Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sincere Regrets

"FBI Whistleblower on Pierre Omidyar and His Campaign to Neuter Wikileaks" (Webb).  Omidyar, Greenwald, Snowden, and censorship through 'curation'.  It is not a coincidence that no actual, normal, human beings end up being sheltered by this paternalistic protection, but only the lowest-of-the-low institutions and operators for these institutions.

"How the Establishment Undermines American Democracy" (Giraldi):
"There is a growing consensus among many observers in Washington that the national security agencies have become completely politicized over the past seventeen years and are now pursuing selfish agendas that actually endanger what remains of American democracy. Up until recently it has been habitual to refer to such activity as the Deep State, which is perhaps equivalent to the Establishment in that it includes financial services, the media, major foundations and constituencies, as well as lobbying groups, but we are now witnessing an evolutionary process in which the national security regime is exercising power independently.

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Raimondo believes that something like a civil war is coming, with the war party Establishment fighting to defend its privileged global order while many other Americans seek a return to normal nationhood with all that implies. If true, the next few years will see a major internal conflict that will determine what kind of country the United States will be."

"NSA "Sincerely Regrets" Deleting All Bush-Era Surveillance Data It Was Ordered To Preserve" (Durden).

"The FISA Memo Is All The Ammo Trump Needs To Take On The CIA" (Luongo).  It would be nice to see some push-back, but tragically mistaken post-9/11 increases to the power of the IC mean that everybody is too terrified of the power they wield, putting them beyond any possible Constitutional control, meaning that the United States is literally beyond hope.   A dying dictatorship ruled by psychopaths, fortunately, for the rest of the world, incompetent psychopaths.  It doesn't help that one of the two major parties is fully along for the ride.

"US caught in a cleft stick in northern Syria" (Bhadrakumar).  Other than the big mistake of shooting down that Russian plane, Erdoğan has proven to be quite cautious and crafty, while consistently talking like a madman.  By attacking an isolated Syrian-Kurdish town isolated from the main traditional Kurdish areas, he makes his point to the Kurds without actually having to directly confront any major power, especially the Americans.  It is difficult not to see some kind of Turkish-Russian-Iranian plan at work.  I worry that Syrian Kurdish leaders are too blackmailed and bribed by the Americans and Khazars to get the obvious message.  As always, the only possible stable solution to keep everybody moderately happy and alive is an integral un-Yinonized Syrian state, with some kind of minor federal powers for the Kurds (control over education, language rights, that sort of thing).  As long as slumlord/settler President Jared is in power, and paid-off Kurdish leaders make dumb choices, that is not going to happen.

I see a considerable amount of cleverness and flexibility amongst the anti-imperialists outside the Empire, but literally no hope for those trapped within the Empire.
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