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Mary Biggs

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  • Only 1/2 of 1% of "Patriot" Act Secret Warrants Used against Terrorism
    • So as November 9 brings up the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.................we get this report to remind us that the STASI is alive and well..................in the USA!

  • Changing US-Iran Relations: Kerry: Iran has a Role in Defeating ISIL Militants
    • QUOTE 1: Washington Post, February 2014: "Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Iran’s foreign minister Sunday that the United States will continue to enforce existing sanctions on Iran while bargaining over a deal to rein in Iran’s disputed nuclear program."

      QUOTE 2: Juan Cole, September 2014: "Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran has a role to play in defeating ISIL."

      Here we go again...."The enemy of my enemy is my friend": The history of this pathetic attempt at policy is a history of failure.

      1. 1986: Saddam Hussein is the ally of the USA (war with Iran).
      2. 2003: Saddam Hussein is the enemy of the USA (US invasion).
      3. 1989: Osama bin Laden is the ally of the USA (Afghanistan).
      4. 2001: Osama bin Laden is the enemy of the USA (New York).
      5. 2011+: Iran is the enemy of the USA (alleged nukes).
      6. Now: Iran is the ally of the USA (ISIL threat).

      When will the USA develop a COHERENT foreign policy? A policy based on shifting alliances and the short term reliance on "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" has been a catastrophic and very expensive choice of policy.

  • The American Cult of Bombing
    • It's simpler than that. If the only tool you know is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail. This applies not only to bombers as a tool, but more generally to the use of violence as a tool.

      Look around....Gaza, Iraq.....even Ferguson, MO.

  • Is Zionism/ Jewish Nationalism a Political Cult? The Salaita Firing
    • ......and it's a bad thing to conflate (or confuse) nationalism with religion (in this case Zionism with Judaism). But that is exactly what is going on in the public debate, as when any criticism of the more extreme brands of Israeli nationalism or Israeli militarism is EQUATED with anti-Semitism. This is a useful smear, but is based on the confusion mentioned above.

      I'm perfectly certain that many committed Zionists are atheists, and that many practicing religious Jews are appalled by the pro-violence nationalism of their Israeli leaders. It's a pity that this simple distinction isn't more widely communicated.

  • The Impunity of American Torture: From Abu Ghraib to Sen. Feinstein's Brawl with the CIA
    • Then there is a Chapter Zero also not mentioned. That's the historical fact that Japanese military personnel were tried for the crime of waterboarding at the end of World War Two.........tried by Americans. The hypocrisy of the subsequent Chapters outlined in the article is pretty clear. Torture is VERY BAD when performed by bad guys, but it's absolutely OK when performed by "good guys".

  • Dear Arab Liberals: The Enemies of your Enemies aren't Necessarily your Friends
    • "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is universally false....not just in the context of Arab liberalism. Two examples:
      1. Ronald Reagan sent Donald Rumsfeld to Baghdad with gifts for Saddam Hussein because the US administration believed that the enemy of Iraq was a US friend. This attitude seems to have changed early in the 2000's.
      2. Throughout the Russian occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980's, the USA supported the Mujahideen, and in particular supported ‎Osama bin Laden, because the administration believed that the enemy of Russia was a US friend. This attitude also seems to have changed in the 2000's.

  • Ted Cruz and America's Super-Rich say "Let them eat Cake"
    • There are other signs and portents about the wealthy too. For example:
      - It's OK to spend $50 billion each year on the NSA
      - But Congress needs to impose cuts of $4 billion on the food stamps program

      Who thinks this is equitable? Of course it's Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and all the other wealthy corporate "citizens" who are feeding at the trough.

      And who's actually paying the bills? That would be you and me.

  • How America's 'Espionage Empire' is Paid for: The 'Black Budget' (Queally)
    • According to reports, there's a panic on at the NSA because they CAN'T FIND OUT FROM INTERNAL SYSTEMS EXACTLY WHAT SNOWDON TOOK.

      So how much INTERNAL security (e.g. on the Sharepoint application) does $$52B actually buy? Not much it seems. And these are the people who want to "protect OUR security". Funny if it wasn't so sad.

      But it's actually worse than that! According to reports, the NSA is paying twice for software - once to buy the licences, and again to get the vendor to fix "what doesn't work". This is corporate welfare.....your $$52B taxpayer money at work!

  • Top Ten Republican Myths on Libya
    • I have heard that one reason for insufficient security at embassy and consulate locations was that the CIA were running serious "black ops" out of these locations, and they did not want a high security presence to draw attention to their activities. Is this true?

  • Pot and Partying: Top Ten Signs the Tsarnaev Brothers Weren't Pious Muslims
    • Juan:

      Re: Top Ten Signs the Tsarnaev Brothers Weren’t Pious Muslims

      What point are you trying to make? Do we need an article called "Top Ten Signs Timothy McVeigh Wasn't a Pious Christian" in order to understand that murder is wrong?

      Mary

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