Archive for the ‘American government’ Category

The Bradley Manning 35 page document

March 10, 2013

In court recently Bradley Manning read a 35 page document detailing the reasons he released the lowly classified military information to Wikileaks. Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights reports that his group is attempting to get this document released to the public.

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On George W. Bush’s verbal affectation

December 11, 2008

This is a reply to Myles Hoenig on Dissident Voice:

” Fool me once shame on you.
You fool me you can’t get fooled again.
– GWB

Spoken like the true idiot that he is. ”

No, spoken like an affectation.

This way of speaking by GWB is an affectation, occurring only in his recent years. GWB is a political monster and made the calculation that speaking in this way would be beneficial to the Neoconservative cause (by condescending to the American public and thus angering and depressing them).

It is a way for GWB to say: “See, this is what I think of how Americans speak”. The media got in on it, saying that GWB is trying to “talk like Americans do”. What an odd remark – I’ve never heard an American speak like GWB does, not even drunk ones.

By repeating calling GWB an “idiot”, Americans justify not doing anything about him. Him being an “idiot” is a substantial amount of the reason why GWB isn’t sitting in jail. Who’s the real idiot?

Modern US presidents are primarily PR spokespeople. Developing a condescending way to speak is (potentially) a very potent way of conducting the presidency. And since Americans were manipulated successfully, taking the bait and thus the hook of GWB being an “idiot”, we might as well take our hats off to a man who has gotten the best of us.

GWB did exactly what he wanted to do in office – help his cronies and buddies get richer, be re-elected for a second term, and get away with it scot free. He succeeded in all of this with flying colors. Yet somehow he’s the idiot?

So indeed, “Fool me once shame on you. You fool me you can’t get fooled again”.

Public Relations isn’t about speaking *clearly* or *articulately*, it’s about speaking *powerfully*. Americans fell into the trap GWB laid.

Guantanamo SERE Standard Operating Procedures

October 14, 2008

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The end of free-market fundamentalism

October 2, 2008

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Restructuring Inner-City Schools for the Global Marketplace: Locke High School and the Green Dot "Solution"

September 28, 2008

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Markets slammed by Lehman collapse

September 16, 2008

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The Three Trillion Dollar War

September 16, 2008

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Gareth Porter on US state warfare in Pakistan

September 13, 2008

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9/11 and the Great American Decline

September 11, 2008

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RFID: "Smart Cards" in a Surveillance Society

September 9, 2008

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US tries to create an ‘iron curtain’ around Russia

September 5, 2008

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Arrested at the RNC – Amy Goodman talks about being detained at the RNC

September 5, 2008

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Police trap peaceful protesters in Denver

August 28, 2008

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Defense Intelligence Agency Seeking "Mind Control" Weapons

August 26, 2008

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Totalitarianism: It Can Happen Here

August 24, 2008

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David Harvey: Exit the neocon global project, enter competing capitalist blocks

August 20, 2008

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Naomi Klein on disaster capitalism

August 20, 2008

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Operation Sentinel: The High-Tech Police State Takes Shape

August 18, 2008

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US missile deals enrages Russia

August 16, 2008

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Don’t Cage Dissent

August 16, 2008

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The geopolitics of Georgia

August 16, 2008

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CIFA Closes, Pentagon Opens New Spy Shop

August 12, 2008

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A Dirty Adventure – an imperial war over South Ossetia

August 11, 2008

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Big Media Steals 5,100 Digital TV Channels

July 31, 2008

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Torture and the Strategic Helplessness of the American Psychological Association

July 26, 2008

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