"Barack Obama, elected on a series of (false) promises to roll back the worst of the Bush-era crimes, while rejecting torture and closing America’s overseas “black sites,” still pushed the process forward in his own way. He expanded executive power, emphasized drone assassinations (including against American citizens), gave amnesty to torturers, increased government secrecy, targeted whistleblowers, and heightened surveillance. In other words, two successive administrations lied, performed legal acrobatics, and bullied their way toward a kind of absolute power that hasn’t been seen since the days of King George. That’s the common narrative and, while not wrong, it is incomplete."

@1 month ago with 35 notes
#9/11 #barack obama 

"

The worst global terrorism campaign under way right now is Obama’s global assassination campaign. The drone campaign. Notice that there’s a debate in the United States when he decides to murder Americans like al-Awlaki; is that legitimate or not?

What about the other people? The people that are being murdered are suspects.

Go back 800 years again to Magna Carta. We’re going to commemorate its 800th anniversary next year, probably morn its disappearance. The core concept developed in Magna Carta was what we call presumption of innocence. And what it stated is that a free man cannot be subjected to state punishment without due process, without trial by a jury of peers. Now, free man was a very limited concept in the 13th century. Of course it excluded women, it excluded people who weren’t free, and so on. It gradually expanded over the centuries. So it’s embedded in the constitution, also with limits, the 14th Amendment, other limits. But now it’s being contracted. The drone campaign eliminates presumption of innocence.

The way it works is, Obama and his advisers get together Tuesday morning and decide who they are going to kill that day. The concept ‘guilty’ means Obama decided to murder you. That’s a regression that goes back 800 years. That’s pretty serious.

And what’s more serious is it’s not discussed. The only thing that’s discussed is the killing of Americans. Are Americans a difference species? Who says you can kill other suspects? There is some talk about collateral damage; what about the people who are just standing around and get killed Well yeah, that’s bad, but what about the people you’re aiming at? They are suspects.

You haven’t shown proof of anything about them. Just somebody the government wants to kill.

"

Noam Chomsky | Talks at Google (via insideonemind)

(via noam-chomsky)

@2 months ago with 159 notes
#noam chomsky #barack obama #drones #war #politics 

bell hooks on Obama 

neocolonialthoughts:

"Very recently I had a conversation with Cornel West in my house. I shared with him that people kept asking me when Obama first ran did I think it would make a difference in lives of Black males. I said yes, symbolically. On issues of illiteracy, poverty, the sense of meaning of Black males, no. I saw Obama having great ties to the wealthy and the sustaining of the wealthy. His militarism alone puts him at odds with Black males or any of us sustaining our lives. I think a lot of the things Obama did were evident of who he was before he took office. If anything we have learned from both the civil rights and feminist movements is that we have people in power who look like us but do not represent us. Too often we focus on image over the action.

Things that have happened, the killings of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis. We have seen the incredible rise of fascism in America with President Obama in office. These kinds of lynchings of Black people, says we are a group not capable of keeping ourselves alive, that we are at risk. Being here in Florida right now a lot of Black people feel at risk, especially Black men and Black boys. It is not just Florida. Such a repetition of state-supported violence all over America. Look at the movie Fruitvale Station about the police murder of Oscar Grant in California.

We have to go back to Dr. King’s “Where Do We Go From Here?” A lot of people, he said, would rather see an end to democracy than have racial equality. We are living that reality, a state-supported White supremacy. It is about stopping Black people, because Black people have advanced a great deal. You stop that with drug addiction, with health issues, with racial attacks. If you are a Black woman with money the illnesses that kill a poor Black woman also kill you. The common factor in both is stress.”

(Source: postcolonialfeminist, via socialismartnature)

@4 months ago with 1745 notes
#bell hooks #barack obama 
descentintotyranny:

Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe
Dec. 1 2010
In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A “confidential” April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks—details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.
Read More

If Obama was committed to democracy and justice, he would have had all those responsible for organizing torture arrested and put on trial. He didn’t, because he’s a servile stooge for neocons.

descentintotyranny:

Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe

Dec. 1 2010

In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A “confidential” April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks—details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

Read More

If Obama was committed to democracy and justice, he would have had all those responsible for organizing torture arrested and put on trial. He didn’t, because he’s a servile stooge for neocons.

(via disciplesofmalcolm)

@7 months ago with 48 notes
#barack obama #torture #politics 

Obama scoffs at people who call him a 'socialist': 'You gotta meet real socialists' 

cognitivedissonance:

If he’s a socialist, he’s terrible at it. Some of his biggest supporters dine from the stolen money troughs on Wall St.

Obama is a neoliberal like Bill Clinton. Why do you think he supports massive military spending, charter schools and the private healthcare industry via Obamacare?

@7 months ago with 233 notes
#barack obama #politics #socialism 
Righteous truth from Immortal Technique.

Righteous truth from Immortal Technique.

(Source: twitter.com)

@10 months ago with 9 notes
#immortal technique #war #barack obama #john kerry #syria #drones #twitter 
anarcho-queer:

iridessence:

almondskeyess:

thalamtnafsee:

oh shit

god bless cornel west

oop

Here is the interview.
@11 months ago with 3529 notes
#barack obama #cornel west 
This speaks for itself.

This speaks for itself.

(Source: twitter.com)

@1 year ago with 33 notes
#barack obama #I spy #NSA #PRISM #edward snowden 

"Obama has shielded Bush torture crimes not only from criminal prosecution, but any and all forms of accountability. Obama himself vigorously opposed and succeeded in killing even a congressional investigation into the torture regime at a time when his party controlled both houses of Congress. Moreover, Obama’s top officials, as WikiLeaks cables revealed, secretly worked with GOP operatives to coerce other countries, such as Spain and Germany, to quash their investigations into the US torture of their citizens, and issued extraordinary threats to prevent British courts from disclosing any of what was done. And probably worst of all, the Obama administration aggressively shielded Bush officials even from being held accountable in civil cases brought by torture victims, by invoking radical secrecy powers and immunity doctrines to prevent courts even from hearing those claims. In sum, the Obama administration has been desperate to ensure that there will be no accountability or even that meaningful investigations ever take place."

Obama’s justice department grants final immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers.

Here’s your favorite President with all that Hope and Change and shit.

(via mehreenkasana)

(via disciplesofmalcolm)

@1 month ago with 755 notes
#barack obama #politics #CIA #torture 

herpicusderpicus:

HAHAHAHHA A HA AH AHA

HOH OH OH HO h

HEHE HEH EHE

So glad we deify a child murderer for having a 13 year old’s sense of humor.

(Source: northgang, via myheadisweak)

@3 months ago with 485331 notes
#barack obama 

"The surveillance state and the warfare state continue to converge. The Washington Post does not want us to insist on journalistic disclosure. Amazon does not want us to insist on moral accountability. President Obama does not want us to insist on basic constitutionality. It would be a shame to oblige any of them."

@5 months ago with 25 notes
#barack obama #drones 
@7 months ago with 2185 notes
#barack obama #censorship #whistleblowers 
avggie:

you see that. obama is jesus of the ants

avggie:

you see that. obama is jesus of the ants

(via thatwellspokentoken)

@9 months ago with 119349 notes
#barack obama 
@10 months ago with 641 notes
#barack obama #syria #war #politics 
anarcho-queer:

Justice Department: Killing American Citizens With Domestic Drones Is Constitutional Because Obama & Holder Said So
The Obama administration’s targeted drone strikes against American citizens were constitutional in part because the president said so, Department of Justice lawyers argued in a court filing in June.
“The Attorney General’s statement last month that the use of remotely piloted aircraft and the targeting of Anwar Al-Aulaqi were subject to ‘exceptionally rigorous interagency legal review’ and determined to be lawful — along with the President’s statement that those actions were legal — only support the conclusion that those actions were lawful, and certainly were not clearly established to be unconstitutional in 2011," the government said in a Wednesday court filing signed by Paul E. Werner, a trial lawyer in the Justice Department’s Civil Division.
The government was responding to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of the estates of three American citizens killed in drone strikes. The lawsuit, Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, alleges that the government’s killing of Al-Aulaqi and his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, and Samir Khan were unconstitutional because they were not given due process.
The administration’s court filing also claimed that the government deserved qualified immunity because the plaintiffs “failed to allege the violation of any clearly established constitutional rights.” The government maintained that neither Attorney General Eric Holder’s letter to members of Congress nor Obama’s speech on national security had any effect on its legal posture in the case even though it was the first time the government formally acknowledged it had killed the American citizens. The previously classified information disclosed by Obama and Holder is “wholly consistent with Defendants’ showing that Anwar Al-Aulaqi’s due process rights were not violated,” the government said.
The judicial branch, the Obama administration argued, “is ill-suited” to evaluate the myriad “military, intelligence, and foreign policy considerations” that went into the decision to kill the American citizens. The government also argued that because Khan and Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi were not specifically targeted by the government, they cannot claim they were subjected to an unconstitutional process.
According to the New York Times, President Obama approves or denies who gets added to the “kill list.”
In other words, Obama is directly responsible for the deaths of the 3 American citizens, including a 16 year old teenager. 

Let’s just ignore this and enjoy cute pictures of Obama with small children in our sheltered liberalism.

anarcho-queer:

Justice Department: Killing American Citizens With Domestic Drones Is Constitutional Because Obama & Holder Said So

The Obama administration’s targeted drone strikes against American citizens were constitutional in part because the president said so, Department of Justice lawyers argued in a court filing in June.

The Attorney General’s statement last month that the use of remotely piloted aircraft and the targeting of Anwar Al-Aulaqi were subject to ‘exceptionally rigorous interagency legal review’ and determined to be lawful — along with the President’s statement that those actions were legal — only support the conclusion that those actions were lawful, and certainly were not clearly established to be unconstitutional in 2011," the government said in a Wednesday court filing signed by Paul E. Werner, a trial lawyer in the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

The government was responding to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of the estates of three American citizens killed in drone strikes. The lawsuit, Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, alleges that the government’s killing of Al-Aulaqi and his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, and Samir Khan were unconstitutional because they were not given due process.

The administration’s court filing also claimed that the government deserved qualified immunity because the plaintiffs “failed to allege the violation of any clearly established constitutional rights. The government maintained that neither Attorney General Eric Holder’s letter to members of Congress nor Obama’s speech on national security had any effect on its legal posture in the case even though it was the first time the government formally acknowledged it had killed the American citizens. The previously classified information disclosed by Obama and Holder is “wholly consistent with Defendants’ showing that Anwar Al-Aulaqi’s due process rights were not violated,” the government said.

The judicial branch, the Obama administration argued, “is ill-suited” to evaluate the myriad “military, intelligence, and foreign policy considerations” that went into the decision to kill the American citizens. The government also argued that because Khan and Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi were not specifically targeted by the government, they cannot claim they were subjected to an unconstitutional process.

According to the New York Times, President Obama approves or denies who gets added to the “kill list.”

In other words, Obama is directly responsible for the deaths of the 3 American citizens, including a 16 year old teenager.

Let’s just ignore this and enjoy cute pictures of Obama with small children in our sheltered liberalism.

(via qsalms)

@12 months ago with 246 notes
#barack obama #drones 
"Barack Obama, elected on a series of (false) promises to roll back the worst of the Bush-era crimes, while rejecting torture and closing America’s overseas “black sites,” still pushed the process forward in his own way. He expanded executive power, emphasized drone assassinations (including against American citizens), gave amnesty to torturers, increased government secrecy, targeted whistleblowers, and heightened surveillance. In other words, two successive administrations lied, performed legal acrobatics, and bullied their way toward a kind of absolute power that hasn’t been seen since the days of King George. That’s the common narrative and, while not wrong, it is incomplete."
1 month ago
#9/11 #barack obama 
"Obama has shielded Bush torture crimes not only from criminal prosecution, but any and all forms of accountability. Obama himself vigorously opposed and succeeded in killing even a congressional investigation into the torture regime at a time when his party controlled both houses of Congress. Moreover, Obama’s top officials, as WikiLeaks cables revealed, secretly worked with GOP operatives to coerce other countries, such as Spain and Germany, to quash their investigations into the US torture of their citizens, and issued extraordinary threats to prevent British courts from disclosing any of what was done. And probably worst of all, the Obama administration aggressively shielded Bush officials even from being held accountable in civil cases brought by torture victims, by invoking radical secrecy powers and immunity doctrines to prevent courts even from hearing those claims. In sum, the Obama administration has been desperate to ensure that there will be no accountability or even that meaningful investigations ever take place."

Obama’s justice department grants final immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers.

Here’s your favorite President with all that Hope and Change and shit.

(via mehreenkasana)

(via disciplesofmalcolm)

1 month ago
#barack obama #politics #CIA #torture 
"

The worst global terrorism campaign under way right now is Obama’s global assassination campaign. The drone campaign. Notice that there’s a debate in the United States when he decides to murder Americans like al-Awlaki; is that legitimate or not?

What about the other people? The people that are being murdered are suspects.

Go back 800 years again to Magna Carta. We’re going to commemorate its 800th anniversary next year, probably morn its disappearance. The core concept developed in Magna Carta was what we call presumption of innocence. And what it stated is that a free man cannot be subjected to state punishment without due process, without trial by a jury of peers. Now, free man was a very limited concept in the 13th century. Of course it excluded women, it excluded people who weren’t free, and so on. It gradually expanded over the centuries. So it’s embedded in the constitution, also with limits, the 14th Amendment, other limits. But now it’s being contracted. The drone campaign eliminates presumption of innocence.

The way it works is, Obama and his advisers get together Tuesday morning and decide who they are going to kill that day. The concept ‘guilty’ means Obama decided to murder you. That’s a regression that goes back 800 years. That’s pretty serious.

And what’s more serious is it’s not discussed. The only thing that’s discussed is the killing of Americans. Are Americans a difference species? Who says you can kill other suspects? There is some talk about collateral damage; what about the people who are just standing around and get killed Well yeah, that’s bad, but what about the people you’re aiming at? They are suspects.

You haven’t shown proof of anything about them. Just somebody the government wants to kill.

"
Noam Chomsky | Talks at Google (via insideonemind)

(via noam-chomsky)

2 months ago
#noam chomsky #barack obama #drones #war #politics 
3 months ago
#barack obama 
bell hooks on Obama→

neocolonialthoughts:

"Very recently I had a conversation with Cornel West in my house. I shared with him that people kept asking me when Obama first ran did I think it would make a difference in lives of Black males. I said yes, symbolically. On issues of illiteracy, poverty, the sense of meaning of Black males, no. I saw Obama having great ties to the wealthy and the sustaining of the wealthy. His militarism alone puts him at odds with Black males or any of us sustaining our lives. I think a lot of the things Obama did were evident of who he was before he took office. If anything we have learned from both the civil rights and feminist movements is that we have people in power who look like us but do not represent us. Too often we focus on image over the action.

Things that have happened, the killings of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis. We have seen the incredible rise of fascism in America with President Obama in office. These kinds of lynchings of Black people, says we are a group not capable of keeping ourselves alive, that we are at risk. Being here in Florida right now a lot of Black people feel at risk, especially Black men and Black boys. It is not just Florida. Such a repetition of state-supported violence all over America. Look at the movie Fruitvale Station about the police murder of Oscar Grant in California.

We have to go back to Dr. King’s “Where Do We Go From Here?” A lot of people, he said, would rather see an end to democracy than have racial equality. We are living that reality, a state-supported White supremacy. It is about stopping Black people, because Black people have advanced a great deal. You stop that with drug addiction, with health issues, with racial attacks. If you are a Black woman with money the illnesses that kill a poor Black woman also kill you. The common factor in both is stress.”

(Source: postcolonialfeminist, via socialismartnature)

4 months ago
#bell hooks #barack obama 
"The surveillance state and the warfare state continue to converge. The Washington Post does not want us to insist on journalistic disclosure. Amazon does not want us to insist on moral accountability. President Obama does not want us to insist on basic constitutionality. It would be a shame to oblige any of them."
5 months ago
#barack obama #drones 
descentintotyranny:

Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe
Dec. 1 2010
In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A “confidential” April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks—details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.
Read More

If Obama was committed to democracy and justice, he would have had all those responsible for organizing torture arrested and put on trial. He didn’t, because he’s a servile stooge for neocons.
7 months ago
#barack obama #torture #politics 
7 months ago
#barack obama #censorship #whistleblowers 
Obama scoffs at people who call him a 'socialist': 'You gotta meet real socialists'→

cognitivedissonance:

If he’s a socialist, he’s terrible at it. Some of his biggest supporters dine from the stolen money troughs on Wall St.

Obama is a neoliberal like Bill Clinton. Why do you think he supports massive military spending, charter schools and the private healthcare industry via Obamacare?

7 months ago
#barack obama #politics #socialism 
avggie:

you see that. obama is jesus of the ants
9 months ago
#barack obama 
Righteous truth from Immortal Technique.
10 months ago
#immortal technique #war #barack obama #john kerry #syria #drones #twitter 
10 months ago
#barack obama #syria #war #politics 
anarcho-queer:

iridessence:

almondskeyess:

thalamtnafsee:

oh shit

god bless cornel west

oop

Here is the interview.
11 months ago
#barack obama #cornel west 
anarcho-queer:

Justice Department: Killing American Citizens With Domestic Drones Is Constitutional Because Obama & Holder Said So
The Obama administration’s targeted drone strikes against American citizens were constitutional in part because the president said so, Department of Justice lawyers argued in a court filing in June.
“The Attorney General’s statement last month that the use of remotely piloted aircraft and the targeting of Anwar Al-Aulaqi were subject to ‘exceptionally rigorous interagency legal review’ and determined to be lawful — along with the President’s statement that those actions were legal — only support the conclusion that those actions were lawful, and certainly were not clearly established to be unconstitutional in 2011," the government said in a Wednesday court filing signed by Paul E. Werner, a trial lawyer in the Justice Department’s Civil Division.
The government was responding to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of the estates of three American citizens killed in drone strikes. The lawsuit, Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, alleges that the government’s killing of Al-Aulaqi and his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, and Samir Khan were unconstitutional because they were not given due process.
The administration’s court filing also claimed that the government deserved qualified immunity because the plaintiffs “failed to allege the violation of any clearly established constitutional rights.” The government maintained that neither Attorney General Eric Holder’s letter to members of Congress nor Obama’s speech on national security had any effect on its legal posture in the case even though it was the first time the government formally acknowledged it had killed the American citizens. The previously classified information disclosed by Obama and Holder is “wholly consistent with Defendants’ showing that Anwar Al-Aulaqi’s due process rights were not violated,” the government said.
The judicial branch, the Obama administration argued, “is ill-suited” to evaluate the myriad “military, intelligence, and foreign policy considerations” that went into the decision to kill the American citizens. The government also argued that because Khan and Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi were not specifically targeted by the government, they cannot claim they were subjected to an unconstitutional process.
According to the New York Times, President Obama approves or denies who gets added to the “kill list.”
In other words, Obama is directly responsible for the deaths of the 3 American citizens, including a 16 year old teenager. 

Let’s just ignore this and enjoy cute pictures of Obama with small children in our sheltered liberalism.
12 months ago
#barack obama #drones 
This speaks for itself.
1 year ago
#barack obama #I spy #NSA #PRISM #edward snowden