such, the movement they most resemble is the Taliban. Brahimi told Der Spiegel that he feared Syria would become ‘another Somalia … a failed state with warlords all over the place’. What is taking at least partial shape in Syria – unless the country is partitioned, which is also on the cards – is another Afghanistan.

When the Afghan jihadist – backed, like their Syrian successors today, by the Gulf states and Anglo-America – finally overthrew the secular-modernist Najibullah regime, they immediately fell out among themselves and Afghanistan collapsed into violent warlordism.

But, unlike Somalia, Afghanistan was rescued by a dynamic movement that suddenly appeared on its southern marches and swept all before it, crushing the warlords and finally establishing a new state. In the aftermath of the jihad our governments had sponsored and our media had enthusiastically reported, secular modernism was no longer on offer: militantly retrograde Islamism was the only political discourse around and it was inevitably the most fundamentalist brand that won. The victors called their state an emirate, the realm of an amir (‘commander’, ‘prince’). IS calls its state a caliphate – khilāfa – and this matters.

No doubt strictly local factors have facilitated IS’s project. Their capital, Raqqa, a large town in a strategic location on the Euphrates in the center of northern Syria, has long had ties with Iraq. To the west of Raqqa, near the Turkish frontier, is the town of Dabiq, where, in 1516, the Ottomans’ victory over the Mamluk sultanate in the battle of Marj Dabiq opened the way for their conquest of the Arab lands. In Islamic eschatology, Dabiq is one of the two possible locations of a battle between Muslims and an invading Christian army which the Muslims will win, their victory marking the beginning of the end of days. Dabiq is the title of Islamic State’s official online magazine.

Since the abolition of the Ottoman caliphate in 1924 its restoration has been proposed at intervals by various Sunni Islamists: it has long been a declared aim of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Islamic Liberation party, and in 1994 the Armed Islamic Group in Algeria went so far as to name the members of a restored caliphate’s new government. These rhetorical gestures led nowhere. But IS has done what others talked of. It has an army comprising highly equipped regular forces as well as guerrilla forces, it controls a large territory, it has an oil industry, it has a tax system, it has a system of local government and a system of justice. It fights like a state, it sees like a state and it punishes like a state. It carries conviction and meets with belief. It doesn’t care that it horrifies us; it knows that millions of Muslims have been horrified by what our governments have been doing to them.

The Taliban chose not to call their state a caliphate because they had no wider ambitions: their emirate was simply a new and better form of the Afghan state. IS, on the other hand, is reconnecting northern Iraq and northern Syria – reverting to what the Sykes-Picot agreement envisaged before Lloyd George amended it – and it isn’t a simple emanation of jihadi Islamism. The former members of Zarqawi’s al-Qaida in Iraq, whom IS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, took with him into the new project, haven’t been building IS by themselves.

When the Taliban began their drive across Afghanistan, they had the backing of Pakistan. The movement had matured in the madrasas of Pakistan’s north-west and there is no doubt that the Pakistani intelligence services were supporting it: Pakistan had every reason to be weary of the vacuum to the north, and what better way to fill it? IS, remarkably, appears to have grown and spread without the backing of any other state. Except that isn’t quite right: it has had the backing of an ex-state – the Baathist state overthrown in 2003.

As Hassan and Weiss explain, after the 1990-91 war, Saddam acted to shore up his regime by enhancing its religious legitimacy: he wanted to combine the ‘pan-Arabism in one country’ that he, like Assad next door, had long been pursuing with a resurgent Islamism. Iraqi Baathists developed ties with Sunni religious figures and the gulf between formerly divergent outlooks was bridged. Al-Baghdadi, born in 1971, comes from a tribe with a noble ancestry that goes back to the Prophet’s tribe, the Quraysh. But his birthplace, Samarra, was a Baathist stronghold and his family undoubtedly had Baathist connections. He was always going to be open to the idea of collaborating with former Baathists if the terms were right.

The ‘Islamic faith campaign’ that Saddam set in motion was orchestrated by his loyal lieutenant Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a member of an important Sufi order, the Naqshbandiyya. When Baghdad fell to US troops, al-Douri went on the run and was never tracked down. Reported at intervals to have died, he was busy building an insurgent network of his own, Jaish Rijāl al-Tarīqa al-Naqshbandiyya, ‘the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order’. The JRTN is rumored to have played a considerable part in the ‘Sunni insurgency’ between 2003 and 2006. The relationship between al-Douri’s organization and IS is unclear; it may be an alliance rather than a merger. But there is no doubt that numerous senior figures in the IS are former Baathists, including some former officers of the Iraqi army who had nowhere else to go after Paul Bremer’s fateful decision in May 2003 to dissolve the army and dismiss all members of the top echelons of the Baath Party from the state administration. The presence in its upper ranks of ex-Baathist officers largely explains the military prowess that IS has demonstrated. But there may be more to the Baathist connection than that.

In a lecture at Harvard’s Kennedy School last March, the Palestinian scholar Yezid Sayigh argued that the Iraqi Baath supplied the organizational template for Islamic State and that this has shaped its geopolitical perspectives and strategy. Unlike the Syrian Baath, which limited its strategic ambitions to its ‘near-abroad’, the Iraqi Baath in its heyday had ambitions far afield. No doubt Baghdad’s eternal rivalry with Cairo had a lot to do with this. The Iraqi Baath recruited members and established branches across the Arab world, in Jordan and Lebanon but also in Libya and Mauritania; Sayigh suggested that the reason IS has been following the same script is that Baathist savoir-faire has been available to it. And this in part explains the logic of the decision to call the state a caliphate. Pan-Arabism is a concept that has had its day but pan-Islamism has become contemporary again, and the architects of a caliphate, if they continue to succeed, have a chance of outflanking all their rivals within Sunni Islamism and attracting allegiance across the Middle East and North Africa and even beyond (IS may already be making headway in the Caucasus). So we may be seeing the resurrection of a form of Arab nationalism in the medium of fundamentalist pan-Islamism.
Cockburn argues that ‘for America, Britain and the Western powers, the rise of Isis and the caliphate is the ultimate disaster.’ There are certainly grounds for thinking he is right. But there are also grounds for wondering. His book went to press before he could take account of the extraordinary revelation that US intelligence had anticipated the rise of Islamic State nearly two years before it happened. On 18 May, a document from the US Defense Intelligence Agency dated 12 August 2012 was published by a conservative watchdog organization called Judicial Watch, which had managed to obtain this and other formerly classified documents through a federal lawsuit. The document not only anticipates the rise of IS but seems to suggest it would be a desirable development from the point of view of the international ‘coalition’ seeking regime change in Damascus. Here are the key passages:
7b. Development of the current events into proxy war … Opposition forces are trying to control the eastern areas (Hasaka and Der Zor), adjacent to the western Iraqi provinces (Mosul and Anbar), in addition to neighboring Turkish borders. Western countries, the Gulf states and Turkey are supporting these efforts. This hypothesis is most likely in accordance with the data from recent events, which will help prepare safe havens under international sheltering, similar to what transpired in Libya when Benghazi was chosen as the command center of the temporary government …

8c. If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.
So American intelligence saw IS coming and was not only relaxed about the prospect but, it appears, positively interested in it. The precise formula used in paragraph 8c is intriguing. It doesn’t talk of ‘the possibility that Isis might establish a Salafist principality’ but of ‘the possibility of establishing’ a Salafist principality. So who was to be the prime mover in this process? Did IS have a state backing it after all?

A second piece of evidence is a map prepared by Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters of the US War Academy and published in the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006. It shows a ‘New Middle East’ that, as imagined by Colonel Peters, would annoy most of the region’s current governments. What is striking is that, in place of Iraq and Syria, it suggests there could be three states, an ‘Arab Shia’ state extending up to Baghdad, a ‘Sunni Iraq’ and then ‘Syria’, with the last two shorn of their Kurdish districts, now included in a new state of ‘Free Kurdistan’. On its own the map proves nothing beyond one man’s imagination and the fact that a journal found it interesting enough to print. But it suggests that the partition of Iraq has been envisaged in senior US circles as a possibility for the last nine years. With the advances IS has made over the last year, talk of partition, both of Iraq and of Syria, has been increasing.

What we can make of this is, of course, unclear. At one extreme, conspiracy theorists will argue that it supports their claim that the Western powers have been deliberately creating chaos for unavow able reasons of their own. At the other end of the spectrum, one could hypothesize that the DIA document may have been read by four unimportant people in Washington and ignored by everyone else. In the middle, showing more respect for the DIA, we could imagine something else: the possibility that, in 2012, American and other Western intelligence services saw Isis much as they saw Jabhat al-Nusra and other jihadi groups, as useful auxiliaries in the anti-Assad drive, and could envisage its takeover of north-eastern Syria as a helpful development with no worrying implications. If Islamic State escaped whatever influence Western intelligence services may initially have sought to have on it and went its own way, this means that people have been playing with fire.

I don’t pretend to know what the truth is. But there is no need to prove malign intent on the part of the Western powers. The most charitable theory available, ‘the eternally recurring colossal cock-up’ theory of history, will do well enough. If a more sophisticated theory is required, I suggest we recall the assessment of C. Wright Mills when he spoke of US policy being made by ‘crackpot realists’, people who were entirely realistic about how to promote their careers inside the Beltway, and incorrigible crackpots when it came to formulating foreign policy. Since it is not only American folly and incompetence that is in the dock, I would also recall the assessment of Ernest Bevin, who remarked that ‘superiority is claimed by the middle class in the realms of government, when as a matter of fact their work is a monument of incompetence.’

Western policy has been a disgrace and Britain’s contribution to it should be a matter of national shame. Whatever has motivated it, it has been a disaster for Iraq, Libya and now Syria, and the fallout is killing Americans, French people and now British tourists, in addition to its uncounted victims in the Middle East. The case for changing this policy, at least where Syria is concerned, is overwhelming. Can Washington, London and Paris be persuaded of this? Cockburn quotes a former Syrian minister’s pessimistic assessment that ‘they climbed too far up the tree claiming Assad has to be replaced to reverse their policy now.’ But at least one significant American voice has been arguing for the last five months that this is indeed what they should do.

No one was a more zealous advocate of the ‘support the revolution/regime change’ policy than the US ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014, Robert Ford. He believed in the policy of backing the ‘moderate’ elements fighting the regime and unhesitatingly called for them to be armed. But he drew the line at the more extreme jihadist, and notably at Jabhat al-Nusra, unable to accept that the US could support an affiliate of al-Qaida. This wasn’t a problem for Paris, apparently. In early May, on a visit to Qatar, to which France had just sold 24 Rafale jets, François Hollande declared that it was French policy to aim for a transition in Syria ‘that excludes President Bashar al-Assad, but comprises all opposition groups as well as some individual components of the regime’. All opposition groups. And this wasn’t a departure: in December 2012, his foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, declared, with reference to Jabhat al-Nusra, that ‘sur le terrain, ils font du bon boulot’ (‘on the ground, they are doing a good job’). Ford couldn’t stomach this, and had the courage to accept that the policy he had championed had failed.

What can be done about Islamic State? As things stand, very little. As Cockburn was among the first to point out, air power will not stop it and nor will the corruption-ridden and demoralized Iraqi army; meanwhile, the much more combative but ferociously sectarian Shia militias are driving Sunni Iraqis into Islamic State’s arms. Sending in Western troops would be folly, a gift to the enemy. Training a few hundred Iraqis here or a few hundred Syrians there is obviously not a serious policy but a fatuous surrogate for one. What does this leave? The answer is that unless the Syrian army takes on Islamic State, IS will stay in business indefinitely.

On 10 June the Telegraph’s defense correspondent reported that Western officials were working to persuade Moscow and Tehran to abandon Assad. The argument they apparently put forward was that, since he is losing the war, the strategic priority for Russia and Iran must be to prevent IS capturing Damascus. Even if you accept the first part of the premise, there are gaping holes in the idea as reported by the Telegraph. If Assad is dropped, what next? If the regime holds together and carries on regardless, the jihadi movements and IS will continue to fight it. Why should the Syrian army do better in those circumstances than it is doing now? If the regime implodes, as it could well do, its army can hardly be expected to keep fighting and hold the IS at bay. And if it implodes but ‘moderate’ Sunnis are somehow eased with magical promptness into the saddle, the state won’t maintain its strong relationship to Iran; it will reverse course in deference to its Gulf sponsors, and Tehran will have suffered a strategic defeat that will greatly weaken its alliance with Hezbollah. Why should the ayatollahs agree to this? And in such circumstances Moscow would be bound to lose most of its purchase on Damascus as well. The notion that getting rid of Assad will facilitate the defeat of Islamic State is wishful thinking, a crackpot’s daydream. If the Western powers genuinely want an end to Islamic State, they must will the necessary means to this end.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

What Good are International Laws when the US can flagrantly Disregard Them?

What Good are International Laws when the US can flagrantly Disregard Them?
By Christopher R Rice

Hello, I have some questions. It feels like I'm from another planet, when I hear candidates say they will go after a terrorist family members and the presidential candidate is told the US military will disobey orders. Am I in some alternate universe? Because didn't this already happen? Didn't George W Bush do just that, go after alleged terrorist wives and children? Didn't John Woo write secret memos authorizing that very thing when he worked at the Justice Department? Didn't I report on the kidnapping and torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's children on this very blog, years ago. And then wasn't I forced by Google to remove my torture pictures carried out by the US military, including pictures of tortured children or lose .21 cents a day from AdSense  (Googles ad department).

This world can make you go crazy. Remember when I told you that if we didn't prosecute Bush and Co. that future presidents would have powers outside the US Constitution. And still have the right to kidnap, torture, hold indefinitely, without bail or charges anyone? Even US citizens. And that every country to use torture eventually uses it on their own citizens. Now, we have a candidate who publicly, is offering to torture not just the alleged terrorist but also their wives and children. So I will ask you again, if the US can flagrantly disregard international laws then what f'n good are they, people?

Related article: WikiLeaks and the 22 Children of Guantánamo

The CIA admits to breaking the law and spying on the Senate so we gave them more money. Now we find out about nude photographs taken by the CIA of detainees, guess we better give them some more money, huh?

The truth about the law is that it's a lie. It is there to serve two purposes:

1.) to keep you in line and
2.) to shake you down for money

The whole US government/system is corrupt and everybody knows it. Your laws are a joke and your whole countries broke.

Ya know what? Torturing children worked out so well for George W Bush and Co., that we haven't had one terrorist attack since, so why stop at children? Let's torture a terrorist fetus while were at it, show them what kind'a Banana Republic were runnin' over here.

Related article: War-on-Terror: A $10 Trillion FAILURE

Back to my question. We know that Bush and Co. ordered torture, we've got the memos, testimony from US interrogators, tons of evidence, hell, we even have photographic evidence that the Justice Department refuses to release. Sounds like obstruction of justice to me but I ain't no lawyer. And Cheney bragging about it. Then we have the invasion of a sovereign nation (Iraq) on trumped upped charges. So, what good are international laws when the US can flagrantly disregard them? Where is the justice? There is none, it's all BS.

Related article: 2,500 juveniles detained in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay since 2001

They reward the criminals in the US with bailouts and lock up the whistleblowers and try to hunt them down like Edward Snowden, while the NSA flagrantly breaks the law. Your laws are a joke and only in place to keep the poor poorer and the rich richer. Everything about America is a lie.

Americans aren't what they claim to be, Americans are fascist, racist, homophobes that just elected a fascist dictator. I was talking to an older friend the other day and I told him "this is like Mussolini all over again." And he said, "who's Mussolini?"

PS. I know that you are in denial and can not accept the reality that is as plain as the nose on your face, so let me tell you one more thing... When they start the night of the long knives and Megan Kelly mysteriously disappears,  -don't quote me boy 'cuz I ain't said shit.

EDITORS NOTE: I have republished at my own expense, everything that Google made me remove. It is now available here-

Washington Post Justice Releases Interrogation Memo

Wikipedia Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

DailyKos Children tortured before parents, raped, all covered up by Bush/Cheney and our media

Wikipedia the United States Army and the Central Intelligence Agency committed a series of human rights violations against detainees in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. These violations included physical and sexual abuse, torture, rape, sodomy, and murder.

Guardian Obama's justice department grants final immunity to Bush's CIA torturers

The Atlantic Dick Cheney Defends the Torture of Innocents

CNN CIA apologizes for spying on Senate committee

RawStory CIA took ‘gruesome’ naked photos of detainees before sending them to foreign partners for torture

ISIS is a creation of Israel's MOSSAD

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