Friday, January 20, 2017

Changing of the Guard in Washington


Changing of the Guard in Washington

by Stephen Lendman

It happens every four or eight years. America’s 22nd Amendment states:

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.” 

“But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.”

Ratified by the required three-fourths of the then-48 states, it became the law of the land on February 27, 1951. It was introduced in response to Franklin Roosevelt’s four-time electoral triumphs. No other president served more than two terms, a precedent set by George Washington.

He declined to serve longer, saying he “didn’t fight George III to become George I.” His farewell address warned against involvement in “entangling” alliances. 

He advised focusing mainly on domestic issues, counsel not followed except by John Adams, Jefferson and Madison. 

More recently, things went disturbingly downhill. Washington would likely cringe at what’s ongoing. US presidents since James Monroe ignored his advice. 

America is a warrior nation, a modern-day Sparta with nukes, its leaders and bipartisan congressional members disdainful of peace and stability, recent history most belligerent of all.

Changing of the guard in America usually occurs smoothly - this year very much out of step with tradition, events throughout the campaign and post-election unprecedented in US history.

Despite establishment forces and the press overwhelmingly supporting one major candidate over the other, the resoundingly denigrated outsider triumphed convincingly.

No matter. Efforts to delegitimize and undermine Trump persist, inauguration day and its aftermath promising to be tumultuous.

Hillary remains a sore looser. Graciousness was never her long suit. Wickedness defines her. Trump’s troubles may be just beginning. Dark forces wanting her to succeed Obama aren’t likely to give him a moment to breathe freely.

His tenure may be the most tumultuous in US history since the Civil War period - how it plays out and its ending yet to be determined.

It’ll take more than thick skin to handle what’s likely to come at him. America’s deep state gets what it wants. If replacing Trump with a more reliable establishment figure is intended, there’s little he can do to stop it - including staying alive if plans call for eliminating him the old-fashioned way.

The Trump era begins at midday Friday - for as long as it lasts, a big changing of the guard uncertainty unlike any previous time in US history.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Anarchist Group Calls for Inauguration Day Disruption

Anarchist Group Calls for Inauguration Day Disruption

by Stephen Lendman

Inauguration day 2017 may resemble a Hollywood thriller or horror film, depending on how things turn out.

Nationwide protests are planned, especially in Washington, aiming for more than raining on Trump’s inaugural parade.

Crimethinc.com calls itself an “anonymous collective action…everything that evades control…renegade(s) breaking ranks…the spirit of rebellion…a secret society pledged to…producing inflammatory ideas and actions…”

Ahead of Trump’s inauguration, it urged mass disruption, a checklist of provocative actions - expressing outrage “at the prospect of being governed by (what it called) a megalomaniacal buffoon.”

It should be directing its fury at a money controlled, bipartisan supported, debauched system - the real problem largely unaddressed.

Crimethinc called for “a wide variety of tactics and points of intervention,” including blockading the Washington parade route and transportation infrastructure.

“Imagine the worst case scenario,” it said, “in which millions of fans cheer for Trump while fascist gangs beat up protesters” in Washington. “(It) would make 2017 the equivalent of 1932 in Germany.”

The best outcome is massively disrupting Trump’s inauguration, it said. “(P)ick a target and carry out an offensive strike,” it urged - in Washington and other cities nationwide.

“The inauguration is an opportunity for a wide range of people to work together, building new networks that could act together for years to come.”

Resist now or face tougher police state laws than already, it suggested. Maybe so but who can know.

Resisting tyranny is a universal right. People have power when they use it. Governments are instituted to serve them. When they fail, replacing them is their rightful choice.

America’s Declaration of Independence said “whenever any form of government becomes destructive to (fundamental inalienable rights), it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government,” serving them responsibly.

Martin Luther King called for disobeying unjust laws, accepting punishment to arouse public awareness, and advocate for legislative change. He championed “creative protest(s),” believing passivity is no option in the face of injustice.

Henry David Thoreau’s landmark “Civil Disobedience” essay asked “(m)ust the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree resign his conscience to the legislator?”

“The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.”

Where was public outrage throughout Obama’s deplorable tenure - serving Wall Street, war-profiteers and other corporate favorites exclusively, waging war on humanity at home and abroad, Hillary complicit in his high crimes!

America’s debauched political system is the problem, not a private citizen until his midday Friday swearing in.

Public anger against the wrong target accomplishes nothing. Resist tyranny, not Trump.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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CNN Sinks to New Low

CNN Sinks to New Low

by Stephen Lendman

Trump accurately called it “fake news,” a label describing all media scoundrels - substituting managed news misinformation and Big Lies for hard truths and full disclosure, especially on issues mattering most.

Laughably calling itself “the most trusted name in news,” CNN president Jeff Zucker shamelessly said its “credibility is higher than ever.”

It didn’t earn the nickname Clinton News Network for fair and balanced political reporting. Its consistent fake news is a national disgrace.

On Wednesday, it sunk to a new low, provocatively imagining inaugural day disaster - Trump’s assassination along with the GOP line of succession, including the incoming vice president, as well as the GOP House and Senate leadership.

CNN asked “(w)hat if an incoming president and his immediate successors were wiped out on day one? Who would be the designated survivor if this occurs?”

Obama could appoint one of his cabinet members, presumably John Kerry. The 22nd Amendment prohibits him from serving a third term.

The scenario CNN presented would keep the presidency in Democrat party hands, Trump cabinet and other picks to be replaced by Obama/Hillary loyalists. 

What’s going on? Were pro-Hillary dark forces behind CNN’s report? Does it suggest a possible diabolical scenario in the works? Is a coup d’etat scheme planned to remove Trump from office - by impeachment or assassination? Is he doomed before beginning to serve?

Is full-blown tyranny approaching, the fantasy democracy mask entirely stripped off, perhaps the Constitution suspended and martial law declared on the pretext of keeping order?

Was Trump’s “Nazi Germany” tweet prescient? Though elected America’s legitimate 45th president, “(i)t ain’t over till it’s over,” as baseball great Yogi Berra once said, his comment unrelated to politics.

Separately at the billionaire’s ball in Davos (aka the World Economic Forum), Hillary supporter George Soros raged against Trump - disgracefully calling him “an imposter and con man and would-be dictator,” adding:

“I personally am convinced that he is going to fail, not because of people like me who would like him to fail, but because the ideas that guide him are inherently self-contradictory. And the contradictions are actually already embodied by his advisors.”

Ad hominem attacks are a Soros specialty. Reportedly he lost a billion dollars, betting the wrong way on the election’s outcome. He poured millions of dollars into Hillary’s campaign, furious at how things turned out, likely wanting revenge.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Bashing Trump on His Day of Days

Bashing Trump on His Day of Days

by Stephen Lendman

Media scoundrels never quit, or apologize for rubbish they print and air - propaganda and other forms of fake news, not reliable reporting.

Given its global reach and influence, The New York Times is especially reprehensible, the self-styled newspaper of record mocks legitimate journalism.

Its press agent Hillary reporting and vicious anti-Trumpism throughout the political season and aftermath made it a laughing stock - continuing on Trump’s inaugural day, traditionally a window without criticism for America’s new president.

Once in office, he’s fair game, assessing his policies when known. Published on his inaugural day, Times editors asked “Can President Trump Be Presidential?”

He’s “vindictive (and) disruptive,” they claimed. His “post-campaign…corroded the traditional grace period…the nation needs.”

They bashed his tweets, used to express views free from media misquotes and distortions, a refreshing way for a presidential aspirant, elected chief executive and White House incumbent to communicate.

Times editors: “Is (Trump) up to the job of uniting and leading the nation - of (being) presidential?

We’ll know soon enough how well or poorly he’ll lead. Uniting the nation is impossible as long as media scoundrels like The Times keep bashing him relentlessly - whatever he does or doesn’t do.

When criticized, especially unjustifiably, he’s entitled to fire back. So is everyone. The Times invented reasons to attack him - while shamefully serving as Hillary’s press agent throughout months of campaigning and its aftermath.

Agree or disagree with him, his comments are straightforward, saying what he means, a rare attribute in Washington. Obama’s serial lying is polar opposite, his demagogic doubletalk disgusting. Times editors praised what demands denunciation.

Separately on his day of days, The Times focused on “possible links between Russian officials and associates of” Trump.

Russia threatens no one. Sanctions imposed are illegal, marginalization and isolating attempts futile. It’s bashed for its sovereign independence and opposition to US imperial madness. Treating its government adversarially is malicious and dangerous.

Saying it helped Trump defeat Hillary is utter rubbish. America’s intelligence community claiming otherwise is part of a plot to delegitimize Trump, undermine him in office, and block his ability to normalize bilateral relations.

Expect attacks on him to continue once in office. If he betrays the public trust like the Clintons, Bush/Cheney and Obama, he’s fair game for criticism. 

The relentless bashing he endured throughout months of campaigning and post-election was way over-the-top - an unprecedented assault on one candidate while overlooking the high crimes of his opponent. Shameful!

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Will Trump Stop Aiding ISIS and Other Terrorist Groups?

Will Trump Stop Aiding ISIS and Other Terrorist Groups?

by Stephen Lendman

US forces in Iraq facilitated the transfer of thousands of ISIS fighters from Mosul to Syria, mostly to Deir Ezzor - a major battle ongoing in the area with government troops.

According to the Jordanian Al-Hadath web site, US forces in Syria are directly helping ISIS terrorists battle for Deir Ezzor control.

Russia and Damascus are well aware of what’s going on, aiming to foil the Obama administration’s aim. US warplanes attacked Syrian army positions last year, paving the way for what’s now happening. 

Lebanon’s al-Akhbar said recent ISIS assaults on government positions followed last year’s US aerial attacks on Syrian forces and infrastructure.

Strategy drafted in Washington aims for ISIS seizing Dier Ezzor city, along with areas south of Sweida up to Palmyra in Homs, and from Raqqa to territory bordering Iraq.

Syrian forces, aided by Russian airpower, so far prevented its fighters from achieving their objective, short of stopping them from making significant gains on the ground.

On January 20, Trump will succeed Obama as America’s 45th president. Will he cooperate with Putin in combating terrorism or continue Obama’s imperial agenda?

Will he seek Middle East peace or pursue endless war? He spoke sharply against Washington wasting trillions of dollars on fruitless foreign conflicts, letting vital homeland needs go begging.

As of midday Friday, it’s put up or shut up time. What he said no longer matters. Policies he pursues will show where he stands.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Who's Coming to Syria Peace Talks?

Who’s Coming to Syria Peace Talks?

by Stephen Lendman

On January 23, after Trump succeeds Obama, they’ll begin in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Who’s coming remains uncertain until delegations arrive and it’s known which parties are involved. ISIS and al-Nusra are excluded from talks. Key terrorist group Ahrar al-Sham said it’s not coming, while supporting other anti-government forces intending to participate.

The UN may serve as mediator like before, accomplishing nothing, abandoning impartiality in support of Western interests.

Syrian UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari will head his government’s delegation - an experienced no-nonsense negotiator, serving his nation honorably.

According to Syria’s Al-Watan daily, he’ll be accompanied by “figures representing the military and the Syrian judiciary, so that the delegation will represent the whole Syrian state.”

The Saudi cobbled together High Negotiations Committee umbrella organization, composed of anti-Syrian terrorists groups, reportedly will attend, Jaysh al-Islam leadership member Mohammad Alloush its chief negotiator.

The organization is ideologically extremist, comprised of former ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist group fighters.

It’s supported by Washington, NATO, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Israel, noted for committing appalling atrocities. Throughout six years of conflict, it represented a major threat to Syria’s survival as a sovereign state.

It’s unclear if a US delegation will attend. Sergey Lavrov said “the form, in which invitations are sent, allows ensuring the participation of all who are mentioned in public statements, including US representatives.”

“We think it would be the right thing to invite the representatives of the UN and the new US administration to the meeting, taking into account that the meeting will take place on January 23, as planned.”

“We’re counting on the new (US) administration accepting this invitation and being represented by experts on any level they consider possible.” 

“It will be the first official contact during which we could begin discussing stepping up the efficiency of fighting terrorism in Syria.”

Former foreign minister, key Iranian government international affairs advisor Ali Akbar Velayati, opposes US participation, saying “(t)hose who patronized terrorists, equipped them and were defeated at the battleground, now want to be present in the political field for advancing their interests.”

“The US initially insisted on overthrowing the legitimate authorities of Syria and bringing in a puppet regime instead of them.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly opposes the US participation in the intra-Syrian talks in Astana.” 

“If this happens, then tomorrow Saudi Arabia and Qatar will seek to take part in these talks - the countries that played a major role in equipping and sending terrorists to Syria.”

Velayati hopes talks this time can succeed after three failed attempts in Geneva, undermined by Washington and its rogue allies.

Will Trump work cooperatively for conflict resolution? Will he act responsibly or continue Obama’s imperial agenda? It’s unknown until his policies become clear.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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New Obama Administration Guidelines on CIA Use of Information on Americans

New Obama Administration Guidelines on CIA Use of Information on Americans

by Stephen Lendman

Big Brother watches everyone virtually everywhere. Americans are more spied on than ever before in US history.

Obama’s so-called new privacy guidelines, designed to limit the CIA’s use of information on Americans, changed nothing. Dirty business as usual continues.

Reporting to the Director of National Intelligence, the agency has multiple missions, including collecting, coordinating, analyzing and disseminating information related to national security, along with conducting other operations as directed by the National Security Council.

They include overthrowing democratically elected governments, assassinating heads of state and key officials, propping up friendly despots, snatching individuals for extraordinary rendition, treating them harshly in torture prisons, using drones as instruments of state terror, along with aiding and directing ISIS and other terrorist groups, used as imperial foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other US war theaters.

The CIA operates as a global hit squad. Aside from legitimate intelligence gathering, its operations are incompatible with democracy.

It’s unchecked power threatens freedom and world peace. As long as it exists, no one is safe anywhere - not heads of state at home or abroad or anyone else.

Operating mainly overseas, the agency increasingly is involved domestically, traditionally the FBI’s area of responsibility under the Justice Department’s jurisdiction.

New guidelines require the CIA to purge certain types of information collected abroad within five years. Who’ll check to assure compliance?

Who’ll curb practices of a rogue agency operating ad libitum, doing whatever it pleases, anywhere in the world extrajudicially?

Updated guidelines were crafted without public input, especially from civil liberties groups concerned about privacy protections.

Why were they announced two days ahead of Trump’s inauguration? His incoming CIA director Mike Pompeo can rescind them, establishing the new administration’s own rules and standards.

Trump and his national security team said they favor expanded US intelligence operations. Obama’s new guidelines spell out how the agency interprets spying, dating from the Reagan administration.

New guidelines exclude various CIA rogue operations, especially in US war theaters.

How Trump intends handling the agency going all out to delegitimize him remains to be seen. It he tries restructuring and curbing its power, he could end up one of its victims.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Obama's Painful Long Goodbye

Obama’s Painful Long Goodbye

by Stephen Lendman

In another press briefing after his last hurrah, Obama hyped America’s fantasy democracy, its press agent media serving up fake news for powerful interests while suppressing vital truths, and maybe for last official time bashing Russia - among other issues discussed.

Obama: “…(I)t is in America’s interest and the world's interest that we have a constructive relationship with Russia. That’s been my approach throughout my presidency.”

Fact: In the post-Cold War era, Obama and his neocon infested administration did more than the Clintons and Bush/Cheney to create and sustain adversarial bilateral relations - irreparable with him in office, hopefully possible to change under Trump, though very much in doubt with powerful dark forces allied against him.

Obama: “…Putin…escalat(ed) anti-American rhetoric…return(ing) to (a Cold War) adversarial spirit…hammered home when Russia went into Crimea and portions of Ukraine.”

Fact: Washington obstructed Russia’s good faith efforts for cordial bilateral relations - not the other way around.

Fact: No “Russian aggression” exists, not now or earlier. Putin didn’t invade Crimea or other “portions of Ukraine.” Obama lied claiming otherwise.

Obama: Sanctions were imposed on Russia “because the independence and sovereignty of…Ukraine (was) encroached upon, by force, by Russia.”

Fact: In February 2014, Washington ousted Ukraine’s democratically elected government, replacing it with illegitimate Nazi-infested putschists - a flagrant violation of international law.

Fact: US (and EU) sanctions on Russia are illegal. Security Council members alone may impose them, not individual or groups of countries on other nations.

Obama: “…Russia continues to occupy Ukrainian territory and meddle in Ukrainian affairs and support military surrogates who have violated basic international law and international norms.”

Fact: False on all counts! Donbass freedom fighters reject fascist rule - as should everyone. They deserve universal support in their struggle for democratic rights.

Obama shamelessly blamed Putin for US START II violations. Earlier he announced Washington’s intention to spend a trillion dollars (likely much more) over the next 30 years, upgrading its nuclear arsenal - instead of taking steps to reduce and ultimately eliminate it altogether, cooperatively with Russia and other nuclear powers, to save humanity from the scourge of possible mass annihilation otherwise.

Obama: “(I)t is important for the United States to stand up for the basic principle that big countries don’t go around and invade and bully smaller countries.”

Fact: America bullies, threatens, terrorizes, rapes and destroys one country after another. Among world powers, no nation works harder for peace and stability than Russia.

Obama: “America (plays a) vital role…around the world in preserving basic norms and values, whether it’s advocating on behalf of human rights, advocating on behalf of women’s rights, advocating on behalf of freedom of the press.”

Fact: No nation in world history did more harm to more people over a longer duration than America. None are more contemptuous of democratic values and rule of law principles - none more guilty of genocidal high crimes of war and against humanity, none a greater threat to its survival.

Obama lied about supporting a smooth transition of power. He and other pro-Hillary dark forces have gone all out to delegitimize Trump, denigrating him as a Kremlin agent, a threat to national security, wanting him undermined, impeached, or prevented from serving by more sinister means - the stuff commonplace in banana republics or despotic monarchies.

Will it work? On January 20, Trump will be inaugurated as America’s 45th president. How long he’ll serve is another matter entirely. 

A likely more tumultuous and dangerous period than currently approaches.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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John Kerry Reinvents Ruthless Obama Administration History

John Kerry Reinvents Ruthless Obama Administration History

by Stephen Lendman

In a feature NYT op-ed, Kerry suppressed the horrors of the past eight years, claiming the Obama administration “advance(d) US security and prosperity.”

America on his watch waged endless wars of aggression, created violence, instability and chaos throughout his tenure. 

America’s 1% never had things better. Most others endured lump of coal harshness. Inner city Black and Latino communities were turned into battlegrounds. 

Poverty became a growth industry. So did mass unemployment, underemployment and human misery.

Kerry lied claiming America waged war on ISIS, the terror group it created and supports. He lied saying US forces “are engaged in a climactic effort to free (their) largest remaining strongholds in Iraq (Mosul) and Syria (Raqqa).”

He ignored US support for all anti-government terrorist groups in Syria. He was silent on genocidal US war crimes in multiple theaters.

He lied claiming America halted Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Annual US intelligence assessments explain it doesn’t exist, not earlier or now.

He lied saying the Iran nuclear deal made America, its allies and the world safer. No Iranian threat existed since the Islamic Republic’s 1979 creation.

Kerry lied claiming Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014. He lied saying Washington works with Moscow cooperatively.

He lied claiming America is “a major force for stability and prosperity” in the Pacific. US presence created flashpoint conditions for possible nuclear war.

Kerry lied saying Washington seeks “mutually beneficial relation(s) with Beijing.” He lied claiming America is in the forefront of protecting planet earth from climate change.

He lied saying Washington supports “a historic shift toward clean energy…” He lied claiming Obama began a new era of US/Cuba relations.

He lied saying Washington supports Israeli/Palestinian conflict resolution equitable to both sides.

He lied claiming America seeks peace and stability in Syria and other regional conflict theaters. He lied saying Washington supports democratic governance.

Kerry: “Looking ahead, my hope is that the turbulence still evident in the world does not obscure the extraordinary gains that diplomacy has made on President Obama’s watch or lead to the abandonment of approaches that have served our nation well.”

Fact: No US administration waged more naked aggression than Obama’s. None showed more disdain for diplomatic conflict resolution. None promised more and delivered less.

Kerry’s sole honest comment was admitting he’s “not a pacifist.” He’s a war criminal, not a peace champion, complicit in America’s naked aggression as its leading foreign policy official until Trump’s January 20 swearing in as the nation’s 45th president.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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WaPo Rains on Trump's Inauguration Day Parade

WaPo Rains on Trump’s Inauguration Day Parade

by Stephen Lendman

On the eve of Trump’s inauguration, the neocon, CIA-connected Washington Post called January 20 “the most ominous inauguration day in modern history” - saying he’ll enter office with the lowest approval rating of any previous US incumbent.

WaPo failed to explain he and Hillary were the most unpopular presidential aspirants in US history. Respondents in various polls rejected them both, in spite of one-sided media praise for her, rage against him.

Nor did WaPo discuss America’s debauched political system - a money controlled one-party state with two right wings, fantasy democracy, not the real thing.

On Friday, Trump enters office facing powerful dark forces wanting him undermined - perhaps impeached or assassinated. 

He’s vulnerable to removal from office despite heading the world’s leading nation - politically, economically and militarily. 

Nothing can save him if pro-Hillary dark forces want him ousted or eliminated by other means - an unprecedented state of affairs in America, a president-elect threatened before entering office, things likely worsening once inaugurated.

WaPo waged a vicious anti-Trump campaign throughout the political season. Expect no letup once his policies become known. 

“Trump has chosen cynicism over trust, and chaos over community,” WaPo blustered, claiming he’s “utterly unfit for the presidency” - still campaigning for Hillary long after November 8, operating as a de facto CIA house organ.

WaPo: “(T)he dread Trump inspires is about far more than obnoxious tweets.” He’s “disdain(ful) of “democra(cy).”

Fact: Trump’s tweets are refreshing, letting him state views briefly without media scoundrels distorting them.

Putin bashing followed. WaPo blasted him for candidly stating media scoundrels are “worse than prostitutes,” without moral scruples, outrageously saying “many of his enemies wind up dead” - a longstanding US specialty.

WaPo: Trump “st(ole) (DNC and Podesta) emails. He “flout(s) established rules, standards (and) principles.” He’s “legitimately terrifying.”

This type rubbish is why I call Western media “scoundrels”. As a businessman, Trump has no public record on which to judge him.

Once in office, he’s fair game for praise or criticism. Until then, anti-Trumpism is solely about delegitimizing, undermining, and perhaps preventing him from serving once inaugurated.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Obama Rejects Clemency for Wrongfully Convicted Leonard Peltier

Obama Rejects Clemency for Wrongfully Convicted Leonard Peltier

by Stephen Lendman

Peltier was politically imprisoned in 1976. He was framed for the deaths of two FBI agents, killed during a 1975 Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota shoot-out.

He's serving two consecutive life terms for activism, not murder or any other crime. He’s one of countless victims of US viciousness, languishing in gulag hell unjustly.

Throughout his long ordeal, he’s been denied parole, clemency, a pardon, due process justice on appeal (including by the US Supreme Court), or retrial for serious prosecutorial and FBI irregularities, including fabricated evidence framing him.

He was targeted for being a Native American activist, a freedom fighter, imprisoned to silence him.

Incarcerated for 40 years isn’t enough. On Wednesday, the US Office of the Pardon Attorney made it official. An email to Peltier’s attorney Martin Garbus said clemency was “not warranted.”

“Your client’s application was therefore denied by the president on January 18, 2017…Under the Constitution, there is no appeal from this decision.”

Aged 72, Peltier is seriously ill. Obama’s contempt for justice sentenced him to death. He’ll breathe his last in gulag hell, condemned to slow death for doing the right thing.

“I think it’s fair to say that if he doesn’t get commuted by President Obama, he’ll die in jail. He’s a very sick man,” Garbus explained. 

“So, Obama’s not granting him clemency is like a sentence of death. Trump ain’t going to do it. And he’s very sick, and he’s not going to live past that time.” 

“I don’t want to be negative, but that’s the reality. He’s very sick, and he’s been in prison over 40 years, hard years, six years of solitary” - slow torture intended to break even the most strong-willed.

Garbus said Pope Francis sent Obama an 11th hour appeal on Peltier’s behalf, to no avail. Last spring, he said he’s “prepared to die” in prison.

“I would prefer it be back at my home, but I’m realistic about my chances. I have my funeral all planned, I want a full ceremonial burial, with drumming, everything. Traditionally, it should be about three days.”

Amnesty International’s executive director Margaret Huang issued a statement, saying:

“We are deeply saddened by the news that President Obama will not let Leonard go home. Despite serious concerns about the fairness of legal proceedings that led to his trial and conviction, Peltier was imprisoned for more than 40 years.” 

“He has always maintained his innocence. The families of the FBI agents who were killed during the 1975 confrontation between the FBI and American Indian Movement (AIM) members have a right to justice, but justice will not be served by Peltier’s continued imprisonment.”

Granting clemency to Chelsea Manning ignored thousands of others denied justice on his watch. Here’s a list of commutations Obama turned down throughout his deplorable tenure.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bashing Trump's Justifiable Outrage Over Disgraceful Press Coverage

Bashing Trump’s Justifiable Outrage Over Disgraceful Press Coverage

by Stephen Lendman

With few exceptions, media scoundrels relentlessly bashed him throughout the political season.

Vilification continues daily post-election, inventing reasons to denigrate him, an unprecedented example of political presstitution at its worst.

An open letter to him from the US press corp, written by Columbia Journalism Review editor-in-chief and publisher Kyle Pope, warrants a reader response. Trump and his team can speak for themselves.

Pope: “You’ve banned news organizations from covering you.”

Fact: False! He leveled sharp criticism as justified, including blasting CNN as fake news. He should have applied that label to the entire scoundrel media establishment, suppressing hard truths, substituting managed news misinformation and Big Lies - about him and on virtually all other important issues.

Any news organization and their members are free to cover him. He’s free to ignore any ones he wishes.

Pope: “(Y)our press secretary is considering pulling news media offices out of the White House…”

Fact: False! Incoming press secretary Sean Spicer said space is being sought to accommodate a larger number of journalists - not change the workspace for White House reporters.

At the same time, Trump is entitled to challenge members of the press spreading malicious lies about him. No one should put up with abusive practices.

Pope: “You’ve taken to Twitter to taunt and threaten individual reporters and encouraged your supporters to do the same.”

Fact: Western media scoundrels are a national disgrace. Trump should respond when they blast him irresponsibly. 

Twitter is his favorite way of communicating. He’s able to reach millions, free from misquotes and distortions. Earlier I called him America’s tweeter-in-chief, encouraging him to keep tweeting.

Pope: “You’ve avoided the press when you could and flouted the norms of pool reporting and regular press conferences.”

Fact: Advice referees give prize fighters to protect themselves at all times especially applies to presidents and other heads of state. If he wishes, Trump is entitled to avoid press corp members denigrating him maliciously.

He’s yet to assume office, so it’s unknown how often he’ll hold press conferences. Franklin Roosevelt, serving nearly four terms, held far more than any other president. They were more informal affairs in pre-television days than how they’re held today.

Pope: “You’ve ridiculed a reporter who wrote something you didn’t like because he has a disability.”

Fact: Trump debunked the accusation as a malicious lie.

Pope: Press “access is preferable, but not critical.” Lacking it is “a challenge we relish.”

Fact: Trump has no problem with responsible reporting. Denigrating him without just cause is another matter entirely.

Pope: “Ground rules are the prerogative of the press.”

Fact: That type attitude would antagonize anyone.

Pope: “We decide how much airtime to give your spokespeople and surrogates.”

Fact: How much time isn’t the issue. Responsible truth-telling matters most - what’s sorely lacking in mainstream Western reporting, turning journalism into presstitution.

Pope: “Facts are what we do…”

Fact: Media scoundrels suppress them, substituting fake news.

Pope: “(W)hile you may seek to control what comes out of the West Wing, we’ll have the upper hand in covering how your policies are carried out.”

Fact: If reporting on Trump follows the pattern seen throughout the political season and post-election so far, expect endless rubbish substituting for responsible journalism.

Pope: We’ll set higher standards for ourselves than ever before.”

Fact: Presstitutes make street whores look good by example. Case closed!

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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