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The debate over Syria is on, and it looks like libertarian-leaning Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Justin Amash are leading a strong Republican charge against President Obama’s plan for airstrikes in Syria. Much to the consternation of neocon spear points John McCain and Lindsey Graham... Blog - 2013-09-04 - Original post - cached version

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve written multiple times about the illegality of the Obama administration’s plan to bomb Syria. But the lack of legal legitimacy in what Obama is preparing to do should be reiterated.

Even if Congress grants Obama authorization to strike Syria,... Blog - 2013-09-04 - Original post - cached version

William G. Howell at Foreign Policy explains that Obama’s decision to go to Congress was not out of respect for the Constitution but to gain political cover for an action he knows is reckless. Or, as Howell puts it, “to force members of Congress to go on the record today in order to mute... Blog - 2013-09-04 - Original post - cached version

In a dazzling display of chutzpah, the White House is demanding that Congress demonstrate blind trust in a U.S. intelligence establishment headed by James Clapper, a self-confessed perjurer.

That’s a lot to ask in seeking approval for a military attack on Syria, a country posing no... Blog - 2013-09-04 - Original post - cached version

Late last month, only 9 percent of Americans supported a U.S. intervention in Syria even if chemical weapons attacks were confirmed, according to a Reuters/IPSOS poll. Just over a week later, after the gauntlet of pro-war propaganda from the Obama administration, Congressional leaders, and the... Blog - 2013-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Freedom Works policy analyst Julie Borowski on her evolution to anti-interventionism. Blog - 2013-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Any U.S. bombing mission in Syria is unlikely to effectively protect civilians and runs the risk of instigating a regional war and greater U.S. involvement, according to a study just published by the RAND Corporation.

“Destroying or grounding the Syrian air force is operationally... Blog - 2013-09-03 - Original post - cached version

The United States (Government) hasn’t been legally at war since September 12, 1945, when the Japanese forces in Southeast Asia surrendered to Allied Commander Louis Mountbatten in Singapore, ending World War II.

That’s right, the Korean “War,” the Vietnam “War,” the first Iraq “War,” the... Blog - 2013-09-03 - Original post - cached version

After meeting with President Obama, Republican House Speaker John Boehner spoke to reporters outside the White House to publicly voice his support for the administration’s case for bombing Syria.

We must bomb Syria “to warn others around the world that this type of behavior is not to be... Blog - 2013-09-03 - Original post - cached version

McClatchy has a valuable article poking holes in various aspects of the Obama administration’s case for war with Syria. In one segment, reporters Hannah Allam and Mark Seibel question the U.S.’s estimate for how many Syrians were killed in the alleged sarin gas attack on August 21.

... Blog - 2013-09-02 - Original post - cached version

President Obama has said explicitly that his attack on Syria would be limited. It would not be aimed at regime change, wouldn’t include boots on the ground, and wouldn’t even aim to prevent the Assad regime from being able to continue to use violence to fight the rebellion.

... Blog - 2013-09-02 - Original post - cached version

A most unusual thing happened yesterday [Aug. 31] at the protest in front of
the White House against President Obama’s planned bombing of Syria.

A group of mostly young, white, male Republicans gathered on the edge of the demonstration holding hand-written signs. But there... Blog - 2013-09-02 - Original post - cached version

Here’s what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to say about using force against another country — one considered far more offensive than Syria — when she was a U.S. Senator:

“If the administration believes that any, any, use of force against Iran is necessary, the... Blog - 2013-09-01 - Original post - cached version

Grassroots pressure has forced President Obama to seek approval from Congress for an attack on Syria. But Obama is hell-bent on ordering a missile assault on that country, and he has two very important aces in the hole.

The administration is about to launch a ferocious propaganda blitz... Blog - 2013-08-31 - Original post - cached version

Leftists, Code Pink, and a smattering of conservatives and libertarians staged a vociferous protest outside the White House while President Obama made his Syria speech this afternoon. The police forcibly cleared the street (though not the sidewalk) shortly before Obama began talking. Some folks... Blog - 2013-08-31 - Original post - cached version

“Mr. President, in the case of military operations in Libya you stated that authorization from Congress was not required because our military was not engaged in “hostilities.” In addition, an April 1, 2011, memorandum to you from your Office of Legal Counsel concluded:…”President Obama could... Blog - 2013-08-31 - Original post - cached version

Though the world dodged a bullet with the British parliamentary vote Thursday against going to war, it also brought with it great dangers, notably that of complacency, today being registered in various places. Though the tactical victory in England over the parliamentary vote is important, it... Blog - 2013-08-31 - Original post - cached version

On Saturday, August 31st, rallies are scheduled across the United States against the War on Syria. I have compiled a partial list. The demonstration event has clearly gone viral. Events were being added to Facebook and other places faster than I could type.

Some of the people... Blog - 2013-08-31 - Original post - cached version

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer today: Blog - 2013-08-30 - Original post - cached version

In response to Bashir Assad’s crossing of a "red line" by allegedly using chemical weapons against his own people, Secretary of State John Kerry cites his own fatherly feelings as justification for the all-but-inevitable looming US military intervention in Syria. "As a father, I can’t get the... Blog - 2013-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi is a political prisoner in Iran, incarcerated since August 22, 2010, and has been sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment. He is a member of the Central Committee of the Organization of the University Educated of Iran (OUEI), a group of former university activists, many of... Blog - 2013-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Gen. Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, has spoken soberly about the dangers from any military strike on Syria, but press reports indicate President Obama is still set on launching cruise missiles in the coming days, an action that former U.S. intelligence professionals say should... Blog - 2013-08-30 - Original post - cached version

It is official U.S. policy that offensive cyberwarfare is subject to international laws of war and, if perpetrated against the United States, may trigger a military response.

The Washington Post reported last year: “Cyberattacks can amount to armed attacks triggering the right of self-... Blog - 2013-08-30 - Original post - cached version

The British Parliament’s rejection of an attack on Syria is a direct contrast – and implicit challenge – to the political war system of the United States.

"It is clear to me that the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military... Blog - 2013-08-30 - Original post - cached version

As per Prof. Noam Chomsky, now that the U.K. is no longer supporting military action against Syria, "The International Community" is down to three countries: U.S., France, and Turkey.

Prof. Chomsky pointed out that the U.S. defines "International Community" (or "Global Community") as... Blog - 2013-08-29 - Original post - cached version

As of this moment, Obama is lurching towards piously slaughtering Syrians. The Washington Post noted this morning that the administration “disdains Assad request on inspections.” In other words, it is important to start the killing before the evidence is in. Obama declared yesterday on... Blog - 2013-08-29 - Original post - cached version editorial director Justin Raimondo will be a guest on the Alan Colmes Show on Fox Radio Network today at 6:30pm Eastern Time (3:30pm Pacific). The topic is Syria.

You can listen live on their website, or you can listen on the radio (see station finder here).

We will... Blog - 2013-08-29 - Original post - cached version

“You know how I stayed alive this long? All these years? Fear. The spectacle of fearsome acts. Somebody steals from me, I cut off his hands. He offends me, I cut out his tongue. He rises against me, I cut off his head, stick it on a pike, raise it high up so all on the... Blog - 2013-08-29 - Original post - cached version

I really can’t add much to this…

Here’s the link.

At least it’s an honest argument. And it’s the same for many people now pining for another U.S. war in the Middle East: “the law” is just some antiquated, idealistic notion that doesn’t apply to states, especially when you’... Blog - 2013-08-29 - Original post - cached version

As President Obama contemplates how and when to commence war crimes in his impending attack on Syria for, at best, dubious reasons, it’s worth remembering that we are already at war.

You’d be forgiven for forgetting. We don’t hear about this one, but the U.S. is still militarily... Blog - 2013-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Without whistleblowers, the mainline media outlets are more transfixed than ever with telling the official story. And at a time like this, the official story is all about spinning for war on Syria.

Every president who wants to launch another war can’t abide whistleblowers. They might... Blog - 2013-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Back in 2007, Presidential candidate Joe Biden (now Obama’s VP) was crystal clear about what to do if The President attacks a country that didn’t threaten us without Congressional approval – impeach him.

His 6-year-old warning is completely appropriate to apply to the current president... Blog - 2013-08-28 - Original post - cached version

The Obama administration’s case for war against Syria is incredibly thin. That is unsurprising. What is a little bit surprising is that they’re not really even trying to make it more compelling.

As I’ve written, Obama is about to violate both the Constitution and international law... Blog - 2013-08-28 - Original post - cached version

In most Hollywood horror franchises we know that the villains – take your Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, or your rakish Freddy Krueger – always come back. No matter what painful death or injury felled them in the previous romp, an endless string of potential victims means room for one more film... Blog - 2013-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Over at the Christian Science Monitor, Nathan Gardels interviews Hans Blix, chief UN arms inspector for Iraq from 2000-2003 and former head of the IAEA, on the Obama administration’s plan for bombing Syria. Blix, of course, has some experience dealing with American plans for war prior to UN... Blog - 2013-08-28 - Original post - cached version

It’s been mentioned that Obama, whether he thinks so or not, is going to need to get Congressional approval before he bombs Syria. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, given that administration officials say strikes could come as early as Thursday of this week and Congress is out... Blog - 2013-08-27 - Original post - cached version

So if Syrian rebels prevent UN inspectors from verifying the chemical weapons attack, that proves the Assad regime is guilty, right? Blog - 2013-08-27 - Original post - cached version

A resident washes “Yankee Go Home” graffiti off a wall in Tehran on August 21, 1953.

This month’s belated official acknowledgement by the CIA through declassified documents of what everyone already knew – that the U.S. deliberately fomented a coup in Iran in... Blog - 2013-08-27 - Original post - cached version

I have to admit, sometimes I get too bogged down in the moral and practical estimates of U.S. militarism. Just Foreign Policy’s Robert Naiman at the Huffington Post reminds us that, ahem, Obama can’t legally bomb Syria without Congressional approval:

On Sunday,... Blog - 2013-08-26 - Original post - cached version

One of the favored tactics of Israeli politicians over the years has been to promote the fact that they are willing to negotiate with the Palestinians “without preconditions.” This tactic is a beneficial public relations stunt because it is juxtaposed by the Palestinian side, which has... Blog - 2013-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Aaron David Miller thinks the Obama administration will bomb Syria, aiming not to topple the Assad regime but to “make a point.”

Noting the Obama administration’s reluctance to go to war in Syria, Miller expects a “middle-ground response” like “targeted attacks against Syrian... Blog - 2013-08-26 - Original post - cached version

The calls for U.S. military intervention in Syria’s civil war are growing louder and louder amidst allegations that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, killing hundreds of people. The use of chemical weapons is beyond the pale, we’re told, and must be met with force to show Assad... Blog - 2013-08-24 - Original post - cached version

In an interview with Amy Goodman on March 2, 2007, U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.), explained that the Bush Administration planned to take out 7 countries in 7 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

So, with the pending illegal action against Syria, is the Obama... Blog - 2013-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Even as they condemn the Syrian regime’s use of cluster munitions, the U.S. is selling Saudi Arabia $640 million worth of American-made cluster bombs. Cluster munitions have been banned in 83 countries on account of their indiscriminate nature and their record of killing children.

... Blog - 2013-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Matthew Schrier, a photojournalist covering the war in Syria, was captured by al-Qaeda-linked rebels and held for seven months. He finally escaped and has now told his story to various media outlets.

Once, when he was caught trying to escape, his captors tortured him as punishment.

... Blog - 2013-08-22 - Original post - cached version

John Reed at Foreign Policy describes “how the U.S. is encircling China with military bases.”

The U.S. military is encircling China with a chain of air bases and military ports. The latest link: a small airstrip on the tiny Pacific island of Saipan. The U.S. Air Force... Blog - 2013-08-22 - Original post - cached version

As commander in chief, you’ve been responsible for the treatment of the most
high-profile whistleblower in the history of the U.S. armed forces. Under your
command, the United States military tried – and failed – to crush the spirit
of Bradley Manning.

Your... Blog - 2013-08-21 - Original post - cached version

In compliance with a Freedom of Information Act request, the Obama administration finally declassified a 2011 ruling by the FISA court which found the NSA broke the law and the constitution in its collection of Americans’ communications. The 86-page declassified document reveals that the... Blog - 2013-08-21 - Original post - cached version

JACOB APPELBAUM: [TOR developer & journalist] … it’s not merely a matter of whether or not we have something to hide, because it is not us that will decide whether we have something to hide. It is an analyst somewhere. It is a machine learning algorithm somewhere. … And this is...


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